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’m a very big relationship person. I believe in networking and in nurturing relationships. I’m exploring a lot of different things and working to connect with different people and inspire them in different ways.
I definitely have an outspoken approach when it comes to connecting with other human beings, but with writing, I’ve found that I’m a bit more on the conservative side because I’m more in fear of turning someone off or losing a reader because I don’t relate to them.
What’s my own perception of myself versus how other people perceive me? How does that affect the ways I relate to people? I’m still finding the balance of being me and representing the ideas I believe in while also trying to connect with many different people with different lifestyles.
I wake up every day with a full-time job to tend to, but also a million other things that I’m involved in. My life and my work and all the things I do are not just about me. They’re also about my friends and my family and all the people I’m connected with. That’s what I spend my days taking care of. My main priority is to go to bed every night knowing that I affected someone else’s life in a positive way – made them laugh or remember something or want to live in a different way that they’d like better.
I have such high expectations for my own life and for the people around me. I want the absolute best for everybody. I’m a little bit naïve in that sense, too – I always assume people are good and want to live life to the fullest. It helps me relate to people when I remember that living life to the fullest looks different for different people.
What gets me up in the morning is connecting with different kinds of people and working on a bunch of different projects. I’m on the go a lot, trying things out and writing about my life. I know that living my own life to the fullest makes me a better person for the people in my life, including myself.
- Renee Woodruff