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.

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.

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.