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Living Smart: The Gift of Tolerance

Posted on 30 January 2009 by Patricia Gras

Jill Carroll is a scholar, writer and speaker who specializes in world religions, religion and world politics, religion in public life, and applied life philosophy.

“I think I know that I’m living smart when I can walk into a room and I’m the only Anglo person—maybe I’m the only woman—maybe I’m the only person that comes from my background—and I’m not freaked out. I’m not scared. If I’m scared, if I’m nervous, if I feel a disempowering, then I know I’m not living big enough and I’m not living smart, and so that’s a big measure for me. “ – Jill Carroll

On Living Smart she’ll discuss the history of religious tolerance and why it is necessary for a civilized society.

Biography:

Dr. Jill Carroll has been studying, writing and lecturing about religious tolerance for two decades. The topic has become the basis for her life’s work. In 1994, Carroll received her PhD in Religious Studies from Rice University and is now an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Religious Studies at Rice. She is also a nationally recognized public speaker on religious topics such as the role of religion in world politics, comparative world religions, and trends in American religion, the impact of religious diversity in global business and applied life philosophy. Dr.  Carroll has been interviewed by the New York Times, PBS, and Good Morning America. She has also taught at the University of Houston system, Rice University, the Women’s Institute of Houston, the Jung Center of Houston and the Texas State Prison System.  With a pallet of intelligence and media literacy at her fingertips, Carroll was also a co-producer and co-host of the radio program “Peaceful Coexistence” with Kym King on KPFT 90.1 FM.

Her most recent role is as the creator and founding director of the Amazing Faith Project, a national grassroots community initiative that fosters interpersonal relationships between people of all faiths and no faith through dialogue and table fellowship. Carroll is also an award-winning author of four books. Through her work, she has become an aspiring and monumental figure in the religious movement towards tolerance, understanding and civility. She lives in Houston Texas with her partner.

Quotes:

“The worst thing you can do to a dogma is give it an empire.”
Anonymous

“The essences of all religions speak of peace, compassion, justice, and the interconnection of life.”
Ann Emerson

“The need of the moment is not one religion, but mutual respect and tolerance of the devotees of the different religions.” Mahatma Ghandi

“Those who say that religion has nothing to do with politics do not know what religion is.”
Mahatma Ghandi

Related Websites:

1.        Jillcarroll.com

2.        Religioustolerance.org

3.        Religioninamerica.org

4.        Pewforum.org: the pew forum on religion and public life

5.        Reli.rice.edu: Religious Studies at Rice University

Organizations:

1.        Pew Research Center

2.        Family Research Council

3.        Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance

4.        Center for Equal Opportunity

5.        The Boniuk Center for the Study and Advancement of Religious Tolerance at Rice University

Publications/Books:

1.        A Dialogue of Civilizations: Gulen’s Islamic Ideals and Humanistic Discourse
Jill Carroll with a foreword by Akbar S. Ahmed

2.        The Savage Side: Reclaiming Violent Models of God
Jill Carroll

3.        Toward a Global Civilization of Love  and Tolerance
M. Fethullah Gullen

4.        The Gulen Movement: A sociological Analysis of a Civic Movement Rooted in Moderate Islam
Helen Rose Ebaugh

5.        Religious Feminism and the Future of the Planet: A Buddhist-Christian Conversation
Rita M. Gross

Contact Information

For events outside the Houston area:

Name: Julie Fiore
Phone: 978-774-2876
E-mail: Julie@fioreforumspeakers.com

Name: Bob Cassidy
Phone: 508-485-8996
E-mail: speakers@cassidyandfishman.com

For events inside the Houston area:

Name: Jill Carroll
E-mail: jill@jillcarroll.com
Website: www.jillcarroll.com

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Living Smart: Overcoming Addiction

Living Smart: Overcoming Addiction

Posted on 28 January 2009 by Patricia Gras

Derek Steele is an author and recovering from addiction.

How do you know you are Living Smart?

“I know I’m living smart when I’m looking at all of the areas of my life and focusing on how I can be aware and improve. My physical self, my spiritual self, my emotional self, my financial self, and the relational self, and so trying to balance each of those and to be healthy, which is easier said than done. It’s very easy to get wrapped into work or our financial self, and other parts of us become unhealthy. For me, focusing on all of those areas and trying to maintain each of those to the best of my ability, and it’s never ever perfect.” – Derek Steele

On Living Smart, he will share his story on overcoming addiction.

Biography

When Derek Steele was 8-years-old he took his first sip of alcohol. His parents thought that their margarita induced 8-year-old was funny, and encouraged his behavior. When he was 10, he began to smoke pot. After finding coke in his father’s briefcase, Derek did his first line of coke. By the time Derek was 16 years old, he was dependent on Methamphetamine, and crack cocaine. While other teens were focused on schoolwork and friends, Derek became a high school dropout and a drug dealer. While in hiding from a drug dealer he had swindled, Derek said he had a “moment of clarity.” This moment helped Derek vow to change his life, and with the help of mentors and a 12-step program he overcame his addictions and started a new life.

In 1994, a year after entering rehab, Derek became a partner for Houston’s Roofing Corporation. In 1995, he founded Steele Contracting, a residential construction company serving clientele with storm damaged homes across the U.S. The company had revenue of more than $1 million per year. He later co-founded the web-based software development company Portaris, which had revenue of $5 million within 5 years.

His book Addict at 10 talks about his trials in life, his accomplishments, and how he survived years of addiction and was able to pursue the life he desired to live.  He is currently a business coach and speaker, and is also a board member and director of community outreach of Teen and Family Services in Houston. He also volunteers at Covenant House.  Derek lives in Missouri City, TX with his wife and their two children.

Quotes

“I’ve asked myself a thousand times, ‘Why me?’ A million guys who were like me are dead or in prison.”
–Derek Steele

“Derek shares a story of hope, adversity and transformation for anyone who struggles with overcoming difficulty. As an inspirational speaker, Derek connects with his audience in a personal and powerful way that everyone can relate to.”
–G. Youngblood, Teen & Family Services

“Derek is a dynamic and inspiring speaker. He has a perfect blend of personal experience and genuine love for helping others. I will be forever touched by his message.”
–S. McClean, Archway Academy

“My moment of clarity came in 1993. For the first time in my life, I saw who I was and knew I had to change my life.”
–Derek Steele

“After recovering from my addictions and finding business success, I had all the material stuff I wanted but I was still miserable. I had a beautiful wife and children but couldn’t enjoy them.”
–Derek Steele

“Addict at 10 is an amazing story of one man’s miraculous journey of transformation. It is a gripping account of how Derek overcame pain, hopelessness and substance abuse to find faith, purpose and fulfillment in life. Derek’s book is a wonderful example of how God leads us to His grace and how, with the right tools, guidance, and dedication, anyone who is willing and open to His will can overcome adversity.”
-Steven K. Scott, New York Times best-selling author of “The Richest Man Who Ever Lived.”

Related Websites

1.        www.dereksteele.com

2.        http://council-houston.org/Public/index.asp

3.        www.archacademy.org

4.        www.mercystreet.org

5.        www.chapelwood.org

6.        Memorial Hermann Prevention & Recovery Center: http://www.mhparc.org/

7.        Road to Recovery Texas: http://www.roadtorecoverytexas.com/

8.        Pathway to Recovery: http://www.pathwaytorecovery.com/

9.        Burning Tree Ranch: http://www.burningtree.com/

10.      http://www.thefix.com

11.      http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/28/business/media/28fix.html?src=busln

12.      http://www.nicd.us/statistics.html

Organizations

1.        Covenant House www.covenanthouse.org

2.        Teen and Family Services www.teenandfamilyservices.org

3.        Alcoholics Anonymous www.aa.org

4.        Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration SAHMA 1 877 726 4727

Publications/Books

“Addict at 10.”
-Derek Steele

“What Difference Do It Make?: Stories of Hope and Healing.”
-Ron Hall

“Setting Boundaries with Your Adult Children: Six Steps to Hope and Healing for Struggling Parents.”
-Allison Bottke

“Don’t Let Your Kids Kill You: A Guide for Parents of Drug and Alcohol Addicted Children.”
-Charles Rubin

“Beautiful Boy: A Father’s Journey through his Son’s Addiction.”
-David Sheff

“Healing the Addicted Brain: The Revolutionary, Science-Based Alcoholism and Addiction Recovery Program.”
-Harold Urschel

Contact Information
Name: Derek Steele
Phone: (512) 478-2028 ext. 215
Email: kstonebock@phenixpublicity.org
Website: www.dereksteele.com

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Living Smart: Managing your career

Living Smart: Managing your career

Posted on 27 January 2009 by Patricia Gras

Karen Otazo is a global executive coach and author.

How do you know you are Living Smart?

“Let’s go back to you do something for your mind, your body, and your spirit every day. You know that with your mind that you are curious, that you’re reading, or learning. You know with your body that you’re taking supplements that you’re eating right, whatever you may be doing.” – Karen Otazo

On Living Smart she’ll discuss skills to better manage your career.

Biography

Dr. Karen Otazo is a consultant and global executive coach for multinational companies worldwide with more than twenty-five years of experience “Mentoring the Mentors” to maximize the effectiveness of leadership in organizations in the United States, China, Indonesia, Hong Kong, the United Kingdom, Europe, and Singapore. She is fluent in English, Spanish, French, Indonesian, and Mandarin Chinese.
She is also a business author with books such as THE TRUTH ABOUT MANAGING YOUR CAREER and THE TRUTH ABOUT BEING A LEADER along with numerous articles. She has also done countless interviews and keynote speaking engagements worldwide with a committed involvement in Vital Voices Global Partnership which empowers women through leadership skills.

She is also the co-founder of Citizens for Affordable Energy, which she founded alongside her husband, former Shell Oil President John Hofmeister. Otazo lends her knowledge in promoting U.S. energy security solutions for the nation. The organization provides affordable energy supplies, essential infrastructure, sustainable environmental policy and public education on energy issues. Otazo’s work as an author, consultant, and public advocate help others draw knowledge about the business world and present fundamental ideas for entrepreneurs to manage their own businesses.  She holds a doctorate in Human Resources Development and two degrees in Linguistics. She lives with her husband in Houston Texas.

Quotes

If you want to be happy, set a goal that connects your thoughts, liberates your energy and inspires your hopes.
Andrew Carnegie

We don’t see things as they are; we see things as we are.
Anais Nin

Education is when you read the fine print. Experience is what you get if you don’t.
Pete Seeger

A successful life is one that is lived through understanding and pursuing one’s own path, not chasing after the dreams of others.
Chin Ning Chu

None of us can change our yesterdays, but all of us can change our tomorrows.
Colin Powell

Related Websites

1.        www.globalleadershipnetwork.org

2.        www.citizensforaffordableenergy.org

Organizations

1.        Global Leadership Network

2.        Citizens for Affordable Energy

3.        Vital Voices Global Leadership

4.        Tahirih Justice Center

Publications/Books

I’m Really Listening Even if I’m Not Looking at You: Learn How Our Brain Work With Our Senses
Karen Otazo

The Truth about Being a Leader
Karen Otazo

The Truth about Managing Your Career
Karen Otazo

Leave Happy: Making the Elegant Executive Transition
Sheryl Spanier, Dr. Karen Otazo

Staying Power: Executive Fit and Flex
Sheryl Spanier, Dr. Karen Otazo

Blink: The Power of Thinking without Thinking
Malcolm Gladwell

The Tao of Coaching: Boost Your Effectiveness at Work by Inspiring and Developing Those around You
Max Landsberg

Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln
Doris Kearns Goodwin

You Can Have What You Want: Proven Strategies for Inner and Outer Success
Michael Neill

On Becoming a Leader: The Leadership Classic
Warrin Bennis

The Tipping Point: How Little Things can make A Big Difference
Malcolm Gladwell

How to Say It for Women: Communicating with Confidence and Power Using the Language of Success
Phyllis Mindell

Contact Information
Name: Dr. Karen Otazo
Phone: 713-523-7333
E-mail: Karen@otazo.com
Website: www.otazo.com, www.globalleadershipnetwork.com
By Mail: 1302 Waugh Dr. No. 708 Houston, TX 77019-3908

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Living with a Disability

Living with a Disability

Posted on 26 January 2009 by Patricia Gras

Roberta M. Diddel is the founder and Executive Director of Disability 101, a psychologist and a guest lecturer in Psychology at Rice University.

How do you know you are Living Smart?

“I think you know you’re living smart with a chronic disease or a disability when you can put things in the background; when you can spend long periods of time not thinking about your pain, your fatigue, your predicament because you’re so focused on what other people want, need, on what you’re doing for them.  That’s what enables you to rise above the human condition.” – Roberta M. Diddel

On Living Smart, she discusses how to cope and thrive with a disability.

Biography

There are 43 million people who are disabled in America. Roberta Diddel PhD., a doctor in psychology and the founder and Executive Director of Disability 101 created an educational program to empower them and their families. After surviving a car accident with a spinal chord injury when she was 20 years old, Dr. Diddel became an advocate for the disabled.  During her rehabilitation, Diddel realized that other disabled people didn’t have the positive attitude she had, so she dedicated her life to changing their lives and attitudes.  As a former trainer for the American Psychological Association HIV’s office and a specialist in Psychological Clinical Studies, Diddel uses her own experience, skills and knowledge of brain and spinal injury, dementia, chronic pain and illness to help others cope with their disability. Diddel created Disability 101 in an effort to help families and people who suffer from disabilities to accept new challenges and find new opportunities.

Diddel also serves as a lecturer in Psychology at Rice University where she teaches clinical studies and has taught many workshops and classes through Continuing Education and at Woman Studies Houston. She is also a trainer for the National MS Society. Through her program, she hopes the disabled will get the encouragement they need to live life fully. She lives with her husband in Houston Texas.

Quotes

“We say we’re looking for the meaning of life, but I think what we’re looking for is the feeling of being fully alive.”
Joseph Campbell from the Power of Myth

I am riding on a limited express, one of the crack trains of the nation. Hurtling across the prairie into blue haze and dark air go fifteen all-steel ocahces holding a thousand people. (All the coaches shall be scrap and rust and all the men and women laughing in the diners and sleepers shall pass to ashes). I ask a man in the smoker where he is going and he answers: ‘Omaha.”’
Carl SANDBERG

Related Websites

1.        Disability101.org

2.        Disability.gov

3.        Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services: www.dads.state.tx.us

4.        Psychology.rice.edu

Organizations

1.        Psychology Works

2.        National Organization on Disability

Publications/Books

“Reacting & adapting to lupus”
Roberta Diddel, Lupus Erythematosus Network (2003)

“Gender differences in health and health care”
Roberta Diddel, Texas Psychologist (2000)

“The grief process in chronic disease”
Roberta Diddel, Living with Fibromyalgia: A Practical Guide to Coping (1998)

“Psychologists’ use of directed reading as an adjunct to psychotherapy”
Roberta Diddel, presented at Conference on Occupational Health, Univ. of Texas School of Public Health (1992)

“Pain and stress management in temporomandibular joint dysfunction”
Roberta Diddel, Chapter 9 Stress Management for Chronic Disease by M. Russell (1988)

“Uses of the MMPI in dentistry”
Roberta Diddel, presented at the 20th Annual Symposium on Recent Developments in the Uses of the MMPI in Honolulu (1985)

“Physical & Sexual abuse in chronic pain populations”
Roberta Diddel and E. Francisco, presented at the annual meeting of the American Pain Society in New Orleans (1991)

“A Hundred Years of Solitude”
Moire

Contact Information
Name: Dr. Roberta Diddel
Phone: 713-660-8878
E-mail: diddel@disability101.org
Website: www.disability101.org
Mail: 3754 Georgetown St., Houston, TX 77005

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Living Smart: Leadership Skills

Living Smart: Leadership Skills

Posted on 25 January 2009 by Patricia Gras

Laura Lopez is a nationally recognized motivational and keynote speaker and leadership specialist.

How do you know you are Living Smart?

“Number one, I know that I’m living smart when I show up in my most positive way, where my strengths are working for me, when I’m creative and I’m insightful, and I can inspire other people. How I get there is that I have to keep all of those aspects of myself nourished. What I mean by that is I’m not just working. I’m not just tending to the family. I’m also doing things for me. I’m expressing my creative side. I’m keeping fit and exercising. All of those things are important to me, and I think it’s really understanding where your priorities are and nourishing every aspect of those things.” – Laura Lopez

On Living Smart she’ll share leadership skills you can use at work and at home.

Biography

Laura Lopez has been a sought out speaker since the ‘80s, leading teams for major Fortune 100 companies and as the Vice President at the Coca-Cola Company. As a leader, Lopez achieved goals and made results happen, but it wasn’t until she became a mother that she realized that maybe her leadership tactics needed an upgrade. Laura’s motto, “bring your heart to work,” started a new approach to leadership. Many of her articles have been featured in the acclaimed magazines Leadership Excellence, Personal Excellence, CW Bulletin, the Central Valley Business Times, and the Long Beach Business Journal. She has also been interviewed and quoted by the Today Show, Fox News, Harvard Business Publishing, Success Magazine, the Houston Chronicle, and Latina Magazine. On top of becoming one of the many faces of branding experts in leadership, Lopez has become a pivotal figure for women.

Lopez is currently a keynote speaker, award-winning author, consultant and business coach, and a performance strategist. Through her work, Lopez helps clients build more sustainable personal and professional results to achieve greater levels of success. She lives in Houston, TX with her husband and daughter.

Quotes

1.        “In a fast-paced world, the ability to connect is a differentiator.”
-Laura Lopez

2.        “It is better to know some of the questions than all of the answers.”
-James Thurber

3.        “Everyone should be respected as an individual, but no one idolized.”
-Albert Einstein

4.        “If you judge people, you have no time to love them.”
-Mother Theresa

5.        “Leadership does not depend on being right.”
Ivan Illich

Related Websites

1.         www.lauralopezblog.com

2.        http://sethgodin.typepad.com/

3.        http://www.leadershipnow.com/leadingblog/

Organizations

1.        Working Mother: www. workingmother.com

2.        Leadership Excellence: www.leaderexcel.com

3.        Girls Inc.: girlsinc.com

4.        Women Leadership Exchange: womensleadershipexchange.com

Publications/Books

“The Connected and Committed Leader”
–Laura Lopez

“Why CEOS fail”
-David L. Dotlich and Peter C. Cairo

“The Servant: A Simple Story about the Essence of Leadership”
-James C. Hunter

“The Irrefutable Laws of Leadership”
-John C. Maxwell

“Linchpin”
-Seth Godin

Contact Information
Name: Laura Lopez
Phone: 713-828-8829
E-mail: laura@laura-lopez.com
Website: www.laura-lopez.com

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Living Smart: How To Connect Your Disconnected Life

Living Smart: How To Connect Your Disconnected Life

Posted on 24 January 2009 by Patricia Gras

Mary LoVerde is an internationally recognized expert on life balance strategies.

“I know that my connections are intact. I know that when they get disconnected, I can ask a good question, and that if I stay as connected as I can to all the things that are really important to me, I can tell because I feel good. I’m not tired, I’m not stressed, I’m not angry. I’m eager, I’m excited, I’m ready to go. And then, when the cycle turns again and I get out of balance, I know what to do.” – Mary LoVerde

On Living Smart she will discuss how to balance our lives through human connections.

Biography:

Mary LoVerde is an internationally recognized life balancing expert, speaker and author. She is also the spokesperson for the Better Sleep Council. As a former graduate school professor of Chapman University and the Director of the Hypertension Research Center at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, LoVerde has a firm grip on healthy and balanced living. She has shared her knowledge on the Oprah Winfrey Show, ABC News Tonight with Peter Jennings, and ABC 20/20. She has also benefited children with her many life lessons as the spokesperson for Camp to Belong, a charity that reunites brothers and sisters placed in different foster homes. LoVerde has perfected the art of living well in today’s busy world and shown this through her writing in many publications and in her three bestselling novels Stop Screaming at the Microwave, Touching Tomorrow, and I Used to Have a Handle on Life, But it Broke.

Through her work, LoVerde offers insight into the world of a balanced life. LoVerde lives in Hawaii and is writing her fourth book on how to take the next step in life.

Quotes:

“When you can’t keep up, connet!”
-Mary LoVerde

“I guarantee a high energy, dynamic program that is full of humorous, poignant stories and ideas that will change lives.”
-Mary LoVerde

“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving.”
-Albert Einstein

“While all aspects of our life are important, without a balance, you become addicted and like all addictions you lose.”
-Catherine Pulsifer, from Balance of Life

Related Websites:

1.        Maryloverde.com

Organizations:

1.        Texas Governor’s Women’s Conference: www.txconferenceforwomen.org

2.        National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO): www.nawbo.org

3.        American Heart Association: www.heart.org

4.        America Diabetic Association: www.diabetes.org

5.        Boy Scouts of America: scouting.org

Publications/Books:

1.        Stop Screaming at the Microwave
Mary LoVerde

2.        Touching Tomorrow
Mary LoVerde

3.        I used to have a handle on life, but it broke
Mary LoVerde

4.        The Road less Traveled
M. Scott Peck

5.        To Kill a Mockingbird
Harper Lee

6.        The Lord of the Rings
J.R.R Tolkien

7.        Gone with the Wind
Margaret Mitchell

8.        How to win friends and Influence people
Dale Carnegie

9.        The Feminine Mystique
Betty Friedan

10.     When Bad Things Happen to Good People
Harold Kushmen

Contact Information
Name: Mary LoVerde
Phone: 303-570-4513
Website: maryloverde.com

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Living Smart: Healthy Mother, Healthy Child

Living Smart: Healthy Mother, Healthy Child

Posted on 21 January 2009 by Patricia Gras

Elizabeth Irvine is a nationally recognized spokesperson for healthy living, an author, a former ICU nurse, a yoga instructor and a mother of three.

How do you know you are Living Smart?

“I know I’m living smart when I’m, what I call, “in my groove.” And “in my groove” means that I’m in the moment—that I’m—things are effortless, things are flowing, and I feel really good. And when things get challenging and things get irritating and I get cranky, then I know I’m out of my groove and I need to get back into balance and allow myself to do that. So living as a healthy mother, really just as a role model, I’m raising healthy children, and then passing that on for generations to come, taking the pressure off the healthcare system.” – Elizabeth Irvine

On Living Smart she’ll discuss how to keep your family healthy.

Biography

Elizabeth Irvine has always been passionate about family wellness. A former ICU nurse with over twenty-five years of experience, a mother of three, a yoga instructor and author, encouraging moms to create wellness and prevent illness has become her way of life. Irvine worked as a Registered Sick Children’s Nurse for the UK Council of Nursing and Midwifery before receiving a certification from the American Society of Obstetrics as a childbirth educator and a certificate in yoga education from the Bihar School of Yoga in Mungar, India. After returning home from living abroad for 15 years, Irvine began her journey to educate other women and moms on ways to live and lead a happier and healthier lifestyle. By focusing on a more balanced and peaceful lifestyle such as caring for ourselves, others and the world around us, happiness can find a way into all our lives—no matter how busy life may be. Irvine strives to encourage other women to reclaim their own inner wisdom to heal and restore body and mind.

Irvine is currently a spokesperson for healthy living, a contributor for Parents Ask, and an educational partner for Andrew Weil’s weilbaby.com. She is also the author of Healing Mother Healing Child: Creating Whole Families from the Inside Out and A Moment’s Peace: A Mom’s Guide to Creating Calm Amidst Chaos.  She lives in Houston, TX with her family.

Quotes

1.        “I am passionate about helping others help themselves through health and healing!”
-Elizabeth Irvine

2.        “The innate, intrinsic nature of the healing process is spontaneous. The body can self heal. It can do so because it has a healing system. At every level of biological organization, from DNA up, self-repair and regeneration exists in us.”
-Dr. Andrew Weil

3.        “The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, in diet, and in the cause and prevention of disease.”
-Thomas Edison

4.        “To appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you lived. This is to have succeeded.”
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

5.        “It is not just waiting until something happens over which we have no control; the arrival of the bus, the end of the train, the return of a friend, the resolution of a conflict. Patience is not waiting passively until someone else does something. Patience asks us to live the moment to the fullest; to be completely present to the moment, to taste the here and now, to be where we are. When we are impatient, we try to get away from where we are. We behave as if the real thing will happen tomorrow, later, and somewhere else. Be patient and trust that the treasure you are looking for is hidden in the ground on which you stand.”
-Henri J.M. Noumen

6.        “Think enthusiastically about everything, but especially about your job. If you do, you’ll put a touch of glory in your life. If you love your job with enthusiasm, you’ll shake it to pieces. You’ll love it into greatness!”
-Norman Vincent Pearle

Related Websites

1.        www.elizabethirvine.com

2.        www.drweil.com

3.        www.drgreeene.com

4.        www.healthychild.org

5.        www.nccam.nih.gov

6.        www.mayoclinic.com

Organizations

1.        Angela House: www.angelahouse.org

2.        Ann Richards School for Girls: www.annrichardsschool.org

3.        Devereux Foundation: www.devereux.org

4.        National Charity League: www.nationalcharityleague.org

5.        Saint Elizabeth Foundation: www.stelizabethfoundation.org

Publications/Books:

“Healthy Mother Healthy Child: Creating Whole Families from the Inside Out.”
-Elizabeth Irvine

“A Moment’s Peace: A Mom’s Guide to Creating Calm amidst Chaos.”
-Elizabeth Irvine

“Healthy Mother Healthy Child: Creating Balance in Everyday Life.”
-Elizabeth Irvine

“Story time Yoga: Teaching Yoga to Children Through Story.”
-Sydney Solis

“The Creative Family: How to Encourage Imagination and Nurture Family Connections.”
-Amanda Blake Soule

“A Life worth Breathing: A Yoga Master’s Handbook of Strength, Grace, and Healing.”
-Max Strom

Contact Information
Name: Elizabeth Irvine
Phone: 713-444-6875
E-mail: beth@elizabethirvine.com
Website: www.elizabethirvine.com
Mail: 6011 Deerwood Houston, TX 77057

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Living Smart: Healing Conversations

Living Smart: Healing Conversations

Posted on 20 January 2009 by Patricia Gras

Nance Guilmartin is a four-time Emmy award-winning journalist, business advisor, keynote speaker, and leadership educator.

“You know you’re living smart when you are able to get curious, not furious, when you are able to be willing to be awkward in the presence of difficulties and stick your neck out a little bit and let people be comforted by living inside their shell and when you are willing to give people the benefit of the doubt.  Don’t judge people from how they look.  Turtles are slow when you see them on land.” – Nance Giilmartin

…during Living Smart she will discuss how to have healing conversations during difficult times.

Biography

Nance Guilmartin is a four time Emmy award winning journalist, business advisor, keynote speaker and leadership educator. She graduated from Tufts University and honed her listening skills as a news writer at CBS radio in Boston and as editorial director at WBZ-TV.  She then became a Westinghouse Broadcasting executive and there launched the Designated Driver Program and For Kid’s sake and Time to Care campaigns, resulting in nation- wide behavior changes and new public private partnership. Before her TV broadcasting days, she was press secretary for the lat U.S. Senator Paul Tsongas.

Her book Healing Conversation: What to Say When You Don’t Know What to Say has been published in ten languages and Guilmartin personally has given out 10,000 copies of her book to clients, employees and much more.  In her most recent book “The Power of Pause” Guilmartin provides ways to handle daily stress and be your best. She believes you can’t stop time you can take a powerful pause.

Guilmartin is also a trustee of AACR, the nation’s oldest research foundation and a fellow of Florida International University’s Center for Leadership. She is a founding board member of City Year, which became a model for the AmeriCorps program. She lives in Massachusetts.

Quotes

“Is what they said what you heard and is what you heard what they meant and what about what they didn’t say?”
Nance Guilmartin

“The art of listening to another involves the art of listening to yourself. Healing Conversations are not all about what they say, but what you feel.”
Nance Guilmartin

“He who rejects change is the architect of decay. The only human institution which rejects progress is the cemetery.”
Harold Wilson

“The man who never alters his opinion is like standing water, and breeds reptiles of the mind.”
William Blake

“Continuity gives us roots; change gives us branches, letting us stretch and grow and reach new heights.”
Pauline R. Kezer

Related Websites

1.        www.nanceguilmartin.com

2.        www.careerbuilder.com

Organizations

1.        National Communication Association: www.natcom.org

Publications/Books

“Healing Conversations: What to Say When You Don’t Know What to Say”
Nance Guilmartin

“The Power of Pause: How to Be More Effective in a Demanding, 24/7 World”
Nance Guilmartin

“The Art of Being a Healing Presence”
Susan Cutshall

“The Etiquette of Illness: What to Say When You Can’t Find the Words”
Susan P. Halpern

“The Art of Condolence: What to Write, What to Say, What to do at a time of loss”
Leonard M. Zunin

Contact Information
Name: Nance Guilmartin
E-mail: Nance-G@nanceguilmartin.com

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Living Smart: Finding Job Fulfillment

Living Smart: Finding Job Fulfillment

Posted on 19 January 2009 by Patricia Gras

Lunstroth

Rebecca Lunstroth is an Assistant Director and Instructor at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston.

How do you know you are Living Smart?

“Personally, I love waking up every day, and I love going to work in the morning, so that’s number one and living smart. I love coming home every day as well. I can’t think of a better ideal situation than having both—wanting to get up and go to my job in the morning, and equally coming home every afternoon.” – Rebecca Lunstroth

On Living Smart she’ll discuss how to find job fulfillment or prepare yourself for a job or career change.

Biography

After earning her law degree, Rebecca Lunstroth worked with Shell Oil for 14 years in human resource and operations management and health safety, until she realized the corporate world was not for her. Making a change in her life, Lunstroth followed her philosophy of finding work that is meaningful and relevant, as well as something she could enjoy. She is a graduate of the University of Texas Health Science Center in Galveston.   When the John P. McGovern M.D. Center for Humanities and Ethics at the University of Texas Medical School in Houston opened in 2004, Lunstroth saw this as her chance to find self-fulfillment in her career.  Lunstroth later became the co-director for the Professionalism and Ethics class and the Medical Humanities Certificate Program. The move made her realize that it was important for everyone to see that if they found themselves in the wrong career, they could change their path and find the strength and bravery to change jobs. Lunstroth created the Sacred Vocation Program to provide organizations with the opportunity to maintain high performance, and a meaningful work environment. This program helps employees see their work as a sacred vocation.

Lunstroth is currently the Assistant Director for the McGovern Center for Humanities and Ethics and an Instructor in Family and Community Medicine. Her mission is to help those she meets find meaning in their careers and ultimately their lives.

Quotes

“The Sacred Vocation Program is probably the best investment we’ve made in the last ten years.”
John McWhorter, CEO Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas

“From their conversations with patients and co-workers, it is apparent that out staff is applying insights from Sacred Vocation to their daily interactions with others….the recommendations have created a remarkable opportunity for communication between managers and staff, which I view as a great team building exercise.”
Stacie Cokinos, Executive Director at San Jose Clinic

“The key to maintaining high performance workplace is to deal with non-performers quickly, consistently and decisively.”
Michael Bergdahl, professional international business speaker

Related Websites

1.        The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston: www.uth.tmc.edu/hhhs/

2.        The University of Texas Medical School at Houston: Med.uth.tmc.edu

Organizations

1.        The Sacred Vocation Program: www.uth.tmc.edu/hhhs/sacredvocation

2.        American Medical Student Association: www.amsa.org

3.        American Medical Women’s Association: www.uth.tmc.edu/amwa/

4.        St. Luke’s Episcopal Health Hospital

5.        San José Clinic

6.        Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas

7.        Denver Harbor Clinic

Publications/Books

1.        Recognizing the Mind/ Body/ Spirit Connection in Medical Care.
Samuel E. Karff, D.H. L.

2.        Sacred Vocation: Developing Meaningful Work through a Participatory Change Process
Lynda S. Villanueva, B.S.; Lacy L. Schmidt, M.A.; Benjamin C. Amick, III, Ph.D.; Samuel E. Karff, D.H.L.; Anika Gakovic, Ph.D.; and Leah Toney-Podratz, M.A.

3.        Sacred Vocation Program in a Process of Healing.
UT Distinctions

4.        “Quantum Healing: Exploring the Frontiers of Mind/Body Medicine.”
Deepak Chopra

Contact Information
Name: Rebecca Lunstroth
Phone: 713-500-5966
E-mail: Rebecca.Lunstroth@uth.tmc.edu
Website: www.uth.tmc.edu
Mail: 6431 Fannin, JJL 400, Houston, TX 77030

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Living Smart: The Beauty of Being Different

Living Smart: The Beauty of Being Different

Posted on 19 January 2009 by Patricia Gras

Karen Walrond is a nationally-recognized author and photographer that inspires others to find and celebrate their own uniqueness.

“For one thing I’m far happier than I’ve ever been, so I think that’s—Because I think I found my bliss. I think I found what it is that I like to do, and I try to live my life accordingly. That’s not to say I’m sort of in this blithering happiness without stress. Obviously, I have stressful moments, but I think before I did the introspection and writing this book and photographing, I lived in a constant state of stress, like I woke up stressed. I just was stressed. And now that’s definitely not the case. I think when we really focus on the happiness and the good in our life, that gives us a reserve to draw on when the stressful and bad stuff happens. So, yeah, definitely, that’s how I know.”  Karen Walrond

On Living Smart she will share the beauty of being different.

Biography:

Karen Walrond is a seasoned public speaker, photographer and author, yet this is a new path for her. For most of her life, Walrond worked in corporate America as a structural engineer and then as a lawyer.  Yet, it was her hobby that began to undue the corporate strings that were pulling her away from her real passion. Her friendship with her Nikon camera began to blossom and she started a blog called chookooloonks.com, to write about her family and with this blog she began a new life. Her blog has been named Best Adoption Blog on the Web by Adoptive Families Magazine. Today she is an award winning photographer and writer.

By taking the lessons she learned in corporate America, Walrond  integrated and adapted her work into the world of business. Her photography and digital skills have landed her appearances on many media outlets including CNN, and the Oprah Winfrey Show. Her photography opens up a portal into the eyes of a harmless and beautiful world. And through her book The Beauty of Different Walrond stands as a voice for people and the world to find the attributes that make us all beautiful and to recognize that even the smallest things in our life can be the most memorable. Walrond lives in Houston, TX with her husband, daughter and their dog, Rufus, the “Wonder dog.”  She holds a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering from Texas A&M and a Juris Doctor from the University of Houston.

Quotes:

“The Beauty of Different is a message that we all need to hear! Through her writing, photography, and speaking, Karen inspires us to claim our voices and own the parts of us that make us authentic, beautiful and strong. What makes Karen’s work so compelling is that she walks the talk—she lives the principles that she shares with us.”
Brené Brown, author of I Thought It Was Just Me (but it isn’t); Telling the Truth about Perfectionism; Inadequacy and Power.

“Karen Walrond commands every room she enters. She knows exactly what to say and exactly how to say it. And her comic timing, gorgeous voice, and magnetic presence leave (s) everybody she meets longing for more. She’s an absolute star.”
Katherine Center, novelist and author of The Bright Side of Disaster, Everyone is Beautiful, Get Lucky.

“With her passion, intelligence, flexibility and intuition, Karen is able to craft innovative messages that inspires her audience to think less, act more and make immediate impact in their organizations.”
Megan Choate, Manager, Solutions, Child Health Corporation of America

Related Websites:

1.        www.chookooloonks.com

2.        Pbskids.org

3.        Mom2summit.org

4.        Blogher.com

5.        Shuddersisters.com

6.        Blogs.chrom.com/lenshouston/

Organizations:

1.        Houston’s Wellness Association

2.        American Society of Media Photographers

3.        Spacetaker

4.        AIDS Foundation Houston

Publications/Books:

1.        The Beauty of Different
Karen Walrond

2.        The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are
Bréne Brown

3.        I thought it was just me (but it isn’t): Telling the Truth about Perfectionism, Inadequacy, and Power
Bréne Brown

4.        The Art of Non-Conformity: Set Your Own Rules, Live the Life You Want, and Change the World
Chris Guillebeau

5.        Half Baked: The Story of my Nerves, my Newborn, and How We Both Learned to Breathe
Alexa Stevenson

6.        Everyone is Beautiful
Katherine Center

Contact Information
Name: Karen Walrond
Phone: 281-846-4046
E-mail: Karen@chookooloonks.com
Website: www.chookooloonks.com
By Mail: 650 W. Bough, Suite 150-108 Houston, TX 77024

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