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.