Sara Caputo says she, “helps you rock your day and use your brain the right way!” A dynamic productivity coach, consultant, and trainer based in Santa Barbara, California, she is the founder of Radiant Organizing+Productivity and author of the e-book, The Productivity Puzzle: What's Your Missing Piece? “Up to 85 to 90 percent of what we file, we’ll never look at again. The first step in getting organized is to identify what you need to keep, and for how long. Then, integrating a maintenance plan is one of the smartest things you can do with your paper.
Mike Daciuk is a Functional Medicine Practitioner and personal trainer in Whitby, Ontario, Canada. He spent the first 15 years of his career at IBM before transitioning to his true purpose in life—changing lives and helping people live to their fullest potential. He is blessed with a beautiful wife and four children. “People spend their whole life chasing money and career success, going up the corporate ladder, sacrificing their health. At the end of the day they'll give back the money they earned in their upward climb to get their health back. It's a dichotomy, an inverse relationship. Unbelievable!”
Adley Stump kick-started her music career on Season 2 of NBC's "The Voice"/Team Blake (Shelton). Featured as one of 12 celebrities who have made it independently in the book “How They Sell Music," Adley’s story inspires others to follow their dreams and make a living with their music. As a broke college senior, Adley decided to be a Jeopardy contestant. The deadline had passed, but her Karaoke friends dared her to audition for The Voice—and she made it. She credits her 15 years of cheerleading, from kindergarten to college, for the courage to appear live on America’s top-rated reality show.
Curtis “Zeal” Ingram, also known as the Vegan Warrior, declares, “I will be 7 years old on Thanksgiving Day 2015. That is the day I chose to live ‘cruelty free,’ a conscious lifestyle for my health, literally doing no harm to animals and the planet, to the best of my ability.” At his son’s high school graduation—“the day that was supposed to be my happiest, I was actually the saddest”—Curtis could barely carry his 369 pounds across the parking lot and climb the stadium steps to his seat. He decided that day he had to change everything about his life.
Samantha Riley, author of The Heart of Entrepreneurship, made her first million by her mid-20s and built several successful businesses over the decades. She is creator of The Accelerant Group, where she helps business owners amplify their message so that they can make a bigger impact and charge higher fees. “We're brought up to believe there's a certain way to do things. Maybe no one has said, ‘There is another way. Maybe we don't all need to fit into a box.’ I’m all about getting the message out that there is another way to think, that we do have options.”
Lisa Gates is an executive coach, negotiation consultant and co-founder of She Negotiates, an organization committed to closing the income and leadership gaps for women. “Women face persistent challenges at work and a repetitive media loop of things women should do or change. My feeling is, to move past all those pressures, we have to be super clear about who we are, what we want, and why we want it. Then, to be willing to build an ‘influence posse’ to help us navigate those challenges and achieve our goals. We need other people.”
Michael Palma has had five careers, each one building toward the next. “I'm a headhunter, rainmaker and matchmaker for creative people, agencies and brands. I work with top talent, the best agencies and brands.” Previously he was a Parade Magazine All American basketball player and a Division 1 college basketball coach. Mike approaches his work as a calling. He maintains the mindset of a student, constantly learning. “Once I start thinking I'm an expert, or give into the temptation of not valuing everybody's importance, that could hold me back. The only real obstacle to my continued success is me.”
Cynthia Bathurst, Ph.D., believes you can't have a safe neighborhood if it's not humane for its humans and animal residents. As head of Safe Humane Chicago and co-founder of D.A.W.G. (Dog Advisory Work Group), she started in her Lincoln Park neighborhood, with a global vision for humane communities worldwide. “I grew up with animals, friends and a loving family, knowing that animals, compassion and helping others was crucial to everyone's life. On a Chicago community policing ride-along, Cynthia witnessed a former neighbor die. The transformative experience drove her to organize to address the violence, abuse and neglect of humans and animals.
Les Gold is an old school pawnbroker at heart, with a passion for collecting and a nose for deals and people. Known worldwide through his TruTV show, Hardcore Pawn, he authored the bestselling For What It’s Worth: Business Wisdom from a Pawnbroker. Les built American Jewelry and Loan from the ground up. From early childhood, Les had a sharp eye for spotting opportunities and finding ways of doing things better. Whether he was leveraging his pizza, selling it by the slice, brokering a better deal or adding new services, his lifelong drive has been a passion for improvement and productivity.
Sarah Daniels joined RealArcade in 2005 sourcing and producing video games. Ten years later, with dozens of titles as producer, designer and creative director, she’s making games for the whole family. In January 2015, she left Seattle in a renovated “Skoolie” bus. Her mission: to unplug, reconnect, and challenge her status quo. In a life filled with rich, diverse experiences, Sarah has honed a guiding pragmatism: “For earning a living, I made the mercenary's choice—I want to do what I love, and I have to pay my bills. The key is to get clear on what it means to be creative.”
Victoria Pynchon took a mediation course that changed her business and her life, after having labored 25 years in contentious high stakes business litigation. Earning a degree in conflict resolution from the Strauss Institute, her business, SheNegotiates, prospers as it helps individual women close their own personal gender wage gap. “You can't be a bully or an asshole alone in your room. Both exist only in a relationship. We all have the opportunity to stop, talk, de-escalate. This can heal relationships. We fear having the conversations necessary to heal relationships because we are afraid of being shamed, or of making ourselves just a little bit vulnerable.”
Oraynab Jwayyed, consultant and founder of Business Interludes, LLC, helps women learn to manage their money and organize their financial lives. The latest of her two e-books, released on amazon.com October 2015, is "Starting Over: A Practical Guide for Women After a Money Crisis.” It is already a best seller. After marrying young and raising a family, I went back to school to study business. I was surprised by the many women—often well educated—who were amazed that I understood finance and accounting. They were frightened, facing divorce or money crises, and desperately needed practical financial guidance.
Rohit Gandrakota is a supply chain professional and part time podcaster. He moved to the US from India in 2008 to earn his Master’s degree in Industrial Engineering. An avid podcast listener, he channeled his passion into his own podcast, Breaking the Borders, which features immigrant entrepreneurs. Learning from podcasts, Rohit “was blown away by how much you can learn from others’ experiences.” A light bulb went on when a comment on one of his favorite shows said, “When you interview a guest from my part of the world, I feel more connected.” His Breaking the Borders podcast was born.
Kristina MacBury is a high school principal, mother of 11, and bestselling author of The Principal Pro, a collection of real life case studies based on her decades of educational experience. She is co-founder of Educate 4 Hope, an organization with a strong passion for coaching future leaders and supporting students. “I was so lucky to have had great teachers and role models. People go into education for two reasons: they had poor teachers and poor counselors, or they had excellent, amazing teachers. Not a lot of people go into education who had mediocre teachers.”
Lisa Manyon created a 3-step marketing and copywriting model for messages with integrity: challenge, solution, invitation. Recipient of the People's Choice Award at the 29th California Women's Conference and creator of training for small business development centers. “Not everyone shares all the pieces of the online marketing puzzle. Sometimes people are only selling pieces of the dream, selling hope. I bust through all that and let people know what the truth of the matter is. I understand that for true success I have to stand by my brand promise.”
Ida Abbott has been helping employers develop, manage and retain legal talent since 1995, following a long career as a trial lawyer. A mentor and coach to high achieving individuals, she is a co-founder of the Professional Development Consortium and the Hastings Leadership Academy for Women. Much of her current work focuses on advancing women. It's crucial to have a champion for your career and professional advancement, someone who becomes actively engaged on your behalf. Not every mentor will do this. A champion will not only advise you but will actually make things happen for you. This is the highest form of mentoring.
Paul Kirch’s BOSS Academy and Radio is helping entrepreneurs and small business owners build successful, sustainable businesses. Paul’s firm, Actus Sales Intelligence, helps clients sell smarter and creates a synergy for BOSS clients. “Throughout my career, whenever I've given the most, I've received the most. When I've volunteered and given back, supported people, mentored college students, it's amazing how this really pays off. On the other hand, when I'm focused on just trying to make money, I’m losing sight of the big picture.”
Nina Pak’s photographic career spans more than 30 years. “Out of necessity,” she developed her skills as a wardrobe stylist, set designer and hair stylist. Published in international magazines, book and magazine covers and editorial spreads, Nina’s artwork appears in anthologies including Spectrum Best Contemporary Fantasy Art, and books about the digital process. “There's no way to skip the basics. My advice is to first learn the tools. If you're doing digital photography, master Photoshop. If you're painting, learn how to mix colors. After hours of practice, finally, you will be good at it.”
Clay Clark, founder of Thrive15.com and SBA Entrepreneur of the Year, is described by Yahoo as the "Jim Carey of Entrepreneurship." Through his tireless tenacity and honey badger work ethic, he has founded and co-founded a string of successful companies including DJ Connection and Elephant in the Room Men's Grooming Lounge. Recognizing that his failures and subsequent successes could benefit others who are poor “like I used to be,” he created Thrive15.com, an online business school experience he describes as “nine to ten times better than the average business school, but at 1% of the cost: $50 per month—with a 30-day free trial.”
Lori Patrice Robinson is the founder of Corporate Moxie, the premier destination for women who don’t apologize for having big dreams. Born out of a desire to see women encourage other career women, Corporate Moxie provides the tools for climbing the career ladder of success while embracing the “moxie” within. For any change in life, you have to: 1) believe in yourself, and 2) understand that it's going to take work. Be honest with yourself. If you're in a career you are no longer happy with, and if you see something that you would love to do, you need to make that step.
Rob Scott is known for rewiring limiting beliefs and bringing complete transformation. A master level coach, he creates digital products and training programs for world changers that help people break through their deepest limits. Rob’s “Identity Shifting Mastermind” reprograms people’s mindsets, and connects them to their deepest purpose. “I'm here to tell people that you can actually go in and rewire that self-sabotaging stuff so you have confidence, feel aligned with that next step and so you can completely move toward the change you desire.”
Judy DeRango Wicks brought her PR skills to technology, launching early fax machines, online banking and bill pay. Her career included “safe sex” campaigns in the 1980s, and campaigns on fighting fraud. An expert in consumer behavior change, she based award-winning campaigns on solid research, media and influencer relations. As a pioneer of the movement for women in the workplace, Judy learned the value of courage and speaking up, and enjoyed “a really wonderful career path” as a result. “Sometimes you have to summon courage and say this is the ethical way to go. If you don’t, nobody else will.”