Bill Green is the author of “ALL IN: 101 Real Life Business Lessons for Emerging Entrepreneurs” (bgreenauthor.com). He is also the founder and CEO of The Crestar Group of Companies and LendingOne. LendingOne provides real estate bridge loans to non-owner occupied real estate investment properties. Prior to forming Crestar in 2003, Mr. Green was with Interline Brands since founding the company in 1977. For twenty-five years he led Interline as its CEO from a small retail outlet to one of the largest industrial distribution companies in the country. Today, Interline Brands is owned by The Home Depot.
“Some people are born leaders. Unfortunately, most of us aren’t. Leadership is a skill, just like any other. It takes practice in order to acquire, and patience in order to integrate. However, it’s also the skill that ends up separating aspiring entrepreneurs from the superstars–because building a successful company is all about leading a team of people to victory. If you don’t take the time to learn how to be a leader that inspires, you’ll struggle to attract the talent you want and need in order to bring your vision to life. No one is going to believe in your big idea, or more importantly believe in you, unless you believe it yourself.”
Dave Kirkpatrick is co-founder and managing director of SJF Ventures, a positive impact growth equity fund with $260 million under management. The fund has invested in more than 65 companies in the clean energy, sustainable food, recycling and reuse, health and education sectors. Dave practices centering or contemplative prayer and takes annual retreats at Mepkin Abbey, a Trappist monastery. He has been inspired by writings such as the ‘Cloud of Unknowing’ and books by Thomas Merton, Thomas Keating, and Teresa of Avila.’
“My Christian meditation practice has provided the silence and inspiration I have needed for many life decisions, large and small. These have included trusting in our ability to both start SJF and to raise successive funds with a stewardship and sustainability mission.”
Rhonda Leone in the Founder and CEO of Yoga For Living Wellness Center in Cherry Hill, New Jersey.
“Meditation can bring peace of mind and awaken the soul — to be in harmony with yourself, others and the World.”
Dedicated to empowering people through conscious awareness, Micheline Nader BSN, MPH, DESS, is a best-selling author, serial healthcare entrepreneur and President of Jesra Impact, which creates breakthrough content, education and networks. Jesra Impact is committed to empowering individuals through conscious awareness to turn their limitations into catalysts and transform their passion into purpose. Micheline credits her journey from loss to success to the process of conscious awareness — and provides guidance to help other achieve long-lasting emotional wellness beyond any trauma. Through her transformative process, she helps individuals uncover limiting patterns of behavior and embrace their true selves.
Dr. Newberg is currently a Professor in the Department of Integrative Medicine and Nutritional Sciences at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. He has actively pursued a number of neuroimaging research projects which have included the study of aging and dementia, epilepsy, and other neurological and psychiatric disorders. Dr. Newberg has been particularly involved in the study of mystical and religious experiences, a field referred to as “neurotheology”. He has also studied the more general mind/body relationship in both the clinical and research aspects of his career including understanding the physiological correlates of meditation and other types of alternative therapies. He has published over 200 peer reviewed articles and chapters on brain function, brain imaging, and the study of religious and mystical experiences. He is the best selling author of Why God Won’t Go Away and How God Changes Your Brain, and has published 10 books which have been translated into 16 different languages. He was listed as one of the 30 Most Influential Neuroscientists Alive Today by the Online Psychology Degree Guide.
“Meditation can be a cornerstone for developing good brain health and brain function. Our studies over the past 30 years document a number of beneficial brain changes when people engage in meditation, whether for a few minutes or a lifetime.”
Adam Schwartz is founder and CEO of Articulate, a global leader in online learning software. Adam founded Articulate in 2002 with a vision to create innovative technologies that make it easier for the world to learn. Under Adam’s direction, Articulate has grown from a groundbreaking idea into an award-winning company that was recognized by Deloitte as one of the fastest-growing technology companies in North America. Articulate customers include 93 of the Fortune 100 and 78,000 organizations in 151 countries. Courses built with Articulate software have reached more than 83 million learners worldwide. Adam is an active angel investor in more than 200 innovative tech companies where his role ranges from passive investor to advisor to board member.
“Meditation helps me become more present. And being more present means I’m more effective, happy and connected in all aspects of my life. It’s my secret weapon and I couldn’t live without it.”
Amy is a unique mix of yin and yang. She’s a CPA and Yoga instructor/Studio owner, a Technology Business Executive, and Audience Choice Award Winner for her TEDx Talk “Disconnect to Connect,” One of the Most Powerful Women in the Accounting Profession (2018, 2017, 2016), Top 100 Most Influential People in the Accounting Profession (2017, 2016, 2015), and Author of Two Books: Business Balance & Bliss and Integrative Advisory Services.
Amy recently launched the B³ Method Institute, an educational organization focused on helping you achieve your desired potential in your career and personal life through the B³ Method (Business + Balance = Bliss). Friends and Family of Meditation 4 Leadership get a 10% discount on B³ Method Institute memberships.
Michael Wells is a healthcare venture capitalist and serial entrepreneur. He created Princeton Biopharma Capital Partners in 2010 to provide growth capital to healthcare start-ups. Previously he was the Founder and CEO of Aton Pharma, a private equity backed pharmaceutical company that was successfully sold in 2010. In addition to several board responsibilities, he is the Chairman and acting CEO of an animal health company called Fidelis Pharmaceuticals.
“In any given week, I have so many things that require my attention. Meditation has given me the ability to quiet my mind so I can think clearly and be more deliberate when solving problems.”
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