John Hall, CEO of Influence & Co.


John Hall is the co-founder and CEO of Influence & Co., a company focused on helping brands and individuals extract and leverage their expertise to create, publish, and distribute content to gain influence, visibility and credibility with their key audiences. In less than four years, Hall has grown Influence & Co. into one of the largest providers of high-quality expert content to the world’s top publications, ranking number 72 on Forbes’ “Most Promising Companies in America” list and named Empact’s “Best Marketing and Advertising Company of 2014” at the United Nations. Influence & Co. was recently mentioned in Inc. as the “#1 Company Dominating Content Marketing."  

Hall was recognized by Forbes as the “#1 Keynote Speaker For Digital Trends” and was also mentioned as one of the “most authentic speakers." Techweek recently listed him as one of the 100 most influential people in tech. Hall has a weekly column for Forbes and Inc. and has contributed to more than 50 publications, including Business InsiderThe Washington Post and Harvard Business Review.

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Alan Mallory, Learn Leadership Right here!


Alan is an international speaker, author and professional development trainer who is passionate about leadership and human performance. He studied engineering at Queen’s University and has worked all over the world as a mechanical engineer and project manager but his true passion is in working with people to reach new heights in the way we think and the actions we take. Alan has always had a keen interest in discovering what drives us to do what we do and how we can use this knowledge to improve our lives and the lives of those around us.

As a keynote speaker and leadership coach, Alan delivers a number of exciting presentations and training programs that are all about embracing and working through challenges as well as exploring the skills and mindsets that allow great leaders and committed teams to achieve breakthrough performance. Alan integrates his many years of innovative leadership experience with captivating mountaineering and adventure stories to create a powerful and unforgettable journey for his audiences.

Alan is also a college professor, avid adventurer and outdoor enthusiast. He enjoys many different activities but his favorite activities are those spent out in the wilderness and those that involve strategy and problem solving. He speaks English and Spanish and loves to travel the world and explore new places.

In the spring of 2008, Alan and his family set a world record as the first family of four to reach the summit of Mt. Everest. It was a two-month expedition through some of the most terrifying and arduous conditions imaginable but to finally reach the end goal was an incredible feeling. Alan offers a number of exciting keynotes and interactive sessions focused on building leadership capacity and strengthening teams by reinforcing the professional development skills that are essential for conquering one’s own Everest, whatever that may be.

Alan’s presentations are a stunning visual and emotional journey that bring the audience along on the amazing venture. They are supported by many of the vivid photos and short video clips captured along the grueling quest to the top. The Mallory family’s story is as exciting as it is terrifying as they fought their way through the many perils that the world’s highest peak had in store for them.

Paul Chappell, Peace Is Possible...

Traveling across the United States and internationally, NAPF Peace Leadership Director Paul K. Chappell lectures on waging peace, ending war, the art of living, what it means to be human. He also teaches workshops and courses on peace leadership. 





Simone Cavanaugh is the founder and Director of Pivot International


Pivot International, a non-profit organization that provides adapted equipment and sustainable access to medical services for children with special needs in developing countries, starting with Nicaragua.

Diagnosed with Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis at the age of six, Simone was in a wheelchair for seven years and has since spent her life working with and advocating for children with special needs around the world. She has been the Arthritis Society’s Childhood Arthritis Spokesperson for over ten years and worked with organizations such as Viomax, MAB-Mackay School and Handicap International. She has also worked for the Government of Ontario and recently completed a human rights internship with the Center for Disability Law and Policy at the National University of Ireland in Galway. In addition to running her organization and full-time studies, Simone is a motivational speaker, Equity Commissioner for McGill University and Coordinator of Women in House, an organization that promotes female participation in Canadian politics.

Simone is a McGill University law student in her final year, completing a Major in International Human Rights and Development. She is the recipient of Canada’s Top 20 Under 20 Award, Forces Avenir’s Étudiante engagée par excellence prize and was named a Loran Scholar, recipient of the largest undergraduate scholarship in Canada.

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