Fitness Foundry Founder Julio A. Salado is Today’s Honoree

Fitness Foundry personal training is based on exercise science and holistic arts. My philosophy is rooted in diligence, consistency, openmindedness and passion. My A.I.M. is to Assess, Initiate and Motivate you to meet your fitness goal. The ultimate goal will be self-efficacy.

I am a National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) Recognized Certified Personal Trainer with Distinction. My experience includes over ten years of strength & conditioning training with disciplines in bodybuilding, TRX suspension training, Olympic lifts, kettle bells, power lifting, post rehabilitation, senior training, cross training, sports performance, Yang Style Tai Chi Chuan and personal training business development.

I am a native of Boston, MA., and the  founder of Fitnessfoundry.net, a leading online resource for health and wellness. For over a decade, I have guided countless individuals from all levels of fitness to achieve their body sculpting and personal training goals. I am also an educator and continuing education provider.

I am the author of BREAK OUT of Breaking Even! 3 Step Method for PROVEN Long-Term Weight Loss” and “How to Become an A-List Personal Trainer”.  My unique blend of western exercise science and holistic arts has been featured in numerous TV shows, in print, and online including: “Boston Mayor Marty Walsh’s Senior Count TV Show”, Boston.com” ‘Health and Family Magazine’ , “Fitness Professional Online”, “Boston Globe , “Boston Magazine , “Doug Holt’s Coffee Talk Podcast” and “Top Personal Trainers Answer Your Questions” published by Regency Publishing.

Fitness Foundry is unique because of its seamless integration of exercise science and Yin and Yang universal principles – specifically for developing Movement, Performance, Skill and Self-Efficacy.

For more information please visit http://www.fitnessfoundry.net/about-2/

 

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Community Development Consultant Valerie F. Leonard is Today’s Honoree

Valerie F. Leonard is a community development consultant with a mission of strengthening the capacity of organizations to make a positive impact on the communities they serve through technical assistance, specialized workshops, resource and organizational development and project management. She also teaches online courses in nonprofit management with the University of Illinois Great Cities Institute. Ms. Leonard has a bachelor of arts degree in economics from Spelman College, and a master of management degree in finance and marketing from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management.

Valerie is very actively engaged in the North Lawndale community as the convener of the Lawndale Alliance, a group of concerned residents who have come together to address some of North Lawndale’s most pressing problems. The Lawndale Alliance has tackled a number of issues, including TIFs, the Olympics, the Neighborhood Stabilization Program and the generally poor performance of North Lawndale schools. As a result of the Lawndale Alliance’s advocacy, the Ogden Pulaski TIF Redevelopment Plan was revised to minimize the potential for displacement of local residents. In the absence of a local TIF advisory committee, the group provides annual updates on the status of the 7 TIFs that impact North Lawndale. The Lawndale Alliance has partnered with organizations across the City, including the Chicago Westside Branch of the NAACP, to advocate for the fair distribution of Neighborhood Stabilization funding as the City of Chicago addresses the mortgage foreclosure crisis. They have recently worked with PACE and the West Side NAACP to get an advisory referendum on the ballot asking West Side voters in certain precincts if they believed Chicago should have an elected school board. The measure received over 86% “yes” votes.

Valerie’s other community engagement includes organizing North Lawndale Votes, a voter registration and education initiative involving a broad cross section of community based organizations, schools and churches. North Lawndale Votes sponsored training for over 50 deputy registrars, registered over 1,500 voters, encouraged voter turnout and analyzed West Side voting trends for six election cycles. Ms. Leonard also writes articles for the North Lawndale Community News to highlight the impact of government policies and programs on local residents. She manages several websites and blogs, including Valeriefleonard.com, Staying in the Loop, Policy on the Ground, North Lawndale TIFs, and the North Lawndale African American Heritage Quilting Project. She also coaches Crane High School students in preparation for the ACT.

Valerie counts her parents, Theodis and Essie Leonard, as her greatest role models. They instilled within her a healthy love for God, family, community and education. The two most salient lessons Ms. Leonard learned from her parents are: 1) Get as much education as you can, because, once you have it, no one can take it away; and 2) You can’t run away to the suburbs to get away from North Lawndale’s problems. A better approach is to build the community where you live, rather than moving to another place, hoping the community will build you.

Visit http://www.valeriefleonard.com/about/ for more information.

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Author Isaac Marion is Today’s Honoree

About The Book:

The New York Times bestselling Warm Bodies Series has captivated readers in twenty-five languages, inspiring a major film and transcending the zombie genre to become something “poetic” (Library Journal) “highly original” (Seattle Times) and “ultimately moving” (Time Out London). Now the story of a dead man’s search for life reaches its conclusion on a scale both epic and intimate.

Before he was a flesh-eating corpse, R was something worse. He remembers it all now, a life of greed and apathy more destructive than any virus, and he sees only one path to redemption: he must fight the forces he helped create. But what can R, Julie, and their tiny gang of fugitives do against the creeping might of the Axiom Group, the bizarre undead corporation that’s devouring what’s left of America?

About The Author:

Isaac Marion grew up in small towns around the Pacific Northwest, pursuing careers in writing, painting, and music until one of these finally sparked with the publication of his debut novel in 2010. WARM BODIES become a New York Times Bestseller, inspired a major film, and was translated into 25 languages. He spent the next eight years writing the rest of the story over the course of four books, now concluded with THE LIVING. He lives and writes on Orcas Island and plays music in Seattle with the band, Thing Quartet.

Visit https://isaacmarion.com/about/ for more information

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Author Dr. Myrah Brown Green is Today’s Honoree

About The Book:

This new resource assembles 129 Black artists and their magnificent works, highlighting their important contributions to art worldwide. Beginning with the Brooklyn-based artists active during the Works Progress Administration years and continuing with artists approaching their prime today, the collection spans 80 years of art. From highly publicized artists to rising talent, each is tied to Brooklyn in their own way. Artists include Jacob Lawrence, Otto Neals, Onnie Millar, Kehinde Wiley, Dindga McCannon, Melvin Edwards, Dread Scott, Xenobia Bailey, Vivian Schuyler Key, Kay Brown, Russell Frederick, and many more. Seven chapters highlight overarching themes that connect the artists, besides their Brooklyn connections. A foreword by New York City’s “first lady,” Chirlane McCray, marks the importance of Brooklyn’s Black creators within the city’s art community.

About The Author:

Dr. Myrah Brown Green is an art historian, author, arts consultant, lecturer, and independent curator. Raised in Cambridge, Massachusetts, her love for arts began in childhood while spending countless hours creating at the Community Art Center in the housing complex where she lived and included frequent excursions to culturally rich art institutions. She moved to Brooklyn to attend Pratt Institute. Dr. Myrah is also a professional quilt maker who has been quilting and teaching textile arts for more than thirty years. Her quilts are in a number of prestigious collections including the Smithsonian’s Anacostia Museum in Washington, DC, and Michigan State University. For the past decade Dr. Myrah has devoted her time to assisting the Black New York artist community to document and archive their art.

https://www.schifferbooks.com/brooklyn-on-my-mind-black-visual-artists-from-the-wpa-to-the-present-6561.html

 

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DEDICATED GRIND Entrepreneur Demetrius Jones is Today’s Honoree

DEDICATED GRIND is a motivational based movement/brand. Our goal is to inspire every generation to chase their dreams through motivational gear and positive uplifting. Hard work never goes unnoticed, the GRIND always speaks for itself.

 

The Story behind the DEDICATED GRIND:

My name is Demetrius Jones I’m from LaGrange, GA. I’m a young 28 year old entrepreneur who loves giving back to the community. I graduated from Albany State University where I graduated with a degree in Business and I had a full athletic scholarship for Basketball. I started my own t-shirt business in 2017 called “DEDICATED GRIND” and I build it off the foundation I was brought up on where you work hard for everything you want and if you stay dedicated to your grind/passion then the hardwork will eventually pay off.

My Father and Grandfather were clear example of this growing up, Father drove trucks, did construction, and also was local DJ so he had multiple job that made him success. My Grandpa is a Pastor, Own His own Christian Bookstore for 35+ years, is a licensed brick layer, so this is where the name really came from is my own family because everyday I seen them get up and work multiple jobs without complaining in order to obtain different levels of success.

My Clothing Brand is motivational/fashion brand. I just want to remind people to Stay DEDICATED to the grind or passion and that eventually they will get to where they want to be. I always like the term Earned not Given, because nothing in life is free and in order to gain success it takes a lot of hardwork and dedication. I never wanted anything to be given to me unless I earned it!

Visit www.DEDICATEDGRIND.org for more information.

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Author Robert Webster, Ph.D. is Today’s Honoree

In time for the start of the 2018-2019 United States flu season and the 100th anniversary of the 1918 Spanish influenza pandemic, famed virologist and international flu expert Robert Webster, Ph.D., has published a new book chronicling a lifetime of work in the field of influenza research, “Flu Hunter: Unlocking the Secrets of a Virus.

Webster is chair emeritus of the Department of Infectious Diseases at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis. St. Jude is a World Health Organization Collaborating Centre forInfluenza and a National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Center of Excellence for Influenza Research and Surveillance.

Dubbed “Flu Hunter” by Smithsonian Magazine, Webster began his research in the field in the early 1960s and is among the first scientists to acknowledge a link between human and avian flu. His new book, Flu Hunter: Unlocking the Secrets of a Virus,” provides readers with a first-hand account of a lifetime of scientific detective work unlocking the secrets to one of the world’s deadliest viruses.

“Flu Hunter: Unlocking the Secrets of a Virus” also contains warnings to heed today, particularly during the 100th anniversary of the deadliest influenza pandemic in modern human history. It has been Webster’s life work to figure out how and why this kind of pandemic is able to spread rapidly across the globe with high levels of mortality.

Could a global flu catastrophe like the 1918 Spanish influenza pandemic happen again?  Webster’s warning is clear: “It is not only possible, it is just a matter of when.”

Webster’s new book reveals some of the fascinating scientific work involved in researching the flu virus, including exhuming bodies of Spanish flu victims from Arctic permafrost in a search for tissue samples containing genetic material from the virus.

“’Flu Hunter’ chronicles the career of an outstanding global scientific leader.  It is a book that will appeal equally to students and scientists familiar with  the field, and lay readers. I heartily commend it to all.”

 – Lance C. Jennings, chair, International Society for Influenza and                other  Respiratory Diseases

“Flu Hunter: Unlocking the Secrets of a Virus” is published by Otago University Press and is available on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Flu-Hunter-Unlocking-secrets-virus/dp/1988531314

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NOGU Co – Founders MARIO CHRISTIAN & LUCA DANIEL are Today’s Honoree

FOUNDED BY MARIO CHRISTIAN & LUCA DANIEL THE AWARD WINNING FAMILY OF BRANDS THAT INCLUDE JOSEPH NOGUCCI, NOGU & DANIEL CHRISTIAN TANG EXPLORE A MULTI-DISCIPLINARY APPROACH TO FASHION & ACCESSORIES DESIGN.

“DESIGN IS DESIGN, REGARDLESS THE MEDIUM. WHETHER YOU’RE DESIGNING A MUSEUM OR A BRACELET, THE ARTISTIC PROCESS IS THE SAME” – MARIO CHRISTIAN

BOTH DIAGNOSED WITH CYSTIC FIBROSIS AT BIRTH, BROTHERS MARIO & LUCA GREW UP WITH A VERY UNIQUE PERSPECTIVE ON LIFE, TIME AND THE PURSUIT OF THEIR DREAMS.

IT MADE THEM WANT TO LIVE THEIR LIVES WITH A VERY CLEAR AND DISTINCT JOIE DE VIVRE. DON’T STRESS OUT ON THE LITTLE THINGS. FOLLOW YOUR PASSIONS, TRY AND TRAVEL THE WORLD WHEN YOU CAN AND JUST DO WHAT MAKES YOU HAPPY.

THESE BELIEFS PUSHED THEM INTO CHALLENGING CAREERS THEY LOVED, ARCHITECTURE FOR MARIO AND ENGINEERING FOR LUCA. THIS EVENTUALLY LED THEM TO DIRECT THEIR PASSION FOR DESIGN INTO SOMETHING THAT COULD BE ENJOYED BY MANY AND NOT FEW.

HOLDING NOTHING BACK THEY TRAVELED THE WORLD, WHEN HEALTH WAS ON THEIR SIDE, FINISHED DEGREES IN ARCHITECTURE AND ENGINEERING AND EVENTUALLY FOUNDED JOSEPH NOGUCCI, A FASHION DESIGN FIRM GROUNDED IN THE TENETS OF CAREFREE LIVING, SPIRITUALITY, WHIMSICALITY AND ADVENTURE.

THE TEAM IS ONE WITH AN ECLECTIC MIX OF DISCIPLINES THAT RANGE FROM ARCHITECTURE TO STRUCTURAL ENGINEERING & ART. MARIO CHRISTIAN LAVORATO GRADUATED WITH A MASTERS OF ARCHITECTURE (M.ARCH) FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO. LUCA DANIEL LAVORATO, A GRADUATE FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF WATERLOO’S HONORS CIVIL ENGINEERING PROGRAM WITH A CONCENTRATION IN STRUCTURAL ENGINEERING.

EQUIPPED WITH YEARS OF ARCHITECTURAL AND ENGINEERING DESIGN TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE, MARIO & LUCA SET OUT TO DESIGN A COLLECTION THAT PULLED INSPIRATION FROM THEIR TRAVELS AROUND THE WORLD, SPIRITUAL INFLUENCES AND THE PRACTICE OF YOGA THAT KEPT THEM HEALTHY.

UNMISTAKABLY UNIQUE. ADVENTUROUS. ACCESSIBLE. HIGH QUALITY.

THOSE WERE THE FOUR PILLARS THAT THE NOGU FAMILY OF BRANDS WAS BUILT UPON AND WITH OVER 1 MILLION PIECES SHIPPED IN JUST A FEW SHORT YEARS THEY ARE PILLARS THAT STAND.

Visit https://www.nogu.studio/pages/press for more information. 

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