Contributors

Anne Jirsch is a London born professional psychic with a large worldwide following. Her client base includes heads of industry, politicians and celebrities from the world of film, music and sport. She is an internationally best-selling author of four books 'Instant Intuition,' 'The Future is Yours,' 'Cosmic Energy' and 'Create Your Perfect Future.' She has appeared on numerous radio shows, having regular slots on Star FM, BBC Radio Cumbria and BBC Radio Cambridge. Anne has also appeared on Kuwait morning television, Estonian television and BBC morning news and more recently 'This Morning' where she hypnotised celebrity Natalie Cassidy and took her into her future lifetime. Anne is a leading world pioneer of Future Life Progression and runs the only training school for FLP in the world with 250 practitioners in 8 countries. She is the Chairman of The Past & Future Life Society. She has representatives in Japan, Kuwait, Dubai and Estonia and travels extensively with her sell-out workshops and seminars.
Dr. Marcia Reynolds, president of Covisioning LLC, is fascinated by the brain, especially what triggers feelings of connection, commitment, and possibility. This fascination has led her down many roads as she constantly looks for ways to improve the value of her training, speaking and coaching. On this journey, she developed three areas of expertise: organizational change, coaching, and emotional intelligence. She is able to draw on these areas as she works to help leaders have more effective and meaningful conversations. When leaders have powerful conversations that change people’s minds from the inside out, the workplace comes alive with an eagerness to discover what is possible. Her first expertise, organizational change, developed out of necessity when facing the challenges of running corporate training departments in the 1980’s and 90’s. Her greatest success came as a result of designing the employee development program for a semiconductor manufacturing company facing bankruptcy. Working with the executive staff, the company not only turned around, it was the most successful IPO in the United States in 1993. Training helped with the transformation but so many times, people enjoyed their training classes but then applied very little of what they learned. In her search for new techniques, she enrolled in a coaching school in 1995 when she started her own business. She quickly saw the power of coaching to make the mental shifts required to sustain change. Her passion for the profession led her to become president of the International Coach Federation in 2000 and be one of the first 25 people in the world to hold the certification of Master Certified Coach. She now coaches executives and teaches coaching in her leadership classes worldwide. Currently, she is president of the Association for Coach Training Organizations (ACTO) and serves as Training Director for the Pyramid Coaching Institute. She also is on the faculty of coach training schools in Russia and China and is an associate professor for the National Research University – Higher School of Economics in Moscow. At the same time that Marcia found coaching, she discovered emotional intelligence. She wove the concepts into her training and coaching. Her curiosity led her to dig deeper into the research that was redefining how we learn and grow and get her doctorate in organizational psychology. This led her to deeper insights into the problems many of her coaching clients and students were experiencing. She continues to teach courses in emotional intelligence, emotional engagement, and advanced coaching skills. To date, she has taught in 35 countries, hoping to increase consciousness and caring as well as productivity around the world. Excerpts from Marcia’s award-winning books Outsmart Your Brain and Wander Woman How High-Achieving Women Find Contentment and Direction, have appeared in many places including Harvard Communications Newsletter, Wall Street Journal, Cosmopolitan, and The New York Times and she has appeared on ABC World News. Her latest book, The Discomfort Zone: How Leaders Turn Difficult Conversations into Breakthroughs, has been discussed in Fast Company, Forbes, CNN.com, The Globe and Mail, and on HR.com as well as in many leading leadership blogs. In her spare time, Marcia accumulates degrees. Her doctoral degree is in organizational psychology with a research focus on high-achievers in today’s corporations. She holds two masters degrees in education and communications. The rare times she is home, she can often be found hiking the beautiful mountains in Arizona.
Sandra Abdalla is the co-founder, co-owner and executive editor of WOMEN, a woman's resource for profiles and specialised articles on subjects of interest to women's lives. Sandra also co-owns and co-founded TAMS Holdings, the mother company of Temple Tramp (fashion brand) and WOMEN. She studied Anthropology at the American University in Cairo, and she is the author of Cairene Women: A Bachelorette not a Spinster. Sandra has also been a fitness trainer for the past 12 years.
Giusi’s practice combines a background in massage with a deep passion for contemporary and classical Chinese medicine. After qualifying as a massage therapist, she found herself wanting to treat people with many different ailments, through a more comprehensive, holistic model of health. In 2009 she gained a BSc in acupuncture; she has since completed a Masters in Chinese herbal medicine and has worked closely with two of the most renowned practitioners in the UK. A lifelong student, Giusi’s practice of Chinese Medicine deepened in 2013 when she spent six months at the hospital of Heilongjiang University of Chinese Medicine observing modern practitioners of the discipline. For three months she also volunteered as the local acupuncturist at the Thrangu Tibetan Buddhist monastery outside Kathmandu, treating a wide range of ailments for locals of all ages. She is currently studying Chinese.
Caroline Myss is a five-time New York Times bestselling author and internationally renowned speaker in the fields of human consciousness, spirituality and mysticism, health, energy medicine, and the science of medical intuition. Caroline established her own educational institute in 2003, CMED (Caroline Myss Education), which offers a diverse array of programs devoted to personal development and draws students from all over the world. In addition to hosting a weekly radio show on the Hay House network, Caroline maintains a rigorous international workshop and lecture schedule. After completing her Master’s degree, Caroline co-founded Stillpoint Publishing and headed the editorial department, producing an average of ten books a year in the field of human consciousness and holistic health. Simultaneously Caroline refined her skills as a medical intuitive, with the assistance of C. Norman Shealy, M.D., Ph.D., a Harvard-trained neurosurgeon. Caroline developed the field of Energy Anatomy, a science that correlates specific emotional/psychological/physical/spiritual stress patterns with diseases. Her research proved so accurate that it became the subject matter of a book co-written by Caroline and Norm: THE CREATION OF HEALTH. In 1996, Caroline released ANATOMY OF THE SPIRIT, a New York Times bestseller that has been published in 28 languages and has sold over 1.5 million copies. Through the investigation of the underlying reasons why people sabotage their healing processes, Caroline identified a syndrome she calls “woundology,” characterized by a person’s reliance on the power of illness for manipulation of his or her world, as opposed to attaining an independent, empowered state of health. As with her other seminal research, this syndrome is now a recognized psychological condition. Her third book, WHY PEOPLE DON’T HEAL AND HOW THEY CAN, became another New York Times bestseller. Caroline then pursued her interest in the language of symbols, myths, and archetypes, conducting research that enabled her to profile an individual’s “Sacred Contract,” a complex of 12 archetypal patterns that reflect in mythic language the agreements the soul made prior to birth. Based on this work, Caroline released SACRED CONTRACTS, which became her third New York Times bestseller. It is published in 18 languages and posts sales of well over 1.6 million copies. In 2003, Oprah Winfrey gave Caroline her own television program with the OXYGEN network in New York City, which ran successfully for one year. Caroline followed with two more New York Times bestsellers, INVISIBLE ACTS OF POWER in 2004 and ENTERING THE CASTLE in 2007. Caroline’s latest book, DEFY GRAVITY, was released in October 2009, a book exploring the mystical phenomenon of healing that transcends reason. In addition to her written work, Caroline has produced more than eighty audio/visual products on subjects that include healing, spirituality, personal development, and the study of archetypes.
Mary O’Donohue enjoys a successful career on both sides of the camera. Her behind the scenes television experience spans more than 30 years and includes literally thousands of hours of live control room experience, as well as an extensive background in taped programs in various formats including news, variety, and talk shows. She has worked as a Director, Field Director, Associate Director and Post Production Supervisor on news specials and programs such as The Today Show, NBC Nightly News, The McLaughlin Group, and Meet The Press. She has also been an Associate Director and Post Production Supervisor on concerts, variety programs, comedy specials, and awards shows including MTV Unplugged: Hootie and the Blowfish, Woodstock ’94, Mariah Carey at St. John the Divine, Mary Chapin Carpenter Live at Wolf Trap, the CBS Michael Jordan Retirement Party, The James Beard Awards, An Opryland Christmas, The Aspen Comedy Festival, and many more. Mary has worked on numerous daytime programs, most notably spending 12 seasons with The Oprah Winfrey Show as Control Room Associate Director and Post Production Producer. Mary’s on-camera journey began soon after she wrote, When You Say “Thank You,” Mean It, a practical month-by-month guide for raising children with extraordinary character (published by Adams Media). As a Best Selling Author, she’s been featured in a Parents Magazine, Green Child Magazine, Chicago Parent, and has been a regular contributor to The Chicago Tribune’s Parent ‘Hood column. Mary has appeared on television throughout the country, including the nationally syndicated, The Better Show, as well as on numerous radio programs. Her work has also been highlighted on several web sites including AOL’s ParentDish, pbs.org, and StartEmpathy.org among others. With more than three decades of expertise behind the scenes in media, at both the local and national level, and first hand experience of appearing in media as an author and expert, Mary not only talks the talk, she walks the walk. From the Control Room to the Green Room – she’s “been there, and taped that.” Utilizing her unique background both behind, and in-front of the camera, Mary has become a sought after Media Coach, equipping authors, experts, and entrepreneurs with practical skills to navigate the media landscape.
Shrankhla Holecek grew up in India with a strong foundation in the ancient science of Ayurveda and comes from a family of generational veterans in the craft of Ayurveda and essential oil production, who have supplied some of the world's leading luxury beauty brands for decades. Shrankhla brings over 15 years of extensive training and understanding in the therapeutic benefits of botanicals, especially as they apply to Ayurveda. A lifelong vegetarian, yogi and natural-medicine practitioner, Shrankhla moved to Los Angeles about ten years ago for her MBA at a top school, after which she spent several years with McKinsey in management consulting. In her high-pressure job, Shrankhla saw increasing demands on her time, energy, and body and like many others, she witnessed the toll those demands took on her appearance and wellbeing. Exhausted by topical creams and one-off medications, she went back to her basics, creating a line of natural skincare and wellness products that bridged her past and her present – Uma, a line of 100% organic Ayurvedic Beauty & Therapy oils. In addition to serving as a media expert on essential oils and Ayurveda, she is a regular contributor to industry leading outlets like Mind Body Green, Refinery 29 and Chalkboard Magazine. She is also a frequent guest on New York Times bestselling author Sophie Uliano's (of Gorgeously Green Series) wildly popular web series on green living.
ACSM is the largest sports medicine and exercise science organization in the world. With more than 50,000 members and certified professionals worldwide, ACSM is dedicated to advancing and integrating scientific research to provide educational and practical applications of exercise science and sports medicine. The American College of Sports Medicine advances and integrates scientific research to provide educational and practical applications of exercise science and sports medicine.
Born in London, his original career was as a novelist and publisher. He had eight books published, and had been a senior commissioning editor at Macmillans by the time he was 25. He also co-founded Advise, the first 24-hour immigrant advisory service in London and was involved in the publication of International Times. He then took two years spiritual retreat living off-grid in the High Atlas Mountains of southern Morocco. As a mature student he studied and then taught at the London School of Economics where he gained his doctorate in political psychology. His Personal Identity, National Identity, International Politics was published by the Cambridge University Press. He then moved to work with special needs adults and teenagers in Southwark College and gained a Cert.Ed. specialising in that field. His background also includes three years of psychoanalysis with Dr Edward Glover and ongoing immersion in psychotherapies and complementary approaches including bodywork, breath work, indigenous and pagan, and a regular daily meditation practice since his early twenties. He co-founded the Alternatives Programme of St. James’s Church, London; is a Fellow of the Findhorn Foundation, Europe’s leading eco-spirituality centre. His books are translated into sixteen languages
May Tawakol is co-founder, co-owner and managing director of WOMEN, a woman's resource for profiles and specialized articles on subjects of interest to women's lives. May is also co-owner and co-founder of TAMS Holdings, the mother company of Temple Tramp (a fashion brand) and WOMEN. May is the proud mother of 10 year-old Youssef.
Maged Mabrouk is a Reiki Master Teacher, certified from a Usui Reiki Ryoho School, London,UK. Mabrouk has been practicing Usui System of Natural Healing since 2009. He graduated as a clinical Pharmacist with a diverse medical experience. Maged has had the chance to work with clients suffering from depression and cases of damaged immune system where he utilized his energy healing problems caused by stress, emotional and spiritual trauma. After completing his IMBA from ESLSCA Business School in Paris 2009, a leading German healthcare provider assigned him in the Middle East & Africa to establish Neuro-Triggering breathing management and the low flow anesthesia system for specific clinical indications, this has contributed to his experience with critical cases and has developed his skills in Karmic & Karuna Reiki.Based in Dubai, Maged is currently working between Cairo, London, Beirut, Vienna and Paris.
Naima Young is a jewelry designer and silver-smith, and has nearly completed a three year diploma in homeopathy with Abdul Hayy Holdijk. Her father Osman Young practices several healing modalities, including homeopathy. Osman also paints and teaches at AUC.
Dorie Clark is a marketing strategy consultant, professional speaker, and frequent contributor to the Harvard Business Review, TIME, Entrepreneur, and the World Economic Forum blog. Recognized as a “branding expert” by the Associated Press, Fortune, and Inc. magazine, she is the author of Reinventing You (Harvard Business Review Press, 2013), which has been translated into Russian, Chinese, Arabic, French, Polish, and Thai. Her most recent book, Stand Out, was named the #1 Leadership Book of 2015 by Inc. magazine and was a Washington Post bestseller. Clark consults and speaks for a diverse range of clients, including Google, the World Bank, Microsoft, Morgan Stanley, the Ford Foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Yale University, the Mount Sinai Medical Center, and the National Park Service. Clark, a former presidential campaign spokeswoman, is an adjunct professor of business administration at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business and a Visiting Professor for IE Business School in Madrid, Spain. She has taught marketing and communications at Tufts University, Suffolk University, Emerson College, HEC-Paris, Babson College, the University of North Carolina’s Kenan-Flagler School of Business, and Smith College Executive Education. She has been named to the Huffington Post’s “100 Must Follow on Twitter” list for 2013 and 2014, and to the #Nifty50 list of top women on Twitter. She was also named one of Inc. magazine’s “100 Great Leadership Speakers for Your Next Conference,” and recognized in Forbes as one of “25 Professional Networking Experts to Watch in 2015.” She has guest lectured at universities including Harvard Business School, the Harvard Kennedy School, Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business, the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business, the University of California-Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, Georgetown, NYU, the MIT Sloan School of Management, and the University of Michigan. Her work has been published in the Harvard Business Review Guide to Getting the Right Job and the Harvard Business Review Guide to Networking, and she is quoted frequently in the worldwide media, including NPR, the BBC, and MSNBC. She is also a regular political commentator on Canada’s CTV. A former New England Press Association award-winning journalist, Clark is also the director of the environmental documentary film, The Work of 1000. She is the past co-chair of the Board of Visitors of Fenway Health and is a member of the Board of Overseers for the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. At age 14, Clark entered Mary Baldwin College’s Program for the Exceptionally Gifted. At 18, she graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Smith College, and two years later received a Master of Theological Studies from Harvard Divinity School
Michelle is a believer in the power of poetry, circles and stories. She is the creator of Yoga Freedom, as well as a writer, poet, teacher, retreat coordinator and friend. Michelle's home base for the past five years has been Lake Atitlán, where she lives, walks, writes, breathes and stretches with her husband, daughter, dog and cat. Michelle has been teaching yoga since 2002 and gratefully writing this column for elephant journal since 2010. She has self-published several inspiring books and regularly leads yoga and mindfulness retreats in Guatemala.
Michelle is a believer in the power of poetry, circles and stories. She is the creator of Yoga Freedom, as well as a writer, poet, teacher, retreat coordinator and friend. Michelle's home base for the past five years has been Lake Atitlán, where she lives, walks, writes, breathes and stretches with her husband, daughter, dog and cat. Michelle has been teaching yoga since 2002 and gratefully writing this column for elephant journal since 2010. She has self-published several inspiring books and regularly leads yoga and mindfulness retreats in Guatemala.