Laura Meddens is a supremely talented and creative artist who began painting less then three years ago when her remaining vision failed lost though her work appears to be the result of decades of experimentation and practice. Laura’s story of resiliency and determination to succeed on several fronts is astounding like co-creating Abled.com and developing The Laura and Wagner Foundation. …
It was a privilege to have Mike Le Donne, renowned Jazz Pianist and Founder/Pres/CEO Disability Pride NYC (501C3 non-profit organization), on the show to discuss the impetus on forming Disability Pride NYC and how vital theirNYC Disability Pride Parade is in eradicating serotypes, bridging communities and creating a platform for performers and attendees with disabilities to experience inclusion and big time fun!
Michael Dermer, entrepreneur, speaker, lawyer and author of “The Lonely Entrepreneur” joined me to discuss why he left a coveted job as a corporate lawyer to pursue the dream of being his own boss. His concept — reward Americans for healthy behavior and in the process, saving the healthcare system a bundle. Hear how he created IncentOne – an empire he tirelessly devoted over a decade too that crumbled in mere days during the 2008 financial debacle and how his varied entrepreneur skills, business acumen and much more got him back in the game. My mother continues to inspire and teach me through her uncanny ability to adapt to life circumstances within and beyond her control. Recently, she had to utilize her strength and courage once again, this time in the form of relocating to a new home late in life. Change in life happens in many forms and my mothers ability to not only survive but flourish, made me take pause of the significance of this vital characteristic that makes many wildly uncomfortable.
Tracey Jackson, tv and film writer and co-author of NY Times best seller, GRATITUDE AND TRUST: 6 Affirmations That Will Change Your Life joins me for an in-depth conversation about loss, denial and numerous invaluable life lessons. Hear many riveting stories including Tracey’s first meeting with Oscar and Grammy winning song writer Paul Williams that took place in Robert Mitchum’s bedroom. Really! A veteran of traditional therapy — though never an alcohol or drug abuser like her friend Paul…Tracey has struggled with other negative behaviors to numb her pain such as men, cigarettes, and over-spending. Tracey shares stories of debauchery that Paul lived and wrote about in their book like how Paul was rarely able to recollect his dozens of appearances on the Tonight Show since he was so high. Tracey blogs on traceyjacksononline.com, and she runs GratitudeandTrust.com with her dear friend Paul Williams.
Brian Fischler – comedian, writer and so much more talks with me about the 11th Laugh For Sight NYC on Monday December 5th at Gotham Comedy Club starring Robert Klein, Joy Behar, Stacey Prussman, Daryl Wright and the comedian who founded LFS – Brian and his dog Nash. We learn about Brian’s 24 job in LA, how Charlize Theron walked …
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Another professional athlete is charged with domestic violence – something that is become all too common for victims and leagues. Are sports that require a certain degree of violence for professional athletes more dangerous for the health and well being of their spouses? In October – most schools celebrate diversity, inclusion and the importance of acceptance regardless of how a student identifies as well as the dangers of drug and alcohol use. During this vital month I share my vast experience with students at schools everywhere on overcoming adversity – my struggles of living with a visual impairment, coping with mental illness, my awakening of years of drug/alcohol use and so much more. I’m beyond gratified when I meet students months or years after they heard one of my talks and they recite my mantra, “My Difference Makes Me Stronger” and how my talk had such a positive impact on them. I wish schools didn’t let the calendar dictate or limit how much impact significant messaging can have on students.
“Mark truly energized the crowd and engaged the youth in a truly effective way, we were very happy to see the very important anti-bullying message delivered in such a kid-friendly, yet meaningful way. Way to go! Thank you for the experience Mark!”
Bruce Springsteen’s new book had two thousand very fortunate fans at his home town of Freehold, NJ waiting for their eight seconds to spend with The Boss at the Barnes and Noble meet and greet. Jamie Sorcher (pictured), ESPN Gadget Girl and Journalist shares her experience of meeting her longtime idol. The cauldron went dark in Rio but the fever …
Emilie Gossiaux has and always will be a gifted artist despite being struck by a tractor trailer in 2010 that put her in a coma, and despite her doctors removing her intestines due to massive swelling, and despite Emilie’s mother being told that her daughter would not survive and then asked if she’d like to donate Emilie’s organs. Emilie is a clearly a fighter and has much to accomplish personally and professionally in life to let some wimpy 80,000 lb eighteen wheeler derail her. Hear Emilie’s story of love and determination through her miraculous comeback that allows her through the use of a highly innovate invention called the Brain Port Vision Device paint, sculpt and live her dream job of working at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in her role as Museum Educator. Emilie was also a recipient of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Award of Excellence in 2013 for her “Bird Sitting” piece. She has sold her work and continues to create art every available moment in her NYC studio alongside her precious guide dog, London.