Jamie Williams is a highly sought after lifestyle, commercial and western photographer who has been in business for herself for over 20 years. A native Texan now based out of Tucson, she has photographed scenery and cultures around the world, traveling to all continents except Antarctica, and 49 of 50 states. Alaska awaits! Jamie’s passion for her art is clearly reflected in the inspirational images she produces. American Cowgirl is her first major film documentary, honoring the spirit of women and horses.
Tom Ingerick and his wife, Louise, recently circled back to Tucson to relocate The Bridge Gallery, a contemporary Southwestern art business they originally established in Nashville during the country western music boom of the 1980’s. Moving to Aspen and then Scottsdale, the Ingerick’s have always moved their art as the art movement moved. A graduate of U of A in education and a folk guitar musician, Tom is dedicated to staying true to authentic, collectible gallery art and sees Tucson as a true land of opportunity.
Dr. Ritch Eich is an expert and life student of the field of leadership. Currently a business school adjunct professor, columnist and blogger, Ritch served in the US Navy and Reserves before working directly for university medical centers, hospitals, and a healthcare provider. Eich Associated now provides top leaders insights on branding, marketing and leadership principles. Ritch’s new book is Real Leaders Don’t Boss, 100% of the proceeds benefiting veterans injured in the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts.
Kim Bowen is the founder of Yogaphoriom. She is a stress specialist for executive and entrepreneurial women and one of a few registered Restoraflow yoga instructors in the world. Married and a mother of three young children, Kim changed her own outlook on life and body image through the practice of yoga to heal her bulimia. Today she is on a mission to change the world one woman at a time, passionate to bring a similar joy to women who aren’t making enough time for themselves.
Tannya Gaxiola is president and CEO of QuikHelp, a provider of low-cost, accessible legal services to the Tucson community. Following experiences in investment banking, telecommunications and management consulting back East, Tannya returned to native Tucson to develop the concept she and her lawyer father had discussed for years. QuikHelp offers a trustworthy alternative to higher priced attorneys, with services spanning simple contracts and language translation, to more complicated divorce and immigration matters.
Teresa Liverzani-Baker and Kathy Kang (Executive Director and board member, respectively) are from Youth On Their Own, a local Tucson agency dedicated to support the high school graduation and continued success of homeless and abandoned youth. YOTO provides life skills and academic guidance, in addition to financial assistance for basic human needs for students ages 13-21, unaccompanied through no fault of their own. Established in 1986, volunteers and benefactors have supported 11,000 teens from 120 schools in Pima County, resulting in a 92% high school graduation rate.
Cliff Michaels is an energetic, young, street-smart professional dedicated to education, specifically personal growth and entrepreneurial training. Cliff has personally navigated the California real estate boom/bust cycles and the frenzy of an internet startup, and traveled overseas to decompress and recover afterwards. His new book, The Four Essentials of Entrepreneurial Thinking: What Successful People Didn’t Learn in School, is a blend of his life experiences with wisdom gleaned from examples set by successful business and non-profit leaders, public servants, comedians and even cartoon characters.
Ted Larsen is a 25-year veteran of the automotive industry, a design, manufacturing, and service technology engineering expert with roots deep in the skills trades. Moving to Arizona in 2004 amidst redirecting his career later in life towards architecture, Ted has launched two entrepreneurial businesses – custom Damascus steel collectible knives under the Hat Creek T brand, and Nighthorses Publishing and Fine Art. While Ted has five unique books on the drawing board, he believes not knowing exactly what is next allows innovation and spontaneity to show up. Eight Valleys: A Linked Landscape is the third book he has published, debuting at the 2012 Tucson Festival of Books.
Bob Sharp is a former third-generation rancher, photographer, and current large landscape analyst and designer. His new book, Eight Valleys: A Linked Landscape, discusses the distinct, picturesque valley systems lying within the Gila watershed of southern Arizona.The spirit of people and place is captured amidst Bob’s breathtaking photographs, and the history embellished by short essays written by other “Valley Voices.” Bob challenges readers to help shape the future of these landscapes through effective settlement design, improving the co-existence and co-enhancement between humans and nature.
Dr. Tom Sheridan is a research anthropologist and professor at the University of Arizona, and written or co-edited twelve books and monographs including Arizona: A History. In addition to teaching courses in evolutionary and ecological anthropology, Southwest land, culture and society, and conservation and community, Tom serves on the board of the non-profit Altar Valley Conservation Alliance, an organization of ranchers dedicated to the conservation of open space, biodiversity, and working ranches. They are on a grass roots mission to stitch the west back together through working landscapes and collaborative conservation.
Kim Edwards is an associate professor at the University of Kentucky and her debut novel is The Memory Keeper’s Daughter. Originally released in 2003, word-of-mouth popularity led to it becoming a #1 New York Times best seller and being translated into 38 languages, propelling Kim into the international literary spotlight. The complex story spans 25 years of a family’s coping with a secret known only to the protagonist and the reader. Kim’s new second novel, The Lake of Dreams, is just as enthralling, with the characters (and readers) learning several secrets over a three week journey when the main character returns home – literally and figuratively – to the New York finger lakes region.
Laura Vanderkam is a talented young, prolific freelance journalist and published author who has been on “Circles of Change” twice before.Her third book released March 1st is All the Money in the World: What the Happiest People Know about Getting and Spending Money. Laura debunks the traditional approach to budgeting and shares tips and tricks to get beyond a focus on financial solvency without sacrificing joy of life and connection with others – focus on the ART of living.
Reverend Anne Sawyer and Reverend Susan Anderson-Smith are the dynamic 2005 co-founders of Imago Dei Middle School, an integrative learning community based in downtown Tucson that serves low-income children grades 5 to 8. Based on over 30 years of diverse career experiences, Anne and Susan believe that education and social service change, guided by values and faith-based principles, must intersect to offer children of all backgrounds opportunities for a bright future.
Andrea Mardon isa Toronto native and studied apparel design before moving to California to work as a costume designer. Now a resident of Oxford,England, she teaches acting and drama to students ranging from ages 5 to 25. Combining her passion for theatre with extensive experience in study abroad programs, Andrea created The Berridge Conservatory in 2007, a summer acting program bringing students from all over the world with professional actors, directors, dancers, writers, filmmakers and producers. They live and study together at the Chateau le Mont Epinguet in Normandy,France.
Hannah Hollins is in her third year at the University of Arizona, double majoring in Creative Non-fiction Writing and Russian Studies. Also fluent in French, Hannah spent the summer of 2011 in St. Petersburg and Moscow,Russia. Her sites are set on graduate school to become a professor in Slavic languages and literature some day. Self-funding her degree by working as a writing tutor, manuscript editor, and U of A Bookstore employee, Hannah is active leading a student-run film series, involved in the Russian Club, and volunteers for several child literacy programs. “Just think AND!”
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Tom Chapin’s singer-songwriter-guitaristcareer spans five decades, 22 albums, three Grammy awards, acting on Broadway, and extensive work on films, radio and television. For five years he hosted the Emmy- and Peabody-award winning ABC children’s series Make a Wish, and in the mix expanded recordings into family and children’s albums. His contemporary folk lyrics resonate regardless of age or time. Tom is also a philanthropic leader, being on the board of Why Hunger, an organization founded by his older brother and celebrated fellow singer-songwriter, the late Harry Chapin.
Dr. Gary Small is director of the UCLA Longevity Center and professor of psychiatry at the Semel Institute of Neuroscience & Human Behavior Institute. Gary’s latest book, co-authored with Gigi Vorgan, is The Alzheimer’s Prevention Program: Keep Your Brain Healthy for the Rest of Your Life. They describe in layman’s terms some of the latest research on Alzheimer’s and outline a lifestyle program – with a 7-Day Jumpstart focused on physical activity, mental exercise and stress-management, nutrition, and social interaction – that can delay the onset of symptoms, possibly for several years.
Christy Giroux and Katie Powell are the dynamic mother-daughter team leading Compound Profit of Arizona, a practice dedicated to Arizona economic development through helping small businesses identify and obtain alternative financing to improve cash flow, reduce operating costs, and increase profits. Based on in-depth business analyses, Christy and Katie offer a portfolio of financing solutions based on the client’s credit history and risk tolerance, with fees assumed by the qualified lenders.
Michael Ewing is a popular Tucson-based fine artist. His story of change includes studying architecture and math before attending art school in the Midwest, and a career that has spanned teaching mathematics, traveling extensively across the US for inspiration and insight, music and painting in a style characterized as romantic and poetic. He admits to having “a beautiful obsession” with the people, places and structures of the Old Pueblo, and is grateful for the influence of many established Southwestern artists, patrons, and gallery professionals.
Tom Endersbe leads a certified financial planning organization based in Minnesota servicing clients in 30 states. His newly released, co-authored book, The Three Commitments of Leadership: How Clarity, Stability, and Rhythm Create Great Leaders, explains how the classic leader/follower model has been replaced by a new model. Engagement of every teammate assuming responsibility to a common purpose, and leaders obsessed with building lasting relationships foster collective, positive results.
Rick Meyers and Bob Pinney are seasoned global operations executives with the Werner Company, the top brand for climbing equipment and a new line of fall protection harnesses. With their consumer products sold through “big box” stores, US households on average have 3.7 Werner ladders. The Pennsylvania-headquartered firm is expanding operations in Europe, Pan-Asia and Latin America beyond their manufacturing campus in Mexico, where the workforce is respected for its creativity, openness and commitment to change. Watch for their trademark blue oval at the NCAA Basketball Tournament.
Os Hillmanis president of Marketplace Leaders, an organization whose purpose is to help men and women discover and fulfill God’s complete purposes through their work, and to view their work as a ministry. His new book, Change Agent:Engaging Your Passion to be The One Who Makes a Difference,discusses the seven mountains of culture – business, government, arts and entertainment, education, media, family, or religion – and challenges us to step up to lead change. www.marketplace.org February 4, 2012 20 minutes
John Dinkelis an automotive industry expert with over 40 years of experience spanning engineering, journalism, test and analysis, product development, product planning, advertising, marketing and public relations. John was Editor-in-Chief of Road & Track magazine, one of the most popular consumer automobile magazines in America, and professes to have spent his life doing things he had no logical reason (or background) to do – from testing cars to racing Corvettes for a SCCA championship winning team. eleven-tenths_AT_cox.net February 4, 2012 20 minutes
Dave Anderson and Eoin Noonan are members of the Vermont-based band Split Tongue Crow. The group’s other instrumentalists, Vermonters Jeremy Woods and Matt Marro, have a shared musical history with Dave since adolescence. Moving to the US at 16 fromIreland, Eoin’s earnest and often haunting lyrics are put to backwoods harmonies. He and Dave are guitarists since age 12, and like all members of the band have diverse career interests spanning solar energy, cooking, carpentry and social work. Enjoy three songs from their first CD, the wind from the Northeast blowing them to you. www.splittonguecrow.com February 4, 2012 20 minutes
Jacqueline Berger is a former financial services executive who shifted to follow her lifelong passion and fascination with the lives of the wives of the American Presidents. Now known as the First Ladies Lady and frequently on the national speakers’ tour, Jacqueline recently released Volume II (three years in the making since Volume I in 2008) of the three part trilogy –Love, Lies and Tears: The Lives of America’s First Ladies. She brings dynamic women from history to life, while revealing the scandals and exposing the false rumors surrounding them.
Laura Diamond leads a double life. With early-career experiences in public relations for a technology firm, Laura is now a third-generation leader of Cieslak and Tatko, her family’s funeral home business outside of Pittsburgh. She also moonlights as an actor and model, recently being the stand-in and photo double forHollywood leading ladies Katherine Heigl and Roseamund Pike. Laura recently launched a solopreneur public relations and communications practice. All these career circles and not yet age 30!
Regina Bretthas been a newspaper columnist for 16 years, 11 with Cleveland’s Plain Dealer where she was a finalist in 2008 and 2009 for the Pulitzer Prize in Commentary.Also host of an “internal affairs” live talk show on NPR, Regina’s new book, Be the Miracle: 50 lessons for Making the Impossible Possible, is an inspirational collection of stories about the decisions we make and how our choices can make the impossible possible.Regina’s first book God Never Blinks has been published in 20 countries, originally based on a column she wrote that went viral across the Internet.
Bob Mayer is a recently retired 45-year veteran lawyer whose firm represented clients both big and small, negotiating deals on everything from amphitheater developments to the sale of vintage aircraft.A frequent coast-to-coast radio guest, Bob has conducted negotiation, mediation, and persuasion seminars and workshops in both the United States and abroad.His book How to Win Any Negotiation without Raising Your Voice, Losing Your Cool, Or Coming to Blows advises readers on how to tilt the playing field to their advantage in a non-coercive, non-manipulative way.
Michelle and Joe Frazier took a leap of faith in mid-2011 to open Café Marcel, a restaurant in Tucson’s trendy 4th Avenue district offering savory and sweet European-style crepes. Michelle career-shifted to the restaurant industry five years ago from being a personal trainer working with older adults.Developing a passion for international cuisine during his years in the US Navy, Joe went on to work with executive chefs and manage restaurants for 25 years.The Fraziers are having a ball working together to build this vibrant new business, in particular expanding their diverse and loyal clientele.
Andy Tarczon is a founding leader of The Diffusion Group, a consultancy known for research on and translation of emerging technologies and application to harness the power of the Internet, coupled with knowledge of the behaviors of the connected consumer and evolving video markets.Andy spent two decades as a product manager responsible for some of the earliest efforts to connect wireless data networks to Internet information sources. Fresh back from the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Andy shares insights on the changing domains of contemporary television.
Dr. Gary Auerbachisa practicing chiropractor who due to an unfortunate accident shifted to support the professional development and connection of chiropractors around the world, AND build a business via his photographic talents in platinum portraiture.Gary embarked on a 15-year project of photographing Native Americans, resulting in works featured in the Library of Congress, the Smithsonian, and in his book We Walk in Beauty. Gary is also an accountant and former pistachio farmer, exemplifying how our linear zigs and zags and reconnecting circles of experience move us forward.
Dr. John Izzois an organizational development consultant, motivational speaker and internationally recognized author of the new book Stepping Up: How Taking Responsibility Changes Everything.Through the stories of “boots on the ground” people from a variety of backgrounds who have created or changed communities and organizations of all sizes, John stresses how passion is more important than pedigree.Most every problem, from personal difficulties and business challenges to social issues, can be solved if we look to ourselves first to create change, rather than looking to others.
Stephanie Urdiales and Ron Andrea are from the Golden Goose Thrift Shop in Tucson. As general manager, Stephanie leads a staff of four and an over 500 member family of volunteers to make good things happen every day.Through meticulously screened, cared for and presented donations, they have earned over $3 million in eight years through their retail outlet to help fund community outreach services in Arizona’s Pima and Pinal Counties – revenue that is 50% of the funding for SaddleBrooke Community Outreach and Catalina Community Services to help the disadvantaged.
Debby Dubay is a Vietnam and Desert Storm era US Air Force veteran who turned her passion for collecting hand-painted French porcelain into a profession.Becoming a licensed appraiser and internationally known expert in the process, Debby is the founder of a unique antique retail point, the Limoges Antique Shop in Rutland, Vermont.Her website dates from the early days of the internet, and her career and life have been featured in several best selling books encouraging people to play to their passions.