March 10 & 11, 2023 | Nashville, TN
EDGECON: The Place To Go to Get Going
EDGEcon Business Conference is the place where winners, motivated individuals, business leaders, employees, and difference makers will come together to get the tools they need to transform their own lives and the lives of others. With an incredible line-up of speakers and a schedule format that ensures lots of interaction between speakers and attendees there is no question that this is the most transformative and inspirational kingdom business conference in the USA.
EDGECON 2023 Speaker Lineup
Ken Hartley (Conference MC)
We are thrilled to welcome the crowd favorite MC from 2022 back again as Master of Ceremonies for EDGEcon 2023. Ken Hartley is an inspirational speaker, an accomplished singer, a talented illusionist, a skilled actor, a bestselling author, a gifted teacher, and a transformation agent with over 30 years of experience. He has been a singer and actor on stage and screen since he was five years old. He has also performed as a professional illusionist all over the world, has authored several books, and has released two solo CDs. He is a Certified Speaker, Trainer, and Coach with The John Maxwell Team as well as an Advanced Certified Human Behavior Consultant with Personality Insights and Dr. Robert Rohm.
As an inspirational speaker, he has shared the stage with speakers like Rudy Guiliani, Colin Powell, James Smith, Delatorro McNeal, Nick Vujicic, Zig Ziglar, Mike Huckabee, and Dr. John C. Maxwell. His skills have also been featured on television networks like Fox, ABC, NBC, CBS, TBN, Daystar, and INSP. He is a specialist in the areas of leadership, personal growth, and communication. He is considered by his peers and clients to be a master speaker and communication expert. His presentations are often described as entertaining, engaging, and transformational.
Dr. Nate Hearne (Keynote Speaker)
Dr. Nate Hearne is back again for 2023! Dave Kauffman says Dr. Hearne's keynote address is "the most powerful keynote he's ever heard." If you were at EDGEcon 2022 you'd likely agree. Dr Hearne's story epitomizes what "up by the bootstraps" stands for. An educator, motivator, mentor, executive, pastor, and trainer, Dr Hearne played an important part as an assistant coach in the lives of the football players and coaches who the film, "Friday Night Lights" was all about, helping lead the Permian High School team to become National Champions in 1989 and State Champs in 1991.
Holding a doctorate of ministry, Dr. Nathanial Hearne is the President and Founder of Made Up Minds and The Euless Loaves and Fishes Foundation. Through these organizations, Dr. Hearne provides training and programs to reach at-risk youth for the purpose of strengthening character, teaching leadership skills, and increasing school attendance. This helps set them up for success in life. His ultimate challenge to his audience on leaving a legacy will have you cheering one minute and crying the next.
Omar Periu (Keynote Speaker)
Omar Periu proudly wears his rags to riches story for others to hear about and learn from. He went from making $147 a month at age 21 as a personal trainer to multi-millionaire status by age 31. He & his family fled Castro's regime when he was only seven; they arrived in Miami with no money, no family or friends in America & nothing but what they were wearing when they arrived.
Enduring the taunting of other children, the cold winters of Illinois & the obstacle of language barriers, Omar didn't let it embitter him. Instead, he made the most of his situation. His father, reading from a tattered Spanish copy of Dale Carnegie's book, "How To Win Friends & Influence People", taught Omar an important life lesson. "It doesn't matter who you are, where you're from or what color you are, you can do anything you put your mind to."
Omar sought out & studied the masters; he observed the difference between the performance of top achievers & those barely squeaking by. From there, Omar developed his Zero to Wealth Systems™, The Investigative Selling Principles™, The One Minute Meeting Effective Presentation System™, & From Management to Leadership™ programs.
Omar has dedicated himself to helping others fulfill their dreams by teaching them how to achieve greatness! Omar helps people build a better self, team, and company with a fresh take on age-old solutions. He specifically teaches how to set & achieve desired goals while ensuring constant & never ending improvement. More than a motivator, his peers refer to him as "The Master Motivational Teacher." Omar brings audiences to their feet with his indefinable quality of magnetism.
Jim Cathcart (Keynote Speaker)
Jim Cathcart is considered one of the world's leading professional speakers and business authors, the top of the top 1%. His TEDx video garnered over 2.5 million views. He has presented over 3,300 speeches in every US state and around the world. Jim Cathcart is one of only 5 speakers in the world who hold all of the following honors: past president of the National Speakers Association (NSA), recipient of the Cavett Award, member of the Speaker Hall of Fame (CPAE), Certified Speaking Professional (CSP), a 29 year member of the exclusive Speakers Roundtable (20 of the world's top speakers) and he received the Golden Gavel Award from Toastmasters International. In 2022 he was chosen as #7 of the Top 30 Global Sales Gurus and #19 of the Top Motivational Speakers. He has also been inducted into the international Sales & Marketing Hall of Fame.
When she refused to take a pay cut, Marie Cosgrove was cut loose. So she started her own business....and a few years later, bought the company that fired her.
Whether it's everyday problems or seemingly insurmountable challenges, we all face hardships in our personal and professional lives. Business mastermind and motivational speaker Marie Cosgrove will guide you in discovering how to use these hardships to propel you forward towards your Greater Fortune™.
Born into poverty, Cosgrove persevered through a tumultuous upbringing and an abusive marriage; throughout it all, she raised four children on her own while struggling to make her way in the business world. Not only did she survive, she turned the lessons of adversity into advantage, becoming a multi-millionaire entrepreneur and innovator in the competitive field of medical devices. Now, she shares what she has learned --from both her successes and failures--with audiences all over the world. From students to CEO's, entrepreneurs, corporations, non-profit organizations, professional associations to clinicians Marie has the skill, talent and communication to move audiences towards action and success.
Dr. Lew Sterrett
From growing up on a farm in Pennsylvania and getting involved in 4-H at age 8, to attending Penn State University and majoring in the animal industry field, Dr. Lew Sterrett had many opportunities to learn from qualified trainers and educators.
During his University years he was confronted with his need for a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. After his graduation he later went to earn his master’s degree in Divinity and his doctorate in Leadership Training.
Throughout his lifetime Dr. Lew has expressed his concern for Biblical leadership development as a director of a major camp and conference center, a founder of a discipleship school, a former president of CHA (an instructor safety certification program) and as a certified youth, marriage, and family counselor.
He has received many prestigious national awards for his influence in leadership such as the National Leadership Award from the National Republican Congressional Committee Business Advisory Council and the Moody Bible Institute-Most Influential People.
Dale Smith Thomas
Dale Smith Thomas is a top rated international professional speaker and best selling author who travels the world sharing a message of hope and empowerment. Through her direct and powerful messages Dale has inspired thousands of audiences around the world to take 100% responsibility for the results they are creating in their lives.
She is the president of Winners By Choice, Inc. and through her work as a personal development expert, she is often recognized from one of her many national television appearances. She has been a featured guest expert on The Dr. Phil Show, The Big Idea on CNBC, featured in a Documentary on the Travel Channel and even appeared on a Fox Reality Show.
She is a sought-after speaker whose has shared her message to a variety of different groups including hundreds of hospitals and Health Care systems, sales groups, chambers of commerce, associations and many more. She is a thought leader and storyteller that pulls from her own personal life challenges to inspire and encourage audiences to make actionable life changes both personally and professionally.
Dale is a graduate of Mississippi State University who makes her home in Nashville and is often called “The Hope Doctor” by many of her audience members.
Since 1994, as a licensed financial professional, Author, Coach, Professional Speaker, CFO Consultant, and Certified DISC Consultant, Gary Arblaster has lent his expertise to countless individuals, businesses, and organizations facing financial and leadership challenges. His systematic process to each challenge allows his clients to DISCOVER the areas that hinder growth & performance, ANALYZE the answers found within the weeds of discovery, and ADJUST their approach that enables them to spark the fuel for growth. He is passionate about helping people increase their financial knowledge, so they can build their financial future.
As a financial keynote speaker, Gary challenges his audiences to make it personal. His messages and trainings teach audiences how to empower their own financial improvement through self-assessing, self-management, social awareness, and relationship management. He not only unpacks how understanding yourself can improve relationships, communication, and finances at home but how providing financial personal growth training in the corporate setting can impact the entire team’s ability to communicate, connect, and to reduce overall stress to achieve peak performance. Whether it’s personal or corporate, better leadership equals better dollars.
Gary Arblaster serves as a member of the international John Maxwell Leadership Team, member of The Kingdom Advisors organization, and a member of Dr. Delatorro McNeal's Peak Performance Inner Circle.
Tampa, FL Luxury Realtor, Alisha West, is more than what meets the eye. As an Abundance Coach and Keynote Speaker, she focuses on showing entrepreneurs how to raise their level of awareness in the R.F.P. (Request for Prosperity). Her passion is to aid others in creating healthier mindsets that lead to the actualization of their desired results. Her expertise and training afford her as a trusted voice in coaching others to disseminate any thoughts or behaviors that drain and deplete. She is intentional about harboring positive thoughts because one can only become what they think in their hearts. She is credentialed, qualified, and highly sought after.
Alisha is a Certified Stage Crusher, obtaining her credentials from Dr. Delatorro McNeal upon completing Crush The Stage training. This is a leading program that trains and equips everyday people to impact their world through profitable speaking careers. She attributes her inspiration to motherhood and the mentorship of Dr. Delatorro McNeal, Clarence Luckett, and Cater Cofield. We're excited to welcome her to the EDGEcon 2023 stage!
About the "No Limits" 2023 EDGEcon Theme
Learn How to Stop Limiting Yourself and Move Forward with Your Life at EDGEcon 2023! Many people limit themselves to what they think they can do. But, you can go as far as your mind lets you.
“If you can imagine it you can create a version of it” - Dave Kauffman
“What you believe, remember, you can achieve.” - Mary Kay Ash
Do you feel “stuck in a rut” or dissatisfied with your life, business or even your marriage but believe there is little you can do about it? Do you want to move forward in life, but you don’t seem to be able to do so? If so, you’re probably limiting yourself. The good news is that you can do something about it. You can take control of your thoughts, change your beliefs, and take action to move your life forward. This will be the theme at EDGEcon 2023 and our speakers will present practical content that will help you live life with NO LIMITS!
2023 Entertainment: Ryan and Friends
Ventriloquist and Comedian
Get ready to have fun and laugh when Ryan and Friends visit EDGEcon 2023 for the Friday Evening entertainment. Ryan Bomgardner is a full time ventriloquist and comedian. Each year, he performs over 150 shows throughout North America. Ryan’s performances range from corporate events, theatres, and resorts to churches, cruises, TV appearances, and a headlining performer for the Walt Disney Company. Ryan’s show has taken him to 6 continents making people laugh. And we cannot wait to have him command the stage at EDGEcon 2023.
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