A Conversation with Writer and Director Darren Stein about his life, coming out, and his classic cult film, JAWBREAKER.
May 17, 2016
Hosted by Danielle Delaney
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The spotlight shines on Darren Stein, Writer and Director, as we discuss the cult following of his classic film "Jawbreaker" and the meaning and message of his film "GBF" among his other projects. Please join us as we talk about how Darren began as a filmmaker, what it is like to "come out" to one's family and to others, public displays of affection, issues in the GLBT community that are issues affecting all humans, and what drives him as a powerful individual in the film industry. Listen in and come along on his journey from his childhood to becoming a respected, revered, talented and recognized force in film.
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This show is about discussing experiences and traumas that individuals endure and learning how they persevere through them. We talk to guests for clarification of exactly how to find the path to reclaim your life and to be in the driver’s seat. Our show is about personal empowerment. Our guests are compelling people whom, along with Danielle, can provide knowledge and insight and direction to empower you and guide you with firsthand knowledge. Nothing is sugarcoated. This is the Real Deal. Guests, physicians and celebrities are speaking from real, personal experience or expertise. There is power in recognizing and talking about issues, so let’s talk about them! As a Counselor, I use cognitive behavioral counseling psychology to create lasting change.
Danielle Delaney is a Certified Crisis Counselor, specialist in addiction and recovery aftercare, rape crisis counselor, and a sober coach and Interventionist. She also specializes in the area of adults molested as children as well as GLBT issues and drug-assisted rape and survivors of domestic violence. She is the President and CEO of an international sober companioning corporation, Danielle Delaney Counseling, Inc., which provides nurses and companions to people who are discharged from inpatient facilities and sober living homes, so that they may have invaluable assistance in beginning their lives again with structure. Danielle maintains a private practice in Hollywood, California and works with crime survivors with the Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) for The City of Long Beach and works as a state certified court advocate. She is also a writer and is a contributor to numerous health journals including those for the Minority Health Institute, The Association of Black Cardiologists, and the National Medical Association, and has been filmed for a segment for the television series The Doctors. The County of Los Angeles Office of Protocol has hailed Danielle as a proven asset to the City and County of Los Angeles. Danielle holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from UCLA and has earned additional certifications at the Sexual Assault Crisis Agency in Orange County. As a survivor herself, she is uniquely qualified to understand and assist her clients.
At the age of 19, Natasha Alexenko was raped and robbed at gunpoint in New York City. Due to a backlog of thousands of rape kits, it took nearly 10 years to process her rape kit and identify her attacker. While her kit collected dust on a shelf, the man that raped Natasha was on a nationwide crime-spree. Driven by a need to prevent this ongoing injustice, in 2011 she started Natasha’s Justice Project, a nonprofit dedicated to eliminating the untested sexual assault evidence kits throughout the country. Her story was featured in HBO’s critically acclaimed documentary, Sex Crimes Unit. Natasha is a survivor, an activist, and an educator who is hoping to change the criminal justice system’s response to sexual assault. View Guest page
AJ Benza was one of the most celebrated (and feared) gossip columnists at the New York Daily News in the 1990's. That's pre-TMZ people! Before Harvey, there was AJ! In 1997, Benza got the call that changed his life and ripped him away from the Greenwich Village streets. It was a call from the E! Network in Los Angeles, offering him a weekly TV series that would give light to the underbelly of Hollywood's Walk of Fame. The show was "Mysteries & Scandals" and it quickly became a top-rated hit that aired 172 episodes. He's written two memoirs, "Fame, Ain't it a Bitch" and 2015's Amazon Best-Seller "74 and Sunny," appeared in numerous films including "Ransom," "Conspiracy Theory" and a starring role in "Rocky Balboa." Currently AJ executive produced "So B. It," based on the best-selling book. He's back on the tube doing what he does best - hosting "Case Closed with AJ Benza" Saturday nights at 10 pm on ReelzChannel. View Guest page
Born in Waukegan, Illinois, Gretchen doesn't call any one place home. She has moved around, Illinois to Germany. While working doing bookings for a radio station in Phoenix, she was set up on a blind date with future husband, Danny Bonaduce, who was working at the local radio station. She managed Danny’s career for 16 years and is a devoted mother to their two children, Countess Isabella (age 22) and Count Dante (age 16). She was Executive Producer of 2 seasons of VH-1’s “Breaking Bonaduce” which documented the chaotic life of her family. The series showed how her positivity and strength carried her and her children through a difficult marriage. She once shot a pilot for ABC's Soap Network titled Soap Talk which got picked up by the channel. Gretchen was also an executive producer and creator of VH-1’s I Know My Kid's A Star and she won on Fox’s Gimme My Own Reality Show. Gretchen has appeared on many other television shows, from Phil Donahue to OPRAH, and her book debuts in 2018. View Guest page
The expression "redhead on a mission" is more than the perfect analogy to describe Angelica Bridges. A former "Miss Missouri Teen" and "Elite" model hails from a small town in Missouri. She grew up as a tomboy, on a ranch, & is best known for her role on the international television series "BAYWATCH." The actress, television host, singer, producer and philanthropist has started 2015 off with one of her most diversified career directions yet. She is currently shooting the television trilogy, "Batgirl Rises" in one of the lead roles of "Poison Ivy."She just finished shooting two films back to back, "Axe man Overkill" & "The Letter Red" both slated for 2016 Theatrical releases. Bridges' humor, wit and ability to command attention keep her immersed in television & public presentation. She has had guest starring & reoccurring roles on over 20 series such as Veronica Mars, The Days of Our Lives, NYPD Blue, just to name a few and enjoys public speaking on a variety of guest news panels. View Guest page
Todd Bridges is a television icon from the 1970's onward. He is particularly notable as the sole survivor of the children of the cast of "Diff'rent Strokes" and for being the first Black actor to appear on Little House on the Prairie, The Waltons, and other huge TV series of the 1970's and 80's. Todd was the only Black teen heartthrob other than Michael Jackson of that era. Todd was also in the recordbreaking and iconic landmark miniseries, "Roots," starring alongside Ben Vereen, LeVar Burton, and other legends. He has numerous tv credits from the 70's to present time.
Todd Bridges is best known for his starring role as "Willis Jackson" on the sitcom Diff'rent Strokes. He suffered the horrors of sexual & physical abuse throughout his childhood. These traumatic experiences led to a troubled personal and public identity. Johnnie Cochran defended Todd Bridges against criminal charges. He uses his past to help others, & performs in Las Vegas hosting a live game show and doing comedy. View Guest page
Dezetta M. Burnett, LCSW
Dezetta Burnett, LCSW is a Psychotherapist, who resides in Los Angeles with her busy 6-year-old daughter. She has been working in women’s mental health for the last 16 years. In her private practice, the focus is on helping women to find a balance between the demands of life and daily obligations. She assists women with self-esteem, transitions, building better relationships (intimate and family), decreasing anxiety, depression, and self-doubt. Empowering her clients to put structure in place so that life's duties, such as being a daughter, friend, wife and/or mom, don’t get in the way of living their DREAMS!
From her own personal experience, she hasn’t let motherhood get in the way of her career or dreams. She has navigated her career in a way that allows her to leave work by 3pm so she can pick up her little princess, attend piano lessons, and be the classroom parent. Dezetta's philosophy in life is “ there is a way around everything,” which is how she tackles life daily. View Guest page
Elan Carter Price
Elan Carter-Price is a former Model and Actress. Elan is now successful as a Writer and a Producer, and is the owner of TracingLondonEntertainment Productions. Her background is in Journalism, with a degree from California State University Northridge. Being the daughter of the original and Founding member of The Temptations, Otis Williams, Elan is no stranger to the entertainment industry and the privilege and experiences that comes along with that world.
Elan is an advocate for Anti-Bullying Campaigns in schools, and she has had experience with bullying herself as a child, as well as currently with her own children. She is an Activist and an Advocate for change.
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Elan Carter-Price is a former Model and Actress. Elan is now successful as a Writer and a Producer, and is the owner of TracingLondonEntertainment Productions. Her background is in Journalism, with a degree from California State University Northridge. Being the daughter of the original and Founding member of The Temptations, Otis Williams, Elan is no stranger to the entertainment industry and the privilege and experiences that come along with that world.
Elan is an advocate for Anti-Bullying Campaigns in schools, and she has had experience with bullying herself as a child, as well as currently with her own children. She is an Activist and an Advocate for change. View Guest page
Alex Charfen is co-founder and CEO of CHARFEN, a training, education and consulting organization for entrepreneurs and small businesses. To reach optimal performance in any single area, Alex believes entrepreneurs must have congruency throughout their health, relationships and business. This perspective led Alex and his wife Cadey to examine their health holistically, and eliminate elements of their environment (like breast implants) that were causing toxicity and pain in their lives. Together, Alex and Cadey counsel and coach entrepreneurs around the world to maximize their potential, and limit the pressure, noise and pain they tolerate on a daily basis. Alex is regularly called upon to share his unique insights and perspectives with major media outlets, including MSNBC, CNBC, FOX News, The Wall Street Journal and USA Today. Alex lives in Austin, Texas, and enjoys spending free time with his wife Cadey and their daughters, Reagan and Kennedy. View Guest page
Louis Gossett, Jr.
Mr. Louis Gossett Jr. is one of the most treasured and respected American African (his preferred terminology which will be discussed, tune in!) actors of stage, screen, and television. One of our most talented artists, he made his Broadway debut at age seventeen in "Take a Giant Step" winning the Donaldson Award as the year's best newcomer. His Emmy-wining 1977 performance in the landmark miniseries "Roots" made him a star, and in 1982 he won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for his role in "An Officer and a Gentleman." In 2006 he launched Eracism Foundation, a foundation dedicated to eradicating racism, violence, and ignorance and especially to creating programs to give at-risk children a helping hand. He was heavily involved in campaigning for Barack Obama, especially raising money and involving other celebrities in the campaign. View Guest page
Michaela Haas, PhD
Michaela Haas, PhD, is an acclaimed resilience researcher, coach, and bestselling author of Bouncing Forward: Transforming Bad Breaks into Breakthroughs (Atria/Enliven, 2015) and Dakini Power: Twelve Extraordinary Women Shaping the Transmission of Buddhism in the West (Shambhala, 2013). She has taught at the University of California Santa Barbara, the University of the West, and internationally. A yogini and avid meditator, she has been practicing mindfulness meditation for twenty years and combines powerful storytelling with scientific research and spiritual depth. Learn more about her work at www.MichaelaHaas.com, www.facebook.com/MichaelaHaasPhd, and Twitter @MichaelaHaas! View Guest page
Evan Haines is a dedicated husband and father of two beautiful little girls, and he is co-founder of an innovative drug treatment program called 'Alo House Recovery Centers', formerly known as Acadia Malibu. Evan grew up with addiction problems all around him, and for many years suffered from his own issues. He then embarked on a years-long recovery journey. And along the way, Evan became "obsessed," as he puts it, with solving "the riddle of addiction treatment." View Guest page
Jennifer Hale is an actress and singer who has built a vast and varied resume, appearing in hundreds of cartoon episodes and taking on roles in well over 175 video games (winning multiple awards). Her varied roles include Commander Shepard in ‘Mass Effect’, Rosalind Lutece in ‘BioShock Infinite’, Cinderella in both games and animation, Leah in ‘Diablo III’, Naomi Hunter in the ‘Metal Gear’ series, roles in ‘The Power Puff Girls’, ‘Justice League’, ‘Avengers Assemble’, the Emmy award winning ‘Lost In Oz’ and dozens more. In a five-page profile of her, THE NEW YORKER, coined Jennifer Hale, ‘The queen of video-game acting’ and “a Kind of Meryl Streep” for “her performances in... video games”.
Jennifer lives in Los Angeles with her family and her animals. She spends any free time traveling, rock climbing, horseback riding, mountain biking and anything else she can find to do outside. View Guest page
Meet Chanel Halimi! Chanel is a Marriage and Family Therapist Intern in Santa Monica, California. In her practice, she uses an integrated approach to treat adults, adolescents, and families who are dealing with a variety of issues. In response to her observations of the struggles young adults are facing in this country (what has been referred to as the “Quarter-Life Crisis”), Chanel became passionate about providing services to this population. Drawing from her extensive research around this issue, and using her expertise in psychology and therapy, she subsequently developed a niche in her practice in assisting adults of all ages discover their career passion and purpose. Chanel is also in the process of developing courses to share her curriculum with the larger community. She is an alumna of UCLA and Antioch University Los Angeles. You can call or e-mail Chanel at 424-276-1219 or ChanelHalimi@gmail.com. For more information, please visit her website www.ChanelHalimi.com. View Guest page
Sheila Hamilton is a five-time Emmy Award winning journalist and the author of “All the Things We Never Knew.” Sheila’s resume runs through film, commercial television, radio and print. She began her career as an Associate Producer for public broadcasting, and then anchored and reported commercial television news for KTVX in Salt Lake City and KATU in Portland. Sheila hosts the Kink morning show in Portland, where she was recently voted Oregon’s Best Radio Personality. She is the Huffington Post’s featured writer on mental health. She writes stories for About Face Magazine and authors the blog, SheilaHamilton.com. She is a frequent speaker and emcee for her favorite causes- mental health and empowerment for girls. She serves on the board of Girls Inc., an organization empowering girls to be strong, smart and bold and The Flawless Foundation, a mental health advocacy organization. Sheila began serving on the board of the Foundation for Excellence in mental health care this year. View Guest page
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Leanna Lapidus, CHt.
Leanna Lapidus is a best selling author of You Have a Choice, “The Proven 5 Step Method To End Suffering and Start Living”, a Clinical Hypnotherapist, solution-focused coach and a motivational speaker. The five proven steps in her book will open your heart and mind to a new way of thinking, a positive way of dealing with the pressures of the present, the pain of the past, and the fear of the future. Each step brings you closer to self-acceptance. Leanna has developed these steps through her own life trials. After mastering these five steps, you will: • Secure happiness for yourself and your loved ones • Become self-aware • Achieve self-acceptance • Heal your inner child • End the vicious cycle of fear, loneliness and anger • End the addiction that prevents you from living a full, happy, healthy life. These proven methods will provide you with the understanding and support you need to end the pain.
Leanna works with people all over the world. Her private practice is in the beautiful Los Angeles with several locations. Leanna offers workshops, individual, family and group sessions, in office, over Skype or phone. www.lifecoachleanna.com View Guest page
Dr. Edward P. Melmed
Dr. Edward Melmed is a plastic surgeon in Dallas, Texas and is affiliated with Medical City Dallas Hospital. He received his medical degree from University of the Witwatersrand and has been in practice for more than 27 years. In addition to being board certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery, he is also board certified in England, Scotland, and South Africa.
Other achievements include his position as Medical Director for the Dallas County gang tattoo removal and volunteer program. He also works as a volunteer for plastic surgery programs in LeSotho, Mexico. View Guest page
Dr. Gayle Madeleine Randall, MD
Dr. Gayle Madeleine Randall, has 35 years of experience as a physician, scientist, and medical visionary. She was Associate Professor of Medicine at UCLA when her interest in non-traditional forms of medicine inspired her to become proficient in numerous alternative healing modalities. Dr. Randall is certified in Internal, Integrative and Functional Medicine. She is also a Gastroenterologist and her practice focuses on optimizing the functioning of the body, particularly the gut, using holistic methods based in science. This proactive systems-oriented approach focuses on the root cause of illness rather the western focus on symptoms. Dr. Randall loves to scientifically track the hidden causes of disease -- environmental, genetic or lifestyle. She transforms health providing individualized treatments including diet, exercise and micronutrient therapy to optimize metabolism and gut balance. Dr. Randall believes every patient can achieve their highest expression of health. View Guest page
Ross Remien is an addiction counselor, speaker, and founder of Rebos Treatment Center in Los Angeles, California. Ross has worked in the treatment field for 8+ years and enjoyed a thriving private practice as a Chemical Dependency Counselor before founding Rebos 2012. He has spent the last four years as CEO, cultivating a program rooted in spirituality that emphasizes personalized treatment for every client. View Guest page
Rocky Rosen, The Cigarette Whisperer, describes himself as having been a die hard, got to quit, can’t quit, must quit, won’t quit, DESPERATE to quit, tried everything there is to quit, never going to quit smoker... who has helped many, MANY people to stop smoking over the years. With his approach, there are no tricks, gimmicks, drugs, hypnosis, nicotine replacements, or B.S.! Rocky was smoking up to 2-packs a day for over 20 years, and had tried numerous ways to stop smoking, including: nicotine replacement therapy, acupuncture, hypnosis, injections, aversion therapy, and support groups. Although he was able to get some time off of cigarettes (once even up to 2 years), eventually the urge to smoke would reappear, and Rocky would find that he was right back to smoking as much as ever. The technique he teaches his clients is how to use the urge to smoke as the way to get free instead of always trying to fight, ignore, and deny those urges which still creep up after we stop. View Guest page
Noah Rothschild LMFT
Noah Rothschild LMFT, is a renowned recovery expert, inner child expert, and speaker. With decades of experience in addiction, he specializes in helping clients to remove emotional/mental blocks perpetuating cycles of addiction and empowers them to live their best lives. He holds a Master's degree in Counseling Psychology from Loyola Marymount University and is Certified Teacher of Integrative Body Psychotherapy. In 2004, Noah became a featured author in the book, The Alcohol and Addiction Cure, written by Chris Prentiss, founder of Passages Malibu. At Passages, he was Lead Family Therapist for over 7 years and developed a unique, holistic, 4 component approach to treating addiction. Noah lives in Topanga Canyon with his wife Elizabeth, two sons Jacob and Levi, and their two guinea pigs. His psychotherapy practice is located in nearby Santa Monica. He is a gifted speaker & singer songwriter, presents at Conferences and is writing a book on his holistic recovery approach. View Guest page
Eve Shpak is the Founder of Manifest University and is also an expert on Environment and Wildlife Conservation. She is an artist, photographer, documentarian & filmmaker. Eve is originally from Baltimore and is now a Los Angeleno, delivering her higher consciousness films and television along with her concepts to guide Manifestion.
Regarding her work, Eve states:
"Getting exactly what you want is within your power, but you must commit to a proven system that works....Every Time.. I know this because I've had to learn this the hard way. Helping others to achieve their goals was always something that came naturally to me. Helping myself did not. When I looked at my own life and saw how much I still wanted to accomplish, I realized it was time to begin my own journey of Manifestation. Empowering myself with a systematic way of bringing happiness and success into my life has changed everything for me. I'm excited to share with you a system that works, every time." View Guest page
Keith A. Somers
Keith A. Somers, Founder and Chief Operating Officer of the Keith A. Somers International Foundation, is a working actor, voice over artist and powerful motivational speaker. Keith was born in the 60’s and raised in the suburbs of Southeastern Pennsylvania. His childhood, judging from the outside, was basically unremarkable, yet internally speaking, his reality was not so idyllic. Being the byproduct of the multi-ethnic union between his Afro-American father and his Italian/East-Indian mother, Keith had to endure significant ethnic and class prejudice from his peers, and though he was a working teen actor, he battled many deep seated, emotional issues throughout his childhood and on into his teenage years, at which time he found relief from his demons through drugs and alcohol. He later won his battle with addiction and is 25 years sober. Keith's speeches have empowered and saved the lives of millions of people. He is a powerful catalyst for personal change. View Guest page
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Erica Spiegelman — Addiction Specialist, author, wellness expert
Erica Spiegelman is an addiction and wellness specialist, motivational speaker, and author who works with individuals, couples, and families on personal growth and wellness. In April 2015, Erica published Rewired: A Bold New Approach to Addiction & Recovery.
Rewired offers a completely new treatment path. Rewired debuted as Amazon’s number one new release among addiction books. Erica hosts “Rewired Radio” every Friday on RadioMD.
Erica was recently interviewed by The Huffington Post, writes for Maria Shriver, and has appeared on FOX News, and Good Morning San Diego. In 2016, Erica appeared on Keeping up with the Kardashians to help the world's most famous family learn how to better communicate.
Erica holds a bachelor’s degree in literature from the University of Arizona and is a California State Certified Drug and Alcohol Counselor (CADAC)-II from UCLA. View Guest page
A second generation LA native, Darren was raised in a film family, with his grandparents starting a boutique film lab in 1961. His first forays behind the camera starred his childhood friends and were featured on the 'Home Movies' episode of NPR's “This American Life.” Darren is known for directing the films SPARKLER, JAWBREAKER and G.B.F. He won a Clio for his 2013 Alexander Wang fashion film and most recently wrote the final FLOWERS IN THE ATTIC movie for Lifetime. JAWBREAKER THE MUSICAL premieres at Seattle’s Fifth Avenue Theater in October. View Guest page
With over 28 years of experience in a corporate environment, Stacey Stilts brings a strong level of the professionalism, respect for procedures, protocol and understanding of corporate dynamics that is necessary in today's marketplace.
In 2009 she founded Green Line Beauty featuring only pure, natural, organic skin care and cosmetics. She carefully evaluates every product offered based on formula quality, effectiveness, and purity to make it easier to make confident product choices. She feels it is important to help educate customers and create awareness of the ingredients contained in the substances used on our skin. Beauty products are easily absorbed into our bodies. Many of the chemicals in cleansers, moisturizers and cosmetics are potentially harmful. This is why she stocks only clean products containing healing botanicals, whole foods and pure essential oils. Stacey guarantees that all the products that she carries are made with only pure, therapeutic ingredients. View Guest page
Erica is the Founder of Sweet Science Living, a Duke Certified Integrative Health Coach and Mindfulness teacher. Prior to pursuing what she refers to as “a career with heart,” Erica had a successful 15 year career in the Entertainment Marketing and Advertising Industry. Erica began her career as an account executive at National Video Center in New York City. After 6 years, Erica moved to Los Angeles to work with the powerhouse production company Crossroads Films. As Director of Business Development, Erica helped launch Crossroads into a leading creative agency in the broadcast industry. Following Crossroads, Erica put her Marketing and Entrepreneurship degree from Northeastern University to work and launched Stick’e Creative – a branded entertainment and short form digital content studio.
Through Sweet Science Living, Erica is excited to bring her skills & experiences to pay it forward to social causes and the creation of her philanthropic division, Sweet Charity. View Guest page
Richard Taite is the Founder and CEO of Cliffside Malibu treatment center. After conquering his own addictions, he finally achieved sobriety on March 3, 2003. One year later, Taite purchased property in Malibu which eventually became the #1 treatment center in the country.
It was important for him to create the best possible experience during rehab. To Richard that meant providing the finest clinical care combined with the same comfort and convenience you would receive at a five star hotel with healthy cuisine rivaling the best restaurants in LA. The attention to detail is unrivaled.
Richard is a product of his own design and he practices what he preaches: he works out four days a week; does yoga, has massages & acupuncture; and sees his own personal therapist once a week. He is passionate about natural foods and fitness training.
Taite is also the author of the best seller, “Ending Addiction For Good” and is frequently called upon by the media as an addiction expert. View Guest page
Dr. Stephen Trudeau
Dr. Stephen Trudeau is a clinical psychologist, author, and highly sought after motivational speaker. He is the author of the acclaimed book; Courage to Thrive: Triumph in the Face of Adversity, which seeks to explain how anybody can live a Thriving life, despite the difficulties they may have faced. Encouraging his audience to get out of the Victim mentality, and to go beyond mere survival, and to truly Thrive in life! He he also has had numerous media appearances on radio and television. An avid motorcycling enthusiast known as “The Psych on the Bike,” he rides every day through the mountains and down by the Pacific Ocean His journey through difficult times includes; poverty in childhood, physical and sexual abuse, drug addiction and recovery, the suicide death of his dear younger brother, being shot at by drug dealers, motorcycle accidents, a broken heart several times, suffering from Major Depressive Disorder most of his life, a near fatal fall from a telephone pole, and dealing with the challenges of raising a special needs child. Dr. Stephen works in Malibu as an addiction specialist and has a private practice. He lives with his wife, Mary, and son, Devin in Thousand Oaks, CA. enjoying the beauty of nature, music, art, science, and cultural happenings in Southern California. He lives a thriving life every day. View Guest page
Rajiv Uttamchandani is an astrophysicist, professor, social entrepreneur, motivational speaker, and human rights activist. He is the Founder & Chairman of the International STEM Society for Human Rights a global nonprofit organization dedicated to applying STEM (Science Technology Engineering Mathematics) and Education to safeguard the lives of individuals most vulnerable to become victims of human rights abuses. Under the International STEM Society for Human Rights he further serves as the Executive Director of the H.E.R. (Humanity Education & Rights) Conferences, an international series of events that gather an entire community to become directly involved with the human rights cause and brings to light novel solutions which may be implemented to help safeguard universal human rights. Furthermore, Mr. Uttamchandani serves as the Executive Director of the International H.E.R. Clubs, a global organization of clubs within schools whereby students and teachers alike are exposed to the urgency of human rights issues and work together to implement solutions which aim to address them. Mr. Uttamchandani is the Founder & Chairman of Rajiv Uttamchandani Holdings Inc., a conglomerate organization with multiple businesses. He owns and operates H.E.R. Apparel, a landmark fashion line which develops clothing for women and men to promote gender equality. The clothing line uses Hemp as its primary source of fiber and is therefore environmentally friendly and is made through a responsible factory in Shanghai which places first the health and wellbeing of its employees. Mr. Uttamchandani is also the Director of STEAM (Science Technology Engineering Arts Mathematics) Education Initiatives at the New York Film Academy – Los Angeles. He has fostered significant collaborations with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the Northrop Grumman Corporation, in which he aims to use the development of key scientific projects as an educational tool View Guest page
Dr. Richard Allen Williams, MD, FACC, FAHA, FACP
Dr. Richard Allen Williams, President-Elect of the National Medical Association and Founder of the Association of Black Cardiologists, is a cum laude honors graduate of Harvard University. He attended the State University of New York Downstate Medical Center where he received the M.D. degree. He later performed a Cardiology fellowship at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School. At present he is Clinical Professor of Medicine at the UCLA School of Medicine (full Professor). He also received the Lifetime Achievement Award from Harvard Medical School. Dr. Williams is considered an international expert on hypertension, dyslipidemia, diabetes, obesity, heart failure, and sudden cardiac death. His most recent honor is from the American Heart Association from which he received the prestigious LifeSaver Award. View Guest page