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View a "sampling" of our speakers and experts who cover a wide range of topics including Alzheimer's, aging, cancer, heart, stroke, diabetes, obesity, domestic violence, hospice, integrative health, mental health, substance abuse, nutrition, exercise, life balance, stress, and lifestyle choices that affect our health and wellness. Please call us for a complete list of our speakers and to suggest our top choices for your topic and budget.
Meredith Baxter
Meredith Baxter
While performing critically acclaimed comedic and dramatic roles in TV and over 50 movies, Meredith Baxter also battled alcoholism, breast cancer, domestic abuse, three failed marriages, and other challenges while raising five children. Now a cancer survivor, successful entrepreneur, and recovering alcoholic for 20 years, she also recently released her memoir. From fame to floundering and back, she offers an inspiring story of courage, hope, self-acceptance and happiness. Her upbeat, winning style that earned her the admiration of fans is now a part of her presentation to audiences across the country.

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Paul Brenner, MD, PhD
Paul Brenner, MD, PhD
A Psychosocial Oncologist at UCSD Health System/San Diego Cancer Center, Dr. Brenner has lectured throughout the United States, Europe and Asia. He was the moderator of the PBS series, "Healing Through Communication," and is the author of Health is a Question of Balance, Seeing Your Life Through New Eyes, and Buddha in the Waiting Room. For the past 50 years, he has been in search of "what makes an individual chronically ill or well." This has taken him through the fields of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Surgical Oncology to Counseling Psychology, from birth to death. He believes the answer can finally be found in the new field of Epigenetics - the study of those environmental factors that effect the expression of a gene.

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Michael Breus, PhD
Michael Breus, PhD
The Sleep Doctor and Sleep Expert for WebMD - As part of Dr. Oz's Happiness and Wellness Summit at Radio City Music Hall last year, Dr. Michael Breus gave audiences the secrets from groundbreaking studies on sleep and its connection to disease. He is one of only 163 psychologists in the world with his credentials and has become the recognized leader in the field of sleep. Breus tells how sleep affects our biology and how the lack of it can cause lead to heart disease, diabetes, depression, premature aging, stress and the breakdown of our immune system. In our sleep-deprived society, Dr. Breus helps audiences take control, prevent disease and lead healthier lives.

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Aaron Carroll, MD, MS
Aaron Carroll, MD, MS
Dr. Carroll is the Director of the Center for Health Policy and Professionalism Research and an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Indiana University School of Medicine. He has published some of the seminal work on various types of health care reform, and continues to be a sought after speaker on cost, quality and access -and the Affordable Care Act and its implications for our future. Considered one of the leading pediatric informaticists in the U.S. he has received millions of dollars in grants to explore the use of information technology in health care. Dr. Carroll was the Primary Investigator on a grant from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality to study the true impact of malpractice claims on the practice of medicine.

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Bruce Clark, DPH
Bruce Clark, DPH
One of America's foremost visionaries and authorities on the business and marketing implications of the new consumer, Dr. Bruce Clark is co-founder of Age Wave and Impact Presentations Group. Appearing frequently in national media, one of his most prominent accomplishments has been the production of the 20-part PBS series "Caring for an Aging Society." In his entertaining and commanding presentations, Dr. Clark combines a dynamism and wit that is uniquely enriched by his research-based knowledge about physicians, patients, and healthcare organizations.

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Tracey Cleantis, LMFT
Tracey Cleantis, LMFT
Tracey Cleantis, LMFT, is in private practice and also writes for Psychology Today, Huffington Post and on her own blog, "La Belette Rouge," where she combines her humor and expertise in helping people in desperate pain get to the other side of impossible, and she does so with the kind of straight talk that's counterintuitive in this "never ever give up" culture. Her programs provide a practical roadmap through loss and grief of all kinds -- including infertility, divorce, death of a loved one, career loss, and even loss of a dream like being an astronaut, an actor, or a player in the NBA.

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Tracey Conway
Tracey Conway
Emmy award-winning actress Tracey Conway, inspires both belly laughs and tears as she relates the circumstances and details of her deadly cardiac arrest and subsequent recovery at age 38. Audiences continue to be affected by Conway's powerful and unique program, "Drop Dead Gorgeous." She shares the lessons she learned in those literally heart-stopping moments - not only about heart disease, but also what she has come to value most given a very rare second chance at life. Whether she's detailing her whirlwind appearance on "Oprah," or explaining the cardiac arrhythmia Ventricular Fibrillation, Conway's delivery is captivating, effervescent, intimate, and guaranteed to touch hearts, minds, and funny-bones.

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Tony Dow
Tony Dow
Few Hollywood celebrities have a more compelling story than Tony Dow. A two time cancer survivor who also has successfully battled depression, the former star of "Leave It To Beaver" has been an advocate for mental health for many years. He has testified before Congress, was a spokesperson at the national convention of the National Depressive and Manic-Depressive Association, and was the subject of a documentary on KQED-TV about the stigma that surrounds mental illness. Dow has made tremendous progress and his story is inspiring to all audiences.

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Shelley Fabares
Shelley Fabares
Best known as the savvy Christine on the television series, "Coach," Shelley Fabares has been an actress since the age of three. She was the teenage daughter on "The Donna Reed Show" for eight seasons; starred in teen-oriented films of the 60's, as well as in three Elvis Presley movies; and had a hit record, "Johnny Angel," which sold over a million copies. Fabares, whose mother suffered from Alzheimer's, is the spokesperson for the National Alzheimer's Association and is President of the Board of Directors for the Donna Reed Foundation. Following her own successful liver transplant in 2000, Fabares is also working nationally with the American Liver Foundation in promoting organ donation and liver disease awareness.

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Susan Ford Bales
Susan Ford Bales
Presidential daughter and advocate for awareness of substance abuse, breast cancer and her own experience with heart disease. .The daughter of former President Gerald Ford and Betty Ford, Susan Ford Bales' adolescence was spent in the White House during one of the most turbulent times in American history. In addition to speaking about living in the White House, Bales also addresses the impact of substance abuse on her family. She is also one of the nation's most visible advocates for breast cancer awareness, and shares her own story of experiencing cardiac arrest in 2010.

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Cynthia Green, PhD
Cynthia Green, PhD
One of America's foremost memory fitness and brain health experts, Cynthia R. Green, Ph.D. is a speaker, author and spokesperson, currently serving on the faculty of the Mount Sinai School of Medicine where she founded The Memory Enhancement Program. The success of this widely praised program led to the publication of Dr. Green's popular self-help book, Total Memory Workout: 8 Easy Steps to Maximum Memory Fitness, which is now in its tenth printing and has been translated into four languages. Her book, Brainpower Game Plan: Food, Moves, and Games to Clear Brain Fog, Boost Memory, and Age-Proof Your Mind in 4 Weeks, features a 30-day "game plan" that trains and encourages adults to build better brain health habits.

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Joe Greer, MD
Joe Greer, MD
At the Presidential Medal Of Freedom ceremony President Barack Obama said, 'It's a life that might be distilled into a question Dr. Greer asks all of us: 'If we don't fight injustice, who will?' In 1994 Joe was named by Time magazine as one of "America's 50 Young American Leaders Under 40" as well as receiving the CBS/Newsweek Achievement Award at the Kennedy Center. He was one of 10 recipients of the Caring Award based on his vision of a clinic to treat the poor and homeless populations of Miami, later chronicled in his book: "Waking up in America: How One Doctor Brings Hope to Those Who Need It Most."

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Marion Grodin
Marion Grodin
As the daughter of Charles Grodin and one of the decade's hottest comics, Marion Grodin has shared the stage with Robin Williams, Robert Klein, Jerry Seinfeld and has appeared on numerous TV shows, including "The View", MSNBC and CBS Radio, where she hosted a show for two years. But life had its highs and lows. At an early age, Marion was part of the drug scene and by 14 she was getting high every day and by college was completely addicted to alcohol and narcotics. This sent her on a downward spiral into profound mental illness. Add to her life a diagnosis of breast cancer. She believes that her "community" of friends, family and support groups were her lifeline. In her memoir, "Standing Up", she shares her life stories and how she now loves using humor even more to help others.

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Jane Gross
Jane Gross
Jane Gross writes about all aspects of aging, from public health policy to long term care, Medicare and caregiving. Jane Gross is the author of "A Bittersweet Season: Caring for Our Aging Parents - and Ourselves'' (Knopf, 2011) and the founding blogger of "The New Old Age,'' at the New York Times, about the intersection of adult children and their aging parents. Following her own mother's death, she and her family dealt with issues that took them by surprise in their complexity and she was determined that others not have to re-invent the wheel in medical, legal, financial, and residential choices. Her expertise, including public policy, is essential at this unprecedented demographic moment: And what she has to says has special resonance as the nation struggles with health care reform, the huge debt and the likelihood of key changes to Medicare and Medicaid, all being played out in an especially toxic political climate.

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Barbara Hannah Grufferman
Barbara Hannah Grufferman
Topics: health, fitness, aging, wellness, women's health, Inspirational host of a popular web series focusing on "embracing your age" for AARP, Barbara Hannah Grufferman wrote "The Best of Everything After 50: The Experts' Guide to Style, Sex, Health, Money and More." the best-selling resource for women. A nationally recognized expert on positive aging, she writes the highly regarded front-page "Life After 50" column for Huffington Post, a weekly column for AARP, and is Positive Living Expert for GLOW Health & Wellness Magazine. She is a frequent guest on national and local radio and television shows. Her message to audiences is simple: "We can't control getting older . . but . . . we can control how we do it."

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Jane Heller
Jane Heller
New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Jane Heller has sold many of her thirteen romantic comedies to Hollywood, but in her personal life she was catapulted into the world of caregiving by becoming a caregiver for her husband, just like her mother did before her to her husband. Her critically acclaimed new book, "You'd Better Not Die or I'll Kill You: A Caregiver's Survival Guide to Keeping You in Good Health and Good Spirits," chronicles her candid, often hilarious and always inspiring journey from novice caregiver to 20-year veteran. She speaks passionately about the caregiving experience, whether one is caring for a child with autism or an aging parent with Alzheimer's. She delivers, as Library Journal put it, "a valuable, virtual support group."

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Melina Jampolis, MD
Melina Jampolis, MD
An internist and board certified MD nutrition specialist, Dr. Melina currently serves as the diet and fitness expert for CNNHealth.com, is on the medical advisory board of Better Homes & Gardens, and frequently appears on the Huffington Post. She was named 1 of 35 "Diet and Nutrition Experts You Need to Follow on Twitter." Dr. Melina's focus is on an optimal diet that can supply the basic needs of the body and fortify the body's defenses - improving health, increasing vitality, delivering greater longevity and preventing diseases associated with aging including heart disease, age related muscle loss & fat gain, memory loss, dementia & Alzheimer's disease, arthritis, and the physical effects of aging.

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Lainie Kazan
Lainie Kazan
Multi- Award Winner of Film, Stage & TV and Alzheimers Advocate Lainie Kazan is the embodiment of the word entertainer - Broadway, TV, film actress, singer with guest appearances on virtually every top variety show in network television. After watching her sing at San Francisco's Fairmont Hotel, Francis Ford Coppola offered her a plum role on "One From The Heart." She speaks to many groups about her personal family experience with alzheimers, as well as other healthcare causes. She often ends her presentation with some of her songs, which audiences love.

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Stephen Kiernan
Stephen Kiernan
A prolific writer and award-winning journalist, Stephen Kiernan's true-life stories focus on the disparities in healthcare, and a sense of disconnection that people feel distress, anxiety, and prolonged belief that the country is headed in the wrong direction. Brought to the stage in word and video, his program is inspirational, educational and defines a path we can follow in sustaining the strength of our country. Stephen features individuals whose work made economic, as well as humanitarian, sense. Also their projects could be replicated in other communities. An uplifting message delivering positive results!

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Michelle Kingsfield
Michelle Kingsfield
Topics: Cancer. When she was 14 weeks pregnant with her second son, Michelle Kingsfield was diagnosed with stage four non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. She not only shared the shocking news with family and friends, she also shared it with the thousands of people who watch her during the week on the news in Dayton, Ohio where she's an anchor at the NBC affiliate, WDTN. The local newspaper, The Dayton Daily News, followed Kingsfield's amazing story, detailing her incredible strength and inspiration as she went through six rounds of intense chemo therapy and then delivered a healthy baby boy.

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John Larroquette
John Larroquette
In 1973, Larroquette decided that acting was what he should be doing. Smalll movie parts gave way to his breakthrough in 1983 with the role of philandering but harmless prosecutor Dan Fielding on the hit sitcom "Night Court," a part that earned him four consecutive Emmy Awards. Larroquette took enough time off from the series to appear in a string of movies, and in 1993 he got his own series, "The John Larroquette Show." It allowed him to play a recovering alcoholic, a role that wasn't much of a stretch. Since then John has appeared on "Boston Legal", hosted the A&E show, "The incurable Collector". and is now on Broadway starring in "How to Succeed."

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Julie Metz
Julie Metz
Topics: Midlife Transitions, Widowhood, Divorce, Loss, Aging. After her husband's sudden death and subsequent discovery of his infidelity, Julie courageously told her story of midlife reinvention in her New York Times bestselling memoir Perfection. Her heartfelt and inspirational talks focus on navigating midlife transitions after widowhood, divorce, or health issues, and finding ways to turn these challenging experiences into catalysts for renewal and creativity. With compassion, humor, and real-world tips, she sources the bright side of tough times. Julie has appeared as a guest on "Oprah," and "Good Morning America," She has written on women's interest topics for Glamour, Redbook, Family Circle, and Prevention.

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Jennie Nash
Jennie Nash
Her third book, The Victoria's Secret Catalog Never Stops Coming and Other Lessons I Learned From Breast Cancer is far more than a memoir of illness, Nash tells the story of how she became a wise old woman at a tender young age, and shows us how adversity can make us all wise if we only let it. On stage, Jennie brings her story to life, skillfully guiding audiences through laughter, tears and the inspiration to find out what cancer can mean in their own lives and in the lives of those they love.

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Travis Stork, MD
Travis Stork, MD
Emergency Room Physician and Emmy-nominated co-host of the award-winning talk show "The Doctors," Dr. Travis Stork is on a mission to put the "health" back into "Healthcare." He is the Chairman of the Medical Advisory Board for MDLIVE and also serves on the Medical Advisory Board of Men's Health Magazine where he writes a monthly column. Dr. Stork is The New York Times bestselling author of "The Lean Belly Prescription" and "The Doctor Is In: A 7-Step Prescription for Optimal Wellness." Released January 2014 is his latest book "The Doctors Diet" designed to help readers lose weight, restore health, prevent disease and add years to your life!

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Art Ulene, MD
Art Ulene, MD
Since 1975, Dr. Art Ulene has spearheaded the use of media and technology to promote public health. He appeared regularly on NBC's "TODAY Show" for 23 years, and led several nationwide health campaigns in collaboration with the American Medical Association. In 2010, Ulene founded BUCKAPOUND.com, a unique web-based weight loss program for the worksite, and currently serves as its Chairman and Chief Creative Officer. Ulene takes healthy aging to new heights, inspired by his own 75th birthday celebration at the 19,340 foot summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro. His direct style inspires and challenges audiences to action. He currently serves on the Board of Councilors for the USC Davis School of Gerontology, and the Advisory Board for the School of Community and Global Health at Claremont Graduate University.

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Shawn Achor
Shawn Achor
Shawn Achor, author of The Happiness Advantage, spent over a decade at Harvard University where he won numerous distinguished teaching awards for his work. He graduated magna cum laude from Harvard and earned a Masters from Harvard Divinity School in Christian and Buddhist ethics. In 2006, he was Head Teaching Fellow for "Positive Psychology," the most popular course at Harvard at the time. In 2007, Shawn founded Good Think Inc. to share his research with a wider population. When the global economy collapsed in 2008, Shawn was immediately called in as an expert by the world's largest banks to help restart forward progress. Subsequently, Shawn has spoken in 45 countries to a wide variety of audiences: bankers on Wall Street, students in Dubai, CEOs in Zimbabwe. Shawn's research on happiness and human potential has received attention from the Harvard Business Review, New York Times, Forbes, CNN, and NPR.

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Marc Agronin, MD
Marc Agronin, MD
A 2011 feature article in the New York Times described Marc Agronin, MD as "a rare breed even in Florida, which has the highest proportion of people older than 65." This award-winning doctor and author is one of only 17 board-certified geriatric psychiatrists in all of Florida. The wealth of knowledge and experience is recorded in his acclaimed book "How We Age: A Doctor's Journey into the Heart of Growing Old," a book that the Economist magazine praised as optimistic, heartwarming and even mystical. Dr. Agronin's work has been featured on numerous shows including NBC's Today Show and National Public Radio's "Talk of the Nation. Dr. Agronin brings his warmth, wisdom and sense of humanity to his talks on what it means to grow old and how we all have unimaginable potential not in spite of age, but because of it.

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Daniel Amen, MD
Daniel Amen, MD
Daniel Amen, MD is a clinical neuroscientist, psychiatrist, and brain imaging expert who heads the world-renowned Amen Clinics. He has published 26 books including the New York Times bestsellers Use Your Brain to Change Your Age, Change Your Brain, Change Your Life; Magnificent Mind at Any Age; Healing ADD; and Change Your Brain, Change Your Body. He is an internationally recognized keynote speaker and the star of several very popular public-television specials. Dr. Amen spearheads the groundbreaking Amen Clinics' retired NFL player brain imaging study.

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Michael Anthony
Michael Anthony
Award winning entertainer and keynote speaker Michael C. Anthony inspires and motivates audiences while sharing his true life experience of receiving a triple stem cell, bone marrow, kidney transplant. Michael gave himself as a human guinea pig to a medical research team and is now only one of a small handful of people in the world living with a transplanted organ without the need of anti-rejection medication. A major medical breakthrough!

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Michael Aronin
Michael Aronin
Comedian, Cerebral Palsy Michael Aronin knows two things: he has a killer sense of humor, and he has cerebral palsy. Never letting his disability hold him back, Aronin has become one of the hardest working comics in the country. Using humor to break down barriers, he proves that disabilities don\'t have to affect your outlook on life. Combining his personal experience with existing facts, Aronin shares what it was like growing up disabled in an able-bodied world and stresses the importance of believing in yourself, building and maintaining a support system, and the crucial roles humor and attitude play in our lives.

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Holly Atkinson, MD
Holly Atkinson, MD
Always candid, never afraid to "tell it like it is," Dr. Holly Atkinson guides audiences through the challenges that consumers face today including health care reform, women's health issues and the glut of medical information reported in the media. She sends her audiences home with the ability to be more intelligent about exercising their health care options, and more informed and less confused about medical issues currently confronting them. Award-winning medical journalist, Dr. Atkinson is currently medical editor-in-chief of EverydayHealth.com, one of the leading health sites on the Internet. She is immediate past-president of the Nobel Peace Prize-winning non-profit organization, Physicians for Human Rights.

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Lucinda Bassett
Lucinda Bassett
Few people have witnessed as many traumatic life experiences as mental health expert and CEO, Lucinda Bassett. From parental alcoholism, sexual molestation, numerous family deaths, and her husband's suicide, Lucinda has drawn on her pain, anxiety and emotional distress to create a powerful message of motivation, hope and inner peace. The author of four books on mental health including the best-seller, From Panic To Power," Lucinda has appeared as a guest on national TV shows including "Oprah" and "The View," and "Live With Regis and Kelly." Lucinda moves audiences with her powerful stories of loss and success and inspires them to conquer their own fears and tragedies and find happiness in their lives.

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Robert Bazell
Robert Bazell
During his career with NBC News, Chief Health and Science Correspondent Robert Bazell has reported on a wide range of subjects in the areas of science, technology and medicine, from throughout the United States and around the world. His reports appear on "NBC Nightly News," "Today," and "Dateline NBC," and viewers have long known that when there is a major breakthrough in science or medicine, Bazell will be there to explain it in a lively and understandable way. An Emmy- and Peabody Award winning reporter, he is the author of HER-2: The Making of Herceptin, a Revolutionary Treatment for Breast Cancer.

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Ed Begley Jr.
Ed Begley Jr.
Ed Begley, Jr., became a star for his emmy-nominated role on "St. Elsewhere." Begley has displayed a broad range of talent and now hosts a show on "living green". Begley, who overcame substance abuse several years ago, has taken on the cause of substance abuse awareness as well as sharing his story with audiences across the country. A leading advocate for healthy environmental living, Ed practices what he preaches.

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Jeff Bell
Jeff Bell
Jeff Bell's frank and forthright message recounts the depths to which his debilitating anxiety disorder reduced him - to driving his car in continuous circles, scouring his hands in scalding water, and endlessly rewinding, replaying, and repeating in his head even the most mundane daily experiences. Such was the case for Jeff, a husband, father, and highly successful radio news anchor - and one of the millions of Americans living with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). Attendees will learn what OCD feels like from the inside, and how healing from such a devastating condition is possible through therapy, determination, and the support of loved ones.

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Robyn Benincasa
Robyn Benincasa
NBC, ABC, CNN, ESPN, USA Network, The Today Show, Live With Regis, Dateline NBC, The Discovery Channel, Vogue, Sports Illustrated, Harpers Bazaar and Outside Magazine have all featured Robyn Benincasa-Two time World Champion Eco-Challenge Adventure Racer and San Diego Firefighter. She knows a thing or two about creating Human Synergy, or as Robyn puts it, "that magic that allows groups of ordinary people to accomplish extraordinary things together". Robyn inspires people to grab life with one hand, grab their teammates with the other, and to create that special magic that allows each of us to become better and stronger than we ever would have been alone.

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Lori Benson
Lori Benson
Fourteen months after giving birth to her daughter Talula, Lori Benson--a filmmaker living in downtown Manhattan-- was relishing life and motherhood when a single phone call changed her life forever. It was her doctor; calling after a routine check up; the diagnosis was stage two breast cancer; and surgery was imperative. The changes in her life and those around her are as abrupt as the initial call. With only ten days between diagnosis and surgery Lori made critical medical decisions as well as dealt with great emotional concerns. She went through a year of breast cancer treatment and surgeries and came out the other side with a kind of grace and courage, as seen in her award winning documentary, Dear Talula.

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Adriane Berg, Esq
Adriane Berg, Esq
One of the most professionally credentialed educators on radio, television, and at the podium, Adriane Berg is an attorney and expert in aging and longevity who brings a practical, informal voice to topics shrouded in jargon and complexity. The author of 13 books on personal finance, Berg is a founder of the Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and served as Chair of the New York State Bar Association's Subcommittee on Estate Planning. Creator of the "Wealthbuilder Newsletter," Bringing her humor, insight and energy to every medium, Berg's mission is to "bring simple solutions to life's complex issues."

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Susan Blumenthal, MD
Susan Blumenthal, MD
Susan Blumenthal, MD, MPA has distinguished herself as an outspoken champion of national and global health issues, especially women's health.The first to spearhead the use of the Internet and technology as health educational tools in the federal health system, she is credited with dramatically changing the face of women's health and for increasing scientific and public attention to these issues. As the nation's top doctor for women, she has been on the frontline in the war against breast cancer and other diseases and continues to speak out on research and treatments. Dr. Blumenthal was a driving force behind confronting such critical public health issues as breast cancer, obesity, violence and suicide prevention, mental illness, and preventative medicine.

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Joan Borysenko, PhD
Joan Borysenko, PhD
Dr. Joan Borysenko has a powerfully clear personal vision: to bring science, medicine, psychology and spirituality together in the service of healing. Trained as both a medical scientist and a psychologist, Dr. Borysenko has gone beyond her traditional academic training and developed depth and breadth in a number of fields, including behavioral medicine, stress and well-being, psychoneuroimmunology, and women's health. On the leading edge of the mind/body revolution, she has become a world-renowned spokesperson for this new approach to health, sharing her pioneering work with a gentle graciousness, enthusiasm and humility.

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Katherine Bouton
Katherine Bouton
Katherine Bouton is the author of "SHOUTING WON'T HELP: Why I - and 50 Million Other Americans - Can't Hear You." An editor at The New York Times for 22 years, she kept her progressive hearing loss a secret from all but a few close colleagues. By the time she left the Times, at the end of 2009, she was profoundly deaf in one ear and severely hearing impaired in the other. "Shouting Won't Help" is the story of her journey from the depression and anger and humiliation that often accompanies hearing loss to a hard won state of acceptance. Her story reflects that of millions of others who fear the stigma of deafness and make hearing loss one of America's best kept secrets, with enormous personal and public health consequences.

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Brian Boyle
Brian Boyle
A spell-binding story of his fight back from near death after a horrific automobile accident. Brian will focus on his experience as a patient who, upon emerging from a medically induced coma, was unable to move or talk, yet could hear, see, and feel pain. Mr. Boyle will provide vital information from the patient's perspective to help participants gain insight about how to provide care to patients who are aware yet unable to communicate.

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Rick Brinkman, ND
Rick Brinkman, ND
Co-author of the international bestseller, Dealing With People You Can't Stand: How to Bring Out the Best in People at Their Worst, Dr. Rick Brinkman has been sharing his human behavior insights and practical communication strategies in his trademark entertaining and educational style since 1980. Following his residency in obstetrics and psychology, Dr. Brinkman went into private practice, and his success there led him to further study communication and the effect it has on our quality of life. His communication programs receive high marks in topics pertaining to patient service, safety and leadership where he is invited back for repeat performances across the U.S.

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Joan Brock
Joan Brock
Working as a teacher of the blind at The Iowa Braille and Sight Saving School, Joan Brock was forced to re-evaluate and transform her life when she lost her own vision in a mere three-week period of time. Through this difficult transition, Brock applied the skills she had been teaching to her own circumstances, and from there, discovered a natural transition to a professional speaking career. In her individually tailored presentations, Brock offers the benefit of her own experience as she addresses the topics of communication and dealing with change.

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Jane Brody
Jane Brody
As a bestselling author and weekly "Personal Health" columnist for The New York Times, Jane Brody makes it a priority to be good to her body. The author of 10 books, including Jane Brody's Nutrition Book, Jane Brody's Good Food Book, and The New York Times Book of Health, Brody advocates moderation and variety, not deprivation and denial. Her daily regimen of physical activity ranging from walking and swimming to hiking and cross-country skiing has resulted in Brody being more robust, energetic, youthful, and trim now than she was at 16. Also breast cancer survivor, Brody shares her trademark brand of wisdom on battling the disease with audiences both lay and professional.

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Dan Buettner
Dan Buettner
What do Seventh-Day Adventists in California, the residents of Sardinia, Italy and the inhabitants of the islands of Okinawa, Japan have in common? They enjoy the longest, healthiest lives on the planet. Dan Buettner assembled a team of researchers to seek out these "hotspots of human health and vitality," which he calls Blue Zones, and to figure out what they do that helps them live so long. A world-renowned explorer and a writer for National Geographic, he travels the world seeking out new Blue Zones (he's found five, to date) and speaking at seminars and on TV, sharing the habits that lead to long life.

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Ellen Burstyn
Ellen Burstyn
With an illustrious career encompassing stage, film, and television, Ellen Burstyn won the Tony Award as "Best Actress" for her starring role in "Same Time, Next Year," but it was her Academy Award-winning performance in "Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore" for which Burstyn is best known. Lecturing throughout the country on a wide range of topics, Burstyn is especially committed to women's health issues and domestic violence awareness. She also shares her personal story of overcoming substance abuse and dealing with a family member who suffered from depression.

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Scott Burton
Scott Burton
Scott Burton presents an upbeat, empowering and inspiring program on finding value and passion in life and on the job. He is a headlining comic and bestselling author who has worked with Seinfeld and Leno, written for prime-time television, and is a World-champion juggler. At the age of 30, he was diagnosed with a high grade, stage four cancer. What Burton found in the battle was not loss, but life! He turned his fears into strength, his tragedy to comedy. This is not a talk about cancer - it's a talk about potential. Burton's high-energy and very entertaining program goes beyond the fear of cancer or struggle in life and calls for joy, laughter, and expression of self every day.

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Karyn Buxman, RN, MSN
Karyn Buxman, RN, MSN
A humorist, internationally recognized expert in therapeutic humor, and former nurse, Karen Buxman began her career in speaking when she realized it didn't require white support pantyhose, didn't involve body fluids, and didn't have to be done in 12-hour shifts. President of HUMORx and an active member of both the Applied Sciences for Therapeutic Humor and International Society of Humor Studies, Buxman shows people how to use humor for stress management, manage conflict with humor, increase creativity through laughter and play and in dealing with disease like diabetes. Her mission: To improve global health, prevent diseases like diabetes, heart and stroke, cancer and to heal the humor-impaired!

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Cris Carter
Cris Carter
One of the most illustrious pass catchers in NFL history, former Minnesota Vikings star receiver Cris Carter is now a weekly commentator on HBO's "Inside the NFL." Overcoming substance abuse, addiction, and family problems, Carter established a foundation for underprivileged children, as well as the Viking Super Challenge, which challenges students to stay in school and away from drugs. But Carter believes his most significant contributions continue to be made off the field, through public speaking about drug awareness.

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