WovenHacks Founder Vincent Sam is Today’s Honoree

Vincent Sam is a Tech Citizen, Storyteller, Visionary and Founder of WovenHacks, a Non Profit Foundation. As a seasoned traveler with multi-cultural background, Kobe shares his experiences in hopes to empower and inspire his audience.

About WovenHacks:

Each day, foreign students wake up in another man’s land in hopes to attain success in their academic endeavors. In addition to their cultural adjustment, these students are required by law to be enrolled as full time and to complete study within the allotted student visa period. There’s certainly no room to fail. Woven Hacks Foundation devotes its efforts to provide a support system for these neglected minority, foreign students. We believe “the best thing to hold onto in life is each other”, an inspirational quote by Audrey Hepburn. We organize innovation events to showcase unity through innovation and offer these students a chance to create solutions to the challenges they currently face. Through their inventions, these foreign students get to share the untold stories of the student population.

Visit https://www.wovenhacks.com/ for more information.


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Authors Dr. Chris Cortman and Dr. Joseph Walden are Today’s Honoree

Contrary to what many people believe, we can recover from emotional trauma relatively quickly and completely on our own.

Whether it’s extreme trauma such as sexual abuse or the horrors of war or less dramatic, but psychologically speaking just as serious, wounds involving shame and guilt, we don’t need to spend years in intensive therapy to recover.

While most people know what they can do on their own to treat physical ills―like using ice on a muscle sprain―they don’t realize that they can apply certain psychological principles to treat anxiety, depression and many other conditions in the comfort of their own homes.

Keep Pain in the Past will teach you the critical 21st century skill of treating your own psychological wounds.

Discover how Sheri, a 37-year-old attorney, recovered from panic attacks that seemed to come out of nowhere.

Follow the journey of Mark, a 29-year-old Army veteran who experienced the horror of war in Afghanistan, as he healed from the downward spiral that had caused him to lose his job and become increasingly uncommunicative with his family.

Explore how Melinda, a 42-year-old professor who struggled to sustain a romantic relationship, confronted her torturous childhood and has now found love that is still going strong after three years.

Keep Pain in the Past achieves what conventional therapy does not. This book will help you confront the emotional baggage of your past, reach closure by completing the event, and finally discover a life unhaunted by past trauma.

We would love to send you a review copy, provide an excerpt, or arrange an interview with the encouraging and informative authors Dr. Chris Cortman and Dr. Joseph Walden.

About Dr. Chris Cortman

Chris Cortman, PhD has been a licensed psychologist for 28 years.

He is a much-sought-after speaker, has facilitated more than 60,000 hours of psychotherapy, and has provided psychological consultation at five hospitals in the Sarasota/Venice area.

Dr. Cortman is the co-creator of a youth prevention and wellness program called The Social Black Belt.

About Dr. Joseph Walden

Dr. Joseph Walden has worked in a crisis center and an inpatient drug and alcohol center in Bradenton, a college counseling center in and the C.W. Bill Young VA Medical Center in St. Petersburg, and Park Center, a community mental health hospital, in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

“I am personally and professionally invested in the treatment of the military population. My father was an Army veteran and was the one who originally sparked my interest in the treatment of trauma. While on practicum at the Bay Pines VAMC, I worked in the Substance and Posttraumatic Integrated Recovery (SPIR) unit where I worked with veterans who were dually diagnosed with an alcohol/drug addiction and PTSD. There I spent time completing trauma-specific training for my entire tenure there.”

Visit https://mango.bz/authors/chris-cortman-187 for more information.


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Girls Love Mail Founder Gina L. Mulligan is Today’s Honoree

Girls Love Mail, the national charity featured on The NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt, People.com, Today.com, and The Steve Harvey Show is fighting breast cancer with sheets of paper and good penmanship. The mission of Girls Love Mail is to give the gift of hand-written letters to women going through breast cancer treatment. Since August 2011, they have handed out over 125,000 letters – that’s 125,000 women across the country encouraged by kindness anyone can do. Letters come in from around the globe and go out through 165 cancer centers across the country, and the numbers are growing.


In 2009, author and founder of Girls Love Mail, Gina L. Mulligan, was diagnosed with breast cancer. At the time Gina was working on an epistolary novel, a novel that is made up of all letters. While undergoing treatment and writing letters for her novel, she started receiving letters and cards filled with well wishes. Gina received over 200 letters, many from people she had never met. “Letters were all around me, and I realized letters are a precious gift with the power to heal,” says Gina. She wanted to give back and started Girls Love Mail with the goal to get a letter to every woman diagnosed – that’s 250,000 letters each year.

Visit http://www.girlslovemail.com/contact/ for more information.

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Author Jane Zarse is Today’s Honoree

Alcoholism is a global issue, as families across the world find themselves reeling from the effects of the disease and struggling to find ways to save their loved ones and help break themselves from the chains of this debilitating disorder. According to a 2017 study published by JAMA Psychiatry, alcoholism in the United States rose by a shocking 49% in the first decade of the 2000s. One-in-eight American adults, or 12.7 percent of the U.S. population, now meets diagnostic criteria for alcohol use disorder. With such an overwhelming epidemic striking families everywhere, how can we best address the disorder and save lives?

In her new book, Sober and Pissed Off, author and recovering alcoholic Jane Zarse shares her personal story of recovery and describes how she regained her emotional sobriety after becoming a dry, miserable alcoholic. With no known cure for alcoholism, Zarse found that the only proven treatment to combat the disease was through finding her spirituality. When Zarse got tangled up emotionally, her spiritual condition suffered greatly, and when a recovering alcoholic loses serenity, sobriety is usually next. Sober and Pissed Off illustrates why sobriety is so much more than simply not drinking, and is written for the countless people in recovery who are physically sober and emotionally struggling.

“Alcoholics Anonymous’ success rate for long-term sobriety is at an all-time low- less than 10%,” says Zarse. “Less than 20% of people in treatment can even maintain sobriety for a year. As a recovering alcoholic myself, I can firmly say that the road to recovery requires more than just weekly meetings. Sober and Pissed Off takes a look at the spiritual elements required to recover not just physically, but emotionally, and begin your own personal path to healing.”

About the Author:

Jane Zarse was born and raised in Lake Forest, Illinois. She graduated from Boston University on the Dean’s list before acting in New York City and trading in Chicago. She spiraled into alcoholism before joining Alcoholics Anonymous and finding her way back. Sober and Pissed Off is the second book for Zarse. Her first book, Love and Compassion Is My Religion (A Beginner’s Book Into Spirituality), is a guide for finding one’s spiritual self. Zarse’s first book received excellent reviews and gained worldwide attention. She has built an impressive author platform with tens of thousands of people who are in recovery following her on social media and is a top 2% Twitter influencer.

Connect with Zarse on FacebookTwitter or InstagramSober and Pissed Off is available for purchase now on Amazon.

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Author Lisa Kohn is Today’s Honoree

About The Book:

Born to “hippie” parents, immersed in the “flower child” lifestyle of the time—Kohn, author of the debut memoir, To the Moon and Back: A Childhood Under the Influence [Heliotrope Books, September 2018], shares her unique story. With a mixture of encounter groups and primal screams, macrobiotic diets, communes, Jefferson Airplane concerts in Central Park, and watching naked actors on off-Broadway stages– Kohn’s childhood was less than idyllic. By the time she turned ten, her mother joined the Unification Church—the Moonies—physically abandoning her and her brother, while emotionally and spiritually bring them into the cult. Wholeheartedly embracing the Moonies, Kohn found the stringent, punishing rules by which they lived a safe haven to the chaos she knew.

In the 1970’s, the Unification Church was at the forefront of American culture, and Kohn was at the epicenter of the Unification Church—best friends with Reverend Moon’s children and a frequent guest at his house, at his dining table, and in his pool. On weekdays, she lived in her father’s world of drugs, sex, and late-night bartending in the squalor of the East Village of New York. On weekends, Kohn escaped to a world she longed for—her mother’s—the fanatical, puritanical life of religious fervor.

“I was alienated from others throughout my life. Ashamed of my father and his ‘satanic’ lifestyle, I hid that life from my Church community,” says Kohn. “Within the community, I was judged and shunned for not being pure enough. Deep down, I still somehow knew that it was all my fault, and that I had to be better.”

Resonating on a multitude of levels, Lisa Kohn in To the Moon and Back, shares with a position of love and hope the harrowing journey of one woman facing her fears, feeling her buried pain, and confronting the lies she had built up to feel—and to be—safe. Slowly, Kohn created a healthy adult life she always wanted but never knew existed.

About The Author:

Lisa Kohn is an accomplished leadership consultant, executive coach, author, and keynote speaker with a strong business background and a creative approach. She has over 20 years of experience partnering with Fortune 500 clients in areas of leadership, communication styles, managing change, interpersonal and team dynamics, and strategy, as well as life balance and fulfillment.

By emphasizing the importance of thoughtful, intentional leadership, Lisa helps clients to not only uncover issues to implement real changes, but also to successfully address their own inner challenges and effectively connect with others to ensure the changes stick.

Lisa earned her BA in psychology from Cornell University and her MBA from Columbia University’s Executive Program. She has taught as an adjunct professor at Columbia University and New York University’s Stern School of Business, and has been featured in several professional publications addressing topics on management, leadership, and communications. She has been awarded the designation of Professional Certified Coach by the International Coach Federation. Lisa is an Accredited Facilitator for Everything DiSC®, The Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team™, The Leadership Circle™, and Myers-Briggs Type Indicator®. Lisa is the co-author of The Power of Thoughtful Leadership: 101 Minutes to Being the Leader You Want to Be. A native New Yorker, she currently resides in Wayne, Pennsylvania with her family.

Connect with Lisa Kohn on TwitterFacebook, and LinkedIn. Learn more about Lisa Kohn and To the Moon and Back at www.lisakohnwrites.com

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R & B Singer Parker Polhill is Today’s Honoree

Pop-heavy R&B singer Parker Polhill is gearing up to release his newest single “No Talk Tonight” on September 24th. A talented soul pursuing his dreams, Parker possesses a wide tenor vocal range that compliments the sultry blues sound in “No Talk Tonight,” sure to be one of the hottest new songs in 2018. With dreamy looks and a voice you can’t get out of your head, we would love to set up an interview with you and Parker to discuss his newest single, pursing his passion for music, and his rise to the top!

With a passion for music that began when he was just 8 years old, Parker would record cover songs in his uncle’s home recording studio and release them independently. Shortly soon after, he organically received an overwhelming international response, which lead to a headlining national tour and over 10 million YouTube views. Parker’s beautiful falsetto vocals combined with his cinematic music videos has helped him break through the crowded musical landscape with a style all his own. You can watch the official video for his recent single “On One” HERE and listen to “International” , which channels Camila Cabello and Shawn Mendes’ sound, and is now available on iTunes, Apple Music & Spotify.

Born and raised in Atlanta, GA, Parker always knew he wanted to pursue and cut his teeth in the music industry performing at Eddie’s Attic in Atlanta Georgia, a venue where artists such as Justin BieberJohn Mayer, and Sugarland regularly performed and developed their fanbases. With a desire to immerse himself in all aspects of creating songs, Parker moved to Music City (Nashville, TN) and studied audio engineering for nearly a year at the popular studio utilized by major-label and independent artists such as Taylor Swift, Keith Urban, and Reliant K known as Dark Horse Recording Studios. Parker’s friends and family weren’t the only ones realizing his potential, country singer Brett Young and Tyler Stevens (Young’s tour manager) have mentored and believed in Parker from day one.

Parker just completed a national tour and is now in the studio writing new music. Originally from Atlanta, he now splits his time between recording studios in Los Angeles and Phoenix.

Visit http://www.parkerpolhillmusic.com/ for more information.

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Forefront Charity Founder Matthew Oh is Today’s Honoree

About Forefront Charity:

Forefront Charity has a four-pillar approach to empowering future leaders. Empowerment starts with clean water, because without it, girls and women are spending up to six hours each day fetching water, instead of getting an education or being able to have a career. The next step is education; over 50 percent of girls in India fail to enroll in school, and most girls drop out by the age of 12 to help their families. To that end, we are currently building a school in India. The next step is medical care; over 60 percent of people in India do not have adequate healthcare. The final step is empowerment. India is 102nd out of 144 in the United Nations Gender Equality Index.

About Matthew Oh:

Matt is a Cornell University chemical engineer. Matt founded FOREFRONT in 2015 after having gone to India since 2012 and other countries such as El Salvador, Venezuela, and Paraguay and seeing the various severe needs in water/sanitation, education, health, and social justice.

Visit https://www.goforefront.org/about-us for more information.

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