Joe Fingerhut knew that connecting with an audience got his juices going. Just as strongly, he knew life is short. The 9-to-5 job was not in his DNA. He craved work that would be fun and exciting, but he did not know what that magic combination would look like. Now, as an author and international speaker, he regularly rocks audiences at leadership events and high schools in America and overseas, sharing lessons from his adventures in travel, language, and stage skills in magic and music.
Kamila Gornia, as a young girl in Poland, was into Japanese comics and art class. When she discovered the internet, she knew she wanted to put her creativity there. Exactly how she would do that, make money, and enjoy her work was the challenge. As founder of the Heart Behind Hustle® brand, she is a business and marketing strategist for coaches and experts who want to increase scalable offers, while having fun. She also is offering coaching and e-courses to grow small businesses’ fans, followers and funds.
Ron Carucci is co-founder and managing partner at Navalent, working with CEOs and executives pursuing transformational change for their organizations. He has a 30-year track record helping some of the world's most influential executives tackle challenges of strategy, organization and leadership. He's is a regular contributor to HBR and Forbes, and has been featured in Fortune, CEO Magazine, BusinessInsider, and many others.
Dr. Jeffrey L. Gurian knew at age 12 he wanted to be a healer, probably a dentist. At the same time, he already loved writing comedy. He asked himself, how could he possibly do both? Who ever heard of a comic dentist? After a successful career as a cosmetic dentist and clinical professor at NYU—doing comedy on the side— he practices spiritual healing and energy work. A nationally known comedy writer, comic, and author, he has written for stars like Rodney Dangerfield, Joan Rivers, and Jerry Lewis.
Christie Garcia had a great career, but she noticed how many of her clients put all their eggs in the career basket. She saw the same tendency in herself and decided to find ways to create a life of balance, both for herself and her clients. As a leadership coach and founder of Mindful Choice Coaching, she helps fast growing companies maximize the impact of their management teams. Her latest project is programs, masterminds and adventure retreats to help men step up their leadership, improve their relationships and live a more successful life.
Chris Butsch is a best-selling author, speaker, consultant, and globally-recognized authority on the Millennial generation. Known for his storytelling ability, high-energy stage presence, and immediately-actionable advice, he helps business leaders understand his generation and maximize the world's most unique generation. “I'm all about arming the generations—Millennials and Baby Boomers—with the tools and the information they need to solve their biggest problems working together.”
John Lee Dumas was succeeding in real estate in southern California, hustling and creating a profitable system. Spending so much time in his car, he quickly got tired of listening to talk radio. That’s when switched on iTunes and discovered the opportunity of a lifetime. He founded and hosted Entrepreneurs On Fire, an award-winning podcast featuring over 2000 interviews, 1.3 million monthly listens and annual revenues of over seven figures. He says he is just getting started on his entrepreneurial journey.
Cindra Kamphoff had just reached a personal best in the 2013 Boston Marathon. Exhausted but feeling on top of the world, she walked slowily back to her hotel. Suddenly her mind began racing as she started asking core questions about her life focus. As a mental performance consultant, popular keynote speaker and author, she works with professional athletes, executives and championship teams around the nation. She is the author of “Beyond Grit: Ten Powerful Practices to Gain the High Performance Edge.”
Paula Brown Stafford and Lisa T. Grimes are two former competitors who discovered how well they complement each other. In a dual guest interview, they explain how women can support each other in the workplace rather than competing. Fierce competitors 20 years ago, Paula and Lisa eventually formed a friendship and now, as a team, speak to corporations and women’s groups on a number of topics including Complementing Beats Competing and The Juggling Act.
When Clayton Morris left Fox and Friends Weekend, everyone thought he was nuts. Leaving one of the best broadcast jobs in the industry, when he had the number one cable news show? But he realized it was mostly fear and ego that was keeping him there. He achieved financial freedom through his real estate company, Morris Invest and now devotes himself to helping others buy their first rental property and build passive income to achieve their own financial freedom.
Stephynie Malik has been 100 percent self-reliant since she was in her mid-teens when she became legally emancipated. Looking back at her dynamic career accomplishments and life choices, she finds her teenage decisions explain a lot. From entry-level sales fresh out of college to one of the youngest directors in Silicon Valley at a company now publicly held, to the CEO of a 500+ person software integrator at the age of 28, Stephynie has amassed tremendous experience and a track record of success.
John Vespasian is the author of nine books about rational living. He has turned his international background and his personal interest in history into a breed of personal-development books that emphasize rationality, resilience, and learning from real-life examples. His latest books are On Becoming Unbreakable, Thriving in Difficult Times, and Sequentiality: The Amazing Power of Finding the Right Sequence of Steps, which came out in 2017.
Amber Baker saw the early signs of what she would like to do in her future through being in a peer counseling leadership group as a teen. But when she found herself writing a fan email to a neuroscience textbook author, she knew she was crazy for psychology. A clinical psychologist today in private practice and the host of the Go Friend Your Self podcast, her goal is to help people improve their relationship with themselves, investing energy in being their own best friend instead of worst critic.