John Judge: President & CEO, The Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC)

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My NativeAdVert:

John Judge has been the president and CEO of the Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC), America’s oldest outdoor recreation and conservation organization, since January of 2012. The Boston-headquartered AMC works from Maine to Virginia to get people active in the outdoors and in conversation stewardship.  (Boston Business Journal)

My Goal of the Day: Prepare for tomorrow’s Board of Director’s meeting.

My Thought of the Day: Gratitude for the health and wellness of my family and myself.

My Action of the Day:  Drafting our next ten-year organizational vision statement.

My Deed of the Day: Work to get people into the fun of the outdoors.

My Tip of the Day: Done is better than perfect.

A Day in My Life:

What do you love most about Your City?  I like the walkability of Boston.  I walk around the city every day and always appreciate the beauty around me.  I often take a ferry from Boston’s Charlestown neighborhood to Boston’s downtown, providing me with a beautiful panoramic view of the city.

Favorite breakfast meal & restaurant?  Omelet.

What are you doing at:

12:00 PM - Favorite Lunch spot/meal? Salad with chicken.

7:00 PM -  Reading to my 2 year old daughter.

11:00 PM -  Last emails of the day.

Most used App/Favorite Instagram Account?  OutdoorCity

What should everyone try at least once?  Hiking a mountain.  It’s an awesome experience.

Where do you enjoy getting lost?   Not really lost, but breaking away from all of the days’ challenges through a hike in New Hampshire or in a kayak in Maine.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AppalachianMountainClub/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/AppMtnClub/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/appalachianmountainclub/?hl=en

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/appalachian-mountain-club/about/

Abigail Disney: CEO, Fork Films & Founder, Peace is Loud Charity

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My NativeAdVert:

Abigail E. Disney is a filmmaker, philanthropist, activist, and the Emmy-winning director of The Armor of Light. As CEO and president of Fork Films, the documentary production company behind the groundbreaking Pray the Devil Back to Hell and PBS series Women, War & Peace, Abigail is committed to stories that create dialogue across divides and move the needle on social change. She has executive produced and supported over 90 projects through Fork Films’ funding program. Additionally, Abigail is the founder and president of Peace is Loud, a nonprofit that uses media and live events to highlight stories of women stepping up for peace. Recently, Abigail co-founded Level Forward, a new entertainment model and enterprise in which profit and principle go hand in hand. The company, formed in partnership with Killer Content, builds on the legacy of making stories that matter, with a commitment to innovation, inclusion and impact.

My Goal of the Day: To try as hard as I can to leave the world better than i found it every single day.

My Thought of the Day: You can't do anything alone, so find partners.  At the same time, don't wait for others to start.  Get out there and lead.

My Action of the Day: Connecting.  Above all connecting.  

My Deed of the Day: Supporting other filmmakers.  I feel an intense responsibility to look after not only my own work, but to support the work of others who might not have the access and privilege that I have.  So I spend a lot of time doing as much as I can to help other filmmakers.

My Tip of the Day: I have never, ever regretted a decision I made that required either courage or generosity.  Everything might not always have worked as I'd have wished, but even when that happened, something good always ultimately resulted.  

My Pic of the Day: (any additional pic that expresses something special)

Jimmy Carter, 90+ years old, building a house for someone else.  Not asking for applause, not gaining anything from it whatsoever.  Just doing the right thing right up until the day he keels over.  That's my plan.  

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A Day in My Life:

What do you love most about Your City?  

I love that my city, New York, is a big bubbling stew of people and art and ideas and politics and business.  Everybody is either there, or has been there or wants to go there and when they get there everything speeds up.  New York is my non stop injection of adrenaline and joy.

Favorite breakfast meal & restaurant?

I am not a big fan of breakfast.  I usually eat it out of necessity.  Le pain Quotidien is right by my office and has great avocado toast which wards off hunger for hours.

What are you doing at:

6:00 AM – Oh my god is anyone really awake at 6???

10:00 AM - Hopefully I've finished my work out and most of the email that came in overnight and early in the morning.

12:00 PM - Favorite Lunch spot/meal?

Usually having lunch meeting and it changes locations all the time.  Big salad with some protein.

7:00 PM - If I'm lucky, I'm having dinner with one of my kids or a friend or my husband.  But more often I am somewhere I have to be.  Meeting, conference, airplane, fundraiser.

11:00 PM - Trying to unwind.  The problem with my addiction to adrenaline is the unwinding.  I usually read a novel or something till I fall asleep.  If I'm being dumb and compulsive, I'm on email again, trying to catch up on all that came in over the day.

What drink do you need to get through the day and at the end (and how many)?  

I apologize that it is Diet Coke, but I try to keep it to one or two a day.  Beyond that it is sparkling water with a little bit of cranberry juice and lime.  If you put it in a martini glass you look like you are celebrating with a cosmo.

Most used App/Favorite Instagram Account?  

Twitter.  I don't know why I love Twitter. It kind of brings the worst out in people.  But I love the occasional snark.  My favorite account is @floridaman

What should everyone try at least once?

I am tempted to say scuba diving, but that's not very realistic for everyone.  I do think everyone should try to learn an instrument at some point in their lives.  I didn't take piano lessons until I was in my forties, but I learned so much about music, even if I'm a terrible piano player!!

Where do you enjoy getting lost?  

Two places.  Bookstores.  And cooking stores.

Twitter 

Facebook

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Evin Shutt: COO & Partner, 72andSunny

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My NativeAdVert:

As the first employee of 72andSunny, Evin represents a significant piece of its foundation and keeps the company grounded by conserving its optimistic culture while scaling the business exponentially. Evin is responsible for helping further 72andSunny's mission to expand and diversify the creative class and continues to foster their long-term partnership with Da Vinci Schools, a Los Angeles-based network of charter schools, among other initiatives. At home, Evin and her husband are usually found trying to cheer on her beloved Green Bay Packers amongst the chaos of life with their twins and dog, Lambeau

My Goal of the Day: Learn.

My Thought of the Day: I know what I’m doing, I know what I’m doing, I know what I’m doing...

My Action of the Day: Make a decision so things can keep moving.

My Deed of the Day: Be Kind.  

My Tip of the Day: Always consider the opposing POV or reaction before acting.

My Pic of the Day: (any additional pic that expresses something special)

Ideas:

My sisters  found this at an antique store and gave it to me for my most recent birthday.  Huge props to the unknown artist!

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A Day in My Life:

What do you love most about Your City?

The constant evolution of LA right now keeps me inspired. I love the growing identity, acceptance and inspiration amongst the different neighborhoods and ethnicities that make LA such a cool quilt of the world. And the beach.

Favorite breakfast meal & restaurant?

Cassidy’s Garden Veggie omelette from Good Stuff in Hermosa Beach, CA.

What are you oing at:

6:00 AM – Either trying to get out of bed without waking my kids or our dog who inevitably have come into our bed at night or I’m jumping in the shower after a workout - it depends what time I went to bed...

10:00 AM - Running between our buildings in LA and up/down the stairs to make it to my next meeting while texting someone.

12:00 PM - Favorite Lunch spot/meal?

Anywhere outside at any of our offices. Whether in LA, NYC, Amsterdam, Sydney or Singapore, we are super fortunate to have spaces to enjoy the world around us and breathe without stepping far from the office. It’s a complete recharger for me.

3:00 PM - Eating M&Ms. Apparently I’ve been tracked and I religiously scour for M&Ms at 3 pm each day. Ha!

7:00 PM - Work is on hold, dinner is finished, homework is complete and I get to be just play with my kids before bedtime.

11:00 PM - Intermittently checking emails, catching up with friends from afar on social media and watching YouTube tutorials on growing lavender, while trying to stay awake. Pretty much everything people who write books on efficiency say not to do.

What drink do you need to get through the day and at the end (and how many)?

Morning: Chai Tea Latte - I really want to like coffee, but I just can’t do it.

End of Day: Water!... or a glass of red wine.

Most used App/Favorite Instagram Account?

@ocasio2018

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’ instagram stories.  Wherever you sit politically, the way she’s documenting becoming a congresswoman and sharing the process and experience is really incredible, eye opening and educational.

@sheliftgrams

Sarah Herron’s nonprofit, SheLift is doing so much good in the world. She worked at 72andSunny for years and I’m so inspired by what she’s creating and the impact she’s having on young women who have physical differences - from confidence building to physically climbing mountains. There’s good in the world - let’s support it and promote it!

What should everyone try at least once?

Attending a Packers’ game at Lambeau Field or just visiting Wisconsin. Some of the best, kindest people on Earth.

Where do you enjoy getting lost?

In a good book by any body of water. My compulsive personality won’t let me put it down.

Peter Egli: General Manager, Suvretta House, St. Moritz

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My NativeAdVert:

After having worked for 10 years in England running Whatley Manor Hotel and Spa my wife Esther and I were appointed as joint General Managers at Suvretta House in St. Moritz www.suvrettahouse.ch We moved back to our homeland Switzerland in 2014 with our family to start a new chapter in our life. It is a wonderful challenge to lead this heritage Grand Hotel into the future. Esther and I respect the spirit of Suvretta House which opened its doors in 1912. It was built by Swiss hotel pioneer Anton Bon and has remained in the Candrian-Bon family to this day.  It is exciting for us to continue to keep the traditions alive and to create new and innovative experiences for our guests. It’s a very special place at a very special location. To welcome guests coming in their fourth generation and calling it their home from home gives me goosebumps every time I hear a guest saying it.  

My Goal of the Day: To make our guests and my family happy.

My Thought of the Day: That it is wonderful to offer our guests the most wonderful views into the magnificent valley of the upper Engadine.

My Action of the Day: To smile even if the situation is tough and challenging.

My Deed of the Day: To deliver the service of excellence with our team from early morning to late at night.

My Tip of the Day: You can achieve it if you really want it.

My Pic of the Day:

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A Day in My Life:

What do you love most about Your City?

That our place is located “on top of the world” surrounded by the majestic mountains, stone pine forests and the beautiful mountain lakes with this amazing abundance of fresh air.

Favorite breakfast meal & restaurant?

A freshly baked Sunday Zopf “plaited bread”, butter with Swiss mountain honey and a cappuccino followed by a green tea.

What are you doing at:

6:00 AM – having a shower, getting dressed and making breakfast for my family in the peaceful early morning hours.

10:00 AM – working off some emails in my office. Saying goodbye to guests with my wife Esther and welcoming new ones.

12:00 PM - Favorite Lunch spot/meal?

Our picnic spot, the Paravicini Hut in Surlej where we take our guests for a splendid BBQ including risotto cooked over the open fire. The icing on the cake is that afterwards I can walk back to Suvretta House with the guests. It’s is a perfect exercise!  

7:00 PM - doing my rounds at Suvretta House greeting and meeting guests and staff.

11:00 PM – walking through the hotel to our apartment and looking forward to some quiet time and of course a relaxing sleep.

What drink do you need to get through the day and at the end (and how many)?

A cappuccino and green tea to start the day, hot water and ginger during the day and a glass of fresh sparkling water at the end.

Most used App/Favorite Instagram Account?

WhatsApp and Facetime as this is a great way to stay in touch with family and friends nationally and internationally.

What should everyone try at least once?

To smile at a person who seems to be sad and to ask if one can be of help.

Where do you enjoy getting lost?

In time… whilst reading a book on holiday from start to finish.

http://facebook.com/suvrettahouse.stmoritz

http://instagram.com/suvrettahouse

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Kristin Meekhof: Lifestyle Coach & Author

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My NativeAdVert:

Lifestyle Coach & Author – I help people gain confidence so they can cross the invisible bridge of fear and live their best life. I had a master’s degree in social work from the University of Michigan. I’m the author of the best – selling book “A Widow’s Guide to Healing” with cover blurbs from Maria Shriver and my dear friend Dr. Deepak Chopra. I’m also a speaker and free- lance writer.

My Goal of the Day: Create something.

My Thought of the Day: “The world is your beautiful younger sister.” U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith

My Action of the Day: Mediation

My Deed of the Day: Giving

My Tip of the Day: Ask for what you desire.

My Pic of the Day:  This was taken at Boston Museum of Fine Arts and it is a Dale Chihuly glass sculpture.

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Depending on the sun and time of day it radiates a deeper and brighter light. I was there on a snowy day, so bad they closed early. However, I went to various rooms, and then would walk back and look at it. I only had my cell phone, so I couldn’t capture its complete presence, but I felt a sense of wonder looking at it.

A Day in My Life:

What do you love most about living in Metro Detroit, Michigan?

I can walk to most things, the store, Starbucks, and the downtown area.

Favorite breakfast meal & restaurant?

When I’m home I eat a banana and have two cups of black coffee. A few times a year, I’ll eat a New York City bagel with lox and sip on French pressed coffee. That’s my favorite “treat” breakfast.

What are you doing at:

6:00 AM – Two mornings a week, I’m doing strength training with a trainer. The other days I wake up around 6:30, and meditation is the first thing I do.

10:00 AM – If I’m not coaching a client, then I’m prepping for my next client, running (literally), writing or reading.

12:00 PM - Favorite Lunch spot/meal?

Lately, I’ve been making these kale salads (I know, cue eye roll) with butternut squash, beets, garbanzo beans, quinoa, carrots, tomatoes, avocado, no dressing. And I have an apple for dessert. I love being able to be at home most days for lunch, and I use that time to catch up on emails while I eat.

7:00 PM -  Once a week I work in the evening. I have clients on the west coast that I coach by telephone (and I’m on East Coast time), so I usually work until 10:30 PM once a week.

11:00 PM – I’m not a night owl. I need my sleep so at 11 PM, I’m sleeping.  

What drink do you need to get through the day and at the end (and how many)?

More than 8 cups of water, 3 small cups of coffee, and in the evening I love to sip on The Republic of Tea’s Ginger Peach tea. All their teas are splendid but Ginger Peach is my go- to favorite.  

Most used App/Favorite Instagram Account? 

I have three-  I love Katie Couric. She is super smart and her photos are creative, informative, and fun. 

About 18 months ago, Katie was so kind and generous with me. We met for an hour in New York City, just one – to – one. Before we met in person, Katie interviewed me (via an online Yahoo interview) when my book launched, and she did the interview in the most thoughtful, sensitive way. She shared a part of her heart with us in talking about her (late) husband Jay, and I think she is brave.  

My dear friend and mentor Dr. Deepak Chopra always seems to post things to awaken your consciousness.

Rod Styrker has a new Sanctuary app for all those who are seeking calm, strength and wellness. I highly recommend it.  

What should everyone try at least once?

Meditation 

Where do you enjoy getting lost?

Bookstores, libraries, art museums, and of course books.

Radha Bharadwaj: Award-winning Writer & Director

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My NativeAdVert:

Indian-born Radha Bharadwaj is an award-winning feature film writer- director. Bharadwaj has finished filming feature film, Space MOMs. The completed film, which Bharadwaj wrote and directed, will debut to the world in early 2019. It tells the story of the women engineers of India’s successful 2014 Mars Mission, capturing the truly extraordinary spirit of these seemingly ordinary women.

Bharadwaj’s screenwriting and directing feature debut is the psychological suspense Closet Land. Her screenplay won the Nicholl Screenwriting Fellowship, and participated in the Sundance Screenwriting lab. The film starred Alan Rickman and Madeleine Stowe. Oscar-winning director Ron Howard’s Imagine Entertainment produced the feature, which was released by Universal Pictures. Philip Glass served as Creative Music Supervisor; Oscar-winner Eiko Ishioka designed the set. The film was featured at major film festivals such as the Toronto International Film Festival and San Sebastian International Film Festival. Bharadwaj’s stage adaptation of Closet Land continues to be performed around the world.

My Goal of the Day:  Do something creative (write, flesh out a plot, edit, direct or act) every day.

My Thought of the Day:  Is gratitude for my amazing husband, mum, sister, friends—and the animals I live with and encounter.

My Action of the Day: Work—which because it’s my passion—is not work at all, but self-expression.

My Tip of the Day:  Try to see non-human life forms as creatures that have an equal right to life and happiness.

 My Pic of the Day: (any additional pic that expresses something special)  I’m directing my script for Space MOMs, my feature film on India’s successful 2014 Mars Mission.  I’ve been working on this project from 2014. When I finished filming, I learned that some powerful Bollywood Boys’ Club players are embarking on something that sounds awfully similar to my film.  They had (unauthorized) access to my script.  I am suing them for copyright infringement.  Wish me luck: my victory would be one for all content-creators. #WeToo: (WE: Writers’ Empowerment).

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A Day in My Life:

What do you love most about Your City? 

It’s a mix of literally every culture on the face of the planet,  and is very receptive to ideas of compassion to all life forms.

Favorite breakfast meal & restaurant? 

Too many favourite restaurants to single out any.  But here are a few stars: Real Food Daily, Happy Family, Satdha Thai cuisine, Little Pine and Seabirds: all plant-based eateries in Southern California.

What are you doing at:

6:00 AM  Gym.

10:00 AM -  Working on my “Goal of the Day.”

12:00 PM - Favorite Lunch spot/meal?  

Hard one.  I eat once at day and at about 2 p.m.  Weekdays I eat at home, weekends I eat out with my husband.  Always plant-based. 

7:00 PM -  Unwinding at home with my husband and cats. 

11:00 PM -  Fast asleep.  I’m early to rise—hence early to bed.

What drink do you need to get through the day and at the end (and how many)? 

I enjoy white wine.  Chardonnay.  2 Buck Chuck’s good enough for me. 

Most used App/Favorite Instagram Account? 

WhatsApp.  My husband’s Instagram Account: @HalfbreedMongrel. 

What should everyone try at least once? 

Cruelty-free living.  It will do wonders for your health—mental, physical and spiritual.  And hopefully you won’t want to go back.

Where do you enjoy getting lost?

Urban areas.  I like to leave nature to wildlife. 

Andy Berkenfield: CEO, Duncan Channon

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In 18 years at Duncan Channon, Andy has been a driving force in the company’s evolution from a merry band of creatives to a fully-integrated agency that’s now a two-time Ad Age Small Agency of the Year in the West. Under his leadership as CEO, DC now has a thriving staff of 65 across creative, account and planning, along with $13M expected revenue in 2018 – impressive figures for a shop that claimed $2M revenue and 12 creatives when he joined. Recruited from FCB where he led business for Levi’s, Taco Bell and one of the most successful launches in entertainment for SEGA Dreamcast, Andy initially built DC’s account management practice – and then applied his passion for identifying and transforming real challenges to help the agency grow as GM and now CEO. Having spent seven years of his childhood in Paris, Andy is fluent in French. He's also an avid photographer, oenophile, crossfitter and — don't be alarmed — knife collector.

A Day in My Life:

What do you love most about Your City?

I love how small San Francisco feels. It’s like a cozy enclave where everything is within arms reach. The city has grown exponentially since I came here nearly 30 years ago from New York, but it hasn’t lost its character, its friendliness, its familiarity.

Favorite breakfast meal & restaurant?

Three eggs over easy with a side of bacon and green tabasco hot sauce. And, a ton of coffee. Sam’s in Tiburon has been a favorite for years. It’s outside on the marina so you’re looking out at boats with a corner view of the Golden Gate Bridge and Angel Island. Plus, they have great bloody marys.

What are you doing at:

6:00 AM – I’m either at CrossFit or sleeping. I go four days a week and let myself sleep in until 7 am on my off days.

10:00 AM – With few exceptions, I’m in my office having a conversation. 10 am seems to be the most popular meeting time of the day.

12:00 PM - Favorite Lunch spot/meal?

I’m a fan of the sushi boat restaurant just around the corner from our office. It’s got that traditional river with boats where you grab whatever you want. You can walk in the door and be eating in 4 seconds. It’s weird, fun and fast.

My Pic of the Day:

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7:00 PM -  Sitting at the dinner table with my family. Being home with my family for dinner has been one of the most important aspects of my life since I became a father. I drop everything to be at that table.

11:00 PM – Asleep. CrossFit transformed me back into an early morning person. Sleep makes a huge difference in how I show up in my job and life.

What drink do you need to get through the day and at the end (and how many)?

Coffee. It’s on a timer and ready when I wake up. My wife and I split a pot of coffee before I head to the office. I’ll have more 2 cups at work but go caffeine-free past 11 am.

I end my day with a glass of Beaujolais Nouveau during the holiday season. It’s the wine I got to drink on special occasions when I lived just outside Paris as a kid. My Dad used to have a barrel delivered to the house before Thanksgiving - which was right around my birthday - so it feels nostalgic.

Most used App/Favorite Instagram Account?

App: Google maps. I’m a map nerd. I love knowing where things are and how long it’ll take to get there.

Instagram: @wildbayarea. I love photography and make a pilgrimage to photograph a new place every year. This account has beautiful shots of nature in the Bay Area.  

What should everyone try at least once?

Jumping out of a plane. I took my son skydiving for his 18th birthday. I went from sheer terror to being suspended in the sky. The feeling of freedom is bizarre and exhilarating.

Where do you enjoy getting lost?

Being lost is not something I’m comfortable with. Luckily, I have a great sense of direction (and GPS in my pocket).

Rosalia Chann: Celebrity Trainer & Holistic Healer

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My NativeAdVert:

As a native of Southern New Jersey, I grew up dancing for a semi-professional youth ballet company and began teaching dance when I was 14. After high school, I matriculated into The University of the Arts, where I graduated with honors and earned a BFA in Dance in 2007. Upon graduation, I performed with several professional contemporary ballet companies, including BalletX in Philadelphia, and toured domestically and internationally until I completely transitioned into the fitness industry as a personal trainer in 2009. During my tenure at Equinox, I earned the role of Fitness Manager where I trained new hires, provided in-house educational opportunities for the staff, as well as successfully drove new business and led teams at two prominent NYC locations. I was a nominee for Educational Excellence as a Fitness Manager in 2012 at the Global Forum at Equinox in Los Angeles.  With a passion to work with women one-on-one and in a smaller boutique setting, I made the transition to modelFIT upon their opening in 2014. I also taught group fitness classes and works with Celebrity and High Profile clientele. Priding myself on continuing education, she completed the GIFT Mentorship Program through The Gray Institute in 2015.

I coach and create custom tailored programs for my clients based on their movement + lifestyle while helping integrate healthy habits including listening to what their bodies, minds and spirits require on a daily basis, self-care routines to stay empowered from within, energy management, injury management + prevention. I've helped a Victoria's Secret Angel cruise down the runway in svelte shape as well as celebrities and industry leaders and take private training clients to the edge with targeted sculpting moves — always in 3D and always having fun! I am currently coaching private clients out of studio26 in NYC and working on building my own fitness and wellness brand. My mission includes giving back to young women through health/fitness and spreading positivity to the world through my projects. @rosaliachann

My Goal of the Day: Put myself first before my day begins.

My Thought of the Day: I am grateful to be alive.

My Action of the Day: To stay fully open and to be + give my best.

My Deed of the Day: Spread Kindness

My Tip of the Day: Begin with the end in mind and leave room for flexibility and magic.

My Pic of the Day:

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A Day in My Life:

What do you love most about Your City?

 I love that it never gets boring and I always love walking around my neighborhood (Soho) for daily inspo.

Favorite breakfast meal & restaurant?

Breakfast is my favorite meal and I love the at Butcher’s Daughter!

What are you doing at:

6:00 AM – Still sleeping. I wake up around 6:30/7am and do my morning routine before any appointments. The time that I take to self-care, get grounded and prep for my day is very important and paramount to the outcome of my day.

My routine includes Water/hydration, Daily Gratitude List, a meditation that varies in length and stretching + activating my body. Not looking at my phone is a work in progress.

10:00 AM - I’m usually with clients most days. On office days, you will find me working on business development, networking and creative writing 

12:00 PM - Favorite Lunch spot/meal? 

I love to cook my own food, so you’ll most likely find me taking a break from my phone and enjoying my meal. 

I also love Sweet Green, Souen + The Butcher’s Daughter!

7:00 PM - I’m typically at networking events. If not, spending time with good friends at a healthy hangout or unwinding by myself at home.

11:00 PM - Is way past my bedtime when I have clients and appointments the next day. If the evening calls for a fun night out, than I’ll go!

What drink do you need to get through the day and at the end (and how many)?

Lots of water and tea. I love coffee and only stick to one a day in the morning: 75% decaf and 25% caffeine with Vital Proteins and Oat Milk.

Most used App/Favorite Instagram Account?

@iamwellandgood

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What should everyone try at least once?

 Zip lining!

Where do you enjoy getting lost?

In my Spiritual practice

John Black: General Manager, Knai Bang Chatt

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My NativeAdVert:

John Black is the General Manager of Knai Bang Chatt a barefoot luxury resort located in Kep on the south coast of Cambodia. Since joining and under John’s leadership Knai Bang Chatt has successfully twice been awarded gold certification in the Green Growth 2050 sustainability label and is the only hotel / resort in Cambodia to be internationally certified sustainable. Knai Bang Chatt continues to receive accolades and awards as leading resort / hotel in Cambodia. John has a profound passion for making a difference, positively impacting the lives and communities that surround him. 

Before leading the team at Kani Bang Chatt John was the Country Manager for an Australian owned tour operator based in Phnom Penh where he fell in love with the culture and people of Cambodia, a country John now calls home. Outside of work John loves to cook and spend long dinners with family, friends and colleagues sharing and discussing the joys of life and celebrating how wonderful it is to be alive.

My NativeAdVert: (Personal and/or Career)

My Goal of the Day: To empower as many people as I can. To achieve all the tasks both personal and professionally that I set out at achieve

My Thought of the Day: Life is not a dress rehearsal.

My Action of the Day: I am big on routine so action of the day is adhere to my routine and positive habits

My Deed of the Day: Make people happy, make people feel acknowledged and appreciated

My Tip of the Day: live with integrity. Integrity is the key to freedom and happiness.

 My Pic of the Day:

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A Day in My Life:

What do you love most about Your City?

I don’t actually live in a city as such but a small provincial town on the South Coast of Cambodia called Kep. What I love most about Kep is the beautiful National Park, I feel so blessed to have this at my doorstep.

Favorite breakfast meal & restaurant?

My favourite breakfast would have to be Khmer noodle soup with chicken, it has all you need for a great start to the day. My favourite restaurant is a small Japanese restaurant in the city of Phnom Penh called Katanashi.  

What are you doing at:

6:00 AM –  waking up and trying not to hit the snooze button

10:00 AM – The most important hour of my day. This is when I meet with my management team for a daily operations brief. It is a very structured meeting and it ensures that we making right when things are not right and that we are creating memories of a lifetime for our guests.

12:00 PM - Favorite Lunch spot/meal?

Grilled Fish or chicken with roast pumpkin and salad. Made at The Strand restaurant at the resort.

7:00 PM -  I am often still at work ensuring that our busy restaurants and bars are all operating smoothly, this is usually the time that I am eating dinner.

11:00 PM – rarely am I awake still but if I am it means I am head deep into a new book that I can’t put down or addicted to a show on Netflix.

What drink do you need to get through the day and at the end (and how many)?

I start each day with a squeezed lemon or lime in a glass of water. I usually will have two glasses of coffee with breakfast. During the day I may have a pot of green tea that I top with water or just water. Occasionally I will finish my day with a glass or two of red wine.

Most used App/Favorite Instagram Account?

Facebook is my favourite social media platform and I use messenger to communicate with friends and family

What should everyone try at least once?

Fried tarantula’s, they are a local delicacy in Cambodia.

Where do you enjoy getting lost?

On the streets of New York City

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Lagueria Davis: Filmmaker

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My NativeAdVert:

Lagueria Davis graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 2007 with a BFA in Media Art. Originally from Fort Worth, Texas, Davis graduated in 1996 and found herself a freshman at OU double majoring in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. Three years and three internships later, her need to create consumed her, and she left the engineering program and landed in the School of Art. Since graduating, Davis has established herself as an award-winning filmmaker.  

MAID OF DISHONOR a feature she co-wrote was a 2016 Nicholls Fellowship Quarter-Finalist and was a quarter finalist in the 2015 WeScreenplay Competitions. REMEMBER ME a pilot Davis wrote was a semi-finalist 2016 WeScreenplay TV Competition. In addition, in 2013 THIS IS NOT A LOVE STORY, a feature script and in 2016 LIGHT IN DARK PLACES a short script placed in the Austin Film Festival Screenplay Competition. Recently, Davis was selected to participate as a writer/director in the Outfest/NBCUni In-Fusion Talent Development Program. In Jan 2018, Davis shot LIGHT IN DARK PLACES. Next up in 2018, she will be directing a feature documentary, BLACK BARBIE, which was selected as a Big Sky Pitch Participant and WIF/Women at Sundance Financing Intensive. Currently, Davis resides in LA where she’s on the board of the Alliance of Women Directors and Cinefemme.

What do you love most about Your City?

I presently live in LA and have been in this city for seven years. I love the energy of this city. It’s got a vibe that’s in tune with mine. It’s got some get up and go, but it also has a relax and take it slow feel to it as well. At any given moment, I know that I could go with either and still be okay. I’d like to think I’ve found my forever home in LA.

Favorite breakfast meal & restaurant?

Two eggs, breakfast potatoes, and a pancake or waffle. Wash it all down with a couple of cups of coffee-- black or with a little cream and two sugars. Or, perhaps, a couple of breakfast tacos. I enjoy diner type breakfast spots, like—The Waffle, Cindy’s, I-Hop, Roscoe’s Chicken and Waffles.

What are you doing at:

6:00 AM – Sleeping if I’m not on a job!

If I’m working, I may be up and on set by this time, but I’m there half asleep. I’m so not a morning person! I’m usually no good to anyone until 10am or later…

10:00 AM – Again, if I’m not working, I’m just starting my day most likely. This means, I’m up and doing a boxing session two or three times a week. If it’s not a workout morning, it’s a “slow” morning where a make breakfast or eat cereal while checking and answering emails and reading my horoscope. Then I set to task on working through my to do list for the day… This could include taking phone calls, lunches, brunches to reconnect with friends or for networking purposes.

When I’m on a job, I’m usually juggling that plus the items on my “personal projects” to do list.

12:00 PM - Favorite Lunch spot/meal? When I’m not on a job, my favorite lunch spot is Slurpin’ Ramen, they have the best Veggie Ramen!

When I’m working prep or wrap, we love to lunch at Tender Greens (Tuna Nicois Salad), Sweet Greens (Baja Fish Bowl), Lemonade (The Big Chill with Ahi Tuna), and Galanga (Spicy Basil Salmon). I’m a creature of habit, I usually order the same thing every time. Otherwise, when on set, I’m eating the catering for all meals. Gotta love production!

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7:00 PM -  If I’m on a job, I’m usually still working! Once we wrap for the day, I usually find myself at happy hour with my team if I don’t have a previous engagement. Due to the nature of my volunteering, I often times have a previous engagement.

If I’m not working-- I attend screenings, dinner with friends, attend events, host events. If I’m feeling more introverted-- I could be at home binge watching something or reading a book. Also, this time could be used for doing laundry, washing dishes, and deep cleaning. And of course, depending on the to do list, could still be working on crossing more items off of it.

11:00 PM – I’m a night owl. So, it’s not uncommon for me to be settling in with a night cap and gearing up to do some writing. There’s a slim chance, even when I’m working, that I’m in bed by 11pm. If I’m working, I try to go to bed by 1am. If I’m not working and the writing is flowing… sleep come when it comes.

What drink do you need to get through the day and at the end (and how many)? Lots of coffee and water get me through the day.

To end the day. Whiskey. Wine-- of the red variety. Usually. How many? Depends on the day!

Most used App/Favorite Instagram Account?

What’s this?

What should everyone try at least once?

Oh dear, not sure that I’m an authority to speak on what everyone should try at least once… Living outside of their hometown or the city where they were raised. Even if it’s just for a month, a summer, a season…

Where do you enjoy getting lost? I have a bad sense of direction. So, by default, I have to enjoy getting lost anywhere and often. Though this summer I had the joy of getting lost DTLA during the Adult Swim Festival. My friend and I discovered this beautiful little section of downtown. It was lovely and felt like it was right where we were supposed to be going, which made us feel a little less lost and a little more ready for adventure!

Khrystyna Tyminska: Actor, Model, Influencer & Reality Star

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My NativeAdVert:

Actor, model, influencer and reality star Khrystyna Tyminska is the new self-made, multifaceted it girl of 2019. Known for her extensive work on various modeling campaigns music videos, including Nervo's "Forever or Nothing," and Chris Brown's "Grass Ain't Greener," as well as her acting in film and television, Khrystyna is a true hustler whose name will be on everyone's lips this coming year. We would love to arrange an interview with you and beguiling starlet to discuss her current projects which includes her upcoming film ALL-STAR WEEKENDacting alongside Jamie Foxx, Eva LongoriaRobert Downey Jr., and Benicio Del Toro. Khrystyna is also available to discuss her modeling career, exclusive fitness tips, dating, and her one-of-a-kind success story.

Born in the Ukraine and having moved to Dublin Ireland at the age of 9 years old, Khrystyna knew from a young age that she wanted to make a splash in the entertainment industry. Dancing since she was 9 years old, Khrystyna began performing and acting at the Olympia Theater. With a strong drive to succeed, Khrystyna began modeling at the age of 16 years old and was featured in many fashion magazines and online publications. With beauty and brains, Khrystyna pursued her love of the arts by first attending the National Performing Arts School, and later getting her BA in Film & Media at the Dublin Business School. After finishing university, Khrystyna moved to LA to pursue a career in the entertainment industry and booked music videos with Chris Brown, and Nervo. Naturally gaining followers on social media and amassing almost 100K, and already having her roots planted in the fashion industry, Khrystyna was cast in the Fashion One Network's hit reality series "Fashion Dolls," a docu-series that follows entrepreneur Destenee McKenzie, and her team of smart, stylish and sassy women as they organize events throughout the Los Angeles fashion industry. Following the success of "Fashion Dolls, Khrystyna began getting casted in films including THE LAST WIZARD, and the soon to be released ALL-STAR WEEKEND.

My Goal of the Day: To do something productive every day.

My Thought of the Day: Be better than you were yesterday.

My Action of the Day: Physical activity every single day whether it is gym, boxing, or running.

My Deed of the Day: I strongly support mental health, so I often reach out to my followers and spread love and positivity and check on them. I think it is important to show love and spread positivity in this world. You never know what someone else is going through and an easy message asking how are you will put a smile on their face.

My Tip of the Day: Write down your goals for every single day and how you are going to achieve them. Be productive. Dreams don’t work unless you do.

My Pic of the Day: (any additional pic that expresses something special) My photo with myself and my dad. Without him I would not be here right now. I love him so much and miss him so much. I am forever great full. He is forever in my hearth.

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A Day in My Life:

What do you love most about Your City?

I love Los Angeles because everyone is here living their dreams and hustling. I love the weather in Los Angeles because it always puts me in a great mood.

Favorite breakfast meal & restaurant? I am trying to live a healthy lifestyle as much as possible. I feel that a great healthy breakfast in the morning is always how you should start your day. My favorite breakfast now is Avocado toast with egg and strawberries. I always make my own breakfast at home.

What are you doing at:

6:00 AM – I do wake up early have breakfast and get on with my plans for the day whether it is filming or a photo shoot. I also love to go hiking in the morning and then I have breakfast afterwards. 

10:00 AM - I like to go to the gym and look after my health.

12:00 PM - Favorite Lunch spot/meal?

When it comes to restaurants I am obsessed with Sushi! It is so good! Any sushi restaurant is great but if you are in Los Angeles I recommend Midori sushi in Encino.

7:00 PM - Having a nice dinner. I absolutely love seafood or something spicy.

11:00 PM - Reading any positive and motivating books to keep my mind in a good space. I also love reading books about acting. The Power of Actor book by Ivana Chubbuck is a game changer! 

What drink do you need to get through the day and at the end (and how many)?

I drink plenty of water every single day. I like to drink 2 liters of water per day. It keeps me hydrated and it is the best tip for a clear skin.

Most used App/Favorite Instagram Account?

I follow @bestvacations on Instagram. I love traveling so so much visiting beautiful places around the world, meeting new people and learning about different cultures. Their page helps to do choose where I should go next for my vacation.

What should everyone try at least once?

Everyone should try and do something that they are scared of failing at, at least once in their life, if not more.

Where do you enjoy getting lost?

Well definitely not when I am alone in a foreign country lol. I often lose myself listening to music. I love to workout listening to music. I cannot work out without music.

Candice Vernon: Writer/Director/Producer

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Candice Vernon is a former New York advertising agency Executive Producer, turned Writer/Director/Producer, hailing from the small parish of St Ann, Jamaica.  Having grown up in three different countries, Jamaica, USA, and Germany, gave her a uniquely diverse experience and outlook on humans as subjects, which sparked her interest in storytelling. She got her very first TV job casting for Law & Order: Criminal Intent where she later transitioned to talent production assistant on the original Law & Order to be closer to set. She hasn’t looked back since.

Vernon’s award winning short film, Make America Great?, which she wrote, directed, and produced screened in festivals world-wide, winning the Audience Award for Best Short at the Zero Film Festival and The National Black Film Festival, with write-ups appearing in The Hollywood ReporterDecider.com, and other publications.  Decider writes, “There are moments so emotionally charged and genuine in this film that it can be hard to watch, but it’s absolutely necessary. Powerfully acted, beautifully shot, and eerily pertinent to the world we are living in, this is exactly the kind of short film needed right now”.

In the content space she has directed and produced for clients such as Instagram, The Dollar Shave Club, Chico’s, Jockey, The Bob Marley Foundation and more. Most notably she wrote and directed, The Dream Still Lives, a tribute video by Stevie Wonder & CAA, for Martin Luther King Jr.s 50th anniversary of his passing, starring various celebrities such as Stevie Wonder, The Obama’s, Common, Meryl Streep, Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen, and many more. The video has garnered over 1 billion impressions to date. Vernon is developing a TV pilot, Three Months & A Baby, with her writing partner and Mad House Entertainment, based on her series of the same name, which was a semi-finalist at the Sundance New Voices Lab, as well as two feature films, prepping a web series, and other short form content. Creating stirring and engaging narrative content is a love of hers and is evident in all of her work and partnerships to date. She received her BA in Film & TV from Temple University and currently resides in Los Angeles. 

My Goal of the Day: To push the needle forward on my projects in development, whether that’s a script revision, reading other screenplays, watching films, networking, or simply honing my craft by shooting and/or learning new techniques. I also strive daily to keep God at the center of everything I do and be grateful that I get to play make believe for a living.

My Thought of the Day: “What a fi yuh, cyan be un fi yuh”. It’s a Jamaican proverb that I think of daily as I navigate through life’s peaks and valleys. The translation is “what is for you, can’t be not for you’. The meaning is: If it is meant to be, it will be. What is yours will always be yours.

My Action of the Day: Everyday upon waking my daily action is to read a scripture from the bible and start my day with a prayer.

My Deed of the Day:

Eliminating plastic straw usage and trying to get my friends and family to do the same.

My Tip of the Day

Smile and say hello to a stranger who crosses your path. A little kindness can go a long way. You never how how you may positively affect one’s day by simply acknowledging them.

My Pic of the Day:

One of my favorite works of art in my apartment that a former colleague made, flanked by two pieces of street art I bought in South Africa. It’s a daily reminder that I am free and not owned by anyone.

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A Day in My Life:

What do you love most about Your City?

My current city for the past two years has been Los Angeles, CA. What I love most is the weather. Year round my days always start off nice and sunny, without immense humidity. The sun gives off positive energy and vitamin D so it’s a blessing to live in a city where one can simply step outside to feel energized.

Favorite breakfast meal & restaurant?

My favorite breakfast meal of all time, Ackee & Saltfish, hails from my home land of Jamaica. I could eat it anytime of day, everyday. Since moving to Los Angeles I can’t say that I’ve found a restaurant that I would call my fave but there is a small cafe/wine store in my neighborhood that I’m multiple repeat customer of. In a pinch especially if I haven’t cooked I could always run up the street to The Oaks Gourmet in Franklin Village, Hollywood.

What are you doing at:

6:00 AM – I’m usually in bed either still sleeping or willing myself back to sleep. I am not a morning person.

10:00 AM - If it’s not a gym day I’m writing and answering emails and charting out my agenda for the day.

12:00 PM - Favorite Lunch spot/meal?

I rarely eat lunch at 12 noon on the dot. I’m a 1-2p lunch eater, sometimes 3p. If I’m working from home I’ll make whatever I have in the fridge, or order from The Oaks Gourmet or Locali. If I’m not working from home, I’m usually holding a table hostage at the soho house for 6-8 hours and eating my meals there.

7:00 PM - I’m still finishing up my day at this time. If I’m in production I’m definitely still working otherwise I’m on the way to a screening or panel of some sorts while trying to grab a bite to eat if there’s time. Otherwise I’m eating after 9p which explains my LA weight gain lol.

11:00 PM - Generally I like to be at home on the couch catching up on the shows I’ve missed.

What drink do you need to get through the day and at the end (and how many)?

I need water, preferably with lemon, to get me through the day. As I’m not an avid coffee drinker I start my day with a green or ginger tea and sometimes end it with a glass of wine.

Most used App/Favorite Instagram Account?

I have to admit I’m an instagram-aholic. I don’t go a day without using it. My favorite account is @shaunking. He’s an activist and journalist highlighting and educating acts of injustice in the country, specifically police brutality.

What should everyone try at least once?

Everyone should travel outside of their country of origin at least once and experience other cultures.

Where do you enjoy getting lost?

I enjoy getting lost in a good book or movie.  I also enjoy walking on the beach or alongside water. As long as the water is by my side I can walk forever.

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Caren Osten: Positive Psychology Life Coach + Writer

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My NativeAdVert:

Caren Osten is a life coach and writer. She works with individuals and groups who seek to cultivate greater positivity, clarity and calm as they navigate life's daily stresses, challenges and shifts. Caren's workshops and presentations are rooted in the scientific study of optimal wellbeing, with a focus on building skills, harnessing strengths and centering awareness. A contributor to The New York Times, PsychologyToday.com and other magazines and websites, Caren writes about health and wellbeing, parenting, education and travel. 

In addition to her training with Tal Ben-Shahar and the Wholebeing Institute, Caren has studied Mindfulness & Character Strengths in Coaching and MBSR (Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction). As an adjunct professor, she taught magazine writing at New York University’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute. Each year, Caren volunteers at Camp BroaderWay, teaching meditation and mindfulness to young, urban girls from New York City.  You can learn more about her work at www.carenosten.com.

My Goal of the Day: Be peaceful. Be kind. Savor the good things.

My Thought of the Day: You are loved. 

My Action of the Day: A balance between work and play.

My Tip of the Day: Begin it with meditation and movement. It sets the stage for feeling good about yourself and what awaits you.

 My Pic of the Day: (any additional pic that expresses something special)

This is me with my husband and our three children preparing for a family photo. Spending time with people you love and who love you is the number one predictor of happiness. For me, this photo expresses the texture and variety of emotions that exist among those we love. Here, we are fussing and caring, distracted and present, doing our own thing while coming together as a unit. Life is complicated and so is this photo.

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A Day in My Life:

What do you love most about Your City?

The beautiful Manor Park that hugs the shoreline of the water and is a two-minute walk from our house. It is a magnificent spot in all types of weather, and I walk there almost daily with my dog, alone, family or friends. 

Favorite breakfast meal & restaurant?

Fried eggs on toast with goat cheese, avocado and hot sauce. Made at home.

What are you doing at:

6:00 AM – Sleeping

10:00 AM - Some form of exercise—yoga, walking, tennis or Pilates usually.

12:00 PM - Favorite Lunch spot/meal?

My sunny kitchen; a homemade salad of shredded carrots, arugula, crumbled feta, and toasted almonds, dressed with the vinaigrette I learned to make from my mother. 

7:00 PM -  Dinner with my husband. We recently became “free birds” —aka parents with no kids living full-time at home. (Can you tell I don’t like the term “empty nester?”)

11:00 PM - snuggling in bed with a good book or watching TV with my guy. Most recently we’re watching “Money Heist."

What drink do you need to get through the day and at the end (and how many)?

Coffee in the morning, Water throughout the day, Green tea in the eve. 

Most used App/Favorite Instagram Account?

Insight Timer, a meditation app. 

What should everyone try at least once?

dark chocolate

Where do you enjoy getting lost?

 In Paris.

Kendis Paris: Executive Director & Co-Founder, Truckers Against Trafficking (TAT)

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My NativeAdVert:

Kendis Paris is the Executive Director and Co-Founder of Truckers Against Trafficking (TAT), a nonprofit organization that educates, equips, empowers, and mobilizes members of the trucking and travel plaza industry to combat domestic sex trafficking. Paris has grown TAT to train over half a million truckers, bus drivers, and truck stop employees to be the eyes and ears of our nations roadways.  By partnering with industry and law enforcement, TAT is increasing trafficking reports, arrests, prosecutions, and victim rescues.  TAT’s network includes 50 state trucking associations, trade groups, the vast majority of large trucking companies and truck stops, the bus industry, and a range of state agencies, including DOTs, DMVs, DORs, DOLs, AGs, and law enforcement.  TAT uses a Motor Vehicle Enforcement Model developed in Iowa and now adopted in whole or in part by 40 states.  The model has increased arrests and rescues during interdiction stops.  In addition, Paris has worked with the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators, the International Registration Plan, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, and other applicable agencies to train staff and key members, equip their locations with relevant materials for transportation stakeholders, and devise best practices in conjunction with their particular sphere of influence.  Co-winner of the Norma Hotaling Award for demand reduction, Kendis is also an Ashoka (a-show-ka) fellow, a global organization that identifies and invests in leading social entrepreneurs. She received her M.A. in Christian Studies from Denver Seminary, and her B.A. in Elementary Education from the University of Hawaii.

My Goal of the Day: To honor God and embrace each day as the gift that it is.

My Thought of the Day: I must share one of the best Andy Crouch quotes I’ve ever read in answer to this question ... “What is most needed in our time are Christians who are deeply serious about cultivating and creating but who wear that seriousness lightly—who are not desperately trying to change the world but who also wake up every morning eager to create.” 

My Action of the Day: Rally another member of the trucking industry to join our mobile army of transportation professionals fighting human trafficking.

My Deed of the Day: Remove an obstacle or streamline a process on behalf of the amazing women on the TAT Team.

My Tip of the Day: Go to Jazzercise ... it’s the most fun workout around!

My Pic of the Day:

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A Day in My Life:

What do you love most about Your City?

I love the view of the mountains Denver provides. I travel a lot for work, so coming home to those peaks, and our fresh mountain air is a true blessing.

Favorite breakfast meal & restaurant?

Devil’s Food in Washington Park makes the best two-egg scramble with caramelized onions and white cheddar I’ve ever had. Pair that with their roasted potatoes and homemade bread/jam and you are good to go.

What are you doing at:

6:00 AM – Just waking up.

10:00 AM – Pounding out emails, or taking a meeting.

12:00 PM - Favorite Lunch spot/meal?

One hash brown and veggie burger please, served up in my own kitchen ... perks of working from home.

7:00 PM -  Family time.

11:00 PM – Sleeping ... yay!

What drink do you need to get through the day and at the end (and how many)?

I’m a water girl ... we need that constant hydration in the Mile High City.

Most used App/Favorite Instagram Account?

Marco Polo ... super fun way to communicate with friends and family.

What should everyone try at least once?

Go to a truck show ... you’ll never forget it.

Where do you enjoy getting lost?

French or Italian countryside.

https://www.facebook.com/truckersagainstrafficking/

https://twitter.com/TATKylla

https://www.instagram.com/truckersagainsttrafficking/

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Susan McPherson: Founder & CEO, McPherson Strategies

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My NativeAdVert:

Susan McPherson is a serial connector, angel investor, and corporate responsibility expert. She is the founder and CEO of McPherson Strategies, a communications consultancy focusing on the intersection between brands and social impact, providing storytelling, partnership creation and visibility to corporations, NGOs and social enterprises. She’s a regular contributor to the Harvard Business Review, Fast Company and Forbes and has 25+ years experience in marketing, public relations, and sustainability communications. She is a featured speaker at industry events including Net Impact, Inspirefest/Dublin, Center for Corporate Citizenship's Annual Summit, DLD, TOA Berlin, and Techonomy. Susan founded and hosts the bi-weekly #CSRChat on Twitter and is a regular guest on a variety of podcasts.

Currently, Susan invests in, and advises women-led technology start-ups, including News DeeplyHint WaterApoliticalArlo SkyeGoldBean and The Muse.  She serves on the boards of USA for UNHCRGirl RisingThe PVBLIC Foundation, and the Lower Eastside Girls Club, and previously served on the board of Bpeace. Additionally, she is a member of the MIT Solve Women and Technology Leadership Group and serves as an adviser to several nonprofits, including Girls Who Code, Ocean Collective, She’s The First, The Adventure Project, and The OpEd Project. Susan is a Vital Voices global corporate ambassador and was named as one of Fortune's 55 Most Influential Women on Twitter, 40 Women to Watch Over 40, Elle Magazine's Top 25 Women on Twitter and Fast Company's 25 Smartest Women of Twitter.  @susanmcp1

My Goal of the Day:  To be a better human being than I was the day before and to always be grateful for everything I have. 

My Thought of the Day:  Even though we are living in challenging times, it’s important to keep pushing forward with positive spirit and forward-looking attitude. This is NOT the time to throw in the towel.

My Action of the Day:  Pick up the phone and call a long-lost friend or relative to say hello or handwrite a note to thank someone for a kind gesture.

My Deed of the Day:  Insure I have done one thing to showcase the wonderful work of another. Shine that light brilliantly for the world to see.

My Tip of the Day: It’s really going to be all right. Believe that in your heart.

My Pic of the Day (any additional pic that expresses something special):

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Photo Credit: Barry Sutton

A Day in My Life:

What do you love most about Your City? 

New York City is like a foreign country plopped into the United States. In just one day, you can literally interact with individuals who have hailed from far and distant lands. I love that it all works. And yes, of course, there is racism and bigotry like in much of this complicated country, but in my experience, New Yorkers are far more tolerant, progressive, accepting and open. And given our close proximity to each other, you can actually talk to people and they’ll speak back to you!

Favorite breakfast meal & restaurant? 

Nutritionists with scold me, but I typically do not eat breakfast. I will drink a strong coffee with lots of warmed skim milk (essentially a café au lait) to power me through the morning.  If I were to dine out for breakfast, there is nothing better than a leisurely nosh at Soho’s classic Balthazar. You just feel like you’ve been plopped in the middle of Paris. And a second, more casual choice would be Sullivan Street Bakery. The egg-sandwiches are the perfect comfort food. 

What are you doing at:

6:00 AM – Honestly, cuddling with my darling rescue pup, Phoebe while listening to NPR.

10:00 AM – Could be any one of the following: answering the constant barrage of emails, tweeting, meeting with a client or working with a member of my team on any number of projects.

12:00 PM – Favorite Lunch spot/meal

The avocado toast at Gotan is hand’s down the BEST in all of New York City.

7:00 PM – One of three things:  Either, I am on the step mill at the YMCA (across from my apartment) which is the only machine that provides a similar workout to running 6-8 miles. I was a marathoner for years but due to foot injuries, those days are long gone.  Or, I am at an event, whether a book launch, a charity fundraiser, a client gathering or dining with friends. And last but not least, an occasional date with someone I have met on one of the plethora of dating apps!
11:00 PM – Responding to emails, planning out the next day, getting ready for bed and hopefully snuggling with Phoebe.

What drink do you need to get through the day and at the end (and how many)? So much water. Years ago when I lived with a Danish family in Copenhagen during college, my Danish “father” told me my insides were going to rust given the sheer amount of H2O I consumed.  And yes, I admit it, I am a Diet Coke fan but limit myself to a maximum of one per day. In the evening, I adore a glass of Spanish or Italian white wine.

Most used App/Favorite Instagram Account? 

Email is naturally the most used. But I do have a fondness for Twitter, mainly to engage rather than push content out. Slack is becoming more and more important and, as I am single, I find myself perusing Bumble when on the Subway.  Favorite Instagram accounts would be one of the following:  @NewYorkerCartoons (often so hysterical), my sister, @Nespector for cutting edge art and @SarahSophieF, for her up to the minute political activism and lastly @NatGeo for nature at its best

What should everyone try at least once? 

Speak to someone who doesn’t share your views. 

Something that literally scares you silly. 

Fall in love.

Kiss a puppy on her tummy.

Where do you enjoy getting lost? I still love to get lost in the vastness of NYC. I’ve lived here for over 15 years, yet there is always some place new to discover. And also every time I am in a far away land.  



Cloé Bailly: Director & Screenwriter

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My NativeAdVert:

I’m a comedy director and screenwriter based in Paris, represented by caviar.tv. Check my work on vimeo.com/cloebailly

My Goal of the Day: Fit as many things as possible in 24 hours (realistically, in 12 hours)

My Thought of the Day: I can get ran over by a bus tomorrow, so I might as well 100% enjoy this day and not get overwhelmed by s**t :)

My Action of the Day: Write my feature film script

My Deed of the Day: Try to make people laugh 

My Tip of the Day: Don’t take anything too seriously. Especially not yourself <3 

My Pic of the Day: The poster of my latest short film, « La Paix Intérieure », which is currently doing the Festivals round. 

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A Day in My Life:

What do you love most about Your City? BREAD.

Favorite breakfast meal & restaurant? The ultimate basic bitch breakfast : avocado on toasted whole grain bread. With unsalted butter. Topped with sesame seeds and paprika. 

Favorite restaurant : Le Grand Bain (rue Denoyez, Paris 20th)

What are you doing at:

6:00 AM – Sleeping like a big baby.

10:00 AM - Pretending to check my emails while staring at my dog while drinking a liter of coffee

12:00 PM - Abri Soba rue Saulnier in the 10th arrondissement. Le Servan in the 11th for an other kind of lunch and day (more wine, less work)

7:00 PM -  Heading out for a good glass of wine after a whole day locked on my computer screen. If I’m on set, 7PM would very likely be the hour when I’m starting to freak out about getting all my shots

11:00 PM - Depends on the type of night. Could be watching a movie as well as having endless conversations with friends around a dinner table. 

What drink do you need to get through the day and at the end (and how many)? Have I mentioned coffee and wine? 

Most used App/Favorite Instagram Account? Instagram (as sad as I am to admit it, I’m quite addicted to it).

Favorite account: @duganoneal, @mytherapistsays @thefatjewish, @amours_solitaires

What should everyone try at least once? Therapy. I swear it’d make the world a better smoother chiller place. 

Where do you enjoy getting lost? Pretty much any new city I go to. Best way to visit a place. Definitely not a forest, nor a mountain. Getting lost is only fun when it’s under control. 

Kali Bailey: Commercial Director & Writer

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My NativeAdVert:

Kali Bailey is a freelance commercial director and writer who specializes in family-friendly narrative storytelling. She bought her first camera at age 13 with money she earned picking up pecans in South Georgia and worked on her first feature film soon after at age 15. Since then she has worked on over 15 feature films and many other branded content campaigns. Currently, she is based in Nashville, TN producing and directing short form commercial content.

My Goal of the Day: Typically, my to-do list includes a rewrite on a project I’m working on and today is no exception. I have a commercial spot I’ll be shooting next weekend and I have to get the revisions out to actors today for rehearsals this weekend. 

My Thought of the Day: There is a Tanzanian proverb that says, “Little by little, a little becomes a lot.” In film, I think this is especially applicable. You don’t think that this little revision or that little edit will do much in the grand scheme of your huge career goals, but it all adds up.   

My Action of the Day: Go to the climbing gym. I try to work in some sort of physical activity every day to get away from a screen and one of my favorite things to do is grab my climbing shoes and go to the indoor gym 3 minutes from my house and finish a few good, hard routes.  

My Deed of the Day: Therapy. This is a non-traditional “deed” but I think the extent to which we help ourselves become healthy broadens our capability to extend help to others. 

My Tip of the Day: Get a real alarm clock so that when you wake up in the morning, you don’t check your phone within five seconds of waking up. Put it in the living room overnight. This will force you to get out of bed faster (because obviously, you’ve got to go check that phone).  

My Pic of the Day: (any additional pic that expresses something special)

Sunsets are my favorite part of my day. I get FOMO if there is a good sunset outside and I’m stuck indoors or can’t see it from a good spot. Fortunately, the top of the hill where I live has a fantastic view of sunset. I try to end my day with a long walk around the neighborhood at sunset, reminding myself to look up and be present in the world. 

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A Day in My Life:

What do you love most about Your City?

Nashville is growing so much and so quickly it’s hard to keep up. But even in a growing city, there are so many pockets and local treasures that make Nashville feel small and homey. The people here are very genuine, kind and creative. And obviously, the music scene here is second to none. iF you’re ever in Nashville, I’d highly recommend seeing a show at The Basement for upcoming local artists or The Five Spot for Sunday Night Soul.

Favorite breakfast meal & restaurant?

My favorite local restaurant for breakfast is Frothey Monkey. They have an amazing egg and cheese biscuit and phenomenal coffee.

What are you doing at:

6:00 AM – Sleeping. I’m not a morning person. I tend to get a lot more done when the sun goes down.

10:00 AM – Sitting at a coffee shop trying to work but also trying avoid working. As Stephen Pressfield outlines in “The War of Art,” we creatives are pretty insecure about our work so we are constantly trying to overcome the resistance we feel to doing the work. For example, right now I have a script revision to get to an actor before lunch but I decided to do these questions first and put off overcoming resistance for just a little bit longer. 

12:00 PM - Favorite Lunch spot/meal? 

Bar Taco has a great vibe and incredible tacos not to mention the best margaritas in town.

7:00 PM -  Making salmon and baked asparagus (my specialty) and watching West Wing.

11:00 PM -  Writing my to-do list for the next day. This is something I do every day without fail. It helps me prioritize my following day and sets me up for productivity first thing the next morning. 

What drink do you need to get through the day and at the end (and how many)?

I make a really strong cup of coffee with my percolator first thing in the morning. It jolts me awake and then I do my best to stick to water for the rest of the day. 

Most used App/Favorite Instagram Account?

I use Spotify and/or instagram the most. I have a “John Williams” playlist that I have on constantly for inspiration and motivation. My favorite instagram account is @imsteph, an LGBT wedding/engagement photographer. Her posts are real, raw, beautiful and important. 

What should everyone try at least once?

Skydiving. It was without a doubt one of the most amazing things I have ever done (and much less scary than you’d think). And if you’re able, do it in New Zealand in Queenstown, the adventure capitol of the world. It’s like skydiving into Middle Earth.  

Where do you enjoy getting lost? 

In a good fiction book. 


Eszter Harsányi: Co-Founder, MagikMe

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My NativeAdVert:

Eszter Harsányi was an HR consultant, has been working for a multinational company for 12 years. Six month later her second son was born, she was told that her son suffers from epilepsy. Because of his condition she spent lot’s of time in hospital with him. This was not tolerated by her employer so she had to leave the organization. Due to her son’s condition (impossible to have a classic job) she needed to change her career path. She desired something which can help to improve the quality life of her son and also others could benefit from it. So she co-founded MagikMe and became a CEO of it.

My Goal of the Day: Creating inclusive educational system, giving the opportunity to more and more disabled kids to spend their educational years with their non-disabled peers, joining to same fun as their non-disabled peers. 

My Thought of the Day: Tell me and I forget, teach me and I remember, involve me and I learn

My Action of the Day: Talking to 7 years old kids about the differences between Chanuka and Christmas (

My Deed of the Day:  Talk honestly about my story

My Tip of the Day: Be passionate

A Day in My Life:

What do you love most about Your City?

Budapest has several types of architectural buildings. I love to walk on streets where every building is more than hundred years old, and love to enter to a Bauhaus building. 

Favorite breakfast meal & restaurant?

The most important is a good coffee 

What are you doing at:

6:00 AM – Waking up my kids, helping them to be ready for school.

10:00 AM – Working-creating the board game for our training module.

12:00 PM - Favorite Lunch spot/meal? 

Asian food, tehre is one very good where I leave

7:00 PM -  I’m with my kids, reading stories, playing, spending quality time together

11:00 PM - sleeping

What drink do you need to get through the day and at the end (and how many)?

Coffee 4 times a day

Most used App/Favorite Instagram Account?

appio

What should everyone try at least once?

To stand up for human rights

Where do you enjoy getting lost? 

Lat time it happened to me was in Copenhagen in Christiania. I loved it.

Kathy Fusco: Writer & Director

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My NativeAdVert:

Writer-Director Kathy Fusco started her career as a talent intern at Saturday Night Live, where she learned valuable skills like how to order 200 dollars worth of Taco Bell for Garth Brooks. After getting a taste of the fast-paced, creative environment at SNL, Kathy knew she wanted to dedicate her life to comedy. So, her next stop was the obvious choice: Court TV.  At Court TV, she honed her comedy chops writing on such subjects as homicide, cannibalism and double homicide. She produced promos for Nancy Grace, Catherine Crier and Johnnie Cochran, and also once made eye contact with O.J. Simpson, which somehow did not make it into The People v. O.J. Simpson. 

After 5 years at Court TV, Kathy decided to continue her comedy journey at a less obvious place: Comedy Central, where she wrote and directed such award winning campaigns as The Roast of James Franco, The Roast of Justin Bieber, South Park, Kroll Show and The Roast of Rob Lowe, which earned her a pair of Clios. Kathy was with Comedy Central for 14 years, most recently as the Vice President/Creative Director, Brand Creative. Kathy is based in New York and is represented as a commercial director by Hungry Man. 

My Goal of the Day: To accomplish something that gets me closer to my long term goal— getting my daughter to school on time. And creating my own comedy series.

My Thought of the Day: Let me think about that and get back to you.

My Action of the Day: Write or create something that makes me laugh.

My Deed of the Day: Making my writing partners laugh.

My Tip of the Day: Do what you love, don’t just do what you do.

My Pic of the Day: (any additional pic that expresses something special) 

This is a pic my three year old took of me with a polaroid camera. It’s special to me because she was so proud of her work, and also because polaroid pictures are very forgiving.

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What do you love most about Your City? 

The first time I stepped out of the Graham Avenue station in Williamsburg, I immediately felt at home. Maybe because I overheard two older ladies talking about cannoli. I later learned that this very area of Brooklyn is where my dad’s family had settled after coming over from Italy. So for me there is a historical significance to living in their old neighborhood. I love chit-chatting with the older folk from the area about how it’s changed, and they usually end up knowing members of my family and then proceed to tell me hilarious stories about them. I also know it’s a thrill for my dad to be back in the old neighborhood when he visits.

Favorite breakfast meal & restaurant? 

On weekends, my husband, daughter and I head to Esme in Greenpoint for pancakes. Aside from being the best pancakes in the world, it is one of the only things that we know with certaintly our daughter will eat. We also really love going to Peter Pan Donut & Pastry Shop because we also know she will 100% eat a pink glazed donut. Sitting at their old-timey counter and people watching while eating an egg & cheese on a bialy is always fun. Though waiting for said seat at the counter to open up is pure torture, particularly with a toddler. It’s always very, very crowded.

What are you doing at:

6:00 AM – I usually start my day with pilates at 5:45. Just kidding. I’m definitely sleeping. Unless I have an early call time for a shoot I’m directing, then I’m up and answering 3000 questions per minute.

10:00 AM - This is when my work day really starts. Some days I’m meeting with my writing partners (Sid Karger & Josh Borock), usually at Dumbo House where we do about an hour and a half of bits that only we think are funny before getting to work on whatever series we are developing at the time. Other days I’m writing commercial treatments, directing shoots or answering strange questionnaires about what I’m doing at 6am.

12:00 PM - Favorite Lunch spot/meal? 

I adore the veggie miso ramen at Chuko.

7:00 PM -  This is my favorite part of the day, when I can hang out with my daughter and husband before starting her bath & bedtime routine. I like to ask her about her day, and she likes to tell me that she has no recollection of anything that happened. I’ll sometimes pour myself a glass of red wine that I’ll forget to drink because my hands are busy picking up the same toy from the floor 45 times in 30 minutes.

11:00 PM - This is just around the time when I say “I should really get to bed” and then begin watching something dumb like Below Deck. 

What drink do you need to get through the day and at the end (and how many)? 

I’m averaging about two skim lattes a day, but I want seven.

Most used App/Favorite Instagram Account? 

For sure, Instagram. I’ve become one of those people that posts endless videos of my child, but I try to keep them entertaining. I really enjoy @almostmakesperfect on Instagram. She’s another new-ish mom whose posts are very funny but visually relaxing. A winning combo for me.

What should everyone try at least once? 

Broccoli Pie. It’s a family recipe that has zero nutritional value and sounds absolutely horrible on paper (it consists of only 4 ingredients: Velveeta cheese, Ritz crackers, frozen broccoli and butter) but IT IS DELIGHTFUL AND I DARE YOU NOT TO ASK FOR SECONDS.

Where do you enjoy getting lost? 

Inside this question.




Charmaine Smith: CEO, Innovative Technology Education Fund

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My NativeAdVert:

Charmaine Smith moved to Saint Louis in 1987 from Wichita, Kansas to open a satellite office for the International Association of Machinists Center for Administering Rehabilitation and Employment Services (IAM CARES), a National social service agency.  In 2003, she left IAM CARES to start Discovering Options, a local non-profit dedicated to delivering high quality after school programs to at-risk children.  Charmaine believes, “We have an obligation to all children to provide them the access to the tools they will need to use in order to bring innovation to the way we work, play, learn and are transported in the future.”

Charmaine has served on the board of the Missouri Children’s Trust Fund since 2010. She joined Innovative Technology Education Fund on July 7, 2014 and is looking forward to advancing innovation in technology by funding school-based projects in the Greater Saint Louis Metropolitan area.

My Goal of the Day: To accomplish as much as possible and to thank those who help along the way. 

My Thought of the Day: Take the time to really see the people I encounter.

My Action of the Day: Created an agenda and talking points for a meeting, resolved an IT problem, participated in a conference call, and devised a procedure for a new policy. 

My Deed of the Day: Rolled down my window and said hello to the homeless gentleman who stands on the corner by my office. Chris is out there most days. If I have a few extra bucks or handwarmers or something to share with him, I will. 

My Tip of the Day: Stop and hold the door open for someone today. 

My Pic of the Day:

A Day in My Life:

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What do you love most about Your City? Saint Louis has personality. Lafayette Square, the graffiti wall on the riverfront, parks and green spaces and plenty of good food. 

Favorite breakfast meal & restaurant? Black Coffee with a shot of espresso—Kaldi’s Demun

What are you doing at:

6:00 AM – Feeding cats

10:00 AM – Returning Emails, tying up loose ends from day before, meeting with board, or committee members, communicating with innovators. 

12:00 PM - Favorite Lunch spot/meal? Nicoise Salad at Café Bistro- Nordstrom

7:00 PM – Catching up on social media, cleaning up after dinner, and finding a good book to wrap up the evening. 

11:00 PM – I am sleeping

What drink do you need to get through the day and at the end (and how many)?

Coffee or Big Heart Tea: 3 - 4

Most used App/Favorite Instagram Account? Facebook Audubon Society

What should everyone try at least once? Guarding a caterpillar through its Chrysalis stage to butterfly.  

Where do you enjoy getting lost? St. Louis Art Museum