Speakers

Join us at this year’s 28th Annual Mayors’ Prayer Breakfast, featuring Anne Beiler, founder of Auntie Anne’s Soft Pretzels.

Anne Beiler began twisting pretzels in 1987 to support her husband’s vision of offering free counseling services in their community. What began as a single farmer’s market stand grew into Auntie Anne’s Inc., the world’s largest hand-rolled soft pretzel franchise.

Anne’s journey towards success began many years before the first pretzel was rolled when she and her husband experienced any parent’s worst nightmare – the loss of a child. This propelled Anne into years of darkness, depression, and despair but out of her pain came purpose and the desire to persevere towards personal and professional success.

Anne is among an elite group of women that have founded national companies in America and is one of an even smaller number that has owned an international franchise company. She was named one of America’s 500 Women Entrepreneurs by Working Women and Entrepreneur of the Year by Inc. Magazine. Anne’s entrepreneurial insights and personal story have been featured on many television shows including Secret Millionaire, The Oprah Winfrey Show, Good Morning America, ANDERSON, and Food Court Wars. Her story has been highlighted in numerous publications including Fortune Magazine, Inc Magazine, Guidepost, and Nation’s Restaurant News. Anne also received honorary doctorates from Eastern College and Elizabethtown College.

Anne sold Auntie Anne’s in 2005 and authored Twist of Faith, a revealing look at the inner workings of her life while building an international corporation. Her latest book, The Secret Lies Within, offers an inside out look at trauma and how to overcome through sharing your story.

Today, Anne speaks to audiences around the world inspiring people with her authentic stories and life experiences. Her mission is to help encourage others to overcome themselves and become the more they desire.

Anne and her husband live in Texas and are parents to two daughters, both married, and proud grandparents to four grandchildren.

Prior Speakers list

1992
Judge Nelson A. Diaz – Philadelphia Common Pleas Court Judge

1993
Jim Herr – President, Herr Foods Inc.

1994
Phil Bauer – President, Tasty Baking Company

1995
Sam Hudson – President, S.T. Hudson Engineering

1996
Roger Peterson – Director of Communications P.C.B.

1997
Dr. Roy S. Letourneau – Heavy Equipment Design Family

1998
Phil Downer – President, C.B.M.C. of USA

1999
Mayor Wilson Goode – Former Mayor of Philadelphia

2000
Clebe McClary – Vietnam War Hero

2001
Richard Fensdamacher – Former Executive of Ford Motor Co.

2002
Eric McGrew – Retired Delta Airline Pilot

2003
Doug MacMillian – Founder, Todd M. Beamer Foundation

2004
Tom Fortson – President, Promise Keepers USA

2005
Fritz Klumpp – Past Executive Director of C.B.M.C. of USA

2006
Dan Cathy – President of Chick-Fil-A

2007
Ed Herr – President, Herr Foods Inc.

2008
James F. O’Bryon – The O’Bryon Group

2009
Regi Campbell – Entrepreneur and Author

2010
Phil Clemens – Chairman & CEO, Clemens Family Corp& Hatfield Quality Meats

2011
Phil Stone – Director of Communications CBMC

2012
David Rowe – Retired Sportscaster, NFL & College Sports

2013
Kelly Wright – Fox News Anchor / Reporter, Recording Artist, Author and Minister

2014
Mark Whitacre – Ivy League Ph.D, Fortune 500 executive, Whistleblower, Author

2015
Bob Doll – Senior Portfolio Manager & Chief Equity Strategist: Nuveen Asset Management

2016
Ed Herr – President, Herr Foods Inc.

2017
Norm Miller – Chairman, Interstate Batteries

2018
Dr. Herbert Lusk, Philadelphia Eagles Chaplain