Meet the Speakers

Kent Woodyard

Business Development Leader
Last Mile Logistics Organization at Amazon

  

Kent is a Business Development Leader in the Last Mile Logistics Organization at Amazon and the co-host of The Dream Job Podcast. Prior to joining Amazon, he spent seven years leading business development and strategic partnerships for two digital giving platforms (Pushpay and Mogiv). Once upon a time, he wrote a book that a lot of people with the last name Woodyard read and found to be "a good effort." Outside of work, he loves drinking coffee, eating burritos, being outside, and watching Green Bay Packers football, although not usually at the same time. He and his wife, Becky, live outside Seattle with their two children. 

Gabe Lyons

Founder & President
Q Ideas

     

 

Gabe founded Q in 2007, a media and events platform that educates and mobilizes Christians to advance the common good in society. Gabe is the co-author of Good Faith: Being a Christian When Society Thinks You’re Irrelevant and Extreme (2016) and unChristian: What a New Generation Really Thinks About Christianity… And Why It Matters (2007). Gabe has also authored The Next Christians: The Good News About the End of Christian America (2010). Prior to launching Q, Gabe served on the team that co-founded Catalyst while serving as Vice President for leadership expert, John Maxwell’s corporation. Described as “sophisticated and orthodox” by The New York Times, Gabe’s work represents the perspectives of a new generation of Christians and has been featured by CNN, The New York Times, Fox News and USA Today. He and his wife have four children and live in Franklin, TN.

Jenni Catron

Founder & CEO
The 4Sight Group

       

 

Jenni is a leadership coach, author and speaker. Her passion is to cultivate healthy leaders to lead thriving organizations. She speaks at conferences and churches nationwide, seeking to help leaders develop the clarity and confidence to lead well. As Founder and CEO of The 4Sight Group, she consults organizations on leadership, team culture and organizational health.

With over 20 years of experience in corporate and non-profit organizations, Jenni has a passion for helping leaders “put feet to their vision”. She has served on the executive leadership teams of Menlo Church in Menlo Park, California, and Cross Point Church in Nashville, Tennessee. Prior to ministry leadership, she worked as an Artist Development Director in the Christian music industry.

Jenni is the author of several books including Clout: Discover and Unleash Your God-Given Influence and The 4 Dimensions of Extraordinary Leadership. Jenni blogs at www.jennicatron.com and contributes to a number of other online publications as well. Outreach Magazine has recognized her as one of the thirty emerging influencers reshaping church leadership.

Jenni loves a fabulous cup of tea, great books, learning the game of tennis, and hiking with her husband.

Charles Lee

CEO
Ideation

       

 

Charles is the Founder & CEO at Ideation, an idea-execution company that specializes in helping executives and brands scale their business by effectively achieving clarity and integrating their strategic plans into day-to-day implementation. Ideation fills this gap between strategy and implementation with innovative approaches to idea refinement, strategic process & infrastructure development, leadership & team building, brand (re)development & positioning, and creative services that bridge concepts into the real world. He is also the author of Good Idea. Now What?: How to Move Ideas to Execution, a practical book designed to help people move ideas to implementation.

Charles is regularly invited to advise and speak to leading brands on topics such as clarity, creativity, leading innovation, idea-making, brand strategy, and ideation.

Executive leaders from brands including Toyota, Wells Fargo, Google, TOMS, NBCUniversal, WME, Caterpillar, Sequoia Capital, Vanguard Financial, ONE Campaign, (RED), and many others have benefited from engaging Charles on various projects and endeavors. In addition to advising and speaking, Charles has served as host and/or facilitator for numerous events with NY Times best-selling authors and executives from brands including Google, Twitter, MLB, Starwood, Disney, CAA, Toyota, TOMS, charity: water, United Way, World Vision, and many others.

Richard Blackaby

President
Blackaby Ministries International

       

Richard grew up in Canada as his father Henry was a pastor. His story is told famously in the best-selling book, "Experiencing God." Richard has been a senior pastor, president of a seminary, and president of a non-profit. He has authored over 35 books and travels internationally speaking on leadership in the marketplace, church, and home. He also teaches people how they can experience God and experience personal renewal. Richard works with CEOs of companies doing a minimum of 100,000,000 in business annually. He is married to Lisa and lives in Atlanta.

Denise Lee Yohn

Brand Leadership Expert
Denise Lee Yohn, Inc.

      

Denise Lee Yohn is the go-to expert on brand leadership for national media outlets, an in-demand keynote speaker and consultant, and an influential writer. She is the author of the bestselling book What Great Brands Do: The Seven Brand-Building Principles that Separate the Best from the Rest and FUSION: How Integrating Brand and Culture Powers the World's Greatest Companies.

Pete Scazzero

Author of Emotionally Healthy Leader
Emotionally Healthy Discipleship

    

Pete Scazzero, after leading New Life Fellowship Church for 26 years, co-founded Emotionally Healthy Discipleship, a groundbreaking ministry that moves the church forward by slowing the church down in order to multiply deeply changed leaders and disciples.

Pete hosts the top-ranked Emotionally Healthy Leader podcast and is the author of a number of bestselling books, including The Emotionally Healthy Leader and Emotionally Healthy Spirituality. Pete and his wife Geri also developed The Emotionally Healthy Discipleship Course (Part 1 and 2), a powerful resource that moves people from a shallow to a deep relationship with Jesus.

Pete and Geri remain vital members of New Life Fellowship Church in Queens, NY.

Jason Caston

CEO
Composio

     

Jason Caston is an international speaker, author, professor and digital/social platform specialist for faith-based organizations. Having helped train over 5000 leaders and built websites, apps and social media properties that reach over 8 million people daily, Caston has proven that his cutting-edge technological savvy and business acumen have made him a sought after Digital Platforms, Internet Church, Mobile, and Social Media Specialist. Caston has developed an innovative approach to helping organizations advance their online presence using a five-part approach of Websites, Multimedia, eCommerce, Social Media, and Mobile. Caston has authored over 10 books including The iChurch Method series on establishing a digital presence and Social Connections book on Social Media for Organizations. Additionally, Caston is the Director of Digital Media at Daystar TV and the spokesperson of AT&T’s national #InspiredMobility campaign that highlights how we use mobile technology to enhance our spiritual and personal lives.

Danny Kim

Director of People and Culture
Raindrop Agency, Inc.

    

Danny Kim catalyzes individuals and organizations to perform at their best.

Danny is a skilled facilitator who creates psychologically safe environments for individual thinking and group collaboration. Using the power of inquiry, he asks insightful questions at pivotal moments to help leaders gain clarity and take courageous action. As a coach, he supports leaders when the stakes are high and decisions are complex. As a storyteller and keynote speaker, Danny inspires movement and momentum.

Danny’s career in organizational development began in the non-profit sector providing leadership in the areas of recruitment, retention, and employee development for organizational effectiveness. As a career coach, he has conducted over 400 coaching conversations in career exploration and strengths-based leadership. During his time at the university, he began a doctoral program in Industrial/Organizational Psychology. Danny gained experience as an external consultant at an organizational consulting firm serving clients ranging from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies.

He is the Director of People and Culture at a Raindrop Branding and Advertising Agency—a people first company. His purpose is to champion the people at Raindrop at every level. He is skilled at working with individuals and teams to create compelling experiences to help individuals and teams maximize their potential. He is a faculty at the Center for Creative Leadership and a Gallup-Certified Clifton Strengths coach.

Danny holds a B.S. in Biological Sciences and a Master of Divinity in Transformational Leadership. Currently, he is a doctoral candidate in Industrial/Organizational Psychology. His current research focuses on problematic smartphone use, preparing a digital workforce, organizational culture, and emotional intelligence.

Danny lives in San Diego, CA with his wife EJ and two dogs. He enjoys surfing, watching the Lakers, and engaging in meaningful conversation over a good cup of coffee.

Arthur Benjamin

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Strategist

Arthur has been working in Human Resources since 2006 after serving eight years in the United States Army as an Army Recruiter. He is recognized as a influential thought leader in areas such as disruptive leadership, leading Inclusively, emotional intelligence and cultural competence.

Ken Blanchard

Co Founder and Chief Spiritual Officer
The Ken Blanchard Companies

Ken Blanchard, one of the most influential leadership experts in the world, is coauthor of more than 65 books including the iconic bestseller The One Minute Manager® with combined sales of over 23 million copies in 47 languages. In 2005 Ken was inducted into Amazon’s Hall of Fame as one of the top 25 bestselling authors of all time.
Ken is cofounder of The Ken Blanchard Companies®, a globally recognized leadership training and consulting firm in San Diego, California. He also cofounded Lead Like Jesus, a worldwide organization committed to helping people become servant leaders.
Ken has received numerous honors for his contribution in the fields of management, leadership, and speaking, including the Council of Peers Award of Excellence from the National Speakers Association, the Golden Gavel Award from Toastmasters International, and the Thought Leadership Award from ISA–the Association of Learning Providers.
When he’s not writing or speaking, Ken teaches students in the Master of Science in Executive Leadership Program at the University of San Diego, cofounded by The Ken Blanchard Companies.
Born in New Jersey and raised in New York, Ken received his MA degree from Colgate University and his BA and PhD from Cornell University.

Lisa Choi Owens

CRO & Head of Global Partnerships
TED

Lisa Choi Owens is an experienced leader skilled in future-proofing businesses through innovative thinking and strategic planning. Her ability to build partnerships, manage teams, and implement creative solutions has helped to grow and scale brands across the digital media industry throughout her 25 year career. Her current role has provided her with unparalleled exposure to the best ideas and innovative thinkers from around the world, where she successfully draws parallels and learnings from across industries to help companies reframe their businesses.

Ms. Owens is currently the Chief Revenue Officer and Head of Global Partnerships at TED where she is responsible for assuring TED continues to grow its reach and impact as a global platform for business through strategic partnerships. As a Director of TED, Ms. Owens is committed to nurturing a culture of transparency and diversity at TED, and in all of her work, as she deeply understands the benefits of leadership focused on respect, context, and collaboration.

Previously, Ms. Owens served on the executive leadership team for Scripps Network Interactive (SNI). During her tenure she collaborated closely with the SNI Board of Directors, both to keep them abreast of emerging technologies, and to launch Ulive, an internally funded business inside of Scripps. She also served as GM of Scripps Digital, where she was responsible for all sites and mobile apps in their food, home and travel spaces including foodnetwork.com and hgtv.com. In addition to the various functional roles Mrs. Owens has taken on throughout her career, including marketing, general management, and revenue, she also has broad industry experience stemming from the numerous strategic partnerships she has built as well as her roles in consulting, retail, and banking.

Ms. Owens is dedicated to advancing the media industry by supporting diversity, inclusion, and innovation. To further these goals, she serves on the Diversity Council at TED, is a member WSJ’s CMO Network, is an Executive Member of She Runs It, an organization committed to encouraging and promoting women in the marketing and media fields, and she was also a board member with the National Association of Multi-Ethnicity in Communications.

Additionally, Lisa serves on the board of Aventri, an event management software company. Ms. Owens holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from University of California, Berkeley.

Traci DePuy

Head of Global Events
Salesforce.org

 

Strategic leader with over 10 years of event management experience. Excels at building strong relationships, developing high performers to reach the next level in their career, while delivering projects on time and within budget. Proven ability to inspire and motivate internal and external teams while bringing passion about putting the customer experience first.
Gallup Strengths include: Restorative, Individualization, Strategic, Achiever, Competition.

Grant Skeldon

Founder
Initiative Network

    

In response to millennials being labeled noncommittal, lazy, entitled, slacktivists, Grant Skeldon started Initiative Network with the goal to unite and train young leaders to be Christ-loving, city-changing, church-investing, disciple-making local missionaries. Initiative has united and accelerated some of the most diverse and dynamic next gen leaders from across the country to collaboratively transform their cities together.

He has written for The Wall Street Journal, Relevant, and The Gospel Coalition. His book on millennials, The Passion Generation has helped thousands of pastors and parents who are trying to reach, raise, and retain the next generation. Grant serves on the board of Catalyst, as well as an associate for Leadership Network and Exponential.

Trent Dunham

President
Dunham+Company

 

Trent Dunham serves as president of Dunham+Company, providing strategic leadership to its teams in the USA, United Kingdom, and Australia to ensure we remain an effective partner to thriving kingdom-driven nonprofit organizations.  He is a recognized expert in integrated marketing, fundraising, online media, broadcast ministry and communications.

With a background in account management and sales, Trent joined Dunham+Company in 2003.  Over more than 15 years he has helped our partners bridge their impact gap by fueling growth through innovative and effective use of both traditional and digital outreach platforms.

Trent provides trusted counsel to some of the world’s most prominent Christian leaders and their organizations, helping to bring current best practice strategy to their Great Commission vision.  He is an in demand thought leader and speaker on topics of donor engagement and developing a generous culture in both churches and cause organizations.

Trent earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Wheaton College.  He and his wife are blessed with two sons and a daughter.

 

Paul Sohn

Founder and CEO
QARA

  

Paul Sohn is a leadership coach, speaker, and author. Formerly employed by both a Fortune 50 company and a Top 100 Great Place to Work Company, he is now the founder and CEO of QARA, an organization committed to empower twenty-somethings to discover their God-given identity and calling. He's the best-selling author of Quarter-Life Calling: Pursuing Your God-Given Purpose in Your Twenties. He earned his masters degree at the world’s premier Organization Development (OD) program at Pepperdine University.

Michael Dauphinee

Executive Performance Consultant
The Dauphinee Group Inc.

 

Michael Dauphinee is a coach, consultant, speaker, author, and adventurer, tenaciously committed to helping people navigate the unknowns of work and life. A highly sought-after Clifton Strengths expert, Mike believes people drastically underestimate their abilities and the mark they can make on the world. And not just for their own good, but for the good of others.

When Mike was a kid, he got fired from his job as a grocery store bag boy because he talked to the customers too much. Today, his gift of communication and passion for collaboration are what clients all over the world and at the highest levels of every vertical hire him for. When he realized his expression and perspective were strengths to be embraced, not flaws to overcome, he saw the unmistakable power and legacy that are possible when living out of your identity. He wants you to see it, too.

Since leaving his corporate job at HP and founding The Dauphinee Group in 2005, Mike has been providing coaching and accountability for individuals and organizations who seek to chart a course beyond high performance. He empowers people to craft their own compass for the unknown by asking questions they’ve never asked before. Questions like: What am I capable of? What are my strengths? Where am I getting in my own way?

As a consultant, Mike brings a remarkable ability to customize resulting from his natural gifting and sheer breadth of experience. He can apply his strengths-based strategy to corporate performance at a Fortune 500 company; to navigating a first job out of college; even to combating violent extremism in conflict zones.

Mike has earned opportunities to speak and coach at organizations like Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Detroit Lions, the U.S. Olympic Committee, Shinola, United Way Worldwide, the U.S. State Department, the Afghan National Assembly, Bank of America, Ryan Inc., the San Diego Padres, Upside Travel, and the United Kingdom High Commission.

Jason Craparo

Chief Executive Officer
Hio Inc.

   

Jason Craparo is the founder & CEO of Hio. Hio, short for "hit it off" is a venture-backed startup HQ'd in Philadelphia. Hio has raised $2.5MM from 11 investors. Prior to Hio, Jason was on the executive management team of Juma Ventures, a national social enterprise operating in six US cities. Jason holds an MBA from Babson College, where he won the school’s top honor, the Roger W. Babson award and the top academic award, the Sorenson Scholar. Jason has been a certified private pilot since 2008 and has done advanced aerobatics. He enjoys running and competing in triathlons.

Nils Smith

Chief Strategist Social Media + Innovation
Dunham + Company

     

Nils joined the Dunham+Company team in 2016. With his extensive background in social media, innovation, and communication, Nils helps our clients create more impact through the latest social media and online best practices.

Before coming to Dunham+Company, Nils worked as the Innovation Pastor at Community Bible Church in San Antonio, Texas, one of the largest and fastest growing churches in the country. While there, Nils led a talented team that grew their church’s online engagement. He pioneered their use of mobile apps and TV apps, and built the online church platform that now reaches 12,000 people in 400 cities each week.

He is the author of The Social Media Guide for Ministry, and his work has been featured in a wide range of publications. Nils is regarded as a world-leading expert at the crossroads of social media and nonprofit strategy, and his expertise serves our clients every day.

Nils has a Business Management degree from Texas State University and holds a Masters in Ministry Leadership from Rockbridge Seminary. He is married and has two daughters.

Shawn Lovejoy

Founder & CEO
CourageToLead.com

    

Shawn is the Founder & CEO of CourageToLead.com. His heart beats for coaching leaders through what keeps them up at night. Shawn has been a successful real estate developer, church planter, megachurch pastor, and successful entrepreneur and leadership coach. CourageToLead.com facilitates leadership growth and organizational health for leaders all around the globe.  Shawn developed the GearsofGrowth® Assessment for Leaders and the Gears of Personal Growth® for Leaders. Shawn now leads a team of coaches through CourageToLead who coach leaders through what keep them up at night! Shawn is the author of three books. Be Mean About the Vision: Preserving and Protecting What Matters, released with Thomas Nelson Publishers in 2016. Shawn’s latest book The Measure of Our Success: Your Path To Significance, Satisfaction, & Leading Yourself To The Next Level releases nationally in April, 2019! Shawn has been married (for a quarter of a century!) to his partner and best friend Tricia Lovejoy, and they have three children: Hannah, Madison, & Paul. They all call Birmingham, AL home. 

Jessica Rimmer

Senior Consultant
GiANT Worldwide

     

Jessica Rimmer, PhD, has worked in leadership development for over 15 years. As an executive leader, she has given oversight to strategic growth and culture initiatives that improve the engagement and energy of people within the workplace. Dr. Rimmer current serves as a Senior Consultant at GiANT Worldwide, a global content and leadership development company. GiANT works with global companies in a variety of industries. Clients include: Google, BMW, Leidos and the US military. Prior to GiANT, Dr. Rimmer served as an executive leader in Higher Education where she led initiatives that helped define and distinguish organizational culture through focusing on team performance, leadership development and customer experience. Both her experience and education bolster her ability to help organizations analyze their needs and craft unique solutions to address business challenges.

Jessica received her Bachelor’s degree from Oklahoma Baptist University. She went on to earn her Master’s and doctorate in Higher Education Leadership from the University of Oklahoma.

Jessica has served as a speaker on topics such as strategic growth, cultural diversity, transformational leadership and personal success. She is passionate about helping people live with vision, purpose and influence.

Jessica lives in Edmond with her husband Terry and their three children Myles (8), Maris (5), and Margot (1). They are avid Thunder enthusiasts and love to “keep it local” as much as possible, supporting the great state of Oklahoma.

Josh Cunningham

Owner/Operator
Chick-fil-A at Rolling Oaks Mall

   

Joshua Cunningham is the Owner/Operator of Chick-fil-A Rolling Oaks Mall in his home town of San Antonio, TX. Beginning his Chick-fil-A career at age 16 as a dining room host be worked his way up to becoming the Kitchen Director. After graduating from Howard Payne University in 2009 with a degree in business management and marrying his wife Kelly he returned to San Antonio to pursue his dream of owning a Chick-fil-A franchise. In 2014 he entered Chick-fil-A Inc's Leadership Development Program moving his wife and daughter Kynleigh across the country flipping 13 Chick-fil-A restaurants over the next 30 months. In November of 2016 Joshua's dream became reality when he was selected for his own Chick-fil-A restaurant just 2 miles down the road from where his journey began back in 2002. In his first 3 years Joshua has won numerous awards including a national desserts sales contest, back to back Symbol of Success Awards and Champions Club for outstanding profit.

Amy Cedrone

National Director
Polished Network

Amy Cedrone is the National Director for Polished Network, which is an organization that gathers women to navigate the workplace and explore faith together in authentic community. Prior to Polished, Amy was a pastor for women and millennials at a large church in the Dallas Metroplex. In addition to her role as a pastor, Amy was also part of the preaching team. Amy is a gifted teacher, writer, and conference speaker and has a passion to help people get equipped and grow in their leadership and callings.

Amy received her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Midwestern State University. She went on to earn her Master’s degree in Christian Leadership from Dallas Theological Seminary, and is currently pursing her doctorate, with a focus on Organizational Leadership, from SMU.

Amy is married to Tony, and together, they have two sons. Tanner (22) is a senior at Texas A&M university, and will commission soon as a pilot in the USAF. Carter (18) is a senior in high school with plans also to attend Texas A&M. Amy and Tony are sought out as relationship mentors to young adults and engaged couples. They are also lovers of the Dallas Cowboys and the Fightin’ Texas Aggies.