Meet Your Presenters

2019 Summit Keynote Speaker

"Breakthrough happens when we embrace who we are, honor what we bring,  and realize we're not alone on this journey!"  
Bernadette Johnson is a nationally/internationally recognized Leadership Consultant and Collaboration Strategist, who partners with businesses to increase Return on Leadership.  Bringing over three decades of experience in the leadership/organizational development fields, serving numerous industries, her multi-disciplined background creates fertile ground for developing greatness in organizations and their leadership to anchor transition, stimulate innovation and to be a catalyst for sustainable results. Bernadette is also the creator of Inspired Middle Leaders Initiative, (a development program specifically for Middle Leaders), founder of the LinkedIn group LEADing from the MIDDLE and the author of  Waves of Influence: Your Expanded Guide and Insight to Your Highest Self  and the soon to be released, The Practice of Inspiring, Engaging and Influencing: A Guide for Those Leading from the Middle.  Click here to learn more about your 2019 Summit Keynote Speaker.

2019 Summit VIP Guest Speaker

"Maintain the importance of family which empowers me to help others. Remember, it's about the people."
Mark S. McDaniel is President and CEO of Cinnaire (formerly Great Lakes Capital Fund), a Community Development Finance Institution with offices in Lansing, Detroit, Indiana, Wisconsin, Illinois, and Delaware. Mark received his B.S. in Urban Planning from Michigan State University in 1977 and has over 30 years of experience in the areas of affordable housing, community development, urban planning and market research. In Mark’s professional career he also formerly served as Vice President and President of a major development company in Michigan, and as Director of Development for another statewide nonprofit housing corporation. Since Cinnaire’s inception in 1993, with Mr. McDaniel at its helm, the agency has committed over $3.5 billion of loans and equity for affordable housing and community development efforts. Mark has strategically diversified the organization to provide access to permanent debt financing, construction lending, technical assistance, predevelopment lending, youth leadership training, and title services.  Click here to learn more about Mark.

Moderator & Presenter

"If you want to be successful in today's ever- changing business world, you must strive to be the very best YOU that YOU can be."
Tedi Parsons created The Professionals Forum (TPF) in 2011, bringing a strong background in human resources, operations, facilities management, training and development, and a passion for social justice. The Professionals Forum’s Mission is to Help Today’s Professionals Become Tomorrow’s World-Leaders.

As President of The Professionals Forum, Tedi is responsible for the strategic vision and day-to-day operations of the organization, including creating and implementing high-quality and effective training and professional development programs, which are used to educate, encourage and empower others. Since 2012, over 3,750 individuals have took part in TPF’s professional diversity education and training programs.  
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"What you do matters"
Dr. Fountain is the Co-Owner and Chief Executive Officer of Fountain of Solutions, L.L.C. Fountain of Solutions is an organization dedicated to providing organizational and human resource services to organizations large and small. The solutions include strategic planning, operations management and development, human resources consultation, organization and employee assessment, strategic marketing planning and implementation, and various training and development options. 

Additionally, Dr. Fountain serves as Special Appointment Instructor for Cornerstone University’s Professional and Graduate Studies Division (PGS), and has recently helped develop and teaches courses for the Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership and Development program at PGS.  She is also an adjunct instructor for Northwood University.  Click here to learn more about Dr. Tonya Fountain.


"Embrace your mistakes and missteps because the lessons we learn are the strongest building blocks of professional excellence."
​​Cindy Whittum serves as TPF's Sr. Consultant for Professonal Development.  She currently serves as the Senior Career Coach at Davenport University’s Lansing campus.  Throughout her 20 plus years in career and workforce development, Cindy has worked hard to be a catalyst for connections between job seekers and employers in every industry sector.  To learn more about Cindy please, CLICK HERE. 
Full contact information for all presenters will be made available in the Summit workbook.

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