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Julie Adams is the Founder and CEO of both Adams Educational Consulting and MB Enterprise. She is an award-winning educator, best-selling author, and international consultant specializing in: cognitive capacity, neuroscience, critical thinking, literacy, social-emotional intelligence, mental health, culture and leadership. Her humor and expertise make her a highly sought after Keynote speaker at educational and leadership conferences around the world. Her books include: #FULLYCHARGED~140 Battery Charging Maslow & Bloom Strategies for Students, Parents and Staff and Game Changers~7 Instructional Practices that Catapult Student Achievement.
Inky Johnson is an author, inspirational speaker, and former collegiate athlete for the University of Tennessee Volunteers. Whether the topic is leadership, teamwork, or perseverance, Inky inspires his audiences to embrace the challenges of life. With his unique talents, Inky seemed destined for the riches and glory of the National Football League, but his future was dramatically altered. Inky suffered a severe injury that threatened and ultimately altered his life in a matter of seconds, crushing the plans he had for a career in the NFL and beyond. Through it all, Inky never gave up hope or faith in the One whose plans are perfect.
T2BC founder Joshua Medcalf gave up scholarships to law school to move across the country to live and serve at a homeless shelter in downtown Los Angeles. After six months of serving at the shelter he moved into the closet of a gym. It was there, 6 years ago, that Train to be Clutch started to take form through the simple mission of love people, serve people, and provide value. He has gone on to be one of the most sought after people in the world of mental conditioning, leadership, and life skills. He created the first mental training apps in the world for basketball, soccer, and golf. He has written four books. He is also one of two people ever to be invited to work with UNC Women’s Soccer (22 National Championships) on mental conditioning.
Jimmy Casas served twenty-two years as a school leader, including fourteen years as Principal at Bettendorf High School. Under his leadership, Bettendorf was named one of the Best High Schools in the country three times by Newsweek and US News & World Report.
Jimmy was named the 2012 Iowa Secondary Principal of the Year and was selected as one of three finalists for NASSP 2013 National Secondary Principal of the Year. In 2014, Jimmy was invited to the White House to speak on the Future Ready Schools pledge. Jimmy is also the author of three books, “What Connected Educators Do Differently,” “Start. Right. Now. – Teach and Lead for Excellence,” and his latest release, “Culturize – Every Student. Every Day. Whatever it Takes.”
Jimmy currently serves as an adjunct professor for Drake University, teaching courses in educational leadership. Finally, he is the owner and CEO of J Casas & Associates, an educational leadership company aimed at organizing and providing world class professional learning services for educators across the country.
Bill Taylor is a writer, speaker, and entrepreneur who chronicles the best ways to compete, innovate, and succeed. He acts as cofounder and editor of Fast Company, a business magazine that has earned the attention and respect of executives and entrepreneurs around the world. Bill has also written three books on leadership and change. His most recent book, Simply Brilliant: How Great Organizations Do Ordinary Things in Extraordinary Ways, was named “Best Strategy and Leadership Book of 2016” by 800CEOREAD. His previous book, Practically Radical, was a Wall Street Journal bestseller, and his first book, Mavericks at Work, was a New York Times bestseller and was named a “Business Book of the Year” by The Economist and the Financial Times. Bill created the “Under New Management” column for The New York Times, has published numerous essays and CEO interviews in the Harvard Business Review, and now regularly blogs for HBR.
Kevin Kush, M.A., has been a teacher and coach for over 30 years and is widely recognized as an outstanding motivational speaker.
He is the author of 3 books (The 100 Yard Classroom, Competing with Character, and A Piece of the Puzzle), and was honored as ABC News “Person of the Week” for leading his Boys Town High School football team of at-risk youth to an undefeated regular season. Coach Kush shares keys to motivation and success, while sharing his energy and passion.
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