San Jose California | November 12-15, 2017

Meet Your Trainers & Mentors for Leverage

Kathi Lipp

Leverage founder and keynote, Kathi Lipp, is a national speaker and author of 17 books including Overwhelmed, Clutter Free, The Get Yourself Organized Project, and The Husband Project.

She is a frequent guest on radio and TV, and has been named Focus on the Family radio’s “Best of Broadcast.”

She is the host of the popular podcast “Clutter Free Academy with Kathi Lipp.”

Over the past 10 years, Kathi has helped hundreds of people increase their platform through teaching and coaching. She is a frequent teacher at writer’ s conferences and has helped countless authors and speakers find their audiences.

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Michele Cushatt

As an experiened keynote speaker and emcee, Michele Cushatt’s speaking experience includes Women of Faith, Compassion International, and various retreats, conferences and events held across the country. She has also led radio, video and audio recording projects.

Since 2014, she’s been the co-host of Michael Hyatt’s popular This Is Your Life podcast.

In addition, Michele serves as part of the Dynamic Communicators International leadership team, led by best-selling author and sought-after speaker Ken Davis.

Michele coaches multiple large-platform speakers in how to craft and deliver powerful presentations.
Michele authored Undone: A Story of Making Peace with an Unexpected Life with Zondervan Publishers and her second book, I Am: A 60-Day Journey to Knowing Who You Are Because of Who He Is.

Rachelle Gardner

Rachelle Gardner represents fiction and nonfiction as an agent with Books & Such Literary Management. She’s sold books to all the major publishers and maintains solid working relationships with dozens of editors.

Having started her career in television, Rachelle left Fox after five years and joined the publishing world in 1995. As an agent, she benefits from her publishing-house experience in sales, international rights, acquisitions and editorial. She’s passionate about helping her authors build their platforms and create the writing careers they want.

In 2007 Rachelle established the popular publishing blog

Cheri Gregory

Cheri Gregory is a teacher, speaker, author, and Certified Personality Trainer. She speaks and writes from the conviction that “how-to” works best in partnership with “heart, too.”

Cheri has contributed to or coauthored a dozen books, including The Cure for the “Perfect” Life: 12 Ways to Stop Trying Harder and Start Living Braver and the upcoming Overwhelmed: How to Quiet the Chaos and Restore Your Sanity.

Cheri has a BA in English, an MA in Leadership, and is pursuing her PhD in Leadership. She is researching the organic growth and practice of “bestowed leadership” — the kind of influence that naturally develops as Christian women write and speak with authenticity and vulnerability.

Roger Lipp

Roger is a productivity and quality engineer for a Fortune 50 company.

Roger helps teams reach their full productivity potential by teaching them practical and simple steps to reach their goals. Roger and his wife, author Kathi Lipp, teach communicators how to share their message through social media and email marketing.

He and Kathi coauthored Happy Habits for Every Couple with Harvest House Publishers.

Nicki Koziarz

Nicki Koziarz is an author and speaker with Proverbs 31 Ministries. She travels the country speaking at conferences and retreats. Her best-selling book and Bible study, 5 Habits of a Woman Who Doesn’t Quit, with Lifeway released in March of 2016. Her second book and Bible study will release in March of 2018.

She is the host of a new podcast, Lessons from the Farm, contributes regularly to the First 5 App and teaches with Proverbs 31 Online Bible Studies.

Nicki and her husband, Kris, own a Fixer Upper Farm just outside of Charlotte, NC where they house a barnyard of misfit animals, three daughters, and one slightly famous pug.

Amy Carroll

Amy Carroll, a speaker and author for Proverbs 31 Ministries, writes for “Encouragement for Today” devotions and coaches for Compel training for writers.

Amy is the author of Breaking Up with Perfect and has contributed to several other books. As co-host for Cheri Gregory’s Grit ‘n’ Grace podcast, she’s known for her unabashed southern style and joyful spirit.

Amy is the founder of Next Step Coaching Services where she has invested in over 200 coaching clients. It’s her delight to be a small part of each one’s ministry.

Amy lives in North Carolina where you can find her on any given day texting her sons at college or figuring out one more alternative to cooking dinner.

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Angela Bouma

Angela began her work as a corporate marketing professional, more than 16 years ago. After running the corporate race, she opened her own at-home marketing business.

For the past six years, Angela has been working side by side with speakers and authors to build their business through branding strategies. Angela is a web and graphic designer and works with clients in platform building. She is also a contributor on the Communicator Academy blog.

Angela lives in Central California where she is raising three kids, two boys and a girl, with her husband Dean of 16 years. She has served as her church’s MOPS coordinator and has a heart for women transitioning from work to at-home mom status.

Bill Giovannetti

Bill Giovannetti serves as the Senior Pastor of Neighborhood Church (3,000 strong) in scenic northern California. He has authored ten books, including Grace Intervention, MindGames, and Four Letter Words. Bill serves as a professor at A.W. Tozer Theological Seminary and speaks at events around the country.

He has studied at Wheaton College, University of Illinois (Chicago), Seminary Consortium for Urban Pastoral Education, Trinity Evangelical and Divinity School. He earned his doctorate from Fuller Theological Seminary. He says his best education has come from real life.

Bill is married to his amazing lawyer/professor/project manager, Margi, and has two awesome high school kids, Josie and J.D. He’s into Chicago pizza, Chicago sports teams, good food, bass fishing, tennis, and naps

Jill Savage

Jill Savage is an author, speaker, teacher, and coach. The author or co-author of 12 books including the best-selling No More Perfect Moms and her most recent No More Perfect Marriages, Jill is a firm believer in the power of authenticity.

As the Founder of Hearts at Home, an organization that produced professional conferences for moms for 24 years, Jill’s been on both sides of the speaking world so she understands speaking from both the speaker and the meeting planner’s perspectives. Through Hearts at Home, her own online Inspire Speaker Course, and private coaching Jill has had the privilege of helping to launch hundreds of speakers.

Mom to five and Nana to three, Jill is a lover of all things peanut butter. Home is an 110-year-old farmhouse in Normal, Illinois. Learn more at

Kathleen Kerr

Kathleen Kerr is an editor, writer, and speaker. As acquisitions editor for the women’s division at Harvest House Publishers, she’s looking for new voices to minister to those who need the healing message of Christ. Kathleen has worked with new and bestselling authors, working to refine their messages and build their careers. Previously, she acquired children’s and tween books at Zondervan Publishing House.

Kathleen speaks regularly at conferences around the country, but she loves to come home to her family in the Pacific Northwest. In the company of her husband and two daughters, she can usually be found hiking, writing, and creating chaos in the kitchen.

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