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THE CHALLENGE OF CHANGE

 SPEAKERS

Mfon Akpan

Mfon Akpan is a professor at the Savannah College of Art and Design, where he currently teaches business courses full-time. He has a passion for emerging technologies and is an expert in virtual reality technology. He continues to research new technologies and educational methods to offer students and clients a current, effective and relative teaching experience.

Dan Edelston

Dan Edelston is a certified: Yoga Instructor, Personal Trainer and Reiki Master. He recently published a book, “The Mind-Body Melt” and finished his year term as local Toastmasters President where he coached numerous individuals to improve their public speaking performance.  As a yoga teacher, Dan has seen first-hand the power of the practice, especially how linking breath with movement can make monumental changes for a person both on and off the mat. He firmly believes the yogic practice is the ultimate methodology to embrace in order for people to more easily navigate what can sometimes feel like the turbulent waves of their lives.

Srividya Kalyanaraman

Srividya is a writer covering tech and entrepreneurship in Boston, currently serving as the editor of BostInno. She enjoys working on greenfield projects shaping the media landscape today. She was the first reporter to cover social media and the internet for India’s oldest financial daily, The Economic Times. She was an enthusiastic second member of freshly-minted two-person business desk at Firstpost.com, India’s first digital-only newsroom and in 2014, a summer intern on Money Magazine’s inaugural web team that launched Money.com, following the Time Inc/Time Warner split.

Beth Kurland

Dr. Beth Kurland is a licensed clinical psychologist, author, and public speaker, in practice for 25 years, working with people across the lifespan. She has a strong passion for using mind-body practices to promote whole person health and wellness. She is the author of three books: Dancing on the Tightrope: Transcending the Habits of Your Mind and Awakening to Your Fullest Life; The Transformative Power of Ten Minutes: An Eight Week Guide to Reducing Stress and Cultivating Well-Being; and Gifts of the Rain Puddle: Poems, Meditations and Reflections for the Mindful Soul.

Roula Lombardi

Roula is the owner of Bardo WebTeks, a small business specializing in website development, design and Agile coaching. She also works as an Agile coach, scrum master, and consultant. Roula received her Bachelor's degree in Journalism and Public Relations from New England College and her Master's degree in Journalism from Boston University. 

Ashley Mason

Ashley Mason is a marketing consultant and the CEO of Dash of Social. Starting her business at just the age of 19, she worked hard and took risks that allowed her to reach her first six-figure year by the age of 21 and take it full-time... all while attending college. Passionate about entrepreneurship, Ashley hopes to inspire young adults from around the world to follow their dreams regardless of their age and what others may think.

Melanie O'Neil

Melanie O'Neil is one half of the husband and wife duo that founded Rustic Marlin, a premium home décor manufacturer. She brings her passion and 20 years of proven success for building brands and implementing strategic roadmaps at companies ranging from large global brands including Reebok to innovative start-ups like IdeaPaint. Under Melanie’s leadership Rustic Marlin was ranked #366 on the 2018 Inc Magazine’s 500 List of Fastest Growing Companies in America and #19 on the 2019 Boston Business Journal’s fastest-growing private companies in Massachusetts list.

Michael Sanders

Michael Sanders is the Director of Marketing and Communications for NTI, a non-profit committed to placing Americans with disabilities and disabled Veterans in work-at-home jobs. His career spans over 20 years with leading Fortune 500 companies in the fields of disability advocacy, change management and training and development. Outside of work, Michael is a music aficionado who has partnered with national acts such as the Foo Fighters, Portugal. The Man, Wu-Tang Clan, and Cage the Elephant. He is proud to have graduated with the class of 1995 at Stonehill College with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and furthered his degree with a Master of Science in Industrial/Organizational Psychology.

Cheryl Schnitzer

An Associate Professor in Chemistry at Stonehill College since 2000, Cheryl Schnitzer teaches physical and general chemistry courses and leads an active research group. Since the 1990’s, she has conducted research in spectroscopy, most recently in Stonehill’s femtosecond laser lab. Schnitzer has extended her expertise into integrated photonics by taking online courses and attending and presenting at several conferences. Schnitzer, along with the Department of Physics at Stonehill, has designed programs in optics and photonics in collaboration with other esteemed colleges and universities.

Marquis Taylor

In 2010, Marquis founded Coaching4Change, a nonprofit that partners K-12 schools with colleges to develop a diverse teacher pipeline in order to expose students of color to teaching as a profession through mentoring and after school collaboration. Marquis founded Coaching4Change in 2010 to help low-income, students of color reach their potential and close the achievement gap through hands-on, practical learning experiences that engage students in a myriad of ways.