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2017 PAST SPEAKERS

May 24
Louise Hauck

Transmitting From the Heart — The Functionality of Telepathy and Communication with the Higher Self

Louise Hauck is a ‘time-traveling’ intuitive spiritual counselor, and the author of Beyond Boundaries; Heart-LinksFearless Future; and Streaming Consciousness Her work has been endorsed by and dovetails with that of Gary Zukav, Peter Russell, Willis Harman, and Larry Dossey, MD.
For nearly thirty years she has presented to audiences and consulted for clients internationally. It’s a wonderful time to be alive, because, as Louise believes, we’re all here to evolve into highly intuitive, multidimensional beings.
Louise has a lot to say about telepathic communication with the higher self of others — those suffering the effects of dementia, stroke and comaemployers, ex-partners, difficult friends or relatives, pets, and all of nature.
Louise is also passionate about giving evidence of our ever-present connectivity to unconditionally loving, higher energies (including certain religious icons), to the Angelic realm and elemental world, and to loved ones in the ‘non-physical. www.louisehauck.com

May 10
Jamie Greene

The Art of Reading People

Imagine having the gift of X-ray vision to see through people’s defense mechanisms so you could truly see what makes them tick? With his 30-years of experience as a psychotherapist delving deeply into the shadows of the psyche, Jamie will show you how to connect with the people who matter to you most. This powerful workshop is not a gimmick but more a guided set of skills how to recognize trustworthiness, emotional intelligence and receptivity and to develop the personal leverage to help you effectively create the impact you desire.

Jamie’s Zen-like approach to personal coaching combined with his British sense of humor and refreshing straight talk, has built a thriving reputation as a licensed psychotherapist, teacher, mentor and leadership trainer helping teens, adults, couples, executives and teams change their entire perspectives of work and life. In 2005, he was cast as a real-life marriage therapist in the FOX show ‘Marriage 911′ and helped to save a marriage on the rocks in just one week. The couple is still thriving, years later. Jamie was most recently featured as Therapist and Life Coach to Brad Womack on Season 15 of “The Bachelor” on ABC. www.JamieGreene.com

April 26

Peter McGugan

Think It Through

We’re living in an impulsive, immediate gratification, alternative fact, rush-to-result era. As we strive to keep up with waves of disruptive technology, we too often make misinformed or emotionally impulsive choices.

Canada’s best selling author, international speaker and award-winning filmmaker, Peter McGugan brings an uplifting, participatory and empowering experience, spiced with humor and irresistible common sense. 

He shares the skills of lifelong achievers who get clarity, and then make informed choices. You’ll discover free resources so you’re more confident, trusted, independent and successful. 

As we age, decisions come with higher stakes. Don’t miss this Inside Edge favorite as he shares winning skills for decision making, situation management and sustained well being.

April 12

Mark Goulston

Steve Jobs Returns:
Connecting the Dots
Steve Jobs is credited with turning around and making Apple the most successful company in the world.  However, when he died, the unconscious formula he followed died with him. Since then, Apple has been successful but challenged to continue its phenomenal success as a disruptively innovative company.

Dr. Mark Goulston is widely regarded as a "people hacker." Beginning as a UCLA professor and crisis psychiatrist, Mark specialized in suicide, then was an FBI and police hostage negotiation trainer, then was a high profile trial consultant.  Mark spent the past two years  "hacking Steve Jobs" and speaking around the country on how to think like Jobs when marketing. Our morning will be his one-man show in which he doesn't play Jobs... he is Job and tells the story of turning around Apple between 1997 when he returned to 2007 when he introduced the iPhone and then takes questions as Jobs. 

Mark is also the author of seven books including Just Listen, the top book on listening in the world, and Talking to Crazy, which was a 2016 finalist in the audible book "Oscars.” www.MarkGoulston.com

March 22


Dep Kirkland

The American Criminal Jury Trial:
A Playground for Legal Delinquents
Author of Lawyer Games: After Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil will reveal the workings of the trial system in the United States. While touching on the infamous “Midnight” case from Savannah (below), he will go beyond the boundaries of that single, though fascinating, murder case to include other notorious criminal trials such as the Phil Spector, Hillside Strangler, Charles Manson, and O.J. Simpson cases.

In the early morning of May 2, 1981, Danny Hansford was shot dead by James Williams with a World War II vintage Luger in a historic Savannah mansion. For the next eight-and-a-half years, through four murder trials and intrigue which reached the highest levels of Georgia politics—including a former governor and the Georgia Supreme Court—lawyers battled over whether the 50-year-old Williams shot the 21-year-old Hansford in self-defense. The case inspired a best-selling book and a movie, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, directed by Clint Eastwood.

Dep Kirkland, the Chief Assistant DA in Savannah at the time, arrived at the scene when Hansford’s body was still on the floor.  He made the decision to arrest Williams.  His firsthand knowledge allows him not only to deeply analyze the murder case but also to expose the legal mischief spawned when a defendant facing unshakable physical evidence possesses almost unlimited funds. www.DepKirkland.com

March 8

Teresa Tudury

Such Fine Things

With a deep, sultry voice that magnetizes audiences, and a scathing comedic wit to match, Teresa is a consummate performer who pours out her original songs with power, verve, passion, and disarming humor. Her voice has been described as a cross between Bette Midler and Bonnie Raitt (LA Weekly). Her vocal stylings are perfectly complemented by her bluesy guitar playing.  Don’t miss this outrageous morning of laughter and music with a favorite Inside Edge speaker/performer.

Throughout her career, Teresa has recorded or performed with such greats as Leonard Cohen, Rickie Lee Jones, Lyle Lovett, Taj Mahal, Leo Kottke, Charlie Musselwhite and Bonnie Bramlett. Now residing in Sonoma County, Teresa continues to perform and write new material. She has just released Such Fine Things, her latest CD. www.Tudury.net

February 22

Winn Claybaugh

Be Nice (or Else!)

Winn is “one of the best motivational speakers in the country,” according to CNN’s Larry King, who wrote the foreword for Winn’s book, Be Nice (Or Else). A national speaker for major corporations, Winn has helped thousands of businesses build their brands and create successful working cultures. A business owner for more than 30 years with over 16,000 people in his organization, Winn is the founder, co-owner, and dean of hair care giant Paul Mitchell’s school division.  In 2004, the North American Hairstyling Awards (NAHA) recognized Winn’s outstanding contributions to the hair and beauty industry by making him the youngest person ever named to their Hall of Leaders. In 2011, he was honored the “Hairdressers Unlocking Hope Award,” given to individuals in the professional beauty industry who serve as exemplary models of philanthropy, giving back to their communities and to the world with generosity and spirit.  Winn was named Humanitarian of the Year by Friendly House in 2013, and most recently, in 2016, American Salon named him one of the five top “Industry Leaders Who Helped Revolutionize Education.” Under his leadership and in keeping with their unique culture of giving back and building self-esteem, Winn and the Paul Mitchell Schools have raised over $16.7 million for multiple charitable organizations. www.winnclaybaugh.com

February 8

Brian Theiss

How does real change take place? How can change not only determine our current and future health, but also how does it control aging, dysfunction, and disease?

Brian Theiss, AA, CFT, MFS, a popular keynote speaker and owner and operator of one of the most successful training facilities in the country, just may be the ultimate personal trainer.  In 2012, he received the World Vision Project Global Humanitarian award as the most prominent health and fitness consultant in the world for saving and changing lives.  Brian was also named best trainer in the nation for 2004 by ISSA (International Sports Sciences Association). He is nationally recognized for the incredible success of his trademark system of health and fitness training using scientific principles of kinesiology, physiology and metabolic functioning. With a strong mission of combating poor health and the issues that arise from it, his Theiss Institute recently received an award as the best working model in the health and fitness industry, for the fifth year in a row. In his 30 years in business, he worked with over 19,000 clients worldwide and has established himself as a pioneer in the field of executive health and wellness. Brian worked with 975 Physicians worldwide and currently a NBFE Fellow since 2016.  www.theiss.care

January 25

Blaine Bartlett

Compassionate Capitalism

Blaine is a best-selling author of the #1 International Best Seller Compassionate Capitalism: A Journey to the Soul of Business, co-author of Discover Your Inner Strength written in collaboration with Stephen Covey, Ken Blanchard and Brian Tracy, and is the author of Three Dimensional Coaching which was published in 2013 and translated into Chinese and Japanese in 2015. As CEO and President of Avatar Resources, a global consulting firm he founded in 1987, Blaine has coached and consulted worldwide with executives, companies, and governments and has personally delivered training programs to more than a quarter of a million individuals to directly impact more than one million people. Blaine is an Adjunct Professor at Beijing University, Founder of the Institute for Compassionate Capitalism, and a member of the Transformational Leadership Council. He sits on the Board of Directors of the Unstoppable Foundation and the World Business Academy and is a member of the Advisory Boards of the All Japan Management Coaching Association and the Asia Coaching and Mentoring Association. In 2012, Blaine was formally invested as a Knight of the Sovereign Order of St. John of Jerusalem Knights of Malta, the world’s oldest humanitarian organization. He is the husband of one of our favorite recent speakers, Cynthia Kersey, Founder of the Unstoppable Foundation. www.BlaineBartlett.com

January 11

Ruth Cherry, PhD

Living in the Flow and Accepting Unconditional Love

Ruth has expressed her passion and creativity through her 40-year practice as a psychotherapist. She specializes in working with sub-personalities, our different energies that manifest in our life.  In her two-book set, Living in the Flow: Practicing Vibrational Alignment and Accepting Unconditional Love, readers learn how to practice vibrational alignment in the context of their minute-by-minute experience.  We will hear how Ruth trusted universal wisdom principles when she was diagnosed with MS, and how her background as a clinical psychologist and a meditator supported her in understanding that healing is unlimited when we maintain a vibrational state of acceptance.  www.meditationintro.com

2016 PAST SPEAKERS
December 27


Craig Marshall

A New Venue, A New Year, A New You

Because Craig Marshall has been through so many life-chapters and played such diverse roles, he is an expert on transitions and the value of learning and un-learning. His presentation will welcome all to our new venue at the Pacific Club, and will be about the New Year and the new you, and how you can step into a new chapter in your personal & professional life. A mentor to Steve Jobs, Beatle George Harrison and fashion icon Fred Segal, Craig has fantastic stories and is the ultimate empowerer! When asked the most important thing he learned as a monk, Craig responded, “That we all are more powerful than anything and everything we are seeking.”
Craig Marshall began as a child actor in Hollywood, playing small parts in television shows and commercials. He graduated from USC Film School, and then his life took a left turn. He became a yoga monk with Self-Realization Fellowship, where he lived in a monastery for 35 years. As respected swami, Craig traveled the world, lecturing to large audiences on the subjects of mindfulness and meditation. He became a mentor to many well-known people and wrote several books and media programs on how to live a meaningful life. Today, Craig is a sought after public speaker, personal consultant and co-author of the book, The Next You.
December 7

Sheva Carr

Contributing to the Creation of a New World

Just as an acorn contains all the information to become an oak tree, you were born with a user’s manual for your life and contribution to the world— including purpose, well-being, and peace of mind — right inside your own heart. How can we access and decode that user’s manual? This Inside Edge event will introduce you to a teaser of the tools and science developed in over twenty-five years of peer-reviewed research at The HeartMath Institute. This work shows us that the concept “follow your heart” is not just a poetic metaphor, but is backed by science and can be methodically manifested by anyone. Combine that with basic physics and the Polarity Principles that allowed Thomas Edison to invent the lasting electric light bulb, and at this morning meeting you will learn to plug into source energy in such a way that you can reliably raise your vibration anywhere, anytime, and spontaneously make the world a better place for all while doing it! The process is not an archeological dig. It is as close to you as your own breath and heart, validated by some fascinating science that reignites wonder and awe at how we and the world work.

Sheva Carr, L.Ac., is an author, speaker, Oriental Medicine doctor, and master HeartMath trainer. She is the architect and director of HeartMath's HeartMastery Program, the Founder and Executive Director of HeartAmbassadors and the Fyera Foundation, and a Co-Vice President and United Nations Delegate for Pathways To Peace (a United Nations Peace Messenger Organization). Diana, our founder has studied with her privately for years.

ovember 16

Keith Morrison

A fascinating and informal Q&A session

Our speaker has a face and a voice familiar to all of us as a television journalist, and from his twenty years as a correspondent for Dateline NBC.  In 1986, just as the first meetings of the Inside Edge were taking place in three Southern California counties, Keith moved from his native Canada to Los Angeles to become the news anchor for KNBC. He rose quickly to be a west coast correspondent for the NBC Nightly News and the Today Show.  He is married to Suzanne Perry, who was Press Secretary to Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau.  He is a father of five and stepfather to Friends star Matthew Perry.

November 2

Walt Hackman, Author

No Problem, Mr. Walt– a Memoir of Loss, Building a Boat, Rebuilding a Life and Discovering China

Walt’s lighthearted storytelling is centered around the unique experiences he had while traveling to China during the building of his custom 55-foot, 40-ton Mei Wen Ti, the only authentic wooden Chinese junk boat of its style and size in the U.S.

When Walt Hackman’s son was tragically murdered, his world collapsed around him. Seeking peace of mind and a new beginning, Walt sought to honor his son’s memory by bringing to life a dream that had long been delayed – to build a wooden boat, but not just any wooden boat.

"Mei wen ti" means "no problem" in Mandarin. Walt chose this playful yet facetious name for his vessel because no matter what he asked during the tumultuous two-year process of building it that's how the Chinese shipbuilders always answered. This beautiful and unique vessel's birth, however, was anything but unproblematic, as you will learn. It is said that "the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step." Here is the story of how, despite his unimaginable heartbreak, Walt decided to take that first single step, then the next, and the next.
October 26

Patti Channer, Jonell McLain, and the women of  "Jewelia," from this
best selling book

The Necklace: Thirteen Women and the Experiment That Transformed Their Lives By Cheryl Jarvis

The true story of thirteen women who took a risk on an expensive diamond necklace and, in the process, changed not only themselves but a community. In Ventura, California, Jonell McLain saw a diamond necklace in a local jewelry store display window. The necklace aroused desire first, then a provocative question: Why are personal luxuries so plentiful yet accessible to so few? What if we shared what we desired? Several weeks, dozens of phone calls, and a leap of faith later, Jonell bought the necklace with twelve other women, with the goal of sharing it.  Part charm, part metaphor, part mirror, the necklace weaves in and out of each woman’s life, reflecting her past, defining her present, making promises for her future. Lending sparkle in surprising and unexpected ways, the necklace comes to mean something dramatically different to each of the thirteen women.  With vastly dissimilar histories and lives, the women show us how they transcended their individual personalities and politics to join together in an uncommon journey. What started as a quirky social experiment became something far richer and deeper, as the women transformed a symbol of exclusivity into a symbol of inclusiveness. They discovered that sharing the necklace among themselves was only the beginning; The more they shared with others, the more profound this experience–and experiment–became.  We will enjoy an inspiring morning learning about a necklace that became greater than the sum of its links, and about thirteen ordinary women who understood the power of possibility, who touched the lives of a community, and who together created one extraordinary experience.
October 12
Alexanda Levin
& Darrell W. Gurne
y

The Back Forty: Life's Best Half
of Play, Passion & Purpose

Darrell and Alexandra co-created The Back Forty INFUSE Program, based on his upcoming book, to support mid-lifers (and beyond) to create the second half of life as an inspiring, radical, and purposeful best half.  The course, book and movement are based on the dual premises that “the best is yet to come” and “you have yet to do what you came here to do.”  Darrell is a Life Changer, Executive Coach and Licensed Spiritual Counselor supporting people in all walks of life for over 28 years. His clients play bigger, perform at peak levels, create thriving lives and businesses, and make empowered life and career moves.

Darrell speaks and leads workshops and trainings for community and spiritual organizations, professional associations, and university and MBA programs such as Harvard and USC. Darrell has dedicated his own “Back Forty” to supporting others to create their second half as a radically fulfilling best half. 

Alexandra’s experience spans over 25 years as a coach and mentor, organizational and personal development expert, and human resources executive.  She holds MBA and SPHR certifications.  Her expertise is in the areas of personal and professional success, living an empowered life, performance, effectiveness, leadership, communication, teamwork, business consulting, and human potential development. Alexandra’s next half of life is focused on the spiritual and inspirational empowerment of others.

September 28

Kerry Benthall

Brother Craig Marshall

You Can Profit Today From
The Internet of Tomorrow

Kerry Benthall is a business executive, marketing VP, and CEO who has worked with major corporations and startups, all the while practicing daily meditation.  For 35 years, Craig Marshall was a yoga monk with Yogananda’s Self-Realization Fellowship, living in an ashram.  Craig was also a film producer, child actor, and mentor to many celebrities. These two conscious thought leaders have joined visions and are now launching a revolutionary media platform that will change the way that viewers, content providers and advertisers will share the 2.0 version of the World Wide Web.

Are you ready to stroll down a street in a virtual city of tomorrow? Step into an immersive web experience, which will be upon us before we know it.  Look up and see your company’s name in the sky. Kerry and Craig, along with technology guru Samy Montecristo, will reveal an exciting paradigm shift right here at the Inside Edge - a new social media platform that is immersive, compelling and fun – plus, offering a financial win/win opportunity. You’ll literally step the future, and look at a world filled with new personal and professional opportunities that were for centuries only a dream.
September 14

Dr. Huesan Tran

The Meridian of God: Attaining Unity To Co-create
A New Paradise On Earth
For over 30 years, The Inside Edge has been a forum where innovative concepts and new paradigms are introduced.  Arrive with an open mind to meet Dr. Huesan Tran, MBA, an international author, speaker, and spiritual teacher, and visionary leader incorporating spirituality and energy healing into business, finance, economics, and all aspects of life.   She explains how Modern society needs a simple, easy, non-religious and non-esoteric way to find self-worth, gain clarity of a common world vision, and integrate spirituality in all areas.  Her book. The Meridian of God reveals the simple truth that shifts consciousness to a new paradigm of unity and awakes the divine essence, purpose, and mission of humans to transform destiny.  It has been called. “the lost ancient secret that demystifies what God is, and how humans are one with God through the understanding of energy, information and consciousness.”  Transcending space and time to attain the divine union of God-man and the unity of humanity, Dr Tran shares the key that unites spiritual and physical paths and brings forth spirituality in healthcare, business, finance, economics and all areas to transform the current cascade of crisis into a New Paradise on Earth.

August 24Cynthia Kersey

Unstoppable Success: Moving forward
by Giving Back

Cynthia Kersey, Founder and CEO of the Unstoppable Foundation, teaches business and sales professionals why giving is the ABSOLUTE Law of Success and must be part of an overall business model.  She equips attendees with both the skills and immediately-applicable “how-to” information that will catapult their life and business to new heights as they experience the joy and power of unstoppable giving and contribution. As the best-selling author of two books, Unstoppable and Unstoppable Women, Cynthia is a speaker, entrepreneur, national columnist, CEO and Founder of her non-profit foundation whose focus is to ensure that every child on the planet has access to the life-long gift of education.  She not only inspires individuals to give, but provides entrepreneurs with a practical action plan on how they can increase their bottom line, expand their business, create customer evangelists and become completely invigorated about their life and business by integrating generosity as a business philosophy.  Her foundation has funded more than 84 schools in 3 countries, brought education to nearly 10,000 children a day and is bringing clean water, sanitation, health care and training to almost 40,000 community members.
August 10


Jeff Walker

Rhymecology: How Hip-Hop Can Heal

Jeff Walker is a lyricist and a counselor, a poet and a teacher, an author and healer. His books include The Therapist Guide: Using Hip-Hop to Heal and The Art of Hip-Hop Lyrics.  Jeff created Rhymecology to help people express, discover and create themselves by using psychology, hip-hop culture and an award-winning technique of rhyming to allow people to feel empowered about themselves and the world they live in. In this special presentation, Jeff Walker will reveal the inside edge to a side of hip-hop most don’t know, the therapeutic, educational and empowering one! You will experience passionate poetry, and may even get to try your hand at creating your own rhyme! As an artist Jeff Walker has had his music played at the Staples Center, on 60 Minutes, on TNT, ESPN and on Fox Sports where he creates “on the spot” rhymes live on the air. He has won numerous poetry slams throughout the country.

July 27

John de Strakosch

Wild Dogs In The Den: A Botswana Adventure

John has traveled across this planet for decades. His stories, especially of the wild places, have enthralled many. John has been a member of the Inside Edge for over twenty-five years, and the last time he presented, he shared personal stories about the Mountain Gorillas in Uganda and Rwanda, and the Wildebeest Migration in Tanzania. Now, John guides us into the depths of southern Africa’s Botswana, one of the finest, most remote safari places on the face of the planet. Special emphasis is on the Wild African Hunting Dogs, rare and difficult to find. Excerpts from his video, Wild Dogs In The Den, will complete this multi-media presentation. While on safari together, each of us may just find a little piece of our own selves.
July 13

Webb Weiman

Jump!

Webb Weiman is the Founder of Jump!, a non-profit organization whose mission is to help seniors fulfill what’s on their bucket list, especially those who don’t have the means to do it on their own.  In 4-6 minute video presentations known as Jumpisodes, Webb shares choices that seniors have and how important it is to live life beyond the rocking chair. Webb worked in television production for almost 25 years. As the Head of Post Production for Magical Elves, Inc., he oversaw shows produced for NBC, ABC, Bravo, Showtime, TNT, Oxygen, USA and HBO, and supervised Emmy award-winning shows such as Top Chef, Project Runway and Project Greenlight.  At age 50, Webb began a new career in honor of his mother and father, by taking his first participant skydiving on her 90th birthday.  Legally blind 78-year-old Mariano Altieri even drove a car for the very first time. The fact that seniors are living longer” says Weiman, “is a testament to not only modern medical advances, better diet and exercise, but also their mindset and beliefs.”

June 22

Robert Maurer, PhD.

Mastering Fear: Harnessing Emotion to Achieve Excellence in Work, Health and Relationships

Achieving and sustaining success is difficult. Why do some people struggle to get started or stay the course? Why do others seem to sabotage their hard-earned victories? What makes some people stumble and fall, when they seem to possess the requisite skills to soar? Most importantly, what can be done to change these patterns and their outcomes?   Based on years of research, Robert answers these questions and many more with surprising perspective on stress, fear, and the single most important skill necessary to achieve maximum results.   Robert Maurer, PhD is a clinical psychologist on the faculty of the UCLA and the University of Washington Schools of Medicine. He is the author of One Small Step Can Change Your Life, The Kaizen Way, The Spirit of Kaizen, and Mastering Fear.

June 8

Kathryn Ford

Self-Care = Business Success!
The Fastest Way to Increase Your Bottom Line

Self-Care and Self-Love are the fundamental ingredients for success and have a direct impact on your business’s bottom line.  Kathryn learned through personal experience how impossible it is to run a successful business when you don’t feel well.  And without our health, we are not able to show up for the rest of our life.  Self-Care and Love provide nourishment for our entire Being.   When we prioritize our roles and place the ‘Art of Practicing Self-Care’ at the top of our list, we practice the key ingredient for working smarter rather than harder, experience pure enjoyment in all other areas, and live a life of ‘Full-Spectrum Wealth’!   Kathryn is the Founder and President of Excellence Institute.  She has an extensive background in coaching and has attended continuing education through Harvard Medical School’s, Coaching In Leadership and Healthcare program. Through her own coaching programs, she teaches essential tools and methods that allow people to live the life of their dreams.   Her new book, Be Well!  A 7-Step System for Radical Healing will be released in September 2016, with the foreword written by Dr. Bernie Siegel.   It is endorsed by some of the world’s leading authorities in personal development and transformation. She is also a 2016 Los Angeles Business Journal, 'Woman of The Year’ nominee. www.KathrynFord.com

May 25

Laura Day

The Circle: How the Power of a Single Wish Can Change Your Life

Join the New York Times bestselling author Laura Day, the intuitive whom ABC’s 20/20 calls “The Psychic of Wall Street,” and experience an approach to achieving your goals that has been used by businesses to excel and by individuals to create a joyful life in which every experience becomes a path to growth, healing, and success.   In this simple, nine-step program, based on Day’s book of the same name, you will awaken your innate intuitive abilities and learn how to be a catalyst for change in your life, your business, and your community. Laura’s work has helped demystify intuition and bring it into the mainstream, and she has trained thousands of people to use their brains, perceptions and “sixth sense” in effective ways to realize their goals. She has been featured on Oprah, CNN, ABC News, The View and many other national and international shows and publications. www.practicalintuition.com.

May 11


Steve Bhaerman

Beyondananda and Beyond --
Stand Up With Swami, Sit Down With SteveSteve Bhaerman is an internationally known author, humorist, and workshop leader, and one of our favorite Inside Edge speakers over the past thirty years.  He is the author of Driving Your Own Karma, Duck Soup for the Soul, and Swami for Precedent: A 7-Step Plan to Heal the Body Politic and Cure Electile Dysfunction. We will be treated to a two-man one-man show featuring cosmic comic Swami Beyondananda and his slightly-more-serious alter ego Steve Bhaerman.  First, you'll get to enjoy the Swami's playful and hilarious take on events of the day, the human condition and of course our human conditioning.  And ... not only will the Swami answer your questions, YOU will question his answers. Then you'll have a chance to meet the man behind the Swami, and learn even more about how to wake up laughing and leave laughter in your wake.You’ll laugh … you’ll learn … you’ll laugh … and you’ll laugh some more. www.SwamiBeyondananda.com

April 27

Tim Piering

How to Harvest the Great Treasures That Lie Within
Our Dreams

Tim Piering has been a member of a dream group for six years and he leads the Mastery Circle of Los Angeles in dream work. Tim studies Carl Jung's and Robert Moss's dream work, Mythology, and Alchemy.  He has found that dreams can dramatically enrich waking life.  As author of the book Mastery and Breaking Free to Mental and Financial Independence he seeks universal principles to help people reach their full potential. Tim is also a grandfather, martial artist with five black belts, Engineering Vice President, and an airplane and helicopter pilot. He believes in becoming a Master in body, mind, spirit, work, play and relationships by living a robust and balanced life.

April 13

Wayne Muller

Why People Matter

Wayne Muller is a therapist, minister, executive mentor, consultant, community advocate, and bestselling author of several books, including Sabbath; How, Then, Shall We Live?; and most recently, A Life of Being, Having and Doing Enough. A graduate of Harvard Divinity School, Wayne has spent the bulk of his life helping people move through suffering, illness and loss. His focus helps liberate latent strength and wisdom within people and institutions, nourishing creative imagination and collaborative leadership in communities, through relationships rooted in mutual respect.

March 23

Sheikh Yassir Fazaga

Promoting Understanding, Harmony
and Unity to be GREAT

How can we achieve Oneness and Unity within ourselves and in our world today? We are all brothers and sisters in humanity. Sheikh Yassir Fazaga, an expert in Islamic Studies, has presented around the globe about Islam, to help in the understanding of what Islam is and what it is not. Sheikh Yassir was born in Eritrea, Northeast Africa, and was educated in the USA.  He serves as the Religious Leader of Orange County Islamic Foundation (OCIF) in Mission Viejo, CA.  He is the Director of the Mental Health Department at Access California Social Services Agency in Anaheim. Sheikh Yassir teaches for American Open University, oversees an OCIF youth group, serves on the advisory board of the Islamic Studies Program at Claremont Graduate School and is listed on the “Who is s Who among America’s Teachers” where the best students choose their best teachers. He was recently featured on the Today show on “Spirituality in America.” He is a regular guest on Peace TV.  www.ocif.org 
March 9

Lee Hausner, PhD

Communication

Dr. Hausner, an internationally recognized clinical psychologist and business consultant, provides family consulting services. These services include assisting families in learning effective communication and conflict resolution skills, facilitating family retreats, resolving generational issues and increasing each family member’s one to one personal effectiveness.  She wrote the critically acclaimed family business resource book, “Hats Off To You 2...Balancing Roles and Creating Success in Family Business Succession”. Previously Dr. Hausner served 19 years as the senior psychologist for the Beverly Hills Unified School District.

February 24
Ann Webb

Manifesting a Meaningful Life

Ann Webb is best known as “The LifeVision Expert.”  Ann’s vision is to reach and inspire individuals to envision their limitless possibilities, and then to discover the power within themselves to make those dreams a reality.  Ann has coached thousands of successful entrepreneurs and network marketers in getting crystal clear in both their business and personal visions resulting in more money, better relationships, and improved health & fitness. Ann is the President of Global LifeVision, a humanitarian outreach program that involves facilitating adventures for those that want to serve and make a different in developing countries. She regularly takes expeditions to teach, train and serve in Africa and India.   She will be guiding us to: Get CLEAR and FOCUSED on what your Ideal Life looks and feels like;  Use her Revolutionary tool for changing the neural pathways in your brain; and Achieve amazing results through so much more than “old-school” affirmations.  www.createlifevision.com

February 10
Lynn Andrews

The Crossroads of Power

Lynn Andrews is the New York Times and internationally best-selling author of over 20 books including the Medicine Woman Series, which chronicles her three decades of study and work with shaman healers on four continents. Her study of the way of the sacred feminine began with Agnes Whistling Elk and Ruby Plenty Chiefs, Native American healers in northern Canada. Her quest for spiritual discovery continued with a Shaman Curendera of the Mayan Yucatan, an Aboriginal woman of high degree in the Australian Outback and a Nepalese healer in the foothills of the Himalayas. A film was made of her book Medicine Woman starring Sally Field.  Today, Lynn is recognized worldwide as a leader in the fields of spiritual healing and personal empowerment.  “Lynn Andrews is one of my favorite writers. She helps every woman find a sense of her own importance.” — Marianne Williamson, Author of Return to Love” and “A Woman¹s Worth” Dannion Brinkley says, “Lynn is one of the most profound people of our time. Her work in the shamanistic traditions has provided effective guidance to me and many others looking for answers. I love her!”  www.lynnandrews.com

January 27

Tom Sewell

INSIDE EDGE 30TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION

Expect Miracles!  Health, Art, Love & Fun

The Inside Edge would never have existed without Tom’s brilliant and outrageous influence. A multi-media artist, designer, photographer, filmmaker, sculptor, Tom was presented "The Annual Award of Excellence" by the United Nations Society of Artists and Writers for his "Enigma of the Mill" and for his contribution to the Anti War/Peace Movement. His photography has been featured in The New York Times, Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition, Los Angeles Times, and The Wall Street Journal. In the 60's Tom moved to Venice, California and began to explore art direction in television and film. In the 70's he began buying and restoring architecturally significant buildings making a major contribution to the restoration of Venice. After visiting the Soviet Union in the mid 80's (as one of the first citizen diplomats of that era), he became the publisher of "Main Magazine" a large format magazine that chronicled art, architecture and photography of the west coast.  In the 90's Sewell moved to Maui and has become one of Hawaii's pre-eminent innovative artists. www.tomsewell.com

January 13

Follow the thread of what you truly love . . . it will not lead you astray.  ~ Rumi

The “red thread” found in quantum physics, and historically in the world’s cultures, is a metaphor that offers tools one can use to awaken one’s intuition, deepest knowing and wisdom.  Hear personal examples through stories, probing questions and practices that bring subtle insight and elevate our daily perspective above the mundane.  When we choose to live at ever-higher levels we expand our inherent ability to sense, and thereby source, solutions that serve the greater good.  Sharing our unique talents and gifts widens our life path and enhances our legacy.  Diana is the author of eight best-selling and award-winning books and the coauthor of two Chicken Soup for the Soul titles.  She and her late husband Paul von Welanetz were the Founders of the Inside Edge thirty years ago. Diana is the originator and one of the three Founders of Keys to the Queendom, (www.KeysToTheQueendom.com) a woman’s movement of international sisterhood that encourages and inspires women to join together to create Queendoms wherein their highest Divine feminine nature will birth solutions that bless the world.
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 PAST SPEAKERS
December 16

Revs. Sandy &
Kirk Moore

Visioning Is an Inside Job

We know that what we desire to experience in the outer world HAS to start with the world inside each of us. Visioning is nothing new, but what practices and tools are we using to get the job done? The Revs. Sandy and Kirk Moore will discuss some of the principles, practices and opportunities that support our deepest desires and goals by utilizing the process of visioning.  Visioning is a crucial practice that supports that “next step” in our evolution. We can either grow or fade away.  Through visioning, we grow in amazing ways. As the New Year approaches, this is the perfect time to delve inside and bring forth that which wants to be expressed through you and as you.  Create a new vision in a new year for yourself. Revs. Sandy and Kirk Moore are the founders of the InSpirit Center for Spiritual Living, Orange County located in Mission Viejo. They began their ministry on May 10, 1999, and have been growing their ministry over the past 16 years. As former members of the Inside Edge, and with Kirk responsible for years for all our music, the morning promises to be very special. www.inspiritoc.org

December 2

Sheikh Yassir
Fazaga CV

Promoting Understanding, Harmony
and Unity
to be GREAT

How can we achieve Oneness and Unity within ourselves and in our world today? We are all brothers and sisters in humanity.Sheikh Yassir Fazaga, an expert in Islamic Studies, has presented around the globe about Islam, to help in the understanding of what Islam is and what it is not. Sheikh Yassir was born in Eritrea, Northeast Africa, and was educated in the USA.  He serves as the Religious Leader of Orange County Islamic Foundation (OCIF) in Mission Viejo, CA.  He is the Director of the Mental Health Department at Access California Social Services Agency in Anaheim. Sheikh Yassir teaches for American Open University, oversees an OCIF youth group, serves on the advisory board of the Islamic Studies Program at Claremont Graduate School and is listed on the “Who is s Who among America’s Teachers” where the best students choose their best teachers. He was recently featured on the Today show on “Spirituality in America.” He is a regular guest on Peace TV.  www.ocif.org 

November 18

Major General
Melvine G. Spiese

Leaders Can Be Made: What the private sector can learn from Marine leader development

MajGen Spiese (USMC (Ret) served 37 years on active duty.  A parachuting accident that broke his fibula prevented him from serving in combat.  His career took many paths, yet it became clear that his unique ability to study and impact the Marine Corps’ “knotholes”, the schools, combat centers and commands that define and perpetuate the future for the Marines would be a lasting legacy for him.  MajGen Spiese earned numerous medals and has a resume pages long.  Under Secretary of the Navy, Robert Work, awarded Spiese with the Navy Distinguished Service Medal.  Work called him “a true visionary,” “a great commander” and someone who has “training and education in his blood.” During his assignments in education and training, no one had more impact on the preparation and readiness for Marines and units deploying overseas for combat.  MajGen Spiese retired from active duty in 2013 as the Deputy Commanding General of I Marine Expeditionary Force/Commanding General 1st Marine Expeditionary Brigade. MajGen Spiese is using his vast military experience since retirement to focus on leadership development in the civilian sector.

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Louise Hauck

Consciousness, Telephathy and Multidimensionality

Louise Hauck, included in the “Best of the Edge” 25th anniversary presentations, returns to the Inside Edge.  Louise is a futurist and an intuitive who tells us that there is a tremendous awakening afoot, well-timed with today’s expansion in consciousness.  Louise Hauck shares exciting evidence – proof of our connectivity to higher, unseen energies, to the Higher Selves of those residing in physical or non-physical form – to everything that is energy.  When we learn to ‘merge’ we experience a stunning new level of connectivity that goes hand in hand with telepathic communication.  Louise and her apprentices are discovering new ways to translate the messages, decipher the symbols, and interpret the metaphors – all the while testing the limits of our ability to prod and play with this amazing source of information.  Louise is the author of Beyond Boundaries, Adventures of a Seer, Heart Links, Fearless Future and more.  Come join Louise, the 'Time-Traveling' Intuitive and Spiritual Counselor.  Louise@louisehauck.com

October 28

The Four Reasons We Are Afraid to Change:
Four Successful Responses

Founder and President of Inspired Work, Inc. David Harder is dedicated to helping individuals transform their relationship to work to become a profound opportunity in building a richly fulfilling life.  The goal leads to a contributive and successful life.  He is the promoter of skilled social networking and his unique method for building virtual communities is now a curriculum delivered to participants from all walks of life.  Harder has served as chief change agent for many organizations including the Walt Disney Company, HBO, Sony Pictures Entertainment LMU, USC, The Art Institute of America and more.  He is the author of The Truth About Work, writes weekly essays about work to a wide audience, and appears on many business and human-interest programs on CNN, KTLA news and more. www.inspiredworkservices.com

October 14

Mark Victor Hansen

Energize Your Life and Your World

Mark Victor Hansen’s 2015 new book, The Miracles in You, is the inspiration for this presentation.  He will guide you in remembering that you are miracles yourselves, and to discover the miracles inside each one of you.  Hansen’s descriptions of the miracles he has experienced or witnessed will help all, even skeptics, believe in the inexplicable and intangible aspects of humanity.  Mark Victor Hansen’s work will make it exciting to wake up every day; he shows how living with character and purpose is an honor. He will inspire you to open to receiving and creating miracles leading to personal empowerment, and in the process to create an intentional wave of goodness across the world.  Mark Victor Hansen is the author and co-creator with Jack Canfield of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series.  These books are the world’s bestselling series with over 500 million copies. Some of his other works are: Dare to Win, Future Diary and How to Achieve Total Prosperity.  www.markvictorhansen.com

September 23


Dr. Janet Woods

Brain Built Spaces: Creative Design That Motivates Your Brain and Your Lifestyle

Neuroscientists have discovered what Psychologists have known all along.  Your environment sets the tone for everything going on in your life. Dr. Janet Woods will share her expertise about how to use your Environment and your Brainpower to get the “Edge” in all areas of your life.  Everyone has a secret key that unlocks behavioral patterns in certain spaces. Understanding and using the science of “Environmental Creative Design” can provide the keys to unlock the mysteries of your mind enabling you to access your truth, live your dreams and be successful in everything you do.  Learn about visual cues that motivate and de-motivate you, the environmental triggers that hold you back and techniques to work with this immediately.  Dr. Woods is a popular television and radio personality, and is the Director of The Art of Life Institute and Founder and President of the Multi-Disciplinary Arts Guild.  https://neuroarchitecture.wordpress.com 

September 9

Steve Maloney

UTake Me Home Huey Project - Repurposing a Boneyard Vietnam Era U.S. Army Helicopter into Art for Healing

Using the aircraft skin of a wounded U.S. Army Huey Helicopter shot down in the Vietnam War as his “canvas” Steve Maloney has transformed the fuselage into a mixed media sculpture. The result, a colorful ambassador that has risen from the ashes of war, and now drafted to travel to museums and high profile venues in the U.S. to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War as proclaimed by the President of the US and the Department of Defense, and to bring awareness to Veterans who struggle with PTSD and their path to recovery. Steve Maloney, contemporary artist, is passionate about the creative process and exploring his consciousness and sub-consciousness for striking visual results. He works in a variety of disciplines including painting, sculpture, collage, film and performance. He has been featured in USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, CNN Headline News, Time Magazine and NPR. www.stevemaloney.com  and www.takemehomehuey.org

August 26

Ron Chapman

Uninjurable - Finding the True Nature of the Soul

Whether we think of our innermost selves as soul, or heart, or highest self, there is wide agreement that there is within us a richness that is far greater than we can conceive. Many would say that our outward possibilities are fully mirrored by our inward realization. And some would represent that such inner awakening does not take place in thought but in the body, that enlightenment is a somatic effect not a mental one. Using breath work, journaling and interactive inquiry, let us see together what we can awaken in ourselves. Let us seek that within us which is uninjurable. Ron Chapman explores the realm of breakthrough, profound changes of the heart opening into unrealized possibilities and potential.  Chapman shares his concepts in teaching, consulting, in facilitations and in three books, three CD sets, on blogs and at www.seeingtrue.com most recently.  rcgroup@bigplanet.com

August 12


Dr. Frank LaFerla

Alzheimer's Disease: Research for Today
and Hope for Tomorrow

As Dean of the UCI Francisco J Ayala School of Biological Sciences, Professor LaFerla will discuss the broad societal impacts due to Alzheimer’s disease, the latest research in the field and answer questions from members and guests.  Dr. LaFerla runs the UCI Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center which is one of 27 federally designed centers in the country.  He has served in numerous leadership roles since joining UCI in 1995, including as Director of UCI MIND (Institute for Memory Impairments and Neurological Disorders), a research center internationally acclaimed for its work on disorders of the brain, particularly those that are age-related.  Dr. LaFerla has also been the UCI Chancellor’s Professor and chair of the Department of Neurobiology and Behavior.  In addition to being a member of numerous scientific societies, he is a current member of the board of directors of the Orange County Alzheimer’s Association.

July 22
Ed Cunningham

Curiosity

Producer Ed Cunningham’s most recent non-fiction film, “Finder Keepers” premiered at Sundance Film Festival ’15, and will be theatrically released later this fall.  His Academy Award winning documentary “Undefeated” accompanies “The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters”  which was Sports Illustrated sport’s film of the year.  Ed has been able to “crack the code” in three diverse professions, one of which is currently as an ESPN/ABC College Football commentator.  But it wasn’t until having children that he realized it is curiosity that has been the driver in all his endeavors.  Ed Cunningham will share stories and experiences, from his career and his life, which will demonstrate how curiosity has impacted and ultimately paved the road for his journey.  Recently transitioning into scripted and non-fiction television, Cunningham produced on Fox’s ‘Breaking in” and helped create and executive produce a reality series on Discovery.

July 8


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Jan Harzan

Are UFOs Real?  Do ETs Exist?
What does this mean for humanity?

Jan Harzan’s lifelong pursuit to know more about UFO’s led him to UCLA to obtain his B.S. degree in Nuclear Engineering.  He worked with IBM for 37 years knowing that only such a company would have the stature and funds to research this fascinating field. Still seeking answers, Jan retired from IBM to become the Executive Director of MUFON, the Mutual UFO Network.  Jan Harzan will share many riveting stories beginning with the history of ufology as well as recent sightings including his own close encounter that are sure to change your worldview. In this presentation you will see that not much has changed in the 68 years since Roswell happened, and yet everything has changed. See what MUFON is doing to put UFOs squarely in the public's eye, and make this an everyday conversation in the corporate board room.  You will also hear what new research is uncovering about the mystery and opportunity of UFOs and their advanced technology on our everyday lives. This talk is sure to expand your awareness and may even change your life forever. www.mufon.co

June 24

Rev. Basia Christ, Ph.D.

5 Paths to Rising to Your Greatness

Rev. Basia Christ planned on ending her life on August 14, 2005 when she did something she hadn’t done for more than four decades, she begged God to give her a purpose. He answered her pleadings 74 days later with a challenge:  “Why not you?” What happened over the next eight years changed her life after interviewing 26 women globally who provided paths to help her rise to her greatness. Rev. Basia will share the following five women’s stories and the path each provided: Ngawang Sangdrol, a Tibetan nun who was imprisoned by the Chinese for 11 years in the infamous Drapchi Prison for demanding the freedom of the Dalai Lama, provided a path to faith. 3’8” Peggy O’Neill, who hated her short stature until she found self-love and a healthy self-image, provided the path to self- acceptance. Sibel Edmonds from Turkey, who lost her job at the FBI after reporting our government received warnings before 9/11, provided the path to speaking the truth –no matter what the consequences. Erin Runnion, whose 5-year-old daughter Samantha was kidnapped, raped, and murdered, provided a path for finding joy in life again. Rev. Basia wrote From Ash to Flame: Women Rising and kept her promise to tell their stories of courage, triumph, and service.

June 10


Craig Marshall

Success in The Second Half

Every game is won in the second half. What’s your score in “the game of life”? You’ve accomplished a lot in your personal & professional life, but may feel there’s still something left to do (even in retirement). What opportunities lie ahead? This program takes a frank look at life, including - sense of self, meaning, and fulfilling your deepest life goals. It’s an opportunity to meet a man who was a child actor and grew up amidst Hollywood celebrities. Yet, he chose a different path and became a yoga monk and resided in a Self-Realization Fellowship ashram for 35 years. Five years ago, Craig and his business partner, business innovator Andrew Papageorge, founded “The Next You”, a consulting company, which guides mature professionals toward realizing their “third act”.  Craig is a veteran speaker to audiences worldwide and mentored many well-known people, including Beatle George Harrison. Craig always invites questions and welcomes great dialogue. www.TheNextYou.com

May 27

A
Arielle Ford

Wabi Sabi Love:The Ancient Art of Finding
Perfect Love in Imperfect Relationships

Wabi Sabi Love is devoted to exploring simple, fun and effective ways create a more loving relationships. Wabi Sabi Love is a process that turns conflict into compassion. It shows you how to cultivate love, especially on the days when one of you is acting out, refusing to listen, or shutting down. Arielle Ford will share: How to attain groundbreaking shifts in perception so that you can embrace and grow to love the things that are making you crazy in your relationship; transformational communication tools that quickly restore love, happiness and harmony; and the importance of wearing “rose-colored glasses” and the research that backs it up. Arielle Ford is a leading personality in the personal growth and contemporary spirituality movement. For the past 25 years she has been living, teaching, and promoting consciousness through all forms of media. She is a radio host, relationship expert, speaker, columnist and blogger for the Huffington Post. www.soulmatesecret.com

May 13


Jan Phillips

Story Spinning: Harvesting Your Life Events and
Harnessing Their Power

Our stories define us. They affect our well-being, our relationships, our present and our future. They are vehicles of energy, vessels of possibility. They contain infinite potential and we can harness light and great power from the experiences of our lives.  Every catastrophe has stripped us of something and given us something. This talk gives us a chance to revisit some life events and re-view them through a lens of emotional clarity and compassion. We will learn new ways to share our stories, discern the narrative arc, define the crisis and rewrite the resolution. We will see our role in co-creating the event and the narrative, and we will reconsider our experiences from a place of creative power. Jan Philips’ own fascinating journey is a story to behold, as witnessed in her writings, No Ordinary Time, Finding the On-Ramp to Your Spiritual Path, The Art of Original Thinking-The Making of a Thought Leader and more, her photography, music, teaching, and her Livingkindness Foundation. www.janphilips.com

April 22Gregg Levoy

Vital Signs: The Nature and Nurture of Passion

Discover, or re-discover- your passion for life.  What inspires passion in our life?  And what defeats it?  How do we lose it and how do we get it back?  Returning Inside Edge speaker Gregg Levoy, author of Callings: Finding and Following an Authentic Life (Random House) explores these questions in his new book Vital Signs: The Nature and Nurture of Passion (Penguin). His book explores passion as a mindset, a stance that helps bring vitality to all our engagements.  Gregg Levoy encourages courageous inquiry into our dis-passion, where we are numb, depressed, stuck and bored with our lives.  Knowing this can help us rework these tendencies in ourselves, claim our rightful inheritance of vitality and get our spark back.  His life’s passion is to help us get to the heart of what makes us passionate again. Gregg Levoy is nationally recognized lecturer and seminar leader in most arenas of life.  He has been a frequent guest on many of the national television network and radio shows.

April 8


Lorelei Shellist

Is Your Self Image Really You?

Lorelei Shellist’s fascinating personal journey led her into the world of international runway work having been a spirited muse for Channel’s Karl Lagerfeld, Yves Saint Laurent, Christian Lacroix, Giorgio Armani and more. She learned to bring art and dreams to life from the world’s great designers.  She has appeared in films, TV, commercials and print, and authored her memoir: Runway Runaway: A Backstage Pass to Fashion, Romance & Roll and Roll.  Her passion today includes teaching critical life skills to at-risk you, working with inmates in prison, and creating a full tuition music scholarship for vocational students of music.  Along with many other pursuits, her compassion and training help her empower her clients to feel and express their innate beauty to help them project the image they want and to receive the attention they deserve.  www.loreleishellist.com

March 25

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Cathy Thomas

Confessions of a Food Writer

Award winning columnist, author, teacher and on-air host, Cathy Thomas will describe the 50 most nutrient dense fruits and vegetables on the planet.  She says it is about building delicious, vibrant flavors while getting the most healthful benefits in every spoonful.  Spending hours in the kitchen is one of her favorite pastimes, as well as writing for the Orange County Register and pioneering the use of culinary--based videos on the Web.  She won first place as the best food columnist in the nation from the Association of Food Journalists.  Cathy Thomas regularly conducts international and domestic culinary tours, seeking new ingredients, techniques and ideas as she explores world cuisine.  With a BS from USC, and studies at cooking schools around the world, Cathy will recount about her life around food, her nutrition-centric mother, and encourage us how to have real fun and longevity in eating healthful foods. www.cathythomascooks.com

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Dr. Aisha Simjee

Hope in Sight

Dr. Aisha Simjee immigrated to the US from Burma in 1970. After contracting trachoma in her eyes at age 7, Dr. Simjee’s fascination with eye health motivated her to study medicine and ophthalmology on the east coast.  She opened her practice in Orange, CA in 1978.  She embarked on her first medical missionary trip to British Guyana in 1991, and since then has been to 38 countries around the world to provide eye care to those in need in underdeveloped nations.  Dr. Simjee’s book, Hope in Sight, recounts her past as well as experiences as a medical ophthalmologist all over the world.  Her hope is that people will be inspired to give back to the global community.  She believes each and every person has the ability to transform lives, including their own.  Her latest efforts were in a refugee camp on the Jordan/Syrian border. www.southcaleye.com/aishasimjee

February 25


Leigh J.
McCloskey

The Hieroglyph of the Human Soul (THOTHS)
and The Mystery of the THOTHS Library

Leigh J. McCloskey, actor, artist and visual philosopher, reminds us to tell our stories, to remember that we are in this together, all part of the living theatre and vast library of being human: the “great curiosity.”  His book and art for Tarot ReVisioned is a masterwork of Hermetic wisdom and beauty.  Art, physics, esoteric tradition, alchemy and legend come full circle in The Grail Story revealed within THOTHS Library and the archetypal imagery in his book. His home in Malibu, Olandar, hosts weekly philosophical discussions, screenings and public gatherings. Leigh has lived his public life as an actor starring in many films and television shows and as a story teller and lecturer has presented around the world.  It is time to tell a story worthy of the human heart for all generations. McCloskey heads the Olandar Foundation for the Emerging Renaissance.  www.leighmccloskey.com

February 11


Stephanie Benvento

Human Trafficking: Where We've Come From,
Where We Are, and Where We're Going

Human trafficking in Orange County? Stefanie is the Director of Public Policy & Advocacy for Crittenton Services for Children and Families, a child welfare non-profit headquartered in Fullerton, California. Crittenton's history in the fight to end human trafficking proudly goes back to 1883 and today, their work is focused on girls in the juvenile justice system who have fallen victims to sexual exploitation in Southern California. She will review the various factors that have led the world, and specifically the local Southern California region to our current crisis of human trafficking. While this is not a new topic, it can be argued that until recently the response to this issue was too little, too late and failed to understand the contributing risk-factors that made victims vulnerable while precluding them from receiving services. www.crittentonservices.org

January 28


Gary Quinn

Navigating Life Using the Power of "YES"

How do we find a concrete way to successfully navigate life so we can stay balanced and centered?  By shifting our “no” thoughts, words and actions and tapping into our intuitive “YES” energy, the all-knowing deeper part of us that connects the dots to who we really are, to our soul, empowers us to change our lives.  Gary Quinn, author of The Yes Frequency, is a life coach and founder of the Touchstone for Life Coaching program in Los Angeles.  Currently working in a movie produced by Sharon Stone with Dan Millman, Deepak Chopra and more, Quinn has previously shared the stage with Don Miguel Ruiz and Neal Donald Walsh as an inspirational speaker.  He has been featured on most network news programs and national newspapers. www.garyquinn.tv

January 14

Sonya Kumiko Lee Introduced by
Dr. Kenneth Tokita

Sonya Kumiko Lee introduced by
Dr. Kennth Tokita

Sonya Kumiko Lee, was born in Tokyo, Japan, and raised in Orange County CA.  Ms. Lee holds a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from the Juilliard School, where she studied with pianists Emanuel Ax and Oxana Yablonskaya. Ms. Lee performs at the most well-known concert halls nationally and has international experience in Spain, France, Japan and more.  Ms. Lee is a pianist and will perform for the Inside Edge.  Ms. Lee will be introduced by Dr. Kenneth Tokita, a radiation oncologist in Irvine, California. He received his medical degree from University of Washington School of Medicine and has been in practice for 46 years.  Dr. Tokita and colleagues created “The Society,” an organization which identifies and promotes world class artists in Orange County, CA. www.sonyakumikolee.com

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  PAST SPEAKERS

December 17
Tim Braun

Connecting to the Other Side

Tim Braun will present his insight into the world as a spiritual medium. He does so with a memorable style and classic sensitivity. Tim will explain the different forms of communication your loved ones send you and answers frequently asked questions. He will explain how to open yourself to psychic information and understand inner workings of your psychic senses. Internationally renowned, he has been lecturing and reading for clients and groups for 20 years. He has been heard on radio shows throughout the world and he astounds people with his accuracy. www.timbraun.net

December 3

Tim Piering

How to Attain Black Belt Mastery
in Multiple Areas of Your Life

Tim Piering recently returned from the Philippines where he attained his 2nd degree black belt in Eskrima Filipino stick fighting. He will use the concept of a Black Belt as a metaphor for attaining Mastery in any area of your life.  According to his philosophy, you are truly successful only when you have attained Mastery in body, mind, spirit, work, play and relationships.  He will discuss why balance is important, how to honor your body, and how to perform at a high level. Tim Piering reminds us why Act-3 and Act-4 are the most important for a Senior when they should be ramping up and not winding down.  His latest book is Mastery – A Technology for Excellence and Personal Evolution.

November 19

Andrea Deerheart,
PhD, CLE

The Death Doula

Dr. Deerheart’s work as a Death Doula (an end of life coach) is to reverse the culturally prevalent denial of death and encourage a return of intimacy, reverence and sanctity to death and dying.  Her wish is to inspire, educate, and offer fresh and creative end of life options that are not typically acknowledged in our Western medicalized approach. Through Dr. Deerheart’s foundation, The Heart Way, she expresses her passion for providing loving, emotionally safe spiritual environments for Conscious Living and Conscious Dying.  She will present resources and tools to ignite conscious approaches to death, and how we can avoid the sterile doors of a medical institution. www.theheartway.org

November 5

Szofia S. Bullain,
MD

The 90+ Study

Dr. Bullain, a geriatric neurologist clinician-scientist, is part of The 90+ Study which is one of the world’s largest epidemiological studies focusing on people age 90 and older.  This study provides an exceptional opportunity to identify protective, modifiable, and risk factors for cognitive impairment, and late age dementia. Dr. Bullain, originally from Hungary, came to UCI after completing her postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard Medical School, to help develop novel strategies to combat brain tumors.  She also conducts clinical trials and evaluation for the Longitudinal Study of Memory and Aging at the UCI Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center (ADRC).

October 22

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Simone Wright

First Intelligence: How to Use the Science
and Spirit of Intuition

While many have touted the value of intuition, few have explained and taught it as pragmatically and convincingly as author Simone Wright. In this inspiring morning, she will discuss the biological foundation of intuition; outline its four levels; and offer practical tools for putting your intuitive wisdom to use in specific and powerful ways that will serve your life and improve your future. Wright defines intuition, our first intelligence, as the language of the authentic self, a unique” marriage of science and spirit.”  Wright’s goal is to help people meet the information age’s tsunami of data with their inherent wisdom, a human GPS system that leads seamlessly to effective action and peak performance.  Simone Wright is the author of First Intelligence:  How to Use Science and Spirit of Intuition. www.simonewright.com

October 8

Pierre Odier

Cambodia Aangkor A Lasting Legacy -
A Vew of Its Past and Present

Pierre Odier is a renowned international adventurer, photographer, educator and lecturer. He was born in Lausanne, Switzerland, moved to the USA in 1959, became a US Army communications specialist.  He has continued to explore planet earth and its peoples ever since.  Lessons learned from Cambodia’s past into the present is an ongoing work and passion for Odier. Today half of Cambodia’s population is under 20 and 80% of its population.  The elder generation is too exhausted to confront the traumas of the atrocities during the Khmer era, and the country is struggling to retain an identity, despite its magnificent culturally rich and rare heritage in Southeast Asia.  Pierre Odier, is founder of L'Image Odier Publishing, a company dedicated to creating images and text relating to the documentation, preservation and recording of minority peoples and remote civilizations throughout the world. www.limageodier.com

September 24
Marilyn and John Valenzuela

Awakening into Oneness

Marilynn and John Valenzuela have experienced a neurobiological shift in consciousness that millions are experiencing at this time all over the planet as a result of a phenomena known as the Oneness Blessings or Deeksha. The Oneness Blessing is a transfer of sacred intelligent energy that awakens the kundalini and gradually de-clutches the mind. They will share about their journeys to the Oneness University in southern India where this phenomena originated and where people from all over the world and from all religious and cultural backgrounds come to attend courses and experience a shift in consciousness and become awakened. Marilyn, in her earlier life, spent 15 years as a yogic nun traveling throughout Europe and the Soviet Union teaching yoga, meditation and organizing social service projects.  Besides being a certified yoga teacher, she is also a singer and musician and together with John lead a kirtan (chanting) band that performs throughout southern California.

September 10


Bhava Ram

The Guru is You:
Owning Your Power and Living Your Truth

Bhava Ram is a former NBC News war correspondent who worked throughout the world, including the Gulf War, Afghanistan, Africa, South America and Asia. A broken back and failed surgery ended his career. Then came a diagnosis of stage four cancer. He ultimately healed himself through the mind/body sciences of Yoga and Ayurveda. He now devotes his life to sharing the miracle of self-healing with others, believing that we all have the inherent power to take charge of our destinies, heal ourselves and effect lasting personal transformation in our lives. He leads retreats, workshops, and trainings worldwide. Ram is the author of the highly acclaimed new memoir, Warrior Pose, How Yoga Literally Saved My Life, which is scheduled to be a feature film in 2016. www.bhavaram.com

August 27

Susan Plummer,
Ph.D.

Seven Shifts of Deep Change

What would happen if we recognized experiences such as emptiness, meaninglessness, and anxiety not only as challenges or possible symptoms of depression but also as signs of change that are calling us into a new future? Says Dr. Susan P. Plummer: “Our relationship to our future is revealed in our relationship to the unknown, and to cooperate with our future’s longing for us we need to befriend the unknown.” Her talks and workshops illuminate the Seven Shifts of Deep Change, which take us beyond merely the redesigning of our lives to changing the way we experience our self and our world. Susan P. Plummer, Ph.D. is the author of Deep Change: Befriending the Unknown. She lives in Santa Barbara, where she directs the Alliance for Living and Dying Well, a hospice agency. Prior to this, she was the director of a certified hospice program for eight years. She is also a licensed psychotherapist, and has had a part-time private practice for over 25 years. www.susanpplummer.com

August 13
Dr. Dore Gilbert
(left)

A Lifelong Dream Fulfilled

Why was Dr. Dore Gilbert motivated at age 60 to volunteer and be commissioned in the United Stated Army Medical Corps, and then to volunteer for deployment in Afghanistan in 2011?  With the strong support of his family, he decided to fulfill a lifelong dream of serving his country.  Dr. Gilbert will speak about his experiences in basic training and in Afghanistan. During that time, he took a leave of absence as Medical Director of Newport Dermatology and Laser Associates in Newport Beach, and as Associate Professor of Dermatology at University of California, Irvine (UCI).  Dr. Gilbert and his wife have raised 5 children. He has served on the Saddleback Valley Unified School District’s Board of Education for 29 years, in addition to coaching All American Football, Little League Baseball, and Bobby Sox softball.

July 23


Diana
von Welanetz Wentworth

Aging as Adventure

Diana von Welanetz Wentworth, Founder of Inside Edge and author of ten books, is on a mission to find maximum enjoyment and contribution in her elder years. Following a heart attack in 2009 she looked deeply at the meaning of her life. Since then she has become a spokesperson for the American Heart Association with her latest book, Love Your Heart: Follow the Red Thread to a Heart-Centered Life. She and her husband Ted Wentworth explored numerous options for what they call "Act 3." They will share tips on downsizing, liquidating valuables, finding and relocating to a new community, and having the time of your life. It is always a special meeting when Diana is with us.  Two of her other books are Send Me Someone and Chicken Soup for the Soul Cookbook. www.DianaWentworth.com

July 9


Christopher
Andersonn

The Power of Resonance

How often have you heard, “You create your own reality.” It is a concept that is common to those who are curious about how their lives happen.  An elusive concept to grasp beyond the words, yet, the more we can learn about how, and why, we create the realities that we do, the more choice we have in how we live our lives. One of the best ways to learn about reality creation is to understand resonance. Whatever exists in our lives—relationships, success/failure, happiness—is created by our resonance. The most powerful way to change and expand our reality is to change the makeup of our resonance. Since 1976 Christopher Andersonn has spoken to over twenty thousand people about the benefits of metaphysics and spirituality. He is the author of, Will You Still Love Me If I Don’t Win?  He has appeared on more than 450 radio and television stations, and been featured in magazines and newspapers across the country.

June 25


Jesse Sapolu

I Gave My Heart to San Francisco

Jesse Sapolu played as center and offensive guard for 15 years with the NFL’s San Francisco 49ers. During that time, he won four Super Bowls and went to two Pro Bowls.  However, no one knew during his outstanding and highly decorated career, that his heart could’ve been compared to that of an 80 year old man.  Rheumatic fever had ripped a small hole in his heart valve when he was four years old.  He vowed to tell no one of this condition, nor ever complain about how he felt, if he would be able to play football.  In Sapolu’s recent book, I Gave My Heart to San Francisco, he describes the high and lows, the hurt and healing, in a true American success story about a hero who gave his heart to the team and city he loved.  www.jessesapolu.com

June 11

Sherry Hursey

The Road to Smile TV

The goal of Smile TV is to seek out the positivity in this world, promote smiling and to create a positive impact in the daily lives of people throughout our planet.  As co-owner of Smile TV, Sherry Hursey and her crew hope to transform a dynamic paradigm shift in the way that media is presented to the public and inspire a pay it forward, universal atmosphere.  In a world where media typically exploits hopelessness, depression, hunger, disease, tragedies etc., Smile TV chooses to focus on the opposite.  They believe that the world is a wonderful place full of beauty and a million reasons to smile and that is where we should shift our attention.  Sherry Hursey is an award winning actress, writer and producer, with an extensive list of credits from stage to screen.  www.smiletvgroup.com

May 28


Dr. Ralph Umbriaco

Nutrition and Health: Information You Can't
Get Anywhere Else

Dr. Ralph Umbriaco’s passion as a healthcare professional is to empower patients with the knowledge and understanding necessary for them to experience their own healing miracle.  Rather than “fighting” or “focusing” on this concept that is called disease, why not, instead, invest and redirect an effective portion of our time, energies and effort in CREATING so much “real health” that disease and discomfort can no longer have any power over you, your life, you family or your environment.”  Dr. Umbriaco is a state licensed Doctor of Chiropractic and holds a private practice in Newport Beach, CA.  He also holds a Masters of Science in Traditional Oriental medicine (MSTOM) and is a Certified Natural Health Professional. (CNHP)

May 14


Janet Gallin

Love Letters in the Age of Texting:
Why They Are More Important Than Ever

Some people choose their careers; Janet Gallin’s career chose her.  She haMay 14s, for the past 11 years, hosted the talk show Love Letters Live and for the past 6 has written a column of the same name.  In this two-thumbed era of constant texting and compulsive tweeting, Janet is a champion of taking the time to write real letters by hand, stamping them and mailing them.  She knows that every one of life’s experiences holds the seeds of a letter to someone and that every love letter changes a life.  One of the most important legacies we leave is a record of the love we gave.  Janet writes speeches, family and corporate histories and entertainment pieces in complex verse, as well a helping people write emotionally difficult letters.  Writing letters is often considered a lost art.  Is it? www.loveletterslive.com  and http://www.examiner.com/love-letter-in-san-fancisco/janet-gallin-love-letters-live

April 23

Dr. Peter Bryant,
PhD

Orange County's Newport Bay:
A Hotspot of Biodiversity

Dr. Peter Bryant’s interest and passion are in documenting, monitoring and preserving local biodiversity and ecosystems. Dr. Bryant teaches Environmental Science and Conservation Biology at UCI, and other Community College and High-School levels.  Dr. Bryant is on the Board of the Newport Bay Conservancy (NBC) which is the single organization focused exclusively on the conservation and restoration of Upper Newport Bay – one of the most precious natural resources in Southern California. It is an important global hotspot of biodiversity, and serves as one of the region’s most productive ecosystems.  Dr. Bryant specializes in photographing invertebrates, especially the more difficult ones including the smallest insects as well as various marine and aquatic species.  He manages the most comprehensive web site to be found anywhere dealing with local biodiversity (http://nathistoc.bio.uci.edu) .peter.bryant@newportbay.org     pjbryant@uci.edu

April 9
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Carolyn Conger,
PhD

Through the Dark Forest

In her presentation, Through the Dark Forest, Carolyn draws on her 30 years experience of working with people who are imminently facing death. Drawing on her research and experience, she offers guidance to people struggling with a terminal illness or increasingly debilitating illness, as well as for their loved ones. In this talk, she invites us to examine our lives and move into wholeness, no matter how long we have to live. Carolyn Conger, PhD., is a consultant and teacher who conducts seminars internationally in psychological growth, healing, dreamwork, intuition, creativity, and spirituality. She has lived with tribal societies throughout the world, studying their healing and metaphysical arts. From her research in psycho-immunology and experience of working with people with illness, she also teaches mind/body techniques for attaining optimum health. Her doctorate is in clinical psychology.

March 26
Susan Rosenthal

Get Out of Your Box ...and Step into Your Greatness

Do you see yourself as someone who can have all your dreams and intentions?  Do you react to circumstances, or are you in charge of creating every aspect of your life?  If you are like most people, you view circumstances, including health, finances and relationships, as causes of not having your ideal life. If you have not achieved your goals, likely you are blocking your ability to have what you want. You have powers right now to create any life change you can imagine.  Learn how to expand your view of yourself so you can step out of your comfort zone and make choices in the direction of your dreams. Susan Rosenthal is President of World Markets Group, a global consultancy that provides individuals and organizations with solutions that enable them to achieve greatness. Featured in the book, Fearless Women: Visions of a New World, Susan shares her approach to fulfilling all of life’s dreams. Come and be transformed during this exciting and enlightening presentation!

March12Richard Afable,
MD, MPH

Healthcare in Transition

What is the transformation in healthcare today?  What is it, and what is it not? What does this transformation mean to the individual and to the community?  Dr. Richard Afable, President and Chief Executive Officer of Covenant Health Network, will address these questions.   Covenant Health Care Network is a Southern California integrated delivery system created by the affiliation of St. Joseph’s Health and Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian.  Convenant is comprised of seven hospitals, an expansive physician network, and numerous ambulatory sites throughout Orange County and the High Desert.  Prior to the creation of Covenant Health Network, Dr. Afable was President and CEO of Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian.

March1Jeremy Hunter,
PhD

Developing the Leader's Mind:
Survival Skills for the Twenty-first Century

Jeremy Hunter is the great-grandson of a sumo wrestler as well as Assistant Professor of Practice at the Peter F. Drucker School of Management, at Claremont Graduate University. For over a decade, Professor Hunter’s courses have sought to redefine and enhance productivity by cultivating quality of mind. He has helped leaders to cultivate the ability to better focus attention, manage reactive emotions and step out of old ways of seeing and acting to develop centered and effective responses.  Hunter’s courses are dedicated to Drucker’s assertion that “You cannot manage other people unless you manage yourself first.”  He has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Mindful, the Los Angeles Times and National Public Radio’s Morning Edition.  His work is informed by the experience of living day-to-day for 17 years with a potentially terminal illness, and when faced with the need for life-saving surgery having more than a dozen former students come forward as organ donors. He is a contributor to Mindful.com, is on the web at www.JeremyHunter.net and can be followed on Twitter at www.twitter.com/JeremyHunter123.

February 12


Joan Wulsohn

Stalking Carlos Castenada and
Recovering Past History

In 1972, professional dancer Joan Wulfsohn underwent a double mastectomy. And her soon-to-be-ex-husband abducted their three children and spirited them away to a foreign country. “I should have died,” Joan writes. But she didn’t. Stalking Carlos Castaneda chronicles her journey back to life by way of lessons a brain damaged boy, Eastern holy men, Western supermodels and a certain aging sorcerer. It is the story of how one woman learned to live a magical life filled with wonder and transcendence. Aiming to release and heighten people’s creative potential, Joan Wulfsohn focuses her work on the way memories are stored throughout one’s body. Through her state-of-the-art light-touch, she teaches a way to access these memories on a cellular level, bringing clients to a gentle consciousness of their most deeply held patterns. An important aspect of the teachings of the shaman Don Juan in Castaneda’s work is the recovering of energy lost during a lifetime affected by trauma, illness, education and socialization.www.cellularrecalltherapy.com,  www.thechildisnotdead.com

January 22

Dick Schiendler

You, Your Money and Small Change - Part II

How would it be if financially, everything worked out well of the time? Have you ever wondered why some people cruise financially and others live a life of financial anxiety? Wouldn't it be great to redirect your energy in a way where financial anxiety is a part of your past and not your future? Dick Schiendler, co-founder of Tax & Financial Group has been speaking on Maximum Wealth Control Strategies for more than 20 years. As a committed metaphysician for 37 years, Dick has integrated his Circle of Well Being into his daily practice as he helps his clients achieve their financial and personal dreams. Small emotional and practical shifts have life changing impacts on the realization of living well.

January 8

Victoria Burnett

Forgotten Heroes

Victoria Burnett with Stories that Sing is a nationally/internationally recognized Master Storyteller who has been featured at J. Paul Getty Museum, The Smithsonian and the International Storytelling Festivals in Jonesborough, Tennessee. In addition, she is on the Arts Teach roster of the Segerstrom Performing Arts Center of Orange County. Her performances capture the imagination of an audience by transporting them on a memorable journey through folk tales, tall tales, multicultural and African-American tales, personal stories, and whoppers—from the inspirational to the hilarious. Her "Forgotten Heroes" presentation highlights the courage, power and wit of the Black Civil War soldier in a collection of stories about African-Americans who fought for the success of the United States of America during the late 1800s.  By fusing a delicious mixture of words, movement, and song, she draws listeners both young and old into her compelling stories as willing participants. www.storiesthatsing.com

  2013

  PAST SPEAKERS

December 18

Larry Maurer,
CPA

LARRY MAURER'S TIMELESS MELODIES SALUTE TO THE POPULAR CHRISTMAS SONGS

Join Larry Maurer of Timeless Melodies for a unique and very special salute to the Holidays.  Popular Christmas songs have filled our hearts with wonderful melodies and enchanting lyrics for decades.  Learn about these enduring seasonal treasures and the people who wrote them. Larry will share stories behind the most beloved Christmas classics:  Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire, Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow!, White Christmas and many more! Larry Maurer has a passion for the history of American music.  Although Larry has worked in finance for over 30 years as a CPA and accounting professor, his calling has always been to teach music history.  He founded the Timeless Melodies Foundation for Education Inc. to present colorful, memorable, multi-media education programs about the Golden Age of American music to a wide variety of groups around the country. www.timelessmelodies.org

December 4

Louise Hamlin,
PhD

LAND OF SEA AND ICE

Lying at the bottom of the world and the last continent to be discovered, Antarctica is a land of extremes.  It is simultaneously the highest, driest, windiest and coldest place on Earth.  But what is it like to live and work there?  Louise Hamlin, a NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) engineer and biologist, will tell us about making a research station her home in Antarctica for 9 months, living with seals, seabirds and a small band of scientists.  She will share photos and videos that describe the complex ecosystems that call the coldest continent home. Since returning from Antarctica, Louise has remained active in polar topics and current research. Hamlin will give a first-hand account of recent changes to Antarctica’s climate and discuss the intense, ongoing research aimed at understanding what the future will bring.  Louise Hamlin is also the Senior Engineer and Manager of the Next Generation Imaging Spectrometers at NASA/JPL.

November 20

Peter Mcgugan

RADICAL CONSCIOUSNESS

Peter McGugan, the award winning filmmaker behind Radical Consciousness, returns to the Inside Edge just back from Canada, England and South Africa.  The film, an uplifting documentary, reveals the wisdom, values and intentions of a thriving 68-year-old intentional community.  Peter will enlighten us with insights into the energies that are necessary for any relationship or enterprise to be sustainable.  McGugan’s Thriving Community Film Festivals leapfrog solutions around the world by showing innovative ways people boost quality of life. Peter will show us moments from his Thriving Community Film Festivals and Diana Wentworth will also take questions regarding her recent discoveries about launching an activated community intention.  This is a multimedia presentation that is touring the world which will be talked about for a long time.  www.petermcgugan.com

November 6

Don Schoendorfer,
PhD

THE FREE WHEELCHAIR MISSION

There are more than 100 million disabled adults and children in the developing world, many of whom are poor and isolated.  The causes of the disability range from diseases that have been eradicated elsewhere, to injuries from land mines.  For many, medical aid is not available-adaptive equipment is even scarcer.  Dr. Schoendorfer shifted his career to address this dire need 13 years ago.  He devised an answer to the need for mobility:  a low-cost, highly durable wheelchair made from a resin lawn chair, metal tubing, and bicycle tires. Since 2001 over 700,000 wheelchairs have been given to people who desperately need them in 88 countries worldwide. Don Schoendorfer is a biomedical engineer and holds a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from MIT.  www.freewheelchairmission.org

October 23

Hyla Cass, MD

ENHANCE YOUR MIND, MOOD, ENERGY ...AND LONGEVITY

Do you want to have more energy, less stress, and a better memory? Do you want preserve and even enhance your brain power as you age?  Hyla Cass, MD is a holistic physician, psychiatrist and frequently quoted expert in the area of natural approaches to mental and physical health.  Dr. Cass will teach you how to take charge of your own health, energy, and well-being. Rather than relying on caffeine, sugar, alcohol and other unhealthy products, you will discover why we crave these, and how to stay healthy, happy, and energetic naturally-- and far more effectively. She combines the best of leading-edge natural medicine with the modern science in her clinical practice, writings, lectures, and nationwide media appearances: on radio, TV (including The Dr. Oz Show, The View, and E-Entertainment), and in various local and national publications, including the Huffington Post.  www.cassmd.com

October 9

Lianne Brouillette, PhD

THE ARTS AND HUMAN DEVELOPMENT

The limits of language are not the limits of cognition. We see, small, taste, feel and hear before we talk.  Artistic experience puts us in touch with this broader tapestry of sensory input, helping us knit scattered thoughts and impressions into a deeper understanding.  Dr. Liane Brouillette is an associate professor in the UCI School of Education and co-director of the Center for Learning in the Arts, Sciences and Sustainability.  She will address the therapeutic role of the arts in helping individuals to forge a more profound connection to the human and natural worlds.  The author of two books and numerous articles, Dr. Brouillette currently serves as principal investigator for the Teaching Artist Project, which serve 30 Sand Diego schools.  http://www.gse.uci.edu/faculty/profilebridge.php?faculty_id=4510

September 25

David Mezzapel
le

THE REAL SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK

David Mezzapelle was inspired to write Contagious Optimism based on his life's experiences, his own contagious optimism and the support of fellow forward looking people in his life. This uplifting book includes stories and parables of amazing life turnarounds, including advice and guidance from business leaders, visionaries, and just plain folk. Join him as he explores the power of optimism. David Mezzapelle was the founder of Goliath Technology, a global data center infrastructure company. Mezzapelle also orchestrated one of the most innovative internship programs ever created, a staple for organizations today. After selling Goliath, Mezzapelle launched several companies and philanthropic initiatives along with serving on various boards. Throughout his life, he has encountered great peaks and valleys all of which he is grateful for and has always kept his glass "completely full." Learn more at www.contagiousoptimism.com.

September 11

Judi Levine and
Ben Lewin

OUR YEAR OF LIVING FAMOUSLY

Hollywood Writer and Director, Ben Lewin, and Producer, Judi Levine, hit the “big time”  in their movie “The Sessions” with two Sundance Film Festival Awards, as well as Oscar nominations and many other awards. Their success story is an inspiring personal and professional journey. It eventually led to the script, written by Ben Lewin, which Hollywood superstars Helen Hunt, William Macy and John Hawkes could not resist.  Ben Lewin's and Judi Levine’s careers are spread across three continents: Europe, Australia and the U.S..  Ben’s  writing includes award-winning documentaries, feature films, TV movies, mini-series and episodic programs.  Judi ‘s unique wit and sense of irony have not confined her to the field of comedy; she produces eye-opening documentaries as well as dramas and, whatever the field, her passion is for stories that are both compelling and honest. Lewin and Levine are married and have three children. www.suchmuchfilms.com

August 28

Steve Kaye

MEET THE BIRDS!

Nature photographer, Steve Kaye specializes in the photos that show the extraordinary, sometimes unexpected, beauty in nature.  Join us for an enjoyable and stunning photo tour of the birds in our area (plus a few others). He’ll also tell the stories behind the photos and offer practical tips on how to take better photos. Mr. Kaye’s mission is to inspire respect for nature, and to work and live so that others will be more successful.  He wants people to better care of our environment, which is our home and lifeboat into the future. Steve Kaye’s career has taken him from being a chemical engineer with a PhD from Carnegie Mellon, to a professional speaker on management and leadership training, to the career in photography. Everything he does is in partnership based on mutual success.  Steve Kaye is the author of four books on leadership, 400 articles, five collections of poetry, and one novel. Find photos, articles, and more info at: www.stevekayephoto.com

August 14

Sonia Marsh

GUTSY LIVING: LIFE IS TOO SHORT TO PLAY IT SAFE

Sonia Marsh is a “Gutsy” woman who can pack her carry-on and move to another country in one day. She inspires her audiences to get out of their comfort zone and take a risk. She says everyone has a “My Gutsy Story®”; some just need a little help to uncover theirs. Her story, told in her travel memoir Freeways to Flip-Flops: A Family’s Year of Gutsy Living on a Tropical Island, is about chucking it all and uprooting her family—with teenagers— to reconnect on an island in Belize. Her memoir has received 6 awards, including  the 2013 London, Paris and Los Angeles Book Festivals and 1st Place in the “Autobiography/Memoir E-Lit Awards 2012/13 .  Sonia has lived in many countries – Denmark, Nigeria, France, England, the U.S. and Belize – Sonia Marsh considers herself a citizen of the world. She holds a degree in environmental science from the University of East Anglia, U.K., and now lives in Southern California with her husband, Duke, and their rat terrier, Cookie. Sonia welcomes new friends, writers and readers at her website: www.Soniamarsh.com.

July 24

Jonna Doolittle
Hoppes

THERE ARE HEROES AMONG US

Jonna Doolittle Hoppes grew up an Air Force brat and developed a passion for preserving military and aviation history. She is an author, speaker and educator whose works include oral histories and biographies of veterans and civilians who defended their countries and documents their stories that would otherwise be lost.  The granddaughter of aviation pioneer, USAF General Jimmy Doolittle, she speaks and represents the Doolittle family at events throughout the world.  Hoppes works for the Department of Defense at Los Angeles Air Force Base the 61st Mission Support Squadron’s Educational Office.  She is the author of Calculated Risk: The Extraordinary Life of Jimmy Doolittle, a biography/memoir about her grandparents and Just Doing My Job, a collection of 19 stories from World War II, which affirms that there are heroes among us: People who will tell you that they were just doing their job, but, in reality, through their service, they gave us the freedom we enjoy today.  www.jonnadolittlehoppes.com

July 10

Carole
Brody Fleet

IS THERE LIFE AFTER LOSS?
THE ANSWER MAY SURPRISE YOU!

Honor the past, treasure the past, love the past – don't live in the past. How do you honor and pay respect to your past  while continuing to move forward?  Is it possible to do both?  Is there really life after loss?  Can that life again include companionship and love if you choose it?  Join award-winning author and grief recovery expert, Carole Brody Fleet as she teaches how to honor the past without living in the past; as well as how to allow your past to shape you, rather than define you. Carole Brody Fleet is a popular weekly contributor to The Huffington Post and has appeared on "Good Morning America", and "The CBS 2 Evening News".  Ms. Fleet is the award-winning author of Happily EVEN After: A Guide to Getting Through (and Beyond!) the Grief of Widowhood, which has recently won the Books for a Better Life Award; one of the top awards in publishing.  She is also the author of the national bestselling book and CD Widows Wear Stilettos.”

                                                              

Directions to the Pacific Club:

From South county – Take the 5 North to the 405 North. Keep Left on the 405 N. Take exit 8 toward MacArthur & go Left on MacArthur. Left on Von Karman & make an immediate Left into the first driveway.  Take a parking ticket at the ticket booth, pass the first building on your right, continuing to the Pacific Club’s parking lot. You might want to look at directions if you use the 73 instead of the 405.
 
Using the 405 South – Transition to the 73 South. Take exit 15 toward Jamboree Road, onto Bristol Street South.
Left on MacArthur.  Turn on Von Karman and make an immediate Left into the first driveway, take your parking ticket, pass first building continuing on to the Pacific Club’s parking lot.
 
From Orange & Anaheim Hills – Take the 55 fwy. South, to the 405 fwy South. Take exit 8 toward MacArthur/OC Airport & go Left on MacArthur.  Turn Left on Von Karman & make an immediate Left into first driveway.  Take parking ticket at booth, pass first building on your right, continuing to the Pacific Club’s parking area.

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