David Itkow faced a crossroads at age 50. His trusting nature turned to gullibility, costing him his investment of $350,000. His choice: stay stuck and shut down, or use it as an opportunity to catapult himself forward. Some difficult days lay ahead, but using his natural ability to connect people, David embraced network marketing to showcase cutting edge products such as Healthy Socks and Superior Non-GMO Superfoods. His playful attitude, zest for life and youthful looks are a testament to his lifestyle and a metaphor for his signature tagline 'Squeezing the Juice' (out of Life).
Mali Phonpadith’s father escaped a re-education camp and her family fled war-torn Laos. Arriving in the U.S. at age five, she learned English from watching the TV show Sesame Street. Later, her teacher said Mali’s journal showed she was a poet even though she did not know what poetry was. Her writing formed the nucleus of a project she named SOAR—See, Own, Articulate and Release—a process to help people uncover their greatest gifts and talents. SOAR now includes a community support network, a podcast and more.
Zev Halpern helps couples refresh their marriage by learning to explore, experiment and play again. A licensed psychotherapist and marriage coach for over 25 years in Brookeville, Maryland, he also coaches couples online across the United States and the world. He is the host of the TV Show and Podcast “The Raw Marriage Show” on The Montgomery Channel and on YouTube, iTunes and iHeartRadio.
Bobby Albert had just graduated from college at age 20 when his father died suddenly, leaving him the family business and $70,000 of debt. But advice his father had given him in junior high taught him lessons that paid off sooner than he had expected. As president of Values-Driven Leadership, LLC, his passion is to help other leaders build inspiring workplace cultures through values-driven leadership. Grounded in values and powered by the twin engine of enhancing relationships and driving for results, he helps leaders chart a path to extraordinary results.
Carrie Wilkerson, daughter of a pastor, sang in her father’s church almost every week. At age 10, her dad told her, “It’s time for you to introduce your song and tell a story, not just sing and sit down. It's time for you to stop performing and time for you to start leading.” She protested. “I’m a singer, not a talker on stage!” Today she leads with her words as a best-selling author and speaker, showing people how to transform their lives, relationships and bank accounts through core values and goal-setting. Her book, “The Barefoot Executive,” is a best-seller.
J.J. Flizanes is an empowerment strategist and the host of The Fit 2 Love Podcast. She is the director of Invisible Fitness, and an Amazon best-selling author of "Fit 2 Love: How to Get Physically, Emotionally, and Spiritually Fit to Attract the Love of Your Life," and author of "Knack Absolute Abs: Routines for a Fit and Firm Core." She was named Best Personal Trainer in Los Angeles for 2007 by Elite Traveler magazine. She has been featured in many national magazines as well as appeared on NBC, CBS, Fox 11 and KTLA.
Adam Hudson was on top of the world when he took his company public. But the economic slide of 2008 hit hard and he eventually found himself selling text services to small businesses door-to-door. He wondered if he would ever have the courage to be an entrepreneur again. Adam has built several multi-million dollar companies in Australia and the United States. He owns an Amazon marketing service firm that sells in more than 30 countries, and Reliable Education, an online education company which teaches people how to build profitable Amazon businesses which generate reliable income streams.
Evangelia Leclaire was only 13 when her parents separated, each one struggling with mental disabilities. She faced a choice: act out some typical teenage foolishness or chart a course toward her own health and wellness. She chose wisely and became career coach at The Muse and founder of Career Ready Set Rock, consultancy for millennial women and moms who want more meaning in their lives and careers. At a start-up called Dream Career, she spent nearly 15 years helping clients pursue their career dreams. She believes the greatest blessings and lessons come from being present, surrendering and having faith.
Tim Sanders spent most of his early career on the cutting edge of innovation and change. His hands-on study shows the awesome power of collaborative success through wise inclusion. “It's not about how many bodies are in the room; it's about how many perspectives.” He was an early-stage member of Mark Cuban's Broadcast.com, which had the largest opening day initial public offering (IPO) in history. He founded Deeper Media, which provides consulting services for leading brands. Today, he is one of the top-rated speakers on the lecture circuit.
Jayne Warrilow’s company was succeeding, but she wasn’t happy. Then, a health crisis nearly killed her. “I’d reached the limit of medical knowledge, but it didn't have to be the end of my story.” Her healing would reshape her approach to work and life. She founded JW International, a global coaching and development company with a focus on resonance as the key driver of individual and organizational success. Her clients are by invitation and referral only, people who simply want to make a difference.
Phil Randazzo applied for a commission-only job selling fire extinguishers. The interviewer startled him by asking the last personal development book he’d read. When he couldn’t think of one, the man threw a Jim Rohn cassette at him and said, “Get out of my office and don’t come back until you learn to work on yourself!” Years later, he owns Text Safe Teens, an app to prevent people from using cell phones while driving. His online, nonprofit American Dream U helps transitioning military find their dream job or start a business. They have reached over 20,000 vets and their families.
Terra Winston, Ringleader of inTerractions, has dedicated her life to helping clients navigate successful careers that drive fulfilling lives. She’s a leadership consultant and executive coach with more than 20 years of consulting experience. She creates results for companies and individuals, from boardrooms to plant floors. As a coach, she helps leaders make meaningful impact on their organizations. A sought-after speaker, Terra delivers presentations that do more than entertain; they give attendees the tools to change behavior.
Betty Rae had musical talent and a voice like Julie Andrews, but her true passion was teaching. She also knew early on she had a special spiritual gift, but it couldn’t flourish until a strong negative force was out of her life. An artist, best-selling author, speaker, teacher, and mystic, she has an ability to communicate with angels. She taught vocal music and English for nearly 30 years. After retirement, she shifted her focus to her work with angels. She has written several inspirational books and is now working on the second in the series of "Soul Mates & Angels".
James Miller had earned a psychology degree and taken an assignment in a psychiatric hospital. He soon found himself in exactly the spot where he had vowed at age 17 to help teenagers get the best care possible. It was a prophetic dream coming true! A licensed psychotherapist for 20 years and a piano composer, he is pursuing the next chapter of his life by creating James Miller Lifeology, where he helps people simplify and transform their spirit, mind, and body. He uses his international radio show to help people learn valuable life lessons and overcome obstacles they may face.
Lynn Marie Morski is a physician, attorney and lifelong quitter. Her “Quitting by Design” website helps people carve out successful lives through strategic quitting. Her goal: to destigmatize quitting and show what a useful tool it can be. When not helping people to and through their quits, she's a doctor at the Veterans Administration, an adjunct professor of health law at Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego, California. Outside of medicine and law, she trains the Brazilian martial art of capoeira, plays the guitar and bass, and does volunteer work in election reform.
Marcella Yeager and her husband decided he should accept a job as a foreign service officer, starting in Uzbekistan. She knew she’d have to give up the job she loved. Looking at the bright side, she saw this as an opportunity to start her own business. What she needed now was a “Portable Career” that could travel wherever her husband would be posted. Her company, Career Valet, helps mid- to senior-level professionals secure new roles. She recently co-founded ServingTalent, the first recruiting agency for military and foreign service spouses.
David Ralph was a successful financial trainer in London for 20 years. He delivered big results for his clients and life was good. But, the inside story was very different. He hadn't been present in his family's life. He was living under the belief that he was delivering what they wanted—nice holidays, a nice home and nice cars—when actually they had never asked for any of that. But they did ask, “Could you take me to dance classes tonight?” or, “Will you come see me in the school play?”–which he never did. Starting fresh, putting his family at the forefront, his life has never been better.
Bob Stromberg is in a small group of elite artists who have stayed prolific and profitably busy for more than 40 years by “Mastering the Craft of Creativity.” Online, he shares three disciplines that create a rich, personal reservoir of original ideas. From his home in St. Paul, Minnesota, he travels continually performing his unique blend of original story, stand up and shtick. His work has left lasting impressions on Fortune 500 companies, raised multiple millions for non-profits, garnered literary and theater awards and broken box-office records in the United States and Europe.
Amy Smalarz had been in a consulting position she enjoyed for years. One day the staff was called together and told their division president had been fired. It was the nudge she needed to step out on her own. She quickly discovered she had a lot to learn. Four years later, she is a women's empowerment coach and author of “Living Intentionally: How to Bring Balance to You and Your Family.” She hosts the podcast, Living Intentionally, and is a speaker, teacher and contributor to the Huffington Post. Her core values: helping people learn to live intentionally and empowering them in their personal lives and business.
Steve Lawton, after careening headlong into a tree at 45 miles per hour and suffering a major brain injury, believes every interaction with another person is a bonus that might never have happened. He credits his positive attitude with literally saving his life. He is the author of “Head First! A Crash Course in Positivity,” and is his role at Dell, he helps co-workers learn to harness their own power of intention and positive thinking to change the direction of their lives.
Phil Potts found himself at a marriage retreat a decade ago, ranking his marriage on a 1-10 scale. When he compared his number with his wife’s, they were miles apart. He decided to set aside his career as an optometrist, fight for his marriage and help other men do likewise. Today he is a nationally certified marriage coach, the director of Renegade Gentlemen Men’s Ministry, and the author of Habits of Heroic Husbands.
Megan Peterson long had a vision for a better, more client-friendly way of matching chemically dependent people with appropriate caregivers but had resisted taking it to the marketplace. Finally her husband gave her the nudge she needed to put her concept—and herself—to the test. After working in the addiction field for more than 15 years as a counselor and pharmaceutical representative, she took action and started 2nd Chance Counseling Service. Her passion is to help patients who need that second, third and tenth chance.
Moustafa Hamwi knew his fast-lane, materially successful life was leaving him empty. He went to India, searching for his passion and purpose in life. When a swami asked him what he was thirsty for, he realized he did not have a clue. “If you do not know what you are thirsty for, you cannot quench your thirst,” the swami said. An award-winning author and speaker today, he is one of the world’s leading experts on the topic of passion and is often called, “The Passion Guy.”
VICTORIA PYNCHON, After laboring for 25 years in the field of high-stakes business litigation, took a mediation course that changed her business and her life. Nearly a decade after receiving her degree in conflict resolution, Victoria has built a prosperous business called She Negotiates. She provides consulting and training and, importantly, is helping women close their own personal gender wage gap. “If you haven’t negotiated an increase that’s more than 2% or 3%, then you’re being underpaid. “If you are a high-performing employee and you are being undercompensated, then do something about it.”
Maryam Webster was coming into her own. At 28, with grad school behind her, a promising career in psychology and marketing lay ahead. Then, a drunk driver on a London street turned her into a paraplegic. Doctors told her she would never walk again. She regained her mobility in nine years and turned a 30-year career into a joyous new business. “Every Woman Changes” empowers mission-driven women entrepreneurs with a healing and helping focus to "Be the Change" they want to see in the world by permanently transforming inner limitations, and creating profitable movements for social good.