Eric Moss was not always a “strongman.” As a kid he battled eczema and turned negative comments from others into a career as a strongman and inspirational speaker. Moss speaks about how a strongman mindset can also be applied to business and life. His main programs include: Steel Forged Self-Esteem, Becoming Strong Enough To Lead From The Front and Witness the Power of Our Potential. The programs focus on self-esteem enhancement, leadership cultivation, overcoming adversity, resilience and perseverance.

Moss will work with meeting and event planners to customize each event to fit their needs. Along with inspirational speaking, he incorporates one-liners in his strongman routine, which can include bending a thick steel bar, bending a 6-inch spike, twisting a horseshoe into a heart, rolling up a frying pan and driving a nail through a board in one strike with only a rag to protect his hand. These acts serve a larger purpose than simply entertainment. For example, “to illustrate setting and achieving goals,” Moss will rip a deck of cards in half. Moss says, “The audience will leave with a newfound mindset of self-belief of the power within, and reveal the secrets of the steel-bending super humans that lead to success in business and life.” 

For Andrea Mokros, Minneapolis-based public relations executive and independent event consultant, the last decade has been a whirlwind. From serving as special assistant to President Obama and director of strategic planning for then-first lady Michelle Obama, to welcoming newcomers to the Bold North as the vice president of communications and events for the Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee, Mokros shares the key takeaways that inspire her work today. 

 

Tony Michaels is no stranger to navigating choppy waters. The CEO and executive director of The Parade Company, which puts on traditions like America’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and the Ford Fireworks, took the helm of the Detroit nonprofit during tough times, at the height of the financial crisis. “2008, 2009, are you kidding me?” says Michaels.

 

Originally from Ontario, Heather Odendaal got her start in event planning early, serving as her high school’s head of social events. She ended up on the West Coast, courtesy of her studies at the University of British Columbia, and launched her career in Whistler, working for the resort in marketing and events. Today, she’s CEO of Bluebird Strategy, a boutique event planning firm, and CEO and founder of WNORTH, a global community of women who have their sights set on the C-suite.