Stories that Empower
Stories that provide hope, inspire and empower.
info_outline 114 Naomi McDougall Jones 11/18/2019
114 Naomi McDougall Jones Naomi's first film didn't give her the validation and acceptance that she sought. Naomi felt crushed. So for her second film, she set out to be accepted by the "System" and chose to play by their rules. Naomi encountered very powerful 'gatekeepers' that feel they define the success and happiness of film makers, such as herself. Once she realized that she had been empowered all along, she took a refreshingly different approach.
info_outline 113 Melissa Agnes 11/11/2019
113 Melissa Agnes Melissa experienced a big pivotal moment twelve years into her marriage, when she realized that she was no longer in love with her husband. She knew there was something off, but did not have clarity initially. Melissa used her skills as a crisis readiness strategist to assess her own relationship. She chose to follow her truth and divorced her husband.
info_outline 112 Sally Clark 11/04/2019
112 Sally Clark Sally experienced sexual trauma as a teenager. She repressed it, absorbed it and was ashamed of it. Sally felt as if it was her fault. She started on a journey of healing and began to acknowledge what happened. Initially, Sally felt uncomfortable to tell her story publicly. Then she realized ... if she couldn't tell her story, then what message was that sending to others, such as her daughters. Through supportive communities, Sally published her book.
info_outline 111 Joe Bernstein 10/28/2019
111 Joe Bernstein Joe was diagnosed, as a young child, with learning disabilities and was overweight. He decided to transform his life. Joe changed his beliefs, thoughts, actions and feelings. He also unwired his anxious nervous system. He lost 160 lbs and walked away from a toxic marriage. Joe heard a calling to share his knowledge of transformation with others. He empowers and coaches others to look at mindset/emotions and partners with them, as they enter journeys of transformation.
info_outline 110 Matt Ward 10/21/2019
110 Matt Ward Matt grew up in a single parent household and attended a school for disadvantaged kids, where they taught him about effort. He realized that, if he wanted to live a different life, he'd have to figure things out on his own. Matt grew a business and with perseverance, he maneuvered it through the 2018 economic crisis. He successfully sold the business. Today, Matt speaks and helps business to grow.
info_outline 109 Tina Gordon 10/14/2019
109 Tina Gordon Tina was born into a poor family and became a foster child. There was no structure nor stability in her life and she found she needed to adapt constantly to survive. These experiences enabled her to question who she wanted to be. She wanted to have more control of her life. She chose to have a more positive impact on her life, her family and her community. The tools that got her through the dark moments are God, community and family.
info_outline 108 Christa Mastrangelo Joyce 10/07/2019
108 Christa Mastrangelo Joyce When Christa lost her dad as a teenager, she felt a loss of control and battled with with an eating disorder. Her body, mind and spirit felt disconnected. Christa discovered yoga, which made her feel alive and taught her to be comfortable with what is. Today, she creates a safe and trusted space through yoga, where she teaches and empower others to feel whole and united, through unconditional love and acceptance.
info_outline 107 Jane Wyker 09/30/2019
107 Jane Wyker Jane was always there for her spouse and her mom. Her external life was so rich, but internal life was aching and empty. Jane wasn't content. She knew it was time to look inside herself, to clear up conditions, thoughts and beliefs that were limiting her. Also, Jane began to honor her own desires and giving them priority. She learned to let go and began to focus on what she really wanted.
info_outline 106 April Tribe Giauque 09/23/2019
106 April Tribe Giauque April experienced domestic abuse from her former spouse. She learned to recognize, what she calls, 'pinpoints of light' (a caring smile from the cashier, an opportunity, a coupon) in the darkness. April started collecting these pieces of light and hope. She successfully escaped the abyss of abuse.
info_outline 105 Brooke Warner 09/16/2019
105 Brooke Warner Previously working in traditional publishing, Brooke noticed the injustice, specifically that many talented writers do not get their due and that publishing decisions did not appear to be about the content or quality of the work. As champion for the underdogs, Brooke set out to do something about it. She established safe and trusted communities of writers and warriors that have shared values and support one another. Through her tireless efforts, Brooke has brought legitimacy to non-traditional publishing.
info_outline 104 Diane Bock 09/09/2019
104 Diane Bock Witnessing the 1992 Los Angeles riots and violence on TV, Diane was horrified that people would kill others, because they looked different. Diane decided to do something about it. She established "Community Cousins", an organization that strives to break down stereotypes, by enabling personal experience and creating friendships across the lines.
info_outline 103 Rabbi Daniel Cohen 09/02/2019
103 Rabbi Daniel Cohen When Rabbi Cohen's mom died, his life was turned upside down and felt spiritually lost. He realized he could give up and live in darkness. He chose to find a renewed spirit to bring more light into the world and be of service to others. Today, he inspires others to awaken what's inside them and lead a life of legacy, with a greater sense of light and purpose.
info_outline 101 Mary E Plouffe PhD 08/19/2019
101 Mary E Plouffe PhD When Mary's sister was diagnosed with cancer, she took in her sister's 3year daughter. What was meant to be a 3 week stay turned into Mary serving as a substitute parent to her niece, as her sister passed away, due to complications from the cancer treatment. Mary journaled about her journey. With her niece's permission, she wrote the book "It know it in my heart", the story of a grieving caretaker, trying to understand a grieving child.
info_outline 100 Bryan Falchuk 08/12/2019
100 Bryan Falchuk After Bryan's parents divorced, he turned to food to fill the emotional gap, became 100 lbs overweight and was consumed by anxiety. He struggled to make a change. His wife was at death's bed, due to chronic illness. This forced Bryan to look at his role as a husband and father. He didn't want his son to experience the same anxiety that he did as a child. Bryan learned that motivation for change is driven by deep rooted values. This enabled him to transform his life.
info_outline 099 Jeffrey Shaw 08/05/2019
099 Jeffrey Shaw Jeffrey struggled to provide high end portrait photography in a small country town. One day, a woman told him "I don't have the luxury of worrying about my children's memory. I don't know how to pay for my rent this month." Jeffrey realized, that by providing a luxury product, he was speaking his language (or lingo) to the wrong audience and that you can't convince someone to value something they don't hold.
info_outline 098 Jayson Sime 07/29/2019
098 Jayson Sime Jayson was raised in poverty, was bullied because of a learning disability, was 75lbs overweight, abused anti-depressants and felt he was wasting his life. Watching his mom raise 6 kids inspired him to tackle his challenges head on and stick with it long enough to succeed. Jayson found yoga and slowly made better health choices. He took ownership of his life.
info_outline 097 David Ray Ades 07/22/2019
097 David Ray Ades When David's relative passed at an early age, he realized that everyone carries loss, but not everyone talks about it. Through poetry, he explores that emotional place and connects with people. David also created a safe, supportive, nurturing and non-judgmental mens' community, where members can be honest and truthful.
info_outline 096 Ray Matz Jr. 07/15/2019
096 Ray Matz Jr. Being born and raised in the hood of Philadelphia taught Ray to be tough, have grit, appreciate hard work, have tenacity, get up and keep going. His parents, seeking the improve the family's quality of life, always engaged the family members as a unit. Ray learned that, through teamwork and camaraderie, you can achieve the unthinkable. He uses these life skills to encourage husbands and fathers to lead, love and live.
info_outline 095 Eduardo Valenciana 07/08/2019
095 Eduardo Valenciana Eduardo, a former flight attendant, was the survivor of a terrible airplane crash. He struggled with survivor's guilt and PTSD. Eduardo's all consuming memories almost claimed him as a victim. He felt inadequate and had no self worth. Eduardo went on a long journey to find the truth as to the real cause of the airplane crash. He turned a negative experience into a positive one.
info_outline 094 Brannon Beliso 07/01/2019
094 Brannon Beliso Brannon, a famous recording artist, was traveling through a poverty stricken area of the Phillipines. Amidst the polution, traffic and garbage, he observed a boy playing in a state of true happiness and bliss, with eyes filled with hope. The boy had learned to be happy with life on life's terms. This experience inspired Brannon to take inventory of his life and feed his soul, instead of his ego.
info_outline 092 Greg Centineo 06/17/2019
092 Greg Centineo Greg took inventory of his life. He realized that everything he wanted was on the other side of fear. Greg jumped over the 'chasm'. He uses that insight to enable others to go outside their comfort zones, shift their mindset to push their own limitations, face and embrace their fears, build confidence, be authentic, accept their weakness, celebrate their greatness, recognize that we need each other, highlight the importance of the 'human element' and grow healthy/positive communities.
info_outline 091 Ron Carucci 06/10/2019
091 Ron Carucci The loss of Ron's brother and his upcoming TED talk were converging in the same moment. He didn't know how we was going to honor both at the same time. Ron asked for practical, emotional and spiritual assistance, so that neither of these moments got too lost in the other. His family buoyed him, came along side of him and saw the importance of grieving, managing loss and the importance of celebrating a triumphant accomplishment. This enabled Ron to participate in both moments.
info_outline 090 Mindy Tatz Chernoff 06/03/2019
090 Mindy Tatz Chernoff After her divorce, Mindy's connections with horses grew deeper. She feels honored to partner with horses to create a trusted space, that enables healing, transformation, change, greater peace and well-being for people. Mindy feels that horses are masters of the non-verbal, e.g. emotional intelligence, mirror what's going on in our lives, are silent supporters of what we are going through, hold and carry us, e.g. what's going on in our hearts, are resilient and have so much wisdom
info_outline 089 Aaron Schlein 05/27/2019
089 Aaron Schlein Aaron's grandmother gave him the gift of travel, which provided him with a sense of adventure, learning, spending time with loved ones, creating lasting memories and a passion for travel. His grandmother's travel opportunities had a positive and significant impact on him. Today, Aaron enables people to share their gifts of travel, where they jointly inspire the next generation.
info_outline 088 John Abrams 05/20/2019
088 John Abrams When John was 8 years old, his parents divorced. He also discovered that his brothers and he did not share the same father. These life changes made him want attention. John wanted to be the 'star of the show'. He witnessed that people made a living doing their art. John reinvented himself multiple times. Today, he does what he loves, which is performing for a live audience.
info_outline 087 Thomas Blackwell 05/13/2019
087 Thomas Blackwell Sometimes, we allow unhealthy self talk to impact the course of our thoughts, actions and life. The tone and kindness with which we speak to ourselves and others creates our environments. Thomas has the unique gift of finding the diamonds in the rough, 'uncovering' the signs (seeing others' true potentials) and 'shining' those signs with genuine praise, love, trust and acceptance. What happens next is that people start to also see their true potentials.
info_outline 086 Spencer Gorman-Prow 05/06/2019
086 Spencer Gorman-Prow Executive Chef Spencer experienced and overcame sexual abuse as a child. The chaotic nature of a professional kitchen enabled his journey of healing, health and happiness. Chef Spencer's book "Solace in Chaos, A Chef's Memoir", a therapeutic journal, inspires and helps others find their own coping strategies within the context of their professional passions. Cooking provides him with a safe, trusted space for creativity.
info_outline Extra - Naomi McDougall Jones 05/06/2019
Extra - Naomi McDougall Jones Naomi (writer, actress and producer) shares powerful life experiences. Her first film didn't give her the validation and acceptance that she sought. Naomi felt crushed. So for her second film, she set out to be accepted by the "System" and chose to play by their rules. Naomi encountered very powerful 'gatekeepers' that feel they define the success and happiness of film makers, such as herself. Once she realized that she had been empowered all along, she took a refreshingly different approach.