Aimee Mullins

Aimee Mullins

Aimee Mullins is a remarkable athlete, actress, fashion model, and well respected motivational speaker. Born with fibular hemimelia (missing fibula bones) she had to have both of her legs amputated below the knee when she was only one-year-old. Today Aimee revels in the continuous exploration of what is possible. She has developed her own unique formula for creating the “invented life,” fashioned from her unique combination of life experiences as an Olympic athlete, ground-breaking high fashion model, a beacon for design tech, dedicated advocate and avant-garde actor. Read more

Amy Purdy

Amy Purdy

Amy Purdy has been through hardships that most of us will never face — or can even fathom. But what makes Read more

André Taylor

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André Taylor is an award-winning entrepreneur, strategic thinker, dynamic speaker. He’s the author of a series of books, videos and learning programs on winning, Read more

Antwone Fisher

Antwone Fisher

Antwone Quenton Fisher was born in prison to his teenage mother. He became a ward of the state of Ohio and was placed in a loving home, but it was apparent that the foster mother had become too attached to Antwone, deeming a reunion with his birth mother too difficult for the child. He was then placed in another foster home where he would suffer twelve years of abuse. Fisher survived the cruelties of foster care and the brutalities of homelessness and set on a course of healing after joining the United State Navy where he served his country for eleven years. Read more

Bethany Hamilton

Bethany Hamilton

Bethany Hamilton, at the age of 13 survived a 14-foot tiger shark attack off the shores of her hometown Hawaii was left with one arm and only 26 days later she courageously overcame all odds and began surfing again. In the wake of this life-changing event that took her arm and nearly her life, Bethany’s feisty determination and steadfast faith spurred her toward an adventurous comeback that gave her the grit to turn her loss into a gift for others. Bethany is a true champion who inspiring millions worldwide through the love of her family, her sheer determination, and her unwavering faith. Read more

Bob Danzig

Bob Danzig

Bob Danzig’s life story took him from a childhood spent in five foster homes to nationwide head of The Hearst Newspaper Group and vice president of The Hearst Corporation. After graduating from high school he took a job as an office boy at his local newspaper, the Albany (N.Y) Times Union; nineteen years later he became publisher of the Times Union, before heading to the helm of The Hearst Newspaper Group. Danzig is currently a member of the teaching faculty at the prestigious New School University and the guiding hand of The Hearst Management Institute. His goal is to be an instrument for renewed affirmation that every single person is worthwhile. As an industry leader, he has served the Newspaper Association of America, Newspaper Advertising Bureau, New Directions for News and the American Press Institute, and has earned industry-wide respect for his innovative marketing leadership. Danzig was also awarded one of 12 professional journalism fellowships at Stanford University, the only business executive ever to be accepted into this program. He now serves on its board. When Bob stepped down as CEO of the Hearst Newspaper Group and accelerated his speaking/author career, the scope of the gifting was expanded to include support for foster care children in college. Significant numbers of those children have benefited from this support. No outside funds are sought or accepted for the charity. It is funded wholly from Bob’s speaking/lecture fees and author royalties—all of which are donated to the charity. He has also been inducted in the the Speakers Hall of Fame for his outstanding contributions to the lecture industry, an honor bestowed on only five speakers each year, by the 4,000-member National Speakers Association. Read more

Brian Smith

Brian Smith

One of Australia’s most famous entrepreneurs, Brian Smith “MR. UGG” is best known for launching UGG Boots in the U.S.

After moving to Calif and selling the now billion-dollar company, Smith launched a second career as a business guru and an exciting, motivational speaker. His humorous, heart-felt style and hard-won business savvy is energizing CEOs, business owners and budding entrepreneurs across the country. Read more

Calah Thomas

Calah Thomas

 

Calah Thomas is a frequent presenter at of Celebrate Recovery, where her story of recovery is often shared to help others through the difficulties they are experiencing in life.

In 2006, Ms. Thomas graduated with a degree in paralegal studies and subsequently worked with several family law firms in Arizona.

In 2011 Ms. Thomas established her own business, assisting people through the legal process that cannot afford an attorney.

In 2013 Ms. Thomas received her BA in paralegal studies.

Calah is a substance abuse survivor who connects with audiences, both young and old, about substance abuse and the road to recovery. She draws on her own history to convince audiences that it is never too late to follow your dreams, overcome their setbacks and start making the right choices.

Because of her desire to “fit in”, the choices she made had a daunting effect on her life for many years. By the age of 13, drugs and alcohol were permanent fixtures in her life. By the age of 22 she had been arrested and charged with four felonies for possession of dangerous drugs. She lived on the streets and lost every material possession she owned. The loss of her older brother to an accidental drug overdose seemed to awaken something in her and she made the decision to get “sober”.

Through legal issues, graduating from college and many other accomplishments, something was still lingering…addiction.

Calah made a decision 13 years ago to be sober. But that decision was not put into action for many years. Drugs are not just found on the street…they are readily available everywhere . In her presentation, Calah relates how making a decision and taking action on that decision are completely different things – how she has transformed through heartache and feelings of complete desperation into a voice of hope and encouragement.

“Society often presents an unrealistic vision of reality. Addiction is sneaky…and it can happen to anyone. Social use is not only accepted, it is expected. Recognizing future consequences, both good and bad, are key to painting the canvas of your life as you desire, and it all begins with the understanding the importance of acting on a decision.”

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Christopher Gardner

Christopher Gardner

Christopher Gardner is the owner and CEO of Gardner Rich LLC with offices in New York, Chicago, and San Francisco. Conquering grave challenges to become a successful entrepreneur, Gardner is an avid motivational and inspirational speaker, addressing the keys to overcoming obstacles and breaking cycles. Gardner is also a passionate philanthropist whose work has been recognized by many esteemed organizations. The amazing story of Gardner’s life was published as an autobiography, The Pursuit of Happyness, in May 2006, and became a New York Times and Washington Post #1 bestseller. Read more

Claudia Stevens

Claudia Stevens

To be an artist is one thing. To be a successful artist is quite another. What separates the two? Often it is simply entrepreneurship-the drive and know-how to turn your artistry into an art career.

Claudia Stevens, pianist, singer, musicologist, and composer, whose work has been performed on national stages, lectures on the topic of entrepreneurship and reveals key strategies for artists to undertake. Her presentations address topics such as self-management, marketing, and crossover careers. Read more