Kate Wedell

Kate Wedell of Cherished - From Captive to LiberatorKate Wedell is the founder and Executive Director of Cherished, an outreach and support group for women in the sex industry. Kate’s inspiration for Cherished came from her own broken past. This is Kate’s story:

“I came to Hollywood to pursue a dream and within a few days I was practically forced into prostitution to survive. I became a stripper, a drug addict, and even got into witchcraft.  For 10 years I lived a lie and didn’t see my family. Hollywood threw me a bone occasionally I kept believing it would all work out in time. A semi-famous film producer found me in a club and I was hired to dance in a few films and even got a few shots on the “Party Machine” that aired on late night TV. But that didn’t stop the downward spiral I was in. It wasn’t until I was arrested and spent some time in Sybil Brand a women’s correctional facility for car theft and drug possession that I began to realize my life was out of control. One night I had been working in a xxx club in Hollywood, I had made enough money to buy the car that I had been borrowing from my roommate, then I went to go see my dealer and was on my way home. It was somewhere around 3 am when the cops pulled me over. The next thing I knew I was surrounded by cops, they had called in backup and I was laying face down on the pavement trying to deny I had done anything wrong. Later I realized the car that I was loaned was all a set-up. Wasn’t I just living a normal life? Why was everybody always on my case?

Life inside Sybil is a nightmare I’ll never forget as long as I live. Soon after this happened I left Hollywood and came to the desert. For 2 years I would be on probation and have to call in every night to see if my # would come up for drug testing the next day.

I prayed that God would help me get away from this lifestyle that I was afraid to leave. Even in doing so my life would still be threatened by my past associations, I would still be followed and tormented by them after I had walked away.

Those years are behind me now, but it was because I found the truth. I found out that I am Cherished and loved more than I could have known. I was just looking in all the wrong places!

I love being able to reach out to the girls in the industry and support them in what they are going through because I remember what that was like.

If you are reading this and want to hear more I’d love to talk to you!

Take care of yourself…YOU ARE CHERISHED!

Kate Wedell”

Today, Kate lives a beautiful life with her loving husband and three children, serving constantly to bring life back to broken women in her community and to spread awareness about the realities of the sex industry and human trafficking.

Kate’s Topic:

From Captive to Liberator

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Barry Spilchuk

Barry SpilchukBarry Spilchuk is the first Canadian to write one of the books in the best-selling book series Chicken Soup for the Soul. His book, A Cup of Chicken Soup for the Soul®, sold over 580,000 copies around the world.

He was the Lead Instructor at a business forum, IBI / CEO SPACE, for ten years, where he taught Niche Marketing, Celebrating Your GENIUS, and THINK OUTRAGEOUS – SETTLE for AMAZING!

Barry started a new book series called You’re My Hero. The first book raised over $27,000 for local charities. He then used the next three books to allow children to become published authors with one of the ‘Chicken Soup’ guys.

He founded the Canadian Public Speaking Academy in 2011.

Barry has served on over a dozen not-for-profit boards. He was twice-nominated for the Premier’s Award in Ontario and proudly served as the President of the North Bay Chamber of Commerce for two years. He and his team raised the number of members by over 28% in the middle of a recession.

Barry recently survived a serious cancer scare; only seven months after he was told to get his affairs in order, God blessed him with a cancer-free diagnosis. He was simultaneously going through a bankruptcy, a separation, employee theft and a partnership dissolution.

His new book came out in Summer 2013. THE cANCER DANCE, What do you do when cancer catches you with your pants down? Barry gifted books to over 130 cancer hospitals.

Barry’s Topic:

How to Bounce Back, Come Back and Get Back… from any Setback

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Croix Sather

Croix Sather - Business ChampionThe media calls Croix Sather the “Marathon Man” because in just two years, he went from a non-runner to a 2x World Record Champion. In 2011, he ran the 2,621-mile Run Across America in just 100 days and then he broke the world
record running unassisted, nonstop 146 miles though Death Valley, CA.

However, to do this Croix had to overcome seemingly insurmountable odds. At fourteen years old he was hit head-on by a drunk driver while riding his bicycle. The neurosurgeon said, “If he survives the night, he will be a vegetable for the rest of his life.” He was in a coma for four days, in casts and rehabilitation for a year, and suffered problematic effects lasting many years. After the accident, life was a cycle of ups-and-downs until he learned the tools and strategies he teaches today.

Croix is an internationally celebrated author and inspirational speaker in the field of personal and business transformation and the psychology of success. He has authored four books, hosted a radio show, and has appeared on TEDx twice, and in hundreds of television, radio and newspaper articles.

Croix’s Topic

How to go from Challenge to Champion

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Lori Tsugawa Whaley

Lori Whaley - The Way of the SamauriLori Whaley is a third generation Japanese American and a descendant of the Samurai Warrior. As a Baby Boomer, she grew up in a predominately white farming community in rural Washington. She struggled with being different especially at school where she was discriminated against. No matter how hard she tried and “wished,” she could not change the way she looked.

As an adult, Lori channeled her unrest into tireless research and curiosity to study her Japanese heritage. Her curiosity led her to take several trips to Japan where she met her father’s relatives and traveled to many places. As she began making the connection to her ancestral roots, that which she once scorned, she came to warmly embrace.

Without judgment and with a full heart, she lives the principles of honor, courage, rectitude, loyalty, honesty, self control and compassion while inspiring others to do the same. The Code of Bushido can be “samuraized” into seven words:  “Do the right thing all the time.”

Lori is on a mission to inspire women to utilize the Code of Bushido to overcome cultural shame, inferiority and identity so that they can become women of influence and live purposeful lives of powerful contribution that extend far beyond the day-to-day realities of commerce.

Having painstakingly endured not one, but two auto collisions, Lori’s “mettle” has been strongly tested.  It is one thing to model the Ways of the Samurai Warrior in good times.  It is another thing to do so while surviving and recovering from a traumatic brain injury (TBI). Her courage and compassion to guide others through tough times has been forged by her own journey to regain wellness against demanding odds.

Lori is a Certified NLP Practitioner, Toastmaster ACG, and enjoys a 36-year marriage, as well as being a mother of 2 adult sons and grandmother of 5!

Remember, “When you do the right thing, success it will bring; by ‘locking arms’ with this Samurai woman, you will never go to battle alone.”

Lori’s Topic:

Shake It Off:  Moving Past Cultural Shame, Identity Issues and Low Self-Esteem by Utilizing the Ancient Principles of the Samurai Warrior

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Carol Barnier

Carol Barnier - Engaging Today's ProdigalCarol Barnier is a fresh, fun and popular conference speaker unlike any other. Her objective is to have the wit of Erma Bombeck crossed with the depth of C.S. Lewis, but admits that most days, she only achieves a solid Lucy Ricardo with a bit of Bob the Tomato. She is a frequent guest commentator on Focus on the Family’s Weekend Magazine broadcast, where she’s spoken on a variety of humorous topics ranging from not being ready to be a Titus woman (It’s the name: Titus. Anything that rhymes with Phlebitis is automatically suspect) to why angels need a new public relations manager. She has been a guest on many radio programs, contributor to many magazines and is a speaker to conferences nationwide.

She’s also a homeschooler of 17 years, author of four books, mother to three children, and wife to one husband. Her first three books deal with the non-linear mind trying to make it in a very linear world (teaching ADHD kids, being a highly distracted mom, learning styles.) But her latest book, Engaging Today’s Prodigal, Clear Thinking, New Approaches, and Reason for Hope, shares her own prodigal journey and lessons learned to equip and encourage parents who are experiencing the pain of a child leaving the faith they were raised with.

While her humor will have you leaning sideways, her faith is solid stuff. Whether speaking about her first born son’s 13 surgeries, her homeschooling challenges, her family’s many ADHD challenges, or her own walk from being a God-denying atheist to the most grateful recipient of God’s amazing grace, this woman speaks from the heart. She knows why she knows what she knows.

Carol’s Topic:

A Prodigal Speaks Out

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Arvee Robinson

Arvee RobinsonArvee Robinson, The Master Speaker Trainer, international Speaker and author, captivates her audiences with high-energy, high-content, interactive presentations filled with stories and role-plays. Her audiences have fun while learning workable strategies they can put into action immediately. She presented over 3500 energizing motivational keynotes and content-rich educational programs to conferences, retreats, and on-site programs. She has shared the stage with speaking giants Mark Victor Hansen, Loral Langemeier, Tom Hopkins, Bill Walsh, Chris Howard, Joel Bauer, Jay Conrad Levinson, Eric Lofholm, John Childers, Adam Urbanski, Raymond Aaron, Larry Benet, Dave Lakhani, Jill Lubin, and many others.

As an in-demand speaking coach in the business world, Arvee has taught over 5000 service professionals, business owners and entrepreneurs how to attract more clients by clearly communicating how their services benefit their customers. She teaches her clients a simple, proven system for delivering persuasive business speeches, getting the most out of networking and creating magnetic introductions. Arvee has helped hundreds of individuals eliminate nervousness, command their audiences’ attention, and deliver sales-winning presentations.

Prior to becoming the Master Speaker Trainer, Arvee worked for 22 years as a systems consultant and trusted advisor to her clients. At large CPA firms such as Deloitte and RSM McGladrey, she trained many professionals in the technology field, both in seminars and one-on-one.

Arvee has published chapters in five books, the #1 bestseller Live the Life You Love, Inspiration to Realization, Ready, Aim Captivate, Profitable Social Media, and Quantum Leap My Life. She hosts Passionately Speaking, her own weekly teleseminar series, specifically designed for people who want to learn the secrets of persuasive speaking and use them to attract clients and grow their businesses. She has also hosted several cable TV talk shows on Inside the Inland Valley, a show dedicated to promoting local businesses, and has been interviewed on countless radio shows, teleseminars and webinars.

Arvee’s Topic:

Why Did I Stay So Long?

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Terilee Harrison

Terilee HarrisonSpeaker, Author, Coach, and Radio Show Host Terilee Harrison boldly shares the love of Jesus because of what He has done in her own life. Terilee’s testimony includes her personal stories of suffering with and overcoming a “rare and inconceivable condition” which caused her intense shame and dramatic tales of a devastating time in her life when she turned her back on God. Because of these life experiences, she is the woman she is today thanks to God’s unyielding love and mercy.

Terilee’s ability to both inspire and challenge audiences to action and change can be attributed to her consistently authentic presentation regarding who she is, where she’s been, and what she’s learned along the way.

Terilee coaches women who are ready for change how to recognize hidden shame and overcome it so they can have a fresh start, feel more confident, and experience freedom to love themselves and others.

Harrison is the author of The Shameless Life: Recognize Your Shame and Overcome It and The Business Mom Guide Book: More Life, Less Overwhelm for Mom Entrepreneurs. For the last 7 years, she has reached thousands of entrepreneurs through her work as a Director for TEAM Referral Network in Southern California.

She co-hosts Elevate Radio each week on the CWA Radio Network, the only Christian women’s channel on Blog Talk Radio.

Terilee resides in Quartz Hill, California, where her husband, Terry, is the Minister at Quartz Hill Church of Christ. Together, they have 4 children: Jonathan, Adam, Jackie, and Cole.

Terilee’s greatest hope is to bring women from the lies they believe to the truth of who they are in Christ so they can live strong, amazing lives through knowing God intimately.

Terilee’s Topic:

The Power of Recognizing Hidden Shame and How It Can Transform Your Life

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Sheli Gartman

Sheli G - Transformational Coach for World Changerssheli G is an:

International Speaker
Master Certified Business Coach
World Changer Leadership & Life Mastery Coach

“It’s time to embrace the World Changer in YOU!”
~sheli G

Sheli Gartman, CILC | CMC | CEBC is the founder of sheli G Business and World Changer Leadership Coaching.

She travels the globe specializing in Experiential Transformational Education (E.T.E.) This is a hands-on method that produces profound discovery and dynamic human development, igniting Entrepreneurs, Individuals and Companies to achieve their highest potential and true calling.

Sheli G is among the internationally acclaimed professionals who are the WORLD CHANGERS in the Transformational Business and Personal Expansion arena. She considers it a true honor to put her success, authenticity, extensive experience and passion to work for you.

On a personal note, Sheli is married to Steve and they have three miraculous children. Sheli makes her home in beautiful Boise, ID.

Sheli’s Topic:

Depression Doesn’t Have to Disable

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Tara R. Alemany

Tara Alemany, Inspirational Author and Speaker - Finding the Gift in GriefTara R. Alemany is the author of the eBook “The Plan that Launched a Thousand Books” (a DIY guide to marketing books online). She also co-authored The Character-Based Leader: Instigating a Leadership Revolution… One Person at a Time, and contributed to My Love to You Always and Celebrating 365 Days of Gratitude (2013 ed.). Her latest book, The Best is Yet to Come, is due out in November 2013.

Tara speaks frequently on social media topics, and has been a speaker or panelist at local events as well as to larger audiences, including the School for Startups business radio show and The Power of eMarketing conference.

Her latest series of talks shares lessons learned while overcoming the unexpected death of her fiancé in October 2011. Her hope is to show how you too can overcome painful events in your life, exchanging that anchor that’s holding you back for a gift that inspires you to move forward.

Tara is also the owner and founder of Aleweb Social Marketing, a consulting company that helps personal brands build a comprehensive online platform. She is a recognized thought leader in her industry, and is known to her clients as “The Teacher of Technophobes and Trendsetters.”

In addition to consulting, writing and speaking, Tara serves on the Board of Directors of a non-profit ministry called Forest Haven, is Chaplain of her local Word Weavers chapter, is a member of the Christian Women Speakers Movement, and is also a martial artist, a short-term missionary, a juggler and Mom to 2 teenagers (one of each).

Tara’s Topic:

Finding the Gift in Grief

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