Speakers - 2018

2018 Jim Curtis - The cosmic algorithm: Deciphering the signs

Jim Curtis has had a prolific career in health publishing, serving as a key leader in the rapid growth of three leading national health sites, WebMD, EverydayHealth and Remedy Health Media. Named an “elite disruptor” by pm360, and the recipient of Pharma Voice’s Top 100 Most Inspirational in Health, Curtis revamped the standard at Remedy by telling emotionally charged stories infused with immersive multimedia content- inspiring people to live better – now, elevating Remedy to a “Crain’s Fastest Growing Company” in NYC. Jim is the author of the new book, The Stimulati Experience (Rodale), that curates transformational skills learned from 20 years of fighting a chronic health condition of his own while serving as a patient advocate. He is the creator of the documentary series, Elders, an active public speaker, board member and business coach to start-up entrepreneurs. Jim’s focus is on achieving health, happiness and purpose through mindset - lowering inflammation in both the mind and body. He has been featured in The New York Times, Fox News, Elite Daily, The Daily News, Bloomberg, HuffPo, Thrive Global, Rodale Health, US News and World Report and others. Jim lives in NYC with his son, Aidan, and rescue dog, Odie. He can be followed on Instagram @Jimcurtis1 and online at www.jimcurtis.us.

2018 Lolly Daskal - We Cannot Lead Others Without First Leading From Within

Lolly Daskal is one of the most sought-after executive leadership coaches in the world. Her extensive cross-cultural expertise spans 14 countries, six languages and hundreds of companies. As founder and CEO of Lead From Within, her proprietary leadership program is engineered to be a catalyst for leaders who want to enhance performance and make a meaningful difference in their companies, their lives, and the world. Based on a mix of modern philosophy, science, and nearly thirty years coaching top executives, Lolly’s perspective on leadership continues to break new ground and produce exceptional results. Lolly Daskal’s new book, The Leadership Gap: What Gets Between You and Your Greatness is a Wall Street Journal Bestseller and she is also the bestselling author of Thoughts Spoken From the Heart. Of her many awards and accolades, Lolly was designated a Top-50 Leadership and Management Expert by Inc.com, and 100 Great Leadership Speakers for Your Next by Inc. Magazine. Huffington Post honored Lolly with the title of The Most Inspiring Woman in the World.

2018 Pamay Bassey - Navigating Sacred Spaces

Pamay is the Chief Experience Officer of the “My 52 Weeks of Worship Project” which started when she made a commitment to visit a different place of worship each week in 2010 – whether that place of worship reflected her personal religious tradition or not. As a result, in one year she visited 61 churches, temples, mosques, shuls, synagogues, covens, living rooms, and other sacred spaces in the USA, Mexico, the United Kingdom, Nigeria and South Africa. She delivers keynote speeches and facilitates a series of workshops, presentations, and learning experiences based on her personal and professional experiences, and on the lessons she learned from her global, spiritual, interfaith journey.

Her book My 52 Weeks of Worship: Lessons from a Global, Spiritual, Interfaith Journey (Balboa Press, 2012), shares the lessons she learned during her global, spiritual, interfaith journey, and she maintains a blog about her on-going experiences, www.my52wow.com. She received strong online, print, and radio media hits for her book, including articles in Woman’s Day, Ebony, MSN’s glo.com, Jet Magazine and theroot.com. She was also interviewed by AOL’s You’ve Got, The Afternoon Shift with Steve Edwards (WBEZ-Chicago), The Lake Effect Show (WUVM-Milwaukee), The Brian Lehrer Show (WNYC – New York), and The Mike Huckabee Radio Show. Pamay is also Director, Global Head of Learning Platform and Professional Development for BlackRock, the world’s largest asset management company. She is responsible for professional development for the firm’s 13000 employees and for the firm's learning capabilities.

2018 Dr. Tasneem Bhatia - Oppression, Misogyny and the Science of the Female Brain

Nationally recognized, Dr. Tasneem Bhatia MD (Dr. Taz) is a board-certified integrative medicine physician and wellness expert, specializing in women’s health, weight loss, nutrition and family wellness. She is the author of “What Doctors Eat,” “The 21 Day Belly Fix,” and the breakthrough “Super Woman RX.” She has been featured in numerous media outlets including The Today Show, Dr. Oz and Live with Kelly. A pioneer and trailblazer, Dr. Taz opened her innovative medical practices, CentreSpringMD in 2009. The practices serve as integrative medical homes for the whole family – encompassing wellness, primary care and complex disease management.

2018 Rabbi Elchanan Poupko - The High Price of Political Polarization

Rabbi Elchanan Poupko is a writer, teacher, speaker, and an 11th generation rabbi. He is the founding editor of the rabbinical journal The YU Lamdan and has written for more than a dozen publications on topics varying from medical ethics to politics. He serves as faculty at Park East Day School and is the president of EITAN-The Israeli American Jewish Network. Rabbi Poupko has worked with representatives of both parties on the national, state, and city level and is committed to bridging the divide tearing our society apart. Rabbi Poupko is a member of the Rabbinical Council of America. He blogs at rabbipoupko.com

2018 Mandy Antoniacci - Why You Shouldn't Know the Color of Your Sneakers

Mandy Antoniacci - Founder & CEO, Give FiveTM, Angel Investor, Speaker, Activist. Mandy is an unshakable optimist who believes in the power of humanity. She is the Founder and CEO of Give FiveTM- the first ever tech company designed to co-create unity around the world through anonymous, positive actions. She is an investor and board member of socially conscious companies and advises Fortune 500 companies and entrepreneurs on how to adapt for today’s socially charged climate. As one of the most sought-after voices on cultural change, Mandy has earned global recognition with social leaders and elite sports figures around the world. In 2015, Inc. Magazine tapped her as a Columnist. In 2017, Huffington Post named her oneof the “Great Twitter Accounts To Follow” in her field. Mandy’s work is featured in major media outlets weekly and as curriculum at academic institutions worldwide.

2018 Madison Campbell

Madison is a Researcher, Data Scientist, and Medical Program Director. She is also the Chapter President for Young Americans for Liberty. Her research on neurodegenerative diseases has been published in 12 studies. She discovered creative expression at a young age through dance and as a young adult devoted her education to ballet and musical theater. Her life took a drastic turn when she received a diagnosis of “Thoracic Outlet Syndrome” as a freshman in college. Despite her low energy levels, she was determined not to let that hold her back from enjoying college. After being told by her surgeon she was not allowed to have a summer job, she found herself immersed in recovery so her illness would not hold her back. Little did she know, this restful recovery would soon encourage her to a new line of work. Her illness pushed her to seek more knowledge in the scientific field of infectious diseases, epidemiology, and neuro-epidemiology.

2018 Antuan Magic Raimone - Soldier of Love: My Survivor Journey

Affectionately known as Magic, Antuan most recently spoke at a conference for the Offices of Victim Services in Albany, NY. This opportunity came from his work as a client with the Crime Victims Treatment Center where he discovered a new passion and purpose in public speaking. His first career love being in Musical Theatre as a singer/dancer/actor/choreographer spans two decades and has him currently as one of two male Universal Swings for the Pulitzer/Tony Award winning musical “Hamilton”. He was also in the Tony/Grammy Award winning “In the Heights” and has performed at Radio City Music Hall and The Grand Ole Opry with the Rockettes.