November 2016

http://www.cyberears.com/cybrss/30254.mp3 Gerald Weaver - Novelist, Author of The First First Gentleman & Gospel Prism [caption id="attachment_19905" align="alignright" width="210"] Gerald Weaver[/caption] Gerald Weaver has done just about everything there is to do on Capitol Hill and in Washington. He was a lawyer at a Washington law firm, a Chief of Staff in the U.S. House of Representatives, a lobbyist who owned his own firm, a political analyst at a major trade association, and a legislative assistant who began his career as an intern. He has managed Congressional campaigns, testified before the U.S. Senate, served on the steering committees of Presidential campaigns, affected federal legislation, managed a large state for a Presidential campaign and personally known countless of Washington’s politicians, journalists and other figures. Gerald has been quoted on numerous occasions in the London Sunday Times, New York Times, The New Statesman, the Washington Post, The Times of London, Daily Variety, ABC World News Tonight, has been interviewed on the BBC, Talk Radio Europe, Monocle 24, and has appeared in many other publications and media outlets. After having written countless speeches, press releases, Congressional testimonies, political advertisements, legal briefs and lobbying reports, he is beginning his career in a different kind of writing.   Ted Beck - President & CEO at National Endowment for Financial Education [caption id="attachment_19906" align="alignright" width="210"] Ted Beck[/caption] Ted Beck is the president and CEO of The National Endowment for Financial Education (NEFE), a nonprofit foundation that provides financial education and practical information to people at all financial stages. NEFE believes that regardless of background or income level more financially informed individuals are better able to take control of their circumstances, improve their quality of life, and ensure a more stable future for themselves and their families. It is NEFE's strong conviction that, through an increased understanding of personal financial issues, all Americans can enjoy better, more secure, and more satisfying lives.   Elizabeth "Denise" Caldon Sorkness - Veteran's Widow, Speaker and Author of Stall, Deny and Hope They Die - The VA's Unwritten Policy: The Story of One Widow's 19-Year Battle with the VA [caption id="attachment_19907" align="alignright" width="210"] Elizabeth "Denise" Caldon Sorkness[/caption] Jim Caldon was a Navy Seabee who served in Vietnam in the late 60’s. When his children were 2, 4, and 6 years of age, it was determined that he suffered from non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma – Stage IV. The prognosis was “two years.” My husband lived for nine. After many years of medical testing, the VA classified his death as “service-related due to his exposure to Agent Orange.” But Denise has never received a penny in benefits. This is her story.     ...

http://www.cyberears.com/cybrss/30250.mp3 Mike Figliuolo - Managing Director of thoughtLEADERS & Author of The Elegant Pitch [caption id="attachment_13726" align="alignright" width="179"] Mike Figliuolo[/caption] Mike Figliuolo is the Founder and Managing Director of thoughtLEADERS. thoughtLEADERS services are designed to build solid leadership, communication, strategy and operational skills. Mike runs a blog on the thoughtLEADERS website and is the author of "One Piece of Paper: The Simple Approach to Powerful, Personal Leadership," which is designed to help leaders define who they are and what their personal leadership philosophy is. His other book,  "Lead Inside the Box: How Smart Leaders Guide Their Teams to Exceptional Results," shows leaders how to better allocate their energy across their team members to achieve higher levels of performance. He has spent 10 years at thoughtLEADERS, LLC as Managing Director, 3 years at Scotts Miracle-Gro in corporate strategy, acquisitions and service operations, 3 years at Capital One managing collections strategy and operations, 3 years at McKinsey & Company as a management consultant, and 5 years in the US Army as an armor officer. Mike was named the Columbus, Ohio Small Business Leader of the Year by the Columbus Chamber of Commerce and Business First, and has been recognized as one of the Top 100 Leadership Experts in the world in Inc. Magazine.   Reverend Dr. Heather Wright - Author of Sacred Stress: A Radically Different Approach to Using Life's Challenges for Positive Change [caption id="attachment_19895" align="alignright" width="180"] Rev. Heather Wright[/caption] Reverend Heather Wright is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Connecticut, a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Washington, and an ordained PCUSA minister. She is also a Certified Emotionally Focused Therapist, Certified Clinical Trauma Professional, Board Certified Chaplain, and a member of the American Counseling Association, the International Association of Trauma Professionals, and Spiritual Directors International. Heather holds a B.A. from University of Virginia, a Masters of Divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary, a Masters in Biblical Counseling from Colorado Christian University and a Doctor of Ministry degree from San Francisco Theological Seminary. An accomplished writer, Heather has written three published books, Redeeming Eve: Finding Hope beyond the Struggles of Life , Small Group Leadership as Spiritual Direction, and Sacred Stress, For nine years, Heather was a full-time graduate school professor in Counseling and Pastoral Theology, alongside maintaining a counseling private practice in Colorado and Washington. She was one of the co-founders of Mars Hill Graduate School and spent the past six years directing a non-profit ministry, Greenwich Chaplaincy Services, as their Chaplain and Director of Spiritual Care. Heather has also taught courses at the Alliance Graduate School of Counseling.   ...