Bob Littell warns that millions of jobs will disappear because of technology. Old style networking is largely ineffective and unsustainable in identifying jobs that will last. He created NetWeaving, which has proven over the past 17 years that it can help people develop the “soft skills” needed to thrive in the emerging workforce. It works by building trusted, mutually supportive relationships through empathetic listening and creatively sharing resources and contacts. It is a business world application of author Catherine Ryan Hyde’s concept of Pay It Forward.
Timothy Lawson guarded U.S. embassies around the world as a Marine. Like many returning veterans, his re-entry to civilian life was rocky. He floundered awhile. With a ten-dollar microphone, a laptop and stories to tell, he decided to give podcasting a try. Today, he hosts Fuel for Warriors, Follow Your Spirit, and the 1, 2, Many: Veteran Suicide podcast. Known for his efforts inside the veteran community as a content creator and advocate for veterans’ issues, Tim was recently recruited by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, based on his extensive work.
Teresa Marinelli was on yet another business flight in a successful but demanding fashion career. She knew something was out of balance. An article in an in-flight magazine on Feng Shui caught her eye. She wondered, could something that sounded like a take-out menu item, with a little furniture rearrangement mixed in, really make a difference? Pursuing that question led her to answers she now shares with top executives, small business owners and other people looking for a more expansive paradigm for living.
Christopher Kai’s parochial school teachers used to make him write, “I will not talk in class” hundreds of times. Neither they nor Chris likely imagined that one day he would become an international success talking to fascinated audiences around the world. His core message is that if you want to build a successful business you have to understand the art and science of relationship building. He just published his third book, Big Game Hunting: Networking with Billionaires, Executives and Celebrities. Inc. magazine has referred to him as “the billionaire networker.”
Sierra Campbell had already begun to value her experiences as a volunteer caregiver to senior adults at age 16. Two years later, when an auto accident fractured all her cervical vertebrae, she was suddenly on the receiving end of care and rehabilitation. With a major convalescence and rehabilitation ahead of her, she wondered, how could she possibly repay those who nurtured her back to health? Nurtureco.co was her answer.
Dr. Lampton explains a tool he uses with his clients to help them understand their natural, predominant communication styles and the styles they have adapted to fit the particular needs of their lives, including at their workplaces. It is known as the DISC personality profile for the four major styles of communication and orientation toward life, and it measures dominance, influencing, steadiness and compliance. As president of Championship Communication, Bill helps leaders speak confidently, clearly, and convincingly. His interview coaching enables applicants to excel in job searches.
Michael Weinberger is a successful entrepreneur, husband and father of two. He is also bipolar. Michael has learned how to find happiness and manage his illness through mindfulness practices and medication. His skills as a comedian help him find humor in his story and he is guaranteed to entertain. His website, APlanForLiving.com, helps individuals–from all types of backgrounds–achieve happiness through mindfulness, spirituality and gratitude.
AnneMarie Rossi realized having epileptic seizures was not the pathway to popularity in school. But the side-effects of the powerful anti-seizure drugs made her feel she had no life at all. She was ready to take a risk–almost any risk– to get her life back. The path she chose expanded her life in ways she had never imagined possible. She believes we change the world one mind at a time, that an internal evolution is required for a collective revolution. Her research and practice are demonstrating how to hasten that evolution.
Clem Harrod experienced culture shock when his mom, a single parent, pulled up their roots in Maryland and he landed in an unfamiliar middle school in Miami. He felt like an alien. But something about her courage to leave a secure job she hated to pursue her passion gave him a picture of his own possibilities. How could he know how important vision would become in his future life?
Allyson Byrd was a high school drop-out at age 15, feeling disengaged from life. She could see herself becoming little more than a statistic, an average. But even in the midst of mediocrity, flipping burgers at McDonald's, somewhere inside her was an audacity to be amazing. “The greatest theme I've seen in my life is that regardless of how many times I’ve tried to de-select goodness, greatness and extraordinary possibility, and almost surrendered to just being average, everything inside me has caused me to break through my fears, step beyond uncertainty and embrace the next level.”
Dr. Mitchell Mays teaches how to remove fear and anxiety so you can make the best decisions and get on with the rest of your life. It is possible—and crucial—that we learn how to be fully present, and teach our brain how to escape fear. Best-selling author of Mind Gate: Demolish Fear, Overcome Anxiety and Create the Life You Want, he’s been a licensed chiropractor since 1978 and is a certified master hypnotist and hypnotherapist. In his busy practice in northern California, he employs functional medicine, biofeedback, nutrition, guided imagery and hypnosis for chronic anxiety, stress and pain.
Jared Rosen was living in a rundown railroad flat in New York City, with a bathtub in his kitchen. In his sink in the morning there were dishes, toothpaste and paint brushes. What began as a romance with the world of Keith Haring, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Andy Warhol came to feel like a world without a soul. He turned to yoga, then joined Alberto Villoldo on a trip to Peru to learn from a shaman. It was the first of many spiritual shifts toward an inner journey.
Emily Eldredge’s results on an aptitude test were a blessing and a curse: natural talents in an exceptionally high number of areas. Her father told her, “Find the principle that will integrate all your gifts and talents.” That was easier said than done. Her struggle to find that integrating principle led her to face her inner demons and embrace all parts of herself. In the process, she discovered principles she shares with clients every day, helping them permanently remove inner blocks, triggers, and blind spots.
Meny Hoffman’s business was growing. He was doing everything himself, and doing it well, and hiring people who did likewise. But he knew he had to change when he found himself blaming employees because the company's growth was not meeting his expectations. He shifted his focus to growing his business by growing people. A lifelong entrepreneur, Meny is passionate about collaborating with growing businesses to create winning strategies that yield results.
Jennifer Bradley Franklin already had a byline in a new national magazine under her belt at age 19, and visions of a career as a professional writer. Then, she watched as the planes hit the Twin Towers on September 11, 2001. As a result of the economic downturn, her job at Teen People magazine crumbled. Journalism jobs were nowhere to be found. Yet her passion for writing would not go away. Today, one of her greatest joys has been immersing herself in some of the biggest concerns facing young people—poverty, hunger and human trafficking—through the research and co-authorship of her book, Make It Zero, published in 2016.
Denise Brosseau believes becoming the go-to thought leader in your niche is the very best career insurance around. She asks, “Are you ready to be a thought leader?” and offers listeners the steps to become one. As CEO of the Thought Leadership Lab and a lecturer at the Stanford Business School, Denise loves working with entrepreneurs and executives, particularly women, on their journey from leader to thought leader.
Jason Treu was finishing law school. Interviews with prospective firms were beginning. When asked, “Do you have any questions for us," he tossed out what surely would be a softball question, “Are you happy?” One by one, the responses threw him a curve, and pointed him toward Silicon Valley. Today, he helps his clients get unstuck, find their purpose and take their careers to the highest levels. He has worked with well-known CEOs such as Steve Jobs and Mark Hurd at Hewlett-Packard. He's helped his clients meet influencers such as Tim Cook, Bill Gates, Richard Branson and others.
Alyssa Addison had veered away from her first love—drama—to pay the bills. She’d been easing back into theater with several churches’ drama programs, nursing hopes of going back to her native California, where her love of theater had blossomed. Then, her husband’s job took them to Knoxville, TN, and she remembers thinking, “How will I find any acting opportunities here?” The move was fortuitous. She made connections that led to an independent film production of her screenplay, Laughing at the Moon, opening in theaters in select cities, starting September 9, 2016.
Cole Hatter had landed his dream job as a firefighter and Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) at 19. He looked ahead with confidence to a 30-year career serving others. Two years into the job, a car crash threw him onto the freeway at 80 miles an hour. He was not expected to live. Years later, recovered, he knows he’s living on borrowed time. He is the founder of Thrive: Make Money Matter, an annual conference designed to teach entrepreneurs how to dominate in business and in life, while making the world a better place. Cole is a husband, father and philanthropist who strives to give back.
Molly Fletcher was a Big Ten tennis player with a Communications degree from Michigan State University. She knew she wanted a job in the business end of sports, but wasn’t sure what that would look like. She hit the job market and quickly discovered, “When you ask for a job, you get advice.” Then, she found the way to a job was to ask for advice, and to leave each interview with a handful of names. Now a CEO, she shares the unconventional, unique techniques that made her one of the first female sports agents in the high stakes, big ego world of professional sports and now a successful entrepreneur.
Dr. Susan Bernstein delves into three key principles to make your resume stand out: 1) Start with a strategy; 2) Think of your resume as your own promotional story; and 3) Don't plan to use just your resume; plan to connect with real people. With tools like LinkedIn.com and online job hunting, many people have lost the art of conversation. They’re intimidated by the thought of meeting people face-to-face. Using her 20+ years of career and executive coaching, she gives practical tips for adding the human element back into the process.
Marshall Titus was a child who loved to draw. In school he was the one they asked to paint murals. Everyone expected him to become a visual artist. Then, he had an epiphany. For reasons he couldn’t explain, he could never pick up a pencil to sketch again. Years later, he is a multi-dimensional artist best known for his voice, music and stage performances. With his songs, he urges his listeners to “send a little love.”
Winnie Anderson had valued her intelligence and mystery-solving mind since childhood. A severe brain injury showed her just how much of her self-identity was tied to her belief that she was smart. How could she ever be herself again? Against the odds and contrary to prognoses, she decided to stop worrying about what she had lost, and to recover by rediscovering her talents and unique gifts.
Robert Mallon had climbed to a significant position over a 20-plus-year career in a leading restaurant chain. One typical Friday, his boss called to schedule a Saturday meeting at precisely the same time as his son’s basketball game. He hung up the phone, turned to his wife and said, “Today was my last day working with them.” He became a professional speaker and business coach, leading nearly 2,000 full-day seminars. He has inspired thousands of men between the ages of 30 to 49 to realize their full potential without losing their freedom to their work lives.
A Friday in February started out like any other day, as Gail’s father dropped her off at her suburban New Jersey school. “I love you. Have a good day.” Hours later there was a chasm in her life’s road–“my life before, my life after.” Gail began to looking into philosophy and was asking basic questions about life, such as, “Why are things the way they are?"