Dr. Steve Taubman
Dr. Steve’s early years were plagued by crippling anxiety, depression, and low self-esteem. Despite graduating valedictorian from one of the nation’s top chiropractic colleges and running a thriving practice, Dr. Steve found that his outer success did little to calm his inner turmoil.
Thus began a thirty year journey to understand the root of his suffering. His exploration of Western psychotherapy, Eastern teachings of mindfulness, hypnosis, and the science of neurology provided profound insight into the universal nature and cause of suffering; the subconscious mind… which ultimately led to the creation of his successful UnHypnosissystem and bestselling book.
Blending his teachings with a long time passion for comedy and magic, Dr. Steve developed a series of insightful, fun presentations about mastering the subconscious mind which were quickly embraced by organizations for their ability to get people in action.
Since then, Dr. Steve’s excitement, motivation and enthusiasm have earned him fans from every profession as he continues to enthrall audiences worldwide, helping them remove mental barriers to achieving their dreams.
CEO Novak Talks
Kim Novak is an independent consultant for Campus Safety, Student Risk Management and Student Organization Development. Additionally she serves Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity as the Director of Health & Safety. She is recognized as a national expert in student-focused risk management, organization conduct, hazing prevention, and involving students in campus safety efforts. She has been invited to speak at national conferences and on college campuses around the country and has served as faculty for several nationally sponsored professional institutes including HazingPrevention.Org’s institute, which was renamed in her honor in 2010 as the Novak Institute for Hazing Prevention.
Kim served as a Fellow for the U.S. Department of Education Higher Education Center and on several national advisory boards. She has served on the Board of Directors for HazingPrevention.Org, and The Association of Student Conduct Administrators. Kim currently serves as the Fraternity Executive Association’s Dean for the Interfraternity Institute (IFI) and on the Advisory Board for the University of Vermont Higher Ed Law Conference. In 2008 Kim served as an advisor on the national Response-Ability Bystander Intervention Project, a national fraternity and sorority educational initiative. Additionally, she served as the lead editor of the Student Risk Management Compendium published by NACUA in 2006.
Prior to embarking on her consulting career, Kim served as the Director for Student and Campus Community Development at Arizona State University, Downtown Phoenix campus. Her primary responsibilities involved the development of and supervision of a team that led Student Conduct Programs, High Risk Behavior Education, Student Affairs Risk Management, Student Advocacy Services, Crisis Intervention and Response as well as Campus Safety for the new urban campus. She was also the Assistant Director for Student Affairs Risk Management at Arizona State University, Tempe Campus where she led the design and implementation of a comprehensive and proactive risk management model for The Division of Student Affairs. Prior to joining the ASU community, Kim worked for eight years at Texas A&M University where she served as Program Coordinator for Risk Management and Organizational Development and led the implementation of the University's internationally recognized proactive risk management plan for student organizations.
Kim has been awarded countless honors for her work with college students and professionals. Including Interfraternal accolades from Kappa Alpha Order, Zeta Beta Tau, Pi Kappa Phi, and Sigma Phi Beta. In 2013 she was honored with the Silver Medal By the North American Inter-Fraternal Conference for her leadership in advancing the fraternal movement and for her hazing prevention work.
Kim approaches her work with college students and those that support them with the heart of an advocate and is committed to the advancement of communities of care on college campuses across the country.
John Christopher, JD
John E. Christopher is a Founding Partner of Fraternal Law Partners. He helps clients navigate the legal challenges of non-profit organizations, including seeking and maintaining tax-exempt status, corporate governance matters and grant-making. He also advises national fraternities and sororities, their chapters and their foundations on issues related to risk management and housing issues. He is a frequent contributor to the Fraternal Law Newsletter, a quarterly publication dedicated to the legal issues relevant to Greek life organizations. He has also presented at conventions and leadership institutes on issues related to taxes and tax exemption, corporate governance and other topics. He serves on the board of the North-American Interfraternity Conference Foundation.
John has been named an Ohio Super Lawyers Rising Star by Law and Politics Media and has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America® for nonprofit organizations since 2007 and has recently added an additional listing for taxation. He is a member of the Ohio, Kentucky and American Bar Associations. He pledged Phi Kappa Tau Fraternity in 1985 and activated in the spring of 1986. An active member of the community, John has served on the Board of the Woman’s Art Club of Cincinnati Foundation, served as the treasurer for Mariemont Pack 1 of the Cub Scouts of America, is part of the Foundation Advisory Network of the Greater Cincinnati Foundation, is an assistant coach with Mariemont High School Girls Lacrosse and Terrace Park Boys Youth Lacrosse and has coached boys and girls youth sports for over a decade.
John has been practicing law for 22 years. He earned his J.D. from the Salmon P. Chase College of Law at Northern Kentucky University (cum laude, 1993) and a Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Taxation from the University of Florida (1994). He completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Kentucky (B.A., 1990).
Jennifer Mores, Account Executive, James R. Favor & Company
Jennifer Mores is an Account Executive at James R. Favor and Company, serving the complex risk management and insurance needs of several PFA Fraternal Members. Jennifer has a unique 20-year background in fraternity / sorority operations, real estate and insurance, having served on the staff and as a volunteer for her sorority’s Fraternity and Foundation. Jennifer is a member of Alpha Gamma Delta and received her undergraduate degree from the University of Georgia. She currently volunteers her time on the Executive Board of the Denver Area Panhellenic.
Thomas Blottenberger, WestPac Wealth Partners
The American Dream is in jeopardy. Recent polls show that a comfortable retirement outstrips home ownership as the "American Dream", yet most people are woefully under prepared for retirement. Why is this the case? Well, it has a lot to do with the way we think about money. Take, for example, equities - one of the greatest wealth creation tools that exist. How many of us actually understand how they work? Yet, 93% of people own them in some form! Whether investing by yourself or with the help of an advisor, most have little understanding of the forces at work, both internally and externally. In this interactive discussion of Mind Over Money, we will explore how to recapture the American Dream by identifying how to think about money, explore the most common pitfalls that can cost the average investor their retirement, and uncover why wall street and your investment advisors want to keep you in the dark about it.
By the end of our discussion, you will be empowered to take action and create the financial future you deserve.
In addition to the Mind Over Money presentation, Thomas and Shauna are able to offer a series of other engaging educational discussions for groups. They are available to discuss programs for your specific fraternities, for students and alumni, to be empowered to take control of their finances.