John Addison

Leadership Editor of SUCCESS Magazine, Best-Selling Author & Former Co-CEO of Primerica

John Addison, former co-CEO of Primerica from 1999 to 2015, emerged as a leader shortly after joining the company in the early 1980s.  John helped navigate the company in the years following its acquisition by what became Citigroup. He became president of Primerica in 1995 and co-CEO in 1999. He and Rick Williams created one of the most successful IPOs of the decade.

Guiding the sales force through these monumental changes, while also working to keep morale high, developed John’’s passion and talent for motivating others and allowed him to inspire and empower over a million people during his career. In addition to his stellar reputation as a businessman, John has made a name for himself as a top-rated speaker, renowned for using his down-home delivery and humor to provide insight and wisdom on leadership, personal development and success.

Today, the former co-CEO and thought leader is focusing on his passion of helping people become the best they can be as Leadership Editor of SUCCESS magazine. He truly understands how to inspire and motivate and will share his insight with your field to help them achieve the success they crave. John’’s best-selling book Real Leadership, full of his insight and inimitable humor, can be found at bookstores nationwide.


  • Real Leadership
  • Motivation

Mel Robbins

Motivational Speaker, Award Winning CNN Commentator & Contributing Editor of SUCCESS Magazine

Mel Robbins is a serial entrepreneur, best-selling author, internationally recognized social media influencer, and one of the most sought-after motivational speakers in the world.

Her digital platform inspires more than 20 million people a month with transformative videos, articles, positive psychology research, and inspiring content. Mel’s latest book, The 5 Second Rule, is a fixture on Amazon’s “Top Ten Most Read List” and one of the most successful audio books ever published. Her TEDx talk about change has more than ten million views.

Mel’s media company, The Confidence Project, Inc. produces personal development programming and online courses for her global student body and corporate partners. On stage, Mel is a riveting, fun, and unforgettable speaker, teaching audiences a wide range of science-backed strategies with life-changing impact. Mel has spoken to executives at some of the world’s leading brands, including Microsoft, JP Morgan Chase, Optum, Cisco, and AT&T. She is also an award-winning opinion columnist and legal analyst for CNN, a Dr. Oz Healthline Expert, and a Contributing Editor for SUCCESS Magazine.

A graduate of Dartmouth College and Boston College Law School, Mel is married mother of three and lives in the Boston area, but remains a Midwesterner at heart.


  • The 5 Second Rule: Achieve Breakthrough Performance in Your Career & Life
  • Mel also creates customized speeches and multi-event leadership series for clients.

John C. Maxwell

New York Times Best-Selling Author, Speaker, Entrepreneur, SUCCESS Ambassador & Contributing Editor

John C. Maxwell is an internationally renowned leadership expert, coach and author who has sold over 20 million books. Dr. Maxwell founded EQUIP and the John Maxwell Company, organizations that have trained more than 5 million leaders in 153 countries.

Every year he speaks to Fortune 100 companies, international government leaders, and organizations such as the United States Military Academy at West Point, the National Football League and the United Nations.

A New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Business Week best-selling author, Maxwell’’s The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership has sold more than 2 million copies. Developing the Leader Within You and The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader have each sold more than 1 million copies.


  • How to Be a Real Success
  • The 5 Levels of Leadership
  • The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership
  • The 17 Indisputable Laws of Teamwork
  • The 360° Leader

Carrie Wilkerson

The Barefoot Executive

A small town girl who was able to think beyond the city limits, Carrie Wilkerson is a best-selling author, an international speaker, an award-winning podcaster, and a sought-after radio guest. Featured on CNN and Fox Business News and named by Forbes as a top small business influencer, she’s also consulted marketing and launch teams of Dr. John Maxwell, Zig Ziglar, Google small business and other influential business leaders on business strategies and current trends. However, Carrie mostly enjoys helping ordinary people lead extraordinary lives.

Carrie speaks from the experience of a former corporate clock puncher, high school teacher, direct sales representative, growth consultant, and business coach. She got her “big start” in high school bagging groceries for tips only on a military base and now she makes her living by giving tips to over 100,000 men and women as The Barefoot Executive ™. She can help you build the business you need so you can live the life you want by connecting the dots between your WHY and your DO.

Whether you hang around for her tough-love business coaching or her never-ending supply of personal, family or life encouragement, she’ll inspire you & help you make a plan to do what you love: on your terms, from your own home, and yes, even barefoot if you want.

Carrie has paid off over six figures in debt, lost over 120 pounds, and run several successful businesses from home. She is the proud momma of 4 kids, ages elementary through college!

Always barefoot, even as a kid…and nicknamed a ‘barefoot executive’ when she was a pregnant at-home CEO, Carrie believes you can create a life you love while keeping your priorities intact.


  • Your Life. Your Business. Your Way.
  • Input Income. Your Way.
  • Fill Your Stadium.
  • Momflict.
  • The Achiever's Maxim.

Simon T. Bailey

CEO, Simon T. Bailey International, Inc., Former Sales Director, Disney Institute and Best-Selling Author

Simon T. Bailey is the CEO of Simon T. Bailey International, a premium education company specializing in creating learning and development content for individuals and organizations. Simon derives great joy by sharing and inspiring men and women with a simple transformational framework and the tools needed to create a purposeful life and a meaningful and profitable business.

Simon delivers tangible takeaways that are easy to implement and produce sustainable results. He connects with any audience – on many levels – with a relevant message that resonates beyond the stage. Simon serves as a guide and catalyst, challenging people to shift and create their future. With his wisdom and expertise, an Orlando-based healthcare system was able to be acquired and a division of a hospitality company was ranked No. 1 for customer service by

Simon is one of America’s top 10 most-booked corporate and association speakers on Change, Leadership, and Customer Experience. He has worked with over 1,500 organizations and has impacted more than 2 million people through his presentations and seminars in 45 countries worldwide. As a Hall of Fame keynote speaker, executive adviser, and author, he addresses more than 100,000 people each year.

His popular Building Business Relationships course for LinkedIn (via has been viewed by 20,000 professionals in 100 countries. His new course, How to Find a Sponsor, is receiving rave reviews. Simon is the top-selling author of seven books and creator of the Shift Your Brilliance System, a personal development program that takes individuals and organizations on a transformational journey to create a brilliant life and business. A percentage of the revenue from system sales benefits the U.S. Dream Academy, a nonprofit organization that positively impacts urban youth.

Prior to founding his company, Simon worked in the hospitality and tourism industry for 20 years and was sales director and new business development director for the world-renowned Disney Institute based at Walt Disney World Resort.®

Simon holds a Master’s degree from Faith Christian University and was inducted as an honorary member of the University of Central Florida Golden Key Honor Society. He is also a former member of the advisory council for Management and Executive Education at Rollins College Crummer Graduate School of Business, one of the top 25 best private graduate business schools in the United States.

He serves on the Board of Directors for the U.S. Dream Academy and the Orlando Health Foundation. Speaker magazine also selected him as one of the top 25 “hot speakers” shaping the profession.

When Simon is not working, he spends quality time with his two active teenagers, roots for the Buffalo Bills, and is an avid moviegoer.


  • Shift Your Brilliance – Leading Amidst Uncertainty
  • Shift Your Brilliance - Harness the Power of You, Inc.
  • Brilliant Living – Own Your Future
  • Customer Experience – Increase Your Revenue with a Spirit of Excellence
  • Brand the Moment – Platinum Service with a Brilliant Touch
  • Stop Selling and Start Connecting

Josh Ellis

Editor in Chief, SUCCESS

One of the youngest chief editors in the country, Josh Ellis was honored in 2016 by the trade journal Folio: as one of the magazine industry’s 30 under 30 brightest stars. Folio: has also called him one of the 100 most influential people in the magazine industry, and he and his staff at SUCCESS have twice been nominated for prestigious Editorial Team of the Year honors.

At SUCCESS, Ellis is a leading advocate of personal development for entrepreneurs, achievers and anyone seeking greater goals. The magazine’s content and his writing have ranged from topics of leadership and communication to work-life balance, intentionality and reinvention. Ellis’s speeches frequently reinforce the need for a personal framework for success, including such measures as happiness, health, growth and purpose.


  • THE FRAMEWORK OF SUCCESS: Create your own action plan for Happiness, Health, Growth and Purpose

Rita Davenport

Author, Speaker & Television Personality

As a seminar leader, CSP, CPAE, award-winning keynote Hall of Fame speaker, humorist, and author, Rita is an internationally recognized expert in the principles of success, secrets of network marketing, time management, goal setting, creative thinking, and building self-esteem and confidence.

Her careers range from social work and teaching to broadcasting, writing and corporate leadership. She has been featured in People magazine, The Wall Street Journal and countless other business magazines. She produced and hosted her own award-winning television show, Success Strategies, for 15 years, which was viewed in over 32 million homes. She has appeared on over 200 radio and television shows, including ABC’s Good Morning America, NBC’s Today Show, Regis Philbin’’s show and The Sally Jessy Raphael Show.


  • Mindset Mastery (Rising Above Your Raising; Programming the Power Within)
  • Leadership Mastery (Visionary Leadership; Lead to Succeed)
  • Teambuilding
  • Sales Mastery (Compelling Selling!)
  • Relationship Mastery (The #1 Key to TRUE Success)
  • Communication & Stage Mastery (Becoming a 'Master Messenger')
  • Success Skills for Empowerment (Laugh Your Way to Success)
  • Time Mastery (Optimizing Your Time & Productivity)
  • Goal Mastery (Goal Setting vs. Goal Getting)

Shawn Achor

New York Times Best-Selling Author, Speaker & Contributing Editor of SUCCESS Magazine

Shawn Achor is the New York Times best-selling author of The Happiness Advantage and Before Happiness. He spent 12 years at Harvard, where he won over a dozen distinguished teaching awards, and delivered lectures on positive psychology in the most popular class at Harvard. Shawn graduated magna cum laude from Harvard and earned a Masters from Harvard Divinity School in Christian and Buddhist ethics.

Shawn has since become one of the world’’s leading experts on the connection between happiness and success. Shawn has now worked with over a third of the Fortune 100 companies, and with places like the NFL, the Pentagon and the U.S. Treasury. To do his work, Shawn has traveled to 51 countries, speaking to farmers in Zimbabwe, CEOs in China, doctors in Dubai and schoolchildren in South Africa. In 2014, Oprah Winfrey did a two-hour interview with Shawn on the science of happiness and meaning. His research on happiness made the cover of Harvard Business Review, his TED talk is one of the most popular of all time with almost 13 million views, and his lecture airing on PBS has been seen by millions.


  • The Happiness Advantage: Linking Positive Brains to Performance
  • Positive Leadership: Restoring a Culture of Confidence
  • The Ripple Effect: How to Make Positive Change Easier

Joseph McClendon III

Best selling author, Psychologist, Speaker, Ultimate Performance Specialist, SUCCES Ambassador & Contributing Editor

Joseph McClendon III is one of the most sought-after Ultimate Performance Specialists in the industry. His unique brand of “Tell, Show, Do” teaching and coaching creates rapid personal change that effectively moves people to take more consistent action and go “Further Faster” with their personal and business achievements. His remarkable ability to go straight to the core of the challenge and effect rapid, lasting change makes him a unique commodity in business, health and wellness, and personal improvement.

Although all of Joseph McClendon’s speeches, presentations and workshops are dynamically inspiring, motivating and empowering, motivation alone does not produce results. Personal performance enhancement learning is what ultimately changes the bottom line.

With the unique nature of Joseph McClendon’s content and delivery, all presentations will produce a specific result in the moment, and all participants will leave with tools to create ongoing results and sustainable change in the future.

He is an expert in coaching sales professionals in overcoming the behaviors and inner and outer obstacles that may impede their results and affect their bottom line. McClendon provides them with the influence skills and tools that give them the competitive advantage necessary to prosper in the marketplace of the new millennium.


  • Confidence & Certainty
  • Fear into Activity
  • The Focus Factor
  • Vision & Dreams Into Reality
  • The True Leader in You
  • Identity Building
  • Attraction and Abundance
  • Happiness Factor
  • Health, energy, wellness and aging magnificently

Connie Podesta

Award Winning Author, Emcee, Speaker & Internationally Recognized Success Leader

Connie Podesta is a game-changing, moneymaking, sales- generating, idea innovator whose rare blend of laugh-out-loud humor, out-of-the-box strategies and signature tell-it-like-it-is delivery style have made her one of the most talked about and entertaining motivational speakers in the marketplace today.

Connie has spoken in front of more than 2 million people worldwide and 1,000 organizations in every major industry. She is a two-time award-winning author of seven books, a radio/TV personality, comedienne, playwright and Organizational Therapist. She is an international speaker on Change, Leadership, Sales, Branding and Diversity. Bottom line: Get ready! Connie is a whirlwind of energy and ideas that will definitely help you GET WHAT YOU WANT out of life!


  • Stand Out from the Crowd: How to Be No. 1 and Stay There!
  • Sales... Like You’ve Never Heard It Before
  • Life Would Be Easy.... If It Weren’t for Other People!
  • How to Get What You Want... The Right Way!
  • Leadership... Like You’ve Never Heard It Before
  • Diversity: Helping People Understand People

Don Yaeger

New York Times Best-Selling Author, Speaker & Contributing Editor of SUCCESS Magazine

Don Yaeger is a nationally acclaimed speaker, longtime Associate Editor of Sports Illustrated and author of 25 books, nine of which have become New York Times best- sellers. He began his career at the San Antonio Light and also worked at the Dallas Morning News and the Florida Times- Union before going to Sports Illustrated.

As an author, Don has written books with, among others, Hall of Fame running back Walter Payton, UCLA basketball Coach John Wooden, baseball legends John Smoltz and Tug McGraw and football stars Warrick Dunn and Michael Oher (featured in the movie The Blind Side). He teamed with Fox News anchor Brian Kilmeade to pen the 2013 best-seller George Washington’s Secret Six, a look at the citizen spy ring that helped win the Revolutionary War, and then again in 2015, writing Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates: The Forgotten War that Changed American History.

Don left Sports Illustrated in 2008 to pursue a public speaking career that has allowed him to share stories learned from the greatest winners of our generation with audiences as diverse as Fortune 100 companies to cancer survivor groups, where he shares his personal story. More than a quarter-million people have heard his discussions on “What Makes the Great Ones Great.”


  • What Makes the Great Ones Great
  • Great Teams: 16 Things High Performing Organizations Do Differently

Tony Jeary

Best-Selling Author, Coach to the World’s Top CEOs and High-Achievers & Contributing Editor of SUCCESS Magazine

Tony is a strategist, thought leader, and prolific author of over 40 titles. For more than two decades, Tony has advised CEOs and other high achievers on how to discover new clarity for their vision, develop focus on their direction, and create powerful execution strategies that impact achievement and results. Tony has personally coached the most accomplished people in the world, including presidents from Wal-Mart, SAM’s Club, Ford, American Airlines, HP, Firestone, Samsung and New York Life. Tony practices the business mantra his father taught him growing up, Give Value… Do More Than is Expected.

Tony and his team focus on the entire opportunity for your event and help strategize, develop and build the right follow-up messages and materials in order to best ensure real action and follow-through are achieved. Success and accomplishment is about getting results and getting those results faster. It doesn’t matter if the meeting participants are business leaders, business development people, or management groups. Tony helps clients get results.


  • Results Faster
  • Life Is a Series of Presentations
  • Success Acceleration
  • Ten Essentials for Driving Execution
  • Finding 100 Extra Minutes