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  • July 25, 2019 7:48 PM | Mali Phonpadith (Administrator)

    Meet Aaron Velky - Change Agent #0074 of our #SCN1000ChangeAgents Series.

    Aaron Velky is an entrepreneur, writer, coach, speaker and artist from Baltimore, Maryland.

    Led with purpose, Aaron’s life is different than most, but he spends his time in pursuit of uplifting others, and has given so many others the gift of freedom by subtly, or not-so-subtly, inviting them to challenge their belief of the way the world works.

    Aaron’s got a knack for developing unique tools to support change mindset, modes of operation and belief systems. Sometimes you’ve got to get weird to get results, and Aaron drives meaningful dialogue and insightful commentary that can truly change your life or business.

    He is the visionary of Ortus Academy, a financial intelligence education company. They created a live-action, sport-like competitive finance game that gets people in the driver’s seat of making money decisions, motivating young students to lean into learning and truly develop, test and explore a new money strategy. Once excited, kids can go through lessons to develop financial intelligence principals. Ortus has already impacted hundreds of students and generated national press, and is now building a national presence through an online course ecosystem.

    Teaching kids about money wouldn’t be possible if Aaron also didn’t have a few tricks up his sleeve. He’s an avid travel hacker, systemizing free, alternative methods for seeing the world and now educates hundreds of adults on how to create a new lifestyle for themselves by shedding their belief about travel (https://travelhacking.thinkific.com/c...) and following his system for getting around the globe without spending the big bucks.

    He’s a fitness disciple, experienced youth soccer coach, author with his first publication releasing very soon, adrenaline junkie, and painter of the fine arts. He loves to speak, share and teach all he knows and we’re glad to have him here with us today.

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    In an effort to promote global champions of change, we have set an extraordinary goal of interviewing 1000 people this year who are change agents in their communities.

    Tune in as our interview guests share how they are contributing their gifts, skills, experiences, resources and wisdom to create a better world. Learn about the different causes and initiatives they care about. If theses causes resonate with you, reach out to our interviewees and offer up your superpowers.

    Join us. Let's not just stand for something ... let's do something!

  • July 25, 2019 7:46 PM | Mali Phonpadith (Administrator)

    Meet Steve Kantor - Change Agent #0073 of our #SCN1000ChangeAgents Series.

    Steve is the President of Life Bushido. He graduated from Harvard University in 1981. He has worked for an economic consulting firm for such clients as IMF, World Bank, State Department, and CIA from 1981-1983. He Graduated from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) with MA in International Relations and Global Theory in 1985. He then spent one year traveling around the world from 1985-1986 with backpack and visited over 75 countries including Russia, China, Nepal, Burma, Indonesia, Japan, India, Turkey, Syria, Israel, Egypt.

    He founded Gnossos Software, Inc. in 1986, a vertical market software product company with a CRM-related product. Bootstrapped company over 18 years and successfully sold to Vocus, Inc. in November 2004. Vocus went public in December 2005. See VOCS.

    He took a one-year sabbatical during 2005 after selling company to recharge, relax, read, talk to many people, and brainstorm new business ideas. His family started charitable effort of Project Backpack in September 2005, www.projectbackpack.org, and helped over 100 cities collect and deliver over 50,000 backpacks to kids of Katrina in less than 100 days. Daughters were recognized for effort by joining President and Laura Bush in lighting National Christmas Tree in December 2005.

    Steve is the author of “Lessons Learned by a Young Entrepreneur” and website www.lessonsbushido.com He is a voracious reader of business, science, psychology books and sharer of hundreds of compiled book notes on www.bookbushido.com.

    He is the creator of Goal Focus synthesis of various goal-setting and personal growth pursuits on www.goalbushido.com. Provider of goal series of real estate agents at www.topagentgoals.com

    Steve also created of YRUHRN project which includes "Why Are You Here - Right Now" book, project, and website of book written by one thousand people around the world and created as a joint venture with Ishidos.

    www.yruhrn.com.

    www.lifebushido.com.

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    In an effort to promote global champions of change, we have set an extraordinary goal of interviewing 1000 people this year who are change agents in their communities.

    Tune in as our interview guests share how they are contributing their gifts, skills, experiences, resources and wisdom to create a better world. Learn about the different causes and initiatives they care about. If theses causes resonate with you, reach out to our interviewees and offer up your superpowers.

    Join us. Let's not just stand for something ... let's do something!

  • July 25, 2019 6:57 PM | Mali Phonpadith (Administrator)

    Meet Pat Wirth - Change Agent #0072 of our #SCN1000ChangeAgents Series.

    The history of women’s suffrage, despite being integral to the fight for voting rights, is one that isn’t known by many. Patricia Wirth is looking to change that. A successful businesswoman and women’s rights activist, Pat has devoted herself to making sure the world knows that women have long been major drivers of change in this country.

    Pat was born and raised in Newton, NJ, a small farm town located approximately 60 miles outside of New York City. It was such a small town that the same kids she went to kindergarten with were the ones she graduated high school with. Her mother, a seamstress, instilled in her a sense of responsibility to help the disadvantaged and disenfranchised. Pat got married directly after high school and had her first child at 18; at 21 she had her second child; at 24 she was divorced and a single parent. After becoming a paralegal she spent 10 years in the corporate world’s legal departments and also spent another 5 years as Executive Director for the National Capital Paralegal Association.

    In 1997 Pat opened a location of Potomac Falls Express Lube & Car Wash; she opened several other locations after that, and for 16 years she was the Owner/President/CEO of a hugely successful business. Pat got to where she did by perseverance, smarts, business acumen, and knowing that leaders suffer no fools. She knows when to push ahead with an idea she believes in, and no one can prevent her from following the path she knows is the right one for her and her interests.

    Pat sold her business in 2013 in order to turn towards what she saw as her next purpose: helping those in need thrive. Her customers were loyal and her business was thriving, but Pat was looking for more, a way to effect greater positive change in the community. Then, while visiting the town of Occoquan, VA, for a fundraiser and learning about the history of its notorious prison, Pat was introduced to the Turning Point Suffragist Memorial Association (TPSMA), and everything changed.

    To donate to the Turning Point Suffragist Memorial Association, or to get involved yourself, please visit suffragistmemorial.org.

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    In an effort to promote global champions of change, we have set an extraordinary goal of interviewing 1000 people this year who are change agents in their communities.

    Tune in as our interview guests share how they are contributing their gifts, skills, experiences, resources and wisdom to create a better world. Learn about the different causes and initiatives they care about. If theses causes resonate with you, reach out to our interviewees and offer up your superpowers.

    Join us. Let's not just stand for something ... let's do something!

  • July 25, 2019 6:55 PM | Mali Phonpadith (Administrator)

    Meet Latorie Lloyd Walker - Change Agent #0071 of our #SCN1000ChangeAgents Series.

    Latorie Lloyd Walker is a native of the Lowcountry area and currently resides in Moncks Corner, South Carolina with her two boys and Shih Tzu. She is the owner and Chief Executive Officer of Aspire Early Learning Academy, LLC which has three locations in the Columbia, SC area. She is a REALTOR® with AgentOwned Realty located in Goose Creek, SC. She is also the founder of Aspire Community Foundation, which is a developing non-profit organization.

    Latorie has a Master of Arts in Management and Leadership, Bachelor of Business Administration, an Associate of Arts in Public Service (Early Care and Education), a Child Care Management Certification, and a Real Estate License. She is also a Notary Public for the State of South Carolina for over twelve years. Latorie is the author of ‘Aspire In Your Pursuit’ and co-author of ‘The A2Z of Early Childhood Management.’

    She is an active member with the American Business Women’s Association, nationally and locally. Latorie was recognized of the 2014 Woman of the Year with the Midlands Chapter, 2019 National Top Ten Women, and the most prestigious award as the 2019 American Business Woman for the American Business Women’s Association. She is also a member of the Order of the Eastern Stars and the Baptist Young Woman.

    http://latoriewalker.com

    The SC Nebula is a global online (and offline - Washington, DC area) hub where conscious leaders from corporate, spiritual, nonprofit and civic groups can connect, collaborate and create more social impact together.

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    Nominate a Change Agent for our Interview Series.

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    In an effort to promote global champions of change, we have set an extraordinary goal of interviewing 1000 people this year who are change agents in their communities.

    Tune in as our interview guests share how they are contributing their gifts, skills, experiences, resources and wisdom to create a better world. Learn about the different causes and initiatives they care about. If theses causes resonate with you, reach out to our interviewees and offer up your superpowers.

    Join us. Let's not just stand for something ... let's do something!

  • July 25, 2019 6:53 PM | Mali Phonpadith (Administrator)

    Meet Kari Galloway - Change Agent #0070 of our #SCN1000ChangeAgents Series.

    Kari joined Guest House as Executive Director in 2005--and is credited with leading the organization's tremendous growth ever since. With over 25 years in social services and community advocacy, she brings an "outside the beltway" perspective as a former West Coast resident and small business owner. She is widely involved in the area's social-services community, for example: member, Continuums of Care (partnerships to end homelessness), Arlington and Alexandria; member, Governor's Regional Re-entry Committees in five Northern Virginia jurisdictions; member, Alexandria Council of Human Service Organizations and Alexandria Opioid Workgroup ; member, Statewide Recidivism Reduction Planning Team for Women in Virginia; former chair (2010-2012), Focus Area Committee on Women's Re-Entry, statewide Virginia Prisoner and Juvenile Re-Entry Council.

    Kari has received numerous awards for her work but credits the women Guest House serves as the real recipients, for they are her inspiration. In addition to the outreach and administrative duties of an executive director, Kari has always been able—because Guest House is small—to involve herself directly with each client; and today, there are many who say that, without her dogged belief and active support, they would simply have given up (Without that support, said one, "I know that by now I’d be dead”). Education: M.A., Organizational Leadership, Gonzaga University.

    www.friendsofguesthouse.org

    https://www.linkedin.com/in/kari-gall...

    The SC Nebula is a global online (and offline - Washington, DC area) hub where conscious leaders from corporate, spiritual, nonprofit and civic groups can connect, collaborate and create more social impact together.

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    Nominate a Change Agent for our Interview Series.

    https://nebula.soarcommunitynetwork.com

    In an effort to promote global champions of change, we have set an extraordinary goal of interviewing 1000 people this year who are change agents in their communities.

    Tune in as our interview guests share how they are contributing their gifts, skills, experiences, resources and wisdom to create a better world. Learn about the different causes and initiatives they care about. If theses causes resonate with you, reach out to our interviewees and offer up your superpowers.

    Join us. Let's not just stand for something ... let's do something!

  • July 25, 2019 6:51 PM | Mali Phonpadith (Administrator)

    Meet Alexis Chng Castor - Change Agent #0069 of our #SCN1000ChangeAgents Series.

    Alexis Chng-Castor is an experienced creative strategist and marketer. Taking her international experience and deep passion for design and marketing, she launched Hope By Design – an award-winning creative agency that works closely with non-profits, associations, small businesses and start ups in both the United States and Asia.

    Driven by a firm belief that design has the power to create meaningful changes and lasting hope on lives. Alexis partners with clients to understand their personal stories to develop tailored brand marketing and creative strategies that help meet business and marketing goals. A strong proponent for data-driven designs, Alexis combines her skill sets and proven methodology to achieve success for her clients. Aside from developing strategies, Alexis also works with clients to build their in-house creative teams and processes. The creative services offered is wide-range and include print, digital, web and large-format.

    As a loyal advocate for design, Alexis provides workshops for her clients to educate on design thinking to improve their internal processes. One of her goals as a design advocate is to help business leaders see the power of design. Design, as she defines, is a strategy and when utilized correctly, it can distinguish a brand from its competition and influence perceptions. Alexis recognizes that to bring about change, she has to start with the new generation of designers. Thus she partners with local colleges to cultivate young designers, providing mentoring and internship opportunities through her agency.

    When she is not working, Alexis advances her creative knowledge and skills through travel, working on art projects with her son and listening to podcasts. Cake and food designs are a huge source of her creative inspirations.

    https://www.hopebdesign.com

    The SC Nebula is a global online (and offline - Washington, DC area) hub where conscious leaders from corporate, spiritual, nonprofit and civic groups can connect, collaborate and create more social impact together.

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    Nominate a Change Agent for our Interview Series.

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    In an effort to promote global champions of change, we have set an extraordinary goal of interviewing 1000 people this year who are change agents in their communities.

    Tune in as our interview guests share how they are contributing their gifts, skills, experiences, resources and wisdom to create a better world. Learn about the different causes and initiatives they care about. If theses causes resonate with you, reach out to our interviewees and offer up your superpowers.

    Join us. Let's not just stand for something ... let's do something!

  • July 25, 2019 6:50 PM | Mali Phonpadith (Administrator)

    Meet John G. Bendt - Change Agent #0068 of our #SCN1000ChangeAgents Series.

    John G. Bendt was born in Port Washington, Wisconsin. He is the second oldest of seven children. John grew up in a middle class family and received his grade school and high school education in Port Washington. He earned a B.S. degree in Business Administration from Marquette University. Married fifty-three years ago to his wife, Anne, he has four children and is currently blessed with ten grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

    John’s management experience is broad, having held marketing and sales management positions with four Fortune 500 companies participating in a variety of industries including consumer paper products, pharmaceuticals, and food products. He led and directed national sales and marketing staff as Vice President of Marketing & Sales, Sanna, Inc., a subsidiary of Beatrice Foods Company and Vice President, Consumer Products Division, Sandoz Nutrition.

    John has also provided management consulting services. As a self-employed consultant for eighteen years, he assisted clients in various industries with services such as strategic business planning, marketing & sales strategy, and development of tactical plans.

    Upon retirement, John pursued his passion to challenge and encourage high school students to be proactive in preparing for a happy and successful work life by publishing his first book, A Roadmap To Career Success – 25 Tips For College Bound Students .

    He has conducted career prep seminars for middle school and high school students. He has written career planning articles for Education Week and the National Career Development Association”s Career Convergence Web Magazine. He has also presented career planning ideas for teens at an NCDA Global Conference held in Washington DC

    CONTACT INFORMATION

    Telephone: 612-450-4556

    Email: johngbendt@gmail.com

    Website: www.careerprepteens.com

    Address: 1120 Tonkawa Rd

    Long Lake, MN 55356

    The SC Nebula is a global online (and offline - Washington, DC area) hub where conscious leaders from corporate, spiritual, nonprofit and civic groups can connect, collaborate and create more social impact together.

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    In an effort to promote global champions of change, we have set an extraordinary goal of interviewing 1000 people this year who are change agents in their communities.

    Tune in as our interview guests share how they are contributing their gifts, skills, experiences, resources and wisdom to create a better world. Learn about the different causes and initiatives they care about. If theses causes resonate with you, reach out to our interviewees and offer up your superpowers.

    Join us. Let's not just stand for something ... let's do something!

  • July 25, 2019 6:47 PM | Mali Phonpadith (Administrator)

    Meet Maisie Dunbar - Change Agent #0067 of our #SCN1000ChangeAgents Series.

    Global Awarding winning Maisie Dunbar Global Experience is the BluffaJo behind it all.

    She is the one and only dynamic force known as Maisie Dunbar; A Social-Preneur, Facilitator, Humanitarian, Philanthropist, Global Citizen For Beauty and Community Leader. This bonafide BluffaJo wears many hats with grace. In addition to being a mentor to today’s up and coming beauty professionals, Ms. Dunbar is a licensed makeup artist and has been a global celebrity nail and body therapist in the industry for over two decades. Her work has been featured in reputable magazines, on stage, CD covers, ad campaigns’, television, radio and other media outlets.

    Some of her accomplishments include Mercedes Benz Fashion Swim Week, Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, 42 Annual NAACP Awards, Mercedes Benz Couture Fashion Week, Ghana Fashion Week, to name a few. Ms. Dunbar’s, ; Founder of BluffaJo Cosmetics, has gracefully enhanced a myriad of Fashion Week’s top model faces. In 2006, Ms. Dunbar next level excellence as well as legacy building she worked on establishing her makeup Brand entitled BluffaJo Cosmetics. This endeavor naturally followed after the success of the renowned Global Award Winning Maisie Dunbar Spa Lounge which was located in Silver Spring, Maryland. Maisie, along with her team of experts, continue to offer the best in original beauty education nationally as well as globally.

    http://www.maisiedunbarspalounge.com

    Social Media: @MaisieDunbar

    The SC Nebula is a global online (and offline - Washington, DC area) hub where conscious leaders from corporate, spiritual, nonprofit and civic groups can connect, collaborate and create more social impact together.

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    In an effort to promote global champions of change, we have set an extraordinary goal of interviewing 1000 people this year who are change agents in their communities.

    Tune in as our interview guests share how they are contributing their gifts, skills, experiences, resources and wisdom to create a better world. Learn about the different causes and initiatives they care about. If theses causes resonate with you, reach out to our interviewees and offer up your superpowers.

    Join us. Let's not just stand for something ... let's do something!

  • July 25, 2019 6:44 PM | Mali Phonpadith (Administrator)

    Meet Shelly Bell - Change Agent #0066 of our #SCN1000ChangeAgents Series.

    Google recognized Shelly’s ability to engage an audience from grassroots to government. As a result, she serves as one of eight Google Digital Coached working to bridge the digital divide for Black & Latinx business owners. Shelly Bell has been covered by Forbes, Entrepreneur.com, NewsOne, Adweek, the Washington Business Journal and more. Shelly Bell is unquestionably an extraordinarily gifted speaker with an unflinching desire to remain honest with herself and others. Her magnetic energy attaches an undeniable movement of social impact to any initiative she’s a part of and makes her motto ring true in every interaction - "Resist the Urge to be Average!" BGV Description Black Girl Ventures, founded in 2016 as a solution to wealth disparity and lack of access to capital. We began with our signature event, the BGV Pitch Competition. Since then we have traveled to 4 cities, raised over $30K, funded 10 founders, created a pipeline of over 300 black/ brown women founders, formed over 20 partnerships, and engaged a following of over 20K people with diverse backgrounds.

    BGV believes that the best way to engage Black/Brown founders is by using intense short-term learning experiences followed by an online peer to peer mentoring with experts available to guide and coach when necessary. Our approach is to create fee-based engagements in increments of two hours, half day (4 hours) and (8 hours) full day with specific tangible outcomes to cater to the lifestyle of Black and Brown women founders. Black Girl Ventures has made a national footprint by creating uniquely engaging crowdfunded pitch competitions in Washington, DC, Baltimore, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Chicago, Austin, and NYC.

    Social links:

    twitter @iamshellybell

    IG: @iamshellybell

    Facebook.com/theshellybell

    Website: www.iamshellybell.com

    Black Girl Ventures: Twitter: @bgirlventures IG @blackgirlventures facebook.com/blackgirlventures

    Website: www.blackgirlventures.org

    The SC Nebula is a global online (and offline - Washington, DC area) hub where conscious leaders from corporate, spiritual, nonprofit and civic groups can connect, collaborate and create more social impact together.

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    Nominate a Change Agent for our Interview Series. https://nebula.soarcommunitynetwork.com

    In an effort to promote global champions of change, we have set an extraordinary goal of interviewing 1000 people this year who are change agents in their communities. Tune in as our interview guests share how they are contributing their gifts, skills, experiences, resources and wisdom to create a better world. Learn about the different causes and initiatives they care about. If theses causes resonate with you, reach out to our interviewees and offer up your superpowers.

    Join us. Let's not just stand for something ... let's do something!

  • July 25, 2019 6:41 PM | Mali Phonpadith (Administrator)

    Meet Kyrah Altman - Change Agent #0065 of our #SCN1000ChangeAgents Series.

    Kyrah also serves as a national Youth Mental Health First Aid instructor, keynote speaker and expert panelist for her organization, as well as a coach and mentor for MindSetGo. She was recently named the nation's 3rd best "studentpreneur" by the Entrepreneur's Organization (EO) and will become LEAD's full-time Executive Director after graduating from college in May, 2019.

    www.leadnow.org

    www.facebook.com/letsempoweradvocateanddo/

    Twitter: @LEADInc_now www.nytimes.com/2019/02/21/education/learning/student-responses-mental-health-on-campus.html

    gwtoday.gwu.edu/senior-kyrah-altman-aims-revolutionize-mental-health-education

    The SC Nebula is a global online (and offline - Washington, DC area) hub where conscious leaders from corporate, spiritual, nonprofit and civic groups can connect, collaborate and create more social impact together. Interested in becoming a SC Nebula Member?

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    Nominate a Change Agent for our Interview Series. https://nebula.soarcommunitynetwork.com

    In an effort to promote global champions of change, we have set an extraordinary goal of interviewing 1000 people this year who are change agents in their communities. Tune in as our interview guests share how they are contributing their gifts, skills, experiences, resources and wisdom to create a better world. Learn about the different causes and initiatives they care about. If theses causes resonate with you, reach out to our interviewees and offer up your superpowers.

    Join us. Let's not just stand for something ... let's do something!