Dr. Ashley Rogers Berner
Ashley Berner is Deputy Director of the Johns Hopkins Institute for Education Policy and Associate Professor of Education. She served previously as the Deputy Director of the CUNY Institute for Education Policy and the Co-Director of the Education Program at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture, University of Virginia. She is the author of Pluralism and American Public Education: No One Way to School (Palgrave MacMillan, 2017), and Dr. Berner has published articles, book chapters, and op-eds on citizenship formation, academic outcomes, and teacher preparation in different national contexts. Her teaching experience took place in a Jewish pre school, an Episcopal secondary school, and an open university in Louisiana.
Dr. Berner served as a gubernatorial appointee to the Maryland Education Development Consortium; Senior Advisor at 50CAN; and Senior Fellow at Cardus, a Canadian think tank. She served by Ministerial Appointment on a review of the curriculum used by the school system of Alberta, Canada; held a five-year fellowship
at the Center for the Study of Law & Religion at Emory University School of Law; and was the project lead on the Institute’s School Culture 360™. Dr. Berner holds degrees from Davidson College (Honors A.B.) and from Oxford University (M.Litt. and D.Phil. in Modern History). She is a proud mother of two grown daughters and lives in Baltimore, where she enjoys taking barre classes in her spare time.
Lisa Honig Buksbaum
CEO & Founder, Soaringwords
Professional Speaker Biography
Lisa Honig Buksbaum is a passionary: a visionary driven by great passion and action. An intuitive healer, well-loved inspirational speaker, workshop leader and facilitator, Lisa has shared her wisdom with thousands of people throughout the world. Three experiences with death and illness in her family during a ten-month period motivated her to launch Soaringwords, a not-for-profit organization she founded to inspire ill children, families, adults, and healthcare professionals to take active roles in self-healing.
Since 2001, Lisa has shared Soaringwords’ SOARING into Strength Positive Health Initiatives with more than 500,000 people. She’s been featured as an expert on ABC News, Fortune Small Business, USA Today, Delta Sky Magazine, and CEO to Watch in The Chronicle of Philanthropy. Lisa graduated with honors from The University of Pennsylvania; holds an MBA in Marketing from Columbia University Graduate School of Business; and a Masters of Applied Positive Psychology from The University of Pennsylvania. She has a certificate in Narrative Medicine from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and a certificate from the American Institute for Mental Imagery.
Lisa has been a keynote speaker, moderator, and panelist at dozens of professional and scientific conferences including the International Positive Psychology Association (2019, 2015, 2013), European Positive Psychology Conference (2018, 2016, 2014), Canadian Positive Psychology Conference (2018, 2016, 2014), and International Positive Education Network (2018, 2016). Lisa has led workshops as a scholar in residence and at grand rounds at leading universities, medical schools and nursing schools, including University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, UVA School of Medicine & UVA School of Nursing, NYU, Columbia University, Tecmilienio University in Mexico, and Doshisha University in Kyoto, Japan. She has spoken at Advertising Women of New York, 100 Women in Hedge Funds, MGM Grand Women of Color Conference, and Working Mother Media Diversity & Inclusion Conference. She has led professional development workshops at dozens of Fortune 50 companies such as Accenture, Cigna, Cisco, Eli Lilly, Facebook, Google, Johnson & Johnson, JPMorgan Chase, New York Life, SONY, Verizon, and Viacom.
Lisa lives in New York City with her husband, Jacob. Her pride and joy are her two grown sons, Jonathan and Joshua, daughter-in-law Evelyn, and delicious grandbaby Charlotte. She gets her energy from swimming each day and connecting with people in meaningful ways.
Karen A. Garman
Dr. Garman is currently Education and Engagement Manager, Rady Children’s Institute for Genomic Medicine. Prior to this she was the Director of Education and Development for the Southern California Permanente Medical Group. With a doctorate from the University of Southern California in adult/higher/professional education, along with certifications as a human performance improvement expert and board certified coach, Dr. Garman has over 35 years of experience in the delivery of a variety of professional development training programs to public and private healthcare organizations. In addition to the large-scale healthcare systems work that she designs and implements, she also professionally coaches healthcare individuals on how to become better leaders and clinicians at the local, state and national healthcare levels.
Dr. Garman was one of the first graduates of the Masters in Applied Positive Psychology program at the University of Pennsylvania completing her capstone in her field of medical education entitled – Broadening and Building Medical Students Clinical Performance: An Action Research Study. This study showed that positive psychology interventions practiced by medical school faculty actually improve the clinical performance of their students. Now as a 10 year specialist in positive psychology in healthcare, Dr. Garman was recently recruited as a co-director of a NIH consortium of 16 academic medical centers around the country that are addressing the cultural changes and interprofessional education required to positively implement professional change as a result of the Affordable Care Act.
Dr. Garman’s professional and personal goal is to collaborate and implement the best positive psychology practices being developed throughout the country that will make successful healthcare providers more successful while improving patient satisfaction with every clinician-patient encounter.
Dr. Sharon Herzfeld
Dr. Herzfeld is a pediatric neurologist specializing in alternative, holistic neurology. She is board certified and a Diplomate of The American Board of Pediatrics. Dr. Herzfeld completed residency training in general pediatrics and adult neurology and a fellowship in child neurology at the New York University School of Medicine where she currently serves as a faculty member. After fellowship training, she practiced traditional child neurology for four years. When her own children became seriously ill, she discovered the effectiveness of alternative medicine including homeopathy and was inspired to use what she learned from their success to help others.
She has spent the last few years researching and studying alternative treatments for many common and chronic conditions that can be treated with homeopathic remedies successfully and less intrusively than with traditional pharmaceuticals.
Her academic achievements include teaching courses in Developmental Pediatrics, Child Neurology and Adult Neurology at The Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education and served as preceptor in The Child Neurology Clinic at Bellevue Hospital in New York City. In addition to ongoing search for new, safe and effective therapeutic modalities, Dr.Herzfeld is a member of the American Medical Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Academy of Neurology and The Child Neurology Society. She is also a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Dr. Herzfeld lives in New York City with her husband and two daughters.
Caren has more than 16 years of experience in Structured Trade Finance with a strong focus on International Trade. She has been the President of Corporate Funding Partners since its inception in 2000.Corporate Funding does approximately $200 million in sales arranging Port to Port financing on letter of credit transactions for clients who import product. CFP caters to high-level apparel groups; as well as commodities such as food, petroleum, and steel. Caren has developed a number of marketing, sales and management tools that have become the basis of the company’s continued success and growth over the years. Currently she oversees the development of a global network of representatives in Europe, Africa, Asia, Middle East, South America, Central America and North America.
Before Caren began her foray into Finance in 1999, she worked in the art world for fifteen years, as a prolific artist selling her artwork in galleries, as well as teaching art to children and adults. Caren worked for the Montclair Art Museum, where she taught adult painting and drawing classes as well as the children’s classes. She developed projects for school and local community programs, incorporating the visual content of the Museums’ main exhibits. In addition, Caren worked for a few years with the Studio in the Schools program in New York City where she provided art education to thousands of students in over 100 NYC public schools. Caren also spent a few years teaching and developing the art program for Manhattan High School for Girls. She is the proud mother of two children and lives in Manhattan with her husband and kids.
Christine Reilly, Ph.D., RN
Christine is a leading authority on cognitive therapy. She has lectured extensively to a broad array of professionals both nationally and internationally on the advanced practice of cognitive therapy. Her publications and research interests revolve around the training of professionals in the techniques of cognitive therapy and using them in clinical practice. In addition, Dr. Reilly has decades of experience helping people overcome obstacles that prevent them from reaching their full potential and enjoying life. Dr. Reilly is a Founding Fellow in the Academy of Cognitive Therapy, and a member of the Association for Advancement of Behavioral Therapy, American Psychological Association, American Nurses Association, and Acceptance and
Commitment Therapy. She also has over fourteen years of experience as Associate Professor in the University of Delaware College of Health and Nursing Sciences in the Department of Nursing with a joint appointment in the Department of Psychology.
Her family includes husband, Kurt, three teenage children, and three step-children. Her home is in Chester County, Pennsylvania.