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Jodi Low (Founder & CEO of U & Improved)

Jodi Low

Founder & CEO of U & Improved

Jodi Low is an accomplished corporate trainer, inspirational speaker, and the Founder and CEO of U & Improved. Jodi has trained thousands of entrepreneurs and executives on how to build a booming business, master a mindset for success, and achieve the lifestyle they desire through heart-fueled leadership.

Through U & Improved—an award-winning personal and professional leadership development company based in Scottsdale—Jodi has redefined traditional leadership training by creating a sustainable and actionable model that is personal, challenging and meaningful to each and every individual who enrolls in any of the two-and-a-half-day experiential training classes. She and her elite training team have advanced the charge in heart-based leadership development and empower U & Improved graduates with knowledge, tools and awareness to immediately be more effective and responsive leaders at work, home and within their communities.

Among her many accomplishments as a Valley leader, Jodi launched a teen leadership program in 2014 to empower young adults to become more confident, motivated and focused stewards of our future. In 2016, she created a non-profit arm of the company—the U & Improved Leadership Foundation—that makes the program more accessible to deserving teens.

Jodi has been recognized by industry publications and organizations for her work in leadership development and serves as a source of inspiration within the community. Most recently in 2017, Jodi was awarded with the “Women of Achievement” award, by InBusiness Magazine. In 2015, Jodi was honored as an “Outstanding Women in Business” by the Phoenix Business Journal and by the Phoenix Suns and National Bank of Arizona with the “Amazing Women” award. She has received both the prestigious “Diversity Leader of the Year” and the Scottsdale Chamber of Commerce’s “Sterling Award.” She was also awarded a Silver Stevie Award for Female Entrepreneur of the Year 2015 and was a finalist for the Junior League of Phoenix’s Valley Impact Award. She was also given the “Unity Award” and recognized for the work she does to bring people of all backgrounds and ethnicities together to live and work in harmony.

Jodi is a devoted single parent who volunteers her time at her daughters’ school programs and with organizations such as Valley of the Sun United Way, Feed My Starving Children, and Angel Mamas, where she has served on the board for four years. She is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Interpersonal and Intercultural Communications and a minor in Family Studies. Jodi is also a Master Certified personal and business coach.

Olenka Cullinan (CEO & Founder of #iStartFirst)

Olenka Cullinan

CEO & Founder of #iStartFirst

Olenka Cullinan is a CEO and Founder of #iStartFirst. She empowers leaders to up-Level their business and mindset via on-line Bootcamps, #iStartFirst Bossbabes Summit, and speaking nationwide & globally. #iStartFirst coaching challenges women to turn their dreams into a dream lifestyle.

Olenka has developed a “Backbone of Success”™ method that helps leaders to take action, get paid their worth and show up. Olenka’s work globally, combined with humor and personal experiences led to her recent appearances at TEDx (twice) and made her into one of the nation’s premier coaches. She has worked with startups, corporate leaders and some of the top organizations in the country: e.g. GAMA International, Lincoln Financial, Chambers of Commerce, etc.

Joan Jakel (Empowerment Instigator)

Joan Jakel

Empowerment Instigator

Definition of Empowerment Instigator: Equal parts Life Coach, Advisor, Entrepreneur, Artist, Spiritual Junkie, Ass Kicker, Cheerleader

Over the last 22 years, I’ve advised, coached and counseled hundreds of people as they turned their personal and business dreams into reality.

I’ve designed a unique blend of coaching programs, workshops, VIP days and retreats to guide people using a variety of tools, exercises, activities, creativity, and sensory, nourishing experiences to discover and step into their fully self-expressed, authentic lives. I help people uncover what is truly important to them, to release what isn’t serving them, to develop an empowering belief systems and supportive mindset to take concrete steps to define their goals and put them into action.

We work together to build a support system and create a tool belt of resources to address any challenge, resistance, setbacks and fear that will arise as they develop new habits to maintain focus on the goals and unfolding dreams.

I’ve helped clients as they’ve learned, grown, succeeded, failed, celebrated and expanded. We focus on accessing their truth and true desires. They develop the courage to step into the fullness of life. As the transformation evolves, so too does their access to peace, joy, self-acceptance, self-expression, authenticity and purpose.

Nothing brings me greater pleasure than playing a role in guiding people to create purposeful, authentic lives that exceed their wildest expectations! My desire is to ignite your passion to follow your unique path and revel in the discoveries that await you.

Adam Lee Brooks (Founder of Youth Awareness & Safety)

Adam Lee Brooks

Founder of Youth Awareness & Safety

Speaker, author, and consultant, Adam Lee Brooks, is a leader in the areas of effective communications, multi-generational workforces and working with neurodiverse employees. He is passionate about helping companies and nonprofits create a healthier work environment by using cutting edge research to train and develop any staff.

Adam's unique blend of experiences in performing (Adam performed off-Broadway), managing teams (Adam worked as a seasonal administrator at Texas Lions Camp), consulting (Adam consults with corporations and nonprofits), and higher education (Adam is an adjunct and associate professor for several colleges) have set the foundation for his ability to motivate and transform individuals and organizations toward growth and lasting motivation that makes a difference.

Adam has obtained an undergraduate degree in Speech Communications, a Master’s degree in Education, and a Graduate Diploma in Leadership Development. He is the bestselling author of, “Understanding Millennials” and “The Social Media Handbook.” He also created a meaningful family conversation game “Drive-a-logue.”

Adam has received numerous awards and recognition for his speaking, training and entertaining abilities. He currently owns and operates the companies:
-Youth Awareness and Safety
-Brooks Books Publishing