Louisa Garrett is a self-made "kindness expert." Her journey began after one of her Heartbeats (a term she affectionately calls her Nieces and Nephews) called her out on the tone she consistently used 12 years ago. That one comment got Louisa to thinking - there must be a kinder way. And now it's her life's mission to spread as much love, joy and kindness for as long as she's on the planet. Louisa is the Founder and Chief Kind Officer at #MakeKindLoud/Pass the Love. She founded her movement out of frustration from all the negativity, chaos and confusion happening in our country and in the world. Louisa examined her own story to discover things she didn't like and made a conscious decision to change the way she was showing up in the world. Louisa is an author, speaker, kindness coach, consultant and publicist who spends the majority of her time spearheading kindness initiatives, organizing Love Ambassadors and showing companies how creating a culture of kindness can have a positive impact on their bottom line.
"Go Be the Change You Wish to See in the World" -- That is what Louisa is doing.
Now, she speaks to corporations, groups, organizations, schools and churches and challenges them to find ways to #MakeKindLoud.
Wesley Perine is the CEO of Next Level Training LLC and a renowned keynote speaker, corporate trainer, and minister. With a passion for personal and professional growth, he empowers individuals and organizations to reach new heights. Wesley's inspiring messages, coupled with his leadership acumen, have made him a sought-after figure in the industry. As a devoted husband and father, he embodies the values of work-life balance and family-centeredness. Through Next Level Training LLC, Wesley has revolutionized professional development, helping businesses thrive through innovative strategies. His impact continues to transform lives and foster a culture of excellence.
Blake Stephenson is the Texas President of Modern Luxury Media, the nation's largest luxury media company. Modern Luxury Media offers leading brands access to the most affluent audiences in the most prominent cities across the United States. Blake is an experienced team leader who has a proven track-record of achievement. She empowers and creates a healthy, positive experience that develops individual leadership skills, ownership and success. She is highly motivated, passionate and results driven. Blake is an expert in brand-building, experiential engagement, audience development and social media.
Gayle Goodman Lynch loves a good story. As host of the Choice Wisdom podcast, she brings together 2-3 guests in each episode who have made choices that are creating the life that they want. A former disc jockey and self-described “collector of cool people,” Gayle shares these stories with the intent of providing listeners inspiration to embrace their own gifts and make choices that will transform their lives. In addition to podcasting, for the past 15 years Gayle has owned and operated her own communications consultancy, working with B2B companies to define their stories and create valuable and trusted brands. She develops and leads peer groups among “coequals” – individuals with the same rank, importance or experience.
Dr. Debra Harris, the world’s only How-to-love innovator, is a native of Dallas, Texas, author, licensed family therapist, retired family therapy professor, ordained clergy, and spiritual thought leader with over 50-years of experience using her engaging teaching style to change lives. Her mission is to use her inclusive how-to-love platform to "Revolutionize how the world loves one relationship at a time." Her most recent book, How to Love: Following the Example of Jesus of Nazareth, the Ultimate Postmodern Psychotherapist, is the inspiration behind the movement. To connect with Dr. Deb visit:
Broderick Cornelius Johnson Jr,
also affectionately known as Noah and BJ, is the youngest child of Marquita and Broderick Johnson Sr. He loves anime, cooking and playing Rocket League on the PlayStation. He is an all-around athlete who plays basketball, football and baseball, with baseball being his favorite. BJ is passionate about life and he exudes this through his shiny spirit. He hopes to impact the world in a positive way with his words, his actions and his presence.
Katy Kaumeyer is a kid at heart bursting with enthusiasm for all the exciting possibilities. She imagines herself a superhero, but in reality- she’s a single mom to two adult kiddos, a caregiver to her mom and adult-disabled son, and an entrepreneur. With an unwavering belief that anyone can succeed, Katy collaborates with others so they can go from merely building a business to leaving a lasting legacy. Her mission is to empower others, ensuring they never lose sight of just how AWESOME they are!
Dr. Cornell is a New Orleans, LA native. GO SAINTS! He graduated from Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, LA. Coming from the streets of New Orleans to building a life of abundance through a growing chiropractic practice, he has learned a lot of life lessons along the way. Dr. Cornell met and married his wife, Dr. Teandra Cornish. They are the owners of CTC Chiropractic. Their flagship office is in Desoto, TX and has been in operation for eight years. They have since opened two more locations in Dallas and Frisco. Dr. Cornell is very passionate about helping people get healthy naturally through the vehicle of specific scientific neurological based chiropractic care. Dr. Cornell has three kids, Cornell Jr, Tatum and Tinsley. He loves traveling while staying at 5-star resorts, working out and watching the NFL Sunday Ticket with his leg up on the sofa back in the Man cave.
Dustin Staiger is the principal partner at The People Brand and a published author of a book on blame. The book explores why we're addicted to it, how it makes our workplaces toxic, and how we move beyond blame (Blame This Book). He started his career as a graphic designer and illustrator and became an award-winning marketer who has made creativity his hallmark. The highlight of my career was helping a struggling retailer transform their failing business into one that thrived while branching into new locations, reigniting the owner’s passion and vision that had nearly been snuffed out.
Dustin grew up in Oklahoma, but now calls the Dallas-Fort Worth area home. He has been married for 28 years, and has 3 children.
April Lynn Pelton is a teen author & poet that's passionate about sharing her love for reading and writing with others. Since she was two, she has had a passion for reading and developed a love for writing in elementary. During the COVID-19 quarantine, April focused more on her childhood dream of becoming a great author. April has three published books: An Enchanted Tale With A Twist, I AM I CAN I WILL, and The Grove of 100 Wishes. She is currently working on several books, with a soon-to-be-released poetry book that she has worked on with her grandfather, who is also a writer and poet. April has been blessed to have her books in The Dallas Galleria, Stonebriar Mall, The Dock Bookshop, the Arlington Public Library, and featured at several Macy's stores. She was recently announced as the first Youth Poet Laureate of Tarrant County and plans on competing in regionals later this year. April is an A & B Honor Roll/AP student at Burleson Collegiate HS and is working on her Associate's in Liberal Arts at Hill College.
Karsten Williams has competed in 10 seasons of NBC’s award winning American Ninja Warrior and is a 7x National Finalist. He is one of the most decorated athletes on the show with a Team USA selection and 2x Super Salmon Ladder championship under his belt. Karsten has a passion for advancing the sport of Ninja and has over 10 years of experience coaching kids and adults. Beyond the course, he’s a guest on several podcasts sharing his journey and insights, helping small businesses build their brands, and a budding entrepreneur in the movement and entertainment space.
At a young age, Dora realized that she wasn't cut out to be a scientist like her parents who sent people to other planets. She was already living on another 'planet'. Growing up in Dallas, Dora's PA showed favoritism towards her two brothers which left her feeling belittled. She became a recluse hiding behind the walls she created. Thanks to the freedom that Dora found through UPshifting and some serious healing, quirkiness is now her natural state of being; she's now a rather fashionable nerd! DoraSpectacular is all about quirkiness, joy, humor, and fabulous frocks! She is ecstatic to use laughter and a touch of drama to inspire people to shift their thoughts and lives for the better. Let's UPshift with DoraSpectacular's contagious UPshifting.
To look at Xzavier McCalister today, you could not tell he had to fight with everything he had when he entered this world. He arrived several weeks early and only weighed 2 pounds and 13 ounces. Xzavier proved to be a warrior after many hospital stays, multiple surgeries, several touch and go moments and a few setbacks in his early years of life. He could be described as a survivor. He could be described as a success story. But if you look deeper, you’ll discover something else.
Xzavier is a light who is gripped by the promise that God has purposes and plans far beyond our own. You can’t help but feel better when you are in Xzavier’s presence. And if you hang around him long enough, it is almost a guarantee you will receive one of his warm embraces. Xzavier is a high school student who loves to sing and bring joy to those around him.
TAMI ROSE is the mother of two amazing children, Kolten and Kalvree Perine, and wife to a loving husband, Ian Miller. She is a Christian singer, songwriter, worship leader, and visionary/founder of Thirsting For Hope; a Non-Profit Organization which provides a platform for all humanity to receive encouragement, empowerment and hope through inspiring stories of survival and recovery, and youth mentor-ship programs. Tami Rose is most certain about her call to inspire hope. She formed “Daughters of Hope” to empower daughters across the world to arise and shine. This branch of Thirsting For Hope is committed to mentoring young women, ages 13-21, empowering them to walk in their purpose at an early age. She is passionate about providing tools which cultivate confidence and build self-esteem, to become intellectually and spiritually enlightened, and to become secure in their identity through Jesus Christ as they become versed in handling realistic issues which young women face each day.” (Isaiah 60:1).
Lashone Garrett has been a lover of music her entire life. From six months old, she could be found rocking out to the Teddy Grahams jingle. She joined the band in 7th grade and continued throughout college. Lashone plays several instruments including the clarinet, guitar and piano. She believes music has the power to transform lives and is a way to release emotions. She says music helps tap into what your soul is saying to you. Even if there are no lyrics, the combination of sounds makes you feel something and that's worth living for. Lashone currently lives in Houston and is a second-grade math teacher.