Bump Club and Beyond Founder Lindsay Pinchuk is Today’s Honoree

For nearly ten years prior to founding her community-based business, Bump Club and Beyond, Lindsay worked in publishing, advertising, and marketing at Hearst Magazines, MTV Networks, The Tribune Company and Time Inc for brands including Good Housekeeping, Redbook, Sports Illustrated, The Chicago Tribune, and Nickelodeon. As a University of Michigan Alum she bleeds maize and blue, but also has a soft spot for the Northwestern Wildcats where she earned her Master’s of Science in Integrated Marketing Communications.

Lindsay herself wanted to connect with other expectant moms when she was pregnant, thus the catalyst behind starting the BCB brand.  Besides her work life, she is a Detroit native living in Chicago since 2001. She now calls the northern suburbs of Chicago home and she lives there with her amazing husband, Daniel (who she met working at overnight camp over twenty-years ago!), and their two beautiful daughters.

When she’s not working, you can find Lindsay hanging out with her family and her many friends. She loves to workout at Shred415 and Corepower Yoga, enjoys the many restaurants Chicago has to offer, and she travels whenever she is able. Lindsay’s true love is live music—she attends dozens of live concerts every single year. (Bon Jovi, Dave Matthews, and Counting Crows are her three top favorites.)

Lindsay hopes you find all of this plus the resources and support you need during your pregnancy and after with Bump Club and Beyond®.  Checkout Bumpclubandbeyond.com or find them on Facebook or Instagram.   For more from Lindsay you can follow her on Instagram (link to http://www.instagram.com/lindsaypinchuk) or Twitter (link tohttp://www.twitter.com/lindsaypinchuk)


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Journalist, Author and Television Personality Clay Cane is Today’s Honoree

Clay Cane is a New York City-based award-winning journalist, author, television personality, and documentary filmmaker. His work covers various topics: pop culture, sexuality, race, religion and social justice. Clay is the creator and director of the original documentary Holler If You Hear Me: Black and Gay in the Church, which earned a 2016 GLAAD Media Award nomination for Outstanding Digital Journalism. On February 24, 2016, The White House featured Clay Cane as a Black History Month speaker along with a screening of the documentary. Cane was also presented on a panel discussion, which focused on the film, faith, sexuality and the Black community. Clay is also the recipient of GMAD’s 2016 James Baldwin Revolutionary Award and the author of Live Through This: Surviving the Intersections of Sexuality, God and Race, which was released in June 2017. In November 2017, The Clay Cane Show launched on SiriusXM Urban View channel 126, which tackles the most controversial topics in the country with thought-leaders, politicians, activists and celebrities.

Clay’s commentary is heard on television networks such as MTV, HLN, ABC, MSNBC, FOX and CNN. He contributes to numerous print and online publications including CNN.com, The Washington Post and Gawker. He has interviewed various celebrities, including Clive DavisWhoopi GoldbergKathy GriffinBeyoncé Knowles, Denzel Washington, Wes Craven, Hilary Swank, Rihanna, Nicki Minaj, Janet Jackson, Queen Latifah, Jennifer Hudson, Jodie Foster, Jada Pinkett-Smith, Chris Rock, Tyler Perry, Kevin Hart, Diana Ross, Demi Moore, Issa Rae and others.

Clay is the co-editor and contributing writer of the 2012 anthology For Colored Boys Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Still Not Enough: Coming of Age, Coming Out, and Coming Home. He also contributed to  2013’s Where Did Our Love Go: Love and Relationships in the African-American Community.

On the speaking circuit, he presents keynote addresses, screenings of his documentary film followed by an in-depth conversation about the intersections of religion, sexuality and race; and is also available for panels ranging from diversity in the workplace to social justice. His engagements have included Yale University, Hofstra University, New York University (NYU), Duke University, University of Miami, California State University in Los Angeles and more.

Raised in both Washington State and Philadelphia, Clay’s diverse racial and socio-economic background has fueled him to consistently deliver edgy commentary and writing that provides sharp, witty, incisive and raw analysis on social justice as it relates to the current news cycle and our culture. He is a member of New York Film Critics Online and the Broadcast Television Journalists Association.  He is a graduate from Rutgers University, Phi Beta Kappa, with a B.A. in English and African-American Studies.

Clay Cane’s critically acclaimed book Live Through This: Surviving the Intersections of Sexuality, God and Race is available now, you can order here.

The Clay Cane Show on SiriusXM Urban View channel 126 airs weekdays at 12 p.m. EST / 9 a.m. PST. Visit https://claycane.tumblr.com/bio for more information.

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AppQueen Founder Linda Graziano is Today’s Honoree

Linda Graziano, MBA is the Chief App Officer and Founder of AppQueen, LLC, a smart, simple, and savvy digital marketing agency that specializes in mobile app development, and supports other digital marketing efforts like, website development, social media marketing, and search engine optimization.

Linda is a successful, compassionate, and caring entrepreneur. Inspired by Archangel Michael’s strengths for protecting others and by her own life events, Linda is a dedicated and selfless philanthropist. Her recent acceptance of the 2020 Man & Woman of the Year nomination for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society means she has taken it upon herself, with the help of her amazing team, to raise over $150,000 in a valiant effort to help more than 1.2 million Americans living with blood cancers.

Visit https://www.appqueen.com/about-us/ for more information.

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Crush The Street Chief Editor Kenneth Ameduri is Today’s Honoree

Kenneth Ameduri has had a passion for truth from an early age. Finding trends and anticipating growth sectors has been his primary focus since he was in high school. After noticing the cracks in the underlined financial system, he became a proactive investor purchasing investments that would hedge his portfolio against inflation. This led him to investing in real estate, precious metals, stocks, and cryptocurrency establishing a personal multimillion dollar portfolio prior to turning 30 years old.

After learning about Bitcoin in 2012 he was part of the production of Banker’s Worst Fear, a documentary which predicted Bitcoin’s true potential and how revolutionary this new monetary system will be for society.

Kenneth has been involved with launching multiple startup companies that went on to be worth hundreds of millions and even billions of dollars.

Kenneth has taken the knowledge he has compiled in the business world and is now pouring it into Crush The Street for the benefit of his members through the weekly newsletter, blog, and podcasts focusing on market trends, precious metals, cryptocurrencies and sound economics.

Kenneth actively is the Chief Editor at CrushTheStreet.com where all of his work can be found. Visit https://www.crushthestreet.com/ for more information.

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Devereux New Jersey’s Direct Support Professional Sean Williams 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. Sean Williams, Devereux New Jersey’s Direct Support Professional, was recently spotlighted. 

In your role, what are your main responsibilities?

Impacting and engaging our individuals in a positive way, and assisting them with daily activities in order to help them live as independently as possible.

What is the most rewarding part of your job?

To know that my presence and efforts positively change an individual’s life.

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

COVID-19 has impacted my role by putting me closer to the lives of the individuals I serve every day. I normally work at our day program, so our time there is more structured and we have planned activities. Since program closures occurred due to COVID-19, I have been working in the homes of the individuals we serve and other locations, and am more involved in their daily routines. I take pride in being able to be there for our individuals when they need me the most. It’s a reminder of why I enjoy working in this field. It gives me a feeling of accomplishment when I can provide assistance and care for an individual.

How do you demonstrate Servant Leadership principles on a daily basis?

I try to lead the way by example – through action and communication – while still being receptive to learning, and thus, teaching my peers, so that we may all provide the utmost care to our individuals on a daily basis.

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

I enjoy reading and watching historical events, especially times that shape the world today, ranging from the Viking Age to the Civil War.

Why are you a Healthcare Hero?

I am honored to be counted among the many heroes I have worked with at Devereux during this time, and all of the heroes who are providing care to individuals in need during COVID-19. Through my “always ready” mentality, and my diligence for the care and recovery of our individuals, I accept the title of Healthcare Hero, and I appreciate that my work ethic and care have been recognized! I hope others feel we can all make a difference by being caring, vocal and understanding, and that when working with others, we must reflect ourselves in our attempts, and all that we do.

Visit http://www.devereux.org for more information.


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Author Phyllis Clark Nichols is Today’s Honoree

Caroline Carlyle, a gifted pianist, has abandoned her unfinished compositions and traded her old ambitions for the comfort and familiarity of being the town’s favorite piano teacher. The music that once filled her heart died along with her fiancé in the floodwaters of Guatemala six years ago. Struggling with aching loss and a splintered faith, she has long since given up on rediscovering the inspiration that once came so easily.

Until, that is, a prodigious, musical savant enters Caroline’s life, shattering her glass cocoon, capturing the attention of many of the townsfolk, and awakening Caroline’s courage and sense of purpose. Inspired by her new acquaintance, Caroline embarks on a quest to track down the beloved rare piano she played as a child. Her search leads her to Rockwater, the Kentucky estate of a wealthy gentleman who will forever alter the trajectory of Caroline’s life.

Return of the Song is the compelling first book in the Rockwater Suite series from Phyllis Clark Nichols. Readers will find themselves immersed in the fictional town of Moss Point, Georgia, where quiet glimmers of romance and undercurrents of mystery complement the town’s Southern beauty and charm. They will discover the hope of life after loss and the rekindling of love and purpose.

With change in the air at Moss Point, secrets will be revealed, events will converge and characters will collide — all of it building to an unexpected crescendo. Who will ultimately help Caroline find the real music of her heart again?

Author Phyllis Clark Nichols weaves her faith and her Southern culture into character-driven stories that bring hope and light as they explore profound human questions. A classically-trained musician and retired cable executive, she enjoys art, books, nature, cooking, travel and stories about ordinary people who live extraordinary lives. In addition to the Rockwater Suite series, Phyllis is the author of the Family Portrait series and the inspirational Christmas novels, Christmas at Grey Sage and Silent Days, Holy Night. She and her husband live in the Texas Hill Country.

Please visit her at www.phyllisclarknichols.com.


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Author and Activist Ardre Orie is Today’s Honoree

Ardre Orie is a social activist, publisher, philanthropist, and author on a mission to give marginalized voices a platform to speak. She is the CEO of 13th & Joan Media and the founder of the 100 Seeds of Promise literary initiative. As a Celebrity Ghostwriter, Orie has written for a host of clients including Grammy Award-winning artists, A-list Hollywood actors, professional athletes, and a bevy of entrepreneurs and everyday heroes. Orie’s work has been featured on VH1, MTV, WETV, Bravo, BET, Centric, and more.


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SoberBuddy Co Founder Paul Brethen is Today’s Honoree

As those fighting addiction struggle more than ever without a support system, SoberBuddy, an evidence-based virtual drug and alcohol recovery coach, has announced the launch and availability of the company’s groundbreaking app. The SoberBuddy app is designed to walk anyone suffering from drug or alcohol addiction through each stage of recovery in a fun and easy to understand way without fear of shame or judgement – and without having to risk exposure to the COVID-19 outbreak.

“On the road to drug and alcohol addiction recovery, a companion can be a critical ally. Whether it’s an AA meeting or that co-worker you bond with during breaks, it’s helpful to know that you are not suffering alone,” said Paul Brethen, co-founder of SoberBuddy. “However, with the outbreak of coronavirus and its deadly disease COVID-19, such support systems have dried up for millions recovering from substance use disorder nationwide, throwing their sobriety and mental health in jeopardy during one of the most stressful global calamities in recent memory.”

SoberBuddy is a virtual coach and has been developed with the intention to provide support that is entirely automated based on a complex decision tree created by in-house experts. The only app on the market offering substance use recovery SoberBuddy sends customized daily challenges based on each user’s current situation to help build the skills needed at each stage of recovery. It is designed to accommodate an all-encompassing range of recovery stages, whether you’re just starting out or have been sober for years. With more than 10,000 users and counting, SoberBuddy has also proven to be an effective and calming virtual presence during these anxious times.

“SoberBuddy is much more than your average app or recovery tool; it’s a companion that provides support without bias,” Brethen said. “SoberBuddy is approachable, accessible and a valuable resource created to help more people get the help they need.”

SoberBuddy checks on you daily to learn the status of your sobriety and how you’re feeling. Then, SoberBuddy provides encouragement and empathy based on your mood. Additionally, the app keeps track of the challenges you’ve accepted and completed, the lists you’ve created and your time sober.

“We want to completely recalibrate the way people approach and think of the recovery industry,” said Tara Schiller, co-founder and creative visionary behind SoberBuddy. “The methodology, technology and care that we’ve put into SoberBuddy is purpose-built to support each individual user throughout their recovery journey and also has the flexibility to be integrated into everything from hospital ER systems, company HR systems, primary care physician offices, recovery clinics and anywhere else someone might go that is in need of care for their addiction.”

In addition to the SoberBuddy app, the free (and rapidly growing) SoberBuddy email sends a daily bite-size challenge, motivational messages, tips and resources based on the user’s specific drug of choice, condition and stage of recovery.

To learn more about SoberBuddy and the company’s groundbreaking virtual drug and alcohol recovery coach technology, please visit https://yoursoberbuddy.com/.

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BiCoastal Productions Executive Vice President Jack Forman is Today’s Honoree

Jack Forman’s current client roster includes acts like: Lee Rocker (of Stray Cats fame), Naturally 7, Colin Mochrie’s HYPROV (of Whose Line is it Anyway?), The Hit Men (Legendary Rock Supergroup), Scotland’s Red Hot Chilli Pipers and The Daily Show Writers Comedy Tour.

Originally spearheading the agency’s coverage of the Western United States, Jack Forman now oversees the core agency staff and global touring strategy. He remains actively involved with industry organizations like the Western Arts Alliance (WAA), North American Performing Arts Managers and Artists (NAPAMA), and the Association of Performing Arts Professionals (APAP).

Originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin (an avid Packers fan) Jack attended Chicago’s Columbia College with a focus in Arts, Entertainment & Media Management while also working at The Windish Agency (now Paradigm) with Indie & Electronic music agents. After college, Jack was recruited to ICM Partners’ New York City branch in the Urban Concerts department and he would later join BiCoastal Productions, adding to the growing team led by Ron Gartner & Fran Heller.

Visit https://www.bicoastalproductions.com/about for more information.

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Klique Creative Co-Owners Heather DeMonte and Stacy Amoo-Mensah are Today’s Honorees

Klique Creative, a female-owned digital brand identity and creative agency, announced today the launch of its first major philanthropic endeavor titled “Brand-Aid,” a 12 week relief plan valued at $30,000 that will be awarded to a deserving women-owned small business that has been negatively impacted by COVID-19 and for more information about Brand-Aid please go to https://www.kliquecreative.com/brand-aid

Klique Creative’s Co-Founders, Heather DeMonte and Stacy Amoo-Mensah added “Hustle, heart, and kindness are at the core of everything we do. We use our gifts to lift other business owners and propel them forward with a brand that will stand the test of time. While decisions surrounding the COVID-19 response devastated businesses around the globe and as our hearts grew heavy, we knew we had to find a way to be in service of others —and do so in our highest form. The “Brand Aid” is not only about building or rebuilding a long term and sustainable brand for a business in need, it is a call to action for others who are in a position to support and serve to find a way to do so.”

Visit https://www.kliquecreative.com/our-team for more information.

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