Dr. Chris White
Director of Coaching and Development at The Flippen Group
In over a decade at The Flippen Group, a renown leadership consulting organization, Dr. Chris White has worked with some of the most influential people across the globe, including professional and college elite teams such as the New York Yankees and the Dallas Cowboys, Fortune 500 executives, and top educators. Chris directs the company’s personal growth efforts worldwide and has consulted on several continents. His innovative thinking propels him to tackle challenges with a burning desire to not settle for status quo. This quality is particularly evident in his studies of increasing performance and fulfillment, determining what holds individuals back, identifying the root of conflict, and practicing how people can give and receive feedback more effectively. He also helped launch a division of The Flippen Group that assists in the development of professional athletes. He was instrumental in developing a scientific model to facilitate this task, and he has been contacted by groups such as Sports Illustrated and ESPN about his techniques. Another significant accomplishment of his includes co-authoring The Flip Side, a New York Times Best Seller. Currently, Chris resides in Texas with his wife Jennifer, daughters Harper and Berkley, and sons Hudson and Braxton.
Former Executive Chef of Google
From the very early stages of Google's company history, Mr. Charlie Ayers was along to aid in writing each page. As the former executive chef of Google, Charlie made it a personal mission not only to create food that tasted amazing and was creative in itself, but that aided in creativity for Google's employees. Very quickly Charlie gained a reputation as a force in the culinary industry and was there to stay. In addition to his skills in the kitchen, Charlie is also a talented interior designer and played a dominant role in the look of Google's first offices and ultimately had a great amount of influence in creating Google's "cool" culture. Charlie forever changed how companies in Silicon Valley view what they serve their employees and how it affects their work. He currently operates Calafia Café in Palo Alto, California.
Santiago "Jimmy" Mellado
President and CEO of Compassion International
Santiago "Jimmy" Mellado was born in El Salvador and spent his childhood in the developing world. During those years, he saw firsthand the powerful impact thriving local churches can have on their communities and in the lives of children. His educational background includes a bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering (cum laude) from Southern Methodist University and a Masters of Business Administration from Harvard Business School. He was a member of the 1983 NCAA Division I Indoor & Outdoor National Championship team at SMU where he competed in the decathlon, and held the school record. After college, Jimmy went on to place 4th at the 1987 Pan American Games and 26th in the 1988 Seoul Olympic Games, competing for the country of his birth, El Salvador. Prior to taking office as CEO and president of Compassion International in September 2013, Jimmy served for 20 years as the president of the Willow Creek Association- a global ministry dedicated to helping local churches thrive. Jimmy and his wife Leanne live in Colorado Springs, CO and have three grown children.