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Kacy Duke: Movement is a Privilege

Kacy Duke: Movement is a Privilege

November 27, 2019

Kacy Duke is a renowned celebrity personal trainer who’s been called New York City’s “best trainer” and “top workout guru.” Known for her insightful training techniques for the body and soul, trainer-to-the stars Kacy’s worked with many of the entertainment world’s most high profile names, including Kate Beckinsale, Dakota Johnson, Bebe Rexha, Lenny Kravitz, Gwen Stefani, Sean “P. Diddy” Combs, Bruce Willis, Iman, Josh Brolin, Julianne Moore, Denzel Washington, Maxwell, Kiefer Sutherland and Rachel Weitz, to name a few.

Her philosophy? No matter who you are, big-name celebrity or civilian, “I always say it starts with love. As in love the body you have, to get the body you want,” says Duke, “the goal is to train your body to do what needs to be done to keep it healthy and strong, so skip the negative self-talk and focus instead on your mindset, the motivation and the movement.”

With a client list that reads like red carpet who’s who, Kacy Duke is also one of the industry’s most sought-after personal trainers and fitness consultants, and one of the founding Creative Directors of Equinox Fitness Clubs. Using her insightful training techniques for body and soul, she has developed numerous innovative fitness programs for Equinox and for corporations in North America, Japan, and throughout Europe.

Most recently, Kacy served as the fitness spokesperson for Simple Skincare and was a member of their prestigious Advisory Board. She has served as a spokesperson for Dove Deodorant, Kellogg's, Nike and LifeFitness vitamins. Kacy has appeared on national programs including Today, The Rachael Ray Show and Good Morning America Health, CBS Morning News, Good Housekeeping TV and countless local news programs.

Kacy is a frequent contributor to a number of high- profile publications including Elle, Essence, Fitness, In Style, Shape and Vogue and is the author of The Show It Love Workout (McGraw- Hill).

“Movement is a privilege. If you can move, you must!” – Kacy Duke, Celebrity Trainer

Eric Standop: Bringing New Meaning to “Face Value”

Eric Standop: Bringing New Meaning to “Face Value”

October 30, 2019

Eric Standop started his career in the entertainment business, and has worked as a marketing executive in the television, cinema, and computer gaming industries. Due to serious health problems, he quit his job and changed his life. Eric is a speaker, advisor and face reader who offers his knowledge to help others be the best version of themselves.

Eric has over fifteen years of experience in facial diagnosis and face reading. He studied three different types of Chinese face reading with a Chinese Master, two types of European techniques under one of the last Masters in Europe and one South American technique. He is also trained in micro expression and body language. These techniques have been practiced for thousands of years in different cultures around the world. 

Eric founded the Global Face Reading Academy and has taught students from all walks of life. He has written 16 books in six different languages and his latest book Read the Face has just been released.

Michael Soto: Getting Coffee with Colleagues

Michael Soto: Getting Coffee with Colleagues

October 9, 2019

Michael Soto is the Co-Founder of Spark Collaboration, where he has helped organizations create powerful networks by systematically pairing staff to have coffee together for increased employee engagement, productivity and innovation.

Spark builds upon the success of ‘Randomised Coffee Trials,’ a process that Michael helped design at Nesta, the UK innovation foundation. In 2015, Spark won the ‘International Project of the Year’ Employee Engagement Award for the work it has done with the International Federation for the Red Cross and Red Crescent. Spark has been highlighted in Harvard Business Review, Huffington Post as well as US News and World Report.

Prior to Spark, Michael worked at Nesta, the UK innovation foundation, where he was part of the Innovation Skills team and helped develop a learning platform for practitioners interested in innovation. As part of a project funded by the Rockefeller Foundation, he undertook field research in Colombia to surface innovation tools and processes which Nesta subsequently expanded upon to develop the DIY Toolkit.

Michael has attended Harvard University, the University of Sussex, and is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Minnesota.

Andrew Muscato: Documenting the Documentarian

Andrew Muscato: Documenting the Documentarian

October 2, 2019

Andrew Muscato is a filmmaker and video journalist who has traveled the world producing content for the likes of ESPN, VICE, and MSNBC. While still an undergraduate film student at NYU, Muscato premiered his first documentary "The Zen of Bobby V" at the 2008 Tribeca Film Festival. Since then Makuhari Media, the company Muscato founded with former baseball manager Bobby Valentine, has produced several critically acclaimed sports documentaries such as Ballplayer: Pelotero and Schooled: The Price of College Sports. Muscato is currently producing Oscar winner Peter Farrelly's next feature film based on the book "The Greatest Beer Run Ever."

Jeffrey Meshel: The Opportunity Magnet

Jeffrey Meshel: The Opportunity Magnet

September 25, 2019

Jeffrey Meshel is the Founder/Chairman of the Strategic Forum. The Strategic Forum is an organization of business leaders from diverse backgrounds dedicated to the exchange of ideas, development of long-term personal and business relationships and facilitates of business opportunities among members and their respective networks.

The Strategic Forum has chapters in New York City and South Florida.

Mr. Meshel is the author of One Phone Call Away-Secrets of the Master Networker and The Opportunity Magnet.

Mr. Meshel serves on the Board of Signature Bank (SBNY) and several private company boards.

Aaron Hurst: Adding Perspective to Meaning

Aaron Hurst: Adding Perspective to Meaning

September 11, 2019

Aaron Hurst is the foremost expert on the science of purpose at work and in 2014 brought global awareness to the rise of the fourth economic era in history, the Purpose Economy. He is the CEO and Co-Founder of Imperative, the social learning platform that enables employees to help each other grow and be fulfilled at work. Previously, as the founder of the Taproot Foundation, Aaron catalyzed the $15 billion pro bono service market. He is a third generation graduate of the University of Michigan.

Bill O’Herron: Peace, Love, and Relationships

Bill O’Herron: Peace, Love, and Relationships

September 3, 2019

Bill O’Herron is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has been studying, teaching, and counseling  for the last 16 years. His work is currently focused on couples, trying to help clients better understand the challenges and work involved with being in a mature relationship.

Bill has been married to his exceedingly patient wife Linda for 21 years. They have 3 teenage daughters and 2 male dogs. After living in Wilton, CT for 15 years, Bill and his family moved to Austin, TX in 2013.

He graduated from Middlebury College, VT in ’86 with a BA in English, and earned a Master of Science degree from Columbia University School of Social Work, NY in ’03.

Find out more about Bill and his services here.

Regan Solmo: A Leader’s Leader

Regan Solmo: A Leader’s Leader

August 21, 2019

Regan Solmo is a high-functioning, passionate executive dedicated to gender equity with more than 10 years' experience serving on boards of directors of gender-facing nonprofits.

Currently the Executive Managing Editor of W Magazine, an award-winning publication covering culture, fashion, and art, she has more than 20 years of experience in the publishing industry, and has held senior leadership positions at such titles as SPIN; Civilization: the Magazine of the Library of Congress; Lucky; and The American Benefactor.

She is currently the chair of the NY board of Girls Leadership, and also sits on the national board as development chair.

She graduate d with honors from Amherst College with a degree in Comparative Religion/ Feminist Theology.

She is a member of the NationSwell Council, a community of leaders taking action and tackling the nation's critical issues. She served for more than 6 years on the board of directors of the New York Women's Foundation, and is a dedicated supporter of Memorial Sloan Kettering, Red Hook Initiative, and Generation Citizen.

She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and son.

Mike Pfaff: Mixing Business with Pleasure

Mike Pfaff: Mixing Business with Pleasure

August 7, 2019

2019 is Mike Pfaff's 25th year in the professional sports business. He has been with the Ducks since 2002, took over the position of GM in 2006 and was named club president in 2011. 

Under Pfaff's leadership, the Ducks have led the circuit in attendance, became the first team in league history to eclipse the 7-million fan mark, and have welcomed a record 680+ sellout crowds. His efforts have been recognized by his peers, most notably in his being the first-ever three-time winner of the Atlantic League Executive of the Year Award (2008, 2010, 2016). Michael was also named to the "40 under 40" Class of 2009 by the Long Island Business News.  On the field, Mike’s role in player procurement has helped the club achieve new heights, earning six Championship Series appearances (2011, 2012, 2013, 2016, 2017, 2018) in the past eight seasons while bringing back-to-back Atlantic League championships to Long Island (2012, 2013).  

Michael is proud of the growth of the QuackerJack Foundation during his tenure. Founded in 2003, the team’s charitable arm has continued to expand its efforts and now contributes to over 800 non-profit and community organizations each year, while bringing awareness to worthy programs and causes in need of assistance on Long Island.

Additionally, Michael is a member of the Energeia Partnership, which brings together ethical leaders from Long Island’s public, private and not-for-profit sectors that work to address many of the region’s most difficult issues, such as education, institutional racism, poverty and the working poor, land use, energy, transportation, healthcare and media/social networking.

Prior to joining the Ducks, Michael worked at the National Football League Commissioner's Office in New York City for seven years (1995-2002). During his time at the NFL, he was assigned to work two AFC Championship games, three Super Bowls and six NFL Drafts. 

The Manhasset native earned his Bachelor's Degree at St. John’s University and currently resides in Sayville with his wife and their three children

Michael O’Brien: Who’s in Your Peloton

Michael O’Brien: Who’s in Your Peloton

July 31, 2019

On July 11th 2001 Michael OBrien was hit head-on by a speeding S.U.V. during a bike ride.

He calls it his Last Bad Day and it's a grateful one because it shifted his perspective in almost everyone aspect of his life. His recovery helped him climb to the corporate executive suite on his own terms and sparked his passion in helping other leaders shift their perspectives on leadership through executive coaching, speaking, and his memoir, Shift:Creating Better Tomorrows. To celebrate his 18th anniversary of my Last Bad Day this July, I'm setting out to help 1,000,000 people have their Last Bad Day as well. 

Michael's Website: https://www.michaelobrienshift.com/

Michael's Book (Use coupon code "shift" for 25% off the shipping cost!)https://www.mylastbadday.com/get-your-copy

Michael's Wealth Language Quiz: https://quiz.leadquizzes.com/q/JzB2KI