*These are our 2018 speakers. Check back soon for updates for 2019.
Speaker, Author, Coach
Angela Gaffney is a catalyst for healthy transformation. After surviving a health crisis that nearly took her life, she became a Certified Health Coach and has helped hundreds of others achieve their personal and professional goals. Angela teaches simple strategies to help leaders break through barriers, shift perspective, and powerfully participate in all areas of business and life.
Prior to running her own company, Angela held various corporate positions including sales, training, and management before taking an executive role. She relates well to the busy executive, traveling often and balancing the demands of work with quality family time. When she’s not writing or teaching others about healthy living, you’ll find her enjoying the outdoors, playing cards with her family or stirring up a new recipe in the kitchen.
Angela is the best-selling author of Feel Good, Look Good, For Life, and her work has been featured in high-profile media outlets including USA Today and The Huffington Post.
Dr. Sheri is a proven visionary, author and highly sought after physician leader with a truly inspirational story. She is a board certified occupational and environmental medicine physician, public health expert, and a breast cancer survivor. In addition to helping patients and healthcare practitioners transform how healthcare is delivered and experienced, she also shares her story, her voice, her life, and her victory in awe-inspiring and motivational ways. Dr. Sheri brings the unique perspective of being a patient and a physician to her impassioned and captivating speeches. Her remarkable story of pain, loss, and change has inspired thousands of people. She has been featured in The New England Journal of Medicine, MORE, Essence, Oxygen, Today’s Chicago Woman, Weinberg Magazine, The Chicago Tribune, and hundreds of television, radio, and newspaper interviews. As an expert in transformative medicine, a natural extension of her personal vision and mission in life is to educate consumers that healthcare and being healthy should be experienced joyfully. Dr. Sheri is the co-founder and Chief Medical Officer of Couture Compression Apparel, a company providing boutique compression garments to LIVE in every day!
Dr. Sheri is the author of When Everything Changed: My Journey from Physician to Patient, her memoir, which has been a best seller and was assigned to the U.S. Department of Education’s 2017 Summer Reading List, reaching millions nationwide. Recently she founded her own non-profit organization, the LIVE-Today Foundation, an organization that enhances the quality of life for breast cancer survivors, especially those who suffer from lymphedema.
Currently, she holds four medical management positions: S Phillips Consulting—President, CEO; Global Cultural Health & Wellness Consultants—Chief Medical Officer; Harper College—Consulting Physician, Lab Director, and Technical Consultant; and Couture Compression Apparel—Co-Owner & Chief Medical Officer. In addition, she recently accepted a new role as the African American Health Equity Ambassador for Susan G. Komen.
Angie brings more than 25 years of Medicare expertise to the Provider Outreach and Education team. She has worked on CERT error reduction and education for DMEPOS suppliers and physicians/practitioners. Angie is committed to helping providers with the challenges of understanding documentation and policy requirements and navigating the Medicare audit process. Her ultimate goal as an educator is to provide instruction that will result in Medicare provider compliance at the time of initial claim submission.
James E. Dion (Jim) is an authority in the field of retail and the founder and president of Dionco Inc. – Chicago. Jim graduated from Chicago State University (Illinois) BS and MS in Psychology in 1970 and 1971 and attended Illinois Institute of Technology Ph.D. (abd) in Industrial Psychology and Marketing in 1976.
His retail career already started years before that. In 1964, he started working in a men’s wear store and was appointed Store Manager only five years later. From the beginning, Jim had natural talent in retail. Gathering more than 30 years of progressive retail experience working at Sears, Levi Strauss, and Gilmore Department Stores, Jim has become one of the most sought-after Retail Consultants and Retail Speakers in the US and internationally.
Jim has taught at Laurier University and Ryerson University and the International Academy of Fashion Merchandising and Design in Chicago. He is a regular speaker for the National Retail Federation (NRF) on Retail Trends, Technology, Inventory Control, Best Practices in Sustainable Retail and Store Management.
Jim is the author of several books. His retail selling manual called Retail Selling Ain’t Brain Surgery, It’s Twice As Hard, and The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Starting and Running a Retail Store affirmed his standing as one of the most sought-after experts on retail.
Jim is a widely recognized retail speaker and has delivered numerous speeches, seminars, and workshops for some of the largest companies all around the world. He also studies and evaluates new retail POS, EDI, merchandising systems, and CRM software. He lectures on retail trends, technology issues, and on the Internet and its use and misuse by retailers and manufacturers. His style is professional and he speaks from practical “hands-on” experience.
Dr. Fripp is a natural leader and has been recognized as such throughout her life. She completed her General Surgery training at Howard University Hospital, graduating as Chief Resident of the Year. Her Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery training was completed in 2006 at the prestigious Cornell University – New York Presbyterian Hospital. While at Cornell University she continued to excel being named the 2005 Inamed scholar.
Throughout her surgical training Dr. Fripp was appointed to represent her fellow Residents. She was elected to the Candidate and Associates Society by the American College of Surgeons and in this capacity represented all Residents in General Surgery. She was also named the Resident Representative for the Association of Women Surgeons in her second and third years of training. In this appointment, she was the liaison between female Surgery Residents and the Association. As the 2005 Inamed scholar she was responsible for teaching her co-Residents surgical techniques learned during her travels.
Dr. Fripp is currently practicing in Washington, DC and Prince George’s County, Maryland. She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS), Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (FACS) and the International College of Surgeons (FICS), a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), the Association of Women Surgeons and their Foundation Board. Dr. Fripp also is an Assistant Professor of Surgery in the Department of Surgery at Howard University Hospital and a member of the Medical Executive Committee, Peer Review and Credentialing Committee at Providence Hospital. She is currently the Vice Chairman for the Board of Medicine for the District of Columbia.
Dr. Fripp is a member of the Class of 2013 Leadership Greater Washington and continues to be active in the profit and nonprofit sectors of DC improving the city for all its residents. She has an active 6-year-old daughter and twin toddler boys. Dr. Fripp is an avid runner and enjoys discussing world history and politics and spending time crafting and cooking with her children. She has completed numerous half marathons and three full marathons and is preparing to run her first international race this spring.
Robin Jay is an award-winning filmmaker and author, speaker, and publisher. She began her career in Personal Development as “The Queen of the Business Lunch™,” a Business Relationship Expert who shares the nuts-and- bolts of building profitable business relationships, with an emphasis on smart ways to network and socialize with clients.
The woman whose clients tagged “The Queen of the Business Lunch™” knew that her secrets to success could empower individuals, business owners, employees and associations. Her sense of humor and candid approach to sharing the principles that helped her to achieve such tremendous success makes Robin incredibly popular among today’s most successful meeting planners.
In 2006, she founded the Las Vegas Convention Speakers Bureau. As president, she not only runs the bureau and coaches speakers to success, Robin also published “The Power of the Platform,” a series of anthologies that feature messages from today’s top motivational speakers, including Jack Canfield, Brian Tracy, and Les Brown.
Robin’s award-winning book, “The Art of the Business Lunch ~ Building Relationships Between 12 and 2” (Career Press) is in 12 languages worldwide. She is also a contributor to “Chicken Soup for the Wine Lover’s Soul.” Robin has been featured internationally on MSNBC-TV, Newsweek Magazine, CNN, the BBC, the New York Times, The London Financial Times, Forbes.com and other well-recognized media outlets. Robin shares her expertise on navigating successful Business Lunches, Etiquette, Sales, Customer Service and the Keys to Success. In each of her customized programs, Robin shares her unique methods to help others achieve their highest level of success.
Robin’s passion has evolved to taking messages of empowerment and inspiration to film, as writer, producer, and costar of the first funny personal development movies. Her films, known as “The Key Movies”, include “The Keeper of the Keys”, “The Secrets of the Keys”, and her latest, “Becoming the Keys”, which is due out in 2018. Her awards include Best Independent Film, Best Documentary, Best Concept and Best Original Song.
Linda Anne Kahn is an internationally-trained Lymphedema Therapist, Clinical Aromatherapist Integrative Health Coach, and Nationally Certified massage therapist, with more than 30 years in the industry.
She holds an international certification as a Manual Lymph Drainage Therapist and Lymphedema Specialist from the Dr. Vodder School (Austria), the Földi Clinic (Germany), and Drs. Judith and John Casley-Smith (Australia). Linda Anne is nationally certified with the Lymphology Association of North America (LANA) as a lymphedema therapist.
She is the founder and owner of Beauty Kliniek Aromatherapy Day Spa and Lymphatic Therapy services of San Diego, California. She is regular speaker at International and National Lymphedema conferences, Fat Disorder conferences, and International Aromatherapy conferences. She is co-author of the book Lymphedema and Lipedema Nutrition Guide. Linda Anne is a stage 1 Lipedema patient who has successfully treated herself with diet, lifestyle, lymph massage, and more.
Michelle has worked for Noridian Healthcare Services for more than 11 years, holding a variety of positions including, Customer Service Representative, Quality Analyst, Operations Coordinator and System Security I.
Michelle now holds the position of DME Education Representative. As an Education Representative, Michelle is responsible for offering support to Noridian’s supplier community by creating and presenting training courses involving detailed billing, coding, and coverage guidelines to ensure correct claim submission resulting in proper Medicare DMEPOS payments.
As a Medicare contractor, Noridian requires their education staff to have continued education within the Medicare healthcare field to ensure the most up to date knowledge is maintained. Michelle’s continued education includes a comprehensive knowledge of Medicare policy and procedures, in addition to a strong knowledge of ICD-10, HCPCS, and CPT coding.