Marcella Lansdowne is an author of children’s books, and Marcella:Strength, Courage, Spirit – All in One Lifetime, a remarkably compelling book about her journey to escape an abusive husband and create a new life for herself and her children. Also an aerospace software engineer, equestrian, student of meditation, and now a grandmother, Marcella believes “Life is all about transitioning as we grow and experiencing new things.From childhood to parent, from job to retirement, and everything in-between.” www.marcellatheauthor.comJuly 4, 200926 minutes
Denis Riney is Executive Vice President of Brandlogic Corporation, a firm dedicated to helping companies unlock and extend the impact of their brand – their heritage, culture and purpose vs. a trademark, logo or catch phrase.Denis shares his insights into how we can identify and communicate our personal brands – what we stand for and our value proposition – pivotal elements to successfully open new doors to opportunity whether inside or outside our current organizations. www.brandlogic.comJuly 11, 200928 minutes
Jere Webb is founder and president of The Webb Network, a collaboration of specialized women business advisors committed to helping other women realize their financial dreams.Jere’s life path included becoming a single mother of three small children after a difficult divorce, and rising beyond welfare and food stamps to become a certified financial planner. She shares her wisdom in a new eBook entitled, If You Are Going to be a Bag Lady, Make it a Gucci. www.webb-network.comJuly 18, 200931 minutes
Joshua Scott of 50 Mile Farms leads an agri-business start-up raising hydroponically- grown produce. A “20-something” entrepreneur and engineering innovator, Josh has a real passion for not just his new farm and sustainable and reachable food systems, but anything having to do with environmentally friendly designs and lifestyle systems. Josh started his business during his masters degree program, and wisely advises, “Idealistic thinking is best saved for the passion of your work, not the actual operation.” joshua AT joshuajscott.comJuly 25, 200930 minutes
Patti Poppe is Director of five large scale power generation plants for DTE Energy in Michigan and is all about leadership creating an environment of ownership, not renters. A former automotive executive, Patti is spearheading a Performance Leadership culture change through shaping a new relationship between their union and management.People closest to the decision-making point of value (aka the customers!) are rising to the opportunity of accountability.The business is achieving extraordinary results. www.dteenergy.comAugust 1, 200931 minutes
Jeff Jones of The Strategic Success Group provides results-driven consulting to small and medium sized businesses.His senior management or ownership experiences in start-up, turnaround and high growth companies enable Jeff to offer business strategies that turn struggles to success.He shares his views of The Eleven Lies that Hinder Your Business Success, from “I Just Need to Know HOW to Do This” to “Customers Are Hard to Figure Out” to “Bigger is Better” … or NOT. www.strategicsuccessgroup.comAugust 8, 200932 minutes
Dr. Amanda Goodson, founder of Never the Same Ministries, is an information technology executive and an ordained minister with an active parish.This new non-profit is dedicated to a movement to help women ministers, agencies and other non-profit organizations across the US expand their ability to impact congregations and accelerate leadership development.She discusses how “Change allows us to see what we can do for others, not what can be done for us.Believe change is liberating, not a yoke.” www.ntsministries.orgAugust 15, 200930 minutes
Erin Slater is CEO of College Mentors, a non-profit that matches at-risk K-8 youth with inspirational college students at 23 university-based chapters in the Midwestern US.Erin lost both parents when she was young, and was in the first generation of young people who benefited from this program.The full community learns first hand how providing children with positive relationships and experiences they would not otherwise be exposed to enhances self-esteem and fuels a desire for life-long learning. www.collegementors.orgAugust 22, 200931 minutes
Joan Martin and Howie Adams lead Touch Point Connection, a non-profit working with high schools and other agencies to serve teens and young adults who need additional support to succeed in school. Their goal is to stem the 50% teenage drop-out rate.A former consultant and executive coach, Joan founded this one-of-a-kind program that recruits, trains, and supports community volunteers who serve as coaches.The coaching model empowers the young people to new levels of personal accountability. www.touchpointconnection.orgAugust 29, 200930 minutes
Dan Gregory is Community Relations Coordinator at Casa de los Niños, a crisis shelter for abused and neglected children ages birth through 8 years. Dan survived a sudden kidney failure at age 40, an experience that led to an epiphany – to embrace life and choose to be happy, not succumb to fear and anger.Dan is 100% about service, volunteering, advocacy and jumping in when people need help.He was on a national response team to help New York City families post the September 11, 2001 tragedy.
Kirsten Cronlundis reinventing herself through back-to-back masters degrees in the emerging social sciences of positive psychology and resiliency.She is a former teacher with three young children who chose to quit her job following a divorce five years ago, and embrace the unknowns and ambiguity of change. Kirsten pieced together a portfolio of endeavors to support her family – consulting and training in schools and non-profits, and being a divorce coach –truly walking the talk of resiliency during personal transition. kirsten AT cronlund.comSeptember 12, 200930 minutes
Lin Coughlin is the founder and president of Great Circle Associates. A seasoned operating executive with extensive change leadership experience (start-up, turnaround, restructuring and post merger/acquisition integration), Lin enables for-profit and not-for-profit organizations to plot, navigate and course correct for the most direct route – often not the most obvious – toward the rapid but thoughtful implementation of decisions that call for a significant departure from the status quo.She is an expert on board governance.
Dr. Ben Dilla is the managing director of Third River Insights, an affiliate of SIMA International.Ben is committed to servant leadership through his consulting and coaching practice to help others see and act upon their innate motivated abilities.A self-proclaimed “assessment junkie”, Ben leverages data to diagnose opportunities for insight.He has led the deployment of a unique “Discover Your Design” workshop within church communities for over 1,000 members to align volunteer interests to their passions. www.thirdriverinsights.comSeptember 26, 200930 minutes
Gary Dubroand his wife, Nancy, bill themselves as “Accidental Entrepreneurs”, starting a postage stamp collecting, trading and consignment business, Compustamp, which has moved over $2 million of stamps globally through eBay.A former aerospace/defense executive and Department of Defense consultant, Gary is in the midst of writing a book on Zanzibar featuring stamps he collected as far back as age 5.The Dubros travel the globe as members of one of the most vibrant collectibles community.
Ginger Carter is a nationally recognized nutritionist based in Tucson.Having been obese and the survivor of three auto immune illnesses, Ginger has tremendous insight into the significant benefits of good nutrition for all health issues, in particular those that effect women and children.She runs a nutrition and fitness program focused on healthy, happy kids and shares up-to-date, research-based knowledge on the critical need for more fresh vegetables and fruits in our diet to detoxify, repair and replenish our bodies.
Larry Lof and Chris Lopez, of LofLopez, The Retirement Income Specialists, are respected for helping clients live their lives on their own terms.They introduce listeners to technical analysis, the most contemporary approach to short and long term investing that leverages cash as a viable, if not expected position during turbulent times like these.This is quite a different approach from asset allocation modeling.Larry and Chris are members of an elite nationwide advisory group of Certified Financial Planners – and with sincere gratitude, sponsors of “Circles of Change.” www.loflopez.comOctober 17, 200931 minutes
Boys & Girls Clubs of Tucson leadership team of Julie Penny (President), John McDowell (Director of Program Operations), Crystal Machado (Marketing), and George Yslava (Database Specialist) discuss the six clubs that serve over 7,000 youth ages 7 to 17 across Tucson. Core programs focus on building self-esteem and self-confidence, and include education and career development, health and life skills, the arts and sports, fitness and recreation for all kids.Their Make a Difference and Be Great grass roots fundraising calls for as little as a $10 donation to fund a child’s membership for a year.
Jarrod Eastman is an exceptionally talented fine arts painter based in Bozeman, Montana.A self-educated artist influenced by pop culture and psychedelic art, jRod’s whimsical pieces often include the rhinoceros (on wheels), hippopotamus (on roller skates), with birds and bees flitting above. A native of Arizona and frequent contributor to the Tucson 4th Avenue Street Fair, jRod is quite the positive inspiration to aspiring artists – and any of us who have forgotten to see the humor and playfulness around us. www.jrodart.comHappy Halloween!October 31, 200930 minutes
Dr. Mary Contini Gordon retired from the aerospace defense industry in 2008, a social science researcher dedicated to inspiring innovation amidst teams.Mary’s first self-styled “Act II” project has been to make real the dreams of a fallen soldier, the uncle she never met and whose watercolor paintings she has admired all her life. Victor Contini was an immigrant Italian who served as a US soldier during World War II, giving his life for his new country in the Pacific theater.Through Mary’s efforts the first exhibition of Victor’s artwork and letters opens on Veterans’ Day at the prestigious General Patton Memorial Museum. www.generalpattonmuseum.comNovember 7, 2009 31 minutes
Chi Newmanis author of the personal memoir My Beijing: The Long Journey from China to Tucson.Chi and her twin sister were children of privilege and as teenagers their lives were turned upside down 60 years ago during the Communist takeover of China. Her life is a remarkable story of every sort of change imaginable to become a citizen of the world – unexpected immigration to wife of a member of the US State Department diplomatic corps to raising a family across five continents.This is a truly inspirational story, with Chi staying balanced via a Ying Yang philosophy of life.
Dr. Karen Walch is an Associate Professor and consultant from the Thunderbird School of Global Management, with expertise in international negotiation, cultural competencies, and shaping and leveraging a global mindset.Having lived and worked around the world in industries as diverse as architecture to tourism, Karen is an expert in “whole brain negotiation”, leveraging emotional intelligence and social skills, verbal and non-verbal, to successfully lead and capitalize (as opposed to endure) advancing agendas with a win-win focus. www.thunderbird.eduNovember 21, 200930 minutes
Lisa Batesis the founder and dedicated leader of the Tucson Wildlife Center, a non-profit that rescues and rehabilitates wild animals.Lisa retired in 1986 from a science-based career (plant pathology research to working at the Biosphere) to start a mesquite tree farm, but instead returned to a childhood passion to open an animal sanctuary on the property.For over 10 years, she and her staff of 70 volunteers have returned raptors, bobcats, coyotes, havelinas and even the rare codamundi monkey to the Arizona habitat.
Dr. Frank Rite discovered his passion for wellness and health following early career experiences in information technology, quality management and OSHA consulting.Now a doctor of holistic health and PhD in health management, he is author of the book The Rite Way to Immortality: 7 Rite Rules of Wellness, Energy & Longevity. Dr. Rite is an expert in guidelines for healthy living, including overcoming premature aging, reclaiming youthful energy, and preventing obesity, heart disease and chronic ailments.Over 70 in age, he has verifiable bio markers that place him at 44 years biologically.
Jonathan Martin is head of St. Gregory College Preparatory School in Tucson, AZ. Prior to coming to Tucson in 2008, Jonathan had traveled to 21 Twenty-First Century high schools across the US shadowing students and blogging his findings on Purpose, Problems, Process, Professionalism, and the Product.Originally a history, social studies and English teacher, the journey “recharged” Jonathan’s batteries and revealed contemporary insights now being woven by the St. Gregory faculty and staff into their learning environment for grades 6-12. www.21k12blog.netwww.stgregoryschool.orgDecember 12, 200930 minutes
Reverend Donald Graves leads the Center for Spiritual Living in Tucson.With first careers in the US Navy, hi-tech manufacturing, real estate sales and bio-medical services, Donald became an active minster in 1986. Schooled in the “Science of Mind,” he believes in the power of responsibility – relying upon internal capabilities, our ability to respond in a deliberate way to the things that happen to us. His organization partners with possibility and offers spiritual practices and tools that change lives.
Stan Hustad believes “life is theater” and describes himself as a communicator who inspires people to perform to their best, and market themselves with power, precision, and high impact, becoming the kind of person they would love to have for a colleague, client or customer.An executive coach, author and founder of The Do It Right Radio Network, Stan offers modern life and business wisdom through stories for those of us who are both determined to change our world and the world.