By Design


2021 Theme

From planning metropolises like San Francisco to scheduling a meeting in the conference room on your floor, the world around us has been created through structure and intention. However, that’s quickly changing. 


In order to navigate all the moving parts, we need to live a life by design, full of intentional and purposeful decisions.


Today, our speakers are going to bring you unique and innovative ideas of why living a life by design sets them apart on a national and global scale.

2021 Speaker Cast


By Design

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Jordan Paris

Jordan Paris is a 22-year-old author, podcast host, and entrepreneur featured in Forbes, Men’s Health, Yahoo! Finance, Market Watch, and NASDAQ.

Jordan’s podcast, Growth Mindset University, is ranked #6 in Apple’s Self-Improvement category, #3 in the Training category, #5 in the How-To category. In Education, one of Apple’s most competitive categories, the show was ranked #15.


The show is also ranked highly in 40+ countries worldwide. On the show, he interviews young up-and-comers and the most successful people on planet earth like James AltucherGrant CardoneKevin RudolfMark MansonDan MillmanNaveen Jain, and Dan Lok.

Jordan runs a marketing and production agency for serious podcasters. 

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Valerie is an experienced project manager with over a decade of experience from companies like Goldman Sachs & Co, and GE Capital.


As a certified SPHR professional, she incorporates her passion for complex data analysis and business process optimization to lead executive coaching workshops to develop high-performance teams across the globe.

Valerie Griffin


Mark Metry is 22 and on Amazon Prime's TV Docuseries "The Social Movement" season 2 attempting to solve some of the world's biggest problems. 


Mark faced severe social anxiety and other issues with his mental & physical health his whole life to becoming the Host of the Global Top 100 podcast called Humans 2.0 featured by Forbes, NASDAQ and Yahoo Finance as the "Top 21 Growing Podcasts you must listen to in 2019."


Humans 2.0 has been listened to over 5 million times and features the greatest leaders of our time and frequently converses with Billionaires, Professional Athletes, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists and New York Times Bestselling authors exploring today's dynamic of the human experience in modern technological times of 2019.

Mark Metry


Julian Guthrie

Julian Guthrie, founder, Alpha Girls Institute, is a New York Times best-selling author and keynote speaker.


She is the author of four books, including two national best sellers. Her new book, Alpha Girls, is the untold story of pioneering women in Silicon Valley. Described as Hidden Figures meets The Social Network, Alpha Girls is the story of the real unicorns of Silicon Valley, the women who bucked the system and found ways to survive and thrive in this high-stakes, male-dominated world. The book explores the rise of such companies as Facebook, Tesla, Oracle, Trulia, Imperva, F5 Networks, Acme Packet, ForeScout, Google, Salesforce and more – all through the eyes of trailblazing “alpha girls” of Silicon Valley.  The book is being adapted for a television series by Academy Award-winning producer Cathy Schulman and TriStar.


As a journalist for twenty years at the San Francisco Chronicle, Ms. Guthrie won numerous awards, including the Best of the West Award and the Society of Professional Journalists' Public Service Award. Her feature writing and enterprise reporting were nominated multiple times for the Pulitzer Prize. 


Ms. Guthrie’s NYT best-seller "How to Make a Spaceship: A Band of Renegades, an Epic Race, and the Birth of Private Spaceflight” released in 2017, tells the story of an unforgettable cast of characters who dreamed of getting to space without the government's help.  Virgin Group founder Richard Branson wrote the foreword, and the late Prof. Stephen Hawking wrote the afterword.  This cast includes aviators, test pilots, engineering school dropouts, plucky entrepreneurs, NASA retirees, billionaires, and a particularly determined space geek named Peter Diamandis who refused to give up on his outsized dream.


Ms. Guthrie's second book, "The Billionaire and the Mechanic: How Larry Ellison and a Car Mechanic Teamed Up to Win Sailing's Greatest Race, The America's Cup," was published in 2013 and was a national best-seller. It was one of Forbes Magazine's top ten nonfiction books of 2013. Ms. Guthrie spent over a year interviewing Larry Ellison. 


Matt Gagnon

Matt Gagnon is a professional Co-Active coach certified by the Coaches Training Institute, credentialed by the International Coach Federation, a member of the Forbes Coaches Council, keynote speaker, best selling author, with brings 15 years of corporate sales and leadership experience. 


Matt believes in living a life aligned with your values. The problem is that many people live life with values defined by others leaving one to feel empty and like they are never enough.


Matt was living what society would define as a successful life with a six-figure job, nice house, nice car, nice clothes, etc.  Behind the curtain he was actually spirally out of control resulting in chronic illness, depression, addiction (especially to praise and the approval of others), and an attempted suicide.  He sold his soul to the corporate life and missed most of the special events in his life and the lives of those he loved in the name of his career. During the spring of 2015, his lifestyle eventually resulted in disability and losing the only career he had ever known. 


Leaning into his faith, Matt stopped being a victim and chose to see his adversity as a call to adventure.


No job, chronically ill, negative bank account, spouse out of work, infant son, and a new house, Matt launched a grass-roots effort and built a thriving international coaching business. He focused on protecting his supply lines (prayer time, sleep, nutrition, fitness, inner circle of friends) and rediscovered his core values.  He chose to write his own comeback story.


Today Matt is helping transform lives across the globe by encouraging people to rediscover their core values, regain control of their lives, and empower them to live the life they have always wanted.  This is how he defines Living With a Courageous Heart.


Lew Ziska

Dr. Ziska is an Associate Professor in the Environmental Health Sciences at the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University.  After graduating from the University of California, Davis, he began his career as a Smithsonian fellow, and then took up residence as the Project Leader for global climate change at the International Rice Research Institute in the Philippines before 20+ year career at the USDA’s Agricultural Research Service. He has worked primarily on documenting the impact of climate change and rising carbon dioxide levels on: Crop selection for CO2 responsiveness; Climate and agronomic pests, especially weeds; Climate, plant biology and public health.  Dr. Ziska is a contributor to the 2014 International Panel on Climate Change report (Food Security Chapter); the 2014 and 2018 National Climate Assessment (Public Health Chapter and Air quality chapter respectively); and, The Impacts of Climate Change on Human Health in the United States: A Scientific Assessment (


His most recent book is: Agriculture, Climate Change and Food Security in the 21st Century: Our Daily Bread, through Cambridge Scholars publishing. 


Goddess is an award winning Speaker, Author and Wisdom Teacher.  My background is in law as a court reporter.  I had the privilege to alongside Judge Judy when she was a Family Court Judge.  I am also a Licensed Massage Therapist and energy healer.  


Right now in this present moment, my PASSION and PURPOSE in the world is to shift the consciousness of humanity, propelling individuals to Know Who They Really Are.



Melissa Hughes

Dr. Melissa Hughes is a keynote speaker, best-selling author, and self-proclaimed neuroscience geek. She is the author ofHappy Hour with Einstein, Happier Hour with Einstein: Another Round, and the companion Happier Hour Gratitude Journal – all designed to help people learn how the brain works and how to make it work better. Having spent the first decade of her professional career in education studying the science of learning through the lives of her students, she realized there were simple, applicable strategies that could optimize performance outcomes and cognition. Understanding how to learn, how to solve problems, and to think creatively becomes even more important when you leave the classroom and step into the work-life arena.  


As a keynote speaker delivering to a wide range of audiences – from classroom teachers to executives in the boardroom of Fortune 1000 companies – Dr. Hughes combines her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction and her vast experience in marketing communications with extensive research in neuroscience and behavioral psychology to inspire people to tap into their inner genius for extraordinary results.


Jordan is a five time World Record Powerlifter, a Precision Nutrition and Westside Barbell Certified coach and also has a Bachelor’s of Science in Health & Behavior Science with a focus in Strength & Conditioning.


He runs a Client Services business that helps others learn more about health and wellness. Through this, he was able to coach Gary Vaynerchuck and others. He also loves coffee.

Jordan Syatt