Karim R. Ellis
Founder, Empowered Education
Karim R. Ellis is the founder of Empowered Education, a company devoted to developing both organizations and individuals.
A dynamic motivational speaker with 10 years experience in the arena of speaking, training, and coaching, Ellis takes great pride in cultivating leaders and champions. His sole desire is to unlock an atmosphere of greatness in the lives of the people he connects with on a daily basis.
As a founding partner of the John Maxwell Team, Ellis has graced many stages and platforms, teaching leadership and team building principles to a multitude of Fortune 500 companies like General Electric, Anthem, Kroger, and even the U.S. Army.
All successful organizations understand that effective leadership is at the heart of every business, and Ellis prides himself on leadership creation and development. As a trainer, Ellis has constructed several programs and workshops specifically for the purpose of taking leaders to the “Next Level.”
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Advisor, Corporate Security
Ron Comers was born and raised in Fairfield, Conn. He received a bachelor's degree in criminology from the University of South Florida and a master’s degree in business continuity, security, and risk management from Boston University. Prior to working for the FBI, Comers was a police officer with the Stratford Police Department in Connecticut. He entered on duty as a special agent of the FBI in 1995 and was assigned to the Boston, Mass., division, where he worked bank fraud and drug investigations and also served as a member of the division's SWAT team.
Over the course of his career, Comers has served in a variety of divisions as an FBI agent, overseeing a number of stateside and international investigations.
In 2010, he served as an acting ALAT in Afghanistan and as a member of the Major Crimes Task Force charged with developing the investigative capabilities of Afghan law enforcement. For his service, he received the Attorney General’s Award for Excellence in Furthering the Interests of U.S. National Security.
He currently advises on corporate risk issues pertaining to economic sanctions, as well as security and continuity matters through Charted Risk LLC.
Financial Advisor, Financial Planning Specialist
Morgan Stanley Wealth Management
Chris Moyseos is a financial advisor and financial planning specialist with Morgan Stanley Wealth Management in Austin, Texas.
Moyseos began his career more than 30 years ago in London in the banking/finance sector. He served in various roles in the industry, including as a credit analyst, corporate banking relationship manager, international finance officer, and surety underwriter at Lloyds of London. He relocated to the United States in 2003 to work with corporate clients, advising on balance sheet restructuring. Moyseos, who entered the wealth management sector in 2008, is aware of the challenges in managing personal wealth, running a business, and trust and succession planning. He aims to tailor wealth management solutions to the specific needs of the individual rather than using a one-size-fits-all approach.
Moyseos holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Greenwich and a master’s degree from Cass Business School. He is also a regular speaker at various conferences on financial planning.
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Co-Founder, Wide Awake Business
Chris Williams is co-founder of Wide Awake Business. Since 2008, nearly 5,000 business owners have relied on her sales and marketing expertise to boost their sales by more than $538 million. Williams began her business career as a teenager, working in her family’s multi-million dollar San Francisco Bay area company. After earning a degree in marketing from the University of Oregon, Williams joined Xerox Corporation. In her 13 years with the company, Williams trained more than 1,000 sales representatives, successfully launched 48 new products, and led her team to the prestigious Malcolm Baldridge Certification.
Williams knows the challenges of small business ownership firsthand. After leaving Xerox, she opened her own company. She built a team of 13 sales personnel and other support staff that grew market share from 4 percent to 18 percent and overall revenue to $4 million.
As a sought-after speaker, business coach, and best-selling author (Customers Are the Answer to Everything), Williams applies the sales systems and strategies she developed in her corporate career to support small to mid-sized businesses in a wide range of industries around the globe, resulting in more customers and higher revenues.
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Dave Wenhold, CAE, PLC
NCRA, Executive Director
Dave Wenhold, CAE, PLC, has represented the court reporting and captioning professions as a lobbyist for more than 20 years. In his tenure as NCRA’s Director of Government Relations and Public Policy, he was successful in lobbying the Judicial Branch and the Executive Branch, and he has worked with Congress to earmark tens of millions of dollars for the court reporting and captioning professions.
He is co-founder of Miller/Wenhold Capitol Strategies, a full-service lobbying firm based in Northern Virginia. Wenhold is a past president of the American League of Lobbyists. In 2008, Wenhold was selected with three other lobbyists and named as one of the most effective association lobbyists in Washington by Association Trends. He holds a B.A. in Political Science from Keene State College in Keene, N.H., the Certified Association Executive (CAE) designation from the American Society of Association Executives, and the Professional Lobbying Certificate (PLC) from the American League of Lobbyists.