Publicity For Good Founder Heather DeSantis is Today’s Honoree

Heather DeSantis is the CEO and Founder of Publicity For Good and Press Demand. She was also Miss Ohio International and a Forbes 30 under 30 nominee. For 2020 DeSantis will be taking PFG on the road with her Airstream around the US so she can create media mixers, get involved in influencer meetups, and meet with clients one on one.

“Becoming more than the product you sell is imperative for scaling up. (What’s your story? Why are you an expert? Why should I buy from you? How is your company giving back? Are your ingredients ethically sourced?) All of these questions are human connection marketing tactics that must be followed in 2020. With over 627,000 businesses being launched every year businesses must enhance their brand with social media posts and media interviews that contain content that is deeper than the product itself. Adding Thought Leadership as seen with media features  will support every business with scaling up.”

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Jane Bond the Principal of The Bond/Bright Group is Today’s Honoree

Principal of The Bond/Bright Group. Jane Bond works with entrepreneurs, career professionals and individuals in the high net worth community generally. Her clients include celebrities, entertainers, professional athletes as well as many Wall Street finance executives. Working with clients who demand extremely high levels of excellence from those around them requires Ms. Bond to bring her A-game at all times.

Armed with a background in finance, entertainment, interior design, international travel and now luxury real estate, Jane brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to her clients’ disposal. One client remarked when asked what Jane brings to the table, “quite simply Ms. Bond is the table”. Jane has taken the client service experience to next level concierge luxury status. Going above and beyond is simply the beginning. Whether it is purchasing, listing or negotiating investment properties for her clients, Jane is always thinking outside the box. Her ability to see angles and opportunities that others typically miss is a key weapon in her armory.

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Pink Cloud Founder Jason Varughese is Today’s Honoree

About Pink Cloud:

The New Year is quickly approaching and so are the inevitable resolutions. Nearly half of Americans make New Year’s resolutions and, of those, more than 60% abandon them. Not surprisingly, drinking less was among the top 10 resolutions for 2019. For those seeking or maintaining sobriety in 2020, the thought of becoming just another statistic can be overwhelming.

Enter Pink Cloud, an app that allows users to search more than 230,000 Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, Crystal Meth Anonymous, and Al-Anon meetings worldwide – the largest database of its kind. Gone are the days of sifting through website after website to find the support meetings that are crucial to sobriety. Pink Cloud makes it easy to search for your exact meeting type, time, and desired location.

Pink Cloud offers a holistic approach to recovery and sobriety as part of the larger movement of apps that help people form and support positive habits. In addition to Pink Cloud’s meeting finder capability, users can track attendance history, check in on steps, reflect on progress and connect with other sobriety-related friends – completely free. For those seeking progress, not perfection, in the New Year, Pink Cloud’s comprehensive and 100% anonymous approach arms them with useful and private tools to stay on track.

About Jason Varughese:

Prior to Co-Founding Pink Cloud, Jason spent 60% of his career in Product Management and 40% in Software Engineering, with a focus on Fin Tech, Ad Tech, and Health Tech. He graduated from Stanford University with a B.S. in Symbolic Systems and a concentration in Biomedical Informatics.

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Actor and Podcast Host Anna Vocino is Today’s Honoree

I make my living as an actor. I like hiking, books, vodka, and going to Italy, and I love my husband, daughter, and dog. If you laugh at my jokes, we’ll probably be fast friends. If you make me laugh, we’ll probably be best friends. Sometimes I’m on TV, but mostly I’m behind a microphone.

Celiac and Gluten Free since 2002, I began this blog to recreate gluten free versions of comfort food favorites from my half Italian, half Southern-girl heritage. In 2012, I partnered with the inimitable Vinnie Tortorich to co-host and produce The Fitness Confidential Podcast, and my recipes these days are mostly free from sugars and grains—the Vinnie term is NSNG—No Sugars No Grains. I use fresh ingredients whenever possible, and I keep things simple.

Though I avoid sugars and grains 95% of the time, I’m not a machine. I have a heart and hormones like any other lass.  There are lots of gluten free sweets on this blog because I believe that if you are gonna treat yourself, do it right by doing it from scratch.

I recently published the Eat Happy Cookbook and I hope you enjoy every tasty recipe from cover to cover. Click here to learn more about the Eat Happy Cookbook!

Sometimes I’ll review products I’ve purchased or have been given to me, but I will never endorse a product just ’cause they pay me. There is no conflict of interest to be found within these pages. It’s just the personal viewpoint of a very opinionated GF loudmouth, and I hope you enjoy your time here.

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 Geoffrey’s Inner Circle Founder Geoffrey Pete is Today’s Honoree

OAKLAND (KPIX 5) His well-known nightclub has hosted stars like Beyonce, Michael Jordan, and Muhammed Ali. But over the years, this week’s Jefferson Award winner and Oakland businessman has also opened his doors to those in need.

Geoffrey Pete reminds volunteers that the hundreds of homeless and underserved people they’re serving are their honored guests.

“When you bring them their plate and get their ticket, you say, ‘Thank you for the opportunity to serve you,’” Pete instructed. “The notion that it’s more blessed to give than receive. Oh, it makes you feel so, so, so, so much better,” he explained.

For more than ten years, the businessman has hosted free holiday dinners with all the trimmings at Geoffrey’s Inner Circle, his arts and entertainment venue in downtown Oakland.

For over 20 years, we have been satisfying clients in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond in a variety of ways. Contact us to find out how we can help you to wow your guests, clients and colleagues! Official venue for 1st Saturday’s Birthday Party! Jazz Sunday, Comedy and more. If you’re here for a good time, you are more than welcome!

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Frame of Mind Coaching President and Founder Kim Ades is Today’s Honoree

Kim is the President and Founder of Frame of Mind Coaching™ and JournalEngine™ Software. Author, speaker, entrepreneur, coach and mother of 5, Kim is recognized as one of North America’s leading experts on performance through thought mastery.

About Frame of Mind Coaching:

We work with executives, entrepreneurs, leaders, business owners and other highly driven people to help them reach new levels of accomplishment and to live outstandingly successful lives. Whether for business success or personal transformation, the foundation of Frame of Mind Coaching™ is that a person’s thinking has a greater impact on their outcomes than any other contributing factor. As such, our FOM-Certified Coaches focus on the study and examination of a client’s thoughts, beliefs, past experiences and perspectives in order to make sense of the results that they keep getting. From the impact of our coaches, to our established coaching process, coupled with our platform and unique focus, our clients consistently experience exceptional personal transformation, improved business success and enhanced professional growth.


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Singer and Songwriter Estelle California is Today’s Honoree

To know Estelle’s story is to understand the inextinguishable fire burning in her music. Like a phoenix rising from the ashes , Estelle has taken the perilous ascent from rock bottom, and used the story of her life to create an empowering experience with her music. Estelle’s vision has now burst into life with  My Name Is Freedom, her debut EP, the fruit of a challenging journey to the land of dreams, California.

Estelle learned early on that music provided refuge from a life  harrowed by oppression and violence, where her voice was silenced and her speech stolen. She was first rescued by the piano, which she learned to play at age 5. Music continued to provide escape as she studied the saxophone and became an avid dancer, before she truly found her voice at 26 when she began formal opera training.

Her passion for music, the inspiration she found from frequent visits to South Africa and her eventual move to the U.S. set the stage for the songs she writes today.

As soon as she moved to California’s Bay Area in 2013, she knew she belonged. Oakland’s energy, its diverse population and the absence of prejudice and judgment among people of so many backgrounds and cultures energized her, suggesting  the name by which she is known today: Estelle California. “California is the home the family the love I could have ever dream of having.

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