Main Speakers



Simon Sinek

Simon Sinek is an unshakable optimist. He believes in a bright future and our ability to build it together. Described as “a visionary thinker with a rare intellect,” Sinek teaches leaders and organizations how to inspire people. With a bold goal to help build a world in which the vast majority of people go home every day feeling fulfilled by their work, Sinek is leading a movement to inspire people to do the things that inspire them. A trained ethnographer, he is the author of two books: the global best seller, Start With Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action and his newest book, the New York Times and Wall Street Journal best seller, Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don’t.


Priscilla Shirer

Priscilla Shirer is a wife and a mom first.  But put a Bible in her hand and a message in her heart and you’ll see why thousands flock to her conferences and dive into her Bible study series’ each year. A graduate of Dallas Theological Seminary, Priscilla holds a Master’s degree in Biblical Studies and loves nothing more than to serve her sisters in Christ through the teaching of God’s Word.  She considers it a privilege to serve believers from every denomination and culture by helping them to know the truths of Scripture intellectually and by encouraging them to experience these truths practically by the power of the Holy Spirit.Priscilla has authored 10 video driven studies on a myriad of Biblical characters and topics including Jonah, Gideon, the Exodus, discerning God’s voice and the latest study, The Armor of God. Priscilla has published numerous books including Discerning the Voice of God, God is Able, the New York Times Bestseller The Resolution for Women and Fervent: A Woman’s Battle Plan for Serious, Specific and Strategic Prayer.



Nicky Gumbel

Nicky Gumbel is Vicar of Holy Trinity Brompton (HTB), a Church of England church in central London with 10 Sunday services on four sites with a regular attendance of around 4,500 people – most aged between 18 and 35. He is the pioneer of the Alpha course, a 15-session introduction to the Christian faith now running all over the world. Since 1993, more than 29 million people have completed the Alpha course in 169 countries around the world. It has been supported by the Roman Catholic Church where senior archbishops and bishops recommend it to their clergy. It is now also growing in Orthodox churches in Russia, Greece and North Africa. Nicky Gumbel has written a number of best selling books. Questions of Life - the Alpha course in book form - has sold more than a million copies worldwide. The booklet Why Jesus? and its sister publication Why Christmas? have sold more than four million copies. 


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Jean Vanier (by video)

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John Gray

“Preach Christ. He is the hope of the world.” That is the statement and life’s calling of John W. Gray III. John uses all the gifts God has given him to reach people with hope, healing, forgiveness and freedom found in Jesus Christ. From directing, producing or co-producing award winning films, releasing two musical albums, a comedy DVD and appearing on hit T.V. shows “Sister, Sister” and “Tyler Perry’s The House of Payne”, John is determined to show that you can use every gift God has given you to build the Kingdom of God and bless people. John currently serves as an Associate Pastor at Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas under the leadership of Pastor Joel Osteen. Wherever God takes John here and into the future, he is determined to serve with passion, humility and power.


Seminar Speakers



Jonathan Reckford

As Habitat for Humanity International’s chief executive officer since 2005, Jonathan T.M. Reckford marshals his vision, leadership and passion for service to guide our global nonprofit in a rapidly changing world. With a start on Wall Street, Reckford went on to hold executive and managerial positions at Goldman Sachs, Marriott, the Walt Disney Co. and Best Buy. As a student at Stanford Graduate School of Business, Reckford was awarded the Henry Luce Scholarship for Young American Leaders and traveled to South Korea to work with the Seoul Olympic Organizing Committee. Reckford was serving as executive pastor of a 4,300-member church in Edina, Minn., when he received a call about the leadership position at Habitat. Reckford holds degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Stanford Graduate School of Business, where he serves on the board. He also sits on the boards of InterAction, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta and Duke Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Urban Steering Committee for the World Economic Forum.



Dr. Ned Hallowell

Edward (Ned) Hallowell, M.D., is a child and adult psychiatrist, NY Times bestselling author, world-renowned speaker and leading authority in the field of ADHD. He was a faculty member at Harvard Medical School from 1983 to 2004, graduated from Harvard College and Tulane School of Medicine, and is the founder of The Hallowell Centers for Cognitive and Emotional Health in Boston MetroWest, New York City, San Francisco and Seattle. These Centers offer comprehensive mental health diagnostic and treatment services to patients and their families. He is the host of “Distraction,” a weekly podcast series that offers insights, strategies and tactics for managing life’s distractions. He has authored twenty books on various psychological topics, including attention deficit disorder, the power of the human connection, the childhood roots of happiness in life, forgiveness, dealing with worry, and managing excessive busyness. Dr. Hallowell’s most recent book, Driven to Distraction at Work was published by Harvard Business Review Press in January 2015. Dr. Hallowell is a highly recognized public figure and has appeared on every major TV show including Oprah, Dr. Oz, Good Morning America; Today; Dr. Phil; 60 Minutes and CNN and interviewed for The New York Times, Newsweek, Time and many other leading publications. 



Mark Batterson

Mark Batterson serves as lead pastor of National Community Church in Washington, DC.  One church with eight locations.  NCC is focused on reaching emerging generations and meets in theaters throughout the DC metro area.  NCC also owns and operates the largest coffeehouse on Capitol Hill.  Mark holds a Doctor of Ministry degree from Regent University and is the New York Times bestselling author of 11 books, including The Circle Maker, In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day, Wild Goose Chase and the two most recent, The Grave Robber and Jack Staples and the Ring of Time.  Mark is married to Lora and they live on Capitol Hill with their three children: Parker, Summer, and Josiah.






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