Jim Kelly was born in 1960 and raised in East Brady, Pennsylvania. Growing up with five brothers, he learned to be tough, with a desire to strive and excel. As a quarterback at the University of Miami, Jim separated his shoulder in a game in his senior year. Told he might never regain his range of motion, with hard work, dedication and support from his family, he proved the doctors wrong. Jim was a Buffalo Bill for his entire NFL career, 1986–1996, and led the team to a record four consecutive Super Bowl appearances. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2002—his speech is considered one of the best ever heard. Jim's wife Jill is the author of Without a Word: How a Boy's Unspoken Love Changed Everything, a riveting memoir that reveals the Kelly family's private struggle and how eight years with their severely disabled, terminally ill son, Hunter, unfolded in a redemptive and transforming manner. It's a New York Times bestseller. In 2013, Jim was diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma in his upper jaw. He underwent surgery, but in 2014 the cancer returned and he underwent radiation and chemotherapy treatments. In 2018, Jim again had surgery to battle the disease. As a true champion and inspiration to his many fans, he brings the same grit and determination to this struggle as to every other challenge he has faced.
A 21-year veteran of the United States Air Force, Colonel Nicole Malachowski (USAF, Ret.) wanted to fly military jets from the moment she saw them at her first air show when she was five years old. She achieved that goal—and then some. A leader, a combat veteran, the first woman pilot on the Thunderbirds Air Demonstration Squadron, an instructor, a White House Fellow and an inductee into the Women in Aviation International Pioneer Hall of Fame, Nicole’s Air Force career exceeded her wildest dreams. Nicole brings her experience to the stage and holds audiences spellbound with the easygoing authenticity of someone who’s achieved greatness. She’s been a member and leader of exceptional teams. She has faced overwhelming challenges and adversity and has come out on top. When Nicole’s military career was cut short by a neurological tick-borne illness that, at its worst, left her unable to walk safely or speak intelligibly, she overcame those challenges as well. Nicole earned an M.A. in National Security Policy from American Military University and a second M.A. in National Security and Strategic Studies from the U.S. Naval War College. She has been recognized with several honors for her contributions to community service.
Faith Popcorn is the founder and CEO of Faith Popcorn's BrainReserve, the futurist marketing consultancy she established in 1974. Called "the trend oracle" by The New York Times and "the Nostradamus of marketing" by Fortune, she has identified such sweeping societal movements as "cocooning," "atmosfear," "icon toppling" and "vigilante consumer." Faith applies her insight into cultural and business trends to help clients reposition established brands, develop new models and innovate. She is a trusted advisor to such companies as American Express, IBM, Unilever and the USPS. She is also the bestselling author of The Popcorn Report, EVEolution and the upcoming Popcorn Report 2020: A Leap of Faith. She predicted the demand for fresh foods and four-wheel drives, was the first to anticipate the explosive growth of home delivery, home businesses and home shopping, and foresaw the rise of social media. Heralded for her extraordinary ability to forecast emerging consumer patterns, she is frequently interviewed and cited in the media. Faith was raised in Shanghai, China, is a fifth-generation New Yorker and is a graduate of New York University and New York's High School of Performing Arts.
Peter Sheahan, the Founder and Group CEO of the global consulting firm Karrikins Group, is internationally known for his innovative business thinking and thought leadership. With over 120 staff in 24 cities across nine countries, he knows firsthand the challenges of growing a business in a rapidly changing marketplace. Peter and the Karrikins Group have worked with some of the world’s leading brands, including Apple, Goldman Sachs, Microsoft, Hyundai, IBM, Pfizer, Wells Fargo and Cardinal Health. He is also the author of seven books, including business bestsellers Flip, Generation Y, Making It Happen and Matter. Peter’s speaking career is equally wide-ranging: He has delivered more than 2,500 presentations to over 500,000 people in 20 different countries. Peter has been named one of the 25 Most Influential Speakers in the World by the National Speakers Association and is the youngest person ever to be inducted into their industry Hall of Fame.