Natalie Ard helps break down the “big subject” of life and faith for kids through fun games, books and toys. She’s an entrepreneur, a small business owner, creator of books and games for children, author and Illustrator, and believer. She’s also a wife, and a mother to three!
A driven entrepreneur, Natalie built the Star From Afar Kids company on the foundation of creating inspirational, interactive games and toys that help children play with a purpose. Star From Afar Kids creates toys and games that are both meaningful and playful. Their mission is to inspire children and to spark their curiosity and creativity by developing products that deliver positive messages and create lasting family memories. Natalie is the creator, author, and illustrator of The Christmas Star From Afar® and The Easter Story Egg™. Growing the business from her dining room table, Star From Afar Kids products are now featured in Barnes & Noble, Cracker Barrel and on QVC.
A former stay-at-home mom (which is hard enough work!), Natalie has developed into an inspiring entrepreneur, learning along the way what to do - and what not to do. She proudly wears the title of both callings as a “mompreneur.”
Tina Hallis, Ph.D. is a scientist who decided to break away from her career of over 20 years in biotechnology to pursue a new path as a positivity speaker and trainer. Her discovery of Positive Psychology in 2011 motivated her to spread the word about this life-changing science that helps people live their best, most meaningful lives. In 2014, she became certified in Positive Psychology through the WholeBeing Institute. That same year, she founded her company, The Positive Edge, with the goal of increasing the positivity of organizations and individuals for higher performance and greater success. Tina now shares her message with thousands of people through her programs, weekly positivity tips, and products.
Gary Szenderski is an author, speaker, teacher, and branding specialist. He specializes in helping people and organizations to navigate change, and frequently speaks and writes on the topic of emerging brands, personal branding, and companies in transition. Gary is an award-winning writer, author of the Book of Szen and Szen Zone, often quoted marketing expert, and recipient of the Distinguished Instructor Award from the University of California at Irvine where he teaches branding. He resides in Southern California.
Shane and Jocelyn were school teachers, on a teacher’s salary; just a normal working family, mortgage, two cars, two small kids… a regular American family stressed, working too many hours, spending too little time together, and struggling with debt. In the Summer of 2012 after some rough times at work, they decided to start an online business and take control of their destiny. They would go on to replace their income, quit their full-time jobs, make millions online and build the life of their dreams! Now they’re helping others control their own destiny with faith and hard work. “After helping a friend from church make money online, we realized we could help other families do what we did!”
Monika Zands is an executive business consultant and life strategist who loves to help leaders and successful entrepreneurs rise to their peak potential, tap into their greatness, and make their profound impact. Her expertise centers around communication mastery, building productive leadership teams and designing effective business strategies. Monika relies heavily on her powerfully accurate intuitive guidance.
Founder of The Next Level Academy for strategic business programs, and MOLO, a global movement to spread more love on the planet, Monika helps heal people so they can do their unique and necessary work in the world.
Monika has her Master's in Spiritual Psychology, she is a graduate of UCLA, and is a certified Master of Neuro-Linguistic Programming. She uses her vast knowledge of corporate leadership, extensive business marketing, and leadership training, and facilitation to design and deliver programs around the world.
Selected as one of America’s PremiereExperts™, Monika has brought her innovative technology to stages around the country inspiring audiences with a heart-centered approach to taking massive action.
In her newest offering, The Life You Love Company, she and her husband Jan Zands have co-ventured with Tech Innovator Stephanie Liu to bring a new modern science and technology to personal development. As Head of Content and Implementation, Monika is rapidly expanding her offerings into the global Millenial Infrastructure as a leader of Next-Gen Ambitioneers.
Jennifer and Michael had the good fortune to work for and with companies that spanned industries and impact – from privately held start-ups to Fortune 50 powerhouses to, now, their own communications agency. Both authors live near Minneapolis where they work as speakers and consultants. They share their best stories during happy hour. They are the authors of B.S., Incorporated.
Sought after by the biggest names in business to monetize their message, mission or movement, business builder and marketing expert Dustin Mathews is THE mentor and coach to the stars.
Dustin is the co-founder of Speaking Empire – the disruptive company in the leadership and education space, who’s chief mission is advancing the human race by empowering leaders to communicate powerfully, unlock their fullest potential and ultimately step into their Greatness.
Dustin is the author of many bestselling books and has shared the stage with athletes, business celebrities, and titans of business. His latest book the NO B.S. Guide To Powerful Presentations: How To Sell ANYTHING With Webinars & Online Media, Speeches & Seminars (Entrepreneur Press) was released on June 13th, 2017.
Known for creating marketplace frenzies that drive people to buy products en masse, Dustin’s companies and private clients have been featured by Forbes, Entrepreneur, Wall Street Journal, USA Today and INC Magazine.
Having marketed and filled over 3,000 events AND leading 10 online product launches, Dustin has generated over $43 million dollars in sales.
In his most recent research, Dustin codified a process for creating and selling products and services – Irresistible Offer Architecture® which recently received recognition by the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
His current innovation, Brand Response®, leverages the fusion of branding, PR and direct response AND is already generating success stories out entrepreneurs and business owners worldwide.
John David Mann is an award-winning author whose writings have earned the Nautilus Award, the Axiom Business Book Award (Gold Medal), and Taiwan’s Golden Book Award for Innovation. He is coauthor of the New York Times bestsellers The Red Circle and Flash Foresight and the national bestsellers The Go-Giver, Among Heroes, and Real Leadership. His books are available in two dozen languages and have sold more than two million copies. His 2011 Take the Lead was named by Tom Peters and the Washington Post as “best leadership book of 2011.”
Throughout the 1990s and 2000s, John was a leading figure in the development of the Direct Selling community; he served as co-founder and/or editor in chief of Upline, Network Marketing Lifestyles, and Networking Times, and was himself a leadership distributor, building an organization of over 100,000 people and generating hundreds of millions in sales for his company. He ghost-wrote The Business of the Twenty-first Century for Robert Kiyosaki and The Slight Edge, for Jeff Olson, and edited and produced John Fogg’s The Greatest Networker in the World.
Karleen says about herself:
"My goal as an author? To get your kids to LOVE reading as much as I did when I was their age…and as much as I still do! As a child, I had the goal (not met) to read every book in the children’s section of my local library. Through the books I write for ages 8 to 12, that’s the kind of fervor I hope to instill in kids today.
When I was raising my children and reading to them I often commented, “I could write something better than this.” Ideas began to develop and eventually, I wrote my first book, an early reader chapter book. Like most first books, it had structural problems, grammar errors and plot holes, but it was a start.
I joined the Florida Writers Association in 2004, which has been an immense help in developing my writing skills. That year, one of my books won 2nd place in the Juvenile division of their Florida Palms Literary Awards. Two other books were RPLA finalists in 2010.
In 2009 and again in 2011 I won a generous scholarship to the Highlights Foundation Writers Workshop, a conference I highly recommend to people interested in writing for children.
In 2010 I became interested in e-publishing and the new opportunities it gives to authors. That led me to create my popular blog, KidsEBookBestsellers.com which ran for five years until 2015.
My writing has been published in Highlights Magazine for Children and Odyssey Science Magazine for Children (now merged with Muse Magazine.) I continue to write books, with more ideas patiently waiting their turn in the queue."
Michael Gebben spent 7 years building a video company that was the envy of everyone in his field, GebbsTV. Until, one day, he woke up to the realization that he'd built a cage of his own making. And given up so much of his life in the name of something that didn't really mean a whole lot.
So he hit reset, and over the last three years, rebuilt his life and his career around what matters and even launched a new inspirational YouTube channel. He has profoundly changed his metrics for success.
Michael's current company Jumpstarters helps creative entrepreneurs to get over the same hurdles that he was able to conquer, allowing him to work with individuals such as Tim Ferriss, Tony Robbins, and Richard Branson. Michael is a big believer in Massive Imperfect Action rather than getting stuck in the minutiae and never moving forward.
Dana is a mother, author, business & content strategist, coach, podcaster, and blind spot reducer. Dana is the author of Boss Mom: The Ultimate Guide to Raising a Business & Nurturing Your Family Like a Pro, and the founder of Boss Mom. She serves Boss Moms who yearn for more time and less guilt when it comes to building their business and raising their family, by providing the tools they need to get more out of their content and business, without sacrificing their family goals.
Tracey Vlahos is the founder of the LadyV consulting, designed to help women create the business, body, and life they desire, without feeling guilty, frazzled or burned-out.
Tracey is a high-energy speaker, author, and certified health practitioner. She is known for delighting audiences with practical ways to release weight for good and enjoy increased energy. Her mission is to activate change and confidence in women who want to live a healthier life while creating success.
One of Tracey’s most memorable moments was being the first woman to be chosen from the United States to be named “Heroine of the Month” by the Aspire Foundation & The Heroine's Quest. She was awarded this honor as a woman who possesses outstanding qualities in supporting other women and making an impact in her community and in the world.
But what Tracey is most proud about are her two children: her daughter Felicia, 25yrs and son, Chasee, 20yrs old. They have grown up in the Direct Sales Industry, and it is where they have learned that treating others with respect is key to success in any area of your life, along with hard work and genuinely caring for others.
Teresa McCloy's mission is to help my clients slow down and stop spinning their wheels, wasting their time being busy but never getting anything important done. She helps her clients recognize their own strengths and skills so they can develop a personalized plan to do what matters enabling them to succeed in their lives, personally and professionally.
After working in the addiction field for over 15 years both as a counselor and pharmaceutical representative, Megan Peterson knew there could be a better way that patients could get help. She took action and started 2nd Chance Counseling Service.
She believes that patients deserve that 2nd, 3rd, 10th, etc, chance. As long as you are willing to put in the work she will be there to help. Certain times in life, we may need professional counseling, why be limited by our schedules, work, family commitments, and the list goes on. Megan provides an easy solution that is just as cost
Megan provides an easy solution that is just as cost efficient as current counseling solutions and provides more flexibility, easy use, and offers more choices for patients. She truly believes the Telemedicine platform fits in with the future of treatment and is here to stay!
Marc Miller’s career journey included 22 years at IBM, several thriving tech startups, a stint as a high school math teacher, a gig raising funds for the Jewish Community Center and a near fatal bicycle accident that changed his perspective forever.
But after thirty years of wandering the proverbial career desert, often repeating the same mistakes over and over, Marc learned his most crucial lesson:
Most people don’t really know what makes them happy at their core, what fulfills them.
They pursue money, status, a skill set, all of which provide some level of satisfaction, but not contentment. They wind up feeling frustrated and trapped. Others have figured out what they need, but don’t know how to chart a course to get there.
An active member of the Launch Pad Job Club, Marc found himself counseling friends and associates on their career journeys and finally realized he’d found his vocation. He now uses his extensive training experience to help others—especially Baby Boomers— and careers that they could grow into for the decades that lie ahead.
Pamela Gold is an author, speaker, and coach who grew up on her family's apple farm in upstate New York, graduated from Yale University, and then entered the business world in NYC where she was the point person on an IPO at the age of 24. Leaving the workforce to start a family, she co-founded West Village Parents and went on to pursue her passion for fitness and wellness, becoming a personal trainer and a yoga instructor. It was the discovery of yoga that connected her love of philosophy, science, psychology, and wellness and eventually led her to discover her life's work: teaching inner peace as the key to our greatest evolution and ultimately, world peace. Find More Strength: 5 Pillars to Unlock Unlimited Power and Happiness is her first book.
Todd Tresidder is a financial coach and educator at FinancialMentor.com. He's the author of five financial planning books including 'How Much Money Do I Need To Retire?,' 'Don't Hire A Financial Coach,' and 'Variable Annuity Pros and Cons.' You can connect with Todd via his website, Financialmentor.com, Twitter @FinancialMentor, or on Google+.
Todd graduated from the University of California at Davis with a B.A. in economics and a passion for creating successful businesses. A serial entrepreneur since childhood, Todd went on to build his own wealth as a hedge fund investment manager before "retiring" at 35.
Todd teaches the principles of personal finance and investing based on real experience. He shows you what works, what doesn’t, and why – with a unique focus on combining personal development with a systematic, disciplined approach to achieving financial freedom.
Todd’s own path to financial freedom consisted of leading an ordinary but comfortable lifestyle that prioritized building wealth instead of overhead, and freedom over flash. The truth is financial freedom isn’t about more, better, different stuff. It’s about having the time, money, and freedom to enjoy your life experience without limitations.
For Todd, that means an outdoor adventure lifestyle, intellectual pursuits, and relationships. First on the list is family and friends closely followed by reading stimulating books, enjoying outdoor recreation like running, swimming, skiing, hiking, cycling, camping, backpacking, and travel. Personal growth is also a high priority.
None of what Todd truly values costs much money, but it does take time. This is one of the hidden gems to financial freedom: having the time to do what gives you more joy in life without the worry, stress, and anxiety caused by money.
Todd teaches the pursuit of financial freedom as a transformational path because that was his experience. Money is always nice, but ultimately it’s just a tool – the inner transformation is the bigger reward.
And that is why Todd founded Financial Mentor – to share this journey with others and to grow a community of like minded individuals who are passionate about building wealth and financial freedom because it improves the quality of life for you and your family.
Kim Ades is president and founder of Fram of Mind Coaching and JournalEngine Software. Author, speaker, entrepreneur, coach, and mother of 5, Kim is one of North America's foremost experts on performance through mastery and mental focus. By using her unique process of integrating online journaling in her coaching, she works with clients who are intelligent, driven, and ambitious and helps them examine and shift their thinking in order to yield extraordinary results.
Kim is quick on her feet, and a natural conversationalist. She offers tangible strategies for overcoming one's biggest obstacles. Sha can take specific challenges that listeners encounter and deliver solutions.
Mark Goblowsky is an Air Force veteran, career martial arts professional, author, podcaster, and entrepreneur. He is on a mission to help others to overcome the obstacles in their life based on his own life experiences. Abuse, Violence, Abandonment…and that was just in his first six years. His biggest challenge, however, came as a father 11 years ago when his 3½-year-old son was the victim of a devastating hit-and-run collision with two semi-trucks, leaving him with Traumatic Brain Injury. Mark believes the capacity of the human spirit is powerful enough to overcome any challenge in life. He’s here to help others discover not just how, but that they too have what it takes.
John is a published Author, International Speaker, and Global expert on Mental Resilience. He has spent over 30 years in the business world, putting him in a unique position to deal with contemporary business challenges. His mix of vast experience allied with an accomplished ability to make personal growth simple, delivered with his infectious enthusiasm and energy, has inspired audiences and made him a most highly regarded and sought-after personal growth expert.
Direct sales’ long-time friend and motivator, Harriet Lonergan recently turned 100 and this powerhouse has no intentions of slowing down!
Harriet has been a Consultant in direct sales for the last 76 years and shares how the party plan sales model helped her earn extra income, have a social life and work her business around her personal schedule over the last several decades.
A few months ago, I sat down with Harriet to learn more about her 76-year journey in direct sales.
Tristan White is Founder & CEO of The Physio Co, a unique healthcare business, that in 2014 ranked No. 1 on BRW’s list of Australia’s 50 Best Places to Work.
Tristan is a qualified Physiotherapist from The University of Melbourne who started his career with a dream to become a Sports Physiotherapist and work with the mighty Richmond Tigers in the AFL. Over the following 12 months, he created himself a job helping the elderly in a few nursing homes across Melbourne. He loved it and very quickly had more aged care clients than he was able to treat himself. That’s when, in 2004, his new job became a business and The Physio Co was born.
As The Physio Co (TPC) has grown, Tristan has obsessed over creating the best business he possibly can, he figured out a way to create a strong culture that not only worked at TPC but can be systemised and tailored to other businesses. His experiences have led him to believe culture is everything.
Simcha is a keynote speaker and global trainer who has been running successful companies since age 20. He moved to the StartUp Nation of Israel from NY about a decade ago and has spent the past five years as the Co-Founder and Chief Fun Officer of FreshBiz.
With over 10,000 hours of personal and professional development, Simcha is the author of the book “The New Entrepreneurz: Changing The Way You Play Life” published by Wileys, and was the radio show host of “Innovation Nation.”
Simcha will show you how to:
Carrie started her entrepreneurial career early on in grade school when she created potholders to sell door to door, tried selling lemonade on the street corner & other ventures where she would trade things she owned for things she wanted.
For the last 16 years, she & her husband have been crisscrossing the country having moved 9 times, a true road warrior. So, being corporate gypsies (as her husband calls it), she t created a part-time side hustle which she turned into a flourishing 6-figure online retail empire for over a decade.
Being the entrepreneurial visionary
and not satisfied to stay comfortable in one business, Carrie started her new gig, Bold & Sassy Solutions which helps struggling women entrepreneurs save their businesses and their dreams. She created Bold & Sassy because she was absolutely sick of seeing intelligent, hard-working, gifted women constantly struggle & give up because they were plagued with fear, frustration, confusion, distraction, burnout, lack of confidence & courage and so many deadly dream stealers.
Carrie & her team help women entrepreneurs Get Out of Their Own Way, Own Their “Real” Voice, Take Massive, Focused Action & Create Serious Bankable “Profit.” “Because it’s not how much you make, it’s how much you keep.”
Her raw, get real, bottom-line style has made her a favorite among her social circles. Her philosophy is “Live Life on the Edge or Just Go Home.” The battle cry the Bold & Sassy Community is “Kick A%$. Break the Rules. Make Sh%# Happen. And NEVER, EVER GIVE UP!”
Over the last quarter century, Damion Lupo has started and owned more than 30 different companies including an insurance agency, a precious metals firm, a venture capital company, a financial consulting firm, and more than a dozen real estate investment and development companies. He’s also the founder of Yokido ™, his own martial art and holds 3 other black belts. Damion is a 5-time author and sought after financial consultant for accredited investors and business owners.Using a vast knowledge of financial markets, money psychology and pattern recognition he’s an expert at quickly diagnosing hidden financial cancers with clients and their organizations and rewiring both for success. Damion’s personal philosophy centers on Self Responsibility and a conviction that the only path to freedom is through candor, growth and a big vision. That big vision ideal is what drove him to found Total Control Financial in 2016 and design everything around 10X growth and 10X impact for the client, the team, and the shareholders.