Past Guests on Prescriptions for Healing Conflict
Shelby Beckett began writing poetry in elementary school and finished her first novel (illustrated by a friend and still unpublished) at the age of 10. Fascinated from an early age by the ancient Greek and Roman worlds, she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Latin and Greek from the University Akron, followed by a Master of Arts degree in archaeology from the University of Cincinnati. These studies, in addition to teaching Latin for several years, inspired the attraction to mythology that she has woven into her novel, BETWEEN.
Originally skeptical about the paranormal, she has (ironically) spent most of her adult life leading classes in psychic/spiritual development in many locations throughout the United States, as well as channeling information for numerous individuals and groups about life after death, reincarnation, energy healing and many other related subjects.
Shelby and her husband make their home in Gainesville, Florida. When she isn’t writing, speaking or channeling, she enjoys reading and ballroom dancing.
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Jan Frankel Schau, Esq. settles litigated cases arising out of employment, business and tort disputes. With over twenty years of experience as a litigator, half in Insurance Defense and half representing Plaintiff’s in employment and business-related disputes, Jan has a unique ability to understand and evaluate both sides of every claim.
Since 2003, Jan has mediated over 1,000 litigated cases throughout Southern California. She has been a Panel Neutral at ADR Services in Los Angeles since 2007 and is widely considered one of L.A.’s preeminent mediators. Jan earned her Bachelors degree at Pomona College in Claremont, California in International Relations in 1978 and her J.D. at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles in 1981.
A Past President of the Southern California Mediation Association and a Distinguished Fellow of the International Academy of Mediators, she is also a popular trainer, author and lecturer on topical issues related to Alternative Dispute Resolution, including her book, “View from the Middle of the Road: A Mediator’s Perspective on Life, Conflict and Human Interaction” (AuthorHouse, 2013).
Named as a Southern California Super Lawyer in 2011, 2012 and 2013, Jan is known as a penultimate conflict solver: effective, tenacious and unflappable.
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With more than 25 years of experience in the mental health field, licensed clinical psychotherapist Deanna Brann specializes in communication skills, interpersonal relationships, and conflict resolution. So when her relationship with her own daughter-in-law began a dizzyingly downward spiral after the birth of her first grandchild, no one could have been more shocked than she was.
Committed to exploring the nuances of mother-in-law/daughter-in-law dynamics, Dr. Brann conducted extensive qualitative research and discovered she was hardly alone in having such challenges. As a result of the behavioral patterns she identified, the different kinds of mothers-in-law and daughters-in-law she found, and the tools she developed to navigate these specific individuals with skill and grace, Dr. Brann discovered a way for both mothers-in-law and daughters-in-law to peacefully coexist. Not only has she transformed her own relationship with her daughter-in-law, but Dr. Brann has also helped countless other in-laws stop the cycle of frustration, anxiety, and anger they so often find themselves trapped inside.
Dr. Brann holds a Master of Science degree in Clinical Psychology and a Ph.D. in Psychobiological Anthropology. She is a polished national speaker on empowering oneself to deal with and heal the mother-in-law/daughter-in-law relationship. She also provides one-on-one coaching and consulting packages, and practical technique/skill downloads to help women feel better about themselves and their relationships.
Dr. Brann is the author of Reluctantly Related: Secrets to Getting Along With Your Mother-in-Law or Daughter-in-Law and a cartoon book, Mothers-in-Law and Daughters-in-Law Say the Darndest Things!, and maintains an interactive website, www.DrDeannaBrann.com, that specifically addresses mother-in-law/daughter-in-law issues.
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Lisa Schirch is an associate professor of peacebuilding at Eastern Mennonite University’s Conflict Transformation Program. She received her doctorate in conflict analysis and resolution from George Mason University. A former Fulbright fellow, Schirch has fifteen years of experience consulting with a network of strategic partner organizations around the world. Her peacebuilding experience includes facilitating interethnic dialogues, designing training programs for women in peacebuilding, creating alternative security strategies, and working as a mediator and trainer.
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Lucinda Bassett has a passion for helping others achieve personal transformation; her greatest satisfaction comes from effectively guiding people through fear, challenge, change, and loss to a life of happiness and fulfillment. Lucinda’s desire to serve originates in her own story of transformation: in her 20’s, she overcame a debilitating anxiety disorder by discovering a powerful solution to her emotional pain and distress. Determined to share her successful process with others, she founded the renowned Midwest Center for Stress and Anxiety with Dr. Philip Fisher; together, they developed a program that continues to help millions of people around the world.
In her first book, From Panic to Power, Lucinda provided an intimate account of her struggle and triumph over anxiety and depression; it quickly became a bestseller, and paved the way for two subsequent bestselling books. Life Without Limits contains Lucinda’s effective techniques for unleashing the power within to achieve one’s dreams. And The Solution offers techniques that guide readers in conquering their fears so they may conduct their lives with clarity and confidence.
Her latest book, Truth Be Told, is Lucinda’s long-awaited autobiography, an exceptionally candid description of her turbulent personal life: the painful legacy of her father’s alcoholism, the sexual molestation she suffered as a little girl, her debilitating panic attacks and agoraphobia, her son’s battle with Tourette’s Syndrome, the wrenching deaths of her sister, two brothers, and mother — and the unthinkable circumstances surrounding her beloved husband’s tragic suicide.
Every one of Lucinda’s traumatic life experiences has provided potent motivation, and she has expanded her work to assist those who have suffered various types of tragedy, including the loss of loved ones through suicide. Lucinda’s drive to aid those who are struggling with that unbearable loss is, for her, a logical consequence of her own battle with guilt, blame, anger and shame after the devastating loss of her husband.
Lucinda believes that, if she could find the strength to honor his memory, protect their children, and save their finances and their home — all of which eventually allowed her to find peace — she can help others find their own peaceful resolution.
Lucinda has also offered her emotional wellness solutions to major corporations and associations, including AT&T, McDonald’s, LPGA, and the AIDS Foundation, as well as many educational institutions. She has appeared on “Oprah,” “The View,” “Live with Regis and Kelly,” “Robert Schuller’s Hour of Power,” and hundreds of other national radio and television programs. Lucinda and her work have been featured in a full range of high-profile publications: Health, Family Circle, Cosmopolitan, and The Journal of Clinical Psychology.
Lucinda lives in Southern California, near her daughter, Brittany, and her son, Sammy.
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Preston Ni is a professor, coach, trainer, and course designer in the areas of interpersonal effectiveness, professional communication, cross-cultural understanding, and organizational change.
With twenty years of experience, Preston’s dynamic presentations and powerful coaching have benefited thousands worldwide. He has worked with companies
including Fortune 500 stalwarts Microsoft, Hewlett Packard, Lockheed Martin, Intel, Visa, and eBay, as well as coached executives, managers, and private individuals to identify their catalyst for success.
Preston received a Master of Science Degree in Business Administration, and is tenured faculty of the Communication Studies Department at Foothill College in Silicon Valley, California. He holds a certificate in the Management Development Program at Harvard University, and is a 2012 Fellow of the Stanford University Human Rights Education Initiative.
His articles and commentaries appear on websites and in publications including The Oprah Magazine, Psychology Today, and Asian Week. He is the recipient of the Diversity Leadership Award in Teaching and Learning, and the inaugural recipient of the Silicon Valley Speak-Up Distinguished Speaker of the Year award.
Preston is the author of “Communication Success with Four Personality Types” and “How to Communicate Effectively and Handle Difficult People”. He is also keynote speaker on the DVD program “Cross-Cultural Communication: East and West”, featured on the Business and Technology Network and the National Technological University Network.
For more information on Preston Ni and his presentations, workshops, and private coaching, write to firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.nipreston.com.
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Lanny J. Davis is a lawyer, crisis manager, consultant, author, and television commentator who counsels individuals, corporations, and others under scrutiny on crisis management and legal issues with developing legal, media and governmental strategies that are designed to best produce successful results for his clients. His former clients have included CEOs, world leaders, and both national and international companies. For corporate clients, Lanny helps them find a negotiated settlement that will benefit all parties involved.
Although a Democrat, Lanny has friends on both sides of the aisle. During the Clinton administration, Lanny served as special counsel to President Bill Clinton and was a spokesperson for the President and the White House on matters concerning campaign finance investigations and other legal issues. In 2005 President George W. Bush appointed Lanny to serve on the five-member Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, created by the U.S. Congress as part of the 2005 Intelligence Reform Act. In that capacity, he received the highest level security clearances so that he could be fully briefed and “read in” to the various anti-terrorist surveillance and financial tracking programs at the highest classified level.
Before his tenure as special counsel to President Clinton, Lanny was a commercial, antitrust, government contracts and False Claims Act litigator (both in defense as well as plaintiff). He has argued numerous appellate cases in the U.S. courts of appeals.
Lanny has participated in national, state and local politics for almost 30 years. He has served three terms (1980 to 1992) on the Democratic National Committee representing the state of Maryland, and during that period he served on the DNC Executive Committee and as chairman of the Eastern Region Caucus. In Montgomery County, Maryland, he served as chairman of the Washington Suburban Transit Commission.
Lanny has authored several books and lectured throughout the United States and Europe on various political issues. Two of these books, [Scandal: How "Gotcha" Politics Is Destroying America], and [Truth To Tell: Tell It Early, Tell It All, Tell It Yourself: Notes from My White House Education], are featured on this website. Between 1990 and 1996, he was a bimonthly commentator on Maryland politics for WAMU-88.5/FM, a Washington, D.C. local affiliate of National Public Radio. He has been a regular television commentator and has been a political and legal analyst for MSNBC, CNN, CNBC and network TV news programs and has published numerous op-ed/analysis pieces in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post and other national publications. He is currently a contributor to Fox News.
Lanny graduated from Yale Law School, where he won the prestigious Thurman Arnold Moot Court prize and served on the Yale Law Journal. A graduate of Yale University for his undergraduate studies as well, he served as chairman of the Yale Daily News. Lanny is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia and Connecticut and before the Supreme Court of the United States and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.
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Nathaniel Smith MA, NCC, LPC-S, is a licensed professional counselor specializing in anger management and domestic violence issues. He has helped hundreds of clients manage their anger issues through his private practice as well as through a program certified by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice in which he runs group sessions for offenders with anger issues. Smith is also the author of Taming Your Temper: A Workbook for Individuals, Couples, and Groups.
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Lacey graduated from Cape Henlopen High School 1979 and Sussex Technical School – first woman president of her Agricultural Mechanics Shop and Vice -President of Future Farmers of America (FFA) Chapter. Lacey began her career in Agricultural as a corn, soybean and vegetable farmer and a poultry grower in 1980. The enterprise expanded into a trucking business throughout the 1980′s transporting several different kinds of Agricultural and manufactured commondities. During the 1980′s, Lacey also pursued Modeling, graduating from Barbizon Modeling School in Wilmington, Delaware and was the first woman to drive Modified Stock Cars at the lower Delaware dirt tracks.
In 1994, she graduated from Delaware Technical College with a Associates Degree in Criminal Justice pursuing a career in 1995 into the Delaware State Police. Through Lacey’s rewarding career, she received the Excellent Performance Award from Delaware’s Govorner Minner in 2007. Lacey retired in 2008 from the Delaware State Police and began writing books. On Oct 29, 2012 Lacey’s first book – Delaware Horse Racing/Arcadia Publishing and second book – Messages from a Mother/Authorhouse Publishing was released. Lacey has owned and trained Standardbred Race Horses for over a decade, campaigning at Delaware race tracks and outside area tracks. She owns LAFF Apparel which is a endeavor that contributes a share of the proceeds to retired race horses, animal shelters and several charitable foundations. Lacey also has political ambitions in the State of Delaware in the future – 2016.
Want to know more…go to LaceyLafferty.com
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Dr. John Mayer is a practicing clinical psychologist, author, consultant and international business leader. A native Chicagoan, he received his doctorate from Northwestern University Medical School.
Dr. Mayer is the author of over 60 professional articles, 20 books, a screenplay and a stage play. He received a contract on his first novel, Shadow Warrior to develop it into a major motion picture. Writing in both the scientific and public forum, his newsletter – Mayer’s Memo – is widely acclaimed for its hard-hitting guidance on the most important topics on youth. Mayer’s Memo is in its 25th year and it is distributed to schools, institutions and parents across the United States.
Dr. Mayer is president of The International Sports Professionals Association-ISPA and on the board of directors of The Center for Ethical Youth Coaching-CEYC.
Dr. Mayer has taught at the University of Chicago, Loyola University, Forest Institute, The Mayo Clinic and has given corporate lectures at: The McDonalds Corporation, The NBA Players Association, Elkay International, The Kellogg Foundation, among others.
Dr. Mayer lectures and consults around the country as well as to the federal government and law enforcement agencies. He has been called upon to be an expert witness in over 100 legal cases in the United States. He is often the expert called into the “headline cases” involving youth. He is a visiting Professor at the University of Nuevo Leon in Monterrey Mexico.
Dr. Mayer is still an avid athlete and resides in Chicago, Illinois. He has received many honors in his career (Named one of the 2000 outstanding scientists of the 20th century~honorary diplomas~wrote a book for the United Nations) but maybe his greatest honor is the title ‘grandpa’ that he received in November 2011 with the birth of Elsa Fazliu Mayer.
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Joe Wojcik is a bullying expert who uses a unique persona known as Joe the Biker to presents his anti-bullying message.
He has presented to over 100,000 students throughout the United States. As Joe the Biker he helps children deal with bullying. Students look at him as the protector of and advocate for those who are being bullied. He sets out on his motorcycle cruiser to put a stop to bullying in schools by delivering educational programs targeting a variety of audiences.
His powerful performances resonate with students as he delivers messages of hope and possibility. He shares profound insights, perspectives and education through presentations and performances.
- Appeared weekly on the award winning ABC affiliate WGGB’s segment “Bully Busters” which won the Associated Press Award for Public Affairs.
- Has authored two books on bullying, Yubbie the Fall & Rise of An Everyday Joe and Call Me Yubbie.
- Is the developer of the Say No To Bullying Today Program.
- Founder and Executive Director of the non-profit organization, The Yubbie Foundation a 501 (3).
- Has appeared on over 70 radio and TV programs throughout the US.
- Has spoken to organizations including the Massachusetts Teachers Association, Massachusetts Secondary School Administrators, Anti Defamation League, Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association, PTO groups and many more.
- Has been a foster parent to over 100 inner-city at risk teens.
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Kenyon Aubin Oster had to rebuild his life from scratch when he was just beginning his adult life. After trying to stop his friend’s life from falling off the balcony of a gay bar in New Orleans, he sustained a massive traumatic brain injury (TBI), transcended this plain and was in a coma for a week. When he rejoined the land of the living, he was pulled out of the closet and his friend, the one whose life he saved when she landed atop him on Bourbon Street, sued him. To make matters worse he was a zombie trapped inside himself without his voice. He didn’t know how to forgive his friend for making every waking moment of his life an impossible struggle and he didn’t know how, or if, he was ever going to recover.
Almost two million Americans suffer TBI’s each year, yet the doctors never expected him to recover or live a normal life. Everywhere he looked for help was a dead end and he learned eventually why no one expected him to recover. Without his voice, he couldn’t articulate his struggles and he wasn’t even aware of how ashamed he was of what saving his friend’s life made him, did to him. He moved forward along his journey falling down and falling apart every day several times a day and to get back up he told himself that something wonderful was going to happen. In spite of the obstacles, Kenyon kept repeating that phrase to himself.
When his parents suggested he commit himself to an institution, he ran away from home and kept affirming himself until he was homeless and living in NYC. The depression and PTSD and the anxiety and feeling like he was going to die the second he stepped outside had taken its toll on him. But when Dr. Deep Chopra told him that he was sparkly it sent a message to Kenyon that resonated deeply. He was able to sneak back into the office where he was secretly living and embrace forgiveness by learning how to honor his goodness.
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First novels are often partly autobiographical, and Fate Choice and Chance is no exception. Like the main character in the novel, Geoffrey Hepburn grew up in a small prairie town in Canada before coming to the United States to complete his graduate education at Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Most of his career was spent in the international oil industry and on Wall Street before he retired to become a writer of fiction. This book builds on his experiences accumulated over a lifetime in business and academia and reflects his love of history and travel and his personal journey of faith. He lives with his family in a suburb of New York City. Geoffrey Hepburn is a nom de plume.
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Marcy was born and raised in Los Angeles, a native Californian.
She has always loved animals. With her sister, Marcy would bring any furry critter home that wasn’t attached to someone or something. Her sister Tina became a veterinarian. Marcy is a registered Animal Assisted Therapy Team with Paws4Healing.info and Pet Partners.org; and is also a certified R.E.A.D. Team.
She devotes her time to visit facilities with kids and adults and their families and staff. Her two most favorite places to visit are Belmont Village in Hollywood and the Los Angeles Ronald McDonald House.
Marcy started volunteering because she wanted to make a difference and love animals and people; a perfect way to tie these two loves together. She enjoys sharing Oreo’s furry warmth and seeing the happiness and miles of smiles he brings to everyone he meets.
Accomplished in the entertainment field as a Media Buyer, yet she makes sure to find time to give two hands and four paws to share. She also has a home business designing pet products, the most important being In Case of Emergency stickers for your windows and doors.
Oreo & Marcy has received numerous awards and a portion of all sales of Oreyo’s Magical Adventures will be donated to an animal charity of Oreyo’s choice.
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Dr. Catherine Barnes has extensive experience facilitating dialogue and joint analysis, as well as teaching and training adults in various aspects of working with conflict, strategies for building peace and promoting social justice. With almost twenty years working with various non-governmental organizations, Catherine’s practical experience varies widely and has included:
• Interactive process design and dialogue facilitation, strategic planning and collaborative learning, including large-scale conferences and more intimate deliberative dialogue processes;
• Teaching and training in peace processes, conflict transformation, dialogue, problem solving, leadership development and empowerment for social action;
• Policy research, policy dialogue and advocacy on issues connected to war-to-peace transition processes, political negotiation, statebuilding, and civil society roles in peacebuilding.
• Program and project development and proposal preparation; strategic reviews and evaluation;
She has lived and worked in more than 30 countries particularly in South Asia, Southeast Asia, Central Asia, Caucasus and Eastern Europe and worked throughout 2010 in Burma / Myanmar.
Specialising in learning from peace processes, she edited Owning the process: public participation in peacemaking, Powers of persuasion: incentives, sanctions and conditionality in peace processes and The politics of compromise: the Tajikistan peace process as part of Conciliation Resources’ Accord series. She has also published on civil society roles in peacebuilding, on issues related to statebuilding, conflict prevention, genocide and minority rights, as well as several training manuals on leadership, conflict resolution, negotiation, and advocacy skills.
Catherine is a programme associate with Conciliation Resources, where she previously served as series editor and program manager of Accord: an international review of peace initiatives and later served as Policy Adviser. She also acted as Minority Rights Group’s Program Manager for Europe and the former Soviet Union. She served as special advisor to the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC), where she developed concept papers, drafted action agendas, and was involved in the process design, preparation and facilitation of regional preparatory conferences and the global conference at UN headquarters “From Reaction to Prevention: the Roles of Civil Society in Preventing Armed Conflict and Building Peace” involving more than 1,000 participants from civil society, governments, and intergovernmental organization in July 2005
Catherine spent her early professional life as a community organiser and social worker in rural West Virginia, USA and then as a campaigner with the Mental Health Law Project. She worked with the Institute of World Affairs on training programmes for the United Nations diplomatic community and then as programme coordinator for Europe/Former Soviet Union/Americas with Minority Rights Group International.
She holds a doctoral degree from the Institute of Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University, where she wrote her dissertation on genocide in the twentieth century.
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Gloria began her formal scientific studies while raising her children, going on to earn a Bachelor of Science degree from the UK’s Open University. The continuous study of science, particularly quantum theory, since 1991, and the continuous study and practice of spiritual experiences, which began occurring around the same time as starting the science degree, eventually led to the unified theory, presented in ‘It’s All Light’, being born. For the 18 years it took to write the book she had one foot in both camps, as it were.
As an avid reader and student of esoteric philosophy, she believes that the split between science and spirituality is false and ‘It’s All Light’ addresses this by showing how they are complementary pairs, comprised of either seen or unseen light. Science deals with the material, spirituality deals with the non-material, but she argues it’s all light and whether its seen or unseen depends on the frequency you are tuned to. She believes that the dimensions that both quantum theory and spirituality speak of, are separated only by multiples of the speed of light and she gives evidence for faster- than-light speed
As an author, educator and therapist, Gloria has also published four children’s books on values education and has been a therapist for over 20 years in natural healing and in recent years in Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) and Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP). She believes that now with the overwhelming evidence of studies into conscious intention, healing, prayer, near-death experiences, remote viewing, and many others, that mainstream science must now be scientific and honestly investigate and publish on these subjects and she has brought all of these subjects together into one unified theory which also includes a unification of the laws of physics, in her book It’s All Light; the Morphic Resonance of Light: A Unified Theory.
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Lisa Gibson lost her brother in one of the world’s most deadly acts of terrorism–the flight 103 bombing over Lockerbie, Scotland in 1988. Yet despite this devastating loss, and missing her brother everyday, Lisa has forgiven the terrorist mastermind responsible. She made the headlines when she met with and forgave Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi. Lisa has been featured on CNN, ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox News and countless others.
Lisa has made it her life’s mission to help others move through the pain of loss to wholeness and forgiveness. She reveals what it takes to forgive anyone for anything, no matter what the crime, betrayal, offense, or injury.
Lisa is a global conflict coach, attorney, mediator, public speaker and author. Her books include the award-winning best seller “Life In Death: A Journey From Terrorism To Triumph” and the new critically praised “Releasing The Chains Timeless Wisdom On How To Forgive Anyone For Anything.”
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Tami Newcomb is a gifted writer with a thoughtful, playful approach to staying calm, comforted and checked-in (crayon in hand), while the tempest of life circles round. Newcomb grasps both an intuitive and thoroughly-researched understanding that right now, more than ever, the world needs the simple and nostalgic escape of coloring. She invites us to do that with her new Color Your Way to Calm coloring book for grown-ups, which she hopes will “rebirth the child-like craze of coloring and deliver it to a grown-up world.”
A collection of 25 inspired thoughts and illustrations, and a few extra blank pages to canvas as you’d like, the coloring book is the perfect retreat for any adult looking for a mental getaway. Local artists Narisa Broomberg and Haki Webb brought Newcomb’s expressions of calm to life with thoughtful, fun and whimsical illustrations with a sassy vibe. For instance, on the “iCalm” page, a sketch of a water goddess blowing a boat filled with electronics off to sea will confirm that a choice to unplug and mindlessly (or mindfully) color can be rejuvenating.
A self-proclaimed “coloring enthusiast” since childhood, Newcomb created the Color Your Way concept “in order to bring coloring for grown-ups out of the closet and into the cool, mainstream waters.” Today, as a recently-turned-50 grown-up, coloring still makes her smile and offers a respite from this over-buzzed-booked-and-burdened world.
Taking a sabbatical from her successful corporate marketing career in land development and real estate, Newcomb aligned herself with a like-minded team to launch Color Your Way Books, LLC. Under the tutelage of Mark Victor Hansen’s book writing and marketing program, and following his and Jack Canfield’s phenomenally successful and impactful Chicken Soup for the Soul formula, the Color Your Way brand was birthed with a myriad of title themes. Upcoming titles include, Color Your Way to Well, Color Your Way to Success, Color Your Way to Sleep, and Color Your Way to “I Do”.
The first edition of the series, Color Your Way to Calm, is now available at www.coloryourway.com and through the Center for Living Peace www.goodhappens.org, an Irvine, CA non-profit created to inspire peace by helping people cultivate their own wisdom and gifts. A portion of the books’ proceeds will go to the CLP.
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Dr. Karen Sherman is a licensed psychologist in NY. She’s had a private practice for 25 years with specialties in relationships, assisting people achieve their greatest potential, and stress management.
Her first book, Marriage Magic! Find It, Keep It, and Make It Last helps long-term couples revitalize their relationships. Her second book, Mindfulness and The Art of Choice: Transform Your Life, is an award winning book, that focuses on enabling people to let go of their wired-in automatic responses from their past in order to live a life of their choosing.
Additionally, Karen has been a contributor to a number of books: Complete Marriage Counselor, 101 Great Ways to Improve Your Life ( Vol.2 ), Power of Persistence, Recovering the Self ( Vol. 2, #3), and I am Bound and Determined.
As a speaker, she also offers workshops and teleseminars on these topics. She’s a frequent guest on inter and national radio and her expert opinion has appeared in numerous print publications. She writes for YourTango.com and HitchedMag.com and has been a featured writer on Yahoo Personals. She serves on the faculty of an undergraduate department in psychology at a local university. Karen and her husband of 37 years have 2 daughters, a son-in-law and 2 grandkids.
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Chikako Kiara Sasaki is a Japanese family therapist, shares a program to help families to break the cycle of passing destructive behavior patterns down to the next generation. By embracing your ability to break old habits that destroy peace and happiness, you can be the change that heals your family and heal your life. By creating healthy, sustainable families, you can create future generations of healthy, sustainable people, and that’s where family peace is born. A happier, healthier individual makes for happier, healthier society – our hope for stainable world peace. Family making is people making and here, you will find the keys to building better relationships with people in your family and in your life.
She teaches with passion sharing her wisdom and experience, how to create an amazing family relationship without further struggle, with no more paying one to one sessions. She had a good reason to launch her program that way, so people who are still searching for solutions especially in family relationships, having had no progress before in paying sessions with traditional approach, based on issue happen then work on at sessions, but rather she designed differently to teach people how they can take control of their life, family life more productively, knowing why it happened, understand how to change circumstance better by themselves. What is good on this approach is not only they will realize why it occurred, how to improve it better, but they associate their family pattern without revealing issues to others, then building own ‘muscles’ to be able to handle issues in family in the future.
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Elidé Beltram, PhD. is a Psychoanalyst, an Anthropologist and a New Age scientist. Prior to her studies on humans, she studied the behavior of the wild orangutan of Borneo and taught language to dolphins in Hawaii. She was a composer who founded the Westchester Music Ensemble for Living Composers (Carnegie Hall, 1995), where she sponsored the International Aaron Copland Competition for young composers from 5-12 years and collaborated with Stan Getz and Aaron Copland. She is a member of the National Music Therapy Association, ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) and APA (American Psychological Association) and the Institute of Noetic Sciences.
Her writing skills extend to numerous academic works to You Are Who You Hate: The Alchemy of Dissonance (Vintage 1995) and Wife Mistress (1989). She is a member of The National Association of Science Writers and the International Women’s Writing Guild. Her Master thesis was in Voice Gender Identification. Her academic instruction extends to teaching Italian and French and Anthropology at SUNY, Manhattanville and Switzerland Jung’s Institute.
She created a therapeutic modality called “Shadow Sound Therapy,” a cathartic treatment using music. She has given lectures and workshops in Switzerland, Italy and New York City. She has produced, directed and hosted a cable television program From Purchase with Music Arts and Letters and was past president of Women in Art.
She is a scholar of Astrology and Homeopathic Medicine and is on the faculty and staff of the Washington Square Institute for Psychotherapy in New York City, where she also resides.
When she is not writing or composing music, Elidé paints, rows across the Hudson River and travels with her two great-grandsons. Her multi-interdisciplinary versatility has brought her to author her latest book ”The Memory of Vinegar and Oil: Origins Unified”.
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Miko Peled, author of The General’s Son, was born in Jerusalem in 1961 into a well-known Zionist family. His maternal grandfather signed the Israeli Declaration of Independence. His father, Matti Peled, fought in the1948 Israeli War of Independence, and was a general in 1967 during the Six Day War when Israel conquered Gaza, the Golan Heights, the Sinai, and the West Bank. Later, General Peled became a peace activist, a leading proponent of an Israeli dialog with the PLO.
Miko Peled grew up in this highly political insider’s milieu. A young patriot, he volunteered for a Special Forces Commando unit in the Israeli Defense Forces, service he later came to regret.
The death of his niece Smadar, 12, in a suicide attack in Jerusalem in 1997 was the starting point for the remarkable, personal story of a man who sought justice not through revenge, but through understanding-– an understanding that transformed his heart, and ushered him into a singular life of pro-peace activism and, some would say, risk.
Educated in Israel, Japan, and the United States, Peled is an accomplished professional martial arts practitioner. He holds a sixth degree black belt in karate, which he teaches at his dojo in Southern California.
Peled authors a blog that is dedicated to creating peace between Israelis and Palestinians, to tearing down Israel’s separation wall, and advocating equal rights for Israelis and Palestinians. He is an accomplished public speaker who has lectured at universities in the United States and elsewhere and has appeared on numerous radio talk shows. He was filmed for a 2002 Israeli documentary and more recently he was featured on a 30-minute video from Alternate Focus that became wildly popular on YouTube.
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Jerry Welch is a business manager, property owner, pilot, skier, diver, plumber, and philanthropist. In the last eight years, he has also become a writer, and successfully represented himself in court on contractual matters. Mr. Welch is nearing his eightieth decade of a full life, and he has, in recent years, felt the need to describe his vast experiences with pen and paper. He does not claim to be an academic scholar, but he says with a smile that he “has many observations to share.”
Mr. Welch was born in 1933. He developed a flair for business at a young age and has been involved in many ventures from public communications to property management. For example, as a board member of the Madison Exchange Club, Mr. Welch was instrumental in formulating the location and start of the Madison Exchange Club Prevention of Child Abuse Center and its ultimate association with the Madison Family Center. Mr. Welch now lives comfortably managing his properties in Wisconsin and New Mexico, and he enjoys periodic retreats to Mexico, where he does much of his writing in the temperate winter months. The onset of his retirement, combined with an acute awareness of the injustices which riddle our political system, prompted him to put a lifetime of experience and insight into writing. His experiences in various forms of business and property development forced numerous interactions and confrontations with corporations and local authorities, and these events led to his formation of the concept of “Corporacracy” and related ideas on life. You can follow his blog at revelationtoo.wordpress.com.
In keeping with his zest for life and flair for the written word, Mr. Welch has now embarked on another literary endeavor with his latest books, “A Day of Life” to be released on 12 – 12 -12 and “Encyclopedia of Observations: A creed for living life” to be released in 2013. “Obes, as he affectionately refers to it, uses words in a uniquely formulated way to entice the reader to re-direct his/her life in a positive way and in harmony with other living things, while simultaneously coping with present day problems we are all facing. The book is meant to stimulate thought and to instill in the reader the power of self-reflection in order to answer their own questions about living life
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Radomir, who came from to the U.S. from Yugoslavia in 1981 has been married since 1975 and has known his now wife, Antoinette since 1969 when they both were in their early twenties. They have a wonderful 33 year daughter Diana.
Radomir is a Founder and Director of a successful coaching firm DDC Global where he uses the previous training in communication and team work to incorporate it in his current practice of coaching individuals in their relationships as well as training organizations in forming “championship” teams.
As a business, professional and personal coach, Radomir is highly committed to his clients’ being at their best at all times and in any circumstances. He sees no option for success, but to “manifest your best.”
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Nina Meierding, a national leader in the field of conflict resolution, has been providing training and mediation services for almost thirty years. She was the Director and Senior Mediator at the Mediation Center in Ventura, California from 1985-2007 where she mediated over 4,000 disputes. She is now a full-time trainer (Negotiation and Mediation Training Services) and professor. She has taught at Pepperdine University for over 20 years, Southern Methodist University for over 12 years and Lipscomb University for over 5 years. She is the mediation consultant and trainer for the Wisconsin Special Education Mediation System (WSEMS).
She is a former president of the Academy of Family Mediators and served on the Board of Directors of the Association of Conflict Resolution, the Council for Distinguished Advisors at Pepperdine University, the Advisory Board at Southern Methodist University, the Board of Directors of the Southern California Mediation Association and many other organizations. In 2005, she was awarded the John Haynes Distinguished Mediator Award, which is an international award given annually by the Association for Conflict Resolution.
Nina provides customized training to businesses, courts, school districts, city, county, and federal governmental agencies, medical centers, corporations, nonprofit groups and universities throughout the United States and abroad. She has provided training in Canada, England, Scotland, Ireland, the Netherlands, India and Sweden.
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Dr. Ravi Rao has pursued multiple paths along his professional journey: child development researcher, neurosurgeon-in- training, and corporate management consultant. An expert in social-emotional neuroscience, he is a sought-after speaker and consultant to Fortune 500 companies on matters of collaboration, conflict resolution, and emotional business strategy. He has served clients in fourteen countries over the past decade and supported charitable organizations across the planet with his expertise. He is a keynote speaker at numerous conferences, including the Society of Emotional Intelligence. A graduate of Johns Hopkins, he received his postgraduate surgical training at Harvard. He lives in Chicago. Emotional Business is his first book.
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Tim Ward is an author, publisher, teacher, and traveler. He has written five books about his travels through Thailand, India, China, Tibet, Greece and Southern Europe, and most recently East Africa. His stories have appeared in 13 anthologies, including Traveler’s Tales Best Travel Writing 2006, 2010, 2011 and 2012. Tim is also the publisher of Changemakers Books, an imprint of John Hunt Publishing, dedicated to books on personal and global transformation. Together with John Hunt, Tim wrote The Author’s Guide to Publishing and Marketing, a book to help new authors succeed. Tim also co-owns a global training business, Intermedia Communications Training, with his wife and business partner, Teresa Erickson. They teach scientists, economists and development experts how to communicate effectively. They live in Maryland, where Tim spends his spare time kayaking in the Potomac and planning his next mountain trek.
website: www. zombiesonkilimanjaro.com
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Joe Higgins is a Psychic Medium who has had that ability since an early age. He has taught classes in mediumship and spent many years learning meditation techniques that helped fine tune his gift.
Joe has brought relief and comfort to countless people while helping explain common themes he sees in his contact with the other side, such as how important our interactions with each other can be in our spiritual growth.
He has worked on missing person cases, cold cases and murder investigations, as well as connecting clients to their loved ones. Joe has become a leading authority on how signs are given and received from the departed and is the author of two books.
- Hello…Anyone Home? A Guide on How our Deceased Loved Ones Try to Contact Us through the Use of Signs
- The Everything Guide to Evidence of the Afterlife: A scientific approach to proving the existence of life after death
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Luke Yoder is the Executive Director at the Center for Restorative Programs, a community based organization serving at-risk youth in the San Luis Valley. Previously, Luke served as the Director of the Center for Nonprofit Empowerment at The Partnership for Families & Children.
Luke holdsMasters’ degrees in Business Administration and Conflict Resolution from the University of Denver, and has been working and studying in the area of conflict resolution and restorative justice for the past decade. Luke brings experience in many areas of transforming conflict, particularly focused on working with youth and families. Areas of expertise and interest include: restorative justice, family mediation, bullying prevention and intervention and positive youth development.
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Elizabeth Hanley was born in a small seaside town in Montenegro, Europe. As a child, Hanley was profoundly affected by her visits to the local library; she found unending freedom while exploring new worlds in the books she read. After her father resigned from the Navy, her family settled in Australia. Old European mores that had previously defined Elizabeth’s life no longer applied in Australia; girls had the same opportunity as boys, and the boys were expected to help with the housework. Even so, Hanley’s parents assumed they would “arrange” her marriage after high school.
Elizabeth, however, escaped to the University of Queensland and took her BA degree. She continued her studies at University of Technology, Queensland and completed a post graduate diploma in Library and Information Science. Her subsequent career as a Senior Research Librarian encompasses corporate, educational and public libraries.
During those professional years, Hanley experiences life-changing problems that quickly hit, one after another. First, management at her workplace informed her that due to the economic downturn, 1 of 3 employees would be losing their jobs – and for months no one knew who was going to made redundant. Around the same time the house Elizabeth was renting was up for sale, so she had to move out. And third, she would see the writing was on the wall with her boyfriend; it was time for them to part ways.
During this time, Hanley often felt upset, unhappy, and stressed. Home early from work one day, she turned the TV on and caught the end of a Dr. Phil show. Dr. Phil asked — “if you owned a business and the manager was running it into the ground, would you keep them working for you, or fire them?” Dr. Phil then said – “you are the manager of your life – are you getting the results you want? Do you have happiness, success and good health? Would you keep hiring yourself, or would you fire yourself?”
Hanley states, “That was a pivotal moment for me. I remember thinking – ‘oh, I am so fired!’ I realized that problems were sucking the joy out of my life. I was a terrible life manager.” Instead of letting her problems control her life, Hanley fired her old self and decided to manage her life. Begin a research librarian; Elizabeth decided to embark upon a monumental research effort that resulted in profound personal transformation. Hanley studied over 200 elf-help books: out of this study, she distilled her ‘four simple tips’ that are the basis for her first book, No Problem!
Currently, Elizabeth Hanley lives with her husband and dogs in Sydney. She is a full-time author with a hobby of building her own library. She loves to go to bookshops, book sales, garage sales – anywhere she can to find books. Beyond that, Hanley believes, “It is very important to laugh every day, as a reminder, I included cartoons and jokes in the book. I watch at least one half hour of a US television sitcom. No one does comedy like Americans!” Hanley desires to help as many people as possible. Through her own transformation she has found the secret to living a “No Problem!” life and hopes that be reading her book, others will too.
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Victoria Pynchon is an author, attorney, mediator, arbitrator and negotiation trainer and consultant. After a 25-year commercial litigation career, Victoria earned her legal masters degree in dispute resolution from the world-famous Straus Institute at Pepperdine University School of Law. The knowledge, wisdom and skills she gained at Straus can be found in her two books on dispute resolution, The Grownups’ ABCs of Conflict Resolution (Reason Press, 2010) and Success as a Mediator for Dummies, which has recently been nominated for the 2012 International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution Book Award (Wiley, 2012). She is currently working on her third book on negotiation strategies and tactics for women, scheduled for publication in 2013.
Victoria is the co-founder of She Negotiates Consulting and Training and of the Forbes She Negotiates blog. She Negotiates offers transformational workshops for women, which nests today’s most effective negotiation strategies and tactics in the context of the gender culture in which women do business. The work of She Negotiates has been featured on NPR’s “All Things Considered”, the New York Times, CNN, the Wall Street Journal, and dozens of smaller news outlets. Victoria’s writing on conflict resolution has also been published in the academic press. Although Victoria’s focus is now on closing the wage and income gap for women, she has been training lawyers and business people of both genders in mutual benefit negotiation strategies since 2005. She has done so at the Anderson School of Management, UCLA, USC and Pepperdine Schools of Law, Warner Brothers, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Qwest Communications, Intel Corporation, Kraft Foods, and dozens of AmLaw200 law firms in Los Angeles and around the country.
Victoria has most recently keynoted or led workshops for the Ms. J.D. Conference in Washington, D.C, the Annual Pennsylvania and Texas Conferences for Women, the Annual meeting of the Association of Legal Administrators (ALA) in Hawaii as well as the Los Angeles ALA Chapter Conference in California, the South Carolina Women Lawyers’ Association (two years running), the Annual Conference of the National Women’s MBA Association in Dallas, Texas, the Association of Women Accountants in San Diego, the American Bar Association Leadership Academy in San Francisco, and the Annual Meeting of the Association of Women’s Bar Associations in Chicago.
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David Brubaker is Associate Professor of Organizational Studies in the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding at Eastern Mennonite University. He has more than 25 years of experience in workplace mediation and training and in organizational and congregational consulting. David has consulted and trained with organizations throughout the U.S. and in a dozen international settings including Northern Ireland, Mozambique, Angola, Nepal, Myanmar, Egypt and Jordan. He is the author of numerous articles on conflict transformation and of “Promise and Peril: Understanding and Managing Change and Conflict in Congregations” (published by The Alban Institute) and co-author of “The Little Book of Healthy Organizations (Good Books). David earned a BS in business administration from Messiah College, an MBA from Eastern University, and a Ph.D. from the University of Arizona specializing in religion and organizations.
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Association of Conflict Resolution Conference Exhibitors
October 29, 2012, 8:30 AM PDT
The Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR) is a professional organization enhancing the practice and public understanding of conflict resolution. It is the nation’s largest professional association for mediators, arbitrators, educators and other conflict resolution practitioners. ACR works in a wide range of settings throughout the United States and around the world. Their mission statement is to give voice to the choices for quality conflict resolution. ACR conferences gather conflict resolution practitioners, students and interested parties from all corners of the globe to network, learn new skills, discuss cutting-edge issues and keep abreast of what is happening in the expanding field of conflict resolution. ACR’s annual conference attracts more than 1,000 people from around the world and offers more than 150 workshops. These are some of the exhibitors sharing their approach to healing conflict.
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Spirituality in Conflict Resolution
October 22, 2012, 8:30 AM PDT
Jeffrey M. Cohen has been an attorney and a mediator in private practice for over 25 years. His practice has a concentration in the mediation disputes often pertaining to divorce, separation, business, commercial, organizational and workplace related issues since 1992. Presently, Mr. Cohen is serving on the Board of Directors of the Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR), the largest mediation organization in the United States. In addition to his present duties with The ACR, he has served on the ACR Certification Task Force which is a committee charged with creating specific standards for the certification of mediators who are members of this organization. Mr. Cohen has taught numerous continuing legal education courses to his peers on subject related to divorce, family law, mediation, and the ethics of mediation. Mr. Cohen is also a founding member of Mediators Beyond Borders, a humanitarian organization that promotes the peaceful resolution of conflict worldwide.
Jodi Hallstrom is a workplace Mediator, Conflict Coach and Work/Life Wellness Manager for the Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service. While she is primarily involved in workplace conflict within the Federal sector, Jodi seeks to reveal and encourage human interconnectedness on a deeper, spiritual level; even in the workplace. As a working mother called to wear multiple hats in any given day, Jodi is an advocate for the value, necessity and obligation as conflict practitioners to care for oneself as essential instruments of peace in a chaotic world. Jodi has been an ACR member since 2005 and a member of the Spirituality Section since 2008. She lives with her son, Benjamin in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Ray Terhorst has been a mediator since 2001 having received his initial training with the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office and then taking advanced classes at Humboldt State University in California. Prior to 2001, he had a 34 year career in law enforcement with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. He also has extensive experience in non-profit organizations. Ray joined the Spirituality Section in 2001 and has watched the Section grow from a handful to the size it is today. He is hopeful that during his three years as tri-chair we can find ways to provide spiritual support to all members of ACR as well as to provide a spiritual experience to all members of the Section regardless of their spiritual or religious background. Ray is also an Drug/Alcohol Intervention Specialist and is available to consult with ACR members who are experiencing addiction problems with friends and family members, free of charge. Members can call or e-mail Ray with their concerns. His goal is to bring a little more peace into this world one event or one person at a time.
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University of Massachusettes Boston Graduate Program Professors in Dispute Resolution
October 15, 2012, 8:30 AM PDT
Eben Weitzman, Ph.D., is a social and organizational psychologist specializing in the study of conflict. His work focuses on conflict within and between groups, with emphases on organizational conflict, cross-cultural conflict, and intergroup relations. In additional to his teaching and research, Weitzman does conflict resolution, organizational development work, and dispute resolution systems design with a wide variety of individuals and organizations in both the public and private sectors. These have included organizations in human rights, health care, education, organized labor, government, law enforcement, social services, business and the courts. He obtained his PhD from Columbia University and is the Chair of the Department of Conflict Resolution, Human Security and Global Governance; and is the Graduate Program Director in Conflict Resolution. Professor Weitzman has many areas of expertise such as: Organizational Conflict, Intra-group Conflict in Mediation, Cultural Differences in Attitudes toward Conflict, Effects of Cooperation and Competition on Small Group Processes and Computer-aided Data Analysis in Qualitative Research.
David E. Matz, J.D., is the founder and former director of the Graduate Programs in Conflict Resolution. He is also an active dispute intervener. Professor Matz has focused his work on the techniques of mediation and negotiation and on the relationship of these to the workings of organizations and courts. In the United States, he has led in the development and use of assessment tools for court mediators and trained mediators, judges, and engineers. In Israel, he was central in developing policies and practices for the Israeli Ministry of Justice and Supreme Court in integrating mediation into the judicial system. More recently, he has begun work with courts and law schools in China and Nigeria. He graduated from Harvard University and has many areas of expertise such as Strategies for Practitioners to Build Trust in Conflict Situations, the Integration of Mediation into Organizational and Judicial Systems, Arab-Israeli Negotiations and Sharing Jerusalem.
Rezarta Bilali, Ph.D., completed her PhD in social psychology at UMass Amherst with a concentration in peace and violence. As a practitioner of conflict resolution, Rezarta Bilali has played an active role in a media reconciliation project developed by La Benevolencija-Humanitarian Tools and Foundations in the Great Lakes Region in Africa, which produces educational radio programs on the evolution of conflict, intergroup violence, and reconciliation for Rwanda, Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Recently, Prof. Bilali has led research to assess the impact of radio reconciliation programs in Rwanda, Burundi, and the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Dr. Bilali’s research has been supported by Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation, International Peace Research Association, and the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues.
Darren Kew, Ph.D., studies the relationship between conflict resolution methods and democratic development in Africa. He is the Executive Director of the Center for Peace, Democracy, and Development. Associate Professor Kew has worked with the Council on Foreign Relations’ Center for Preventive Action to provide analysis and blueprints for preventing conflicts in numerous areas around the world, including Nigeria, Central Africa, and Kosovo. He has also been a consultant on democracy and peace initiatives to the United Nations, USAID, the US State Department, and to a number of NGOs, including the Carter Center in a 1999 effort by former President Carter to mediate the Niger Delta conflicts. Policymakers in Washington and academics here and in Nigeria recognize Professor Kew for his deep, firsthand knowledge of Nigerian politics and society. His work on how conflict resolution methods promote democratization of national political cultures is among the first of its kind linking these important fields.
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Karen M. Wyatt, MD is a family physician who has spent her 25-year medical career working with patients in challenging settings, such as hospices, nursing homes and indigent clinics. She has founded a free medical clinic in a homeless shelter, accompanied three medical mission teams to Honduras, and led a non-profit clinic for the uninsured in its growth from a 4-hour per week all-volunteer operation to a full-time, full-service medical center.
Dr. Wyatt has an interest in Integral Medicine, which views health and illness from the combined perspectives of body, mind and spirit. She has twice testified at Senate briefings on the cutting edge model of integrated medical care, combining physical and behavioral health, which she helped create and implement in her clinic for the uninsured.
She also wrote a chapter for the book Consciousness & Healing: Integral Approaches to Mind-Body Medicine, edited by Marilyn Schlitz and Tina Amorok (Elsevier, 2005).
Inspired by her work with hospice patients, Dr. Wyatt is also the author of A Matter of Life & Death: Stories to Heal Loss & Grief and her latest book, What Really Matters: 7 Lessons for Living from the Stories of the Dying. A frequent lecturer for hospices and other groups on end-of-life issues, Dr. Wyatt has received numerous awards, including the Spirit of the American Woman Award and was named one of Utah’s 100 Notable Women.
Visit Dr. Wyatt’s website at www.whatreallymattersbook.com
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Shawn Anderson, October 1, 2012, 8:30 AM PDT
Shawn is a best-selling author, national speaker and motivational corporate trainer. His “go the extra mile” philosophy and ability to produce winning results have been praised by national political leaders, Olympic Gold Medal and world record holders, and media outlets across the country. An entrepreneur since the age of 8 when he started a business selling worms to fishermen, Shawn has continued by building a multi-million dollar business and organizing events that make a difference in how people think.
In 2009, Shawn created the Extra Mile America Tour and rode a bicycle…solo…4,000 miles across the country encouraging people to go the extra mile in life. On the 90-day journey, he created events in 21 cities where in pre-arranged interviews, he talked to over 200 people who had been identified as achieving something great in chasing their dreams…or in turning tragedies into triumphs. At the end of the tour…Shawn added to his “go the extra mile” message by giving away $10,000 to the individuals whose extra-mile stories he found most inspiring.
In addition to having written six books which have sold 70,000 copies, Shawn is also the Founder of the Extra Mile America Foundation, a non-profit organization empowering people. Through the Foundation, Shawn will lead the charge in encouraging 300 U.S. mayors in all 50 states to declare November 1, 2012, as Extra Mile Day…a day to acknowledge the capacity we each have to create positive change in our families, organizations and communities when we “go the extra mile.”
“I empower people. That’s my job.”
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Randy Hammon, September 24, 2012, 8:30 AM PDT
Randy Hammon, founder of My Retirement Coach, Inc., played professional baseball for 11 years and did his undergraduate and MBA work at Loyola University of Los Angeles. He has successfully translated the disciplines and winning attitudes into his financial advisory practice for over 30 years.
He is the author of The Safe Money System, a common sense guide to protecting your Retirement Plan money from the Wall Street Casino and growing it without risk. He is the host of the Safe Money System Radio Show in several markets throughout the West.
His greatest passion in life is helping people to discover, as he did 33 years ago after a rigid religious upbringing, that God is always ready to establish a fruitful, thriving relationship.
Religion vs. Relationship is Randy’s story of his accepting an offer he couldn’t refuse, and the spriritual journey of a lifetime for the reader. He resides in Laguna Niguel, California with his wife Crystal and is the father of four grown sons.
Visit Randy Hammon’s website at www.thesafemoneysystem.com
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Bill Eddy, September 10, 2012, 8:30 AM PDT
William A. (“Bill”) Eddy is an attorney, therapist and mediator. He is a Certified Family Law Specialist in San Diego, California, where he has represented clients in family court and provided divorce mediation services for the past 19 years. Prior to that, he provided psychotherapy for 12 years to children, adults, couples and families in psychiatric hospitals and outpatient clinics as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.
Mr. Eddy is the President of the High Conflict Institute, which trains lawyers, judges, mediators, counselors and others in dealing with high conflict disputes in all settings. He has presented in over 25 states, several provinces in Canada, Australia, France and Sweden. He is the author of several books, including: It’s All Your Fault!:12 Tips for Managing People Who Blame Others for Everything; High Conflict People in Legal Disputes; and BIFF: Quick Responses to High Conflict People. He is the developer of the New Ways for Families method for potentially high-conflict families, which is being implemented in several family court systems in the United States and Canada.
He taught Negotiation and Mediation at the University of San Diego School of Law for six years. He has served as a Special Master and as a Settlement Judge. He is currently the Senior Family Mediator at the National Conflict Resolution Center in San Diego, California. He is on the part-time faculty at the Pepperdine University School of Law and on the part-time faculty of the National Judicial College.
Visit Bill Eddy’s website at www.HighConflictInstitute.com
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John Greer, September 17, 2012, 8:30 AM PDT
John Greer has spent nearly twenty years inquiring deeply into the sacred texts and teachings of the world’s traditions, spurred by his own spiritual search. He is a dedicated practitioner of meditation and has taught insight meditation for over a decade.
John Greer holds a Ph.D. in education from Pennsylvania State University, and in three decades as a professor at the University of Memphis published numerous articles, coauthored several books on education and special education, and was a recipient of the university’s highest award for distinguished teaching. He also served for two years in Nepal with the Peace Corps and has traveled extensively on six continents. He lives with his wife in Memphis.
Visit John Greer’s website at www.seeingknowingbeing.com
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Susan Dewey and Tonia St. Germain, September 3, 2012 at 8:30 AM PDT
Cultural anthropologist Susan Dewey is currently in the preliminary stages of two research projects that explore aspects of feminized labor in two very different cultural contexts. The first, which commenced with her summer 2011 fieldwork, explores the lives and far-reaching economic and social networks of women market traders in the Pacific Island nation of Fiji. Her second project, based in Denver, Colorado, engages law enforcement officers, sex workers, and social service providers regarding their perceptions of what constitutes force and coercion with respect to sex work.
Susan teaches our Introduction to Women’s Studies course, our methods course, is developing a course on sex work and sex trafficking, and also teaches a class on gender and global change. She is currently developing a Summer Innovative course in order to take students to Fiji.
Susan has published three books that address the complex intersections between feminized labor and public policy. Her most recent book, Neon Wasteland: On Love, Motherhood, and Sex Work in a Rust Belt Town (University of California Press, 2011),explores how sex workers in upstate New York negotiate their lives as parents, family members, and employees while working in a profession widely regarded as incompatible with motherhood and fidelity.
In Hollow Bodies: Institutional Responses to Sex Trafficking in Armenia, Bosnia and India (Kumarian Press, 2008), she highlights the nuanced nature of sex trafficking as a social justice issue that has received dramatically increased amounts of international attention and donor funds in the past decade. Making Miss India Miss World: Constructing Gender, Power, and the Nation in Postliberalization India (Syracuse University Press, 2008) examined urban Indian perceptions of feminine beauty in the wake of dramatic socioeconomic changes instigated by the implementation of structural adjustment policies.
Together with anthropologist Karen Brison, she co-edited Super Girls, Gangstas, Freeters and Xenomaniacs: Gender and Modernity in Global Youth Cultures (Syracuse University Press, 2012), an original collection of ethnographic works from the Pacific Islands, Sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, and Western Europe. This volume analyzes children and adolescents as active agents who use the cross-culturally fraught conception of modernity, within particular local conditions, to make sense of their own lives.
Visit Susan Dewey’s website at www.uwyo.edu/wmst/faculty_staff/dewey_susan
Tonia St. Germain is Adjunct Associate Professor at University of Wyoming and the former Director of the Gender Studies Program at Eastern Oregon University. She is co-editor (with Susan Dewey) of Conflict-Related Sexual Violence: International Law, Local Responses (Sterling, VA: Kumarian Press 2012). She has edited two special issue journals, “Sexual Violence and Armed Conflict: Gender, Society, and the State” for Wagadu: A Journal of Transnational Women’s and Gender Studies (Spring 2012) and “Assessing the Impact of International Human Rights Rhetoric on African Lives: The Case of Gender-Based Violence” (with Susan Dewey) for African Studies Review (Fall 2012). Most recently, her research on legal pioneers responsible for making rape a war crime was recognized with an invitation to the Advanced Oral History Summer Institute University of California, Berkeley (Summer 2012). She has won numerous fellowships at: Five College Women’s Studies Research Center at Mount Holyoke College, Legal Studies Program at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and Washington Research Institute in Seattle. Other awards include NEH Faculty Scholar in Residence at Georgia State University and two Faculty Scholar Research grants from Eastern Oregon University. Her leadership positions include the Governing Council of the National Women’s Studies Association, Chair of the Northwest Women’s Studies Association, and she ran for State Representative for Oregon House District 57 in 2006. Prior to her academic career, Professor St. Germain was Director of Public Policy for New York’s statewide coalition of rape crisis centers (NYSCASA) and Clinical Advisor at Indiana University Law School’s project for battered women. With a J.D. from the Antioch School of Law, (1986) and bar admissions in Massachusetts (1993), Indiana (1989), and the District of Columbia (1987) she is most interested in applying feminist jurisprudence to the study of war-related sexual violence.
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Divorce Magazine Interviews Mari Frank, August 27, 2012
Dan Couvrette, publisher and founder of Divorce Magazine and DivorceMagazine.com interviews Mari Frank about negotiations in divorce. Dan states a goal of Divorce Magazine is to help people make better, more informed choices; to ensure that they’re not simply surviving their divorce but they’re actually growing and thriving during the process.
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Dr. Donna Hicks: Monday, August 20, 2012
Dr. Donna Hicks is an Associate at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University where she chairs the Herbert C. Kelman Seminar on International Conflict. Dr. Hicks was Deputy Director of the Program on International Conflict Analysis and Resolution (PICAR) at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University for nine years. She worked extensively on the Israeli/Palestinian conflict and as a member of the third party in numerous unofficial diplomatic efforts. In addition to her work in the Middle East, Dr. Hicks founded and co-directed a ten-year project in Sri Lanka, which brought the Tamil, Sinhalese and Muslim communities together for dialogue. She has been actively involved with the conflict in Colombia, where she was invited to give workshops and lectures in conflict resolution. For several years, she was involved in a project designed to improve relations between the US and Cuba. Dr. Hicks was a consultant to the British Broadcasting Company where she co-facilitated encounters between victims and perpetrators of the Northern Ireland conflict with Archbishop Desmond Tutu. The encounters were made into 3 television programs that were aired throughout the United Kingdom and on BBC World.
Dr. Hicks has taught courses in conflict resolution at Harvard, Clark, and Columbia Universities and conducts trainings and educational seminars in the US and abroad on the role dignity plays in healing and reconciling relationships in conflict. She consults to corporations, schools, churches, and non-governmental organization. She was a founding board member of the Alliance for Peacebuilding. She is the author of the book, Dignity: The Essential Role it Plays in Resolving Conflict, published in 2011 by Yale University Press.
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James Keeley: Monday, August 13, 2012
James has been studying spiritual healing since 1995 and spent ten years as a Faculty member at the University of Spiritual Healing and Sufism. He currently runs a year-long program where he trains people from all walks of life in the art of spiritual healing. Health care practitioners looking to add a spiritual dimension to their practice, individuals seeking personal healing, couples and parents having problems in their most important relationships and people desiring a more intimate and profound relationship with the Divine have all benefited from his practical approach to healing and spiritual development.
Currently, he is involved in helping to manage the Farm of Peace, a retreat center in Pennsylvania that is a place of refuge and solace for many hearts.
Visit James Keeley’s Website: www.howtowalkwithGod.com
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David Price Francis: Monday, August 6, 2012
David Price Francis MA, is an author, speaker and transformational coach in the dynamics of interpersonal relationships and self-development. He has lectured for over 30 years and is a gifted and charismatic teacher on pathways to spiritual growth and achieving energetically healthy relationships. He specializes in understanding universal energies and the laws that govern them, demonstrating how these powers and forces can vibrantly transform our relationships, lives and possibilities. A graduate of Oxford University, David is the author of Partners in Passion and The Tales of Dr. Woo. He is also the founder of EnergyWorlds Certified Practitioner Training.
Visit David Price Francis’ website: www.energyworlds.com
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Frank J. Kinslow: Monday, July 30, 2012
Dr. Frank J. Kinslow has been researching and teaching healing techniques for more than 35 years. He draws from his clinical experience as a chiropractic physician, in-depth studies into Eastern esoteric philosophies and practices, and an ardent love of relativity and quantum physics. In 2007, the Quantum Entrainment process of instant healing was born out of a personal crisis that left Dr. Kinslow with nowhere to go and nothing to do. Out of this nothing, he was able to create a vibrant and fulfilling life for himself. He began to teach and write with such simplicity and clarity that in just a few years, tens of thousands of people around the world were able to create vibrant and fulfilling lives for themselves just by reading his books.
Dr. Kinslow is a chiropractic physician, a teacher for the deaf, and a Doctor of Clinical Spiritual Counseling. He continues to write and teach extensively.
Visit Frank Kinslow’s website: www.QuantumEntrainment.com
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Jerry Weinstock: Monday, July 23, 2012
J. “Jerry” Weinstock has been an actor, artist, producer and author. His ground-breaking book about women, BREASTS: Women Speak About Their Breasts & Their Lives, was hailed by the Washington Post as “an important contribution” and was featured on the Donahue Show (the Oprah of its time).
Inspired by the incredible experience that is described in his grief memoir, JOYride: How My Late Wife Loved Me Back To Life, he works with the bereaved as a grief guide. He has written several forthcoming books about how to heal from the loss of a loved one.
Visit Jerry Weinstock’s website: www.DreaMasterBooks.com
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Georgianna Donadio: Monday, July 16, 2012
For over 30 years, Dr. Georgianna Donadio has been a pioneer in the field of behavioral health, working with healthcare professionals and patients to change behaviors that lead to improved health. For the first time, her pioneering work is the foundation for the newly published book Changing Behavior: Immediately Transform Your Relationships with Easy-to-Learn, Proven Communication Skills
As a sought-after Integrative Health Practitioner, behavioral health and relationships expert, media personality, and best-selling author, her work has led to dramatic lifestyle changes for millions of people worldwide. A popular blogger for Huffington Post and Dr. Mehmet Oz’s teenDailyStrength, her expertise has been showcased in hundreds of print, online, radio and TV interviews. Until retiring, she hosted a nationally syndicated cable TV show for 20 years, Woman to Woman® which explored all topics of interest to women with a special focus on relationships.
A long-time proponent of the important role nurses play in healthcare, she is one of only six American Florence Nightingale Scholars. Her work in behavioral health motivated her to establish the Boston based National Institute of Whole Health and she developed Behavioral Engagement™, the first known whole person health education and health behavior change model.
Visit Georgianna Donadio’s website: www.changingbehavior.org
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Azim Khamisa: Monday, July 9, 2012
Committing his life to halting the continuing cycle of violence among the youth, Azim became a social activist after his 20-year-old son Tariq was senselessly murdered while delivering pizzas in January 1995 by Tony Hicks, a 14-year-old gang member. Out of unspeakable grief and despair, Khamisa was inspired to transform his loss through the miraculous power of forgiveness. Believing that there were “victims at both ends of the gun,” Azim forgave Tony and founded the Tariq Khamisa Foundation to break the cycle of youth violence by saving lives, teaching peace and planting seeds of hope in their future.
Azim is an award-winning author of the book: Azim’s Bardo – From Murder To Forgiveness – A Father’s Journey. He followed up this book with From Forgiveness to Fulfillment, showing the continued evolution in an unfolding story that is his path, his passion and his life. The third in the trilogy is From Fulfillment to Peace.
Says Azim, “We humans continuously confront defining moments in our lives. Sometimes these events are joyous; sometimes they are tragedies. At these moments it’s important to make the right choices. When we do, we’re able to manifest miracles and produce transformation in ourselves and others.”
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Anita Telle, Monday, July 2, 2012
Entrepreneur and author, Anita Telle, is a former COO and co-founder of a very successful beauty product distribution company, and the current founder and president of ASTI Life. She lives in California with her son, who was born with a cleft palate. Her mission is to raise awareness about bullying through her two picture books, “ALWAYS TIME FOR KINDNESS” and “A LITTLE DIFFERENT – ALL PERFECT”. Anita is also the creator of Gnomy’s booboobears, and donates 20 percent of the profit from the sale of the bears to Operation Smile.
Visit Anita Telle’s website: www.boo-boobear.org
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Dean Smith, Monday, June 25, 2012
Dean Smith founded Live To Forgive Ministries in 2007. His mission is to spread the message of forgiveness based on the Word of God and his own personal testimony around the world. He preaches powerful messages about love, grace, and reconciliation. Thousands of people have been inspired to trust God with their unforgiveness and have been set free from its heavy burden based on his appearances in churches, television and on the radio.
When Dean was twelve his mother was murdered by his stepdad, Bob. He became a Christian but knew that he was not receiving all that God wanted to bless him with because of the anger and resentment he harbored towards his stepdad. He tried to escape with drugs and alcohol for many years until he discovered that there was no way around God for the relief he needed.
In 1999, Dean handed over his unforgiveness and resentment to God and his heart was transformed. Surrendering his bitterness to God began the journey that ultimately lead him across the country to reconcile, bless, love, and help Bob. Dean challenges Christians to stop overlooking the unforgiveness in their lives. His stories bring laughter and tears and encourage people to take the step of faith to release their bitterness and anger to God and trust his healing power. He explains how one step of forgiveness can lead to a lifetime of blessings.
Visit Dean Smith’s website: www.livetoforgive.com
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Shela Dean: Monday, June 18, 2012
Shela Dean is a Relationship Coach, bestselling author and speaker. She has counseled more than 2,000 couples since 1983, and is the author of Frequent Foreplay Miles, Your Ticket to Total Intimacy! – a guide to improving emotional intimacy for couples, Frequent Foreplay Miles for the Remarried, and the creator of her trademarked program ReDate Your Mate. Her latest book ReDate Your Mate, 4 Steps to Falling in Love All Over Again (Boomer Edition) will be out in about two months.
Shela began studying the dynamics of personal relationships during her two-decade career as an estate and family attorney before retiring from law to begin coaching in 2004. Her unique blend of humor, insight, and practical meat-and-potatoes approach, helps couples find a better way to navigate the friendly, and sometimes not-so-friendly, skies of life while having a darned good time doing it.
Visit Shela Dean’s website at http://sheladean.com/
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Judge Kirk Nakamura: Monday, June 11, 2012
Judge Kirk Nakamura graduated from UC Irvine in 1977 with a B.S. degree in Biological Sciences. He was admitted to the Bar in 1980 and was admitted to practice on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, as well as the Federal District Court of California (Central District).
He is the current Chair of the ADR/Mediation Committee in the Orange County Superior Court. From 2006 to 2009 he served as Chair of the Temporary Judge Committee and is still a member. He is also a member of the Grand Jury Selection Committee, the Jury Orientation Committee, and the Orange County Superior Court Executive Committee.
He has authored a number of publications, and in 2010 he received the Constitutional Rights Foundation Orange County Judge of the Year award.
He is currently serving as Judge of the Orange County Superior Court.
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Janet Pfeiffer: Monday, June 4, 2012
As a leader in the field of anger management and conflict resolution, Janet is NJ State Certified in Violence Counseling. She is a board member for the World Addiction Foundation and is employed as an instructor at a battered women’s shelter.
Janet is a former columnist for the Daily Record, hosts her own cable TV show and is a former co-host of a radio talk show.
Janet also runs highly successful “The Antidote to Anger” anger management support group. Her latest book, The Secret Side of Anger, is endorsed by NY Times best selling author, Dr. Bernie Siegel.
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Ruth Treeson: Monday, May 28, 2012
Ruth Treeson was born in Warsaw, Poland in 1930. Shortly after the start of the war started in 1939, her family moved to Krakow where they masqueraded as Christians attempting to avoid Nazi persecution. But a couple of years later the Germans found them. First her father was arrested, then her mother. Ruth and her sister remained hidden at a convent a few months longer but the Gestapo found them. They tore her sister from her arms and shoved Ruth into a cattle car bound for Auschwitz. She survived, and in 1945 at the end of the war, she began her long walk hoping to find her family and home.
In 1947, she immigrated to the United States and later married a good and loving man. Together they made a family. While nurturing her three sons, she enrolled in college, received her degrees, and went on to teach and write.
Since writing her book she has realized that she can help at risk youngsters in schools, group homes, and foster homes. As she shares her story of a young girl living under the Nazi regime during World War II, she explores what it means to maintain something of a sense of self, even as one endures hostility, derision, and hate. Through conversations, she and students come to recognize the similarity of the youngsters’ current living condition as she survived it years ago at their age. They discover what made it possible for her to go on, once she was set free to keep on walking, placing one foot in front of the other, until she reached the longed for home and family, here in America.
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Susan Steinbrecher: Monday, May 21, 2012
Susan Steinbrecher, an internationally acclaimed businesswoman, executive coach, speaker and author, is CEO of Steinbrecher And Associates, Inc., a management consulting firm that provides professional-development services in the areas of executive coaching, group facilitation and leadership training.
Steinbrecher is the co-founder of The Institute for Heart-Centered Leadership, which teaches the core principles and virtues of transformational leadership, characterized by care, concern, honesty and humility. She is co-author of: Heart-Centered Leadership: An Invitation to Lead from the Inside Out; Roadmap to Success; and Straight Talk from America’s Top 10 Speakers.
Susan’s new Amazon bestselling book KENSHO: A Modern Awakening, Instigating Change in an Era of Global Renewal is a business book that delves into the realm of personal development. She has also been a featured expert on MSNBC Your Business, FOX and NBC TV, as well as numerous radio shows, Fortune Small Business magazine, Woman’s Day, CBSMoneyWatch.com and CNN.com.
Visit Susan Steinbrecher’s websit at: www.steinbrecher.com
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Douglas Fry: Monday, May 14, 2012
Dr. Douglas P. Fry is a docent in the Developmental Psychology Programme and administers the programme called Peace, Mediation and Conflict Research, a cooperative Master’s Programme between the University of Tampere and Åbo Akademi University (PEACE). Dr. Fry also is an adjunct research scientist in the Bureau of Applied Research in Anthropology (BARA) at the University of Arizona, in Tucson, Arizona.
Dr. Fry, an anthropologist, has written extensively on aggression, conflict, and conflict resolution from various theoretical perspectives, with his articles having been published in journals such as Aggressive Behavior, American Anthropologist, Bulletin of Peace Proposals, Child Development, Journal of Aggression, Conflict, and Peace Research, Sex Roles, among others.Dr. Fry is author of the books Beyond War (2007, Oxford University Press), The Human Potential for Peace (2006, Oxford University Press) and co-editor with Graham Kemp of Keeping the Peace: Conflict Resolution and Peaceful Societies Around the World (2004, Routledge) and co-editor with Kaj Björkqvist of Cultural Variation in Conflict Resolution: Alternatives to Violence (1997, Erlbaum). He is Associate Editor of the Encyclopedia of Violence, Peace, and Conflict, 2nd Edition (2008, Elsevier/Academic). During the 2011-2012 academic year, Dr. Fry is editing a book called War, Peace, and Human Nature, to be published by Oxford University Press in 2013.
Dr. Fry is conducting an ongoing research project that examines conflict management and reconciliation using a cross-cultural database covering 186 societies. One of his research interests is to understand how to create peace systems by examining real world examples of such nonwarring clusters of societies.
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Kimberly Pryor is the author of The Indestructible Relationship, a book to help couples stress-proof their love life, argue less and fall even more deeply in love. The book was a finalist in the 2011 Global eBook Awards and is a finalist in the 2012 EPIC eBook Awards. Kimberly also is an award-winning journalist who has had more than 600 articles published in magazines and newspapers. For more information about The Indestructible Relationship.
Visit Kimberly Pryor’s website at: www.indestructiblerelationship.com
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Judge Lon Hurwitz: Monday, April 30, 2012
Judge Hurwitz was elected to the Bench in June 2010. Before his term of office was to begin in Jan. 2011, he was appointed to the Bench by Gov. Schwartzenegger. From 2004 until his appointment, he served as a Family Law Commissioner for Orange County handling Paternity, child support, and Family Law Domestic Violence Cases. Judge Hurwitz is currently assigned to a Family Law Trial Court where he hears all Family Law case types. He is one of four Judges in the County assigned to hear Elder and Dependent Adult Abuse cases.
In 2009, Judge Hurwitz started the first Veterans’ Family Law Domestic Violence Diversion Program in the U.S. In January of this year, he received the Distinguished Jurist Award from the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers; and also received the “Judge of the Year Award” from the Orange County Bar Association Family Law Division. From 2008 until 2010, he served as a member of the State Judicial Council and was the Judicial Council Liaison to the State Domestic Violence Task Force; both by appointment from the Chief Justice, Ron George. He is currently a contributor and contributing Editor for the Judicial Council publication, “Elder Abuse Pocket Reference”, a guide for Judges handling Elder Abuse cases.
Before becoming a Judicial Officer, Judge Hurwitz was the Special Counsel to the California State Senate Select Committee on the Investigation of Gasoline and Diesel Pricing; and was an arbitrator, mediator and attorney in Orange County since 1979.
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Mari Frank and Leonard Szymczak: Monday, April 23, 2012
Leonard Szymczak, MSW, LCSW is an author, educator and psychotherapist who, for the past 35 years, has worked in Australia and America, helping clients resolve conflict. He is the author of The Roadmap Home: Your GPS to Inner Peace, an Amazon Bestseller in 2009. He conducts seminars on personal/spiritual growth and maintains a therapy practice.
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Michael Nagler: Monday, April 16, 2012
Michael Nagler is Professor emeritus of Classics and Comparative Literature at UC, Berkeley, where he co-founded the Peace and Conflict Studies Program in which he taught the immensely popular nonviolence course that was webcast in its entirety as well as PACS 90, “Meditation” and a sophomore seminar called “Why Are We Here? Great Writing on the Meaning of Life” for fifteen years.
He is the author of The Search for a Nonviolent Future, which received a 2002 American Book Award and has been translated into Korean, Arabic, Italian and other languages; Our Spiritual Crisis: Recovering Human Wisdom in a Time of Violence (2005); The Upanishads (with Sri Eknath Easwaran, 1987), and other books as well as many articles on peace and spirituality.
He has spoken for campus, religious, and other groups on peace and nonviolence for many years, especially since September 11, 2001. He has consulted for the U.S. Institute of Peace and many other organizations and is the founder and President of the board of the Metta Center for Nonviolence Education. Michael has worked on nonviolent intervention since the 1970’s and served on the Interim Steering Committee of the Nonviolent Peaceforce.
Michael is a student of Sri Eknath Easwaran, Founder of the Blue Mountain Center of Meditation, and has lived at the Center’s ashram in Marin County since 1970. He gives workshops on Easwaran’s system of passage meditation around the world.
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Carl Stauffer: Monday, April 9, 2012
Dr. Carl Stauffer teaches Justice and Development Studies at the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding, Eastern Mennonite University. Stauffer was born and raised amidst the war in Vietnam. In 1975, his family fled Vietnam and moved to the Philippines just as the Marcos regime was beginning to crumble. After completing his university education in 1985, Stauffer worked in the Criminal Justice and Substance Abuse fields. In 1988, he was ordained to the ministry and joined an urban, inter-racial church plant and community development project in the inner-city of Richmond, Virginia. In 1991, Stauffer became the first Executive Director of the Capital Area Victim-Offender Mediation Program in Richmond.
In 1994, Stauffer and his family moved to South Africa under the auspices of the Mennonite Central Committee (MCC), a faith-based international relief and development agency. In South Africa, Stauffer worked with various transitional processes such as the Peace Accords, Community-Police Forums, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and Local Community Development structures. From 2000 to 2009, Stauffer was appointed as the MCC Regional Peace Adviser for the Southern Africa region. His work has taken him to twenty African countries and ten other countries in the Caribbean, Middle East, Europe, and the Balkans.
Stauffer’s academic interests focus on narratology, transitional justice, and post-war reconstruction and reconciliation. His research concentrates on the critique of transitional justice from a restorative frame, and the application of hybrid, parallel indigenous justice systems.
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Sandy Moore: Monday, April 2, 2012
She completed ministerial training and is now the Spiritual Director of the InSpirit Center for Spiritual Living in Mission Viejo, California. The center is actively involved in numerous outreach activities, including ministries devoted to the environment, health, and peace.
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Paula Langguth Ryan: Monday, March 26, 2012
Paula Langguth Ryan is a conflict resolution consultant, dedicated to helping business leaders break through to new levels of confidence, peace and abundance in all areas of their lives. She provides individual executive coaching and facilitates management and board meetings and in house negotiations, primarily with closely-held corporations. She conducts tailor-made in-service trainings for Boards of Directors, staff, employees and members in groups of all sizes. Ryan works with employee relations departments to create mediation skills training programs and in-house resolution services. She also provides transition, separation and debt settlement mediation and negotiation services for employees and business owners. Her strategic pre-negotiation services have helped business owners and executives from a variety of industries close high dollar deals, including mergers, acquisitions, company transitions from original owners. She is noted for being able to help all parties reach a cheerful resolution to once-heated negotiations and lawsuits. Her aim: to help corporations and business leaders achieve their goals and dreams in ways that are win-win-win for all. Her “Ryans Rules of Order” hang on the walls of businesses and organizations worldwide.
Ryan is a certified Spiritual Transformation Mediator who believes that – like most bank heists – outer peace is always an inside job. She is a Chair of the Spirituality Section for the Association of Conflict Resolution, a past member of Mediators Beyond Borders and the founder of The Village Gathering, an NGO which helps support Kenyans who are engaged in creating sustainable conflict resolution strategies.
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Patrick Ryan: Monday, March 19, 2012
Patrick Ryan died from a drug overdose in his late teens only to be revived with a new understanding of the Divine. As a Buddhist monk in Burma (now Myanmar), he practiced the path of awakened living, according to Buddhist philosophy. He has also studied indigenous wisdoms with a variety of teachers.
His #1 bestselling book Awakened Wisdom blends Buddhist, Native, and collected wisdoms into a beautifully crafted healing message for our modern culture. His work focuses on questions of personal effectiveness and leadership. He powerfully integrates his rich life experiences with ancient teachings and modern applications to help deepen his clients’ understandings of their own experiences.
Patrick is married and lives in Mill Valley, California and Vancouver, British Columbia. He travels extensively and offers workshops in the San Francisco Bay Area, the Midwest, Vancouver, Frankfurt Germany, Israel, Dubai and Jordan.
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Rusty Kennedy: Monday March 12, 2012
Rusty Kennedy has served as Executive Director of the Orange County Human Relations Commission since 1981 and as the founding CEO of the non-profit Orange County Human Relations Council, established 1991. The mission at OC Human Relations is to promote understanding among diverse residents and eliminate prejudice, intolerance and discrimination.
Raised in Fullerton, Rusty’s first taste of civil rights activism was in 1965, when as a 13 year old he marched in Sacramento with Cesar Chavez to bring attention to the plight of farmworkers. One of his first political acts was to go door-to-door to oppose the ballot measure to repeal the California Fair Housing Act, when he was 14 years old. Under the urging of his father, Ralph Kennedy, he knocked on doors and asked voters to vote against the repeal of this landmark civil rights law.
Recently Rusty was called on by the Fullerton City Council to lead a Task Force to assess and advise how to better serve the mentally ill homeless. This coming in the wake of the death of Kelly Thomas, a mentally ill homeless man, after a confrontation with police.
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Marci Shimoff: Monday, March 5, 2012
Marci Shimoff is a #1 New York Times bestselling author and a world-renowned transformation teacher. As an expert on happiness, success, and unconditional love, Marci has inspired millions of people around the globe, sharing her breakthrough methods for personal fulfillment and professional success.
Her newest book, Love for No Reason: 7 Steps to Creating a Life of Unconditional Love debuted at #3 on the NY Times bestseller list. In it, Marci introduces a revolutionary program to live in a deep and lasting state of love and shows you how to access that at any time and in any circumstance.
Marci’s other books include the runaway bestseller, Happy for No Reason: 7 Steps to Being Happy from the Inside Out and six titles in the phenomenally successful Chicken Soup for the Woman’s Soul series. Her books have sold more than 14 million copies worldwide in 33 languages, have topped all of the major bestseller lists, and have been on the New York Times bestseller list for a total of 118 weeks. Marci is one of the bestselling female nonfiction authors of all time.
Marci is the also the host of the national PBS television special called Happy for No Reason. In addition, she’s a featured teacher in the international film and book sensation, The Secret.
Marci is a professional speaker and a leading expert on happiness, success, and unconditional love. She is dedicated to helping people live more empowered and joy-filled lives. Please join me in welcoming to our show today, Marci Shimoff.
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Mari Frank and Lloyd Felver: Monday, February 27, 2012
Mari J. Frank, attorney/mediator 26 years, teaches ADR at UCI, National Advisory Board: Divorce Magazine, OC Superior Court Civil Mediation Panel, OC Bar, Fee Arbitration/ Mediation panel, Radio Host KUCI, Prescriptions for Healing Conflict, State Bar Executive Committee Law Practice & Technology, State Bar MCLE Trainer, Member, OC Bar ADR section, Certified Privacy Expert, Author: Negotiations Breakthroughs; Stepping Stones To Success; Safeguard Your Identity; From Victim To Victor, Recovering From Identity Theft.
Lloyd W. Felver has been an attorney since 1980, litigating in the areas of: Personal Injury, Construction Defect, Contracts, Insurance Agent & Broker liability, Homeowner Association liability, Wrongful Termination, Discrimination and Sexual Harassment. He is the 2011 Chair of the ADR section of the OCBA, and does arbitrations and mediations privately, through the courts, and CSP, as well as arbitrations for the Better Business Bureau, and attorney’s fees Arbitrations for the OCBA and State Bar.
Please visit www.ocmediationconference.org
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Mark Anthony: Monday, February 20, 2012
Mark Anthony the “Psychic Lawyer” is a practicing medium who not only communicates with spirits, he is also a successful attorney, licensed to practice law in Florida, Washington D.C., and before the United States Supreme Court.
He is descended from a long line of psychics and mediums that have been helping people connect with deceased loved ones for over 100 years. His new book, “Never Letting Go,” is a best seller. “Never Letting Go” is the definitive guide to healing grief with help from the Other Side.
Although he has inherited the ability to communicate with spirits, Mark has worked conscientiously to expand his psychic gifts to the fullest potential. This includes study at the prestigious Arthur Findlay College for the Advancement of Psychic Science in England.
Mark is also a successful attorney and certified mediator. He earned his law degree from Mercer University in Georgia and studied law at Oxford University, England. As both a defense and prosecuting attorney, Mark has solid experience with a wide range of criminal offenders from shoplifters to carjackers to murderers. His professional life has been enhanced by his exceptional intuition. His psychic gifts have provided him with a unique outlook on criminal behavior as well as uncanny empathy for murder victim’s families.
Visit Mark Anthony’s website at www.MediumMarkAnthony.com
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Lawrence Polsky and Antoine Gerschel: Monday, February 13, 2012
Lawrence Polsky & Antoine Gerschel have traveled the world assisting thousands of leaders on 5 continents to navigate change and conflict. As Managing Partners at PeopleNRG, a global leadership consulting firm in Princeton, New Jersey, they re-energize leaders and teams by helping them address the fundamental barriers to organizational performance: unclear objectives, inadequate communication, misunderstood roles and responsibilities, and poor decision making processes.
Antoine has 15+ years of experience developing award-winning programs improving business communication and leadership within global, multi-cultural settings. He has firsthand experience as an entrepreneur and corporate leader in the U.S., Europe and Japan. Lawrence specializes in coaching leaders to improve their Emotional Intelligence. This expertise was developed through his postgraduate work at the Institute for Human Development, under the direction of Dr. Wilson Tilley, focusing on the impact of emotions on communication, problem solving, and relationships.
For more information visit www.peoplenrg.com
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James Sutton: Monday, February 6, 2012
It was as a school psychologist that Jim Sutton developed exceptional skills in assessing and outlining management and treatment for emotionally and behaviorally troubled youngsters. Demand for these skills grew when he completed his doctorate, earned his psychologist’s licensure, opened a private practice, and began consulting, writing, speaking, and training nationally. His clients have included over four dozen universities, schools and school districts, residential treatment centers, group and foster homes, hospitals, juvenile justice authorities, drug and alcohol treatment facilities, and child-service agencies.
When parents are concerned about their children and their relationships with them, it can affect everything they do. Simple interventions parents can implement at home can improve the family climate dramatically.
Parents want to communicate and relate to their children in a manner that is natural and comfortable. In today’s high-pressure and fast-moving world, however, “natural and comfortable” can be tough to achieve. Children often act out their unhappiness in ways that create difficulty at home and school, adding even more stress and strain on the family. Although it takes effort to settle behaviors and bring relationships back to where they need to be, it’s not as difficult as it might seem. This guest offers real and doable solutions.
Psychologist Dr. James Sutton is a plain-speaking expert who offers a fresh approach to child behavior. He has helped thousands repair and rebuild relationships with their children.
Jim and his wife, Bobbie, have two grown children and four grandchildren. Their Yorkshire Terrier, Lucy, graciously shares her home with them.
Visit Dr. Sutton’s website at www.DocSpeak.com
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Allan Lokos: Monday, January 30, 2012
Allan Lokos is the founder and guiding teacher of The Community Meditation Center in New York City. He is the author of Patience: The Art of Peaceful Living and Pocket Peace: Effective Practices for Enlightened Living. His writing has appeared in a number of newspapers nationwide such as The New York Times, and The Huffington Post. He has also taught at Columbia University Teachers College, Marymount College, and Insight Meditation Community of Washington to name a few.
Allan has practiced meditation since the mid-nineties and studied with renowned teachers such as Sharon Salzberg, Joseph Goldstein, Stephen Batchelor, and Larry Rosenberg. He has also attended a number of weeklong teachings with the Dalai Lama.
Earlier in this life Allan enjoyed a 30 year career as a professional singer on Broadway, in opera, and in concert. He lives on Manhattan’s upper West Side with his wife Susanna, an Interfaith minister. Allan was selected as one of “50 Inspiring Religious Leaders You Should Follow on Twitter.” He is an accomplished Native American flute player and an avid photographer of wildlife which has been the motivation for his numerous African safaris.
Craig Runde and Tim Flanagan: Monday, January 23, 2012
Craig E. Runde, Director of the Center for Conflict Dynamics at Eckerd College, oversees training and development on the Conflict Dynamics Profile assessment instrument and other products and services of the Center. He is a frequent speaker and commentator on workplace conflict issues and is co-author of Becoming a Conflict Competent Leader; Building Conflict Competent Teams; and Developing Your Conflict Competence. Before joining Eckerd he was the director of the International Center for Computer Enhanced Learning at Wake Forest University. Craig has his B.A. from Harvard University, an M.L.L. from the University of Denver, and a J.D. from Duke University. He has practiced law in Colorado and has taught at the University of Minnesota Law School and Wake Forest University.
Tim A. Flanagan, Director of Custom Programs for the Leadership Development Institute at Eckerd College, earned his M.A. at the Ohio State University and worked in higher education for eight years before entering the Human Resource Development field in 1985. Tim’s experience includes leading the senior leadership development programs at the Harris Corporation, managing consulting services for Development Dimensions International, building the training program at AAA Tampa, and guiding the custom development of discovery learning programs at Paradigm Learning. Tim is a frequent presenter at professional conferences and has consulted with scores of leading national and international firms. He is co-author of Becoming a Conflict Competent Leader; Building Conflict Competent Teams; and Developing Your Conflict Competence.
Visit Craig Runde and Tim Flanagan’s website at www.conflictcompetent.com
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Beverly Engel: Monday, January 16, 2012
Beverly Engel, L.M.F.T., has thirty years experience working with victims of emotional, physical and sexual abuse and has written 20 books on these subjects. She has shared her expertise on many national television and radio programs, including Oprah, CNN, and Starting Over. Her work has also been cited in many noted newspapers and magazines, including The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The Cleveland Plain Dealer, O Magazine, Cosmopolitan, Ladies Home Journal and Good Housekeeping.
Engel has presented workshops at many national conferences and has also taught staff members at the following facilities, among many others: Los Angeles County Mental Health, Atascadero State Mental Hospital, Atascadero, CA., Raphael House in Portland, Oregon, and the North Harbor Living without Violence, Auckland, New Zealand. Engel has taught students at the following universities: U.S.C. Graduate Students in Psychology, Antioch University, Los Angeles, CA., California State Universities at Los Angeles, Northridge and Dominguez Hills, and the University of Montana-Western, Dillon, Montana.
Visit Beverly Engel’s website at www.beverlyengel.com
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Harry Bury: Monday, January 9, 2012
Dr. Bury also holds the Chair as Director of the Doctorate Program in Business Administration (DBA) at Burapha University in Bangkok, Thailand. He teaches Advanced International Organizational Behavior. He earned a Ph.D. from Case Western Reserve University in Organizational Behavior in 1975. He also completed the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland’s Post-graduate Program in 1975. Since then he has been involved in individual and large-scale systems change in the industrial, public and community sectors. In addition, he has co-developed an organic approach to management and organizational development toward creating open and free-flowing communications, increased productivity, collaborative management of work team culture, enriched job content and improved interpersonal and inter-group relations.
Dr. Bury’s career is highlighted by consultations for corporations and governmental agencies worldwide. He has consulted with such organizations as TRW, Baily Controls, RTA, EMD Pharmaceuticals, and The U.S. Federal Reserve Bank among others.
Visit Dr. Bury’s website at www.harryjbury.com
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John Marks: Monday, January 2, 2012
John Marks is President and founder of Search for Common Ground, a non-profit conflict resolution organization with offices in 25 countries. He also founded and heads Common Ground Productions. He wrote and produced The Shape of the Future, a four-part, TV documentary series that was simulcast on Israeli, Palestinian, and Arab satellite TV, and he is executive producer of The Team TV and radio series in 17 countries and numerous other TV and radio programs. Along with his wife, Susan Collin Marks, he is a Skoll Fellow in Social Entrepreneurship. He is a former US Foreign Service Officer and Executive Assistant to the late US Senator Clifford Case. A graduate of Cornell University and recipient of an honorary doctorate from the UN’s University for Peace, he was a Fellow at Harvard’s Institute of Politics and a Visiting Scholar at Harvard Law School. He is a best-selling, award-winning author and a Senior Ashoka Fellow.
Visit John Marks’ website at www.sfcg.org
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Beverly Potter: Monday, December 26, 2011
Beverly A. Potter, PhD (“Docpotter”) earned her doctorate in counseling psychology from Stanford University and her masters in vocational rehabilitation counseling from San Francisco State University. She is a corporate trainer, public speaker and has authored a number of books on workplace issues like overcoming job burnout, managing yourself for excellence, high performance goal setting, mediating conflict, and more. Her website—docpotter.com—is pack with useful information.
Docpotter was a member of the staff development team at Stanford University for nearly twenty years and on the faculty for Berkeley Executive Seminars for City Managers sponsored by University of California School of Public Policy for 8 years.
Additionally, Docpotter worked with a team of psychologists training police officers as trainers in Crisis Intervention, an in-field mediation process for defusing 415s or civil disputes, the most dangerous police call. She also worked as a faculty advisor for police earning masters degrees.
Visit Beverly Potter’s website at www.docpotter.com
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Randall Kiser: Monday, December 19, 2011
Randall Kiser is the principal analyst at DecisionSet®, a decision services and professional development company. His research regarding attorney-client decision making integrates the fields of law, economics, statistics and psychology.
Mr. Kiser is the author of two books, Beyond Right and Wrong: The Power of Effective Decision Making for Attorneys and Clients (Springer, 2010) and How Leading Lawyers Think: Expert Insights Into Judgment and Advocacy (Springer, 2011). He also is the lead author of the widely read article, “Let’s Not Make A Deal: An Empirical Study Of Decision Making In Unsuccessful Settlement Negotiations” (Journal of Empirical Legal Studies, Vol. 5, No. 3, September 2008).
Mr. Kiser received his law degree in 1978 from the University of California, Berkeley (Boalt Hall), and obtained his undergraduate degree in 1975 from the University of California, Davis (Highest Honors). His legal education is complemented by the award in 2002 of a certificate in leadership from the Peter F. Drucker Graduate School of Management, Claremont Graduate University. Before entering the decision sciences field, Mr. Kiser represented clients in complex commercial litigation disputes for 20 years.
Visit Randall Kiser’s website at www.decisionset.com
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Leonard Szymczak: Monday, December 12, 2011
Leonard Szymczak, MSW, LCSW, has been a psychotherapist and educator for over 35 years, both in Australia and America. He was Director of the Family Therapy Program at the Marriage and Family Centre in Sydney, Australia and later served as a senior affiliate therapist with the Family Institute at Northwestern University. He’s the author of The Roadmap Home: Your GPS to Inner Peace, an Amazon bestseller in 2009, and Cuckoo Forevermore, a light-hearted satire on psychotherapy.
Throughout his life, Leonard has been committed to ongoing personal growth and believes firmly in the power of the individual to overcome adversity and transform one’s life. He utilizes the concept of the hero’s journey to help individuals reshape their stories into amazing adventures. He firmly believes that when connected to the Guiding Power of Spirit, individuals can shift problems and pain into opportunities for healing and growth and return Home to love and inner peace.
A licensed clinical social worker, Leonard lives near the beach in Southern California where he writes, conducts seminars on writing and personal/spiritual growth and maintains a private practice. He is the proud father of two adult children.
Visit Leonard Szymczak’s website at www.theroadmaphome.com
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Prof. Scott Bollens studies ethnicity and urban policy, development strategies, and regional and intergovernmental approaches to planning. Here are questions that guide his research and teaching: (1) what is the role and influence of urban planning and policy amidst deep inter-group conflict, (2) can bottom-up urbanism contribute to top-down peacemaking and efforts to democratize a multinational society, (3) what is the relationship between how governance is structured in metropolitan areas and the equality/inequality of opportunity across individuals and localities?
Over the past 15 years, Prof. Bollens has interviewed over 220 urban professionals and community advocates in Jerusalem, Belfast, Johannesburg, Nicosia (Cyprus), Sarajevo and Mostar (Bosnia), and Barcelona and Basque cities (Spain) about the role of urban policy and city building amidst nationalistic ethnic conflict and political transitions. His books include Cities, Nationalism, and Democratization (2007), On Narrow Ground (2000) and Urban Peace-Building in Divided Societies (1999).
Prof. Bollens has written more than 35 journal articles and book chapters in leading venues over the past 20 years and has presented at numerous public forums in the U.S. and throughout the world. He has consulted, given invited presentations, and done commissioned work in the field of peace and international cooperation.
Prof. Bollens’ current book is City and Soul in Divided Societies. This book focuses on the historical, theoretical, and practical issues of urban divisions, but also uniquely provides a first-person account of conducting interview-based ethnography in these places of ethnic and nationalist polarization. The book puts forth facts, opinions, photographs, and observations in ways that bring to life the substantial challenges of living in, and governing, polarized and unsettled cities.
As part of the research for this book, Prof. Bollens will be at the American University of Beirut, Lebanon during the Fall 2010 quarter.
Visit Scott Bollens’ website at http://socialecology.uci.edu/faculty/bollens
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Arezou Kohan: Monday, November 28, 2011
Arezou Kohan was a civil litigator in private practice for over a decade before she found her calling as a mediator and life-coach. She has volunteered in the emergency room at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles, served as a judge pro tem in Los Angeles County Superior Court, externed for Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Arthur L. Alarcon, built a house in Guatemala with Habitat for Humanity, trekked the Annapurna Mountains in Nepal, backpacked through Yosemite, traveled to over 20 countries, fled her country of origin during a revolution, studied international law at the Sorbonne University in Paris, and was the founding President of the Board of Directors for Outpost for Contemporary Art.
Her vast range of life experiences allow her to appreciate a large variety of perspectives that she brings to the table along with her warmth, humor, and compassion. Her highly developed intuition and out of the box thinking allow her to find creative solutions to problems that might be missed by others. She is the Author of “Healing Conflict,” a “how to” guide for resolving disputes through higher consciousness and leads Workshops on “Conflict as Opportunity for Conscious Growth.” Her rates are on a suggested donation basis and she does house calls.
Arezou earned her JD from Southwestern University School of Law in 1996. She trained as a mediator at Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine University School of Law and obtained her life-coaching certificate from Coaches Training Institute.
Visit Arezou Kohan’s website at www.arezoukohanlaw.com
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Azim Khamisa: Monday, November 21, 2011
Azim Noordin Khamisa – an author, activist and inspirational speaker – was born in Kenya, Africa. Committing his life to halting the continuing cycle of violence among the youth, Azim became a social activist after his 20-year-old son Tariq was senselessly murdered while delivering pizzas in January 1995 by Tony Hicks, a 14-year-old gang member.
Out of unspeakable grief and despair, Khamisa was inspiredto transform his loss through the miraculous power of forgiveness. Believing that there were “victims at both ends of the gun,” Azim forgave Tony and founded the Tariq Khamisa Foundation to break the cycle of youth violence by saving lives, teaching peace and planting seeds of hope in their future. A month after establishing the foundation, Azim invited Ples Felix, Tony’s grandfather and guardian, to join him. Together, since November 1995, the two have brought their story and message through TKF’s Violence Impact Forums. The duo has reached a half a million elementary and middle school children live and over 20 million via video programs, guiding the youth to choose a peacemaker’s life of non-violence and forgiveness.
He is an award-winning author of the book: Azim’s Bardo – “From Murder To Forgiveness – A Father’s Journey”. He followed up this book with “From Forgiveness to Fulfillment”, showing the continued evolution in an unfolding story that is his path, his passion and his life. A third in the trilogy is “From Fulfillment to Peace”. In February 2009 Random House published “The Secrets of the Bulletproof Spirit: How to Bounce Back from Life’s Hardest Hits”, Azim’s latest book coauthored with Jillian Quinn. And finally “The Truth,” a movie in the vein of “The Secret.” Says Azim, “We humans continuously confront defining moments in our lives. Sometimes these events are joyous; sometimes they are tragedies. At these moments it’s important to make the right choices. When we do, we’re able to manifest miracles and produce transformation in ourselves and others.”
Visit Azim Khamisa’s website at www.AzimKhamisa.com
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Jane Breskin Zalben began drawing seriously at the age of five. To encourage her artistic talent, her mother took her for weekly art lessons at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Her father called her drawings “love pictures,” and in second grade Jane began to explore her gift for writing by composing poetry for the class newspaper. It is no wonder that today Jane Breskin Zalben is a well-known author and illustrator who has published about fifty books for young readers.
Jane Breskin Zalben was born in New York City, where she attended the High School of Music and Art. She received a B.A. in art from Queens College, then went on to study lithography at the Pratt Graphics Center. She now lives on Long Island, New York with her husband, Steven.
Ms. Zalben began her career as a graphic designer and worked for several New York publishing houses, including Scribner’s, where she was the art director of children’s books. She still prefers to be involved in every stage of a book’s production. A book designer as well as an artist, Jane Breskin Zalben is as concerned with type and layout as she is with illustration. “It is my job,” she says, “to bring words to life and to add another dimension to them.”
Ms. Zalben has been involved in many workshops, including “A Sense of Wonderment: Children’s Book Illustration” at the Heckscher Museum in Huntington, New York, and exhibits at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Justin Schiller Gallery, Every Picture Tells a Story, Elizabeth Stone Gallery, Bush Gallery, and the American Institute of Graphics Art Show. She was a writer/artist-in-residence at Vassar’s Publishing Institute and was on the faculty of the School of Visual Arts in New York City for eighteen years, where she taught courses in the illustration, design, and writing of children’s books.
Jane Breskin Zalben’s acclaimed picture books and novels explore basic issues of friendship, family, self-reliance, and inner strength. It’s obvious that Jane Breskin Zalben is passionate about her work– so much so that she dates the events in her life by what book she was working on at the time. However, she believes that her family is even more important; Beni’s First Chanukah, the first in a series of Jewish Holiday books for children, was inspired by and dedicated to her sons, Alexander and Jonathan. The special times she has shared with her family motivated her to create over forty books.
Jane Breskin Zalben devotes her time to her work and to traveling around the world lecturing on children’s books and encouraging children and aspiring artists and writers. I always identify with children,” she says, “because I do remember.”
Visit Jane Zalben’s website at www.JaneBreskinZalben.com
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Mark Goulston, M.D. is Chairman and co-founder of Xtraordinary Outcomes. If you Discover Your Strengths and come from that, you will certainly succeed; but if you Discover Your Core of Excellence and come from that, you will achieve results and outcomes beyond your imagination. That is what Mark and Xtraordinary Outcomes help high performing individuals, teams and companies do.
Dr. Goulston’s specific focus is as a Fortune 500 High Stakes Executive Coach where he helps high performing executives to better maximize opportunities, deal with impending danger and confront and finally resolve conflcts that have been dogging them for months to years. He first trained as a clinical psychiatrist and then honed his skills as an FBI/police hostage negotiation trainer who increases people’s ability to get through to anyone.
His development of those skills started with his education: a B.A. from UC Berkeley, an M.D. from Boston University, post graduate residency in psychiatry at UCLA. He went on to be a professor at UCLA’s internationally renowned Neuropsychiatric Institute for more than twenty years, become a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association (the highest award that organization offers) and was named one of America’s Top Psychiatrists for 2004-2005 and again in 2009 and 2010 by Washington, D.C. based Consumers’ Research Council of America.
He is the author of five books. His most recent book, “Just Listen” Discover the Secret to Getting Through to Absolutely Anyone, reached #1 in China and Germany and Amazon/kindle. He writes a Tribune syndicated career advice column, blogs for Business Insider, Fast Company, Huffington Post and Psychology Today. A partial list of companies he has worked with include: GE, Goldman Sachs, Xerox, Accenture, Ernst & Young, Cisco, Time Warner, Disney, ESPN, British Airways.
Visit Mark Goulston’s website at www.MarkGoulston.com
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Dr. Katz has worked with organizations, professionals for over 40 years. With a Masters Degree in Organizational Psychology from Columbia University and a Ph.D. in Conflict Resolution from Union Institute, she has applied her education to organizations large and small.
Diane has spoken to groups across the United States, Europe, Mexico, and Canada. She has spoken about decision-making, conflict resolution, organization development, and professional development. She thoroughly engages her audiences with intelligence and wit.
After working in the New York City Board of Education, she went on to a business career, working for American Express, Chase, and KPMG. Her last corporate position was Vice President of Human Resources for Alexander & Alexander, where she was responsible for over 7,000 employees nationwide.
Dr. Katz started her consulting company, The Working Circle, in 1995. The Working Circle provides organizational development, human resources, teambuilding, training and coaching to organizations of all sizes. Some of her company’s clients have included Pricewaterhouse Coopers, The University of Arizona, Raytheon Missile Systems, U.S. Border Patrol, The Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona, Westin La Paloma Resort, Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, DR Horton Homebuilders, YWCA of Southern Arizona, and The Leavitt Group.
The Working Circle®, the process that Diane developed in her Doctoral work, has gotten praise for its ease and ability to assist groups and individuals in making decisions and resolving conflicts. Clients have made critical professional decisions using the process, with minimal upset and lack of clarity.
Diane’s presentations are greeted with great enthusiasm. She presents challenging material with a clarity, lightness, and energy that is regularly given the highest of evaluations.
Visit Diane Katz’s website at www.TheWorkingCircle.com
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Timothy Ursiny PhD: Monday, October 24, 2011
Dr. Tim Ursiny, founder of Advantage Coaching & Training Inc., is a speaker and certified business coach specializing in helping individuals reach peak performance and life satisfaction. His areas of expertise include communication skills, team building, confidence, coaching skills, the psychology of change and the overall quality and balance in one’s life. He received his undergraduate degree from Wheaton College and his doctorate in psychology from Northern Illinois University. He is the member of the International Coach Federation and the Worldwide Association of Business Coaches.
He has published several videos and books on the topics of coaching, conflict resolution, confidence in the workplace, and change. His book, “The Coward’s Guide to Conflict” is in its fourth printing and has been translated into four foreign languages. He has been interviewed and appeared in The Bottom Line, The Chicago Tribune, People Magazine, Readers Digest, First for Women and other periodicals. He has also appeared on CNN radio news, VH-1 News, Total Living and ABC Channel 7 News.
Dr. Tim Ursiny is also available for one on one coaching sessions. He can be reached at Advantage Coaching & Training, Inc., 480 East Roosevelt Rd., Suite 105, West Chicago, IL, 60185; phone: (630) 293-0210; email: email@example.com.
Visit Timothy Ursiny’s website at www.AdvantageCoaching.com
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Debra Reble PhD: Monday, October 17, 2011
She also is the founder of HeartPaths, a producer of materials inspiring full self-expression, and a director of Foundation in
Light, an international nonprofit educational organization furthering spiritual growth and self-realization.
In the provocative new model of relationship set forth in Soul-Hearted Partnership, longtime counselor Debra L. Reble, Ph.D., shows how dreams of amazing relationships come true when individuals cultivate first a soul partnership with themselves. Soul-Hearted Partnership lays the groundwork by presenting a series of spiritual principles for integrating body, heart, spirit, and soul and intertwining the combined energies with those of a loved one, while acknowledging the shared energy source.
Visit Debra Reble’s website at www.SoulHeartedPartnership.com
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Thomas Crum is an internationally acclaimed author, seminar leader, and martial artist. His books include The Magic of Conflict, Journey to Center, and Three Deep Breaths: Finding Power and Purpose in a Stressed-Out World.
Tom leads trainings for some of the world’s largest and most influential corporations as well as for governmental agencies and educational institutions. His work takes him to many hot spots of the world including Russia, Northern Ireland, and Africa, and he has co-led a session in Indonesia with the Dalai Lama.
Tom Crum is a peak performance coach working with executives as well as professional and amateur athletes. For people who love integrating learning with play, Tom offers “The Magic of Skiing” workshops in the winter, “The Magic of Golf” workshops in the summer, and “Journey to Center” workshops in the fall.
Tom’s work in conflict, stress, and peak performance is applicable to business, as well as to relationships, athletic performance, and family life. As you can see, Tom is not just “another talking head.”
As author Ken Blanchard says, “Tom Crum’s programs stand head and shoulders above all others,” or as Chicken Soup author Mark Victor Hansen, puts it, “I am deeply appreciative of Thomas Crum’s phenomenal talent, work and mastery. I want my entire team to take his training.”
Visit Tom Crum’s website at www.AikiWorks.com
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Jeffrey Gitterman: Monday, October 3, 2011
Jeff Gitterman is an award winning financial advisor and the CEO of Gitterman & Associates Wealth Management, LLC. www.gawmllc.com. He is also the co-founder of Beyond Success, www.BeyondSuccessConsulting.com, a coaching and consulting company that brings more holistic ideas to the world of business and finance. His first book, Beyond Success; Redefining the Meaning of Prosperity, was recently published by the American Management Association (AMACOM).
Over the past several years, Jeff has been featured in Money Magazine, CNN, AM New York, Financial Advisor, Affluent Magazine, The Star Ledger, London Glossy, New Jersey Business Journal and News 12 New Jersey, among others. In 2004, he was honored by Fortune Small Business Magazine as “One of Our Nation’s Best Bosses.” Jeff also serves as chairman of the advisory board to the Autism Center of New Jersey Medical School, an organization that to date has raised over a million dollars for autism research and support services.
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David Cortright: Monday, September 26, 2011
David Cortright is the Director of Policy Studies at the Kroc Institute and Chair of the Board of the Fourth Freedom Forum. The author or editor of 17 books, most recently Ending Obama’s War (forthcoming May 2011, Paradigm) and Towards Nuclear Zero (Routledge, IISS, 2010) he also is the editor of Peace Policy, Kroc’s online journal. He blogs at davidcortright.net.
Other recent works by Cortright include the 2nd edition of Gandhi and Beyond: Nonviolence for a New Political Age (Paradigm, 2009), Peace: A History of Movements and Ideas (Cambridge University Press, 2008), and Uniting Against Terror: Cooperative Nonmilitary Responses to the Global Terrorist Threat (MIT Press, 2007), co-edited with George A. Lopez. Over the past decade, Cortright and Lopez have written or co-edited a series of major works on multilateral sanctions, including Smart Sanctions (Rowman & Littlefield, 2002), Sanctions and the Search for Security (Lynne Rienner, 2002) and The Sanctions Decade (Lynne Rienner, 2000). Cortright also is editor of The Price of Peace: Incentives and International Conflict Prevention (Rowman & Littlefield, 1997).
Cortright has written widely about nonviolent social change, nuclear disarmament, and the use of multilateral sanctions and incentives as tools of international peacemaking. He has provided research services to the foreign ministries of Canada, Denmark, Germany, Japan, The Netherlands, Sweden, and Switzerland, and has served as consultant or advisor to agencies of the United Nations, the Carnegie Commission on Preventing Deadly Conflict, the International Peace Academy, and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.
Cortright has a long history of public advocacy for disarmament and the prevention of war. As an active duty soldier during the Vietnam War, he spoke against that conflict. In 1978, Cortright was named executive director of SANE, the Committee for a Sane Nuclear Policy, which under his leadership grew from 4,000 to 150,000 members and became the largest disarmament organization in the United States. He also was actively involved in the nuclear freeze movement of the 1980s. In November 2002, he helped to create Win Without War, a coalition of national organizations opposing the invasion and occupation of Iraq.
After graduating with a B.A. in history from the University of Notre Dame in 1968, Cortright earned an M.A. degree in history from New York University. He completed doctoral studies in political science at the Union Institute in residence at the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, D.C.
Visit David Cortright’s website at www.DavidCortright.net.
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Michael Patterson, Ed.D. is Vice President of Business Development for Personal Strengths USA and co-author of Have a Nice Conflict: A Story of Finding Success and Satisfaction in the Most Unlikely Places. Mike began his career as an U.S. Army officer and then spent 20 years in a variety of sales, marketing and training roles in the pharmaceutical industry culminating in his leadership of two comprehensive employee development programs. In addition to his work with organizational clients, Mike is an adjunct professor teaching in the doctoral program at Pepperdine University’s Graduate School of Education and Psychology. He lives with his wife and son in Aliso Viejo, CA.
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Susie Weller: Monday, September 12, 2011
With over 30 years experience in providing educational services, Susie coaches people how to increase satisfying relationships both at home and at work. Susie has a B.A. in Communications through UC Santa Barbara and a Master’s Degree in Pastoral Ministry through Seattle University, WA. As a Certified Thinking Styles Consultant through Herrmann International, Susie uses the Herrmann Brain Dominance Instrument to help people identify their preferred thinking styles. Also, she assists people in recognizing their dominant style under stress and conflict.
Susie is author of “Why Don’t You Understand? Improve Family Communication with the 4 Thinking Styles” (Parenting Press, 2009). Susie also balances brain research with practical applications for families and businesses. For 10 years, Suzie has experience as an Adjunct Parenting and Family Success Instructor for the Community Colleges of Spokane. As a Certified Life and Spiritual Coach through Cindy Wigglesworth, Suzie learned from someone that pioneered the first internationally validated spiritual assessment. Suzie Weller is an internationally known webinar presenter and speaker with clients from Australia to Sweden.
Visit Susie Weller’s website at www.SusieWeller.com
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Amanda Owen is an author, speaker, and consultant. She has been presenting lectures and workshops since the mid-eighties on a variety of topics in the spirituality, empowerment and self-improvement genres. Her research during the last twenty years into the nature of receptivity and its link to manifestation led her to develop a system that helps people manifest the lives they want by developing their capacity to receive.
She reports her findings in her latest book The Power of Receiving: A Revolutionary Approach to Giving Yourself the Life You Want and Deserve (Jeremy P. Tarcher/Penguin, 2010) N.Y. Times best-selling author Christiane Northrup, M.D. says, “The Power of Receiving is brilliant, elegant, profound and enormously practical.”
Visit Amanda Owen’s website at www.ThePowerofReceiving.com
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Brian Grossman, PhD, aka Dr. Brian, is a professional psychologist with a twist! He spent four years in prison (as a psychologist), and is currently a relationship expert, motivational speaker, and author of “Learning to Listen: Did you Hear What I Think I Said?”
Dr. Brian has worked with for-profits, non-profits and individuals at all levels, and has provided training for organizations from IBM to the IRS, from Goodwill Industries to the San Diego Zoo, and hundreds of others. But he’s most proud of his work with a most-difficult population — prison inmates. His efforts in training corrections officers in basic mental health practices helped reduce conflicts between officers and inmates, completely upended the rules governing the interactions between corrections officers and psychology departments, and increased state audit compliance from 20% to 98%.
In addition to his speaking work, he sits on the Advisory Board of Smooth Transition, Inc., a non-profit serving and empowering underprivileged at-risk populations through life skills development, educational and vocational training and mentorship to prevent re-entry to foster or judicial systems, poverty and homelessness.
Visit Brian Grossman’s website at http://drbriangrossman.com
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Douglas Noll: Monday, August 22, 2011
After a successful 22 year trial career, Doug decided that litigation was a wasteful way to resolve conflicts, and earned his Masters Degree in Peacemaking and Conflict Studies. Since then, he has dedicated his life to mediation and peacemaking. Today, Doug is a nationally recognized mediator, trainer, and speaker. He has hosted a weekly radio show dedicated to giving a voice to international peacemakers for over five years. His current pro bono project is training murderers committed to life sentences in the largest women’s prison in the world to become peacemakers and mediators (go to www.prisonofpeace.org for more information this project).
Professionally, Doug is a Distinguished Fellow of the International Academy of Mediators, a Distinguished Fellow of the American College of Civil Trial Mediators and on the American Arbitration Association panel of mediators and arbitrators. Doug was one of the first U.S. mediators certified under the international mediator standards established by the International Mediation Institute based in The Hague, Netherlands.
He is an author of the books Elusive Peace: How Modern Diplomatic Strategies Could Better Resolve World Conflicts (Prometheus, in press for release Spring 2011), Sex, Politics & Religion at the Office: The New Competitive Advantage (Auberry Press 2006), with John Boogaert, and Peacemaking: Practicing at the Intersection of Law and Human Conflict (Cascadia Publishing House 2002), and numerous chapters and articles on peacemaking, restorative justice, conflict resolution and mediation. He is a sought after mediator trainer, lecturer, speaker, and continuing education teacher. Doug has been recognized as one of the Best Lawyers in America by U.S. News & World Report and is a Northern California Super Lawyer in Alternative Dispute Resolution. He has mediated over 1,500 conflicts, including business disputes, clergy sexual abuse cases, victim-offender criminal cases, and large litigated cases. His particular interest is in deep, intractable conflicts where emotions are running high.
As he became interested in international mediation efforts he observed that international mediators, for the most part, were inexperienced in the science and art of mediation. Their rookie mistakes were making things worse, often leading to genocide or further war. Unfortunately, political leaders, diplomats, special envoys, and retired generals are often appointed to a job for which they are not trained nor have sufficient aptitude. Elusive Peace shows why we can no longer afford to allow political, diplomatic, and military leaders mediate peace accords. They simply don’t know what they are doing.
Visit Douglas Nolls’ website at www.ElusivePeace.com
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Stephen Frueh, M.Div; PhD: Monday, August 15, 2011
Stephen is a coach and educator who has a passion for teaching people the fundamentals of effective relationships. He created the With These Rings model, working on it for over ten years, and expects to publish it this year.
Raised in the inner cities of New Jersey, Stephen is a high school dropout whose hunger for learning led him to earn a Master’s of Divinity (Theology) and a Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD) in Clinical Psychology. He has studied leadership with the BestWork People in San Francisco, CA, and regularly consults with organizations and businesses in leadership development.
Stephen has been a consultant to civic organizations, parent groups and schools and has spoken to groups across the country on relationships, leadership, personal success and self-esteem. He has actively participated in men’s gatherings for the past fifteen years as well as spoken at several events.
He brings passion and compassion to the challenges of relationship, the creation of ‘sustainable enthusiasm’ in marriage and the needs of families.
Visit Stephen Frueh’s website at http://marriageconversation.com
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Barbara Oakley, PhD: Monday, August 8, 2011
Dr. Barbara Oakley’s academic career came after a series of globetrotting adventures that got her dubbed “a female Indiana Jones.” While knocking back tumblers of vodka with the captain of a Soviet fishing boat during the height of the Cold War, she was told, “You know too much, it’s time to kill you”— a rhyme in Russian.
Other exploits include rising from U.S. Army private to captain, during which Oakley was recognized as a Distinguished Military Scholar, and teaching in Qíqíhā’ěr, Manchuria—“the Red Chinese equivalent of Fargo, North Dakota, but with six million people,” she says. And she literally went to the end of the earth to find her husband, whom she met while working as a radio operator at the South Pole Station in Antarctica.
Dr. Oakley is the author of the previous best-seller, Evil Genes: Why Rome Fell, Hitler Rose, Enron Failed, and My Sister Stole My Mother’s Boyfriend. Now, she takes the audience on a spellbinding voyage of personal discovery through the lens of a killing described in her new book, Cold-Blooded Kindness: Neuroquirks of a Codependent Killer, or Just Give Me a Shot at Loving You, Dear. Oakley brings extraordinary insight to our deepest questions. Is kindness always the right answer? Is kindness always what it seems?
A professor of engineering at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan, Oakley is also is the editor of the forthcoming Pathological Altruism (Oxford University Press). One of the few women to hold a doctorate in systems engineering, Oakley is a Fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineers, and a recent vice president of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society – the world’s largest bioengineering organization. Her research highlights how neuroscience is informing our understanding of complex societal issues. Oakley has been at the forefront of efforts to expand the bioengineering profession and has won teaching-related awards from such organizations as the National Science Foundation. Her work has appeared in publications ranging from The New York Times to the IEEE Transactions on Nanobioscience.
Harvard’s E.O. Wilson has called Oakley’s research “wonderful!” while National Book Award winner Joyce Carol Oates has called her writing “riveting and disturbing.”
Visit Barbara Oakley’s website at www.BarbaraOakley.com
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Violet P. Woodhouse, JD: Monday, August 1, 2011
Violet P. Woodhouse, noted author, lecturer, seminar presenter and consultant to the media in the areas of family law and personal finance, is a foremost authority on the financial and tax aspects of divorce. A practicing family law attorney as well as a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™, she pioneered the development of financial analysis of property settlements for financial planners, and often acts as a consultant to divorcing spouses and their mediator during mediation.
Ms. Woodhouse is in private practice in Newport Beach, California, and has authored articles for the state and local bar associations and legal newspapers. Co-author of Nolo’s Divorce & Money, she has also written articles for or has been quoted in such publications as the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Working Woman, Lear’s, Money Magazine and Kiplinger’s Personal Finance Magazine. Worth Magazine has named her one of the top 60 financial advisors in the nation.
Visit Violet Woodhouse’s website at www.VPWLaw.com
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J. Kim Wright, JD: Monday, July 25, 2011
J. Kim Wright wears a lot of hats, among them: lawyer, author, editor, systems thinker, public relations advocate, coach, consultant, teacher, and trainer. A graduate of the University of Florida Levin College of Law, she has been licensed as a lawyer since 1989. She has been licensed in North Carolina since 1994.
Kim is a leader of a movement in law that is focused on collaboration, problem-solving, peace-making and healing conflict. In November of 2009, the ABA named Kim as one of the 50 Legal Rebels who are “finding new ways to practice law, represent their clients, adjudicate cases and train the next generation of lawyers.” The ABA also invited Kim to write a book and in April, 2010, Lawyers as Peacemakers, Practicing Holistic, Problem-Solving Law was published. It was named one of the ABA’s Flagship Series and was on the ABA best-seller list for most of 2010. Kim is the founder, co-owner and the publisher and managing editor of www.cuttingedgelaw.com.
Visit J. Kim Wright’s website at www.CuttingEdgeLaw.com
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Ken Cloke, JD, LLM, Ph.D.: Monday, July 18, 2011
He is the author of Mediating Dangerously: The Frontiers of Conflict Resolution; The Crossroads of Conflict: A Journey into the Heart of Dispute Resolution; and Conflict Revolution: Mediating Evil, War, Injustice, and Terrorism, and co-author with Joan Goldsmith of Resolving Conflicts at Work: 8 Strategies for Everyone on the Job; Resolving Personal and Organizational Conflict: Stories of Transformation and Forgiveness; The End of Management and the Rise of Organizational Democracy, and The Art of Waking People Up: Cultivating Awareness and Authenticity at Work. Check out other books by Ken Cloke by CLICKING HERE.
He is an Adjunct Professor at Pepperdine University School of Law; University of Amsterdam ADR Institute; Saybrook University, Massey University (New Zealand) and Southern Methodist University. He has done conflict resolution in 20 countries and is founder and past President of Mediators Beyond Borders.
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William L. Ury: Monday, July 11, 2011
William L. Ury co-founded Harvard’s Program on Negotiation and is currently a Senior Fellow of the Harvard Negotiation Project. He is the author of The Power of a Positive No: How to Say No & Still Get to Yes and co-author (with Roger Fisher) of Getting to Yes: Negotiating Agreement Without Giving In, an eight-million-copy bestseller translated into over thirty languages. “No other book in the field comes close to its impact on the way practitioners, teachers, researchers, and the public approach negotiation,” comments the National Institute on Dispute Resolution. Ury is also author of the award-winning Getting Past No: Negotiating with Difficult People and Getting To Peace (released in paperback under the title The Third Side.)
Over the last 30 years, Ury has served as a negotiation adviser and mediator in conflicts ranging from corporate mergers to wildcat strikes in a Kentucky coal mine to ethnic wars in the Middle East, the Balkans, and the former Soviet Union. With former president Jimmy Carter, he cofounded the International Negotiation Network, a non-governmental body seeking to end civil wars around the world. During the 1980s, he helped the US and Soviet governments create nuclear crisis centers designed to avert an accidental nuclear war. In that capacity, he served as a consultant to the Crisis Management Center at the White House. More recently, Ury has served as a third party in helping to end a civil war in Aceh, Indonesia, and helping to prevent one in Venezuela.
Ury has taught negotiation to tens of thousands of corporate executives, labor leaders, diplomats and military officers around the world. He helps organizations endeavor to reach mutually profitable agreements with customers, suppliers, unions, and joint-venture partners.
Ury is also co-founder of the e-Parliament (www.e-parl.net), which offers the 25,000 members of congress and parliament around the world an Internet-based forum in which they can learn from one another other about legislative solutions that work and together tackle global problems such as climate change, energy efficiency, and terrorism. His most recent project is the Abraham Path Initiative (www.abrahampath.org), which seeks to connect the human family step by step by creating a permanent route of cross-cultural tourism in the Middle East that retraces the footsteps of Abraham, the unifying figure of many faiths and peoples.
Ury is the recipient of the Whitney North Seymour Award from the American Arbitration Association and the Distinguished Service Medal from the Russian Parliament. His work has been widely featured in the media from The New York Times to the Financial Times and from ABC to the BBC.
Trained as a social anthropologist, with a B.A. from Yale and a Ph.D. from Harvard, Ury has carried out his research on negotiation not only in the boardroom and at the bargaining table but also among the Bushmen of the Kalahari and the clan warriors of New Guinea.
Visit William Ury’s website at www.WilliamUry.com
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S. Leonard Scheff is an AFT Board Member, a graduate of Boalt School of Law at the University of California, Berkeley, and a practicing attorney in Tucson, Arizona. He is a Zen Buddhist and has attended several of the public teachings by His Holiness the Dalai Lama including the five day workshop in Tucson in 1993, and a more recent 2006 teaching.
He has organized his “Letting Go of Anger” seminar with input by John Tarrant Roshi since 1993. While the seminar is based on Buddhism through the teachings of the Dalai Lama, he believes these same principles are universal in all spiritual traditions. In addition, Mr. Scheff has attended and led numerous Gestalt Workshops.
Visit Leonard Scheff’s website at: www.TransformingAnger.com
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Tony Campolo is Professor Emeritus of Sociology at Eastern University in St. Davids, Pennsylvania. He previously served for ten years on the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania. He is a graduate of Eastern College and earned a Ph.D. from Temple University.
Founder and President of the Evangelical Association for the Promotion of Education (EAPE), Dr. Campolo has worked to create, nurture and support programs for “at-risk” children in cities across North America, and has helped establish schools and universities in several developing countries.
Dr. Campolo is a media commentator on religious, social and political matters, having guested on television programs like The Colbert Report, Nightline, Crossfire, Politically Incorrect, The Charlie Rose Show, Larry King Live, CNN Dayside, CNN News and MSNBC News. He co-hosted his own television series, Hashing It Out, on the Odyssey Network, and presently hosts Across The Pond, a weekly program on the Premier Christian Radio Network in England. He is also a highly respected and sought after guest on radio stations across the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand.
Dr. Campolo speaks about 350 different times each year around the world for a wide variety of groups including churches, colleges, youth groups and the business community. He is the author of 38 books. Dr. Campolo is an ordained minister, has served American Baptist Churches in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, and is presently recognized as an associate pastor of the Mount Carmel Baptist Church in West Philadelphia. Dr. Campolo and his wife, Peggy, live in the Philadelphia area and have two grown children and four grandchildren.
Visit Tony Campolo’s website at: www.TonyCampolo.com
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Nancy Dreyfus: Monday, June 20, 2011
Nancy Dreyfus, Psy.D. has been a highly respected psychotherapist, couples therapist and clinical supervisor in the Philadelphia area for over 25 years. She is considered a major thinker and crusader in bringing emotional literacy into the mainstream, and her recent book, Talk To Me Like I’m Someone You Love: Relationship Repair in a Flash (Tarcher/Penguin 2010) was cited as “one of the 24 brainstorms of the planet” in an Utne Reader cover story and has been a top contender in the current Next Brilliant Idea for Humanity contest. Dr. Dreyfus has developed a way of using written messages to get combative, defensive or otherwise disconnected couples back to “friendly”–and often “mature”–in a matter of minutes.
In addition to getting her doctorate in clinical psychology at Hahnemann Medical College, Dr. Dreyfus is a graduate of the Columbia School of Journalism and a former prizewinning investigative reporter. Her life took a dramatic turn when what started out as an exposé of a spiritual group had her turning inward, heading for a life as a meditation teacher, and giving up a job offer at The New York Times.
This personal transformation had Dr. Dreyfus fascinated with the way internal shifts actually impact our outer world more than the crusades she was used to. She has studied, taught and integrated mainstream psychological approaches with the principles of The Secret, and in fact, for many years taught a class called The Suburban Mystic, bringing metaphysics to Main Line soccer moms and businessmen. In Talk To Me Like I’m Someone You Love, Dr. Dreyfus makes practical her belief that staying connected to your own vulnerability will put your relationship on a more loving, intimate–and saner–track.
Nancy Dreyfus’ thinking has been cited in The Utne Reader, Harper-Collins 500 Ways to Change the World, The Global Ideas Bank, Spirituality and Health, The Journal of Couples Therapy and mainstream publications like Redbook and Glamour. John Gottman, Ph.D. the respected marital researcher credits her with stimulating some of his own thinking on the nature of human repair mechanisms. He reports that the happiest couples naturally infuse their arguing with the kind of messages Dreyfus is intelligently teaching the world to use.
Visit Nancy Dreyfus’ website at: www.NancyDreyfus.com
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Chaney Weiner: Monday, June 13, 2011
Chaney Weiner is a sought after authority on human potential and personal development. He is the founder of the Chaney Institute of Human Potential, an organization dedicated to empowering people worldwide in all seven areas of life (Financial, physical, family, mental, spiritual, vocational, and social) by helping them discover their hidden brilliance and uniqueness based on what is most important to them.
An acknowledged transformational leader and a leading expert on success and raising human potential, Chaney has inspired millions of people around the world, sharing his breakthrough methods for personal and professional success in the seven different areas of life. Chaney is often approached by the media for his inspiring insights and advice. His work has been featured on Montel Across America with Montel Williams, Hollywood Confidential with Leeza Gibbons, Hay House Radio and on hundreds of radio shows throughout the world.
Visit Chaney Weiner’s website at: www.ChaneyWeiner.com
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William W. Purkey, EdD: Monday, June 6, 2011
Dr. Purkey is Professor Emeritus of Counselor Education, the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and Co-Founder of the International Alliance for Invitational Education. His professional career includes service as a public school teacher, as a United States Park Ranger, as an Explosive Ordnance Disposal Specialist in the United States Air Force, and as a university professor.
During his teaching career, Dr. Purkey has received the University of Florida Award for Instructor Excellence, the Standard Oil Foundation Good Teaching Award, and the Outstanding Teacher Award presented by the Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership honor society. In 1997 Dr. Purkey received the highest award for teaching given by the University of North Carolina System: The Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Teaching.
Dr. Purkey is the recipient of the Distinguished Alumnus Award, given by the School of Education, University of Virginia, and the Professional Development Award presented by the American Consulting Association. More recently in 2005, Dr. Purkey received the Royal Conservatory of Music Excellence in Education Award for his work in encouraging learning through the arts.
A prolific writer, Dr. Purkey has authored or co-authored over 90 professional articles, and nine books.
Visit the International Alliance for Invitational Education website at: www.invitationaleducation.net
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Dr. Ani Kalayjian: Monday, May 30, 2011
Dr. Ani Kalayjian is a psychology professor, American Board Certified Expert in Traumatic Stress, logotherapeutic psychotherapist, traumatologist, Genocide Scholar, conflict resolution expert, researcher, community organizer, and international consultant. She has over twenty years of experience in disaster management, mass-trauma interventions & conflict resolution; twenty years of university teaching experience and has been a psychotherapist in practice in both NY/NJ for 25 yrs.
Since 1990, Dr. Kalayjian has been actively involved at the United Nations, pursuing the human right of children, trauma survivors, women, and refugees. She is founder and President of the Armenian American Society for Studies on Stress and Genocide; President of the Int. Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, NY Chapter (1993-2003); Chair of the World Federation for Mental Health Human Rights Committee(1995-2004), Co-Founder, Past President & Board member of the Global Society for Nursing and Health (1998-2004), Founder & President of Association for Trauma Outreach & Prevention, Treasurer, APA International Division (2004-2009), Program Chair APA 2004 International. Division, Hawaii. She is the Founder of the Mental Health Outreach Program (MHOP) to the Republic of Armenia, providing psychological emergency care, managing the program, as well as conducting research. Dr. Kalayjian implemented MHOP later in Japan, Kuwait, the former Yugoslavia, Turkey, Sri Lanka post tsunami, Pakistan post earthquake of 10/8/2005, & Lebanon, Armenia, & Sierra Leone post war. She conducts workshops around the world healing the wounds of generationally transmitted trauma of wars, Genocides & Holocaust.
Dr. Kalayjian has presented her research papers, conducted workshops, and chaired panel discussion nationwide. Internationally, her research papers have been presented in over 30 countries.
Visit Dr. Ani Kalayjian’s website at: www.meaningfulworld.com
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Judge Jon Memmott, Arbinger Institute: Monday, May 23, 2011
Jon Memmott is a retired District Court Judge (18 years) and Adjunct Professor teaching Employment Law at BYU Marriott School (31years). He joined Arbinger in 2010 as General Counsel and is a Member/Manager of the Arbinger Institute and Arbinger Conflict Resolution Services LLC which offers services to Legal, Judicial, Mediation, Law Enforcement, Military, and Correctional professionals and organizations. Jon also serves as General Counsel for ThomasArts. He has prior experience in private practice, as Legislative General Counsel for the Utah Legislature and Chief of Staff/Legal Counsel for Governor Bangerter. He was in private practice representing various governmental, business and private organizations. His eighteen years of judicial work includes over 175 jury trials and over 1,000 bench trials and approximately 300 mediations in civil, criminal, tax, and domestic areas of the law. Jon has developed a mediation and arbitration practice in partnership with Arbinger. Judge Memmott graduated from Arizona State University Law School and has an undergraduate degree in Psychology from Arizona State University and a Master’s Degree in Management from Brigham Young University.
The Arbinger Institute is a worldwide institute that helps corporate and non-corporate organizations, families, individuals, and communities to solve the problems that have been created by the pervasive but little-known problem of self-deception (the problem of not knowing and resisting the possibility that one has a problem). Arbinger’s first book, Leadership and Self-Deception, quickly became an international bestseller. Launched with no fanfare when Arbinger (and its work) was little known, the book generated tremendous word-of-mouth momentum. Sales of the book continue to grow at an increasing rate even today. Since Leadership and Self-Deception was published, many readers have clamored for a book that explores Arbinger’s work more deeply and that applies that work more explicitly to issues outside the workplace as well as within. The Anatomy of Peace was written for this purpose and out of a desire to help resolve conflicts large and small that burden families, workplaces, and communities. Headquartered in the United States, Arbinger now has operations in many countries, including the United Kingdom, France, Germany, The Netherlands, Israel, South Africa, India, Singapore, Malaysia, Australia, New Zealand, Taiwan, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Bermuda, and Canada.
Visit the Arbinger Institute’s website at: www.arbinger.com
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David J. Smith, United States Institute of Peace: Monday May 16, 2011
David J. Smith is the national educational outreach officer at the United States Institute of Peace. He coordinates institute-wide educational outreach and public programming efforts. Smith works closely with educational and professional associations, academic institutions, and public groups to promote institute objectives. He speaks frequently to community, faculty and student groups on a variety of issues including civil society and peacebuilding, child soldiers, conflict resolution education and international education.
Before joining the institute in 2005, his work focused on teaching at the college and university level. As a Fulbright scholar, Smith taught peace studies and alternative dispute resolution at the University of Tartu in Tartu, Estonia. He has also taught at the undergraduate level at Harford Community College, Goucher College, Towson University, and Stevenson University, and at the graduate level at George Mason University. Through USIP, he has traveled widely around the U.S. consulting with colleges and universities on approaches to teaching peace. He has also worked in the fields of domestic and community conflict resolution, and as a practicing attorney. He has lectured on American mediator practice at Uppsala University in Sweden and the University of Jammu in India. Smith currently serves on the Rockville, Maryland Human Rights Commission and has published in the International Herald Tribune, Baltimore Sun, and Chronicle of Higher Education. Smith holds a B.A. in political science and urban affairs from the American University School of Public Affairs, an M.S. from the George Mason University Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, and a J.D. from the University of Baltimore School of Law.
The United States Institute of Peace is an independent, nonpartisan institution established and funded by Congress to increase the nation’s capacity to manage international conflict without violence. The United States Institute of Peace (USIP) is transforming approaches to international conflict. USIP draws on a variety of resources in fulfilling its congressional mandate: staff, grantees, fellows, research, education, training, innovation, outreach, publications, and national and international partnerships
Visit the United States Institute of Peace website at: www.usip.org
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Paula Garb: Monday, May 9, 2011
Paula Garb is Co-Director and co-founder of UC Irvine’s Center for Citizen Peacebuilding. She is a lecturer in anthropology, director of the minor in conflict resolution, and director of the minor in civic and community engagement at the University of California, Irvine. She is a facilitator and researcher of citizen peacebuilding projects.
Garb spent 17 years living and working in Moscow, where she received her M.A. in anthropology from Moscow State University and later completed her doctorate in anthropology from the Russian Academy of Sciences Institute of Anthropology. She ultimately secured a job as a field producer for CBS News in Moscow, where she worked until she came to UCI in 1991.
After returning to live and work in the U.S. she has studied the mobilization of activists around environmental problems associated with the nuclear weapons complex in Russia and the role of citizen initiatives in the ethnic conflicts of the Caucasus. Since 1995, with funding from the University of California, the JAMS Foundation, United Nations Development Programme, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the US Institute of Peace, USAID, and the Winston Foundation for World Peace, she has been promoting citizen peacebuilding activities and research. Her primary project has focused on facilitating and studying peacebuilding efforts between Abkhaz and Georgian academics, journalists, representatives of nongovernmental organizations, and politicians.
In 1999 she initiated a coordination network of peacebuilding projects and organizations working in the Georgian-Abkhaz conflict, and continues to foster the network. Garb has been using her long-term and in-depth experience and research data from the Georgian-Abkhaz conflict to examine and compare how citizens are helping to resolve disputes in other conflict zones, such as Kosovo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Middle East, Cyprus, and Northern Ireland. She draws on these experiences for courses in conflict resolution that she teaches for UCI students and Los Angeles gang intervention workers. Her work has also led to a number of publications in academic and other journals.
Visit Paula Garb’s website at: www.ccpb.org
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Bill Wilmot, Ph.D.: Monday, May 2, 2011
Bill specializes in conflict and mediation, especially in the workplace, is Director of the Collaboration Institute, and an Advanced Practitioner with the Association for Conflict Resolution. He has intervened in over 400 disputes and helped diverse organizations over the past 25 years with a variety of issues. His major conflict publications are the co-authored Interpersonal Conflict, 8th edition and Artful Mediation. the Interpersonal conflict book has made a major impact on understanding how conflict originates and what practical steps one can take.
Bill has an active local and international practice having worked with clients from Italy, Finland, Switzerland, South Africa, Spain, Japan, Belgium, Sweden, Taiwan, England, Singapore, New Zealand, Denmark and the U.S. Bill was one of the key architects of the 5 Disciplines of Innovation workshops, where he specializes in team issues, and he is co-author, with Curt Carlson, CEO of SRI International of Innovation: The Five Disciplines for Creating What Customers Want.
Visit Bill Wilmot’s website at: www.collaborationinstitute.com
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Gary Harper: Monday, April 18, 2011
Gary Harper is the principal of Harper and Associates. He is a trainer, writer and facilitator who specializes in conflict resolution. Through his unique blend of experience as a personal injury lawyer, general manager, insurance regulator and retail store owner, he learned the value of clear communication and conflict resolution skills. Since 1991 he has trained and mediated in a wide variety of organizations – from health care to the film industry to many levels of government.
He is a member of the instructional team of the Centre for Conflict Resolution at the Justice Institute of B. C. and recently authored The Joy of Conflict Resolution: Transforming Victims, Villains and Heroes in the Workplace and at Home.
Visit Gary Harper’s website at: www.joyofconflict.com
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Andrew Oser: Monday April 11, 2011
A coach and trainer since 1970, Andrew Oser has helped more than 50,000 children and adults to express their highest potential. Currently, through his business, Summit Coaching Services, he offers life and executive coaching sessions, as well as seminars and retreats.
As the Founder and Executive Director of the nonprofit Joy of Sports Foundation, he developed and ran programs which served more than 50.000 at-risk children across the United States. His work with the Joy of Sports Foundation was recognized as a Point of Light by the White House.
Andrew has spoken and given workshops throughout North America and Asia, and has conducted seminars for major corporations such as General Dynamics and HBO. He is the author of The Joy of Tennis and Star Power for Preschoolers, and the recently published How Alternation Can Change Your Life. Mr. Oser is a summa cum laude graduate of PrincetonUniversity.
Visit Andrew Oser’s website at: http://www.summitcoachingservices.net
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