Candice Vernon: Writer/Director/Producer

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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.

What should everyone try at least once?

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

Caren Osten: Positive Psychology Life Coach + Writer

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

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

What are you doing at 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?”)

What drink do you need to get through the day? Coffee in the morning, Water throughout the day, Green tea in the eve. 

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

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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.

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.

What should everyone try at least once? Go to a truck show ... you’ll never forget it.

Susan McPherson: Founder & CEO, McPherson Strategies

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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 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.

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!



Cloé Bailly: Director & Screenwriter

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

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

Kali Bailey: Commercial Director & Writer

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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 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).  

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.  


Eszter Harsányi: Co-Founder, MagikMe

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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. 

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. 

What should everyone try at least once? To stand up for human rights

Kathy Fusco: Writer & Director

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

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

What are you doing at 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.




Charmaine Smith: CEO, Innovative Technology Education Fund

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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. 

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. 

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

Luke Sniewski: Documentary filmmaker, Wellbeing Coach & Somatic Therapist

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My Goal of the Day: Finding meaning, substance, and love in ordinary everyday life moments.  

My Thought of the Day: Everything that you ever need to learn about yourself is happening right now. 

What are you doing at 6:00 AM – Waking up and transitioning to a morning breathing or meditation practice.  

What should everyone try at least once? A 10-day silent meditation retreat, like Vipassana. Consider it couple’s therapy for you and your mind. 

Kate Grant: CEO, Fistula Foundation

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My Deed of the Day: Make sure I heartily thank at least on person who helps us help more women with obstetric fistula.

My Tip of the Day: “Done is better than perfect.” I put a lot of emphasis on getting stuff done—we’re in this work for the long haul, and the only way to accomplish anything is to keep moving.

What are you doing a 11:00pm - Reading in bed. My favorite book this year was Hans Rosling’s “Factfulness,” which addresses common misconceptions about the ‘developing’ world. I think it should be required reading! I also loved Steven Pinker’s Enlightement Now: The case for Reason, Science, Humanism and Progress.  In these challenging times I appreciate rigorous fact based analysis like both Pinker’s and Rosling’s that demonstrate the state of the world is actually improving.

Anjanette Sinesio: Owner, Gem-Water

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My Goal of the Day: To learn, grow and love.  

My Tip of the Day: Let the people in your life know you love them.

What drink do you need to get through the day? Water, it’s pretty much all I drink.  I use filtered water from my sink, and put it in either my gem-water bottle, or our ERA decanter & Vial. We always have our Diamond Vial in our ERA decanter filled to drink, as it keeps me fortified throughout the day. I try and always get in my 8 glasses a day.  As far as the end of the day, I’m not one who needs “a drink” at the end of the day, BUT if we’ve had an extra stressful day and go to dinner all bets are off…lol!  I’ll have a glass of wine, or if we’re eating sushi a Nigori Sake is my favorite. Oh, and I love a great green tea. 

Anthony Meindl: Award winning Writer, Director, Acting teacher, & Founder Anthony Meindl's Actor Workshop (AMAW)

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My Goal of the Day: To be as fully present in each moment as I can. =

My Tip of the Day: Try to laugh more and not take any of it too seriously. Always contextualize: The planet has been around for 4.5 billion years (!) – our time on this earth is really inconsequential in the big scheme of things.

Favorite breakfast meal & restaurant? Blue Jam Café.

What should everyone try at least once? An acting class!! It’s life changing. And teaches you empathy.

Dr. Madelyn Blair: Speaker, Author, Executive advisor & Founder, Pelerei

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My Goal of the Day: My daily goal is to stay ‘in practice.’ Practice for me is sitting in silence for 5 minutes, reflecting on who I am, posing a question for the day, and last, but not least, deciding on the most important thing I should do for the day. That simple set of practices keeps me resilient no matter what is happening around me – and resilience is essential.

What do you love most about Your City? I actually live in the country. My view is of grass and trees with mountains in the distance. That said, I actually enjoy cities very much. New York, for example, is filled with energy. You can feel it when you walk down the street. I seem to be able to do more when I’m in NYC. Washington, which is closer to me, is a city best described as beautiful and heavy with history. I get more done when in New York.

Mark Van Lue: Executive Director, San Gabriel Valley Habitat for Humanity

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My Goal of the Day: First, do no harm.  Second, be an encouragement to others.

My Thought of the Day: Decent and affordable housing is a foundation on which to thrive.

Favorite breakfast meal & restaurant?  Corned beef hash and eggs.  I love a good sushi place!

What should everyone try at least once?  A Habitat for Humanity Global Village trip.  It is simply life-changing.

Where do you enjoy getting lost? In really good music (I have a very eclectic collection), and at a local market in (insert any foreign country here).

 

Aqsa Altaf: Filmmaker

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My Goal of the Day: To make progress on the feature I am writing and work on the mood board for my short film. 

What do you love most about Your City? I love the weather in Los Angeles. Everyday is a beautiful day filled with positive energy. It allows me to be productive and helps with taking nice walks in between long creative sessions.

Most used App/Favorite Instagram Account? Letterboxd! And favorite Instagram account is Somewheremagazine!

 What should everyone try at least once? Traveling alone.

Where do you enjoy getting lost? Bookshops

Courtney Spritzer: Co-CEO & Co-Founder, Socialfly & The Entreprenista Podcast

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My Thought of the Day: Don’t worry about what other people think.

My Deed of the Day: Donated to my favorite charity through the Givz app.  

Favorite breakfast meal & restaurant? Kava coffee.

What are you doing at: 6:00 AM – My dog Nori is waking me up.

Stephanie Cartin: Co-CEO & Co-Founder, Socialfly & The Entreprenista Podcast

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My Goal of the Day: Divide and conquer new business proposals with my team.

My Tip of the Day: Focus on the positive and visualize the outcome you want!

Most used App/Favorite Instagram Account? Instagram is my favorite app and my favorite account right now is Kindbody.

What should everyone try at least once? By the Way Bakery! You won’t be able to tell that these desserts are gluten and dairy free.

Steven Ujifusa: American narrative historian & Author

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My Thought of the Day:  I spent a lot of time reading and researching, but creative insights usually don’t happen while I’m on my laptop. They usually happen when I do something physical, such as walking around the city, biking, or rowing on the Schuylkill River. However, rowing in the early morning has been much harder to do since my wife and I had our son a year ago.

What do you love most about Your City? Philadelphia is an urban history layer cake. Every architectural style is there: colonial, Federal Victorian, Art Deco. And it’s chock full of fascinating stories, institutions, and personalities.  I’m originally from the New York City area, but I’ve spent most of my post-college adult life here, and it’s here that I feel that I’ve really come into my own as a professional.  And when it comes to living and breathing American history, this city is hard to beat.  As the great architect and Philadelphia native Louis Kahn said: “A city is the place of availabilities. It is the place where a small boy, as he walks through it, may see something that will tell him what he wants to do his whole life.”