I am looking forward to meeting Ksenija because our souls are already connected, we just need to be in the same physical place at the same time. She provides her experience as someone who has lived in multiple places and has had a wealth of unique lived experiences.
I knew that Christina Mensah was a cool chick the first time we were texting. She extended grace to me when I was going back and forth (aka being indecisive) and had such an easy way of being. I'm looking forward to meeting her IRL and it was so much fun and inspiring to speak with her about her lived experience with surviving ovarian cancer.
I've known Marcy for several years. We met because we both had a love for health, wellness, yoga and fitness while I lived in Las Vegas. She's a bright light in the community and her smile is contagious. I was excited to speak to her about her experience surviving a toxic romantic relationship.
Christina Aldan is an amazing human whose resilience, grit and fire are inspiring. She is does not fit into any boxes and her authenticity is a breath of fresh air in a world where transparency, authenticity and vulnerability are not the norm. I look forward to connecting with her IRL someday soon.
Christina Aldan is a TEDx speaker, trainer, and digital advertising consultant whose boutique agency, LG Designs, offers businesses brand consulting and creative content for everyday media. With over a decade of experience in the digital advertising realm, Christina is highly regarded for her approach to business, partnering with clients to find unique strategies that ensure their advertising goals are met. Christina builds connections through her keynote addresses, training workshops, and technological education. She uses these tools to help individuals and businesses cultivate value in everyday media. She has presented trainings for the Microsoft MVP community, among others. She also served as Chief Marketing Officer for PrayerSpark and as Marketing Coordinator for Starmark1. Christina uses her charisma and expertise to inspire others by mentoring women in business like herself. She also has sat on state and local boards supporting women in tech, entrepreneurship, and children with learning disabilities.
She is the recipient of the Las Vegas Women in Tech Community Service Award, the Distinguished Woman of the Year Award in STEM, and the Stevie Award for the category of Women Helping Women. LG Designs was voted by ACQ5 Magazine’s voters as Company of the Year (Nevada Brand Management) and Nevada Gamechanger of the Year.
To connect with Christina:
* Website: www.ChristinaAldan.com
I love Tonia. We've known each other for years when we both lived in Las Vegas. She attended tons of my Yin and hot yoga classes when I first began teaching yoga at a local hot yoga studio and we became fast friends. Spending time before or after class catching up. We always made time to celebrate birthdays and life together over meals. She's a facinating, kind, loving and tolerant human. Her quiet strength is remarkable.
Tonia McIntosh was born and raised in Michigan and later moved to Las Vegas where she currently resides. It was here that she received her bachelor’s degree in graphic design from the International Academy of Design and Technology. Tonia is an explorer of all forms of self-expression including acting, painting, drawing, dancing and writing. Although she loves many forms of expression, the written and spoken word feels the most like home to her. Tonia’s message is one that includes a heavy emphasis on self-love and care. Navigating her way through her own grieving process after the death of her mother has helped her to see the value in making the most of the time she has. She believes it’s important to nourish and grow relationships - especially the one you have with yourself.
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Michael Smith is overwhelmingly an easy going man despite his life experiences. He has an easy laugh and adores the people in his life. We met for the first time over coffee shortly after the 2016 Presidential election and had a great time connecting over racism, the election results, life and essential oils.
Michael Smith was born and raised in Grand Rapids, MI and is a descendant of the original Black settlers
to the Central Michigan area. He graduated early from Creston High School at the age of 17 and entered
the US Army in March of 1983. He served on Active Duty in the US Army for eight years and participated
in or supported the following: Operation Urgent Fury (Grenada); Operation Desert Shield; Operation
Desert Storm; and Operation Provide Comfort. He received an Honorable Discharge from Active Duty
and immediately joined Washtenaw County Government and worked in Human Resources and the
Foster Grandparent Program before coming to the County Department of Veterans Affairs. Michael
began as a County Veteran Service Officer and advanced to the Veteran Services Analyst position and
was eventually appointed the Director by the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners on May 18,
While working in the County, he remained a member of the Army National Guard and US Army Reserves
until he retired from the Reserves in April 2004 at the rank of Sergeant First Class. Michael also pursued
his education during that time. He graduated from Washtenaw Community College and obtained his
Undergraduate and Graduate degrees from Eastern Michigan University where he studied Public
Administration and Political Science. He is the single parent of one daughter who just completed her
sophomore year of college and the proud grandfather of one granddaughter. He is a member of
American Legion Post #31 in Chelsea, MI.
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Rachel Bertner is one of those people that makes you want to be a better version of yourself not only for your community, but for yourself. She's definitely a member of the badass brigade and has allowed her pain to cultivate her passion with working with other survivors to empower them on their path of recovery as well as the perpetrators of sexual assault via the healing therapeutic practice of yoga and other modalities.
Anna Feagans is quite honestly one of my favorite people - and we haven't met yet! Her spirit is one of survival and she has an authenticity that many wish they had. Her heart is open and she loves being of service to others. Her devotion to the traumatic brain injury (TBI) community is beautiful and inspires many.
Anna is no stranger to surviving. She is actually well acquainted with it. On January 31, 2006 she hit rock bottom from years of drug abuse and has been clean for almost 12 years. Day by day she has found her sobriety and doesn't normally talk about the years she's been clean but sticks with the mantra of "today I'm clean". Then in March of 2013, doctors found a 4 cm tumor on her right frontal lobe and after a craniotomy and removal of said brain tumor she was diagnosed with brain cancer. Anna believes in the deep healing of breath, laughter, hope and as a 500hr certified instructor, the practice of yoga. She relies heavily on her faith and the power of laughing in midst of pain, suffering or trials that come with survival. After years of digging into the hard spaces and sifting through what works and what doesn't she is just now discovering what her "new normal" is. She believes in the process, not the outcome; the journey, not the destination. She is now on that beautiful, but painful journey of discovering who she is beyond her survival and learning to thrive with kindness, love, laughter and grace in the midst of it.
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