Brainstorm: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain and Body of Work
January 8, 2014
Hosted by Kathryn Zox
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Kathryn interviews neuropsychiatrist Daniel J. Siegel MD, author of “Brainstorm: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain”. Parenting expert Daniel J. Siegel uses his groundbreaking research in interpersonal neurobiology to help parents crack the code of how brain development affects teenage behavior and relationships. Siegel is the bestselling author of the books “Parenting from the Inside Out” and “The Whole-Brain Child”. Kathryn also interviews blogger Pamela Slim on her book “Body of Work: Finding the Thread That Ties Your Story Together”. Now that the job market is inherently unstable most people have a patchwork of experiences, including big-company jobs, start-up gigs, freelance work and volunteer side projects. Career expert Pamela Slim explains how to find connections among your diverse accomplishments, sell your story, and reinvent and re-launch your brand. Pam Slim's blog, Escape from Cubicle Nation, is one of the top career and marketing sites on the web.
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Kathryn Zox is your Social Worker with a Microphone™. She’s informative and fun and opens up the mike with conversations that women need to hear. The Kathryn Zox Show is savvy and relationship oriented. Kathryn has counseled hundreds of women and their families who have suffered from eating disorders, addiction problems, marital, family and geriatric issues as well as persons coping with mental and physical disabilities. She combines her feminine perspective, social work skills and acting talents to produce a show that’s smart, upbeat, informative, sometimes irreverent, but never boring! Tune in Wednesdays at 7 AM/PT, 10 AM/ET to The Kathryn Zox Show be a part of Kathryn’s lively interviews on wealth, health, kids, divorce, travel, menopause, recipes, diets, and relationships. Serious and not so serious topics include hair loss, weight gain, face lifts, obsession, and rejection and even male contraception. That’s the Kathryn Zox Show, right here on VoiceAmerica Variety.
Kathryn Zox is your social worker with a microphone™. She has been producing and hosting The Kathryn Zox Show Lunchtime Talk in Albany, NY for over five years and is excited about bringing her show from the capital of NY State to the Nation's Capital. She has also recently been a co-host and featured life expert on Doug Stephan's syndicated Good Day Show. Kathryn's interviewed thousands of guests including lifestyle experts, celebrities, authors, lawyers, psychiatrists, physicians and dieticians. At Albany Medical College she has trained doctors and medical students to communicate effectively with their patients. She's an actor who can be seen on the Sopranos and Law and Order and even admits to modeling for AARP! She has Masters' Degrees in Social Work and Counseling Psychology and is a graduate of the New School of Radio and Television. Much background for her show comes from traveling the world and raising three boys now in their twenties - a rock star, an actor and a film maker. There's also one ex-husband, one boyfriend, two brothers and an aging mom!
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Dr. Rhonda Joy Edwards Vansant
Dr. Rhonda Joy Edwards Vansant is an educator who has devoted her professional life to the advocacy of loving, nurturing developmentally appropriate settings for children, and inspiring truly meaningful educational practices for learners of all ages. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree and a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education from the University of Georgia. She completed further graduate work with a Specialist Degree in Language Arts at Peabody College for Teachers. She earned her Doctorate of Education Degree in Curriculum and Supervision from Vanderbilt University. She is the author of Education As It Could Be. Additional information on her may be obtained at www.joyoflearningeducation.org. View Guest page
“Ms. Ackerman has received a D. Lit. from Kenyon College, Guggenheim Fellowship, Orion Book Award, John Burroughs Nature Award, and the Lavan Poetry Prize, as well as being honored as a Literary Lion by the New York Public Library. She also has the rare distinction of having a molecule named after her --dianeackerone. She has taught at a number of universities, including Columbia and Cornell. Her essays about nature and human nature have been appearing for decades in The New York Times, Smithsonian, Parade, The New Yorker, National Geographic and many other journals. She hosted a five-hour PBS television series inspired by A Natural History of the Senses.” View Guest page
Marci Alboher is a vice president of Encore.org, the leading nonprofit organization making it easier for millions of people to pursue encore careers, second acts for the greater good. She is also the author of One Person/Multiple Careers, and created the Shifting Careers column and blog for The New York Times. Her work and commentary have been featured in countless national media outlets, including USA Today, and NBC's Today show. Ms. Alboher lives with her husband in New York City View Guest page
Jessica Joelle Alexander is an American author, columnist and cultural trainer. She graduated with a BS in a psychology and went on to teach communication and writing skills in Scandinavia and central Europe. Married to a Dane for 13 years, she lives in Rome with her husband and two children, Sophia and Sebastian. View Guest page
Gisele “Xtravaganza” Alicea
Gisele is a successful high fashion model, actress, painter, event producer, legendary ballroom personality and transgender activist. During her modeling career she has worked with such professionals as Patricia Field, Patrick Demarchelier, Terry Richardson, Danielle Levitz and many others. Her runway work includes The Blondes, Vidal Sassoon, Nico and Adrian. She has appeared in national magazines such as Interview, Out, Amelie G and Flaunt. Gisele appeared in the movie The Extra Man with Katie Holmes, Kevin Kline, John C. Reilly and Paul Dano. She was also featured in the documentary Lost in the Crowd by Susi Graf. She grew up in Harlem and attended the Harvey Milk High School. View Guest page
David M. Allen, M.D
David M. Allen, M.D. is the author of the book, How Dysfunctional Families Spur Mental Disorders: A Balanced Approach to Resolve Problems and Reconcile Relationships. He is Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry and the former Director of Psychiatric Residency Training at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis, a position he held for 16 years. Prior to that he was in the private practice in psychiatry in Southern California for 13 years during the advent of managed care health insurance. Additionally, he has done research into personality disorders and is a psychotherapy theorist. He is the author of three books for psychotherapists: A Family Systems Approach to Individual Psychotherapy, Deciphering Motivation in Psychotherapy, and Psychotherapy with Borderline Patients: an Integrated Approach, as well as numerous journal articles and book chapters. He is a former associate editor of the Journal of Psychotherapy Integration and a former treasurer of the Association for Research in Personality Disorders. He received his medical degree from U.C. San Francisco, and his psychiatric residency at the Los Angeles County - University of Southern California Medical Center. View Guest page
Tara Allmen, MD, FACOG, NCMP is one of America’s leading experts in midlife women’s health. She is a board certified gynecologist and NAMS certified menopause practitioner. Dr. Allmen has educated thousands of medical professionals around the country in perimenopausal and menopausal medicine. She has also been featured on television, including Dr. Oz Show, Good Morning America, NBC, CBS, and Fox News. Inspired to reach millions of women over the age of 40 with accurate scientific information, Dr. Allmen created an extensive video library, available on her website, as well as the DVD “Menopause in an Hour.”
Dr. Allmen earned her bachelor's degree from Johns Hopkins University and her medical degree from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. She completed a residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the University of California, San Francisco. View Guest page
“JONATHAN ALPERT, a licensed psychotherapist and advice columnist, is one of the media's favorite sources of no-nonsense lifestyle advice, quotes, and commentary. The New York Observer has called him "Manhattan's most media-friendly psychotherapist" and "the media's go-to guy for psychoanalyzing the City." His popular weekly column in Metro newspapers, where he dishes out no-nonsense, results-oriented advice on relationships, sex, lifestyle, and career dilemmas, reaches more than a million readers weekly. Alpert has appeared on such nationally televised shows as TODAY, Good Morning America, CNN, FOX News, and NBC Nightly News, and is often quoted by Ladies' Home Journal, Details, Elle, Men's Health, the Associated Press, BBC, and Time, among other print outlets. He also appeared in the 2010 Oscar-winning documentary "Inside Job," where he commented on the psychological underpinnings of the 2008 financial crisis. You can see more on Alpert, including media clips, at www.jonathanalpert.com.” View Guest page
Lani Hall Alpert
Lani Hall Alpert is a Grammy Award-winning vocalist, and has penned the lyrics to numerous songs dating as far back as the 1960s, when she was lead singer for Sergio Mendes's group, Brasil '66. Written over the course of more than 30 years, Emotional Memoirs & Short Stories marks Lani's debut into the world of literature, assembling works of both fiction and non-fiction, tied together by an intimate narrative. After a turbulent childhood growing up in Chicago, she found her only refuge in a love of singing. While still just a teenager, Lani was discovered by Sergio Mendes at a local nightclub and was whisked off to Los Angeles, where, just 5 months later, Brasil '66 was signed to A&M Records by the founder of the label (and Lani's future husband), music legend Herb Alpert. Over the past 5 years, Lani has been performing and recording alongside the love of her life, her husband of 38 years, Herb Alpert. Their most recent album together, I Feel You, was released to rave reviews in 2011. Lani enjoys spending time with her three children and five grandchildren, and she lives with her husband in Southern California, where she continues to write and sing. View Guest page
Troy Amdahl (the OolaGuru) is a Rochester, Minnesota, native. He graduated cum laude from Northwestern Health Sciences University, became a devoted husband, father, and a successful businessman who traveled the world, retired debt-free at 42, and was an Ironman triathlete. Once a year, he and a group of friends―including Dave Braun, the OolaSeeker who sought him out as a mentor, would meet to set goals and find balance and growth in the key areas of life, the synthesis of which became the philosophy and movement that is Oola. View Guest page
John Amodeo, PhD
John Amodeo, PhD, a licensed marriage and family therapist for over thirty years, has been engaged in Buddhism and spiritual practice for forty years. He is the author of The Authentic Heart and Love and Betrayal and was a writer and contributing editor for Yoga Journal. He is a Focusing Trainer and has trained in Somatic Experiencing for trauma. He lectures internationally on love and relationships and has led workshops at centers such as Esalen Institute, the Omega Institute, and the New York Open Center. He has been a featured guest on CNN, CNBC, Donahue, and New Dimensions Radio and has been interviewed or written articles for publications that include The Chicago Tribune, The Dallas Morning News, The San Jose Mercury News, and Cosmopolitan. With Sue Johnson he coauthored a chapter on EFT and Buddhism in The Emotionally Focused Casebook. An adjunct faculty member of Meridian University, he lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. Visit www.johnamodeo.com for additional information View Guest page
Karen Amster-Young is a marketing and public relations guru and a freelance writer. She has amassed many awards for her work in public relations, including a spot on PR Week magazine's "Forty PR Stars under Forty" at age thirty-three. She lives with her husband and eleven-year-old daughter. View Guest page
GEORGE ANDERSON is the first medium in history to appear regularly on a cable television show, the first medium to gain international exposure for his extraordinary ability, and the only medium to be cleared by network television standards and practices to appear on the first-ever prime-time special on mediumship, Contact: Talking to the Dead. He is the only living medium to have been invited to Holland by surviving members of the family of Anne Frank, and he remains the most scientifically tested medium on earth. Anderson has been featured in newspapers and on television and is the New York Times bestselling author of George Anderson’s Lessons from the Light and the national bestseller Walking in the Garden of Souls. View Guest page
John J.B. Anderson PhD
John J.B. Anderson, BA, MAT, MA, PhD has been on the faculty of the Department of Nutrition in the Gillings School of Global Public Health at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill since 1972. He has a bachelor’s degree in history from Williams College, a master’s degree in education from Harvard University, a master’s degree in biology from Boston University, and a doctorate in physical biology (biochemistry) from Cornell University, Ithaca, New York. His research career has centered on the linkages among nutrients, hormones, lifestyle factors, and bone health. He has published several books and written approximately 150 scientific articles. He is currently on the editorial boards of several journals, including the British Journal of Nutrition, Journal of Bone and Mineral Research, Osteoporosis International, and Nutrition Research. View Guest page
Having sold more than 1.5 million books, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Bella Andre’s novels have appeared on Top 5 lists at Amazon, Apple, Barnes & Noble and Kobo. After signing a groundbreaking 7-figure print-only deal with Harlequin MIRA, Bella’s Sullivan series will be released in paperback in a major global English language launch in the US, Canada, the UK, and Australia in continuous back-to-back releases from June 2013 through April 2014. Known for “sensual, empowered stories enveloped in heady romance” (Publishers Weekly), her books have been Cosmopolitan Magazine ”Red Hot Reads” twice and have been translated into nine languages, and her Sullivan books are already Top 20 bestsellers in Brazil. Winner of the Award of Excellence, The Washington Post has called her “One of the top digital writers in America” and she has been featured by NPR, USA Today, Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, and most recently in TIME Magazine. She has given keynote speeches at publishing conferences from Copenhagen to Berlin to San Francisco, including a standing-room-only keynote at Book Expo America in 2012 on her self-publishing success. If not behind her computer, you can find her reading her favorite authors, hiking, swimming or laughing. Married with two children, Bella splits her time between the Northern California wine country and a 100 year old log cabin in the Adirondacks. View Guest page
Mark Antonacci JD
Mark Antonacci is the founder and President of Test the Shroud Foundation and is one of the leading authorities in the world on the Shroud of Turin. He gave the keynote address at the international conference held in Italy in conjunction with the Shroud’s exhibition in 2010. As an attorney, he has spent over 30 years studying all aspects of the evidence relating to this burial cloth and released his first book on the topic, The Resurrection of the Shroud, in 2000. The project received coverage from such high-profile outlets as the Chicago Sun Times, Dallas Morning News, Tulsa World News, St. Louis Post-Dispatch and the Trinity Broadcasting Network. He has been interviewed on radio programs in Europe and South America and on several nationally syndicated radio programs. Antonacci practices law and lives with his wife outside of St. Louis. View Guest page
Caroline L. Arnold
Caroline L. Arnold has been a technology leader on Wall Street for more than a decade, leading software development teams as large as five hundred technologists. She received the Wall Street and Technology Award for creating the Google IPO Auction platform and her name appears on several patents pending. She is a managing director at Goldman Sachs and lives in New York City with her family. View Guest page
Marie-Claire Arrieta PhD
Marie-Claire Arrieta, Ph.D., who will start her own lab in September of 2016, is a postdoctoral scientist in Finlay’s lab, where her recent study connecting asthma in very young babies to missing key intestinal bacterial species was deemed a breakthrough in the field and was reported by dozens of news outlets around the world in 2015. Arrieta has been published in leading scientific journals such as Gastroenterology, PNAS, and Science Translational Medicine. She spends her busy days juggling between experiments, science writing, kindergarten pick-ups, and play dates for her two young children. View Guest page
Stephen Arterburn is coauthor of the bestselling Every Man series, founder and chairman of New Life Clinics, host of the daily “New Life Live!” national radio program, creator of the Women of Faith Conferences, a licensed minister, and the author of more than one hundred books and editor of ten Bible projects. He lives in Laguna Beach, California. View Guest page
Christine Arylo is a transformational teacher, internationally recognized speaker and best-selling author of the official self-love guidebook, Madly in Love with ME, the Daring Adventure to Becoming Your Own Best Friend. After earning her MBA from Kellogg and climbing the corporate ladder for fifteen years, she chose to devote her life to creating a new reality for women and girls, one based on self-love and true feminine power instead of the relentless pursuit of having to do, be and have it all. A recovering achievement junkie and doing addict, Christine left her cushy executive lifestyle in 2006 to found an international self-love movement, author the go-to book on love and relationships, Choosing ME before WE, co-found a virtual self-love school for women, Inner Mean Girl Reform School, and mentor others. Her dedication earned her the affectionate title, ‘The Queen of Self-Love.’ Christine has been featured on CBS, ABC, FOX, WGN, E!, in the Huffington Post, Beliefnet, the Daily Love, and on the radio shows, spas, conferences and stages around the world, including TEDx. She normally lives in Northern California with her soul partner, Noah, but recently they have gone nomadic, and have embarked on a 6-month U.S. tour they call the TEAM LOVE TOUR 2013. To find out more about Christine, and her self-love movement, go to www.chooseselflove.com” View Guest page
Dr. Lyle Back
Lyle M. Back, M.D., F.A.C.S. is originally from New York City and graduated with honors from Rutgers Medical School. He completed his surgical training at Ohio State and is an ABMS Board Certified Surgeon in both General Surgery (ABS) and Plastic Surgery (ABPS). Dr. Back is a Fellow of the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery (AACS) and a longstanding member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). Dr. Back served as a professor of Plastic Surgery at Temple University and St. Christopher's Hospital for Children in Philadelphia and performed reconstructive surgery with "Operation Smile" in Vietnam. View Guest page
Born in Israel and trained by the legendary Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais, Anat Baniel has established an international reputation for her work with children with special needs. A clinical psychologist, she has refined her method for more than thirty years, and runs the Anat Baniel Method facility in Marin County, California, which draws students and clients from around the world. She is also the author of Move Into Life. Visit her website at http://www.anatbanielmethod.com/holothesis/children/kids-beyond-limits. View Guest page
Neal Barnard MD, FACC
Neal Barnard, M.D., is the president and founder of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, a nonprofit organization based in Washington, D.C. His research has been published in Scientific American, the American Journal of Cardiology and other major journals. Dr. Barnard is the author of six previous books, including Foods that Fight Pain and Food for Life. A frequent lecturer appearing across the country and an adjunct professor of medicine at the George Washington University School of Medicine, he lives in Washington, D.C. View Guest page
Kaitlin Bell Barnett
"Kaitlin Bell Barnett is a journalist and blogger based in Brooklyn. Her work has appeared in The New York Observer, Parents, The Huffington Post, Berkshire Living, Gastronomica, Prevention, InTheFray, Hungry, The Brooklyn Rail, and The Boston Globe, among other publications. Kaitlin grew up in Williamstown, Massachusetts, and attended Columbia Journalism School and Dartmouth College, where she served as executive editor of the independent daily student newspaper. From 2005 to 2007, she worked as a reporter at The Monitor, a daily newspaper in McAllen, Texas, on the Mexico border. There, she covered city government, politics, schools, crime and general assignments". For more information, visit her website at http://kaitlinbellbarnett.com/ View Guest page
Mendi Baron ACSW
Clinically trained, Mendi’s extensive experience as a therapist includes individual and group counseling for children, adolescents, and families in various settings. Gaining insight and experience, he has worked at several treatment centers including the Chesapeake Center for Youth Development, the Carroll County Youth Services Bureau, Chabad Crisis Centers, and the Center for Discovery and Adolescent Change. He earned a BA with honors in psychology and social work at The University of Maryland and an MSW at the University of Maryland School of Social Work. Before launching Evolve Treatment Centers, Mendi conceived and built, from the ground up, successful, high end adolescent residential and outpatient programs in Los Angeles. At Evolve Treatment Centers, Mendi brings a rare blend of energy, creativity, and experience to the treatment of teens struggling with addiction and mental health issues. The son of a Rabbi, eldest of 11 children, he is a part-time rock musician, cantor, and father of two. View Guest page
“Alton Barron, M.D. is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon and is currently the President of the New York Society for Surgery of the Hand. He has been a surgeon for the New York Philharmonic Orchestra and Metropolitan Opera for more than a decade. Dr. Barron is a consultant for CBS and has appeared on the CBS Early Show. He has also written for The New York Times, was listed annually since 2009 in the New York Times Magazine as one of the "Super Docs," and has published extensively in multiple peer-reviewed journals and textbooks.” View Guest page
“Carrie Barron, M.D., is a board-certified psychiatrist/psychoanalyst on the faculty of the Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons who also has a private practice in New York City. She has published in peer-reviewed journals, won several academic awards, and presented original works on creativity and self-expression at national meetings of the American Psychoanalytic Association.” View Guest page
Known as America’s Eating Strategist™, Rania Batayneh, MPH, has helped thousands of clients lose the weight they never thought they could lose. In addition to her master’s degree in public health nutrition from the University of Michigan School Of Public Health, Rania is a Wellcoaches Certified Health and Wellness Coach endorsed by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). She is frequently quoted in the media on health matters such as diet and weight loss. Rania works with clients nationwide through her nutrition consulting firm, Essential Nutrition for You. View Guest page
Norman D. Bates
Norman D. Bates, Esq., President and founder of Liability Consultants, Inc., is a nationally recognized expert in security and the law. For over twenty years, he has been providing security management consulting services to private industry as well as court-certified expert witness services nationwide to both plaintiff and defense firms in civil cases regarding inadequate security, negligent hiring or training, and workplace violence. Mr. Bates regularly presents seminars on civil liberty issues and has authored numerous articles and books on the subject. Actively involved with the drafting of various legislation, Mr. Bates authored a bill on criminal stalking in Massachusetts that was passed into law. Formerly, Mr. Bates was an Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice at Northeastern University in Boston and Director of Security and Legal Counsel to the Saunders Hotel Corporations. View Guest page
Lara Bazelon is a writer and attorney living in San Francisco. She is the former director of an innocence project based in Los Angeles, and before that, worked for seven years as a deputy federal public defender. She and her ex-husband share custody of their two children. Lara writes about a wide range of issues, including crime, justice, ethics, relationships, and divorce. Her essays and opinion pieces have appeared in the New York Times, Slate Magazine, Politico, and the Los Angeles Times, among other publications. To read Lara's ongoing series about false convictions, go to http://www.slate.com/authors.lara_bazelon.html. View Guest page
Cris Beam is an author and professor in New York City. She is the author of Transparent (Harcourt 2007), a nonfiction book that covers seven years in the lives of four transgender teenagers, which won the Lambda Literary Award for best transgender book in 2008, and was a Stonewall Honor book. Her young adult novel, I am J, was released by Little, Brown in March 2011, and was named a Kirkus Best Book and Library Guild Selection of 2011, and is the first book with a transgender character to be placed on the state of California's recommended reading list for public high schools. Her memoir, Mother, Stranger was published by The Atavist in 2012 and quickly reached the top ten on Kindle Singles. Cris teaches creative writing at Columbia University, New York University, and Bayview Women’s Correctional Facility. She has an MFA in creative nonfiction from Columbia University and has received fellowships from the Point Foundation, the MacDowell Colony, and the Corporation of Yaddo. View Guest page
Andrea Beaman HHC, AADP
Andrea Beaman (HHC, AADP, CHEF) is a nationally renowned Holistic Health Coach and Natural Foods Chef. Named one of the top 100 Most Influential Health and Fitness Experts of 2012 by Greatist.com, she is also a recipient of the Natural Gourmet Institute’s Award for Excellence in Health-Supportive Education and a Health Leadership award from The Institute for Integrative Nutrition.
In addition to hosting her award-nominated cooking show Fed Up!, she has been featured on Top Chef, The View, CBS news, Fox News, Emeril Live and Martha Stewart’s Whole Living radio. She also teaches classes and seminars at a wide range of institutions nationwide, including The Institute For Integrative Nutrition, Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, The 92nd St Y, The Natural Gourmet Institute, The James Beard House and the New York Open Center. View Guest page
Kim Bearden is the Co-founder, Executive Director, and Language Arts at the Ron Clark Academy, a SACS/CASI accredited and highly-acclaimed nonprofit middle school that caters to underprivileged students in Southeast Atlanta. Bearden has received numerous awards for her creative and dynamic teaching style, including the Disney American Teacher Award for Outstanding Middle School Humanities Teacher, The Milken Family Foundation Award for Excellence in Education, and Teacher of the Year Award in Cobb County, GA. She is a member of the Leadership Atlanta Class of 2008, and received the Phoenix Award from Mayor Shirley Franklin for her dedication to the education. She is a former Finalist for Georgia Teacher of the Year and the Phenomenal Woman of Character Award. She resides in Marietta, GA with her husband, Scotty, and daughter, Madison View Guest page
David Bedrick JD, Dipl
David Bedrick JD, Dipl. PW, spent eight years on the faculty of the University of Phoenix and taught courses for the US Navy, 3M, the American Society of Training and Development, the Process Work Institute, and psychological associations. An expert in mediation and conflict resolution, Bedrick blogs for Psychology Today and has received numerous awards for teaching, employee development and legal services to the community View Guest page
Elayne Bennett is the founder and president of Best Friends Foundation, and an avid spokeswoman on issues of adolescent behavior and development. She holds a BA and M.Ed from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. Mrs. Bennett serves as a member of the Ethics, Religion, and Public Policy task force of the National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy. She has been awarded the prestigious Jefferson Award for National Public Service, the John Carroll Society Award, the William E. Simon Foundation Award for Social Entrepreneurship, and the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Award. She is the wife of William J. Bennett, former U.S. Secretary of Education, and the mother of two sons. View Guest page
SARAH BENNETT has written for magazines, the Internet, television, and books. She also spent two years writing for a monthly sketch comedy show at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater in New York. Somehow, she lives in New Hampshire and works in New York. F*ck Feelings (2015), is written with her father, psychiatrist, Dr. Michael I. Bennett. Please visit them at: http://fxckfeelings.com/. View Guest page
Daniel Bergner is a contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine and the author of four books of nonfiction: What Do Women Want?, The Other Side of Desire, In the Land of Magic Soldiers, and God of the Rodeo. In the Land of Magic Soldiers received an Overseas Press Club Award for international reporting and a Lettre-Ulysses Award for the Art of Reportage and was named a Los Angeles Times Best Book of the Year. God of the Rodeo was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. In addition to appearing in the New York Times Magazine, Mr. Bergner’s writing has appeared in Granta, Harper’s, Mother Jones, Talk, and the New York Times Book Review, and on the op-ed page of the New York Times. His writing is included in The Norton Reader: An Anthology of Nonfiction.” View Guest page
Dr. Gregory Berns
Dr. Gregory Berns is the Distinguished Professor of Neuroeconomics at Emory University. His research has been featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Forbes, the Los Angeles Times, Nature, Money, New Scientist, Psychology Today, and on CNN, NPR, ABC, and the BBC. He lives in Atlanta, Georgia. View Guest page
More About AshleyMadison.com Since its launch in February 2002, the site has drawn heavy criticism for encouraging adultery, but it has gown to an astonishing 16 million members in 24 countries including over 9 million in the US alone. Biderman is frequently called on to lend his opinion regading issues of marriage and infidelity, appearing on networks and programs including CNN, MSNBC, Fox news, Jay Leno and Sean Hannity Show." View Guest page
Jude Bijou is a licensed marriage and family therapist (MFT), an educator in Santa Barbara, California and the author of triple finalist, Attitude Reconstruction: A Blueprint for Building a Better Life (Riviera Press, 2011). In 1982, Jude launched a private psychotherapy practice and started working with individuals, couples, and groups. She also began teaching communication courses through Santa Barbara City College Adult Education. Word spread about the success of Attitude Reconstruction, and it wasn’t long before Jude became a sought-after workshop and seminar leader, teaching her approach to organizations and groups. The culmination of Jude’s groundbreaking work can now be found in Attitude Reconstruction: A Blueprint for Building a Better Life. These simple principles have impacted countless clients, seminar participants, and students. And Jude promises this: if we can learn to harness the tools we’re intrinsically born with, creating a life full of joy, love, and peace is truly possible, right here, right now. View Guest page
Jude Bijou MA MFT
Jude Bijou is a licensed marriage and family therapist (MFT), an educator in Santa Barbara, California and the author of multi-gold awarded, Attitude Reconstruction: A Blueprint for Building a Better Life (Riviera Press, 2011).
As the daughter of a famous pioneer in the field of behavioral child psychology and applied behavior analysis, Jude’s upbringing sounds like it would be pretty cool. There was just one problem: she was miserable.
Earning a BA in psychology from Reed College and a master’s in psychology from Carleton University, she became a marriage and family therapist. Success was attained, yet something was still missing. Looking eastward, she immersed herself in the world of meditation and Vedic philosophy. The result: an integrated, truly holistic approach to viewing ourselves and our relationships with others. Her award-winning system, Attitude Reconstruction was birthed into the world. View Guest page
AYSE BIRSEL has been designing award-winning products for over twenty years. She is the co-founder of Birsel + Seck, an innovative design studio in New York that partners with leading brands and Fortune 500 companies. She teaches at SVA and has taught at the Pratt Institute. Her work is in the permanent collections of the MOMA and Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum. She has received numerous design awards, including the IDEA Gold Award, ID Magazine Excellence Award, and Athena Award for Excellence in Furniture Design from RISD. View Guest page
Meg Blackburn Losey PhD
Meg Blackburn Losey PhD is the author of the international bestseller The Children of Now along with several other books including Conversations with the Children of Now, The Art of Living Out Loud, and The Secret History of Consciousness. Dr. Meg is the creator of the Touching the Light Healing Modality and offers Certification courses. She is an international keynote speaker and lectures worldwide. Dr. Meg is a PhD of Holistic Life Coaching and holds a Doctoral Degree in Metaphysics and has served as a consultant to Good Morning America and 20/20. View Guest page
Becky Blalock (Atlanta, GA) is the former SVP and CIO of Southern Company where she worked for 33 years before retiring in October 2011. Under her leadership, Southern Company delivered over a billion dollars in new technology initiatives and was recognized as one of the "100 Most Innovative Companies" by CIO Magazine and one of the "100 Best Places to Work in IT" by Computerworld Magazine. Today, Blalock is a partner with Advisory Capital, where she provides strategic consulting, and is on the board of Computers for Youth, Emory Healthcare, the Georgia Health Sciences University, CSI Laboratories, Verdecco, and the business School of Mercer University. Blalock also speaks regularly before large audiences. She was Women in Technology's 2011 Legacy Award winner, Energy Biz Magazine's 2009 CIO of the Year, the 2009 Chairman of the Board of Leadership Atlanta, Computerworld Magazine's "100 IT Leaders," and Atlanta Woman's 2006 Power Woman of the Year View Guest page
Tricia Bliven-Chasinoff is a former neuroscientist turned freelance writer with a passion for understanding how the brain functions. She lives in the Philadephia suburbs with her patient husband, Aspergian old-soul son, and spunky daughter. Lisa Davis is a mom to an amazing 9-year-old daughter with PDD-NOS, NLD, and ADHD. She is also a wife, dog owner, and radio show creator, host, of her own radio show. View Guest page
Roselee Blooston MFT
Roselee Blooston is a writer, actress, teacher, and arts administrator whose works for the stage have been widely produced, and whose fiction and essays have appeared in print and online magazines, and in anthologies. She is the author of Dying in Dubai, a memoir of marriage, mourning, and the Middle East, published by Apprentice House Press, Loyola University Maryland in October 2016. An excerpt from that memoir appears in the anthology, The Widows’ Handbook, published by Kent State University Press in 2014, which includes work by Tess Gallagher, Maxine Kumin and Mary Oliver, with a foreword by Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. A second excerpt was a finalist in the Writer Advice 7th Flash Prose Contest. Her novel, Trial by Family, was a semi-finalist in the 2010 SLS Unified Literary Contest. View Guest page
Susan Blum, M.D.
Susan Blum, M.D., is the founder of Blum Center for Health in Rye Brook, New York, an advisor to the Institute for Functional Medicine, and serves on the Medical Advisory Board for The Dr. Oz Show. An Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Preventive Medicine at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, she has been treating and preventing chronic disease for more than a decade. She lives in Armonk, New York with her husband and three sons. View Guest page
"Nicole has embarked on the journey to help families affected by rare disease based on her personal experience with a family friend, their struggles and challenges over the course of 2 1⁄2 years while working to find a diagnosis for their son. Realizing these families need an outside champion for all rare disease, she believes that ‘power in numbers’ apply to this effort, and works to create collaborations within the entire rare disease community and build greater public awareness for rare disease, which affects over 30 million within the US. In business, Nicole has held numerous consulting, sales and marketing executive roles in her 20 years in business. Nicole has a passion for launching new products, building new organizations and ‘making the impossible possible’. Nicole has worked with world-class organizations within Life Sciences Media as a founding member and Associate Publisher of The Journal of Life Sciences, has also worked in the Life Sciences Venture Capital Community in media, and in the Pharmaceutical and High Tech Sectors. Organizations include Zoomedia, Burrill & Company, Schering Plough, Imagine Media & CMP Media. A Graduate of the University of California San Diego, with a BA in Political Science and formerly enrolled in the masters program at Pepperdine University. Nicole currently resides in Southern California with her husband and two children, enjoying her role as business woman, mother, wife, coach and outdoor enthusiast." View Guest page
Sheri J. Booker
Sheri J. Booker is a writer, poet, spoken word artist, photographer, and teacher. She is the author of the poetry book, One Woman, One Hustle (Book Her 2003) and book I am the Poem (Book 2011). She is currently writing a memoir, Nine Years Under (Gotham 2013), based on her nine-year experience in the funeral business. She has traveled the U.S. reciting and performing her poetry. In 2007, she lived in rural South Africa where she helped to teach journalism skills to African women and worked as an editorial assistant for an international literary magazine. Sheri has written for Urbanite, Channel, The Amazwi Villager and a. magazine Most recently, Sheri has developed, Color Me Talk, a podcast for women of color to discuss relationships and healthy living. She also writes a blog for Color Me Talk. Sheri has an M.F.A. in creative nonfiction from Goucher College. She received her B.A. in political science from the College of Notre Dame of Maryland in Baltimore where she currently lives. View Guest page
Michele Borba is an educational psychologist and former teacher who has worked with parents and teachers on four continents. She is a regular NBC/TODAY show contributor and has been featured as a parenting expert on Dr. Phil, Dateline, The View, NBC Nightly News, The Doctors, MSNBC, Fox & Friends, Inside Edition, Dr. Oz, Fox Headline News, The Early Show, and CNN, among many others. She is the award-winning author of 22 books translated into 14 languages. Borba is a Bay Area native who currently resides in Palm Springs, California with her husband, and is the mother of three grown sons. Please visit her at www.micheleborba.com. View Guest page
Currently serving as Vice President of Product Development at CannaVest Corporation in San Diego, California, Mr. Boucher is one of the true American pioneers of the modern USA hemp industry. Founder of the Hemp Industries Association (H.I.A) in 1992, in 1994 he became the first person in more than 50 years to grow Industrial Hemp in theUSA while at the USDA Research Station in Brawley California. Mr. Boucher co-wrote the first California and Colorado Industrial Hemp Legislation Act of 1995, which today serves as the boilerplate for most state legislation regarding industrial hemp. View Guest page
Carolyn Brent MBA
Carolyn A. Brent is known to audiences across the country from her appearances on various national news programs from MSNBC to ABC. Carolyn is an accomplished and award winning author, and eldercare and caregiver’s rights advocate who has also been featured on the pages of publications including: Library Journal, CNN iReport, Escape Magazine, Huff Post, Washington Times, Today’s Caregiver Magazine, Canada’s Caregiver Solutions Magazine, San Joaquin Magazine, California Business Journal and more… Carolyn A. Brent is an American author, elder care legislation advocate, and inspirational speaker. She is best known as the author of award winning—best-selling books, The Caregiver’s Companion: Caring for Your Loved One Medically, Financially and Emotionally While Caring for Yourself and Why Wait? The Baby-Boomers Guide to Preparing Emotionally, Financially and Legally for a Parent’s Death. Brent is the founder of the nonprofit organizations, CareGiverStory & Grandpa’s Dream. View Guest page
Genevieve Shaw Brown
Genevieve Shaw Brown is a lifestyle writer, editor, and reporter for ABC News living in New York with her husband and three children. She was the recipient of the 2013 Silver Grand Award for Travel Journalist of the Year from the Society of American Travel Writers and an Edward R. Murrow award for excellence in reporting. The Happiest Mommy You Know is based on an article she first wrote for ABC News that was subsequently turned into a segment on Good Morning America. This is her first book. View Guest page
HOLLY BROWN lives with her husband and toddler daughter in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she’s a practicing marriage and family therapist. Her blog, Bonding Time, is featured on Psychcentral.com. View Guest page
Jenny Brown is the author of the book Growing Yourself Up (published 2012 in Australia, 2015 in the USA); that applies Murray Bowen’s family systems theory to life and relationships with a personal and accessible style . She has a number of published articles and book chapters on aspects of family systems. Jenny is founder and director of The Family Systems Institute in Sydney, Australia, where she has a counselling practice and trains mental health professionals and organisations. She has trained and earned academic awards at the University of Sydney and Columbia University New York. Additionally, Jenny has completed many years of post-graduate education in systems approaches to counselling at Relationships Australia, the Family Institute of Westchester, New York; and the Tavistock and Portman in London. her current writing efforts are focused on completing PhD research at the University of New South Wales about parents and adolescents mental health View Guest page
"Pat Brown is a nationally known criminal profiler, television commentator, author, and founder and CEO of The Sexual Homicide Exchange and The Pat Brown Criminal Profiling Agency. Pat has provided crime commentary and profiling and forensic analysis in over one thousand television and radio appearances in the United States and across the globe. She can be seen regularly on the cable television news programs, CNN, MSNBC and FOX, and is a frequent guest of the Today Show, the CBS Early Show, Larry King, Inside Edition, Nancy Grace, Issues with Jane Velez-Mitchell, Joy Behar, and America's Most Wanted. For four seasons, Pat Brown profiled crimes on the weekly Court TV crime show, I, Detective. Criminal Profiler Pat Brown is the host of the 2004 Discovery Channel documentary, The Mysterious Death of Cleopatra. In the spring of 2006, Pat went inside one of Florida's maximum-security prisons to interview a child murderer for the Discovery Channel series, Evil Minds. In 2010 she profiled a new Jack the Ripper suspect for Investigation Discovery'sMystery Files. She is the author of The Profiler: My Life Hunting Serial Killers and Psychpaths (Hyperion Voice 2010) and Killing for Sport: Inside the Minds of Serial Killers (Phoenix Books 2003), and is a contract writer for Crime Library. Pat contributed special feature content included in the 2005 home DVD edition of Profiler: Season Two and the 15th Anniversary Edition, 2006 DVD release of Quentin Tarantino's crime classic,Reservoir Dogs." View Guest page
Theresa Brown RN
THERESA BROWN, RN, works as a clinical nurse in Pennsylvania and is a leading voice on health care as seen from the nurse’s point of view. Her New York Times columns appear on that paper’s opinion page. During what she calls her “past life” she taught English at Tufts University. She is a commentator in both print and broadcast national media, a regular contributor to CNN.com and the American Journal of Nursing, and the author of the book Critical Care. She is part of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s “The Power of Narrative” project and speaks nationally on nursing, end of life, and health care in America. View Guest page
Joan Juliet Buck
Joan Juliet Buck is an American novelist, critic, essayist, and editor. She served as editor-in-chief of Vogue Paris from 1994 to 2001. While a contributing editor to Vogue, Vanity Fair, Traveler, and The New Yorker, she wrote two novels, The Only Place to Be and Daughter of the Swan. Currently her essays appear in Harper’s Bazaar. She has been seen onscreen in Julie & Julia and on television in Supergirl. View Guest page
"Ken Budd is an award-winning writer and editor whose writing credits include Smithsonian, Stuff, the Washington Post, AARP: The Magazine, McSweeney's, Modern Humorist, and, Worldview, the magazine of the Peace Corps. Ken lives in Burke, Virginia, near Washington, D.C., with his wife." View Guest page
Mary Buser LCSW
Mary Buser, LCSW, worked as a clinical social worker in the Mental Health Department on Rikers Island during the Giuliani administration's celebrated crackdown on crime.
She began her Rikers sojourn as a student intern at the Rose Singer Center, where she provided therapy to incarcerated women, including a support group for mothers in the island's nursery.
After earning her Master's degree, she returned to Rikers to work at the George Motchan Detention Center, a maximum-security facility for male detainees. Here, she provided both individual and group therapy to the general population, as well as to the jail's mentally ill inmates.
Three years later, Buser was promoted to an assistant mental health chief. In this capacity, she supervised treatment at the "Mental Health Center," the 350-bed facility for the city jail system's most seriously mentally ill inmates. View Guest page
Greg Bustin isn’t afraid to ask the questions no one else asks. While questions about accountability in the workplace can be like ripping a band-aid off a scab, Greg’s well-honed business acumen and straight-from-the-shoulder candor yield the insights that crystallize issues and clear the path toward meaningful solutions.
Today, organizations throughout the world whose leaders are looking for a competitive edge invite Greg to conduct private workshops and deliver thought-provoking keynote addresses on leadership, strategy, conflict resolution and accountability in the workplace.
His views on leadership and accountability in the workplace have been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Barron’s, Financial Executive, The Dallas Morning News and other esteemed national and industry publications. View Guest page
GARY J. BYRNE served in federal law enforcement for nearly thirty years, in the U.S. Air Force Security Police, the Uniformed Division of the Secret Service, and most recently as a Federal Air Marshal. While serving as a Secret Service Officer, Gary protected President Bill Clinton and the First Family in the White House. View Guest page
SUSAN CAIN is the author of the instant New York Times bestseller QUIET: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking, which is being translated into thirty languages. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times; O, The Oprah Magazine; The Atlantic; The Dallas Morning News; Time.com; and PsychologyToday.com. Cain has also spoken at Microsoft, Google, the U.S. Treasury, West Point, and TED 2012. Since her TED talk was posted online, it has been viewed over three million times. She has appeared on numerous national broadcast television and radio shows, including CBS This Morning, NPR's All Things Considered, and NPR's The Diane Rehm Show, and her work has been featured on the cover of Time and in The New Yorker, Harvard Business Review, The Atlantic, Wired, Fast Company, Real Simple, Fortune, Forbes, USA Today, The Washington Post, CNN, Slate.com, and many other publications. She is an honors graduate of Princeton and Harvard Law School. She lives in the Hudson River Valley with her husband and two sons. Visit: www.thepowerofintroverts.com View Guest page
Sherrie Campbell, PhD
Sherrie Campbell, PhD is a veteran, licensed Psychologist with two decades of clinical training and experience providing counseling and psychotherapy services to residents of Yorba Linda, Irvine, Anaheim, Fullerton and Brea, California. In her private practice, she currently specializes in psychotherapy with adults and teenagers, including marriage and family therapy, grief counselling, childhood trauma, sexual issues, personality disorders, illness and more. She has helped individuals manage their highest high and survive their lowest low—from winning the lottery to the death of a child. Her interactive sessions are as unique and impactful as her new book, Loving Yourself : The Mastery of Being Your Own Person.
She earned her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology in 2003 and has regularly contributes to numerous publications, includingIntent.com, Beliefnet.com, DrLaura.com and Hitched.com. She is also an inspirational speaker, avid writer and proud mother. She can be reached at www.Sherriecampbellphd.com View Guest page
T. Colin Campbell, PhD
For more than 40 years, T. Colin Campbell, PhD, has been at the forefront of nutrition research. His legacy, the China Study, is the most comprehensive study of health and nutrition ever conducted. Dr. Campbell is the author of the bestselling book, The China Study, and the Jacob Gould Schurman Professor Emeritus of Nutritional Biochemistry at Cornell University. He has received more than 70 grant-years of peer-reviewed research funding and authored more than 300 research papers. The China Study was the culmination of a 20-year partnership of Cornell University, Oxford University, and the Chinese Academy of Preventive Medicine View Guest page
"As the first regional Director for North America, Susan A. Cantrell works closely and collaboratively with the Advisory Council of North America and its Content Advisory Committee to develop DIA’s overall strategy for this region. She is also responsible for outreach to regulatory and other government agencies (such as the FDA and NIH), and related associations, and will divide her time between worldwide headquarters in Horsham (PA) and Washington, DC. As a regional director, Susan also serves on the Global Management Team, responsible for helping to coordinate DIA enterprise resources and policy from an operational perspective. Susan comes from the American Society of Health System Pharmacists, a professional society for whom she worked for 19 years in a series of progressively responsible positions. She most recently served as Vice President of Resources Development, where she led the Society’s efforts in domestic and international business development. Prior to this, she served as Managing Director, ASHP Advantage, a division of the society that developed and implemented accredited educational programs to assist pharmacists and health professionals. Susan brings significant experience in pharmacy practice, health care delivery and policy, and association management, including a substantial background in professional education, large meetings, business development, and volunteer engagement." View Guest page
Cary Carbonaro is a Certified Financial Planner with an MBA in finance, and has over 25 years of experience in financial services. In 2014, she was named an Ambassador for the CFP® Board, one of only 50 in the United States. Because of her credentials, Cary is frequently sought out for her expertise and has been quoted in a variety of well-known publications, including: The Wall Street Journal, Newsday, New York Post, USA Today, The Street.com, Bloomberg, CNBC, Bankrate, Money Magazine, More Magazine, Kiplinger’s and Investor’s Business Daily. She has also served as the Orlando Sentinel’s “Money Matters Hotline” Expert. Cary has also been a guest on “The Today Show”, CBS, Fox News, ABC, NPR and WPIX (NY) and is a frequent guest on PBS Nightly Business. In addition to co-authoring the book TIPS from the TOP: Targeted Advice from America ‘s Top Money Minds (Alpha, 2003), she was also a contributor to The Wealth Management Manual and Save Now or Die Trying. View Guest page
Carrie Cariello lives in Southern New Hampshire with her husband, Joe, and their five children. She is a regular contributor to Autism Spectrum News and has been published in several local parenting magazines. She has a Masters in Public Administration from Rockefeller College and an MBA from Canisius College in New York. At best estimate, she and Joe have changed roughly 16,425 diapers.
For more information about Carrie Cariello and her family, please visit her website and blog at http://carriecariello.com/ View Guest page
Gustavo Carlo PhD
Dr. Gustavo Carlo is the Director of the Center for Family Policy and Research. Dr. Carlo is also Millsap Professor of Diversity and Multicultural Studies in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies. His research interests are focused on children and adolescents' moral development, with a particular emphasis on parenting, personality, and culture. Before arriving at the University of Missouri, Dr. Carlo co-founded the Latino Research Initiative and the Latino Youth Mentoring Achievement Program at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. View Guest page
Dr. David Casarett
David Casarett, M.D. is a physician, researcher, and tenured Associate Professor at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine. His studies have included more than 10,000 patients and have resulted in more than 100 articles and book chapters, published in leading medical journals such as JAMA and The New England Journal of Medicine. His many awards include the prestigious U.S. Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers. He lives in Philadelphia. View Guest page
A former journalist, educator, and public relations professional, Joelle Casteix has taken her own experience as a victim of child sex crimes and devoted her career to exposing abuse, advocating on behalf of survivors, and spreading abuse prevention strategies for parents and communities. She has presented to hundreds of audiences all over the world, including on the TEDx stage, on subjects such as abuse prevention, victim outreach, victims’ rights in the civil justice system, and parenting safer children. She is a regular speaker for the National Center for Victims of Crime, the Institute on Violence, Abuse and Trauma and The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests. Casteix’s blog, The Worthy Adversary, is one of the leading sources for information and commentary on child sexual abuse prevention and exposure. She graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and completed graduate work in education at the University of Colorado, Denver. View Guest page
Christopher Cerf is an American author, composer-lyricist, voice actor, and record and television producer. He was a founding contributor to National Lampoon and is known for his musical contributions to Sesame Street, for co-creating and co-producing the award-winning PBS literacy education television program Between the Lions, and for his humorous articles and books. View Guest page
Farai Chideya (fah RYE - chee DAY ah) has combined media, technology, and socio-political analysis during her 20-year career as an award-winning author, journalist, professor, and lecturer. She is a Distinguished Writer in Residence at New York University’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute. Farai Chideyahas given thousands of speeches and hosted hundreds of events. She frequently appears on public radio and cable television, speaking about race, politics, and culture. Chideya moderated a Democratic Presidential Debate in 2004 and comments for CNN, MTV, Fox, MSNBC, BET, Oxygen, CBS, ABC and other media.Chideya is the former host of National Public Radio's News & Notes. Born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland, Chideya graduated with a B.A. from Harvard University, magna cum laude. She lives in Brooklyn, New York. View Guest page
Vinh Chung MD
Vinh Chung graduated Harvard magna cum laude with a BA in biology and attended Harvard Medical School for his MD. Dr. Chung also studied at the University of Sydney as a Fulbright Scholar and completed a masters of pharmaceutical sciences. He completed his dermatology residency at Emory University, where he served as chief resident. He currently serves on World Vision's National Leadership Council. Dr. Chung and his wife Leisle have three children and run a successful private practice. View Guest page
Robert Clancy is an entrepreneur, professional speaker and author living in the heart of Tech Valley, in upstate New York. He is co-founder and Managing Partner of Spiral Design Studio one of the largest full-service graphic design and web development firms in the Northeast. Spiral Design is a firm that specializes in taking corporate brands, marketing campaigns and digital media from ordinary to extraordinary. Spiral Design Studio’s clients have included dozens of corporations, educational & healthcare organizations, non-profits and startups, including Citicorp, Home Depot, Sears, Activision, Disney, Albany Medical Center, University at Albany, The NYS Dental Association and Junior Achievement of Northeastern NY, among many others. As early as age six, Robert had immense compassion for humanity. He commits his life to assisting others, whether volunteering, helping them to succeed or even just offering a friendly smile. Robert is a husband, father and 4th Degree Master Black Belt Instructor of Tae Kwon Do. Through many years of volunteer work, he’s amassed a collection of awards and has served in leadership positions for Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership (HOBY), Junior Achievement, the American Marketing Association and the Graphic Artists Guild, among others. Robert Clancy is a dedicated volunteer who completely embodies the spirit of service—a selfless commitment to helping others make a positive difference in the world. View Guest page
RON CLARK is a New York Times bestselling author whose book The Essential 55 has sold more than one million copies and has been published in twenty-five different countries. He has been featured on Today, CNN, and Oprah, where Oprah Winfrey named him her first “Phenomenal Man.” In 2007, he founded the Ron Clark Academy, where each year he trains thousands of educators and business people, both at the school’s home base in Atlanta, Georgia, as well as around the world. In addition to his teaching work, Clark consults with Fortune 500 companies, small businesses, and individuals, helping them work better, faster, and more effective. Move Your Bus was derived from his work with those businesses, when he realized that the tools he uses to achieve peak performance don’t just work in the classroom—they also work in the boardroom and beyond. Learn more at ronclarkacademy.com. View Guest page
Melissa E. Clarke MD
Melissa E. Clarke MD is a Harvard-educated physician for over 20 years, healthcare educator, and patient advocate. Her new book, Excuse Me, Doctor! I've Got What?, helps consumers make educated decisions regarding conventional and alternative healthcare practitioners, hospitals, insurance, financial options, and self-care strategies under the new Affordable Care Act. View Guest page
Jennifer Close is the author of Girls in White Dresses, which has appeared on the Washington Post, New York Times, and USA Today bestseller lists. Born and raised on the North Shore of Chicago, she is a graduate of Boston College and received her MFA in fiction writing from the New School in 2005. She worked in New York in magazines for many years. She lives in Washington, D.C. with her husband and teaches creative writing at George Washington University.” View Guest page
Beth Thomas Cohen
Beth Thomas Cohen has been in the fashion industry for sixteen years. As cofounder of the public relations agency B' squared Public Relations, Beth launched new fashion brands and breathed life into older ones. She previously worked as senior director at Lividini & Co., in-house public relations director at the luxury/accessories company Lambertson Truex, and worked in the fashion department at O, The Oprah Magazine. She lives in New Jersey with her husband and children. View Guest page
Cheryl T. Cohen Greene
Cheryl T. Cohen Greene has been in private clinical practice as a surrogate partner and Consultant in Human Sexuality since 1973. She was trained in the Masters and Johnson modality and was on the training staff of San Francisco Sex Information for 19 years. Cohen Green is a certified Sex Educator and Clinical Sexologist, and in 2004 she earned her DHS (Doctor of Human Sexuality) from the Institute for the Advanced Study of Human Sexuality in San Francisco. She is currently the Vice President of IPSA (the International Professional Surrogates Association). She was one of the founders of BASA (the Bay Area Surrogates Association). Cohen Green is a frequent media guest, who has been interviewed on Larry King Live, the National Geographic Channel, the WE Channel, and CNN, among others View Guest page
Susan Combs served as Texas state comptroller from 2007 to 2015, where she pushed through reforms in state government spending. Previously, she served as Texas agriculture commissioner and in the Texas state legislature. She has also served as an assistant district attorney in Dallas. Combs serves on the boards of the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association in Fort Worth and the Texas Wildlife Association. She has also served on the boards of the Texas Beef Council and the Texas Production Credit Association. Combs is the founder of HERdacity, an organization devoted to helping women find others who share their interests, encourage their growth, and dare to follow their passions. View Guest page
John Connolly EdD
John J. Connolly, Ed.D., - the nation's foremost expert on identifying top physicians, is the President & CEO of Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. publisher of America's Top Doctors® and other consumer guides to help people find the best healthcare. He is also Chairman of Castle Connolly Private Health Partners, LLC, a concierge medicine company. Dr. Connolly has appeared on or been interviewed by over 100 television and radio stations nationwide including "Good Morning America" (ABC-TV), "The Today Show" (NBC-TV), "20/20" (ABC-TV), "48 Hours" (CBS-TV), Fox Cable News, "Morning News" (CNN) and "Weekend Today in New York" (WNBC-TV). The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune, The Daily News (New York), The Boston Herald and other newspapers, as well as many national and regional magazines, have featured Castle Connolly Guides and/or Dr.Connolly in stories. He is the author and/or editor of seven books. View Guest page
Elizabeth B. Crook
As the CEO of Orchard Advisors for the past twenty-plus years, Elizabeth Crook has helped CEOs and entrepreneurs think and act strategically to grow their companies and find greater personal satisfaction. She has shown countless individuals of all generations how to invent and reinvent themselves. Crook knows how to inspire people to gain a fresh sense of what they can accomplish in their lives, think about themselves with compassion, develop a sense of humor about their challenges, and ultimately take action.
Elizabeth holds a BA from Vanderbilt University and an MS from Tennessee State University. She lives on Music Row in Nashville with the love of her life, Umberto Fontana.
For more information, please visit www.ElizabethBCrook.com. View Guest page
Travis Hugh Culley
Travis Hugh Culley is the author of The Immortal Class: Bike Messengers and the Cult of Human Power. Travis has an MFA in writing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and was a recipient of the Ox-Box Fellowship in Saugatuck, Michigan. View Guest page
Anya Damiron was born in Santo Domingo on October 15, 1982. From the start she was a curious girl who dreamed up wonderful things. As an adult, she worked in advertising as a copywriter and on the creative team for several Dominican advertising agencies. It was this that helped Anya discover her love for creating ideas and working with both images and writing. After her first book, Just, was published in 2005, she began to work on Lucia’Stories. Since 2008, she has self-published fourteen picture books and has created more than 25 products to promote the series, resulting in over sixty thousand book sales in the Dominican Republic. View Guest page
Beth Darnall PhD
Beth D. Darnall, Ph.D. is Clinical Associate Professor in the Division of Pain Medicine at Stanford University and treats individuals and groups at the Stanford Pain Management Center. As a pain psychologist, she has 15 years experience treating adults with chronic pain, and has lived through her own chronic pain experience. Her work empowers individuals to harness the power of their mind-body connection to reduce suffering, pain, and need for medications. She is the author of Less Pain Fewer Pills; Avoid the Dangers of Prescription Opioids and Gain Control Over Chronic Pain. (Bull Publishing, 2014) which provides concrete, evidence-based psychological and behavioral alternatives for pain control. View Guest page
Elda M. Dawber, LICSW
Elda M. Dawber, LICSW, is a nationally known, award winning clinical social worker whose forty-plus-year professional career has been dedicated to working with children and adults victimized by childhood sexual abuse. She has treated families, contributed articles, and educated fellow professionals at local, regional, and national conferences on topics related to interpersonal violence, sexual harassment and bullying, compassion fatigue, personal safety, and LGBTQ youth. In 2010, she was honored to receive the NASW-RI Chapter Lifetime Achievement Award for her contributions to the field. Elda lives in Rhode Island with her wife and extended family. Elda is an accomplished speaker, comfortable presenting before audiences both large and small. She has appeared on television talk shows and been interviewed by the press for a reaction to local events of interpersonal violence or trauma to children. View Guest page
Tonia De Cosimo writes for the Date Mix, the web magazine hosted by Zoosk.com, one of the largest dating sites in the US. Her bi-weekly column gives Tonia the chance to share her experiences, advice, and ideas with those who are facing their own dating challenges. Tonia, a successful entrepreneur, received her B.S. degree in Elementary Education and English from Manhattan College. Her career path, however, took her into the fields of marketing, publishing, and sales consulting in which she has worked successfully for the past 25 years. In that time, she has built and managed several companies including her own.
Tonia is a member of N.A.F.E.(National Association Of Female Executives). In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, travel and spending time with family and friends. However, her all-time favorite is shoe shopping.
Tonia, the proud step-mom of two teenagers, resides on Long Island with her husband. View Guest page
Beverly Delich has long been a fixture on Vancouver’s cultural scene, from her years as a cantorial soloist, and entertainment coordinator at the Pacific National Exhibition to her personal and business partnership with the late Ray Carroll of the Platters, to her current ownership of the Silver Lining Management talent agency. Hers is a storied life. She was born in Montana, moved to Vancouver after a divorce, remarried, converted to Judaism, raised two children and survived breast cancer. View Guest page
Alka Dhillon is the founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Technalink, Inc. Technalink has provided information technology (IT) services and management consulting solutions to both government and commercial clients for 15 years. Ms. Dhillon has over 19 years’ experience in the information technology and management consulting industry. In addition to her responsibilities as CEO of Technalink, Ms. Dhillon uses her passion for technology as platform to give back. She is committed to empowering youth to explore entrepreneurship and careers in science and technology. Ms. Dhillon is passionate about science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and is a keynote speaker for the Girls in Technology organization (GIT) on the subject of Entrepreneurship and STEM to inspire more girls to pursue STEM related careers. Ms. Dhillon is actively involved in the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) and serves as a board member. View Guest page
As the founder of Twiniversity and the director of the Manhattan Twins Club, Natalie Diaz is the twins guru. Having had twins and suffered postpartum depression, she wanted to find a way to help parents in similar situations. Within twelve months of starting Twiniversity, she was reaching over 10,000 families. Disney named her one of the top 100 Social Media Moms. Since starting Twiniversity, Natalie has appeared on Moms & the City and A Dad Named David, as well as NBC. She has also been featured numerous times in New York Family Magazine, Twins Magazine, The New York Times, and as the guest on numerous radio shows, including From Here to Maternity and Doctor Radio. She is also a brand ambassador for Britax B-Ready Strollers, Big Tent, and PBS 13. View Guest page
"Natalie’s own personal struggle with childhood obesity served as impetus to adopt a heart-felt personal mission to devote all efforts to combating childhood obesity. And that especially includes helping kids to prevent it from happening in the first place. She actively strives to end childhood obesity and improve nutrition habits through her involvement in the community. As spokesperson for the American Council on Exercise (ACE), the largest fitness certifying and advocacy organization in the country, she informs media outlets throughout the country on pertinent nutrition and fitness issues. Together, she and fellow pediatricians Mary Saph Tanaka and Kim Peterson developed “The Little Chef CookingSchool”, a four-session program which helps parents and their 5- to 10-year-old children have fun as a family making delicious health foods that they can easily re-create at home. She also developed a school-based nutrition and physical activity program implemented in elementary schools. She has served as coach and member of the Board of Directors of Girls on the Run of the Triangle, a program that uses running to teach girls ages 8 to 12 life skills and healthy living. She also is a board-certified specialist in sports dietetics and certified personal trainer and fitness instructor." View Guest page
Kenneth Doka PhD
Dr. Kenneth J. Doka is a Professor of Gerontology at the Graduate School of The College of New Rochelle and Senior Consultant to the Hospice Foundation of America. Dr. Doka is editor of both Omega: The Journal of Death and Dying and Journeys: A Newsletter to Help in Bereavement.
Dr. Doka has keynoted conferences throughout North America as well as Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. He participates in the annual Hospice Foundation of America Teleconference and has appeared on CNN and Nightline. In addition he has served as a consultant to medical, nursing, funeral service and hospice organizations as well as businesses and educational and social service agencies. Dr. Doka is an ordained Lutheran minister. View Guest page
Lian Dolan, the youngest sister, is a writer and broadcaster. She is the author of two best-selling novels. Helen of Pasadena, published by Prospect Park Books in 2010, was on the LA Times Bestseller list for more than a year and a nominee for Best Fiction by the Southern California Booksellers. Her second book, Elizabeth the First Wife (2013) hit the LA Times Bestseller list the first week on the shelves. She has written regular columns for Working Mother, O, the Oprah magazine and been a featured contributor at oprah.com. She is currently writing a monthly column for Pasadena Magazine and working on her next novel. In addition to her work with Satellite Sisters, Lian created The Chaos Chronicles about her life as a busy working mom. The Chaos Chronicles is a website, blog and weekly podcast and was developed by Nickelodean as a half-hour sitcom. Lian co-wrote the TV pilot. Lian lives in Pasadena, California and is married and has two teen sons. View Guest page
Alice Domar PhD
One of the country’s top women’s health experts, Alice D. Domar, Ph.D. is a pioneer in the application of mind/body medicine to women’s health issues. She established the first Mind/Body Center for Women’s Health and conducts groundbreaking research in the field, focusing on the relationship between stress and different women’s health conditions. Dr. Domar has appeared on the Today Show, Good Morning America, CBS This Morning, Dateline NBC, CNN, and PBS and is on the advisory board for Shape, Parents, and Resolve.
Dr. Domar received her M.A. and Ph.D. in Health Psychology from Albert Einstein College of Medicine/Ferkauf School of Professional Psychology of Yeshiva University. She is currently Executive Director of the Domar Centers for Mind/Body Health, and the Director of Integrative Care Services at Boston IVF. She is an associate clinical professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology at Harvard Medical School. Learn more at www.dralicedomar.com View Guest page
Amy L. Doneen
Bradley F. Bale, MD and Amy L. Doneen, ARNP are co-founders of the Bale/Doneen Method, which they teach to healthcare providers. Their research on cardiovascular disease prevention has been published in such respected medical journals as Atherosclerosis, Post Graduate Medicine, Journal of the National Medical Association, Journal of Clinical Lipidology, Cardiology Roundtable, Physician’s Weekly, Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine, and ADVANCE for Healthy Aging. Doneen is the medial director of the Heart Attack & Stroke Prevention Center in Spokane, Washington. She is Adjunct Professor at Texas Tech Health Science Center’s School of Nursing and is currently in the doctoral nursing program at Gonzaga University. View Guest page
Bonnie E. Draeger
"Bonnie E. Draeger is president and executive director of Friends & Cancer, as well as an ordained deacon in the United Methodist Church. She has written cover articles for Parents' Press and Christians in Education and contributed to the textbook Music: A Way of Life for the Young Child. She currently lives in Cape Cod, Massachusetts, with her husband." View Guest page
Arlene Drake PhD
Arlene Drake is a pioneer in the field of childhood abuse and trauma recovery. She has long been a passionate crusader for victims’ rights and has been featured in media outlets including the Los Angeles Times, People magazine, Newsweek, USA Today, and ABC World News Tonight. She is a member of both the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT) and the Clinical Hypnosis Association. Drake lives and works in the Los Angeles area. View Guest page
Firoozeh Dumas was born in Abadan, Iran and moved to Whittier, California at the age of seven. After a two-year stay, she and her family moved back to Iran and lived in Ahvaz and Tehran. Two years later, they moved back to Whittier, then to Newport Beach. Firoozeh then attended UC Berkeley where she met and married a Frenchman.
In 2008, Firoozeh published a collection of short stories, Laughing Without an Accent, which also became a national bestseller. In 2016, she will publish her first book of middle grade fiction, It Ain’t so Awful, Falafel. Her novel has so far received high praise from early reviewers, including starred reviews from Kirkus and Booklist.
Firoozeh has also written for the New York Times, Gourmet Magazine, Los Angeles Times, and many other outlets. You may have heard her commentaries on National Public Radio. When not writing, Firoozeh is active on the lecture circuit. She has spoken at hundreds of schools, conferences and festivals. View Guest page
Jacqui Dunne is an award-winning journalist from Ireland, founder and CEO of Danu Resource, and an emerging leader in helping entrepreneurs develop technologies and initiatives that restore the earth’s equilibrium globally. Danú Resources serves as a fiscal agent for funding, and works as the interface between the donors and the projects. Danu’s unique value is its ability to work from a future reference point that draws out the greatness, and builds upon the strengths, of both the donor and the recipient, thus creating a flourishing paradigm shift for a quadruple bottom line –people, planet, profits and power within View Guest page
Dr. Matthew Edlund
"THE REST DOCTOR is Dr. Matthew Edlund, MD, MOH. Dr. Edlund directs the Center for Circadian Medicine, and is an internationally recognized expert on rest, biological clocks, performance, and sleep. His previous books include “The Body Clock Advantage”, “Designed to Last”, and “Psychological Time and Mental Illness.” His new book, “The Power of Rest”, shows that rest is a skill that rebuilds, renews, and rewires mind and body, and can increase productivity, health and pleasure. Dr. Edlund is presently director of the Center for Circadian Medicine, and has worked as an Ivy League medical school professor, syndicated newspaper health columnist, hospital medical director, chief of a sleep lab, and vice president of an Asian Art museum. He trained in internal medicine at University of California, San Diego and Massachusetts General Hospital; in occupational and public health at the Harvard School of Public Health; in sleep medicine at Brown; and in psychiatry at N.Y.U. – Bellevue. He is a graduate of Amherst College, summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, and from S.U.N.Y. Downstate, cum laude and Alpha Omega Alpha. For more information on Dr. Edlund, visit www.therestdoctor.com". View Guest page
Keith Eigel PhD
Dr. Eigel, Co-Founder of TLL, is dedicated to leveraging leaders’ experiences to accelerate their journey to sustained effectiveness. Initially inspired by research that he did with 20 of the country’s top CEOs, Keith began to apply the principles of adult development to the field of leadership in the mid ’90s. Working with colleagues from the University of Georgia and Harvard, his research and subsequent validation has contributed to some of the most important thinking in leadership research around the world. Most recently his work has been cited in Dr. Kegan’s book, Immunity To Change.
Keith has worked with a variety of clients including Fortune 100 and other industry leading organizations in high tech, manufacturing, financial, and service industries, as well as many private, educational, and non-profit organizations. View Guest page
Author of MY PICTURE PERFECT FAMILY Marguerite Elisofon blogs about parenting young adults and disability related issues in The Never Empty Nest, which was featured on Fox 5 News. Her essays have been published in literary magazines such as: Existere: Journal of Arts and Literature, Write for Light, Hobo Pancakes, Wild Violet and Kaleidoscope. A Vassar graduate, Marguerite was born and raised in New York City, where she still lives with her husband, Howard, in their mostly-empty nest. View Guest page
Kristen Ellis-Henderson is a founding member, guitarist, and songwriter of the all-female popular rock band Antigone Rising (http://www.antigonerising.com). In 2005, the band was catapulted into the national spotlight when Starbucks and Lava/Atlantic Records partnered to release their debut CD, “From The Ground Up,” in five thousand stores nationwide. Television appearances followed the Starbucks release, including The Today Show, The Tonight Show, A&E’s Breakfast with the Arts, Emeril Live!, and a VH-1 half hour special titled, “Listen Up! Antigone Rising.” Kristen has also been a featured “talking head” on VH-1s “I Love The 70s, 80s and 90s” series’. Kristen and Antigone Rising have toured with The Rolling Stones, Aerosmith, The Allman Brothers Band, The Dave Matthews Band, Rob Thomas from Matchbox Twenty, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, and The Bangles. The band is currently signed to the distribution division of Joan Jett’s Blackheart Records label and is touring in support of their latest studio release, titled “23 Red.” View Guest page
Sarah Kate Ellis-Henderson
Sarah Kate Ellis-Henderson was born and raised on Staten Island, NY. She graduated from Russell Sage College in 1993, and moved to New York City to pursue a career in marketing. Sarah has spent the past seventeen years working on such top brands as Vogue, In Style, and most recently as Executive Vice President of Real Simple Magazine. Sarah is the co-author of "Times Two, Two Women in Love and the Happy Family They Made," released by Simon & Schuster in 2012, and she penned a controversial blog for The Huffington Post on the topic of Marriage Equality just prior to its passage in New York State in June, 2012 titled, "My Kids Have Everything - Except Married Parents". Most recently, Sarah completed the New York City half marathon on St. Patrick's Day exactly 12 hours after moving into her new home. Sarah is a type A overachiever View Guest page
CLINT EMERSON, retired Navy SEAL, spent twenty years conducting special ops all over the world while attached to SEAL Team Three, the National Security Agency (NSA), and the elite SEAL Team Six.
A graduate of the American Military University in Virginia with a B.A. in Security Management, he spent a portion of his time in the special operations community with a Special Mission Unit (SMU), developing and implementing specialized skills in support of operations in various hostile environments targeting high value individuals. A counterterrorism and surveillance expert, Clint has received numerous awards for bravery and leadership, including a bronze star.
Emerson is the founder of Escape the Wolf, a company focused on workplace violence prevention and response, threat identification and crisis management. He lives in Texas with his family. View Guest page
Delia Ephron is a bestselling author and screenwriter. Her movies include The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, You’ve Got Mail, Hanging Up (based on her novel), and Michael. She has written novels for adults and teenagers, her most recent being The Lion Is In; books of humor, among them How to Eat Like a Child; and essays. Her journalism has appeared regularly in The New York Times, O: The Oprah Magazine, Vogue, More, and The Huffington Post. Ephron’s hit play Love, Loss, and What I Wore (cowritten with Nora Ephron) ran for more than two years off-Broadway and has been performed in Paris, Rio, Sydney, and elsewhere around the world. She lives in New York City. View Guest page
Jenny C. Evans
Jenny C. Evans is a speaker, author and on-air expert on resiliency, stress, performance, exercise physiology, nutrition and health. She is the founder and CEO of PowerHouse Performance and author of the book The Resiliency rEvolution: Your Stress Solution for Life – 60 Seconds at a Time. She is also the creator of PowerHouse Hit the Deck, the ultimate tool for combating stress and increasing fitness.
Working with thousands of C-suite executives, leaders and employees worldwide, her dynamic presentations inspire and educate audiences to increase their capacity for stress and to recover from it more quickly and effectively. Clients improve their performance and productivity, all while enhancing their health.
Jenny’s corporate client list includes Yale School of Management, AT&T, Estée Lauder Companies, Comcast, Nationwide, Ameriprise Financial, Procter & Gamble, Target and many other Fortune 500 companies. She is also the creator of PowerHouse Hit the Deck—the ultimate tool for combating stress and increasing fitness.
Further, Jenny serves on many advisory boards, writes as a blogger for The Huffington Post and was NBC KARE 11’s Health & Fitness expert for over four years. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology with an emphasis on Psychology from the University of Minnesota and has been an American Council on Exercise Certified Personal Trainer and Group Fitness Instructor for over 20 years. In her spare time she is a competitive athlete, races duathlons and is an aerial arts performer. View Guest page
ANDREW FAAS (www.andrewfaas.com) is the author of From Bully to Bull’s-Eye (RCJ Press; January 10, 2017), as well as an activist, revolutionist, philanthropist and management advisor promoting psychologically healthy, safe and fair workplaces. Before becoming a philanthropist, he led some of Canada's largest corporations for over three decades as a senior executive. He founded the Faas Foundation, which supports non-profit organizations concerned with workplace well-being and other personal health and research endeavors. Currently he is partnering with the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence on a groundbreaking initiative, Emotion Revolution in the Workplace, which will revolutionize the way organizations operate, leveraging the power of emotional intelligence; and Mental Health America, to help reduce unnecessary stress factors at work and eliminate stigma around a condition that affects one in five adults. View Guest page
Friederike Fabritius MS
FRIEDERIKE FABRITIUS, MS, is a pioneer in the field of Neuroleadership. A neuropsychologist by training and a leadership expert by profession, Friederike worked at the prestigious Max Planck Institute before honing her business expertise at renowned international management consultancy, McKinsey and Co.
She has extensive experience working with top executives at Fortune 500 companies, leveraging her scientific background to create actionable insights.To find out more about Friederike visit www.fabulous-brain.com View Guest page
Suzanne Falter is an author, speaker and blogger who has helped more than two million people find their way back to joy. After the sudden death of her 22-year-old daughter, Teal, her work has deepened to radiate Teal’s free-spirited love for life.
Suzanne’s work has been featured in More, Fitness, The New York Times, Woman’s Day, New Woman, The Wall Street Journal, SELF, The Christian Science Monitor, as well as more than 100 TV and radio programs.
Suzanne has spoken all across the U.S., Canada and overseas, and her online writing and videos can be found on Facebook, Google +, YouTube and Pinterest.
Her previous books include How Much Joy Can You Stand? and Living Your Joy (both published by Ballantine).
She lives in San Francisco, California. View Guest page
Steven H. Farber, MD
Steven H. Farber, MD, received his medical degree from Hahnemann Medical College and Hospital. He completed an internal medicine residency program and cardiology fellowship at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. He founded a non-profit organization called HEART of Montgomery County to improve access to affordable healthcare for the community’s indigent and uninsured population. In 2003, Dr. Farber published Behind the White Coat, a personal memoir, and then co-authored Stepping Stones to Success with Deepak Chopra and Jack Canfield in 2011. View Guest page
Amber Farman has always been an entrepreneur at heart, even if she didn’t realize it. In 2001 she opened her first business and continues to successfully run it today. She lives in Northern California with her husband and four kids as well as two horses, one goat. pig and the best golden retriever ever. In 2009 at the age of thirty-one she was diagnosed with breast cancer. With no family history this shocked them all. Through her journey with cancer, Amber was given a new passion for life. Each day is a gift; each day is a new day to start over. In that she is grateful. When she is not busy working, she is passionate about her non-profit Families For Humanity or giving back to the community around her. View Guest page
Jonathan Fast is a clinician, researcher, and author of 11 books. During the McCarthy era, his father, the novelist Howard Fast, was imprisoned for contempt of congress, politicizing him at an early age. He attended Princeton University, Columbia University, and Yeshiva University. He has been a therapist, a school social worker at an urban high school, and the clinical director of a children's psychiatric day hospital. He is currently a professor of social work at Wurzweiler School of Social Work, at Yeshiva University. View Guest page
Stephanie Faubion MD
Stephanie Faubion, MD, FACP, NCMP, is an Assistant Professor of Medicine and director of the Office of Women's Health and the Women’s Health Clinic at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN and oversees a team of dedicated professionals who provide care for women with hormonal or sexual health concerns. Dr. Faubion’s work is published in peer-reviewed journals, and she regularly speaks on women’s health topics including menopause and sexual health. View Guest page
BRUCE FEILER is one of America’s most thoughtful and popular voices on contemporary life. He writes the “This Life” column about today’s families for the Sunday New York Times and is the author of six consecutive New York Times bestsellers, including WALKING THE BIBLE and THE COUNCIL OF DADS. He is the writer/presenter of the PBS series WALKING THE BIBLE and SACRED JOURNEYS WITH BRUCE FEILER. His latest book, THE SECRETS OF HAPPY FAMILIES, is a bold playbook for families today. It collects best practices for modern-day parents from some of the country’s most creative minds, including tops designers in Silicon Valley, elite peace negotiators, the creators of Modern Family and the Green Berets. The book was a Top 5 New York Times bestseller. View Guest page
Ellen Feldman, a 2009 Guggenheim fellow, is the author of Terrible Virtue, The Unwitting, Next to Love,Scottsboro (shortlisted for the Orange Prize), The Boy Who Loved Anne Frank (translated into nine languages), and Lucy. She writes both fiction and social history, and has published numerous book reviews.
She has lectured extensively around the country and in Germany and England, and enjoys talking to book groups in person, on the phone, or via the web.
She grew up in northern New Jersey and attended Bryn Mawr College, from which she holds a B.A. and an M.A. in modern history. After further graduate studies at Columbia University, she worked for a New York publishing house.
Ellen lives in New York City and East Hampton, New York, with her husband and a terrier named Charlie. View Guest page
"Bill started his career as a divorce attorney. He soon gained national attention for his ability to take the conflict out of divorce. Fifteen percent of his clients never divorced, and the ones who did were able to part as friends. His focus was on healing relationships. He showed his clients how to end conflict and restore love, not as husband and wife, but as one human being to another. In 1985, he closed his law practice and devoted his life to showing people how to heal relationships and have their lives work. He has since been featured on Oprah and recommended by both The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post. His approach to life has been called “The penicillin of psychology.” In 2002, he founded Stop The Conflict, a program used by family law courts to take the conflict out of divorce. The results of this program have been remarkable. According to a recent survey, participants reduced their resentment by an average of 68% and blaming by 60%. Taking responsibility for the conflict increased by an amazing 77%. Bill Ferguson has led over 2,000 programs and has worked with thousands of people around the world." View Guest page
David M. Fetterman
David M. Fetterman is President and CEO of Fetterman & Associates, an international evaluation consulting firm. He is a Stanford alum and has 25 years of experience at Stanford, including serving as the Director of Evaluation in the School of Education and School of Medicine. He is the Director of the Arkansas Evaluation Center at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. Over 25 years of service, he held positions in Stanford University's administration, School of Education, and School of Medicine. Dr. Fetterman is the past-president of the American Evaluation Association and a recipient of the association's highest honors in theory and practice. His recent books include Empowerment Evaluation Principles in Practice and Ethnography: Step by Step, 3rd Edition. To learn more about Dr. Fetterman, visit his website: www.davidfetterman.com View Guest page
Margaret Fetting, PhD, attended Rosemont College and received her baccalaureate degree from George Washington University and her master’s and doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania. Fetting has been teaching courses and workshops on substance use disorders and addiction in southern California for over 25 years. She has been primarily affiliated with the School of Social Work at the University of Southern California, and led the effort to develop substance use disorders courses for its online Virtual Academic Center. She is a visiting faculty member at the America College of Greece in Athens and a regular guest lecturer at the Los Angeles Institute and Society for Psychoanalytic Studies. View Guest page
Stephen Fife’s plays have been produced in NYC at Jewish Rep, Playhouse 91, Primary Stages, Circle Rep Lab, La Mama, Theater for the New City, the Samuel Beckett Theater, and many other venues. Break of Day, his play about van Gogh’s early career, was given a Hollywood production that prompted one critic to write, “It leads lovers of theater to have hope that there is a future for brilliant writers.” (That makes two of us.) His work has also been done at 7 Stages in Atlanta, and other regional and college theaters. He is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College and Columbia’s School of the Arts, and his writing has appeared in the New York Times, Village Voice, and New Republic. He has received several grants and awards, including a Federal writing grant, which seemed like a big deal at the time. He is currently at work on several new projects, including an 11-book cycle called A Short History Of a People Who Can’t Remember a Thing About Their History. View Guest page
Sherri Fillipo RN
Sherri was born and raised in North Carolina where she spent many summers on the beaches of NC. She began collecting seaglass when she moved to Connecticut as an adult, living on the Long Island Sound.
On the eve of turning fifty, Sherri was diagnosed with bilateral invasive breast cancer and in the fall of 2010, she underwent a double mastectomy, chemotherapy and breast reconstruction. Less than two years later, she was diagnosed with metastatic (terminal) breast cancer and underwent a second series of chemotherapy.
In the fall of 2014, the cancer returned and she underwent a third series of chemo. In the spring of 2015, she made the decision to stop all treatment. In the summer of 2015, she entered Hospice.
As a nurse for more than 25 years, Sherri no longer works full-time and now devotes her time to writing, collecting seaglass and checking items off her bucket list. View Guest page
Michael Finkelstein, MD
Dr. Finkelstein’s work has evolved over the years from a rather typical internal medicine practice to a more healing oriented approach to health and wellness. He maintains his affiliations with the western medical world and has advanced further into areas of healing by learning from and associating with practitioners in a wide range of “complementary and alternative” fields. He has worked to cultivate relationships with other practitioners in the community to help individuals connect with those practices that are potentially going to bring about the greatest shift in their abilities to heal and remain whole. Michael has a particular interest in Energy Medicine and has completed training as a level 2 Reiki practitioner. He also has read extensively studying the insights and wisdom offered to us by ancient earth based cultures and Nature. Overall his work now is focused on integrating as much of this body of collective wisdom and science into something that is practical for individuals directly. His belief that everyone has the potential to reach a greater degree of resonance is the foundation for his optimism that greater health is within reach for all of us. View Guest page
Anne Fishel, PhD
Anne Fishel, Ph.D., a Harvard University Professor, founder of the Family Dinner Project, and author "Home for Dinner: Mixing Food, Fun, and Conversation for a Happier Family and Healthier Kids" has hard numbers to prove that eating dinner as a family does all those things and more — it’s good for the health, brain, and spirit of all family members. Anne Fishel, a founding member of The Family Dinner Project team, is a family therapist, clinical psychologist and Associate Clinical Professor of Psychology at the Harvard Medical School. She is Director of the Family and Couples Therapy Program at Massachusetts General Hospital, where she trains child and adult psychiatry residents in family therapy. She has written numerous scholarly articles and chapters about family issues, and wrote a book, Treating the Adolescent in Family Therapy: A Developmental and Narrative Approach. She also blogs about the impact of technology on families for Psychology Today, and about family dinners for FDP. She has a forthcoming book about the benefits of family dinners to be published by Amacom Press, 2014. She lectures widely at academic conferences, medical Grand Rounds, and most recently as a keynote speaker at two major conferences in Shanghai. She is the mother of two young adult sons who now make dinner for themselves, their friends(and occasionally for their parents), and are better and more adventurous cooks than their mother. View Guest page
Beverly D. Flaxington
Beverly D. Flaxington, The Human Behavior Coach™, is a two-time bestselling and gold-award winning author. She is a corporate consultant and trainer, executive coach, successful entrepreneur, hypnotherapist and hypnosis trainer, college professor, motivational public speaker, and a certified behavioral-and-values analyst. Her work has been featured in hundreds of media outlets including, The Wall Street Journal, MSNBC.com, Reader's Digest, USA Today, and many others. She is also devoted to animal rescue and currently has eleven pets of her own in addition to multiple fosters. She lives in Massachusetts with her husband and three children. View Guest page
Joanne Fleisher, LCSW
Joanne Fleisher, LCSW, is a lifelong resident of Philadelphia. She is a graduate of Simmons College and of the Bryn Mawr Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research. She developed the website LavenderVisions.com, an online counseling resource for women all over the world, and she moderates Ask Joanne, a Q&A board exclusively for married women attracted to women. She and her partner of 31 years co-parented her daughters with her ex-husband, became grandparents of four children, and shared a happy life together until early 2011, when her partner passed away View Guest page
Anne M. Fletcher
“Anne M. Fletcher is a nationally known health and medical writer and author of seven books, including the national bestsellers Sober for Good, Thin for Life, and Eating Thin for Life. Fletcher has a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University, a master’s degree from Drexel University, and is a registered dietitian. Among Fletcher’s many prestigious awards are the Research Society on Alcoholism Journalism Award, numerous National Health Information Awards, and an award from the American Psychological Association on advancing the public’s understanding of addiction. As a founding member of her county drug court in Minnesota, she helped develop its treatment program and remains on its steering committee. She is on the advisory board for a high school for teens with substance use disorders. Fletcher is the former executive editor of the Tufts University Health & Nutrition Letter and was a contributing editor for Prevention Magazine. Her articles have appeared in Vogue, Good Housekeeping, Redbook, Better Homes and Gardens, Readers Digest, American Psychologist, and many other publications. Anne M. Fletcher lives in southern Minnesota.” View Guest page
In a scholastic milieu where the odds were stacked against him from even before his early diagnosis of dyslexia and ADHD (in 5th grade), David has faced a new Goliath so often, so calmly, and with such inevitable success, it’s no wonder he has taken his place as a true leader on the front lines of the learning rights movement. David, like so many of the kids on whose behalf he serves today, struggled through much of his pre-college education, feeling marginalized by his education as a whole. Although his parents and teachers frequently reassured him that college was in the cards, he would have found that message more actionable, and useful, if it had come from a peer, a person with a learning difference (LD) who had finished college. With that in mind, David co-founded Eye to Eye in 1998 while a student at Brown University. Eye to Eye is the only national mentoring movement that is empowering young people with LD by giving them a mentor who shares that experience. David holds a Master’s degree in Disability Studies in Education from Columbia University and Bachelor’s degrees with honors in Education and Psychology from Brown University. View Guest page
Caroline Flohr was a busy wife and mother to five children when her 16-year-old twin daughter, Sarah, was killed in an accident. She was forced to dig into the deeper meaning of existence and came away with profound edification. Flohrlives with her husband and children on Bainbridge Island, a suburb of Seattle." View Guest page
Dr. Jeffrey Foote
Dr. Foote is a nationally recognized clinical research scientist who has received extensive federal grant funding for his work on motivational treatment approaches. Dr. Foote has worked in the addiction treatment field as a clinician and researcher since the late 1980′s, and has developed a unique motivational treatment approach that incorporates principles of group treatment as well as research-based principles of human behavior change. Previously, Dr. Foote was the Deputy Director of the Division of Alcohol Treatment and Research at Mt. Sinai Medical Center in NYC, as well as a Senior Research Associate at The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University (CASA) in NYC. Dr. Foote also served as Chief of the Smithers Addiction Treatment and Research Center as well as Director of Evaluation and Research between 1994 and 2001. Dr. Foote was also team Psychologist for the New York Mets. View Guest page
“Who am I? I'm the guy with the horn-rimmed glasses and the hat that you've seen on VH1's popular TV show Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew. I'm also known in some circles as ‘the Junkie Whisperer.’ It's a title I worked hard to earn. I've helped addicts from all walks of life and have offered them support, encouragement and guidance based on my own first-hand experiences as I navigated the stormy seas of my own drug and alcohol dependency. It's been a strange trip. I started out as a suburban teenage drunkard from the Southern California suburbs and became a sidekick of the Red Hot Chili Peppers and, later, to Dr. Drew Pinsky. Now, here I am. You'll have to judge for yourself.” Bob Forrest is a certified addiction specialist and counselor as well as a musician. A rock-and-roll Zelig who has been on the Los Angeles music scene since the early eighties with his bands Thelonious Monster and the Bicycle Thief, he’s also a recovering addict who’s been sober for the past fifteen years. The father of two boys, Elijah, twenty-four, and Elvis, eighteen months, Bob lives with his wife and baby in Los Angeles, CA. View Guest page
Julia G Fox
Having immigrated from Russia in my late teens, I settled in the United States in the early ’90s and graduated with master’s degree in psychology from a university in California. I published two books of poetry before leaving my home country, both in the Russian language. I self-published a book of poetry in English a few years ago. View Guest page
Allen Frances, M.D.
Allen Frances, M.D., was the chairperson of the DSM-4 Task Force and part of the leadership group for DSM 3 and DSM 3 (Revised). He is currently professor emeritus and former chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science at Duke University School of Medicine, Durham, NC. He has published op-eds for The Los Angeles Times and The New York Times. Frances has recently appeared on PBS’s NewsHour; on NPR and numerous regional radio stations; and in four documentaries. He has also been called on to comment for articles in Time, Wired, The New York Times, Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The Economist, ABC News, MSNBC.com among others. Born and raised in New York City, he currently lives on the beach and near his five grandchildren in Coronado, California and travels and lectures extensively world-wide. View Guest page
Sue Frederick is an intuitive and teacher who helps others find their own path to careers, love and healing. Her work has been featured in the New York Times, CNN.com, and Real Simple and Complete Woman magazines. She’s a frequent guest on radio shows and has presented workshops at the American Business Women’s Association, the National Career Development Association, and the Omega Institute View Guest page
Talia Fuhrman, Healthy Eating: Fun, Delicious, EasyTalia Fuhrman, daughter of author Joel Fuhrman M.D., has a degree in nutritional sciences from Cornell University. She is on a mission to help people understand that eating healthfully can be fun, delicious, and easy. A lover of cooking and journalism, she understands that disease prevention must be made tasty and easy for even the most newbie nutritarians and basic aspiring chefs. As a freelance nutrition journalist, she writes for Vegetarian Times and VegNews regularly and has her own blog www.taliafuhrman.com. She has written for numerous websites and magazines including www.collegecandy.com, www.crazysexylife.com, www.girliegirlarmy.com and Positive Impact Magazine. View Guest page
Nora Gallagher is an American writer of memoir, fiction and essays whose work, as one reviewer put it,” is renewing the language of ultimate concerns.” Her most recent book, Moonlight Sonata at the Mayo Clinic, is a memoir that explores her experience with a baffling affliction poised to take her sight. A map of illness, uncertainty, and faith that is both meditative and highly relatable for anyone who has experienced life-threatening illness or supported a loved one who has, Moonlight Sonata will be published by Alfred A. Knopf on May 21, 2013. Moonlight Sonata at the Mayo Clinic is part three of a quartet on modern faith as it is lived out. The quartet begins with Things Seen and Unseen: A Year Lived in Faith published by Knopf in 1998. Followed by Practicing Resurrection: A Memoir of Work, Doubt, Discernment, and Moments of Grace. Things Seen and Unseen was a bestseller and a finalist in the Spiritual category of the 1998 Books for a Better Life Awards. An excerpt was a finalist for Best Spiritual Essays. Gallagher’s novel Changing Light was well-reviewed in the New York Times and other publications. It was chosen by the Times as an Editor’s Choice. View Guest page
Lara Galloway is the Mom Biz Coach—a certified coach, entrepreneur, sought-after speaker, and frequent media guest. Lara has a strong social media reach that includes more than 24,000 Twitter followers, a Blog Talk Radio show that boasts more than 4,000 downloads each week, and a weekly Twitter chat. She lives near Detroit, MI with her husband and three children. View Guest page
Rob Garfield MD
Rob Garfield MD, a psychotherapist and clinical professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania, has been recognized by PHILADELPHIA MAGAZINE as both one of the city's "TOP DOCS" and "BEST THERAPISTS." An engaging speaker, he has presented his work on men's friendships to both lay and professional audiences and published numerous articles on the subject of male emotional intimacy. View Guest page
Rich Garon PhD
Rich Garon received both his M.A. and Ph.D. in Politics from New York University and began a career on Capitol Hill that lasted more than 25 years. For the last six of those years he served as Chief-of-Staff, Committee on International Relations, U.S. House of Representatives. He currently chairs the Serve (Outreach and Mission) Committee at the Immanuel Anglican Church in Woodbridge, VA and coordinates the Homeless Ministry, with an emphasis on those living in the woods. He was named to the Board of Directors of the Greater Prince William County [VA] Community Health Center, and conducts mission trips with his wife, Karen, to Bolivia to support church-building in several areas including what began as a tent city. His debut novel Felling Big Trees is a novel about a congressman turning from politics to make a positive change. All proceeds benefit WhyHunger.org. View Guest page
Lynn Garson graduated from Tulane University and has lived in Paris, New York and Hong Kong. She has three children and currently lives in Atlanta. She is an in-demand motivational speaker for topics including depression, eating disorders and/or addiction, family issues, and more. Southern Vapors is her first book and is currently being adapted for the stage. For more information on this incredible new talent, please visit: www.southernvapors.com View Guest page
LaDonna Gatlin has earned the highest professional designation, the Certified Speaking Professional (CSP), from the National Speakers Association. In July 2005, she was one of five speakers (and the only woman that year) inducted into the Speakers Hall of Fame (CPAE Council of Peers Award for Excellence), a lifetime award for speaking excellence and professionalism. A seasoned professional, LaDonna has shared her message everywhere − from corporate powerhouses to the prison cells of death row. She has spent her entire career empowering people to "sing their own song" through their words, deeds, and actions. Her presentations educate, inspire, and entertain, and are an unforgettable experience for her audiences. LaDonna has also recorded four solo CDs and is a contributing writer to the bestselling book series Chicken Soup for the Soul. She lives in a Dallas suburb with her husband (and best friend) of thirty-eight years, Tim Johnson. They have two adult children who have blessed them with five grandchildren....and counting. Visit: www.ladonnagatlin.com View Guest page
Jason Gay is a sports columnist at The Wall Street Journal and the MVP of Super Bowl XLIX*. He has written for publications including Vogue, GQ, Rolling Stone and The New York Observer. He lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his family and a passive-aggressive cat.
* Okay fine. Tom Brady was the MVP of Super Bowl XLIX. View Guest page
Keith Gebert CRPC
Keith Gebert CRPC is the CEO of RightBridge Financial Group and has 10 years of experience in the investment and insurance industry. Keith holds his Series 7, 63 and 65 licenses, as well as life, health and annuity licenses in New York, New Jersey, Florida, Connecticut and North Carolina. Keith has been featured in The Wall Street Journal and on CNBC, MSNBC and Fox Business News. He was born and raised in New York City but now resides in New Jersey. An active philanthropist, Keith is a “Wishmaker” with the Make-A-Wish Foundation of New Jersey, and works with the USO, St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital and the Humane Society of the United States. View Guest page
David Gebler is the founder and president of the Skout Group, a consultancy that helps companies evaluate the cost-effectiveness and scandal-potential of their corporate cultures. He's a lawyer specializing in business ethics, and author of The 3 Power Values: How Commitment, Integrity, and Transparency Clear the Roadblocks to Performance View Guest page
Amy Gibson is an author, an Emmy-nominated Soap Opera star, “The Voice of Women's Hair Loss,”and one of the leading Personal Hair Loss Consultants and innovative Wig Designers for women in the U.S. She is Founder of CreatedHair.com, an online community providing elegant stylish solutions, guidance and support to women suffering from hair loss.
Amy's new book, Sex, Wigs and Whispers is a clear-cut, how-to guide for women living with hair loss, wigs, dating and sex while staying connected to your confidence and self-esteem to live a fulfilling, active life as a vital woman. It is available through Amazon.
Amy Gibson's media appearances include Fox Nightly News, NBC Nightly News, CNN, ABC News, Entertainment Tonight, The TODAY Show, Good Day LA, The Insider, The Tyra Banks Show, PEOPLE Magazine and Women's Day. View Guest page
Guy Gilchrist cut his cartoon teeth on the stylings of Walter Lantz (Woody Woodpecker), Dr. Seuss and Walt Disney. After high school, Guy was already working on his own children’s books and working for Weekly Reader Books. At the age of 24, he was hand-selected to draw Jim Henson’s The Muppets cartoon strip (which was wildly successful and printed worldwide in over 660 newspapers daily from 1981 – 1986). Throughout the years, Guy has set his hand to such notable cartoons as Looney Tunes, Tom & Jerry,Fraggle Rock and The Pink Panther (to name a few), and was the co-creator of Muppet Babies. View Guest page
Molly Gill is FAMM’s government affairs counsel. She works with federal legislators, affected family members, and other criminal justice stakeholders to promote sentences that protect public safety and that are proportionate to the offense. She also serves as a commissioner on the District of Columbia Sentencing and Criminal Code Revision Commission. Gill has appeared as an expert on mandatory minimum sentences, sentencing law, and executive clemency issues on CNN, CNN Headline News, NPR, Al Jazeera, NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams, CBS Evening News, HuffPost Live, and other American, British, and Canadian radio and television shows. Her writings have been published in numerous journals and newspapers, including The Washington Post, The Philadelphia Inquirer, TheWashington Times, Huffington Post, Sojourners Magazine, and the Federal Sentencing Reporter. View Guest page
"REBECCA GLADDING, M.D., is a clinical instructor and attending psychiatrist at the UCLA Stewart and Lynda Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital and the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior." View Guest page
Stan Goldberg PhD
Stan Goldberg, PhD, is Professor Emeritus of Communicative Disorders at San Francisco State University, and author of the new book, Loving, Supporting, and Caring for the Cancer Patient (Roman & Littlefield, October 2016). He is a prolific award-winning writer, editorial consultant and recognized expert in the area of cancer support, end-of-life issues, caregiving, chronic illnesses, aging and change. With more than 300 publications, presentations, workshops and interviews, he garnered 22 national and international awards for his writing. Goldberg was a bedside volunteer at the internationally renowned Zen Hospice Project in San Francisco, as well as Hospice By The Bay, George Mark Children’s House and Pathways Home Health and Hospice. Learn more at:stangoldbergwriter.com. View Guest page
Ross E. Goldstein
"Ross E. Goldstein, Ph.D. is the author of Fortysomething: Claiming the Power and the Passion of Your Midlife Years. (Tarcher, 1990) He was a clinical psychologist for 15 years. His passion is cycling. Chain Reaction draws deeply on his personal experiences and observations collected on and off the bike in the US and Europe. Ross received his Ph.D. from Harvard University and currently lives in Mill Valley, California, with his wife of 25 years, and two sons, the oldest of whom has just started his own bicycle racing career." View Guest page
Jill Gonzalez is analyst and spokesperson for WalletHub. Her appearances include NBC Nightly News, Fox Business Network, Wall Street Journal Live and ABC News New York. She has been on a guest on NPR's Marketplace, CBS Radio and ESPN Radio. Her take on consumer finance has been featured in publications such as The New York Times, Washington Post, Fortune and Kiplinger. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Strategic Communications and a minor in broadcasting from The Ohio State University. View Guest page
"Good has grown Little PINK Book into a national phenomenon – inspiring businesswomen everywhere to achieve a beautiful career, a beautiful life and have courage to do what they love. Little PINK Book’s daily e-note offers success secrets and tips, Top Women Profiles, Minute Mentoring videos and more to ambitious women globally. The company’s robust event series, now in its seventh year, features America’s most influential women owners each spring and top women executives each fall who speak to sold-out crowds in venues across the country. Prior to Little PINK Book, Good launched two women’s business magazines, PINK and Atlanta Woman. Both received the Magazine Association of the Southeast’s highest award, the Grand GAMMA. PINK has won numerous top national industry awards for editorial and design. A self-described “famillionaire,” she lives in Atlanta with her husband, Joey Reiman, their children Alden and Julien, two miniature horses and a small flock of backyard, egg-laying chickens." View Guest page
Thom Gossom Jr
Thom Gossom, Jr. was the first black athlete to graduate from Auburn University in 1975. A football walk on, Gossom defied the odds, earned a scholarship and became a three-year starter. He is featured in the HBO special, Breaking the Huddle, about the integration of Southern college football. His film and television credits include Reckless, Fight Club, Jeepers Creepers 2, Miss Evers Boys, Boston Legal, NYPD Blue, Containment and In the Heat of the Night. View Guest page
Jonathan Gottschall is a Distinguished Research Fellow in the English Department at Washington & Jefferson College. His research has been covered in The New York Times Magazine, The New York Times, Scientific American, The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and on NPR. His book, The Storytelling Animal, was a New York Times Editor’s Choice Selection and a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. View Guest page
Sarah Granger (www.sarahgranger.com) has more than 25 years of experience working at the intersection of technology, media and government. She is an award-winning digital media innovator. Her work focuses on issues related to innovation, digital politics, cybersecurity, online privacy, technology accessibility, and open democracy. She has been featured as a technology and political expert on CBS News, Good Morning America, RT and NPR and quoted in The New York Times, Entrepreneur, Daily Kos, The Washington Post, PBS.org, and The Hill and was recognized as one of the “40 Under 40 Rising Stars” by The Silicon Valley Business Journal. View Guest page
Lisa Green is a lawyer and legal analyst, appearing on NBC News and MSNBC. While attending law school, Lisa worked as a reporter and columnist for The National Law Journal. After graduation, Lisa practiced law in New York, litigating cases involving securities fraud, employment law, First Amendment, new media, and copyright claims before joining NBC News, first as a lawyer and then a senior producer and on-air analyst. She currently serves as communications director for a major New York law firm, and is the mother of two young adults. View Guest page
Jake Greene (Co-Director, Writer) has two boys under three years old. When he’s not pounding coffee or trying to keep his kids out of the street, he writes and develops television and web projects. Jake is also a Millennial author and keynote speaker. His first book, “Whoa, My Boss is Naked” was an irreverent career guide for entry-level Millennial employees. Now, as an entry-level Millennial parent, Jake doesn’t have time to write silly books so he makes silly videos instead. View Guest page
Melissa Greenwell was named Finish Line’s Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer in February 2016. She previously served as EVP and Chief Human Resources Officer after being named in June 2013.
Melissa oversees the operational components of the company’s supply chain initiatives as well as leads its information and technology, human resource, legal, communications and corporate social responsibility functions.
Melissa holds a bachelor’s degree in organizational leadership from Indiana Wesleyan University and also holds a Professional Human Resources Certification (PHR). She has also served on various community not-for-profit boards and is currently serving as a director of the Finish Line Youth Foundation, Mentoring Women’s Network and the 500 Festival. View Guest page
Jim Grimsley was born on September 21, 1955 in rural eastern North Carolina and was educated at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, studying writing with Doris Betts and Max Steele. He has published nineteen short stories and essays in various quarterlies, including DoubleTake, New Orleans Review, Carolina Quarterly and the New Virginia Review. His short fiction has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize on three occasions and the body of his work published in the Carolina Quarterly was nominated for a GE Outstanding Young Writer Award in 1983. Jim’s story “City and Park” was listed as one of the outstanding short stories of 1982 in the Houghton Mifflin anthology Best American Short Stories of 1982. View Guest page
Michael Gurian is a marriage and family counselor in private practice, and the New York Times bestselling author of twenty-eight books. Growing from his work with families and couples, he cofounded the Gurian Institute, a training and research organization, in 1996. He frequently speaks at conferences and seminars and consults with corporations, physicians, schools, and other professionals. Gurian has been called “the people’s philosopher” for his ability to combine cutting-edge science with people’s everyday lives. He lives in Washington State with his wife, Gail, of twenty nine years and is the proud father of two grown daughters. View Guest page
BEVERLY GUY-SHEFTALL is a founding director of the Women’s Research and Resource Center (since 1981) and an Anna Julia Cooper Professor of women’s studies at Spelman College. She is also an adjunct professor at Emory University’s Institute for Women’s Studies where she teaches graduate courses in their doctoral program. At the age of sixteen, Guy-Sheftall entered Spelman College where she majored in English and minored in secondary education. After graduation with honors, she attended Wellesley College for a fifth year of study in English. In 1971 she returned to her alma mater, Spelman College, and joined the English Department. Guy-Sheftall has published a number of texts within African American and women’s studies. Guy-Sheftall is the recipient of numerous fellowships and awards, among them a National Kellogg Fellowship; a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship for dissertations in women’s studies; and Spelman’s Presidential Faculty Award for outstanding scholarship. View Guest page
Kathryn Kemp Guylay
When she's not on the slopes, Kathryn Kemp Guylay is engaged in numerous other activities in her community and beyond. She is wife to husband Jeff and proud mother to Elena and Alexander. Kathryn, Jeff, Elena, and Alexander live in Ketchum, Idaho, with their six pets. As the founder and executive director of Nurture, Kathryn continues to provide free nutrition and wellness education and services to children and families. As a principal of Healthy Solutions of Sun Valley, Kathryn brings wellness solutions to organizations and corporations through speaking engagements and workshops. You can hear Kathryn's voice on KDPI FM Ketchum when she hosts her own bi-weekly radio show on wellness topics. Kathryn earned a BA from Emory University and an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin. She earned her Certification in Nutritional Counseling from Trinity College in Warsaw, Indiana. Kathryn has several certifications in corporate wellness from the Wellness Council of America (WELCOA). View Guest page
Lori Haas is the Virginia State Director for the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence. Lori has served as an organizer with the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence since January 2010. After her daughter Emily was shot twice and survived the 2007 Virginia Tech massacre, Lori became personally involved in gun violence prevention efforts. She has worked with the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, the Virginia Center for Public Safety, Protest Easy Guns and Mayors Against Illegal Guns. She has lobbied on Capitol Hill in Washington and before the Virginia General Assembly for responsible gun laws numerous times. She promotes awareness of the issue by speaking to various groups from her perspective as a family member of someone who has survived gun violence. Lori graduated in 1976 from Saint Gertrude High School and attended Virginia Tech for two years. After a successful career in real estate, Lori volunteered for many neighborhood, church, school and civic organizations. View Guest page
Michaela Haas, PhD
Michaela Haas, PhD, is the owner of HAAS live!, an international coaching company for media, mindfulness and communication training. She has taught at the University of California Santa Barbara, the University of the West, and other study centres in America and Europe. Since the age of sixteen, she has been working as a writer and interviewer for major European newspapers, magazines, and TV stations, including hosting many successful live talk-shows. She has been studying and practicing Buddhist meditation for almost twenty years. Michaela is the author of Bouncing Forward, Dakini Power, co-author of Coco Schumann: der Ghetto-Swinger, translator of Light Comes Through, as well as contributor to and editor of several other books. In America, her articles have appeared in the Washington Post, the Huffington Post, CBS, Psychology Today, Psych Central, and numerous online media. View Guest page
Tara Haelle is reporter and journalist with a master’s degree in photojournalism from the University of Texas at Austin. She had a retained placenta that required manual surgical extraction, struggled with partial secondary lactation insufficiency, and breastfed one of her son’s until he was 3.5 years old. Both authors struggled with post-partum depression. Their writing has been featured in the New York Times, Scientific American, Slate, Discover, Politico, Everyday Health, and Forbes among other outlets. View Guest page
Angela Hallier, the Firm's Founding Partner, was admitted to the Arizona State Bar in 1990. She has been a Certified Family Law Specialist since 1996 and is serving her fifth year on the Family Law Advisory Commission of the State Bar of Arizona, a committee that oversees the certification process for family law specialists. Angela chaired the Commission from 2007-2010. Angela was a member of the Family Law Division of the Arizona State Bar Executive Council from 1999-2000. She has been named a 'Super Lawyer' by superlawyers.com and is AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest competency and ethical rating given. She is also a judge pro tempore of the Maricopa County Superior Court. Angela frequently speaks at legal education seminars and at public events. She authors a divorce education column that appears in the Arizona Business Journal and the Arizona Foothills Magazine View Guest page
When PENROSE HALSON was 25 and still unmarried, her mother sent her to the Katharine Allen Marriage & Advice Bureau. Twenty years later, after a career in teaching, writing and editing, she and her management consultant husband Bill took over that same Bureau. They additionally acquired The Marriage Bureau, which had been set up in 1939 by two 24-year-olds. As Bill had predicted, matchmaking suited Penrose down to the ground, and they remain happily in touch with many former clients who visit them in London. View Guest page
Allan J. Hamilton, MD
Allan Hamilton started off his working life as a janitor. Today, he holds four Professorships at the University of Arizona in Neurosurgery, Radiation Oncology, Psychology, and Electrical and Computer Engineering.
He graduated from Harvard Medical School and completed training at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. Dr. Hamilton served as a medical officer in Operation Desert Storm and is a decorated US Army veteran. He has been chosen by his peers as “One of America’s Best Doctors” for the last eighteen consecutive years. Dr. Hamilton has written more than a dozen chapters in medical textbooks and nearly 100 peer-reviewed scientific articles. He is the recipient of numerous honors, awards and distinctions.
In 2000, Dr. Hamilton’s was selected as “One of the Great Intellects of the 21st Century.” He has been a featured guest on National Public Radio, the Public Broadcasting System, CNN, ABC Evening News, and The NBC Today Show. View Guest page
KEVIN HANCOCK is the President of Hancock Lumber Company. Established in 1848, Hancock Lumber operates ten retail stores and three sawmills that are led by 460 employees. The company also grows trees on 12,000 acres of timberland in Southern Maine.
Hancock Lumber is a multi-year recipient of the ‘Best Places to Work in Maine’ award. The company is also a past recipient of the Maine Family Business of the Year Award, the Governor’s Award for Business Excellence, and the MITC ‘Exporter of the Year’ award.
Kevin is a graduate of Lake Region High School and Bowdoin College. He is also a frequent visitor to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. In 2015, Kevin published a book about his experiences with the Oglala Sioux Tribe titled,Not For Sale: Finding Center in the Land of Crazy Horse. The book won the 2015 National Indie Excellence Award, first place in leadership and runner-up in the spirituality category. View Guest page
In her emotionally uncompromising memoir, MOTHERHOOD EXAGGERATED, Judith Hannan recounts the ordeal of her young daughter's battle with cancer and how the frightening medical journey tested and strengthened a mother's reliance. Hannon’s book takes readers from diagnosis to remission as eight-year-old Nadia Hannan endures the nightmare of potentially terminal bone cancer, and the entire family weathers the dire interruption in their lives. Told with grace and candor, Judith Hannan's fierce depiction of an unwelcome trial of motherhood is, in the words of novelist Mary Gordon, "a moving, engaging retelling of the complex bonds and tensions every parent experiences in our relationship with our children." Judith Hannan has been a writer for over 25 years; 10 years ago she began exploring personal narrative. Her essays have appeared in such publications as Woman's Day, Twins Magazine, and The Martha's Vineyard Gazette. She teaches writing about personal experience to homeless single mothers and to at-risk adolescents. Ms. Hannan has a long history of involvement in children's education, health and welfare. She served as Director of Development for the 92nd Street Y and then for the Children's Museum of Manhattan. She serves on the board of the Museum as well as on three boards affiliated with the Mt. Sinai Medical Center in New York-the Adolescent Health Center, the Children's Center Foundation and the new Global Health Initiative. View Guest page
Robbie Hardy spent 20+ successful years in the corporate sector before finding her true calling in the entrepreneurial world. She has sat on all sides of the entrepreneurial desk - as CEO, strategic consultant, board member, investor, and mentor.
Living her motto, "There has to be a better way," Hardy's developed a national women-only mentoring program called Lessons Earned, which will debut in the Fall of 2016. Hardy divides her time between Napa, California and theResearch Triangle Park area of North Carolina.
For more information visit www.RobbieHardy.com. View Guest page
“Craig Harline is professor of history at Brigham Young University, and the award-winning author of five previous books, including Miracles at the Jesus Oak: Histories of the Supernatural in Reformation Europe and Sunday: A History of the First Day from Babylonia to the Super Bowl, both available in paperback from Yale University Press.” View Guest page
Nzinga Harrison, MD
A well-respected physician and educator, Dr. Harrison is the Chief Medical Officer for Anka Behavioral Health Inc. and a member of the Clinical Adjunct Faculty in the Nursing Schools at Emory University and Morehouse School of Medicine. Approachable and energetic, she has been known to explain medical concepts with an ease and humor that results in her audiences developing understanding of difficult material while having a good time doing it! She has written and presented several articles and workshops on the medical aspects of addiction and other psychiatric disorders. She is available for media appearances, supervision and medical consultation and to answer any questions you may have about addictive or other psychiatric disorders. View Guest page
Paul Hartman is a retired PBS/NPR station executive with a passion for biblical history. He is a Presbyterian elder, a lay preacher and a Dead Sea Scrolls aficionado. A father and grandfather, Hartman says he wrote “The Kairos” after serious Bible study revealed two repeatedly-quoted words from God as the answer to his lifelong battle with fear View Guest page
MELISSA HARTWIG is a Certified Sports Nutritionist who specializes in helping people change their relationship with food and create life-long, healthy habits. She is the New York Times bestselling co-author of It Starts With Food and The Whole30 and has been featured by the Today Show, Dr. Oz, the Wall Street Journal, Outside, and SELF. Melissa has presented more than 150 health and nutrition seminars worldwide and shares resources with, writes articles for, and provides support to more than 2 million people a month through the Whole30 website and social media feeds. View Guest page
Randy Haveson, M.A. has been working in the counseling field since 1986. Since 1991 Randy has worked in and around higher education. He became the coordinator of health education programs on three university campuses around the country. His programs have received national recognition for their innovation and effectiveness in reaching college students. In 1999 Randy became a full time professional speaker & consultant. He has spoken and consulted with students and professionals on dozens of campuses, including The University of Notre Dame, Brown University, and Johns Hopkins University. His innovative alcohol education program has been featured on CNN Headline News, Fox News Network, The Ricki Lake show, and on numerous radio stations across the country. View Guest page
"Becki Hawkins is a natural storyteller and a great listener. She brought those gifts with her as she sat by the bedside of seriously ill or terminally ill patients for more than 30 years as an oncology and hospice nurse. And it is her compassion and warmth that encouraged so many of her charges to share their heartfelt thoughts and experiences with her. Hawkins began her career as a nurse’s aide at age 19, and that exposure to the nursing profession inspired her to get a degree in nursing. Unusual for someone so young, she chose to start her career in the Oncology Unit in a large city hospital. She progressed to Outpatient Oncology, Hospice, and eventually became a Hospice Chaplain. Upon retirement in the 1990s, she began to volunteer her services and expertise with hospice patients. She was also instrumental in the transition and care of various family members. For more information on Becki, her book or her speaking, go to her website: www.ladyhawkpublishing.com ." View Guest page
"Maureen Healy is a children’s emotional health expert with more than 20 years of global experience. She writes a popular blog for Psychology Today, and the PBS Series, This Emotional Life. Her work has been featured on ABC, NBC, the CW and in popular magazines like Spirituality & Health and Parenting, too. Maureen also uniquely brings together western science and eastern wisdom to help any adult raise happier kids today. More info:www.growinghappykids.com." View Guest page
Sheila K. Heen
Sheila K. Heen, A.B., J.D., Affiliate, Harvard Negotiation Project. Sheila Heen is a Partner at Triad Consulting Group and a Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School. She also teaches courses for executives and lawyers through Harvard’s Executive Education series. Through her consulting practice Sheila has worked with a wide variety of clients. In addition to corporate clients like Ford, Citigroup, IBM, Shell, DuPont and Merck she has also provided training for the Singapore Supreme Court, assisted Greek and Turkish Cypriots grappling with the conflict that divides their island, and worked with Requestors who talk to families about donating a loved one’s organs for the New England Organ Bank. Recently she spent time in Barrow, Alaska, with the Inupiat Board of Directors for the Arctic Slope Regional Corporation, who control the Arctic Slope and ANWAR. Sheila spent ten years with the Harvard Negotiation Project, developing negotiation theory and practice. She specializes in particularly difficult negotiations – where emotions run high and relationships become strained. Sheila is co-author, along with Douglas Stone and Bruce Patton, of the New York Times Business Bestseller, Difficult Conversations: How to Discuss What Matters Most (Penguin 2000). View Guest page
As the granddaughter of illustrious author Ernest Hemingway, Mariel Hemmingway appeared predestined to be well known and publicly recognized. However, at the age of 13, Mariel became famous in her own right when she made her silver screen debut in "Lipstick." Four years later, her work in Woody Allen's "Manhattan" earned her an Oscar nomination. She has since made 30 films as well as numerous television appearances and as a host of environmental and humanitarian documentaries. Her latest acting role is in Tapping the Source. Some say it's a movie...others call it a movement. Does it speak to politics, religion, economics, philanthropy, health, social... or perhaps, does it encompass them all? Whether Tapping the Source shifts your consciousness or remains an enigma is something only you can decide. Could the true star of Tapping the Source be you? For more information go to: http://www.marielhemingway.com/ View Guest page
Andrea Herzberg is a 20-year survivor of late-stage ovarian cancer. She was diagnosed at age 39. Born in Brooklyn and educated in public schools, Andrea graduated from the State University of New York at Albany. As a news reporter, she worked for the Troy (New York) Times Record and United Press International. Her second career was in community policing. She retired as a sergeant from the Special Victims Division in 2011 after 26 years of diverse assignments with the NYPD. Now, as coordinator of SHARE’s toll-free ovarian helpline, Andrea recruits and trains volunteers who are both compassionate listeners and passionate about helping callers find information, support and hope. Andrea feels privileged to know these women who use their own experiences with a life-threatening illness to help others. Her husband, Andrew, a professor of English literature, facilitates SHARE’s caregiver support group. The couple has a daughter who works in theater production. View Guest page
Paul Hill has built an award-winning record as a leader in the placement industry through his work as president of ADV Advanced Technical Services Inc. (ADV), an international search and placement company. He is recognized as a new breed of Internet job search expert by his loyal followers, dedicated to guiding and educating professionals to be proactive by adopting professional Internet branding best practices through his work as chief instructor and principal of TransitionToHired, a division of ADV. For more information, visit http://www.transitiontohired.com/" View Guest page
ROGER HILL is an advocate for military veterans and first responders, and he is active in the fight against human trafficking. He lives in Atlanta, Georgia, where he works in the security industry as a director of operations.
CAPT. ROGER HILL graduated from West Point, served nine years in the United States Army, including in both the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. View Guest page
"MICHAEL HINSHAW is the President of Touchpoint Metrics and Managing Director of MCorp Consulting, as well as a mentor and guest lecturer on entrepreneurship at U.C. Berkeley's Haas School of Business. Michael has advised global organizations including Argo Group, GE, McKesson, T. Rowe Price and the United Methodist Church on customer experience, customer loyalty and brand strategy." View Guest page
George Hodgman is a veteran magazine and book editor who has worked at Simon & Schuster, Vanity Fair, and Talk magazine. His writing has appeared in Entertainment Weekly, Interview, W, and Harper’s Bazaar. He lives in New York City and Paris, Missouri. View Guest page
Bryce G. Hoffman
Bryce G. Hoffman is an author, speaker, strategic advisor, and management consultant who believes that individuals have the power to transform companies and cultures with the right processes. Hoffman wrote the bestselling book American Icon: Alan Mulally and the Fight to Save Ford Motor Company, which has become a manual for leaders who want to transform their companies. His new book, Red Teaming: How Your Business Can Conquer the Competition by Challenging Everything, will be published in Spring 2017 by Crown Business in the United States and Little, Brown and Company in the United Kingdom, and later in 2017 by Hayakawa Shobo in Japan.
Red teaming is a system developed by the U.S. military and intelligence agencies to make critical and contrarian thinking part of an organization’s strategic planning process. In 2015, Hoffman became the first civilian to graduate from the U.S. Army’s Red Team Leader Program at the University of Foreign Military and Cultural Studies in Kansas. View Guest page
Jennifer S. Holland
Jennifer S. Holland is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Unlikely Friendships: 47 Remarkable Stories from the Animal Kingdom and Unlikely Loves: 43 Heartwarming True Stories from the Animal Kingdom. She has written for, among others, National Geographic, The Discovery Channel, NPR, EarthTouch News, and The Washington Post, specializing in science and natural history. She lives with her husband, three dogs, and dozens of snakes and geckos, and divides her time between Silver Spring, Maryland, and a cabin in the woods near Charlottesville, Virginia View Guest page
Stephanie Hosford is the author of Shedding My Skin, a short story in the anthology Nothing But The Truth So Help Me God: 73 Women on Life’s Transitions. She holds a Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy from Tufts University as well as a black belt in taekwondo. She is also a member of the Speaker’s Bureau for the City of Hope National Medical Center. When not shuttling kids around town in her SUV, she can be found writing, at the gym, or shopping at Trader Joe’s for the items she forgot last time. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and three children. Visit Stephanie at: http://www.stephaniehosford.com View Guest page
"David Houle is a futurist and author of the highly regarded blog Evolution Shift (www.evolutionshift.com). He is the author of The Shift Age and The New Health Age, and has contributed to NPR, O The Oprah Magazine, The Huffington Post. Houle spent more than 20 years in entertainment, as part of the executive team that launched MTV, Nickelodeon, VH1 and CNN Headline News. A sought-after lecturer, he was recognized as Speaker of the Year from Vistage International, the leading global organization of CEOs. Houle is Futurist in Residence at the Ringling College of Art + Design in Sarasota, Florida." View Guest page
Ryan’s Well Foundation is celebrating its 20th successful year in digging wells to provide clean drinking water to the poorest regions of the developing world. To date, nearly one million people have been impacted in 16 countries with 1,166 water projects installed and 1,245 latrines completed. The Foundation is chugging along like a finely tuned water pump, and endeavoring to triple its human-impact over the next twenty years.
The Foundation’s accomplishments started with the passion and courage of one 6-year-old boy named Ryan Hreljac, back in 1998. Ryan was startled to learn in his grade 1 class that not all children could simply get a drink from the drinking fountain, as he could. Twenty years later, Ryan is requested to share his story locally and globally to motivate people young and old, to make a positive impact in the world. View Guest page
Ingrid Blaufarb Hughes
Ingrid Blaufarb Hughes was born in London in 1945 and grew up in Greece, Washington DC, Saigon, Singapore and Colorado. She married very young and settled in New York with her husband. Her daughter and son grew up there, and she attended the School of General Studies at Columbia University. For many years she taught English to immigrants and native New Yorkers on several campuses of the City University of New York, where she met many inspiring young people. She served as an officer in the union of faculty and staff at CUNY, then after her son’s death devoted herself to writing about him. Her poems and stories have been published in a number of print and online periodicals and her new book, Losing Aaron, is available from Amazon. She lives now with her husband in the Hudson Valley, where she is active in a peace group, Women in Black. View Guest page
Paul Huljich was born in Auckland, New Zealand. An early pioneer of organic and natural foods, Paul, along with his brothers, founded Best Corporation in 1985. Paul, serving as Chairman and Joint-CEO guided Best Corporation to unparalleled success. The company was listed on the stock exchange in December 1991 and sold to a multinational food company in 1993. In 1998, Paul was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder and experienced a full mental breakdown that year, losing his rights as a New Zealand citizen and being made a ward of the state. Informed that there was no cure, that he would eventually relapse, and that he would be dependent on medication for the rest of his life, he traveled to the world renowned Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, and then admitted himself to the Menninger Clinic in Topeka, Kansas, to more fully understand and move through his condition. In 2009, he founded MWellA (Mind Wellness Awareness). The Mind Wellness Awareness community seeks to build an awareness of 'mind conditions' and work with other mind condition organizations with the understanding that prevention is the key, as it is far better than recovery and gives people hope. Inspired by Paul’s ultimate purpose in life, MWellA hopes to guide everyone who wishes to seek peace of mind, contentment and happiness through providing them with the resources necessary to rebuild the mind, body and spirit. View Guest page
“Edward Humes received a Pulitzer Prize for his newspaper coverage of the military. He has written for publications such as the NEW YORK TIMES, LOS ANGELES MAGAZINE, READERS DIGEST, and THE LOS ANGELES TIMES, and is the author of eleven other nonfiction books. He received a PEN Center USA Award for his book NO MATTER HOW LOUD I SHOUT: A YEAR IN THE LIFE OF JUVENILE COURT and was awarded the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism for "The Forgotten," his LOS ANGELES MAGAZINE account of life inside Los Angeles' home for neglected children. His book SCHOOL OF DREAMS was named a WASHINGTON POST "Best book of 2003," and the LOS ANGELES TIMES named his book MEAN JUSTICE a "Best book of 1999." He lives in Seal Beach, CA.” View Guest page
“Stephen Hunter has written seventeen novels, including I, Sniper and Point of Impact. The retired chief film critic for The Washington Post, where he won the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for Distinguished Criticism, he lives in Baltimore, Maryland.” View Guest page
Stephen Hupp, PhD
Stephen Hupp is a Professor of Clinical Child and School Psychology at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Dr. Hupp is also a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and consultant for the East St. Louis Head Start program. He is also the co-author of GREAT MYTHS OF CHILD DEVELOPMENT reveals the latest evidence-based science behind the myths and misconceptions around the developing child. View Guest page
RUPERT ISAACSON was born in London to Southern African parents. He is the author of The Healing Land, the story of his time with the San Bushmen of the Kalahari Desert and the adventure of helping them regain their ancestral hunting grounds; The Wild Host: The History and the Meaning of the Hunt, and The Horse Boy, the story of his quest on horseback across Mongolia to find help for his autistic son, which has been translated into 30 languages. Isaacson’s feature documentary, The Horse Boy, was screened on television worldwide and in American cinemas and his journalistic work has appeared in national newspapers in the United States and United Kingdom. A human rights activist for the Kalahari Bushmen, he also founded and runs The Horse Boy Foundation, which specializes in helping children learn and communicate through horses (The Horse Boy Method) and play equipment and the environment (Horse Boy Learning). For more information, visit www.horseboyfoundation.org. View Guest page
Dr. Richard Jacoby
Dr. Richard Jacoby is one of the country’s leading peripheral nerve surgeons. He practices in Scottsdale, Arizona and specializes in the treatment of peripheral neuropathy. He is also one of the co-founders of the Scottsdale Healthcare Wound Management Center, a diplomat of the American Board of Podiatric Surgery and a member of the American Podiatry Association, the Arizona Podiatry Association, and the Association of Extremity Nerve Surgeons. View Guest page
Dr. Frances E. Jensen
Dr. Frances E. Jensen is an internationally respected neurologist, researcher, public speaker, and mother of two boys whose brain development research has been funded by the NIH for almost 30 years. She is currently Professor and Chair of the Department of Neurology at the Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania. She was Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School, Director of Translational Neuroscience and Director of Epilepsy Research at Boston Children’s Hospital, and Senior Neurologist at Boston Children’s and Brigham and Women’s Hospitals. She lectures widely about the teen brain at science museums, TEDMED, and high schools. Dr. Jensen has been featured on NPR, Salon.com, and C-SPAN. View Guest page
David E Johnson
David E. Johnson is the chief executive officer and co-founder of Strategic Vision LLC. With more than 20 years of experience, he is a PR industry leader who specializes in media relations, crisis communications, branding, and reputation management. With the founding of Strategic Vision, Johnson developed a niche practice for the firm in book publicity. He works with new and established authors from both the self-publishing and traditional publishing realms. Johnson is regularly sought out by the media for his (intimate experience with and knowledge of the public relations industry. He has appeared on CNN, the FOX News Channel, the FOX Business Network, ESPN, CNBC, “CBS This Morning” and “The Today Show,” as well as in publications such as People, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, Entertainment Weekly, PRWeek, PR Daily, the E-Commerce Times, the Associated Press, The Christian Science Monitor, Forbes, Bloomberg Businessweek, and Hollywood Life. View Guest page
Diane Johnson is an American-born novelist and essayist. A two-time finalist for both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award in three different genres—essay, biography, and fiction—she is the author of a dozen novels, including Le Divorce, Le Mariage, and L’Affaire. Here she returns to the mode of her classic biography, Lesser Lives. She is a frequent contributor to The New York Review of Books and splits her time between San Francisco and Paris. View Guest page
Ann Dowsett Johnston
Winner of five National Magazine Awards, a Southam Fellowship and the Atkinson Fellowship in Public Policy, Ann is a gifted author and public speaker.
A respected advocate in public policy matters, she has a distinguished track record in shaping a broad variety of dynamic publications. As well, she is co-founder and co-chair of the National Roundtable on Girls, Women and Alcohol, a pan-Canadian advocacy group launched in 2013.
As a journalist, her most recent work was as the Atkinson Fellow in Public Policy. She wrote a 14-part series on Women and Alcohol, appearing in The Toronto Star. View Guest page
Alternative investment consultant and author of "Women of The Street: Why Female Money Managers Generate Higher Returns (And How You Can Too)", Meredith began her alternative investment career at Van Hedge Fund Advisors International (VAN), where she was Director of Research. Meredith then went on to be Director at Barclays Capital Strategic Consulting Group. There she consulted for clients and authored white papers, including her first white paper on women and minority-owned investing. Meredith is a foodie and wine lover and maintains a love of charcoal and open flames when it comes to her own cooking. She is a figure skater and skates weekly, relying on an inexplicable addiction to decaffeinated coffee for her early morning ice times. View Guest page
Alejandro Junger, MD
Founder of the Clean Program, Dr. Junger was born in Uruguay. He graduated from medical school there in 1990 and moved to New York City for his postgraduate training. He completed three years of training in Internal Medicine at NYU Downtown Hospital and three more years of fellowship in Cardiovascular Diseases at Lenox Hill Hospital. The drastic change in lifestyle and diet resulting from his move to New York City soon showed up as irritable bowel syndrome and depression. Becoming a patient of the system he was practicing was such a shock, that it started his journey in search of an alternative solution to his health problems. His findings are the subject of his first book, Clean: The Revolutionary Program to Restore the Body’s Natural Ability to Heal Itself, where Dr. Junger describes how he became aware of the toxicity of our planet. He also explains how detoxification and cleansing have been around for thousands of years, but the knowledge has been lost, and right now it’s more important than ever to reclaim this information. Most importantly, Clean is a manual for readers to learn how to turn on and work with their own detoxification systems to restore and maintain optimal health. View Guest page
Ellen Kahn LCSW
Since 2005, Ellen Kahn has served as Director of the Human Rights Campaign Foundation's Children, Youth & Families Program. In her role, Ellen provides national leadership and expertise in public education and advocacy efforts to achieve full equality for LGBTQ families. Under Ellen’s leadership, HRCF launched three highly successful, innovative programs that promote fair and inclusive policies and practices; All Children—All Families; Welcoming Schools; and the Youth Well-Being Project, which features the annual Time to Thrive conference to support LGBTQ youth. Ellen is sought out as an expert on LGBTQ adoption, speaking at numerous national and regional conferences, and providing training for hundreds of child welfare and adoption professionals. View Guest page
Dr. Keith Kantor
Dr. Kantor has been an advocate of natural food and healthy living for 27 years. In 1994 he was appointed CEO of Service Foods, Inc., the largest all natural food company of its kind in the United States. He has a Master Degree in Nutrition Science and a Master in Business Administration; Ph.D. graduate of Corllins University, Nutritional Science; Doctorate of Science graduate of Corllins University, Naturopathic Medicine. He also holds undergraduate degrees in Biology and Chemistry. Specialties: The premier doctor correlating nutritional food science with preventing and mitigating disease. Chaired the Natural Products Committee requested by Congress on product criteria and label specifications for all natural foods in the United States. Chaired the Blue Ribbon panel requested by Congress on lowering health care costs in the United States. View Guest page
Christelyn D. Karazin is a columnist for Madame Noir magazine and also writes for publications including Woman's Day, Better Homes & Gardens, and others. She runs the popular blog www.beyondblackwhite.com and lives in California with her husband and four children View Guest page
Maimah Karmo is a breast-cancer survivor and the founder of the Tigerlily Foundation, an organization that educates, empowers and advocates for young women affected by breast cancer. The idea was born after her second chemotherapy treatment, and when she appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show to tell her story, Oprah’s advice was emphatic: Maimah must write a book. So Maimah did. Fearless: Awakening to My Life’s Purpose Through Breast Cancer (Brown Books, October 2012) is about her transformation, and how she learned that a challenge can be a gift. Fearless is a stunning account of Maimah’s upbringing in Liberia—which was uprooted when she was 15 years old, and her family was forced to flee to the U.S.—to living the American Dream, watching it all fall apart with a breast cancer diagnosis, and ultimately, bouncing back. Today, Maimah has made her mark in the world of breast cancer, and her work has been celebrated everywhere from The Oprah Winfrey Show to Redbook Magazine to ¬¬¬¬Good Morning America. Dedicated to changing the breast cancer landscape, Maimah’s goal is to create a legacy of a world free of breast cancer. View Guest page
"BRUCE KASANOFF is the author of MAKING IT PERSONAL: HOW TO PROFIT FROM PERSONALIZATION WITHOUT INVADING PRIVACY, a critically acclaimed 2001 book that predicted many of the innovations we see widespread today. Bruce was named among the Chartered Institute of Marketing's 50 most influential thinkers in marketing and business today. He was one of the original partners of the 1to1 marketing consultancy, Peppers & Rogers Group, and he currently blogs at NowPossible.com." View Guest page
Evan Katz is "The Anger Guy." Counseling angry men and teens since 1994, his expertise is amongst the best in his field. What makes him stand out is he’s lived it. He tells his story of life as an angry man; not changing until after his father’s unexpected death. Today, he speaks professionally to colleagues, companies and communities; addressing the most unhealthy social epidemic amongst men and boys throughout the Western world – ANGER! View Guest page
NAOMI KATZ is the visionary behind Beautiful Project, a movement dedicated to building self-confidence in women and girls. She is an educator who empowers women and girls to redefine culture by reclaiming the language they use to talk about themselves. Naomi has worked with young women for more than 15 years on four continents. View Guest page
"Kaufman is a contributing editor at Harper’s and has written about American food culture for The New Yorker, Foreign Policy, Gourmet, Saveur, The New York Times Magazine, Wired and other publications. He has spoken about food-related issues before the United Nations and was recently a featured panelist at the annual James Beard Food Conference in New York City." View Guest page
Julie King has been educating and supporting parents since 1995. In addition to her work with individual parents and couples, she has led workshops for numerous schools, nonprofits, and parent groups. Julie received her AB from Princeton University and a JD from Yale Law School. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area and is the mother of three. View Guest page
George L. King MD
GEORGE KING, M.D., is research director and chief scientific officer at the Joslin Diabetes Center. One of the world’s most sought-after speakers on diabetes and diabetes-related issues, Dr. King is on the road for roughly half of every year speaking to medical conferences, professional associations, and patient groups, including American Diabetes Association gatherings and National Institutes of Health workshops. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts. View Guest page
Joan Kingsley is a psychotherapist. She has a private practice in London, is Honorary Consultant Psychotherapist at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, and is on the Psychotherapist register at the School of Life. She practices as an Executive Coach and has a vast amount of experience of working with businesses in supporting their staff. Joan is a member of The New York Academy of Sciences, a Fellow of The Royal Society of Arts, and a member of the Royal Academy of Medicine and is registered with the UKCP. View Guest page
Kati Kleber, BSN, RN, CCRN
Kati Kleber, BSN, RN, CCRN, is a nationally certified critical care nurse in the Neurosciences Intensive Care Unit at Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center in Charlotte, North Carolina. Her new book, Admit One: What You Must Know When Going to the Hospital - But No One Actually Tells You (ANA 2016), provides an insider's guide to the culture of a hospital and what to expect of health care providers. A veteran author and blogger on top nursing trends, Kati has been recognized by Charlotte Business Journal as "2015 Nurse of the Year" and is a recipient of the Great 100 Nurses of North Carolina award. She has also been a featured source across a number of media outlets, including CNN, The Dr. Oz Show, U.S. News, The TODAY Show, and many more. Visit www.nursesbooks.org. View Guest page
Austin Kleon is a writer and artist. His work has been featured on National Public Radio’s Morning Edition, PBS News Hour, and in The Wall Street Journal. He is known for his bestselling poetry book, Newspaper Blackout, where Kleon redacts newspaper articles with a permanent marker. Kleon speaks online about creativity, visual thinking, and being an artist with organizations such as SXSW, TEDx, and The Economist. For more information on Austin Kleon, visit www.austinkleon.com View Guest page
Lisa Knopp, author of Bread: A Memoir of Hunger, is also the author of five collections of essays, each of which explores the concepts of place, home, nature, and spirituality. What the River Carries: Encounters with the Mississippi, Missouri, and Platte was the winner of the 2013 Nebraska Book Award in the nonfiction/essay category and tied for second place in the 2013 ALSE (Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment) book awards for environmental creative nonfiction.
Knopp’s essays have appeared in numerous literary publications including Missouri Review, Michigan Review, Iowa Review, Gettysburg Review, Northwest Review, Cream City Review, Brevity: A Journal of Concise Literary Nonfiction, Connecticut Review, Shenandoah, Creative Nonfiction, Prairie Schooner, Iowa Review, and Georgia Review. View Guest page
Rachel Blythe Kodanaz
Tackling life's challenges and hardships while finding a "new normal" has become a lifetime goal for Rachel. When the worst thing that can happen already has it is now time to find the smile, energy and enthusiasm to live life to the fullest. Sharing her experiences and helping others provides "hope" for tomorrow. As a motivational speaker, author, peer coach, grief consultant and facilitator, Rachel tackles today's challenges to help provide encouragement to those who are suffering a loss or set-back. Together we can find hope, a new direction and a will to live life to its fullest. Rachel is a columnist for Living with Loss magazine and has appeared on Good Morning America. View Guest page
Rachel Blythe Kodanaz
Rachel Kodanaz is an author, speaker and coach that provides encouragement to those who are suffering a loss or setback. Overcoming her own adversary following the sudden death of her husband, leaving her with a two-year-old daughter and her experience in the management of large corporations led her to develop and publish resources about how to support grief and loss in the workplace. Rachel holds a BS in Business Administration from Bryant University. She is a columnist for Living with Loss Magazine and has published numerous articles on grief; a Grief in the Workplace Management guide and her book, Living with Loss One Day at a Time, has received international acclaim. Rachel speaks nationally to organizations and has appeared on Good Morning America. View Guest page
Born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Liz moved to California to attend college. She majored in children’s theater and elementary education at California State University Fresno. After graduation, she taught at the elementary and middle school levels and directed plays through a children’s theater group. Liz was Byline Magazine’s “Writing for Children” columnist for eight years. She has sold more than 350 of her articles published in a variety of periodicals including Writer’s Digest, Parents Magazine, and the San Francisco Examiner. She taught through California State University of Hayward’s East Bay Extension for ten years, as well as University of California Santa Cruz Extension. Liz presents author assemblies and classroom writing workshops at elementary and middle schools. Chair of the California Writers Club Young Writers Program for several years, she currently heads the judging committee and teaches writing workshops in this county-wide program. View Guest page
Erica Komisar LCSW
ERICA KOMISAR, LCSW is a clinical social worker, psychoanalyst, and parent guidance expert who has been in private practice in New York City for the last 25 years. A graduate of Georgetown and Columbia Universities and The New York Freudian Society, Ms Komisar is a psychological consultant bringing parenting and work/life workshops to clinics, schools, corporations, and childcare settings including The Garden House School, Goldman Sachs, Shearman and Sterling and SWFS Early Childhood Center. She lives is New York City with her husband--optometrist and social entrepreneur Dr. Jordan Kassalow--and their three teenage children. View Guest page
MONIKA KØRRA is a native of Løten, Norway. She graduated in 2012 from Southern Methodist University. Monika was the keynote speaker at the 8th annual Conference on Crimes Against Women, as well as the speaker for Take Back the Night at the University of Texas and the Pikes Peak Domestic Violence Summit. She is a certified advocate for rape victims through Dallas Area Rape Crisis Center's volunteer training program. Her nonprofit organization, the Monika Kørra Foundation, provides significant services and referrals for rape and abuse survivors and their loved ones. View Guest page
Jaime Kulaga PhD
Dr. Jaime Kulaga is a licensed mental health counselor, certified professional coach, inspirational speaker, and entrepreneur. She is a frequent mental health expert on TV and has been featured on Forbes.com, on Maria Shriver's blog, and in Glamour, Self, and Prevention magazines for her expertise in work-life balance and life fulfillment. Dr. Kulaga's passion is to motivate others to live their best life. She coaches and counsels individuals, couples, and business people and teaches at the university level. She is the author of The SuperWoman’s Guide to Super Fulfillment: Step-by-Step Strategies to Create Work-Life Balance. Her successful SuperWoman workshops empower women to make better decisions, steer the course of their lives, and use practical tools to find deeper fulfillment and happiness. View Guest page
Rachel L. Pires
Rachel L. Pires, a Boston University graduate, is a contributing writer for LIVESTRONG.com Weight Loss Blogs, a weight loss advisor, and a new mom. Additionally, she is a dancer, a 2nd degree black belt, and an advanced certified scuba diver. Website: http://www.dietenlightenment.com View Guest page
"Joy Ladin, David and Ruth Gottesman Professor of English at Stern College for Women of Yeshiva University, is the first openly transgender employee of an Orthodox Jewish institution. She is the author of five books of poetry, including, most recently, Psalms and Coming to Life." View Guest page
Frank Lalli has chronicled his experience with the health care system in the New York Times op-ed piece “A Health Insurance Detective Story.” He has since become The Health Care Detective™ in a variety of publications and media outlets, including regular commentary on news and health for National Public Radio’s Robin Hood Radio. Throughout his thirty-plus years of experience in editorial and journalism, he has worked as an investigative reporter for Forbes, served as editor of Money and George magazines, appeared as a specialist on Today, Good Morning America, and Nightline, and is currently the special health correspondent for Parade. Lalli was named one of the top 100 business journalists of the twentieth century by TJFR, and has won the three most prestigious prizes for excellence in financial journalism: The John Hancock, the University of Missouri, and the Gerald Loeb awards. View Guest page
Courtney Lance, born in Chicago and raised mostly there, some in New York, and a teeny bit in Kansas City has worked for Chicago real estate firm Draper and Kramer, Incorporated for 27 years. There, she is an Internal Auditor focused on process, efficiency and compliance audits. Courtney is also a culinary enthusiast and finds time to cater and bake. She has judged culinary competitions and leads cooking demonstrations regularly. Courtney is a director of Louis’ Groceries a non-profit organization whose mission is to increase community access to fresh produce and other healthy food options and to promote the adoption of healthy eating habits. She leads cooking demonstrations in their flagship grocery store on Chicago’s south side. Courtney is an officer and director of the MAGIC Foundation, a charitable non-profit created to provide support services for families of children afflicted with a wide variety of disorders, syndromes and diseases that affect a child’s growth and support services for adults who were also impacted by these ailments. Courtney is also a vocalist and has performed regularly around Chicago including singing with Chicago’s own Sunday Evening Club Choir on local PBS network WTTW, and with the John Work Chorale whose mission, aside from bringing historic and beautiful music to the ears of many, is to preserve the Negro Spiritual genre, and ensure its longevity and accessibility. Courtney enjoys reading, writing and music and is currently engaged in a project about music. She also loves working with her hands, creating jewelry and knitting. In what spare time she has left, she is a Massage Therapist and a Reiki Practitioner. Courtney is married and resides in Chicago with her loving and supportive husband, Sotirios. View Guest page
Frederick S. Lane
I am an author, attorney, expert witness, and professional speaker on the legal and cultural implications of emerging technology. After graduating from Amherst College and Boston College Law School, I clerked for two years for the Honorable Frank H. Freedman, Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court in Massachusetts. After practicing law for five years and writing my first book, Vermont Jury Instructions -- Civil and Criminal (with John Dinse and Ritchie Berger), I launched a computer consulting business that in time led to my current work as a computer forensics expert and author. In response to the passage of the Communications Decency Act in 1996, I began researching the legislative and media response to the rise of the online adult industry. The resulting book, Obscene Profits: The Entrepreneurs of Pornography in the Cyber Age, was the first of what is now five mainstream non-fiction books. The others are: The Naked Employee: How Technology Is Compromising Workplace Privacy (Amacom 2003); The Decency Wars: The Campaign to Cleanse American Culture (Prometheus Books 2006); The Court and the Cross: The Religious Right's Crusade to Reshape the Supreme Court (Beacon Press 2008); and, most recently, American Privacy: The Four-Hundred-Year History of Our Most Contested Right (Beacon Press 2009); Cybertraps for the Young (NTI Upstream 2011); and Cybertraps for Educators (Mathom Press 2015). On August 23, 2006, I had the honor of appearing on "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" to discuss The Decency Wars. I have also appeared as a guest on a variety of other national television programs, including ABC's "Good Morning America Weekend," NBC's "Weekend Today," ABC's "Nightline," CBS's "60 Minutes," and assorted BBC documentaries. In addition to those televised appearances, I have been interviewed by numerous radio shows, magazines, and newspapers around the world on topics relating to my books View Guest page
Bruce M. Lawlor
Bruce M. Lawlor, retired as a Major General from the U.S. Army, has extensive military and civilian experience in the security sector. He works with national, state, local, and private sector executives to enhance organizational and individual security. As an attorney, he represented both police officers and criminal defendants, in civil and criminal litigation, to include arguing successfully a claim of self-defense in a murder case. Mr. Lawlor is a certified firearms instructor, and teaches individual self-defense. He conducted research regarding the rules of engagement for the use of small arms, relating to U.S. Army operations in heavily populated, civilian conflict areas. He is a Harvard National Security Fellow. View Guest page
"What makes Jenny Lawson and her work so widely appealing? Her irreverent blog, www.bloggess.com, averages millions of page views a month and she is one of the most popular bloggers on Twitter with 240,000+ followers and growing daily. Perhaps Jenny's seemingly random, darkly comic stories speak to the rebel in each of us. Who else but Jenny can go on CNN to discuss the "Mommy Wars" and segue into tips on how to survive a zombie apocalypse? Her tour was a huge success and the demand grew to keep adding events. Aside from the amazing pre-publication campaign, which included a media luncheon, signed bookplates with a pre-ordered book, and widespread promotional item distribution, she's had standing room only turnouts in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Antonio, Houston, Austin, Dallas, San Angelo and Miami. We added a second leg of the tour with stops in Atlanta, Charlotte, Gaithersburg, MD and Annapolis and a final leg to New York for Book Expo America, New Jersey, Boston and Chicago. She also did events via Skype in Cincinnati and Lansing and one of the most innovative ways she reached fans was via #BloggessBookClub, Jenny's interactive Livestream book club. Initially hosted on GoodReads, she had to move over to Twit Cam after crashing the site within the first 17 minutes of the event." View Guest page
Matthew Lederman MD
Alona Pulde, MD, and Matthew Lederman, MD, both specialize in nutritional and lifestyle medicine. Together they have created the lifestyle-improvement program used in their medical center and for patients in the film Forks Over Knives. They also coauthored Keep It Simple, Keep It Whole, and the New York Times bestseller The Forks Over Knives Plan. Matt and Alona currently live together in Los Angeles with their daughters Kylee (age 4) and Jordan (age 2) while working with Whole Foods Market overseeing various health and wellness projects. View Guest page
Amanda Lehning, PhD, MSW
Amanda Lehning, PhD, MSW, is an assistant professor at the University of Maryland, School of Social Work. She received her MSW from Bryn Mawr College and a PhD in Social Welfare from the University of California, Berkeley. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Michigan, School of Social Work. Her research focuses on the effects of policies, programs, and neighborhood infrastructure on older adults' health, well-being, and the ability to age in place. View Guest page
David Leite has tackled everything from chocolate chip cookies to fried clams, from the foods of Portugal to the tribulations of being a super taster—for print, radio, and television. In 1999, he founded the website Leite’s Culinaria, and in 2006 he had the distinction of being the first winner ever of a James Beard Award for a website, a feat he repeated in 2007. His first book, THE NEW PORTUGUESE TABLE: Exciting Flavors from Europe’s Western Coast explored the food of his heritage and won the 2010 IACP First Book/Julia Child Award. David is also a regular correspondent and guest host on NPR’s “The Splendid Table.” He splits his time between Connecticut and New York, but will travel anywhere for a good meal. View Guest page
Heather Lende has contributed essays and commentary to NPR, the New York Times, and National Geographic Traveler, among other newspapers and magazines, and is a former contributing editor at Woman's Day. A columnist for the Alaska Dispatch News, she writes obituaries for the Chilkat Valley News and is the author of Find the Good, If You Lived Here, I'd Know Your Name, and Take Good Care of the Garden and the Dogs. Her website is www.heatherlende.com. View Guest page
Pamela F Lenehan
Pamela F. Lenehan was one of the first female partners on Wall Street, a former C-suite executive of an NYSE company and a high tech start-up. She combined a climb to the vanguard of business leadership with a passionate dedication to raising her own children. An avid believer in the power of women to lead as well as parent, she serves on the boards of three publicly traded firms, and is also the author of "What You Don't Know and Your Boss Won't Tell You: Advice from Senior Female Executives on What You Need to Succeed." View Guest page
For twelve years, Allison Leotta was a federal prosecutor in Washington, D.C., where she specialized in sex crimes, domestic violence, and crimes against children. Drawing on this experience, she now writes legal thrillers, for which she’s been dubbed “the female John Grisham.” Her goal is for Grisham to be dubbed “the male Allison Leotta.”
After publishing her debut, LAW OF ATTRACTION, Simon & Schuster asked Allison to continue writing about her fictional sex-crimes prosecutor, Anna Curtis. A series was born! There are now four novels in the Anna Curtis series. The fifth book, THE LAST GOOD GIRL, will be published this May.
Allison is also a contributor to the Huffington Post, where she reality-checks TV crime dramas like Law & Order: SVU. Her own blog, The Prime-Time Crime Review, was named one of the best legal blogs in America by the American Bar Association. Allison has provided legal commentary for outlets such as CNN, MSNBC, PBS, and Reuters TV. View Guest page
"Michael Levin, founder and CEO of BusinessGhost, Inc. (www.BusinessGhost.com), has written more than 100 books, including eight national best-sellers; five that have been optioned for film or TV by Steven Soderbergh/Paramount, HBO, Disney, ABC, and others; and one that became “Model Behavior,” an ABC Sunday night Disney movie of the week. He is the father of Walter Levin (MyWalter101) and Isaac Levin (BillyBobRandom12345). The boys’ joint YouTube channel is OrigamiAndMagicBrothers." View Guest page
K. Riva Levinson
K. Riva Levinson is a leading strategist on international policy issues, and has managed projects in Africa, Latin America, the Middle East, South Asia, and Europe. She has served as a chief advisor to Liberia’s President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf since 1997. Levinson received her bachelor’s degree from Tufts University and holds a master’s degree in national security studies from Georgetown University. Now the president and CEO of KRL International LLC, she resides in northern Virginia with her husband and two children. Choosing the Hero is her first book. View Guest page
Caron Levis MFA
Caron Levis enjoys working with kids using drama and creative writing to develop social, emotional, and literacy skills. She was inspired to write this story by the creative and brave students, teachers, and parents she met during visits with her first book, Stuck with the Blooz. She has her MFA in Creative Writing for Children from the New School University and lives in NYC, where she grew up near the real Gus and Ida. Visit her online at CaronLevis.com.
Caron is currently an MSW candidate at Hunter College, earned her MFA in Creative Writing from The New School University, and has a BA from Tufts University. She studied acting at the Eugene O'Neill theatre center, the Moscow Art Theatre, and with Lenard Petit at the Michael Chekhov Acting Studio. Caron has been selected for and completed Arts Educator professional development programs with ATA & NYSAAE, Community Word Project, and Marquis Studio. View Guest page
"Ricki Lewis is a science writer with a PhD in genetics. Ricki's articles have appeared in scientific, medical, and consumer magazines and journals, including Discover, The Scientist, Science, Nature, Playgirl, Self, Health, Woman's World, The New York Times Book Review, and FDA Consumer. For more information, visit http://www.rickilewis.com/index.htm" View Guest page
Lisa Lewtan is a Healthy Living Strategist and founder of Healthy, Happy, and Hip, which provides one-on-one coaching, workshops, retreats, and support groups for clients. Her new book, Busy, Stressed, and Food Obsessed (2015) provides tools to help highly successful Superwomen to slow down, chill out, develop a better relationship with food, and feel great. Her articles have been featured in numerous publications, including The Huffington Post, Better After 50, and MindBodyGreen. Learn more at www.HealthyHappyandHip.com. View Guest page
Susan Abel Lieberman
Susan Abel Lieberman has lived in nine cities, written eight books, directed four educational programs, earned three graduate degrees, raised two sons and wonders if, one day, she may acquire a partridge in a pear tree. In the meantime, she is well satisfied with five grandchildren. Susan was a co-founder of The Y Collaborative, (www.ycollaborative.com) in Houston, Texas which focuses on encouraging healthy people to put end-of-life preparations in place long before a healthcare crisis She frequently speaks about death and dying as well as aging and retirement. Her newest book on death and dying is meant to help adults think, talk and act to put end-of-life preparations in place long before they walk into a healthcare crisis. More about Susan Lieberman can be found at www.susanlieberman.com View Guest page
Elizabeth Loewy is currently General Counsel and Senior Vice President of Industry Relations at EverSafe. Before coming to EverSafe, Liz was Chief of the Elder Abuse Unit in the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, where she oversaw the investigation and prosecution of approximately 800 elder abuse cases, annually. She also oversaw the Domestic Violence Unit from 1990 until 1995. In addition to her work as a prosecutor, Loewy has been a featured speaker at conferences for judges, police, prosecutors, civil attorneys and financial services professionals, nationwide. In addition to presenting on the issue of Elder Abuse around the country, Ms. Loewy co-authored a book entitled “Financial Exploitation of the Elderly: Legal Issues, Prevention, Prosecution, Social Service Advocacy.” She has been quoted in a number of periodicals including Businessweek, Consumer Reports, Kiplinger’s the NY Law Journal, the NY Times and Newsmax, and has appeared on ABC’s 20/20, ABC News in NYC and NPR. View Guest page
Blair London is a Minnesota-based author. She gets her shocking ideas from extremely vivid dreams she has in conjunction with news stories, people she knows, and some personal experience. Blair's books are all on modern-day crime. Blair is the author of three winning novels, including the internationally renowned cliff-hangers: "Jobs for Angels: Veterans' Nightmare Realities", "Lure to Death: The Social Media Serial Killer", "Children Below Us: Child Trafficking" and "Airport Stalking: Jack's Game". View Guest page
Dr. Johnny Lops
Team psychiatrist for the Brooklyn Nets and author of the upcoming self help book, "Reinvent Yourself: The Essential Tools from a Brooklyn Psychiatrist Who Has Seen It All." Dr. Lops is known for being a "therapist's psychiatrist." He is Board Certified in Adult Psychiatry and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. All clients receive some form of therapy because all of us have the ability to benefit from further tool building or support. Dr. Lops realizes that upon initial assessment, symptoms of anxiety, depression, or ADHD/disruptive behaviors maybe so significant that to do "the work" a trial of medication can be beneficial. Dr. Lops is a Professor of Psychiatry for NYCOM and at the residency training program at Maimonides Medical Center. He is committed to the pursuit of implementing, educating, and advocating for diet, exercise, and healthy living into his patient's and his reader's lives. View Guest page
Sally Loughridge PhD
Sally Loughridge, PhD, is a professional artist, cancer survivor, and retired clinical child psychologist who believes strongly in the power of art in its many forms to foster understanding, connection, and healing. Daniel and His Starry Night Blanket is the tale of a young boy as he is impacted by his sister's cancer journey. A story of illness and sibling love, the book reflects Sally's deep empathy for those going through serious illness, whether as patient or family member, and her expertise as a child psychologist and visual artist. Loughridge is also the author of Rad Art: A Journey Through Radiation Treatment (Atlanta, GA: American Cancer Society 2012). The book presents the personal visual and written diary she kept over thirty-three consecutive days of radiation treatment after surgery. As a clinical psychologist, she co-authored three books for children going through significant family change: The Divorce Workbook, Changing Families, and My Kind of Family. View Guest page
David Ludwig, MD, PhD
David Ludwig, MD, PhD, is a practicing endocrinologist and researcher at Boston Children’s Hospital, professor of pediatrics at Harvard Medical School, and professor of nutrition at Harvard School of Public Health. Described as an “obesity warrior” by TIME magazine, Dr. Ludwig has been featured in the New York Times and on NPR, ABC, NBC, CBS, and CNN, among others. View Guest page
"Joan Lunden truly exemplifies today's modern working woman. An award-winning journalist, bestselling author, motivational speaker, successful entrepreneur, one of America's most recognized and trusted television personalities, this mom of seven continues to do it all. As host of Good Morning America for nearly two decades, Lunden brought insight to top issues for millions of Americans each day. The longest running host ever on early morning television, Lunden reported from 26 countries, covered 4 presidents and 5 Olympics and kept Americans up to date on how to care for their homes, their families and themselves. A part of the sandwich generation, Lunden's demographic spans from working mother of 7 including two young sets of twins, ages 7 and 9; to caregiver to her 93 year old mother, so she truly understands the stresses women face today. Lunden brings that experience to all her projects, whether focusing on parenting, entrepreneurship, health and wellness, or family caregiving. From real-life experience sprung Lunden's passion for elder and family caregiving. She currently hosts RLTV's Taking Care, a series dedicated to caregivers across America; she is the spokesperson for the nation's leading senior referral service, A Place for Mom; and she recently co-authored a new edition of Chicken Soup for the Soul: Family Caregiving." View Guest page
Lynn Lyons, LICSW, is a licensed clinical social worker and psychotherapist who lives in Concord, New Hampshire and is in private practice there. For 23 years, Lynn has helped individuals, families, and groups overcome their anxiety, compete effectively, and parent confidently. Lynn specializes in the treatment of anxiety disorders in adults and children, with a special interest in breaking the cycle of worry in families. She is the coauthor of two books on anxiety, Anxious Kids, Anxious Parents: 7 Ways to Stop the Worry Cycle and Raise Courageous & Independent Children, and the companion book for kids, Playing with Anxiety: Casey’s Guide for Teens and Kids. She is a “how-to” therapist, and her workshops, parenting seminars, and private sessions teach concrete skills and usable techniques. Lynn’s approach combines her extensive knowledge of clinical hypnosis, with cognitive and strategic therapies to interrupt negative patterns and change lives for the better. View Guest page
Jane Maas began her advertising career as a copywriter in 1964, in the sexy and sexist era of the hit television series Mad Men. She fought her way up as a copywriter, and eventually became a creative director and an officer of the advertising agency. She is best known for heading up the iconic “I Love New York” campaign, which rescued New York City from bankruptcy and still continues to echo around the world. “This great advertising has many fathers,” she says. "But I am its only mother.” View Guest page
"Debra and Don Macleod are the husband-and-wife authors of Lube Jobs: A Woman's Guide to Great Maintenance Sex, Lip Service: A His and Hers Guide to the Art of Oral Sex and Seduction, and The French Maid: And 21 More Naughty Sex Fantasies to Surprise and Arouse Your Man. Their books have been covered widely in newspapers across the country including The New York Times and USA Today and been awarded "Best in Bed" by Women's Health Magazine. In her various capacities as a marriage and divorce mediator, a couples' communication and conflict resolution specialist, Debra has helped thousands of couples resolve their problems and improve their relationships. For more information, visit her website debramacleod.com." View Guest page
Gregory Maguire is the New York Times bestselling author of Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister, Lost, Mirror Mirror, and the Wicked Years, a series that includes Wicked, Son of a Witch, A Lion Among Men, and Out Of Oz. Wicked, now a beloved classic in its own right, is the basis for the blockbuster Tony Award-winning Broadway musical. Maguire has lectured on art, literature, and culture both at home and abroad. He lives with his family near Boston, Massachusetts. View Guest page
Dr. Eric Maisel has authored over thirty books in the areas of creativity, mental health, and philosophy. He has been a guest on, quoted in, or interviewed by Redbook, Glamour, Cosmo Teen, Men’s Health, and The New York Daily News. Maisel. In his latest book, Rethinking Depression, Maisel explores the mental disorder of depression, suggesting a plan for minimizing sadness and living life with purpose. View Guest page
"TAYLOR MALI was a classroom teacher for nine years, teaching subjects ranging from English and history to math and SAT test preparation. A magnetic, charismatic speaker as well as a compelling writer, he has been called "a ranting comic showman and literary provocateur" by THE NEW YORK TIMES. He travels around the U.S. and the world teaching poetry, giving workshops for teachers, and speaking at education conferences. A renowned slam poet and a former president of Poetry Slam Incorporated, he is the author of two books of poetry (THE LAST TIME AS WE ARE AND WHAT LEARNING LEAVES) and four CDs of spoken work. He is a native of New York City, where he currently lives with his wife, Marie-Elizabeth Mali." View Guest page
Dr. Gary Malone
Dr. Gary Malone is an Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Texas Southwestern and a teaching analyst at the Dallas Psychoanalytic Institute. He is a distinguished fellow in the American Psychiatric Association with board certifications in general and addiction psychiatry. He has worked in hospitals and private practices for more than 30 years. Dr. Malone is director of Adult Chemical Dependency Services at Millwood Hospital in Arlington, Texas. View Guest page
Susan Mary Malone
Award-winning writer and editor Susan Mary Malone is the author of the novel, “By the Book,” and three nonfiction books, including “Five Keys for Understanding Men: A Women’s Guide.” More than 40 of the book projects she has edited were purchased by traditional publishing houses View Guest page
ROSIE MALONEY and her husband, Bobby, are the proud parents of Daniel, Alexis, and Brody. She is a 1996 graduate of Idaho State University at Pocatello with a bachelor’s degree in sociology and an associate degree in criminal justice. Currently is an account executive at FirstDigital Telecom in Salt Lake City, Utah. Rosie began her commitment to volunteerism as a teenager in Idaho. During her very dark and difficult childhood, it was clear to Rosie that the act of giving to others and helping others, creates a light that shines on all of us. Rosie’s unpaid efforts on behalf of nonprofit organizations are expansive and ongoing. View Guest page
Dr. Jenn Mann
DR. JENN MANN (formerly Dr. Jenn Berman) is a psychotherapist, author, and television and radio personality. She is the host and therapist for VH1 Couples Therapy, now in its sixth season, and VH1 Family Therapy. Dr. Jenn is a regular guest, as a psychological expert, on The Today Show, The Doctors, Access Hollywood, The Insider, and Home & Family, and has appeared on hundreds of other shows, including The Early Show, The Talk, Jimmy Kimmel Live, and The Oprah Winfrey Show. Dr. Jenn is the author of SuperBaby: 12 Ways to Give Your Child a Head Start in the First 3 Years (Sterling); The A to Z Guide to Raising Happy Confident Kids (New World Library) and Rockin’ Babies (Sterling). She is a licensed Marriage, Family, and Child Therapist and has been in practice for over 20 years. Dr. Jenn lives in Los Angeles with her family. View Guest page
Karla Mantilla is managing editor at Feminist Studies, an interdisciplinary women's studies journal. She was a collective member of off our backs, a news journal by, for, and about women. Mantilla has taught at George Mason University, Gettysburg College, McDaniel College, and the University of Maryland, College Park. View Guest page
Steve Mariotti is the author of An Entrepreneur’s Manifesto (Templeton press), The Young Entrepreneur’s Guide to Starting and Running a Business (Random House), Entrepreneurs In Profile (Career Press); and groundbreaking, award-winning textbooks, including Entrepreneurship: Owning Your Future (Prentice Hall) and Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management (Prentice Hall). In total, he has authored or co-authored 34 books and textbooks for young entrepreneurs and has sold or donated approximately 1.2 million copies, including to prison programs like ITEM (Inmates Teaching Entrepreneurship and Mentoring), which Mariotti co-founded with Joe Robinson in 2004. Mariotti’s Huffington Post blog (www.huffingtonpost.com/steve-mariotti) chronicles entrepreneurs' lives worldwide and explores the relationship between entrepreneurship and democracy. View Guest page
Jeffrey Marsh’s message of inclusion has won them a place in the "Top 10 Viners of 2014" by Vine (Twitter), and the "Top 5 Viners of the Year" by Buzzfeed. Their live, sold-out musical and speaking performances have wowed audiences at New York's Public Theater, Museum of Art and Design, and the Rubin Museum. Jeffrey has been featured in the New York Times, was a red carpet correspondent for MTV/Logo, GLSEN, and the Official Viner and Social Media Ambassador for GLAAD and Freedom to Marry. View Guest page
John Marshall is a nine-time Emmy Award–winning writer, producer, and director. In addition to his work behind the camera, Marshall has been a familiar face on Maine television for more than ten years, writing and hosting numerous weekly TV shows. Wide-Open World is his first book. View Guest page
Margaret Marshall is a nationally recognized speaker, columnist, and media guest who addresses a wide variety of topics regarding health and wellness through weight control. She is a recognized expert in her field and has worked personally with nearly 10,000 individuals. A former Weight Watchers group leader for seventeen years, Marshall is president of Margaret Marshall Associates, Inc. and founder of the Why Weight coaching method. Marshall is based on Long Island, New York.
In addition to BODY, MIND & MOUTH, Marshall is author of FIVE-FINGER FOOD GUIDE: A Food Guide You’ll Never Leave Home Without, which is available as an e-book.
For more information, including links to columns and media appearances, please visit www.margaretmarshallassociates.com View Guest page
"Kasey Mathews is a mother of two, one a preemie, and one not. A former elementary school teacher with a Master's degree from Boston College, she led creative writing workshops that inspired hundreds of school-aged children to capture their thoughts and feelings on paper. Kasey was recently honored as a featured speaker at the National Association of Neonatal Therapists Conference in Dallas, Texas. To learn more about Kasey Mathews and to read her blog, visit www.kaseymathews.com" View Guest page
Mark Matousek is the author of two award-winning memoirs, Sex Death Enlightenment: A True Story (an international bestseller) and The Boy He Left Behind: A Man's Search For His Lost Father (Los Angeles Times Discovery Book), as well as When You're Falling, Dive: Lessons in the Art of Living. A featured blogger for Psychology Today (where his "Ethical Wisdom" column appears weekly), and the Huffington Post, he has contributed to numerous publications including The New Yorker, O: The Oprah Magazine (where he was contributing editor), The New York Times Magazine, Harper's Bazaar, Yoga Journal, The Chicago Tribune, Details, AARP, Tricycle: The Buddhist Review (contributing editor), and many others. View Guest page
“Christy Matta, MA, has worked in mental health for over twenty years as a clinician, trainer, and administrator, specializing in work with people who have emotion dysregulation and behavioral problems. She is trained in dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) and has provided training and clinical supervision to DBT programs, staff, and clinicians. She has presented nationally on the topic of DBT and participated in the clinical supervision of DBT residential programs. She lives in the greater Boston area.” View Guest page
“Dr. Michelle May is a mindful eating expert and author who writes, speaks, and teaches about ending senseless yo-yo dieting and resolving mindless and emotional eating. She has been interviewed for Body+Soul, CNN Health, Discovery Health Channel, Fitness, Fox News Radio, Glamour, Health, Dr. Oz, Oprah and Friends Radio , Parade, Parents, Self, TIME.com, USA Weekend, US News & World Report, Vim & Vigor, Washington Post, WebMD, Weight Watchers, Woman’s Day, Woman's World, and many more. Contact Dr. May for expertise in mindful eating, yo-yo dieting, emotional eating, intuitive eating, nutrition, fitness, healthy lifestyles, cognitive-behavioral approaches to overweight and obesity, and non-diet weight management.” View Guest page
A graduate of the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business, Megan McArdle worked for two failed startups and founded a short-lived business before starting one of the world’s first economics blogs while working for a disaster-recovery firm at Ground Zero. A columnist at Bloomberg View, she has been a correspondent for The Atlantic, The Economist, and Newsweek and appears regularly on MSNBC, Fox News and NPR. She lives with her husband Peter, and their bullmastiff, Fitzgerald, in Washington, D.C. View Guest page
Karyl McBride, PhD
Dr. Karyl McBride, LMFT, is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Denver, Colorado with more than 30 years in public and private practice. She specializes in treating clients with dysfunctional family issues. She has treated many adult children of narcissistic parents in her private practice. The author holds a B.A. from the University of Wyoming in elementary and special education, an M.A. from the University of Northern Colorado in counseling psychology, an Educational Specialist graduate degree from the University of Northern Colorado in school psychology, and a Ph.D. from The Union Institute in clinical psychology. Dr. Karyl McBride also has extensive clinical experience in the fields of trauma, sexual abuse, domestic violence, divorce and step family therapy, marital and family therapy, specialized trauma treatment in Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), and individual adjustment issues related to anxiety, depression, and life transitions. In addition, she does forensic consulting and has served as an expert witness in numerous civil and criminal cases involving children and sexual abuse. She has nine years experience conducting sexual abuse investigations with law enforcement and has conducted training for law enforcement in the area of sexual abuse investigations. In 1996, she was invited to present her doctoral research at the International Police Research Conference in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Additional information on services provided and background experience can be found on Dr. McBride's private practice website at www.karylmcbridephd.com. View Guest page
“Since Lisa McCourt's bestselling books about unconditional love sold over five and a half million copies, were translated into 11 languages, and received multiple publishing industry awards and starred reviews . . . she thought she was a real smarty-pants on the subject of love. Then a lightning bolt of divine insight struck her and she realized, at last, that there's one rare flavor of love that transforms everything and without it, no other flavor can exist. Self-love: it's not just a cliché anymore! Once Lisa witnessed the miracles that are possible through true self-love, she made it her mission to perfect the art and science of achieving radical authenticity and outrageous self-adoration. She has taught her juicy-joyful, sometimes shocking, always delicious methods to thousands in her popular presentations and online trainings. Lisa lives in sunny South Florida with her two self-loving kids.” View Guest page
Kimberly McCreight named one of Entertainment Weekly’s “13 to Watch in 2013,” attended Vassar and the University of Pennsylvania Law School from which she graduated cum laude. After several years as a litigation associate at one of New York City’s biggest law firms, she left the practice of law to write full-time. Her work has appeared in such publications as Antietam Review, Oxford Magazine, and Babble. She lives in Park Slope, Brooklyn with her husband and two daughters View Guest page
Carlynne McDonnell MA
Author, lecturer and Huffington Post columnist Carlynne McDonnell has been a passionate and outspoken proponent of social justice and equality for over twenty-five years. She has worked in fields considered non-traditional for women and has personally seen and been on the receiving end of inappropriate and unequal/inequitable behavior. In two of the industries in which she worked, male workers made sexual harassment and discrimination, and in some cases extremely inappropriate behavior, an art form. Carlynne has a Master's in Public Policy and has been working in the corporate, education and non-profit worlds for over 30 years. She has presented workshops and keynotes on women's equality, leadership development and organizational strategy on the national and local level with women's organizations, colleges and universities and for the US Marine Corps. View Guest page
Adele Ryan McDowell, PhD
Adele Ryan McDowell, Ph.D., is a psychologist and writer who came to her current place in life through the frequent and not-so-subtle prodding of the gods. She likes looking at life through the big view finder and is a perpetual student who believes in the power of an open heart, and a good laugh. Dr. McDowell is a psychotherapist with more than 30 years’ experience; a teacher of meditation, intuition development, and psychospiritual issues; an international workshop facilitator; and energy healer. Adele was the director of outpatient treatment at Liberation Clinic, a substance abuse clinic in Stamford, CT. She was founder/director of The Greenheart Center, a holistic, psychotherapeutic, and psycho-educational center in Stamford, Connecticut; creator of Faithwalk™, A Psychospiritual Approach to Transformation; and founder/director of the Institute for the Study of Symbolic and Shamanic Energies. View Guest page
Kelly McGonigal, Ph.D.
Kelly McGonigal, Ph.D., is a health psychologist and lecturer at Stanford University, as well as a fitness instructor and meditation teacher. Her work has been included in The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, TIME, Psychology Today, Reader’s Digest, and O, The Oprah Magazine, as well as on NPR and MSNBC. Her research has appeared in journals such as Motivation and Emotion, the Journal of Happiness Studies, and the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. McGonigal lives in Palo Alto and New York City. View Guest page
Kelly McNelis is the founder of Women for One, a place where women from 50 countries share their powerful stories with the world. Over 500 Truthtellers, as Kelly calls them, have answered her call to action: Make life happen by sharing your messy brilliance. Their stories range from the devastating to the delightful, and everything in between.
Kelly is a mom, wife, friend, mentor, businesswoman, Reiki master, minister, healer, incest survivor, and firm believer that there’s no such thing as “TMI.”
She has interviewed global changemakers including the late Dr. Maya Angelou, Arianna Huffington, Regena “Mama Gena” Thomashauer, and Byron Katie, on the importance of cultivating our own inner wisdom and truthtelling voices.
Kelly’s first book, The Messy Truth, will be published by Enrealment Press in Fall 2017.
Kelly’s work, husband, kids, and brilliantly messy life are based outside Seattle. View Guest page
Sona founded CaringBridge in 1997 when the Internet was just becoming a household name, making her one of the first to recognize that the Internet could create a powerful connection for people to receive emotional and physical support during a health journey. In 2016, after nearly two decades as CEO, Sona transitioned into the role of founder and chief ambassador. As an author, speaker and community builder, Sona will elevate the awareness and use of CaringBridge on a national scale by speaking about improving health outcomes through the power of social support. Sona is frequently recognized and honored for her passion and visionary leadership. In 2015 Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal honored her as a top CEO in technology with the "Titans of Technology" award. In 2014 The Women's Health Leadership TRUST named her one of the "Top 35 Women Leaders" in Minnesota Health Care. In 2013 Minnesota Monthly placed her on their list of the "75 most influential people of the Twin Cities." View Guest page
"While pursuing a happy life that includes an interesting husband, two almost-always pleasant children, and a neurotic duck, Christie became a vociferous cheerleader for the "other kind of parenthood," the anti-perfection, you-deserve-a-life kind. Her first book, "The Three-Martini Playdate," was a harbinger of a new trend for today's beleaguered parents, helping them to withstand the unceasing and overbearing good advice and pressure to raise perfect, highly enriched offspring,. She continued the thread with "The Three-Martini Family Vacation." Christie also likes to draw, and does so repeatedly throughout the pages of "Raised by Wolves: Clues to the Mysteries of Adulthood," out in paperback in the spring of 2010, a book designed for the adult child whose parents did NOT read "The Three Martini Playdate." Christie's rants have been published in Britain in The Guardian, Junior Magazine, and the Sunday Express, and in Australia's Sunday Life Magazine, and she's been heard on Britain's BBC radio and American Public Radio's Marketplace, in addition to being reviewed and interviewed in Newsweek, Playboy, The New York Times, People, and other publications." View Guest page
Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman are the authors of the New York Times bestseller NurtureShock: New Thinking about Children. Additionally, they've written for Newsweek, New York, the Guardian, and numerous other publications. For their reporting, Bronson and Merryman have won nine national awards, including PEN Center USA Literary Award for Journalism; the American Association for the Advancement for Science (AAAS) Award for Science Journalism; an "Audie" from the Audio Publishers Association; and two Clarion Awards. Merryman has also written for Time, the Washington Post, and the Daily Beast. Merryman lives in Los Angeles; an attorney, she previously served in the Clinton administration and currently volunteers as the head of a small inner-city tutoring program.” View Guest page
Dion Metzger MD
Dion Metzger, M.D. is a board certified psychiatrist whose approachable demeanor and compelling expertise in mental health issues have helped her provide life-changing techniques that transform the lives of her patients. She earned her Doctorate of Medicine from Morehouse School of Medicine and completed her psychiatry residency at Emory University School of Medicine. In addition to obtaining her degrees, she also completed medical research at Stanford University School of Medicine and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Dr. Metzger has used her psychiatry experience to provide expertise through the media discussing relationships, sex, jobs, and pop-culture behavioral health topics. She has been featured on CNN’s HLN network, Aspire TV and most recently in the Wall Street Journal. She is currently on faculty as a professor in psychiatry at Emory University School of Medicine, Medical College of Georgia and Morehouse School of Medicine. View Guest page
Robert Meyer, Frederick H. Ecker/MetLife Insurance Professor of Marketing and codirector, Wharton Risk Management and Decision Processes Center at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. His work has appeared in a wide variety of professional journals and books, including the Journal of Consumer Research; Journal of Marketing Research; Journal of Risk and Uncertainty; Marketing Science; Management Science; and Risk Analysis. View Guest page
Stephanie Meyer, editor of TeenInk Magazine, holds masters' degrees in education and social work and has dedicated her life to the welfare of youth. John Meyer, publisher of TeenInk Magazine, holds an MBA and has published two successful business magazines. The Meyers have two children. All royalties from the TeenInk books will go to The Young Authors Foundation, Inc. (publisher of TeenInk magazine) to expand reading, writing and publishing opportunities for young adults nationwide. View Guest page
Randy Susan Meyers
Randy Susan Meyers was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY and now lives with her husband in Boston, where she teaches writing seminars at the Grub Street Writers’ Center. Her novels are The Murderer’s Daughters , The Comfort of Lies Accidents of Marriage (releasing in Sept 2014.) She co-authored What to Do Before Your Book Launch with M.J. Rose. View Guest page
“Sheri Meyers, Psy.D, a licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Los Angeles, CA. She is among the nation’s most frequently quoted and interviewed relationship and infidelity specialists and has appeared on NBC,ABC,CBS,CNN, FOX and other cable TV shows and radio talk shows. Dr. Sheri’s compassionate, practical, straight talk and easy-to-apply methods have inspired and helped thousands of men and women face and overcome their most complex and daunting relationship challenges. For more information, please visit www.chattingorcheating.com.” View Guest page
Leslie Michelson is the Founder, Chairman and CEO of Private Health Management, a unique, patient-focused company that has helped thousands of people to obtain exceptional medical care. His new book, The Patient’s Playbook: How to Save Your Life and the Lives of Those You Love, distills his three decades of experience as a medical-case-management expert into actionable steps and practical tools that will empower readers everywhere to achieve the best possible health outcomes at every stage of life. He frequently speaks to audiences around the world, providing life-saving information and a revolutionary approach to medical decision-making.
Leslie Michelson has been involved in almost all aspects of the health care system, starting at age 29 when he served as Special Assistant to the General Counsel of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, a position he held during the Carter and Reagan administrations. View Guest page
Mark Mincolla, Ph.D. is a natural-health care practitioner who has transformed thousands of lives over the past thirty years. He has integrated ancient Chinese energy techniques with cutting-edge nutritional science in his innovative Electromagnetic Muscle Testing system (EMT). Mincolla maintains a personal practice in Cohasset, Massachusetts, where he lives. View Guest page
Carol Vallone Mitchell PhD
Carol Vallone Mitchell, PhD, co-founded Talent Strategy Partners, a talent management consulting firm, in 2001. She has worked with numerous Fortune 500 companies to identify and develop leaders who can build and nurture the right workplace culture and drive results. She received her doctorate in organizational behavior from the University of Pennsylvania, where she developed the Womens Leadership Blueprint a behavioral profile of success. She uses this expertise and her 20 years of leadership development experience as a go-to speaker for companies and professional associations. Her passion and success lie in helping women in all fields step up to lead and succeed. Carol is based in the Philadelphia area. View Guest page
"Natalie’s own personal struggle with childhood obesity served as impetus to adopt a heart-felt personal mission to devote all efforts to combating childhood obesity. And that especially includes helping kids to prevent it from happening in the first place. She actively strives to end childhood obesity and improve nutrition habits through her involvement in the community. As spokesperson for the American Council on Exercise (ACE), the largest fitness certifying and advocacy organization in the country, she informs media outlets throughout the country on pertinent nutrition and fitness issues. Together, she and fellow pediatricians Mary Saph Tanaka and Kim Peterson developed “The Little Chef CookingSchool”, a four-session program which helps parents and their 5- to 10-year-old children have fun as a family making delicious health foods that they can easily re-create at home. She also developed a school-based nutrition and physical activity program implemented in elementary schools. She has served as coach and member of the Board of Directors of Girls on the Run of the Triangle, a program that uses running to teach girls ages 8 to 12 life skills and healthy living. She also is a board-certified specialist in sports dietetics and certified personal trainer and fitness instructor." View Guest page
"Enrico Moretti is a professor of economics at the University of California, Berkeley, whose research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health and has been featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and Slate, among other publications." View Guest page
Crystal Andrus Morissette
Emotional Age and communication expert and women's advocate Crystal Andrus Morissette is a worldwide leader in the field of self-discovery and personal transformation. She is the founder of the S.W.A.T. Institute (Simply Woman Accredited Trainer), an empowerment coach certification exclusively for women that she created with fellow female visionaries Louise Hay, Marianne Williamson, Dr. Christiane Northrup, Colette Baron-Reid, and Sandra Anne Taylor among others. Crystal is the author of four best-selling books, including her latest release entitled, "The Emotional Edge: Discover Your Inner Age, Ignite Your Hidden Strengths and Reroute Misdirected Fear to Live Your Fullest." She is also certified in nutrition and sports medicine.
Crystal has appeared on Oprah.com, the New York Post, Fox TV, the Daily Mail, CBS Radio, CTV, CityTV, Global TV, Slice TV, the Globe and Mail, and the Toronto Star. She lives in southern Ontario with her husband and two daughters. View Guest page
Jane Mosbacher Morris
Jane Mosbacher Morris is the Founder and CEO of TO THE MARKET | Survivor-made Goods, a social enterprise focused on the promotion of goods made by and stories told by survivors of conflict, abuse, and disease. She previously served as the Director of Humanitarian Action for the McCain Institute for International Leadership, where she managed the Institute’s anti-human trafficking program. She currently serves on the Institute's Human Trafficking Advisory Council. Prior to joining the Institute, she worked in the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Counterterrorism and in the Secretary’s Office of Global Women’s Issues. She has also worked at the Millennium Challenge Corporation, the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and has served as an investment consultant to Barbara Corcoran of ABC’s Shark Tank. She has traveled, spoken, and written broadly on peace and security. She regularly blogs for the Huffington Post. Mosbacher Morris has received numerous awards from the Department of State, as well as has been named one of the “Top 99 Under 33 Most Influential Young Professionals” by The Diplomatic Courier in 2011. She serves on the Advisory Boards of the; Afghanistan’s ARZU: Studio of Hope; Texas-based 360 DEGREES Vanishing, and wH20: The Journal on Gender and Water. She serves on the Boards of Women LEAD and USA Cares. She is a proud mentor at the University of Kentucky’s Gatton School of Business’s Women Business Leaders. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University and a MBA from Columbia Business School. She is proud to be married to fellow entrepreneur, Nate Morris of Kentucky. View Guest page
George Moufarrej holds a Bachelor's degree from the University of Southern California (USC). He also holds a Master's degree from California State University of Los Angeles. He is the sole author of the book, "Sexual Euphoria: A Complete Guide For Men And Women." The book is very well researched and very informative. It is destined to be a bestseller. George Moufarrej currently resides in Southern California. View Guest page
Liza Mundy is a staff writer at The Washington Post, writing stories on politics, popular culture, and women’s issues. In her latest book, The Richer Sex: How the New Majority of Female Breadwinners is Transforming Sex, Love & Family, Mundy uses recent research to prove that this new reality is going to change our lives in the workplace, at home, and in the bedroom for the better. Mundy is the bestselling author of Michelle: A Biography, detailing the life of First Lady Michelle Obama. Her work has been published in Redbook, Washington City Paper, and Washington Monthly. View Guest page
Shaun Murphy is one of the nation’s leading experts in communication security with over 20 years’ experience in the industry. Shaun worked as a subject matter expert on high-level government communications software and hardware systems for numerous agencies. Now, Shaun has dedicated his life to developing technology solutions for the average consumer. His mission is to create a protected communications platform in a world where privacy has almost ceased to exist. Shaun earned his Bachelors of Science in Computer Engineering from the University of Central Florida. He also holds a Masters of Computer Science from Florida Tec with a concentration in pattern recognition and machine learning in communication systems. View Guest page
KEN MURRAY is a writer and teacher of creative writing. His work has also appeared in Prairie Fire, Globe and Mail, Mendacity Review, Brooklyn Rail, Ottawa Citizen, Canadian Business Magazine, Maclean’s, and has also been published by the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies (through the Random House of Canada Student Award in Writing). While earning his MFA at The New School, he also trained as a teaching artist with the Community Word Project and taught with Poets House. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the inaugural Marina Nemat Award and the Random House Award, and received an Emerging Artist’s Grant from the Toronto Arts Council. Originally from Vancouver, Murray grew up in Ottawa and has lived across Canada and in New York City. He now divides his time between Prince Edward County and Haliburton Ontario, and teaches at the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies and Haliburton School of the Arts. View Guest page
Ora Nadrich is a certified Life Coach and Mindfulness Meditation teacher as well as the author of the groundbreaking book, “Says Who? How One Simple Question Can Change the Way You Think Forever.” Ora's rare combination of insight, intuition, compassion and charisma has made her one of the most effective and sought-after life coaches in Los Angeles. View Guest page
Donna Jackson Nakazawa
Donna Jackson Nakazawa is an award-winning science journalist, public speaker, and author of The Last Best Cure, in which she chronicled her yearlong journey to health. Childhood Disrupted was born through the author's own search to better understand the role her own childhood adversity played in the chronic health issues she faced as an adult. She also wrote The Autoimmune Epidemic, an investigation into reasons behind today’s rising rate of autoimmune diseases. Ms. Nakazawa lectures nationwide and has appeared on The TODAY Show, National Public Radio, and ABC News. Her work has been featured on the cover of Parade, in Time Magazine, USA Today Weekend, Parenting, and Psychology Today. She has been a regular contributor to More and her research has been covered by The Washington Post, Glamour, Ladies Home Journal, and AARP: the Magazine. Donna blogs regularly for Psychology Today. View Guest page
Rita Anya Nara
Rita Anya Nara suffered from panic disorder, seasonal affective disorder, and social anxiety disorder when she started traveling and wrote her book, The Anxious Traveler, from her own experiences. She hopes to inspire those too afraid to travel to manage their fear while having an incredible life experience. Nara is an avid photographer, loves to hike, and is studying to be a professional travel companion. She resides in northern California when she’s not traveling. View Guest page
Tammy Nelson P.hD
Tammy Nelson is a licensed psychotherapist and author with over 20 years experience working with individuals and couples. In her private practice she helps couples increase the passion in their relationship using empathic dialogue and other forms of intimate communication. She holds a PhD in Sexology from the American Academy of Clinical Sexologists, and a Master’s of Science Degree in Art Therapy and Psychology, she is a Licensed Professional Counselor, a Certiﬁed Sexologist, a Diplomat of the American Board of Sexologists, a Registered Art Therapist, and a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor as well as a Certiﬁed Imago therapist, an Advanced Clinician and Certiﬁed Imago workshop presenter. Tammy is the founder and Director of the Center for Healing in Connecticut, a holistic psychotherapy center providing psychotherapy, massage, hypnosis, as well as groups, workshops and classes that support a balanced, holistic lifestyle. Her passion is to help couples increase their connection regardless of boredom or conﬂict. Tammy works with clients of all genders, sexual identities and ages to re-charge their relationships and create long term connection View Guest page
Noelle C. Nelson, Ph.D.
Noelle C. Nelson, Ph.D. is an internationally respected psychologist, author and seminar leader. She believes that we can accomplish great things, whether in business, at work or at home, when we connect with the value in ourselves and in others.
Dr. Nelson's work as a business trial consultant and psychologist requires the study and understanding of people--real people--not the theoretical customer or employee discussed at business schools. As a result, her approach to solving the issues facing businesses and workers today does not come from an MBA perspective but rather from the experience she has gleaned from her 25-plus years in the rigorous world of business litigation.
Dr. Nelson shares a proactive and positive outlook in all her books (12 books in all) and seminars. In "Make More Money By Making Your Employees Happy", she shows how an appreciated employee is a happy employee. And happy employees translate into a company making more money. In "Got a Bad Boss? Work that Boss to Get What You Want at Work" Dr. Nelson shows how workers can succeed despite a bad boss. View Guest page
"Mark Nepo is a poet and philosopher who has taught in the fields of poetry and spirituality for over thirty-five years. A New York Times #1 bestselling author, he has published thirteen books and recorded eight audio projects. Recent work includes his next book of spiritual inquiry, Seven Thousand Ways to Listen (Simon & Schuster, with audio book, Fall 2012), a new book of teaching stories, As Far As the Heart Can See, (HCI Books, audio book by Simon & Schuster, Fall 2011), Finding Inner Courage (Conari, 2011), audio books of The Book of Awakening and Finding Inner Courage (CD Box Sets, Simon & Schuster, 2011), and Staying Awake and Holding Nothing Back (CD Box Sets, Sounds True, Spring 2012). His most recent book of poetry is Surviving Has Made Me Crazy (CavanKerry Press, 2007). As a cancer survivor, Mark devotes his writing and teaching to the journey of inner transformation and the life of relationship." View Guest page
Clea is Senior Director of Special Initiatives at SeriousFun Children’s Network. Clea also serves as a spokesperson for the organization helping to elevate awareness of the brand and advance the legacy of her father and SeriousFun founder Paul Newman. She continues to sit on the Boards of various non-profits including The Newman’s Own Foundation, The Gillen Brewer School, Fauna & Flora International, and the EQUUS Foundation.
SeriousFun Children's Network is a global community of 30 camps and programs serving children with serious illnesses and their families, always free of charge. Founded by Paul Newman in 1988, SeriousFun has served more than 518,000 children and families from more than 50 countries. Each member camp is an independent, not-for-profit organization dependent upon private funding to serve all children at no cost to their families. A Support Center raises funds and provides central standards and services for all SeriousFun camps and programs. To learn more about SeriousFun, visit www.seriousfunnetwork.org View Guest page
LISA NICHOLS is the New York Times bestselling author of No Matter What! (April 2009), and the recurring motivational speaking coach on The Steve Harvey Show and the Today show. Nichols is one of only two African American female founders to take her own company, Motivating the Masses, Inc., public. Nichols co-authored Jack Canfield’s Chicken Soup for the African-American Soul (2004), as well as Chicken Soup for the African-American Woman’s Soul (2012). A featured teacher in the self-help movie The Secret, Nichols teaches, coaches, and lives a collection of life principles, beliefs, and habits that inspire people to live better, fuller, richer lives. View Guest page
Dale was one of the fashion industry’s most successful and sought after fitting models for nearly two decades before she founded TRUE Model Management. During her career as a professional fit model, she worked for almost every mass retailer and major fashion company, as well as designers: Ralph Rucci for Chado, the late Oleg Cassini, Michael Kors, Calvin Klein, Oscar de la Renta, Ralph Lauren and many more. Her love of the industry began in childhood while spending time at her father’s clothing factories. There she learned to create and tailor her own designs as well as run a business. After obtaining degrees in business and marketing, she worked as a clothing production manager, sales representative, designer and owner of one of the Generra licenses before finding her calling as a fitting model. Dale originally created TRUE to manage her own career as a fit model, but clients repeatedly requested her referrals for additional models. View Guest page
Dr. Jamie Noll
Dr. Jamie Noll, Pharm.D, LD, CDE is a nutritionist, clinician, research scientist, and patient advocate. In addition to her clinical work, she serves as an expert in legal cases involving pharmaceutical product and medical liability claims. Dr. Noll and her daughter, attorney Caitlin Herndon, are co-authors of The 95% Vegan Diet: An Insider's Guide to Taking Control of Your Diet and Health without Having to be Perfect. View Guest page
Amy Ellis Nutt MA
Born in Staten Island, I grew up in central New Jersey as the middle child of five, daughter of Dave and Grace Nutt. I have a beloved brother and sisters and 12 adored nieces and nephews. An aborted career as an academic serendipitously propelled me, albeit late out of the gate, into journalism. Sports Illustrated magazine, and Bambi Bachman Wulf, gave me my start as a fact-checker. A Masters degree in Journalism, earned at Columbia University in one of the J-school’s first part-time classes, helped me realize that as much as I loved sports, I didn’t want to write about them the rest of my life.
Nearly everything I know about storytelling I learned at The Newark Star-Ledger, where I was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize in feature writing in 2009 for “The Accidental Artist,” which eventually became a book, “Shadows Bright as Glass.” In 2011, I was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in feature writing for my series “The Wreck of the Lady Mary.” View Guest page
Greg O’Brien has more than 40 years of newspaper and magazine experience as a writer, editor, investigative reporter, and publisher. Over the years, he has contributed to, among other publications, the Associated Press, UPI, USA Today, Huffington Post, Arizona Republic, Boston Herald American, Boston Metro, New York Metro, Philadelphia Metro, Providence Journal, Cape Cod Times, Boston Irish Reporter, and Boston Magazine, where he was senior writer. He is the former editor and publisher of the Cape Codder and Register newspapers; former editor of Cape Cod Life; and was a founding managing director of Community Newspaper Company in Boston. He also is the editor/author of several books, has written/produced documentaries, and has been a scriptwriter. You can find him at: http://onpluto.org/; http://www.amazon.com/; https://www.facebook.com/GregOBrien.Author.OnPluto; and on Twitter @OnPlutoOB. View Guest page
Peg O’Connor is Professor of Philosophy and Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies at Gustavus Adolphus College, Minnesota. She writes the popular Psychology Today blog “Philosophy Stirred, Not Shaken” (with over 375,00 unique hits to her thirty-four posts to date), and is a featured columnist for for ProTalks, part of the Rehab.com online community of addiction treatment specialists. In her writing, which has appeared in the New York Times and the Huffington Post, she uses philosophy to illuminate the complexities of addiction as a lived experience. Her previous books include Morality and Our Complicated Form of Life (2008) and Oppression and Responsibility (2002). View Guest page
Patricia O’Gorman, PhD
Patricia O’Gorman, PhD is an internationally recognized psychologist, coach, and public speaker for her work on women, trauma, and substance abuse. She was one of the first researchers in children of alcoholics in the early 1970s, documenting the impact of alcoholism and sobriety on adolescent development, and went on to create the Department of Prevention and Education for the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD).She is also a cofounder of the National Association for Children of Alcoholics and has run a rape-crisis center.” View Guest page
Vicky Oliver (www.vickyoliver.com) is a Manhattan-based job interview and image consultant and the author of five bestselling books on personal branding, etiquette, and career development, including "301 Smart Answers to Tough Business Etiquette Questions", "301 Smart Answers to Tough Interview Questions", "Bad Bosses, Crazy Coworkers, and Other Office Idiots". She is a popular speaker, has made more than 500 radio appearances, and is interviewed and quoted often in the major business media. View Guest page
Vicky Oliver is a leading career development expert and the multi-best-selling author of five books, including 301 Smart Answers to Tough Interview Questions and Live Like A Millionaire (Without Having to Be One). She is a sought-after speaker and seminar presenter and a popular media source, having made over 700 appearances in broadcast, print, and online outlets. For more information, visit vickyoliver.com. View Guest page
"Nationally known research scientist at the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan, psychologist, and Oakland University professor, Dr. Terri Orbuch has studied the marriage and divorce and romance and relationship patterns of thousands of individuals nationwide...including Metro Detroiters...for over 20 years. One of this country's most trusted relationship experts, Dr. Terri Orbuch has published over 40 articles; been quoted in such national publications as USA Today, The New York Times, The Boston Globe, Reader's Digest; and authored five books. For more information, visit http://www.drterrithelovedoctor.com/ " View Guest page
David M. Ortmann, LCSW
David M. Ortmann, LCSW, is a psychotherapist, sex therapist and author in private practice. His work has been published in journals, magazines, and anthologies of fiction and non-fiction View Guest page
Chris Palmer is a professor, speaker, author, and wildlife film producer who has spearheaded the production of more than 300 hours of original programming for prime-time television and the giant screen IMAX industry. He founded the Center for Environmental Filmmaking at American University School of Communication in 2005, a year after joining AU’s full-time faculty as Distinguished Film Producer in Residence. He regularly gives speeches and workshops on a variety of topics, including how to radically improve one’s success and productivity, how to give effective presentations, how to network effectively, how to raise money, and how to motivate and engage students. His first two books were Shooting in the Wild (2010) and Confessions of a Wildlife Filmmaker (2015). View Guest page
Wendy Paris is a journalist and essayist whose work on marriage, relationships, and contemporary culture has appeared in The New York Times, Psychology Today, Glamour, Brides, QZ.com, Salon.com, Travel & Leisure, Essence, and Marketplace radio. She was a 2014 Fellow with New America Foundation, a 2013 Fellow with Encore.org, a MacDowell Colony Fellow, and a Visiting Artist at the 18th Street Arts Center. She has an MFA in creative nonfiction writing from Columbia University and blogs about the good divorce at WendyParis.com and PsychologyToday.com. She and her ex-husband and son moved together, apart, from the New York area to Santa Monica, California, while she was writing this book. View Guest page
Holly Parker PhD
Dr. Parker, or Dr. Holly, as she’s more playfully known, is a psychologist with a passion for walking alongside people as they invest in their future selves by cultivating a more enriching, vibrant life in the here and now. She obtained her Ph.D. in Experimental
Psychopathology from Harvard University, where she conducted research and was a Karen Stone Fellow and Sackler Scholar. Filled with a fire in her belly to uplift people through human connection too, Dr. Parker re-specialized in Clinical Psychology at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
She is the author of two books. When Reality Bites: How Denial Helps and What to Do When It Hurts, and IF WE’RE TOGETHER, WHY DO I FEEL SO ALONE?: How to Build Intimacy with an Emotionally Unavailable Partner. She also delves into an assortment of topics on the dappled road of life in her blog and in media interviews through outlets such as SELF Magazine, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, Prevention, The Chicago Tribune, and ABC News. View Guest page
Army Specialist Joseph (Joey) Paulk
Army Specialist Joseph (Joey) Paulk is retired and living back in his hometown of Vista, California with his girlfriend and two dogs. On July 5, 2007 he was injured in Afghanistan when his tactical vehicle was hit by 3 anti-tank mines, flipping it over and igniting the fuel tank. Tragically, his team leader lost his life during the attack, and Joey was left with significant injuries. He suffered 40% burns to his body and face, smoke inhalation, paralysis of his vocal cords and complete amputation of all 10 fingers. He had to re-learn how to walk, talk, swallow, and cope without the use of his hands. Joey is a changed man after only three surgeries with Operation Mend. View Guest page
Dr. Debora Phillips
“With thirty-five years of experience as a behavior therapist and sex therapist, Dr. Debora Phillips has worked with hundreds of couples, individuals, and families, treating people from all walks of life, helping them to overcome unadaptive feelings (anxiety, guilt, jealousy, anger, unrequited love, depression, etc) and replace them with adaptive feelings and positive patterns of communication and other behaviors; everything from helping people get over the rejection of unrequited love, childhood/adolescent trauma, phobias, poor self-esteem, sexual dysfunction, marital problems, to giving children the tools to stop their (OCD) obsessive compulsive behaviors. She also founded and directed this country’s first anti-bullying program “End Teen Cruelty.” Dr. Phillips’ nationally (and internationally) published and bestselling books, written with Bob Judd, “How to Fall Out of Love,” “Sexual Confidence” and “How to Give Your Child a Great Self-Image” (with Fred Bernstein) will soon be re-released with the fresh content of many more years of insight, research and experience. Dr. Phillips has extensive private practices in New York City, San Francisco, and Beverly Hills. She has taught at several medical schools, including the University of Southern California Medical School in Los Angeles and Temple University Medical School in Philadelphia where she was the Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Columbia University Medical School in New York City, where she was the Assistant Clinical Professor of Child Psychiatry. She has published numerous articles in professional journals and magazines, conducted nationwide professional and academic workshops, presented academic papers at numerous national and international conferences where she was often the keynote speaker. She appeared on numerous television shows, including, Oprah, Phil Donahue and The Today Show. She was featured in a five page spread in People Magazine for her pioneering work with broken hearts and her falling out of love program.” View Guest page
ANDREA PINO is a co-founder of EROC, and the Director of Policy & Support. She attended The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she majored in Political Science. Her activism has been featured in the New York Times, Vogue, CNN, Good Morning America, as well as many other media outlets. She has appeared as a guest on The Melissa Harris-Perry Show, and is a contributor to the Huffington Post. In 2013, she became the first student featured in The Chronicle of Higher Education’s Influence List, and was listed on The Huffington Post’s most influential forces in higher education list. Her work and personal journey is prominently featured in the documentary "The Hunting Ground," which premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. View Guest page
Nikki Pope is a native of Brookhaven, Mississippi but has led a rather nomadic existence before moving to the Bay Area (for the third time!). She counts among her “hometowns” Chicago, New York, Paris and Vienna. Nikki has been active in the area of wrongful conviction since she joined the advisory board of the Northern California Innocence Project in 2005. Since then, she’s met many men and women who have been wrongfully convicted. It was at a public speaking workshop for exonerees in 2012 where Nikki got the germ of the idea that has grown into this project. Nikki also is a director of Moving Train, Inc., a non-profit organization that sponsors documentary film projects and she works with other non-profits in the area of prison reform. Her friends and family think she’s getting ready to go back to school having already earned her B.A., M.B.A, and J.D. With a life filled with many twists and turns, Nikki knows not to rule out anything! When she’s not working on this project, Nikki loves to write. She’s also a film junkie, often watching a film multiple times. As you can tell from her list of “hometowns,” Nikki is a traveler. She’s not crazy about the getting there part of travel, aside from the fact that she gets a big block of time to work on her crochet projects, but she enjoys learning about the history and culture of different places. Nikki’s other love is reading. She will often re-read books (like “Dune”) and is currently engrossed in the genres of science fiction and the novels of Alexandre Dumas. View Guest page
Daniel Post Senning
Daniel Post Senning is the great-great-grandson of Emily Post and the manager of web development and online content at the Emily Post Institute. Senning is a co-author of Emily Post's Etiquette, 18th edition, a presenter of the Emily Post Business Etiquette Seminar series, and the webmaster for emilypost.com. He has also become an active spokesperson for the Institute. He has appeared on ESPN discussing draft etiquette, contributed to the Huffington Post, and has been interviewed by publications including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Esquire, and Glamour. View Guest page
Adam Smiley Poswolsky
Adam “Smiley” Poswolsky is a millennial workplace expert and internationally renowned keynote speaker. Smiley has inspired thousands of young professionals and entrepreneurs to find fulfilling work through speaking at Fortune 500 companies, TEDx events, colleges, and graduate schools, and by serving as the former director of community engagement at the Hive Global Leaders Program, director of The Bold Academy, mentor for the StartingBloc Institute for Social Innovation, and teacher for The Passion Co. and General Assembly. His writing has been published in The Washington Post, Fast Company, Forbes, and GOOD, among others. View Guest page
Rachel Pratt is a non-profit and government leader with a keen ability to cut through any issue or situation to see the strengths and opportunities for improvement. Her subject matter expertise lies in the field of child welfare and adoption both in New York City and nationally. She also is a skilled community organizer with a passion for New York City issues and neighborhoods. And she is an experienced trainer, presenter, and group facilitator.
Much of Rachel’s child welfare expertise stems from over 12 years at the NYC Administration for Children’s Services, with nearly three years spent as Assistant Commissioner, managing a staff of 500 with responsibility for more than 17,000 children in foster care. Currently Rachel serves as Chief Executive Officer of the Adoption Exchange Association, a national membership organization and the lead agency in the Collaboration to AdoptUsKids, the Children’s Bureau’s national initiative to recruit foster and adoptive families for waiting children. For ten years at the New York City Administration for Children’s Services, Rachel built the infrastructure to create and manage the City’s foster and adoptive recruitment initiatives. View Guest page
Christal Presley, PhD
Christal Presley, PhD, is the founder of United Children of Veterans (www.unitedchildrenofveterans.com), a website that provides resources on post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in children of war veterans. She obtained her PhD in education in 2009, and is an instructional mentor teacher in Atlanta Public Schools View Guest page
Dr. Louis Primavera
"Dr. Lou Primavera, also a native New Yorker, is a New York State Licensed Psychologist trained in behavior and rational emotive behavior therapies, maintaining a private practice for more than twenty-five years specializing in marriage counseling. Dr. Primavera is currently the Dean of the Graduate School of Psychology and the Dean of the School of Health Sciences at Touro College. Previously he was the Dean of the Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies at Adelphi University, held the Department Chair and served as Associate Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at St. John's University, and has held full time faculty positions at Hofstra University, St. Francis College, and Molloy College. Dr. Primavera has published extensively in the social sciences, and his work has appeared in a number of prestigious professional journals in Psychology. He was a consultant to the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and has held a number of other consulting positions in medicine, business, and education. He has been a member of a number of professional organizations and has served as President of the Academic Division of the New York State Psychological Association, and the New York City Metro Chapter of the American Statistical Association. Dr. Primaverais a Fellow of the Division of General Psychology of the American Psychological Association, a Fellow of the American Educational Research Association, and a Fellow of the Eastern Psychological Association." View Guest page
Starting in the 1990s, Bill began pioneering white-men-only diversity learning labs after noticing white male executives were not actively engaged in their organization’s diversity & inclusion efforts.
Bill’s innovative work led to co-founding White Men As Full Diversity Partners, and the development of WMFDP’s provocative approach to engaging white male business leaders in inclusion efforts. For over 35 years, he has served as a leadership development consultant, coach and facilitator to countless organizations and executives around the globe on issues of team effectiveness, cultural competency, and inclusion. He is a sought after speaker, writer, and thought-leader at the intersection of diversity & inclusion and leadership. In 2015, Bill presented The Kurt Hahn Address, an honor awarded by Association for Experiential Education to the person who has contributed to the development and advancement of experiential education with tenacity and conviction. View Guest page
Dr. Rachel Pruchno
Dr. Pruchno, Endowed Chair and Professor of Medicine at New Jersey’s Rowan University, is perhaps the world’s preeminent behavioral research scientist in the field of mental health and family dynamics. Her research has been funded by federal grant support for three decades, she has published nearly 100 articles in peer-review scientific journals, and she has served as Editor-in-Chief of a top-tier science journal (The Gerontologist) since 2011. View Guest page
Chris Purdy MS
Christopher H. Purdy is the President and CEO of DKT International. From 1996 to 2011, he served as Country Director of DKT programs in Turkey, Ethiopia, and Indonesia, where he managed the largest private social marketing family planning program in the world. He served as Executive Vice President from 2011-2013. His professional interests center on advancing the cause of social marketing for improved health, and socially responsible capitalism. View Guest page
Kristen Race Ph.D.
Kristen Race Ph.D. is a parent of two young children, as well as an expert in child, family and school psychology. Dr. Race is a regular blogger with Psychology Today and the founder of Mindful Life, which provides brain-based solutions for today’s families as they try to manage the stresses of modern day parenting. All of her services are rooted in the science of the brain with influences from the fields of mindfulness and positive psychology, designed to improve brain function and brain development in adults and children. Dr. Race has spoken nationally at the National Association of School Psychologists Conference and at the International Scientific Conference for Clinicians, Researchers and Educators, as well as in communities across the country. She has also appeared on many television news programs, providing parent education on topics ranging from bedtime battles to sibling rivalry. View Guest page
Holistic wellbeing expert, green-living entrepreneur, and author Randi Ragan is the founder of GreenBliss EcoSpa, Los Angeles’ only award-winning mobile spa and wellness service. For more than twenty years, Ragan has led yoga and spiritual retreats, created experiences for healing and wellbeing and guided groups and individuals with rituals and ceremonies to mark life milestones. Her new book, A Year of Living Mindfully, grew out of her popular blog, Randi Ragan’s Mindful Living Almanac (Twitter feed (@randiragan). All her work strives to provide readers with ideas, tips, and inspiration for creating a mindful, sustainable life. View Guest page
Thelma Reese EdD
Thelma Reese, EdD, retired professor of English and of Education, created the Advisory Council for Hooked on Phonics and was its spokesperson in the ‘90s. In that role, and as director of the Mayor’s Commission on Literacy for the City of Philadelphia, she appeared frequently on television and hosted a cable show in Philadelphia. Together, she and Barbara created and maintain the www.ElderChicks.com blog. She writes the monthly Family column for www.RightsideWire, and she and Barbara appear weekly on the Armstrong Williams show on Sirius Radio as he plumbs the wisdom of the “ElderChicks.” View Guest page
Winifred Reilly MA, MFT
Winifred Reilly, MA, MFT, is a psychotherapist specializing in marital therapy and relationship issues, with a private practice in Berkeley, CA. In her thirty-five years of clinical practice she has treated hundreds of couples—many who are convinced they are headed for divorce. Ms. Reilly has been a guest lecturer on marriage and sexuality, and her writing has appeared on The Huffington Post, The Good Men Project, XOJane, and on her blog, Speaking of Marriage. View Guest page
Erica Reischer PhD
Erica Reischer, PhD, is a psychologist, author, and parent educator. She earned a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in Psychology / Human Development, and is an honors graduate of Princeton University.
A former consultant with McKinsey & Company, Dr. Reischer sits on the advisory board for Happy Healthy Kids and leads popular parenting classes at schools and organizations such as UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital, Habitot Children's Museum, and University of California.
Her writing about children and families appears in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Psychology Today, and The Atlantic. View Guest page
Dr. Jay Richards
Dr. Jay Richards’ early clinical experience was gained during National Institute for Mental Health (NIMH) pre and post-doctoral fellowships in clinical psychology at the federal psychiatric hospital in Washington DC that was then responsible for mentally ill persons determined to be dangerous to the president, or other persons protected by the Secret Service. A decade later, he was retained as an expert by the US Marshals to review adequacy of treatment received by White House cases and the degree of continuing risk for violence that would be posed, if they were released from confinement. Richards is the author of the new novel, SILHOUETTE OF VIRTUE: http://jayrichardsbooks.com/. View Guest page
Dr. David Riess
Dr. David Riess is a practicing psychiatrist for 25 years, specializing in “front-line” adult and adolescent psychiatric care. He is recognized internationally for expertise in character and personality dynamics. Riess has performed more than 10,000 psychiatric evaluations; evaluated and treated patients from diverse social and cultural backgrounds, from every occupational field. Numerous invited lectures and publications in academic journals and newsletters on understanding the significance of character and personality traits in regards to business organizations, personal development, medical and mental health treatment, socio-political systems, and sports / entertainment industries. For more information visit http://www.dmrdynamics.com/index.html View Guest page
Barbara H. Roberts, M.D.
Barbara H. Roberts, M.D., is a sought-after lecturer who speaks about heart health around the world. Her articles detailing her research into cholesterol-lowering drugs have been published in medical journals, and she is often quoted in popular magazines. An associate clinical professor at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University as well as director of the Women’s Cardiac Center at the Miriam Hospital in Rhode Island, she also serves on the Woman’s Day Heart Health Advisory Board. She lives in Jamestown, Rhode Island. View Guest page
JOHN ELDER ROBISON
“JOHN ELDER ROBISON was born in Athens, Georgia, and grew up in the 1960s, before the diagnosis of Asperger’s syndrome existed. He is the author of two previous books, BE DIFFERENT and the NEW YORK TIMES bestseller LOOK ME IN THE EYE. He lectures widely on autism and neurological differences; serves on committees and review boards for the Centers for Disease Control, National Institutes of Health, and Autism Speaks; and is a member of the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. A machine aficionado and avid photographer, John lives in Amherst, Massachusetts. Visit John online at www.JohnRobison.com or at http://jerobison.blogspot.com.” View Guest page
As a trailblazer in the corporate world for 25 years, Ms. Roché mentored women by encouraging them to find their voices and take bold career risks to excel. Her vision for empowered businesswomen carried over into her work on behalf of girls when, in 2000, she assumed the role of president and CEO of Girls Inc., the nonprofit organization whose mission is to inspire all girls to be strong, smart, and bold. Before joining Girls Inc., Ms. Roché served as president and chief operating officer of Carson Products Company, and vice president of global marketing at Avon Products, Inc. While at Avon, Ms. Roché broke new ground, becoming Avon's first African American female vice president, the first African American vice president of marketing, and the company's first vice president of global marketing. Ms. Roché is a graduate of Dillard University in New Orleans and holds an MBA from Columbia University. She has successfully completed Stanford University's Senior Executive Program and holds honorary doctorate degrees from Dillard University and North Adams State College. She currently sits on the board of directors of AT&T Inc., Macy's Inc., Tupperware Brands, Dr. Pepper Snapple Group Inc., and the Association of Governing Boards. She is the chair of the board of trustees for Dillard University View Guest page
David Roddenberry is the founder of HealthyWage, the only U.S. company that pays Americans to lose weight and get fit, allowing members to "bet" on their ability to lose weight. Mr. Roddenberry built HealthyWage after working in finance and realizing the tremendous opportunity to apply financial principles to our greatest public health challenge: obesity. Roddenberry’s HealthyWage provides cash incentives, social and expert-based support, tools and resources, and goal-setting and tracking technologies to address our nation’s obesity epidemic and improve America’s collective health. He co-founded HealthyWage in response to academic research that proves even small cash rewards triple the effectiveness of weight-loss programs; that people are more effective at losing weight when their own money is at risk; and that social networks play a large role in the spread of obesity. He graduated from Harvard summa cum laude in neuroscience. View Guest page
Futurist. Storyteller. Change Agent. Educator. Transformation Architect. Publisher. Collector of Shoes. Tummler. I am a global nomad with a Latin American heritage. My surname, Rodriguez is the link to all things Puerto Rican thanks to my late father. I've lived in cities including Washington DC, Rochester New York, Miami Florida, and Los Angeles, California. I presently reside in Australia. Today, I consider myself a "citizen of the world" and is best known online through my persona, Digitalgodess.
In addition to publishing over 300 articles and interviews to my bi-line credit, I am fortunate to be a frequently sought after public speaker with keynotes over the past five years for Miller Heiman, CeBIT, Teradata, National Women's Day, TFWA (Tax Free World Association), ACI - Airports Council International, The Moodie Report and others. View Guest page
Robbie Rogers has played for the Columbus Crew, the U.S. Olympic national team, and Leeds United in the U.K., and currently plays for the LA Galaxy. Rogers is also co-owner of Halsey, a menswear brand, and is a cofounder of and ambassador for the Beyond “it” campaign, a non-profit organization fighting stereotypes. He lives in Los Angeles. View Guest page
Michael F Roizen
Michael F. Roizen, MD, is the four-time #1 New York Times bestselling author and co-founder and originator of the popular RealAge.com website. He is Chief Wellness Officer and chair of the Wellness Institute of the Cleveland Clinic and Chief Medical Consultant to The Dr. Oz Show. He currently lives in Shaker Heights, Ohio. View Guest page
Michael Rooni received his business degree in 1990, and went on to receive formal education in law and mediation in 1992. He earned his jurisprudence in 1993 and has been a member of the State Bar of California since 1994. Rooni is an appointee to the Los Angeles Superior Court Voluntary Settlement Conference Panel. Currently, he mediates high-conflict disputes and trains corporate employees, business owners, couples and individuals in the field of communication and dispute resolution." View Guest page
Dina Rose PhD
Dina Rose has a PhD in sociology from Duke University and more than fifteen years’ experience in teaching and research. For parents who want to feed their kids right, Dina leverages a unique combination of expertise as a sociologist and a mother to help parents solve their kids’ eating problems by focusing on the root of the problem—eating habits, not nutrition. Dina's approach, known as #RoseHabits, shows parents how to change the conversation from nutrition to habits. Her techniques help parents teach their toddlers (and older children!) the healthy habits they'll need for a lifetime of healthy eating. View Guest page
Bruce F. Rosen
"An investment officer at a major financial firm by day, Bruce F. Rosen is a writer by night. An award winning writer as early on as in high school, Rosen has written professionally for over three decades and has been featured in such publications as The San Francisco Chronicle, The San Francisco Examiner, and Asian Week where he was a reporter. In addition to a stint as a journalist in Chinatown, he has crafted essays on sports, politics, economics, and music. The piece that he wrote on his boyhood idol, Sandy Koufax, appeared in the Baseball Hall of Fame. And, his series of 'slice of life' pieces titled “Diary of a Creative Banker”, including one that focused on Princess Diana, aired on the BBC. Featured on the cover of the international publication Personal Excellence, Bruce shares this honor with such great company as Deepak Chopra and Nelson Mandela. He also did an event at Hue-Man Bookstore in New York which has hosted the likes of Nobel Prize winner Toni Morrison and former President Bill Clinton. Interviews include NBC TV’s The Today Show, Unlimited Realities, Healthylife.net's Healing Heart and Home and Strategies for Living plus the nationally syndicated The Block with Tim. And, a review by a founding member of the National Book Critic's Circle compares Rosen’s work to that of Tolstoy." View Guest page
Paul J. Rosen
"Paul J. Rosen is the author of the popular The Great Health Heist and Be Healthy Now! Passport to Wellness. Paul continues his mission to educate and encourage women to better health in Be Healthy Now! for Women. Paul is a licensed acupuncturist in Portland, Oregon and Vancouver, Washington, where he is the Director of AcuNatural Family Healthcare. He can also be heard on his radio show, Health Matters with Paul Rosen. Paul has won numerous awards for outstanding contributions in alternative healing and he serves as an advocate for organic foods and farming." View Guest page
David M. Rothschild PhD
David Rothschild is an economist at Microsoft Research. He has a Ph.D. in applied economics from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. His primary body of work is on forecasting, and understanding public interest and sentiment. Related work examines how the public absorbs information. He has written extensively, in both the academic and popular press, on polling, prediction markets, social media and online data, and predictions of upcoming events; most of his popular work has focused on predicting elections and an economist take on public policy. After joining Microsoft in 2012 he has been building prediction and sentiment models, and organizing novel/experimental polling and prediction games; this work has been utilized by Bing, Cortana, and Xbox. And, he correctly predicted 50 of 51 Electoral College outcomes in February of 2012, average of 20 of 24 Oscars from 2013-6, and 15 of 15 knockout games in the 2014 World Cup. View Guest page
Adele Paula Royce
ADELE PAULA ROYCE resides in New York City. With an artistic educational background, including the School of Visual Arts in NYC and a degree in fine arts and English literature from City University of New York (CUNY), she worked her way onto the corporate scene. Utilizing a Jackson Pollock technique of colorful truth to secure her business relations, she envisioned corporations artistically as blank canvases. More than 10 years ago, she began studying under a master teacher of Western Spirituality, and has been a student of Kabbalistic practice ever since. View Guest page
Dr. Paul Ruggieri
Dr. Paul Ruggieri is a practicing general surgeon, writer, husband, stepfather, and lover of single malt whiskey. His practice specializes in general, advanced minimally invasive and thyroid surgery. Throughout his active twenty year career, Dr. Ruggieri has held department of surgery chairman positions at several community hospitals. He has also been a clinical instructor at Harvard Medical School. He is board certified in his specialty and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Ruggieri graduated from Georgetown University School of Medicine and completed his surgical training at Barnes Hospital, Washington University School of Medicine. He subsequently served three years on active duty, the last as department of surgery chairman, in the United States Army. He returned to the Northeast to practice surgery over 12 years ago after his father was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a terminal bone marrow cancer. Dr. Ruggieri has authored or co-authored three patient oriented books: Colon & Rectal Cancer: A Patient’s Guide to Treatment, A Simple Guide to Thyroid Disorders: From Diagnosis to Treatment, and The Surgery Handbook: A Guide to Understanding Your Operation. View Guest page
Kevin P. Ryan MD
Kevin P. Ryan, MD FACP COL USAF (ret ) graduated summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa from Georgetown University, summa cum laude, AOA from Georgetown Medical School and was heavily decorated during his career in the USAF medical corps retiring as a full Colonel . He is a clinical full Professor at UC Davis School of Medicine and has authored numerous research and clinical papers, book chapters, and abstracts in Hematology/Oncology. Dr. Ryan lives in Northern California with his wife, Pamela. View Guest page
"BARNEY SALTZBERG (www.barneysaltzberg.com) is the author-illustrator of BEAUTIFUL OOPS!, the successful Kisses series, PEEKABOO, CRAZY HAIR DAY, and GOOD EGG, as well as many other beloved children's books. Also a singer-songwriter, he has written tunes for the PBS show "Arthur" and continues to perform music for children. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two dogs." View Guest page
Kenneth E. Salyer, M.D.
Kenneth E. Salyer, M.D. is internationally recognized as a pioneer and leader in craniofacial surgery. He is the founder of the International Craniofacial Institute and the Cleft Lip and Palate Treatment Center at Medical City Dallas Hospital, serving to date more than 13,000 patients from every state in the United States and more than seventy-five countries around the world. He is founder and chairman of the World Craniofacial Foundation, dedicated to providing care and healing for children with craniofacial abnormalities everywhere View Guest page
Michael Samuels PhD
Michael Samuels PhD is the co-founder and director of Arts as a Healing Force. He teaches at San Francisco State University’s Institute of Holistic Studies and is the author of 22 books, including the bestsellers The Well Body Book, Seeing with the Mind’s Eye, and the Well Baby Book. View Guest page
Beth Schaefer has written and published three humorous books, a textbook on business writing, and a book about family. She is an adjunct communications professor and teaches composition at National Louis University in Chicago where she earned a master’s degree in written communication. She previously taught at Lake Forest College. She is owner of the publishing company, Books on a Whim. She and her son live in Evanston, IL. View Guest page
Naomi Schaefer Riley
Naomi Schaefer Riley is a weekly columnist for the New York Post and a former Wall Street Journal editor and writer whose work focuses on higher education, religion, philanthropy and culture. She is the author of “The New Trail of Tears: How Washington Is Destroying American Indians" (Encounter, 2016). Her book, "'Til Faith Do Us Part: How Interfaith Marriage is Transforming America" (Oxford, 2013), was named an editor's pick by the New York Times Book Review. She is also the author of "God on the Quad: How Religious Colleges and the Missionary Generation Are Changing America" (St. Martin's, 2005) and "The Faculty Lounges ... And Other Reasons Why You Won't Get the College Education You Pay For" (Ivan Dee, 2011). Ms. Riley's writings have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the Boston Globe, the LA Times, and the Washington Post, among other publications. She appears regularly on Fox News and Fox Business. View Guest page
Frank Schaeffer is a bestselling author, movie director, blogger, speaker, fine artist, father of three, grandfather of five, and a survivor of polio. He has appeared on Oprah, Fresh Air with Terry Gross, the Today Show, Rachel Maddow and many more. View Guest page
Dr. Jack Schafer
JOHN R. “JACK” SCHAFER, Ph.D., is a psychologist, professor, intelligence consultant, and former FBI Special Agent. Dr. Schafer spent fifteen years conducting counter-intelligence and counterterrorism investigations, and seven years as a behavioral analyst for the FBI’s National Security Division’s Behavioral Analysis Program. View Guest page
Arlene Schindler often says, “I come from a long line of miserable people.” This is shorthand for growing up in an iconoclastic, dramatic Brooklyn Jewish family. She writes and speaks frequently about issues of Jewish identity, east coast angst, and feelings of invisibility at mid-life. Using humor and affection, she’s tackled topics like dating, marriage to a sex addict, divorce (not a surprise), as well as diet, weight and emotional eating. (If you’ve ever been in a relationship, you know what emotional eating is.) Arlene originated the comedy review column for The New York Post, writing reviews and profiles of comedians appearing in New York City. She was a Relationship Expert/Guest Guru for America On-Line’s Love-on-Line, and a writer/editor for WOMAN Magazine and Playgirl, also writing for The Los Angeles Times, Daily Variety and Creative Screenwriting. Arlene is a regular on the spoken word circuit in Los Angeles, telling raucous tales about women's secrets and desires; a riotous romp through the hidden sex lives of today's "mature" woman. View Guest page
Lawrence Schlachter DDS, MD, JD
Lawrence B. Schlachter is one of the few attorneys in the United States who has a unique background combining dentistry, neurosurgery and law, with licenses to practice in each profession. He is especially qualified to represent patients with injuries and damage to the nervous system, the brain or the spinal cord resulting from accidents, negligence, missed or incorrect diagnoses or elective surgeries gone wrong.
As an experienced neurosurgeon and attorney, Dr. Schlachter knows what the standard of care should be for patients and is able to recognize the issues and investigate the medical care in each case. In representing professionals, individuals and businesses in areas of health law, personal injury, product liability, patient safety issues and catastrophic injury, Dr. Schlachter integrates his medical experience and knowledge with legal principles pertinent to each case. View Guest page
"Palo Alto, CA based Roble Ridge Software is a two year old company with five iPhone apps currently available. Roble Ridge has been working with best selling author, lecturer and practicing psychiatrist Dr. Edward Hallowell for 1.5 years, first creating the ADHD Quiz app and recently releasing the new Crazy Busy Tips iPhone app. Roble Ridge Software is led by chief designer, Wendy Wright and chief developer, Jon Schlossberg. Jon has 25 years of software development experience including ten in the Internet and mobile space. Wendy is an MBA and a certified lactation consultant." View Guest page
Barb Schmidt is such a captivating speaker that her passion and charisma have garnered her the devotion of fans, who travel across the globe to be part of her inspiring movement for global peace through inner peace. Barb is founder of Peaceful Mind Peaceful World, a community outreach program through Florida Atlantic University (FAU) designed to promote dialogue in the greater community on the topic of inner peace by incorporating workshops and weekly teachings with Barb and many of her esteemed mentors, including His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Dr. Jane Goodall, Dr. Andrew Weil, and many others. Barb is also the founder of Peaceful Mind Peaceful Life, a non-profit organization through which she teaches The Practice, a three-part guide to practical spirituality in the modern world and her tool for spreading her belief that “outer peace begins with inner peace.” In 2014, Barb’s extensive achievements in fostering positive change earned her an invitation to the White House State Dinner. View Guest page
"Julia Schopick is a best-selling author and dynamic speaker who presents before patients, parenting groups and innovative doctors who want to become informed and empowered to make the best health choices for themselves, their patients and loved ones. Creator of the award-winning blog, HonestMedicine.com, Julia’s writings on health and medical topics have been featured in American Medical News (AMA), Alternative & Complementary Therapies, British Medical Journal and the Chicago Sun-Times. Her mission is to inform people about little-known but promising treatments, and to empower them in making health care choices. For more information visit honestmedicine.com" View Guest page
Will Schwalbe has worked in publishing (most recently as senior vice president and editor in chief of Hyperion Books); digital media, as the founder and CEO of Cookstr.com; and as a journalist, writing for various publications including The New York Times and the South China Morning Post. He is on the board of the Kingsborough Community College Foundation. He is the coauthor, with David Shipley, of Send: Why People Email So Badly and How to Do It Better. View Guest page
Born and raised in New York, Deborah Schwartz graduated from Tufts University and then obtained her Masters in History at Columbia University where she wrote her graduate thesis on “Feminism in Eighteenth Century England.” She received her J.D. from Boston University. Always a New Yorker to the core, Deborah’s passion now is writing. View Guest page
Dr. Jane Scott
Born in Mombasa, Kenya, Dr. Jane Scott attended the University of Western Australia Medical School in Perth at the age of sixteen. Years later after moving to the United States, she attended the University Of Colorado Medical School and completed her residency in pediatrics and fellowship in neonatology at Duke University while simultaneously raising four young children.
She is the inventor of the Tortle, an FDA- cleared infant repositioning device designed to prevent and eliminate flat head syndrome, and is the founder of Tortle Products, LLC, which sells and distributes the Tortle as well as other products to help hospitalized infants with optimal head positioning. The Tortle has been adopted by pediatrics departments and NICUs in more than thirty hospitals around the world, and Dr. Jane’s medical device products are being researched by university and hospital NICUs and outpatient clinics, including Duke University and Newman University in Pennsylvania. This is her first book. View Guest page
Kevin Paul Scott
Kevin Paul Scott has traveled to six continents and spoken to leaders from more than 100 countries. Kevin co-founded both ADDO Worldwide and the ADDO Institute. The ADDO Institute received the Governor’s International Award for “New Company of the Year” in the state of Georgia. The Institute works specifically in the areas of global leadership, student leadership, and thought leadership. Prior to founding ADDO, Kevin’s background included non-profit charitable work, business ventures, and politics. After graduating from the University of Georgia, Kevin served on a presidential campaign team and then worked as a representative for a United States Congressman. Kevin was named one of the “Power 30 Under 30″ for his work in expanding the marketing efforts nationwide as the Communicator in Chief for a global company. In consecutive years, Kevin was named to the “40 under 40” lists for Georgia Trend and then the Atlanta Business Chronicle. View Guest page
Mark Segal has established a reputation as the dean of American gay journalism over the past five decades. From the Stonewall demonstrations in 1969 to founding the Philadelphia Gay News in 1975, along with his more recent forays into TV and politics, his proven commitment as a tireless LGBT advocate has made him a force to be reckoned with. Respected by his peers for pioneering the idea of local LGBT newspapers, he is one of the founders and former president of both the National Gay Press Association and the National Gay Newspaper Guild. Segal was recently inducted into the National Lesbian & Gay Journalist Association's Hall of Fame and was appointed a member of the Comcast/NBCUniversal Joint Diversity Board, where he advises the entertainment giant on LGBT issues. He is also president of the dmhFund, though which he builds affordable LGBT-friendly housing for seniors. He lives in Philadelphia. View Guest page
Eva Selhub, MD
Dr. Eva Selhub is an internationally recognized expert, physician, author, speaker and consultant in the fields of stress, resilience, mind-body medicine and working with the natural environment to achieve maximum health and wellbeing. Dr. Eva, as her clients call her, engages her clients and her audiences with her powerful energy, words of wisdom and scientific knowledge to be empowered to transform themselves, their health and their life for the better. Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Dr. Eva is on staff at Harvard Medical School and is a Clinical Associate of the world renowned Benson Henry Institute for Mind-Body Medicine at the Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Eva also works with clients privately, combining her knowledge and expertise from Western and allopathic medicine and from the Eastern healing traditions. View Guest page
Nancy Sharp is a writer and keynote speaker who frequently talks to large groups about loss, wellness, courage and bold living. She holds an MFA in Creative Nonfiction from Goucher College and writes regularly for The Huffington Post and numerous online media, national magazines, and newspapers. She authors two blogs: Vivid Living: Life in Full Bloom…Thorns and All, and Tasting Life with Nancy Sharp. She lives in Denver with her husband, Steve Saunders, and their four children. For more information visit www.nancysharp.net View Guest page
Andrew Shatte PhD
Andrew Shatte PhD (Chief Science Officer) has been researching resilience and stress for over two decades and has developed effective programs for children, college students, and corporations. He is a co-creator of the meQuilibrium program. Dr. Shatté is the founder and President of Phoenix Life Academy, a company that specializes in measuring and training in resilience. He is a fellow at the Brookings Institution’s Center for Executive Education, a former professor of psychology at the University of Pennsylvania, and currently serves as a research professor in the College of Medicine at the University of Arizona. Dr. Shatté has published prolifically in peer-reviewed journals and is the author of The Resilience Factor: 7 Keys to Finding Your Inner Strength and Overcoming Life’s Hurdles. View Guest page
Fran Shaw, Ph.D.
Fran Shaw, Ph.D. is a longtime practitioner in a spiritual discipline, a professor teaching writing at the University of Connecticut, and an award-winning author whose works include Notes on The Next Attention, Writing My Yoga, and 50 Ways to Help You Write. Her new book Lord Have Murphy: Waking Up in the Spiritual Marketplace explores with great fun how contact with a finer Attention awakens us to a completely different level of being. Fran grew up in Connecticut. A writer from a young age, she created and put on plays at her elementary school, got published nationally at age 8, and at 15, won the Top Senior Award, for short story, in the annual Connecticut Scholastic Writing Awards competition. She wrote a weekly column for the Hartford Courant, graduated from Barnard College where she won the Amy Loveman Poetry Prize and two national writing contests, and went on to Stanford University as a Woodrow Wilson Fellow and a Danforth Fellow. View Guest page
Gail Sheehy is the author of sixteen books, including the classic New York Times bestseller Passages, named one of the ten most influential books of our times by the Library of Congress. A multiple award-winning literary journalist, she was one of the original contributors to New York magazine and has been a contributing editor to Vanity Fair since 1984. A popular lecturer, Sheehy was named AARP’s Ambassador of Caregiving in 2009. She lives in New York City. View Guest page
Lori Shemek PhD
LORI SHEMEK, Ph.D., is a leading researcher in fat cells and the owner of DLSHealthWorks, a company she created to help men and women conquer their issues with weight and self-esteem. Her work has been featured in Ladies’ Home Journal, Shape, Woman’s Day, The Rikki Lake Show, ABC, CNN, NPR, FOX News, and The Huffington Post, which recognized her as one of the nation’s top diet and nutrition experts. Her background in psychology, nutrition and life coaching allows her to see insights that brings together science research with the real world. Not only does she look into well-researched articles, she also collaborates with top experts so that others can benefit from. Her latest book, How to Fight FATflammation, is a result of much of that work. View Guest page
Deborah Shouse is a writer, speaker, editor, creativity catalyst, and dementia advocate. She is also the author of Love in the Land of Dementia: Finding Hope in the Caregiver's Journey. Deborah has also written for such publications as the Washington Post, Christian Science Monitor, Reader’s Digest, Woman’s Day and Family Circle. She writes a weekly column for the Kansas City Star and has authored and co-authored a number of books. Her writing has been featured in more than four dozen Chicken Soup books. She resides in Kansas City, MO. View Guest page
"Ora helps senior executives in Fortune 100 companies enhance their Leadership Presence - the ability to engage, connect, and influence in the workplace. Executives who have worked with Ora over the past 15 years are thriving at their jobs, being promoted, and making smooth and seamless transitions. In addition to coaching high potential NY executives, Ora has served as Adjunct Professor of Business Communication at NYU Stern School of Business. She is a featured speaker at events across the US, inspiring leaders to communication with confidence and lead with impact. Ora's undergraduate degree is from the University of Pennsylvania and her MBA is from Columbia Business School. She is certified as an Executive Coach by iCoach NY and has advanced training in Shadow Coaching, Fierce Conversations, Difficult Conversations, MBTI, Clark Wilson 360, and Leadership Agility 360." View Guest page
Heather Shumaker is a journalist whose writing has appeared in Parenting, Pregnancy, and other publications. Her first book was It's OK Not to Share and Other Renegade Rules for Raising Competent and Compassionate Kids. An advocate of free, unstructured play in homes and schools, she lives in northern Michigan with her husband and two children. Learn more at www.heathershumaker.com. View Guest page
Steve Siebold, CSP trains sales and management teams how to increase sales through his unique blend of mental toughness training. Salespeople learn how to control their thoughts, feelings, and attitudes before, during and after the sales presentation. Managers learn how become a mentally tough coach and leader with their sales representatives. Steve Siebold speaks from real world experience as a former professional athlete, national coach, and international businessman. He began studying Mental Toughness Training as a world-class junior tennis player in the 1970’s. Steve’s clients include Fortune 500 companies such as Johnson & Johnson, Toyota, Procter & Gamble, GlaxoSmithKline, to name a few; as well as thousands of direct salespeople in 10 countries worldwide. Steve has been featured on The Today Show, Good Morning America, BBC Television Europe, NBC Australia, CBS, FOX, and dozens of other television, radio, newspapers and magazines around the globe. His books, video and audio programs have been sold in 30 countries around the world. Two of his four books on Mental Toughness are international best-sellers, and considered by many experts to be the gold standard in the field of psychological performance training for sales teams. As a professional speaker, Steve has been awarded the Certified Professional Speaker designation from the National Speakers Association. Steve ranks among the top 1% of income earners in the professional speaking industry worldwide. View Guest page
Daniel J. Siegel, M.D.
Daniel J. Siegel, M.D., is clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine, co-director of the UCLS Mindful Awareness Research Center, and executive director of the Mindsight Institute. A graduate of Harvard Medical School, he is the coauthor of two classic parenting books: Parenting from the Inside Out (with Mary Hartzell, M.Ed.) and The Whole-Brain Child (with Tina Payne Bryson). He is also the author of Mindsight and the internationally acclaimed professional texts The Mindful Brain and The Developing Mind. Dr. Siegel keynotes conferences and presents workshops throughout the world. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two children. View Guest page
Joel Silberman is a Los Angeles-based writer and the producer of such viral Web videos as "Legitimate Rape" Pharmaceutical Ad (TW) and Kids Do the News. Follow him on Twitter@Wordpeggio. View Guest page
THE GOOD SHUFU is Tracy Slater’s first book, but she is no stranger to the literary world. She is the founder of Four Stories, a global literary series in Boston, Osaka, and Tokyo, for which she was awarded the PEN New England’s Friend to Writers Award. An essay on her bi-continental life was published in Best Women’s Travel Writing 2008, and her writing has appeared in The Boston Globe, Boston Magazine, The Chronicle Review, and the New York Times Motherlode blog. View Guest page
Pamela Slim is a seasoned coach and writer who helps frustrated employees in corporate jobs break out and start their own businesses. Her blog, Escape from Cubicle Nation, is one of the top career and marketing blogs on the web. A former corporate manager and entrepreneur herself for more than a decade, she deeply understands the questions and concerns faced by first-time entrepreneurs. Her expertise in personal and business change was developed through many years consulting inside corporations such as Cisco Systems, Hewlett-Packard and Charles Schwab, where she coached thousands of executives, managers and employees. “Entrepreneurship at its heart is aligning your purpose for being on earth with a business idea so compelling that you simply must do it, despite the fears that hold you back,” says Pam. Her experience teaching martial arts for 10 years to thousands of students including former gang members has helped her clients deal with fear head-on. A world traveler, Pam speaks four languages and has lived and worked in Europe and South America. Pam’s book Escape from Cubicle Nation: From Corporate Prisoner to Thriving Entrepreneur was released in Spring, 2009 and won Best Small Business/Entrepreneur Book of 2009. Pam is frequently quoted as an expert on entrepreneurship in publications such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, BusinessWeek, Forbes, Entrepreneur, Money Magazine and Psychology Today. Pam is married with three kids and lives in Mesa, Arizona. View Guest page
Dr. Gary Small
"GARY SMALL, M.D., is director of the UCLA Longevity Center at the university's Semel Institute for Neuroscience & Human Behavior and professor of psychiatry at UCLA's David Geffen School of Medicine. Named one of the world's leading innovators in science and technology by Scientific American, his research has made headlines in the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and USA Today. He appears frequently on Today, Good Morning America, The Dr. Oz Show, PBS, and CNN." View Guest page
Paul Smith is a sought after expert on leadership and storytelling techniques. In addition to his job as Director of Market Research at The Procter & Gamble Company, he is a highly rated leadership and communications trainer for P&G’s training colleges, a lecturer in the M.B.A. programs at Xavier University and the University of Cincinnati, and a frequent speaker and consultant for a variety of companies. As the author of the widely praised Lead with a Story (AMACOM, 2012), he has seen his work featured in The Wall Street Journal, Time, Forbes, The Washington Post, Success, and Investor’s Business Daily, among many publications. Smith earned his M.B.A. from The Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. He lives in the Cincinnati suburb of Mason, Ohio, with his wife and two sons. View Guest page
Iris Smyles is the author of Iris Has Free Time. She has written for numerous publications, including Nerve, New York Press, McSweeny's, and BOMB. She was a humor columnist for Splice Today and was awarded the Doris Lippman Prize for fiction, the Adria Schwartz Fiction Award, and the Geraldine Griffin Moore Short Story Award. View Guest page
Linda Spangle, RN, MA
Linda Spangle RN MA is a weight-management coach recognized nationally as a leading authority on emotional eating and other psychological issues of weight loss. A registered nurse with a master's degree in health education, Spangle is the owner of Weight Loss for Life, a healthy lifestyles coaching and training program located in Denver, Colorado. Her newest book is Friends with the Scale: How to Turn Your Scale into a Powerful Weight Loss Tool (SunQuest Media, 2014). Learn more at www.WeightLossJoy.com View Guest page
Martin Spinelli began a career in radio as a teenager. In his twenties as a reporter, anchor and programme maker in Buffalo, New York, he produced award-winning news features for public radio as well as the nationally acclaimed literary series LINEbreak. In the mid-1990s he produced cutting-edge pieces heard on innovative stations around the world, in addition to BBC Radio 3 and Radio 4. Both his benchmark radio art series Radio Radio and LINEbreak are included in the permanent collection of the Museum of Television and Radio in New York while all of his radio work and writing are archived in the Martin Spinelli Collection at the University at Buffalo Library. In September 2006 Martin's life was transformed when his wife was killed and his son nearly killed by a lorry driver who fell asleep at the wheel. Martin's first book, the memoir After the Crash, tells the story of their recovery. He now writes inspirational stories and is a part-time lecturer in Media, Film and Music at the University of Sussex. But his most important and rewarding occupation is father to the most amazing boy in Britain, Lio Spinelli. View Guest page
Tish helps clients leverage human capital to drive the success of their business rather than simply support it. Drawing on a wealth of knowledge from a broad range of disciplines, she has particular expertise in change management processes, business strategy development, as well as behavioral and organizational dynamics. Combining sharp problem solving skills with effective mediation abilities, Tish works primarily with CEOs, executive management and boards of directors within organizations at various stages of development, ranging from early entrepreneurial to Fortune 500 companies. Tish holds a Bachelor of Arts in History with a minor in Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania, and is a member of the Board of Directors for the Philadelphia based non-profit organization, ACHIEVEability. View Guest page
Joan Steidinger, Ph.D.
Joan Steidinger, Ph.D., is a Certified Consultant through the Association of Applied Sports Psychology and on the United States Olympic Committee’s Sport Psychology Registry. She has written columns for PsychologyToday.com and SFGate.com. A sports psychologist for more than 25 years, she has been in private practice for over 30 years in Mill Valley and San Francisco. In the 1990s, Joan was a competitive ultrarunner and Ride and Tie participant. She still enjoys running the trails of Mt. Tamalpais in Mill Valley, California where she lives with her husband, JP, and two goldie dogs, Spencer and Parker. View Guest page
Dr. Les Stein
Dr. Les Stein joined Concordia University Online in April 2013. He began teaching at the college level after a 27-year career as a Marine Corps officer. His areas of expertise and interest include educational leadership, history of American education, education law, organizational development, and human resource management. At Concordia, Dr. Stein teaches EDGR, Community of Learners, which focuses on how educators work with students who have different learning styles and cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds. He is also is an adjunct professor at Meredith College in Raleigh, North Carolina, where he teaches educational history and leadership classes in the traditional classroom. Dr. Stein received a B.A. in political science from Rider University in Lawrenceville, New Jersey, an M.S. in Systems Management from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, an M.A. in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island, and a Doctor of Education degree from United States International University in San Diego, California. View Guest page
Alexandra Stein PhD
Alexandra Stein, PhD, is a social psychologist who lectures and writes on cults and totalitarianism. Formerly, she was an associate lecturer at Birkbeck, University of London, UK and has also taught at the University of Minnesota, US and the University of Westminster, UK. As a young woman she was a member of a political cult, an experience she described in her first book, Inside Out. View Guest page
Dr. Suzanne Steinbaum
Dr. Suzanne Steinbaum is a national spokesperson for the American Heart Association's Go Red for Women campaign and an attending cardiologist and the Director of Women and Heart Disease of Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. She is board certified in Internal Medicine and Cardiology, with a subspecialty in Prevention and Women and Heart disease. She was the Director of the Center for Cardiac and Pulmonary Health, for cardiac rehabilitation and lifestyle management at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York prior to joining Lenox Hill. View Guest page
Paul Steinberg MD
Paul Steinberg, MD, is one of the longest survivors of metastatic prostate cancer in history. Having been the director of the Georgetown University Counseling and Psychiatric Service for many years, he is now in private practice in Washington, D.C. A frequent contributor to the Washington Post, and New York Times, Paul is at work on his next book. View Guest page
Christina is the author of Cue Cards for Life: Thoughtful Tips for Better Relationships. She is a Licensed Psychotherapist in private practice and a Board Certified Diplomate of professional counseling (IAMBCP). With an office in beautiful downtown Santa Barbara, Christina holds a Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy and graduated in the top three of her class from the fully accredited Phillips Graduate Institute of California. As a sought after relationship expert, Christina appears regularly in the media. Her advice and insights are often seen in The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Cosmopolitan Magazine, The Huffington Post, Woman’s Day, Fox News, Shape, Celebrity Parents, Canadian Living, among others. Online, Christina’s advice has appeared on numerous websites including WebMD, Askmen, SheKnows, Lifetime Moms, GalTime and Made Men. You can also hear her on The John Tesh Network and such stations as KARN, KTALK, WNRI as well as countless web and podcasts. Learn more at Christina Steinorth View Guest page
"Rick Steves grew up in Edmonds, Washington and studied at the University of Washington where he received degrees in Business Administration and European History. But his real education came in Europe — since 1973 he's spent 120 days a year in Europe. Spending one third of his adult life living out of a suitcase in Europe has shaped his thinking. Today he employs 80 people at his Europe Through the Back Door headquarters where he produces over 50 guidebooks on European travel, the most popular travel series in America on public television, a weekly hour-long national public radio show, and a weekly column syndicated by the Chicago Tribune. Rick Steves lives and works in his hometown of Edmonds, Washington. His office window overlooks his old junior high school." View Guest page
"Katherine Stewart was born in Boston, Massachusetts. She started her career in journalism working for investigative reporter Wayne Barrett at The Village Voice and freelanced for Newsweek International, Rolling Stone, Marie Claire and others. She cowrote the book about the musical Rent and, after moving to Santa Barbara in 2005, published two novels about 21st century parenting. Most recently she has written for The New York Times, The Guardian, the Daily Beast, Bloomberg View, and Religion Dispatches. She lives with her family in New York City." View Guest page
Gene Stone graduated from Stanford University and received his masters in English Literature from Harvard Unviersity.
Stone has written many titles, including The Washington Post #1 bestseller The Bush Survival Bible (along with several other humor books), and the international bestseller, The Secrets of People Who Never Get Sick, which has been translated into almost thirty languages. He co-produced another of his books, Little Girl Fly Away, as a made-for-television movie. View Guest page
Natalie Strand, MD
Natalie Strand, MD, is a physician who has been living with diabetes for over 23 years. She gained national attention as part of the first female team to win the CBS reality series The Amazing Race. “Dr. Nat” continues to inspire millions of people as a motivational speaker and spokesperson, by connecting with the diabetes community across multiple media platforms and providing practical insights on dealing with the daily realities of diabetes. She works extensively to promote an active lifestyle in people living with diabetes. Visit Nat’s website: www.drnatstrand.com. View Guest page
Kayt Sukel MS
Kayt Sukel earned a B.S. in cognitive psychology from Carnegie Mellon University and an M.S. in engineering psychology from the Georgia Institute of Technology. A passionate traveler and science writer, her work has appeared in Atlantic Monthly, New Scientist, USA Today, The Washington Post, ISLANDS, Parenting, Bark, American Baby and AARP Bulletin. She is a partner at the award-winning family travel website Travel Savvy Mom (www.travelsavvymom.com), and is also a frequent contributor to the Dana Foundation’s many science publications (www.dana.org). Much of her work can be found on her website, www.kaytsukel.com, including stories about out-of-body experiences, computer models of schizophrenia and exotic travel with young children. She is the author of “This Is Your Brain on Sex: The Science Behind the Search for Love.” She lives outside Houston and frequently overshares on Twitter as @kaytsukel. View Guest page
Pete Sulack PhD
Dr. Pete Sulack is the founder and majority owner of one of the largest clinics in North America. His office has seen more than 1,000,000 patient visits over the last 13 years, validating his unique approach to health and wellness. Dr. Pete actively treats patients traveling from around the world seeking his services. His studies on the effects of stress, coupled with testimonials from patients and attention in medical communities have garnered him the title of “America’s Leading Stress Expert.” He is a highly sought-after teacher, lecturer and author. Dr. Pete is a graduate of Bethel University and Northwestern Health Sciences University in Minnesota. He lives in Knoxville, TN with his wife Stephanie and their 4 sons. View Guest page
Jaime Primack Sullivan
Jaime Primak Sullivan found fame as the star of Bravo TV’s, Jersey Belle and parlayed that exposure into a successful daily web series, #cawfeetawk. Jaime will star in the original comedy series, The Southern Education of a Jersey Girl, produced in partnership with Trium-INE Entertainment. A career woman and a mom, Jaime and her husband are raising three children currently under the age of nine. Somehow, Jaime manages to run all aspects of her various businesses while juggling life as a busy mother, adoring wife, and a (sometimes) reluctantly transplanted Southern belle. View Guest page
Wendy Suzuki PhD
Dr. Wendy A. Suzuki is a Professor of Neural Science and Psychology in the Center for Neural Science at New York University, where her work has been recognized with numerous awards including the prestigious Troland Research Award from the National Academy of Sciences. She is also a popular teacher and speaker, participating regularly at New York’s renowned public science event, the World Science Festival. She is a three-time Tedx speaker, a Moth speaker and is regularly interviewed for TV and print for her work on the effects of exercise on brain function. She lectures nationally and internationally on her research and serves as a reviewer for many of the top neuroscience journals. Wendy was also featured in Annie Liebowitz’s photographic essay book Liebowitz co-authored with Susan Sontag, Women (Random House, 2000). Her first book, HEALTHY BRAIN, HAPPY LIFE will be published by Dey Street Books on May 19, 2015. View Guest page
Andrea Tantaros is one of the most popular stars on the Fox News Channel, where she co-hosts one of television's hottest ensemble shows, Outnumbered, weekdays at noon, and serves as a host, political analyst, and columnist for the network. She has served in senior communications roles on a number of high-profile political campaigns on Capitol Hill and in corporate America, and is a former columnist for the New York Daily News. She lives in New York City. View Guest page
Leslie Tayne, Esq., is a highly respected consumer and business debt-related attorney and advisor and founder of Tayne Law Group, P.C., one of the few in New York State concentrating solely in debt resolution and alternatives to filing bankruptcy for consumers, small business owners and professionals. Recognized as an industry leader, her achievements include being selected for the Long Island Business News Leadership in Law Awards; twice honored as one of Long Island Business News’ Top 50 Most Influential Women in Business; named Business of The Year by the Melville Chamber of Commerce; and presented with the Achievers’ Award at Long Island Center for Business & Professional Women. As a private citizen and volunteer, she is actively involved with the Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind, Smithtown, N.Y., caring for and training puppies who eventually become service dogs for individuals in need. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this book will go to this foundation. Visit the website at www.lifeanddebtbook.com View Guest page
Dr. Greg Tefft
Dr. Greg Tefft likes to say he was his own first case history in personalized nutrition. Even as a seven-year-old champion swimmer, he became convinced that by using nutrition and exercise, he could custom design a one-of-a-kind body built to help him achieve his goals of being a World Class Swimmer and Track and Field Athlete. He just missed a spot on the Olympic Swim Team in 1972, and then the 1976 Track and Field team. His drive to excel followed into adult life as a powerlifter-turned-bodybuilder, when he became a three-time Natural Mr. America (meaning without steroids)—never done before in history!
Today, he is best known as the World’s Leading Expert in Personalized Nutrition, a field he pioneered. Dr. Tefft is a renowned clinical bio-nutritionist, teacher, wellness practitioner, speaker and author. His book Your Personal Life, Measuring What Your Body Needs to Live Lean, Long, Strong & Better is an international bestseller. View Guest page
Jill Teitelman taught writing and literature at the Sorbonne, The School of Visual Arts, Pratt Institute, the University of Massachusetts and Simmons College. A MacDowell Colony Fellow, Teitelman’s stories have appeared in Chicago Review, Transatlantic Review, Story Quarterly and Riverrun. She has also written comic books, documentary films, encyclopedia articles, and travel essays. Among her professional adventures was having worked for both Cosmo’s Helen Gurley Brown and Germaine Greer. An avid swimmer, yoga student, and traveler, Jill divides her time between Boston and Cape Cod with forays to New York City View Guest page
Paul Thomas MD, FAAP
Paul Thomas, M.D., FAAP, received his M.D. from Dartmouth Medical School and did his residency at UC San Diego. He is a board-certified fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and board-certified in integrative and holistic medicine and addiction medicine. His practice, Integrative Pediatrics, currently serves more than eleven thousand patients in the Portland, Oregon, area. He was named a top family doctor in America byLadies’ Home Journal in 2004 and a top pediatrician in America in 2006, 2009, 2012, and 2014 by Castle Connolly. Dr. Thomas grew up in Zimbabwe (the former Rhodesia) and speaks both Shona and Spanish. He is the father of ten children (ages twenty to thirty-two), all of whom are vaccinated. He lives with his family in Portland, Oregon. View Guest page
Phoebe Thompson hails from Mother England, but has happily embraced not just the USA, but DC in particular, especially the politics, prestige and pisco sours. She is mother to twin girls, wife to darling husband, Brad (otherwise known as the oldballandchain), and best friend to Crystal. In her previous life (before marriage and children), she was an accomplished on-air journalist with the BBC. View Guest page
DOUG TIEMAN is President and CEO of Caron Treatment Centers, one of the nation’s largest providers of addiction and behavioral healthcare treatment for adolescents, young adults, adults, seniors, and affected families. Taking over the helm of Caron in 1995, he is credited with leading the organization to its current standing as a world-class recovery facility with more than $100 million in annual revenues. Caron operates residential centers in Pennsylvania, Florida and Texas, as well as regional offices in Atlanta, Boston, New York City, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C. One of five sons raised on a family pork farm in rural Missouri, Tieman achieved his dream of becoming a CEO by age 40. He struggled with alcoholism and remains in recovery. Married and a father of four, he lives in Pennsylvania. View Guest page
Dennis D. Tirch, PhD
"Dennis D. Tirch, PhD, is associate director of the American Institute for Cognitive Therapy, founder and director of The Center for Mindfulness and Compassion Focused Therapyand serves as adjunct assistant clinical professor at Weill-Cornell Medical College. He is coauthor of books and articles on mindfulness, acceptance, and compassion, and maintains an active research program in these areas with Robert L. Leahy. Dr. Tirch is a fellow of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy and founding co-president of the New York City chapter of the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science. Website: www.MindfulCompassion.com" View Guest page
"Drawing from her experiences as both a doctor and a former nun, Dr. Tomaino is able to uniquely address the profound power of belief and spirituality on the brain. Through her private practice she has helped hundreds of patients recover from brain injuries, giving her remarkable insight into human potential. As a full-time clinician in White Plains, New York, Dr. Tomaino helps patients develop practical solutions for the loss of brain function from injuries in falls, strokes, aneurysms, and other traumatic incidents. Training the brains of those who have suffered injuries has given her remarkable insight into what is possible for people whose brains are intact and ready for expansion." View Guest page
Sarah Tomlinson is a writer. She splits her time between Los Angeles and Brooklyn. She has more than a decade of experience as a journalist, music critic, writer, and editor. She has ghostwritten nine books, including two uncredited New York Times-bestsellers. Her father-daughter memoir, Good Girl, is forthcoming from Gallery Books (Simon & Schuster) in 2015. She has extensive experience serving as a bridge between the creative minds and personalities of her clients and the rigorous attention-to-detail and deadline-oriented demands of the publishing world. Sarah currently writes journalism, novels, memoirs, screenplays, TV pilots, personal essays, short stories and online dating profiles for her friends. She has read at Los Angeles literary happenings including Sit ‘n Spin, Vermin on the Mount, Tongue and Groove and Little Birds. Her favorite band is T. Rex. You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Tumblr. View Guest page
“Our research to date has found that grandfamilies who employ more consistent, meaningful and purposeful rituals such as vacationing, celebrating holidays, and engaging in faith-based or cultural experiences may be more likely to feel closer as a unit,” said Karen Traylor-Adolph, a doctoral candidate with the counseling psychology department in the MU College of Education. View Guest page
For many years Kathryn Tristan lived a life riddled with worry, anxiety, and panic. But she found a way to recover permanently by doing things differently and working from the inside out. She has committed herself to sharing her simple but powerful strategies to help others help themselves. Kathryn Tristan is a research scientist on the faculty of Washington University School of Medicine. She has written or coauthored more than 120 articles in leading health publications (penned under her professional name of “Liszewski”). She has also spoken and made presentations at international conferences. Her many freelance articles have appeared in publications as diverse as PARADE Magazine and Genetic Engineering News. She is a member of the Anxiety Disorders Association of America and the American Association of Immunologists. She lives in the city called the Gateway to the West, St. Louis, Missouri View Guest page
Danielle Trussoni is the author of the critically acclaimed memoir Falling Through the Earth, selected as one of the Ten Best Books of the year by the New York Times Book Review. She is also the author of the internationally bestselling novels Angelology and Angelopolis, which have been translated into more than thirty languages. She has lived in Japan, England, Bulgaria, and France. She currently lives in New York City. For more information: www.danielletrussoni.com. View Guest page
Amy Tuteur, MD is an obstetrician-gynecologist. In 1979, she received a BA in Biochemical Sciences cum laude from Harvard College in 3 years, at the age of 20. She received her MD degree from Boston University School of Medicine in 1984. Tuteur completed her internship and residency at Boston’s Beth Israel Hospital (currently Beth Israel-Deaconess Medical Center). She practiced obstetrics at both the Beth Israel Hospital and the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and held an appointment as a Clinical Instructor in Obstetrics at Harvard Medical School.
She is the author of How Your Baby is Born (Ziff-Davis Press, 1994), the first illustrated guide to labor and delivery. She is also the author of numerous articles on women’s health in medical encyclopedias and on websites. View Guest page
"JESSICA VALENTI is the author of three previous books, including THE PURITY MYTH: HOW AMERICA'S OBSESSION WITH VIRGINITY IS HURTING YOUNG WOMEN. She is also the founder of Feministing.com, which the COLUMBIA JOURNALISM REVIEW called "head and shoulders above almost any writing on women's issues in mainstream media." Jessica – called one of the top 100 inspiring women in the world by the GUARDIAN – speaks at universities and organizations in the U.S. and abroad about feminism, activism, and media. She lives with her family in Boston, but remains a New Yorker at heart." View Guest page
Paul Van Remortel
As Senior Product Manager for the StandUnited petition platform, I identify and integrate new business revenues from products, services, ventures, and technologies that contribute to its growth. I develop product strategy, market positioning, business processes, and revenue plans for new products and services.
StandUnited is the first open petition platform that allows individuals and organizations to engage and mobilize supporters on issues such as free enterprise, fiscal responsibility, and limited government. With cutting edge grassroots technology and a large audience of like-minded activists, StandUnited gives you the power to make an impact on issues that you care about. View Guest page
Al Vernacchio is a high school Sexuality Educator and English teacher at Friends’ Central School in Wynnewood, PA. In addition to his classroom responsibilities, Al organizes sexuality-themed programs and assemblies, provides parent education on human sexuality topics, and is one of the faculty advisors for the Gay-Straight Alliance. A Human Sexuality educator and consultant for over 20 years, Al has lectured, published articles, and offered workshops throughout the country on sexuality topics. His blog, “For Goodness Sex”, can be found on the Psychology Today website. Al earned his BA in Theology from St. Joseph’s University and his MSEd in Human Sexuality Education from the University of Pennsylvania. View Guest page
Chris Versace is a financial columnist and equity analyst with more than 20 years of experience in the investment industry. He has been ranked an All Star Analyst by Zacks Investment Research and his efforts in analyzing industries, companies and equity securities have been recognized by both Institutional Investor and Thomson Reuters’ StarMine Monitor. View Guest page
Dr. Jennice Vilhauer
Dr. Vilhauer is a licensed psychologist (PSY20105) who specializes in the area of future directed thinking and developing skill based methods by which people can learn to create positive future thought and action. She is the developer of Future Directed Therapy (FDT)®.
Dr. Vilhauer is an Assistant Professor at the Emory University School of Medicine and the Director of the Outpatient Psychotherapy Program at the Emory Clinic. Dr. Vilhauer was formerly an Assistant Clinical Professor with the Department of Psychology at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and a member of the medical staff at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. She formerly served at Cedars-Sinai as the Clinical Director of the Adult Outpatient Programs as well as the Director of Psychology Training in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences.
Dr. Vilhauer received her undergraduate degree in psychology at UCLA and her doctorate degree at Fordham University in New York City, and she completed her postdoctoral training in clinical research at Columbia University. View Guest page
Constance L. Vincent PhD
Constance and her husband Ed live in Menlo Park, CA. They have a blended family of a son, four daughters, and twelve grandchildren. The Vincents have always traveled extensively, but now their travels are mainly to visit their widespread family! They enjoy their book clubs, operas, symphonies, and movies. Constance L. Vincent earned a Ph.D. at UC Irvine and taught classes in developmental psychology, especially psychology of aging, at two different universities. In addition to her book Not Going Gently about Alzheimer's disease, she has edited the long-awaited Dr. Tom Wu's Different Approach in Natural Healing: Conquer Cancer and Other Diseases with Simple Foods. View Guest page
Dr. Angelo E. Volandes
Angelo E. Volandes is a physician and researcher at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital. He is also the founder of Advance Care Planning Decisions, a nonprofit organization devoted to encouraging The Conversation through the use of videos. He lives outside Boston, Massachusetts.
For more information, please visit: www.theconversationbook.org and www.AngeloVolandes.com View Guest page
Kari Wagner-Peck MSW
Kari Wagner-Peck, MSW is a writer, blogger, and freelance development consultant while she homeschools her son. She has been a professional advocate for homeless, incarcerated, and immigrant individuals and has worked as a documentary videographer, teaching videography at the college level. He writing has been featured in the Huffington Post, The Good Men Project, the New York Times’ “Motherlode” blog, the Sydney Morning Herald, BLOOM, The Mighty, LOVE THAT MAX, Yahoo Parenting, Parents Magazine’s online site Parents, and Empowering Parents. View Guest page
Crystal Walker is a DC-based lawyer, wife, and mother of four, who recently arrived from the glorious Midwest. When she’s not busy juggling all those balls, she enjoys blogging about her family’s adventures in the Nation’s Capital, shopping for bargains, and searching for nirvana via yoga and the *occasional* (really!) cocktail. View Guest page
Eric Walrabenstein is an author, speaker, and nationally-recognized educator in the fields of yoga, mindfulness, and mind-body wellness. Specializing in the translation of ancient wisdom for modern times, Eric is an expert in the practical application of mind-body technologies from yoga, meditation, and mindfulness for artful, happy, and stress-free living in modern life.
In addition to his work with our military members and veterans, Eric is the founder of Yoga Pura, one of the Arizona's largest yoga and wellness centers, and is the president of BetterBox, a first-of-its-kind company specializing in the creation of customized personal-development experiences. His work has been widely featured in the media including on ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, Success magazine, Yoga Journal, and more. Learn more at www.ericwal.com View Guest page
"David Walsh, PhD, is one of the world’s most trusted authorities on children, teens, parenting, family life, the impact of technology and translating brain science into everyday practice. In 1995, he founded the internationally renowned National Institute on Media and the Family, which he led until 2010. In 2011 he founded Mind Positive Parenting. Dr. Walsh has presented workshops to parents, educators, and professionals throughout the world. Dr. Walsh has also authored columns on numerous topics and his articles have appeared in newspapers across the country, including the Washington Post, Los Angeles Timesand others. A frequent guest on national radio and television, Dr. Walsh has appeared on NBC’s Today Show, Good Morning America, CBS’s Early Show, News Hour with Jim Lehrer, Dateline NBC, ABC’s 20/20, National Public Radio’s All Things Considered and Morning Edition, and has been featured on three nationally broadcast PBS specials. He has been the recipient of numerous awards including the Council on Family Relation’s Friend of the Family Award. He is on the faculty of the University of Minnesota, is a senior advisor at Search Institute and has published many articles in the professional and general press. He is active in many professional associations, is a licensed psychologist and has been the recipient of awards and an honorary doctorate. He and his wife Monica live in Minneapolis and have three adult children and three grandchildren." View Guest page
Dr. Gloria Walther
Dr. Gloria Walther hails from Tampa, Florida and because her father was in the Air Force, Gloria grew up in London, Indiana and graduated from high school in France. She moved to Texas, then Ohio, graduating from college with a B.S. at Ohio State University. She completed her master’s degree at Florida State and then went scuba diving in Hawaii for about three years. Her love of children and curiosity of how they come to perceive themselves and their world led her to Los Angeles. She completed her doctorate at USC and has taught preschool teachers and Directors for 17 years. Gloria was the Director at St. Thomas Parish Pre-School, and she taught at the Portuguese Bend Co-op Nursery School in Palos Verdes and the USC Pre-School. Concurrently, she has been teaching preschool children for about 37 years or rather, they have been teaching her. She wakes up every day wondering what she will learn from the children that day. Her favorite thing is watching children evolve into thoughtful, respectful, loving, caring, solution-oriented adults that make this world a better place. Gloria also loves to play cards and golf and is wild about football. View Guest page
LAURIE J. WATSON
“LAURIE J. WATSON is a sex therapist certified by the American Association of Sexual educators, Counselors, and Therapists and a licensed couple’s therapist. Recognized as a national sexual expert, she writes the “Married and Still Doing It” blog online for Psychology Today and frequently lectures on sexuality, intimacy and relationships. She is the clinical director of the Awakenings Center for Intimacy and Sexuality in Raleigh, NC.” View Guest page
As personal advisor and legal counsel to the super wealthy, Richard Watts spends his workdays within the castle walls of America’s most successful families. Called on to guide his clients through some of the most intimate and difficult decisions they have to make, his primary passion is conveying the wisdoms of life through his practice, lectures, and writings. He is the founder and President of Family Business Office, a legal and consulting firm in Santa Ana, California.
Richard studied economics at University of California at San Diego, Earl Warren College, and was admitted to practice law in California in 1982. He is an alumnus of Harvard Business School.
Richard and his wife, Debbie, live in Laguna Beach, California, in the neighborhood of their three boys: Aaron, Todd, and Russell; two daughters by marriage, Rene and Stephanie; and their four extra-special grandchildren, Maclane, Lucy, Chandler, and Bennett. View Guest page
Allison R Webel PhD
Allison Webel, RN, PhD is currently an Assistant Professor of Nursing at Case Western Reserve University. Her program of research is two-fold and focuses on HIV self-management interventions and the social and behavioral determinants of co-morbid chronic disease in people living with HIV. The long-term goal of Dr. Webel’s research is to improve the health and wellness of all people living with HIV and chronic co-morbid conditions. View Guest page
Jill Weber, Ph.D.
Jill Weber, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist in private practice in the Washington, DC area. She has appeared as a psychology expert in various media outlets including Nightline, U.S. News and World Report, Teen Vogue, Family Circle, Seventeen, CNN, Associated Press and Discovery Channel. She specializes in the impact of culture on female identity and relationship development. She maintains her own web site at drjillweber.com, where she also maintains a blog View Guest page
Mitzi Weinman is the founder of TimeFinder, which offers practical approaches to personal productivity. As a coach, workshop leader, and professional speaker, she helps people develop good habits and techniques to reduce stress which can result from not planning, procrastinating, feeling disorganized, and overwhelmed, and rushing to get things done, at work and/or at home. Since 1989, TimeFinder’s programs have provided ongoing support and professional and personal development to hundreds of companies, individuals and associations including New Balance, Reebok, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Pearson Education and Marriott University. She earned a bachelor’s degree from the Newhouse School of Communications at Syracuse University and lives in Needham, Massachusetts, with her husband, son and dog. View Guest page
Mary-Lou Weisman is an award-winning journalist and author. Her bestselling books include: My Baby Boomer Baby Book, Traveling While Married, My (Middle-aged) Baby Book: A Record of Milestones, Millstones and Gallstones, and Intensive Care: A Family Love Story. Her essays, feature articles, interviews, and film and book reviews have appeared in many magazines, including The Atlantic, The New Republic, Newsweek, Glamour, and Vogue. For several years, she wrote a column, “One Woman’s Voice” nationally syndicated by the New York Times, as well as the “Hers” column for the New York Times. She has also contributed essays and commentary to Public Radio International. She lives in Westport, Connecticut View Guest page
Dara-Lynn Weiss is a freelance producer and writer. Her career has spanned the internet, print, and television, including development and content production for Time Inc., Warner Bros., Conde Nast, and AOL. She lives with her husband and two children in New York City View Guest page
Robert Weiss LCSW
Robert Weiss, LCSW, CSAT-S, has served for the past six years as senior vice president of national clinical development for Elements Behavioral Health. In this capacity, he has established and overseen addiction and mental health treatment programs for more than a dozen treatment facilities, including Promises Treatment Centers in Malibu and Los Angeles, The Ranch in rural Tennessee, and The Right Step in Texas. He was instrumental in integrating Dr. Brené Brown’s The Daring Way™ curriculum into the Elements system. Previously, he developed sexual addiction treatment programming for the Sexual Recovery Institute in Los Angeles and an addiction and trauma treatment program in New Mexico.
An internationally acknowledged clinician and author, he has served as a subject expert on the intersection of human intimacy and digital technology for multiple media outlets including The Oprah Winfrey Network, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Daily Beast, and CNN, among many others. View Guest page
DR. LEANA WEN
DR. LEANA WEN is an emergency physician at Brigham & Women's and Massachusetts General and clinical fellow at Harvard Medical School. Inspired by her mother's long battle with cancer, Dr. Wen is passionate about guiding patients to advocate for better care. A Rhodes Scholar and past national President of the American Medical Student Association, she has been featured in TIME, Newsweek, ABC News, The New York Times, Washington Post, Teen Vogue, and the award-winning HBO documentary Reporter View Guest page
Dr. Joe Wenke
Author and satirist Dr. Joe Wenke continues his reign as The Cultural Arsonist as he challenges King James literary best seller in his latest installment. Dr. Joe Wenke was born the oldest of eleven children in a strict Catholic family in South Philadelphia and attended a long line of Catholic schools including the University of Notre Dame where he received a B.A. in English. He received an M.A. in English from Penn State and a Ph.D. in English from the University of Connecticut. A former corporate speechwriter, he is the owner of a leading event marketing company View Guest page
Joe Wenke is a writer, social critic and LGBTQI rights activist. He is the founder and publisher of Trans Über, a publishing company with a focus on promoting LGBTQ rights, free thought and equality for all people. In addition to The Talk Show: A Novel, Wenke is the author of Free Air: Poems; Papal Bull: An Ex-Catholic Calls Out the Catholic Church; You Got To Be Kidding! A Radical Satire of the Bible; and Mailer’s America. View Guest page
Susan Wiggs is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than fifty novels, including the beloved Lakeshore Chronicles series. Her novels have been translated into two-dozen languages, and she has won many awards for her work, including a RITA from Romance Writers of America. A Harvard graduate, she lives with her husband in Washington State, on an island in Puget Sound. View Guest page
Florence Williams is a contributing editor at Outside Magazine and a freelance writer for New York Times, New York Times Magazine, Slate, Mother Jones, High Country News, O-Oprah, W., Bicycling and numerous other publications. Recently she was a visiting scholar at the University of Colorado's Journalism School. Her work often focuses on the environment, health and science. In 2007-2008, she was a Scripps Fellow at the Center of Environmental Journalism at the University of Colorado. She has received many awards, including six magazine awards from the American Society of Journalists and Authors and the John Hersey Prize at Yale. Her work has been anthologized in numerous books, including Outside 25, the New Montana Story, How the West Was Warmed and Best American Science and Nature Writing 2008. Her first book, BREASTS: A Natural and Unnatural History, was recently published by W.W. Norton. The manuscript was named a finalist for the 2011 Columbia/Nieman Lukas Work-in-Progress Award. She serves on the board of her favorite non-profit, High Country News, and lives with her family in the Rocky Mountains. View Guest page
David Willig is the founder of America International Sports Management, LLC (AI Sports), a certified agent for the International Basketball Federation, and an international business law veteran. View Guest page
Reid Wilson PhD
Dr. Wilson is Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine. He is an international expert in the treatment of anxiety disorders, with books translated into eight languages. He is author of Don't Panic: Taking Control of Anxiety Attacks and Facing Panic: Self-Help for People with Panic Attacks, is co-author, with Edna Foa, of Stop Obsessing! How to Overcome Your Obsessions and Compulsions and is co-author of Achieving Comfortable Flight. He designed and served as lead psychologist for American Airlines' first national program for the fearful flier. Dr. Wilson served on the Board of Directors of the Anxiety Disorders Association of America for 12 years and as Program Chair of the National Conferences on Anxiety Disorders from 1988-1991. View Guest page
Guy Winch, Ph.D.
Guy Winch, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist, keynote speaker, and author whose books have already been translated into thirteen languages. His most recent book is Emotional First Aid: Practical Strategies for Treating Failure, Rejection, Guilt and Other Everyday Psychological Injuries (Hudson Street Press, 2013). The Squeaky Wheel: Complaining the Right Way to Get Results, Improve Your Relationships and Enhance Self-Esteem (Walker & Company) was published in January 2011. Dr. Winch received his doctorate in clinical psychology from New York University in 1991 and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in family and couples therapy at NYU Medical Center. He has been working with individuals, couples and families in his private practice in Manhattan, since 1992. He is a member of the American Psychological Association. In addition to the Blog on this site, Dr. Winch also writes the popular Squeaky Wheel Blog on Psychology Today.com, and blogs for Huffington Post. View Guest page
Larry Winget is the New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of Your Kids Are Your Own Fault, People Are Idiots and I Can Prove It!, You're Broke Because You Want to Be, It's Called Work for a Reason!, and Shut Up, Stop Whining, and Get a Life. Known to his fans as The Pitbull of Personal Development®, he is one of the country's leading business speakers and a member of the International Speaker Hall of Fame. He has over twenty years of experience speaking to nearly 400 of the Fortune 500, sharing his insights and principles in the areas of success, leadership, customer service, sales, and personal finance. Larry coached families in financial crisis on A&E's reality series Big Spender and he is a regular guest expert on Fox News. View Guest page
"Palo Alto, CA based Roble Ridge Software is a two year old company with five iPhone apps currently available. Roble Ridge has been working with best selling author, lecturer and practicing psychiatrist Dr. Edward Hallowell for 1.5 years, first creating the ADHD Quiz app and recently releasing the new Crazy Busy Tips iPhone app. Roble Ridge Software is led by chief designer, Wendy Wright and chief developer, Jon Schlossberg. Jon has 25 years of software development experience including ten in the Internet and mobile space. Wendy is an MBA and a certified lactation consultant." View Guest page
Lauren A. Wright PhD
Lauren A. Wright received her Ph.D. in Government from Georgetown University in December 2014 where she majored in American politics and political methodology. Lauren’s dissertation received distinction and was nominated for the George C. Edwards III Award in presidency research. Lauren is also a board member of the White House Transition Project, a nonpartisan group of scholars, journalists, and policy experts whose combined efforts and knowledge aims to ensure a smooth presidential transition every four years.
Lauren graduated summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, from Wake Forest University in 2010, where her research won the John Allen Easley Medal and Award for Excellence in Religion and the Elizabeth Phillips Award for the Best Essay in Women’s and Gender Studies. Lauren joined the Meg Whitman for Governor campaign shortly after her college graduation, where she became one of the youngest field representatives for the California Republican Party. View Guest page
Noell Yanik is an International Sports Sciences Association (ISSA) Certified Personal Trainer and is certified with HumanKinetics,Winning Sports Nutrition, 2nd ed., and HumanKinetics, Total Control ‘Optimal Pelvic Floor Health.’ She spends her days working as a coach and motivator, consulting as a fitness expert for Fox News, Good Day Charlotte, and was a finalist in the Women’s Health Next Fitness Star competition in 2014. For more information or to schedule an interview, please visit www.noellyanikfitness.com or contact Nicki@veteranpr.com. View Guest page
Anthony Youn MD, FACS
Anthony Youn, M.D. F.A.C.S is a nationally-recognized, board-certified plastic surgeon who is considered one of the country's best-known experts in looking younger with or without surgery. Recognized as a leader in his field, Dr. Youn is valued for his honest approach and ability to speak to all areas of health and well-being. In addition to being a regular expert on The Rachael Ray Show, The Dr. Oz Show, and The Doctors, Dr. Youn has been featured on Good Morning America, Today, CBS This Morning, Fox News, CNN, HLN, and E!, and in The New York Times, USA Today, and People magazine. Dr. Youn is also a regular contributor for CNN.com, NBCNews.com, and The Huffington Post. A national lecturer, Dr. Youn is the author of In Stitches, his critically-acclaimed and award-winning memoir of becoming a doctor (Gallery Books/Simon & Schuster, 2011). Named a "Top Plastic Surgeon" by U.S. News and World Report and Harper's Bazaar. View Guest page
Dr. Joel Young
Dr. Joel Young Dr. Young is the medical director and founder of the Rochester Center for Behavioral Medicine. Dr. Young attended the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. He graduated with high distinction with a major in history. In 1989, Dr. Young graduated from Wayne State University School of Medicine. He pursued his residency (1989-1993) at the University of Michigan Hospitals, where in his final year, he became adult services chief resident. Dr. Young came to Rochester in 1993, serving as the first director of the psychiatric emergency services at Crittenton Hospital. While building RCBM through these years, he also serviced as Crittenton's chief of psychiatry staff. Dr. Young maintains staff privileges at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Michigan. In addition to his patient care responsibilities, Dr. Young directs the clinical research center at the Rochester Center for Behavioral Medicine. At any time, the clinic participates in a number of national clinical trials, usually involving ADHD, depression, bipolar disorder, eating disorders, or dementia. View Guest page
Alex Zaphiris, MD, MS is an integrative family physician, Suboxone specialist, and neuro-nutrient specialist practicing in San Francisco, California. She serves as Clinical Faculty at University of California San Francisco and Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine. Through her medical office, Care Practice, Dr. Zaphiris guides and supports patients with a variety of addictions from opiates and tobacco to sugar, to lead fuller substance-free lives. She first introduced the Recovery Superstar concept in 2011, because she saw that when her patients recovering from opiate addiction learned how to hack their brains, they gained more control of their lives. View Guest page
Jessica Nutik Zitter
Jessica Nutik Zitter is a physician practicing critical care and palliative care medicine at a hospital in Northern California. She attended Stanford University and Case Western Reserve University Medical School. She obtained a Masters in Public Health at the University of California at Berkeley. Her medical training includes an Internal Medicine residency at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston and a Pulmonary/Critical Care fellowship at the University of California, San Francisco. She is a co-founder of Vital Decisions, which provides telephone-based counseling for patients with life-limiting illness. She lives with her family in the San Francisco Bay Area. View Guest page
Martha Zoller is a force on the conservative political landscape. After graduating in 1979 from The University of Georgia with a degree in Journalism from the prestigious Grady School of Journalism, she worked in the corporate world and met a payroll. She is a wife, mother and a stepmother. She’s stayed at home and juggled children and working priorities. Martha Zoller knows there is no glass ceiling and women can have it all, just not at the same time. In 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010 and 2011, Martha was named to the “Heavy Hundred” Talk Show Hosts in America by Talkers Magazine. For 2005, 2006 and 2007, Martha has been named to James magazine’s list of Most Influential Georgians and in 2005 Georgia Trend magazine named Martha as one of Georgia’s most influential members of the media. She has been a regular panelist on Fox 5 Atlanta’s The Georgia Gang, has been seen on CNN, FNC and MSNBC and has appeared on ABC’s World News Tonight, The Newshour on PBS and NBC’s The Today Show. Martha has written for Human Events Online, Pajamas Media, Daily Caller and various other publications. Martha’s first book, Indivisible: Uniting Values in a Divided America, was released November, 2005 from Stroud and Hall Publishers. In 1997, Martha won the GABBY for Best Locally Produced Talk Show in Georgia. From 1996 to 2001, Martha hosted the award winning public affairs program, “The Brenau News Forum.” View Guest page
Tanya Zuckerbrot MS, RD
Tanya Zuckerbrot, MS, RD, is a nationally-known dietitian and the creator of the renowned F-Factor Diet, the only dietitian-created program for weight-loss and optimal health that is based on fiber-rich nutrition.
Tanya has worked in private practice in Manhattan for more than 15 years and her success was profiled in the Sunday Styles section of The New York Times.
The F-Factor Diet evolved from Tanya’s early work with patients to help lower cholesterol or control diabetes. She discovered that all of her patients improved their clinical conditions – and lost weight without hunger- by following a lifestyle diet that was rich in dietary fiber.
Tanya is the author of two bestselling weight loss books: The F-Factor Diet: Discover the Secret to Permanent Weight Loss (2006, G.P Putnam & Sons), and The Miracle Carb Diet: Make Calories and Fat Disappear the F-Factor Way – with Fiber! (2012, Hyperion). View Guest page