Speakers

Keynote

Melissa Radke

Melissa’s online videos have reached over 62 million people on her Facebook page alone, and she has amassed a following of more than 335K across social media. Radke is consistent to say the least. In a little over a year, she has created over 77 videos with 100K views or more including 10 videos that have gone viral with over 1 million views. Melissa’s ‘Upside Down French Braid’ video will soon cross the threshold of 10 million views, and her ‘Red Ribbon’ video has been viewed over 100 million times across multiple websites and various media outlets worldwide.

Radke hails from East Texas, but she spent over 15 years of her life in Nashville, TN pursuing her dream of singing and performing. Melissa graduated from Belmont University with a Bachelor of Commercial Music Performance and a Minor in Jazz and Blues Music. She spent her time in Nashville as a session singer for both Christian and Country Artists.

She also has a love of writing about real life, parenting, and the importance of learning our identity, Melissa’s best selling book entitled Eat Cake. Be Brave., released this summer through Grand Central Publishing/Hachette Book Group.

Radke is also signed with the USA Network and television production company Red Arrow Industries to bring family-friendly entertainment to our televisions very soon. Her family recently wrapped the filming of their first episodes with the series premiere date to be announced in the near future.

Melissa has always been destined for the stage, so for the last several years she has traveled all over the United States bringing laughter and encouragement to civic organizations, hospitals, schools, corporate events, churches and women gatherings. Currently, she keeps a busy schedule appearing on television shows, co-hosting radio shows, and interviewing for magazines and newspapers as her celebrity rises not only in the US but across the world.

When Melissa isn’t writing a book or filming a TV show, she can be found hanging out with her husband of 24 years affectionately named the Attorney General, and their two kids Remi and Rocco, or giving her friends unsolicited advice on what they should with their hair. You can also most commonly find Melissa sitting in the drive-thru at Chick Fil A or screaming at her kids from the sidelines..

Wendy Bunnell

Wendy Bunnell is an international best selling author, speaker, and entrepreneur. Her mission in life is to spread messages of hope and healing to help individuals raise their personal value so that they can form the life, income, business, and relationships that they have always dreamt about but never knew how to create.

Wendy is also the driving force behind the book and movement, “Success through Failing”, recruiting 24 other powerful and inspiring women who are combining forces to change the hearts and minds of thousands of women.

She has several successful businesses including a thriving real estate career, network marketing background, as well as her busy mentoring and speaking career.

Even with all of her busy endeavors, her family is frontrunner in her life and include six children and eight grandchildren.

You can find out more about Wendy at www.wendybunnell.com

Connie Sokol

Connie Sokol is a national speaker, bestselling author, media personality, and​ ​mother of seven. She is a regular contributor on the top-rated lifestyle show “Studio 5 with Brooke Walker” ​(www.ksl.com/studio5). Ms. Sokol is a bestselling author who has written 1​7 books, including ​What Now? 8 Ways to Deal with Life’s Difficulties, ​Faithful Fit & Fabulous, Create a Powerful Life Plan, and​ ​40 Days with the Savior.​ ​She is the founder of the Back to Basics program, ​teaching women to live more purposeful, organized, and joyful lives. Ms. Sokol marinates in time spent with her family and eating decadent treats. For her TV segments, blog, podcasts and more, visit www.conniesokol.com.

Amanda Wilkinson

From humanitarian work on the Masai Mara of Kenya to global policy advocacy at the United Nations, Amanda Wilkinson has lived a big and beautiful life. But perhaps her greatest lessons were learned when her son Bennett unexpectedly passed away in 2011.

As a wife, mother of 5 and international speaker, coach, writer and advocate, Amanda is passionate about helping individuals ignite the fire within and create a life of peace, passion and purpose so they they can start paying it forward – not IN SPITE of what they have been through – but BECAUSE of it.

She truly believes that we are each on our perfect journey and that every experience we have been given is for our highest good.

Emma E. Houston

Emma had plans to celebrate her oldest sisters’ 50 birthday celebration in New York City and they did not involve worrying about Stage III Breast Cancer. In 2005 on her 49th birthday and at her annual check-up she received the Cancer news and did what every level headed woman does; she purchased red 4 inch heels and strolled into treatment in style. Although she saved a small fortune on shampoo and hair appointments; she spent it all on “heels” and mascara for the seven (7) eyelashes that she prayed to keep. Family and close friends can attest that what ultimately got her through rigorous chemo treatments was not only her “attitude” but her faith and belief that God would see her through. Covered with her faith and belief in God, in 2010 Emma stood on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial to address 100’s of thousands of people on behalf of the Huntsman Cancer Institute and to tell “somebody” that God is good all the time.

Emma E. Houston was appointed as the Director of Diversity & Inclusion by Mayor Ben McAdams in 2016. Before that, Emma was the Assistant Program Manager for Aging and Adult Services and started her county career in 2002. Emma was the first to bring national accreditation status to a senior center in the state of Utah and became a team lead in 2013 in ensuring all 16 senior centers received national accreditation status. She is an advocate for diversity, leadership, high performance, creativity and innovation. Emma has an understanding of the process of organizational transformation and has facilitated conversations for local organizations and community groups in SLC. Her presentations have provided knowledge on how to create culturally compatible and inclusive working environments.

A longtime community volunteer and advocate, Emma is the former chairwoman of the Governor’s Office of Ethnic Affairs, executive secretary for the YWCA Utah, The Children’s Justice Center, Utah Aging Alliance Board, and the Senior Centers and Nutrition Sites Board. Emma currently serves on the Reverend France A. Davis Scholarship Board, The Utah State MLK Commission, The HistoryMakers Regional Board and is the president of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, Upsilon Beta Omega Chapter. Emma has strong affiliations with The Huntsman Cancer Foundation, The Judge Anne Striba Cancer Foundation and The Susan G. Komen Cancer Foundation Utah Affiliate.

Emma holds a B.A. in Business Management and a MBA in Business Administration, both from the University of Phoenix.ng; Cancer has its perks.

Nubia Pena

Ms. Nubia Peña received her Juris Doctorate from the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law in May 2016. During that year, she was selected as one of 25 law students in the nation to be recognized and highlighted for her social justice activism in the National Jurist, a leading news source in legal education.

Ms. Peña has actively sought to bring awareness to issues of violence and systemic oppression through her personal faith-based initiatives and professional endeavors. She has a decade of experience assisting survivors of domestic abuse, sexual assault, human trafficking, and violent crimes as a Law Enforcement Victim Advocate. Since 2007, Ms. Peña has been the Training and Prevention Education Specialist at the Utah Coalition Against Sexual Assault (UCASA) where she developed trainings on Dating and Interpersonal Violence, Assisting Immigrant Survivors, Human Trafficking, Faith-Based Advocacy, Youth Survivors, and Social Justice as a Prevention Framework.

Ms. Pena also travels nationally as a Training Consultant bringing awareness to the intersections of trauma and the School-to-Prison Pipeline, an epidemic that targets our most vulnerable youth by streamlining them into the juvenile justice system. In addition, Ms. Pena is a member of the zealous team at the Utah Juvenile Defender Attorneys where she advocates for youth rights during detention and delinquency proceedings.

Toni Ragsdale

Toni Ragsdale is a woman that is well rounded with much experience in life challenges and overcoming the labels of society. She was born in Chicago, Illinois and grew up in one of the most feared areas of the city. Covered in crime and poverty but she knew from an early age that being born in and raised in the ghetto would not limit her. But she would evolve into a solution, not a statistic.

She became a widow in her early thirties and a single parent of three children. She is now is married to Rev. Jay Ragsdale and having the same life interest, they soon began to work together in the community. She is very active in her family and church home; Calvary Baptist was the stone that elevated her community involvement.

She is currently the Director of Children’s Church for five years now. Toni is also The Director of the Women Ministry at Calvary Baptist Church, and a youth counselor for the 3rd, 4th, & 5th graders for planning activities.

She was the co-director for four years of a mentoring group that she and a great friend implemented called G.R.A.CE. Which was for girls ages 13-18 inside their church

Toni and Rev. Jay Ragsdale (husband) are the founders of the Fill the Pot ministry, and it has been active now for nine years. And every Sunday they meet the needs of an average of 406 people within our community. By providing hot meals, clothes, hygiene, spiritual materials, prayer, encouraging words, and love. And throughout the weekday food and clothing resource for families are provided upon request, an AA Class on Wednesday evenings. She also organizes community service hours ordered by the court or assigned via, schools, and church.

Toni Ragsdale currently resides on the board for the Road Home, in Slc. She has also worked closely with the KIDS EAT PROGRAM and the Nebo School District kids after school meals program.

Her faith in God, allows her to have no limits as she carries out the desires of her heart. I can do all things through Christ, that strengthens me.

Breakout Speakers

Shantel McBride

Shantel McBride is a Hospice Chaplain, Certified Trainer, nationally renowned Inspirational Speaker, and Grief Counselor. She is out touching others to awaken their inner genius and passion – to live their purpose from the inside-out. Shantel reignites the spark of unlimited potential and opportunity. As a National Best Selling Co-Author of the book Success through Failing, clients say  she embodies the Circle of Life. She’s known to add ‘splash to their dash’ – not only walking beside others while they take their last steps on earth, but teaching people how to really live while alive.

Leslie Householder

Leslie Householder is the award-winning, internationally publised best selling author of The Jackrabbit Factor, Portal to Genius, and Hidden Treasures: Heaven’s Astonishing Help With Your Money Matters. Since 2002, she has helped people all over the world discover and apply the Rare Kind of Faith that causes things to happen, for powerful life changes. Through story and shifts of perspective, Leslie aims to help her audience members crush every challenge, achieve every goal, and vanquish every monster under their bed. Above all, Leslie is a dedicated wife and mother of seven children.

Keichun Graves

Keichun Graves is originally from Indianapolis, Indiana and currently resides in Provo, UT with her dog Gucci. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Public Relations Management from Clark Atlanta University and is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. Her greatest mission in life is to abundantly inspire, help, and mentor underprivileged and marginalized youth in order for them to realize their powerful potential. Keichun’s greatest strengths are her energy, creativity, drive and leadership. She is a serial entrepreneur and former collegiate athlete (cross-country and track and field) who loves competing in sports, and brings that same mental toughness and hard work required for success in athletics to her life mission. She has a ton of passion, leads with a big heart, and is here to help people achieve their goals and live a healthy and fulfilling life.

Michelle Love-Day

Michelle Love-Day has been an educator for 17 years. She been classroom teacher working in all Title I schools, and has taught 1st, 4th, and 2nd grades in Ohio, North Carolina, and Utah. She is immediate Past President of Greater Salt Lake Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta and currently sits on two boards: U of U College of Education and Hale Center Theater Board of Trustees. 
No stranger to theater and acting, Michelle has acted on many stages throughout the valley. She is a member of the Actor’s Equity Association and is currently with the Talent Management Group (TMG) agency where she has done print, voice over, and commercial acting work. She is the mother of 5 children and currently lives in Bluffdale, UT with her husband, children, dog, and chickens.

Elsebeth Green

Elsebeth has a Master of Social Work Degree from BYU and has worked with children and families for the last 20 years and specializes in relationships, attachment, and trauma.

Finally, in 2004, along with her husband, Guerry, and business partner, Collette, she opened The Green House Center for Growth and Learning, where she serves as the Clinical Director. She uses a variety of modalities including EMDR, play therapy, sand tray, and art therapy, as well as traditional CBT techniques.

Elsebeth is the proud mother of six and the grandmother of 7. Elsebeth enjoys the outdoors, knitting, and traveling. She also loves spending time with family and friends. Her grandchildren are the light of her life.

Jodi Robinson

Jodi Robinson is an author, speaker, business owner, podcaster, & a mentor to women in addiction recovery. For 18 years, she’s witnessed how turning to a higher-power to stay sober transforms brokenness into beauty and hope. Her understanding of grace & mercy crystallized with every story of a woman overcoming abuse, trauma, and addiction to meth, heroin, crack, & alcohol. Her love & compassion was tested, however, when her own father was mistakenly run over by a woman high on drugs in May 2017. She credits the incredible women she’s mentored for allowing her heart to stay open, so she could forgive. She’s a mother of two young adults and two teens, a proud dog walker of an 80-pound malamute named Yuki, and a wife of 28 years to her out-door-loving, snowmobiling-obsessed husband. She’s received the SLC Governor’s Award, Ambassador of Hope Award, and loves eating raw cookie dough right out of the mixing bowl.

Cynthia Pena

Cynthia Pena graduated Magna Cume Laude in 2004 from the University of Utah. Cynthia proudly served as a police officer but later chose to pursue her entrepreneurial interest. She began her career as a wellness coach and business developer with AdvoCare International in 2011. Her interests include helping women to look, feel and perform better while also teaching women how to live a life by design through the direct sales business model. 

Cynthia’s belief is that her business is a back-door ministry where she is able to utilize a holistic approach to empowered living that is grounded in her Christian faith. Her deepest desire is that men and women will awake to the divine calling placed inside each of them so that they may be able to lead exceptional lives. It is her greatest privilege to be able to encourage her clients through their wellness journey while also being able to introduce them to the merciful and overwhelming love of God.

Jen Brewer

Jen Brewer, RD, MA lives in Rochester, MN with her husband and 7 kids. In her spare time, her family travels to Guatemala where they fight malnutrition through family gardens. She was the recipient of the Wimpfheimer-Guggenheim award for international exchange in nutrition for this work. At home, Jen connects kids to their food through school gardens. Through all of this, she hopes to somehow turn her black thumb green and no longer be known as ‘the Hosta killer.’
Jen is a best-selling author and speaker who inspires others to merge their talents and passions to truly live their purpose.

Michelle McCullough