April 2019

Chris Smith


Chris Smith helps entrepreneurs, corporate leaders and teams discover a powerful new relationship to who they are and what they do through his proprietary methodology called The Campfire Effect™. 

Learn more at https://thecampfireeffect.com/


Alicia Braccia


Alicia Braccia is a Florida Licensed School Psychologist who received her Masters Degree and Certificate of Advanced Study in School Psychology at Fairfield University, in Connecticut. She has a Diplomate in School Neuropsychology from Texas Women’s University. Prior to moving to Florida and forming the Center for Health, Learning and Achievement’s multi-disciplinary team, she was a Teacher, Peer Supervisor and School Psychologist in the New York Public School System.

Learn more at http://www.learningandachievement.com/AliciaBraccia.shtml


Scott Byrd


Scott Byrd is an entrepreneur and founder of a coaching company who has recently co-written the book, "A Cloudless Mind," which marries the latest insights from neuroscience with practical ancient wisdom to offer simple truths about the human mind to fundamentally change everything about the way you see yourself and the decisions you make. 

Learn more at  https://www.cloudlessmind.com/


March 2019

Jessi Bloom


Jessi Bloom is a best-selling author, award-winning ecological landscape designer, and speaker. Based near Seattle, Washington, she lives with her two sons in a permaculture homestead surrounded by functional gardens and rescue animals. She has become an innovator and leader in the field of permaculture, sustainable landscape design, construction and land management. 

Learn more at https://www.jessibloom.com/ 


Charles Vogl


Author of "The Art of Community: Seven Prnciples for Belonging," Charles Vogl is an executive consultant and award winning author. He works with leaders in tech, finance, media, government and social change organizations to make them more effective in creating change.

Learn more at http://www.charlesvogl.com/ 


Kristen Manieri - Daily Centering


The idea of having a daily practice where we can each find our sanity and center again is a huge theme in my life at the moment. 

For starters, I began mentoring six women last month through what I call the Awakened Living Master Class, which takes place over two months and consists of weekly group calls, journal prompts and readings. 

The goal is that each person find their own daily practice so that they can pull back the lens of their life and gain a broader view of how they’re feeling, living and being in their world. 

Listen to a 20-minute podcast episode about my daily centering practice HERE

February 2019

Carrie Contey


Carrie Contey, PhD is an internationally recognized coach, author, speaker and educator. Her work offers a new perspective on human development, parenting, family life and being a healthy, happy, whole human being. 

Learn more at carriecontey.com.


Kathleen Blake


Iowa native Kathleen Blake started cooking at an early age in her grandmother's kitchen where she helped prepare Sunday Suppers for her large extended family. After many years and many kitchens, she and her husband, William, opened The Rusty Spoon in downtown Orlando in 2014. A beloved chef among the locals, Blake is also a 2013 and 2015 James Beard Award Nominee. 

Learn more at therustyspoon.com.


Barbara A. Lewis


Barbara A. Lewis is a national award-winning author and educator who teaches kids how to think and solve real problems. When she taught at Jackson Elementary School in Salt Lake City, Utah, her students initiated the cleanup of hazardous waste, improved sidewalks, planted thousands of trees, and fought crime. They instigated and pushed through several state laws and an amendment to a national law, garnering 10 national awards, including two President’s Environmental Youth Awards. 

Learn more at barbaraalewis.com.


January 2019

John P. Strelecky


John P. Strelecky is an international best-selling author of several books, including The Why Café and Life Safari. His books have sold more than 3 million copies around the world and translated into 33 languages. John’s also the creator of the Big Five for Life concept, which was the foundation of our last interview in 2017. 

Learn more at www.johnstrelecky.com.


Jaime Kurtz


Jaime Kurtz is the author of The Happy Traveler: Unpacking the Secrets of Better Vacations. She is an Associate Professor of Psychology at James Madison University, in Harrisonburg, Virginia, where she regularly teaches courses on Social Psychology, Psychology of Personality, Positive Psychology, and Psychological Research Methods. Learn more at jaimekurtz.com.


Raphael Cushnir


Raphael Cushnir is a leading voice in the world of emotional intelligence and present moment awareness. He is the author of six books, lectures worldwide, and is a faculty member of the Esalen Institute, the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, and the Omega Institute for Holistic Studies. Learn more at www.cushnir.com.


December 2018

John Neffinger and Matthew Kohut


John Neffinger and Matthew Kohut are the authors of Compelling People: The Hidden Qualities that Make Us Influential. John is a co-founder of KNP Communications, a private firm that specializes in helping clients become outstanding live communicators. And he and Matthew, a managing partner of KNP, work with entrepreneurs, ambassadors, scientists, and best-selling authors to prepare them for the podium, whether that’s at a board meeting, live television appearance or maybe a TED talk. 


Kelly Browne


Kelly Browne is the author of bestselling book 101 Ways to Say Thank You and 101 Ways to Say Thank You for Kids & Teens. She’s spoken around the country inspiring audiences to upgrade their thankfulness etiquette and in the process, helped thousands of people cultivate more gratitude in their lives. 

Learn more at www.kellybrowne.net.


Sky Blue


Sky Blue is the Executive Director of the Fellowship for Intentional Community. Over the last 20 years he has lived in, worked with, and consulted for numerous communal and cooperative groups and organizations, and has visited dozens of communities and cooperatives, in the US and in Europe. Living in community and furthering the larger cooperative movement has been a primary focus of his entire adult life.  Learn more at www.ic.org.


November 2018

Emily Fontano


Emily Fontano is the Artistic Director of SAK Comedy Lab in Orlando, FL.  She performs in SAK shows, competes in festivals across the country, and  teaches improv classes at SAK. Emily is also the co-host of the podcast Amanda and Emily. Learn more at sakcomedylab.com.


Rob Schware


Rob Schware is the Co-Founder & Executive Director of the Give Back Yoga Foundation, a non-profit organization that believes in making yoga available to those who might not otherwise have the opportunity to experience its many benefits. He steers projects like the Prison Yoga Project, Yoga of 12-Step Recovery, and yoga4cancer, all with a goal to reducing suffering and elevating consciousness through yoga. Learn more at  givebackyoga.org/.  


Jonathan Robinson


Jonathan Robinson is a psychotherapist, and best-selling author of ten books, including More Love, Less Conflict. He has reached over 100 million people around the world with his practical methods, and his work has been translated into 47 languages. He has made numerous appearances on the Oprah show, as well as many other national TV talk shows, and he's been featured in USA Today, Newsweek and The Los Angeles Times.  Learn more at morelovelessconflict.com.


October 2018

Kasley Killam


Kasley Killam is a program manager at Verily, where she sets the strategic direction and oversees the implementation of community engagement initiatives for Verily's national clinical research platform. Based in San Francisco, Kasley spends her evenings and weekends mobilizing efforts to combat loneliness and promote social health as a World Economic Forum Global Shaper, member of the board of directors for the Community Living Campaign, and contributor to Scientific American. Learn more at kasleykillam.com.


Laura Archer


Laura Archer is the author of Gone for Lunch: 52 Things to do on Your Lunch Brunch, a book she wrote on her mission to reclaim her midday break and to find more time for herself, her interests and her self care. Through her book, blog and workshops, Laura aims to help individuals and companies to appreciate the unbelievable benefits of taking a lunch break - even if only for 20 minutes once or twice a week. Learn more at goneforlunch.com.


Shea Tuttle


Shea Tuttle is co-editor of Can I Get a Witness? Thirteen Peacemakers, Community-Builders, and Agitators for Faith and Justice. She holds a master of divinity degree from the Candler School of Theology at Emory University and is a student in the master of fine arts in writing program at Spalding University, concentrating in creative nonfiction. She is working on a book about Mister Rogers.


September 2018

Pernille Bussone


Global Community Captain

Cycling Without Age is a movement started in 2012 by Ole Kassow in Denmark. Ole wanted to help the elderly get back on their bicycles, but he had to find a solution to their limited mobility. The answer was a trishaw and he started offering free bike rides to the local nursing home residents. Cycling Without Age has now spread to all corners of Denmark, and since 2015, to another 38 countries around the world.

Learn more at cyclingwithoutage.org.


Heather and Julie


Heather Turgeon, MFT and Julie Wright, MFT, are the authors of The Happy Sleeper, and, most recently, Now Say This: The Right Words to Solve Every Parenting Dilemma.   Heather is a psychotherapist who specializes in sleep and parenting. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times and The Washington Post, among other publications.  Julie is the creator of the Wright Mommy and Me, one of Los Angeles’s best-known mommy and me programs.  

Learn more at thehappysleeper.com.  


Shasta Nelson


Author of Frientimacy and Friendships Don't Just Happen. 

A leading voice for friendship, Shasta Nelson speaks for corporations, churches, and conferences all over the country; writes books, blogs, and articles; provides expertise to media, creates teaching videos and class; gathers people for retreats and events; and consults and coaches leaders and teams-- all for the purpose of creating healthier friendships in this world.

Learn more at shastanelson.com.


April 2018

Bernadette Noll


Bernadette Noll is an Austin, Texas native and a self-proclaimed maker. She’s the author of the books Slow Family Living: 75 Simple Ways to Slow Down, Connect, and Create More Joy and Make Stuff Together: 24 Simple Projects to Create as a Family



Kate DeBartolo


Kate DeBartolo is the Director of The Conversation Project, an initiative started in 2013 by The Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) that is dedicated to helping people talk about their wishes for end-of-life care.



Traci Ruble


Traci is the founder and CEO of PSYCHED, a San Fransisco-based counseling center, and the co-creator of Sidewalk Talk Community Listening Project. 



March 2018

Katie Seymour



Katie Seymour is a volunteer puppy raiser with Canine Companions for Independence and a volunteer handler with Be an Angel Dog Ministry and with Therapy Dogs Inc.

Learn more at  therapydogs.com.


Courtney Carver


Courtney Carver launched her blog Be More with Less in 2010 and is one of the top bloggers in the world on the subject of minimalism. Recently she published the book Soulful Simplicity: How Living with Less Can Lead to So Much More, which tells her story of living with less and gives practical advice for shedding the excess in our lives to make room for more live. Courtney has been featured in countless articles, podcasts, and interviews on simplicity and is the creator of the minimalist fashion challenge Project 333, which was featured in O magazine and Real Simple.

Learn more at: bemorewithless.com


Rebecca P. Cohen


Rebecca P. Cohen has taught 6,000 children in North America, Europe, Africa, and China and is the go-to spokesperson and inspirational speaker for getting outside any time of the year.  Rebecca's early reader children's book series, PJ's Backyard Adventures, is the latest project from the author of the book, 15 Minutes Outside: 365 Ways to Get Out of the House and Connect with Your Kids (Sourcebooks) and creator of Rebecca Plants Curiosity Cards. Rebecca’s work has been featured in USA Today, Better Home and Gardens, Parenting, Redbook, Working Mother, Family Circle, and Backyard Solutions. 

Learn more at: beoutsideandgrow.com.


February 2018

Rick Bommelje


Rick Bommelje is a Professor in the Department of Communication at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida where he’s been teaching The Listening Course for over 20 years. He’s the co-author and author of two books: Listening Leaders in 2004 and Listening Pays: Achieve Significance through the Power of Listening (2013).

Learn more at listeningpays.com.


Eddie Selover


As a writer and communicator, Eddie Selover helps people express their business and personal stories in ways that are more relevant, credible, and impactful. As a marketing communications professional, Eddie has written speeches for senior executives, organized and executed large-scale conferences and events. As a certified life coach, Eddie helps people clarify their goals and priorities, and then better align their choices and actions to help meet those goals.

Learn more at eddieselover.com.


Dana Marie Roquemore


Dana Marie Roquemore is social entrepreneur who went from being a stylist for fashion shows, personal wardrobe consultant and event planner, to being the creator of an innovative community concept that took Orlando, FL by storm. In 2014, Dana created The Dinner Party Project, a food-focused social experiment that invites eight strangers to share incredible food, interesting conversation and fantastic company. 

Learn more at thedinnerpartyproject.co/.


January 2018

Katie Denis


Katie Denis is the Chief of Research and Strategy at Project: Time Off, which aims to shift culture so that taking time off is understood as essential to personal wellbeing, professional success, business performance, and economic expansion.​

Learn more at projecttimeoff.com.


Karla McLaren


Karla McLaren, M.Ed. is an award-winning author, social science researcher, and empathy pioneer.  Karla is the author of The Art of Empathy: A Complete Guide to Life’s Most Essential Skill and has taught at such places as Omega Institute and Kripalu Center.

Learn more at karlamclaren.com.


Shannon Taylor


Dr. Shannon Taylor is an associate professor and Ph.D. program coordinator in the management department at the University of Central Florida in Orlando. His research examines rude, abusive and unethical behaviors of employees and leaders. His work has appeared in journals in business and applied psychology and has been featured by The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Fox News and NPR. Dr. Taylor gives presentations on leadership and management to audiences in business, education, health, and government. He also serves as research director at Knowtro Inc.


December 2017

Angie Byrd


Angie Byrd is a teacher, writer and partner to women in motion. She serves women through intense, experiential engagements that demand presence, honesty and the shared possibility of something more. With Angie’s help, women see, feel and experience themselves as powerful beings that matter, have deep connection with themselves and in their relationships, and can pursue lives of passion and purpose. 

Learn more at angiebyrd.com.


Rachelle Lucas


Rachelle is an international travel writer whose worked with People magazine, Travel Channel. The New York Times and USA Today. She founded the website The Travel Bite, a food and travel blog for inspiring active culinary vacations. 

Learn more at thetravelbite.com


Ryan Redman


Ryan is the Executive Director of Flourish Foundation, a social profit dedicated to promoting contemplative based practices in communities for the purpose of achieving mental balance and universal compassion. 

Learn more at flourishfoundation.org.


November 2017

Brandon Craig


Brandon is a master creator, listener and results visionary coach accustomed to working in high stakes environments. Prior to building his highly successful individual coaching practice he founded and grew a multi-million dollar industrial services firm. 

Learn more at ontocore.com.


John P. Strelecky


John P. Strelecky is an international best-selling author and creator of the Big Five for Life concept. As of 2017, his books have sold more than 3 million copies worldwide and been translated into 29 languages.

Learn more at johnpstrelecky.com.


Doug Bolger


Doug Bolger wants to change the way the world works. As Founder & CEO of Learn2, Doug believes that every team can achieve inspired results by unlearning, optimizing and creating best practices. At the heart of his award-winning approach to facilitation and design lies Doug’s commitment to participant-centered and experiential Live Sessions. 

Learn more at learn2.com.


October 2017

Kostya Kimlat


Kostya Kimlat is a Ukrainian-American magician, motivational speaker, entrepreneur, and business consultant who uses magic to help others understand the importance of perception in our daily lives. 

Learn more at kostyakimlat.com


Carrie Contey


Carrie Contey, PhD is an internationally recognized coach, author, speaker and educator. Her work offers a new perspective on human development, parenting, family life and being a healthy, happy, whole human being. 

Learn more at carriecontey.com.


Show Trailer


Human connection is the multivitamin we all need more of. On a cellular level, we are wired to connect and the extent to which we sync with others, even strangers, has a huge impact on our lives, inside and out. Imagine if our lives could be exponentially upgraded just by bringing more intention and presence to the way we connect with others. That’s living The Synced Life.