Author Corban Addison is Today’s Honoree

About The Book:

In Dhaka, Bangladesh, a garment factory burns to the ground, claiming the lives of hundreds of workers, mostly young women. Amid the rubble, a bystander captures a heart-stopping photograph—a teenage girl lying in the dirt, her body broken by a multi-story fall, and over her mouth a mask of fabric bearing the label of one of America’s largest retailers, Presto Omnishops Corporation.

Eight thousand miles away at Presto’s headquarters in Virginia, Cameron Alexander, the company’s long-time general counsel, watches the media coverage in horror, wondering if the damage can be contained. When the photo goes viral, fanning the flames of a decades old controversy about sweatshops, labor rights, and the ethics of globalization, he launches an investigation into the disaster that will reach further than he could ever imagine—and threaten everything he has left in the world.

A year later in Washington DC, Joshua Griswold, a disgraced former journalist from the Washington Post, receives an anonymous summons from a corporate whistleblower who offers him confidential information about Presto and the fi re. For Griswold, the challenge of exposing Presto’s culpability is irresistible, as is the chance, however slight, at redemption. Deploying his old journalistic skills, he builds a historic case against Presto, setting the stage for a war in the courtroom and in the media that Griswold is determined to win—both to salvage his reputation and to provoke a revolution in Presto’s boardroom that could transform the fashion industry across the globe.

About The Author:

Corban Addison is the internationally bestselling author of four novels, A Walk Across the Sun, The Garden of Burning Sand, The Tears of Dark Water (winner of the inaugural Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Award), and the forthcoming A Harvest of Thorns, all of which address some of today’s most pressing human rights issues. An attorney, activist, and world traveler, he is a supporter of numerous humanitarian causes, including the abolition of modern slavery and labor rights and supply chain transparency in the global economy. He lives with his wife and children in Virginia.

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Author and Podcast Host Carol Graham is Today’s Honoree

Carol Graham is the author of a fast-paced award-winning memoir, Battered Hope, the blog Never Ever Give Up Hope, and a regular contributor to numerous blog sites. She has two monthly columns in Book Fun Magazine and has been published in several anthologies including a best-seller. In 2015, Carol received the Woman of Impact Award from Focus on Women Magazine and Author of the Year for her memoir, Battered Hope.

Carol hosts a bi-weekly talk show Never Ever Give Up Hope in which she interviews people with remarkable stories of how they conquered overwhelming obstacles and achieved success. Never Ever Give Up Hope has an international audience in over 120 countries.

Carol has survived the challenges of major illnesses, devastating personal losses and financial ruin more than once, yet has refused to become a victim. Her goal is to share with others how to survive and thrive.

In addition to motivational speaking, hosting a talk show and writing, Carol owns two jewelry stores, is a wife, mother, grandmother and together with her husband have rescued over 30 dogs.

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Hell Yes Life Podcast Host Norman Bell is Today’s Honoree


When I was in high school, I ran for a senior class officer position with the campaign slogan, “Hell Yes! Vote for Norm!” After a week of campaigning, we had an assembly where each candidate gave a speech. I decided to put on a slideshow. At the end of the speech, I told the crowd, “Okay, if you want to vote for me, on the count of three, yell “Hell Yes!” I said “1, 2, 3…”  and the whole place erupted: “HELL YES!!!!

Later that day, I found out I had won the election by a landslide. The following year was a Hell Yes year. Now, over 25 years later, I’m opening back up. I’m tapping back into that old part of myself, my biggest, most authentic, fully-expressed self. And I’m ready to live a Hell Yes Life. 


See, many of us, myself included, haven’t been living HYLs. No, we’ve been living LLLs: Low Level Lives. That’s not a judgement, it’s just a fact. Sometimes we live at higher energy frequencies where we feel ALIVE, SPONTANEOUS, CURIOUS, PRESENT, and INSPIRED.

And at other times, we live at lower energy frequencies, where we feel disconnected, grumpy, angry, flat, dull and listless. You probably know what I’m talking about because you’ve likely felt both ways at one time or another. Well, here at Hell Yes Life, we’re here to explore how we can live more of our lives in the HYL Zone and less of our lives in the LLL Zone.  Here’s how we’ll be doing that:


On the podcast, we talk to a variety of inspiring people – entrepreneurs like John Lee Dumas and Nick Loper, musicians like Ed Roman, authors like Beth Buelow, Doug Piotter and Felice Cohen, inspirational speakers like Peter Feysa and Cynthia Ruiz, mindfulness teachers like Stacey Tucker, coaches like Quito Keutla and Dawn Armstrong, artists like photographer Brendan Ramsey, plus activists, leaders, spiritual teachers, world travelers, world changers and movement makers, all with one thing in common: They’re currently living or moving toward living an amazing, inspiring, Hell Yes Life.

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The HYL private Facebook group is your place to connect with other Hell Yes Lifers and support each other as you move toward your HYL. Not only that, but we’ll make a real effort to help each other take leaps and strides in their HYL. Know someone who’s a scuba diving instructor? Maybe you can connect a new HYL member whose Hell Yes is scuba diving. And maybe someone will do something similar to help you with your Hell Yes.

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Signing up to the newsletter is the best way to stay connected with HYL. You’ll be the first to know when a new episode is released. You’ll also get event updates and special members-only offers.

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Authors Helen Conroy and Laura Hirsch are Today’s Honoree

This book is a collection of stories about the real secret life of several autism mothers, detailing their stress, their joys, their tears, their laughter, and their disappointments. They describe the struggles they have faced in battling the schools, the state, the media, public opinion, and the medical community that believes autism is a psychological condition rather than a treatable medical disorder. Most importantly, this book reveals the truth behind the causes of autism and offers accounts of real recoveries from a disease that is supposed to be a lifelong disability.

These heart-rending and, ultimately, inspirational accounts offer support, practical advice, and spiritual strength to families dealing with autism. They remind the readers that no matter how helpless their struggle may seem, recovery is within reach.


Helen Conroy is executive director of TEAM Thinking Mom’s Revolution, a 501 (c) 3 not-for-profit organization. After a fifteen-year career as a vice president at a Fortune 500 company, she helped found The Thinking Mom’s Revolution, LLC and, later, TEAM TMR to help support families living with autism. Helen is married to her husband, Doug. They have three beautiful children, including Harrison, who is diagnosed with autism and is in the path to healing. They live in Naples, Florida.

Laura Hirsch has a bachelor’s in speech communications and is the author of three books, including The Other Side of Autism. She advocates for children with autism and for food safety. Laura has been featured in the documentary Genetic Roulette: The Gamble of Our Lives. She has two incredible children, one of whom has regressive autism and is the inspiration for her advocacy work. They live in Reno, Nevada.

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Author Gwendolen Wilder is Today’s Honoree

Gwendolen Wilder endured the physical, financial, psychological, and emotional abuse of domestic violence in both a common-law and traditional marriage for twenty-one years. Her new book, It’s OK To Tell My Story! Surviving Common Law Domestic Violence is a work of fiction based on her real-life experiences. The book details the reality of the continuous betrayals, lack of affection, cruel words, and violent outbursts that so many domestic violence victims endure – and shows how victims can finally get out from under their abusers.

Wilder is an Air Force veteran and a successful business owner who now works with domestic violence victims.

· Her personal experiences dealing with domestic violence, and how she became a survivor
· Practical advice for women who are currently in abusive relationships about how to start the process of leaving their abusers
· Early warning signs that a significant other may become violent and abusive
· Advice for bystanders on ways to truly help victims of domestic violence
· Violence in the workplace: why company leaders should care, and what they can do about it

Gwendolen Wilder served honorably for twenty-one years in the United States Air Force as an Equal Opportunity Director, Alternate Dispute Resolution Director, Education and Training Instructor, and Logistical Readiness Officer, both in the continental U.S. and abroad. While still in the Air Force, Wilder started her own small business, The Mediation and Equal Opportunity Resolution Center (ME Resolution Center), which provided a connection for a more positive work-life balance through investigations, mediations, training, counseling, coaching, and Applied Behavioral Analysis Therapy.

Wilder’s combined military experience, educational expertise, real-life experiences, and natural counseling ability enabled her to help clients identify the root causes of their challenges, while she inspired motivation and provided resourceful tools so that they could attain their emotional, physical, and/or business goals. Wilder successfully retired her business in 2016 in order to focus on continuing her personal self-management, traveling, and writing books centered on domestic violence.

As an author and motivational consultant, she provides clients with intensive tailored coaching experiences focused on self-management, business management, and domestic violence. Wilder’s second book, Managing Domestic Violence In The Workplace will be published later this year.

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Author Mary Bosiu is Today’s Honoree

The more capable, integrated and satisfied individuals are the better they are able to fulfill their responsibilities whether at work, at home or as community members. Maseru, Lesotho, based Advocate and author Mary Bosiu has made it her mission to help teach the skills across a wide range of mediums both in her country and to the world. So far the results have been remarkable.

In her effort to help people live fulfilling lives Advocate Mary Bosiu has devoted herself to the art of personal development. This has led to winning many prestigious awards, along with Bosiu developing a wide range of
seminar courses aimed at helping achieving these goals, in addition to her authoring three inspirational books. Recently, Bosiu has stepped out announcing an interest in appearing in positive minded media appearances in an effort to share even more value through her knowledge, experience and work.

“Service Excellence, Leadership Skills, Stress Management, Financial Wisdom, Team Building – these are have been and will continue to be focuses of my work,” commented Bosiu. “There’s so much need for clarity and guidance in these areas and I’m very honored to be considered an expert in helping people develop stronger abilities and control over these aspects of their lives.”

According to the author, her latest book, “Success Fundamentals Vol. II: Nuggets & Pearls Of Wisdom To Help You Manage Thoughts & Deal With Worry & Fear”, tackles the need to be able to control the mind, if a person ever wants to be truly happy. It’s been fully embraced by readers and opened the door for many recent breakthrough experiences for Bosiu. Some highlights have included Standard Lesotho Bank, one of the largest banks in her native country Lesotho, giving away her book in a major event where popular
American singer Syleena Johnson spoke; being selected as an expert guest on the television show “Debt and How to Get out of the Debt Trap”; and being invited to create a leadership training module for the GBR Leadership Academy based in South Africa.

Not surprisingly Bosiu’s work has inspired quite passionate feedback. Internal Auditor, Ministry of Justice, from Lesotho, recently said, “I think this is the best workshop that I have ever attended. It made me realize that I can make the difference and touch the lives of other people by being the best servant and applying the techniques I have just learned.”

Advocate Mary Bosiu is available to collaborate with reporters and other media figures with interviews or articles on her expertise about life changing strategies that can be transformative in all the best ways.

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Author Louis Conte is Today’s Honoree

About The Book:

The Autism War: A Novel (Skyhorse Publishing paperback; March 14, 2017, $16.99), Tony Colletti, a good suburban cop and father of a child with autism, finds himself drawn into the controversy over the apparent but rarely acknowledged connection between childhood vaccines and autism. His quest to uncover the truth forces him to risk all he holds dear while confronting corrupt government officials, the powerful pharmaceutical industry, and disturbing elements of his own past. Even while holding down his job and dealing with family crises, Colletti spearheads the drive to contend with industrial espionage, Russian gangsters, and sexual predators preying upon disabled children. Tony and his colleagues face powerful government and private factions that manipulate the media, fabricate scientific research, conduct shadowy judicial proceedings, and viciously attack those who question vaccine safety.

In this gripping novel, government and industry have formed an unholy alliance that places profit ahead of children’s health, one that compels ordinary Americans to fight back to protect their families and the ideals of justice. In the tradition of Ibsen’s An Enemy of the People and echoing Japan’s infamous Minamata mercury poisoning tragedy, The Autism War reminds us how a handful of dedicated citizens armed with convincing evidence can prevail over a complacent majority and overwhelming odds.

About The Author:

Louis Conte is a law enforcement officer and independent investigator with the Westchester County (NY) Department of Probation. As a leading advocate for people with autism, he has championed their cause in state capitols and Washington, DC. He was the lead investigator for and coauthor of a seminal paper on the autism-vaccine controversy, “Unanswered Questions from the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program: A Review of Compensated Cases of Vaccine-Induced Brain Injury,” in the Pace Environmental Law Review, which found that the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program compensated many children with autism for vaccine-induced brain damage while declaring no link between vaccines and autism. Conte lives in Pleasantville, New York, with his wife, Andrea, and their three sons, Thomas, Sam, and Louie.

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