First off, I love Anthony Guillen for so many reasons - his authenticity and vulnerability, his love for humanity and makeup and his humor. We met through a mutual friend and I'm so grateful.
A collective of students developed a misguided guide on budgeting whom many thought was tone deaf and insensitive. Several students "clapped back" with a guide of their own which is how I came to know Lauren Schandevel.
Elena Brower is one of those people that you just feel grounded, safe and seen around. She has come from a place of lack and worry to fully own a place of abundance and gratitude. She's humble, loving, tolerant and has a quiet strength about her that is contagious. She's generous with her time and energy and is authentic and vulnerable which always opens the door wider for others to be as well.
Mama, teacher, author, speaker and Presidential Diamond leader with dōTERRA, Elena has taught yoga since 1999. Her first book, Art of Attention, has been ranked number one in design on Amazon, and has now been translated into six languages. Elena's second book, Practice You: A Journal, is a bestseller from Sounds True, now being incorporated into teaching curricula worldwide for all ages.
Her Elevate Mentorship Program is beloved for adding analog creativity to online coursework. Elena has contributed to Yoga Journal, Yoga International, Huffington Post, MindBodyGreen, Well and Good NYC, Positively Positive, and more. Listen to her Audio Courses on Sounds True, and practice with Elena on YogaGlo.com.
To connect with Elena:
* Website: https://elenabrower.com
I have known Rushika Fernandopulle, MD for nearly seven years and I worked for Iora Health for almost six years. He's a man of integrity, humility and seeks to provide support for humanity and he's a lot of fun. When I lived in Las Vegas, NV I always looked forward to his visits to the Las Vegas practices because his insight was unique, practical and humane.
Rushika Fernandopulle, MD is a physician who has spent more than ten years involved in efforts to improve the quality of healthcare delivered to patients. He was the first Executive Director of the Harvard Interfaculty Program for Health Systems Improvement, and served as a Managing Director of the Advisory Board Company. He serves on the faculty and earned his AB, MD, and MPP from Harvard University. He completed his clinical training at the Massachusetts General Hospital.
To connect with Iora Health:
* Website: www.iorahealth.com
Robyn Donaldson is an amazing human. I heard great things about her before I even had the pleasure of meeting her. She is brilliant, humble, intelligent and feels a great sense of duty serving others especially when it comes to grief.
On a normal weeknight in 2013, Dr Robyn Donaldson’s husband did not come home from work. He had been killed in a motorcycle accident less than a mile from their home. Adjusting to life without her husband of two short years and partner of seven was far from easy. They had bought a house together earlier that year to fit their growing family. They had been planning to get pregnant to add to their current family of two daughters from his previous marriage. Now, these things would never happen, and nothing would ever be the same.
Through Robyn’s work as a psychologist in private practice, she had developed significant expertise in supporting people in loss, and yet all of her experience did not make her own grief any easier to manage. As she worked to absorb the emotional and financial impacts of her husband’s death, she threw herself into her work, even accepting the nomination as president of her local psychological association.
As time passed, Robyn felt less and less support in her grief. Although many in her life showed love and concern, people needed to get back to the routine of their own lives. Others confessed that they felt ill-equipped to help someone in grief, and seemed to vanish for months or years. Speaking to fellow grievers, she discovered that this is all too common and makes processing grief even more challenging.
In trying to adjust to her new reality, she wanted to find a way to help others who were going through similar situations. She joined forces with Laine Campbell and Keith Brings to help create a comprehensive set of community service and gift offerings that would help people support each other more deeply in times of loss. It is her hope that SolaceClub will make it easier for both people who are suffering a loss and for people who feel uncertain as to how to help others in grief.
Dr Donaldson completed her PhD in Clinical Psychology in 2011. Once licensed, she started a private practice which she continued 2 years prior to being offered a staff position with the Counseling and Psychological Services department at UNLV. In addition to her clinical work, Dr Donaldson served as Treasurer for three years and then as the President of the Nevada Psychological Association (NPA) from 2015-2016. Dr Donaldson also received an award for outstanding contributions to the NPA. She currently serves on the NPA’s Executive Board as Past President. Dr Donaldson’s husband died unexpectedly in late 2013. Since that time, she has been determined to use her own experiences with and clinical knowledge of coping with grief to help others who are struggling.
To connect with Dr Donaldson:
* Website: https://www.solaceclub.com/
Lisa Boehm is one of those souls who makes you think every time she shares, whether online or off. She has done significant self-work and is always continuing to grow as a human. Speaking with her is refreshing and she utilizes her privilege for good and she speaks truth to power. Always.
Lisa Boehm is a freelance beauty stylist in the Pacific Northwest. Lisa believes that telling the truth can be an act of love. Like James Baldwin said, “If I love you, I have to make you conscious of the things you don’t see.” Lisa aims to help those she works with find their power, hoping to help deepen relationship between self and body, and facilitate self-love.
Onawa LaBelle, PhD is one of those people that inspires others without trying. A noticeable cornerstone of her life is gratitude and service. She always remembers the folks who believed in her before she could believe in herself and she pays it forward daily without fail.
Onawa LaBelle earned her PhD in the Personality and Social Contexts Program in the Psychology Department at the University of Michigan. Drawing heavily upon Positive Psychology, Onawa's work broadly aims to better understand the link between social processes, health, and well-being, with a special interest in underrepresented and at-risk populations. She investigates this link in three ways: First, by examining associations between individual differences in adult attachment styles and health. Second, by extending this work to explore links between attachment, gratitude, and positive outcomes (e.g., post-traumatic growth, social support, health) among people in recovery from Substance Use Disorder. Third, by exploring the role of gratitude and other positive psychology processes (e.g., prosocial behavior, self-efficacy, self-esteem) in the health and wellbeing of people in long-term recovery. Since earning her doctoral degree, Onawa plans to continue conducting research and teach at the University of Windsor in Windsor, ON.
To connect with Onawa:
* Research lab: www.onawalabelle.com
Jen Ross it one of those people with whom you immediately feel connected. She has a warm and affirming presence that allows you to feel that your best self and living your freedom is possible.
Jen Ross is a Body-Centered Psychotherapist, Spiritual Teacher, Modern Day Shaman and Social Justice Advocate. She serves as an archaeologist of the soul and a doula to your transition. Jen has been in the field for over 20 years and she currently runs her psychotherapy practice out of Boulder, CO and online. She holds sacred space for others to unwind chaos, connect to their centers, step onto their paths, heal their lineages, and peel back the layers of their lives so that they can live a truly free and purposeful life.
Jake Conroy is an insightful soul. He's very concerned about how his actions impact the environment and humanity. He also is willing to hold companies - large or small - to a higher standard which they do not like as evidenced by his story.
Jake Conroy is a long-time activist, designer, and writer based in San Francisco, California. As a co-founder of Ocean Defense International, he helped lead the first ever disruption of a whale hunt in US coastal waters, putting himself between the hunter and the hunted. He also helped build the foundation of Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty USA (SHAC USA), one of the most successful grassroots animal rights campaigns in history. Due to his involvement with SHAC USA, he was a co-defendant in the SHAC7 case and was sentenced to 48 months in federal prison. Jake is currently working at an international environmental non-profit campaigning against corporate polluters. He can also be found speaking around the US, and working on the projects he helped co-found— Bite Back Magazine, theAnimal Defense League San Francisco, and the blog Plant Based on a Budget.
To connect with Jake:
* Website: www.jakeconroy.com
* Twitter: Jake Conroy
* Rainforest Action Network (look up "rising tide")
* 5 Calls
I got a chance to speak with Scott Strode and I was blown away with how such a seemingly simple idea could have such a huge impact on recovery. And it makes sense, right? We were created for community and that's what he's created with The Phoenix. I'm looking forward to checking it out next time I'm in Denver or Boston!
Scott is the founder and national executive director of The Phoenix. Phoenix offers a unique approach to combat addiction by fostering a sober, supportive, physically active community for individuals in recovery
from substance use disorder. Phoenix is based on Scott’s own experience and his discovery that a healthy, active lifestyle has a transformative effect on long-term sobriety. Scott also realized the critical component of surrounding oneself with a new sober supportive network of friends. Phoenix is unique in that its programs are free to anyone who has at least 48 hours of continuous sobriety. This removes a significant financial barrier to sobriety. Free programs include yoga, climbing, cycling, running, CrossFit, boxing, and socials. Since 2007, Phoenix has served over 24,000 individuals in 11 cities and 9 states with plans to expand into new communities in the near future. Scott was named a Top 10 CNN Hero in 2012, received the “Advocates for Action Award” from the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, and was a TEDxMileHigh speaker in 2016. Scott’s passion in life is to help others rise from the ashes of their addiction
and live a full life of sobriety in long-term recovery.
To connect with Scott:
* Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
* Website: www.thephoenix.org