Ms. Smith is a first-time author and an amateur humanist philosopher who, in 2009, took an 18-month sabbatical to travel and work, alone or in artist residencies across 13 countries, to trace down her family’s DNA memory. Zoe Bios originated as a poetic interpretation of epigenetics and a way to explain her theory of DNA memory. This book is the product of a decade’s worth of research and discussion.
She spends her days as a communications strategist who has worked with ACLU National, Advancement Project California, USA for UNHCR, Calvert Foundation, Common Sense Media, and other innovative organizations seeking effective ways to defend our civil rights and assert a progressive health, education, and economic agenda.
Ms. Smith proudly participated in the Occupy Wall Street movement in New York City. A born and raised Angelino, Silver Lake is her home base and the jumping point for treks between the mountains and good surf. Her favorite past-time is talking with taxi (gig economy) drivers and playing pool with loved ones and strangers.
Coach RL Williams
Rebecca LaShun Williams (Coach RL Williams) has witnessed firsthand how much good and bad coaches affect the young women they lead. Coach Williams has a bachelor’s degree from Gustavus Adolphus College in pre-law and psychology and over 20 years of experience as a professional business consultant within the human resources field. As such, I have a strong understanding of human behavior. She is also a certified professional coach with over 20 years of experience and act as an ambassador for the International Coaching Academy (ICA). She has spent over 19 years with her players, coaching basketball. She knows what it takes to be a great coach. Most importantly she understands why our young women need good coaches — coaches who want to make a difference.
For more information, please visit: YourLifeDestiny.com.
Dr. Irene Rodway
Irene Rodway, JD is an author, attorney, long-term-care advocate living in Georgia. Her drive and determination have served to help her succeed in her career and overcome obstacles in her personal life. Now she has used that drive to create a tool that helps others navigate the more difficult aspects of long-term care and insurance.
For more information, please visit: IreneRodway.com
William Madden has over 15 years experience in the food industry having held various positions with both large and small companies before founding Right Brain Consulting. Right Brain Consulting has become the go to provider for sourcing and managing contract manufacturing relationships.
Mr. Madden has personally negotiated over $750,000,000 in agreements between companies and their supplier partners. Mr. Madden got the idea to start Right Brain after seeing the challenges faced by young upstart food companies in negotiating and working with larger, more established contract manufacturers. He specializes in sourcing, bench marking and contract negotiations. Some of his clients include Oogie’s Snacks, Evol Foods, Post Foods and The Sneaky Chef.
For more information, please visit: WilliamFXMadden.com
Mr. Novick holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from LaSalle University in Philadelphia, PA and a Master’s Degree in Family Therapy from Friends University in Wichita, KS as well as post degree work and certification in School Social Work from Monmouth University in West Long Branch, NJ and in Educational Leadership. Mr. Novick is licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist and State Certified as a School Social Worker.
Mr. Novick has worked as a School Social Worker/Counselor for the last sixteen years and is an adjunct instructor at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey. Additionally, he has been a licensed and Marriage and Family Therapist in private practice, community mental health, and substance abuse setting over the last twenty years. Novick has supervised in family counseling, school counseling, and centers for abused and neglected children as well as adults with developmental disabilities.
He has also authored nationally and internationally articles in American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy, Autism Parenting, National Education Digest, NJEA Review, National Association of Special Education Teachers, NASSP Principal Leadership, Better Mental Health and ASCD Educational Leadership Magazines. He has authored three books Parents and Teachers Working Together and the Likeable, Effective, and Productive Educator, The Balanced Child: Teaching Children Social Skills & Character Building (due out later this year) all published by Rowman and Littlefield Publishers as well as a children’s book entitled Brain Bully: A Children’s Guide to Stinkin’ Thinkin’ published by Childswork/Childsplay and a companion game by the same title to be published in early 2018.
He has been humbled with numerous awards for his work in education, inclusive education, counseling, character education, and human rights. Including NJEA Martin Luther King Jr. Human and Civil Rights Award, NJSCA Ocean County School Counselor of the Year Award, the Ocean County Mental Health Advocate Award, NJ Council on Developmental Disabilities Community Award, NJ DOE Holocaust Memorial Hela Young Award, NJ DOE Inclusive Educator of the Year & Exemplary Educator Awards, NJSCA Human Rights Advocate Award, ETS/Kids Bridge Character Educator of the Year Award and U.S. Congressional Recognition for Community Service.
For more information, please visit: Brett Novick
Toriano “The Wolfkeeper” Sanzone has been training dogs for over 20 years in the United States. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Interpersonal Communication and Marketing from Gustavus Adolphus College in Saint Peter, Minnesota.
Sanzone worked at The Dog Psychology Center in Santa Clarita, CA and was even hand picked by celebrity dog trainer, “The Dog Whisper,” Cesar Millan to teach his dog training clinics for 6 months. The Wolfkeeper has developed proven, unique techniques and concepts, created through years of training under and interacting with the best master dog trainers from around the world. His first book, The Wolfkeepers Guide was published in 2008.
His new book with updated dog training methods will be published in December 2015.
For more information, please visit: TorianoSanzone.com
Dr. Caroline Madden
Caroline Madden, PhD is Los Angeles based pro-marriage therapist and internationally known author and lecturer on infidelity in marriage. She is the author of four relationship books including: Blindsided By His Betrayal, Fool Me Once: Should I Take Back My Cheating Husband? and After a Good Man Cheats: How to Rebuild Trust & Intimacy With Your Wife.
Dr. Madden graduated in 1993 from Cornell University with a BS in Labor Relations and worked for a number of years in Labor Relations/Human Resources in the private sector and government. She believes that her extensive training in conflict resolution and collective bargaining gave her tools to later as a Marriage Therapist help even the most difficult couples.
In 2001, Dr. Madden earned her Master of Arts in Psychology from Phillips Graduate Institute. Her training covered all areas of psychotherapy but centered on relationship dynamics. In her training to become a therapist, she worked in a variety of settings… including jail. Again, she feels this training has helped her understand difficult marriages (cellmates for life) better.
Dr. Madden started her private practice in Burbank, CA in 2007. She found that she worked well with couples who have a sincere wish to try to stay together. Over time, she developed a speciality in helping couples navigate their relationship after infidelity. Eventually, she authored several books and became an expert on this subject.
In a search to help betrayed spouses recover from the trauma of infidelity without psychotropic medication, she studied studied and researched the science behind Mindfulness Mediation at the University of Sedona. Her doctoral dissertation explored the merits of meditation to alleviate Post Affair Trauma Symptoms in wives. In 2017, she received her Ph.D. in Holistic Counseling.
Dr. Madden is the married mother of two young boys. She’s been in the same loving relationship for almost two decades and understands first-hand that even the best relationships take work.
For more information, please visit: CarolineMadden.com.