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Dione Becker

Dione BeckerDione Becker is a lifetime martial artist who is fully committed to positively impacting lives through martial arts. Dione is the co-owner of a thriving martial arts academy in La Jolla, California. Today her academy is dedicated to teaching a highly organized and effective system of self-defense to children and adults, Gracie Jiu-Jitsu.  Her academy is Certified by the globally recognized, Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Academy® in Torrence, CA.

The U.S. Government’s website against bullying provides no sound solution for a child who is targeted by a persistent bully, and the string of highly publicized youth suicides is evidence that the schools cannot be entrusted with the a child’s direct safety against bullying.  The classes taught in Dione’s academy to children adhere directly to the 85-year Gracie Family history, where is Gracie’s have successfully bully-proofed tens of thousands of children. The system empowers children with verbal strategies to stand up to bullying behavior with unshakable confidence and provides a series of non-violent self-defense techniques to keep them safe if they are physically attacked.  The Gracie Bullyproof program has been featured on on NBC, CNN, and as an effective counter-measure to bullying. The program is engaging, fun, and will ensure that your son or daughter does not have to go through life being tormented.

Dione is also an eleven-year veteran to volunteering in the community, donating time and free classes to children and adults in fundraisers for hospitals, schools, SurfRider Foundation and a variety of charities.
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Dr. Donna Volpitta

Dr. Donna VolpittaDonna Volpitta, Ed.D., is an educator and author who is passionate about the field of resilience.  Through her Nametags Education Program, URBrand, Pathways to Empower Curriculum, Resilience Formula Workshops, and her book, The Resilience Formula: Proactive-NOT Reactive–Parenting, co-authored by bullying expert Dr. Joel Haber, she offers practical strategies to build resilience in children.

Dr. Volpitta co-created Nametags, the education program for The One Revolution Foundation, which teaches students that “It’s not what happens to you, it’s what you do with what happens to you.” Dr. Volpitta is an education advisor for Kids Helping Kids, a non-profit organization dedicated to developing leaders through youth-led service projects. She writes an education blog for, has authored several articles, received a grant from the Department of Education, and has given presentations at numerous professional conferences.

Dr. Volpitta is a former classroom teacher with experience in both general and special education.  She holds a doctoral degree in Learning Dis/Abilities from Teachers College, Columbia University and lives in New York with her husband and four children.
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Devin C. Hughes – No More Bullies Lead

Devin C. HughesDevin C. Hughes, The Chief Inspiration Officer is a former college basketball player, speaker, coach, author and frequent eclectic thinker.

The son of a black father and white mother, Devin grew up in a mixed—and mixed up—world. His home life was chaotic, riddled with his parents’ drug use and unconventional ways of educating; dyslexia made academic learning a seemingly insurmountable challenge; and his identity was beyond confusing—was he black because he felt black or white because he looked white? Devin knew one thing: he needed to escape his environment and get into college, beyond which he believed the world would open up to him.

Basketball was Devin’s ticket to a brighter future, and he attended Colgate on a full athletic scholarship. Despite his determination to get to college, however, he scraped through the next four years by doing the bare minimum. Realizing how many doors he had closed for himself was crushing. The day he graduated, he knew he had to change.

Devin now provides a framework for turning around the unmotivated, lost, and emotionally distraught with real world practical solutions. After years of feeling isolated because of his mixed race and dyslexia, Devin now helps others thrive in a fragmented world.

Devin lives in San Diego, CA with his wife and four daughters. His memoir, Contrast, is his gift back to those who are looking for some inspiration and passion to move forward, not look back.  A great life is measured by progress not perfection!
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Catherine Mattice

Catherine MatticeCatherine Mattice, MA, is the President of Civility Partners, LLC  and co-author of Back Off! Your Kick-Ass Guide to Ending Bullying at Work. Through Civility Partners, Mattice focuses on helping organizations eradicate negative behaviors by replacing them with positive ones.

Catherine has had the pleasure of helping organizations like the American Red Cross, the United States Marine Corps, Kaiser Permanante, UC Irvine, and many other government, private and non-profit organizations and universities develop civil workplaces.

After dealing with a bully at work in 2004, Mattice became a subject matter expert on workplace bullying through academic research, and founded the educational website www.NoWorkplaceBullies. She has presented her research nationally and internationally; been cited in USA Today, MSNBC, and Huffington Post as an expert; appeared on NBC, ABC and FOX nationwide, and; published several articles in a variety of trade magazines.

Mattice is Past-President of the American Society for Training & Development (ASTD), San Diego Chapter, and active in the International Association for Workplace Bullying & Harassment (IAWBH). She is also an adjunct at National University and Southwestern College, where she teaches communication courses.

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Dr. Samantha Madhosingh

Dr Samantha MadhosinghDr. Samantha Madhosingh is the Emotional Wellness Doctor. She believes that because the mind, body, and spirit are inextricably connected, emotional wellness is the single most important factor that can dramatically impact all areas of a person’s life. She is a clinical psychologist, certified professional coach, and speaker with expertise in emotional wellness, mental health, child development, parenting, and trauma.

Dr. Samantha inspires people to magnify their brilliance and live fearlessly. She motivates them to live on purpose, in power and with passion. She teaches her clients how to clear the inner barriers that sabotage their success so they can quit playing small and allow their inner brilliance shine through.

Through Dr. Samantha’s extensive training in both psychology AND coaching she facilitates her clients’ understanding and acceptance of the past, helps them focus on powerfully changing the present, and successfully build the blissful life of their dreams for the future.

Dr. Samantha has previously worked in multiple mental health care settings, including as an administrator at a psychiatric hospital, a clinical administrator for a mental health agency, and as a clinical psychologist in a school. She has served as an adjunct faculty member at The George Washington University. She has presented locally and nationally on the impact of violence and trauma on children and youth, and has coordinated school-based crises in D.C. public and charter schools as well as national and international disasters.

Dr. Samantha is a successful businesswoman and devoted mother. She loves exploring the world with her daughter and engaging in the wonderful journey of motherhood. 

Dream and dream BIG! Dream with such passion and conviction that there can be no other option than for your dreams to become reality. Believe in yourself and let your brilliance shine!!

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Dr. Deborah Gilboa

Dr. Drborah GilboaDr. G (Deborah Gilboa, MD) empowers parents around the country to increase their knowledge and to utilize the parenting instincts they already have, but have been dampened by stress, doubt and guilt, so that they may raise their kids to be people they respect and admire.

As a Board Certified Family Physician, mother of four, and a professional parenting speaker and writer she follows 4 basic principals when guiding parents from toddlerhood to young adulthood – Respect, Responsibility, Responsiveness and Resilience. Her book “Teach Resilience: Raising Kids Who Can Launch!” provides 50 practical moments for parents to build children’s self-esteem and strengthen their ability to navigate the world.