FACILITATORS

Francis Jay Caputo, M.S., CMC

Francis Jay Caputo, M.S., CMC

Certified Master Coach

Jay Caputo is a Certified Master Coach with more than 20 years of experience in professional and leadership training and coaching. He has worked with hundreds of individuals, organizations and corporations designing and delivering a variety of training and coaching initiatives focused on developing personal and professional leadership skills and competencies. Jay is the creator of the 4D Transformative Coaching Certification Program™, which is internationally accredited by the Certified Coaches Alliance (CCA).

Prior to his independent consulting career, Jay was a leadership facilitator for the National Student Leadership Conference and trainer for SkillPath, one of the world’s leading learning and development firms for professionals and corporations.

His clients have included many Fortune 500 companies including American Express, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman and Xerox Corporation, as well as non-profit and governmental agencies such as the New York City Housing Authority, Florida Metropolitan University and the U.S. Department of Interior.

Jay received his Master of Science degree in Conflict Analysis & Resolution from George Mason University and a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) from Florida Atlantic University. Jay has completed extensive training in multiple disciplines including philosophy, psychology and sociology, among other social sciences. He serves on the Board of Directors for Education Rocks, an international nonprofit committed to ending global poverty through education and leadership.

Ralph Campbell, CMC

Ralph Campbell, CMC

Certified Master Coach / Certified WLJ Disruption Advisor

Ralph Campbell is a Certified Master Coach with more than 25 years in leadership and performance-based consulting, as well as diversity awareness training and youth mentoring. He helped found and lead three different successful leadership and performance training companies.

Ralph is passionate in his belief that all individuals have the capacity to be leaders in both their careers and personal lives – and he has dedicated himself to extensive research and training in the field of performance enhancement and building high-impact teams.

He has spent two decades serving as the Chair or Member of Board of Directors for multiple community organizations including the United Way of Broward County, Nova Southeastern University, Broward Partnership for the Homeless, Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County, Leadership Broward Foundation, Women in Distress, the National Conference for Community and Justice and ChildNet. He has been recognized as one of the “Most Powerful African Americans” in South Florida.

His clients have included Florida State University, Neiman Marcus, Florida Power & Light, Children's Services Council and the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship.

Ralph is a graduate of the Dartmouth Tuck School of Business Leadership Program, “Building a High-Performance Business,” and a graduate of Leadership Broward XXII and Leadership Florida XXVII. ,” He received his Bachelor’s degree in Marketing from Morehouse College.

Elizabeth Ely Caputo, CMC

Elizabeth Ely Caputo, CMC

Certified Master Coach

Elizabeth (Ely) Caputo is the Co-founder and CEO of 4D Associates International, a CCA Certified Master Coach, Certified Radical Honesty Trainer and Coach and Certified Experiential Learning Facilitator. She has 14 years of experience as a Transformative Leadership Trainer throughout Latin America, the United States and Europe. Ely holds a Bachelor's Degree in Business Management from the University of Panama (her home country) where she also served as the Administrative Assistant to the University President. After moving to the United States, she became a US citizen and was the Director of Finance and Management for the Greater Dallas Chamber of Commerce.

Ely has extensive experience working with a broad range of professionals from within both the public and private sectors, particularly with small business entrepreneurs. Ely is an active member of her community serving on the School Accountability Committee and the PTA for Plumosa School of the Arts in Delray Beach, FL where she lives with her husband and daughter.

Dave Aizer

Dave Aizer

Media Coach TV Host TEDx Speaker Author

For more than two decades, Dave Aizer has spent thousands of hours on-camera and on-stage as a public speaker, mastering his craft. A highly sought-after keynote speaker, award-winning television host, and best-selling author, he is also the founder and head media coach of Elite Media Coaching, a public-speaking consultancy that empowers executives, business owners, entrepreneurs, and entire companies to communicate with confidence, poise, and passion.

Dave’s coaching expertise includes speeches, panels, TV performance, and social media videos. On television, Dave has hosted shows on various networks, including The CW, CBS, FOX Sports, and Nickelodeon, for which he is best-known for hosting “Slime Time Live,” one of the most successful shows in Nickelodeon’s history. A dynamic inspirational speaker, he has presented on behalf of numerous organizations such as TEDx, The American Cancer Society, The March Of Dimes, and Deliver the Dream, a non-profit that organizes retreats for families facing serious illness and crisis. His presentations include “Building Your Brand Through Media” and “The Journey From Struggle To Strength,” which describes his autobiographical experience surviving stage 3 melanoma.

Additionally, Dave has published two books: Lights, Camera, Speech! The Essentials Of Dynamic Communication, and his cancer-journey memoir A Hypochondriac's Guide To Beating Cancer . Dave is an advocate in the fight against melanoma, and sits on the board of the American Cancer Society, Southeast Florida Area. He’s also a Mentor Angel for the Imerman Angels Cancer Support Community. A New York native who moved to South Florida, then Orlando, then Los Angeles, then back to New York City, before ultimately returning to South Florida, Dave currently lives in Fort Lauderdale with his wife and son. He enjoys playing and watching tennis, Miami Hurricanes football, and 80's concerts.

To watch Dave in action, visit www.daveaizer.com.

Laurie A. Watkins

Laurie A. Watkins

Campaign Catalyst

Laurie A. Watkins is a campaign catalyst, founder & president of Sunshine L.A.W. Consulting, and current Political Director for Florida House Victory. Laurie is also an accomplished speaker, best-selling author of the award-winning book, Go from Stressed to Strong: Health & Fitness Advice from High Achievers, civic engagement champion, women’s rights advocate, and is a frequent guest on MSNBC Newsmax and FOX News.

For two decades, Laurie has developed strategies to bring people together around common causes. Appointed by President Barack Obama to serve in his Administration at the Pentagon for the US Army, Laurie is a veteran of several presidential, gubernatorial and congressional campaigns, and is an active partner of the Truman National Security Project. This diverse career, working closely with such accomplished thought leaders, has become a catalyst for promoting critical awareness of the interdependent relationship between wellness and productivity.

Laurie's clients have included the Florida State University, University of California, Davis, University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, Steered Straight, NLC - Broward, MOSTEe, Military Transition Network, The American Turkish Friendship Association, TransAtlantic Progressive Campaign Committee, and Leadership Broward. Laurie is a past guest lecturer at the United States Military Academy at West Point, holds a BS from Florida State University, a MPA from Florida Atlantic University, and is a graduate of Leadership Broward Class XXV.

Jake Tuber

Jake Tuber

Ed.D. Candidate in Leadership & Adult Learning, Columbia University

Jake Tuber is the Founder and Principal at Ticonderoga Advisory LLC, where he serves as a learning facilitator, coach, and consultant helping leaders get the most out of their teams and guiding individuals towards greater productivity and engagement in their roles.

As a coach, Jake works primarily with standout high-potential employees, new managers and leaders, executives managing across generations in the workplace, and with individuals exploring next step career opportunities. His coaching style has been described by clients as “practical, affable, and relatable” and “psychologically astute”.

Jake spent years serving clients as a full-time faculty member at CEB (Gartner) Leadership Academies, instructing leadership development and role-based learning programs designed to help experienced professionals apply and sustain the key behaviors that differentiate high-performers.

Susan Hill

Susan Hill

Facilitator

Susan Hill is a learning and development professional with over 35 years of experience. She is highly experienced and skilled at designing, developing, and facilitating customized learning experiences for the workplace.

Her areas of expertise include leadership, management and supervisory skills, effective communication, team development, sales effectiveness, customer/supplier relations, organizational strategy development and implementation, process management and improvement, performance consulting, and training evaluation.

Susan, who has her undergraduate degree in Education, spent the early years of her career working with non-for-profit organizations and public schools. Shortly after beginning work on her MBA, Susan was hired by AT&T to support their product training organization. She later moved into the AT&T School of Business as a Senior Training Consultant.

Over the last 20 years, Susan has worked with clients from across a wide range of industries including transportation (United Airlines, Amtrak, Chrysler, Textron Aviation), food and beverage service (McDonald’s, US Foods, Reyes Holdings), technology (Tellabs, Cabot Microelectronics), medical and pharmaceutical (Medline, Abbot Labs) and hospitality (Hyatt Regency).

ADVISORY BOARD

Daniel Cahill

Daniel Cahill

Dan Cahill is a marketing and communications consultant with more than 20 years of experience operating campaigns for the world’s top law firms and technology companies – as well as dozens of venture-backed technology companies. Dan began his career in politics, serving as a consultant for a successful gubernatorial campaign – and then as a legislative aide on Beacon Hill in Boston. His passion for political campaigns translated into a career in public relations and marketing.

He began his communications career working for one of the world’s largest public relations firms, BSMG Worldwide, serving on the firm’s crisis and financial communications team in New York City. He was promoted to Managing Director of the firm’s San Francisco office, where he served as lead advisor to 20+ technology and professional services clients in Northern California.

Subsequently, Dan joined Greentarget, where he implemented comprehensive PR programs for leading law firms. For more than a decade he served as the lead PR consultant for the Technology practice at DLA Piper, one of the world’s largest law firms. His extensive experience in M&As, IPOs, restructurings and litigation support served as a deep resource for Greentarget’s clients.

Dan ultimately founded his own marketing firm, Roaring Communications LLC, where he continues to help technology companies grow. A core client is the artificial intelligence (AI) and cloud solutions group at IBM.

Anne Hotte

Anne Hotte

Anne has over 25 years of service and leadership experience with non-profit organizations. Her tenure as Executive Director of the Leadership Broward Foundation (2000-2009) provided her with countless opportunities to understand and appreciate the value and impact of educated leadership in business organizations as well as in the community.

Anne’s next endeavor was her role as CEO of the Greater Hollywood (Florida) Chamber of Commerce (2010-2020) where she used her leadership to build a solid Board of Directors, a productive and effective team and enhance the curriculum of Leadership Hollywood.

Anne’s trained leadership skills also prompted the collaboration of numerous community organizations whom in turn made great strides toward improving the quality of life for Hollywood. With Anne as a leader of the Chamber, City leadership and larger corporate entities were offered a platform for productive dialogue and collaboration which led to unprecedented new developments in Hollywood.

Anne has an extensive track record of building organizations, modeling servant leadership and bringing communities and businesses together.

Anne’s education includes a law degree from Laval University and a Masters in Public Relations from Florida International University. Anne is perfectly bilingual (French-English) and fluent in Spanish.

Courtney Curatolo, Ph.D.

Courtney Curatolo, Ph.D.

Courtney Curatolo, Ph.D. has educational degrees include a B.A. in Political Science from American University, M.A. in Public Administration from Florida Gulf Coast University, and a Ph.D. in Education Research and Methodology with a focus on Adult and Community Educational Leadership from Florida Atlantic University. She is also a graduate of the Leadership Collier Class of 2007 and Leadership Florida Class of XXVII. She co-founded Leadership Hendry and Glades Counties and facilitated the first three classes of the program.

Curatolo’s background includes experience in both the corporate and nonprofit sectors working on government and community affairs, issue and candidate campaigns, economic development and leadership training.

Courtney is a published author on the topics of leadership development programs, civic engagement, and developing and maintaining public private partnerships.

She has lived in Naples, Florida most of her life, but moved to Bemus Point, New York in 2019 to become the Director of the Small Business Development Center at Jamestown Community College. She is also an adjunct faculty member at Lynn University in Boca, Raton, Florida.

Dr. James R. Harding II

Dr. James R. Harding II

As a recognized disability expert with a three-plus-decade track record of shaping public policy, serving as a subject matter expert for the ADA, and contributing his expertise—under Presidential and Gubernatorial appointments—to diverse community-based organizations, JR truly possesses a unique depth of experience in advocating for the disabled community.

With a mission to empower people with disabilities, seniors, and those with special needs, JR works passionately to improve their quality of life, access to services, and financial support. Through advocacy efforts on Capitol Hill, JR works collaboratively with federal and state agencies to ensure laws are implemented and enforced.

JR is a two-time U.S. Presidential and seven-time Florida Gubernatorial appointee, an author of two five-starrated books, a widely recognized disability expert, and an influencer of public policies and House Bills. JR offers content expertise and delivers engaging and insightful messages to diverse audiences. From employers to teachers, parents, children, and often, the Congressional and Legislative Floors, JR presents with an infectious, humorous, and honest narrative— a narrative stemming from his personal journey of challenges and triumph.

A two-time quadriplegic, JR survived a brutal attack as a teenager, and instead of changing his hopes and dreams, he found the courage and drive to overcome profound challenges. Earning Master and Doctorate degrees, graduating from Leadership Tallahassee and Leadership Florida, and co-founding the Florida Disability Mentoring Day—considered the best in the country—JR not only reached, but exceeded his dreams. During his journey JR has helped secure hundreds of millions of dollars for transportation, job development, and recreational opportunities. In fact, JR secured almost $9 million in appropriations to fund and develop Billy Joe Rish Park, a 98- acre accessible park and event space in Port St. Joe, Florida. An accomplished speaker, JR is an on-call media expert, providing his insight and thought leadership to FOX News, USA Today, Florida News Capital, and other well-regarded news outlets.

Ryan Gottfredson, Ph.D.

Ryan Gottfredson, Ph.D.

Ryan Gottfredson, Ph.D. is a cutting-edge mindset author, researcher, and consultant. He helps improve organizations, leaders, teams, and employees by improving their mindsets.

Ryan is the best-selling author of “Success Mindsets: The Key to Unlocking Greater Success in Your Life, Work, & Leadership” (Morgan James Publishers). He is currently a leadership and management professor at the Mihaylo College of Business and Economics at California State University-Fullerton (CSUF). He holds a Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior and Human Resources from Indiana University, and a B.A. from Brigham Young University. He also works with organizations to develop their leaders and improve their culture (collective mindsets). He has worked with top leadership teams at CVS Health (top 130 leaders), Deutsche Telekom (500+ of their top 2,000 leaders), and a couple dozen other organizations. As a respected authority and researcher on topics related to leadership, management, and organizational behavior, Ryan has published over 17 articles across a variety of journals including: Leadership Quarterly, Journal of Management, Journal of Organizational Behavior, Business Horizons, Journal of Leadership and Organizational Studies, and Journal of Leadership Studies. His research has been cited over 2,000 times since 2014. Connect with Ryan at https://www.ryangottfredson.com/.