Author and Transformational Coach Jennifer Grace is Today’s Honoree for Thursday February 11th, 2016

JenniferGraceJennifer Grace is an acclaimed author whose book, Directing Your Destiny, was published by Hay House in June, 2013, and was voted Best Life Coach 2015 in the New Times. She is also a contributor for MindBodyGreen and The Huffington Post.

Jennifer spent eight years on Wall Street in investment banking, then crossed over into the creative world and became a SAG actress, filmmaker, and screenwriter. In the last seven years she has taken her business knowledge and creative expertise and blended them to become a highly effective transformational coach.

Based on the famed Stanford Course, ‘Creativity in Business,’ the curriculum she teaches helps students “get unstuck” in their lives and empowers them with practical tools and techniques to make significant shifts in their lives. Jennifer is also the new train the trainer for the Stanford based course, The Creative Insight Journey, and is training others globally to teach this proven methodology.

She currently leads workshops and courses in Miami at The Standard Hotel where she is the resident coach, and well as online. He retreat company Omluxe takes individuals to divine destinations while also donating 100% of the proceeds to different causes in the region they are visiting.

JenniferGraceBookAbout The Book:

If you were given the chance to write your own future, and direct your own destiny, how would your life change? In this groundbreaking new book, author Jennifer Grace shares her insights—as a classically trained theatrical and SAG actress, screenwriter, and filmmaker—to allow everyone the opportunity to write, produce, and direct the movie of their lives.

By following her easy-to-understand method, you will learn to recast your story with people who are in sync with their highest selves, and rewrite scenes to realign with self-love, creativity, peace, and empowerment.

By utilizing the Authenticity Frequency Method (AFM) technique Jennifer developed, countless business leaders, artists, and students of all ages and backgrounds have already manifested new careers . . . new realities . . . and all-new lives.

With nine gentle daily practices, Jennifer helps you access the authentic emotions you need—week by week—to realize the life you previously only thought was possible in the movies. Here are the tools, the techniques, and the teacher you need to dramatically reimagine your reality.

In just 30 days, with a little discipline and diligence, you’ll discover how to live in a world of “lights, camera, action” and bring your own new story to life!

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Author Sarah Ingmanson is Today’s Honoree for Wednesday February 10th, 2016

WordOfWeekSarah Ingmanson raised eyebrows among her business colleagues and friends when she decided to transition from the corporate world and open a fitness studio.

However, making a leap of faith was just what Ingmanson, author of “Word of the Week,” needed. While Ingmanson loved her job, behind the scenes a grueling international travel schedule was taking a toll on her health.

After Ingmanson’s visits to the emergency room seemingly started to rack up as much as her frequent flier miles, she knew she needed an outlet away from work. Ingmanson’s doctor recommended joining a gym, but she knew that running on the treadmill would not be enough.

Ingmanson found her solution in fitness classes. She became certified in a wide variety of classes, including The willPower Method®.

Part of her responsibility in teaching the class is to utilize a different inspirational word each week to inspire her students. Sensing the impact these words made, she wrote a book on the subject to help them discover their true potential by opening their bodies, hearts and minds through motivation.

“Outward appearances can be deceiving,” Ingmanson said. “When your soul knows differently, your body eventually decides it will no longer put up with the abuse this disconnect is creating.”

Now fully engulfed in fitness, Ingmanson used her career shift as an opportunity to help others resolve their disconnect between the mind and body that Ingmanson knew from personal experience.

“Becoming a fitness instructor made no logical sense at the time,” Ingmanson said. “Yet, it was one of the best decisions I made in my life.”


Sarah Ingmanson is the founder and president of Star’s Locker fitness studio in Henderson, Nev. She is a former executive director at Morgan Stanley, professional ice skater with Disney On Ice and nationally ranked fitness competitor. Ingmanson was a Fulbright Scholar at Osaka University in Japan. She holds a Master of Business Administration in finance from the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business, a master’s degree in international affairs from the University of Pennsylvania Lauder Institute and a bachelor’s degree in international relations from Tufts University. She resides in Las Vegas with her husband and daughter.

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Author Elaine Taylor is Today’s Honoree for Tuesday February 9th, 2016

ElaineTaylorAbout The Book:

What if a psychic told you that you were destined to have the kind of love about which stories are written … “But not until you’re ready.”

What if she was right?

As a teen mom, already ass-branded by one husband both domineering and dumb as meat locker beef, Elaine stutter-stepped to independence via jobs typing letters and dialing phones for a series of mouth-breathers who believed a woman’s place was under the desk, spit-shining their assets. A couple of decades later she had, by god, scratched out a role in the corporate testicle festival where she earned fat, man-sized paychecks. Bought herself some respect and vindication. But her personal life was a dispiriting trail of relationship road kill. Her one faithful love walked on four legs and woofed for her breakfast.

Desperate for a peek at her future Elaine consulted astrologer-psychic Allie B, who whipped out her Tarot cards, did her California woo-woo thing and sprang the good news: … storybook love … when you’re ready.

Enter Jake Kingston. Internationally acclaimed surgeon with a 100-acre ranch in the wine country, two Ferraris in his several garages, and enough love-life failures to make them as compatible as a can of whip cream and a Brazilian wax.

Was Jake the key to the love she sought? Yes. But in a way no one—except the psychic— could have imagined.

Karma, Deception, and a Pair of Red Ferraris is a transformational journey of healing. The story of Elaine achieving the self-esteem she had always faked. Of finding the courage to open her heart and give the kind of love she so yearned to receive.

About The Author:

Elaine Taylor is a former IT headhunter and Contingent Workforce Management consultant to Fortune 500 companies. She previously served on the Board of Directors for Raphael House in San Francisco. She teaches Story Structure through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Duke University. KARMA, DECEPTION and a Pair of Red FERRARIS is her only work of creative nonfiction. She has written two suspense novels: FINAL BETRAYAL and FINAL PUNISHMENT. Currently she lives with her husband and two highly indulged Weimaraners, in the Raleigh/Durham area of North Carolina.

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Author A. E. Stueve is Today’s Honoree for Monday February 8th, 2016

AESteuveWith the release of highly-anticipated Pride and Prejudice and Zombies only one day away, fans everywhere are looking for new ways to embrace the zombie takeover. Science fiction author A.E. Stueve explores this cultural phenomenon in his latest work, Former [The Novel Fox].

Unlike his wife, family and friends, Billy Dodge is alive. Profine, an international pharmaceutical and defense conglomerate, has cured him of an infection that has ravaged Earth for over a decade. Life isn’t easy for the ‘formers,’ however, and despite Profine’s help, Billy is struggling to cope in a less-than-welcoming world. When Billy and a friend are blamed for an unfortunate death, things only become more difficult and Billy finds himself at the center of a global crisis. As Billy wrestles with his inner demons and the strife around him, society struggles with an important question: are ‘formers’ really human, and should they be allowed to live?

An insightful look at zombie culture and what it means to be human, the book explores:

  • How zombies are terrifying because sometimes it is hard to tell who is more monstrous—them or us.
  • How sometimes it’s even harder to tell the difference between zombies and humans.
  • Though the times are bleak, there is hope, which keeps the characters going and acts as a double-edged sword.
  • Themes of racism, nationalism, border closing, McCarthyism, and other unpleasantness, which run rampant throughout the novel.

About the Author:

AE Stueve is a writer and teacher who hangs his hat in Omaha, NE. He holds an MFA from the University of Nebraska, where he was the recipient of the Wendy Fort Foundation Prize for exemplary work in fiction. His work has appeared in such journals and collections as The Journal of Compressed Creative Arts, Dark Moon Presents: Zombies!, HVZA, and Dark Fairy Tales Revisited.

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Judge Grady L. Pettigrew, Jr. is Today’s Honoree for Friday February 5th, 2016

Judge Pettigrew portraitJudge Grady L. Pettigrew, Jr, is the Chairman of the African American Male Wellness Walk in Columbus, Ohio and he tirelessly serves his community.Under his leadership, this Columbus Ohio event now offers free health screenings, monthly health education programs, wellness information, to anyone who wishes to participate.  Since Judge Pettigrew became the Chair, the walk has grown from 4,000 participants to 12,000 and brings together people of many races, ethnicities, gender identities, economic backgrounds and physical health levels. A decorated Army Veteran, Judge Pettigrew served his community as a Federal Judge, an educator, and was named one of the “Best Lawyers in America” during his career. He continues to devote his time to community service as the Chairman of the African American Male Wellness Walk in Columbus, Ohio.

The Honorable Grady L. Pettigrew, Jr,  has served as a Judge of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Ohio, has been a member of the Bankruptcy Faculty of the Federal Judicial Center in Washington, D.C. and was named one of the “Best Lawyers in America” for many years. Judge Pettigrew is currently the President of the City of Columbus Municipal Civil Service Commission. His passion for law and education blends into a lifetime of community service. Currently, Judge Pettigrew serves as the Chair of the African American Male Wellness Walk, a non-profit 501c3, which promotes Health, Education and Wellness that is open to people from every ethnicity, background, gender and economic strata. As the Chair of the African American Male Wellness Walk, Judge Pettigrew leads a core of dynamic volunteers in this annual August event that offers free health screenings, fitness training and medical intervention that has actually saved
lives. Judge Pettigrew created an educational component for the African American Male Wellness Walk and develops and implements monthly educational programs that instruct the community about Mental Health, Diversity, Health, Wellness and Community Service.  As Chair of this important event, Judge Pettigrew strives to unite all members of the community, regardless of age, race, occupation, education or socio-economic group, by encouraging diversity and community unity. During his service as Chair of the African American Male Wellness Walk, participation has increased from 4,000 to 12,000.
A passionate proponent of community service, Judge Pettigrew has volunteered his time to help the community in numerous ways.  A graduate of The Ohio State University and The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, Judge Pettigrew served as a Trustee for Columbus State Community College and as the President and as a Trustee of Columbus Urban League. He has also served on the Board of Governors for the Columbus Bar Association, in the House of Delegates of the Ohio Bar Association,as a Trustee of Interprofessional Commission of Ohio, and as a Trustee of the Martin Luther King Performing Arts Complex.

Judge Pettigrew created PROJECT JUBILEE, a charity which provides free seminars, classes and panel instruction about legal topics, economic empowerment, occupational success and socio-economic legai information without cost to any member of the community.   THE PEOPLE’S LAW SCHOOL is Judge Pettigrew’s free series of courses for the community, which allows attendees from diverse backgrounds to learn about law and receive certificates of attendance. Judge Pettigrew also volunteered his time and wisdom as an author and lecturer for National Conference of Bankruptcy, theNational Association of Chapter 13 Trustees, the Credit Union Executive Society,the Ohio CLE Institute, the Columbus Bar Association CLE Institute and numerous community and professional organizations throughout the United States, Puerto Rico and Canada.

Judge Pettigrew’s tireless commitment to sharing his knowledge appears in his use of media to educate the public as a longtime radio personality.  “Key Facts With Judge Grady Pettigrew” promoted community service, discussed societal issues and taught legal concepts to listeners worldwide through TalkTainment Radio. Judge Pettigrew has hosted his own radio programs that aired on WCVO and WRFD terrestrial radio, prior to expanding to Talktainment Radio’s network of podcasts, internet radio, and terrestrial stations, in order to help and teach more listeners. Judge Pettigrew is the author of two important books about Bankruptcy Law and of numerous articles and publications about Law and Education.

Community Service is at the heart of Judge Pettigrew’s life as a Public Servant, Educator, Broadcaster and Community Leader. This dedicated family man began his adult life by serving his country in the US Army, where he received two Bronze Stars, Air Medal,National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Combat Medical Badge 1st Award and the Republic Vietnam Campaign Ribbon. His entire life has been distinguished by his service to others, including teaching Law and Legal Studies at the Law School of Capital University,The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law and the Federal Judicial Center. An active leader in his Church, Judge Pettigrew has served as a Trustee on the Board of United Church Homes, in order to provide housing for those in need. Serving his community as a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity, The Simultaneous Revival Mass Choir  throughout the various phases of his life,further demonstrates Judge Pettigrew’s strong devotion to serving his community and helping people in every area of his life and career.

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Orthopaedic Surgeon Dr. James Luck, Jr. is Today’s Honoree for Thursday February 4th, 2016

JV Luck,JrMDChildren have special healthcare needs, both physical and emotional. And it takes a special person to not only heal what troubles the child but to comfort the parents and make the family whole.

Dr. James V. Luck, Jr., is just such a person. The former medical director, president and chief executive officer of Los Angeles Orthopaedic Hospital (now Orthopaedic Institute for Children), Dr. Luck is a board-certified orthopaedic surgeon specializing in hemophilia disorders, bone and soft tissue tumors, and joint reconstructions. In his current role as director of surgical services and rehabilitation at OIC’s Hemophilia Treatment Center, Dr. Luck has performed more reconstructive surgeries on hemophilia patients than almost any other surgeon in the world. Dr. Luck then follows many of these patients throughout their entire lives, helping to manage their disease in adulthood with compassion and unparalleled experience.

A graduate of the University of Southern California School of Medicine, Dr. Luck took time to serve his country as a distinguished member of the United States Air Force before embarking full-time on his medical career. That career has been highlighted by a nearly half-century association with OIC where he has made an extraordinary impact on his profession and his patients. In addition to his role at OIC, Dr. Luck currently serves as executive vice chair, professor and program director of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA as well as chairman of the medical advisory board for Shriners Hospitals for Children.

A widely published author and much in-demand speaker, Dr. Luck is a former president of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and a past recipient of the lifetime achievement award from the World Federation of Hemophilia, recognizing his work as a leading healthcare professional in the global field of hemophilia. He is also a past recipient of the “Humanitarian of the Year” awards from both the Crippled Children’s Guild as well as Dignity Health – California Hospital Medical Center.

Today, Dr. Luck continues to provide orthopaedic surgical care at OIC, often treating degenerative conditions in the bones and joints as well as serious injuries to the musculoskeletal system. For all he has done to heal children, enhance his profession, mentor medical students, and serve his community and country, we are proud to name Dr. James V. Luck, Jr., as Today’s Honoree.

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Psychotherapist Douglas Green is Today’s Honoree for Wednesday February 3rd, 2016

TeachingsOfShitrelleAbout The Book:

“Relish the day. If you’re not in awe, you’re just not paying attention.”

She hadn’t even been in the crowded pound a week, but she’d already developed a nickname, “Knucklehead.” As a puppy she destroyed property and precious clothes; as an adult she injured her owner, ruined romances… and changed the world-views of those around her.

Have you ever watched an animal and wondered how it thinks, how it sees the world, how it views you? And have you ever wondered what wisdom you might learn if you could see things as that animal does?

This unique book is many things: an amusing and moving memoir about a memorable dog, a poetic ode to a human-animal connection, and a serious philosophical, psychological, and spiritual inquiry into the lessons a man gleaned from the simple-minded brilliance of a teacher, a lover, a liver of life to the fullest… a Knucklehead.

There has never before been a book like The Teachings of Shirelle. Take a walk with this pooch, and you might never look at life, love, or yourself the same again.

About The Author:

Douglas Green is a psychotherapist working in private practice in Los Angeles, specializing in helping kids and teens build lives they can be proud of.

Doug grew up in Kansas City, and has lived in Connecticut and Australia. For over twenty years, he worked in the entertainment world, as a writer, director, producer, editor, actor, assistant director, even truck driver. Plays he wrote and directed have won multiple awards, and he has numerous shorts, ads, and music videos, to his name. In 2000, he released the feature film The Hiding Place, starring Kim Hunter and Timothy Bottoms – a searing look at the effects of Dementia on a family – which has been shown around the world and written up in journals as diverse as Variety and Playboy.

As a writer, Doug has had articles published in the psychological journals Progress, The Therapist, and Connections. He also created, writes, and manages the website, which gives advice – not from his viewpoint, but from that of a hyperactive, over-eager mutt.

Speaking of whom, the concepts behind the website stem from his upcoming book The Teachings of Shirelle – Life Lessons from a Divine Knucklehead, set for release in November, 2015.

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