2017 Speakers

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Speaker 2017- Be Your Own Superhero
John Fitzsimmons combines over 20 years of unique magic, with bizarre stunts, and some of the most perplexing inventions ever created into one unforgettable, action packed show!
Speaker 2017
Elena is changing the face of Arts in Arizona by spearheading the efforts in developing relationships through networking and partnering with local Non-Profit organizations that will bridge resources and forge collaborations with individuals, public, private and government organizations and agencies, educational institutions, business community to reach their goals, objectives and ultimately establish and sustain a multi-cultural arts and performing arts facility.
Speaker 2017
Hiba DuVal is an up and coming social activist scientist pursuing change at the young age of a Millenial. An Arizona resident passionate about building healthy lives for Arizona's children and families she actively fostered positive progress while working as a family liason in the last few years during college. Currently Hiba is pursuing graduate education to better serve her community and stand in the gap.
Speaker 2017
Jennifer R Hudye is a 23-year-old millennial entrepreneur and owner of a marketing agency that helps the top online thought leaders execute their messaging and marketing. A common question she gets asked, “How do we connect with millennials?” Jennifer’s is going to reveal her surprising response.
2017 Speaker
Blaine is the Founder & CEO of Selfluence, a Mastermind Group Leader and President of the Arizona Marketing Association.
Speaker 2017- Ideas on the Runway
 Phoenix, AZ
Lisa Takata is an artist from Phoenix, Arizona who has completed two National Park artist residencies and taught workshops at national parks and monuments. Lisa's interest in Arizona grown wool for her fiber arts projects led her to volunteer for an annual wool buy to help Native American families.
Speaker 2017 - Ideas on the Runway
 Tempe
Moheeb Zara is passionate about finding out how art and technology are coming together to democratize and change the fashion industry. He wants to explore how we got here and what the next fashion revolution might look like!
Speaker 2017 - Ideas on the Runway
Cody Matthieu is the founder and owner of Navajo Mermaid Arizona. Integrating both fashion and tech, he is now using his blueprint to help other designers in his local area!
Speaker 2017 - Ideas on the Runway
 Tempe, AZ
Sherri is a true entrepreneur at heart and supports significant capacity building through her experience, education, innovation and hard work. She is a former design entrepreneur, senior marketing, sales, and operations executive. She started her own apparel line, Design Intoxication and launched lines under the labels TeamCouture and CompanyCouture.
Speaker 2017
 Scottsdale, AZ, USA
Dr. Dawn Jaroszewski is a Thoracic surgeon at Mayo Clinic Arizona who specializes in repair of chest wall deformities. As a world expert, she inspires confidence and a new sense of identity in patients suffering from this birth defect.
Board of Directors, Arizona Apparel Foundation
 Phoenix, AZ
As a suburban punk, growing up meant fighting the fashionable elitists. However, Dustin is now considered a leader in the local fashion industry. His talk will touch on his story how he went from fashion hater to fashion influencer.
Speaker 2017 - Ideas on the Runway
 Scottsdale, AZ, USA
Longtime Artist and Graphic Designer Heather J. Kirk of PhotoGraphic Artistry recently began adding her photographic art to clothing and accessories. She plans to share how the Weaver of Light and Life led her into Art and Fashion for a Cause.
Speaker 2017
 Scottsdale, AZ
HairDocTK is a retired local Hollywood Stunt and Theater trained SAG who is a Certified and Licensed Educator and Cosmetologist and a Certified Hair Restoration Specialist in Hair, Health and Hope! HairDoc practices kindness and understanding in practice and business without judgement.
Motivational Speaker, Author, Pro-Athlete, Executive Director of The Blind Spot
 Tucson, AZ
Tanner Gers thought he lost any chance for normalcy after an accident left him totally blind. Sharing an inspirational story, he shows us how to bounce back and uncover our greatest assets.
Speaker 2017
Sherry Finzer is a Contemporary Instrumental flutist, composer, and performer, specialing in New Age and Healing music. As a performer on the Heart Dance Records labels, she has won several awards for her music.
Speaker 2017
 Phoenix, AZ
Jessica Knoles is a health & wellness advocate. Having personally experienced the deep correlation between physical and mental strength, she has made it her mission empowering others to live and feel unstoppable.
CEO and Chief StoryTeller
Doug Stevenson is the CEO of Story Theater International, a Tucson, Arizona based speaking, training and consulting firm. He is the creator of The Story Theater Method and a master storyteller and storytelling in business speaker, trainer and coach.
CEO Rising Tycoons
#Next After TEDx: the interview with Alysia about Olenka's life post TEDx. We spend a lot of our lives preparing to live, waiting for the perfect moment and circumstances. Truth is, all great innovators have the courage to enter situations unprepared because one cannot prepare for the unknown. Much of Olenka's success is attributed to that quality of starting first, unprepared. Much of her educational methods for youth are driven by breaking a societal stigma to wait to start something you love doing until you are ready. So you can prepare to change the world, or you can instead, change the world.