ERIC THOMAS, PhD, World Renowned Speaker

ET, as he is better known, has taken the world by storm, with his creative style and high-energy messages. Through a significant social media presence, reaching millions across the world, and his recent domestic and international tours, “ET, The Hip Hop Preacher” has become a global phenomenon!

Drawing from his personal experiences as they relate to homelessness, the absence of his biological father, academic struggles, and various other obstacles, ET allows his life to be an “open book.”  He radiates compelling and inspiring messages that relate to many people across all strata.

While the typical undergraduate student takes between four to six years to complete their studies, ET took 12.  For most, that would have signaled the end of any future academic aspirations.  In 2005, ET completed and received a Master’s Degree from Michigan State University and on February 5th of 2015, Eric successfully defended his dissertation and received his Ph.D. in Education Administration on May 8th, 2015, from Michigan State University.

Eric’s commitment to community activism has been long standing.  It began with his award-nominated GED Program that lead to his non-profit, Break The Cycle; I Dare you, and a plethora of ministerial and educational endeavors. The culmination of those efforts resulted in the development of the Advantage Program at Michigan State University.

This program targets high-risk college students by improving their study habits and increasing their retention rates.  Michigan Sate University is where he continued to pursue his passion for remedying the effects of adverse societal influences plaguing both the young and old.  It is from this platform that he created International Urban Education Consultants; a non-profit organization committed to finding solutions to close the achievement gap in urban schools through goal framing and helping students to reform their perception of learning.

ET is the epitome of hustle, drive, determination, and success.  Millions of followers have been able to apply the principles revealed in his award nominated autobiography, The Secret to Success, which has scaled the social media charts with over 50 million hits.  His sophomore release, Greatness Is Upon You, features 24 life changing fundamental precepts and is meeting with equal success. 

As CEO of his Consulting Firm, ETA LLC., Eric has led his team through the doors of dozens of reputable organizations and Fortune 500 companies such as General Electric, Quicken Loans, AT&T, Nike, Under Armour, New Balance, and UPS.  He has also consulted for major Universities and the major sports teams in the MLB, NBA, NFL and MLS.



BOB CHAPMAN - CEO, Champion of Truly Human Leadership

Bob Chapman is committed to making a lasting difference in the world. He imagines a world where people think of others first, a world where leaders embrace the profound sense of responsibility for the lives under their care.  His personal journey has awakened him to the power of business to create a world where people know that who they are and what they do matter. And, in so doing, will create better marriages, better families, better communities and, ultimately, a better world.   

Chapman is CEO of St. Louis, Missouri‐based Barry‐Wehmiller, a $2.4 billion global manufacturing business.  He became the senior executive of this private company in 1975 at age 30 when the 80‐year‐old business had $20 million in revenue, outdated technology and a very weak financial position. Despite the obstacles, Chapman applied a unique blend of strategy and culture over the next 40 years in leading Barry‐Wehmiller through more than 80 successful acquisitions.       

Over the past two decades, a series of realizations led him away from traditional management practices to what he now calls Truly Human Leadership‐‐a people‐centric approach where his employees feel valued, cared for, and an integral part of the company’s purpose. At Barry‐ Wehmiller they have a unique measure of success: by the way they touch the lives of people.      

Chapman’s experiences and the transformation he championed were the inspiration behind his new Wall Street Journal bestseller Everybody Matters: The Extraordinary Power of Caring for Your People Like Family, released by Random House/Portfolio in October 2015. The book is co‐authored by Raj Sisodia, founder and co‐author of Conscious Capitalism. 

Chapman shares his leadership journey and the story of Barry‐Wehmiller whenever he can as it is an example of the way businesses and organizations should be: focused on creating value for ALL stakeholders —employees, customers, communities and shareholders. Not only is it the right thing to do, it’s good for business, and most important of all, leads to meaningful work and fulfillment for team members.


KARIN HURT, Founder & CEO – Let’s Grow Leaders

As a keynote speaker, leadership consultant, and MBA professor, Karin helps leaders improve business results by building deeper trust and connection with their teams. As a former Verizon Wireless executive, she has over twenty years of experience in sales, marketing, customer service, and human resources.

A few highlights from her time at Verizon include:

  • Developing a sales team (1.5B in Revenue) that led the nation in store sales to the small and medium business space and winning the President’s award for Customer Growth.
  • Transforming customer service outsourcing (96M calls/year) to reach parity in quality with internal centers by building strong cultures that deliver positive customer experiences.

Karin was named on the American Management Association 2015 List of 50 Leaders to Watch, Inc’s list of 100 Great Leadership Speakers For Your Next Conference, and Trust Across America’s 100 Thought Leaders in Trusted Business Behavior.

Her award-winning blog, Let’s Grow Leaders, has grown into a highly interactive, international community. She’s the author of two books, Overcoming An Imperfect Boss and Winning Well: A Manager’s Guide to Getting Results Without Losing Your Soul.

Karin has a BA in Communication from Wake Forest University, an MA from Towson University in Organizational Communication, and additional graduate work at the University of Maryland, where she currently teaches in the MBA and Executive Education programs.

Karin lives outside of Washington, DC. She knows the stillness of a yogi, the reflective road of a marathoner and the joy of being a mom raising emerging leaders. Ultimately, it’s about Confident Humility.


Chris McChesney, #1 Bestselling Author of “The 4 Disciplines of Execution”

Chris McChesney is a Wall Street Journal #1 National Best Selling  Author—The 4 Disciplines of Execution. In his current role of Global Practice Leader of Execution for Franklin Covey, Chris is one of the primary developers of the 4 Disciplines of Execution. For more than a decade, he has led FranklinCovey’s design and development of these principles, as well as the consulting organization that has become the fastest growing area of the company.

Chris has personally led many of the most noted implementations of the 4 Disciplines, including the State of Georgia, Marriott International, Shaw Industries, Ritz Carlton, Kroger, Coca Cola, Comcast, FritoLay, Lockheed Martin and Gaylord Entertainment. This practical experience has enabled him to test and refine the principles contained in the 4 Disciplines of Execution from the boardrooms to the front line of these, and many  other organizations.

Chris’ career with Franklin Covey began by working directly with Dr. Stephen R. Covey and has continued over two decades to include roles as a Consultant, Managing Director, and General Manager within the organization. Chris launched the first 4 Disciplines of Execution Practice in the Southeast Region of Franklin Covey and today has seen it expand around the globe. Throughout this period of significant growth and expansion, Chris has maintained a single focus: to help organizations get results through improved execution.

Known for his high-energy and engaging message, Chris has become one of the most requested speakers within the Franklin Covey Organization, regularly delivering keynote speeches and executive presentations to leaders in audiences ranging from the hundreds to several thousand.

Chris, and his wife Constance, are the proud parents of five daughters and two sons. His love of family is combined with his passion for boating, water sports, coaching, and trying to keep up with his children.


Amber Lattner, PhD, Mental Performance Consultant, Lead USA Emcee

Amber is a mental performance consultant and founder of the Lattner Performance Group. She works to emphasize the power of Mindset and Leadership to drive lasting change in businesses, on athletic teams, and in individual lives. Amber’s dynamic and individualized approach to enhancing performance helps clarify vision, create championship team cultures, and achieve sustainable results.

Amber received her PhD in applied sport psychology, with an emphasis in positive psychology and the effect of brain functioning on performance. Her research and applied work revolve around human performance including leadership, mindset development, transitions, masculinity, and mental toughness.

As a former corporate human resources professional and Division I college soccer player at the University of Notre Dame where she graduated magna cum laude, Amber understands the mental toughness it takes to be successful in work, in sport, and in life. With an expertise in human performance and sport psychology, Amber leverages her former corporate business and athletic experiences to challenge others’ current ways of thinking and unlock their personal potential for achievement.

Amber completed her PhD at the University of Missouri in Applied Sport Psychology, where she also received a graduate certificate in Positive Psychology. Her dissertation, entitled, “When the Lights Go Out, How Do They Turn Back On?: A Grounded Theory on the Transition Out of the National Football League,” integrated former players’ transition experiences into a 3-model theory that can be used as an educational/training framework or a crisis intervention model. She also holds a master’s degree in Sport & Performance Psychology from the University of Denver, where her thesis assessed the correlation between mental toughness and leadership behaviors of Division I college football players. She worked on the world-class Mental Conditioning team at IMG Academy in Bradenton, FL, where youth to professional-level athletes, coaches, parents, military, and business people are trained in the high performance mindset.

Amber coaches teams and individuals to optimal performance in both business and sport, and believes in a strengths-based approach to optimizing human potential amid challenging environments. Combined, her expertise is in optimizing human performance by training others’ in how their brain works and how to use it to position them to be successful.

From the boardroom to the locker room, Amber provides keynote speaking, group training, and consulting. Working with the Lattner Performance Group is all about “Building Championship Mindsets” in order to synergize people, purpose, and systems to drive performance excellence.

Learn more about Amber in her podcast,  "Building Championship Mindsets."


JUSTIN MAUST, Leadership Speaker and Founder Lead USA 

In 2012, Justin founded Leader Legacy, Inc.  His company is a leadership development resource that provides speaking, training, coaching and web-based services to help businesses develop leaders, inspire teams and build legacies to change the world.  He’s a certified speaker, trainer and coach with the John Maxwell Team. 

His flagship team leadership program is called,  Building Powerful Teams: 7 Practices That Determine Team Success.  He has delivered this program to hundreds of companies and thousands of leaders across the country.  These easy to understand practices provide massive traction for leaders looking to overcome workplace mediocrity, improve productivity, create clarity in communication and strengthen the relationships that drive team success. 

As host and founder of Lead Michiana and now - Lead USA, Justin’s mission is to expose business and community leaders to the best thought leaders and most successful practitioners from around the country.  His events, training and coaching help him stay focused on his mission to develop leaders, inspire teams and build legacies that impact the world.