Nina Sossamon-Pogue



Nina Sossamon-Pogue is known as an expert on resilience and with good reason. She has enjoyed success at some of the highest levels of sports, television, news and corporate America, and at the same time, endured failures, traumas, including a devastating car accident that put her at the center of a major news story. Through it all, she developed resilience and a framework to not only help herself, but others as well, to move more easily through whatever their “this” tragic moment is.

“…The words I was using in my head were so, so important, because what happens in your head, comes out of your mouth and becomes your story. That piece of it was really important…”

Nina Sossamon-Pogue is helping others to build resilience through her podcast, books and the work she’s doing now in the world at ninasossamonpogue.com

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Dr. Carl Allamby



After 25 years owning his own auto repair shops, Dr. Carl Allamby went from fixing cars to fixing people, from being a master mechanic to medical doctor. His dream of becoming a doctor may have been delayed, but at the age of 52, it would not be denied.

“…I knew that I wanted to reinvent myself…the first few minutes of just being in class, the instructor just telling us everything about medicine…and with me having like that diagnostic mind, and always wanting to know more…I knew what I wanted to do with the rest of my life…”

Dr. Carl is reinventing what it means to live your best life beyond midlife. Follow him on Instagram at @allamby911

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Bridgett Burrick Brown



For more than 20 years, Bridgett Burrick Brown was a sought after model living in Paris, Miami and all around the world. And yet, she struggled with her own body image, yo-yo dieting, often told to lose weight, (even at a size four). Determined to redefine what beauty meant for herself, she walked away from the modeling world and started a movement to change the narrative of what it means to be beautiful from the inside out.

“I went on this journey of watching girls struggle severely with eating disorders, and I struggled with my own. I struggled with all of my self worth tied into what I looked like. And you can get lost in that really easily because nothing else is celebrated about you.”

Bridgett is ready to empower others to discover what beauty means to them at beyondbeautyproject.com

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Stacy Peralta



Stacy Peralta paved the way for extreme sports and is a pioneer in skateboarding. He went on to tour the world as the first ever professional skateboarder. As an entrepreneur, Stacy was among the first to see the earning potential of skating. And today, his passion for the sport has transitioned into being an award winning documentary filmmaker.

“…Every movie, in the first act, there’s something called ‘the inciting incident’. And the inciting incident is the thing that happens that propels the hero’s journey. It’s the long lost relative that shows up at the house, it’s the phone call, it’s the murder. It’s the ‘something’ that suddenly the hero one day is going left, the event happens, the inciting incident happens, and the next day, they’re going right…I had an inciting incident happen in my life that changed my life forever. And it happened in 1974….”

Ride the wave with Stacy and hear how he has been living his best life through various chapters of extreme sports, entrepreneurship and filmmaking.

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Barbara Vacarr



Barbara Vacarr is no stranger to reinvention. She’s been called a force of nature, an entrepreneur, and a celebrated change agent in higher education and mental health. Today, as a transformational consultant and leadership coach, she empowers people to look within, so they can call forth their highest best selves.

“…I think that’s what life is about. There’s constantly new ways of being and new discoveries that we can make about ourself. And I think that’s the change that I’m most interested in, is how do we become more fully human? How do we become more fully ourselves? How do we embrace parts of ourselves that we have indicated or denied, or kept hidden?…”

Reinvent yourself with Barbara to live your best life at barbaravacarr.com

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Ben Mezrich



“Bringing Down the House,” “The Accidental Billionaires,” “The Antisocial Network…” if you’ve read any of these non-fiction books, then you know who Ben Mezrich is. From being $2M in debt to becoming an international and New York Times best-selling author with more than 11 million copies sold, Ben has written more than 25 books and next chapters with critical acclaim.

“…I wrote nine novels in one year, which I don’t recommend to anybody out there who wants to be a writer, because my dad had basically said, ‘I won’t let you starve for one year, but you have to have some level of progress.’ By the end of the year, you’re gonna have to go to law school or something. So I wrote and I wrote, not that there’s anything wrong with law school, I just wasn’t for me.…”

Meet Ben and the stories he’s telling at www.benmezrich.com

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Bradley Rapier



More than 20 years ago, Bradley Rapier walked away from pursuing a career in medicine and pioneered a movement in Los Angeles that rocked the dance community, and changed the landscape of hip hop on film and live TV. Today, as a world renowned choreographer, producer and speaker, he is showing people how to groove beyond the obstacles of life and embody the endless creativity, joy and power of the urban dance movement.

“…It was really amazing…this pursuit of the culture, of street dance culture, that…grew into a movement [and] created The Groovaloos as a part of that…the excitement that people had for this new thing that we’re bringing together, in terms of a celebration of the freestyle celebration of the art form…”

Meet Bradley and learn more about his work at bradleyrapier.com.

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Christine Sperber



Professional snowboarder, owner of luxury resorts, passionate activist, seasoned entrepreneur, just a few of the careers Christine Sperber has had before her latest venture, part owner of what’s been called, “the world’s first midlife wisdom school.”

“…we talk about the stages of a transition and how transitions begin with an ending generally, and then we move into a messy middle. And then from there, we find the threads and move into flow…”

Meet Christine, her next chapters across industries and the movement she’s co-founded, The Modern Elder Academy at meawisdom.com

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Sterling Hawkins



Sterling Hawkins was living the high life, co-owning a multimillion dollar company, flying first class and working in a swanky office when it all came crashing down. He went from living in a penthouse to his parents house in his 30s and has spent his life coming back from the brink.

“…I think the challenge for us is oftentimes we’re living lives that are constricted, restrained and resigned to discomfort. What I’m advocating for is actually breaking free of that to live true to what’s ultimately important to us and who we really are…”

Join Sterling on his journey of breakthroughs, learn more about his book, “Hunting Discomfort” and his experience as a speaker and investor, sterlinghawkins.com

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Cory Almeida



For 15 years, Cory Almeida was one of the most highly sought after hype men in the entertainment industry. He’s opened for Maroon5, he shared the stage with Pitbull, Justin Timberlake, Jay-Z…just to name a few. He’s worked the crowds for shows like The Voice, America’s Got Talent and American Idol…and he has quite a few interesting stories to tell about all of that.

“… I said, ‘Look, I’m not a stand up comic but I love to talk’…after season two, they did a holiday special with Kelly Clarkson and Justin Guarini, and Ruben and Clay…[I] had a blast with them. And then next thing, you know, they called me and said, ‘Hey, would you want to come in and actually do the entire season?’”

Get the Cory “Live” experience for yourself at corylive.com

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