15+ Speakers Sharing Exclusive Stories and Strategies

on how they built their strength during their toughest times.


June 11th-14TH

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Uncover lessons from top performers who have overcome obstacles in their lives


Chris Welton is a renowned coach, speaker, and podcast host with over 30 years of experience in leadership and sales. Born with a limb difference and raised as the son of a drug addict, Chris has overcome significant adversity in his life, transforming personal challenges into invaluable lessons on resilience and success.

Chris is a a sought-after mentor for those seeking to achieve their full potential. Whether he’s speaking at conferences, leading workshops, or providing one-on-one coaching, Chris’s unwavering dedication to the success of his clients sets him apart from others in the industry.

Ben’s authentic, powerful, and engaging storytelling has become internationally recognized and has been a featured speaker at the world’s biggest business, sports, finance and motivational events.

He has shared the stage with Jerry Rice, Ray Lewis, Colin Powell, Ed Mylett, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Jon Gordon, Tim Grover, Eric Thomas, Tony Dungy, Brian Tracy, Jenna Kutcher and other legends in the world. Ben was selected by USA Today as one of the TOP 5 Mindset & Performance Coaches in the World, Influencive.com selected him as one of the TOP 10 Motivators in Sports and Real Leaders Magazine selected him as one of the TOP 50 Speakers in the World the last four years.

Damon West, M.S. in Criminal Justice, is a college professor, internationally known keynote speaker, and 3-time Wall Street Journal bestselling author. Once sentenced to sixty-five years in a Texas prison, Damon’s remarkable journey of transformation and resilience is truly inspiring. 

His bestselling business book, The Coffee Bean: A Simple Lesson to Create Positive Change, was listed by Forbes as one of the "Top Twenty Books You Need to Read to Crush 2020."Living a life of recovery and service, Damon travels the world sharing his powerful story. Despite his many achievements, he values his roles as a husband to Kendell and stepfather to Clara the most.

Kortney Murray is a remarkable CEO, Entrepreneur, and financial services leader who has made a significant impact in the world of business finance. As the CEO and Founder of Coastal Kapital, she has demonstrated exceptional leadership and expertise.

With a diverse entrepreneurial background, Kortney has shattered barriers in a male-dominated arena and proven that gender is not a limitation to success. Her achievements and influence have garnered widespread recognition and respect. Kortney is a best-selling co-author, media personality, sought-after keynote speaker, and board member of AACFB. Her mission revolves around creating successful business partnerships, addressing entrepreneurial challenges, and guiding others through the complexities of business financing. Through her relentless drive and commitment to empowering others, Kortney Murray has become a true trailblazer in her field.

Over the past 20+ years, Justin has worked with Stanley Cup Champions, NFL MVPs, Super Bowl Champions, Olympians, and high-profile entrepreneurs. Justin Roethlingshoefer embodies strength through adversity, driven by a lifelong commitment to self-improvement.

At 13, his father's advice, “son, talent will get you noticed but consistency will get you paid,” sparked his quest to revolutionize health. Justin's journey revealed that health is the foundation of performance, not just for athletes but for everyone. His mission is to empower world leaders to take ownership of their health sustainably. Through his business, keynotes, workshops, and events, Justin has transformed hundreds of thousands of lives by simplifying health optimization.

Flex Lewis, a renowned name in bodybuilding, began his journey at 12, inspired by Tom Platz. Known as "Flex" since his rugby days, he transitioned into bodybuilding, winning Junior Mr. Wales and Mr. Britain titles at 19. Training at Gold’s Venice and the Kolosseum Gym in the US, Flex's dedication led to a contract with Weider Publications and success with Gaspari Nutrition, winning two consecutive Olympia 212 Showdown titles in 2012 and 2013.

In 2018, Flex launched a signature line with Yamamoto Nutrition. A 7-time 212 lb Mr. Olympia champion, he now aims for the Mr. Olympia Open Class title. Flex's journey exemplifies his mottos: “BELIEVE TO ACHIEVE” and “LEAVE NO STONE UNTURNED,” inspiring fans worldwide with his dedication and hard work.

Clinton is a renowned entertainment mogul, author, speaker, entrepreneur, visionary brand builder, creative executive, and leading-edge innovator when it comes to integrating culture, collaboration, and cross-platform marketing with an outstanding track record of success, and background managing multiple products from ideation to market launch.

He is also a Grammy-nominated, multi-platinum music producer, songwriter and DJ responsible for over 75 million records sold.

Coach Bill Hart is the National Leadership Coach for Movement Mortgage with over 30,000 hours in the coaches’ chair. For nearly 20 years, Coach Bill has produced a monthly interview series showcasing top-producing agents. During that time, he interviewed over 200 of the Country’s top REALTORS™, closing an average of 150 transactions annually.

Coach Bill’s first book is called “White Collar Warrior – Lessons for Sales Professionals from America’s Military Elite” where he draws comparisons between the best the U.S. military produces and the most effective sales professionals.“All In with Coach Bill Hart” is his podcast that showcases a wide variety people who match that description. Coach Bill resides in Moorpark, California with his wife Toni and enjoys time with family, reading and playing golf.“

The opportunity to be able to share what I have learned over the past 2 decades that separates the majority, from those who excel and enjoy all that life has to offer is my greatest pleasure.”

Cris Cawley is an award-winning publishing and marketing consultant and the CEO of Game Changer Publishing, the trusted leader in book publishing and book marketing for entrepreneurs.

She began her career in the online marketing industry in 1998 and has positively impacted more than 155,000 entrepreneurs through her services and programs.Cawley helps clients leverage their expertise and passion and build their brand through publishing bestselling books for added credibility, visibility and authority positioning.She's been featured on many stages alongside some of the country's most sought-after speakers and thought leaders and has a passion for helping entrepreneurs build their brands and “figure out” and profit from the book publishing and book marketing maze.

Cawley is happily married with three daughters and resides in Fort Worth, Texas. Her family is her "why," and she strives daily to be a positive example to her three daughters and teach them about what it means to be a thriving entrepreneur while making a positive impact on the world.

Adam has been a serial entrepreneur and a student of coaching for over two decades. From playing collegiate tennis, to owning his first tennis club in his 20's, Adam built one of the most dynamic tennis club's in Beverly Hills, CA. He later cut his real estate investing teeth in Los Angeles, with 6 and 7 figure flips and holds. 

In his mid 30's, Adam transitioned to owning and running 3 Keller Williams Realty franchises in SC.  He developed and led a team that grew his offices from 120 agents to nearly 800 agents in 4 years. In 2018 his offices were selling $2billion in volume and sharing profits back to the agents in excess of $600k annually. As he successfully exited his franchises in his early 40's, Adam turned his focus to building a global coaching community, centered around his proprietary R.E.A.L. coaching model.

In 2019, The I Love Coaching Co. brand was created. To-date, the community of coaches has served clients spanning North America and beyond. In addition to developing the I Love Coaching Community, Adam hosts a weekly podcast (I Love Coaching Podcast), invests in multi-family real estate, plays tennis with his kids, and loves family weekends on the boat in Charleston, SC.

Robert S. Fakhouri, known as Robby Fakhouri, is a former personal injury trial attorney and the founder of The Personal Injury Lawyers™ in Chicago, Illinois. Licensed to practice law at 23, he quickly made a name for himself, founding his firm at just 25. His firm was dedicated to providing high-quality legal representation to victims of catastrophic injuries or wrongful death, securing millions in compensation and gaining national attention for high-profile cases.

Robby is also a best-selling author of "Life, Lies, and Second Chances: Developing Resilience to Overcome Adversity." Now, stepping away from active legal practice, he channels his expertise and entrepreneurial spirit into esquireagency.com, focusing on business growth and leveraging the latest technology. His legacy in personal injury litigation and commitment to innovation continue to influence the legal community, making him a compelling speaker on overcoming adversity and achieving resilience.

Brian Covey didn’t always know where his life would take him when he started his career as a professional soccer player. Since then, his path has taken many surprising turns—first into real estate, and then onto the national stage—all the while bringing him lessons on resilience, success, growth, and leadership.

Today, Brian is the EVP of Strategy & Development at Revolution Mortgage, responsible for the growth of several multi-billion dollar teams within his industry. He also speaks nationally to organizations about how to find their competitive edge and unlock the power that ignites their success.

Brian's vision is to use the lessons he has learned to empower leaders to, in turn, create more leaders by supporting their team members and challenging them to dream bigger. His goal is to facilitate an environment where these leaders can continue growing—no matter where they are in their career. Brian is here to serve YOU.

David Meltzer is the Co-founder of Sports 1 Marketing and formerly served as CEO of the renowned Leigh Steinberg Sports & Entertainment agency, which was the inspiration for the movie Jerry Maguire.

His life’s mission is to empower OVER 1 BILLION people to be happy! This simple yet powerful mission has led him on an incredible journey to provide one thing: VALUE. In all his content and communication that’s exactly what you’ll receive.

For the last 27 years, Rene has been researching and applying behavioral neuroscience to solve some of the toughest challenges in leadership, sales, and change.

As an entrepreneur and CEO of multiple companies, Rene integrates a practical business approach that inspires his audiences to take action.

Anthony Ricciardi is a renowned multi-disciplinary artist from Toronto, Canada that has travelled internationally showcasing his artwork and murals. His collections have been showcased globally in major cities such as New York, Los Angeles, Miami, Sydney, Manchester, Puerto Rico, Antigua, Montreal and Sao Paolo.

He has curated large scale artwork and clothing for notable celebrities and has collaborated with major brands such as Disney, Adidas, Coors Light and L’Oreal. Anthony is more than just an artist and his story, isn’t your typical. He went to Alabama State University on a baseball scholarship and spent five years working as an analyst for an investment fund but decided to leave the comfort and clout of corporate finance to pursue his true passion; art.

Amberly’s life story of astounding resilience has inspired a revolutionary lesson she offers to the world. She brings unique strategies developed to teach others how to tap into their superpower of resilience and persevere through any challenge.

She is a powerhouse of energy on stage with a story that will engage and captivate any audience. Her keynote speeches, best-selling book, workshops, and podcasts offer hope and solutions for living life at its fullest to those in chronic pain (like her) and those who find themselves struggling against any obstacle.

Part coach, part entrepreneur, and all leader, Coach Burt is the go-to guy for entrepreneurs who want to become people of interest, salespeople who want to be superstars, and managers who want to be coaches. He is a former championship coach and the author of nine books. His radio show, Change Your Life Radio, can be heard globally on iheart.com (WLAC).

His client list ranges from small entrepreneurial firms to multi-billion dollar companies such as Dell, INC., State Farm Insurance, National Health Care, Vanderbilt University, TRICOR, FirstBank, and many others. Coach Burt is a serial entrepreneur, dynamic speaker, coach to some of the top performing organizations in the world, and nine-time author, including the wildly popular Person of Interest.He believes "Everybody needs a Coach in Life."

LaShawn Merritt, born on June 27, 1986, is an esteemed American track and field athlete specializing in sprinting events, particularly the 400 meters. As a former Olympic champion, his personal best of 43.65 seconds places him among the top ten fastest sprinters of all time.

His prowess continued as he became a crucial member of the American 4×400 meter relay team, contributing to their victory at the 2006 IAAF World Indoor Championships. In 2007, Merritt solidified his individual standing by earning a silver medal in the 400 meters at the World Championships.

The 2008 Olympics marked a high point in Merritt's career, as he triumphed over his rival Jeremy Wariner in the 400 meters final with a personal best time, winning by a record margin of 0.99 seconds.

LaShawn Merritt's remarkable achievements and unwavering dedication to his sport have made him a celebrated figure in track and field history.

In 2013, Noelle experienced the unimaginable, the death of her daughter Finley as a result of medical malpractice. When Finley died, Noelle struggled to find where to go or what to do next. Noelle knew she had to do something, so she founded the nation’s only 7-Part Holistic Program helping mothers after infant loss, The Finley Project. To date, The Finley Project has enrolled and supported over 500 families and is recognized across the country as an innovator in the Bereavement space due to its one-of-a-kind 7- Part Holistic Support Model.

Noelle is Board President of the Winter Park YMCA and is a founding member of the Pregnancy and Infant Loss Resource Network of Central Florida (PILRN). She is a Grief-Share facilitator and an active member Rotary Club of Lake Mary. Noelle was awarded Art of Compassion Award by the Pay It Forward Organization in 2018, the Paula Hawkins Lifetime Achievement Award in 2019 and led The Finley Project to win the 2017 and 2018 Winter Park Chamber of Commerce Ovations Award. April 2020, Noelle was awarded Orlando Family Magazine, Top 15 Super Women Award. Most recently, Noelle was featured in People Magazine as well as Forbes Magazine.

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What can you expect to learn as an attendee?

  • Gain insights into the transformative power of resilience through real-life stories of overcoming adversity.

  • Acquire practical strategies and tools to navigate challenges with resilience and grace.

  • Discover how to reframe setbacks as opportunities for personal growth and development.

  • Learn effective techniques for building a supportive network and fostering community connections.

  • Explore the intersection of mindset, adversity, and personal empowerment, unlocking new perspectives and possibilities.

  • Cultivate a deeper understanding of self-compassion and empathy towards oneself and others.

  • Understand the psychological mechanisms behind resilience and how to cultivate it in your own life.

  • Learn from diverse perspectives and experiences, broadening your understanding of resilience and adversity.

  • Explore practical ways to integrate resilience-building practices into your daily routine.

  • Discover the role of mindset shifts in transforming adversity into opportunity.

  • Learn how to leverage setbacks as fuel for personal and professional growth.

  • Gain inspiration and motivation to embrace challenges as stepping stones to success and fulfillment.

Each day during the event educational videos from our speakers will released.

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2024 Speakers

Jay Joy

Managing Partner, Bridgeforth, LLP

Ben Newman

USA Today Top 5 Mindset & Performance Coach

Curt Covington

Sr. Director, Institutional Business

Lance Woodbury

Principal, Pinion, LLC

Davon Cook

Family Business Advisor at Pinion

Mark Uhlenberg

President and Owner of The Heartwood Group, LLC

Melissa Borowicz

CEO and Owner, The Utech Group

Richard Wolkowitz

CEO and Family Advisor

Chris Yonker

Certified Family Business Advisor

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Chris Welton

About Chris Welton

Chris Welton is a renowned coach, speaker, and podcast host with over 30 years of experience in leadership and sales. Born with a limb difference and raised as the son of a drug addict, Chris has overcome significant adversity in his life, transforming personal challenges into invaluable lessons on resilience and success.



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June 11th-14th, 2024