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By VK Lakkineni
We can achieve what we want in life. My purpose is to infectiously inspire others to empower themselves. I am here to share some of my life experiences and learnings to make this world a better place.
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Live2Inspire S2E8: Sussi Mattson, International Speaker, Best Selling Author, and Creator of the From Me to You™ Movement
Get ready for an all new episode of Live2Inspire with special guest, Sussi Mattsson. Sussi Mattsson is innovative, walks her talk, and she is not afraid to push the envelope. She takes great pride in remaining innovative and on the cutting edge. Sussi has a genuine belief in people and their inherent power to release their full potential. With her warmth, compassion, commitment, sincerity and respect for each client, she is instrumental in developing successful World Class Leaders. Sussi is a real-life example of someone who has created success and overcome all odds and astounding adversity to live a life of authenticity with no regrets. Drawing on her challenges and unique life experiences, she has made it her mission to be a voice of inspiration for everyone who wants to live a life of significance and success. As a child, Sussi grew up very poor in a small industrial town in Sweden. She has a remarkable childhood story of living with an abusive father who attempted to sell her abroad at the age of eight, just six months after she had lost her mother to cancer. To save herself from being sold, she ran away from home…at only eight years of age. She transformed herself into a popular and trusted international coach, business advisor, thought leader and speaker. Sussi’s extensive speaking and coaching experience spans more than two decades and she has delivered more than 2000 presentations to corporations, schools, associations, and business groups around the world. She offers VIP Retreats in addition to having exclusive coaching agreements with a select number of private coaching clients. .Sussi Mattsson is a remarkable thought leader and is the Founder & Creator of the Wounds To Wisdom The From Me To You Movement To read more about the movement, visit:
February 1, 2021
Live2Inspire S2E7 Payton Comazzetto, Founder & Event Coordinator for Run for Brennan
Welcome to a new episode of Live2Inspire with your host Krishna Lakkineni. Our guest this episode is Payton Comazzetto. Payton is the Founder & Event Coordinator for Run For Brennan, and Post-Grad student taking Interdisciplinary Studies in Adventure Therapy. Payton founded Run for Brennan (Brennan’s Ugly Sweater Run) in 2017 in memory of her older brother, Brennan, who was hit and killed by a drunk driver in 1999. The festive 5k family-friendly -run has hosted more than 850 participants and is growing quickly. Since its inauguration, the event has raised over $27,500 for the Boys and Girls Club’s Power Start program, a breakfast program for at-risk youth. Feeding 217 children for an entire year, Brennan’s Ugly Sweater Run focuses on creating positive mental and physical well-being within the Kamloops community. With over $13,000 in prizes and giveaways in 2019, this is the most affordable run/walk and the only Christmas run in the Interior. As of 2019, Brennan’s Ugly Sweater Run is the 12th and final race in the Runner’s Sole Kamloops Run Series, and is the second largest running event in Kamloops! You’re not going to want to miss this episode! To learn more about Run for Brennan, visit: and follow on Facebook:
January 25, 2021
Live2Inspire S2E6 Jennifer Kauffman, Inspirational Speaker and Best Selling Author
Happy New Year! Welcome back to Live2Inspire. We took a quick break over the holidays but we're ready to kickstart 2021 with some new inspiring stories for you! Tune in on SUNDAY, JAN.17th @ 7PM PST to watch this amazing episode with Jennifer Kauffman. Jennifer Kauffman is a transformational speaker and teacher, an award-winning coach helping her clients achieve breakthrough results in their businesses and lives. She is a best-selling author and co-produced the first ever sold out one-man live show on Broadway, called Dream Big featuring motivational speaker Daniel "Rudy" Ruettiger reminding us all to never give up on our dreams. She is an Executive Producer of an Emmy and Telly Award Winning documentary called A New Leash on Life: The K9’s for Warriors Story, which portrays 3 amazing veterans who nearly took their lives due to PTSD. Their lives were forever changed when they were paired with their trained rescue dog provided by K9’s for Warriors. This inspiring movie illustrates that rising above PTSD is possible something Jennifer knows all about as a survivor of the 2013 Boston Marathon Bombings. Jennifer is passionate about serving people, including children, showing them how to rise above their traumas and challenges in life to create a happy life that they love and where they are thriving! To learn more about Jennifer, visit: Or visit her Facebook page:
January 18, 2021
Live2Inspire S2E5 Steve Gainey, Entrepreneur and Former NHL Hockey Player
Our guest this week on Live2Inspire is Steve Gainey. Steve is an entrepreneur, former NHL hockey player, and current coach of the Kamloops Storms. In this episode, we discuss Steve's experience playing in the NHL, his current goals, and overall life focus. To all the aspiring NHL stars, Steve offers his key advice on how to build a career around hockey and what it takes to stand out in an industry flooded with dreamers. Steve has a big heart and a passion to support his community. I can't wait to share this episode with you.
December 21, 2020
Live2Inspire S2Ep4: Corey Hirsch, Mental Health Advocate and Former NHL Goaltending Coach
Welcome back to another episode of Live2Inspire. My guest for this week is Corey Hirsch! A former NHL Goaltender, NHL Goaltending Coach, and Olympic Silver Medallist, Corey Hirsch was featured in an article in the Players Tribune opening up about his struggle with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder while on the rise to a promising career in the NHL. He has since dedicated himself to ending the stigma of mental health and becoming the National Youth Ambassador for the Center for Addiction and Mental Health. Hirsch helped create and organize the CAMH program Gamechangers, geared to get mental health info into the hands of our youth. Born in Medicine Hat, Alberta and raised in Calgary, Alberta, Corey was drafted in 1991 by the New York Rangers. He spent three years of his early career with New York where he was an active roster member when the team won the 1994 Stanley Cup. In April of 1995 he was traded to the Vancouver Canucks where he played the majority of his NHL games all while hiding and battling a mental illness. After retiring from active play, Hirsch became an NHL goaltending coach for elite NHL goaltenders and prospects for another six seasons with the Toronto Maple Leafs and St Louis Blues. Corey has since transitioned from NHL coach to broadcaster where he currently works for Sportsnet650 as the radio color analyst covering the Vancouver Canucks. To learn more about Corey, visit:
December 14, 2020
Live2Inspire S2E3: Shelina Mawani, Co-Founder of Nana's Kitchen & Hot Sauce
Welcome, friends, to another episode of Live2Inspire! My guest this week on Live2Inspire is Shelina Mawani, Co-Founder of Nana's Kitchen & Hot Sauce. Growing up in a small town in Tanzania, big opportunities are far and few. Everyone is busy trying to make their own ends meet and making something of yourself requires another level of determination and unequivocal relentlessness. From a young age, Shelina Mawani knew she wanted to make difference in the world. She began her working career, helping her father manage a series of local boutique hotels; soaking up her business acumen and learning valuable lessons, while she built a hospitality brand. In 1979, she landed herself the role of youngest Chairperson, for the Lioness Club, an internationally renowned organization dedicated to helping people in their communities through charitable causes. In her first project, she was able to set up diagnostic camps for locals to create much needed awareness for Leprosy and also assisted in sending 8 children to England for heart murmur treatment, not available to them in Africa. This is where she first realized her successes in business would be the gateway to serving others and making her impact in the world. These same principles would continue to develop and build, then follow her to the complete opposite side of the world to Burnaby, BC; where she and her sister, Nasim, first opened their small family restaurant to celebrate the tastes of home they missed so much. In 2000, this ambitious endeavour turned restaurant into a 1000sq samosa manufacturing facility, which has now grown to over 27,000sq, with room and plans to grow. Nana’s Kitchen today is a multi-million-dollar business producing over 25,000 handmade samosas every single day, shipping all over North America, landing in local grocery store deli sections and restaurants. Understanding firsthand, the struggles that come with immigrating to a new country, Shelina makes sure she helps to create job opportunities for people who may not even know the English language. Employing a growing staff of 60 people, she has helped impact countless families as they integrate into their new communities far away from home. Her footprint in her new community and globally is immeasurable and she doesn’t cease to forget where she came from. Shelina is a philanthropist at heart as well as through her actions. Rightfully deserved, Shelina has been honoured with countless recognitions over the years such as, 2014 BC Ethno Canadian Entrepreneur Award. 2015 Multicultural Business of the Year by BC Provincial Awards. 2016 Business Woman of the Year by Times of Canada, 2016 Best Export Business by Surrey Board of Trade, 2017 Shelina was invited to travel to India by the Women Economic Form and was awarded Woman of the Decade in Innovation and Enterprise. 2018 She then went onto becoming the only Canadian woman who was awarded the Bharat Saman Award, at The House of Lords in England. Her hard work has been highlighted in many TV programs, newspapers and magazines over the years. Some of her most recent and notable achievements is the Bank of Montreal recognized her by Celebrating Women for Community and Charity Giving. She has been listed as Top 15 Women Owned Business in BC. To learn more and support Nana’s Kitchen & Hot Sauce visit:
December 7, 2020
Live2Inspire S2E2: Yvette Lehmann, Certified Prana Yoga Teacher
Are you ready for another episode of Live2Inspire? Please help me give a warm welcome to my guest this week, Yvette Lehmann! Yvette started her journey with curiosity about life, consciousness, and spirituality. Practicing yoga gave her ways to connect the physical body and the psychological inner being. She believes that without the emotional and mental health there can never be true physical health. It is the balance of all, that brings one back to their natural state of completeness. She is trained and certified in iRest Yoga Nidra. The understanding and application of this system changed the way she practices and teaches yoga. She applies the system to help and guide people suffering from trauma, grief, stress, anxiety, and addictions.  ​Her Classes, Workshops, Meditations and Yoga Alliance Certified Teacher Training programs integrate the wisdom of the traditional 8 limbs of Patanjali Yoga Sutras, the Upanishads and the scriptures of the Bhagavad Gita. Yvette weaves her 20 years of experience of all the different modalities into the physical yoga practice by helping the students understand better where the traumas are stored in the body and how to navigate themselves to where they want to be. Her workshops will guide the students to learn what tools will help release the traumas hidden in the body. She offers guided group meditations to help the students apply the tools to free the traumas. She gives one-on-one sessions to go deeper in discovering the root cause of the trauma from within.  Her heartfelt desire is to help all who seek to understand and know their true Selves other than the superficial ego self. Those who are looking for more can benefit from her Teacher Training programs, retreats, and intensive workshops. She lives in Kamloops with her son and serves at the Happyness Center. ​ To learn more visit:
November 30, 2020
Live2Inspire S2E1: Jo Berry, Founder of Run Club & Boogie the Bridge
Welcome to a new season of Live2Inspire!  We are starting this season off with someone who is well known around the Kamloops area as a trailblazer, go-getter, and all around amazing person. I’d like to introduce Jo Berry. Jo Berry is a runner, mom, business owner, and philanthropist. The first thing she says each morning before her feet hit the floor is: "thank you,” and "please let me be of service to someone today." Jo follows this by devoting three minutes to prayer; during which she sends energy to her family, friends, coworkers and others. Taking these few moments at the very beginning of each day is the key as it sets her intention out to the world that there is no room for self-importance. Jo truly believes that life is about what you give to others each and every day. Jo's mantra is "Movement is Change," a powerful statement that means movement on all spheres of health: physical health, spiritual health, emotional health, and mental health. Jo is best known for: Boogie the Bridge - a charitable fun run which to date, has raised over 1 million dollars for local Kamloops charities, and RUNClub - run/walk training group that has made runners out of those who never dreamed it possible. These two powerful programs integrate emotional and physical health, and have inspired thousands through her energy, enthusiasm and support. The programs have also led Jo to win numerous awards and accolades including but not limited to: 2017 | Kamloops This Week Reader's Choice Award: Best Fundraiser Event 2017 | Kamloops This Week Reader's Choice Award: Runner Up: Best Personal Trainer, for outstanding community service 2016 | Kamloops Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Award: President's Award Winner, for outstanding community service 2015 | Boogie the Bridge breaks the "One Million Dollar Mark" for money raised for local charities 2014 | Kamloops Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards: Business Person of the "Jo Berry is a trailblazer both literally, and figuratively. She has been synonymous with fitness in Kamloops and through RUNClub, she has inspired and encouraged thousands of people to become fit and live healthier lives." ​- Kamloops Daily News To learn more visit:
November 23, 2020
Live2Inspire Ep.13 Kerry Gibson, President of EcoCentury Technologies, Director of Strategic Partnerships for ZiphyCare
Kerry Gibson is the President of EcoCentury Technologies, an engineering and consulting firm promoting clean technologies. She is also the Director of Strategic Partnerships for ZiphyCare, and the Partnerships Manager for N-EAT under SFU’s Faculty of the Environment. Kerry serves on the Board of Directors of many Foundations and Organizations, along with serving on the Diversity Advisory Committee for the Joint Task Force of the Canadian Armed Forces, and is the President of Municipal party YES Vancouver.  She currently is focused on several collaborations that address the SDG’s both locally and globally using innovative solutions applying a business lens to causation. Kerry speaks on platforms internationally including the UN and the House  of Commons, addressing economic development, clean tech innovation, diversity and inclusion, and labour rights, and has represented the private sector’s role in civil society at the UN. She has been named UN Women Planet 5050 Champion, a Global Goodwill Ambassador, and has received a Times of Canada award for Excellence in Innovation, a Shakti Award, and the Honour Award by the Iranian and Kurdish Women’s Rights Organization.
August 6, 2020
Live2Inspire Ep 12 - Nick Nanton esq., 15X Emmy Award Winning Director, Celebrity Branding Expert, Best Selling Author
From the slums of Port au Prince Haiti with special forces raiding a sex trafficking ring and freeing children to the Virgin Galactic Space Port in Mojave with Sir Richard Branson, 15-Time Emmy Award Winning Director/Producer, Nick Nanton, has become known for telling stories that connect. Why? Because he focuses on the most fascinating subject in the world: PEOPLE. As co-founder of the largest personal branding agency in the world, DNA: The Dicks + Nanton Celebrity Branding Agency®, representing more than 3000 clients in 60 countries around the world, Nick learned the art of storytelling through helping his clients tell their stories in order to share their unique gifts with the world. Nanton has shared the stage, co-authored books, and made films featuring: Former President Bill Clinton Larry King Tony Robbins Ivanka Trump Steve Forbes Sir Richard Branson Dean Kamen Ray Kurzweil Peter Diamandis Jack Canfield (Co-Creator, Chicken Soup for the Soul) Brian Tracy And many more. To write a bio for Nick the words are not enough, here is quote by Larry King about Nick Nanton. “Nick Nanton is America’s Biographer. He is the voice of a new generation.” - Larry King, Legendary TV Personality To learn more about Nick Nanton visit: --> -->
July 30, 2020
Live2Inspire Episode 11 - Theo Prodromitis, CEO and co-founder of Spa Destinations and CEO of Out Front Brands
Theo Prodromitis is an award-winning entrepreneur, Amazon Seller, marketing strategist, philanthropist and Greek mom. She is the CEO and co-founder of Spa Destinations and CEO of Out Front Brands. Her passion for business is grounded in her love of “philotimo,” the Greek cultural imperative to serve the greater good with honor. Theo is a best-selling author of The Success Formula together with Jack Canfield and Big Questions for Tough Times. A fierce advocate for women and small businesses, she is a United States House of Representatives Small Business Committee Congressional Witness and serves on the National Retail Federation Retail Advisory Council. Her awards include NRF Champion of Retail and 2020 Enterprising Women of the Year. Theo was the Executive Producer of the documentary “Dreamer” with 11-time Emmy Award winning Director Nick Nanton about the world’s most innovative entrepreneurs. Theo is also a founding member of the Zuckerberg Institute, Randi Zuckerberg’s initiative to empower worldwide entrepreneurship and women in STEM. Theo was featured in the USA Today Money Section, National Retail Federation’s Retail Gets Real, Small Business Journal on International Women’s Day, Business News Daily, Tampa Bay Times and Small Biz Daily. Amazon features include: Amazon Blog, Day One, Stories of Entrepreneurship, Storefront Women-Owned Business feature and Storefront of the Week, Yahoo Finance, Bay News 9, ABC Action News, FOX 13 and NBC and the Money section of USA Today. Theo earned a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of South Florida and a Yale University Certificate in The Science of Well Being. She is the dedicated mother of Mary, Jacqueline and Spero and the intrepid organizer of her big Greek family reunions.
July 23, 2020
Live2Inspire Episode 10 - Interview with Miriam Laundry, Author, Motivational Speaker, Publisher
Miriam Laundry is a best-selling author and educational speaker whose message empowers children, teens, and adults to believe in themselves. Her first children’s book, 'I CAN Believe in Myself', set a Guinness World Record™ in 2014 and has has garnered many awards. Miriam also finds joy in helping other authors bring their empowering messages to children, multiplying the positive impact by working together. On July 21st, 2020, Miriam and Jack Canfield will be hosting a FREE 90 minute training called 'The Making of a Children's Book'. During this training, Miriam and Jack will discuss the behind-the-scenes work of publishing and share the three pillars of what makes a great childrens book for aspiring authors. For more information on the upcoming event, head to and sign up for the newsletter. “I have had many coaches and teachers that helped me along my journey to success. I would love to be that person for YOU!” ~ Miriam Laundry
July 16, 2020
Live2Inspire Episode 9, interview with Rani st. Pucchi - Author, Fashion Designer and Life Coach
Rani St. Pucchi is a certified Transformational Life Coach, Success Trainer, Image Consultant, Author and TEDx Speaker. As Founder and award-winning Designer of St. Pucchi, the internationally acclaimed Bridal fashion house, Rani has personally worked with more than 20,000 women including celebrities, singer-songwriters, sports personalities, and style icons. Rani’s designs are featured in high profile magazines such as Harper’s Bazaar, Town & Country, WWD, W, Brides, Martha Stewart Weddings, The Knot; on TV shows such as CNN, E! Entertainment Tonight, One Life to Live, Brides of Beverly Hills, and most notably on the finale of Friends, as Phoebe captured the heart of millions as she said “I Do” in a unique St.Pucchi gown. A car accident in 2015 heightened Rani’s awareness of the fragility of life. During her two-year recovery she experienced a spiritual awakening that lead her to follow her calling for the next phase of her life. Thus began Rani’s journey from acclaimed Fashion Designer to Inspirational Speaker, passionate Educator, bestselling Author, and a highly sought after Transformational Life Coach. To learn more about Rani visit: To purchase one of Rani's books visit:
July 9, 2020
Live2Inspire Episode 8, interview with Dr. Deb Sandella, Award-winning Author, International Speaker and Founder of the RIM Institute
Dr. Deborah Sandella has helped thousands of people reduce symptoms of stress-related illnesses and increase the quality of their lives giving them access to more laughter, financial success, and deeper more connected relationships. She has served over 40 years as an award-winning psychotherapist, author, university professor and originator of the RIM® (Regenerating Images in Memory) Method. Applying her insatiable curiosity, she consistently soars above limitations to develop ways to more quickly alleviate suffering and manifest success. Deborah has been acknowledged with professional awards, such as “Outstanding Clinical Specialist,” “Research Excellence,” and an “EVVY Best Personal Growth Book Award.” She frequently shares the stage with Jack Canfield as a speaker and they have co-authored a home-study program. Leran more about Dr.Deb here,
July 2, 2020
Live2Inspire Episode 7 - Interview with Colin Lyons, CEO, Lyons Landscaping
Live2Inspire Episode 7, interview with Colin Lyons, CEO, Lyons. - Business and Community Leader  Business of the Year 2017 (Kamloops Chamber of Commerce)  Employer of the Year 2017 (Kamloops Chamber of Commerce)  Best Landscaping Company in Kamloops 2018 (10 Consecutive Years)  Best Lawn Maintenance 2017 in Kamloops 2018 (10 Consecutive Years)  One of the Best Garden Centres 2017 (Kamloops This Week)  Vern Nielsen "Local Hero" Award 2017 (Kamloops Rotary Club)  Retailer 11+ Staff 2016 (Kamloops Chamber of Commerce)  Best Landscape Design Over $30,000 Project 2008 (Keystone Awards)  Best Landscape Design Under $30,000 Project 2008 (Keystone Awards)  Best Creation of Unique Feature Exterior 2008 (Keystone Awards)  Best Single Family Landscape Design 2007 (Georgie Awards)  Best Landscape Design 2007 (Keystone Awards)  Best Unique Feature Exterior 2007 (Keystone Awards)  Contact Colin Lyons:  Check out past episodes of Live2Inspire here,
June 25, 2020
Live2Inspire Episode 6, interview with Adam Lewis Walker, Awaken Your Alpha Podcast Network
It took him years to achieve a TEDx talk, but since he created The TalkXcelerator Program and want to share his thousands of hours of expertise with you. Get the book: Request a clarity call: #tedxtalk 🙏💖
June 18, 2020
Live2Inspire Episode 5, interview with Michael Kline, Master Certified RIM Facilitator and Trainer
On Thursday 11th June at 9AM. Our guest on #Live2inspire is Michael J Kline. He is a Master Certified RIM Facilitator and Trainer, Senior Certified Canfield Methodology Trainer, Certified Barrett Values Center Consultant. His journey from junkyard to country club is proof that anyone can do anything. He became the turn-around president of a franchise company with 35 locations, then a six-time successful entrepreneur himself. I'm really looking forward to this episode. You can also check out past episodes here,
June 18, 2020
Live2Inspire Episode 4, interview with Susanne Biro, TEDx Speaker, Leadership Coach, Author
Susanne Biro is a Coach to C-suite and executive level leaders for almost two decades. She is a fellow @TEDx speaker, Forbes & CEO Magazine contributing writer. Senior Facilitator and Designer. She is also a Vegan practitioner. Explore more about her, 🙏💖
June 4, 2020
Live2inspire Episode3, interview with Kathleen Seeley, CEO of Humanly Leadership
Don’t miss out our next guest Kathleen Seeley, Founder of Massively Human Leadership, her leadership coaching is based around human values. I believe that when we have our core values aligned with our passion it’s possible to create tremendous success in our life. Join me tomorrow at 9AM PST on episode 3 of Live2inspire series.
May 28, 2020
Live2Inspire Episode 2, Matt Burns Full Interview with V Krishna Lakkineni
This Thursday we have an amazing guest who has built innovative HR technology and also won a best HR team award in 2018. We discussed various aspects of team building, mental health and also a catch up on his non profit initiatives. 🎥 Watch Live : 9AM PDT, Thursday 21st, 2020 on On Facebook or visit 🔝 Speaker intro: Matt Burns is a passionate, innovative & accomplished global HR Executive, Advisor, Consultant, Speaker & Podcast Host who sits at the intersection of technology, data & strategy. Today, as Co-Founder & Chief Innovation Officer at BentoHR, I help organizations simplify digital transformation – integrating strategy, technology & analytics to drive tangible business results in as little as 6 months!
May 22, 2020
Greg Rollett, Media Expert and CEO of Ambitious Life - A Conversation with VK Lakkineni
Live2Inspire is a series of video interviews, podcasts and blog posts created to share the common knowledge to inspire those looking for motivation and create momentum in their life. Tune into online interviews featuring experts, leaders and mentors. Hosted and curated by Krishna Lakkineni
May 15, 2020
CBC Radio Kamloops interview!
Sharing the success of " The Golden Rules Of Success" with audience on CBC Radio.
February 21, 2020
A conversation with Tai Tran, Forbes 30 under 30
I had a great opportunity to meet Tai Tran at Your EDU connect conference. I am very grateful that he was open to record this podcast with me. Here is his journey from Zero To Infinity. How did he became a Forbes 30 under 30?
April 10, 2018
Be kind, give someone hope.
Random act of kindness day! Be kind, give someone hope. Make the world a better.
February 17, 2018