2017 EO Talks

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The inaugural EO Idaho Talks will bring together Idaho's thought leaders, change makers and influencers. If you are making moves in business, you'll want to be here! Join us as we gather to inspire our local business community! 

EO members will share ideas, trials, and successes through an EOTalks format. Each will be professionally coached and present for 8 - 12 minutes.

Breakfast is provided and EO Members, Sponsors, Students and the Business community are invited to this exciting event!

About Our Emcee

Carolyn Holly will be leading our program as emcee. A long time and active member of the Treasure Valley, Carolyn Holly currently serves as Vice President of Marketing, Communication, Public Relations and Community Engagement for Saint Alphonsus Health System. Holly also enjoyed a 33 year career at KTVB Channel 7 television, where she became one of Idaho's most experienced and best known television personalities.


Event Details

Date & Time

April 20th, 2017  

Breakfast: 7:30AM 

Event Ends: 10:00AM


The Inn at 500

500 S Capitol Blvd

Boise, ID 83702


About the Venue

The Inn at 500 Capitol, located in the heart of Boise, Idaho, is the upscale boutique hotel where pride of place, exceptional service and thoughtful details create the luxury experience for which the Inn at 500 Capitol and its sister hotel, Inn at the 5th in Eugene, Oregon are known. The hotel has been designed with details that bring the comforts of home to a blissful experience. 

Located adjacent to Julia Davis Park, the Inn at 500 Capitol’s neighbors include Boise State University, the Boise Art Museum, Zoo Boise, the Idaho State Historical Museum, the Discovery Center of Idaho, the Morrison Center for the Preforming Arts and numerous local retail stores. The park connects the Inn at 500 Capitol with the Boise River Greenbelt, a 25-mile paved pathway for biking, walking and running.

The Inn at 500 Capitol is in the core of downtown Boise’s rich arts and culture history. The Cultural District, home to Opera Idaho, Ballet Idaho, Boise Philharmonic and Boise Contemporary Theater, surrounds the hotel while the nearby Basque Block glimpses into a extraordinary element in Boise's history. Summer evenings bring Alive After Five, a live music series to the Basque Block and the Idaho Shakespeare Festival, Idaho’s world-class outdoor professional repertory theatre.

Meet Our Speakers


HEROIC Presentations - Six Steps To Owning Every Audience

with David Lakhani

Dave Lakhani is one of the nation's most recognizable experts on applied persuasion, human influence, and cults. He is an award winning author and speaker who has spoken to more than 3 million people in 126 countries around the world over the past decade. Dave is also an award winning Entrepreneur.

Dave's background in persuasion and behavior change is unique, he was raised in a cult from the time he was six until sixteen years of age when he escaped and began studying persuasion, that study continues today. He teaches businesses how to leverage psychological and biological responses to increase sales, change behavior and develop deeper relationships. His consulting clients include:

  • Bodybuilding.com
  • Morter Health Systems
  • Dr. Dave's Best
  • Advanced Nutrients
  • TheSleepDoctor.com
  • Desert Farms
  • GE
  • P&G
  • & hundreds more.

Dave's books include:

  • Persuasion: The Art of Getting What You Want
  • Subliminal Persuasion: Influence and Marketing Secrets They Don't Want You To Know
  • How To Sell When Nobody's Buying and How To Sell Even More When They Are
  • & five other books.

A media regular, Dave has been featured in outlets including The Today Show, The Big Idea with Donny Deutsch, CNN, CBS Evening News, Fast Company, Worth, Business 2.0, Sales and Marketing Management, Inc., and hundreds more.

My Metamorphosis from Maggots to Millions

with Joel Flake

Joel moved back to Idaho following his graduation from the University of Michigan Law School in 2002.  Following his federal clerkship with the Hon. Larry M. Boyle, Joel worked as an attorney for the law firm of Moffatt Thomas in Boise, Idaho.

In 2006, Joel co-founded Gemtek Pest Control, Inc. in Boise, Idaho, and over the next 10 years helped grow its annual revenue from $0 to $3,500,000.  During that time, Joel also helped form a pest control owners' peer review group representing in excess of $50,000,000 in annual pest control revenue from various companies located across the United States.

In 2013, Joel co-founded Gemtek Homekeeping, Inc., a Boise residential and commercial cleaning company, and in 2015 he and a business partner acquired Custom Bedbug, Inc., a northwest regional heat remediation bed bug company.  

In 2016, Joel sold Gemtek Pest Control, Inc. to a global pest control conglomerate--at a significant multiple over historical industry standards.  Earlier that same year, Joelhad also sold his interests in Custom Bedbug, Inc.… and just last month, he sold Gemtek Homekeeping, Inc. to a local buyer.

Since that time, Joel has recently acquired Midwest Pest Control, Inc., with offices located in Little Rock, Arkansas and Springfield, Missouri.   Further, he has also recently founded Pest Secure, Inc., located in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Joel is currently serving as President Elect of the Idaho Chapter of the Entrepreneurs' Organization.

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Fear Motivates Success

with Chad Babcock

Chad and Katie Babcock began building their programs with the conception of the Magic Tumble Bus mobile gymnastics in 1998. Chad and Katie both hold Idaho Teacher Certification, as well as several U.S.A. Gymnastics Coaching and Safety Certifications. Chad is a three-time NCAA All-American Gymnast and member of the Idaho Athletic Hall of Fame. They continued to grow their programs with the opening of Tumble Time Gymnastics in the fall of 1999. Outgrowing that facility in 2004, they built a custom, environmentally-friendly "green" building, which opened in January of 2005. The current children's facility houses not only gymnastics classes, but preschool, before and after school, and camp programs. Jump Time Meridian was added to the family in 2010, Jump Time Boise in 2012, Jump Time Twin Falls in 2013, Soccer Time Twin Falls in 2014.  With the addition of several liability companies, there are 13 companies part of this Tumble Time family.  Their genuine love of people is the focus of their programs, which is supported by the Tumble Time motto, "Happy, Healthy Families."

Peace Corp To Flower Power An Entrepreneurial Journey With Liza Roeser-Atwood

Liza Roeser Atwood is a global entrepreneur who has learned to navigate through the risks and rewards of owning her own business. Join her as she discuss her journey and the importance of maintaining focus and networking. After graduating from Texas A&M, Liza entered Peace Corps and worked in Ecuador helping small business development.  With no desire to return to the states, she worked with Colombian and Ecuadorian Flower Growers until starting her businesses. While residing in Ecuador she was named one of the most successful business women of the year.  Fast forward to the year 2017 and Liza is now resides in Boise along with her Husband and Business partner, Blu, and their two beautiful daughters. Together they continue to operate Farm Fresh Exports and FiftyFlowers into a multimillion dollar global enterprise. 

Raising Independent Entrepreneurial Children

With Eric Crawford

Eric received an engineering degree from Western Washington University, then spent about 10 years in engineering across various organizations. He started The Loop Technologies in 2006 to deliver a premium service and product experience. Since the company's inception, they have grown to 9 people and look forward to continued growth over the next couple years.