https://www.smartlearningforbusinesssuccess.com/ Richard Stone, CEO, StoryWork International: Richard Stone is a nationally recognized speaker on the power of story and its applications in business, healthcare, and education. He got his start almost 30 years ago developing story-based training programs for team building and leadership development and has been a leader in work on narrative reminiscence. He has worked with diverse organizations such as Walt Disney Imagineering, Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Hewlett Packard, Eastman Chemical Company, Kraft Foods, and Novant Health. His current work at StoryWork International is focused on using the power of story to assist leaders to transform their organizations and their approach to leading, infusing their work with deeper purpose and meaning. Richard has authored The Healing Art of Storytelling, Stories: The Family Legacy, The Kingdom of Nowt, and co-wrote The Patient Survival Handbook. His new book, co-authored with Scott Livengood, entitled Story Intelligence will be released March 18, 2021. Previously he was the Chief Innovation Officer for Synensys, and prior to that the StoryAnalytics Master for the IDEAS Innovation Team (a former division of the Walt Disney Company) where he was on the team that created StoryCare, an innovative program for driving behavioral change among healthcare staff to improve patient safety and satisfaction. Richard also co-created the award-winning board game Pitch-A-Story, and is an accomplished artist. Finally, Richard is a member of the board of PCI Media, an international organization located in New York City committed to improving health, environmental, and social justice outcomes around the world using the power of story.
Ira White was born in California and raised in both California and Idaho. Lived in Vermont and Washington and currently reside in Oregon. Graduated from University of Stanislaus in 1973 and retired from food inspection with the USDA in 2011. Worked in the food industry much of his life but spent some time as a teacher. He was an early reader, starting at 5 years old. Started writing in third grade. His first book was Enchanted Shores, a collection of folk tales and poetry published in 2000. This book is special in that Ira did the illustrations, cover, editing, and layout as well as the writing and publishing. Caring for his father with dementia led to his second book, We Won’t Forget You Mr. McGillicuddy. Currently working on a poetry book and starting to think about the next novel.
Interests include science, ecology, economics, politics, photography, gardening, fishing, music, and hiking. Accomplishments include Inspector In Charge for the USDA, BA English, CA teaching credential, Boys’ State for Ceres High, Grange Master and President of the California State Youth Grange, local winner of Lion’s Club speech contest two years running, 5th place in Clover International Poetry Contest, and father of three successful and beautiful young women.
https://www.facebook.com/Ira-White-1502675920029297 Don’t be fooled by the topic of John Bennardo’s first published novel 2 Dollar Bills: America’s Forgotten Currency. Despite writing a book and producing a documentary about the quirky currency, John is first and foremost a humorist. In his new fiction novel Just a Typo. John examines cancel culture and celebrity and gets back to doing what he loves most – pointing out the absurdities in everyday life. A writer since his childhood in Yonkers, New York.
John now lives in south Florida with his wife and teenage son. He is a cancer survivor, former college professor, and Wheel of Fortune champion, although he admits he’s still disappointed he lost the bonus game.
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As an attorney and civil justice advocate, author Mark M. Bello draws upon over 40 years of courtroom experience in his Zachary Blake Legal Thriller Series.
A Michigan native, Mark received his B.A. in English Literature from Oakland University and his law degree from Thomas M. Cooley Law School. After working extremely high profile legal cases, Mark wanted to give the public a front-row glimpse of what victims face when standing up for justice. Combining his legal experience and passion for justice with a creative writing style, Mark not only brings high-quality legal services to his clients but captivating novels to his readers.
When Mark’s not writing legal and political novels, he writes and posts about fairness and justice in the civil justice system on his website, Legal Examiner and Injury Board. In his spare time, Mark enjoys traveling and spending time with his family. Mark and his wife, Tobye, have four children and 8 grandchildren.
Br. Dan O’Riordan, FMS, has been a Marist Brother for over 28 years. After graduating from Archbishop Molloy High School in Briarwood, NY, he earned a Bachelor’s degree from University College in Cork, Ireland, and an MA at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, NY. Over the years, Br. Dan has served as a teacher, coach, counselor, and campus minister at numerous Marist High Schools around the United States. He also served his USA Province as their Vocations Director and Vice Provincial. He has coordinated more than one hundred mission service trips allowing many young people the opportunity to serve the least favored in communities around the world. He has also led numerous pilgrimages and continues to be a featured speaker on youth retreats and youth gatherings, where he encourages young people to find ways to answer God’s call and use their gifts and talents to respond to the many needs of our world.
He is the author of two books:-
Never too Young to Change the World (December 2020) tells the inspiring true stories of remarkable young adults who demonstrate that one person’s acts of kindness and their ability to overcome hurdles can affect real change in the world.
A Plan B Camino 2020 (July 2020) touches on many themes around the ancient practice of Pilgrimage, which is a sacred journey that allows a pilgrim an opportunity to be transformed before returning to his or her world, bringing home the many graces and gifts received through the experience. Apart from his love of ministry and his Religious community, Br. Dan has many passions in life including writing, painting, running, hiking, golf, Yankees baseball and most of all spending quality time with his family, friends and his Godchildren.
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Feisty Latina—Lover of classic literature—History buff—Leah Lindeman graduated with honours from the Institute of Children’s Literature. She’s the author of the Canadian Reminiscence Series and contributing author to the bestseller My Journey My Journal. She and her husband live in the idyllic countryside of Eastern Ontario where they raise their five children with another on the way.
Yana Barbelo is a Russian-American author and psychiatrist. She writes visionary horror/New Weird fiction which explores the darkest contradictions of human nature. She lives in California where she tends the garden and thinks about strange and beautiful stuff of life.
Nina Munteanu is an award-winning freshwater scientist, novelist and science writer. Nina has written over a dozen eco-fiction, science fiction and fantasy novels. Nina currently lives in Toronto where she teaches writing at the University of Toronto and George Brown College. Her book “Water Is…” (Pixl Press)—a scientific study and personal journey as limnologist, mother, teacher and environmentalist—was picked by Margaret Atwood in the New York Times as 2016 ‘The Year in Reading’. Nina’s most recent novel is “A Diary in the Age of Water”—about four generations of women and their relationship to water in a rapidly changing world—released in June 2020 by Inanna Publications.
HANK PHILLIPPI RYAN is a USA Today bestselling author of 12 thrillers, winning the most prestigious awards in the
genre: five Agathas, three Anthonys, the Daphne, and for THE OTHER WOMAN, the coveted Mary Higgins Clark
Award. She is also on-air investigative reporter for Boston’sWHDH-TV, with 37 EMMYs and dozens more journalism
honors. Book critics call her “a master of suspense,” “a superb and gifted storyteller,” and she’s the only author to have won the Agatha in four different categories: Best First, Best Novel, Best Short Story and Best Non-Fiction.
Anthony “Tony” Drago:
Anthony “Tony” Drago was born in Camden, New Jersey and spent much of his early childhood at his paternal grandparents Italian grocery store. From a young age, his mother, Kaleria Palchikoff Drago, would tell him the captivating story of her journey from Russia to Japan and then to the United States. It created Tony’s foundation for his love of history—especially his family’s history—bringing him to write this book.
After retiring in 2006, Tony doubled down on his passions—flying his airplane, restoring his classic car, and traveling the world with his wife, Kathy. Tony and Kathy have been married for forty-five years. They have three adult children and enjoy spending their days on the beach in their hometown of Carmel, California with their eight grandchildren and dogs, Tug and Maggie. For more information about Kaleria and the book.
Edward Willett is the aware-winning author of more than sixty books of science fiction, fantasy, and non-fiction for readers of all ages. His latest is THE MOONLIT WORLD, Book 3 in his Worldshapers portal-fantasy series for DAW Books. He also hosts the Aurora award-winning podcast The Worldshapers, featuring conversations with science fiction and fantasy authors about their creative process, and recently Kickstarted an anthology, SHAPERS OF WORLDS, featuring authors who were guests on the podcast during the first year, many of them bestselling and award-winning. The anthology releases in ebook September 22 and in print in mid-November from Shadowpaw Press, Willett’s own publishing company. Willett began his career as a journalist, and his nonfiction includes science and history books and biographies, many of them for young readers. He lives in Regina, Saskatchewan.
Thomas A. Brigger:
Thomas A. Brigger is a businessman, entrepreneur, traveler and author of Beyond the Higher Ground, a novel about intrigue and suspense amid the opioid crisis in Appalachia. With a background including construction worker, small business owner, instructional writer, real estate developer, builder, consultant and corporate executive, the author draws from his experience to recognize the nuances of human behavior. Proclaimed by a former instructor to be “potentially one of the great writers of the century,” Brigger set aside his business interests to concentrate on writing fiction, a craft that he mastered by writing short stories for most of his adult life. He writes from his home in Southwest Ohio, where he focuses on the variants of American life and matters of importance to American people.
Robert J. Sawyer:
Robert J. Sawyer is one of only eight writers ever to win all three of the science-fiction field’s top awards for best novel of the year: the Hugo (which he won in 2003 for Hominids), the Nebula (which he won in 1996 for The Terminal Experiment), and the John W. Campbell Memorial Award (which he won in 2006 for Mindscan). In 2014, he was won of the initial inductees in the Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame, and in 2016 he was made a Member of The Order of Canada, the highest civilian honor bestowed by the Canadian government. According to The Locus Index to Science Fiction Awards, he has won more awards as a science fiction or fantasy novelist than anyone else in the history of those genres.
Lisa Kohn is the author of to the moon and back: a childhood under the influence, as well as The Power of Thoughtful Leadership. She is a writer, teacher, and public speaker who owns a leadership consulting and executive coaching firm (www.chatsworthconsulting.com). She will always tell you that she is a native New Yorker, but she currently lives in Pennsylvania.
Miranda Oh is the author of the hit series Chin Up Tits Out, a trilogy that is sure to take you through a wild ride of an independent young woman, trying to navigate through her 20’s. Trips to Africa, crazy carnival rides, a few interesting relationship entanglements, mysterious diagnoses, hitting rock bottom and building herself back up again. Chin Up Tits out is a friendly self-reminder to always hold your head held high, stand tall and proud and continue to move forward through life, surviving, thriving and self-loving.
Dr. Mark Youssef:
“As a cosmetic surgeon, I am in the business of empowering my patients. You don’t get to choose the body you are born with. However, you definitely get a say about the body you choose to live in.” So says Dr. Mark Youssef, Founder and Medical Director of Younique Cosmetic Surgery and Med Spa in Santa Monica, California. Dr. Youssef believes that beauty is empowering. The way you look affects your self-esteem, your self-confidence, your self-image. Your power.
Responding to the need for information on one of the most popular cosmetic surgery procedures of the day, Dr. Youssef has written a new book entitled The Art of the Brazilian Butt Lift. Subtitled “Evolve Your Beauty, Empower Your Life, the book unravels the magic, the science, and the mystery of the Brazilian Butt Lift procedure, proving it’s not just for names like Kardashian or JLo.
At the tender age of 23, Anthony Ryan Sadana received an exclusive invitation to apply for the
fabled no-limit American Express Black Card, which represented, in his mind, “the pinnacle of
my financial success and the ultimate recognition for measuring any sort of achievement against
A scant two years later, he found himself flat broke and millions of dollars in debt. Today, this
entrepreneur, innovator, author and influencer enjoys a multi-faceted, successful career on a
global scale in a wide range of businesses. He’s run retail operations, consults for large and small
companies, owns his own real estate investment organization, and is involved in a series of
highly profitable online ventures.
Sadana’s hard-won knowledge and insights, applied properly and with the right amount of motivation,
will help budding entrepreneurs and seasoned business veterans alike create their own
Sadana currently lives in Las Vegas with his faithful sheltie, Lucky.
Steven is the award-winning author of 21 leadership, business, and motivational books and the editor of nine professional and personal development books in the Project You series. His latest book is How Stress and Anxiety Impact Your Decision Making. His book Better Decisions. Better Thinking. Better Outcomes. How to go from Mind Full to Mindful Leadership, received a Silver Award from the Nonfiction Authors Association. He also wrote Leadership Lessons from the Volkswagen Saga, which won three prestigious publishing industry awards (2017 Independent Press Award, National Indie Excellence Award, and San Francisco Book Festival Award). He is also the author of Great Leadership Words of Wisdom. Howard is well-known and recognized for his truly international and multicultural perspective, having lived in the USA for over 30 years, in Singapore for 21 years, and in Australia for 12 years. He currently resides in Southern California.
Katia R. V. Reed:
A highly creative multi-artist with a diverse ability and background in the arts. Her first novel, “The Foretold Story Book 1: Part 1” of a 4 part trilogy was just released April of 2020. It took Reed 19 years to write this story which came to her at the age of 10. The years following, she grew as well as the development of her characters.
Having also come from tragic beginnings with many lows in life, Reed always leaned on her spiritual beliefs as well as her art to carry her through. Her art helped her in her healing. While she was birthing this book series inspired by life’s unusual encounters, dreams and characters she met along the way, she was also creating an array of art in all art forms. And with that, developed the continuing story into a full length feature film, 1 of 4 cinema package of movies with a vision board concept website featuring her artistry and talent.
Robert Springer (1953– old enough to remember tube TVs and the first transistor radios), a poor (bass guitar) player who once strut his hour upon the stage (Austin TX and Niles Michigan) and then was heard (unrecorded bands) no more (after 30 years my fingers cannot remember the frets). He finds he is a character in a story told by an idiot who after 20 years with a large publisher found his department was outsourced overseas (nevertheless, I deeply love India). His writing pedigree is a crazy quilt with stretches of academic training and scraps of writing on paper towel rolls in an asphalt siding factory — all leading to becoming a late-life Master of Arts recipient as well as a happily married spouse, a parent, a grandfather of two, and much to his surprise, a Deacon in his mainline church. And yes, gray locks are still full of Sound and Fury (not a Plymouth Fury actually, it was a ‘63 Chrysler Newport push-button drive gunboat called the “Stratocruiser”) — just get him mad or give him coffee.
The long and lonely work of writing this particular novel was spread out over a decade with another decade of rewrites and polishing drafts while avoiding the all important step of trying to get published. That you are holding this book means I took that last step and that Conscious Living Media took it with me. For you to read the book completes the journey. Write what you love, they say. I love a good tale, but I want a book that makes me think while I enjoy the ride. Part sci-fi, part recast-mythos, part an examination of the potential and pitfalls of reincarnation, part a conversation with God — the theodicy I’ve wrestled with for half a century — The Organ Pipes of the Soul: A Theodicy of Love and Reincarnation in a Desperate Afterlife is a book for a reader of broad tastes and a broad mind. If you’re this book’s reader, that’s you. Follow the story to the end. I think you’ll like where it takes you.
William Keator has spent the better park of his career enhancing the college experience for students, including a seventeen-year stint with the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations, which funded Reading Rainbow, Arthur and other PBS television programs for young people. He also directed two national programs that awarded nearly 500 grants totaling more than $95 million. The largest of these programs supported private colleges and universities, while the smaller but still substantial program awarded funding to new and innovative approaches for the professional development of high school teachers. He holds a Master’s Degree from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education.
In addition to Cuppy and Stew, Eric Goodman is the author of five previous novels, including Twelfth and Race, Child of My Right Hand and In Days of Awe. For many years, he directed the creative writing program at Miami University in Ohio. He lives with his wife Susan in Mecklenburg, New York and Sonoma County, California.
Uma Vanka is a seasoned digital transformation leader, helping large organizations transform their IT organizations into innovators and value generators. A partner at TCS America (the world’s largest IT services provider), over the last two decades he has helped his many customers come up with their transformation vision and deploys teams to turn their vision into reality. Uma’s inspiration to write ‘I Am A Rockstar’ came from his passion for entrepreneurship which took him to remote places in Peru and India where he learned how to keep a positive attitude despite anxiety-provoking and challenging circumstances. He also mastered how to keep his teams motivated while taking products forward despite consistent rejection – these experiences taught him what real leadership is. Uma is currently working on his next book, ‘I Am A Tiny Rockstar’ for kids.
Royce Morales is a renowned spiritual teacher who has been teaching breakthrough, core, self-discovery work for decades.
Her trailblazing, life-shifting work presents profound spiritual concepts, providing tools to make them applicable in day-to-day life. These powerful teachings get to the root of subconscious, fear-based programming so that fears, stuck issues and repetitive patterns can resolve.
Royce offers continuing group classes, has an e-course and is available for private inner journey sessions using the powerful, clearing technique she developed.
If you’re tired of the struggle, want to connect with who you really are, feel ready to live a meaningful, empowered life, give Royce a call for a free consultation. Deserve!
Royce is the author of three books about her teachings: “Want: True love, past lives and other complications;” “Know: A spiritual wake-up call;” and “Back: Rebirth After Stroke.” Her books inspire evolution, awareness and empowerment. The underlying message is a wake-up call toward authentic “heart-wired” acceptance of self, others and life, all available on Amazon.
Dr. Ron Dalrymple:
Dr. Ron Dalrymple is a licensed psychologist, author and filmmaker with a special interest in the higher, seldom understood powers of the mind. He has written four books using his research to motivate individuals to achieve greatness by utilizing the power within themselves. All four books are best- sellers. They are The Inner Manager; 8 Days to Creative Power; I Love You, God; and Quantum Field Psychology. Dr. Dalrymple also produced a best-selling film about the discover of Quantum Field Psychology, Paradise Found 2015; and recently released a new film, The Endless Question.
His CV reads like the rocket scientist he is, as he once worked for NASA. But he speaks in a way that is understandable, inspiring and motivational. He combines his clinical experiences with years of personal research in physics, topological mathematics and philosophical analysis of Eastern and western origins to devise a system of thought which integrates creative imagination to provide novel insights into major life questions as well as everyday challenges and problem-solving.
Neil Perry Gordon:
Beginning with his debut novel in 2018—A Cobbler’s Tale, followed by Moon Flower, The Righteous One, The Bomb Squad and Hope City, Neil Perry Gordon has established himself as a well-respected and prolific historical fiction novelist. His story telling ability has earned him high editorial praise from the likes of Kirkus, Midwest Book Review and others, including hundreds of four and five star reader reviews on Amazon and Goodreads.
Neil attributes his love of the writing process from his formative education at the Green Meadow Waldorf School, where he learned that subjects such as music, dance and theater, writing, literature, legends and myths, were not simply things to be read about and tested, but lessons to be experienced.
His creative writing methods and inspiration have been described as organic; meaning that he begins his work with a general storyline for his characters, rather than working with a formal, detailed outline. This encourages his writing to offer surprising twists and unexpected outcomes, which readers have celebrated. His novels have the attributes of being driven by an equal balance between character development and face-paced action, which moves his stories along at a swift page-turning pace.
Cinnia Curran Finfer:
Born second of four daughters in New York City, Cinnia Curran Finfer attended five different grade schools in
four different states. (New York, Michigan, Minnesota and Ohio) As a child of the 1960’s and 70’s she had
the best of both worlds, old fashion fun and space age possibilities. Being small for her age, far from athletic and a perpetual new kid with an unusual name made for quite a ride.
“Confessions of a Helmet-Free Childhood True-is Tales of an Analog” is a collection of 13 essay about crazy things she did growing up, and a celebration of the kid in all of us. She graduated from Endicott College in Beverly, MA and American University in Washington, D.C. Cinnia has spent her adult life in Southern California as a marketing communications consultant. She is married and the mother of two grown children.
Gerald R. Stanek:
I have written several books in the relatively new genre of Visionary Fiction. As I write I seek to be an active participant in the exchange of energy and information between the mundane and ethereal worlds. My latest work, Rosa Mundi, focuses on the interplay between these realms and the effect of transcendental experience on subjective reality. When I finished my first novel, The Eighth House, there was no such designation as Visionary Fiction in the publishing industry. The book didn’t fit the fantasy, adventure or mystery molds, and so it waited on the shelf. It dealt with expanding awareness, meditation, visioning, divination, the return of the Divine Feminine, and evolution toward a unified humanity.
Since then I have studied the esoteric teachings of various traditions and worked to become a more conscious writer.
Jennifer is an English as a second language teacher from New Berlin, New York. She worked in the Middle East teaching at various international schools for 14 years. While in Kuwait, she was a presenter for the NESA educational organization in various countries worldwide. She also presented educational workshops for the United States Embassy in Qatar.
Jennifer was recently a guest Mari Mitchell’s, “Dare to Be Authentic” radio show out of Southern California and was just published on Dr. Susan Jeffer’s website as she shared her own “Feel the Feel and do it Anyway” story about her 14 years abroad.
In her new memoir Beautiful Possibilities, Jennifer shares her story of leaving home to find herself, spending 14 years in the Middle East, meeting the man she would marry, surviving the 2004 tsunami and living as an expat.
As listeners engage with Jennifer’s story of paying attention to her inner voice, they will likely think about the messages they need to tune into in their own lives on their own heroic journeys. And just maybe, leap into their next greatest adventure. When Your Inner Voice or “inner ding” calls, will you listen? And see it for the beautiful possibility it is?
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Dr. Gregory Charlop:
Gregory Charlop, MD, is an award-winning physician, speaker, aging expert, and author of Why Doctors Skip Breakfast: Wellness Tips to Reverse Aging, Treat Depression, and Get a Good Night’s Sleep. Known as the anesthesiologist to the stars, Dr. Charlop is one of the most sought-after physicians in California. He is the founder of an elite wellness and anti-aging telemedicine clinic in Beverly Hills where he sees athletes and high-achievers.
Webpage: Dr. Gregory Charlop