James A. Alexander & Mark W. Hordes
James A. Alexander, EdD, is a services thought leader and the premier researcher, writer and speaker on the topic of professional services strategy. He has authored or coauthored dozens of articles, white papers and research reports, as well as the highly acclaimed book The Knowledge-Based Organization.
Dr. Alexander has taught at major universities both in the U.S. and Mexico, and is currently an adjunct professor in the University of Maryland's graduate college. He was recently selected as the U.S. Department of Commerce’s e-business subject-matter expert for President Bush’s Inter-American E-Business Fellowship Program. Furthermore, he is a trusted advisor and executive coach to many senior executives of leading services organizations, helping them navigate the journey from business-as-usual to business-as-exceptional.
Mark W. Hordes is an internationally recognized professional services expert, author, seminar leader and consultant who has presented at over 250 conferences and events. He has a wealth of relevant and practical experience, having held executive leadership and marketing roles with exemplar organizations.
A prolific writer known for the practical application of his work, Mark has authored dozens of business publications. Along with his partner, Jim Alexander, he publishes a regular column for AFSMI’s Sbusiness Journal and is a regular contributor to the Professional Services Leadership Report.
Learn more about James Alexander and Mark Hordes at www.alexanderconsultingsbiz.com
Sri Prem Baba is a Brazilian native and a master teacher. He has experience in both alternative and western medicine, which includes his previous work as a humanist psychologist. He is of the Sachcha spiritual lineage of northern India. Prem Baba is the founder of the Brazil-based Path of The Heart, an organization that promotes conscious love and enlightenment through spreading Prem Baba’s message of compassion, tolerance, and forgiveness. The international organization has centers based in Brazil, India, and the United States, with membership across the globe.
Sri Prem Baba and his organization, Path of the Heart, are currently working to build an ashram in India and implement community living and sustainability into their ashram in Brazil.
Ken Berwitz is the President of Ken Berwitz Marketing Research (KBMR), a qualitative consulting firm located in Marlboro, New Jersey. He is also President and co-owner of National Qualitative Centers, Inc. (NQC), a qualitative research facility with offices in downtown Chicago, as well as a founding member of the Qualitative Research Consultant's Association (QRCA).
Ken has been involved in creative research, both qualitative and quantitative, for over 35 years. During this time he has written articles about research and spoken before many groups. As might be expected, he has maintained an avid interest in politics throughout this period.
A native New Yorker, Ken lives in New Jersey with his wife Arleen. Their two sons, Scott and Josh, have flown the nest and both live in Manhattan.
Susanne Biro is the Director of Coaching at Bluepoint Leadership Development. She coaches executives and business leaders throughout North America, the United Kingdom, Asia and the Middle East. Susanne holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of British Columbia and a Masters of Arts Degree in Applied Behavioral Science from the Leadership Institute of Seattle at Bastyr University.
Arthur Blech was born in what was then Czechoslovakia in 1923. In 1939 he was sent to school in England, thereby escaping the Nazi subjugation of the country that same year. His mother, father and two sisters, who stayed behind, were deported to the infamous Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp, where they were murdered in March of 1944. Arthur Blech came to the United States in 1947 and attended Texas Christian University. He has spent decades conducting research in areas of study related to the Holocaust; his book The Causes of Anti-Semitism is the fruit of those labors.
Arthur Blech currently resides in Los Angeles, California. His previous books include Contra Naturam: Man’s Rebellion Against Nature and Civilization: Conventional and Redefined (A Critique).
Walter M. Bortz II, MD
Walter M. Bortz II, M.D., is a Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine and a graduate of Williams College and the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Recognized as one of America’s most distinguished scientific experts on aging and longevity, Dr. Bortz's research has focused on the importance of physical exercise in the promotion of robust aging. Dr. Bortz has published over 100 medical articles and authored numerous books, including We Live Too Short and Die Too Long, Dare to Be 100, and Living Longer for Dummies. He is a past co-chair of the American Medical Association’s Task Force on Aging, and is currently Chairman of the Medical Advisory Board for the Diabetes Research and Wellness Foundation, as well as a Senior Advisor to Healthy Silicon Valley, a community collaborative effort which addresses the soaring incidence of obesity and diabetes.
Still an avid runner at age 75, Dr. Bortz is also a columnist for Runner’s World magazine and has completed 35 marathons.
Dr. Alan Brightman is the Senior Policy Director for Special Communities at Yahoo!, Inc., and was the Founder of Apple Computer’s Worldwide Disability Solutions Group. The author of numerous books and the producer of an award-winning TV series and stage play, Brightman is widely recognized as an energetic and eloquent advocate for disabled children and adults.
Harold Bronson co-founded the Rhino Records label, and co-ran the company with Richard Foos for 24 years. Rhino has been considered the best reissue label in the world, and for a number of years was awarded label of the year--among all the labels in the music industry--by the record retailers organization NARM. During the Clinton administration they received a special, corporate citizenship award from the Dept. of Labor as a reflection of how well they treated their employees. He oversaw the Rhino Books division as well as Rhino Films, executive producing the Fear and Loathing In Las Vegas and Why Do Fools Fall In Love feature films, among others. In his twenties, Bronson wrote about pop music for the Los Angeles Times, L.A. Free Press, Rolling Stone and various music magazines. Bronson's last book is Hey, Hey, We're the Monkees.
Lorenzo Fernández Bueno
Lorenzo Fernández Bueno received a degree in Journalism at Southern Mississippi University. He has worked as a reporter for Onda Madrid, Radio Voz (on the legendary program Espacio en Blanco / Blank Space), directed and presented the Enigmas en la Noche / Enigmas in the Night segment on Radio Intercontinental, and is a founding member of the magazine ENIGMAS of Man and the Universe, a publication for which he currently serves as assistant director.
He has written The Faces of Bélmez, History of a Conspiracy (1999), Andalusian Operation (2000), Chronicles of the Mystery (2001), Poltergeist, an Uncomfortable Reality (2002), The Keepers of the Secret (2002), and Victims of the Mystery (2003).
He is currently Editorial Director for the new collection Open Investigation published by Nowtilus.
P. Anthony (Tony) Burnham, Esq.
Tony Burnham draws on over 35 years of real-world corporate experience on both sides of the corporate equation. Tony served for 17 years as Employment Counsel for the Los Angeles based Carnation Company. As a member of Carnation's Corporate Legal Department, Tony successfully led the company through the 70's and early 80's when labor relations, employment discrimination and wrongful discharge problems and claims exposed the firm to significant federal and state liability.
After leaving Carnation, Tony joined the Newport Beach office of Fisher & Phillips LLP, a prominent national management-side employment law firm where he developed a "best employment practices" approach to helping clients prevent employee challenges by becoming more performance focused. He also served as Executive VP and Employment Counsel for Orange County’s preeminent contingent workforce solutions provider—the Abbott Resource Group. He is currently President and co-founder of Human Capital Co-Op, LLC, providing counsel and HR solutions to small and mid-sized businesses.
Learn more about Tony Burnham at www.humancapitalco-op.com.
M.C. Cannon, known as Master Charles to his associates around the world, has sold over a million meditation CD’s. The Age newspaper in Melbourne wrote, “He’ll never win a Grammy but he has gone platinum with meditation.” Master Charles Cannon was named The American Guru in the award-winning documentary film, The Spiritual Revolution. He is the originator of The Synchronicity Experience, author of the spiritual autobiography, The Bliss of Freedom, and Spiritual Director of Synchronicity Foundation for Modern Spirituality in Virginia where he lives. There are many thousands of Synchronicity associates throughout the world. Master Charles is an ordained monk of the Vedic/Tantric Tradition and for many years was a close disciple of Paramahansa Muktananda, one of the most acknowledged and widely respected Eastern Spiritual Masters of the modern era. Master Charles carries the monastic name His Holiness Swami Vivekananda Saraswati
For more than a decade Mark Coleman has served in a senior research capacity for the AHC Group, contributing to research, publications, and partnership development. Coleman has a unique background from his work in industry, government, management consulting, and academia. Throughout his tenure, he has developed business and organizational strategy in the critical areas of energy, environment, and sustainability. Mark Coleman currently works as a co-manager of the Clean Energy Incubator (CEI) at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT).
Christophor Coppes holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Groningen. Since 2008, he has been President of the International Association for Near-Death Studies (IANDS) in the Netherlands. He currently works at the Dutch Central Bank in Amsterdam monitoring developments in the international financial markets. He has published many scientific articles on finance while maintaining a strong interest in humanitarian issues.
Mr. Coppes’ first book was published in 1995 and is based on the true story of how friends and family lovingly looked after a terminally ill AIDS patient and helped him through the final stages of his life. His second book, was written as result of his disgust and horror over the ethnical cleansing that took place under the eyes of Dutch soldiers in Srebrenica during the war in Bosnia Herzegovina, in 1995. He has written extensively on NDEs, his recent book Messages from The Light is about the messages that people had during their Near-Death Experiences.
Dr. Thomas Crook III
Dr. Thomas H. Crook, III, Ph.D. is the former chairman of both the National Institute of Mental Health and American Psychological Association Task Forces on the Diagnoses and Treatment of Age-Associated Memory Impairment. The author of numerous books and academic papers on the subject, a sought after speaker, Dr. Crook now serves as president of Psychologix, a worldwide research corporation.
Boyd Clarke & Ron Crossland
Boyd Clarke is deeply concerned about the role of business in society. His current vision is to help individuals and organizations invent a new world of work. Boyd believes we must re-invent the way we work to thrive, or even survive, in our chaotic times of cutthroat competition, ever-changing markets, turbo-charged technology, booming e-commerce and www-dot-everything.
In addition to his client consulting and speaking engagements, Boyd serves on the Board of Directors of several companies. He has held several executive positions throughout his career and is a successful three-time entrepreneur. Boyd's passion for helping companies improve and navigate through choppy waters began at AT&T, where he was in charge of leadership development.
Ron Crossland has worked with talent from the boiler room to the boardroom, a range of experience that has taught him that regardless of position, individuals' work matters. He has helped individuals, teams and organizations develop better leaders, create more innovation, forge better internal and external relationships, and inspire greater performance.
Ron's interest in human behavior began while earning a Bachelor's in Electronics Engineering Technology. He learned in the high-tech lab that innovation and results came from teamwork as much as individual intellect. This propelled him to earn his MBA, majoring in organizational behavior and development. He has applied his lessons in the business world, both as a four-time entrepreneur and while holding management positions at AT&T. His work for multinational companies has earned him over four million miles of travel to eighteen countries.
Boyd and Ron are currently Chair and Vice-Chair, respectively, of Bluepoint Leadership Development in Loveland, Ohio (www.bluepointleadership.com)
Greg and Ann Clouthier
Greg and Ann Clouthier met in April 1973, when Ann was working as a legal secretary for a law firm in Walnut Creek, CA and Greg was working in high-tech electronics. Ann’s masterly abilities with the printed word and Greg’s oral communication skills were a perfect fit for a writing family. Greg talks, Ann writes.
Greg and Ann have worked together as private eyes for seventeen years under the name Clouthier Investigations. Ann presently works for De La Salle High School in Walnut Creek, and on occasion she will put on her decoder ring and set out for another exciting investigation. You can visit their website at www.cheating-spouse.com (under construction).
Andrew Cohen is an internationally respected spiritual teacher, cultural visionary, and founder of the global nonprofit
EnlightenNext and its award-winning EnlightenNext magazine. For the last twenty-four years, Cohen has been traveling the world giving public lectures and intensive retreats. Through his writings, his teachings, and his ongoing dialogues with leading philosophers, scientists, and mystics, he has become known as one of the defining voices of the new evolutionary spirituality.
EnlightenNext has centers worldwide, and members in more than 20 countries. Andrew Cohen is author of several other books including Enlightenment Is a Secret , Living Enlightenment, and Evolutionary Enlightenment. For more information, visit
Dianne Collins is an original thinker and one of the foremost thought-leaders of our time. Her life is dedicated to people living spirited, joyful, and masterful lives through leaps in awareness and the expansion of their approach to reality. She is a master of translating ancient wisdom into modern “quantum” terms that provide a practical and transformative platform for the way we conduct our business and personal affairs. Dianne consults executives in the world’s leading corporations as well as enterprising entrepreneurs, celebrities, students, and evolutionaries in the groundbreaking system of new thinking she created, QuantumThink®.
Kimberly Panisset Curcio
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James A. Cusumano is an accomplished leader with many successful careers as an entertainer, scientist, corporate executive, and entrepreneur. Having started his career as the lead singer for The Royal Teens, he then received a Ph.D. in physical chemistry, became a Fellow of Churchill College at Cambridge University, and pursued business studies at Harvard and Stanford, subsequently serving as a research scientist and then Director of R&D for Exxon. Following that, he co-founded Catalytica, Inc., a booming Silicon Valley company with business divisions in clean energy and pharmaceuticals. Dr. Cusumano also founded Chateau Wally Films and produced What Matters Most, released in over fifty countries. He then moved to Prague where he and his wife Inez renovated Chateau Mcely into an award-winning luxury castle, spa hotel, and forest retreat. An inspiring speaker, he is the author of numerous technical and business publications as well as the books Cosmic Consciousness—A Journey to Well-being and Happiness and Success. He is a coauthor of Freedom from Mid-East Oil.
Sheldon Drobny is Chairman of Paradigm Group II, LLC (www.paradigmventure.com) , a Chicago-based investment firm. With his wife Anita, he is co-founder of the Air America Radio network. A businessman, philanthropist and writer, he is a frequent contributor to www.makethemaccountable.com.
Sheldon and Anita Drobny have also founded The Fourth Estate Society, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting unbiased, uncensored investigative journalism. The Drobnys are also benefactors of the University of Illinois Interdisciplinary Program for the Study of Jewish Culture and Society.
Chip Duncan is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and writer who has†lived within earshot of North Americaís Great Lakes since his youth.† His work has taken him to more than thirty countries and includes numerous assignments in the Alaskan and Canadian wilderness.† Duncanís documentary projects include the acclaimed thriteen-part series Mystic Lands, featuring spiritual places of the world.† A co-production with Discovery Networks, the series has been broadcast in more than 100 countries around the world.† Duncan and his colleagues have also produced a number of films for PBS and their affiliates including Landslide: A Portrait of President Herbert Hoover, The Magic Never Ends:The Life & Work of C.S. Lewis, Rafting Alaskaís Wildest Rivers, and a two-part series on the history of prayer in America. After more than two decades of filmmaking, Duncan expanded into still photography in 2003.† Since then, Duncanís photo work has taken him on assignments to Afghanistan, Pakistan, Sudan, Kenya, India, and Peru.† Following his journey to Pakistan to document earthquake relief efforts, Duncan joined the Board of Directors of Relief International (RI.org).† A longtime explorer of the Yukon and southeast Alaska, Duncanís current work includes detailed documentation of ongoing climate change in the heavily glaciated St. Elias mountain range as well as caribou migration in and around the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
Jon Fisher has successfully started up, run, and sold two high-tech companies. In addition to over a decade worth of practical business experience as the CEO of both of his companies, Jon is also an adjunct professor of business at the University of San Francisco (USF) where he's currently involved in creating an entrepreneur incubator program through USF, which will apply his principles of Strategic Entrepreneurism to mentor fledging startups and guide them from inception to growth and ultimate success. After having been awarded Silicon Valley's Entrepreneur of the Year in 2007, Jon has been in great demand worldwide where he has been invited to speak about his experiences as an entrepreneur and offer his insights on the best way to startup a company. So many speaking engagements offer a unique opportunity for Jon to help promote and sell his Strategic Entrepreneurism book to business students and entrepreneurs all over the world.
Mary Cox Garner
Mary Garner has pursued many avenues of study, including religious and theological studies, clinical psychology, and international law. Diverse interests and the overarching desire to be of service have led, among other pursuits, to human rights advocacy, counseling, disarmament negotiating, and global efforts of interfaith cooperation and peace-building. Her own near death experience, and later the disabling injury of a son caused by a drunk driver, led her to explore the spiritual meaning, or souls, of words.
In 1995, Mary established a foundation, HOPE, INC., which addresses both the material and spiritual needs of children and their caregivers. She lives with her husband in Washington, D.C., and has three grown sons.
Learn more about Mary Garner at www.hiddensoulsofwords.com.
Phil Gerisilo began his real estate career in 1989. In his first year in the business—working on a part-time basis, no less—he bucked the trend for real estate beginners by earning over $100,000. Today, Phil is a full-time Associate Broker who shares his secrets to success in seminars across the country and on his website, SucceedWithoutColdCalling.com. Phil splits his time between Washington State and Arizona with his wife of 29 years and his three adult children.
A seasoned marketing professional, Bruno Gralpois has had extensive client and agency experience at fast-growing and innovative organizations. As Director of Global Agency Management at Microsoft, Bruno developed a company-wide approach to working successfully with advertising and marketing communication agencies. Bruno was instrumental in establishing Agency Management as a central global discipline within Microsoft. He received the 2004 Microsoft Marketing Excellence Award from Steve Ballmer, CEO, for his continued leadership in this area. As former General Manager at aQuantive Corporation, aka Avenue A/Razorfish (acquired by Microsoft) and formerly responsible for Worldwide Direct, Interactive & Database Marketing at Visio Corporation (also acquired by Microsoft), he played a critical role in building highly successful organizations and fast growing businesses. He also held positions as Director, Database Marketing and New Media Strategies at HMG/DDB Seattle, leading innovative data mining and interactive assignments for top brand advertisers.
Bruno is an active member of associations and forums where he participates with other companies in influencing and improving client/agency relations around the world. He lives near Seattle, with his family.
Dr. Stuart Grauer
Dr. Stuart Grauer is a teacher, the founding Head of School at e Grauer School, president of the Grauer Foundation for Education, and founder of the Coalition of Small Preparatory Schools. He became principal of the International School of Basel, Switzerland at the age of twenty-nine. In 1991 he founded the Grauer School in order to establish humanitarian secondary education in Southern California. He is one of the nation’s top authorities on small schools education and evaluates and consults with schools worldwide.
Founder of two world-renowned entrepreneurship organizations, the Young Entrepreneurs’ Organization (YEO) and the Association of Collegiate Entrepreneurs (ACE), Verne is presently founder and CEO of Gazelles, Inc. (www.gazelles.com), which serves as an outsourced corporate university for mid-size firms and hosts a faculty of well-known business experts.
Known as the "Growth Guy" syndicated columnist and Contributing Editor for Fortune Small Business magazine (FSB), Verne was named one of the "Top 10 Minds in Small Business" by FSB in 2002.
Thom Hartmann’s books have sold hundreds of thousands of copies in nearly a dozen languages on five continents. One was even inducted for permanent exhibition at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C.
Thom is also the host of a nationally syndicated progressive talk show, heard across America via the Sirius Satellite Radio system, on radio stations coast to coast, in 29 states on CRN, and worldwide on RadioPower.org, weekdays from Noon to 3 PM Eastern Time. His articles on topics as varied as ADHD, ecology, and the mechanics of democracy can be found at www.thomhartmann.com.
Gilles Herrada, PhD
Gilles Herrada, PhD, began his career as a research biologist after receiving his academic degrees from the University of Nice and the Pasteur Institute in Paris. His research as a scientist at Columbia and Harvard universities in the fields of reproductive molecular biology and molecular neuroscience has been published in top scientific journals, such as Cell, one of the leading journals in molecular biology, and Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, the official journal of the National Academy of Sciences. His important accomplishments in scientific research include his discovery in 1997 of a family of more than one hundred genes encoding for receptors to pheromones, which are biochemical cues contained in bodily secretions and involved in triggering sexual and dominance behaviors in animals.
Sandra Holtzman began her career as a Madison Avenue copywriter, became a marketing manager and founded Holtzman Communications, LLC in 1997. She has over 20 years of expertise in every area of pharmaceutical and biotech advertising, as well as information technology, nanotech, chemical, emerging and converging technologies, and consumer advertising, including her role on the Acura launch team.
Bob Jones & Stacy Brown
Bob Jones was Michael Jackson’s public relations chief for 34 years, as well as Executive Vice President of Jackson’s entertainment company. Having worked with Michael both as a solo artist and as a member of the Jackson 5, Bob Jones has been the most visible and well-known representative for Michael throughout his career. He was also instrumental in creating Jackson’s contemporary persona, and was the first to dub Jackson the “King of Pop” in the early 90’s. Because of their long-standing relationship, Bob Jones is in the unique position of being able to offer an honest and comprehensive look behind the scenes and into the truth of what goes on at the Neverland ranch.
Currently an analyst/consultant for MSNBC, Stacy Brown is the co-author of the book, Blind Faith: The Miraculous Journey of Lula Hardaway and her son, Stevie Wonder. A longtime friend and confidante of the Jackson family, he now lives in New York with his family.
Ziad Khoury, founder of the Khoury Group in 1993, is the originator and developer of the Khoury Performance Equation (KPE), a comprehensive and proven blueprint on how to create a high-performing, service-based sales culture. The results generated over the past decade and a half led him to write a new book, Frontline Profit Machine: The Khoury Blueprint For Exploding, Profits at the Point of Sale.
Ziad, 42, and his team have served many clients across numerous industries, including automotive, finance, and travel. A sample of his clients includes: Virgin Holidays, Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, Sandals and Beaches Resorts, Florida Insurance Services, Canadian Tire, and Travel Jigsaw. He has also worked with many car rental companies, including: Alamo, Enterprise, Budget, Avis, Hertz, Thrifty, and Dollar.
He has been a phenomenally successful in showing businesses in North America, Europe, and the Caribbean how to dramatically increase profits by implementing KPE. His firm has a team of senior consultants who each year deliver bottom line results to thousands of senior expectations, frontline managers, and employees. This is done through seminars, workshops, consulting, and in-house training. The Khoury Group has delivered over 10,000 seminars.
The Khoury Group offers the following services: identify or hire an internal sales manager, implement Khoury proprietary best practices, recruit sales people, and share in the risk and reward for its clients. His business has helped companies generate over a half-billion dollars in highly profitable revenue.
Richard S. Klein, M.D.
Richard S. Klein, M.D., is a physician specializing in internal medicine and infectious diseases. He is also Associate Professor of Medicine at the NY Medical College and serves on the Westchester County Department of Health.
Dr. Klein ran for Congress in New York’s 19th Congressional District, receiving an endorsement from the NY Times for his “immense sense of service and volunteerism..."
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Jean Kondek heads up her own newly launched agency, Black Dog Marketing Services. She has over two decades of experience working as a strategic marketing executive and creative director / copywriter in agencies such as Lintas, Y&R, McCann Erickson, BBDO, and Grey Advertising. She has won numerous awards, including a Gold Lion from the Cannes Film Festival for commercials produced for 7-Eleven.
Dave Kuhlman has twenty-five years of experience advising senior leaders at some of the world’s most prominent professional service firms. He has helped scores of public accounting, consulting, and law firms design and implement complex, significant, and often direction-setting change. He has been privileged to help these firms with their strategy, governance, structure, partner roles and compensation plans, as well as staff structure and retention.
A partner at Axiom Consulting Partners, Mr. Kuhlman has been published and quoted in Consulting Magazine, Consultants News, the National Law Journal and HR Magazine, among others. He also speaks frequently at professional service firms and professional forums, sharing knowledge and experience that ranges far from the conventional wisdom.
Mr. Kuhlman lives outside Princeton, New Jersey with his wife and his four children, who are increasingly visitors rather than residents.
Prof. Ervin Laszlo, founder and President of the Club of Budapest (www.clubofbudapest.org), is one of the great modern minds in the arena of systems philosophy and general theory of evolution. He has published nearly 70 books on the topics, translated into as many as 18 languages. In the course of his long academic career as a professor of philosophy, systems philosophy and future sciences, he has worked at a variety of highly regarded universities in the U.S., Europe and the Far East.
Laszlo publishes the quarterly scientific journal WORLD FUTURES: The Journal of General Evolution and a corresponding book series, and has also edited a four-volume encyclopedia. He has had over 300 articles published in newspapers and magazines throughout the U.S., Europe, Japan and China.
Rob Lebow is an accomplished instructor, keynote speaker and best-selling author. For 20 years he has headed the Lebow Company (www.lebowco.com) in Bellevue, Washington, an organization dedicated to creating a people-based “operating system” as a new global standard for the work environment.
Before founding the Lebow Company, Rob was Director of Corporate Communications for Microsoft Corp. In that capacity, he was a senior team member of roll-outs for Windows, PowerPoint and Excel.
Arthur Lipper III
Arthur Lipper III is Chairman and CEO of Venture, The Magazine for Entrepreneurs (www.venture-magazine.com). He is Chairman of New York & Foreign Securities Corp., a New York Stock Exchange member firm which specializes in serving financial institutions.
Although many of his recent projects are designed to stimulate entrepreneurship, he also has worked toward the identification and development of gifted children through both the Lipper Foundation and the Gifted Children Advocacy Association.
Bruna Martinuzzi is the President of Clarion Enterprises Ltd. She is a facilitator, author and keynote speaker with over 25 years of experience. Bruna speaks six languages and holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts degree from the University of British Columbia. She is the recipient of several awards, including the Izaak Killam Predoctoral Fellowship, the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada Award, and the BC Workplace Excellence Award for Unusual Innovation. Bruna is a member of the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers. She is the author of The Leader as a Mensch: Become the Kind of Person Others Want to Follow.
Steve McIntosh J.D.
STEVE MCINTOSH J.D. is a leader in the integral philosophy movement and author of Integral Consciousness and the Future of Evolution. He currently works as a Founding Partner of the new social policy foundation, The Institute for Cultural Evolution. In addition to this think tank, and his work in philosophy, McIntosh has had a variety of other successful careers, including founding the consumer products company Now & Zen, practicing law with one of America’s largest firms, working as an executive with Celestial Seasonings Tea Company, and Olympic-class bicycle racing. He is a graduate of the University of Virginia Law School and the University of Southern California Business School. He now lives in Boulder, Colorado with his wife and two sons. For more information visit his website: stevemcintosh.com.
Scott Edmund Miller
As a human development theorist, educator, and school developer, Scott Miller has been involved in educational reform for more than a decade. He was the cofounder, board chairman, and CEO of Our Community School, a public charter school in Los Angeles when it was recognized as the 2009 “Charter School of the Year” in the State of California. He recently cofounded a center to integrate educational programs based on The User’s Guide to Being Human into public school systems and community services.
Mr. Miller’s mission is to empower people of all ages and in all walks of life to harness the great potential that is freely available within them. The User’s Guide to Being Human describes his theories and methods of self-development to make this possible. Synthesizing 5000 years of global wisdom on the topic of human capacities development, his work puts everyday men, women, and children in touch with the innate arts and sciences that drive the unfolding of their lives.
To learn more, visit his website at UsersGuideToBeingHuman.com
Tom Merrill, PhD, and Bobbie Sandoz-Merrill, MSW
Tom Merrill, PhD, is a community leader, author, consultant and professional speaker with a full-time clinical and forensic private practice centering on marital and family therapy. He is a past president of the Hawaii Psychological Association, and is among the select number of psychologists elected to the National Academies of Practice as a distinguished practitioner of psychology.
Bobbie Sandoz-Merrill, MSW, is an internationally recognized writer and community leader with a diverse career that includes an active counseling and consulting practice. Together, the Merrills write a weekly relationships column for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that receives world wide syndication through the New York Times/Cox News List.
Robert McDowell & William L. Simon
Robert McDowell is a key Microsoft VP with more than 35 years of experience in the information technology industry. Hand picked by Bill Gates to join the company 13 years ago, he deals with many of the company’s largest and most critical clients, showing them how to integrate IT into their corporate structure.
McDowell is the author of several articles on the impact of information technology, and is the author of the book Driving Digital, also with William Simon, which focuses on how companies can take advantage of the e-business era.
More information about Robert McDowell is available at http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/exec/bmcdowell/
William L. Simon is the author of more than a dozen books, including The Art of Deception, High Velocity Leadership and On the Firing Line. He is also an accomplished screenwriter.
Rajiv Parti, M.D.
Rajiv Parti, M.D. has over thirty years’ experience as a pain management specialist. He worked as Chief of Anesthesiology at Bakersfield Heart Hospital before establishing the Pain Management Institute of California. When faced with life-threatening illnesses Dr. Raj discovered alternative holistic approaches such as Ayurveda, yoga, and meditation, and formed his principles of wellness based on Eastern spiritual practices to tackle stress, addiction, chronic pain, and depression. The author is actively in dialogue with many top medical professionals at Harvard, Berkeley, and UCSD.
Barb Pitcock is an internationally sought after speaker, author of many CD training sets and the newly published book, NO GUTS, NO STORY. Barb’s story of going from financial disaster to a self-made multi-millionaire has given many people the belief that “they too can succeed.” Barb knows from experience what it takes to become successful, and has overcome so many adversities that anyone in the audience can relate to her stories. But her real passion has always been one of helping others find success and happiness in all areas of their lives. Barb Pitcock is not only a leader in the field of sales, but a coach in the game of LIFE.
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Rabbi Aaron Raskin
Aaron L. Raskin comes from a long line of prominent rabbis. His grandfather, Rabbi Jacob J. Hecht, was the Lubavitcher Rebbe’s official translator.
Rabbi Raskin came to Brooklyn Heights in September of ’88, where he co-founded B'nai Avraham. As its spiritual leader and emissary of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, he inspires his congregation, which includes prominent business and community leaders, with ethics and spiritual guidance.
Rabbi Raskin has published a series of 200 audiotapes on a wide range of topics. He is also the author of Letters of Light. He, his wife Shternie, and their five children live in Brooklyn Heights.
Kelly R. Rasmussen began her career as a 911 dispatcher in 1986 and rose through the ranks to achieve her goal of becoming a 911 center director. Kelly’s passion, knowledge and experience in all roles in the 911 center aided her in co-founding Success Communications, Inc., the premier public safety training company in North America.
Rasmussen uses her unique training experience combined with years of formal learning (she is near completion of her PhD in Public Safety Leadership) to inform, educate, and empower women. Having struggled throughout her early years as a victim of abuse, Kelly quickly adapted her own survival skills and sense of humor and compassion to save and guide her own life as a child. She applied those same skills to use her words to save lives during her career in 911 emergency dispatch.
Because she understands people at their core and assists others to survive and overcome life-altering struggles, Kelly is recognized as a Powerful, Confident, and Determined, Leader and Speaker.
Her training company gained notoriety from the cable news show Inside Business, which led to the airing of several episodes featuring Ms. Rasmussen and her company on Fox News, MSNBC, and CNN that demonstrate her “unique” ways of training.
Now Kelly is invited to speak all over the United States and Canada on topics such as Self-Esteem, Conflict Management (imagine the 911 calls), Power, Proximity and Physical Cues in the Workplace and Knowledge is Power. Because of these sessions, Kelly was featured in the Emergency Number Professional Magazine for promoting women who want to advance in leadership roles.
Mary Ellen Renna
Mary Ellen Renna, M.D. has been involved in Pediatric studies for 20 years. Dr. Renna is a member of an elite group of physicians who are certified Physician Nutrition Specialists. With her nutrition certification and her pediatric board certification, she is extremely qualified to develop a successful program like this one to help solve the unhealthy epidemic in children.
Dr. Renna has been the recipient of several prestigious awards and certificates throughout her career. She received the prestigious PREP Education Award years 1993 through 2003. The American Medical Association awarded her the Physicians Recognition Award from 1995 through 2006. She also received the Stony Brook Foundation Award for academic achievement and research.
Lucinda Ruh is one of the most admired and creative skaters in the world. Her record is impressive: two-time National Champion, two-time World Bronze Medalist, and Guinness Book of Records Holder for the longest spin on ice. Always a trendsetter and pushing the limits, from making the unitard a fashion statement to spinning forever in the most unique positions, Lucinda always told a story the minute she stepped on the ice. Dubbed the Queen of Spin, Lucinda made her mark on skating design by creating over 20 different spin positions over the course of her career putting her name in history forever.
Danny Schechter is a television producer and independent filmmaker who often writes and speaks about media issues. An Emmy Award-winning veteran of ABC News and a member of the start-up team at CNN, Danny is the Executive Editor and blogger-in-chief of Mediachannel.org, the world's largest online media issues network. He is also cofounder and executive producer of Globalvision, a New York-based television and film production company now in its 18th year.
Peter Seidel (MS Ill. Inst. of Technology) was a student of Mies van der Rohe and planner L. Hilberseimer, and has taught at universities across the globe. A systems oriented environmental planner and architect, he is a widely published author on environmentally friendly buildings and sustainable community planning.
An entrepreneur, business leader, and acclaimed author, Rajesh Setty wrote his first novel at the age of nine, was published by the age of 13, and had a total of six titles published by the time he reached the age of 16—four novels, one collection of poems, and one book on mathematics. After a nearly 20 year break—during which time he has managed people and projects around the globe, focusing mostly on wholesale management, customer relationship management, and e-business—Setty decided to write Beyond Code.
In late 2000, Rajesh co-founded CIGNEX Technologies, Inc. (www.cignex.com), an IT solutions firm, and served as its President and CEO until May of 2005. Over the course of his tenure as CEO, CIGNEX showed an average year over year company growth of 300%. He continues to serve as the Chairman and Chief Evangelist of CIGNEX, and speaks regularly at events and conferences on topics such as Open Source, innovation, and leadership.
Rajesh lives with his wife Kavitha and son Sumukh in Santa Clara, California.
Hari Sharma, MD, Rama K. Mishra, GAMS, James G. Meade, PhD
Hari Sharma, MD is Professor Emeritus in Cancer Prevention and Natural Products Research, Department of Pathology, College of Medicine and Public Health at the Ohio State University in Columbus, OH. He has published over 120 research articles and written three other books in addition to Answer to Cancer. He has lectured worldwide on both his own research and the system of traditional Indian medicine known as Ayurveda.
Dr. Rama K. Mishra is a traditional Ayurvedic physician (Vaidya). He has been in private practice in the United States since 1974, and maintains offices on both coasts.
James G. Meade is the author of 23 previous books, several of them in the quite popular Dummies series.
Arynne Simon, PhD
For over 21 years Dr. Arynne Simon has provided seminars and one-to-one training on a wide range of subjects in the areas of leadership, sales, strategy, customer support, service and satisfaction, problem-solving, communications for managers and trainers, public speaking and leadership development. Her methods have positively influenced such luminaries as Steve Wozniak of Apple Computer (who was kind enough to write the foreword for her book Playing Life from Center Court) and Gary Moore of Cisco Systems. She has even coached members of the British parliament!
Her “Simon Says” cassette series on inter-personal problem solving techniques, upon which her book is based, has been a consistent best-seller for over 15 years. Tapes and other materials are available from www.arynne.com.
Blair Singer is the acclaimed author of SalesDogs and The ABC’s of Building a Business Team That Wins and one of personal finance legend Robert Kiyosaki’s Rich Dads Advisors. As a trainer, coach, and teacher he has worked with hundreds of thousands of individuals and organizations in over 20 countries helping them increase their income and wealth through “Little Voice” management and skill training in the real work of sales, team, money and relationships.
A dynamic, in-demand public speaker, Singer has the unique ability to get people and organizations to shake up the status quo, change behaviors and achieve unprecedented results. Spanning 20 countries on five continents his clients range from Fortune 500 companies like Singapore Airlines, Deutsche Bank, Redken, HSBC, IBM, CitiGroup, UPS Stores, Mrs. Fields Cookies, Dunkin’ Donuts, United
Healthcare and Westin Hotels, to small business owners, entrepreneurs, sales teams and regular folks. He applies the same tried and true principals that work for big corporations to the Business of Everyday Life helping individuals that are hungry for greater success.
Simran Singh is a visionary, catalyst coach and “voice of the soul” and is the publisher of the Nautilus Book Award-winning 11:11 Magazine, the only magazine to have ever been given this distinguished honor. In addition, 11:11 Talk Radio hosted by Simran Singh, is the #1 rated program on the largest online radio network, Voice America 7th Wave.
Simran’s passion and purpose entails providing resources, wisdom, and creative expression through vehicles that support the growth and evolution of consciousness on the planet. She assists individuals in making meaning out of the experiences in their lives, while providing focus upon the conversation begging to be had from the Universe, as a means of greater connection and self-realization.
Barry Sinrod has been a respected leader in the marketing and research community for nearly 40 years, conducting surveys for many of the leading corporations, and The Hopelessly Partisan Guide to American Politicsis his 10th book. He currently writes a weekly column for the Boca Raton News and does speaking engagements and various media appearances as he is needed.
Statistics have always been an important part of Barry's life as evidenced by his marriage at age 20 to his love Shelly (also 20 at the time) for more than 43+ years. They went on to have a wonderful family which consists of daughter Jodey and her husband David who are nearing 20 years of marriage and 3 wonderful grandchildren, Alex, Cole and Jessie. Daughter Marlo is married to Jordan for nearly 15 years and they have given Barry and Shelly three more grandchildren Chase, Landon and Kylie. Son Blake will soon marry Julie who will join the family with her son Jake (13), who will become grandchild, lucky number 7 for the Sinrod's.
As a Floridian and ardent supporter of the Democratic Party he is hoping that statistics will fall his way in the upcoming elections. He does not know if his vote was counted in 2000 or 2004.
Diane Spiegel is a founding partner of The End Result Partnerships Inc. and is one of the nation's recognized leaders in corporate training and development. With more than twenty-five years of experience, Diane is an industry leader and innovator who created the firm's highly successful training methodology, Sage Leadership Tools. An organizational architect, Diane specializes in developing training plans that offer companies a strategic process to educate and develop their employees and provide the framework for cultural and organizational change.
A resident of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, Ken has served on educational curriculum advisory boards for both the B.C. provincial government and the Canadian federal government. Mr. Strong is a past president of the B.C. Science Teachers' Association and a past Honorary Curator of Herpetology of the Royal B.C. Provincial Museum. He maintains a website for those caring for individuals with anxiety disorders at http://pacificcoast.net/~kstrong/.
Ken Strong has worldwide recognition as an authority on the subject of caretakers for people with anxiety disorders. After recovery from his own panic attacks and depression, he became a support person for people with similar difficulties.
Marilyn Tam has had an extraordinarily diverse life, from her beginnings in a traditional Chinese family in Hong Kong to her meteoric rise through the executive ranks of the international business world to become an influential corporate leader, speaker, consultant, author and highly respected philanthropist.
Ms. Tam’s background includes prominent executive roles at numerous world-class companies. She has served as CEO of Aveda, President of Reebok Apparel & Retail Group, and Vice President of Nike, May Department Stores, Britannia Sportswear and Miller’s Outpost. Because of her extensive corporate experience, she is frequently asked to serve as a master of ceremonies or keynote speaker at business and non-profit events around the world.
More information about Marilyn Tam is available at http://www.howtousewhatyouvegot.com/.
Charlie Thomas is presently CEO of NISCO Solutions, a software company in the Washington, D.C. area. Prior to that, he served from 1993 to 2002 as founder, Chairman and CEO of Net2000 Communications, a regional telecom company that went on to out-perform corporate giants like Microsoft and Cisco Systems in terms of capital raised and time to IPO. Net2000 was named to Inc. magazine’s “Inc. 500” as one of the fastest growing private companies in America in 1999, and was also named to Deloitte & Touche’s “Fast 500” in 1998, 1999, and 2000, before the devastating telecom implosion in the opening years of this century.
Currently, Charlie serves on several corporate boards and is active in several charitable organizations, including Childhelp and the National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE). He is also a popular featured speaker at universities and industry events nation-wide. He is a National Association of Securities Dealers (NASD) registered representative (Series 7), and a graduate of the University of Virginia.
Gregg Thompson is a leadership development facilitator, coach, author, and speaker with a passion for developing the greatness in individuals and organizations. He holds a Master of Science degree in Organization Development from Pepperdine University in Malibu, California. Other popular books by Gregg include Unleashed! Expecting Greatness and Other Secrets of Coaching for Exceptional Performance and The Leadership Experience: From Individual Success to Organization Significance (co-author).
Gregg is the President of Bluepoint Leadership Development, a global force in the training, development and consulting arena. The firm is known for crafting and executing exceptional developmental experiences that transform how organizations approach and practice leadership.
Alan Uke(pronounced UK) is a San Diego businessman, entrepreneur and community leader. His insights and business skills have provided hundreds of jobs and revenues for the San Diego area for over 40 years.
Alan Uke started his company, Underwater Kinetics, 41 years ago during his sophomore year at the University of California at San Diego. He holds over 40 patents and his SCUBA diving and industrial lighting products are now exported to over 80 countries. He has won the Entrepreneur of the Year Award for Consumer Products from Entrepreneur of the Year Institute. He is also a member of the World Presidentís Organization (WPO).
Mariano Fernández Urresti
Born in Santander, the author has degrees in Geography and History, and is considered an expert on the revival of traditional culture. He works as a Cultural Advisor on the city council of Torrelavega, Cantabria, and has worked for various media outlets in the region. He directed and presented the program The Alchemist's Tower on Radiocadena Española and RNE Radio 5. For more than ten years, he has also been in charge of the Sunday El Cantábrico supplement to the newspaper Alerta dedicated to the study of UFOs. He belongs to the Third Phase Cultural Association and is author of the book Mysteries to Share, which is a compilation of lectures Urresti gave during the programs organized by Third Phase over the past 20 years. The Third Phase Cultural Association happens to be one of the most long-lived organizations dedicated to the analysis of enigmas and paranormal mysteries in Spanish history.
Urresti is the author of the books Mysteries to Share (2001), The Hidden Face of Jesus (Nowtilus 2002), The Templars and the Lost Word (2003), A Magical Journey Along Saint James’ Path (2004).
John W. Whitehead
Whitehead currently serves as the Institute’s president and spokesperson, in addition to writing a weekly commentary that is posted on The Rutherford Institute’s website (www.rutherford.org), as well being distributed to several hundred newspapers, and hosting a national public service radio campaign.
John W. Whitehead is an attorney and author who has written, debated, and practiced widely in the area of constitutional law and human rights. Whitehead's concern for the persecuted and oppressed led him, in 1982, to establish The Rutherford Institute, a nonprofit civil liberties and human rights organization whose international headquarters are located in Charlottesville, Virginia. His approach to civil liberties issues has earned him numerous accolades and accomplishments, including the Hungarian Medal of Freedom and the 2010 Milner S. Ball Lifetime Achievement Award for “[his] decades of difficult and important work, as well as [his] impeccable integrity in defending civil liberties for all.”
Jason Apollo Voss
Before retiring at age 35, Jason Apollo Voss was co-Portfolio Manager of the Davis Appreciation and Income Fund (DAIF), one of the nation's largest money-management firms and among the largest shareholders for several familiar brands. During his tenure he bested the NASDAQ, S&P 500 and DJIA by staggering percentages. Lipper Analytical Services named the Davis Appreciation and Income Fund a "Lipper Leader" and it was ranked number 1 in its investment category. The Fund was also a regular Morningstar "Analyst Pick."
Noah Weinberg is a pioneering educator whose teachings emphasize maximizing true pleasure and success through meaningful activities. He is the internationally acclaimed founder and Dean of Aish HaTorah College of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem and Aish HaTorah International, a system of 35 outreach branches located on five continents in 25 major cities, with hundreds of thousands of members.
Rabbi Weinberg's audio series, "48 Ways to Wisdom," has inspired countless individuals across the world.
Cindy Wigglesworth is the President and Founder of Deep Change, Inc., a company dedicated to helping individuals and organizations integrate and access their Deep Intelligence®. With 20 years of experience in global HR management, she has been running her own successful business since 2000. She is the creator of the SQ21 Spiritual Intelligence self-assessment, the first competency-based spiritual intelligence assessment instrument. In addition to her many radio appearances, she has been a guest on the Oprah Winfrey Show and PBS television.
Steve Yastrow is a sought-after marketing advisor to companies of all sizes in many industries, including the McDonalds Corporation, The Cayman Islands Department of Tourism and Reed Business Information, among many others. Steve’s company, Yastrow Marketing (www.yastrow.com), focuses on "marketing beyond the marketing department"—creating brand strategies that align entire companies in a way that orchestrates the entire customer experience. Steve is also Brand Editor for TomPeters.com, where he hosts The Brand Cafe (www.tompeters.com/brandcafe), a forum on the latest issues in branding and marketing.
Previously, Steve was Vice-President of Resort Marketing for Hyatt Hotels & Resorts and Senior-Vice President of Marketing for Sunterra Resorts. He lives in the Chicago area with his wife Arna and three children, Nurit, Levi and Noah.
Stuart Zimmerman & Jared Rosen
Stuart Zimmerman has spent over 20 years in the securities industry, starting with Kidder, Peabody in the early 1980’s. He went on to serve on the board of Next Level Communications, eventually founding his own investment firm, Zimco Advisors, in 1997. Stuart is currently Chairman and CEO of Inner Securities, Inc. (www.innersecurities.com), a privately held company dedicated to the redefinition of wealth.
Jared Rosen is a pioneer in the field of emotional and spiritual intelligence. Jared introduced Whole Self Management, a revolutionary training program used by executives in a variety of industries. He is the former CEO of Enchante, Inc., a children’s emotional intelligence media company, and is a contributing author to several journal articles and books on the subject of business and emotions.
Both Stuart and Jared live with their wives and children in Northern California.
Thomas D. Zweifel, PhD
Thomas D. Zweifel is CEO of the Swiss Consulting Group (www.swissconsultinggroup.com), a firm specializing in cross-cultural management techniques. He is also a professor of leadership and cross-cultural management at New York’s prestigious Columbia University.
Born in Paris, Thomas was educated in Switzerland, Germany and the United States, and is fluent in English, German, French and Italian. He holds a master’s degree in international affairs from Columbia University and a PhD in international relations from New York University. Since 1984, Thomas has coached hundreds of leaders in Fortune 500 companies, governments and non-governmental organizations in Europe, India, Japan and the United States.
Rob Lebow & William L. Simon
Rob Lebow is founder and Chairman of the Lebow Company, Inc. and runs management training programs and seminars throughout North America. He has appeared in Inc., Fortune, Success, and Incentives magazines, to name a few. William L. Simon, is a bestselling author of business books and narrative non-fiction, has also written extensively for screen and television.