How many times a day do you wonder, “Is this really the path for me?” Maybe it’s time to get a little more curious about your purpose in life and reframe the question to: “How do I want to show up in life?” If you’re ready to uncover your inner passion and surround yourself with like-minded, mindful, inspirational and driven individuals, The Passion Summit is for you.
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This two-day summit, taking place in the Chicagoland area at the Hyatt Regency Schaumburg on May 6 – 7, 2019, will forever change your life. You will explore individual and group passions, be part of a supportive global community and learn to live life to its fullest while giving back to others. This summit will bring you world class speakers, impactful content, a networking costume party you will not want to miss, a passion village to entice the senses both personally and professionally while providing tools, products, and resources to support the attendee’s personal growth, mindfulness, health and business goals, bonding together while helping others, and building lifelong relationships. This is not just a motivational speaker conference, but a springboard to you living your life with more passion, purpose, and fulfillment than you ever thought possible.
How It Began
Carey Smolensky, author of Living Life With PASSION and Helping Others, is a dynamic businessman, event producer, multi-faceted entertainer, and entrepreneur who was born in Chicago, Illinois. Carey began his family of companies four decades ago and is constantly challenging himself. He believes that change is the key to innovation and is constantly evolving both personally and professionally to continually live his life with passion. The Passion Summit is the next logical step in sharing the ability of living life passionately while helping others. Carey’s goal of creating a passion community is just the beginning of being able to support each other while thriving personally and helping others achieve their dreams.
You can learn more about Carey by visiting his website: www.CareySmolensky.com.
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1. Nick Santonastasso
Internet sensation Nick Santonastasso embodies strength and perseverance to all who know his name. Born with Hanhart Syndrome, a rare genetic disorder only diagnosed to 11 other people in the world, Nick had to learn how to navigate life without legs and one arm. Santonastasso battled self-destructive thoughts growing up, not understanding his place or purpose in life. Then in high school, he discovered his love for wrestling and everything changed. His matches packed audiences not only because of his talent but also because of his inspirational story. Day by day, Santonastasso became more thankful for his life and began pushing himself further. He appeared in several different movies and shows like The Walking Dead. He also gained over a million followers on Vine in less than a year.
Now, Nick is sharing his experience with people all over the world as a keynote speaker at schools, universities, nonprofits as well as Fortune 500 companies. He is using his challenges to inspire others to push beyond their suffering and live a life that has no limits. Nick already helped to inspire giants in today’s world, such as Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Tony Robbins, Ed Mylett.
Check out Carey’s interview with Nick on YouTube:
2. Carey Smolensky
Carey Smolensky, author of Living Life With PASSION and Helping Others, is a dynamic businessman, event producer, multi-faceted entertainer, and entrepreneur who was born in Chicago. Carey began his family of entertainment and production companies four decades ago and is constantly challenging himself to make a difference in the lives of others.
I live a life of passion by being present and aware of every moment. I do not allow my attitude or perspective to be affected by negative influences and stay focused on what is truly important to me and my goals.”
He believes that change is the key to innovation and is constantly evolving both personally and professionally to continually live his life with passion. At The Passion Summit, Smolensky will speak about how to find your passion while simultaneously helping others. “I’m looking forward to impacting countless lives, sharing knowledge and inspiration and expanding a global community of like-minded people while having fun,” said Smolensky. Carey’s goal of creating a passion community is just the beginning of being able to support each other while thriving personally and helping others achieve their dreams.
3. Cathy Christen
Cathy Christen understands that life is a masterpiece, helping others design their lives as a holistic peak performance strategist.
I have been working with college students for 17 years and have found that very few have been asked to think about their passions. On the contrary, many times they are told to be realistic even if it means doing something they don’t love.”
Christen believes true passion shows up when you not only find your dreams and chase after them, but share them with the people around you. Christen’s experience as a speaker, author and life and business strategist makes her more than qualified to coach others on business strategies as well as fitness and nutrition. She’s the founder and CEO of Elevated You, Inc. and Elevated Fitness and Nutrition, overseer of Cutco/Vector Marketing and quickest promoted district manager to the Cutco Hall of Fame. Her advice on growing your business or finding energy to make your dreams a reality may just be the push you need to truly live your best life.
4. Sajel Bellon
Sajel Bellon Ed.D, CTSS, is British by birth and Canadian raised. As a Human Connection and Well-Being Prac-Ademic (Practitioner & Academic), Sajel can’t wait to share how YOU can leverage the passion and strengths within yourself, to live everyday with meaning and purpose. As an Occupational Stress & Trauma Specialist, Edu-preneur and Professional Speaker, Sajel enjoys working with organizations and people, cultivating the space and conditions for enhancing life experiences and relationships (personal & professional), using Positive Psychology, Appreciative Inquiry & Solution-Focused approaches. Sajel’s message about the importance of human connection and quality conversations has gone global with her TEDx Talk and international speaking engagements. She is known for taking the research off the shelves, making it understandable, through the power of story & humor and practical to use with easy strategies in everyday life. Why not take ‘what works’ and use it to bring out the ‘best’ in us? It’s not about just surviving…it’s all about thriving! Let’s RISE to our passions together at The Passion Summit!
5. Dr. Richard Shuster
Dr. Richard Shuster helps others find their passions through his expertise in clinical psychology and altruism. Dr. Shuster interviews world-renowned thought leaders and entrepreneurs who care deeply about making a difference in the lives of others in his podcast, The Daily Helping with Dr. Richard Shuster. “My mission is to help others become the best version of themselves even if it is of no direct benefit to me,” Shuster said. His podcast has been featured in publications like The Huffington Post and Cosmopolitan. It also started a movement to get one million people to show an act of kindness every single day.
I remember once sitting next to a guy in undergrad who looked miserable and told me he was pre-med because his dad expected him to be. Don’t be that guy.”
Attend the Passion Summit to hear about the story that changed his life and expert knowledge that’ll help you reach your full potential.
6. John Ruhlin
John Ruhlin is the world’s leading authority in maximizing customer loyalty through radical generosity. He is the founder and author of Giftology and has been featured in Fox News, Forbes, Fast Company, Inc and New York Times. While becoming the #1 performer out of 1.5 million sales reps for one of the world’s most recognizable brands, John developed a system of using generosity to gain access to elite clients and generate thousands of referrals. He and his firm now help automate this process for individuals and organizations like UBS, Raymond James, DR Horton, Keller Williams, the Chicago Cubs, and Caesar’s Palace. John and the Giftology team can help any individual turn their clients into their own personal sales force to drive exponential growth.
7. Karen Putz
Karen Putz became deaf after a barefoot water skiing accident as a teenager, then rediscovered her passion for the sport at 44 years old. Now known as “The Passion Mentor,” Putz made a career assisting others in not only realizing their passions but also achieving them. Her life has been filled with joy ever since she rediscovered her passion and wants to share that with you at The Passion Summit. Putz’s book, Unwrapping Your Passion, Creating the Life You Truly Want, dives into how to become fulfilled within your own life despite age and “cautionisms.”
8. Alex Hayden
Alex Hayden, fitness fanatic and author of Health Can’t Wait, helps others live a healthy, balanced lifestyle.
I live a life of passion by consistently asking myself what I’m grateful for, what’s my highest purpose and what is my most compelling vision. I then pursue that vision with all that I have, because anything less would be a waste of the gift that this life is.”
He’s a Certified Personal Trainer with the National Academy of Sports Medicine and founded the Real Results Academy. About eight years ago, Hayden lost 70 lbs and decided to not only change his life but also help others reach their ideal physical shape. His knowledge on fitness and nutrition will blow you away. But Hayden’s encouragement and accountability is what really inspires his audience to changes their lives for the better.
9. Naomi Wendorff
Naomi Wendorff, a transformational speaker and facilitator, knows all about improving yourself in the face of hardship. She faces rheumatoid arthritis and bipolar disorder every day. Wendorff has improved both her mental and physical health throughout her journey, losing over 70 lbs. Through personal coaching, her mission is to connect others with their passions. She wrote the upcoming book, The Wonder of Me, all about overcoming anxiety, discovering yourself and creating your best life.
10. / 11. Mark Crandall & Carolyn Colleen
Mark Crandall overcame a drug addiction, prison and self-hatred. His story shows what it means to change your life and fight for your dreams. He’s now a life coach and motivational speaker, author of Eulogy of Childhood Memories and host of the Purpose Chasers podcast. Crandall also empowers others to think beyond their perceived limits, and turned their lives around as he did his own.
I live a life of passion and empower others to do the same by continually dismantling limiting beliefs in myself and in others that are preventing us from fulfilling on our dreams. The only thing that can limit me is me.”
Carolyn Colleen spreads a message of hope to her audience by sharing her story that took her from standing in line at the Salvation Army to earning a Ph.D. and managing a career center in the Midwest. Her book, FIERCE, guides readers to transforming their lives five minutes at a time. Colleen knows better than most how to overcome fear and adversity and focus entirely on transforming your life.
12. Robert Murray
Robert Murray is all about converting the idea of work into something filled with joy and meaning. As a Certified High Performance Coach and Facilitator, he teaches people how to lead, develop skills quickly and increase confidence in themselves. Murray also guides organizations and businesses on how to grow their vision and develop new ideas.
To me, long term success requires living a life of passion. If you want to make lasting change in your life, you need mentors and ‘growth friends’ who can be on this journey with you.”
Murray also noted that success is not about acquiring book smarts or finding hacks to achieve your dreams. It’s about drawing from the strength and wisdom already inside each person to create the life you dream of leading.
13. Amanda Nachman
Amanda Nachman’s passion is helping college students and young adults turn their passion into a dream career. She’s a motivational speaker at Find Your Passion Career and Publisher and CEO of College Magazine, the trusted guide to college read by millions of students each year. “Sometimes we get caught up in going through the motions. It’s important for everyone to hit the pause button and ask, ‘What do I love to do?’ And then take intentional actions in that direction toward your passion,” said Nachman. Over the last eleven years, Nachman has guided hundreds of college students through the College Magazine Writer Training Program. Writers and editors graduated and followed their passion for journalism to careers at National Geographic, USA Today, Vox and more. As a featured speaker at The Passion Summit, Nachman will guide you through her seven steps to begin a passion-driven journey connected with your interest, strengths and values.