Affectionately known as "America's #1 Success Coach," Jack Canfield is the originator of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series and a leading authority in the areas of self-esteem, achievement motivation, and peak performance. [www.jackcanfield.com]
Arianna Huffington is the co-founder and Editor in Chief of the Huffington Post and the author of twelve books. [www.huffingtonpost.com]
Seth Godin is a prominent author, blogger and speaker. [www.squidoo.com/linchpin]
Krishna Kaur is the founder of YOGA for Youth, a program that takes yoga, meditation, and stimulating discussions on the philosophy of yoga to urban youth. [www.yogaforyouth.org]
Norman Lear has enjoyed a long career in television and film. He is also a political and social activist and philanthropist. [www.normanlear.com]
Leilani Münter is a professional race car driver and an environmental activist who uses her voice in the number one spectator sport in America as a catalyst for change. [www.leilanimunter.com]
By going undercover to meet slaves and slaveholders, Kevin Bales exposed modern slavery's penetration into the global economy. He co-founded Free the Slaves, which has helped to liberate thousands of slaves. [www.freetheslaves.net]
Sophie Chiche, lifebyme.com founder and curator, enjoys asking deep questions and living a life of meaning. Today she's launching Shape House, an urban sweat lodge, a place to melt away fears and fat. [www.shapehousela.com]
Entrepreneur and writer Mastin Kipp founded TheDailyLove.com, which merges pop culture with inspiration, and co-founded The Love Yourself Company, an apparel company that has started a global self-esteem movement. [www.TheDailyLove.com]
Liz Phair is an American singer-songwriter and guitarist. [www.lizphair.com]
Archbishop Desmond Tutu is Chairman of The Elders, a group of world leaders who address some of the world's most pressing problems. He works energetically for human-rights and in his ministry. [www.tutu.org]
Zainab Salbi is the founder and CEO of Women for Women International, a group dedicated to helping women survivors of war rebuild their lives. [www.womenforwomen.org]
Despite his physical challenges, Sean Stephenson has taken a stand for a quality of life that has inspired millions of people around the world. He's a professional speaker, psychotherapist, and author. [www.timetostand.com]
Kia Miller teaches Yoga at Yoga Works in Los Angeles, leads teacher trainings, and runs retreats and workshops on meditation, chakras, pranayam, and mantras, and other practices. [www.kiamiller.com]
Simon Mainwaring is an ex-Nike/Wieden creative, former Worldwide Creative Director at Motorola/Ogilvy, branding/advertising writer, author/speaker/blogger, Australian, idea geek. [www.simonmainwaring.com]
Shannon Bindler is a style editor, life coach, and the co-founder of Get Up Girl, an empowerment company that inspires women to shine. [www.getupgirl.com]
Grammy-nominated art director/designer/photographer Mathieu Bitton has designed over 450 CDs and movie posters. He's a renowned collector of and authority on black films and their soundtracks. [www.candytangerine.com]
Opus Reps founder and agent-producer Jorge Perez travels the world producing photo shoots with great photographers and celebrities. He's also very involved with Meals on Wheels in Los Angeles. www.opusreps.com
My whole theory about life is based on a simple concept from improv: “Yes, and…” Just let go, say yes, and add to the story.
Whenever I get a new opportunity, I try to smile, make people laugh, and do the best job I can. I have an underlying sense that if I approach things with gratitude and work hard at them, then everything will work out as it was meant to. The more appreciative I am, the more things come to me.
Everywhere I go, I try to make people laugh. It’s the most important part of my work. Laughter helps my clients feel comfortable. When they’re laughing and having fun, they relax and open up. They’re more receptive to me and to the suggestions I make.
My Twitter bio says, “I see naked people,” and I do. Not only physically, but also in the more metaphorical sense. Being a stylist is very personal and very psychological. I’m working with people and their body issues. I have to get into their minds, because at the end, I want them to leave feeling confident.
I want to empower women so they feel good about the way they look. To the outside world, the Oscars or a movie premiere look so glamorous, but even the biggest stars get nervous. It’s important to me that each client leaves her fitting feeling great about her body. Even the best dress on the planet is totally irrelevant if the person wearing it doesn’t feel confident. That’s when the clothes wear the person, instead of the person wearing the clothes.
To be a great stylist, I need to be able to look at anyone and see something I love. I love people and all their intricacies. If we were all the same, life would be so boring. We need differences.
Look around and realize that everyone has something that’s amazing, whether it’s great hair or great eyes, great shoulders, gorgeous skin. Everyone has something great. It really goes back to confidence. No one else can be who you are or bring your unique perspective to a situation. There’s only one you, so believe in yourself.
– Jen Rade