Who We Are
From Global2Local, these people…World Changers…move the needle and want to share with you, want to inspire you and want to connect with you so you can LIVE2LEAD.
About Your Host
About your G2L Host
Kristan began as a journalist—curious, questioning, searching for truth through television, radio, and print. With boots on the ground, she learned. As a broadcast television anchor and reporter, a published photojournalist, and a news director, she grew. With accolades from her peers and a love for the challenge, she quickly logged more than a decade in “the business.”
She wanted more—to do more—to serve more. As CEO of her own creative agency, she did. Kristan founded Life’s Eyes Media, an award-winning, multi-media production and consulting company. That’s a mouthful—and a heart full—of humility and gratitude for the success of her second decade in this fulfilling field.
She’s never met a stranger. As a wife, mother, public speaker, serial entrepreneur, publisher, and author—she’s currently working on a new book, “The Cussing Christian”—connection is essential. It’s essential as she’s growing two non-profit organizations. One benefits children with special needs, Seeds of Glory Farm. The other assists women in daunting socioeconomic environments, Cultivating Women. And, in her third professional decade, there’s no greater privilege.
John C. Maxwell is a #1 New York Times bestselling author, coach, and speaker who has sold more than 30 million books in fifty languages. He has been identified as the #1 leader in business by the American Management Association® and the most influential leadership expert in the world by Business Insider and Inc. magazine. He is the founder of The John Maxwell Company, The John Maxwell Team, EQUIP, and the John Maxwell Leadership Foundation, organizations that have trained millions of leaders from every country of the world. A recipient of the Horatio Alger Award, as well as the Mother Teresa Prize for Global Peace and Leadership from the Luminary Leadership Network, Dr. Maxwell speaks each year to Fortune 500 companies, presidents of nations, and many of the world’s top business leaders. He can be followed at Twitter.com/JohnCMaxwell. For more information about him visit JohnMaxwell.com.
Designer, founder, and philanthropist Kendra Scott started her company in 2002, just three months after her first son was born, with only $500. Going door-to-door to Austin boutiques armed only with a tea box full of her jewelry, Kendra captivated businesses and customers with her vibrant personality and unique eye for design.
Known for her dynamic use of color and genuine materials, Kendra’s commitment to innovation, quality and detail has brought her from a small start-up to a billion-dollar business and has won over loyal fans, media and celebrities alike. With over 2,000 employees, Kendra Scott boasts a thriving web business and over 100 standalone stores and has expanded beyond fashion jewelry into the categories of fine jewelry, home décor, and beauty.
Today, her company continues to operate out of Austin, TX, with their state-of-the-art corporate office complete with design lab and an industry leading distribution center both catering to her employees’ career goals and family-life balance.
With Family and Fashion as two core pillars of her business, Kendra maintains a focus on her other core pillar of Philanthropy in all she does. Since 2010, the company has given back over $40 million to local, national and international causes. In 2018 alone, the company gave over $5 million in monetary donations, almost $10 million in in-kind donations, over 2,000 volunteer hours to philanthropic organizations, and partnered with more than 8,000 philanthropic organizations nationwide.
Kendra has been awarded with the EY Entrepreneur of the Year 2017 National Award; the Breakthrough Award from the Accessories Council Excellence Awards; named Outstanding Mother of the Year by the Mother’s Day Council; awarded Texas Businesswoman of the Year by the Women’s Chamber of Commerce; listed by Forbes as one of America’s Richest Self-Made Women; Top 100 Entrepreneurs of the Year by Upstart Business Journal; Best CEO by Austin Business Journal; and Honorary Celebrity Chair for the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Texas. She is a member of the Council of Fashion Designers of America and maintains her position as Executive Chairwoman of the Board of Kendra Scott, LLC.
Marcus Buckingham is the author of two of the best-selling business books of all time, has two of Harvard Business Review’s most circulated, industry-changing cover articles, and has been the subject of in-depth profiles in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Forbes, Fortune, Fast Company, The Today Show, and The Oprah Winfrey Show. After spending two decades studying excellence at the Gallup Organization and co-creating the StrengthsFinder tool, he built his own Coaching + Education firm, The Marcus Buckingham Company. As CEO, he quickly turned it into a Human Capital Management company working with some of the world’s largest organizations. He is known as the world’s most prominent researcher on strengths and leadership at work, and today leads research at the ADP Research Institute.
Challenging entrenched preconceptions about achievement to get to the core of what drives success, Marcus’s strengths- based approach is defining the future of work as we know it.
He is the author of nine books, and his latest release—Nine Lies About Work: A Freethinking Leader’s Guide to the Real World—takes an in-depth look at the lies that pervade our workplaces and the core truths that will help us change it for the better.
Ryan Leak is an author, executive coach, and motivational speaker who gets to inspire over 50,000 people every single month. He trains over 15,000 leaders every year from Fortune 500 companies to professional sports teams. His viral Surprise Wedding story has been featured on Good Morning America, the Today Show, and other various media outlets.
He’s the author of the USA Today best-selling book, Chasing Failure: How Falling Short Sets You Up for Success. And his most recent book, Leveling Up: 12 Questions to Elevate Your Personal And Professional Development is a Wall Street Journal Best Seller. He’s married to Amanda and is also the assistant coach for his son’s basketball team.
Meeting and Event Planner for corporations, small businesses, and individuals. Attention to details and personalized service is my strength. While being involved in meeting and event planning for over 8 years, my skill set developed from my varied background which includes purchasing, logistical, project, operational and financial management. This experience is the value I bring to an event or team.
Born and raised in Philadelphia. Earned a BA in accounting and MBA in finance from Temple University. After graduation, my career started with Johnson and Johnson holding multiple position until I transitioned into education and now, utilizing all the skills I acquired, I assist my clients in planning and managing conferences and meetings.
Michael Kessling, Jr.
Michael first heard about financial planning at the dinner table growing up and on weekends at the office. He is now continuing the legacy and sharing his father’s wisdom with the next generation of clients. Michael received a B.A. in History from Northern Kentucky University and is a graduate of Highlands High School in Fort Thomas..
An avid golfer, Michael is an active member of several boards including Northern Kentucky University’s Go Norse Fund, Greater Cincinnati Golf Association and Seeds of Glory.
Michael resides in Highland Heights with his wife, Betsey. He is adding a new perspective to the Kessling Financial Group. He takes pride in communicating with people and allowing them to express their personal and financial goals
Experienced facilitator and coach for business and non-profits. Encouraging you to discover and take your next step for career or personal growth.
Lynn is passionate about encouraging people to become all they were made to be. Her positive attitude, energy, perseverance, and partnering has helped many people become and do more than they thought they could. Lynn utilizes coaching, facilitation, and training development skills learned during her thirty years of working in fortune 500 corporations and with non-profits
Jessica Remole was born in Cincinnati and after living in multiple US cities and Germany as an Army brat, her family settled back in the tri-state 35 years ago. She now resides in Independence, Kentucky with her husband Brian, only a few miles from her daughter Cynthia and 2 beautiful grandsons. Jessica has been an advertising and marketing professional for the past 23 years and attended Northern Kentucky University for Radio and Television Broadcasting from 1994-1998. She just celebrated 10 years with Valpak – the famous blue envelope that comes in the mail and is an active member of the Referrals R’ Us Chapter of BNI.
Jessica has a true passion for helping local business owners craft their message to grow their businesses. When she isn’t building marketing strategies or developing ad content for her clients, she enjoys volunteering for her church, spending time outdoors, with her family and traveling.
As President of Evolution creative solutions Cathy is a bold leader and creative problem solver, and she uses both of those talents to help Evolution’s clients discover exciting ways to think differently about their businesses and brands. Cathy is a dedicated, loyal enthusiast of the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky region, and she cares deeply about being an active part of the business community.
She is a proud member of the Cincinnati Chamber and a Board Advisor for the Urban League of Greater Cincinnati. Under her leadership, Evolution creative solutions received the honor of being named WBEC Ohio River Valley’s WBE Supplier of the Year twice and is a multi-year recipient of graphic design awards from Graphic Design USA and print awards from Printer’s Industry of Northern Kentucky and Ohio.
They call me “the veteran”. I’ve been at this business as long as some of our creatives have been alive. We’re talking 30 years! I’ve weathered the storms (sometimes raging) of change in the broadcasting industry. I am a TOTALLY behind-the-scenes guy. I can handle all kinds of productions, live and taped, short and long, simple or tricky. I’ve schlepped gear across untapped earth in Chile for Life’s Eyes, one of the greatest experiences of my life. (And until you’ve hauled a 9-foot jib up and down mud and guano, you haven’t lived!)
I’m passionate about making people happy. I take on each project with a fervor and excitement, just like it was my first production that 30-some odd years ago. Please, just keep me behind the scenes. (My wife is still asking me when we’re going to take a family portrait; the last one we took my teenaged sons were boys. Maybe when they graduate.)
For more than 2 decades, Jeff’s work ambition found roots in all things logistics… Imports, Exports, LTL, FTL, Air Freight, Ground Expedites and Warehousing. His depth of experience and camaraderie works effectively inside the walls of his office, with his team, and outside the walls with his clients and contractors.
Jeff believes his community matters. He’s an active member of the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce and various local community organizations such as Addiction Services Council, Master Provisions and TenFe.
He is a lucky man to be married to Sarah Loy and is a proud father to a grown son, Braedan and daughter, Emma.
Peggy is passionate about meaningful communication, brand management, and community engagement and has more than 20 years of marketing, public relations, and event planning experience. At NKYEC, she works with community partners to increase awareness about the organization’s mission to support student success and wellbeing in Northern Kentucky. From 2011-2014, she served as NKYEC’s Ready by 21 Coordinator, where she worked closely with national and local leaders, stakeholder groups, and volunteer teams to advance regional education goals and initiatives.
She began her career at Sanitation District No. 1, where she managed and implemented various public communication and outreach strategies for 15 years. She continued to grow her marketing experiences through various roles including: Vice President of Marketing & Informatics/Office Projects for the Tri-County Economic Development Corporation, Senior Consultant for Rose Communications and Marketing, Communications Manager for Arlinghaus Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning, and Director of Marketing for St. Henry District High School.
Peggy earned a Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communication from Northern Kentucky University and played intercollegiate volleyball for the Norse. She is a graduate of Leadership Northern Kentucky and served as Chair of the program in 2009. She is also a 2008 graduate of the Northern Kentucky SOAR Program, a premier leadership development program for young women.
In 2010, Peggy received the Outstanding Women of Northern Kentucky Emerging Leader Award for her involvement in community affairs. She has coached volleyball for over 20 years and is committed to developing strong, confident athletes and inspiring others to love the game as much as she does. Peggy resides in Erlanger with her husband and their two children.
Alice Frazier helps leaders fuel growth with strategies that unlock collective wisdom and power. She is the current CEO for AFA Associates, a business building consultancy providing marketing, engagement and project management services to businesses, non-profits, individuals, and groups who wish to expand and grow.
Through AFA she has connected hundreds of businesses with their ‘right’ audiences to fuel and sustain growth. She has a framework that allows ‘all to get on board and fuel achievement.’ For more than ten years she has led workshops and mastermind groups for awakening consciousness, new thought and have transformation. Prior to AFA, she led new product innovation and brand expansions for Fortune 500 companies to enter new markets and solidify category/sector leadership.
As a serial entrepreneur and ministry man, Mark knows the ins and outs of busines and communication. These are the tools he uses to etify Christ and empower people to live their best lives. Currently he’s embracing his calling to public speaking a life coaching. His life’s endeavor is helping other maximize their capabilities through better understanding their identy in Christ.
Mark has built and sold three different businesses over 15 years. He’s served in youth ministry for 18 years. Additionally, he’s founded and directed a nonprofit organization operating from 2018-2021. Once he bicycled across the state of Ohio in three days, thats 322 miles. His life quote is “teach and be taught.”
Dr. Christopher Cate
Dr. Christopher Cate has dedicated three decades to establishing effective teams that achieve excellent results in both the for-profit and non-profit sectors. At Dollywood Theme Park Christopher was responsible for operations of all attractions. Coordinating nearly three hundred hosts to ensure the safe loading and unloading of millions of passengers. During his tenure, both guest and employee safety was prioritized while team performance improved dramatically.
Christopher currently serves as Executive Minister and Administrator in a religious setting. His primary objective is to equip the body of Christ for effective kingdom building. Christopher is an active member of The Church Network, SHRM, and Children’s Hospital Knoxville, Tennessee’s Philanthropy.
Dr. Angela Crawford
As Chief Marketing Officer and Consulting Partner with Leadership Excelleration, Dr. Angela Crawford has extensive experience in helping people and organizations grow. She has spent over twenty years in senior level roles with Fortune 500 companies, supporting financial services, healthcare, technology, education, and retail.
Beginning her career in operations and then leading sales, marketing, customer experience and research, she also started a consulting firm focused on executive coaching and improving customer and employee experiences simultaneously. Dr. Crawford graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a BBA in Marketing and Management, holds an MBA from Cleveland State University, and earned her PhD from Case Western Reserve University where her research on igniting passion within employees was recently published in the Journal of Service Research. She is also certified in Coaching, Cultural Intelligence, Mindfulness, and Strengths. She has three grown children (Serena, Hunter, and Alexis), son-in-law (Zack) and lives with her husband of 27 years, Jason, and her dog Maverick and cat Cowboy.
Wednesday Oster is a Full Time faculty member in the Paralegal Studies Department at Cincinnati State Technical and Community College.
Prior to beginning her career at Cincinnati State, Wednesday practiced law at a top ten firm in Cincinnati where she focused on Business law and Family law. She received her Juris Doctorate from the University of Cincinnati, and her Bachelors of Arts in Psychology from Transylvania University in Lexington, Kentucky.
Outside of Cincinnati State, Wednesday enjoys coaching a high school golf team and spending time in the outdoors with her family by golfing, kayaking and hiking. She lives with her husband, Hon. Michael Oster, and her two children, Grayson and Cordelia, in West Chester, Ohio.