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Cherokee Wisdom: My Interview with Cythia M. Ruiz



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.


The Happy Palmist: How Happiness Is Literally In The Palm of Your Hand



Guylaine Vallée became a much-loved and respected fixture on Quebec television and radio, helping people achieve their dreams. From meeting motivational speaker and author Wayne Dyer, visiting Mother Teresa and traveling to Varanasi, India, to reading the palm of pop superstar Ricky Martin to an inner journey seeking self-knowledge through Kriya Yoga, Guylaine Vallée never rests on her quest. How does a small-town girl from Quebec defy convention and become a Vedic palmist to the stars? Guylaine Vallée’s debut autobiography, The Happy Palmist, charts her tumultuous journey from unhappy teen to fulfilled healer and wellness consultant. New York Times best-selling author Steve Erwin (Left to Tell) helped Vallée craft her story, drawing out the rich details of heartache and elation that fills this chronicle of loneliness, hope and redemption.