When I heard the band, “Her Brothers” play at the Mighty Peace Day Concert they took my breath away. These three young men were using their creative talent in music to help inspire and influence others to be a part of reshaping what “normal” looks like in the lives of women. Band member Gabe Penner and I discuss safe language, bystander awareness, sex trafficking, changing our dialogue and supporting each other as human beings.
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I have had the privilege of working with some incredible people in my career, people who are inspired to make this world a better place. Many of those people are women. Doctors, Inventors, CEOs, Entrepreneurs, Scientists, Astronauts, Writers these are just a few of the professions these women belong to. Yet, not matter how many women I meet who have worked hard to be in these leadership roles, I meet just as many women who believe they could never hold these positions. In the 21st Century why is it still so difficult for women to believe they are valued and that they deserve success? How can we lift each other up to redefine possible?
My guest today is, Diane Forster, is an inventor and CEO of Diane Forster Innovations as well as the Founder of I Have Today, a platform that focuses on helping women live empowered, fulfilling lives through books, digital offerings, live events, coaching, mentoring, TV and radio. I caught up with Diane to talk about how faced hurdles in her life and why she chose to focus her work to empower women.
Robb was the victim of a serious auto accident, a head on collision with a semi truck. He was found with a fractured skull and pronounced dead by first responders. But by the time the ambulance had arrived at the scene to take his body to the hospital, Robb’s pulse had miraculously returned. After a difficult recovery, and despite significant physical and emotional scars, Robb was left with a new outlook on life.
He started a band as a way to leverage the power of music to share his philosophy, and soon had songs in the Canadian Top 10. Robb saw musical success as a platform from which to influence and motivate young people. He put aside performing to large audiences, and began speaking to youth in their schools across the country, playing his songs and sharing their meaning with his young audiences.
Robb and his band bring their presentation to more than 200 schools each year, and have reached over 1 million students to date through school shows and social media. He walks head on into difficult topics, knowing that these are the things on young people’s minds; bullying, addiction, self harm and suicide.
JRDN, Croucher is a Canadian R&B recording artist who also currently serves as a Youth Ambassador for D250 and was a delegate in the Citizen Voices program. I got the chance to talk to JRDN as well as Ham the Kid, a speaker, poet and YouTube star, about why its important to share our stories and how we can help youth overcome negative situations and find happiness and success.
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After the video went viral with over 15 million view of how Felice Cohen began her journey of living in a 90 sq foot apartment in NYC her world changed. Little did she realize how much space she would created for abundance in her life by downsizing her living space. She started living in the space to focus her time to finishing her first book about her grandfathers story of surviving the Holocaust, but the life lessons that unfolded in the process created a foundation that changed her life.
Heather Schmid has proven herself a tour de force in the entertainment arena. With aplomb, she has transcended entertainment lines as a lyricist, television host, spokesperson, philanthropist, and singer. Her versatility has propelled her into the celebrity stratosphere as an entertainment music diplomat.
Heather Schmid has enchanted audiences throughout the world, headlining on stages in Europe, Asia, and North America. She has played to audiences of tens of thousands strong in various public fora. She has also played to small, private audiences including such world dignitaries as the President of Pakistan, Benazier Bhutto and Queen Noor. She has traveled abroad extensively to promote her albums, The Goddess Within, and The Goddess Awaits. Additionally, Heather has appeared on television both in the United States and internationally. Heather’s television show on CCTV News, entitled, “The Ambassador”, has garnered over two hundred million viewers.
Together, Cheryl and her husband raised their children telling them: “You can be anything and do anything you want in life.” They just never expected to learn that what their youngest daughter desired most was to be a boy. This deeply personal story, told from Mom’s perspective is about discovering the son they never knew they had.
Vic Ferrari is a former NYPD detective who grew up in the Bronx, NY. After seeing his fair share of horror, as well as stupidity, he turned to humour to capture his stories as well as advice on how to avoid meeting your maker. Check out our interview as we talk about the foolish things we did as kids, how we survived the 80s and how viewing our mortality through the lens of comedy can be food for the soul.
The American Dream Revisited: Ordinary People, Extraordinary Results. A book that is turning skeptics of the American Dream into believers with inspirational stories about people who have overcome great challenges to reach their American Dream.
Gary Sirak uses everyday examples to show just how attainable and truly alive the American Dream is. It is not a far-fetched idea for novels and rare cases, but is something that everyone with a desire in their heart can strive to achieve. The stories in The American Dream Revisited are not get rich quick stories. They are stories of individuals who worked through hardships and challenges and were able to transform their dream into reality.
Jackson Murphy, better known as LIghts camera Jackson has been critiquing films since he was only 7 years old. He has made appearances on many popular radio and television shows including Fox & Friends, Live with Regis & Kelly and twice on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. He became the youngest winner to date of a New York Emmy Award for “On Camera Talent and as the youngest member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association Jackson also appeared on the “Critics Choice Movie Awards” in 2013.