Dave Conley was working in a job he hated as a tech executive. He smoked a pack of cigarettes a day and was 330 pounds.
He was miserable.
One day he came home from his soul-sucking job to find his beautiful wife sick on the couch, struggling to breathe. Sixty hours after he checked her into the hospital, he turned off life support.
Over the following two years, he crawled out of that deep depression, lost 150 pounds, ditched the cigarettes, quit the job he hated and embraced radical self-care.
Now Dave helps people who were just like him. He helps people choose health and happiness over fat and misery. He helps people create their own radical self-care practice and change everything.
He can help you reclaim your life.
Deborah Owens is a seasoned executive and change agent with 20+ years of Fortune 100 business experience. As a director of training and a sales leader, she developed and implemented strategies to close performance gaps, maximize performance and exceed business objectives. She has led the conception, design and implementation of franchise and enterprise-wide initiatives including leadership development, talent management, sales and marketing training, and employee development with international brands such as Johnson & Johnson, Merck and Honeywell.
Throughout her career, Deborah has had a front-row seat to the unique experiences faced by people of color in the workplace. She founded her company The Corporate Alley Cat to ensure that every person of color is fully supported and equipped for both the opportunities and challenges they will encounter throughout their corporate journeys.
Based upon a foundation of sharing experiences (good and bad), strategies, and lessons learned to accelerate career growth and success, Corporate Alley Cat's mission is to:
Deborah's public speaking topics include:
Herself a long time alley cat and adventurer, Deborah has climbed Mount Kilimanjaro, trekked to Macchu Pichu, and completed a triathlon. She is a proud Bison who holds a B.A. in Economics from Howard University. Deborah resides in Washington, DC with her husband.
Don Hutcheson is a lifelong entrepreneur: an inventor, author, coach and now, podcaster. He hosts the podcast: “Discover Your Talent—Do What You Love,” three days a week in order to help his listeners find their true talents and use those talents to build careers of success, satisfaction and freedom.
Over the past 40 years, Don has created six innovative companies in advertising, publishing, coaching, career planning and podcasting.
Don co-founded his first business right after he graduated from college. With partner Fred Brown, he created Brown's Guides, a recreational guide book for Georgia and beyond that is still published today. Nine years later he co-founded his first advertising agency, Hutcheson & Anderson. A few years after that, he co-founded his second: Hutcheson Shutze.
After taking an assessment that measured his "natural abilities", as opposed to his interests, skills, IQ or personality, Don was inspired to create his own assessment, The Whole Person Technology™. This was the first-ever holistic approach to educational, career and life planning, which he ultimately transformed from paper and pencil to an online version. During this period, Don co-authored two popular books on career planning: The Lemming Conspiracy and Don’t Waste Your Talent.
Don decided to leverage his 30 years experience as entrepreneur, inventor and writer to become a coach. A few years later, he founded and published the first online magazine to offer tools and insights into issues that impact every lawyer’s success and satisfaction and every firm’s profitability. When it was published, The Complete Lawyer was distributed by the bar associations in 36 states.
Most recently, Don has created and launched a new podcast, Discover Your Talent~Do What You Love. The podcast series is designed for people of every age and background who are looking to build a life and career that uses the best of who they are and to enjoy a life of success, satisfaction and freedom.
Don served a tour of duty in the US Army as a Russian linguist in the Army Security Agency: Voice & Intercept. After he was honorably discharged, Don returned to Emory University to complete his BA in Russian Language and Literature.
Vivien Hoexter is co-founder and principal of H2Growth Strategies LLC, a professional services firm that advises executive staff and board members to improve performance, build leadership, and increase revenues for sustainable growth and impact. Working with mission-driven clients, H2Growth leverages its expertise and talents to create a more enlightened world. Services include strategic and succession planning, board development, leadership and CSR training, executive coaching, fundraising and advocacy.
Prior to co‐founding H2Growth Strategies LLC, Vivien spent four years as sole proprietor of Hoexter Executive Consulting, offering a broad range of services to foundations and nonprofit organizations, including strategic planning, fundraising, marketing, talent acquisition and project management.
Vivien works with nonprofits and foundations to develop and refine their strategies, market themselves more effectively and raise more money. She also coaches high-level executives currently in leadership roles and/or transitioning to new ones.
Some of Vivien's current and past clients include American Geriatrics Society, Community Mainstreaming Associates, EngenderHealth, Heritage Management Organization, Mental HealthAssociation of New York City, New York City Opera, New York Psychoanalytic Society & Institute, Pardes Institute, The ZAC Foundation, Workmen's Circle and Young Judaea.
Here are a few examples of Vivien’s work in the past several years:
Until June 2011, Vivien was Vice President for Marketing and Development at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. She served as Chief Executive Officer of Gilda’s Club Worldwide from early 2006 to late 2008. Vivien and her team created a vision and strategic plan for the organization as a leader in the field of emotional and social support for people with cancer, their families, and friends. By implementing this plan, the organization increased its income by 55% from 2005 to 2006 and by 40% from 2006 to 2007.
Vivien was a Vice President at AFS‐USA, Inc., the leading high school student exchange organization, from 1998 to 2006. From 1993 to 1998, she was Director of Development at The Hunger Project. Vivien has also worked as a product manager at CPC International, Inc., a Fortune 100 multinational, and as an assistant buyer at Lord & Taylor.
Vivien graduated magna cum laude with a BA in History from Yale University and has an MBA in Marketing from the Wharton School. She lives in New York City with her husband and is an active volunteer with the Yale Alumni Nonprofit Alliance.
Nina Manolson helps women over 40 end their war with food and make peace with their bodies. She is a Board Certified Health & Wellness Coach and a Psychology of Eating Teacher and Coach who has been helping women move into a caring, loving, enriching and nourishing relationship with their bodies for 27 years. She also holds a Masters degree in Counseling Psychology.
Nina is the founder of NinaManolson.com and creator of the Body-Love Map; the guide that helps women move from body-hate and self-criticism into body-ease and body-love.
Nina offers individual sessions and group programs. She is also the founder of Nourished Woman Nation, a community of women who are stepping into feeling truly good from the inside out.
Food and nutrition expert Maggie Green is the owner of The Green Apron Company. The Green Apron specializes culinary nutrition, food and nutrition writing, and recipe and cookbook development.
Maggie is a registered and licensed dietitian. After a career in clinical dietetics and food service management; she launched her own business, The Green Apron Company. As a personal chef, Maggie cooked privately for over 100 clients in the greater Cincinnati area. In 2001, she successfully transitioned her work to the publishing industry.
As a cookbook editor, Maggie edited the Joy of Cooking (2006) and BakeWise (2008). As a food and nutrition writer, Maggie's experience includes writing for Humana’s Active Outlook Program and their award-winning HAO Magazine, as well as a seven-year stint as a food writer for a local newspaper, Inside Your Town.
As an author, Maggie wrote her first cookbook, The Kentucky Fresh Cookbook, in 2011. Published by University Press of Kentucky, Kentucky Fresh explores seasonal cooking and regional foods of Kentucky. In 2016, Maggie wrote her 2nd cookbook, Tasting Kentucky: Favorite Recipes from the Bluegrass State. Tasting Kentucky showcases 100 recipes from restaurants and inns all across the state of Kentucky. Maggie's third and fourth cookbooks, Essential Pantry and Essential Plant-Based Pantry will be published in 2018 and are sure to change the way home-cooks think and feel about cooking as they streamline their pantry and simplify their meals.
As a professionally trained chef and registered dietitian, Maggie is a sought-after culinary nutrition expert, food and nutrition writer, recipe developer, and cookbook industry consultant.
In 2012 Maggie launched Cookbook Camp. Cookbook Camp offers individual and group coaching programs for aspiring cookbook authors. She is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics as well as the International Association of Culinary Professionals.
Maggie lives in Ft. Wright, Kentucky with her husband, the best male cook she knows. They have three children and a shaggy dog, also named Maggie, who all enjoy sharing time in the kitchen and around the table.
Robert Thomas Bethel is the orchestrator of seventy-seven business turnarounds over the past fifty years. Early successes and troubles in his own professional career inspired his passion for taking over struggling businesses and guiding them towards the road of profitability.
Bob has turned around companies in various industries—from restaurant chains to engineering firms—and has helped save over ten thousand jobs as a result of his strategic business counsel.
A graduate of the Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt University, Bob owns several companies across the southern United States and has operated businesses both nationwide and internationally.
He is an Eagle Scout and, in addition to counseling, also spends time teaching three-day seminars across the country on best business practices.
Bob currently resides in Orange Beach, Alabama with his wife, Reese.
Lorraine C. Ladish is a 21st century communicator and age disruptor who empowers women to achieve their dreams. She is the founder and CEO of Viva Fifty!, a bilingual community that celebrates being 50 and above.
Lorraine is also a woman, mom, wife, daughter, sister, friend, writer, entrepreneur, and yogini.
Lorraine was born in Spain to a family of writers. Her grandfather owned a printing press and on the weekends and after school, Lorraine and her sister would help him collate books. She can still remember the smell of the ink, the glue, the paper …
Lorraine's father made a huge effort to ensure that all of his children could express themselves fluently in two languages. He wanted Lorraine to be a marine biologist, but because she grew up watching him write books, she chose to be a writer.
Or maybe writing chose her.
Lorraine wrote and published her first book - about an eating disorder she battled for years - before she turned 30. Her world was never the same after that. Today, she is the author of 18 books.
Lorraine has worked as an editor and social media coordinator for a number of online publications. She is a content creator and regular contributor to NBCNews, Huffpost, AARP, Babycenter and Mom.me. She has contributed to People en Español, La Palma of The Palm Beach Post, Purple Clover, Latina magazine and Redbook.
Lorraine is active in two languages on social media platforms Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, where she has over 16,000 followers. She posts regularly and passionately about everything from family, to fashion, to current events, and more.
Lorraine's next book - on embracing age - will be published by HarperCollins in 2017.
Lorraine is very creative. She loves to draw. She has spent most of her life dancing (modern, jazz and Latin). She used to be a runner but then she rediscovered yoga. Now she spends a part of every day finding grace on and off the mat.
Lorraine married in her mid-thirties. She had her first child at 37 and her second at 40. Being raised by her abuelita affected how she has mothered her own children: giving it her all, striving to be the best mother she can. She loves her daughters with all her heart.
In 2004, Lorraine moved to Florida; incidentally, one day before a hurricane hit the Sunshine State. Four years later, during the Great Recession, Lorraine's world crumbled. She lost her marriage, her savings and her source of income. She found herself absolutely broke—emotionally and financially. But with two little girls to take care of, and with the help and inspiration from many friends along the way, Lorraine managed to reinvent her writing career by taking it online.
A year later, Lorraine met the love of her life, who is also a writer. And guess what else? He’s multicultural, bilingual, and a parent: the father of a young boy, of similar age to her daughters. What more could she have wished for?
Now Lorraine and her husband, Phillippe Diederich, live together as a blended family with their three children and the dog they rescued. Their children are teens and tweens, who get along just like real siblings. Together, they navigate the same challenges facing other multicultural families in the United States.
Lorraine's dream is to one day live in a house by the beach. But she's not complaining. She can hop in the car and be soaking her toes in the ocean in less than ten minutes. All this while she pursues her love of inspiring women to live a full life and to chase their dreams!
Award-winning speechwriter and business storyteller Elaine Bennett says her favorite clients are smart enough to know good writing when they read it, but too busy to do it themselves.
She’s worked with leading executives in a range of industries from financial and professional services to nonprofits and politics.
Warren Buffett, impressed with how Elaine captured his voice when they worked together at Salomon Brothers, wrote:
“You have a terrific ear and you turn straight thinking into straight writing.”
Driven to improve the quality of business writing in the world (after all, she has to read it too), Elaine creates and leads webinars to help professionals discover and hone their own talents. She blogs about writing daily on her website, BennettInk.com, where you’ll find her concise mission statement: “Write. More.”
Elaine may be #1 in the hearts of her clients, but she has resigned herself to being the #2 Elaine Bennett in Google's search results! Who gets the top spot? See for yourself.
Jane Pollak is one of the Northeast's foremost coaches of entrepreneurial women and a living example of how to turn a passion into a thriving business.
A successful entrepreneur, public speaker, author and business coach, Jane launched her professional career in an unlikely field – egg decoration.
After earning a Masters from Columbia Teachers College, Jane taught high school early on in her career. What began as a class project became a passion for pysanky – the Ukranian word for “eggs which have been written on.” Jane’s artistic talents and keen attention to the smallest detail were ideally suited for this precise, highly creative art form.
Even so, there were times when the challenges of part-time entrepreneurship and motherhood– Jane was raising three children in suburban Connecticut – required real tenacity and perseverance.
Jane’s story is an odyssey that led her from remote craft fairs and customer rejections to an invitation to the White House and appearances on NBC’s Today Show. National publications featured Jane’s artwork as early as 1985, when her patchwork quilt eggs were showcased in Country Living Magazine. Since then, her work has appeared in The New York Times and other prominent publications.
As her youngest child headed off to school, Jane focused on further developing her business. A lifelong learner, she sought advice and wisdom in audio books by motivational and business gurus, such as Roger Dawson, Wayne Dyer and Brian Tracy. And something sparked.
Jane found herself wanting to inspire and guide other creative professionals to achieve greater success. Her unique experience as an accomplished entrepreneur and training as a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach resulted in a powerful, effective new business direction. Since then, Jane has helped thousands of entrepreneurial women — at all stages of their careers – achieve uncommon success.
The lessons Jane learned along the way led her to share her story and give advice to struggling entrepreneurs, traveling the country and beyond. Jane joined the National Speakers Association in 1997, and published her book, Soul Proprietor: 101 Lessons from a Lifestyle Entrepreneur in 2001. The Small Business Administration named Jane the 2002 Home-Based Business Advocate for the entire New England region.
Jane continues to share inspirational, yet practical lessons with creative professionals.
In addition to coaching, speaking nationally and blogging, she hosts Remarkable Women networking events and seasonal retreats. Ever-current with today’s business challenges, she recently re-released Soul Proprietor, complete with updated, timely lessons on pursuing your dreams during an economic downturn and leveraging new technology to authentically promote your business.
Aaron Walker is without question a veteran entrepreneur.
He started his first business at 18 and sold it to a Fortune 500 company nine short years later, demonstrating his passion to succeed. Unwilling to rest on past success, however, Aaron has founded and sold eight successful companies over the past 37 years.
A strong desire for personal development has kept Aaron in a weekly mastermind group with Dave Ramsey, Dan Miller, Ken Abraham and seven other notable Nashvillians for more than a decade.
Aaron enjoys a 36-year marriage with his beautiful wife, Robin.
Today Aaron spends the majority of his time helping men grow in success and significance as President and Founder of View from the Top, a premier life and business coaching resource.
Aaron's book, View From The Top: Living a Life of Significance is guaranteed to motivate and inspire you to live a successful and significant life!
You probably judge yourself constantly every time you look in the mirror, right? But here’s the good news: you are your own biggest critic.
What Scarlett de Bease loves to do is help women feel absolutely amazing about how they look. When you can show up authentically and feel confident enough to really stand out, it’s a total game changer. Scarlett is an image consultant. She helps women elevate their personal brands by showing them how to dress in a way that is authentic to them and flatters their unique bodies. She specializes in working with women who are tired of stressing about dressing; who want to be sure to make that all important first impression a great one.
Scarlett began her career in cosmetics. She quickly moved up the ranks to become an account executive with a company car. But after her boss and mentor, who was over 50, was fired and 23 year old Scarlett was promoted to replace her, she became disillusioned with the industry and chose to move on. She went to work in the garment industry for several years before she took time off to start a family. After her second child was born, she decided to get back into cosmetics as a freelancer. She started doing women’s make up for special occasions, such as weddings and bat mitzvahs.
However, her whole perspective changed when a friend, who didn’t want to go alone, dragged Scarlett along to see an image consultant with her. The experience was transformational. The consultant was able to explain what clothing worked for Scarlett and why. It opened a whole new world to her. Later, when a colleague asked Scarlett to run her image consulting business while she was out of the country, Scarlett eventually came to realize that she could run a business of her own.
She was in her late 40s.
In 2012, Westchester NY Magazine named Scarlett the “Red Hot Image Maker.” She is known as the Wardrobe Stylist who gives women the ability to look and feel confident.
Scarlett is not a fashionista or trend fanatic. But she does get excited about turning boring outfits into “Oh hell yeah, look at me!” outfits, while making her clients feel great about themselves.
Scarlett knows that when you have a personal style that suits you and makes you feel amazing about how you look, you’ll be confident in putting yourself forward to be noticed. It changes the game in your business and personal life.
Dr. Phillip Carson is a registered pharmacist who enjoys sharing the story of how alternative therapies changed his own health and promoting natural alternatives and integrative nutritional solutions to health problems. Passionate about teaching and encouraging people how to live more balanced, healthier and vibrant lives, Dr. Phil believes in equipping people with the knowledge to make the right choices for optimal health.
When Dr. Carson graduated pharmacy school in 1985, he was already working in a job he loved for a national chain with a pharmacy in his hometown. One year later, he was promoted to store manager. Feeling unprepared for the responsibility, he experienced so much stress in his new role that he developed ulcers. He decided to leave that job to take a position with a mom-and-pop pharmacy, where he felt much more at home. He was there for over ten years.
Journey to Natural Health
During that time, Dr. Phil encountered many patients seeking answers when their needs were not met by traditional medicine. He came to realize that the medications he was paid to dispense often offered only temporary symptom relief and left people still suffering. Patients were asking him questions about natural alternatives. But while he was trained in the background and history of natural medicine, he knew nothing about its practical application. To help himself and his patients, he began attending seminars and meetings to learn as much as he could. The more he learned, the more excited and passionate he became about natural remedies. In fact, he was inspired to start his own business.
Business Success and Failure
In 1999, Dr. Phil opened his first store, Smithville pharmacy. It did so well that a few years later, in 2006, he opened a second store, designed to sell only natural products and natural medicine; the Carson Natural Health & Wellness Center. Both businesses were thriving when the financial crisis of 2008 struck. By the end of 2009, Dr. Phil had closed both of his stores and lost everything except his house. He also was half a million dollars in debt.
This began a difficult time of deep personal struggle. Each night Dr. Phil would walk along a country road near his home, praying and meditating to find relief. One evening, an affirmation came to him: “I am happy, I am healthy, I am whole.” He repeated it over and over, even though he felt as far from happy, healthy and whole as he could be at that time. Gradually, his outlook improved. He was inspired with new ideas. And he took a job as a pharmacist.
In 2012, a friend came to Dr. Phil and told him he wanted to open his own store. He needed a pharmacist and he asked Dr. Phil to partner with him. Although Dr. Phil had no money to invest in the venture and felt wary of the risk, he and his wife decided to go for it. In lieu of investing cash, Dr. Phil contributed equipment and worked six months without compensation. The business took off and a year later Dr. Phil had to quit his other job to devote himself full time to the successful new business, of which he owned 25 percent.
In 2016, he sold most of his shares for a return that was large enough to re-establish Carson Natural online, where it is thriving today. It also enabled Dr. Phil to partner with a local medical doctor to co-found the Life Transformation Medical Center, a provider of primary medical care, integrative medical care and wellness programs that opened its doors in March of 2017.
Today, in addition to owning two successful wellness practices, Dr. Phil is a speaker, coach, author, and podcaster. His mission is to help patients address their health problems with the best natural solutions possible. He works with people to get the most out of their lives by uncovering the root cause of their health issues. Patients come to him with problems and leave with renewed hope that they can be healthy again. He has not only consistently improved the quality of life for many of his patients, but he has also literally saved a few of them.
Dr. Phil discovered that true health and happiness comes from finding balance in seven key areas, so he developed a simple plan anyone can use. In his new book, How to Live Until You Die, he makes it simpler than ever to unlock a healthier, happier, and more whole you, so today can mark a new beginning of total health.
Liz LaForte is Founder and President of LaForte Consulting, where she brings over 20 years of diverse human resources experience from specialized industries to her role.
Liz began her career as a financial recruiter with a Manhattan-based headhunting firm and went on to become the human resources manager for the international advertising agency, Foote, Cone and Belding, in New York City.
As the director of human resources for SecurityCoverage, a start-up IT security company, Liz managed all aspects of recruiting, training, benefits, wellness, employee development and employee relations for the company.
After several years at SecurityCoverage, Liz became manager of HR with Genova Technologies, a federal contractor for CMS with offices in Cedar Rapids, IA and Baltimore, MD. At Genova, Liz was responsible for all employee development and training, HR compliance, policy development, policy implementation, onboarding and employee relations.
In 2014, Liz was ready to strike out on her own. She founded LaForte Consulting, a full-service HR Partner that provides organizations the tools necessary to achieve success through building and maintaining dynamic cultures.
Today, Liz specializes in executive coaching services, employee training and development, and interim/virtual HR support to clients. Her mission is to partner with organizations to drive employee satisfaction; improve retention and performance; and to help individuals develop their skills sets, meet goals, and experience success.
A native of Connecticut, Liz received a BA from Gettysburg College, in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. She holds her Professional Human Resource Certification from the HR Certification Institute, as well as her SHRM-CP from the SHRM organization, and is certified as an Executive Coach from the Center for Executive Coaching.
Ruth Ullmann, founder of My Elder Care Journey, is a business consultant and coach who believes that no one should have to choose between the business they've created and the loved ones they care for.
For more than 20 years, Ruth has helped companies, groups and individuals achieve their business objectives. After earning a B.S. in business and her MBA, Ruth lived on the West Coast where she worked as an internal consultant to large corporations, doing both domestic and international problem solving.
When her parents began to need help, Ruth moved back home to the Midwest, where she spent the next 14 years as a caregiver. She gave up her consulting business but her subsequent experience led her to create a new business that she grew for over ten years; helping small businesses, entrepreneurs and consultants realign their businesses to thrive while caring for aging parents.
Ruth naively believed that her education and experienced had prepared her for managing just about any difficult or complicated situation.
Challenged care giver
Ultimately, Ruth helped her parents successfully achieve their greatest wish: to grow old in the home they built and loved. What she never considered was what it would cost her to achieve this goal. Or that there would even be a cost.
During the last seven years of her parents' lives, their health declined more rapidly and their need for assistance increased. Even with the help of a home care company, Ruth was not able to focus and to deliver high quality dependable results to her clients. Her parents' health was too unpredictable. Her clients couldn't put their businesses on hold and Ruth couldn't ask them to do that. She lost so many clients that her consulting business dried up.
On top of this development, the stress, the lack of sleep and the duration of her circumstances seriously impacted Ruth's health. Her income and savings were significantly reduced. Among the many other challenges were making sound decisions with limited time to research options and process information; processing multiple changes in rapid succession; an overwhelming volume of information with little time to filter and vet its accuracy or relevance; juggling care giving, managing a business and managing two households; and understanding and navigating the many companies and government entities that support elder care.
Later, Ruth learned that the negative impact on a family caregiver's health, finances and savings she experienced is all-too-common. She believed there had to be an easier way for the more than 10 million adult children of aging parents to navigate elder care without recreating the wheel and juggling or damaging businesses, careers, and families.
She began doing research. She started by interviewing all the companies that support elder care to understand how that industry operates. She was overwhelmed by the generosity, candor and advice that she received. She made a leap of faith, narrowed the mountains of information that were available and, from that work, a process emerged that helped Ruth change the way families navigate elder care.
Today, Ruth is dedicated to helping make her clients' elder care journeys easier, less overwhelming, and better informed. She provides people with unbiased, straightforward information to help them make better decisions. She feels honored to help individuals, small businesses, entrepreneurs and consultants adjust their businesses to thrive without them for a period of time while they care for aging loved ones.
Ruth has been featured on Fox, CBS, NBC & ABC News.
Nutritionist with a Passion for Fashion
Suzi Grant started her blog Alternative Ageing in late 2014, to write about and share all the things she loves and has experience of: health, nutrition, fashion, style, travel and lifestyle. Targeting people over 50, Suzi believes in positive aging, not anti aging, and declares, "It's never too early to start!"
Suzi has a penchant for vintage fashion, in particular, and frequently blogs about her many travels, including regular trips to Australia. She is a talented photographer who takes all her own photos. She is also an experienced model and has been the subject of many fashion shoots. She has been featured by Instagram and by The New York Times.
For most of her working life, Suzi was a chain smoking, hard drinking reporter/presenter in television and radio. TVam, Sky News, and BBC Radio 4 are just three of the many companies she worked with. But when her mother died of a heart attack at the age of 63, Suzi took stock of her own health and decided to train as a nutritionist.
Apart from treating hundreds of patients over the last 15 years, Suzi has also written three books, including Alternative Ageing; completed an M.A. Degree in The Body: Eastern/Western Perspectives; and continues to write, broadcast and speak at conferences as an ageing expert.
Not So Serious Stuff
Suzi lives in Brighton by the sea, England with her fur baby, Jack, a naughty poodle/jack russell cross. She love music, festivals, dressing up, shopping, writing, good food, travel, and photography.
She is convinced that her blog, her social media outreach, and all of her activities above will help to prevent her brain from deteriorating.
Suzi used to have bright red/orange hair! Because it’s become fashionable to be gray and over 60, she has gone back to her roots. She no longer feel invisible, as she did at 50.
Susan Good, in her early 70’s, is the owner and primary writer for the award-winning HoneyGood.com website, a fashion, food and lifestyle blog she founded in October 2012. She is the wife of real estate auction pioneer, Sheldon F. Good, as well as a mother, daughter, grandmother and great grandmother to 25 "GRANDS" who call her "Honey." And she is a girlfriend to many.
When Susan's first grandchild was born in 1987, her daughter selected “Honey” as her grandmother name because it so aptly suited her personality and outlook on life. Today, Susan Good is called Honey by her entire family and the Honey Good staff.
Honey's website is written for vibrant, visible and savvy women over 50. In many ways, Honey's own life mirrors her readers' lives: a mixture of the bitter and the sweet as well as the joys and the sorrows. As she reminds her nearly 150,000 loyal followers in Chicago and around the world: “We have earned our PhDs in Life."
While living in Honolulu with her first husband and their two daughters, she was suddenly widowed in her early 40's when her husband had a massive heart attack. She survived two bouts with cancer and the challenge of blending two large families. “I’ve traveled the world, made lasting friendships, endured my hardships and am grateful every day of my life. Through example, I have shown my family, and now my readers, how to make sweet lemonade out of lemons and to always see the glass half-full.”
Describing herself and her mission, she said:
“I am a woman with many titles who wears many hats and loves life to its fullest. I walk on the sunny side of the street. I love to 'shop till I drop' and I own my own style, thanks to my 96-year-old mother, my teacher and my friend. I have plenty to say to the billions of women worldwide, including Baby Boomers who are turning 65 at the rate of 10,000 a day!”
HoneyGood.com is an anthology of thousands of personal stories with insights and advice. Their subjects run the gamut from friendships, grand-parenting, blended families, widowhood, remarriage, family suicide, dating after 50 and cancer survival to advice about why every woman should own that little black dress, buy that properly-fitted shoe and consider growing out her gray hair.
In a weekly piece, Honey offers tips on how to survive every situation from losing one's car keys in the onion bin to packing for that fabulous trip. Topics reflect the trials and tribulations most women face during this challenging yet invigorating passage.
A writer for Michigan Avenue magazine had this to say about Honey Good:
“With a PhD in life thanks to her large and colorful immediate family, poignant personal history and sophisticated lifestyle, Honey Good has a lot to say about everything-- and does so with passion, verve, humor, acumen and wit. She is giving an age-old 'character' – i.e. the proverbial grandmother – a fresh, hip, new-age voice. Her posts are savvy and fun, yet also relevant and substantive. But above all else, her content is authentic at a time when authenticity is king.”
This hip, sophisticated matriarch of a blended family speaks to audiences worldwide. She writes for the Huff Post and regularly contributes to Sixty&Me.com, Medium.com and GRAND magazine. She soon will write lifestyle pieces for the new national Headlines Network powered by Aggrego, a Wrapports company that owns the Chicago Sun Times and is affiliated with nine major publishers around the nation.
Profiled in Michigan Avenue and RM (Rancho Mirage, CA) magazines, Honey Good was recently interviewed by Prevention.com as well as such notable personalities in their own right as Ari Seth Cohen, the documentary producer, photographer and author of Advanced Style.
“Amazing things can happen when you commit yourself,” she added.
She, her husband and their beloved Wheaten Terrier, Orchid, split their time between homes on Chicago's Gold Coast and in Rancho Mirage, CA. They have traveled to 67 countries, including Iran, Syria and Antarctica, and with their pooch Orchid always by their side, they visit their children, grandchildren and great grandchild who live in seven different U.S. cities.
Jim Akers is a former Fortune 50 senior executive turned speaker, author and coach. He helps ambitious people focus their time, talent and resources on success that leads to maximizing their impact and influence on the people they love, the teams they lead and the causes that stir their hearts.
Jim is a graduate of Washington State University. He holds an M.B.A. in organizational leadership from Pepperdine University and an Advanced Management Certificate from Stanford University.
Jim has won sales and achievement awards with Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company, Owens-Corning Fiberglas Company, Kirk Paper Company, xpedx and International Paper Company.
At the age of 29, Jim was named V.P. of sales for a $500MM distribution company, the youngest group vice president in the 120 year history of International Paper Company.
As group vice president at xpedx, Jim lead a $1BB distribution business with 21 locations in the Western U.S. and serving customers around the globe with packaging, custom packaging design, facility supplies, and printing papers. If you've ever touched an iPad or iPhone, you've touched work Jim’s team pioneered.
Jim has authored three books: How to Win the Achievement Game; 14 Strategies for Breakthrough Performances; and most recently, Tape Breakers, Maximize Your Impact with People You Love, Teams You Lead and Causes that Stir Your Heart.
Tape Breakers debuted as the #1 New Release on Amazon in March 2016 and was recognized as a 2016 Book of the Year along side the best selling new releases from Adam Grant, Ryan Holiday and Jake Knapp.
Jim’s clients include The PGA of America, Old Castle, Shaw Industries, International Paper, Pearson Smith Reality, TD Realty Group along with a variety of non-profit and faith-based organizations.
Jim met his wife Kristi at Washington State University. They celebrated their 12,776 day anniversary in June and have two adult sons Matthew and Andrew, who no longer require their credit card.
Joel Kessel is an advisor, content creator and speaker on the topics of strategic communications and working with the media. He helps authors, entrepreneurs, solopreneurs, side hustlers, and small businesses understand how to leverage publicity so they can step onto a bigger stage, amplify their message and further fuel their marketing communication and lead-generation efforts.
A native of Ohio, Joel started his career in Chicago where he worked with professionals such as Chris Ruys Communications, Durk Rion Public Relations, and Golin Harris. He has worked with large and small organizations, such as National Runaway Safeline, Ronald McDonald House Charities, Weber Grills, and Master Lock. Joel also managed the marketing communications efforts for the Northern Illinois chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
Over time, Joel developed a specialization in PR strategy and media relations, which he has leveraged to garner attention for his clients through media outlets such as USA Today, New York Times, Associated Press, CBS Evening News, NBC Nightly News and Columbus Business First, among others.
Joel's Maturepreneurial Endeavors
Today, Joel speaks, advises and writes about public relations and communications for the purpose of helping leaders of organizations that are doing meaningful work share their story in a meaningful way.
Fun Facts About Joel
Joel is a member of The Ohio State University’s Varsity “O” Men’s Alumni Association and the Public Relations Society of America. He is a founding member of the Ohio chapter of the Association for Strategic Planning. He graduated from Ohio State University with a bachelor’s degree in journalism with a concentration in public relations.
Joel currently lives outside Columbus, Ohio with his wife, Cathy, and their two children.
Happy Birthday, Maturepreneurial!
The photo above is me, looking back with joy and wonder (and a little bit of a squint) at the amazing, blazing first year of my podcast! Woo hoo! I did it!
I remember when I was first preparing to launch. I spent months getting the website ready because I had a bit of a set back with my theme. I joined online communities and groups. I took online courses to educate myself about the job at hand and, hopefully, come out smart enough to avoid some of the pitfalls.
I remember once reading that many podcasters don't make it past ten episodes. Gulp!
Was that going to happen to me? "No way!" I thought, "I'm in this for the long haul." "Besides, Christopher will be annoyed if I buy all this equipment and don't make it a success." Haha!
And many happy returns!
Well, although I intended to succeed, I really didn't anticipate how much fun I would have. Or, to be honest, how hard I would work at it! But I have to say that it's worth it. I'm proud of my guests and their episodes and I'm excited not only for another year of interviews and wonderful stories but also to create my second podcast.
Hopefully, if I stay on track, in late 2017, I'll be launching Dishing with Delishes; a podcast of interviews with food bloggers at the top of their game. Check out the website and stay tuned for details, which I'll post on this site and on my food blog, Dishes Delish.
Thanks for your support!
Gay Hendricks, Ph.D., has been a leader in the fields of relationship transformation and body-mind therapies for more than 45 years.
After earning his Ph.D. in counseling psychology from Stanford University, Gay began teaching at the University of Colorado. For 21 years he served at the university, where he became a full professor in the counseling psychology department. Gay founded The Hendricks Institute with his wife, Dr. Kathlyn Hendricks. As part of his work for the institute, Gay hosts seminars worldwide and he has appeared on more than 500 radio and television shows, including Oprah, CNN, CNBC, and 48 HOURS.
In addition to his speaking career, Gay is a prolific author. He has written more than 40 books, including self-help bestsellers such as Five Wishes, The Big Leap and Conscious Loving (co-authored with wife). His books are used as primary texts in universities around the world.
Gay’s book, The Big Leap, was a New York Times bestseller for five years. Published right after the beginning of the “Great Recession,” the book has helped hundreds of thousands of people go beyond a culture of fear and safety to live out their true passions. The results are remarkable on every level; from amazing careers to passionate marriages to vibrant good health.
Gay is also a successful novelist. He wrote a mystery series of five books featuring the emotional and spiritual challenges of ex-Tibetan-Buddhist-monk-turned-private-detective, Tenzing Norbu. In June of 2017, Gay launched a new mystery series featuring Victorian-era London detective, Sir Errol Hyde, a fictional contemporary of Sherlock Holmes. The second book in the series becomes available on September 19, 2017.
In 2003, Gay co-founded The Spiritual Cinema Circle, which distributes inspirational movies and conscious entertainment to subscribers in 70+ countries.
Gay is a shining example of the benefits of what he teaches. He’s prolifically creative, wildly successful as an entrepreneur, a renowned teacher, and a devoted husband. At age 70, he lives more life in a day than many an exuberant 20-year-old. He’s writing books, teaching courses, playing golf, launching companies and having a delicious time with his wife of more than 35 years, with whom he raised two children and accumulated a million frequent flyer miles!
Martin Pazzani is a global business decathlete, a serial entrepreneur, and a mountaineer. He is also a strategist, marketer, CEO, company founder, speaker, advertising guy, management consultant, and communications architect. His website tagline perhaps says it best: Always seeking another summit.
Martin has worked on both on the corporate side and on the ad agency side for large corporations and startups across multiple categories and on six continents. Before he began his career in business, he earned three college degrees in just over five years: a B.A. in Psychology, a B.S. in Marketing, and an M.B.A. He is a "classically trained" chief marketing officer (CMO) who cut his teeth in consumer goods and services businesses.
Martin's career features some extraordinary highlights:
Bold new horizons
Today, Martin is a serial entrepreneur, immersed in three areas that each requires a balance of entrepreneurship, strategic vision, and a penchant for re-imagining the future.
An oft-published writer and panelist on marketing, branding, competitive strategy, and music, Martin gave a TED University talk at the 2008 TED Conference in Monterrey, CA on The Power of Music. He has led seminars in Argentina, Australia, Brazil, India, Japan, London, Mexico, New Zealand, South Africa, Venezuela, and at the Cannes Lions and Dubai Lynx advertising festivals. His articles have been in Advertising Age, Billboard, Brandweek, Marketing Daily, and SHOOT Magazine.
Martin has always been drawn to overcome difficult challenges. He's climbed to the summits of major mountains on all seven continents. He has explored Antarctica, Easter Island, Ngorongoro Crater, the Equatorial Rain-forests, the deserts of United Arab Emirates, Mexican volcanoes. He is a former F2000 racing driver where he developed a keen appreciation for the value of precision, speed and high performance.
He is the 146th human being to stand on the summit of the very remote Vinson Massif, the highest point in Antarctica. He has climbed both The Matterhorn and Mont Blanc five times each. Showing no sign of slowing down at 61, Martin is currently on a mission to climb all forty-eight 4000-foot peaks of New Hampshire as he trains to climb Mt. Everest in 2019.
Recent medical testing reveals that Martin's lungs are 40% larger than a normal human being’s, which accounts for his being very good at walking uphill for long distances with a heavy pack on his back! After at least 100,000,000 uphill steps, he's been persuaded to turn his transformation from a corporate animal to a serial entrepreneur into a book, The Mountains Made Me An Entrepreneur, on target for publication in early 2018.
Milana’s American dream started in October of 1992, when she stepped off the plane from Kiev, Ukraine to New York. Equipped with a music teaching degree and a 90-day crash course in English, she was ready for whatever she had to do to survive in this new world!
Everything Milana had learned about America came from Soviet newspapers in the 1980s, so she spent her first few years in awe and wonder. But giving piano lessons at $6 an hour wasn’t going to feed her family, so she enrolled in college and graduated with a four-year degree as a computer programmer.
Now, she thought, she had everything she needed to be successful in America.
With the Internet sweeping the world, thousands of online businesses started emerging and Milana became curious about e-book publishing. After writing and selling her first three e-books, she stumbled onto something that would completely transform her life. She discovered coaching.
A fast-growing field, coaching heavily relied on having online presence, dynamic web sites, and marketing skills. Milana quit her job, became a work-at-home mom of two small children, and began studying marketing, with a focus on copywriting and direct marketing. She was absolutely fascinated by the idea of a single email generating thousands of dollars in sales.
With the birth of online product launches and joint venture partnerships, Milana’s dream of creating a million-dollar business seemed more real than ever.
Over the next few years Milana published her first print book, “Coaching Millions”, hosted the world’s very first telesummit, created the Recurring Revenue Revolution live event, developed almost 30 various business courses, started and sold a software company, and co-founded JV Insider Circle.
And she made her first million along the way.
When she had imagined building a million-dollar business, she thought it would feel like a “million dollars!” But when she finally surpassed seven figures, she didn’t even notice it.
She says, “I was too busy working. It didn’t feel like anything special. No more special than making six figures. No more special than getting a $30K job offer right after college.”
Most importantly, it didn’t make Milana feel any happier or more successful. She was always busy, often tired, and even began having panic attacks, which were absolutely scary and debilitating.
So instead of celebrating hitting a 7-figure mark, Milana decided to sell her business and take a sabbatical. After 16 years of “playing big”, she began looking more closely at her life and asking questions she had never asked before:
She discovered that she had been operating a very successful business, but it was the wrong kind of business for her. She was in “misalignment.” She had allowed her business to dominate her life. Now she was ready for a different business and a different way of doing things.
Milana also discovered that she was not alone. She surveyed and had private conversations with over 500 coaches, authors, and speakers. Many of them were going through a similar soul-searching experience. Making money was not enough. They felt drained and trapped by the complexity they’d created. They were re-evaluating their entire business models. They wanted more freedom, meaning, and joy.
Search for Simplicity
Simplicity Circle was born out of seeing how growing a business can cause stress, anxiety, and frustration and take away from happiness and peace. And from profitability.
Milana feels her greatest gift is being able to turn what seems complex into simplicity. When she works with her clients, she transforms the complexity in their businesses into a simplicity-driven growth strategy quickly and efficiently. No more trying every marketing and selling strategy out there. No more adding more ‘stuff’ to an already overloaded list of things to implement.
Milana guides her clients from feeling overwhelmed, drained, and frustrated to feeling confident, energized, and excited about their businesses again.
Jean Haynes helps ambitious professional women sync high performance (and profit) with their purpose and values so they can live and lead as the happiest, most confident and authentic version of themselves.
Jean is a career and leadership speaker, trainer and coach who knows first-hand what it feels like to be driven to succeed, cope with the constant pressure of trying to "do it all" perfectly, and play small when it comes to taking risks. Jean is a recovering "good girl" who has learned the power of owning your abilities, speaking up for yourself and taking bold action. She is on a mission to help other high-achieving women overcome their self-sabotaging beliefs and behaviors so they can achieve their greatest success and life satisfaction.
Jean holds an MBA from Fairleigh Dickinson University, a BA from the College of the Holy Cross and received her coach training from Dr. Martha Beck. Her deep professional background in marketing, fund development and leadership training spans corporate, entrepreneurial and non-profit sectors, allowing her to seamlessly connect with women across industries.
Cardiff D. Hall has a passion for life and helps individuals transform their self-being so they reach and sustain achievement. He is a coach, author, and public speaker.
Prior to starting his own business, Cardiff spent 25 years as an executive in marketing and sales. His experience, coupled with his strong desire to live life with a purpose, inspired him to have a positive impact on the lives of adults and most recently of children through his Tide Turners Kids Entrepreneurs Program.
His first book, entitled Tide Turners: The Practical Guide To Help You Feel In Control, Experience More Joy and Sustain Achievement In Life earned a # 1 new release on Amazon in January 2017.
Cardiff radiates positivity and coaches individuals by helping them turn the tide in their life to achieve. He also provides weekly inspiration and practical advice in his Tide Turners newsletter.