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. Read more

Mehmet Oz

One of the most accomplished heart surgeons in the world, Dr. Mehmet Oz shares his guidelines for good health and health care that, if adopted, can change your life and save others’ lives.

Given the title “America’s Doctor” by Oprah Winfrey, Dr. Mehmet Oz is Vice-Chair and Professor of Surgery at Columbia University. Dr. Oz also directs the Cardiovascular Institute and Complementary Medicine Program at New York Presbyterian Hospital. Mehmet Oz’s research interests include heart replacement surgery, minimally invasive cardiac surgery, complementary medicine, and health care policy. 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

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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Alan Parisse

From garbage collector to Wall Street executive, Alan Parisse’s diverse background enables him to present amazing keynotes on leadership, sales, and cycles of change to executives, marketing and sales teams throughout the world. Named one of the “Top 21 Speakers of the 21st Century” by Successful Meetings Magazine, Alan’s mission is to help individuals and organizations ranging from healthcare, to financial services and real estate, create and follow a blueprint for success. He works with numerous organizations, many in transition, to help them re-position their thinking, let go of the past, formulate a vision and take action while confronting their successes, challenges and opportunities.

Alan’s audiences benefit from his sound business judgment, hard won expertise and practical solutions for dealing with reversals and taking full advantage of booms. He is an expert in change, leadership, selling and sustaining success.

Program Topics

This Is Your Time
This is your time, not despite the considerable challenges and changes we are facing, but because of them. This is the time to Shift Into High Gear, optimize your business and position your organization for growing success. This “tough times” talk provides the perspective needed to Thrive In Turbulent Times.

Leadership in Turbulent Times
The traditional sources of power have all either disappeared or diminished. Today’s leaders must re-evaluate their style and master new sources of influence. Lasting success will come to those leaders who inspire new ways of thinking, being and acting.

The Doctor of Sales
Medical doctors are such great salespeople, that even they don’t know they are selling, but they are. Doctors tell us what to do and we are highly likely to do it. Why? Because doctors follow the 7 Rules of Selling. They start by Establishing Their Credibility and end by Taking a Chance and telling us what to do. They know that an expert who doesn’t get us to change our behavior hasn’t done anything. As one doctor put it, ‘nothing happens until the patient swallows the pill.’

In this program, Alan redefines selling in a way that turns the manipulative methods of old into a client-focused mission. Then he provides a roadmap of for advisors to sell and serve their clients and prospects.

Secrets of Successful Presentations
What you say is important, but how you say it often carries the day. This series of programs is designed to combat sameness, encourage authenticity, and expand the options presenters have to achieve their objectives. Formats ranges from a keynote speech to The Speaking Intensive (Two full days for up to 10 people).

Presentations for Financial Advisors

Questions Great Financial Advisors Ask
It is the questions you ask, more than the presentations you make that leads to success for clients and advisors alike. Based on the widely selling book of the same title, this presentation covers attributes of great advisors as well as the questions they ask.

A Lifetime of Saturdays
A successful retirement takes more than money. It takes understanding the human issues that arise and planning for them. Financial Advisors can serve current clients and attract new ones by expanding their client conversation to include more than money. This program will show advisors both the issues and the opportunity.

Complete Biography

Rising from garbage collector to Wall Street executive, Alan Parisse uses his diverse life experience to deliver relevant messages on leadership, sales, and cycles of change to executives, managers, marketing and sales teams throughout the world. Alan’s audiences benefit from his sound business judgment, hard won expertise and practical solutions for dealing with reversals and taking full advantage of booms. He is an expert in change, leadership, selling and sustaining success.

Combining insight and wit to penetrate the complexities of today’s marketplace, Alan has been a guest lecturer at the Stanford Business School, UC Berkeley Graduate School of Business, UCLA Graduate School of Management and the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business.

The first and only speaker to come out of the investment business to be inducted into the National Speakers Association’s Hall of Fame, his expertise, consistency, and client-centric focus led Successful Meetings Magazine to name Alan “One of the Top 21 Speakers for the 21st Century”. An accomplished author, Parisse’s ideas have been quoted in numerous business publications, including: The Wall Street Journal, Business Week and Barron’s.

Alan has written and co-authored numerous books and audio programs including: This Is Your Time, Taking Charge: Lessons in Leadership, The Great Salesperson, Questions Great Advisors Ask, 101 Best Marketing Ideas and The Real Estate Investment Pocket Guide.

Parisse’s articles have appeared in numerous publications, including Executive Excellence, Advisor Today, Medical Product Sales, Life Insurance Selling, Financial Planning Magazine, Pharmaceutical Representative, The Stanger Investment Advisor, The Real Estate Review and The Bank Investment Representative.

Now a lifetime away from his garbage collection days, Alan works with the very best in financial services, healthcare, real estate, technology and more. Alan Parisse is the proven master, making lasting contributions to companies and industries undergoing major transitions throughout the world.

Alan Parisse also works closely with financial professionals enhance their client service and grow their practices by making timely and pertinent information accessible and actionable.

One of the Top 21 Speakers for the 21st Century, Alan is the first person from the investment business inducted into the Speakers Hall of Fame.

A seasoned financial service professional, Alan served as a senior executive for Oppenheimer and other national investment firms. In those roles, he was responsible for developing and marketing major investment strategies.

Some of Alan’s speaking clients include financial firms in North America, Europe and Asia. In addition, he works regularly with clients in high tech, health care, retail and government. This wide-ranging experience allows Alan to consistently offer new and unique perspectives to financial professionals.

A graduate of SUNY Buffalo (B.S.) and the University of Arizona (MBA), he is a member of Beta Gamma Sigma Honorary Business Fraternity.

Alan lives with his wife Lisa in Colorado.

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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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

Chien-Chi Huang

Chien-Chi Huang is an innovative trainer and marketing entrepreneur, a passionate advocate for Asian American communities and for health equality. With a Masters degree in Mass Communications from Boston University, and over a decade of experience working as a video producer and niche-marketing director, Chien-Chi is an expert in information creation, dissemination and promotion. She has spearheaded several new health initiatives including the Asian Breast Cancer Project, Asian American Problem Gambling Outreach efforts, Asian American Women’s Mental Health Symposium and Asian American Mental Health Forum, to address the unique issues and challenges facing the Asian American community.

A deft community organizer and trainer, Chien-Chi has provided capacity building assistance, technical assistance and network convening to community-based organizations and providers serving Asian Americans. Her work has been featured in mainstream media (the Globe, the Herald, Patriot Ledger, NPI) as well as Asian media outlets (World Journal, Sampan, Asian Spectrum, Asian Boston magazine, Korean Today, etc.) she has also conducted cultural competency trainings and prevention workshops at community health centers, service agencies, conferences, schools and faith-based organizations. Her diagnosis of breast cancer in 2005 and ensuing personal experiences prompted Chien-Chi to speak publicly about the importance of breast self-exam and aftercare for survivors. Chien-Chi is one of the founders of the Immigrants and Refugees Mental Health Network (IRMHN) and currently serves on the National Advisory Council for the Asian Pacific Islander Cancer Survivors Network (APICSN).

TOPICS

Breaking the Silence with Knowledge & Support for Asian Cancer Patients

Compassionate Care from the Patient’s Perspective

When Life Gives You Soybeans, Make Soy Milk (or Tofu for that matter)!

How to Reclaim or Retain Your Identity After Major Transitions in Life

The Key to Providing Culturally & Linguistically Appropriate Care

Full Biography

I am a breast cancer survivor and a community program manager from Boston, Massachusetts. I hope that by sharing my story, I can get others to pay attention to their breast health and see that cancer is treatable.

My cancer journey started in 2005. A few months after I turned 40, I felt a sunburn sensation on my cheeks while I was at my son’s soccer practice. Later, I had a butterfly- shaped rash on my face, and my fingers were red and swollen with papules and crusts in my cuticles. The dermatologist did the blood tests and ruled out lupus and rosacea. He gave me a topical ointment but it did nothing to alleviate the situation. I was very sick with flu-like symptoms, and then I felt the hard lump under my arm one day while lying in bed. I called my doctor and after she examined me, she called for a needle biopsy right away. I knew things were not looking good when she called my husband and suggested he come along to the appointment.

When the doctor said I had breast cancer, I was in total shock. I had just had my very first mammogram done a couple of months before. I decided to have a second opinion, but it confirmed the results—two lumps, one about one centimeter in size and the other one smaller. My survival instinct kicked in, and I thought to myself, ―I have to beat this thing; otherwise my kids will grow up without a mother.

I was fortunate to have Dr. Lin, a Taiwanese oncologist, as my doctor. Communicating with her in my native language was very comforting, and most of all, I knew that she would take care of me as a person, and not just treat the symptoms–this is very important when choosing your doctor. Because I have an aggressive type of breast cancer known as ―triple negative,‖ Dr. Lin suggested I have chemotherapy first, injected directly into the tumor to shrink it, and then a mastectomy including the removal of lymph nodes, followed by radiation. This kind of breast cancer is not responsive to hormone therapy, but the good news is that once you pass the five- year mark, the chances of reoccurrence are very low. My treatment lasted eight months total.

I did not have much discomfort when I started chemo, but I began to lose my hair. So I took a proactive approach and shaved my hair with a friend by my side. I did not think I would cry, but I was very emotional when it actually happened. It was if I were saying goodbye to myself. I have to say that the scariest cancer experience I had was not about losing my hair, or my breast, or my life; it was about losing my mind. I was on Prednisone, a very powerful steroid drug, and I was not aware that the side effects would have an impact on my family and me. I was like a computer that was on all the time and could not shut off. I had very little sleep, and I thought I had the ability to figure out how to solve the Middle East crisis and why the Democrats lost the election. I became depressed, moody and paranoid for about six months. I remember one time, my son asked me to make a P, B & J for him, and I stood there for a long time, not knowing what to do first because the drug had impaired my cognitive behaviors. Now that I look back, I wish someone would have warned me and prepared my family for this hardship. As a result of this experience, I have learned to think outward more and count my blessings rather than focusing on my illness.

When I was in treatment, I went to the support group at a wellness center. It helped to see other survivors, but I was always the only Asian there. I was surprised to learn later that a few Asian-American women I knew had had breast cancer before me, but nobody talked about it. I know that many people out there are still suffering in silence, and that stigma, shame and misinformation prevent people from seeking treatment and support. My own aunt, who emigrated from Taiwan to Hawaii, died of breast cancer because she was afraid of losing her breast and refused surgery.

I wanted to change that, so here I am, ready to serve, empower and advocate on behalf of cancer survivors. Please take the time to learn how to do a breast self-exam. If you don’t know how, have your doctor perform a clinical exam for you. Be informed—find out your family history and if you have risk factors for breast cancer and schedule your mammogram on a regular basis. Pay attention to all your physical symptoms and talk to your doctor. Sometimes, timing is important—women have died because it was too late when they found the cancer.

Diana Jordan

Diana Jordan

Keynote speaker and veteran stand-up comic Diana Jordan has developed a loyal following using humor that will leave your audience in stitches. Whether your group is looking for someone to address women’s health, healthcare in general, happiness or comedy, if it has to do with humor or being a female – Diana has something for you! For instance, in her program created for healthcare providers she focuses on finding the humor in even the most stressful work environments. In addition to her stand-up and comedy work, Diana performs for private audiences with customized programs tailored for Go Red Luncheons, Breast Cancer Awareness events, Pre-and Post Surgical Patients, Read more

Donna Hartley

Donna Hartley

Donna Hartley is a keynote, inspirational, motivational speaker. She is a plane crash, cancer, and heart surgery Read more