Entrepreneur, author, and motivational speaker, Julie Wilkes, was born with a heart condition so severe, the doctor's pronounced her dead at birth. At 42, she has outlived all life expectancies placed on her and believes she is on 'borrowed time'. During this 'borrowed time' there is one secret that Julie has learned that she feels perhaps gave her a second chance t life, and potentially could change the entire world, and she will share it with you
Dr. Patrice Palmer was once deemed a menace to society and an immediate threat to those around her. She has spent over 20 plus years funneling in and out of the criminal justice system with very little hope of ever being free of criminal activities or drug and alcohol addiction. In 2003, it was her internal cry and willing to ask for help, and then do the work, that cultivated her relentless spirit to overcome the challenges in life and become an amazing woman and champion for change. Dr. Palmer is a leader on the front lines as a criminal justice reform advocate, reentry consultant and an agent of change. Her work extends local, state, and national levels. She has spoken with the congressional staff in Washington DC on behalf of reentry, criminal justice reform, and 2 nd chances. Her dedication and compassion for the work of restoration earned her a President Barack Obama Presidential Life Time Achievement Award 2016. The Jerry Revish restored Citizen of the Year Award 2016.
Dr. Anup Patel will address 'The Power of a Wish' as he has completed a study that looks at how Wishes impact health care ultization. He will discuss the story behind how he came up with the study to evaluate the impact of a Wish and will give an overview of study results.
Anup Patel, M.D. is board certified with special qualifications in child neurology, epilepsy, and clinical neurophysiology. He is the section chief of Neurology at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and is the director of the complex epilepsy clinic. He is an associate professor for Neurology and Pediatrics at Nationwide Children's Hospital and The Ohio State University Medical Center in Columbus, Ohio. He has journal publications and clinical research interests in the field of pediatric epilepsy, health care utilization and quality improvement.
"Let me issue and control a nation's money and I care not about who writes the laws." - Mayer Amshel Rothschild
Former OSU Football Buckeye, Sports Commentator and Fitness Expert, Dimitrious Stanley will share financial stories and tips that everyone should know but are rarely talked about - and they will change your life.
Kristin Deam-George, age 32, is a Wish Kid alumna, certified yoga instructor and merchandise manager at Muirfield Village Golf Club. She battled cancer as a freshman in high school and wished to meet OSU Football player Eddie George. In her talk, she will share what meeting Eddie George did for her healing and what a wish can do in the life of a child and family battling a life-threatening illness.
At 20, a diving accident left Stacy James a quadriplegic, going from promising college student to life in a wheelchair. But she was determined that nothing would paralyze her spirit! She has won more than 200 medals in wheelchair sports, finished 14 marathons nationwide, and traveled to 4 different countries as a chaplain for the Paralympic Games. The former Ms. Wheelchair Ohio and co- author of two books, Stacy is a motivational speaker, one of Columbus Business First’s “Forty under 40” honorees and inspirational role model. No matter your challenge, Stacy will empower you to never give up!
Freedom a la Cart is a non-profit organization that empowers adult survivors of human trafficking to build a new life of freedom and self-sufficiency. Freedom operates a full catering business offering workforce development and life skills training to job-ready participants. April Thacker is a survivor of human trafficking and former participant in the Freedom a la Cart workforce training program. She currently serves as the case manager at the organization and helps empower other survivors on the road to recovery and restoration. “Through my role as case manager, I’m now able to help our ladies make their employment and educational goals a reality. This work gives my life purpose, and enables me to give survivors what Freedom gave to me: support, hope, confidence, and success.”
Former NFL player, Heisman Trophy Winner, Ohio State Football Legend, Actor and Restauranteer has created a video for us to play at Wish It Forward. He briefly shares about a wish he granted 15 years ago (and the recipient of that wish is one of our speakers!) This will be a fun special addition to an inspiring night!