Suze Orman

Foremost financial advisor, host of The Suze Orman Show on CNBC and New York Times bestselling author Suze Orman is a world-renowned motivational speaker who speaks annually to over 100,000 people in the United States, South Africa & Asia. In 2007, Business Week named Orman the top female motivational Speaker in the U.S., and in 2010, she was named one of the world’s most powerful women by Forbes magazine. Suze has been called “a force in the world of personal finance” and a “one-woman financial advice powerhouse” by USA Today. Read more

The Capitol Steps

The Capitol Steps began as a group of Senate staffers who set out to satirize the very people and places that employed them. They were born in December, 1981 when some of Senator Charles Percy’s staffers were planning the entertainment for the Christmas party. Their first idea was to stage a nativity play, but in the whole Congress they couldn’t find three wise men or a virgin. So, they decided to dig into the headlines of the day and create song parodies & skits which conveyed a special brand of satirical humor.

In the years that followed, many of the Steps ignored the conventional wisdom (“Don’t quit your day job!”), and although not all of the current members of the Steps are former Capitol Hill staffers, taken together the performers have worked in a total of eighteen Congressional offices and represent 62 years of collective House and Senate staff experience.

Since they began, the Capitol Steps have recorded over 30 albums, including their latest, Take the Money and Run — for President. They’ve been featured on NBC, CBS, ABC, and PBS, and can be heard 4 times a year on National Public Radio stations nationwide during their Politics Takes a Holiday radio specials.

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Naomi Judd

Grammy Award winning singer Naomi Judd makes up half of country music’s most famous mother/daughter duo, The Judds. Over the course of her stunning career, Naomi won 5 Grammy Awards and an array other music awards and honors. After receiving Hepatitis C diagnosis, Naomi retired from music, but continues to inspire others through humanitarian activities and awareness campaigns. Naomi’s meteoric rise to country music superstar and American icon – from her humble beginnings as a single mom in a small Kentucky town – is an inspiring story of overcoming the odds through optimism and hard work. Read more

Jungle Boogie Crew

Jungle Boogie Crew

Jungle Boogie Crew made their mark on Season 5 of Randy Jackson Presents: America’s Best Dance Crew

Since the hit MTV show Jungle Boogie Crew has continued to expand their resume with performances including Disney’s Shake it Up, Old Navy’s Gobblepalooza Dance campaign, and working with top choreographers such as Fatima Robinson and Rozero Mccoy! Read more

Matt Roloff

Matt Roloff

Matt Roloff is best known for starring in the hit TLC reality show ‘Little People, Big World.’ In over 225 episodes, tens of millions of people around the world have followed the lives and challenges of Matt and his family at their home in Oregon, but there is more to Matt Roloff’s story than the TV show and being a devoted husband and father of four children. Matt operates a successful family farm, has authored two books, was a top salesman for Fortune 500 companies, and currently owns a manufacturing company specializing in mobility equipment designed for little people. Read more

Richard Roundtree

Richard Roundtree

Don’t believe the hype: breast cancer doesn’t discriminate. The American Cancer Society estimates that in 2009 about 1,910 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed among men in the United States. After an early diagnosis, actor Richard Roundtree, better known as the world’s beloved Shaft, thought he might become a statistic before he became proactive in his treatment. Fast forward 16 years later and you’ll find the Hollywood vet quite vocal about his breast cancer survival story as he encourages others to pay attention to their health. Read more

Kathy Buckley

Kathy Buckley

Kathy Buckley was born with a hearing loss that went undetected until she was eight and led to believe she was mentally retarded. She was sexually abused, run over by a car, and stricken with cancer all before the age of thirty. Rather than being consumed by grief, Kathy sought out laughter. She not only survived, she has gone on to become a successful comedienne and an award winning author. She is also a world-renowned motivational speaker. Kathy inspires hundreds of thousands of people around the country, sharing her story of overcoming some of the most difficult obstacles one can imagine in life, and how she met those challenges with dignity, courage, and laughter. Read more

Curtis Sliwa

Curtis Silwa

Curtis Sliwa’s core ideas resonate well beyond the streets safeguarded by The Guardian Angels. With a unique combination of conviction and charisma, he often speaks before corporate teams, media professionals, senior executives, non-profit associations and educators. Drawing upon community activism as a backdrop, Sliwa draws direct comparisons. The challenge is this: “You have to get involved in the process. Don’t sit on the sidelines.” Sliwa has been privileged to speak for a variety of esteemed organizations including The Children’s Miracle Network, the YMCA, the Boy Scouts of America, Read more

Mitch Gaylord

Mitch Gaylord

Mitch Gaylord first thrilled the world in 1984 when he led the United States Olympic gymnastics team to its Gold Medal victory. In addition to being the first American Gymnast in history to score a Perfect “10”, Mitch went on to capture a Silver medal for Vaulting and two Bronze medals for Rings and Parallel Bars. As the number one ranked gymnast in 1983 and 1984, Mitch invented two skills now named internationally after him. To this day, the Gaylord Flip and the Gaylord Two are considered among the most difficult and spectacular feats in gymnastics. Read more

Patch Adams

Imagine what it would be like to have the REAL Patch Adams behind the hit movie Patch Adams come to your school, college or company to share his message of wellness, laughter and humor!

Imagine the people he might touch, inspire or alert by meeting and spending time with them in person, in a meaningful way.

Imagine how you, your community, your organization would be enhanced if the principles of love, joy and caring were embraced by every person.

What would it look like? What would it sound like? What would it be like?

All over the world, Patch shares his powerful message on the importance of caring — it’s magic. A change agent for peace, love and justice, Patch Adams likes to stir things up and make people think. He infuses compassion, generosity and humor into every audience. Patch Adams is an in-demand and world renowned speaker who draws crowds wherever he goes.

Whenever you hire Patch to speak to your group, you’re helping Gesundheit. Patch’s speaking engagements are a major source of financial support for the Gesundheit Institute.

TOPICS

The Joy of Caring
This lecture discusses the thrill of helping others. An inspirational talk with much dialogue to explore burnout prevention for caregivers. The focus of this lecture/workshop is the magic and power of care, not only in the patient’s life but also in the caregiver’s life.
1.5 – 3 Hours

Living a Life of Joy
Patch discusses how to discover the incredible thrill of choosing to live everyday with joy. Workshop using an hour of exercises, an hour of ideas on being happy, and the remainder to explore the audacious idea of living each day joyfully. The focus of this lecture/workshop is life as a choice.
1.5 – 4 Hours

Medicine for Fun, Not Funds
Patch introduces Gesundheit as an example of medicine for fun, not funds, and helps the audience design, explore, and implement their own dreams. This talk explores the history, philosophy, and future of Patch’s ultimate vision of the Gesundheit Institute. It includes a dialogue exchange with audience/participants.
1 – 3 Hours

What is Your Love Strategy
This talk discusses the importance of having a strategy for loving yourself, the planet, and others. Patch provides insights into the need for such a strategy and also takes a close look at the conception of love and the theory of strategy. Patch offers his approach and helps the audience design, explore, and implement their own love strategy.
1 – 3 Hours

Living in Community
This lecture introduces a healthy community life. Patch explores what constitutes a healthy community; how one is created, maintained, and what the responsibilities are of its members.
1 – 3 Hours

Humor & Health
This speech looks at the relationship between humor and the health of the individual, community, or society. This lecture is bound to make you laugh and leave you inspired! Patch discusses and shares from his 30+ years of clowning experience.
Time: 1- 3 Hours

Full Biography

Patch Adams, M.D., is a nationally known speaker on wellness, laughter, and humor as well as on health care and health care systems. He approaches the issues of personal, community, and global health with “zestful exuberance,” according to Time Magazine he believes that “the most revolutionary act one can commit in our world is to be happy.”

Dr. Adams is both a medical doctor and a clown…but he is also a social activist who has devoted 30 years to changing America’s healthcare system, a system that he describes as expensive and elitist.

Dr. Adams adds to his training as a physician, his experience as a street clown. In working with health and mental health professionals, he explores the relationship between humor and therapy using his unique blend of knowledge, showmanship, and “hands on” teaching techniques. He says, “I interpret my experience in life as being happy. I want, as a doctor, to say it does matter to your health to be happy. It may be the most important health factor in your life.”

Dr. Adams believes that laughter, joy, and creativity are an integral part of the healing process and therefore true health care must incorporate such life. Doctors and patients in his model relate to each other on the basis of mutual trust, and patients receive plenty of time from their doctors. Allopathic doctors and practitioners of alternative medicine will work side by side. If you think that all sounds like a utopian impossibility, it isn’t.

Dr. Adams and his colleagues practiced medicine at the Gesundheit Institute together in West Virginia that way for 12 years in what he calls their “pilot project.” They saw 15,000 patients. He has devoted his life to the study of what makes people happy.

Through the success of this program at the Arlington, Virginia location, a model health care facility is being planned on 310 acres purchased in Pocahontas County, WV. The Institute will include a 40-bed hospital, a theater, arts and crafts shops, horticulture, and vocational therapy. Over five years ago, Dr. Adams and staff temporarily stopped seeing patients so that they could coordinate plans for raising the necessary funding needed for the Institute’s permanent and expanded home, a “model health care community.” Currently planned is an immediate phase of this dream, a $400,000 WV facility so that their medical service to patients can resume within the next two years.

The Gesundheit Institute addresses, by action, four major issues in health care delivery: the rising cost of care, dehumanization of medicine, malpractice suits, and abuses of third-party insurance system.