Dr. Bryce Wylde
Known as one of Canada's leading alternative health experts. Bryce is the director of The Vaughan Medical Centre, a 6000 square foot medical facility in Ontario, which integrates conventional mainstream medicine (GP's) with natural medicine (ND's and HD's), dentistry, and multiple physical therapies (DC's and Physiotherapy). Bryce is a highly knowledgeable and respected homeopathic doctor and functional medicine nutritionist.
As a favorite guest on the Dr. Oz show, Bryce simultaneously has his own highly rated weekly television show, "Wylde on Health". Bryce and his guests (including Dr. Deepak Chopra, Dr. Mehmet Oz, CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Dr. David Suzuki, etc.) frequently share their alternative, complementary, and integrative approaches to health and wellness with over 5 million viewers weekly. He is a national best selling author of the book, THE ANTIOXIDANT PRESCRIPTION: How to Use the Power of Antioxidants to Prevent Disease and Stay Healthy for Life.
As an authority in natural and preventive medicine, Bryce focuses on "functional medicine" with a passion for clinical nutrition, and homeopathy, in order to give those with chronic and degenerative ailments the least invasive, most natural approaches to wellness through combining leading edge technology and advanced laboratory testing.
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Heather Thomson is an established fashion designer, celebrity stylist and philanthropic inspiration who has successfully come up with a brand that has transformed what America and the world thinks of as "the undergarment." She has single-handedly revolutionized the shapewear industry with her company Yummie Tummie.
Heather has been credited as the creative force behind companies such as P-Diddy Combs' Sean Jean label, earning them three CFDA nominations and recognition as one of the most successful men's apparel launches ever. Heather also worked side by side with such celebrities as Jennifer Lopez and Beyonce to successfully create and brand their respective companies Sweetface, House of Deréon and Miss Tina.
In addition to her work in the fashion industry Heather is a valued advocate to multiple philanthropic organizations. One of her proudest moments came when she was recently honored at City of Hope's annual 2010 Spirit of Life Award along side Kristin Chenoweth and Kathie Lee Gifford. The award recognized her efforts to promote power and self-confidence in women of all ages around the country. Heather created Yummie Tummie out of her own need to get back to the work, feel good about herself, and be able to take care of her then sick son who was born needing a liver transplant. Subsequently, inspired by brave women and their families battling breast cancer she created the "Survivor Tank", which donates 100% of the proceeds to research.Heather resides in New York City and the Berkshires with her husband and two children.
The Money Doctors
Sharon heads the teams generational planning, and specializes in providing customized solutions and financial advice. Her areas of expertise include estate and wealth preservation and distribution, education planning, budgeting, retirement planning, and investment allocation. Sharon’s personal beliefs as an advisor is that every client is unique, and should be treated as such. This personalized service is essential when matching clients with the right financial products and services. She dedicates her time to understanding the personal goals of her clients, and devising a strategy to meet those goals with the least amount of risk. Prior to her career as an advisor, Sharon was CEO and Co-founder of international marketing company. She is a dedicated philanthropist and chairs several charity events in the New York City area, including teaching financial literacy programs to inner city children.
Diana is a wealth manager for ultra-high net worth clients. She is also a NY and FL licensed attorney. With a background in Law and Finance, Diana focuses her practice on estate/legacy planning and alternative investments.
Ms. Hoover has a two-prong investment philosophy; preserve and grow capital. Diana's unique legal approach to wealth management allows her to capitalize her analytic skills by spotting issues then making suitable recommendations to clients' portfolios.
Prior to joining Wealth Management, Diana was In-house legal counsel for a regional bank. Diana graduated cum laude from St. Thomas University School of Law, received her MBA from Loyola University of Chicago and holds a B.B.A in Finance from the University of Miami. Diana currently lives in New York City.
William Davis, MD
In Dr. Davis’s office practice and online program for heart disease prevention and reversal, over 80% of the people he meets are pre-diabetic or diabetic at the start. In an effort to reduce blood sugar, he asked patients to remove all wheat products from their diet based on the simple fact that foods made of wheat raise blood sugar higher than nearly all other foods. Yes, that’s true for even whole grains. More than table sugar, more than a Snickers bar. Organic, multigrain, sprouted—it makes no difference.
The book, Wheat Belly: Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight and Find Your Path Back to Health, has taken the nutritional world by storm, earning a place on the New York Times Bestseller list and a consistent top seller on Amazon.com. Since its release in August, 2011, the Wheat Belly phenomenon shows no sign of slowing; it is growing.
In addition to writing, speaking, and practicing preventive cardiology in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Dr. Davis is the Medical Director and founder of the Track Your Plaque program for heart disease prevention and reversal. This program was articulated in the book, Track Your Plaque: The only heart disease prevention program that shows how to use the new heart scans to detect, track, and control coronary plaque, as well as the online program by the same name www.trackyourplaque.com. Wheat elimination along with the nutritional principles articulated in Wheat Belly serve as the cornerstone of Dr. Davis’ heart disease prevention efforts used in the Track Your Plaque program. Dr. Davis has consulted for the nutritional supplement industry and is currently consulting to the food industry to help create foods that are wheat- and gluten-free but lack many of the adverse health effects posed by gluten-free foods. Dr. Davis has recently established the Wheat Free Research and Education Foundation to help propagate and support this important message.
With the energy of a teenager and the wisdom of a sage, Marilu Henner has deservedly earned the nickname "Perpetual Motion." Along with starring in over thirty films, six Broadway Shows, and two hit classic sitcoms, Taxi and Evening Shade, this five time Golden Globe Nominee is also a New York Times Best-selling Author of eight books on health, fitness, and lifestyle improvement, changing the lives of millions in her quest to make the world a healthier place. She also has hosted and executive produced talk shows, appeared as a competitor on Donald Trump's Celebrity Apprentice, and hosted and guest-starred on many TV shows in addition to being "Talk Show Guest of the Year!" As one of six people documented with Highly Superior Autobiographical Memory, Marilu was recently the subject of a two-part special on 60 Minutes. She also serves as the consultant on the new CBS series Unforgettable, which premiered this fall. Her ninth book, Total Memory Makeover: Uncover Your Past, Take Charge of Your Future! Comes out in this winter. She will next appear in the feature film Vamps scheduled for release in spring '12 and as the host of the new series Here's To Your Health! this winter. Marilu was a pioneer on the Internet, starting her own website, Marilu.com in 1999. She has taught classes for her growing membership ever since, as well as offering online counseling and support.
Marilu has spoken before Congress in Washington on several occasions as an expert on dietary supplements, women's cardiovascular disease, deadbeat parents, and she was one of only two private citizens selected to contribute to the shaping of our Government's food pyramid. Last spring she again faced Congress to present healthy dietary guidelines for kids as part of the Child Nutrition Reauthorization Act of 2010. Marilu lectures frequently throughout the country as a keynote speaker and motivator for professional organizations, universities, government agencies, interest groups, and corporations on topics ranging from diet and fitness, memory, women's health issues, cardiovascular disease, cancer survival, and child rearing; as well as lifestyle, entertainment, and business organization strategies.
Marilu Henner is married to Michael Brown, CEO and Founder of Browntrout Publishers, (a calendar company!) and the busy mother of two teenage boys, Nick and Joey. Because she practices what she preaches, Marilu has truly become the quintessential portrait of what health and fitness can do for one's life, and she loves to give back to her community in so many ways!
Dr. Payman Danielpour and Dr. John Layke - "The Dynamic DuOver"
Dr. Danielpour, a native to Beverly Hills, met his partner Dr. Layke, a Midwesterner from Wisconsin at their plastic and reconstruction training at Nassau University Medical Center in New York. The unlikely pair teamed up in school and has become the "Dynamic DuOver". These medical experts, who both trained under the prestigious Long Island Plastic Surgery Group (the largest and oldest private practice group in America), have brought their talents, passion and compassion for reconstructive surgery to a new level, as they have four hands, and operate almost exclusively together. Together and separately, they have published numerous articles in surgical journals and given oral presentations at National conferences throughout the country. Their expertise in plastic and reconstruction surgery, (specifically breast cancer and facial reconstruction), has led them to many rewarding pro-bono cases.
Aviva NYC founded by chef Aviva Wolf is one of New York's most sought after catering and event planning companies. Aviva takes the warmth of her personality, combined with her attention to detail and sophistication and creates a unique personalized experience.
At a very young age Aviva began cooking along side her mother and grandmother on Long Island. Her family's heritage and eclectic palettes inspires her Eastern European delicacies as well as her fresh simple Israeli style dishes. Her menus reflect a combination of healthy living, gourmet dining, and those wonderful comfort foods.
Aviva, along with being a child who loved to cook, went on to receive her formal training in classic french cooking at the Culinary Institute of America. Working with Master chefs helped her refine the recipes of the past to make them the meals of today.
Aviva launched her own firm in 2003 after gaining experience in Manhattan's finest restaurants and catering companies. When you hire Aviva you get her warmth, simple elegance, and taste with the most amazing meal you have ever eaten.
Marc St-Onge is a world-renowned expert in the field of omega-3 and founder of Ascenta. Marc, a lifelong entrepreneur, created Ascenta as an opportunity to combine his passion for natural health, his scientific expertise, and his love of the planet. As a researcher, Marc was well aware of the health benefits omega-3 possessed to treat and prevent disease in addition to helping achieve optimal physical and mental wellness.
Today, Ascenta is a global leader in omega-3 with its NutraSea and NutraVege brands. Often referred to as "the company that made fish oil taste good," Ascenta's fish oils and other omega-3 products are the preferred choice of doctors, professional athletes, celebrities, and just about anyone committed to health and wellness. Ascenta also leads the way in environmental stewardship through its membership in 1% for the Planet, its use of 100% renewable energy, and its policy to exclusively use sustainable sources of omega-3 for its products.
"At Ascenta we promise to protect your health and we also promise to protect the health of the environment, creating the ultimate path for true wellbeing."
Erin Schrode - TeensTurningGreen Founder / Teen Activist
Erin Schrode is a young ecoRenaissance woman. As the "face of the new green generation," the co-founder of Teens Turning Green promotes global sustainability, youth leadership, environmental education, and conscious lifestyle choices. Since 2005, her youth-led non-profit has worked to raise public awareness about environmental and social responsibility for individuals, schools, and communities through education and advocacy – inspiring the transition from conventional to conscious living. After working in disaster response in Haiti, she founded and launched The Schoolbag, a youth education project to provide tools for students, as well as initiate active citizenry and environmental stewardship. The program has reached over 30,000 students in Haiti, as well as East Timor and South Africa.
A “sustainability prodigy,” Erin has been featured in and tapped as an expert for the NY Times, Vanity Fair, SF Chronicle, NY Post, Seventeen Magazine, Teen Vogue, National Geographic, ABC, NBC, BBC, CNN, FOX, MTV, PBS, E!, AOL, and other multimedia outlets. This “incredible synthesizer and orator” speaks internationally and consults with corporations and organizations on millennials, social consumption, digital tendencies, and sustainability. A “juggernaut in the non profit and green world,” Erin hosts digital programs, leads events, and writes for The Huffington Post, her own ecoRenaissance blog, twitter, and others. An award-winning ecopreneur, Erin is US Ambassador to One Young World, spokeswoman for top organic and recycled brands, and as The White House said, “a dynamic, passionate and ambitious young woman committed to creating big change everywhere she goes.” She just graduated from New York University as a prestigious DEANS Scholar, spending terms abroad in the Middle East, West Africa, South America, and Europe. Having visited over sixty countries, Erin has developed a keen global perspective and hopes to inspire her peers to take action and make the world a more sustainable and just place for future generations.
Brent Bishop is an on-air fitness expert, lifestyle host, and celebrity trainer. This renowned fitness expert is the owner of Think Fitness Studios, a performance-inspired, boutique personal training center in Toronto. He is also the regular Fitness Expert on national television, Functional Fitness Host of the series Body Fuel and author of The Think Factor. Brent has made several media appearances on North American networks including KTLA, WFLA Daytime, CTV, Global TV, Breakfast Television and CityTV to name a few. Additionally, Bishop is a regular contributor to numerous print media such as Best Health Magazine, Canadian Health and Lifestyle, Fitness Business Canada, Canadian Living and Sweat Equity.
Bishop holds a B.Sc. in Kinesiology with a minor in Psychology from Simon Fraser University, British Columbia. He has over 16 years experience inspiring people of all levels to demand more of themselves through fitness and personal development. Bishop has notable fitness career highlights working with Olympians, high level athletes and various film and television personalities. Whether it's hiking the Andes in Peru, leading a group on a snowshoeing expedition or planning his next eco-adventure race, Bishop dedicates his time and energy to inspire himself and others to realize their true potential by unleashing their inner athlete.
Dr. Sophia Grant
Dr Sophia Grant has over 18 years of experience as a pediatrician working in a variety of settings. She has worked in private practice, as a faculty member at a medical school and is now a hospital-based pediatrician. Although well-versed in all aspects of child health, Dr. Grant dedicates most of her time to the evaluation and treatment of children with concerns of physical and sexual abuse. She has authored and co-authored several articles for both medical journals and the lay-press. When not doctoring, Dr. Grant spends her time being a mother to three wonderful children.
Dr. Soram Khalsa - Enlightened Medicine. Conscious Living. Compassionate Healing
Since graduating medical school some 30 years ago, Dr. Soram has been on a journey in his private practice to bring his patients what he terms Enlightened Medicine. This philosophy of individualized care reaches beyond the boundaries of western medicine to include a broad spectrum of healing modalities to help a person get well and live well. His studies have taken him around the globe mastering disciplines that complement western medical science and expand the art of healing. His expertise includes nutritional supplements, homeopathy, acupuncture and functional medicine.
The fundamental premise of Enlightened Medicine is that the body is both simply complex and complexly simple. Dr. Soram's approach recognizes the broad web of interaction between organ systems and the body. An Enlightened Medicine approach means consciously looking beyond the obvious cause of dysfunction, taking into consideration a patient's whole being when preparing a diagnosis and recommending treatment. It also means being aware there are many complementary healing therapies that may be integrated to offer the optimal therapeutic benefits.
Dr. Soram's Enlightened Medicine philosophy incorporates two other equally important principals: Conscious Living and Compassionate Healing. Living in a fully conscious state being mindful of the choices one makes and understanding the implications of those actions to one's health are lessons that Dr. Soram strives to share with his patients. This type of sharing combined with listening and coaching is the active dynamic in Dr. Soram's commitment to being a compassionate healer. Dr. Soram has a highly respected and extremely successful private practice in Beverly Hills.
Devon began his television career at the age of 18 at Muchmusic, Canada's highest rated music and entertainment channel, where over the course of his 7 years there was the host/co-producer of Muchnews,Live@Much and the annual Muchmusic Video Awards along with a highly rated weekly national radio countdown show. Devon has sat down one on one with everyone from Jay Z, Eminem, Beyonce and Jessica Simpson to Gwen Stefani, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen and many more, often hosting and co producing simultaneously. After a fulfilling career at Muchmusic he decided to move into news where he has been an anchor and reporter at CP24, Toronto's highest rated and only 24 hour news network.
Having been in television for close to a decade, Devon specializes in live broadcasting and in-dept interviews. While at Muchmusic full time he simultaneously continued his studies in finance and political science, which continues to be a passion complimented by a love for music, news and entertainment.
Dr. Suzanne Gilberg-Lenz
Dr. Suzanne Gilberg-Lenz is involved in women's empowerment and public education, and appears frequently as an expert in women's and integrative health on TV, online and in print. Dr. Suzanne completed her undergraduate education at Wesleyan University and post-baccalaureate pre-medical studies at Mills College. She earned her medical degree in 1996 from the University of Southern California School of Medicine, completed her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Cedars Sinai Medical Center and has been in private practice of obstetrics and gynecology in Beverly Hills, CA since 2000. After many years of a personal yoga and meditation practice, she completed her Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist degree at California College of Ayurveda in 2010 and was board certified in Integrative and Holistic medicine in 2008.
Dr. Suzanne's diverse background includes research experience combining Ayurveda and conventional medicine, an exploration of the relationship between psychosocial risk factors in pregnant urban teens and participation on a MacArthur Foundation funded team at University of California at San Francisco. She has worked at San Francisco’s famed Haight Ashbury Free Clinic and supervised midwives and residents at an inner city hospital in Los Angeles, California. Dr. Suzanne has taught at Cedars Sinai Medical Center, The National Ayurvedic Medical Association, Yoga Studios and Childbirth conferences and appeared TV shows such as Dr. Drew's Lifechangers, The Tyra Banks Show, The Today Show, Headline News and Bill O’Reilly's No Spin Zone.
Dr. Suzanne is co-founder of Cedars Sinai Medical Center’s Green Committee and is deeply committed to the promotion of healing that involves individuals, families, communities and the planet. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two children in a “green” renovated home with a sustainable native plants garden and organic urban mini-farm.
Frankie, a trained cook and artist, began his online cooking show in 2009, since then, "Frankie Cooks and you can too!" has evolved into what Frankie describes as: "Food entertainment, supported by music, personified ingredients and everything else I can do to keep the multi-tasking generation engaged and interested." Frankie is currently working on a half hour show for NYCTV which will be segment based, each of the two to four minute segments are named and recurring. "I like this approach because the show breaks down beautifully for the web, and is refreshing to watch on television because of the constant cadences." Frank is also working on an iPad cookbook focusing solely on pasta.
Mary Baglivo - CEO, Saatchi & Saatchi New York and Chair, Americas
Mary Baglivo is a New York business leader who is an authoritative figure in the success of many of America's most renowned brands. She has been CEO of Saatchi & Saatchi New York since 2004 and is Chair of the Americas, incorporating Saatchi & Saatchi's Latin American and Canadian regions.
Mary is an innovation and strategy powerhouse who works with clients including Procter & Gamble, General Mills, Kraft, J.M. Smucker, Novartis, MillerCoors, Lenovo, and Mead Johnson - companies whose products play a role in the daily lives of American families. She is committed to the Saatchi & Saatchi idea of Lovemarks as the future beyond brands. In 2007, under her leadership, Saatchi & Saatchi New York was named "Agency of the Year" at the Cannes Advertising Festival.
As Chair of The Americas, Mary oversees a diverse set of agencies including Conill in Miami, one of the most awarded Latino agencies in the U.S and current Advertising Age "Multicultural Agency of the Year"; and Del Campo Nazca Saatchi & Saatchi of Argentina, Advertising Age's 2011 "International Agency of the Year".
Her prior leadership tenures have ranged from President of Arnold Worldwide/New York, to CEO of Euro RSCG Tatham and COO of J. Walter Thompson, both in Chicago. She is a Director on the Board of the Philips-Van Heusen Corporation (NYSE:PVH), which owns and markets world-leading fashion brands such as Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger; and also serves on the Board of the American Advertising Federation.
Mary Baglivo graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Cum Laude from Rutgers and earned her Master's degree in Journalism from Northwestern. Today she serves on the Boards of both universities. Mary lives in Short Hills, New Jersey with her husband Jim and their two children, John and Martha, who attend college in Chicago and Boston, respectively.
Rabbi Steve Leder
After receiving his degree in writing and graduating Cum Laude from Northwestern University, and time studying at Trinity College, Oxford University, Rabbi Leder spent five years studying at the Hebrew Union College Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati where he then received a Master's Degree in Hebrew Letters in 1986 and Rabbinical Ordination in 1987.
Rabbi Leder currently serves as the Senior Rabbi of Wilshire Boulevard Temple, a large and prestigious synagogue in Los Angeles with three campuses and 2,500 families.
In addition to his many duties at Wilshire Boulevard Temple Rabbi Leder teaches Homiletics to Rabbinical students at the Hebrew Union College Jewish Institute of Religion in Los Angeles. Rabbi Leder has been quoted in Time magazine, published essays in Reform Judaism, the Los Angeles Times, Beliefnet.com, and the Los Angeles Jewish Journal where his Torah commentaries were read weekly by over 50,000 people. His sermon on capital punishment was included in an award winning episode of the TV series The West Wing. He has been awarded the Louis Rapoport Award for Excellence in Commentary by the American Jewish Press Association, the Kovler Award from the Religious Action Center in Washington D.C. for his work in African American/Jewish dialogue. He is a fellow in the British American Project, a think tank devoted to bringing together influential leaders from America and Great Britain.
Rabbi Leder's first book, The Extraordinary Nature of Ordinary Things enjoyed two weeks on the Amazon.com Number One Best Seller list for Los Angeles and Beverly Hills and brought Rabbi Leder national acclaim. In the N.Y. Times, William Safire called Rabbi Leder's first book "uplifting". Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Wendy Wasserstein said he "is everything we search for in a modern wise man; learned, kind, funny, and non-judgmental, he offers remarkably healing guidance…. he finds the true fabric of our spiritual lives." He has appeared on several networks including two appearances on ABC's "Politically Incorrect" and NPR's "All Things Considered".
Rabbi Leder's second book entitled More Money Than God: Living a Rich Life Without Losing Your Soul published by Bonus Books in January of 2004 and then in paperback in June 2005, has received remarkable critical and media attention including feature articles in the New York Times, Town and Country Magazine, major newspapers in Chicago, Houston, Kansas City, Cleveland and more, as well as appearances on NPR, The CBS Early Show, Dennis Miller, The Tavis Smiley Show, Cavuto and Friends, Scarborough Country, Fox Family and Friends, ABC Overnight and more.
Recently, Rabbi Leder contributed a chapter in Charles Barkley's new book on racism in America entitled Who's Afraid of a Large Black Man? In his chapter Rabbi Leder discussed the connections between economics, religion and racism.Website: www.wbtla.org
Dr. Melina Jampolis
Dr. Jampolis is an internist and board certified physician nutrition specialist (one of only a several hundred practicing in the United States). She specializes exclusively in nutrition for weight loss, disease prevention and treatment.
A graduate of Tufts University and Tufts School of Medicine, she completed her residency in Internal Medicine at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, a Stanford University teaching hospital. In 2005, Dr. Melina hosted a program on the Discovery Network's FIT TV titled "Fit TV's Diet Doctor" and she currently serves as the diet and fitness expert for CNNHealth.com. She is a member of the medical advisory board and a regular contributor to Better Homes & Gardens and is on the advisory board of VIVMAG.com.
Her first book, The No-Time-to-Lose-Diet, was released in January 2007 and the paperback version, The Busy Person's Guide to Permanent Weight loss was released in May 2008. Her latest self-published book, The Calendar Diet - A month by month guide to losing weight while living your life, was released in March 2012.
Dr. Jampolis is a highly sought after public speaker and lectures throughout the country on nutrition for weight loss and optimal health. She has been interviewed by USA Today, USA Weekend, Us World & News Report, New York Post, Family Circle, Prevention, WashingtonPost.com, Better Homes & Gardens, Glamour.com, Forbes.com, Ladies Home Journal, First for Women, Women's World, Alternative Medicine Magazine, Women's Health, Health, Clean Eating, Baby Talk, and more on nutrition and weight loss related topics. She has appeared numerous times on Live with Regis and Kelly as well as the Today show, Access Hollywood Live, Dr. Oz. show, The Talk, CNN, FOX News channel, FOX Business Network, and numerous local television and radio stations including ABC , NBC, FOX, KGO radio and KRON-4 news.
Dr. Jampolis lives in Los Angeles with her husband and young son and maintains a small private practice in San Francisco and Los Angeles. She believes whole-heartedly in the role of nutrition in preventative medicine and achieving optimal health. She teaches a balanced and sustainable lifestyle based eating and exercise program and has helped thousands clients over the past decade improve their health and well-being.
She is dedicated to the treatment and prevention of childhood obesity, particularly in the low income, minority population. Her volunteer work includes helping to launch a health food pantry in the Hunter's point neighborhood of San Francisco, and bi-weekly family nutrition and obesity counseling sessions at the Bresee Foundation in Los Angeles, a center for low income, minority children. She also serves on the advisory board of schoolmenu.com which helps provide parents with tools to raise healthier kids.
Brian Fox is a nationally renowned artist specializing in painting athletes & celebrities, legends and icons and has defined himself as one of the top artists in the field of sports & celebrity art. Brian has been recognized for his distinctive painting style and uncanny ability to capture the look ands intensity of his subjects. With the spirit of a true artist, Brian's mission is genuine and sincere, putting brush to canvas to paint portraits of all things great in humanity. Brian is prominently featured in numerous celebrity events and high-profile charity benefits, always promoting his passion for expressive, visual art while being part of great philanthropic causes.
Brian has been commissioned to paint the biggest icons of our time, including the late Jackie Robinson, Keith Richards, Pele', Johnny Depp, the 1980 USA Hockey team and regularly works with charities including the Jackie Robinson Foundation, ALS Association, Major League Baseball Players Trust, Hockey Fights Cancer, and the The Light Foundation to name just a few.
Scott Annan, author and founder of AIMbitious, is known as a dynamic educator spreading the message that, "With purpose you have it all." Scott's AIMbitious program helps people identify and obtain their purpose. He has worked with literally thousands of students since moving to New York in 2005 teaching leadership and empowerment for youth. He has quickly become a highly sought after inspirational speaker and expert for his ability to help students find their purpose, and maximize results in the classroom and in their careers. He has helped countless students achieve better grades and land the jobs of their dreams. Scott is endorsed by Zappos.com and their CEO, Tony Hsieh, and by Chip Conley, best-selling author of the books PEAK and Emotional Equations. Scott is recognized by companies such as Zappos and Genentech for his ideas on creating fulfillment in the workplace, and has also acted as a speech-writing consultant for presenters at TED Talks.
Scott grew up outside of Boston and graduated from Colgate University in 2005. Upon graduating, he spent four years working as a financial analyst and investment banker. He then founded AIMbitious.com, a dynamic news site and social network that features video interviews, articles, and a social goal-setting application. He currently resides in New York City. AIMbitious is his first book.
Karim Orange - Better Organic Choice
Karim Orange is a nationally known natural cosmetics expert, celebrity make-up artist and two-time Emmy Award nominee whose work graces the faces of countless stars in television, music, movies and the theater. Karim is a make-up activist as well as one of the most respected pioneers, leading the change for more transparency in make-up ingredients and more choices for real women who want to look fantastic without fear of harmful chemicals and additives.By opening Organic Orange Studio, Karim is fulfilling both a professional goal and a lifelong calling: to educate and empower every woman to look like the star in her own life, bringing out her most natural beauty in the healthiest way possible. Karim can been seen in The Huffington Post.
Jenny L. Taitz, Psy.D.
Director of the Dialectical Behavior Therapy Program, Clinician, graduated Magna Cum Laude from New York University and earned her doctorate in clinical psychology at Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology. Dr. Taitz completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the American Institute for Cognitive Therapy. She completed a pre-doctoral fellowship at Yale University School of Medicine where she specialized in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) for co-morbid substance use and personality disorders and Behavioral Health. Dr. Taitz enjoys teaching her patients tangible tools to get unstuck based on scientific research within a nonjudgmental, supportive environment. As an intensively trained DBT clinician, Dr. Taitz incorporates mindfulness, acceptance, and motivational enhancement with traditional cognitive behavioral therapy. In addition to treating a diverse range of problems such as depression, generalized anxiety disorder, eating disorders, panic disorder, specific phobias, social phobia and borderline personality disorder, she also provides psychotherapy to patients with medical problems. Dr. Taitz has compassion and understanding for young adults struggling in academic settings with perfectionism, procrastination, inattention, anxiety, eating disorders, assertion, avoidance, and substance use. In addition, Dr. Taitz has expertise in helping individuals navigate life transitions, career changes, and aging. Her research has focused on the efficacy of a self-administered mindfulness intervention and mechanisms of change in mindfulness treatments. Dr. Taitz is a founding board member of the New York City Association for Contextual Behavior Science. She maintains membership in the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies and the Association for Contextual and Behavior Science, serves as an adjunct clinical supervisor in the clinical psychology doctoral program at Yeshiva University, and contributes to the Urban Mindfulness blog. Dr. Taitz is the author of a forthcoming popular audience book on managing emotions for people who struggle with emotional eating. Her book received a seal of merit from the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies.