Speaker Showcase

SUNDAY, February 26, 2023

2 PM TO 6 PM
Arrive by 1:45pm as the program starts at 2pm! 

On Site at the Dallas Holocaust & Human Rights Museum

300 N Houston St, Dallas TX 


Free Registration * Free Parking ONLY in the Museum parking garage * Free entrance to the Museum

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15 Speakers at varying skill levels from Hall of Fame (CPAE), Certified Speaking Professional (CSP), to experience corporate speakers and entry level speakers. 

Scroll down to see all the speakers participating in the Showcase (Listed in Alphabetical order)

Rafael Ayala

Rafael Ayala is a people development expert specializing in Hispanics' effectiveness. • Certified business and life coach and facilitator of “The 7 habits of the highly effective people”. • He has two Emmy nominations for his TV segment for Hispanics with appearances at Univision, Fox, CNN, among other international broadcast stations. • A TEDx Speaker, author of four books, and bicultural expert on Hispanics’ talent, life quality, and performance improvement. • Since 1994 he has helped leaders from the front line to C suite executives to increase their teams’ effectiveness in 16 countries in Europe, Latin America, and the United States. • He was awarded “Speaker of the Year” by the Latin America quality institute

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Chris Bianez, CSP

Chris is an in-demand safety expert and motivational speaker who is uniquely qualified with over 25 years law enforcement experience, specialized training, and safety certifications. Meeting planners can relax knowing that Chris, as a Certified Speaking Professional, has a proven track record and has delivered thousands of programs to corporations, associations, schools, and places of worship on a variety of safety and motivational topics.

Chris delights audiences of all ages with content-rich, research-based programs, generously sprinkled with humor to have them laughing while they learn. Audience members are engaged with real-life stories, behind-the-badge, law-enforcement insights, which expand their understanding and empowers them with immediate actionable safety takeaways.

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Al Comeaux

Al Comeaux is a global authority on change from the inside-out, having led vast changes inside numerous companies, including an IPO, a hostile takeover, a leveraged buyout, three CEO transitions and two major startups.

After a failed change in the 90s, he set out to learn why some organizations’ change efforts succeed, while most fail. This experience and insight make him one of the world’s leading experts on what leaders must think and do to succeed at change, and it’s why his book, “Change (the) Management,” has been ranked a top-five book on leadership and change for three years running.

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JJ Conway 

Lieutenant Colonel (retired) JJ Conway returned from a 6-month military trip to discover her house sold, stuff thrown out, and $845,000 in divorce debt run up in her name! She had to learn how to make money work for her quickly and ethically. JJ founded the Building Wealth Together Real Estate Investment Group in Alexandria VA, has a blog on BiggerPockets.com, and hosts the Building Wealth Together podcast. JJ will show you how to dump debt, build wealth, and leave a legacy with the same personal growth and financial management skills that worked for her!

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Scott Cooksey

Throughout his career, Scott Cooksey has worked with leaders across North America, the Caribbean, Australia, and the Middle East- delivering workshops, keynotes, and executive coaching sessions.
Whether in-person or as a live-virtual presenter, Cooksey offers thoughtful perspectives to audiences in a conversational style often leaving them with practical, easy-to-implement concepts designed to get them In Position To Win.
His experience helping business professionals unleash Breakaway Success includes working with teams in finance, manufacturing, energy/oil & gas, aerospace, electronics, software as a service and organizations just like yours.

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Charles Heasley 

Charles Heasley is the President of J&C Leadership Consulting, a group that specializes in equipping employees, and leaders at all levels, to confidently and effectively communicate during challenging interactions. Previously, Charles served his local community as a police sergeant, where he developed expertise in mental health, de-escalation, and leadership. Charles earned a Master’s degree in Executive Leadership from Liberty University and is the co-host of the LeaderLink Podcast – a show that connects everyday leaders to leaders and leadership principles from all sectors. Charles is a husband, cat dad, classically trained guitarist, and high-handicap golfer.

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Doug Houser

Doug Houser has a motto he lives by:  never give up. 


He started earning money by selling pecans when he was six years old. By the time he was 12, he had a paper route in addition to working grocery stores and a bowling alley. When his dream of becoming a major league baseball catcher ended, he challenged himself to overcome shyness and knock on doors until he became the highest-grossing divisional book salesman of his time for the Southwestern Company. After that he started, developed, and eventually sold multiple other companies. His career had its ups and downs, including a bankruptcy. Yet, despite setbacks he never gave up.

Today he is a sought after speaker who offers his experience and perspective on managing a career, and most of all, a life. 

Dr. Karen Jacobson

Dr. Karen Jacobson, founder of Aligned Leadership Academy is a former Israeli military commander and competitive Ballroom Dancer. An expert in neuroscience and human potential, who stepped away from her Chiropractic practice to pursue her passion of working with organizations providing them a competitive edge by developing their leaders and High-Performance teams. Dr. Jacobson is the author of Power Conversations offering tips and strategies that cover both verbal and nonverbal skills, building your foundation for successful relationships. A dynamic speaker who will leave energized and armed with an “arsenal” of new skill sets and tools to provide lasting transformation.

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Steve A Klein

Before becoming a 3rd degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do, Steve A Klein was a seven-time #1 salesperson nationally and Internationally out of a sales force of 5,000, which inspired his book, “Sell When You See The Whites of Their Eyes!”

He’s also interviewed over 600 CEOs about Relentless Leadership on his “PlayMakers Talk Show.” Steve gives back by working with kids in the AVID program in order to develop their Relentless Leadership skills.

He’s survived: 6 broken bones a plane crash a negative net worth of a quarter of a million dollars …and he’s survived over 30,000 sales presentations.

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Caytie Langford

Caytie Langford is the Founder of Bold Women Society™, a company focused on helping women bust through the status quo. In her role, Caytie serves as a public speaker and consultant. As a former nonprofit executive, Caytie pivoted to coaching over 300 executive women to help them achieve their personal and professional goals. Today you can find her featured at conferences, meetings, and workshops. Her talks focus on building confidence, overcoming perfectionism, and leveraging your network. She has been honored to speak at TEDxSMUWomen, Capital One, Fidelity, Fossil Corporation, Mary Kay, Women’s Business Enterprise National Council and many more.

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Lisa W. Miller

LISA W. MILLER has spent the last three decades translating consumer data into well-integrated, actionable insights that unlock profitable sales and business growth. Prior to starting her marketing, strategy, and innovation practice, she held leadership roles as  Vice President Innovation at Brinker International and Vice President Insights at Frito Lay/PepsiCo. 

Lisa’s 'Journey Back to Joy' groundbreaking research from over 55,000 consumer interviews as has been featured nationally in over 200 media interviews including NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt, Fox News, the Wall Street Journal, and Nation’s Restaurant News. Her new book, The Business of Joy launched as Amazon’s top new seller in Consumer Behavior and in Hospitality. 

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Jim Pancero, CSP, CPAE

Jim Pancero, CSP, CPAE Hall of Fame – Dallas, TX – We know you’re good, now the only question is if you’re ready to get even better? For over forty-yeas, Jim has been helping sales teams, and their leadership, increase their selling skills and competitive advantage through the application of simple, easy to follow, selling steps and processes. Jim specializes in distribution and equipment manufacturing industries and has been a senior member of the University of Innovative Distribution faculty for the last 15 years. Follow Jim’s three videos a week LinkedIn postings. 

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Loka Pandya

Loka Pandya is on a mission to inspire the joy that each and every person has within them. Over the last 20 years he has pulled knowledge from attending over 40+ spiritual, healing, and self development retreats and invested over $250,000 seeking the key to joy which he has finally found. Now he wants everyone he comes into contact with can feel as joyous as he does.


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Linda Swindling, JD, CSP

Negotiation speaker, author and expert Linda Swindling, JD, CSP, helps leaders negotiate everything from big deals to workplace drama using proven strategies that drive results without driving others away.

Linda helps leaders enhance business relationships; improve sales opportunities; communicate more effectively so they are heard and understood; and to have the courage and confidence to ask outrageously to get what they really want.

Linda learned first-hand how to negotiate results from her experiences in the courtroom and the boardroom. During her 10 years practicing law, Linda became a partner, had several successes negotiating multimillion-dollar deals, and resolved cases that “couldn’t be settled.” She also became a respected mediator in the Texas legal community. In addition to earning her law degree, Linda received advanced negotiation training through the Attorney-Mediators Institute, Harvard/MIT’s Program on Negotiation, and The University of Houston’s A.A. White Dispute Resolution Center. Linda also spent five years with Vistage, the world’s largest CEO development organization. During her role as a Chair at Vistage, she advised and coached CEOs and key executives both in one-to-one settings and in peer groups.

Linda is an engaging keynote speaker and facilitator who delivers take-home strategies which work in the real work environment. Her material is innovative, based on original research and more than 20 years of experience. You won’t hear anecdotal or intangible theories based on books she read. Instead, you get strategies that produce breakthrough outcomes and lasting results.

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Jake Thompson 

Jake Thompson is an author, speaker, and the Chief Encouragement Officer at Compete Every Day, a brand he started in 2011 by first selling t-shirts out of the trunk of his car.

He works with organizations all over the world as a performance coach, teaching how they can cultivate the focus, habits, and culture to gain a competitive edge in their industry and personal lives.

It’s through his decade-plus entrepreneurial experience and research that he’s discovered how leaders who harness a Competitor's Mindset can improve their consistency, influence, & impact. He lives in Dallas/Fort Worth with his wife, Elena, and their three dogs, Sugar, Biscuit & Donut.

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