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Taylore B. SinclaireKeynote: Taylore B. Sinclaire

Taylore B. Sinclaire has been known as the foremost expert in Personal Power and Non-Verbal Communications since the early 1990s and is the Founder and Creator of the IlluminEssensce technology. Having worked with prestigious and high-profile clients, such as Emmy Award winning actors and writers, several mayors, superior court judges, a state senator, college chancellors, a school superintendent, award-winning attorneys, and the creator of the Love Boat television series, it’s no wonder why clients seek out Taylore’s expertise to receive optimum impact and influence in their personal and professional lives.

Rose Colarossi

Power Connecting Event: Rose Colarossi

Rose Colarossi is an accomplished Multi-business Owner & Entrepreneur, Motivational Speaker, Author and Radio Show Host. She founded Outside the Fishbowl Looking In and Another Set of Eyes Consulting in which she empowers entrepreneurs with the skills they need to network successfully and the tools to make small changes that will help them increase sales and productivity. She was a 2016 finalist for Female Entrepreneur of the Year in Addison Magazine. She is the first person in the United States to utilize a technique that helps women quickly breakthrough personal and professional blockages, allowing them to live the life they desire & deserve! Many know her and her family as the owners and operators of several Egg & I Restaurants in the area and know that Rose is a Power Networker. After much prompting she has just completed writing a pocket guide for successful networking.



Poppy’s daughter, Steph, is the reason she pursued the path to inspire and empower people to believe that Anything is Possible to Live the Life you Dream About. Poppy is a figure skater and the Doctors told her she would never skate again. Less than 1 year later, she skated in the Opening Ceremonies of the 1980 Winter Olympics.  Later in life fear crept into he mind and her husband had an affair with her friend, their home went back to the bank and Poppy lost  including her confidence and self respect. Thankfully she was able to surrounded herself by impactful souls that thought better of her than she did of herself.  Poppy is now an accomplished Author/Speaker/DreamMaker and MentorToMillions and is highly sought after for her unique speaking engagements, sometimes she even wears those Olympic skates. She is Co Authors with ‘Chicken Soup for the Souls’ and star in ‘The Secret’, Jack Canfield in ‘I Mastered Failure but Look at me Now’.  Her upcoming book, ‘Thank You for Sleeping with My Husband’ will be released in 2017 as well as ‘The Recipe for Happiness’.


Betsy Allen-Manning

Featured on FOX, CBS, ABC & NBC, Betsy Allen-Manning is a nationally recognized leadership speaker, author and organizational development expert. Betsy shows leaders of multi-billion dollar corporations how to measure and build a leader’s credibility, respect & effectiveness within any organization simply by mastering the 3 quotients that ensure a leader’s success: Your skills, character & habits. Some companies that have experienced Betsy’s keynotes and trainings are BMW, Toshiba, TSA & The U.S. Department of Defense.  Betsy holds speaking, coaching and training certifications from highly-acclaimed leadership expert, John C. Maxwell and Human Behavior Expert, Dr. Robert Rohm. Betsy travels nationwide as one of the top keynote speakers and corporate trainers on leadership & organizational development. With 15 + years of experience as a leader for multi-billion dollar corporations, including Disney,  Betsy has been able to develop employee training programs for the Golden Globe events in Beverly Hills and Steve Wynn’s $70 million dollar establishment in Las Vegas. Her goal is to turn paycheck employees into committed leaders for organizations, simply by helping them adapt the 3Q Leadership Concept within their organization. Betsy also traveled the world for over 12 years as a professional singer; which has her extending her high energy and passion from the stage…to every audience.


Candy BaroneCandy Barone

Candy Barone, known as the Pull-No-Punches Accountability Powerhouse, and CEO of You Empowered Strong, is an executive trainer and coach, international speaker and Amazon best-selling author.  She is a catalyst and change agent who works with the 3 Es: Executives, Entrepreneurs and Emerging Leaders to help them bring “heart” back to leadership while feeding the soul of business. With nearly 20 years in Corporate America, she is a master at building exceptional, high-performing teams, maximizing and leveraging ROI, growing emerging leaders, and catapulting individuals to achieve explosive growth. Candy was named a 2014-15 VIP Woman of the Year by the National Association of Professional Women, was recipient of the 2015 Public Speakers Association Local Collaborator Award, and was nominated as a 2015 Profile in Power Central Texas Woman of Influence. Candy also has been showcased in CNN, The Austin Stateman, Austin Business Journal, Be the Boss Magazine, OffBeat Business Magazine, The Chicago Tribune, ciLiving TV, along with numerous radio shows and podcasts.  In addition, she serves as a call leader for the Evolutionary Business Council, a Partnering Director for the Public Speakers Association, and a regular columnist for OffBeatBusiness Magazine. Candy currently lives in Austin with her dog, Payton, and enjoys her free time outdoors, spending time with friends, reading, or working out in the boxing gym.


Leslie HasslerLeslie Hassler

Have you ever felt like walking away from everything in your business?  In her first business, Leslie Hassler sure did.  After struggling to grow back her interior design business after the 2008 recession, Leslie was ready to through in the towel.  She was burned out and just sick and tired of being ‘sick and tired’.  In an ultimatum moment with herself, Leslie decided to get help or get out. Within 6 months she grew her business 150% and then set about rewriting the rules to business and get back her zest for being an entrepreneur. Today, Leslie of Your Biz Rules TM, coaches women business owners and executives to bounce back from burn out, reignite growth in their careers and businesses while kindling their passion for doing what they do. With Leslie’s ability to simplify the complex process of building a business, whether it’s marketing, sales, systems, or just finding time to do it all – you’ll make more progress working with Leslie than you ever did on your own. The strategies and techniques that her client’s implement creates 30% to 200% growth – easily within the next year.


JoAnne MarceauJoAnne Marceau

In “Climbing to Success,” JoAnne teaches insights she gained on her summit of 14,410 foot Mt. Rainier including: The ‘code’ to unlocking your vision and dreams Why our history doesn’t determine our destiny How to overcome the limits set by long-held beliefs That when you change your thinking, you change your results In The Confidence Factor: Lies About Confidence That Knock the Wind Out of Your Sails… And What to do About It: In this fast-paced and interactive presentation audiences will: Discover 7 Myths about confidence and how to overcome them Learn the 6 superpowers that can be used every day to build your confidence Experience how simple exercises will shift your self-esteem Realize that the best way to build confidence is through action

Darlene Templeton

Sought after speaker and trainer with a special talent for easily connecting with audiences and workshop participants, Darlene creates immediate feelings of trust and integrity. Gifted with humor and a natural-born storyteller, her presentation style is exceptionally enthusiastic, energizing and fun! She has been called the “high octane” energy source in the room, and entertaining, motivational and inspirational! Customizing each and every program for her audience she leaves them empowered with the tips, tools and strategies for leadership, personal and professional excellence, and unparalleled success. Darlene is the Founder and Chief Leader of the AMAZING Women Alliance, a group of high achieving women who meet monthly to inspire, motivate and support each other to achieve their goals. The AMAZING Women Leaders program is a six-month results driven leadership development and coaching program designed for professional women who are committed to accelerate, accomplish and achieve their goals both personally and professionally. You can build more confidence, develop business and leadership strategies and implement your action plans to achieve your goals and get the results that you desire. A published author, Certified Professional Coactive Coach (CPCC) through Coaches Training Institute, (CTI), completed the one year Leadership Program at CTI, and Darlene is on the Faculty of Organizational Coaching at CTI, and is Certified through International Coaching Federation (ICF). Darlene is very active in the community and was on the Advisory Board at Texas Women in Business (TWIB). She established the Coaching, Mentoring and Resources programs for the organization. She is the Co-VP of Career Development for the Austin Human Resources Managers Association (AHRMA), and very active with Dress for Success and other charities in the Austin area.


Peggy O'NealPeggy O’Neal

Peggy is a recognized expert in complex management, leadership, financial and business development issues. She brings almost thirty years of experience as an executive coach, business consultant and expert facilitator, and twelve years as an attorney. She offers custom-designed individual coaching, workshops and other programs for entrepreneurs, leadership and executive development, as well as career transition and corporate culture evolution. Peggy’s pragmatic approach includes models and concepts from a multitude of disciplines, including business, biology, neuroscience, adult development theory, linguistics and quantum physics. Her clients value her heart-felt commitment to them, her skillful ability to discern what is needed and her no-nonsense approach. Peggy has coached leaders and staff in multi-national organizations in the United States, the United Kingdom, Malaysia, India, Canada, Russia, Australia, Germany and Singapore. She has also facilitated and developed curriculums and manuals for Politics & Organizations, The Management Coaching Program, Universal Principles for Conscious Business, Coaching for Effective and Positive Power in the Workplace, Conversations for Effective Action, Navigating the Storms of Life Through Coaching, Hiring and Keeping Talented People, and multiple others. Her highly-acclaimed teleseminar series, High Point Selling™ has supported hundreds of sales professionals to achieve increased sales results. During her legal career, Peggy served through Bill Clinton as an Assistant Attorney General and as State Purchasing Director in Arkansas. She also practiced in the private sector, specializing in business and corporate law. Peggy worked for the Federal Labor Relations Authority as part of the Clinton administration administering trainings in labor-management relations. She has also held high-level management positions and has served on several nonprofit Boards of Directors. Peggy graduated from the University Of Arkansas School Of Law in Fayetteville, Arkansas, and received her undergraduate degree there as well. Given her commitment to bold, effective and meaningful coaching and consulting, she has studied with Integral Coaching Canada, Newfield Network and New Ventures West.


Robin AyersRobin Ayers

Robin Ayers is a well known Entertainment Reporter/Host, Public Speaker and Author who brings you inspiring and motivational stories from your favorite celebrities and everyday achievers. Her goal is to inspire you to overcome every challenge in your life, discover your purpose and walk boldly towards your dreams. Often utilizing her own life’s challenges and triumphs, Robin speaks with a down to earth, yet very impactful real attitude. Her infectious and likable spirit is unmatched and generates relatable association right away.


Hope ShimabukuHope Shimabuku

Hope Shimabuku is the Regional Director of the Texas Regional Office of the US Patent & Trademark Office. Ms. Shimabuku is a leader in the Texas region. She currently serves as the Chair for the State Bar of Texas Intellectual Property Section and sits on the Board of Visitors for the University of North Texas Law School. She served as Pupilage Group Leader, a Barrister Member and Inaugural Member of the Barbara M.G. Lynn IP Inn of Court, and served as a facilitator for the DFW Women in Intellectual Property group.  She is a past president of the Dallas Asian American Bar Association, chaired the Dallas Diversity Task Force, and served on the board of the Dallas Bar Association and as a member of the Grievance Committee for the State Bar of Texas – District 6. Throughout her career, Ms. Shimabuku has championed diversity efforts, and was honored with the DCEO Champion of Diversity Award by the Association of Corporate Counsel. She has also received numerous professional honors, including being recognized as the 2016 Hero of Innovation by the Institute for Law and Technology, selected as a Dallas Business Journal “Top 40 Under Forty,” named Dallas Business Journal’s Corporate Counsel Rookie of the Year, and selected as one of DCEO’s “500 Most Powerful Business Leaders.”


Terri CarverTerri Carver

Terri Carver is a Carolina girl who relocated to Texas sixteen years ago. Leaving four grown children behind in the Carolinas and moving to Dallas with her husband’s company in 2002, she decided to “bloom” where she was planted. She is a certified Dream Builder Life Coach, counselor and former instructor, having also worked in the dental field for twenty five years. Working with women to help them write new chapters for their life stories is Terri’s passion. She has partnered with women individually and groups at shelters and safe houses, where she was able to help many women discover and find their purpose for their lives. Terri divides her time between her business, TLC Life Coaching, coordinating a free dental clinic @ Dallas Life Homeless Shelter and her family here in Texas and in the Carolinas. Her family has since grown to include three bonus in-law children, a “healthy, smart and good lookin'” grandboy named Leland and an array of granddogs.


Nickquolette BarrettNickquolette Barrett

I am passionate about helping serious career professionals, just like you, understand you are more than just an employee and that you are in fact your own corporation, your own brand, and your own CEO. I work to change your mindset from employee to business owner within the structure of corporate America. You don’t have to be an entrepreneur in the sense of owning an actual business. However, you do have to see yourself as an entrepreneur of your own brand and value in the job marketplace. I truly believe that you are not just an employee. You are a business of one! 

Kalpana MurthyKalpana Murthy

Founder Owner of Internet Marketing Consulting Business in Plano, since 2009. Serving local businesses with internet marketing strategies planning and implementation to build strong online presence and promote products and services online. Passionate about helping SMBs reach their goal with one-on-one consulting and project-based implementation. Kalpana comes from 16+ years of Software Engineering Industry experience to leverage technical skills to help clients with state-of-the-art technologies to run success marketing campaigns. Kalpana has been a proud member of Plano Chamber of Commerce for 7+ years. She also serves on the Ambassador Committee and Success In Business Committee at the Chamber, to volunteers time to help other business members to grow in the community.


Crystal SandersCrystal Sanders

Crystal Lynn Sanders is a Nationally Certified Fitness Trainer. She is the Creator, Coach, & Founder of Fairytale Fitness. Fairytale Fitness is the #1 Mommy & Me Fitness Program in the US! She resides in Dallas, Texas. She has been Coaching for almost a decade of her life. She loves visiting and sharing God’s love at Jonathan’s Place Orphanage, Children’s Hospitals, Nursing Homes, Juvenile Detention Centers, Adult Prisons, & helping Poiema Human Trafficking Ministry. She loves teaching about the importance of Health & Fitness at School Assemblies & Churches. She has worked in Youth Ministry for over seven years; as a Youth Leader, Director of Children’s Ministry, & Sunday School Teacher. She continues to shine the light of Christ through Fitness, Philanthropy, & Ministry.


Paige WhitmirePaige Whitmire

Paige Whitmire is the President and Founder of Cognitive Change, a consulting firm dedicated to leadership development, empowerment coaching and embracing change. Following nearly 20 years in corporate environments, Paige specializes in identifying resistance to change, unleashing talent and helping individuals and organizations build the leadership skills necessary for success. Her passion and experience guide her to develop cultures that promote productive behavior inside and outside of the workplace. Paige holds a BA in Psychology, an MBA and certifications in Change Management and Executive Coaching. Past consulting projects include operations development and management; strategy and innovative business model creation in the areas of supply chain and the rapidly evolving healthcare industry. Extensive experience working with healthcare executives in prestigious organizations. She lives in Southlake Texas with her husband and two children. To maintain balance in life, Paige believes deeply in health and wellness; she is an avid runner and a second-degree black belt in martial arts.


Pradeepa NarayanaswamyPradeepa Narayanaswamy

Possibilities was founded by Pradeepa Narayanaswamy, a life coach with over six years of experience in the coaching industry. Born, raised and educated in South India, Pradeepa always had a keen interest in helping people. That was mainly due to observing and being with people who were facing various life challenges including poverty and sickness. Her moral values were developed from observing her parents. She received her Bachelor’s in Physics and Masters in Computer Science. She started her career in Information Technology in India. After getting married in 2000, she moved to the United States and continued working in the technology sector. There, she got an opportunity to coach people in professional settings. Pradeepa found job fulfilment in helping others and making their lives better, which became her motivation every day at work. Pradeepa always wanted to improve her coaching abilities and enrolled in the Coactive coaching program. After this exposure, she found clarity and her life calling and became a Life Coach. Her goal is not to lead from the front or to provide a push from behind but to walk alongside her clients as allies. Pradeepa now calls Dallas, TX her home since 2014.


Pam BoydPam Boyd

Pam Boyd speaks from hard-earned experience, after spending twenty years in management, ending her management career as a Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer for Sonny Bryan’s Barbeque. In 1998, she launched Dramatic Conclusions, a consulting firm providing leadership and management support. She has worked with clients in 50 states, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico, Canada, the Virgin Islands, and Europe, and has written four books, The Essential Handbook for First-Time Managers, The Two-Minute Tune-Up, The Miracle I Almost Missed, and her most recent release, Rescripting the Workplace: Producing Miracles with Bosses, Coworkers, and Bad Days. She is also the author of three screenplays, webinars, numerous articles, and an inspirational daily blog, The Two-Minute Tune-up. She has served as an officer and board member for the Writer’s Garret, the Rotary Club of Park Cities, and the Oak Cliff YMCA, and Brookhaven Country Club. She is a past member of the Dallas Chapter of Women in Film and the Dallas Producer’s Association, and current member of Women Business Council Southwest (WBCS), winning the Rising Star Award in 2016.


Rachel Butts-Williams

Rachel Butts Williams lives to find the awesome and share it. As a speaker, podcast guest and writer, Rachel loves to deconstruct challenges that hold professionals back in an accessible way. From body awareness to vocal quality and slide preparation to delivery, Rachel removes the fear from professional presentations by breaking each important factor into practical and practice-able steps that ensure confidence and excellence. Rachel is a graduate of the University of North Texas and lives with her husband and three dogs on Cedar Creek Lake in East Texas.


Vicki HighVickie High

Dr. Vicki L. High is a pioneer. She is an accomplished trainer, author, politician, facilitator, business owner and civic leader. She operates businesses that span international computer training, professional development, instructional design, development and delivery, healthcare alternatives and business promotions. She’s considered a business and financial acumen guru because of the expertise in the variety of industries that she’s served. Dr. High has trained corporations for over 25 years and understands the interdependency of people and companies that together help them prosper. She has worked with Fortune 10, 100 and 1000 companies as well as small businesses. She appeared on the Oprah Winfrey show with Gary Zukav as well as radio talk shows promoting topics important to her in self-improvement and self-esteem. She is passionate about all phases of adult learning: ILT, WBT, eLearning, as she shares how to access the extraordinary personal power inside each of us. While she served as Executive Director of Oklahoma Lake & Trail Country, a state organized tourism program, she directed the effort to research, author articles, create attraction databases, publish brochures and conduct seminars on events and attractions in partnership with Oklahoma Small Business Development Centers. Their collaborative efforts won an unprecedented three (3) Governor’s Tourism Redbud Awards in 2004. She served as the Mayor/Mayor Pro-Tem of Crandall, Texas for 5 years, where she was instrumental in dealing with population growth, legislation and representing her community at state and federal levels. As the Chairperson for the Kaufman County Leadership Council, she directed lobby efforts in Austin to represent interests of civic and business leaders, school district officials, chamber of commerce directors, economic development professionals, and elected officials throughout Kaufman County. As Past President of the Crandall Economic Development Corporation, she understands the importance of helping both businesses and residential citizens prosper. Dr. Vicki High presents ideas with a smile and sense of humor, enabling her to reach people where they live. She uses examples that are relevant and increase understanding. Most of all, she loves seeing the light bulbs come on from behind people’s eyes when they “get it!”


Renae RoehrsRenae Roehrs

Renae Roehrs is a certified Relational Behavior Analyst and Consultant with Behavioral Dynamix who specializes in helping her clients better understand themselves and others to boost effectiveness in communication while lowering conflict and improving relational results. Clients receive transformational tools and techniques for their business, family, organization and community relationships. Renae holds a Masters in Human Services – marriage and family; life coaching certification; certified Human Behavior & Marriage Consultant and Trainer with Personality Insights; Author; Mentor, Keynote speaker and Trainer with the John Maxwell Leadership Team.


Michelle ShortMichelle Short

Michelle reaches out to help as many women as possible live the life they have always dreamed of. She simultaneously gives back to the community to share the tools and skills she has been blessed to learn.


Debra AustinDebra Austin

Debra Austin is a business coach, consultant, speaker and facilitator. She is also the founder of Chaos2Results Business Coaching, a company committed to helping business owners and managers who are serious about building successful businesses while having the time, money and energy to enjoy the results. Debra brings a broad range of experience from her previous work with well-known companies like ARCO, Erickson and Nationwide Insurance as well as numerous small businesses. Her areas of expertise include: Strategic Planning, Business Plan Development, Marketing, Sales, Mergers and Acquisitions, Training, Recruiting, Team Building and more.


Penny HowardPenny Howard

I am a daughter, a wife, a mother, a woman! I am a voice for special needs and an Real Scientific Hemp Oil (RSHO – CBD Oil) Advocate! With two undergraduates and masters I founded Hope4Harper in honor of my youngest daughter, Harper, with CDKL5 seizure disorder. My goal is to share HOPE and LOVE by funding research and awareness for a better quality of life from symptoms associated with disabilities.


Manu ShahiManu Shahi

Connect and Communicate is pleased to present Manu Shahi with this proposal for Keynote Speaker. We understand the need for impacting women’s life positively that they are facing today. Manu (founder) is passionate about helping others. This passion starts with her role as an educator and a speaker where she teaches people skills to believe in themselves and become confident human being. As a Certified Trainer, she has been able to encourage her students.


Kirsten WardKirsten Ward

Kirsten Ward has over 20 years experience in the healthcare industry. She is a Certified Health Specialist, Certified Natural Health Practioner, and a doctoral candidate in Naturopathy at Trinity School of Natural Health. She is currently the Ft. Worth Regional Director at the Thermography Center of Dallas. In addition to her success in the healthcare industry, Kirsten is a dedicated educator in the fields of science and biology.


Keren ShamayKeren Shamay

Keren Transforms Energy . She is a Medical Intuitive who has been working with various modalities for close to 15 years. She has helped her clients to release challenging thought and energy patterns, overcome their physical concerns, and arrange their lives for optimal flow.


Tena SmithTena Smith

I am a mother of 8 and grandmother 9 who has put several children through the public and charter school system and know how much it costs. I currently have my Associates in Business and will be working on getting both my Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees hopefully at the same time.