Next Stage Communications is excited to present the following speakers at our We Are! Conference.

Al Jensen

Co-Owner Next Stage Communications

Al Jensen has enjoyed success as a public speaker, salesperson and marketer since 1974. Currently, in addition to speaking professionally, he coaches aspiring and emerging speakers, leads several group training programs for speakers and marketers and leads a number of networking groups throughout the Las Vegas area. Al organizes multiple events each month focused on public speaking, networking and book publishing.


Edie O’Reilly

“The Happiness Guide”, is an author, speaker and mentor.

Edie O’Reilly, Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist, Life Coach, Yoga Instructor and Meditation teacher has over 15 years of coaching individuals on how to be healthy by connecting mind, body and spirit. After her son Conor was born with multiple health issues, she realized that he had come to teach her and others a deeper understanding about life. Her mission is to change how the world views individuals with ‘other’ abilities. She now understands that they are not disabled; they are here to teach us a more purposeful way of being.

George Gilbert

Author, Speaker, Consultant

George Gilbert delivers entertaining, dynamic, and informative speeches on the importance and benefits of laughter in various areas of our lives.  He spreads his message about humor across the country.  In 2001, “due to his professionalism and outstanding achievements in public speaking”, he was awarded the title of Accredited Speaker becoming the 50th person in the world to achieve this designation.  George’s show business background gives him a commanding stage presence. 

Evan Green – Master of Ceremonies

Evan Green is Founder and Chairman of Personiv, an outsourcing company that specializes in back office, call center, and web development services.  Personiv was founded in 1985 and has grown into a global organization of 2,600 people. Evan’s life mantra is “Making a difference and having some fun along the way!”.  Evan has served as a Big Brother mentor, leads youth leadership programs at public schools and libraries, founded a social entrepreneurial venture to end hunger for the children of Las Vegas and enjoys writing & performing standup comedy.

Sponsor Speakers

Casey Jade

Casey Jade has been a Las Vegas local since she was 5 years old. Raised by a single mom who always had multiple jobs, she has had a strong calling to empower women from a very young age. It wasn’t until she was 25, burnt out from being an operations manager in the consumer electronics industry, and yearning for learning, that she found her passion for photography. While getting her commercial photography degree, she discovered she could build up her subject’s confidence by bringing out their favorite aspects and shifting their mindset. Since then she has been on a mission to change the world one woman at a time.

Katrina Sawa

Katrina is an energetic, tell-it-like-it-is speaker and award-winning coach who has been featured on the Oprah and Friends XMRadioNetwork, ABC and TheCW. She’s a featured contributor to the Women Speakers Association, Women’s Coaching Association, Women’s Prosperity Network, Polka Dot Powerhouse and the Public Speakers Association of which she was awarded the National Collaborator of the Year Award in 2016. Katrina is also a two-time nominee for the Wise Woman Award with the National Association of Women Business Owners.

With 30 years’ experience in sales, business and marketing Katrina speaks to groups of all sizes and works with dozens of different kinds of industries and businesses. Katrina has been a huge networker ever since she founded her business in 2002. Consistent networking, follow up and proven offline and online marketing strategies are the primary reasons Katrina has been so consistently successful and what she teaches her clients to do as well. She lives in Northern California with her husband Jason, step-daughter Riley and their two rescue German Shepherds, Willow and Jake.

Libby Jason

Libby is your Speaker Stylist. Libby helps clients to take the next step for an empowered presence, and be their best self. Her focus is to transform women entrepreneurs by helping them show up with credibility, attract the clients they want and step into their power as a leader in their industry and on the speaking stage. Libby is the exclusive stylist for a $7M business owner’s MasterMind attendees. Libby holds a Bachelors Degree in Business, previously co-owned a fashion boutique in Newport Beach, California, and has a 22-year background in skincare/cosmetics. Libby also owned a table top design company for 13 years, servicing high-end, referral-only clients such as baseball’s Mark McGwire, music’s Destiny’s Child and California’s Governor and Senator staff/cabinet members. Philanthropically, Libby supports 2nd Chances Animal Rescue.

Suzy Prudden

Internationally acclaimed and award winning speaker and seminar leader, New York Times Best Selling Author (from before the internet), fitness expert, ​body/mind pioneer, master hypnotherapist, success and empowerment coach, TV host, Podcaster and Publisher of Itty Bitty Publishing.  Suzy helps people use their books as business builders not just business cards to build high 6 and 7 figure businesses. You’ve seen her on Oprah. Good Morning America and The Today show. The New York Times says, “If Suzy is talking about it today, the rest of the country will be talking about it tomorrow.” 

Serena Denmark

Serena Denmark is a hypnotherapy and NLP instructor and practitioner. After working as an Emergency Room and Helicopter RN for 25 years, she decided she wanted to help people get to the root of their problems instead of merely treating their symptoms. NLP and hypnosis proved invaluable in her own life to overcome incapacitating sadness and abandonment issues. Having experienced their power first hand, she knew tapping into the power of the subconscious mind was the key to solving emotional, relationship and even physical issues. She has spent the last 13 years discovering how the unconscious mind processes information and creates our reality. As a professional speaker, she is now sharing her unique perspective with the world at large. In her speech, “Re-write Your Past to Create a New Future”, she shares how change can be fast and permanent once we learn how to communicate with our subconscious mind.

Tony B

Tony B is a young, ambitious serial entrepreneur from humble beginnings. Remembering the days when his parents told him, “Santa Claus might not make it this year to us.” Tony is passionate about helping others find their way together. Helping bridge people to achieve advancements in their lives, with his main dream to become one of the most influential people of his generation! Following a path to get there with his passion, integrity, an to service others. Creating something that’s bigger than him, and will last far beyond his time here!

VIP Speakers

Francesca Gilbert

Francesca Gilbert has been a fixture in the Las Vegas Community since 1988.   After moving from Minnesota to Las Vegas in 1978, Francesca and her family quickly learned to love the weather (no snow–yay!) and the community.  Francesca graduated from Occidental College in Southern California where she received her A.B in English Literature.  Realizing that she missed her hometown, Francesca returned to Las Vegas and began her career in real estate in 1988 and celebrated 31 years as an agent in 2019. Francesca is actively involved with a local Rotary Service club that focuses on helping local children and families in need.  In her spare time Francesca loves to hang out with her 2 daughters (who love Disney) and their dogs.  She enjoys reading, walking and running and has even completed a half-marathon.  Francesca looks forward to continuing to serve the Las Vegas community and the wonderful people who call Las Vegas home.

Jamie Lee

Jamie Lee teaches people to connect to animals on a spiritual level to bring peace, healing, and contentment to their lives. Jamie is an Animal Relationship Specialist and a certified Shelter Animal Reiki Association teacher. She helps shelter animals and their caregivers to recover from the stress and trauma of shelter life.

Jamie has studied with veterinarians, world-renowned Reiki experts, and a Japanese Buddhist Monk. She is the author of “Whispers of Wisdom, Your Pet Has All The Answers,” and is featured in a best-selling book series, “Chicken Soup for the Soul,” and “Cesar’s Way” magazine. 

Jackson Crisp

Jackson Crisp is a Peak Performance Coach, Speaker and Product Specialist.

He has worked with several Fortune 500 Companies as an Engineer and Project Manager.

Jackson maintains several Patents and Trademarks to his name, practicing and instructing on how to develop physical products for market.

He unleashes Individual, Business and Sports Team performance through Keynote Speaking and Area-Specific Coaching.

A former athlete, including an NFL Offensive Tackle Opportunity with the New York Jets, Jackson combines his background in sports, industry and life to bring you his A-Game!


David Smith

David is a U.S. Air Force Desert Storm Veteran and serial entrepreneur. After several business failures, he finally found the secret to success when he was introduced to the concept of neuroplasticity. After applying the methods of mental reprogramming, he sold over $200,000 of inventory on Amazon.

He studied under Dr. Shad Helmstetter at the Life Coaching Institute and became a Certified Life Coach, Business Coach and a Certified Self Talk Trainer.

David has spoken on stages in the U.S and Canada and has been interviewed on podcasts. He launched a Money Mindset Course in January 2020 and is passionate about helping people succeed and change the world.


Nancy Darst

Nancy is an entertainer, speaker, author and coach who inspires and guides people to take action and achieve their goals. Nancy was a Nationally ranked gymnast and trampolinist and was training for the Oylmpics. Nancy overcame a severe injury during a training session which left her partially paralyzed and spent months in traction and a body cast thus was told her athletic career was over. Nancy proved the Doctors wrong and miraculously recovered with amazing determination and perseverance and went on to a professional performing career as an aerialist with Ringling Brothers Circus and then performed in a flying trapeze act all over the world. After several transitions Nancy developed and utilized other talents and performed in Ice Shows and eventually created a professional Magic Show. Nancy can help you discover your magic so you can overcome limiting beliefs, accomplish your goals and Soar to New Heights.

Dr. Vicki D. Coleman

An Amazon #1 Best Selling Author, Dr. Vicki D. Coleman is a former Tenured Professor at Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN. She also held positions at the State University of New York and American Airlines, to name a few. Dr. Coleman is an internationally recognized behavioral health specialist, and speaks globally on a variety of topics, including career development, sports psychology, criminal justice, and entrepreneurship. A certified Federal Mediator, she engages with individuals and organizations to facilitate the resolution of anger and conflict. Dr. Coleman earned a Doctorate in Counseling Psychology from Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ. 

Matthew Cox

From ‘Short Bus Kid’ To Successful Businessman: Never Give Up Behavioral Health Services Changing The Face Of Mental Health

Things don’t always go as planned as Matthew Cox, Co-Founder and Owner of Never Give Up Behavioral Health Services, found out at an early age. Matthew Cox was diagnosed with a learning disability in high school where he was told he would never attend college or amount too much. Cox’s determination and perseverance lead to the creation of Never Give Up.

Never Give Up Behavioral Services encompasses four separate entities: Never Give Up Foundation, Never Give Up Seminars, Never Give Up Wellness Center, and Never Give Up Youth Healing Center.

Adriana Rosales

Adriana Rosales is the author of 7 books, she is a member of the Forbes Coaches Council and is featured in the Forbes
expert panels monthly. She is a John Maxwell certified speaker, HeartMath® Certified Coach and an educator of personal resilience and self-regulation.
Adriana mentor’s business professionals on the six core HeartMath® tools and techniques for stress reduction. She helps guide individuals towards personal transformation, self-regulation techniques and mentors’ individuals on resilience.

An accomplished military veteran, she brings her background and years of
experience navigating the corporate ladder in the telecommunication and finance
industries to the front lines in her book “Corporate Code, A Bottom Up Perspective on Great Leadership."
As founder of Adriana & Company LLC, it is Adriana's personal vision and life purpose to help transform a new generation of leaders through online
educational courses and published literary work.
Trust, Courage, Compassion, and Service, Adriana believes, are the cornerstones
of all real leadership. “It is not about what you do rather how you show up for
people, it’s who you are being not what you are doing”.
She currently resides in Las Vegas, Nevada with her husband and two boys and on
her time free time she recites poetry and is also a published poet.

Featured Speaker

Wendy Sterling

Wendy Sterling is a Divorce Recovery Specialist, certified life coach through CTI and ICF, writer, author, speaker and founder of The Divorce Rehab™. Wendy helps divorced women recover from their divorce by remembering who they are and what they are capable of by ending their pity party, mourning their marriage and MOVING FORWARD with joy. She believes divorce can be an empowering experience that women go through to find their true identity and voice to create the life they want instead of the life they feel stuck with. Wendy currently lives in Los Angeles with her boys and dog.

Michelle Mras

Michelle’s infectious presentations inspire her audiences to rise above negative self-talk and reclaim their inner strength to achieve life-altering transformation.

She is a powerful survivor, an award winning International TEDx Speaker, Coach, Trainer and the host of the Podcast, MentalShift – Reach your full potential.

 The Author of two published books: Eat, Drink and Be Mary: A Glimpse Into a Life Well Lived and It’s Not Luck: Overcoming You.

She was awarded top coach out of 8 thousand coaches world-wide for the John Maxwell Culture Award and received the Women’s Economic Forum’s Women of Excellence Award for Inspiration.

Amervis LÓpez

Amervis López Cobb is the founder of Amervis & Associates. An author, speaker, trainer, and consultant with a Project Management Professional (PMP) certification and over 20 years of experience in management and leadership. Amervis held executive positions at major companies such as Blue Cross, MGM Resorts International, and International Game Technology, where she improved performance and productivity. Amervis’ key roles include process mapping and reengineering as well as facilitating the definition and execution of enterprise objectives, development of best practices, resource planning, and budget management. Determined to increase her knowledge and skills, Amervis worked full time while earning an MBA.