Michael Modzelewski, Author & Adventurer: High Risk / High Yield
Michael Modzelewski is a Correspondent/Co-Host for EarthWise â€” the anchor TV show on the Outdoor Life channel, featuring all the powers and nuances of the Natural World. Michael is a roving Correspondent for the national radio show The Good Life, reporting from the field on his adventures all over the world.
Michael grew up in Cleveland, Ohio where his father played professional football with the Browns. He graduated from Indiana University with a B.A. in Journalism. For the past 12 years he has traveled to 40 countries around the world on assignment for national publications. Heâ€™s the author of Angeles Crest: A Memoir about world travels, ultramarathon running, and metaphysics; Inside Passage: Living with Killer Whales, Bald Eagles, and Kwakiutl Indians, based on a two year stay on a northern wilderness island along the rugged coastline between Seattle and Alaska; and North Through Paradise, about varied adventures in Alaska. His speech: â€œTriumph of The Spiritâ€ is an inspiring, motivational account of what it takes to survive; then thrive in the wilderness â€” or any challenging situation.
After living â€œdate-lessâ€ on the wild island, upon returning to civilization, Michael was startled to find he was chosen Cosmopolitan Magazineâ€™s â€œBachelor-of-The-Monthâ€ and AlaskaMen Magazineâ€™s centerfold story (keeping his pants & parka on, but getting a staple through his navel). After receiving 5,000 letters from women around the world, he married one of the correspondents. Michaelâ€™s latest book, WILD LIFE: THE MISSâ€“ADVENTURES OF A COSMO BACHELOR is attracting rave reviews from everyone except his mother.
â€œMichael Modzelewski is the John Muir of our times. Like Muir, he provides quiet and reverential observance of nature and our own humanity, while interjecting riveting narratives of unanticipated death-defying adventures. His writing is visceral and poetic, alternately humorous and heart-rending, able to sweep the reader seamlessly into his world. I have spent happy hours with his writing.â€ â€” Amy Tan, author of The Joy Luck Club and The Hundred Secret Senses.
Michaelâ€™s inspirational and entertaining speeches have received rave reviews and standing ovations from audiences world-wide. He was chosen â€œSpeaker of The Yearâ€ by Sharing Ideas Magazine. He has been awarded The Key To The City across the United States. He is a celebrity speaker on cruise ships; and Michael has been featured on many national TV shows, including â€œA Closer Look with Faith Daniels,â€ Bill Cosbyâ€™s â€œYou Bet Your Life,â€ and is a frequent guest on the Oprah Winfrey Show. Michaelâ€™s action-packed life was dramatized in the New York City off-Broadway play: LIFEGAME.
When not traveling on Assignment, Michael enjoys mountain climbing, marathon running, sea kayaking, surfing, and exploring his two favorite places in the world: Tracy Arm Fjord in Alaska and the Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania, Africa.
Connect with Michael Modzelewski online:Â www.michaelmodzelewski.com
Chris Vaca, Owner of Over 50 and Broke: Age Is Not An Excuse
Born and raised in New York City Chris Vaca worked a variety of jobs after high school such as a printer, bartender and real estate. After getting married he moved to Florida, where again he had a variety of different jobs, ranging from construction, selling vacuums door to door to auto sales, before opening his own mortgage business.Â
OwningÂ his own mortgage business was great! It was the height of the housing boom...life was good.
But all good things must come to an end. When the housing melt down hit things went downhill in a hurry. Chris went from doing 6-7 loans a month to 5 a year, which saw hisÂ income drop from over $100,000 to $19,000 and then $0. Â After maxing out all hisÂ credit cards and using what savings he had to stay afloat, ChrisÂ eventually lost the business, had hisÂ car repossessed and wasÂ evicted from hisÂ apartment.Â
But,Â Chris Vaca's biggest humiliation was when he had to call hisÂ x-wife for a place to live.
Faced with little options ChrisÂ turned to the only thing available...the computer. Not being computer savvy, Chris sat at the computer 7-9 hours a day. It turned out to be the most frustrating and aggravating thing he ever did.
However, Chris found the courage to reinvent himself. Now at age 62, he is a successful entrepreneur, public speaker, trainer and author. He also has a video series on YouTube called Over 50 And Broke.
His book, "Age Should Never Be An Excuse For Not Succeeding: Restoring Hope In Your Life", has been a constant seller on Amazon. Chris wrote it for all those Baby Boomers out there who find themselves over 50 and broke, just as he was.
His latest book, "Hitting The Tri-Fecta Of Life, A Healthy Mind Body and Pocket" has just hit Amazon. It is a light hearted look at achieving happiness. We all want true happiness, but many just do not know how to go about it. Chris Vaca helps people find a path to happiness.Â
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Bess Fifer, Independent Casting Director: Health, Happiness & Choices
Bess Fifer is an independent Casting Director whose most recent projects include The Humbling for legendary Writer/Director/Producer Barry Levinson starring Al Pacino and The Congressman for Producer Fred Roos starring Treat Williams. Â
Bess is currently casting for an indie titled â€˜Supermotoâ€™ with director Joseph Maggio and producer Mike S Ryan.Â
Bess also freelances with a variety of NYC based casting offices working with Jen Rudin Casting on the upcoming film â€˜Squirrels to the Nutsâ€™ directed by Peter Bogdanovich and 2013â€™s Â â€˜The Secret Life of Walter Mittyâ€™ with Rachel Tenner casting for director Ben Stiller.Â
Bess Fifer got her start in casting at Telsey + Company, the busiest casting office in New York. While at Telsey, Bess worked on various projects such as Sex and The City: The Movie. Jonah Hex, I Love You Philip Morris, The Drowsy Chaperone, Rent, In The Heights, and over 100 national commercials.
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Doug Hess: Co-Author of Gordon Gekko, CEO: Lessons from Wall Street for a Winning Attitude
Doug Hess is the co-author of â€œGordon Gekko, CEO: Lessons from Wall Street for a Winning Attitude.â€ Doug attained his bachelorâ€™s degree in Political Science and masterâ€™s degrees in Human Resource Development from Indiana State University.
Doug is married to Misty and they have two young children (Zack and Drew). Â He serves on several boards within the community and enjoys reading in his spare time, while running the local youth soccer league.
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Kelly Jean Fitzsimmons, Award Winning Screenwriter: Storytelling Is Connecting
KELLY JEAN FITZSIMMONSâ€™ work has recently appeared in Crack the Spine, The Literary Review, Liarsâ€™ League NYC, Serving House Journal, Hypertext Magazine, and HiLoBrow. She is an award-winning playwright and alum of the Writers Boot Camp screenwriting program. Kelly Jean Fitzsimmons also co-wrote the web series Intersection.Â
Kelly Jean received her MFA in Creative Nonfiction from Fairleigh Dickinson University. She combined her love for theater and writing to create No, YOU Tell It! (NYTI) with Erika Iverson and Mike Dressel - a performance series that supports storytellers as they strengthen their true-life tale on the page and experience someone elseâ€™s story on stage.
Connect with Kelly Jean FitzsimmonsÂ online.
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Fidel Rodriguez from The Inspired Human Revolution: Design Your Life
Fidel Rodriguez is an entrepreneur and CIO (Chief Inspiration Officer) at InspiredHumanRev.com whose purpose is to tell the Real Stories of Real People, Living a Great Life , On Their Own Terms. But more importantly, Fidel Rodriquez is a family man, married with two wonderful children who motivate him to be better every day.
Fidel is a regular guy with who loves his family and knows thereâ€™s more to life than we settle for. He goes through the same struggles we all go throughâ€”human struggles. He's been overweight to the point of obesity. Broke having to borrow money from friends and family to pay the bills. Deep in debt. Twice in my life â€“ Fidel's lost all his money. It wasnâ€™t much but it was all he had and that is a lot when itâ€™s all you got.
Fidel Rodriguez failed out of college. Neglected family and relationships because he was busy working/studying more than 90 hrs per week. He started five businesses and failed at four of them. Fidel's had over 10 different jobs in my short time(relatively speaking) on this earth. Multiple times he quit on himself. Quit on life.
Over a short time, though, Fidel Rodriguez managed to payoff over $90 thousand dollars of debt. Lost over 65lbs. and kept it off for over three years. He meditates on a regular basis. Works less than 40 hours per week and makes 6 figures per year with little to no stress.Â
The Inspired Human Revolution is a place where human potential comes alive and where we come together to inspire, be inspired and teach each other that itâ€™s possible to live a better life and that there are certain principles that must be followed in order to do so.
Fidel Rodriguez shares his story of a failing real estate company and how Stephen Covey and The 7 Habits help him turn his life around. He also shares knowledge bombs from Jim Rohn, Tim Ferriss and Tony Robbins.
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Amanda Mock from The Do S**t Podcast: Get The Hell Over Yourself
Amanda Mock owner of My Virtual Little Helper and co-creator of the Do Shit Podcast became an entrepreneur while on the verge of losing her house after being laid off with a 6 year old and a newborn. Out of desperation, she started My Virtual Little Helper.
Amanda still owns and operates My Virtual Little Helper, is a Business coach, and host of the Do Shit Podcast.Â
Connect with Amanda Mock online atÂ http://www.amandamock.com
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Mira Simon, Owner of Coach Mira - Pathway to College: It All Comes Back to Why
Mira Simon is the owner of Coach Mira: Pathway To College. She is a professional certified coach from the Institute of Professional Excellence in Coaching (iPEC) who specializes in helping high school students who are talented and bright but may feel overwhelmed about their future and all of the choices that are involved. Â
She helps them to discover and develop their vision for the future, design the path to get there, Â and choose a college that will help them to continue to uncover their path in life, and create opportunities for their future.
When Mira is not working Â she enjoys spending time with family and friends, and her two labradors, Drom and Rosie.
Connect with Mira Simon online atÂ www.coachmira.com
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Paige Wilhide, Owner of Paige Media: Collaboration Over Competition
Paige Wilhide is the owner of Paige Media, a video storytelling and video marketing company that empowers female entrepreneurs to strut their story online. Using her expertise in theatre, marketing, copywriting, and production, she works with clients to strategize and execute compelling brand stories that rise above the noise and bring these businesses to life in an online world.Â
When Paige is not creating video masterpieces, she's performing with her improv comedy team, playing tennis, and dreaming of travel. She's been to Japan three times including a year-long stint living there as an English teacher, and it holds a special place in her heart.
Connect with Paige Wilhide online atÂ www.paigemedia.co
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Beth Khoundara, Owner of Purdy Cookies: Learning to Adapt
Beth Khoundara is a mother of 3 boys, a mover, shaker, and a cookie baker!Â
Beth is the owner and founder of Purdy Cookies in Des Moines, IA. She has a passion for making custom, hand-crafted sugar cookies from the finest ingredients that look almost too good to eat...and taste as good as they look.Â
Connect with Beth Khoundara online atÂ www.purdycookies.com
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Mo Brady from The Ensemblist Podcast: I Contain Multitudes
Mo Brady is the co-creator and host of The Ensemblist podcast, featuring interviews with Broadway actors about their lives on and off the stage. The Ensemblist is an inside look at being a theatre artist - from first rehearsal through performing eight shows a week and beyond. Over its first two years, the podcast has released almost fifty episodes featuring the stories of more than 130 working professionals.
Having spent his 20s as a performer, Mo Brady made his Broadway debut as the pumpkin pants-clad Conquistador in The Addams Family, where he also understudied the role of Wednesdayâ€™s boyfriend. Lucas Bieneke. On the second season of NBCâ€™s SMASH, he played Gabe, one of the performers on Hit Listâ€™s journey from off-Broadway to the Tony Awards.
Since 2012, Mo Brady has worked as Digital Media Editor for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, one of the nation's leading industry-based fundraising and grant-making organizations. He is responsible for conceptualizing, filming and editing video to promote the organization and its events, including Gypsy of the Year, the Easter Bonnet competition and Broadway Bares.
A Pacific Northwest native, he made the pilgrimage to New York City five years ago with his now-husband. In his non-existent spare time, he is an avid urban hiker, regular hiker and bourbon drinker.
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Harold Gibbons Empowers You to Write Your Own Fitness Story
Harold Gibbons believes that everyone has the strength to change the world, and that physical fitness is the perfect tool to get you started. Â He lives this mission every day as the Steward of Strength at MFF. He is also the New York State Director of the National Strength and Conditioning Association, and finds himself on both sides of the podium at state, regional, and national level conferences for the NSCA and SHAPE America.
Harold is passionate about finding simple solutions for the immense information of diet and exercise that allow everyone to use physical activity and healthy eating to transform your life. Â He also likes to lift heavy weights, ride fast bikes, and awkwardly dance in public. Â He enjoys comparing Dumbledore and Gandalf just as much as comparing deadlifts and squats. Â
He â€‹also gives â€‹fantastic hugs.
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Shanna Jones, Kansas City Actor & Musician: How I Learned To Fail
Shanna Jones s an actor and musician based out of Kansas City. Â As an actor she has toured the country performing on stages from California to New York. Â
She has also written music for Shakespeare productions, New York Burlesque shows, and her own blues band, The Shenanigans.
Connect with Shanna Jones online at www.shannajonesmusic.com
Christian Sineath, Opera Singer & Actress: Transitioning from Small Town North Carolina to New York City
Christian Sineath is passionate about music, fine art, fitness, and family & friends.Â
Raised in Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina, she has performed in numerous operas and musicals all over the world. Earlier this year, Christian made her film debut in Oscar nominee James Spione's film, Silenced.Â
Connect with Christian online atÂ www.christiansineath.com
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Larry Hamilton, Owner of BLUE Photography NYC: Everything Happens Perfectly
Being the center of a "thruple", Larry Hamilton splits his time between the husband, ACTING and the mistress, PHOTOGRAPHY. Â
As an actor, he's been seen Off-Broadway, and on tour both here in the US and Internationally. Photography was an escape that got serious very quickly. "I wanted somewhere I could say whatever I wanted without having to open my mouth."Â
Larry's photography isÂ now published. He is working with top agencies in both New York and other major cities. His heart - and his bed - are in Manhattan but Larry is a sucker for assignments that give him a reason to travel.Â
Connect with Larry and BLUE Photography at www.larry-hamilton.com.
Kimberly Kelly, CEO of True Love Again says "Say YES to Yourself!"
Kimberly Kelly is the CEO and Founder of True Love Again. She is a certified Energy Leadership Index Master Practitioner, and trained Love and Relationship Coach through the Institute of Professional Excellence in Coaching.
Kimberly specializes in working with divorcees who are completely exhausted from the drama of their divorce, to get past their past and over their ex, so that they are ready for true love again.
Connect with Kimberly online at www.trueluvagain.comÂ
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Marc Mawhinney from Natural Born Coaches Podcast
Marc Mawhinney is a lifelong entrepreneur who began his coaching business after starting several other companies, including one that grew to 100 employees. His passion and specialty is helping other coaches build successful businesses by defining their target markets, implementing systems to better manage their time and make more sales.
He launched the Natural Born Coaches podcast - a daily podcast where he interviews successful coaches - to help support the worldwide coaching community. Â The show became an immediate hit â€“ making it into iTunes â€œNew & Noteworthyâ€ category in its first week of release and greatly exceeding the average downloads for new podcasts.Â
Marc is on a mission to help coaches spread their message and their value to as many people as possible!
Find Marc Mawhinney online at www.naturalborncoaches.com
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Rob Fortier, Creative Talent Wrangler: How To Run Your Art Like a Business
Rob FortierÂ is an internationally recognized writer and author. He is the former Owner/Creative Director of Paper Words and is an 8-time National Stationery Show exhibitor. His greeting card and stationery designs have earned him recognition by leading industry magazines such as Art Buyer and Stationery Trends. He has also been featured on the HGTV cable network.Â
RobÂ now works with creative entrepreneurs to help them create, sell and win in todayâ€™s marketplace. By bringing out their passion his clients do their best work...whether in the studio, on the stage, or in the boardroom.Â
Find Rob Fortier online at robfortier.com
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Shawn Manaher from Sidepreneurs.com
Shawn Manaher has founded and grown four successful companies The Content Authority, Nexus Affects, Book Marketing Tools and Reading Deals. He's a cutting-edge marketer, dynamic coach and highly engaging podcast host with a passion for support aspiring business owners struggling to take action toward their own goals.
Shawn shares his story of losing 30% of his business the month he quit his full time job and the lessons he learned. He also tells the Awesome Universe community a book and online resource that has contributes to his success. Lastly, his last piece of guidance is something you can doÂ TODAY to increase your awesomeness!
Check out sidepreneurs.com/checklist for his free Sidepreneur Startup Checklist.
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Amanda Wheeler Inspires You to Take Action
Amanda Wheelerâ€™s love of fitness and sports developed at a young age when she saw her first episode of American Gladiators. The perfectly quaffed hair and tightly toned bodies made me want to shoot Nerf balls and do pull ups...all while wearing one bedazzled lifting glove! [She also wanted to be Michael Jackson â€¦ in the Thriller/Billy Jean phase.]
That desire turned into a full-time career over a decade ago. Now she has trained everyone from professional athletes to 70 year old women, crossfitters to Tony Award winning Broadway stars, and everything in-between. She believes fitness should be fun and crazy, while also being extremely smart and results driven.Â
Find her online at www.drivenbywheels.com .
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Welcome to The Awesomeness Show with Justin Stratton!
Welcome to The Awesomeness Show. Host Justin Stratton shares with you his vision for the podcast, what you can expect from each episode and why it's important. Prepare for AWESOMENESS!…
The Awesomeness Show with Justin Stratton
The Awesomeness Show is the kick-ass podcast to inspire, motivate and educate you to create your most awesome life! You will hear stories of change, struggle, transition, failure and success. You will leave each podcast with an action you can take today to increase your awesomeness. Join coach Justin Stratton as he talks with incredible people about their challenges, Oprah "AH-HA" moments, and share powerful tools, tips & action steps for creating your most awesome life. The Awesomeness Show is the resource for anyone who desires to be the best version of themselves.