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  • Karen J. HardwickHOST OF SAVING YOU A SEAT - AUTHOR OF THE CONNECTED LEADER: 7 STRATEGIES TO EMPOWER YOUR TRUE SELF AND INSPIRE OTHERSExecutive CoachLeadership ConsultantSpeaker

    Karen is a psychotherapist turned leadership consultant with a Masters of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary.

    Blending psychology and spirituality with leadership, she transforms the lives of countless Fortune 1000 leaders at work and home. Her book, The Connected Leader, shows us humans how to grow emotionally and spiritually using her 7 Strategies of Connection to become our best selves as parents, spouses, and leaders at work.

    In the book, Karen shares that there is a human being crisis and that “connection” is the antidote. And yet, while we are wired to connect, most leaders do not know how to connect in healthy, sustainable, empowering, inspiring ways. Between self-discovery (connecting with ourselves in transformative ways) first and then with others, Karen shares seven key strategies for individuals, teams, and organizations who want to lead in resilient, authentic ways, channel the power of connection, and enhance their business metrics.

    “Being a Connected Leader transforms loved ones into soul mates, families into havens, groups into cohesive teams, and workplaces into gateways that usher us and those we serve into possibility.”

    —Karen Hardwick


  • Patrick Colletti is a leadership and organizational culture expert, business growth advisor, champion for “refounders” and author of the book Refounder. He draws on his experience as a technology executive, scaling new and existing ventures, and a passion for creating amazing cultures. His growth-oriented guidance challenges social and cultural norms, both in the workplace and in the community. Patrick is passionate about creating flourishing organizations and empowering the next Refounders — generational leaders and entrepreneurs who revitalize the places where they live, work and play.

    Serving as the President of Net Health for over two decades, Colletti and his partners took an organization on the brink of bankruptcy and transformed it, turning it into a thriving healthcare business serving millions of people each year. Net Health solutions are used in over 20,000 facilities, including 98% of the country’s largest healthcare systems. What’s more, their award-winning culture has made them a mainstay on lists ranking the best place to work.

    An experienced board director and advisor for angel, VC, and PE-backed organizations, Colletti is a frequent speaker, selective consultant, and redemptive investor. He teaches corporate and community leaders how to take a hard look at what’s broken, imagine new possibilities, and work toward creating better realities. This is the work of a Refounder.

    He is the recipient of the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award and lives in Pittsburgh with his wife, Jennifer, and sons, Hudson and Andrew.

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  • Dr. Tim Vidale is the CEO of Momentous Sports Medicine and the former Physical Therapist and Assistant Rehab Coordinator for the Minnesota Twins. He is a graduate of Florida A&M University where he was a hurdler and decathlete on the track and field team. Dr. Vidale went on to attain his Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Rutgers University. Following graduation, Dr. Vidale relocated to Washington, D.C. where he earned his MBA from George Washington University. He attained the FAAOMPT distinction through the Institute for Athlete Regeneration. Prior to that he operated a sports Physical Therapy clinic in Washington, DC, while also serving as an Assistant Professor in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at Howard University. He was the Head Physical Therapist for the DC Slayers and DC Furies Rugby clubs from 2012-2016 and served Team USA as a Physical Therapist at the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto, Canada with the United States Olympic Committee. He also currently serves as the Physical Therapist for USA Softball National team. Dr. Vidale is a published author, with publications in internationally distributed textbooks and scholarly journals and is also a content reviewer for the International Journal of Sports Physical Therapy. Dr. Vidale is trained in Functional Dry Needling and is well versed in treating sports and orthopedic injuries. He sits on the State Board of Physical Therapy for Washington, DC, and currently serves as on the Nominating Committee for the American Academy of Sports Physical Therapy. Dr. Vidale is also the chairman of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee and serves on the Practice Committee in the AASPT, and is also involved in the American Physical Therapy Association, American College of Sports Medicine and the Private Practice Section. He resides in Washington, DC with his wife, Jeanna and daughters, Taryn and Sage.

  • CARSON TATE is the founder and managing partner of Working Simply, Inc., a business consulting firm that partners with organizations, business leaders and employees to enhance workplace productivity, foster employee engagement, and build personal and professional legacies. Working Simply has served leading global brands, including AbbVie, Delta Airlines, Deloitte, FedEx, Wells Fargo, Chick-fil-A, and Lowe’s.

    She is the author of the best-selling book Own It. Love It. Make It Work. Carson’s views have been included in top-tier media including Bloomberg Businessweek, Business Insider, CBS Money Watch, Fast Company, Forbes, Harvard Business Review blog, The New York Times, USA Today, Working Mother and more.

    She is also the creator of the Productivity Style Assessment®, a productivity assessment featured in Harvard Business Review’s 2017 Guide to Being More Productive.

  • Jonathan is the co-founder and CCO of Motusi Corporation, a Portland Oregon based full-stack AI digital health company that is bringing the biomechanics lab to the field to inform the future of movement science. He is also the owner of Village Physical Therapy, which is the on-site provider for PT services at Adidas North America HQ. He graduated from Boston College in 2001 and from Pacific University in 2013 with his DPT. His long experience in strength and conditioning has allowed him the opportunity to work with some of our nation's top athletic talents associated with brands such as Nike and Adidas. Beyond the clinic and gym, he has spent the past two years developing a wearable technology and digital platform for on-body motion capture anywhere anytime and comprehensive of full body kinetics and kinematics. In his free time, he enjoys running in the mountains, having a beer with his wife Lindsay, and exploring with his kids, Julia and Bauer, on bikes, hikes and adventures.

  • Andy is an engineer by trade and a creative by nature. He spent 22 years with the Boeing Company, where he always felt more like a life coach than a boss. In 2002, he began his journey into entrepreneurship within a Corporation when he was asked to develop an Airspace Design Consulting business from scratch that would serve the global government market. Andy has a Bachelor’s Degree from Georgia Tech in Electrical Engineering and a Master’s Degree in Computer Information Systems from Georgia State. Naturally, his aviation work took him around the world and enabled him to work on high-profile projects - such as preparing the Beijing and Sochi Airports for their respective Olympic Games.

  • Rich Diviney is a bestselling author, leadership & human performance expert, and retired Navy SEAL commander. Since leaving the military, Rich has worked as a speaker, facilitator, and consultant with the Chapman & Co. Leadership Institute, Simon Sinek Inc., and is now founder and CEO of The Attributes Inc. Currently, Rich speaks and consults on leadership, high performing teams, assessment & selection, and optimal performance. He has worked with thousands of businesses, athletic, and military leaders from organizations such as American Airlines, Meijer Inc., the San Francisco 49ers, Pegasystems, Zoom, and Deloitte.

    In January 2021, Rich released his first book. The Attributes. 25 Hidden Drivers of Optimal Performance. (https://theattributes.com/)

  • Kristen Wilson, PT, DPT, GCS believes being a physical therapist is a gift. She graduated from Ithaca College, and after 8 years working in an inpatient rehab hospital, she became private practice co-owner of Action Potential Physical Therapy with two locations in Glen Mills and Kennett Square, Pennsylvania. In addition to running her private practice, she is adjunct faculty in the Doctorate of Physical Therapy program at Neumann University, and serves as Editor of Impact magazine, the publication for the Private Practice Section. In addition to her Editor role, Kristen participates in the PPS Peer2Peer program and served on the COVID Advisory task force. Kristen remains active in her community by giving free lectures on health-related topics and hosting community events to promote the profession of physical therapy. Kristen is married to a physical therapist with whom she shares three active boys. She enjoys outdoor activities, dancing, music, cooking, and rarely loses a scrabble match.

  • Drew Contreras PT, DPT, SCS, CMTPT received his Master of Physical Therapy from Gannon University in 1998 and his post-Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2008. He is an APTA board certified Sports Clinical Specialist since 2003. His professional interests are sports medicine; tactical athletes; manual therapy; blood flow restriction; bio-technology; musculoskeletal injury prevention, diagnosis and rehabilitation as well as human performance optimization.

    Serving over 20 years on active duty as a career military officer and practicing physical therapist within the US Army & Department of Defense, Drew has served in a number of settings and military units throughout his career before his retirement in 2020. He spent his early career at Ft Benning, GA and then moved on to Ft Bragg, NC. He served in various roles within fixed medical facilities as well as with airborne and special operations units. His skills were put to work extensively in 2006-2007 during a 15 month continuous deployment during Operation Iraqi Freedom where he was the first physical therapist to serve in sustained combat operations with the 82nd Airborne Division. After returning Drew moved to Washington DC to work at the Pentagon Health Clinic where he served as the Director of Wellness and Physical Therapy. During this time he served as a consultant to the White House Medical Unit and was then chosen as a by name selection by President Obama to serve as the first ever full time physical therapist at the White House. There he served as the Physical Therapist to the White House Medical Unit and President of the United States Barack Obama from 2010 until the end of the administration in 2017. He finished his career returning to Ft Bragg to serve as the Chief of Physical Performance Service Line of the largest PT services in the DOD and the senior PT on Ft Bragg where he also assisted with the initial implementation and fielding of the US Army Holistic Health and Fitness program.

    After retiring from the US Army, he returned to Washington DC and established a concierge PT and consulting practice. In 2021, he was asked to come back in a consulting and civilian advisory capacity to the White House Medical Unit, where he currently serves as the Physical Therapist to President Joe Biden. He continues to present various topics, techniques and concepts at various CEU opportunities across multiple platforms.

  • ACCESS PT is a 100% physical therapist-owned company. Their one-on-one, two patients per hour model empowers their therapists and staff to deliver both an incredible patient experience and successful outcomes.

    Their managed service division, headed by Stephen Albanese, co-CEO, is an important area for growth for ACCESS PT. The goal is to have management service contracts to provide the professional staffing and management services for hospitals, nursing homes, and home care agencies. Having Access therapists working across the continuum of care through in-patient, sub-acute, home care, and outpatient can foster increased communication as well as help move patients efficiently through each stage of care.

    Since opening, Access has expanded to more than 50 locations on the east coast, with clinics in New York, North Carolina, Connecticut and Pennsylvania. Access Physical Therapy & Wellness has become the premier physical therapy practice in the Hudson Valley and continues to expand to provide more convenient locations to better serve their growing number of patients.

    Stephen Albanese, PT, DPT is a founding partner of Access Physical Therapy & Wellness, a rehab organization with over 50 centers across 4 states which he co-founded with his wife, brother and sister-in-law. His main areas of focus lie in strategy, marketing and business management. He earned his degree in physical therapy from Quinnipiac University summa cum laude.

    After graduating from Quinnipiac, Steve began his physical therapy career as a staff physical therapist at Horton Hospital Outpatient Rehabilitation. He progressed to Senior Physical Therapist at Advantage PM&R before founding Access Physical Therapy & Wellness in 2003. In his time serving the community, he has become a valued member and contributor for committees and various board of directors serving area health care facilities. He is a past Bon Secours Charity Health System Board Member; Quality Committee Chair and currently serves as an Evercare Board Member.

    Stephen works to ensure that physical therapists and his organization remain extremely relevant in the healthcare markets they serve. He has been a speaker at APTA PPS Business Management (2015-2018), APTA (2018), and Hospital for Special Surgery Owner’s Forum (2016). Stephen is the YPO Healthcare Industry Network North East Board Champion and YPO Greenwich Chapter Forum Officer.

    Christopher Albanese, PT, MS is a founding partner of Access Physical Therapy & Wellness, a rehab organization with over 50 centers across 4 states which he co-founded with his wife, brother and sister-in-law. He is a metrics-driven entrepreneur, analyzing clinical, cultural, operational and financial data. His main areas of focus lie in Strategy, Finance, Legal, IT and Talent Acquisition. He is passionate about developing leaders that can prosper in this challenging health care environment and private practice therapy. He earned his degree in Physical Therapy graduating from Springfield College summa cum laude.

    As an avid reader and lifelong learner, he has been an active member of Vistage International since 2008. He inspires other therapists and practice owners to grow personally and professionally through his speaking engagements. He has been a speaker at APTA PPS Business Management (2015-2017), APTA CSM on Business Management (2018) and is a DPT guest lecturer at Dominican College. Christopher and his wife, Janet, were the 2018 co-recipients of Springfield College’s Trudy Lamb Award for their work with the APTA and their leadership efforts in the Private Practice Section of the APTA.

    As an avid outdoorsman and active member of his community, Christopher enjoys spending time with his wife and three children. He is an Eagle Scout and Assistant Scout Master.

    Steve and Chris have most recently joined the Hudson Valley Economic Development Corp’s Advisory Board of Directors.

  • Dr. Rob Fazio is a licensed psychologist with expertise in teaching people how to grow before, during, and after trauma, crises, or loss, and how to simplify success to move forward quickly. An executive advisor, sport psychologist, crisis consultant, keynote speaker, and nonprofit leader, Dr. Fazio partners with senior executives, athletes, and individuals to remove roadblocks and perform at an elite level. He is the Managing Partner at OnPoint Advising—which specializes in global leadership and organizational success—as well as the founder and President of a 9/11 inspired nonprofit organization, Hold the Door For Others whose mission is to empower people to grow through any type of loss and adversity.

    Based on his experiences in sport psychology and executive development, Dr. Fazio teaches clients how to remove barriers to function at optimal levels. He has worked with executive teams and coached executives throughout organizations including the C-Suite, surgeons, and emerging leaders. Over the course of his 20-year career, Dr. Fazio has developed significant expertise in advising Fortune 500 organizations globally to develop, advise, and retain employees based on a future-oriented strategy, organizational values, culture, and person/position fit. He has worked internationally in a variety of industries including finance/banking, private equity, accounting, media, pharmaceuticals, hospitals, telecommunications, chemicals, retail, sports, public utilities, and nonprofits.

    Dr. Fazio is author of a book: Simple is the New Smart: 26 Success Strategies to Build Confidence, Inspire Yourself, and Reach Your Ultimate Potential and multiple book chapters including Growth Through Loss and Adversity: A Choice Worth Making in Positive Psychology: Exploring the Best in People and has contributed to Forbes, NBC News, NY Daily News, HER Magazine, CEO Magazine, Philadelphia Business Journal, and American Management Association. His advice on navigating turbulent times and politics has been featured in the NY Times, CNN, Fox News Channel, MSNBC, and local networks. During the COVID-19 crisis Dr. Fazio has been advising hospitals and conducting presentations on Growth Leadership in Times of Crisis to support front line health professionals and executive leadership. His work on Flattening the Anxiety Curve has been featured on Fox News and in The Hill.

  • Keaton is the co-founder and COO of MovementX, inc, a nationwide PT company focused on empowering providers to think outside of the traditional clinic setting, optimize the customer experience, and heal the world through movement. She graduated from from Duke University in 2014 with her DPT. After graduation, Keaton moved to Portland, OR where she immediately started working in the outpatient orthopedic setting. She has since received her Orthopedic Certified Specialist (OCS), Certification in Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy (cert. MDT), ASTYM Certified Provider, APTA Certified Clinical Instructor, and Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS). Keaton remains highly involved in APTA and was named one of APTA’s 2017 Emerging Leaders. When not busy growing her business, Keaton enjoys doing backflips, hanging out with her corgi and husband, taking acting classes, doing puzzles, and enjoying the great Oregon outdoors.

  • Winemaker Ashley Trout has been an integral part of the Walla Walla wine industry since 1999. She has since worked eight harvests in Argentina, started three wineries in Washington and racked up both personal and professional accolades for her social justice work within the wine industry as well as for her wines, landing her as one of Wine Enthusiast magazine’s “Top 40 Under 40” and Wine Industry Advisor’s “Wine’s Most Inspiring People.”

    Trout started in the Walla Walla wine industry at age eighteen. Her part time cellar job become much more than that. She worked at Reinginer Winery for eight years, followed by Tamarack Cellars, Waters Winery and TERO Estates. In 2004, she began working the harvest regularly in Mendoza Argentina, at Alta Vista and Tamari with additional internships at Tapiz and Mendel. She launched Flying Trout Wines in 2006, focusing on Malbec and later sold the brand in 2010, staying on as the winemaker for five more years.

    In 2016, a decade after creating her first winery, she released inaugural wines for her two new brands, Vital Wines and Brook & Bull Cellars.

    Vital is a non-profit winery that donates 100% of its profits toward improving access to healthcare for vineyard and cellar workers in our local community.

    Ashley’s husband, Brian Rudin is also a winemaker. Rudin is Duckhorn Wine Company’s winemaker for their Washington state winery, Canvasback. Their two children are too young to yet be winemakers.

  • Here's a central truth: we are all built for connections—to culture, community, each other, and ourselves. Mark has been examining the inner-workings of these connections through the lens of the natural world for my entire life. You may not see how nature affects your daily work, but it does, whether or not you believe it.

    Much of what eludes all of us can be found by placing ourselves in the quiet of nature with a guide who can show us a new way to see. This is what I've done for countless individuals as well as companies from large to small, traditional to progressive, software to human services—any organization that needs to find, hold, and amplify an uncommon level of excellence in all they do.

    For the last 30 years Mark has been a national leader in the movement to reconnect humanity to the natural world. I've done this though several organizations that I've founded as well as international events in the Art of Mentoring.

    He organizes high-performance teams in a dozen US locations as well as Canada, England, Germany, Scotland, Austria and France. This work has taken me inside Google, Harvard, Telluride Venture Accelerator, Boston Startups, and the tech world.

  • Mark Goulston, a renowned executive coach, advisor, confidante to founders, entrepreneurs and CEOs and a jury consultant for the OJ Simpson trial for the prosecution, whose lifelong mission is to heal the world, one conversation at a time. Mark is the inventor of Surgical Empathy, a process that unlocks and frees people from attachments to dysfunctional mindsets that lead to counterproductive and often destructive behavior, which he used for more than twenty-five years as a psychiatrist specializing in suicide prevention and during which time, none of his patients died by suicide.

    On top of being the creator of Design Thinking Leadership, Design Thinking Suicide Prevention, Design Thinking Culture Transformation, Design Thinking Conflict Resolution, he is also a former FBI and police hostage negotiator trainer and was a UCLA professor of psychiatry for more than twenty years.

    Mark has appeared widely as a human psychology and behavioral area expert including Oprah, Today, NY Times, Wall St. Journal, Fortune, Forbes, CNN, msNBC, ABC/NBC/CBS/BBC and has contributed to blogs and/or articles to Harvard Business Review, Business Insider, Psychology Today, Business Insider, Fast Company, Huffington Post, Thrive Global

  • Walter Bond is a world renowned public speaker and business coach. As a successful entrepreneur, business coach and former NBA athlete, Walter Bond knows the importance of applying fundamentals to success.

    You can achieve your goals, reach your dreams, and become the person, or business, you have always wanted to be. Walter’s ambition is to help you do that. He didn't claim a spot in the NBA because he was super-talented. He got there by way of an internal drive that wouldn't stop.

    YOU can do the same.

    With his Shark Mindset, his message is simple: THINK. EXECUTE. WIN! All that is required is a slight mental shift. Metaphorically speaking, it is your choice to go the extra mile to become that 'A' Student or just barely getting by like the average 'C' student. Walter has taken his message to companies and associations throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean and Europe. His clients include Accenture, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, The Dwyer Group, Allianz, Amway, GNC, Hilton, Medtronic, UPS Store, Radio Shack, Red Robin and many others.

  • Mike McDerment is the Executive Chair & Co-Founder of FreshBooks, the #1 accounting software in the cloud, designed exclusively for freelancers and growing service based business owners. Built out of frustration after accidentally saving over an invoice, Mike spent 3.5 years growing FreshBooks from his parents’ basement. Since launching in 2003, over 24 million people have used FreshBooks to save time billing, and collect billions of dollars. A lover of the outdoors, Mike has been bitten so many times it’s rumoured he’s the first human to have developed immunity to mosquitoes.

    In January 2003, Mike was running a four-person design agency and using Microsoft Word to create invoices. One day, he accidentally saved over an old invoice, and something in him snapped – he knew there had to be a better way. Over the next two weeks, he coded up a solution and eventually turned that side-project into what is now FreshBooks.

    To keep the lights on, he moved into his parents’ basement for 3.5 years and completely revamped how he ran his design firm to the point where he only worked 19 days in one year — while generating over $200,000 to bootstrap the company that would become FreshBooks.

    Today, Mike has grown FreshBooks to nearly 500 people serving more than 24 million users in 160+ countries. To help self-employed professionals set better rates, Mike also co-authored Breaking The Time Barrier, which has been downloaded more than 300,000 times.

  • 1 year ago in episode 62 of this podcast, I interviewed 5 leaders within the first month of the nation being shutdown due to the COVID 19 pandemic. You could hear the fear and concern in their voices realizing they would need to lead their companies through an unparalleled crisis with very little knowledge of what to expect. I felt it would be interesting to interview them all 1 year later to see how they managed their employees and handled the financial crisis this pandemic brought on. This episode reveals what we learned over the last year and explores any silver linings that they may have discovered.

  • 1 year ago in episode 62 of this podcast, I interviewed 5 leaders within the first month of the nation being shutdown due to the COVID 19 pandemic. You could hear the fear and concern in their voices realizing they would need to lead their companies through an unparalleled crisis with very little knowledge of what to expect. I felt it would be interesting to interview them all 1 year later to see how they managed their employees and handled the financial crisis this pandemic brought on. This episode reveals what we learned over the last year and explores any silver linings that they may have discovered.

  • Dr. Lisa VanHoose is an Associate Professor and Program Director in the Physical Therapy Department at the University of Louisiana Monroe. Dr. VanHoose received her PhD in Rehabilitation Science and MPH from the University of Kansas Medical Center. She completed fellowships at the University of Arkansas Medical Sciences Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging and the National Institute of Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute PRIDE Summer Institute with an emphasis in Cardiovascular Genetic Epidemiology. Her Bachelor of Science in Health Science and Master of Science in Physical Therapy were completed at the University of Central Arkansas. Dr. VanHoose has practiced oncologic physical therapy since 1996. She is a Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Oncologic Physical Therapy. As a NIH, PCORI, and industry funded researcher, Dr. VanHoose investigates socioecological models of cancer related side effects with an emphasis on minority and rural cancer survivorship. She has been an advocate for movement of all persons, including the elimination of social policies and practices that are barriers to movement friendly environments.