Anthony Gucciardi is a natural health and self-development author, speaker, and activist whose writings have appeared in USA Today and Wall Street Journal Best-Selling books and top 100 websites. After creating the website NaturalSociety.com in 2010, Anthony's writings on health and wellness have reached tens of millions of readers worldwide. Diagnosed with Lyme disease seven or eight years ago, Anthony followed his doctor’s orders until the megadoses of steroids “made me feel 100 times worse than before.” He passionately plunged into a search for natural remedies. Soon he felt “radically better,” and he launched his deep dive into natural health.
As Jane Dever, Ph.D., approaches retirement, she’s back at the cotton project she started 32 years ago after college, still excited about helping west Texas farmers boost the quality of the fiber in their cotton crops, to be more competitive in the global market. She knows cotton from genes to jeans. After her years in the corporate sector, being a public breeder enabled Jane to focus on underserved stakeholders. This led to a project funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture through Catholic Relief Services in Burkina Faso, West Africa, where growers face the same issues as U.S. growers.
Eric Dailey, founder of Dailey Training, was a professional basketball player, a stand-out on major teams in Europe, Asia and South America. Without an agent he successfully negotiated contracts, managed travel arrangements and conducted try-outs. While playing for Real Madrid in Spain—a top tier team in Europe—Eric learned he could negotiate better for his own best interests than an agent in the U.S. Building relationships with general managers globally, he learned the intricacies of corporate business. Currently he is under contract with ESPN Wide World of Sports and The Walt Disney Company.
Tatiana Franklin is a certified professional life coach and energy leadership index master practitioner. At age 17 she left her native Peru, learned English, and pursued her studies in the U.S. Her mission is to help people realize that living successfully is not a dream but a purpose to be lived every day. After working several years in market research in Peru and the U.S., and at a U.S. digital advertising agency, Tatiana realized the job was not “fulfilling her soul.” Her search led her to earn the credentials to fulfill her dream as a certified professional life coach.
Dawn Cook polishes leaders until they shine. With 25 years of demonstrated excellence in leadership development, she now has four certifications in Emotional Intelligence (EQ) and 10 years as a certified coach. She has worked with executives and teams at companies such as Cox Communications and Southern Company in both personal and professional skills development. “EQ is the ability and the choice to be smart with your emotions, and it really is a choice. Research, which has been replicated many times, has proven that EQ is two to three times as important to your success in business as both IQ and technical skills combined.
Zacchary Falconer-Barfield is the “first gentleman” of The Perfect Gentleman, a venture to make the world more respectful, stylish and gentlemanly. An entrepreneur since age 19, he is an online publisher, author and consultant and has worked in industries as diverse as security, bars, films, tech and more. Having spent 70% of his childhood quite ill, Zacchary was despondent. At age 12, he contemplated suicide. Perched several floors above ground in the latest house his mother had bought to flip and resell, he convinced himself, "No, I'm not going to do that. I'm going to change my life." And he did.
Dr. Taghreed M. Al-Saraj, bestselling author of The Anxious Language Learner, is a global researcher in applied linguistics. Her personal experiences and struggles led to her become a leadership coach, helping hundreds overcome anxieties of learning a foreign language. Even now, as a post-doctoral fellow at UC Berkeley and founder of EducateRight.com, her childhood empathy about language anxiety motivated her to learn yet another language, Turkish, while researching her latest book. Writing to a non-academic audience, she wanted to experience afresh the fears she was exploring for her readers.
Dr. Randy Ross, founder and CEO (Chief Enthusiasm Officer) of Remarkable!, is a “craftsman of culture and a catalytic coach.” A master of cultural transformation, his unique understanding of employee engagement offers practical solutions for increasing the morale and performance of teams. His two-fold approach teaches: first, we are all designed to create value in life. When we create value, life is full and satisfying. The second is that all the good things we want in life are the result of value creation. As we create value for others, we experience that same happiness we bring to them.
Christy Haussler left a 6-figure corporate job to follow her dream: moving to Key West, Florida. In 10 months she replaced her income, earning more than she ever did working for someone else. Outside her comfort zone, she’s where she wants to be, doing her heart’s desire. On her daily 85-mile commutes, she listened to all the audiobooks in her local library, then discovered podcasting. Becoming a “super consumer” of podcasts, she created Brick and Mortar Reporter podcast, spotlighting local businesses suffering from online competition and the economic downturn. Podcasting offered a way out.
Dr. Tom Tavantzis asserts people can be taught to identify and work with their strengths. “I believe deeply in the power within each of us to harness our natural abilities as well as develop our own career and life vision, so that we can live lives that are satisfying to ourselves and others.” Coaching managers to “be in the here and now and really listen is vital for understanding problems,” Tavantzis explains. “When people talk about situations, they're also making comments about the relationship that exists between you and them.” Helping people through their relationships helps a manager deal with the team in a different way.
Brown's Guides develops and publishes high-quality editorial content about a wide variety of where-to-go, what-to-do topics through multiple channels and platforms, explains publisher Fred Brown. “I have been involved with all aspects of print and online publishing, writing, editing, promotion and sales for over 35 years. It’s what I love to do.” Fred was recruited by the editor of his college newspaper, although he’d never considered journalism. Editing the newspaper “convinced me journalism was my calling. I’ve never been able to escape it. Although I've tried on numerous occasions, I always come back to it.”
Helen Duffy, as a bilingual court interpreter based in her hometown of Providence, Rhode Island, uses the fluency in Spanish which she developed in Managua, Nicaragua while teaching English to university students in the war-torn country. Born to activist parents, she learned early how to navigate controversy and dissent. Armed with only a B.S. degree in English, Helen plunged herself into learning Spanish on the job in Nicaragua. The nation was engaged in a major literacy campaign, and there was also a thirst among college students for learning English. She spent 20 years teaching English as a second language.
Ward Rinehart, as co-manager of Jura Editorial Services, is an American who lives and works in the Jura mountains of France. The firm edits and writes English-language publications for the international organizations in nearby Geneva, Switzerland, and for clients worldwide. He worked in communications at Johns Hopkins School of Public Health in Baltimore for 30 years. At age 6, Ward recalls creating “a little neighborhood newspaper” with a friend, an early indication that writing might be in his blood. Years later, he was in Paris in 1968 during the student uprising. Returning home to Middletown, CT, he edited a newspaper covering the student strikes in 1969.
Dr. Nicoline Ambe, founder of Nicoline Ambe International, an educational training and consulting company, is a #1 bestselling author, speaker and entrepreneur, teaching parents how to help children excel in school and prepare for a successful future. Proving her belief in the life-changing power of reading, Nicoline came to Canada and the U.S. on scholarships and earned her undergraduate degree, two master’s degrees and a doctorate, entirely on scholarships. Her initiative, belief in herself and hard work paved the path to forming her own company. She has been an educator nearly 20 years.
For 30 years, Bob Lancer has helped clients toward authentic living. Clients include Fortune 500 corporations, small businesses, associations, schools, community service organizations and coaching clients. He also teaches parents and childcare professionals to raise children to reach their full potential. Success must begin with the question, asked early and often: “What is the point of my life?” Using geometric terms, Bob describes “the point” as the first of several forms in nature that guide and help us understand our success journey, including the line, the wave, the circle, and the spiral.
Alf Nucifora, MBA (Harvard) is founder and chair of The Luxury Marketing Council chapter in Northern California, a global organization representing 1000+ leading consumer luxury brands. A native of Brisbane, Australia, his career in advertising and marketing spans corporate and agency work. After earning a B.A. from the University of Queensland, he worked for Fortune 500 companies in Australia and the United States. Leaving the corporate side to move into agency management, he settled in the San Francisco area in 2005, where he says the quality of life is incomparable.
Helena Hötzl, Swedish painter and illustrator, spent much of her childhood in pain, enduring many surgeries, using her dreams and art to satiate a hunger for escape. London’s Saatchi Gallery helped her art go international with her first exhibition in Budapest in 2008. Her career focus is on empowering girls and women. Even if it’s tough, and life is really bad, it always changes in some way, if you really want to follow your dreams. Have faith, believe in yourself, even though it's a battle every day. I've learned that every time I thought I had failed, something better came.
Keith Freund is trained as a music production engineer but spends most of his time as a web entrepreneur who hates to be bored. His first company, Fix Your Mix, has been providing audio mixing and mastering services over the internet since 2008. Fix Your Mix is not a recording studio, but manages engineers who perform these services remotely. “I'm willing to live with financial stress to do what I love to do,” Keith says. “I hate being bored more than anything else. Security is good but, I'm more afraid of being ordinary.” Now that he’s doing what he loves, he adds, “I haven't been bored for many years.”
Kalpana Murthy, a therapist certified in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), uses brain science-based approaches to help clients achieve their goals by identifying and resolving root causes of present day problems. She works as a Licensed Professional Counselor and Career Coach in her private practice Genuine Connection®, in Atlanta, Georgia. “Too many people get into a mindset that says, ‘I’m too old to make a radical change.’ I believe you have a psychological imperative to grow, and that your soul is going to push you to keep redefining yourself. It’s a choice between growth and comfortable, stable misery.”
Lee Ellis, founder and president of Leadership Freedom® LLC, guides the consulting firm focused on leadership and team development. Soon after retiring from his military career, Lee established and led the Career and Life Pathways Division of Crown Ministry, developing career assessment materials used globally by more than 200,000. Life and career decisions should be based on the uniqueness of each person, Lee explains. “Begin with this understanding: ‘I am made this way for a purpose.’ In my work, helping the person align their passion and their purpose becomes the challenge, but a really fun one.”
Bill Lowe, gallery owner for almost 30 years, has viewed art as a means of delivering a heightened consciousness and a higher frequency into the viewer’s heart, soul and energy field. “Art is a mechanism for psychic surgery that can bring about spiritual and emotional healing. As a boy, Bill was fascinated with understanding metaphysics, perception, energy fields, frequencies and wavelengths. It persisted through a successful career in radio ad sales in his 20s and provided a conceptual framework for his move into the art world. He says, “An art object is a microchip of consciousness.”
Andrea Lakes' company Delinquent Distribution owned merchandise sales rights on mega-brands Minecraft, World of Warcraft, Call of Duty, Walking Dead, The Hobbit, etc. As CEO of Lessons.biz and Co-Founder of Mentor Mojo, Andrea founded 14 companies such as StickerJunkie.com. With the early success of Rhythm Sticks she knew she was a real business person, not a hobbyist. Heartsick when PBS stores placed an order for 50,000 which she could not fill in time, she learned about scalability, finding items to produce quickly in vast quantities.
For 30 years Bob Lancer has helped people follow their unique path of inspired living. Clients include Fortune 500 corporations, small businesses, associations, schools and community organizations. He teaches parenting and provides individual life coaching. Author of numerous books, he hosted a radio show for 15 years. “Your calling, inspiration and talents all converge along the true life path for you. On that path, when your main goal is the betterment of humankind, you'll always be provided for as abundantly as you desire, as long as you work for the fulfillment of a higher purpose in life.”
“I am your Dream Accelerator,” Lorelei Robbins explains. Using her diverse skills as an astrologer, counselor, interviewer and minister she helps people allow their dreams to come true by surrendering to Divine timing and dropping whatever is in the way of reaching their dreams. “Each of us has within us a cast of characters, though few people are acquainted with them. For much of my life I didn't even understand my own cast of characters. I have a fiercely independent side with a gentle, compassionate side. Lorelei helps individuals listen to the voices of all those inner characters.
A certified career/life management coach, author and motivational speaker, Kathleen Brady brings 25 years of experience to helping people identify their goals and embrace their dreams. She is Director and Instructor of Career Development at Georgian Court University and head of Brady & Associates CareerPlanners, LLC. When people start looking for a job, “They ‘should’ all over themselves,” explains Kathleen Brady. They go to what “makes sense. My dad is an accountant so I should be an accountant. “I always try to get them to put that ‘should’ aside and start by asking, "What's my dream?"