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Centennial Medical Center
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Stephen James, LPC-MHSP
Founder & CEO
Stephen is a social entrepreneur with a passion for creating life changing organizations, programs, and events that help others live fully, love deeply, and lead well. His unique ability is helping successful individuals and organizations clarify, adapt, innovate, and restore.
Besides The Leadership Lab, Stephen is the founder and executive director of Sage Hill Counseling. With offices in Nashville, Brentwood, and Murfreesboro, Tennessee, SHC helps individuals, couples, teens, and families recover their hearts, redeem their stories, and transform their lives.
He is the Assistant Coach for Mental Performance for the Nashville Soccer Club. Stephen has worked with athletes and teams from a variety of environments including MLB, MLS, NFL, NHL, Olympics, USL, and the SEC to play with heart so they can develop and sustain the passion, character, and resilience to achieve their dreams.
Before Sage Hill, Stephen worked as a private practice psychotherapist in Nashville, TN, for more than a decade.
Stephen is the co-author of seven books, including the bestselling Wild Things: The Art of Nurturing Boys. His latest books include:
Parenting with Heart: How Imperfect Parents Raise Resilient, Loving, and Wise-hearted Kids.
Hope in the Age of Addiction: How to Find Freedom and Restore Your Relationships
Stephen earned his master’s in Counseling from The Seattle School of Theology and Psychology and his bachelor’s from Belmont University.
He has been married to Heather for over 20 years, and together they have four children.
Scott’s most rewarding and challenging roles in his life are being a husband to Allison, father to his son, Fisher, and daughter, Hart. In his spare time, Scott loves to sweat, read, or be outside learning something new... usually with his black lab, Ranger.
Ben Howard, MBA
Ben Howard has been living at the crossroads of art, commerce, and faith for more than 25 years. Having worked among a variety of companies in the entertainment industry, he was most recently the Executive VP of Provident Films, (a Sony Music company), partnering with Sony Pictures for distribution. In this capacity, he developed and nurtured Provident's fruitful relationship with Sherwood Pictures, the Kendrick Brothers, the Erwin Brothers, and Kirk Cameron. Ben’s box office highlights include Moms’ Night Out, Woodlawn, War Room, October Baby, Facing the Giants, Fireproof, and Courageous. After a stint in the music business, Ben made his first foray into film and video in 1997 when he joined the emerging entertainment company Big Idea Productions (VeggieTales). He helped establish Big Idea's first marketing department, and founded its music division which became the No. 1-seller of children's music. During his time there, Veggie Tales became an industry-leading family brand, and more than 25 million videos were sold. His time their culminated with the successful release of Jonah, A VeggieTales Movie (Artisan).
Ben is a graduate of the University of Alabama (BA) and Vanderbilt University's Owen School of Management (MBA). He and his wife Gwen have three children and live in Brentwood TN.
He serves as a board member of Christ Presbyterian Academy. He graduated cum laude from Sewanee: The University of the South with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics. Hunter and his wife Katty have four children.
Dane has practiced as a spiritual guide and mentor for more than 30 years. His work with individuals and groups includes spiritual direction, vocational discernment process, and retreat leadership. Dane’s practice is rooted in the traditional understanding of Spiritual Direction as “holy listening,” a context in which God’s presence directs our conversation and leads us to live an “undivided life” with ourselves, others and God.
Dane also has more than 15 years’ experience teaching and consulting the StrengthsFinder Inventory for students, businesses, and individuals.