University Session Speakers

Experienced experts, savvy insiders and dynamic up-and-comers know exactly how to help you refocus, refine and reenergize your business from the inside out!  

Ryan Jenkins

Ryan Jenkins is an internationally recognized keynote speaker and author of the book, The Millennial Manual: The Complete How-To Guide to Manage, Develop, and Engage Millennials at Work. For over 7 years, Ryan has helped organizations gain clarity around millennials and Generation Z, so that leaders can effectively work across generations and lead, engage, and sell in today’s multi-generational marketplace.

Ryan has been featured in Forbes, Fast Company, Inc, and SUCCESS Magazine and his blog, podcast, and column inspire and equip thousands of people every week. Ryan’s fresh and forward-thinking approach to generational marketing has made him one of the most highly sought after keynote speakers. Ryan is also a partner at, a digital training platform that helps millennials and Generation Z succeed at work.

When he is not speaking at events or writing professionally, you can find him sampling craft beers from around the U.S. or ring-leading his circus of three children and a Labrador with his wife in their Atlanta, Georgia home.

Marki Lemons-Ryhal

With over 25 years of marketing experience, Marki Lemons-Ryhal is a fifth-generation entrepreneur who has established herself as an award-winning social media speaker and course author. In a market where change is the only constant factor, Marki uses her dynamic, professional attitude and vast experience to maintain her position as one of the top speakers in the country.  

In 2017, Marki was the guest editor of REALTOR® Magazine. She also earned the REALTOR® Achievement Award and the President’s Award from the Chicago Association of REALTORS®.

Marki’s expertise in industry analysis has been featured in The Chicago Tribune, Chicago Agent Magazine, Forbes, REALTOR® Magazine and has also been included on CBS News Chicago and CNBC. In 2010, she was named the Illinois Real Estate Educator of the Year.

Marki began her career in education in 1993 and currently works as a speaker and coach, teaching social media and technology classes for the National Association of REALTORS®, REBAC, REBI, University of Chicago-Polsky Center, Goldman Sachs 10k Small Businesses, and REALOGY.

Marki holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Management from Chicago State University a Master’s in Business Administration from Saint Xavier University, and over fifty real estate-related licenses, certifications, and designations.

Terry Watson

Terry Watson is the “AHA guy”, who makes people, companies and organizations large and small aware of the conscious and unconscious ways they sabotage their businesses and their lives. Terry provides ridiculously effective and easily implementable strategies. In short, Terry gives your organization the tools your people need to get out of their own way, while making them laugh till they snort in the process.

Terry is also a CSP, Certified Speaking Professional. The CSP is the speaking profession’s international measure of presenter experience and skill, earned from the National Speakers Association. This is a big deal since there are less than 600 speakers with the CSP designation in the universe. Fewer than 10 percent of the speakers who belong to the Global Speakers Federation (GSF) hold this professional designation. Come hear Terry live and see for yourself!