Presenters & Facilitators
More presenters & facilitators for the 2020 conference will be announced soon.
Keynote Speaker, Author, Musician & Broadcaster
Alvin challenges his audience members to examine their current perceptions of themselves, other people and the world around them so they can then overcome the same obstacles that Alvin was able to overcome – not how to live and function with no arms, but how to be a successful, compassionate, positive and engaged human being that leaves the world a better place than how they found it.
Born with no arms as a result of the drug Thalidomide, Alvin was adopted by a family who taught him to use his feet for hands – and who by doing so gave him the gift of freedom. Alvin's mission is to spark a worldwide Attitude Revolution. Attitude Revolutions happen because people are inspired, from within themselves, to practice cultivating a more proactive and effective outlook on their lives. Alvin knows, and demonstrates to his audiences, that attitude is not about touchy-feely platitudes or 'thinking positive' – attitude is how we look at and interpret life overall. It is a skill that can be learned, and that must be practiced. It is a tool that can be used. Most importantly, it can't be imposed upon people – it has to come from a genuine place.
Alvin uses his story to challenge audiences to rewrite the negative stories they tell themselves about themselves; to stop feeling like victims in their lives and get proactive; to stop making excuses and start making choices. His fusion of storytelling, musical performance and down-to-earth humour connect with his audiences at an intimate, intense and individual level. Over 7,500 organizations on five continents have used Alvin to ignite, engage and transform their people.
In addition to being a professional speaker, he is a trained broadcaster, fundraiser, award-winning musician and bestselling author. He has earned the designation of Certified Speaking Professional (CSP), an honour possessed by less than ten percent of professional speakers worldwide. In 2009, Alvin was inducted into the Canadian Association of Speakers (CAPS) Hall of Fame.
Richard L. Nichols, Jr.
Managing Director, South Atlantic Division Executive, Bank of America
Richard Nichols is the South Atlantic Division Executive for Bank of America Private Bank. Richard leads the overall effort to serve the wealth management needs of high net worth individuals and families in the South Atlantic U.S. which includes District of Columbia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia.
Prior to his current role, Richard held the position of Market Executive for the Merrill Lynch Wealth Management Charlotte & Associates Market. In this role, he oversaw the serving of clients, while protecting the firm and driving the profitability and revenue growth of the business through the 200+ Financial Advisors in the Charlotte & Associates Market.
Previously, Richard also held the position of Middle Market Banking Market Executive for the Carolinas and the Franchise Restaurant Group. Additionally, he served as a Catalyst (CTM) for Phase II of New BAC. Richard is a 25+ year veteran of the financial services industry.
Richard is an Advisory Board member of Veteran's Bridge Home (a group that successfully transitions veterans and their families to civilian life) and former Chairman of the Board for MeckEd (an independent supporter of public education in Mecklenburg County). Richard is also a current board member of Sharon Towers, a Continuing Care Retirement Community. He is a current member of the Executive Leadership Council. In 2020, he was selected to join the Board of Trustees for the Blumenthal Performing Arts.
He is a graduate of Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University.
Dr. Beverly Kaye
Author • Speaker • Thought Leader
Dr. Beverly Kaye is recognized internationally as one of the most knowledgeable and practical professionals in the areas of career development, employee engagement and retention.
Her contribution to the field of engagement and retention include the Wall Street Journal bestseller, Love 'Em or Lose 'Em: Getting Good People to Stay. Her recent books in the career development field include Up is Not the Only Way and Help Them Grow or Watch Them Go, which provided overwhelmed managers with a way to blend career conversations into their everyday routine.
In 2018, The Association for Talent Development (ATD) honored her with their Lifetime Achievement Award recognizing her advanced knowledge, extensive practice across the talent development field, thought leadership and contributions to the profession. The Association of Learning Professionals (ISA) also honored her with their 2018 Thought Leadership Award for her body of work in support of work-related learning and performance.
Chief Operations Officer, Talent Dimensions
Lynn Cowart has extensive experience working and consulting in senior‐level human resources positions for industries including financial services, aerospace, food service, and utilities. She has facilitated executive coaching, change management and strategic staffing initiatives for mid and senior level executives as well as career transition programs, retention and engagement strategies, assessment interviewing and training for all organizational levels.
As a consultant for Career Systems International, Lynn has led coaching programs and training events for an array of professional business clients. In addition, she has managed programs designed to instill culture changes within organizations by modifying behavioral tendencies within individuals
Lynn recently co-authored the book, Up is Not the Only Way – Rethinking Career Mobility, with Bev Kaye and Lindy Williams, challenging leaders and employees to re-imagine what it takes to achieve ultimate career success through a true mobility mindset.
Lynn received her MBA from the University of Connecticut. She also holds a Bachelor's degree in Business and Communications from SUNY at Buffalo in New York. In addition, she has worked with the University of Pennsylvania on an MS in Organizational Dynamics. She is Lumina Learning certified, International Career Consultant (ICC) certified as well as qualified in Myers Briggs (MBTI).
Chief Business Officer, Talent Dimensions
Cile has 20 years of experience helping organizations address their most important strategy…their talent development strategy. By focusing on the key drivers of retention and recognizing it is not a one-size-fits all proposition, she helps organizations discover how their strategic investments drive sustainable, competitive advantage. In her role as Chief Business Officer, Cile is responsible for sales and marketing, providing strategic direction for global client solutions and ensuring the organization's continued growth and success, as well as global expansion.
Dr. Ancella Livers, Ph.D.
President, PRISM International, Inc.
Ancella Livers is a skilled diversity and leadership development professional. She is the co-author of the book, Leading in Black and White, and the HBR classic Dear White Boss. She has also written numerous articles, chapters and reports on equity, diversity and inclusion.
In 1995, Ancella moved to the Center for Creative Leadership® to build and manage their African-American Leadership program. She later also managed the Center's Women's Leadership program. In her first 12 years at the Center, Ancella managed numerous leadership programs and left the organization as the Director of Global Open Enrollment programs. In 2007, Ancella became the Executive Director of the Institute for Leadership Development and Leadership for the Executive Leadership Council (ELC). The ELC is a membership organization for many of corporate America's highest ranking African American executives. While there, she not only built the Institute's facilitation infrastructure, but she also oversaw detailing research.
Prior to her work in the diversity and leadership development field, Ancella was an assistant professor at the West Virginia University School of Journalism. She also spent a decade as a newspaper journalist and held roles as acting business editor and Capitol Hill reporter for Gannett News Service.
Ancella holds a B.S. in Mass Communications from Hampton University, a M.S. in Journalism from Northwestern University, and a M.A. and PH.D. in History from Carnegie Mellon University. She is also an executive coach and has served on several boards.
Dr. Theresa M. Welbourne
Founder, President, and CEO of eePulse, Inc.
Dr. Theresa M. Welbourne is the founder, president, and CEO of eePulse, Inc., a human capital technology and consulting firm. Dr. Welbourne's expertise is in the areas of leadership and human capital management in high growth and high-change organizations. She has a large body of work on initial public offerings; in addition, she works in the areas of employee energy and engagement as well as managing a large project on employee resource groups (ERGs). Theresa also holds an appointment as an affiliated senior research scientist with the University of Southern California's Center for Effective Organizations. She also is Executive Director of the Alabama Entrepreneurship Institute as well as the Will and Maggie Brooke Professor in Entrepreneurship at the Culverhouse College of Business.
Dr. Welbourne's research and work have been featured in popular publications such as Inc. Magazine, Wall Street Journal, The Financial Times, Business Week, New York Times, and Entrepreneur Magazine and published in books and in journals such as the Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Strategic Management Journal, Journal of Applied Psychology, Leader to Leader and Organization Dynamics. Theresa is a prolific writer, well known speaker, and she focuses on turning rigorous research into practical tools that are being used by organizations around the world. Theresa was awarded the 2012 Academy of Management Distinguished HR Executive Award (for contributions in research, teaching and practice). She was named a Top Technology Trendsetter in 2014 by Survey Magazine, and in 2017 she was inducted as a Society for Industrial Organizational Psychology (SIOP) fellow.