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January 8

Patricia Crane

Affirmations and Beyond – Vision and Purpose in 2020
Crafting Affirmations for a 2020 with Vision and Purpose

Patricia Crane, PH.D. has taught internationally on a variety of self-empowerment topics.  Most recently she and husband Rick Nichols have delivered the Louise Hay’s Heal Your Life® training.  

Patricia will guide you through experiential exercises to assist you in the awareness of your automatic thought patterns and the mistakes people make in creating them. Get ready to envision the possibilities for your life in 2020. 

Dr. Crane is the author of Ordering from the Cosmic Kitchen: The Essential Guide to Powerful, Nourishing Affirmations. There is also a video channel with dozens of inspirational videos and meditations.

BONUS:  All attending the Inside Edge meeting will receive a copy of her 2020 Cosmic Kitchen Journal with exercises and affirmations to continue their journey of self-discovery.

December 11

William Hartery
as Santa

Breakfast with Santa

Enjoy the Music and Merriment of the Christmas Season provide by the Jolly Old Elf himself, Santa Claus! Did you know that Santa sings and plays piano? He'll be crooning your favorite Holiday tunes, and regaling you with treasured stories, as well as his own cherished memories and experiences of what it's like to be Santa. We'll be sure to leave time for pictures, so you'll have proof that you met the real Santa Claus!

William Hartery is a professional actor, musician, teacher of voice/piano/acting, and member of Actors Equity Association. He has toured nationally as Gus/Growltiger/Bustopher Jones in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cats and internationally with Disney Cruise Lines.

Some of his favorite roles include Max Bialystock in The Producers, Valjean in Les Miserables, Gomez in The Addams Family, the Cowardly Lion in The Wizard of Oz, Cogsworth in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, and Nicely Nicely Johnson in Guys & Dolls. For over 22 years, when Christmas time approaches, something magical happens, and William has made believers of adults and children alike!

December 4

Taylor Hughes

Holiday Magic

We are in for a treat when Taylor Hughes comes to help get us in the holiday spirit with his signature style of Magic Storytelling!  This favorite at Hollywood’s famed Magic Castle, is also a highly sought-after corporate presenter and is a featured act on the television series “Masters of Illusion.”  Taylor was recently presented the awards for “Best Illusion” “Best Comedy Magic” & “Best Showmanship” by the Society of American Magician’s in Los Angeles.

Taylor fell in love with the art of illusion when his parents bought him a magic kit for his seventh birthday. More than 30 years and 3,000 shows later, Taylor is a popular entertainer and keynote speaker.  He also is the host of a podcast series called "About To Break."

Taylor is married to his high school sweetheart Katie and they live in Southern California with their two daughters Madelyn and Kennedy.

Facebook:  @themagicstoryteller

November 20

Adam Christing

The Inside Edge "Gratitude Awards" Dinner
You won’t want to miss this evening of delicious food, wine and music as we celebrate the best of 2019 and those who helped create it.  
Adam Christing, the always entertaining magician/ comedian, will Emcee the night.   Let’s reflect, share memories and express our gratitude with awards for our favorite presenters who will be sharing the stage with updated stories.  We will look back on the milestones of the year and the amazing volunteers who helped it happen will be honored. 
Lifetime Service Awards will be given.  A silent auction which will feature experiences and adventures from December through April, 2020 will kick off our fall fundraising.  
And, we will have a photo booth, too!

November 6

Leon Logothetis

The Kindness Diaries

In his bestselling memoir and popular television series, "The Kindness Diaries", now streaming on Netflix, Leon Logothetis relies entirely on the kindness of strangers to travel from Alaska to Argentina, and gives back to good Samaritans along the way. During the trip, he discovers that being “seen” is the most powerful gift we can give others. The 13-part series is about sharing compassion and empathy with others. It's about smiling at the world and seeing what happens when the world smiles right back at you.

Leon is a global adventurer, motivational speaker, philanthropist, TV producer and author.  His latest book, "Go Be Kind," was published in March, 2019. Leon gave up his job as a broker and his home in London for a life on the road. Leon has now visited more than 100 countries and has traveled to every continent. He believes, "True wealth is in our hearts, not in our wallets." 

Facebook @thekindnessguyOctober 23

Winn Claybaugh

Be Nice Leadership

Winn Claybaugh returns as the author of Be Nice (Or Else!) and “one of the best motivational speakers in the country,” according to CNN’s Larry King. A speaker and a business owner with over 16,000 people in his organization, Winn is the co-owner of hair care giant Paul Mitchell’s school division. Under Winn’s leadership, the 105-plus schools have raised more than $21 million for multiple charitable organizations.

We’ve all heard that people don’t quit companies; they quit bosses. And those who quit are usually the most talented and productive. Leadership is not a position, but a mindset and attitude. In this lively and humorous talk, Winn Claybaugh shares proven systems to empower everyone to be more inspiring and engaging—the skills that make us more attractive as leaders. Winn shares very specific ideas and concrete steps to increase happiness, improve relationships, lead with integrity, and design a life filled with bliss and purpose.

October 9

Joyce Bulifant

My Four Hollywood Husbands

Beautiful, bubbly Joyce Bulifant is set to entertain us with her lifetime of memories in the entertainment industry.  Joyce is an American film and television actress, notable for her cheerful, girlish voice with a Southern lilt. In addition to many theater appearances, her memorable role in the film Airplane!, and a recurring role on The Mary Tyler Moore Show as Marie Slaughter, she was a frequent panelist on the television game shows Chain Reaction, Match Game, and Password Plus. Joyce is the author of My Four Hollywood Husbands, a book about love that is woven through the fabric of the world of entertainment, alcoholism, co-dependency and family.

 “It is my hope that those reading this love story will gain an understanding of the hurtful actions the alcoholic and the co-dependent have upon others and, most important, the harm that children endure. It is also my hope that anyone caught in the web of addiction might realize that one can detach and go on with one’s life.”

September 25

Cathy Pitts

Taking the High Dive - A Unique Journey of
a Contemporary Artist: Her Life, Her Evolution

Cathy Pitts is an award-winning international contemporary artist who will dazzle with her unique story of life as an artist today. She will be discussing the challenges, the opportunities, and the day-to-day activities of a full-time working artist, accompanied with exciting visuals.

Cathy received a BFA from UCLA and has been painting and creating art close to four decades. Her work has been selected to exhibit in over 40 national and international juried exhibitions by prominent curators from the Metropolitan Museum, the Whitney, Guggenheim and The Museum of Modern Art/New York, and by world renowned art critics such as Donald Kuspit, Phyllis Tuchman and Kenneth Baker. She entered the international scene as an invited featured artist representing the US in Taipei for four years where she showed at the World Trade Center in Art Revolution Taipei and in X Power Gallery, and the Baosheng Galleries in Taichung and Kaohsiung. She was the commissioned artist for the Vail Jazz Festival in 2010. Her work has appeared in many publications such as Marie Claire, Vogue, Chinese Contemporary Art News, Art Investment Magazine, Artist Magazine (Asia) and Palm Springs Life Magazine.

September 11

William J. Havlicek, PhD

Modern Art Demystified

For many people modern art remains an enigma, and for good reason, as some practitioners of modernist art seek to provoke and confront rather than console viewers. This audio-visual presentation presents many of the best-known modernist artists within a tradition that began with 19th-century Impressionists and Post-Impressionists including Monet, Cezanne, Van Gogh, Gauguin and continuing into the 20th century with De Kooning, Rothko, Gorky, Pollock and many others who retained, well into our own era, a love for nature as they practiced advanced painting research.

Author, art historian and artist Dr. William Havlicek presented one of our most popular mornings with his book and lecture on Van Gogh’s Untold Journey.  He has over 30 years of experience in college teaching, museum administration, publishing and fine art/studio production and exhibition. He holds a Ph.D. from Claremont Graduate University and is a graduate of the University of Iowa with both Masters of Arts and Masters of Fine Arts Degrees. He currently teaches at the Laguna College of Art + Design in Laguna Beach, California and has lectured often at the Bowers Museum.

August 28

Erica M. Elliott, MD

Medicine and Miracles in the High Desert—
A Healing Story for Our Times

After her first week teaching at a boarding school on the Navajo Reservation near Canyon de Chelly, young Erica Elliott almost leaves in despair, unable to communicate with the children or understand cultural cues. But once she starts learning the Navajo language, the people begin to trust her, taking her into their homes and ceremonies. As she is drawn deeper into Navajo life, Erica has a series of profound experiences with the people, animals, and spirits of Canyon de Chelly. Fulfilling a Navajo grandmother’s prophecy, she returns years later as a medical doctor to offer her services to Navajo patients.

Erica Elliott is a medical doctor with a busy private practice in Santa Fe, New Mexico. A true adventurer, she has lived and worked around the world. She taught rock climbing and mountaineering for Outward Bound and led an all-women’s expedition to the top of Denali in Alaska. In 1993, Erica helped found The Commons, a cohousing community in Santa Fe. She raised her son Barrett in this safe and happy environment. Known as the “Health Detective,” she treats mysterious and difficult-to-diagnose illnesses at her clinic within The Commons.

“What a wonderful book! Elliott’s voice mesmerized me. . . . Such an inspiring, life-affirming, yet tough tale, woven through with a strong drive to realize one’s life path. . .” 

-Natalie Goldberg, author of Writing Down the Bones and Let the Whole Thundering World Come Home

August 14

Joe Nunzaita

Chasing Your Life

Joe Nunziata is a business consultant, life coach and bestselling author of Chasing Your LifeKarma Buster, Spiritual Selling, Finding Your Purpose and No More 9 to 5. He has been working in the areas of personal development and human potential for over 25 years. His unique blend of psychology, philosophy and the power of energy is designed to foster a new way of thinking in business and life. 

In this, his most recent book, Joe explores the innate human desire to chase external accomplishments and material possessions in an effort to become fulfilled. His presentation will show how the intoxication of the chase overwhelms people. As a result, decisions and actions are distorted as people desperately seek happiness and fail to find it.

Some practical strategies will help attendees gain a greater understanding of their own behavior and the behavior of others. 

* How to Surrender and Become More Peaceful

* The Role Your Emotions Play in Shaping Your Life

* How Faith and Trust will Set You Free and more

July 26

Laura K. Marsh, PhD

Houseboat Amazon

Dr. Marsh has worked, traveled, and lived in 30 countries. She specializes in tropical rainforest ecology, studying everything from plants to monkeys to jaguars to people. She is the co-founder and director of Global Conservation Institute, a 501c3 that strives to develop creative science solutions to global challenges to the conservation of nature and natural resources.

From January-May 2017, she led the "Houseboat Amazon" expedition to a remote watershed in Brazil to look for a missing saki monkey, which had been collected for museums in the 1930s, and had not been seen alive since.

In addition to scientific publications and conference presentations, she developed two documentaries, Houseboat Amazon, and In Search of the Lost, which are on-going along with the development of eco-literacy podcasts and video blogs on

She is a Nichols award-winning screenwriter, author of six feature-length screenplays, a musical book (with Tony Moss), and two TV pilots. Across the Amazons is currently in development for large and small screens, and for the stage as a musical. It was performed live in October, 2016, at the Jean Cocteau Theater, Santa Fe, NM to a sold-out audience.

July 10

Craig Marshall

Egypt and the Higher Ages

Craig Marshall was a yoga monk for 35 years, studying the wisdom of East and West, and spent thousands of hours in meditation.  Today Craig teaches mindfulness practices in business, and is a personal life coach. He lectures worldwide and has mentored many well-known people, including Steve Jobs, fashion icon Fred Segal and Beatle George Harrison. As a young man, Craig worked in Egypt as a photographer, documenting archeological sites, and after many trips to Egypt, Craig has a unique collection of photos. He will share images from his 2019 journey to pharaonic monuments up and down the Nile. Craig believes mankind has experienced past “golden ages,” and will show how Egyptian art and architecture fit into the ancient 24,000-year cycle (the yuga calendar system). If you’re curious about Higher Ages and the mysteries of Egypt, you won’t want to miss this!

The photography is stunning….

June 26

Walter Cruttenden

Ancient History - Modern Investing

Walter Cruttenden’s Inside Edge  presentation will take an incisive look at pre-Dark-Age cultures, their inventions and lost wisdom. He will specifically examine ancient knowledge of cycles and, using examples, how they predicted the current era.

Surprisingly, the talk will end with how we can use this insight to select winning trends in technology and private and public markets today.

Cruttenden directs the Binary Research Institute in Newport Beach, which researches the cause and consequences of solar system motion. As part of this cosmological work, Walter authored the book Lost Star of Myth and Time and wrote the award-winning documentary film, The Great Year (narrated by James Earl Jones) as well as the children’s book The Great Year Adventures with Tommy the Time-Traveling Turtle.

Cruttenden is also co-founder and chairman of Acorns, a micro-investing company with five million customers, CEO and founder of Blast, a gamification company operating at the nexus of the Fintech and Game industries, and chairman of Ant, a company helping people monetize their own data. The common theme is each company helps people generate micro-income.

According to a quote in the online Oxford Dictionary: ‘Gamification is simple common sense - why not apply decades of games industry design and experience to non-game businesses and software in order to attract users?
In his early career, Cruttenden founded and served as CEO of Roth Capital, a leader in funding emerging growth companies since 1983, and E*Offering, formerly the iBank arm of E*Trade Securities.

As CEO, Cruttenden led both companies through rapid growth and significant liquidity events. After acquiring the acoustic technology from Hughes, he also co-founded SRS Laboratories (since acquired by DTS) and developed it into an independent company.

June 12

Ellen Grace O'Brian

Life in Dynamic Balance: How to Prosper
Without Losing Your Soul

Join Ellen Grace O’Brian, author of the newly released book The Jewel of Abundance, to explore and experience what the four universal aims of life drawn from the Vedas can offer us today as we seek not only a prosperous life but one that has heart and meaning. 

The four aims of life—to live with higher purpose, to prosper, to enjoy life, and to realize true freedom—provide a brilliant context for living with dynamic balance, prosperity, and the joy that accompanies it. Prosperity as a path to awakening encompasses far more than financial success and material comforts. O’Brian presents profound yogic principles in an extremely accessible way to guide listeners beyond the egocentric level of consciousness that fosters unhappiness and greed, so they can realize their potential and bring forth their profound offerings to life. 

Ellen is the director of the Center for Spiritual Enlightenment in San Jose, CA.  She is a yogacharya (an esteemed yoga teacher), a radio host, and an award-winning poet who weaves poetry into her teachings on spiritual matters, pointing to the mystical experience beyond words and thought. Ordained by a direct disciple of Paramahansa Yogananda, she has been teaching Kriya Yoga philosophy and practice, nationally and internationally, for over three decades.

May 22

Adam Christing,

Magician, Comedian and World-Renowned Emcee

How to Invent a Legendary Life

One of our most enthusiastically received Inside Edge speakers has been inspiring laughter and life change for 25 years.  Adam is the author of three humor and personal growth books including, Your Life is a Joke: 12 Ways to Go from Ha Ha to Aha!  His forthcoming book, Bob Dylan Can Change Your Life: 61 Ways to Invent a Legendary Life is based on life-lessons from Bob Dylan who was recently awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. 

Adam is the founder of "Clean Comedians" and has appeared on more than 100 radio and TV shows including ABC World News and PBS. Our morning will feature two favorite musicians and a morning filled with inspiration, positive humor, a touch of magic, and valuable takeaways.

Adam says, “Bob Dylan can help you find your voice--even if you can't stand his!" 

  • Feel inspired to become the person you were meant to be
  • Tap into your creative gifts
  • Learn how to handle critics
  • Reinvent yourself at any age!

May 8

Daniel Bruce Levin,

Author of The Mosaic


Connection: Four Practices to Create It
The Mosaic is a ground-breaking book in the tradition of The Alchemist and The Celestine Prophecy. Author, marketing expert and activist Daniel Bruce Levin invites us to see the world from a new point of view—one that focuses on what connects us to each other and brings us happiness.

A rare blend of businessman and mystic, Daniel was Director of Business Development at Hay House where he grew the business from $3,000,000 to $100,000,000 in yearly revenue.  He eventually walked away from an opportunity to run a billion-dollar business to hitchhike around the world to find happiness and inner peace.  He studied in a seminary for five years, left one day before becoming a Rabbi, and lived as a monk in a monastery for 10 years.
The mission of his new book is to reconnect a disconnected world.

April 24

William J. Havlicek, PhD

Van Gogh's Untold Journey

Author, art historian and artist Dr. William Havlicek has over 30 years of experience in college teaching, museum administration, publishing and fine art/studio production and exhibition. He holds a Ph.D. from Claremont Graduate University and is a graduate of the University of Iowa with both Masters of Arts and Masters of Fine Arts Degrees. He currently teaches at the Laguna College of Art + Design in Laguna Beach, California and has lectured often at the Bowers Museum.

His military experiences as a psychiatric technician included a study of psychology and art therapy. With combined strengths in art history, studio art, aesthetics, philosophy, psychology, art therapy, museum education and publishing, he brings a broad range of experience to the classroom. He is recognized in his field as an innovative instructor, practicing artist, lecturer and writer. As a practicing artist, Havlicek has merited important commissions and exhibitions of his work in galleries and museums in the United States and abroad. Dr. Havlicek is the author of the highly acclaimed book Van Gogh’s Untold Journey

The net proceeds of his book sales go to support the Endangered Child Foundation for the rescue and rehabilitation of endangered and trafficked children worldwide.

April 10

Rev. Bill McDonald

Alchemy of a Warrior's Heart

Rev. Bill McDonald speaks about his “metaphysical life journey” from near-death experiences, to various out-of-body and supernatural and mysterious events. He includes his time in combat during the Vietnam War, where he was a crew-chief/door-gunner on a Huey helicopter.  He also shares stories from his many trips later in life to India where he encountered many great and powerful holy men and mysterious beings. He talks about love, and miracles and the many sacred things that he has discovered in his seven plus decades of life. He loves to inspire others and let them know that miracles do happen!

He has written six books, has done over 600 radio, TV, magazine and newspaper interviews over the past twenty years, and currently lectures and hosts transformational workshops around the world and across the USA.  He is a highly decorated combat veteran who has been awarded The Distinguished Flying CrossThe Bronze Star MedalThe Purple Heart, 14 Air MedalsThe Vietnam (RVN) Gallantry Cross and other various medals and military ribbons. 

Rev. Bill works freely giving his time for veteran causes, from veteran homelessness to PTSD. He runs, and is the founder of Spiritual Warrior Ministries—a loose affiliation of chaplains and ministers of many different faiths that is self-funded and helps the veteran community at no charge. He is also founder and past president of The Military Writers Society of America. His belief is that we are all here to love and to serve.

Rev. Bill will share superb descriptions of life lessons learned in the hell of combat to an incredible, miraculous journey home to his truest self. His story is entertaining, spiritually enlightening, inspirational, and filled with guiding wisdom.

March 27

Edie Littlefield Sundby

The Mission Walker

After losing her right lung to cancer, Edie became the first person in history to walk the El Camino Real de las Californias, from Loreto, Mexico to Sonoma, California.  The old Spanish mission trail is unmapped and untrodden and so brutal that no one had ever attempted the entire 1,600-mile walk through the mountain wilderness of Baja Mexico and the Sonoran Desert to Northern California. Edie experienced desert heat and cold, walls of cactus, sleeplessness, hunger, both physical and spiritual exhaustion, the dangers of wild creatures, and encounters with drug smugglers—and weeks with no water other than what a pack mule could carry. The Mission Walker is her first-hand account of the experience and struggles she endured, and the inspiration she discovered. It is both an adventure story and a reflection on the universal experience of confronting our own mortality. It’s a story of what we can do when faced with the potential end of our life.

What do we do with our time left on earth? And how much do we still really, truly want to live?

The Mission Walker is a 2018 Audie Award Finalist for “Best Inspirational Book.” Edie’s essays have been featured in the New York Times and Wall Street Journal.

March 13

Suzy Prudden

Your Mess is Your Masterpiece

Ever wonder why the lessons seem so hard and yet, when you look at them from a different angle, they were brilliant opportunities to show up as your best self?  

Suzy’s 50 + career years and 75 + life years have been an outrageous roller coaster ride—from Oprah! to Homeless and back again.  

“Your life has been a ride as well!” she tells us, then asks the question, “Are you willing to look at the underside of your own rock?”  

This morning is a rare opportunity to see behind the curtain of a renowned author of six books, a charismatic speaker, and a “media personality,” to insights few presenters dare to share. Suzy promises to take us on a ride of a lifetime!  

Suzy joined the Beverly Hills chapter of the Inside Edge in 1986 and was one of its earliest and most enthusiastic supporters.   Her work in the fitness world has been praised by Oprah and Deepak Chopra.  Dr. Dean Ornish, says “Prudden is a pioneer. She goes beyond diet and exercise to examine the emotional and spiritual dimensions that motivate our behaviors.”  Louise Hay says, “I’ve seen Suzy take a skeptical audience and within three minutes turn this same group into a happy, smiling, eager and enthusiastic gathering.”

Suzy is now an innovative and popular book publisher.

February 20

Gregory Alan Smith, M.D.

What is CBD vs THC vs medical marijuana?

How CBD is used

How CBD works in the body

Dr. Smith is the former Director of Pain Management at Harbor UCLA and Assistant Clinical Professor at UCLA.  He is currently President and CEO of Red Pill Medical, Inc., a health and wellness company with an emphasis on medical-grade cannabinoid over-the-counter supplements and development of cannabinoid pharmaceuticals.  He will answer questions and give us examples of its use in medical problems: pain, anxiety and cancer.

Dr. Smith formed Pain MD Productions Inc. from which he executive produced and co-wrote the feature film American Addict (2013) and American Addict 2, and The Big Lie (2016). His film American Weed is in production with a scheduled release date of November 2019.

He also hosted the radio show Truth, Medicine, and Politics on KABC in Los Angeles and has appeared as a guest on multiple local and national radio and television shows. He lectures throughout the United States and currently resides in Redondo Beach, CA with his family.

February 13

Rev. Sandy Moore

Love is a Collaborative Work of Art

Too often we are looking for the “Perfect Relationships,” but the truth is we are perfectly imperfect.  Sustainable relationships last not because they are perfect – but because people find the beauty, joy, and humor in the imperfections.

Healthy relationships—partnerships or communities—require effort, compromise, patience and shared goals, yet they are also unpredictable, creative and imperfect. 

Join Sandy in taking a look at how we can learn and support each other in creating both our personal world and our collective world as a world of understanding, compassion and love.

Rev. Sandy Moore co-founded the Center for Universal Truth, now known as InSpirit Center for Spiritual Living Orange County, in May of 1999 with her husband, Rev. Kirk Moore, who is the Center’s music director.

Her journey to the ministry began in 1992 after the tragic, sudden death of her teenage daughter, Tara, in a car crash.  Following Tara’s death, Sandy and Kirk uncovered a fascination that Tara had for angels. Grief-stricken and searching for answers, the couple opened an angel store called Tara’s Angels, in San Juan Capistrano, as a way of honoring their beloved child. The specialty shop and the Moore’s story was widely covered by both local and national media, including a cover story in People Magazine and an in-depth piece on the TV news magazine, DatelineThis spotlight of recognition and attention accelerated Sandy’s desire to become a spiritual leader and she eventually co-founded a spiritual venue that hosts events, community gatherings, classes, guest speakers, and weekly broadcasts of positive, inspirational messages.  

Rev. Sandy is the co-author with her daughter Deanna Moore oThe Green Intention: Living in Sustainable Joy.

January 23

Leonard Szymczak &
Rick Broniec

On their forthcoming book:Wake Up, Grow Up and Show Up: Calling Men Into the 21stCentury

Men today are at a critical juncture—resist change and cling to the old model of manhood, or embrace a call to wake up from the coma of toxic manly behaviors, grow into healthier adulthood, and show up to serve the world. 

Leonard and Rick have been actively involved in developing programs for men’s personal growth and healing for decades. Together they’ve explored masculinity with thousands of men and facilitated workshops in eleven countries on five continents. They will share their experiences, personal stories, and a paradigm that synthesizes cutting edge work about masculinity from the fields of positive psychology, sociology, and personal development.

Leonard Szymczak, MSW, LCSW is an award-winning author, speaker, psychotherapist, and life coach, who has been on the vanguard of men’s healing for 35 years. His books include: The Roadmap Home: Your GPS to Inner Peace,an Amazon bestseller, as well as two lighthearted satires on psychotherapy. He co-authored with Mari Frank, Fighting for Love: Turn Conflict into Intimacy. He maintains a counseling and coaching practice in Orange County.,

Rick Broniec, M.Ed. is a writer, inspirational speaker, and coach. He has been a pre-eminent leader of men’s international trainings with ManKind Project since 1990. He is an Amazon bestseller author of The Seven Generations Story: An Incentive to Heal Yourself, Your Family and the Planet (2015) andA Passionate Life: 7 Steps for Reclaiming Your Passion, Purpose and Joy (2011).,

January 9

Kris "Tanto" Paronto

The Ranger Way:
Living the Code On and Off the Battlefield

Join former Army Ranger, a hero of the 2012 Benghazi siege, and the subject of the book and movie Thirteen Hours: The Inside Account of What Really Happened in Benghazi as he shares life-changing lessons of discipline, motivation, success, and peace.

Thousands have heard Kris speak about his experiences in Benghazi.  Before he was a security contractor, he was a US Army Ranger from 2nd Battalion 75th Ranger Regiment. Rangers are trained to lead by being pushed to their physical and mental limits so that they can perform against impossible odds in punishing situations.

Tanto shares stories from his training experiences that played a role in his team's heroic response in Benghazi as he explains the importance of demanding excellence when you commit to improving your life. He shows you how to define your mission, set goals that are in alignment with your values, and develop a battle plan that will maximize your chances of success. Tanto uses his experiences in Basic and Ranger Training to explore how to deal with mistakes and disappointment like a leader, accept responsibility, and turn every obstacle into an opportunity for growth. Being of service to others, and being willing to sacrifice, will help you succeed, and the power of humility, strength, faith, and brotherhood will sustain you on the road to accomplishing your mission.
December 12

Gary Quinn

Say Yes to Life!

Gary Quinn, international bestselling author of The Yes Frequency, teaches how we have the potential to create exactly the life we want, and to experience extraordinary results. He shares his valuable insights and knowledge on how to obtain that extra edge with a worldwide audience via his self-help motivational books, audio CD's, TV and radio appearances, digital downloads, and numerous world-wide speaking engagements and seminars. Several of his recent books have become best-sellers and are acknowledged as essential tools for those seeking to improve their lives by enhancing the mind, body and spirit.  Among his many clients are Academy Award winners, Grammy winners, and Olympic Gold medalists. 
"Gary educates, affirms and inspires. The YES Frequency is a wonderful read for anyone interested in understanding the possibilities of the self."~ Don Miguel Ruiz, N.Y. Times best selling author of The Four Agreements”
"Gary is here to shake us up, wake us up and show us to ourselves. The journey is ours alone, but Gary is a navigational guide...sort of a human GPS. His kindness has always inspired me."
~Leeza Gibbons, TV Emmy Entertainment Personality

December 5

Karen Clark

Author of Mediterranean Summers: How a Man, a Woman
and a Dog Spent Eight Summers Exploring the Ancient Sea
in a Small Boat

Karen Heath Clark, a native of Southern California, was a partner at the international law firm of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP in Newport Beach for 25 years.  When she retired in 2003 her second life began.  On a trip driving aimlessly through Turkey in 1997 – their typical unplanned travel style - she and her husband chartered a Turkish gullet for one night when local hotels looked unappealing.  One memorable night on the rocking wooden boat (similar to a Chinese junk), changed their lives.  They became determined to spend a year, maybe more, on their own boat – chartered or bought – in the Mediterranean.
Fiercely independent travelers, they set about researching their future adventure and soon realized they would have to learn through hit-or-miss experience.  Their adventures on 39’ trawler, morphed into eight years.  Cruising from Spain to Eastern Turkey and back, through France, Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, Greece, Turkey and North Cyprus, they faced potential disaster every day.  It was not an undertaking for the faint-hearted.  The edgy adventure, full of risk and potential disaster, proved to be the best years of their lives. 
Karen’s book about their adventure, and her biography of Bill Clinton, published by Nova Science Publishers, are available at the Newport Beach Public Library.

November 28

Dr. Marissa Pei

Author of Eight Ways to Happiness

Inspirational speaker and on-air personality of a syndicated talk radio show in its 6th year, “Take My Advice, I’m Not Using It: Get Balanced with Dr. Marissa.” Marissa’s awards include the 2014 “Asian Heritage Award,” “Business Person of the Year Lotus Award” and the 2012 “Asian Entrepreneur of the Year Award.” Her most recent award, the 2017 “Iconic Woman of the Year Award” was received at the Women’s Economic Forum in India. Dr. Marissa moonlights as a broadcast journalist and columnist with articles in the OC Register and The Sun Newspaper.  Features about her work have been featured in Inc.and Forbes.  Dr. Marissa has been a Consulting Psychologist for Fortune 500 companies for the past 25+ years She is a published bestselling author, Life Balance coach, a singer/songwriter, and a retired professor at the Anderson Graduate School of Management UCLA.  She is a single mom raising two teenage girls, and races sailboats for

November 7

Dr. Billy DeMoss

Longevity and Brain Health

An energetic and passionate speaker who has been a chiropractor and community leader for more than three decades. Billy’s passion for chiropractic care, community wellness, and global sustainability is far-reaching, and his influence is international.

Along with heading an innovative practice that educates and strengthens his community, Dr. Billy is the founder the Dead Chiropractic Society (DCS), a coalition of Southern California chiropractors who meet monthly to discuss chiropractic philosophy and advancements. 

In 2008, Billy expanded DCS by founding California Jam, a gathering that allows him to invite world-renowned experts in public health and global sustainability to educate and empower global audiences who wish to find natural solutions more attractive than harmful man-made ones, and who wish to ensure the well-being of future generations.

October 24Molly Barnes

Love at First Sight!

Renowned art dealer, curator, radio and TV personality Molly Barnes is a Founder of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.  She is the author of several books including How to Get Hung: A Guide for Emerging Artists, and Love at First Sight, a book on collecting.

What a fascinating life she will share!  Born in London, where her father was an executive at Paramount Studios, she moved to California for her education, then lived in New York where she got to know the abstract expressionists . . . Willem deKooning, Joan Mitchell, Rauschenberg, Jasper Johns, Lichtenstein, Rothko and Philip Guston.  

When she opened her first gallery on the Sunset Strip in Los Angeles in 1970, she showed the work of Ray Parker, Jack Youngerman, and “discovered” unknown artists including  John Baldessari, Gronk, Mark Kostabi and others.  In 1989, she opened a gallery in New York where she continues to do shows and conduct art lectures.

Molly currently teaches at the Otis Art Institute in Los Angles, and is writing a book about the painter Willem deKooning.

October 10

Yvonne Tally

Breaking Up with Busy

From family to career to self-fulfillment, being busy has become a way of life in today’s world.  The price we pay to run this race includes health challenges, career delays, and societal expectations that we should be able to do it all without losing our cool. In this inspiring morning, author Yvonne Tally offers practical, mindful, and effective solutions to the frustrations caused by the time-strapped lifestyle that so many of us experience on a daily basis. 

Yvonne is the author of Breaking Up with Busy and leads meditation and de-stressing programs for corporations, individuals, and private groups in Silicon Valley. An NLP master practitioner, Yvonne cofounded Poised Inc., a Pilates and wellness training studio, and is the founder of the Sisterhood of the Traveling Scarves, a charity that provides headscarves to cancer patients. She lives in Northern California.

September 26

Leigh Erin Connealy,


The Cancer Revolution: What You Can Do to Treat or Prevent a Cancer Diagnosis
Leigh Erin Connealy, M.D. is a prominent leader in the “Integrative/Functional Medicine” medical field (taking the best of all sciences, including Homeopathic and Conventional treatments). She is the Medical Director of two clinics: The Cancer Center for Healing and The Center or New Medicine.   The combined clinics have become the largest Integrative Medical Clinic in North America and are visited by patients from all over the world.

Dr. Connealy is the author of two books, The Cancer Revolution published in 2017, and Be Perfectly Healthy (2009), and has revolutionized the landscape of medicine.  In 2017, she was named one of the top fifty functional and integrative doctors in the US. Dr. Connealy feels we must treat the “Whole Person,” the patient with the disease and not the disease of the patient, while determining the “root cause of the illness.”Have questions ready!

September 12

Al Johnson

Bullies Be Gone!

Al Johnson is the creator and founder of the Bullies Be Gone! Project.  He has been teaching children, teens, and adults in California in anti-bullying, safety, awareness, and self-confidence skills since 1985.His program includes racial harmony, understanding, and tolerance.

Bullies count on kids not being aware. This makes it easy for a kid to be caught off guard. Al teaches them how to immediately “Hit the light switch!”(in their mind) when confronted by a bully or anyone else making them feel uncomfortable. Specific words, phrases, and stanzas are engrained in them. 

The training is serious, yet fun, and in order to be used most effectively, what they learn is their secret to keep.  Whenever they find themselves in an uncomfortable situation with a bully or anyone else seeking to take advantage of them, they’ll be ready.

August 22
Kathy Gardarian

On her new book,
Feet to the Fire: Finding My Soul in Success

Kathy Gardarian is the Founder and CEO of Qualis International Inc., a multi-million-dollar sales and distribution company.  It is especially fascinating that she has nurtured a lifelong passion for spirituality even as she has climbed the corporate ladder of achievement. Kathy has served as a director on many other boards, both corporate and non-profit, and often as the first female voice, including Van’s Inc., The World Business Academy, The Gorbachov State of the World Forum, Chapman University, and the Woman’s Leadership Board at Harvard’s JFK School. Kathy was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Association of Woman Business Owners. She lives in Newport Coast, California.

Feet to the Fire is a treasure of a book. I literally could not put it down. While love, business, and success may seem like strange bed fellows, Kathy’s empowering story, told as a series of clear and concise lessons, is a powerful guide to living the life of your dreams. You will want to buy a carton to give to family and friends.”- Joan Borysenko, Ph.D.?NY Times Best-Selling Author of Minding the Body, Mending the Mind.

August 8

Diana Wentworth

Our Lives, Our Legacy

What is your legacy?  What memories and wisdom do you want to pass on?  How will you do it?

These questions are increasingly important.  Thanks to optimizations in technology we are now able to beautifully digitalize, archive and preserve our personal history through photos, letters, journals, family films and personal interviews.   How might we gain perspective when we see our lives as a work of art?  How can we mine the meaning of our life events for ourselves, our families, and for future generations?  Let’s take a step beyond Elana Zaiman’s recent presentation on The Forever Letter.  We’ll explore ways to capture for posterity the presence of family members and loved ones who are still with us, how they came to understand life, and what they feel has mattered most.

Diana von Welanetz Wentworth is the author of eight best-selling and award-winning books and the co-author of two books in the Chicken Soup for the Soul series. Film rights to her romantic memoir, Send Me Someone, were purchased by the Lifetime Network. With her late husband Paul von Welanetz, Diana hosted a long-running television series and founded the Inside Edge (, a breakfast forum in Southern California that has showcased the life paths and accumulated wisdom of 1500 of the most celebrated authors and speakers of our time. www.

July 25

Kevin Buck

Sacred Encounters: Collaborative Conversations|
for a Change

Kevin will explore the practice of recognizing the mystery of the other as a foundation for sacred encounters.  Collaborative conversations that constantly call forth our vulnerability become a way for us to both change relationships and ourselves with the benefit of wonder and awe.

Kevin Buck is a collaborative leadership and executive coach, leveraging more than three decades of consulting experience to guide organizations toward self-transformation. He offers strategic collaboration consulting and advisory services, including: executive coaching (for individuals and teams), talent development, succession planning, strategic planning and facilitation, and leadership education. Kevin specializes in assisting individuals, teams and organizations in ‘co-creating’ the optimal conditions for success to emerge.

July 11

Steve Kaye

Meet the Birds: How Birds Change Lives

Photographer Steve Kaye returns with new photos, some showing bird behavior seldom seen. We will celebrate the beauty in Nature, learn a bit about birds, and discover how our interactions can change lives. Join us for an enjoyable photo tour of the birds in our area (plus a few others) mixed with provocative stories about the photos.

Steve Kaye has been taking photos casually since 1965 and professionally since 2010. During the past eight years he has taken more than a half-million photos. Now he uses his photos in talks and articles to inspire respect for Nature. He has spoken at the Sedona Hummingbird Festival twice, judged photo contests, and conducted classes on Nature Photography. This is an excellent program for anyone who wants to know more about bird life, and a wonderful reminder of the extraordinary beauty that we enjoy outdoors. So, bring a friend. Find photos, blog posts, and dozens of articles at:

June 27

Kate Zenna and
David Wolfe

Falling in Love with the Camera

Learn how a CPA/Software guy living in Texas joined forces with a Hollywood Actor and formed a business aimed at helping people feel comfortable in front of the camera.  Kate and David will share some key presentation tactics with the audience - the same ones used by working actors who must reveal their best selves despite nerves and extreme pressure.

Kate Zenna is an established actor, singer for electro-pop band Pointe Claire and a Canadian Academy Award nominee who has worked with many of the entertainment industry’s most recognizable stars. Kate’s broad talents have been seen in such film and TV series as Chicago, A&E’s Nero Wolfe, Showtime’s Queer as Folk and Street Time, ABC’s Brothers and Sisters, CBS’ Eleventh Hour, Steven Spielberg’s series Extant and ABC Family/ Freeform’s hit drama The Fosters. Kate is also the star of CBC/EOne's family drama, Port Hope. Kate has co-authored two books with David Wolfe - Falling in Love with the Camera and The Responsible Artist.  She is the host of the upcoming The Good Life radio show with Kate Zenna heard at 11am Sundays on

David Wolfe, CPA, is the Founder and President of the software consulting firm Lupine Partners. He formed ZennaWolfe Media with Kate Zenna in 2014. David is the author of five books on topics ranging from ERP software implementation to guiding Artists be more responsible with their money and their life.

June 13

Elana Zaiman

The Forever Letter: Writing What We Believe for Those We Love

A Forever Letter® inspired by the centuries-old tradition of the ethical will, is a perfect way to deepen, heal and uplift the relationships that matter to us most. Forever letters share our values and wisdom; ask for forgiveness and offer forgiveness; express our gratitude, support, and love. They are transformative, authentically connecting us with ourselves and with those we love. Through empowering stories and exercises, Elana will be our guide on a journey into forever letters and why we may want to place writing them on our list of top priorities.Elana Zaiman is the first woman rabbi from a family spanning six generations of rabbis. She’s a chaplain in a retirement community, a Wise Aging Instructor, the Ethics and Spirituality coist for LivFun, a publication for Leisure Care retirement facilities in 10 states, and she travels throughout the US and Canada as a scholar-in-residence, speaker and workshop facilitator at synagogues, churches, elder residences, educational institutions, corporations and private salons. She livesin Seattle with her husband and son.

May 23

Dean Sluyter

Fear Less: Living Beyond Fear, Anxiety, Anger, and Addiction

With a few simple meditative techniques and perspective tweaks, we can reconnect with inner wholeness — and then our fear begins to evaporate. Dean Sluyter (pronounced “slighter”) has taught meditation since 1970, from maximum security prisons to Ivy League colleges to the Guatemalan rainforest. His books include Fear Less and Natural Meditation, a Nautilus Gold Medal winner and Amazon #1 best seller in stress management. A grateful student of Eastern and Western sages in several traditions, Dean has completed numerous pilgrimages and retreats in India, Tibet, Nepal, and the West. His media appearances have included National Public Radio, The New York Times, The Dr. Oz Show, and in O: The Oprah Magazine. Dean is known for conveying authentic teachings in forms that are relaxed, accessible — and fun!

May 9

Wendy Treynor, PhD

The New Psychology on How to Be Happy

A happiness and social influence expert, Dr. Wendy Treynor's pioneering research and groundbreaking insights on happiness and social influence have been featured on CBS-TV, Psychology Today, and Success
Magazine. She is a leader in bridging psychology and spirituality, science and spirit, tribal psychology and reality.
Her story of overcoming depression and cancer is told in her memoir The Gift of Cancer: Turn Your Tragedy into a Treasure. This has culminated in the I CAN HEAL® Framework for Happiness & Self-Healing, which she now shares with you, weaving story and scholarship, expertise and experience, research and self-search. Twenty years ago, after asking the question: "Why are people happy making others unhappy?" Dr. Wendy Treynor embarked on a life-long journey to solve this puzzle and communicate her findings.She invites you to join the global I CAN HEAL® Movement.

April 25

Phil Goldberg

The Legacy of Yogananda:
Lessons from a Miraculous Life

The author of such celebrated books as The Intuitive Edge, Roadsigns on the Spiritual Path, and American Veda: From Emerson and the Beatles to Yoga and Meditation: How Indian Spirituality Changed the West, returns to the Inside Edge to speak about his latest project: The Life of Yogananda: The Story of the Yogi Who Became the First Modern Guru. Millions have read Paramahansa Yogananda's Autobiography of a Yogi, but that iconic memoir leaves out a tremendous amount. Phil’s book, the first definitive biography of the superstar teacher, fills the gaps with information not even devoted Yogananda disciples know. He will share those fascinating details with us, and explain the vital lessons we can take from Yogananda’s remarkable life to deepen our own.

April 11

Jean Ardell

Memoir: The Art and Craft of Telling the Truth of Our LivesJean grew up in New York City, the daughter of a mother who loved books and a father who loved baseball. She has worked in Orange County, California, as a freelance writer since 1988, covering a range of subjects including domestic violence, politics, the environment, travel, and baseball. Her work has appeared in numerous publications, including the Los Angeles Times, Orange County Register, Orange Coast, where she was a contributing writer, and many others.   Her profile of author Dean Koontz earned the Orange County Press Club's 1995 Best Profile award. Her first book, Breaking into Baseball: Women and the National Pastime appeared on the Los Angeles Times best-sellers list, and continues to be used as a text in college and university sports history courses. Jean has led memoir writing workshops at such venues as the Newport Beach Public Library, the University of California Extension at Irvine, and local churches, as well as privately. She graduated with honors in English from the University of California at Irvine and holds a master's degree from the University of Southern California Master of Professional Writing program. She lives with her husband Dan, who played first base for the Los Angeles Angels, in Corona Del Mar.

March 28

Serge Dedina,PhD

Preserving Our Coast and Ocean and Facing the Reality of Sea Level Rise

Serge is the Mayor of Imperial Beach, California, and the Executive Director of WILDCOAST, an international conservation team that conserves coastal and marine ecosystems and wildlife. As mayor, Serge has taken a leading role in addressing sea level rise and holding 35 fossil fuel companies accountable for causing climate change via a pioneering lawsuit joined by five other counties and cities in California.  As a conservationist, Serge has worked to protect over 30 million acres of globally important lagoons, islands, coral reefs, beaches and sea turtle nesting beaches in the U.S., Mexico and Cuba. The author of Saving the Gray Whale, Wild Sea and Surfing the Border, Serge received the Peter Benchley “Hero of the Sea Award,” as well as the California Coastal Commission’s “Coastal Hero” Award. He received a B.A. in Political Science from UCSD, and his Ph.D. in Geography from the University of Texas at Austin. A former California Ocean Lifeguard, Serge is an avid surfer and swimmer.

March 14

John De Strakosch

The Magic of Wine

Many of us enjoy a glass of wine over dinner or at a party, and some have honed their tastes over time. This morning we will take our appreciation a step further. We will take a deeper dive into what it takes to elevate a glass of wine into a topic of art, science, sensory development, travel, philosophy, historical perspective, geography and, ultimately, deep learning.

John has honed his passions for deep learning and for wine for over 40 years. His enthusiasm has led him to many far vineyards of the world, into the creation of an ever-evolving cellar, and to sharing his passion with others. He is currently writing a book titled The Magic of Wine.

February 28

Manu Seyfzadeh

Before She Became the Great Sphinx

Manu will reveal new evidence that the monumental lioness statue stood on the Giza Plateau long before the existence of the Old Kingdom, when Egyptologists have claimed the Great Sphinx was built.  He is the author of a book on the concept behind the architectural design of Khufu’s Great Pyramid, as well as two journal articles about the true age of the Great Sphinx (with famed co-authors Robert Schoch, Ph.D. and Robert Bauval), and his discovery of a possible Pyramid Code. His next project will take him back to Egypt as part of a scientific team led by Robert Schoch to explore the voids beneath the Great Sphinx and probe them for a hidden ancient library.  Manu is of German and Persian descent, is a practicing dermatologist in Southern California and a hobby Egyptologist.

February 14

Gary Quinn

Say Yes to Life!

Gary Quinn, international bestselling author of The Yes Frequency, teaches how we have the potential to create exactly the life we want, and to experience extraordinary results. He shares his valuable insights and knowledge on how to obtain that extra edge with a worldwide audience via his self-help motivational books, audio CD's, TV and radio appearances, digital downloads, and numerous world-wide speaking engagements and seminars. Several of his recent books have become a best-sellers in and are acknowledged as essential tools for those seeking to improve their lives by enhancing the mind, body and spirit.  Among his many clients are Academy Award winners, Grammy winners, and Olympic Gold medalists.

January 24
Dr. Betty Uribe

# Values: The Secret to Top Level Performance in Business and Life

Dr. Betty Uribe, Executive Vice President of California Bank & Trust, is a sought-after dynamic bilingual, bi-cultural, international speaker, consultant, coach, and author. A recognized authority on the psychology of leadership, organizational turnarounds, and peak performance, she has been honored consistently for her strategic intellect and humanitarian endeavors. With a drive for business and a heart for making a difference, Dr. Betty shares her passion for values on a global scale. She also serves her local community on the boards of private companies, educational institutions, and non-profit organizations. Dr. Betty’s heart for serving others has opened doors as far-reaching as the White House, the Vatican, and beyond.Betty will give us practical tools for bringing and sustaining balance, trust and values to our busy lives and our organizations.

January 10
Adam Christing


You Can Do Magic!

Adam Christing has been inspiring laughter and life change for twenty-five years.  He is the author of three humor and personal growth books including, Your Life is a Joke: 12 Ways to Go from Ha Ha to Aha!  His forthcoming book is titled: Bob Dylan Can Change Your Life: 61 Ways to Invent a Legendary Life.  At the age of seventeen Adam became a member of the world famous Magic Castle in Hollywood. He is the founder of "Clean Comedians" and has appeared on more than 100 radio and television shows including ABC World News and PBS. www://

December 20

Jim Holden

The Magic and Romance of an African Safari

Jim Holden will take you home to his roots, and share his passion for the authentic African Safari. He will captivate you with his story-telling skills and may feel like you’ve stepped into the movie Out of Africa.

Jim was born in Zambia, and attended school in Zimbabwe and South Africa. He worked in the travel industry in Kenya, and enjoys “stepping back into Africa” several times a year. He is referred to as the “Crocodile Dundee” of Africa, and as a born story-teller, Jim will charm you with his accent, captivate you with his humor, and stimulate your senses as he takes you on a journey to discover the wildlife and people of Africa.

Jim now lives and works in Newport Beach and is passionate about helping people realize their dreams of visiting Africa.

December 6

Laura Rose DesJardins

The Shadow Effect: How Our Dark Side
Effects Relationships

We all have a shadow, or dark side. It gives us perspective to see the opposite within, and also the ability to see the light. Once we start working with our shadow, we can grow and return to the light, bringing ourselves into balance, especially within relationship. Laura will share her experiences and reveal astrological charts where the shadow effect is extremely strong. She will also address how to find those shadow areas within ourselves and the probable age when the Shadow emerged.

Laura has been a professional Astrologer for the past 40 + years. She is a nationwide, multi-media personality, having been interviewed by CBS Radio, The NBC's The Today Show and having published articles in People Magazine, Orange Coast Magazine, and the Orange County Register. Laura held "Staff Astrologer” positions at various radio stations and national magazines, and was a lecturer/consultant to the Golden Door Resort & Spa.

November 15

Blake Holloway, PhD

An Interview with Blake Holloway, PhD,
by Craig Marshall

Dr. Holloway, a leader in the arenas of Contemplative Neuroscience and Peak States of Consciousness, has spent over 30 years researching advanced brain states.  His research in the areas of Addictive disease and acute traumatic stress resulted in one of the first non-drug based methods for complete resolution of PTSD.

He is the Chief Science Officer of Solace Lifesciences Inc., a neuroscience company, and the Inventor of the NuCalm system frequently referred to as ‘Zen in a Box.’  His recent areas of research include the NeuroPhysics of consciousness, and his most recent invention is an Applied Biophysics Platform for balancing the Human Physiologic system.

Blake frequently quotes Albert Einstein, “No problem can be solved in the same state that created it.”  Dr. Holloway is committed to sharing his insights and methods for achieving the state shift critical to the next stage of evolution in mankind.

November 1

Alan Green

The Sacred Geometry Embedded into the Title Page of Shakespeare's Sonnets

Alan Green, renowned showman and recording artist returns to give us Part Two of one of our most entertaining and educational mornings ever.  In Part One we saw the Poetic Codes, and how the 624 characters of Shake-speare's Sonnets Dedication plus Shakespeare’s Stratford Monument and Gravestone fit into the 624-square Enochian Tables, channeled to John Dee by Angels on the then Summer Solstice, June 24th — 6:24. You also saw that Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford, ‘died’ in 1604 on that same date, 6:24 — and ‘fixed’ the Baptism date of the man from Stratford, born William Shakespeare, to be April 26th — 4:26. (The mirror image.)

Now, brace yourself for the codes embedded into the title page of Shakespeare's Sonnets, They form a beautiful, 6+2+sacred geometrical pattern that reveals 12 of the world’s most significant math constants, all to a staggering “three decimal places” accuracy. But Dee and de Vere go much further—giving us the geographic coordinates of the Great Pyramid. "And thereby hangs a tale"!  

The old question, "WHO was Shakespeare?" is now not as important as the more profound question, “WHAT was Shakespeare?" In other words, what state of consciousness was this person in to be capable of the incredible esoteric game he's playing with us?

October 25

James Wanless,

Refirement! The Renewable You - Lessons from Nature

Join James Wanless, author of Sustainable Life: The New Success, and creator of the Sustain Yourself Cards, for an always entertaining and profound look at nature as mentor and co-creator of your ever-renewable life.  Rethink, reinvent, recreate, and recycle!  Our natural world constantly renews itself, and offers keys to vitality and fulfillment.  What can we learn from this cyclical Eco-Spiritual path?  A deeper observation of the natural plan and our place within it, helps us to reflect on Who, Why, What and Where we are, and How to experience the fullest expression of ourselves.  It’s a never-ending flow of life-force available to us at all times.

James Wanless, Ph.D., dynamic 21st century Sage, has refired, renewed and transformed himself from professor of political science into spiritual seer, publishing entrepreneur, motivational speaker, corporate trainer, human potential counselor/coach, artist, mythmaker, and prolific author.  At 74 years-young, he is entertaining, sometimes irreverent, and always profound. 

October  11

Dr. Stephen Ward

Your body is talking! Are you listening?

Dr. Steve has studied the correlation between human behavior and spinal curvature for the last 28 years. He developed a spinal blueprint, which he uses to study diseased conditions, mental emotional behaviors and the impact of inherited behavior. He will discuss the spinal curvature pattern seen in addiction, perfectionism, mental blowout, manic depression, depression, emotional hysteria, obsessive compulsive disorder, paranoia, internalized hurt, reactive anger, sexual dysfunction. 

He will also discuss the spinal pattern seen in fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, chronic lower back pain, breast, uterine, prostate and testicular cancer. He uses cranial sacral therapy and standing or sitting wall adjustment techniques to immediately improve symptoms like headaches, neck pain, shoulder blade pain, lower back pain, and pain in the arms and legs. He says, “The answers, my friend, lie not in the stars, but in our spines.”

September 27

Professor Michele Goodwin

Overcoming Childhood

How does one overcome trauma from childhood?  What makes some people more resilient at meeting life's challenges than others?  Is there a real difference between being a victim versus survivor? Professor Michele Goodwin will explore these conceptual questions and others as she shares elements of her forthcoming memoir.

Professor Michele Goodwin is a Chancellor’s Professor at the University of California, Irvine with appointments at the School of Law; Program in Public Health; Department of Criminology, Law, & Society; Department of Gender and Sexuality Studies; and Stem Cell Research Center. She is the founder and director of the Center for Biotechnology and Global Health Policy at UC Irvine School of Law and its internationally acclaimed Reproductive Justice Initiative.

She is one of the world’s leading authorities on the regulation of medicine, science, and biotechnology. Her scholarship defines new ways of thinking about the intersections of law, society, economics, and the human body.

Her publications include five books and over 80 articles and book chapters on law’s regulation of the human body, including civil and criminal regulation of pregnancy and reproduction, reproductive technologies, human trafficking (for organs, sex, and marriage), and tissue and organ transplantation.

She is a blogger for the Huffington Post and the Harvard Bill of Health and has been interviewed by local, national, and international news media.

She is the founder of the Institute for Global Child Advocacy.

September 13
Jacqueline Hahn

Cézanne: The Father of All Artists

Paul Cézanne was considered a post-impressionist French Artist. Picasso and Matisse said of him that "he is the father of all of us artists" Cézanne built the bridge between the end of the 19th century Impressionism and the beginning of 20th century Cubism and Modernism. Jacqueline will go over his life, his career, his style as shown in his marvelous paintings exhibited in museums all over the world. When you see an apple painted by him, you want to eat it!!! and.........How can anybody put the whole world in an apple?

August 23
Mark Goulston, MD

Talking to Crazy: How to Deal with the Irrational and Impossible in Your Life

Dr. Mark Goulston returns to the Inside Edge to help all of us deal with those people who drive us crazy. What Mark has discovered is that people don’t lack the will to deal with these people; they lack a way that is doable.  In this highly interactive presentation, Mark will provide us with insights, strategies, tactics and tools that we can immediately use to more effectively deal with these challenging individuals.  Dr. Mark is uniquely qualified to mentor us in this subject. He was a clinical psychiatrist and psychotherapist for thirty years, an FBI and police hostage negotiation trainer, advisor on high-profile law cases (remember OJ Simpson) and bestselling author of seven books.  His book, Just Listen, became the top book on listening in the world, and he will be speaking to the Russian Government in Moscow on that topic in October.  His newest book, the subject of his talk this morning, was a finalist in the Audible Book Oscars and was featured at

August 9
Sabina Mesko

Awaken the Mudra Power in
Your Hands and Transcend Time

International best-selling author Sabrina Mesko Ph.D.H. gained a worldwide audience through her book Healing Mudras -Yoga for your Hands, published by Random House and translated into 14 languages. We will learn how ancient, powerful hand gestures called mudras, can swiftly transform your energy field and help you overpower any unfavorable pattern that obstructs your Soul’s desire and purpose. Sabrina will guide you thru a journey into the finer frequency fields, with easy hand mudras and a soothing live sound that she creates with her unique string instrument. Experience a time-standstill, while you explore inter-dimensional travel and find answers to your deepest questions.

July 26

David Harder & Mary Campbell, PhD

Career Development for 12-year-olds:
Preparing Our Children for the Future of Work

What were you born to do? Mary Campbell and David Harder have begun a national conversation about the need for an entirely new approach in preparing today’s children for the future of work. We now face a future in which the average college graduate will change careers four-to-six times, so education must move from the industrial-based method of predetermining careers to assist our children in discovering where they are powerful, what they actually love, and guide them to develop the life skills necessary for across-the-board success.  Our speakers will introduce a potential future filled with vital solutions and the routine discovery our unique “career DNA.”  

Mary Campbell, Ph. D, Founder and President of Penelope Consulting Group, is teaming up with David Harder of Inspired Work.  Over the course of her 15-year tenure at the University of Southern California, Dr. Campbell led a sizeable team of organizational, leadership, talent acquisition and learning professionals who transformed organizational performance throughout the university. Mary currently maintains a sizeable executive coaching and leadership development consulting practice and serves as a Board of Education Trustee in her hometown of Hermosa Beach, California, helping to bring public education powerfully forward to meet the needs of the 21st Century environment.

In 1990, David Harder founded Inspired Work, dedicated to helping individuals transform their relationship to work. His first book, The Truth About Work (Health Communications, 1997) delivers insights into how to “move beyond simply making a living to building a richly fulfilling professional life. The first several thousand participants in The Inspired Work Program served as case studies on how to achieve these breakthroughs. In 2001, Mr. Harder was asked to redesign The Walt Disney Company’s leadership program.

July 12
Jacqueline Hahn

Overview of the 19th Century Art Movement

Jacqueline is an award-winning art lecturer who is praised for her unique way of translating centuries of rich European history into consumable pieces of key information.  She is known for her infectious enthusiasm and humor that make her topics fun for audiences.  Fluent in five languages, she conducts classes on cruise ships, at the Bowers Museum, and at UCI where she was presented with a Distinguished Instructor Award.

Jacqueline will give us an Overview of the 19th Century Art Movement and its major  artists:  Camille Pisarro, Claude Monet, Edgar Degas, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Paul Cezanne, Mary Cassatt, and Berthe Morissot.

June 28
Alan Green

The Sacred Scripture Hidden within Shakespeare's Sonnets

"The best, most exciting breakthrough I've seen in all my years
as a Shakespeare scholar.”

~Dr. Michael Delahoyde, professor of English Literature
at Washington State University.

To be in Alan Green’s outrageously entertaining presence is to be absolutely charmed!  He is a British-born, classically trained pianist, composer, author, educator, and Shakespeare Authorship scholar.  A renowned musician, he was signed to five major record labels including Arista, ABC, and CBS, with whom he had a top thirty hit, I Surrender, under the pseudonym, Arlan Day, in 1981.

Green’s first academic book, Dee-Coding Shakespeare [sic], was initially published in 2010, but he withdrew it from the marketplace because of new discoveries.  His upcoming book trilogy involves the opening the altar stone within the poet's church in Stratford-upon-Avon — where the Bard claims to have left physical evidence that may finally solve the centuries-old controversy surrounding his identity.  We will be sitting on the edge of our seats!

Alan will use our grand piano to perform one or two excerpts from his forthcoming Shakespeare musical, BARD.

June 14

Tom Bird

The Tom Bird Method: Write in the Divine Author State

Many are drawn to the art form of writing to experience healing, transformation and the release of their divine potential. Tom will move you beyond any self-doubt as you learn about and write from this innate and natural space known as the Divine Author Within. Bring your favorite pen(s) and unlined paper.

Tom Bird is a bestselling author and --according to Paul McCarthy, “legendary editor to nine #1 New York Times bestselling authors and the top writing coach in the world.” Through his unique spiritual approach, Tom leads hundreds of would-be authors to complete the writing of their books in a weekend. In the past three years, sixty-two of those authors found homes on Amazon Best Seller lists.

May 24
Louise Hauck

Transmitting From the Heart — The Functionality of Telepathy and Communication with the Higher Self

Louise Hauck is a ‘time-traveling’ intuitive spiritual counselor, and the author of Beyond Boundaries; Heart-LinksFearless Future; and Streaming Consciousness Her work has been endorsed by and dovetails with that of Gary Zukav, Peter Russell, Willis Harman, and Larry Dossey, MD.

For nearly thirty years she has presented to audiences and consulted for clients internationally. It’s a wonderful time to be alive, because, as Louise believes, we’re all here to evolve into highly intuitive, multidimensional beings.

Louise has a lot to say about telepathic communication with the higher self of others — those suffering the effects of dementia, stroke and comaemployers, ex-partners, difficult friends or relatives, pets, and all of nature.

Louise is also passionate about giving evidence of our ever-present connectivity to unconditionally loving, higher energies (including certain religious icons), to the Angelic realm and elemental world, and to loved ones in the ‘non-physical.

May 10
Jamie Greene

The Art of Reading People

Imagine having the gift of X-ray vision to see through people’s defense mechanisms so you could truly see what makes them tick? With his 30-years of experience as a psychotherapist delving deeply into the shadows of the psyche, Jamie will show you how to connect with the people who matter to you most. This powerful workshop is not a gimmick but more a guided set of skills how to recognize trustworthiness, emotional intelligence and receptivity and to develop the personal leverage to help you effectively create the impact you desire.

Jamie’s Zen-like approach to personal coaching combined with his British sense of humor and refreshing straight talk, has built a thriving reputation as a licensed psychotherapist, teacher, mentor and leadership trainer helping teens, adults, couples, executives and teams change their entire perspectives of work and life. In 2005, he was cast as a real-life marriage therapist in the FOX show ‘Marriage 911′ and helped to save a marriage on the rocks in just one week. The couple is still thriving, years later. Jamie was most recently featured as Therapist and Life Coach to Brad Womack on Season 15 of “The Bachelor” on ABC.

April 26

Peter McGugan

Think It Through

We’re living in an impulsive, immediate gratification, alternative fact, rush-to-result era. As we strive to keep up with waves of disruptive technology, we too often make misinformed or emotionally impulsive choices.

Canada’s best selling author, international speaker and award-winning filmmaker, Peter McGugan brings an uplifting, participatory and empowering experience, spiced with humor and irresistible common sense. 

He shares the skills of lifelong achievers who get clarity, and then make informed choices. You’ll discover free resources so you’re more confident, trusted, independent and successful. 

As we age, decisions come with higher stakes. Don’t miss this Inside Edge favorite as he shares winning skills for decision making, situation management and sustained well being.

April 12

Mark Goulston

Steve Jobs Returns: Connecting the Dots

Steve Jobs is credited with turning around and making Apple the most successful company in the world.  However, when he died, the unconscious formula he followed died with him. Since then, Apple has been successful but challenged to continue its phenomenal success as a disruptively innovative company.

Dr. Mark Goulston is widely regarded as a "people hacker." Beginning as a UCLA professor and crisis psychiatrist, Mark specialized in suicide, then was an FBI and police hostage negotiation trainer, then was a high profile trial consultant.  Mark spent the past two years  "hacking Steve Jobs" and speaking around the country on how to think like Jobs when marketing. Our morning will be his one-man show in which he doesn't play Jobs... he is Job and tells the story of turning around Apple between 1997 when he returned to 2007 when he introduced the iPhone and then takes questions as Jobs. 

Mark is also the author of seven books including Just Listen, the top book on listening in the world, and Talking to Crazy, which was a 2016 finalist in the audible book "Oscars.”

March 22

Dep Kirkland

The American Criminal Jury Trial:
A Playground for Legal Delinquents
Author of Lawyer Games: After Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil will reveal the workings of the trial system in the United States. While touching on the infamous “Midnight” case from Savannah (below), he will go beyond the boundaries of that single, though fascinating, murder case to include other notorious criminal trials such as the Phil Spector, Hillside Strangler, Charles Manson, and O.J. Simpson cases.

In the early morning of May 2, 1981, Danny Hansford was shot dead by James Williams with a World War II vintage Luger in a historic Savannah mansion. For the next eight-and-a-half years, through four murder trials and intrigue which reached the highest levels of Georgia politics—including a former governor and the Georgia Supreme Court—lawyers battled over whether the 50-year-old Williams shot the 21-year-old Hansford in self-defense. The case inspired a best-selling book and a movie, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, directed by Clint Eastwood.

Dep Kirkland, the Chief Assistant DA in Savannah at the time, arrived at the scene when Hansford’s body was still on the floor.  He made the decision to arrest Williams.  His firsthand knowledge allows him not only to deeply analyze the murder case but also to expose the legal mischief spawned when a defendant facing unshakable physical evidence possesses almost unlimited funds.

March 8

Teresa Tudury

Such Fine Things

With a deep, sultry voice that magnetizes audiences, and a scathing comedic wit to match, Teresa is a consummate performer who pours out her original songs with power, verve, passion, and disarming humor. Her voice has been described as a cross between Bette Midler and Bonnie Raitt (LA Weekly). Her vocal stylings are perfectly complemented by her bluesy guitar playing.  Don’t miss this outrageous morning of laughter and music with a favorite Inside Edge speaker/performer.

Throughout her career, Teresa has recorded or performed with such greats as Leonard Cohen, Rickie Lee Jones, Lyle Lovett, Taj Mahal, Leo Kottke, Charlie Musselwhite and Bonnie Bramlett. Now residing in Sonoma County, Teresa continues to perform and write new material. She has just released Such Fine Things, her latest CD.

February 22

Winn Claybaugh

Be Nice (or Else!)

Winn is “one of the best motivational speakers in the country,” according to CNN’s Larry King, who wrote the foreword for Winn’s book, Be Nice (Or Else). A national speaker for major corporations, Winn has helped thousands of businesses build their brands and create successful working cultures. A business owner for more than 30 years with over 16,000 people in his organization, Winn is the founder, co-owner, and dean of hair care giant Paul Mitchell’s school division.  In 2004, the North American Hairstyling Awards (NAHA) recognized Winn’s outstanding contributions to the hair and beauty industry by making him the youngest person ever named to their Hall of Leaders. In 2011, he was honored the “Hairdressers Unlocking Hope Award,” given to individuals in the professional beauty industry who serve as exemplary models of philanthropy, giving back to their communities and to the world with generosity and spirit.  Winn was named Humanitarian of the Year by Friendly House in 2013, and most recently, in 2016, American Salon named him one of the five top “Industry Leaders Who Helped Revolutionize Education.” Under his leadership and in keeping with their unique culture of giving back and building self-esteem, Winn and the Paul Mitchell Schools have raised over $16.7 million for multiple charitable organizations.

February 8

Brian Theiss

How does real change take place? How can change not only determine our current and future health, but also how does it control aging, dysfunction, and disease?

Brian Theiss, AA, CFT, MFS, a popular keynote speaker and owner and operator of one of the most successful training facilities in the country, just may be the ultimate personal trainer.  In 2012, he received the World Vision Project Global Humanitarian award as the most prominent health and fitness consultant in the world for saving and changing lives.  Brian was also named best trainer in the nation for 2004 by ISSA (International Sports Sciences Association). He is nationally recognized for the incredible success of his trademark system of health and fitness training using scientific principles of kinesiology, physiology and metabolic functioning. With a strong mission of combating poor health and the issues that arise from it, his Theiss Institute recently received an award as the best working model in the health and fitness industry, for the fifth year in a row. In his 30 years in business, he worked with over 19,000 clients worldwide and has established himself as a pioneer in the field of executive health and wellness. Brian worked with 975 Physicians worldwide and currently a NBFE Fellow since 2016.

January 25

Blaine Bartlett

Compassionate Capitalism

Blaine is a best-selling author of the #1 International Best Seller Compassionate Capitalism: A Journey to the Soul of Business, co-author of Discover Your Inner Strength written in collaboration with Stephen Covey, Ken Blanchard and Brian Tracy, and is the author of Three Dimensional Coaching which was published in 2013 and translated into Chinese and Japanese in 2015. As CEO and President of Avatar Resources, a global consulting firm he founded in 1987, Blaine has coached and consulted worldwide with executives, companies, and governments and has personally delivered training programs to more than a quarter of a million individuals to directly impact more than one million people. Blaine is an Adjunct Professor at Beijing University, Founder of the Institute for Compassionate Capitalism, and a member of the Transformational Leadership Council. He sits on the Board of Directors of the Unstoppable Foundation and the World Business Academy and is a member of the Advisory Boards of the All Japan Management Coaching Association and the Asia Coaching and Mentoring Association. In 2012, Blaine was formally invested as a Knight of the Sovereign Order of St. John of Jerusalem Knights of Malta, the world’s oldest humanitarian organization. He is the husband of one of our favorite recent speakers, Cynthia Kersey, Founder of the Unstoppable Foundation.

January 11

Ruth Cherry, PhD

Living in the Flow and Accepting Unconditional Love

Ruth has expressed her passion and creativity through her 40-year practice as a psychotherapist. She specializes in working with sub-personalities, our different energies that manifest in our life.  In her two-book set, Living in the Flow: Practicing Vibrational Alignment and Accepting Unconditional Love, readers learn how to practice vibrational alignment in the context of their minute-by-minute experience.  We will hear how Ruth trusted universal wisdom principles when she was diagnosed with MS, and how her background as a clinical psychologist and a meditator supported her in understanding that healing is unlimited when we maintain a vibrational state of acceptance.



December 27

Craig Marshall

A New Venue, A New Year, A New You

Because Craig Marshall has been through so many life-chapters and played such diverse roles, he is an expert on transitions and the value of learning and un-learning. His presentation will welcome all to our new venue at the Pacific Club, and will be about the New Year and the new you, and how you can step into a new chapter in your personal & professional life. A mentor to Steve Jobs, Beatle George Harrison and fashion icon Fred Segal, Craig has fantastic stories and is the ultimate empowerer! When asked the most important thing he learned as a monk, Craig responded, “That we all are more powerful than anything and everything we are seeking.”
Craig Marshall began as a child actor in Hollywood, playing small parts in television shows and commercials. He graduated from USC Film School, and then his life took a left turn. He became a yoga monk with Self-Realization Fellowship, where he lived in a monastery for 35 years. As respected swami, Craig traveled the world, lecturing to large audiences on the subjects of mindfulness and meditation. He became a mentor to many well-known people and wrote several books and media programs on how to live a meaningful life. Today, Craig is a sought after public speaker, personal consultant and co-author of the book, The Next You.

December 7

Sheva Carr

Contributing to the Creation of a New World

Just as an acorn contains all the information to become an oak tree, you were born with a user’s manual for your life and contribution to the world— including purpose, well-being, and peace of mind — right inside your own heart. How can we access and decode that user’s manual? This Inside Edge event will introduce you to a teaser of the tools and science developed in over twenty-five years of peer-reviewed research at The HeartMath Institute. This work shows us that the concept “follow your heart” is not just a poetic metaphor, but is backed by science and can be methodically manifested by anyone. Combine that with basic physics and the Polarity Principles that allowed Thomas Edison to invent the lasting electric light bulb, and at this morning meeting you will learn to plug into source energy in such a way that you can reliably raise your vibration anywhere, anytime, and spontaneously make the world a better place for all while doing it! The process is not an archeological dig. It is as close to you as your own breath and heart, validated by some fascinating science that reignites wonder and awe at how we and the world work.

Sheva Carr, L.Ac., is an author, speaker, Oriental Medicine doctor, and master HeartMath trainer. She is the architect and director of HeartMath's HeartMastery Program, the Founder and Executive Director of HeartAmbassadors and the Fyera Foundation, and a Co-Vice President and United Nations Delegate for Pathways To Peace (a United Nations Peace Messenger Organization). Diana, our founder has studied with her privately for years.

ovember 16

Keith Morrison

A fascinating and informal Q&A session

Our speaker has a face and a voice familiar to all of us as a television journalist, and from his twenty years as a correspondent for Dateline NBC.  In 1986, just as the first meetings of the Inside Edge were taking place in three Southern California counties, Keith moved from his native Canada to Los Angeles to become the news anchor for KNBC. He rose quickly to be a west coast correspondent for the NBC Nightly News and the Today Show.  He is married to Suzanne Perry, who was Press Secretary to Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau.  He is a father of five and stepfather to Friends star Matthew Perry.

November 2

Walt Hackman, Author

No Problem, Mr. Walt– a Memoir of Loss, Building a Boat, Rebuilding a Life and Discovering China

Walt’s lighthearted storytelling is centered around the unique experiences he had while traveling to China during the building of his custom 55-foot, 40-ton Mei Wen Ti, the only authentic wooden Chinese junk boat of its style and size in the U.S.

When Walt Hackman’s son was tragically murdered, his world collapsed around him. Seeking peace of mind and a new beginning, Walt sought to honor his son’s memory by bringing to life a dream that had long been delayed – to build a wooden boat, but not just any wooden boat.

"Mei wen ti" means "no problem" in Mandarin. Walt chose this playful yet facetious name for his vessel because no matter what he asked during the tumultuous two-year process of building it that's how the Chinese shipbuilders always answered. This beautiful and unique vessel's birth, however, was anything but unproblematic, as you will learn. It is said that "the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step." Here is the story of how, despite his unimaginable heartbreak, Walt decided to take that first single step, then the next, and the next.

October 26

Patti Channer, Jonell McLain, and the women of  "Jewelia," from this
best selling book

The Necklace: Thirteen Women and the Experiment That Transformed Their Lives By Cheryl Jarvis

The true story of thirteen women who took a risk on an expensive diamond necklace and, in the process, changed not only themselves but a community. In Ventura, California, Jonell McLain saw a diamond necklace in a local jewelry store display window. The necklace aroused desire first, then a provocative question: Why are personal luxuries so plentiful yet accessible to so few? What if we shared what we desired? Several weeks, dozens of phone calls, and a leap of faith later, Jonell bought the necklace with twelve other women, with the goal of sharing it.  Part charm, part metaphor, part mirror, the necklace weaves in and out of each woman’s life, reflecting her past, defining her present, making promises for her future. Lending sparkle in surprising and unexpected ways, the necklace comes to mean something dramatically different to each of the thirteen women.  With vastly dissimilar histories and lives, the women show us how they transcended their individual personalities and politics to join together in an uncommon journey. What started as a quirky social experiment became something far richer and deeper, as the women transformed a symbol of exclusivity into a symbol of inclusiveness. They discovered that sharing the necklace among themselves was only the beginning; The more they shared with others, the more profound this experience–and experiment–became.  We will enjoy an inspiring morning learning about a necklace that became greater than the sum of its links, and about thirteen ordinary women who understood the power of possibility, who touched the lives of a community, and who together created one extraordinary experience.

October 12
Alexanda Levin
& Darrell W. Gurne

The Back Forty: Life's Best Half
of Play, Passion & Purpose

Darrell and Alexandra co-created The Back Forty INFUSE Program, based on his upcoming book, to support mid-lifers (and beyond) to create the second half of life as an inspiring, radical, and purposeful best half.  The course, book and movement are based on the dual premises that “the best is yet to come” and “you have yet to do what you came here to do.”  Darrell is a Life Changer, Executive Coach and Licensed Spiritual Counselor supporting people in all walks of life for over 28 years. His clients play bigger, perform at peak levels, create thriving lives and businesses, and make empowered life and career moves.

Darrell speaks and leads workshops and trainings for community and spiritual organizations, professional associations, and university and MBA programs such as Harvard and USC. Darrell has dedicated his own “Back Forty” to supporting others to create their second half as a radically fulfilling best half. 

Alexandra’s experience spans over 25 years as a coach and mentor, organizational and personal development expert, and human resources executive.  She holds MBA and SPHR certifications.  Her expertise is in the areas of personal and professional success, living an empowered life, performance, effectiveness, leadership, communication, teamwork, business consulting, and human potential development. Alexandra’s next half of life is focused on the spiritual and inspirational empowerment of others.

September 28

Kerry Benthall

Brother Craig Marshall

You Can Profit Today From
The Internet of Tomorrow

Kerry Benthall is a business executive, marketing VP, and CEO who has worked with major corporations and startups, all the while practicing daily meditation.  For 35 years, Craig Marshall was a yoga monk with Yogananda’s Self-Realization Fellowship, living in an ashram.  Craig was also a film producer, child actor, and mentor to many celebrities. These two conscious thought leaders have joined visions and are now launching a revolutionary media platform that will change the way that viewers, content providers and advertisers will share the 2.0 version of the World Wide Web.

Are you ready to stroll down a street in a virtual city of tomorrow? Step into an immersive web experience, which will be upon us before we know it.  Look up and see your company’s name in the sky. Kerry and Craig, along with technology guru Samy Montecristo, will reveal an exciting paradigm shift right here at the Inside Edge - a new social media platform that is immersive, compelling and fun – plus, offering a financial win/win opportunity. You’ll literally step the future, and look at a world filled with new personal and professional opportunities that were for centuries only a dream.

September 14

Dr. Huesan Tran

The Meridian of God: Attaining Unity To Co-create
A New Paradise On Earth
For over 30 years, The Inside Edge has been a forum where innovative concepts and new paradigms are introduced.  Arrive with an open mind to meet Dr. Huesan Tran, MBA, an international author, speaker, and spiritual teacher, and visionary leader incorporating spirituality and energy healing into business, finance, economics, and all aspects of life.   She explains how Modern society needs a simple, easy, non-religious and non-esoteric way to find self-worth, gain clarity of a common world vision, and integrate spirituality in all areas.  Her book. The Meridian of God reveals the simple truth that shifts consciousness to a new paradigm of unity and awakes the divine essence, purpose, and mission of humans to transform destiny.  It has been called. “the lost ancient secret that demystifies what God is, and how humans are one with God through the understanding of energy, information and consciousness.”  Transcending space and time to attain the divine union of God-man and the unity of humanity, Dr Tran shares the key that unites spiritual and physical paths and brings forth spirituality in healthcare, business, finance, economics and all areas to transform the current cascade of crisis into a New Paradise on Earth.

August 24Cynthia Kersey

Unstoppable Success: Moving forward
by Giving Back

Cynthia Kersey, Founder and CEO of the Unstoppable Foundation, teaches business and sales professionals why giving is the ABSOLUTE Law of Success and must be part of an overall business model.  She equips attendees with both the skills and immediately-applicable “how-to” information that will catapult their life and business to new heights as they experience the joy and power of unstoppable giving and contribution. As the best-selling author of two books, Unstoppable and Unstoppable Women, Cynthia is a speaker, entrepreneur, national columnist, CEO and Founder of her non-profit foundation whose focus is to ensure that every child on the planet has access to the life-long gift of education.  She not only inspires individuals to give, but provides entrepreneurs with a practical action plan on how they can increase their bottom line, expand their business, create customer evangelists and become completely invigorated about their life and business by integrating generosity as a business philosophy.  Her foundation has funded more than 84 schools in 3 countries, brought education to nearly 10,000 children a day and is bringing clean water, sanitation, health care and training to almost 40,000 community members.

August 10

Jeff Walker

Rhymecology: How Hip-Hop Can Heal

Jeff Walker is a lyricist and a counselor, a poet and a teacher, an author and healer. His books include The Therapist Guide: Using Hip-Hop to Heal and The Art of Hip-Hop Lyrics.  Jeff created Rhymecology to help people express, discover and create themselves by using psychology, hip-hop culture and an award-winning technique of rhyming to allow people to feel empowered about themselves and the world they live in. In this special presentation, Jeff Walker will reveal the inside edge to a side of hip-hop most don’t know, the therapeutic, educational and empowering one! You will experience passionate poetry, and may even get to try your hand at creating your own rhyme! As an artist Jeff Walker has had his music played at the Staples Center, on 60 Minutes, on TNT, ESPN and on Fox Sports where he creates “on the spot” rhymes live on the air. He has won numerous poetry slams throughout the country.

July 27

John de Strakosch

Wild Dogs In The Den: A Botswana Adventure

John has traveled across this planet for decades. His stories, especially of the wild places, have enthralled many. John has been a member of the Inside Edge for over twenty-five years, and the last time he presented, he shared personal stories about the Mountain Gorillas in Uganda and Rwanda, and the Wildebeest Migration in Tanzania. Now, John guides us into the depths of southern Africa’s Botswana, one of the finest, most remote safari places on the face of the planet. Special emphasis is on the Wild African Hunting Dogs, rare and difficult to find. Excerpts from his video, Wild Dogs In The Den, will complete this multi-media presentation. While on safari together, each of us may just find a little piece of our own selves.

July 13

Webb Weiman


Webb Weiman is the Founder of Jump!, a non-profit organization whose mission is to help seniors fulfill what’s on their bucket list, especially those who don’t have the means to do it on their own.  In 4-6 minute video presentations known as Jumpisodes, Webb shares choices that seniors have and how important it is to live life beyond the rocking chair. Webb worked in television production for almost 25 years. As the Head of Post Production for Magical Elves, Inc., he oversaw shows produced for NBC, ABC, Bravo, Showtime, TNT, Oxygen, USA and HBO, and supervised Emmy award-winning shows such as Top Chef, Project Runway and Project Greenlight.  At age 50, Webb began a new career in honor of his mother and father, by taking his first participant skydiving on her 90th birthday.  Legally blind 78-year-old Mariano Altieri even drove a car for the very first time. The fact that seniors are living longer” says Weiman, “is a testament to not only modern medical advances, better diet and exercise, but also their mindset and beliefs.”

June 22

Robert Maurer, PhD.

Mastering Fear: Harnessing Emotion to Achieve Excellence in Work, Health and Relationships

Achieving and sustaining success is difficult. Why do some people struggle to get started or stay the course? Why do others seem to sabotage their hard-earned victories? What makes some people stumble and fall, when they seem to possess the requisite skills to soar? Most importantly, what can be done to change these patterns and their outcomes?   Based on years of research, Robert answers these questions and many more with surprising perspective on stress, fear, and the single most important skill necessary to achieve maximum results.   Robert Maurer, PhD is a clinical psychologist on the faculty of the UCLA and the University of Washington Schools of Medicine. He is the author of One Small Step Can Change Your Life, The Kaizen Way, The Spirit of Kaizen, and Mastering Fear.

June 8

Kathryn Ford

Self-Care = Business Success!
The Fastest Way to Increase Your Bottom Line

Self-Care and Self-Love are the fundamental ingredients for success and have a direct impact on your business’s bottom line.  Kathryn learned through personal experience how impossible it is to run a successful business when you don’t feel well.  And without our health, we are not able to show up for the rest of our life.  Self-Care and Love provide nourishment for our entire Being.   When we prioritize our roles and place the ‘Art of Practicing Self-Care’ at the top of our list, we practice the key ingredient for working smarter rather than harder, experience pure enjoyment in all other areas, and live a life of ‘Full-Spectrum Wealth’!   Kathryn is the Founder and President of Excellence Institute.  She has an extensive background in coaching and has attended continuing education through Harvard Medical School’s, Coaching In Leadership and Healthcare program. Through her own coaching programs, she teaches essential tools and methods that allow people to live the life of their dreams.   Her new book, Be Well!  A 7-Step System for Radical Healing will be released in September 2016, with the foreword written by Dr. Bernie Siegel.   It is endorsed by some of the world’s leading authorities in personal development and transformation. She is also a 2016 Los Angeles Business Journal, 'Woman of The Year’ nominee.

May 25

Laura Day

The Circle: How the Power of a Single Wish Can Change Your Life

Join the New York Times bestselling author Laura Day, the intuitive whom ABC’s 20/20 calls “The Psychic of Wall Street,” and experience an approach to achieving your goals that has been used by businesses to excel and by individuals to create a joyful life in which every experience becomes a path to growth, healing, and success.   In this simple, nine-step program, based on Day’s book of the same name, you will awaken your innate intuitive abilities and learn how to be a catalyst for change in your life, your business, and your community. Laura’s work has helped demystify intuition and bring it into the mainstream, and she has trained thousands of people to use their brains, perceptions and “sixth sense” in effective ways to realize their goals. She has been featured on Oprah, CNN, ABC News, The View and many other national and international shows and publications.

May 11

Steve Bhaerman

Beyondananda and Beyond --
Stand Up With Swami, Sit Down With SteveSteve Bhaerman is an internationally known author, humorist, and workshop leader, and one of our favorite Inside Edge speakers over the past thirty years.  He is the author of Driving Your Own Karma, Duck Soup for the Soul, and Swami for Precedent: A 7-Step Plan to Heal the Body Politic and Cure Electile Dysfunction. We will be treated to a two-man one-man show featuring cosmic comic Swami Beyondananda and his slightly-more-serious alter ego Steve Bhaerman.  First, you'll get to enjoy the Swami's playful and hilarious take on events of the day, the human condition and of course our human conditioning.  And ... not only will the Swami answer your questions, YOU will question his answers. Then you'll have a chance to meet the man behind the Swami, and learn even more about how to wake up laughing and leave laughter in your wake.You’ll laugh … you’ll learn … you’ll laugh … and you’ll laugh some more.

April 27

Tim Piering

How to Harvest the Great Treasures That Lie Within
Our Dreams

Tim Piering has been a member of a dream group for six years and he leads the Mastery Circle of Los Angeles in dream work. Tim studies Carl Jung's and Robert Moss's dream work, Mythology, and Alchemy.  He has found that dreams can dramatically enrich waking life.  As author of the book Mastery and Breaking Free to Mental and Financial Independence he seeks universal principles to help people reach their full potential. Tim is also a grandfather, martial artist with five black belts, Engineering Vice President, and an airplane and helicopter pilot. He believes in becoming a Master in body, mind, spirit, work, play and relationships by living a robust and balanced life.

April 13

Wayne Muller

Why People Matter

Wayne Muller is a therapist, minister, executive mentor, consultant, community advocate, and bestselling author of several books, including Sabbath; How, Then, Shall We Live?; and most recently, A Life of Being, Having and Doing Enough. A graduate of Harvard Divinity School, Wayne has spent the bulk of his life helping people move through suffering, illness and loss. His focus helps liberate latent strength and wisdom within people and institutions, nourishing creative imagination and collaborative leadership in communities, through relationships rooted in mutual respect.

March 23

Sheikh Yassir Fazaga

Promoting Understanding, Harmony
and Unity to be GREAT

How can we achieve Oneness and Unity within ourselves and in our world today? We are all brothers and sisters in humanity. Sheikh Yassir Fazaga, an expert in Islamic Studies, has presented around the globe about Islam, to help in the understanding of what Islam is and what it is not. Sheikh Yassir was born in Eritrea, Northeast Africa, and was educated in the USA.  He serves as the Religious Leader of Orange County Islamic Foundation (OCIF) in Mission Viejo, CA.  He is the Director of the Mental Health Department at Access California Social Services Agency in Anaheim. Sheikh Yassir teaches for American Open University, oversees an OCIF youth group, serves on the advisory board of the Islamic Studies Program at Claremont Graduate School and is listed on the “Who is s Who among America’s Teachers” where the best students choose their best teachers. He was recently featured on the Today show on “Spirituality in America.” He is a regular guest on Peace TV. 

March 9

Lee Hausner, PhD


Dr. Hausner, an internationally recognized clinical psychologist and business consultant, provides family consulting services. These services include assisting families in learning effective communication and conflict resolution skills, facilitating family retreats, resolving generational issues and increasing each family member’s one to one personal effectiveness.  She wrote the critically acclaimed family business resource book, “Hats Off To You 2...Balancing Roles and Creating Success in Family Business Succession”. Previously Dr. Hausner served 19 years as the senior psychologist for the Beverly Hills Unified School District.

February 24

Ann Webb

Manifesting a Meaningful Life

Ann Webb is best known as “The LifeVision Expert.”  Ann’s vision is to reach and inspire individuals to envision their limitless possibilities, and then to discover the power within themselves to make those dreams a reality.  Ann has coached thousands of successful entrepreneurs and network marketers in getting crystal clear in both their business and personal visions resulting in more money, better relationships, and improved health & fitness. Ann is the President of Global LifeVision, a humanitarian outreach program that involves facilitating adventures for those that want to serve and make a different in developing countries. She regularly takes expeditions to teach, train and serve in Africa and India.   She will be guiding us to: Get CLEAR and FOCUSED on what your Ideal Life looks and feels like;  Use her Revolutionary tool for changing the neural pathways in your brain; and Achieve amazing results through so much more than “old-school” affirmations.

February 10

Lynn Andrews

The Crossroads of Power

Lynn Andrews is the New York Times and internationally best-selling author of over 20 books including the Medicine Woman Series, which chronicles her three decades of study and work with shaman healers on four continents. Her study of the way of the sacred feminine began with Agnes Whistling Elk and Ruby Plenty Chiefs, Native American healers in northern Canada. Her quest for spiritual discovery continued with a Shaman Curendera of the Mayan Yucatan, an Aboriginal woman of high degree in the Australian Outback and a Nepalese healer in the foothills of the Himalayas. A film was made of her book Medicine Woman starring Sally Field.  Today, Lynn is recognized worldwide as a leader in the fields of spiritual healing and personal empowerment.  “Lynn Andrews is one of my favorite writers. She helps every woman find a sense of her own importance.” — Marianne Williamson, Author of Return to Love” and “A Woman¹s Worth” Dannion Brinkley says, “Lynn is one of the most profound people of our time. Her work in the shamanistic traditions has provided effective guidance to me and many others looking for answers. I love her!”

January 27

Tom Sewell


Expect Miracles!  Health, Art, Love & Fun

The Inside Edge would never have existed without Tom’s brilliant and outrageous influence. A multi-media artist, designer, photographer, filmmaker, sculptor, Tom was presented "The Annual Award of Excellence" by the United Nations Society of Artists and Writers for his "Enigma of the Mill" and for his contribution to the Anti War/Peace Movement. His photography has been featured in The New York Times, Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition, Los Angeles Times, and The Wall Street Journal. In the 60's Tom moved to Venice, California and began to explore art direction in television and film. In the 70's he began buying and restoring architecturally significant buildings making a major contribution to the restoration of Venice. After visiting the Soviet Union in the mid 80's (as one of the first citizen diplomats of that era), he became the publisher of "Main Magazine" a large format magazine that chronicled art, architecture and photography of the west coast.  In the 90's Sewell moved to Maui and has become one of Hawaii's pre-eminent innovative artists.

January 13

Follow the thread of what you truly love . . . it will not lead you astray.  ~ Rumi

The “red thread” found in quantum physics, and historically in the world’s cultures, is a metaphor that offers tools one can use to awaken one’s intuition, deepest knowing and wisdom.  Hear personal examples through stories, probing questions and practices that bring subtle insight and elevate our daily perspective above the mundane.  When we choose to live at ever-higher levels we expand our inherent ability to sense, and thereby source, solutions that serve the greater good.  Sharing our unique talents and gifts widens our life path and enhances our legacy.  Diana is the author of eight best-selling and award-winning books and the coauthor of two Chicken Soup for the Soul titles.  She and her late husband Paul von Welanetz were the Founders of the Inside Edge thirty years ago. Diana is the originator and one of the three Founders of Keys to the Queendom, ( a woman’s movement of international sisterhood that encourages and inspires women to join together to create Queendoms wherein their highest Divine feminine nature will birth solutions that bless the world.



December 16

Revs. Sandy &
Kirk Moore

Visioning Is an Inside Job

We know that what we desire to experience in the outer world HAS to start with the world inside each of us. Visioning is nothing new, but what practices and tools are we using to get the job done? The Revs. Sandy and Kirk Moore will discuss some of the principles, practices and opportunities that support our deepest desires and goals by utilizing the process of visioning.  Visioning is a crucial practice that supports that “next step” in our evolution. We can either grow or fade away.  Through visioning, we grow in amazing ways. As the New Year approaches, this is the perfect time to delve inside and bring forth that which wants to be expressed through you and as you.  Create a new vision in a new year for yourself. Revs. Sandy and Kirk Moore are the founders of the InSpirit Center for Spiritual Living, Orange County located in Mission Viejo. They began their ministry on May 10, 1999, and have been growing their ministry over the past 16 years. As former members of the Inside Edge, and with Kirk responsible for years for all our music, the morning promises to be very special.

December 2

Sheikh Yassir
Fazaga CV

Promoting Understanding, Harmony
and Unity
to be GREAT

How can we achieve Oneness and Unity within ourselves and in our world today? We are all brothers and sisters in humanity.Sheikh Yassir Fazaga, an expert in Islamic Studies, has presented around the globe about Islam, to help in the understanding of what Islam is and what it is not. Sheikh Yassir was born in Eritrea, Northeast Africa, and was educated in the USA.  He serves as the Religious Leader of Orange County Islamic Foundation (OCIF) in Mission Viejo, CA.  He is the Director of the Mental Health Department at Access California Social Services Agency in Anaheim. Sheikh Yassir teaches for American Open University, oversees an OCIF youth group, serves on the advisory board of the Islamic Studies Program at Claremont Graduate School and is listed on the “Who is s Who among America’s Teachers” where the best students choose their best teachers. He was recently featured on the Today show on “Spirituality in America.” He is a regular guest on Peace TV. 

November 18

Major General
Melvine G. Spiese

Leaders Can Be Made: What the private sector can learn from Marine leader development

MajGen Spiese (USMC (Ret) served 37 years on active duty.  A parachuting accident that broke his fibula prevented him from serving in combat.  His career took many paths, yet it became clear that his unique ability to study and impact the Marine Corps’ “knotholes”, the schools, combat centers and commands that define and perpetuate the future for the Marines would be a lasting legacy for him.  MajGen Spiese earned numerous medals and has a resume pages long.  Under Secretary of the Navy, Robert Work, awarded Spiese with the Navy Distinguished Service Medal.  Work called him “a true visionary,” “a great commander” and someone who has “training and education in his blood.” During his assignments in education and training, no one had more impact on the preparation and readiness for Marines and units deploying overseas for combat.  MajGen Spiese retired from active duty in 2013 as the Deputy Commanding General of I Marine Expeditionary Force/Commanding General 1st Marine Expeditionary Brigade. MajGen Spiese is using his vast military experience since retirement to focus on leadership development in the civilian sector.

November 4

Louise Hauck

Consciousness, Telephathy and Multidimensionality

Louise Hauck, included in the “Best of the Edge” 25th anniversary presentations, returns to the Inside Edge.  Louise is a futurist and an intuitive who tells us that there is a tremendous awakening afoot, well-timed with today’s expansion in consciousness.  Louise Hauck shares exciting evidence – proof of our connectivity to higher, unseen energies, to the Higher Selves of those residing in physical or non-physical form – to everything that is energy.  When we learn to ‘merge’ we experience a stunning new level of connectivity that goes hand in hand with telepathic communication.  Louise and her apprentices are discovering new ways to translate the messages, decipher the symbols, and interpret the metaphors – all the while testing the limits of our ability to prod and play with this amazing source of information.  Louise is the author of Beyond Boundaries, Adventures of a Seer, Heart Links, Fearless Future and more.  Come join Louise, the 'Time-Traveling' Intuitive and Spiritual Counselor.

October 28

The Four Reasons We Are Afraid to Change:
Four Successful Responses

Founder and President of Inspired Work, Inc. David Harder is dedicated to helping individuals transform their relationship to work to become a profound opportunity in building a richly fulfilling life.  The goal leads to a contributive and successful life.  He is the promoter of skilled social networking and his unique method for building virtual communities is now a curriculum delivered to participants from all walks of life.  Harder has served as chief change agent for many organizations including the Walt Disney Company, HBO, Sony Pictures Entertainment LMU, USC, The Art Institute of America and more.  He is the author of The Truth About Work, writes weekly essays about work to a wide audience, and appears on many business and human-interest programs on CNN, KTLA news and more.

October 14

Mark Victor Hansen

Energize Your Life and Your World

Mark Victor Hansen’s 2015 new book, The Miracles in You, is the inspiration for this presentation.  He will guide you in remembering that you are miracles yourselves, and to discover the miracles inside each one of you.  Hansen’s descriptions of the miracles he has experienced or witnessed will help all, even skeptics, believe in the inexplicable and intangible aspects of humanity.  Mark Victor Hansen’s work will make it exciting to wake up every day; he shows how living with character and purpose is an honor. He will inspire you to open to receiving and creating miracles leading to personal empowerment, and in the process to create an intentional wave of goodness across the world.  Mark Victor Hansen is the author and co-creator with Jack Canfield of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series.  These books are the world’s bestselling series with over 500 million copies. Some of his other works are: Dare to Win, Future Diary and How to Achieve Total Prosperity.

September 23

Dr. Janet Woods

Brain Built Spaces: Creative Design That Motivates Your Brain and Your Lifestyle

Neuroscientists have discovered what Psychologists have known all along.  Your environment sets the tone for everything going on in your life. Dr. Janet Woods will share her expertise about how to use your Environment and your Brainpower to get the “Edge” in all areas of your life.  Everyone has a secret key that unlocks behavioral patterns in certain spaces. Understanding and using the science of “Environmental Creative Design” can provide the keys to unlock the mysteries of your mind enabling you to access your truth, live your dreams and be successful in everything you do.  Learn about visual cues that motivate and de-motivate you, the environmental triggers that hold you back and techniques to work with this immediately.  Dr. Woods is a popular television and radio personality, and is the Director of The Art of Life Institute and Founder and President of the Multi-Disciplinary Arts Guild. 

September 9

Steve Maloney

UTake Me Home Huey Project - Repurposing a Boneyard Vietnam Era U.S. Army Helicopter into Art for Healing

Using the aircraft skin of a wounded U.S. Army Huey Helicopter shot down in the Vietnam War as his “canvas” Steve Maloney has transformed the fuselage into a mixed media sculpture. The result, a colorful ambassador that has risen from the ashes of war, and now drafted to travel to museums and high profile venues in the U.S. to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War as proclaimed by the President of the US and the Department of Defense, and to bring awareness to Veterans who struggle with PTSD and their path to recovery. Steve Maloney, contemporary artist, is passionate about the creative process and exploring his consciousness and sub-consciousness for striking visual results. He works in a variety of disciplines including painting, sculpture, collage, film and performance. He has been featured in USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, CNN Headline News, Time Magazine and NPR.  and

August 26

Ron Chapman

Uninjurable - Finding the True Nature of the Soul

Whether we think of our innermost selves as soul, or heart, or highest self, there is wide agreement that there is within us a richness that is far greater than we can conceive. Many would say that our outward possibilities are fully mirrored by our inward realization. And some would represent that such inner awakening does not take place in thought but in the body, that enlightenment is a somatic effect not a mental one. Using breath work, journaling and interactive inquiry, let us see together what we can awaken in ourselves. Let us seek that within us which is uninjurable. Ron Chapman explores the realm of breakthrough, profound changes of the heart opening into unrealized possibilities and potential.  Chapman shares his concepts in teaching, consulting, in facilitations and in three books, three CD sets, on blogs and at most recently.

August 12

Dr. Frank LaFerla

Alzheimer's Disease: Research for Today
and Hope for Tomorrow

As Dean of the UCI Francisco J Ayala School of Biological Sciences, Professor LaFerla will discuss the broad societal impacts due to Alzheimer’s disease, the latest research in the field and answer questions from members and guests.  Dr. LaFerla runs the UCI Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center which is one of 27 federally designed centers in the country.  He has served in numerous leadership roles since joining UCI in 1995, including as Director of UCI MIND (Institute for Memory Impairments and Neurological Disorders), a research center internationally acclaimed for its work on disorders of the brain, particularly those that are age-related.  Dr. LaFerla has also been the UCI Chancellor’s Professor and chair of the Department of Neurobiology and Behavior.  In addition to being a member of numerous scientific societies, he is a current member of the board of directors of the Orange County Alzheimer’s Association.

July 22
Ed Cunningham


Producer Ed Cunningham’s most recent non-fiction film, “Finder Keepers” premiered at Sundance Film Festival ’15, and will be theatrically released later this fall.  His Academy Award winning documentary “Undefeated” accompanies “The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters”  which was Sports Illustrated sport’s film of the year.  Ed has been able to “crack the code” in three diverse professions, one of which is currently as an ESPN/ABC College Football commentator.  But it wasn’t until having children that he realized it is curiosity that has been the driver in all his endeavors.  Ed Cunningham will share stories and experiences, from his career and his life, which will demonstrate how curiosity has impacted and ultimately paved the road for his journey.  Recently transitioning into scripted and non-fiction television, Cunningham produced on Fox’s ‘Breaking in” and helped create and executive produce a reality series on Discovery.

July 8

Jan Harzan

Are UFOs Real?  Do ETs Exist?
What does this mean for humanity?

Jan Harzan’s lifelong pursuit to know more about UFO’s led him to UCLA to obtain his B.S. degree in Nuclear Engineering.  He worked with IBM for 37 years knowing that only such a company would have the stature and funds to research this fascinating field. Still seeking answers, Jan retired from IBM to become the Executive Director of MUFON, the Mutual UFO Network.  Jan Harzan will share many riveting stories beginning with the history of ufology as well as recent sightings including his own close encounter that are sure to change your worldview. In this presentation you will see that not much has changed in the 68 years since Roswell happened, and yet everything has changed. See what MUFON is doing to put UFOs squarely in the public's eye, and make this an everyday conversation in the corporate board room.  You will also hear what new research is uncovering about the mystery and opportunity of UFOs and their advanced technology on our everyday lives. This talk is sure to expand your awareness and may even change your life forever.

June 24

Rev. Basia Christ, Ph.D.

5 Paths to Rising to Your Greatness

Rev. Basia Christ planned on ending her life on August 14, 2005 when she did something she hadn’t done for more than four decades, she begged God to give her a purpose. He answered her pleadings 74 days later with a challenge:  “Why not you?” What happened over the next eight years changed her life after interviewing 26 women globally who provided paths to help her rise to her greatness. Rev. Basia will share the following five women’s stories and the path each provided: Ngawang Sangdrol, a Tibetan nun who was imprisoned by the Chinese for 11 years in the infamous Drapchi Prison for demanding the freedom of the Dalai Lama, provided a path to faith. 3’8” Peggy O’Neill, who hated her short stature until she found self-love and a healthy self-image, provided the path to self- acceptance. Sibel Edmonds from Turkey, who lost her job at the FBI after reporting our government received warnings before 9/11, provided the path to speaking the truth –no matter what the consequences. Erin Runnion, whose 5-year-old daughter Samantha was kidnapped, raped, and murdered, provided a path for finding joy in life again. Rev. Basia wrote From Ash to Flame: Women Rising and kept her promise to tell their stories of courage, triumph, and service.

June 10

Craig Marshall

Success in The Second Half

Every game is won in the second half. What’s your score in “the game of life”? You’ve accomplished a lot in your personal & professional life, but may feel there’s still something left to do (even in retirement). What opportunities lie ahead? This program takes a frank look at life, including - sense of self, meaning, and fulfilling your deepest life goals. It’s an opportunity to meet a man who was a child actor and grew up amidst Hollywood celebrities. Yet, he chose a different path and became a yoga monk and resided in a Self-Realization Fellowship ashram for 35 years. Five years ago, Craig and his business partner, business innovator Andrew Papageorge, founded “The Next You”, a consulting company, which guides mature professionals toward realizing their “third act”.  Craig is a veteran speaker to audiences worldwide and mentored many well-known people, including Beatle George Harrison. Craig always invites questions and welcomes great dialogue.

May 27

Arielle Ford

Wabi Sabi Love:The Ancient Art of Finding
Perfect Love in Imperfect Relationships

Wabi Sabi Love is devoted to exploring simple, fun and effective ways create a more loving relationships. Wabi Sabi Love is a process that turns conflict into compassion. It shows you how to cultivate love, especially on the days when one of you is acting out, refusing to listen, or shutting down. Arielle Ford will share: How to attain groundbreaking shifts in perception so that you can embrace and grow to love the things that are making you crazy in your relationship; transformational communication tools that quickly restore love, happiness and harmony; and the importance of wearing “rose-colored glasses” and the research that backs it up. Arielle Ford is a leading personality in the personal growth and contemporary spirituality movement. For the past 25 years she has been living, teaching, and promoting consciousness through all forms of media. She is a radio host, relationship expert, speaker, columnist and blogger for the Huffington Post.

May 13

Jan Phillips

Story Spinning: Harvesting Your Life Events and
Harnessing Their Power

Our stories define us. They affect our well-being, our relationships, our present and our future. They are vehicles of energy, vessels of possibility. They contain infinite potential and we can harness light and great power from the experiences of our lives.  Every catastrophe has stripped us of something and given us something. This talk gives us a chance to revisit some life events and re-view them through a lens of emotional clarity and compassion. We will learn new ways to share our stories, discern the narrative arc, define the crisis and rewrite the resolution. We will see our role in co-creating the event and the narrative, and we will reconsider our experiences from a place of creative power. Jan Philips’ own fascinating journey is a story to behold, as witnessed in her writings, No Ordinary Time, Finding the On-Ramp to Your Spiritual Path, The Art of Original Thinking-The Making of a Thought Leader and more, her photography, music, teaching, and her Livingkindness Foundation.

April 22Gregg Levoy

Vital Signs: The Nature and Nurture of Passion

Discover, or re-discover- your passion for life.  What inspires passion in our life?  And what defeats it?  How do we lose it and how do we get it back?  Returning Inside Edge speaker Gregg Levoy, author of Callings: Finding and Following an Authentic Life (Random House) explores these questions in his new book Vital Signs: The Nature and Nurture of Passion (Penguin). His book explores passion as a mindset, a stance that helps bring vitality to all our engagements.  Gregg Levoy encourages courageous inquiry into our dis-passion, where we are numb, depressed, stuck and bored with our lives.  Knowing this can help us rework these tendencies in ourselves, claim our rightful inheritance of vitality and get our spark back.  His life’s passion is to help us get to the heart of what makes us passionate again. Gregg Levoy is nationally recognized lecturer and seminar leader in most arenas of life.  He has been a frequent guest on many of the national television network and radio shows.

April 8

Lorelei Shellist

Is Your Self Image Really You?

Lorelei Shellist’s fascinating personal journey led her into the world of international runway work having been a spirited muse for Channel’s Karl Lagerfeld, Yves Saint Laurent, Christian Lacroix, Giorgio Armani and more. She learned to bring art and dreams to life from the world’s great designers.  She has appeared in films, TV, commercials and print, and authored her memoir: Runway Runaway: A Backstage Pass to Fashion, Romance & Roll and Roll.  Her passion today includes teaching critical life skills to at-risk you, working with inmates in prison, and creating a full tuition music scholarship for vocational students of music.  Along with many other pursuits, her compassion and training help her empower her clients to feel and express their innate beauty to help them project the image they want and to receive the attention they deserve.

March 25
Cathy Thomas

Confessions of a Food Writer

Award winning columnist, author, teacher and on-air host, Cathy Thomas will describe the 50 most nutrient dense fruits and vegetables on the planet.  She says it is about building delicious, vibrant flavors while getting the most healthful benefits in every spoonful.  Spending hours in the kitchen is one of her favorite pastimes, as well as writing for the Orange County Register and pioneering the use of culinary--based videos on the Web.  She won first place as the best food columnist in the nation from the Association of Food Journalists.  Cathy Thomas regularly conducts international and domestic culinary tours, seeking new ingredients, techniques and ideas as she explores world cuisine.  With a BS from USC, and studies at cooking schools around the world, Cathy will recount about her life around food, her nutrition-centric mother, and encourage us how to have real fun and longevity in eating healthful foods.

March 11
Dr. Aisha Simjee

Hope in Sight

Dr. Aisha Simjee immigrated to the US from Burma in 1970. After contracting trachoma in her eyes at age 7, Dr. Simjee’s fascination with eye health motivated her to study medicine and ophthalmology on the east coast.  She opened her practice in Orange, CA in 1978.  She embarked on her first medical missionary trip to British Guyana in 1991, and since then has been to 38 countries around the world to provide eye care to those in need in underdeveloped nations.  Dr. Simjee’s book, Hope in Sight, recounts her past as well as experiences as a medical ophthalmologist all over the world.  Her hope is that people will be inspired to give back to the global community.  She believes each and every person has the ability to transform lives, including their own.  Her latest efforts were in a refugee camp on the Jordan/Syrian border.

February 25

Leigh J.

The Hieroglyph of the Human Soul (THOTHS)
and The Mystery of the THOTHS Library

Leigh J. McCloskey, actor, artist and visual philosopher, reminds us to tell our stories, to remember that we are in this together, all part of the living theatre and vast library of being human: the “great curiosity.”  His book and art for Tarot ReVisioned is a masterwork of Hermetic wisdom and beauty.  Art, physics, esoteric tradition, alchemy and legend come full circle in The Grail Story revealed within THOTHS Library and the archetypal imagery in his book. His home in Malibu, Olandar, hosts weekly philosophical discussions, screenings and public gatherings. Leigh has lived his public life as an actor starring in many films and television shows and as a story teller and lecturer has presented around the world.  It is time to tell a story worthy of the human heart for all generations. McCloskey heads the Olandar Foundation for the Emerging Renaissance.

February 11

Stephanie Benvento

Human Trafficking: Where We've Come From,
Where We Are, and Where We're Going

Human trafficking in Orange County? Stefanie is the Director of Public Policy & Advocacy for Crittenton Services for Children and Families, a child welfare non-profit headquartered in Fullerton, California. Crittenton's history in the fight to end human trafficking proudly goes back to 1883 and today, their work is focused on girls in the juvenile justice system who have fallen victims to sexual exploitation in Southern California. She will review the various factors that have led the world, and specifically the local Southern California region to our current crisis of human trafficking. While this is not a new topic, it can be argued that until recently the response to this issue was too little, too late and failed to understand the contributing risk-factors that made victims vulnerable while precluding them from receiving services.

January 28

Gary Quinn

Navigating Life Using the Power of "YES"

How do we find a concrete way to successfully navigate life so we can stay balanced and centered?  By shifting our “no” thoughts, words and actions and tapping into our intuitive “YES” energy, the all-knowing deeper part of us that connects the dots to who we really are, to our soul, empowers us to change our lives.  Gary Quinn, author of The Yes Frequency, is a life coach and founder of the Touchstone for Life Coaching program in Los Angeles.  Currently working in a movie produced by Sharon Stone with Dan Millman, Deepak Chopra and more, Quinn has previously shared the stage with Don Miguel Ruiz and Neal Donald Walsh as an inspirational speaker.  He has been featured on most network news programs and national newspapers.

January 14

Sonya Kumiko Lee Introduced by
Dr. Kenneth Tokita

Sonya Kumiko Lee introduced by
Dr. Kennth Tokita

Sonya Kumiko Lee, was born in Tokyo, Japan, and raised in Orange County CA.  Ms. Lee holds a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from the Juilliard School, where she studied with pianists Emanuel Ax and Oxana Yablonskaya. Ms. Lee performs at the most well-known concert halls nationally and has international experience in Spain, France, Japan and more.  Ms. Lee is a pianist and will perform for the Inside Edge.  Ms. Lee will be introduced by Dr. Kenneth Tokita, a radiation oncologist in Irvine, California. He received his medical degree from University of Washington School of Medicine and has been in practice for 46 years.  Dr. Tokita and colleagues created “The Society,” an organization which identifies and promotes world class artists in Orange County, CA.



December 17
Tim Braun

Connecting to the Other Side

Tim Braun will present his insight into the world as a spiritual medium. He does so with a memorable style and classic sensitivity. Tim will explain the different forms of communication your loved ones send you and answers frequently asked questions. He will explain how to open yourself to psychic information and understand inner workings of your psychic senses. Internationally renowned, he has been lecturing and reading for clients and groups for 20 years. He has been heard on radio shows throughout the world and he astounds people with his accuracy.

December 3

Tim Piering

How to Attain Black Belt Mastery
in Multiple Areas of Your Life

Tim Piering recently returned from the Philippines where he attained his 2nd degree black belt in Eskrima Filipino stick fighting. He will use the concept of a Black Belt as a metaphor for attaining Mastery in any area of your life.  According to his philosophy, you are truly successful only when you have attained Mastery in body, mind, spirit, work, play and relationships.  He will discuss why balance is important, how to honor your body, and how to perform at a high level. Tim Piering reminds us why Act-3 and Act-4 are the most important for a Senior when they should be ramping up and not winding down.  His latest book is Mastery – A Technology for Excellence and Personal Evolution.

November 19

Andrea Deerheart,

The Death Doula

Dr. Deerheart’s work as a Death Doula (an end of life coach) is to reverse the culturally prevalent denial of death and encourage a return of intimacy, reverence and sanctity to death and dying.  Her wish is to inspire, educate, and offer fresh and creative end of life options that are not typically acknowledged in our Western medicalized approach. Through Dr. Deerheart’s foundation, The Heart Way, she expresses her passion for providing loving, emotionally safe spiritual environments for Conscious Living and Conscious Dying.  She will present resources and tools to ignite conscious approaches to death, and how we can avoid the sterile doors of a medical institution.

November 5

Szofia S. Bullain,

The 90+ Study

Dr. Bullain, a geriatric neurologist clinician-scientist, is part of The 90+ Study which is one of the world’s largest epidemiological studies focusing on people age 90 and older.  This study provides an exceptional opportunity to identify protective, modifiable, and risk factors for cognitive impairment, and late age dementia. Dr. Bullain, originally from Hungary, came to UCI after completing her postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard Medical School, to help develop novel strategies to combat brain tumors.  She also conducts clinical trials and evaluation for the Longitudinal Study of Memory and Aging at the UCI Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center (ADRC).

October 22
Simone Wright

First Intelligence: How to Use the Science
and Spirit of Intuition

While many have touted the value of intuition, few have explained and taught it as pragmatically and convincingly as author Simone Wright. In this inspiring morning, she will discuss the biological foundation of intuition; outline its four levels; and offer practical tools for putting your intuitive wisdom to use in specific and powerful ways that will serve your life and improve your future. Wright defines intuition, our first intelligence, as the language of the authentic self, a unique” marriage of science and spirit.”  Wright’s goal is to help people meet the information age’s tsunami of data with their inherent wisdom, a human GPS system that leads seamlessly to effective action and peak performance.  Simone Wright is the author of First Intelligence:  How to Use Science and Spirit of Intuition.

October 8

Pierre Odier

Cambodia Aangkor A Lasting Legacy -
A Vew of Its Past and Present

Pierre Odier is a renowned international adventurer, photographer, educator and lecturer. He was born in Lausanne, Switzerland, moved to the USA in 1959, became a US Army communications specialist.  He has continued to explore planet earth and its peoples ever since.  Lessons learned from Cambodia’s past into the present is an ongoing work and passion for Odier. Today half of Cambodia’s population is under 20 and 80% of its population.  The elder generation is too exhausted to confront the traumas of the atrocities during the Khmer era, and the country is struggling to retain an identity, despite its magnificent culturally rich and rare heritage in Southeast Asia.  Pierre Odier, is founder of L'Image Odier Publishing, a company dedicated to creating images and text relating to the documentation, preservation and recording of minority peoples and remote civilizations throughout the world.

September 24
Marilyn and John Valenzuela

Awakening into Oneness

Marilynn and John Valenzuela have experienced a neurobiological shift in consciousness that millions are experiencing at this time all over the planet as a result of a phenomena known as the Oneness Blessings or Deeksha. The Oneness Blessing is a transfer of sacred intelligent energy that awakens the kundalini and gradually de-clutches the mind. They will share about their journeys to the Oneness University in southern India where this phenomena originated and where people from all over the world and from all religious and cultural backgrounds come to attend courses and experience a shift in consciousness and become awakened. Marilyn, in her earlier life, spent 15 years as a yogic nun traveling throughout Europe and the Soviet Union teaching yoga, meditation and organizing social service projects.  Besides being a certified yoga teacher, she is also a singer and musician and together with John lead a kirtan (chanting) band that performs throughout southern California.

September 10

Bhava Ram

The Guru is You:
Owning Your Power and Living Your Truth

Bhava Ram is a former NBC News war correspondent who worked throughout the world, including the Gulf War, Afghanistan, Africa, South America and Asia. A broken back and failed surgery ended his career. Then came a diagnosis of stage four cancer. He ultimately healed himself through the mind/body sciences of Yoga and Ayurveda. He now devotes his life to sharing the miracle of self-healing with others, believing that we all have the inherent power to take charge of our destinies, heal ourselves and effect lasting personal transformation in our lives. He leads retreats, workshops, and trainings worldwide. Ram is the author of the highly acclaimed new memoir, Warrior Pose, How Yoga Literally Saved My Life, which is scheduled to be a feature film in 2016.

August 27

Susan Plummer,

Seven Shifts of Deep Change

What would happen if we recognized experiences such as emptiness, meaninglessness, and anxiety not only as challenges or possible symptoms of depression but also as signs of change that are calling us into a new future? Says Dr. Susan P. Plummer: “Our relationship to our future is revealed in our relationship to the unknown, and to cooperate with our future’s longing for us we need to befriend the unknown.” Her talks and workshops illuminate the Seven Shifts of Deep Change, which take us beyond merely the redesigning of our lives to changing the way we experience our self and our world. Susan P. Plummer, Ph.D. is the author of Deep Change: Befriending the Unknown. She lives in Santa Barbara, where she directs the Alliance for Living and Dying Well, a hospice agency. Prior to this, she was the director of a certified hospice program for eight years. She is also a licensed psychotherapist, and has had a part-time private practice for over 25 years.

August 13
Dr. Dore Gilbert

A Lifelong Dream Fulfilled

Why was Dr. Dore Gilbert motivated at age 60 to volunteer and be commissioned in the United Stated Army Medical Corps, and then to volunteer for deployment in Afghanistan in 2011?  With the strong support of his family, he decided to fulfill a lifelong dream of serving his country.  Dr. Gilbert will speak about his experiences in basic training and in Afghanistan. During that time, he took a leave of absence as Medical Director of Newport Dermatology and Laser Associates in Newport Beach, and as Associate Professor of Dermatology at University of California, Irvine (UCI).  Dr. Gilbert and his wife have raised 5 children. He has served on the Saddleback Valley Unified School District’s Board of Education for 29 years, in addition to coaching All American Football, Little League Baseball, and Bobby Sox softball.

July 23

von Welanetz Wentworth

Aging as Adventure

Diana von Welanetz Wentworth, Founder of Inside Edge and author of ten books, is on a mission to find maximum enjoyment and contribution in her elder years. Following a heart attack in 2009 she looked deeply at the meaning of her life. Since then she has become a spokesperson for the American Heart Association with her latest book, Love Your Heart: Follow the Red Thread to a Heart-Centered Life. She and her husband Ted Wentworth explored numerous options for what they call "Act 3." They will share tips on downsizing, liquidating valuables, finding and relocating to a new community, and having the time of your life. It is always a special meeting when Diana is with us.  Two of her other books are Send Me Someone and Chicken Soup for the Soul Cookbook.

July 9


The Power of Resonance

How often have you heard, “You create your own reality.” It is a concept that is common to those who are curious about how their lives happen.  An elusive concept to grasp beyond the words, yet, the more we can learn about how, and why, we create the realities that we do, the more choice we have in how we live our lives. One of the best ways to learn about reality creation is to understand resonance. Whatever exists in our lives—relationships, success/failure, happiness—is created by our resonance. The most powerful way to change and expand our reality is to change the makeup of our resonance. Since 1976 Christopher Andersonn has spoken to over twenty thousand people about the benefits of metaphysics and spirituality. He is the author of, Will You Still Love Me If I Don’t Win?  He has appeared on more than 450 radio and television stations, and been featured in magazines and newspapers across the country.

June 25

Jesse Sapolu

I Gave My Heart to San Francisco

Jesse Sapolu played as center and offensive guard for 15 years with the NFL’s San Francisco 49ers. During that time, he won four Super Bowls and went to two Pro Bowls.  However, no one knew during his outstanding and highly decorated career, that his heart could’ve been compared to that of an 80 year old man.  Rheumatic fever had ripped a small hole in his heart valve when he was four years old.  He vowed to tell no one of this condition, nor ever complain about how he felt, if he would be able to play football.  In Sapolu’s recent book, I Gave My Heart to San Francisco, he describes the high and lows, the hurt and healing, in a true American success story about a hero who gave his heart to the team and city he loved.

June 11

Sherry Hursey

The Road to Smile TV

The goal of Smile TV is to seek out the positivity in this world, promote smiling and to create a positive impact in the daily lives of people throughout our planet.  As co-owner of Smile TV, Sherry Hursey and her crew hope to transform a dynamic paradigm shift in the way that media is presented to the public and inspire a pay it forward, universal atmosphere.  In a world where media typically exploits hopelessness, depression, hunger, disease, tragedies etc., Smile TV chooses to focus on the opposite.  They believe that the world is a wonderful place full of beauty and a million reasons to smile and that is where we should shift our attention.  Sherry Hursey is an award winning actress, writer and producer, with an extensive list of credits from stage to screen.

May 28

Dr. Ralph Umbriaco

Nutrition and Health: Information You Can't
Get Anywhere Else

Dr. Ralph Umbriaco’s passion as a healthcare professional is to empower patients with the knowledge and understanding necessary for them to experience their own healing miracle.  Rather than “fighting” or “focusing” on this concept that is called disease, why not, instead, invest and redirect an effective portion of our time, energies and effort in CREATING so much “real health” that disease and discomfort can no longer have any power over you, your life, you family or your environment.”  Dr. Umbriaco is a state licensed Doctor of Chiropractic and holds a private practice in Newport Beach, CA.  He also holds a Masters of Science in Traditional Oriental medicine (MSTOM) and is a Certified Natural Health Professional. (CNHP)

May 14

Janet Gallin

Love Letters in the Age of Texting:
Why They Are More Important Than Ever

Some people choose their careers; Janet Gallin’s career chose her.  She haMay 14s, for the past 11 years, hosted the talk show Love Letters Live and for the past 6 has written a column of the same name.  In this two-thumbed era of constant texting and compulsive tweeting, Janet is a champion of taking the time to write real letters by hand, stamping them and mailing them.  She knows that every one of life’s experiences holds the seeds of a letter to someone and that every love letter changes a life.  One of the most important legacies we leave is a record of the love we gave.  Janet writes speeches, family and corporate histories and entertainment pieces in complex verse, as well a helping people write emotionally difficult letters.  Writing letters is often considered a lost art.  Is it?  and

April 23

Dr. Peter Bryant,

Orange County's Newport Bay:
A Hotspot of Biodiversity

Dr. Peter Bryant’s interest and passion are in documenting, monitoring and preserving local biodiversity and ecosystems. Dr. Bryant teaches Environmental Science and Conservation Biology at UCI, and other Community College and High-School levels.  Dr. Bryant is on the Board of the Newport Bay Conservancy (NBC) which is the single organization focused exclusively on the conservation and restoration of Upper Newport Bay – one of the most precious natural resources in Southern California. It is an important global hotspot of biodiversity, and serves as one of the region’s most productive ecosystems.  Dr. Bryant specializes in photographing invertebrates, especially the more difficult ones including the smallest insects as well as various marine and aquatic species.  He manages the most comprehensive web site to be found anywhere dealing with local biodiversity (

April 9

Carolyn Conger,

Through the Dark Forest

In her presentation, Through the Dark Forest, Carolyn draws on her 30 years experience of working with people who are imminently facing death. Drawing on her research and experience, she offers guidance to people struggling with a terminal illness or increasingly debilitating illness, as well as for their loved ones. In this talk, she invites us to examine our lives and move into wholeness, no matter how long we have to live. Carolyn Conger, PhD., is a consultant and teacher who conducts seminars internationally in psychological growth, healing, dreamwork, intuition, creativity, and spirituality. She has lived with tribal societies throughout the world, studying their healing and metaphysical arts. From her research in psycho-immunology and experience of working with people with illness, she also teaches mind/body techniques for attaining optimum health. Her doctorate is in clinical psychology.

March 26
Susan Rosenthal

Get Out of Your Box ...and Step into Your Greatness

Do you see yourself as someone who can have all your dreams and intentions?  Do you react to circumstances, or are you in charge of creating every aspect of your life?  If you are like most people, you view circumstances, including health, finances and relationships, as causes of not having your ideal life. If you have not achieved your goals, likely you are blocking your ability to have what you want. You have powers right now to create any life change you can imagine.  Learn how to expand your view of yourself so you can step out of your comfort zone and make choices in the direction of your dreams. Susan Rosenthal is President of World Markets Group, a global consultancy that provides individuals and organizations with solutions that enable them to achieve greatness. Featured in the book, Fearless Women: Visions of a New World, Susan shares her approach to fulfilling all of life’s dreams. Come and be transformed during this exciting and enlightening presentation!

March12Richard Afable,

Healthcare in Transition

What is the transformation in healthcare today?  What is it, and what is it not? What does this transformation mean to the individual and to the community?  Dr. Richard Afable, President and Chief Executive Officer of Covenant Health Network, will address these questions.   Covenant Health Care Network is a Southern California integrated delivery system created by the affiliation of St. Joseph’s Health and Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian.  Convenant is comprised of seven hospitals, an expansive physician network, and numerous ambulatory sites throughout Orange County and the High Desert.  Prior to the creation of Covenant Health Network, Dr. Afable was President and CEO of Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian.

March1Jeremy Hunter,

Developing the Leader's Mind:
Survival Skills for the Twenty-first Century

Jeremy Hunter is the great-grandson of a sumo wrestler as well as Assistant Professor of Practice at the Peter F. Drucker School of Management, at Claremont Graduate University. For over a decade, Professor Hunter’s courses have sought to redefine and enhance productivity by cultivating quality of mind. He has helped leaders to cultivate the ability to better focus attention, manage reactive emotions and step out of old ways of seeing and acting to develop centered and effective responses.  Hunter’s courses are dedicated to Drucker’s assertion that “You cannot manage other people unless you manage yourself first.”  He has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Mindful, the Los Angeles Times and National Public Radio’s Morning Edition.  His work is informed by the experience of living day-to-day for 17 years with a potentially terminal illness, and when faced with the need for life-saving surgery having more than a dozen former students come forward as organ donors. He is a contributor to, is on the web at and can be followed on Twitter at

February 12

Joan Wulsohn

Stalking Carlos Castenada and
Recovering Past History

In 1972, professional dancer Joan Wulfsohn underwent a double mastectomy. And her soon-to-be-ex-husband abducted their three children and spirited them away to a foreign country. “I should have died,” Joan writes. But she didn’t. Stalking Carlos Castaneda chronicles her journey back to life by way of lessons a brain damaged boy, Eastern holy men, Western supermodels and a certain aging sorcerer. It is the story of how one woman learned to live a magical life filled with wonder and transcendence. Aiming to release and heighten people’s creative potential, Joan Wulfsohn focuses her work on the way memories are stored throughout one’s body. Through her state-of-the-art light-touch, she teaches a way to access these memories on a cellular level, bringing clients to a gentle consciousness of their most deeply held patterns. An important aspect of the teachings of the shaman Don Juan in Castaneda’s work is the recovering of energy lost during a lifetime affected by trauma, illness, education and,

January 22

Dick Schiendler

You, Your Money and Small Change - Part II

How would it be if financially, everything worked out well of the time? Have you ever wondered why some people cruise financially and others live a life of financial anxiety? Wouldn't it be great to redirect your energy in a way where financial anxiety is a part of your past and not your future? Dick Schiendler, co-founder of Tax & Financial Group has been speaking on Maximum Wealth Control Strategies for more than 20 years. As a committed metaphysician for 37 years, Dick has integrated his Circle of Well Being into his daily practice as he helps his clients achieve their financial and personal dreams. Small emotional and practical shifts have life changing impacts on the realization of living well.

January 8

Victoria Burnett

Forgotten Heroes

Victoria Burnett with Stories that Sing is a nationally/internationally recognized Master Storyteller who has been featured at J. Paul Getty Museum, The Smithsonian and the International Storytelling Festivals in Jonesborough, Tennessee. In addition, she is on the Arts Teach roster of the Segerstrom Performing Arts Center of Orange County. Her performances capture the imagination of an audience by transporting them on a memorable journey through folk tales, tall tales, multicultural and African-American tales, personal stories, and whoppers—from the inspirational to the hilarious. Her "Forgotten Heroes" presentation highlights the courage, power and wit of the Black Civil War soldier in a collection of stories about African-Americans who fought for the success of the United States of America during the late 1800s.  By fusing a delicious mixture of words, movement, and song, she draws listeners both young and old into her compelling stories as willing participants.



December 18

Larry Maurer,


Join Larry Maurer of Timeless Melodies for a unique and very special salute to the Holidays.  Popular Christmas songs have filled our hearts with wonderful melodies and enchanting lyrics for decades.  Learn about these enduring seasonal treasures and the people who wrote them. Larry will share stories behind the most beloved Christmas classics:  Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire, Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow!, White Christmas and many more! Larry Maurer has a passion for the history of American music.  Although Larry has worked in finance for over 30 years as a CPA and accounting professor, his calling has always been to teach music history.  He founded the Timeless Melodies Foundation for Education Inc. to present colorful, memorable, multi-media education programs about the Golden Age of American music to a wide variety of groups around the country.

December 4

Louise Hamlin,


Lying at the bottom of the world and the last continent to be discovered, Antarctica is a land of extremes.  It is simultaneously the highest, driest, windiest and coldest place on Earth.  But what is it like to live and work there?  Louise Hamlin, a NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) engineer and biologist, will tell us about making a research station her home in Antarctica for 9 months, living with seals, seabirds and a small band of scientists.  She will share photos and videos that describe the complex ecosystems that call the coldest continent home. Since returning from Antarctica, Louise has remained active in polar topics and current research. Hamlin will give a first-hand account of recent changes to Antarctica’s climate and discuss the intense, ongoing research aimed at understanding what the future will bring.  Louise Hamlin is also the Senior Engineer and Manager of the Next Generation Imaging Spectrometers at NASA/JPL.

November 20

Peter Mcgugan


Peter McGugan, the award winning filmmaker behind Radical Consciousness, returns to the Inside Edge just back from Canada, England and South Africa.  The film, an uplifting documentary, reveals the wisdom, values and intentions of a thriving 68-year-old intentional community.  Peter will enlighten us with insights into the energies that are necessary for any relationship or enterprise to be sustainable.  McGugan’s Thriving Community Film Festivals leapfrog solutions around the world by showing innovative ways people boost quality of life. Peter will show us moments from his Thriving Community Film Festivals and Diana Wentworth will also take questions regarding her recent discoveries about launching an activated community intention.  This is a multimedia presentation that is touring the world which will be talked about for a long time.

November 6

Don Schoendorfer,


There are more than 100 million disabled adults and children in the developing world, many of whom are poor and isolated.  The causes of the disability range from diseases that have been eradicated elsewhere, to injuries from land mines.  For many, medical aid is not available-adaptive equipment is even scarcer.  Dr. Schoendorfer shifted his career to address this dire need 13 years ago.  He devised an answer to the need for mobility:  a low-cost, highly durable wheelchair made from a resin lawn chair, metal tubing, and bicycle tires. Since 2001 over 700,000 wheelchairs have been given to people who desperately need them in 88 countries worldwide. Don Schoendorfer is a biomedical engineer and holds a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from MIT.

October 23

Hyla Cass, MD


Do you want to have more energy, less stress, and a better memory? Do you want preserve and even enhance your brain power as you age?  Hyla Cass, MD is a holistic physician, psychiatrist and frequently quoted expert in the area of natural approaches to mental and physical health.  Dr. Cass will teach you how to take charge of your own health, energy, and well-being. Rather than relying on caffeine, sugar, alcohol and other unhealthy products, you will discover why we crave these, and how to stay healthy, happy, and energetic naturally-- and far more effectively. She combines the best of leading-edge natural medicine with the modern science in her clinical practice, writings, lectures, and nationwide media appearances: on radio, TV (including The Dr. Oz Show, The View, and E-Entertainment), and in various local and national publications, including the Huffington Post.

October 9

Lianne Brouillette, PhD


The limits of language are not the limits of cognition. We see, small, taste, feel and hear before we talk.  Artistic experience puts us in touch with this broader tapestry of sensory input, helping us knit scattered thoughts and impressions into a deeper understanding.  Dr. Liane Brouillette is an associate professor in the UCI School of Education and co-director of the Center for Learning in the Arts, Sciences and Sustainability.  She will address the therapeutic role of the arts in helping individuals to forge a more profound connection to the human and natural worlds.  The author of two books and numerous articles, Dr. Brouillette currently serves as principal investigator for the Teaching Artist Project, which serve 30 Sand Diego schools.

September 25

David Mezzapel


David Mezzapelle was inspired to write Contagious Optimism based on his life's experiences, his own contagious optimism and the support of fellow forward looking people in his life. This uplifting book includes stories and parables of amazing life turnarounds, including advice and guidance from business leaders, visionaries, and just plain folk. Join him as he explores the power of optimism. David Mezzapelle was the founder of Goliath Technology, a global data center infrastructure company. Mezzapelle also orchestrated one of the most innovative internship programs ever created, a staple for organizations today. After selling Goliath, Mezzapelle launched several companies and philanthropic initiatives along with serving on various boards. Throughout his life, he has encountered great peaks and valleys all of which he is grateful for and has always kept his glass "completely full." Learn more at

September 11

Judi Levine and
Ben Lewin


Hollywood Writer and Director, Ben Lewin, and Producer, Judi Levine, hit the “big time”  in their movie “The Sessions” with two Sundance Film Festival Awards, as well as Oscar nominations and many other awards. Their success story is an inspiring personal and professional journey. It eventually led to the script, written by Ben Lewin, which Hollywood superstars Helen Hunt, William Macy and John Hawkes could not resist.  Ben Lewin's and Judi Levine’s careers are spread across three continents: Europe, Australia and the U.S..  Ben’s  writing includes award-winning documentaries, feature films, TV movies, mini-series and episodic programs.  Judi ‘s unique wit and sense of irony have not confined her to the field of comedy; she produces eye-opening documentaries as well as dramas and, whatever the field, her passion is for stories that are both compelling and honest. Lewin and Levine are married and have three children.

August 28

Steve Kaye


Nature photographer, Steve Kaye specializes in the photos that show the extraordinary, sometimes unexpected, beauty in nature.  Join us for an enjoyable and stunning photo tour of the birds in our area (plus a few others). He’ll also tell the stories behind the photos and offer practical tips on how to take better photos. Mr. Kaye’s mission is to inspire respect for nature, and to work and live so that others will be more successful.  He wants people to better care of our environment, which is our home and lifeboat into the future. Steve Kaye’s career has taken him from being a chemical engineer with a PhD from Carnegie Mellon, to a professional speaker on management and leadership training, to the career in photography. Everything he does is in partnership based on mutual success.  Steve Kaye is the author of four books on leadership, 400 articles, five collections of poetry, and one novel. Find photos, articles, and more info at:

August 14

Sonia Marsh


Sonia Marsh is a “Gutsy” woman who can pack her carry-on and move to another country in one day. She inspires her audiences to get out of their comfort zone and take a risk. She says everyone has a “My Gutsy Story®”; some just need a little help to uncover theirs. Her story, told in her travel memoir Freeways to Flip-Flops: A Family’s Year of Gutsy Living on a Tropical Island, is about chucking it all and uprooting her family—with teenagers— to reconnect on an island in Belize. Her memoir has received 6 awards, including  the 2013 London, Paris and Los Angeles Book Festivals and 1st Place in the “Autobiography/Memoir E-Lit Awards 2012/13 .  Sonia has lived in many countries – Denmark, Nigeria, France, England, the U.S. and Belize – Sonia Marsh considers herself a citizen of the world. She holds a degree in environmental science from the University of East Anglia, U.K., and now lives in Southern California with her husband, Duke, and their rat terrier, Cookie. Sonia welcomes new friends, writers and readers at her website:

July 24

Jonna Doolittle


Jonna Doolittle Hoppes grew up an Air Force brat and developed a passion for preserving military and aviation history. She is an author, speaker and educator whose works include oral histories and biographies of veterans and civilians who defended their countries and documents their stories that would otherwise be lost.  The granddaughter of aviation pioneer, USAF General Jimmy Doolittle, she speaks and represents the Doolittle family at events throughout the world.  Hoppes works for the Department of Defense at Los Angeles Air Force Base the 61st Mission Support Squadron’s Educational Office.  She is the author of Calculated Risk: The Extraordinary Life of Jimmy Doolittle, a biography/memoir about her grandparents and Just Doing My Job, a collection of 19 stories from World War II, which affirms that there are heroes among us: People who will tell you that they were just doing their job, but, in reality, through their service, they gave us the freedom we enjoy today.

July 10

Brody Fleet


Honor the past, treasure the past, love the past – don't live in the past. How do you honor and pay respect to your past  while continuing to move forward?  Is it possible to do both?  Is there really life after loss?  Can that life again include companionship and love if you choose it?  Join award-winning author and grief recovery expert, Carole Brody Fleet as she teaches how to honor the past without living in the past; as well as how to allow your past to shape you, rather than define you. Carole Brody Fleet is a popular weekly contributor to The Huffington Post and has appeared on "Good Morning America", and "The CBS 2 Evening News".  Ms. Fleet is the award-winning author of Happily EVEN After: A Guide to Getting Through (and Beyond!) the Grief of Widowhood, which has recently won the Books for a Better Life Award; one of the top awards in publishing.  She is also the author of the national bestselling book and CD Widows Wear Stilettos.”


Directions to the Pacific Club:

From South county – Take the 5 North to the 405 North. Keep Left on the 405 N. Take exit 8 toward MacArthur & go Left on MacArthur. Left on Von Karman & make an immediate Left into the first driveway.  Take a parking ticket at the ticket booth, pass the first building on your right, continuing to the Pacific Club’s parking lot. You might want to look at directions if you use the 73 instead of the 405.
Using the 405 South – Transition to the 73 South. Take exit 15 toward Jamboree Road, onto Bristol Street South.
Left on MacArthur.  Turn on Von Karman and make an immediate Left into the first driveway, take your parking ticket, pass first building continuing on to the Pacific Club’s parking lot.
From Orange & Anaheim Hills – Take the 55 fwy. South, to the 405 fwy South. Take exit 8 toward MacArthur/OC Airport & go Left on MacArthur.  Turn Left on Von Karman & make an immediate Left into first driveway.  Take parking ticket at booth, pass first building on your right, continuing to the Pacific Club’s parking area.

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