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Meet Our Facilitators

JOSEPH BOWERS

Founding Partner and CEO, Stone Cottage | Co-Founder, CREATiON Companies

Joseph Bowers is known for his engaging and holistic approach, connecting the parallel nuances of musicianship and musical collaboration with the tasks at hand, designed to facilitate purpose, balance, productivity, focus and human connection.

He combines 25 years as an entrepreneur and global corporate executive to help individuals and teams transform their leadership capabilities. Focused on outcome-based learning, business management, leadership development and executive coaching, Joseph leverages holistic strategies designed to facilitate purpose, productivity and human connection. He co-founded CREATiON Companies in 2017, creating essential space, place and experiences for business leaders and teams to collaborate and grow.

Throughout his career, Joseph has partnered with high-profile business leaders and held senior leadership roles with global, corporate and non-profit organizations. His passion for building robust teams and cultures and delivering innovative strategy-focused learning experiences results in world-class retreats and destinations with renowned thought leaders and subject-matter experts.

Joseph has founded and led start-up ventures, large-scale corporations and government projects in the United States and Asia, spanning multiple industries: real estate, education, retail, wholesale, manufacturing, media, supply chain and leadership organizations. Previously, he co-founded and served as President and Chief Operating Officer of the learning and virtual experience platform Geniecast, and was the Chief Networking Officer for YPO, the world’s largest network of chief executives focused on better business leadership through peer learning.

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MATTHEW HOMANN

Founder, Filament | Inventor of Thinksgiving | Lifelong Entrepreneur

Matt Homann has suffered from “Idea Surplus Disorder” as long as he can remember. He has a natural knack for helping smart people think, meet and learn together better.

An accomplished keynote speaker and creative facilitator, Matt has worked with legal, accounting, financial services, nonprofit, and healthcare professionals around the world, as well as with executives from companies like McDonald’s, HP, IBM, British Petroleum, Nokia, DuPont and the US Military.

In his previous life as a lawyer, Matt earned a reputation as a tireless advocate for legal innovation, alternative fees, and client-focused service. He was named one of the 50 most innovative people in law by Fastcase, a “Legal Rebel” by the American Bar Association and is a fellow of the College of Law Practice Management.

Matt is also the founder and former CEO of Invisible Girlfriend and Invisible Boyfriend, a startup that pioneered virtual companionship and that was featured on The Today Show.

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WHITNEY KENTER

CEO & Founder Glowe Connective | Speaker | Thought Leader

Whitney Kenter has unbounded visionary creativity, an audacity to dream big, and can corral energy to unlock value and potential in people and businesses. With more than two decades of experience in business advisory, financial services and executive leadership, Whitney has led highly successful entrepreneurial businesses and organizations in the roles of CEO, managing member and board member.

 

Currently, she is founder and CEO of Glowe Connective, an innovative advisory firm to businesses and executives that helps visionary leaders foster creativity and collaboration as key elements of the energy needed to shift and grow their businesses.

Most recently, Whitney was a founding managing member of Matter Family Office, an industry-leading national wealth management firm that advises highly successful families. Whitney was responsible for the leadership of the firm’s culture, people, branding, communication and strategic initiatives.

 

Whitney has also brought her passion to inspire, create and connect to her roles as a board member of House of Genius, Venture Café St. Louis, St. Louis Children’s Hospital, and the St. Louis United Way, an advisor to NEXUS Global Summit, a member of Summit, and as a U.S. Fringe Diplomacy Partnership Opportunity Delegate to Cuba

NAEEM MAHMOOD

Founder, Mood Ventures | Peak Performance Strategist | Partner, Performance Coach University

Naeem Mahmood is a world-renowned peak performance coach in the areas of leadership, organizational behavior, psychology of achievement, and sales mastery.

 

He has advised some of the world’s top organizations including the US Army, Salesforce, Google, Equinox, Berkshire Hathaway, Groupon and JP Morgan. Naeem was one of Tony Robbins’ top national speakers where he delivered 3,000+ talks, introducing more than 100,000 people to the psychology of peak performance. He has mastered the skills that create immediate and lasting change.

 

Through keynotes and business performance coaching Naeem helps businesses, brands and individuals achieve rapid, measurable improvements in work and life. He serves entrepreneurs and professionals all the way up to Fortune 500 company executives.

 

With more than 15 years of professional speaking and coaching experience, Naeem’s clients, audiences, and readers see results every single day, reaching their highest potential with purpose and passion.

CELESTE O'BRIEN

President, Glowe Connective

Celeste O’Brien is a multidisciplinary leader with experience in change management, communications, marketing, people and culture.

 

She is a strategic thought catalyst who is passionate about bridging people and ideas with love and understanding. The high-stakes nature of her first career in education demanded a mindset of urgency and rapid innovation, which has been the foundation of her work in business. She excels at moving ahead, whether the next steps are direct or have yet to be defined.

Celeste’s passion for people and talent began in her four years as a Teach For America middle school math teacher in St. Louis Public Schools. During the following seven years at Matter Family Office, she built a culturally aligned framework for hiring, employee engagement, and professional development that allowed Matter to consistently hire and retain top industry talent. She also supported internal and external marketing and communications, brand management, culture, talent, and strategy.

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