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Dr. Aaron KipnisAaron_Kipnis

Aaron is a licensed clinical psychologist with a private practice in Santa Monica, California. He’s worked with a broad spectrum of clients—from individuals and families in the upper 1 percent of the economy to those living on a dollar a day in the poorest regions of India. Since 1997, he’s been a full-time psychology professor at Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara County. His classes include a popular course on the deep psychology of Money. Dr. Kipnis has written five books, many book chapters and articles, a produced play and an award winning documentary film. He’s been an expert witness in court proceedings and a consultant to educational, mental health, corporate, and governmental organizations.

He’s often featured on national news media, as a keynote speaker for professional conferences, and periodically offers what he calls, Midas Complex workshops, around the country.

Abby Schwarz – Yelp.comAbby_Schwarz

It’s no secret that Yelpers (aka people who read/write reviews on Yelp.com) are passionate about restaurants, bars, boutiques, and all sorts of great local businesses. And during Yelp Helps, Yelp offered them the chance to “spread the love” to non-profits, too! In early 2014,Yelpers across the California Bay Area were invited to participate in the annual Yelp Helps campaign. They signed up to volunteer at a charity of their choice for a minimum of 3 hours – those who did so and logged their time via GoVoluntr (a Yelp Helps partner) were awarded with an adults-only Prom Night party. In just 37 short days, the Bay Area Yelp community volunteered many hours to local non-profits!

Yelp Helps is a program hosted across North America in selected cities since 2009. The goal is simply to engage the community and show them how they can give back to charitable organizations. As the local Marketing Director for Yelp in Silicon Valley, Abby’s role is to grow and nurture the existing community of local contributors through a variety of on and offline activities. Many of the site’s most engaged users enjoy meeting offline for happy hours, hikes, working out, touring art galleries… and, through Yelp Helps, volunteer work!

Adam FrangeAdam_Frange

Adam is a Global Health and Medical Sciences Teaching Assistant at Harvard Medical School. He is a founding director of Community Health Council, an international non-profit organization that provides direct health care services and undertakes research and advocacy activities on behalf of those who are sick and living in poverty around the world.

A planning member for education initiatives sponsored by the Patch Adams Teaching Center, Adam is a former research assistant and co-teacher at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, and has contributed to the biomechanics research of Lauder Lab at Harvard University.

Dr. Adam SilbersteinAdam_Silberstein

Dr. Silberstein, Psy.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist who has been working in the mental health field since 1994. He has extensive experience working with a broad range of populations including individuals with obesity, chemical dependency, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, psychotic disorders, and developmental disabilities.

Presently, he maintains a private practice in West Los Angeles and Tarzana, working with adolescents and adults with chemical dependency and process addictions, mood disorders, and anxiety disorders. Over the course of his career and in each of his work settings, Dr. Silberstein has been passionately invested in the treatment of addictive and compulsive behaviors with a special interest in the assessment and treatment of overweight and obesity.

Adam StreetAdam_Street

After graduation, Adam decided he would break into the comic book industry. Some time later, he began freelancing for a small publisher, Avatar Press. Starting pay for comics is generally low so after about a year and a half he decided to get a corporate job.

Pay in the “corporate world” was awesome, but Adam says he was miserable. Sometime later after he had Marvel Comics as his main source of income, he was able to leave his day job and do art full-time. In 2010, he decided to pursue one of his passions, a career in character design. A known character designer, recommended that Adam do caricatures professionally as a way to learn the skills needed to become a character designer. That same year, in addition to his comic book work, he set up shop in a mall in Arizona and began doing caricatures there for three months. After that, he became a party artist drawing caricatures at parties. Adam says he wants everyone to view getting a caricature done by him as an opportunity to look fantastic and to love yourself as a cartoon.

Adrienne OsbornAdrienne_Osborn

Adrienne took a circuitous route to music. Although she participated in the typical school music activities – choir, musical theatre and acappella – she left music behind almost entirely in late 1999 to pursue semi-professional waterskiing in Florida while simultaneously working as a software developer in various dot-com startups. A decade and a half later, Adrienne remembered her childhood dream of being a professional vocalist. She started following that dream by joining and founding several cover, jazz, and original bands. She soon left the information technology world behind for good, trading cubicle time for studio time when she opened her vocal training studio, Performance High.

Now, Adrienne is the bassist and vocalist of her indie pop band AdrienneO (“Adrienne Oh”), and the owner and lead vocal instructor at Performance High, a rapidly growing pop/rock vocal training studio with multiple teachers in both Boulder and Denver, CO.

Adrienne and Stephanie VendettiAdrienne_and_Stephanie_Vendetti

Adrienne and Stephanie are sisters, best friends, natural-born redheads and co-founders of How to be a Redhead. How to be a Redhead® is empowering every redhead woman to feel confident, to look amazing and to rock their beauty. They say red hair is more than a color, it’s a lifestyle!

When Stephanie was a teenager, she went blonde to “fit in,” but soon realized that she feels and looks best with natural red locks. As young girls, they both had trouble finding “redhead friendly” products because most items caused their skin to irritate or break out. They took it upon themselves to test and try all different types of products and love expressing their fun redhead personalities with fun pops of color in their wardrobe. Since there was no place for Adrienne and Stephanie to turn to for advice, they created HowToBeARedhead.com for redheads throughout the world to celebrate a redhead’s beauty.

Afam OnyemaAfam Onyema

Afam graduated cum laude from Harvard University with a degree in psychology and played on the 1997 Ivy League Championship-winning football team. After graduation, he worked for two years in the Chicago office of Hill & Knowlton, Inc., an elite global public relations firm, and then spent one year working in the marketing department of Mayer Brown LLP, a top-ten international law firm and the largest law office in Chicago.

Subsequently, Afam entered Stanford Law School in September 2004. During his time at Stanford, he served as Vice President of the Black Law Students’ Association, was a two-year public interest fellow, and served as a mentor in the school’s Public Interest Mentor Program.

While in law school, Afam also directed the efforts of The GEANCO Foundation (www.geanco.org), his family’s nonprofit organization. GEANCO’s mission is to save and transform lives in Nigeria. After graduating from Stanford Law School in May 2007, Afam declined his law firm offers in order to work full-time as GEANCO’s Chief Operating Officer.

He’s been profiled and/or interviewed by National Public Radio, US News & World Report, Forbes.com, Newsweek, American Lawyer, NBC News, Daily Journal (Los Angeles), AOL/Patch.com, BlackGivesBack.com, Young Lawyer Magazine, JET Magazine, Harvard Magazine, Stanford Magazine and Stanford Lawyer.

Aiyanna Meghoo-McDonaldAiyanna_Meghoo_McDonald

Aiyanna is a former teacher who decided to use her life experiences as an English teacher in the US and abroad, as well as being a substance abuse counselor, to start a nonprofit organization and develop a cultural diversity and travel program for youth called The Xchange Project.

She currently works with students in the Atlanta metro area and in Ethiopia. The Xchange Project uses technology, hands on experience, and real-time interaction to teach youth how to challenge their own conceptions of other cultures and to discover differences and similarities between everyone – basically viewing themselves as part of the human community.

Professor Al CarrollAl_Carroll

Al dropped out of high school in his sophomore year in 1982. He worked in minimum wage jobs or was unemployed until he joined the US Army. Thereafter, Al received first his BA, then an MA, and a PhD in History. He’s taught at Arizona State University, San Antonio College, and Hasanuddin University in Indonesia as a Fulbright Scholar. Today he’s Assistant Professor of American, American Indian, and Latin American History at Northern Virginia Community College.

He’s written three history books. Most of his work deals with human rights issues, war and peace, and religious bigotry. Al’s a longtime activist and founded NewAgeFraud.org, which defends Native religious traditions from imposters and exploiters.

Alan MaliziaAl_Malizia

As a child, Alan was stricken with polio. As a result, he’s been forced to endure painful treatments and live in and out of hospitals most of his life. Instead of complaining, Alan channeled his energy into sports and education. He earned the number one rank in the northeast coaching volleyball from 1997 – 2000 in a CT high school where his team won 4 Connecticut state championships. He was named Coach of the Year for girl’s high school volleyball in 1988.

He also wrote an amazing book called The Little Red Chair about growing up with polio and his gratitude for all the people in his life. He’s also a co-author for the best selling book series, “Contagious Optimism that we recently interviewed David Mezzapelle about.  Alan was selected as a Luminary for “Inspire Me Today.” He’s received book awards from “USA Book News,” nationally in 2009. He’s been a Finalist in Poetry / inspirational and religious categories including “The International Book Awards” Finalist in Poetry for Inspirational category and Winner in the Religious category in 2010.

Alesandra RainAlesandra_Rain

Alesandra has 18 years experience in the field of prescription drugs and their effects on the nervous system; personality alterations due to addiction; drug/drug interactions; drug/herb; drug/food and the withdrawals from various classifications of pills. Additionally, she has extensive knowledge of psychoactive medications within every age group. She’s an expert for The O’Reilly Factor, Fox National News, ABC and the Huffington Post.

Her introduction to prescription pills came after an auto accident required nearly three dozen surgeries that left her plagued with insomnia, anxiety and pain. She spent a decade on over 1,000 pills a month and then suffered tremendous physical decline from the combination of pills. Eventually, she decided she wanted her life back and being unable to find help, she chose to go cold-turkey. The excruciating withdrawals gave her an inside view of prescription addiction that she says is affecting millions of people today. She’s a prescription drug expert and the co-founder of Point of Return, a nonprofit that assists the public in recovering their lives from prescription pill addiction.

Alex and Brandon JonesAlex_Jones

Alex and Brandon are two brothers from Colorado who invented an extraordinary new device – a router and tablet combined with an Android operating system! They’ve had not one, but TWO hugely successful crowdfunding campaigns! It all started when Alex and Brandon’s little brother got into trouble racking up gaming charges online and they had to come up with something simple their non-tech-savvy parents could utilize to stop this. What they came up with is known as the Soap Router and it acts as a home automation, security and parental control hub!

Brandon_JonesThis router can prevent kids from being bullied by allowing parents to set up content triggers; it lets parents have TOTAL control over their computers in the home; it traps hackers through fake weak spots in your network; and it stops you from having to download virus and malware protection on each computer – you just do it once on the Soap router and it takes care of all the computers in your home and it continually updates and controls all home automation.  Alex and Brandon say the possibilities are endless with the Android operating system.

Alexa CarlinAlexa_Carlin

In 2011, Alexa founded a company known as Hello Perfect. Hello Perfect is a growing community of people redefining perfection and inspiring others to accomplish their dreams!

She says she started Hello Perfect because, growing up, she always had self-esteem issues. She says she wanted to look like someone else, to compare herself to everyone else and really didn’t believe her own self-worth. She then realized that all of this negativity was holding her back and preventing her from going after her dreams.

At that moment, she realized that she didn’t want something so meaningless to stop her from doing something so meaningful.

Alexandra AllredAlexandra_Allred

Alexandra became the first ever US female bobsled champion because someone said women couldn’t bobsled. She met Barack Obama because someone told her to just “give up” trying to fight for her son’s health. She has an award winning documentary because someone else said it couldn’t be done. Alexandra attributes her stubborn streak to her father, a retired US Diplomat and military intelligence officer, who always taught her the guy telling you “no” is just the guy who doesn’t have the power to say “yes.”

She was recently named by the White House as Champion of Change for Public Health and Prevention. She is the national spokesperson for the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, an Air Ambassador for Earthjustice in Washington D.C. and a frequent lobbyist on Capitol Hill before the US Senate and the EPA. She’s currently working on her second film – an adaptation from her award-winning book, Damaged Goods (endorsed by Erin Brokovich, who Alexandra arranged to come to her hometown in 2005 to fight local cement plants).

Alfredo A. LopezAlfredo_Lopez

Alfredo was born in Guadalajara, Mexico, and was raised in poverty in South Central Los Angeles. It was there, however, that he says he forged a deep understanding of human behavior. He says he excelled at school at an early age, not just academically, but also in terms of social persuasion. Eventually he found himself leaving the ghetto and he was the first in his family to attend university. At UC Santa Cruz he received a B. A. in Literature and Philosophy (2007), where he won the Dante Prize in 2006. He was later offered a full scholarship to the University of Chicago, where he received a Master’s degree in Psychology (2010).

He’s in the process of building his first online business, as well as writing his first novel which is tentatively titled Freedom From the Known. Formerly, he was a teacher, and at various times taught Middle School and High School classes in Humanities, English, Writing, and History. In addition, he’s taught College Courses on Philosophy. He says his aim for the next few years will be to design courses in connection with his online business that will help professionals manage stress, spark creativity, and create a larger sense of well-being.

Alice OsbornAlice_Osborn

Alice is the author of three poetry books and she says she isn’t afraid to go to the pain points from her childhood that include feelings of loss and abandonment from her parents. Always a writer, she dedicated herself full-time to writing after she became estranged from her parents. Twelve years later, she forgave herself and her parents in order to move through her struggle, so she could help other writers find their voice.  She believes that the best writer’s work will still sound hollow and fake without a strong sense of self and purpose. First they must dream their story and then they must build it.

One of many of Alice’s gifts is to stretch her students and gently force them to reflect on their life and their surroundings, so that they become the hero of their own story without resorting to seeing themselves as a victim. Most of all, Alice helps her clients believe they can make a difference in the world because she’s making a difference in her own by expressing her poetry and voice without apology.

Allan LuksAllan Luks

Allan currently directs the Fordham Center for Nonprofit Leaders, sponsored by the university’s Graduate Schools of Business and Social Service. He is also the former director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of New York City and a best-selling author, including the popular, “The Healing Power of Doing Good,” which coined the term “helper’s high”

His newest book is The Retired (Try To) Strike Back.

Allen Gabriel, MDAllen_Gabriel

Allen Gabriel MD, FACS is a board-certified Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon. Dr. Gabriel’s educational background includes a BS with Honors and Distinction in Chemistry from the University of Utah and an MD from the University of Nevada, where he served as the graduating class president and received multiple awards for his leadership activities, research, and community outreach to support the medically indigent population.

He is one of the few medical students in the country to have received the prestigious Humanism in Medicine Award, which lead to the creation of the University of Nevada’s Humanism in Medicine Honor Society, of which he is still an active member. He’s been involved in numerous mission trips around the world, received several awards for his research and was elected into the prestigious Alpha Omega Alpha, the national medical honor society.

Currently Dr. Gabriel is the Associate Professor of Surgery at Loma Linda University Medical Center and in private practice in Vancouver, Washington. He remains involved with community outreach supporting breast cancer patients and participating in third world country mission trips.

Allen KleinAllen_Klein

Ever hear of a “Jollytologist”? Well meet the world’s one and only—Allen Klein. Through his books and his presentations, Allen shows people worldwide how to deal with everything from traffic jams to tragedies. Allen got into this unusual line of work after his wife died of a rare liver disease at the age of 34. He saw how humor helped her, and those around her, cope. He also saw how humor helped him get through that loss. He now teaches others how to find humor in trying times as well as how the power of words can help us stay positive in a not-so-positive world.

Allen has a master’s degree in humor (from St. Mary’s College in Minnesota—and that’s no joke!) And he is well suited to his subject. Years before becoming a “Jollytologist”, Allen was nicknamed the “King of Whimsy” because he designed all the children shows at CBS television in New York City. Among those productions was one you probably remember—the Captain Kangaroo show.

Allison FleeceAllison_Fleece

Allison is the co-founder of WHOA travel. WHOA is a New York based boutique adventure travel company for women, by women, that curates high adventure bucket list trips. At the heart of every WHOA adventure is a giving back component that connects with and benefits local women in the communities they adventure to. Allison says they’re a high adventure company with a heart!

She graduated from Saint Mary’s College of Notre Dame with a Bachelors in Marketing and International Business. Upon graduation, she moved to Germany to pursue an internship at Adidas’ world headquarters. From there, she took other positions in the sports industry but later found an opportunity that allowed her to move from Europe to New York City in 2010.

Her entrepreneurial spirit, and love for travel, adventure, and education inspired her to leave the 9-5 work life and launch WHOA. She is now living her dream of motivating women around the world to step out of their comfort zones and take on the world!

Alter WienerAlter_Wiener

Alter Wiener’s personal version of 9/11 came 62 years early. On September 11, 1939, his father was brutally murdered by the German invaders of Poland. Alter was then a boy of 13. At the age of 15 he was deported to Blechhammer, a Forced Labor Camp for Jews, in Germany. He survived five camps. Upon liberation, by the Russian Army on May 9, 1945, Alter weighed just 80 lbs.

Since retiring and moving to Oregon in 2000, he’s shared his life story with more than 800 audiences in universities, colleges, middle and high schools, Churches, Synagogues, prisons, clubs and more. He’s also been interviewed by radio and TV stations as well as the press. His autobiography is a testimony to an unfolding tragedy taking place in WWII. It’s message tells what prejudice may lead to and how tolerance is imperative. Hopefully, by listening to this man’s story, it will enable the listener to truly understand such levels of horror and a chance to empathize with the unique plight of the Holocaust victims.

Alysia Gadson and Jason Lilly

Alysia_GadsonOriginally from Sydney, Australia, Alysia has lived in the United States since 2004. Her passion is making health and fitness accessible to everyone. She’s an educator, blogger, presenter, and an enthusiastic foodie. In 2010, she co-founded the non-profit LiveFit Revolution, to make healthy lifestyle education available nationally, completely free of charge. Her teaching style is simple and fun. In her workout videos, cooking shows and blogs, you’re getting the bubbly, unedited Aussie that just wants people to feel great about making healthy choices.

Jason_LillyAfter meeting Alysia, Jason Lilly lost 60 pounds with her nutritional guidance and kettlebell training. Inspired by his success and her training style, he suggested they make a kettlebell training DVD together, which resulted in the Ultimate Kettlebell DVD series. Fed up with the quick-fix weight-loss gimmicks that prey on the desperate, his love of people and business partnership with Alysia formed his vision for LiveFit Revolution. Four years later, his vision is still clear: to help millions of Americans reach their goals through free-of-charge healthy lifestyle education.

Amy BurkertAmy Burkert

Amy and her husband run the pet travel website, GoPetFriendly.com. They launched GoPetFriendly.com in 2009 and have built it into the most complete database of pet friendly locations on the web. Pet travelers can now easily find dog friendly hotels, restaurants, beaches, campgrounds, and more – no matter where they’re visiting in the US and Canada.

Amy KleinAmy_Klein

Amy has 28 years of professional experience in non-profit management, strategic planning, program development, fundraising and financial oversight. As Executive Director at Capital District Community Gardens (CDCG), she spearheads the 39-year-old non-profit’s mission to nourish healthy communities by providing access to fresh food and green spaces for all.

Since joining CDCG in 1996, she has increased the organization’s operating budget from $66,000 to $1.3 million, created 37 new Community Gardens, launched five programs that increase access to fresh, affordable food in their region’s underserved neighborhoods, generated 21 jobs and expanded the non-profit’s geographical reach from Rensselaer to Albany, Schenectady and southern Saratoga counties. She currently oversees 23 staff members who work to implement the various programs that have been created under her leadership, including the nationally renowned Veggie Mobile, The Produce Project, The Healthy Convenience Store Initiative, Squash Hunger and more.

Anderson-Miller PR

Leigh-Anne Anderson and Nora Miller are the founding partners of Anderson Miller PR, a boutique public relations agency in Southern California with a focus on being empathetic to and serving the customers’ best interests aligned with their clients’ missions, all while being socially responsible.

Leigh-Anne AndersonLeigh-Anne Anderson’s marketing, advertising, public relations, and business management experience spans five continents and nearly every industry. From start-up companies to Fortune 500 brands, her proven ability to drive sales and exceed marketing goals is what has made her one of the most sought after marketing professionals in the world. She earned her Masters Degree in Business Management and Marketing in her home country of South Africa.

Nora_MillerNora Miller’s unique approach of integrating traditional and digital marketing has been published in the Wall Street Journal, The Business Journals, and Contently. Her marketing expertise includes raising awareness and driving profits for consumer packaged goods, sports marketing, legal professionals, event specialists, retail stores, gourmet foods, non-profit organizations, fundraisers, events, radio personalities, and musicians, beauty, and health care professionals.

Andrea BouchaudAndrea_Bouchaud

Andrea began her love affair with France at the tender age of 13. As the granddaughter of a Frenchman who gave up his language and culture to become American, Andrea always wondered what it meant to be French besides having a last name that no one could spell or pronounce. French foreign language studies all throughout high school and college only whetted her thirst for more knowledge. When she was 20 years old, she studied abroad in Paris for a year.

She says the experience was not what she hoped it would be. Her first semester in Paris was plagued with disappointment, frustration and the ups and downs that come with being twenty years old. Andrea almost gave up on her dream to live in France but persevered and stayed the year. Studying abroad was not just a chance to connect with her French roots and improve her linguistic skills; It was a chance to grow into an adult. Since then, she’s published 2 books on the subject of studying abroad, in the hopes of helping others prepare for the experience and to get the most out of it.

Andrea ThompsonAndrea_Thompson

Andrea is an Australian teacher and Mum who has invented a classic family board game called ‘Fair Go’ (meaning ‘fair chance’) which she says has changed her life and is changing the lives of others.

To win, players need to be the best in 4 industries but they also need to have a good reputation for improving their community (for example, to be the best in mining, the winner needs to restore some land). The game teaches resilience and it improves communication and attention skills, all while encouraging children to be socially responsible.

Andrew and Tad DruartAndrew_and_Tad_Druart

Tad Druart says he’s learning about the importance of history as he lives vicariously through his 13-year old son, Andrew. At age 10, Andrew became passionate about the Civil War and helping other kids learn about it. He created a website, CivilWarKids.com and through that site and his related Facebook page, has raised more than $15,000 to help preserve Civil War battlefields.

But, as Andrew’s passion for history has expanded beyond the Civil War, Tad says he’s found himself learning more about the people and places that have had in impact on their lives. They say they’ve been blessed to meet many historians, take part in living history events, and share dinner and history tours with many of the nation’s finest young historians who serve as National Park Rangers. Tad says he has a unique perspective on what we can learn from history through the eyes of a parent of a kid who was called “Chief Kidstorian of the National Battlefields” by his Park Ranger friends.

Andrew PothecaryAndrew_Pothecary

Andrew Pothecary is the CEO of ForestNation which he founded in September 2007. He has led the conception, creation, design and development of ForestNation, and is committed to encouraging everyone to grow their own tree.

Andrew says, “Caring for your tree represents the value of giving without expecting something in return. It will help you connect with nature, and help us all connect with each other.” Andrew attended Kings College University in London where he studied Philosophy, and he says the greatest piece of advice he’s ever received came from Professor Mark Sainsbury; “whatever it is you do in life, make sure it has a purpose.”

Andrew SchrageAndrew_Schrage

Andrew is the editor-in-chief at MoneyCrashers.com. Their mission is to develop a community of people who try to make financially sound decisions. The website strives to educate individuals in making wise choices about credit and debt, investing, education, real estate, insurance, spending, and more.

Dr. Andrew ThornAndrew_Thorn

Andrew provides behavioral based leadership strategies to individuals who are seeking to bring their personal and professional responsibilities into full harmony. Over the past 20 years, he’s worked with senior leaders and c-level executives, personally guiding 2 of the top 50 business thinkers currently listed on The Thinkers 50. His work extends to over 50 major corporate clients and over 250 Senior Leaders from many of the Fortune 500 Companies.

A pioneer and leader in the field of work/life balance; Andrew is widely recognized for his breakthrough thinking on how to help people discover their sense of purpose and create greater meaning from their personal and professional experiences. He holds a PhD in Consulting Psychology, a Masters in Business Administration from Pepperdine University and a Masters in Personal and Executive Coaching.

Anita PerryAnita_Perry

Anita’s been involved in fitness since 1978. As the owner of Healthwatch Workshops, she’s trained individuals to be aerobic instructors, provided on site corporate fitness programs, and provided continuing education to the fitness industry. She was drawn to yoga after she experienced an injury. Once she got started, she’s never looked back. She has a master’s degree in education and is a frequent presenter at Title I institutions and education conferences. Anita’s taught all age groups from elementary to adult and brings her enthusiasm and classroom experience to the yoga community. She says her mission is to bring all ages and abilities to yoga and that she wants everyone to have a positive experience.

She’s registered with Yoga Alliance and is the author of Yogaminute, a guide for busy people to incorporate yoga into their lives.

Annamarie PluharAnnamarie_Pluhar

Annamarie is on a mission to help those struggling with being alone or who suddenly find themselves alone to discover that sharing housing with another can be an excellent solution. Her book Sharing Housing, A Guidebook for Finding and Keeping Good Housemates grew out of her personal experience of living in shared housing, combined with her expertise in group process and interpersonal relations.

She has 30 years experience in corporate and non-profit training development and delivery. Annamarie consults and conducts workshops that support individuals in their quest to find good housemates. Her website contains commentary, blog postings, links to resources, an interviewing checklist and downloadable worksheets for home sharers everywhere.

Anne KirvanAnne_Kirvan

After earning several coaching certifications, starting in 2006, Anne embarked on a path to make a difference in the world. Her personal journey includes certification by the International Coach Federation, in 2011, of which she is a member. Through the years, she’s worked extensively with private clients, specializing in communication and creativity, to assist clients in devising a personal path toward successful living.

She loves partnering in the process of mentoring towards new levels of success. Her clients report that they experience a shift in perspective and increased flexibility of life choices as a result of working together. These experiences offer the opportunity to create positive, often life changing results.

Anne-Sophie ReinhardtAnne Sophie Reinhardt

Anne-Sophie Reinhardt is a body image expert, self-love coach and the author of The Ultimate Guide to a Healthy Body Image.

Her coaching and self-study programs offer hope, freedom and the experience of true body-love.

Not only has her story and her message been the focus of a national Swiss documentary, but she has also been a guest on Swiss national TV.

Her work has been published on sites such as the Huffington Post, Copyblogger, Problogger and She Takes on the World.

Annette JohnsonAnnette_Johnson

Annette speaks passionately about the importance of women empowering themselves to create the life they desire. She believes strongly that regardless of life’s roadblocks, you can use your personal power to keep moving forward. Her message and personal mantra is “FLY (Forgive and Love Yourself).” Her wish is for every woman to create a personal mission statement.

She uses her 25+ years experience and education in leadership development to empower women to be the leader of their own life by navigating their journey in the direction they choose.

Rabbi Areyah KaltmannAreyah_Kaltmann

Rabbi Kaltmann received his rabbinical ordination in Brooklyn. In 1990, his first post was as a traveling lecturer in Moscow, Kiev, Lvov, Prague and Warsaw. In 1991 he served as program director for Ohio State University campus activities at the Schottenstein Chabad House, an educational organization serving the Columbus community. He has been a guest lecturer at the Ohio State University. He provided crisis counseling and drug intervention counseling for students. Under his direction, students took leadership positions at the Chabad House and organizations in planning educational social and cultural programs for OSU.

In 1999, he established the Friendship Circle in Columbus. It is a volunteer network of teenagers and college students working with children who have special needs. One of Rabbi Kaltmann’s greatest joys is the creation and success of LifeTown. Established in 2008 by Rabbi and Mrs. Kaltmann, LifeTown is an interactive “village” where students with special needs can learn the important life skills needed for future integration in society. LifeTown supports approximately 2,000 students from 65 Columbus City schools annually with the help of over 250 volunteers and sponsoring businesses. It is housed in the new Lori Schottenstein Chabad Center in New Albany, Ohio.

Ari TullaAri Tulla

Ari Tulla created BetterDoctor.com in early 2011 when he was, YET AGAIN, searching for a new doctor. After years of personal family medical struggles Ari decided that there had to be a better way to find the right doctor, SO HE CREATED ONE.

The problem Ari’s family and 70 million other Americans face each year is that it’s very difficult to find the right doctor. BetterDoctor offers simple to use web and mobile apps that let you find the right doctor in minutes. Select what kind of doctor you are looking for, pick your insurance plan and see a list of verified better doctors near you. BetterDoctor’s team has spent countless amounts of time collecting all the relevant information on each doctor so you don’t have to.

Ariel GrossmanAriel_Grossman

Ariel founded Ariel Rivka Dance in 2008. She trained at the Joffrey Ballet School under the direction of Gerald Arpino with Eleanor D’antouno (American Ballet Theater), John Magnus, and Dorothy Lister. During this time Ariel was a dance major at LaGuardia High School of Music and Art and the Performing Arts and studied with Elisa King (Zvi Gotheiner Dance), Brunhilda Ruiz (The Joffrey Ballet), Michelle Benash (American Ballet Theater) and Penny Frank (Martha Graham Dance Company).She earned a B.S. in Dance with honors from Skidmore College where she studied with and performed works by Robert Battle, Alexandre Proia (NYC Ballet), Denise Warner Limoli (ABT), Debra Fernandez, and Mary Harney (Martha Graham).

Her work has been presented at the Saratoga Dance Museum, Baruch Performing Arts Center, From the Ground Festival, University Settlement and the Derriere Guard Festival. In addition to her artistic endeavors, Ariel has a master’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Bank Street College of Education. She teaches at the Jewish Community Project Early Childhood Center in lower Manhattan and has developed and currently administers an arts curriculum program incorporating dance, visual art and music for young learners.

Armistead (A. D.) BurksArmistead_Burks

A.D. is a native Texan and true Renaissance man who sang at Carnegie Hall and wrote a song entitled Renaissance Revolution. After earning a degree in Chemistry from Grinnell College, he pursued a music career while teaching in the Atlanta, Nashville and Houston public school systems. His strong sense of faith (and a little help from fate) provided him an opportunity to train and travel internationally under the same vocal coach of several Arista Records artists.  He also has an MBA from Rice University. Working in real estate development, he completed his own development projects and transitioned into corporate real estate for the world resource his state of Texas is known for: Oil.

With his book, Sex & Surrender – An Addict’s Journey, A.D. returns to his first love, and what he considers his calling – creativity and spiritual growth. In this book, he hopes to share life lessons and experiences about sex addiction that he’s learned along the way.

Ashley WileyAshley_Wiley

Ashley is an acne expert. She says acne is actually a hereditary disorder of the pores in which the pore may shed a significant amount of dead skin cells on a daily basis. Hormonal changes can lead to inflammation and infection. Foods high in iodides and hormones can magnify this and thus commonly welcomes inflammation.

Ashley says this condition can be very difficult to treat and many skincare professionals have little to no success in clearing the acne problems of their patients. She says many Estheticians and Dermatologists have the best intentions at heart … but they may not have all the necessary information.

She says the #1 reason she does what she does is to make a real difference in the lives of her patients. Her goal is to get them clear, to salvage their hope and help them regain their lost confidence.

Aubrey de Grey, Ph.DAubrey_de_Grey

Dr. Aubrey de Grey is an English author and theoretician in the field of gerontology, and the Chief Science Officer of the SENS Research Foundation. He is editor-in-chief of the academic journal Rejuvenation Research, author of The Mitochondrial Free Radical Theory of Aging (1999) and co-author of Ending Aging (2007). He is known for his view that human beings alive today could live to lifespans far in excess of any authenticated cases.

His research focuses on whether regenerative medicine can thwart the aging process. He works on the development of what he calls “Strategies for Engineered Negligible Senescence” (SENS), a collection of proposed techniques to rejuvenate the human body and stop aging. To this end, he has identified seven types of molecular and cellular damage caused by essential metabolic processes. SENS is a proposed panel of therapies designed to repair this damage.

He’s been interviewed in recent years in a number of news sources, including CBS 60 Minutes, the BBC, The New York Times, Fortune Magazine, The Washington Post, TED, Popular Science, The Colbert Report, Time and the Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe.

Austin CohenAustin_Cohen

Dr. Cohen received his doctor of chiropractic degree from Life University in Atlanta, GA. He received his undergraduate training at Virginia Commonwealth University and received a Bachelor of Science in Biology. Dr. Cohen has received post-doctorate training in structural care through Chiropractic Biophysics and has done research on how healthy posture relates to optimal function.

In 2010, Dr. Cohen began going to a homeless shelter once a month, providing free chiropractic adjustments to the men at the shelter. Since then, other chiropractors have begun adjusting in different homeless shelters throughout the country and from this they are creating their own mission work in their own cities.

He’s been featured on CNN, The Weather Channel, and CBS as a health expert on teaching people how to live a healthy life through chiropractic care.

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Bailie SlevinBailie_Slevin

Bailie started her professional career as a theatrical stage manager, working many Off and Off-Off Broadway shows while holding down a day job at a talent agency. During this time, she was barely making enough money to live and thus she racked up debt and felt miserable. When she finally left the talent agency, it was to get a degree in massage therapy.

Roughly 17 months later, 3 weeks from graduation, she was in a car accident and shattered her right arm. Unable to work in massage or theatre due to the rigorous physical therapy and pain, she started working in her father’s office. As a financial adviser of almost 30 years, he put Bailie into training classes and she started learning how money actually works and she says it changed her life. Ever since, she’s been on a mission of bringing this information to as many people as she can thus helping them to create the career path and retirement of their dreams.

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Having built and run several successful businesses herself, Barb says she’s learned what it takes to create the kind of work/life balance that is meaningful and sustainable. She say’s she’s made her own mistakes and openly shares her experiences and the tools she uses to be her own woman in a male-dominated business world.

Barb is an intuitive, a certified life coach and productivity coach – a perfect combination of savvy and soulfulness. She understands the pressures of being a working woman, wife and mother and has overcome some challenges in her own life, including divorce, alcoholism and a bi-lateral mastectomy. Through these, she’s learned her true value and the beauty and power of self-love. She’s passionate about sharing the joys that life in recovery holds and helping women everywhere embrace their worthiness.

Bea JohnsonBea_Johnson

Since 2008, Bea and her family have been dedicated to living a zero waste lifestyle; their waste now fits in a quart size jar each year. Through her blog and with her book Zero Waste Home, Bea inspires a growing international community to live simply and take a stance against needless waste with the application of the 5R’s: Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Rot. She shatters misconceptions, proving that zero waste can not only be “stylish”, but also lead to significant health benefits, and time and money savings. Grand prize winner of “The Green Awards” in 2011, she regularly speaks at universities and corporate events, and opens her home to educational tours and the media.

She’s appeared on TV shows and in publications around the world, nationally in The New York Times and on The Today Show. With her passion and positive outlook, she’s become a “guru” and spokesperson for the zero waste lifestyle. She currently lives in California.

Becky BlantonBecky_Blanton

Back in 2006, Becky was one of the invisible, working homeless. She decided to change her life when she decided to stop being invisible and instead became very public about her homelessness by giving a TED Global Talk on that very subject.

Now, almost seven years later she’s changing the world, or at least a small corner of it. She’s working with Kissito Health International, writing about people, working with people and connecting people with a small village of 2,000 in Uganda. Her goal is to feed homeless villagers who are starving after a freak hailstorm destroyed their crops, their homes and their lives.

Becky says homelessness can happen everywhere in the blink of an eye, whether you’re living in a mud hut in Africa, or in a mansion in Hollywood. Her message is that “Hope always finds a way” and her hope is that you’re inspired by her message.

Betsy KarpBetsy_Karp

Betsy is known as The Colour Coach. She’s the creator and founder of i adore me, a colorful self-love brand that helps women find their passion, and love and to adore themselves. She’s an expert on the benefits of color and how color impacts outlook, disposition, energy, success and life of women.

Her ability to help women find connection, happiness, and their true self comes from her background. She’s traveled the world as a fashion designer and chef, has a bachelor’s degree in painting, and is a Certified Health and Wellness Counselor, chef, author, blogger and speaker. But, above all, she’s a woman who was transformed by color, and who loves sharing and helping others transform their lives through the use of color and making the world a more colorful place.

Birgitta LaurenBirgitta_Lauren

Being told she came running out of the womb, no one was surprised when Birgitta never stopped moving and proceeded to spend her career studying, coaching, speaking and writing on fitness and health. After identifying her passion to help moms have healthier babies, she became a certified prenatal & postnatal fitness educator.

She’s the author of the book, Expecting Fitness. She’s written for and been featured in numerous health, fitness, maternity and baby magazines, blogs and TV shows.

Rabbi Bob AlperBob Alper

Bob is an ordained rabbi who served congregations for fourteen years and holds a doctorate from Princeton Theological Seminary. All this prepared him well for a twenty-five year comedy career with wonderfully unique material presented in a way that’s intelligent, sophisticated, and 100% clean.

Bob performs all across North America and England, at corporate events, theatres, non-profits, conventions, private parties, churches, and, naturally, synagogues. And he’s done over 200 shows with his Arab and Muslim comedy partners, at a variety of venues, but primarily colleges and universities.

The rabbi-comedian draws tremendous media attention, and, among others, has been seen on The Early Show, The Today Show, Good Morning America, Showtime, the BBC, CNN, and was featured on Extra, TV’s top-rated entertainment program.

Bob MillerBob_Miller

Bob is a former international entrepreneur, author, speaker and consultant. He has traveled in over 45 countries and worked with companies and individuals in 21 different countries. He’s a member or past member of MENSA, Rotary International, National Speakers Association, International Platform Assn., Wisconsin Professional Speakers Assn., American Society for Training and Development, Toastmasters International, Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the Global Information Network.

Bob’s priorities changed in the early 90’s when, on a vacation trip to Mexico to get rid of his stress, he fell in love with 120 kids in an orphanage. After repeated trips, then moving to Guadalajara, and five years of bureaucratic hoop jumping, he became the adopted father of two children. The experience of seeing the developmental differences between children being raised in a family and those still in institutions led him to begin Our Family Orphan Communities, Inc. (O.F.O.C.) a 501(c)3 nonprofit working to create Sustainable Communities of Families Adopting Children. Since then, Bob has chosen to dedicate his life full time, 24/7, to creating the economically self-sustaining communities. His favorite application is where orphans benefit by being adopted while at the same time economies and societies improve.

Bobby KleinauBobby_Kleinau

Growing up as an obese child/teenager, Bobby decided one day to change his life. He says he had a realization at the age of 19 and that realization helped change the way he would look at life moving forward.  He says he weighed 358 pounds at one time and he was battling psychological issues. As if it couldn’t get worse, he even saw his dog/best friend lose the use of his back legs.

Bobby says it would have been easy to see himself as a victim in those instances. Too easy. He says he decided that his then present course would not lead him to the life he had envisioned for himself. So he made changes. Big time changes. He says he took responsibility for his life… and then things started to happen. He lost 140 pounds, all while maneuvering his brain through psychological obstacles. He also dedicated himself to his paralyzed dog for what’s now been over 6 years. He went back to school to become a nutrition counselor. He started a company that helps dogs in need. He eats cleaner. He moves better. He lives a life he says he loves. Best yet, he says there’s more to come!

Boysen HodgsonBoysen_Hodgson

Boysen is the Communications and Marketing Director for the ManKind Project USA, a nonprofit mentoring and training organization that offers powerful opportunities for men’s personal growth at any stage of life. He’s been facilitating men’s work for over a decade. He’s a co-founder of the Springfield Open Men’s Group, former Director for the New England ManKind Project Center, and author of The New Macho, a credo for the new masculine. Boysen has been featured in numerous radio programs and publications including a New Conversation with Men, Good Men Project, Dallas Voice, and the Sunday Times of London.

Boysen received his BA with Honors from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, after completing 2 years of Design coursework at Cornell University. He’s been helping organizations and individuals design the change they wish to see in the world for 15 years.

Dr. Bradley NelsonBradley_Nelson

Author and international lecturer in bio-energetic medicine and energy psychology, Dr. Brad has successfully used The Emotion Code with thousands of patients around the globe to relieve symptoms and often affect cures in conditions ranging from depression to cancer.   He says that he believes his work is a sacred calling.

In response to this calling, Dr. Brad entered Life Chiropractic College West, in San Lorenzo, California in 1988. After graduating with honors, he began his practice as a holistic chiropractic physician and saw a wide variety of patients, many of whom had seemingly incurable conditions.  Through study in disciplines such as ancient medical practices, psychology and quantum physics as well as the guidance of his own spiritual practice, Dr. Brad says he discovered that packets of unprocessed emotion were the basis of most conditions and that releasing these emotions is the first step toward healing.

Brandon PeeleBrandon_Peele

Brandon left the lucrative world of investment banking and technology startups to go on a journey within. The results of that journey are two projects that transform the human species, moving us towards deep connected living.

EVR1 is his company; they make talismans that hold a tiny storage device upon which The Human Story is written, connecting us to 200k years of our species’ accomplishments, the advent of our planet (4.54B years) and cosmos (13.88B years). Included in each talisman are the entire website of Wikipedia, the eastern and western literary canons, the world’s religious texts, and academic and how-to manuals.

Brandon is also the creator of the Continuum Development Index, a holistic human potential measurement tool that addresses the multigenerational nature of our species and quantifies the quality of our consciousness.

G. Brian BensonG Brian Benson

Brian is a multiple award-winning self-help author and filmmaker, actor, speaker, consultant, inspirational poet, musician, radio personality, published children’s author, finisher of over 50 triathlons (including 4 Ironman distance races), cross-country bicyclist and someone who believes in YOU!

Having authored four books, Brian is now completing a fifth self-improvement title, Be Yourself to Free Yourself! His first book Brian’s List – 26 ½ Easy to Use Ideas on How to Live a Fun, Balanced, Healthy Life! was the winner of a 2009 Next Generation Indie Book Award in the Self-Help Category. It was also an award-winning finalist in the Self-Help Motivational Category of the National Best Books 2009 Awards, sponsored by USA Book News. Brian’s new book Finding Your Voice was an award-winning finalist in both the 2013 Indie Excellence Book Awards and the National Best Books 2013 Awards.

Bryan ToderBryan_Toder

Bryan is a professional hypnotist, speaker and writer and owner of Plymouth Hypnosis Center in Lafayette Hill, PA where he helps people lose weight, quit smoking, manage stress and basically get their life together.

Also known as The No Fear Guy, Bryan helps people get over their fears of public speaking, technology, sales, social anxiety, driving, flying and more..!

Bryan has written the book Get Thin—Be Happy: The Six Easy Steps To Weight Loss Success. Not a “diet” book; Get Thin—Be Happy is the same weight loss system that has helped many hundreds of his clients lose a tremendous amount of weight—and keep it off, too!

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Cali EstesCali_Estes

With over 18 years’ experience as a Therapist, Life Coach and Wellness Coach, Cali is currently serving as private practitioner working with a broad spectrum of clients. Cali’s multidimensional approach focuses on getting to the underlying cause of the problem and working in the present, in order to combat her client’s issues. She does this by creating a safe and secure environment for them to learn and grow while they tackle life challenges. Her unique background blend of psychotherapy, life coaching and wellness coaching allows the client to get to the underlying cause of their issues quicker, safer and produce results faster.

She founded The Addictions Academy and has teamed up with Diversified Intervention Group to offer Recovery Coaching, Intervention, Anger Management and Family Recovery Coaching Certifications to Professionals Internationally. She has presented nationally and internationally and is a sought after Sober Coach and Life Coach to Actors, Musicians, CEO’s, Doctors, Sports Figures and Attorneys who need 100% Confidentiality when dealing with life issues.

Candace L. TalmadgeCandace_Talmadge

Boomer women who want to experience a powerful inner shift take their intuitive skills to an entirely new level by meeting their spirit guides with help from inner shift specialist Candace L. Talmadge. Candace says, tapping their guides’ wisdom on a daily basis enables these women to trust themselves more in every aspect of their lives, enhancing their personal and professional relationships. She also says conscious guides relationship is also a powerful boost to their creativity.

Trained as an energy-healer, Candace has been taking clients to meet their guides since 1988. Her mission is to awaken others to the unlimited practical benefits of true holistic living, which actively incorporates the spiritual and emotional bodies as well as the physical and mental self.

Cara CitrowskeCara_Citrowske

Cara comes from a long-line of smart and funny women who were also smokers and she says she watched tobacco wreck their health and self-esteem. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Sports Medicine, a Master’s Degree in Education with a Concentration in Kinesiology and Health Promotion, is a Certified Tobacco Treatment Specialist and is a Certified Health and Wellness Coach.

During her career as a corporate wellness coach, Cara had the opportunity to train at the Mayo Clinic to become a Certified Tobacco Treatment Specialist. Since 2007, she’s helped hundreds of men and women end the pack mentality and become what she calls, Smoke-Free Hotties™. She believes the whole person needs to be supported while letting go of tobacco and it’s more of a healing process than a quitting process. Cara says there’s nothing better than hearing one of her clients say, “Now that I have quit smoking, I know that I can do ANYTHING!”.

Carl HonoréCarl Honoré

Carl is an award-winning author and globetrotting ambassador for the Slow Movement. The Wall Street Journal hailed Carl as “an in-demand spokesman on slowness.”  His first book, In Praise of Slowness, examines our compulsion to hurry and chronicles a global trend toward putting on the brakes. The Financial Times said it is “to the Slow Movement what Das Kapital is to communism.”  His second book, Under Pressure, examines modern childrearing and was hailed by Time as a “gospel of the Slow Parenting movement.”  His new book, The Slow Fix, explores how to tackle problems in every walk of life, from health and relationships to business and politics, without falling for superficial quick fixes.

Translated into more than 30 languages, his books have landed on bestseller lists in many countries. His TED talk has been viewed over 950,000 times.

Carol MichaelsCarol_Michaels

Carol has been a fitness professional for more than 18 years and is the founder and creator of Recovery Fitness®, a cancer exercise program. She owns and operates Carol Michaels Fitness and Recovery Fitness and is a consultant, author, speaker, Pilates instructor, and cancer exercise specialist. She is on the advisory board of Living Beyond Breast Cancer and other cancer organizations, and has appeared on health related television programs.

The American Council on Exercise recognized Carol as a Trainer to Watch in 2011 and Personal Fitness Professional honored her as the 2012 PFP Trainer of the Year.

Carole BaskinCarole_Baskin

Carole left home at the age of 15 as a high school drop out. She says she was bored out of her mind in school and wanted to go to work to help her family which was struggling financially.  Despite that, in 1980, she began a career in real estate investment using other people’s money. Her real estate business grew rapidly to a multi million dollar business that gave her the freedom to do the work that she discovered to be her calling; ending the abuse and trade in big cats. She’s the founder and CEO of Big Cat Rescue. She’s garnered international attention to the plight of captive big cats (lions, tigers, jaguars, bobcats, panthers, leopards, etc.)

Carole says her mission is to end the trade in exotic cats and thus put herself out of business.

Caroline Cummings and Whitney SnellCaroline_Cummings_and_Whitney_Snell

Caroline is a serial entrepreneur, and has been the co-founder and CEO of two internet companies, and has raised close to $1M in investment capital. Her biggest passion in life is mentoring – specifically, mentoring “the underdog.” Caroline believes the secret to happiness is for everyone to mentor and be mentored.  She’s also been a mentor through the Big Brothers Big Sisters program for 10 years. She’s been mentoring a young woman named Whitney for the last 6 of those years.

Whitney was 17 years old when she got matched with Caroline as part of a program for girls aging out of the foster care system. Whitney will tell you that one of the pieces of wisdom Caroline regularly shares with her is that life really comes down to 3 things, and they all have to do with opportunities: (1) knowing when to take an opportunity when it comes your way, (2) knowing when to pass on an opportunity, and (3) knowing when to offer an opportunity to others.Whitney is one of those kids that despite all of life’s challenges, she’s been able to continue fighting and performing in life.

Cassie CelestainCassie_Celestain

Cassie is a wife, runner and marriage blogger. She enjoys reading, learning new skills and making a difference in the lives of others. She believes she should use her talents not only for her benefit but to aid others as well.

In college, she began running a mile a day just to stay in shape. It wasn’t until her first race that she began to call herself a runner. Eventually, she took the leap and did her first marathon, raising $1,400 for the school she worked at.

Now she’s on a new mission! Training for another marathon and raising $2,600 for cancer research. Originally, she vowed not to do another marathon after her second, but after several people she knew were diagnosed with cancer she couldn’t sit back and do nothing.

Catherine DoughertyCatherine Dougherty

Catherine is a former newspaper reporter, columnist, photographer, and Real Estate/Business Broker. For several years, she served as the Lakes Region Coordinator of The Cozy Cap Project, a community project she began in 2007, resulting in many volunteers making and donating thousands of hats for cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy. She was also editor of The Cozy Cap Project Newsletter for three years, has been a guest speaker at the NH Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Seminar, and currently volunteers as social media chair for The Greater Lakes Region Making Strides against Breast Cancer.

Her debut novel, in Polyester Pajamas, the first book in a series, was published in June 2012, and its sequel, in Woolen Bikinis, was released in July 2013. The third novel in the series is due to be released in late summer/fall of 2014. She’s also published several essays and poems, and is a featured author in the 2012-2013 publication 50 Great Writers You Should Be Reading presented by TheAuthorsShow.com.

Charlie “Tremendous” JonesCharlie Tremendous Jones

Quite simply, Charlie “Tremendous” Jones was one of the most incredible people I’ve ever met. He was a lover of books and an incredibly unique person.

Although Charlie passed away in 2008, I had the good fortune to conduct a video interview of him in his home in late 2007. Because of this man’s greatness, I am including several short clips of that interview in this series.

Chester SantosChester_Santos

Known simply as “The International Man of Memory”, Chester has left an impression on all corners of the earth. Through his ability to demonstrate extraordinary feats of the mind, as well as educate others to do the same, this U.S. Memory Champion is widely regarded as one of the greatest memory experts in the world.

His memory talents have been featured in numerous media outlets including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, CNN, NBC, ABC and PBS. From recalling a random 100-plus digit sequence in five minutes to naming every U.S. congress person’s state and district number, there’s no memory challenge Chester hasn’t taken on.

While he understands he has an exceptional skill, he also believes that every person has the ability to demonstrate amazing abilities with their memory given the proper techniques and guidance. Chester has developed a knack for passing on valuable memory techniques in ways that are easy to understand and retain for years to come. He’s inspired thousands of people to develop their memory, an accomplishment that Chester says makes him proud.

Chris BerryChris_Berry

At the age of eighteen, while working as a wilderness ranger in the High Sierras, Chris received the name Shaum Toosa in a vision. After this vision, a synchronistic series of events led Toosa on a quest for a sacred instrument played by the Shona people of Zimbabwe called the Mbira. Toosa journeyed to Zimbabwe to study the Mbira, but found that the instrument was used primarily to call spirits at ceremonies. Learning the instrument meant attending many ceremonies, over the ten years that Chris lived with his adopted Shona family.  At these ceremonies, in which oracles or mediums were ‘possessed’ by various spirits, Toosa was finally called by the spirits to become a medium himself. After nine years of initiation and ceremony, Toosa finally fulfilled his ‘contract’ as a medium and made personal contact at the age of thirty-six. To many people’s surprise, the beings were not African or European but instead call themselves Water spirits or of the original Water tribe of people on earth. This initial material is the result of over seven years of interaction with these beings.

Toosa now lives on the Big Island of Hawaii, only miles from where lava falls into the ocean, a sacred symbol of the fire in the water. It is here, on their eighteen acre farm that Toosa and his wife, Jillian (Taliwa) host Bana Kuma events, ceremonies and in-depth training on the art of Bana Kuma.

Rev. Christopher L. SmithChristopher_Smith

Rev. Smith has explored a number of spiritual perspectives and practices on his own faith journey. While being a Presbyterian minister, he has specialized training in working with people from a diversity of spiritual perspectives.

Within mainline religions, you will find him being equally comfortable donning a yarmulke taking Jewish cadets to a synagogue, exploring vocational questions with a Catholic counseling client, praying with a Pentecostal hospital patient, encouraging a Muslim client to seek guidance in the Quran or leading worship in a Presbyterian congregation.

His theological training was at Yale University and he has completed specialized training for hospital and military chaplaincy. His breadth of experience and knowledge allows his to engage people about their own spirituality, whether the roots of the spirituality are in religion or elsewhere.

Christopher WarkChristopher_Wark

Diagnosed with stage 3 colon cancer in 2003 at the age of 26, Chris had surgery, but afterwards, chose nutrition and natural therapies instead of chemotherapy. It worked for him.

Today his mission is inspiring people to take control of their health and reverse disease with a radical transformation of diet and lifestyle. Chris has a health blog that has reached millions of people worldwide and he has made many appearances on radio and television including The Ricki Lake Show and The Lisa Oz Show.

Chuck GallagherChuck_Gallagher

Currently COO of a national company and former Sr. VP of Sales and Marketing for a public company, Chuck may have found a sales niche early on in life selling potholders door to door, or convincing folks to fund a record album of his musical performance at age 16, but it was the school of hard knocks that provided a fertile training ground for Chuck’s lessons in success.

In the middle of a rising career, Chuck lost everything because he made some bad, unethical choices. He has since rebuilt his career and his life back to immense success. With more vulnerability than the average keynoter, Chuck shares with his audiences his life journey, the consequences of his unethical choices, and how life gives you second chances when you make the right choices. In his presentations, Chuck shares understandings of not only “how to”, but also “what motivates behavior” – behavior of individuals that can create personal and professional success.

Chuck VoelkerChuck Voelker

Some years back, Chuck used to weigh 415 pounds. Today he’s lost more than 175 pounds, all without any surgeries.

Need I say more ???

Clifford PetersClifford_Peters

Clifford’s been a landscaper and lawn care specialist for over 30 years in Florida. He believes lawn care is the oldest profession known to humanity, so we ought to be pretty good at it by now. He says it’s our responsibility to till or take care of the earth’s vegetation and that our job is to keep out the weeds and manicure the native plants trees and shrubs.

He says one the side benefits of his work is that, at the age of 53, he has much more strength, endurance, speed, agility and intuition than the average 20 year old. He also says he has a tenacious, persistent, getter-done attitude to go along with it. He says he can out work and outpace most men from their early 20’s on up. He says his job and industry has been a natural health club workout, without paying dues at a gym. Most of all, he says it’s given him an appreciation for God for his awesome creation, along with the privilege to properly care for our great land called Earth.

Dr. Colleen GeorgesColleen_Georges

Colleen has been serving as a counselor and coach for 15 years, helping to guide individuals through self-discovery, and personal and career goal achievement. Today, she owns Colleen’s Career Creations and Life Coaching with Colleen, where she facilitates personal and professional development workshops, and provides career and life coaching services.  She’s also a faculty member at Rutgers University, where she teaches graduate-level counseling and undergraduate women’s leadership courses.

She received her doctorate in counseling psychology from Rutgers University. She’s a NJ licensed professional counselor and holds over a dozen certifications in positive psychology, parenting with positive discipline, life and career coaching, résumé writing, and job search.

Collin CastellawCollin_Castellaw

Coach Castellaw has been involved in basketball at multiple levels for many years. After picking up a basketball for the first time in kindergarten, he fell in love with the sport. Collin played all through school and has been actively involved in the basketball community for many years, including school sports, AAU, skill camps and personal training.

He’s played competitively until recently, when he discovered he had a fire for coaching. He’s coached high school basketball since college, and has taken it one step further. Now he also enjoys conducting skills camps and providing personal one-on-one training. He helps develop players’ abilities and has a remarkable eye for correcting jump shots, which has led him through a successful career as a personal coach. He has worked with all ages of athletes to improve, and thoroughly enjoys helping them reach new levels of their game.

Connie GrierConnie_Grier2

Connie is an educator with 23 years experience (seventeen as a Social Studies teacher, five as an admin, one as a professor). Her mission is the development of practical, effective educational solutions for students and their families via purposeful collaboration with parents, guardians, and educational resources. Her roots are in the Philadelphia community, both as a lifelong resident, and as an educator. She believes this helps her to have an intimate knowledge of not only the educational concerns faced by Philadelphia, but specifically those issues that are experienced in large, urban and diverse populations.

When she was a student of the School District of Philadelphia, she was fortunate enough to have a father who respectfully collaborated with her teachers and educational institutions on her behalf. This compels her to do the same now that she’s on the other side of the educational system.

Corinne ZupkoCorinne_Zupko2

Diagnosed with separation anxiety at 3 years old, Corinne’s debilitating anxiety continued to mount until culminating in a breakdown with panic attacks at age 19. Only then was she was surprised to find that this devastating anxiety was one of her greatest teachers that served as a massive catalyst for spiritual growth. More than any other method of relief she had found, it was through the study and the practicing of the principles of “A Course in Miracles” that she was able to find and maintain inner peace.

Today, Corinne is a keynote speaker, an adjunct professor of Counselor Education, a counselor, a Board Certified Coach, and a mindfulness meditation teacher. She holds an Educational Specialist Degree in Counseling, a Master of Arts in Counseling, and a B.A. in Psychology. Corinne is an avid student and teacher of “A Course in Miracles” and is also a co-founder of MiracleShare.org: The Social Network for Students and Teachers of “A Course in Miracles.

Craig WolfeCraig_Wolfe

A few years ago, Craig decided to take on their foreign competition head on by becoming the only one in his industry making their products in the USA.

So, what type of product does Craig’s company sell?

Rubber ducks.

That’s right. Rubber ducks.

Crystal KadakiaCrystal_Kadakia

Crystal is a true representation and voice of Generation Y: she is a Gen Y’er who talks truth about Gen Y and the future of the workplace. She’s a rising thought leader, invited speaker (including TEDx), and strategy developer for Generation Y related topics. Her company, Career Indulgence, is a Human “Gen Y” Capital consulting company that helps organizations work effectively across generations and attract, retain and develop Gen Y employees. She critically explores the balance and integration of technology in Gen Y and future generations’ lifestyles, including attitudes, behaviors, learning styles and working styles.

She has  a background in chemical engineering and over 5 years experience developing Gen Y talent in a Fortune 500, $85 billion company. She’s created benchmark global new hire on-boarding programs, new hire technical training, and all-level capability development models. She also has experience in Cross-Generational Management: as a mentor for other Gen Y’s and new hires, managing up of higher levels, and directly managing other generations such as Baby Boomers.

Cynthia FabianCynthia_Fabian

Cynthia is an author and speaker who resides in New Jersey. She spent most of her life as a teacher of English and ESL. Though she no longer teaches, she continues to help children to cope with all types of obstacles in their lives. She says it’s a joy and a pleasure to help others find a way to climb new obstacles and accept old ones. She says she only hopes that children and their families can find happiness and acceptance in their lives. She believes there are moments when you know that things will shape your life and there are many others where you have no idea where those things will take you.

Cynthia LuceCynthia_Luce

Cynthia is a mother, friend and compassionate woman sharing her book, Invisible Girl, to inspire people to implement change. She wants people to see what is necessary so we can collectively work to help save or alter the path of our youth. She’s an inspirational speaker and an advocate for change.

Invisible Girl provides personal narratives of serious problems plaguing society today revealing what happens when children go unseen, unheard, and remain invisible. Cynthia opens up in an incredibly insightful manner, addressing concerns that destroy our youth and change the path of their future. She takes you on an invaluable and heart wrenching journey to understand what happens to children who are subjected to being bullied, living in foster homes, surviving on the streets, in abusive situations, and more. She shares painful experiences that torment children, often at the hands of adults. Even more importantly, she offers solutions to the problems she presents.

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Dale GenettiDale_Genetti

Dale says she’s been clean & sober from the disease of alcoholism for 26 years. She did not come from a family of alcoholics, yet she says both of her parents were depressed. Her mother unsuccessfully attempted suicide when Dale was 12 and her father successfully committed suicide when Dale was 25. Dale says she started drinking when she was 15 which led to trying other types of mind altering substances such as marijuana, cocaine and Quaaludes.  She never entered into the world of hallucinogenics or heroin, as those did not appeal to her. Her first drug of choice was alcohol.

She says that from the first time she started drinking she would, for the most part, get very sick, throw up and then blacking out. She says she never passed out but blacking out was common for her. She says her personality would change depending on the circumstances. She never knew if she was going to have an enjoyable evening or if she would turn violent and angry. She says she sought counseling briefly . The therapist suggested that she may have a drinking problem. She tried Alcoholics Anonymous but didn’t stay past 3 months. She says she wasn’t ready. She continued to drink alcoholically for the next 9 years. One day, that all changed.

Dale StantenDale_Stanten

Many people have a one career in their lifetime. Not Dale. She is on her fourth. While raising her young family, Dale obtained her RN degree and practiced psychiatric nursing.

She then parlayed her medical and sales experience to become CEO of her Destination Management Company which for twenty years organized conventions, corporate events, and meetings for national and international guests. Dale conducted numerous educational seminars and assisted in developing a tourism college degree program.

During her fourth career, she penned her memoir and has immersed herself in the marketing process. Through her speaking engagements, she hopes to help others overcome difficult circumstances by learning from her own personal life experiences.

Dan KarrDan_Karr

After being hit by a car and stuck with nearly $100,000 of medical bills that no insurance company would pay (health or auto insurance), Dan began researching the insurance industry. Finding problems like his were far too common, and that financial trends of the insurance industry show the magnitude of the problem is worsening, Dan dedicated himself to paying forward his experience and helping others avoid similar situations.

He is using his technology background to develop services that help people purchase insurance. The company Dan founded, Injured Money, is the first company ever to provide information on which insurance companies are the best for paying claims, the best at loss compensation and the best at providing good, quality service. Dan is also a published author writing books and guides on how to best work with insurance companies. Most importantly, Dan and Injured Money have no affiliation with the insurance industry, making the information they provide neutral and without bias.

Dana CaseDana_Case

Dana serves as Director of Operations at MyCorporation.com. Her history of supporting entrepreneurs and small business owners with the company is extensive. She started as a leader within the customer service team and evolved to management of sales and customer service. Now she has taken over the operations role of the company, where she remains instrumental in growing and establishing partnerships, managing the MyCorporation team, and overseeing the company P&L.

Dana also enjoys spending time with her young son and volunteering at his school and the local boys and girls club. She’s also been involved in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program for 11 years and her involvement in the program made a difference in the life of her little sister who was the first in her family to go to college and truly succeed in life. Dana’s experience in the program (and how it changed her life) is the focus of her interview.

Dane ShortDane_Short

Several years ago, Zymbol founder Sally Short decided to make a pendant for herself by overlaying the letters “LOVE IS ALL U NEED” with a peace sign. When the necklace arrived, someone in her family noticed that from the side angle, the letter “K” was in the necklace, despite the fact that the letter ‘K” was not used in the original message. This revelation led to a night of trying to find more letters and messages in the design. In the end, the Short family found all 26 letters of the English alphabet and the primary numbers 0-9 within Sally’s doodle!

It was this finding that inspired them to start Zymbol – a company whose flagship design represents all the letters A-Z and whose jewelry could mean anything to anyone since the message possibilities are endless! People from all walks of life wear Zymbol containing their personal message of inspiration – from breast cancer survivors to members of the military. For every Zymbol sold, one is gifted to a child in the hospital. They visit various Children’s Hospitals where they let kids pick out their favorite color pendant and then have them TRACE out personal messages of inspiration. Kids trace out messages like, HOPE, LOVE, NEVER GIVE UP and YOU ARE A WARRIOR.

Daniel LaveryDaniel_Lavery

The Navy transferred Dan to Navigator of an Amphibious Ship to take 300 Marines to Vietnam. Before he left, a friend at Boalt Hall Berkeley Law School and a few of his grad school friends confronted him asking why the USA was in Vietnam. Carefully taught the domino theory, which speculated that if one state in a region came under the influence of communism, then the surrounding countries would follow in a domino effect, he supported the war effort with a passion. His friends used their astute knowledge to poke holes in his arguments.

That confrontation started the spark that ignited his transformation from what he describes as being a pawn in the Navy to a civil rights attorney for the poor and powerless. Daniel was propelled into a powerful movement that was an answer to his dream. Submerging himself into the cutting edge of civil rights and consumer litigation, he was a member of a team using all the energy he possessed.

Daniel RothnerDaniel_Rothner

Daniel is the Founder & Director of Areyvut.  Areyvut, translated from Hebrew, means “responsibility.” Responsibility to one’s community; responsibility to the world. Areyvut’s mission is to infuse the lives of Jewish youth and teenagers with the core Jewish values of chesed (kindness) tzedakah (charity) and tikkun olam (social action). Areyvut offers Jewish day schools, congregational schools, synagogues, community centers and families a variety of opportunities to empower and enrich their youth by creating innovative programs that make these core Jewish values real and meaningful to them.

He’s taught ethics, Jewish law and in synagogues and workplaces. He also serves as a Board Member for Tzedakah, Inc. and is a member of the Volunteer Center of Bergen County’s Youth Advisory Council. Daniel is active in his community and serves on the Middot Committee at Yeshivat Noam and volunteers for Bikur Cholim of Teaneck. Daniel facilitates a group of Mitzvah Clowns who regularly visit senior centers and children with special needs. He has coached youth baseball, basketball and soccer and is active Bergen LEADS, a unique leadership program in Bergen County.

Danielle HarkDanielle_Hark

Danielle is a national wellness writer, professional photographer, and freelance photo editor.

She is also a mental health advocate, and founder of BrokenLightCollective.com, the online photography gallery for people living with or affected by mental illness.

As someone who has struggled with mental health issues, her mission is to help as many people as possible who are struggling, by using photography and creativity.

Danny KofkeDanny_Kofke

Danny is currently a special education teacher in Georgia. He is also the author of three personal finance books, teaching people how to make do on a teacher’s salary and teaching kids how to properly use money.

Danny wants to show others that if he, as a 38 year-old school teacher, can gain financial wisdom they can too. He is living proof that a family can live wealthy on little money.

He’s appeared on numerous tv and radio shows, as well as newspapers.

Darline YatimDarline_Yatim

Darline Yatim is the owner of Shrewsbury Health and Racquet Club (SHARC) in Shrewsbury MA. Her personal journey goes all the way from losing 150 lbs after having a high-risk pregnancy to now owning a health and fitness club. Darline, who had never before struggled with weight, developed eating issues after an unfortunate turn of events at her job. From there, she explored every fad diet there was, receiving no results. Finding herself undergoing a high-risk pregnancy because of her weight, she realized she had to be healthy not only to save her own life, but for her children.

Her health transformation began when she volunteered as a swim instructor so that her kids could get free swim lessons. Re-discovering her health, Darline moved her way up as manager of another health club, which soon led her into the front doors of SHARC and later to becoming its owner. Now, she works closely with her members and her community toward helping others maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Dave CoopersteinDave_Cooperstein

Since joining the architecture firm, PGAV Destinations, in 1998, Dave has brought a unique sense of excitement and drama to the creative design department. His design skills and experience range from traditional architecture practice to theatrical scenic design. Dave has used these skills in his work on the firm’s entertainment projects, as well as some of the more traditional architecture commissions.  One of his most memorable experiences was working on the Glacier Run project at the Louisville Zoo.

Architecture has turned out to be a perfect fit for Dave, combining both the technical and creative aspects of his personality. In the past, he’s unleashed his creative side in a multitude of ways. An active member of the International Jugglers’ Association for over ten years, he’s become a talented juggler by performing at fairs, festivals, and street performances. Dave’s also a comedic actor who’s practiced for over twenty years, performing in dramas, classical plays and Shakespearean plays, but mostly comedies.

David KekichDavid_Kekich

David is a recognized expert on longevity science. In 1999, he founded “Maximum Life Foundation”, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation dedicated to reversing human aging and aging related diseases. He co-founded Age Reversal, Inc in 2010.

David believes it’s inevitable that science will someday control the human aging process. He believes human beings will someday be able to enjoy very long healthy life spans by studying aging, the root cause of most deadly diseases.

The problem? He’s in a race against the clock. He’s faced with the possibility of being part of the “last generation” to suffer and die from aging related diseases. His solution was to further aging research and move it forward by establishing the Maximum Life Foundation. Since then, the Foundation in concert with many of the world’s leading researchers, has developed a scientific roadmap to transform the elderly to biological youth.

David MezzapelleDavid_Mezzapelle

David believes that we all have the capacity to make optimism contagious just by sharing our life’s adventures. He’s the author of the bestselling book, Contagious Optimism, an uplifting book series that contains real stories from real people around the globe which demonstrates that every cloud has a silver lining. Throughout his life, David’s encountered great peaks and valleys all of which he says he’s grateful for. He says he’s never lost sight along the way and has kept his glass “completely full.”

He was the founder and director of marketing for Goliath Technology from 1990 – 2007, a data center infrastructure company. In addition, he orchestrated one of the most innovative internship programs ever created which has become a staple for organizations today. Goliath Technology was sold in 2007 and David pursued the next level of his passion, building employment tools for schools, students and alumni via GoliathJobs, a marketing and consulting organization he created. He also launched a niche portal for baby boomers and retirees, JobsOver50.com, which has become the number one web-based employment resource in North America for the age 50+ demographic.

David Tuccaro, Jr.David_Tuccaro_Jr

David is a Mikisew Cree First Nation who overcame his fight with Leukemia, chronicled in his memoir, Bad to the Bone: The True Story of David Tuccaro Jr.. Born and raised in Ft. McMurray, Canada, he shares his tumultuous journey of self-discovery through pain, hopelessness and feelings of inadequacy to inspire others to overcome adversity.

After finding his purpose, David is living out his passion of teaching others to save lives by encouraging others to become registered bone marrow donors.

Debbie HorovitchDebbie_Horovitch

Debbie is a social media consultant, speaker, trainer and author of the upcoming book Celebrity Hangouts on Air, which shows people how to use Google’s newest video chat tool Google+ Hangouts on Air, to create a series of themed video chat shows that attract celebrity guests, build unlimited audience, and generate sponsor revenue, all while meeting specific business objectives.

Debbie has created a Celebrity Hangouts on Air community, where you can take the complete 6-part Celebrity Hangouts on Air training, participate or volunteer to work on other Hangouts on Air shows and even post your own upcoming shows in order to share in the community’s Celebrity Hangouts on Air’s awareness & to gain exposure.

Deborah BarnesDeb_Barnes

Deb says that for as long as she can remember, there have been three constants in her life:

1) her love of cats;

2) her love of books; and

3) her love of writing.

She says she never thought that one day all of these passions would come together full circle to where she is today – an award winning blogger, self-published author, and renowned cat advocate.

Denny DanielDenny_Daniel

Denny is the curator and founder of the Museum of Interesting Things. The Museum of Interesting Things is an interactive traveling exhibition of antiques and inventions.

Amassing his collection of antiques since the 1980’s and having had over 20 museum and gallery exhibitions of his own work Denny decided to use his knowledge, experience, contacts and extensive collection of over 300 antiques to start an enterprise that would inspire students and some of us in the “real” world to learn from the past and innovate a better future.

Devin T. Robinson X (aka Egypt)Devin T. Robinson X Egypt

Egypt describes himself as a South Floridian who was raised in a single parent household, where sacrifice, struggle and love was a daily meal served. He’s a graduate of Florida Atlantic University and Palm Beach State College. He’s says he’s been blessed to receive the Alumni of the Year award at 27 years old. He’s also presented at TEDx in Amman, Jordan and has inspired many through his poetry and poetic messages about love, relationships and history.

He says that since 2003, God has allowed him to use his talent to reach people via BET, MTV, National Public Radio and the World Famous Apollo theater, all of this courtesy of a very unique tyle of poetry that has been dubbed, “Confessional Narration.”

Diana RaabDiana Raab

Diana is a poet, memoirist and blogger. She’s the award-winning author of eight books, over 300 articles and poems, and editor of two anthologies. Her fourth and most recent poetry collection is called Lust. She’s a regular blogger for The Huffington Post, she writes a weekly blog called, “Literary Musings,” and more recently, monthly columns for BrainSpeak and Psychology Today.

Diana has been writing since childhood, when her mother gave her a journal to help her cope with the loss of her beloved grandmother to suicide. She’s a strong advocate for journaling and letter writing. Diana teaches creative journaling, memoir writing and poetry around the country. Her focus is on the healing power of writing, whether it is poetry and/or prose.

Diane LangDiane_Lang

Diane is a therapist, educator and life coach who’s dedicated her career to helping people turn their lives around and is now on a mission to help them develop a sustainable positive attitude that she says can actually turn one into an optimist, literally. A therapist and educator of Positive Psychology, she says she’s seen that it can provide a strong foundation for finding great happiness and that she’s gratified it’s becoming a mainstream method of treatment.

A parent herself, Lang has taught Positive Parenting to parents and written extensively on the benefits of using it with even the youngest children. She has also spoken or conducted seminars on postpartum depression, striving for balance versus having it all and practical tips on interviewing, networking and dressing for success and is the author of “Baby Steps: the Path from Motherhood to Career.”

Dianne CollinsDianne_Collins

Dianne is a modern visionary, an original thinker, an authority in new world view thinking and the creator of the QuantumThink® System of thinking, an unprecedented body of knowledge based in the principles of quantum science and universal laws applied as practical wisdom in all areas of life. She’s the author of “Do You QuantumThink? New Thinking That Will Rock Your World”, a bestselling book which delineates this new system of thinking.

She’s a graduate of the University of Miami in Philosophy and Psychology and a lifelong student of Siddha Yoga and numerous leading edge modalities and models that make life better and more joyful. Her varied experiences as a Fortune 100 corporate manager, an award-winning photographic artist, video producer, and currently as a consultant to business executives and entrepreneurs, all contribute to her extraordinary gift of originality and ability to express complex universal subjects in clear and powerful ways that benefit people instantly.

Dipak BasuDipak_Basu

Dipak has spent much of his life employing technology in humanitarian missions worldwide.

In 2006, he set up the Anudip Foundation, a nonprofit company dedicated to improving livelihoods of poor rural people in developing countries through training in information technology and entrepreneurship. He currently serves as Anudip’s Chairman and CEO.

In 2009, following the loss of their beloved daughter the previous year, Dipak and his wife, Radha, launched the Jhumki Basu Foundation, to carry on her remarkable legacy. That same year, with the support of an army of Jhumki’s well-wishers and her extensive archives, Dipak took on the responsibility to write his daughter’s biography, called Mission to Teach. For the book, Dipak drew on his prior writing experience in historical fiction.

Don StewartDon_Stewart

Don continued to sketch as a hobby while attending medical school and throughout his surgical internship at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. There, in addition to keeping a 24-hour call schedule, Dr. Stewart managed to win awards for short fiction and poetry, and successfully published his first two composite drawings.

After a year of resident training, the pen finally proved mightier than the scalpel, and the young doctor’s creative interests gained the upper hand. He finished his internship, earned his medical license, and promptly turned his full attention to drawing.

For the past twenty-seven years Don Stewart has made his living as a self-styled Visual Humorist, hammering words and pictures together at the DS Art Studio Gallery in Birmingham, Alabama.

Donna Mae DePolaDonna Mae DePola

Donna Mae has worked in the field of addiction for more than 26 years. In 1994, Donna Mae founded The Resource Training Center, a school that provides the education required to become a Credentialed Alcohol & Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC) in New York State; the largest of it’s kind. Over the years, the agency has spread to 5 locations throughout the State of New York, and services grew to include the New York State Drinking Driver Program, The MADD Victim Impact Panel and The Resource Counseling Center an outpatient chemical dependency clinic. She’s one of only 8 national CCAR Recovery Coach Master Trainers.

Donna also authored the book “Twelve Tins” which is a story of her life as an incest survivor and recovering addict, from the age of five to founding and operating the largest CASAC School in the State of New York.

Doreen TaylorDoreen_Taylor

Best characterized as an eclectic talent with popular musical influences like Shania Twain, Faith Hill, Martina McBride, and Celine Dion, Doreen Taylor is an award winning singer. She has received critical acclaim as one of the best young songwriting talents in the industry. Her angelic voice truly sets her as a musical force to be reckoned with and her captivating melodies and extremely expressive lyrics explore boundless depths of her heart and soul.

Doreen has played numerous leading roles in various companies on and off Broadway-including Christine in Phantom of the Opera opposite musical theater legend, Davis Gaines. She has performed in several one-woman shows in Atlantic City and Las Vegas.

Before her love for music, Doreen wanted to be a doctor and applied for pre-med. After Doreen realized music was her one true love moved forward and has never looked back. When she;s not writing music, recording or performing, she’s a big believer in “paying it forward.” Her love for children has paved the way to raise thousands of dollars for St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. She’s a proud American citizen and supports many organizations that assist our troops and their families.

Dorothy PangDorothy_Pang

Dorothy is a Licensed Acupuncturist and a Natural Fertility Expert. She’s the founder of The Natural Fertility Center, an innovative comprehensive solution for women who are trying to conceive.

The Natural Fertility Center is dedicated to helping women across the United States utilize acupuncture principles, stress management, and rejuvenating practices to move towards youthfulness and fertility. She’s helped with the conception of hundreds of babies so far!

Through her programs, Dorothy helps women increase their chances of conception, create balance in their lives, and find inner peace.

Douglas Won, MDDouglas_Won

Douglas Won, MD, FAAOS, is the founder and director of Minimally Invasive SpineCARE and Star Medical Center, which are divisions of Lumin Health. Dr. Won has more than 15 years of experience in medicine and more than a decade as a back specialist. Approximately 95% of his patients are treated non-surgically, but when surgery is necessary, Dr. Won employs the most non-invasive methods possible. He helped develop endoscopic laser spine surgery and was the first surgeon in Texas to perform it with a 3 millimeter incision, the size of a small grain of rice. Such a small incision, performed with the right tools, results in less damage to the skin and muscles, less blood loss, less pain and a faster recovery time.

Dr. Won is one of the most highly trained spine specialists world-wide, having completed fellowship training in spine surgery at William Beaumont Hospital’s Spine Center, as well as fellowship training in cervical spine surgery, microscopic spine surgery and spinal deformity surgery at Washington University School of Medicine.

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Edward FriedmanEdward_Friedman

Dr. Friedman’s interest in health led him to major in Biology at Brown University and to obtain a Ph.D. in Biophysics and Theoretical Biology at the University of Chicago. He never considered pursuing a medical degree because he found the idea of being trained in how to use drugs to treat symptoms a waste of time.

All of his recent publications challenge the accepted dogma of the medical establishment. He considers it a challenge whenever he reads a medical article that describes results as paradoxical or counterintuitive. From their point of view, this means that the results are not what they were taught to expect. From Dr. Friedman’s point of view, this means that the model that they were taught in medical school is fatally flawed.

In the case of prostate cancer, breast cancer, and Alzheimer’s, he could not rest until he had developed models that fit all of the known facts, including articles that claimed to find paradoxical results. His research involves categorizing the known properties of the hormone receptors and identifying which receptors help cancer grow and which ones help kill the cancer cells.

Eileen KoffEileen_Koff

Eileen says “You can be smart and productive, yet disorganization can still undermine your quality of life.”

Eileen is the Founder and president, since 1998, of To The Next Level, a professional organizing business based on Long Island, NY.

Eileen is a Certified Professional Organizer and she works with her clients to uncover the causes of disorganization in their lives and helps them conquer it

Elise MiaoElise_Miao

Born in China, Preacher Miao received her college education in Switzerland and graduated Magna Cum Laude with an American bachelors degree from WSU.

Due to health problems, she worked in five different industries in Hong Kong. She eventually found what she says is her hope and true path after she learned the Guang Huan Mi Zong Great Perfection Supreme Dharma from Holy Master Ziguang Shang Shi in 2007. She says this has fundamentally transformed her life, physically, mentally and spiritually.

With the hope of helping more people in the world to receive the same benefits, she came to the US in 2008 and became a Buddhist Preacher at the age of 29, following the Holy Master to pursue the path of enlightening herself and others.

Elle KaplanElle_Kaplan

Elle Kaplan is the CEO and Founding Partner of Lexion Capital Management, the only 100% woman-owned asset management firm in the U.S.

Elle’s story and expertise have been featured in such media outlets as The Wall Street Journal, CNN, Reuters, The Fiscal Times, CNBC, MSNBC, Yahoo! Finance, and many more. She is a business correspondent on the national news, and a frequent featured speaker at conferences and events in the business community.

Elle remains a dedicated contributor to the community through her volunteer work as a career mentor with everyone from fellow female executives to local high school students. She continuously works to improve the underrepresentation of women in executive positions and in finance, and to empower women in all fields.

Ellen WoodEllen_Wood

Grow Young Guide Ellen Wood, a carrier of the Alzheimer’s gene, APOE-e4, is an award-winning author, columnist and speaker who is proving she can keep that gene in the ‘off’ position with practices that strengthen and invigorate mind, body and spirit.

Her powerful step-by-step program for growing younger combines cutting-edge research in neuroscience and cell biology with ancient esoteric teachings and a deep trust in Spirit and the power of the mind. She offers herself as living proof that these practices work.

Elliott KatzElliott_Katz

Elliott is a professional speechwriter in Toronto, Canada and the author of seven nonfiction books. After the end of a relationship, he sought to learn about being a man in a relationship. He found books on marriage and relationships that said little to him. As he looked deeper, he says he found powerful timeless insights in the lessons that fathers and other older male role models have been teaching younger men for years. As a result of his research, people started seeking his advice and would say, Why didn’t someone tell me this before?

Moving beyond the trendy ideas about a man’s role that just don’t seem to work, Elliott shares insights on being a man that he says have withstood the test of time. Interestingly, these insights are the traits that he says he’s heard many women complain were lacking in men today, such as showing leadership, making decisions and taking responsibility.

Elvira KalnikElvira_Kalnik

Elvira was born in the Ukraine to a family of open-minded people, who tried very hard to survive in the former Soviet Union, where everything from the Western culture was forbidden. She says her parents somehow managed to expose her to European and American music and literature at a very early age. At the age of 6, she began going to music and ballet schools.

Elvira began writing songs when she was 14. Prior to her 15th birthday, she released her first album called “Goodbye”. It was a “goodbye” to all the lies and corruption she had faced in the former Soviet Union. She started to perform with a band of like-minded people and organized charity concerts for people in need of help.

Coach Elwyn McRoyElwyn_McRoy

Coach McRoy is an assistant men’s basketball coach at the University of Texas-Pan American. He’s worked for 12 different college basketball programs since 1997. Over the years, he’s skipped meals, slept in cars, and lived thousands of miles from his wife and kids, all so he can pursue his dream of coaching college basketball. Unfortunately, the life of a college basketball coach isn’t always as glamorous as it might seem. That’s because like most college sports, it’s a business. It’s a business where coaches get short-term contracts and there’s high turnover.

Coach McRoy’s profession is filled with people struggling to stay on their feet. Coaches who once had four or more years to prove themselves sometimes get cut loose in half that time, as administrators show less and less tolerance for losing. Assistant coaches, who almost always lose their jobs when their bosses go, often have the hardest time making it back in.

He’s well liked among many former colleagues and players, who describe him as outgoing, witty, and generous with his time. He’s the kind of guy who remembers the names and birthdays of colleagues’ kids, who supports fellow coaches by trying to take in a game or two of every team on campus.  In short, he’s the kind of coach you would want your kids to play for.

Dr. Emad RahimEmad_Rahim

Emad is a Khmer American who came to the USA as a refugee. He was born in a concentration camp in the Killing Fields of Cambodia. On the day he was born, his father was being tortured and eventually executed. His older brother died of starvation and sickness in the concentration camp. Emad and the rest of his family eventually escaped and ended up in a refugee camp in Thailand, which lead to their eventual sponsorship to come to America.

Like many refugees in America, Emad and his family struggled with poverty, violence, racism, identity and literacy. While living in Brooklyn, Emad was shot in the leg during a block party which forced his mother to relocate them to Syracuse. In Syracuse, they grew up living in section 8 housing, where Emad says he struggled with the same types of violence related problems. He was selling drugs, getting into fights, hanging out with gang members and was even stabbed. Then a mentor named Willie Dowdell changed Emad’s life.

Emma Christopher, Ph.DEmma_Christopher

Emma is an academic historian and writer who was born in the UK but has more recently lived in Canada, the US and now Australia. After seeing, first hand, the effects of slavery—both that endured centuries ago and in recent times—she felt compelled to become a filmmaker and anti-slavery campaigner to try and put an end to this age-old practice.

Involved in acknowledging the legacies of slavery, she’s most recently spent several years tracing the origins of songs preserved by one group in the African diaspora. When she found a remote chiefdom in Sierra Leone where people recognized and could join in with the remembered songs, she arranged for a reunion trip. She’s spent the last few years working to understand not only what it means to the people in the diaspora to have this connection, but also what it meant to the Africans to finally discover what had happened to some of their lost people. She believes their story helps us all to understand the power of family, belonging and hope.

Eric PearlEric_Pearl

Dr. Eric Pearl is the author of the reknowned book known as “The Reconnection – Heal Others and Heal Yourself.

Reconnective Healing is a comprehensive, yet simple and easy-to-learn, healing approach, which completely transcends “energy healing.” It accesses vibrational frequencies that are self-correcting by nature and are accessible to everyone.

Dr. Pearl says anyone can become proficient in Reconnective Healing in just two days so they can aid others–or even their loved ones–and achieve the same results.

Eric ThiegsEric_Thiegs

Eric is the CEO and Founder of StageofLife.com. The idea of sharing stories is a simple concept…but a powerful mission. All of the contributing users for Stage of Life add to a multi-generational voice that Eric hopes will help change the world, one story at a time, as people become life-long readers and writers.

Eric was recently named one of the Forty Under 40 by the Central Penn Business Journal.

Erica SpiegelmanErica_Spiegelman

Erica is foremost a consultant, counselor, writer and speaker who has made an indelible mark in the field of addiction recovery by treating individuals from a 360-degree perspective; Mind, Body and Spirit. Founder of a multi-media health and wellness platform, she provides consulting and counseling solutions for clients by providing them with tools on how to reach emotional, mental and physical freedom in places where they were previously stuck.

Erica holds a Bachelor degree in Literature from the University of Arizona and a degree as a California State Certified Drug and Alcohol Counselor, CADAC-I from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Erich NallErich_Nall

Coach E, has been a prominent figure in the Los Angeles community throughout his life as an educator and promoter of health, physical fitness and self-improvement. He’s served as a mentor and father figure to more than a thousand young men and women throughout the Los Angeles area.

He left corporate America in 1986 to follow his passion to help more children in South Los Angeles become higher achievers in elementary school. A product of South Los Angeles himself, his desire led him to become the Founder of Collegiate Search Youth Organization. To date, Collegiate Search has assisted more than 5000 students (male and female) into colleges and universities across the country.

While Erich was offering a fitness program to the youth, he felt compelled to bring health and wellness to the community at large. He created and founded Ultimate Transformations Training and has coached and trained many successful professional athletes, actors, models and others in the entertainment industry for over 18 years. Since its inception, Coach E. has trained notable athletes, such as, Olympic gold medalist, Misty May Treanor and, Olympic gold medalist Maurice Greene. He has trained professional basketball, soccer and football players, including: NFL star performers.

Erin SummErin_Summ

Erin helps women in their first year of business, who struggle getting clients because they lack the confidence in themselves as a new business owner. They fear failing in their business and going back to a J.O.B, because they would have to give up their dream of making the difference in the world they are called to make.

Erin gives dynamic, educational and empowering presentations and workshops on how to let go of fear to run ones business with confidence, Mindset Mastery, and breaking down barriers to turn ones vision into reality. Erin holds a bachelors degree in Psychology and is a Certified Professional Coach through the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching.

Estella Pyfrom (CNN Hero – 2013)Estella_Pyfrom

Estella Mims Pyfrom served as a K-12 classroom teacher for 3 years, a Guidance Counselor for 31 years, a Summer School Principal for two years and an Area Resource Teacher for the School District of Palm Beach County Florida She’s served as an advocate for neglected and abused children for many years.

After forty eight years of service to the Palm Beach County School District, she retired for two years, only to return back to the system as a classroom teacher and later as a Guidance Counselor. In October 2008, Estella resigned her position so that she could devote more time to accomplishing her mission. Her mission was to create a project that would help underprivileged children and families improve the quality of life, thus creating Project Aspiration, which later came to be named Estella’s Brilliant Bus.  Estella’s Brilliant Bus is a 501(c)(3) not for profit organization that operates a customized mobile learning center, designed to travel to communities and deliver services where needed throughout Palm Beach County.

Estella says We will make a difference…one child at a time and/or one family at a time.

Eunice OmoleEunice_Omole

Eunice is an international business woman, a philanthropist, and a finalist from the inaugural season of “The Apprentice Africa”. In addition to launching Africa’s premier media agency in order to shed light on the country’s entrepreneurs, Eunice was a speaker at the WIE Symposium in Lagos, Nigeria in May 2014 and was recently chosen to be a speaker for The Going Places Network by Walmart which helps unemployed Dress for Success clients gain professional skills, accelerate their job searches and build confidence.

Born in Washington D.C. to Nigerian immigrants, Eunice holds a Bachelor degree in Economics from the University of Virginia and a Master’s degree in Real Estate from Cornell University. She’s currently working on obtaining another Master’s degree from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. With her diverse upbringing and extensive education, she hopes to shed light on important issues worldwide. She’s also a global ambassador to the Elizabeth Glaser Foundation, where she’s using her voice to bridge the gap between social awareness in Africa and the latest medical research in cancer care for women.

Evan MoneyEvan_Money

Evan Money is a Bestselling Author, Global Entrepreneur and part owner of the Green Bay Packers.

Evan and his bride of 16+ years remarry in a different state or country, every year.

Evan also has a new movie coming out called “Words of Art” starring Joel Osteen, Tom and Zig Ziglar, Denis Waitley and Mark Batterson.

Eve WolfEve_Wolf

Playwright and pianist Eve Wolf founded Ensemble for the Romantic Century (ERC) in 2001 with the mission of creating an innovative and dramatic concert format in which the emotions revealed in memoirs, letters, diaries, and literature are dramatically interwoven with music, thus bringing to life the sensations and passions of a bygone era. For the past thirteen seasons, Eve has written scripts for more than twenty-five of ERC’s theatrical concerts and has performed in most of the ensemble’s forty-plus original productions.

Praised for her compelling performances, she’s appeared in Europe and the United States as a chamber musician and soloist. She received a BA in Art History from Columbia University and an MA in Piano Performance from New York University. She teaches at The Curtis Institute of Music and Columbia University-Teachers College and is a professional mentor at The Juilliard School. She’s taught her seminar “Confronting Memory: Memory Techniques for Musicians” in the United States and abroad.

Eyal MaozEyal_Maoz

Based in New York City, the Israeli born Eyal Maoz is a sought after composer, guitarist, and bandleader. He’s a member of John Zornâ’s Cobra and Abraxas ensembles and he leads his own bands as well. He’s performed at major music festivals worldwide.

Eyal started to explore jazz, rock and avant-garde music at an early age. After a successful guitar solo tour in Austria, he also completed a guitar tour in China, playing solo as well as performing with local musicians from straight-ahead jazz aficionados to extreme avant-garde noisemakers. He’s gearing up for a European tour starting September 2014.

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Faith McCuneFaith_McCune

Faith says that, as a child, she lived an idyllic life, nurtured by a father who doted on her and encouraged her in everything she did. One of her early dreams was to be a writer. Unfortunately, her father succumbed to cancer when she was eight and her downward spiral began. With no positive influence in her life, she turned inward and eventually spent years alone and isolated, riddled with self-doubt, insecurities, and sadness. She says her mother, at a loss to help, decided to give her a puppy. Eventually, dogs became her passion as well as a lifeline.

One event changed everything. She went to a seminar where she engaged a life coach who drew a line in the sand and said “the time is now” to write her book. With her pointing the way, her book, Duffy’s World, Seeing the World through a Dog’s Eyes, became a published reality amid rave reviews in December 2013. What she also discovered along the way is that Duffy’s story is a parallel to her own life – love, loss, isolation and potential realized.

Francesca HarperFrancesca_Harper

Francesca blends original choreography, dance, music and film to create groundbreaking works that are category-defying. She was raised in New York City, where she studied at the School of American Ballet, the Joffrey Ballet School, The Ailey School, and under Madame Darvash and Barbara Walczak. After performing with the Dance Theater of Harlem, she danced as a principal in William Forsythe’s Ballet Frankfurt from 1994-1999. Since returning to the States in 2000, Francesca’s performed in several Broadway productions including Fosse, The Producers, The Frogs, and The Color Purple. She played the role of Helene opposite Molly Ringwald in a national tour of Sweet Charity, and the role of Judith originated by Judith Jamison in a revival of Sophisticated Ladies. As a singer and lyricist she’s released singles in Europe and Japan. Francesca also recently worked as a ballet consultant for the feature film, “Black Swan,” by Oscar Nominated Director Darren Aronofsky, starring Natalie Portman, who went on to win an Oscar for her work.

Froswá Booker-DrewFroswa Booker-Drew

Froswá is the owner of Soulstice Consultancy, an agency that provides consulting, technical assistance and training to businesses and nonprofit agencies.

Sometimes described by her friends as a Master Networker, Froswá, in her recent book has drawn from her experience and studies to put together 29 Rules of Engagement. She says these principles reveal how to develop relationships that will not only benefit your professional life but will also have a positive impact on your personal life.

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Gail ArcherGail_Archer

Gail is an internationally renowned concert organist and recording artist who just released her seventh solo album titled, The Muse’s Voice: A Celebration of Women Composers. It features works by today’s leading female composers. As one of the few female organists in a male dominated field, Gail serves as an advocate for female organists and composers. She says she’s on a mission to celebrate women organists and composers in liturgical music.

Gail is the chair of the music department at Barnard College, director of artist and young organ artist recitals at Central Synagogue, and concert organist at Vassar. She’s released such albums as J. S. Bach “The Transcendent Genius”, Mendelssohn in the Romantic Century, A Mystic in the Making – Olivier Messiaen, and Franz Liszt – A Hungarian Rhapsody. Known for her musicality and sensitivity and for giving her interpretations a visceral quality, she’s hailed for maximizing the organ’s colors and capabilities. According to the New York Times, she plays with a “sense of vulnerability and awe.”

Gary SirakGary_Sirak

Gary Sirak, author of “If Your Money Talked…What Secrets Would It Tell?” is president of Sirak Financial Services, Inc., a family owned business specializing in financial products and services. For more than 35 years, Gary has consulted with entrepreneurs to build, grow, and maintain their businesses and helped family owned companies ensure success across future generations.

Gary is all about budgets. He says it’s the only way to make financial decisions. He’s a strong proponent of the Rule Of 59 which basically says you can not spend 60 if you only make 59. He says the elevated self-esteem and sense of accomplishment of staying on goal and following a budget that his clients experience is outstanding! Gary also helped found a charitable movement known as Angels on the Street.

Gary C. SmithGary_C_Smith

Gary is the son of NAEIR founder, Norbert Smith. NAEIR is a nonprofit gifts-in-kind organization that facilitates the exchange of excess inventory between companies from across the United States and deserving schools, churches and nonprofit organizations. They get no government funding of any kind.

Gary has served on various non-profit boards including YMCA, the Galesburg Illinois Chamber of Commerce and Galesburg Cottage Hospital. He was the Chairman of the Galesburg Regional Economic Development Association from 2010 to 2012. In addition, Gary served as the Mayor of Galesburg, IL from 2005 to 2009.

Gautam Soparkar, MDGautam_Soparkar

Dr. Soparkar is an internist and pulmonologist with clinical, research and teaching experience. He has served as a program director for medical residents and an examiner for the Medical Council of Canada and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. He is an adjunct professor at Western University, London, Ontario, Canada and a preceptor for the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry.

Besides having a busy practice, he teaches medical students and residents and also gives lectures about lung and sleep disorders for the public and healthcare professionals. His award-winning book on sleep apnea is raising awareness about this under-recognized and potentially dangerous condition and also supporting several worthy causes through on-site sales.

Dr. Gayle CarsonGayle_Carson

Gayle was born in Albany, NY and showed managerial promise even at the tender age of three. While performing a somersault in her first dance recital, Gayle’s crown suddenly fell off. Rather than finish the show without her full costume, she asked that the music be stopped so she could put her crown back on. The musicians complied and waited to continue until she said “OK! Let’s do it again.” Thus began her career as a “showstopping” entrepreneur.

Today, Gayle’s an expert advisor and coach to CEO’s and entrepreneurial managers around the world and holds a CSP (Certified Speaking Professional) and CMC (Certified Management Consultant), the highest designations in their respective fields. The first and only woman to serve as chair of one of the largest Better Business Bureaus and developer of the cable TV series “Business Today,” she has received numerous peer honors, is named to over 50 “Who’s Who” books and been featured in USA Today, the Wall St Journal, Newsweek, and on the Larry King radio show, ABC, NBC, CBS and Fox.

Gene Natali, Jr.Gene_Natali

Gene is a Senior Vice President at C.S. McKee, L.P., a Pittsburgh based investment firm. He holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Allegheny College, and an MBA with a concentration in finance from Carnegie Mellon University’s Tepper School of Business. He’s currently a Level III candidate for accreditation as a Chartered Financial Analyst.

Mr. Natali recently co-authored an investment guide entitled The Missing Semester. The guide provides practical financial advice and is targeted to recent high school and college graduates. It begins with the premise that your financial future is your responsibility, and that you cannot plan for or expect help. The Missing Semester is based on the principle of ownership–ownership of your own financial future.

Genevieve WestGenevieve_West

Genevieve is a wine-drinking, coffee-chugging, domestically-challenged wife and homeschool mom of three. She’s a relationship and dating consultant with an international clientele, helping couples and singles navigate the ups and downs of love. Her book, “It’s Your Fault You’re Single”, was released in 2013.

Giving birth to her first child at age 19 makes Genevieve uniquely equipped to discuss teen pregnancy and parenting. As a relationship consultant, she’s helped several families after they’ve received the news that their teen is pregnant, and has researched and blogged extensively on the topic.

Gina FaubertGina_Faubert

Gina’s expertise in fitness & lifestyle coaching started over 15 years ago when she became determined to discover how to really inspire change for great health. Her on-going quest has lead her to become a certified Personal Trainer, Trained Pilates Teacher, Certified Yoga teacher, Certified Life Coach, Master NLP Practitioner, and BioSignature Practitioner. She also holds certifications in healing modalities like Thai massage, Reiki and Reflexology.

Gina has a reputation for being a catalyst who inspires people to undergo significant shifts in their life and to finally achieve their health goals. Gina is also the owner and founder of Serenity Valley Studio in Burlington, Ontario, a countryside wellness retreat integrating health and wellness services in a spa-like setting. Since opening Serenity Valley 10 years ago, Gina has dedicated her life to improving the well-being of everyone who visits.

Glen-Martin Swartwout, ODGlen_Martin_Swartwout

Rev. Dr. Glen-Martin Swartwout graduated Magna Cum Laude with honors in Environmental Earth Sciences and Chemistry from Dartmouth College, and received his doctorate at the top of his class in Vision Science with honors in Optics as well as Leadership, being inducted into both Beta Sigma Kappa and the Gold Key Honor Societies at the State University of New York in Manhattan, where he trained at the largest outpatient vision clinic in the world.

He served as Editor, Vice President and President of the American Optometric Student Association serving 4000 international student doctor members. He is the author of over 50 professional papers, books, and software programs. His first professional office was in Tokyo, Japan, and he now lives at The Shire, a 90 acre plantation community in the Kingdom of Hawai’i.

Gray ScottGray_Scott

Gray is a futurist / techno-philosopher, speaker, artist and writer. He’s a contributing blogger and writer for The Futurist magazine, a professional member of The World Future Society and founder / editorial director of SeriousWonder.com the online futurist philosophy, technology and consciousness magazine based in NYC.

Gray is quickly becoming widely recognized as one of the most exciting, inspiring and controversial futurists of our time, speaking and writing on a variety of futuristic subjects including: Techno-Philosophy, Mind-to-Machine technologies, Artificial Intelligence and Cyborgs, Future Technologies, 3D and 4D Printing, Future Digital Consciousness, Wearable Technologies, Longevity, Digital Brain Preservation, Post Human Philosophy, Transhumanism, The Technological Singularity, Human Enhancement Economy, Digital Life Extension, Biomimetic Design, as well as Immortality and its future implications.

Dr. Greg MarcusGreg_Marcus

Greg is a recovering workaholic who helps the chronically overworked find life balance through his book, public speaking, and personal coaching. In his first incarnation, Dr. Greg was a research scientist, earning a Ph.D from MIT in molecular biology, followed by a research fellowship at Stanford. In his second incarnation, he spent nine years as a marketer in the genomics industry, managing breakthrough technology that helped revolutionize human genetics research.

For a time, he was working 90 hours a week, which impacted his personal health and family relationships. Then, he cut his working hours by a third, and at the same time accelerated his career. The secret? He rejected his corporate idolatry, and started putting people first. Two years after putting his life into balance, Dr. Greg left the corporate world to be a stay-at-home dad, speaker, coach, and author.

Greg PetersonGreg_Peterson

Greg is a green living and sustainability innovator sharing his passion about how to grow food in our cities. He created The Urban Farm, an environmental showcase home in the heart of Phoenix, which he opens periodically for tours and classes. Having grown food in Phoenix for over four decades, Greg is well-versed in urban sustainability and food production. The Urban Farm features an entirely edible landscape, including over 85 fruit trees, rainwater and greywater harvesting, three solar applications, and extensive use of reclaimed and recycled building materials.

Greg has a master’s degree in Urban and Environmental Planning (MUEP) in December 2006 from Arizona State University where he now teaches a class called Sustainable Food and Farms. He’s on the board of directors for Native Seed/SEARCH, has worked as a teacher of their Seed School and co-developed a 200 hour online Urban Farming Curriculum.

Gwenyfar RohlerGwenyfar_Rohler

Gwenyfar is privileged to manage her family’s iconic independent bookstore, Old Books on Front St., in Wilmington, NC. In 2010 the bookstore’s location was condemned and over 300 people showed up to move them to storage until the store could reopen in a new location. “It was like living in the final scene from ‘It’s A Wonderful Life’.” Since 2009, she’s enjoyed writing the “Live Local” Column for Encore Magazine, the Cape Fear’s Alternative Newspaper.

The column looks at the economic choices that we make as individuals in our daily lives and the relationship those decisions have to larger economic issues.

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Harlan Stueven, MDHarlan_Stueven

Before graduating Summa Cum Laude, Dr. Stueven was accepted into Medical School at 20 years of age and became an USAF medical officer at the age of 22.

His training in the then emerging specialties of Emergency Medicine and Medical Toxicology (poison management) set the stage for his award winning professional career contributions in medical teaching, research, writing, speaking, digital reference materials and emergency department management.

His latest career contribution is the development of DiningGrades.com, an online public oriented restaurant grading system poised to improve restaurant food safety practices. While he has spent most of his life stamping out disease and saving lives, he believes DiningGrades.com has the greatest potential to “change the world”.

Heather HansHeather_Hans

Heather is a mystical healer of loving energy for the heart, mind, body and soul. She is a licensed social worker, psychotherapist, and a teacher of love. She left a successful career as a Certified Public Accountant and University Lecturer to pursue her passion of sharing the healing powers of love.

Heather has a zest for wellness, self-development, and universal harmony, which she has nurtured through 15 years of studying holistic healing and relationship-building. She holds master’s degrees in Social Work, and in Business Administration; and a certificate in Holistic Health. She is a Certified Professional Intuitive Coach and Certified Law of Attraction Advanced Practitioner.

Heather facilitates health and healing on all levels to create total wellbeing and lead people to experiencing more love in their hearts. She uses her expertise in the mind-body-spirit connection to empower people to resolve physical and emotional conflicts and discover the importance of thoughts, feelings and actions in achieving their goals.

Heather MartinezHeather_Martinez

The old Heather used to weigh 320+ pounds. After she lost 185 lbs, fitness became her passion. She started taking group fitness classes and then became a certified group fitness instructor.

In May 2013, Heather started her own women only fitness company called Camp Miss Fit. She wants to help women of all shapes and sizes fulfill their fitness potential, both physically and mentally. She says losing the physical weight is only part of the equation. Until you change your mindset, you will continue your old patterns and habits. She says you have to create a new identity as a powerful and strong woman.

Helene SeguraHelene_Segura

Author, speaker and productivity expert Helene Segura helps stressed out folks regain control of their chaotic living and working spaces by teaching clients how to understand their core issues causing disorganization and thereby prevent it in the future. She was one of the first professional organizers in South Texas to earn the prestigious Certified Professional Organizer® designation.

Helene is on the trailblazing team providing organizing help online at The Clutter Diet. She has been a featured organizing expert in publications such as Woman’s Day Magazine, as well as on Fox, CBS, and NBC affiliates. Helene is the author of Less Stress for Teachers: More Time & An Organized Classroom, as well as ROAD MAP to Get Organized: Discover Your Thinking, Learning & Working Styles to Get Your Life Back on Track.

Hilarie Cash, PhDHilarie_Cash

Dr. Cash, has worked in the emerging field of Internet and video game addiction for 20 years. She’s a co-founder of reSTART, Internet Addiction Recovery Program, the first program for adults suffering from Internet and video game addiction in the USA or Canada. This program was opened in 2009. In 2008 she co-authored the book Video Games and Your Kids: How Parents Stay in Control.

Her mission is to help people understand how we can call this problem a true addiction, how overuse of digital media can negatively impact child development and all family relationships, what mental health professionals need to know in order to identify and treat the problem and what institutions should consider when thinking about public education, research funding and educational policies. She says we cannot live without digital technology, but we can and must learn how to make it a healthy part of a balanced life; not something which takes over our lives.

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Ilene BarthIlene_Barth

Ilene is a veteran journalist, author and book publisher. She’s been lucky enough to spend significant time with major newsmakers in the arts and sciences as well as politics, but as a columnist she has just as often spoken out for the powerless and the homeless. Nowadays, she’s the founder and creative director of Red Rock Press.

10 years ago, Ilene quit smoking shortly after being diagnosed with lung cancer. She said she didn’t have a single symptom at the time of her diagnosis. She says stopping was very difficult, especially in a high stress time such as the one she was in after receiving her diagnosis. Fortunately she survived the experience. She wants smokers (and ex-smokers) to know that while smoking cessation almost immediately drastically lowers one’s risk for stroke and heart disease, the risk for lung cancer remains high for a long time thereafter. The good news is that an early-detection test is now recommended for smokers and ex-smokers at high-risk of lung cancer. Unfortunately, too few doctors recommend this and the public is largely unaware of this.

Ira PastorIra_Pastor

Ira has 25 years of experience across multiple sectors of the pharmaceutical industry including pharmaceutical commercialization, biotech drug development, managed care, distribution, OverTheCounter, and retail.

He says that during 2012, we surpassed $6 trillion in total annual healthcare expenditures around the globe, close to a $1 trillion of which was spent on pharmaceutical products. That same year, an additional $200 billion was spent globally on new life science research and development. That’s quite a bit of money. Despite this, we witnessed a rise in the prevalence of almost all chronic degenerative diseases responsible for human suffering and death, as well as an on-going growth and aging of the population.

Which leads us to the inescapable questions: Where has the current approach gone wrong, and where are the cures for disease?

Ivelisse PageIvelisse_Page

Ivelisse is the Executive Director and Co-Founder of Believe Big. Diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer at the age of 37, she overcame the 8% two-year survivorship rate without the use of chemotherapy and is 5 years cancer free.  After facing, fighting and overcoming cancer, she was compelled to reach out to patients facing similar challenges with hope, help and healing. Ivelisse and her husband, Jimmy, established Believe Big in 2011 to help families navigate their own cancer journey by connecting them to tools, resources and physicians.

In 2014, Believe Big and Johns Hopkins Hospital will launch a ground-breaking clinical trial that brings together the complementary and conventional medical communities in the fight to cure cancer.

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J F GarrardJF_Garrard

J F is the President of Dark Helix Press, an Indie publisher of Multicultural Fantasy, Science Fiction and Raw Non-Fiction. She is the author of a successful Kickstarter book project, “The Undead Sorceress: Volume 1 of the International House of Vampires” series. Her journey of writing and starting a company began when she became frustrated with waiting for an imaginary fantasy book which mixed Eastern & Western mythologies.

The mission of her books and her company is to increase awareness of diversity issues and to break down cultural stereotypes. She says there is one human race and we should share our stories without fear. Her background is in Nuclear Medicine and she holds a MBA degree. She volunteers at a number of fantasy, sci-fi and Japanese animation conventions throughout the year.

Jack GiambancoJack_Giambanco

On a hot summer night in 2012, an amazing thing happened to Jack. He says he had a dream of people united, playing and having fun. People of all races and creeds were tossing and wearing this little glowing light. This vision was in direct contrast to the negative direction he felt the world might be headed; a direction that was totally opposite to the way he says he was raised.

He says, in his dream, he felt that simple childhood feeling again. He says it moved him, deep inside and he embarked upon a mission where he’s been spending 14+ hours a day for over a year to make this dream come true. One day, he finally cracked the code and the concept of Friendship Lights was born.

James DonaldsonJames_Donaldson

James Donaldson is a 1979 graduate of Washington State University. After an outstanding basketball career with WSU, he went on to play professional basketball in the NBA with the Seattle Supersonics and 4 other teams. He also played for several teams in the European Leagues in Spain, Italy, and Greece, and he toured with The Harlem Globetrotters to wrap up his career. James was an NBA All-Star in 1988. In 2006, he was inducted into the Pac-10 Sports Hall of Fame and also the Washington State University Athletic Hall of Fame. In 2010, he was elected as a board member for the NBA Retired Players Association. In 2010, James was the recipient of the NBA Legends of Basketball ABC Award, awarded for outstanding contributions in Athletics-Business-Community.

James established The Donaldson Clinic in January 1990 (shortly after a career-threatening knee injury) with the idea that he would eventually become a physical therapist. He’s a strong advocate for Women & Minority owned businesses and is very involved with various Chambers of Commerce. He also serves as a coach for other small business owners. In 2009, James was a candidate for the office of Mayor for the City of Seattle. He had a strong fourth place finish in a crowded field of eight candidates. It was the first time James ran for an elected office in the world of politics, and he continues to work closely with several elected officials in regards to politics, youth, and educational issues in Seattle.

Currently, James is a director in China with the China Service Center for Friendship and Cooperation with Foreign Countries Studying Abroad Department in which he assists in helping students with various study abroad and cultural exchange programs.

Jan Patenaude, RD CLTJan_Patenaude

Jan is a Consultant Dietitian, Certified LEAP (Lifestyle, Eating and Performance) Therapist, Speaker and Freelance Writer. With 36 years experience in Medical Nutrition Therapy and nutrition consulting, her special expertise is in the emerging field of delayed food sensitivity testing and therapy.

She has helped thousands of patients with inflammatory conditions such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Migraine, Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Crohn’s disease, MS, arthritis and more go from very ill to well, pain free and off medications with the LEAP Diet protocols based on MRT blood testing.

As Director of Medical Nutrition for Oxford Biomedical Technologies, she is changing the face of dietetics, by helping more than 1000 other dietitians learn how to implement the LEAP Diet protocols to help their clients.

Janet HollanderJanet_Hollander

Janet is a Gerontologist, author, exercise leader, wellness educator, and a First Degree Black Belt instructor of the Nia Technique. She joined the Nia Technique Training faculty in 2012. She’s presented workshops at national conferences in many states and teaches ongoing classes in Eugene/Springfield, OR in the Nia Technique, Chair-based fitness, and In-the-Chair Yoga. Her book, Chair Masters – Ideas for Older Adult Seated Exercise is the basis for group leader training programs and individual use. There’s also a companion video to the program.

For most of her life, Janet has personally used dance as a way to exercise and clarify her feelings at the same time. To satisfy her own curiosity and growth, she studied many movement traditions including ballet, folk, creative, and modern dance, judo, Tai chi, Aikido, and yoga. When she began studying the Nia Technique, she was excited to realize it incorporated so many elements of her own personal curriculum.

Janice Holly BoothJanice_Holly_Booth

Janice is a lifelong equestrienne and avid solo traveler. For more than 20 years, she dedicated her life to the non-profit world, working in service of children as the Executive Director of Classroom Central in Charlotte, NC; as CEO of the Pioneer Girl Scout council in North Carolina; and as Executive Director for the arts-in-education organization, Young Audiences of Western New York. Her occasional travel series in the Gaston Gazette entitled On Adventure with Janice Booth, has inspired many of her readers to summon up the courage to have adventures of their own.

She’s also an accomplished photographer and writer, and has published two books. Her first, Only Pack What You Can Carry (National Geographic), shares Janice’s experiences with solo travel and the epiphanies she experienced along the way. She says traveling alone changed her. It changed the way she looks at life and her future. She says every adventure and misadventure made her more resilient and more capable of handling upsets in her day to day life.

Jason KurtzJason Kurtz

Jason is a psychoanalyst in private practice in Manhattan, He is the Director of Training at a Psychoanalytic Training Institute called The Training Institute for Mental Health. He’s a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, and works with adults, many of whom have suffered trauma.

He’s written a memoir called Follow The Joy, which describes his personal story. When he was 27, Jason was dissatisfied with his life and with himself. He says he wanted to be fulfilled, both personally and professionally, but had no idea how to do this or even what would satisfy him.

So, he bought a one-way ticket to India. He had no itinerary and no knowledge of the sub-continent. He says this was intentional, as he didn’t want his rational mind to guide him, but wanted to be forced to follow his intuition. Jason says he was led from one experience to another – meditation, teaching English to Tibetan monks, volunteering at the Mother Theresa Homes for the Destitute and Dying – and ultimately learning how he wanted to live his life.

Dr. Jason LevineJason_Levine

Dr. Levine is a licensed Clinical Psychologist and President and Executive Director of The Source Health and Wellness Treatment Center in Los Angeles.  Through his work in the field of addiction, he could no longer ignore the devastating impact that nicotine addiction continues to inflict on the health of individuals and society. He’s determined to offer the most cutting edge treatment for nicotine addiction available today.

Dr. Levine was trained at the Mayo Clinic in their Tobacco Specialist Training Program and he has since created a one week intensive nicotine addiction program (one of only three in the country) as well as a one month outpatient program. He’s been providing expert clinical treatment and administrative oversight to a myriad of cutting edge programs for over twenty years.

Dr. Jean LoganJean_Logan

Jean is an ordained minister of Universal Light Church. She has a doctorate in Holistic Nutritional Healing and is president of Holy Ground Farm, Inc., a nonprofit that provides services to indigenous children. Holy Ground Farm has 58 acres of donated land in the mountains of western North Carolina that is intended for the home of a wellness and education center for special needs children.

She has an extensive knowledge of many types of energy healing. She’s the author of “Unlocking the Power of Glyphs” (now in over 50 countries) and just released “Sacred Symbols of Light” with all profits dedicated to provide opportunities for needy children.

Jeanine SwattonJeanine_Swatton

Jeanine is a Senior Lecturer/Adjunct Professor at UCSC Extension in Silicon Valley teaching Computer Science Courses. In addition to teaching she is a Software Product Manager and iPhone/iPad app developer. She holds a Master’s Degree in Computer Science from Boston University and a Graduate Certificate in Cybersecurity from the University of Maryland.

Jeanine is an advocate of STEM programs in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. As part of her advocacy, she provides free classes for students (grades 9-12) teaching them how to program their own apps.

She’s also working on a startup with a 13 year old middle school student to build an iPhone app. Her goal is to inspire kids and to let them know that they too can become an entrepreneur and engineer.

Jeanne McAlisterJeanne_McAlister

Jeanne is the Chief Executive Officer of McAlister Institute. She has consistently advocated for responsive and needed services and developed prototypes for substance abuse recovery services that could be replicated by others. For example, McAlister Institute was among the first organizations in the nation to develop a residential program for women and children, the first in San Diego County to help pregnant addicts become clean so that their children could be “born free,” and the first to create a social model detox. Her work with women and children brought her the opportunity to become a national advocate and spokeswoman, appearing on Geraldo Rivera, The Oprah Winfrey Show, and Sally Jessy Raphael’s television programs to discuss women’s and children’s service needs. She has over 2,000 hours of advanced professional training and is a State Certified Substance Abuse Counselor.

Jeet BanerjeeJeet_Banerjee

Jeet is a serial entrepreneur, digital marketing consultant, author, public speaker, and startup advisor. He found his passion for entrepreneurship at the age of 17 when he started a multimedia agency while in high school. He would go on to grow this business to 15+ employees before selling the business two years later.

From there, Jeet has launched a handful of startup companies through which he has been able to impact hundreds of thousands of people. He’s the co-founder of StatFuse, Vintelli and Visionary Media Group. He also consults with startups and small businesses to generate more revenue through the internet. He’s also an established public speaker that has shared his message across the world while most recently delivering a TEDx talk.

Jeet says he’s passionate about changing the world by pushing dreamers to become doers. He’s published a best-selling course on Udemy and is soon publishing his second book where he shares how he has been able to achieve massive success in the last few years.

Jeff GittermanJeff Gitterman

Jeff is the award winning financial advisor and CEO of Gitterman & Associates Wealth Management. He is also the co-founder of Beyond Success – a consulting company that blends socially responsible ideas with the world of business and finance.

In 2004, Jeff was honored by Fortune Small Business Magazine as “One of Our Nation’s Best Bosses,” and his first book, Beyond Success; Redefining the Meaning of Prosperity, was published by The American Management Association (AMACOM).

In the past, he has been featured in Money Magazine, CNN, The Wall St. Journal, AM New York, Financial Advisor, Transformation Magazine, London Glossy, Affluent Magazine and the New Jersey Business Journal, among many others.

Jeffrey GignacJeffrey_Gignac

Jeffrey was one of the youngest people in North America to be certified as a practitioner of Neuro-Linguistic Programming at the age of 15. He studied psychology and at the University of Windsor for 4 years before becoming a clinical hypnotherapist and licensed Master Practitioner of Neuro-Linguistic Programming, and a World Renowned expert in brainwave entrainment and brainwave stimulation.

He’s the creator of popular programs such as the Perfect Sleep System, The Achievement Blueprint, Goal Factory and Brain Fitness for Busy People. Having created nearly 100 acclaimed meditation and brainwave programs, it’s no surprise that Jeffrey is considered, by today’s top thought leaders, as one of the leading creators and innovators of brainwave stimulation technology.

Jeffrey TinsleyJeffrey_Tinsley

Jeff is the Founder and CEO of MyLife.com. He’s a serial Internet entrepreneur. Prior to launching MyLife, he was a Founder and CEO of GreatDomains.com, founder and Chairman of RealtyTracker, and Founder and Chairman of MediaPass. Since starting MyLife (originally as Reunion.com) in 2002, Jeffrey’s direction has helped the company grow to over 67 million members and become one of the most visited sites on the web. He was named an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year in 2009.

MyLife.com helps people manage their digital life, all in one place. With personal information scattered across the Internet, MyLife.com’s online Identity Manager gathers public and private data, empowering users to take control of their identity as they see fit.

Jenna EdwardsJenna_Edwards

On July 16th, 2003 Jenna’s life would be forever changed while buying oranges at the Santa Monica Farmer’s Market. It was there that she was struck in the now infamous “Farmer’s Market Crash” which left 10 people dead and 64 with serious injuries, both physical and mental.

On that horrific day, a car going sixty miles an hour came crashing through the outdoor market sending tables, debris and people flying through the air. One of those tables flew at Jenna like a bullet pinning her to the ground and knocking all the joy and life out of her body with a giant jolt.

She struggled with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) so severe it sent her into flashbacks that caused her to pass out daily. She didn’t sleep for eight months and ended up in a hospital psychiatric ward. She couldn’t read, struggled to remember common words and stuttered when she talked. Her joy was gone and she thought her life was over.

But, Jenna persisted and rebuilt her life and is now living out her dreams in beautiful Burbank, CA where she has started a company called Scrapbook Rehab. Jenna uses scrapbooking as a goal setting tool. Her mission is to help people realize their potential and just go for it.

Jenna HollensteinJenna_Hollenstein

Jenna says that 10 years ago, alcohol took up a lot of her mental real estate. She says she used it for many of the same reasons other people drink – to relax, to celebrate, to connect with others – but she worried that her relationship with alcohol was problematic. She began to explore this question by speaking to friends, family, and a wise therapist. At the time, she says she thought she had two options: identify as an alcoholic and quit drinking, or not identify as an alcoholic and keep on drinking. But eventually, she began asking herself more subtle questions: did she really need alcohol to relax and to celebrate? What was she missing as a result of her drinking? What would it be like to experience difficult emotions without the predictable anesthesia of alcohol? What was she not doing as a result of her drinking?

She says she realized that even if she wasn’t an alcoholic, alcohol was detracting from her life in subtle, yet important ways. 6 years ago, she decided to remove the distraction of alcohol from her life. Since then, her life has changed dramatically. For the last several years, she’s blogged about this choice, about the difficult early days of sobriety, and eventually about discovering meditation, which has helped her to become more patient, resilient, and kind toward herself and others.

Jennifer MaggioJennifer_Maggio

Jennifer is an award-winning author and speaker, whose personal journey through homelessness, abuse, and multiple teen pregnancies is gaining the attention of audiences around the globe. At 19, Jennifer was pregnant for the fourth time, living in government housing on food stamps and welfare. She shares with great openness her pain, mistakes, and journey.

Ultimately, she became an 11-time Circle of Excellence winner in Corporate America for a prominent Fortune 500 Company. She left her corporate successes behind to launch a global initiative to see single moms living a life of total freedom from financial failures, parenting woes, and emotional issues. Her passion is contagious and her story has been used to inspire millions around the globe.

Jennifer has been featured in countless media venues in print, television, and radio. In addition to being a busy wife and mother of three, she is CEO and Founder of The Life of a Single Mom Ministries and Overwhelmed: The Single Moms Magazine. She is a columnist with Single Parents Town, Bizy Moms, iBelieve, Crosswalk, and others.

Jenny GiblinJenny_Giblin

Jenny is a 29 year old Therapist, Hot Yoga Instructor and Nutrition Coach. She’s recently been featured as a Health & Wellness expert in Glamour, Real Simple, Forbes, the NY Post, the NY Times and the Dr. Oz show. She earned her masters degree in Marriage and Family therapy from Syracuse University. While in graduate school, she had the opportunity to move to Hawaii, where she immersed herself in learning about Yoga, Integrative Nutrition, and the Power of Positive Thinking. Jenny began using these complementary forms of treatment, and coined the term “therapize” to describe it.

Upon returning to NY to finish grad-school, Jenny became additionally certified as a nutrition coach and yoga instructor. She’s traveled to Costa Rica, Mexico, Aruba, and Bonaire for her health and wellness retreats and is currently planning her next Therapize retreat in Hawaii!

Jerome KitzkeJerome_Kitzke

Jerome may live in New York City, but he grew up along the southwestern shore of Lake Michigan in Milwaukee, where he was born in 1955. Since his first work in 1970, he’s thought of himself as a storyteller as much as a music composer.  Some of the stories he tells through his music are about life’s personal roads, like The Redness of Blood and Sunflower Sutra, which both express his love for his blood family. Many, however, like Box Death Hollow and the soon to be released, The Paha Sapa Give-Back are about what it means to be an American late in the 20th Century, especially as it relates to the connection between how we live on this land and the way we came to live on it.

Jerome’s music celebrates American Vitality in its purest forms. It thrives on the spirit of driving jazz, Plains Indian song, and Beat Generation poetry, where freedom and ritual converge. It is direct, dramatic, and visceral — always with an ear to the sacred ground. He composes for and performs with his ensemble group, The Mad Coyote.

Jeselle EliJeselle_Eli

Jeselle is CEO & Founder of Extraordinary Living International, a training and development company with the mission to help people create a life worth living.

She says that everything you have dreamed of is only a step away. Through a variety of coaching resources to help you achieve results in everything you do, Jeselle guarantees that once you are committed to your future, with clarity, radical action and the power of the universe, the life you are dreaming of will become more of a reality.

Jeselle believes that success is different for everyone, and by first acknowledging that, it makes it easier to know where you are going and what it takes to get there.

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Jill is a licensed and board certified acupuncturist, clinical herbalist, and an empathic and intuitive practitioner of Chinese medicine. She is also an author and speaker who’s based in New York City where she founded and runs one of the largest acupuncture practices in the US, the YinOva Center.

Jill’s work, helping women achieve a healthy pregnancy, inspired the New York Times to call her one of the city’s top acupuncturists and a “fertility goddess”. She wrote her first book Making Babies: A Proven 3 – Month Program For Maximum Fertility, along with a Reproductive Endocrinologist. It’s based on a Chinese medical fertility program developed at the YinOva Center, combined with conventional medical advice from her co-author, Dr. Sami S. David.

Jill’s second book, Sex Again: Recharging Your Libido, grew out of her clinical practice and in response to couples asking for advice about how to revitalize their sex lives. In this book Jill explores some of the ancient Taoist texts looking for ancient solutions for her very modern patients.

Jill speaks often about natural medicine on TV and radio and was the first acupuncturist to give a TED talk at TEDGlobal in 2012.

Jill GurrJill_Gurr

Jill graduated from Boston University with a Bachelors degree in Broadcasting and Film. She worked for 25 years in the film industry as a Script Supervisor and a Screenwriter on international productions with famous actors and directors. Jill founded a nonprofit called Create Now in 1996 and serves as its Executive Director. Create Now serves vulnerable children ages 2-21 with therapeutic programs in literary arts, visual arts, performing arts, such as theatre and dance, and music arts like guitar and music recording & production. Kids who have been abused, neglected, homeless, incarcerated and dealing with other challenges learn to express themselves in a positive manner versus the destructive ways that they have in the past.

She’s also published a book, Mentor Youth Now: A Guidebook For Transforming Young Lives, which covers all aspects of mentoring, from the basics, to setting boundaries, teaching life skills and how to end a mentoring relationship.

Jim CraigJim_Craig

Coming into the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, New York, the Soviet Union ice hockey juggernaut had long dominated the sport in Olympic and international competition. In the Olympics, it won the gold medal in 1964, 1968, 1972, and 1976. The Soviet team that would compete at the Lake Placid games was widely regarded as unbeatable and the easy favorite to win yet another gold medal.

Not much was expected of the USA hockey team.

But the USA team and its coach, Herb Brooks, arrived at Lake Placid believing they could shock the critics and experts, and that they could upend history. They believed they could compete with and even … maybe … just maybe …beat the Soviet Union. They had the audacity and confidence to believe they could win Olympic gold. A primary reason for this audacious optimism was that in goal for the USA was Jim Craig.

The rest is history . . .

Jim DailakisJim_Dailakis

Australian Greek actor/writer/comedian Jim Dailakis has been touring the USA for the last 15 years headlining in major comedy clubs including Caroline’s, Standup New York, Broadway and The Laugh Factory all in New York City. He’s also performed at The Borgata in Atlantic City and 44 of the 50 states in the USA.

He headlines worldwide as a standup comedian in Australia, the Edinburgh Comedy Festival in the UK, and The Pilandri International Comedy Festival in Australia, the Montréal Comedy Festival, Cayman Islands and all across Canada. Jim also headlines and performs for English-speaking Greek communities around the world. He just finished a 53 city tour across Canada in sold-out 2000+ seat theaters.

His performances have earned him standing ovations and adoration from audiences across the world.

Jim FanninJim_Fannin

Jim is an international life strategist, mental coach, educator, author, consultant and motivational speaker with more than 35 years of experience.

He’s the world’s #1 Coach of Champions having coached more champion pro-sports athletes than anyone. He’s more than a life coach; he’s a “change your life” coach. His thought management system EMPOWERS people to SWIFTLY “be the best they can be” without inconvenience. Period!

Jim is also a highly sought-after motivational speaker as well as a prolific author and creator of numerous audio and video programs.

Jim HanophyJim_Hanophy

Jim is a passionate animal advocate with more than 30 years of experience working with nonprofits. As the chief executive officer of Operation Kindness – the oldest and largest no-kill animal shelter in North Texas – Jim oversees day-to-day operations, supports animal rights legislation, identifies and cultivates fundraising opportunities, and serves as the public face of the organization. Under his leadership, the Operation Kindness staff and volunteers care for an average of 300 animals at the shelter per day, with an additional 100 animals living in the organization’s foster home network.

Jim’s actively involved in the community, having coached youth and adult soccer and youth basketball for more than 30 years. He also sat on the editorial board for the Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation and served as the president of the Council of State Administrators for Vocational Rehabilitation.

Jim StevensJim Stevens

Jim joined the Army at age 17. After being wounded and reaching the rank of platoon sergeant, he was honorably discharged in 1979. His combat wound was an enemy bullet to the head. It left him with severe migraine headaches.

Then in a single day, his world totally collapsed. In 1993, he suffered a migraine so severe it led to a stroke. Waking up in a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) hospital, the surgeon solemnly told him that his vision was all but gone.

Twenty-three years after being shot in the head he was suddenly and legally blind, with only two degrees of vision remaining in both eyes. This is the story of how Jim changed his life after that time and has gone on to change the lives of others.

Jme ThomasJme_Thomas

Jme says that from the time she was 5 years old, she knew she wanted to have a store where she sold things that she made, and where other people could sell theirs.

However, as loving parents often do, she was encouraged to pursue a different route. After many twists and turns over the years, Jme got into animal rescue. She had been fostering animals for a year or so and decided to start her own rescue.

Thus, the Motley Zoo was born! The zoo has grown leaps and bounds since then. They’ve just rescued their 1000th pet and have over 100 volunteers.

Joan PorteJoan Porte

Joan started “playing” with astrology when she was in grammar school. She says she always had a fixation with the planets – Pluto being her favorite – and yes, she says Pluto is still a planet to her!

When she grew up and went out into the “real” world, Joan put her astrology “toys” away – sadly convinced that it was time to do more important things. She says the universe woke her up in her mid thirties and she began an intensive study of Western astrology.

Joan says modern man has lost the art of appreciating and reading the stars as messengers. Humanity has disconnected from its source and consequently suffers emotionally, spiritually and physically. She says each person is born with a map – a soul map – that is his or her astrological chart. She says it’s a map through the maze of life that shows the karma we need to balance and our soul’s desire for a life that leads to enhanced soul growth.

Jodi O’Donnell-AmesJodi_Odonnell_Ames

After losing her young husband to Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (often referred to as ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease), Jodi got busy changing the world.

She started Hope Loves Company, the ONLY non-profit in the U.S. that supports the children of ALS patients. Hope Loves Company is committed to helping the children and grandchildren of ALS patients. Her first book, The Stars that Shine, a children’s book, was published in April 2013.

Jody LongJody_Long

Jody is an attorney licensed in Washington, New Mexico, Louisiana and the Navajo Nation. She’s been the webmaster of Experience Research Foundation for 13 years. The foundation has three websites devoted to different aspects of consciousness: 1) www.nderf.org Near Death Experience Research Foundation (NDERF) which studies Near Death Experiences (NDEs) around the world; 2) www.adcrf.org After Death Communication Research Foundation (ADCRF) which studies After Death Communications (ADCs) around the world; and 3) www.oberf.org Out of Body Experience Research Foundation (OBERF) which studies all other consciousness experiences that are not an NDE or ADC. People come to the websites to help deal with the grief of losing a loved one or to help them accept their own death.

Jody says they have at least half a million hits on NDERF per month and about one quarter to one third of that traffic is non-English, so they’re having a global impact on the world bringing the message of love, hope and peace to the world.

Johanna CarrollJohanna_Carroll

Since the age of ten, Johanna’s had a unique connection with the world of Spirit. She transitioned from a financial management position in corporate health care to being a full-time spiritual counselor, mentor and metaphysical teacher. She’s a published author and has been a TV and radio personality for over 30 years with an international following. She’s featured in 3 TV specials on spirituality in Japan, Canada and the United States.

She’s a radio host for Dialogue with Divinity on the Community Listening Network and has recently published her fourth book, The Lost Art of Loving. Inspired following two emergency heart surgeries in 2013, this book is a compilation of ancient pearls of wisdom and new spiritual teachings. This dynamic and fun book is intended to guide and return the reader to viewing love and life with a new set of spiritual glasses.

John Egnatis and Anthony NataleJohn_Egnatis

When John Egnatis was 13 years old, he took a summer job as a dishwasher in a restaurant downtown, near where his father worked as a trade furrier. On the daily drives to and from downtown that summer, John’s father gave him civic and architecture lessons by never taking the same route twice and continually describing how the city had changed due to municipal initiatives and market forces. That experience sparked a curiosity in John about land, commerce and architectural design that continues to burn bright today.

Anthony_NataleAnthony’s father, Nick, was a successful homebuilder in Canada, and some of Anthony’s earliest memories are on job sites. He began working for his father at the age of five, sweeping out basements and gathering scrap metal to recycle into additional funds. Alongside his father, Anthony learned the homebuilding trade, the importance of staying grounded, and the value of hard work and discipline. Anthony attended the University of Toronto, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in engineering and a specialization in geophysics.

As the principals behind Grenadier Homes, a company doing much charity work, John and Anthony incorporate these ideals in every home they build. In Italy, craftsmen are revered for their attention to detail. They say the Grenadier Way is to focus on the details. This maximizes beauty and minimizes problems, keeping warranty costs low and enabling customer satisfaction.

John McAdamJohn_McAdam

John McAdam helps ordinary people become entrepreneurs, and helps entrepreneurs, business owners, and CEOs become successful.

His soon to be released book, The One-Hour Business Plan, helps readers find-within themselves-the tools they need to step out of frustration and start moving forward with a concrete business plan.

John is a “been there, done that” hired CEO and serial entrepreneur with decades of real-world experience in both private and public companies and an MBA from the Wharton School. John is also an instructor in strategic business planning at the Wharton Small Business Development Center.

Dr. John “Jack” PesdaJohn_Pesda

Dr. John L. “Jack” Pesda has been a history and political science professor at Camden County College in New Jersey for more than 40 years. For the last several years, he also has been the director of the Center for Civic Leadership and Responsibility, for which he organizes lecture series and other programming – many with a history theme.

Dr. Pesda has a B.S. in History and Secondary Education from Bloomsburg University, an M.A. in Russian History from Kent State University and a Ph.D. in Russian History and Economics from Kent State University.

John SalatJohn_Salat

John has successfully published nationwide as a Zen multi-media artist of meditative medium on the influence of Chi. His creative meditative music, tranquil paintings, and Zen architecture, all reflect living eastern principles which he brings into teaching many courses on vitalizing our life energy.

As a certified transformational leader, John utilizes actual life energy experiences to educate people about the living force that surrounds us. His clients include well-known actors, producers, writers, politicians and holistic health practitioners, both in the U.S. and abroad. As a certified Chi Master he has led many effective communication seminars teaching these living principles. Above all, he says he’s passionate about the influence this energy has on people’s quality of life, and he enjoys sharing these rediscovered treasures of ancient teachings with others.

Pastor John WileyJohn_Wiley

John is an unconventional pastor who teaches love and compassion through his passion to mentor and creatively show others how to see their cities differently. He demonstrates to young families a fresh and transparent approach to a traditional gospel message with relevance to embrace it at a heart level. He also equips Christians to recognize and engage the opportunities before them that they may have been missing on a daily basis.

John is an ordained Foursquare Pastor and is the current Divisional Superintendent for the Kansas City Metro Foursquare Division. In 2001, he and his family started River Church Family with 15 teenagers where he serves as the senior pastor. Today, the River Church Family has over 350 people. John is also the founder of River of Refuge, a non-profit, Kansas City based organization committed to help transition homeless families who have jobs from high-rent motels and shelters into permanent housing. Feeling responsible for the community he lives in, John Wiley is dedicated to improving the lives of those around him.

Jordan “Shelly” LoweJordan_Lowe

In April 2011, Shelly was in a car accident that left her paralyzed from the chest and in a wheelchair. She was a senior in high school at the time, so she had to finish out high school while she was in the hospital. Shelly says she decided, from that point on, that she was going to continue living her life as she had planned it and that she wasn’t going to let the wheelchair stop her.  She’s currently a Junior at Fairmont State University where she studies in the field of Psychology. She says that once she graduates, she plans on going to West Virginia University to get her Masters degree. Since her accident, Shelly’s been inspiring a number of people and showing them they can do anything, if they are willing to fight the obstacles.

In October 2013, she was honored with the title of Ms. Wheelchair WV USA where she will compete in the national pageant in July 2014 for a chance to be named Ms. Wheelchair USA. As part of the competition, she had to pick a platform that meant something to her to promote and speak on. Her platform is to promote awareness and to educate people on the importance of supporting people with disabilities (mental or physical), to help them keep their spirits up and to keep them from going down the wrong path.

Josephine BilaJosephine_Bila

Josephine Bila was diagnosed with Beta Thalassemia major, a severe, as yet, incurable genetic anemia, at the age of 6 months and that diagnosis has affected her life ever since.

She holds a Master of Social Work degree from New York University and works for the Food and Drug Administration as an Expert Patient Consultant and frequently blogs at JosephineBila.com..

Josephine also owns her own practice as a Wellness Consultant and now speaks to audiences about how to achieve emotional wellness in times of ill health.

Josey MilnerJosey_Milner

Josey is a rodeo queen, a teen country music artist, and an anti-bullying advocate. She’s a spokesperson for the national non-profit organization known as Angels and Doves. She is helping to raise awareness and funds for the organization via her single, “Not Pretty Enough.”

The 17-year-old Josey Milner burst onto the international radio airwaves with her first release in September 2012, a cover version of Miranda Lambert’s “Dead Flowers.” The debut single from this Kansas City, MO native received airplay overseas in Belgium, Netherlands, Australia, UK, Austria, Germany, Denmark, Canada, Poland and Japan, while placing in the Top 10 of an internationally-recognized country music chart.

Josh AndersonJosh_Anderson

Josh is a certified fitness professional and owner and operator of Always Active Athletics. His training service and his website are geared toward helping people achieve their fitness and nutrition goals from the comforts of their own homes! He’s been seen in Shape, She Knows, Red Book Mag, iPhone Life and numerous other venues. He’s currently a contributing author for Natural News, The Active Times, Wellesse Supplements, and Answers.com. His true passion lies in getting people to take action in regards to their health!

Recently he launched the Fit Female Club which offers support, motivation, accountability, and instruction to women who want to take charge of their health! Encouraged by helping his own mother stay healthy, he strives to allow women everywhere the chance to connect and to empower themselves through their health!

Joy HuberJoy_Huber

Joy is a stage four young adult cancer survivor and the best-selling author & founder of “Cancer with Joy.” She is an award-winning international speaker, Huffington Post blogger, individual coach, and songwriter.

Joy helps cancer patients and their support team (caregivers, spouse, family, friends, etc.) discover how to transform fear into happiness with resources, support, and en‘courage’ment. Joy is an inspiration, and her humor and positive energy ignites others to transform their experience with cancer.

Joy’s clients have included hospitals, churches, large companies and small business, the government, non-profits, colleges, and associations. Her “Cancer with Joy” program is highly sought-after by cancer treatment centers, hospitals, support groups, and survivor rallies.

Julia SanfilippoJulia_Sanfilippo

Julia earned a Master of Science in Traditional Oriental Medicine from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in San Diego. She is certified and licensed by the California Acupuncture Board, designated a Diplomate in Oriental Medicine by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, is a nationally certified massage therapist by the National Certification of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork, and is a certified ART™ (Active Release Techniques) Total Body Provider.

She has a fundamental connection to the physical body and a great appreciation for overall health. Most importantly, she values balance in life: physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually. Her mission is to promote wellness through acupuncture, herbal medicine and massage therapy.

After the devastating fires in San Diego County in 2007, she volunteered acupuncture and massage to the evacuees and firefighters. Her love of treating athletes has led her to volunteer at many athletic activities.

Dr. Julie BindemanJulie_Bindeman

Dr. Julie says she’s driven to help people with their personal journeys to parenthood as a result of her own experiences. She says she knows the importance of being able to heal so that losses become PART of who we are, not ALL of who we are.

She graduated from George Washington University with a doctorate in clinical psychology. Starting in graduate school, she developed an interest in identity formation across the life span. She has worked in a variety of settings including outpatient mental health, private practices, schools, and Universities. In addition to her focus on reproductive psychology, Dr. Julie has taught at several universities including: Marymount, Johns Hopkins, and Loyola.

She provides professional consultation, delivers workshops, gives community talks, and writes. Dr. Julie is currently writing a book titled “Pregnancies Interrupted” and maintains several blogs focused on parenting and reproduction.

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K S BrooksKS Brooks

K.S. Brooks has been writing for over thirty years. She penned her first book, a swashbuckling action-adventure based in 17th century France, when she was fifteen years old.

As the business world and health issues took up more of her energy, Ms. Brooks set her sights on moving West to an environment more suitable and affordable to a writing career. Since her relocation to the wilderness of northeastern Washington State, late in 2008, Ms. Brooks has created and released fourteen titles. In addition to her writing, Ms. Brooks is an award-winning photographer and poet.

In December of 2011, Ms. Brooks was recruited to assist in the start-up of Indies Unlimited, a website dedicated to the independent publishing community. She now serves as co- administrator and blog partner to the multi-author, multi-national, and award-winning site.

Karen KoenigKaren_Koenig

For over 30 years, Karen has been on a mission to get people to stop dieting and bingeing and start eating normally, that is, be to guided by the principles of appetite.

Karen’s an international author of four books (a fifth is due out in October 2013), a psychotherapist, an eating coach with a worldwide clientele, and a national speaker. Her expertise is the psychology of eating, the why and how, not the what of it.

More than half a life time ago, Karen learned how to stop dieting and bingeing, then returned to school to obtain a master’s degree in Social Work to counsel others. She maintain a healthy weight through following the rules of normal eating: 1) eating when she’s hungry, 2) choosing foods that satisfy her, 3) eating consciously, and 4) stopping when she’s full or satisfied.

Karen WrolsonKaren_Wrolson

Karen dropped out of high school when she was 17. For several years, she bounced around doing odd things like cleaning houses and working at a 7-11. At the age of 23, she finally decided she was tired of cleaning people’s toilets and got her GED high school equivalency diploma. She says that didn’t change her life all that much. One week, she signed up for a workshop that actually paid people to go to it! During the workshop, they helped her write her resume and practice interviews. They encouraged her to consider going to college. She was shocked, as she thought she didn’t have the intellect to go to college. Well, they kept encouraging her and they helped her fill out a form for financial assistance. When she was approved for a loan, she decided to give college a try.

Zoom forward – She fell in love with college and now has a Master’s Degree in Counseling as well as a Master’s Degree in Education. During her professional career, she was approached to work with at-risk adolescents who were failing in school. Drawn to the opportunity, she spent the next 22 years working with many at-risk teenagers. They suffered from many things, including school anxiety, drug and alcohol use, depression, suicidal thoughts, eating disorders, and parental abuse.

Katherine EskovitzKatherine_Eskovitz

Katherine began her career as a trial lawyer. A graduate of Yale Law School and Cornell University, Katherine practiced law for seventeen years as a federal prosecutor and partner in a national law firm before turning her courtroom skills and experience as a former speechwriter to writing for a new audience: children.

Katherine’s Have a Plan Books are the result of years of research on child development and brain science, collaboration with experts, and passion for photography. She speaks as a parenting educator and specialist on plan-based learning at schools across the country.

Katherine WilemonKatherine Wilemon

Katherine Wilemon is the President of The FH Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness of and support for the under-diagnosed condition, Familial Hypercholesterolemia (FH).

Katherine has dedicated the past four years to spreading word of FH and the possibilities for change across the US and Europe. She hopes to make a dent in the public policy surrounding the condition and raise support for those suffering with it.

Her expertise in business development, fundraising, and public speaking have been tremendous assets in the growth of her organization.

Kathleen SachsKathleen_Sachs

Kathleen is 62 years old, married for 28 years and currently volunteers at the local MSPCA and the Merrimack Valley Hospice program. She started her career as a social worker, with a masters degree in psychology and counseling, then transitioned into financial services. In 1991, she became a Certified Financial Planner (CFP).

Kathleen and her husband started volunteering at the MSPCA when her husband got laid off. Because they volunteered on Thanksgiving in 2011, they found a young dog who has now become a certified pet therapy dog. They spend several days a week visiting people who have been told they are terminally ill.  Kathleen says becoming a hospice volunteer has allowed her to have meaningful conversations with people and their family members as they face death. She believes it’s an honor and a privilege to sit with people and listen to whatever they wish to talk about during those times.

Kathryn StarkeKathryn_Starke

Kathryn is an urban elementary school reading specialist, literacy consultant, keynote speaker, and author. A native of Richmond, Virginia, Kathryn graduated from Longwood University with a BS degree in elementary education and a Master’s degree in Literacy and Culture. She’s taught first, second, and third grade and served as a literacy specialist for a decade in inner city/Title I schools in Richmond. Kathryn travels to schools and organizations throughout the nation presenting workshops in urban literacy education for children, parents, teachers, and administrators.

Kathryn serves as the founder/CEO of Creative Minds Publications (CMP), which exemplifies quality literacy instruction for all children. CMP publishes engaging and educational children’s literature.

Kathryn presents at reading and writing conferences throughout the nation and is a keynote speaker for many nonprofit organizations and events. She is a freelance educational writer for a variety of magazines including Education Digest. She was named one of the 50 Great Writers You Should Be Reading in 2012.

Kathy Gruver, PhD LMTKathy_Gruver

Kathy grew up in Pittsburgh and was a performer starting in the 5th grade. Once she got on stage, she swore she’d never leave. When Kathy was young, her mom got sick and died from a very rare form of cancer when Kathy was 18. While pursuing her degree in acting, Kathy met a woman who taught her that she was really talented as a massage therapist and at healing. She had the sense to listen to that woman and began pursuing healing at the same time as acting.

Along the way, she started her own massage practice, started studying more and began pursuing the Masters and PhD that she has now. She’s studied mind/body at Harvard, published a few books and has become an expert in health and wellness.

Kathy LaidlawKathy_Laidlaw

In 2011, Kathy started GiveTeens20, a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation that works with High School students who may need help with their future focus and strategies. Her goal is to encourage and equip students to give themselves as many options as possible in school and/or career directions, along with other life lessons. They also provide guidance on how to choose and research potential paths by providing no-cost tools and resources to help students find their career ‘fit’.

GiveTeens20 is partnered with Safeway Stores, local Target management, and McDonald’s owners who accompany Kathy into the classroom and conduct the Interview Skills & Strategies part of the GiveTeens20 presentation. The goal for GT20 is to have a national scope so that they can work with the maximum number of students.

Kathy MitroKathy_Mitro

Kathy says she believes the more good you put out, the more good you draw back to yourself. She also believes that every single act of kindness given out, no matter how small, changes the world for the better.

Kathy believes there is nothing more important than making sure everyone has enough to eat. As she says, we can totally eradicate all hunger in the United States by using all food that’s produced in this country rather than throwing a lot of it out as it loses freshness.

Kathy says there is enough edible food thrown away each day from large food establishments to feed every hungry man woman and child in the U.S. at no cost. She believes it’s time to pass laws that feed our hungry and save our environment at the same time.

Kathy SlattengrenKathy_Slattengren

Kathy, who has a Master’s degree in Counseling, first became interested in parent education as a teen when she took care of children while their parents attended Parents Anonymous meetings. These parents were working to stop abusing their children and Kathy saw the tremendous impact this abuse had on the children. However, it was when she had her own two children that she quickly learned how difficult parenting actually is. Kathy found herself wanting better skills for responding to her children’s behavior. Through hard work and experience, Kathy and her husband learned to confidently set limits on their children’s behavior, while spending a lot more of their time having fun with their kids.

Kathy then started teaching parenting classes and was thrilled when parents shared how these ideas were fundamentally changing their families for the better. She launched Priceless Parenting in 2007 and since that time has helped thousands of formerly frazzled families become happier, more harmonious people through her online classes, presentations and coaching.

Katie McDonaldKatie_McDonald

Katie founded bnourished in 2011 in fulfillment of a vision to transform lives one mindful bite at a time. She’s a certified holistic health coach, raw food chef and instructor, trained at the Institute of Integrative Nutrition and the Natural Gourmet Institute; both in New York City. A member of the American Association of Drugless Practitioners and a certified Bach Flower Remedy practitioner, she brings real, life-tested solutions to clients ready to claim their birthright of exceptional health through whole food, mindfulness, movement and deliberate time management.

Over ten years ago, Katie’s successful corporate career and then motherhood occupied her every waking moment. She suffered from asthma, allergies, ulcerative colitis, irritable bowel syndrome, pneumonia, shingles and lung infections which left her depleted and depressed. The imminent threat of a compromised and shortened life span became the inspiration she needed to transform her relationship with her body and mind. She became empowered and emboldened to take responsibility for her own cure. Growing in her knowledge of alternative health and plant-based nutrition, she applied her education to her own life and has been disease-free for close to a decade.  Well-versed in a wide range of wellness and nutritional practices, Katie empowers clients to become engaged partners in their own health.

Kelly BarrettKelly_Barrett

Kelly Barrett has studied acting with some of the best teachers in NYC. She got her start with Jason Bennett, then studied with Richard Scanlon who taught at Stella Adler for 10 years. She also works with Stephen Michaels who was a direct student of Lee Strasberg. Kelly is a big fan of Stanislavsky’s “The System” and the work of Eric Morris. She also uses Adler’s techniques in her film work.  She grew up in Milford, CT where she studied dance at the Lee Lund Studio of Dance. At the age of 9, she was featured in Teen Magazine for a modeling competition and again at the age of 11.

In 2013, she took her career to another level and wrote “Before They Were Famous”. This is a feature comedy based on true shenanigans Kelly and her really smart friends get into to try to make it in the biz!  While Kelly’s done a lot in her acting career, this interview focuses on one of Kelly’s personal accomplishments. After more than 10 years, she quit smoking!

Kelly WillKelly_Will

A New York City gossip girl, Kelly has written columns for The New York Times, The New York Post, The New York Daily News and Fox News. She’s media trained by Emmy award winning producer Bill McGowan and her television appearances include ABC News, MTV, VH1, Fox News and CNBC.

In 2013 & 2014, Kelly traveled across America in her greatest social experiment to date. For 365 days, she documented her daily adventures, making personal connections with thousands of people, staying with 164 host families and touring the 50 States. Today, Kelly continues to consult with Ford Motor Company and others while filling her spare time with the One Person, One Community, One Nation Movement.

Her focus is building a stronger personal and professional America with love for every citizen, employee and consumer. Kelly teaches connection and community across all: home, work and play. Her adventures in and out of the office reveal the best of the United States of America.

Kellyann SchaeferKellyann-Schaefer

A skilled, “multi-tasking” mother of four, Kellyann is the owner of Task Complete, a personal assistance, errand and concierge service. Initially, Kelly served many years as a Registered Nurse. During her tenure as a nurse, she honed her organizational skills and became adept at balancing a busy household while administering compassionate care to her patients.

She began witnessing an epidemic of burn out – burn out amongst not only nurses and medical professionals, but within her community as well. Too many people taking on too many responsibilities and leaving no time for themselves or their spouses. Many people not having someone to turn to for support or assistance. With this knowledge and devotion to serving and providing assistance to as many people as possible with core values of care and compassion, Task Complete was born. Her mission is to give families and busy professionals reliable and compassionate assistance so they can meet the demands of everyday life.

Ken BuddKen_Budd

Ken is the author of the critically-acclaimed memoir The Voluntourist-A Six-Country Tale of Love, Loss, Fatherhood, Fate, and Singing Bon Jovi in Bethlehem. Spurred by the sudden death of his father-and the realization that he’d never be a father himself-Ken volunteered around the world doing such things as working in New Orleans nine months after Hurricane Katrina and then teaching English at a rural elementary school in Costa Rica. After that, he worked at a special needs school in China, collected data for climate change researchers in Ecuador, assisted refugees in Palestine, and cared for orphans at a children’s home in Kenya. The Voluntourist tells the funny, emotional story of his volunteer journey.

Ken is donating all of his earnings from The Voluntourist to the organizations and places where he volunteered.

Ken GreyKen_Grey

Dr. Grey obtained his masters in both Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from the Atlantic Institute of Oriental Medicine and enjoys being both a physician and an educator.

He has extensive experience in creative education, teaching those with special needs including individuals with Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and Autism. His unique approach to holistic healing has taken him abroad to lecture in Germany and treat sports professionals in Hawaii and France and locally onsite at the Honda Classic as well as at his office where he is sought after by golfing and tennis greats.

Dr. Grey has lectured on Acupuncture, Qi Gong, Tai Qi, Reflexology and Women’s Health in relation to Traditional Chinese Medicine, Food Therapy and uses his experience in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine to collaborate with physicians of Western medicine in treating the whole patient. He’s been interviewed on several prime time news specials for his ground breaking efforts in the integration of holistic medicine and surgery along with his alternative successful treatments for arthritis. He has also co-authored several books on food therapy aptly named HEALTH in Balance. In addition, Dr. Grey has been featured on multiple Dr. Oz ABC Health Watch News segments.

Sergeant Kevin J. ConradKevin J. Conrad

Kevin is a Sergeant with the Pennsylvania State Police and is currently assigned to the Bureau of Gaming Enforcement. He is a 1996 graduate of the Pennsylvania State Police Academy. Throughout his State Police career, Kevin has been a Patrol Trooper, a Vice and Narcotics Trooper, a Patrol Corporal, a Patrol Sergeant, and the Office Commander at Parx Casino and Valley Forge Casino. He’s certified by the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office to conduct wiretaps and electronic surveillance. Kevin is also certified as a narcotics expert and as a money laundering expert in Pennsylvania Courts. Since 2004, Kevin has been Of Counsel at the suburban Philadelphia law firm of Hladik, Onorato & Pearlstine, LLP where he focuses his practice in the areas of corporate law, real estate law, start-ups and trusts & estates.

Kevin is also the Co-Founder and Chief Legal Officer of Gracious Fade, Inc., an internet start-up company, which specializes in digital time capsule services for first responders. He graduated from Bucknell University in 1995 with a B.A. in Political Science and from the Beasley School of Law at Temple University in 2003.

Kim HerbstKim_Herbst

Once upon a time, Kim was a young artistic person who wanted to do something creative for her life’s work. So,,, she went to college and became a Graphic Designer. For the next 25 years she worked for various companies finally landing as a Graphic Artist in Corporate America.

In 1999 Kim started her own Graphic Design business. For 10 years it was quite successful. However, something was still missing in Kim’s life. She was unhappy, was experiencing medical challenges and nothing seemed to be going quite right. At the urging of a close friend, Kim took a personal growth class called Foundations of Practical Spirituality. It was a life changing experience to be sure! The class promoted personal growth, empowerment and positive thinking in order to change your life.

A couple years later, the economy tanked and so did Kim’s design business. Kim remembered how affirmations and positive thinking helped her previously in the class and she thought NOW’S THE TIME FOR A NEW BUSINESS! The rest is history…

Kirk ReynoldsKirk_Reynolds

Kirk is the Founder & Chairman of the Discover Outdoors Foundation. The Discover Outdoors Foundation began in 2012 with a singular focus: increasing graduation rates in our urban schools through education experienced in the outdoors.

Inspired by the positive impact our for-profit business, Discover Outdoors, was making through our youth leadership program, he felt compelled to serve the entire community, not just those who could afford it. Since then, the path of students has taken a different course; one that leads to a diploma and a brighter future.

Kris Kancler (Superstar)Kris_Kancler

Kris travels the country to inspire teens in schools, as well as their parents during community events, to live responsibly by making healthy choices and leave them with the tools necessary towards achieving success and happiness. He’s also an author, musician, columnist, dream coach and motivational speaker.

He’s been featured in many publications and is a blogger for The Partnership for Drug Free America, The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration and many others.

Kris’ primary passion is helping teens understand the link between peer pressure, destructive behaviors and the relationship to possible future challenges. He’s heard from literally hundreds of teens and parents of how he’s been an inspiration to them and help change their lives.

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Kristen is the author of Playing Karma: a former church girl’s true journey from bondage to enlightenment. She’s currently a shamanic practitioner, and holistic health counselor in New York City. She combines her training in psychotherapy, art therapy, nutrition, and shamanism to empower her clients to become liberated and whole. Kristen assists her clients in regaining their power and in getting “unstuck” from unwanted cognitive and behavioral patterns ingrained from their past.

Her experience helps clients to integrate their shadow selves and to empower them to embrace wholeness and self acceptance through deep self exploration while liberating them from unhealthy intergenerational wounds.

Kristin BoekhoffKristin_Boekhoff

Kristin is currently developing Panigram Resort, a socially and environmentally responsible boutique spa resort located in southern Bangladesh that protects the natural and cultural heritage of the country.

Her goals are to provide authentic and distinctive travel experiences to discerning travelers, promote sustainable development, and improve the quality of life in the host community. Panigram will be the first in a collection of resorts that focuses on responsible hospitality and destination stewardship.

Kristin received a B.S. from Cornell University and an M.S. in Real Estate Development from New York University.

Kristina ClemensKristina_Clemens

Kristina is a DIY style blogger and author of her memoir, After Nathaniel and her latest book, The Chic Girl’s Guide to a One-of-a-Kind Wardrobe.

She has combined her love of fashion design with her love for up-cycling to create Kristina J., a DIY style blog that aims to help women embrace what they have and transform their recyclable clothes into garments that have a flattering fit, feminine detailing and are utterly unique.

Through her speaking engagements, she hopes to help young girls overcome their misperceptions about beauty and fashion and inspire this generation to bring remarkable change to their world by embracing their skill-set and using their talents to give back to others.

Kristina WagnerKristina_Wagner

Kristina Wagner has starred on General Hospital since 1984 as the character Felicia. In 2011, she and her brother, Joe Crump, began production on Children of Internment, a documentary film due to be released in early 2014. The decision to evacuate and intern Germans, Japanese & Italians in America began at least five years before the attack on Pearl Harbor. J. Edgar Hoover had begun to compile the notorious ABC list. This list was created with concerns over national security and was originally aimed at Communists, Fascists, and Nazis. By the end of 1939, it had evolved into wartime hysteria.

It’s a common misperception that only Japanese Americans were interned during WWII. The German American wartime experience remains largely overlooked by historians and generally unknown to most Americans. It is important, when studying WWII internment to make distinctions between German-Americans, Japanese-Americans, and German Aliens who were not U.S. citizens. That’s what their film, Children of Internment is about.

Dr. Kristine KevorkianKristine_Kevorkian

Dr. Kevorkian spent the first 20 years of her life studying whales, in school and out. Her dream was to be a whale biologist when she grew up. But life had different plans. Rather than completing her degree in marine biology, Kristine ended up in the field of social work. Her professor and mentor told her that she was going to complete her undergraduate senior internship at hospice to which she replied, “what’s hospice?” When she met her first hospice patient, she knew she had found her life’s work.

After graduate school, she returned to hospice where Dr. Kevorkian provided her patients, young and old, with compassion, respect and dignity. Always eager to learn more, she pursued a doctorate in thanatology, the study/science of death and dying. Her intention was to teach medical and mental health professionals how to work with the dying; particularly how to communicate with the dying, family members and the bereaved. Dr. Kristine Kevorkian currently hosts/facilitates a Death Café in her community, and has a private practice as a Grief Navigator, helping clients sail through the sometimes stormy seas of grief.

Krystian LeonardKrystian_Leonard

Krystian is a junior in high school with an adventurous spirit! Her love of the ocean and beautiful beaches inspires her larger than life dreams. Growing up, she experienced first-hand the trials and self-esteem issues associated with visible scars beginning at age 4. Healing with visible scars left her feeling damaged and ashamed. She found the strength she needed to overcome her negative self-image and entered her first beauty pageant at the age of 14. One year later, she summoned the courage to compete in the Miss America Scholarship Organization. As part of her application, Krystian was asked to choose a platform for which she would become an advocate. She wanted to choose a platform that she could be passionate about, and thus her nonprofit, Shining S.C.A.R.S., was born.

Through her healing campaign for Shining S.C.A.R.S. Krystian has used her personal experience and pain as a way to reach out to others, helping them to feel PROUD of their imperfections knowing that those scars and the stories of those scars helped shape the person they have developed into.  She’s continually proven that beauty is more than skin deep and she hopes to help others heal so they, too, can say “no matter what my scars say to you, they hold a meaning of Strength and Character, showing I have Accepted who I am and prove I can Rise above the Stigma.”

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Laura MakeyLaura_Makey

In her early 40s, Laura finally discovered the tools she needed to live the life she always wanted. By accepting personal responsibility for ALL her choices, through the use of the Women For Sobriety New Life Program, she has left behind a series of what she considers to be inappropriate and ineffective coping mechanisms (including food, alcohol, drugs, & shopping) in favor of a healthy self-esteem and positive thinking.

She’s been a member of the Women For Sobriety, Inc.’s Board of Directors since 2009 and is now a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADCA). She also teaches Geography & Global Studies full-time at California State University San Marcos.

Laura SullivanLaura_Sullivan

Laura is a GRAMMY® winning pianist and composer of New Age and Contemporary Classical music. Raised in a musical family on a farm in the Northern California foothills of Mt. Lassen, Laura began playing piano at 4 years old. At age 8 she was composing and by 18, she’d completed a body of work, including 6 feature length musicals. In recent years, her focus has been on composing soft melodic, intimate and relaxing music with piano, acoustic instrumentation and ethereal vocals.

Her music charts on International radio stations including satellite stations Sirius, XM Radio and Music Choice’s Soundscapes and her new releases have charted in the top 3 on iTunes New Age. Laura’s music has been included in a variety of media, television and films.

Laura WellingtonLaura_Wellington

When tragedy struck Laura’s life, she didn’t let it get the best of her. Instead, she became inspired to do something that would uplift not only her spirit, but those of children across the county.

Soon after the birth of their fourth child, Laura’s husband was diagnosed with terminal cancer—he passed away in 2004. Laura says his death opened her eyes to the tragedies happening on a daily basis, both personal and public, and how they affected children.

This tragedy led Laura to come to the conclusion that there’s a time where someone’s got to step up and help make the world a better place. Laura set to work creating an animated series called The Wumblers, whose primary goal is to teach children how differences can unite, rather than divide.

Dr. Laurel ClarkLaurel_Clark

Laurel is a teacher and past president with the School of Metaphysics, a 501(c)(3) educational organization, that teaches adults how to develop their full potential through cultivating essential life skills such as self-respect, undivided attention, concentration, memory, listening, imagination, reasoning, and intuition. Since 1979, she’s been practicing these skills and drawing upon inner and higher guidance through understanding night-time dreams and daily meditation.

Laurel says developing intuition through dreams and dream interpretation, practicing daily meditation and utilizing concentration exercises have all been instrumental in aiding her to bring out her creativity and to become much more patient and insightful as a teacher, counselor, minister, and friend. Some scientists say we access only 10 – 15% of our brain power. Laurel believes that with daily practice of spiritual or mind disciplines, anyone can access the “other 85 – 90%” of their minds.

Lauren CheekLauren_Cheek

Lauren began her dance training at twenty-two months old. Coming from a dance and performing family, she was snuck into the Jon A. Mullin Performing Arts Company two months early, despite the 2 years old age requirement. Lauren spent the next 15 years in extensive classical training.

From there, she went on to perform in the corps with Ballet Florida and Palm Beach Opera before she decided to put her complete focus on her university schooling. But, unable to separate herself from dance, she began training as a belly dancer in South Florida. She recently has added samba, Indian contemporary, salsa and Polynesian dance to her repertoire.

Since 2005, she’s been performing in South Florida as Florida’s premier belly dancer entertaining everyone from locals to celebrities. She has performed at the most prestigious national and international locations and events. Lauren has also worked in film and theater, dancing and starring in several international music videos.

Laurie Endicott ThomasLaurie_Endicott_Thomas

Laurie is the author of a recently released book titled: “Not Trivial: How Studying the Traditional Liberal Arts Can Set You Free.”

She says liberal arts are the subjects that ancient Romans considered appropriate for free people, as opposed to slaves. The ancient liberal arts curriculum began with the trivium: grammar, dialectic, and rhetoric. So, she says, these subjects are “not trivial.”

Laurie believes that some drastic changes need to be made in America’s educational system.

Laurie MartinLaurie_Martin

Laurie’s heart felt desire is to empower and inspire others. She spent many years of her life with self-doubts, fears and insecurities looking for validation and love outside of her. After an amalgamation of events, she began an inner journey of discovery and healing. Her life lessons have spawned a microscopic study into unconditional love and acceptance; learning to value herself as a spiritual, infinite, divine, fully-empowered being.

Determined and impassioned to help others, Laurie resigned from her corporate job as a Vice President of Events and became a certified life coach, certified yoga instructor, authored two books: Smile Across Your Heart: The Process of Building Self-Love, and an e-book called The Conscious Breakup Guide. Laurie writes a monthly “Ask Laurie” advice column called “Heart to Heart” for the Naples Daily News.

Leah CareyLeah_Carey

Leah is a transformational writer, speaker and life coach. She believes that when we stop asking, “What’s wrong?” and start asking “What’s right?”, our world will be transformed.

Far from being born a natural optimist, she says she spent over two decades struggling with chronic depression. Having finally found her way to mental, emotional, and spiritual balance, she now blogs about the large and small things that are RIGHT in her life. Through coaching, public speaking, and writing, she encourages others to discover what’s RIGHT in their lives as well.

Leah Kalish (aka Ayres)Leah_Kalish

As an actress, Leah goes by the name Ayres and has starred in countless commercials and many successful TV and film projects such as: The Edge of Night, Bloodsport, St. Elsewhere, Eddie Macon’s Run, Who’s the Boss, and Walker, Texas Ranger just to name a few.

As an educator, writer, producer and entrepreneur, Leah, who earned a masters degree in both yoga and education at the age of 40, uses her married name Kalish. She trains parents and teachers nationwide in using movement, play, yoga and self-regulation with children to enhance development, learning and health.

Through her company, Move with Me Action Adventures, she develops and produces movement and social-emotional enrichment resources that help young children be physically fit, emotionally stable and learning able. With her husband, Bruce Kalish, she also leads family constellation workshops.

Leanne BrownLeanne_Brown

Leanne is an advocate for a better food system focused on a return to home cooking. As the final project for her master’s degree in Food Studies at NYU, she created Good and Cheap, a beautiful cookbook of recipes designed for a $4/day food stamps budget — and she released a PDF of the book free online. After it went viral, she decided to launch a Kickstarter campaign for print copies with a “give one, get one” model, like TOMS Shoes.

In her spare time, she leads grocery store tours in Bushwick, Brooklyn for Share Our Strength’s – Cooking Matters at the Store program. Before moving to New York, Leanne worked in city politics in her hometown of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Leanne and her partner Dan once bicycled 2,700 miles across Japan, Australia, and New Zealand (all on bikes with just one gear).

Lee Gale GruenLee_Gale_Gruen

Lee Gale has lived in Los Angeles, CA since childhood. After retiring from a 37-year career as a Probation Officer, she became an actress. Since then, she’s appeared in television, films, commercials, theater, and print. She performs regularly portraying patients at UCLA Medical School as part of student training. Her transition to becoming an actress in her senior years has been written about in Time Magazine and the Los Angeles Times newspaper.

When she retired at age 60, she began attending an acting class for seniors just for fun. A few weeks later her mother died, and she invited her grieving, 85-year-old father to come to the class with her. They attended together for 3 years, and she wrote all the comedy scenes they performed twice a year onstage in the class showcases. As a result, they bonded more than ever before, and Lee Gale eventually transitioned into the world of professional acting.  She also writes a blog called Reinventing Myself in My Senior Years to inspire Baby Boomers and seniors to find a passion as a motivation to embrace life.

Lena Baisden-TankutLena Baisden-Tankut

Lena is a graduate student at Portland State University finishing two masters degrees: one in writing and one in education. During her undergraduate studies, she focused on journalism and freelance writing. Her writing was published in newspapers and magazines including Mesa Legend Newspaper, College Times, Pathos Literary Magazine and The Stranger. She won the Rocky Mountain Collegiate Association Feature Writing award for one such article.

During her graduate studies, she’s been focused on developing her scriptwriting. Currently, she’s working with a producer to adapt the life story of one of our previous interviewees in this series, Alter Wiener. His story (and the script Lena’s working on) documents Alter Wiener’s survival of the WWII Holocaust and his having endured post-WWII struggles. Lena says she’s become very passionate about this project.

Lennay ChapmanLennay_Chapman

After graduating from college in December 2009, Lennay spiraled into a depression as she struggled to figure out what she “should” do with her life. She scoured self-help books for 20-somethings, but most offered career options, not guidance on how to find direction and fulfillment.

Eventually, Lennay developed a method that empowers young adults to create an “ideal life” based on their individual priorities and values; she shares that method in her e-book, “Secrets to a Rockin Life: How to Find Passion, Direction & Fulfillment After College”.

Currently, Lennay challenges young adults to choose empowerment, positivity and transformation – and to take responsibility for their generation’s legacy.

Leon Scott BaxterLeon Scott Baxter Lewandowski

Leon is a grade school teacher and he’s also the founder of CouplesCommittedToLove.com. He’s the author of three books on love, romance and relationships. His latest book (not yet on the bookshelves) is about the relationships between children and their parents, specifically how parents can raise successful, happy offspring.

Leon says he’s dedicated to making a positive difference in the world. He was a featured writer in Chicken Soup for the Teacher’s Soul, and he’s integrated his “Random Acts of Kindness Month” into the curriculum in his classroom, empowering his students so they realize they have the ability to make the world a better place starting with one act of kindness and continuing to do one each and every day for a month.

Leslie BothaLeslie_Botha

Leslie is a Women’s Health Educator, author, publisher, and broadcast journalist. She’s an internationally recognized expert on women’s hormone health.  Her work emphasizes the significance of the hormone cycle and its profound relationship to women’s psyche. Her 30 years of research demonstrates how hormone changes / fluctuations in the menstrual cycle affect women’s physical, mental and emotional well-being. She’s a member of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research, an advisory board member for the Cycles Research Institute, and an expert advisor for CycleHarmony.com

Leslie has just co-authored a book titled: Understanding Your Mind, Mood, and Hormone Cycle; the first in a series on menstrual health education. The book explores on the very essence of a woman’s being – the fundamental nature of the female hormone cycle; and was written to fill the void of practical, menstrual health education that focuses on understanding the delicate mind/body connection – a connection that has the power to bring about health or disease in the body.

Leslie DavenportLeslie_Davenport

As a psychotherapist in practice for twenty years, Leslie understands the health impact of thoughts and emotions. And a passion for the mystery of the human spirit drew her to become an ordained interfaith minister in 1984.

She is a founding member of the Institute for Health & Healing at California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco, which brings holistic care into the heart of conventional medicine. Leslie offers integrative psychotherapy in the Clinic, and teaches in their Integrative Medicine Program. She is also on the faculty of the California Institute of Integral Studies, John F Kennedy University, and Five Branches University.

Her expert advise has appeared in a number of magazines including Family Circle, Natural Health, Great Health, Body + Soul, Shift and San Francisco Medicine. A sought after speaker, she lectures in a broad range of settings.

Lindsay ElefLindsay_Elef

Lindsay is the Creator of The Responsible History Education Action (RHEA), a foundation in Thailand with the mission of educating Thais against the casual use of Nazi imagery and about the Holocaust to combat the regional trend of Nazi Chic. RHEA is using social and traditional media to engage people as well as compiling and creating bilingual educational resources for educators.

Lindsay originally was an Art Teacher in Philadelphia, PA and came to Thailand to form an Art Therapy and Special Education Program at Kasetsart University’s International Preparatory School in Bangkok. After teaching in international schools throughout Bangkok and in China, it seemed time to take a break from traditional classroom teaching. In 2013, Thailand saw a large increase in international media coverage about the increasing trend of Nazi Chic and she saw a need for the augmentation of History education in the region.

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Facing her 50th birthday, Lisa Anderson knew she needed to make a change. As she says: “I took a long cold look in the mirror and didn’t like the image looking back at me.” At her heaviest, she weighed 212 pounds. Lisa decided to take action. She said goodbye to her sedentary lifestyle, joined a gym and never looked back.

Five years later and 80 pounds lighter, the wife and mother of four is on a mission to inspire others to get fit. Her goal is to help as many people as she can to feel as good as she does.”

Lisa FontanesiLisa_Fontanesi

Lisa learned how to cook and bake from countless hours spent in her Grandmother’s kitchen as a young girl. She was baptized by fire when she was called upon to prepare the main entrees for a one-hundred and fifty guest party without any recipes – or most of the ingredients, because the chef was stuck at another event. Lisa quickly discovered that she had the instinct and talent to conceive dishes on the spot after miraculously pulling off Moroccan Chicken and Herb-Crusted Lamb dishes solely from the memory of having seen them prepared previously.

She’s the mother of two and is currently working as a consultant and instructor at several Los Angeles area schools teaching Kidding Around The Kitchen – An Adventure in Fun, Food and Family hands on cooking classes such as Cooks and Books and Foods from around the world. Lisa has procured grants through local Los Angeles Neighborhood Councils and non profit organizations so she can teach some of these classes to the kids who need it the most, for FREE. Her ultimate goal is to help other adults discover the gift of spending time in the kitchen with their kids. Most recently, Lisa was runner-up in the search for the Weight Watchers Chef competition held on ABC’s program, The Chew.

Lisa JakubLisa_Jakub

Lisa Jakub is a writer, a traveler, a devoted yogi, a wife and a dog-mom. She began her acting career at the age of four in Toronto, Canada. For the next eighteen years, she worked consistently in the film industry in Los Angeles, in projects that ranged from Hollywood blockbusters (Independence Day and Mrs. Doubtfire) to the cutting room floor.

At the age of 22, Lisa realized that there must be more to life than premieres and pretending to be other people. She left the film industry and ran away to Virginia, where she still lives with her husband. While figuring out how to be a normal person, Lisa has dedicated herself to her lifelong love of writing and profound respect for a well-told story. She is currently editing her first book, a memoir about growing up in the film industry and making the decision to leave in search of some peace.

Lisa NelsonLisa_Nelson

Formally trained in the field of Molecular and Cellular Biology, Lisa was introduced to wedding planning while studying for her PhD at Brown University. She says she was extremely unhappy and needed a creative outlet, so she interned with a wedding planner based in Maine and eventually started her own home based wedding planning business.

She had her first child in 2004. Four years later, when she was pregnant again, her family decided that she would quit her day job to raise and home school the children. Lisa believes the family is one of our greatest blessings – and it’s the one thing that is failing in this country. She says she cares deeply about her family and wants to see more families come together as a unit to be empowered – which is the basis of her family friendly blog.

If you want to learn more about the home schooling experience, Lisa can help.

Lisa J SmithLisa_J_Smith

Lisa J. quickly became loved by listeners, and respected by broadcasters as an acclaimed host on CBS Radio by hosting and producing a live 3-hour daily lifestyle talk show. Being called, “The New Voice for a New Age,” she encourages her listeners to tap into their own inner “rock star” by empowering them to “change their perspective and change their lives.” She’s used her intuition and ability to connect with every person she meets. She feels she’s changed the lives of thousands of people with private sessions, lectures and through her nationwide talk show, Lisa J. NOW.

Her approachable and girl next door personality touches listeners of all demographics with deep powerful messages delivered in a real down to earth way. She touches people at their core and helps them bring about real change in their life by empowering them to find their full potential. She believes in giving people what they need, not always what they want.

Lorena GordonLorena Gordon

Twenty-two year old filmmaker Lorena Gordon is impressive at any age. Equal parts inspired, and inspiring, she’s quickly garnering a reputation as “one to watch” in the filmmaking world.  Lorena, who discovered early on that her passion for telling stories was a liberating way to express herself, is currently in post-production on the short film Times Like These, a powerful story based on her family’s real life experience, Times Like These tackles the important, and often ignored, topic of domestic abuse and one woman’s struggle to free herself and her child from her husband’s threatening hands. Lorena wrote, directed and produced the gripping film,  dedicating it to the woman she calls her hero, her mother.

Honing her craft with hands on experience in all aspects of the filmmaking process, she’s been fortunate to work with and learn from her mentors including Martin Scorsese (who personally encouraged her to make Times Like These), Sam Mendes, Leonardo Di Caprio and Ben Stiller. Her production work credits include the recent blockbuster The Wolf on Wall Street and The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, among others.

Lori CheekLori_Cheek

Lori is the Founder and CEO of Cheekd.com – the reverse engineered dating site coined by the New York Times as “the next generation of online dating.” Quite literally, she is changing the world of dating.

Prior to launching Cheek’d, Lori worked in architecture, furniture and design for 15 years for companies such as Goldman Sachs, Christian Dior, Vitra & Karkula.

Luis von AhnLuis_Von_Ahn

Luis von Ahn is a Guatemalan entrepreneur and an associate professor in the Computer Science Department at Carnegie Mellon University.

As a professor, his research includes CAPTCHAs and human computation, and has earned him international recognition and numerous honors. He was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship (a.k.a., the “genius grant”) in 2006, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation Fellowship in 2009, a Sloan Fellowship in 2009, and a Microsoft New Faculty Fellowship in 2007, and the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers in 2012.

He has also been named one of the 50 Best Brains in Science by Discover Magazine, and has made it to many recognition lists that include Popular Science Magazine’s Brilliant 10, Silicon.com’s 50 Most Influential People in Technology, Technology Review’s TR35: Young Innovators Under 35, and FastCompany’s 100 Most Innovative People in Business.

Lynette LouiseLynette Louise

Lynette holds two board certifications in Neurofeedback and is working on her PhD in Clinical Psychophysiology.

Most notably though, she is a mom extraordinaire! Without question her greatest pride is having raised eight children, (six of whom are adopted, five of whom are disabled, four of whom are on the autism spectrum).

She is an expert in Autism, and on how to incorporate neurofeedback, combined with play, as the main therapy approach for the autistic child.

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Marala Scott & Alyssa CurryMarala_Scott

Marala is one of Oprah’s Ambassadors Of Hope and the Best Selling Author of In Our House: Perception vs. Reality; Surrounded By Inspiration and Bad to the Bone. Marala’s latest book, Intuition is co-authored with her daughter, Alyssa Curry. Marala speaks from the heart with her life-changing words of faith and strength. Her efforts caught the attention of Oprah Winfrey who honored her as one of her five Ambassadors of Hope in 2009 and stated “A childhood of abuse almost kept Marala Scott from a life of happiness…until she discovered how to use her story to help others.”

Alyssa_CurryAlyssa embarked on this heartfelt project in an effort to help her mother recover from a craniotomy due to multiple brain aneurysms. Alyssa’s a young woman illuminated by her passion for life. She’s a recent college graduate in the field of Psychology. She designs award-winning book covers, websites and does editing for Seraph Books with remarkable passion!

Marcia NoyesMarcia_Noyes

Marcia is a former television reporter, newspaper journalist and public relations professional who loves to communicate ideas and inspiring stories. Prior to her foray into studying various facets of religion, she had changed her physical life by dropping 90+ pounds and taking up long-distance running. When she moved to San Antonio in 2013, she’d go out for runs and pass by lots of churches. Without many friends or a church home, she wondered about each as she’d run by. At that time, she’d had this passing thought that she’d like to visit all the churches in the area. Then early one Sunday morning in January while on another run, she decided then and there that she’d run home, take a shower and see which service she might be able to catch in time.

Marcia began writing a blog that shared her foray into each faith, highlighting her preconceived notions, what she learned and what she felt about each faith and what drew people to that religion. Along the way, she says she’s expanded her world and she believes she’s help expand the worlds of others.

Mari L. McCarthyMari_McCarthy

Mari is the founder of CreateWriteNow.com. CreateWriteNow is the home of Journaling for the Health of It and the Journal Writing Therapy Transforms You blog. She guides writers (and we are all writers) in starting and keeping a daily pen-to-page Inner Health and Healing Journaling Practice that helps them solve problems, cure their diseases, and heal their worlds.

Thanks to journaling, Mari is now a singer/songwriter currently working on her third album – a smooth jazz rendition of favorite Broadway melodies. She’s passionate about goals and in being successful in accomplishing them. She enjoys raising roses as well as her consciousness.

Mari SelbyMari_Selby

Mari says she’s always been an unruly woman. Her unruly behavior began with her years of protesting the Vietnam War, living communally with women in Oregon, to currently writing as a spiritual warrior and subversive. Mari’s first poem was written and published when she was seven.  In addition to her recently released poetry book Lightning Strikes Twice, Mari is currently working on an anthology; Cancer Tribe 101: Awakening the Hero Within.

Today, Mari is a contributing writer for the San Francisco Book Review and a guest blogger on numerous sites. Additionally, she’s the director of Selby Ink, a publicity and  marketing firm that promotes authors who are making a difference. She’s a 2x Cancer survivor and she says she’s feeling more beautiful and alive today than ever before. For the past 3 decades, she’s comforted and assisted countless people as a family therapist, astrologer, hospice worker, healer, and spiritual advisor.

Maria AndinoMaria_Andino

Maria is a licensed acupuncturist who embraces the holistic values of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and appreciates the positive impact it can have on a person’s life.

She entered the practice of TCM after leaving a successful career in Corporate Insurance. Her departure from the corporate arena was hastened by her younger sister’s diagnosis of small cell lung cancer. Though her sister succumbed to the disease, her acupuncturist’s compassionate and holistic care impressed Maria deeply. She says he was one of the few healthcare providers who saw her sister as a whole person and not just as a disease.

It was then that Maria realized her true passion was to help others. She wanted to help them maintain or achieve better health using holistic medicine. That’s why she gravitated toward TCM. Its wisdom resonates with her and the ability to help a person in distress on all levels is the gift of this medicine. So, she left her corporate career behind and embarked on her present journey. She says it’s been a joyful change to do what she loves and to help others in a meaningful way.

In the spirit of giving, Maria provides no-cost treatments to veterans at the Wellness Works, a non-profit holistic health center located in Glendale, CA.

Dr. Maria DroujkovaMaria_Droujkova

Maria is a curriculum developer and mathematics education consultant. She brings together leaders in mathematics education, researchers, developers, parents and teachers for projects and discussions of family mathematics, early algebra, individualized instruction, math games, and math circles.

She’s co-author of the book, Moebius Noodles: Adventurous Math for the Playground Crowd. The book offers advanced math activities to fit a child’s personality, interests, and needs. Can a parent enjoy playful math with their child? Yes! The book shows parents how to go beyond their own math limits and anxieties to do so. It also opens the door to a supportive online community that will answer questions and provide useful ideas along the way.

Maria SkinnerMaria_Skinner

Maria’s been teaching body and self-awareness practices in the Boston Area since 1995. She is the proprietress of Yoga & Nia for Life, a Nia Black Belt and on the Nia Technique Training Faculty. She is a student of Nature and a lover of Life. To her, it’s all about movement . . .

Maria says she’s devoted to exploring how joy and pleasure can lead us to true health and well-being by offering beautiful yoga classes, ecstatic dance fitness and fabulous workshops and events.

Marie GageMarie_Gage

Marie has a diverse background that enables her to easily move between projects in various sectors. Among her many accomplishments, she does a large amount of community service work.

Her latest project, is called: Mending Minden Hills After the Floods of 2013 – One Download at a Time.

The 2013 spring floods that devastated so many communities across the Canadian province of Ontario have created a particularly challenging situation for small communities. The wide ranging nature of the flooding combined with the provincial government’s requirement that communities fundraise in order to receive matching funds has disaster-ridden areas of the province competing for funds. Adding to the difficulty of this local competition are disasters in other parts of North America and the world. But Marie, her husband Don and the people of Minden Hills are up to that challenge.

Mark BownessMark_Bowness

At the age of 26, Mark was convinced that everything was over – his marriage had ended, his job and non-profit organization he’d built was pulled out from under him and it was inevitable that he would have to move back in with his parents. Mark believed that the future looked bleak. It was a future that he didn’t want to exist in, so he tried to end his own life.

While sitting in a hospital bed after a failed attempt to wipe his existence from the face of the planet, Mark realized he may have lived on planet Earth for 26 years but he had never truly lived. Motivated by his newly developed motto ‘we live life once’, Mark made a decision to view his future as a blank canvas on which he could create whatever picture he liked.

Mark is now dedicated to developing a community of people who are passionate about changing their lives, changing their community and changing the world.

Mark CochranMark_Cochran

Dr. Mark Cochran says he felt the grief and the crushing loss of self worth that comes with losing a rewarding career because of his own poor health. For years, he fought crippling arthritis pain, along with the anger, fear and hopelessness that anyone who suffers from chronic disease knows all too well.

He says it was only when he decided to stop fighting and start thriving, he was able to transform his health and become a triathlete and marathon runner. He stopped fighting and decided that if he was going to heal, his healing was only going to come from inside. He shifted his focus from an external one to an inner one. In other words, he turned his health inside out!

Marshall BarnesMarshall_Barnes

Marshall says he’s working to change the world by being the first to create a functioning technology for warp drive travel and more. He’s presented his ideas at numerous scientific conferences, including the 100 Year StarShip Symposium in Houston and the International Mars Society Conference at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Marshall has an extremely varied background and brings a lot to the table, so his interview is quite fascinating.

Martin ParnellMartin_Parnell

Martin had always played a variety of sports, but it wasn’t until his late 40s that he put on his first pair of running shoes. In July 2003, he finished his first marathon in Calgary. Since catching the running bug, Martin has completed numerous races including marathons, ultra marathons and Ironman events. In 2005, Martin completed a four-month cycling expedition from Cairo, Egypt to Cape Town, South Africa. During the trip he had the chance to experience the power of sport and its effect on the lives of children across the African continent.

Through an old acquaintance, Martin was introduced to Right To Play, the humanitarian organization that empowers children through sports programs in some of the most disadvantaged areas of the world. Wanting to get involved, Martin aimed to run 250 marathons over the course of one year to raise $250,000 for Right to Play. His “Marathon Quest 250” began on January 1, 2010, and after running five marathons a week, Martin completed his quest on Dec. 31st. He covered a total distance of 10,550km (6550 miles) and raised $320,000.

In June 2011, as a Honorary Athlete Ambassador, Martin visited Right To Play schools in the West African country of Benin. Returning from Africa he decided to establish his “Quests for Kids” initiative. Martin plans to complete 10 Quests in 5 years in order to raise $1M for Right To Play and help 20,000 children.

Dr. Marty EisenMarty_Eisen

By profession, Dr. Eisen was a University Professor specializing in constructing mathematical models used for studying medical problems such as those in cancer chemotherapy and epilepsy. He’s authored 10 books and numerous papers in advanced mathematics. Dr. Eisen has studied and taught Yoga, Judo, Shotokan Karate, Aikido and Tai Chi.

He’s taken correspondence courses in Chinese herbology and studied other branches of Chinese medicine with a traditional Chinese medical doctor. He was also an EMT. Dr. Eisen was the Director of Education of the Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture Institute in Upper Darby, P.A.. He’s written many articles on Kung Fu, Qigong, Eastern exercise and Chinese medicine and is a columnist for Yang-Sheng magazine. His latest Amazon hard copy and Kindle books are “Healthy Exercises for Seniors and Non-Athletes”.

Mary Ellen CiganovichMary_Ellen_Ciganovich

At the age of 6, – Mary Ellen was diagnosed with epilepsy. She says her family took the diagnosis very hard and told her almost daily that she couldn’t get married or have children. She was always told what she could NOT do, yet she went on to do it anyway. She not sure why, but she just wanted to be normal. She went on to become a Varsity Cheerleader in High school and a model thereafter. She attended the University of Georgia and graduated magna cum laude in Education in 1974. Then she taught middle school for 14 years. She got married and had one daughter. After 13 years of marriage, she was divorced and says the experience left her devastated, yet this was the time she was learning the most about herself.

Sometime thereafter, she began having sharp pains in her left eye and losing her balance. Several doctors and an MRI later, she was told she had MS – Multiple Sclerosis.” Mary Ellen believes that when you have a disease in your life, it’s because you are not at ease in your life. She also believed she had to approach the diagnosis with Love and not fear because whatever you fear will come to pass and if you approach anything, you can handle it or even beat it!  She began studying all forms of alternative medicine – Chinese Herbs, Ayurvedic Healing, Traditional medicine including vitamins and herbs and spirituality including meditation, all while trying to find answers for her own health issues.

Mary O’MalleyMary_O'Malley

Mary is an author, speaker, group facilitator and counselor in Kirkland, Washington. In the early 1970’s, a powerful awakening set Mary on the path to changing her whole relationship with the challenges of life, freeing herself from what she says was a lifelong struggle with darkness. She is an inspirational speaker who leads retreats that transform people’s lives, provides individual counseling, and offers ongoing groups where people can come together to experience the miracle of Awakening. Her strengths lie in her ability to be fully present in the moment, integrating information, technique and insight with simplicity and compassion.

Mary’s committed to helping people heal their inner wars, so they can become a part of the healing of our planet. She does so by drawing on her own life experience to facilitate healing and awakening in a compassionate and powerful way.

Matthew CourtMatthew_Court

Mat has been involved in sport and media all his working life. Sports-wise he played soccer and cricket for his local amateur team until a series of knee injuries curtailed his soccer efforts in the mid-2000’s leaving cricket as his main sport. Mat became more involved in the running of his club and ended up as Vice Chairman of the organization which opened his eyes to the issues facing sports clubs in the UK. Chiefly, the issues regarding financial sustainability and the perpetual reliance on a small number of dedicated but diminishing corps of volunteers.

Mat landed a role at London’s biggest newspaper The Evening Standard, which led to working on the first issues of London’s Metro. He then moved in to consumer magazines with the UK’s largest publisher IPC Media. From there he went to BSkyB running the sales team for two of Sky’s print publications. When Sky closed the magazine side of their business, Mat had the chance to think about what he really wanted to do and why, and the world’s first advertising network based around amateur sports clubs, Grassroot Media, was born. Now, Mat works out of Hertford (north of London) developing new ways for soccer and cricket clubs to make & save money while bringing new investment into the sport through a network of advertising poster panels the company has installed in clubs across the UK.

Dr. Matthew WertMatthew_Wert

Dr. Wert, is an attending orthopaedic surgeon and the new Director of Sports Medicine at New York Methodist Hospital. He’s a dual fellowship-trained, orthopaedic surgeon specializing in arthroscopic surgery, sports medicine and cartilage repair and restoration. He was an orthopaedic resident at Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center. He completed his residency at New York Presbyterian Lower Manhattan Hospital where he served as chief resident. He went on to complete a sports medicine fellowship at the prestigious Mississippi Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Center in Jackson, Mississippi and Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana. In addition, he was chosen for the International Cartilage Repair Society Traveling Fellowship, where he worked alongside world renowned surgeons in Europe.

Clinically Dr. Wert understands the importance of incorporating a multidisciplinary approach to treatment, and works with his patients to develop alternative exercise programs and utilizes innovative therapies to speed up the recovery process, safely. He specializes in the arthroscopic minimally invasive treatment of shoulder, elbow, hip, knee, and ankle injuries, with the highest importance on protecting repairing, and restoring the patients native cartilage.

Maurice BuchananMaurice_Buchanan

Maurice was a high school football All American. He was the recipient of a four year scholarship to the University of Minnesota where he played Division I Football as a defensive end and graduated with a degree in Kinesiology. During his time on the football team, he discovered his passion for the human body and how it can change with exercise and nutrition.

He’s trained in studios, big health clubs, and private settings and with big 25 person group classes. He’s successfully trained Olympic trainees, professional and college athletes. He’s been featured in Shape Magazine and published in various other fitness publications. His approach to having a healthy and functional body is simplicity. Through the use of resistance training and proper eating habits, he feels that exercise and nutrition are simple. He trains and operates with the model that once excuses are removed and replaced with an acceptance of a way of life, any goal of health and fitness can be achieved.

Dr. Max MoreMax_More

Dr. More is an internationally acclaimed strategic philosopher widely recognized for his thinking on the philosophical and cultural implications of emerging technologies. Max’s contributions include founding the philosophy of transhumanism, authoring the transhumanist philosophy of extropy, and co-founding Extropy Institute, an organization crucial in building the transhumanist movement since 1990. Since the start of 2011, he has served as President and CEO of the Alcor Life Extension Foundation, the world’s leading cryonics organization.

Max has a degree in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics from St. Anne’s College, Oxford University (1984-87). He was awarded a Dean’s Fellowship in Philosophy in 1987 by the University of Southern California and received his PhD in Philosophy from USC in 1995.

Maxine BrowneMaxine_Browne

Maxine Browne says she was married to a controlling sociopath for 10 years.

She says what began as a whirlwind romance ended with her total destruction.

She says she was stripped of friends, family and even her children. Her husband controlled the mail, transportation and all social interaction with others. She was under his complete control.

Her family became splintered and divided. Her story is not only about the years of abuse, but of the recovery and hope that Maxine and her family now so courageously shares.

Melanie AngelisMelanie_Angelis

Melanie has a masters degree in complementary alternative medicine and is the founder of The Grecian Garden. For years, she suffered from a variety of food allergies and health conditions for which her physicians had no answers. Along the way, she was introduced to natural medicine and to begin listening to her own body.  Years of self -education and formal research eventually led her to restored health, and she knew the gift she had been given wasn’t just for her. With a new sense of purpose, she called upon her degrees and board certification in alternative medicine and nutrition and began teaching others how to find their own path to holistic health. Thanks to her previous experiences as a school teacher, she began creating content and teaching classes, varying in complexity from lectures to doctors and nurses to hands-on natural health workshops.

Melanie CobbMelanie_Cobb

Melanie is a Writer, Life Coach, and Professional Wild Woman. When she’s not in the middle of a forest somewhere, she says she’s coaching her fantastic clients. She holds a BA in English from Penn State and an MA in Transformative Leadership from the Maryland University of Integrative Health.

Melanie rose to early success in her first career, education, as she was promoted to Head of her Middle School at age 27. After spending all of her spring, summer, and winter breaks traveling and writing, she says she realized she needed to quit so she could pursue those loves full time. She says she felt trapped and was working way too much. She desired more freedom. She says she wanted to see how long she could travel, and if she could make a living from her writing and from helping others. So, she quit her job in 2012, sold the majority of her belongings, put what was left into her station wagon, and set out to travel indefinitely. She says she had no plan of an end destination, or no idea of when she would stop being nomadic. Melanie says her experience was transformative, to say the least.

Melanie JordanMelanie_Jordan

Melanie is a Wellcoaches and American Council on Exercise Certified Health and Wellness Coach who helps others get back to their dream weight for good, without gimmicks or deprivation, so they can live the full, happy and healthy lives they’ve always wanted with her Your Healthy Life Made Easy! Program.

She’s living proof of what’s possible despite a poor family history, as she’s overcome her own weight struggles and maintains a 48-pound weight loss and rocks size 6 jeans.

Melanie is also an American Council on Exercise Certified Zumba, Zumba Gold and Turbo Kick Instructor and is the author of 8 books including her bestselling Kindle book Weight Loss Secrets Revealed For the Happiest and Healthiest You!

Melanie YoungMelanie_Young

Melanie knows how to face challenges with grit, grace and wit and reframe them to make things happen for the better. She’s a motivational muse for anyone who feels stuck and who wants to reignite their personal or professional brand and she’s a living example of turning stumbling blocks into stepping stones. After surviving breast cancer, Melanie has written two books intended to help newly diagnosed women stay focused and make smarter choices about caring for their well-being during and after treatment.

She’s active in many organizations and charitable efforts to support women’s health, education and careers. She’s the recipient of the Handcraft Heroes Breast Cancer Awareness Award and the Caring Advocate for Recovery Through the Arts Award. Her articles have appeared in the Huffington Post, The Plum, Greatist and Everyday Health.

Mellisa NielsenMellisa Nielsen

Mellisa Nielsen has over 15 years experience in Philanthropy. After a career in the entertainment industry that left her unfulfilled, she decided to dedicate herself to philanthropic endeavors full time. Soon after, she realized something was missing from the events she attended, and created The Charity Angels to help organizations close to her heart increase profitability and make fundraising fun.

Charity Angels Partners have included Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Habitat for Humanity, The Surfrider Foundation, CCFA, The Los Angeles Mission, Lange Foundation, Beit T’Shuvah, The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Pencils for Kids Inc., Wounded Warrior Project and Cedars-Sinai.

Michael AsalyMichael_Asaly

Michael is the founder of Practical Sleep Solutions, an Irvine based company that provides effective and affordable at-home sleep solutions for those who suffer each night. Recent statistics indicate that over 50 million Americans suffer from sleep apnea. The process is made simple and affordable without the need for insurance. As with most classified high-risk conditions, patients are expected to pay more for their life insurance premiums if they are diagnosed with sleep apnea. This coupled with a long and painful process through the insurance system has resulted in patients taking their sleep issues into their own hands.


Michael says: “We pride ourselves in empowering our customers to take the reins on their sleep issues by providing the best, most cost effective at-home sleep solution.” “In doing so, we save our customers the traumatic experience of sleep clinics and thousands of dollars in medical costs, insurance fees, and premium increases.”

Michael FrishbergMichael_Frishberg

Michael’s firmly held beliefs include:

– The Universe is completely natural, nothing is “super-natural”. God(s) cannot exist, as they’d have to operate faster than light.

– In order to get him to eat his vegetables, Frish was told at age 9 there were starving children in the world. His conclusion was that “obviously there are too many children!” Fifty years later there are still starving children, and he’s says he’s happy to be child-free. To that end, Frish is a Volunteer in the Voluntary Human Extinction Movement and maintains it’s immoral to have kids, by anyone, anywhere, anymore as more kids means more people will suffer when the biosphere fails our species by the year 2100. He says being happy is life’s only goal.

Michael HeblerMichael_Hebler

Michael propelled his career as an author alongside an already established profession as a feature film publicist working on many titles for Walt Disney, Pixar, Lionsgate, Lakeshore, and Summit Entertainment. Although he dreamed of becoming an actor, it was while studying theatre arts at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa, California, that he realized his penchant for stories was better suited for the page rather than the stage. However, creating tales with suspense, laughter, and heart is not Michael’s only passion. He also enjoys volunteering in his local community for Meals on Wheels program. Rumor has it that one of his Meals on Wheels recipients helps him with his writing.  Additionally, he aids in a local capture/spay/neuter/release program. As you would expect, Michael urges us all to adopt our pets from a shelter.

To date, Hebler’s publications include “Curse of the Chupacabra” and “Night of the Chupacabra,” (the first two of six novels in the Chupacabra Series) and his first publication, “The Night After Christmas,” a holiday picture book for believers of any age.

Michael MalkushMichael_Malkush

Michael Malkush has spent most of his adult life helping people. As an author, motivational speaker, life-coach and mentor, he continues to work with people to help them be healthy, happy and successful.

He was a public school teacher for 30 years, most recently in the Jericho Public School District, on Long Island, New York. As an educator Michael taught over 150 teenagers each year. He taught communications technology and his students ran the high school television studio. He produced many award winning pieces and shows that his students created. He has worked with all types of students from all economic and ethnic backgrounds. He is a motivator, disciplinarian, coach, psychologist, advisor, actor, leader, confidante, and friend.

Michelle HaddenMichelle_Hadden

Michelle is the Director of Government Affairs and Industry Relations at the New York Council on Problem Gambling, Inc. In 2001, she began her career in substance abuse prevention, focusing on community organization and education. In 2005, she developed and managed one of the first community-based problem gambling prevention programs in NYS.

Michelle joined the New York Council on Problem Gambling in 2007 where she’s worked to develop statewide systems for Problem Gambling prevention, training, supervision, outreach and education. Her current efforts focus on developing responsible gambling programs and improved service delivery across New York State.

Michelle PhillipsMichelle_Phillips

Michelle is a speaker, TV and radio host, and bestselling author of The Beauty Blueprint: 8 Steps to Building the Life and Look of Your Dreams.  By combining her experience as a Celebrity Makeup Artist with her training as a Life Coach she provides a strategy for “beautiful” living inside and out. Her programs and TV segments cover areas like enhancing self-esteem, overcoming obstacles, goal setting, empowerment, and tips to project the qualities of inner beauty outward in our appearance.

You may have seen Michelle on TV shows and networks such as; Oxygen Network, We-TV, HGTV, TLC, CW, KCAL-LA, Fox13-Tampa, Daytime, or speaking on the Power of Women Tour and “I Can Do It!” events with inspirational icons Wayne Dyer and Louise Hay.  She has also been heard on Martha Stewart Radio on Sirius/XM, Hay House Radio and shows across the globe.

Michelle TurnerMichelle_Turner

Michelle Turner is an advocate for victims of domestic violence. Her aim is to help victims and to raise public awareness for violence against women. She’s a survivor of abuse herself; her father abandoned her; she had a troubled childhood; she’s has been in several abusive relationships.

Yet she’s still here, happy, bright, and strong, ready to leave those memories behind and to help others who went through abuse. In her honest self-help book project, she writes about the way she survived, to emerge from the ordeals as a stronger person, full of life and hope.

Michelle is organizing programs to prevent and end cycles of abuse through research, resources, and advocacy provided to individuals, families, communities and agencies throughout the nation. She wants to show that it’s possible to get over a painful past and have a whole life, no matter what you have been through.

Mona ShandMona_Shand

Mona is a veteran journalist who has worked in television, radio, print, and online media. She began her broadcast career at WJBK, Fox 2 Detroit, where she worked as a news writer before taking an on-air position at WLNS-TV6, the CBS affiliate in Lansing Michigan. Over the years, she has worked at WHMI radio, written a column on family life for the online newspaper AnnArbor.com and produced stories for Public News Service.

Mona and her family have been regular participants in their local Meals on Wheels program for the past several years and that’s one of main topics covered in the interview. She says it’s been an excellent way to get her 3 young children involved in volunteering in the community.

Mona TippinsMona_Tippins

Mona is a grandmother and an author. She likes to walk in the rain, snow or wind and to walk across bridges. She reads as often as time allows, and travels as often as finances allow. Mona holds the Guinness World Record on unduplicated rail mileage. Her book, Tomorrow the Train:Journey to the World Record is her story of her adventures through thirty-three countries by rail to beat the record.

Mona didn’t beat this record in her twenties. She did it at the tender young age of sixty-five. She says the most difficult part of her journey to beat the record was not traveling as an older person, nor as a woman alone, nor as traveling with very little money. It was traveling as a vegetarian.

Morry ZelcovitchMorry_Zelcovitch

Morry says he first noticed the effects that sounds and tones had on his own mental state well over 20 years ago. This led him on a decades long journey deep into the study of brainwave entrainment.  Not satisfied with the minor results he experienced , Morry sought out the world’s foremost brainwave entrainment expert and, after extensive study and training, became one of the few Certified Brainwave Entrainment Engineers in the world. From that impressive starting point, and with ongoing study and research, Morry has developed his own technology and techniques (The Morry Method™) in that area.

Not wanting to keep this knowledge and powerful methodology to himself, he began producing recordings that incorporate the technology and techniques he developed. These recordings, including Quantum Mind Power and Quantum Confidence, are acclaimed by his legion of listeners.

Myrtle NewsamMyrtle_Newsam

Myrtle was homeless, suffering from congestive heart failure, and hobbling around on swollen feet due to maltreated diabetes. Despite all this, Myrtle kept her strength through her faith, her music, and her optimism.

Today, she’s a gospel songwriter, and co-author of the book, Contagious Optimism, which was a best-selling book of 2013. Myrtle currently writes children and young adult stories.

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Nancy CapelleNancy_Capelle

On May 14, 2011, Nancy, a wife and mother of two young daughters, clinically died at the age of 40. She suffered a heart attack and cardiac arrest. Thanks to the quick actions of a paramedic, she’s alive today to tell her harrowing story of life and death. As a result of her experience, Nancy decided to radically change the focus of her professional life from what she thought others expected her to be to what she felt was her calling. She resigned from her corporate job and became a Connecticut State licensed Emergency Medicine Technician and is now a volunteer EMT. She’s also an American Heart Association Certified BLS Instructor. Just five months after her cardiac arrest, Nancy was a “Red Cap” Team Leader for the American Heart Association’s Heart Walk as well as a spokesperson.

She’s a trainer in Hands Only CPR, as part of the Hands for Life project and has certified individuals ranging from Norwalk Police Department officers to students and teachers at schools throughout the lower Fairfield County area. Nancy is also the Founder and Owner of Cardiac Companion, LLC, through which she conducts private CPR instruction. Nancy now challenges others to take action in their own lives. She says it shouldn’t take death to finally live the life you were meant to live.

Nancy SchimmelNancy_Schimmel

Nancy’s been writing songs since 1975, and singing at rallies, marches and picket lines with the Freedom Song Network since it started in 1982. She sang with the Threshold Choir for the first five years of its existence. Now she sings with the Organic Women’s Chorus. She writes children’s songs as well as political and personal songs. She’s a member of the Children’s Music Network.

She volunteers at Washington Elementary School in Berkeley, singing and telling stories. She also tries out new songs fairly often at the monthly open mike at the Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarians and Universalists. Nancy has a masters degree in library science from the UC Berkeley and has taught storytelling in the library schools there, at UCLA and at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. She worked as a children’s librarian for nine years, 1965-1974.

Nancy also got involved in the Occupy Movement back in 2011 and helped start an organization known as Occupela.

Neil BarskyNeil_Barsky

Neil is the chairman and founder of The Marshall Project, a nonprofit journalism enterprise dedicated to covering the U.S. criminal justice system. He began his career as a newspaper reporter, covering real estate and economic development for the New York Daily News and The Wall Street Journal. He subsequently became a Wall Street analyst and hedge fund manager. He’s a graduate of Oberlin College and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. He sits on the board of trustees of Oberlin College and the board of directors of the writing program Youth Communication and is chair of the Columbia Journalism Review board of overseers.

In this interview, we talk about Neil’s latest projects, a documentary movie titled Koch, that covers Ed Koch’s time as mayor of New York City from 1978 to 1989 and the Marshall Project.

Nely GalánImages for Hispanic magazine of Nely Galan

Nely Galán is known throughout the Latina community as a self-made media magnate, motivational speaker, and women’s empowerment advocate.

She’s done incredible work with HBO, Fox, ESPN, MGM, Sony and many others. Galan also created and executive produced the FOX reality series The Swan, and as its in-house life coach, wrote the bestselling companion book The Swan Curriculum. Along the way, she was even a contestant on NBC’s The Celebrity Apprentice with Donald Trump, competing for the charity Count Me In, which helps women gain economic independence

She now proudly sits on the Coca Cola Company Advisory Board, which supports her biggest venture yet: The Adelante Movement. She founded The Adelante Movement (Move Forward) to vigorously unite and empower Latinas to become leaders in society, rightful entrepreneurs, and to be an integral voice in America’s economy and politics.

Nicole JavorskyNicole_Javorsky

Nicole was diagnosed with anorexia at age 14 and she says the diagnosis was a shock for her. Minutes after she was diagnosed, she was hospitalized.

She says her first night in treatment as lonely and scary.

As a result, she’s started a project called Cubs for Coping where she donates handmade teddy bears to hospitals, homeless shelters, and eating disorder centers.

Nihar SutharNihar_Suthar

Nihar is currently a student at Cornell University in New York. He says he’s always had his eye on changing the world.

One day, about a year ago, a ride on the New York City subways changed his life.

As a result of that experience, he started a company called Hype Up Your Day. Nihar believes that by motivating people around the world to be the best they can be, he’s doing his part to change the world for the better.

Nora KramerNora_Kramer

Nora is the founder and director of Youth Empowered Action (YEA) Camp, an innovative summer camp for teens who care about community service, activism, and social justice. YEA Camp offers week-long overnight sessions around the country for world-changing 12 to 17-year-olds. YEA Camp is a life-changing camp for world-changing teens.

Nora has worked as an activist and educator for over a decade, and believes that all of us, from a young age, want to help when we see something wrong in our world — but without training or support to understand the social problems around us and to empower us to impact them, a lot of us give up and decide we can’t make a difference. Thankfully, there is so much we can all do to make our world a better place.

Norma NorrisNorma_Norris

Norma is the founder of the Reality Tour Drug Prevention Program. She’s a lifelong resident of Butler PA, a wife, mother, grandmother and civic leader. In 2003, she wanted to do something about youth addicted to drugs and dying from overdoses in her community. Knowing that kids already had drug prevention education from grades K-12, she felt either they didn’t believe what they were being told about drugs, or they didn’t think the consequences could happen to them. She says it was also evident that parents were clueless as to what temptations youth experienced daily.

It seemed urgent to Norma to get parents and their children on the same page, with the same information. That information had to be delivered in an engaging manner; had to be true, emotionally charged and consequence-driven. After considerable research, she developed Reality Tour, a parent/child program that incorporated the community in the delivery. Norma left her 21 year career in radio and formed the nonprofit CANDLE, Inc. to oversee the endeavor and to serve as its executive director.

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Oren Wunderman, PhDOren_Wunderman

Dr. Wunderman has worked in non-profit child welfare agencies or mental health centers for most of the last thirty years. He’s licensed as a Psychologist, Marriage and Family Therapist, and Mental Health Counselor. He earned his Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctoral degrees from the University of Miami. For the past 15 years, he’s been a yearly guest lecturer in the subjects of Child Abuse and Forensic Psychology at the University of Miami, Departments of Counseling and Clinical Psychology, Miami Children’s Hospital and several local Community Mental Health Centers.

He’s been with the Family Resource Center of South Florida (FRC) for the past 16 years, 11 of which he’s served as its Executive Director. During his tenure, FRC has tripled in size while expanding the complexity and scope of services.

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P. M. H. AtwaterPMH_Atwater

P. M. H. is one of the original researchers in the field of near-death studies, having begun her work in 1978 and involving nearly 4,000 child and adult experiencers. She’s been given many awards, is an international speaker and her books have been translated in over 12 languages. Dr. Atwater’s Near-Death Experiences: The Rest of The Story completes 33 years doing near-death research, combined with work from a previous decade where she investigated altered and mystical states, psychic phenomena, and the transformative process.

Of the ten books she’s written about her findings, she’s established herself in generational research as well, including evolution, and how the human species is changing. A near-death experiencer herself, she says she returned from these episodes with many enhanced sensitivities. She became a researcher because of what she went through and what she says she was told to do during her third near-death experience.

Pablo SolomonPablo_Solomon

The sculptures, drawings, paintings and other design work of Pablo Solomon have graced some of the finest collections in the US and Europe for the past 40 years. He is known around the globe for his drawings and sculptures of dancers. He’s been recognized in books, magazines, TV, radio, newspapers and film as one of the most creative and productive artists of our times.

Recently Pablo has been featured in major publications for his visionary environmental designs and for his expertise in art as an investment. While we discuss his art, we also discuss whether or not our society has lost the ability to distinguish between–good, better and best when it comes to life styles, personal responsibility, honesty, morality, and other aspects of life.

Pamela McCollPamela_McColl

Pamela says it was really quite something one September morning when the news media woke her up at 4:30 AM to discuss a 500 word media release she had written. That press release was about Santa going “smoke-free.”  News circulated through the New York Post, LA Times, NPR, and Vanity Fair. When Associated Press took the story international it really was validation that one single voice, one single idea can still be heard in our “noisy” world.

You see, Pamela chose to alter Twas The Night Before Christmas, which is perhaps the most famous poem in the English language. You see, she self-published a new, smoke-free version of the poem, deleting the offending lines and removing Santa’s pipe from the illustrations. Her republished work has won the support of many anti-smoking activists.  She says she wanted to shake up the complacency she sees around the issue of tobacco use. Tobacco product use claims the lives of one in five Americans and subjects so many more to disease and illness. Pamela says it’s a preventable situation that is growing into a deep global threat.

Parisnicole PaytonParisnicole_Payton

Parisnicole is the President and CEO of The PNP Agency™. She manages public relations efforts for sports and entertainment professionals, public figures, and not-for-profit clients. She’s prepares her clients for media placements and develops strategies for press conferences, tours, speaking appearances and events. Additionally, she educates her clients on networking techniques, including forming vital business relationships and resource alliances. She negotiates contracts and coordinates referral services for clients to ensure lasting recognition and success. Lastly, she cultivates client relationships and supports diverse fund-raising and community outreach initiatives. She’s earned a Master of Education in Educational Management, a Master of Business Administration in Marketing and a Bachelor of Business Administration in Management from Strayer University.

Pascale LegagneurPascale Legagneur

Growing up, Pascale developed a love for writing and a passion for music. She is a classically trained pianist, songwriter, poet, and music composer/producer who has performed at Carnegie Hall, Ashford and Simpson’s Sugar Bar, and The Nuyorican Poets Café. Over the years, she’s developed a knack for technology, particularly social media. Known for her creative talents, innovative ideas, and business acumen, she’s created a name for herself in the social media world through blogging, tweeting, and launching various digital media projects through her company, Fortune Media Ventures, LLC.

A former college dropout, Pascale holds several honors and degrees. She earned Bachelor’s degrees in American Studies and Media & Communications from SUNY College at Old Westbury,  Master of Arts degree in Teaching from Queens College, City University of New York (CUNY), and an MBA in Media Management from Metropolitan College of New York. She’s currently developing several projects, mainly in digital, online, and social media, and is in the process of writing a success guide book for college and graduate students.

Paul DillonPaul_Dillon

Paul is the president and CEO of Dillon Consulting Services LLC, a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs certified Service Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business, which provides project management and business development services for clients in the service industry. He has more than 37 years of experience in those areas. His articles and commentaries on business and political issues have appeared in encyclopedias, business trade journals, and local and network radio/TV news, such as CBS World News Roundup. He has served on numerous non-profit boards, and on many gubernatorial, legislative, mayoral, and federal committees and commissions.

A true Renaissance man, and an avid distance lap swimmer, Paul’s interests range from corporate governance, to veterans entrepreneurship, to the entertainment industry, the last of which stems from his more than 14 years of experience serving as the supervisor of elections to the National Radio Hall of Fame, and to the Chicago Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences for the Emmy Awards.

Peggy ChunPeggy_Chun

Peggy Chun is known in Hawaii for her beautiful and often whimsical artwork. Her work can be found in both private and corporate collections across the globe. This watercolor artist, who lived the last years of her life paralyzed by ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s Disease, captured the “spirit of aloha” in her paintings and thrived on sharing her love of the islands (and life!) with the world. Even through her six-year battle with ALS, Peggy continued to live a full and creative life, inspiring those around her with her courage, passion, and sense of humor in the face of adversity.

This debilitating motor neuron disease never slowed Peggy down, nor did it slow her creativity. In 2003, Peggy’s lungs weakened and she was placed on a ventilator. That same year, she lost use of her right hand. Peggy simply painted with her left. In 2004, a weakened left hand sent the paintbrush to her teeth. And when Peggy lost the use of her jaw muscles in 2005, she used a computer system called ERICA to digitally paint images using her eye movement.

Peggy spent the last three years of her life fully paralyzed, using a spell board to spell words out with her eye movement, letter-by-letter. She passed away peacefully in her home in November 2008, surrounded by her beloved friends, family, and famed group of caregivers, the “Peg’s Legs”.

Peter WrightPeter_Wright

Peter is a certified Hypnotherapist in Santa Barbara with more than 22 years of experience in this field. He is one of only 50 Board-certified Past-Life Regression Therapists in the nation and he is also certified in Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP).

In addition, Peter is certified as a Life Between Lives Therapist – helping clients meet with their personal Council of Elders in the Spirit World during a Live Between Lives session. During this session, they can get direct answers to any questions they’ve ever wanted to ask about their current life. Plus Peter is skilled in Spirit Releasement.

Peter holds a Master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor’s degree from Tufts University.

Philip MandelPhilip_Mandel

Philip has been many things, but he’s never been a movie producer — until now. Currently self-employed as a Health Coach, he’s also a musician and a recovering engineer. His father was a medical doctor, his mother was a home-maker — both refugees from Vienna at the beginning of the Nazi occupation in World War II. When Philip met a gentleman named Alter Wiener, he learned that Alter is a World War II Holocaust survivor and felt an immediate connection with him. After hearing his life story in public presentations and reading his autobiography, “From a Name to a Number,” Philip decided that everyone on Earth needs to hear or read Alter’s life story.

Thus, Philip obtained the movie rights from Alter and has begun the process of producing a feature film based on Alter’s life story as reflected in his book, “From a Name to a Number.”

Dr. Preetham GrandhiPreetham_Grandhi

Dr. Grandhi is an Albert Einstein College–trained, board-certified adult psychiatrist and Yale-trained child and adolescent psychiatrist. He is the House 5 unit psychiatrist at the New York City Children’s Center – Bronx Campus and also has a child private practice in Mount Vernon, New York.

He’s an assistant clinical professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University. He’s the coauthor of “The Turning Point: Conquering Stress with courage clarity and confidence,” and an expert in childhood stress. He is also the author of the award-winning psychological thriller “A Circle of Souls.”

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Rachel BoyntonRachel_Boynton

Rachel produced and directed the feature-length documentary Our Brand Is Crisis, filming for three years on two continents. Winner of the International Documentary Association’s Best Feature Documentary Award and nominated for an Independent Spirit Award, it was named the No. 3 movie of 2006 by New York magazine, and appeared on several other “Best of 2006” lists, including those of The New York Times and LA Weekly. The film, which was televised on the Sundance Channel and internationally, earned Rachel the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival’s Charles E. Guggenheim Emerging Artist Award. George Clooney’s company, Smokehouse Pictures, plans to remake Our Brand Is Crisis as a fiction feature.

Rachel’s other credits include associate producer for the feature documentary Well-Founded Fear, producer/director/cinematographer for the reality series Pageant Perfect and associate producer for People Like Us: Social Class in America. She has managed shoots across America, worked on films in Cuba and France and directed casting for reality-based commercials.


Rachel GrantRachel_Grant

Rachel is the owner and founder of Rachel Grant Coaching and is a Sexual Abuse Recovery Coach. She works with survivors of childhood sexual abuse who are beyond sick and tired of feeling broken, unfixable, and burdened by the past. She helps them let go of the pain of abuse and finally feel normal. She is also the author of Beyond Surviving: The Final Stage in Recovery from Sexual Abuse.

She holds an M.A. in Counseling Psychology. She provides a compassionate and challenging approach for her clients while using coaching, as opposed to therapeutic models. She’s a member of the International Coach Federation & San Francisco Coaches.

Raegan PayneRaegan_Payne

Raegan is an award-winning published playwright whose plays have been graced by notable actors in Hollywood and across the US.

She is the creator of the volunteering blog, TheGoodMuse.com, now in its 5th year of operation.

Over the past 5 years, she’s tackled over 87 different volunteer projects on her way to her goal of 100 projects before the end of 2013.

Rainbow BeastRainbow_Beast

The band consists of Marcus Stoesz (vocals, guitar, keys), Brian Gorman (drums, backing vocals), and Jen Aldrich (bass).

In 2009, after years of performing as touring musicians, Gorman and Stoesz created Rock Band Land, an ongoing, San Francisco-based collaborative program that offers a venue for elementary-age kids to explore creativity through original rock music, story writing, and storytelling. Young rockers are encouraged to run with any and all ideas that inspire them. Anything can be explored in a song: fear, death, or alienation, as well as love, joy, and endless kindness. The young rockers are challenged to be original, be kind, and to resist the urge to sing about poop. All Rock Band Land songs must, in the end, be positive and full of redemption.

The members of Rainbow Beast act as interpreters, mentors and curators for the youth of Rock Band Land, and all of the music that the band records and performs was written with the Rock Band Land Rockers.

Ramsey BahrawyRamsey_Bahrawy

Ramsey is an elder law attorney with 33 years legal experience, 17 of which have been concentrated on elder law. About 6 years ago, he began a quest to educate the general public on aging / senior issues by utilizing the medium of local cable tv and now online.

At the time, he had no tv or drama training. The local cable tv studio provided no training, just technical assistance. In other words, he learned by the seat of his pants. He’s come a long way since then.

He’s currently writing a book which is, in large part, based on the show’s talking points.

Ray HigdonRay_Higdon

Ray says that in 2009 he was dead broke and in foreclosure. He hadn’t talked to his Dad in 13 years and he was deeply depressed. Prior to that time, from 2004-2008 he had been a successful real estate investor in Florida and when the market changed he was unable to adapt.

Since then, he’s written two #1 amazon best selling books, spoken to audiences all over the world and he say’s he’s completely turned his life around and now using his success to help others.

Rebecca CorryRebecca_Corry

Rebecca is a well-known writer, actor, producer and improvisational comedian. Some of her guest star appearances include; “The King of Queens,” “The Bernie Mac Show,” “Rules Of Engagement,” “Rizzoli and Isles,” as well as appearances on “The Wayne Brady Show,” NBC’s “Late Friday,” “Comics Unleashed,” E’s 101 series,” Vh1’s “Best Week Ever,” Comedy Central’s “Premium Blend” and her own 1/2 hour Comedy Central Presents special.

Rebecca is now preparing for the biggest role of her life, to organize the first ever One Million PIBBLE March On Washington DC in May 2014 in an effort to end BSL (Breed Specific Legislation) and dog fighting and by doing so, create safe and humane communities for humans and animals.

Rebecca WestRebecca_West

Sometimes we choose change and sometimes change is thrust upon us. Whichever way the shake-up comes, it’s what you do with it that matters.

Rebecca’s “personal earthquake” was divorce. She found herself without a marriage or a career. All she had was a house that kept reminding her of the failure of her marriage… the paint color they both chose, the sofa they got together, the art they picked out.

Rebecca says she picked herself up out of her grieving, sold everything on Craigslist, bought all ‘new’ stuff on Craigslist, and repainted the interior of the house in all new colors.

From that moment on, everything was changed. Now she helps other do the same.

Richard KeyworthRichard_Keyworth

Richard is a 71 year old retired Lieutenant formerly with the Elk Grove Village (IL) Fire Department. He say’s he’s always been a big man and during his Fire Service Career, he’d suffered heart problems and had several stents put in his heart. After he retired, he began to gain even more weight due to inactivity and overeating.  As his weight slowly increased, he suffered from shortness of breath and other related problems. He went from 3X Tall shirts through 4X and into 5X over the next few years. He says he refused to think about his health as he was sure he was invincible. Several years ago, he went to see his cardiologist and the doctor wanted him to take a stress test. Because his knees wouldn’t take that much exercise, the doctor had to do an induced stress test with Richard laying on an x-ray table. He says he was almost too large for the machine to go around him.

After the test, the doctor said he had 2 options: (i) go see his local undertaker and pick out a XX large and XX long casket; or (ii) lose weight. He knew diets hadn’t worked for him in the past, so he realized he needed to change his lifestyle. Over the next year and a half, he went from a size 60 inch waist to his current weight over 300 lbs. He’s down to a XX tall shirt and a 50 inch waist, but he realizes he still has more to go. His cardiologist has taken him off some of his meds and says Richard’s his Poster Boy for Good Behavior.

Robb BraunRobb_Braun

Robb brings over 25 years experience to the table as a personal development professional. He’s an experienced and tenacious coach, speaker, author and leader who’s led and developed over 40,000 participants in personal and professional growth trainings, seminars and programs throughout the US and overseas.

Robb says his life has been remarkable – filled with failures and successes, losses and recovery, and incredible opportunities for growth and awareness. He’s failed at business, lost a spouse to illness and a son to gang violence. He will tell you all of these are gifts, as he has continued to embrace fatherhood, created space to experience true love and enjoys sustainable success in his business endeavors. He lives by a mantra of ‘Take No Days Off!’ that he borrowed from a fellow free-spirit. He’ll tell you that he lives his life full-on every day.

Robert BenjaminRobert_Benjamin

In his 20’s, Bob says he was emotionally broken and spiritually close to defeat. Everything in his life he had so far dared to believe in was failing and betraying his trust. He says it would have been a good day to quit and surrender to dismal mediocrity. He says the only thing that saved him was that he had never learned to give up. Had he known then that his quest was going to span several decades, he might have been tempted to surrender, but he didn’t. What he did do, at the age of 28, was to uproot his life 3000 miles from New England to the Pacific Northwest. As it happened, one of the first lessons he learned was that he would be, as he calls it, imperfectly ordinary.

In his 50’s, he found himself, at last, ready, able and willing to do something about it. He was ready to write. It took him 15 years to complete the first part of that task, the writing of his Imperfectly Ordinary Trilogy.

Judge Robert FrancisRobert_Francis

Judge Francis is currently the Presiding Judge over the Dallas 4-C SAFPF ReEntry court. This court’s success in reducing crime has brought it state and national acclaim. Television networks including; CNBC, PBS, TBN & CCTV have all broadcast special documentaries about 4-C and its success. Previously, he presided over Criminal District Court #3 in Dallas for 12 years. Prior to being elected in 1997, Judge Francis was an Asst. D.A. in Dallas County and was in private practice.

In an effort to reduce recidivism, Judge Francis started the first Re-Entry court in the State of Texas in February of 2001. This court was designed to ensure that addicts who have received rehabilitative treatment in the penitentiary are monitored and supervised once they are released from prison. He’s lectured and/or taught at numerous professional conferences and schools for the judiciary throughout the country. For the past several legislative sessions, Judge Francis has served as a liaison for the Texas judiciary to the Texas legislature.

Roberta GrimesRoberta_Grimes

Roberta is an Austin-based business attorney who’s had two extraordinary experiences of light in childhood that prompted her to spend decades studying nearly 200 years of abundant and consistent communications from the dead. Using this material and the principles of quantum mechanics, she says she was eventually able to figure out what her experiences of light had been.

She shares many of her discoveries in her latest books which detail some astonishing recent advances in the field of after-death communication. She’s on the governing board of the Academy for Spiritual and Consciousness Studies. In 2014 she co-chaired the Academy’s 38th annual conference, entitled. New Developments in Afterlife Communication. In 2015 she will co-chair the annual conference of the Academy’s Afterlife Research and Education Section entitled Life in the Afterlife, to be held in September of 2015 in Scottsdale, AZ. She’s a graduate of Smith College and Boston University School of Law.

Robin KorthRobin_Korth

Robin is a writer, public speaker, business woman, and a soul dancer who is no longer on the run. She says she’s at last come home to who she is—a woman who knows her own heart, who flies her spirit in joy and knows that the adventure of life is to be found always in each moment. After many years, Robin walked away from doing life “right” – as she says she was dying in it – and turned towards living it. This meant looking fully at the woman in the mirror and claiming everything that had gone before—the failures, the sorrows, the joys, the running away from who she was and the self-pity, the laziness, the resentment and the anger. It meant getting to work at living life with honesty, willingness and an ever-arching cry of freedom, love, curiosity and laughter.

In her own words, “Doing life right just about killed me. My spirit was tagged and toggled to do-over days that made no sense. I wasn’t cut out to be the woman I was trying so very hard to be. It hurt. I hurt. I couldn’t do it anymore.”

Robin MarvelRobin_Marvel

Robin is an author and speaker in the field of self development. Despite a childhood filled with abuse, homelessness and teen pregnancy, Robin has overcome many challenges to make her life one of purpose. She says she’s devoted her life to show others how to do the same. Using her story, books and workshops as tools, she’s working to inspire others to break cycles and choose to live the life they desire.

Robin says she learned at a very young age that our choices determine the successes that we achieve in our lives. She says you can’t live in a state of blame in the present for the lifestyle you survived as a child. You have the opportunity to remove yourself from being a victim and become a victor and live the life you desire.

Brigadier General Ron Sconyers (USAF Ret,)Ron_Sconyers

Brigadier General Ron Sconyers (USAF, Ret.) is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Physicians for Peace, a global nonprofit medical education and training organization serving developing nations with unmet medical needs and scarce resources.  Since assuming his position at Physicians for Peace in February 2004, General Sconyers has overseen significant growth of the organization. Today, he leads an organization with a U.S. based staff of 20 and overseas offices in the Dominican Republic and the Philippines. Physicians for Peace has active projects in nearly 20 developing countries.

General Sconyers was a career military officer in the U.S. Air Force. He has an undergraduate degree in International Affairs from the USAF Academy and a Master’s Degree in Communications from St. Louis University. He was also a Fellow in Foreign Politics, International Relations and the National Interest at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Ronald ChapmanRonald_Chapman

Ron is the owner of an international speaking and consulting company, Magnetic North LLC, a specialty company, Leading Public Health, and a publishing company Seeing True Press. In addition to international accreditation as a speaker and national awards for radio commentary, he is the author of one fiction book, two works of non-fiction, and two sets of compact discs.

Ron holds a Masters in Social Welfare from The University at Albany. His Seeing True practice and methods helps people clearly identify obstructions that impede their success personally, as well as in business and organizations.

Ronald KaufmanRonald_Kaufman

Ron Kaufman is a seminar leader and executive coach specializing in communication skills and goal setting. For over 15 years, he’s been conducting workshops on topics such as public speaking, negotiation, media skills, goal setting, job interviewing, time management, and stress management.

He has a Master Certification in NLP, and is a certified trainer in Presentation Skills. Ron is also the author of the book “Anatomy of Success,” which is based on his goal setting and communication skills workshops. Contributing to the community is an important part of Ron’s work, donating an average of two workshops per month to various nonprofits.

Rosalind SedaccaRosalind_Sedacca

Rosalind is a Divorce & Parenting Coach. She’s the founder of the Child-Centered Divorce Network which provides valuable resources for parents who are facing a divorce, dealing with a divorce or transitioning after a divorce.

She is also the author of How Do I Tell the Kids about the Divorce?, a Create-a-Storybook Guide to Preparing Your Children – with Love!

Rosalind is on the Board of Directors of Online Parenting Programs and The Toby Center for Family Transitions, an Advisor at ParentalWisdom.com as well as a Featured Blogger for The Huffington Post, Divorce360, The Kids Come First Coalition, KidzEdge Magazine and numerous other divorce and parenting websites.

Roxanne LeeRoxanne_Lee

After working as an event planner for many years, Roxanne witnessed large amounts of food being tossed out after the event was over. The worst part was that she wasn’t allowed to redirect the leftovers to a homeless shelter or food pantry due to legal reasons, like the fear of being sued if someone claimed food poisoning. She recently started working on a documentary entitled FOOD WA$TE, drawing upon interviews from chefs, food managers, local farms, and community organizers.

Having grown up in a food insecure household herself and coming from a family ridden with substance abuse and mental illness, she understands all too well the need for us to stop wasting food. In her opinion, it doesn’t make any sense that ~50 million people live below the poverty line in America, yet we throw away enough food to feed four times that amount.

Russell FriedmanRussell_Friedman

Russell is Executive Director of The Grief Recovery Institute Educational Foundation, Inc., and co-author of four books on the subject of grief recovery.  He’s appeared as the Grief Recovery expert on CNN many times. Of special note: an appearance on Saturday September 15, 2001, in the aftermath of the 9/11 tragedy; again in April of 2002, after Andrea Yates drowned her five children in Houston; with Anderson Cooper in June of 2004, during the funeral proceedings for President Ronald Reagan; and in July of 2009 following the death of Michael Jackson. In April, 2005, he was featured on The Today Show with Matt Lauer, as an expert on helping parents guide their children in dealing with losses of all kinds.

Russell blogs on Psychology Today and on Tributes.com, an online memorial website.

Rusty and Laurie WrightRusty_and_Laurie_Wright

In 2004, Michigan guitarists Rusty and Laurie Wright put together the first incarnation of the group that would become the Rusty Wright Band. Both were veteran musicians, but it was only the band’s second show together when they opened for Lynyrd Skynyrd, a performance which garnered them a standing ovation and prompted Skynyrd guitarist Rickey Medlocke to exclaim “Dude – where did YOU come from?” Then in their early forties, the husband/wife team dedicated themselves to proving there is no expiration date on fulfilling an artistic dream.

Fast forward nine years: Three acclaimed studio albums, an album of live cuts culled from several years of live concert mixes, two concert DVDs, successful international tours, headliner status on well over half of their concert and festival performances, and a national TV debut on an hour-long syndicated PBS concert program that has aired repeatedly across the country for more than a year. The Rusty Wright Band has made the leap from regional favorite to enjoying international recognition and wowing audiences on three continents.

Ryan LockardRyan_Lockard

Ryan is the head trainer and co-owner of Specialty Athletic Training. He grew up being active and was a three sport athlete in high school. He went on to play football at Lewis and Clark College. After graduating, he turned his passion for football into a career and played professionally overseas for 3 years.

Ryan has worked with children with special needs since 2007 and has over 7,000 hours of 1:1 instruction. He is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (NSCA) and is a Board Member on the Autism Society of Oregon’s Board of Directors.

Ryan is also a very active volunteer for the Portland Aspergers Network as the Young Adult Group Facilitator.

Ryan McEvoyRyan McEvoy

Ryan is the principal of Gaia Development, a green-building consulting company dedicated to creating cost-effective solutions for efficient sustainable buildings. Gaia’s mission is to make sustainability affordable, so more businesses and homeowners will choose to build with the future of our earth in mind.

In addition to his business, Ryan applied his 10+ years experience in the non-profit sector toward the foundation of Collective Solutions (CS). CS seeks to “promote sustainable development among under-served populations worldwide” by implementing sustainability-minded education to economically and ecologically impoverished communities. Ryan teaches a sustainability course at Cal State Dominguez Hills and speaking at sustainability-minded conferences around the country.

Ryan ThewesRyan_Thewes

Ryan graduated from the Ball State University College of Architecture and Planning in 2000. While in school, Ryan studied the architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright, which made a strong impression on his development as a designer. He felt a kinship with Wright’s ideas on architecture, which seemed to closely resemble his own. Ryan was inspired by Wright’s bold use of geometry, veneration of nature and his ability to integrate a building with its site. Wright called his work “Organic Architecture,” which came from his belief that a building’s essence or character should derive from the design process in the same way a living organism grows from a seed–logically and naturally from the inside out.

Ryan continues to press the boundaries with award winning Organic and Modern structures that are unique to his area. His designs have received national as well as world wide attention and have been featured in many online and print media sources. He has also been recognized widely for his advancements in green construction and the green building industry, with his focus on building science and performance.


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Samantha M. WhiteSamantha M. White, M.S.W., L.I.C.S.W.

Samantha is a psychotherapist who changed her name when she was forty-three years old, which was thirty-two years ago, because, as she says, her life needed a new start. She chose ”Samantha” because of its origin and meaning. From the Biblical Aramaic, it means, “The woman who listens,” or “She is heard.”

In the span of a few short years, around the time of her name change, she lost her first husband to mental illness, then fell in love with a bounder who used and deceived her, and then her daughter was killed. She says she fell apart. Her pain drove some of her friends away, She lost her job, and became homeless. She says she didn’t want to live, but she had another daughter who needed her, so she had to find a way to go on living.

Samantha did better than that. She found a way to heal, to elevate her life from pain to forgiveness and peace and joy. It was a long, hard climb, but she made it, and felt driven to share the story of how she did it.

Samuel Sagan, M.D.Samuel_Sagan

Samuel Sagan started practicing meditation in his teens. In 1975 he became a medical student at Faculty Paris V, with the aim of acquiring a solid background in the pursuit of consciousness studies. Initially directed towards neurosurgery and psychiatry, he soon encountered limits with the conventional approach when seeking to study consciousness. Therefore, in conjunction with studying conventional medicine, he started training in anthroposophical medicine and alternative therapies. He also studied homeopathy and acupuncture, both 3 year long courses open only to physicians. In 1978, he commenced studies of Sanskrit in order to explore models of consciousness in the Indian tradition.

In 1982 he dedicated himself to full-time meditation for 5 years, giving up all medical and other  activities. He says these were, by far, the most intense years of his life. At the end of this period he moved to Sydney Australia where he founded the Clairvision School, aimed at offering in-depth training in  meditation and a whole range of topics in consciousness studies and alternative therapies. In 2005, Samuel moved to the United States. By then, he had written sixteen books (from Awakening the Third Eye to Death the Great Journey). Dozens of instructors had been trained and the techniques of the Clairvision School were taught throughout Europe and North America, as well as Australia, New Zealand and Asia as they continue to be taught today.

Sandi HutchesonSandi_Hutcheson

Sandi grew up a preacher’s kid in Atlanta, Ga. Following Southern tradition, Sandi married young and set out to raise a perfect family. Three kids later, she was on track, until Sandi’s mother gave her an unexpected “gift”: a copy of a book filled with diet and exercise tips called Look Great Naked, and told her “I think your husband is having an affair.” The unspoken message was, your husband is straying; go fix yourself.  Instead, Sandi chose to peel away the scales of image and strip down to her authentic self, no longer addicted to perfection and the notion she has to hide her weaknesses from everyone.

Sandi obtained her Master of Fine Arts from Spalding University, and teaches Short Story Writing at Flagler College and Creative Writing for the University of Phoenix, while pursuing a Ph.D. in Creative Writing at Warnborough College, Ireland.  Her stories have been published in Creative Nonfiction, Doxie Digest and Southern Journal magazines. Her novel, Looks Great Naked, follows the struggles of Grace Adams, a woman on a similar journey of despair and hope – sometimes side-splitting, sometimes heartrending – that will empower people who are afraid to take off their masks.

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Sandy is a visionary and 30 year veteran of the entertainment industry working behind the scenes in all aspects of production including producing, production coordinating, and post-production supervising. Sandy graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s degree in Radio, Television and Film, from California State University Northridge and used her creative expertise to build her own editing business developing industrial video productions. Sandy is also the co-owner of two well-established and successful companies, Omegasonics, a manufacturing company and UltraCare, a service business. At a young age Sandy had a dream to create a positive news show. She, along with Sherry, made this dream become a reality with Smile TV!

Microsoft Word - Sandy and Sherry-Biosletterhead.docSherry is an award-winning actress, writer and producer, whose face and voice are very familiar to television and film audiences worldwide. Most recognized as, Ilene, on the hit series Home Improvement, or Kirsten Dunst’s mom in the Universal hit Bring It On, Sherry has an extensive list of credits from stage to screen. As a vocalist and voice artist, Sherry can be heard in over a hundred films including: Shrek, Madagascar, Polar Express, and Monsters vs Aliens. Following her passion for music, children and positive programming, Sherry branched out, produced and starred in the uplifting family musical, Lilly’s Light, for Public TV, advocating for displaced and foster youth. Her heart and talents, along with Sandy’s are now being fully expressed through Smile TV!

Sara Chana SilversteinSara_Chana_Silverstein

Sara Chana is an international board certified lactation consultant, classical homeopath, master herbalist, lecturer, author, wife and mother of seven children. She appears regularly on CBS, ABC, NBC and FOX TV health segments, speaking on topics such as breastfeeding, birthing and integrating alternative medicine with conventional medicine. She writes regular columns, is interviewed in national magazines and is quoted on the most popular ‘mommy sites.’

In addition, Sara Chana is a highly sought-after public speaker who is funny, provocative and wise. She teaches breastfeeding basics to pediatricians at a medical school, and lectures at workshops for midwives, doulas and nurses. Her newly launched APP for breastfeeding moms is called Sara Chana’s Breastfeeding For Boobs which is “an encyclopedia that fits in the palm of your hand.” She encourages natural births, breastfeeding and teaches women the art of integrating breastfeeding with a career. By shattering birthing and breastfeeding myths, she has helped thousands of women reach their goals.

Sarah BlumSarah_Blum

Sarah is a champion for justice and is working to heal the profound damage of Military Sexual Trauma (MST) that she says is rampant in the U.S. Military. She’s a decorated nurse Vietnam veteran who earned the Army Commendation Medal serving as an operating room nurse at the 12th Evacuation Hospital Cu Chi, Vietnam during the height of the fighting in 1967. She was awarded the Certificate of Achievement for exemplary service as head nurse of the orthopedic ward at Madigan Army Hospital in 1968, where she was also the assistant director of nursing on evening and night shift in 1970.  She received her Bachelor’s Degree, Summa Cum Laude, from Seattle University and her Master’s, Cum Laude, from U. W. and at age 74, Sarah is still a practicing nurse psychotherapist with over 29 years experience working with PTSD and trauma resolution.

She was a finalist in the Pacific Northwest Writer’s Association 2012 Writing Contest in Memoirs and her first Op Ed “Sexual Abuse in the Military Needs to be Brought to Light”, was published July 12, 2012 in The Seattle Times and her second,”Sex Crimes Continue to Plague the U.S. Military,” was published in Truthout  on January 15, 2013 and on February 24, 2014, “Our Military: Fighting to Keep its Culture of Abuse.” Was published in Truthout.

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Sarah was the 1st Place Winner of the 17th Annual Great American Jazz Piano Competition. She’s performed with legends such as Clark Terry, Anita O’Day, Carmen Leggio, Bucky Pizzarelli, and many more. Sarah’s debut CD features Antonio Hart and Tony Reedus. Her second CD featured Chris Potter and Billy Hart, and her third features saxophone giant Michael Brecker.

Sarah’s articles and transcriptions have been published in Piano Today Magazine, and her book Modern Jazz Piano was released by Hal Leonard in 2005. Sarah is a contributor to the Steinway Library of Piano Music. She’s also penned the Pianist’s Jammin’ Handbook and A Baker’s Dozen: 13 Contemporary Jazz Etudes.

Sarah graduated from the New England Conservatory with honors and distinction in composition and performance.

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Sarah is the business savvy creator of Hooping by Sarah and The Hooping with Kids Hoop Teacher Training Program. Teachers in the program learn how to help kids get active and stay active, all through the magic of hoops. She’s taught hundreds of children’s hooping classes in 4 different states and she says she’s on a mission to help you learn how to teach kids to hoop too.

Sarah’s proteges are teaching the Hooping with Kids Curriculum all over the world. This program not only helps kids to get active and stay active, but it helps fulfill her goal of helping women all over the world improve their confidence, their careers, and their lives, all by teaching kids to hoop.

Scott SchmarenScott_Schmaren

Scott is a nationally known neuroperformanceologist, speaker, coach, author, TV and radio personality. Born and raised in Chicago, Scott’s childhood was a constant battle with the issue of obesity and being teased. After school ,Scott entered the field of Real Estate and got married. His obesity sprung out of control and when he reached his high point of 365 pounds, he realized he had reached his end of the road. It was time to change!!!

Since then, Scott has spent over 20 years learning powerful success technologies as a neuroperformanceologist. He’s used what he’s learned and created to transform his life, losing 180 pounds and maintaining it while rediscovering his vitality. He’s appeared on radio and television including, “The Oprah Winfrey Show” where Oprah said, “If Scott can do it, I can do it and so can you!”

Scott VentrellaScott_Ventrella

Scott is the principal of Positive Dynamics, a management consulting firm specializing in the development and delivery of programs designed to help individuals and companies achieve unprecedented levels of performance by leveraging the inherent potential in people. As a consultant and leader, Scott brings over 25 years of organizational development experience to Positive Dynamics with a unique blend of solid, real-world application and academic credentials.

Since 1993, Scott has been an adjunct professor at Fordham University’s Graduate School of Business where he teaches on a variety of management topics, including: “Leadership and Change,” “Leading the Global Organization” and “Me, Inc. – How to Master the Business of Being You.” Additionally, Scott serves as adjunct professor at the Jack Welch College of Business at Sacred Heart University teaching “Leadership and Ethics,” as well as at Fairfield University where he teaches “Applied Business Ethics.”

Shannon KaiserShannon_Kaiser

Shannon Kaiser has been labeled a modern thought leader on the rise by CafeTruth. She is the author of “Find Your Happy, an Inspirational Guide to Loving Life to Its Fullest”.

She left her successful career in advertising to follow her heart and be a motivational speaker, life coach, travel writer and author. She is a four-time contributing author to the best-selling book series Chicken Soup for The Soul.

Shannon’s work has been featured in media outlets such as Good Morning America, Good Day New York, Inside Edition, KATU AM Northwest, MindBodyGreen, Tiny Buddha, Elephant Journal and The Daily Love.

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Shannon remains the Most Decorated Gymnast in American History. She is the only American to rank among the Top 10 All-Time gymnasts and is the only female athlete to be inducted into the US Olympic Hall of Fame – Twice! (as an Individual (2006) and as part of a Team (2008)).

She’s won an astounding 59 International and 49 National competition medals. Over half of these have been gold. Her tally of five medals (2 silver, 3 bronze) at the 1992 Olympics was the most medals won by a US athlete in any sport. At the ‘96 games, she led the “Magnificent Seven” to the US Women’s first ever Team Gold and for the first time for any American gymnast, she captured Gold on the Balance Beam. But there’s more, much more . . .

After retiring from Olympic competition, Shannon received her undergraduate degrees in marketing and entrepreneurship and her law degree from Boston College. She then moved from Olympic athlete to advocate for the health and wellness of women and children.

In 2010, she launched her company, Shannon Miller Lifestyle: Health and Fitness for Women. She continues to travel the country as a highly sought after motivational speaker and advocate for the health and wellness of women and children.

In January 2011, Shannon was diagnosed with a malignant germ cell tumor, a rare form of ovarian cancer. She had the baseball sized tumor removed successfully and followed up with 9 weeks of chemotherapy. She’s remained open and public about her diagnosis and treatment and continues to empower women to make their health a priority through the media. She’s currently cancer free and continues to be a strong advocate for early detection.

Shawn RhodesShawn_Rhodes

Shawn is a speaker, writer, coach and consultant in the fields of professional performance and personal development. He’s known as an award winning, internationally-published author, war correspondent and teacher. For decades he’s shared the benefits of the martial arts to the public, developed ways to focus under stress, be passionate in a profession, and be confident in everyday life. Through personal study under teachers in the U.S. and Japan, he continually seeks out ways to bring the positive lessons of eastern wisdom to modern problems. His sessions have helped people and organizations overcome challenges, balance personal and professional life, maintain focus on their goals, and enable them to have the same tenacity, compassion, and success he found in warrior cultures around the world. As an advisor to senior leaders in the Department of Defense, he’s advised and presented to thousands in the U.S. Marine Corps and U.S. Air Force, in addition to businesses, organizations and multiple non-profits.

Sheevaun MoranSheevaun_Moran

Master Energy Coach Sheevaun Moran is the founder and creator of the Energetic Solutions, Inc.® Success System. She is devoted to teaching the world’s entrepreneurs and leaders the deep Universal Energetic Principles with practical step-by-step “How-To’s” to fulfill their legacy or dream.

She says “most transformations are focused on strategies and tactics, which typically affect change in a minimal way.” “When 99 percent of learning is achieved by connecting, aligning and experiencing cellular and energetic shifts, it helps make the strategies and tactics to be more effective more quickly.”

Shel HorowitzShel_Horowitz

As a writer and speaker, Shel has been promoting safe energy and an end to nuclear power since 1976. He’s been promoting green and ethical business practices as success strategies since at least 2002 (which might have been a radical idea back then, but is much more accepted now).

He’s a green marketing and publishing consultant, copywriter, and author of eight books including Guerrilla Marketing Goes Green: Winning Strategies to Improve Your Profits and Your Planet. He also writes an internationally syndicated monthly column, Green And Profitable.

His latest project is a proposal for a new book called How to Repair the World, which will look at solving resource issues as a way to address poverty, war, hunger, and catastrophic climate change.

Sherri MillsSherri_Mills

Sherri has been a hairdresser for over forty-five years. She’s listened to real-life problems and followed real-life outcomes—successes and failures—and through several generations, longer and more extensively than many marriage counselors can.

In her practice she’s seen the pain from too many divorces that didn’t have to happen. She’s been obsessed with trying to save as many marriages as she can.

Sherri’s first book, I Almost Divorced My Husband, But I Went On Strike Instead, was written to women, with detailed instructions on how to deal with the double duty and double standard of householder work and instructions on how to have more appreciation for their own husbands.

Soania MathurSoania_Mathur

Soania is a family physician living outside of Toronto, Ontario who had to resign her practice as a result of her Young Onset Parkinson’s Disease a full twelve years after her diagnosis at age 27.

Now she is a dedicated speaker, writer, educator and Parkinson’s advocate. She speaks passionately about the challenges of adjusting physically and emotionally and the coping strategies available to patients.

Dr. Mathur is an active speaker with the Parkinson’s Society of Canada at patient-directed conferences and also serves as a resource for education projects. She works with The Michael J. Fox foundation for Parkinson’s Research and serves on their Patient Council. She is a member of The Brian Grant Foundation Advisory Board that helps to create educational programming.

She is the founder of Designing A Cure Inc. which was initially created to raise funds directed towards research and awareness of Parkinson’s Disease and now serves as a platform to educate and inspire those living with this disease to take charge of their lives, to live well with Parkinson’s. Dr. Mathur has a special interest in helping educate the youngest affected by the stress of this chronic disease.

Sonia Pressman FuentesSonia Pressman Fuentes

Sonia is an American author, speaker, feminist leader and lawyer. She was born in Berlin, Germany, of Polish parents, with whom she came to the U.S. to escape the Holocaust.

In the U.S., she became one of the founders of the second wave of the women’s movement. She was a founder of National Organization for Women (NOW) and Federally Employed Women (FEW), and was the first woman attorney in the Office of the General Counsel at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).

Her articles on women’s rights and other subjects have been published in newspapers, magazines, and journals in the U.S. and throughout the world.

Stacey Antine, MS, RDStacey_Antine

Stacey is a registered dietitian who holds a Master’s of Science in Food, Nutrition and Dietetics from New York University. Alarmed by the long list of lifestyle diseases (obesity, heart disease, diabetes, etc.) faced by children today, she founded HealthBarn USA to connect children to natural foods and where they come from. Expanding her commitment to help families eat healthier, she started HealthBarn Foundation and it’s first project Healing Meals, a food gifting program for children with cancer and serious blood disorders.

With over 20 years of experience in the field of food and nutrition, and a successful track record of helping thousands of families change their eating habits from fast food to natural food, she’s an expert who parents and kids can agree on. She’s been featured on The Rachael Ray Show, named women entrepreneur to watch by Business Week and featured as “Our Hero” by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics for her dedication to children’s health.

Stacey CopasStacey_Copas

Stacey is an Inspirational Speaker, Trainer and Coach originally from Sydney Australia and now living in the Adelaide Hills. She’s not let a devastating accident that left her a quadriplegic and dependent on a wheelchair from the age of 12 years old slow her down. Instead, she’s picked up the pace achieving a wide array of things from running for parliament to training wheelchair users overseas and a long list of things in between. She’s had more than her fair share of setbacks and has used her life experiences, research and philosophies to deliver keynote speeches and training workshops showing people how to be resilient and turn their adversities into assets.

Stacey has a passion for improving the lives of people with disabilities in developing countries and has a specific interest in inspiring and mentoring women with disabilities to become entrepreneurs. Recently she’s added athletics to her repertoire after 22 years of inactivity to further stretch her comfort zone and has achieved rapid success at the State and National levels.

Stacey TarpleyStacey_Tarpley

Stacey is an architect at PGAV Destinations. Her expertise is in the areas of landscape architecture and zoology. She says she was inspired to pursue these fields after visiting a third-world zoo, where animals lived solitary lives inside tiny concrete cages. This heartbreaking experience made Stacey passionate about changing the future of zoological facilities. She has a keen interest in creating habitats that not only entertain and educate the public, but also enhance the lives of the animals. Having worked in zoos herself, Stacey believes that a close relationship with zoo personnel is essential, allowing designers to fully understand the zoo’s goals and concerns for the exhibit design.

Her favorite project so far has been working with the Big Bear Zoo in California to create the first environmentally friendly zoo. “Making the first ‘Green’ zoo is a very important step toward the betterment of zoological exhibits in the future. The success of this project will be setting a benchmark for institutions worldwide.  Stacey’s extensive travels have led her across the globe observing both cultural and natural diversity on six of the seven world continents.

Stephana JohnsonStephana_Johnson

Stephana is the author of the upcoming book, “Take the Drama out of Trauma and Turn it into Something Positive”. She’s been described as a leader in the women’s empowerment revolution. She brilliantly blends the grace of feminine intuition with practical life skills and business know-how — and the result is a soulful business that empowers women to heal the pain from trauma in order to find greater love, joy and success in their relationships and career.

Stephana says that, as a result of her personal sexual trauma, she lived in shame, fear and confusion until she was able to transform those scars into what she calls ‘sacred wounds’. After counseling and coaching others for over 20 years, she says she’s discovered that our greatest wounds lead to our soul’s perfection.

Steven SashenSteven_Sashen

At 45, after a 30 year break, Steven got back into sprinting and that meant that he was getting injured CONSTANTLY. A friend suggested that barefoot running might help. Not only did it help, but the changes in his running form that came from running without shoes cured him of years of injuries and led to his becoming a Masters All-American sprinter.

He wanted to be as close to barefoot as possible, as often as possible, and that led him to create some “barefoot sandals”. As more and more people wanted them, he turned his hobby into a business. In the last 4 years, his company, Xero Shoes has sold almost 50,000 pairs of their shoes and, more importantly, they have stories from thousands of people who are now able to run, walk, and hike pain free and enjoyably.

Sundiata KataHolding a djembe, Sundiata Kata runs a music therapy program.

Sundiata has dedicated his musical career to bringing joy and the magic of music to the community’s children, youth, and adults. Since 1969, he’s developed creative therapeutic music programs to promote self-healing for thousands of San Diego’s most troubled children and youth. He first designed a healing music program for emotionally disturbed children at San Diego Center for Children in 1988 and since then has also developed percussion programs for companies, hospitals, hospices, after-school programs, and service organizations.

“The heart,” he says, “is the original drum that gives each of us natural musical ability. If your heart beats, you have rhythm!” He says learning even the simplest rhythms mirrors the challenges we meet in daily life. Regardless of age and ability, Sundiata’s group drumming shows us how to harmonize our individual efforts with others for success.

Sunil ThankamushySunil_Thankamushy

Sunil is a 16 year video game industry veteran who worked on critically acclaimed titles and was involved in the core teams that developed multi-billion dollar video game franchises such as MEDAL OF HONOR ™ and CALL OF DUTY FINEST HOUR ™.

After a rigorous three year graduate program at UCLA, Sunil was hired by DreamWorks Interactive studio as one of its first animators. Once there, Sunil prospered as a collaborator in video games. After 7 years at DreamWorks and the video game giant Electronic Arts, Sunil left the studio with other game veterans to found Spark Unlimited™, a video game studio made with the vision of creating original video game franchises.

Over time, Sunil grew weary of the first-person shoot-em-up genre of video games, and developed a strong urge to step away from games with violence. He felt that his interests really lay in creating games for young children, that have a deeply educational undertone. With the blessings of his wife, he launched his own company, DEEPBLUE Worlds Inc with the aim of creating innovative online virtual worlds for children. The motto: Games for young minds that Engage, Enchant, Educate.

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Super Julie and Super Michelle are co-founders of the Dynamic Duo of Super Interns.

They help business and non-profit organizations grow successfully with the power of interns.

They also help interns get amazing internships that they can leverage in to the full time careers of their dreams.

Susi Gott SéguretSusi_Seguret

Susi has embraced two major life changes over the course of the last half century: the first when, as a fiddler, she moved from the Appalachian Mountains to the wheat fields of France to bring a slice of American culture to a European audience, and the second when, twenty years later, she returned to her native North Carolina bringing French culinary secrets to a an eager homeland audience. Currently, Susi directs the Seasonal School of Culinary Arts, conceived to bring celebration back to the plate, and orchestrates a series of ultra-elegant dinners known as the Asheville Wine Experience. Her articles, reviews and photos have appeared in numerous publications.

Passionate about elements of taste and style, and how they extend from our palate into our daily lives, Susi strives to blend food, music, words and images into a tapestry for the senses.

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After losing her corporate job and her home in 2008, Suzanne says she also lost her identity. After all, if she wasn’t the smart girl with the good job, the nice house and fancy car, who was she?

She says she went from owning a home in the Hollywood Hills to moving into her friend’s extra bedroom in a mobile home park. At 36, she began waiting tables.

Then one night, after hearing her girlfriends complain over and over, “I’m never going to meet anyone,” and “All the good guys are taken.” she challenged them with a dare.

At that moment, the Fantasy Dating Game was born.

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T K StoneT_K_Stone

Dr. Stone was born in 1949 and raised in Los Angeles. He says his generation was the last to see southern California in its final days of natural beauty. His father was in the wholesale produce business and growing up, he ate the best fruits and vegetables grown in California. The irony is that even though his father was surrounded by the best natural foods, his father was very obese and didn’t eat fruits and vegetables.

Dr. Stone says he questioned everything in life as a child by observing everyone and everything around him. After a stint in the Army, he went on to become a dentist.

In the 1980’s, he began giving public presentations about mind/body health. This led him to write the book “The Fertile Ground” to share his thoughts and understanding about mind/body life on planet Earth.

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Tammi is an Emmy-award winning TV Producer who left a successful, 33 year career to follow her passion of helping women Re-ignite their lives at a weekend sleepaway camp for grown ups.

Campowerment is a hilariously awesome 3.5 days of fun and games and female bonding on steroids, where brand new friends turn into lifelong camp buddies. It combines the magic of childhood summer camp with empowering, interactive workshops led by experts in health, wellness, love, spirituality, parenting, personal style, and business empowerment.

Campowerment is a place where overcommitted, guilt ridden, exhausted women go to unwind and disconnect from responsibilities, cell phones and computers, to reconnect with themselves, and connect with other like-minded women who are also juggling all that everyday life throws at them. At Campowerment, women can learn to embrace what they want and bury what they don’t need in an entertaining, motivational, almost kumbaya kind of way. The experience has been life-altering for so many women, who credit Campowerment for helping them get their mojo back.

Tammy MastroberteTammy_Mastroberte

Tammy is the founder of Elevated Existence, the publisher and editorial director of Elevated Existence Magazine, and a three-time award-winning writer.

She embarked on a spiritual journey after the sudden death of her mother three days after Christmas in 1999, and began to uncover the purpose and synchronicity behind many events in her life, including her mother’s death.

She now shares her passion for spiritual and self-improvement teachings in the pages of Elevated Existence Magazine, and through her monthly online Editor’s Advice column, with the hope of making a difference one reader at a time.

Tara RussellTara_Russell

Tara is the CEO & Founder of Create Common Good. Create Common Good (CCG) is a social and entrepreneurial venture using food to change lives. CCG provides training and employment to refugees and others in need while bringing broader access to fresh and healthy local foods.

Tara has worked internationally for Fortune 500 companies and nongovernmental organizations. She’s passionate about the intersection of business and social impact as well as the importance of harnessing individual gifts and talent for the greater good.

Tasha CaufieldTasha_Gregory-Caufield

“Formerly described by the state as an “at-risk youth,” Los Angeles native, Tasha began writing jokes at the age of fourteen; for it was then that she joined the non-profit organization Create Now’s sitcom writing workshop while staying in a juvenile placement facility. Later working in a one-on-one mentorship with workshop instructor and television writer/producer Lisa Rosenthal, (of Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Martin, and Head of the Class fame), Tasha’s writing eventually gained her admittance to University of Southern California’s School of Cinema-Television, along with a Warner Bros. Fellowship and work in Hollywood.

She’s performed stand up around the country; and has not only shown commitment to helping those who come from less-than-happy childhoods through her comedy, but has also written a new book called A.W.O.L.: How to Escape the Juvenile Justice System and Experience Inner Peace. Currently, when she is not working on a screenplay that reflects this journey of transformation, she’s looking for opportunities to go into juvenile institutions and speak to at-risk youth about developing a mental attitude that will allow them to improve the quality of their life, no matter where they come from.

Te-Erika PattersonTe-Erika_Patterson

Te-Erika is a multi-media journalist and author from Miami, Florida. She has served as an Internet Talk Show Host & Producer, Radio Talk Show Host & Producer, eBook author, Individual Brand Developer & Success Coach, Magazine Content Manager, Internet Marketing Manager, Columnist, Newspaper Staff Writer, Online Magazine Editor and blogger.

In 2011, Te-Erika founded My Savvy Sisters, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non profit organization which aims to provide grants, scholarships and financial assistance to women in need. To date she has awarded more than 300 women with the emotional and financial support they need to survive and thrive in life. She is the creator of The Rebuild Your Life Project. For the project, Te-Erika became homeless on purpose and documented her day by day journey in a video series in order to teach women how to move out of hopelessness by placing herself into the most hopeless situation and helping herself and others develop the mentality and ability to overcome it.

Ted ThomasTed_Thomas

A native New Yorker, Ted attended the High School for Performing Arts (NYC) before receiving his Bachelor of Fine Arts from the State University of New York at Purchase. He went on to earn a Master of Arts degree in dance and higher education from New York University. He danced with Ballet Hispanico, Elisa Monte, and the Murray Louis and Nikolais Company prior to joining the Paul Taylor Dance Company in 1996.

Ted went on, along with Frances Ortiz, to form the Thomas/Ortiz Dance company in 2001. The company of twelve dancers from culturally diverse backgrounds performs a repertoire that explores a multitude of thought-provoking and socially-relevant themes, while at times being content to present non-mimetic dance that strives to captivate because of its technique, musicality, and originality.

Teresa Van-ZellerTeresa_Van-Zeller

Since 1998, Teresa Van-Zeller, Advanced Clinical Hypnotherapist and founder of Hypnosis 2000, has been assisting her clients in achieving their goals in all aspects of their lives. Her life became greatly enhanced when she became an overnight specialist in the area of working with childbirth preparation and fertility. Thousands of couples later, couples that included people from literally every walk of life including doctors, attorneys, engineers, accountants, lay people, nurses, massage therapists and so many other professions, she realized that there was no one right or wrong way to give birth, just the way that was right for each individual. She authored the book “Birthing as Nature Intended. (B.A.N.I.) – A Guide to Achieving the Birth You Envision” and has developed a completely client centered childbirth education program by the same name.

Teresa truly believes that hypnosis is not a “miracle cure” however when someone is ready for change, miraculous results can occur.  She says becoming trained in B.A.N.I.™ as either a childbirth preparation practitioner or an expectant parent, prepares each individual to trust in their bodies, (mind/body/spirit) and the natural birth process. This of course leads to learning how to lead a more balanced life all around – the way nature intended.

Terri JayTerri_Jay

Terri says her life changed in 1990 when she heard a non-verbal child in her horseback therapy program speak to her. One thing has led to another and now, 23 years later she says she’s incredibly blessed because she gets to help people and their pets lead happier, healthier lives.

Terri says that all illness, injury and disease is caused by stuck, negative emotions or as she calls it, “issues in the tissues.” She says that if you find the source of the stuck, negative emotions and release it the body can then heal.

Tim PhizackerleyTim_Phizackerley

Tim used to work as a computer analyst. In 2001, he turned to hypnosis to save his wife who was terminally ill with a congenital condition. He says there was no conventional treatment available and she was considered too unfit for a transplant. The hypnotic tapes he created made sufficient changes for her to be able to eat and drink again and a year later her condition had improved enough for her to have a liver transplant. His wife’s still very much alive more than a decade later but now she’s had 2 liver transplants and she’s also had a kidney transplant. She’s been terminally ill twice and survived both times.

Having discovered the practical usefulness of hypnosis, he left the IT world and became a hypnotherapist. In order to help him do this, he created an entirely new way of creating subconscious change which he calls PSTEC and he’s combined it with hypnosis to help people. PSTEC stands for Percussive Suggestion Technique.  Since 2009, PSTEC has been used by countless thousands of people all over the world. It has a worldwide register of therapists who use it too.

Tina LiffordTina_Lifford

With more than 15 years as a working Hollywood actress, Tina is recognizable around the industry to say the least. She currently stars as Renee Trussell on NBC’s hit series, Parenthood, and also as Evelyn Lancaster in the VH1 hit, Single Ladies. Working in an industry that chews talent up and spits them out isn’t easy; Tina’s journey of being more than a flash in the pan is full of humor, and both inspirational and instructive.

In the world of personal development, Tina is a trailblazer. She founded The Inner Fitness Project to codify principles of Inner Fitness in an effort to make the pursuit of Inner Fitness as common and well-understood as physical fitness. From her study of spirituality, psychology, personal development, and her good ole life experience, she’s distilled her research into The 14 Practices of Inner Health and Wellness. The 14 Practices are to Inner Fitness what sit-ups and leg lifts are to physical fitness. They support building mental, emotional and spiritual strength, and inner flexibility, which is the inner fitness needed to effectively navigate the dramas, traumas, upsets and disappointments that come with life.

Dr. Tina TessinaTina_Tessina

Dr. Tessina is a licensed psychotherapist in S. California since 1978 with over 30 years experience in counseling individuals and couples and author of 13 books in 17 languages.

Dr. Tessina, is CRO (Chief Romance Officer) for LoveForever.com, a website designed to strengthen relationships and guide couples through the various stages of their relationship with personalized tips, courses, and online couples counseling. Online, she’s known as “Dr. Romance” Dr. Tessina appears frequently on radio, and such TV shows as “Oprah”, “Larry King Live” and ABC News.

Tomma von HaeftenTomma von Haeften

Tomma is a pioneering Practitioner of the transformational process called FutureVisioning™, created by Ti Caine. Her international clients include seekers and dreamers, fledgling healers, dedicated care givers, budding visionaries, and spiritual entrepreneurs who are determined to go past the remaining, persistent and most stubborn road blocks that are still holding them back.

Tomma’s one-on-one guided meditations lead her clients through a series of rapid discoveries and insights that dramatically transform current realities from within by tapping into the life giving Power of The Future™.

The foundational FutureVisioning Program teaches clients how to consciously create the lives of success, purpose, greater love, profound everyday joy and spiritual aliveness that often they have deeply longed for their entire life.

Tony Ruffle IITony_Ruffle_II

Tony says he traveled extensively from his toddler years to his late teen years. He was in new schools every 6 months to 2 years. He was always the outcast; the new kid; the kid who was not from “round here”.  Tony says he decided at a young age, while residing in a remote desert dwelling, that society was not for him, & the best thing he could do to get along was to be as good a human being as he could be. He says this realization changed his world. He says he started seeing people & their situations differently. Not good, not bad, just different. When looking in their eyes, Tony says people’s faces revealed the grief, suffering, love & joy they had experienced.

Tony believes he’s a connector. One of those people who listens intensely, not to “What is being said”, but How it’s being said. He says How tells him much more than What. Then the connections are made. People face adversity,insecurity, stress & fear daily, but how they deal with those determines if they, quite literally, live or die.

Tracee DunblazierTracee_Dunblazier_2

Tracee is a spiritual empath, shaman, educator, and spiritual counselor. She specializes in grief counseling, energy dynamics, intuitive counseling, shamanic healing, space clearings, past life regression, soul recovery, and transition strategy.

As a multi-sensitive, Tracee blends information that she receives intuitively with different modalities to create a unique healing plan for every client. Every session is focused on freeing the client from their presenting issue to release, empower, and heal – no matter what the condition. Tracee’s compassionate, humorous, down-to-earth style supports and empowers clients as tender topics are addressed during the session.

Dr. Tracei BallTracei_Ball

Dr. Ball is the founder of OnCall Mobile Medical and Wellness an innovative medical practice that provides housecalls in Charlotte, NC. She’s utilized a combination of technology and modern medicine to bring a new approach to an old concept by providing healthcare in a convenient setting of the home, office, or hotel room. Dr. Ball attended Alabama A&M University were she graduated Magna Cum Laude. She matriculated at the esteemed Meharry Medical College, finishing in the top 5% of the class to receive a doctorate of medicine. She later completed a dual residency in internal medicine and pediatrics and is now triple board-certified in internal medicine, pediatrics and addiction medicine.

She contributes back to the community by speaking to community groups, volunteering at local shelters, and working closely with non-profit organizations. The interview focuses largely on the subject of addiction.

Tracy EvansTracy_Evans_2

Tracy is a three-time Olympian and National Champion in Freestyle Skiing / Aerials. In 2008, Tracy was encouraged by her mother to take a volunteer trip to Africa. After spending two weeks in an orphanage playing sports that were familiar to the children as well as introducing them to some new sports, she realized just how much she had learned from being involved in sport.

She also saw first-hand the effects of genocide on communities and specifically the impact on gender roles, relationships and inequality for boys and girls in those communities. She left wondering, if provided with the opportunity, how much these children could learn through sport. Could they learn values synonymous with Olympic ideals such as fair play, mutual respect and solidarity?

Tracy returned from Africa and founded the nonprofit organization Kids Play International (KPI) in 2008 with the mission of using sport as a catalyst to promote gender equity in communities impacted by genocide. Tracy is also a Casting Director who owns and operates AthleteSource CASTING. Tracy serves on the Athlete Advisory Board of the United Athletes Foundation (UAF) and All Sports United. She was honored to receive the Female Athlete Philanthropist of the Year award from UAF in 2011.

Dr. Tracy ThomasTracy_Thomas

Dr. Tracy knows people and knows how to get results. As a coach, speaker, and consultant, she turns her clients into leaders who take charge of their own lives and who change the very way they exist. She works with top executives, leaders, and celebrities, equipping them with the internal resources to lead their lives intuitively, strategically and intentionally. With an emphasis on self-relating and self-care, her clients move beyond the awareness stage of therapy to break difficult emotional patterns that previously disempowered them.

Her approach stems from her own mixed bag of experience: a Ph.D. in Psychology, a master’s degree in Organizational Development, a bachelor’s degree in Business Management, and over 20 years in the area of people development. A former college athlete, Dr. Tracy also brings a coaching flavor to her therapeutic work. She now has her own private practice in San Francisco and Marin.

Trent TuckerTrent_Tucker

Trent started his basketball career in 1982 playing for the NY Knicks for 9 seasons and his final season with the Chicago Bulls earning a Championship Title in 1993.

He’s been very active in the Minnesota communities for over 20 years. His basketball camp had its 26th annual camp session this past year in Minneapolis and in 1998, Trent formed his nonprofit foundation now called the All 4 Kids Foundation which is committed to educating at-risk youth academically, personally, socially and physically through a curriculum that expands their horizons and encourages them to participate in new areas of learning.

In 2001, he started The Trent Tucker University Scholars Program at the University of Minnesota and is now branching out to other universities in the fall of 2013.

Twenty TwentyTwenty_Twenty

Back in 1989, Twenty was a young newlywed man, who did what just about everyone does everyday. He got up, got dressed and went to work. Four hours later, he was taken hostage in one of the three worst prison riots in United States history – the Camp Hill Prison Riots. Twenty says: “Back then, he suffered with a condition known as PTSD – Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. He says PTSD for him was a living hell, living with nightmares, flashbacks, severe self doubt – literally all his symptoms were caused by his IMAGINATION BEING OUT OF CONTROL.”

In time, he says he cured himself of all that, and became PTSD FREE by taking control of his imagination. He did that by following the teachings of a man known as Neville Goddard. He says by following those teachings, he became a new man and created a new reality for himself. He says those teachings helped him learn everything he could about running his own mind.

Twesigye “Jackson” Kaguri (CNN Hero – 2012)Jackson_Kaguri

In 1996, Twesigye “Jackson” Kaguri’s life took an unexpected turn. He was living the American dream. He had an excellent education and was ready to explore opportunities, travel, and have fun. Then Jackson came face-to-face with Uganda’s HIV/AIDS pandemic. His brother died of HIV/AIDS, leaving him to care for his three children. One year later, his sister died of HIV/AIDS, also leaving behind a son.

It was through his own personal experience this native Ugandan saw the plight of orphans in his village of Nyakagyezi. He knew he had to act. He took the $5,000 he had saved for a down payment on his own home and built the first Nyaka School.

Jackson Kaguri is the founder of The Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project. The Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project works on behalf of HIV/AIDS orphans in rural Uganda to end systemic deprivation, poverty and hunger through a holistic approach to community development, education, and healthcare.

Twila BerganiaTwila_Bergania

Twila is a 22 year old blogger and team coordinator for eCycleBest.com. She’s been blogging for various websites about technology, recycling and environmental protection over the last two years. She graduated with a degree in Mass Communications says she’s an environmentalist at heart.

She also gets in touch with other environmental agencies, companies and organizations to help spread the word about e-cycling.

All over the world over 20 to 50 million electronic devices are disposed of annually and only 12% are recycled. Twila believes that’ simply not good enough.

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Vanessa RunsVanessa_Runs

At one point, a few years ago, Vanessa sold off just about all of her possessions and moved into a 22-foot Rialta Recreational Vehicle. Now she travels the country, pursuing her passions of writing and running.

She says her concept of home is now very different than it used to be. To her, home is movement, and she says she’s never felt more fulfilled.

She’s an avid trail and ultra runner and she travels full-time with her boyfriend, dog, and cat.

Her memoir, The Summit Seeker, is on Amazon’s list of Best Selling Books about Running.

Veronica GreyVeronica_Grey

Veronica is a media personality who makes TV appearances frequently as a lifestyle expert on a wide variety of issues as a life extension expert.

Her most recent appearance about ANTI AGING was on the national show “Daytime”. It was first watched by millions of people and received over 22,000 views its first week on YouTube.

Veronica is also the founder of the charity Eternal Youth Empire and author of the best selling 6 Newly Discovered and Never Before Published Secrets to Eternal Youth and Immortality.

Victoria TraboshVictoria_Trabosh

Victoria is an executive coach with over 35 years of corporate and entrepreneurial experience. Her expertise is coaching senior executives and entrepreneurs who are straight forward, goal oriented and possess a sense of humor. She specializes in leadership and communication – what she says are the keys to all the world’s biggest issues!  She’s a multi-media personality as radio host for Smart Woman Talk on the CTR radio network; a columnist for Choice Magazine and a popular guest on ABC affiliate AM Northwest TV. Victoria is a sought after speaker worldwide for her knowledge, wisdom and transformative talks.

Victoria is also the co-founder and president of Itafari Foundation, a nonprofit organization assisting the survivors of the 1994 Rwandan genocide. Itafari has raised over $900K since 2005 and works specifically in the areas of microfinance, education, child sponsorship, raising goats, and importing the world-class baskets and jewelry from Rwanda. In 2006 she had the honor of speaking at the United Nations in New York City.

Vironika TugalevaVironika_Tugaleva

Vironika is a people lover, inspirational speaker, reformed cynic, and bestselling author of the book The Love Mindset. She specializes in helping people suffering from mental distress to heal themselves and to discover their inner strength.
She’s a teacher and lifelong learner of the human mind and the nature of change, healing, and happiness. Her journey into the depths of human nature did not come from any university, organization, church, or school of thought. Her wisdom flowered out of her recovery from a decade-long struggle with addiction, eating disorders, and profound self-hatred.

Vironika says that for years she was cynical, self-destructive, and always wary of trusting people too much. With the same fiery passion that she now uses to spread love in the world, she ran herself down to a mental breakdown at the age of 23. She faced a choice: change or die. She chose to change and, from that day forward, Vironika embarked on a journey of self-discovery, healing, and epiphany. She healed herself and now she helps heal others.
Recently, Vironika founded The Real Us, a new community where she helps people share their uplifting, raw, touching, real-life stories of authenticity, courage, healing, and kindness. She hopes that The Real Us will serve to show us what is humanly possible, one story at a time.

Vivienne HarrVivienne_Harr

After seeing a photo of two enslaved boys her age – and learning that “slavery did not end with Abraham Lincoln” – then 8 year-old Vivienne decided to help. She said: “Compassion is not compassion without action.” So, since children have done since time immemorial, she went with “the only business experience she had”: a lemonade stand. But, little Vivienne had a big vision. She wanted to raise $100,000. She “made a stand” at her lemonade stand for 365 days straight, rain or shine, to “end child slavery.” The world stood with her.

On day #52, New York Times, Pulitzer prize-winning columnist Nicholas Kristof retweeted Vivienne, and her moment became a movement. The New York Times, Bloomberg TV, The BBC World News, ABC News, NBC News, CBS News, The New York Daily News, The Huffington Post, FOX, MSNBC, Yahoo News, MSN, AOL, Food & Wine, Town & Country, O Magazine, Time for Kids, Parenting, Real Simple and media outlets across the country and around the world from Australia to Brazil to France to Hong Kong have covered Vivienne’s Make a Stand movement.

On day #173, Mayor Michael Bloomberg welcomed Vivienne to Times Square to sell her famous lemonade. It was there that she reached her goal—donating $101,320 to Not For Sale, a leading anti-slavery organization. When her parents said: “You did it, honey. You’re done,” Vivienne said: “Is child slavery done?” They shook their heads. “Then, I am not done.”

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Walter MeyerWalt_Meyer

Walter came out late in life and once he did, he immediately set out to help others escape the closet. He wrote his coming out story for the Los Angeles Times and got a huge response from around the world from others suffering with the same difficulties he had faced.

When his novel “Rounding Third” was published, detailing the bullying of two gay teens (based in part on his own high school experiences, he began getting requests to speak and write about the timely topic. He has been a guest on NPR and other radio and television shows. He has spoken at Penn State, San Diego State, Arizona State, SUNY-Jamestown, LGBT centers, libraries, bookstores and high schools. Among his many activities, he has led discussions following presentations of movies, documentaries, stage plays, and interpretive dance about bullying.

Wendy KuhnWendy_Kuhn

Wendy is a holistic health coach, who’s passionate about working with people to help them achieve their goals through making healthier nutrition and wellness choices. She believes that by making healthy food choices, avoiding toxins, and taking steps to reduce stress and be happier, it’s easier to achieve your life goals and to stay healthier.

A journey with breast cancer led Wendy to set aside her IT and Business consulting life and to begin to explore the impact life choices can have on our health and wellness. She received her health coaching training from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and is certified through the American Association of Drugless Practitioners. In addition to working with individuals and groups, she brings her health coaching to the corporate environment, leveraging her experience as a facilitator and former executive. Currently, she’s exploring ways to work with communities to improve the health and wellness of their populations as well.

Whitney YipWhitney_Yip

Whitney is the founder of Safe and Happy Kids. She has a background in psychology and counseling, and has worked with children for many years.

Her passion for raising the awareness of Childhood Sexual Abuse comes from a family history of abuse. In her experience, she has found that many parents shy away from body safety education because of fear. So Safe & Happy Kids was created to empower parents & children through play, music & the creative arts.

Whitney is also an accredited Parent Effectiveness Training (P.E.T) instructor. Recently, she was brought in by Monash University for their annual professional development day.

William Andrews, Ph.DWilliam_Andrews

Dr. Andrews has worked in the biotech industry for 28 years, focusing the last 15 years on finding ways to extend human lifespan through the intervention of telomere shortening in human cells.

Dr. Andrews earned his Ph.D. in Molecular and Population Genetics at the University of Georgia in 1981. He was a Senior Scientist at Armos Corporation and Codon Corporation, Director of Molecular Biology at Codon and at Geron Corporation, and Director of Technology Development at EOS Biosciences.

While Director of Molecular Biology at Geron Corporation from 1992 to 1997, Dr. Andrews was one of the principal discoverers of both the RNA and protein components of human telomerase and was awarded 2nd place as “National Inventor of the Year” in 1997 for this work. He is presently a named inventor on 35 US issued telomerase patents. Dr. Andrews is an avid runner and enjoys participating in ultramarathons in his spare time. One of his goals is to run a 7 minute mile at the age of 130.

William RobsonWilliam_Robson

William started out life with very little in his pockets, but with a great desire in his heart. He says the best part of growing up poor was never being aware of it; it was just how it was. Without a father for guidance, growing up came quickly. Fortunately, he did have one strong guiding light, a grandfather who taught him two lessons that changed everything. What it meant to be a man, and how plain old hard work can allow you to accomplish the things everyone else will say can’t be done.

That philosophy was the catalyst to energize William to not accept the cards he was dealt. By building houses in the mornings and going to school in the evenings, he was able to elevate his ambition and dreams far beyond his humble beginnings. At the tender age of 57, he was ready for a new challenge and thus he disengaged from the corporate world, opened his own business, and wrote the novel that had been burning inside him.

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Zach HunterZach_Hunter

Zach is a 22 year old author, activist, and speaker. He’s written four books (Be the Change, Generation Change, Lose Your Cool, and Chivalry). He founded a student-led abolition effort called Loose Change to Loosen Chains when he was 12.

Zach is very outspoken when it comes to abolishing slavery and other human rights issues around the world.  He’s spoken at the White House and has been featured in many books about human rights including Nicholas Kristoff’s Half the Sky.

Zaria ChineloF_Zaria_Chinelo

F. Zaria Chinelo is an artist, scientist, and entrepreneur. She possesses many years experience in teaching education, and web development.

She holds dual degrees in Molecular Biology and General Chemistry. After being hired by Vanderbilt University, she led urban students to academic success before starting an organization known as TutorForGood.

She has been honored as a National Merit Scholar and by Texas Instruments for her achievements. She leads Felicity Motivational Group and Tutor for Good’s projects along with her mother.

Zoe GhahremaniZoe_Gharemani

Zoe is the award-winning author of Sky of Red Poppies, KPBS’s One Book selection for 2012.

Dr. Ghahremani is a retired Professor of Pediatric Dentistry who turned her full attention to her passion for the written word in 2000. Since then, she’s published 3 books and hundreds of articles and reviews. A frequent public speaker, Zoe has addressed audiences around the country about her writing as well as the challenging process of truly finding yourself and honoring your dreams.

She’s the rare author who thrives on interacting with her readers. Her website invites you to stroll through the site, join her for an event, or drop her a line anytime.

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