Speakers

Michael HyattMichael Hyatt has been speaking publicly for more than 25 years and has keynoted more than 100 events. He has also appeared on more than 100 television shows, including several on ABC, NBC, CBS, and CNN. In addition, Michael has also appeared on more than 1,000 syndicated and local radio shows.
Michael has spent most of his career in the book publishing industry, most recently as the CEO of Thomas Nelson Publishers, the seventh largest book publisher in the United States and the largest provider of inspirational live events in the world.

Michael now devotes most of his time to writing and speaking. His blog is the top leadership blog in the world. Michael Hyatt has written eight books, two of which landed on the New York Times best seller list. His most recent one is called Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World in May 2012. In addition to the New York Times bestseller list, it hit the Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestseller lists.

Michael has been happily married to his wife, Gail, for thirty-four years. They have five daughters, four grandsons, and three granddaughters. They live outside of Nashville, Tennessee and in his free time he enjoys reading, running, and golfing.

Money Saving MomCrystal Paine is a wife and homeschool mom of three, self-proclaimed minimalist, lover of dark chocolate and good coffee, and a wannabe runner. Her blog, MoneySavingMom, is one of the top personal finance blogs on the web averaging over four million pageviews per month. She has contributed to articles in Woman’s Day magazine and All You magazine, appeared as a guest on the 700 Club, as well as being mentioned on The Today Show, National Public Radio, CNN, in USA Weekend, Shop Smart magazine, Real Simple magazine, and numerous other local and national newspapers, radio, and television stations. Crystal is also the author of the bestselling book, The Money Saving Mom®’s Budget.

Dan MorrisDan R. Morris is founder of Letters From Dan, a website dedicated to improving your revenue stream from online efforts. Dan is an infomercial producer, niche website owner, product developer, author and Mastermind leader. Dan actively encourages marketers to take that extra step so that “Hope” doesn’t become the marketing plan.

Dan coaches small and large businesses alike how to turn their marketing activities into revenue generation tools. He also helps individuals with their online marketing efforts through his forum at FreeWeeklyMastermind.com and in private environments.

John MillerJohn Miller is the founder of QBQ, Inc., an organizational development firm dedicated to making personal accountability a core value for organizations and individuals. Through his writings, speaking, and a nationwide network of QBQ!-certified consultants, Miller has brought his message to countless organizations including Bausch & Lomb, Blockbuster, American Cancer Society, Wells Fargo, Verizon, WellPoint/Anthem, Boeing, Husqvarna, Wilson’s Leather, Merck, and the U.S. Department of Defense.

He is the author of the best-selling books QBQ! The Question Behind the Question and “Flipping the Switch, both published by Penguin—and the new book Outstanding! … 47 Ways to Make Your Organization Exceptional. He invested a decade selling leadership and sales management training. His message of QBQ! was developed facilitating over 10,000 hours of training inside corporations from all industries.

He and his wife, Karen, have also written Parenting the QBQ Way … How to be an Outstanding Parent and Raise Great Kids Using the Power of Personal Accountability.

A 1980 graduate of Cornell University, John lives near Denver, CO with his wife, 6 daughters, one son, a Pug named “Nugget,” a pair of Corn Snakes, one 5 foot long Green Tree python, 6 turtles, a Bearded Dragon lizard, 2 tropical birds, a horse named Roxy—and one very scared Shih Tzu! {No wonder John travels so much!}

Jolanthe, Homeschool CreationsJolanthe is a wife and also mom to four children currently ranging in age from 5 to 11. She has been homeschooling since 2006 and life is never dull {or lacking in excitement}. Contrary to popular belief, she does NOT have it all together and is thankful that she has a husband who is full of grace and above all a God who is lavish in His grace toward her. She blogs at Homeschool Creations and at No Ordinary Moments and also oversees a group blog Totally Tots along with her friend Carisa from 1+1+1=1. Through blogging she desires to share tips and resources for families along with encouragement for their journey.

Jimmie's CollageJimmie Lanley is a homeschool mom to one creative teen. She began writing online over five years ago when the Internet was her only connection to other homeschoolers. Homeschool blogging was the culmination of many passions: a love of writing, an interest in photography, a background in education, and a fascination with the Internet. Her primary blog is Jimmie’s Collage where readers peek into her Charlotte Mason style of learning. After she became enamored with notebooking, she created a second blog The Notebooking Fairy, filled with how tos and printables plus a touch of pixie dust. Jimmie’s latest venture is iHomeschool Network, a company that connects bloggers with each other in a supportive environment and connects bloggers to companies in mutually beneficial projects.

Rachel Martin, Finding JoyRachel is the wife to an amazing cancer surviving husband, is a homeschooling mom to seven fabulous children, and is focused on living an intentional and joy-filled life. Her blog Finding Joy is a respite in the busy world of motherhood – and through letters, humor, notes of encouragement, and practical steps Rachel writes words speaking to the busy mother’s heart. Rachel’s youngest son Samuel was diagnosed with Celiac Disease in 2011, and since then Rachel has become a voice for Celiac Disease Awareness. She is a community leader for Udi’s Gluten Free and has had articles mentioned by the National Foundation for Celiac Disease Awareness.

Other articles have been published in, Salt Lake City News/Deseret, Power of Moms, Blogher, Circle of Moms, Home Educating Family, and numerous other print publications and online sites. Rachel is a passionate speaker who enjoys motivating others to embrace today, to be intentional, and to find joy.

Amanda PadgettAmanda Padgett, a former Army brat, married a country-boy-engineer who planted her in the middle of a farm in rural South Carolina, and that is where she has been for sixteen years. Amanda is a veteran homeschooler, beginning her eighth year this year. She began blogging in 2008, on a personal blog, as a way to keep family members updated about her father’s battle with brain cancer. In spring of 2009, she bought her first DSLR camera and quickly became immersed in the wonderful world of photography. To share her passion and help others, she started Everyday Elements, a site dedicated to teaching photography and editing with Photoshop and Photoshop Elements.

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