Headlined Guests

Chef Babette
Guest Occupation: World-class healthy chef, fitness expert and motivational speaker
Guest Biography:


Chef Babette is a world-class healthy chef, fitness expert and motivational speaker. She runs a successful restaurant, Stuff I Eat, and has a loyal fan base via social media outlets while participating in health summit events around the country. She is a force of nature who seems to be able to do it all and transformed her life at the young age of 40.

Chef Babette has appeared on such shows as The Chew in the new HBO hit comedy series Insecure the Hallmark Channel’s Home & Family amongst a few.

This soon to be 68 year-old, this fitness enthusiast and self taught chemist in the kitchen, has been perfecting healthy food that taste out of this world which has allowed her to eat and enjoy the meals she loved without the guilt or associated “diseases” or ailments.

The co-owner of Stuff I Eat, a restaurant in the heart of downtown Inglewood, California, Chef Babette shares an array of raw and cooked recipes including Inspirational Messages and Chef B’s Delectable Delights. Continuing to spread the word of Chef B’s Delectable Delights, she has just completed a dessert book Cash In On Cashews, the first book in her Crave Series, which focuses on the versatility of the amazing cashew nut.

Guest Category: Arts, Food, Business, Health & Lifestyle, Kids & Family, Philosophy, Psychology, Self Help
You’re Not Here To Fit In. You’re Here To STAND OUT!
Guest Occupation: Dr. John Demartini, who is a Human Behavioral Specialist, Educator, International Author
Guest Biography:

What if you could clarify your life and career direction and be more self-governed and empowered? My guest is Dr. John Demartini who is considered one of the world’s leading authorities on human behavior and personal empowerment. The knowledge he shares is a culmination of 39 years of cross-disciplinary research. As an educator he travels full time around the world teaching people. Dr. Demartini has appeared in many documentaries, including The Secret, The Opus, The Compass and Oh My God, alongside celebrities such as Hugh Jackman, Seal, and Ringo Star. 

Guest Category: Business, Education, Health & Lifestyle, Philosophy, Physics & Metaphysics, Psychology, Self Help, Spiritual, Travel & Leisure
A Scott Bolden
Guest Occupation: Attorney, Political Commentator on CNN, FOX and MSNBC News & Democratic Political Power Broker
Guest Biography:

Whether in the courtroom, boardroom or on television screens in living rooms across the country, A. Scott Bolden is a Democratic insider who combines his distinctive legal and political ability to expertly dismantle the myths and mistruths of racism, and conservative and democratic voices alike with a sharp-edged approach that is direct, passionate and centrist in an America that is deeply divided by the far-left and far-right.  Attorney A. Scott Bolden presents his point of view with facts and passion. Scott has plenty to say about gun control, race relations, the 2020 Democratic presidential candidates, as well national and local politics. 

A. Scott Bolden is the current Managing Partner of the Washington, D.C., office and former At-Large Member on the Executive Committee of the firm. As a prominent trial and white collar defense lawyer to whom companies and individuals turn for representation in their most significant concerns, Scott has handled some of the most high-profile matters in and outside the nation’s capital and is very comfortable handling matters on the national stage. He is particularly adept at assisting clients in navigating crises that present significant legal, business and reputational risks.

As part of his multifaceted litigation practice, Scott has defended clients in local and federal courts in connection with civil RICO claims; fraud, including health care fraud, and breach of contract; False Claims Act violations; education matters; government contract claims and disputes; tort claims; and other commercial and regulatory litigation issues.

With respect to his white collar criminal defense practice, Scott has defended individuals and corporate clients in state and federal trials and grand jury proceedings in connection with money laundering, federal and state tax fraud, bank fraud, financial structuring, and other white collar criminal issues; conducted internal investigations for major public and private corporations; conducted SEC investigations and prosecutions, as well as corporate compliance with the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act; and defended witnesses in depositions before House and Senate investigation committees. 

For his work in defending his clients, Scott was recognized by his alma mater, Howard University, with the 2013 Distinguished Alumni Award in the Field of Law. Scott has also been inducted into the Washington Bar Association Hall of Fame, been named one of the 100 most influential lawyers in law and business by Savoy magazine and the American Business Journals, and Rainmaker of Year by the Minority Corporate Counsel Association - all in 2018. He is also a former recipient of the Washington Business Journal's Top Lawyer in the White Collar Crime category, while The Washington Post, following a significant court victory, declared Scott, Washington's newest "super lawyer" and the "go to lawyer" for individuals and corporations with issues against and before the federal and local governments.

Guest Category: History, Kids & Family, Politics & Government, Self Help, Variety
Dr Gregory Williams
Guest Occupation: Sexual molestation expert
Guest Biography:

Putting the pieces back together after Child Abuse. Signs that can't be ignored, discover the one thing that every parent should know and never forget; key factors to protect your children from predators and reveals RED FLAGS that should be never be ignored. Negative experiences do not define who we are. They can be used to propel you toward a positive and impactful future and how to get past the pain. He'll change forever how you look at child abuse and the way back from personal hurt and pain. Dr. Gregory Williams is on the Administrative Leadership Team at Baylor College of Medicine’s OB/GYN Department located in Texas Children’s Hospital in the heart of the Texas Medical Center in Houston, Texas. He has a PhD in Counseling and is a well-known speaker/teacher. He is the author of “Shattered by the Darkness"

Guest Category: Education, Kids & Family, Psychology, Mental Health
Rich Dubin
Guest Occupation: CEO and Publisher of LER Magazine
Guest Biography:

Richard Dubin has started four successful magazines for the medical, consumer health and technology marketplaces. He was the previous publisher of BioMechanics and has been involved in every aspect of the medical publishing industry for 30 years. He started with Current Podiatry in 1991, moved to Podiatry Today in 1992 and created BioMechanics in 1994 to deliver a multi-disciplinary audience. In 2009, he created the start-up publication Lower Extremity Review as well as the interactive and book publishing divisions.

Specialties: Creating cost effective and comprehensive marketing, advertising and public relations solutions for companies wishing to accelerate growth within the healthcare marketplace.

Guest Category: Health & Lifestyle, Kids & Family, Self Help, Sports & Recreation, Variety
David Lyons
Guest Occupation: Body Builder,2019 National Fitness HOF Inductee, Founder of the Multiple Sclerosis Bodybuilding & Fitness challenges
Guest Biography:

Competitive bodybuilding is one way that David Lyons conquers multiple sclerosis (MS). Diagnosed with MS in 2006, David is motivated to educate and inspire people living with the disease to focus on fitness and nutrition and to develop a mindset that anything is possible. In 2012, with his wife Kendra Lyons, R.N., David founded the MS Fitness Challenge (MSFC) charity to help bring his message worldwide. David has received the Milestone Award from the National MS Society, and in 2015, he was presented the Health Advocate Lifetime Achievement Award by Arnold Schwarzenegger. David is now a Founding Partner of the National Fitness Hall of Fame Institute. The NFHOF’s Institute will produce educational courses, books and other materials designed to Educate, Motive and Inspire. These “Lessons from Legends” and today’s “Fitness Superstars” will be most sought after by today’s rising-stars in the fitness field as well as the general public. Keep an eye out for more information as we move this great initiative forward.

He’s also the author of “David’s Goliath: Winning the Battle Against All Odds” (2013) and “Everyday Health and Fitness with Multiple Sclerosis: Achieve Your Physical Wellness While Working with Limited Mobility” (2017). He’s working on a new show called “Pumped: The Muscle Hustle” with Lou Ferrigno.

Guest Category: Health & Lifestyle, Kids & Family, Self Help, Sports & Recreation, Variety
Greg Kihn
Guest Occupation: American rock musician, songwriter, radio personality, and novelist
Guest Biography:

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K   I   H   N

American rock musician, songwriter, radio personality

and novelist 



NBC called Greg Kihn “Rock’s True Renaissance Man”
Apple iTunes Music called the Greg Kihn Band “A Rock Band of Genuine Consequence”

As a pioneer with the legendary Beserkley Records, Greg Kihn helped write the book on revolutionary west coast rock and roll. He’s toured the world, had hit records, and has won several awards for his hit songs “Jeopardy”, “Break Up Song” and “Lucky”.

After recently obtaining the rights to all his old recordings, Greg Kihn re-mastered & re-released his entire catalogue. In support of these releases and his latest 2018 album “ReKihndled”, the iconic San Francisco Bay area rocker, radio personality and author has been going out with the Greg Kihn Band all across the country. When the Greg Kihn Band wasn’t rockin’, Greg was on the road as part of Rick Springfield’s “Best In Show” 2018 Tour. The Greg Kihn Band and the “Best In Show” Tour Kihntinue to pick up 2019 dates, so check Greg’s calendar for an upcoming show near you.

The Greg Kihn Band consists of Greg Kihn on lead vocals/guitar, Greg’s son Ry Kihn on lead guitar/vocals, Robert Berry on bass/vocals, and David Lauser on drums. Fans who see the band will really appreciate the NEW 90 minute set consisting of all Greg Kihn original material: like the big hits “Jeopardy” and “Break Up Song”, fan favorites such as “Happy Man” and “Can’t Stop Hurtin’ Myself” as well as new material from his latest “ReKihndled” album. Greg is also a renowned author of 4 novels and 1 book of short stories.

Purchase the latest release by The Greg Kihn Band entitled Rekindled

you can also purchase Greg’s novels …Rubber Soul: A Novel

by Greg Kihn… Painted Black: A Novel (Dust Bin Bob Book 2)… Horror Show by Greg Kihn …Big Rock Beat: A Wacky Zany Romp (Special Warfare Book 3) …Mojo Hand (Special Warfare Book 4) by Greg Kihn

at amazon

Guest Category: Arts, Entertainment, Music, Society and Culture, TV & Film
Patricia Morgan
Guest Occupation: Author, Keynote Speaker, Workshop Leader
Guest Biography:

Author, Keynote Speaker, Workshop Leader

With a Masters degree in Psychology, Patricia Morgan works with individuals and organizations who want to build everyday resilience at work and home. She helps them lighten their load, brighten their outlook, and strengthen their personal and workplace resilience. Patricia is the author of hundreds of articles and ten books, one of which was made into a CBC documentary. She is the recipient of the Woman of Vision award from Global TV and YWCA . . .  Patricia is a past president of the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers, Calgary Chapter, and awarded the Spirit of CAPS for her contribution to the Canadian speaking industry. Patricia has been described as a certified counselor, author, mother to three, grandmother to five, and happily married . . . most days.

Patricia Morgan is a well-known and respected Author, Keynote Speaker, Workshop Leader who has authored hundreds of blog posts and articles; and published eight books. Her latest book is From Woe to WOW: How Resilient Women Succeed at Work.

Her inspirations, stories, and solutions are developed from solid research and extensive training in the field of Humanistic Psychology, Positive Psychology, and resiliency. Also, of value are her experiences as a therapist, group facilitator, agency director, and family and community member.

At the age of 53, Patricia was asked to speak at Calgary’s first Women and Wellness conference. Out of 310 women in attendance, 210 attended her breakout session. Women cried. Women laughed. At the end, they all stood clapping. One threw herself into the aisle yelling, “Let’s sing to her! And they sang “For She’s a Jolly Good Fellow”.

These women told me their morale was lifted while gaining self-improvement strategies. She says she felt stunned and thought, “Wow! You can turn on this many people’s light bulbs on at once!”   It was on that stage when she realized her passion and her experiences could make a significant impact. She has been speaking ever since, sharing herself and her stories, reducing stress and increasing joy, one laugh at a time.

Her research and insights on resiliency have benefited many individuals and organizations such as Shell Canada Ltd, Husky Oil, City of Calgary, and Mastercard; provincial and federal governments; education and health associations; non-profit agencies; and communities such as Slave Lake, after the 2011 fires, and Okotoks after the 2013 flooding.

Guest Category: Business, Education, Health & Lifestyle, Psychology, Self Help, Society and Culture
William Darity
Guest Occupation: Professor in the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University.
Guest Biography:
William A. (“Sandy”) Darity Jr. is the Samuel DuBois Cook Professor of Public Policy, African and African American Studies, and Economics and the director of the Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity at Duke University. He has served as chair of the Department of African and African American Studies and was the founding director of the Research Network on Racial and Ethnic Inequality at Duke. Previously he served as director of the Institute of African American Research, director of the Moore Undergraduate Research Apprenticeship Program, director of the Undergraduate Honors Program in economics, and director of Graduate Studies at the University of North Carolina.

Darity’s research focuses on inequality by race, class and ethnicity, stratification economics, schooling and the racial achievement gap, North-South theories of trade and development, skin shade and labor market outcomes, the economics of reparations, the Atlantic slave trade and the Industrial Revolution, the history of economics, and the social psychological effects of exposure to unemployment.

He was a fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (2011-2012) at Stanford, a fellow at the National Humanities Center (1989-90) and a visiting scholar at the Federal Reserve’s Board of Governors (1984). He received the Samuel Z. Westerfield Award in 2012 from the National Economic Association, the organization's highest honor. He is a past president of the National Economic Association and the Southern Economic Association. He also has taught at Grinnell College, the University of Maryland at College Park, the University of Texas at Austin, Simmons College and Claremont-McKenna College.

He has served as Editor in Chief of the latest edition of the International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences, (Macmillan Reference, 2008) and as an Associate Editor of the new edition of the Encyclopedia of Race and Racism (2013).

His most recent books are Economics, Economists, and Expectations: Microfoundations to Macroapplications (2004) (co-authored with Warren Young and Robert Leeson) and a volume co-edited with Ashwini Deshpande titled Boundaries of Clan and Color: Transnational Comparisons of Inter-Group Disparity (2003) both published by Routledge. He has published or edited 12 books and published more than 210 articles in professional journals.

Darity lives with his family in Durham, N.C. where he plays harmonica in a local blues band, occasionally coaches youth sports, and especially enjoys reading science fiction and speculative fiction. (On leave, 2015-2016)

Guest Category: History, Kids & Family, Politics & Government, Society and Culture, Variety
Dr Kevin Conners
Guest Occupation: physician, author, speaker
Guest Biography:

Dr. Kevin Conners, D.PSc., FICT, FAARFM is the Staff Physician and Clinic Director at Conners Clinic, an Alternative Cancer Treatment center in St Paul, MN. He graduated with his doctorate from Northwestern Health Sciences University in 1986 and has been studying alternative cancer care for over 18 years. He also holds AMA Fellowships and Board Certifications in Anti-Aging Medicine, Regenerative and Functional Medicine, Botanical Medicine, and is Board Certified in Integrative Cancer Therapy.

Dr. Conners is also certified in Functional Neurology, has had over 300 hours postgraduate study in the Autism Spectrum Disorders, and is trained and certified in Epigenetic Clinical Methylation and Nutrigenomics. He is a practicing Applied Kinesiologist with an emphasis on Botanical Medicine and Homeopathy. He has written numerous books including “Stop Fighting Cancer and Start Treating the Cause” that is available as a free download at ConnersClinic.com/books.

Guest Category: Education, Health & Lifestyle, Medicine, Psychology, Science, Self Help
Michael Sloopka
Guest Occupation: Business Advisor to CEOs
Guest Biography:

Michael E. Sloopka, is the founder of negotiatingcoach.com and is an internationally recognized coach, teacher, and highly rated professional speaker. Michael is an expert on the topics of negotiating and decision-making dynamics that impact, influence, and affect negotiations in our personal lives, social lives, and especially in our business lives. Michael is also the host of his new Negotiating for Success Podcast. Michael has personally trained over 50,000 people of all experience levels, across multiple industries, in 31 countries how to negotiate more effectively. His five-star-rated presentations and negotiating skills training programs have been delivered around the world to small and medium-sized businesses, Fortune 500 corporations, and professional associations.

Guest Category: Business, Management, Education, Courses & Training, Philosophy, Personal Development, Self Help, Motivational, TV & Film
Dallas Thornton
Guest Occupation: Indie Pop Rock artist and producer
Guest Biography:


Los Angeles-based and Boulder-bred, he is an Indie-Pop/Rock artist and producer known for his high-energy performances and positive message. He has played for audiences in 9 countries and from coast to coast of the U.S. spreading a message of peace.

​Thornton serves as Artist In Residence for Common Foundation, a philanthropic incubator that serves 225+ companies across 27 industries and 20 countries for the benefit of people, planet and peace.

He’s been songwriting, performing and producing for over a decade and sometime after this photo was taken also earned a degree from Berklee College of Music, Boston, MA in Contemporary Writing and Production. 

The answer is love, and music its soundtrack.

Guest Category: Arts, Entertainment, Music
George Arau
Guest Occupation: Author
Guest Biography:


Born in Mar 1 1962, in June of 1988 at age of 26 years old I decide to leave the country of Romania for good! I hide on a 65000 tons vessel named BACESTI, who’s destination was Venezuela after a few days at sea (Black Sea) I jumped off in water of Sea of Marmara in Istanbul, Turkey.

After 23 months in Istanbul I was able to get my approval from INS and travel legally to USA, arriving in New York.

Hours pass by and I was informed that my luggage did not make it, so I have to continue my next stop to LAX, Los Angeles the “City of Angels” witch later they were conform that my luggage was stolen in the airport transit Athens, Greece, so I realize that God has somehow put me to the test, you want freedom, then you should start from zero, after 2 months when I got my first check from Marriot company where I start my first job I decide to washed all my clothes that I came with in USA put the in a plastic bag and I placed them on the bench at the bus station, Sunset Blvd and Fairfax Avenue next to Thrifty store ( now Rite Aid ) including my watch and gold ring on top of it, so somehow to confirm my destiny that I came to USA with nothing and I left everything behind!

In August 26 2005 my older brother at 46 years old after God knows how many years of pain of a bad marriage (after over 20 years of marriage his wife put the divorce and kick him out of the house) he decide to end his own life and leave me (not knowing) with to many questions unanswered!

I was struggling to understand for years what just happened and finally after 14 years I made my book/novel dedicated in memory of my brother and the reason my wishes are centered on writing this book is that I have been in silence for so many years about losing him.

I never thought that I could, or would want to, write a book capturing a terrible event interrupting my life. But, I did feel so obligated to break my silence and place my truth into such words, because I believe that maybe someone, somewhere, is wondering why this is all happening to him or her; perhaps someone is in need of a brother or sister, and I hope that person will find solace!

Guest Category: Literature, Health & Lifestyle, History, Kids & Family, Philosophy, Self Help, Society and Culture
Hughie Stone Fish
Guest Occupation: Independent music artist
Guest Biography:


Hughie Stone Fish is an independent music artist with strong ties to his hometown of Syracuse, NY. This summer he will appear on NBC’s “Bring the Funny,” with his comedy band “Lewberger,” release his album “Look How Quickly Everything’s Changing,” and fund a campaign to investigate the American Detention Centers near the border with his group “What is America.”

Hughie recently completed the city-wide project “Welcome to Syracuse” in the city he holds so dear. 

Guest Category: Arts, Entertainment, Music
Jim McCarthy
Guest Occupation: TEDx speaker and #1 bestselling author
Guest Biography:


Jim McCarthy is a TEDx speaker and #1 bestselling author of Live Each Day: A Surprisingly Simple Guide to Happiness. He teaches people how to create their happiness by blending mindfulness techniques and timeless wisdom with simple, science-based practices. 

Jim is recognized for his unique perspective — as a Stanford MBA, internet pioneer, and person living with a cancer diagnosis. He teaches people how to create their happiness by blending mindfulness techniques and timeless wisdom with simple, science-based practices.

He has presented his innovative and acclaimed “Happiness Keynote” to organizations of all sizes across the U.S. and internationally. His talks aren’t just inspirational. Jim’s talks can show you how to:
• Reduce your stress
• Boost your confidence
• Appreciate the life you already have
• Find greater meaning in your personal and professional life
• Create a legacy with no regrets

Audiences take away practical strategies, evidence-based insights, and daily action plans — because happiness is a skill you can develop.

Guest Category: Literature, Kids & Family, Philosophy, Psychology, Self Help
Don Wirth
Guest Occupation: Independent Business Associate with WCP Solar Renewable Energy & Social Media Specialist.
Guest Biography:
I was born in Lexington, Virginia where my Dad was finishing up his senior year at Washington & Lee University. I grew up in Woodstown, New Jersey where both of my parents were originally from. After graduating from Woodstown High School, I went to and graduated from Indiana State University, Terre Haute, IN.  After my college graduation, I moved to Chicago where I began my business sales career.
I have been in business sales for over 30 + years in Companies beginning with Dictaphone/Pitney Bowes to AT&T/Lucent Technologies/Avaya .  I have been blessed to work with many business professionals during my sales career and have learned that trusted relationships are key.
In addition to my professional life, I have participated in many special causes like The Ron Santo Walk for the Cure of Diabetes, St. Baldrick's Brave the Shave for Children's Brain Cancer, Autism Speaks Walk, and the Chicago Polar Plunge for Special Olympics Chicago.
I'm currently an Independent Sales Consultant with WCP Solar in Naperville, IL.  I work with a team of professionals that provide full service Solar Systems for Commercial and Residential Customers.  Clean Green Mother Earth with Renewable Solar Energy is the change we need to make happen.
My wife and I live in Naperville, IL. I am married to a Fighting Illini Grad and  Die Hard Cubs fan.  Our daughter is a University of Alabama Roll Tide Alum.   Her husband is a Clemson Fan. As you can see,  every day is an exciting new experience. 
Guest Category: Business, Kids & Family, Self Help, Variety
Greg Bach
Guest Occupation: Author, Senior Director of Communications & Content at National Alliance of Youth Sports
Guest Biography:

I am the author of 10 books, including Secrets of Successful Coaching, in which I spoke with 50 highly respected professional and collegiate coaches that included Joe Maddon, Karch Kiraly, John Harbaugh, Jenny Boucek, Charlotte Smith and Danny Manning. I oversee the National Alliance for Youth Sports' SportingKid Live website - nays.org/sklive - which features free content that is updated daily. I interview top coaches of all sports to gain their insights on all aspects of working with young athletes. I also speak with current and former athletes who share their journeys through sports and how they handled the highs and lows of competing; and I interview leading experts in sports psychology, performance, mental conditioning, nutrition, strength training, injury prevention, safety and other fields related to youth sports to get their insights on these important areas. All stories I write are shared on our SportingKid Live site as well as through all the NAYS social media platforms and in our weekly and monthly e-newsletters that reach more than 120,000 volunteer coaches, parents and youth sports administrators nationwide, and on U.S. military bases worldwide.

Since 1981 the National Alliance for Youth Sports has been a leading advocate for positive and safe sports for children. NAYS works with more than 3,000 communities nationwide, and with U.S. military bases worldwide, providing a variety of programs and resources for volunteer coaches, parents, youth sports administrators and young athletes. Better sports for kids...better kids for life!

Books I have written include:

Coaching Volleyball For Dummies
Coaching Lacrosse For Dummies
Coaching Basketball For Dummies
Coaching Baseball For Dummies
Coaching Soccer For Dummies
Coaching Football For Dummies
A Parent's Guide to Baseball and Softball
Your First Coaching Book

Guest Category: Kids & Family, Self Help, Sports & Recreation, Variety
Law of Attraction, Fitness, Love, Manifest, Spiritual, Exercise, Fitness
Guest Occupation: Empowerment Strategist and the host of several podcast shows including Fit 2 Love and Spirit, Purpose & Energy. She is the Director of Invisible Fitness, an Amazon best-selling author
Guest Biography:

What if you could find spirit, purpose and energy in your life? My guest is JJ Flizanes who is an Empowerment Strategist and the host of several podcast shows including Fit 2 Love and Spirit, Purpose & Energy. She is the Director of Invisible Fitness, an Amazon best-selling author of Fit 2 Love: How to Get Physically, Emotionally, and Spiritually Fit to Attract the Love of Your Life, and author of Knack Absolute Abs: Routines for a Fit and Firm Core. She was named Best Personal Trainer in Los Angeles for 2007 by Elite Traveler Magazine. JJ has been featured in many national magazines, including Shape, Fitness, Elegant Bride, and Women’s Health as well as appeared on NBC, CBS, Fox 11, the CW and KTLA. Her newest book, The Invisible Fitness Formula: 5 Secrets to Release Weight and End Body Shame debuted at #2 on the Amazon Best Seller List for Women’s Health.

Guest Category: Business, Education, Entertainment, Health & Lifestyle, Physics & Metaphysics, Psychology, Self Help, Spiritual, Sports & Recreation
Joe Sestak
Guest Occupation: Democratic 2020 Presidential Candidate
Guest Biography:

Former 3-star Admiral Joe Sestak is an experienced, independent leader who served in the Navy for 31 years and then as the highest ranking military officer ever elected to Congress when he represented Pennsylvania’s Seventh Congressional District.

When Joe Sestak’s daughter, Alex, was very young, she drew two red shoes and wrote above them, “Joe Sestak is Walking in Your Shoes.” Joe hung Alex’s drawing on his office wall to remind him of what service means: to walk in someone else’s shoes and see the world through another’s eyes.

Joe has walked in many different shoes in his life: as a father and a husband, as an officer and then an Admiral in the U.S. Navy, as a Congressman from Pennsylvania, and as he walked 422 miles across the state to speak with Americans during his Senate campaign.

It was the experience of Alex’s battle and defeat of brain cancer as a four year old child that moved her Dad to serve his country in Congress after 31 years of naval service. With her courage and the care she received from Joe’s military healthcare coverage, Alex beat that demon and Joe dedicated himself toward everyone having access to the same quality of healthcare. After resigning from the Navy and Alex’s recovery, he ran and won in a Republican District under the slogan, “National security begins at home, in health security.”

Joe Sestak is an experienced, independent leader who rose to the rank of 3-star Admiral.  He was the highest ranking military officer ever elected to Congress when he represented Pennsylvania’s Seventh Congressional District from 2007-2011. He commanded an aircraft carrier battle group that conducted combat operations in Afghanistan and Iraq with 30 U.S. and allied ships and more than 15,000 sailors and 100 aircraft.  Joe served as President Clinton’s Director for Defense Policy on the National Security Council in the White House, the first Director of the Navy’s strategic anti-terrorism unit (Deep Blue) after 9/11, and the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Warfare Requirements responsible for the Navy’s five year $350 billion warfare requirements. As Deputy Chief of Naval Operations, he proposed a controversial reduction in ship-levels from 375 to 260 ships that proved unnerving to the military-industrial-congressional complex, advocating for a greater future capability by harnessing cyberspace, at less cost.

In addition to leading a series of operational commands at sea, Joe received a PhD in Political Economy and Government, and a Masters in Public Administration, from Harvard University.  But he is most proud of being dad to Alex and the husband of Susan, whom he somehow convinced to marry him, as she has also taught him much. This includes from work in international environmental issues, from Kazakhstan to Mozambique; Russian relations, even into Soviet Union archives as U.S. teams still search for clues to our missing POW/MIAs, and on suicide prevention for the Veterans Administration and the Defense Department.

Born and raised in Delaware County, Pennsylvania, where he attended Cardinal O’Hara High school prior to graduating from the U.S. Naval Academy, in 2006 Joe defeated a ten-term Republican incumbent in his nearly 2:1 Republican home District to become the second Democrat congressman since the Civil War. As a member of both the Armed Services and Education & Labor Committees, and as Vice Chairman of the Small Business Committee, Joe had 19 pieces of bi-partisan legislation passed in the House during his first term, and was named the most productive member of his Congressional class by the Majority Leader’s Office in 2007. He was also recognized for serving four times the constituent cases than the average Congressional office, while hosting an average of 15 large summit gatherings in his district each year on key issues. As a result, his Republican District re-elected Joe by 20 points without his having to air a single campaign ad.

Joe ran for U.S. Senate in 2010, despite the opposition of the Democratic party’s Washington establishment. He disagreed that Republican Senator Arlen Specter should become the party’s nominee in order to avoid defeat in the Republican primary after his 30 years of damaging votes, particularly his humiliation of Ms. Anita Hill when she testified about her sexual harassment by now-Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. Joe believed Pennsylvanians deserved a leader who would always be accountable to the principle of people first, ahead of self, party or special interest. Against the odds, he overcame a 40 point deficit to win the Democratic primary over the 30-year incumbent. The general election was decided by only two points in the Tea Party year where the party lost the Pennsylvania governor’s race and five Congressional seats by an average of 11 points – all despite being outspent more than any other Senate or Governor’s race (except one) in America that year.  Afterwards, Joe went to each of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties to thank his supporters, including countless African-American churches, synagogues, mosques and other places of worship that welcomed him.

In Joe’s second Senate race, Joe launched his campaign by walking 422 miles across Pennsylvania, from the border with New Jersey to that with Ohio, stating that “we are in a fight for the soul of America” at the kickoff and throughout the remainder of the election. He held a town hall each day in small towns and cities, and then went to each of the remaining 67 counties. Simultaneously, he published his vision in a policy-based book, “Walking in Your Shoes to Restore the American Dream.”

However, the Democratic Senate leadership directed Joe to “stop walking and just fundraise.”  When Joe demurred, the Democratic leadership sought a primary opponent, funneling over $6 million into false opposition ads that the Washington Post assigned its highest rating of falsity, to win the primary, but losing the general election.

In Congress, Joe championed fiscally accountable “pay-as-you-go” legislation to help ensure its passage.  He advanced educational legislation, from pre-K through retraining; seniors’ quality of life – including authoring and passing the first Elder Abuse Victims legislation in 17 years — and veterans’ educational and healthcare expansion.  He sponsored small business legislation for access to start-up capital, tax and regulatory relief, and workforce development, including initiating and passing legislation for a 35% increase in funding for Women’s Business Centers. He pursued healthcare issues ranging from pediatric cancer to mental health parity, as well as autism as he authored the first successful increase in funding for autism in 12 years. Chosen to serve on two bi-partisan national security Select Congressional Committees, he worked on refocusing our security force posture toward the Western Pacific and China, advocating a new emphasis on cyberspace warfare, and reprioritization of defense funding toward such newly emerging warfare capability areas, with a reformed accountable defense procurement system.  Joe also supported energy development legislation for renewables, with environmental safeguards and job creation, to address Climate Change.

After Congress, Joe taught courses on Ethical Leadership and on Restoring the American Dream at Cheyney University – the oldest historically black university in America – and Carnegie Mellon University, and was the General Omar N. Bradley Chair in Strategic Leadership, a joint faculty appointment at the United States Army War College, Dickinson College, and the Penn State University Dickinson School of Law and School of International Affairs.  

Admiral Sestak remained active in public service through the Center for Refugee and Disaster Response at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health; the Ploughshares Fund working on the reduction of nuclear weapons; the Lenfest Foundation focused on education in Philadelphia, pre-K through early childhood, and those who had or were about to drop out of high school; co-chair with former Republican governor Mark Schweiker of the Pennsylvania State Advisory Committee of the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition, focused on U.S. diplomacy and development; then-Secretary of State Clinton’s Advisory Committee on U.S. educational programs; and the Children’s Brain Tumor Foundation, as well as issues regarding small businesses, energy and the environment.

Finally, Joe convened the youth of the world from nearly 160 nations at Constitution Hall in Washington DC for the inaugural robotics Olympics highlighting the need for global STEM education, as teams from the Congo to Iran, a Syrian refugee team and an all-girls Afghan Muslim team showed we have more in common in the world than we do differences.

Most importantly, having served with all Americans in the global canvas of the Navy, and served you as a Congressman, Joe knows that Americans have more in common than we do differences. Now, as President, Joe will need all of you to help answer the call for America’s leadership to restore a just world order so it serves us by raising our collective good, here at home – done by Joe’s gaining your trust that he will always remain accountable to you, alone.

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JP McAvoy
Guest Occupation: Business lawyer
Guest Biography:
JP is a business lawyer who was recently appointed by the Attorney General to the Justices of the Peace Appointments Advisory Committee (JPAAC). JP McAvoy will be serving as a regional member in Ottawa, Canada.  Justices of the peace are appointed by the Lieutenant Governor in Council on the recommendation of the Attorney General. JP McAvoy has been appointed for a three year term.
JP McAvoy also practices corporate and commercial law at Conduct Law. He was called to the bar in Ontario in 2001, he received his LL.B from Queen’s University in 1999. He represents a diverse range of corporations throughout Canada, the United States, and Eastern Asia. JP also works with financial, insurance, and accounting advisers to provide tax, trust and estate planning advice to entrepreneurial clients and professionals.
Prior to commencing private practice, JP was a founding employee of Silicon Valley start-up Zip2, which was sold to Compaq and later merged with Alta Vista. He is a Contributing Writer for the New Economy Watch and a founding member of the Ottawa Junior Chamber of Commerce. He also serves as a Director or Officer on a number of organizations in Ottawa, Barrhaven and Winchester.
Guest Category: Business, Investing and Finance, Legal