Al Glann believes art is an investment in our lives. His career began in commercial graphic design and illustration, including teaching at a college level for over 25 years, before taking a leap in 1990 to forge a successful career as a sculptor. His award-winning work has been related to that of architects Frank Lloyd Wright and Frank Gehry in line and movement, most notably his horses. Al believes art is what speaks to us and visually enriches our lives in some way – something we can look at and perhaps touch and experience that every day that nudges our souls.
Denny Fisher co-founded The Arts of Life in 2000 with artist Ronnie Cuculich to create an innovative fine and performing arts program model to serve and advocate for people with developmental disabilities. Today over 50 members at two studios in Chicago are surrounded by volunteers and professional artists, together creating a powerful community raising the consciousness of art through core values of self-respect, developing independence, understanding interdependence, and realizing full potential. Denny has moved her career from helping the disabled by doing for them, to learning with them.
Kyle Rockwoodis an account manager with Maxim Healthcare Services involved in staffing solutions for medical professionals. Kyle studied mechanical engineering in college and in his early career managed a fishing store in San Diego. He moved to Tucson and simultaneously shifted from technology problem solving to the people solutions industry to support healthcare clients. Kyle truly believes in the power of identifying strengths and weaknesses for candidates, allowing them to navigate career decisions plus help hospitals and medical practices select the best fit long term employees.
Phoebe Baker Hydeof Boston embarked upon a one year journey of significant personal change while on expat assignment in Hong Kong with her husband and newborn baby. Her thought-provoking and stirring memoir is The Beauty Experiment: How I skipped lipstick, ditched fashion, faced the world without concealer, and learned to love the real me. Questioning the equation of her life, Phoebe had been at a crossroad of self-doubt, one of those periods in life we all encounter when everything gets tossed in the air and we do not know where we are going to land. She created her own path by walking it to find a new middle ground.
Bill Welter is a consulting educator with over 45 years of experience spanning four separate careers: military, engineering, consulting and education. As president of Adaptive Strategies, he specializes in the application of critical and strategic thinking for business leaders and professionals through writing, speeches, workshops, team facilitation, and one-on-one coaching. Author of four books (the most recent being 30,000 words written in 30 days), Bill believes in the prepared mind for leaders, living by a reflective, mental process to address change flexibly and take action dynamically.
Barbara Eiswerth and Diza Sauers represent the Iskashitaa Refugee Network, celebrating its tenth year of enabling Tucson-based refugees and volunteers to work together cooperatively. The nationally-recognized program has evolved into an annual harvest of over 75,000 pounds of fruit and vegetables from local backyards and farms for sustenance, and integrating the marketing of culinary goods and sustainable crafts from the refugee’s native lands. Iskashitaa is also dedicated to educating the community about the local food system and food waste, and has created a partnership with University of Arizona student groups.
Mary Pat Lucas is the Co-Founder and national president of National League of Young Men, a non-profit for young men in grades 9-12 that offers a structured program for mothers and their sons. They strive to promote the development of young men into community leaders through leadership involvement, charitable and community service, cultural experiences, and protocol education. A career-long philanthropic leader and volunteer, Mary Pat led the first Newport Mesa chapter in California, now expanding nationally from an organization of 80 people to four chapters with a current membership of over 700.
Tamara McKinney and Carmen Marriott are members of the Literacy Connects leadership team, program director for Reading Seed Children’s Literacy and Chairman of the Board, respectively. Literacy Connects is dedicated to literacy to enhance learning, creativity and opportunities for all ages in our community, and was formed in 2011 from four non-profits and one coalition. Accomplishments in 2011-12 included over 1,900 adult learners being assisted by 380 volunteers, and over 3,000 youth grades 1-3 with 85% of the students increasing their abilities one grade level. Literacy Connects is one of the primary beneficiaries of proceeds from the Tucson Festival of Books.
Harry Winters is an international mining, geology and exploration expert who at age 16 was befriended by Tohono ‘O’odham families who patiently taught him their language, culture and view of the Arizona desert landscape. Over 750 pages including photographs, Harry’s new book, ‘O’ odham Place Names: Meanings, Origins and Histories Arizona and Sonora, was a monumental undertaking and offers a bedrock to understand a way of life. Harry came to realize over the years how the ‘O’ odham intellectual perception of the geometry of landforms resulted in a rich vocabulary describing them, knowledge to revitalize a critical language on the cusp of becoming extinct with the passing of the elders.
Diane Turner newly released first book is Heart Wisdom: A Concise Companion for Creating a Life of Possibility. The seven sections read front-to-back or by section for specific inspiration, and evolved from Diane’s journaling her personal experiences coupled with psychotherapist and possibilities coach expertise. Heart Wisdom poses questions to the reader as a way to explore their own experiences and beliefs to begin or expand a journey of discovery. The innovative approach includes colorful illustrations by Tucson artist Allan Mardon, poetry by Diane’s son, Seth, and QR-code smart phone access to guided mediations.
Susan Vreeland is the internationally known author of art-related historical fiction, books about the love of art, and the art of loving. Her newest book, Clara and Mr. Tiffany, reveals the long-held secret that a free-thinking woman designed the leaded-glass lamps for Tiffany Studios at the turn of the 20th century. Working in libraries from junior high through college, and then teaching in public high schools for over 30 years, Susan began her literary career later in life. Four of her six books have been New York Times best sellers and to date have been translated into 26 languages.
Diane Portnoyis the founder of the Immigrant Learning Center in Massachusetts. In over 20 years the center has grown to be nationally recognized for providing free English classes to over 900 immigrant and refugee adults annually. Diane’s concern grew out of her own immigrant experience as the daughter of Polish Holocaust survivors. She is one of the co-editors of the new book Immigrant Struggles, Immigrant Gifts which richly chronicles the historic journeys of eleven immigrant groups to become assimilated into and change the fabric of American.
Jeannette Mare is the founder and Executive Director of the Ben’s Bells Project. The most simple kindnesses of strangers and friends sustained her and her family after her son, Ben, died unexpectedly just before his third birthday. Inspired by these gestures, she created Ben’s Bells, a community art project that encourages, celebrates and teaches kindness through the painting and assembling of tiered bell chimes, outside art murals, and “belling” people who are peer nominated for extending kindness to others. Jean was formerly a university instructor and in partnership with the University of Arizona, is also involved in kindness research.
Sari Factoris the CEO of Edgenuity, a provider of engaging online education solutions that has driven outcomes for more than 1 million students in schools across the country. Sari’s career includes over 30 years in educational publishing and services, always with an eye on technology, technology now which is bearing fruit to accelerate Edgenuity’s over 185 semester-long courses for blended or online learning. Their mission is to change the face of learning and propel success for every student, empower every teacher to deliver more effective instruction, and enable schools and districts to meet their academic goals.
Debbie Richis CEO of the Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona, dedicated to leading the movement to broaden how over 2,500 volunteers engage with 14,000 girls ages 5-17. They are on a mission to enable women courage, confidence and character, in addition to teaching entrepreneurship, financial literacy and team building through another “c”, cookies. Debbie’s team has expanded their footprint to effect change by creating a special social service delivery model with college women as troop leaders. This year is the Girls Scouts of USA’s 100th anniversary. When girls succeed, so does society.
Nate Thise is Tucson’s only certified Muscle Activation Techniques (MAT) therapist, following a career as an USAF aircraft technician then a personal trainer. Nate discovered this integrative approach to pain management after trying for years to overcome his own sports injuries and chronic pain at the ripe old age of 23. A MAT session involves the client’s muscles being actively used on request from a precisely controlled position, in a specific direction, and against the practitioner’s counterforce. Nate’s goal is to help clients recover naturally from decreased range of body motion and pain.
Tom Fitzgerald spent nine years researching and writing Poor Richard’s Lament: A Timely Tale, a story within a story featuring Benjamin Franklin. Partly written in the language of the times, Ben returns 225 years after his passing to be tried (and tormented) at the Celestial Court for the shortcomings of his life. He then visits modern times to witness the unsavory actions of a Franklin-esque advisor to a US President seeking reelection. Tom relied upon his diverse experiences as a salesman, counselor, US Navy Seal, lobbyist, and corporate manager to tackle the process of creating and promoting this historical fiction, or is it a non-fiction leadership with a twist of self-help book?
Jeremy Dean is a psychologist and created PsyBlog in 2005, an insightful website that analyzes psychological studies relevant to everyday life. His first book is an eye-opening examination of one of the brain’s most powerful processes, Making Habits, Breaking Habits: Why We Do Things, Why We Don’t, and How to Make Any Change Stick. At least one third of our waking hours are lived on autopilot, and most people let habits rule them. Habits of the mind do not need to control us – we can learn to steer them.
Marcy Euler is the newly installed executive director, the first paid employee of the Tucson Festival of Books, in its fifth year and now a 99.9% volunteer organization of 200 year round contributors, and another 1,800 during the event. The fourth largest in the US attracting over 150,000 people, the two-day Festival celebrates everything having to do with books – reading, writing, publishing, marketing – with the help of over 450 visiting authors and over 300 workshops and moderated panels. Proceed benefit various literacy programs in Southern Arizona, including STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics).
Bruce Beach and Marc Fleischmanbelieve that relationships trump technical acumen any day. Established in 1990, BeachFleischman PC has become Southern Arizona’s largest locally owned accounting and business advisory services firm. The 24 shareholders and 100+ employees based in Tucson and Phoenix are divided into interconnected market segments. Their core values affect how they work with one another, as well as how they stay in tune with their clients’ aspirations. Given the rapid pace of change in technology, Bruce and Marc believe developing tangible industry and regulatory expertise creates levers for competitive advantage.
Laura Vanderkam is a prolific freelance writer and journalist on time management, careers, and specialty research topics with books, magazine articles, and Internet columns to her credit. She recently launched a What the Most Successful People Do book series following a popular blogpost, the most recent book being What the Most Successful People Do on the Weekends. It is time for us to take control of our weekends to get necessary rest while also using our downtime as a springboard to a productive week. Rest time is too precious to be totally leisurely about leisure, with weekends deserving more not less care than you bestow on working days.
Janis Ian has been nominated for a ninth Grammy Award for the audio version of her 2008 book Society’s Child: My Autobiography. Recorded live, no edits, no dubs (much like her life) this artistic work is framed by Janis playing the guitar and singing many of her iconic songs, including the highly controversial song that sparked her career at age 15 in the 1960’s, “Society’s Child.” Janis continues to perform and is writing for children and youth, in addition to leading a non-profit in her mother’s name, The Pearl Foundation, which has funded over $700,000 in scholarships for women to return to college later in life. From success to significance!
Mark Fidelman is CEO of Evolve and a contemporary thought leader, consultant and author in the social and mobile space. His new book is Socialized! How the Most Successful Businesses Harness the Power of Social, going beyond the tools of social media, in fact beginning with a company culture and leadership mindset aligned with transparency and inclusion to maximize employees’ and all stakeholders participation in the organization’s mission. Mark argues that you have to be social on the inside, before you can be successfully social on the outside.
Theresa Christy is an Elevatoring and Dispatching Technical Fellow at Otis Elevator Company, and enjoys using mathematics, statistics, and computer simulations to solve technical problems related to traffic flow in large buildings around the world. Theresa is also an ethnographer, as through observation she tracks and predicts consumer behavior, and so advises building owners and architects on how to configure buildings to best manage rider expectations. Curiosity and answering “what if” questions have been hallmarks for her career success.
Dr. Jean Baruch is the 2003 founder and Executive Director of Beads of Courage, a non-profit dedicated to helping children coping with cancer. Currently implemented as a standard of care in more than 150 hospitals in six countries, the process of stringing specialized beads on a lanyard after each treatment step supports the psychosocial adjustment of children, while honoring their stories of courge. Based on research to advance the science of caring, Beads of Courage continues to expand innovate arts-in-nursing programs to affect the full community of support, clinicians experiencing compassion fatigue, as well as families and other caregivers.
Enjoy a special series of four interactive conversations with six members of the Life Planning Network, nationally known positive aging, life-career fulfillment and personal change experts based from California to the Midwest to New England. Their goal is to impact our ability to self-manage, self-care, and create and continue our independence – tributaries to a life of positive and productive aging, both as individuals and a society. Our guests are focused on helping people of all ages “move from success to significance” and “live, not just leave, a legacy.”
Challenge, Change and the Smart Restart of Life Planning: Mary Radu and Bruce Frankel discuss the Life Planning Network and an overview of the newly released book, Live Smart After 50! What is life planning and how can we address the challenges generated both by outside forces and from within ourselves? The transition from midlife is different than those experienced earlier in life, a multi-dimensional shift where mindfully going through the process is as enlightening as getting to an outcome.
Discover What Work Works for You: Carleen MacKay and Elizabeth Craig want to retire the word retire, which sounds more like going to bed or leaving life behind, as opposed to lifelong learning and jumping forward towards new experiences. Insert a new “R” word – reimagine, reinvent, reengineer, or even renaissance. Consider seeing opportunities in everything you do to explore, create and move forward with persistence, resilience, and hope (holding on to peak experiences).
Anticipating Caregiving Challenges: Andrea Gallagher and Bruce Frankel advise how it is not in our nature to think of needing care, or falling into the role of caring for others, yet it can happen in a matter of seconds. We are wired to see ourselves as vital people not in need of help, nor necessarily appreciating the likelihood of interdependence with others. Caregivers seldom self-identify, seeing this stressful role as just another set of circumstances to manage. It is very important to consider options and plan for caregiving, as the giver and eventually the receiver.
Living in 3D, an Amplified Life: Life Planning Network founder, Meg Newhouse, and Mary Radu explain how living a spiritual legacy creates the framework for positive aging. The second half of life is a wonderful time to get reconnected with our purpose, live in a way that creates a legacy that will continue beyond us, and become more rooted in a spiritual life – the greater sum beyond oneself based in generosity, compassion, deep values and joy, as opposed to fear, ego, domination or control. It is never too late to start planning to impact today and the future!
Elizabeth Craig assists stuck and frustrated young adults, mid-career professionals and those 50+ in finding and landing fulfilling opportunities. She contributes to the AARP Jane Pauley’s TODAY show series “Your Life Calling,” a series featuring people reinventing themselves after age 50. Don’t Slurp Your Soup is her award-winning book on etiquette. www.elcglobal.com
Carleen MacKay is Director of Mature Workforce Initiatives for Career Partners International, a talent management firm with a global footprint. Carleen wrote Plan “B” for Boomers: The 50,000 Mile Checkup and is fluent in overcoming employment bias and is as an active and respected voice of the changing American workplace. www.agelessinamercia.com
Bruce Frankel is a seasoned journalist with USA Today and People magazine, a New York Times best-selling author, editor, researcher, and poet from New England. His book What Should I Do with the Rest of My Life? spotlights twelve people who moved from success to significance after age 60 despite very difficult circumstances. www.brucefrankel.net
Dr. Meg Newhouse
Dr. Meg Newhouse is the Founder of the Life Planning Network, triggering over a decade ago the collaborative movement of diverse, yet tangentially committed experts on positive aging. A principal at Passion & Purpose LifeCrafting, Meg is an educator, life coach, consultant and author specializing in vision- and values-based life planning. www.passionandpurpose.com
Andrea Gallagher is president of Senior Concerns, a non-profit that offers adult day care, case management, and meals on wheels. Caregiving for elderly neighbors prompted her sudden career shift from Fortune 500 management to elder care. Andrea writes the bi-monthly column The Other Side of 50 and is president of The Life Planning Network. www.seniorconcerns.org
Mary Radu is the author of The Roadmap to a Meaningful Life and leads Pathmaker Coaching, a practice dedicated to helping clients transform the uncertainties of career and midlife change into a discovery of choices and courageous action. Mary has a unique passion for enabling the weaving of philanthropy into or amongst career pursuits. www.pathmakercoaching.com
Aaron McDaniel is a corporate manager, entrepreneur, public speaker and community leader. Still in his 20’s, he has held leadership roles at AT&T, in addition to being a serial and social entrepreneur. Aaron founded Young Professional’s Edge, a company focused on empowering young professionals to succeed in their careers, and a micro-giving foundation that was a 75th birthday gift to his godmother to support her lifelong quest for equality for all people. Aaron’s new book is The Young Professional’s Guide to the Working World: Savvy Strategies to Get In, Get Ahead, and Rise to the Top.
Madeline Miller is the author of Song of Achilles, an imaginative first novel about the epic Greek mythological figure Achilles, forced to choose between notoriety and early death, or a long, yet unremarkable life. The book was awarded the prestigious 2012 Orange Award for Fiction, is a New York Times best seller, and has been translated into fourteen languages, including Greek. It took Madeline 10 years to complete the manuscript while studying the classics and being a teacher and tutor of Latin, Greek and Shakespeare to high school students. Her love of mythology began when her mother read her the myths as bedtime stories.
Alok Appadurai and Jade Beall founded Fed by Threads in 2012, a project supported by a community of like-minded friends and business connections. It is America’s first sustainable, humanitarian, US-made clothing line where proceeds from each item sold provide 12 emergency meals for the hungry. Partnered with the local Foodbank, Alok and Jade’s endeavor provided over 21,000 meals for the needy, “Ethical Fashion that Feeds.” Based in the trendy, Bohemian 4th Avenue district of downtown Tucson, their studio is also home to Jade’s portrait photography business and several dance and exercise programs.
Firuzeh Mehrabani is the founder of the Acupuncture and Allergy Clinic in Tucson. It was her own mid-90’s journey to overcome disabilities related to Lyme disease that closed her first career door in family counseling, and opened a new door to integrative medicine. Today Firuzeh helps people detox safely with minimal stress or healing crises, applying Oriental medical principles with an electro-dermal bio-feedback system to guide prescription of homeopathic and herbal remedies. New doors, literally and figuratively, have opened for Firuzeh’s expanding practice, moving to a new location from the clinic’s founding space of 15 years ago.
Veronica Boone is the Director of Social Services for the Tucson Indian Center, a non-profit founded after WWII dedicated to serving Tucson’s 43,000 off reservation Native Americans from over 550 US tribes. With the goal of supporting a prosperous, healthy, unified and politically strong urban community, TIC’s mission is to lead, serve, empower and advocate through youth and elderly programs, job services, cultural activities and emergency services. They continue to expand an extensive portfolio of health, housing, education, counseling and recreation services.
Jeannie Coleman and Carol Zupancic from Quilt for a Cause lead an organization truly based on soul, love and compassion – a community which stays true to its mission, loves quilting, and offers compassion for families, friends and future generations of women who hopefully someday will not need to face cancer in their lives. Jeannie also works for National Bank of Arizona and Carol is a retired teacher, and as not-so-accidental social entrepreneurs, they have raised over $500,000 in three years through auctions of handmade quilts donated from across the US and several foreign countries, quilts that tell many stories.