CEO Summit 16 practicum

Elevating humanity through business

Brian Wellinghoff


Brian serves as a senior leader in Barry-Wehmiller’s Lean Journey and strategic initiatives as well as co-founding Barry-Wehmiller Leadership Institute to bring Truly Human Leadership to other organizations.

Taking a practitioner focused approach, Brian has shared Barry-Wehmiller’s unique, people-centric Leadership journey with audiences across the country in speeches, workshops, and training classes for more than 10 years. His peers recognized him as winner of the Guiding Principles of Leadership Award (Barry-Wehmiller’s most prestigious honor), and his community selected him as one of the top 30 young leaders in the St. Louis area.

Whether collaborating on books and academic papers or reducing frustration in the machine shop, Brian brings a constant desire to invite people to break through and realize their full potential.

Simon Mainwaring


Simon Mainwaring is the founder of We First, a leading brand consultancy that provides purpose-driven strategy, content, and training that empowers companies to lead business, shape culture, and better our world. We First consulting shows companies how to define, frame and share the story of their good work in ways that build their brand reputation, customer community, and social impact. We First training includes keynote speeches and corporate workshops that shows how companies combine purposeful storytelling and social technologies to inspire their employees and customers to build their business and impact with them.

Simon is a member of the Advisory Board of Sustainable Brands, the Steering Committee of the Business Alliance for the Future, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in London. He contributes to The Guardian,Forbes, and Huffington Post on branding and social technology.

Simon’s book, We First: How brands and consumers use social media to build a better world (Palgrave Macmillan) is a New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Amazon bestseller. It was named an Amazon Top Ten Business Book, 800CEORead Top Five Marketing Book, and strategy+business named it the Best Business Marketing Book of the Year. It has been translated into Russian, Chinese, Taiwanese and Korean.

Simon was included in the 2016 United National Foundation’s ‘Global Influencers to Follow’, Statsocial’s 2015 Top 100 Social Media Power Influencers, YPO’s Real Leaders ‘100 Visionary Leaders’ for 2015, GlobalCEO’s Top CSR Leaders for 2014, #15 on SustMeme’s CSR Top 500 Influencers for 2013, #4 on The Guardian’s, ‘Twitter List: The 30 Most Influential Sustainability Voices in America for 2013’ and Trust Across America’s, ‘Top 100 Thought Leaders in Trustworthy Business Behavior for 2012’. In addition, he has been featured in BBC World News, The Guardian, Advertising Age, Inc., AMA, Fast Company, GOOD Magazineand Huffington Post.

Simon is a sought after international speaker with engagements including the Cannes International Advertising Festival, Royal Society of Arts, SXSW, TEDxSF, Promaxbda, Conscious Capitalism, Necker Island with Sir Richard Branson, Sustainable Brands, Social Good Summit, National Speakers Association, and National Press Club, as well as brands such as Google, Coca-Cola, General Motors, Samsung, Toyota, Gucci, VW Group, NHL, and Patagonia. He was voted a Top 5 Marketing Speaker by and featured on the cover of the National Speaker’s Magazine.

Prior to starting We First Simon spent 15 years as an award-winning writer, Creative Director, and Worldwide Creative Director at many of the world’s top creative advertising agencies including Saatchi & Saatchi, Wieden & Kennedy, and Ogilvy working on brands such a Nike, Coca-Cola, Toyota, and Motorola, as well as consulting on dozens of F500 brands for leading advertising, production, and digital companies. He was the writer on the U.S. launch of the first three generations of the Toyota Prius, the largest national service campaign for the Entertainment Industry Foundation that brought together all four major TV networks for the first time in U.S. television history, and numerous award-winning campaigns for Nike. He has received over 60 awards at major advertising festivals including the Cannes Advertising Festival (Europe), the One Show (U.S.), the Clio’s (U.S.), the Kelly Awards (U.S), British Design & Art Direction Awards (U.K.), and AWARD (Australia), among others.

Simon studied Law and Fine Arts (1st Class Honors) at St. Paul’s College, Sydney University, and lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two daughters.

Curtis Hite


Curtis A. Hite, CEO and Chairman of Improving Holdings, LLC.
(Improving) graduated from Texas A&M University in 1994 with a B.S. and M.S. in computer science. In early 2007, Curtis was one of several leaders who established the Blue Ocean Group, which acquired a small training company called Improving Enterprises and adopted the Improving name.

In 2007 Since then, Improving has been recognized by the Inc 500/5000 as one of the fastest growing private companies in the United States for 9 consecutive years. Furthermore, the company has received more than 30 recognitions as one of the best place work in the US by Inc Magazine, Columbus Business First, Texas Monthly, and the Minneapolis Business Journal. In addition, Curtis was a founding member of the North Texas Chapter of YPO in 2003 and also a member of the Columbus Chapter since 2015.

In 2007 Curtis was honored by the Department of Computer Science as
a CSE Distinguished Former Student and later in 2013 he received the
inaugural Outstanding Early Professional Achievement Alumni Honor
Award from the Dwight Look College of Engineering.

Mark Grannis



Mark Grannis is a co-founder of Harris, Wiltshire & Grannis LLP, where he has been unconsciously practicing conscious capitalism since 1998. Starting with six lawyers, two paralegals, and a secretary—in week-to-week office space—the firm has grown to 47 lawyers and 23 other staff members, all passionately committed to client service, collegiality, professional excellence, strong and cooperative relationships, and balanced lives. The firm shares profits throughout the organization, which keeps everyone invested in the firm’s success. Not a single lawyer has ever left HWG to go to another D.C. law firm.

Mark also handles a wide variety of litigation, regulatory, and appellate matters for his clients, in numerous federal and state courts and administrative agencies. His engagements run the gamut from commercial litigation to family trust administration to privacy and civil rights, most notably including a six-year crusade to win a sizable settlement and complete exoneration for an innocent biomedical researcher who was falsely and very publicly accused of committing the 2001 anthrax attacks. He also works as a mediator, mediating several cases per month through the D.C. Superior Court Multi-Door Dispute Resolution Program.

José Luiz Weiss



José Luiz Weiss is a consultant, speaker and partner at Corall, expert in organizational and cultural transformation and the development of conscious leaders and organizations.

He studied at the University of California at Berkeley where he graduated as a Mineral Engineer and completed his masters in Environmental Engineering. He initiated his career in the fields of sustainability and total quality and later moved to human resources and for 15 years he led HR organizations for Brazil and Latin America at Coca-Cola Femsa, Johnson & Johnson and Syngenta. He has been a partner at Corall for the past two years where he has developed several transformation projects.

He participated in HR Strategy executive education programs at INSEAD, University of Michigan and at RBL (David Ulrich) and is also certified as a coach (Erickson College), organizational consultant (Infosyon) and facilitator of solos in nature (Way of Nature).

He is also one of the founders of the Conscious Capitalism Institute in Brazil and was the President of the American Chamber of Commerce´s Strategic HR Committee.
José Luiz is married and is the father of 3 children.

Mauricio Goldstein



Mauricio Goldstein is a founding partner at Corall, consultant, board member, author and international speaker, and a co-founder of the Conscious Capitalism Institute in Brazil. He received several awards in Brazil and in Europe by the impact of his work as global executive and his studies.

Specialized in innovative models of organization, organizational and cultural transformation and mergers and acquisitions, Mauricio has a M.Sc. in Production Engineering with postgraduate degrees in Organizational Development (Columbia University, USA), Organizational Constellations (Infosyon, Europe), Theory U – Master Class (Presencing Institute, USA), Brennan Healing Science (Barbara Brennan School of Healing, USA), Cultural Biology (Matríztico Institute, Chile) and Biopsychology (Future Vision Institute, Brazil).

He is the author of the book New Organizations for a New Economy (Elsevier, 2014) and co-author of Games at Work: How to Recognize and Reduce Office Politics (Jossey-Bass, 2009), elected as one of the best HR books in France in 2012, and articles such as “Leading change as a Network, a true story” (HBR Brazil,May 2013). A Harvard Business Review blogger in Brazil, Mauricio lives with his wife and two children in São Paulo.

Suzy Batiz



Suzy Batiz is the inventor, founder and CEO of Poo~Pourri. She is an expert in entrepreneurial intuition. A serial entrepreneur, she created an exponentially growing enterprise worth $300 million without borrowing a dime or enlisting a single investor. Today Suzy teaches other entrepreneurs the feminine approach to business—how to harness intuition, body intelligence and creative energy to achieve a natural flow state of success.

Suzy has overcome some of life’s toughest low points: abuse, failed businesses, and bankruptcy. But from these ashes, she has always taken whatever life has left her and built an even more expansive and joyful world for herself and her loved ones. This boldness to reclaim her power in the face of adversity is what has led Suzy to build her business empire.

After the dot-com boom left Suzy with a busted start-up, she turned her love of aromatherapy into a way forward. In 2006, Suzy used this expertise with essential oils to develop a revolutionary before-you-go toilet spray that creates a protective barrier on the water’s surface, trapping odors below. She combined this knowledge and passion to ensure Poo~Pourri formulations are eco-friendly using natural compounds and essential oils derived from plants, spices, flowers and fruits.

Suzy is driven by three words: Liberate, Transform and Empower. She brings the power of this process to her own life, and strives to share it with as many women as she possibly can through her lectures and workshops. Suzy is the recipient of the Gift For Life’s Norman Glassbert Trailblazer Award supporting HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment and education, the 2013 Edison Award, and the 2014 People’s Choice Webby.