Michele Wierzgac, MSED, CMM

Nancy Butler

Motivating, Educating and Inspiring Greater Success in Life and Business SPEAKING TOPICS: Anchor Your Clients to You – how to be the company of choice Time Management – Taking greater control of your business and your life Sales – key factors that must be in the forefront when working in professional sales Individually Unique…Together Complete […]

Jeff Grant, J.D., M.Div.

“Avoiding, Surviving and Succeeding After a Personal, Business or Legal Crisis”


  • My Law License was Reinstated After Federal Prison for a White Collar Crime
  • Never Let a Good Crisis Go to Waste
  • Criminal Justice Reform
  • Successful Alcohol and Substance Recovery (Jeff is clean & sober 16+ years)
  • Successfully Navigating Life with Mental Health Issues
  • Jeff’s Own Riches-to-Rags-to-Redemption story.

PHONE: 203 405 6249

EMAIL CONTACT: jgrant@grantlaw.com

WEBSITE: grantlaw.com

Progressive Prison Ministries Website: https://prisonist.org

Linked In: https://linkedin.com/revjeffgrant



After an addiction to prescription opioids and serving almost fourteen months in a Federal prison (2006 – 07) for a white-collar crime he committed in 2001 when he was lawyer, Jeff started his own reentry – earning a Master of Divinity from Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York, majoring in Social Ethics. After graduating from divinity school, Jeff was called to serve at an inner city church in Bridgeport, CT as Associate Minister and Director of Prison Ministries. He then co-founded Progressive Prison Ministries, Inc. (Greenwich, CT), the world’s first ministry serving the white collar justice community.

On May 5, 2021, Jeff’s law license was reinstated by the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court of the State of New York.

Now again in private practice, Jeff is an attorney and counselor-at-law providing private general counsel, legal crisis management, and dispute strategy and management services to individuals and families, real estate organizations, family-owned and closely-held businesses, the white collar justice community, and special situation and pro bono clients.

For over 20 years Jeff served as managing attorney of a 20+ employee law firm headquartered in New York City, and then Westchester County, NY. Among other practice areas, the firm engaged in representation of family-owned/closely held businesses and their owners, business and real estate transactions, trusts and estates, and litigation. Jeff also served as outside General Counsel to large family-owned real estate equities, management and brokerage organizations, in which role he retained, coordinated and oversaw the work of many specialty law firms, including white collar defense firms.

FULL BIO: https://prisonist.org/about-jeff-grant/


Reuters: Jeff Grant ‘Let Go of the Outcome’: How this Felon Beat Addiction and Won Back his Law License, by Jenna Greene, May 2021: https://www.reuters.com/business/legal/i-let-go-outcome-how-this-felon-beat-addiction-won-back-his-law-license-2021-05-21/

Entrepreneur’s #4 Most Viewed Article of 2020: I Went to Prison for S.B.A. Loan Fraud: 7 Things to Know When Taking COVID-19 Relief Money: by Jeff Grant, April 2020: https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/350337

The Philadelphia Inquirer: Steal Money from the Feds? First, Meet Jeff Grant, an Ex-Con who Committed Loan Fraud, by Erin Arvedlund, Oct. 2020: https://www.inquirer.com/business/sba-loan-fraud-jeff-grant-white-collar-week-crime-bill-baroni-20201018.html

Greenwich Magazine: The Redemption of Jeff Grant, by Tim Dumas, March 2018: https://greenwichmag.com/features/the-redemption-of-jeff-grant

Forbes: As Law Enforcement Pursues SBA/PPP Loan Fraud, A Story Of Redemption, by Kelly Phillips Erb, July 2020: https://www.forbes.com/sites/kellyphillipserb/2020/07/14/as-law-enforcement-pursues-sba-loan-fraud-jeff-grant-talks-redemption/#7a4f70cc4483


The Confessional with Nadia Bolz-Weber, Podcast, May 2021: https://nadiabolzweber.com/308-jeff-grant/

Business Talk with Jim Campbell, WGCH 1490 AM Greenwich CT, June 2021: https://youtu.be/6xKtb70rp28

Greater Good Radio with Bob Kosch, WOR 710 AM NYC, May 2021: https://www.iheart.com/podcast/1248-greater-good-radio-with-b-81131426


The Rich Roll Podcast: The Awakening of Jeff Grant: From Addiction & Incarceration To Prison Ministry, 2019: https://www.richroll.com/podcast/jeff-grant-440/

Founders Focus Podcast with Scott Case, 2021, Interview, https://youtu.be/y5icqQcMtPc?list=PLbNxOsmSNw3x3jR9P9fJfHrYkuQGXzJl9

Clara CFO YouTube Channel, 2021, Interview, https://youtu.be/5UpkQD09r1o


Twice Selected as a Nantucket Project Scholar
JustLeadershipUSA Fifteen Inaugural National Leaders in Criminal Justice
Keepers of the Commons Fellow
Keepers of the Commons Senior Fellow
Elizabeth Bush Award for Volunteerism
Three Time Bridgeport Reentry Collaborative Advocate of the Year Award
Four Time Bridgeport Reentry Collaborative Professional of the Year
Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence Award
Connecticut NAACP Award
Selected as a Collegeville Institute Writing Fellow


Professional Speaker 20+ years
Practicing Attorney 20 years
Minister/Prison Minister 10 years
Reentry & Recovery Professional – Clean & Sober 18+ years


Juris Doctorate, New York Law School
Master of Divinity, Union Theological Seminary


National Speakers Association, Professional Member
NSA – Connecticut
American Bar Association
New York State Bar Association
New York City Bar Association
National Association of Criminal Defense Counsel
New York Law School Alumni Association
Union Theological Seminary Alumni Association
National Justice Impact Bar Association
Correctional Chaplains & Ministries Association
Westport/ Weston Clergy Association

Carolyn Finch MS CN SLP

Speaker | Teacher | Coach Creator of Universal HandTalk™ the system of 48 gestures that saves lives. Understanding  Body Language  Inside and Out SPEAKING TOPICS: Oops! Your Body Language is Showing (Understanding yourself and others better.) Chickens Don’t Have Fingers and Buffalo Have No Wings (Cultural Change with ability to adapt, adopt and accept) Universal […]

Dr. Susan O'Malley

Dr. Susan O’Malley

Dr. Susan O'Malley

Inspiring Teams and Leaders to Greatness


  • Leadership Lessons from the Emergency Room
  • How to Turn Set-Backs into Success

PHONE:  (203) 689-3090

EMAIL CONTACT: drsusan@susanomalleymd.com


ADDRESS:  Madison, CT

Former emergency room physician, entrepreneur and author, Dr. Susan O’Malley helps business leaders redefine their role, so they can better understand the impact their decisions make on teamwork, morale and productivity.

Dr. O’Malley shares strategies she learned under these stressful conditions and combines them with stories from the trenches to help executives and entrepreneurs conquer their business challenges.

At age fifty Dr. O’Malley left the ER and opened Madison Med Spa with a $75 newspaper ad and a dream. Drawing on her own experiences of personal and professional set-backs and challenges, she outlines strategies that transformed her from college drop-out and secretary to emergency room doctor and entrepreneur in her book Tough Cookies Don’t Crumble: Turn Set-Backs into Success.

Dr. O’Malley is a two time presenter at Hubspot’s INBOUND conference. She is a member of the National Speakers Association, currently serving as President of the Connecticut chapter.  She also served six years on the Board of Directors of the Madison Chamber of Commerce where she started and was chairperson of the Women in Business Committee.


Chapter Member of the Year NSA CT 2018

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)

Dorothy A. Martin-Neville, PhD.

Speaker, Author, Strategic Partner/Coach, Consultant

Dorothy A. Martin-Neville, PhD.


  • Owning Your Leadership: The 5 Archetypes of Leadership
  • Women in Leadership: The Mindset and Communication Skills Needed
  • From Orphanage to the Boardroom
  • Seizing the Dream with Passion and Purpose: 5 Steps to Claiming Your Dreams
  • How Your Personality Impacts Your Health

PHONE:  860-543-5629

EMAIL CONTACT: dorothy@askdrdorothy.com

WEBSITE: askdrdorothy.com

ADDRESS: Old Saybrook, CT

As the founder of 4 companies, one being a private practice in psychotherapy for 25 years, I am well aware that leadership and personal development comes in many forms and styles.

In following trends of the workplace, I have also seen the power of Purpose Driven Organizations and Leaders in creating employee engagement and retention.

In addition, in working as a speaker, coach, and consultant, it has clearly been shown that the companies which have women in the C Suite are creating a higher bottom line profit percentage and a far more innovative and engaged corporate community.

Consequently, as a speaker I address the issue of developing leaders through presenting the immensely powerful impact of mindset and communication skills on effectiveness, power, and authenticity. Combining all these with mindfulness, emotional intelligence, and strong values, as shown in my presentations and you will always have leaders who will be transforming your company in the best way possible.


CT Women Hall of Fame – Board of Trustees

National Speakers Association – CT – Past President

Association of Women Business Leaders

Ewomen Network – Advisory Board Leader – CT

Randye Kaye

Speaker/Author/Event MC


Happier Made Simple: Little Changes with Big Results

Live and In Person: Why Face to Face Communication Still Matters

Break the Advertising Spell

Stop Stress in its Tracks!: Preventing Meltdowns with Mindfulness

SEARCH: What Families Need when Mental Illness Strikes

Engaging Family Members in Recovery Partnership

PHONE: 203-521-9086

EMAIL CONTACT: randye@randyekaye.com

WEBSITE: www.randyekaye.com

ADDRESS: Trumbull, CT 06611

Randye is known as the Happiness Simplifier. Years of study into the “happiness movement” left her frustrated at the lack of humor there– and its needless complexity. As a result, she created the program and upcoming book Happier Made Simple.

With years of experience as a morning radio personality and actress, Randye knows how to think on her feet and help your event go smoothly and happily as live host, MC, or announcer. She also provides acclaimed motivational keynotes, leads fun and interactive workshops and is a fun and productive live auctioneer.

On the more serious side, Randye speaks frequently as Mental Health Activist to groups of doctors, nurses, medical students, families, providers, and legislators regarding the family experience when mental illness hits. She is a published author (Ben Behind His Voices: One Family’s Journey from the Chaos of Schizophrenia to Hope), Family-to-Family teacher/trainer for the National Alliance on Mental Illness, and diversity trainer with the Anti-Defamation League.

Randye uses her vast experience in radio, improvisational acting, voiceover and theatre to teach and inspire in educational and corporate environments. She brings words to life not only in her presentations, but as a prolific audiobook narrator.


Publishers’ Weekly Listen Up! Nominee

9 years speaking experience.


  • National Speakers Association (CT Chapter president)
  • Mensa
  • Audiobook Publishers Association
  • NAMI