Life Changes Show, January 8, 2018

Life Changes Show with Filippo Voltaggio
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Life Changes Show
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Hugging It Out with Guest Rick Morrison and Spoken Word Artist Tess Cacciatore

Life Changes Show with Filippo Voltaggio and cohost Mark Laisure

​“Hugging It Out,” with Guest, CHO (Chief Hugging Officer), Residential Realtor and Author of “The Hug Store,” Rick Morrison; and Spoken Word Artist, Producer, and Founder of GWEN, Tess Cacciatore on The LIFE CHANGES Show


Guest, Rick Morrison

Guest Name: 
Rick Morrison
Rick Morrison
Guest Occupation: 
Author, Blogger, Speaker, Hug Facilitator
Guest Biography: 


As new author of his first children's book entitled, The Hug Store, Rick widened this sphere of his services to include families, children and single parents everywhere. Rick is proud that The Hug Store is endorsed by several nationally recognized health care professionals and features a list of over a dozen reasons why hugs are not only healthy for our body, mind and well-being, but why they are essential for it. In addition to blogging, public speaking and facilitating hugging play-shops in and around the Los Angeles area, Rick has appeared on a variety of talk, radio and TV shows to promote his vision of conscious parenting and ultimately promoting world peace, one hug at a time. Besides food, wine, hugs and music, Rick s other passions include fitness and overall well-being. Rick enjoys charity work as well as giving back to his community. Some of the charities that are particularly important to him are Cystic Fibrosis, Muscular Dystrophy, Cancer, Meals on Wheels and Macular Degeneration. Lastly, Rick s ultimate joy and inspiration in life is spending time with his co-author of The Hug Store and most huggable one, daughter Shana.

The Book

The Hug Store is inspired by a true story of 5 year old Shana who, when asked for a hug from her Grandfather, told her Grandfather that she was all out of hugs and had to go to the store to get more! This is a beautiful tale of self-discovery that illustrates how life’s greatest gifts are closer than we think. Through Shana’s adventures, children will learn more about self-awareness, self-reliance, and develop a greater understanding of affection and love. The Hug Store also features a list of over a dozen reasons why hugs are not only healthy for our body, mind and well-being, but why they are actually essential!

Guest, Tess Cacciatore

Guest Name: 
Tess Cacciatore
Tess Cacciatore
Guest Occupation: 
Author, Producer, Director and Public Speaker for social good, CEO and co-founder of GWEN
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Tess has been a writer since an early age, while growing up in Des Moines IA.

Her first poem “The Red, White, and Blue” won an award and was sent to Washington DC, when she was just 8 years old. At the age of 11, even though she was stricken with fear of speaking in public, her short story was shared as her first public speaking experience talking about her passion for the Native American communities. 

Tess loves living “in the zone” of writing, which has spanned over the decades, ranging from poetry and short stories, to full feature scripts, hour long drama, animated series, speeches for the United Nations, animated children’s series, children’s books and more.

Check out  “Homeless to the White House” & “Bella Wishes”

Author/Producer/Director/Public Speaker for social good. Check out the links and be a part of a global movement that educates, motivates and inspires. Join Tess and take part of a fast-growing movement, to help change national and international laws through creative expression.

Tess has been a public speaker on behalf of women and children for the past 20+ years. Appearing before thousands of people on any given stage, to millions of viewers and listeners during interviews on television, radio, print outlets.

Tess spoke at a TEDx conference on April 14th, 2014 – revealing her vulnerable story of financial abuse that led her to the path of being without a home for seventeen months. This event, along with many other milestones in her life led for her to write her autobiography “Homeless to the White House.” 

Tess is the CEO and co-founder of GWEN, which began in 2012.

GWEN is a for-profit international entertainment production company rooted in human rights activism, with the goal of empowering people to live to their highest potential, and where possible to change international laws.

Global Women’s Empowerment Network is a 501c3 not-for-profit organization that is bringing awareness and activism around topics such as sex trafficking, human rights, early child marriage, domestic violence and other topics that fill our world with atrocities to the human spirit.

GWEN transforms lives by producing feature films, and television & multi-media programming to inspire advocacy and activism on topics that are relevant today – such as, early-child marriage, human/sex-trafficking, and the importance of education for young women and girls. GWEN believes that it is critical in today’s world to create content that supports human rights issues and gender equality.

Please visit Global Women’s Empowerment Network (501c3 not-for-profit arm). Its mission is to inspire the lives of every woman, man and child on the planet through the power of media and technology.

GWEN Alert is an award-winning app that serves people in times of emergency. A simple click of a button alerts your GWEN 5 with a GPS to send help to your location.

Life Changes Show

Life Changes Show with Filippo Voltaggio
Show Host: 
Filippo Voltaggio

Come and join the conversation about what's going on and what we can do together about it, with it, and for it. We have the choice, we have the power. We can do magic if we just believe!

A show about the changes going on in us, to us, around us, and because of us. Therefore, it's technically a show about "Everything," only with a how to make it better, see it better, be better.

In the show, there is talk about, and with, people who have either been through major changes, are helping others with major changes, or people who are changing the world for the better in a major way.

The show is a one-hour talk show format with a monologue by the host, a 30 minute interview with a guest of note, capped by a "Producer's Wrap" segment, in which Filippo and Co-Host Mark Laisure, and sometimes surprise guests, bring it all home for the listeners in a sometimes humorous and sometimes touching, but always entertaining conversation.

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