The Austin Experience

Welcome to the Austin Experience


1632 S 1st St #200, Austin, TX 78704

4:30 – 8:00 PM


We are excited to meet you, hear you and exchange ideas to energize your desire and curiosity to advance a HumansFirst culture.
We are thrilled that you envision a better future and have joined this global movement.

Kimberly Davis: Best Selling Author of BRAVE LEADERSHIP; Leadership Educator, cultivating confident, authentic, and powerful leaders

An expert on authentic leadership, Kimberly Davis shares her inspirational message of personal power, responsibility, and impact with organizations across the country and teaches leadership programs world-wide; most notably, her program “OnStage Leadership” which runs in NYC and Dallas, TX.  Additionally, Kimberly teaches Authentic Influence and Executive Presence for Southern Methodist University’s (SMU) Cox School of Business’ Executive Education Program, and partners with SMU in teaching for the Bush Institute’s Women’s Initiative Fellowship program (empowering female leaders from the middle east) and for the National Hispanic Corporate Council.

Kimberly is a TEDx speaker and her new book, Brave Leadership:  Unleash Your Most Confident, Authentic, and Powerful Self to Get the Results You Need, which has been named as the number one book to read in Inc. Magazine’s “The 12 Most Impactful Books to Read in 2018,” with a cover-endorsement by best-selling author Daniel Pink, is available at all on-line and brick-and-mortar bookstores everywhere.

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Garry Turner:  Creating & facilitating the safe spaces that support unleashing peoples innate brilliance

A game-changing thinker who develops strategies as to how to bring that thinking to life and implementation of the resulting solution.

This has been evidenced throughout my career and more recently by leading, with support, human-centered projects such an in-house L&D project ‘by the people for the people’ saving £100k over 2 years vs external provision & a cultural team transformation resulting in > 40% additions in both sales and margin terms, by designing work around and unleashing the potential of people.

– Keynote speaker on inter-departmental partnerships and the power of vulnerability

– Enthusiastic human-centered solution provider across design, leadership & learning

Particular areas of focus include:

– Cultural development (design & workshops)
– Sales development (design & workshops)
– Leadership safe spaces
– Mindset
– Trust
– Curiosity
– Wellbeing
– Listening
– Purpose & Values
– Inclusion

– Passionate about connecting human beings to one another that can serve the greater good

– International sales & marketing professional with a deep-seated passion for driving optimum results through & not in spite of people.

Cornell Thomas, Speaker, Author, Coach, Husband, Father, World Life Changer

Who is Cornell Thomas? That’s a question that even I wasn’t quite sure about until 5 years ago. When I sat down to write the about section for my website, I didn’t want to give you some generic answer. I could have easily said that I’m an entrepreneur or speaker but that’ doesn’t tell you who I am.

I am the youngest son of Bobby and Tina Thomas. That sentence is very important in regards to who I am. If not for my parents I wouldn’t be the man you see today. My father passed away when I was just three years old, and although my time with him was brief I have learned through others the amazing legacy that he left behind., as a police officer and community leader.

My fathers passing forced my mom to become our everything. She was now our main provider, mother, and life educator. She was forced to become an expert problem solver, and that skill was passed down to her children. My mom raised us on the old adage, Everything happens for a reason”, and that one lesson out of the myriads she has taught me was never forgotten. It’s what I remembered when I suffered a career ending basketball injury, and the first thing I think about when any adversity comes my way.

In that dark time my mom’s teachings served as my light. It was that bouncebackability ingrained in me since my youth that has allowed me to find my purpose through the pain. Now I speak all over the world sharing that knowledge with others, so who am I?

I am a former athlete, a speaker, an author, a thinker, an actionvist, but more importantly than any of those titles I’m a husband and father.


Mike Vacanti: Catalyst for Positive Change, Speaker, Author of BELIEVERSHIP -The Superpower Beyond Leadership, Founder #HumansFirst Club

Mike believes, “It’s more than what we accomplish – it’s who we become along the journey!”
His mission is to LIFT OTHERS, helping people discover their potential, embrace a growth mindset and achieve at inspired levels. Mike has transformed businesses and inspired people to perform at levels they didn’t think possible.

Mike’s known as a great listener and collaborative, creative problem solver. For generating speed and confidence through innovation and transformation. His current endeavors as advisor, consultant and keynote speaker, are shifting the belief in what is possible and opening hearts to a better vision and future of business around the globe. Sharing his extensive career of invention, reinvention and highly complex business combinations, he consistently delivers on the belief that the heart of any organization is People – People drive results.


Mike has released his new book, BELIEVERSHIP: The Superpower Beyond Leadership, and is the Founder of HumansFirst.

“Mike is a master at helping people become their best, teams reach high-achievement and businesses grow through change. He listens and solves big challenges.” ~Fortune 100

“Mike brought his creativity, strategic innovation and M&A expertise as we re-envisioned the future for AI, IoT, Analytics, Dev during our recent Intelligent Cloud reorganization.” ~Microsoft

Following many years in advertising and marketing, He launched early stage start-ups & led M&A initiatives for publicly traded tech companies. Five-times he was thrust into the chaos of transformation and helped people navigate the doubt, fear and chaos of significant change. His teams exceeded expectations, consistently beat the challenge, learned a lot and had some fun.


Cyndee Blockinger Lake; Chief Purpose Officer & Co-Founder #btru2u

Blank Page is a purpose first, people focused practice that partners with leaders to co-create people centered cultures, purpose driven strategies and the conditions for people to do the best work of their lives.

We fundamentally believe your team has the answers. Every engagement starts with WHY is this important? Why now? and ends with clarity and commitment to HOW your team can deliver great results for you, for them, for your customers.

How do we do it? We facilitate…

• Curiosity to enable the discovery of what your team believes to be true.
• Compassion to unfold and understand those beliefs and stories with honor and respect.
• Courage to leave the past behind and start with a blank page to design a new solution together.
• Creativity to find points of intersection to bring the new story to life.
• Commitment to connect what they are going to do together to realize the benefits of their work.

The Result? From a blank page, a story people believe and want to be part of. On that foundation, we then explore how communication and decisions are the glue that hold the story together, build trust in the relationships, create shared accountability and deliver bold results.

So tell us…What’s your story? And, How can we help?

Julie Wolk; Leadership Development, Brand Architect, Creative Catalyst, Champion for Better Company Culture

An innovative thinker and problem-solver with strong entrepreneurial DNA and executive experience, I specialize in marketing/branding leadership, and in developing and delivering both experiential and digital learning and development programs. I am passionate about helping people love and thrive in their work, and creating a healthy, positive company culture.

Develop critical learning/training programs as key, front-line assets to support a company’s brand, infrastructure, and existing and prospective customers.

Marketing and Branding Strategy
Collaborate with cross-functional teams to align values and goals, and develop an engaging, consistent image and message within the media and marketplace.

Content Development
Multimedia content change agent who leads teams to craft leading- edge narratives that tell the right story, in the right way, with the right meaning, at the right time for the right audience.

Culture Advocate
Believe that brand strength and integrity begins with a healthy, authentic, positive, mindful organizational culture.

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