Our Trainers and Staff

Most of our all-star trainers have been facilitating workshops and personal development seminars for 20+ years. They have spent their careers mastering the art of effective coaching and communication, and will hold you to a standard of excellence for your life that pushes you to reach your maximum potential.

Resident Trainers

  • Michael Strasner

    Breakthrough and Mastering Leadership Trainer
    Michael’s mission is to develop business and community leaders who create the maximum possibilities and opportunities for themselves and the world around them. For the past 30+ years, he has facilitated thousands of personal and corporate trainings and workshops on topics ranging from leadership, entrepreneurship, relationships, communications, public speaking, and sales, among others. His clients range from CEO’s to Fortune 500 executives to budding entrepreneurs, athletes, actors, artists and college students. Two of Michael’s clients went on to win the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of The Year award.

    Read his books:
    Living on the Skinny Branches
    Mastering Leadership
  • Chris Lee

    Discovery and Breakthrough Trainer
    Chris Lee has spent the last 30 years leading powerful Leadership Seminars around the world. A pioneer in emotional intelligence, Chris Lee has trained and developed people at the top of their game such as Olympic athletes, Fortune 500 Business leaders, celebrities and individuals with a desire to elevate themselves. Chris Lee also serves as a collaborator on TV and radio shows for Univision and The Fox Network. Read his newest book Transform Your Life: 10 Principles of Abundance and Prosperity.

    Listen to a few of his guest speaking podcasts:
    Envisioning your Dreams with the Greatness Transformation Coach
    Steps to Ending a Toxic Relationship
    The Art of Listening: How to Master Relationships Through Communication

Additional Trainers

  • Chris Hawker

    Discovery Trainer
    Chris Hawker is an inventor, entrepreneur and life coach. He has over 20 years of experience leading creative teams in developing innovative consumer products, through his company, Trident Design, LLC. Having brought dozens of products to market, he is an expert in innovation and creativity. He coaches entrepreneurs, executives, authors and creatives in living their vision. He is cofounder of Next Level Trainings in Columbus, Ohio, and serves as their Leadership trainer in Residence.

    Contributing author to Entrepreneur
    Investors Mind Video Blog
    School of Greatness Podcast
  • Lisa Kalmin

    Breakthrough and Mastering Leadership Trainer
    Lisa Kalmin is a world renowned transformational trainer. She is a mindset coach, speaker, corporate trainer and at the age of 51 became the mother of twin boys! Kalmin is the principal and founder of WorldWorks, Inc., a premier coaching and training company dedicated to personal growth and transformational workshops. Lisa is one of the principal trainers of the WorldWorks Workshops. Over the past 16 years, WorldWorks Leadership teams have raised over $2.4 million for Southern California charities and far more in gifts-in-kind as well as hundreds of thousands of volunteer hours.
  • Lynne Sheridan

    Discovery Trainer
    Lynne Sheridan has trained transformational trainings since 1995, and has coached students in Chile, Mexico, Russia, Hong Kong and throughout the United States in achieving their dreams, no matter what the circumstance, obstacle or consideration. In addition to working full time in personal effectiveness trainings, Lynne has also continued her full time position as a Creative Director for a political fundraising firm and has over 27 years of political and charitable marketing experience. In that capacity, she works with politicians, charities and political organizations to raise money for their causes. Lynne has a Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute and is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, with a full-time practice in Orange, California.
  • Myrna Gonzalez

    Breakthrough and Mastering Leadership Trainer
    Myrna's mission in life is to impact as many people possible in such a way that they choose to take action to create a life worth living being the best version of themselves. She believes humanity united can change the world. For the past 17 years she has coached, trained and developed many leaders as a District Manager and continues to do so now as a Transformational Coach and Trainer. She is an entrepreneur and has a Masters Degree in Business Management from the University of Texas in El Paso. Myrna is bilingual and facilitates various leadership workshops throughout the United States and internationally.

Other Team Members

  • Candace Sjogren

    Center Director
    Candace Sjogren is the Center Director of Boston Breakthrough Academy, a practicing attorney and management consultant, where she leads strategy with venture backed companies such as $1.9 billion dollar fintech Marqeta. Previously, Sjogren was the founder and CEO of two fintech companies and Chief Strategy Officer at Dealstruck and LoanHero, and continues to serve as an angel investor and contributing author for Entrepreneur Magazine. Candace received her JD from Salmon P. Chase College of Law and resides in Cambridge with her husband, son and golden doodle.

    Contributing author to Entrepreneur
    Golden Rule Revolution Podcast Interview
  • Evan Hackel

    Evan Hackel, the creator of the Ingaged Leadership concept and brand, is a thought leader in the fields of leadership and success. He has published the book Ingaging Leadership and has authored more than 100 articles for various magazines around leadership concepts. Evan has helped to start more than 20 businesses, led billion dollar organizations and consulted with some of the largest corporations in the world. Evan is currently founder/CEO of Ingage Consulting and Tortal Training. Before Ingage Consulting, Evan worked at CCA Global Partners, where he was responsible for four business divisions with more than 2,000 units and over $5 billion in sales operating in five countries. Evan received an MBA from Boston College and a BA from Colorado College.

    Evan's podcast
    Evan's speaking website