Visual Meetings: 20/20 Vision for Your Organization!

September 24, 2010
Hosted by Cheryl Esposito

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Cheryl Esposito welcomes David Sibbet, a world leader in the area of graphic facilitation and visual thinking; President & founder of The Grove Consultants International; and author of Visual Meetings: How Graphics, Sticky Notes & Idea Mapping Can Transform Group Productivity. David believes and research shows that when people work visually they have better ideas, make better decisions, and are more committed to producing results. Based on more than 30 years of experience in organizational consulting, these tools provide an integrated, creative approach to the perennial challenges of getting people and organizations to understand, engage and mobilize around a vision. Ready to move beyond PowerPoint presentations? To integrate iPads and other new media platforms? Join Cheryl & David to learn the “Graphics Keyboard” to successful business gatherings!

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Cheryl Esposito is on a mission: to bring the leader in you to life. She is founder of ALEXSA CONSULTING, an Executive Coaching firm, an author and international speaker. Cheryl and her team coach international CEOs & leaders, cultivating self-awareness and transformational behaviors, creating extraordinary results. She brings the best out of thought leaders, expanding the realm of possibilities. Are you ready to turn business as usual into business that matters? Take your leadership to the next level! Learn more… Cheryl’s book In the Spirit of Leadership: A Vision Into A Different Future is the 2009 Axiom Business Book Awards Bronze Medal winner. The audio book version is the Nautilus Book Awards 2009 Silver Award winner! Get the book!

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Denise Brosseau

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Juanita Brown

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Jerilyn Brusseau

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Lee Cockerell

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Chip Conley

Chip Conley,CEO and founder of Joie de Vivre Hospitality, the second largest boutique hotelier in America. Chip is author of PEAK: How Great Companies Get Their Mojo From Maslow and The Rebel Rules: Daring To Be Yourself In Business. Known as a leader with a heart, and a self-proclaimed "Abraham Maslow nut" Chip has applied the theory of Self-Actualization to growing a successful company by helping employees, customers, and – yes - even investors move up that pyramid that Maslow coined as the "hierarchy of needs." Join this episode of Leading Conversations with Cheryl Esposito and learn how this rebel CEO dares to make a difference! View Guest page

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DC Cordova

DC Cordova, CEO of Excellerated Business Schools(r) and Money and You.(r) Known as an Ambassador of New Education, her stated purpose is to “uplift humanity’s consciousness through socially-responsible business.” DC is a philanthropist and humanitarian with a tireless pursuit to transform educational systems around the world, and eradicate poverty and hunger. DC challenges leaders and future leaders, to go beyond reactive problem solving, cultivate a futurist mindset, and trust their “internal GPS” to direct them. Her very practical steps to get you there have been utilized by successful entrepreneurs and innovative leaders around the world. DC will share with us the keys and principles to shaping yourself and your work to contribute to a world that “works for all.” Join Cheryl Esposito and DC Cordova on this episode of Leading Conversations for your own internal navigation system tune-up! View Guest page

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Anthony Cortese

Anthony Cortese, ScD, President & Co-founder (with Senator John Kerry & Teresa Heinz Kerry) of Second Nature, a nonprofit organization with a mission to make healthy, just, & sustainable action a foundation of all learning & practice in higher education. Anthony implores us to imagine a future where all generations achieve good health, economic security, social fairness & stability while restoring & sustaining the Earth's life support systems. That’s right – the earth is OUR life support system. This requires a new leadership and a new framework for higher education. Students today are demanding to learn about Sustainable Systems, and that educational institutions are Practicing Sustainability. The work of Second Nature is to promote a learning environment that provides the awareness, knowledge, skills & values to achieve this vision. Join this episode of Leading conversations with Cheryl Esposito & Anthony Cortese to learn how higher education is shaping the future! View Guest page

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Stephen M. R. Covey

Stephen M. R. Covey, New York Times & Wall Street Journal bestselling author of The Speed of Trust, a groundbreaking & paradigm-shifting book challenging our age-old assumption that trust is a soft, social virtue, and demonstrates that trust is a hard-edged, economic driver. Stephen is the former CEO of Covey Leadership Center and currently leads the Global Speed of Trust Practice for Franklin-Covey. Stephen tells us that trust is a learnable, measurable skill that makes organizations more profitable, people more promotable, relationships more energizing. He advocates that nothing is as fast as the speed of trust & that the ability to establish, grow, extend, & restore trust with all stakeholders is the critical leadership competency of the new global economy. Join this Episode of Leading Conversations with Cheryl Esposito to explore the key behaviors of High Trust Leadership. View Guest page

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Bruce Cryer

Bruce Cryer and Gary Malkin, Co-Founders of What Makes Your Heart Sing? Gary Malkin is an Emmy® award-winning composer, speaker & educator. Bruce Cryer is former CEO of HeartMath, the renowned health & wellness organization, & is Global Director of HeartMath Healthcare. In college Gary & Bruce pursued their love of the performing arts. Bruce went onto a successful career on Broadway. (Then he became a CEO-you know, the typical CEO career track.) Gary went to Hollywood, becoming an award-winning music composer for television, film, & commercials. Their own experiences with healthcare compelled them to create What Makes Your Heart Sing? They saw the power of the arts in healing. What Makes Your Heart Sing? is a powerful catalyst to deepen our humanity & inspire our leadership capacities, especially at a time of stress & complexity. Do you know what makes your heart sing? View Guest page

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Gordon Davidson

Gordon Davidson, co-founder & President of The Center for Visionary Leadership. He is author of Joyful Evolution, co-author of Spiritual Politics, The Practical Visionary, and Builders of the Dawn. Gordon has served as Executive Director of The Social Investment Forum and of The Coalition for Environmentally Responsible Economies. Gordon asks this: Would you like to experience more joy in your daily life? Most people are controlled by their subconscious, which creates inner stress & disharmony and undercuts their success in life. A U.S. News & World Report article on “Mysteries of the Mind” stated that Harvard researchers found 95% of all people’s decisions are made by their subconscious, rather than their conscious mind. Gordon offers insights & techniques to help create a more joyful and creative life by “communicating directly with your subconscious & your higher self.”Join Cheryl Esposito & Gordon Davidson on this episode of Leading Conversations to learn to bring joy on purpose to your world, a Joyful Evolution! View Guest page

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Zen Cryar DeBrücke

Zen Cryar DeBrücke, author of Your Inner GPS: Follow Your Internal Guidance to Optimal Health, Happiness, and Satisfaction. Everyday a new tech gadget offers us the opportunity to learn about ourselves: our optimal state of physical, mental, and emotional well-being. Wearable technology telling me how I feel... Author Zen Cryar DeBrücke says: “You were born with a factory-installed guidance system. It is like the GPS in a car…your Internal Guidance System (IGS). The guidance it gives you has many different purposes. The most important one is to get you from one end of your life to the other with as much joy, ease, and fulfillment as possible.” You can retrain your mind to easily access this powerful source of inner wisdom and recognize when your IGS is giving you guidance. Join Cheryl Esposito & Zen Cryar DeBrücke on this episode of Leading Conversations radio for "Your Inner GPS: Follow Your Internal Guidance to Optimal Health, Happiness, and Satisfaction." View Guest page

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Bobbi DePorter

Bobbi DePorter, Chairman & President of Quantum Learning Network. Bobbi is an author of more than a dozen books translated into several languages, including: Quantum Success: 8 Key Catalysts to Shift Your Energy into Dynamic Focus and 8 Keys of Excellence: Principles to Live By. Bobbi says we are experiencing an Excellence Deficit. Our kids are at risk - it’s our responsibility to do something! A growing number of children & teens are detached, depressed, & hopeless about the future. There is a way to reverse this trend by inspiring them to internalize positive guiding principles called the 8 Keys of Excellence. SuperCamp, now in its twenty-ninth year, is designed to teach students learning and life skills in an environment that cultivates self-esteem and confidence. More than 55,000 students around the world have relearned how they learn, and reshape how they view themselves and live their lives. Listen to this episode of Leading Conversations as Cheryl Esposito and Bobbi DePorter co-create the excellence effect! View Guest page

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Melanie DewBerry

Melanie DewBerry, the “Soul Coach,” co-creator of “Choice” magazine for coaches, a “wordologist,” & educator in the power of language to shape our sense of self. Melanie says we have a problem today: intelligence trumps wisdom. And without wisdom, there is no guidance. We have forgotten how to learn from our elders, from the storied words, from the essence of experiences; and then to weave that learning with the data, facts, & logic to inform actions. We have forgotten the language of our soul, our sacred self & our purpose in the world. Melanie has a master’s degree in Asian Economic Development & Political Risk. In China she taught graduate business students & worked with the government on the pricing of goods in Latin America. She studied multiple languages, was a pioneer in the field of coaching, & mentors master coaches around the world. And…she wants us to flex our wisdom muscle. Join Cheryl Esposito & Melanie DewBerry on this episode of Leading Conversations to learn the language of the soul! View Guest page

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Stephan Dinan

Stephen Dinan, a noted social entrepreneur & visionary political strategist, and author of Sacred America, Sacred World: Fulfilling our Mission in Service to All. He is founder & CEO of The Shift Network, a leading global provider of online transformational courses in the field of human potential.
Transformation is the centerpiece of his latest book. Stephen’s years of researching and preparing for this book brought him to what today may seem like an unlikely worldview - some may call it magical thinking. Dinan’s solution calls for each side of the two party political system to grow up and evolve, rather than vilify each other and fight. We must move toward embracing a sacred vision of national unity. Can you imagine all political perspectives being held as a valuable yet incomplete contribution toward the emerging whole? Join Cheryl Esposito & Stephen Dinan on this episode of Leading Conversations and travel the path to creating a sacred vision of America united. View Guest page

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Mike Dooley

Mike Dooley, author of the New York Times bestseller Infinite Possibilities: The Art of Living Your Dreams and Manifesting Change: It’s That Easy. He was one of the featured teachers in the international phenomenon, The Secret. Mike is a former PriceWaterhouseCoopers international tax consultant, turned entrepreneur. He founded a philosophical Adventurers Club and tours the globe giving lectures and hosting workshops on the nature of reality, the law of attraction, creative visualization, the power of thought, and how to create major life changes by leveraging the Universe and engaging life's magic.He teaches that by setting yourself into motion, toward the realization of ANY dream, you also set into motion the entire "Universe" and all its wisdom, which will then conspire tirelessly on your behalf (even taking you "off course" if need be) to avail you of treasures & rewards beyond your greatest expectations. Join Cheryl Esposito & Mike Dooley on this episode of Leading Conversations to master the keys to infinite possibilities! View Guest page

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Ken Druck

Dr. Ken Druck, Ph.D., author and pioneer in personal transformation, healing & loss. He is a leader in male psychology with his book The Secrets Men Keep: Breaking the Silence Barrier. In all of his work, Ken puts forth the challenge that we need to confront life as it is, not as we want it to be. His latest book, The Real Rules of Life: Balancing Life's Terms with Your Own shows us how to discover life's terms and learn to balance them with our own. Ken says we can prevent costly psychological debts and create emotional freedom essential for fuller, richer lives.Ken believes this because he has lived this. One day he had two beautiful daughters; the next day he had one. Coming to terms with that was a long slow process that he shares with us in the spirit of making the journey a bit easier and purposeful. Do you know the Real Rules of Life?Join Cheryl Esposito & Dr. Ken Druck for this episode of Leading Conversations radio to learn the secret to Balancing Life's Terms with Your Own! View Guest page

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Linda Dunkel

Linda Dunkel, President and CEO of Interaction Associates (IA) an employee owned organization known for its research and pioneering in collaborative problem solving and decision-making. In 2006 Linda was awarded the Winning Workplaces Best Bosses Award, a national honor that recognizes the most innovative and inspirational leaders of midsized and small businesses across America. When asked what she cares about, Linda responds: “I believe strongly in the value of every human life and the fundamental equality of all individuals. Human dignity in all settings is a key driver for me.” In this time of rethinking the corporate model of commerce, when people are considering how to blend what matters to them with their means of earning an income, Linda Dunkel shares the lessons learned as a leader of a non-traditional organization, and some of the challenges she sees that are ahead for all of us. Listen to this episode of Leading Conversations with Cheryl Esposito as we explore the possible! View Guest page

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Riane Eisler

Riane Eisler, bestselling author of The Real Wealth of Nations: Creating a Caring Economics; The Chalice & the Blade and The Power of Partnership. Riane recognizes, "Our nation and our world are hungry for new ways of thinking." She sees opportunity for a sympathetic world by creating "caring societies" working through the economic system. "And as long as caring is off the economic scale, it's not realistic to expect more caring government and business policies." Riane emphasizes bringing a new type of cooperation into politics. "Partnership politics takes us outside the box of the conventional political conversation. Instead of arguing about religious versus secular, right versus left, Eastern versus Western, capitalist versus socialist, and so forth, we focus on the long-term policies foundational for the more peaceful, equitable, and environmentally sustainable world we all want and need." Listen to this episode of Leading Conversations with Cheryl Esposito to learn more! View Guest page

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Bo Ekman

Bo Ekman, founder and Chairman of the Tällberg Foundation an international non-profit organization established in Sweden. The Foundation’s work is based on humanistic values and a holistic systems approach. It aims to help leaders grow as human beings and act with purpose when managing the challenges of global interdependence. For Bo, the key to our future is making globalization work—economically, politically, socially, and culturally. He says, “We must design solutions to reconcile the imbalances between earth systems and the human endeavor to support economic growth and energy provision.” Bo has advised the former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan and the UN Executive Office. He has undertaken major projects for the United Nations Development Programme. Listen to this episode of Leading Conversations with Cheryl Esposito to hear Bo Ekman speak to his own journey to cultivate a new leadership that is firmly grounded in a commitment to systems thinking and humanistic values. View Guest page

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Stewart Emery

Stewart Emery, entrepreneur, executive coach and leader; he served as the first CEO of est, and is considered one of the fathers of the Human Potential Movement. Author of several books, his latest bestseller is a collaborative effort with Jerry Porras and Mark Thompson, Success Built to Last: Creating A Life That Matters.

What are the secrets of lasting success? And what’s love got to do with it? The answers – and the research - may surprise you. Listen to this episode of Leading Conversations with Cheryl Esposito to hear Stewart share stories of some of the most successful leaders of our time, a new definition of success, and why this matters to you! View Guest page

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Terces & Matthew Engelhart

Terces & Matthew Engelhart, restaurateurs, organic farmers, teachers, & authors of Sacred Commerce: Business As A Path of Awakening. The Engelhart’s are known for their raw foods eateries, Café Gratitude, as their experiment in a business model called Sacred Commerce. They don’t see themselves as in the restaurant business, but in the transformation business. They believe & practice that “…every business is an opportunity to make a lasting impact on the lives of both clients and employees.”Sacred Commerce is a practice in how life transforms when community focuses on Love, Spirit, The Divine. Each day, they & employees of the Cafés & their farm, practice shifting attention to love & acceptance, gratitude, generosity, abundance, & the privilege of serving others. “Life is an inside job. We encourage focus & attention on qualities that inspire & empower, not just at work, but in all areas of life.” Listen to this episode of Leading Conversations with Cheryl Esposito and and expand your attitude of gratitude! View Guest page

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Kristin Engvig

Kristin Engvig, founder of WIN (Women’s International Networking), who aspires to create a world where business & societies flourish & all people thrive. A native of Norway & a global citizen, Kristin’s career includes roles at global corporations JPMorgan & Citibank, & international strategy & marketing consulting. Kristin’s vision of “…a sustainable, feminine, global & authentic way of being in work, communities & life…” led her to found WIN (Women’s International Networking), an independent global women’s leadership organization. Transforming the world…building relationships to inspire possibility... stepping forward to take action, each step a transformative moment for humanity. How? Deep self-awareness; a willingness to learn through insight; allow grace, & take action to create possibility for success…Join Cheryl Esposito & Kristin Engvig on this episode of Leading Conversations to explore Insight, Grace, & Action as a path to transforming yourself, transforming the world. View Guest page

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Steve Farber

Steve Farber, president & founder Extreme Leadership. Best-selling author: Greater Than Yourself: The Ultimate Lesson In Leadership & The Radical Leap: A Personal Lesson in Extreme Leadership. Steve Farber had to make a change. His successful Wall Street business was killing him - physically & emotionally. Fast-forward to today with a successful business advising leaders on Wall Street & elsewhere, he is a happy, passionate man, loving life. He knew: aligning his values & his work would feed his spirit; loving his work would pay dividends – personally & to the bottom line. Love in leadership? Not always easy. Daily, leaders make changes, empower people, & put themselves on the line resulting in success or failure. You can fear that & not take action, or see fear as a reality in business. Steve says fear would not be worth it without love of the game. Easy to do? You be the judge. Join Cheryl Esposito & Steve Farber on this episode of Leading Conversations radio for leadership to the extreme - with love! View Guest page

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Betty Sue Flowers

Betty Sue Flowers, Ph.D., poet, editor, educator, business consultant and Director of the LBJ Presidential Library. She is co-author of the book Presence: An Exploration of Profound Change in People, Organizations, and Society. As opportunity goes global, is a new story of leadership emerging? Can we shape the future by shaping the story? Betty Sue challenges leaders to sense and help actualize emerging futures in part by using spiritual disciplines as tools. Listen to this episode of Leading Conversations with Cheryl Esposito as we explore the new story of leadership. View Guest page

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Debbie Ford

Debbie Ford, a New York Times #1 bestselling author of The Dark Side of the Light Chasers; The Secret of the Shadow; and The Best Year of your Life: Dream It, Plan It, Live It. Known for her groundbreaking work, the Shadow Process, and founder of The Ford Institute for Integrative Coaching at JFK University, Debbie is committed to the evolution of human consciousness. Her work is based on the core belief that outer transformation occurs when we experience an internal shift in perception. Listen to this episode of Leading Conversations with Cheryl Esposito to learn how to transform the issues that keep you from moving forward in your leadership and your life. View Guest page

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Lisa Garr

Lisa Garr, author of Becoming Aware: How to Repattern Your Brain and Revitalize your Life. Lisa has defied the odds. “… I suffered a brain injury during a California State Championship Mountain Bike race, where I was in 2nd place, about to take over 1st. I fell down a long mountain to the bottom, cracking my helmet in 13 places.” At the bottom of the mountain that pummeled her brain, she experienced near-death consciousness & expanded awareness beyond her realm of the possible. The brain injuries left her unable to speak or rely on short-term memory. EEG techniques, visualization & mental exercises, repatterned her brain to find her voice. Lisa created a multi-media platform, is a radio host & internet success story. Her mission: inspire positive growth for others to move beyond “going through the motions in life” to living purpose-driven lives. Join Cheryl Esposito & Lisa Garr on Leading Conversations radio to peer into your brain…on awareness. View Guest page

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Michael J. Gelb

Michael J. Gelb, the leading authority in the fields of creative thinking and accelerated learning. He has authored 12 books on creativity and innovation, including the international best seller How to Think Like Leonardo Da Vinci: Seven Steps to Genius Every Day. What is genius? Michael Gelb says you don’t have to be born a genius; you just have to learn to think like one. Having studied some of the world’s greatest minds, including Plato, Leonardo Da Vinci, Thomas Edison, and Albert Einstein, he found traits and behaviors common across the lot. Michael challenges us to choose our path to a happy and fulfilled life. Are you curious? Good. You are on your way! Join Cheryl Esposito on this episode of Leading Conversations with Michael J. Gelb to get your genius on! View Guest page

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Mark Gerzon

Mark Gerzon, President of The Mediators Foundation, one of the key architects of the field of global leadership and an experienced facilitator in global high-conflict zones. He is author of American Citizen, Global Citizen and other books including Leading Through Conflict: How Successful Leaders Transform Differences into Opportunities. Whether working with leaders of global corporations, the U.S. House of Representatives or the United Nations, his mission is to foster the emergence of leaders who know how to build bridges across differences, rather than walls that reinforce them. Mark says powerful leaders learn how to “see through walls.” Just what does it take to be a global citizen? Why should we care? Join Cheryl Esposito & Mark Gerzon on Leading conversations radio to learn what you can do today to build your skills to lead the future as a global citizen! View Guest page

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Jeffrey Glassman

Jeffrey Glassman, J.D., founder of RainforestMaker, a non profit organization dedicated to saving and growing back the Earth’s rainforests- one tree at a time. Jeff is a highly successful attorney – a “rainmaker”- with passion for his work. Not having much time to play, he vacations as hard as he works. He adventures to exotic lands, climbs mountains, and explores wild coastlines. In 2004, while in Costa Rica Jeff says, “I was awed by its incredible beauty and I remember feeling the Rainforest was alive! …And there were huge tracts of Rainforest land that had been completely destroyed.” With that, the seed was planted and over the next couple of years ideas sprouted - until he decided that ideas were not enough. It was time for action. Listen to this episode of Leading Conversations with Cheryl Esposito to hear Jeff share the most important adventure of his life that takes him from a childhood love of trees to a passionate mission to make a difference for the planet. View Guest page

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John Gray

John Gray, PhD, the best-selling author of 16 books, including the relationship classic Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus. His latest book is Why Mars & Venus Collide. Mars & Venus has become his moniker for male & female behavioral patterns. For years John has taught that men and women communicate differently, have different motivation for interactions and need to learn how to be successful in relationship. Turns out that “chemistry” has a whole lot to do with it. John’s journey has taken him from life as a Hindu monk to psychologist to relationship expert. Today his concern is global warming and he believes that the way men and women relate can actually impact solving the planet’s problems. Just how did he go from life as a celibate monk of 15 years, to expert in male-female relationships? And what does that have do with global warming? Join this episode of Leading Conversations with Cheryl Esposito to hear John Gray shed light on how we can improve relationships and change the world at the same time! View Guest page

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Martin Gray

Martin Gray, world-class photographer and anthropologist, specializing in the study of sacred sites. Martin's travels have taken him to 1,000 sacred sites in 80 countries around the world. His journey unfolded in a remarkable compilation of images published in 2007 as Sacred Earth: Places of Peace and Power. Martin says, "Many ancient peoples had a reverential relationship with the living earth. If this can be reawakened and encouraged in our own culture, we will be better able to address the crisis of worldwide ecological degradation." Travel with us along Martin's journey to make a difference in the world. Listen to this episode of Leading Conversations with Cheryl Esposito to learn more! View Guest page

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Deirdre Hade

Deirdre Hade, a visionary leader in the ancient arts of the wisdom traditions. She founded Radiance Healing and the Sir Edward and Lady Annalee Porter Center for Radiance, a center dedicated to bringing together world leaders in political visionary thought…to dialogue and create new solutions to heal our world by incorporating peaceful strategy, implementing visionary ideas and leading concepts to heal and transform our world. Deirdre teaches leaders around the world that presence matters and can be the difference between success and failure; that leaders require courage...they need to be peaceful warriors with focus, wisdom, ability to know the truth- not make up their own truth- and to slice through the illusion of their own ego. Are you ready to know yourself well enough to transform your leadership? Join this episode of Leading Conversations with Cheryl Esposito & Deirdre Hade to unlock your leadership presence! View Guest page

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Staci Haines

Staci Haines, founder of generationFIVE, a social justice organization whose mission is to end the sexual abuse of children within 5 generations through survivor leadership, community organizing, & transformative justice approaches. Staci authored the worldwide acclaimed The Survivor's Guide to Sex: How to Have an Empowered Sex Life After Childhood Sexual Abuse. Transforming trauma is Staci’s business. She integrates the discipline of Somatics (often applied in Leadership Coaching) into healing trauma in people’s lives. Working through the psycho-biology is a way to move from managing traumatic symptoms to transforming trauma and your life. Staci created Generative Somatics, a program where people are able to learn presence and boundaries. They learn to re-establish connection with themselves and others, to connect with what gives their life meaning, and to leverage their resilience. Join Cheryl Esposito & Staci Haines on this episode of Leading Conversations radio to learn how trauma (sexual or otherwise) can be transformed to empower lives. View Guest page

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Rick Hanson, Ph.D.

Rick Hanson, Ph.D., a neuropsychologist and author of Buddha’s Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love, and Wisdom and Just One Thing: Developing a Buddha Brain One Simple Practice at a Time. An interpretation of the word “buddha” is one who knows how to be truly happy and effective. With the new breakthroughs in neuroscience, combined with insights from thousands of years of contemplative practice, you can shape your own brain for greater happiness, love, and wisdom. Simple actions inside your mind can light up neural networks of deep well-being and resilience. Who knew it could be that easy? Join Cheryl Esposito and Rick Hanson on this episode of Leading Conversations to learn how One Simple Practice at a Time can change your mind to change your brain. View Guest page

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Paul Dudley Hart

Paul Dudley Hart, former CEO of Pacific Crest Outward Bound School, currently serving as Director at large for Mercy Corps, an International humanitarian aid and development organization. Paul travels the globe with Mercy Corps working amid disasters, conflicts, chronic poverty and instability to unleash the potential of people who can win against nearly impossible odds. Paul has learned through his assignments at Mercy Corps, that communities recovering from war and social upheaval must be agents of their own transformation for change to endure. How does this apply to for profit organizations and the leaders who are responsible for them? Is this thinking possible in an environment of short-term goals and financial targets? It may be easier than you think. Join Cheryl & Paul in this episode of Leading Conversations: Empowering Transformation. View Guest page

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Christine Hibbard

Dr. Christine Hibbard, humanitarian, & recipient of the United Nations Association Human Rights Award. Christine has worked with refugees & survivors in Kosovo, the Middle East & Uganda, helping to heal wounds left by war, genocide & illness. A clinical psychotherapist, university professor & ordained interfaith minister, she has spent a lifetime exploring the relationship of science & spirituality. She is a leading edge teacher of mind-body-spirit health & human consciousness, & inspiration to many. Her book THE HEART OF HEALING From Trauma to Health and Harmony, reveals deeply emotional stories of her world travels to help survivors of war. Christine found she was the one inspired by those she was there to help, the true nature of healing, the bravery it takes to forgive one’s enemies, & the transformational power of the human spirit. Join Cheryl Esposito & Dr. Christine Hibbard on Leading Conversations radio on a journey to The Heart of Healing: The Power of the Human Spirit. View Guest page

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Gary Hirshberg

Gary Hirshberg, Chairman, President, & CE-Yo of Stonyfield Farm, the world’s leading organic yogurt producer & author of Stirring It Up: How to Make Money and Save the World. Since 1983, Gary has overseen Stonyfield’s phenomenal growth, from its infancy as a seven-cow organic farming school to its current $366 million in annual sales. Consistently producing great-tasting products, using innovative marketing techniques that blend the company’s social, environmental, & financial missions, Stonyfield’s annual growth rate has been over 23% for more than 18 years. Gary is more than passionate about this “new” economic model, and shows us how profitable it is with his own company. “If we can make radical changes in how we think about our relationship to nature & economic growth, we will see restored, vibrant ecosystems & healthy, prosperous farmers, cows, consumers, employees, investors & future children.” Join Cheryl Esposito & Gary Hirshberg on this episode of Leading Conversations as they stir things up! View Guest page

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Elliot Hoffman

Elliot Hoffman, CEO & co-founder of New Voice of Business. It all started while they were sipping tea on a Saturday morning- a new mandate: business must be the voice of change for the good. Today, New Voice is creating a community of business people who are awakening to the nature of the extraordinary times we are living in and who understand that the time for business as usual is over. Listen to this episode of Leading Conversations with Cheryl Esposito to hear how business leaders can coalesce into the most powerful voice to affect the positive future of our world! View Guest page

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Dr. Jane Horan

Dr. Jane Horan, a global thought leader in cross-cultural leadership & building inclusive & engaged global workplaces. Based in Asia, she is an author, speaker, & founder of The Horan Group. How Asian Women Lead: Lessons for Global Corporations explores complexities of life & leadership experiences of Asian women: stories of family support that make or break a career; unconscious cultural assumptions that influence opportunities for some & not others. Assumptions prevent our relating to one another, the human-to-human connection that helps us see the person. Practicing what she teaches, Jane realized her own unconscious assumptions - about leadership itself, a specific cultural viewpoint, the meaning behind a simple word. “Leadership is an experience, not defined by a particular theory or set of skills or cultural assumptions.” Are you ready to lead in today’s global environment? Join Cheryl Esposito & Dr. Jane Horan on this episode of Leading Conversations to begin your journey! View Guest page

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Sam Horn

Sam Horn, Intrigue Expert and TEDx speaker, she coaches entrepreneurs, executives, and authors how to craft concise, compelling communications that connect. Whether you are creating a brand, pitching an idea, or making acquaintances, you have 60 seconds - max - to capture people’s favorable attention. (Sam says “goldfish have longer attention spans than most of us do!”) And…if you can’t get people’s favorable attention, you’ll never get their business. Practicing what she preaches, Sam has cracked the code – she is an award-winning keynote speaker who has presented to more than half a million people worldwide, and has authored 6 books. Got Your Attention? Join Cheryl Esposito & Sam Horn on this episode of Leading Conversations as she reveals her “secret sauce” to Create Intrigue and Connect with Anyone! View Guest page

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Jean Houston

Dr. Jean Houston, scholar, philosopher, researcher in human capacities, and one of the principal founders of the Human Potential Movement. To say Jean Houston is forward thinking is an understatement. A true visionary for what is (beyond the obvious), and what can be, she speaks to the complexity of our times as being an indicator rather than a problem. She sees it as if the “reset button” for the future has been switched on…and we just need to get on with it. Jean purports that “we are now directors of a world that was previously directing us.” The question is how to step into that enormous task? Her challenge to us: Awaken to your own purpose in this time of global complexity. Join Cheryl Esposito and Dr. Jean Houston on this episode of Leading Conversations to wake up to your journey! View Guest page

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Philo Ikonya

Philo Ikonya of Kenya, a human rights activist, social change motivator, ardent poet, writer and lecturer. Philo holds postgraduate degrees in the Arts and consults on gender, governance and media issues. Philo courageously writes about the injustices of Kenya. In her series, Kenya Is Burning, she reflects on her country's struggles with the devastating violence that has claimed so many lives and turned its people against each other. "The women of Kenya have always been aware of injustice in our society...we've always known that the deep inequalities in our country would lead to the destruction of this nation." Philo has decided to wear sacks instead of regular clothes to protest the current violence in Kenya. She has helped organize a campaign urging Kenyan women to wear sacks for clothes "for as long as we do not have peace in Kenya; as long as we do not have justice and reform." Listen to this episode of Leading Conversations with Cheryl Esposito to hear this extraordinary story. View Guest page

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David Isaacs

David Isaacs, co-creator of The World Café, and President of Clearing Communications an international organizational renewal and communications strategy company. In his work with leaders worldwide, David is a "thinking partner" in the design of strategic conversations to generate collaborative learning and to engage challenges of unprecedented change and transformation in the workplace.?Co-author (with life-partner Juanita Brown) of The World Café: Shaping Our Futures Through Conversations That Matter, David views business as "närings för liv," the Swedish term for business meaning nourishment for life; and says conversation is a "core business process." Imagine a world where our businesses actually nourished each individual...and encouraged deep conversation - before action...explore this radical idea with us! Join Cheryl Esposito & David Isaacs for this episode of Leading Conversations to experience business as nourishment for the spirit! View Guest page

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Marcia Jaffe

Marcia Jaffe, founder & president of the Bali Institute for Global Renewal, a world learning center that inspires, engages & empowers individual & collective leadership. Marcia created the Bali Institute in 2003 as a way for the world to learn from the Balinese about leadership, community, balance, spirituality and cultural self-reflection. She co-created two global conferences in Bali in 2004 & 2006 called “Quest for Global Healing.” World luminaries have participated, including Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Nobel Peace Laureate Jody Williams & Betty Williams, Astronaut Edgar Mitchell, & former President of Indonesia. Listen to this episode of Leading Conversations with Cheryl Esposito to learn what inspired this successful business leader to change her life, and how you can become part of Awakening Global Action! View Guest page

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Cynthia James

Cynthia James, a leader in the field of personal transformation. A multi-award winning author, her latest book is I Choose Me: The Art of Being A Phenomenally Successful Woman at Home & at Work. Cynthia holds two Master’s Degrees, one in Consciousness Studies(Holmes Institute); one in Spiritual Psychology(University of Santa Monica). Cynthia believes your past does not define you. What you decide to do, defines you. Cynthia’s personal life experience is proof of that. Transcending childhood violence & abuse, she found success as a singer & Hollywood actress. Even then her life was fraught with challenges in personal & professional relationships. Healing the past can accelerate the future. Knowing yourself deeply,uncovering the quiet beliefs that don’t serve you, & realizing that you are the most important person in your life, are required for success. Curious about re-writing your story?Join Cheryl Esposito with Cynthia James on Leading Conversations to learn the art of “I Choose Me.” View Guest page

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Dr. Lise Janelle

Dr. Lise Janelle, DC, Transformational Coach & Founder of Center for Heart Living dedicated to empowering people by connecting them to their core values. Lise is author of Conversation with the Heart: Reveal Yourself to Yourself. In her 22 years as a healing professional, Lise saw her patients get better but not always stay better. She began to suspect something deeper was at work. As she questioned, she understood that people held limiting beliefs in their lives that influenced their success, health & well-being. She names these areas the Eight Mirrors of the Self. “These mirrors reflect who we think we are at the moment, but they are not who we are” at our core. Lise teaches two conversations to have with our heart, to create breakthrough to our best health, highest success, & deepest well-being. Want to know what these are? Join Cheryl Esposito and Dr. Lise Janelle on this episode of Leading Conversations to begin the most important conversation you may ever have, the conversation with your heart. View Guest page

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David Jay

David Jay, an international fashion photographer & founder of The Scar Project, a series of large-scale portraits of young breast cancer survivors to raise awareness, challenge traditional perceptions about the disease. David Jay has been shooting fashion & beauty professionally for over 20 years. His images have appeared in a multitude of international magazines & advertising campaigns. As an edgy fashion photographer, he was personally impacted when a friend in her twenties was diagnosed with breast cancer. What followed was a remarkable collaboration that led to The Scar Project. David has photographed more than 100 breast cancer survivors. The exhibition of large-scale portraits travels the world. A book of these portraits has been created - The Scar Project: Breast Cancer Is Not a Pink Ribbon. Join Cheryl Esposito and David Jay on this episode of Leading Convesations radio to discover the difference one person can make around the world when you refuse to look away. View Guest page

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Bob Johansen

Bob Johansen, former President & CEO of the Institute for the Future (IFTF), currently Distinguished Fellow for IFTF, & is an award-winning author. His most recent is Leaders Make the Future: Ten New Leadership Skills for an Uncertain World. Today’s businesses & organizations are operating in a world characterized by volatility, uncertainty, complexity, & ambiguity according to Bob Johansen. To be successful in the future, leaders will need an emerging set of skills uniquely suited to dealing with challenges of the times we are in. He sees these times as the most frightening and as the most hopeful. Bob believes that connectivity is the key, & we are not fully realizing the benefits of that. “Powerful leaders will see connections in the larger systems of which they are a part, embrace shared assets & opportunities, & cut through the chaos…in this decade, leaders will not just see the future—they will make the future!” Join Cheryl Esposito & Bob Johansen for this episode of Leading Conversations as they reveal the leadership keys to the future! View Guest page

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Frederick Johnson

Frederick Johnson, an accomplished vocalist & percussionist, recognized internationally as one of the world’s greatest vocal jazz improvisers. He has recorded & toured with jazz legends Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Chick Corea, Herbie Mann, Aretha Franklin, Patti La Belle, George Benson, BB King & others. Around the world, Fred teaches the power of creative expression as a tool for personal wellbeing & healing. He utilizes the arts to empower organizational leaders & teams to explore new ways of interacting. He leads global programs bringing people together from diverse spiritual & cultural backgrounds to create artistic forums for learning, sharing, reconciliation, vision & hope. His book, Quiet Callings, is a journey to inspire the soul & enliven the energy within.

Does leadership have a sound? Can music inspire an organization? Join Cheryl Esposito and Frederick Johnson on this episode of Leading Conversations radio to hear the Quiet Callings of Sound Leadership. View Guest page

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Stephen Josephs

Stephen Josephs, co-author of Leadership Agility: Five Levels of Mastery for Anticipating and Initiating Change; and author of the e-book, Dragons at Work. Stephen believes that accomplishment and personal fulfillment go hand in hand. The people who fully engage in their roles because it’s an expression of their natural gifts and deeply held values are the people you want to lead your teams and shape your company’s culture. His e-book, Dragons at Work is a fictional leadership case study to answer the question: How do you transform your fire-breathing executives into highly effective leaders? The book takes us on a journey filled with atypical coaching methods to achieve leadership success. Join Cheryl Esposito and Stephen Josephs on this episode of Leading Conversations to discover how you transform your fire-breathing executives, aka “Dragons at Work,” into highly effective leaders! View Guest page

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Adam Kahane

Adam Kahane, international mediation & scenario planning consultant, In the 1990’s Adam facilitated the groundbreaking Mont Fleur Scenarios, in which a diverse group of South African leaders worked together to effect the transition out of apartheid. Since then he has led similar processes around the world in Colombia, Guatemala, Paraguay, the Middle East, and Northern Ireland. Adam says that this process “…gets people who have never talked to each other to think about alternative pathways to their future." Adam authored Solving Tough Problems: An Open Way of Talking, Listening, and Creating New Realities. Nelson Mandela said: “This breakthrough book addresses the central challenge of our time: finding a way to work together to solve the problems we have created.” Listen to this episode of Leading Conversations with Cheryl Esposito as we explore the path to world changing conversations. View Guest page

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Michael Kimmel

Dr. Michael Kimmel, researcher & leading expert in the field of men & masculinity; Professor of Sociology at SUNY, & author of Guyland: The Perilous World Where Boys Become Men. Michael Kimmel says he is a feminist- he believes in gender equality and social justice. “What so few men understand is that if women win, men win because gender equality is just as good for men as it is for women.” Michael’s book, Guyland, is based on interviews with university students, young adults, and families across the US. He found that at an age when young men were once prepping for a life of serious work & grown-up relationships, many now bide their time in "Guyland" with extreme distractions: binge drinking, fleeting sexual relationships & hazing their peers on campus. Redefining what it means to be a man and creating alliances rather than battles can be the new right of passage for all. Battle of the sexes? Join Cheryl Esposito and Michael Kimmel for this episode of Leading Conversations for a new take on the conversation. View Guest page

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Jeff Klein

Jeff Klein, CEO of Cause Alliance Marketing where he designs and facilitates collaborative cause-related marketing programs. He wrote his book, Working for Good: Making a Difference While Making a Living, to support conscious entrepreneurs, intrapreneurs, leaders, and change agents at work. “My intention with Working for Good is to provide a meaningful context and essential tools to support people in deeply expressing their humanity through their work.” Wearing many hats, Jeff serves as Executive Director and Chief Integration Officer for the Conscious Business Alliance and Conscious Capitalism, Inc.—a nonprofit dedicated to “liberating the entrepreneurial spirit for good” co-founded by John Mackey, CEO of Whole Foods Market. Listen to this episode of Leading Conversation with Cheryl Esposito as Jeff lays out key skills and actions designed to unleash passion, shared purpose, great energy and deep engagement for yourself and the stakeholders in your business. View Guest page

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George Kohlrieser

Dr. George Kohlrieser, an international leadership professor, consultant, veteran hostage negotiator and author of Hostage At The Table: How Leaders Can Overcome Conflict, Influence Others, and Raise Performance. Conflict is a part of everyday behavior that stems from a basic fight-or-flight instinct. Often seen as something that must be avoided at all costs, this tendency to suppress conflict can spark negative emotions that eventually derail leaders and organizations. George insists that only by facing conflict can we truly progress through the most difficult business challenges. He shares proven techniques and psychological insights used in hostage negotiation that can be applied successfully to any personal or business relationship. On this episode of Leading Conversations with Cheryl Esposito George outlines seven key factors to remove blocks that stand in the way of resolving tough problems and shows how business leaders can develop the skills they need to create trust and a positive mind-set in their companies. Join the conversation! View Guest page

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Morgan Langan

Morgan Langan, an entrepreneur with a passion for integrating business with spirituality. He co-founded Grace Grove Retreat Center and co-creator of OneSpirit Weekend. His book to be released in 2010 is titled: The Ultimate MBA program: A Master’s Degree in Being Alive! Morgan Langan was a hard driving MBA, building successful enterprises and thriving as a businessperson. He didn’t have much time for “navel-gazing” or mindfulness…until he had a huge wake up call in the form of a human tragedy that was associated with his business. His view of life would never be the same. Today, many years later, Morgan is still a successful MBA – though with a new focus: the business of helping people find their purpose connecting body, mind, & spirit. And he believes the real MBA should be about being fully alive! Listen to this episode of Leading Conversations with Cheryl Esposito as Morgan shares his story, lessons learned from success, failure, and inspiration! View Guest page

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Gail Larsen

Gail Larsen, author of Transformational Speaking: If You Want to Change the World, Tell A Better Story. Gail is founder of Real Speaking, designed to support people in mining the deep well of their life experience and self-expression to become powerful platform speakers. We all have a story. How we tell it matters. Gail says: “I have learned there is no art in speaking without heart, and heart is present only in what is real. It is the gift of authenticity - yours and mine - that affirms my trust in life's journey and our collective capacity to create the world to which we want to belong.” Is it time for your voice to be heard? Listen to this episode of Leading Conversations with Cheryl Esposito to learn how to bring heart and meaning to your story! View Guest page

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Natalie Ledwell

Natalie Ledwell, best-selling author of Never In Your Wildest Dreams, & co-founder of a revolutionary personal development company Mind Movies. Natalie’s mission is to empower 10 million adults & kids all over the world to lead lives they were destined to live. To date they’ve reached 2.1 million people. Ever heard yourself saying “Never in my wildest dreams would I have believed this was possible”? Natalie Ledwell believes everything is possible. Her life is a constant exploration to achieve, manifest, create joy & opportunity, and teach others to do the same. Her personal experience inspires: overcome limiting beliefs & step into the best version of yourself. And, here’s the thing: Natalie wants the process of getting there to be simple, easy to access. How to do that? Make your own “Mind Movies.” You’re the creator, director, & producer. Join Cheryl Esposito & Natalie Ledwell on Leading Conversations – never in your wildest dreams would you have believed it could be this simple! View Guest page

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Morty Lefkoe

Morty Lefkoe, President & Founder of The Lefkoe Institute, & author of Re-create Your Life: Transforming Yourself and Your World. Twenty-five years ago Morty discovered a way to help people make permanent changes in their emotions and behavior. He created a series of psychological processes (The Lefkoe Method) resulting in profound personal & organizational change, quickly & permanently. Different from most forms of psychotherapy, its principles can be applied to parenting, health, business, & social change. Morty discovered that beliefs created when we were children were at the core of problems such as procrastination, fear of public speaking, depression, eating disorders, etc. The Lefkoe Method guides us to discover the meaning you attributed to specific experiences in your life, and how that often becomes a self-limiting belief - shaping behaviors and emotions. Want to know more? Join Cheryl Esposito & Morty Lefkoe on this episode of Leading Conversations to change your beliefs & transform your life! View Guest page

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Shelly Lefkoe

Shelly Lefkoe, co-founder of Lefkoe Institute; co-author of Chicken Soup for the Soul: Guide to Effective Parenting and founder & President of the Possibilities of Parenting Center. Shelly helps businesspeople increase their personal productivity while reducing stress, improve their relationships with colleagues, and transform their family lives with The Lefkoe Method. She says it is our beliefs about people, life, and ourselves that drive our behaviors – whether we are thirteen or thirty and beyond. Some underlying beliefs may be so subtle, we may not even be aware that we have them. How does this impact leadership? As adults we can re-shape the beliefs we hold that do not serve us. Shaping the leaders of tomorrow, parents can build healthy self-esteem (the experience of being able and worthy) and a positive attitude toward life in their kids. Join us on this episode of Leading Conversations with Cheryl Esposito as Shelly shares this practical approach to transforming our beliefs into success in life! View Guest page

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Richard Leider

Richard Leider, founder and Chairman of The Inventure Group, and ranked by Forbes as one of the "Top 5" most respected [executive] coaches with thirty years experience in coaching people to live and work on purpose. He is a best-selling author of Repacking Your Bags and Claiming Your Place At The Fire. How do we find our place in the world? Richard Leider says “it is not a place we find but a life we create…when we commit ourselves to something larger than ourselves.” Listen to this episode of Leading Conversations with Cheryl Esposito as we explore the power of leading a life on purpose. View Guest page

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Stewart Levine

Stewart Levine, founder of ResolutionWorks, and co-author of Collaboration 2.0: Technology and Best Practices for Successful Collaboration in a Web 2.0 World. To thrive in this century, leaders of organizations and global projects have to rely on and expect that people will bring their best thinking to the table even if it is controversial or isn’t what everyone wants to hear. Without this, leaders risk not making informed decisions on critical issues. Virtual teams and a mobile workforce make this even more challenging. Forging consensus quickly and easily may sound like an oxymoron to some; to Stewart it is the only option. After years as a practicing attorney, followed by a role as a corporate executive, he now teaches “conversational competence” to leaders around the world. Listen to this episode of Leading Conversations with Cheryl Esposito and learn what it takes to build that Resolutionary muscle and turn potential conflict into collaboration every time. View Guest page

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Greg Link

Greg Link & Stephen M. R. Covey, co-authors of Smart Trust: Creating Prosperity, Energy, & Joy in a Low-Trust World. The first job of a leader is to inspire trust, and the second is to extend it. So say Covey & Link. In Smart Trust, they tell us that a powerful, global renaissance of trust has begun. Sparked by recent world events, business ethics, and transparency enabled by the internet, this call for a renaissance of high trust leadership is reverberating around the globe. Smart Trust is judgment. It’s a competency and a process that enables us to operate with high trust in a low-trust world. It minimizes risk & maximizes possibilities. It optimizes two key factors: (1) a propensity to trust and (2) analysis. Simply put, Smart Trust is how to trust in a low-trust world. Join Cheryl Esposito & Stephen M.R. Covey & Greg Link on this episode of Leading Conversations radio to learn what you can do now to build Smart Trust! View Guest page

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Stuart Lord

Dr. Stuart Lord, President of Naropa University at Boulder, Colorado. Naropa is a liberal arts institution dedicated to advancing contemplative education by integrating the best of eastern & western traditions. Stuart’s leadership roles include Dartmouth & DePauw Universities, & executive director of the 1997 President’s Summit for America’s Future, working under General Colin Powell in the Clinton administration. DIGNITY. Stuart Lord is an optimist. HONOR. He sees possibility. RESPECT. He believes we can do more, be more. LOVE. Of his University he says: “We are too good not to be better. Focus on being better.” GENEROSITY. In order to lead others, one must give to others their dignity. One must honor them as a human being. Respect and love them for all of their potential. And be generous in one’s view of them and in offering them opportunity. Join Cheryl Esposito & Dr. Stuart Lord on this episode of Leading Conversations as they explore the cornerstones of leadership! View Guest page

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Carolyn Lukensmeyer

Carolyn Lukensmeyer Ph.D., founder and President of AmericaSpeaks, a non-profit working to reinvigorate democracy by engaging citizens in the public decision-making. Carolyn is a leader in social change, and believes that democracy should come back into fashion! She has a background in business strategy, large-scale systems design and strategic change; she has served as Chief of Staff to a state governor; Consultant to the White House Chief of Staff from November 1993 through June 1994; and as the Deputy Project Director for Management of the National Performance Review, Vice President Al Gore's reinventing government task force. Today as the leader of AmericaSpeaks, she leverages the power of large-scale public meetings and technology to connect decision-makers with the voices of citizens in the form of a 21st Century Town Meeting®, practicing deliberative democracy. Listen to this episode of Leading Conversations with Cheryl Esposito to hear Carolyn share her profound experiences! View Guest page

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Alan Lurie

Alan Lurie, author of Five Minutes on Mondays. Alan’s path leading to this new book is in itself a good story. Following a 25-year career as an architect, he is now a Managing Director at Grubb & Ellis, a national real estate investment firm. He is also a non-denominational ordained Rabbi, leading prayer services, and writing on issues of faith and religion. Upon joining his new firm, he was asked to open the weekly Monday morning meetings (of roughly 100 RE professionals) by delivering a short message. “Something about business and ethics. Something inspirational and informative,” his boss said. And so, Five Minutes on Mondays was born. Today many are asking, “How can I keep going and maintain optimism in the face of challenges and setbacks?” Alan believes you can. Listen to this episode of Leading Conversations with Cheryl Esposito as we explore how to unify work with personal life, access new currents of creativity, develop persistence and face our fears. View Guest page

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Robert MacPhee

Robert MacPhee, speaker, author, coach & Founder of Heart Set, Inc., dedicated to helping people live the life of their dreams. Robert specializes in helping people make EXCELLENT DECISIONS. His work takes him from classrooms to boardrooms. He says that high school & college students often make their most important decisions based on peer, parental, academic, & social pressures they are under. Robert’s work empowers students to make decisions driven by something far more valuable than external pressures: a strong sense of self. This enables them to take opportunities available to them in school and be fully prepared to thrive in the “real world.” Robert works with entrepreneurs, executives & their teams, & boards, to improve productivity, communication & profitability, all in the context of optimal life balance. Once again, decision-making is key. Join Cheryl Esposito & Robert MacPhee on this episode of Leading Conversations to learn the art of making Excellent Decisions to live your optimal life. View Guest page

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Gary Malkin

Gary Malkin and Bruce Cryer, Co-Founders of What Makes Your Heart Sing? Gary Malkin is an Emmy® award-winning composer, speaker & educator. Bruce Cryer is former CEO of HeartMath, the renowned health & wellness organization, & is Global Director of HeartMath Healthcare. In college Gary & Bruce pursued their love of the performing arts. Bruce went onto a successful career on Broadway. (Then he became a CEO-you know, the typical CEO career track.) Gary went to Hollywood, becoming an award-winning music composer for television, film, & commercials. Their own experiences with healthcare compelled them to create What Makes Your Heart Sing? They saw the power of the arts in healing. What Makes Your Heart Sing? is a powerful catalyst to deepen our humanity & inspire our leadership capacities, especially at a time of stress & complexity. Do you know what makes your heart sing? View Guest page

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Dr. Fabrizio Mancini

Dr. Fabrizio Mancini, an expert in self-healing and wellness, internationally acclaimed educator, best-selling author of The Power of Self-Healing and Feeling Fab: Four Steps to Living a Fabulous Life. Dr. Fabrizio Mancini is on a mission to teach us how to save lives – starting with our own. An expert in self-healing and wellness, he teaches how to the boost the body's natural power to heal with a mind-body-spirit approach to wellness. He says its time to do our part for healthcare reform! He believes that medical intervention has its place, but that we have gone too far, giving up our responsibility for our health. What do forgiveness, gratitude and love have to do with health and wellness? Dr. Fabrizio Mancini says that when we practice these, we activate a powerful path to self-healing. You can effect your health and well-being, by shifting your physical, emotional, & spiritual habits. Join Cheryl Esposito and Dr. Fabrizio Mancini on this episode of Leading Conversations to learn how! View Guest page

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Mari Margil

Mari Margil, the Associate Director for the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF). Her background includes a Master’s degree in Public Policy & Urban Planning from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, and previous experience as Director of Corporate Transformation for Corporate Ethics International. Mari and CELDF are doing inspiring, groundbreaking work to recognize the Rights of Nature in law in both the U.S. and Ecuador. In 2008, Mari traveled to Ecuador where she assisted the country’s Constitutional Assembly on the re-writing of their Constitution thus becoming the world’s first nation to enshrine Rights of Nature in its constitution. Mari challenges us with a simple question: Who speaks for the trees? How would you answer that question? Listen to this episode of Leading Conversations with Cheryl Esposito as we explore the nature of our future. View Guest page

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Adam Markel

Adam Markel,CEO of New Peaks, & author of Pivot: The Art & Science of Reinventing Your Career and Life. Are you a wildly successful person: great at what you do, high earner, admired by many…yet, something’s missing. You may feel options are limited. For you being responsible means that leaving proven success is, well, irresponsible. Cue Adam Markel. He wants you to know, he feels your pain. He has been there. Eighteen years as an accomplished attorney, beautiful family, wanting for nothing…except meaning in his work. He next wants you to know that fear of making change conjures up images of abandoning everything you have created. This fear leaps over baby steps we can take to make anything different. Those baby steps are crucial – not so daunting. The art of personal change.Adam says we can love our life even if we don’t love what we do…wouldn’t it be better if we loved all of it? Join Cheryl Esposito & Adam Markel on Leading Conversations radio to up your game: pivot to success! View Guest page

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Howard Martin

Howard Martin, EVP of HeartMath, & co-author of The HeartMath Solution: The Institute of HeartMath’s Revolutionary Program for Engaging the Power of the Heart’s Intelligence. Who knew…our heart has a brain. Doc Childre, founder of Institute of HeartMath, sees it this way: Heart: we think of the physical heart, & qualities such as wisdom, love, compassion, courage & strength - higher aspects of all human beings. Math: a system of equations, formulas & ways of understanding the world. In HeartMath, the word math refers to stepping-stones for systematically unfolding the qualities of the heart. The HeartMath approach is based on research in physiology of stress & emotions, & the importance of coherent communication between heart & brain. You can learn to engage the power of the heart’s intent to transform the stress of change & uncertainty. Join Cheryl Esposito & Howard Martin on this episode of Leading Conversations & learn to engage the power of your heart’s intent! View Guest page

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Marcia Martin

Marcia Martin, President of 1Degree Media & Entertainment Inc., a “conscious media” network focused on the Integrated Quality of Life (iQoL ) market which includes the areas of Personal Growth, Wellness, and Environmental & Global Impact. Marcia’s mission is to wake us up using media as an intentional and life-affirming delivery system. Her interest in the field of Human Potential began as an original member of est (Erhard Seminars Training). Today Marcia sees our need to connect with and understand each other as strong as it ever was. Technology has changed the playing field as access, reach, and personalized approaches to development now create opportunities for conscious transformation of cultures and societies to occur at increased speed. Listen to this episode of Leading Conversation with Cheryl Esposito as Cheryl & Marcia explore the secrets of waking up the world! View Guest page

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Mark McKergow, PhD

Mark McKergow, PhD, director of The Centre for Solutions Focus at Work, physicist & best-selling author. His newest book is Host: Six New Roles of Engagement for Teams, Organizations, Communities, & Movements. Mark McKergow says, “The secret ingredient of successful organizations is engagement of their people.” As a physicist, Mark worked with teams decommissioning a nuclear reactor. Engagement on every level was vital. How leaders create the environment for that is a challenge. Mark’s answer: “Host Leadership.” Ever thought of yourself as a host to your organization? Hosting has ancient roots across all cultures. The role is familiar to most- hosting gatherings, houseguests, world dignitaries, etc. Turns out the art of good hosting can up your game as a leader. If you want to build engagement in your organization, listen in & put these strategies to work! Join Cheryl Esposito & Mark McKergow on this episode of Leading Conversations to refine your leadership skills with the art of hosting! View Guest page

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Jason McLennan

Jason McLennan, CEO of the Cascadia Green Building Council, the Pacific Northwest’s leading organization in the field of green building and sustainable development. He is author of The Philosophy of Sustainable Design, and author/co-creator of the Living Building Challenge, an international green building program. Jason is a leader in the global green architecture movement and challenges us to imagine and demand buildings that operate as elegantly and efficiently as the living structures nature creates. He says we need to see our building structures as our habitat. Nature can be our teacher, help us re-vision our environment, and the way it gets created. The ecosystem can inspire buildings that support life and all the beauty it holds. Are you up for the challenge? Join us on this episode of Leading Conversations with Cheryl Esposito as this visionary takes us on a journey to create our future. View Guest page

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Lynne McTaggart

Lynne McTaggart, award-winning journalist and author of six books, including the worldwide bestsellers The Field, The Intention Experiment, and The Bond: Connecting Through the Space Between Us. Lynne McTaggart's latest book, The Bond offers a new story of life and the human experience –a blueprint for a better life. Based on the latest discoveries from the new sciences, The Bond proposes that we succeed when we cooperate; that we are strong when we unite – we are weak when we compete. Every conflict that occurs is resolved only when we fully see and embrace the space—the bond—between us. Just how powerful is our connection? Can our collective thoughts and intentions influence and change the world?Can we intention a better life? Join Cheryl Esposito & Lynne McTaggart for this episode of Leading Conversations to begin to create your own blueprint for a better life! View Guest page

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Dennis Genpo Merzel- roshi

Dennis Genpo Merzel- roshi, Zen Master & founder of the Kanzeon International Sangha. He has authored books including Big Mind, Big Heart: Finding Your Way and The Path of the Human Being: Zen Teachings on the Bodhisattva Way. In 1971 Merzel had his first "awakening experience." He spent a year alone in the mountains of California. He decided to dedicate his life to understanding who he was & how he could be of service to humanity. Zen Master D. Genpo Merzel is a revolutionary in the tradition of the old Zen Masters who so embodied Buddhist teaching that they were able to revitalize and transform it for their own day & age. Roshi developed the "Big Mind process," a composite of Zen & western psychological techniques to transmit the essence of Zen teachings in a way that is accessible & relevant to Westerners. Roshi says we have a thinking mind and a non-thinking mind. Thus begins the journey into Big Mind. Join Cheryl Esposito & Zen Master Genpo Roshi on this episode of Leading Conversations as they travel the road toward enlightenment! View Guest page

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John P. Milton

Beth Misner

Beth Misner is a Christian author, speaker, and ordained minister. Beth is founder and current director of the Journey Center of Claremont, a Christ-based center for spirituality, healing & wholeness. She is Corporate Vice Chair of BNI (Business Network International), & Co-Founder of BNI Foundation. Beth’s approach to spirituality invites conversation to explore, rather than divide with dogma. She was inspired to write her book, Jesus and the Secret: Where the Word of God and the Law of Attraction Intersect, when she saw that the Bible teaches some of the same principles as the law of attraction. This did not come without controversy as many Christian authors and experts differed in their perspectives. Having grown up in a conservative religious family, it was expected Beth would become a pastor’s wife. That all changed as she experienced the world and carved her own path. Join Cheryl Esposito and Beth Misner on this episode of Leading Conversations for a conversation on the evolution of spirituality. View Guest page

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Ivan Misner

Dr. Ivan Misner, Founder & Chairman of BNI, the world’s largest business networking organization; & bestselling author of Masters of Networking & Networking Like a Pro: Turning Contacts into Connections. Ivan Misner is a giver. And he believes that “Givers Gain®”: by giving business to others, you will get business in return. It’s the law of reciprocity. Sounds simple enough… yet simple is not always easy. Known as the “Networking Guru,” Ivan has spent his career building businesses that focus on making others successful through the fine art of creating “social capital.” Whether you are a CEO or on your way to the C-suite, an extravert or introvert, you can increase your success by practicing the nuances of successful networking. It’s all about the relationship, says Ivan. Your contact list isn’t worth much unless you have relationships to give it value. Join Cheryl Esposito and Ivan Misner on this episode of Leading Conversations to increase your success as you become a Master of Networking. View Guest page

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John Montgomery

John Montgomery, a Silicon Valley corporate attorney, entrepreneur, executive coach & author. John works with high potential entrepreneurs to turn their concepts into companies. His book, Great from the Start: How Conscious Corporations Attract Success combines the best of Silicon Valley business practices & corporate law with principles from other disciplines, including neuroscience & psychology. This prepares entrepreneurs for success in the emerging paradigm where corporations exist to optimize good and profit. What inspired the creation of this approach? John & his partners at Montgomery & Hansen wished to take Integrity, Respect, Quality, Teamwork, & Community Service, and make these values the cornerstone of every decision, relationship, & interaction. Not what you expected of a successful law firm? Join Cheryl Esposito & John Montgomery on this episode of Leading Conversations radio to learn how one law firm found its heart & consciousness, and inspired its employees and clients in the process. View Guest page

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Dianne Morrison

Dianne Morrison of MorrisonMcNabb, with more than twenty-five years experience in transformational leadership & business development. She works with entrepreneurs who are growing companies & reinventing themselves & their businesses to be effective in the new economy and achieve extraordinary results. What matters for the successful future of business leaders? Mastering these keys to leadership & business success: The importance of focus: leaders who cannot focus, & cannot get their people to focus, will not survive. People skills: being able to develop these skills in the face of all the technology we are using is critical. Keeping our humanity: talk, listen, build relationships, keep commitments. Sounds simple enough…so why do so many people fail at these well known keys to success? Because there’s more to it. Dianne teaches us to begin with forgiveness & completion. Join Cheryl Esposito & Dianne Morrison on this episode of Leading Conversations, to learn the secrets to mastering the keys to a successful future! View Guest page

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Sue Morter

Dr. Sue Morter, internationally recognized authority on bridging science, spirit, & human possibility. She founded Morter HealthCenter a multi-physician wellness center that focuses on teaching people how to tap into the vital healing force of body, mind, & spirit – naturally. Sue brings science to the conversation of the heart. She says we are multidimensional human beings & there is much more to us than meets the eye, even more to us than meets the mind. “What we hold as true at the subconscious level is ultimately what determines our outcome in life. The key to experiencing greater harmony is to learn to master our internal experience regardless of our external environment.” Leaders take note: in today’s rapidly changing world, creating a sustainable & viable approach to well being for individuals & organizations is vital. How to get people in your organization to cultivate this? Join Cheryl Esposito & Dr. Sue Morter for this episode of Leading Conversations to explore science, spirit, & human possibility! View Guest page

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Craig Neal

Craig Neal is VisionHolder and co-founder of Heartland Inc., founder of the Conscious Business Alliance, a founding board member of Business for Social Responsibility, and former publisher of Utne magazine. Craig has celebrated life as a passionate evolutionary leader creating networks of authenticity and essential conversations with intent to shape societal, organizational, and individual transformations. Heartland has convened the Thought Leader Gathering each month, serving thousands of leaders, since 1998. Craig writes: ‘Heartland is integrally connected to a worldwide web of individuals and organizations actively creating a global renaissance of thought and behavior based on restoring wholeness to ourselves, our communities, our organizations, and the world.’ He launched the groundbreaking Art of Convening trainings in 2004, which formed the basis for his new book, The Art of Convening: Authentic Engagements in Meetings, Gatherings, and Conversations, available in January 2011. View Guest page

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Craig and Patricia Neal

Craig and Patricia Neal co-founders of The Heartland Circle and co-authors of The Art of Convening: Authentic Engagement in Meetings, Gatherings, and Conversations. Heartland Circle was born from Craig’s early “awakening to a greater purpose” at the 1963 March on Washington, and from Patricia’s vision for creating a global community of new leaders. Craig & Patricia are committed to bringing authentic engagement to meetings, gatherings, & conversations. This is an essential leadership skill that improves outcomes, & brings connection & positive transformation to companies, organizations, clubs, communities, families, & friendships. The Art of Convening is a practice for holding authentic meetings. You will learn ways of preparing yourself for a gathering & why that matters. You will understand how to set the stage for powerful interactions in gatherings, & how to observe & shepherd the interactions of participants with each other. Join this episode of Leading Conversations with Cheryl Esposito, Craig & Patricia Neal to learn the Art of Convening! View Guest page

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Vered Neta

Vered Neta co-founder of Open Circles Academy in Amsterdam, an international center for business, financial & personal success. A High Performance Specialist, she coaches & trains small business owners & entrepreneurs to extraordinary success. Vered’s book is Financial Independence for Women: Taking Control of Your Money. Early in her career, Vered rose to high levels of leadership in organizations in her native Israel. She gained confidence and learned the keys to running a successful business. Soon she began to ask herself the question: Is this all there is? She wanted to have more meaning her life, and discovered that success is easy when you know how. Vered’s ephiphany evolved into a highly successful business, helping others to achieve their dreams. Today, Vered says the new economy is providing opportunities for women entrepreneurs to excel. Want to know more? Join Cheryl Esposito with Vered Neta on Leading Conversations radio to learn keys to success and financial independence. View Guest page

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Lisa Nichols

Lisa Nichols, best-selling author, speaker, humanitarian, &corporate CEO whose global platform Motivating the Masses, Inc, has reached & served nearly 30 million people.Twenty years of determination & courage, pushing through multiple struggles to transform herself & help others do the same, have led her to this moment. Lisa Nichols is one of only two African-American female founders to take her own company, Motivating the Masses, Inc., public. Abundance Now: Amplify Your Life&Achieve Prosperity Today, is her personal journey from scarcity to abundance. Lisa says abundance is a mindset & a practice that can transform relationships, self, career, and finances. Abundance Now outlines a practical blueprint for personal success. She reminds us that “the role of money is to afford you the best memories possible.” Would it be o.k. with you if life became more memorable with abundance now? Join Cheryl Esposito & Lisa Nichols on Leading Conversations radio traveling the path to Abundance Now! View Guest page

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Gabriel Nossovitch

Gabriel Nossovitch, founder of The Nossovitch Group; co-founder of WorldWorks Inc. in the U.S.; ArgentinaWorks SA; ChileWorks SA; and Worldworks Mexico. His organizations offer personal growth and transformational learning, and sponsor large scale community service projects aimed at raising awareness in underprivileged populations in the Americas. Gabriel says learning can be transactional or it can be transformational. He works with leaders of corporations and communities around the world to tap extraordinary performance in themselves and in their teams. The key is to understand one’s own “interior world,” as well as that of others. Gabriel takes his clients on a journey to reveal the story of the culture of the organization, the team, the individuals. And that is only the beginning. Want to know more about transformational learning? Join Cheryl Esposito and Gabriel Nossovitch on this episode of Leading Conversations to explore the leadership learning journey! View Guest page

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James O’Dea

James O’Dea, international peace activist and author. He is the former Washington D.C. Office Director of Amnesty International. He is Co-Director of the Social Healing Project, and extended faculty and past president of the Institute of Noetic Sciences. His newest book has just been released: Cultivating Peace: Becoming a 21st-Century Peace Ambassador. “We are in an evolution of consciousness and the time to activate our will- NOT our willfulness- is now.” According to James O’Dea, the dance of life includes the courage to be who you are; having humility to see what has been put in us to do, and living our true qualities and capacities. His path is that of peacemaker. What is yours? Join Cheryl Esposito & James O’Dea on this episode of Leading Conversations to discern your own capacities in the evolution of consciousness. View Guest page

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Esther Orioli

Esther Orioli, CEO & founder of Essi Systems, Inc., & Q-Metrics, dedicated to measuring & developing human intelligences at work. Esther is creator & author of EQ Map® which is a premier assessment for emotional intelligence in business. "Emotional intelligence is the true stuff of leadership,” says Esther, “because it’s easier to be smart than it is to be present." And leadership is more than “smarts”. For the 21stcentury, high emotional literacy, emotional competencies, & values & attitudes are key to effective leadership & success. Even Peter Drucker, the 20thcentury management guru, when asked before his death what he would do differently, said “no longer teach people to be bosses. It is time to take control of your own energy, and orchestrate the energy of others.” This means influence trumps command and control. Are you ready for the success your EQ can help you achieve? Join this episode of Leading Conversations with Cheryl Esposito and Esther Orioli to build your Leadership EQ! Here’s to your success! View Guest page

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Nicolas Ortner

NICOLAS ORTNER, Creator & Executive Producer of the breakthrough documentary, "The Tapping Solution,” & author of “The Tapping Solution: A Revolutionary System for Stress- Free Living.” Nick’s work explores EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) or “tapping,” a healing tool based on ancient Chinese acupressure & modern psychology. EFT suggests we can tap into our body’s brilliance for healing. Nick had to find a way to get this information out to help others. His most recent opportunity to help, hit very close to home. Nick lives in Newtown, CT, the place where a shooting tragedy occurred at Sandy Hook Elementary School in December 2012. 26 people – 20 of them children- were killed that day. The community continues to reel in shock & grief. Nick will share a story of the help EFT/tapping provided to some in the aftermath, as the community attempts to heal & thrive once again. Join Cheryl Esposito and Nick Ortner on this episode of Leading Conversations to learn a different way of healing our emotional self. View Guest page

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Shailja Patel

Shailja Patel, an award-winning Kenyan poet, artist & political activist. Growing up in Kenya Shailja experienced the impact of war on the lives and spirit of the people. Her path took her on a journey from working on Wall Street to living a monastic life, running non-profits, eventually finding her voice in poetry. Today she is a performance artist bringing her work to people around the world. Her one-woman show, Migritude, unfolds hidden histories of women's lives in the bootprint of Empire, from India to East Africa. Shailja’s powerful performances bring her audiences to an introspective space of connection with the raw emotion and impact of war and oppression. The irresistible passion and eloquence of her words touches people at a core level and inspires them to take action. Shailja recently performed at Bioneers and said, “The fifteen-second pindrop silence after I finished my performance was worth three standing ovations.” Words shape us. They inspire. Join this episode of Leading Conversations with Cheryl Esposito. View Guest page

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Dawa Tarchin Phillips

Dawa Tarchin Phillips, CEO, Empowerment Holdings & Director of Education,Center for Mindfulness & Human Potential,University California Santa Barbara. Is your leadership about Power or Trust? Dawa says “we are moving from the Age of Information to the Age of Meaning”- the requirements of leadership have transformed. Leaders who over-invest in their power are destined to fail. Their currency is fear. Showing vulnerability risks power loss. Leaders for the Age of Meaning know: power & influence comes from strength & flexibility. They invest in inspiring the trust & confidence in others. They develop people & create meaning in work; they are comfortable with uncertainty. Self-awareness is paramount. Dawa says “…your leadership stands & falls with the quality of your presence, the clarity of your mind, the health of your relationships & your courage in taking skillful action.” Join Cheryl Esposito & Dawa Tarchin Phillips on Leading Conversations exploring Leadership in the Age of Meaning! View Guest page

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Therese Poulsen

Therese Poulsen, Founder and Director, Breath of Hope Foundation, Inc & internationally recognized yoga master and holistic healer. In the aftermath of the 2004 tsunami, Therese realized that her unique background in teaching and holistic healing might give her the means to make a difference in the shattered lives and their distressed communities. She knew that material relief efforts, however vital, would never address the inner devastation caused by the tsunami and the forever-changed world it would leave behind. Her mission became clear: to rebuild shattered hope – to help repair distressed bodies, psyches, souls, and lives – from the inside out. In July 2005, drawing on her leadership skills & her passion for making a difference in the world, Therese established numerous Breath of Hope program sites at schools, orphanages and community centers in Sri Lanka and Indonesia. Listen to this episode of Leading Conversations with Cheryl Esposito to learn about the phenomenal results! View Guest page

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Donald Proffit

Don Proffit, an ethical literacy coach with the Institute for Global Ethics and President of Proffit Projects, LLC. A conscientious objector during the Vietnam War, Don Proffit was assigned to alternative service in Alaska. That experience included an extended stay in the remote Inuit village of Point Hope, 150 miles above the Arctic Circle. In this isolated setting, his worldview began to take shape as he experienced the isolation of the outsider and witnessed the powerful role the arts and ethics can play in defining inclusive communities. The teachings from these early experiences provided insights that he brought to the New Jersey school system in order to create a caring, inclusive, safe school community for a student body from diverse backgrounds. Listen to this episode of Leading Conversations with Cheryl Esposito to learn more! View Guest page

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Benjamin Quinto

Benjamin Quinto, a youth advocate, movement strategist, and activARTist™. In 1996, at age 18, he authored a proposal for a United Nations Youth Assembly. "I believed that, Youth Assembly or not, we would build a network of like-minded peers, so that in 20 years' time a global network of friends would prevent us from ever pressing a button that would bomb anywhere they lived." His efforts evolved into the Global Youth Action Network (GYAN). As its founder and executive director, he led GYAN to become one of the most expansive youth networks in the world, connecting thousands of organizations in 180 countries, and mobilizing millions of young people. Now, Benjamin has embarked upon a renewed journey of self-discovery. He says, "Ten years later, I am learning who I am all over again." Listen to this episode of Leading Conversations with Cheryl Esposito us as Benjamin shares what he has learned from youth around the world, and where these experiences will lead him next. View Guest page

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Lissa Rankin

Lissa Rankin, M.D., physician, speaker, New York Times bestselling author & Founder of the Whole Health Medicine Institute. After years as a practicing OB/GYN physician, Lissa Rankin decided there had to be a better way to live into her purpose for becoming a physician in the first place. She stepped away from the conventional practice of healthcare, but not away from caring for the health and well being of people. Observing the mind-body connection in healing with patients, Lissa set out to learn what makes it work for some and not others. She wrote Mind Over Medicine to tell the story. Her new book The Fear Cure: Cultivating Courage as Medicine for the Body, Mind, and Soul provides a look into fear as an inhibitor to healing, with a plan to move beyond it. Are you curious? Join Cheryl Esposito & Dr. Lissa Rankin on this episode of Leading Conversations radio to learn the art of well-being. View Guest page

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Freddie Ravel

Freddie Ravel, Grammy-winning producer & jazz keyboardist. His performances, productions & recordings include icons Sergio Mendes, Madonna, Prince, Quincy Jones, Boston Pops, & Carlos Santana. Loving music since age 5, he graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in music, & began performing worldwide with Brazilian master Sergio Mendes by age 23. His career soared & he saw the power of music to affect the energy of the human spirit around the world. Challenges in leadership, collaboration, & time are huge. Using music as a lens to view business, he created peak performance systems for leadership, innovation & collaboration, with rave reviews from Apple, NASA, Citi & more. Your leadership score isn’t a number. It’s your ability to influence the melody, harmony, & rhythm of your organization to create great music – the score. Want to know how to unlock people’s greatest potential to create your score? Join Cheryl Esposito & Freddie Ravel on this episode of Leading Conversations to “Tune Up To Success!” View Guest page

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Michael Ray

Michael Ray, author of The Highest Goal: The Secret That Sustains You in Every Moment. He is Professor of Creativity and Innovation, and of Marketing at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business. His books, Creativity In Business and The Path of the Everyday Hero, have influenced people in organizations all around the world--not only in their work, but all areas of their lives. Michael writes, “To be of service and make a contribution only you can make to the universe, you must become a generative leader-no matter what your role in life. You can be a leader to yourself, to one other person or to the world. But if you start right now with an intention of being generative, of letting your creativity create creativity around you, of giving and receiving, you’ll see remarkable things happen.” Listen to this episode of Leading Conversations with Cheryl Esposito to learn how you can tap into your highest goal and inspire that in others! View Guest page

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John Renesch

John Renesch, global futurist, humanitarian, & author, passionate about business, human consciousness & possible scenarios for our future. His latest book The Great Growing Up: Being Responsible for Humanity’s Future is Next Generation Indie Book Awards 2013 Grand Prize winner. A businessperson & CEO who started, ran, & sold enterprises, John says commerce is key in shifting human consciousness to create a future of possibility that will allow humanity to transcend the inevitable future being projected from current trends. We are future shapers. We play a role in how the world will be tomorrow, next year & coming generations. John’s challenge: give conscious thought to what we want, rather than passively sitting around while a random or even “accidental future” reveals itself. And, while we’re at it, stop pretending that what we are doing has no impact on the future. Join Cheryl Esposito & John Renesch on this episode of Leading Conversations to explore Future Shaping! View Guest page

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Matt Riemann

Matt Riemann, founder of the Ultimate Human Foundation, devoted to transforming world health. He is an author, educator & leading expert in personalized health & prevention of chronic pain. Matt’s successful career as a physical therapist working with Olympic athletes was interrupted by a genetic disease. Working with geneticists & researchers, he learned of epigenetics & the activation of our genes. Epigenetic factors include diet, exercise, stress, & our environment. “If genes can be triggered or turned on to cause my disease, how can they be turned off?” This is where art & science of the human body meet: the door to the wisdom within. Matt is launching a Personalized Health Revolution with an online platform, ph360, to provide personalized insights for optimal, individual well-being. Join Cheryl Esposito & Matt Riemann on this episode of Leading Conversations radio and learn to unlock the door to discover the wisdom within! View Guest page

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Ocean Robbins

Ocean Robbins co-founder & CEO of Food Revolution Network & co-author Voices of the Food Revolution: You Can Heal Your Body & Your World with Food! It was ice cream that led to a healthy food revolution. What? Meet Ocean Robbins: grandson of the founder of Baskin-Robbins ice cream company; son of a social activist; he completed his first marathon at age 10, opened a door-to-door natural foods bakery at 11, founded Youth for Environmental Sanity at 16. Ocean is husband, father, speaker, movement builder, & CEO of Food Revolution Network and co-author “Voices of the Food Revolution: You Can Heal Your Body & Your World with Food!” Eat more vegetables; you’ll be healthier…right? Maybe. Not all vegetables are created equally. Big agribusiness is hijacking our food sources with GMO’s, in the name of feeding the planet, improving produce shelf life or making crops disease resistant. Can we afford to be complacent? Join Cheryl Esposito & Ocean Robbins for this episode of Leading Conversations radio! View Guest page

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Neal Rogin

Neal Rogin, a multi-award winning writer & filmmaker. Neal’s compassion for life & human connection led him to bold projects, such as LIVE AID Concert for African Famine Relief; The Pachamama Alliance; Spaceship Earth; and his latest film, The Awakening Universe. Neal says we are experiencing an extraordinary shift in consciousness of what it means to be a person. We are on the edge of a breakthrough as a species, from arrogance to humility, understanding that we are all one. He sees compassion as the great connector that will move us from competition to cooperation. Neal’s latest film, The Awakening Universe, is based upon the book The Universe Story by Brian Swimme & Thomas Berry, & The Cosmic Narrative by Drew Dellinger. It explores how the New Cosmology is changing the very definition of what it means to be a human being. Join Cheryl Esposito and Neal Rogin on this episode of Leading Conversations to explore life…it’s awe. Inspired. View Guest page

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Dr. Lyly Rojas

Dr. Lyly Rojas, a university professor, international humanitarian, and co-founder of the European Institute of Collaborative Law. She specializes in the teaching the culture of Peace (inner and outer) and Corporate Social Responsibility, and Multicultural Intelligence. Lyly was born in Nicaragua, a country of conflict with a long history of turmoil, and ultimately her family had to flee because of their political beliefs. She has worked with and consulted to the United Nations; as an advisor to the Vatican in the trafficking of human beings; in war zones training diplomats, human rights workers, the military, and tortured women & children. The unifying theme for her work: compassion and dignity for self and others. Lyly says that we cannot begin to help others heal if we cannot heal ourselves. Her current book project is titled: From Inner Peace to Outer Peace and All the Pieces In Between. Listen to this episode of Leading Conversations with Cheryl Esposito to learn more! View Guest page

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Geneen Roth

Geneen Roth, bestselling author of Women Food & God: An Unexpected Path to Almost Everything; and Lost & Found: One Woman’s Story of Losing Her Money & Finding Her Life. How do you know when enough is enough? Geneen Roth has spent her adult life discerning the ways we are enough, have enough, get enough, give enough. Her exploration started with her relationship with food, and led to the real struggle: the battle with self worth. Geneen became a successful go-to guru helping others discover life-limiting beliefs & behaviors. So, imagine the surprise when she discovered there was more to that story…it was about money. The patterns of belief she had transformed about food, were alive & well when it came to abundance. Her story includes Bernie Madoff, & leads her to deeply understand the concept of enough. “Enough is not an amount…it’s a relationship with what you already have.” Join Cheryl Esposito & Geneen Roth on this episode of Leading Conversations radio for Stumbling on Happiness: Enough IS Enough! View Guest page

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Dr. Deborah Rozman

Dr. Deborah Rozman President & co-CEO of Quantum Intech, Inc. the parent company of HeartMath. Deborah’s background as entrepreneur, psychologist, & business executive led her to become executive director of the Institute of HeartMath in 1991. Doc Childre started HeartMath to research & develop a science-based system of tools & technologies to help people reduce their stress & improve health, resilience & quality of life. HeartMath’s breakthrough research uncovered a physiological state called heart coherence: spirit, heart, brain & nervous system synchronize and align. Today Deborah leads Quantum Intech, which develops HeartMath's technologies. The purpose: “…give people tools to access the power of their heart…the access point for intuition, the core of authenticity, self-security, & blueprint for larger purpose… ” Join Cheryl Esposito & Dr. Deborah Rozman on this episode of Leading Conversations to discover the technology that is changing lives & creating heart-based leadership around the world. View Guest page

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Don Miguel Ruiz

don Miguel Ruiz, the international bestselling author of The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom. His other books include: The Mastery of Love; The Voice of Knowledge; and The Fifth Agreement, co-authored with his son, don Jose. Born into a family of healers in rural Mexico, Ruiz was chosen to carry forward his family's centuries-old legacy of Toltec wisdom & healing. Instead, Ruiz chose to attend medical school & become a surgeon. In the tradition of the Toltec, a Nagual (shaman) guides an individual to personal freedom. After exploring the human mind from a Toltec as well as scientific perspective, don Miguel combined old wisdom with modern insights creating a new message in The Four Agreements. Here he offers a powerful code of conduct that can rapidly transform our lives to a new experience of freedom, true happiness, & love. Join Cheryl Esposito & don Miguel Ruiz on this episode of Leading Conversations radio to discover the Toltec wisdom that can transform your life! View Guest page

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Martin Rutte

Martin Rutte, co-author of the New York Times business bestseller, Chicken Soup for the Soul at Work. An international speaker and consultant on spirituality in the workplace, Martin works with leaders around the world to reconnect business with its natural source of creativity, innovation and genius. His newest book, The Work of Humanity: Project Heaven on Earth is in development and explores the desire and longing people have for a world that works. In Martin’s words: “It empowers the new story of what it means to be a human and what it means to be humanity.” Listen to this episode of Leading Conversations with Cheryl Esposito to learn more! View Guest page

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Martin Rutte

Martin Rutte, Founder of Project Heaven on Earth; author, NYT bestseller Chicken Soup for the Soul at Work. An international speaker & consultant on spirituality in the workplace, he has explored peoples’ vision for the kind of world they deeply long for. He calls it Project Heaven on Earth. Martin wants to know: what is your heaven on earth? He sees Heaven on Earth as a new story of what it means to be a human & what it means to be Humanity. It begins with each of us–practical strategies, simple actions we can take today. The best part? We define our own steps: “what matters to me.” “At the heart of it, I believe what we want is a new context, a new story for the third millennium – one that inspires us all, one that enlivens humanity.” This is an opportunity to create your own inquiry into what matters in your heart. And bring that to life…simply…every day. Join Cheryl & Martin Rutte on Leading Conversations radio to learn the 3 questions that can change the world…starting with you. View Guest page

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Eric Saperston

Eric Saperston, Chief Creative Officer of Live In Wonder. He is a storyteller, speaker, author, and passionate about bridging the wisdom gap between young people and elders. Wisdom lives with all of life’s experience and Eric is on a mission to capture it and share it with the world. His journey into “what’s it all about”, became a quest to inspire people to wake up to life & all of the possibilities that exist. Eric knows about possibility. Growing up with a father who refused to give in to “limitations” combined with the intense curiosity about the world that is Eric’s nature, he chooses to live his life “in wonder.” His quest has turned into an award winning film, The Journey; a best selling book, Live In Wonder, and an international speaking career that has spawned a social movement to rally people to “wake up and be awesome,” grounded in gratitude and a reverence for life. Join Cheryl Esposito with Eric Saperston on this episode of Leading Conversations on the journey toward living in wonder! View Guest page

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C. Otto Scharmer Ph.D.

C. Otto Scharmer, Ph.D., author of Theory U: Leading from the Future as It Emerges, and Presence: An Exploration of Profound Change in People, Organizations and Society, co-authored with Peter Senge, Joseph Jaworski, and Betty Sue Flowers. Otto is Senior Lecturer at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and founding chair of Presencing Institute. A blend of the words “presence” and “sensing,” presencing signifies a heightened state of attention allowing individuals and groups to shift the inner place from which they function. “The trouble is that most leaders are unable to recognize, let alone change, the structural habits of attention used in their organization. Being able to facilitate this shift is the essence of leadership today.” Listen to this episode of Leading Conversations with Cheryl Esposito as Otto helps us understand how to find the blind spots in order to transform them and develop the seven capacities of successful leadership in our ever-changing world. View Guest page

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Dr. Paul Scheele

Dr. Paul Scheele, CEO of Learning Systems, co-founder of Learning Strategies and best selling author. His books include PhotoReading; Natural Brilliance; and the e-book Drop into Genius. What if everything you think you know about learning…is wrong? How can that be? Entire societies use classroom-learning models to ready children into adulthood. Leaders apply the same approach when attempting to transform organizations. Paul Scheele says there is a better way. Following years of research culminating in a Ph.D. in Leadership and Change, Paul has defined the four essential steps to take that enables leaders to “facilitate transformative learning and change” in their organization. Join Cheryl Esposito and Dr. Paul Scheele for this episode of Leading Conversations radio to explore learning to learn and the science of success in organizational transformation. View Guest page

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Peter Senge, PhD.

Peter Senge, PhD., a Senior Lecturer at MIT, & founding chair of the Society for Organizational Learning (SOL). He is author of many books including The Fifth Discipline: The Art & Practice of the Learning Organization; Presence: Human Purpose & the Field of the Future; and Necessary Revolution: How Individuals & Organizations are Working Together to Create a Sustainable World. As a systems thinker, Peter sees the world as a plethora of possibility for collaboration and co-creation. He sees deep connection to self and to nature as key to successful and sustainable organizations that make a difference to our future. How do we do this in a world that values short-term results and immediate gratification? A world where we are told to leave our emotions outside of work and focus on killing the competition? Join Cheryl Esposito & Dr. Peter Senge on this episode of Leading Conversations as they explore leadership and the field of the future! View Guest page

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Rayona Sharpnack

Rayona Sharpnack, founder and CEO of the Institute for Women's Leadership and author of, "Trade Up!: 5 Skills for Redesigning Your Leadership & Life from the Inside Out." "A leader's most important job is to reveal and shift the boundaries of peoples' thinking... starting with our own. These boundaries, also known as 'contexts' are what determines what actions we take, where we stop in executing our responsibilities and ultimately what impact we can have." Rayona coaches some of the most successful leaders in business. She has been an educator, tennis champion, manager and player for a women's professional softball team. Her masterful approach takes very complex theoretical concepts and distills them down to poignant, relevant and easily accessible learning distinctions -- resulting in dramatically more effective leadership skills for her clients. Listen to this episode of Leading Conversations with Cheryl Esposito and learn how "your context is your presence, your belief system." View Guest page

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Marci Shimoff

Marci Shimoff, a #1 New York Times bestselling author, a world-renowned transformational teacher, & an expert on happiness, success, & unconditional love. In her new book, Love for No Reason: 7 Steps to Creating a Life of Unconditional Love Marci tells us there is a new paradigm for love. It is not conditional. It does not depend on another’s view of your value. And it is the key to personal fulfillment & professional success. Learn to: Open your heart; turn off your body’s stress response & turn on your body’s love response for better health & well-being; become more patient & accepting, still finding the wisdom, drive, & confidence to go after any changes that matter to you.

“Our present paradigm of love—one based on need and approval—has brought us nothing but personal pain & global conflict. Now is the time to open your heart & become an unshakeable source of love for yourself & everyone around you… together we really can heal our world,one heart at a time.”

Join Cheryl Esposito & Marci Shimoff on Leading Conversations radio as they reveal the keys to Love for No Reason! View Guest page

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David Sibbet

David Sibbet, a world leader in the area of graphic facilitation and visual thinking; President & founder of The Grove Consultants International; and author of Visual Meetings: How Graphics, Sticky Notes & Idea Mapping Can Transform Group Productivity. David believes and research shows that when people work visually they have better ideas, make better decisions, and are more committed to producing results. Based on more than 30 years of experience in organizational consulting, these tools provide an integrated, creative approach to the perennial challenges of getting people and organizations to understand, engage and mobilize around a vision. Ready to move beyond PowerPoint presentations? To integrate iPads and other new media platforms? Join this episode of Leading Conversations with Cheryl Esposito & David Sibbet to learn the “Graphics Keyboard” to successful business gatherings! View Guest page

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Mark Silver

Mark Silver founder of Heart of Business, and a successful business teacher and healer, who brings an active connection with the Divine to his work. Mark says that Heart of Business has helped thousands of entrepreneurs and small business owners to integrate the nitty gritty of business with the heart-opening truths of spirit in a way that helps the business be profitable and make a difference in the world. Mark has run a magazine, worked as a paramedic, operated a distribution business, been an activist, and worked in the non-profit arena. He has failed horribly in business, and he has succeeded beautifully, each in turn. He trained at the University of Spiritual Healing and Sufism in Organizational and Business Healing, and is a Sufi healer and teacher. His vision is that in the process of your business becoming profitable and sustainable, your heart will deepen in knowing its own truth. Listen to this episode of Leading Conversations with Cheryl Esposito to bring heart to your business! View Guest page

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Nina Simons

Nina Simons, president and co-founder of Bioneers a non-profit that promotes practical environmental solutions and innovative social strategies for restoring Earth’s imperiled ecosystems and healing our human communities. Nina’s life and work are informed by her passion for the natural world, women’s leadership, systems thinking, and the arts’ capacity to shape culture and consciousness. Previous leadership roles Nina has held include president of Seeds of Change and director of strategic marketing for Odwalla. What can we learn from nature about leadership? Nina says it is time to redefine leadership, to blend the “feminine” - innovation and relational qualities- with the “masculine” - analysis and procedural qualities; to create models that support the whole. Are women the key to this evolution in leadership? Listen to this episode of Leading Conversations with Cheryl Esposito as we explore this shift in consciousness! View Guest page

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Dr. Raj Sisodia

Dr. Raj Sisodia, author of Firms of Endearment: How World Class Companies Profit from Passion & Purpose; and Conscious Capitalism: Liberating the Heroic Spirit of Business. Raj is co-founder and co-chairman of Conscious Capitalism Inc. Raj Sisodia is passionate about making the world a better place through business. As a professor of marketing he saw a disturbing trend: companies were spending more money on marketing than ever before, yet customer satisfaction, loyalty, & trust were on a downward trajectory. Some companies were bucking this trend. Raj asked: what value is being created here - and for whom? Raj sees a need for change in business models. The rise of feminine values of nurturing, caring, & compassion, is clashing with historical masculine: domination, aggression, & winning at all costs. Can organizations profit AND make the world a better place? Raj says yes. Not only can they, they must to survive. Join Cheryl Esposito & Raj Sisodia on this episode of Leading Conversations as they explore the evolution of “conscious capitalism!” View Guest page

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Colin Sprake

Colin Sprake, marketing expert, business strategist, & President & CEO of Make Your Mark Training & Consulting. The “Business Sherpa,” he has worked with thousands of entrepreneurs to achieve massive success. Work your passion, have a purpose, and realize that to monetize it, you need more than passion. Colin knows - he built four multi-million dollar businesses from the ground up. His childhood would not have predicted his achievements & level of success today. Severely bullied in school, a volatile family life, & years of negativity, hurt & fear, led to attempted suicide as a teen. He searched for happiness, & learned about the power of the mind to change negative self-judgments. It changed everything. Extraordinary business success requires mastery: skills & a system to grow the business, & mastering your mindset - deep self-awareness to see your own limiting beliefs. Are you ready? Join Cheryl Esposito & Colin Sprake on Leading Conversations to master the way to make your mark! View Guest page

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Isabelle St-Jean

Isabelle St-Jean, author of Living Forward, Giving Back and co-author of the award-winning anthology Einstein’s Business: Engaging Soul, Imagination and Excellence in the Workplace. Pursuing her passion for human development and authentic leadership in the midlife journey, Isabelle has launched a calling to the “baby boomer’s” generation to rethink this stage in life as an opportunity for re-engagement. Isabelle says, “It is time to be participants in the vital transformation of our world.” Her words of wisdom are not only for the boomer generation- she speaks to all generations to empower them to lead their life with passion and purpose in order to lead their legacy. Join the conversation to learn the path to purpose! View Guest page

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Michael Strong

Michael Strong, CEO and Chief Visionary Officer of FLOW, a nonprofit dedicated to Liberating the Entrepreneurial Spirit for Good. In his book, Be the Solution: How Entrepreneurs & Conscious Capitalists Can Solve All the Worlds Problems, Michael poses these questions: What if the distinction between business & doing good vanished? If all those who engaged in business were committed to a deeper purpose, & all those committed to doing good were entrepreneurial and enterprising? What would it take for a world of seven billion people to solve all the world's problems? Our capacity to think has been “schooled” out of us. We need a radical shift of our education system to produce critical thinkers, creators & innovators to reshape business and commerce. Michael, and Whole Foods CEO, John Mackey, co-founded FLOW, bringing that all together, focusing it on the goals of sustainable peace, prosperity, & happiness for all. Listen to this episode of Leading Conversations with Cheryl Esposito to explore the possibilities! View Guest page

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Richard Strozzi-Heckler

Richard Strozzi-Heckler, PhD, founder of Strozzi work & Strozzi Institute, & author of The Art of Somatic Coaching. Richard says the ‘self’ is the leader’s primary source of power & effectiveness. The success or failure of leaders is more than a game of expertise & strategy. “It has become abundantly clear to me that we do not transform ourselves and our thinking through good ideas or hope. To make sustainable shifts in our behavior and way of thinking, we have to embody new schemas.” Somatic Coaching was developed as a way to cultivate the self through the body. In somatics, the body is not just a physiological entity but is the center of our lived experience in the world. It is a way to move toward mastery in our lives, our leadership, and achieving our highest potential. Join Cheryl Esposito and Richard Strozzi Heckler in this episode of Leading Conversations to explore leadership moves that matter. View Guest page

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Carl Studna

Carl Studna, world-renowned photographer, teacher, and author of CLICK! Choosing Love…One Frame at a Time. Carl’s intimate portraits of influential people ranging from Paul McCartney to His Holiness the Dalai Lama, are published and known worldwide. Why do photos matter? Carl says they are a “split moment in time” that is forever stilled. His work is to love the moment into being…with patience, compassion, and a way of seeing that allows the moment to reveal itself. People often tell him that they hate having their photo taken – even celebrities whose photos are seen around the world. Carl sees his role as helping them through the door of self-doubt, self-judgment and fear of being seen a certain way. Carl has created the LuminEssence Method©, a transformative process to help people show up in full presence of who they are…in front of the camera and beyond. Join Cheryl Esposito and Carl Studna on this episode of Leading Conversations to learn to allow your essential self to be revealed…Click! View Guest page

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Dr.Luh-Ketut Suryani

Dr. Luh Ketut Suryani, M.D., Ph.D. a renowned Balinese healer, highly acclaimed western-trained psychiatrist and a leader in bridging indigenous Balinese knowledge and values with the western world. Founder of Suryani Institute for Mental Health, much of her work focuses on the challenges of the children of Bali. Dr. Suryani has authored numerous books on Balinese culture and spiritual practices, hosts her own television show on women’s issues, offers weekly community meditation gatherings, and speaks about cultural issues impacting her beloved Bali. Listen to this episode of Leading Conversations with Cheryl Esposito as Dr. Suryani shares her insight into the growing problem the youth of Bali face as they try to blend the world of you-tube and MTV with life in paradise. View Guest page

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Freeman Michaels and Susan Leahy

Freeman Michaels & Susan Leahy, co-founders of Group to Team Leadership Solutions. How many times have you worked on a team, only to discover that no one was really interested in being a team? Freeman Michaels & Susan Leahy say the concept of team is widely misunderstood. There is a difference between acting as a group of individuals motivated by separate self-interest, versus operating as a team fueled by shared vision and mutual interest. Here’s the linchpin: successful teams begin with each individual. Everything you do, say or think is either propelling the organization further into "group" or generating more team. Freeman and Susan have created a way to determine whether your choices, attitudes & behavior are viewed through the lens of group or the lens of team. Ready to explore this new vision of team? Join Cheryl Esposito on this episode of Leading Conversations with Freeman Michaels & Susan Leahy exploring their powerful “Group to Team” model of success! View Guest page

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Luisah Teish

Luisah Teish, a writer and extraordinary storyteller, internationally known for her performances of African, Caribbean, and African-American folklore and feminist myth. She is author of Jump Up: Good Times Throughout the Season with Celebrations from Around the World and Carnival of the Spirit. Teish connects us with the ancestors, bringing wisdom traditions and rituals to life. Her stories teach us what the ancients knew about the natural rhythms of the seasons, how cultures thrive and communities prosper. Teish says, “Stand knowing that you are an ancestor of the future.” What will your story be? Listen to this episode of Leading Conversations with Cheryl Esposito for a magical hour with Luisah Teish! View Guest page

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Justine Toms

Justine Toms, co-founder of New Dimensions World Broadcasting Network and New Dimensions Radio and author of Small Pleasures: Finding Grace in a Chaotic World and co-author of True Work: Doing What You Love and Loving What You Do. Justine’s achievements include producing and hosting many award-winning radio series including “In Her Company: Deep Dialogues with Women of Wisdom” and “Deep Ecology for the 21st Century”. Throughout her career Justine has helped people to live life on purpose and find joy in the everyday. Now she shares with us her most important insights that, she says, have “firmly supported me like stepping stones as I've crossed the ever changing, chaotic stream of my life.” Step out of the chaos of the world for an hour and listen to this episode of Leading Conversations with Cheryl Esposito as we explore living everyday life with joy and passion! View Guest page

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Michael Toms

Michael Toms CEO and co-founder of New Dimensions Radio and the New Dimensions World Broadcasting Network. For more than a quarter century, Michael has been engaging in dialogue with the world's leading-edge thinkers, social architects, creative artists, scientists and spiritual teachers. Called "the Socrates of radio," he is acknowledged by guests and listeners alike as one of the premier interviewers in media today. His legendary dialogues have helped to bring innovative ideas into the mainstream culture. Michael is an accomplished writer, seminar leader, communications, marketing, fundraising consultant and master dialogue coach. One of his most successful books, An Open Life: Joseph Campbell in Conversation with Michael Toms is nationally acclaimed. In this episode of Leading Conversations with Cheryl Esposito we turn the table and ask Michael the questions, exploring his journey in making a difference through media, past, present and future. View Guest page

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Phil Town

Phil Town, investment guru, hedge fund manager, & author of New York Times best-selling books, RULE #1 and PAYBACK TIME. Phil Town says: vote with your money for the kind of world you want in the future. Put your money where your values are…and make sure you don’t panic when the stock price drops. For Phil that’s the day the stock goes on sale! And he buys more…of a business that he believes in and will stick with over time. Phil isn’t your typical finance guy. He is a former Green Beret in the U.S. Army Special Forces. He spent ten years as a Grand Canyon river guide where his split-second decision-making saved a boatload of people from a whitewater disaster on the Colorado River. One of those decided to thank Phil by teaching him a successful Warren Buffett investment strategy. In five years, Phil built $1,000 into $1 million. Want to know more? Join Cheryl Esposito & Phil Town on this episode of Leading Conversations radio to learn what it takes to successfully follow Rule #1: Don’t Lose Money! View Guest page

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Karen Tramontano

Karen Tramontano, Founder and President of the Global Fairness Initiative (GFI). Globalization brings opportunity, but not for everyone. A partner in the Clinton Global Initiative, GFI’s premise is that economic globalization can and should work to improve the lives of impoverished populations around the world, creating jobs and economic opportunities. A key to their successful implementation of international projects is GFI’s work to forge critical relationships between stakeholders and facilitating dialogue often when it seemed impossible. Karen’s background has prepared her well to do this work. Karen served as Assistant to the President and Deputy Chief of Staff to President Clinton from 1997 to 2000. In 2001 she served as Chief of Staff for President Clinton's transition, establishing his non-profit. She is a Principal at Dutko Worldwide, a strategic government relations and public affairs firm. Listen to this episode of Leading Conversations with Cheryl Esposito to learn more! View Guest page

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Karen Tse

Karen Tse, Founder & CEO of International Bridges to Justice. An international human rights attorney and ordained Unitarian Universalist minister, Karen Tse has been pioneering Rule of Law initiatives in Asia and Africa since 1994. As a United Nations Judicial Mentor, she trained judges and prosecutors and established the first arraignment court in Cambodia. IBJ has trained hundreds of defense lawyers in the 31 provinces of China, as well as in Cambodia and Vietnam. Karen says: “We envision a world without torture or unjust legal proceedings, and we work every day to achieve this end.” This work is not for the faint of heart. Where does she find the courage to engage in this human rights mission in the face of potential personal danger? Karen’s advice: “You have to start from your center. It's from that place of stillness where you'll know how to move forward.” Listen to this episode of Leading Conversations with Cheryl Esposito to learn more. View Guest page

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Lynne Twist

Lynne Twist, global activist, fundraiser, Founder of The Soul of Money Institute and author of The Soul of Money. She founded the Soul of Money Institute to express her commitment to supporting and empowering people in finding peace and sufficiency in their relationship with money. She says, “Money is a current, a carrier, a conduit for our intention. Money carries the imprimatur of our soul.” Lynne has spent more than three decades leading global initiatives including: ending world hunger, protecting rainforests, empowering indigenous peoples, understanding human consciousness, creating a sustainable future for all life. She believes, “We now have the opportunity to live the most meaningful lives any generation of humankind has ever lived.” Listen to this episode of Leading Conversations with Cheryl Esposito as we discover how we can “create a new future of sufficiency for ourselves and all beings everywhere.” View Guest page

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David Wagner

David Wagner, founder, CEO and owner of JUUT Salonspas, the original AVEDA concept salons. David is a hair stylist, artist, entrepreneur, educator, and author of Life as a Daymaker. Innovator of the “Daymaking” movement, his philosophy for living a life that changes the world one person at a time through simple acts of kindness, has captured the hearts of people around the world. As CEO, David has committed his leadership to transforming the world with beauty, and this goes way beyond the haircut. Imagine a world where each person “sees” oneself as having beauty and personal value. David believes this is integral to the ability to create a more fulfilling life and that “beauty can transform people, society, and businesses.” How does a CEO inspire his entire organization to make a difference in every encounter? Join this episode of Leading Conversations radio with Cheryl Esposito and David Wagner to hear the everyday lessons of the life of a daymaker. View Guest page

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Paul David Walker

Paul David Walker, Founder & CEO, Genius Stone Partners and author of Unleashing Genius: Leading Yourself, Teams and Corporations. Paul says that great leaders first learn to unleash their own genius, discover the genius in each of their team members, and then synchronize each person’s genius to create a high performance team. “It is not about, as most believe, having corporate values. It is about discovering individual genius and team wisdom.”Paul describes genius this way: “Genius is not IQ or EQ, - it is the ability to set aside your thoughts and beliefs and consciously experience the flow of cause and effect that makes up present reality, similar to an athlete in ‘the zone’. Genius is letting go of what you think are the answers, connecting with the flow of reality and continually adjusting your company for strategic advantage.”Join Cheryl Esposito & Paul David Walker on this episode of Leading Conversations to learn to tap the genius within and all around you! View Guest page

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Ed Wallace

Ed Wallace, founder & Chief Relationship Officer of The Relational Capital Group, & author of Business Relationships That Last: Five Steps To Transform Contacts into High Performing Relationships. Today’s business leaders face incredible challenges with the movement toward more collaborative management structures & the urgency of work due to the pace of technology. Business relationships have suffered, often reduced to short-term transactions between Blackberries, not people! One survey showed 88% of executives agree outstanding relationships are the key to business success. Does your business plan include strategies to advance these relationships? Join this episode of Leading Conversations with Cheryl Esposito as Ed shares his approach for “building relational” capital - the distinctive value created by people in a business relationship. View Guest page

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GP Walsh

GP Walsh, author of The Tao of Allowing: Surfing on the Law of Attraction. A master meditation teacher and often called the Irreverent Sage, he asks: “Have you ever wondered: Why does self-help promise so much and deliver so little? Why is spiritual practice so damn hard? Why is the world messed up? Why do I keep working on myself and never get fixed?” Uh-huh. We thought so. GP Walsh wants to be sure we understand the sacred...the sacred is our true nature. He says we are born into “original innocence” –where all is possible, and we haven’t yet forgotten who we are. In that state, there’s no need for self-help. When people are looking outside of themselves for deep answers, he says “look closer” because the answers reside within. He recommends that we “begin the practice of allowing; surrender to the wisdom of what is.” So, how do you actually “do” that? Join Cheryl Esposito & GP Walsh on this episode of Leading Conversations to master the Tao of Allowing! View Guest page

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Mal Warwick

Mal Warwick, founder and Chairman of Mal Warwick Associates a fundraising consultancy. Mal has been active in promoting social and environmental responsibility in the business community nationwide for more than 15 years. He is co-author of Values-Driven Business: How to Change the World, Make Money, and Have Fun with Ben Cohen, of Ben & Jerry’s. Mal co-founded Business for Social Responsibility, and just completed two terms as board chair for Social Venture Network, a non-profit organization that promotes new models of leadership for socially and environmentally sustainable business in the 21st century. Listen to this episode of Leading Conversations with Cheryl Esposito to learn more! View Guest page

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Kimberly Weichel

Kimberly Weichel, social change entrepreneur, leader of global peace initiatives, advisor to NGO’s & author. Her latest book is Beyond Borders: One Woman’s Journey of Courage, Passion & Inspiration. As CEO of Peace x Peace she supported & mentored a global network of 30,000 peacebuilders in 125 countries to raise women’s voices as catalysts for social change. Under apartheid in South Africa, Kim did grassroots peacebuilding, advocacy/cross cultural training. She managed int’l peacebuilding education & development projects with the UN; & co-founded the Institute for Peacebuilding, training teachers, parents, community & organizations. In every situation, success required partnership, collaboration, intuition, nurturing & long-term thinking. These skills are essential for our collective wellbeing. Together, we can influence the trajectory of our global village. Are you in? Join Cheryl Esposito&Kimberly Weichel on Leading Conversations exploring the power of our collective wellbeing. View Guest page

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Matt Weinstein

Matt Weinstein, author, speaker, & award-winning authority on fun & humor in team building. Called “The Master of Playfulness” and “America’s Pied Piper of Play,” he is founder & “Emperor” of Playfair, Inc. Matt takes his playful vision very seriously. He says humor used the right way, can build teams & increase productivity. Business leaders around the world agree. His best-selling classic, Dogs Don't Bite When A Growl Will Do: What Your Dog Can Teach You About Living A Happy Life is a CEO favorite. Matt is a sought-after host, emcee, & keynote for organizational gatherings, and consultant to teams large & small. His techniques are hysterical, useful, & never at the expense of a person’s dignity. The interactive experience can shift a team from “win/lose” to “sink or swim – together!” Want to learn how to speak the universal language of play? Join Cheryl Esposito & Matt Weinstein on this episode of Leading Conversations for some serious fun & jump- start your playful self! View Guest page

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Wilford Welch

Wilford Welch a former U.S. diplomat in Asia, professor of international business, co-chairman of the Cross Cultural Journeys Foundation, and author of The Tactics of Hope - How Social Entrepreneurs are Changing our World. “Social entrepreneurs” are those who use new technologies, business methods and a lot of determination to overcome age-old social and environmental challenges, whether in their own neighborhoods or across the globe. Wilford believes that our ability to leverage our impact on the world has never been so great. Take your passion, add a dose of your experience, connect with other like-minded people and you, too, can make a difference. How exactly do you do that? Listen to this episode of Leading Conversations with Cheryl Esposito to learn how you can turn that hope into action! View Guest page

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Deborah Jane Wells

What's love got to do with minimizing stress and getting unstuck? Everything, according to empowerment coach and inspirational speaker Deborah Jane Wells. Deborah has 30 years’ experience as an organization transformation consultant, serving as a senior partner in four of the world's largest, most prestigious firms. In 2005, she took a five-year sabbatical to find healing and peace because non-stop work had taken its toll. Her recovery from burnout, including a sustained 80-pound weight loss and freedom from a 10-year bout of debilitating depression, led to finding her purpose guiding others. Through healing and self-exploration, she discovered that loving yourself unconditionally is the key to transforming your life, your work and the world. Deborah’s books, blog, radio show and signature coaching programs help individuals and organizations turn possibilities into realities by harnessing the transformative power of love to step into their greatness. Learn more at View Guest page

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Margaret J. Wheatley, Ph.D.

Margaret J. Wheatley, Ph.D., co-founder of Berkana Institute, a global charitable foundation dedicated to serving life-affirming leaders. Meg writes, teaches, and speaks about radically new practices and ideas for organizing in chaotic times. She is author of Leadership and the New Science: Discovering Order in a Chaotic World and Finding Our Way: Leadership for an Uncertain Time. Meg says there is “a call to fearlessness for gentle leaders.” Is there a way of leading in these times of fear that call for different qualities and behavior? Is fear really a bad thing? Is it safe to be fearless? What are the bold moves we can make that don't produce yet more fear? Listen to this episode of Leading Conversations with Cheryl Esposito to explore your own call to leadership in these times. View Guest page

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Robert White

Robert White, author of Living an Extraordinary Life and co author of the award winning photo essay book, One World, One People. He is Founder and Chairman of Extraordinary People, an organization that is about changing the world for the better. Robert has spent over 30 years in the personal effectiveness industry, including as founder and former President of Lifespring, Inc. Robert says: “We need to discover our purpose and vision then live them fully, knowing that within our stand is the opportunity to contribute our unique gifts and create a better world for ourselves, our children, for all of us ... one world, one people.” In keeping with his commitment to contribute toward a world that works for all people, Robert serves on the Board of Directors of Plant It 2020 and the Desmond Tutu Peace Foundation. He believes that we all have everything it takes to live an extraordinary life – if we are willing to take charge of our lives and discover the true meaning of personal responsibility. As he says, “Life is simple. This does not mean it is easy!”Join us as we discover how we learn to live an extraordinary life! View Guest page

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Marcia Wieder

Marcia Wieder, CEO & Founder of Dream University®, and author of four books dedicated to achieving your dreams: Making Your Dreams Come True®; Life is But a Dream; Dreams are Whispers From the Soul; and Doing Less and Having More. Marcia Weider is leading a Dream Movement. With over twenty years coaching, training and speaking experience, her inspiring message, style & wit has touched audiences at companies as AT&T, The Gap & American Express. Whether teaching at the Stanford Business School, speaking to executives in China, or addressing young women at Girl Scout Camp, her riveting style impacts audiences worldwide. Join this episode of Leading Conversations with Cheryl Esposito & Marcia as they explore the “12 Ways to be a 21st Century Visionary”. View Guest page

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Darcy Winslow

Darcy Winslow, a pioneer and practitioner of sustainability frameworks and principles, and Founder of Designs for a Sustainable World Collective. The collective focuses on the development of practical yet aggressive strategies for organizations to create sustainable & regenerative business practices. Her expertise developed through years as a leader at Nike, a global organization, and her deep connection to nature. Today, Darcy is about to embark on an expedition to Antarctica hosted by British Petroleum. She and other thought leaders, including Peter Senge, will be introducing systems thinking, sustainability principles & science to 50 global youth leaders from around the world. Listen to this episode of Leading Conversations with Cheryl Esposito to learn more! View Guest page

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Peter Wrycza

Peter Wrycza, founder of the Nirarta Centre for Living Awareness in Bali. Peter says: “In 1995 I stood in a grove of clove trees overlooking a river in a serene valley between the sea and the mountains and realized that this was my moment of choice. I could stick with my familiar work and territory in Europe. Or I could take the risk of buying land in a far-off place, and create a centre for people to connect with the core of their life.” Balinese philosophy emphasizes harmony between one's own 'small world' and the wider world around us. Perfect for the transformational experience offered here for those in search of renewal and inspiration for life and purpose. Peter is co-author of Living Awareness: Awakening to the Roots of Learning and Perception; and When Performance Meets Alignment: A Compass for Coaching and Mentoring. He coaches and consults to leaders around the world. Listen to this episode of Leading Conversations with Cheryl Esposito for a taste of the Nirarta experience! View Guest page

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Sandra Yancey

Sandra Yancey Founder & CEO of eWomenNetwork & author of Relationship Networking: The Art of Turning Contacts Into Connections, & Succeeding in Spite of Everything - lessons learned & savvy moves that shake up old paradigms of success. Succeeding in Spite of Everything could be the title of Sandra’s life. Her father died when she was 5 & her mom taught her that she could be happy no matter what. So, Sandra grew up, married her high school sweetheart, graduated college, became a successful (and overworked) executive, had a child, then asked the question: what really matters? Trading her corporate job for entrepreneurship, she had a new role but the same work habits: overworked, too much travel, little time to spend with family, etc. Time for another epiphany & lots of courage! Where did it come from? How do some people live with resilience in situations where others crumble? Join Cheryl Esposito & Sandra Yancey on this episode of Leading Conversations for the secrets of Succeeding in Spite of Everything! View Guest page

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Claire Zammit

Claire Zammit, co-creator of Feminine Power courses for women; co-founder Evolving Wisdom; co-creator & co-host of Women on the Edge of Evolution; & co-author Feminine Power: Awakening to the Creative Force of Life to be released this year. Claire Zammit has figured out the collaboration secret, using feminine principles & values to create a successful life. Before you think this is a male vs. female bandwagon, consider that it’s not about gender. Claire co-founded Evolving Wisdom, listed as #83 in Inc. Magazine’s 2013 500 fastest-growing, privately held companies in the nation. Claire says masculine principles are not “bad.” It’s not the only approach to create our world. Human nature wants intimacy, relatedness, creative expression, community & meaningful contribution. We have cultivated a masculine version of power, & it’s time to awaken the feminine in all of us. Join Cheryl Esposito & Claire Zammit on this episode of Leading Conversations to hear this perspective on Feminine Power. View Guest page

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