Speakers

2014 Speakers

  • Alexandria Mero

    Alexandria Mero
    Facilitator of Possibility
    Soul Yoga Lounge

    Co-founder of Soul Yoga Lounge on Dickson Street, Alexandria is part of a growing movement in Northwest Arkansas to invest in holistic and happy lives. Since graduating from the University of Arkansas in 2007 with a BA in Business Economics, […]

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  • Amy Reeves Robinson

    Amy Reeves Robinson
    Business Coach, Facilitator, Start-up & Growth Strategist
    Amy Reeves Robinson

    Amy Reeves Robinson is a daughter, sister, wife, mother, friend… Woman. She is a recovering banker turned entrepreneur who grew up in Colorado, built her business during the Silicon Valley dot com boom (and bust) and moved to Northwest Arkansas […]

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  • Bryan Gott

    Bryan Gott
    Creative Strategist and Brand Experience Consultant

    Bryan Gott is a creative strategist and brand experience consultant who works with individuals and companies to refine their brand stories and identify areas of competitive differentiation through product innovation, amplified service and physical space design. He has spent the […]

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  • Crystal Beshears

    Crystal Beshears

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  • Daniel Mitchell

    Daniel Mitchell
    Lead Staff Videographer
    Fayettechill Clothing Company

    Daniel always had dreams of creating and inventing. He spent countless hours as a child imagining that he was an astronaut, paleontologist, or racecar driver. In 2013, Daniel graduated from the University of Arkansas with a degree in Mechanical Engineering […]

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  • Devin O’Dea

    Devin O’Dea
    Co-owner / Director of Media and Marketing
    Fayettechill Clothing Company

    Devin O’Dea is a man of many hobbies and interests, most of which center around his involvement with the cultural outdoor brand Fayettechill. Devin, along with Daniel and the rest of the Fayettechill Media team, seeks to create a outdoor […]

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  • Farmer & The Markets

    Farmer & The Markets

    Farmer & The Markets’ first incarnation was as an informal, un-named trio playing at the Fayetteville farmers market consisting of Jackson, Philip, and friend Landon in the Summer of 2010. In 2011, the band regrouped and established their current lineup, […]

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  • Jasmine Banks

    Jasmine Banks
    Chief Marketing Officer
    MoxyOx

    Jasmine is a blogger turned Chief Marketing Officer who believes in the power of the authentic story. Jasmine loves writing, people, and Cheetos. As a single mother of three children under the age of 6, Jasmine has learned that sometimes […]

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  • Jason Suel

    Jason Suel
    Teaching Artist and Professional Actor

    Jason Suel, is trained in the art of theatre and has 11 years of working experience in the Midwestern United States and the Midlands, United Kingdom.  He currently works as a Teaching Artist and Professional Actor in Northwest Arkansas, regionally, […]

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  • Jennifer Gilder

    Jennifer Gilder
    Artist, Vocalist, Ponderer of the Universe

    Jennifer Gilder is an artist, accomplished vocalist, avid Neil deGrasse Tyson fan, a ponderer of the universe and advocate for the advancement of scientific education in all mankind.  Ever the bibliophile she is a studier of many things from wet […]

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  • Josh Hall

    Josh Hall
    Licensed Clinical Social Worker
    Potter’s House Ministries

    Josh Hall is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with Potter’s House Ministries in Fayetteville, AR. Josh received his Bachelors Degree in Social Work from the University of Oklahoma and his Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Arkansas. […]

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  • Martha Germann

    Martha Germann
    Founder & CEO
    Mindful Games Institute

    Founder and CEO of Mindful Games Institute, Martha is a dynamic speaker and master at creating and delivering rich content that enables leaders at all levels – from front line to CEOs – to contribute positive, sustainable outcomes that successfully […]

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  • Matthew Henriksen

    Matthew Henriksen
    Literature Director
    Art Amiss

    Matthew Henriksen received a B.A. in Writing from Lakeland College in 2001 and an MFA in Poetry from the University of Arkansas in 2004.   The Boston-based publisher Black Ocean released his first book of poems, Ordinary Sun, in 2011.  The […]

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  • Raymond Walter

    Raymond Walter
    Distinguished Doctoral Fellow in Mathematics and Physics
    University of Arkansas

    Raymond Walter is a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow and a Distinguished Doctoral Fellow in Mathematics and Physics at the University of Arkansas. Only nineteen years old, in May 2013 he graduated at age eighteen from the U of […]

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  • Scarlett Lewis

    Scarlett Lewis
    Founder, Author
    The Jesse Lewis Choose Love Foundation

    Scarlett Lewis, mother of Jesse Lewis and founder of The Jesse Lewis Choose Love Foundation and new activist for peace. She graduated from Boston University with a B.S. in Communications in 1990. She began her career at the Greenwich Times […]

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  • Syard Evans

    Syard Evans
    Deputy CEO
    Arkansas Support Network

    Syard Evans is the Deputy CEO at Arkansas Support Network, a nonprofit organization that provides community-based supports to individuals with disabilities.  She is a PhD candidate in Rehabilitation Education and Research at the University of Arkansas.  Syard has a Master’s […]

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2013 Speakers

  • 3 Penny Acre

    3 Penny Acre
    Band

    3 Penny Acre is a musical collaboration between three songwriters: Bayard Blain, Bernice Hembree, and Bryan Hembree.  Fans and critics have identified their unique, Ozark-inspired sound as distinct, yet universally appealing. Listeners in all corners have come to appreciate their […]

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  • Alexandria Mero

    Alexandria Mero
    Facilitator of Possibility
    Soul Yoga Lounge

    Co-founder of Soul Yoga Lounge on Dickson Street, Alexandria is part of a growing movement in Northwest Arkansas to invest in holistic and happy lives. Since graduating from the University of Arkansas in 2007 with a BA in Business Economics, […]

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  • Andy Murray

    Andy Murray
    Founder and CEO, Mercury11

    Andy Murray is the founder and CEO of Mercury 11 (www.mercury11.com), a marketing transformation agency that creates growth by helping companies take advantage of what disruptive technology now makes possible. A serial entrepreneur and marketer with an unusual blend of […]

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  • Daniel Hintz

    Daniel Hintz
    Executive Director
    Downtown Bentonville, Inc.

    Daniel moved with his wife from Seattle, WA to Northwest Arkansas in late 2004, where he had previously been working with the national marketing firm Pyramid Communications.  While in Seattle, he also worked for the Downtown Seattle YMCA, founding an […]

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  • Don Bennett

    Don Bennett
    Founder/Director
    Tri Cycle Farms

    Don Bennett is long time resident of Fayetteville, Arkansas, having moved there in 1981 to attend the University of Arkansas where he studied landscape architecture and environmental science. Don raised two lovely daughters who grew up playing in a two […]

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  • Donna Davis

    Donna Davis
    Distinguished Doctoral Fellow, Environmental Dynamics Program
    University of Arkansas

    Donna S. Davis is a Ph.D. candidate and Distinguished Doctoral Fellow in the Environmental Dynamics Program at the University of Arkansas. Her dissertation research focuses on modeling scenarios of human migration from the Marshall Islands due to sea-level rise, and […]

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  • Hayot Tuychiev

    Hayot Tuychiev
    Professor of Broadcast Journalism and Documentary Filmmaking
    University of Arkansas

    Hayot Tuychiev received his MA in Journalism from the University of Arkansas in 2009. Since then, he has worked as a producer, photographer, and editor on multiple award-winning documentary films, including his thesis project, “Temple of Peace,” which won a […]

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  • Javier Reyes

    Javier Reyes
    Vice Provost for Distance Education
    University of Arkansas

    Javier Reyes currently serves as the Vice Provost for Distance Education at the University of Arkansas. He was born in Mexico City. He holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Texas A&M University and a B.A. in Economics from Instituto Tecnológico […]

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  • Jeff Bean

    Jeff Bean
    Senior Director, University Strategy at Apollo Group

    Jeff brings a perspective that few can – from attending public high school to graduating from an elite private college to later attending the University of Arkansas on a graduate fellowship, he has been an adjunct professor at both a […]

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  • Kyle Kellams

    Kyle Kellams
    News Director
    KUAF

    Kyle Kellams has been News Director at KUAF, Fayetteville’s NPR affiliate, for 24 years.  For 23 years, he has produced the news and arts magazine Ozarks at Large, which became a daily fixture on KUAF in August 2011.  He has […]

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  • Quincy Jordan

    Quincy Jordan
    Graduate Student

    Quincy Jordan, daughter of Brian and Kathy Jordan, was born and raised in Joplin, Missouri.  Twenty-two-year-old Jordan is currently in her last semester of Accounting at the Walton College Graduate School of Business.  She also completed her undergraduate degree at […]

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  • Rebecca S. Miles

    Rebecca S. Miles
    Instructor, Management
    University of Arkansas

    Rebecca Miles currently serves as an Instructor in the Management Department of the Walton College of Business and serves as a faculty representative for Teaching Innovation Initiatives for the Office of the Vice Provost for Distance Education at the University […]

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  • Ron Harris

    Ron Harris
    Founder of A Level Up

    Ron Harris is a family man. He has been married for 20 years to his wife Monique, and together they’ve had two wonderful children, Jeremiah and Nadiyah. Ron has dedicated his existence to pouring his life into his beautiful family. […]

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  • Suri Surinder

    Suri Surinder
    Chief Operating Officer
    ALPFA Institute

    Suri Surinder is Chief Operating Officer at ALPFA Institute, leading the development of strategic relationships, and design and delivery of client programs. Mr. Surinder has developed the techniques and concepts he teaches during a long and successful business career spanning […]

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