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.
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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.
Cynthia M. Ruiz is an Author, Professor, Commissioner, Inspirational Speaker and Leadership expert. Receiving over 50 accolades and awards for her leadership and service to Los Angeles. She currently serves as a LA City Commissioner overseeing the multibillion-dollar pension portfolio for City employees.
She has received the prestigious Hollywood Chamber “Women of Distinction Award, the HOPE “Ray of Hope” award and the Weingart, “Women Building LA Award. Twice the California Apparel News has listed her on their renowned List of Influential People and LA Weekly showcased her in their people addition.
Cynthia has over twenty years of experience teaching and public speaking. She is the author of “Finding Sane Relationships in a Crazy World” (English & Spanish) a self-help book and “Cherokee Wisdom- 12 Lessons for becoming a Powerful Leader”. She appeared in Discover the Gift (movie/book) with such notables, as is Holiness the Dala Lama, Michael Bernard Beckwith, Jack Canfield and many more.
Her career has placed her in many leadership roles including President of the Board of Public Works for the City of Los Angeles where she had oversight of 5,000 employees and a billion dollar per year budget. She has worked as an Executive at the number one container Port in the US and has successfully run her own business.
Cynthia holds a Masters of Science Degree in Counseling and has completed a Leadership Course at Harvard University, John F Kennedy School of Government.
Coming from blended cultures (Latina and Native American), she enjoys a passion for life and an appreciation of the gifts of Mother Nature.
Cynthia knows the importance of giving back and always strives to stay humble. As a Latina she has a passion for women empowerment. Her Cherokee values have inspired her to teach others the lessons she has learned through her books and workshops.
She lives in Los Angeles where she enjoys the diversity of a metropolitan city.
Ginny Scales-Medeiros grew up in poverty and abuse. The authority figures in her life tried to normalize the trauma but Ginny knew there was more beyond the definition of normal she was being taught. In her book,”What is normal,” she tell her story through the character Sue.
Normal is relative, and Normal for Sue growing up was High School dropout teenage parents, backwoods strict Baptist rituals, paedophiles, poorly made clothes…living in a trailer that is now a chicken coop.
Now, Normal is discovering the power of lying, stealing, alcohol, drugs and mastering the Art of Selling along the way. Normal is making Headline News, inventing a new product, landing in a movie and creating a real, not ‘normal’ life.
Virginia “Ginny” Scales-Medeiros is an American author and inventor known for her novel “What is Normal?”, inventor of world-renowned black-light sunless tanning system, also starring in “What is the Electric Car?”
Check out our interview and feel inspired.
My interview with Shawn Smith will open your eyes to how the world needs to change it’s perception of persons with Dis-Abilities. By working with an asset based approach Shawn speaks to businesses and organisations about the opportunity to work with people who are uniquely gifted.
Lachi is a vocalist, songwriter, composer, multi-instrumentalist and author based in New York City. Legally blind, Lachi has definitely faced her fair share of adversity, but, instead of letting it get her down she used it to rise up, empower not only herself but all those who experience her creative flare for life.
Jennifer Tourangeau was once told by a doctor that there was little hope for her but she ignored those statements and became determined to find a way to make her dreams happen no matter what. In the beginning of her journey as an art student she created the music video, “Dream Big and she tries daily to live by the phrase, “I’m going to do it, watch me.”
And do it she has. Jennifer has been the recipient of a number of awards including two from Spirit Seekers as a Youth Role Model, as well as a 7 Sacred Teaching Award from National Aboriginal Day 2010.
I caught up with Jennifer and her extremely supportive partner Mary, to talk to her about all she has accomplished and how she likes to inspire others with her art work and her powerful story.
I met Benzi, the dwarf horse, during my first week of my new position. He was stubborn (like me) and refused to let me lead him around the field. I couldn’t help but laugh that out of all the horses I could have chosen, I chose him. What a reflection of my life! How do horses mirror our leadership styles? How do they help us feel connected and heal? Check out this intriguing podcast with Troy & Tamara who use horses as a way for people reconnect to their strengths, and in my case, laugh at their weaknesses.
Youth around the globe have been showing the world how their voices matter. They have been taking action to create change. From Malala Yousafzai’s activism for female education, to Dr. Ben Barry’s desire, at age 14, to change the fashion industry’s standard of beauty, to Craig Kielburgers dream at age 13 of ending child labour.
With a global platform available through social media and the internet there are more options for youth to be a part of the change. Whether it’s volunteering at school, getting involved in ending bullying to becoming a mentor or being an ambassador for greener living, the possibilities of helping to create change are endless.
My guests today are two youth facilitators with the globally renowned social enterprise Me to We, who followed their passion in building a better tomorrow by lending their skills to empower youth to make a difference.
Some of the youth in my city showed up on a Saturday & Sunday, bright and early, to address some of the issues they felt were important and to talk about how they could make a difference in their community.