Phil worked with people’s vision for more than 20 years as an optometrist. Although the medical side of his life never harnessed his passion, he had an eye and heart for relationships that changed the path of his career. Today he is a nationally certified marriage coach, the director of Renegade Gentlemen Men’s Ministry, and author of “Habits of Heroic Husbands.” At a marriage retreat 10 years ago, he discovered his view of his relationship and his wife’s view were miles apart. He decided to begin fighting for his marriage. He left an unfulfilling career to help other men in similar situations.
Lindsay Kinder returned from France filled with a knowledge of cuisine from farm to table. But she did not yet know how she would use it. She needed time. Would she be lulled back into the comfort of a 9-to-5 job? She had left a stable career in life insurance to pursue her lifelong dream of learning to cook in France. She spent six months backpacking solo on a quest to discover where great food comes from, and what to do with it. She now lives in San Francisco, teaching sold out French macaroon workshops, private cheffing, and dreaming up new recipes for her blog Food-La-La.
Michael Hahn is a culture expert, leadership speaker, and author of his new book, Hero Habits: The Guide to Thriving in Corporate America and in Life. “There is a polarity inside each person, with the hero on one end and the villain on the other,” he explains. Recently featured in INC Magazine, Chicago Business Journal and Startup Magazine, Michael has led the culture movement for Allstate Insurance and also won the PRSA award for Brand Management and Reputation in 2015. He's a master storyteller, multiple degree black belt and Superdaddy, who loves to unleash the hero in individuals, teams and organizations.
Lou Diamond was doing well on Wall Street, working in the fixed income area to bring stability back to the 2008-2009 market. But something was missing that he couldn’t put a finger on. Could his teenage memories of a jewelry store in Brooklyn point to an answer? He has been a top producer at every firm where he’s ever worked, led sales teams at Accenture, Deloitte, Omnicom, Merrill Lynch and Bank of America, and achieved record revenues year after year. Now He is CEO and founder of THRIVE, a leading consulting and coaching firm focused on making the most incredible leaders and top performers even more amazing.
Lynn Marie Morski had recently co-founded a health tech startup on medical tourism. “All of my cylinders were firing at the same time. But the sinking feeling in my stomach told me something wasn’t right.” She faced the hardest quit of her life. Today she is a physician, attorney and lifelong quitter. Through her "Quitting by Design" website, she helps people carve out successful lives through strategic quitting. Her goal is to de-stigmatize quitting and illustrate what a useful tool it can be in creating a fulfilling life.
Mark Villareal is an international best-selling author, keynote and motivational speaker, coach and consultant. He is an expert on leadership, culture, business development and strategy and mentors leaders, aspiring leaders and managers in development, management and business teams. He has more than 35 years of experience in building teams and achieving C-Level status. He also hosts and teaches webinars and seminars on organizational culture and leadership. Establishing the right culture and leadership is the foundation for long term success.
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.