Event Speakers


Andy Janning

Andy Janning is a nationally recognized speaker and storyteller, with over two decades of management and executive leadership experience. Andy has earned national accolades for overall employee development excellence from Training Magazine and the American Society of Training and Development (ASTD).

The Credit Union National Association (CUNA) named him the national Training Professional of the Year, and Training Magazine called him one of the Top Trainers in the world under the age of 40.

Andy has served as a featured keynote and breakout speaker at over 200 state and national events in the last decade, where his sessions regularly earn rave reviews and standing ovations.

He’s a faculty member of CUNA Management School and the master of ceremonies for the Herb Wegner Memorial Awards, the highest national honors in the credit union industry.

In 2021, he produced Side Effects, a groundbreaking 7-part documentary series for the National Credit Union Foundation about the financial crisis of cancer in America, one of the largest storytelling projects in financial services history.

He’s the author of the books Heroes, Villains, and Drunk Old Men: A Love Story for Real Life and The Breast Cancer Portrait Project. He’s also a voiceover artist, stage and radio actor, former crisis and suicide counselor, and bad golfer. His favorite work is serving is wife and daughters back home in Indiana.


Dacher Keltner

As a Professor of Psychology at the University of California, Berkeley, and director of the Berkeley Social Interaction Lab, Dacher is a leading scholar in the study of emotion, including a new project on awe around the globe. In 2020, he co-founded the UC Berkeley Center for the Science of Psychedelics. The center will conduct research using psychedelics to investigate cognition, perception and emotion and their biological bases in the human brain.

Dacher is the author of The Power Paradox, as well as the bestseller Born to Be Good: The Science of a Meaningful Life and The Compassionate Instinct. He has published over 190 scientific articles, including seminal works on the psychology of awe (Keltner & Haidt, 2003) and is the co-author of two textbooks. He is also co-editor of The Gratitude Project: How the Science of Thankfulness Can Rewire Our Brains for Resilience, Optimism, and the Greater Good. He has written for the New York Times Magazine, London Times, and Utne Reader, and his research has been covered in TIME, Newsweek, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, CNN, NPR, and the BBC as well as many other outlets. His new book is Awe: The New Science Of Everyday Wonder and How it Can Trans¬form Your Life (Penguin Random House, January 3, 2023).

Dacher has collaborated on projects at Facebook and Google, and served as a scientific consultant for Pixar’s film Inside Out. He is featured in Tom Shadyac’s documentary “I Am.” He has twice presented his research to His Holiness the Dalai Lama as part of a continuing dialogue between the Dalai Lama and scientists.

Dacher is an outstanding speaker who has received several national research and teaching awards. Wired magazine has rated the podcasts of his “Human Emotion” course as one of the five best academic podcasts in the country. The Utne Reader named Dacher as one of its 50 Visionaries of 2008. In April 2020 he was voted into the American Academy of Arts & Sciences.


Jonathan Roberts

Jonathan is an analyst who helps business and technology leaders to build teams, workforces, and organizations that allow employees to be fully realized at work. With a comprehensive focus on health and wellness, leadership, and diversity, equity, and inclusion, Jonathan helps organizations bridge the gap between doing well and doing good as we create the future of work together.

Prior to becoming an analyst on the Future of Work research team, Jonathan served business and technology executives as a senior advisor for the strategy and innovation group within Forrester’s Technology Council. Before Forrester, Jonathan worked with Santander Bank where he led strategic initiatives across the commercial bank for the CIO group. Jonathan also has experience leading programs for global technology consulting firms and conducting academic


Josh Linkner

Josh Linkner is a Creative Troublemaker. He has been the founder and CEO of five tech companies. He’s an internationally recognized expert on innovation and is the author of four books on the subject including the New York Times Bestsellers, Disciplined Dreaming and The Road to Reinvention.

Josh is passionate about starting and building companies. He’s the co-founder and Managing Partner of Muditā Venture Partners - an early-stage venture capital firm - and was previously the CEO and founding partner of Detroit Venture Partners. Over the last 30 years, he's helped over 100 startups launch and scale. Today, Josh serves as Chairman and co-founder of Platypus Labs, an innovation research, training, and consulting firm. He has twice been named the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year and is a recipient of the United States Presidential Champion of Change Award.

Josh is also a passionate Detroiter, the father of four, a professional-level jazz guitarist, and has a slightly odd obsession for greasy pizza.


Justine Froelker

Full of grit and grace, Justine Froelker uses her fiery passion, the occasional curse word, and witty humor to share her courage and truth to light up the world. Justine is an advocate for speaking the unspoken and choosing to thrive when life doesn’t turn out how you hoped, dreamed, or planned. Her spirit helps others to feel seen and empowered to change their own lives by learning to love and lead themselves and others well.

Justine is a Licensed Professional Counselor with more than 20 years of experience in traditional mental health and personal development. For eight years Justine has been certified in the work of Dr. Brené Brown as a Certified Daring Way™, Dare to Lead™ & BOLD™ Facilitator.

Justine is the author of nine books including five Amazon best-sellers. She was also honored to do two TEDx Talks, The Permission of the And and The Donut Effect. She travels nationally and presents virtually to global audiences delivering keynotes, workshops, and trainings on topics such as leadership, courage, resilience, mental health, preventing and coping with burnout, and courageous and curious conversation, especially in creating cultures of belonging and diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Justine lives in St. Louis with her husband Chad, their three dogs, and for four months of the year, hundreds of monarch butterflies.


Maura Thomas

Maura Nevel Thomas is an award-winning international speaker and trainer on individual and corporate productivity and work-life balance, and the most widely-cited authority on attention management.

Her proprietary Empowered Productivity™ System has been embraced by the likes of NASA, Dell, and Kaiser Permanente. She is a TEDx Speaker, founder of Regain Your Time, author of six books, and was named a Top Leadership Speaker in Inc. Magazine. Maura is frequently featured in major business outlets including Business Insider, Fast Company, and Washington Post, and she’s also a regular contributor to both Forbes and the Harvard Business Review, with articles there viewed over a million times.


Ryan Estis

Ryan Estis has more than 20 years of experience as a top-performing sales professional and leader. As the former chief strategy officer for the McCann Worldgroup advertising agency NAS, he brings a fresh perspective to business events. As a keynote speaker, Ryan is known for his innovative ideas on leading change, improving sales effectiveness and preparing for the future of work. He was recently recognized as one of “the best keynote speakers ever heardby Meetings & Conventions magazine alongside Tony Robbins, Bill Gates, Colin Powell and Mike Ditka.

Ryan supports the world’s leading brands, including Liberty Mutual, Darden Restaurants, Goodyear, the Dallas Cowboys, Medtronic, ECCO USA and Blue Cross Blue Shield. He is a faculty member for the Institute of Management Studies, a member of the SmartBrief on Workforce Advisory Board and a certified Human Capital Strategist. His writing has been featured in Inc., Forbes, Entrepreneur, FastCompany, SmartBrief, Business News Network, Crain’s Business, and Yahoo Business.

Ryan is an Ohio University graduate who resides in downtown Minneapolis. When he’s not traveling to speaking engagements around the world, Ryan enjoys down time with family and friends, practicing yoga and cheering on his beloved Minnesota Timberwolves.


Sandra McDowell

With nearly two decades of executive experience and advanced certifications in Leadership, NeuroLeadership, and Human Resources, Sandra is a trusted authority on leading with the brain in mind.

She founded eLeadership Academy™ to help professionals advance their capacity for courageous, human-centric leadership by harnessing the untapped power of the brain.

Sandra is the author of Your Mother Was Right: 15 Unexpected Lessons About Leadership and the Brain, and she continues to inspire organizations and professionals internationally through her programs, speaking engagements, webinars, and executive coaching.


Tanya Menon

Tanya Menon is Professor at the Ohio State University’s Fisher College of Business. She is Associate Editor at Management Science journal, an award-winning teacher, and she has done keynotes, consulting, and training for organizations all over the world.

Her book with Dr. Leigh Thompson, Stop Spending, Start Managing: Strategies to Transform Wasteful Habits (2016, Harvard Business Review Press) has been used at McKinsey Academy and presented as a Talk@Google. Her Ted talk has reached over 2.3 Million views and was named as one of the top 7 TED talks of 2018 by entrepreneur.com, and one the most popular Ted talks of 2018.


Barbra Silva

Barbra Silva is a driven and dedicated professional with almost three decades of experience in television, marketing, and sports.

After graduating from Boston University’s College of Communication, Silva worked for a production house and WBZ-TV (CBS Affiliate) in Boston, Massachusetts. The Bronx, NY native, returned to New York City to work for CBS Television Sales and Petry Television. In a brilliant twist of fate, she entered the world of Major League Baseball and thus began her career in sports. There she worked in Community Affairs and that sparked her passion for the business of sports and how it unifies people and communities.

Silva became the first Director, Community Relations at her first start-up franchise, the Washington Nationals Baseball Club, in 2005 and established their community outreach strategy as well as the Washington Nationals Dream Foundation. Silva also worked as a consultant for various non-profits, celebrities, radio and television personalities, and athletes prior to becoming the Director of Marketing and Development for Two Rivers Public Charter School in Washington, DC.

Silva’s love of sports and the beach led her to Miami, Florida and the world of international football (soccer). As the Governance Manager and Assistant Corporate Secretary for Concacaf (Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football), she led the Confederation’s governance and corporate compliance initiatives, as well as its domestic and international corporate events. Deep down, Silva’s desire was to be back at a Club working on the front lines of Community Relations. This brought her to St. Louis to work for the MLS team, St. Louis CITY SC, as their Director, Community Relations. Silva is also currently enrolled at Washington University in St. Louis School of Law where she is working towards her Master's in Legal Studies.

Silva has been recognized by the American Red Cross, the United States Marine Corps, and Wounded Warrior Project, among other organizations, for her commitment and support of community. She is on the Forest Park Advisory Board as well as the Puerto Rican Society in St. Louis. Silva is proud of her Puerto Rican heritage, is bilingual, loves animals (especially her 16-year-old cat) and enjoys cooking, singing and dancing…sometimes all at the same time.