Richard Isbell | 2018

Richard Isbell
Richard Isbell – Pathways: Art Heals a Veteran’s Journey

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Veteran
Creative, Caring, Funny

Rich Isbell knows that art saved his life. A gulf war veteran, Rich struggled to fit in when returning to his civilian life. He felt isolated, depressed and detached from the world he had known prior to enlisting. In his journey to reconnect, Rich returned to the sketchpads that had provided him comfort during his youth. Rich learned new techniques and the freedom to express himself, he was able to reroute around the traumatic moments he once experienced and enjoy life again.

Richard is a 100% service-connected disabled veteran who found a way to rehabilitate himself through the use of the arts. It is a story of navigating obstacles and overcoming adversity in order to be able to support his family and mentor other veterans. Through his message, he inspires other veterans to find their voice; whether it be creating artwork, writing, or through theatre.

Jackie Burns | 2018

Jackie Burns
Jackie Burns – The Untold Path of Recovery

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Student at Bowling Green State University
Resilient, Empathetic, Leader

Jackie Burns is a real-life Iron Man. While most high school graduates spend the summer packing for college, Jackie underwent a 14-level spinal fusion surgery to correct a rare back disease. She spent her summer re-learning how to move, sit, and walk. Her disease may have knocked her off her planned path, but Jackie says this humbling experience has enriched her life in ways she never imagined.

She is a junior at Bowling Green State University with a double major; a Bachelor of the Arts in Music with an emphasis on Opera Performance and Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Studies. On campus she leads a Christian Movement called Cru. She is the emcee for campus wide meetings on Thursday nights. Jackie is also involved in the College of Musical Arts Opera Theater Department and will frequently perform in their shows. MUTS is an on campus musical theater organization with a purpose toward engaging the community for professional development and performance experiences. She is also a paid vocalist at Trinity United Methodist Church and works for a local children’s theater company called Horizon Youth Theater where she teaches various classes and workshops.

Amber Runyon | 2018

Amber Runyon
Amber Runyon – Let’s End Human Trafficking through Social Enterprise

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Founder of Eleventh Candle Company
Passionate, Resilient, Funny

Amber Runyon found her path to healing by making a pathway for others. She started Eleventh Candle Co. to employ women both in the United States and Ethiopia who’ve been vulnerable to human trafficking, abuse, exploitation and addiction. Amber believes that if we can teach little girls to dream, they’ll be the force that changes the world. But if we can teach broken women to dream like little girls again, it will be a force that this world has yet to see.

Amber is the founder of Eleventh Candle Co, a social enterprise. She is also the founder of Legacy a nonprofit working both globally and locally. She has been featured in many local and national magazines and press. Amber has been a speaker and guest on many podcasts, as well as being a nurse.

Dale King | 2018

Dale King
Dale King – Revitalizing a Local Economy

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Co-Founder and Co-Owner of Doc Spartan
Intense, Loving, Resilient

Dale King joined the military to get out of his hometown. An economically depressed town in southeastern Ohio, Portsmouth didn’t offer much of a future. Dale never thought his life’s path would bring him back home, but in 2010, that is where he opened his gym. His community had been devastated by opioid addiction, but Dale’s gym became a haven that taught strength and provided a pathway to move past internal pain. Dale’s courage to take a step out on his own path has given others new hope and provided Dale with bountiful opportunities including the founding of a non-profit and a deal on Shark Tank.

Dale is a former Military Intelligence officer who served two tours to Iraq supporting a Special Operations unit. Upon leaving the military, he worked for the Department of Energy. He would eventually quit that job to focus on my entrepreneurial efforts in Portsmouth. Currently, he is the proud owner of PSKC CrossFit, chairman of Team Some Assembly Required, and co-owner of Doc Spartan. Doc Spartan aired on Season 8 of Shark Tank where we landed a deal with Robert Herjavec. Recently Robert named PSKC CrossFit one of his best deals in the history of the show.

Dr. Scott Grant | 2018

Scott Grant
Dr. Scott Grant – Ties & Tennies: A Pathway for Engagement

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CEO of Triple Threat Leadership
Positive, Helpful, Energetic

There are moments in every person’s life that change the course of their future. For Dr. Scott Grant, it was the simple decision to wear a pair of tennis shoes. As a history teacher, he was a suit and tie guy, but a back injury had him lacing up his Nike Air Max Tempo Lows. The shoes made his pain more tolerable, but it was the reaction that he received from his students that made this tiny decision a life changing moment that changed the course of Scott’s life.

Scott spent five years as a high school teacher, two years as an athletic director, then left and pursued a doctorate in leadership studies. He’s been teaching as a college professor the past five years, and the last two, running Triple Threat Leadership, a company created during his doctoral program that provides Personal Branding & Social Media Education to schools and organizations. Over the past two years he has traveled the state, working with over 120 organizations, focusing on Adding Value, Building Relationships, and Creating Opportunities.

Peter Cline | 2018

Peter Cline
Peter Cline – Building Trust through Motorsports

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Executive Director & Founder of VET Motorsports
Engaging, Sociable, Witty

My journey has not been straight and predictable. It seems that I’m always looking for new experiences and thrive on connecting with people. These relationships have helped me achieve something greater than the sum of it’s individual parts.

2017 Dispatch Media Group “Everyday Hero” Semifinalist, 2016 Ohio State University Robert M. Duncan Alumni Citizenship Award, 2015 AMA Hazel Kolb Award, 2014 Columbus Volunteer Citizen of the Year. Ohio State graduate in English, graduate work at the John Glenn School. He currently works in state government, is a former recording/touring musician, a former motorcycle racer, and currently volunteers with VETMotorsports and serves post 9/11 veterans nation wide.

Kimberly Brazwell | 2018

Kim Brazwell
Kimberly Brazwell – Over, Under, Around and Through Trauma

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CEO & Founder of KiMISTRY
Encouraging, Tenacious and Creative

Those deemed “trailblazers” have pain (trauma) stories that often go untold. Do we know what cost these trailblazers paid to create pathways for us? Kim will share how her ancestral history created pathways for her to be a trailblazer and how, as she creates new pathways, has to be increasingly mindful how to move forward toward growth and healing.

She is a trauma-informed social justice advocate and own/operate the consulting firm, KiMISTRY. She recently published a memoir, Browning Pleasantville, and was also recently named the executive director of the newly formed nonprofit King Lincoln Family Services Corporation. Outside of work, she is launching an activism ministry at her church. She is a painter, writer, and does spoken word and visual practitioning. She is a divorced mom of two fantastic daughters.

Zachary Dilbeck | 2018

Zac Dilbeck
Zachary Dilbeck – Know the Path You Walk

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Assistant Professor of English at CSCC
Enthusiastic, Witty, Affable

Sometimes a path is symbolic of choice and sometimes a path is just dirt. English Professor Zachary Dilbeck discusses the difference between literal and figurative pathways in literature and how the ability to distinguish between the two can help to navigate real life pathways.

He has been teaching literature and composition at Columbus State Community College since 2012. He earned a PhD in English and the Teaching of English from Idaho State University and completed his doctoral dissertation on Tolkien’s construction of race in Middle-Earth in 2015. He have been nominated multiple times for the Distinguished Teaching Award; He presented a paper titled “The Broken Sword, a Meme: Beowulf, Arthur, and Elendil” at the University of Vermont in 2017; organized and contributed to a faculty panel titled “An Historic Election Deserves an Historic Conversation” at the CSCC Delaware Campus in 2016; and currently teaches a fairy tale driven composition curriculum. He is also interested in enlightenment thought and aesthetics, the consilience of higher education, and the anxiety of science and pseudoscience.

Elegra Davis | 2018

Elegra King
Elegra Davis – Why the Future Needs Your Life’s Purpose

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CEO of Davis Depositions, LLC
Loving, Creative, Intuitive

No one thought that Elegra Davis would one day rise to CEO status. As a 14-year-old pregnant teen in poverty, the adults in her life did not see much for her future. She had become a statistic and the odds were not in her favor. But Elegra knew there was more to her story. She believed that all life has meaning to power a future forward. Elegra learned to trust herself and her inner voice and to ignore the naysayers. Her path had many twists but she found her way. Elegra ultimately credits her success as an entrepreneur from the lessons she learned as a teen mother.

Elegra is a purpose-led entrepreneur and CEO of Davis Depositions, LLC, a digital court reporting firm serving all of Central Ohio and neighboring states. Her honors and recent work also include: -One of the youngest to receive the award of “1 of 12 Women You Should Know in Central Ohio,” by the national association, Women for Economic Leadership and Development. Each year WELD recognizes women who are high impact leaders within their organizations, support the leadership and development of others, give time, talent and resources to their community, and invest in the growth of other businesses. She is honored to share space within the small group containing notable women such as the Mayor’s wife, First Lady Shannon Ginther. -Congressional Recognition by Congresswoman Joyce Beatty on being recognized as a 2017 Woman WELDing the Way Calendar Honoree. – Selected Speaker for Microsoft’s National Entrepreneurship Week in both 2016 and 2017. – 2017 Selected Speaker for WELD National Conference on the topic: Outsmarting the Enemy of Innovation: Fear. -2018 Selected Speaker for WELD National Conference on topic: Exposing Success: Unlearning to Reveal Purpose. -2018 Conference Speaker for Ohio Bankers League. -2018 Conference Panelist for Healthcare Financial Management Association. -2018 Moderator for September Leadership Series at OSU Fawcett Center. -One of the first five Ohioans to receive national digital court reporter certification and is past appointed member of the Government Relations and Education Committees of the American Association of Electronic Reporters and Transcribers. -She has also authored articles in The Court Reporter Newsletter (trade industry newsletter), and authoring her first book, “Everything I Needed to Know as an Entrepreneur I Learned as a Teen Mother.”

Rosemarie Rossetti | 2018

Rosemarie Rossetti
Rosemarie Rossetti – Pathways To Change, Persevere, and Be Resilient!

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President of Rossetti Enterprises
Persistent, Loyal, Trustworthy

Paths can end for no reason at all, a permanent change that was never thought possible. Rosemarie Rossetti has faced such a moment and found hope and meaning in the situation. She shares the five key lessons she learned following a spinal cord injury and provides hope to others by demonstrating how to be resilient, cope with change, and deal with adversity.

Rosemarie Rossetti, Ph.D. is a full time professional speaker, consultant, and author, internationally known for her motivational programs. She is the President of Rossetti Enterprises Inc. Rossetti has spoken to hundreds of thousands of people who were in her audiences over the 19 years that she has been sharing her story about acquiring a spinal cord injury. Her message is focused on living life with conviction. She shares the five key lessons that she lives by that she learned following her injury. She provides hope to others by demonstrating how to be resilient, cope with change, and deal with adversity.

She is the author of:
“Universal Design Toolkit: Time-saving ideas, resources, solutions, and guidance for making homes accessible”, “Take Back Your Life! Regaining Your Footing After Life Throws You a Curve” and “The Healthy Indoor Plant”.

She is also known for the national demonstration home and garden that she and her husband, Mark Leder, designed, built, and live in, the Universal Design Living Laboratory. It is the highest rated universal design home in North America, earning three national certifications. This home in Columbus also received a Silver LEED certification from the U.S. Green Building Council and a Gold certification on the National Green Building Standard.