Speakers

Michele Gay Founder, Speaker, Writer, Director Michele Gay is a mother, former teacher, and now one of the founders of Safe and Sound Schools: A Sandy Hook Initiative. After losing her daughter, Josephine Grace, on December 14, 2012, she chose to take action as an advocate for...

Tom Miller President & CEO, Thomas P. Miller & Associates Tom Miller is President and CEO of Thomas P. Miller & Associates (TPMA), a full-service consulting firm that empowers organizations and communities through strategic partnerships and informed solutions to create positive, sustainable change. After spending nearly 30...

Tom James Professor, Rose Hulman Tom James is a Professor of Entrepreneurship at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. His major interests are new product development, manufacturing, and global business ventures. He founded a consulting company related to his expertise in cutting mechanics and a holding company for investing...

Paul Thrift Chief Executive, Thompson Thrift Development As chief executive of Thompson Thrift Development, Paul oversees the development of the company’s asset portfolio and new market opportunities. He founded Thompson Thrift with partner John Thompson in 1986. Under their leadership, the business has grown into the nationally...

Dr. Allison Barber Chancellor, WGU Indiana Dr. Allison Barber is the chancellor of WGU Indiana, the state’s online, competency-based university. She champions college attainment for working Hoosiers who have some college but have not yet earned a degree. WGU Indiana also offers advanced degrees in business, education,...

April Yvette CEO, April Yvette International, LLC April Yvette is a Blogger, Speaker, Youtube Personality, Viral Marketing Strategist, and Breakthrough Coach. After overcoming great odds and challenges early in life, April Yvette achieved extraordinary success in her career. In 2008, April left her corporate marketing job to start...

DeSean Prentice Director of Legal & Finance, Twisted Fry DeSean is the Co-founder of Twisted Fry, Terre Haute’s first mobile food truck. He serves as the companies Director of Legal & Finance. Indiana State University is his alma mater, where he received both his bachelors degree in...

Devyn Mikell Director of Marketing & Operations, Twisted Fry Devyn graduated from Indiana State University with a degree in Operations & Supply Chain Management. While at ISU he competed for the Track & Field team as well. As a Senior in college Devyn co-founded Twisted Fry with...

Kelly Hipskind Serial Entrepreneur & Advisor  This will be a very real, up close look, at the life of a serial entrepreneur who has lost friends, money, confidence, and businesses as well as as some great successes in parallel, especially for someone in late 20's to mid...

Mike Alley Chairman & Owner, Patriot Investments, LLC Mike is chairman and owner of Patriot Investments, LLC, through which he maintains investment interests in multiple early stage companies and real estate investments. He is active on multiple corporate boards including AAA Hoosier Motor Club, Banterra Bank and...