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Educate yourself by learning and listening to disabled people. Social media is a powerful tool that opens many doors for thoughtful conversations on disability rights, issues, and culture. I am always learning and a huge fan of Keah Brown, Andraéa LaVant, Rebecca Cokley, Judith Heumann, Jenny Lay-Flurrie, Alice Wong, Imani Barbarin, and Christina Mallon.

As a part of our “Unstoppable” series, I had the pleasure of interviewing Tiffany Meehan.

Tiffany Meehan is the Vice President of Marketing at Inclusively, an innovative employment platform connecting disabled job seekers with employers who are cultivating inclusive workplaces. Based in Northern Virginia, Tiffany graduated from The George Washington University and received a BA in English and Religion. She has previously worked on successful marketing campaigns with DC Mayor Muriel Bowser, The National Conference Center, SiriusXM, and Lisner Auditorium. …


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You have what it takes. For a long time, I’ve wanted more than anything to make a career out of fitness, and this desire grew especially deep in spring/summer 2018. I wanted at that point to become a digital influencer and thus sought the expertise of women in the fitness industry to figure out what I needed to do to follow suit, and in talking to them, it dawned on me that I really didn’t need to go through any formal procedure. …


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Don’t Let Your Strengths Become Your Flaws- I’ve always been a huge perfectionist. It’s propelled me to never settle and to always strive for more, but I also realized it could be my biggest vice. I had to develop a sense of balance and keep myself in check.

As part of my series about “individuals and organizations making an important social impact”, I had the pleasure of interviewing Casey Potter, Founder & CEO of Potters Cannabis Co.

Casey Potter is deeply rooted in care and wellness. Before there was POTTERS, Casey oversaw the nursing home, Synergy Homecare of San Diego. During his time there he witnessed the struggle for holistic pain management. …


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Knowing that no feeling lasts forever. This is something that is so simple, but it often doesn’t feel like it. If things seem overwhelming and like they’ll be this way forever, it is a certain fact that they won’t be, so just remind yourself of this.

As a part of my series about “Mental Health Champions” helping to promote mental wellness, I had the pleasure to interview Ella Greenwood.

Ella Greenwood is a mental health advocate from London, England. She is a filmmaker, with her own production company Broken Flames Productions, which is focusing on a slate of mental health based projects, as announced by Yahoo Finance. Ella is an ambassador for leading teen mental health charity stem4, alongside the likes of World Cup rugby player Hallam Amos and BAFTA-winning actress Georgina Campbell, and at the age of only 19, she is their youngest ever ambassador. She was recently featured by Film Industry Network for Campaigning for better mental health representation in the media. Her upcoming films Faulty Roots, featured by Deadline, and Self-Charm, featured by Variety, are on the topic of mental health. She has been featured by Unpublished Magazine for ‘Revolutionizing the Conversation about Mental Health, Jejune Magazine for ‘Writing The Script On Mental Health’ and Darkus Magazine for ‘Redefining The Narrative For Mental Health’. …


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…Get outside and get some exercise, and take your anxious friends with you. It’s amazing how a little, regular, physical exertion can improve your attitude. Physical exercise has a direct impact on our mental health. The release of endorphins has long been credited with the euphoria many people feel after physical exertion. Our bodies were designed to move, and regular moving provides so many benefits both mentally and physically that to ignore this important aspect of life is to miss a relatively simple fix.

As a part of my series about the things we can do to remain hopeful and support each other during anxious times, I had the pleasure of interviewing Richard Liverance.


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We want to live a normal life. Don’t treat us any differently! We still want to hear about your work struggles and the small dramas with your friends. People with cancer gain a sense of gratitude when they aren’t treated like they have any limitations.

As a part of our “Unstoppable” series, I had the pleasure of interviewing Brenden Fitzgerald, Founder and CEO of Planet Protein.

Brenden founded Planet Protein in 2016 with the goal of offering a healthy vegan protein option with ingredients people could pronounce. Planet Protein’s best-selling Chocolate Magic powder has only eight plant-based ingredients and is one of the most sustainable options on the market — the company plants one tree and saves one animal for every bag sold, in addition to a creative in-house recycling program. …


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As a cancer survivor, I experienced the physical and emotional destruction a diagnosis and the treatments deliver. It is my mission now to help children who are impacted by the disease. It is unacceptable that kids are subjected to brutal side effects of cancer treatment drugs, which can cause long-term cognitive and cardiac issues. Less than 4% of the federal budget for cancer research is dedicated to childhood cancer.

As part of my series about “individuals and organizations making an important social impact”, I had the pleasure of interviewing Marc Julien.

Marc is CEO of Marc Julien Homes, a luxury, custom home builder in South Florida and is training for one of the toughest cycling races in the world, the 2021 Race Across America. After beating stage four cancer in 2018, Marc launched a non-profit to help fund childhood cancer treatment research, RAAM 21, and assembled a team to compete with him in the Race Across America, all while overcoming great odds and proving cancer is a calling to achieve more in life.


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“You cannot produce gold without digging below the surface.” Even if you are surface mining, you must remove the top layers of earth in order to find the gold ore. However, most gold miners travel to great depths to extract the gold ore required to produce gold. And once you have found the gold ore, it needs to be crushed and processed before you can produce gold. Producing gold requires back-breaking labor and sweat. So, to, will overcoming some of life’s most difficult challenges. …


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Work hard at something then sit on it for some time. Get some rest and come back with fresh eyes. Let others take a view and listen to their reactions. It’s always helpful to look at things in different ways.

As part of my series about “individuals and organizations making an important social impact”, I had the pleasure of interviewing Brandon Smith.

Brandon is the Executive Director of The Forestry and Fire Recruitment Program (FFRP), a nonprofit organization helping those in California’s Fire Camps obtain gainful employment once released.

After being incarcerated in California’s Fire Camps and responding to all hazardous risks, Brandon found a way to transition into a professional wildland firefighter career post release. Since then he has been an advocate for criminal justice and environmental reform. Brandon worked six years (both in and out of fire camp) as a wildland firefighter and forestry technician. He attended the University of California- Berkeley and the Victor Valley Colleges Wildland Academy. He has been advocating for and supporting the fire camp population since 2014.


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This is a question non-profit organizations (and their leaders) should ask themselves, even at the very beginning. So many NGOs end up sustaining themselves one way or another, and perhaps having a degree of impact but can’t find ways to meaningfully scale-up or hand-off their work (to communities, governments or business). At the same time, NGO leaders should also think hard about when it might be time to step away and let others step-up and take the organization to the next level- and create a transition plan for this to happen, even if the process might be far in the future. …

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Yitzi Weiner

A “Positive” Influencer, Founder & Editor of Authority Magazine, CEO of Thought Leader Incubator

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