Emily Eldredge’s results on an aptitude test were a blessing and a curse: natural talents in an exceptionally high number of areas. Her father told her, “Find the principle that will integrate all your gifts and talents.” That was easier said than done. Her struggle to find that integrating principle led her to face her inner demons and embrace all parts of herself. In the process, she discovered principles she shares with clients every day, helping them permanently remove inner blocks, triggers, and blind spots.
Meny Hoffman’s business was growing. He was doing everything himself, and doing it well, and hiring people who did likewise. But he knew he had to change when he found himself blaming employees because the company's growth was not meeting his expectations. He shifted his focus to growing his business by growing people. A lifelong entrepreneur, Meny is passionate about collaborating with growing businesses to create winning strategies that yield results.
Jennifer Bradley Franklin already had a byline in a new national magazine under her belt at age 19, and visions of a career as a professional writer. Then, she watched as the planes hit the Twin Towers on September 11, 2001. As a result of the economic downturn, her job at Teen People magazine crumbled. Journalism jobs were nowhere to be found. Yet her passion for writing would not go away. Today, one of her greatest joys has been immersing herself in some of the biggest concerns facing young people—poverty, hunger and human trafficking—through the research and co-authorship of her book, Make It Zero, published in 2016.
Denise Brosseau believes becoming the go-to thought leader in your niche is the very best career insurance around. She asks, “Are you ready to be a thought leader?” and offers listeners the steps to become one. As CEO of the Thought Leadership Lab and a lecturer at the Stanford Business School, Denise loves working with entrepreneurs and executives, particularly women, on their journey from leader to thought leader.
Jason Treu was finishing law school. Interviews with prospective firms were beginning. When asked, “Do you have any questions for us," he tossed out what surely would be a softball question, “Are you happy?” One by one, the responses threw him a curve, and pointed him toward Silicon Valley. Today, he helps his clients get unstuck, find their purpose and take their careers to the highest levels. He has worked with well-known CEOs such as Steve Jobs and Mark Hurd at Hewlett-Packard. He's helped his clients meet influencers such as Tim Cook, Bill Gates, Richard Branson and others.
Alyssa Addison had veered away from her first love—drama—to pay the bills. She’d been easing back into theater with several churches’ drama programs, nursing hopes of going back to her native California, where her love of theater had blossomed. Then, her husband’s job took them to Knoxville, TN, and she remembers thinking, “How will I find any acting opportunities here?” The move was fortuitous. She made connections that led to an independent film production of her screenplay, Laughing at the Moon, opening in theaters in select cities, starting September 9, 2016.
Cole Hatter had landed his dream job as a firefighter and Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) at 19. He looked ahead with confidence to a 30-year career serving others. Two years into the job, a car crash threw him onto the freeway at 80 miles an hour. He was not expected to live. Years later, recovered, he knows he’s living on borrowed time. He is the founder of Thrive: Make Money Matter, an annual conference designed to teach entrepreneurs how to dominate in business and in life, while making the world a better place. Cole is a husband, father and philanthropist who strives to give back.
Molly Fletcher was a Big Ten tennis player with a Communications degree from Michigan State University. She knew she wanted a job in the business end of sports, but wasn’t sure what that would look like. She hit the job market and quickly discovered, “When you ask for a job, you get advice.” Then, she found the way to a job was to ask for advice, and to leave each interview with a handful of names. Now a CEO, she shares the unconventional, unique techniques that made her one of the first female sports agents in the high stakes, big ego world of professional sports and now a successful entrepreneur.
Dr. Susan Bernstein delves into three key principles to make your resume stand out: 1) Start with a strategy; 2) Think of your resume as your own promotional story; and 3) Don't plan to use just your resume; plan to connect with real people. With tools like LinkedIn.com and online job hunting, many people have lost the art of conversation. They’re intimidated by the thought of meeting people face-to-face. Using her 20+ years of career and executive coaching, she gives practical tips for adding the human element back into the process.
Marshall Titus was a child who loved to draw. In school he was the one they asked to paint murals. Everyone expected him to become a visual artist. Then, he had an epiphany. For reasons he couldn’t explain, he could never pick up a pencil to sketch again. Years later, he is a multi-dimensional artist best known for his voice, music and stage performances. With his songs, he urges his listeners to “send a little love.”
Winnie Anderson had valued her intelligence and mystery-solving mind since childhood. A severe brain injury showed her just how much of her self-identity was tied to her belief that she was smart. How could she ever be herself again? Against the odds and contrary to prognoses, she decided to stop worrying about what she had lost, and to recover by rediscovering her talents and unique gifts.
Robert Mallon had climbed to a significant position over a 20-plus-year career in a leading restaurant chain. One typical Friday, his boss called to schedule a Saturday meeting at precisely the same time as his son’s basketball game. He hung up the phone, turned to his wife and said, “Today was my last day working with them.” He became a professional speaker and business coach, leading nearly 2,000 full-day seminars. He has inspired thousands of men between the ages of 30 to 49 to realize their full potential without losing their freedom to their work lives.
A Friday in February started out like any other day, as Gail’s father dropped her off at her suburban New Jersey school. “I love you. Have a good day.” Hours later there was a chasm in her life’s road–“my life before, my life after.” Gail began to looking into philosophy and was asking basic questions about life, such as, “Why are things the way they are?"
Kathleen Brady, a certified career/life management coach, offers specific tips to new hires to help them ease their way into a new job. Her advice applies to recent graduates and to veterans of the workforce who are stepping into new responsibilities. An educator with 25-plus years of experience helping students and professionals identify and integrate their personal and professional goals, she is the author of GET A JOB! 10 Steps to Career Success. Kathleen is on the adjunct faculty and serves as Executive Director of Career Services at Georgian Court University.
Mohamed Omar felt the pressure from his parents to go to college, but his passion was his music, and his rock band. He played in front of audiences numbering in the thousands. Then, through no fault of his own, his music career ended abruptly. Now living in Tucson, Arizona, running a CPA firm of his own, he is pursuing his second passion, spirituality. He created a podcast called Intentional Beings and the Seven Simple Steps: The Natural Path to Co-Creation and Self-Realization. He's also in the process of publishing a book (2016) with the same title.
Gabrielle Baumeyer was good at math since childhood and was practical and analytical. Civil engineering looked like a logical pathway to certain employment. Then she realized a career in engineering was not for her. She had to find a way to make the numbers work, both for herself and for others. As president and co-founder of Reason2Race, she supports companies, organizations and individuals to reach big goals while making a profound difference in the community. As an athlete herself, she knows what it takes to strive for and turn dreams into reality.
Daniel Houtman discovered as a young child that he could sense people’s feelings, especially their pain and sadness. An adult might say to him, ‘I’m feeling good,’ but Daniel somehow knew they were not. When a family member had a headache, he could touch or rub the pain and it would go away. What does a child do with that kind of gift?
Swati Lodha was born to loving—and enlightened—parents in a traditional culture in Rajasthan, India. She realized how fortunate she was to be encouraged to think for herself. As a college student, she heard a speaker talk about paradigm shifts, and in a split-second she knew what her career would be. She is the founder of Life Lemonade, a training organization for life transformation, women empowerment, leadership and parenting. With a doctorate in Women Entrepreneurship, she is an Amazon No. 1 bestselling author of Don't Raise Your Children, Raise Yourself, and other bestselling books.
Frank Bria helps entrepreneurs “fire themselves” from the daily operations of their businesses and, by productizing their expertise, avoid getting trapped in just another job. His experience includes helping some of the largest corporations on four continents grow their businesses by making a real impact on their customers. He now turns that experience to the small business sector. He is author of the book Scale: How to Grow Your Business by Working Less.
Chris Quigley had earned a degree in chemistry, with a minor in business, and was waiting tables at a local restaurant. One day he asked a regular customer, “So, Dr. Bill, tell me about being a chiropractor.” The passion in his answer got Chris exploring new career directions. Today, Dr. Quigley has been a chiropractor for 26 years, helping patients heal and advocating for them when insurance companies short-change them. He shares what he has learned in his book, After the Crash: A Comprehensive Guide for Victims and Attorneys to Recover Your Health and Protect Your Rights.
Joan Sotkin’s life wasn’t making much sense to her 40 years ago. She decided to give away everything she owned and just start listening to her inner voice. With no visible means of support, she began a deep, lifelong spiritual journey. Today, as the founder of ProsperityPlace.com and host of The Prosperity Show Podcast, she’s the author of the award-winning book "Build Your Money Muscles." She is known for her insightful understanding of the connection between money and emotions and how family-of-origin experiences affect a person's ability to succeed in business and financially.
Joshua Rivedal dealt with personal and family turmoil in the wake of his father’s suicide. He found some release in writing and performing a one-man play exploring the family dynamics of depression. It raised the question, if heredity really was a factor, was he destined to follow in his father’s footsteps? Today he is the founder of The i'Mpossible Project. He is an author, actor, playwright, and international public speaker who has spoken about suicide prevention, mental health awareness and diversity in more than 100 locations throughout the world.
Michelle Evans reached the top four percent of executives in Microsoft in just a few years. As one of its high potential staffers, the company assigned her a coach to help chart her path. So, what made her quit one day and start her very own business that night? Now she shows experts and entrepreneurs how to stand out. Her clients' biggest challenge is that they're really good at what they do but feel like they're the best-kept secret around. She shows them how to go from being best-kept secrets to a sold-out success, customizing a visibility strategy to attract clients to grow their business.