From emotional childhood trauma, breast cancer, and a traumatic brain injury that left her speechless, every time, she was almost beaten by her circumstances. But she wasn’t. She survived. And instead of letting that trauma define her life, she used it as fuel to help light the fire under so many others looking for the strength to carry on.
...And Michelle is bringing that bold fire on March 26 to Startup Grind.
Michelle Mras is an award winning, internationally recognized inspirational speaker, published author, intuitive leader, wife, and mother who has been stirring audiences and individuals to action through her compelling message of self discovery and living a life of intention. Michelle’s infectious presentations inspire her clients to rise above any negative self-talk and reclaim their inner strength. She is committed to helping others realize a more balanced life that frees them to build healthy beliefs in themselves.
Choosing to live her life with intention is the defining element shaping every endeavor Michelle undertakes. Her fiery spirit and passion drive her to candidly share the key moments that transformed her into the irresistible force she is today. And we are so excited to chat with her not only for #SGWomen, but celebrate her as part of Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month.
Award Winning International Keynote and TEDx Speaker, Podcaster, Author and Speaker & Communication Coach
"Live Unapologetically..."Michelle Mras has spent her life living and traveling the world, first as a child of a military family and then, as the wife of her high school sweetheart. Through her travels she acquired a deep appreciation for each of the people, cultures and countries she experienced.She has a diverse background from non-profit fundraising, political campaigns, quality systems evalua…
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Elaine Swann is one of the leading and most nationally recognized lifestyle and etiquette experts in the country. She is the founder of The Swann School of Protocol an institution committed to enriching the lives of individuals through the instruction of etiquette and social courtesies. As an authority on social etiquette and lifestyle practices, Elaine has appeared on all major networks, including the TODAY Show, CNN, FOX Network, TruTV ,E! Entertainment and Huffington Post Live, Inside Edition, Fox News Network and has been quoted in many top lifestyle publications. The New York Times dubbed Elaine Swann as “The Emily Post of the Digital Age.” Her latest book, Let Crazy Be Crazy, is on bookshelves now.
John D. Sanders serves as an investment banking / strategic business consultant and promoter for emerging growth technology companies. He also has served as a Director and Advisor of several public and private technology corporations ranging in size of annual revenues from $1 million to $70 million.
He is the Chairman Emeritus of the Grand Strand Technology Council (serving Myrtle Beach, SC and surrounding counties) and was Founder in 2008. The Council is a non-profit member organization with initiatives in personal networking, Women in Technology, Robotics and STEM Education Support, and Startup.sc. The purpose of the Council is to Enhance the Region's Technology-Driven Business.
Prior to its sale to The Washington Post Company in 1996, he was Chairman and CEO of TechNews, Inc., publishers of Washington Technology newspaper. The publication and allied events & promotions served to enhance strategic planning and business growth of technology-intensive companies serving the CEOs, corporate and technical management, and business developers. He was founder and served as Chairman of the National Technology Fast 500 Program and its companion regional Technology Fast 50 programs that annually list and promote the fastest growing technology companies in the United States. He has served as Chairman of the Washington DC Technology Council after a short period as Interim President. The Council provides forums and interactions among technology companies, organizations and the federal and local governments to foster a stronger regional business environment and community involvement.
For more than twenty years, Dr. Sanders was an investment banker, specializing in the equity financing of emerging technology corporations. He has been the principal in the initial public offerings of a dozen companies and has served as advisor to numerous other public corporations. More thn forty private placements of equity capital have been organized through his efforts, including start-up entrepreneurial situations as well as established public entities.
Prior to entering the investment banking industry, Dr. Sanders served as a research scientist for the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, as a Member of the Technical Staff of RCA Research Laboratories, and as a Development Engineer for general Electric Company.
He is a Registered Professional Engineer in Virginia and Kentucky, a Life Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), Society of Investment Analysts, Association for Corporate Growth, and Founder of the Association of Technology Business Councils. In 1992, Dr. Sanders was recognized as the "Titan of Technology" at the Greater Washington Region High Tech Awards Gala.
A native of Louisville, Kentucky, Dr. Sanders maintains residence in Carlsbad, California with his wife Carole.
James Oliver, Jr. is the CEO of the ParentPreneur Foundation, which empowers Black ParentPreneurs to be the best parent and entrepreneur possible. He is the founder of WeMontage.com, which turns your photos into removable wallpaper, and author of The More You Hustle, The Luckier You Get: You CAN Be a Successful Parentpreneur.
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