Meet Our Speakers

Elisabeth Stitt


Elisabeth Stitt is the author of Parenting as a Second Language: A Guidebook for Joyfully Navigating the Trials, Triumphs and Tribulations of Parenthood and the founder of Joyful Parenting Coaching. A teacher in the Redwood City School District (Redwood City, CA) for 25 years, Elisabeth brings over 50 thousand direct contact hours with kids of all ages. Having taught over 3000 students, she has seen all kinds of kids and all kinds of families.

In addition to her interactions with thousands of students and parents, Elisabeth is the mother and step-mother to three adult children. She is known for her wisdom and warmth and sheer love for all things kid. Elisabeth is especially gifted at getting parents to tap into their own inner child, so they can access the empathy that will help their children self-regulate and do more than just go through the motions of parenting. Elisabeth’s mission is to support parents in getting the skills they need to restore their confidence as parents and their enjoyment in the role.

Jessica Silverman

Jessica Silverman is a certified Change Coach, parenting coach, Positive Discipline Parent Educator, and early intervention speech-language pathologist. She takes great pleasure in serving the needs of others, helping them make the changes they desire and pointing them to their innate wisdom, peace, creativity, and resilience.

Her desire to become a coach came out of her own challenges as a human and a parent and the struggles that she often witnesses in individuals and families. Her personal life journey continues to teach her so much as she makes mis-takes and deepens her grounding in how all humans work and how change really happens. Life can feel like a rollercoaster of emotions. She has personally experienced feelings of indescribable joy, pride, and excitement as well as frustration, anger, and fear. Jessica believes that whether you wish for better behaviors, more happiness, less stress and worry or stronger family connections, having support can make achieving those goals so much easier and faster.    

Jessica founded Parenting with Clarity, a heart-centered business designed to help parents experience greater ease and positive lasting changes in their family. 

In June of 2020, she completed a 6-month Change Coach Training Program with Dr. Amy Johnson. It wasn’t focused on parenting like other trainings she had participated in but rather a new paradigm that can help people get freedom from unsupportive habits, including anxiety, anger, excessive worry, or any place people feel stuck. At the end of the training, Amy invited her to be a moderator/coach in her online school, The Little School of Big Change. She considers supporting the people in this incredible community an honor and a privilege. In April of 2022, she completed a 4-month mentoring program for practitioners with Erika Bugbee called “Working with Teens.” While she does specialize in working with parents, she is also passionate about working with teens, young adults, or anyone who is struggling and wants freedom from overwhelm, stress, and/or anxiety.

As a lifelong learner, it’s not unusual to find Jessica taking courses, reading books and listening to podcasts but her greatest teachers of all are her two amazing children. She lives outside of Philadelphia with her husband, two teenagers and one fur baby.  She enjoys taking walks, playing board games, getting absorbed in a good TV show or book, eating good food, attending musical theater, traveling, and spending time with family and friends. Hang out with her and you’ll likely hear her sing randomly and laugh loudly. “Laugh as much as you breathe. Love as long as you live.” – Rumi

Jothsna Kethar

Jothsna Kethar, Coach Jo as her students affectionately call her is an Academics Coach and College Counselor. She is a certified Tony Robbins Life Coach. She is trained to identify children’s goals and be their supportive guide and trusted adviser. She has trained under Peg Dawson, EdD., a renowned psychologist and uses her successful methods to coach children to discover their strengths to overcome the hurdles and roadblocks on their path to success. She is a certified Meditation Instructor as well and strives to empower parents and students in their child’s educational journey.

She completed her College Counseling course at UC Berkeley. Getting her students the most scholarships and not breaking parents’ bank is Jothsna’s biggest achievement. Coach Jo is a proponent of students with learning differences excelling in school. Her counseling students on IEP have successfully gotten several college acceptances and scholarships. Her students have landed in Ivy league colleges such as Cornell, and Harvard Pre-med, also landing in affordable colleges, winning merit aid/scholarships to the tune of $3 million in total. 


Judi Johnson

Judi Johnson M.Ed., Parenting Coach and Senior Executive Function Coach at Effective Effort Consulting, loves empowering kids, their parents, and adults through the teaching of executive function skills.  She started out as a teacher but realized that her favorite lessons were the ones that helped kids with their life skills: seeing the big picture, breaking tasks down into manageable parts, and finding the intrinsic motivation to reach their goals. So, she changed her focus from teaching individual subjects to teaching individuals to realize their true potential. 

In addition to private coaching sessions, she has enjoyed teaching adult executive function classes like “Life a Little Easier”, and workshops like “Parenting with the Brain in Mind” based on the work of Dan Siegel M.D., and Tina Payne Bryson, PH.D, and weekly groups like “Parenting a Little Easier”.

Judi earned a B.A. in Psychology at The University of Rutgers; an M.Ed. in Early Childhood and Elementary Education at The Graduate School of Education, Rutgers University, and completed a graduate course “Executive Function Skills in the School & Classroom for Regular and Special Educators at All Grade Levels” at Endicott College.  She also has certifications in “Stress Reduction, Relaxation and Mediation.” She has enjoyed applying the rich content to her sessions from the following classes: Motivational Interviewing, Brainstorm Intensive: A Practical Understanding for Keeping the Adolescent Brain in Mind by Daniel Siegel, M.D., and Masterclass: Help Your Perfectionist Child Turn Anxiety into Confidence lead by Tina Payne Bryson.

She loves talking about all things executive function and parenting and has been featured on Better Together with Maria Menounos and the Ultimate Family Connection Summit with Marcy Amaro.

Judi lives outside of Boston, MA with her husband, two teenaged kids, and dog, Magic. She loves boating, skiing, hiking, and cooking.

Melissa Scwartz


Melissa Schwartz was born an intense, sensitive, empathic, power seeker. She is a respected expert in the field of Highly Sensitive Children and brings clarity, personal experience and compassion for parents raising HSCs. Her intuitive ability to decode misbehavior and her passion for giving a voice to the legitimate needs of children naturally evolved into becoming the co-creator of Leading Edge Parenting and co-author of Authentic Parenting Power and Rico’s Bumpy Week

She is an internationally acclaimed author, coach and public speaker bringing new perspective based on current research and personal experience to transform the field of child development. Melissa is a Stanford University alumna and a graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. She lives with her family in Southern California and coaches parents around the world. 

Natalia Kobylkina

Family therapist, psychologist, and author, Natalia Kobylkina has gained international fame for transforming lives! Throughout her career, she has helped people from over 50 countries. She’s travelled the globe, delivering seminars and changing faiths in different corners of this world. 

Natalia’s dedication to changing lives, improving relationships, and helping establish new ones has made thousands happier. As effective as she is, Natalia always aims to tackle old trauma, eliminate blockages, and achieve a positive change in the lives of her clients. Effectiveness is among Natalia’s core tenets! So are discretion, kindness, freedom, and love. A tenet which stands at the root of Natalia’s philosophy is giving love–and living through the energy of love, especially at those times when this is the last thing we would want to do.

In fact, Natalia’s practice and philosophy have become so popular and successful that Natalia has created Academies to educate other coaches. That’s how Natalia began her Constellation Academy and her Academy for Trainers. Thanks to her dedication to sharing the tricks of her trade with others, psychology and counselling have become more easily accessible than ever before, changing lives, and turning people’s faiths around. There’s a reason many equate Natalia to their personal angel–a beacon of light and hope they can follow at all times.

Nowadays, Natalia spends her days leading seminars about love, relationships, personal growth, and business. She’s leading her business into international success while also taking care of her young son. 

“I work two jobs,” Natalia jokes–but not really. She describes her business as her first job–and being a parent and wife as her second. It’s no wonder she’s become so interested in the RIGHT way to raise children–and make them smart, confident, and successful. Today Natalia’s here to share her formula for successful parenting. 

Kshitij Sharma

Kshitij has a practical experience of over 3000 plus hours of professional coaching. In a career spanning over two decades, he has coached hundreds of leaders, both women and men, from organizations such as Microsoft, JP Morgan, Wipro, Cisco, Deutsche Bank, Accenture, HSBC, KPMG, Grant Thornton, E&Y, Actuant, Voisin Bioscience, Societe General, Mercedes-Benz, Amazon and many more.

His deeper understanding of the challenges and yearnings of the senior corporate leaders in the wide array of roles like CEOs, Country Heads, and various CXOs have helped him coach these leaders on goals spanning from Priority Management to Emotional Intelligence and from Business/Career growth to Public Speaking.

Kshitij is a passionate advocate of Women to be in Leadership roles and he is very well-known in the industry for coaching leaders in creating a powerful Executive Presence

Besides being an Executive coach for CXOs, Kshitij is also a Mentor-Coach and supports a lot of aspiring Executives coaches in their journey to be ICF-certified coaches. 

In his corporate avatar, prior to being a full-time coach, Kshitij has worked in fortune 500 companies such as HSBC and GE in various training leadership roles. At HSBC he led the Learning initiatives for a global function pan South Asia.  He was a Master Certified Coach at HSBC and up skilled and certified more than 100 Coaches at HSBC over 8 years across various geographies. As the co-founder and chief coach at C2X he led 125 trainers and coaches across India, US, UK, Dubai, and Srilanka. 

Lani Gerszonovicz

Lani is the founder of A-Z Mindfulness, Author of A-Z Mindful Me and Mindful Students, Motivational Speaker and Wellness Coach. While growing up, Lani was inspired by movement and holistic health while experiencing several healing modalities. In 2004, she began her journey empowering others to live mindfully and elevate themselves through yoga, mindfulness, breath and energy work. Her transformative, interactive, proprietary program, courses, classes, workshops and books inspire students of all ages with easy-to-follow mind, body and breathing strategies which pave the way for greater presence, peace, connection and clarity while enhancing the ability to self-regulate and practice present moment awareness. Lani is honored and grateful that thousands of people have experienced and gained value from her teachings. 

Lani’s teachings introduce her favorite 26 mindfulness and stress reduction practices in a playful, engaging, interactive and educational style so people learn to connect more deeply with themselves, each other, and their environment. 

Lani’s mission is to educate and empower people to become more resilient, calm, clear-minded, and responsive to challenges instead of being overly reactive. She teaches research-based life skills that enhance the ability to self-regulate and de-escalate while improving listening, communication, and executive functions, benefitting individuals, families, communities, and the world.

Lisa Danielson

Lisa Danielson, aka Veggie Lisa is a wife of 22 years and a mother of 4 children ranging from 19-9.

At one point in her life, she weighed 200 pounds. After tweaking her diet to include more plant-based protein sources, she was able to lose almost 60 pounds. As a lifelong vegetarian, she has a passion for vegetables and loves teaching others how delicious they can be!

She  graduated from BYU with a degree in Dance Education, is an ISSA Fitness Nutrition Specialist,
a Certified Personal Trainer, a Corrective Exercise Specialist and teaches High Fitness. She has written 3 cookbooks: Keto For Vegetarians, Weight Loss the Vegan Way, and The Vegetarian Meal Prep Cookbook.

She loves to share her passion on how eating healthier doesn’t have to be complicated.

Nikkie Bendross

Nikkie Bendross (a.k.a. “Nikkie B”) is a CPD-certified life coach, plus size model, live stream show host, internet radio show host, inspirational speaker, beauty consultant, and gluten-free baker at Nikkie’s Guide to a Healthier Lifestyle, LLC. Born in Miami, Florida, Nikkie and her loving, supportive husband Eric and two talented sons, Winston Elliton III, and Xavier D. Elliton constantly strive to be the best version of themselves.

Former Early Learning Educator, Nikkie Bendross began her career in entertainment and public speaking in October of 2016, going on to work with brands such as LifeLock, Sharecare, Benefit Cosmetics, KetoCycle, CWP Apparel, FEMI Magazine, SHOUTOUT MIAMI, and Voyage MIA Magazine. She has been featured on numerous online platforms and has appeared in many regional, national, and international television programs including OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network’s Checked Inn; ABC’s Match Game; FOX’s You Bet Your Life; TV Tokyo’s Diet Japan; CBS’s The Doctors; TVOne’s ATL Homicide; The Mel Robbins Show and more!

Niha Wunnava

Niha Wunnava is a Leadership and Executive Coach for women of color and female leaders who want to create balanced, joyful success through bold, strategic action. She teaches modern, inclusive leadership skills so her clients rise through the ranks with ease and take their place alongside the most important decision-makers.

Working with Niha, her clients become industry outstanding leaders who own their expertise and inspire teams to get excellent results. Her 12-week private Success Reinvention Experience for ambitious leaders is fun and life-changing.

She shares what she learned working directly with CEOs and as a leadership expert for over two decades. 

Her courses and coaching use evidenced-based principles to reverse perfectionism and overwork, common traits for Type-A, high achieving women and people of color. 

Niha was the Director of Talent Acquisition at Emory Healthcare in Atlanta and is the Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer at Pain and Wellness Solutions in Durham, NC. 

She serves her local community as a Senior Board Member for an international language immersion school, which opened a new 37-acre campus in 2021.

Niha holds a Masters in Public Health from University of Michigan and lives with her husband, a military veteran, and three daughters in Durham, NC.