2019 Speakers

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Jay Schroeder

After a severe motorcycle accident, Jay Schroeder suffered a broken neck and back, and was left paralyzed from the chest down with doctors doubting he’d ever walk again. However, Jay was not only able to train himself to walk again, but also able to travel the world and expand on his Kinesiology background with sports theory and training techniques that have helped him develop unique methods that are revolutionizing what it means to be an athlete, and how to heal from injury. Jay’s career has included physical therapy in a hospital setting, training professional athletes from around the world, and most recently the training staff for the Washington Nationals. Jay will speak on movement, health, and the keys to peak physical performance.


Mastin Kipp

After leaving his executive position in the music industry at age 21, Mastin Kipp began his transformational journey into trauma-based healing. As a best-selling author of books, Daily Love: Growing into Grace and Claim Your Power, an influential voice in the mental health industry, and an Oprah-approved “Soul Leader,” Mastin aims to change the way people think about mental health disorders, and reframe what are deemed to be stationary states to trauma induced stepping stones on a path to healing. In his talk, “United States of Differentiation,” Mastin will discuss what it means to understand and celebrate differences in the context of traumas that inform our opinions and decisions.


Dr. Lorraine Gudas

Dr. Gudas is a powerful voice in the pharmacology and pharmaceutical industry and was the first woman to chair a basic science department at Weill Cornell Medical College of Cornell University. She has now been Chairman and Professor of Pharmacology and Toxicology of the Pharmacology Department at Weill Cornell Medical College for 25 years. She has held positions in several prestigious research organizations, including the American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics, the Board of Directors of the American Association of Cancer Research, the Board of Scientific Counselors of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive Kidney Disorders- part of the National Institutes of Health, the external advisory boards of various cancer centers, and the editorial boards of several scientific journals.
She has also been a member of an FDA Advisory Committee. Her research has included studies of the cancer preventive uses of Vitamin A and related retinoid compounds, therapeutic uses of stem cells, drugs to treat prostate and kidney cancers, and much more.


Shayla Herndon-Edmunds and Shannon Ashford

Shayla Herndon-Edmunds is the Director of Diversity Education at Wake Forest University’s Office of Diversity & Inclusion. She is a self-published author, motivational speaker, and entrepreneur, and holds certifications in English, Business Administration, Life-coaching, emotional intelligence, unconscious bias, and intercultural development. Her work as Director has included various initiatives to raise awareness and scholarship in diversity and inclusion amongst campus faculty as well as broadening diversity education in the Wake Forest community.

Shannon Ashford is the Program Manager for Student Diversity Education at Wake Forest University. Her educational background has scaled a variety of fields, including Journalism and Public Relations, Higher Education Administration and Student Personnel, and Nonprofit Management. At Wake Forest, her work is focused on incorporating diversity and inclusion into workshops and dialogues amongst students and in campus activities and programming.



Mark Lanterman

Mark Lanterman runs his own successful computer forensics company, helping state and national governments with data collection and analysis in crime labs. Additionally, his company aids private clients with solving both disputes and criminal cases.The question now, unfortunately, is not if your information is going to be accessed or stolen, but when. To inform the attendees of current developments in the digital underground as well as provide realistic advice for cyber protection, Mark will be discussing recent high-profile cybercrime events, including website breaches impacting a variety of organizations and sectors. Mark will discuss particularly dangerous types of threats that might affect individuals involving the Dark Web, the Internet of Things, and phishing attacks.   


Jim Otteson

Jim Otteson is a renowned economist and philosopher of economics specializing in political economy and the history of economic thought. His research and publications span multiple fields of economics and have become well read by his peers and the community. Jim’s work s greatly focused upon Adam Smith’s ideas and seventeenth/eighteenth century liberalism. He is now the Presidential Chair for Wake Forest University's Business Ethics and Executive Director of the Eudaimonia Institute at Wake Forest University.


Ben Sutton Jr.

Ben Sutton, Jr. is a well accomplished philanthropist and entrepreneur. A graduate of Wake Forest University and its School of Law, Ben founded and currently serves as Chairman of Teall Capital, which manages a diverse investment portfolio of businesses. Additionally, he was the previous Chairman and CEO of IMG College, the nation’s largest college sports marketing company, which also provides opportunities for tomorrow’s student-athlete leaders. Ben has been recognized as one of the top sports executives in the United States and awarded the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, the Wake Forest University Distinguished Alumni Award, and induction into the North Carolina Sports, National Football Foundation, and NACMA Halls of Fame.

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