The Art of Bringing Play and Connections into the Workplace
November 24, 2015
Hosted by Fi Mazanke
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What would your life look like if you were able to thoroughly enjoy your work and you made connections leading to terrific other unique opportunities? That's a question that Tony Esteves wants to answer on the show. Tony is known to put his phone down and to make more human connections which lead to more fun-filled work experiences. Tony has lived and worked in over 35 different countries. Tony brings his international experience and anecdotes to the learning arena. Tony has a unique gift of juggling and uses juggling to teach focus and time management to his audiences worldwide. Now Tony is living his dream by performing, teaching and inspiring people to reach their full potential at conferences and events around the world. He does this through the spirit of play.
Direct Connect Empowerment with Fi
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Direct Connect Empowerment with Fi features the coaching principles that have been successfully used by Fi and her clients for over 14 years. Her show will highlight empowering concepts and, most importantly, people who are integrating these concepts to live a more fulfilled lifestyle. You will gain an understanding of how others have applied these tools so that you can have an opportunity to practice these concepts weekly to directly impact your life and see vast improvements.
Fi will feature guests who have transformed their lives using these very fundamental ideas. Fi’s guests have been through the Direct Connect Coaching program or are aligned with the concepts that the program offers.
The interviews will include compelling stories about how to overcome obstacles to get the results you are looking for. The stories are a means to inspire you to reach your own level of greatness and to begin a movement of happy and empowered people.
Fi believes in the unlimited potential of the human spirit. People are here with a unique purpose which is to be used to live an abundant life. Through greater awareness, individauls can move into a deeper level of their own strengths to live a more fulfilled life.
For over 14 years, Fi has been coaching thousands of people to directly connect to their passions and utilize those passions to inspire others. Fi has worked with a diverse client base and has learned that the universal principles that Direct Connect Coaching has to offer apply to all people.
Fi delivers insightful and empowering workshops and key note speeches to audiences with the same underlying intention in each message. The key to a person’s greatness exists within. She supports clients in unlocking that greatness.
With the use of a tool called the Birkman Assessment, Fi understands her client’s passions, strengths and needs for success. The Birkman Report is a fundamental tool that drives clients to a greater understanding of their gifts and talents. The Birkman Report allows clients to work more efficiently both individually and as a team by keeping team members energized in their strengths.
Fi forms a strong trust with both clients and audiences alike. People feel open and receptive to the concepts that Fi teaches. If you are looking to harness the power that exists within, tune in to see where awareness meets truth and inspiration ignites.
Dr. Saulius Alkaitis
Dr. Saulius Alkaitis is a highly regarded research scientist with a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from UCLA and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering from the University of New Mexico. Dr. Alkaitis Holistic Organic Skin Food was established in 1996. Dr. Alkaitis founded the company to capture raw living plant energy to create ethical products in alignment with nature, which activate true health and dynamic beauty in one’s skin. Dr. Alkaitis oversees production, manufacturing, research and development. This line has received rave reviews and for good reason. As a chemist, molecular biologist, ethnopharmacologist (someone who has studied the traditional ways of healing mainly with plants) and pharmacognosist (someone who has studied the medicinal properties of plants), Dr. Alkaitis combines his vast scientific knowledge of plants with a holistic way of healing the skin to create a truly potent line of products. All products are made in-house, including the extracts, and are all formulated and manufactured by Dr. Alkaitis. They're biologically active, made from raw, organic ingredients with a base of organic aloe vera. Products are no more than 2 weeks old when shipped. View Guest page
Isabel Andrews is an intuitive Reiki Master, student of Healing Touch, who uses her natural gifts to assist her clients with a variety of issues, such as health, relationships, and work/life balance. Drawing upon her training, she takes a multifaceted approach to helping her clients achieve energetic balance, better clarity and a deeper sense of calm. She is a firm believer in honoring each individual’s journey to wellness and therefore, works with each client to establish customized and mutual goals and methods for self-care and learning in the interim of sessions. She embraces this work from a perspective of wonder and humility, and values the life-long learning essential to the energy practice. View Guest page
Sarah Baker Andrus
Sarah Baker Andrus is the owner and principal of Avarah Coaching and Consulting. She has held senior management positions in marketing and communications, most recently working at Dove Chocolate Discoveries, the direct selling division of Mars Chocolate and Vector Marketing Corporation, the distributor of Cutco Cutlery. Prior to her work in direct sales, Sarah worked in Student Services and Career Counseling, placing nearly 1,000 college students in part-time and permanent positions and has successfully coached 100s of people through career transitions. Sarah is a writer, public speaker, coach and consultant whose experience in business and in counseling allows her to help others successfully manage change and navigate transitions with positive outcomes. View Guest page
Don Beebe’s rise in the NFL is one of the most inspiring professional sports. Don was out of sports for 3 years when he was asked to play football at Chadron State College in Nebraska. His time at college earned him recognition from football scouts as the, “kid from nowhere with the blazing speed.” Beebe became one of the fastest players in NFL history. A wide receiver for 9 seasons, Don played in the Superbowl 6 times. In 1996-1997 with the Green Bay Packers, Brett Farve is quoted as saying, “We would have never won Superbowl XXXI without Don Beebe.” He is known for his never give up play as a Buffalo Bill against the Dallas Cowboys’ Leon Lett. Don sprinted the length of the field to save a goal line touchdown in the Superbowl. Currently, Don successfully runs the franchise business, House of Speed, with locations across the U.S. Don’s book, “6 Rings from Nowhere,” is being made into a movie featuring his remarkable life. View Guest page
Sharon Birkman Fink
Sharon Birkman Fink is the President and CEO of Birkman International, Inc., developer of the Birkman® Method, a leadership and team development tool that reveals the underlying motivators that drive behavior and improve workplace performance. Sharon assumed her position in 2002 that was a planned transition in the company that was founded by her father, Dr. Roger Birkman, 63 years ago. Sharon is a 2007 graduate of the Owner-President-Management Program at Harvard Business School and the author of The Birkman Method: Your Personality at Work. Birkman International has continued to flourish under the leadership of Sharon. The Birkman® questionnaire is currently in 22 different languages and spans the globe, reaching individuals and teams to be more effective. The Birkman® report is a positive psychology tool for executive coaching, career development and transition, team building, hiring and retention. View Guest page
Dan Casetta graduated from Santa Clara University in 1992 with a degree in Management. He has been one of the most successful members of the Vector Marketing / Cutco Cutlery sales organization for the past 26 years. He won seven National Championships with the company, and has developed at least 9 other National Championship winners at various levels in the company.
Dan has produced over $100 million in sales for Cutco, is a member of the company’s Hall of Fame, and has become one of the most sought-after speakers at company events. He teaches skills like selling, leadership, financial well-being, and personal development to sales reps and managers nationwide.
Dan is a huge sports fan, loves to travel, and is also a published author. View Guest page
Kim Cook is an RN who delighted in caring for elementary school children, yet desired to work with older students as well. One day, on a whim, she googled “Health Education”. Within the afternoon, much to her husband’s bewilderment, she had enrolled at Northern Illinois University to begin her new destiny as a certified middle-and high-school health teacher. After hobnobbing for four years with remarkable educators and young adults also entering the field, she graduated with the satisfaction of a career well-chosen. Earning her LGBT certification and minoring in psychology, and eventually earning her Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) certification, she is well-rounded in her academic knowledge base. However, raising three really cool daughters has been an education that cannot be taught in the classroom. (Coolness runs in the family. The maternal side.) TeenWorldConfidential is a project that began in 2013 with a desire to offer medically-accurate, fact-based information about sexuality health to adolescents and the adults in their lives using a straightforward yet humorous approach. Addressing sexuality health in a sex-positive, nonjudgmental manner can help keep lines of communication open and build trust with young people. Using this information will inspire dialogue between adults (parents, caregivers, teachers, etc) and young people, as well as inform about different aspects of sexuality health that may be unfamiliar. She believes in the philosophy that knowledge is power: The more information given – solid, medically-accurate, honest information – the better informed choices kids will make. View Guest page
Michael Coscetta is the Vice President of Sales and Marketing for StructuredWeb, a leading provider of channel marketing software and services to global technology companies such as Cisco, TIBCO, VMware, GE, EMC, and many others. Simply put, StructuredWeb helps companies leverage their partners’ digital connections to reach, influence and drive more end customers to buy their products. After graduating from Harvard University with Honors, Michael started his own business as a sales trainer and was responsible for training over 3,000 sales reps across two states who sold $34million in luxury household products. Having branched off into sales consulting, Mike started offering advice and creating sales programs for several technology startups and created a training program for a $1billion cloud computing subsidiary. He took a 6 month break to travel across Asia and Europe, and travel remains a passion and a focus despite the chaos and pressures of a fast growing company. View Guest page
Alyssa Curry embarked on this heartfelt project in an effort to help her mother recover from a craniotomy due to multiple brain aneurysms. Alyssa is a young woman illuminated by her passion for life. Alyssa is a recent college graduate in the field of Psychology. She designs award-winning book covers, websites and does editing for Seraph Books with remarkable passion! View Guest page
Teresa de Grosbois
Listen to expert Teresa de Grosbois: discussing a fresh understanding of the game of influence. Teresa is featured in inspiring conversation with Fi on Direct Connect Empowerment. Teresa is an international speaker sought by entrepreneurs and large corporations wanting to better understand how local word of mouth can suddenly turn epidemic. Specializing in the topics of influence and success, Teresa has a proven track-record in understanding word of mouth epidemics having taken three books to best-seller status in only 8 months. Teresa teaches business and marketing courses around the globe, including teaching courses to start-up entrepreneurs in developing countries. As the Chair of the Evolutionary Business Council, Teresa leads an international, invitation-only council of speakers and influencers dedicated to teaching the principles of success. For more information, or to sign up for her free e-newsletter, please visit www.TeresadeGrosbois.com View Guest page
Dan Dal Degan
Dan has been a guest on the show and I felt his message so important, that I asked him to share his methodology on Exponential Growth.Dan is President of Ensighten Software, the leader in enabling digital marketers to own and activate marketing data for real-time personalization at large scale. While leading the sales, marketing, and customer success organizations, Dan is driving Ensighten's aggressive growth to serve the rapidly-expanding market for real ROI through marketing data activation. Dan built and led Salesforce sales teams from 150 employees and $50,000 annually to 12,000 employees and over $4 billion annually. His civic roles include the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Chancellor’s Alumni Committee on Corporate Partnerships), the Institute for Career Advancement Needs and the Cara Program fighting homelessness and poverty in Chicago. Dan, his wife, and their five children live in St. Charles, IL. View Guest page
Dan Dal Degan
Dan is President of Ensighten Software, the leader in enabling digital marketers to own and activate marketing data for real-time personalization at large scale. While leading the sales, marketing, and customer success organizations, Dan is driving Ensighten's aggressive growth to serve the rapidly-expanding market for real ROI through marketing data activation. Dan built and led Salesforce sales teams from 150 employees and $50,000 annually to 12,000 employees and over $4 billion annually. Dan’s sales career has also an EVP role at Synchrony, as well as successful leadership roles at Siebel Systems, Sybase, and Oracle. His civic roles include the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Chancellor’s Alumni Committee on Corporate Partnerships), the Institute for Career Advancement Needs and the Cara Program fighting homelessness and poverty in Chicago. Dan, his wife, and their five children live in St. Charles, IL. View Guest page
Albert DiLeonardo has a career that is filled with tremendous accomplishments. While a student at Temple University in 1978, Al began selling Cutco Cutlery. As a result of his success in sales, he was promoted to Cutco’s District Manager position in 1980. Al managed a successful sales office for 10 years, which granted him another promotion; this time to Division Manager. Once again, due to his success as a Division Manager, he was promoted to Northeast Region Manager. As a 12 year Region Manager, Al won an unprecedented 6 National Championships. Then, because of his passion for the business and his talent in attracting leaders, in 2002, Al was promoted to Vector East President and CEO. Al brings 36 years of experience, coupled with his gifts of developing people and giving of himself unconditionally to his role as President so that people in the organization feel blessed to be involved in such a caring organization. View Guest page
Tony Esteves is an experienced entrepreneur, performer, athlete, speaker and entertainer. His varied and unique international experiences provide the foundation for iOnTheBall. Tony is an Inspirational Facilitator who takes audiences through energetic, entertaining and interactive learning experiences. He is known for delivering skills and techniques in an engaging and memorable way. As a keynote speaker and workshop facilitator, Tony shares inspiring stories about how unexpected connections can transform one’s life and career. A graduate of the Second City Improvisation Program in Toronto, Canada and a former professional juggler and a Ping-Pong fanatic, Tony integrates dynamic teaching techniques including improvisation, juggling, and Ping-Pong play into his collaborative sessions and classes. View Guest page
David J.P. Fisher
David J.P. Fisher (D. Fish) is a speaker, coach, and author. Building on 20 years of experience as an entrepreneur and sales professional, he combines nuanced strategy and real-world tactics to help professionals become more effective, efficient, and happy. As the president of RockStar Consulting, he works with individuals and organizations to develop more effective networking, sales, and marketing skills. He lives next door to a beautiful cemetery in Evanston, IL, that reminds him to appreciate every day (and to always be on the lookout for zombies). View Guest page
Drew Frank knows business. He studied Management and International Business at Penn State University. In just 7 years in Management with Vector Marketing, Drew is responsible for over 26 million dollars in career sales and has earned 7 National Championships. Drew continues to raise the bar of his performance to achieve new heights in his sales career. Drew has reached this level of success all before the age of 30. This young champion has mastered the mind of a champion. Drew is also a Philly sports fan and even has a dog named, Sir Charles Barkley. He has traveled more of the world than most people under the age of 30 and enjoys running, tennis and maintaining a healthy and active lifestyle. Listen to Drew's infinite wisdom on creating balance while living a life of success. View Guest page
Sheila Glazov is an internationally known personality expert, award-winning author, engaging professional speaker and passionate educator. Sheila’s programs and books help individuals who are seeking harmony in their lives and want to defuse the conflict in their workplaces and homes. Sheila has appeared on CNN, NBC, ABC, FOX, LIFETIME and WGN TV and has been interviewed on radio stations and internet programs throughout the United States and Brazil. She has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun Times, and PRAVDA newspapers, and Happy Women (Portuguese magazine), Selling Power, HR, Women’s World, Chicago Parent, Seventeen and Enterprising Women magazines. Today's Chicago Woman newspaper selected Sheila as one of "100 Women Making A Difference."
Her innovative style has won Sheila praise for her What Color Is Your Brain® programs in conference rooms and classrooms in the U.S. and around the world. Encouraging adults and children to recognize and respect the best in themselves and others is the essence of her programs and books.
Sheila is the author of What Color Is Your Brain?® A Fun and Fascinating Approach to Understanding Yourself and Others and Princess Shayna's Invisible Visible Gift, which is the children’s version of What Color Is Your Brain? Sheila allocates 10% of the royalties from the sale of her books to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) and diabetes research and education. View Guest page
John is the President of Product Pioneering at Athletes' Performance and Core Performance. He spent the past 20 years as an executive in Fortune 500 companies. He's held leadership roles at Verizon, AT&T, and CNA Financial in technology and operations. As a college football player, John suffered a career-ending knee injury in 1986. He faced increasing knee pain and lack of movement in both knees following his injury. After 23 knee operations, including a revolutionary human transplant on his left leg in 2005, John not only regained movement and the ability to live an active life, he sought to give back for the gift he was given. As a result, John has embarked on a mission to use his successful medical outcome to help others in the same situation. John Golden and Dr. Brian Cole, professor of orthopedics and head of the Rush Cartilage Restoration Center, created the LiveActive Fund for Orthopedic Research and Education at Rush. The goal is to raise awareness for alternative treatments, therapies, and training that allow people to resume an active lifestyle. Starting in late 2007, John began climbing mountains as a means of rehabilitation and to show what is possible with a tissue transplant. Following his first climb at Mt. Rainier, John has climbed 14 mountains, culminating in his climb of Mt. Everest in the spring of 2009. View Guest page
Born in 1933, Gram has lived in various places throughout the country, but now calls St. Charles, Illinois her home. She was born in Massachusetts and has a genuine love for vacationing on Cape Cod with her family. Her life is filled with captivating stories about her experiences in her early years and those experiences shaped her into the loving mother and grandmother that she is. Gram is a lively woman of tremendous faith and love for her beautiful family, who enjoys fun, baking, movies and hanging out with her girlfriends. View Guest page
Joe Grushkin, CEO and President of B2B Global Network has over 30 years of success and experience as an entrepreneur, sales professional and business coach and a speaker. In 2010, seeing the need to assist small businesses in rebounding from the wide spread economic challenges, Joe launched InLineAdz, Inc. which places large screen monitors in high traffic business locations. It now has over 3000 clients in 19 states and over a million dollars in sales. Those clients continually asked, "how do I use Facebook and what's a tweet?" In 2012, Joe developed a system called MaxExposure! Social Media Management (under the business name B2B Global Network, Inc.) to be affordable to small business owner and level the social media playing field with MaxExposure! More information can be obtained at www.MaxExposureSocialMedia.com/Joe Joe intends to make MaxExposure! a national brand, by offering sales people (and Resellers) life-time residual income and providing unprecedented affordable services to the small business owners they serve. View Guest page
JP Hamel is currently the Vice President of Sales for N2 Publishing, one of the fastest growing media companies in the country, as ranked by INC Magazine each of the past 3 years. He has been in sales and sales leadership since 1996 when he took a summer position in direct sales while on summer break from Albright College. He has personally trained and coached thousands of sales professionals ranging from direct business to consumer sales to the B2B, Fortune 500 sales environment. JP has completed 3 full marathons, still plays baseball competitively in an 18 and over league, and is the front person for a 70’s and 80’s cover band. He lives in Northern New Jersey with his wife Brooke and their 2 daughters and is expecting a 3rd child this June. View Guest page
Gay Hendricks, Ph.D.
Gay Hendricks, Ph.D., has been a leader in the fields of relationship transformation and bodymind therapies for over 45 years. After earning his Ph.D. in counseling psychology from Stanford, Gay served as professor of Counseling at the University of Colorado for 21 years. He has written and authored, with Katie, 35 books. Gay has appeared on more than 500 radio and television shows, including Oprah, CNN and 48 Hours. View Guest page
Katie Hendricks, Ph.D., BC-DMT
Katie Hendricks, Ph.D., BC-DMT, is an artist of life who creates transformational theater events around the world. She has been a pioneer in the field of body-mind integration for over forty years. Katie has flown over 1 million miles consulting and teaching in a wide array of corporations and universities, most recently in China. She is the co-author of ten books, including the best-selling Conscious Loving and Spirit-Centered Relationships. View Guest page
Jenny M. Hoobler , Ph.D.
Jenny M. Hoobler (Ph.D., University of Kentucky) is Associate Professor of Management and Director of the Center for Human Resource Management at University of Illinois at Chicago, where she has been on faculty for 9 years. Broadly, her research interests are in the areas of gender and diversity in the workplace, leadership behaviors, and work and family. She spent the 2011-2012 academic year on a Fulbright research award, studying women’s representation in leadership positions in South African corporations. She currently serves on the editorial boards of Personnel Psychology, Journal of Organizational Behavior, Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, and Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology. She and her husband Ryan live with their dog, Indie, in Chicago’s Little Italy. View Guest page
Rebecca “Becca” Hruska
Rebecca “Becca” Hruska grew up professionally in the world of Direct Sales. Becca demonstrated strong success in both sales and management with Cutco Cutlery. Her skill set carried a strong advantage in developing systems and procedures, particularly in recruiting which drives sales. Last year, in looking to capitalize on her skill set, Becca was determined to create a perfect career match combining her Direct Sales experience with her talents in recruiting systems and procedures. Becca did this while moving from Chicago to New York City. After clearing any road blocks to making her dream a reality, as well as getting clear about the details of the job she desired, Becca manifested her dream job with Dove Chocolate Discoveries. Now, Becca partners with the DCD marketing team to design sales and recruiting promotions and incentives to shift cultures, drive recruiting which ultimately drives sales. Becca lives in New York City with her fiancé Andrew and their dog Iceman. View Guest page
Pastor Bill Jenkins
Pastor Bill Jenkins is the founder and senior pastor of CHURCH OF ACTS in Indianapolis, Indiana and is also the host of GENERATION ACTS which is a weekly television broadcast on the Trinity Broadcasting Network. The Indiana Minority Business magazine has recognized him as a "MAN OF DISTINCTION" and he has also received the MAYORS COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD. He is considered by others as a leading prophetic voice with the ability to encourage others through the power of the WORD OF GOD. He is the author of 4 books with his new release "Fifteen" which gives the number 15 in the Bible a prophetic voice to release a vision for success in 2015. View Guest page
Pastor Bill Jenkins
Pastor Bill Jenkins is the founder and senior pastor of the church of acts as well as a television and radio host. Rapidly becoming known as an apostle of God with a prophetic voice, he works to release a message of hope in our world. With deep spiritual revelation and insight from God's word, Pastor Bill takes the toughest passages of scripture and explains them in a practical and interesting way. He is the “go-to-guy" when it comes to understanding the biblical numbers and their spiritual significance. A devoted husband and father, his passion is for others to become successful as they apply the principles of Christ. View Guest page
John is married to Tracy and has three beautiful children. He values his relationships with family and friends. He is passionate about spiritual and personal growth, loves sports and music and loves creating adventures for his family. He is a fan of the Front Row Foundation and is in training for several triathlons this year to raise money for the organization. John was promoted to the Director of Sales Development in May of 2003 for Vector Marketing Corporation. John reports directly to the CEO and President of Vector East Al DiLeonardo. He provides leadership and support for the departments of Training and Leadership Development, and National Sales Promotion and Rep Development. He also oversees Training and Recruiting Programs. He is committed to helping people to grow as leaders. He is excited about the process of developing programs and training that will help our people and our organization to reach new levels of excellence in sales and leadership. View Guest page
Jen Kunio has been passionate about sports from a young age and currently has a healthy addiction to triathlons. She has extensive experience in sports medicine, personal training and massage therapy. Jen has a degree in Kinesiology from Michigan State University. According to Jen,"the joy I get in seeing people released from pain, realize their potential and accomplish more than they ever though possible is so rewarding. It's not just about running farther than they thought they could, it's about doing more than they ever could envision themselves doing. I get to work with amazing people who make my job fun and consider myself blessed to work with these people. The people who inspire me are those who overcome their fears, work hard and accomplish their goals." Jen has numerous certifications in a variety of modalities. View Guest page
Michael Leach’s life is an inspirational lesson on the importance of FAITH in God, hard work, perseverance, and courage. Michael Leach is currently the Labor Operations Coordinator for the National Football League working in the league’s Management Council. Prior to joining the NFL Headquarters, he served as the Assistant to Head Coach for the Chicago Bears for 3 years. Growing up in Chicago, he always dreamed of working in professional sports. Though he lacked the natural athletic gifts of many of his peers, through hard work, parental encouragement, and discipline, he achieved his dream, and continues to dream for even greater heights. Michael is an alumnus of the University of Illinois and St. Thomas University where he received his Bachelor and Master of Science Degrees in Sports Management and Sports Administration respectively. Before conferring his Master’s degree he was selected from hundreds of applicants to work for the Miami Dolphins as a Media Relations and Football Operations Assistant for the team’s flagship Assistantship Program. While his ongoing journey in professional sports keeps him busy in-season, he dedicates his off-season to serve and help others realize their potential, believe in their dreams, and teaches on the power that our daily “choices” in life can have. A servant leader at heart, Michael engages with other leaders and people across various platforms and industries on how to better serve and add value to others while achieving future goals. Michael is a networking and relationship building expert and consults with people of all ages and backgrounds on how to live a life of purpose. He shares his daily words of encouragement and humbling successes in life to his countless following through his social network and encourages people to: RISK more than others think is safe. CARE more than others think is wise. DREAM more than others think is practical. EXPECT more than others think is possible View Guest page
Laura Macklin-Purdy is the Business Development Director for the St. Charles Chamber of Commerce. Laura brings extensive knowledge and understanding to the chamber staff. Combining a mix of knowledge from; business ownership, multiple property management positions and extensive retail experience allows Laura’s experience to provide helpful insight to business owners. Laura is dedicated to helping businesses grow their capabilities, connections and bringing their business to the next level. Responsible for growing the Chambers membership 30% in one year, Laura increased membership from 500 to 700 members in 2014. The introduction of the Membership Success Seminar and the Summer Lunch Series to the mix of events at the Chamber has been instrumental in keeping membership at an all time high. Laura brings to the table extensive understanding of business ownership having had two businesses in St. Charles. As a sales trainer for an international direct sales company she has obtained invaluable knowledge and understanding of all aspects of sales strategies and cycles. In 2014 she was invited by Mayor Rogina of St. Charles to serve on the St. Charles Planning Commission. The Commission reviews and holds public hearings for rezoning, special use and new developments in the City of St Charles. View Guest page
Beverly Miller has practiced as a skin care therapist and esthetician since 1976 when she graduated from the Ohio State Cosmetology School in Columbus, Ohio. She enjoyed a very successful career in the Columbus, Ohio area for 20 years until she relocated to Saint Charles, Illinois. In 2000, Beverly decided it was time to follow her dream of being on her own. Tranquility began on September 5, 2000 in the small upstairs of an old renovated house in the quaint downtown area of St. Charles. With customer service as her main focus, she began her journey to provide results oriented treatments and education to her clients in a natural, holistic manner. View Guest page
T. Kari Mitchell
T. Kari Mitchell is a former teacher. Her lifelong passion for wellness fueled a desire to become a holistic health coach to empower others. Although TK has been health conscious most of her life, her focus changed after she was diagnosed with multiple food allergies. Using this information to her advantage, she was successful in reversing health challenges through dietary modifications and lifestyle interventions. As founder of Lifestyle 120, TK is deeply passionate about helping others transform their lives through her wellness program and workshops. TK earned a B.A. from Scripps College, M.Ed. from University of Southern California, Health Coach Certificate from Institute for Integrative Nutrition, and Ageless Grace Educator Certificate from Ageless Grace®. She enjoys writing, traveling, keeping fit, creating gourmet recipes, attending live theatre and jazz performances, and taking piano lessons. See TK's book, Sip the Garden: Fun, Easy Easy Drinks for a Healthier Family. View Guest page
Mike Monroe is a business owner who did formal coaching with Fi twice. Each experience was catalyzed by major transitions. First, Mike had the opportunity to move locations and expand his already successful business. Mike describes that time. “I was having weekly panic attacks, standing at the brink of uncertainty, feeling like I was being uncontrollably pushed over the edge.” Following his coaching process, Mike used some of his breakthroughs to build his business from $600,000 to over $2,000,000. The second occurred when he moved from the east coast to the west coast in order to be with the woman of his dreams. He credits his coaching experiences with giving clarity to his mind and heart, expanding his emotional muscles and enabling him to work through some challenging issues. The by-product of all of these things is a well-rounded and happy 33 year old. Mike also just landed his dream job as the Digital Strategy Manager at Vector Marketing Corporation. View Guest page
From poverty to profitability, from lonely to loveable and from angry to awesome is the story of Amiee Mueller. Amiee grew up in a small town and in a broken family. Following a tough childhood including neglect, poverty and abuse, she left home in hopes of a better way of living. After graduating at the top of her college class, Destination Awesome author Amiee Mueller opened her first business. Experiencing award-winning success and earning six figures by age twenty-five, she began mentoring other young adults and has helped over a thousand on their paths to personal and professional success. Mueller is a sought-after speaker and trainer, the founder of AmieeMueller.com―which helps people achieve personal, professional, and academic success, an advisory board member for the Front Row Foundation, and vice president of Vast Action, Inc., a company dedicated to the success and support of entrepreneurs. View Guest page
Donna Richards Muriel
Donna Richards Muriel is the founder and managing partner of Merge Leadership Solutions. At Merge Leadership Solutions, we have defined a unique and cutting edge approach to developing leaders based on the premise so eloquently articulated by Socrates, “Know Thyself.” The power of the most memorable leaders is that they lead not only from their head but also from their heart. They don’t ride the wave of external factors but instead they know their passion and purpose and they lead from that place. They know their limitations and their strengths and have the courage and vulnerability to be authentic in their leadership. Donna teaches leaders how to take this courageous journey to know thyself. Donna is a recognized expert at empowering people to transform their leadership along with their businesses, relationships and, ultimately, the way they live. She has a passion and talent for teaching people how to attain awareness to be conscious leaders. View Guest page
Dr. Kalli Prater
Dr. Prater started her professional career at the National University of Health Sciences where she earned her Doctorate of Chiropractic Medicine and Acupuncture Certificate in 2012. During her education Dr. Prater discovered the path to obtaining a Diplomate degree in Internal Medicine from the Council on Diagnosis and Internal Disorders through the American Board of Chiropractic Internists. Dr. Prater's specialized training and education has been focused on the natural alternatives to Women's Health including gynecology, infertility and nutrition. Dr. Prater believes finding and treating the cause to illness is the key to success for each patient. Dr. Prater believes in healing the person as a whole and empowering her patients to make their own healthy lifestyle choices with a compassionate, individualized and hands on approach.
Dr. Kalli Prater, DC combines conventional and holistic treatments to improve health, slow aging and manage or eliminate symptoms. Dr. Prater understands a patient's uniqueness through a metabolic history, physical examination, lab analysis as a foundation for creating your individual health care plan. Natural Medicine is safe and beneficial for patients of all ages. View Guest page
Ambassador of Happiness is who Teresa Proctor is. She is a Coach and has attended Coach Inc. where she participated in there three year program. She is also the founder of D.I.G. a group that supports women entrepreneurs, and stay at home moms to dream, inspire and set goals. Teresa believes that in order to be successful, you must first be happy first. After being married for 23 years, moving over 15 times during her marriage, and having three children, she found herself getting a divorce, with no clue of who she was and what she wanted. During her search for herself, it became clear to her that she wanted to be happy. To experience freedom, peace, authentic success, abundance in all areas of her life. Through her own personal journey, she has helped hundreds of people to find themselves and to create their own happy, harmonies and authentic success. View Guest page
Ginny Quirk-Alberts’ sports marketing career began in 1985 when she landed the position as executive/personal assistant to Chicago Bear Walter Payton. Within three years, Ginny’s role would have the added responsibilities and title of Vice President of Walter Payton, Inc. overseeing the numerous companies which Payton owned. She also held a seat on the board for the Walter Payton Foundation for over ten years and was integral in its day-to-day operations. In 1999, Payton passed away and Ginny, pregnant at the time, chose to focus her energies as President of Celebrity Appearances, Inc., a subsidiary company she and her partner Kim Tucker-Conty started. Celebrity Appearances connects sports talents and high profile individuals with companies. Ginny and Kim also co-authored the New York Times Best Seller, "Never Die Easy." Ginny also has several decades of experience representing buyers and sellers of real estate in the Chicago suburbs and more recently, southern Wisconsin. She enjoys running and boating with her husband and two children. View Guest page
An undisciplined mind can cause a life of chaos. Julianna Raye has been practicing Basic Mindfulness with her clients for more than 14 years. After feeling miserable pursuing what she thought was her life's purpose as a recording artist, Julianna realized that if her mind was unhappy that her life would reflect that unhappiness. Therefore, upon a recommendation from a psychotherapist, Julianna began meditating. She attended a retreat given by an American Mindfulness teacher who was ordained in Japan, Shinzen Young. Later she added the rigors and rituals of Zen training to expand her practice. Julianna founded Pop Go Zen to work with people to empower them in their personal growth efforts. Julianna works with individuals and groups to personalize their experience in Basic Mindfulness to experience the benefits in their physical, mental, emotional and spiritual lives. View Guest page
Mark is an avid 51-year old CrossFit enthusiast, husband and father of four. Professionally Mark is a Group Account Director at Acquity Group, part of Accenture Interactive. On August 6, 2010 Mark’s life changed drastically while driving home from work when a man intentionally drove his car head on into Mark’s car in a suicide attempt. Mark sustained a traumatic brain injury, broken neck, ribs, pelvis and tibia. Mark was in a coma for a week and faced amputation of his right leg three times. Mark has fully recovered and has since produced record sales at Acquity Group and will participate in his third consecutive CrossFit Open this February. Expert medical care was critical to Mark’s recovery but equally important were investments Mark made years earlier in a healthy marital relationship, a healthy lifestyle, and complete forgiveness for the man causing the accident. View Guest page
It’s been in me since I was born and once I was introduced to Michael Jackson, heard my first Pearl Jam Cd and sang to 4 non blondes it was over. What’s funny is how I’ve come to truly appreciate the role music plays in my life. And I don’t just mean music- I mean performing! I love to perform in front of people and share that special energy of being connected through the vibe, the lyrics, the beats and the melody. I left music behind for almost 10 year of my life to pursue traditional business success. I was successful yet unfulfilled.
So I left the business goals behind to pursue music. Again unfulfilled cause I was broke! So I decided to tap into both and that’s when my world changed. I’ve found a way to use each to support each other through planning and finding my true passion. I want to travel the world as a musician speeding a conscious, real and positive message. I want to share my time with people who want to just flat out let go and enjoy themselves!
So my passion of travelin the world as a well known respected musician fuels my passion to work so I can afford to put all the pieces in place to do so. It’s a beautiful thing to know you’re working to support your passion- it will literally strengthen your work more than any generic business skill set. Passion is the key!! I have pinch myself cause I’m on an extraordinary journey!
“Dream like you’ll live forever and live like you’ll die tomorrow” James Dean View Guest page
John Ruhlin is ranked #1 in sales in the 65 year history of Cutco, one of the largest direct sales companies in the world. His ranking and broken records still stand among the 1 Million+ distributors that have walked through Cutco's doors. His firm specializes in teaching sales and marketing teams how to stand out, be memorable and become even more referable through "Appreciative Leadership". They also help firms develop and execute year round strategic gifting and appreciation programs to open up doors with impossible to reach C-level prospects, create employee engagement, drive referrals and sales with clients, and deepen all key stakeholder relationships. His clients span across all sizes and industries and includes many well known organizations. John's second book, "Appreciative Leadership" is due out at the end of this year. John lives outside of St. Louis and is married to his supportive wife Lindsay. He will soon be the father of 3 beautiful daughters. View Guest page
Greg is the co-founder and President of Coachwell, a professional consulting company providing executive coaching, certification and coaching systems for leaders and organizations. Greg is a regular speaker at leadership conferences and coaches leaders in personal and professional development as well as team and organizational health. As an avid outdoorsman, Greg enjoys skiing and mountain biking in the beautiful Cascade Mountains of Central Oregon. Greg is a graduate of Vanguard University and lives in Bend Oregon with his wife Dianna. For more information about Greg please visit coachwell.com View Guest page
I'm a 26 year old performance coach who works primarily with millennial professionals and entrepreneurs. I am loving life in San Diego where I split my time between surfing and rescuing millennial leaders from the trap of a meaningless rat race life. I help my clients find fulfillment, purpose, and show them how they can grow their business tremendously and efficiently - more than they ever could working a stressed out 60-100 work week. I am extremely passionate about two things at this point in my life: adventure, and living a life of purpose and impact. Thus, I've combined my two passions for my coaching programs where I take groups of kick ass people on adventure based retreats. Instead of sitting in a boring hotel room listening to speakers all day, we take exciting trips full of excursions and explore some of life's biggest questions. We then create clear visions for how to integrate the answers we learn back at home into our business. The inspiration for these trips began 2 years ago where I had a need for this sort of experience. I was crushing it and breaking records building my CUTCO cutlery sales management empire when I woke up one day and realized I had two big problems. I didn't TRULY know myself or the impact I wanted to make on this world and I wasn't surrounded by kick ass people to support the standards I wanted to have for myself. So I've spent the last 2 years solving these dilemmas for myself. My business is a reflection of that journey. I've compressed the most valuable breakthroughs I've had into a life changing 4 day experience, and I've created a community of peer entrepreneurs who expect excellence and greatness from this lifetime and hold each-other accountable in that journey. View Guest page
Dr. Greg Schulte
In the early 90’s, Greg Schulte, was an engineer who traveled frequently for work. As a result of poor eating habits and excess stress, Greg developed Gastro Esophageal Reflux Disease (GERD). He sought relief through traditional medicine and found no solutions. Greg’s mom suggested he see a chiropractor. He told his mom he had GERD, not back pain. She said go. Greg did see a chiropractor and regained his health through both chiropractic treatments and nutritional supplements. Inspired by his own experience, he changed careers, returned to school and became a Chiropractor. Greg’s passion is helping people and his motto is healthy by choice, not by chance. Now, Dr. Greg Schulte is a Chiropractor and Nutrition Practitioner. He is one doctor in a select group of 8 chiropractors on a mission to spread the message of wellness through chiropractic. Dr. Schulte will share some of his best ideas and cures to keep stress from taxing you in a safe, natural and empowered way. View Guest page
Trent is a sought-after transformational facilitator, trainer and consultant. Since 1988 he has been helping organizations achieve transformative results by developing leaders, leveraging change, cultivating teams and engaging employees and stakeholders. Early in his career in information technology, Trent discovered that he would rather work “on” the system than “in” the system. So in 1992 he formed his own company (Experienca) to help forward-looking organizations and individuals create exceptional results through principled actions. Since then, he has had the honour to help hundreds of leading organizations, brilliant leaders and dedicated stakeholders around the world. These range from Fortune 50 companies that define the global business environment to small non-governmental organizations that are doing their part to change the world. He is an avid traveller, photographer, adventurer and motorcyclist and enjoys immersing himself in the diverse cultures of the world. View Guest page
Marala Scott speaks from the heart with her life-changing words of faith and strength. Her efforts caught the attention of Oprah Winfrey who honored her as one of her five Ambassadors of Hope in 2009 and stated “A childhood of abuse almost kept Marala Scott from a life of happiness…until she discovered how to use her story to help others.” Ms. Scott is also a recipient of a Congressional award for her humanitarian efforts for sharing her prolific life story in efforts to help and inspire others. Marala's Award-winning books, In Our House (an Amazon Bestseller #3), Surrounded By Inspiration, Bad to the Bone (an Amazon Bestseller #17), and the newly released Intuition have powerful lessons that inspire, provide hope and encourage change. Marala’s most recent release, Intuition, is co-authored by her daughter, Alyssa Curry, and is written to inspire the audience about the importance of trusting one’s own intuition. View Guest page
Carey Smolensky is a dynamic Businessman and Entrepreneur who began his family of companies with Mobile Music Disc Jockey Service, Inc. in 1978 while he was still attending NewTrier West High School. In 1984, Carey earned the title of Mr. United States, the male equivalent to the Miss America competition, while completing a Bachelors of Science degree in Biology from Loyola University in Chicago; all the while, expanding his business and bringing a new style of interactive entertainment to Chicagoland. Carey and his wife Diane expanded to Carey Smolensky Productions in 1987. Then, in 1999, another company evolved to service customers and Custom Specialty Promotions was born and headed by President, Diane Smolensky. Through Carey's continual evolution of his company, the umbrella company CSP Worldwide Event Management was created to service thousands of clients across the globe. View Guest page
Dr. Jennifer Stanley
Jen Stanley believes a happy and fulfilling life requires intentional focus in each and every aspect of our physical, emotional, mental and spiritual lives. I co-create with my clients a roadmap to help them achieve their health goals. I empower my clients with education, nutritional coaching, Qigong, guided imagery, mind and bodywork, and finding something fun to be passionate about. Dr. Jen is a graduate of Midwest University of Naturopathic Medicine and is a certified Traditional Naturopath through the American Naturopathic Certification Board. She is also a certified colon hydrotherapist through the National Board of Colon Hydrotherapy (NBCHT) and a member of I-ACT, the International Association of Colon Hydrotherapy. Prior to natural medicine, Jennifer Stanley had been a professional chef for 10 years. She moved back to Chicago to complete a degree from the French Pastry School when she was diagnosed with fibromyalgia. That sent her on a journey of wellness. View Guest page
Anita Telle has a mission: To teach acceptance and love to children ages 4 – 9 so they will grow up to be amazing, supportive and loving teenagers, immune to peer pressure and bullying. Anita Telle also has a story to tell. And it’s an important story; one that touches everyone, everywhere, from every culture. But it is especially important for children:Being different IS normal. We are all different, in different ways. Her recent book “The Ultimate Anti-Bullying Solutions Guide: The Sure fire way to STOP Bullying NOW!” crystallizes her mission and her story into a handbook for people who want to be part of the solution. Anita firmly holds onto the belief that children best gain inspiration and encouragement through reading, particularly if the material read by the children, or being read to the kids, is fun, entertaining, educational and based on real life experiences and issues, vastly impacting and aiding their personal growth. She grew up in Norway, where storytelling is part of her culture. Drawing on that heritage, Anita started writing books for children with engaging stories containing messages of love and acceptance. She personally goes to classrooms, reading her books aloud and connecting with children, parents, and educators, listening to their stories and teaching them self-acceptance and acceptance for others. View Guest page
Joe Thomas has a career in the entertainment industry that spans nearly 3 decades. As a writer movie director and music producer he has worked with talents such as, Elton John, Paul McCartney, The Beach Boys, Toby Keith, John Mayer, Bon Jovi, Fleetwood Mac, Kenney Chesney and Counting Crows, just to name a few. In the 90’s Joe served as President of Platinum Entertainment, until the company went public. In 2001, Joe co-founded HD Ready, where he directed and produced over 100 episodes for the television show Soundstage. Joe also directed and co-produced the feature film Kenny Chesney: Summer in 3D. Most recently, Joe orchestrated the 50th Reunion tour of the Beach Boys, where the original members of the famous band reunited for the first time since 1965. Currently, Joe is working with Brian Wilson, of the famous Beach Boys, on his new solo album for Capitol Records. View Guest page
Kristine Thomas is a wife and mother of 4. She devotes much of her life practicing empowering principles. As an avid reader and researcher, Kris is constantly looking for simple and effective ways to impact and improve her experiences, while enjoying the process along the way. Kris looks for opportunities to apply what she learns in all areas of her life. She practices to build confidence and credibility in these important life changing concepts. Through her daily devotion, she surrounds herself with reminders to be happy and stay connected to what she desires. Kris is a great accountability partner to Fi, where they discuss situations where empowerment can be used. I consider Kris a Life Expert, applying universal principles to her daily life to make the most of any given day. View Guest page
On January 16, 2013, The Chicago Bears named Marc Trestman as the fourteenth head coach in franchise history. During his inaugural season with the Bears, Marc tallied an impressive set of statistics; including an 8-8 record, the most wins for a coach in his first year in the Superbowl Era. Additionally, the Bears offense gained a franchise best 6,109 net yards. Marc came to the Bears after leading the Montreal Alouettes to back to back championships in 2009 and 2010, and being named the Canadian Football League’s Coach of the Year in 2009. His offensive prowess is well known throughout football. Marc’s long list of accomplishments on the football field is the reason why he was sought after by some of the most successful franchises in football. However, Marc’s genuine respect, caring nature and compassion for human kind are the attributes that allowed him to generate the opportunities to perfect his craft as a leader, mentor and coach. View Guest page
David Tuccaro Jr.
David Tuccaro Jr. is a Mikisew Cree First Nation who overcame his fight with Leukemia, chronicled in his memoir, Bad to the Bone: The True Story of David Tuccaro Jr. Born and raised in Ft. McMurray, Canada. He shares his tumultuous journey of self-discovery through pain, hopelessness and the feeling of inadequacy to inspire others to overcome adversity. After finding his purpose, he is living out his passion of teaching others to save lives by registering to become a bone marrow donor. David spends his free time with his family and enjoying music. View Guest page
Jax Turyna is a full-time actress and model living in the Chicago area. Her alluring look is her signature on both the big screen and in print. Despite her breathtaking beauty, those who work with Jax say that she is kind and down to earth. Her most recent completed film, Dead Girls is currently in post-production. Previous film features include Roundabout American, Chat, and Hogtown, as well as several short films. On television, she regularly co-hosts the Mancow TV morning show in Chicago and has appeared nationally in two Episodes of God, Guns and Automobiles on The History Channel. Jax is also a highly-published model, appearing in magazines like Flip XY, Coed Magazine, Beauty Look, Bella Petite, Chicago Bride and more. She has been featured on the covers of over 200 romance novels. Jax graduated from Elmhurst College, Cum Laude in 2013 with a BA degree in Communication Studies. Jax is currently working on the series Declassified, where she plays the role of Emma. View Guest page
Jon is an award-winning speaker, contributing Author to Cutting Edge Sales, Author of Living College Life In The Front Row and charitable entrepreneur. Jon helps sales professionals and leaders step away from what’s comfortable and ordinary, and start pursuing what’s meaningful, which Jon refers to as Living Life In The Front Row™. Jon believes that each one of us chooses whether to be a spectator of life in the “back row” or actively engaged “in the front row.” He has over 20 years experience in the Direct Sales Industry and is the expert called upon to ignite imagination and challenge average thinking. In 2005, Jon founded Front Row Foundation, which was recently featured on NBC’s Today Show. The charity helps individuals and families who are braving critical health challenges have a front row experience. To date, the charity has raised over $1,000,000 and created more than 65 experiences for individuals and their families. Jon resides in New Jersey with his wife and son. View Guest page
Zach Wagner’s career began officially at the age of 19 when he discovered the world of direct sales and personal leadership. After the first year of University, Zach had exactly $7.32 left in his bank account, and realized that a job as a server or a construction laborer would just not cut it. Over the next decade, Zach went on to earn over $100,000 before graduating as a full-time college student, received a coaching certification at the age of 24 working with more than 200 individuals, gained accessed to and partnered with C-Level executives in the hospitality and retail industries improving their employee big data strategy, and became a partner and owner in a Premiere Entrepreneur Accelerator. Currently, Zach serves Gen X&Y entrepreneurs who are absolutely dedicated to their personal and professional mission. By enabling greater partnerships, strategies and mindsets for the clients and business partners he serves, Zach has proven to provide rapid business growth without sacrificing lifestyle. Zach currently lives in Denver and holds Connection, Infinity, Truth and Love as his highest values.. Loves getting to know anyone's gift and passion, snowboarding, seeing the world, and creating the life of his dreams with his amazing girlfriend EJ. View Guest page