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July 2018 Showcase Sponsor: April Callis Birchmeier – Springboard Consulting

April Callis Birchmeier is an Author and Change Management expert who works with organizations like the State of Michigan, Whirlpool and the University of Michigan to prepare and support their people during process and technology change.

April believes that no one should have to suffer through boring training and confusing information. Preparing for change with people-centered language, enjoyable training and friendly support, helps organizations reap the benefits of employee adoption of change.

She has been featured in Time Magazine and The New York Times for her Gossip Stoppers Positive Workplace program and was one of the first to achieve the  Certified Change Management Professional accreditation from the Association of Change Management Professionals. Her organization, Springboard Consulting is instrumental in driving change and thought leadership throughout the industry.

April’s three daughters and three stepkids have created a “Brady Bunch” family and provide the M.O.M credential, of which she is most proud.  She lives in Lansing, Michigan with her husband, children and 12 chickens.

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January 2018 Gold Sponsor: Maureen Perideaux — Brilliant Sparks

Powerful Words for Powerful Bottom-Line Results

Do you want to attract attention, generate leads, and convert prospects into clients?

Copywriter (and speaker!) Maureen Perideaux uses the latest inbound and outbound marketing practices to make you stand out and shine bright with your:

  • website
  • email marketing
  • speaker one-sheet
  • slides

To ignite your speaking business, learn more, and see Maureen’s portfolio, visit

September 2017 Sponsor: Kurt Kazanowski — Homewatch CareGivers of Southeastern MI.

Kurt Kazanowski, author, speaker, and health care business coach, is a nurse by trade and has dedicated his life to educating the public and professionals alike, about best elder care practices. He speaks, writes, and consults on everything from aging-related issues, family caregiving, hospice, and home care, to resources on navigating our complex health care system. His book, “A Son’s Journey, Taking Care of Mom and Dad,” demonstrates his personal experience caring for his aging parents, along with a complete guide for the family caregiver.

Kurt is also the Owner of Homewatch CareGivers of Southeastern Michigan, a professional home care agency dedicated to providing comprehensive in-home care services, senior and elder care services, Alzheimer’s & dementia care, as well as home health care services to residents of the Greater Metro Detroit area. 

May 2017: Ken Wachsberger — The Book Coach

Ken Wachsberger is a long-time author, editor, and writer. He has spoken on a broad range of topics including the Vietnam era antiwar movement, Jewish resistance during World War II, writing for healing and self-discovery, writers’ rights in the electronic age, the I-Search paper, and how to keep sane as a breast cancer support person.

His passion as a book coach is helping others to increase their credibility, back-of-the-room sales, and self-understanding through writing.

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September 2016: The Eleni Group

Eleni GroupEleni Kelakos is a presence and presentation expert, and the Chief Transformational Officer of The Eleni Group, now in its second decade. She uses performance techniques learned over twenty years as a professional actress in New York and Los Angeles to help executives be relaxed, real and relatable when they give presentations.

When she’s not coaching individuals or facilitating trainings at companies like General Motors, Plante-Moran, and Kubota Tractors, Eleni practices what she preaches, empowering people to perform at their peak with her signature keynote presentations at conferences nationwide.

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