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Sterling Hawkins

Founder & Keynote Speaker

I am committed to disrupting the status quo.

It takes breaking the status quo to achieve unprecedented success. I understand firsthand what it takes to confront fears, break the mold and transform how things have been done for what’s newly possible. I have founded several companies and been able to transition from being flat broke to selling my first company and from a fear of speaking to a group larger than three individuals to speaking on stages around the world. Understanding people is in my blood. I grew up a fifth-generation grocery retailer. As competition increased and technology evolved, mastering human behavior became more and more necessary. Over the last several years, I consulted with and collaborated with organizations such as Mitsubishi, P&G, Synchrony Financial and Energizer advancing those businesses through innovative discovery and on to exponential growth. I have continued to review over 1,000 new solutions every year for multiple companies realizing there is a process of best practices for the leadership it takes to grow a business. I’ve been quoted by and interviewed by multiple media outlets, including Forbes, Fast Company, The New York Times and Inc. Magazine. My primary topics revolve around pushing the edge of what’s possible for retail companies mainly and looking at how those applications can be made available for any legacy business. I look to get under the hood, challenge assumptions, and expand and make accessible innovative thinking which will give a business culture the keys to optimal growth. Keynote Speaking is my favorite thing in the world to do. I love the energy and excitement I get to bring to businesses of all sizes, including small board meetings to conferences with thousands of people in attendance. When I’m not on stage, I’m pushing my own edges of what’s possible with friends and executive clients. We’ve embraced adventure workshops while shark diving at Seal Island, skydiving in Southern California, Century cycling in Utah, camping in the Sahara Desert, racing in Monaco, marathons, flying, yoga and an ever-growing bucket list of experiences yet to be discovered and enjoyed. 

Abbie Weiss

HEAD OF INNOVATION PROGRAMming

I am committed to empowering leaders.

Empowering leadership comes naturally to me. It really boils down to giving people access to discover their natural ability to lead, naturally experience of leadership, and natural expression of leadership. Leadership is learnable and trainable.  I have been an example of that for the last 20 years. I became a manager at the mall for a photography company when I was 23. My mom gave me the book, On People Management by Mary Kay Ash. In it I learned that if I was going to be successful I had to care about, empower and acknowledge the people that worked for me. We succeeded. We doubled the sales average per customer and brought my store into the top 10 of the company. Soon, I was speaking at national conventions on managing results by empowering people. I became obsessed with making a difference and began a career of transformation and leadership. For the last 15 years I have led and managed 100s of workshops for tens-of-thousands of people. I credit a lot of my  development, leadership abilities and personal growth to the extensive training I got in the transformational methodologies at Landmark Worldwide – one of the top, personal and professional growth, training and development companies in the world. I developed the kind of skills that influence group change and create high performance cultures and ran workshops for companies like Disney, Netflix, and Sony Entertainment. My partnership with Sterling is bringing all these years of development and training together for groups, organizations and businesses achieve more than what is thought to be possible and to influence the kind of change in the world that has people work together. For me it all begins and ends with the people. When you are not stuck with who you wound up being, your points of view or the limiting beliefs that you have about yourself you can cause, create and empower leadership.

Haviland Hawkins

Director of programming, marketing & branding

I am committed to being a stand for what’s possible and unleashing potential.

I head up Programming, Marketing and Branding, perhaps because it blends three of the things I love most in the world: people, creativity and technology.

I graduated with a Marketing and Management degree from Georgetown University but that’s not where it got started. I grew up as a 5th generation retailer and that’s where my passion for engaging with people arose. Working in event planning, leading teams, and training executives and CEO’s on performance and pitching their companies, I’ve always found a way to foster the development of the individual person and look for other innovative ways for things to get done

Through the years, I have worked with hundreds of companies around what it takes to perform and enroll others in a vision. I’m fascinated by growth, pushing limits but also looking for ways to serve others and create bigger differences inside the communities I am involved with. Seeing and being a support to others to live into their potential is what I thrive on.

When I’m not working or traveling, I am working through my own “impossible” list and pushing my comfort zone in every way I can. In addition to shark diving, skydiving, camping in the Sahara Desert, racing, marathons, flying with friends & clients, I am a competitive bodybuilder and passionate health & wellness coach.