Meet the Global Thought Leaders Speaking at the 2021 Leap and Shine Conference
SharRon Jamison is a life strategist, author, minister, entrepreneur, and corporate leader who is committed to helping you BE who you were born to be, and not settle for what society has taught and told you to be.
Through her coaching programs, innovative workshops, wisdom-filled books, empowering sister circles, and speaking events, she passionately challenges people to shed societal “shoulds” and outdated beliefs so they can live purpose-centered lives.
SharRon earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Hampton University, Hampton, Virginia. She earned a Masters of Business Administration from Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, Florida and is the Founder & President of The Jamison Group.
Yuri Cataldo is a Techo-optimist working at the intersection of technology and art. He is an award-winning entrepreneur, keynote speaker, best-selling author, podcaster and emerging tech strategist who combines the mindset of an artist and a technologist.
Named one of the 40 under 40 business leaders in Indiana, Yuri brings years of experience in the arts, design, entrepreneurship, marketing, innovation, and publicity, in addition to advising founders, artists and startups.
He is the co-founder/GP of Athenian VC and leads the fund investment strategy within construction, robotics, AI, manufacturing, and blockchain. He is also the Founder of ArtTech Media Group where he focuses on Innovation Development and Innovation Management
Ilona Parunakova is a 10x Best-Selling Author, Diversity and Inclusion Expert/Speaker. President and CEO of IP Resilience Global, Publisher of IP Resilience Global Magazine. She is a TEDx speaker and featured in Fox, NBC, CBC, Influencive, Powerhouse and Forbes Magazines.
Ilona is a direct descendant of Armenian Genocide survivors of WW1 and survived the wartime in the Republic of Georgia right after the collapse of the USSR. Over the years Ilona has succeeded in overcoming her disparities from war, losses and struggles, to turn every “No” in her life, into her superpower.
Ilona rose above all odds to obtain Doctorate Degree in Family Christian Counselling and a PhD in Christian Philosophy. As a Master Coach, she empowers people to find their voice even in the darkest times and imparts courage so that they, too, can experience liberty and live their best lives
Dr. Corey Hicksis a Speaker, Certified Extreme Execution Trainer, Author, and a 20+ year Pharmaceutical Professional. As a former All-American Decathlon athlete turned biotech Medical Director with over 23 years as a successful Healthcare Advocate and Motivational Speaker, Dr. Hicks has inspired thousands, nationally and internationally. Dr. Hicks provides a range of training services, from Health and Wellness, Leadership, Stress Management, Emotional Intelligence, and Self-Empowerment.
Dr. Corey Hicks is a former three-time NCAA All American Decathlete in Track and Field, A former 1996 Olympic Hopeful, A 2009 KSU Hall of Fame Inductee, A two-time Author, 2019 BRAG Magazine Influencer of The Season, and 2020 Global Motivation Award Recipient. With a BA in Early Childhood Education, a Masters Degree in Health Science and a Ph.D. in Health and Human Performance, Coach Corey’s life is based on the concept that "All things are possible".
Ike Nnabue is a celebrated Film Director, Screenwriter and Producer, regarded as one of the champions of emerging new African cinema. He is the Founder and CEO of Love Portion Creativehubs. He is also the founder of Passion8 Communications Ltd, a premium media content production company based in Lagos Nigeria.
Ike's recent film, Sink or Swim won Best Narrative Feature at the 2017 Newark International Film Festival and has received several nominations and official selections at notable international film festivals around the globe. Sink or Swim is an epic; thought-provoking movie about illegal migration and human trafficking. The film has an Inter-Continental cast from Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa, Zambia & Cote D'Ivoire.
Ike is the founder of Treasurewells Academy and the Host of Breaking into Nollywood with Ike Nnaebue Workshop which he has successfully hosted in Lagos, New York, Atlanta and Dallas. Ike is also very passionate about sharing with young African the know-how of Smartphone Filmmaking
Maura Sweeneyis an Author, Podcaster, and International Speaker, Maura Sweeney has transformed her own mantra of “Living Happy – Inside Out” to become a global influencer. A former corporate manager and HuffPost columnist who has travelled to 60 countries.
Maura was first called the Ambassador of Happiness by the UNESCO Center for Peace when invited to speak at the inaugural Nelson Mandela Day celebration. Since then, she’s trademarked her title and become a popular media guest featured on hundreds of media outlets in the U.S., Europe, Africa, and Australia.
Maura has lectured on Influence and Leadership at universities, leadership conferences, women’s organizations, Model UN’s and several American Embassy outposts. In 2018, she was named Women of the Decade at the Women Economic Forum (WEF) held in The Hague. Maura Sweeney's genuine and first-hand approach empowers others of every background to become their finest version of self and helps us see what’s best in us all.
Vivian Mokome is a ‘network-based entrepreneur’, investor and philanthropist who graduated from Wits University with a Master’s Degree in Information Systems & Business Applications.
She previously built a successful banking career while working as a Business/Systems Analyst and IT Project Manager at First National Bank (FNB), South Africa’s oldest bank. Having resigned her banking career in 2018, today, Vivian is one of the top leaders in the Multi-Level Marketing industry, creating job opportunities in Africa.
A serial philanthropist, Vivian lends her voice to socially relevant programs across the southern hemisphere. She co-founded the Mokome Foundation, an initiative that has ‘adopted’ hundreds of schools across South Africa.
Dr Ava Eagle Brown is a renowned author, master coach, multi-award-winning international keynote speaker and author and has helped thousands master their mindset and live their best life.
Dr Ava Eagle Brown coaches people to overcome the obstacles holding them back and step into their purpose. Ava’s Integrative Coaching style empowers clients to make lasting behaviour changes that become the cornerstones of lifelong well-being.
Dr Ava Eagle Brown’s talent for coaching and inspiring change in thousands of people comes from a real desire to play her part in healing and empowering the broken. She’s often referred to as the UK’s answer to Lisa Nichols.
Jane Oma Okoro is a Nigerian-born social entrepreneur and executive coach based in Madrid.
Shortly after her parents passed away, she moved to Spain. While in Spain looking to grow professionally, she encountered first-hand many of the obstacles based on stereotypes created around African migrants. This led Jane to create Upside Africa - to inspire, empower, and promote African professionals and entrepreneurs, in Africa and diaspora.
Jane also founded Mother Eagle Mentoring Academy (MEMA), through which she helps women and youth develop skills, competencies, and mindsets to help them to succeed in business and life.
Jane is a member of the Impulse Team of Hello Europe’s Changemakers for Migration project in Spain. Jane is also a lecturer at Geneva Business School and a member of SIETER Europe (Society of Intercultural Education Training and Research).
Cresta Durojaiye CPO® is a Certified Professional Organizer, and one of Africa's leading Productivity Experts. She’s an Author, Podcaster and Life Strategist who empowers people with practical tools and strategies to live fully and perform optimally. Her ‘Life Lessons’ podcast and other teachings have influenced people globally.
She is the Founding Chairperson of the Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals in Nigeria (APON). She is the author of the MadHouse Professional Organizing book and also President of PineTree Group of companies (currently comprising PineTree Organizers; Inspire! By PineTree; and PineTree Container Store).
An internationally recognised public speaker, Cresta is a Recipient of the Women Economic Forum (WEF) ‘Iconic Woman’ Award as well as a recipient of the WEF ‘Exceptional Woman of Excellence Award. She is also the proud recipient of the London 2020 Shine Legacy Award in Productivity.
Maxwell Ivey Jr known as the Blind Blogger is an award-winning Blogger, Motivational Speaker, Podcaster, Publicist, Entrepreneur and critically acclaimed serial Author. Despite losing his sight at the age of twelve, Max has not only risen above his limitation, but he is also thriving in spite of it. Not only that, as a prolific self-help writer, Max helps other people rise above their limitations, to achieve their dreams and goals.
He started doing podcast interviews in 2013 to promote the midway marketplace and help carnival owners sell used equipment. He was inspired to start his own podcast called what’s your excuse? in 2017.
Recently he started the WYE Podcast Network to help people with disabilities launch their own podcasts
Dr. Amb. Elizabeth Lucas-Afolalu known as Queen of Inspiration and Global African Queen is an inspirational Speaker and Radio Presenter. She is the award-winning Author recognised by Greatness University as an ‘Author of Greatness’. She is also an Advisor, Advocate and Mentor to YWC and many International NGOs/Organisations.
She is the CEO of Yes You Can International, Elizabeth Kreations, Tokmez Limited and YYCI Magazine. She has been featured on many media platforms. She holds a Bachelor Degree in Business and Management (University of Northampton UK). She is an honorary Professor and Counsellor at International Internship University, India. She holds an honorary Doctor of Philosophy in Counselling from the Global Light Institute Bible University, Nigeria and UK Councillor of Eagle University USA.
Clara Rufaiknown as THE SHINE STRATEGIST is a Globally Awarded Iconic Woman, Corporate Lawyer, Compliance Manager, Author, Speaker, Podcaster, Mentor and much more. Clara uses her work and various platforms to empower people to (S)tart (H)arness (I)dentify (N)etwork and (E)xpress their Brilliance.
Clara Rufai created the ‘SHINE Philosophy’, based on the belief that as people designed with intention and purpose, every individual carries a light of greatness inside them. Spurred on by her own ‘shine story’ of overcoming depression after the tragic loss of two younger sisters in one day, Clara is passionate about empowering individuals to turn on their inner light, so they can operate at the highest level of their brilliance.
Clara partners with global Thought leaders and Influencers, leveraging the extensive relationships she has built, in order to deliver valuable content that serves individuals, whether through the LSC, through The Shine Mentoring Hub or through her global community The Shine Zone.
Alex Okoroji is a Nigerian Actress, Multiple Award-Winning Media Personality and Creative Leader - who has reinvented herself at every stage of her creative career as a Performing, Visual and Literary Artiste - navigating the world of Art, Media and Entertainment for over 15 years. She has dedicated her career to multimedia content development across various applications from film to television to radio, digital media, and print, as an Actor, TV Personality, Talk Radio Host, Speaker, Author, Publisher and Voice Artist.Referred to as the "Queen of Expression" for using different mediums of art to empower people with the freedom to express their truth, talent, and personal greatness. Listed as one of the Top 250 Most Influential Women in the World by Richtopia in 2017, 2018 and 2019. She was nominated for 2018 "Woman of The Year" in Entertainment. She was honored with a Nigeria Goodwill Ambassador Award, a2017Peace Achievers Award - as "Media Personality of the Year"