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The MisFitNation

The MisFitNation

By Richard LaMonica
Welcome to The MisFitNation Podcast! We started out in 2010 as a band of MisFit Soldiers on a desert plain. In the years since our bond has stayed and we have grown. With this platform, we will share stories of courage, mindset, resilience, and battling those enemies within. We will also highlight the work of Veteran entrepreneurs, Small Business owners, Authors, Musicians, and other Podcasters. While we highlight Veterans we are for everyone. We hope you will be engaged by our work and continue to support us through your listening.
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Andrea Petrut - Living with a Healing Heart
Since she lost her mother to cancer when she was 11 years old, Andrea took an empowering vision, made it her reality, and became her own pillar in life, lifting herself and others on her path.   As an Intuitive Life & Relationship Catalyst, Andrea is helping multi-passionate women visionaries, and change agents, anchor their vision and live it in their life and relationships. She loves working with ready, committed individuals who want to always be centered despite the inner and outer chaos.   Andrea is a Heart Imagery Teacher at The School of The Heart, entrepreneur, trauma-informed writer, speaker, storyteller, leader, home educator, host of the Healing Through Oneness podcast, and advocate for love.   With a background in sciences and technology, commerce, law, and public services, she has worked both in nonprofit and for-profit fields.   Originally from Romania, Andrea lives with her husband and three children in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. She is writing her first book, a spiritual memoir, and her family loves to create, invent, inspire, build, and see the world with all its beauty.
May 26, 2022
SGT Nathaniel Helmuth Combat Engineer, Husband, Father as told by Kristle Helmuth
Kristle Helmuth is a veteran of the United States Army, mother of 3, and surviving spouse of SGT Nathaniel Helmuth. Going from dual military, to military spouse, to the caregiver of a wounded warrior, to a widow, Kristle has run the gauntlet of military experience making her life the perfect platform to advocate for and support others who might be facing the same challenges. Kristle often jokes that her life could literally be a movie, “If something was going to happen, it happened to us.”   The last four years have been a journey of its own, as Kristle navigated finding her new normal, raising kids, going to school, and developing her career, all without her best friend, the person she built a life with. Without her amazing support system and her husband’s words, “Charlie Mike,” in her head, things could have been much worse.    Since losing her husband, Kristle has since completed a Bachelors in Communications, completed her MBA, and is now working with United Way of Northeast Florida’s Mission United Program, a community-based program that connects military, Veterans, and their families with the services that they need – from securing a roof over their heads, finding a post-military career, to getting their benefits and health care.    Kristle’s number one goal is to live her life and raise her children in a way that makes him proud, and that carries on his legacy of service, and sacrifice.
May 25, 2022
Nathan Bynum – Guerrilla Marketer, Author
There are 1.86 billion websites and most people who start one intend to make money from it. But with the internet populated that greatly, it’s hard to know how to. For businesses with a quality product or service, the major thing standing in their way of making more sales is exposure to the right audience and attract their attention. With this realization and the desire to help entrepreneurs thrive, Nathan decided to combine his innate strengths (attracting attention in unique ways and engaging people) with his learned skills from business in the trenches and help hard-working entrepreneurs get noticed and attract customers through guerrilla marketing. Nathan is one of the youngest goal achievers you’ll ever meet. At 25, he has already become a best-selling author, been featured on many news outlets, and is now teaching his audience of entrepreneurs how to systematically achieve their business goals by easily monetizing a brand new or existing website, finding the intersection of passion and products, and discovering and attracting their ideal client.
May 24, 2022
Rick Girard – Conquer the Hire, Then the World
Rick Girard is the Founder and CEO of Stride Search Inc, an Engaged Search Firm. He is extremely passionate about helping startup founders win-win the strongest hires to fuel unprecedented company growth! Rick is the author of "Healing Career Wounds". Invented and systematized the Hiring Operating System (HireOS). The solution for leaders to win the strongest hires is by blowing up "best practices" with a humanistic, evidence-driven, non-biased, and time-efficient experience. When not running a school for Gifted Mutants as Professor X, Rick hosts the Hire Power Radio Show & Podcast, a weekly series on LinkedIn Live, which serves as a business leader’s resource to solve their most difficult hiring challenges. He competes in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and has an affinity for any adrenaline-pumping activity such as surfing, snowboarding, rock climbing, and running with scissors.
May 20, 2022
Shay Wheat – Certified Event Producer
Shay Wheat is a Certified Event Producer™ & Creator of popular programs such as “The Powerful Event Process”, “The Ultimate Event Planner Certification Program”, and CEO of Grace & Ease Productions, Inc. Grace & Ease Productions, Inc supports our clients in creating Powerful and Profitable events. Producing In-Person and Live-Virtual events from 200 to 4,000+ attendees, and collaborating with many well-known celebrities such as Dr. Oz, Lisa Nichols,  Dr. Claire Zammit, Bill Baren, Alison J. Prince, Josh Turner, and many others. We assist Speak-to-Sell clients to be extremely profitable with their events: just recently one client generating over $2.1 Million dollars in one Virtual Live 3-day event. Our clients have made over $24 Million in revenue, gaining over 3,500 NEW clients and changing the lives of over 16,000+ attendees. Our team handles all the planning, speaker & sponsor support as well as the production of Virtual Live and In-person events to create experiential, revenue-generating, and exciting events for attendees."
May 19, 2022
Remembering Brothers from 1st Battalion 8th Marines with Christian Dominguez
Part 2 of our Memorial Day remembrance series brings us the story of the 2nd battle of Fallujah in November 2004. This battle was so big it had two operational names. Operation Phantom Fury and Operation Al-Fajr (the Dawn). The first battle was started in April of 2004 after the deaths of Blackwater security members. This operation was stopped to allow Iraq security forces to control the city. In the six months that followed multiple insurgent groups entered the city and made a stronghold. Civilians (Non-combatants) were told to evacuate as coalition forces numbering over 11,000 assembled around the city. This is where our next guest, a young Marine at the time was assembled. He was with his brothers in 1st Battalion 8th Marines waiting to go in on another of what they thought was a routine mission. That was until they realized the scope of it. These Marines went into the city fighting block to block in some of the most brutal urban fighting of the war in Iraq up till that time. For the next near month plus they fought not for themselves, but for their brothers on their sides. It was during this month that Christian Dominguez lost four Brothers he would never forget. The First one was LCPL Nate Anderson from Ohio on 12 November. The Second was LCPL William Miller from Texas on 14 November. The third and fourth happened during a house clearing operation on 19 November. They are LCPL Dimitrios Gavriel from New York and LCPL Demarkus Brown from Virginia. Christian Dominguez has continued to serve for the past 19 years.  He began his career in the Marine Corps as an infantryman where he served as a point man for the Battle for Fallujah in 2004.  He later transitioned into the National Guard as an intelligence Warrant Officer.  Christian has completed 3 combat tours and multiple humanitarian assistance missions.
May 18, 2022
Laura Templeton - International Speaker & Author of 30 Second Success: Ditch the pitch and start connecting!
Laura Templeton - International Speaker & Author of 30 Second Success: Ditch the pitch and start connecting! As an International Speaker, Author, and Communications Consultant, Laura Templeton, Founder of 30 Second Success, works with inspiring business owners and professionals who understand the power of networking and want to make the most of their connections with an impactful 30-second message that leads to deeper conversations and opportunities. Through workshops and corporate speaking engagements, Laura inspires audiences to dig deep and find the words that define who they are and how they serve others. Helping business owners and professionals “ditch the pitch and start connecting” is her passion and her mission.
May 17, 2022
SSGT Espiritu Priela, USAFEE (United States Army Far East) 1941-1951
Part 1 of our Memorial day remembrance series brings us the story of  SSGT Espiritu Priela, USAFEE (United States Army Far East) 1941-1951.  Listen as his proud son HM1(FMF/SW) Jeff Priela, USN aka Stormtrooper Jeff ID-17004 tells his remarkable story of survival during World War II.
May 13, 2022
Camilla Calberg- Speaker and Certified full time Coach
Camilla Calberg is a Speaker and a Certified full-time Professional Coach, providing practical advice, guidance, and support to female professionals in abusive relationships, or who are struggling through a painful separation or divorce. After having experienced this myself, I teach others what I have enforced successfully. My professional and personal life are now blossoming in tandem, and I continue to help other women globally to achieve groundbreaking results so that they too can live their best life ever. You deserve to be happy, your children deserve to be happy and divorce can be stress-free.
May 12, 2022
Tim Branyan - United States Air Force Veteran, Founder
Tim helps brands and content creators turn their influence into income... He is a: - Dad of two beautiful kids   - Husband of 1 kickass wife - Investor - Built multi-million dollar apps/software - Servant leader - Proud USAF Combat Veteran - Gamer 🤓 - Aggressively Curious My team and I proudly develop technology that CUSTOMERS recommend, ENTREPRENEURS prefer, and PARTNERS are proud of… Our latest project “TrueFanz” just surpassed 187,000+ global users. The platform empowers a wide variety of content creators to earn residual & predictable income from their creative work online. “How is TrueFanz different?!” - Invite only for creators - Higher earnings - Faster payouts - More features than competitors - Excellent support - USA based - Veteran Owned - Tier 1 Security - Lifetime referral commissions - Screenshot detection / prevention - No porn   — We also build custom white-labels of our platform for influencers, brands, and non-profits based on their specific needs and goals. 🤓🚀 Founder : TrueFanz LLC. COO : Logic-Square LLC. El Presidente' : Branyan Holdings LLC
May 11, 2022
Ryan Lindner - Consultant & Coach | Personal Development Specialist | Change Manager | Chronic Illness | Survivor of 2 Sudden & Unexplained Cardiac Arrests
Ryan Lindner is a personal development specialist who has worked as a behavioral coach for clients and top organizations all over the world. After two sudden, unexplained cardiac arrests at a young age, he began to explore different perspectives with clients that come with any profound, life-changing event. If you aren’t living, you’re dying. It wasn’t uncommon for Ryan to teeter on unconsciousness even, at times, while working with a client, requiring him to prioritize his own energy and time masterfully, and assist clients to do the same.
May 10, 2022
Clint Arthur - Pulitzer Prize nominated storyteller 🏆Award-winning International Speaker
Clint Arthur has shared the stage with Martha Stewart, Dr Oz, Suzanne Somers, Caitlyn Jenner, IceT, and five presidents of the United States at Harvard, Cambridge, Oxford, London Stock Exchange, NASDAQ, Mercedes, Porsche, Coca Cola, Microsoft, AT&T and the Royal Society of Medicine. His 21st bestselling book, “Wisdom Of The Men,”  is nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. Clint splits his time between homes in New York City, Los Angeles, and Acapulco, Mexico where he lives with his wife of 20 years, Ali, and Nova, their Billion Peso Puppy
May 05, 2022
Matt Drayton – Retired Sergeant Major, Motivational Speaker, Author
Sergeant Major (Retired) Matthew R. Drayton grew up in an underprivileged neighborhood in Georgia. Matt joined the military to leave his environment and become financially independent. Little did he know at the time that enlisting would lead into a successful military career spanning almost three decades. He spent over two decades in the US Army 16 of those years working with elite Special Operations forces. Matt is a decorated combat veteran who has led and mentored hundreds of men and women. Matt is an author, corporate speaker, consultant, voice actor, certified personal trainer, and leadership expert with business experience in government and commercial commerce. ​Matt has been a senior analyst for the Northrop Grumman Corporation and an on-air personality and station manager at radio station WFSS in North Carolina. He also has worked as a senior Department of Defense civilian for the US Army Special Operations Command. Matt speaks and consults on leadership and productivity. He has been employed by commercial businesses, academic institutions, law enforcement and other government agencies. Matt has also served as an Executive Director and board member of multiple Youth Non-Profit organizations. Matt founded Drayton Communications to share his tremendous life story, his experiences, and his leadership knowledge with others. Matt is currently a contributor to Newsweek and was featured and has shared his insights with major media outlets throughout the United States. Matt is a member of the National Speakers Association.
May 04, 2022
Nicole Wilhelm - Entrepreneur / Speaker / Philanthropist
From hopeless and homeless to a millionaire entrepreneur, Nicole Wilhelm found her passion was guiding others home through owning their own mental and physical real estate. Nicole co-manages a wife and husband multi-million-dollar real estate business spanning from the Bay Area to Sacramento. Nicole’s down-to-earth humor compels audiences to laugh while they learn. She engages groups from the moment she steps into the room and leaves them with empowering tools and a heart-centered mindset that they will use long after the lights have gone out on the event.
May 03, 2022
Adelaide Campbell Actuary turned wine and spirits entrepreneur
Adelaide has more than a decade of experience in the technology world, leading product teams in healthcare analytics and supporting executive teams on product strategy. As an actuary for the largest health insurer in Massachusetts for 5 years, she was at the tip of the spear of healthcare reform before launching into technology startups. But none of that matters because in the middle of a pandemic she decided to throw all of that experience out the window and launch Kachaca Spirits, her own brand of Brazil’s favorite spirit, cachaça. Despite having no prior experience in the wine and spirits industry she has successfully navigated the complex world of international supply chain management, the US's three-tier system, and social media marketing to bring her brand to market.
April 28, 2022
Tom Spooner - Former Special Forces / Delta Operator and Warriors Heart Co-Founder
Former Special Forces / Delta Operator and Warriors Heart Co-Founder Tom Spooner’s service to our nation in the U.S. Army spanned nearly 21 years (1990-2011). Since retiring from the military in 2011, Spooner has successfully enabled thousands of warriors to acknowledge their struggles, seek treatment, and understand that they are not alone. Spooner joined forces with successful treatment providers Josh and Lisa Lannon to open Warriors Heart in 2016. Warriors Heart is the first and ONLY private and accredited residential treatment program in the U.S. for “warriors only” (active-duty military, veterans, first responders and EMTs/paramedics) that helps American Warriors struggling with drug and alcohol addiction and other co-occurring issues (PTSD, mild TBI, trauma, depression, and co-occurring issues).
April 27, 2022
John Olsen - Author, Stranger Bridgerland
John was born and raised in Cache Valley.  At the age of 8, he began to realize that the home he lived in was peculiar. His parents still own the old farmhouse, built in the mid-1880s. Strange experiences such as phantom knocks, loud boots running the stairs, and missing objects became commonplace for him as he grew up.  With each run-in with what he called the “man in the hat,” John’s interest in the paranormal grew. His parents forbade him from telling anyone of his experiences for fear of what others in the small community would think. ​ He found solace in learning everything he could about his encounters from library books. As he reached his teen years, his friends would visit his home and have their own experiences.  This opened the door for him to tell others of his experiences. As he shared his extraordinary stories, friends of friends came to him sharing stories of their brushes with the supernatural. ​ Fueled by his own experiences with the unknown, John has spent the last 25 years interviewing and documenting first-hand accounts of those who have witnessed all kinds of strange and unusual phenomena in the western United States. The Stranger Bridgerland series contains firsthand accounts of ghosts, monsters, hauntings, glitches in the matrix, Sasquatch, and UFOs.
April 26, 2022
Chris Pellegrini - Founder, Honkaku SpiritsAuthor, The Shochu Handbook Contributor
Christopher Pellegrini is a shochu and awamori expert, author, host, and die-hard Tokyo Swallows fan, incorporating his infectious enthusiasm and knowledge of Japanese spirits in all his professional endeavors. He launched Honkaku Spirits in March of 2020 with the mission of bringing intensely artisanal Japanese spirits to discerning American consumers, especially koji-based spirits including shochu, awamori, and koji whiskey.  Hailing from Bristol, Vermont, Christopher received his B.A. in Spanish from Wittenberg University and his M.A. in language education from University College London. He is currently pursuing a PhD in Bioresource Economics from Kagoshima National University.
April 21, 2022
Dylan Sessler - Mental Health Coach, Author, Social Media Influencer, and Veteran
Dylan is an outspoken advocate on Tik Tok for bettering mental health, opening the conversation about suicide, and informing people about the causes and effects of trauma. As a mental health coach, Dylan has developed his work to be the safety net for the over-burdened and controversial mental health system that can leave people feeling isolated, misunderstood, and even drugged. Dylan is attempting to bridge the gap between lived experience and professional mental health support to keep people from falling through the cracks.   His diverse experience from losing his father to suicide at 6 years old, the child abuse and bullying that followed, his wartime experience in Afghanistan, and the life-changing injuries that followed brought him to the brink of taking his own life at 25. Since that day in March 2015, Dylan has learned to overcome suicide ideation and PTSD in his own way, and more importantly, he has learned how to enjoy life even through the ever-present adversity that life delivers.
April 20, 2022
Matt Basile - Food Entrepreneur. Cook book author. TV Host. Content Creator. BBQ & Live Fire Cooking
     Matt Basile is the founder of the Toronto-based street food brand, Fidel Gastro's, which, within four years, went from an underground sandwich pop-up to an internationally recognized food brand. Now almost a decade later, Matt has a still growing business of food experiences, restaurant consulting, and food content creation. Matt always strives to be different in an industry steeped in tradition.        You may also recognize Matt as the host of the internationally aired, reality TV show, Rebel Without a Kitchen, seen on Netflix, the Travel and Escape Channel, the Cooking Channel, and the Asian Food Channel. In 2015, Matt was nominated for a coveted Canadian Screen Award for Best Host of a Canadian Reality Series. In spring 2020, Matt starred in CBC’s new reality show, Fridge Wars, which will see two celebrity chefs challenge each other to make the best meals possible using only ingredients found in Canadian families’ homes across the country YouTube:
April 19, 2022
Grant Baldwin - Husband. Girl Dad. Speaker. CEO. Founder. Author.
Grant Baldwin is a nationally known speaker, podcaster, and author who has helped thousands of people start and build their own speaking businesses through his training company, The Speaker Lab. He is regularly featured in the national media, including Forbes, Inc., Entrepreneur, and The Huffington Post. A podcaster since 2014, he has published over 400 podcast episodes. He loves talking about all things speaking, entrepreneurship, marketing, family, and motivating other leaders and entrepreneurs. He lives with his wife and three daughters near Nashville, TN.
April 14, 2022
The MisFitNation Chat with Dr. Doug Brackmann, Psychologist and Author
Dr. Doug Brackmann is one of the leading psychologists to some of the most successful and Driven entrepreneurs, pro athletes, executives, and other top performers. In working with these top performers, he has also created a DrivenAssessment and Driven Shooting Meditation (it’s as crazy as it sounds). By combining the components of meditation, long-range shooting, and therapy, Dr. Doug helps those with Driven characteristics (often wrongfully diagnosed as ADD, ADHD, OCD, or other) to harness their hunter abilities so they can stop self-sabotaging, find fulfillment in life, and achieve ultimate success.
April 12, 2022
Jim Rafferty - Author, Leader by Accident
Jim Rafferty is the author of Leader by Accident: Lessons in Leadership, Loss, and Life, to be published in October 2021 by Morgan James Publishing. Leader by Accident recounts the tragedy that thrust Jim into a demanding volunteer role, and how that experience fueled a subsequent journey into entrepreneurship. Jim is a marketing and communications consultant and Principal of JMRketing, LLC, in Baltimore, Maryland. A former radio announcer and program director, Jim now puts three decades of marketing experience to work in helping businesses communicate more effectively with their audiences. Incurably married and the father of two grown children, Jim spends his spare time singing wherever people will listen and sharing cringe-worthy Dad jokes on social media. YouTube:
April 07, 2022
David Hollenbach - Host of "From Embers To Excellence," Retired Battalion Chief, and Author
Battalion Chief David Hollenbach (retired) is the author of “Fireproof: Your Grand Strategy for Transforming Failure into Fuel for Your Future.” He is a motivational speaker, coach, and mentor. He owns and operates David Hollenbach Consulting, LLC, and hosts the popular podcast “From Embers to Excellence.” During his 23-year career in the fire service, he served as a   • Firefighter  • Apparatus Driver/Pump-Operator/Engineer  • Company Officer/Lieutenant  • Battalion Chief in Operations  • Chief of Special Operations  • Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) peer counselor   • Public Safety Rescue Diver  • Coordinator and developer of his department’s first leadership development program    David Hollenbach is a veteran of the United States Navy with a Master's Degree in Public Administration from Barry University. A major focus of research for his capstone was how strong, positive leadership can influence the culture of a large organization.  While studying at Barry University he published "The Firefighter's Creed" and “Women in the Fire Service: A Diverse Culture Leads to a Successful Culture,” an article highlighting the importance of gender diversity within the fire service in Fire Engineering Magazine.  He has spent years as an instructor, coach and mentor helping others define and realize success. Although he no longer works as a servant to the community, his passion for service to others remains stronger than ever.   YouTube:
April 05, 2022
Jason Szeftel - Author and Podcaster
Jason Szeftel is an author who hosts the China Unraveled Podcast. On the podcast, he covers what is really happening in China and what it means for the world. He makes use of his background in law and development to help people make sense of what changes in the world mean for their business.    YouTube:
March 31, 2022
Justin Schenk - INC Magazine Top Rated Podcaster, Speaker, Entrepreneur
Justin Schenck is an entrepreneur, speaker, and host of the top-rated podcast the Growth Now Movement. He has been named a Top 8 Podcaster to follow by INC Magazine, featured in Thrive Global, and chosen as an ‘Icon of Influence’ in the new media space.  Justin’s podcast has grown to become a podcast that is currently getting played in over 100 countries every single week and he has gone on to help countless people grow their brands and business through podcasting. He is also the host and creator of one of the go-to events for entrepreneurs and forward thinkers; Growth Now Summit LIVE! YouTube:
March 31, 2022
Nicole Shir - The Seven Candles, Author, The Needs Languages
Nicole Shir spent almost a lifetime of people trying to tell her who she was, she then developed the business – The Seven Candles.  During the journey to my master’s in industrial-organizational psychology, my co-collaborator and I discovered The Needs Languages, a powerful tool that helps personalities communicate. With their help I wrote my first book, The Needs Languages Bringing Balance & Belonging in Dating.  Simply put my dream for you is for you to find your belonging, to be seen, to feel in control over your environment, to be respected in your beliefs, and to find balance in expressing and listening to others.  Start down the path of understanding your Needs Languages with me to discover how amazing you are.   YouTube:
March 29, 2022
Sandy Weston - Keynote Speaker, International Podcaster, 3x Published Author, and Entrepreneur
Sandy Joy Weston M.Ed is a keynote speaker, international podcaster, 3x published author, and entrepreneur, who has owned and operated health and wellness companies for over 30 years. Early in her career she became the first female trainer for the Philadelphia Flyers and spent many years as a media personality and as Philadelphia NBC10's Fitness Expert. She created the nationally recognized Philly Street Line Dance to help combat Philly’s “fattest city” label. For the past five years, Sandy has been focusing on SJW Productions, an international company whose main mission is to highlight all the positives in the world. She does this through her international podcasts, her books, Train Your Head & Your Body Will Follow, My 30-Day Reset Journal and her programs and workshops. Sandy’s mission is to spread pure joy and inspire others to see their true power.
March 24, 2022
Kimberly Moses - 47 x Author, Publisher
Kimberly Moses wears many hats to fulfill the call God has placed on her life as an entrepreneur over several businesses including her own personal brand Rejoice Essentials which promotes the Gospel of Jesus Christ. She also serves as a life coach and a mentor to many women. She is also the loving mother of two wonderful children. She is married to Tron. Kimberly has dedicated her life to the work of ministry and to serve others under the call God has placed over her life. Kimberly currently resides in South Carolina.   YouTube:
March 23, 2022
Juliet Rose - Author
By the time she was ten years old, Juliet Rose knew she wanted to be a writer. She entertained neighborhood kids with her stories after school and with the support of her mother got her first typewriter. Life had other plans and after the death of her mother when Juliet was eleven she put those dreams on hold. Over the decades she has picked up the proverbial pen time and again, writing about her life experiences including the cancer diagnosis and subsequent passing of her four-year-old daughter.   Focusing on fiction currently, she is driven to bring to life characters from many walks of life and the struggles faced in modern society. Her writing style is open and fluid, giving the characters the ability to shine as the truth of their own story. Her works are honest and sometimes brutally painful but in the end, her characters are given the voice which needs to be heard.  Juliet is a New York native living in the mountains of Georgia. She has lived all over the United States and Mexico and doesn’t plan to stop seeing the world beyond her front doorstep. She spends her time rescuing animals, painting, and writing. Her dream is to get an RV to explore hidden gems and find the best vegan restaurants.   YouTube:
March 21, 2022
Mandy Capehart - Author & Grief Coach - Restorative Grief
Mandy Capehart is an author, speaker, and certified grief and life coach in the Pacific Northwest. She is the founder of The Restorative Grief Project, an online community of grievers and grief supporters looking for movement while they heal. Her own experience with grief left her searching for resources while offering empathetic, long-term support without minimizing the pain of the moment. When she found nothing, she created it for herself and for you.  Her first book is titled, “Restorative Grief: Embracing our losses without losing ourselves” released in 2021. This is a memoir and 31-day guidebook for managing grief and growth in the aftermath of loss, no matter how long it lasts.  You can hear more about her grief work on her podcast, Restorative Grief with Mandy Capehart. She also co-hosts The Uncomfortable Grace Podcast, where space is held for growth amid the messy middle-parts of life. Mandy is a storyteller through and through, always in pursuit of adventure, grace, and opportunities to express gratitude. No matter the medium, her work revolves around learning how to honor our process of becoming. She currently lives in Southern Oregon with her husband, daughter, border collie rescue pup, and way too many houseplants.  @MandyCapehart on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook  The Restorative Grief Project on Facebook -  YouTube:
March 17, 2022
Joe Evangelisti - Host of The Legacy Blueprint Podcast and US Navy Veteran
Once known as “The Flip King”, Joe Evangelisti is now the host of The Legacy Blueprint podcast and a leading expert in real estate investing - specifically in the self-storage industry.  After experiencing “burnout” from chasing single and multi-family deals, Joe walked away from his wildly successful flipping empire and transitioned to the world of Self-Storage.   Today, Joe’s mission is to show others how to tap into the massive opportunities hidden inside the self-storage industry. Opportunities that require far less time, less risk, and exponentially more profits than any industry in real estate. In addition to The Storage Syndicate, Joe also serves as the CEO of three 7 and 8 figure companies.   Prior to building his business and real estate empire, Joe served in the military as a Builder in the US Navy Seabees. He holds Letters of Commendation from the US Navy and The White House, a Letter of Appreciation from President Clinton, and numerous service medals. Joe lives with his wife Ashley and their 2 girls in beautiful Haddonfield, New Jersey.   Video:
March 17, 2022
Gunther Mueller - Optimal (Physical & Mental) Health Strategist,
Optimal (Physical & Mental) Health Strategist, Gunther Mueller, has spent the better part of the last decade working closely with over 300 medical professionals, in a variety of specialties, assisting them in bringing life-changing therapies to their patients that help them Feel Young, Healthy, and Vibrant again. Gunther delivers the education, insights, and sometimes complex information in the simple, easy-to-understand conversation that inspires people to act and take charge of their own life now. Having the “Entrepreneurial Spirit” for the past 30 years, Gunther has been involved in several different industries, created, bought & sold businesses, and earned millions of dollars in the process which gives him a unique perspective, the ability to see things differently and to coach his clients through sometimes daunting problems and life situations. Today, Gunther is extremely excited to be sharing the revolutionary Magnetic Mind Method that is taking the personal development movement by storm so that his clients can learn how to turn “Thoughts Into Things” and become Conscious Creators so that they also can live a life that they absolutely LOVE! Gunther enjoys living in Anthem, AZ and loves to Ski, Kitesurf, Hike, Bike, Read, and experience the life he loves in the American Southwest. Video:
March 15, 2022
Teri Brown - Author, Sunflowers Beneath the Snow
​Born in Athens, Greece as an Air Force brat, Teri M Brown came into this world with an imagination full of stories to tell. She now calls the North Carolina coast home, and the peaceful nature of the sea has been a great source of inspiration for her creativity. Not letting 2020 get the best of her, Teri chose to go on an adventure that changed her outlook on life. She and her husband, Bruce, rode a tandem bicycle across the United States from Astoria, Oregon to Washington DC, successfully raising money for Toys for Tots. She learned she is stronger than she realized and capable of anything she sets her mind to. Teri is a wife, mother, grandmother, and author who loves word games, reading, bumming on the beach, taking photos, singing in the shower, hunting for bargains, ballroom dancing, playing bridge, and mentoring others. YoutTube:
March 11, 2022
Scott McDermott - Author, Fitness Coach
After going from fat to fit, Scott McDermott built a 15,000 square foot gym in 2002, wrote a book called “If Your Body Were a Car, You Wouldn’t Treat it This Way”.  Scott entered his first Triathlon in 2005 and fell in love with the sport!   In November 2015 at the Ultraman World Championships, crashed his bike at nearly 70 kph, breaking his shoulder, arm, ribs, and skull.  He nearly died that day and has made a remarkable recovery and made an award-winning documentary; “Living the Warrior’s Code”. When covid arrived in 2020, Scott decided to close his gym after 18 years and focus on his passion for professional speaking and coaching.    YouTube:
March 10, 2022
Pamela Lawson - Author, Rise of the Ravenisha
A Talladega, Alabama native, Pamela Lawson received her BA in Anthropology from UC Berkeley. After threatening to write a book for twenty-plus years, Pamela finally did so, with Rise of the Ravenisha being her maiden novel. The second book, Rogue Ravenisha is complete, and there are plans for a third installment, tentatively titled Revenge of the Ravenisha.  Pamela lives in Northern California with her two felines, Ferg and Nikos, and rides horses every chance she gets.  YouTube:
March 09, 2022
Dani Cipolla - Authenticity Doesn’t Suck!
Dani is an ex NYC model who left the industry to talk abut Yankees baseball on her podcast Dani's Dugout. after the creation of Dani's Dugout came the idea of building a broadcasting company of only women's voices. She now runs 3 podcasts Dani's Dugout, Tequila and the tea, and Dani's Game of inches.   @tequilandthetea YoutTube:
March 08, 2022
Ryan Fahey- 3X Author, Speaker and Entrepreneur
Ryan is a three-time author, speaker, and wellness educator who is passionate about all things wellness and personal growth. He is the Owner of FaheyConsulting which aims to help people and organizations move from good to great through his coaching services, products, and expertise. His latest book titled “How To Thrive In Remote Working Environments” aims to support the well-being of remote workers globally. It recently hit #1 on Amazon in Canada and cracked the top 40 books on entrepreneurship in North America. Originally from Eastern Canada, Ryan has dedicated his life to pursuing wellness and is widely considered a thought leader in the wellness and education sectors. LinkedIN:  Facebook:  Twitter: @Wellnessrf  Instagram: @Wellnessrf88   Show on YouTube:
March 04, 2022
Sharon Grossman - Author, Keynote Speaker and Podcast Host
Dr. Sharon Grossman is a bestselling author, keynote speaker, and podcast host. She loves working with high achievers who have burned out and are heartbroken about it because they love the work that they do and can’t figure out how to do it in a sustainable way. If that’s you, Dr. Sharon will show you how to totally transform your relationship with your work by working on yourself instead of trying to change your job or career. Through her Exhausted to Extraordinary™ Method, she helps you break through the mental fog, boost energy levels, and bring back joy to your work in 90 days. She’s shared her grounded yet practical approach with numerous organizations, nonprofits, and universities.   Website:  Facebook:  LinkedIn:   Video link:
March 03, 2022
Heather Barr - Author, Saving Berry
Heather Barr has taught in London, New York City, and Washington DC. She holds multiple Master's Degrees in early childhood and elementary education. She recently authored a book about never giving up hope. Saving Berry is the story of her classroom pet tortoise who taught himself to swim after being swept away in a flood. This book appeals to both parents and children and is a must-read in our trying times. YouTube of show:
March 02, 2022
Paul Trammell- Author, Sailor, and Recovering Alcoholic
Paul Trammell quit drinking in 2015, quit smoking marijuana in 2016, and changed his life completely. His first book, "Alcoholics Not Anonymous, a Modern Way to Quit Drinking," describes the method he created for himself to get sober. He used the money he saved from not drinking to buy a one-week sailing class, and soon after bought a 30' sailboat, which he sailed alone, 1000 miles, from the west coast of Florida to the East coast. This became the subject of his second book, "Becoming a Sailor." He now lives a nomadic life, sailing, and writing, and chasing his dreams wherever they lead. He has published five books, the most recent is "Chasing the Nomadic Dream," a sailing nonfiction. Scheduled for release on Oct 20, 2021, is "The Joy of Living Clean and Sober," a more in-depth look into addiction and sobriety. Links to Paul: Facebook: Paul Willis Trammell Instagram: trammell.paul YouTube of this show ;
March 01, 2022
Monique Rhodes - The Happiness Specialist
Monique Rhodes is a Happiness Specialist who teaches students and corporations around the world how to master their lives. She has spent the last 25 years studying the mind and its relationship to happiness and suffering. Over 70 universities and colleges use her program The 10 Minute Mind®. Her 8-week online course, The Happiness Baseline, has a 100% success rate in raising the mental wellness for every student who has completed it. Monique hosts the daily IN YOUR RIGHT MIND podcast, where she discusses how a series of small habits determine our well-being. Monique collaborated with prominent spiritual teachers Thich Naht Hahn, Ekhart Tolle, and Pema Chödrön on the Heartbeats album. She then completed a similar project with the Dalai Lama. In 2010 Monique received a nomination for the prestigious New Zealander of the Year Award. An insatiable world traveler, Monique spends her time between Los Angeles and her homeland, New Zealand.
February 24, 2022
La'Quita Monley - John Maxwell Certified Speak, Coach, Facilitator, Trainer
La'Quita Monley is An Independent Certified Coach, Teacher, Trainer, and Speaker with The John Maxwell Team. By using transformation initiatives as empowerment tools, LaQuita Monley passionately equips individuals, organizations, and ministries to unlock their full potential and live out their mission in the most authentic way.  Find La'Quita at the below links: YouTube Link:
February 23, 2022
Billy Nomad - Musician, Philosopher
A little about Billy Nomad: Last year he had a few pretty life-changing experiences and from here on out, he is dedicating every day to making music. He is currently in the process of recording a new album, creating a series of music production documentaries for YouTube & working with several other artists like him, to help them get their careers started. In his downtime, he loves to learn, read books, meditate and take walks surrounded by nature. He is also a big fan of visual media - films, TV shows, but also homebrew content on social media sites. One of his all-time favorite things to do is take a daily scroll through Reddit to see what the world is saying today. As far as formal qualifications or academic achievements go,  he doesn't have any. As far as opinions go, he does have many. Last but not least - He is one of those corny people that genuinely wish for world peace.  Find Billy Here: The episode on YouTube:
February 22, 2022
John C. Morley - Serial Entrepreneur, Engineer, Marketer, Talk Show Host, First Responder
John C. Morley is the Founder, CEO of The JMOR Connection, Inc now a 28+ year company in Franklin Lakes, NJ. When I was in college not too long ago; I realized that many were frustrated with technology but also being given bad advice. No matter whether you have never touched technology or use it daily my team and I will help you as we Make IT Easy. During 7th Grade, I started one of NJ’s largest BBS Systems to build community before there was internet with fancy formatted pages and graphics usual forms. I am also the President of The Franklin Lakes Chamber of Commerce and help to Make Our Community Better One Day at a Time™
February 17, 2022
Marie Alessi - Loving Life after Loss
Marie lost her husband and father to their two boys in June 2018. When her book “Loving Life after Loss” ranked in the top 100 list in Australia on publishing day, she realized she had something the world needed. Only months later Marie founded a global Movement with the same title, as this is what her life is all about: Loving Life After Loss!
February 16, 2022
Laura Noel - Leadership and Personal Growth Coach
Laura Noel is an Executive Business and Personal Development Consultant who works with organizations and individuals to help streamline business processes while maximizing profits. She helps clients stretch their thinking in a way that opens them up to new possibilities. Prior to becoming an entrepreneur and CEO of her own company, Laura studied and taught personal growth, change management, and leadership for over 27 years while serving in the United States Air Force. She has helped solidify goals and improve the corporate culture within government agencies, the Department of Defense, and construction, technical, insurance, and sales organizations. She is proud to serve as a transformational coach helping clients bridge the gap between feeling stuck and finding fulfillment in life and career. Laura knows how to get results as she guides clients in overcoming the mindset blocks that keep them from realizing their true potential, purpose, life-long dreams, and legacy. Laura helps her clients gain a new level of self-confidence and become the leader others will want to follow. Implementing a mix of science and psychology, she helps individuals and teams advance their current projects and careers and prepares them to successfully transition on to greater opportunities.
February 15, 2022
Jerremy Newsome - Author, Advisor, Investing Guru
My mission, my calling in life is to enrich lives with mentally liberating education. That is why you are here. You are in the search of a fun, new, and thrilling awakening regarding your finances, your money along with the abundance and freedom we all seek in life. Freedom is my paradise! I help my clients make the proper tweaks in their mindset, their hearts set and their bank account to receive all they cherish! I help you elevate your money so that you can impact the people, the causes and the communities that you have always yearned to help. My focus since 2010 has been guiding humans through an emotional journey with their money, their stock account, and their crypto purchases, to ensure radical life changes! I am a professional button presser. At some point, certain buttons need to be physically pressed to create massive alterations. I help numerous clients understand and demystify their liquid assets, specifically the stock market, the crypto markets, and our most valuable asset, TIME!
February 10, 2022
JB Schaefer - Author ,Banned and Cancelled
J.B. Schaefer is the author of the dystopian book series, Banned And Cancelled. In addition to being an author, he is the Founder and CEO of DeliveryMaxx, a social media marketing firm, and worked in the world of politics including President George W. Bush's first presidential run. He has been awarded the Eisenhower Commission as well as the Republican Senatorial Medal of Freedom.   You can find more on JB at these links:
February 09, 2022
Cris Santos - blogger, online store owner, writer, styling coach and health and wellness coach
I have always been creative and curious, looking for the next big adventure in everything that I do. I carefully select the projects I take on and work alongside some of the most talented people in the industry. Cris Santos has a Master's degree in Linguistics, although she is passionate about languages, cultures, and travel, her passion for fashion and photography never left her heart. As a former model and lover of arts, she decided to take control of her life and chase her dreams. She started taking pictures for a novel she wrote One Way Trip by Cris A Santos, one of many books she has written. Please find all books she wrote HERE. In 2017 she launched her PhotosbyCris Designs by becoming a Photographic Fashion Designer you can see her Signature Collections: Vida, Redbubble, and Zazzle by PhotosbyCris Designs. In the same year, Cris Santos started a very successful Blog in Fashion, Travel, and Lifestyle PHOTOSBYCRIS MAGAZINE and her success was reflected throughout all her social media accounts. All Fashion Styles and most Photography was done by her. Since then she has collaborated and still collaborates with several fashion, travel, and lifestyle brands from all over the world. In 2020 she became the owner of Trendy Fashion Online Store LUNABLUEGIRL. She then studied Personal and Fashion Style with the best in the industry and in 2021 she opened CRIS SANTOS STYLING to bring together her skills and help women and men all over the world to develop their personal and professional images. Together with my Styling Services I also offer Wellness Coaching as a Certified Wellness Coach a lifestyle professional who is devoted to helping clients reach their highest potential for health! I’ve been blessed to have developed a growing audience of loyal followers who offer me fantastic feedback. Take a look at my work and stay up-to-date with everything I have planned.   Blog: Online Store: Coaching: Instagram:
February 08, 2022
Rich Lewis - Author, Speaker and Coach
Rich Lewis is an author, speaker, and coach who focuses on centering prayer as a means of inner transformation. He teaches centering prayer in both his local and virtual communities and offers one-on-one coaching. He publishes a weekly meditation, book reviews, and interviews on his site, Silence Teaches. Rich is the author of Sitting with God: A Journey to Your True Self Through Centering Prayer. He has published articles for a number of organizations, including Contemplative Light, Abbey of the Arts, Contemplative Outreach, EerdWord, In Search of a New Eden, the Ordinary Mystic at Patheos, and the Contemplative Writer. Rich has been a daily practitioner of centering prayer since June 1, 2014. Centering prayer has been so life-giving and life-changing that he feels compelled to share his journey with others who wish to learn more. Rich resides with his family in Ambler, Pennsylvania.  Learn more about him at
February 03, 2022
Emily Johnson - Author , Bird of Paradise
Emily was born in Aspen, Colorado. She attended UNC-Chapel Hill and graduated with a degree in Journalism, but creative writing has always been her passion. She resides in Raleigh, North Carolina with her husband and son. Emily enjoys playing golf, running, kickboxing, reading, and spending time with her family. Marilyn spent her formative years in the San Francisco Bay Area. She graduated from UC-Berkeley with an advanced degree in Elementary Education. In 1996, she was diagnosed with breast and advanced ovarian cancer. She began writing The Bird of Paradise as a life gift for her daughter. She passed away in 2012 leaving the novel unfinished – for Emily to complete. A description of Bird of Paradise can be found on Amazon, which is probably easier rather than cutting and pasting it here.  You can find Emily at the following links:  Instagram ejohnson2014  Twitter @elhughes01
February 02, 2022
Mark and John Cronin - John's Crazy Socks
John and Mark X. Cronin are the father-son team that founded John’s Crazy Socks. John is an entrepreneur who just happens to have Down syndrome. You may know them for being named EY Entrepreneurs of the Year or testifying before Congress or speaking at the UN. You may know them because John became “Sock Buddies” with President George H.W. Bush. Or you may know them for having grown a bootstrapped start-up into a multi-million dollar social enterprise. John’s Crazy Socks is an internationally recognized social enterprise with a mission to spread happiness and show what people with differing abilities can do. Their mission infuses all aspects of their business. More than half of their employees have differing ability. Their Giving Back Program starts with a 5 percent pledge of profits to the Special Olympics and has raised over $450,000 for their charity partners. They have attracted over 29,000 online five-star reviews. John’s Crazy Socks has over 240,000 Facebook followers and 55,000 Instagram followers. You will love their socks, but the socks are just the physical manifestation of the happiness they share.
February 01, 2022
Eric Hohman - USAF Veteran, Candidate for TX Congressional District 28
Prior to running for Congress, Eric Hohman served 15 years in the United States Air Force. Starting at the age of 20, Eric became a military police officer as a Security Forces Airman. While serving as a Patrolman at Edwards Air Force Base, Eric worked in emergency management and operations. After his first re-enlistment, Senior Airman Hohman was certified as a Military Investigator, collecting crime scene evidence and processing it. That’s when he joined the United States Air Force police SWAT team called “EST” (Emergency Services Team). While on the Emergency Services Team, Staff Sergeant Hohman was involved in operations across Texas and the south. His team would do everything from working with Secret Service agents in San Antonio to protect Air Force One, to Hurricane Katrina operations out of Kelly Air Force Base. During Katrina, there were emergency military evacuations into San Antonio, where refugees and billions of dollars of military assets from the southern United States would be re-located to. Aside from keeping the peace for the evacuees, many of the weapon systems relocated to San Antonio were critical to the United States, and required the protection of Staff Sergeant Hohman, and his Emergency Services Team. Eric left the United States Air Force in September 2013, after serving his country for 15 years. After killing terrorists in Afghanistan, Eric came home to Texas where he grew up. He began working as a policy analyst for the Texas Senate during the 84th legislative session while going to school to earn his MBA, and then on to the corporate security world. He would finally end up working for the Texas Health and Human Services Department, assisting Veterans across the state. In 2020, Eric founded the “First There Foundation” after losing one of his teammates to suicide. The Foundation aids all Combat Controllers in their time of need and sheds light on the contributions the men of Combat Control have given to this great country.
January 31, 2022
Sylvester Jenkins - Veteran, Leader, Author
Sylvester Jenkins III is a native of Columbus, Ga. He completed four tours in Iraq and one tour in Afghanistan. He is a retired First Sergeant with 21 years of military service in the US Army. Sylvester is a recipient of multiple awards for outstanding performance and professionalism while in the military. He is a mental health advocate and a member of the National Society of Leadership and Success. He received his Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership. He is certified in Executive Leadership and Mental Health First Aid. He authored the books A Quick Cure to Successful Leadership, Winning the Battle Within, The Compass, and Winning with Gratitude. Since transitioning he continues to help the next generation to become resilient leaders who triumph in life. He is a transformational speaker who has empowered 1000’s by helping them reach their goals, both personally and professionally.
January 27, 2022
Lori Hardacker - Author, Dating What the F#$%
Lori L. Hardacker is a first-time author who has unfortunately been dating for over 20 years. The stories she has accumulated and her opinions on dating will cause others laughter, joy, pain, and tears. Now, wait, Lori is much more than a first-time author, she is also an entrepreneur, dance teacher, and RV adventurer. Lori is originally from Massachusetts but now resides in Southwest Florida. She went to Roger Williams University and received a BA in Dance and a minor in Theater. For four years, Lori owned and operated a successful dance studio and then later on created a traveling dance and fitness program that she brought to preschools, daycare and recreation centers, and YMCAs in New England. Today she teaches tap, ballet, jazz, tumbling, and creative movement to 18 months through 6-year olds, and she is known as the “Baby Whisperer”. Before Lori made Florida her home, she was living in her RV full-time, traveling and working around the country. She began this journey in May of 2016 and decided to come off the road in July of 2019. During her RV adventure, she worked in Maine, Florida, Tennessee, Texas, New Mexico, Michigan, and Wyoming. Lori has always had an entrepreneurial spirit and now has a small event company for which she hosts single's events, dating, relationship, and sex trivia, and “Hound and Human Happy Hours”. Lastly, her “kids” are one canine and one feline and she is planning on keeping it that way!
January 27, 2022
Kevin Boyle - US Army Veteran, Marathoner, Author- Going the Distance
Kevin Boyle has been teaching in the Justice, Law, and Criminology Department since 2016. Mr. Boyle is a retired Colonel in the U.S. Army’s Judge Advocate General’s Corps. During his 26 year career he served in positions of increased responsibility, including serving as the Chief of Staff for the Judge Advocate General's Legal Center and School in Charlottesville, Virginia (The Department of Defense's ABA-accredited law school); serving as the Chief instructor of all Army prosecutors throughout the world; as well as serving as the principal legal advisor for both all U.S. Army forces stationed on the border between North and South Korea and all U.S. Army forces stationed in Europe.   Going the Distance
January 26, 2022
Jenn Ashlyn - Author, Survivor Advocate
Jenna Ashlyn is a volunteer for Southern Ohio’s Survivor Advocacy Outreach Program, providing support and services to victims of abuse. She's a lover of animals of most types and spends her extra time being a mom and cuddling with her cocker spaniel. She studied creative writing at two universities and worked for a campus literary magazine. Jenna’s writing has appeared in numerous literary magazines, including Night Roses, The Atwood Review, and Poet’s Choice. In 2015, she won the overall writing award in the StarJewel Nationals and Talent Showcase arts contest, and in 2019, she was nominated for a Maier Award, which celebrates the best writing of University students. In 2020, Jenna released her debut novel, Within the Gray. Her second novel, Sheila's Men is set to be released in early January 2022.
January 25, 2022
Stanley McChrystal - Founder and CEO McChrystal Group
The son and grandson of Army officers, McChrystal graduated from West Point in 1976 as an infantry officer, completed Ranger Training, and later, Special Forces Training. Over the course of his career, he held leadership and staff positions in the Army Special Forces, Army Rangers, 82nd Airborne Division, the XVIII Army Airborne Corp, and the Joint Staff. He is a graduate of the US Naval War College, and he completed fellowships at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government in 1997 and at the Council on Foreign Relations in 2000. From 2003 to 2008, McChrystal commanded JSOC - responsible for leading the nation's deployed military counterterrorism efforts around the globe. His leadership of JSOC is credited with the 2003 capture of Saddam Hussein and the 2006 location and killing of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the leader of al-Qaeda in Iraq. In June 2009, McChrystal received his fourth star and assumed command of all international forces in Afghanistan.  Since retiring from the military, McChrystal has served on several corporate boards of directors, that include Deutsche Bank America, JetBlue Airways, Navistar, Siemens Government Technologies, Fiscal Note, and Accent Technologies. A passionate advocate for national service, McChrystal is the Chair of the Board of Service Year Alliance, which envisions a future in which a service year is a cultural expectation and common opportunity for every young American. He is a senior fellow at Yale University's Jackson Institute for Global Affairs, where he teaches a course on leadership. Additionally, he is the author of the bestselling leadership books, My Share of the Task: A Memoir, Team of Teams: New Rules of Engagement for a Complex World, Leaders: Myth and Reality, and Risk: A User’s Guide.  General McChrystal founded the McChrystal Group in January 2011. Recognizing that companies today are experiencing parallels to what he faced in the war theater, McChrystal established this advisory services firm to help businesses challenge the hierarchical, “command and control” approach to organizational management.
January 21, 2022
Teresa Xu - Author, Beyond The Surface
Teresa Xu is the author of Beyond the Surface: Empathy, Identity, and Storytelling (published this August 2021), a memoir about understanding ourselves and others through storytelling and trying to understand justice and equity. I am currently a third-year undergraduate student at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN (USA), but I was born and raised in Vancouver, Canada. I am studying Sociology, English, and an interdisciplinary major called Medicine, Health & Society.
January 20, 2022
Mark Herschberg - Author, University Instructor, Startup Executive
Mark Herschberg is the author of The Career Toolkit, Essential Skills for Success That No One Taught You. From tracking criminals and terrorists on the dark web to creating marketplaces and new authentication systems, Mark has spent his career launching and developing new ventures at startups and Fortune 500s and in academia. He helped to start the Undergraduate Practice Opportunities Program, dubbed MIT’s “career success accelerator,” where he teaches annually. At MIT, he received a B.S. in physics, a B.S. in electrical engineering & computer science, and an M.Eng. in electrical engineering & computer science, focusing on cryptography. At Harvard Business School, Mark helped create a platform used to teach finance at prominent business schools. He also works with many non-profits, including Techie Youth and Plant A Million Corals. He was one of the top-ranked ballroom dancers in the country and now lives in New York City, where he is known for his social gatherings, including his annual Halloween party, as well as his diverse cufflink collection.
January 19, 2022
Gail Rudolph - author of Power Up Power Down, How to Reclaim Control and Make Every Situation a Win/Win
Gail Rudolph is the USA Today and Wall Street Journal best-selling author of Power Up Power Down, How to Reclaim Control and Make Every Situation a Win/Win. She helps readers discover how to harness their personal power and understand power dynamics present in all situations. Gail is credentialed to teach the six universal Principles of Persuasion based on the research of the “Godfather of Influence,” Dr. Robert Cialdini. She is one of 13 people globally, one of two women, and the only woman in the United States to hold this distinction. Gail holds a Leadership Certification from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, is a Value-Based Leadership Expert, and has trademarked proprietary leadership training and assessments. She is an Executive Director and former President’s Advisory Council member on the John Maxwell Team, the world’s #1 Leadership expert. CEO and founder of Gail Rudolph Collaborative, Gail is an international expert on mindset, interpersonal power, mindset, and diversity and inclusion.
January 18, 2022
Lyla McCarty and Heather McCarty - A 10 year old fighting CRPS like a champ
Lyla (9 at the time but now 10)was diagnosed with CRPS (complex regional pain syndrome) also known as the “suicide disease” in March of 2021 unexpectedly. There is no cure for this disease. It causes excruciating pain. And even the simple touch of a hand can lead her to scream. Her foot is cool to the touch and is often purple or red. She can't walk on it any longer and can no longer engage in sports and activities. She got to the point of begging to go to a hospital and even wishing she was dead. After initial treatments stopped working it was suggested she should be in an intensive in-patient program. There are none local for kids her age. Eventually, her story caught the attention of a national movement. Lyla rarely is able to go a full week or day at school anymore. She is strong though and finds baking helps take her mind off of the pain.  You can help her by trying her amazing cookies @lylasdreambakery
January 13, 2022
Bob DePasquale - Purpose Driven Impactmaker
Bob DePasquale is a purpose driven Impactmaker.  He believes that everyone has the ability to make a positive impact in our world.  When Bob was 18, he moved to NY for college.  While in football training camp, and just 5 days before September 11th 2001, he was diagnosed with cancer.  In a very short period of time, his young, healthy life was turned upside down.  He was forced to shift his focus to treating an extremely aggressive form of a terrible disease and coping with the effects of the recent terrorist attacks.  Miraculously, he was physically healed in just 4 months.  But mentally, it took years.  It wasn't until Bob identified his purpose that he realized the value of his battle with cancer and his family's losses on 9/11/01  Bob's mission is to make the world a better place by encouraging people to find the blessings in tragedy and use their gifts to help others.
January 12, 2022
Jeni Raitsin - Mindful Productivity coach & Mental Fitness trainer
Jeni is a Tel-Aviv-based, former architect turned entrepreneur, speaker & coach. She helps entrepreneurs and leaders work smarter, not harder, so they can stress less, accomplish more & feel better through Mindful Productivity.
January 11, 2022
Betsey Kulakowski - Author, The Veritas Codex Series
Author Betsey Kulakowski has been writing and telling stories since she was a young child. Perhaps it was inevitable that grappling with words and language became a calling—and she is loving every moment. Betsey's first writing gig was with KEBC Radio in Oklahoma City where she conducted interviews and wrote reviews for Country Music's rising stars. She went on to write in professional safety and health journals and trade magazines. All the while, she was honing her craft, writing several genres of fiction, and eventually going on to pen numerous manuscripts. The Veritas Codex Series is currently taking the paranormal thriller genre by storm. Betsey feels privileged to share her work with a large and welcoming audience.
January 06, 2022
Stephanie Olson - CEO, The Set Me Free Project
Stephanie Olson is a speaker, an author, and the Chief Executive Officer of The Set Me Free Project, a prevention education organization on human trafficking, social media safety, and healthy relationships. Stephanie has a mission to share that each person has an intrinsic value that can not be changed. Her work on teaching resilience in life and leadership has inspired people across the United States. In her conversational and humorous style, Stephanie will inspire and empower. Living with years of parent abandonment, eating disorders, alcoholism, and domestic and sexual violence, she overcame through determination, faith, and resilience. She turned her trauma into triumph. Now, a sought-after speaker, Stephanie runs a successful nonprofit organization and loves to speak to audiences of all kinds (faith-based and non) inspiring, encouraging, and bringing hope everywhere she speaks.    Stephanie Olson Speaking  Facebook -  Insta -  Twitter -  YouTube -  Linked In -  The Set Me Free Project  Facebook -  Linked In - Instagram -  Twitter -
January 04, 2022
Steve Edwards - CEO Premier Virtual, US Army Veteran
Growing up in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, Steve knew he wanted to join the Army after he graduated from high school. “I wanted to jump out of airplanes, so I was in the 82nd Airborne Division in Fort Bragg.” he says. After serving 4 years in the Army and 2 in the Florida National Guard, he decided to move on. “I realized the military was great, but financially, it just wasn’t what I was looking for in life.” In 1999, he and some buddies from the 82nd Airborne headed down to Boca Raton to attend Florida Atlantic University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology. After stints in the mortgage industry and B2B sales, he got into the job fair industry, traveling across the Southeast and Southwest to conduct events. Within a few years, though, Edwards noticed a slowdown in business. “Everybody was working, they couldn’t come to job fairs and turnout was low.” He recalls, or they were opting to apply for jobs online instead. “It was affecting my pocketbook”. Looking for a better way to connect employers to job candidates, Edwards seized on the concept of virtual job fairs. “People don’t have to travel,” I said, “This is going to be the future,” he recalls. Steve bootstrapped Premier Virtual with personal savings to launch the business. Once he got the business off the ground he knew he had an idea he could monetize. He was in several mentoring programs along the way as he knew he had a great idea and could sell it but didn’t know everything. He was involved with the VMT, FAU Tech Runway and the FAU Veterans Entrepreneurship Program which is sponsored by Veterans Florida. At the end of the program they conduct a pitch competition for the Entrepreneurs and their business ideas and the winner from each school goes on the represent their school at the State competition. Steve represented FAU and then won the Statewide competition as well. This program, and the early pitch competitions he won, although not significant amounts, were still welcomed since he was self-funding the business. In 2019, his startup began building a software platform for virtual job fairs. It launched last March, just as COVID-19 arrived – a bit of serendipity that catapulted Premier Virtual to almost instant success. “We went from nobody knowing who we were to being ranked as one of the top virtual platforms out there,” says Steve. During its first 10 months, the Premier Virtual platform has powered over 2,500 virtual hiring events which has helped more than 25,000 companies connect with over 250,000 job seekers. The company has grown from 3 employees to more than 20 and earned prestigious awards including 2021 Best Companies to Work for in Florida. Approximately 200 workforce development boards across the country, including CareerSource Florida, which oversees 24 regional partners statewide, have chosen their platform for virtual hiring events. Premier Virtual also has licensing agreements with The Air Force, Army, and several National Guard units. Steve says individual companies, colleges, and other organizations are quickly coming on board and that they would have never participated in job fairs if it weren’t for virtual, and he’s bullish on the company’s future. “Covid-19 got our name out there, but now people have embraced the technology and how much more efficient it is. We’ve just begun to scratch the surface of what virtual hiring events will do for employers and job-seekers alike.”
December 30, 2021
Mike Duffy - Author, The Happiness Book
Mike Duffy is a philanthropist and an author of five books on happiness including The Happiness Book: A Positive Guide To Happiness!, The Happiness Book For Men, and The Happiness Book For Kids Volumes I & II. He has interviewed the top thought leaders, athletes, rock stars, CEO's and celebrities in the world on happiness, work/life balance, resilience, and success for his books. He was an MC at Woodstock '94. He gave a TEDx talk at TEDx Berkeley. He loves to speak about how you can gain greater happiness and joy in your precious life. Mike Duffy is the CEO of Happiness Wealth Management in San Carlos, CA. He has over 27 years of experience in finance. He was an SVP at Merrill Lynch. He has worked with some of the wealthiest people in Silicon Valley. Mike also speaks about crucial, fundamental money management techniques and philanthropic giving. His audiences include corporations, organizations, and universities including Stanford University where he guest lectures and has a scholarship award. Mike started The Happiness Hall Of Fame to recognize, encourage and celebrate people and organizations that make other people happy. Members of The Happiness Hall Of Fame include Muhammad Ali, Dolly Parton, Jerry Rice, Serena Williams, The Golden State Warriors, The San Francisco Giants, The Wounded Warrior Project, and The Make-A-Wish foundation. Mike also founded the Happiness Hall of Fame Homeless Outreach which provides money, food, counseling, and hope to the hopeless. The Happiness Hall Of Fame website is:
December 29, 2021
Doug Stebleton - Producer, Author
Doug Stebleton has been working in the entertainment business since 1987. Born and raised in Glasgow, Montana, he came to Hollywood at age 19 and has lived and worked in southern California since then. His expertise is music publishing for film and television. His company owns a catalog of songs that are licensed to film and television studios and to independent productions. Some of the company’s credits include Blood Diamond, Borat, Little Miss Sunshine, Zoolander, Big Bang Theory, Blue Bloods, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, The Sopranos, Ugly Betty, CSI, Scrubs and ER.  Doug is also a film producer. His first film was a documentary titled Mother of Normandy: The Story of Simone Renaud. His next film, I Want Your Money, was released in over 500 theaters across the nation in 2010. In 2014, Doug produced and directed Reagan at Normandy, a short film for the Airborne Museum in Normandy, France, and in 2017, he produced Heroes of WWII: The European Campaign. Other projects he is producing include a cable TV show on film and TV cars called Kars & Stars and a feature film, Big Life. Doug has a love for history and hopes to keep making films and documentaries that are inspiring, informative, and educational. His passion for Hollywood films and time travel inspired him to create The Hollywood Time Travel Series. It’s a Wonderful Time is his debut novel, which he coauthored with Reinhard Denke.
December 28, 2021
George Siegal - Director, Producer, Podcast Host
George is the owner of Move the World Films and directed and produced The Last House Standing and License to Parent. He also created the Move the World Podcast. George began his career in front of the camera as a weathercaster, newscaster, and sportscaster. He worked in markets from Los Angeles and San Francisco, to Seattle, Detroit, and San Antonio Texas.  George, his wife Nancy and their children live in Tampa, Florida.
December 23, 2021
Paul Huszar - CEO & President of VetCor and Team VetCor
LTC(R) Paul Huszar, CFE, P.E. is the CEO of VetCor, a restoration company focused on creating meaningful and sustainable employment opportunities for veterans, and Team VetCor, a holding company composed of several companies focused on creating business ownership opportunities for veterans and their immediate family members through franchising VetCor. Paul served 23 years on active duty including four combat tours in Iraq, service as the Dean of the U.S. Army Engineer School, and commanding Joint Task Force Eagle in 09-10, a 1,000+ Soldier and Airmen joint task force, operating throughout northern and western Iraq. Paul earned a B.S. in Civil Engineering from West Point and graduate certificates in Administration and Management, and Global Trade, Transportation and Logistics, along with an M.S.C.E from the University of Washington. Paul is a Certified Franchise Executive and also a licensed Professional Engineer in the state of Missouri.
December 22, 2021
Dan Spencer - Music Coach
Dan passes his passion and love for music to his students. Customizing each lesson for each individual student while at the same time implementing the flexible Best Music Coach curriculum creates growth in a no-pressure lesson environment. Dan has over 10 years of music coaching experience and is the author of the Best Guitar Book for Beginners series, The Best Music Theory Book for Beginners Series, and other books in The Best Book for Beginners family. He can be seen talking about music as a "music expert" on NBC, CBS, and FOX. His studio experience includes playing on and producing charting songs in various genres with releases on UMG and indie labels. Dan’s live performance experience includes performances in most modern genres including, CCM, blues, funk, fusion, rock, and more. Dan is currently coaching students, recording, producing songs, talking about music on The Best Music Podcast and Sirius XM Radio, and writing more books.
December 21, 2021
Dr. Debi Silber - Post Betrayal Transformation
Dr. Debi Silber is the founder of the Post Betrayal Transformation Institute and is a holistic psychologist, health, mindset, and personal development expert, the author of the #1 bestselling book: The Unshakable Woman: 4 Steps to Rebuilding Your Body, Mind, and Life After a Life Crisis and her newest book: Trust Again: Overcoming Betrayal and Regaining Health, Confidence, and Happiness. Her recent Ph.D. study on how we experience betrayal made 3 groundbreaking discoveries that changes how long it takes to heal. In addition to being on FOX, CBS, The Dr. Oz Show, TEDx (twice), and more, she’s an award-winning speaker, coach, and author dedicated to helping people move past their betrayals as well as any other blocks preventing them from the health, work, relationships, confidence and happiness they want most.
December 16, 2021
Scott DeLuzio - Author- Surviving Son, Host DriveOn Podcast
Scott DeLuzio is an Army veteran, having served six years with the Army National Guard, including a deployment to Afghanistan in 2010. Scott’s brother, Steven, was also deployed to Afghanistan in 2010. Unfortunately, Steven was killed in action on August 22, 2010. After returning home, Scott struggled with coping with the stresses of combat, the loss of his younger brother, and adjusting back to civilian life. In the years following Scott’s deployment, he noticed other veterans dealing with their struggles in unhealthy ways. Scott started his podcast, Drive On Podcast, to connect with current and prior service members. He interviews veterans and civilians to discuss personal triumphs, life experiences, and emotional hardships to give hope and strength to the military community.  Scott lives in Surprise, Arizona, with his wife, Vicki DeLuzio, and their three children.
December 15, 2021
Alexis Haselberger - Do more, Stress Less
Alexis Haselberger is a time management and productivity coach who helps people do more and stress less through coaching, workshops and online courses.  Her pragmatic, yet fun, approach helps people easily integrate practical, realistic strategies into their lives so that they can do more of what they want and less of what they don't.  Alexis has taught thousands of individuals to take control of their time and her clients include Google, Lyft, Workday, Capital One, Upwork, and more. Free download; Distraction Action Plan: - Website: - Youtube: - Insta: @do.more.stress.less - FB: @domorestressless - FB Group: - Online courses:
December 14, 2021
Victoria Wieck - Author, Podcast Host and more
Victoria grew up in a sleepy coastal village in South Korea, surrounded by abundant natural beauty. One of her favorite activities was to watch the stunning sunset from her home, wondering what lay beyond the horizon. She would ask her mother endless questions about the world outside of her small town. Her mother read her stories and taught her how to read, but her curiosity knew no bounds. In school, she excelled in reading, writing, and art. After graduate school, she was offered several jobs in New York but took a marketing job at a jewelry manufacturing company in Los Angeles to stay closer to her family. Much to her surprise, she ended up using her artistic talents a lot more than she ever imagined. Believing that there was a market for high-quality, stylish jewelry at affordable prices, she formed her own company in 1989 on a shoestring budget. Over the next three decades, her jewelry career allowed her to travel to many places she’d only read about ever since she was a young girl. Victoria’s jewelry designs are inspired by her extensive travels, soaking in history, cultures, and architecture. Today, she is a successful jewelry designer with her own TV show on Shop HQ, connecting with millions of viewers regularly. When she’s not on TV with her latest collections, she’s either writing or reading. Just a few weeks ago, she completed her first novel, Shattered Sky, a 94,000-word, Science Fiction/Young Adult Thriller. It’s a gripping thriller about a young girl who sets out on a mission to save her kidnapped sister and experiences sacrifice, betrayal, and love in a post-WWIII world where survival necessities are scarce. Additionally, Victoria began writing a “how-to” book, Living the American Dream Your Way: How to Turn Your American Dream into Reality (working title). This book will serve up a healthy dose of inspiration based on her unique journey, as well as proven methods of starting a business without taking unnecessary risks. With both books, a portion of the proceeds will be set aside for various charities to help others.
December 13, 2021
Kimberly Spencer - Crown Yourself
Kimberly Spencer is an award-winning high-performance, trauma-informed coach and trainer, Amazon best-selling co-author, international motivational speaker, and the founder of, helping visionary leaders transform their self-limiting stories, stand out authentically, build their empire and achieve their full potential.   From her entrepreneurial beginnings at five selling bags of glitter-water to my neighbors, to becoming an award-winning screenwriter, certified Pilates instructor, Miss Congeniality, and six-time WEGO Health Activist Award nominee, she is proof that it's better to make your own mold than to conform to someone else's. She is also the former executive of a national e-commerce startup and was the owner of the private Pilates studio, Fitness with Kim in Los Angeles, CA. Her 10-year track record in sales and entrepreneurship was featured in the Amazon Best Selling Book, "The Start: Journey to Entrepreneurship."   Her work has been featured on The CW, ESPN, Netflix, and NPR, and in Thrive Global, CNBC, and Forbes.
December 12, 2021
Jordan Skopp - Foul Ball Safety Now
Foul Ball Safety Now! is a campaign started by Jordan Skopp, a Brooklyn realtor, lifelong baseball fan, and author of a forthcoming book about the wildly overlooked scandal in the professional baseball industry – the all-too-frequent incidence of fans being maimed by dangerous foul balls due to the lack of extended protective netting, and related failures to educate fans about their assumed risk at the ballgame.
December 10, 2021
Tony Howard - Author, Why Not You
Tony Howard, founder and CEO of Redefine Works, and author of "The Next Step: A Guide to Help You Keep Going, No Matter What," "Redefine Works," and "Why Not You?" writes from his wide range of experiences in education, business, and the US Navy. He studied business at the University of Phoenix and holds two master's degrees from Argosy and Brandman Universities. Tony calls California home and can often be found walking the beach, refurbishing classic cars, or exploring local zoos and museums.
December 10, 2021
Ioannis Gratsinopoulos (Yani)- Leadership Consultant, Ministry Coach
Ioannis has well over 10,000 hours of consulting, training, and coaching to churches, businesses, and ministries.  He has been successfully assisting organizational and leadership transformations for over 20 years.  He is an ordained pastor and holds a degree in church leadership with a minor in psychology.  Ioannis' coaching style, much like his leadership style, is very relational; and it leans heavily on his faith and extensive experience.  He has led/co-led 7 organizations, which include 2 churches, an evangelistic ministry, and 4 businesses.   His leadership roles have spanned from start-ups and small churches up to larger churches and the Fortune 200; and include the titles of President, Senior Pastor, Director of Operations, State Training Coordinator, Performance Coach, Senior Associate Pastor, and many more. Ioannis was an award winning corporate trainer and coach with-in that Fortune 200 company. Ioannis started early in his career travelling the country as an evangelist and keynote speaker through the 501(c)3 that he started and ran.  Ioannis is married with one child, and lives in the Boise, Idaho Metropolitan Area. He spends most of his free time with his family, and as much time outdoors as he can.
December 06, 2021
Scott Miller - Best Selling Author, Podcast Host
Capping a 25-year career where he served as a chief marketing officer and executive vice president of business development, Scott Jeffrey Miller currently serves as FranklinCovey’s senior advisor on thought leadership, leading the strategy and development of the firm’s speaker’s bureau, as well as the publication of podcasts, webcasts, and bestselling books.  Scott Miller is the author of the award-winning, multivolume Mess to Success series, including Management Mess to Leadership Success: 30 Challenges to Become the Leader You Would Follow and the forthcoming Marketing Mess to Brand Success (May 2021) and Job Mess to Career Success (January 2022). He is the co-author of The Wall Street Journal bestseller, Everyone Deserves a Great Manager: The 6 Critical Practices for Leading a Team, and the author of Master Mentors: 30 Transformative Insights from Our Greatest Minds (September 2021), which features insights from his interviews with the leading thinkers of our time. Visit Scott's website to find all of his books, hire him for a keynote speech, or purchase his career coaching course.
December 03, 2021
Gramps Jeffrey - Author, I Don't Want To Turn 3
Gramps Jeffrey’s children’s book, “I Don’t Want to Turn 3”, explores what goes through a toddler’s mind that parents are so desperate to understand. It is based on the true experiences he has had with his 6 grandchildren that were born 2 each to his 3 Millennial daughters. Gramps Jeffrey is the pen name for Marc Joseph whose first book “The Secrets of Retailing…How to Beat Wal-Mart” was written to help entrepreneurs and small businesses compete against the big guys. Arianna Huffington read his book and asked him to contribute to the Huffington Post. He has written over 100 articles about small businesses, education, the homeless and several other nonprofit topics dear to all of us. Gramps and his lovely wife Cathy live in Scottsdale, Arizona where 2 of his grandchildren live. 2 more live in Austin, Texas and 2 in Orlando, Florida.
December 02, 2021
Milena Farber - Marketing, Advertising and Social Media Influencer
Milena moved to Israel from Brazil 3 years ago to pursue a change in atmosphere and find a position in a marketing organization. She has been on Instagram for about seven years and even has an account for pets with over 200K followers.
December 01, 2021
Karin Freeland - Speaker, Author, Life-Coach, Actress
Karin Freeland is a recovering corporate workaholic. After years in high-pressure leadership roles at Fortune 500 companies, she’s traded the boardroom for the bedroom. In her hilarious tell-all book, The Ins and Outs of My Vagina: A Penetrating Memoir coming out September 2021, she recounts the mishaps and misadventures she’s had over the past 40 years with a special partner in crime: her vagina, named V. Women of all ages can relate to this raw and honest journey of firsts, long-term relationships, and finding pleasure.   Karin is also a speaker and certified Life & Reinvention Coach, focused on helping women transform their lives and achieve their dreams. Through her signature EDIT Your Life™ program, she offers one-on-one coaching, giving women all the tools and techniques needed to conquer fears and find their purpose.   Karin Freeland is married with two kids and resides in South Carolina.
November 29, 2021
Shari Leid - An Imperfectly Perfect Life
Former litigator Shari Leid currently operates An Imperfectly Perfect Life, LLC, a professional mindset coaching business serving clients who are in those tricky middle-age years, helping them create the life of their dreams. She is the author of the Friendship Flow transformational book series, which includes The 50/50 Friendship Flow: Life Lessons From and For My Girlfriends and Make Your Mess Your Message - More Life Lessons From and For My Girlfriends.
November 26, 2021
Brent Cassity - Nightmare Success
Brent Cassity was an innovative CEO of Forever Enterprises a national company, which he grew from a regional company to operating in over 22 states. Brent was recognized by the national media; TIME, Fortune, Wall Street Journal, to name a few. HBO even did a documentary that spawned the TV series "Six Feet Under." Just when he thought he had it all he lost it all and found himself standing at the Gates of Leavenworth Prison to serve a 5 year sentence. He has coined the phrase "Nightmare Success" because everything you want in life is on the other side of fear.  So, what key will unlock the prison of your mind to set yourself free? Brent is an engaging storyteller who has a real-life transformational story. HIs 5 rules that helped him survive prison are tools you can use for life and business.
November 24, 2021
Clay Smeltzer - Purpose Infused Brotherhood
Clay Smeltzer is the founder of the Purpose Infused Brotherhood which helps driven men to become the best version of themselves by Building, Battling, and Bonding together. - Getting men initiated into a family where they belong! Clay was 35 years old and living by what the world and everyone else told him he should be. He was the "responsible man" yet he was filled with worry, anxiety, anger, stress, negativity, shame, fear, and the list went on. Then the shit hit the fan with a full-blown anxiety/panic attack over a tv show and this is when he decided to bring death to the old self and out of those ashes give birth to the new Purpose Infused Man. This change gave birth to the Purpose Infused Brotherhood and helping other men make those same changes and become the best version of themselves every single day!! How to Connect with Clay and the Purpose Infused Brotherhood FREE Top 3 Ways to Become the Best Version of Yourself Video Training: Website: Podcast: Facebook: Instagram: LinkedIn:
November 23, 2021
Ericka Thomas - Escape the Body Brand Nation
Ericka is a highly caffeinated coach, course creator, and entrepreneur with a certification collection that includes a registered yoga teacher, trauma release exercise provider, and nutrition specialist. She is the owner and founder of Elemental Kinetics online studio. As a refugee from the body brand nation and host of the podcast The Work IN, she offers mentorship and professional perspectives to help fitness professionals and wellness educators who want to set themselves apart using a creative, trauma-sensitive approach so that they can get lasting results for their clients and avoid burnout for themselves.
November 22, 2021
Bruce Sackman - Author, Behind the Murder Curtain
Bruce Sackman served as the Special Agent in Charge, U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs (VA), Office of Inspector General, Criminal Investigations Division, Northeast Field Office until May 2005 when he retired after 32 years’ service. In this capacity, he was responsible for all major criminal investigations involving VA from West Virginia to Maine. During his tenure he was involved in hundreds of investigations involving allegations of fraud, corruption, false claims, thefts, patient assaults, pharmaceutical drug diversions, and suspicious hospital deaths. He was also responsible for supervising the successful investigation of the nation’s first homicide conviction in connection with pharmaceutical research. His cases involving medical professionals who have murdered their patients have been featured on the Discovery Health Channel, CNN, MSNBC, America’s Most Wanted, and on Home Box Office. He is the recipient of many awards for his investigations and for his efforts in encouraging the profession of forensic nursing. Mr. Sackman has lectured at several forensic-related conferences, State police organizations, the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, universities, and medical-related symposia. He is the co-author of the book “Behind the Murder Curtain, Special Agent Bruce Sackman Hunts Doctors and Nurses Who Kill Our Veterans and the article “When the ICU becomes a Crime Scene” for Critical Care Nursing Quarterly. He is also the co-editor of the newly released textbook the Art of Investigations. He was recently featured in an episode of the CNN/HLN special Dr. Death. Mr. Sackman is a recently retired self-employed licensed private investigator in New York City specializing in healthcare-related matters. Under contract, he had directed major investigations for a large New York metropolitan regional healthcare system. He served as the President of the Society of Professional Investigators in New York City from 2010 to 2019 and is a board member of the American Academy for Professional Law Enforcement. He is a frequent lecturer on the topic of medical serial killers having spoken through the United States, Great Britain, UAE, and Sweden.
November 21, 2021
Jay Shifman - Choose Your Struggle
Jay Shifman is a vulnerable storyteller, stigma-destroying speaker, podcaster, and event host. The survivor of two suicide attempts and an overdose, Jay holds a BA in Psychology from Northern Kentucky University and has put in numerous hours of independent learning acquiring certifications in mental health, substance misuse and addiction, and drug policy. Jay founded his company, Choose Your Struggle, in 2015 with two distinct goals: ending stigma and promoting honest and fact-based education around the topics of Mental Health, Substance Misuse & Recovery, and Drug Use & Policy. For more information, visit: or find him on social media.
November 19, 2021
Tyler Jeffcoat - Seller Accountant
Tyler Jefcoat is the Founder & CEO of Seller Accountant where he exercises his passion for helping sellers maximize their businesses. Tyler provides financial coaching for sellers totaling more than $100 million per year in e-commerce sales. Tyler also leads the Sellers Roundtable, an exclusive mastermind group for seven- and eight-figure sellers. Before founding Seller Accountant, Tyler was the Co-Founder and Managing Partner for Care to Continue, a home health care company that grew from zero to 100 employees in four years.  Discussing how your Business Model Informs your cash flow management and KPI Tracking
November 18, 2021
Chancellor Jackson - Author 14 Days In Beijing
Chancellor K. Jackson (1995) is a Georgia native born to Native American parents. While growing up in Smyrna, Georgia, he played football for nine years on the high school and collegiate levels. After graduating with his bachelor's degree in Communication and Media Studies, Chancellor lived abroad in Beijing, China from 2018-2019. In China, he encountered some experiences that changed and shaped his life in ways he would have NEVER imagined. His experiences in China led him to write his first book, “14 Days in Beijing” which has ranked #1 over fifteen times on Amazon in multiple genres.
November 17, 2021
Georgette Council - Motivator , Veteran
Mrs. Council has been an administrative professional for over 35 years. She has served in multiple facilities and considers herself an expert on customer service. She is a motivational speaker and corporate trainer who hold the national CEOE designation, Certified Educational Office Employee. She develops and implements professional learning opportunities for office professionals across the nation. She is well-respected and known for her open, honest and engaging brand of training. She draws upon her more than 35 years of experience in the field of office administration and management as she motivates and inspires persons to be lifelong learners who strive to become the best versions of themselves possible.
November 11, 2021
Tom Kilgannon - President of Freedom Alliance
 Tom Kilgannon is the President of Freedom Alliance, an educational and charitable organization which honors and supports America’s military and advocates for a strong national defense. Freedom Alliance saves lives and military marriages by providing recreational rehabilitation to combat-wounded heroes and counseling retreats for military couples. The organization helps troops overcome the wounds of war by providing all-terrain wheelchairs to amputees; donating mortgage-free homes to combat-wounded veterans; and shipping care packages to troops deployed overseas, among other projects. In addition, Freedom Alliance has awarded millions of dollars in college scholarships to the sons and daughters of America’s heroes who have lost life or limb for our country. In 2017, Kilgannon was appointed by House Speaker Paul Ryan to the National Commission on Military, National, and Public Service. In its Final Report, the Commission offered Congress and the President 164 recommendations to improve the Selective Service System, civics education, and ways to foster a greater ethos of service among America’s youth.o improve the Selective Service System, civics education, and ways to foster a greater ethos of service among America’s youth.
November 10, 2021
Tessa Mager - The Vinedresser, Results Coach
A powerhouse, passionately pushy, and always enthusiastic as called by friends and clients, Tessa is a thought leader and no-nonsense Christian Holistic Transformational coach. She combines Neuroscience, Gene Activation, and Biblical insights to help women live their most abundant life mentally, physically, spiritually, and financially.  She helps Christian women fully understand their identity, purpose, and potential so they can have the impact they were created to have without any fear, (self) doubt, and unbelief. You can find out more about her at
November 04, 2021
Lady Redneck - Stephanie Lee
Lady Redneck" is a Country artist from Dallas, Texas.  She is Texas's own blonde bombshell.  She is high energy and fun and it comes through in her music. "Lady Redneck is making a mark in the Texas Country market, as well as among Americana listeners.  Texas country has largely been dominated by men.  Though she doesn’t necessarily look like a redneck, she has small town roots and little quirks that make her “Rednecky.”  Lady Redneck’s songs are real.  She writes about life." "Singer-songwriter “Lady Redneck” - Stephanie Lee brings her sweet, sexy, and fun vocals and songwriting to readers of the Boot with this exclusive premiere of her song, “Rednecky Inside.” This track is from her forthcoming album with the title, “Rednecky Inside.” Home of the "Fairy-Tale, Island Country Music" - sometimes sprinkled with a little "reggae."
November 01, 2021
Tracy Lamourie - Publicist
Tracy Lamourie, a high profile international award-winning publicist, is the Founder and Managing Director of Lamourie Media Inc. a Universal Women's Network 2020 Woman of Inspiration Winner for the Women In Media award and the author of the upcoming book GET REPPED - Build Your Brand With Effective Public and Media Relations. Featured in Rolling Stone Magazine, The Hollywood Times, NBC TV, and other major media, Tracy is an award-winning international publicist working across borders and across industries from major entertainment projects to small businesses. She is also a well-known long-time advocate on a myriad of important worldwide issues, passionate about amplifying important messages and being a voice for those who most need one. Recognized by media around the world for her 20-year campaign that ultimately helped free an innocent man from death row to her work getting clients major media attention. In addition to her Women of Inspiration award, she is the winner of the First Place, Platinum award Hamilton Spectator ReadersChoice for PR 2018, and for Diamond 2019. In 2020 she was both an RBC Women of Influence Nominee and a nominee for the internationally prestigious 2020 Tällberg/Eliasson Global Leadership Prize. Tracy has guested more than 200 times on panels, TV, radio and high profile podcasts around the world speaking on leadership, empowerment, and entrepreneurship as well as all aspects of media and publicity,  For Tracy’s media appearances visit:
October 29, 2021
Larry Freeland - Vietnam Veteran and Author
Larry Freeland was born in Canton, Ohio.  Since his father was an officer with the United States Air Force he grew up on many Air Force bases across this country.   After graduating from High School at Ramey Air Force Base in Puerto Rico, he attended the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida.  He graduated in 1968 with a degree in mathematics and a concentration in finance. He joined the U.S. Army and served one tour in Vietnam with the 101st Airborne Division as an Infantry Officer and a CH-47 helicopter pilot.  He is the recipient of the Distinguished Flying Cross with one Oak Leaf Cluster, the Air Medal, with 10 Oak Leaf Clusters, the Bronze Star, and various other military service medals. Upon release from active duty in 1973, Larry returned to civilian life and pursued a career in the Financial Industry.  During his professional career, he continued his education earning graduate degrees in Management and Banking.  He worked for 29 years in the banking business with Trust Company of Georgia, Citizen and Southern Corporation, now Bank of America, and Wachovia, now Wells Fargo.  After retiring from banking he worked as an independent financial consultant for 3 years in the Atlanta area and then worked as an instructor for 6 years with Lanier Technical College in their Management and Leadership Development Program.
October 28, 2021
Nate Palmer - Fitness, Nutrition Expert and Author
Nate is a fitness and nutrition expert, coach, speaker, and writer who believes that being in incredible shape gives a massive advantage in business, focus, and relationships. He also happens to be a dad, husband, and the #1 bestselling author of The Million Dollar Body Method and  Passport Fitness. Nate helps business owners and entrepreneurs improve their physique, finances, and family time using fitness and nutrition as force multipliers. Find out how to get into the best shape of your life here:. Nate is a coach, speaker, and writer, whose work has been popularized in media outlets such as The Huffington Post, Testosterone Nation, Ask Men, Breaking Muscle, STACK Media, and Thrive Global.
October 27, 2021
Bruce Chamoff - Be a Successful Podcaster host
As the owner of the largest podcast network in the world, the New York City Podcast Network, Influencer Bruce Chamoff sees hundreds of podcasts including what they do right, what they do incorrectly, and the difference. If you are a podcaster who wants more success, subscribe for success advice, special guests, tips, strategies, and more.
October 26, 2021
Angie - Host of "Too Old for this S$%^"
Angie is a true hustler when it comes to podcasting. Her show made the charts in the comedy genre around the world within a few months of launch. She is a selfless podcaster who wants to help others achieve their best while also not breaking the bank becoming a podcaster. If you want hints and tips just visit her site below
October 25, 2021
Janice Burt - Inspirational, Heart Centered, Professional Speaker
Janice Burt, aka Spanish Janice, is a court-certified Spanish interpreter, voiceover artist, yoga instructor, author, and inspirational speaker. Having lived in Mexico City as a child, she acquired not only Spanish language skills, but a love and appreciation for a different people group and culture. When she returned back to California, she attended high school and college, graduating with Spanish as her major and Communication Studies as her minor. She lived as a people pleaser, always trying to find her worth through other people’s approval and validation. She also lived filled with fear. She wasn’t even aware that either of those was true about her until after her divorce in 2012. During her marriage, she appeased and enabled her husband to feel good enough. She lost any type of sense of self that she’d had and wore a mask to fit in and belong. She unintentionally lied and manipulated to be liked and approved of by people. Her life changed dramatically after her divorce. She hit rock bottom and was engulfed by sadness, anger, loss, and grief. She suddenly realized that she was going to have to take charge of her own life instead of blaming everyone else. She became aware of her subconscious beliefs of lack and limited possibilities. She vowed that she was going to put in the work to change these patterns…
October 22, 2021
Stephen Murray - Author
Stephen Murray is a Las Vegas author. Praised for his unique writing style and powerful character development skills, his books cross multiple genres and appeals to diverse audiences. Stephen was born in England, a far cry from the Nevada desert he now calls home. At age seven, his family relocated to the southern part of Africa, where he was raised in various countries and attended boarding school. The opportunity to experience other cultures as a child inspired a love of travel in him that eventually led to his love of the written word.
October 21, 2021
Jennifer Steil - Author, Teacher, Public Speaker
Jennifer Steil is an award-winning author, journalist, and teacher who lives in many countries (currently Uzbekistan/France/UK). Her most recent novel, Exile Music, won the Grand Prize in the international Eyelands 2020 Book Awards and was a finalist for the 2021 Lambda Literary Lesbian Fiction Award, the Bisexual Book Award, and the Annie Award. It explores an overlooked slice of World War II history, following Jewish musicians who flee Vienna in 1939 to seek refuge in the Bolivian Andes. The Jerusalem Post called it "one of the best novels I have read in a long time,” and the Pittsburgh Jewish Chronicle wrote, “In a sea of Holocaust literature, “Exile Music” stands out as wholly original and engaging.” Her previous novel, The Ambassador’s Wife, won the 2013 William Faulkner-William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition Best Novel award, the 2016 Phillip McMath Post Publication book award, and was a finalist for the Bisexual Book Award and the Lascaux Novel Award. Her first book, The Woman Who Fell From the Sky, is a critically lauded memoir about running a newspaper in Yemen. Jennifer has also published many short stories and essays. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, New Orleans Review, Saranac Review, World Policy Journal, Mystery Weekly Magazine, The Week, Time, Life, Peauxdunque Review, The Washington Times, Vogue UK, Die Welt, New York Post, The Rumpus, Readers’ Digest Version,, Irish National Radio, France 24 (English), CBS radio, AARP The Magazine, and GRN Global Reporter Network Service She has taught creative writing in the MFA program at Rosemont College in Philadelphia, in the BA and MA writing programs at Bournemouth University in the UK, and she teaches online with the Center for Creative Writing. She has worked as a mentor with the AWP’s Writer-to-Writer mentoring program and mentors writers through Onward Literary Mentoring. She loves helping other writers to produce their best work.
October 20, 2021
Tarick Walton - Secrets From MIT, Tennis & The Umpire Above
Tarick Walton grew up in Spanish Town, Jamaica. A bright student with dreams of accomplishing big things, for himself and others. After being told he would never get into a prestigious American college, he was determined to prove that he could. Amidst life-altering setbacks, he persevered to successfully graduate from MIT with a degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering. After MIT, Tarick received an MBA from Georgetown University, and with a diverse group of friends, he later co-founded The Walton & Friends Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit organization that brings together leaders of all industries (Business, Art, Science, Non-Profit and Community) to promote STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Math) education among youth and engage in corporate social partnership projects that solve real-life problems. Whether in work or mentoring youth, Tarick lives by and encourages others with his motto, “Do not let the world dampen your dreams.“ He currently lives in the United States with his wife and two sons. Website: FB: IG:
October 19, 2021
Misty Chaviers - I'm a Survivor Podcast Host
Continuing on our episodes relating to domestic violence Our guest today went through the rollercoaster of abuse and then dependency on substances to hide it. She has come out on the other side and is stronger for it. She is a survivor and a certified advocate and mentor to many women she is an overcomer and a lady who is resilient, and she has a story of abuse to victory. She creates awareness in her community where none had existed before in a rural area in Alabama.
October 15, 2021
Chasing Shadows- Fred Burton and Ted Andre
Ted Andre is an award-winning Producer and Production Executive, who has successfully developed and produced cutting-edge, critically acclaimed independent content for theatrical, television, and streaming platforms. He is also Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Black Market Entertainment, LLC (BME).  His creative background has a solid foundation in both filmmaking and music. Ted was born in Germany to a military Special Ops family, which meant constantly moving to different countries. This nomadic lifestyle led to an appreciation for a wide range of cultures and history, and an obsession with the creative spirit of the stories told through film, music, and graphic novels. My father was part of an elite special ops unit called MACV-SOG. One of their primary objectives was to rescue our troops from prison camps in Vietnam. Just prior to his passing, one of my dad's last requests was for me to look into the mysterious death of one of his closest friends – Israeli air attaché Joe Alon. During our final conversation, he provided some key information on the matter. Fred Burton is a former police officer, special agent, and New York Times best-selling author. He's served on the front lines of high-profile investigations like the hunt for and arrest of Ramzi Yousef, the mastermind behind the first World Trade Center bombing; the 1988 plane crash of PAK-1 that killed U.S. Ambassador Arnold Raphel and Pakistani President Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq; and the search for Americans kidnapped by Hezbollah in Beirut, Lebanon. His best-selling books include his personal memoir GHOST: Confessions of a Counterterrorism Agent, Chasing Shadows: A Special Agent's Lifelong Hunt to Bring a Cold War Assassin to Justice, Under Fire: The Untold Story of the Attack in Benghazi, and his fourth book, Beirut Rules: The Murder of a CIA Station Chief and Hezbollah’s War Against America. Beirut Rules was optioned by Sony, and Chasing Shadows continues to generate interest and awareness by way of several recent interviews with Fred Burton. Our CHASING SHADOWS feature project is a timely story rooted in the bestselling book, which explores this fascinating high-profile unsolved case from the 1970s. When author Fred Burton and I connected via social media, we began to uncover new details based on handwritten journals my father kept, and have now brought the story into the present day by way of this deeply personal connection.” – Ted Andre Book Synopsis: On a warm Saturday night in July 1973 in Bethesda, Maryland, a gunman stepped out from behind a tree and fired five point-blank shots into Joe Alon, an unassuming Israeli Air Force pilot, and family man. Alon's sixteen-year-old neighbor, Fred Burton, was deeply shocked by this crime that rocked his sleepy suburban neighborhood. As it turned out, Alon wasn't just a pilot – he was a high-ranking military official with intelligence ties. The assassin was never found and the case was closed. In 2007, Fred Burton – who had since become a State Department counterterrorism special agent – reopened the case. In Chasing Shadows, Burton spins a gripping tale of the secret agents, double-dealings, terrorists, and heroes he encounters as he chases leads around the globe in an effort to solve this decades-old murder. From swirling dogfights over Egypt and Hanoi to gun battles on the streets of Beirut, this action-packed thriller looks into the dark heart of the Cold War to show how power is used, misused, and sold to the most convenient bidder.
October 12, 2021
Sabrina Osso - Osso Safe
Sabrina Osso is the Founder and CEO of OSSO SAFE…Feel Safe Where You Live, Work, and Play.   She is a speaker, a TEDx Speaker, and consultant on promoting safety and preventing violence in the workplace, schools, and places of residence.  With her products and services, clients can save lives and bottom lines.  Her personal and professional experience with the subject allows her to bring a unique and holistic approach for employees, landlords, tenants, students, and teachers. She was honored and grateful to have been one of the featured TEDx Talk Speakers at New Jersey City University’s TEDx TALK Event on April 5th, 2018.  Her presentation was very well received and is now broadcast. Sabrina has long dealt with violence on a personal level.  She knows how difficult it is to live in such a chaotic environment.  Sabrina and Osso Safe want to make a positive impact in people’s lives, whether they’ve been directly affected by violence or not.
October 07, 2021
Virginia Cruse - THE SOLDIER’S GUIDE TO PTSD A No-Shit Guide to Reclaiming Your Life
Virginia is a Licensed Professional Counselor and National Certified Counselor specializing in Military Issues and Combat-Related Trauma. She provides crisis intervention and evidence-based treatments for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Moral Injury, Depression, Combat Operational Stress, and other diagnoses. Virginia is a certified clinician and Cognitive Processing Therapy and Prolonged Exposure Therapy and has 20+ years of experience serving Active-Duty Military, Veterans, Military retirees and family members. She is a Certified Group Psychotherapist (CGP) and active American Group Psychotherapy Association member. Virginia is an Army Reserve Officer, Combat Veteran, and published researcher. As a therapist, Virginia Cruse was becoming frustrated with the rumors her clients heard about PTSD that kept them from getting better. Why did so many of them believe that PTSD had no cure? That they couldn’t have PTSD because they were not in direct combat? That they didn’t “deserve” to have PTSD, or didn’t “deserve” to get better? The answer hit a nerve with Cruse: no one had taken the time to explain PTSD to Service Members in a way that made sense. Soldiers were losing their resiliency and optimism in a culture that propagated misinformation and went against the facts about PTSD, facts that are necessary to know in order to recover good mental health and salvage important relationships.
October 04, 2021
Kevin Barnes - Background Investigator and Veteran Entrepeneur
Kevin Barnes is a veteran of the United States Army who served with the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault). During this time he had the honor of traveling overseas with his Sisters and Brothers to fight in the Global War on Terrorism in Baji, Iraq. While he was growing up he was taught to be humble and this allowed him to keep pushing forward with positive momentum, never letting his feet stop forward progression. Kevin has shown true Grit as he attacked the grind of college life at Southern New Hampshire University where he graduated with a degree in business. Upon leaving school he followed that path and started to ascend the corporate ladder. Kevin then moved on to operate and manage a successful company. The company conducts background Investigations and Screenings. He also continues to inspire and motivate others through various non-profit organizations giving back to his fellow veterans.  You can contact him here:
October 01, 2021
David Page - Food Americana
When it comes to food, have you ever wondered "What is American cuisine?" Long Beach Island resident David Page covers that and more in his new book "Food Americana: The Remarkable People and Incredible Stories behind America’s Favorite Dishes." Page, a two-time Emmy Award-winning television producer and the creator of "Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives," shares the backstories of many popular dishes. "The idea for the book has been percolating in the back of my mind for quite some time and I finally forced myself to start researching and writing," Page said. "Food has been a passion of mine," he added, " ... starting when I was living in Europe and enjoying the remarkable foods of Europe, Africa and the Middle East."
September 28, 2021
Armed Forces Brewing Company - Alan Beal
Armed Forces Brewing Company is a Military tribute craft brewing company comprised of three brands that pay homage to our great American Military: both active duty and Veterans. Built by an experienced team that combines an award-winning Brewmaster, successful Veterans of the restaurant and hospitality industry, and Military Veterans including one of the most famous US Navy SEALs in the world, Armed Forces Brewing Company has successfully completed a test market run and is ready to expand to national and global distribution. Alan serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Armed Forces Brewing Company, Inc. Alan is a 35-year veteran of the food & beverage industry and has a passion for craft beer and the Military. He has led, operated, and grown profitable multi-unit independent food & beverage groups in the Denver, Kansas City, and Charlotte markets. Alan comes from a four-branch Military family. His grandfather, father, brother, nephew, two uncles, and several cousins all served in the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps, Army, and Air Force. His cult-like dedication to Boston sports teams and Nebraska and Navy Football is annoying.
September 24, 2021
Cathy Jean-Francois - Author, Blogger, Recovering Depressive and Teacher
Cathy is a high school English teacher, but her first love and passion is writing.  She created a blog called "The True Confessions of a Reluctant Bachelorette" ( a few years ago. Since that time she has gotten married and created a new blog website titled "Tighed the Knot: A Newlywed's Thoughts on Navigating the Married Life" ( where she shared fun and compelling stories of her married life. Hopefully, some people out there can find in these posts some relevance to their own lives! But most recently and much more importantly,  she started a new blogging platform where she discusses ideas that have resonated with her, helping her to keep a positive perspective on life despite her depression. It’s all about her desire to keep a positive mindset to achieve her own form of happiness. It is her belief that this will help many depressives who struggle alone.
September 21, 2021
Barbara Allen - Host American Snippets
Barb Allen is head writer, commentator, and Co-Founder of American Snippets. Barb is the widow of Lt Louis Allen, who was murdered by a fellow soldier while deployed to Iraq. The tragic loss made her keenly aware of the cost of our freedom. She struggled for years to find her footing and raise her four boys. It was in those years that extraordinary people stepped forward to inspire, encourage, mentor, and support her and her kids. Barb has conducted over 150 interviews, has been featured on Fox News, The Today Show, Army Times, and in Taya Kyle’s book American Spirit. She is an award-winning author, with her third book set to release in June. Barb is a powerful and poignant Speaker on adversity and patriotism. She has shared the stage with Nick Vujicic and others.
September 14, 2021
Christina Stanton - Out of the Shadow of 9/11
Christina Ray Stanton is an award-winning author and licensed NYC tour guide, and has been featured in print and TV many times in her 25-year career. For a decade she worked as Redeemer Presbyterian's short-term missions director, and she is the founder of the nonprofit organization Loving All Nations ( She and her husband, Brian, still live within blocks of the World Trade Center.
September 07, 2021
Corie Weathers - Lifegiver
Corie Weathers is a military spouse who has fully embraced the service culture.  She has devoted her mental health career to serve military and first responder families which resulted in being awarded the 2015 Military Spouse of the Year- representing all six branches and 1.1 million military spouses. 2015 was the beginning of an amazing journey that opened up her opportunity to reach far more families than she ever thought possible beyond her counseling office. She is an Author. A Speaker & Emcee, Journalist, Podcast Host, Licensed Counselor, Leadership Consultant, Curriculum Writer. Service Organization Clinical Consultant, Subject Matter Expert on Military Culture, and Military Family Advocate. If she could sum it all up, though… She is a Military & First Responder Clinical Consultant and she is looking forward to working with you
August 31, 2021
Sam Thiara
Through his tireless work, Sam continues to be committed to the betterment of communities as a speaker, educator, and storyteller. In 2016, Sam received the Governor General’s Sovereign’s Volunteer Medal as a past recipient of the Governor General’s Caring Canadian Award. Also, in 2012 he received the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal and the Rick Hansen Difference Maker medallion. Over the last 20 years, he has helped and supported 45+ not-for-profit organizations from establishing a strategic vision to engaging stakeholders to rolling up his sleeves and doing whatever work is needed. As a community activator, his passion is to inspire and motivate others in their personal and professional development through his many adventures and reflections on life’s journey. It is about helping people establish and build their personal autobiography through storytelling. As a writer and blogger, Sam published his book, Personal Storytelling: Discover the Extraordinary in the Ordinary to help others share their stories. His reflections on life help others vision and build their stories. Sam has mentored and coached hundreds of individuals in life and career. He is also an accomplished speaker and in 2011, spoke at TEDxSFU where he created the signature phrase, ‘Discovering the Extraordinary in the Ordinary’. Sam has delivered countless keynote speeches, workshop facilitation, and panel discussions over the years. Since 2004, Sam has found his calling at the Beedie School of Business and Fraser International College at Simon Fraser University. His purpose is to help individuals in life and career and as a result, Co-founded GradusOne which recently merged with the League of Innovators.
August 24, 2021
Brittany Wagner - Next Chance You!
Brittany Wagner is a nationally respected athletic academic counselor and motivational speaker best known for her role as the breakout star of the hit Netflix documentary series, Last Chance U. Recognized for her compassion, encouragement, and no-nonsense attitude, Brittany guided many young men to academic and professional success despite run-ins with the law, extreme poverty, abandonment, and often a complete lack of academic preparedness. She has helped over 200 football players academically qualify for nationally respected NCAA Division I schools, and all of the students Brittany advised who are currently playing in the NFL, also hold college degrees. Brittany’s inadvertent stardom led to feature interviews with ABC’s Nightline, The Dan Patrick Show, GQ, The New York Times, The LA Times, and Sports Illustrated — to name a few. For the past four years, Brittany has traveled all over the country as a motivational speaker. In the fall of 2017, she launched her own company, Ten Thousand Pencils (10KP). Through 10KP, she is able to aid at-risk youth by working individually with high school and college-level administrators, counselors, and teachers to help them build relationships with these students and better support their emotional, social, and academic needs. Brittany’s first book: Next Chance You: Tools, Tips, and Tough Love for Bringing Your A-Game to Life is available for pre-order now and will be published on September 7th of this year. A new, scripted television series based on Brittany’s personal and professional life is in the making! Actress Courteney Cox will be portraying Ms. Wagner in this series. Michael Strahan is also an executive producer on the project. Lastly, she is an adjunct professor in the College of Business at The University of Montevallo and is a boxing coach at Battle Republic. Brittany earned both her undergraduate and graduate degrees in Sports Communication and Administration from Mississippi State University and currently resides in Birmingham, Alabama with her daughter, Kennedy.
August 17, 2021
Julissa Martis - Legacy HRC
Julissa is passionate about helping to support and create workplaces and corporate culture teams feel supported and inclusive. She helps mission-driven organizations attract and retain their top talent by providing progressive HR Strategy and People Operations Strategy & Support. She is on a mission to change workplaces for the better, where your strategic goals are met and your team is driving the mission. Veteran Podcast Awards
August 10, 2021
Tyler Jefcoat the Seller Accountant
Tyler Jefcoat is the Founder & CEO of Seller Accountant where he exercises his passion for helping sellers maximize their businesses. Tyler provides financial coaching for sellers totaling more than $100 million per year in e-commerce sales. Tyler also leads the Sellers Roundtable, an exclusive mastermind group for seven- and eight-figure sellers. Before founding Seller Accountant, Tyler was the Co-Founder and Managing Partner for Care to Continue, a home health care company that grew from zero to 100 employees in four years.
August 03, 2021
Claire Chandler
Claire Chandler helps ambitious, mission-forward companies scale with fewer growing pains and bottlenecks. She founded Talent Boost because she was tired of finding employees curled up under their desks, crying and disillusioned. She cures workplace misery by fixing the biggest impact on a company's culture: the behavior of its leaders. Claire uses a proprietary blend of humor and insights to pull leaders out of their silos and extract the fundamental DNA that makes their business unique. She turns siloed bosses into magnetic leaders who attract the right talent--and repel the wrong people--to accomplish the company’s mission. She's married to a Marine Corps veteran and has a talking chinchilla with his own YouTube leadership series. Claire only works with C-level executives who are: Ambitious: They want their company to be the market-dominating, profitable organization that attracts the right employees and customers. Self-Aware: They know they don’t have all the right people, processes, and/or strategies to reach their desired future. Open: They are not easily offended by a woman telling them they're wrong and are willing to do things differently to achieve the amazing results they want. Claire has worked within and alongside small and large organizations across a broad swath of industries, from mining and manufacturing to pharma and biotech, to turn growing companies into consistent magnets for talent. If joining a swath of magnetic leaders and companies appeals to you, schedule a call ASAP. You'd be surprised how many other leaders have already signed up for her unique brand of tough love.
July 27, 2021
The Therapy Twins
Joan and Jane are the Therapy Twins. Identical twin sisters licensed caregivers and lifelong seekers who use their own brand of humor and vulnerability to tell revealing stories about their childhood, family, marriages, divorces, dating, and motherhood…and how they uncovered and overcame all their trauma. Their mission is to help people love more and fear less. We all know trauma. It comes in big packages – abuse, addiction, illness, death – and small ones – wrecked relationships, self-doubt, insecurity, miscommunication. Joan and Jane help people understand and heal trauma and get out ahead of the devastating impact it can have on relationships, families, and communities. Using the connection of their unique relationship, shared history, love of irreverence, and sense of humor, Joan and Jane find out the WHY behind trauma and look for the root emotions that surround the scenario.
July 20, 2021
Hermie Castillo - Navy Veteran to Actor
Hermie Castillo is a Navy Veteran who has put his boots down and is now pursuing his career in the Entertainment industry.  With shows to his credit such as NCIS, Brooklyn 99, Mom, and others only time will tell how far he will go. He wanted to serve his country and was excited to start that journey with the US Navy. Then things changed as the Navy did away with his career field.  He took this as a calling to do something greater and pursued his current career in the entertainment industry. Check out his credits below and follow his career as he moves forward.  Check out his credits
July 13, 2021
Brett D'Alessandro - Backpacks for Life
Sgt. Brett D’Alessandro returned home from a seven-month deployment in Afghanistan to what he thought was the end of a long road. He learned very quickly that an even longer road filled with struggle and confusion lay ahead.  After a challenging deployment, Brett and those whom he returned home, were now facing the hardest part of the process; reintegrating into their civilian lives while battling with the hidden wounds of war. Following a face-to-face encounter with a homeless veteran on the streets of Rhode Island in the winter, something resonated with Brett. It wasn’t just him or those he was deployed with or this man on the side of the road…it was MANY veterans, nationwide, who had to deal with the trauma of coming home and not knowing where to turn. Brett took this moment as a sign to do more and be more for his fellow servicemen and women. That day, Brett distributed a backpack to this veteran filled with socks, t-shirts, and warming layers. From this simple act…Backpacks For Life was born. Since 2014, BFL has devoted its life to make sure that no Veteran has to suffer by providing him/her with the correct tools to recover. These tools include coaching services,  communal meals, making the veterans feel human, and letting each Veteran know that he or she isn’t alone. The recovery process is aided by countless hours of personal interaction and the physical distribution of backpacks. Backpacks represent the first line of defense, a symbol of hope, and so much more to the team at Backpacks For Life.
July 06, 2021
Dustin Gruss - Greatness Facilitator
I am Cleveland born and Cleveland bred, raised in the suburb called Berea, home of the Cleveland Browns. For many years people would be embarrassed by that last fact, but I am proud of it. I'm not demonstrating a poor taste in football teams, but instead, my support of the befuddled Browns franchise should tell you something else about me- my loyalty and appreciation for the underdog. Just as the Browns have had their proverbial carousels of general managers, coaches, and quarterbacks over the last 20 years, I have had my share of carousels as well that have led me to where I am now. Allow me to explain. I have over 20 years of experience in various customer service vocations- retail management, restaurant management, even a 7-year stint as a mail carrier in Central Florida. The consistent between all these vocations was my desire to meet and exceed the expectations of my customers, which I'd say I was pretty good at. The other consistent across all these jobs was the lack of sense of fulfillment I had despite how good I was doing at each. None of them made me feel like I was fulfilling my purpose. I enjoyed making my customers happy, but the gratification in those types of jobs leaves as quickly as it comes and it's on to the next sale. Deep down I knew there was something more.
June 29, 2021
Gloria Grace Rand - Live, Love, Engage
Gloria Grace Rand is the author of the Amazon #1 international best-seller, “Live. Love. Engage. - How to Stop Doubting Yourself and Start Being Yourself,” which details my journey of self-discovery and spiritual awakening that began when my sister was diagnosed with stage four cancer. The idea for the book came about during my regular morning meditation, two months before my sister transitioned. The “divine download” contained four principles based on the word love, which helped me heal my old emotional wounds, and finally live fully, love deeply, and engage authentically.
June 22, 2021
John Davis - Corporate Action Hero
John is a dynamic speaker, accomplished leader, and expert in managing people to peak performances during change or adversity. He has over 20 years of experience speaking for Fortune 500 clients and a broad swath of industries including healthcare, financial, insurance, retail, and the military, at hundreds of conferences, seminars, and retreats. At 22 years old John Davis' spine broke in half dashing his dreams of being a Stuntman, Fight Director, and Martial Artist. Doctors told him he may never walk again, and if he did he could never have a physical career. Using what he now calls the "Five Fs," John Overcame the limiting beliefs of others and brought himself back. He went on to perform over four thousand live comedy sword fighting stunt shows all over the world including performing more than one hundred shows on the most remote bases in both Iraq and Afghanistan on six USO tours. Free Gift for Audience: Social Links
June 15, 2021
Allen Simmons - Walk in Purpose - On Purpose
Allen Simmons is a United States Marine Corps veteran who has deployed to Baghdad, Iraq, and Marjah, Afghanistan. He is also the Founder of Live N Love Incorporate, Shop Persist, Brunch and Ties, Brunch and Heels, and AllenLeviSpeaks. Throughout his time Honorably separated from the Marines, Allen battled PTSD, addiction, and suicide. He overcame after years of struggles and victories, he decided to take action in his community. He understood that there are many people who struggle with their darkest battles one could go through. War was not just on the battlefield, it is in the minds of men, women, and children. Allen became more passionate about networking after coming out of his depression. He believed that networking would give him the opportunity to speak hope into someone else’s life. He wanted to give someone else hope so that they could also give another person hope. In order to do this, Allen has combined several life principles that will drive his listeners forward with power and faith.
June 08, 2021
Andrene Low- Author
In this episode, we have Andrene Low, or Andie as her cozy mystery readers know her, she has a love of writing instilled in her by her mother. Although, if her mum was still alive, she'd be smacking Andrene across the back of the head given the direction some of her writing has taken. Irreverent, cutting and reflecting her background as a stand-up comic, it's edgy with humor that can be very dark in places. She also enjoys a good bit of snark. Andrene lives in the beautiful Hawke’s Bay region of New Zealand with Mia a tabby so keen on the local birdlife, she's going the right way to end up decked out in enough bells to be mistaken for a furry little Morris Dancer.
June 01, 2021
Cara Achterberg- Author and Dog Rescue Advocate
Cara is an irrepressible writer, a curious cook, a lazy gardener, a loyal friend, a dog trainer in training, and an occasional cowgirl. She is also a compulsive blogger, a creative writing teacher, an almost famous novelist, and a rescue dog advocate. She will talk your ear off about processed food, growing tomatoes, Virginia wine, shelter dogs, or the puppies she is currently fostering. If you ask about herkids, I may brag a bit, as they are certainly worth bragging about.
May 25, 2021
Kirsten McKenzie Best Selling Author
In this episode, we have author Kirsten McKenzie from New Zealand on to discuss her story. A full-time author, she is a former customs officer and antique dealer, who has also dabbled in film and television. Her historical time-slip series - The Old Curiosity Shop Series (which includes Fifteen Postcards, The Last Letter, and Telegram Home), has been described as 'Time Travellers Wife meets Far Pavilions', and 'Antiques Roadshow gone viral'. The series was acquired by Podium Audio in 2020 and is now available as audiobooks. Kirsten lives in New Zealand with her husband, her daughters, two rescue cats, and can usually be found procrastinating on Twitter.
May 18, 2021
Pup Camp with Dave Shade
After serving a tour overseas fighting in the mountains of Afghanistan, he found himself alone and separated from the brotherhood forged in battle with my unit in the 82nd Airborne. When he became a civilian again, like most veterans he was lost trying to find his way in a world coping with the effects of Post-Traumatic Stress. When all seemed lost, he found solace in the most unexpected of places: A boxer puppy named Lulu. Undoubtedly, Lulu had saved his life as she taught him how to live, love, and feel again. She healed the wounds of war (the ones you don’t see on the outside). This amazing animal had instilled in him a love for the species that made him want to help their kind. Many families and dogs lack great training, and he found I was born for this - to train dogs, create happy families and happy homes. Then, he spent 5 years training thousands of dogs. From this, he started an online training venture that has launched recently. You can visit it a the link below.
May 12, 2021
Army Veteran to Entrepeneur
In life, we all have encounters with multiple amazing people. In mine, I have had tons of them, especially through my uniform career. One such encounter was with a young man in Korea. He was very mature for a young guy, especially in uniform. He was always pushing for greatness. He was the Battalion Commander's driver then moved on to the Brigade. He also went from a young soldier to an NCO while in Korea. Well, he continued to hustle for the rest of his time, then transitioned out and has become a successful independent over-the-road trucker. He is an inspiration to all young people transitioning into the unknown.  Have a plan and keep pushing forward.  Charles Davis Jr is a hard worker who has never stopped hustling since I met him, he has remained humble and is still hungry!
May 07, 2021
Coaching and Mentoring the Youth
In this episode, we are visiting with two men who have dedicated their lives to service. They both started out serving via the military. One was a leatherneck a Hollywood Marine who saw combat in Iraq, wound up being medically retired in 2010 from the Corps. He then on a request from his oldest son became a football coach for his team. A year later he was coaching in High School.  Then life happened and he had to take that resilient mindset to a new level. He continued to serve with Team Rubicon, Team Red White, and Blue became a Fellow with the Mission Continues and a Shepherd with the Save a Warrior foundation.  All of this led him back to coaching, the true life of service.  Our second guest was the son of a Navy family, He grew up in Virginia, had some speedbumps while in school, and wound up not graduating with his class. He joined the Army as an Engineer. Here he found his path with true mentors all around him, great leaders, and advice. He earned the coveted Sapper tab as a young Sergeant (not many achieve this). He left service and started a path he never thought possible, he is becoming a teacher. He is also a coach of all sports.  He loves to coach, teach and mentor and he is a student of each game he is involved in. Please welcome Terrance Gant and Tim King - Veterans, Coaches, Mentors, Leaders
April 29, 2021
Andrew Jones of AJImpacts
Welcome Back to the MisFitNation In this episode, we are speaking to one of my Brothers and of course a MisFit, Andrew Jones.  Andrew Jones is a Marine Corps Combat Veteran who stood on the Yellow Footprints of MCRD San Diego in July of 1999 at the young age of 17 and deployed to Iraq in 2003 with the 1st Marine Division as an Anti-Tank Assaultman. During the Battle of Baghdad on April 8th, Andrew suffered a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) when his position was impacted by an enemy rocket. When Andrew returned home, he was diagnosed with severe Combat Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Major Depressive Disorder, resulting in substance abuse, broken relationships, homelessness, jail time, and battles with suicide. To reach him fill out the contact form on his page.
April 23, 2021
Moments Matter
In this episode, we have the honor of speaking to Dave Sanderson.  Dave Sanderson is the President of his firm, Dave Sanderson Speaks International based out of Charlotte, NC. On January 15, 2009, Dave was one of the last passengers off the plane that crashed into the Hudson River, best known as The Miracle on the Hudson, considered to be the most successful ditching in aviation history. he has built a career as a motivational speaker, mentor, and author. Recently named one of the top 100 Leadership Speakers in, Dave averages over 80 speeches a year for major corporations across the world. To reach out to Dave you can visit his website or email him directly The best place to interact with Dave is on his LinkedIn account
April 12, 2021
Zero Moment of Truth with Paul Mackiewicz
This Episode brings Paul Mackiewicz to the show.  Paul has served as an executive in the digital marketing industry at an INC 5000 Fastest Growing Company on two occasions. He is a motivator and wants businesses to succeed and will help them achieve their best self.
April 07, 2021
Living a Positive life
In this episode, we welcome a woman of the world Jenny Gracia.  She tells us about the things she is doing to help others find their best self and make life-changing choices for the better along the way.   Here is how to reach out to Jenny: Our second Guest is Reden Dionisio an Active Duty Navy Hospital Corpsman.  He started an online business and turned it into a way to help families of the fallen with remembrance coins.
April 02, 2021
Dear Calvin Project and The Price of Freedom Foundation
Welcome back to the MisFitNation In this episode we are talking to a couple of Veterans who recognized a need and have started two ventures to help families in remembering their fallen heroes. The first interview is with Charlie Jones of the Dear Calvin Project.  This is a great idea and we look forward to the products he produces for the families and most importantly the history they receive of their hero in video form. Our second guest is Dennis Shroader and he started the Price of Freedom Foundation in order to produce well written biographies of those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.  He will produce in a book form both hard copy and digital along with video media as well.
March 29, 2021
Freedom and Prosperity / Love Your Launch
In This episode we have the honor of speaking with two Veteran Entrepreneurs.  One Dr. Luke McClees, has started a venture called Freedom and Prosperity which educates veterans and educates about veterans. We guide military-connected people to achieve their definition of success with a whole-person approach. Freedom and Prosperity also focuses on educating the non-military connected population to move past their stereotypes of veterans and have a truly inclusive view of the veteran community. Website IG @freedom_prosperity Our second guest is Britney Thornton-Homco and she started Love Your Launch Academy.  She is a Social Media Monster and her mission is to inspire and guide high performing women who want to defy traditional models of success and happiness so they can lead their lives with heart and confidence.  Website FB/ britneythorntonhomco
March 24, 2021
Made4uTX and Southern, Sweet and Sassy LLC
This week we are pivoting to one of the many ways veterans and their spouses can transition out of the military and into a successful second career. Our first guests are Joseph and Amanda Garcia of Killeen Texas. They are passionate about community and veterans. They took a leap in September 2020 to start a business right at the height of a pandemic. You can check them out at on Face book @made4utx Our second guest is Missy Green a Navy Veteran and Spouse and owner of Southern, Sweet, and Sassy LLC.  Welcome to Southern, Sweet & Sassy! A service-connected disabled veteran and woman-owned small business. We are a premium quality coffee supplier. What a great person and businesswoman.  She is doing great things and you should check her out. FB @southernsweetandsassyllc IG @southernsweetandsassyllc
March 19, 2021
Faithsmagnet - Mental TAP
In this episode, we will speak with Gerard Nguedi. who saw a need based on his own experiences and started a company that is in line with his passion and his vision The company is called Faithsmagnet The Mission Statement is as follows OUR MISSION IS TO EMPOWER POST 9/11 VETERANS AND THEIR FAMILIES TO HELP THEM END INNER-MIND STRUGGLES AND FIND BALANCE AS WELL AS THEIR NEW MISSION, PASSIONS, CONFIDENCE, PURPOSE, HAPPINESS, SUCCESS, AND FULFILLMENT IN THEIR NEW LIFE AND CAREER IN THE CIVILIAN WORLD.
March 16, 2021
The Family Part 2
This is the continuation of our last episode. This time my better half joined me to tell some of her journeys from being an 18-year-old getting married into the Military and the bumpy road we went on from there to now. She will give good advice to the young spouses out there now. We will also talk about the mindset needed to make it through all of this. We hope you enjoy it. The MisFitNation
March 12, 2021
The family and it's importance to the Military Part I
In this episode, we will discuss the family. Not just a normal family, the one which is attached to the military. How do they handle life with the stress attached? What tricks did they have for coping with life and how did they get through the good and bad times. 
February 24, 2021
A Strong Mind equals a Strong Body
This episode takes you on a journey of a strong woman who has faced many challenges and has stood up every time to fight. She teaches us about resilience and of course our introduction to Zumba.  Our second guest takes us from the green side navy to a transition which was a difficult decision. He then will show us how there is hope, how having a purpose has helped him.  
February 10, 2021
What is the MisFitnation
This First Episode is dedicated to introducing you to us. We are a happy band of people who work hard, play hard reset, and start again. The Nation had its official start in 2010 but had been brewing forever. Some of us have known each other for over ten years others for 40-50.  During this Episode, you will meet two of the MisFits who are truly part of if not the heart and soul of the Nation.  We hope you enjoy it and follow us on Spotify or any of your favorite podcast locations. 
February 04, 2021
The MisFitNation a Pilot
Episodes with music are only available on Spotify.
This is our  Quick Introduction to our upcoming episodes of the MisFitNation
January 30, 2021