Janet McKim knew from the age of five that she wanted to “make the animals well.” Despite gender bias in the field, she obtained her doctor of veterinary medicine degree from Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine. After 35 years, she still wakes up happy and excited to go to work. Janet can't remember ever not wanting to be a vet. In elementary school, when someone found baby bird on the playground, a teacher came to her classroom to find her because everyone knew her as "the person who takes care of baby birds." “That was my first experience of getting a referral," she recalls fondly.
Steve Nygren sums up his 50-year career as a renowned restaurateur and now the developer of a sustainable wellness community as being “all about place-making”—a place at a table at one of his 34 critically acclaimed Peasant restaurants, or a place in his Serenbe community minutes away from downtown Atlanta. “Really dig down into your heart and your gut, not just your head. Listen with your heart or your gut to what you intuitively feel, and then have the courage to follow that intuition. When we go strictly by logic we will end up in situations we're not passionate about.”
Tami A. Goldstein is a certified massage therapist, with 10+ years of experience facilitating Upledger Craniosacral therapy to individuals with autism. A national advocate and educator for autism, she is the award winning author of “Coming Through the Fog.” When her infant daughter began displaying disturbing symptoms after vaccinations, Tami began educating herself. As her daughter’s conditions worsened, culminating in an autism diagnosis at age 13, she quit her job to pursue appropriate therapy full time, encountering a shocking range of reactions from unresponsive to overtly hostile.
Dr. Enaka Yembe, a physician and founder of American Stat-Care centers, opened her clinic from her sick bed and grew it to 7-figures in 8 months. A bestselling author, speaker, coach and mentor, she has appeared on local and network TV. She believes each person has the God-given ability to be successful. Did you know you can double your productivity just by doing a few simple disciplines throughout your day? In her brief interview, Dr. Yembe tells specifically how you can reach your highest level of success using effective, proven strategies.
Rick Karlsruher chased a dream—getting his life story told in a film—across three continents, becoming bait for an IRS/FBI sting. He saw the horrors of apartheid in South Africa and the glitz of Monte Carlo. A Story Almost Told puts the reader in the action. Trying to produce a film about his life adventures showed Rick a need to create a platform for new and undiscovered writers. Noveltunity® has attracted over 4.4 million page views and members from over two dozen countries. Rick sees it as the world’s first e-book book club that exclusively features new or undiscovered writers.”
Lori Cheek is an architect turned entrepreneur. Her mobile dating app, Cheekd, reimagines online dating using Bluetooth, making missed connections obsolete. Now her blueprints create relationships instead of buildings. A veteran of TV’s “Shark Tank,” she was recently listed as "One of the Top 10 CEOs to Watch" and “The Digital Dating Disruptor.” Even before architecture school, Lori knew she had an entrepreneurial itch and a lifelong creative streak. “Through my corporate experience as an architect, I always felt something was missing. My heart and soul were not into it.”
Joshua Schukman is founder of Social Change Nation. His mission and passion is to provide startup social entrepreneurs the best tools for growing their ventures. On his podcast he interviews leading change agents, creating online content to help make a dollar and a difference. "Make people feel like they can become part of something greater than themselves, and they’ll love you for it," Josh said while chatting with social entrepreneurs around the world. “One thing that makes successful social entrepreneurs stand out is their ability to bring people into causes bigger than any one person.”
Dr. Véronique Desaulniers (“Dr. V.”) “retired” after 30 years of bioenergetics chiropractic practice to share her personal, non-toxic healing journey as a breast cancer conqueror. Her book “Heal Breast Cancer Naturally” is a #1 Best Seller on Amazon. Her step-by-step coaching program, “The 7 Essentials ™,” is based on decades of her own research. My passion is to inspire, support, and connect women all around the globe to live their best life through healing of body, mind, and soul. The 7 Essentials ™ empowers women to reclaim their health. Cancer does NOT run your life – you do!
Bob Burg is a sought-after speaker at company leadership and sales conferences. He has shared the platform with today’s top thought leaders, broadcast personalities, Olympic athletes and political leaders including a former United States President. Shifting your focus from getting to giving (“giving” meaning constantly and consistently providing value to others) is not only personally fulfilling; it’s also the most financially profitable way of doing business. This “Go-Giver” methodology has accounted for dramatic changes for the better in the lives of thousands of businesses and individuals.
Red Katz is a businessman, author and motivational speaker who teaches entrepreneurs the necessary tools required to build resiliency and fuel growth in their businesses. His new book, Live Your YOUlogy, is an inspirational guide to learning how to unleash genuine passion and unlock lasting business success. “Living an unconscious life, without examining your own life’s meaning, ultimately will not work. I want people to face it, know that it's OK, and see what it's like on the other side. That's what I like to do, to open the door so at least they can see it.”
Kemi Egan is a bestseller author and top rated podcaster of New World, Real Estate. Homeless in her early 20s, she dove into studying wealth and success. In a year she raised $1 million and built a multi-million dollar portfolio, while still homeless. Defying the pull of inter-generational poverty in England, Kemi put herself through college to become a physical therapist, then opened a community clinic to fill gaps in care of the National Health Service. Lack of business experience, and the 2008 financial crash, brought bankruptcy, then a passion to conquer poverty.
Josh Trent, founder of WellnessForce.com, host of Wellness Force Radio Podcast, was awarded “Top 50 Digital Health Influencers 2015″ by Onalytica. A corrective exercise specialist, quantified-self enthusiast and expert in fitness technology, Josh is online and on iTunes. His mission is to empower wellness in over one million lives through technology. His motivation to help thousands to wellness is deeply rooted in a childhood and adolescence marked by weight and health struggles. A partier at age 22, he had a dramatic mind change. “I refuse to live this mediocre life,” he declared, and launched into the self-education about nutrition which he continues to this day.
Giorgia Rossi is the co-founder of LookBooker, New York City’s premier hair and beauty appointment aggregator bringing together customers looking for salon, spa and barbershop appointments with salon owners looking for customers. People can book their appointments online, anytime, anywhere. Sick of trying to book a bikini wax from the middle of an iron ore mine, Giorgia co-created an entrepreneurial solution. Leaving a budding career as a management consultant in Australia, she launched LookBooker in Singapore, where it is Southeast Asia’s top hair and beauty aggregator, then took on New York.
Adèle McLay is a business and personal success strategist, coaching her entrepreneur clients around the world for more than 20 years toward her vision of “Soulful Vitality.” She declares, “Each of us should be sizzling in business and life, but too many of us are only simmering. It concerns me whenever I hear someone say, ‘I’ll be happy when...or if,’ because when they get it, they just go on to want the next thing. They're never happy. My view is, we create happiness in the moment, in the now. If we choose happiness now, everything will change.”
Jason Zinzilieta has been in broadcasting for nearly 30 years. He's the general manager of two radio stations, KYCA-AM and KAHM-FM, in Prescott, AZ. He also hosts The Victorious Writer Daily Podcast, and writes The Victorious Writer Blog at www.thevictoriouswriter.com. Jason is 45 years old, married, with two children. In radio, developing a podcast, blogging and life in general, Jason has been guided by “three simple words: be not afraid. When we take chances, even if we fail, it does not necessarily mean our complete downfall. Most people don't understand the talents they do have, and they DO have a lot.”
Sonia Ross is a therapist and a licensed clinical social worker in the Washington, DC area. Author of the Amazon bestseller, "The Journey Within: Healing Our Hearts and Minds through A Course in Miracles,” her practice focuses on helping others find the barriers to the peace that exists within us all. “When you are able to go into your own pain, hold it, look at it and not be afraid of it, you can be with other people, see their pain and help them through it. I love having in-depth conversations with people, lifting people up, connecting with them on a soul level.”
Alex Harris is an award winning web designer, best-selling author and founder of AlexDesigns.com. He hosts the top ranked podcast, MarketingOptimization.tv. PPC Hero named him the "#4 Top Influential Conversion Rate Optimization Expert of 2014.” His latest book, Small Business Big Money Online, became an Amazon #1 Best Seller. Alex got online in 2000, designing web pages. He quickly learned about internet marketing, developing landing pages to drive email traffic to websites. Freelancing, he soon was #1 in Google for keyword "landing page design." “I got a lot of work from that.”
Queenie Kawabe has been teaching Chinese and Japanese to people from all walks of life in a variety of settings since 2006. A qualified online language and secondary school teacher, she is based in Fukuoka, Japan. Teaching English speakers to expand their world with language, using techniques that are fun and easy, is her dream. “In my (Asian) society we follow what the parents say, and kids are getting stuck. Don't get stuck just because everyone else is doing something. My friends sometimes say, 'You do what you love and it's great. How do you it?" I say, “You just have to believe in yourself.”
Dr. Nicoline Ambe has taught in schools and universities across the U.S. for two decades, teaching parents effective strategies to help their children excel in school and prepare for a successful future. She is an educational trainer and consultant, bestselling author, speaker and entrepreneur. “Start early to give your children the WHY behind going to school. Talk to them consistently about how they can use their talents, their smarts, the unique gifts they have to create something wonderful for their life in the future. Consistently talk with them about their passion, purpose and meaning.”
Delano Lewis, former U.S. Ambassador to South Africa, rose from segregation-era Kansas to prominence in government, business, and the not-for-profit world. His memoir, “It All Begins with Self,” affirms his belief in family, education, hard work, perseverance, mentors and supporters. His career includes top positions at National Public Radio and the Peace Corps. As a full time law student, working 44 hours a week at the renowned Menninger Clinic to support his family, Delano was tapped for the new Honors Program at Robert F. Kennedy’s Department of Justice. His whirlwind initiation exposed him to espionage and criminal cases, and whetted his appetite for government service.
Deatra Harris left a global management position in 2012 to pursue her passion in film. With a master’s in marketing weeks away, she is already an award-winning independent filmmaker. Her films have screened worldwide. She recently wrapped production on a web-based design show. A divorce triggered Deatra to use her lifelong love of writing, but, instead of journaling, she gravitated toward creative writing, enrolling in courses at Atlanta’s Alliance Theater and writing for stage. Attending a film festival in Miami introduced her to Spike Lee’s workshops and a love of the visual storytelling of film.
Mitch Russo co-founded Timeslips Corporation, the largest time tracking software company in the world. He pioneered the virtual organization with Chet Holmes and Tony Robbins, co-creating Business Breakthroughs International, with nearly 300 people and about $25M in sales. In 2013 he wrote the bestseller, “The Invisible Organization,” a guide for fully virtual organizations. As an applications engineer right after college, Mitch noticed the sales reps were earning three times as much as he was. He asked his boss about going into sales and was told, “Great salesmen are born, not made.” Mitch thought, “I’ll show you,” and proceeded to build a $10 million company.