Fellowship Program Faculty


Vanessa Emerson

Founder of Dental Speaker InstituteDental Speakers Bureau, and The Dental Speaker, Vanessa Emerson is recognized as a business strategist and thought leader by clients, prospects, meetings professionals and peers. Her business advisory and marketing services are in high demand.  She frequently mentors dental professionals in event management and strategy.

Vanessa’s JUMPSTART annual conferences attract dental meetings professionals who gather to learn, network and support each other in growing the dental meetings industry.

Honored by Dental Products Report as one of the Top 25 Women in Dentistry (2017), Vanessa is recognized as the ‘go to’ resource for inside-the-industry information that helps meeting planners create better meetings, speakers acquire more bookings, consultants attract and retain clients and ALL to meet their business goals.

She is frequently booked by dental organizations who would like to encourage their members to explore and expand their roles as speakers and consultants in dentistry.

Contact Vanessa:

The Dental Speaker
PO Box 50490
Mesa, AZ 85208
(480) 993-7558 info@TheDentalSpeaker.com www.TheDentalSpeaker.com



Chuck Blakeman

Chuck Blakeman, a successful entrepreneur, best-selling business author and world-renowned business advisor, helps with the business side of dentistry and has presented at various dental conferences across the U.S.

If your audience is faced with the challenge of how to:

    • Get everyone to participate and share in building a great practice
    • Grow faster, increase profits and have exponentially lower turnover
    • Turn employees into Stakeholders and managers into Participation Age Leaders
    • Attract and retain Stakeholders who are all self-motivated and self-managed
    • Make more money in less time and get off the treadmill
  • …then Chuck can help.

He is a convention speaker, writer, and non-profit board member. Recent speaking appearances include Kenya, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, and across the US. 100+ times a year. Recent print and online appearances include Inc. Magazine (regular contributor), Success Magazine, Entrepreneur Magazine, CNNMoney.com, NYTimes.com. He was also cited in Dr. Stephen Covey's book, The 3rd Alternative.

Contact Chuck:

(303) 909-1431

Patricia Fripp

Sara Connell

If you don’t see the book that you’re seeking on the bookshelves or on the pages of Amazon ... It’s because you’re the one to write it.

Sara Connell is a bestselling author and the founder of Thought Leader Academy.
She has been featured on: The Oprah Winfrey Show, Good Morning America, The View, FOX Chicago, NPR, Katie Couric and TEDx. Her writing has appeared in: The New York Times, Forbes, Good Housekeeping, Parenting and The Bangelore Review. Her first book Bringing In Finn was nominated for ELLE magazine Book of the Year.

Sara guides her clients through her signature 5-Step Thought Leader Framework that will establish and expand your presence as an industry leader --- in less than one year. Are you ready to bring your message to the world in a bigger way and FINALLY make the impact you are here to make?

Contact Sara:

Thought Leader Academy
(773) 732-1183


Katherine Eitel Belt

Master speaker, trainer, and coach, Katherine Eitel Belt provides customized coaching programs to hundreds of corporate, small business, healthcare, dental and veterinary teams worldwide.

She is the creator of The Lioness Principle™, a unique leadership communication tool. She also created the Transformational Training and Inspirational Speaker’s Workshops as well as the Lion Camp Leadership Experiences in San Diego, California. Not only do these events sell-out every year, they are considered the premier team retreat for progressive corporate and healthcare teams.

Lastly, Katherine is a mentor to other consultants, trainers, speakers, corporate executives, and managers.

Contact Katherine:

PO Box 423
Aguanga, CA 92536
(800) 595 7060

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Lesley Everett, PSAE, FPSA

Lesley Everett is an international professional speaker and specialist on creating personality, authenticity and differentiation in your professional brand with Personal Branding. She has presented her Walking TALL Methodology in 26 countries across 5 continents to date. She is a published author of 3 books. Her clients across many sectors include Salesforce, Oracle, HSBC, Deloitte, Marriott Hotels and JetBlue as well as various charities and associations.

Lesley has appeared many times on TV on BBC News, Sky Business, CNBC, CNN, CBS and Bloomberg. She is the founder and CEO of Walking TALL Training & Consulting, Inc., and she was awarded the Professional Speaking Award of Excellence in 2010. She is now based in Marina, CA.

Contact Lesley:

Walking TALL
(831) 251-1488

Lesley@Walking TALL.org
www.Walking TALL.org

Patricia Fripp, CSP, CPAE

Companies who want a competitive edge hire Patricia Fripp. She is a Hall of Fame keynote speaker, executive speech coach, sales presentation skills and on-line training expert. When your message must be memorable, your presentation powerful, and your sales successful in-person or online Patricia Fripp can help. Patricia was the National Speakers Association first woman president.* Kiplinger’s Personal Finance* wrote the sixth best way to invest in your success is to learn presentation skills from Patricia Fripp. Meetings and Conventions magazine named her, “One of the ten most electrifying speakers in North America.” Check out her online learning FrippVT.com

Contact Patricia:

San Francisco, CA
(415) 753-6556

Tim Gard, CSP, CPAE

Tim Gard, CSP, CPAE, top motivational speaker, corporate entertainer, and Emcee is known for bringing tears of laughter to audiences worldwide. More than an insightful and funny guy, Tim teaches people to be more resilient and resourceful using their own comedic style. He also coaches businesses on how to enhance productivity through employee enthusiasm by using appropriate workplace humor.

An Internationally recognized authority on stress reduction and conflict resolution, Tim’s easy- to-implement techniques demonstrate ways to diffuse, deal with, and ultimately avoid stressful encounters. Tim does not make light of serious issues; rather, shines a light on previously unseen possibilities to overcome challenging situations.

Contact Tim:

Tim Gard International
(303) 378-4868

Dr. Paul Homoly, CSP

Dr. Paul Homoly, CSP is a world-class leader in dental education. He provides seminars, workshops and consultations on the topics of dental case acceptance, practice development, key opinion leadership, speaking, and practice management. Paul is regarded as one of the top communication coaches, consultants, and speakers in dentistry. He holds the highest earned designation in professional speaking – Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) – from the National Speakers Association.

Contact Paul:

Homoly Communications
Fort Mill Office:
1646 West Hwy 160
Suite 8107
Fort Mill, SC 29708

Buckeye Office:
26561 W. Vista North Drive
Buckeye, Arizona, 85396

(800) 294.9370

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Eleni Kelakos

Presentation and coaching expert, Eleni Kelakos, is passionate about developing human potential through effective sharing. Her company, The Eleni Group, has been in operation since 2003 when Eleni officially hung up her shingle as a presentation skills coach and trainer.

Eleni has since helped hundreds of individuals from CEOs to solo-preneurs overcome limiting beliefs, amp-up Transformational Presence, and create clear, compelling messaging for their business. Eleni’s expertise in presence and presentation is also reflected in her multiple books. The work Eleni does reflects her passionate belief that everyone has talent, ability, and purpose.

Before embarking in her speaking career, Eleni was a nationally touring singer-songwriter and professional actress. During this time, Eleni gained invaluable knowledge pertaining to showing-up, speaking-up, and stepping-up during auditions and performances.

Eleni is passionate about sharing techniques to help people overcome limiting beliefs, amping up transformational presence, and developing clear, compelling messaging. With Eleni’s expert guidance, you will be well on your way towards sharing your message with the world.

Contact Eleni:

The Eleni Group
Ann Arbor, Michigan
(734) 622-0522


Allison Lacoursiere, RDA, OA, CPC, ELI-MP

Innovator Allison Lacoursiere, RDA, OA, CPC, ELI-MP is the creator of the Clear Aligner Systemization methodology. Allison helps dentists and teams streamline efficiencies to increase both patient and practice satisfaction and health.

A native Canadian, Allison moved to Bermuda at the age of 19 to work as a dental assistant and to seek adventure and try something new. She incorporated a system in that practice which generated $80K/ month in clear aligner production.

With over a decade of dental practice experience, Allison is a sought-after mentor and speaker. She helps dental teams improve culture, increase production and grow into their full potential. She is certified through International Professional Excellence in Coaching and is a member of the International Coaches Federation. Allison is a member of Toastmasters International and also has trained with Dale Carnegie Speaking Institution. She is a Certified Transformational Trainer through LionSpeak.

Allison is passionate about fitness and wellness. She is an active team member and competitor on the Bermuda National Beach Volleyball Team. Allison is also a certified personal trainer and yoga instructor. Her passion lies in empowering individuals to achieve their ultimate potential and life satisfaction.

Patrick McGowan

Patrick is the Founder of Punch’n™, The Video Presence Company. He works with consultants, coaches, speakers, and professionals of all types who want to punch up their video engagements & maximize their impact over video.

With over 25 years of experience in sales, marketing, business development, & innovation – combined with a keen eye for what works & doesn’t work on camera – he shows people how leveling up their video presence can lead to increased engagement & connection with their prospects, clients, teams, & audience.

After working with him, people report having more confidence, more engagement, more energy, and more impact over video.

His book, The Punch’n Approach™, is scheduled to be released mid-2021.

Contact Patrick:


Holly Anne Mitchell

To Lead Well is to Live Well

Holly Anne Mitchell is a powerhouse speaker with a powerful story:  from actress, to homeless, to dental C-suite, leading her own practice on New York’s Upper West Side to Inc. 5000’s list of America’s fastest growing companies for five years in a row.  As a trainer and facilitator in leadership development and culture transformation, her expertise in hypnosis and neurolinguistic programming make her a leader in organizational change.  Holly has successfully coached over 40 practices nationwide from GP startups to specialty groups to multi-specialty DSOs.  Holly’s personal mission is to train 10,000 compassionate leaders to transform stress into peak performance.

Contact Holly:

The LeadWell Network
Brooklyn, New York
(917) 232-1660


Dr. Angela Mulrooney

How can a dentist and professional dancer help you hone your speaking presentation and business skills? Plenty! Dr. Angela Mulrooney understands the world that you, your audience, and consulting clients live in. She also understands how to leverage social media tools such as Instagram and LinkedIn to maximize exposure and position you as the leader in your field. As a champion dancer, she helps you bring polish and poise to your social media presence. Angela brings educational opportunities customized for you - the dental speaker - on these topics and more. You’ve seen her present and perform on our JUMPSTART2020 platform. Now you can learn her secrets and the steps to growing your presence both online and onstage.

Contact Angela:

Calgary, AB
(888) 975-3267


Victoria Peterson

Victoria balances entrepreneurship with Spirituality in her latest program "Sacred Commerce" based on her work to obtain a Doctorate in Spirituality.

As cofounder and CEO of Productive Dentist Academy she has received the 2013 Silver Stevie Female Entrepreneur of the Year, and been listed 4x in INC5000 list of fastest growing privately held businesses.

Speaker, Author and Publisher of two books “FUNdamentals of Outstanding Dental Teams” and “Frustration: The Breakfast of Champions”, Victoria seeks to help individuals understand how they contribute to the common good of their team and the world.

Victoria also serves the dental meetings community through her role as "Culture Champion" of Dental Speaker Institute/JUMPSTART.

Contact Victoria:

Productive Dentist Academy
Anacortes, WA
(360) 770-3077 cell

(800) 757-6077 main

Minal Sampat, BA, RDH

As a business owner, entrepreneur, dental hygienist, and a Guinness World Record recipient, Minal Sampat is viewed as an invaluable go-to resource for all things marketing. Her insightful yet approachable speaking nature and social media expertise has allowed her to develop a trusted rapport with both clients and fellow colleagues within the dental niche. Minal trains business owners, consultants, doctors, and team members to become marketing gurus and get results in today’s ever-changing world. She also provides seminars, presentations, workshops, and keynotes on marketing topics.

Contact Minal:

(732) 501-0955

Katrina Sanders, RDH, BSDH, M.Ed., RF

A clinical dental hygienist, author and international speaker, Katrina is a vibrant, passionate and charismatic award-winning educator with a unique approach to delivering continuing dental education. A keynote speaker for Smiles At Sea and a distinguished speaker with many dental hygiene study clubs, Katrina’s lectures incorporate a caring, comedic and supportive style. She is passionate about educating, empowering and instilling compassion within the dental hygiene industry. Katrina’s zest for dental hygiene is infused throughout her content as she lectures on provocative topics while leaving participants with a call to action and an abundantly renewed sense of pride for their industry.

Katrina is the founder and keynote speaker for Sanders Board Preparatory, a comprehensive program designed to supplement student learning and enhance understanding of concepts, terminology and procedures commonly discussed in preparation for the National Board Dental Hygiene Examination.d

Katrina is a member of Dental Speakers Bureau, She is also on the advisory board and is a columnist for ModernHygienist.com, and is a writer for Dentaltown Magazine and Today’s Hygienist.

Contact Katrina:

The Dental WINEgenist
Phoenix, AZ
(612) 345-1150

Margy Schaller

Margy works with speakers who want more bookings and to make their message stick. As an international speaker, she shares her proven formula to create and present inspired content. In fact, she wrote the book, Formulate A Winning Presentation. As a result of her work, people often share that they have more clarity of thought, more confidence in their material, and more impact with their audience members.

Contact Margy:

Laser Pointer Presentations
32315 NE 112th Street

Carnation, WA 98014
(619) 994-0293


Barb Stackhouse, RDH, M.Ed

For the last 14 years, Barb Stackhouse has helped over 400 dentists add thousands in revenue to their practice every month and boost profits by 5-10%. She’s an expert at cutting back expenses and increasing profit margins without compromising patient care. Her clients keep more money in their pockets, allowing them to finally fulfill their dreams for themselves and their families. Her extensive background in the dental industry gives her an advantage and deep understanding about the ins and outs of running a profitable, highly successful dental practice.

Contact Barb:

More to Life /
Profit First for Dentists
Nashville, TN
Barb@MoreToLife.Dental www.MoreToLife.Dental

Dr. Dave Striegel

Dr. Dave Striegel’s unique background, with a Ph.D. in sport psychology, coupled with his highly engaging, no-nonsense communication style have led to over 25 years of success as a performance coach, consultant and speaker. He works with professional and elite amateur athletes, Fortune 500 executives, business owners, doctors, top educators and law enforcement specialists. A sampling of his client list includes executives from Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley, Smith Barney, athletes on the PGA, LPGA, ATP & WTA Tours, MLB, NBA, NFL, NHL and US Ski Team as well as members of FBI Hostage Rescue Teams and the military's Special Forces.

While the concepts and principles Dr. Dave teaches apply to anyone wishing to improve their performance, he specializes in helping highly motivated, highly focused professionals learn to thrive under the pressure that accompanies pursuing greatness in their chosen field.

In his work coaching corporate executives and business owners, Dr. Dave's gift is his ability to filter the noise we all hear constantly in our personal and professional lives that keeps us from pursuing excellence. He transfers the critical meaning and lessons from his work with high level performers into terms that anyone wanting to enhance performance will remember and be able to apply immediately in their lives.

Contact Dave:

Striegel Performance Coaching
San Diego, CA
(760) 715-9427


Dez Thornton

A lot of people would rather take a beating than get up and speak in front of a group. But with a speaking coach like Dez, before you know it … you’ve chiseled out a tight outline, told a great story, had a few belly laughs and realized you’ve got the audience eating out of the palm of your hand.

Professionally trained at the University of South Carolina and Dale Carnegie, he is a past president of the Georgia Chapter of the National Speakers Association and the winner of Speak Tank, a speaking competition hosted by the NSA. He has been a speech coach for TEDx Peachtree, coached hundreds of professionals and corporate clients, and even taught a public speaking class for 7 years at a federal prison.

At the tender age of nine, Dez forgot his lines in a church play but he never forgot the embarrassment and humiliation that followed. Since then, he’s dedicated himself to learning and teaching the art of speaking and helping thought leaders say the right words in the right way when they matter most.

Contact Dez:

(757) 537-3678