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Koby Benvenisti teaches clients to think creatively about business and improve the quality of their lives. Benvenisti developed his approach to leadership training as an officer in the Israeli Army. Today he brings insights gained as a businessman, and real estate entrepreneur to changing lives and businesses. Each client receives a personalized plan, support and strategies for success. You'll learn to make decisions more quickly and to get things done by focusing your attention firmly on your goals. Through a series of dialogues Koby will help you clarify your goals and keep you focused while working toward them. Koby's clients include international A-list music, fashion and TV personalities, Wall Street businesses, entrepreneurs, medical professionals and creative artists. "A million dollars can be either a lot or a little, depending on what you believe about it," according to Koby who says. “Building successful businesses and relationships start with a focused plan or action and commitment to working on your plan and support to stay the course.” Call Koby today to get started with a free consultation. You’ll be glad you did. Contact Koby: www.KobyBen.com Koby@kobyben.com 908-418-6438 View Guest page
Dr. Holly Carter
Dr. Holly Carter is a manager, television, film, and interactive media producer and a former talent agent. She is the founder of Relevé Entertainment in Beverly Hills, California, which packages, produces, and distributes family and faith-based projects for mainstream success. She also represents urban crossover talent, where intersecting involvement in the genres of film, television, and music is the focal point. A graduate of the MBA program at the USC Marshall School of Business, she also holds a Doctorate of Divinity from the Southern California School of Ministry. Dr. Carter’s career started in television casting, handling such Emmy Award winning projects as The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, Roc, In Living Color, Martin, and several others. Branching into talent management, she built a stellar reputation as a tenacious negotiator and career strategist, with a passion in discovering and presenting to the mainstream market, concepts that have been overlooked by traditional buyers in the entertainment field. Her past client list includes a slew of award winning artists including Usher, Lil’ Romeo and Master P, as well as gospel favorites Mary Mary. Currently, she represents multi-award winning, platinum record selling gospel artist and actor, Deitrick Haddon. She also handles television and film packaging for gospel great Donnie McClurkin and Kierra Sheard. From the sports world, she represents champion boxer Roy Jones, Jr. Within television and film, her producer credits include feature films The Gospel (Sony ScreenGems), In the Mix (Lionsgate) starring Usher Raymond, and Mama I want to Sing, starring Lynn Whitfield, Hill Harper and R&B hit maker, Ciara. She is also the creator and executive producer of BET’s 106 & Gospel, and the Nickelodeon hit series Romeo!. Her latest feature film project,A Beautiful Soul, features Deitrick Haddon. A passionate Philanthropist, she produced a non-profit concert for Hurricane Katrina survivors, featuring gospel greats Fred Hammond and Donnie McClurkin, among others. She was a strong advocate for then-Senator Barack Obama's 2008 presidential bid and produced his “Embrace the Change Tour”, a three day, multi-city gospel concert series in the Carolinas promoting the then-candidate’s presidential campaign. More recently, she produced the Empowerment Summit Sessions for the National Urban League in its annual 2011 event. She is the founder of The Merge Summit held annually in downtown Los Angeles. This three-day event features a diverse array of entertainment industry executives and celebrity talent, along with leaders in the faith-based community. The Merge Summit workshops and classes offer an exclusive opportunity for aspiring executives and talent to glean from key influencers in entertainment, ministry and corporate America. View Guest page
Ruth Dugan, the board president of Gilda's Club for the Northern New Jersey chapter - Gilda's Club was named in honor of well-known comedian Gilda Radner, who died from ovarian cancer. At the time, Gilda's Club was facing bankruptcy, having run out of funds and grants that would keep the non-profit afloat, so Dugan was asked to join the board. Relying on her experience as a reporter, a campaign manager and school board president, Dugan continued to gain support. Gilda's Club is named in honor of Gilda Radner, who, when describing the emotional and social support she received when she had cancer, called for such places to be made available for people with cancer and their families and friends everywhere. Although the Saturday Night Live comedian died in 1989, Gilda's spirit lives on at every Gilda's Club, where members join with other "experts" at living with cancer to both give and receive the benefits of love and laughter through the unique Gilda's Club program. The first Gilda's Club, including a worldwide training center, opened its signature red door in New York City in 1995. Since that time, additional clubhouses have opened in North America and Canada. Thousands of members now attest to the fact that Gilda's Club has helped change their lives by restoring control and enabling them to plan their own emotional and social support, thus strengthening and enriching the entire family. View Guest page
Earnie Ellison directs the PGA Diversity and Community Relations Programs. He leads The PGA of America major initiative to provide resources, awareness, and opportunities for culturally diverse individuals, women, and the under-served to participate in the game and the business of golf. After graduating from Alabama A&M University in 1970, hewas employed by the IBM Company where he held various financial management positions in the USA and its International businesses. In 1988 he joined the Unisys Company as Finance Director. He left Corporate America in 1992 to partner with his brother to experience the life of an entrepreneur. In 1997 he joined the PGA of America as the Director of Finance for the Tournament Operations. After developing a diversity program and establishing community initiatives, he was appointed to a new position for the PGA, Director of Business & Community Relations. Under Ellison's leadership the PGA of America has experienced notable progress in the areas of inclusion and community image. He is recognized as a key agent for change to ensure greater equality within the sport and business of golf View Guest page
Lucille P. Farrell-Scott
Dr. Farrell-Scott is committed to empowering men and women with purpose, passion, power, peace, and prosperity. She believes that nothing is more important or more precious than this moment in which you are living. There is a dance happening in your life right and she encourages you to take the lead. There is a stage before you she advises that you, walk slowly across it while enjoying the applause. There is a song to be sung that only you can sing, so sing it. A staunch advocate for our generations to come, Dr. Farrell-Scott uplifts young people by introducing them to positive and transformational teachings endorsing their ability to maximize their unlimited potential. Dr. Farrell-Scott believes that young people should be educated and fit for the citizenry of the world. Dr. Farrell-Scott also advances the message of Living in Your Now. From Durban, South Africa, to London England, Guyana, and Trinidad in the West Indies, Canada, and all over the United States, Dr. Farrell-Scott has traveled the world to share her message of Living in Your Now and has been blessed to see the life changing effects of her word on the audiences she has touched. Through her books, mentoring, coaching programs, radio and television shows, she has helped thousands of people to live their lives to the fullest as they embrace their Power of Now. Dr. Farrell-Scott earned her Doctorate in Religious Studies from Trinity Theological Seminary. She is an active member of several community service organizations including, The Links Incorporated, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated, Dr. Farrell-Scott is a published author, transformational speaker, and president of Caribbean American Students Educational Foundation, an 18 year-old non-profit organization which serves healthy breakfast, lunch and dinner to more than one thousand children every day. All of Dr. Farrell-Scott’s work is rooted in her desire to see individuals excel above their current circumstances. As an immigrant from Trinidad, West Indies to the United States she understands the importance of access to equal opportunity and support for personal and professional achievement in life. Dr. Farrell-Scott earnestly believes that with God, family and community, all things are possible. Dr. Farrell-Scott is a loving mother of three adoring children. View Guest page
Deborah Davis Ford
DEBORAH DAVIS FORD of South Orange was appointed Clerk of the Board of Chosen Freeholders on May 6, 2009, and took her Oath of Office on June 1, 2009. To the role of Clerk, she brings an impressive 20-year record of corporate experience in the field of personnel training/development and client management, having served as a Corporate Client Manager at a large pharmaceutical company and a Director of a professional services firm providing IT staffing/project management and managed services solutions. She also held the positions of Vice President of Superior Staffing Services (a woman-owned firm) and Regional Vice President of Transworld Services Group, two other prominent staffing services companies. Ms. Ford is also a member of the Newark Rotary Club (where she served as the first female President from 1993-1994), serves on the Executive Board of North Jersey Jack & Jill, and is a past member of the Regional Business Partnership, the NJ Transit Advisory Board, the Cancer Care Advisory Board, as well as a past President of the Greater Newark Chamber Small Business Council and Past Chairperson of Partners in Education and Quality. Ms. Ford also serves as a Trustee on the Township of South Orange Village Board of Trustees, where she was elected to her first term in May of 2007 and re-elected in May of 2011. View Guest page
Tara Gilvar, Founder and CEO A graduate of Boston College, Tara has acquired over 25 years of experience building brands and developing marketing campaigns. With extensive public relations and marketing expertise, she has helped the promotion of national consumer products for companies including, Sylvania Lighting, Veryfine Juice, Safety 1st and the Timberland Company. Through her work at a Boston-based advertising agency and later as a marketing consultant with companies including, Eddie Bauer, Harvard Medical School and Prudential Securities, Tara acquired a keen ability to build strategic marketing campaigns that demonstrate concrete results. Since leaving the corporate world in a full time capacity, nearly thirteen years ago to raise her three children, Tara utilized her marketing expertise to initiate and implement successful fundraising campaigns for juvenile diabetes and her local school district, generating over $110K from her initiatives. Simultaneously, she continued her work as a marketing consultant for various clients, including start-up organizations, musical entrepreneurs and New York based non-profit groups. However, working alone, without a proper support system, forced her to choose between successfully maintaining her family responsibilities or pursuing her professional passions. Of course, her family won out. After gathering nearly 40 women from her town into her living room to discuss the pursuit of their business dreams one February morning, Tara realized, immediately, how the development of BIG could provide better balance, more personal fulfillment and a sense of intellectual camaraderie that had been missing for most of her adult life. It is a concept that she has been driven to share with women around the country. An accomplished public speaker, Tara brings her B.I.G. message to women throughout the country. In addition to serving as the face of the B.I.G. organization, she has spoken for the Boston College Council for Women in both Boston and New York City; has been a featured panelist at the New Jersey Conference for Women; the New Jersey Department of Consumer Affairs Women's Entrepreneur Series and has been a keynote speaker for organizations including New Jersey's Middlesex Chamber of Commerce. Today, B.I.G. has over 1,100 members in more than 50 local communities across six states and the journey continues..... View Guest page
Tracy Gray, Founder & President of The Sankofa Global Project has devoted her professional life as an educator and entrepreneur to developing interdisciplinary curricular. Creating and directing diversity and intercultural programs at institutions including The Ethical Cultural Fieldston School in New York, The 12Comics Learning Support Program and The Carey School in San Mateo, California. Traci has also launched international partnerships to expand cultural and global awareness and interaction through her work with the Antelope Foundation (Kenya), Infinite Family (South Africa), and the Ghana Iniative of the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women. Traci Gray holds a M.S. ED degree in Early Childhood Education/General Education from Bank Street College of Education, she holds a BA degree in Political Science from Central State University. View Guest page
Ms. Gray-Felder is widely recognized as the force behind Communication for Social Change becoming a recognized and respected practice within communication fields. With 30 years of multi-faceted communication experience and proven leadership abilities—combined with her passion for CFSC and the respect she has earned from her peers within communication, nonprofit, academic, and business circles—she is uniquely positioned to lead the CFSC Consortium. Prior to creating and launching the CFSC Consortium, Ms. Gray-Felder, who has been accredited in public relations since 1978, was the vice president of communication and administration for the Rockefeller Foundation, based in New York City. There she led the communication, information technology, office services/facilities, finance and comptrollers, library, records, and research services, and Bellagio Study and Conference Center (in northern Italy) functions. She served as chairperson of the Bellagio Committee for nearly 3 years (a competitive scholarly residential program). Hired in March 1995 to be the Foundation’s top communication officer, she was responsible for restructuring the department and rebuilding the department’s credibility and capacities among multiple constituents including policymakers, grantees, and the philanthropic community. She and her team set a new communication vision for the foundation and its communication grant-making portfolio, helped develop the communication capabilities of nearly 100 grantee organizations, repositioned the foundation, oversaw the foundation’s public policy agenda in the United States and globally, and managed basic public relations, social marketing, advocacy, employee communication, issues advertising, and media promotion responsibilities. Ms. Gray-Felder holds degrees from the University of Michigan School of Business, Executive Education Program in global marketing; an MA in speech—Radio/TV/Film, Wayne State University; and a BA in journalism, University of Michigan. View Guest page
Dr. Nicole McGrath
Dr. Nicole McGrath received her Dental Degree from the University of Maryland, and completed her residency program in UMDNJ, Newark, NJ. She also successfully completed the Leadership Program in 2010 offered by American Dental Association, Institute for Diversity in Leadership, in partnership with Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management. Dr. McGrath has been a member of the Communication, and the Oral Health Coalition Committees of the NJ Dental Association since 2008. She has been recognized for her commitment and spirit of volunteering by multiple organizations over the past two decades. Awards and Recognitions 2012 New Jersey Woman of Achievement Award Recipient, New Jersey State Federation of Women’s Clubs 2011 Volunteer Recognition Award by Red Cross, Montclair, NJ 2007-2010 Montclair Child Development Center, Certificate of Appreciation in recognition of extraordinary collaborative support for their Head Start Program 2010 The BD Governor’s Jefferson Award for Health Care in recognition of her extraordinary service in her community. 2010 Hometown Hero Award, a Community Service Award presented by The Intrepid Sea, Air & Museum in recognition of her outstanding community service as a volunteer. 2010 Upper Montclair Women’s Club, nomination for Woman of Achievement Award 2006 Trinity Presbyterian Church (USA), Certificate of Appreciation for her outstanding leadership, unlimited patience and love to all Children, Youth of Trinity Presbyterian Church School 1987 Outstanding Young Woman of America , Certificate awarded in recognition of her outstanding ability, accomplishments, and service to the community. View Guest page
Dr. Janice Pride-Boone
Dr. Pride-Boone is a Harvard Medical School graduate. Board Certified Pediatrician and Certified Marriage & Family Therapist, she completed her residency at Johns Hopkins Hospital & Georgetown University Hospital. President of Family Focused Pediatrics, Dr. Pride-Boone leads research projects on childhood obesity & spirituality. In addition, she has conducted weight management courses at churches in her community. She compiled a community based, low-cost comprehensive program for families at risk. She has been in practice for over 25 years and has worked in several states including Louisiana, Nevada and Tennessee. View Guest page
Dr. Peter Rajsingh
Dr. Peter Rajsingh is Managing Partner of Castellar Partners LLC and Aquila Associates LLC, asset management firms focused on hedge funds and private equity for institutional clients. Previously, he headed the institutional group at an investment boutique, working on hedge fund due diligence and incubation, and investment banking. He began his career at Morgan Stanley in New York. Dr. Rajsingh is on various corporate and philanthropic boards. The latter include being a Director and past President of the United Nations Association of New York and Trustee of the London-based Loomba Foundation and the New York Center for Therapeutic Riding. Dr. Rajsingh has been an Adjunct Professor at Reims Business School in Champagne, France since 1996. Also, since 1991 he has taught at New York University at the Stern School of Business, in the Gallatin School of Individualized Study and in the College of Arts and Sciences. He obtained a Ph.D. degree from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York and B.A. with honors from the University of Auckland, New Zealand. His interests include classical piano and equestrian sports. View Guest page
Terry A. Smith
Terry A. Smith has served as lead pastor of The Life Christian Church for twenty years. TLCC is a non-denominational faith community in West Orange, NJ, serving the New York City metro area. TLCC is known for attracting an incredibly diverse congregation—drawing people from a multitude of nationalities and seventy-five surrounding communities—who want to get better at life. Terry is a cofounder of the New York City Leadership Center and an instructor in its Leadership Fellows program. A gifted communicator, Terry speaks in a variety of venues nationally and internationally. He is passionate about challenging, developing, and encouraging leaders, whether they know they are leaders or not. He holds a bachelor of science in organizational management and a master of arts in organizational leadership. Terry has been married to his wife, Sharon, for twenty-eight years, and they have three adult children: Sumerr, Caleb, and Christian. View Guest page
Jacqueline Tarrant is recognized as a beauty expert, author, consultant, columnist, salon owner, and founder of the Hair Trauma Center in downtown Chicago. As a 3rd generation beauty professional, International platform artist and former Director of Education and Product Development Specialist with L'Oreal USA, Jacqueline continues to add layers to her beauty expertise. Her knowledgeable approach to all things related to hair care and hair health is expressed monthly in national columns that reach millions through various publications. Jacqueline's opinions have been seen in Seventeen, Cosmopolitan, Essence & the Wall Street Journal to name a few. She has had numerous Style & Beauty appearances nationwide on Good Morning America, NBC, CBS, & the Fox Network. Jacqueline's reputation as a renowned Educator, Trainer and Platform Artist have taken her throughout Canada, Europe, Africa, South America and the Caribbean. View Guest page
Linda Wellbrock has an extensive marketing background from the financial industry working for leading financial institutions including UBS and Merrill Lynch. After earning her MBA in Entrepreneurial Studies, she entered the publishing industry where she served as Vice President of Business Development and Associate Publisher for a professional women’s publication. In addition to writing feature articles on some of the most influential women in the state, her responsibilities focused on managing sales efforts, launching events and developing and implementing effective marketing campaigns. Linda began her entrepreneurial path as a Co-founder of Own It Ventures, LLC (formerly known as Entrepreneur Expose’). Linda has been recognized by The Boy Scouts of America, Tribute to Women, on the New Jersey Monthly Magazine “List” and as one of Steve Adubato’s “New Jersey People.” Ms. Wellbrock has been featured on various news programs and media articles including: Fox 5 News, One on One, NJ.Com, New Jersey Monthly Magazine, and more. She was recently invited to be a judge for the Fairleigh Dickinson University, Family Business of the Year Award. She earned her MBA from Fairleigh Dickinson University and her undergraduate degree from Northeastern University. Linda was born and raised in New Jersey and is married and the proud mother of three children. View Guest page
Doris Young Boyer
Doris Young Boyer is a public speaker,an International Etiquette and Protocol expert, author and Human Resources professional who helps clients increase profits and productivity through proven leadership and communication strategies. Ms. Boyer works with organizations who want a workplace culture of civility and dynamic performance and with people who want the poise and polish to put their best foot forward in business and social situations. Her clients benefit from her exposure to all levels of the corporate experience and her international business travel. Ms. Boyer is CEO of A Sense of Grace which provides speeches, seminars and coaching on Social Graces and Business Protocols. She is an active Member of the National Speakers Association and Toastmasters. She has been quoted in prominent business publications, magazines and newspapers. Doris has appeared on radio and television. View Guest page
Special Encore Presentation: Wellness on the Green
December 2, 2013
Hosted by Desiree Watson
Host Desiree Watson will discuss Green Sport and wellness with Earnie Elilson,PGA Director of Business and Community Relations. Earnie Ellison leads The PGA of America major initiative to provide resources, awareness, and opportunities for culturally diverse individuals, women, and the under-served to participate in the game and the business of golf. Under Ellison's leadership the PGA of America has experienced notable progress in the areas of inclusion and community image. He is recognized as a key agent for change to ensure greater equality within the sport and business of golf.
The Wellness Lounge – A Step Further
Monday at 6 AM Pacific Time on VoiceAmerica Empowerment Channel
THE WELLNESS LOUNGE-A STEP FURTHER empowers you with the benefits of a wellness lifestyle. Desiree Watson, a pioneer in the wellness lifestyle movement, guides you toward incorporating wellness into your life through commentary and interviews with exemplary personalities from such diverse fields as professional sports, corporate management, government, and health care. Our topics embrace the interconnections of mind, body and spirit, while offering in-depth analyses of the wellness lifestyle movement and its impact on the health care system, politics and international aid. Related topics will spark awareness of the positive impact of the wellness lifestyle movement and how a wellness lifestyle commitment can successfully empower the individual and influence educational and political processes on a local, national and international scale. The Wellness Lounge – A Step Further is broadcast live every Monday at 6 AM Pacific Time on the VoiceAmerica Empowerment Channel.
Desiree Watson, president and CEO of Wellness Interactive, is a pioneering activist in the wellness lifestyle movement.
A principal voice of the international wellness community, Desiree has traveled the globe dedicating her life to learning and teaching others about complementary and alternative medicine and the wellness lifestyle. She first drew industry attention in 1997, hosting an integrated health and wellness event in New York City attracting a broad spectrum of followers seeking emotional, physical and spiritual balance. She created a home base for the wellness movement in 2000 with the establishment of Wellness Interactive Inc., a business that includes a focused website, AM radio broadcasts and numerous publications.
Wellnessinteractive.com features info on CAM therapies and products designed to spark wellness and fend off the effects of aging. Desiree’s passion for wellness programming initiated development of The Wellness Lounge, a popup oasis at corporate and association events in major U.S. cities since 2005. Her first brick and mortar Wellness Lounge opened in 2012, and nationwide expansion is planned.
An award winning entrepreneur, Desiree’s awards include Woman of Excellence, Health and Wellness Professional of the Year and Top 25 Leading Women Entrepreneur. She served as Chair of the UN 60th Anniversary, and is Executive VP and Advisor of the UN Assoc. of New York.