Kitty Chappell

Kitty Chappell

We’ve all discovered that where there is life, there is pain. As we struggle to gain coping skills to help us endure, survive, and overcome our past and present pains, who among us is satisfied with clichés—sugar-coated admonitions to “just pray and the pain will go away”? Kitty Chappell is an accomplished “where the rubber meets the road” international speaker who offers meat for the soul—something the mind can chew on. She is an award-winning author of three non-fiction books, I Can Forgive If I Want To: Forgiving the Unforgivable, Read more

Erin Gruwell

Erin Gruwell is a collaborative writer for the best-selling The Freedom Writers Diary: How a Teacher and 150 Teens Used Writing to Change Themselves and the World Around Them, which became a feature film starring Academy Award winner Hilary Swank. By fostering an educational philosophy that valued and promoted diversity, Gruwell transformed her students’ lives. Her initial commitment to her 150 students, which included working three part-time jobs to fund student activities, ensured they would all graduate high school, most would graduate college and many would complete a post-graduate education. She currently serves as president of the Freedom Writers Foundation, a nonprofit organization founded in 1997 that positively impacts communities by decreasing high school drop out rates through the enhancement of the Freedom Writers Method. Gruwell and her students have appeared on numerous television shows, including Oprah, The Rosie O’Donnell Show, Prime Time Live with Connie Chung, Barbara Walters’ The View, Good Morning America, and CSPAN’s Book TV to discuss their experiences and promote improved educational reform, and been featured on National Public Radio and in national newspapers and People magazine. She is also author of The Freedom Writers Diary Teacher’s Guide, a treatise on innovative teaching techniques; Teach With Your Heart, a memoir and call to arms for educational reform; and Teaching Hope: Stories from the Freedom Writers Teachers (2009). Erin Gruwell has earned an award-winning reputation for her steadfast commitment to the future of education and her ability to relate her experiences to a wide range of audiences has made her a popular speaker. She inspires audiences to achieve a higher purpose in their lives. Read more

Larry Winget

Larry Winget, the “Pitbull of Personal Development,” is author of numerous New York Times and Wall Street Journal best-selling books, including Shut Up, Stop Whining & Get A Life: A Kick-Butt Approach to a Better Life, It’s Called Work for a Reason: Your Success Is Your Own Damn Fault, You’re Broke Because You Want to Be, People Are Idiots and I Can Prove It!, Your Kids Are Your Own Fault: A Guide for Raising Responsible, Productive Adults, and The 10 Ways You Are Sabotaging Yourself and How You Can Overcome Them. Read more

The God Squad

Monsignor Hartman and Rabbi Gellman, two of America’s best known and best loved clergymen, are The God Squad. Their many lectures around the country appeal to huge crowds of people from all faiths, drawn by their deep friendship, their absolutely unique blend of humor and pathos, and their simple message that, at this stage of our cultural and religious history, we know enough about how we are different and not enough about how we are the same. The authenticity and power of this message of interfaith harmony comes in great measure from the fact that they are not media figures, but working clergymen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TOPICS:

Culture and Religion: Looking Beyond Our Differences

An Evening with The God Squad

How Do You Spell God?

The Search for Meaning

Interfaith Harmony in a Civil Society

Marybeth Bond

Marybeth Bond

Just what makes Marybeth Bond a gutsy traveler? She has walked, hiked, climbed, cycled and kayaked her way through six continents and more than 70 countries around the world. Her travels have taken her from the depths of the Flores Sea to the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro, across the Himalayas and the Sahara Desert. She made her first gutsy decision when she left a successful corporate career, put her worldly possessions in storage and bought a one-way ticket to Bangkok. Although some people thought (and told her) she was nuts, she traveled ‘single and solo’ for two years around the world. Read more

Ruth Westheimer

Ruth Westheimer

Dr. Ruth Westheimer is a psychosexual therapist who helped pioneer the field of media psychology with her radio program, “Sexually Speaking.” It began in September of 1980 as a fifteen minute, taped show that aired Sundays after midnight on WYNY-FM (NBC) in New York. One year later it became a live, one-hour show airing at 10 PM on which Dr. Ruth, as she became known, answered call-in questions from listeners. Soon she became part of a communication network which includes television, books, newspapers, games, home video, social media and her website. Read more

Bill Herz

Bill Herz

A master magician and comedian, Bill Herz presents a fast-paced, interactive comedy, magic and mind-reading show to executives and sales professionals who want more impact with their audience. “Slide shows and colorful graphics,” he says, “can go just so far; magic makes the message unforgettable.” Audiences walk with away with strategies and ice-breakers for helping out with that next cold call or client meeting. Herz is also the perfect host or master of ceremonies at large or small events, intimate gatherings, trade shows and expos. His repertoire runs from close-up sleight-of-hand to full-scale illusions where audience members float and your CEO appears out of thin air. Read more

The Love Your Life Guys

Love Your Life and It Will Love You Back… Through their unique philosophies, Sourena Vasseghi and Rich Finley point out the ways laughter and personal accountability can empower audiences to the highest levels of success and happiness in three key areas of life: business, love, and controlling one’s own destiny. Using pivotal moments from both their lives as teaching points, The Love Your Life Guys help audiences see their own challenges as opportunities, and not obstacles. The Love Your Life Guys tell stories and anecdotes not only from their lives but also from building a unique business together. They emphasize how to take most situations one may be born into, or that life may suddenly throw at them, and use it to fuel their passion and drive. Rich’s conversational style and performance background coupled with Sourena’s story captivates everyone they speak for with laughter, heart and oftentimes contrarian point of view for how to work and live with new purpose and appreciation. Read more

Terri Sjodin

Terri Sjodin is principal and founder of a public speaking, sales training and consulting firm. She is one of America’s most popular female speakers, training and motivating thousands of people all over the world. Terri specializes in advancing the persuasive presentation skills of professionals, and is the author of the highly acclaimed book, NEW SALES SPEAK – The 9 Biggest Sales Presentation Mistakes and How To Avoid Them which hit Amazon.com’s Top 100 Best Seller List, the CEO-READ Top 25 annual best seller list, translated into multiple languages, and is now available in it’s second edition. Read more

Sheila C. Johnson

Sheila C. Johnson

Sheila C. Johnson is a successful entrepreneur and philanthropist whose accomplishments span the arenas of hospitality, sports, fashion design, TV/film, the arts, education, women’s empowerment, and community development. She is CEO of Salamander Hospitality, LLC, overseeing a growing portfolio of luxury properties and lifestyle businesses. As president and managing partner Johnson is also the only African-American female to enjoy ownership and have a stake in three professional sports teams: WNBA’s Washington Mystics, NBA’s Washington Wizards and the NHL’s Washington Capitals. Read more