Keynote Speakers

Meet our Keynote Speakers!

Connie Podesta

Connie Podesta

Opening Session

Connie Podesta is a game-changing, idea-generating ball of fire whose rare blend of humor, substance, style and personality have made her one of the most memorable, in-demand speakers in the world today. 25 years. Two million people. 1000 organizations. Hall of Fame speaker. Award-winning author. Seven books. Former Radio/TV personality. Comedienne. Human Relations Expert. Therapist for 30 years. Topics on sales, leadership, change, life balance and success. And (what we all probably could use now and then)…a Comedienne.

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Dr. Nathan Mellor

Dr. Nathan Mellor

Sleeping Giants – How Effective Leaders Awaken Potential and Open Doors of Opportunity

A captivating storyteller, Dr. Nathan Mellor is the CEO of C3 Brands and President of Strata Leadership. Since founding Strata in 2009, the company has grown from a single employee in a windowless office to a multi-million dollar family of companies that includes: Monocle Press, Mosaic Personnel, Qubit Creative and Strata Leadership. Dr. Mellor has been a student favorite at the undergraduate and graduate levels for over twenty years. His most popular courses included leadership, communication, ethics and the psychology of conflict. In pursuit of educational, humanitarian and religious interests, he has studied or taught in: Australia, Belize, China, England, Guyana, Israel, Jordan, Mexico, Russia and Rwanda. He is passionate about developing future leaders and is the co-founder of the Presidential Leadership Institute, hosted on the campus of York College, in collaboration with the Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum.

Nathan earned the Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership degree from Pepperdine University where he was a Colleagues Grant recipient. He earned the Master of Dispute Resolution degree from the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at the Pepperdine University School of Law, where he was named a Straus Fellow. He earned the Master of Science in Education and Bachelor of Arts degrees from Harding University. Dr. Mellor's first book, "Sleeping Giants" was released on March 11, 2019. Dr. Mellor lives in Edmond, Oklahoma with his wife of 22 years (on May 17th) and their two teenage daughters.

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