2016 Retreat Experts
Industry Leaders. Topics That Matter. All In One Place.
We're excited to provide space and opportunity for retreat participants to sit down for a few minutes with experts in a variety of fields. Here are just a few of the experts who will be available for one-on-ones in their areas of specialty.
Amber Anderson is the founder of Kayson where she specializes in helping people identify, build (or evolve), launch and manage "things" their businesses can sell. Over the last ten years, Amber has created tangible and intangible products that save or make her clients more than $1 billion per year. After eight years of success in the corporate setting with companies like Apollo Group, Education 2020 and Clairvoyant, Amber founded Kayson with the goal of using her background in business analytics and product management to help businesses do better and last longer. She has founded three successful companies, including Kayson and is the founder of MORE: the retreat.
Kai-Saun (pronounced "Ky Sawn") Anderson is the founder of Kai-Saun Photography - a professional photography company based in Phoenix, AZ that captures lifestyle images for entrepreneurs, businesses, agencies, and families.
Alongside his wife, Amber Anderson, Kai-Saun has founded three businesses including MORE. He is the digital creative director for MORE: the retreat and the lead photographer and photo editor for the MORE Movement.
Stephanie Conner, the owner of Active Voice Communications, is an award-winning copywriter and content strategist who helps companies develop content that resonates with audiences and achieves business objectives. With a focus on measurable results, Stephanie and her team work with marketing departments to create websites, feature articles, white papers, email campaigns, blogs and more. She also provides editing services, conducts writing training and advises on content plans. An experienced project manager and team leader, Stephanie is passionate about effective marketing, compelling
Joy, founder of Joy Bennett Consulting, helps businesses, non-profits, and entrepreneurs forge strong long-lasting connections with their target audiences. In her more than 18 years in the industry, she has developed three core principles: 1) all marketing and communications are, at their core, human-to-human, 2) effective marketing doesn’t need to make people feel like crap before they’ll respond, and 3) what goes around comes around so spread love and kindness with abandon. She has an uncanny ability to see the potential in every situation and strives to make everything she touches better.
Evelyn Gaskin is the president and founder of Leadership Excellence Development Academy (LEDA), an organization on a mission to catapult current and future leaders to unprecedented levels of excellence and impact in every area of society by transforming the way leaders think and lead. Evelyn is a certified teacher, speaker, coach, published author and college instructor. Her 30+ years of experience includes a role as a division vice president at one of the nation's largest universities and roles as speaker, coach, and teacher with a variety of public and private organizations in educational, business, and religious forums.
Lynda is an international speaker, author, mentor, and trainer with a Masters degree in Professional Counseling and certifications as an Empowerment Coach and Emotional Intelligence Facilitator. She has 15 years of experience as a women/family/teen advisor and small business mentor, including work in women's leadership development in China and Africa. She is also active with the National Association of Women’s Business Owners (NAWBO), serving for 8 years at local and national levels. She specializes in conflict resolution and leadership development and has worked directly with presidents and boards of directions of chapters across the United States.
Nailah Blades is the CEO of Wylie & Co., a marketing agency specializing in lifestyle brands. She works with clients to clarify their brands online and build thriving, inclusive communities of fans, prospects and influencers. Nailah believes that at its core, marketing is about building community and starting conversations. She partners with brands to craft unique experiences for their prospects and customers by helping them connect with their current target market, as well as finding new and alternative markets online. Marketing doesn't exist in a vacuum. Nailah connects the dots.
Nailah began her career in the Consumer Packaged Goods industry. Her six years working in Sales and Trade Marketing gave her invaluable experience in account management, strategic planning and forecast planning. She earned her master’s in Communication and Leadership Studies from Gonzaga University and hold a bachelor’s in Communication from the University of Southern California (Fight On!)
Growth, in family, personal and business is how Jay Feitlinger defines his passion. Jay is the founder of StringCan Interactive, a digital marketing agency in Scottsdale, AZ with an office in Paris, France. Jay oversees strategy and vision, building culture, recruiting team members, leading the team and allocating where StringCan invests time and money. Helping businesses connect smart to their ideal audience has been his focus for over 15 years.
The success achieved at StringCan is largely attributed to the lessons learned from Jay’s prior 7 company launches. Jay reflected on what has worked well in his businesses to create a healthy, productive and happy team and applied those principles to his family. The result is a four-day “Scaling Up Family” retreat. Jay began writing his 1st book, Scaling Up Family to help entrepreneurs who desire more out of their family lives. Jay loves meeting with entrepreneurs to have real conversations about personal, family and business goals.