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, Karim 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, Karim 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 Karim Ellis prides himself on leadership creation and development. As a trainer, Karim 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 in 2010 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 a one size fits all.
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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Levitt Pavilion Arlington
Cathy O’Neal has served as communications director since 2008 for Levitt Pavilion Arlington, an outdoor concert venue in Arlington, Texas. She holds a journalism degree from the University of Texas at Arlington, where she also taught as an adjunct professor in the Communications Department for six years. O’Neal started her career as a reporter for the Star-Telegram, followed by the Dallas Times Herald and has worked as a communications professional for 36 years, specializing in media relations and crisis communications. She has also served in communications roles Harris Methodist Health System and the Girl Scouts and has consulted for a number of companies. She is the recipient of two Bronze Quills and numerous Bronze Quill Awards of Merit.
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. Chris 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, Chris joined Xerox Corporation. In her 13 years with the company, Chris trained more than 1,000 sales representatives, successfully launched 48 new products, and led her team to the prestigious Malcolm Baldridge Certification.
Chris 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), Chris 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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