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Tim Arnold is passionate about helping people overcome the chronic issues that hold back leadership and teamwork, so they can thrive. He is the author of the book: The Power of Healthy Tension, and speaks to organizations around the globe on how they can overcome chronic issues and conflicting values. Tim has spent over two decades helping organizations unite teams, spark change and get unstuck, with clients that include The United Nations, Citibank, KPMG, Toyota, and Siemens.

He leverages his experience launching successful businesses, social enterprises, and community development programs to bring a real-world perspective to his clients. With advanced degrees in both business and social justice, he is able to help organizations pursue both profit and purpose.

Tim Arnold
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Michael Rahhal is an actor, director, writer, comedian, and Physical Theater artist. He received an MFA in Acting from the National Theater Conservatory, has been a performer and creative director for Blue Man Group since 1998, and has recently worked with Cirque du Soleil as Assistant Stage Director, Designer and Character Coach. He has created, performed and written multiple comedy shows featured in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles. He has written and directed theatrical, interactive events for multiple touring music festivals, and has taught at universities and organizations all over the US. He can currently be seen hosting Absinthe at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas as the Gazillionaire. 

Dr. James Makokis and Anthony Johnson
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Dr. James Makokis and Anthony Johnson are the first Two-Spirit indigenous couple to compete in the gruelling cross-Canada competition known as The Amazing Race Canada. As Team Ahkameyimok (in Cree: never give up), they emerged as the winners of the Season 7 race and received national attention not only for winning, but for confronting stereotypes and homophobia, and raising awareness of issues faced by the 2SLGBTQQIA+ and Indigenous communities.

Both Johnson and Makokis lived in segregated and marginalized First Nation communities that were deprived of access to social programming, equal education, and limited economic opportunities. Identifying as Two-Spirit at a young age, they each experienced segregation and bullying from their own community members. Growing up, they each had to tap into “Ahkameyimok” every single day.

They speak regularly to groups throughout Canada, sharing stories of their experience on The Amazing Race Canada while continuing to raise awareness and advocate for Indigenous and 2SLGBTQQIA+ individuals.

Dr. Makokis heads one of Canada’s leading 2SLGBTQQIA+ and transgender-focused medical practices, committed to saving lives through his progressive, empathetic approach to medicine. He also incorporates First Nation healing practices to connect the mind, body, and spirit for his patients. A role model within the medical and Indigenous community, Dr. Makokis regularly consults on mental health, health access, health and wellness, diversity, inclusion, housing, culturally sensitive medicine, patient-focused medical practices,  social programming, and social services and policies for any institute or organization that is working to create a better experience and equal treatment for all.

Anthony Johnson, from the Navajo nation in the US,  graduated from Harvard University with a degree in Economics in 2008. He is a project consultant in Health Services and an artist. He has contributed both time and career to non-profit organizations, social movements, and councils. Johnson’s story is one of hope, overcoming adversity, dealing with racism, activism, community engagement and success.

Dr. James Makokis and Anthony Johnson

 

 

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