Frog Fuel COO and Founder Jeff Byers is Today’s Honoree

Frog Fuel was designed by Navy SEALs and a Stanford biochemist to be the most powerful protein in the world. Their unique nano hydrolyzed collagen protein digests 4x faster than whey protein and is recommended by nearly 4,000 medical facilities for rapid recovery and daily nutrition.

The quality of our products and the rapid growth of the company have attracted Shopify Co-founder Daniel Weinand to invest and join the board.

Even in the midst of COVID, they’ve generated a consistent 50%+ repeat customer rate every month, which shows the love behind the product.

Frog Fuel COO and Founder is Jeff Byers who is a former Navy SEAL who attended BUDs at age 19. Now 43, he has over 45 deployments and 3000 days deployed to combat zones between the Navy and USG.

Visit https://frogfuel.com/pages/about-us for more information. 
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Cardthartic Founder Jodee Stevens is Today’s Honoree

Cardthartic is a US card publisher that prints more than 700 designs on cards, boxed notes, magnets, art prints, and minicards — all in the USA using soy ink on recycled paper. The products are sold through 2,600 top card and gift shops throughout the US and Canada and direct-to-consumer at cardthartic.com

The company was founded in 1992 by Jodee Stevens and is still a woman-owned and managed business today. A former Chicago public relations agency owner, Stevens was inspired to create Cardthartic when her father died. “The condolence cards my family received were awful,” Stevens said, “but the messages people penned inside were amazing.” Stevens thought, “Why doesn’t anyone publish authentic messages like these?” followed by, “Why don’t I?” Nearly three decades and millions of cards later, Cardthartic card messages still originate with exchanges between friends and family and, increasingly, via Cardthartic’s followers, who self-identify as “Cardies.”

Visit https://cardthartic.com/about-us/our-story/ for more information.

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TORCH Award Winner Evren Ayik is Today’s Honoree

Evren Ayik: College freshman who became a bold spokesperson and lobbyist for the rare disease impacting his life — acid sphingomyelinase deficiency (ASMD).
After years of feeling different because of his rare disease, at the age of 16 Evren became a tenacious spokesperson sharing his story with others. He spoke to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration about how ASMD impacts his life and why treatment is so important. He speaks at conferences attended by people living with rare diseases and raises awareness for ASMD at national events. But Evren’s recent ambition is even bigger than the FDA, he has his sights on becoming a published author. He and his mom, Kara, are collaborating on a children’s book about living with a rare disease.
Each year, an award is given to those who have served as a beacon of change for an entire community – the TORCH Award (Transforming Outreach in Rare disease and Creating Hope). Through Sanofi Genzyme, the TORCH Awards, established in 2017, recognizes inspiring advocacy efforts of patients, caregivers, families, and supporters in the rare disease community. In recognition of their efforts, Sanofi Genzyme donates $5,000 to each of the above award recipient’s non-profit of choice to further support their missions. The 2020 TORCH Award winners were recently announced.

Visit https://youtu.be/yce97Vj5I5U for more information about The TORCH Awards.

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Mary’s Place By The Sea Co-Founder Michele Gannon is Today’s Honoree

While recovering from an illness (not cancer) in January of 2009, Michele realized how difficult it is for women who are dealing with cancer to take care of their families and homes while still trying to maintain their own physical and emotional health. She wanted to establish a place where women with cancer can find healing and respite.

The experience led her to found Mary’s Place by the Sea with her friend, Maria McKeon (co-founder), less than six months later. The Vision of Mary’s Place by the Sea is a world where every woman with cancer has a PLACE to feel whole. Mary’s Place by the Sea is a respite home for women who are receiving treatment for cancer.

Co-founded by Michele and Maria, Mary’s Place provide services that complement their medical treatment, including oncology massage, nutrition education, individual counseling, Reiki, guided meditation, expressive writing, and yoga ALL AT NO COST.

Mary’s Place by the Sea is not a medical facility with medical staff. They offer integrative services to women with cancer and provide rest and support during this challenging time in their lives. They are empowered with knowledge that will aid them on their road to healing. Since 2009, 10,000 women with cancer have become “guests” of Mary’s Place by the Sea.

All services are provided at NO COST to guests, thanks to the generosity of corporations, individual supporters and third-party fundraising events.

Visit https://www.marysplacebythesea.org for more information.

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Author and Life Coach Nancy McKay is Today’s Honoree

Nancy J. McKay is an Author, Speaker and Certified Life Coach living in Colorado with her husband Jimmy and their two rescued Westies, Maggie and Tommy.

Nancy grew up in an alcoholic household and has been sober since March 2009. Overcoming the challenges of alcoholism and cancer give her a unique perspective on becoming empowered to heal later in life.

Nancy uses her experience, training, and her passion to help women explore their relationship with alcohol. She openly shares her story to shatter the stigma that still surrounds alcoholism and recovery.

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

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Author, Speaker and Teacher Liz Lewinson is Today’s Honoree

Liz Lewinson is an award-winning author, speaker, teacher, technologist, strategic planner, and feminist.

She is Vice President and Treasurer of The Frederick P. Lenz Foundation for American Buddhism. She leads the grant category titled “Women in Buddhism.”

Liz has authored three books–American Buddhist Rebel: The Story of Rama – Dr. Frederick Lenz; Women, Meditation, and Power; and The Power of the Loving Man – with additional book and audio book projects underway.

She began her career as a freelance journalist and quickly segued to Hollywood public relations, landing A-list clients in a number of entertainment sectors.  Within an eight-year period, she became Senior Vice President of Marketing and Public Relations for Tri-Star Television and Stephen J. Cannell Productions.  At Cannell, she managed television series, films, talk shows, and TV specials.   Intrigued by the field of computer science, she left public relations in the early 90s and took in-depth training in computer science.  She was soon managing complex, multi-million dollar I.T. projects for top Wall Street firms.

In early 2016, she accepted a job in New Zealand as Communications Manager at Utilities Disputes, an ombudsman office for consumers wishing to resolve disputes about electricity, gas, water, and more.  In late 2017, she returned to the U.S. to teach meditation-based principles and take on more responsibilities at the Lenz Foundation.

Through her company, Skye Pearl, she currently focuses on creating truthful and powerful global communications through books, audiobooks, film, and other media.

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

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Bright Inbound Marketing Founder Sarah McIntyre is Today’s Honoree

After spending 15 years in B2B IT marketing I founded Bright Inbound to help companies create marketing that works for their business, and create a flexible work environment for raising a family + continuing to work.  I have a unique blend of content marketing strategy and tactical campaign execution skills, plus 20 years experience with both big corporate marketing teams and start-ups.

My passion is for creating marketing campaigns that work for the business, and I’m happiest when a plan comes together, marketing and sales align and business goals are met… And when the sun is shining and the surf is flat.

I am one of HubSpot’s most experienced partners worldwide, and was one of the first in Australia.  I have helped numerous companies make the most out of their investment in marketing automation technology and make the shift from a traditional campaign-based marketing approach to the “always-on”, “always-helping” inbound marketing mindset.

Visit  https://www.brightinbound.com.au/agency for more information.

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Author, Pharmacist and Wellness Expert Dr. Lindsey Elmore is Today’s Honoree

Dr. Lindsey Elmore is a pharmacist, natural wellness expert, vegan cook, yogi, podcast host, and business strategy coach.

Originally from Birmingham, AL, Dr. Elmore obtained an undergraduate degree in chemistry from the University of Alabama, Birmingham and a doctorate in pharmacy from the University of California San Francisco. She completed her first-year post-doctoral residency in pharmacy practice at Princeton Baptist Medical Center in Birmingham, AL and her second-year specialty residency in ambulatory care at New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington, NC.  She is a Board-Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist and licensed to practice in three states.

Through her own personal challenges, Dr. Elmore discovered Chinese medicine, herbal medicines, supplement, vitamins and mineral, chiropractic care, and yoga and meditation and this started her on a natural wellness journey. Her whole world turned upside down when she discovered essential oils. She has spent years applying the knowledge of a pharmacist to the practice of essential oil usage. She founded the YL Education Club to teach others about the power of essential oils in their daily life, as well as how to avoid side effects and drug interactions when using them.

Dr. Elmore is a speaker, author, and world-renowned wellness expert.  She translates complicated science into understandable stories, and travels the world educating audiences about natural wellness.  Dr. Elmore has spoken to audiences on five continents and more than 35 countries.  Her educational materials have been translated into more than 25 languages. Dr. Elmore reaches millions on social media. Her Facebook content reaches more than 85 countries, and more than 15 million minutes of education have been watched on Facebook alone.

She is the author of Essentials: 75 Answers to Common Questions about Essential Oils and Supplements, and the Clean Slate Cleanse Cookbook and Workbook series. She is published in a wide variety of pharmacy and medical journals, and has been quoted in Healthline, Bustle, Elite Daily, Reader’s Digest, Yahoo News, Parade, MSN, Brit + Co, Business Insider and more. She has been featured on news segments on NBC, ABC, CBS, Fox, CW, and the Daily Buzz.

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

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Author and Professional Speaker Chamera Bowman is Today’s Honoree

Chamera Bowman, professional speaker and author, is uniquely qualified to speak to the hearts and minds of your audience members. Chamera’s enthusiasm is contagious and her commitment to helping your people take action, and make something great happen is central to your success.

Her presentations are ideal for those meetings and events where inspiration is the order of the day. She shares personal experiences, including the strategies for achieving in times of challenge and change. Book her for a keynote and a bonus workshop where she can facilitate the growth process and make a real difference for your people.

People walk away after hearing Chamera with a new respect for life and what it means to lead a purposeful, and fulfilling life and career. She speaks to audiences of all types and immediately can make people feel comfortable with who they are and what they stand for. She challenges people to step up to the plate and become more of who they are meant to be. Her experience with audiences attendees have led her to realize that people have secret desires to accomplish more and her goal is to motivate people to move in the direction of their dreams with deliberation and resolve.

Your people will never forget her infectious smile, hearty laugh, and her sparkle on stage as she shares her walk and her talk about gaining clarity, developing confidence, taking control and being courageous in all aspects of their lives.

In her first book, Commit to Passion, Chamera provided an intimate account of her struggle and triumph over life’s most difficult challenges  it quickly became a best-seller and paved the way on creating a consulting practice and sought after speaker.

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

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HBCU Supporter Chris Paul of the NBA Oklahoma City Thunder is Today’s Honoree

As I watched the NBA game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Houston Rockets I noticed that Chris Paul was wearing HBCU schools on his sneakers and with further research I saw that when he enters the NBA Bubble before the games CP3 is wearing HBCU on his masks, shirts and sweat shirts.

It is easy to get caught up in the success of Chris Paul off the court with his State Farm commercials, his 300 bowling games or the fact that he has won the NBA Rookie of the Year Award, two Olympic Gold Medals and a 9 time NBA All Star.

This is why with everything going on in the world that his hashtag #CantGiveUpNow is important on his social media. My mom told me the same thing when I could not get into college at first, You #CantGiveUpNow so I kept applying and an HBCU saved my life.

Chris with the help of his stylist Courtney Mays is helping change the world by representing one HBCU at a time. In Courtney’s own words “I’ve found my voice and my purpose as a stylist with Chris, because we’re able to use fashion and sport to really champion things that are important to us.”

Please visit https://www.chrispaul3.com/ for more information.

 

 

 

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