Past Featured Speakers
Born and raised in Caracas-Venezuela to a family of holocaust survivors, Michelle was accustomed to living with fear. It was what kept her safe and comfortable. But when she moved to New York to pursue a Masters in Branding at the School of Visual Arts, Michelle quickly realized that NYC was not for the fearful.
In efforts to re-write her definition of fear she completed a project where she faced one fear a day for 100 days. She filmed herself on each challenge and posted them daily to her YouTube channel. She faced all kinds of fears, from holding a tarantula and skydiving to posing nude for a drawing class and helping people in need. At around day 40, the project was discovered by the media and it became an instant viral phenomenon. Celebrities such as Ashton Kutcher, Zoey Deschanel, Sofia Vergara and Lil Wayne were sharing her story. In a matter of days Michelle had over 4.5 million views. The vulnerability in exposing herself to the world created an emotional connection with her followers that turned into a community of thousands, changing their approach to life.
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Gabrielle Jordan, now age 17, is the owner of Jewelz of Jordan, a luxury jewelry business, which she started at the age of 9. Gabrielle’s passion for business did not stop there. She is the co-founder of the ExCEL Youth Mentoring Institute; a youth based online organization providing mentorship opportunities and educational resources for entrepreneurship and leadership development. Gabrielle wrote the nationally recognized and #1 Amazon Bestselling book, The Making of a Young Entrepreneur: A Kids Guide to Developing the Mind-Set for Success. Gabrielle, a TEDx speaker, has personally engaged with over 15,000 women, business owners, and youth through her appearances at major programs both nationally and internationally.
Gabrielle currently hosts The UV Effect Podcast where she and her guests share motivational advice, insightful tips, and inspiring stories that help listeners define their personal and professional Unique Value.
Most of all, Gabrielle is a generous, service-oriented teenager who believes in lending a helping hand and heart to others. She volunteers as a Youth Ambassador for the Tigerlily Foundation, where she supports the mission for breast health, education, wellness, and empowerment for girls and women. Gabrielle also volunteers her time to local non-profit organizations supporting youth so she can give back by doing what she loves – educating and empowering youth to excel beyond the expectations of others.
David Edward Garcia
David is the only 5-language-speaking-motivational-comedian on the planet! David empathizes with diverse students who face challenges because he was once considered an “at-risk student” himself before defying the odds and graduating with a bachelor’s degree and then earning his Master’s Degree. He has motivated children and mature adults in some of the greatest metropolitan cities of the world: Los Angeles, New York, Sao Paulo, Paris, Kuala Lumpur, and London.
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EJ is the #1 Amazon Best-Selling author of Accelerate Your Success: How to Create A Future and Stand out When College is Not Enough, which teaches students how to market and brand themselves when everyone is going to college and no one is hiring.
EJ has spoken to over tens of thousands of students. His main entrepreneurial venture is the Student Success Academy, a modern coaching solution that helps high school students leverage their education and build a personalized plan to defeat current issues in the economy and in their own lives.
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Participants were able to…
- Reflect on and focus on their dreams & ambitions
- Learn innovative tools and concepts to think about, plan and realize goals
- Boost their confidence about themselves, their abilities and their potential
- Discover their unique talents and see how these are the keys to future success and happiness
- Gain insight into what drives them and others to take action in specific ways
- Draw on their strengths to visualize their bigger future
- Meet new, like-minded people in an exciting atmosphere!