Meet the Business Advancement Conference Speakers!


Bob Keplinger – The Action Coach, The Woodlands

Topic: Five Ways to Massive Profits For Your Business! 

Bio: Bob Keplinger is the owner and a coach at ActionCOACH Business Coaching of N. Houston. His experience working as an executive for Fortune 500 corporations for over 28 years allows him to possess a unique perspective for small to medium size business owners. Since 2012 he has helped many local business owners grow their business from average to excellent through his coaching and education. He is very active in our community and provides business education through monthly speaking engagements. Bob has been married 32 years, has 2 adult children and 4 grandchildren.


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Topic: The Art of Crafting The Perfect Brand Story

Bio: Kirsten Oliphant has an MFA in Fiction, but has spent the last eight years in the online space blogging and publishing non-fiction ebooks. She is the voice behind the Create If Writing podcast where she has interviewed people like Darren Rowse of ProBlogger and Kids’ Activities Blog’s Holly Homer. Her passion is helping writers, bloggers, and creative entrepreneurs build an authentic platform. She has spoken at Blog Elevated, AdventureCon, and Social Media Breakfast and written several online courses including The Free Email Course, Own Your List (The Everything Email Course), and Creative Profitability. 


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Toni Harris – Constant Contact 

Topic: The Power of the Inbox to Advance Small Business

Bio: Toni Harris, business extraordinaire, coach and speaker, is the Turnaround Queen®. Harris’ abiding passion mixed with her dynamic and energetic speaking encourages her audiences to achieve extraordinary results while encouraging them to step outside of their comfort zone. With over 25 years experience as an entrepreneur, including 14 years as a financial advisor and manager, Toni’s unique strategies help her clients to thrive!


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Donna Wick – WICKed Publicity

Topic: It’s All About You, It’s All About Yes!

Bio: Donna Wick Milstead, PhD  /  Publicist & Media Strategist, specializes in high-content Radio, Television, Print and Online media distribution through Local, Regional, and National media outlets for nonprofit agencies, community leaders and innovative companies. Donna Wick was a nationally syndicated talk radio host with “Vision for America”, a Monday-Friday, drive-time broadcast and was heard all over the world with her online simulcasts and MSN features. She was also a Houston-based television talk show host with, “You Make A Difference” and hosted “Donna Wick Live! Intelligent Radio for Women” on local Houston Radio.


Kristal Howard

Kristal Howard, Kroger

Topic: Do-It-Yourself Public Relations

Bio: Kristal Howard is an award-winning PR & corporate communications professional offering leadership, marketing, business development, writing, editing, publicity, social media, reputation management, branding, sports partnership, community relations and event planning expertise along with proficiency in agency, freelance and corporate settings. Presently, she’s contributing her talents to Kroger, a Fortune 25 company. She was recognized by PR News as one of the “Top 30 under 30” in the field. Progressive Grocer named her one of the Top Women in Grocery−one of the retail industry’s highest honors. And, the Network of Executive Women coins her as a top South Texas chapter leader.When she steps away from the office, she spends time as an inspirational speaker, volunteer with Dress for Success and youth mentor with Big Brothers Big Sisters.


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Topic: SEO Essentials

Bio: Liz Robinson is a skilled media designer, marketer, and instructor with an entrepreneurial spirit. She holds a Master of Science in Internet Marketing and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interactive Media Design. Throughout the years, Liz has honed a devoted and unbreakable determination towards both life and career; and loves to use those qualities to help others claim their place on the web in a beautiful and charming way. Liz teaches a variety of web and marketing courses at The Art Institute of Houston and also helps medium to large-sized business through her company, Turningstones. Turningstones guides companies to find their place on the web through beautiful branding and web development, as well as strategic digital and traditional marketing. She has improved the marketing and branding of multi-million dollar companies in several different industries, including oil and gas, chemical manufacturing, medical sales, and non-profits.


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Thais Amaral Tellawi – Amaral Tellawi Law Firm

Topic: Legalities for Every Business

Bio: Thais Amaral Tellawi’s practice focuses on Estate Planning, including Wills, Trusts, Guardianship, and Probate. Thais represents individuals, families, and business owners. For 8 years, Thais worked in the financial planning business. She has helped her diverse clients develop appropriate life insurance, retirement and tax-reduction strategies. In 2010, Thais formed Amaral Tellawi Law. She is proud of the fact that she has helped families and businesses pay fewer taxes, plan a comfortable future, and ensure loved ones are well-cared for when the unthinkable occurs. Thais enjoys helping educate people about estate planning, and seeing her clients achieve peace of mind and financial success. She counts among her passions believing that together we can do great things. In 2011, she was nominated for the 40 Under 40 Awards produced by the Houston Business Journal. Thais was born and raised in Campinas, Brazil, and she is fluent in Portuguese. She is married to Saeed, who is also a member of the firm. In her spare time, Thais enjoys reading, traveling, and spending time with family. She loves her two Boston Terriers, Gary and Nelly. She hopes to one day set-up a farm for animal rescue.       

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