evox is blessed with the most outstanding family of creative contributors — we pinch ourselves every day because we are so lucky!
Get acquainted with the amazing people spurring on the important conversations you care about, and if you'd like to consider being an evox Contributor, give us a holler at: email@example.com
The 5 Gyres Institute has led the effort to research aquatic plastic pollution and to find solutions for regaining a plastic-free ocean, empowering citizens to become leaders in combating the global health crisis of plastic pollution. To understand the impact of plastic pollution they study the 5 subtropical gyres by sailing through them, organizing research expeditions, inviting scientists, journalists, and other sailors to join the crew, working side-by-side to conduct the science, and return to their communities engaged to promote solutions.
To eliminate plastic pollution they employ strategies that work: Advocating new materials, better designed products, fair legislation, and engaging in consumer education. Post-consumer cleanup efforts focus on coastal and island debris removal and mitigation.
Aeon is a digital magazine of ideas and culture. Since September 2012 they have been publishing some of the most profound and provocative thinking on the web. They ask the big questions and find the freshest, most original answers, provided by leading thinkers on science, philosophy, society, and the arts. Aeon was founded in London by Paul and Brigid Hains. It now has offices in London, Melbourne, and New York. Aeon is a not-for-profit and operated by Aeon Media Group Ltd., committed to big ideas, serious enquiry, and a humane worldview. That’s it.
Amy Ahlers, the Wake-Up Call Coach and bestselling author, is on a mission to stop women from being so darn hard on themselves. Since 2000, she has been an International Certified Success Coach, the CEO of Wake-Up Call Coaching, and co-founder of Inner Mean Girl Reform School with Christine Arylo, Visionary Ignition Switch with Lissa Rankin, and Find Your Calling with Lissa Rankin and Martha Beck. Her newest passion is supporting moms to embrace the whole truth of motherhood, messiness, and magic with the Mama Truth Circle.
Amy has been a featured expert on lots of TV & radio shows, and for media outlets like ABC, FOX, The Washington Post, and The Huffington Post. She loves lighting up the stage at events where she wakes people up to the voice of their Inner Wisdom and helps them cultivate the courage to act on it. You can find her on Facebook and Twitter, inspiring women to find the everyday sacred.
Her first book, Big Fat Lies Women Tell Themselves: Ditch your Inner Critic and Wake Up Your Inner Superstar (New World Library, 2011), shot up to #1 in several categories on Amazon, including Self-Help, Happiness, and Self-Esteem. Her next book, Reform Your Inner Mean Girl: 7 Steps to Stop Bullying Yourself and Start Loving Yourself, she co-wrote with Christine Arylo and is due out in April of 2015 from Beyond Words.
A 2010 recipient of the Women Who Dare Award from Girls Inc., she holds a BA from the University of California, earned the CPCC designation from The Coaches Training Institute, and is a Master Coach Equivalent. Amy is known best for her unconditional love, relentless enthusiasm, and kick ass truth telling. You can often find Amy in the San Francisco Bay Area holding hands with her husband, Rob, as they run after their firecracker daughters, Annabella and Evie Rose.
He is a holistic health coach and a bartender (just to keep things in balance)...
Banafsheh Akhlaghi is a pioneering civil and human rights attorney, educator and social entrepreneur. She has learned through her work how decisions we make globally affect us locally. She immigrated to the United States from her native Iran with her parents at the age of five and started her career as a professor of Constitutional Law at the John F. Kennedy School of Law. Banafsheh has worked with the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM and was the director of the West Region for Amnesty International.
She has won several awards for her work, including the Fred Korematsu Civil Rights Award and was nominated for the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award. Banafsheh was named “Top 100 Leading Lawyers in California” and “Top 100 Most Influential Lawyers in California” by the Daily Journal. She was also nominated for the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award in 2008 and received a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition from the U.S. House of Representatives the same year.
Amber Amos is a thirty-something from Perth, Australia, who has done a bit of everything from crossing an ice glacier to visiting the Vatican to winning a bronze medal in the New Zealand Synchronized Swimming Championships. She and her husband Andrew (to whom she has been happily married for over a decade) own and operate two real estate offices, have an energetic young son and a boxer dog. Amber is currently anticipating the birth of her second child which is due early February. In her non-existent spare time, she is attempting to write a children story, become a better cook and enjoys traveling, singing, reading and theatre. Amber is also very fond of a good High Tea and is known to enthusiastically dress up in costume at any opportunity.
Jenny Anderson lives in Australia but was originally from California, where she was a sports coach and fitness instructor for more than 10 years. Her clientele includes many high performing athletes in a variety of competitive sports. She writes regularly for sports and fitness related blogs including Sports Fitness Advisor, The Huffington Post and The Guardian. Explore more great fitness advice and insights at Sports Fitness Advisor.
Geeta Arora is an Ayurvedic Practitioner and founder of Ayurveda Mantra Healing & Wellness Center in Palo Alto, CA. A unique center for hope, balance and de-stressing offering body and mind therapies based on Ayurveda, a 5,000 year old alternative medicine from India. Geeta is an entrepreneur, and advocate for healthy balance who holds an MBA in International Business, in addition to completing a Masters degree in Ayurveda. She is always seeking deeper knowledge in applying the ancient wisdom to today’s fast paced world. Prior to entering the healing industry, she worked at the hi-tech companies, Oracle and 3COM. She is a professionally trained Indian classical dancer and loves to travel to beautiful destinations.
Andrea Atkinson is a sustainability professional (www.scopagroup.com) with a background in international relations, organizational management and sustainable community development. Andrea’s innovative community engagement and project management work for projects such as NEXUS Green Building Resource Center, Down2Earth Boston and Elevate Destinations Haiti Volunteer Trips and philanthropic education programs has resulted in high-impact and high-profile outcomes for environmental and social change. twitter.com/andreadatkinson
Mary Beth is evox' Chief Revenue Officer and retail expert for evoxMarketplace.com. Mary Beth comes to evox with over 20 years of Finance and Accounting experience with the main focus in entertainment. She previously was the SVP Head of Finance & Operations at Hasbro Studios where she oversaw the financial side of Hasbro’s entertainment division. Prior she served as Head of Strategic Planning at WME. She has an undergraduate degree at Marist College and a MBA from Pepperdine University. Bambridge says: "Joining evox has been life changing. With over 20+ years in finance and accounting experience, mainly in the entertainment field, I have worked my way up the corporate ladder with hard work, dedication and long hours. My mantra to my employees and myself was – we need to find a work / life balance. Of course that never happened. The balance was severely tilted towards work."
Dr. Laura Basha is an organizational psychologist, writer, and artist, and along with organizational transformation, consulting, and executive coaching, she offers her skills as a life coach and educator, specializing in personal transformation and creative self-expression. For over thirty years she has worked with thousands of international clientele, using a principle-based paradigm of health and empowerment, catalyzing an awakening in people to their authentic self-expression, creativity, and power. She has taught her work in private practice as well as community, clinical, academic, professional, public, and corporate settings. Find more of Dr. Laura Basha's teachings, videos, artwork, and writings at White Bird Rising.
Originally from Chicago, Samantha Bennett is a writer, speaker, teacher and creativity/productivity specialist and the author of the bestselling "Get It Done: From Procrastination to Creative Genius in 15 Minutes a Day" (New World Library)
She is the creator of www.TheOrganizedArtistCompany.com and www.TheOrganizedEntrepreneurCompany.com, both organizations dedicated to helping creative people get unstuck, especially by helping them focus and move forward on their goals.
Now based in a tiny beach town outside of Los Angeles, Bennett offers her revolutionary online workshops to overwhelmed procrastinators, frustrated overachievers and recovering perfectionists everywhere.
Lisa Berry is a Health Activist with an insatiable passion for changing the planet and the sustainability of all life. With over 15 years of study & work in the wellness industry, she deeply understands the range of human health issues, the major causes and the many invaluable ways to help the body to heal and thrive.
Maureen is a seeker in this crazy journey called Life! She is a lifetime learner and enjoys the personal growth and transformations it brings. Her love of learning about herself has evolved into a passion for helping others on their journey. Discover Maureen's healing and destiny explorations at YourSoulsDestiny.com
With a passion for travel and education, Mallory Bressler believes that local and international service-learning is a key component for youth leadership, community development, and social change. As the Director of Program Development for the non-profit Global Student Embassy, Mallory works with students in California, Nicaragua and Ecuador to collectively become social innovators and environmental stewards through eco-action programs and reciprocal international exchanges. Mallory graduated from the University of Michigan in 2007 with degrees in Sociology and Political Science. Following her undergraduate career, Mallory enrolled in the National Teaching Fellowship program with Citizen Schools through which she received her Masters in Education and became the Campus Director of an extended learning day program in Boston, MA. Following her three years with Citizen Schools, Mallory became an education consultant working with non-profits around the country training young educators, developing curriculum, and increasing non-profit capacity. Contact Mallory at firstname.lastname@example.org.
J. Brown is a yoga teacher, writer, and founder of Abhyasa Yoga Center in Brooklyn, NY. His writing has been featured in Yoga Therapy Today, the International Journal of Yoga Therapy, and across the yoga blogosphere. Visit his website at jbrownyoga.com
Rachel Brown is a freelance writer and mother of two. Having struggled with sleep issues her entire adult life she naturally gravitated towards researching and writing about the topic. These days she’s widely considered to be an expert on the topic of sleep, and runs an informative site called Pillow Picker. It covers both the science behind good sleep, and the conditions we need to orchestrate to achieve it.
Joey Bruno, owner of ThriveCuisine.com, holds a master’s degree in Nutrition & Food Science from Montclair State University. He’s a foodie and wannabe vegan chef. He currently lives in Delaware with his wife and likes to go for long walks with his dog and practice jiu-jitsu in his spare time.
Jade Budden is a University of Oregon graduate with a degree in international studies and political science. After graduation, she moved to San Francisco to explore new opportunities (including time working with evox!) and reveling in the post-grad life, which by the way, makes me wish I were still in college. In the past, Jade worked with an organization in London that helped smaller political parties in developing nations find a voice, organize, and act. Her passion is in working toward social justice and environmental preservation.
Elizabeth B. Crook is CEO of Orchard Advisors. For over twenty years, she has worked with CEO's and entrepreneurs to think and act strategically to grow their companies' bottom line and have more overall satisfaction. She has a gift for making sense of complex situations and mapping them so creative and practical approaches emerge. Clients speak of her insight, skill, authenticity, and willingness to ask the hard questions in a gentle way.
She is also the bestselling author of Live Large: The Achiever’s Guide to What’s Next. Recent media features include Forbes, Fast Company, Daily Worth, PBS Next Avenue, Thrive Global, Conscious Company, and BetterBook Club.
A mother, grandmother, and ardent hiker, she lives on Music Row in Nashville.
Henry Cross grew up in sunny Miami, Florida. Upon graduating high school, he moved to the politicized Washington, D.C. and double majored in History and Politics at the Catholic University. He served as a social studies teacher in Prince George’s County Public School in 2008-2009. In the fall of 2009, he moved to New York City to continue and grow his work in education and service.
He joined Hosh Yoga in 2011 as a teacher and Program Director. And since 2013, he founded and expanded programming for the organization with Hosh Kids and Hosh Seniors. Henry's entrepreneurial spirit helped developed the organizational, program, and financial capacity of the nonprofit to deliver self-sustaining and self-supporting health and wellness services to over 3,000 children, adults, and seniors every month in a cost-effective and fairly-priced way. And from 2014 to 2016, he participated in a philanthropic role by expanding the programming, policy, and public advocacy efforts of the Sonima Foundation as Community Relations Director.
His work has been featured by the Huffington Post, Elephant Journal, Blog Talk Radio, The NYC Social Innovation Festival, Social Venture Institute, and multiple Brooklyn and Queens newspapers. He is an appointed New York City official of Community Board 5 in Queens, serves on a Department of Youth and Community Development Neighborhood Advisory Board, and on the board of directors of the Ridgewood Property Owners and Civic Association. And in 2015, Henry was selected as an etsy.org business fellow and awarded Top 40 Under 40 Nonprofit Rising Star. He finds joy in his community work service everyday and loves ballroom dancing!
Born and raised across the bridge from Philadelphia in a New Jersey suburb, Ryan Cummings currently lives in Los Angeles, California where he works in TV production at ABC Studios. Enthusiastic about life and optimistic about our future, his core beliefs are rooted in the simplicity of positive thinking. With a passion for community and leadership development, Ryan is excited to share stories and experiences that stretch from one coast to the other because, after all, life is a team effort and we’re all out on the field together.
We are passionate whole food crusaders who love seasonal fresh local food, farmers markets, cooking, sharing meals with family and friends, and just hanging out in our kitchen. Curry Girls Kitchen was created for people who will be inspired to prepare our healthy Uncomplicated easy to prepare yummy family recipes. We love to share our family’s experiences in the kitchen with you. We truly believe in our heart that food IS LOVE! What better way to say “I LOVE YOU” than to serve up a delicious meal made with love. The kitchen IS the heart of our homes and all of us Curry Girls wish to share a piece of our home with you! Visit our Website: CurryGirlsKitchen.com ~ Follow us on Instagram @CurryGirlsKitchen and Twitter @TheCurryGirls
Today, DailyGood leverages the internet to promote positive and uplifting news around the world to more than 100,000 subscribers through the daily and weekly newsletters. Readers receive a news story, an inspiring quote, and a suggested action that each person can take to make a difference in their own lives and the world around them.
Often times, watching the nightly news and reading mainstream newspapers it's hard to remember the presence of good in the world. And yet it is constantly around us. The world is full of everyday heroes and true stories of transformation. They have helped sustain life down the ages in a multitude of ways, small, simple, and profound. DailyGood aims to shine a light on these stories and in doing so to change the nature of our conversations. If it can spread a few smiles along the way it's purpose is served.
Our philosophy is quite simple: "Be the change that you wish to see in the world." The entire project is fully run by dedicated volunteers who contribute hundreds of hours finding the right stories and quotes. All of our content is distributed and syndicated for free. We don't advertise or promote any products. We don't ask for anything with the trust that whatever is needed will come.
Jenna believes that making something for yourself, or your family, is not only a gift – it is a way to create memories. Creating is a way to enhance the history of your love and to affirm the connectedness with others who mean something special to you.
Richard Del Monte is an advisor and coach to affluent families, helping them become resilient and flourish, both relationally and financially, over multiple generations. He and his wife and family live in Alamo, CA.
Kristi Devine is living the good life in the valleys of Napa and Sonoma. She loves every aspect of wine country living. You'll find her playing in the vineyards with her family, at the local farmers market, or working in a winery. Follow her on Twitter: @KristissCorner
Gary Diedrichs is publisher/editorial director of greentravelerguides.com, which sleuths out and reviews the world’s best green travel experiences. He’s authored guides to Hawaii and Jamaica for Fodor’s and Bantam Books, and is a former magazine editor and a novelist. His fondest childhood memories are of waking up to morning chores on his grandparents’ “organic” (before we knew what that meant) farm in Ohio. His fondest more recent memory is meeting his future wife, Peggy, who now shares the publisher role on their website.
Hannah Do is the founder of Thank Your Skin, a beauty blog dedicated to provide honest skin care advice and information. She aspires to help her readers achieve their most beautiful skin by sharing personal tips learned through both years of experience and thorough research. Check out ThankYourSkin.com to learn more about her work. You can find her on Twitter, Pinterest, and Facebook.
Xav Dubois is CEO of evox. "Our company, evox, is very much engaged in the inquiry that I've been in for my entire life: "How do we make the planet and its people happier, more joyful, satisfied, and peaceful?" We're using Video Content, Conscious Commerce, and a Global Community to help bring about a world that honors all and supports monetary and social systems that are honest, fair, and just for everyone! Our Television Network, evoxTelevision.com, supports this by showing content that empowers, educates, and inspires while evoxMarketplace.com supports people and vendors who are striving to lead healthier, happier, and more sustainable lives. We're proud to be part of the process and we truly appreciate YOU for being with us on this journey. We look forward to hearing from you and the many benefits we hope you reap by being a part of the evox Community."
Sally Dukes guides writers to find the meaning in the message and the heart in the matter. Working with all age groups, she readies documents to better reflect the author’s authentic voice. www.sallydukes.com
Tim Dukes, Ph.D. develops leaders and communications across fields ranging from executives and business owners to entrepreneurs and artists. His communications model and workshops, built on presence and mindfulness, foster open environments based on trust and candor. Tim’s clients emerge as socially conscious, culturally sustainable, and strategically focused innovators. www.DrTimothyDukes.com
"I like to explore the intersection between emotion and business in the public-profit world. I have observed a natural tension in this space which leads to juicy and provocative conversations. I try to remain detached, stay open-minded and play devil's advocate to seek and speak the truth."
TheEmoBiz lives in the forest with a spouse, toddler and dog, has been working in business for over a decade, has a daily spiritual practice, and comes from a family of writers. Follow @TheEmoBiz on Medium and Twitter.
Lisa's passion for running and triathlon and her dedication to understanding the physical, mental and emotional aspects of peak performance as a teenager eventually lead her to become a mind-body health and well being expert, author and mindset mastery coach. She is the author of Breathe Run Breath, and creator of the Breathe Run Breathe Program. Lisa is also the head running coach for the Silicon Valley Triathlon Club. Visit www.BreatheRunBreathe.com to learn about her programs.
evox provides an integrated entertainment experience that inspires positive changes in the way people live and work. We celebrate the good things about you, your family, your community, and your world. The network delivers a unique blend of evocative HD video programming, online community interaction, and related product shopping, to help people live a better life, grow as individuals, and in so doing, contribute to a better world.
Julie is committed to telling the story of where business meets good. She is the Founder of B Storytelling, a content development company specifically designed to help popularize the good happening through business. They do this by helping B Corps and other social enterprises identify, build and leverage their brands. She is also a writer for 3BL Media and Just Means and has been published in M&V Magazine and the Centre of Social Innovation at the University of Cambridge among others. Julie has an MBA in Managing for Sustainability from Marlboro Graduate School. She lives in West Palm Beach, Florida and is laser focused on becoming a better surfer than her husband, Thomas.
Michelle Fetsch is a serial entrepreneur and visionary. She is the Founder and Executive Director of the largest TEDxWomen event on the planet, The Founder of STAND, a full service agency that supports businesses in discovering and delivering on what they stand for. She’s helped numerous organizations launch and grow their business and is passionate about community building, branding + storytelling.
After a 16-year struggle with eating disorders, self confidence, and body image issues, she founded Women Enough with the sole purpose to support women in owning their worth and stepping into their greatness. When Michelle isn’t working on BARE, WE, or her agency, STAND, she’s a life and business mentor to women all around the world. Her favorite things involve traveling, playing in the ocean, singing on stage, and riding around on her scooter. To contact her, email Michelle@WomenEnough.com
Kiki Flynn is a Natural Lifestyle YouTuber, blogger, and podcaster. She has 33 years experience in natural and organic health and beauty as well as yoga. She works as a Wellness Coach/Consulant and Yoga Educator creating programs for thought leaders, rockstars, disability communities, and yoga teachers. Learn more about her on her website (www.kikiflynn.com), follow her blog, her YouTube Channel, and sign up for the Kiki Weekly here.
Foodista.com – The Cooking Encyclopedia Everyone Can Edit
Foodista is a passionate community of food lovers who want to share and exchange its collective knowledge about all things culinary. Our editorial content informs and entertains readers with a daily dose of food news, cooking tips and recipes, health and nutrition information, holidays and special events, and more. Additionally, we feature a wealth of encyclopedic content about foods, tools, and techniques, and house a growing database of user-added recipes.
Lorna Frances is a nutritional medicine graduate and health and wellness writer at azhealthyfamilies.org. She is an advocate of natural medicine and is passionate about finding natural solutions to common health issues. Connect with Lorna at https://www.facebook.com/atozhealthyfamilies/ or www.azhealthyfamilies.org
Going Organic Magazine is a unique publication dedicated to creating better health and lifestyles for readers. Our goal is to provide information and inspiration to help people of all ages and backgrounds achieve their highest potential within a sustainable environment that creates and maintains individual and societal harmony.
We encourage local, national, and international efforts aimed at ensuring we all continue to have healthy food, water, and air; environmental conservation and biodiversity; ethical consumerism; and business practices that meet present human needs without compromising future generations or the planet. We are pleased to bring you the latest information on these issues.
Great American Potluck by the Library of Congress and Immigrants to America: Residents of the United States trace their family origins to countries around the world. The traditions of our forebears are reflected in the diversity of our recipes. Some recipes list ingredients which are unknown in this country, or which are unusual and difficult to find. Don't miss this window to the world! Be sure to enjoy the stories behind the recipes, too.
The Greater Good Science Center studies the psychology, sociology, and neuroscience of well-being, and teaches skills that foster a thriving, resilient, and compassionate society.
Based at the University of California, Berkeley, the GGSC is unique in its commitment to both science and practice: Not only do we sponsor groundbreaking scientific research into social and emotional well-being, we help people apply this research to their personal and professional lives. Since 2001, we have been at the fore of a new scientific movement to explore the roots of happy and compassionate individuals, strong social bonds, and altruistic behavior—the science of a meaningful life. And we have been without peer in our award-winning efforts to translate and disseminate this science to the public.
Lynell Green is an Entrepreneur and business professional with over 25 years of business and real estate experience. After graduating from the University of Hawaii with a degree in Accounting, Lynell was part of the Audit team at Coopers & Lybrand and went on to take various financial positions in the entertainment sector. She has been involved in numerous entrepreneurial endeavors including owning Bread of Life Christian Bookstore, JC Enterprises and numerous real estate ventures. She graduated from USC’s Ross Minority Real Estate Program where she found her passion for land use and how it impacts the lives of people. She is the President of the Lynell Real Estate Group where the mission is to build, restore and sell real estate to create financial freedom for investors and improve the quality of life in the communities she works in. She also teaches courses to improve financial literacy and to encourage people to pursue their dreams as a means to financial independence.
The Green Divas share low-stress ways to live a deeper shade of green through a weekly radio show, podcasts, videos, and blog posts. Working with talented partners and credible sources, the Green Divas produce content on a variety of topics relating to a healthy green lifestyle. Visit The Green Divas website to learn more, and check out The Green Divas on Facebook, Google+, and Twitter too
Greenpeace is the leading independent campaigning organization that uses peaceful protest and creative communication to expose global environmental problems and to promote solutions that are essential to a green and peaceful future.
John Hawthorne is a health nut from Canada with a passion for travel and taking part in humanitarian efforts. His writing not only solves a creative need it has also lead to many new opportunities when traveling abroad.
A former cubicle dweller with a passion for healthy living, I'll make any excuse to get outside. When I'm not on the basketball court you'll find me whipping up a new concoction in the kitchen. Find more great health content, discover www.HealthListed.com
We keep you up to date with the latest health articles, tips, & advice. Catch us on Twitter (@HealthPerch) for even more health news, and keep coming back here to learn how to become the healthiest version of you.
As an entrepreneur, filmmaker, and community movement-maker, Greg Hemmings is a global thought leader in the area of positive social impact filmmaking. Greg’s focus is on how companies can inspire positive change by investing in social impact films and at the same time, increase brand trust in the market.
His commitment for positive social change has taken him and his team to all corners of the globe to tell global stories to inspire local change and local stories to inspire global change. His company, Hemmings House, is a certified B-Corporation and employs 12 full-time change-makers who feverishly produce filmed content that makes a difference. Hemmings House has been producing film content for the brand marketing and global broadcast industries for almost a decade. They have also created a process that engages social community and brand stakeholders in the film story experience helping to accelerate social movements that matter to them.
Their TV series’ and documentaries have been sold to over 60 broadcasters around the world, and they have helped connect customers to brands with aligned values by helping tell authentic stories that build trust.
Greg is a member of the Order of the Wallace McCain Institute and a graduate of the Wallace McCain Institute’s Entrepreneur Leadership Program. He has also furthered his training with the National Screen Institute for their Global Television Marketing Program in Winnipeg and Cannes France, as well as the North American Media Executive Leadership Program in Banff.
Greg has won multiple awards internationally and regionally including the prestigious Royal Common Wealth Society’s Vision Film Award in London England.
Greg is also a mentor, public speaker, podcaster, writer, adventurer, musician…and most importantly a dad and husband.
Matt Hickling is a Level 1 certified CrossFit trainer who has been crossfitting since June 2012. Matt is currently a Registered Nurse in Albany Medical Center's Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. He also has a Bachelors of Science in Sports Administration from Castleton State College, where he played Division III college hockey. Prior to his career in nursing, he was Director of Corporate Partnerships for the Albany River Rats/ Albany Firebirds for 2 years. Matt plans to continue gaining future CrossFit certifications and go back to school to become a Nurse Practitioner.
Mike Hickling is a passionate advocate for healthy living and active lifestyles. With fitness and holistic health as an integral part of who he is, Mike brings a range of personal experiences to evōx. His background includes involvement with competitive sports, acting and television/ media production in health related areas. Recently, he has brought his media skills to research projects helping returning veterans at the University of South Florida - Restore Lives Project and with the Saratoga Warhorse Project, in upstate NY. An entrepreneur, he is a consultant to ventures that support social causes including serving on the advisory board of The Social Black Belt, a nonprofit venture, designed to help teenagers better deal with life’s social stressors.
Robin Plaskoff Horton is the publisher and creative director of the Webby-nominated and award-winning blog, Urban Gardens–a mix of urban style, design, and nature. Urban Gardens is a lifestyle story told from the ground up: from seed to harvest to kitchen while serving it all up in style, with cutting edge design objects in stylish outdoor rooms and indoor gardens. As a “coolspotter,” Robin explores the world's captivating travel destinations to experience what the global, multi-cultural, and creative universe is serving up in their own unique and sustainable style.
Urban Gardens is considered an "influencer" within the home and garden sector. Mashable named Urban Gardens "one of the top 10 must-follow home and garden Twitter accounts" and Better Homes and Gardens Magazine named Urban Gardens one of the top ten gardening blogs for 2015.
A seasoned speaker and workshop facilitator, Robin has facilitated storytelling workshops at the Mother Earth News Fair, Women at Woodstock, and The Entrepreneurial Womens Network, and was a featured speaker at the Garden Writers Association and the Garden Bloggers Conference. Robin is a contributor to Fix.com, Houzz, and has been a featured curator for Pickie and Luvocracy.
The Intelligent Optimist (formerly Ode) is an independent international media platform focused on solutions, possibility and inspiration. We present optimism as the most effective, efficient and by scientific research confirmed strategy to drive the innovation and creativity that are necessary to solve the problems and meet the challenges that people and society face.
Garvin Jabusch is cofounder and chief investment officer of Green Alpha ® Advisors, LLC. He is co-manager of the Shelton Green Alpha Fund (NEXTX), of the Green Alpha ® Next Economy Index, and of the Sierra Club Green Alpha Portfolio. He also authors the Sierra Club’s green economics blog, "Green Alpha's Next Economy." http://sierraclub.typepad.com/gaa/
Portland, Oregon-based Flannel Guy ROI is a working dude and family man that likes flannel shirts and wants to achieve financial independence a little sooner than most, particularly by making smart spending decisions and living intentionally.
His overall idea is to look at spending decisions as investments: what decisions will return the most value to you over time?
Each scenario is evaluated over a 10-year horizon with the following summary statistics:
Present value – what is the total value of your investment and expected returns in today’s dollars?
Return on investment (ROI) – how much of your original investment will you make back?
Payback period – how long will it take you to recoup your original investment?
Learn more at www.flannelguyroi.com
Born and raised in California. I graduated with a B.S. in Nutrition Science and have been in the field for 25 years. I enjoy putting together meal plans and following the current health trends in the industry. I also enjoy following fashion trends and love finding vintage clothes. I'm a proud mom with two children and three grandchildren.
Jerry has built a veteran marketing consulting firm that consistently produces innovative approaches that yield solid results. Stories of remarkable client success have been featured on National Public Radio’s "All Things Considered," KOMO TV in Seattle, numerous Puget Sound area radio talk shows, The New York Times, Advertising Age, Adweek, Direct, Puget Sound Business Journal, and Media, Inc.
Jerry has a particular distinction for translating consumer insights into big wins in the marketplace. His work for HP led to the “Mentor” campaign, which lifted oscilloscope sales 7%, for SquareSoft video games led to the “VideoBrat” campaign, which increased sales 12%, and for Group Health Cooperative led to the “Seeker” campaign, which boosted sales 18% and won the Kaiser Permanente Best Practices Award.
Jerry is a frequent speaker, lecturer, and radio talk show guest on marketing and brand development topics. He received his B.A. in Government from Harvard University.
When Robin Jones isn’t keeping bees, she's working to live, which includes writing advertising for brands big and small in all mediums (digital/social/mobile/video/TV/print/radio). Find some of her work here: jonzewrites.com. You may also find her learning to speak or cook in a new language or paddling somewhere on the ocean.
Thomas Dean Kellogg is a professional writer, theatre artist and the Founder/ Director of the Mentor Artists Playwrights Project (MAPP) www.mentorartists.org. For nearly two decades, he has worked with tribal, cultural arts, social service, and human rights organizations, and universities, implementing community arts-based literacy training, artist- mentored playwriting workshops, and professional presentations of the work, throughout North America. As a public speaker, he specializes in cross-cultural dialogue and the importance of arts education for all.
Branding and consumer product trends pundit Merilee Kern, MBA is a wellness industry veteran, health advocate, and influential media voice. Her ground-breaking, award-winning “Kids Making Healthy Choices” Smartphone APP for children, parents/caregivers, and educators (iTunes) is based on her award-winning, illustrated fictional children’s book, “Making Healthy Choices – A Story to Inspire Fit, Weight-Wise Kids” (Amazon). She may be reached online at www.TheLuxeList.com. Follow her on Twitter here: http://twitter.com/LuxeListEditor and Facebook here: www.Facebook.com/TheLuxeList.
Beth Kotz is a freelance writer and contributor for numerous home, technology, and personal finance blogs. She graduated with BA in Communications and Media from DePaul University in Chicago, IL, where she continues to live and work. Find her innovative photography Tumblr site here.
Sunita is a functional nutritionist and women's health expert. She strives to be a "science guide in a sea of health fluff" to help people navigate the overwhelm of online advice to find real solutions for their specific biology, lifestyle, and health goals. She blends fact-based science with Ayurveda principles, life hacking, and mind-body wellness. For more tips on how to live a nourished life without driving yourself crazy check out www.nourishnutrition.com. You can also get free access to Sunita's guide: 7 Steps to Naturally Balance Hormones and Boost Energy.
Lanni Lantto is taking upcycling mainstream. Deemed a “Curator of the Upcycle Fashion Movement”, she’s spent the last 7 years promoting upcycled fashion design in the United States. Lanni creates “clothing that tells a story” in order to inspire a society to rethink their choices as consumers and influence the fashion industry to reduce their waste stream. She is Co-Creator of Upper Michigan’s 1st ever (RE)design Fashion & Art Show, which highlights the innovative artistry of upcycling artists & has shown in numerous eco-fashion shows in the US and internationally. Along with being a designer, she teaches Wardrobe REdesign Workshops & gives Eco-Closet Make-Overs. Through her Los Angeles-based label, (RE), Lanni’s mission is to bring the concept of creative reuse into the media spotlight.
Breea Laugalis is a coffee addict who is most likely to be found anywhere there is sunshine. She is a Southern Californian native, who currently lives in Manhattan. She got her undergraduate degree from Sonoma State University, where she studied Art History. She loves to travel and until recently didn’t live in once place longer than 4 months since graduating. She spent 2 years hopping back and forth from Australia, then spent time as an Habitat for Humanity International intern in Georgia and an Americorps member in D.C. before settling down in New York. She is passionate about non-profit work and creating a positive influence on the world around her.
Katie Leathers is beauty connoisseur and feminine empowerment coach. She is the beauty, brawn, and brains behind Beauty for All Colors, a business that helps women feel comfortable and confident with their own unique beauty. She offers coaching on self image, makeup lessons, and practical advice on how to get comfortable shopping for and experimenting with makeup. Katie has experienced her own shame around her relationship with her beauty and her body, and she helps women step into their feminine power by helping them connect with their inner and outer beauty. When she isn't coaching, teaching, writing, or playing with makeup, you can find her sipping on lattes, running, traveling, dancing, or simply spending time with those she loves.
To contact Katie, email email@example.com.
Sarah Lefkowitz, Registered Dietitian (RD) was raised in an “organic foods only” home which taught her first hand the importance of a healthy diet. She developed a passion for cooking, farmer’s markets, food nutrient composition, yoga, nutrition education, and living a healthy and active lifestyle. Her philosophy revolves around the idea of food as medicine; looking at the properties of individual foods and harnessing them into life-long health and vitality. Earning her Bachelor of Science from the Pennsylvania State University in Nutritional Science she moved to LA to study nutrition in the UCLA Medical Center Dietetic Internship Program. She has worked within health care as part of the patient care team, rounding with doctors in ICU (intensive care unit) and trauma centers. Additionally, she provided outpatient counseling in a digestive disease clinic, wound care clinic and center for geriatric health. One of her greatest accomplishments within health care, was starting a hospital funded garden in Lynwood, CA, that provided low income families with locally grown fruits and vegetables. Stepping out of health care was a highly anticipated change of pace within her career and opened her eyes to a world beyond the hospital. Working with a start-up company run by the former CEO of AOL and Myspace, presented an exciting amount of new challenges. She was involved in education, branding, social media and marketing of a widely popular woman's athletic wear company. Going further into her career she led the Los Angeles Dietetic Association as President and continues to build a community under the name FearlessFig that is focused on health and wellness, creating a support system for a healthy lifestyle.
"My passion for nutrition and helping others has taken me on an incredible journey and I want to share that with you.”
Erik has served in a sales or revenue-generating capacity for most of his professional life. He appreciates the process of prospecting new business and networking into expanded opportunities, thriving in environments where he gets to negotiate win-win propositions. As a pharmaceutical representative, Erik made it his personal responsibility to get to know providers and meet them where they were. In 2013, Erik founded the Game Changer Movement after the Sandy Hook Shootings broke his heart. The Game Changer Movement challenges the world to Change it’s Game by taking personal responsibility for all the choices we make. As the Director of Sponsorships and Visibility for evox Television and Marketplace, he is excited to be part of a team that is serving to change the world’s game. Those who are changing the world, with the work they do or the products they provide, deserve to be promoted and celebrated.
Kelsey Lettko finds happiness in dancing, traveling, music, and good conversation. She is a San Francisco Bay Area native, who loves to explore both her own community and the world. She has traveled to Swaziland to aid in malaria net distributions, Argentina to study and teach dance, and Cambodia to teach English and volunteer on an elephant reserve. As a recent graduate from the University of Redlands, she has a BA in Sociology and Anthropology and is very excited to embark on her post-grad journey and see where life takes her.
Krista Lettko is passionate about people and storytelling. She spent the last few years working in Los Angeles in the TV industry, and was involved in the production on a variety of shows including USA’s Psych and Criminal Minds on CBS. A San Francisco native, she is currently traveling around the country, engaging people in sustainable living, and searching for individuals contributing to their communities in unique and inspiring ways. She practices yoga daily, and is a health food junkie.
Krista comes from an entertainment background, with a BA in Communications from Sonoma State University.
Find her on twitter: @kjlettko
Esteemed personal finance pro Ray LeVitre, CFP is author of “20 Retirement Decisions You Need to Make Right Now” and Founder/Managing Partner at Net Worth Advisory Group. This 19+ year industry veteran helps individuals make key financial decisions during that critical yet oft underestimated period transitioning from the workforce into retirement—many of which are irrevocable and profoundly affect one’s financial security and lifestyle for decades beyond. He may be reached online at www.NetWorthAdvice.com.
Nora Livingstone is the Co-Founder and CEO of Animal Experience International, a B Corp that matches animal lovers with beneficial and adventurous volunteer experiences around the world. She has volunteered with animals in more than 25 countries, including Croatia, Mongolia, Sierra Leone, and Guatemala. Nora holds a double major from Trent University in Environmental Studies and Cultural Anthropology and holds internationally recognized certifications for guiding, leadership, crisis intervention, and deployment during natural disasters. She carries a tiny plastic horse and stuffed mouse with her every time she travels.
Lorraine LoBianco started writing as soon as she could hold a pencil. She is the co-editor of the British Film Institute-nominated “Letters – Jean Renoir” and has written hundreds of articles and blogs for Turner Classic Movies. She has worked in television for over 15 years and is very proud to be part of the evox staff.
Clare Lydon is a writer, journalist and blogger based in London, UK. Her journalism career has seen her write across many genres including food, football, design, games & music. Now a fully fledged fiction writer too, Clare’s just completed her second novel and runs her own blog at www.clarelydon.co.uk
When she’s not tapping at her keyboard, Clare can be found running along the banks of the Thames or watching an episode of the Gilmore Girls, an addiction she simply cannot shake. She’s also a keen cook and worships at the altar of Ina Garten even though the amount of butter she puts into every recipe is frankly obscene. She’d still love to be invited to Ina’s for dinner though.
Michelle Masangkay is an acupuncturist in San Francisco, California. Her interest and skill in helping those with sports and work related injuries has led her to specialize in musculoskeletal and orthopedic acupuncture. Founder of Wellness Acupuncture Studio, Inc. her passion to improve the lives of others catapulted her internationally when she traveled to Haiti during the 2010 earthquakes as medical relief worker providing acupuncture to those devastated by the disaster. Michelle achieved her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Cell and Molecular Biology and Masters of Science degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine. She enjoys jogging, traveling, and most importantly quality time with family and friends.
Katie McClain, SEP is a Somatic Experiencing® Practitioner, author, and certified life coach. She’s been coaching for 25+ years and uses Somatic Experiencing®, a gentle body-mind method, to support her adult and child clients in releasing stress, growing self-compassion, and restoring goodness to their lives. Katie’s book, How to Tame Your Thought Monster, is available in multiple formats (English, Spanish, coloring book, and app) and presents mindfulness and positive thinking tools for adults and kids so they can feel better and do better. Visit Katie at her website, www.katiemcclain.com, follow her on Facebook and Instagram.
Author, lecturer and Huffington Post columnist Carlynne McDonnell has been a passionate and outspoken proponent of social justice and equality for over twenty five years. She has worked in fields considered non-traditional for women and has personally seen and been on the receiving end of inappropriate and unequal/inequitable behavior.
She has contributed to MariaShriver.com, The Grindstone, E-Harmony.com and has been interviewed on NPR, morning talk and College and University radio.
Carlynne has presented workshops nationally on women’s equality and effective communication, leadership development, mentoring, and self-value all designed to educate and empower women to seek the best for themselves and others.
She has served on Equal Pay panels, presented at the UN’s Commission on the Status of Women meeting, the National Conference of College Women Student Leaders, the National Collegiate Leadership Conference women’s organizations, multiple colleges and universities, and for the US Marine Corp.
Carlynne has a Master’s in Public Policy and has been working in the corporate, education and non-profit worlds for over 30 years.
Working on the docks in Galveston and then at an East Coast Railroad, Carlynne was the recipient of and witness to discrimination and sexual harassment, pay inequality, and disrespect for women. As a result of these experiences, she became active in the quest for equality by participating in women’s organization that sought change.
Not satisfied with the status quo or the lack of movement to achieving real equality, Carlynne created Change in Our Lifetime, Inc. to push for education and action and women’s equality.
Andrew Mellen is an organizational expert, public speaker, and the #1 best-selling author of Unstuff Your Life! Andrew has helped tens of thousands of people worldwide to declutter and simplify their lives while regaining time for the things that matter. A sought-after authority on organizing and productivity, Andrew's addressed audiences from The Great British Business Show to TEDx. Corporate clients include American Express, Genentech, NetApp, Time, Inc., and the US Depts. of Education and Homeland Security.
The media has dubbed Andrew “The Most Organized Man in America.” He writes a featured column called “Ask The Organizer” in Real Simple. In addition, he has written for and/or appeared in: The Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, Oprah Magazine, America Now, The Lisa Oz Show, The Nate Berkus Show, Oprah & Friends, Martha Stewart Living Today, ABC, NBC, CBS, CW11, HGTV, DIY Network, LiveWell Network, KnowMoreTV, Better Homes & Gardens, Ladies' Home Journal, Woman's Day, Family Circle, USA Today, GQ, InStyle, All You, Tricycle: The Buddhist Review, Healthy UK, American Way, numerous trade and travel publications, and NPR.
He leads workshops and speaks internationally while maintaining a private practice working with clients ranging from Fortune 100 companies, trade associations, and non-profits to CEOs, award-winning filmmakers, and authors, as well as overwhelmed parents everywhere. In 2013, Andrew founded Unstuff U®, the world's first completely virtual personal organization training center, offering classes, workshops, and other online resources for businesses and individuals. Andrew is a member of the Experts Collective and serves on the faculty of the New York Open Center in New York City. He speaks frequently on the intersection of spirituality and organization at places including Omega Institute, San Francisco Zen Center, Tassajara, All Saints Church, JCC Manhattan, and the Center for Spiritual Enlightenment, among others.
Previously, Andrew was an award-winning playwright, actor, producer, and director and the former Artistic Director of Alice B. Theater (Seattle), DC Arts Center (Washington, DC), and Shuttle Theater Company (New York). He is a contributing author to Yes Is the Answer: (And Other Prog-Rock Tales). Andrew lives by his motto: More Love, Less Stuff!® Find him on the web at andrewmellen.com.
Andrew is the author of Frommer's global guide to volunteer vacations, "500 Places Where You Can Make a Difference" (Gold Medal Winner from Society of American Travel Writers: Best Guide Book 2010). He spent more than a decade on the editorial team of PASSPORT Magazine. He has volunteered and led teams on service projects around the world, and is honored to be on the boards of directors for the Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation (AARBF.org) and Mentor Artists Playwrights Project (mentorartists.org). Mersmann has been a featured speaker, interview guest, or moderator on several travel talks, from the New York Times Travel Show, Smithsonian Associates, and the 92nd Street Y-TriBeCa to Oprah and Friends, Animal House, and The Focus Group on satellite radio as well as on NY1 television. Past participant at the Clinton Global Initiative and judge for Condé Nast World Changers Conference, he blogs about volunteering and service travel at www.ChangeByDoing.com. As part of the evox Television team, he is dedicated to audience engagement, so if you're not engaged, he needs to be thumped on the head (gently)...or at least told (nicely). Twitter: /ChangeByDoing
Melody is the Vice President of Policy and Industry Relations for United Natural Foods (UNFI). In this role she is responsible for communicating and educating all stakeholders on critical organic issues. Her Blog www.organicmattersblog.com covers a range of organic and sustainable food issues.
She is the executive director of the UNFI Foundation which is dedicated to funding non-profit organizations that promote organic agriculture www.unfifoundation.org. Melody serves as Secretary of the Board of Directors for the Organic Trade Association www.ota.com.
Jacky Miller is a Registered Dietician based in New Zealand. She specializes in chronic conditions and through diet and lifestyle changes helps her patients improve their health, and lead richer, more fulfilling lives. She writes regularly on health related topics for blogs including MindBodyGreen, Jen Reviews, and The Huffington Post.
Mikkie Mills is a freelance writer who's passionate about health, fitness, organic cooking and eating, and yoga. When not writing she loves traveling, hiking, and cooking. Find more from Mikkie on Google+.
Terry is the CEO of Time Triage.
With over 30 years of business and entrepreneurial experience, Terry’s unique technology has dramatically increased the productivity of Fortune 100 executives and entrepreneurs in a variety of industries. Whether it’s a corporate executive or a “solo-preneur,” the outcome of Terry’s methodology will give you an expanded level of freedom and productivity with results you can measure.
Terry’s clients find themselves working on what is most fulfilling and what really matters in moving things forward rather than what they previously thought they “had to do.” The things you hoped to get to someday become the things you work on today.
Terry’s work was recently featured in the New York Times best-seller Overwhelmed: Work, Love and Play When No One Has The Time by Brigid Schulte (Sarah Crichton Books, March 11, 2014).
Eliminating overwhelm, giving clients more time to focus and clarity about where to focus, and implementing what it takes to produce results beyond what is predictable are what Terry’s efforts are all about. Her high integrity, no-nonsense, practical approach to business operations has helped build trusted relationships with many high performing professionals, entrepreneurs, and executives.
After a 2008 divorce left Bonnie Moore living alone in a newly remodeled five-bedroom home, she searched for and found four great roommates to fill the empty bedrooms. The experience was so transformational that Moore embarked on a new career dedicated to helping 50+ adults ease their way into shared living. As founder of Golden Girls Network, she has written a book titled How to Start a Golden Girls Home and teaches classes on the same topic. For more information about Bonnie, please visit http://goldengirlsnetwork.com. You can also join her on Facebook and Twitter @GoldenGirlsNet.
Johnny Nasello is a 500 hour Registered Yoga Teacher, ACE Certified Personal Trainer, and nationally recognized expert group fitness instructor living in Portland, Oregon. Keep up with his current trainings, classes, insights, and ridiculously awesome Online Bootcamp and Yoga program at his blog www.johnnyfit.com.
Passionate about natural health, food freedom, organic living, alternative medicine, and wellness, Natural Blaze provides free health news, remedies, recipes, wellness, and homesteading tips.
Natural Press Wire is your trusted health news wire and leading source of environmental health news provider that covers almost every aspect of a healthy life, medicine, public health trends, entire well-being, environmental protection, treatments, science news, and current health events. We also feature health information regarding important public health trends and events; timely discussions with specialists, and report the most recent public health analysis and researches.
Brooke Niemeyer is a reporter and editor for Credit.com. She writes about a variety of personal finance topics, with work featured on CBS, TIME, The Huffington Post, MSN, Yahoo! Finance, and others. She has a Master’s degree in Journalism from New York University and was a reporter for NBC before joining the Credit.com team.
NUTRITIONFACTS.ORG is a strictly non-commercial, science-based public service provided by Dr. Michael Greger, providing free updates on the latest in nutrition research via bite-sized videos. There are more than a thousand videos on nearly every aspect of healthy eating, with new videos and articles uploaded every day. NutritionFacts.org was launched with seed money and support by the Jesse & Julie Rasch Foundation. Incorporated as a 501c3 nonprofit charity, NutritionFacts.org now relies on individual donors to keep the site alive.
Dr. Greger is a physician, New York Times bestselling author, and internationally recognized speaker on nutrition, food safety, and public health issues. A founding member and Fellow of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine, Dr. Greger is licensed as a general practitioner specializing in clinical nutrition. Currently he proudly serves as the public health director at the Humane Society of the United States. Dr. Greger is a graduate of the Cornell University School of Agriculture and the Tufts University School of Medicine.
His latest book, How Not to Die, became an instant New York Times Best Seller. 100% of all proceeds he has ever received from his books, DVDs, and speaking engagements has always and will always be donated to charity. Dr. Greger receives no compensation for his work on NutritionFacts.org.
Kari Oakley gained a love for health and fitness as a young child in Wisconsin. She spent each summer on some type of adventure, either a day at the lake with her family or just hiking with her friends. She took her love for fitness with her through college to get her degree in Kinesiology (Exercise Science). She has been working as a personal trainer/life coach in the Chicago area for the past 3 years. She has recently decided to share her passions with lower income schools in Chicago to help children develop a knowledge and love for fitness. When Kari started working with the kids in Chicago, she decided she wanted to share her knowledge and passion with as many people as possible. She has been freelance writing alongside ever since.
Karen Owoc is a Cardiac Rehabilitation Clinical Exercise Physiologist and is passionate about helping people live longer and stronger lives. As a competitive athlete, Karen realized the intimate relationship between optimal performance and nutrition while studying the biological sciences in college. She works in a highly specialized practice where exercise is medicine and treats people challenged with chronic diseases, such as obesity, heart disease, and type 2 diabetes. Outside of the hospital, Karen hosts and produces upbeat 60-second healthy living TV segments and has a new full program coming out soon! Follow Karen on her blog: TheHealthReporter.tv | Pinterest: pinterest.com/KarenOwoc | Twitter: @KarenOwoc
Pachamama Alliance is a global community that offers people the chance to learn, connect, engage, travel and cherish life for the purpose of creating a sustainable future that works for all. With roots deep in the Amazon rainforest, Pachamama Alliance programs integrate indigenous wisdom with modern knowledge to support personal, and collective, transformation that is the catalyst to bringing forth an environmentally sustainable, spiritually fulfilling, socially just human presence on this planet. www.pachamama.org
Named one of the “Top 5 Trainers in Los Angeles" by Ranker.com, Sam Page is the owner of Sam Page Fitness (www.sampagefitness.com) and the force behind PeaceLoveLunges.com. He can quickly identify problem behaviors through motivational interviewing, and uses science, exercise physiology, and 10 years experience as a coach to produce red carpet results.
A technology fanatic since his time at Apple, Sam was one of the first trainers to offer remote online guided training to people around the world using his app, PocketSAM. He continues to educate and inspire others with regular speaking engagements at wellness conferences across the country, and is a regular contributor to MensFitness.com, Passport, DNA, HIV Plus, and The Advocate. Sam is certified in Executive Protection, CPR/AED, and First Aid, and is active in the Buddhist, LGBT, and SMART Recovery communities in LA. In his free time, Sam enjoys documentaries, playing flag football, and hanging with his Yorkie, Max. He is founder of Athletes for Humanity.
Nikki Pava is the founder of Alegria Partners, and with a decade of leadership in the sustainability movement, she and her company work with entrepreneurs and business leaders to design, implement, and measure profitable sustainability strategies for their companies.
Prior to her work at Alegria Partners, Nikki founded EcoTuesday, a national networking forum that facilitated vital connections and essential change in the business community. EcoTuesday hosted more than 300 events in 12 cities across the country and brought together hundreds of sustainability professionals, making a positive impact in each city.
Nikki holds an MBA in sustainable management from Presidio Graduate School in San Francisco. She lives in an eco-community in Costa Rica and is currently writing a book about teams in businesses that focus on reaching their company’s climate change goals.
- Website: www.alegriapartners.com
- Twitter: nikkipava or alegriapartners
- Facebook: /alegriapartners
Mads Phikamphon is part of the popular cycling blog Icebike.org. He has never had a car, loves to bike, and often dream about car-free cities where people are more happy and there is no congestion and pollution.
Jade is a full-time mother of three children she adores. She graduated with her bachelors degree in Family Studies and Nutrition and works hard to implement her learning into her family life. When not writing, you can find her in the outdoors or exploring museums and aquariums with her loving husband and children.
Former Kansas City Royals player Mike Robbins is the author of two books, Focus on the Good Stuff and Be Yourself, Everyone Else is Already Taken, which have been translated into twelve different languages. Mike is also a contributing author to Chicken Soup for the Single Parent’s Soul, Creating a Marriage You’ll Love, and Thirty Things to Do When You Turn Thirty.
As a motivational speaker, he has inspired tens of thousands of people around the world to reach new levels of awareness and productivity. His clients include: Google, Wells Fargo, Charles Schwab, Twitter, the U.S. Department of Labor, Gap, Stanford University, Chevron, Yahoo, and the San Francisco Giants. He has been featured on ABC News, the Oprah radio network, in Forbes, The Washington Post and many other publications. He is a regular contributor to Oprah.com and the Huffington Post.
Fabian Rodriguez is an artist, life & wellness coach, and personal trainer with over 13 years of knowledge and experience in the health and fitness industry. His journey in balancing mind, body, and spirit has led him on a quest of sharing what he has learned and assisting others in becoming aware of their greatness. Some of these methods are through the practice of yoga, strength training, life coaching, guided meditation, and guided journeys. Fabian also hosts monthly "Shamanic Sound Healing" sessions in which he uses several instruments with private clients or large groups throughout the Los Angeles area. He has created the organization Realization Nation, which hosts annual transformational retreats to such places as the Peruvian Amazon and other inspiring locations.
His life of fitness has bestowed him such accolades as being voted Men's Health 2011 Fittest Friend, ambassador for Yogo mats, endorsed by Enquos, trainer at Equinox, and now a regular contributor to the evox community!
FaceBook: Realization Nation and MaximusFit
YouTube: Realization Nation
Darwin Ruiz's path as a fitness trainer has led him down the road of continued learning about the human body, how we move, and that which drives us to move in the first place. His philosophy is centered around a mindful approach to self in everything that he does. Darwin considers himself a student of many teachers. He loves to learn new things and see others who are great at what they do, so that he can learn from them. His teachers come from many areas including health, personal growth, exercise and strength coaching, emotional wellness, nutrition, music, and business. He is grateful that he has such talented people to learn from.
Sacred Sleep is a division of Pinto Barn. Pinto Barn is a collective of entrepreneurs and inspirational and educational thinkers and doers with a mission to create products and services that enable people to live whole lives. Our goal is to build a unique company that thrives at the intersection of profitability and social responsibility.
Helen Sanders is chief editor at HealthAmbition.com. Established in 2012, Health Ambition has grown rapidly in recent years. Our goal is to provide easy-to-understand health and nutrition advice that makes a real impact. We pride ourselves on making sure our actionable advice can be followed by regular people with busy lives.
Follow on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/healthambition
Steven Siemons, ACSM CPT
As a lifelong fitness enthusiast and armchair philosopher (BA in Social Science, UC Irvine), Steven communicates his passion for health and wellness with an offbeat slant. It's a lifestyle, he will insist; and fitness is really a journey to find what fits--for you. His personal fitness journey has primarily centered on resistance training for more than fifty years. An intense three-year exposure to Shotokan Karate under Sensei Ray Dalke and Sensei Edmond Otis in Southern California during his thirties (he is now 65, since you're wondering) had a significant impact on his appreciation for the martial arts as fitness disciplines. It is his sincere hope that you will find insight, inspiration, and knowledge from the ideas he sends your way. Find more of his work at The Senior Health and Fitness Blog.
Abhinav Kumar Singh is a renowned aromatherapist and essential oil educator with 8 years of professional expertise. His passion is to help others by sharing crucial information about aromatherapy, information, usage, and tips from essential oils and allied natural extracts. He has been advocating about the benefits of natural essential oils through writing and speeches to reach thousands through his blogs, articles, and speeches. Find more of his works at Allin Exporters. Apart from this, he loves traveling to new places and spending time in his backyard.
Daniela Sirkin is a blogger, writer, business venturer, and adventurer capitalizing on the creative synergy of New York City and San Francisco. She is a regular meditator, soul singer, and traveler having spent this past year visiting and volunteering in Southeast Asia and the Middle East. Her passions include learning new languages and reading about how language affects human thought and perception, discussing books and films with friends, teaching herself the ukulele, and enjoying sunsets by swinging in a hammock.
Wine Oh TV Founder and Host Monique Soltani is a seasoned journalist with a Bachelor of Arts in Broadcast Journalism and American Studies and well over a decade of experience working as a broadcaster. Monique honed her reporting skills working at television stations across the country including: KPIX-TV/CBS 5, KNTV-TV/NBC 11, KSEE-TV/NBC 24, KCBS-TV/CBS 2, KGTV-TV/ABC 10, and KPVI-TV/NBC 6.
Monique has a certification from the Court of Master Sommeliers, is an experienced wine judge, and has interviewed at least two hundred winemakers, dozens of top chefs, and A-list celebrities like Jennifer Lawrence and Kate Hudson. Monique is also a trained SAG/AFTRA actor and studied at The Groundlings, Warner Loughlin Studios, and The Atlantic Theater Company and she can be seen on various films, television shows, and commercials.
Monique is passionate about sharing people's stories and created Wine Oh TV to share her love of wine, journalism, and television with the world. For over five years Monique has been covering the wine scene in California and around the world. While she has extensive experience covering wine, food, and travel she’s no three-trick pony. Monique has covered a variety of “beats” in the broadcasting business including: Courts and Crime, Breaking News, Health & Fitness, Entertainment, Traffic, and yes even a little Weather. Monique lives in San Francisco with her husband.
Howie Southworth is a traveler, adventurer, and insatiable gastronome with a culinary degree! He has sipped camel’s milk moonshine in the sands of Central Asia, scrambled up the last original peaks of the Great Wall of China, and swam with forbidden fish in the crystal waters of Zanzibar. Around every neon corner and over each sand dune, he has been able to experience the best of the best in global cuisine. A university educator by day and no-holds-barred cook by night, Howie has somehow found the time to become a renaissance foodie and a grateful student of the world. His program, Sauced in Translation, can be seen on evox Television.
Stephanie Staidle, founder of The Right Brain Academy, is a licensed art therapist and life performance coach who works with individuals to unlock their highest potential by tapping into an underused resource called right-brain thinking. Using techniques based in neuroscience, her methodology gets you UNSTUCK and moving in the best direction to make the changes you need to create a life of fulfillment and abundance, fast. Stephanie has been featured as an expert on NBC, Tedx, and has led full workshops at SXSW 2014 in Austin, TX and SXSW V2V 2015 in Las Vegas. Get her complimentary 3-part video training series HERE and learn scientifically proven methods to train your brain for success.
Indy Summers is a freelance writer interested in fashion, healthy living, and fitness. She has worked as a master in esthetician, as a personal trainer, and as a freelance model for several years so considers herself an expert in these industries. For more of her work, visit https://nouw.com/indysummers.
Laura Tabsharani Navarro, an award winning Talent-Entertainment Media expert, Business/Finance and Credit professional, has the ability to heighten the influence, credibility and exposure of her clients. Laura has truly supported, coached, and launched hundreds of people around the world in bettering and defining their goals of entrepreneurial success and financial independence. She has appeared on The Dr. Phil Show, been a keynote speaker for Powerful Women International, featured in 110 Magazine, received the 2011 "Mother of Year" award from Woman of Legacy, and was the top producer in mortgage banking for Chase Bank, Wells Fargo, and Financial Strategies funding millions over a few short years. Laura founded " Epic Global Talent” where she continues branding clients into the Entertainment industry in Acting, Modeling, Television, Film, Commercial, Print, and Literary.
TED is a nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design. Since then its scope has become ever broader. Along with two annual conferences -- the TED Conference on the West Coast each spring, and the TEDGlobal conference in Edinburgh UK each summer -- TED includes the award-winning TED Talks video site, the Open Translation Project and TED Conversations, the inspiring TED Fellows and TEDx programs, and the annual TED Prize.
Cary is an Oregon native with a flair for small business and healthy living. She's passionate about writing and enjoys hiking, reading, and cooking. When she isn't writing about health or business, she is playing with her rescue pitbull, Mazie.
RJ was born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky where his passion for the outdoors took shape. He now lives in Los Angeles, California and works for Conan Obrien’s production company. When he’s not writing or thinking about comedy, he’s traveling and exploring the awesome world we live in. RJ tries to live his life by the words of Mark Twain, “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
Armando Torres is an aspiring filmmaker, photographer, and blogger. As part of the evox team, he is dedicated to sharing the stories of individuals, organizations, and communities who are changing the world. When he’s not working, Armando spends his free time creating found footage videos, taking photos, going to concerts, collecting vinyl records, and lounging around with his cat, Pablo Escobar.
Van Winkle’s is a new website dedicated to exploring how sleep affects and informs our lives, both at night and during the day. Sleep may account for one-third of our time, but it influences us around the clock. Whether it’s sleep as related to science, health, family, pets, sex or travel, we’re eager to learn more.
Waking Times, Where Evolution and Revolution Collide, is an independently owned and operated online magazine that seizes on the transformational power of information to trigger personal revolution and influence humanity’s evolution.
Personal revolution begins with awakening from contemporary consciousness. We provide ideas to help you imagine a more sustainable, more free, and more loving world. We author and aggregate mind-opening articles, editorials, and videos that inspire our readers and liberate them from the status quo.
evox Executive Chef Barbara Wilder Pearlman believes in sharing her passion and connecting with people through food. After 15 years as a hair and makeup artist in the entertainment industry, she followed that passion and attended the Cordon Bleu culinary school, graduating at the top of her class. Following graduation, she worked in a Michelin-starred restaurant and a Malibu treatment center, and then started her own catering company. Later, she joined the Whole Foods team, researching and developing recipes, launching healthy eating venues and catering events. Culturally eclectic cuisine is Barbara’s style, and she loves to use a diverse combination of flavor profiles. With experience in many techniques and an affinity for a variety of ingredients from around the world, Barbara’s creations range from vegan, vegetarian and other special diets to handcrafted charcuterie, cheese and preserves. Whether it’s staying true to the cultural integrity of a dish or mixing it up with fusion, she appreciates food that inspires creativity.
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You can read new YES! Magazine every day online and every quarter in print.
Today’s world is not the one we want—climate change, financial collapse, poverty, and war leave many feeling overwhelmed and hopeless. YES! Magazine empowers people with the vision and tools to create a healthy planet and vibrant communities. We do this by: Reframing issues and outlining a path forward; Giving a voice to the people who are making change; Offering resources to use and pass along.
Roni Ziemba is a photographic artist specializing in public safety and surgical imagery for publication and art installations. No stranger to adventure she has walked solo across the state of South Dakota, been held hostage in Iraq, and shot at in Belfast. She has worked closely with such greats as Robert Redford and Cesar Chavez in her roles in the film industry and as an activist. She recently became qualified as a wildland firefighter so that she and her camera could get that much closer to the fire line. During the summer she rides horses in Montana and follows the rodeo circuit capturing the cowboy lifestyle. But her unique calling is photographing firefighters and law enforcement officers in the line of duty as they risk their lives protecting our American communities. At age 56 there is no sign of Roni slowing down. In fact if you ask her she would say the best is yet to come!