Zoë Chance

Zoë Chance

Zoë Chance

Assistant Professor of Marketing, Yale School of Management


  • The Science of Good Influence

PHONE: 857-891-5013

EMAIL CONTACT: zoe.chance@yale.edu m

WEBSITE: http://faculty.som.yale.edu/zoechance/

ADDRESS: New Haven, CT 06611

Zoë Chance shares the science of good influence to help people do more great stuff. She teaches interpersonal influence at Yale, consults with Fortune 500 firms and leading nonprofits, and speaks internationally. She researches key sources of well-being like finding love, making healthy choices, and giving back to others. This work has been published in top academic journals and covered in media outlets like Harvard Business Review, The Economist and the BBC. Google uses her behavioral economics framework to help people eat healthier by accident. Zoe has given a TEDx talk on making behaviors addictive, and is writing her first book. Prior to Yale, Zoe marketed Barbies with Mattel, earned a doctorate from Harvard, and acted on stage and film.


Thinkers50 2017 Radar List, top management thinkers to watch around the globe
Yale Public Voices Fellow
Emerald Management Best Paper Award


  • Association for Consumer Research
  • Behavioral Science and Public Policy
  • Society for Personality and Social Psychology
  • World Future Society
Simone Morris

Simone Morris

Simone Morris

Simone Morris



  • Career Management
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Project Management
  • Leadership
  • Goal Setting and Achievement



PHONE: 203-561-2386

EMAIL CONTACT: smorris@simonemorris.com

WEBSITE: www.simonemorris.com

ADDRESS: Norwalk, CT 06611

Simone Morris is the President of Simone Morris Enterprises, LLC. Her company offers diversity and inclusion consulting, career management coaching and speaking services.

Before branching out on her own, Ms. Morris spent two decades in Corporate America. She has extensive leadership experience and holds a Masters of Business Administration degree from the University of Connecticut. She also holds the Associate Certified Coach credential from the International Coaching Federation as well as the certified Project Management Professional distinction from the Project Management Institute.

She is an adjunct faculty member for the American Management Association. Simone has also been recognized by Diversity Best Practices and Diversity MBA for her exceptional leadership skills as a Diversity Practitioner.


  • National Speakers Association Connecticut
Nancy Butler

Nancy D. Butler

Nancy Butler



Topics for Business

  • Anchoring your clients to you – How to be the company of choice and build a loyal client base
  • Taking Your Business to The Next Level – Thinking outside the box for greater success
  • Time Management –an effective system to help “get it all done”
  • Build Your Working Business Plan — Your “road map” for greater success
  • Marketing – Low-cost, effective marketing and media relations solutions

Topics for Life

  • Independence, Happiness and Success in your Senior Years
  • Living life to the fullest. You have one life to live.… tips and tricks to make it the best it can be, regardless of your age
  • Adversity – taking control of our life and your future
  • Money Management – How to have greater control over your financial success
  • Simple Steps For Achieving Greater Success in Life

Topics for Life and Business

  • Your vision for the future – personal and business – a plan to get you there

PHONE: 860-444-0535

EMAIL CONTACT: nbutler@aboveallelse.org

WEBSITE: www.aboveallelse.org

ADDRESS: Waterford, CT

Nancy D. Butler, CFP®, CDFA™, CLTC is the owner of “Above All Else, Success in Life and Business”, a national professional motivational speaker, award-winning author, business coach and continuing education instructor. After twenty-five years building a very successful financial planning and asset management practice, to approx. $200 million in assets under management, while a single parent with no other source of income and only $2,000 to her name, in 2007 Nancy sold her practice and now uses her knowledge and experience to help others reach greater levels of success in their personal and business lives.

With over 35 years of experience, she helps business owners do a better job for their clients and improve their bottom line and helps individuals live more successful, fulfilling lives and realize their dreams.

Nancy also writes the material and teaches continuing education classes to financial advisors, insurance professionals and divorce attorneys.

She has been quoted in Money magazine, USA Today, Forbes, The National Business Institute, The New England Real Estate Journal, The Financial Planning Association magazine, AARP, The Chicago Tribune and many more. Nancy has been a speaker for major corporations, military services and associations in a variety of industries such as, Pfizer, General Dynamics, Dow Chemical, US Navy, US Coast Guard, Air National Guard, Real Estate companies, Chambers of Commerce, Academy of Dental Management Consultants, Connecticut Floral Assoc., Event Planners and Suppliers for Event Planners, High schools and Colleges and many others.

Nancy has been a guest on many radio and television shows and is the author of the book “Above All Else, Success in Life and Business” published in 2012, “A Realtors Guide to Greater Success, Above and Beyond the Competition” published in 2014 and “Above All Else, Independence, Happiness and Success in Your Senior Years” published in 2017.


2017  Strathmore Who’s Who – Women of Excellence Award
2016  Influential Business Woman Award – Best Inspirational Business Leader – Connecticut & Best Female Mentor 2016 – Connecticut
2015  National Association of Professional Woman – VIP Woman of the Year
2013  CT Authors and Publishers Assoc. Writing Contest – First Place “What an Inspiration”
2013  National Beverly Hills Book Awards Finalist: Above All Else, Success in Life and Business
2013  New England Book Festival- Honorable Mention: Above All Else, Success in Life and Business
2013  Midwest Book Festival – Honorable Mention: Above All Else, Success in Life and Business


  • National Speakers Association
  • National Speakers Association – Connecticut Chapter
  • South Eastern Connecticut Chamber of Commerce
  • Estate and Tax Planning Council of Eastern Connecticut
  • Soroptimist International
  • Southeastern Connecticut Women’s Network
  • Financial Planning Association
  • Institute for Divorce Financial Analysts

Dr. Alice Stitelman, Ph.D.

Dr. Alice Stitelman, Ph.D. is a seasoned communications specialist with over twenty years of diverse consulting experience in workforce development and writing. An expert in helping executives, managers, and professionals communicate more powerfully,

Dr. Stitelman consults to a wide range of organizations throughout the United States, Asia, and Europe. Her clients include leading companies (such as ACNielsen and ITT), and government agencies (such as the U.S. Navy and the State of Connecticut).

Alice earned her doctorate in English from the University of Connecticut. A professional business educator, Alice is the author of McGraw-Hill’s A Trainer’s Resource Manual, Business and Legal Reports’ How to Write Winning HR Proposals, and an e-learning program on English grammar. Because she has also written the full gamut of business documents for clients, she is attuned to a wide range of business needs.  

Alice’s perspective is practical and her facilitation style is engaging. A former singer, actress, and playwright, she is a dynamic presenter who combines high-content material with light-hearted delivery. She creates a comfortable atmosphere that reduces the stress often associated with business communication. She helps organizations mitigate their litigation exposure; increase employee productivity; and improve employee morale. 

Alice has been a featured presenter at many professional meetings for major associations, including the Connecticut Society of Association Executives; the Bronx Family Court Bar Association; Connecticut Bar Association; the American Society for Quality; the Connecticut Association of Purchasing Managers; the Institute of Industrial Engineers; the National Association Medical Staff Services and the American Society of Training and Development (ASTD). An active contributor to the profession, Dr. Stitelman has served on the Board of Directors of her local ASTD chapter. She is also a proud member of the National Speakers Association.

Lisa Lelas

“Casting For Success!”

Expert On:
• Organizational Leadership
• Time Management
• Effective Goal Setting
• Productivity

(203) 641-4405
Guilford, CT


Lisa Lelas is the bestselling author of Simple Steps: 10 Weeks to Getting Control of Your Life and soon-to be released Bucket List Bootcamp, amongst other books published.
As a serial entrepreneur, Lisa has founded several businesses and shares her secrets to success via her writing and speaking platforms all around the world. A former NY casting director for TV/Film, Lisa brings her unique ‘Casting for Success’ formula to business leaders and entrepreneurs around the globe for greater productivity and better teamwork for happier employees.
Lisa is a longtime newspaper columnist, cable TV talk show host, a successful magazine editor and publisher, as well as a presentation coach for aspiring actors/speakers/and business professionals that require good communication skills.
She has appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show 4 times, The Today Show and hundreds of other TV & Radio talk shows and featured in numerous national magazine articles.
Lisa is a past president and current board member of The National Speakers Association-Connecticut Chapter and currently serves NSA as a national CLC committee member. Lisa is also the Dean of the CT Speakers Academy.

• NSA-CT Chapter Member of the Year 2106
• NSA elected CLC National Committee member
• ACM Award winner for top talk show in northeast

• Professional Speaking 20+ years

• English

• National Speakers Association
• GSF Global Speakers Federation
• AWBL (Association of Women Business Leaders)

Gilda Bonanno

Communication Skills, Motivation, Management & Leadership Skills, Presentation Skills, Humor:


  • Bold Presentation Skills
  • How Will You Spend Your 28,000 Days?
  • Connect With Confidence
  • Developing Leadership Presence: Confidence, Competence & Composure
  • Leading and Management Change With Integrity, Imagination & Flexibility
  • How to Schmooze
  • The Improvisational Leader: Applying Five Improv Comedy Rules to Make Your Business Communication More Effective and Engaging

PHONE: 203-979-5117

EMAIL CONTACT: gilda@gildabonanno.com

WEBSITE: www.gildabonanno.com

ADDRESS: Stamford, CT

Gilda Bonanno is a professional speaker, trainer, coach and facilitator who helps people develop confident and strategic presentation, communication and leadership skills so they can be more successful in their careers and lives. She has worked with executives and entrepreneurs on 4 continents, from Chicago to Shanghai and Rio to Rome. The instructional videos on Gilda’s YouTube channel have received over 1 million views and her newsletter has reached subscribers in over 45 countries since 2008.

Communication and motivation are two essential pillars on which successful organizations are built. Could people in your organization or group benefit from accelerated skill development in these areas? Are you looking for an expert perspective to maximize the performance of your organization or team and accelerate its transformation?

Gilda’s dynamic, high-content speeches can help you achieve those results. All of Gilda’s programs are created in collaboration with you and based on the needs and background of your audience, from executives to entrepreneurs, salespeople to association members.

To make it easier for the audience to translate the program into actions and outcomes, each speech is customized to their specific needs, with content and examples that make sense to them. Gilda’s engaging, impactful and relevant speeches have captivated and motivated audiences large and small, including companies, trade associations, government agencies, academic institutions and non-profits.


PMP (Certified Project Management Practitioner)
Master’s degree (Fordham University)
Advanced Business Certificate in Management (UConn School of Business)

Over 10 years speaking experience


NSA, ATD (Association for Talent Development)
PMI (Project Management Institute)


Jean Baur



  • Joy Unleashed:  The Story of Bella, the Unlikely Therapy Dog
  • Stop Burnout:  Five Steps to Re-Energize Your Work for Your Best Year Ever
  • Stand Out Every Time You Talk:  Presentation Skills
  • Learn How to Ace Your Interviews
  • Turn Off Your Computer and Get a Job!

PHONE:  215-595-3277

EMAIL:  JeanBaur@yahoo.com

WEBSITES:  http://jeanbaur.com/ and http://www.joyunleashed.org/

Jean is a dynamic speaker who knows how to inspire audiences to maximize their potential. She draws on her diverse background as an author and career coach to reveal the symptoms and causes of burnout, empower her audiences to be the “boss” of their own lives and careers, and help them realize there are always choices. She’s spoken to organizations across the country including the Association of Career Professionals International, nonprofits and public libraries, educational institutions, and the Assisted Living Federation of America. She has a special fondness for Baby Boomers, helping them reinvent the next stage of their lives.

She’s very excited about her new book:  “Joy Unleashed:  The Story of Bella, the Unlikely Therapy Dog,” and has been sharing Bella’s story with audiences of all ages. When practical, Bella comes with Jean and steals the show. Bella works with special needs students, as well as with hospital, nursing home and cancer center patients. Jean calls her dog, Bella,  “an ambassador of exuberance.” Ask Jean to speak at your next event. She’ll tailor her talk to the specific challenges facing your organization, helping you improve morale, lower absenteeism, and make your workplace a vibrant success.


Earned the highest designation as a career coach, CMF (Certified Management Fellow), First Prize from Parents Magazine for most creative summer youth project, member NSA (National Speakers Association) and CAPA (Connecticut Authors and Publishers Association.)


– Eliminated! Now What? Finding Your Way from Job-Loss Crisis to Career Resilience (2010)

– The Essential Job Interview Handbook:  A Quick and Handy Resource for Every Job Seeker (2013)

– Joy Unleashed:  The Story of Bella, the Unlikely Therapy Dog (2016)

Dorothy A. Martin-Neville, PhD.

Speaker, Author, Strategic Partner/Coach

Dorothy A. Martin-Neville, PhD.


  •  Owning Your Leadership: How to Discover Your Zone of Genius with the 5 Archetypes of Leadership
  • Seizing the Dream with Passion and Purpose: 5 Steps to Claiming Your Dreams
  • From Orphanage to the Boardroom
  • How Your Personality Impacts Your Health
  • Heart Health for Women – A Unique and Alternative Approach: The Impact of Relationships on Heart Health

PHONE:  860-543-5629

EMAIL CONTACT: dorothy@askdrdorothy.com

WEBSITE: askdrdorothy.com

ADDRESS: Old Saybrook, CT

Dr. Dorothy, a licensed psychotherapist, was in private practice for over 25 years. The founder of 4 companies, including The Institute of Healing Arts and Sciences, LLC, Dorothy was a pioneer in the field of integrative health care. Her doctoral research was funded by an NIH Frontier Medicine grant.

Her institute provided the only 4 yr. program in integrative health in the USA which offered medical internships to the students in one of the almost 50 hospitals/medical facilities across the country her school was affiliated with.

As a motivational speaker who lived in an orphanage, was adopted and raised in the housing projects of South Boston in a violent alcoholic home, Dr. Dorothy later became a Catholic nun, an international airline stewardess and so much more,

such as living in the Caribbean on Anguilla, BWI for 10 years after dropping her youngest off at college. Taking risks and jumping off cliffs are a natural and developed process for Dr. Dorothy who has learned how to seize dreams with passion and purpose as she teaches in the 5 steps to claiming your dreams.

Ultimately, because of her own inspiring life journey in founding 4 companies, being a member of numerous boards, and working with so many others, she came to see that those who passionately and positively live this journey are the folks who achieve real success and/or health.  Because so many dream

of leadership, after mentoring and advising so many women leaders in expanding their leadership, claiming their true power, and following their dreams, Dr. Dorothy saw a consistent disconnect in amazingly powerful leaders who had difficulty claiming the depth and breadth of their power and leadership skills

whether they are on Park Avenue or leading a small entrepreneurial business that has great potential. Consequently, she now specializes in mentoring leaders who are ready for the next step in their leadership development. Assessing their style and archetype of leadership while allowing them to

recognize there is no limit, many challenges perhaps but not limits, other than the ones they set themselves.

She calls all to whom she speaks, with great humor, and profound spiritual insight, to live their life fully becoming who they are meant to be, passionately and vibrantly to support their Leadership, Spiritual Growth, Emotional Intelligence, and Physical Health.

 30 years speaking experience


CT Women Hall of Fame – Board of Trustees

National Speakers Association CT – Past President

Ewomen Network – Advisory Board Leader – CT

Association of Women Business Leaders

Women Powerati

Global Speakers Federation

Wally Hauck, PhD, CSP

 Facilitator, Coach, Speaker, Author


Curing the deadly disease of the typical performance management process

PHONE: 203-874-8484

EMAIL CONTACT: wally@wallyhauck.com

WEBSITE: www.wallyhauck.com

ADDRESS: Milford CT 06460

Wally Hauck, PhD, CSP has a cure for the “deadly disease” known as the typical performance appraisal.    His company, Optimum Leadership, provides ideas, tools, and processes, that help leaders to think, behave, and improve. Wally works with C-level executives and HR directors at corporations and nonprofits in order to achieve extraordinary results both personally and for their teams. He aims to eliminate the traditional performance review process, while improving the quality of feedback and performance with values and systems thinking.

Wally holds a doctorate in organizational leadership from Warren National University, a Master of Business Administration in finance from Iona College, and a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from the University of Pennsylvania.   Wally is a Certified Speaking Professional or CSP. As a professor of Organizational Change and Development at the University of New Haven in Connecticut Wally received the highest ratings of all professors in 2012. To learn more about Optimum Leadership, Wally Hauck, his workshops, webinars and books, please visit www.wallyhauck.com.

The Art of Leading: 3 Principles for Predictable Performance Improvement

Stop the Leadership Malpractice: How to Replace the Typical Performance Appraisal

Unleash Employee Engagement: 7 Initial Conditions for Outstanding Results


PhD Organizational Leadership; Certified Speaking Professional

20 years speaking experience


Rotary International


Abby Marks Beale


Speed Reading and Productivity Expert, Author, Speaker, Homeopath

Abby Marks Beale


  • Speed Reading – Great Reading Skills and You
  • Email Management – Slaying the Email Dragon
  • Time Management – Taking Control of the Chaos: Time and Information Management
  • Work Life Balance – Beyond Overload: 10 Secrets to Get Back Control
  • Homeopathy – What IS Homeopathy and Is It For you?

PHONE: 203-949-9153

EMAIL CONTACT: Abby@RevItUpReading.com






Wallingford, CT 06492

Abby Marks Beale is a speed reading expert and a business productivity specialist who enjoys helping busy professionals work smarter, faster and just plain better. Abby guides people to be the best they can be at work, at home, in their relationships and in their health. Her programs on faster reading, email management and time and stress management help people reduce workplace stress through the knowledge of skills. Most recently after 10 years of study, Abby has added the title of nationally certified classical homeopath to her activities.

Over the past 20+ years, she has worked with a wide variety of client organizations including Fortune 500 companies, small businesses, government agencies, associations and schools. She is the founder of The Corporate Educator LLC (www.TheCorporateEducator.com), a speaking and training company that helps people learn the essential work skills people wish they learned in school through workshops, teleclasses, online learning, books and other educational products. Rev It Up Reading (www.RevItUpReading.com), a subsidiary of The Corporate Educator, focuses on her speed reading expertise.

Abby is the author of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Speed Reading, 10 Days to Faster Reading and a college study skills textbook entitled Success Skills: Strategies for Study and Lifelong Learning (3rd edition). She is the creator of a popular online course called Rev It Up Reading: Getting Up To Speed With What You Read now available for individual learning and for corporate and school licensing.

Abby is the Founder and Past-President of the Connecticut Chapter of the National Speakers Association. She also holds a long-time professional affiliation with the National Speaker’s Association (NSA). She is currently on the board of both The National Center for Homeopathy and the Wallingford Public Library. Her formal education includes a Bachelor’s Degree in Spanish and French from Boston University and a Master’s Degree in Adult Education from Southern Connecticut State University. She considers her formal education as just a starting point in the life-long process in learning how to learn.


CCH (Certified Classical Homeopath)

22 years speaking experience


National Speakers Association

National Center for Homeopathy