ENDYIA KINNEY-STERNS, Main Stage Speaker

Endyia Kinney-Sterns200Endyia Kinney-Sterns is an accomplished television producer and network executive with over 15 years of entertainment television experience. Named one of the “Top Female Executives in Hollywood” by Essence magazine, Kinney-Sterns has been instrumental in identifying and developing various new programming for various networks.

Most recently as Vice President of Development and Programming for OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network, Kinney-Sterns was responsible for overseeing day-to-day development of new original programming including popular docu-series “Raising Whitley” and “Deion’s Family Playbook.” She was an integral part in developing the new hit series “Flex and Shanice” in addition to many presentations and pilots.

As an accomplished television producer and executive, Kinney-Sterns has over 15 years of entertainment television experience producing shows for high-profile networks including VH1, CBS, NBC, HGTV and production companies such as Buena Vista Television, Arnold Shapiro Productions and LMNO. Kinney-Sterns held the title of senior director of programming and development for TV ONE, where she was responsible for the day-to-day supervision of production and programming for popular series including “Baisden After Dark,” “Who’s Got Jokes” and “Black Men Revealed.” Her most notable accomplishment was co-developing and creating the brand-defining, multiple NAACP Award-winning hit show “Unsung.”

 

RACHELLE CACO, Main Stage Speaker

Rachelle CacoRachelle Caco is the creator of The First Empress Program Series, a keynote speaker, a trained facilitator, an award-winning Certified Life and Relationship Success Coach, the ounder of Powerfully C.H.I.C. and the co-founder of WOW-Women of Wealth. She is an inspiring first-generation Filipina-American leader who transforms women and power couples to thrive in their businesses while experiencing exceptional joy and happiness in their relationships.

For the past 16 years, Rachelle has worked with leading companies in the personal development industry such as Alison Armstrong’s PAX Programs, Understandmen.com, PSI Seminars and Academy 333, traveling across the US and Canada to facilitate workshops, provide coaching and create groundbreaking curriculum. After being mentored and trained as a workshop leader and relationship coach with world-renowned thought leader Alison Armstrong, she became one of the youngest and most successful transformation leaders in the industry.

Rachelle continues to be a sought-after source for businesses and corporations looking for expertise in powerful leadership, effective communication and creating power partnerships, and to work with influencers in Hollywood where she caters to her celebrity clients. She was the first female on the Board of Directors for The Keynote Speakers Coalition and is proud to be partnered with the Moms Helping Moms Business Network, the fastest-growing mom entrepreneur organization in Southern California.

She is known as one-half of a Filipino power couple with her husband, Dennis Caco, SBA Young Entrepreneur of the Year; creator of the comic Max Boost, featured in Import Tuner magazine for more than 10 years; and inventor of “The Undress,” KickStarter’s No. 1 women’s fashion project in 2014, which won the "Shark Tank Your Life" contest on “Good Morning America.”

Rachelle is known for her warm, dynamic presence, inspiring spirit, and phenomenal skills as a keynote teacher with the ability to empower others to transform their professional and personal lives.

 

JENNIFER JOST, Main Stage Speaker

Jennifer JostJennifer Jost is an award-winning wealth advisor and money coach for professional women. She has been awarded Associate Advisor of The Year, Presidents Club & Inner Circle, which qualified her for the Million Dollar Round Table.

She is a Certified Money Coach, Certified Divorce Financial Analyst and Certified Grief Counselor.

WIth more than 15 years experience in the financial industry as an Investment Advisor Representative, she has one of the highest levels of commitments in her field, a Fiduciary Responsibility to her clients. Honesty, integrity and ethics are the foundation of Jennifer's practice. Above all, her clients always come first and she makes money FUN!

But it's through her own personal story of trials to triumph where Jennifer's real magic and power lie. Twenty-five years ago, the unthinkable happened. She lost her two beautiful children in a family tragedy.

On her journey from grief to reclaiming life, she found meaning in serving others and guiding women on their paths to empowerment. Her daily drive comes from honoring her kids, Nicholas and Cheri. As a volunteer grief counselor, she's developed several women's groups devoted to helping survivors of domestic violence heal and find their resilience.

She's a philanthropist and activist for women and has been the featured Keynote Speaker for STAND, a nonprofit organization to support women against domestic violence. Her big mission in the world is to help more women be worthy of their wealth!


 DR. MAJA JOVANOVIC, Main Stage Speaker

Dr. Maja JovanovicDr. Maja Jovanovic, aka Professor Maja, was such a big hit at our 2020 Virtual Conference that we've brought her back to speak in person.

Professor Maja is a sociologist, author and TEDx speaker. She is also a confidence-builder and apology-hater. She graduated with a Ph.D. in sociology in 2014 (focusing on the sociology of women’s health), with no clear career in mind, until she attended an academic conference that completely changed the trajectory of her research, her career and her life.

At that conference, she witnessed women at the pinnacle of their career deflecting praise (we call that feminine modesty) and over-apologizing for mundane issues. She immediately became obsessed with apologies. She wrote her first book, "Hey Ladies, Stop Apologizing… and Other Career Mistakes Women Make," in 2015. 

The second edition came out in 2017 along with an accompanying workbook. The audiobook, which came out in 2018, is a best-of compilation for the book, the workbook and Maja's TV appearances.

Professor Maja's full-time job is on the public speaking circuit where she give talks and workshops to girls and women about all things related to confidence, communication and mindset. When she isn't giving talks, she's either teaching Sociology of Health part time at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario or conducting her own research. To help prepare all students for post-secondary education, she developed a free online program, The Student Success Guide, that includes three hours of short videos about confidence, mindset and school life tips.

She is still obsessed with getting women off the apology train, and her current research study looks at the connection between confidence and women’s communication style. She believes that confidence is a muscle that strengthens with use, so we need to push ourselves out of comfort zones and act first(!) in order to feel confident later.

 

SANDRA GEBHARDT, Breakout Speaker

Sandra GebhardtSandra’s goal is to see a world in which people are able to confidently use their unique voice, follow their dreams, embrace and monetize their passions, and find a way to understand exactly what a toddler is trying to tell them.

As a digital marketer with years of experience, Sandra has worked with hundreds of small-business owners, trained in high-ticket consulting groups, spoken at multiple events and been featured in two documentaries, and runs a top-rated podcast, “Binding Authority,” all while being a wife and keeping the worlds cutest 2-year-old entertained, happy and from falling off of tall things he climbs.

Sandra is extremely passionate about helping people solve problems they are having in business. She has been described as being “a bit too much” or “a busybody” and was voted “most eager to please” by her high school senior class. Sandra took these labels and turned into being somewhat famous for “knowing a person for that,” helping small-business owners plug holes in their current business. She also runs a group consulting course where she focuses on coaching and helping women build their small businesses.

 

CAREY YUKICH and HAWLEY WOODS GRAY, Breakout Speakers

Carey Yukich and Hawley Woods Gray are the co-authors of "Push Through: Your Ultimate Success Playbook."

Carey YukichCarey Yukich, along with her husband, John, founded TrueWealth Advising Group, through which she provides valued clients with a Financial Foundation (plan) and guidance through implementation of the plan. Carey is a Registered Representative and Investment Adviser Representative of Equity Services, Inc. Her registrations include FINRA Series 65, and 7. She is licensed in Life, Health and Long-Term Care Insurance.

Carey acts as the client’s CFO and collaborates with their trusted professionals (CPA’s and attorneys) in formulating optimal financial strategies. The establishment of distinct, holistic planning goals along with financial discipline helps to lead her clients toward financial freedom. Her clients receive customized strategies unique to their goals, needs, time frames, and risk tolerance. Carey is committed to guiding her clients in making informed decisions which translate to meaningful financial solutions.

Carey graduated from Northwestern University in 1993 with a bachelor of science degree in education and social policy. She completed her degree while on full athletic scholarship for volleyball. Carey serves as the Legacy Foundation's vice chairman and on the Investment Committee and volunteers for Northwest Indiana Meals on Wheels, the American Heart Association and PATH (Positive Approach to Teen Health,) all while participating in many community activities throughout northwest Indiana. She frequently presents Asset Management Strategies to companies, municipalities and charitable organizations.

Carey was recently published in Best in Review, was a finalist for Building Indiana Magazine’s “Indiana’s Most Influential Women" and achieved Million Dollar Round Table (MDRT) status in 2010, 2011, and 2012. Carey held the position of treasurer for the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors for Northwest Indiana (NAIFA-NW).

Carey’s experience providing valued clients with “Guidance Throughout their Financial Journey” spans 18+ years.

Hawley Woods GrayHawley Woods Gray is Managing Vice President, Retirement Specialist, Insurance Agent and Hiring Manager at Appreciation Financial. As a result of being an athlete for more than 35 years, Hawley knows firsthand that all good things come from hard work, coaching and being held accountable. Sports, more than any other college class or program Hawley has attended, taught her how to be a successful businesswoman. Hawley believes that being in the gym and on the field taught her how to persevere, be dedicated to a common goal and win. Hawley was a collegiate volleyball and softball player and coached volleyball at the Division 1 college, high school and club levels for more than 20 years. The important lessons learned have taught Hawley how to successfully coach and train other leaders.

At Appreciation Financial, Hawley and her team help a lot of people create life-changing wealth and get better every day. Hawley’s team at Appreciation Financial is composed of her husband and several women who have been in her life for years. When she co-founded WOW, Women of Wealth, she did so with the intention to influence others, especially women.

Hawley currently serves on the WIFS National Board as Education Director. Her focus for 2021 and beyond is in the area of growing more female agents/advisors in the insurance and financial services industry. Already an accomplished mentor and coach, Hawley believes that women need not only support; they need an advocate and someone who will stand up for them when their voices are not being heard. Through WOW, Women of Wealth, Hawley has a vision to of igniting the global advancement of women. WOW has taken flight and is showing many what is possible when powerful, strong, kind and loving women work together for the greater good.


CAROLYN ARENTSON, Breakout Speaker

Carolyn ArentsonCarolyn Arentson is founder and editor of the fashion blog My Chic Obsession.

She is a full-time fashion fanatic who is currently turning her passion into purpose. Her aim is to bring simple, tailored fashion advice to women worldwide and create informative content with the reader in mind to help them elevate their look.

On her blog, Carolyn strives to step away from the traditional methods of simply selling the latest look and instead write from the heart with her readers in mind.

Carolyn is the author of the ebook "How to Build a Wardrobe From Scratch That Will Stand the Test of TIme."

 

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