The Curation Team
George Andriopoulos is the award-winning founder and CEO of Launchpad Five One Six, a management consulting firm providing organizations with tools and resources to innovate and thrive. A creative disruptor and corporate turnaround artist, George inspires change for businesses and individuals stuck in the mindset of defining themselves by their mistakes. As self-proclaimed “Chief Inspiration Officer,” George’s mantra is to turn the weaknesses of who you thought you were into the strengths of who you want to become. He’s taken his unique journey and experience to the stage as a keynote, motivational, and two-time TEDx speaker delivering talks that spark inspiration and change. George also owns a digital marketing agency, a private think-tank company, and most recently acquired a partnership in startup tech company Concierge 360. A co-founder of the non-profit Shannon’s Fight that provides financial aid to families in medical crisis, George volunteers with the speaker’s bureau at Ronald McDonald House Long Island, and is a coach and director for his local Police Athletic League.
Bill Brennan, Ed.D
Bill Brennan, Ed.D is the Assistant Superintendent for Innovation & Organizational Development in Farmingdale School District. Working with the leadership team in Farmingdale, Bill instituted an overhaul of professional practices related to organizational learning and successfully established Farmingdale Schools and the leadership team as an incubator for innovation in learning. He has published articles on leadership, innovation and professional learning for several publications. Over the past decade he has delivered numerous keynotes and consulted in school districts across the United States on school transformation, professional learning, personalized learning, and leadership. Bill holds a doctorate in Educational Leadership from Fordham University and currently teachers in the Doctoral program.
Fred P. Banny III
Fred P. Banny III is a husband, social entrepreneur, TEDx speaker, leadership coach, and mentor whose passion is to activate people to purpose.
He dedicated his life to traveling teaching leaders in business, education, and faith. Fred often addresses the critical issues that affect every aspect of development – professional, personal, leadership, social, and spiritual development.
To that end, Fred founded Conversations with Kings (CWK) – an initiative dedicated to developing boys into men and men into leaders of impact and influence. With an unwavering belief that in the right environment, anyone can activate the leader within, Fred creates safe spaces and supportive environments where men can be vulnerable and equipped with proven life principles, perspectives, and resources.
Fred is an ordained minister and lives on Long Island, NY with his wife and purpose partner, Cordelia.
Lorelle Riso is a wife, mother of twins, licensed educator and marketing associate at LaunchpadFive One Six. She has spent the last 15 years teaching business education at both the secondary and collegiate levels, with specialties including marketing, management, finance, and law. In addition to teaching, she assisted in the implementation of the internationally recognized Virtual Enterprise Program where students leave the confines of a traditional classroom and become entrepreneurs, developing and running a business in a virtual economy.
Prior to her foray into teaching, she received two Master’s Degrees (MBA & MS) from Hofstra University. With a passion for all things business, she immediately went to work gaining experience in various capacities such as acting as a liaison between domestic and international offices, managing a Global Purchasing Department, analyzing International financial/accounting records, and even acting as an interim marketing director.
Today, Lorelle lives on Long Island and spends the majority of her time in her most important role as mom. The remainder of her time is dedicated to assisting small businesses with their most vital tasks such as developing business strategy, reconciling accounting records, and creating valuable marketing content.
TEDxFarmingdale 2019 Host
Marla Schultz is a headlining stand-up-comic, actress and public speaker. She toured the country opening for comedian Chelsea Hander, Jim Breuer and other top comics, entertained the troops overseas and guest starred on several television shows. Schultz is also an inventor of The Racktrap (www.theracktrap.com) a one-size-fits all bra pocket.
Marla began her standup career in New York City where Alan King hand-picked her for the inaugural Toyota Comedy Festival. She was recently inducted into The New York Friars Club, and the Manhattan Association of Cabarets & Clubs nominated her for a MAC Award for ‘Outstanding Female Comedian.’ LA beckoned and Marla spent the past decade in Los Angeles performing regularly at The Hollywood Improv, Comedy Union, Comedy Store and The Ice House. Marla is a regular on the festival circuit. She was a featured headliner at the Nantucket Comedy Festival, a semi- finalist in Ladies of Laughter, featured in the LA Comedy Festival and New York’s She Devil Festival. Since moving back east, When not performing in theaters, casinos, festivals or private appearances, you can catch Marla at New York’s top comedy clubs.
Television credits include a second appearance on Comics Unleased, Who Wants to Date a Comedian, Girls Behaving Badly, E! Entertainment Television’s The Entertainer with Wayne Newton. Offering commentaryonE! Entertainment Television, Jim Breuer’s Sirius Radio Raw Dog Comedy, TV Guide’s Hollywood 411, Fox News Channel’s Redeye, MSNBC’S Your Money and WPIX Morning News as a lifestyle expert.
Dana Lopez is the Director of Marketing & Communications for The INN, a Long Island-based nonprofit organization whose mission is to serve hungry and homeless Long Islanders. She joined The INN’s team in 2013 as the Communications & PR Manager. Using various communications channels, Dana focuses on raising awareness through outreach to the Long Island community, delivering information to educate members of these communities regarding issues of hunger and homelessness on Long Island and how The INN uses a strong philosophy of dignity and respect to combat these issues. Whether speaking to community organizations and corporations, creating website content or utilizing social media platforms, Dana’s delivers the same message; the problems exist and The INN is working towards a solution. A graduate of Hofstra University’s School of Communications (Class of ’99), Dana is also a trained public speaker and spent nearly a decade working in corporate communications, mainly for the Walt Disney Company. As a wife and mother of two young daughters, she is thrilled to be a part of an organization that works so passionately towards helping those who are less fortunate in the community where she lives, works and raises a family.