Jon Mertz, CEO & Lead Activator

Jon is a thought entrepreneur, named one of the Top 100 Thought Leaders in Trustworthy Business by Trust Across America, 2014 – 2016, and highlighted as a “Leader to Watch” in 2015 by the American Management Association. His background includes leadership roles for entrepreneurial and enterprise companies –  Corepoint Health, Deloitte, and IBM – along with serving in Washington, DC, in various political appointments. Jon is pursuing a doctorate in interdisciplinary leadership at Creighton University.

Jon is the author of Activate Leadership: Aspen Truths to Empower Millennial Leaders and founder of Thin Difference, an online community designed to inspire the next generation of leaders and share experiences between generations. Thin Difference is ranked in the top 20 of the most socially-shared leadership blogs.

Jon’s favorite activating quote:

“There are some things you learn best in calm, and some in storm.” ~ Willa Cather

Seairra Sheppard, Marketing Manager

One of Seairra’s goals is to achieve the best in her work and academic life by pushing past boundaries and exploring a multitude of opportunities. She served as a social media and marketing assistant for Carl Sandburg College, a writer for The University of New Mexico (UNM) communications and marketing department, a videographer and photographer for Popejoy theatre and created her own photography/modeling business. Seairra has been active in other projects that range from speaking on an electoral panel for the Galesburg Register Mail newspaper/local television and traveling to Beijing, China, to witness and study how women are affected by different cultural standards. She is passionate about discovering new places and ideas and learning how to apply those experiences to her knowledge to create a more thoughtful lifestyle.

Currently, Seairra is finishing her bachelor’s degree in Communications and Journalism with a minor in Marketing at UNM. She has a desire to correctly communicate and market ideas to communities in effort to expand knowledge and curiosity.

Seairra’s favorite activating quote:

“Where ever you are, be all there” ~ Jim Elliot