|Cinthia Rae Andrews||Peter Huston||Nii Armah Sowah|
|Etty L. Bar-Shai||Rick Jones||Jacqueline Stanford|
|Jane Brody||Pat Mitchell||Dick Traum|
|Paul Campos||Ellen Hart Peña||Naomi Wolf|
|Eve Ensler||Dave Scott|
|Dawn Gallagher||Jennifer Scott|
Cinthia Rae Andrews
Cinthia Rae Andrews is a former businesswoman, athlete and model. A graduate of the University of Colorado and University of Denver College of Law, she is now a business leader and works with Bald Mountain Development in Aspen, Colorado. Cinthia and her only child Zach were critically burn-injured in a propane explosion at their home in Evergreen, Colorado. Zach sustained third-degree burns over 50 percent of his body; Cinthia sustained third- and fourth-degree burns over 70 percent of her body. It’s a miracle they both survived. She is the co-founder of the Zach Burn Foundation. She currently sits on the board of the Zach Burn Foundation and Les Dames d’Aspen.
Cinthia is a noted public speaker on the subject of burns, public policy, patient advocacy and community programming. She feels that every day of her life is her birthday, because she got a second chance to live. Cinthia has dedicated her life to helping as many burned children as she can in her lifetime!
Etty L. Bar-Shai
Etty L. Bar-Shai, LCSW-R, is a psychotherapist who has worked with parents and their children, couples and individuals for over 30 years. She studied Social Work at Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel and earned her Masters degree from Wurtzwiler School of Social Work at Yeshiva University. Her postgraduate training was at the Ackerman Institute for the Family in New York City.
Etty is currently the Deputy Director of Social Services at Riverdale Neighborhood House, a settlement house that provides human services and community resources in the northwest Bronx. She is married with three children, and grandmother to one grandson.
For a recent birthday, Jane Brody received a T-shirt that proclaimed “Still Perfect–After All These Years.” Once she stopped laughing, she realized it should have said “Still Trying After All These Years” – still trying to be good to her body, to fuel it right and move it regularly so that it will continue to be good to her. Moderation and variety, not deprivation and denial, are her watchwords. To keep her body from “rusting out,” she insists on daily physical activity, alternating between walking, cycling, swimming, ice skating, singles tennis, hiking, gardening and cross-country skiing. The result is a woman who is more robust, energetic, youthful, and trim at 63 than she was at 23.
Jane received her B.S. degree in biochemistry from the New York State College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell University in 1962 and a master’s degree in science writing from the University of Wisconsin School of Journalism the following year. After two years as a general assignment reporter for the Minneapolis Tribune, she joined The New York Times as a full-time specialist in medicine and biology. In 1976, Jane became the Times’ Personal Health columnist. Her articles on other aspects of science and medicine appear in Tuesday’s Science Times from time to time.
She has also written scores of magazine articles and lectures on health and nutrition to audiences both lay and professional. She has appeared on hundreds of radio and television shows throughout the country and has received numerous prestigious awards for journalistic excellence. In 1987, Jane was awarded an honorary doctorate from Princeton University. Jane also has honorary doctorates from Hamline University in St. Paul, the State University of New York Health Sciences University and the University of Minnesota School of Public Health.
Jane has written ten books, including the best sellers Jane Brody’s Nutrition Book and Jane Brody’s Good Food Book. Other books include The New York Times Book of Health and The New York Times Book of Women’s Health. She is co-author of The New York Times Guide to Alternative Health, published in 2001.
Paul Campos is a professor of law at the University of Colorado and an opinion columnist for the Rocky Mountain News and the Scripps Howard News Agency. His articles have appeared in many national publications, including the Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, USA Today and the New Republic. His cover story in the New Republic on obesity research and the weight loss industry produced one of the largest responses elicited by the magazine in recent years.
Paul’s book, The Obesity Myth: Why America’s Obsession With Weight is Hazardous to Your Health, has been the subject of feature news stories in the various newspapers. He is a nationally recognized expert in America’s war on fat.
Eve Ensler, award-winning author of The Vagina Monologues, completed a 20 North American cities tour with her newest play The Good Body, following engagements on Broadway in NYC, at ACT in San Francisco. The Good Body addresses why women of all cultures and backgrounds – whether undergoing Botox injections or living beneath burkhas – feel compelled to change the way they look in order to fit in, to be accepted, to be good.
Eve’s The Vagina Monologues has been translated into over 45 languages and is running in theaters all over the world. The play is based on her interviews with more than 200 women. It celebrates women’s sexuality and strength with humor and grace. Eve’s experience performing The Vagina Monologues inspired her to create V-Day, a global movement to stop violence against women and girls. She has devoted her life to stopping violence, envisioning a planet in which women and girls will be free to thrive, rather than merely survive.
V-Day supports anti-violence organizations throughout the world, helping them to continue and expand their core work on the ground, while drawing public attention to the larger fight to stop worldwide violence (including rape, battery, incest, female genital mutilation (FGM), sexual slavery) against women and girls. It has raised over $35 million and was named one of Worth magazine’s “100 Best Charities.” V-Day stages large-scale benefits and produces innovative gatherings, films, and programs to educate and change social attitudes regarding violence against women.
Eve’s play Necessary Targets, set in a Bosnian refugee camp, opened Off-Broadway at the Variety Arts Theater in February 2002, after a hit run at Hartford Stage. Other plays include Conviction, Lemonade, The Depot, Floating Rhoda and the Glue Man, and Extraordinary Measures. The Good Body, The Vagina Monologues and Necessary Targets have been published by Villard/Random House. Vagina Warriors, words by Eve Ensler and photos by Joyce Tenneson, was published by Bulfinch Press for V-Day 2005.
In 2006, Eve’s newest play, The Treatment, premiered at the Culture Project in New York City and her first book, Insecure At Last: Losing It in A Security Obsessed World, was published. She is the recipient of many awards, including the Guggenheim Fellowship Award in Playwriting, the Berrilla-Kerr Award for Playwriting, the Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding Solo Performance, and the Jury Award for Theater at the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival, as well as the 2002 Amnesty International Media Spotlight Award for Leadership and The Matrix Award (2002).
Eve is the Executive Producer of What I Want My Words To Do To You, a documentary about the writing group she has led since 1998 at the Bedford Hills Correctional Facility for Women. The film had its world premiere at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival where it received the Freedom Of Expression Award and premiered nationally on PBS’ P.O.V. She has received numerous Honorary degrees, including Doctor of Letters from her alma mater, Middlebury College.
Dawn Gallagher is a model, actress and author whose image has been on the covers of more than 300 magazines. She is the founder of Borneo Basics, a line of bath and body products with ingredients and fragrances derived from the rainforest. She says, “Beauty comes from the inside out.” A member of the Rainforest Foundation, Dawn will donate a portion of the proceeds of her book Naturally Beautiful: Earth’s Secrets and Recipes for Skin, Body and Spirit to rainforest preservation.
Peter Huston has always loved a true challenge. From his young days on the soccer fields of Chicago, throughout his career as a brand, product and sales marketing executive, to his current role of raising two teenagers, Peter has spent his life “goal-tending.”
Before joining Fusion, one of the largest mannequin and form manufacturers in the country, as Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Peter successfully established his own firm, Huston Consulting, Inc., specializing in providing marketing support to the small business community. Previously, Peter served in Vice President positions for several companies, including Brandmatrix, a start-up software company, Haggar Clothing Company and Hartmarx and several of its divisions. His retail management degree from Drake University, combined with his subsequent retail and brand marketing experience, makes Peter a perfect fit for Fusion. Peter lives in Denver with his wife of 23 years, Karen, and his children Jacob and Hannah.
Rick Jones is a professional Personal Trainer and Lifestyle Instructor with American Council on Exercise Certification. A lifelong Boulder resident, Rick launched his personal training practice in 1988. Over the past 20 years, he studied sports medicine, kinesiology and exercise biomechanics — employing this education to enhance his own body-building career and to effectively train athletes.
As owner/operator of Customized Nutrition & Exercise, Rick trains many clients each week, ranging in age and ability level. He frequently serves as a guest lecturer and presenter for Boulder-based athletic organizations and is producing a fitness/lifestyle program for the Boulder Comcast cable 5. He is currently completing the book, Quest For A Better Body, which outlines the many facets of healthy, purpose-driven lifestyle. He is also completing The Body To Die For, which is based on his own story of overcoming an addiction to anabolic steroids.
Pat Mitchell was appointed president and chief executive officer of The Museums of Television and Radio in New York and Los Angeles and the International Media Council in March 2006. Pat came to the MT&R from the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), where she was the first woman and first producer and journalist to hold the position of President and CEO.
Previous to PBS, Pat achieved success both in front of and behind the camera as a reporter, news anchor, talk show host, White House correspondent and documentary producer. She was a special contributor to NBC’s “Today” and CBS’s “Sunday Morning.” In 1992, Pat was named President of CNN Productions and Time, Inc. Television. Programs produced under her leadership received thirty-seven Emmy Awards, five Peabody Awards, and two Academy Award nominations.
Pat has received numerous personal awards including Woman of the Year in Cable and Telecommunications; the CINE Golden Eagle for Lifetime Achievement; the Sandra Day O’Connor Award for Leadership; and the Brandon Tartikoff Legacy Award for contributions to the television industry. In addition, Pat was named one of the most influential female executives in the media by the Hollywood Reporter and was honored as one of the first fifty women in the Museum of Television and Radio’s She Made It initiative in 2005.
Pat and her husband, Scott Seydel, have six children and ten grandchildren and reside in New York and Atlanta.
Ellen Hart Peña
Ellen Hart Peña is a former world-class long-distance runner, competitive masters athlete and Olympics hopeful in 1980 and 1984. A graduate of Harvard University and Colorado University Law School, Ellen is an attorney and mother of three children. She was married for 13 years to Federico Peña (mayor of Denver, Secretary of Transportation and Secretary of Energy). She was a member of the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports (1998-2000), the U.S. Olympic Committee (1997-2000) and the Harvard Eating Disorders Center Advisory Board (now the Harris Center) from 1994-2000. Ellen is also a co-founder of the Eating Disorder Foundation in Denver.
A noted public speaker on the subject of eating disorders, Ellen served as a consultant on the ABC Movie of the Week, Dying to be Perfect: The Ellen Hart Peña Story. She said that she chose to go public with her disorder because she felt that, as a politician’s wife, she was in a unique position to help people with eating disorders.
Dave Scott is the most recognized athlete and coach in the sport of triathlon.
He is a six-time Ironman World Champion and the first inductee into the Ironman Hall of Fame. Today, Dave continues to live up to his reputation as “The Man” through his many speaking engagements, clinics, corporate sponsorships and race-sponsored activities.
Dave’s triathlete career began with the inception of the sport in 1976. He won his first Hawaii Ironman in 1980 and went on to win the world championship in 1982, 1983, 1984, 1986, and 1987. Dave was recognized for his accomplishments in the sport of triathlon by becoming the first inductee into the Ironman Hall of Fame in 1993. To celebrate, he came out of retirement. At the age of 40, after five years absence from competition, Dave decided to race again. In a stunning performance, beating out an impressive field of professional athletes— most in their twenties—Dave Scott placed second overall. Dave has henceforth been known as “The Man.”
Today, Dave continues his athletic and business passions with his involvement with corporate presentations, marketing, clinic presentations, instructional DVDs and is an author for numerous publications. He is based in Boulder, Colorado, where he coaches individuals and groups.
Jennifer Scott grew up in the small seaside town of Amanzimtoti in South Africa. She obtained her B.A. from the University of Natal, majoring in Politics and Psychology. In 1987, she was awarded a Flanagan Scholarship and left for the United Kingdom to complete her doctorate in Politics at Oxford University. After completing her degree, she immigrated to the United States and took up a position at KRC Research and Consulting in New York. Jennifer’s professional career since then has focused on managing research-based strategic communications for corporate, government and non-profit clients. She has provided insights and counsel to clients including the CDC, GE, SwissRe, Nissan North America, Liz Claiborne, Inc., AstraZeneca, the Jim Henson Company and Unilever. In 2004, while she was President of StrategyOne in New York, Scott and her team were tasked with designing and managing the global research that became the foundation of the Dove Real Beauty campaign. She is currently global Managing Director for Insights and Research at Ogilvy Public Relations.
Nii Armah Sowah
Nii Armah Sowah is a native of Ghana. He earned his first degree in Theatre Arts with a focus on dance at the University of Ghana in 1987. After graduating from the African Center for the Training of Performing Artists in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe in 1991, he obtained a Master of Arts in Expressive Arts Therapies at Lesley University in Cambridge, MA in 1997. Nii Armah also received professional voice training from the National Orchestra of Ghana.
Over the years, Nii Armah has worn many professional hats including actor (television, film and stage), choreographer, dancer, singer, fashion model, Massage Therapist and Expressive Arts Therapist. Currently, Nii Armah is an Adjunct Faculty member at the University of Colorado at Boulder, where he teaches courses in African Dance and Music. He has also taught at Naropa Institute in Boulder, CO, Metro State University in Denver, CO, Lesley College in Cambridge, MA, New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, MA, University of California at Irvine and the University of Ghana. He has conducted workshops for schools, communities and organizations across the U.S., Canada, Africa, Europe and the Caribbean.
Since 1996, Nii Armah has been using songs, rhythm games, storytelling and dance to facilitate community building, cultivate multi-cultural understanding and encourage personal growth. Drawing from his diverse background, Nii Armah blends his African heritage and understanding of Western psychology to provide powerful and unique experiences for participants. See http:// www.1000-voices.com
Jacqueline Shaw Stanford has participated in five different sports at a national and international level. In basketball, she was named a Canadian All Star. She also competed in the Canadian National Flatwater Championships in K-1, K-2, K-4, and Warboat before competing in the Nationals in Whitewater kayaking. A few years later, she made the Canadian National Cycling Team and rode in the first Tour De France for women. Jacqueline’s principal sport was triathlons. She competed in over 100 triathlons and was ranked in the top ten in the world while competing. Some major wins were the World’s Toughest Triathlon, the Australian Championships and the Maui Triathlon (which she won overall – beating all the men!)
In her past lives, Jacqueline has also been a high school math and PE teacher, a farmer on a kibbutz in Israel, a windsurfing instructor and crew on several yachts in the Tahitian Islands, and many other occupations. She has also toured solo over 15,000 miles on her bike throughout Canada, the USA, and Europe. Currently, she is a full-time mom, a Women’s Quest Instructor and a well-known potter. Jacqueline is a free spirit and lives life to the fullest. She believes that you can achieve anything that you want and have a lot of fun in the process. See http://www.castlewoodpottery.com
Richard Traum is the President and Founder of the Achilles Track Club established in 1983. He was the president of Personnelmetrics, Inc., from 1970-1998. Dick works and resides in New York City where he participates in several civic and professional activities, including the United States Wheelchair Sports Fund, Inc.; the Disability Advisory Board of the New York City Taxi & Limousine Commission; the Board of Advisors of the NYC Outward Bound; and the Board of the New York City Sports Commission. Dick has a B.S., M.B.A. and Ph.D. from New York University. His doctorate is from NYU’s Graduate School of Business. He works frequently with the disabled community on sports issues.
Naomi Wolf competed her undergraduate studies at Yale University and did her graduate work at New College, Oxford University, as a Rhodes Scholar.
Naomi’s three books on aspects of women’s experience in America –The Beauty Myth, Fire With Fire and Misconceptions–were international bestsellers and New York Times Notable Books of the Year. Time Magazine named her one of its “Fifty notable leaders under forty.” Her latest book, The Treehouse, was released in May 2005 to rave reviews.
Her essays have appeared in various publications including The New Republic, Wall Street Journal, Glamour, Ms., Esquire, The Washington Post, and The New York Times. Naomi also speaks widely to groups across the country.
Naomi is co-founder of the Woodhull Institute for Ethical Leadership, an organization devoted to training young women in ethical leadership for the 21st century. The Institute teaches professional development in the arts and media, politics and law, business and entrepreneurship as well as ethical decision making.
She lives in Manhattan with her husband, editor David Shipley, and their two children.
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