Dr. Sulman Ahmed is the Founder, Chairman, and CEO of DECA Dental Group, the holding company for the consumer-facing brand Ideal Dental. He is the influential leader shaping and motivating DECA Dental’s growth, strategy, and culture. In 2008, Dr. Ahmed opened his first dental office with a vow to establish a truly patient-centered model. Today, the rapidly growing brand represents approximately 200 locations in nine states, serving around 3,000 guests per day.
In his personal career, Dr. Ahmed has achieved many honors and awards, including receiving The University of Texas at Dallas Distinguished Alumni Award (2024). He has also been named the EY Entrepreneur of the Year (2017), one of Glassdoor’s Top CEOs (2021) with a 98% approval rating, and one of Dallas Business Journal’s Most Admired CEOs (2023). He is also an in-demand speaker for national leadership, entrepreneurial, and motivational conferences.
Dr. Ahmed earned his Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from the Tufts University School of Dental Medicine and serves on their Board of Advisors. He is also President of the Association of Dental Support Organizations (ADSO), the premier association for businesses in the dental industry.
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Lerzan Aksoy is an acclaimed expert in the science of loyalty management. She is associate professor of marketing at Fordham University, New York. Lerzan has co-authored and co-edited several books on loyalty and service: Loyalty Myths, Customer Lifetime Value and Profit Maximization Through Customer Relationship Marketing.
Vikram Akula has been at the forefront of creating market-based solutions for financial inclusion. He founded Bharat Financial Inclusion (formerly SKS Microfinance) in India, one of the world’s largest microfinance companies. In 2006, Time magazine named him one of the world’s 100 most influential people. He has received a number of awards, including the World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leader (2008), the Schwab Social Entrepreneur of the Year in India (2006), and the Ernst & Young Business Transformation Entrepreneur of the Year in India (2010). He has been profiled in media ranging from CNN to the front page of the Wall Street Journal.
Vikram is also an investor in and serves as Chairperson of VAYA, which uses tablet-banking technology to deliver financial services. He is an angel investor in fintech start-ups Cloud Digital Finance and Arth Impact and in AgSri, a sustainable agriculture company working in India and Africa focused on helping small sugarcane farmers reduce water use. He is the founder and chairperson of the Bodhi School, which provides education for underprivileged children in India.
Syndicated columnist and author Amy Alkon is an investigative science writer who vets scientific findings across disciplines. She then translates the research to be understandable and meaningful for the ordinary person. For more than 20 years, Alkon has written an award-winning, nationally syndicated science-based column, distributed by Creators syndicate. From 2011 to 2017, Alkon hosted an award-winning science podcast, HumanLab, interviewing luminaries of science. Alkon blogs on applied science for Psychology Today, does behavioral science-based mediation training for the Los Angeles City Attorney’s office, and has given a TED talk on the science of generosity.
Christopher Allen is the managing editor and founder for ComicBookGalaxy.com. He has also written for The Comics Journal, Kevin Smith’s MoviePoopShoot.com, Ain’t It Cool News and NinthArt.com, and is one of the 2006 judges for the comics industry’s prestigious Will Eisner Comics Industry Awards. He has two children and lives in San Diego.
Mark Allen, a resident of Santa Cruz, Calif., is known and admired by athletes around the world for his extraordinary six Ironman championships. Called The Greatest Triathlete of All Time by Triathlete Magazine, Mark has been on the cover of every major sports magazine and readers and the media will be hungry to know how he became “the fittest man alive.” Mark is not only presenting fitness guidelines for life, he is sharing the philosophy of physical and spiritual health he learned as a student of Brant Secunda that made the difference in his becoming a champion. This is the first time in print that he has ever told the real story of how he won the Ironman.
Peg Aloi has been a practicing witch for a decade and a half. She often rants about film and TV for The Witches’ Voice Web site. She is also a film critic for The Boston Phoenix and a professor of film studies. Her favorite on-screen depiction of The Old Religion is the 1973 film “The Wicker Man.”
Brooke Alpert, MS, RD, CDN, is a nationally recognized nutrition expert and author. She is the founder of B Nutritious, www.b-nutritious.com, a private nutrition counseling and consulting practice in New York City. Brooke’s expertise and nutrition knowledge has lead her to be featured on national television regularly including, The Doctor Oz Show, The Today Show, Access Hollywood and more. She was named one of the new up and coming stars in the beauty and health field in W Magazine and has been quoted and featured extensively in both national and international magazines including People, Shape, Glamour, Town & Country, Tatler, and more.
Brooke received her Masters of Science at New York University and completed her training at Mt. Sinai Hospital in affiliation with NYU. She is an active member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Brooke, a former equestrian, is also a triathlete and a lover of mud runs. She resides in New York City with her husband and their two daughters.
Zalina Alvi is a contributing editor for a travel magazine in Toronto and moonlights as a pop culture aficionado. Visit her website at: www.zalinaalvi.com.
Melissa Ambrosini is the bestselling author of Mastering Your Mean Girl, Open Wide, and the Audible Original PurposeFULL. Described as a “Self-Help Guru” by Elle Magazine, she is a speaker, self love teacher and entrepreneur. She’s also the host of the top-rated podcast The Melissa Ambrosini Show, where she shares her wisdom and interviews world-class performers and experts from around the globe including Seth Godin, Wim Hof, Sir Ken Robinson, Bruce Lipton, John Gray, and Jack Canfield.
Melissa is uniquely positioned to blow the lid off the toxic disease of comparisonitis, having worked extensively in industries where comparison culture is not only rampant, but openly encouraged—including a decade treading the boards as a successful actor, model and dancer (including a year-long stint performing at the Moulin Rouge in Paris), before “accidentally” becoming a social media influencer with hundreds of thousands of followers. Melissa is married to a rockstar (literally), and currently lives in Australia with her husband Nick Broadhurst and bonus son.
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