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Delores Pressley DeLores Pressley Worldwide

551 36th Street, N. W. Canton OH 44709

Work Phone: (330) 649-9809
Work Phone: (877) 550-1751
Work Fax: (330) 649-9809
TOPICS:  Keynotes, Inspiration, Motivation, Coaching, Faith Messages,Speaking Skills, Women’s Issues
DeLores Pressley, Motivational and Confidence Expert, is one of the most respected and sought-after experts on success, confidence and personal power. She is an international speaker, author, coach and the Founder of the Born Successful Institute She helps individuals amplify confidence and use personal power to live their ideal life. Her story has been touted in the Washington Post, Black Enterprise, Success, Essence, Ebony and Marie Claire. She is a frequent media guest and has appeared on OPRAH and Entertainment Tonight. She has spoken to 107,000 people in over 65 major cities and countries. She is the author of Clean Out the Closet of Your Life, Believe in the Power of You and Oh Yes You Can. She produces Speak for Hire, an educational program teaching entrepreneurs and speakers how to speak and grow their business. She is the Co-Host of radio show; “Wriggling in the Middle on WHBC 1480am.

Immediate Past-President & Secretary


Pamela Gilchrist MA, APR, CPT Gilchrist Group

8190 Beechmont Ave., #361 Cincinnati OH 45255

Work Phone: (859) 431-9090
Work Fax: (800) 233-1415
TOPICS:  Business Growth, Leadership, Adapting To Change, Executive Presence, Branded Marketing/Communications, Emotional Intelligence/Personality Styles, Influencer Engagement, Resilience, Presentation/Speech/Video TrainingPam speaks on breakthrough business strategies for change and growth. Through her Expert Influence™ Academy, she trains C-Suite executives, emerging leaders and SMEs on executive presence, personal branding, effective communications, presentations, speaking and human relations. She also shares best practices for high impact branded marketing/communications. A Fortune 500, international award-winning leadership and communications expert, Pam shares stories and reveals insider secrets of what works at top companies – and what doesn’t. Her authentic style is inviting, engaging, humorous and creative. You can count on Pam to connect with audiences at every level and provide meaningful take-aways.

President-Elect & Vice President of Marketing/Sponsorship

 ryan2Lisa Ryan Grategy

3222 Perl Court North Royalton OH 44133

Work Phone: (216) 225-8027
Work Fax: (440) 237-2754
Work Email:
TOPICS:  Employee Recognition, Employee Retention, Employee Satisfaction, Motivation, Networking, Positive Attitude, Presentation Skills, Sales, Speech Coaching, Team AttitudeUtilizing 20+ years in sales, marketing and training, Lisa Ryan inspires her audiences to harness the power of gratitude in their business and in their lives. By incorporating her proven strategies, Lisa’s clients experience higher employee satisfaction, stronger customer retention in their businesses as well as healthier, happier lives. Besides her Grategy business, is the author of two book, “The Upside of Down Times,” and “With Excellence.” She is featured in two films – “The Keeper of the Keys” also starring Jack Canfield, Marci Shimoff and John Gray, and “The Gratitude Experiment” also featuring Bob Proctor and Dr. John Demartini. Lisa is the co-founder of the Positive Thinkers Network.

Vice President of Professional Development


Anne Obarski Merchandise Concepts

8603 Scotscraig Court Dublin OH 43017

Work Phone: (614) 389-3248
TOPICS: Retail, Customer Service, Employee Retention, Business, Business Improvement, Communications, Dealing with Difficult People/Customers, Gen Y as Customers/Employees, Keynotes, MarketingAnne M. Obarski is a professional international speaker and author who works closely with retail organizations who want to become CONTAGIOUS…on purpose! Anne has been the Executive Director of Merchandise Concepts since 1984. Anne’s high energy sessions help companies focus on what keeps customers coming back..enviable, repeatable, remarkable customer service.

Vice President of Operations


Kelly Herron Pavlovic Dreams Inspired Here

19333 Lauren Way Strongsville OH 44149

Home Phone: (440) 878-8790
TOPICS:  Motivation; Authorship; Persistence; Corporate & Personal Communication; Presentation Skills; Life Balance; Social Media StrategyKnown as The Persistence Pro, Kelly believes persistence is the key to achieving goals and making dreams come true. Kelly is an enthusiastic proponent of educated and informed clients. As a professional speaker, author, and consultant, she works with individuals and organizations to help them succeed, stay focused and be persistent in their goals. She is the author of the book Keep Calm and Get Social: The Stress-Less Guide to Social Media Marketing Strategy as well as co-author of What Did You Just Say?: The Guide to Contemporary Communication and Are We Having Fun Yet?: It’s NOT a Four-Letter Word. Kelly currently serves as Vice President of Chapter Operations  for the Board of Directors of Ohio chapter of the National Speakers Association. She is also the co-owner, with Jim Great Elk Waters, of Dreams Inspired Here, a personal development consultancy that integrates ancient native wisdom with modern solutions to educate people about how to make their dreams become reality and to live a balanced life.

Membership Director


 Jeffrey Nischwitz The Nischwitz Group

4592 Silverdale Road North Olmsted OH 44070

Work Phone: (216) 373-7610
Work Fax: (216) 373-7610
TOPICS: Change Management, High Performance Work Teams, Inspiration, Leadership, Self-Image, Success/Sales, Relationship Building, NetworkingJeff is a master storyteller who brings rare authenticity to his theme – the power of relationships. From growing sales, to team execution, to leadership. Jeff helps businesses accelerate, navigate change, and execute. Audiences experience disruptive thinking and inspired perspectives on the impact of positive attitude – what’s been called Getting Jeffed.