OUR SPEAKERS

Cecily Sommers

Cecily Sommers is a leading futurist, an innovation expert, and a widely regarded authority on the emerging trends shaping business and society today. She is the author of Think Like a Futurist and the founder of The Push Institute, a nonprofit think tank that tracks global trends and their implications. Named one of the “World’s Top Female Futurists” and a “Fast 50 Reader’s Favorite” by Fast Company, she is a frequent contributor to NPR’s All Things Considered and a valued adviser to leading companies like Google. Cecily will be speaking about the forces shaping health and health improvement in our society and sharing insights about the important opportunities they present for Health Coaches and healthy change agents, both in the United States and around the world.

Michelle Maldonado

Michelle Maldonado is the founder of Lucenscia, a human potential and mindful business transformation firm dedicated to developing leaders and organizations with positive impact in the world. Recognized for her integrative work at the intersection of leadership development, emotional intelligence, mindfulness, and well-being, Michelle was named a 2015 Woman of the Year by the National Association of Professional Women. She was named a 2016 Top Corporate Leader by HR.com and was inducted into the Golden Key International Honour Society. Michelle will share the brain science behind mindfulness-based emotional intelligence practices and offer insight on how coaches and other leaders can inspire higher levels of self-development, growth, and positive change.

Ihotu Jennifer Ali, MPH

Ihotu Jennifer Ali, MPH, is a licensed massage therapist, birth doula, and Integrative Nutrition Health Coach. She has more than 10 years of experience in specialized bodywork, including support for pregnancy and the body’s “fifth vital sign” – a healthy menstrual cycle and reproductive system. Originally trained in public health, Ihotu transitioned from a policy career into social entrepreneurship to offer holistic care that is affordable, culturally welcoming, gender fluid, and trauma-informed. Ihotu will be sharing her own Voices of Experience story, including why she left a budding career at the United Nations to pursue studies in Chinese, Mayan, and African traditional medicine and to do hands-on work centered on “the healing in justice, the justice in healing.”

Megan Kalocinski

Megan Kalocinski is an Integrative Nutrition graduate, an IIN Coaching Circle coach, and the founder/owner of Empower Functional Nutrition & Integrative Medicine Health Consulting. Megan educates and empowers individuals of all ages and backgrounds to learn the essentials of healthy eating and living habits. Having begun her career with the Institute for Integrative Nutrition as a Coaching Circle coach in 2011, she is now a functional clinical nutritionist and national board-certified health and wellness coach. Megan will be showcasing an interactive coaching demonstration – and inviting you to practice it yourself.

Pilar Gerasimo

Pilar Gerasimo is an award-winning journalist, the founding editor of Experience Life magazine, and a cohost of The Living Experiment podcast. She recently joined IIN as chief creative officer. Pilar will be emceeing the event and facilitating a panel discussion based in part on audience-suggested questions.