Team

Jon Mertz, CEO & Lead Activator

Jon Mertz, CEO of Activate WorldJon 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


Kaela Waldstein, Producer

Kaela is an Emmy-nominated media producer residing in Santa Fe, NM. She holds a B.A. in Sociology from University of California, Santa Cruz, and has merged her interest in social issues with her knack for video storytelling. Her interest in corporate responsibility began when she directed and produced a film for a leading natural products brokerage, with the goal of highlighting the positive change they were creating in the industry. The pride among company employees and industry partners who viewed the film was undeniable, and it was then that she decided to launch her own video production company in 2013. The mission of Activate World is right in line with Kaela’s values and she is excited to help stimulate conversations around the many topics AW explores.

Kaela’s favorite activating quote:

“Great people do things before they’re ready. They do things before they know they can do it. And by doing it, they’re proven right.” ~ Amy Poehler


Kent Nutt, News & Communications Activator

Kent is a communications and marketing leader, working for startups, Fortune 500 companies, nonprofits, and academia. Sectors covered include telecommunications, 3D printing, network software, semiconductors, web analytics, and scientific research.

Kent highlights the community of business leader activists that are creating a culture of engagement and responsibility for the greater good of business and society. Weekly news articles and newsletters will address a wide range of topics that exemplify a new leadership community.

Kent’s favorite activating quote:

“Life is about making an impact, not making an income.” ~ Kevin Kruse


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