Elinor Stutz heard all the reasons other girls hear about why they couldn’t do this or why it was dangerous for girls to do that. Early in life, she decided her best reply would be, “It doesn’t have to be like that!” Her achievements through ignoring negativity include writing her international best-selling book, “Nice Girls DO Get the Sale: Relationship Building that Gets Results.”
Ryan Stewman had served his time for a state crime in the 1990, and was succeeding on the straight and narrow. Or so he thought. Unbeknownst to him, a new federal law would ensnare him and pull him off course. Today, his Hardcore Closer and Break Free Academy help Type-A business owners rapidly grow their sales through strong marketing and advertising. His no BS, ‘take action’ approach helps high income and high net worth performers make changes that unleash windfall profits for their businesses.
Teresa McCloy, a REALIFE™ speaker and coach, partners with clients to help them stop being productive and start doing what matters most to them. A recovering workaholic who was addicted to all the latest apps, software, and bestselling books on productivity, she's now passionate about helping business leaders and entrepreneurs assess their habits and execute a REALIFE™ process to take their everyday, ordinary life to something extraordinary.
Naomi Hattaway knew about being an outsider. As a home-schooled child of a bi-racial couple—before it was socially acceptable—she had to learn how to make connections, form communities and discover the unique gifts and talents she could offer. She founded I Am a Triangle, an online community with thousands of globally located members with one thing in common: they've lived around the world away from their passport countries. There are currently in-person gatherings in over 80 cities around the globe.
Michael McDonnell surprised everyone with his love of sports and active life, despite a disabling condition. “My parents saw that I was going to try everything.” At 16, a coach offered him an opportunity to coach tennisthat made perfect sense. “It was an easy choice for me to take that road.” Still a young man, he has gone from managing cystic fibrosis and diabetes to using the lessons learned to help people with their mindset and strategies to leave their job and run their own businesses full-time.
Mark Villareal tells us “the lessons we learn growing up relate to us in adulthood and can be correlated to being a leader in business,” as he talks about “Leadership Lessons from Mom.” For 35-plus years he has been building teams within organizations, establishing the right culture and leadership for long term success.
Joel Solomon grew up in a family devoted to making the world better, but it was at his dying father’s side that Joel made a crucial first step onto his own pathway toward a life that matters to future generations. Author of “The Clean Money Revolution: Reinventing Power, Purpose, and Capitalism,” chairs Renewal Funds, a $98-million mission venture capital firm that invests in early growth-stage companies, delivering above market returns while catalyzing positive social and environmental change.
Kristen Ivy was a good student, but when her grades dropped, a teacher looked her in the eye and asked “Are you okay?” It was the first time someone was really seeing her. That instilled in her the need to see the whole person at any given moment. As executive director of messaging at Orange and the director of The Phase Project, and using child development research, she educates parents and equips them with immediately applicable, easy ways to connect with their kids, based on age and developmental phase.