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May -8 Jamie Catto co-produced and directed the double Grammy nominated film ‘1 Giant Leap’ which encountered high profiles, writers, thinkers, spiritual gurus and entertainers including Bob Geldof, Robbie Williams, Steven Fry, Susan Sarandon, Deepak Chopra, Michael Stipe, Brian Eno, and Dennis Hopper. Having sold over 300,000 albums, and won numerous awards globally. ’1 Giant Leap’ was subsequently commissioned and made into a Channel 4 documentary series in 2008 to explore the complexities of human nature through music.
As founder member, singer, art director and video director of Dance Music super-group Faithless, Jamie has been part of continued run-away successes in music since the Faithless greatest hits album became the fastest selling dance album of all time in 2005.
Jamie now holds creative master classes throughout the year to help others emulate his own success. ‘Transforming Shadows’, ‘What About You?’ and ‘What About Us’ are workshops which provide a highly accessible concoction of light humour and love, designed with the use of his own genius music to spark both professional and personal breakthroughs. Jamie also speaks and performs at conferences, events and festivals all around the world.
The Daily Telegraph said: “”A polite warning; prolonged exposure to Jamie Catto could blow your mind.”
To learn more about Jamie and his work, visit: www.jamiecatto.com
May 1 – Tim Freke is a ‘standup philosopher’ who makes profound ideas fun and easily accessible. He is an internationally respected authority on world spirituality and is often featured in documentaries on the BBC, the History Channel, and other global media. He is the bestselling author of many groundbreaking books translated into 15 languages, including Lucid Living and The Jesus Mysteries, which was a Daily Telegraph ‘Book of the Year’. He runs ‘mystery experience retreats’ internationally, in which he guides others directly to a spiritually awakened state. To learn more about Tim and his work, visit: http://www.themysteryexperience.com/
April 24 -Bryan Single is the director and producer of “Children of War”, an award-winning documentary filmed in Uganda over a period of three years which follows a group of former child soldiers of war criminal Joseph Kony as they escape the battlefield, enter the sanctuary of a rehabilitation center, and undergo a remarkable process of trauma therapy and emotional healing. To learn more about Bryan and his work, visit: childrenofwarfilm.com
Jane Ekayu is a trauma counselor for former child soldiers of Joseph Kony and founder of Children of Peace Uganda, a nonprofit which works to heal and empower these youth through psychosocial therapy, creative arts therapy, education, and empowerment programs. Since 2004, she has helped over 3,000 of these children rehabilitate and return home to their communities. Ms Ekayu also travels around the world to raise awareness on the issues of child soldiers and post-war rehabilitation. She has captivated audiences in schools, universities, community groups, human rights organizations, political embassies, and in the United Nations General Assembly Hall. To learn more about Jane and her work, visit: childrenofpeaceuganda.com
Filmmaker Cynthia Travis has worked in Liberia since 2003, where she’s developed innovative grassroots approaches to conflict resolution with her non-profit organization everyday gandhis. Her most recent film, THE FIGHT TO FORGIVE, follows former child soldiers who were forced to fight in Liberia’s brutal civil war. THE FIGHT TO FORGIVE teaches that perpetrators of violence have an extraordinary capacity as peace builders. With an academic background in human development and creative writing, and a professional life in mediation and conflict resolution in vulnerable communities, Cynthia believes that storytelling is a powerful tool in conflict resolution. To learn more about Cynthia and her work, visit: www.everydaygandhis.org and www.thefighttoforgive.com
April 17- Ashley Michelle Williams is a world-traveled multimedia journalist who currently works at WBAL as a multimedia reporter/ web producer, contributing to its digital content. Prior to working at WBAL, Ashley worked at NBC Network News as a member of the New Associates Program, a rotation program designed to develop future producers within NBC News. During her time at NBC, she has worked for the Today Show, the Grio, and MSNBC’s Politics Nation with Al Sharpton.
In her spare time, Ashley also manages and oversees her media company, RIZZARR. She created RIZZARR to inspire youth and young adults to create their own ripple effect in the world. High school students and college students from around the country contribute to the platform, which features current news and articles on issues that they face.
Kirsty Spraggon is a Talk show host, Speaker, Life Liver, People lover, Founder of Konnection Global, and Executive Producer of Kirsty TV.
Kirsty TV is about the power of sharing stories. As an interviewer she holds hearts in her hands as her guests share their most personal and vulnerable stories. She believes when people share their stories they heal themselves and others.
April 10 – Psychotherapist Ira Israel is the author of “Mindfulness for Urban Depression DVD,” “Mindfulness Meditations for Anxiety DVD” and “Yoga for Depression and Anxiety DVD“. Ira has Master of Arts degrees in Psychology, Religious Studies, and Philosophy. He is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, and a Certified Yoga Therapist.
After completing his undergraduate degree at the University of Pennsylvania and taking a Master of Arts degree in Philosophy, Ira moved to Paris to study existentialism and aesthetics. While exploring Asia, Ira became interested in Eastern philosophies, yoga, meditation, and Reiki healing – all of which led to taking a second Master of Arts degree in Buddhism, Hinduism, and Kabbalah. After continuing his studies and practices with myriad teachers and healers – as well as becoming a Registered Yoga Teacher 500, Certified Yoga Therapist, and Certified Reiki Practitioner – Ira decided to further his academic education with a Master of Arts degree in Clinical Psychology.
Richard J. Davidson, PhD, is a renowned neuroscientist and one of the world’s leading experts on the impact of contemplative practices, such as meditation, on the brain. He is the founder and chair of the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds at the Waisman Center, University of Wisconsin-Madison.
He is perhaps best known for his groundbreaking work in studying emotion and the brain. A friend and confidante of the Dalai Lama, he is a highly sought after expert and speaker internationally. Time magazine named him one of the most influential people in the world in 2006.
Dr. Davidson has published hundreds of scientific papers and edited 14 books. A New York Times bestselling author, he has been featured widely in popular media, including ABC’s Nightline, National Public Radio, Time magazine, Newsweek, O, the Oprah magazine, PBS’s the Charlie Rose Show, Harvard Business Review, and many other national and international news outlets.
Dr. Davidson is the William James and Vilas Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry, Director of the Waisman Brain Imaging Lab and the Lab for Affective Neuroscience – all at the UW-Madison, where he has been a faculty member since 1984.
March 13 - John C. Havens is Founder of the H(app)athon Project, a contributing writer for Mashable, and author of, H(app)y – The Value of Well-Being in a Digital Economy .The H(app)athon Project is an initiative that utilizes emerging technology to improve human well-being and drive positive social change. He is a former professional actor and current blues musician.
March 6 - Janice Kamenir-Reznik is Co-founder and President of Jewish World Watch (JWW), an organization she co-founded with Rabbi Harold Schulweis to mobilize Americans to fight against genocides and mass atrocities, and to provide relief and support to survivors. Janice served as President of California Women Lawyers, President of the California Women’s Law Center, and as trustee of the Los Angeles County Bar and trustee of the California State Bar’s Trust Fund. Janice travels to the Darfuri refugee camps, and to the Democratic Republic of Congo to help JWW establish and fund various recovery and economic development projects in the eastern regions of the country. To learn more about Janice and her work, visit: www.jewishworldwatch.org
Naama Haviv, who holds an MA/ABD in Genocide Studies from Clark University, joined JWW’s team as Assistant Director. Naama develops and directs JWW’s policy objectives towards Sudan and Congo, manages JWW’s strategic partnerships both in the US and in Sudan, Chad, and Congo, and their program development including youth activist training initiatives and domestic education and advocacy programs. As well as researching current world conflicts to assess the risk of genocide. To learn more about Naama and her work, visit: www.jewishworldwatch.org
Julie Bram is a full time community volunteer and activist. As a founding partner and past chair of the Jewish Venture Philanthropy Fund she has been blessed to support and work with many remarkable non-profit organizations. Her passion lies in using education and communication to effect positive change in the world. (Tikkun olam) Julie currently serves on several advisory committees and boards of directors for a wide variety of charitable causes.
February 27 - Sallie Culbreth is the founder of Committed to Freedom – a non-profit organization that facilitates holistic empowerment and spiritual tools to help people move beyond abuse, exploitation, and sexual trauma, and provides adjunct services to helping professionals, agencies, and faith communities working with those who want to include spiritual concerns in their abuse recovery process. Her work and writings come from her personal experience of childhood sexual abuse and recovery. She holds a bachelor’s degree in pastoral ministries and a master’s degree in mental health counseling studies. She is a member of the American Psychological Association, American Association of Christian Counselors, and has received training in Critical Incidence Stress Management. She has authored several books and self-help workbooks and writes a weekly blog, Roadside Assistance.
An Emmy Award winning composer and writer, Patricia Lee Stotter lends her tremendous talents in TV, film and social media to furthering awareness of PTSD and Veteran reintegration struggles. Stotter first became interested in Veteran issues while working on a theatre testimonial project that discussed suicide rates among Vietnam Veterans. She has since worked to bring awareness to Veteran issues through True Rep, a repertory company that explores trauma and resilience through testimonial theatre and film, and fosters collaboration among actors, writers and humane service organizations. Her recent documentary, Service: When Women Come Marching Home, highlights challenges facing female Veterans as they transition from active duty to civilian life. For more, visit http://servicethefilm.com/index.php
BriGette McCoy served in the US Army from 1987 to 1991 and became an E4, communications specialist with top secret clearance. Since leaving the service she has had a variety of jobs including medical claims processor, insurance underwriter, bank card specialist and mortgage originator. Suffering from a back injury incurred while in the army and from the hidden disability of MST that got so out of control she lost my job and her house and ended up homeless with two children. She couldn’t get help until she understood what was wrong and that didn’t happen until she found the website VETS WOW. Through the women vets she met on line, she learned about MST and PTSD and with their support, was able to seek help at the VA.
February 20 - James Clear is on a mission to make the world well and the founder of The Art of Becoming Better. He is an entrepreneur, writer, and travel photographer in 18 countries. His writing has been featured by US News & World Report, American Express, Yahoo, Lifehacker, and dozens of other businesses and media outlets. His photography was nominated for the Travel Photographer of the Year award for his work covering the September 11th Memorial in New York City. You can follow his work at www.jamesclear.com .
January 30 - Claire Wineland was born with cystic fibrosis or “CF”, a genetic disease that causes excessive mucus secretions and collection, especially in the lungs. In her short life, Claire has undergone dozens of surgeries and has spent weeks at a time in the hospital. This is not, however, what characterizes her. Claire is a singer, an artist, a composer, and a natural-born comedian and speaker. She radiates with a warmth and wisdom beyond her years. She has been called a “little Buddha” a “bridge among people”, and a “true old soul.” She is precious to anyone who has met her, especially to her mother, Melissa, and her father, John.On April 13, 2010 after a relatively routine surgery, Claire became septic and within 24 hours, was in complete lung failure. Her parents were given the option of watching Claire die or putting her on a dangerous oscillator vent, which no child with CF has ever come off of. Her parents opted to put her on the high powered vent and into a drug induced coma so the doctors could try everything possible to reverse the damage to her lungs and her body. What followed was a remarkable two-week journey of prayer, love and healing.So many people were inspired by Claire’s journey that a public Facebook page, “Claire Wineland Love, Songs and Updates”, was created to disseminate the seemingly ever changing information. Within two weeks, the fans on the page grew to over 900. Out of this grew the desire and need for a foundation.Claire constantly strives to give back and make meaning of what she has had to go through; the message she shares is her way to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. Claire’s Place Foundation, Inc: www.clairesplacefoundation.orgEric Lumiere lives For the Love of Music + the Music of Love
Music is one of the most elusive art forms. It has the power to uplift, touch, move and inspire people. When I create music, my intention is to share myself as fully and unconditionally as possible so that there may be no walls between us, no projections of who I’d like to be or think I am; just the essence of who I am, the discovery of which is a continuous process and one that I live for. Music can affect people in many ways and if I have one wish, it’s that it touches you. That it’s greatest potential is fulfilled, and that in listening to my music, you discover more of who you are, your truth, and are inspired to share your own beingness with the world.After graduating from the Clive Davis Dept. of Recorded Music at NYU in 2007, Eric’s song “Anthem” (a bedroom demo) was remixed by DJs Filo and Peri and signed by top DJ Paul Van Dyk. Released in 13+ countries, “Anthem” broke the UK Top 40 at #39 and reached #1 on the US Billboard Dance Airplay.While continuing to work with Filo and Peri, Eric has been focusing on his next release, tentatively titled the ‘Under Love EP’. To learn more about Eric and his work, visit: www.ericlumiere.com
January 23 - Sarah Steffen is the Marketing Coordinator at Habitat for Humanity for San Fernando/Santa Clarita Valleys. She attended San Diego State University and interned for the San Diego State Marketing and Communications Department, working on news and profile stories. She graduated in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism with an emphasis in Media Studies and a minor in English. She enjoys doing what she loves while giving back and advocating for the community.Shanna McCord is currently a Journalist for the Santa Cruz Sentinel. She has been a television and newspaper reporter for 17 years and covered military issues while working in Yuma, AZ. She will share with us a fantastic article she wrote about a man, Dr. Peter Linnerooth, who took his own life after a long time battle with PTSD.
January 16 - Virginia Beach singer/songwriter, musician and recording artist, Bekah Eden emerges twenty-seven years later from the confines of farm life to share her stories with the world through her music. In 2010, Bekah began to work as a successful small business owner under Bekah Eden. Inc., developing musical skills and songwriting talent for her students in Virginia Beach and California. She also began writing original material for other artists nationwide, including her students, and built a reputation as a well known cause artist, working for charitable organizations such as Harvesting Happiness for Heroes ®, a national 501© (3) nonprofit organization, benefiting post combat veterans and their families challenged with the invisible symptoms of PTSD and TBI. Eden’s song In Between for HH4Heroes.org, available on iTunes Jan. 21st, garnered the attention of renowned Malibu producer and founder of the Malibu Music Awards, Terence Davis in 2012. Eden and Davis continue to work together on collaborative songwriting and recording through Davis’ Production Company, Great Music, Inc. She won the Upcoming Female Artist Award at the 2012 Malibu Music Awards. Bekah Eden’s work can be found at www.BekahEden.com
David Ari Leon is a multiple award-winning and Emmy-nominated composer and music supervisor. He has brought his signature blend of acute classical expertise and emotive pop ethos to countless films, video games, albums, and TV shows. David’s music can currently be heard in places such as ABC’s hit show, Sea World’s “Sea Rescue and on Disney XD’s “The Avengers.” He is music director and co-founder of the Voice of Life project, whose mission is to elevate wellness with great music. He’s also raising mobile game music to new heights with his immensely popular music. Recently, he scored Woody Woodpecker, named “iPhone Game of the Week,” the top-seller Superman (Warner Bros), and Contre Jour, the No. 1 selling game app, and “iPad Game of the Year” in more than 10 countries. Leon’s SoundMind Music is a company that oversees the entire music package for a project with many clients including luminaries such as: Lionsgate Films, Warner Bros, Marvel, Universal, DC Comics, ABC, Sea World, EA and Disney. To learn more about David and hid work, visit SoundMindMusic.com
January 9 - Sophie Chiche is the founder and curator of lifebyme.com, a website gathering eclectic people answering the question, “what is most meaningful to you”. Nobel Prizes, media moguls, fishermen, midwives, global leaders, spiritual teachers, artists, and teenagers share their original meaningful words every day. Sophie is about to launch Shape House, an urban sweat lodge. This will be a place to heal, a place to let go, a place to thin, and melt away fears and doubts. A place to be with one self with a quiet breath. Available in the fall of 2012. Sophie is an author, speaker, coach and entrepreneur. She holds Masters in Business, Journalism and Psychology. You can find her asking game-changer deep questions, wallpapering her stairway, dancing with her staff, reading The Little Prince, and … oh, you know … living a life of meaning.
Shannon Bindler is a Shoeologist and Style Editor who believes in the transformative power of fashion. She is also the co-founder of Get Up Girl, a popular women’s coaching series that inspires women to shine. Shannon contributes regularly to huffingtonpost.com, stylelist.com, and modernmom.com. She is currently working on her first book, Sole Rx: Shoe Prescriptions for Life. Shannon has traveled, studied, and worked extensively throughout Africa, South America, and Europe. She lives with her filmmaker husband and daughter in the Silver Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles.
January 2- Adam Leipzig has overseen more than 25 movies as a producer, executive, and distributor, including March of the Penguins and Dead Poets Society, and has worked with legendary directors Robert Altman, Peter Yates, and Peter Weir. Most recently, he served as the president of National Geographic Films, and is a former senior vice president at Walt Disney Pictures. Today, Adam trains entrepreneurs, filmmakers, and other members of the creative economy, and also publishes Cultural Weekly, a fast-growing online magazine that explores how our creative culture intersects media, money, technology and entertainment. Adam’s new book, Inside Track for Independent Filmmakers: Get Your Movie Made, Get Your Movie Seen, and Turn the Tables on Hollywood, will be published this month.
Laurel Airica took to words like a bird to the skies and began her literary flights of fancy early in her life. Particularly enchanted by rhythm and rhyme, palindromes, puns and other ‘electro-poetic’ linguistic phenomena, she announced to her parents with absolute certainty at age three or four, “I bet I now know all the words in the English language.” Laurel began writing poetry at the age of seven. Later in life, Laurel was inspired to take everything she’d discovered about letters and words and to turn it into the performance art she now calls, WordMagic: An Enchanted Literary Entertainment. In so doing, she transformed herself into the ‘Metaphysical Mother Goose.’
December 12 - Jodi Delaney is the Founder of Yatra Yoga International (YYI) and VetsYoga. Jodi combined her passions for yoga and travel with YYI, facilitating yoga and wellness retreats in Mexico, Guatemala and Costa Rica. In 2010, she assisted New Mexico’s first Veterans Wellness Conference. This experience, along with a visit to the amputee unit at Walter Reed Medical Center, inspired the creation of VetsYoga, as a route for military personnel to explore the benefits of yoga to enhance mental and physical health in the privacy of home. To learn more about Jodi and her work, visit: www.vetsyoga.com
Debbie Gregory is both the CEO of MilitaryConnection.com and the founder of the Veteran and Military Business Owners Association (VAMBOA). She covers all the bases when it comes to serving the needs of Military and Veteran Communities. MilitaryConnection.com, one of the most popular websites on the Internet for active military, veterans and their families, is referred to as The Go to Site for jobs, benefits, news, and information regarding education benefits. To learn more about Debbie and her work, visit www.MilitaryConnection.com
December 5 - Mark Harradine teaches Conscious Leadership to leaders who want to profoundly impact their world for a greater good, by raising consciousness for powerful socio-economic impact for a sustainable future.
Using his unique understanding of human potential and inner development, along with his deep experience as a mental coach for elite athletes, Mark applies himself to the complex systems of the business and political worlds. He views challenges as a puzzle, rather than a problem. Then has fun putting the puzzle together. To learn more about Mark and his work, visit: http://www.aspirall.com.au/
Leah Jantzen coaches highly motivated, energetic, enthusiastic, and creative individuals looking to make profound changes in their lives. She EMPOWERS her clients to reach new heights with their God given abilities and talents. Using sports and sports analogies, Leah dramatically expands her clients’ vision of what’s possible. Her clients live bigger and experience higher levels of personal and professional success. To learn more about Leah and her work, visit: http://www.leahjantzen.com/
November 28 - Daniel Chidiac is the Author of “Who Says You Can’t? YOU DO: How to unchain your greatness within and take instant charge of your life.” He has dedicated his life to finding the answers to “why some people are living an extraordinary life, while others are never really fulfilled?” Through his journey he has modelled the most successful people known to man, travelled overseas to meet with leaders who have the strongest mindset on the planet, interacted with exceptional achievers and coached people from all the around the globe. He has coached celebrity contestants on Dancing With The Stars, Radio show hosts, International DJ’s, TV presenters and hosts, Business leaders and so on. Daniel’s writing has touched millions of people worldwide and currently inspires thousands of people daily. To learn more about Daniel and his work, visit: www.danielchidiac.com
November 21 - Gina Ross, MFCC, is founder and president of International Trauma-Healing Institute in the United States and Israel. An internationally respected psychotherapist, she is the co-founder of the Israeli Trauma Center at Herzog Hospital in Jerusalem and has specialized in trauma and the understanding and treatment of trauma since 1990. She is trained in cognitive, behavioral, and somatic treatment approaches and is certified in the more innovative techniques of Somatic Experiencing® (SE), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Thought Field Therapy (TFT), and Traumatic Incident Reduction (TIR). Gina is also the author of many articles and a series of books entitled Beyond the Trauma Vortex Into the Healing Vortex. To learn more about Gina and her work, visit:WWW.GINAROSS.COM WWW.BEYONDTHETRAUMAVORTEX.COM and WWW.TRAUMAINSTITUTE.ORG
As both the CEO of MilitaryConnection.com and the founder of the Veteran and Military Business Owners Association (VAMBOA), Debbie Gregory covers all the bases when it comes to serving the needs of Military and Veteran Communities. MilitaryConnection.com, one of the most popular websites on the Internet for active military, veterans and their families, is referred to as The Go to Site for jobs, benefits, news, and information regarding education benefits. To learn more about Debbie and her work, visit www.MilitaryConnection.com
November 7 - Catherine Ryan Hyde is the author of 18 published and forthcoming books. Her newest releases are When You Were Older, Don’t Let Me Go, Jumpstart the World , When I Found You and Second Hand Heart. She authoredthe national bestseller, Pay It Forward, whichwas adapted into a major motion picture starring Kevin Spacey and Helen Hunt, and was chosen by the American Library Association for its Best Books for Young Adults list. She is also the founder and former president (2000-2009) of the Pay It Forward Foundation. To learn more about Catherine and her work, visit: www.catherineryanhyde.com
Charley Johnson has a deep passion for Pay It Forward. Believing in Pay It Forward so much so he left his company, career & millions behind to change the world and how people view humanity. He is now the president of the Pay It Forward Foundation and the creator of the Pay It Forward Bracelet, a physical reminder to do good that has been sent to over 1 million people in 108 countries. Charley founded the “PIF Experience,” the website responsible for collecting stories from all over the world of people Paying It Forward. He also Founded the “Pay it Forward Hall of Fame” in November of 2011 with the First inductee being Catherine Ryan Hyde, the founder of the Pay It Forward Foundation.
October 31 - Tim Freke is a ‘standup philosopher’ who makes profound ideas fun and easily accessible. He is an internationally respected authority on world spirituality and is often featured in documentaries on the BBC, the History Channel, and other global media. He is the bestselling author of many groundbreaking books translated into 15 languages, including Lucid Living and The Jesus Mysteries, which was a Daily Telegraph ‘Book of the Year’. He runs ‘mystery experience retreats’ internationally, in which he guides others directly to a spiritually awakened state.
October 17 -Yariv Lerner is the founder of Udaya Entertainment and producer of purpose-driven cinematic film for yoga, meditation, and wellbeing coaching, with an emphasis on integrated healing arts designed to condition users physically, mentally, and emotionally to achieve greater happiness, life-satisfaction, and wellness. Yariv is trailblazing through his creation of artfully produced training programs, such as The Ultimate Yogi, in partnership with well-known teachers and change agents. He holds a BA Business and Marketing, is a very successful beach volleyball player, and is the founder of the Udaya Retreat Sanctuary specializing in Yoga.
October 10 -Dr. Kelly McGonigal is a health psychologist and lecturer at Stanford University, and a leading expert in the new field of “science-help.” She is passionate about translating cutting-edge research from psychology, neuroscience, and medicine into practical strategies for health, happiness, and personal success.
October 3 -Agapi Stassinopoulos is the author of the best-selling book: Unbinding the Heart, where readers embark on an inspiring journey of inner exploration to reconnect with their true selves. Born and raised in Athens, Greece, she entered the prestigious Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London at age 18. She moved to the United States to do film and television, and later attended the University of the Santa Monica, where she completed her Master’s in Psychology. An inspiring speaker, Agapi teaches and empowers both men and women to recognize their individual gifts, claim them, use them to serve humanity, and create the lives they want.
September 26 -Don Joseph Goewey has had a long career in human potential. He’s been an executive at Stanford University Medical School and worked closely with two of the pioneers in human potential – Carl Rogers, father of humanistic psychology and Gerald Jampolsky, founder a school of psychology based on attitude. Don has written a book titled Mystic Cool: A proven approach to transcend stress, achieve optimal brain function, and maximize your creative intelligence. His work focuses on helping people transcend catastrophic life events and some of the most stressful situations any of us will ever face.
September 19 -Martin Papazian is an actor, writer, and director of feature films. Previously, Martin directed the award winning short film IN THE WIND, about a soldier’s return to a Hurricane Katrina ravaged New Orleans. As an actor, Martin burst onto the screen in Universal Picture’s, JARHEAD, THE BURNING PLAIN, and THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN. On the small screen you may have seen him featured in 24, Lie To Me, CSI:NY, and DEXTER, amongst others. LEAST AMONG SAINTS marks his debut as a feature director and writer. Inspired by true events, the story centers on a man’s quest for redemption through his compassion and service to an orphaned boy. The film will be released theatrically September 21st, 2012 in Los Angles, New York, Chicago, and Washington D.C.
Michele Rosenthal inspires trauma survivors to overcome depression, anxiety, and fear so that they may build lives full of freedom, meaning, purpose, and joy. A survivor herself, Michele shares her story as a keynote speaker, post-trauma coach, award-winning blogger, poet, author, radio show host, and founder of http://www.healmyptsd.com, Michele’s trauma recovery memoir, Before the World Intruded: Conquering the Past and Creating the Future, was released in April 2012.
September 12- Austin Vickers is the writer and producer of People v. The State of Illusion, a docudrama based on his work and the science and power of perception and imagination, which was released in the fall of 2011. He is also the founder of The Stepping Up Foundation, a non-profit organization helping people and organizations in need. He is the author of the personal leadership book and program “Stepping Up: to a Life of Vision, Passion and Authentic Power” and is a professional speaker who has educated and entertained audiences from some of America’s leading corporations, including Intel, Wells Fargo, Colgate Palmolive, and 3M. On a personal note, Austin is an avid reader, an aspiring musician, and is passionate about physical health, and is a certified yoga instructor.
September 5 - Wayne Hankin is a period instrument specialist who has played 400 different instruments over a 30 year career. Specializing in medieval, renaissance, and baroque periods, Wayne has mastered instruments played only by a small handful of people in the world, including various bagpipes, hornpipes, ﬂutes, whistles, gemshorns, trumps, bone ﬂutes, double reeds, and others. There are also instruments made exclusively for his talents of which he is the sole performer. With over 4000 concerts to his credit and over 300 works composed for period instruments, Wayne has received numerous awards and commissions from ASCAP Awards to The National Endowment of the Arts. His ﬁlm, 7 SOLOS, was awarded best short subject at The World Music and Independent Film Festival in Washington DC. To learn more about Wayne and his work, visit: http://waynehankin.com
Jeffrey Pflaum formerly taught inner-city elementary school children in NY for thirty-four years. During this time, he created a successful education project in social-and-emotional learning called The Contemplation Music Writing Project, where he combines music and writing to develop awareness, creativity, and motivation for extraordinary results. He has written articles for professional newspapers and publications about his original curricula. Jeffrey has recently published an inspirational book about adolescent reading life experiences titled, Motivating Teen and Preteen Readers: How Teachers and Parents Can Lead the Way. To learn more about Jeffrey and his work, visit: www.JeffreyPflaum.com
August 29 - Barry Schwartz has been a professor of psychology at Swarthmore College, in Pennsylvania since receiving his PhD from the University of Pennsylvania in 1971. He has written ten books and more than 100 articles for professional journals. In 2004, Barry published The Paradox of Choice: Why More Is Less, which was named one of the top business books of the year by both Business Week and Forbes Magazine. He has appeared on dozens of radio shows, including NPR’s Morning Edition, and Talk of the Nation, and has been interviewed on Anderson Cooper 360 (CNN), the Lehrer News Hour (PBS), and CBS Sunday Morning. He has lectured to audiences as large as 5000, among them the British and the Dutch governments. Barry’s most recent book, authored with Kenneth Sharpe, is Practical Wisdom: The Right Way to Do the Right Thing . To learn more about Barry and his work, visit: http://www.swarthmore.edu
August 22 – Sallie Culbreth is the founder of Committed to Freedom Ministries, which offers retreats, seminars, and resources for survivors of childhood/adolescent sexual abuse. She has authored several books including Despising the Shame – the story of her own childhood sexual abuse; No Longer Alone (NavPress) – a narrative between abuse survivors and Christ; The Uncaged Project – a self-help workbook for men and women who experienced childhood abuse, and many other resources. She holds a B.A. in Pastoral Ministries and her M.S. in Counseling Studies. She is an ordained minister, member of the American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC), was a national faculty member for Living Free Ministries, and is trained as a Critical Incident Stress Management Counselor. Visit: http://www.committedtofreedom.org/ for more information.
August 15- Bonnie Carroll is the president and founder of the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS), the national organization offering comfort and care to anyone grieving the death of someone who died while serving in the Armed Forces.
Ms. Carroll is a Major in the Air Force Reserves. She served for 16 years in the Air National Guard as a Transportation Officer, Logistics Officer, and Executive Officer. In the federal government, Ms. Carroll held presidential appointments in the Reagan and Bush Administrations, including a senior level position as Executive Assistant for Cabinet Affairs.
She met her husband while working in the West Wing for Ronald Reagan, and their love story is captured in the NBC Universal film, “Big Miracle.” More information is available at www.taps.org.
As both the CEO of MilitaryConnection.com and the founder of the Veteran and Military Business Owners Association (VAMBOA), Debbie Gregory covers all the bases when it comes to serving the needs of Military and Veteran Communities. MilitaryConnection.com, one of the most popular websites on the Internet for active military, veterans and their families, is referred to as The Go to Site for jobs, benefits, news, and information regarding education benefits. For more, visit www.MilitaryConnection.com
August 8- Sophie Chiche is the founder and curator of lifebyme.com, a website gathering eclectic people who are answering the question, “What is most meaningful to you?”On the site, Nobel Prize winners, media moguls, fishermen, midwives, global leaders, spiritual teachers, artists, and teenagers share their original meaningful words every day. Sophie is also an author, speaker, coach and entrepreneur. She holds Masters in Business, Journalism and Psychology. Visit lifebyme.com for more.
August 1- Kenneth Cloke is the Director of the Center for Dispute Resolution, where he has served as a mediator, arbitrator, attorney, coach, consultant and trainer. He has taught at universities throughout California, including USC and UCLA, and is an Adjunct Professor at Pepperdine University’s School of Law and Harvard University School of Law, among others. He has provided conflict resolution services around the world and is the President and co-founder of Mediators Beyond Borders. Kenneth received his BA from the University of California, Berkeley and JD from Berkeley’s Boalt school of Law, his PhD from UCLA, his LLM from UCLA Law School and completed post-doctoral work at Yale University School of Law. He is a also graduate of the National Judicial College in Reno, Nevada. www.kennethcloke.com
July 25 – Gail Lynne Goodwin is the founder of InspireMeToday.com, bringing the best inspiration to the world. With members in more than 120 countries, InspireMeToday.com provides free inspiration- each day from a new Inspirational Luminary. Gail has interviewed many well-known names including Sir Richard Branson, Guy Laliberte, Seth Godin, Tony Hseih and hundreds more. According to Mashable, Gail was one of 2009′s Top 25 Most Inspirational People on Twitter. Prior to InspireMeToday.com, and after years in the commercial real estate business, Gail spent several years as manager for her recording artist daughter, Carly. Gail is a published author and a regular writer for the Huffington Post and for Care2.org, with her column reaching more than 17,000,000 people daily. She offers mentoring and mastermind services to clients worldwide from her home in Whitefish, Montana. www.inspiremetoday.com
July 18- Jerry Yellin, a distinguished veteran of World War II, is the author of “The Resilient Warrior,” and co-chair of the David Lynch Foundation’s new program, Operation Warrior Wellness, which offers Transcendental Meditation to veterans suffering from post traumatic stress disorder. Jerry is also the author of “Of War and Weddings,” published in 1995, which has been published in English and Japanese. He is co-founder of LISCO/LTDS, an Internet provider and telephone company in Fairfield, Iowa.
Struggling with the effects of traumatic stress in the aftermath of World War II, Jerry found himself unable to enjoy life: “I couldn’t find any contentment, any reason to succeed, any connection to anyone that had meaning or value.” It wasn’t until he learned the Transcendental Meditation technique in the mid-70′s that Jerry was able to find relief. He described the impact of the technique on his life: “My anger and restlessness began to dissipate, and a calmness that I never knew became apparent.” Operation Warrior Wellness was born of this life-changing experience. He and Helene have been married for 59 years, have four sons and six grandchildren. http://www.operationwarriorwellness.org/
As both the CEO of MilitaryConnection.com and the founder of the Veteran and Military Business Owners Association (VAMBOA), Debbie Gregory covers all the bases when it comes to serving the needs of Military and Veteran Communities. MilitaryConnection.com, one of the most popular websites on the Internet for active military, veterans and their families, is referred to as The Go to Site for jobs, benefits, news, and information regarding education benefits. For more, visit www.MilitaryConnection.com
July 4- Dr. Benjamin La Brot is a native Southern Californian who learned to swim before he could walk. He has worked on sport and commercial fishing boats, on the Floating Marine Science Laboratory vessel, in classrooms across southern California for the Los Angeles County Office of Marine Education, and for Pacific Biomarine Laboratories as a research diver. He also qualified as an EMT, a Handicapped SCUBA Association Dive Buddy, and completed a B.S. in Marine Biology, a B.A. in History, and a Geology Minor from the University of CA, Santa Barbara.
After studying medicine at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and setting up a long-term care facility there, Ben made private medical missions to Thailand, Namibia, Botswana, South Africa, Tanzania and Zimbabwe. Ben has combined his love and knowledge of the sea with his talent for medicine and service to create Floating Doctors, which is dedicated to bring medical relief to remote coastal communities around the world.
June 27 - An Emmy Award winning composer and writer, Patricia Lee Stotter lends her tremendous talents in TV, film and social media to furthering awareness of PTSD and Veteran reintegration struggles. Stotter first became interested in Veteran issues while working on a theatre testimonial project that discussed suicide rates among Vietnam Veterans. She has since worked to bring awareness to Veteran issues through True Rep, a repertory company that explores trauma and resilience through testimonial theatre and film, and fosters collaboration among actors, writers and humane service organizations. Her recent documentary, Service: When Women Come Marching Home, highlights challenges facing female Veterans as they transition from active duty to civilian life.
For more, visit http://servicethefilm.com/index.php.
As both the CEO of MilitaryConnection.com and the founder of the Veteran and Military Business Owners Association (VAMBOA), Debbie Gregory covers all the bases when it comes to serving the needs of Military and Veteran Communities. MilitaryConnection.com, one of the most popular websites on the Internet for active military, veterans and their families, is referred to as The Go to Site for jobs, benefits, news, and information regarding education benefits.For more, visit www.MilitaryConnection.com
June 13 – The acclaimed author of 1,000 Mitzvahs: How Small Acts of Kindness Can Heal, Inspire and Change Your Life, Linda Cohen writes, speaks and consults around the country on the topics of volunteerism, parenting, mitzvahs and happiness. She serves on the Board of Directors for Willowbrook, a nonprofit summer arts program for children. Originally from the east coast, Cohen resides in Portland, Oregon with her husband, two children and their dog.
Visit her at www.1000mitzvahs.com.
June 6- An internationally renowned speaker on self-awareness and human potential, Amir Zoghi uses his modern age philosophies to teach others how to embody transformation, discover truth, and experience their inner freedom. Amir shares his wisdom through writing, teaching, and speaking platforms, and is critically acclaimed for his ability to deliver a strong, impactful message with simplicity and clarity that resonates with people from all walks of life. Learn more about Amir at www.myintuitivewarrior.com.
Through her book LISTEN: Trusting Your Inner Voice in Times of Crisis, Lynn Robinson, M.Ed., has redefined her theories on intuition for an entirely new audience. A celebrated expert on intuition, Robinson teaches individuals to use their innate guidance system – their intuition – to help them survive turbulent times, find a clear and accurate direction for their lives, and to create a happier existence. Learn more at www.lynnrobinson.com.
May 30 - As Chief Executive Officer of Noetic Films, Mary Cimiluca is devoted to producing films with depth, substance and meaning alongside friend and filmmaker Alexander Vesely. After relocating to California, Mary discovered firsthand the struggle to start a new life in a foreign land nearly 3,000 miles from friends and family. An entrepreneur, professional speaker and mentor to youth around the globe, Mary uses that experience as motivation to help others uncover the meaning in their own lives. For more information about the movie, visit http://www.viktorandimovie.com/
Noted Austrian filmmaker Alexander Vesely strives to produce films that have depth, meaning and substance. He brings this philosophical approach to the U.S. with his American directorial debut, Viktor & I. Chronicling the life of Alexander’s grandfather, Viktor & I gives the viewer complete subjectivity as the film moves from family members to friends and others who were close to Viktor Frankl. Alexander Vesely resides in Vienna and recently opened Noetic Films, Inc., in Southern California. For more information about the film, visit http://www.viktorandimovie.com/
May 23 - An Olympic Medal winner, five-time world champion, competitive diving legend Greg Louganis has long been celebrated for his spirit of sportsmanship and community service. Greg serves as an advocate for many organizations, including youth’s clubs, drug and alcohol rehabilitation groups, and organizations for the dyslexic. Since shedding light on his struggle with HIV in his best-selling autobiography, Breaking the Surface, Greg’s inspirational message has reached a whole new audience.
To learn more about Greg and his work, visit http://greglouganis.com/
April – 11 Ash Adams is a multi award- winning filmmaker and actor who has starred in television shows such as: Ryans Hope-,Thunderboat Row and Acapulco Bay. Adams has also appeared in Adam 12, VIP , The Young Riders (two hour season finale as Jesse James) , Renegade, FBI The Untold Stories, Beverly Hills 90210, and the new Dragnet. As a Filmmaker he has written, produced, directed, and co-starred in Once Fallen, After The Past, The Distance, and Peter’s Hope, all of which won Adams awards. His newest short is In Mexico, about a returning combat vet suffering from PTSD.
March 28 -The sexual abuse she experienced as a child launched her on a journey – a quest to move beyond what was done to her. The surprising destination was a life altering encounter with God… surprising because she wanted nothing to do with him. Her abuser used God in order to use her. In her confusion, she held God responsible for her abuse. Sallie despised church, people, and God. In many ways, her spirit was as damaged as the rest of her. Sallie became dark and overwhelmed – so much so that she thought suicide was the only way to find relief.Visit: http://www.committedtofreedom.org/ for more information.
March 21 - The concept of Pay it Forward dates back to ancient Greece in 317 BC by Menander. His work was lost in the Middle Ages and the theory was rediscovered by Benjamin Franklin and described in a letter below to Benjamin Webb dated April 25, 1784.”I do not pretend to give such a Sum; I only lend it to you. When you [...] meet with another honest Man in similar Distress, you must pay me by lending this Sum to him; enjoining him to discharge the Debt by a like operation, when he shall be able, and shall meet with another opportunity. I hope it may thus go thro’ many hands, before it meets with a Knave that will stop its Progress. This is a trick of mine for doing a deal of good with a little money.”Visit www.pifexperience.orgfor more information.
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Visit: http://whatsreallyhappening.com/ for more information
February 22 -Garcia made his directorial debut co-directing The Wayshower (2012) with John-Roger, filmed primarily in Utah, and with major scenes shot on location in Morocco, France, England, Peru and Spain. The Wayshower stars Academy Award nominee Eric Roberts, Peter Stormare and Academy Award nominee Sally Kirkland and Garcia also plays the leading role as ‘Jesus’. Garcia worked closely with Academy Award winner Dane Davis (TheMatrix) on the sound design, and was mentored by Academy Award winning Director Stephen Soderbergh throughout the directing and editing process and the result is an independent film with strikingly high production value. The Wayshower won Best Ensemble Cast at the FirstGlance Film Festival in Hollywood, and continues to screen at film festivals in 2011.
Visit: http://jsugarcia.com/ for more information.
February 1- The American Dream was founded on the belief that anyone dedicated to thrift and hard work could create opportunities and achieve a better life. Now that dream has been reduced to a hyper quantified desire for fancier clothes, sleeker cars, and larger homes. As our standard of living has climbed over the past forty years, our self-reported “happiness levels” have flat lined. We’ve somehow lost our way, but it’s not too late to find it again.
Dr. Roberts’ book, Shiny Objects: Why We Spend Money We Don’t Have in Search of Happiness We Can’t Buy, can be found on http://www.amazon.com/Shiny-Objects-Spend-Search-Happiness/dp/0062093606
January 25 - Did you make a New Year’s resolution for 2012? Have you already broken it? Are you still sticking with it? Maybe you didn’t even make a resolution because you don’t want to repeat failed previous attempts. We all begin with the best intentions, and most of us, somewhere along the way, self-sabotage our goals. Our guest this week shows us how to take our resolutions and turn them into revolutions. Learn the 3 keys that all successful people already know and apply them to your life to create the happiness you deserve.
Lisa can be found online at lisasteadman.com and on the radio every Wednesday at 5:00PM EST
Visit: http://www.one-revolution.com/ for information
Visit: http://www.pifexperience.org/ for more information.
Visit: www.kennethcloke.com for more information.
November 30 -Chrissy Carew is a Hall-of-Fame Master Certified personal and business coach, mentor and trainer as well as the author of Insightful Player: Football Pros Lead a Bold Movement of Hope, published in October of 2011 by Morgan James Publishing.
Carew hosts a weekly InsightfulPlayer TV show on MingleMediaTV.com every Tuesday at 7 p.m. ET.
She coaches high integrity professional football players to maximize performance on and off the field. She also works with trailblazers who have an indomitable will and are relentless in their pursuit of elevating the world to awe-inspiring heights. She inspires her clients to reach for the ultimate state of human fulfillment by wholeheartedly embracing their gifts and ferociously sharing them with others.
Grit and Grace Creates Harmony On and Off the Field
Graced with many gifts and talents, Ben Utecht grew up in a loving family, surrounded by music. He readily admits that he was far from perfect. In his early years, he bought into the idea that he was better than others because of superficial things.
Ben was fortunate to have people in his life who told him the truth. He remembers a high school friend saying he had some issues with pride, and that ‘arrogance is not a quality that represents what you stand for’. “It wasn’t easy to hear,” Ben says, “but it was a revelation.”
Being a part of the NFL has opened some new doors for Ben. He released his debut Inspirational music CD in April 2009. Ben’s music reflects his personal mission. “One of my songs talks about how, if our focus was on love, and how we can better serve people, it would change everything – from politics to religion.”
November 23 -Thanksgiving is a time of giving thanks and gratitude. When we give thanks, we are expressing our love and happiness towards others. This week , as we usher in the Holiday Season, I give my thanks to you, through music. I am very grateful and thankful to the guest musicians this week as they share with us their expressions, creativity and talent, through their love of music. Special guests include Bekah Eden, Terence Davis, Hannah Mulholland, and Abe McDonald.
November 16 -WAYNE HANKIN is a period instrument specialist and has played 400 different instruments over a 30 year career. Specializing in medieval, renaissance and baroque periods, Wayne has mastered instruments played only by a small handful of people in the world including various bagpipes, hornpipes, flutes, whistles, gemshorns, trumps, bone flutes, double reeds and others. There are also instruments made exclusively for his talents of which he is the sole performer.With over 4000 concerts to his credit, Wayne has played every major city in the United States and Canada, as well as countless venues worldwide. He has performed on 7 productions with Cirque du Soleil, most recently Totem. His varied career includes over a hundred performances with Early Music NY. For leading theater companies, Wayne has served as musical director for the Schaubühne, Long Wharf Theater, Alley Theater, Center Stage, BAM and the Odeon Paris. Recorded work includes major labels ECM, RCA, BMG and SONY, appearances on television networks CBS, ABC, NBC, HBO and BRAVO and his conducting debut at the Houston Grand Opera. He has also performed solo on major Hollywood films from Resident Evil II to Disney’s Princess Adventures. With over 300 works composed for period instruments, Wayne has received numerous awards and commissions from ASCAP Awards to The National Endowment of the Arts, etc. His new film 7 SOLOS was recently awarded best short subject at The World Music and Independent Film Festival in Washington DC.
November 9 -As an architectural designer, cookies and baking were a side note in Tami Cromar’s life. When she wanted to a little extra spending money, she’d bake. When she wanted to help her daughter’s raise funds, she’d bake. When she wanted a quality, memorable gift for her clients, she’d bake.With happiness as the ultimate goal, Cromar has been successfully bringing herself happiness, her employees happiness, and above all else, delighting customers with happiness, as she buzzes around the kitchen mixing a little of this and a little of that, peeks around the counter with a bright hello, and then presents the world with one innovative, timeless treat.
Visit Ruby Snap at http://www.RubySnap.com
November 2 - Dr. Bill Cloke has over 30 years’ experience as a licensed psychotherapist and marriage and family therapist in Los Angeles.
He has continued to branch out into cognitive behavioral, transpersonal, and self-psychology with specializations in anger management, self-esteem, sexual addiction, and relationship counseling. He has also continued to develop his curiosity and interest in what eases emotional pain, creates change, what affects our sense of self and how psychotherapy cures.
He uses his anthropology background to develop unique methods of working with individuals from their cultural and psychological perspective.
Visit Dr. Cloke at www.billcloke.com
October 26 – There was something missing. Although he had degrees from four different universities and was schooled in psychodynamic, supportive, and cognitive behavioral therapy, there seemed to be a key ingredient that was lacking in his therapeutic approach to helping others heal and thrive.
That was in 1969, when his search for the missing ingredient lead him to studies of world cultures in general and Zen in particular. As the years passed and he became steeped in stories and Zen wisdom, he knew he had uncovered an important method of helping people to get unstuck and feel happier. Yes, Dr. Alan Gettis believes wholeheartedly in the power of stories.
Dr. Gettis spent two years as a Vietnam era army psychologist in the late 1960’s. In the 1970’s, he worked for seven years at a large mental health center as the Chief Psychologist. He is a clinical psychologist with graduate degrees from Central Michigan University, Utah State University, and Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. He has been in private practice since 1974.
Visit www.drgettis.com for more information.
October 19 – Alison Lighthall, RN, BSN, MSN, a former Captain in the US Army Nurse Corps, is an expert in posttraumatic stress, combat stress, military suicide, and mental resilience. While serving with the 7302nd Medical Training Support Battalion, she provided psychosocial training throughout the Midwest to units preparing to deploy and debriefing sessions upon their return. Alison served as the Lead Clinician of Fort Carson’s Urgent Psychiatric Care Response Team, providing emergency psychiatric care to their most emotionally wounded. Currently, as a trainer and consultant, she assists with reintegration programs for military and police organizations.
October 12 – Fuzzy Manning is the Founder & CEO of PTS Treatment. He is a recognized international alternative clinician, therapist, and speaker who mends the hearts of female/male military veterans, National Guard, Coast Guard, reservists, and their families who are dealing with the invisible wounds of Post Traumatic Stress (PTS). During the alternative therapy process, it’s impossible to separate Chronic Disease, Chronic Pain and Musculoskeletal Damage, Combat Stress, Military Sexual Trauma (MST), Sexual Assault, Sexual Harassment, Suicidal Thoughts, and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) from PTS during treatment. You can’t treat one without treating the other. Fuzzy offers a safe and secure environment for people to tell their story and receive the necessary treatment and therapy despite their gender, age, language, or ethnicity. He believes in treating veterans, military personnel, and their family as one-unit. Visit http://ptstreatment.com
October 5 - Barry Fixler has aided numerous wounded Marines and soldiers, to whom his loyalties are obvious, but has also helped people who have had no connections to the military. Barry has pledged to raise a million dollars for combat-wounded veterans from the proceeds from his book Semper Cool: One Marine’s Fond Memories of Vietnam. Barry is donating all of his royalties from Semper Cool to combat veterans wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan.
You can learn more about Barry’s foundation and monitor the progress of his million dollar goal on his web site: SemperCool.com.
September 28 – Guest Chaney Weiner is a sought after authority on human potential and personal development. He is the founder of the Chaney Institute of Human Potential, an organization dedicated to empowering people worldwide in all seven areas of life (Financial, physical, family, mental, spiritual, vocational, and social) by helping them discover their hidden brilliance and uniqueness based on what is most important to them. Chaney is also a facilitator of the Demartini Method which was developed by Dr. John Demartini.
September 21 – Guests Deva and Miten’s music transcends all the usual musical boundaries, with fans including rock icon Cher, who featured one of Deva’s most popular chants, the Gayatri Mantra, on her Farewell Concert Tour; world renowned author and motivational coach Tony Robbins, and even His Holiness The Dalai Lama who, after hearing Deva & Miten sing for a private audience, exclaimed, “Beautiful music, beautiful…!”
September 14 Guest Debbie Gregory of MilitaryConnection.com
As both the CEO of MilitaryConnection.com and the founder of the Veteran and Military Business Owners Association (VAMBOA), Debbie Gregory covers all the bases when it comes to serving the needs of Military and Veteran Communities. MilitaryConnection.com, one of the most popular websites on the Internet for active military, veterans and their families, is referred to as The Go To Site for jobs, benefits, news, and information regarding education benefits.
The web site is one of the most comprehensive online directories of military and veteran resources with thousands of pages and something for everyone.
Visit www.militaryconnection.com for more info.
September 7 Guest Raquel Reyna from End The Diet War.
Raquel Reyna is an emotional eating specialist and weight loss expert. She has been in the business of weight loss for the last 10 years and has helped hundreds of women find their ideal body weight. She helped launch one of the most successful weight loss franchises in the US. Today sees through her years of experience and personal battles with eating disorders and binge eating as well as severe yo yo dieting that weight loss and health has far less to do with what you eat and more to do with how you think.
August 31 – Guest Linda Franklin joins Lisa for a Real Cougar Woman discussion. Every woman, whether she realizes it or not, has a Real Cougar just waiting to be unleashed. Living your life as a smart, sexy, independent woman is the best gift you can give yourself. So get over listening to what other people think you should do and start living the life you deserve.
After leaving a powerful Wall Street career, Linda Franklin made the conscious decision to take back her life. She embarked on a quest to find the answers that would help her relationships, maintain a healthy body, looking fabulous, starting a new career and filling her spiritual reservoir. That journey, as tough as it was, turned out to be a blessing. It re-ignited her passion and allowed her to get excited about ”act two” of her life.
August 25 – Chitoka Webb is a successful business owner, motivational speaker and author who lives in Hendersonville, TN. Raised by her single mother, Webb grew up in the Preston Taylor housing projects, landed her first job in a grocery store at only 13 years old. When a senior in High School, she was told by school authorities she couldn’t graduate with her class just a week before the ceremony due to being one point short in her chemistry class. Now, in her mid-30s, Webb owns several businesses—that she founded.
Her life and business motto is “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you” pulling herself up by the bootstraps these humble beginnings brought more success. After developing two health care agencies and a new state-of-the-art barbershop Webb developed Chitoka L.Webb Holdings, Inc. which oversees her professional ventures, and the early development stages of a Foundation which supports her community service projects.
For more about Chitoka, visit www.chitokawebb.com.
August 18 - Suzanne Jauchius is a professional psychic, author and radio personality. When she was 40, she walked away from “the perfect life” that was killing her to become who she was born to be. Suzanne’s life has been a kaleidoscope of astonishing experiences that have conspired to bring her finally to a life of seamlessness and fulfillment.
Suzanne has been consulted many times during her career to assist in missing persons; most often at the request of Search and Rescue and family members.
For more about Suzanne, visit www.suzannejauchius.com
August 10 – Adonis Ellinas, Life Coach, spent a delightful hour this week with Lisa direct from Cyprus. Promoting Health, Joy, Success, and Happiness in order to live life at one’s fullest potential, Adonis’s mission is to give all his energy in an effort to make a more peaceful, happier, greener and safer planet, being at service to others, coming always from his Higher Self. Enjoy Adonis’s blog at http://adonisellinas.blogspot.com.
August 3 – Sandra Beck of Military Mom Talk Radio joins Lisa for the first half of the show to talk about resources for military personnel, veterans, and military family members. Visit Sandra at www.militarymomtalkradio.com.
Evelyn Gray joins Lisa for the second half, talking about the benefits of organization and making your daily routine more efficient. This is especially beneficial to people diagnosed with ADD or hoarding disorders in that it relieves their stress and can bring peace, tranquility, and a clearer understanding of the important things to keep in their life that are truly the things that bring them joy and happiness. Visit Evelyn at www.evelyngray.com.
July 27 – Life Coach, Marla Tabaka is The Million-Dollar Mindset Coach and specializes in coaching women business owners who are ready to embrace their full potential in life and business. Marla runs a thriving coaching practice and is also a Success Coach for the nationally known organization, Count-Me-In for Women’s Economic Independence. She’s spent years inspiring women business owners to grow their annual revenues to one million dollars and beyond. Life Coach Marla loves to share her success tips so she is also a regular author on the popular blogs, SparkPlugging.com and Inc Magazine On Line.
July 20 – Lisa welcomes Drs. Mary and Ron Hulnick founders of the University of Santa Monica, a small, private graduate school offering master’s degree programs in Spiritual Psychology. Most recently, Ron and Mary have released their newest book, “Loyalty To Your Soul” – The Heart of Spiritual Psychology. First and foremost, loyalty to your Soul means learning to live life from within the spiritual context of who you are, meaning the YOU that is the spiritual essence of your very being as opposed to who you think you are, which is really all about your ego or personality. To learn more, visit www.loyaltytoyoursoul.com.
July 13 – don Jose Ruiz, with his father don Miguel Ruiz, offers a fresh perspective on don Miguel’s book, The Four Agreements, in a powerful new agreement for transforming our lives into our personal heaven: the Fifth Agreement. The Fifth Agreement takes us to a deeper level of awareness of the power of the Self, and returns us to the authenticity we were born with. For more information, visit www.miguelruiz.com
July 6 – Dr Wu’s first book, Feed Your Face: Younger, Smoother Skin and a Beautiful Body in 28 Delicious Days, was published by St. Martin’s Press in February 2011. It’s a real-world guide to choosing the right foods for smoother, clearer skin—including what to eat at your favorite restaurants and why you should eat pizza and steak and drink red wine.
June 29 – Guest Meg Pier is founder of ViewFromThePier.com featuring a new image each day, captioned by an uplifting quotation – a daily dose of colorful inspiration. It’s part-travelogue, part-life lesson, always thought-provoking.
June 22 – Robert Rowland Smith writes non-fiction that applies philosophy, psychoanalysis and literature to the concerns of everyday life. His book is Driving with Plato: The Meaning of Life’s Milestones, which combines the best brains in history for the first time in a smart, witty and accessible journey through life’s ups and downs. Visit www.robertrowlandsmith.com for more information.
June 15 – Patricia Spadaro is the award-winning author of the book Honor Yourself: The Inner Art of Giving and Receiving and other popular works on personal growth. Her books are available around the world in more than 20 languages. Her new book Honor Yourself explores how to get beyond the myths about giving and receiving that can sabotage your finances, relationships, careers—even your health—to more balanced, authentic living.
Lisa welcomes Sgt. Andy Brandi, USMC; author, speaker, mentor. Sgt. Brandi talks about reintegration challenges, support and resources for Warriors and families, and his new book, The Warrior’s Guide To Worlds at War: The Dragon has Awakened. Sgt. Brandi is helping each and every Warrior understand they’ve walked off the battlefield far stronger than when they walked on, and to then use that strength to overcome the traumas of their experiences. Learn more about Sgt. Brandi’s mission at http://sgtbrandi.com
Dan Cook from Rivers of Recovery joined Lisa to talk about their program that delivers direct support to physically and psychologically injured combat veterans through innovative, outdoor-based therapies and pioneering research. They strive to provide participants with therapeutic programs which result in measurable and sustainable improvement. These programs are designed to re-enable and re-energize participants and provide the support and self-confidence necessary to maximize long-term recovery.
Veterans and families from all armed forces and military eras are eligible. For more information about military and combat stress related treatment programs, visit www.riversofrecovery.org.
Four Los Angeles based partner companies and organizations have come together to for the Veterans Preservation Corp. Each partner brings a niche value to the new program, offering post combat Vets a full spectrum of opportunity to re-enter the workforce after battling the effects of PTSD. Harvesting Happiness for Heroes, New Directions Veterans residential living center, Heritage Square Museum and Preservation Arts plan to offer homeless Veterans a skill education in the niche industry of reconstructing, rebuilding and preserving historic buildings (such as the Los Angeles Public Library), as their cornerstone of the Veterans Preservation Corp.
Harvesting Happiness Talk Radio welcomes author and humanist Jen Hancock. In addition to being the author of the book, the Humanist Approach to Happiness, she is also the writer and producer of An Introduction to Humanism on DVD. She is the Tampa Humanist and Freethought Examiner for Examiner.com and writes a monthly freelance column about Humanism for the Bradenton Herald newspaper. Finally she writes the Happiness Through Humanism blog and podcast. Visit her at
Frank Clayton is a Licensed Professional Counselor specializing in Happiness. He has a thriving private practice in Salt Lake City and teaches a class there called Happiness 101. In the two years he has been teaching the class, he has taught hundreds of people scientifically proven methods to be happier. For more information, visit www.saltlakementalhealth.com
Steven Shaps MA, practices mind/body psychotherapy, counseling and coaching and specializes in the practice of anger management, stress management and Somatic psychology. He works with individuals, couples, and families as well as leads groups. Learn more about Steven at www.stevenshaps.com
Author Nancy Sherman describes her book: “The Untold War is my best effort at allowing soldiers to open up their hearts and tell their stories. I have listened to those stories with the ear of a philosopher and psychoanalyst, but also with the ear of a daughter, who always felt that she needed to understand more about what her father went through.” Find out more about Nancy at www.nancysherman.com
Lori Fields is a NYS Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Internet entrepreneur, leader, visionary, health & fitness enthusiast and Founder of the Real Beauty Is Movement. She has dedicated her life to teaching women how to feel good about themselves by tapping into their power, live their life on purpose and defining beauty on their own terms. For more information, visit www.realbeautyis.com
George is motivated by light bulbs, or light bulb moments, as it turns out. He loves having them himself, but even more so, he loves watching the bulb illuminate over somebody else’s head as a result of a story, analogy, or the simplification of something very complicated which people seem to grasp when he explains it in his own sweet way. For more information, visit www.happyisthenewrich.com
Janine Wilburn, founder of Touch-Nology, manufactures patent-pending, Connection Kits and Products designed to bring Resiliency, connection, communication and healing to families in challenging situations.
Touch.Nology developed Kits to help Service Members and Military Families build Resiliency before, during and after deployment. The kits contain a number of different types of products—all designed to work together over time. To date, upwards of 170,000 Service Members and Military Families have received Kits and responded with very positive reviews.
For more information, visit www.touch-nology.com
March 23 –
Gail Lynne Goodwin is the founder of InspireMeToday.com, bringing the best inspiration to the world. With members in more than 120 countries, InspireMeToday.com provides free inspiration each day from a new Inspirational Luminary. Visit www.inspiremetoday.com and be inspired!
March 16 –
Lisa’s guest this week is author Lisa Zavaro. A leading voice in the art of guiding others to know themselves and create the life they’ve always envisioned, Lynn offers a powerful, profound and FUN experience of self-discovery and transformation. To learn more, visit www.gameofyou.com or look for the book/game at Amazon or Barnes & Noble.
March 9 –
Nic makes films. Short, black and white. Far beyond simple. Films that show people stark naked
as they are. Films made with a pace that makes little sense when set against the canter of our modern day lives.In one breath they appear to soothe and in the very next, can challenge to a point far beyond uncomfortable. They’re not for everyone. They are for those who have set out to consciously seek a meaningful life.
Nic’s films have been said to shake the soul. For more information visit www.soulbiographies.com.
March 2 –
Drs. Ron and Mary Hulnick, founders of the University of Santa Monica, join Lisa to share their views on spiritual psychology and discuss their recent book, Loyalty To Your Soul. For more information, visit www.loyaltytoyoursoul.com
Lisa welcomes guest Jeff Brown, a former criminal lawyer and psychotherapist, and author of “Soulshaping: A Journey of Self-Creation,” recently published by North Atlantic Books. Endorsed by authors Elizabeth Lesser and Ram Dass, “Soulshaping” is Brown’s autobiography — an inner travelogue of his journey from archetypal male warrior to a more surrendered path. You can connect with his work at www.soulshaping.com.
Guest John Rola, founder of Strumming For Vets, joins Lisa to discuss the impact that music therapy has on healing our wounded warriors’ bodies, minds, and hearts. With the talents of artists and sponsors, Strumming For Vets organizes concerts, events, and visits to VA hospitals to reach out to those who those who are overcoming many forms of trauma. For more information about John’s work and Strumming For Vets, visit www.strummingforvets.org.
Guest Lou Paget joins Lisa for an enlightening and new look at relationships with our special someone. As a sex educator, author, speaker, and now talk show host on Toginet, Lou has advice that is sure to enhance any relationship. For more information, visit www.loupaget.com.
Dr. Bill Cloke joins Lisa for an interesting discussion of relationships, C.U.R.E., and his new book HAPPY TOGETHER: Creating a Lifetime of Connection, Commitment and Intimacy. For more information, visit www.happytogetherbook.com.
Master Peter Hill joins Lisa for a wonderful discussion focusing on his integrative arts program called G.E.T. I.T. The acronym is based on sun tzu’s “art of war” fundamental phrase “Know yourself- know your opponent”. Peter has a very informative article on his website, www.dynamiclivingmagazine.com, titled” Tai Chi Unveiled” as well as some articles on Facebook at ‘Get It Integrative Arts” on how to learn taichi.
Lisa welcomes Sgt. Andy Brandi, USMC, speaker and author of The Warrior’s Guide to Insanity. Sgt. Brandi’s mission is to help every Warrior understand they’ve walked off the battlefield far stronger than when they walked on, and to then use that strength to overcome the traumas of their experiences. This allows them to understand the feelings about their experiences are normal and to heal. For more information visit http://sgtbrandi.com
Lisa welcomes Meghan Roth with information about the Lone Survivor Foundation, and Sue Lynch of There And Back Again, a program helping combat veterans with reintegration. Visit www.lonesurvivirfoundation.org and www.thereandback-again.org for more information
This week Lisa was joined by Kimberly Trapp of MyThreeThings.org. My Three Things is asking people around the world to name three things they’re willing to forgive themselves for. We all need an outlet; a place where we feel safe enough to let go of guilt and shame. Their website has been most successful with many submissions from around the world. Submissions are to be included in a book being published about forgiveness and releasing judgement.
For more information about the project or to release your three things, visit www.mythreethings.org.
December 15, 2010 -
Lisa welcomed Dr. Mark Setton from The Pursuit of Happiness; a group of educators from various universities and high schools, as well as specialists in web design, constructing a multimedia educational platform on the internet focused on the topic of human happiness. For more information, and for upcoming webinars, visit www.pursuit-of-happiness.org.
December 8, 2010
Lisa’s guest this week was author and inspirational speaker Michael Chase of the Kindness Center. Michael began The Kindness Center with the vision of creating a more peaceful and kindhearted world. Located in the beautiful state of Maine, he is accomplishing this by inspiring kindness in schools, the workplace, and in everyday life. Through his programs and events, Michael reveals the secrets to true happiness and the incredible benefits of a heart-centerd lifestyle. For more information, visit www.thekindnesscenter.com
December 1, 2010
November 24, 2010
Lisa welcomed Sandra Beck, president of Motherhood Incorporated. As an author, coach, speaker, radio host, entrepreneur and philanthropist, Sandra Beck is as successful as she is busy. The single mother of two has created a virtual empire of successful companies entirely staffed, managed and implemented using a host of virtual assistants and on-line resources.
Sandra is the host of two Radio Shows: Military Mom Talk Radio and Motherhood Talk Radio on Toginet.com. An active contributor and participant in many charities, Sandra Beck strives to make the world a better place for today’s and our future’s children. Near to her heart are Toys for Tots, World of Children and Children Uniting Nations. Sandra Beck was born in a small town outside of Buffalo, New York. She attended Northwestern University and earned both her Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and her Master’s Degree in Advertising.
For more information, visit www.motherhoodincorporated.com.
Lisa welcomes guests Kelly Wallace and Erin Wholey from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston and members of Grateful Nation, a vehicle for giving at BIDMC. Grateful Nation brings together patients, families, friends and staff of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center of Boston to support compassionate and quality care and groundbreaking research at the Medical Center. Tom DesFosses, cancer survivor and patient at BIDMC, joins the discussion as the founder of A Reason To Ride, an annual bike marathon that has grown since 2008, providing over $88,000 this year for cancer reasearch. For more information, visit www.gratefulnation.org .