Meet the Gurus

Meet The Experts, Intellectuals, Pop Culture Disrupters, Brainiacs, Mentors, Rebels, Misfits, World Changers, Thinkers, Theorists, Social Figure Pioneers, Masters, Sages, Scholars, Thought Leaders and Philosophers Who Use the Power of Purpose to Remake Our World.  

Eric Pulier

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Eric Pulier is an American entrepreneur, author, and philanthropist based in Los Angeles, California. He is a technologist, published author, columnist, public speaker, and founder of over fifteen companies. Pulier has raised hundreds of millions of dollars for ventures he has founded or co-founded. He began programming computers in the fourth grade and started a database computer company in high school. Pulier began studying at Harvard University in 1984. He majored in English and American literature, was an editor and wrote a column for The Harvard Crimson, and took classes at neighboring school MIT. He graduated magna cum laude in 1988. Many of his companies went on to sell for 9 figures and he has been an innovative and industry leader for decades. he is one of the most innovative minds on the planet and working with philanthropic organizations making a massive difference in the major industries of the world.

Shannon Ashford

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Shannon is passionate about helping young people find their purpose while in college. She works as the Student Coordinator at CSUN office of Student Involvement and Development directing students through career services and guiding them along their path to define and finish their major.

Rick Schirmer

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Rick is a pioneer of viral and influencer marketing. He began his career at Disney/Pixar in their Corporate Alliance, Brand Strategy and Motion Picture Marketing groups. He left his internal role at Disney to launch over 200 campaigns and viral brand programs, in over 12 countries, for entertainment brands like Universal Pictures, Lionsgate, NBC, ABC, and consumer brands Chick-fil-A, Wal-Mart, Procter & Gamble, Whole Foods, Coca-Cola and more. Rick completed his master’s studies at Oxford University (Global Enterprise Management) and Pepperdine University (MBA).

Tony Dunn

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Tony has extensive international travel experience and is leading some of the largest and most dynamic community movements around the world and been an advisor and oversight to these communities and churches. He leads a church in Corona, California and is an avidly sought after speaker and high capacity and influence coach.

Alex Capecelatro

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Alex is deeply passionate about the intersection of design and technology. After working on nanotechnology and bioengineering projects for the Naval Research Lab, Harvard University, Sandia National Lab, NASA, and UCLA, Alex consulted for the X Prize Foundation and Aerogel Technologies. With a desire to bridge his engineering interests and consumer products, Alex joined Fisker Automotive full time. It was at Fisker that Alex saw firsthand the power of combining brilliant engineering and elegant design to inspire consumers.

In 2011 Alex left to start Hyphos Inc, a software company based in Los Angeles, California. With a passion to take what he learned in consumer product design and technology, Alex built a team aimed at bridging the online-offline gap in order to connect people in a more meaningful way. His first product, At The Pool, has been featured in the likes of Forbes, LA Times, and Fast Company, and boasts members in more than 120 countries across 3,500 cities. Yeti, a local recommendation product that emerged from At The Pool passed 3,000,000 swipes in just the first few months. He is currently the CEO and co-founder of Josh.ai which is an AI agent for home automation.

Rachel McCord

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She is the founder of The McCord List of Fabulous Ish, a fashion and lifestyle blog. Rachel has a large social following and community and The McCord List community consists of some of the most influential women in media and has a collective reach of 1,000,000,000 people. She's been recognized by US Weekly, InTouch, OK, L.A. Confidential, Extra, Glamour, ABC News, UK Vogue, Hollyscoop, Perez Hilton, Forbes, DailyMail and CNN for her work, and regularly speaks to young people in at-risk camps and shelters.

Alyssa Garcia

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Alyssa is a digital and social media marketing and strategy professional with more than 12+ years experience in new media, content creation, campaign planning and product development. She is currently working at Facebook in Music Business Development and Partnerships and has held previous leadership roles at Disney, Universal Music Group and Warner Music Group.

Katrina Gorospe

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Katrina is a passionate young women that is actively involved in community service, leading those younger than her and learning her path in life. She is excited to share Purpose and the knowledge she has gained in her journey.

Lior Elazary

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Lior is the pioneer of inVia Robotics. He has more than twenty years of leadership and business experience, Lior has directed and guided teams developing everything from back-office systems to the core technologies of the business. As a serial entrepreneur, Lior has completed several large successful exits, including HostPro (now Web.com). He was and has been the founder and CEO of many ventures and holds his Masters in Computer Science and Intelligent Robotics and University of Southern California where is also a Ph.D. Candidate. He is one of the leaders in Robotics and pioneer the new age of computers for all.

Chad Billmyer

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Chad Billmyer co-founded Panjo, a marketplace catering to the needs of auto, sport, and hobby enthusiasts. Tapatalk acquired Panjo in August 2017. He also led the interactive marketing arm of Petersons.com. He oversaw sales, Solution Selling training, product development, customer support, marketing, and strategic planning for Petersons.com and StudentEdge.com, education planning Web sites with an annual audience of over 6MM uniques.

Zack James

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Zack James is the CEO, Founder of Animeme Studios - a digital animation studio with 2,000,000,000 views, and 10,000,000,000 fans across social media. Zack began as a YouTuber in 2009 where he quickly made a successful living. In 2013, Zack removed his original videos in protest to larger companies taking advantage of creators. He went on to found his own company, Animeme Studios, built with independent animators and creators - where they built viral hits, cracked algorithm codes, and won awards & recognitions.

Zack is a man of compassion, drive and purpose who's constantly building something that millions love. The world's largest events and conferences invites Zack to speak on his thoughts and experiences. He believes in the power of purpose and personal motivation - learning this as a young child traveling the world with autism, and discovering how to use it to his advantage.

Pamela Farris

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Pamela has over two decades of experience within the public education system within America. She has worked her way to the top and is now a Chief Academic Officer and leader for Cornerstone Education Group that services the second largest population of Detroit students outside of the DPS. She is a thought leader, analyst and serves on many boards bringing change and growth to schools and students everywhere.

Jared Davis

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Jared is the principal at a local Detroit thriving High School and has worked in the education field for over a decade. He is experienced yet ambitious and optimistic. He is an educational professional seeking to be the change that will thrust public education into the global forefront.

Cassandra Huysentruyt Grey

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Cassandra was a former marketing consultant and fashion entrepreneur, launched her beauty business, Violet Grey and now today it includes a gorgeous online magazine called The Violet Files (think: high glamour muses of yesterday and today), super-curated e-commerce site and beautiful boutique. She is an accomplished CEO and celebrity that has uncountable counts of successful within her professional career. Cassandra has 140,000 followers on just one of her social accounts and has worked with the top names in pop culture in many different career verticals. Cassandra counts Elizabeth Taylor as a huge influence in her life and held a Violet Grey salon dinner on the late actress’ birthday and used the event to raise money for AIDS awareness. She’s worked with Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Eva Mendes and Kim Kardashian and many others.

Rhoda Nazanin

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Rhoda is a passionate and energetic media director. She has founded her own media company and learned all the Adobe Suite products on her own while building the media company, procuring customers, submitting invoices and leading her life. She now works on staff as a media director and is focused on growing brands.

Mikaiella Jones

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Mikaiella as a child always had the passion to create. She's been fortunate enough to experience different ways of creativity through photography, dance and art. She's been dedicated to her photography career 5 years and shot many models and figures.

Danniebelle Cagas

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Danniebelle has organized curriculum, youth camps, events, developed leaders, and ran all communications within and outside organizational settings. She is passionate about helping young people find Purpose and has a background teaching music. She lives in California with her beautiful family.

Amanda Latifi

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Amanda is a integrated marketer with a passion for entertainment, fashion, and lifestyle consumer brands and initiatives. She has a depth of knowledge in content marketing, technology start-ups, mobile interface and brand marketing, experiential marketing and digital and social strategies. She enjoys tech life and startups and has worked extensively with some of the most powerful and popular brands and figures. She is the founder and CEO of Hafta-Have, an award winning technology company that helps retailers drive traffic and conversion to their stores. She holds many degrees and her career experience range from Senior Brand and Digital Strategist to Freelancer Director, Head of Marketing all the way to CEO.

Bryan Kocol

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Bryan is the founder of many different ventures and the technical Co-Founder of a startup helping individuals choose the best healthcare plan. Passionate about technology and Agile software development. Proven track record of creating an environment that yields happiness and success.

Sameer Mizra

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Sameer is a leading developer for Fox Network Group. He is experienced with: Software Architecture, Web Application Development, Desktop Application Development, Mobile Application Development, Technical Specification Writing, Team Management. He has created and been a part of massive projects that have had global impact and millions of users have been impacted by his development. He is passionate about helping others and inspiring young people to discover their purpose.

Kade Green

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Kade is passionate about technology and the power of development. He develops, maintains, and troubleshoots multiple backend API's that support a wide array of OOT and Video Streaming Apps or Technologies. Works with multiple developers from around the world along with Product Teams / Managers to deliver application services and needs.

Gary Budzinski

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Gary has founded and led as the president or top 5 in many internationally known and global companies. He is an accomplished senior executive with broad financial accountability in multiple technologies: business process, software development and technology outsourcing, next-generation cloud-based solutions, support and consulting. With experience in over 100+ countries and cultures Gary has led billion dollar fortune 25 companies through restructure and expansive growth while managing 100,000s of employees.

Ian Wagner

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Ian is a top sales performer and leader. At DBA Worldwide, Ian was brought on to liaison between the Santa Monica and Detroit offices and also build a New Business Development team and process. Ian also gained experience in the advertising industry serving in both Project Management and Account Executive roles along the way. In his current role with ADP, Ian consults with C-Levels as well as HR Directors of companies with employee counts ranging from 150-999 employees to strategically improve their bottom line while also improving company culture.

Elijah Thomas

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Elijah has extensive experience in working at multiple international boarders, he was oversees during the Iraq war as a soldier and now a police officer in Michigan. He has had a successful career as a law enforcement officer in many roles and has continued to serve The United States of America his whole working life. He is now working in top management at Target and continuing to advance his career within law enforcement.

Lela Dennis

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Lela possesses more than 20 years’ experience in organizational management in various industries (healthcare, education, banking, payroll and telecommunications) including team building, organizational design and effectiveness, management development, leadership, organizational and group dynamics, motivation theory, and strategies and business planning. Maintains extensive consultative skills in providing guidance in talent selection, measurements, evaluation, and change management.

Jesse Budzinski

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Jesse has been a top performer and sales leader in some of the largest enterprise solution companies in the world. He has managed complex enterprise solutions to improve and transform business performance. He has formulated and implemented goals and corporate strategies for Fortune 100 companies, and provided independent advice to clients under management guidance. Jesse has experience in multiple industries, including technology, manufacturing, consumer, and financial.

Rich Beckman

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Rich Beckman grew GEDC from 21 dental centers in three states to over 260 in 10 states, from $10,000,000 in revenue to $350,000,000. They have 150,000 unique patient visits each month and it’s their six year as an Inc. 5,000 company. Formerly the CFO and then president of Credit Acceptance Corporation, he and his team grew the portfolio from $12,000,000 to over $1,000,000,000, they went public and now are in excess of 3,500,000,000. He is relentless and lives his life from "Irrational Persistence."

Juan Carlos Arzola

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Juan is an entrepreneur, investor, CEO and founder. His passion is to help entrepreneurs, business owners, and leaders from all types of businesses improve the quality of their lives, accomplish their goals and grow their profits. He is an author and has been trained by John C. Maxwell, Tony Robbins, Jack Canfield, Deepak Chopra, Dave Ramsey and more. He lives and works in Fort Lauderdale, Florida with his two sons and was born in Peru.

Charles Botchway

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Charles has worked and lived around the world in the USA, Europe, Asia and Africa. He has 20 years of experience in the investment banking industry and is the CEO of His firm Madison Street Capital which is an international investment banking firm committed to the highest standards of integrity and service in providing corporate financial advisory services, merger and acquisition expertise, financial opinions, and valuation services to publicly and privately held businesses.

They have offices in North America, Asia, and Africa. The firm has won many awards and continues to specialize their expertise in partnering with middle-market firms in hundreds of industry verticals and niche markets to achieve the best possible outcome through a variety of transactions.

Frank Casale

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Frank is passionate about Artificial Intelligence and its impact on the world. He is a well known industry trendsetter and founder of the Institute for Robotic Process Automation and the Outsourcing Institute, a global community and marketplace of more than 70,000 members, including leading practitioners, service providers, advisors, thought leaders, industry observers, analysts and media. He has 23 years of industry experience and has authored numerous articles and serves as a regular commentator on Artificial Intelligence for the Financial Times, the Wall Street Journal, FORTUNE Magazine and The New York Times.

Dr. Sujit Choudhry

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The first person of Indian origin to be named dean of a top US law school. Sujit also is a notable lawyer, educator, and author who graduated from McGill University, University of Oxford, Toronto and Harvard Law School. He has numerous awards including his position as I. Heyman Professor UC Berkeley School of Law and has published over 90 articles, book chapters, working papers and reports.

Professor Mark Colgate

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Mark is an expert on employee coaching techniques, and the author of 8 Moments of Power in Coaching: How to Design and Deliver High-Performance Feedback to All Employees He's a professor and Assistant Dean at the Gustavson School of Business at the University of Victoria, Canada, he’s known as many students’ favorite professor. He’s taught around the world, including in China, Australia, Ireland and New Zealand. He has received two university-wide Teaching Excellence awards and has been featured in the Times Colonist, CTV News, and Globe and Mail.

DG Elmore

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DG has maneuvered and managed the team responsible for the annual budget of $100,000,000 for the nonprofit The Navigators. He has over 25 years of experience co-founding, leading, and acquiring multiple businesses in various industries. He has companies that span across travel, software, manufacturing, food, technology, medical, professional sports and staffing industries. The Elmore Companies has invested $30 million and raised over $15 million in capital for their mergers and acquisitions.

Mr. Elmore received a BBA from Southern Methodist University, an M.B.A. from the Kelly School of Business at Indiana University, and a Law Degree from the Maurer School of Law at Indiana University.

Ryan Emmons

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Ryan grew up traveling between Cali and the island of Hawaii. At 22 years old he created a company called Waiakea Hawaiian Volcanic Water and it quickly became one of the most awarded and fastest-growing premium beverages in the United States. Waiakea Water went from 2,304 cases to 122,400 cases sold annually over the first three years—a 4,000% growth He's been featured by Forbes, Environmental Leader, Fortune, Foodnavigator and Good Morning America for his innovation and he's been named top 10 most disruptive leaders in his industry by Beverage World Magazine.

Katie Ferrell

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Katie has packaged, customized and created over 800+ healthy recipes and 50+ workouts to inspire others to lead a healthy life through dashingdish.com’s online subscription platform. 1,000s have joined her community to capture all of life’s opportunity. Her social platforms are in the 100s of thousands and she is a sought after speaking and the author of several books.

Jilliene Helman

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Jilliene is an entrepreneur, connector, speaker and leader. She was featured in Forbes’ “30 Under 30.” Her company is a leader in real estate crowdfunding and is changing the way individual investors invest in commercial real estate. To date, RealtyMogul investors have invested over $240 million in 240+ properties, and our guest has been featured in several top-tier publications like the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Fortune, and New York Times. They have 60 well-trained team members and she lives in Los Angeles, California.

Aaron Hurst

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Aaron is a globally recognized social entrepreneur. He is a national bestselling author of The Purpose Economy and the CEO of Imperative and the founder of the Taproot Foundation, which facilitates and has created $15 billion in pro bono service. He’s a regular advisor and thought partner for many global brands, and write for many publications including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg TV, and the Huffington Post. He's a LinkedIn Influence with over 125k followers and resides in Seattle, Washington, with his wife, Cara, and their two children.

Mark Hutchinson

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Mark is a social venture with a goal of securing green belts around the world. WildArk’s ultimate mission is to reconnect people with nature, and to help protect the world’s wild places. Through WildArk, our guest aims to ensure that he leaves the world in a better natural state for his kids and future generations. He is a native Australian and lives in South Africa with his four children and wife, Sophie, the cofounder of WildArk.

Richard Klein

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Richard graduated from Michigan State University and was the former President and CEO of TIP Interactive. TIP Interactive created web enabled solutions for company training and performance for managers and sales people. He later sold the business after 10 years of success. Then coming on board Accretive Solutions a firm near $100 million in yearly revenue, Richard works with and councils senior executives and fortune 500 companies on strategic communications, development of curriculum for global training and sales and marketing.

Alan Knitowski

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Alan was raised in a trailer park, he paid his own way through college and served in the US Army He sold his former company Vovida Networks, to Cisco Systems for a nine-digit price in 20 months. He is now the CEO and Co-Founder of Phunware, a multiscreen cloud platform that mobilizes brands and helps them to engage, manage and monetize their application audiences. They have more than 700 million monthly active users and more than 200 employees worldwide. He's founded, built and monetized 6 private companies. He is the father of 4 lives in Austin, Texas.

Seth Maxwell

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Forbes has named Seth one of the 30 under 30 and he is the CEO of the worlds largest youth water organization. They've raised an astounding $10 million dollars for clean water and educated over 300,000 students in 320 schools on the water crisis. In just 7 years 280,000 people now have safe drinking water through their 1,800 water projects in 13 countries. He has incredible celebrity involvement from movie stars to Mega Youtube Stars like Jennifer Garner, Conner Franta, Audrina Partridge, Willow Shields, Ansel Algort and many many more!

Dr. Ivan Misner

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Ivan is the leading expert in business networking and referral marketing. He's the founder of BNI with over 194,000 members, 7,300 chapters in 65 countries. BNI has generated 7.3 billion referrals resulting in $9,300,000,000 worth of business for its members. He's authored 20 books and is a New York Times Best Author.

Ryan O'Donnell

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Ryan's company has the capacity of connecting companies with more than 10,000,000 prospects. With over 1,000 users and five employees, he and his cofounder have brought in over $1,000,000 in revenue. Customers include Oracle, Yesware, Facebook, HubSpot and Salesforce. He graduated from Kent State University with a Bachelors in Marketing. He lives in Cleveland, Ohio with his beautiful wife and children.

Bill Orender

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Bill's been building people for over 42 years. Since he took the jump out of the corporate world he since has built a team of 200 brokers where his payroll is $30,000,000 every year. His team has $4,000,000,000 in assets under management in invested mutual funds and has paid out $1,000,000,000 to beneficiaries in death claims. He has a team of over 4,000 licensed reps and $50 billion in life insurance enforce. He joined Primerica after time and time again being let down by the corporate dream. He later published a book and the company distributed over 1,000,000 copies.

Dan Pontefract

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Dan has led Telus as an organizational culture change firm with $13 billion in revenue. Formerly the Head of Learning and Collaboration at TELUS, he was responsible for the introduction of the TELUS Leadership Philosophy, an open and collaborative-based leadership framework for all 43,000+ TELUS team members, which skyrocketed employee engagement from 53% to 87%. He’s an author, and has published two books: The Purpose Effect and Flat Army. He also writes for Forbes, Harvard Business Review and the Huffington Post. He’s appeared on the covers of T+D Magazine and Chief Learning Officer Magazine, and has spoken in countless keynotes and presentations, including three TEDx Talks. He lives in British Columbia, Canada, with his wife Denise and their three kids.

Dr. Rod Rohrich

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Dr. Rohrich has been repeatedly recognized as one of the best plastic surgeons in America. He’s appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show, The View, Good Morning America, CNN and many others, and has been featured in countless publications including News week and the New York Times. He's performed surgery for more than 30 years and is recognized as the Best Doctors in America and is the former president of the American Society of Plastic Surgery.

Malini Saba

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Born in Malaysia, and growing up in Australia in a middle class household, she moved to the US at age 19 with only $200 in her pocket. Today she is the head of Saban Group of industries. Her investment career began as a Silicon Valley venture capitalist during the 90s with experience investing in more than 20 technology companies, including Sycamore Networks Inc., Paypal, and Netscreen Technologies. Our guest is a passionate giver, pledging $10 million to tsunami victims in India and Sri Lanka, and donating $1 million to help start the world’s first Heart Research Center for South Asians.

Danny Silk

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Danny is an expert and legend in the art of love, connection, honor and relationships. His Facebook page has reached over 7,000,000 people organically. He’s the president and founder of Loving On Purpose and Life Academy. 5,000 individuals tuning into his podcast per episode on top of his cult like following of over 354,000 people on social media. He's been married for over 30 years to Sheri and they have three beautiful children.

Susan Pierce Thompson

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Susan got caught in drugs and alcohol in high school and dropped out. She got clean at age 20, and has been 100% clean for 20 years. However, after getting sober, she gained back all of the weight she lost in her teens. She then earned her PhD. She developed the Bright Line Eating community, and started an email list that became wildly popular—in less than 2 years, she had 400,000 email subscribers. Today, Bright Line Eating boasts 226,000 program subscribers, 4,000 boot campers, and 133,000 pounds lost across 63 countries. She is also President of the Institute for Sustainable Weight Loss. She is the mother of three beautiful daughters with her husband, David.

Dee Ann Turner

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Dee Ann is the Vice President of Enterprise Social Responsibility of Chick-fil-A, and an acclaimed author and speaker. She’s been recognized on Fox & Friends, Forbes, TwoTen Magazine, Huffington Post Business, Atlanta Business Chronicle, Fortune.com, and more. She and her husband, have been married over 30 years and live in Atlanta, Georgia, and have three adult sons.

Tony Wagner

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Tony is a widely published author who has written many articles and six books, including one international bestseller. Previously a high school teacher for 12 years and a university professor in teaching education, he was the first Innovation Education Fellow at the Technology and Entrepreneurship Center at Harvard. He's the founder of the Change Leadership Group at the Harvard Graduate School and a senior advisor to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation developing their original business plans and strategies. He is a frequent speaker at national and international conferences and loves seeing educational evolve.

Linford Weaver

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Linford is one of the majority owners and vice president at Shady Maple Companies which includes a grocery store, restaurants, an RV dealership, Houston Run Development, and Weaver Realty Investment Properties all across Pennsylvania. With 30 years experience growing his business, he now leads 800 employees. Shady Maple Smorgasbord the restaurant is clocking in with 124,811 Facebook likes with over 17,000 reviews. It’s the number 1 restaurant in Lancaster and can serve 1,900 people at a single time. They have given over 92,000 free birthday meals, served 1.4 million meals and sold two million doughnuts in just one year. He is living with his wife and family in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

George Wells

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Formerly a mechanical engineer for Chrysler, George is now transforming the way the financial industry does business. Black Oak Capital is his investment firm that only charges fees when their clients make money. ShiftMethods is a revolutionary financial professional training course platform and Legacy of America is a independent financial advisory firm that grows through referrals only. He has been seen on Fox Business, Crain's, Wall Street Journal, The Detroit News, Detroit's Premier Business Journal, NPR, CNBC and ABC 7 WXYZ Detroit and many more.

George is also the host of the ""Elavate Your Impact"" podcast and author of the book, Think Different. He is managing Partner of FundTeq which is a Total Asset Management Platform for financial advisors. He is also the founder of Fundmax and Versaille Capital and holds a Mechanical Engineering degree from The University of Toledo and his masters in Mechanical Engineer from Oakland University.

Gary Zimmerman

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Gary's dealership does $50,000,000 per year. They sell on average about 250 units a month. Twin Pine was voted the number one independent car dealership in Dealer Magazine, and was even named a “Best of the Best” company. They've been making customers happy since 1955 and have a great reputation as a family-owned business. Our guest is also very charitable and so far they have donated considerable money through his foundation. He’s also involved in agriculture contracting, and invests in housing for chickens, currently co-owning over a quarter million birds that he places into chicken farm houses. He and his wife have four amazing boys living in Lancaster Pensalyania.

Herman Shelton

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Herman is a well respected and successful real estate agent and community leader. He allocates a lot of time to helping young kids in the urban areas of Detroit, Michigan and has one of the most impactful stories of life restoration. At 13 years old he started selling drugs on the streets, 15 years old he shot someone out of peer pressure, from a family of 10 he was told by many he would amount to nothing and took on that identity. He had done stick ups, robbery, a part of the most dangerous gangs of his time during the pinnacle of gang wars and drugs wars in Detroit, Michigan. Herman had a baby in his teens and at 17 years old his first son less than 2 years old was killed, he never cried for over a decade after that.

He had been in over 20 shoot outs and went to prison for murder. He lost his father while in prison and after he got out of prison by a miracle he was shot six times by someone getting revenge. He then turned his life around, built a great relationship with his daughter and got married. He is now making a massive difference in 1,000s of families through his story and proud of the decisions he made to turn his pain into purpose and find success in life.

Jaison Koshy

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Jaison is passionate about building communities of people from all different walks of life. He is a world traveler and philanthropist. He has done significant work within India and is the chairman of the Board of Directors of My Color Is Love. He is happily married with many children and is one of the most passionate speakers in the area of empowerment and transformation. He has many teachings around building and curating communities and has participated in huge feeding programs for the needy as well as the sustaining and building of orphanages, community centers and many other outreach programs.

Drew Neal

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Drew Neal is an international speaker and trainer that champions people and organizations with authentic solutions. With 20 years of experience, Drew has spoken across the US, Europe and Asia in front of thousands as well as consulted with with top innovative marketplace and NGO leadership teams. Passionate to build the next generation of leaders with courage to think differently, he also runs GenONE in Detroit, MI. Having raised over 1.7 million dollars over the last few years, this non profit addresses fatherless outcomes in families, literacy and economic development. Drew resides in Metro Detroit with his wife and four children. His passion is to see other activated, empowered, and released into the world to make a difference

John Cooke

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John is a police officer in Metro Detroit where he protects and serves a large, diverse community just outside of Detroit. He has been a police officer for 7 years and enjoys the day to day challenges of the job. Although the ultimate goal is to protect people, John very much enjoys finding new and innovative ways to serve the community better and really interact with the citizens in a positive way. He sets out to show love and kindness to others while attempting to help them during some of the most difficult and stressful times they may have ever experienced. John is a loving husband and devoted father who lives just outside of Detroit with his family.

Reuben Ellis

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Reuben grew up as a family of 12 in Detroit, beating the odds and creating a life of purpose and success. He has two children and loves spending time with his family and building his local community. Reuben is passionate about thinking different and empowering others to expand their capacity by provoking people to go higher and further in life. He studied at Indiana State University and has led many local movements in the 1,000s of people mobilizing volunteers in the Pontiac Dream Centers serving 10,000s of people. In his career he has taken on huge projects, role and objectives exceeding all expectations and even leading national and global campaigns to influence leaders.

Steven Torres

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Steven was born in Puerto Rico in tough living situations and moved to Chicago at 15 years old. He excelled as a vision and hearing screener for children from 1-5 years old at Women Infant & Children (W.I.C), moved to serving at a nonprofit Catholic Charities, was a TSA agent and a successful Boarder Patrol officer for now 15 years.

Jibran Ahmed

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Jibran is a successful serial entrepreneur. He is the Executive Director of Resurge Detroit, whose mission it is to transform blighted spaces into powerful community places. His first project, Liberty Harvest, crowdfunded $65,000 in 90 days. Liberty Harvest is a an off-grid (solar powered) greenhouse retrofitted from a recycled shipping container. The greenhouse is used to teach Detroit based youth and veteran's agricultural skills.

His latest project is Think Detroit, an business incubator space designed for Detroit-based businesses to take their ideas from napkin-sketch to market. He is also the host of the Jibs Podcast showcasing leaders who are moving Detroit Forward.

Terry Briggs

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Terry also has over 15 successful years in Entrepreneurship, Sr Level Sales, Business Leadership and Business + Brand Development. In the recent 5 years, he's worked primarily in the tech startup sector in CEO roles, Business Development, Brand Development, Software Development and Sales, Digital Marketing, Product Design and Development, Project Management, Influencer Marketing, and Capital Raising. Terry's known as a motivator and business strategist at his core. Currently, he privately works as a business & personal development coach, professional speaker, startup consultant, investor, and owns privately held companies.

As author of “Stop Making Excuses, Get Off Your Butt & Fight For Your Dreams”, he’s helped motivate and coach others startup their business ideas. Terry is also an extreme advocate for women's rights and empowerment, the cofounder of Partiio, a stake Holder in Jem and Adorn, founder of Success Beyond Beauty and has led as the CEO many other companies and ventures.

Chris Lambert

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Chris is a one of a kind CEO and community activist of Life Remodeled. Together with his team they have raised $21,000,000 for the revitalization of city blocks within Detroit and have beautified over 1,273 different blocks within the city. They have repaired 184 homes and boarded up 1,622 homes to bring safety to neighborhoods. They have also mobilized over 42,232 volunteers at events and empowered the dreams of so many around America. He is a proudly inspirational and motivating speaker and lives his life empowering others and giving people the opportunity to dream and create a life of purpose.

Ashesh C Shah

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Alex has Twenty-five years of global operational experience in building, integrating, and managing enterprises from concept through IPO. Managed a venture capital portfolio with a market capitalization in excess of $1.5 billion. Invested $150 million in Indian and Brazilian private equity transactions since 2006, resulting in $1.5 billion AUM and returns in excess of 20%. Serial entrepreneur with a number of high-profile exits. Actively participate in the global entrepreneurial community and specialize in sourcing transactions often unavailable to the broader investment community and ahead of institutional exposure. Hold patents in intellectual property licensing, consumer loyalty, couponing and payment technology.

Dr. Craig Bailey

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Dr. Craig is a successful, renowed and well known doctor that has both started his own businesses and worked for well-respected clinics in the USA. He has both practied in Detroit, Michigan and now his new home town, Los Angeles, California. He is a man of wisdom and has a very wild and impactful story on how he took determination and rose above the ashes of his background and story.

He received his medical education and training in the city of Detroit and is happily married. He is well involved in his community and feels the obligation to serve his city. He is an example that you can make your life whatever you'd like through grit, endurance and changing your perspective and surroundings.

Jonathan Orr

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Jonathan was born March 20, 1983 in Detroit, Michigan and is a former American football wide receiver who played for the NFL's Oakland Raiders and Tennessee Titans. He was drafted in the sixth round, pick 172 of the 2006 NFL Draft by the Titans. He played college football at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

After a successful college career at the University of Wisconsin and two seasons in the NFL with the Tennessee Titans and Oakland Raiders, Orr began his transition into life after athletics. Jonathan established Athlete Transition Services (ATS) to help athletes have a successful and healthy transition into the next phase of life. He is the founder of ATS and is transforming the lives of 1,000s of students and professional athletes, helping them build the life skills to sustain their life during their professional career and during the transition in and out of professional athletics.

Michelle Shelton

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Michelle is a respected, high-performing executive with twenty-seven years of lucrative experience in the private and public sector, building and optimizing organizational processes to maximize business results in service delivery and operations. Her career started as the Senior Project Managor in the Mayors Office in the City of Detroit, then Senior Business Consultant at The Bartech Group, Executive Director at Marygrove College, Director at CareTech Solutions and now Client Site Executive and Director at Atos and McLaren Macomb Hospital. She got her Masters of Science Administration and her Bachelors Degree in Business Administation and Mangement from Central Michigan University. She has repeated success in problem-solving and leading cross-functional teams in IT, transformation, operations, and a record of 100% deliverables.

As a resourceful thought leader with exceptional communication and execution, while also committed to the development and growth of teams’ professional, business, and leadership skills she has demonstrated expertise in mobilizing high-performing synergistic teams to promote problem resolution, creating structure, and improvement of service delivery. She has also been driven to contribute to organizational growth, provide excellent customer care, and innovative user experiences through the pursuit of business mission and values.

Denise Lyles

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Denise Lyles has a very diverse background in her professional career. She has been a Sr. Accountant for a large township and an Accountant for a City Treasure. She has worked in healthcare running a 150 bed Long Term Care Facility and a 50 bed Hospice. Leaving healthcare Denise worked for car dealership doing loan closings for 3 states and then continuing in the Insurance Industry she started a Call Center that advanced calls to an adjuster, and trainer.

Still morphing Denise is currently the Director of the Durfee Innovation Society, a 150,000 square foot building that brings both profit and non profits together to service both students, adults and the community. Their team has raised $21,000,000 for the revitalization of city blocks within Detroit and have beautified over 1,273 different blocks within the city. They have repaired 184 homes and boarded up 1,622 homes to bring safety to neighborhoods and mobilized over 42,232 volunteers at events. She has also worked with students that needed extra help within school at 3 campuses. Her path has taken many directions but there has always been two constants within her story: helping others and advancing people.

Dr. Sean Holland

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Dr. Sean L. Holland graduated Cum Laude from Florida A&M University with a Bachelors in Political Science and Public Administration. He holds a Masters in Ministry Leadership from Cornerstone University. Sean was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Philosophy & Humane Letters from C.I.C.A. International University and Seminary. He was appointed as an Ambassador to the United Nations Economic and Social Council. The Canadian International Chaplaincy Academy granted this honor for Seans for helping to restore hundreds of resettled refugees in Lansing, MI. Dr. Holland is an experienced saxophonist and has played around the world and is also part owner of a Jazz group named Horn & Holland (H&H).
Dr. Holland has enjoyed a successful business career. He has worked for major corporations such as Proctor & Gamble and Federal Reserve Bank. As the Mid-West Sr. Regional Development Manager for CSX TRANSFLO Sean managed the second largest region in the company that generated over 30 million dollars in revenue between 3 states and 10 offices. In 2003, Dr. Holland co-founded Vision Christian campus ministry at Michigan State University. Hundreds of students began to gather and a leadership movement was birthed. As a result, The Epicenter of Worship Church of Lansing, MI was founded with the mission to raise up global leaders. Dr. Holland went on to establish additional campus ministries throughout America.

Dr. Holland retired successfully from CSX to serves as the Sr. Pastor of the Epicenter of Worship Church. Over the past 15 years Dr. Holland has dispatched hundreds of leaders who currently serve in a vast array of sectors across the world. Dr. Holland has been married to Tayana for 24 years and they have four beautiful children.

Danielle Bailey

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Danielle is a registered nurse and carries her Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She is a successful Travel nurse at Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, where she works as a operating room circulator specializing in Neurosurgery and Plastic surgery. Danielle is a very strong, intelligent, and compassionate woman who takes on the ills of the world with passion and purpose to maintain the health and well being of her patients. She enjoys volunteering at well health fairs for better living, feeding the homeless and tries to volunteer each opportunity given at the Mission of Grace orphanage in Haiti.

During her downtime and outside of the operating room her artistic flair and visual abilities in the arts fuels her life. She has worked on the set of the movie “Gifted Hands” which is a story of world renowned neurosurgeon Ben Carson featuring Cuba Gooding as a set decorator/cast member extra. She also currently holds a part-time position with Caduceus Entertainment in Production design on the short film and other projects. She enjoys writing poetry, traveling and is a member of the Yacht girls book club. Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan and now residing in Los Angeles California, she has a story of redemption and is an inspiration to those who are looking to rise from their ashes to success and happiness .

Stoan Harris

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Stoan is a talent musician with a passion to bring others into a life changing experience through music. He is happily married and leading different musicians during weekend experiences at a local church that he is employed at. He can play countless different instruments and is a creative genius. His passionate are connected to helping young people gain perspective and make the decisions to have their life count. He is dedicated to also inspiring others to tap into their creative side and make their passion their profession.

Daniel Budzinski

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Daniel Budzinski started his first company his sophomore year of college and he immediately got the bug of serial entrepenuership. It took off and since then he has traveled to 30+ countries on 6 continents and has spoken in over 1,200 events to 100,000s of people. His passion is to inspire and help others live out their full potential and discover the purpose and power in their life. He travels and speaks at large conferences and is the author of the Purpose Workbook.

Daniel serves on the Board of Directors of multiple local charter schools in Detroit, Michigan, serving thousands of students within the K12 space. He also is the founder and president of Purpose Prep, an online video based learning platform committed to helping students discover their purpose by providing dynamic video lesson focused on Mental Health, Personal and Leadership Development and Social and Emotional Learning for youth. They have over 70 teachers within their platform and serve thousands of students nation-wide. His greatest accomplishment though is building his family with his wife Elizabeth.

Tommy Lounge

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Tommy Luong is one of the most kind people you’ve ever met. Once you connect, you will wish you had more time to spend. He is someone who loves seeing people connected and inspired by a source of inspiration. He is a friend, husband, leader and influencer. Starting his life in Grand Rapids, he moved with his wife out to LA to pursue a great purpose and destiny he felt within his life. Instantly the favor on his life showed that there was something unique as he rose to the top in his endeavors in fashion.
Shortly after he felt a tug and pull to move his focus and efforts into building communities within LA, becoming a leader quickly in one of the most popular and large movements bringing hope and love to people of all ages and kinds. He is now a part of in helping build their merch movement and children/youth groups and traveling the world, hosting, speaking, influencing and empowering people to go higher and deeper into their calling.

In his early years he has served in some of the most impactful local movements and gatherings within different states, traveling the world and led teams of hundreds in global and citywide movements and conferences, spoken to thousands and continued to keep his heart and passion at the center of his focus. He is one of a kind and here to inspire through purpose.

Leah Luong

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Leah is a passionate and committed leader within her community. Leaving from her hometown and moving to Los Angeles with her husband, they are on a journey to embracing their purpose. She is finishing up her education in health information management, all while being a mom, working as a family assistant, volunteering in her local community and working as a kids and youth director in their local church. She is deeply dedicated to helping people become a better version of themselves, to take risks and live their best life today.

Dr. Cory Zieger

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Cory Zieger attended West Point Military Academy for his first year of college later graduating from Oakland University to then attend Medical School at Wayne State University School. He then did his internship and residency at Detroit Medical Center/Wayne State University and then completed a fellowship in Total Joint Replacement at the Center for Hip and Knee Reconstruction in Mooresville, Indiana. Cory is a well known and successfully practiced as an orthopedic surgery specialist for over 15 years. He is now retired as a doctor as he is pursuing many other passions!

Cory is a venture capitalist and business owner of Intelligence Business Innovations with many different product developments, one being GymSwipe, a revolutionary frictionless gym membership online intelligence portal serving gym owners to make membership convenient and easy for members. He also owns a Patent for a one of a kind holographic weapons scope that is of high demand! Cory has many other passions beyond being a successful doctor, business leader and investor such as working out and fitness, hunting, spending time with his family and being a part of impacting the world through his unique perspective on purpose and the principles of life that lead to success.

Magaen Harris, LPC, NCC, EAS-C

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Magaen Harris, Founder of C.E.O Professional Services, LLC, brings over 14 years of insight and expertise in the mental health field and corporate training. She obtained a B.A. in psychology from Michigan State University and a masters in professional counseling at Liberty University. Magaen is currently a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the State of Georgia and Michigan. Additionally, she is a Certified Mediator and Relationship Coach, Business Consultant, and Corporate Trainer.

Magaen's clinical experience includes mentor and liaison for the Michigan State University Adolescent Divergent Project, Therapist and Case Manager for a high security, all male youth residential center, Therapist at Greater Lansing Women's Center, Substance Abuse Evaluator for Ingham County, Lead Therapist for a local CORE agency in the Greater Atlanta area, Crisis Prevention Therapist and a Crisis Management Assessor for local hospitals.

Additionally, Magaen has served as an independent contractor for the State of Michigan assisting individuals with physical and mental disabilities seek employment and transition into a steady career. She has had the privilege of working as a Career Counselor and has also held the position of Human Resource Manager and Trainer for Epicenter of Worship Church in Lansing, Michigan. While at Epicenter, Magaen also served as a member of the strategic planning committee which consisted of Senior Pastors, Assistant Pastors, Chief Executive Offices, Chief Financial Officers and other Executive management.

Magaen has a heart to help others and believes that there's plenty of room at the top for everyone. She has spent years pouring into others and helping those that need assistance, guidance, empowerment, motivation or simply just a mentor. Magaen views serving her community as a privilege and is determined to make an impact by reaching one person at a time.

Magaen Harris, LPC, NCC, EAS-C
PO BOX 3037
Duluth, GA 30096
404-994-6304
Ceoprofessionalservices@gmail.com

Ross Rossan III

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Ross Rossan III is a passionate business mogul and Real Estate Agent. He lives his life through the principles and values that ensure him to be a loyal and trustworthy friend and family man. He is passionate about Real Estate because he believes that the sky's the limit and serving his clients is an avenue to purpose in his life! One of his greatest joys in life is being a husband and father to his two children. He is a man of faith and it has been a constant source of change and empowerment in his personal life, family and business.

Ross has always believed in helping those around him and that is why he is constantly engaged in bringing hope, healing and purpose to those that struggle with addiction. His story and the experiences of his life are a constant reminder that anyone no matter what they’ve faced can turn their life around and create the success they deem is significant in their lives.

Elizabeth Budzinski

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Lizzy is a passionate woman, always reinventing herself. She seeks to inspire others to search for their meaning and purpose. She seeks to see the beauty in everything and continues to live a life that is fun, playful and purposeful!

Lizzy resides in eastern Michigan where she was born and raised. She has two daughters, Everly and Ivy and a son named Daniel. Her and her husband are pioneers for bringing purpose into people's everyday lives around the world. She continues to pull out the potential and greatness in others and is dedicated to never stop learning, growing and loving other people.

Elizabeth’s top three favorite things include coffee, chocolate and her family. She loves to laugh, as it continues to be contagious and drive others to live life full of fun. She also enjoys the outdoors, doing anything active, traveling and being with her two very large families.

Amanda Brown

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Amanda is an experienced coordinator with a demonstrated history of working in non-profit organizations and management industry. Skilled in Nonprofit Organizations, Trauma Therapy, Operations Management, Crisis Intervention, and Fundraising, she found her passion in helping others from a young age working in AmeriCorps in NYC. Amanda obtained her Master's degree focused in Social Work from Michigan State University.

Amanda has worked as a Family Services Coordinator at Kalamazoo Community Mental Health specializing in Home-Based Therapist for youth and families in Kalamazoo County, Michigan. The primary caseload are boys ages 6-15 diagnosed with severe emotional disorders. She collaborates with schools and juvenile judicial court to bring social justice, therapy and development to young people suffering from trauma and mental illness.

She finds a passion in bringing real change to people’s lives by providing the strategies for redirection and healing. Amanda has been an assistant teacher, supervisor to undergrads in resident halls, counseled women, teens and children from domestic violence. She has worked in and becoming nationally certified with Trauma Focused CBT and continues to bring change to people’s lives one person at a time. To help her be the best version of herself, Amanda spends time traveling, in her church community and in the outdoors.

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Isaiah

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Isaiah has a smile that will brighten your day in seconds! He is kind and polite. Isaiah looks for ways he can pitch in and make a situation better. He is always down for a good time and is always trying to see the world sunny side up! He loves playing video games, swimming, camping, riding bikes and hanging with his large family and friends! He is also very creative and can draw any of the Marvel character to perfection.

Isaiah had to fight for his life from birth; close to death Isaiah was strong and lived to be adopted after months of neglect. His adoption has helped him live with a heart full of gratitude and love for himself and for others. He understands that life is a gift and the people in it are what matter most. He is full of grace and consideration. He is an uncle to many nephews and nieces whom adore him. He also has 6 sisters and 2 brothers all that love and believe in him!

Landon

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Landon is a bright and enthusiastic young man. He knows everything you’ll ever need to know about comics and loves sharing his knowledge with others. You can see and feel Landon’s positivity and compassion from a mile away. He is generous and always willing to help those in need. He is the one making everyone laugh. Since he was little he was moving crowds with inspirational speeches, jokes, plays and songs!

He loves to read and spend time with his family and friends. Landon is the best big brother to his younger sibling Weston. They enjoy the outdoors, camping, riding bikes and swimming! If you need a good laugh just ask Landon.

Sarah

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Sarah is one of the sweetest souls you will ever meet. She is shy but once you get to know her she is hilarious and witty! She loves to cook and create special recipes in the kitchen to share with others! She serves and is always willing to help without being asked

She loves to make the people feel special and cared for. Whether she is buying a gift or giving up something she has for someone else! She is beyond generous with her time and her hard earned money. She looks for ways to give by finding opportunities to celebrate others.

Sarah was adopted at birth and has a beautiful heart.Her gratitude and grace grows on you and is evidence of her beautiful heart. Don’t mistake her sweetness for weakness; Sarah is fiercely loyal and someone you want in your corner for life!

Jazmine

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Jazmine is truly a gem and beautiful inside and out. The quote “A diamond is a chunk of coal that did well under pressure” describes her life well. She has not had the easiest life; being in foster care at a young age, for many years, with several families, Jazz has stood strong and believed in herself and her future. Adopted at the age of 12, she now lives with her forever family of 3 brothers, 5 sisters!

She loves watching and taking car of her nieces and nephews and even serves in her school and community. She is a born leader and succeeds in her academics and sports. She lives to inspire herself and those around her by being a good example of heart and character.

Jazz is the first one to give you a compliment and see the good in you. She uses her creative writing and drawings as reminders of the life she chooses to live as well as to share her gratitude and love for others. She is determined and believes all things are possible!

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