Life Development Workshop Speakers

Life Development Workshops

Life Development is about living your own life better. About finding your true path and navigating it in a way that fulfills you and broadens your horizons.  These sessions have been carefully chosen and are honed to help us live our lives deliberately. As creative people, without understanding our “Why”, we are prone to burnout and misdirection.

This year, through the Life Development track, we will ignite (or reignite) our fires. We’ll have presenters who will help us assess our paths, seek our happiness, and identify any need for course correction so we can surge forward.

Jon Acuff

Twitter: @jonacuff   Web:

What if?
This is the question Jon Acuff is asking, and the answer is surprising. With a blog that is read in over 97% of the countries in the world, Jon Acuff has spent the last three years exploring what it means to take ideas to unexpected places.
Touring the country as a sought-after speaker, he’s worked with everyone from dairy farmers to CEOs of billion-dollar companies to turn ideas into action. And it all started with two words: What if?
What if you took a dozen years of branding expertise and combined it with a visionary approach to social media?
What if you could raise $30,000 in 18 hours to build a kindergarten in Vietnam?
What if you took everything you learned from writing for The Home Depot, Chick-fil-A, Bose, Staples and other brand giants and applied it to leadership?

What if?
Two small words, one great start to a new career. Called “hilarious and insightful” by Group Magazine and featured as a regular contributor on, Jon Acuff has a wealth of ideas to share with individuals and companies of all sizes. With two books under his belt, conference keynotes throughout the year, and one of the most popular blogs in the world, he’s just getting started.
What if? A great place to begin and a great place to go.

Are you ready to explore those two words with Jon?

Jon’s Session: The 3 Stages Of Every Awesome Idea


CC Chapman

CC Chapman

Twitter:  @cc_chapman Web:

C.C. Chapman is a Boston based storyteller and humanitarian. He is the co-author of the best-selling book Content Rules and the author of the recently released Amazing Things Will Happen. C.C. is the Founder of The Cleon Foundation whose goal is to make the world a better place through creativity. He is a seasoned expert in the world of online media and a highly sought after speaker and content creator. C.C. is a graduate of Bentley University. You can find out more at

CC’s Session: Living An Amazing Life


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Tami Heim

Twitter: @tamiheim Web:

Tami Heim is the president and CEO of the Christian Leadership Alliance (CLA) headquartered in San Clemente, CA. Through the collaborative development of life-long learning resources, CLA exists to equip and unite leaders to transform the world for Christ.

Her professional career includes executive leadership roles in nonprofit ministry, technology, marketing, Christian publishing, and retail.

Heim served as a partner in The A Group – Brand Development, executive vice president and chief publishing officer for Thomas Nelson Publishers, and as the president of Borders, Inc. Tami began her professional career with Federated Department stores and in her final assignment, she lead two of their Midwest divisions.

She is the co-author of @stickyJesus: how to live out your faith online (Abingdon Press 2012) This field guide for how to reflect the character of Christ online has been ranked among the top 100 books on evangelism.

Tami and her husband, Dale, delight in their daughter, Zoë, son-in-law, Matt and grandson Eastyn. They are active members of Long Hollow Baptist Church, Hendersonville, and TN. Compelled by love, they frequently go and serve 177 orphans living in Haiti and are currently in the process of adopting one of them.

Tami’s Session: take 5: how to gather and get your momentum

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Lisa Leonard

Twitter:  @lisaleonard  Web:  Lisa Leonard Blog

Lisa’s been making jewelry since high school.  After her boys were born, she turned her hobby into a thriving business by building an online community through social media. She and her husband currently work together at Lisa Leonard Designs. When she not creating jewelry, she can be found snuggling with her two boys {if they’ll let her}, playing at the beach or scouring thrift shops for hidden treasures. Lisa shares her story of finding beauty, even in the midst of pain, on her blog, Facebook and once in a while through speaking engagements around the country. She is a writer for Dayspring and her family is currently in the process of working with a production company on a reality television show.

Lisa’s Session: Telling Your Story: Authentically And Without Apology


Sheila Marcelo

Twitter: @smarcelo Web:

Sheila founded in 2006 and today, the Company is the largest online care destination in the world with 7 million members in more than 15 countries.

Sheila’s passion for technology developed during her time as a management consultant at Monitor Company and a teaching fellow at Harvard Business School.  Her growing appreciation for the power of technology led her to positions at Internet companies, including VP, Product Management and Marketing at, a service helping families save for college, and VP and General Manager of, an executive job search engine.

Sheila graduated Magna Cum Laude from Mount Holyoke College with a degree in Economics and received her M.B.A. and J.D. degrees with Honors and the Dean’s Award from Harvard University.

She resides in the Boston, MA area with her husband, two sons, and two dogs.

Sheila’s Session: Redefining Success