Over the last 6 years, Quinn XCII has consistently grown his audience and developed a true devoted fanbase, establishing himself as a force to be reckoned with. Releasing two independent EPs and four studio albums on Columbia Records, his catalogue has amassed over 2 Billion global streams and includes 1 RIAA Platinum and 5 RIAA Certified Gold Singles, as he draws nearly 9 Million monthly listeners on Spotify as one of their Top 500 Artists. At the forefront of Quinn XCII's consistent growth and artistry is his highly sought-after and fully energized live show. He has embarked on several sold-out tours over the years around the world, selling nearly 100,000 tickets as a headliner in 2019 alone. He has also performed at some of the biggest festivals in the world, including Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo, Firefly, Governors Ball, Summerfest, and Electric Forest.
Cassadee Pope is a GRAMMY-nominated, Platinum-certified singer-songwriter who is gearing up to release all-new music in 2021. Cassadee recently released her latest single, “What The Stars See,” as part of her upcoming full project due out later this year. The single and project mark Cassadee’s return to the pop-rock sound that started her career and beautifully blends that into the Country sensibilities that have always felt like home to her. Last year, Cassadee released her first acoustic solo album co-produced by Pope alongside Todd Lombardo, the project followed her album, STAGES, featuring hit singles "Take You Home," "One More Red Light," and "If My Heart Had a Heart.” From fronting rock band, Hey Monday, to winning Season 3 of "The Voice" and releasing her #1 debut album Frame by Frame, Cassadee has effortlessly re-arranged the lines of Country and Pop. She has experienced tremendous success throughout her career, with Platinum-selling single, "Wasting All These Tears," being awarded with "Breakthrough Video of the Year" at the 2014 CMT Music Awards and her #1 hit "Think of You" with Chris Young receiving a 2017 Grammy nomination for "Best Country Duo/Group." Cassadee has toured extensively, joining legendary artists Tim McGraw and Dierks Bentley, playing London's iconic O2 Arena during C2C: Country to Country Festival, and earning the distinction of the only Country artist to perform at 2018's Warped Tour. Cassadee performed "If My Heart Had a Heart" on the TODAY show and toured with Maren Morris on her GIRL: THE WORLD TOUR. Cassadee continued to tour throughout the spring of 2019 as the headliner of the "2019 CMT Next Women of Country Tour," which brought the franchise outside of the U.S. for the first time ever. Stay tuned for more new music from Cassadee Pope
Blessid Union of Souls
Other Great Talent
Singer-Songwriter, Mental Health Expert
Jewel is a singer-songwriter, actress, and two-time New York Times best-selling author. As a wellness and mindfulness expert, she is passionate about mental health, equal rights, and inspiring at-risk youth. Through her career Jewel has earned twenty-six Music Award nominations, including The Grammys, American Music Awards, MTV Awards, VH1 Awards, Billboard Music Awards, and Country Music Awards, winning 8 times.
Actress & Vegan Foodie
DRIVER OF THE NO. 47 KROGER CAMARO ZL1 1LE
Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. started his first season at JTG Daugherty Racing strong in 2020, earning the team’s first DAYTONA 500 Pole Award. After leading the field to green in The Great American Race, Stenhouse went on to earn three top-five and four top-10 finishes in the No. 47 Chevrolet during his first year with the Kroger team. This season, Stenhouse has continued to build on that success with crew chief Brian Pattie and was so close to winning at Bristol Motor Speedway when he finished in the runner-up spot.
TV Personality and Entrepreneur
President of Kroger Health
Colleen Lindholz is President of Kroger Health, the healthcare arm of The Kroger Co. Kroger Health is one of America’s leading retail healthcare organizations, with over 2,000 pharmacies and 200 clinics in 37 states. Colleen oversees all of the company’s Pharmacy, Clinical, and Nutrition operations and services, including all healthcare-related digital products and platforms. She’s a passionate believer in Kroger Health’s vision to help people live healthier lives. Colleen leads a team of more than 22,000 healthcare practitioners - from pharmacists and nurse practitioners to dietitians and technicians – who provide health and wellness solutions to over 13 million customers each year. She’s the lead architect of the company’s “Food as Medicine” strategy, successfully connecting customers’ grocery experience with their healthcare needs through innovations in recruiting, training, and technology.
Co-Founder Tone It Up
Karena Dawn, Co-Founder of Tone It Up, a fitness and lifestyle community founded by women for women, is a spirited entrepreneur and a certified yoga instructor, nutrition coach, personal trainer, and meditation coach under the Chopra Center for meditation. Karena is passionate about empowering others; she supports organizations such as Girls on the Run and is on the Board of Directors for National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). She hopes all women find a home, friend, or accountability partner in the Tone It Up community.
Creator & Music Tastemaker
A content creator, entrepreneur, and online role model for many, Summer Mckeen is best known for her quirky personality, effortless fashion sense, and raw, real content. With her ever-evolving love for life and culture, she does not limit herself to solely acting and film content, but branches into the music realm as a tastemaker as well. After growing an audience through her Spotify playlist curation, she started her music-media company, Keen On, built to foster creative expression, exploration, and discovery of music interests amongst her audience and artists alike. With her impressive presence in the digital content space and her ability to create relatable and consumable content, Summer has been tapped for a range of collaborations and ambassadorships for Billabong, Casetify, Coach, Nude Stix, Maybelline, and TRESemme.
Comedian, Actress, TV Host
Tony the Tiger
Owner + Chief Planet Lover, Koko
Adria is the owner and chief planet lover of Koko. Koko is a sustainable living shop with big dreams to create a world with less waste + more fun! In addition to a wide selection of planet-lovin’ home, cleaning, personal care and apothecary products, our shops are also home to our refilleries. This is a shopping experience that allows you to fill and refill your favorite products, reducing your single-use packaging waste. You can bring your own bottle or shop from our Bottle Bar, filling up on everything from shampoo to laundry detergent!
TV News Personality, Speaker, Podcaster
Alanna is a multi-Emmy winning news personality at WLWT (the NBC-affiliate) in Cincinnati, a keynote speaker and co-host of the Girls With Guts Podcast. She sits on the Board of Advisors for the Make-A-Wish Foundation’s Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana branch, a position she holds very dear because she was once a Make-A-Wish patient. Alanna wants to share with the world the importance of living life to the fullest and that life is a gift to be cherished, because she once lost her own. Her tagline? Stay Bold. Stay Gutsy. And Namaste.
Professional Soccer Player
Allison Warrell is a bodybuilder, trainer, entrepreneur and little person with achondroplasia dwarfism who defies the odds every day to pursue the healthy life of her dreams. Standing at 3’11, Allison realized late in life that extra weight was putting undue stress on her petite frame. With proper training help, she devoted herself to becoming as fit as possible and was the shortest woman to compete in the NPC bodybuilding federation in the women’s physique division. Allison has also created a support group for Little People (H.E.L.P.- Health and Exercise for Little People) to encourage others to embrace their fitness potential, no matter the challenge, and she has had the opportunity to transform two very obese little people in a documentary series called Big & Little on TLC.
Hudson Bay Company
Amy Nelson is the President of a new Hudson's Bay Company, launching in September 2021. Amy joins HBC following a career in placemaking, community building and law. Previously, Amy founded and raised $30 million in venture capital funds to grow The Riveter, a community platform built for working women. A graduate of Emory University and the NYU School of Law, Amy practiced corporate litigation with a focus on high-profile First Amendment matters for over a decade in New York City and Seattle. She also served on President Obama's National Finance Committee where she co-chaired Gen44, the under 40 fundraising arm of the campaign. Additionally, Amy previously worked with President Carter's The Carter Center. Amy is the mother of four daughters aged six and under. She is a contributor for Inc. and the host of iHeartRadio's What's Her Story with Sam and Amy. Amy has been published broadly including in/on outlets like The TODAY Show, Refinery29, Buzzfeed, The Washington Post and The Seattle Times. She has spoken across the world on many stages, including Fortune's Most Powerful Women, Cannes Lions, Wall Street Journal's Women & Work, and SXSW.
Ashley Martinez is a Culinary Dietitian Project Manager for the Culinary Innovation Center at Kroger in Cincinnati, OH. Ashley began working for the company at the age of 14 and soon after, found a passion for retail dietetics. Her long-term association with Kroger has provided her with expert knowledge on store operations, in-store product offerings, and menu development. Ashley’s involvement with the culinary center ties back to Kroger Health’s vision to help people live healthier lives. Ashley alongside corporate chefs on menu and product development, keeping the integrity of nutrition at its core. Ashley is getting ready to begin her second year of culinary school and couldn’t be more excited.
Founder Galia Collaborative
Raised in Alaska with family roots hailing from Switzerland, Atz is a true American cowboy. His life experience includes serving time in the military, hunting, fishing, and building as a homesteader in Alaska. He is known for writing poetry, authoring a book about his life (Son of a Midnight Land: A Memoir in Stories) recording and touring his music, mentoring and speaking at corporate events, creating one-of-a-kind fine art and, lastly, being the star of his reality show Alaska: The Last Frontier.
Co-Owner of JTG Daugherty Racing
Brad Daugherty is part-owner of JTG Daugherty Racing alongside Tad and Jodi Geschickter and Gordon Smith. The five-time NBA All-Star also joined NBC Sports as an analyst for pre-race and post-race NASCAR Cup Series coverage. A fixture not only on television, Daugherty has also regularly hosted shows on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio and SiriusXM NBA Radio. Today, the Black Mountain, NC-native continues his leadership role for JTG Daugherty Racing and his affiliation with BAM (Brand Activation Maximizer) in addition to his role as an NBC analyst for NASCAR. He enjoys cheering on his drivers Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Ryan Preece and looks forward to a strong finish to the 2021 season. When he’s not racing or on air, he is also the Chairman of the Cleveland Cavaliers Team Board and the NASCAR New Diversity Board.
Charlie “The Spaniard” Brenneman is a former Division I wrestler, Spanish teacher and UFC fighter who lives in his native Pennsylvania with his wife Amanda and their children Gracie and Rocky. His mission to embody and inspire lifelong learning has led him to podcasting, writing and speaking.
Cherrial Odell just graduated high school in Las Vegas, NV. Three years ago, Cherrial joined the Inspiring Children Foundation and became a part of the Jewel Never Broken Program, which provided her with the tools and wisdom to find true happiness— something that was severely lacking in my life. Through these programs she was able to take accountability for her happiness and started earning it every day by meditating, giving her best, and doing the right things. She now has overwhelming gratitude for the immense love, happiness, and peace that the support of these programs enabled her to find and cultivate.
Rulk is a functional strength and conditioning specialist who has a degree in Kinesiology with an emphasis in biomechanics. He has worked with numerous top Olympians, professional athletes, celebrities, and Team USA youth programs in soccer, baseball, and softball. He is most well known internationally for his work with First Responders throughout the world from Elite Military, Fire Fighters, Law Enforcement, and Ocean Safety agencies.
In 2002 Dima decided to leave his successful career as a world champion in Acrobatic sports with over 30 Gold medals to follow a different dream, to be a solo performer on the stage. Cirque Du Soleil recognized Dima’s talent and invited him to one of their shows called Dralion where Dima met Viktor Kee, who helped create his circus act and later became manager in the circus world. After that Dima spent 2 years in circus school in Kiev, Ukraine adapting his Acrobatic technique and perfecting his abilities to achieve his goal to create a unique, breathtaking, world class performance yet to be seen. Dima and Viktor presented the premiere of Dima Shine’s hand Balancing act with much hope and anticipation at the International circus festival in Paris "Cirque de Demain" in 2006. Dima’s new creation was subsequently an incredible success. In Paris he received a Gold Medal and a Prix de Publique. Which has been followed by gold medals at the “Latina festival” in Italy, in Grenoble France, and at the Domont festival, confirming Dima’s place among one of the greatest performances in the circus arts of our time. One of Dima's achievement was to win the Russian Idol, a television contest in Russia (analog of America’s got talent in USA). In 2008 , while performing all over the world, Dima thought out the idea to create Alternative Fitness studio and named it Shine. He began to search for a place to open it and in 2009 he joined the illustrious Canadian circus entertainment company The Cirque du Soleil, for a new production called “Banana Shpeel” in NYC. After a year with Banana Shpeel Dima got invited to join another Cirque’s production “Zumanity” and relocated to Las Vegas where he is still currently performing. In 2011 Dima met Russ Petroni who was assistant company manager in Zumanity at that time and invited him to be his business partner at Shine. 2012 was the year when Dima and Russ opened up their first Fitness Studio in Las Vegas.
Chief Medical Officer Kroger
Dr. Marc Watkins
As Chief Medical Officer and Vice President, Dr. Watkins oversees all medical-related aspects for the Kroger Co. This includes enterprise-wide leadership through the development and implementation of clinical programs, associate benefit design, and the strategic direction for all health and wellness solutions, including emerging digital and telehealth initiatives.
PT, DPT, COMT, CMTPT
Dr. Sarah Crawford
Dr. Crawford earned a Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of Miami (FL) in 2011 and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from The Ohio State University in 2008. She is an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) as well as the Ohio Physical Therapy Association (OPTA). Dr. Crawford is highly skilled in treating a wide variety of conditions including chronic pain, neck and back pain, cervicogenic headaches, sports injuries and tempromandibular joint dysfunction (TMD). She is classically training in Geoffrey Maitland’s approach to orthopedic physical therapy and is a Certified Orthopedic Manual Therapist (COMT). She believes in the use of hands on treatments to restore normal function in order to maximize results and optimize patients’ outcomes. Dr. Crawford was the first Physical Therapist certified by Myopain Seminars (R) in the state of Ohio in Trigger Point Dry Needling (CMTPT) as an alternative treatment intervention to a variety of conditions.
Co-Founder and Co-CEO, Harry's
As Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Harry’s, Inc., Jeff Raider aims to build companies and brands that people like more. The ambition of Harry’s Inc. is to create a family of disruptive omnichannel CPG brands, including its flagship brand, Harry’s, a shaving and personal care brand that encourages guys to rethink their routines. Furthering its mission, under Harry's Labs, Harry’s, Inc. has launched Flamingo, a body care brand built for women with hair, Cat Person, created for cat parents around holistic cat care, and Headquarters, a haircare brand that creates healthier hair, starting at the root. Prior to Harry's, Jeff co-founded Warby Parker, the transformative lifestyle brand that offers designer eyewear at a revolutionary price while leading the way for socially-conscious businesses.
Chef, Tiktok Sensation
Known to millions as “The Korean Vegan,” Joanne Molinaro began her blog of the same name in 2016 after adopting a plant-based diet. What began as a personal motivational tool to “veganize” her favorite Korean recipes in an attempt to maintain a connection to her family and culture quickly grew into something much bigger. She created Facebook, YouTube, and Instagram accounts to post photographs of her dishes together with their recipes. In less than a year, she cultivated a modest following of approximately 10,000 and landed her first television appearance on the Food Network show Cooks v. Cons. In July 2020, Molinaro created her TikTok account (@thekoreanvegan), mostly as a coping mechanism for the isolation caused by the global pandemic. With no real intention of using her account as an extension of her blog, she began posting content related to politics and life as a lawyer during quarantine. However, after a single post of her making braised potatoes for dinner (while her husband taught a piano lesson in the background) went viral, Molinaro shifted her attention to producing 60 second recipe videos, while telling stories about her family—immigrants from what is now known as North Korea. To date, she has amassed more than 2 million followers and tens of millions of views.
Director of Nutrition
Jon Clinthorne, Ph.D. received his doctorate in Human Nutrition from Michigan State University for his work focusing on diet and immune function. He then completed his post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Colorado, Denver Anschutz Medical Campus where he studied the role of the gut microbiota in the development of graft-versus-host disease following bone marrow transplantation. Now at The Simply Good Foods Company, Jon works to accurately communicate the beneficial physiological effects of low-sugar and low-carbohydrate diets on obesity, diabetes, and overall health.
Senior Manager, Abbott Nutrition
Kathy Ruminsky has been with Abbott Nutrition for nineteen years and currently serves as senior manager in therapeutic nutrition marketing leading external engagement strategies for professional associations and peer to peer educational programming. Kathy was previously the manager of health care education within the Abbott Nutrition Health Institute leading the execution of continuing education programs. Kathy also has worked in the Consumer Relations Department as the quality coordinator covering both adult and pediatric product areas. Kathy also served as manager of regulatory affairs, global product innovation, in which she provided guidance for the use of new ingredients and promotional claims for adult and pediatric nutritional products world-wide. Prior to working in regulatory, Kathy supported the diabetes category and provided medical and scientific support for the use, design, and marketing of the diabetes product line. Kathy also worked as a clinical dietitian at Ohio State Hospitals East, where she provided inpatient clinical assessments for ICU, general medicine, oncology, orthopedic, family practice and substance abuse recovery floors. Throughout her career, Kathy has focused her research on nutrition, including work with NASA to develop a menu for extended duration space missions. Kathy has led and participated in numerous educational events focused on nutrition intervention with multi-disciplinary audiences. In 2000, Kathy received her bachelor of science degree in dietetics at Bowling Green State University, where she graduated summa cum laude. Kathy holds a master of science degree from Case Western Reserve University and completed her dietetic internship at University Hospitals of Cleveland in 2001. Kathy completed her MBA at the Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University in 2019 and is currently a student coach within the Fisher College of Business.
Founder and CEO of Ms.Medicine
Trained at Yale and the University of Chicago, Dr. Lisa Larkin is a women’s health internist whose 30+ year career has been defined by her unwavering commitment to advancing data driven, comprehensive care for women. Although she maintains a busy primary care and women’s health consultative practice, Dr. Larkin is now also Founder and CEO of Ms.Medicine, a national healthcare organization she launched with a mission to advance evidence-based women’s primary health care through innovation in care delivery, physician networking and a consumer and physician education platform, Ms.MedEd.
Social Impact, Harry's
Maggie Hureau leads Social Impact at Harry’s, working in deep partnership with nonprofit organizations to ensure that more men get access to mental health care. Prior to joining Harry's, Maggie spent 15 years working with City Year, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing support to the most underserved schools in America. Her direct service work in schools and communities across New York City led her into the development and partnership space, specializing in increasing organizational impact and reach. Maggie is a graduate of Eugene Lang College at The New School, with a degree in Urban Studies. She currently lives in Queens and is a certified reiki practitioner.
Marty and Amanda Brennaman
Legendary Reds radio announcer Marty Brennaman was the “Voice of the Reds” for 46 seasons before retiring following the 2019 season. Overall, Brennaman spent 55 seasons as a broadcaster. Brennaman received the Ford C. Frick Award on July 23, 2000, in ceremonies at the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York. On August 27, 2021, Brennaman will also be officially inducted into the Reds Hall of Fame, becoming the first broadcaster to receive the honor. Amanda Brennaman has officially retired from full time regular employment, at least for now, but that doesn’t mean she is staying at home. Since she left her last job at Markers Mark, as Director of Field Marketing, she is still accumulating airline miles and hotel nights as she traveled with her husband, Marty, to most of the Cincinnati Reds baseball games when Marty was still the voice of the Reds, a position she held for over eleven years.
Army Veteran and Entrepreneur
Matt Hesse is the founder and CEO of Corr-Jensen, Inc., a portfolio of health and performance supplement brands that have generated over half a billion dollars in retail sales and patented technologies. Aside from his work in Corr-Jenson, Matt is also the CEO of Performix and the Founder of Fit Ops Foundation, implementing a unique strategy that includes what he calls the “virtuous circle”--a philanthropic ethos connecting his team, brands, and customers to drive purpose-driven causes, ultimately creating sustainability and growth.
Medical Affairs, Clinical Dietitian
Meghan Donnelly is the medical affairs dietitian at Dr. Schär USA. She has a Master's degree in Nutrition & Dietetics from New York University and completed her dietetic internship at the James J. Peters Bronx VA. Meghan has worked at Dr. Schär USA for one year. Her specialties are in chronic kidney disease and gastrointestinal disorders.
Founder Keep Her Wild
VP of Practice and Programs, CASEL
Melissa Schlinger is Vice President of Practice and Programs at CASEL. Melissa leads CASEL’s efforts to advance systemic implementation of evidence-based social and emotional learning in school districts across the nation. She oversees CASEL’s Collaborating Districts Initiative (CDI), which has grown under her leadership from eight to twenty large urban districts implementing systemic SEL. She also oversees the development of school and district resources based on CDI learnings, as well as CASEL support services.
Morgan Angelique Owens
Morgan Angelique Owens is the author of "Finding My Sparkle" and Founder & CEO of the MAO Brand, Professional Pretty, and Curvy Cardio, LLC. An entrepreneur powerhouse -- Author, Consultant, Speaker, Brand Ambassador -- Morgan uses her vision and voice to coach and uplift women and young girls by sharing the knowledge and expertise she's honed in the areas of physical and mental health, beauty, personal empowerment, and lifestyle content. She uses her passion and fashion-forward savvy to authentically bridge the gap between brands and underserved audiences through her Blog, Professional Pretty. She has been featured in national publications such as Black Enterprise. Morgan strives to empower individuals and businesses to invest in their futures and find their Sparkle. In 2021 she partnered with The Cincinnati Herald newspaper to create Herald Beauty. A beauty hub for minority women. She serves as the Chief Creative Beauty Consultant.
Founder Flora Lee Naturals
Meteorologist, Tiktok Star
Olivia Pelaez is a self-proclaimed 'nutrition junkie' who believes whole-heartedly that food is medicine. She received her Bachelors of Science with Honors in Nutrition and Dietetics from the University of Western Ontario and has a coaching certification from the Functional Medicine Coaching Academy. Olivia is currently pursuing her Masters in Functional Medicine and Human Nutrition from the University of Western States with an anticipated graduation date in December 2019. Her passion lies in helping individuals heal through a root cause approach which incorporates lifestyle and diet modifications as therapeutic interventions. . In her spare time, Olivia loves to travel with her husband, salsa dance, and try out new recipes in the kitchen.
CEO of Simply Zero
Rachel Felous is an environmental activist, educator and entrepreneur in the zero waste movement. She is also the visionary and CEO of emerging sustainable lifestyle company, Simply Zero -- a company on a mission to empower and equip individuals consciously considering their impact on the planet with the guidance, products and community to make a difference. Internationally, her work has been featured by National Geographic and Marie Kondo. Locally, she has been recognized as a Leader in Sustainability and a Woman of the Year.
Chief Gratitude Officer
Rachel DesRochers is the founder of Grateful Grahams, an artisanal graham cracker company; the Incubator Kitchen Collective, a non-profit providing kitchen space, business support, and mentorship to food entrepreneurs; founder of The Good People Festival, an annual free music festival; and In Gratitude, a podcast of tools, tidbits and chats on living a life in gratitude. Rachel recently launched Head to Heart Mentorship where she is using all the tools she’s learned as an entrepreneur to support other makers & creatives to live a life of joy!
Co-Founder Inspiring Children Foundation
Ryan Wolfington is an entrepreneur who helped build and restructure companies; now, he's a philanthropist who founded The Inspiring Children Foundation. In his entrepreneur career Ryan started and ran businesses in the financial, gaming, and teleservices industries—two of which went public on the NASDAQ exchange. Wolfington's collaboration with Jewel’s Never Broken program and his "Inspiring Children's Foundation" has helped thousands of youth fulfill their personal potential by developing their character and peace of mind. The foundation's leadership program's youth have a 95% success rate in gaining college admission with a scholarship.
Shannon currently serves as the 12th Montgomery County Educational Service Center Superintendent, in the organization’s history and is their first female superintendent. Her role includes working directly with and advocating for all 16 public school districts in Montgomery County. As the educational leader for the county, she works with other various leaders across city/county government, and the other public sectors. Shannon was featured as a TEDxDayton speaker; where she gave her TED Talk on “Future Self.” Shannon is an adjunct professor at the University of Dayton, where she teaches various workshop classes and Educational Leadership courses. Additionally, she is an adjunct at Ashland University. Ms. Cox has worked with many other communities in different roles within the MCESC, which has allowed her to build relationships with districts throughout the region and state. In addition, she is trained in many different academic programs, state initiatives and school district leadership while taking a great interest in state policy and law to be able to provide guidance and consultation to districts. Shannon serves on the Montgomery County Workforce Investment Board and chairs the WIB’s Youth Advisory Committee. Additionally, she serves on other boards including Air Camp USA, Montgomery County Overdose Action Team, Family and Children First and is President of the Historical Society of Germantown’s Board of Trustees. Prior to her current position, she spent time in her career as a classroom teacher at the intermediate and junior high levels, a building principal, an athletic coach, a K-12 Curriculum Director and MCESC’s Associate Superintendent. Her experience has been in multiple counties and different types of districts giving her a variety of education experiences at the Pk-12 level. Outside of education, Shannon is a community activist. She is a vibrant participant in her community and has led many grass-root initiatives including those focusing on volunteerism, fundraising, political campaigns, health awareness and most recently has co-founded a Community Drug-Free Coalition. Shannon believes there has never been a more important time in education to advocate for our profession, our schools, and most importantly our students.
Founder and CEO TerraCycle
Tom Szaky is founder and CEO of TerraCycle, a global leader in the collection and repurposing of complex waste streams. TerraCycle operates in 20 countries, working with some of the world’s largest brands, retailers and manufacturers to create national platforms to recycle products and packaging that otherwise go to landfill or incineration. It also created a new circular reuse platform called Loop that enables consumers to purchase products in reusable packaging. Tom and TerraCycle have received hundreds of awards and recognition from organizations including the United Nations, World Economic Forum, Fortune Magazine and U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Tom is the author of four books, Revolution in a Bottle, Outsmart Waste, Make Garbage Great and The Future of Packaging.