R. A. Conroy is an award-winning filmmaker, artist and author of the “Must Read” novel SHELTER – Lost and Found, based on her experiences in animal welfare. A graduate of NYU’s prestigious Tisch School of The Arts, Ms. Conroy wrote and directed 10 films about both animals and children. Her film SHELTER, based on experiences in the animal shelter, won over 10 national and international awards, including the Arthur Chisholm Humanitarian Award. Winner of the NEA/AFI National Writing Competition, Ms. Conroy wrote and directed her second multiple award-winning film DADDY’S GIRL, earning her a second humanitarian award from the ARC. A sought-after story artist for Hollywood film studios, Ms. Conroy honed her story telling expertise helping to develop both animation and live action films for Disney, Pixar, Warner Bros., and numerous independent studios. Her film credits include: Pocahontas, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Tarzan, Hercules, Fantasia 2000, Treasure Planet, The Emperor’s New Groove, Planes 2 – Fire and Rescue, Everyone’s Hero, Cats and Dogs 2, Journey to the Center of the Earth 2, and the upcoming Mel Brooks/Samuel Jackson animated film Blazing Samurai.
Audrey Halpern has had an exemplary career as a professional corporate trainer and facilitator. She has developed employee training programs for Fortune 500 companies for the past 20 years. Audrey addresses eager employee audiences on the essentials of the skills needed for unlocking the paths to their success, whatever that looks like. She helps employees achieve their goals through the use of highly interactive and engaging, participant-centered methods in order to maximize outcomes. Her engaging and highly interactive delivery of training is sprinkled with impactful activities.
Linda Hollander has been featured by Entrepreneur and Inc. Magazines as the leading expert on corporate sponsorship. She is the author of Corporate Sponsorship in 3 Easy Steps, the CEO of Sponsor Concierge and the founder of the Sponsor Secrets Seminar. She’s the winner of the Rising Star and Caught In the Act of Excellence Awards and has also been featured on NBC, CBS, ABC, Bloomberg, Los Angeles Times and Woman’s Day.
Rebecca Kochenderfer, M.A., is the co-founder and CEO of Homeschool.com, the largest homeschool website online, and has been the Senior Editor of the site for over 16 years. She is the author of three popular homeschooling books – Homeschooling and Loving It!, Joyful Homeschooling, and Homeschooling For Success. Rebecca homeschooled her children from preschool through high school and takes great pleasure in helping the next generation of homeschooling parents get started with their own children. Rebecca regularly does radio and TV interviews, encouraging others to give homeschooling a try.
Sam X Renick is the driving force behind Sammy Rabbit, the Dream Big Read and the Dream Big Club. Sam is dedicated to empowering kids’ dreams and improving children’s financial literacy through the development of great habits and strategic life skills. Sam has read and sung off key with over a quarter million children around the world, encouraging them to get in the habits of saving money and reading! He writes on the subject, is quoted frequently in the media and has won numerous honors throughout his 15+ year career for his innovative strategies including the New Jersey Coalition for Financial Education’s Muriel F. Siebert Lifetime Achievement Award!
Bonnie Terry, M.Ed., B.C.E.T, has shown hundreds of thousands of students and families the way to overcome dyslexia, ADHD, autism spectrum, handicaps and learning disabilities. She has done this through her teaching and leading-edge materials used in homes, classrooms, and teacher preparation programs around the world. With over a million views on YouTube, Bonnie has helped children and adults of all ages to achieve unprecedented success in reading, writing, spelling and math through her videos and her year-round speaking tours and presentations.
Pat Wyman is the founder of educational solutions website HowToLearn.com, online since 1996, with over two million visitors a year. She is a college instructor for teachers in continuing education, and the best-selling author of numerous books that empower students, parents, and teachers to self-direct their learning. Her Personalized Learning Assessment, Eye-Q Reading Inventory, and other ‘how to learn’ strategies are used in well over 20,000 schools worldwide, where they have helped millions of students excel in school and create the future they want.