An expert in sales leadership and lead generation as well as team-building and effective technology implementation, Ron is highly knowledgeable about EQ in business. As a manager he is committed to an organizational culture of employee respect, development and motivation. Currently he is leading the Big EQ early sponsorship development.
DR. AARON LEVY
Founder and CEO of Emerging Transformational Ventures which specializes in facilitating mergers and acquisitions, business development, and marketing and sales.
Founder and President of The Social-Emotional Learning Alliance of Massachusetts (sel4ma.org), an organization of educators, mental health professions, academics, SEL program developers, parents and business people dedicated to expanding SEL in that state and support from the state legislature. The Alliance has had a measurable impact on doing so over the last few years, including by providing some basic training school officials in how to understand and begin to apply SEL in their schools.
CEO of the outdoor advertising company Mahlmann Media, her philanthropic interests are focused on children’s development.
The former saxophonist and rhythm guitarist for Pink Floyd, Supertramp and Toto, Mr. Page is also a technologist and entrepreneur who is CEO of Ignited Network, a music-accelerator in Los Angeles. He also founded Walt Tucker Productions, an audio/video post-production company that produced projects for The Rolling Stones, Bon Jovi, Janet Jackson, Garth Brooks, Scorpions and others; and he co-founded 7th Level, Inc., an award-winning CD-ROM game and educational software company, and New Media Broadcasting Company. Clients included Will Smith, Monty Python and Toto.
Founder and President of Bilingual Education Services, Inc., and former co-chair of the Los Angeles City Pension Commission. He is a well-known leader in the Latino business community.
WILLIAM PITTS III
Founder and CEO of Napalm Entertainment, which develops game-learning for educators and other games for private company clients. The company also provides technology to small and medium sized businesses and institutions, including mobile app solutions designed to expand outreach and efficiency and cross-platform development and integration on all operating systems from desktops to tablet devices and mobile devices. He is the Big EQ’s chief technology advisor.
Vice President for Communications and Public Affairs for Applied Materials, a world leader in materials engineering and semi-conductors and on the list of Forbes Most Admired World Companies for its ecological and civic footprint. Highly active civically in Silicon Valley, Mr. Pon was formerly Vice President for Programs for The James Irvine Foundation.
Founder and President of 2000-member METAL International, an organization comprised of leaders in the media, entertainment and technology industries. Also, until recently and for many years host of the popular radio show Business Rockstars.
Managing Director of Ryder Communications Group, a strategic marketing and communications firm focused on assisting major advertisers in transforming brand, communications and marketplace presence. The company’s marketing programs encompass all areas of digital, advertising and design. Mr. Ryder is also Founder and Chief Creative Officer of The Right Brain Project, a new enterprise that provides creativity-training programs for organization leaders.
Co-Founder with acclaimed designer Tara Cooke of AdVille.com, the strategic advertising agency that specializes in high impact messages with a witty flair. Adville is donating both online and print advertising for The Big EQ “EQuip Our Kids!” Campaign. David has created advertising for Wendy’s, Toyota, Bausch & Lomb, Hilton Hotels, Diet Coke, Century 21 Real Estate, and many other stellar clients. The author of more than 20 books, David has been published by Random House, Simon & Schuster, St. Martin’s Press, Penguin, Signet and Time Warner International. His written work has been featured in major media including The Late Show, The Today Show, USA Today, Comedy Central, Cosmopolitan, People Magazine and The New York Times.
An American and British TV and film producer and educator, he is president of Film Associates, Inc., and founder of the Starlight Children’s Foundation, a leading multi-national charity now serving 6 million seriously ill children and their families each year. In 1995, Samuelson and Steven Spielberg co-founded Starbright World, the first fully interactive multi-media, online social network, a virtual playground for ill children that still operates internationally, 24 hours a day. In 1999 Peter co-founded www.firststar.org, a national advocacy non-profit representing abused and neglected children and, in 2006, he launched www.edar.org, a non-profit that provides single-user portable housing to our nation’s urban homeless. He was previously president of Splashlife and Chairman of the Executive Committee of Panavision, Inc.
Chief Operating Officer, Unique Business Systems, a software development company.
Founder and Managing Director of San Francisco-based investment banking firm Viant Capital and of the investment fund Viant Green Capital.
One of the world’s foremost experts in Search Engine Optimization and author of the leading text on SEO.
Devoted to projects that advance human awareness, positive societal structures and philanthropy, John and his wife Margo were founding and lead organizing members of Threshold Foundation, Integral Institute, Creative Philanthropy Associates, the Wisdom Beyond Borders Fund at Mediators Foundation, and the Steiner King Foundation. He has been a founding member of, and actively engaged with, the Social Venture Network, Search for Common Ground, Reuniting America, and the Transpartisan Center. In 1999 he co-founded the National Commons to bring multi-stakeholder, collaborative problem solving tools to the national level. He now works closely with the Convergence Center for Public Policy, which forges wise and enduring solutions to key national issues through trust building dialogues of diverse people and organizations leading to action.
KATHERINE WOODWARD THOMAS
A recognized American “thought leader” in the field of developmental psychology and human relations, she is best known for her work with women’s emotional and psychological development during the years spent co-creating the Feminine Power mastery teachings and for her best-sellers Calling in the One and Conscious Uncoupling.
Founder and CEO of Earthstone International, LLC. Earlier he founded and led Natural Nectar Corp, which he sold, and Emerald Forest.
Founder and President of Operation USA, an important international disaster relief and development agency helping communities at home and abroad overcome the effects of disasters, disease, violence and endemic poverty.
Partner at Living Economy Advisors and West Coast manager of StakeHolders Capital, a financial advisory firm. An economist and Certified Financial Planner, he is a member of the California Financial Opportunities Roundtable.
WELLFORD W. WILMS
Co-director of the Institute for Nonviolence in Los Angeles, based at the University of California, Los Angeles. He is also Professor in the UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies. Mr. Wilms works closely with inner city violence programs and is a strong supporter of school SEL programs as violence minimizers.