Linda Cohen, Consultant & Author | Linda Cohen Consulting
Linda has been a Kindness Catalyst for over 10 years. She is a professional speaker, presentation consultant and the author of 1,000 Mitzvahs: How Small Acts of Kindness Can Heal, Inspire and Change Your Life published in 2011 by Seal Press. Linda presents to organizations and businesses on the Economy of Kindness. She is the past president of the National Speakers Association Oregon Chapter. In 2017, she was chosen as NSA Oregon Chapter Member of the Year. She received her BA from American Jewish University and an MA from Brandeis University. She lives in Oregon with her husband of 26 years. They have two spirited young adult children and two Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, Ginger and Remy. She loves practicing yoga and meditation and will never pass up a good cup of Earl Grey tea.
Dr. Samuel Jones, Founder/Owner | Transform Now, Inc.
After growing up in a fatherless home with his grandmother and struggling through high school and college with a speech impediment as an athlete, Samuel would later spend a year in Finland playing professional basketball. It was there when he discovered a deeper purpose for his life and the difference that he wanted to make. After returning to America, he entered the education arena as a student (by completing a master’s degree and a Ph.D.) and as an employee as an assistant basketball coach, Asst. dean, Dean, Vice President of Student Affairs, and now Corporate Trainer with his current role at the college while also running his personal business Transform Now Inc.
It is in all these roles where Samuel learned the value of the transformation process as he transformed along with his business enterprise. Today, he inspires people to higher levels of achievement, he shares principles to imagine clarity to pursue work that fulfill a passion and purpose, and he helps activate ideas that can be immediately implemented to unleash more profits, higher productivity and greater performance.
Ben Nemtin, Keynote Speaker | Impossible to Possible
Ben is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of What Do You Want to Do Before You Die? and a star of MTV’s highest rated show ever on iTunes and Amazon called The Buried Life. As the cofounder of The Buried Life movement, Ben’s message of radical possibility has been featured on The Today Show, The Oprah Winfrey Show, CNN, FOX, and NBC News. President Obama called Ben and The Buried Life “inspiration for a new generation” and Oprah declared their mission “truly inspiring.”
In his first year of university, Ben was unexpectedly hit with a depression that forced him to drop out. In an attempt to feel more alive, he created the world’s greatest bucket list with his three best friends. They borrowed a rickety old RV and crisscrossed North America, achieving the unthinkable. And most importantly, every time they accomplished a dream, they helped a complete stranger cross something off their bucket list. From playing basketball with President Obama to having a beer with Prince Harry, from reuniting a father and son after seventeen years to surprising a young girl with a much-needed bionic arm—Ben’s bucket list quest has inspired millions to thrive personally and professionally.
Shahar Ziv, Senior Director - Global Strategy & Growth | PayPal
Shahar leverages his 15 years of experience at the intersection of financial services, payments and technology to shape the PayPal’s vision of democratizing financial services. He is a firm believer that technology can empower people with better financial products at lower costs to make lives easier and more convenient.
Shahar is privileged to serve on the Board of Directors of the Harvard University Employees Credit Union (HUECU) and is passionate about empowering people to improve their financial health. In partnership with HUECU, he co-founded a popular personal finance class at Harvard University in 2011 that has helped hundreds of undergraduates improve their personal finances.
Shahar graduated Phi Betta Kappa from Cornell University and received his MBA from Harvard Business School.