Psychotherapist and Author Lily Dulan is Today’s Honoree

About The Book:

Following the death of her daughter, Kara Meyer Dulan, from SIDs at the tender age of two months old, Dulan was compelled to give meaning to her daughter’s brief life and honor her name.  As she moved through the grief process in a profound and transformative way, she gradually created The Name Work^®, a cross pollination of proven psychological modalities, 12-step wellness tools, and spiritual healing applications.  By attaching a special meaning to names, and following breathing and meditative exercises, daily affirmations, and more, the method teaches us how to overcome our personal and professional challenges.  It also addresses our shared grief at this most difficult and challenging time in history, brought on by Covid-19, racialism, a collapsing economy, and environmental disasters.  For many of us, the upcoming holiday season will trigger feelings of stress, loneliness and grief, and the New Year will bring forth desires to make a lasting change.  GIVING GRIEF MEANING explains how to work through challenges such as:

  • Coming to terms with ANGER, STRESS, FAMILY/MARITAL DISCORD, DEATH, LOSS
  • Reframing a relationship with ADDICTION, FOOD, SEXUALITY, BODY IMAGE
  • Rebuilding after CHANGE, SADNESS, DEPRESSION

About The Author:

Ms. Dulan facilitates The Name Work workshops and educational events in the greater Los Angeles area for universities, organizations, corporations, and small private groups. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two daughters.

Visit https://www.lilydulan.com/meet-lily/ for more information.

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Author Philip A. Loring is Today’s Honoree

Imagine a world where humanity isn’t destined to cause harm to the natural world, where win-win scenarios—people and nature thriving together—are possible. In reality, of course, we’re facing numerous environmental challenges, from climate change to an ocean full of plastic and global declines in biodiversity—all of which have led many people to assume that humanity is fundamentally flawed, that these problems are inevitable, and the story of our species is destined to be nasty, brutish and short. But what if this narrative could be dismantled?

In Finding Our Niche: Toward a Restorative Human Ecology, Philip A. Loring explores the tragedies and myths of Western society and offers fascinating and hopeful examples that can guide us toward reconciling our damaging settler-colonial histories and tremendous environmental missteps so that we might realign our lives with the rest of the natural world.

“The volume of problems that we hear about on the news every day make it easy to feel fatalistic about our future. I believe that people are hungry for good news and optimism to fuel their own actions and ambitions,” Loring says. “With this book, my focus is on stories of healing, growth and transformation—stories that make real and durable change seem both tangible and achievable.”

Drawing upon numerous examples from around the world, from cattle ranchers on the Burren in Ireland, to clam gardeners in British Columbia and protectors of an accidental wetland in northwest Mexico, Loring offers a set of ecological metaphors, including keystone, engineer and sentinel, which collectively contribute to a more optimistic vision for our future, one where people and nature thrive together. Interwoven are stories of Loring’s personal struggles to reconcile his identity as a white settler living and working on stolen Indigenous lands.
In a moment when our world is hanging in the balance, Finding Our Niche is a hopeful exploration of humanity’s place in the natural world, one that focuses on how we can heal and reconcile our unique human ecologies to achieve more sustainable and just societies.

Dr. Philip Loring is a widely respected anthropologist, ecologist and writer. His work focuses on the intersection of sustainability, food systems and social justice, and he is particularly interested in solutions where people and ecosystems thrive together. He studied at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, and his research has taken him to such diverse places as the temperate rainforests of British Columbia, the prairies of Saskatchewan, the highlands of Guatemala and the Sonoran Desert in Mexico. An avid science communicator, Loring emphasizes writing, film and other forms of storytelling to reach diverse audiences. He has published over 50 academic papers, multiple book chapters and reports, and numerous essays for popular online magazines including Ensia.com. He has also produced several short films and given presentations in numerous international venues, including for the OECD, the American Association for the Advancement of Science and TEDx. He is also a regular contributor to CBC Radio Syndication. Finding Our Niche is his first book.  

For more information, please visit www.conservationofchange.org

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Author and Designer Robin Wilson is Today’s Honoree

Robin Wilson is a U.S. lifestyle brand, author, designer and real estate developer – the entrepreneurial founder of a licensed brand focused on Clean Design protocols. Named to the Inc. magazine Female Founders 100 List in 2020, she is a world-class thought leader on hypoallergenic, sustainable and eco-conscious options for the B2B and B2C marketplace. (Wikipedia)

MEDIA – a two time #1 Amazon bestselling author, Robin has been featured on multiple news segments as an expert on eco-friendly design and allergy-focused segments. She has hosted an LX-TV Open House segment for Earth Day and been featured on HGTV’s “Selling New York”, among other television programs. Recent profiles include Inc. magazine, Bloomberg, NPR and NY Business Journal discussing brand trajectory.

WELLNESS ENTREPRENEUR – Robin’s life mission is to help the 60 million Americans who suffer from allergies or asthma (1 in 4 people). With her Clean Design protocol, she works to educate consumers about hypoallergenic, sustainable and eco-friendly lifestyle options. With a personal medical journey of allergies and asthma, she is an expert on creating an eco-healthy lifestyle. To achieve her goals, she has written two books, spoken to media and audiences about simple solutions for their personal ecosystem – home! 

LICENSING – The company created two distinct brands focused on B2B and B2C marketplace – and continues to license with major manufacturers with quality products from soft to durable goods. The focus on ‘everything home’ allows synergies to develop for consumers who follow the Clean Design protocol.  

BRAND IMPACT – In 2010, Robin became the 2nd black woman with products sold at Bed Bath & Beyond. One year earlier, she became the first woman to have a line of custom cabinetry sold nationwide at 400 retail shops – with licensed brand sales over $82 million (wholesale). She launched a custom furniture line at the 2013 International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF). She was named a brand ambassador for Panasonic USA and partnered with a leading pharmaceutical firm to create a national media campaign as an expert on clean design for a hypoallergenic lifestyle.

Her interior design work has included the White House Fellows office, President Clinton’s Harlem office, Laureate Park/Lake Nona developer work and numerous private residence projects across the United States.

ACCOLADES: Robin has won book awards for both of her books, and for her film projects with the 2012 short documentary “Home with Robin” winning laurels at two film festivals.  In 2017, Ms. Wilson delivered the keynote address to High Point Market, titled “Design Disrupters” in a TED-talk style video that continues to be viewed online. Her commentary is valued by media outlets regarding allergies, asthma, clean design, diversity, wellness and eco-friendly design.

Born in Austin, Texas, Robin lives in the NYC area and is the proud mom of a daughter.

She has a Masters degree in Real Estate Finance from New York University; and a Bachelors degree from the University of Texas at Austin.

Visit https://robinwilsonhome.com/ for more information.

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Heavenly Puffs Owner Tammy Levent is Today’s Honoree

Serial entrepreneur Tammy Levent’s travel business went under because of COVID so she began working full-time at her food truck side hustle. Now “Heavenly Puffs” is a national dessert rollout and this female-founded, minority-owned business is also one of the few chosen as an official vendor at the NFL Super Bowl LV Experience Event. Tammy also has an incredible back story (see below) and her remarkable business rebound is inspiring proof that it’s truly not what happens to you, but how you deal with your situation and move forward.

Heavenly Puffs Serial entrepreneur Tammy Levent ran a flourishing travel enterprise until COVID hit and her business shattered. To make ends meet, she and her husband began working full-time at their weekend side hustle: Heavenly Puffs, a Tampa-based food truck serving up “Loukoumades” (aka Greek donuts.

Crunchy on the outside with a pillowy-soft center and topped with honey and cinnamon, this ancient Greek dessert was the top prize awarded to winners of the 776 BC Olympic Games. Some 2,800 years later, these “Heavenly Puffs” remain a hot commodity.

To meet the growing demand Levent had to ramp up production, but freezing traditional Loukoumade dough produced unacceptable changes in the texture. She and her husband developed a unique recipe for the puffs so they could be made in advance, frozen, and then fried on-demand. Ensuring the Loukoumades were made in the authentic style (with yeast) so that they could maintain their trademark texture was crucial – a culinary feat that changed everything.

Levent is the first to create frozen authentic Loukoumades for Food Service and Markets!
Word quickly spread among Greek Restauranteurs about this shippable, preservable, fry-on-demand snack, and what was Levent’s small Tampa-based food truck side hustle became a national Greek dessert sensation. Levent partnered with Delectables Fine Catering and now Heavenly Puffs are being shipped wholesale nationwide to grocery stores, diners, restaurants, catering companies, wedding vendors, schools, and more.

Visit https://heavenlypuffs.com/ for more information. 

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Lawyer and Business Executive, Lauren Zajac is Today’s Honoree

As we start a new year, we are seeing the growing power of women.  From politics to business, women are more and more front and center.  But still, women are told to hide who they are when in powerful positions. It’s time for an end to the double standard which says when men are persistent, demanding, and aggressive in the workplace, they are championed as being assertive, powerful leaders but when women do the same, they are considered difficult and “bitchy.” 

Lawyer and business executive, Lauren Zajac, wants to change that mindset. Through speeches, presentations and her website, Lauren encourages women to accept the good, bad, and ugly aspects of themselves and own it.  She believes that for women to truly succeed in whatever they want to do; they need to stop emulating the preconceived notions of who they think they are supposed to be and cease trying to be who they are not.

Based on her own life experience, Lauren is on a mission to help empower women to embrace themselves and never shy away from getting treated fairly and getting the respect they deserve.  A divorced mother of three, Lauren has been harassed, marginalized, silenced, made to feel inferior, paid less, worked more, taken on 100% of the “mental load” and when push came to shove, told she was the most approachable, authentic, and caring leader and boss most of her teammates have worked with. 

Lauren Zajac is a lawyer and the Chief Legal Officer at Workhuman, a business whose mission is to help companies create corporate cultures driven by gratitude. Lauren manages all of Workhuman’s legal needs and participates as a member of its executive team. Lauren serves as board chair for Leadermom and is on the board of The Soul Project.  Before joining Workhuman in 2009, Lauren served as general counsel for a broad mix of high-growth technology companies and ran her own legal practice helping small businesses and start-ups.  

To learn more about Lauren visit her website, www.IAmLaurenZajac.com

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Physician, Scientist and Medical Researcher Dr. Randhawa is Today’s Honoree

As many as ten million children in the United States suffer from food anaphylaxis (food allergy) and more than 200 children die each year as a result of this condition. Approximately one out of every 13 children are allergic to at least one food and about 40 percent of those children have experienced severe, life-threatening reactions. Believing that these numbers are unacceptable and dedicated to making a difference is Inderpal Randhawa, M.D ., Today’s Honoree.

One of the nation’s leading medical researchers, scientists and physicians in the field of food allergies and anaphylaxis is Dr. Randhawa, founder, CEO and chief medical officer of Southern California Food Allergy Institute (SCFAI). This one-of-a-kind center in Long Beach, California has treated more patients than any center in the world for food anaphylaxis. It is operated in conjunction with the Translational Pulmonary & Immunology Research Center (TPIRC), a nonprofit biotechnology and clinical research center founded by Dr. Randhawa in 2015 to focus on developing cutting-edge, individualized treatment protocols for rare and orphan diseases. The result is the first truly significant advancement in the field of food anaphylaxis in more than half a century.

At TPIRC, Dr. Randhawa and his colleagues are leveraging trillions of diagnostic and therapeutic data points gathered from more than 10,000 food-anaphylactic patients to understand how food allergies affect a child’s immune system. This intelligence has allowed them to design a safe and effective strategy that “retrains” each child’s immune system so as to achieve tolerance for foods that previously caused severe or life-threatening reactions.

By marrying science, data and artificial intelligence, Dr. Randhawa and his colleagues have successfully treated nearly 11,000 food anaphylactic children and, over a decade of time, the program maintains a 99% success rate. These children are now able to eat whatever they want (hopefully well-balanced, healthy eating habits), whenever they want, and without concern of a reaction to the foods they once feared. It is what Dr. Randhawa calls “food freedom” and it is truly an unprecedented, life-altering achievement for the child and their parents.

In addition to his breakthrough work at Southern California Food Allergy Institute, Dr. Randhawa currently serves as medical director of the Children’s Pulmonary Institute at Miller Children’s & Women’s Hospital at Long Beach Memorial Hospital; program director at Miller Children’s & Women’s cystic fibrosis center; program director of the Pediatric Pulmonology Fellowship at UCI School of Medicine; and associate professor of medicine at UCLA School of Medicine. The lead researcher on a number of initiatives that have resulted in national recognition and acclaim, most recently Dr. Randhawa was selected by the Graduate Medical Education Committee at Long Beach Medical Center and Miller Children’s and Women’s Hospital as the 2020 recipient of the prestigious Munzer Family Lifetime Achievement Award in Teaching & Research.​

For more information, visit the Southern California Food Allergy Institute at socalfoodallergy.org or the Translational Pulmonary & Immunology Research Center at tpirc.org.

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Home of Champions Founder Judith Halbreich is Today’s Honoree

Home of Champions (HOC) Founder, Judith Halbreich, LCSW is a youth activist and social worker who has had a successful executive career in social services, mental health, and clinical research, serving on many Boards of Directors. Ms. Halbreich created one of the first NYC foster care programs for infants suffering from AIDS, in addition to creating an award-winning independent living program for youth aging-out of the foster care system. Her passion is to bring to fruition the HOC leadership program, which will inspire youth to become champions of their best selves.  

Home of Champions (HOC)  is a newly recognized 501c3 non-profit organization with a mission to provide a “home base” for youth ages 16-24 who are emerging from the foster care system. It is a challenging and supportive program where youth will have access to opportunities, resources, and mentoring; gain the knowledge to live an active, consistent and sustained lifestyle; and develop the attitude necessary to become the responsible leaders, change makers, and entrepreneurs of tomorrow.   With a legacy of champions built into the organization, HOC is located in New Paltz, NY at the former home of *boxing legend Floyd Patterson* and still holds the original boxing ring where he and fellow world heavyweight champions *Muhammad Ali *and* Ingemar Johansson* trained. HOC will continue the legacy of this historical symbolic entity by working to emphasize the positive attributes of disconnected youth, challenging them to match Patterson, Ali, and Johansson’s tenacious spirit and willpower, and empowering them to become the best versions of themselves.

Visit https://homeofchampionsny.org/support  for more information. 

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Author Jeffrey S. Stephens is Today’s Honoree

Whether or not this adventure leads to riches or turns out to be a wild goose chase is not his main concern. The enigmatic letter from his gangster father describes a cache of stolen money — decades old — but his father has been dead for six years. Who else might know about the money and where else might this trail lead?

John “Blackie” Rinaldi lived on the edges of organized crime, a charming rogue who endlessly pursued “The Big Deal” but always fell short. His son did all he could to avoid the pitfalls of his father’s chosen path, pursuing a respectable career and leading a careful life until six years after Blackie’s death, when the discovery of his father’s puzzling letter turns his life upside-down.

Fool’s Errand from Jeffrey S. Stephens is a fast-paced, mob-inspired mystery that follows Blackie’s son as he embarks on his quest, reluctantly at first, and then with more conviction as he finds there are other secrets that his father has buried. The evidence leads from the mean streets of New York, to the Las Vegas Strip, and ultimately to the South of France. Along the way, Blackie’s son is confronted by dangerous mobsters, dishonest relatives, suspicious friends, a mysterious woman and the perils of a journey his father may or may not have planned for him.

Fool’s Errand is poignant and entertaining, humorous and exciting, romantic and mysterious — an adventure that explores the relationship between a father and son, and the events that will ultimately lead that young man to discover both the treasure and himself.

Author Jeffrey S. Stephens lives in Greenwich, Connecticut. He is also the author of the Jordan Sandor espionage thrillers, beginning with Targets of Deception and, most recently, Rogue Mission. He is also the author of the recent thriller, Crimes and Passion, the first in a planned series featuring Lieutenant Robbie Whyte.

For more information, please visit www.jeffreystephens.com 

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Get Your Shine Awards Founder AJ Sarcione is Today’s Honoree

AJ Sarcione, an international motivational speaker and communication leader, has launched the Get Your Shine Awards, a campaign to inspire peer-to-peer recognition. Focused on positivity, the awards are a free tool that allow everyone to “shine” when someone digitally sends one of six different awards to a person they wish to recognize.

Created by AJ in 2020, Get Your Shine is a motivational movement, meant to make people smile, companies shine, and help people realize it ‘takes simply one spark to ignite your path to success.’  The award categories include parents working from home, frontline and essential workers, virtual teachers, and even “anti-Karens” all dedicated to those who rise above difficult situations. There are also categories that allow you to be creative and recognize someone in a unique way. The awards launched November 30th and will continue through the end of February.

A virtual ceremony will be hosted in March 2021, celebrating all those who were recognized. Throughout the coming months, the campaign will introduce more details that offer the opportunity to win prizes as detailed on the awards website.

Visit https://getyourshine.com/ for more information.

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Devereux Massachusetts and Rhode Island Program Manager Kelsie Chapman is Today’s Honoree

At Devereux, employees are heroes in every sense of the word, helping children, adolescents and adults with emotional, behavioral and cognitive differences lead more fulfilling and rewarding lives. These committed and compassionate individuals humbly dedicate themselves to serving – and inspiring – others. Kelsie Chapman – Devereux Massachusetts and Rhode Island program manager – was recently highlighted.

In your role, what are your main responsibilities?

I oversee our center’s “West Meadow 2” program, which serves male youth with autism, as well as those who are transgender and gender-expansive. The two most significant parts of my job are: 1) creating and ensuring access to a safe and therapeutic environment for all of my students, and 2) taking an active role in ensuring my staff are well-trained, cared for, safe and happy in their roles.

What is the most rewarding part of your job?

There are two really rewarding parts of my job. One is when my team members meet their professional development goals or achieve something they have been working on, such as running a new therapy group with our students or earning a promotion. The other rewarding part of my job is, of course, our students. Anytime they learn something new, achieve a goal or reach a milestone, it is so rewarding. Moments like these make this challenging work worth it – every day.

How has COVID-19 impacted your role? How have you risen to this challenge?

COVID-19 has presented a unique set of challenges for me both personally and professionally. Working through a pandemic, with two young children of my own at home, has taught me a lot about parental perspective. This is an unsettling time for everyone, but especially for parents. As we worked to keep the youth in our care safe and healthy, we recognized and understood the importance of familial contact. As a result, we’ve made sure our individuals stay in touch with their families through frequent Zoom calls.
The pandemic also allowed me to the opportunity to work more autonomously than I might have in the past. Having my direct supervisor, as well as other members of our leadership team, working remotely has posed a unique opportunity for me to be more decisive and confident in my decision-making. Although my colleagues are incredibly responsive while working remotely, there is something about not having a physical presence that forces you to become more independent and, for me, I think it helped me grow and develop as a leader. I have been so impressed with the dedication of our staff, as well as the resiliency of our students.
How do you demonstrate Servant Leadership principles on a daily basis?

I demonstrate Servant Leadership by being present on the residential unit as much as possible; and showing my team that I am willing to do the same work I ask them to do on a daily basis. I am supportive, but I also set high expectations and hold my staff accountable to meet those expectations which they do! We support our students in the same way, and tell them we believe they deserve to be held to a high standard of accountability, and we consistently follow through on those expectations.

What is one thing your colleagues don’t know about you?

My dream vacation would be to visit Dubai.

Why are you a Healthcare Hero?

I was surprised and flattered to be nominated as a Devereux Healthcare Hero. I like to think I make a difference by helping the individuals we serve learn new skills and achieve their goals. And I make a difference with our staff by always having their professional development goals in mind and helping them meet those goals.

Visit www.Devereux.org for more information. 

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