How Many Views Does It Take to EMPOWER?

March 17, 2015
Hosted by Suzanne Z. Pedro

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You’ve heard about YouTube bringing some people fortune and fame. Justin Bieber? Susan Boyle? Sites such as YouTube allow anyone with a camera and a computer to create and post their own video. So, do YouTube and other participatory forms of social media empower us? Do they allow everyone to speak their voice and to forge their own path? Or, do they give us a false sense of reality? My guest, Alexandra Juhasz, teaches the popular college course, Learning from YouTube, which examines how the internet and YouTube have changed the way we learn. Join me as we discover whether a participatory platform such as YouTube insures diverse, meaningful, and innovative content. So, whether you frequently submit or view YouTube videos; or whether you are dubious of its benefits, YouTube is streaming and is here to stay. It is in the boardroom, and, let's admit it, in the bedroom…so tune in this week to find out how to (and how not to) use YouTube to empower your own life. LISTEN (don’t “watch”!)

From the Boardroom to the Bedroom: The Protocol Praxis

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People in leadership positions deny that emotions play any role in their decision making. A Caveat is that leading neuroscientists concur that 95 percent of all thoughts, emotions and learning occurs before an individual is even aware. From the Boardroom to the Bedroom masters an arsenal of neuro-behavioral skills on how to appeal to others’ subconscious motivations. Tired of mediocrity? Break free! Arm yourself with influence, power, and persuasion, faster and successfully in all facets of your life. The data speaks for itself. So don’t be delusional. If you want to get ahead of the competition regardless if it’s in the office, boardroom, or bedroom, discover that the natural attraction to a colleague or mate is propelled by unconscious emotions that happens at a deeper unconscious level. From the Boardroom to the Bedroom unleashes your synergistic energy to influence others with your ultimate power and persuasion for business success and personal finesse.

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Suzanne Z. Pedro

Suzanne Zazulak Pedro, CPC, founder and CEO of The Protocol Praxis, LLC, a quoted media expert, and co-author of Executive Etiquette Power, Incredible Business, and The Power of Civility, has crafted her academia and professional certifications in executive coaching and corporate etiquette into a cutting-edge technique to successfully mastering ultimate power, persuasion, and influence for business and personal success regardless if it is in the boardroom or bedroom. Suzanne holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Master’s of Science in Criminal Justice and Behavioral Analysis and is well versed in neuropsychological behavioral applications. She is a certified hypnotherapist trained in discerning micro-expressions, physiognomy, and Mien Xiang, the ancient art of face reading. These techniques are a few that offer an insider’s edge in developing a wide range of skills that delves deep into one’s sub-conscious to illuminate their own power, persuasion, and influence. Additionally, Suzanne incorporates social and cultural morés to deliver panache to the diversified, global lifestyles. She was awarded Executive of the Year 2010 and 2011 representing lifestyle and business coaching by Cambridge Who’s Who among Entrepreneurs. Her professional membership includes International Association for Coaches, International Society of Protocol and Etiquette, and National Writers Union. She currently holds position of Chief Officer of Protocol for her town.

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Alexandra Juhasz

Dr. Alexandra Juhasz is Professor of Media Studies at Pitzer College. She has a Ph.D. in Cinema Studies from NYU and has taught courses on YouTube, media archives, activist media, documentary, and feminist film. She is the author of "AIDS TV: Identity, Community and Alternative Video," "Women of Vision: Histories in Feminist Film and Video," "F is for Phony: Fake Documentary and Truth’s Undoing," and "Learning from YouTube." Dr. Juhasz is also the producer of educational videotapes on feminist issues from AIDS to teen pregnancy. She directed the documentaries "SCALE: Measuring Might in the Media Age," "Video Remains," "Dear Gabe," and "Women of Vision: 18 Histories in Feminist Film and Video." She is the producer of the feature films "The Watermelon Woman" (1997) and "The Owls" (2010). Her current work is on and about feminist Internet culture including YouTube ( and feminist pedagogy and community ( View Guest page

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Lou Agosta, Ph.D.

Lou Agosta, Ph.D., specializes in a gracious and generous listening based on empathy. As an educator, he teaches empathy in the history and systems of psychology program at the Illinois School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University and he is a psychotherapist in private practice in Chicago. He has earned training certificates in ending Domestic Violence and Partner Abuse Intervention Training from Apna Ghar (Our Home) and the Center for Advancing Domestic Peace. A PhD graduate in philosophy from the University of Chicago, Lou has published two books on empathy, Empathy in Context and A Short History of Empathy from Palgrave. Lou’s A Rumor of Empathy: Resistance, Narrative, and Recovery is forthcoming from Routlege. Lou consults, speaks to groups, performs dynamically oriented psychotherapy, makes educational videos, and delivers empathy training seminars for individuals and organizations. Lou’s web site is or write him at View Guest page

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Leyla Giray Alyanak

Leyla Giray Alyanak is a “nomad” who has traveled to over 75 countries, is creator of the website Women on the Road, and is the author of “Women on the Road: the Essential Guide for Baby Boomer Travel.” She was born in France and grew up in Canada, Spain and the Middle East. She took her 1st solo trip (without her parents' permission) from Spain to Morocco when she was 15. She became a journalist and foreign correspondent and moved from Madrid to Montreal to Geneva to Bangkok. She now lives in rural Eastern France. Several years ago, she took a long-term job to cross Africa as a foreign correspondent for Earth Times. She had planned to travel 6 months but was gone over 3 years in Africa (12 countries), Asia (9 countries), Cuba, and the Baltic States. She has written about development, HIV/AIDS, poverty, war, and women's rights and has been working for an international development agency. Her website encourages and inspires other to travel independently, strongly, proudly and safely. View Guest page

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Bebe Zahara Benet

With the glamour and class of Diana Ross, the edge and boldness of Grace Jones and the sass and fire of Beyonce (Sasha Fierce), New York City-based artist Bebe Zahara Benet creates a flawless feminine illusion, delighting audiences all over the world by bringing a bold, beautiful and entertaining character that honors and respects the feminine persona. America’s Next Drag Superstar and winner of Season One of LOGO TV’s RuPaul’s Drag Race competition, Bebe Zahara Benet is an established cabaret performer and actor responsible for QUEENDOM, CREATURE, VANITY and the highly anticipated REVEAL, set to premiere JULY 21 at THE TRIAD THEATRE in New York City. Born Marshall Kudi, the Republic of Cameroon native from West Africa began his career as a model more than a decade ago before coming to Minneapolis, Minnesota in 2002. View Guest page

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Professor Carol Berkin

Carol Berkin is Presidential Professor of History Emerita at Baruch College & the Graduate Center, City University of New York. She is the author of several books, including First Generations: Women in Colonial America; A Brilliant Solution: Inventing the American Constitution; Revolutionary Mothers: Women in the Struggle for America’s Independence; Civil War Wives: the Life and Times of Angelina Grimke Weld, Varina Howell Davis, and Julia Dent Grant; and most recently Wondrous Beauty: The Life and Adventures of Elizabeth Patterson Bonaparte. A new book on the Bill of Rights will be published in 2015 by Simon and Schuster. Berkin is a frequent contributor to PBS and History Channel television documentaries on early American and Revolutionary Era history and serves on the boards of several professional organizations including The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History and Biograhers International. View Guest page

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Bobbie O. Bickford

Bobbie O Bickford is a professional floral art designer. She and her son. Brian, opened the doors of Friendship Florist in 1999. In 1989 Bobbie’s love of helping people landed her in Nursing School. Weeks from graduating her life was forever altered due to a tragic explosion that claimed the life of her husband. Suffering from PTSD, her nursing career came to an abrupt halt. Wanting to help people, she realized the impact of helping through the expression of floral art, thus Friendship Florist was born. Her creative, unique, and award winning floral designs truly express her love and dedication to floral artl, but also reflects the feelings of the customer. Whether a happy or sad occasion, Bobbie puts her heart and soul into every form of floral creation she designs. Recognizing that the beauty and scent of fresh flowers have a positive impact on both the recipient and the sender, she strives to present a floral art design that awakens both visual and smell sensory organs. View Guest page

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Michael Lee Booth

Michael Lee Booth is an individual of tremendous diversity. Hailing from the great state of Ohio, Mike is much like his state's moniker; "The Heart of it All." His expansive career has included everything from recording artist (recording 10 albums), riding horses professionally, to auctioneer . Having ownership in everything from a horse ranch, to a restaurant, to an auction gallery, his varied experience in the work force influences his strong positive connection with the customer at hand and a passion for entertaining. Since 1980, Mike has sold high end jewelry, fine arts and antiques. However, working for 17 years selling high end jewelry live on television, has given him a platform from which to share his enthusiasm for relationships with customers, hence, many have become personal friends; truly making him "The Heart of it All." View Guest page

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Hannah Brencher

Writer and TED Speaker, Hannah Brencher is the founder of More Love Letters—an internationally recognized organization that harnesses the power behind social media to mobilize and empower individuals through tangible acts of love. In two years, the global community has grown to over 25,000 individuals across 6 continents, 53 countries, all 50 states and is established on over 71 college campuses. Named as one of the White House’s “Women Working to Do Good” and a spokesperson for the United States Postal Service, Hannah and her work have been featured in outlets such as Oprah, the Huffington Post,, Glamour, BBC News, CNN World News, and the Wall Street Journal. Her memoir “If You Find This Letter” will be in bookstores worldwide in March 2015. View Guest page

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Marqua Brunette

Marqua Brunette has been an instructor of piano and voice to students of all ages for over 40 years in New Orleans and Panama City. After receiving a music degree from Indiana University she went to New Orleans for graduate work in music therapy. As a Music Therapist she specialized in students with dyslexia, ADHD, autism, visual impairment, and Tourette’s. She has lectured in England, Austria and throughout the USA. While only part of her private practice is dedicated to special needs students, she believes all students are special. Her mission is to teach the individual how to play or sing; not teach piano or voice to the individual. Many of her students have gone on to attend the finest universities in music and theatre and appear on and off Broadway. She has personally experienced the empowerment of music as a musician, teacher, Music Therapist, choir director, and as a cancer survivor. View Guest page

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Julia Cameron

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Leon Contavesprie

Leon is an AFAA certified personal trainer and fitness instructor. His experience includes nearly a decade of one-on-one training sessions, group exercise classes, and his favorite, boot camp. A native of New Orleans, Leon specializes in assisting those new to health and fitness with formulating the best possible regime of diet and exercise to suit their specific needs and goals. He is also an avid sand and indoor volleyball player, and often includes drills from the sport into his daily exercise routines for his clients. View Guest page

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Edward R. Cox

Edward R. Cox is a multiple award-winning actor, director, and designer with over 50 years experience in theatre, Carnival, and in New Orleans schools. His first design jobs were with his mother, sewing and putting together costumes for Carnival krewes. On Broadway, he appeared in the Dean Jones musical “City of Light” and performed in the first national tours of “Cats” and “Barnum” with Stacy Keach. He can be heard on the original cast recording of “One Star Designer.” As a Carnival designer, Eddie worked with Blaine Kern Designs, is the house designer for several NOLA Krewes, and is known as “The Last Minute Costume Guy.” He is the co-author of Treehouse Players’ Rapunzel (selected by President Clinton’s Americorps Program for their first theatrical tour in 1995). He is a member of Actors Equity Association and is an Affiliate for Mainstreet Musicals.; His design work can be found on Facebook as “Simply Stunning Designs NOLA” View Guest page

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Asha Dahya

Asha Dahya is host, blogger and content creator. Originally from Australia, Asha is based in Los Angeles and over the past decade has worked for networks such as Fox, MTV, Disney, Nickelodeon,,, the CW, TV Guide Network, ABC, and Bitesize TV. She is the creator and editor-in-chief of a daily women's positive media site called Asha is passionate about being a leading voice for her generation of women, promoting positive, inspiring and empowering content, and increasing the representation of women in the media, STEM, and politics. View Guest page

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Mathieu Deflem

Mathieu Deflem is Professor of Sociology at the University of South Carolina. His specialty areas include law and society, policing, terrorism, international security, and popular culture, especially music and fame. In the fall semester of 2010, it was announced that he would be teaching “Lady Gaga and the Sociology of the Fame,” a university course that soon gained worldwide attention in the media. To date, Dr. Deflem has taught the course on five occasions and he has also integrated his studies on fame and celebrity in his other teachings. Dr. Deflem also publishes widely on his research specialties, including several papers on the conditions and dynamics of fame, especially in the case of Lady Gaga’s meteoric rise to world stardom. He is often asked to comment on the conditions and impact of our contemporary celebrity culture. He maintains an extensive website with copies of his writings and teaching materials: View Guest page

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Morgan DeLeonard

Children’s Services Program Coordinator for SOS Community Services, Morgan DeLeonard holds both her bachelors and master’s in Social Work. She is responsible for the oversight and development of all children’s programming and has worked professionally in the social services field for 7 years. Morgan strives to work alongside SOS’ mission to prevent and end family homelessness as well as provide as many protective factors as possible to kids who face challenges at home. Prior to SOS, she worked as Community Services Program Coordinator for a small faith-based nonprofit in Ann Arbor, MI. She has also spent time working in information and referral, youth programming, and mental health. She currently serves as 1 of 3 co-chairs for the Barrier Buster collaborative of Washtenaw County as well as actively participates in multiple other youth serving collaborative groups. When not working towards her professional endeavors, she enjoys staying active and spending time with family and friends. View Guest page

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Christine Dernederlanden

Christine Dernederlanden, C.T.S.S. is the award winning author of "Where is Robert?", the grief kit that aided over 6000 families affected by 9.11, “H.U.G.S.” Helping Children Understand Grief Sessions,” and “Where is My Courage?” A member of I.C.F., she empowers individuals as a Coach. She has created/facilitated grief camps for the U.N. Friendship Ambassadors, is one of Niagara’s most successful business women, and was a finalist for Woman of The Year and Entrepreneur of The Year. She has been honored with the Leadership and Communication Award from the T.P.S.O. and received a Certificate of Appreciation from U.S. Sec. of Defense Donald Rumsfeld. She has dealt with sensitive subjects for teaching, television, radio and has written for many publications including "Putting All My Problems In Perspective" (2001 Standard Literary Prize). She has appeared in movies, on T.V., and has modeled for over 20 years. She is proud to continue the family Corporation and is a proud mother of 3. View Guest page

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Lauryn Doll is the Bombshell Brand Strategist. She helps women design luxury brands that attract clients who value and adore them. Lauryn masters the art of harnessing her clients’ wildly abundant personal energy and then using it to infuse their personal and corporate brands with handcrafted blends of sensual, creative, and spiritual zest. She has over 10 years of digital community engagement and social presence, including community management, conversation, and interaction. She’s also spent several years working in an editorial role for J’ADORE Magazine and as a content contributor to several printed and digital media outlets. Her work has been featured in J’ADORE, Black Men’s Magazine, and XXL. Her digital hub, Lauryn Doll, showcases the fiery bombshell’s premiere brand development, content strategy, and provocative conversation skills. You can find Lauryn at, or on her public channel on YouTube. View Guest page

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Bill Dyszel

Bill Dyszel is the author of 20 books and a regular contributor to national publications including PC Magazine. Bill is also an award-winning filmmaker and an accomplished entertainer. He sang with the New York City Opera for 14 years and still appears regularly on the New York stage. He has produced scores of short films and currently ranks as the most prolific contributor to the 48-Hour Film Project, an international filmmaking competition. Many of his short, comedic films can be seen on YouTube. View Guest page

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Dr. Anne Christine Farrell

Dr. Anne Christine Farrell, Ph.D. currently serves as the Department Chair and works as an Associate Professor at The College of New Jersey in the Department of Health & Exercise Science. She specializes in the pedagogy of health and physical education. She also teaches the stress management course and stress management related content since 2006. View Guest page

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Don Fellows

Don Fellows, as a 3rd generation pharmacist, has a vast repertoire of knowledge in the pharmaceutical industry. Only to be complimented by his 30 plus years of his compounding experience. As a compound pharmacist, he has studied the art and science of preparing medicines specialized to individual needs such as dosage and strength. Since these drugs are personalized, he works closely with his clients. Mr. Fellows, is a graduate of Ole Mississippi School of Pharmacy class, and has been owner and pharmacist for of three generations at Central Rexall Drugs. Currently, he is licensed and compounding in 36 states. Don was awarded Compounding Pharmacist of the Year – LPA 2005, and in 2007, Wyeth Bowl of Hygeia in recognition for outstanding community service. He is a member of Richard Murphy Hospice Foundation Board of Trustees, and was previously name North Oaks Volunteer of the Year. From sexual intimacy to menopause, listen to Don explain how his compounding techniques can help you. View Guest page

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Lorelei Fenton

Lorelei Fenton holds a Master's Degree in Education and 13 years of training in various cutting edge leadership and personal development training programs. Her studies have included all manner of mind-shifting, life-altering teachings including The Law of Attraction, Eckhart Tolle, Landmark Education, Peak Potential, the teachings of the Dalai Lama, and much more. Lorelei has also participated in intensive business training through CEO SPACE - the business spawning ground which inspired Jack Canfield to develop his "Chicken Soup for the Soul" series. Lorelei has presented for a wide array of audiences, and coached a myriad of people, altering perspectives and removing hidden blocks that stopped them, resulting in brand new openings and successes in life.,, 908-210-0230 View Guest page

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Hannah Fraser

Hannah Fraser is a passionate, driven adventurer who is credited with inventing a whole new vocation. She is the first ‘Freelance Mermaid’ working as an ocean environmentalist, underwater performance artist and model. Fascinated by mermaids since she was a child, she created her first tail when she was 9. She now creates exquisite mermaid tails and travels the world performing underwater as a mermaid for film, television, advertising, events and environmental activism.

Hannah uses her unique link to the ocean to inspire and educate people on marine life. She is a model of self-empowerment for people across the globe who see that she has made her dreams a reality, no matter how unlikely the odds! Hannah has been working on creating groundbreaking imagery showing the connection between human and sea creatures for over a decade. She has swum with Tiger Sharks, Great Whites, Whales, Dolphins, Manta Rays, Whale Sharks, Seals, and many more animals in the open ocean. View Guest page

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Terri Gabriel

Terri Gabriel is an early childhood music educator who teaches the Music Together curriculum for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers, as well as kindergarten and first grade students. She also initiated ArtStrides, a non-profit organization that aims to help bridge the achievement gap by providing Music Together to economically disadvantaged communities. The Center for Music and Young Children in Princeton, NJ has awarded Terri Music Together Certification Level II status for outstanding achievement in teaching, musicianship, program philosophy, and parent education and sends her to present at national conferences as an early childhood music education specialist. View Guest page

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David Gershon

David Gershon, co-founder/CEO of Empowerment Institute, is one of the world’s foremost authorities on behavior-change, community empowerment and large-system transformation. His clients include cities, large organizations, government agencies, and social entrepreneurs. Over the past 30 years, the empowerment programs he has designed have won many awards, and a major academic study described them as “unsurpassed in changing behavior.” He used this empowerment proficiency to conceive and organize at the height of the cold war, in partnership with the United Nations Children’s Fund and ABC Television, the First Earth Run using the mythic power of relaying a torch of peace around the world to engage the participation of 25 million people in 62 countries in an act of global unity. David is the author of 11 books and has lectured at Harvard, MIT and Johns Hopkins and served as an advisor to the Clinton White House and the United Nations on behavior change and community empowerment issues. View Guest page

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Dr. Peter Glick

Peter Glick is the Henry Merrritt Wriston Professor in the Social Sciences at Lawrence University. His research challenges conventional wisdom by revealing how apparently favorable beliefs about women and minorities can fuel harmful discrimination. In collaboration with Susan Fiske (Princeton), he developed ambivalent sexism theory, winning the 1995 Gordon Allport Award for best paper in intergroup relations. Since then, research in over 50 nations has demonstrated that “benevolent sexism” contributes to gender inequality and undermines women at work. The warmth-competence model by Fiske, Amy Cuddy (Harvard), and Glick was recognized as a “breakthrough idea for 2009” by the Harvard Business Review. As an expert witness, he has testified in Federal Court in Boston and Chicago. In addition to more than 70 articles and chapters, Dr. Glick has co-edited or co-authored three books, including the SAGE Handbook of Prejudice and The Social Psychology of Gender. View Guest page

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Dr. Bruce Goldberg

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Dr Nikki Goldstein

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Deb Gordon-Gurfinkel

Deb Gordon-Gurfinkel is the founder and director of Telling It and a lecturer at the U. of Michigan’s Residential College. A native of Great Britain who has lived in the States since 1986, Deb earned her Bachelor degree in Education from London’s Central School of Speech and Drama. She worked as a teacher in some of London’s more challenging inner city schools before moving to the States. In San Francisco, Deb focused her skills on the most vulnerable members of the community and started a program that used the arts as an intervention to support the learning and development of children in homeless shelters. As a result, Deb received an award from the N.E.A. to continue her work and to access more children. After moving to the Midwest, Deb founded Telling It. Awards include: Roslyn and Jimmy Carter Award (finalist), President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities’ Coming Up Taller Award (semi-finalist), and the Ginsberg Award for Outstanding Faculty Member. View Guest page

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Marvin L. Gundy

My name is Marvin L. Gundy, A.K.A MarvGenious; Born in Brooklyn, New York, raised mainly in the ills of Central Jersey. Growing up I have traveled my share of disenfranchised roads, which I am not ashamed to say. I have first-handedly witnessed the essence of the inner city peer pressures that majority of our young men and women face today. Therefore I see myself as seasoned in the field of “Ghettoed Life’s Endeavors”...If it were a scholarly study. Anyway, I have learned the Hard Knock way that continuous hard work pays off and short cuts can only produce faulty success at best. Through determination and attentive work I have successfully turned my life’s lessons into positive motivations for others. Helping young men and women find ways to overcome major setbacks and obstacles in order to advance in this game of life keeps me grounded. When I am not working or mentoring, I spend my time nurturing my children and running free youth clinics for young girls and boys willing to hope. View Guest page

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Michael Hackney

Michael Hackney, with a career almost spanning 30 years, is a renowned Master International Stylist and Colorist. His young talents were quickly recognized by Sam Brocato, a chemist and hair care scientist. Sam’s international front stage of products and corporations were just a springboard to Mike’s own dreams and ambitions. Now, Mike uniquely blends his Southern charm and love of the arts with the demands of cosmopolitan lifestyle. Although this was his first foray into the upper echelon of hair design, this was hardly the last. Mike was quickly recruited by Neil Corp—operated by Edwin Neil II. He was a key liaison traveling worldwide to educate, mentor and brand the corporation. Finally, Mike opened several salons, with the Camellia House as his signature full service spa where he unselfishly gave to both his staff and community. For Mike, the most important accolade is seeing a SMILE on the client’s face- a gift of self-esteem. As he famously says, “You are my MUSE.” View Guest page

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Devi Dawn Hamilton

Devi (day-vee) Dawn is an empath, certified yoga therapist and life coach, and is passionate about showing empaths how to live their very best lives. A lifelong environmental advocate, Devi teaches how nature heals us and empowers sensitive beings by sharing the art of self-care. Devi overcame her own life-threatening depression by quieting her mind with yogic breath practices, getting her body outside and connecting to her spirit. She teaches strategies to help heal depression and is honored to help people on their healing journeys. Devi is also an experienced world traveler and loves to connect people to sacred outdoor spaces. She leads retreats in the healing lands of New Hampshire, Ireland and the island of Maui. Devi Dawn Hamilton 808-446-6121 View Guest page

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Frank Healy

Frank Healy is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Life Coach and is also one of 56 people who have been classified by the U. of California with Hyperthymesia, a Highly Superior Autobiographical Memory. Since he was 6 years old, Frank, now 55, remembers every day of his life including the day of the week, the weather, news and personal events. This has had its good and bad points. He remembers all of the good times, but he also remembers slights, breakups, deaths, and illnesses. He had to learn how to release feelings from bad memories and now counsels and coaches people to release feelings from traumatic memories. His bestselling book "Heal Your Memories, Change Your Life" has true stories of people who overcame the effects of traumatic memories and includes exercises for readers to heal from past trauma. Frank counsels and coaches people locally and online. He lives in Dennisville, NJ with his wife Janet. He can be reached at or View Guest page

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Dr. Randolph Howes

Prof. Randolph Howes is the author of The Fire Eaters: Molding Your Own Destiny More Easily. He is an accomplished scientist, surgeon, writer, visionary, philanthropist, singer, songwriter, broadcaster, inventor, author, columnist, international speaker, corporate executive and rancher. Dr. Howes was the first in the history of Tulane School of Medicine to receive an M.D. and a Ph.D. in Biochemistry simultaneously. He trained in general and plastic surgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital and was the first to obtain board eligibility in both simultaneously. He invented the triple lumen venous catheter, which has helped save the lives of over 20 million critically ill patients worldwide. It became #1 in the world. He received the Harper Award from the American College for Advancement in Medicine and in 2013, he was awarded the first Charles Farr Award for "excellence in oxidative medicine." He has written 23 books on oxygen metabolism, 9 science fiction novels and over 350 medical editorials. View Guest page

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Heather Jones

Heather Jones is a ‘dating expert’ because she’s taken a ride on the rollercoaster of love just like everyone else! She puts a lighthearted yet honest spin on casual dating and relationships and has a “bottom line” approach to advice that will leave you with clear and concise answers to today’s dating dilemmas. She is happily single and has been actively casually dating and documenting her experiences for the last ten years. She recently published a book called “F*#k the Double Standard in Dating,” and she has received positive reviews from both men and women. In her book, Heather talks about how to casually date and have a great time doing it. Heather has a very active social life and lives a super fun lifestyle that supports her dating philosophies. She does not pretend to think there are not obstacles ahead for her, but she has faith knowing that whatever comes her way is coming her way for a reason. So bring it on! View Guest page

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Dr. Steve G. Jones, Ed.D.

Dr. Steve G. Jones, Ed.D. is a board certified Clinical Hypnotherapist who has been practicing hypnotherapy since the 1980s. He is the author of 25 books on such topics as hypnosis, the law of attraction and weight loss. Steve has also created over 9,000 hypnosis audio recordings and 22 different online certification programs, which are sold in over 140 countries. Dr. Steve has been featured on Bravo’s "Millionaire Matchmaker" as both a hypnotherapist and a millionaire. Additionally, Dr. Steve has been interviewed on CNN, ABC, NBC and CBS. Dr. Steve has a bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Florida (1994), a master's degree in education (M.Ed.) from Armstrong Atlantic State University (2007), a specialist degree (Ed.S) in education (2009), a doctorate in education (Ed.D.) at Georgia Southern University (2013) and has studied psychology at Harvard University. View Guest page

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Charles Joseph

Charles Joseph is a founding partner at Joseph & Kirschenbaum LLP. He is one of the firm’s class action litigators, pursuing wage and hour and other types of employee rights claims. Charles is a graduate of New York University School of Law and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in history from the University of Edinburgh School of History, Classics and Archaeology. He is active in the National Employment Law Project, the National Employment Lawyers Association and the New York State Trial Lawyers Association. He was honored by the Lawyer’s Committee for Human Rights for his pro bono work obtaining political asylum for China’s leading literary dissident, refugees from Pakistan, Sudan and Ukraine as well as getting the wife and children of a Haitian rural organizer out of hiding in Haiti and legally into the US. He also handles pro bono cases for indigent clients and defendants. View Guest page

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Amanda Kraus

Amanda Kraus founded Row New York in 2002 to make the sport of rowing, paired with top-notch academic support, accessible to young people in NYC. In addition to being the executive director at Row New York, she was a United States fellow to South Africa through a sports based youth development exchange, is a regular blogger for the Huffington Post, and is an Adjunct Associate Professor at NYU’s Wagner School of Public Service. Amanda is the recipient of numerous awards including: President Obama’s Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition Community Leadership Award (2012), US Rowing’s Anita DeFrantz Award (2011), US Rowing’s John J. Carlin Service Award (2008), and NYU Partnership Award for serving girls and women with disabilities. Amanda has an MA in Education from Harvard and a BA in English from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, where she was captain of the women’s crew team, a member of the DII National Championship boat, and a member of the Commonwealth Honors College. View Guest page

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Walter Lacy

Walter Lacy was an Artist Resident with Telling It, from 2012-2014. A spoken word poet and hip-hop artist, Walter has used his talents to connect with youth in Detroit, Ypsilanti, and Ann Arbor, MI. View Guest page

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Patricia (Pat) Lake Grant

Patricia (Pat) Lake Grant is the founder of Rushbiddies, an educational consulting business which is specifically focused on college-bound young women interested in sorority recruitment for their college campuses. Rushbiddies has been featured in the New York Times, Fox Business News, Southern Living Magazine, Alabama Business Journal, the Birmingham News, Auburn Magazine, to name a few. Pat has been interviewed by many local and nationally syndicated radio and TV shows including “Good Morning America” and “Ryan on the Radio” with Ryan Seacrest. Ms. Grant is a graduate of Auburn University and has Master’s hours in the Humanities from the University of Alabama (Birmingham). She has held numerous local, regional, and national advisory positions within the Greek and Panhellenic networks. In addition to her work with Rushbiddies, Ms. Grant is also married with two adult children. Her daughter, Paige Grant, is a partner in Rushbiddies. View Guest page

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Vatican Lokey

Multiple award-winning AEA actor Vatican Lokey has made his career originating roles in the Gulf South premieres of over a dozen Broadway shows in New Orleans. A well-known media personality and theatre activist, he is the creator of Prof. Carl Nivale, Mardi Gras factotum for WWL-TV's Morning Show for nearly 20 years, and was the host of the popular public radio show “The Sunday Classics” on WWNO. He is featured in two books about New Orleans theatre, “The Soul of the City: Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carre” and the biography of legendary director Stocker Fontelieu. With his husband of 23 years, multiple award- winning director/designer Edward R. Cox, he was featured in the documentary “30 Days in the Bowl.” He can be heard on the Original Cast Recording of “Nine Lives,” based on the best-selling book by Dan Baum (on Amazon.) Offstage he is the Regional Supervisor for Mainstreet Musicals, currently co-producing the upcoming New Musical Theatre Festivals in Gretna, LA and Atlanta, GA. View Guest page

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Janet Lomonico

Janet Lomonico received her Bachelor of Science and Masters of Education from Trenton State College. She has taught in the New Jersey public schools for many years and currently serves as an adjunct professor at The College of New Jersey. At TCNJ she has taught Stress Management for 7 years. View Guest page

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Soline McLain

Soline McLain, member of Actors’ Equity Association, has performed since the age of eight. Some favorite roles include Little Red in Into the Woods (Stage Journal award), Helen Keller in The Miracle Worker (Big Easy Entertainment award), and Laura in The Glass Menagerie (International Tennessee Williams Festival). She has performed off-Broadway, regionally, and internationally in Scotland (Stage award nominee), in Paris, and in Germany. She also appeared in the film This Gun for Hire starring Robert Wagner. She graduated cum laude from Columbia University (B.A) and also studied at St. Peter’s College, Oxford University. She received her juris doctor from New York Law School where she was a John Marshall Harlan Scholar and a Senior Editor on the Law Review. She was admitted to practice law in Louisiana and in New York and has focused on both employment and real estate law. As an actress, attorney, and, most recently, mom, Soline knows the importance of creating different impressions for each role. View Guest page

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Mark McNeilly

Mark McNeilly is the author of two books on Sun Tzu’s Art of War, "Sun Tzu and the Art of Business: Six Strategic Principles for Managers" and "Sun Tzu and the Art of Modern Warfare." Mark has presented to thousands of people about Sun Tzu’s ideas on strategy in the U.S., Europe, and Asia, including 3M, IBM, the Royal Bank of Scotland, the Tennessee Valley Authority, the Society of Competitive Intelligence Professionals, and the US Air Force Command and Staff College. He has also discussed his ideas on strategy on the BBC, C-SPAN, CNBC’s TV Show Power Lunch, the Business News Network program Market Track, the Voice of America’s Weekly Business Report, Bloomberg’s business news, the syndicated radio program Secrets of Success and numerous other TV and radio programs. Mark is a Lecturer at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, where he teaches branding. Mark served as a reserve officer (highest rank-Captain) in the U.S. Army National Guard from 1981-1987. View Guest page

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Morgan Molthrop

New Orleans native Morgan Molthrop, author of JACKSON’S PLAYBOOK: 15 STRATEGIES FOR SUCCESS, lived in NYC for most of his professional career. He was vice president of a Wall Street consultancy handling accounts that included the Walt Disney Company. After a year off to travel Europe, he returned to NYC to work as an editorial assistant for a division of Random House. Back on Wall Street he worked by day & went to law school at night. After graduating he taught NYU’s first class in corporate disclosure. In 2009 he returned to New Orleans, a city still reeling from the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Since then, he has become an historical “color analyst,” hosting cultural events, writing, blogging, & using social media to promote New Orleans & “push” city leaders. He speaks to corporate groups about Louisiana’s unique history. He also wrote the text for a book of Tina Freeman’s photographs of local art studios & live/work spaces, Artist Spaces: New Orleans (UL Press 2014). View Guest page

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Christophe Morin, PhD

With over 30 years of experience, Christophe is passionate about understanding and predicting consumer behavior using neuroscience. Christophe has received multiple awards during his career. In 2011 and 2103, he received prestigious speaking awards from Vistage International. In 2011 and 2014, he received the Great Mind Research Award from the Advertising Research Foundation (ARF). Christophe holds a BA in Marketing, an MBA from Bowling Green State University, an MA and a PhD in Media Psychology from Fielding Graduate University. He is an expert on the effect of advertising on the brains of adolescents and young adults. He is an adjunct faculty member of Fielding Graduate University where he teaches a Masters/PhD course he created called “The Psychology of Neuromarketing”. He is also a board member of the Neuromarketing Science and Business Association (NMSBA). View Guest page

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Dr. Rosary O’Neill Harzinski

I live in Rhinebeck with my husband, Robert Harzinski and have recently published my researched book on Mardi Gras: New Orleans Carnival Krewes: The History, Spirit and Secrets of Mardi Gras by The History Press in 2014. I am currently working on a TV series option for a 'royal' New Orleans family entitled New Orleans. I am the author of 15 plays published by Samuel French, Inc., the most recent of which, Marilyn/God will premiere at the West End Theatre at 263 W. 86th Street, NYC on November 6 -16, 2014. Previously, I was Professor of Speech and Drama, Loyola University; founder of the Southern Repertory Theatre, and recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship that allowed me to teach in Europe. I also found time to write a college textbook: The Actor's Checklist: A Guide for Creating the Complete Character, published as a 4th edition in the winter of 2013. This text is used as a basic text in more than 50 colleges and universities throughout the country.; View Guest page

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Lauren Ornelas

Lauren Ornelas is F.E.P.’s founder and serves as the group’s executive director. She is also the former executive director of Viva!USA, a national nonprofit vegan advocacy organization. lauren has been active in the animal rights movement for more than 20 years. After spending four years as national campaign coordinator for In Defense of Animals, lauren was asked by Viva!UK to start and run Viva!USA in 1999. In cooperation with activists across the country, she worked and achieved corporate changes within Whole Foods Market, Trader Joe’s, and Pier 1 Imports, among others. She served as campaign director with the Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition for six years. View Guest page

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Michael Palmer

Michael Palmer is a Partner in the New York office of Sanford Heisler Kimpel, LLP. He received his law degree from New York University School of Law and has been twice selected as a Super Lawyers “Rising Star.” Michael represents individuals in complex litigations, including wage and hour class actions, False Claims Act lawsuits, and employment discrimination actions. His recent work includes litigating a lawsuit on behalf of drivers who allege they were misclassified as independent contractors; representing female pharmaceutical reps asserting they were paid less than their male counterparts; and prosecuting on behalf of a health care worker alleging his former employer engaged in illegal kickbacks. Mr. Palmer has represented 1000s of individuals who suffered unpaid wages, employment discrimination and harassment and has recovered millions of dollars on their behalf. He has written on current employment law issues and is published in NELA/NY’s Employee View Guest page

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Caridad Pineiro

NY Times and USA Today Bestseller Caridad Pineiro is a Jersey Girl who just wants to write, travel, and spend more time with family and friends. Caridad is the author of nearly 50 novels/novellas and loves romance novels, super heroes, TV and cooking. Caridad writes dark and sexy romantic suspense and paranormal romances for those who live to love on the edge. Her sweet, but still naughty side, Charity Pineiro, writes contemporary romances packed with emotion and humor. For more information on Caridad/Charity, please visit or View Guest page

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Tara Plochocki

Tara Plochocki is a lawyer at Lewis Baach pllc in Washington D.C., where she handles international litigation and cross-border disputes. She has been committed to pro bono service throughout her legal career, working on Guantanamo detainee cases, representing tenants against slum landlords, and helping victims of domestic violence obtain court orders against their abusers.

During law school, Tara was a legal intern at the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California, where she helped successfully resolve a long-standing immigration dispute involving Palestinians and their alleged financial support of a terrorist support group.

Before she became a lawyer, Tara did a variety of human rights and public interest work, including serving in the Peace Corps, working with Tibetan refugees and the exile government in India, and building cases against former dictators View Guest page

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Robyn Purchia

Robyn Purchia is the Editor-in-Chief of, an online news and resource site that explores the relationship between religion/spirituality and environmentalism. A former environmental lobbyist and attorney, Robyn became increasingly frustrated by the polarizing nature of the environmental conversation. For her, caring for nature is not a political or economic issue, or a cause that pits humans and the environment against each other. Taking care of the planet is a moral and ethical duty -- a responsibility we have to current and future generations. Robyn launched last November through the Important Media network to bring awareness to this belief and highlight some of the good (and not so good) things organizations are doing for the environment in the name of their religion. Interfaith writers from all over the world contribute articles to EdenKeeper, and Robyn's articles have been featured on Huffington Post, World Hindu News,, and others. View Guest page

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Michelle Pyne

Michelle Pyne, Global Green NOLA Holy Cross Project Manager, manages operations of the Holy Cross Project, a sustainable building project in the Lower 9th Ward of New Orleans. The Holy Cross Project includes five single family LEED Platinum homes, and is currently building a Community Development and Climate Action Center. Prior to her work with Global Green USA, Michelle served two terms of service with AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps in the Southern Region where she restored oyster reefs in Georgia, built with Habitat for Humanity of the Mississippi Gulf Coast and Greater Birmingham, and provided disaster relief services in Mississippi after the 2011 tornadoes. Michelle earned a B.S. in Interior Design with a minor in Environmental Policy and Planning from Virginia Tech. Global Green’s Holy Cross Project: NOLA office on FB: GGNOLA FB page GGUSA on FB: GGUSA GGUSA on Twitter: @globalgreen View Guest page

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Diana Raab, Ph.D.

Diana Raab, Ph.D. is a memorial, poet, essayist, blogger and educator and holds workshop in writing for healing and transformation. She holds a Ph.D. In Psychology with a concentration in Transpersonal Psychology, and a research focus on the healing and transformative powers of memoir writing. She began writing as a child when her mother gave her a journal to help her cope with the loss of her grandmother to suicide. Dr. Raab is a two-time cancer survivor and has written 2 memoirs, Regina’s Closet: Finding My Grandmother’s Secret Journal and Healing With Words: A Writer’s Cancer Journey. Dr. Raab is a regular blogger for Psychology Today, Huffington Post (Huff50), and BrainSpeak. She teaches worldwide workshops and inspires novice and established writers the power of self-expression through the written word. She energizes, inspires and motivates writers, poets, psychologists, cancer survivors and women. Raab currently resides in Southern California with her husband and soul mate of 4 decades. She has 3 grown, creative and entrepreneurial-driven children. View Guest page

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Michael “The Ghost Guy” Rowland

Michael “The Ghost Guy” Rowland is internationally known and respected for his work related to removing spirits, clearing negative energies, energetic healing of people, and empowering others through courses and workshops. Michael has been featured in many newspaper and online articles, and interviewed on radio, television and Internet broadcasts. After spending about 25 years as a corporate executive, Michael discovered his own intuitive abilities and began working with energies and spirits. Since founding more than 10 years ago, he has worked remotely throughout the globe successfully conducting energetic clearings for thousands of homes, properties, businesses and people’s energy fields to remove spirits, or negative energetic influences that affect their health, success and well-being. Michael offers workshops to empower people to look after their own well-being by teaching people to clear their energy fields and access their own intuitive abilities. View Guest page

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Catherine Sanderson

Catherine Sanderson is the James E. Ostendarp Professor of Psychology at Amherst College. She received a bachelor's degree in psychology, with a specialization in Health and Development, from Stanford University, and received both masters and doctoral degrees in psychology from Princeton University. Professor Sanderson's research examines how personality and social variables influence health-related behaviors such as safer sex and disordered eating, the development of persuasive messages and interventions to prevent unhealthy behavior, and the predictors of relationship satisfaction. This research has received grant funding from the National Science Foundation and the National Institute of Health. Professor Sanderson has published over 25 journal articles and book chapters in addition to three college textbooks, a high school health textbook, and a popular press book on parenting. In 2012, she was named one of the country's top 300 professors by the Princeton Review. View Guest page

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Lori Schneider

Lori Schneider is an international speaker, Everest and ‘7 Summits’ mountaineer, author, and advocate for those living with disabilities. Her inspirational story of overcoming adversity offers lessons for business and for life. Lori awoke one day with numbness in 50% of her body. When the crippling shock of her multiple sclerosis diagnosis wore off, Lori accelerated her love of travel and set out to climb the highest peak on each continent. Lori became the first person with MS to summit Everest, completing the 7 Summits. Her story empowers others to climb beyond their own labels and preconceived limitations and live their dreams. She reminds us that ordinary people can achieve extraordinary things! In 2011, Lori led a group of uniquely abled climbers to the top of Africa, on a trip that challenged the body, mind, and spirit. Her organization, Empowerment Through Adventure, inspires others to take their own leap of faith, and climb beyond their limits. Learn more at View Guest page

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Priscilla Shanks

Priscilla Shanks works with business, legal and medical professionals, honing skills for public presentations, daily communication, and media appearances. She is a broadcast news consultant, training journalists in speech, writing and delivery techniques, both privately and on retainer to a wide array of news organizations. She has also consulted with local, state and national public officials in preparation for media and live appearances. Her work ranges from seminars for people new to public speaking, to one on one consultations with authors, medical and business professionals. Her clients have included ABC, CBS, CNN, Bloomberg, Revlon, and Wall Street Journal. View Guest page

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Becky Sheetz-Runkle

Becky is a speaker, martial arts master, strategic marketer, and author of Sun Tzu for Women: The Art of War for Winning in Business and of the newly released The Art of War for Small Business: Defeat the Competition and Dominate the Market with the Masterful Strategies of Sun Tzu. She has 20 years of experience in communications and marketing strategy and is frequently published in and interviewed by national print, web, radio and TV media. She was named to the 2011 Washington Business Journal 40 Under 40. A certified instructor, Becky holds the rank of Grand Master in Sho Bushido Ryu Jujitsu and runs the Woodbridge, VA Dojo. She’s been published in The American Management Association’s journal–MWorld, The Glass Hammer, Femme-O-nomics, MarketingProfs, The Journal of Asian Martial Arts, and PRNews, and her Sun Tzu for Women has been mentioned in The Economist, Inc., MSN Careers, BNET, Advertising Age, Amtrak’s Arrive Magazine, Baseline, Globe and Mail, career-intelligence, and more. View Guest page

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Tyler Shores

Tyler Shores received his Master’s from the University of Oxford where his research included literary copyright, digital technology, and books as physical/digital objects. He received his B.A. in English and Rhetoric from the University of California, Berkeley where he created and for 6 semesters taught a course on The Simpsons and Philosophy. He has also been contributor to the Blackwell Popular Culture and Philosophy book series including “Heroes and Philosophy,” “Alice in Wonderland and Philosophy,” “Arrested Development and Philosophy,” “30 Rock and Philosophy,” and “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and Philosophy.” Mr. Shores has contributed to The Oxonian Review, a literary publication based in the University of Oxford, and he also worked at Google as part of Authors@Google. He worked as a director of digital textbooks in the field of nonprofit education and currently works at Stanford University. He also likes to discover new bookstores, take pictures of weird food, and write. View Guest page

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Don Slepian

Today's background music comes from preeminent Classical Electronic Keyboardist Don Slepian, famous for performing original, improvised orchestral music that excites and inspires audiences. Hailed as “one of the genre’s major talents” by Rolling Stone Magazine, he is an award-winning artist with critically acclaimed performances in both Paris and New York City. A true pioneer in electronic music, he has been presented in New York’s Lincoln Center by WNYC’s New Sounds, in the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris by the French Ministry of Culture, in Thailand by the Karen Baptist Church, and at the Waikiki Shell in Hawaii by the Honolulu Symphony Society. Recently Slepian was in production for his new concert series, “Don and Friends,” which kicked off in the Spring of 2014 in the US. He is collaborating with a number of international artists to develop the series on a global level. View Guest page

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Joanne Smith-Tavener, M.Ed, CSCS*D

Joanne has been employed by the New Jersey State Police for 32 years and currently holds the position of Wellness Coordinator. Joanne received both her Bachelor of Science, Health/Exercise Science and Masters of Education, Health Education, from The College of New Jersey. Joanne serves as an adjunct professor for The College of New Jersey for nearly ten years teaching “Current Health and Wellness Issues” and “Stress Management.” Joanne is certified by the National Strength and Conditioning Association as a Certified Sports and Conditioning Specialist. She is also certified as a Health/Fitness Instructor by the American College of Sports Medicine as well as a certified Cancer Exercise Trainer. In addition, Joanne serves as a faculty instructor for AAAI/ISMA lecturing and certifying instructors throughout the United States. View Guest page

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Steven Stroessner

Steven Stroessner is the Ann Whitney Olin Professor of Psychology at Barnard College. After receiving his Ph.D. in Social/Personality Psychology from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1992, Professor Stroessner became an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Barnard. He was appointed Full Professor in 2007. He served as Chair of Psychology from 2003-2007 and is a Fellow of the American Psychological Society and the Society for Experimental Social Psychology. His research focuses on cognitive and motivational factors in stereotyping and prejudice. Professor Stroessner has published more than 30 chapters and articles in peer-reviewed journals, is currently co-authoring a graduate level text, Social Cognition, and is the editor of a book, Social Perception from Individuals to Groups, that will be coming out early next year. He also created the website,, designed to reduce the negative effects of stereotyping in real-world environments. View Guest page

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Jeff Supak

Jeff Supak, Global Green NOLA Water and Wetlands Coordinator, works to educate stakeholders on methods to secure the coast and to reduce flooding. He managed the Louisiana Wetlands Action Program, and now oversees stormwater education and community workshops. Jeff comes from a family of rice farmers in Texas and developed his interest in the environment from living off the land and spending quality time fishing in the bays with his family. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies from Texas A&M. His passions include environmental justice, environmental education, and the coastal environment. Global Green in New Orleans: Global Green, EPA grant for green infrastructure in NOLA: LA Wetland Action Program info: NOLA office on FB: GGNOLA FB page GGUSA on FB: GGUSA GGUSA on Twitter: @globalgreen View Guest page

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Elaine Swann

Elaine Swann is the president and CEO of Elaine Swann Enterprises, which is committed to enriching the lives of individuals through the instruction of etiquette and social courtesies. ESE produces broadcast programming, publishes books, and develops etiquette-inspired products and coaching services for everyday living. Elaine uses her extensive knowledge of the etiquette trade to educate organizations, universities, businesses and individuals throughout the United States. An authority on etiquette and lifestyle practices, and a celebrated speaker, Elaine’s advice has been called upon by the TODAY Show, CNN Headline News, the STYLE Network, ABC, NBC, CBS, The CW and FOX. She’s been featured on the radio, and quoted in national magazines and countless newspapers across the country. A New York Times article dubbed Elaine, among others, “the Emily Post of the Digital Age.” Her latest book, Let Crazy Be Crazy, is on bookshelves now View Guest page

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Canon Thomas

Canon Thomas is a senior at the University of Michigan and was former student of Ms. Gordon-Gurfinkel in her class, Empowering Community through Creative Expression. Mr. Thomas was an intern at one of the Telling It sites and has continued his involvement with the program for four years. View Guest page

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Amanda Turner

Amanda Turner, Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultant and Educator ALC, Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist AYS, Kripalu Yoga Teacher KYT, member of the National Ayurvedic Medical Association NAMA, Interspiritual Counselor ISC, and Reiki practitioner. Born in England, Amanda has had a 30 year career as a professional dancer, teacher, and choreographer. A life long meditator, and dedicated student, Amanda has studied with some of the world’s most distinguished teachers of yoga, meditation, and Ayurveda, including Dr. Vasant Lad, Dr. Robert Svoboda, Dr. Partap Chauhan and Dr. Satya Narayan Das (Jiva Institute, India). She has also studied with some of the world authorities on Interspirituality at One Spirit in NYC. Founder of Ayu Healing Arts, Amanda is currently based in NYC. She can be contacted for private consultation: She can also be found at Tournesol Wellness Amanda is available globally for workshops on healing, natural health and spirituality. View Guest page

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Tami Urbanek

Tami Urbanek, medium/clairvoyant and author works with people across the United States and Europe. She connects people with their own guides for life guidance in relationships, career, family matters, finances and more. When you want guidance from ones who can help you understand past, current, and future choices and their outcomes, your guides can help. Tami simply listens and repeats what your guides are saying to you. As a former school teacher, she uses her teaching skills to also coach people in various areas of life. This can be in healing relationships, confusion, empowerment, and many other areas. Tami's book, Loving Conor: A Clairvoyant's Memoir on Loving, Bonding and Healing is available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble among other outlets. She's currently working on a nonfiction book, Silent Whispers, a story of secret human experiments coming from the ones who were tortured and killed as a result. View Guest page

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Lauren Velez

Lauren Velez is the Family and Community Services Team Leader at Avalon Housing, a Permanent Supportive Housing Agency in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The Team provides direct case management support to families who have experienced homelessness in an effort to help them maintain stable housing and improve their overall quality of life. The Team also provides support through food pantries, youth activities, community gardens, and other community-based efforts. Avalon’s Youth programs have collaborated with Telling It for the last five years. Lauren is originally from New York, where she earned a BA in Psychology and spent several years working as an investigator for Child Protective Services in Suffolk County. Lauren was selected to be a member of the Family Assessment Response team, which was a pilot program at the time focused on a less threatening and more therapeutic approach to working with families in the Child Welfare system. View Guest page

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Jean Wiley

Jean Wiley has been in the helping profession for over 15 years. She has worked with over 2,000 clients helping them connect and uncover their personal passion. Living in a world that perpetuates fear and limitation requires a different approach and sensitivity in order to dissolve the imprints and programming. As people come to understand that they live in a magnetic and vibrational Universe they are freer to develop skillsets that empower them to live their lives in different and meaningful ways. Jean left her career as a corporate trainer to study and teach her evolving understanding of energy dynamics. When you engage your mind differently your external world, relationships, and results change and grow. She helps people work through early patterns in order to experience a more satisfying life and deeper connection with self through love and self-respect. Visit her website at Visit her YouTube forecasts at View Guest page

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Shannon Williams

Shannon Williams obtained an Associate’s Degree in Business from Delgado Community College in 1997. Williams worked as a Certified Loan Specialist for 13 years and has been an AFAA Certified Personal Trainer for the past eleven years, Doula, V-Steam Practitioner and Holistic Life Coach. Williams’ studio, Body In Motion Fitness & Dance Studio, has been featured on ABC 26’s Good Morning New Orleans show. Shannon’s studio was created with every woman in mind especially those who have been diagnosed with cancer. She understands how life can be busy for women with nurturing kids, husbands, relationships and friends. Women tend to help everyone but themselves. Pole fitness was incorporated into her fitness workout. It helps women find their sexy side and release the Diva that they are plus burn up to 500 calories an hour, release stress, build muscle and tone your body, improve flexibility, core and resistance training. It is also a wonderful way to enhance your marriage or relationship. View Guest page

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Sidney Wiltshire

Sidney Wiltshire is a student at the University of Michigan. Mr. Wiltshire took Ms. Gordon-Gurfinkel's class in the fall semester of 2014 and interned at a Telling It site with teens. View Guest page

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