Speakers

Thursday, September 3rd at 2:00 pm CST

Chad Dull is a passionate advocate for people in the crisis of poverty and for the value of post-secondary education in creating social mobility. He currently serves as the Vice President of Academics at Minnesota State College Southeast in Winona and Red Wing, Minnesota. Chad is a certified Poverty Coach through Communication Across Barriers and writes and podcasts regularly about poverty-informed practice in higher education.


Thursday, September 10th at 2:00 pm CST

Harley Blakeman is the author of “Grit: How to Get a Job and Build a Career with a Criminal Record” and Founder of HonestJobs.co, a Fair-Chance online job board that is helping employers fill more job openings in a tight labor market while doing good for the community. On his 18th birthday Harley was arrested for drug trafficking and sentenced to a year in prison in Georgia. After graduating from The Ohio State University – Fisher College of Business with honors in 2017, he realized how incredibly hard it was to find employers who were willing to overlook a felony conviction from 5 years prior. Now he has set out on a mission to get 1,000 employers to adopt more background-friendly hiring practices and focus on reducing recidivism rates in America.


Thursday, September 17th at 2:00 pm CST

Dan Berstein combines his professional expertise as a mediator, his academic background in mental health and public health, and his personal experience living with bipolar disorder to develop innovative trainings and services in the areas of conflict resolution, mental health communication, challenging behaviors, and accessibility to disabilities.

Through his company, MH Mediate, Dan has provided training programs in over a dozen states to clients including  workplaces, universities, mental health service providers, professional associations, and government agencies at the city, state, and federal levels.  Dan is also Co-Chair of the Diversity Committee of the ABA Section on Dispute Resolution and founder of the Dispute Resolution in Mental Health Initiative at the CUNY Dispute Resolution Center.

Dan holds a master’s degree in Mental Health from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, a bachelor’s degree from the Wharton School at the University Pennsylvania, and a mediation certification from the New York Peace Institute where he formerly sat on the Mediator Advisory Board.  He has a general mediation and conflict coaching practice with a special expertise in cases related to mental health.


Thursday, September 24th at 2:00 pm CST

At the age of twenty-three, Michael Brody-Waite was a full-blown drug addict. Every day he drank a fifth of vodka and a twelve pack of beer, he smoked two packs of cigarettes and more weed than any human should, and he did whatever other drugs he could get his hands on. He had been kicked out of college, fired from his job, and evicted from his apartment. He had no money and no home, was throwing up blood, and believed he would be dead before his thirtieth birthday.

Then, on September 1, 2002, after running out of options and fearing death, he checked into rehab, entered recovery, and has been transforming himself every day since.

Michael’s TEDx Nashville YouTube video “Great Leaders Do What Drug Addicts Do” is the number one talk in the history of TEDx Nashville. It has been seen by 1,000,000+ people in 25+ countries and provides insight into his seventeenyear
journey from addiction and near homelessness to successful entrepreneurship. This talk sparked the #MaskFreeMovement and brought awareness to Michael’s Mask-Free Program, built on three principles inspired by his recovery, showing leaders how to achieve balance, reclaim energy, and thrive in work and life.

In 2010, Michael left a Fortune 50 company at the height of the recession to cofound and lead InQuicker, a healthcare SaaS company that allowed patients to self-schedule appointments online. Under his leadership, the organization grew to 20,000 percent revenue growth in less than six years. This exceptional growth landed InQuicker a spot on the Inc. 500 list of Fastest Growing Private Companies. Additionally, the organization was named one of the “Best Places to Work” four times and recognized as Healthcare Company of the Year. In 2015, InQuicker was sold to a publicly traded company. After selling his company, Michael served for three years as the CEO of the Nashville Entrepreneur Center, a 501c3 that helps over 2,000 entrepreneurs every year start or grow a business.

Michael is an acclaimed speaker, Inc. 500 entrepreneur, award-winning, three-time CEO, a leadership coach, and author of Great Leaders Live Like Drug Addicts: How to Lead Like Your Life Depends on It. His accomplishments include being named a Most Admired CEO, named to the Top 40 Under 40, and being recognized by the Nashville Chamber of Commerce as Healthcare Entrepreneur of the Year.
Today, Michael is on a mission to teach individuals, organizations, and communities how to lead themselves by living mask-free. In his personal time, he is focused on being the best husband, father, and recovering addict he can be. For more information, please visit http://www.MichaelBrodyWaite.com to learn how the Mask-Free Program can help you or your organization thrive.

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