Meet the Speakers

Anne Bonney
Speaker, Author, and Podcaster | Different Shoe Enterprises, LLC

Anne Bonney is a fun, energetic international keynote speaker and courage ignitor. She is an authority on Change Management, two-time author, host and creator of Dancing in the Discomfort Zone Podcast and an experienced virtual, in-person and hybrid workshop facilitator.

After 20 years in highly successful corporate and non-profit leadership positions, Anne, now uses her experience, education, and expertise to ignite YOUR ability to embrace the discomfort of change, courageous communication and emotional intelligence.


Debbie Peterson
President and Keynote Speaker | Getting to Clarity, LLC

Debbie Peterson runs a speaking and coaching business to help her audiences and clients develop a focused mindset for fulfilling professional results by harnessing the power of their thoughts.

She is the creator of the “Career Clarity Mastermind” and “The Way Forward in Leadership and Life Mastery Program” for women leaders and emerging leaders who want to create next-level success without sacrifice. In addition, she is a professional member of the National Speakers Association, Women’s Speakers Association, and an author with her book, Clarity: How Smart Professionals Create Career Success on Their Terms.

On a personal note, Debbie boycotts winter and chases sunshine from Pennsylvania to Florida each year with her husband, Tom.


Yvette R. Simpson, Esq., MBA
Founder and CEO | Yvette Simpson, LLC
Executive Strategist, Consultant and Media Contributor

Yvette Simpson is the Founder and CEO of Yvette Simpson LLC, Your Power Unlocked, a strategic consulting firm focused on executive strategy, politics, policy, and program development. Yvette also serves as the CEO of Democracy for America, a national progressive political organization with more than one million members nationwide. She is the first woman to serve in this role. She is a Political Contributor with ABC News and a panelist for NPR. She is also a licensed lawyer, who serves as Counsel for Ulmer & Berne, LLP. She served six years on Cincinnati City Council.

For over two decades, she has advised and trained corporate leaders, startups, political and non-profit leaders, emerging leaders and professionals helping them identify lessons, work through difficult situations, providing a roadmap on how to thrive and excel against the toughest odds and most significant obstacles.

Active in her local community, Yvette has served on several boards and commissions and has also received many top awards and accolades for her work such as Top 100 Influencer by the American City Business Journals, a Woman of Influence by Venue Magazine, a Woman Who Means Business by the Cincinnati Business Courier and more.

Yvette earned two undergraduate degrees at Miami University, a law degree from The University of Cincinnati, and her MBA from Xavier University.

Yvette is a proud Cincinnatian, a home vintner and proprietor of Vette’s Vineyards, the wife of cartoonist and home brewer Joe Hoffecker, and the bonus mom to three amazing adult daughters: Katie, Maggie, and Annie.


Claudia St John, SPHR, SHRM-SCP
Founder and President | Affinity HR Group, Inc.

Claudia St. John, SHRM-SCP, SPHR, is founder and President of Affinity HR Group, Inc., a national human resources and management consulting firm specializing in hiring and recruiting, HR compliance and employee engagement. Affinity HR Group is the endorsed HR partner and resource for more than fifteen national trade associations and their member companies.

As a consultant and frequent speaker, Claudia has given hundreds of presentations and workshops on such topics as how to recruit like a pro, common management mistakes, employee engagement, and multi-generational workplace challenges. She is the author of the Amazon.com bestselling book Transforming Teams – tips for improving collaboration and building trust. Her weekly HR Minute e-mails and monthly articles are followed by thousands of business leaders.