Ingenuity 2016 Speakers
Robert Hacker works at the intersection of creativity, entrepreneurship and complexity as a consultant, advisor, professor and writer.
He worked in Asia for twenty years, including seven years in Indonesia where he built a billion dollar publicly traded company. Bob returned to the U.S. in 1999 and later worked with One Laptop per Child where he sold over a million educational laptops to foreign governments to freely distribute to children.
Today he manages GH Growth Advisors, a Miami consulting firm that offers “pragmatic growth strategies for middle market companies with complex problems”. He teaches entrepreneurship and social entrepreneurship at Florida International University and MIT Sloan School of Management. Bob also acts as an advisor to early stage high tech companies and is actively involved in the Endeavor and Demeter advisory networks.
He is the author of two books, “Scaling Social Entrepreneurship: Lessons Learned at One Laptop per Child” and “Billion Dollar Company-An Entrepreneur’s Guide to Business Models for High Growth Companies”. His third book is in progress and deals with how and why the same large business opportunities have repeated themselves throughout history.
As founder of Newfield Network, Julio Olalla is regarded as one of the founding fathers of the Coaching Profession and as a pioneer in Transformational Learning. For over 30 years, Julio has trained thousands of individuals and hundreds of organizations, CEOs, and government figureheads to challenge traditional thinking, and create stronger leaders to navigate the turbulence facing our global community. His multi-cultural perspective makes him an in-demand, trusted advisor of Fortune 500 companies, international governments, and high-profile individuals such as former Chilean President. Julio Olalla is a sought after motivational speaker, addressing audiences on leadership, organizational learning, education, emotion, and executive coaching. His message inspires audiences to review not only the content of what they are thinking and learning, but their interpretation of learning itself. He is dedicated to assisting people in living a good life so that we can contribute to building a socially just, environmentally sustainable and spiritually fulfilling world. Originally an attorney with the Chilean government, Julio made his way to the U.S. after the 1973 Chilean coup d’état. He is based in Boulder, Colorado, with a travel schedule that takes him worldwide.
Mina Shah – Speaker, strategic business consultant, and Founder of the Mina Meetings. Mina Shah has spoken to over 1200 groups and consulted with over 150 business owners. Through her experience working with people all over the country she saw a real need for for a place that women could go to sharpen their professional and communication skills so they could learn how to stand on their own two feet financially. She founded the Mina Meetings where women come through an amazing year long program that “Empowers Women to Know Their Value and Claim Their Worth.” In a safe, fun, and real environment women learn how to Speak Confidently, Act Boldly, and Live Courageously. Prior to starting her own business Mina worked as the only female on Tony Robbins elite team of speakers who spoke around the country on his behalf inspiring people to come to his events. While working at Robbins, Mina won the President’s Award as well as the Platinum Award for her performance and contribution. She speaks English, Farsi, and Spanish. Her personal achievements include climbing the highest mountain in SE Asia as well as completing a 12 day trek in the Himalayas. Mina Shah believes that empowering women with the confidence to say no to what they don’t want, so they can gracefully and unapologetically speak up for what they do want, gives them the power to make a change in their own lives, the lives of others, and ultimately in the world. www.minashah.com
Is a luxury real estate expert and a trusted source on residential trends in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Forbes and Haute Living. As the Director of Luxury Sales at Douglas Elliman and an advisor to global leaders and Fortune 500 executives, Ms. Adžem has sold over $420,000,000 in real estate since 2006. She is a regular guest on Bloomberg and Fox Business News, and is featured on CNBC’s series “Mega Homes: Secret Lives of the Super Rich” and Bravo’s “Million Dollar Listing: Miami.” Ms. Adžem’s remarkable journey – from a teenager who survived the Siege of Sarajevo and the Bosnian War, to a nationally recognized real estate expert and executive —is a testament to the character, commitment and perseverance that makes her one of the top businesswomen in Florida. Since joining Douglas Elliman in 2006 from Corcoran Group Real Estate, where she spent five years as a Top 1 percent sales producer, Ms. Adžem’s informed insights into the luxury market and a penchant for delivering profit gains to her clients have made her a record-setting real estate broker. Ms. Adžem, who has an MBA in real estate development, is a former vice president at Trump International and the creative force behind marketing Donald J. Trump’s condominium developments. She also spent time with the Frankel Group, a New York-based strategic consultancy and venture capital firm. Ms. Adžem lives her life by the mantra “doing well by doing good”; she’s an avid supporter of causes that empower children, including Florence Fuller Child Development Centers in Boca Raton and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County, of which she is a board member. Along with being an advocate for causes involving the people of Bosnia-Herzegovina, her own story has generated demand for Ms. Adžem as an inspirational speaker.
Raymond G. Miltenberger, Ph.D., BCBA-D
Received his bachelor’s degree in 1978 from Wabash College and his PhD in clinical psychology in 1985 from Western Michigan University. He completed a predoctoral internship in behavioral pediatrics at the Kennedy Institute of the Johns Hopkins University Medical School. After teaching in the Psychology Department at North Dakota State University for 21 years, Dr. Miltenberger joined the faculty of the Department of Child and Family Studies at the University of South Florida. Currently, he is a professor and the director of the undergraduate program, master’s degree program, and doctoral degree program in Applied Behavior Analysis. He is a Fellow and past president of the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI). He has also served on the Executive Council of ABAI and the Executive Council of the Florida Association for Behavior Analysis. His research focuses on safety skills, health, fitness, and sports, and staff training and management. He has published over 200 journal articles and chapters and has written a widely-used textbook, “Behavior Modification: Principles and Procedures,” now in its sixth edition. Dr. Miltenberger has received numerous teaching and research awards including the American Psychological Association Division 25 Award for Distinguished Contributions to Applied Behavioral Research, the Burlington Northern Foundation Faculty Achievement Award, The Western Michigan University Distinguished Alumnus Award, the North Dakota State University Distinguished Professor Award, and the ABAI Outstanding Mentorship Award. Dr. Miltenberger’s research on safety skills investigates teaching strategies to help keep children safe from such threats as loaded firearms, abduction, and sexual abuse. His research shows that typical instructional strategies are not effective – telling kids and showing kids what to do is not enough. An active learning approach with substantial practice and feedback is necessary for children to learn the safety skills and, more importantly, to use the skills when presented with a safety threat. Dr. Miltenberger speaks to numerous groups around the country about his research. Recently, his research was featured on an episode of Dateline NBC that aired in June, 2015.
For the past 25 years, David Rutherford has been exploring and researching the human condition on every level. He was a Division 1 lacrosse player and art major at Penn State, a Navy SEAL Medic, Operator and Instructor, an International Training Specialist for Blackwater, a Security Protection Expert for the U.S. Government, and for the past 10 years as a top speaker, best selling author for adults and kids, podcast host, YouTube personality and performance coach. From the playing fields of sport to the battlefields of life he’s discovered some undeniable truths about how individuals and teams succeed and fail in every environment imaginable. His message has reached over 4 million people.
After failing to achieve a childhood dream David was able to pull himself out of the bowls of depression in college and make the conscious decision to join the U.S. Navy in order to pursue his next dream of becoming a SEAL. It was during this quest, while attending what many consider the hardest military training program in the world, when David was transformed physically, mentally and emotionally. The transformation process in BUDS or Basic Underwater Demolition SEAL Training is unlike any other on earth. With an 80% drop out rate the brave souls that endure the seemingly impossible training regimen are literally recalibrated to accept a new cultural norm that achieves monumental successes in the most extreme situations known to humanity, that of combat. These young Warrior Poets willingly submit to the cultural changes required in order to search out the very worst people on the planet in the worst places, and succeed in spite of overwhelming odds because of their sacrificial trust and commitment to one another. David calls this the Team Life.
When David became a SEAL Qualification Training (SQT) Instructor, the 29-week program immediately following BUDS, he discovered his passion for teaching. During this time he became fascinated with human performance, and most specifically the psychological drivers behind what enables human beings to succeed in the most extreme environments. After being honorably discharged from the Navy in 2003, David continued to hone his training skills working as a training and security expert for the notorious Blackwater and the USG.
It was during an anti-drug mission on his second trip to Afghanistan that David’s life would dramatically change again. After the compound was secured, David finally noticed the profound destitution of the 30 children living there without hope. For the first time down range, empathy entered his heart. It was in that moment that he decided to change the nature of his life’s mission. David decided to do what ever he could to help children forge the necessary skills in order to survive and thrive in the harshness of life. In the spring of 2006 he completed his first book, a children’s book designed to teach middle school age kids how to develop and maintain strong Self-Confidence. In the next few years David was able to work with over 7,000 kids in North America. Unfortunately due to the economic collapse in 2008 David was forced back into a life of contracting.
David finally hung up his bulletproof vest as a US Government Contractor in the winter of 2011 after another 5 trips to Afghanistan. The decision was due to the intense pressures it had placed on his marriage and new born child. Thankfully, because of the Bin Laden Raid, America was fascinated with Navy SEALs and he was able to reignite his business and focus fulltime on spreading his message of Team Life through his training and consulting company, Froglogic Concepts LLC. David has continued his teaching and research by working with some of the leading companies and organizations in the world and helping them discover the undeniable power behind understanding and forging a Culture of Team.
David inspires individuals and groups of all cultures and backgrounds how to ignite the fire in their gut, defeat the Negative Insurgency, embrace their fears, and live the Team Life in order succeed in the intense and unstable battlefields of life. In his insightful TedX Talk, David will explain the power behind the Navy SEAL Culture and how it translates into helping teams build a new more durable, focused and selfless culture. David’s incredible journey of exploration and experience will not only educate but also influence you to succeed in the combat of life.
Some notable organizations and charities David has worked with include: Johnson Controls, Cisco, BNY Mellon, Comcast, Merrill Lynch, Comcast Miami Dolphins, Covidien, Ahead IT, Revlon, Morgan Stanley, Wells Fargo, MSpark, Pega Systems, UBS, Pioneer Investments, Avera Health, Jackson Memorial, Workiva, United Therapeutics, Copperweld, UPenn Football, University of Nebraska, Penn State Lacrosse, Influence Health, Regions Bank, Clover Technologies, University of Florida, FAU
Charities – The Lone Survivor Foundation, Special Operations Wounded Warrior, The Journey Home Project, Outward Bound Veterans Program, Danny Dietz Foundation, YMCA
Originally from the Czech Republic, Jan moved to the U.S to finish school and start his entrepreneurial journey (the american dream) he has dreamed about as a kid. Team player who takes the ball and runs with it. Not afraid to lose, always chasing the impossible. When someone says “it’s hard, don’t do it”, Jan jumps right in. Coming up with creative solutions and strategies to face challenging problems and overcome them is something Jan has always enjoyed. In 2014, Jan started BedaBox, a package forwarding business, which helps people from around the world to shop in the U.S, and ship to over 220 countries. BedaBox also works with nationwide consumer product brands, optimizing their multi-channel online presence, and manages their fulfillment and shipping processes, saving them over 80% on their overhead and eliminating their operational challenges. In the first year of operations, BedaBox has accrued over 1mil+ in revenue, all without external funding. Some achievements include: * 1st place in the FAU Business Plan Competition 2014 *1st place in the Florida Venture Forum Collegiate Competition 2014 * Finalist in eMerge Americas Business Plan competition 2015 * One of the first five companies to go through a prestigious accelerator program “Tech Runway” in Boca Raton *** Featured as “THE NEXT BIG THING” by Boca Magazine *** Also featured in Entrepreneur.com, Miami Herald, South Florida Business, Forbes CZ, Wealth Magazine, SunSentinel and others..” Jan (24) is currently running BedaBox as its CEO, and planning for expansion with global ambitions. “We will revolutionize the way people ship things around the world”, Jan says, with a big smile on his face. Some of his personal hobbies include: traveling, hockey, crossfit, martial arts, skydiving, paragliding, kitesurfing, canyoning and generally any activity that involves doing something fun!
My name is Meytal Cohen. Pretty common Israeli name that also just happens to sound like my favorite style of music. Coincidence? I think not. So yes, I’m from Israel. I’m the youngest of 7. I have 4 sisters and 2 brothers. My dad died when I was 7 years old, when a drunk driver crashed while he was standing on the sidewalk. My mom successfully raised us all by herself. I started playing drums at 18 years old, despite the conventional ‘you’re making noise, you’re wasting time, you’re spending money, and this will never mount to anything’ sorta attitude I was getting at home. That same year, I graduated from high school and was drafted to the Israeli Defense Force (it’s mandatory), I served my country for 2 years and was released from the IDF. At age 21 I moved to Los Angeles to attended the LA Music Academy, and while in school I managed to break my back in a car accident. I broke three vertebras, and had to wear a back brace for 6 months. I returned to Israel for the healing process, and within a year I came back to LA and later on graduated. After school, it wasn’t easy, like it never really is for a musician trying to make a living at it. I tried to find my place in the huge and scary music industry of Los Angeles, and I can’t say I had much luck. In 2009, a few friends and I recorded a metal violin cover of System Of A Down’s Toxicity. We shot a music video for it and put it up on YouTube. A few months later, that video had 3 MILLION views. After seeing the response to our toxicity video, I decided I was going to shoot 100 drum covers and see what happens next. 5 years later, I now have over 120 videos, 120,000,000 views, 800,000 subscribers on YouTube, and 1,000,000 likes on Facebook. Many amazing things have happened / are happening thanks to your support – I’m incredibly fortunate to be endorsed by the best music companies in the world, to have produced my very own instructional package for drummers, the Maximum Meytal, and for creating my first original album funded by you guys through kickstarter, to name a few. I owe you big time, for caring sharing and supporting what I do. you are the reason I get to do what I love, and I’ll forever be thankful for that. come say hi at one of my upcoming shows, fb, or twitter, and subscribe to my mailing list for some overly revealing, long ass updates, from yours truly.
Is a New York based Iranian-Canadian performance and new media artist. His bodies of work, writings, and public speaking engage with the ways in which participatory experiences and new-media instigate speculations about the racialized self, sexualized body, radical subjectivities and technology. Baradaran’s praxis has inspired academic researchers, art professionals and technology developers alike for its articulation of visual vocabularies that use Augmented Reality (AR) technology around notions of interactivity, data-mining, failed utopias, infiltration and the ephemeral. Baradaran is the recipient of the International Symposium on Mixed and Augmented Reality first place prize and UC Berkeley’s Artist Residency (from Center for New Media, Critical Theory & Race and Gender). The New York Observer, ARTNET, National Public Radio, BBC, Forbes, Art21, Euro-News, Dot429 and Miami New Times have reviewed his work. ARTINFO described his public-art installation, Transient (6,300 NYC taxicabs, 1.5M viewers), as “one of the most interesting urban interventions,” and Frenchising Mona Lisa (AR installation/infiltration in the Louvre) was featured on the cover of ArtinAmerica.com. Baradaran claims to be part of the permanent collection of the Louvre—until this institution finds legal means to remove his AR(t) project. He is currently working on a large-scale interactive public AR(t) installation in South Florida.
Is an inspirational speaker, acupuncturist, and coach. Through transmission of the heart, he invites people to contact their purposefulness, passion, and deepest care. In this, we are all invited to own the recognition that we matter beyond measure. Our individual voices, when allowed to speak from the depths of our intrinsic beauty weave a complex melody of an emblazoned, sacred heart inscribed and aflame with the majestic mystery of life. After a family tragedy in 1998 Alexander began a painful and illuminating journey of self-discovery. He was invited to face some powerful questions, such as: Does life truly have meaning? As human beings, are we essentially good? Is life worth living? Over many years, Alexander began to discover answers to the these questions. Through a rigorous meditation practice and years of studying with masters in various fields, he began to reach into the essential nature of life. In this, something potent and magnificent was revealed. Something that gives us hope. Something that illuminates why we are here, why we matter, and the beautiful purpose behind our suffering and pain. Alexander invites us to places where we feel alive, inspired, and become willing to hold the joys and the pains within the great heart of humanity; to locate the depth within which we profoundly care. A place where compassion becomes the center of our existence. Alexander has a Masters degree in acupuncture and is currently pursuing a Ph. D in classical Chinese medicine at the American University for Complimentary Medicine. He is a professor at the Academy for Five Element Acupuncture, Southwest Acupuncture College, and the Colorado School for Traditional Chinese Medicine. He is the director, designer, and primary facilitator for the Newfield Network’s business development program for coaches, The Heart, Soul, & Praxis of Business Development. This program combines Integral theory and ancient wisdom with the practical knowledge needed to build and run a successful coaching practice. Alexander is the developer of Evolutionary CranioSacral Therapy (ECST), a system of medicine that is a confluence of Chinese medicine and Osteopathic medicine viewed through an Integral context. ECST allows timeless ancient wisdom to become nested within an evolutionary epistemology capable of meeting the diverse and complex challenges of our current era with radical inclusivity and unrelenting embrace. Through this, we are invited to step into new phenomenological territories that ignite healing potentials and assist humanity to discover its passionate, beating, blazing heart. Currently, Alexander has a coaching and acupuncture practice in Boulder, Colorado. He enjoys life with his daughter Sophia and wife Veronica.
Was born Greg Pingston and lived as a man for 50 years. “Greg” transitioned to Gina in 2006. Greg was a standout football player in high school and earned a football scholarship to attend East Carolina University (ECU). Greg was the captain of an undefeated state championship football team, an all-state middle linebacker and was class president and homecoming king in high school. Greg was also Vice President of the Student Government Association at ECU. Greg, now Gina, was a father of two, a husband, a brother and a son. Gina Duncan has been in the Mortgage Banking business in Orlando since 1980. She has served on the Home Builders Association of Mid-Florida and Mortgage Bankers Association Boards of Directors. Gina was President of the Mortgage Bankers Association of Central Florida in 2005. She was with Wells Fargo Home Mortgage from1997 to 2011, and served as the Area Manager of Central Florida, and Regional Manager for East Florida, overseeing 26 branches, over 250 employees and a multi-million dollar budget. While at Wells Fargo, Gina was Chair of the East Region of Wells Fargo’s employee resource group, PRIDE, for LGBT employees, overseeing 46 PRIDE chapters from Maine to Texas. Gina served on the Human Rights Campaign Steering Committee as Co-Chair of the Diversity Committee. She chaired the Transgender Day of Remembrance and Transgender Career and Wellness Fair events. Gina also served as President of the Metropolitan Business Association (MBA), the LGBT Chamber of Commerce in Orlando. She was the President of MBA’s Come Out With Pride event, which annually draws over 100,000 people to the Orlando area. Gina was invited to attend the first ever Human Rights Campaign’s National Women’s Diversity Leadership Conference, and also served on the HRC National Business Council. Gina served on the Board of Directors and Steering Committee of Equality Florida and on the Orlando Anti-Discrimination Alliance, which has been instrumental in passing the Orange County Human Rights Ordinance as well as a Domestic Partnership Registry in both the City or Orlando and Orange County. Gina recently ran for County Commissioner garnering 40% of the vote in an unsuccessful bid for county office. In 2014, Gina became Equality Florida’s Transgender Inclusion Director embarking on a career in corporate transgender inclusion training and consulting. Gina has trained major corporations across the United States and was a guest speaker at the Global Summit on Human Rights in Milan, Italy sponsored by the Harvey Milk Foundation. Gina is now recognized as a national and international speaker on transgender inclusion in the work place.
Is an international business consultant, author, speaker, and a leading expert in helping organizations understand how to manage personalities in the work place. After obtaining a Masters degree in Geophysics from Moscow State University in Russia, and a Masters degree in Family Systems Therapy from Syracuse University in New York, Pavel combined his education as a psychotherapist with his interest in helping organizations function better and has spent the past 25 years working all over the world developing management and team training programs. Since 1999 he has been facilitating programs on Leadership, People Management, Sales, and Business Communication for the world’s largest management development provider – the American Management Association and Management Centre Europe. Pavel is an energetic and motivating speaker, who is focused on making a long-lasting impact on individuals and organizations.
My name is Nathaniel Delevoe. I am a Junior at FAU with a Major in Public Management and a minor in Non-profit Management. I have been writing poetry since the summer 2012, which is the summer going into the 12th grade. I was born in May 1995 as the youngest of five children who were my two older brothers and my two older sisters. I graduated from South Broward Highschool where I played football as well as wrestled for four years. I also graduated in the top ten percentile of the class of ’13. The poem “Testimony” is the poem I performed at FAU’s 3rd annual Apollo night where I placed first.
Is an award-winning author, biology professor and go-to authority on the science of love. She worked with the TED Education division (Lessons Worth Sharing) to create The Science of Attraction video for their website. She is a contributing author at scienceofrelationship.com, a collection of the leading experts in the field of scientific relationship research. Her website was voted Best 28 dating, marriage and relationship blogs in the UK to follow in 2015 and she was voted one of the Top 20 most followed dating experts on twitter. Her work has been featured on South Florida Today, Pittsburgh Tribune and NPR.
Tina was 43 years old the first time she sat transfixed by the elegance of aerial silk performance. Even though she had never trained as a circus performer or a gymnast, she made a promise to herself that she, too, would soon “dance” in the open space between ceiling and floor.
After considerable searching Tina found an aerial class in Miami with Circus Master Eugene Baranok. Raw determination and the desire to experience the freedom of movement found in aerial acrobatics drove her to practice at an intense pace. After long days working as a commodities trader, she found personal fulfillment by hanging from ribbons high in the air.
Having perfected her craft, Tina now entertains audiences with her awe-inspiring drops, grace and effortless style. For the past two years, she has been the featured aerialist at the famed Fountainebleau Hotel in Miami. She has traveled to Canada to perform in Life in Color’s Unleashed Tour. Additionally, Tina’s choreographed routines have been performed alongside world-renowned DJs including Calvin
Harris, Stevie J, and Cedric Gervais.
Recently, Tina performed at a dressage event where she was suspended from a crane 60 feet in the air. “Exhilarating” is how she described her performance. Tina’s goal is to use aerials to inspire others to be courageous in both mind and body. She hopes that others will learn, as she has, to “fly” in ways they never thought possible.
Tina’s favorite quote is, “Once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skywards for there you have been and there you will always
long to return” – Leonardo Da Vinci
Lucy Ford has had a passion for movement arts since she could walk. Growing up as a child, she would sit in front of her television, learning and imitating Michael Jackson music videos and dancing around the house. As she got older, she began taking lessons in various in tap, jazz, hip-hip and many other styles of solo dance. Nothing in the world resonated with her more than her passion for movement. One night while she was out dancing, about four years ago, she saw a woman performing with a hula hoop. Captivated by her beauty, Lucy said to herself, “I NEED TO ADD THAT INTO MY DANCING!” Six months later she bought a hula hoop and has practiced every day since. The first year was difficult, having to re-learn movement in a completely different way, but she stuck with it. Now, almost three and a half years later, she has created her own unique style of hoop dance, blending together her dance experience and hula hoop skills. Each day is a progression, unlocking new ideas and understanding of how the body works. She currently teaches multiple styles of partner dance, including ballroom, Latin, swing, and country, as well as hula hoop dance and body movement techniques & footwork. When she’s not teaching you can find her performing at different events around the world or practicing one of her movement arts.
Randi discovered the violin when she was 6 years old. As a small child, she accompanied her parents to performances of the NY Philharmonic and fell in love with its beauty, grace and expressiveness. At 7 years of age, Randi was selected as the only violinist to study privately with Julliard professor, Sylvan Schulman. He told her parents that she was going to become “quite the violinist” some day. He was right. Her passionate, eclectic, improvisationalstyle motivated her to experiment with and freely improvise in many genres, such as, Rock, Blues, Jazz, Salsa, Klezmer, and Gypsy Swing, etc. Randi was recently honored to speak for TEDx Boca Raton on the topic of “Music: The Universal Language.” She is a soloist and core member of the “Klezmer Company Orchestra” and performs locally and nationally with her own band “Wildfire”. Randi is regularly featured as a guest artist with several local and national artists. She is in demand as a recording artist and has performed, toured and/or recorded with Bobby Sanabria, Kansas, America, Air Supply, B.B. King, Liberty Devito (Billy Joel), Bruce Springsteen, Dave Valentine, Clarence Clemons, Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers) and Nestor Torres.