This year's conference includes many expert speakers with a wide variety of backgrounds.


Andy Core

Author & President Core Wellness

Andy Core is a credentialed, award-winning thought leader on increasing employee engagement, productivity, and wellness motivation. His talent lies in helping hard-working, conscientious adults thrive at work and in their personal lives. Core has spent the past 15 years researching ways to become better equipped to thrive in today’s hectic society. By doing so, he helps organizations build teams that cost less, have better attitudes, and accomplish more.


Faith Borges

Legislative Advocate

California Advocates, Inc.

Faith Borges is a Legislative Advocate with the firm California Advocates Inc, where she provides professional advocacy services before the legislature and regulatory agencies, focusing on the firm's insurance, public entity liability and business management clients. She has been involved in government affairs in the State Capitol since 2012 and is a policy and strategy expert.


Kathy Espinoza

AVP Ergonomics & Safety

AP Keenan

Kathy Espinoza is a Board-Certified Professional Ergonomist, with dual Master’s Degrees:  one in Work Science/Physiology and the other in Business Administration.  She has worked at AP Keenan for over 19 years providing ergonomic assessments and injury prevention training to office personnel, management, executive boards, purchasing, custodial and nutrition services departments.  She has a postgraduate, 2-year certificate in Human Resources from UC, Riverside and has 86 articles published in the field of ergonomics. 

Steve Rizzo

Steve Rizzo is a motivational speaker and a former stand-up comedian who is notable for his humorous style of motivational speaking and writing.  Steve is a member of the National Speakers Association and an inductee of its Council of Peers Award for Excellence Speaker Hall of Fame. His book, Becoming a Humor Being: The Power to Choose a Better Way won the Writer’s Digest International Self-Published Book Awards.


Pete Smith


For over 20 years, international speaker and coach Pete Smith has helped individuals, teams, and organizations improve their leadership and personal development. His experience, concepts, and tools have helped organizations improve their leadership effectiveness, elevate engagement at all levels, transform company cultures, and consistently perform at high levels.


Linda Woodsmall, LCSW

Clinical Support Services/Bereavement Manager

Pathways Home Health & Hospice

Linda Woodsmall has more than 25 years’ experience in Social Work and therapeutic practice. Linda joined Pathways in 2018 after working with homeless Veterans at the VA. Linda’s previous experience includes hospital work in the ICU, ER, NICU, PCU and Stroke units. She has also worked in schools, group homes and at San Jose State University.