Keynote Speakers

Michael Bonner

Michael Bonner is an inspiring teacher at North Carolina’s South Greenville Elementary, where the majority of students have strenuous familial dynamics and some are homeless. The school is 100% FRL (free and reduced lunch) and is located in a marginalized neighborhood in Eastern North Carolina.

In early 2017, Bonner was honored by Ellen DeGeneres in recognition of his positive and innovative educational approaches for children coping adverse childhood experiences.This is when she learned of how Mr. Bonner’s mind capturing teaching methods encouraged students to go above and beyond on a reading test. Ellen presented Bonner and his school with technical equipment to assist in the creation of music videos serving as aids to education.  “I wish I could go back to second grade, so Mr. Bonner could be my teacher,” were the words Ellen Degeneres released on her social media accounts to 50+ million followers. Additionally, Wal-Mart presented the school with $25,000, and the Ellen Show created a Go Fund Me site for South Greenville, which has raised over $88,000 for the Title I school.

With only six years in K-12 education, Mr. Bonner is consistently seen as a visionary leader who strives to create a positive mindset among all of his students. He understands that his students come to class each day with diverse backgrounds, strengths, needs, and challenges, and seeks to identify strategies to ensure the growth of their social, emotional, academic, and psychological needs. Because of his approach to education, students leave feeling a little more hopeful, challenged, inspired, and forever a part of Bonnerville!


JJ Ramberg

JJ Ramberg is an award-winning television host, bestselling author and entrepreneur.  For 13 years, JJ anchored MSNBC’s Your Business, which was dedicated to providing a forum for issues affecting the owners of small and growing businesses.  She profiled thousands of small business owners and featured advice from countless experts and investors and government officials.  As a leader in this field, JJ often speaks to groups of business leaders and entrepreneurs.  She recently hosted the series Follow the Food for the BBC World News to highlight the problems and solutions around the world’s food supply.

JJ is passionate about small business and has firsthand experience as an entrepreneur herself. With her brother, she co-founded Goodshop.com, which works with thousands of online stores to provide shoppers the best coupons and deals and gives a percentage of virtually every purchase back to the shopper or their favorite cause.  Earlier this year, she co-founded Goodpods, a peer to peer podcast recommendation app.

She is author of the best-selling book It’s Your Business – 183 Essential Tips that Will Transform Your Small Business and The Startup Club, a fun fiction book tailored to young entrepreneurs.


Amanda Kathryn Roman

Amanda Kathryn Roman has been called a cultural translator, a catalyst for creativity, an innovative designer, a dynamic high-energy speaker, a rockstar facilitator, a maven network-builder, and a transformational coach. Amanda has trained thousands and is recognized as a trailblazer in the fields of leadership, government, and community engagement having worked in every state in the US. She has undergone extensive training in the science of happiness, the proven strategies of high performance, and holistic lifestyle practices in which she roots her offerings through coaching, training, speaking, and event design. Amanda’s work has been profiled in a variety of outlets including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and New York Post.

At Conscious Capitalism, Inc. Amanda is building on her twenty-five years in executive leadership where she bridged significant divides and created numerous alliances between the public and private sectors by connecting stakeholders from the arenas of business, investment, academia, government, community and media to unleash the potential of each individual in the ecosystem. Now she drives innovation and strategic alignment for Conscious Capitalism while directing the incubation of learning and development experiences that support business leaders in integrating and implementing conscious business principles through mastermind gatherings, on-site workshops, site visits, and online curriculum.

Amanda also leads engagement to support a diversified representation of business leaders in the growing global movement of Conscious Capitalists. Internally, she provides organization-wide coaching and serves as a member of the Conscious Capitalism, Inc. leadership team to support organizational development.

Based in the New York City metropolitan area, Amanda enjoys spending time in the great outdoors; adventuring with family and friends; running marathons; dancing whenever the mood strikes her; practicing yoga every damn day; drinking espresso, whiskey & mezcal {not all at the same time}; reading voraciously; traveling to satisfy her wanderlust soul; and listening to classic rock while she is on the go.

Additionally, Amanda serves as President of the Board of Directors of Policy Jury Group; Founding Partner of Living Room Conversations; and holds a Masters in High Performance from the High Performance Institute. Select highlights of her professional accolades include the Nonpartisan Trailblazer Award, the Outstanding National Network Architect Award, and the Best Field Representative Award. She was also the inaugural recipient of the eponymous Amanda Hydro Award for Outstanding Leadership & Community Service which is presented annually.


Jasmine Lawrence

Jasmine Lawrence currently serves as a Technical Program Manager on the Portal (formerly Building 8) team at Facebook. This team is building products that make it easier for people to connect with the ones they love most. Previously, she served as a Technical Program Manager at SoftBank Robotics America where she lead a multidisciplinary team to create software for social, humanoid robots.

At the age of 13, after attending a NFTE BizCamp, Jasmine founded EDEN BodyWorks to meet her own need for affordable natural hair and body care products. After almost 14 years in business her products are available at Target, Wal-Mart, CVS, Walgreens,  Amazon.com , Kroger, HEB, and Sally Beauty Supply stores just to name a few.

Earlier in her career, Jasmine was a Program Manager at Microsoft. On the Microsoft HoloLens Experience team Jasmine created customer driven Mixed Reality applications for enterprise partners. Before that she worked on the Xbox Engineering team creating cross-platform social experiences for millions of gamers around the world.

Jasmine earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science, with concentrations in devices and artificial intelligence, from the Georgia Institute of Technology. She also holds a Master’s degree in Human Centered Design & Engineering  from the University of Washington.