Geri-Ann Galanti

Geri-Ann Galanti is a medical anthropologist as well as one of the leading experts in the field of cultural diversity. She is currently on the faculty of the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, where she received an Outstanding Teacher Award. Dr. Galanti has also taught at CSU Los Angeles’ Department of Anthropology and CSU Dominguez Hills’ School of Nursing, where she developed the curriculum for the BSN program’s Cultural Diversity in Healthcare course.

Dr. Galanti is the author of the highly acclaimed book, Caring for Patients from Different Cultures, the 5th edition of which will be out at the end of the year, as well as a highly sought after international speaker with over 25 years of experience lecturing to groups of nurses, doctors and managers.



Cultural Competency
Designed to give participants an introduction to the kinds of conflicts and misunderstandings that can result from cultural differences. A variety of ethnic and religious groups are touched upon.

Working in a Culturally Diverse Workforce
Program addresses common problems that arise when employees (eg., physicians, nurses, aides, etc.) of different ethnic backgrounds work together. It is designed to help staff understand the behavior of their African-American, Anglo-American, Asian-American, Latino, and Middle-Eastern co-workers and to help improve working relationships.

Caring for Patients from Different Cultures
Looking at the kinds of cultural differences that can cause conflicts and misunderstandings between health care providers and hospital patients. Program focuses on four major cultural groups: African-Americans, Asian-Americans, Latinos, and Middle-Easterners, and suggests how to provide culturally appropriate care.

Cultural Issues in Oncology
This program is designed for all clinicians who work with cancer patients. Covered topics include cultural reasons why some ethnic groups experience higher rates of some cancers and cultural issues impacting the relaying of a cancer diagnosis. It also examines cultural issues affecting the way chemotherapy is administered and cultural variations in response to pain. Finally, the program suggests culturally sensitive ways to discuss oncology and end-of-life issues.

Conflict Resolution
Focusing on cultural differences that may lead to conflict among among healthcare staff. In the first part, case studies are used for small group active learning. Several tools are presented to repair damaged relationships and avoid future conflicts.

End of Life
An overview is provided of several cultures (including African-American, Asian-American, Latino, and Middle-Eastern) and religions (including Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, and Judaism) with specific reference to their beliefs and behaviors regarding death and dying. Topics covered include response to pain, folk remedies, attitudes toward death and the dying, afterlife beliefs, attitudes toward life extension, euthanasia, organ donations, and autopsies; funeral and mourning practices, Near-Death-Experiences, and Nearing-Death-Awareness. Also addressed is the question of what to do when the family does not want the patient to be given a fatal diagnosis.

Home Health Care
The program examines the kinds of cultural differences that can cause conflicts and misunderstandings among home health workers, their patients, and their families. The program will focus on four major culture areas and two religious groups: African Americans, Asians, Hispanics, Middle-Easterners, Jews, and Moslems. Other groups can be included upon request. The program emphasizes understanding each group’s values and how they influence peoples’ behavior.

Language & Communication
Conflict and misunderstanding between both staff and patients and among staff often stems from miscommunication. This program examines issues relating to such things as nonverbal behavior, slang, speaking in one’s native language, and the use/misuse of interpreters.

This program examines the kinds of issues that arise when managing a culturally diverse workforce. It is designed to help managers understand and deal with the behavior of their African-American, Anglo-American, Asian-American, Latino, and Middle-Eastern employees.


  • Mental Health/Illness
  • Nursing Homes Pain
  • Pregnancy, Birth, & Women’s Health
  • Religion and Health Care
  • Traditional Practices

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Full Biography

Dr. Geri-Ann Galanti is a leading expert in the field of cultural diversity in healthcare, with over 25 years of experience lecturing to groups of nurses, doctors, and managers on issues of cultural diversity and competency.
She received her doctorate in Anthropology from UCLA with an emphasis in medical anthropology and has been on the faculty of the School of Nursing at Cal State University, Dominguez Hills and the Anthropology Department at CSU Los Angeles. She is currently teaching in the Doctoring Program at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, where she received an Outstanding Teacher Award.

She is the author of numerous articles, as well as the highly acclaimed book, Caring for Patients from Different Cultures, now in its 4th edition. She served for several years as Medicine and Culture section editor for WJM (Western Journal of Medicine).

Dr. Galanti is a frequent speaker at hospitals and conferences. She was one of the major developers and content expert of the curriculum for the CSUDH’s School of Nursing course on Human Diversity. Her work on a cable TV show on Culture and Health has been the recipient of numerous awards, as has the educational video, “Patient Diversity: Beyond the Vital Signs,” based upon her book and on which she acted as consultant.

She has worked on a number of grant projects to develop materials for training health care providers to provide more culturally competent care. The projects have been funded by the National Cancer Institute, the Association of American Medical Colleges, The California Endowment, and the National Human Genome Research Institute. Most recently she served as Cultural Consultant on a grant project with the University of California medical schools to train medical students and residents about issues around end-of-life care and is currently a member of the CME Advisory Committee for the end-of-life and palliative care curriculum.

James Mapes

James Mapes is a recognized expert on the psychology of imagination who helps leaders apply their imagination to take individual and organizational performance to new levels.


Even in a challenging world—there is great possibility. Coaching and empowering leaders past what they knew to be possible, James Mapes skillfully stretches people’s perceptions to see new possibilities and experience the power of their imagination. A dynamic speaker with energy and humor, he captures and holds his audience’s attention with fascinating demonstrations that leave no doubt—“You Achieve What You Imagine.” Participants leave with a clear understanding that the powerful mental pictures we all carry around with us—the opportunities we see—are forces that can lead organizations to break through performance. They learn how to recognize and embrace self-limiting fear and apply the imagination in ways that engage followers and help them achieve their goals. Perhaps, most importantly, they leave with practical skills they can put to immediate use and the motivation to apply their own imagination with the clarity and power to create their own successful future—at work and in their personal lives. As a recognized performance coach, best-selling author of Quantum Leap Thinking: An Owner’s Guide to the Mind and founder of the Transformational Coach Program™, Mapes has spoken to more than 2,000 organizations in 70 countries. His practical insights have been included in numerous training manuals and textbooks of companies, associations, universities and business schools. His upcoming book is entitled The Elephant and the Rider: Living an Exceptional Life.


IMAGINE THAT! Igniting Your Brain for Creativity and Peak Performance
Do you view the future with hope and possibility? Or do you allow fear to cloud your thinking, creating insecurity and stress?
Do you know how to apply your imagination to generate creativity, motivation, happiness and hope?
In these uncertain, challenging and complex times, success literally depends on the importance of knowing how to manage your thinking. As Einstein said: “Imagination is more important than knowledge. It is a preview of life’s coming attractions.”
In this cutting-edge, practical and entertaining program, James captures and holds the audience’s attention with dynamic, compelling stories and inter-active demonstrations that leave no doubt that you can achieve what you imagine.
Exceptional individuals in all walks of life are distinguished by their capability to think creatively and perceive new opportunities for innovation. They have mastered the skill of “visualization” and can clearly communicate a dynamic, compelling, optimistic vision of the future.
James Mapes, the world’s foremost authority on the psychology of “applied imagination” and creator of Quantum Leap Thinking™,” demonstrates how success can be achieved by understanding and applying these concepts. James skillfully stretches perceptions to see new possibilities. He guides his audience to recognize how the powerful mental pictures we all carry around definitely impact the opportunities we see and the choices we make.
The audience leaves this thought-provoking, interactive, fascinating and inspiring journey having learned:

  • How to replace old beliefs with a compelling new vision that energizes at every level.
  • How to recognize, break through and let go of fears that sabotage success.
  • How to reduce negative stress and become more mindful.
  • How to motivate and propel to action by identifying core values.
  • How to improve productivity using ‘stretch goals’ and applied imagination.

 Program Length: 45 minutes – 90 minutes
MIND OVER BODY: Harness Vision to Create a Wellness Strategy
Brain science studies prove that how we think impacts our health.
As a speaker, performance coach, medical facilitator, clinical hypnotist, writer and performer, James Mapes knows first-hand the importance of managing our thinking and reducing negative stress.  He integrates lessons learned from more than three decades of experience and his own open-heart surgery. He is truly a speaker who lives what he preaches.
In MIND OVER BODY, audiences gain a fresh, unique perspective on health, wellness and productivity.   James simplifies the latest research in brain science into easy and enjoyable solutions.  James projects an amazing, positive energy, radiating passion about the elegance of the imagination and the incredible power of the human mind and spirit.
The attendees will leave this interactive, thought-provoking and inspiring program having learned:

  • How to influence the subconscious with optimistic, affirmative suggestions.
  • How use mental imagery to reduce anxiety.
  • How to “reframe” negative thinking to instill hope and confidence.
  • How to create a personal vision to inspire wellness and achieve goals.
  • How to meditate in five minutes for mindfulness.
  • How to recognize and break through the fear that impedes wellness.

This presentation can be tailored to your organization’s specific needs as either a keynote or workshop.
Program Length: 60 minutes – 1/2 day
TRUE LEADERSHIP: The Neuroscience of Effective Leaders
What is a leader?   Have you assessed your leadership skills lately?
The business world is awash with leadership philosophies, how-to books and training institutes that can leave even the savviest manager perplexed as exactly how to encourage employees to develop their own leadership style.
In 2017’s confusing and complex business world, it is important to push aside the clutter and get back to a fundamental understanding of why “true” leadership traits are essential for success.
The adage “leaders are born, not made” is questionable, since it takes hard work to craft a leadership style that works for each individual.
In this provocative, lively and interactive presentation, renowned “evangelist of the imagination,” brain researcher, break-through thinking coach and best-selling author, James Mapes, incorporates his legendary humor with an array of audience exercises to reveal:

  • The five “culturally and morally neutral” traits of all successful leaders.
  • Why morality, a nice disposition and power do not necessarily make a great leader.
  • A guide to transform and enhance a personal leadership style.
  • How to craft an emotionally charged, clearly compelling and realistic future vision.

Program Length: 60 – 90 minutes

Full Biography

Speaker, expert on the psychology of “applied imagination,” for extreme success, peak performance coach, and author: Quantum Leap Thinking: An Owner’s Guide to the Mind and Imagine That! Igniting Your Brain for Creativity and Peak Performance.

An extraordinary keynote speaker for the uncertainty of 2017, James Mapes defies categorization.   When philanthropist/Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen quizzed Mapes as to how one person could do so much during his life, James’ answer was simple: “Because no one told me I couldn’t.”

A true Renaissance man, James is considered the world’s foremost authority on applied imagination, having studied human behavior for more than 30 years.  Since childhood, James wanted to make the impossible into the possible.  This has led to a life-long fascination with the subconscious and the power of the imagination.

Speaker, coach, best-selling author, clinical hypnotist and performer, Mapes is recognized for his ability to inspire, motivate, educate and guide others to develop and enhance the unlimited potential of their creative imagination and incalculable powers of the mind.   His programs address creativity, motivation, leadership, change, wellness and peak performance.

As creator of Quantum Leap Thinking™ and the Transformational Coach™, James Mapes is one of the most sought-after international speakers in the corporate industry today.  He has worked with hundreds of public and private companies in more than 70 countries.

His clients include financial institutions, software companies, the military, the healthcare industry, major non-profit organizations, along with training & development divisions of large corporations. Companies, associations, universities and business schools including – IBM Corporate, U.S. Coast Guard, Lockheed Martin, The Pentagon and The Princeton Center for Leadership Training – have quoted Mapes in training manuals and textbooks.

In addition, Mapes has ignited audiences with his critically acclaimed hypnosis show, Journey Into the Imagination.  More than two million people have marveled at this unique presentation at Performing Arts Centers and universities, plus Manhattan’s Town Hall and Lincoln Center – winning praise from the media, including the New York Times, Variety and the New York Daily News.  He is branded as “The Imaginologist.”

His engaging, enlightening new book, IMAGINE THAT! Igniting Your Brain for Creativity and Peak Performance is the first web-enhanced volume of its kind.  A provocative adventure of the mind, IMAGINE THAT! is a cutting-edge roadmap showing readers how to lead an exceptional life by learning to apply their imagination for productivity.

Mapes delves into hot-button topics like reframing thinking patterns, shattering limiting myths, self-hypnosis, transforming fear into love and forgiveness.  The beauty of this ground-breaking book is not only the relevant information but also how it rides the wave of technology by giving the reader access to 21 short video clips of James Mapes’ demonstrations and coaching.

His previous book, Quantum Leap Thinking: An Owners’ Guide to the Mind has been published in ten languages.

James is a weekly contributor to The Huffington Post and The Good Men Project.

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

Mellanie True Hills

Mellanie True Hills

Mellanie offers electrifying programs that energize attendees and provide them with tools and techniques for creating permanent changes. We look forward to providing you with a program that attendees will never forget and that will make a permanent change in their lives.

As you get ready for your event, what messages do you want attendees to take away with them? That our hurried and hyperbusy lifestyles can put us at risk, but that they have the power to make changes that will protect them? That they need to put themselves first so that they will be there for others? Read more

Susan Dentzer

Susan Dentzer is Senior Policy Adviser at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the nation’s largest philanthropy focused on health and health care, and an on-air analyst on health issues with the PBS NewsHour. She served from 2008-2013 as the editor-in-chief of Health Affairs, the nation’s leading journal of health policy. Ms. Dentzer also previously led the NewsHour’s health unit, reporting extensively on-air about health care reform debates. She currently serves as a member of the Board of Overseers of Dartmouth Medical School and is an Overseer of the International Rescue Committee, a leading humanitarian organization. Read more

Jeff Bauer

Jeff Bauer

Dr. Bauer is an internationally recognized health futurist and medical economist.  As an independent industry thought leader, he forecasts the evolution of health care and develops practical approaches to improving the medical sector of the American economy.  He is widely known for his specific proposals to create an efficient and effective health care delivery system through multi-stakeholder partnerships and other initiatives focused in the private sector. Dr. Bauer provides insight and thought-provoking presentations that leave attendees with a wealth of helpful “take home” information.

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Naomi Rhode

Naomi Rhode

Award winning, dynamic, inspiring, international speaker Naomi Rhode, RDH, CSP, CPAE shares her expertise on team building, interpersonal communication and motivation. As part of the Speakers’ Hall of Fame she has spoken before thousands of people in all 50 states and 15 countries, sharing her expertise on insights and techniques on leadership, personal and corporate empowerment, successful team development, motivation and interpersonal communication skills, and change and growth. For the multitudes that have heard her, Naomi’s warmth, enthusiasm and unique insight into the dynamics of person-to-person relationships have made her a “Remembered Experience”.
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Ken Dychtwald

Ken Dychtwald

Ken Dychtwald, Ph.D. is the nation’s foremost thought leader on population aging and its profound business, social, healthcare, financial, workforce and cultural implications. Over the next decade, leading industries, companies, governments, and major institutions will be challenged to transform their strategies, marketing, branding, distribution, product development, and workforce management to fully prepare for and capitalize on key trends created by a rapidly aging population.
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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

John Anderson

John Anderson

Four women in John W. Anderson’s life were diagnosed with breast cancer – his wife, his mother, his sister, and his mom’s best friend. John realized that the experiences he had and the strategies that he developed as a caregiver, which he writes about in his account Stand by Her: A Breast Cancer Guide for Men (selected by The Wall Street Journal as one of the best health books of 2009), would be beneficial to all caregivers facing any life-threatening disease with their loved ones, as well as the medical community treating those patients. Read more