Speakers Bio – 2016


Against all odds on a gridiron in South Bend, Indiana, Daniel “Rudy” Ruettiger in twenty seven seconds, carved his name into history books as perhaps the most famous graduate of the University of Notre Dame. The son of an oil refinery worker and third of 14 children, Rudy rose from valleys of discouragement and despair to the pinnacles of success. Today, he is one of the most popular motivational speakers in the United States. It took years of fierce determination to overcome obstacles and criticisms, yet Rudy achieved his first dream – to attend Notre Dame and play football for the Fighting Irish. As fans cheered RU-DY, RU-DY, he sacked the quarterback in the last 27 seconds of the only play in the only game of his college football career. He is the only player in the school’s history to be carried off the field on his teammates’ shoulders.

In 1993, TRISTAR Productions immortalized his life story with the blockbuster film, RUDY. Written and produced by Angelo Pizzo and David Anspaugh, the award-winning team who brought us HOOSIERS, the critically acclaimed RUDY received “Two Thumbs Up” from Siskel and Ebert and continues to inspire millions worldwide.


Today, a highly sought after motivational speaker, Rudy entertains international corporate audiences with a unique, passionate, and heartfelt style of communicating. He reaches school children, university students, and professional athletes with the same enthusiasm, portraying the human spirit that comes from his personal experiences of adversity and triumph. His captivating personality and powerful message of “YES I CAN” stays with his audiences forever. Rudy shares the speaking platform with great leaders and speakers including President George Bush, First Lady Barbara Bush, Peter Lowe, Joe Montana, General Colin Powell, Christopher Reeve, and Zig Ziglar. Rudy’s opening remarks receive thunderous applause and standing ovations from audiences of 200 to 20,000 people who emotionally chant RU-DY, RU-DY! A few of Rudy’s media appearances include: People Magazine, Sports Illustrated, US Magazine, Readers Digest, Inside Sports, The 700 Club, NFL Films, CBS Goodmorning, ABC Good Morning America, NBC Talk Live, Regis and Kathy Lee, Montel Williams Show, Entertainment Tonight.


In addition to his motivational speaking, Rudy has co-authored several books, including: RUDY’S INSIGHTS FOR WINNING IN LIFE, RUDY’S LESSONS FOR YOUNG CHAMPIONS, and RUDY & FRIENDS, and has produced the DREAM POWER tape series.
He has recently established the RUDY FOUNDATION, whose mission is to help children of all ages around the world reach their full potential. The Rudy Foundation develops and supports programs that positively impact the lives of children cognitively, emotionally, physically and spiritually. The RUDY AWARDS TM Program was created by the Rudy Ruettiger Foundation to recognize children who make an outstanding, exceptional effort to do their personal best everyday, overcome obstacles, set goals, stay on track to reach their Dreams and build the qualities of Character, Courage, Contribution, and Commitment into their lives everyday. The RUDY AWARDS TM is about a child’s heart, will to change, and desire for self-improvement. A few of Rudy’s honors include:

• Honorary Doctorate Degree from Our Lady of Holy Cross College
• The key to numerous cities across the nation along with special proclamations for his inspiration, commitment, and human spirit.
• Honorary assist to the Attorney General of Louisiana
• Distinguished American Award
• Recognition from George W. Bush
• Recognition from the House of Representatives in the state of Texas
• Recognition at the White House
• A Proclamation from the Governor of Nevada granting an Official Rudy Award Day
• Inducted into the Speakers Hall of Fame

tara-rayburn-bioTara Rayburn, The Healthy Habit Coach

Tara Rayburn shares uplifting habits for the mind, body and soul in a simple, clear and entertaining way. Tara reveals the priceless pearls of wisdom that were deeply embedded in the lessons our grandmothers shared with us. These pearl’s are recipes for sustainable energy and vitality that are absolutely applicable today. Common sense, faith, REAL food, herbs, essential oils and old world wisdom are the foundations of her messages shared with beautiful images and a sense of humor.

Tara lives in Las Vegas with her husband Mike and two children. She uses her artistry and her heart for others to create inspiring books, photography, blogs and presentations shared throughout the world. Tara and her family are active game players at Verve, their truly unusual church in Vegas and also spend time enjoying desert life when possible.

Nikk Zorbas Media shotNikkos Zorbas is a leader in self-development who has inspired millions through his bestselling books, Discover Your Business Power, Discovering Your Personal Power and The Reveal, as well as his music, monthly columns and educational workshops. Using the science of genuine self leadership, Mr. Zorbas can teach you how to discover your personal power and pave the path to success.

I’m proud to share my insights and discoveries with you.

My inspiration for business and personal development came from personal experiences that have taken me from triumph to failure and back up again. Only after experiencing life at the top, and then falling to rock bottom, did I discover the true power of my thoughts. It became clear that my decline resulted not from what I was doing, but from what I was thinking.

Armed with that knowledge, I reasoned that the same personal power that nearly destroyed my life could also be used to rebuild it. Now I’d like to share what I’ve learned with you.

My Inspiration

People use inspiration books, seminars and tapes to drive their minds to a clearer life path. As a self-development coach I saw there was a void in this connection from print to person, and found that adding uplifting verses to upbeat music fills that void.

And so I created, The Law of Attraction music album, to motivate and inspire success-oriented individuals like you through the power of music. Blending an energetic beat with positive lyrics resulting in a sound I call “positive infusion,” this recording has been carefully structured, with each song designed to achieve a specific purpose. Whether you simply need an extra lift in the morning or music to complement your daily workout, The Law of Attraction is sure to keep you moving and make you feel happy — naturally. So skip that extra cup of coffee, pop in my music and enjoy the real power that comes from within!

​People deeply connect to music – this is an album that can relate to anyone, at any age.

Linda Fogg-Phillips headshot 2Linda’s work focuses on behavior change and habit design.  She is the Director of Tiny Habits® Academy which offers online courses that teach people and businesses how to create habits easily and successfully… without relying on willpower.  As the mother of eight children, Linda has had her own behavior change and habit design laboratory for 32 years. She has a masters degree in Health Promotion and Exercise Physiology.

Linda is an international author, public speaker, consultant and habit coach. She is the author of the books Facebook for Parents, Facebook for Educators, and the soon to be released Tiny Habits for Moms.

Linda is a featured social media and family health expert in the media and in publications such as the New York Times, CNN, ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC.She was the online behavior expert and consultant for Facebook, Inc. from 2009 – 2013.  Linda was commissioned by Facebook to write their first Facebook Online Safety Guide for Educators.

In 2015, Linda was crowned Ms. United States of America Woman of Achievement.

Darren-LaCroix_headshotA Real-Life Underdog Story Filled with Humor and Hope

After a failed business in 1992, Darren LaCroix took the stage in a Boston comedy club and bombed miserably. It was horrible. The headliner that night told him to “keep his day job.” Friends told him that his dream of making people laugh for a living was crazy and stupid. He didn’t listen.

He may have been born without a funny bone in his body, but he possessed the desire to learn and the willingness to fail. These were the essentials for achieving his dream. This self-proclaimed student of comedy is living proof that anything can be learned.

Less than nine years later in 2001, Darren LaCroix out-spoke 25,000 contestants from 14 countries to become the World Champion of Public Speaking. He did it with a very funny speech. Some said it was one of the best speeches in the history of the contest.

Since that victory, Darren travels the world demystifying the process of creating a powerful presentation. His story has roused audiences in faraway places like Australia, Singapore, Saudi Arabia, China, Oman, Malaysia, and Taiwan with his inspirational journey from Chump to Champ. He is passionate about showing people that if you are a sponge and have the right mentors, anything is possible.

Through his live workshops and online programs, Darren works with presenters eager to learn what it takes to connect deeply with their audiences. He is the founder of StageTimeUniversity.com, the ultimate online programs for presenters.

marilyn-shermanMarilyn Sherman, CSP Motivational Keynote Speaker and Front-Row Leadership Expert

Front-Row Energy! How to live life in the front-row!

Get ready to have fun and get energized about taking your current level of success to the next level. Learn what it’s like to live in the front-row with a keynote delivered in a fun, inspiring way with Motivational Keynote Speaker & Front-Row Leadership Expert Marilyn Sherman, CSP

What does Front-Row Energy mean?

We are where we are because of the CHOICES we’ve made. It takes courage to look at where we are vs. where we want to be. This keynote will inspire you to get out of the balcony of your life and live in the front-row! You’ll learn:

  • The importance of having a vision
  • The 4 absolute musts of goal-setting
  • How to overcome obstacles
  • How to adjust your thinking to have positive energy every single day!

As a front-row leadership expert, I am tasked with motivating people to get out of their comfort zone, and get a front-row seat in life. Too many people lack the confidence or courage to lead effectively and they settle for mediocrity. When people settle for mediocrity it impacts their work, their team, their leadership, their entire lives. That’s where I can help. I provide solutions that inspire people to move out of mediocrity. Think of me as an usher, leading people to their front-row.

Lady and the Champs 2015Mark Kamp (aka Marvelless Mark) author of the acclaimed business book Opportunity Rocks was recently featured in the USA Today, Small Business Trendsetters, Business Innovators, and on TBN. Mark combines years of entrepreneurial success with his natural abilities as an entertainer, radio personality, and Las Vegas Headliner to show how any business or life can be transformed from “garage band to legend”, using Mark’s proven strategies… proven not only by the success of the greatest rock legends, but also by Mark’s personal success. In short, Mark will show your team how to be business rock stars with Rock Concert Energy.

Marvelless Mark Kamp’s “Opportunity Rocks” will show your team how to be business rock stars by learning and applying the success secrets of your favorite rock stars and where they tap their energy from, – with serious business content – in a fun, interactive keynote event using music and energy to deliver and illustrate a powerful message of  how Vision, Action, and Change can harness your energy.