About the Speakers
CEO & Co-Founder, Delivering Happiness, Inc.
Jenn Lim is the CEO and CHO (Chief Happiness Officer) of Delivering Happiness (DH), a company she and Tony Hsieh (CEO of Zappos.com) co-founded to inspire science-based happiness, passion and purpose atwork, home and in everyday life.
Jenn has been a consultant with Zappos from its start-up days in 2003 to the $2B business it is today. She created the Zappos Culture Book, an embodiment of how companies can use happiness as a business model to increase productivity and profitability.
Jenn’s experience with Zappos, combined with her development of scientific frameworks for workplace happiness, created the evidence that happier employees = happier customers = successful companies (and meaningful lives).
Jenn has traveled to over 30 countries to speak on this equation and most importantly, share the practical ways of HOW this equation works.
Upon the discovery that every organization can have similar results, DH evolved into the culture coach-sulting company it is today…to help businesses, hospitals and governments actualize their own sustainable culture for positive ROI.
Today, Jenn is dedicated to growing DH to inspire people, companies and communities to change their world, so together, we can change the world.
CEO, Story Brand
Donald Miller is the CEO of StoryBrand and every year helps more than 3,000 business leaders clarify their brand message. Combined, Don’s books have spent more than a year on the New York Times Bestsellers list. His books include: Blue Like Jazz, A Million Miles in a Thousand Years, and Scary Close. He co-wrote the major motion picture “Blue Like Jazz” which debuted at the SXSW Film Festival and was listed as one of the top four movies to get you through freshman year by USA Today. He has served on The Presidential Task Force for Fatherhood and Healthy Families, a joint effort between government and the private sector to rewrite the story of fatherlessness in America.
Don is widely considered one of the most entertaining and informative speakers in the world. His audiences are challenged to lean into their own story, creatively develop and execute the story of their team, and understand the story of their customers so they can serve them with passion. Don’s thoughts on story have deeply influenced leaders and teams for Pantene, Ford/Lincoln, Zaxby’s, Chick-fil-A, Steelcase, Intel, Prime Lending and thousands more.
Don lives in Nashville, Tennessee, with his wife, Betsy, and their chocolate lab, Lucy.
Vern Yip, HGTV Design Star Judge
One room at a time, Vern Yip is designing his way across America, having knocked down walls and made over countless homes and restaurants during his four seasons on TLC’s Trading Spaces and during his over ten years as one of HGTV’s most recognizable designers. Vern has spread the word on digital home makeovers through AOL and worked hand-in-hand with companies such as Microsoft, Procter & Gamble, Kraft, Newell Rubbermaid, Delta, and Porsche. His award-nominated national commercial for the AT&T U Verse Wireless Receiver aired during some of America’s most watched programs, including the 2012 Super Bowl and the 2012 Grammy Awards. In spring of 2013, Diet Pepsi partnered with Vern to release a limited edition Vern Yip can, making him the only interior designer to have ever had his own signature can. Among Vern’s highly lauded product collaborations are the Vern Yip Premium Home Fragrance Collection, the Vern Yip for Trend Home Fabric and Trim Collection in partnership with Fabricut, a full line of lighting with Stonegate Designs by AFX, and a Home Décor and Accessory collection distributed through OneCoast. Vern has recently completed the design of his second collections for both Fabricut and Stonegate by AFX and will be launching his premiere wallpaper collection in the spring of 2018.
Vern’s past HGTV projects include four seasons of his own show titled Deserving Design with Vern Yip and two seasons as host and designer of HGTV Urban Oasis. His HGTV work also includes eight seasons of HGTV’s top-rated prime-time series HGTV Design Star and several seasons of Bang for Your Buck, where he served as the show’s host and design expert. Vern’s most recent HGTV project, Live in Vern’s House, chronicled the building of his dream beach home. Vern can also be seen on Delta Airlines flights across the globe where he is profiled for Delta’s exclusive on-air program On Creativity, showcasing the most creative minds in design and entertainment.
Vern runs his own design company in Atlanta, Vern Yip Designs. With an undergraduate education from The University of Virginia, a M.B.A. and Master of Architecture from The Georgia Institute of Technology, and a honorary Doctorate from the Savannah College of Art and Design, Vern has used his varied educational background to build a distinguished business. His creations and room transformations range in budget from the notoriously frugal showcased on television to eight-figure projects for high-end clients nationwide. Regardless of the budget, Vern’s design calling card is his attention to detail married with precise, clean-lined interiors balanced with a sense of warmth. Many elements of his eclectic style demonstrate an influence from his love of travel. Vern has traveled to over fifty countries in the past nine years as a travel and design columnist for The Washington Post since 2011, a design advisor to global brands, and as a U.S. Ambassador for UNICEF.
Vern’s projects have amassed an impressive list of design awards including: 2015 Design Maverick Nominee, 2003 Distinguished Southerner Award, and 2000 Southeast Designer of the Year. Vern continues to be involved extensively in non-profit work and annually awards scholarships at The Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults, where his family established the Vera Yip Memorial Scholarship after his Mother. He’s also now in his seventh year working with UNICEF as a U.S. Ambassador to help raise awareness of the needs of children around the world. Vern is passionate about his work with UNICEF and designed the 2009- 2016 UNICEF Snowflake Balls that took place in New York’s famous Cipriani and will be returning to design duties for the 2017 Snowflake Ball. He also serves as the Founding and National Chair of The UNICEF Experience and has hosted four installments of the event in Atlanta.
Recognized on the street, in home improvement centers, and in public venues across America, Vern has been prominently featured in publications such as Entertainment Weekly, The New York Times, USA Today, and People Magazine, including a spot on this year’s Most Beautiful list. His award-winning design work has made its way into the pages of House Beautiful, HGTV Magazine, and onto the September 2016 cover of Traditional Home. He is also frequently seen on NBC’s TODAY show, CNN, and Live! with Kelly and Ryan. In addition to being a New York Times Bestselling Author, Vern is also a travel and design columnist for The Washington Post and a regular contributor to HGTV Magazine. Vern’s first book, Vern Yip’s Design Wise: Your Smart Guide to a Beautiful Home spent nearly a week as an Amazon #1 Bestseller and in the overall Amazon Top 15, landing at #2 on The New York Times Bestseller list. His second book is slated for release in March of 2019.
President/CEO, Compliancy Group
Marc Haskelson is the President and CEO of Compliancy Group. He has over 25 years of sales, marketing, compliance and operational leadership experience, and has held executive positions at Hearst Publications, Experian, and AT&T. He is an innovator who develops new products and solutions to address the challenges of the small and midsize market. Marc is the Chair of the CompTIA Business Applications Advisory Council and is a Visionary Level Contributor to the American Optometric Association Political Action Committee. He focuses his knowledge of compliance, technology, security, customer care, and payment processing on improving market inefficiencies.
Compliancy Group prides itself on education and advocacy in the security, health care IT, and compliance industries. Marc is a certified speaker for many CE-approved events (including COPE). He has spoken at events organized by the American Optometric Association, PAHCOM, SAASMax, The Telemental Health Institute, Oregon Optometric Physician’s Association, Wyoming Optometric Association, PERC, PRIMA, First Eye Care, Coherent Eye Care, CompTIA, Everything EHR, OD Excellence, HITECH Answers’ HIPAA Chat, and many others. He has been cited in publications across the industry, including Channel E2E, Becker’s Hospital Review, and CRM. He hosts webinars on a monthly basis for Compliancy Group’s HIPAA Educational Webinar Series, the largest HIPAA education program of its kind online.