Chris Burnham is a lifelong learner and teacher of Lean Management systems and Continuous Improvement. Understanding that leadership is the difference between success and failure, Chris uses The Lean Leadership Podcast to teach, equip, and motivate others on using their gifts and talents to improve their own lives and others around them. Chris came to see how skills learned in his criminal justice studies were transferable. He saw that his talents that meshed with one field could be engaged in another.
Pia Gronning was runner-up Miss Denmark in 1969, landing leading roles in several Scandinavian movies. Discovered by famed modeling agency executive Eileen Ford in 1973, she moved to New York City and modelled for 13 years for print and broadcast ads, traveling worldwide. Now, at 65, she is a globetrotting model once again. Earlier, feeling pressure from her father to get “a real job,” Pia enrolled in college. Modeling agencies were enticing her with offers. Pulled in two directions, she took some gigs. “After filming all day, I’d go to my hotel room and I study to be a school teacher.”
Chip Franks is the founder of The Real Estate MarketPlace, with 16 realtors, and a property management company in Harker Heights, TX. His passion project, Joe Volunteer, is an Uber-like mobile app that connects organizations and volunteers on demand. The goal: increase volunteering 10-fold globally and help millions of people worldwide. "A formal education can make you a living, but a self-education will make you a fortune. What's great about business is that the act of creating something is fantastic. It is a mirror, good or bad, of the skills and talents that you bring to the table."
Julienne Burleson spent five years in an Ecuadorian prison because her so-called friends set her up with hidden cocaine. Featured on "60 Minutes" with Mike Wallace, she now speaks and writes about her inspirational story. Her bestselling book, "Surviving Camp Inca," was released in July 2015. In prison, she reviewed the many small decisions that led up to her imprisonment, strengthened her faith, and taught herself a trade, the energy work of reflexology. “No matter what you’ve been through in your life, it is possible to move past it, learn and grow from it, and become a better person.”
Col. Bill DeMarco has a passion for leadership and helping others lead organizations to amazing results. He has commanded at the squadron, group, and wing (equivalent) level. His teaching posts include USAF’s Air University. To earn his three masters degrees he studied at Stanford University, Cambridge’s Business School, and works with Harvard’s National Preparedness Leadership Initiative. “Some of us were born to be the hero of a story of epic proportions, but others are perhaps a hero of one small child, it could be your own or a child across an ocean, but both require a hero's soul, and a hero's call.”
Lee Phoenix has taken his passion for helping people reach a better point in their lives by using his knowledge of nutrition counseling, life coaching, and bodybuilding. Through his business, Rise Brand New Fitness, he plans to reach people around the world, enriching the quality of their lifestyles. “When I went out on my own—building rapport with people, working on myself—someone asked me if I was a life coach. I began to see I am good at motivating people through what I say and do. I began to see that I have something of value to offer.”
Judi Cohen is an attorney and law professor who founded Warrior One and its nationally-acclaimed Essential Mindfulness for Lawyers® trainings, helping thousands of lawyers, law students and conflict-resolution professionals integrate the tool of mindfulness into their practices and lives, to reduce stress, increase effectiveness, and positively influence wellbeing and outcomes. The practice of mindfulness—as a practice of life—can be useful to anyone. If you are surrounded by conflict, the practice of mindfulness can allow you to open your heart and mind and get through it.
Dr. George Moricz has taken on the medical establishment with his proprietary youthful blueprint system. As a thought-leader in anti-aging, Dr. Moricz has integrated hormonal balancing, weight management, and control over fatigue. In his 30s he began to suffer sleeplessness, fatigue and acute exhaustion. Though he loved his practice, he could not keep up the pace. As a patient, he thought of pinball machines as he was bounced from specialist to specialist. This experience led him to rethink medicine and develop a new approach.
Jeneen Barlow is a results-producing presenter and clarity coach. A successful K-16 educator and administrator, she and husband Omar co-created The Destiny Statement Process and the Custom Cash-Generating Curriculum. Jeneen is the author of Don't Be Scared, Bespeak, and co-author of triple bestseller, Don't Be Scared, Live on Purpose. “What really matters is living life on purpose. I was there when both my parents drew their last breath, and I’m so clear about this. I'm happy to be able to do what I love every day, and even happier there is tangible evidence my work enriches the lives of others.”
Bill Lampton, Ph.D., helps leaders speak confidently, clearly and convincingly. His interview coaching enables applicants to excel in job searches. Founder of Championship Communication, Bill’s clients include major corporations and entrepreneurs. He taught at the University of Georgia, then served as vice president of three colleges and a medical center. He has hosted many radio talk shows. Fear of public speaking holds many talented people back. Many people in management won’t seek higher levels because they know they will have more speaking responsibilities. My experience and education convince me coaching can help.
Gareth Young is an author, radio show host, podcaster, blogger and speaker. His passion is challenging preconceptions and helping people transform and grow into authenticity, happiness, purpose and sense of fulfillment without sacrificing worldly and career success—topics often featured on his podcast, A New Business Mindset. He is also a successful businessman. “When I transformed my own life from a traditional corporate career and family life to an integrated life of independent business livelihood, I gained richer personal relationships, and deeper community involvement, all filled with a sense of meaning and purpose. Perhaps most importantly I have learned a new way of being with people.”
Latisha Robb seized her own destiny when she found herself homeless with four children, abandoned by her husband. This led her into self-discovery through New Age and Eastern religion. Less than seven years later, she is a self-made woman in real estate with a global clientele, a philanthropist and leader in business and spiritual thought. The turning points in our lives—good or bad—are there for a reason. I’ve learned that your pain is your purpose and it creates who you are. When we look at what we've been through with different eyes, we realize how our experiences can benefit others.
Rob Scott coaches from authentic wisdom gained through failures, massive successes and fundamental shifts in thinking. “I have a really sound—not ‘woo-woo’—and actionable way to help people get past their biggest limits, get connected to their biggest purpose, and make a permanent and profound change in their life. I had the advantage of a horrible childhood. That led me to having certain courage or durability in the corporate world.” After a descent into addiction, homelessness and cancer, Rob had a fundamental shift in the way he thought about things, a sense of "I'm going to succeed no matter what."
Erin Colleen Geraghty is a certified life and weight loss coach, and yoga therapist. She specializes in working with men and women who struggle with perfectionism, are seeking spirituality, and want to learn how to pursue their passions with vigor and determination. Her techniques include ways of releasing faulty belief systems. “Once you use your power to manage your mind, you're really limitless. Once you understand your dark and your doubts—from that place of love, understanding and acceptance—then you can really rise up. Your purpose becomes clear. Questions fall away as answers come organically."
Steven J. Chen, Ph.D., is an organizational psychologist, consultant and author who has worked with individuals and companies for over 25 years. His knowledge of human behavior and of what works in practice allow him to quickly diagnose issues and problems and create unique and long lasting solutions. “Many people choose careers and life paths without a clear understanding of who they are as individuals, then wonder why they feel so deeply disconnected and dissatisfied. Going through some professional assessment work, to better understand who they really are, is vitally important for a good fit.
Sam Porritt knows how to revitalize once-prominent brands, making them relevant again. His recovery from a spinal injury turned him into a leading advocate for full coverage for rehabilitation. Through his marketing consulting practice, Full Circle Branding, and Falling Forward Foundation, he takes up the cause of nonprofits. Earning an MBA from the University of Chicago and succeeding in a corporate career, Sam never considered the nonprofit sector. “For me it was all about making money. Suddenly, I'm working with nonprofit folks and realize, it isn't all about making money. It's about making the world a better place.”
Christina DeBusk dreamed of writing, even as she enjoyed her 15 year career in law enforcement. A recent opportunity to move cross-country from Michigan to California was the perfect time to make that dream a reality. She has been writing full-time ever since, looking to add motivational speaking to her portfolio soon. In law enforcement, “Sometimes you're dealing with people right when they’re in their pit of despair. It took me awhile to see how writing could fit into my desire to help. That changed when people read some of my writing and would say, "I really needed to read that today!"
Marc Mawhinney is on a mission to help coaches build stronger businesses. A lifelong entrepreneur, he achieves this with his daily podcast, “Natural Born Coaches” and his programs for coaches, including the 6-week intensive “Seize Your Niche” program. The real estate crash, which hit Marc’s agency in Canada in 2009, knocked the wind out of him, but he never considered ending his entrepreneurial life. Harsh news stories stung him badly, but they also caught the attention of a fellow entrepreneur, who reached out to him and became his coach and friend.
Liz Nierzwicki is an entrepreneur, motivational speaker, author, and health and fitness expert. Founder of Solace Yoga Studio in Mishawaka, Indiana, the studio’s tagline is: Soothe Your Soul. Her mission: “To help people love their lives, create a future they’re excited about, and know that yoga leads to peace.” A broken back from a childhood sledding accident at age seven, led her through a long recovery. “I learned I had to squeeze the muscles of my core before doing any other movement. Looking back, it’s no surprise I eventually became a personal trainer, then a yoga practitioner and instructor.”
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.”