Nitin Chhoda PT, DPT began his entrepreneurial journey at the age of 14. He sold Coca Cola when it was still only available in bottles and returned the bottles to the store to earn back the deposit.
An immigrant who arrived in the U.S. penniless in 2002 in a post 9-11 world, Nitin delivered pizza, slept in his car, and didn't have money for winter clothes. But he was always a hustler.
Eventually, Nitin became a licensed physical therapist, entrepreneur, and author. In 2007, he began public speaking. He now owns and runs several multi-million dollar companies with 30+ employees worldwide. Nitin is living the “American Dream."
As a licensed physical therapist, Nitin is co-owner of an industry-leading electronic medical records software, In Touch EMR, which offers scheduling, clinical documentation, billing, practice management and referral generation modules for physical therapists.
Nitin is also the author of Total Activation: The 5 Step Fitness Mantra (available on Amazon). It is a dynamic new approach to weight loss and personal wellness. It is a system modeled in three stages of change: Identity, Compare, and Integrate (ICI) which has 5 components: Emotional, Physical, Social, Spiritual and Intellectual (EPSSI).
In connection, Nitin has created a skincare and nutrition line - products that work in synergy to activate the best version of you. Since its launch in April 2014, the team has grown and the nutrition and skincare products have been purchased by thousands of customers. Having lived in the east and the west, Total Activation was created out of a need Nitin and his wife, Ritika, had in their own lives, to effectively merge skincare and nutrition for the 'best you'.
From being a penniless immigrant to a licensed physical therapist who earned his millions in just 15 years, mainly through entrepreneurship, Nitin has shown resilience and demonstrated that hard work pays off.
When Beca was young, her father wanted her to be an artist, just like his grandmother, whom he adored. And although Beca loved art, she also loved to dance. At sixteen years old, she started a dance school and spent the next 14 years teaching dance.
Later, at the age of twenty-eight with three kids in tow, Beca went off to UCLA to earn her masters degree in choreography. After she graduated, instead of returning to the dance world Beca decided to learn more about business. She worked at a variety of jobs, chosen primarily on the basis of what they could teach her about herself and how the world works, but sometimes she just took a job to make enough money to support herself and her children.
Eventually, Beca ended up working for 20 years within large financial firms as a Certified Financial Planner. Although she enjoyed the work, Beca became more and more driven by her desire to write and, in the process, shift lives.
So she did. Whether it's fiction or non-fiction, Beca writes with the intention of shifting people's perceptions of what's possible. She has authored several books; she has published perception-shifting Ezines every two weeks for almost 20 years; and she offers two free email series dedicated to perception shifting: The Daily Nudge and The Truth 4 Today. The Truth for Today combines words with art, honoring her grandmother's legacy and fulfilling her father's dream of her becoming an artist.
Beca hopes the stories she writes will help people to shift the stories they choose to live. Beca is also a coach who helps people shift the circumstances of their lives. In further support of her mission, she hosts a podcast called Shift The Story.
As a child, Beca tried to tell everyone about the power of shifting their perceptions. She learned that telling people things doesn't work. But sometimes showing them alternatives does. That is what Beca hopes to achieve, whether through her writing, her coaching, or by simply living.
Today, Beca is a mother, grandmother, and step-mother. When she isn't working, she is reading or working in the garden in Northeast Ohio with her husband, Delbert Piper Sr.
Mel Kobayashi is the Canadian author of style blog Bag and a Beret. Her brazen and comedic approach to her closet, and life, has attracted a dedicated online following inspired by her exploits and earned her a place on the world's top-style-bloggers-over-40 lists, as well as coverage in major fashion magazines and websites.
Mel has a BA in communications from Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada. She also did time in art school. But her real education didn't kick in until she became an age-raged, middle-aged tween filming on-the-fly videos in dodgy alleys and trying not to squeak during auditions. More than anything, following her heart, coupled with risk-taking and grand surrenders to personal chaos, have fueled her mid-life social media success.
As a blogger, several years ago Mel launched fashion spoof e-zine VOGOFF, mainly for women over 40 who were tired of style rules and lack of representation in mainstream media. She also started the Traveling Yellow Skirt Freak Show project, which chronicles her skirt's adventures with women around the world in a celebration of diversity of life and style. So many women have worn and adorned the skirt that it now resembles a quilt.
Recently Mel has begun motivational speaking with an emphasis on unlearning rules as an attainable path to a more joyful, creative, and colorful life. She also has plans to take VOGOFF to the next level, not only for fellow stylists who push the envelope, but also for armchair fashionistas too.
"Be a rock star!" is her rallying cry - even if it's just in your rec room.
Mel currently resides in Vancouver.
Tony Loyd is the founder of Culture Shift Companies and the Chief Learning Officer at Culture Shift Learning Academy. He is also executive producer of Social Entrepreneur, a radio program and podcast that shares stories from change makers who are having a positive impact on the world.
For over 25 years, Tony has provided leadership to Fortune 500 companies and global brands such as John Deere, Medtronic, and Buffalo Wild Wings. He has extensive experience conducting strategic planning, creating talent management strategy and conducting leadership development workshops.
Tony created the learning strategy and led the start-up and operation of two world-class corporate universities. He has directed the development of up to 120,000 personnel in 60 countries. His breakthrough ideas enabled companies to increase worldwide training participation while reducing costs dramatically.
Prior to his work at John Deere, Tony was a Human Performance Improvement consultant, working with customers as varied as the US Department of Energy, AT&T, Alcoa and the State of Colorado.