Dewitt, PhD

Dr. Dewett is one of the world’s most watched leadership personalities: an authenticity expert, best selling author at LinkedIn Learning, a TEDx speaker, and an Inc. Magazine Top 100 leadership speaker. He has been quoted widely, including the New York Times, BusinessWeek, and TIME. After beginning his career with Andersen Consulting and Ernst & Young he completed his PhD in Organizational Behavior at Texas A&M University and enjoyed a career as an award-winning professor. Todd has delivered over 1,000 speeches and created a body of educational work enjoyed by over 10,000,000 professionals around the globe. Learn more at

Suzy DeYoung

Suzy DeYoung is a talented chef and past owner of a high end catering business, La Petite Pierre. In 2014, she then went on to create La Soupe – a restaurant formed to bridge the gap between perishable food waste and the food insecure community. In 2015, she established a 501c3 to focus on donation efforts.

Dianne Divitt

Dianne Budion Devitt, is an inspirational Speaker, Educator and Producer, known for her unique style blending creativity, vision and leadership for over 25 years in the live communication industry.   Dianne speaks on design, creativity, sensory communication and wellness.
Dianne is currently  the President of the International Live Events Association Metro New York Chapter and a member of National Speakers Association.  She is past President of the Greater New York Meeting Professionals International chapter. Her experience includes managing teams for corporate and global events including the Clinton Global Initiative, First European Games in Baku, Azerbaijan, the Vietnam 50th Commemorative Anniversary, and the Apollo 40th Commemorative for MIT.
Dianne is the creator and producer of ColorUP!™ meeting design workshops and the SenseUP!™ Summit.
A best-selling author of What Color is Your Event?, she is an Adjunct Professor at NYU for over 25 years, and is a recipient of the NYU “Award for Teaching Excellence.” Dianne currently teaches Undergraduates Conference and Event Management and  Event Design and Production.
Dianne is a certified prana yoga practitioner and an advocate of balancing health and wellness in the meeting and event experience. Holler - Your 2017 MAC Host

Judi Holler is an expert on personal branding for Event Professionals.  Judi has spent over 15 years working in Sales and Marketing for Marriott, Omni, Starwood, the St. Louis CVB to name a few.  She is a Past President of MPI Chicago, recently selected as one of Connect Magazines 40 under 40 in the Hospitality Industry, a professionally trained improviser and proud alumni of Second City in Chicago. Judi also works as an event emcee and hosts “The Brandprov Show” on her YouTube Channel.

Paul Hoy

Paul Hoy is the Owner and President of Class Acts Entertainment.
Class Acts is Central Ohio’s largest talent booking agency scheduling approximately 2000 performances annually. Class Acts specializes in booking and producing local, regional and national talent. Since 1991 Paul and his team have produced entertainment for thousands of festivals, fundraisers, political and private events. He also serves as the talent buyer for a number of local venues and events including The Columbus Jazz & Rib Fest, Hollywood Casino and The Columbus Commons Downtown Live Series and the Columbus Arts Festival.
Paul currently sits on the board for the Columbus Chapter of the International Live Events Association (ILEA) serving as a Director-at- Large on the Communications committee and has served as their VP of Communications in 2016-2017. Paul has also served as a director for The Ohio Arts Presenters Network, has been a guest instructor for Capital University music  usiness class since 1996. He is a member of numerous professional and civic Organizations. Paul holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Miami University. He lives in Bexley, Ohio with his wife and two daughters.

David Lau

David Lau is a counterterrorism and security professional who currently delivers training to U.S. federal agencies.  David has spent over fourteen years serving as an international team leader with the Federal Air Marshal Service.
David H. Lau retired from the U.S. Army in 2014 with 21 years of service. David served as an embedded Counterinsurgency Advisor to Afghan National Security Forces during his last deployment.
David is active as a volunteer with local combat wounded veterans, and enjoys giving back to the veteran community by serving as the Georgia Chapter President of Wind Sports for Wounded Warriors; a 501c non-profit that focuses on the physical and emotional health of combat veterans by participating in kite boarding and other ocean sports.

Rodrick Pauley

Rodrick is Managing Partner and Chief Creative Officer at Mills James, one of the largest full-service production companies in the nation. He drives brand, creative innovation and key relationships with clients such as Avon, Beautycounter, Teradata, Kroger, and GNC. He has an MFA equivalent from the Drama Studio London and was an award-winning creative director with The Walt Disney Company, Universal Studios Hollywood and OhioHealth.

Skip Prichard

Skip Prichard is an accomplished CEO, growth-oriented business leader and keynote speaker. He is known for his track record of successfully repositioning companies and dramatically improving results while improving corporate culture.
He is a keynote speaker on topics ranging from leadership, personal development, growth strategies, innovation, and servant leadership, to culture change, corporate turnarounds, and the future of publishing. Mr. Prichard’s views have been featured in various media including the BBC, New York Times, CNN, NPR, Daily Beast, Harvard Business Review, Information Today, The Bookseller, Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and others.
Harvard Business Review recently labeled Mr. Prichard as a rare social CEO and a “relentless giver.” In January, he was named as a Top 100 Inc. Magazine Leadership Speaker. His Leadership Insights blog has won numerous awards. There, he has written hundreds of articles and interviewed countless leaders ranging from former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to Atlanta Braves’ John Smoltz to journalist Dan Rather.
Mr. Prichard is the fifth President and CEO of OCLC since its founding in 1967. OCLC is a nonprofit global technology company and research organization serving the needs of libraries around the world. Prior to coming to OCLC, Mr. Prichard served for five years as President and CEO of Ingram Content Group, a $1.5B+ global content provider. During his tenure, he returned the company to a profitable position and oversaw significant growth. Before Ingram, Mr. Prichard was President and CEO of ProQuest Information & Learning where he led a successful transformation, achieving double-digit growth and returning the company to profitability.
Mr. Prichard received his Bachelor of Science degree from Towson State University and his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Baltimore School of Law.
Skip Prichard’s book is due out on February 6th and is titled The Book of Mistakes: 9 Secrets to Creating a Successful Future. Click the book image to the left to see/hear Skip talk about his new book.

Jan Spence

Jan Horton Spence is an international speaker, trainer, and consultant. With contagious charisma and a zest for life which make her an excellent motivator and leader, this TEDx speaker has used her vast knowledge in sales, communications, finances, and employee engagement to help numerous clients including Pillsbury, Walmart, and Frito-Lay. Jan and her husband, Mitch, launched the second FiltaFry franchise in the US in 2003. As CEO, Jan built such a successful operation that they were awarded the “2005 Franchisee of the Year” by the International Franchise Association. Meeting their four-year plan, they sold the business in 2007 at 300% ROI. Since then, Jan has circled the globe as a trainer, consultant, and speaker for franchisees, organizations, and companies.
Having been interviewed by Entrepreneur magazine and the Big Dog Morning Show in Jesup, Ga, Jan shares her story of fulfilling her lifelong dream of playing women’s professional full-tackle football. As a member of the National Speakers Association, Jan combines the lessons she learned through that experience with her business experience to inspire people to make a difference through “Cheer-leadership.” Known for her highly interactive, entertaining, and inspirational style, she recently taught in Panama, Romania, Switzerland, and Uganda.
Jan serves on the boards of Meeting Professionals International – North Florida and Compass Finances God’s Way – Florida. She is active with local Association of Talent Development chapter and Beach Church in Jacksonville, Florida. She and her husband of seventeen years enjoy traveling the world when not at home attending Jaguars football games and cultural events.


Shawna Suckow

Shawna Suckow, CMP, was a planner for over 20 years. In 2008 she founded an association of senior-level planners called SPIN, which now has nearly 3,000 members across North America. She began speaking professionally in 2010. Today, she speaks primarily within the Hospitality industry on the future of meetings, and the shifting nature of selling to planners. She’s written two Amazon best-sellers, including her newest book: Don’t Become Extinct – Join the Sales Evolution.
Honors include being named to the Global Top 100 Women Business & Tech Speakers, Top 25 Women in Meetings, and Top 25 Industry Influencers. Shawna lives in Minnesota with her Elvis-impersonator husband, two unimpressed teenagers, and one big, goofy golden retriever.