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Know your audience: In my system engineering teaching days, I would often present material to management groups and engineering groups. Clearly each had a different focus. Management was looking for ways to justify a particular approach, whereas engineering was looking for the technical know how needed to implement that approach. Two different sets of material. The same is true for writing. Who will read my book? What will they be looking for? It’s my story, yes, but I have to be cognizant of who will want to read it.

As part of our series about authors who are making an important social impact, I had the pleasure of interviewing Tom Fargnoli.


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In my capacity at the Chief Executive Officer of HumanWorks, we operate a cluster of nine corporations focused on human services: we provide group homes, foster care/life sharing, and support for individuals living independently. We also provide leisure and recreation excursions for individuals with disabilities who live with their families. We provide training and professional development opportunities for companies that may be experiencing struggles within their company. HumanWorks employs over 200 people and has an operating budget of over $10 million.

As part of my series about “individuals and organizations making an important social impact”, I had the pleasure of interviewing Dr. Nathaniel J. Williams, ED.D., …


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Sharpen your saw. Life moves at such a fast pace; business moves even faster. We live in a world that gets disrupted with innovation at a speed which is hard to comprehend. I was born in a world where cell phones did not exist and growing up, we did not even have a television in our home until I was in my early teens. The point is that the only way to keep pace and staying relevant as a leader is to constantly keep learning, upskilling and remain perennially curious!

As part of my series about “individuals and organizations making an important social impact”, I had the pleasure of interviewing Sanjiv Razdan, Founder, Chair and CEO of GLEAM Network.


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“You must be the change that you want to see in the world.”

This is a quote from Mahatma Gandhi. Once I started on this journey, I realized that I needed to change myself before I could preach to others. In recognition of that, my lifestyle has changed significantly. I no longer eat meat and I look at animals as part of our natural order and not as subservient being’s incapable of feeling love, fear, or pain.

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

Munish K. Batra, M.D. was born in Kanpur, India on Halloween in 1965, which he always felt was fateful. His family emigrated to the U.S. in 1972. He devoured J.D. Salinger and Kurt Vonnegut in high school, and entered Ohio State University with the goal of becoming a writer. However, he eventually gave in to parental pressure and studied medicine, attending medical school at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. During his third year of med school, he joined the U.S. …


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If you just consistently show up, anything is possible. I balanced my old career in producing corporate events for the entertainment industry and sports for almost a year while simultaneously co-founding Awakening Recovery as a startup non-profit organization. There were many days I questioned whether Awakening Recovery was going to happen. By just showing up and doing what was in front of me each day to accomplish and not buying into doubt, I was able to do this. …


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Prevention First, Intervention Second: In the preponderance of cases, economic euthanasia could be prevented by responsible pet parents who plan for the inevitable catastrophe. We’d like to see more leaders help educate pet owners about the need for prevention first and intervention second. This can be done by encouraging pet parents to obtain insurance and/or to create “rainy day” funds to prepare for future unforeseen veterinary needs. We’d also like to see pet insurance offered at very affordable rates.

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


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Challenge your team to think differently.

To maintain your competitive edge, you need to think outside of the box. Almost anything can be copied, so how do you keep a moat around your brand? Working to keep our brand differentiated is our challenge every day.

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

Jason Shiver has served as CEO of Waterloo Sparkling Water since August 2017. Prior to Waterloo, Mr. Shiver held several positions at SkinnyPop/Amplify snack brands from May 2013 to January 2017, including President of North America prior to his departure. He was instrumental in helping take the company public in August of 2015 and won awards from both Nielsen and IRI for SkinnyPop’s performance. From 2008 to 2013, Mr. Shiver served as Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Glutino USA, a gluten free snack food company, which was acquired by Boulder Brands, Inc, a diversified food company. From May 2003 to January 2008, Mr. Shiver held several roles at Atkins Nutritionals, Inc, the leader in low carb food and beverages, including Vice President of Sales. From September 2001 to May 2003, Mr. Shiver was a Southeast Regional Sales Manager at Acirca, Inc, an organic foods and beverages company. From August 2000 to September 2001, Mr. Shiver was a National Account Manager at AriZona Beverages USA LLC. Mr. …


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Do not take no for an answer when it comes to your well-being. No matter what diagnosis or expectancy you are given, it is ultimately up to you, not the doctors, to decide whether and how you will live with your illness.

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

As an award — winning, best-selling, author, chef, television personality, and educator, Amy Riolo is one of the world’s foremost authorities on culinary culture. She is known for sharing history, culture, and nutrition through global cuisine as well as simplifying recipes for the home cook. A graduate of Cornell University, Amy is considered a culinary thought leader who enjoys changing the way we think about food and the people who create it. Amy is a food historian, culinary anthropologist and Mediterranean Diet specialist who makes frequent appearances on numerous television and radio programs both in the United States and abroad, including Fox TV, ABC, CBS, NBC, The Hallmark Channel, Nile TV, The Travel Channel, Martha Stewart Living Radio, and Abu Dhabi Television. She also created and appeared weekly in cooking videos entitled “Culture of Cuisine” which air on nationally syndicated news shows on 28 different channels across the United States, totaling a reach of over 300 million people. …


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Life is a team effort, reach out and engage with those who you can help, not only those from which you can gain. My mentality on this has been explained by the analogy: “Once you make it to the top, it is your responsibility to send the elevator back down to bring up others.”

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

Katherine is an American artist, designer, and social entrepreneur based in New York City. She began her career as a fashion model, discovered by photographer Patrick Demarchelier after earning her degree from Villanova University’s School of Business. She had previously turned down modeling opportunities to attend college. She has been featured in a variety of modeling jobs in domestic and international fashion markets, between television, magazines, and runway shows, for clients including Diane Von Furstenberg and Vespa.


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

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