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
I believe remarkable love stories change the world. This works out pretty well since I began my career as a photographer documenting weddings. My name is Parris Whittingham, and I’d like to share one of these stories with you.
Dave quit his desk job shortly after we met. He’d been itching to leave for a while, and that itch grew more irksome as the wedding date drew near. In search of greener pastures, he and Lindsay uprooted their life in New York City and relocated to a farm upstate.
Looking back, I was surprised to learn how much Lindsay supported Dave through this challenging process. For months she’d noticed how unhappy he was at the old job but idea of leaving it all behind was a bit scary. Facing that fear, the couple decided to take action and explore a new path.
On the farm, Dave was challenged to get his hands dirty. He learned to harvest garlic and prepare it for winter storage, to grow heirloom tomatoes and sell them at the local farmers market, to care for chickens and keep foxes out of the hen house, literally. Together, he and Lindsay transformed their new space into a home. A welcoming place where close friends could escape the grind of New York City and reconnect with nature.
Soon enough, the couple began working together on art projects. Combining Dave’s MFA experience in filmmaking and Lindsay’s career as a professional dancer, they created work that reflected their journey. Each film told a unique story about love and fear and travel and starting over. During Lindsay’s ensemble shows in NYC, they screened each film. Audience members (like me) and dancers alike were blown away.
These personal projects brought Lindsay and David closer together. It allowed them to focus their creative talents and delight others in the process. The experience gave birth to a vision and that vision was Paperweight Films, their boutique wedding cinematography studio.
Every relationship is a gift. An opportunity to engage, and be vulnerable, and share your true self with another individual. My work is about unleashing these remarkable love stories. Stories that say something meaningful about who you are. By the time I arrived at Lindsay and David’s wedding, I was a friend, responsible for capturing their journey, an experience that words alone cannot fully describe.
– Parris Whittingham
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leadership consultant. author. storm chaser.
Deidre Combs provides leadership and cross-cultural conflict skills as a consultant, coach, author, mediator, and professor. She developed the core foundations course for Montana State University's Leadership Fellows Certificate Program. [www.combsandcompany.com]
celluloid visionary. abandoner of ordinary. awe seeker.
Television personality, filmmaker and philosopher, Jason Silva has been described as "part Timothy Leary, part Ray Kurzweil, and part Neo from The Matrix." He recently launched a series of non-commercial micro documentaries exploring the co-evolution of human and technology.