Josh Doody was in a job he liked, doing work he enjoyed. But as he sized up the company and the prospects it offered, the 30-year upward trajectory, ending with a retirement party, didn’t spark his imagination. Instead, he just felt antsy. So, he took everything he’d learned, began helping others, and went out on his own. He wrote Fearless Salary Negotiation, a number one Best Seller on Amazon.com, and created online courses to help people learn how to negotiate like a pro and improve their own lives.
Christie Mims looked at the people around her on the DC Metro. They looked like they had died years before but their bodies were still doing the daily commute. A voice inside her said, “This can NOT be my life!” So, she created The Revolutionary Club, the number one destination for smart women who are unwilling to settle for anything less than career happiness. She coaches smart women how to build networks as career safety nets.
Dr. Steve Taubman, today’s expert, tells how to reprogram your subconscious mind for success, and how to wake up from the hypnotic state of which you may be unaware. He is a physician, hypnotist, magician, mindfulness coach and the best-selling author of Unhypnosis: How to Wake Up, Start Over, and Create the Life You're Meant to Live. Dr. Steve has performed for and coached top celebrities and movie stars, and has shared the stage with legendary motivational speakers like the late Zig Ziglar.
Corey Gladwell already owned a restaurant and a nightclub at 23. For a high school drop-out, this was success. Two years into the business, standing on the balcony of his nightclub late at night, he felt empty and unfulfilled. Everything started to crumble. He began a practice of deep meditation for almost four years and wrote the insights and realizations that came to him. Rebuilding his life from the inside out, he is now in the top seven percent in his industry. He got back ten times the material things he had lost, but more importantly he is enjoying deep, loving relationships in his life.
Deborah Goldstein owned a thriving and critically acclaimed restaurant at age 32, fulfilling a dream she’d nurtured since she was 10. But she realized her life was one-dimensional. To find the balance her heart cried out for, she made a bold decision. She founded two companies to help professionals maximize their careers: Goldie’s Table Matters (GTM) and DRIVEN Professionals. GTM focuses on networking and business development. DRIVEN helps businesses with employee retention and productivity, using a holistic approach in a three-part development cycle: professional, business and personal.
Benjamin Allen saw the oncoming car speeding straight toward him at deadly speed. As his head crashed into the windshield—for a split-second—he felt indescribable peace. It was an out-of-body, near-death experience. He was 20 years old. Decades later, he’s still dealing with life and death. His life was devastated by the death of his wife and two children from HIV through a blood transfusion. Today he helps people learn to grieve and live life after loss.
Susan Drumm was sure NBC television would be a good fit. She had a strong passion for drama, theater and entertainment, and solid consulting credentials. She quickly learned, "You may have the best process in the world, but if the culture doesn't accept it, you're dead in the water." Today she is a CEO advisor and leadership coach. For 20-plus years she’s been teaching companies like Viacom, Cisco, L’Oreal and KPMG to harness the power of leadership teams for multi-million-dollar growth. She has degrees from Harvard Law, Carnegie Mellon and a Master’s in Drama from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.
Expert Brad Axelrad sees fears as a dragon. “Facing your dragon is understanding how to find, face and ride your dragon; very simply, it’s about how to train your dragon. My approach is based on the quote, ‘The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek.’ Our greatest fear is possibly our greatest gift and our money-maker. I challenge folks to look at what they're most afraid of.” Based in Costa Rica, Brad is a consultant, speaker and spiritual adventure tour facilitator. He supports coaches and consultants to leverage their fear, freeing them to create the lifestyle they desire.
Greg Thredgold occasionally talks to old friends from school. “They'll say, ‘Boy, I wish I could go back to those days,’ and I say, ‘Not me. I hated school.’ Starting at age seven, I was molested, abused and even tortured. I'm sure that's where my mental illness came from.” Although his life has been filled with challenges, loneliness and pain—including the death of his son in 2014—he’s become an expert in surviving severe depression, panic attacks and anxiety. An international award-winning photographer and author, he is a sought after speaker and business owner.
Debbie McIntosh recalls her new life in Manchester, England, as “a fabulous time.” She was pursuing her passions in singing and acting. Then, things started unraveling: her marriage broke up, her father died tragically, and she was spiraling downward into a deep depression. She woke up one morning with an empty wine bottle in her hand and her son asleep in another room. Finally, she realized she needed help. Through personal development techniques and behavioral therapy, she learned about the mask she was wearing, and how to remove it, and now she helps individuals around the world.
Jim Gregory and his wife had rocked along in their ad agency on Madison Avenue for 20 years, enjoying the creative work and their clients, but they suffered from lack of differentiation from competitors. After much thought, they decided it was time to apply to their own business the best advice they gave their clients. Today as chairman of Tenet Partners, a global brand strategy and marketing firm based in New York City, Jim is a leading expert on measuring the power of corporate brands and their impact on financial performance. He has written 5 books on branding.
Jillian Theorgood knew in childhood she loved helping people, so much that her mother was often concerned for her safety. But at college, she decided to follow her father’s footsteps into information technology. Soon, her passion for people guided her to a career in the human resources field for more than 20 years. When her son was born with congenital heart disease, she turned her frustration with the healthcare maze toward creating a tool to ease the way for parents of children facing similar circumstances.
Eldonna Fernandez, an expert contract negotiator says, “Whether it's a multi-million-dollar deal or getting your kids to do their homework, it’s negotiation. Mastering those skills will make you better in business, at work, and in your personal life.” She is a retired Air Force veteran with 23 years of honorable military service. She is a negotiation and contracts expert with more than 30 years of leadership, contracts management and negotiation experience and has negotiated contracts from $1 million to over $100 million, both stateside and internationally.
Frank Bria knew it was time to rethink his career path when, along the way to his doctorate, he asked the question, "What's the next step after you get a Ph.D. in mathematics?” The answer: "Go to a large city, live in a basement apartment with your family, make $25,000 a year and get a post-doctorate.” After academia, Frank Bria began as an entrepreneur in financial services technology. He worked with start-ups, some selling for hundreds of millions of dollars, and some crashing in flames. He has helped some of the largest corporations on four continents grow their businesses by improving their customers’ experiences.
Sachiko Komagata was grateful as a child growing up in Japan that her parents had not pressured her into a particular career, as many children’s parents did, but during her college undergraduate years the options ahead of her were limited to a few traditional occupations for women. In the U.S., her doctoral research explored a holistic approach to patient care in physical therapy. Since 2004, she has chaired the Department of Holistic Health Studies and Exercise Science at Georgian Court University in Lakewood, New Jersey.
Raffaele Di Giorgio had wanted to be a police officer, but that didn’t quite do it for him. Military service and being an EMT and a security officer left him longing for something more. He found a need and a niche in shaping the ways emergency medical care and security services are provided worldwide. He is a mentor, instructor, a field operations specialist and an author. When not actively engaged in teaching, Raffaele stays active in the field at various operational levels, providing government agencies with protection and medical services throughout the world.
Tamara Dorris' confidence was high after healing herself after doctors told her nothing could be done. She took the lessons she had learned in self-healing and prepared to apply them to selling houses. Then, the real estate market crashed, ushering in the worst economy since the Great Depression. Tamara is now a best-selling author, adjunct professor, radio host, and longtime real estate professional who says she has “gone crazy selling houses, loves yoga, and is addicted to personal and spiritual development.”
Susan Drumm, a CEO advisor and leadership coach for executives, their teams and entrepreneurs, believes "It's more important than ever to work strategically, which is about doing the things that only you can do.” Susan has spent over two decades teaching companies like Viacom, Cisco, L’Oreal and KPMG how to harness the power of leadership to launch their teams towards multi-million-dollar growth. Now, she brings her best tools and training to help entrepreneurs do the same. Susan has degrees from Harvard Law, Carnegie Mellon and a Master’s in Drama from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.
Barry Selby was a high school-aged teenager in England when he noticed that the girls always seemed to be dating guys who weren’t right for them. They were getting hurt, repeatedly, by their bad choices. He felt frustrated. Why couldn’t they see what he saw? Today, Barry is a passionate champion for the divine feminine. He helps strong, successful, single women stop short-changing their love-life. When women get manipulated and hurt it really ignites his passion to help them become wise and smart in their dating choices. He is passionate about women being honored and respected in love.
Pamela Peeters’ family moved from Holland to the Belgian countryside. “I began observing the space around me, sharing the love I had for nature.” By age 12, she was already finding ways to help the environment by creating a magazine. Pursuing her passion, she became an environmental economist. With two Masters Degrees under her belt and two theses on sustainable development, she moved to the U.S. in 1999. She created Our Planet TV show, the Sustainable Planet Film Festival and Sustainability Week NYC and Belgium, and a weekly radio show, Our Sustainable Planet, on local National Public Radio.
Rob B. Lowe was sitting in class at age 13, suddenly drippingsweat. He recalls “an organ-boiling fever” of 106 degreesFahrenheit, the severe onset of malaria. In his hospital bed, hisfamily far away, the Australian teen faced a surreal experience. Inrecent years, the process of becoming a life coach,certified inneurolinguistic programming, has given him tools for understandinghis life story. He recognizes the lifelong survival mode that wasevident in his response to malaria. He uses his newfound energy toreach up and out, and give people an opportunity to build their ownbest versions of themselves.
Eldonna Lewis Fernandez was working a dead-end job at a soon-to-be-defunct discount store. Arriving home one day, she found an eviction notice on the door and no sign of her father. She had no idea what to do next. An Air Force recruiting message changed her life. Today, looking back on her 23-year career in the U.S. Air Force, she says, “I ended up with two Associate’s degrees, a Bachelor's degree, and then in the contracting career field as a contract specialist.” Those skills and experiences form the basis of her company, Dynamic Vision International, Inc.