The Indianapolis Experience

Welcome to the Experience

Hosted by IUPUI

Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis

799 W. Michigan Street

Indianapolis, IN 46202

5:00-8:00 PM

We are excited to meet you, hear you and exchange ideas to energize your desire to advance a human-first culture.
We are thrilled that you care and have joined this global movement.

Jason Barnaby: Tribe Leader and Chief Fire Starter, Fire Starters Inc.; Author of “Igniting the Fire Starter Within”

Jason Barnaby specializes in igniting sustainable change in individuals and corporations.  A 20-year veteran of the adult education world, he has taught in Poland at WSB-NLU and stateside at IUPUI and DeVry. He worked for 10 years in the financial services industry in several roles including L and D, internal and external sales, HR and Transformation.

In 2017 he founded Fire Starters Inc where he serves as Tribe Leader and Chief Fire Starter. The mission of Fire Starters Inc. is to work with individuals and corporations as they challenge the barriers of fear, build a tribe of supporters and find success in their original design. His first book, Igniting The Fire Starter Within, chronicles the lives of 5 Fire Starters who pushed past fear to live daily putting passion to purpose. The book is due out in January 2019.

Outside of professional pursuits he is a devoted husband of 21 years, a proud father of 3, a distance runner and guitar playing singer/songwriter.

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Dr. Katrenia Reed Hughes: Indiana University, Purdue University – Indianapolis, Assistant Professor of Organizational Leadership, Purdue School of Engineering and Technology

Dr. Katrenia Reed Hughes, known by her students and clients as “Dr. K,” has a doctor of psychology (Psy.D) degree from Indiana State University, and a master’s degree in business administration in leadership from Butler University. She is an assistant professor of organizational leadership in Purdue’s School of Engineering and Technology at IUPUI. Her life mission is to help others put their passion to purpose. Her consulting firm, Passion2Purpose, LLC, provides STEM program evaluation, project management team-formation consulting, executive coaching, team development, performance assessment and strategic planning offerings. Dr. Reed Hughes is also available as a keynote speaker.

Whether functioning in the role of teacher, therapist, consultant, facilitator, change agent, trusted advisor, project manager, performance coach or colleague, her primary motivation remains constant. She meets people where they are to help them articulate and realize their goals. Dr. Reed Hughes’ view of learning to successfully address life’s challenges is inspired by Nelson Mandela’s words, “It always seems impossible until it’s done.”

In her most recent corporate role, she was an enterprise learning and development partner at OneAmerica in Indianapolis, Indiana. She has over a decade of experience teaching college students and 10 years working in corporate organizational development. While at Indiana State University, she had an opportunity to teach undergraduate psychology courses including abnormal psychology and human sexuality. Serving as the human sexuality course coordinator, she led a team of graduate teaching fellows. Her passion for teaching was recognized with an Educational Excellence Award in the College of Arts and Sciences at Indiana State University. Dr. Reed Hughes enjoys being in the classroom and engaging with students outside of the classroom to advise and build confidence through the application of learning. Her background in psychology has served her well when it comes to building rapport with students from diverse backgrounds.

Isabel Hundt: Inspirational Speaker, Sociologist, The Leader’s Heart Decoder, YA Advocate, Author

Isabel‘s journey started with a prophetic dream at the age of twelve. The German native tackled many obstacles in order to make her dream of speaking in front of thousands (in English) become a reality. Her biggest obstacle was learning to connect deeply with her Soul and her heart and to fully accept herself and her unique gifts as an Empath-Warrior™. She experienced rejection and betrayal, life-altering “failures”, and depression and anxiety. Isabel’s life is a beautiful reflection of how anyone can create a deep spiritual connection within themselves. By discovering and owning your unique superpower you are able to powerfully step into your mission.

Today Isabel Hundt is a successful Inspirational Speaker, Founder of the #ISeeUMovement, Sociologist, certified Transformation Coach working with Highly Sensitive Visionaries and World Changers aka Empath-Warriors™, Emotions Clearing Practitioner, published Author of The Power of Faith-Driven Success and 2x Amazon Bestselling Co-Author.

Isabel obtained her degree in Sociology/ Psychology at the University of Siegen in Germany and continues to be a student of life daily. Her expertise revolves around navigating your emotional world, the power of intuition and the importance of trust and perseverance in today’s society. Isabel has been featured on over 100 TV shows, well-known radio and podcast shows.

Mike Vacanti: CEO Advisor, Leadership & Culture Transformation Catalyst, Speaker, Author, Founder #HumansFirst Club

Mike believes, “It’s more than what we accomplish – it’s who we become along the journey!”
His mission is to help people discover their potential, embrace a growth mindset and achieve at inspired levels. Accelerating dramatic growth as a Team Performance Catalyst and Consultant for Strategic Innovation, Mike has transformed businesses and inspired people to perform at levels they didn’t think possible.
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 and fear of significant change. His teams exceeded expectations, consistently beat the challenge, learned a lot and had some fun.
These experiences sparked his passion for consulting, bringing the concept of “Genuine Talent” and “Believership” to people with the “I AM TEAM” program, to:
MOVE LEADERS and TEAMS BEYOND PERCEIVED LIMITATIONS
EMPOWER PEOPLE and TEAMS to GROW and ENGAGE with PURPOSE
DRIVE RESULTS & WIN IN BUSINESS & LIFE

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This is a place to connect to and engage with our fast-growing global community of leaders, influencers and an incredibly diverse group of people from all over the world to explore a better path forward.