210 – Tim Storey: World Renowned Motivational Speaker, Life-Coach to Hollywood Stars

Timothy Brian Storey is an American life coach, self-help author, motivational speaker, and entrepreneur. He is founder of Tim Storey Kids Foundation.

Storey grew up in a family of mixed heritage. He is the son of Anthony and Bessie Storey and the youngest of five children. His father died when he was 10 years old, followed by his sister’s death by car accident when he was 13 years old. He has two children, Isaiah and Chloe.

Storey studied at Southeastern University for three years and holds a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree from Southern California College, now called Vanguard University. He has also received his doctorate of divinity from Bethany Theological Seminary.

Before Storey was known as a life coach, he began teaching and praying for large masses of people as a traveling minister at 20 years old. His first speaking engagement was in front of 15,000 people, overseas. Now, he is a speaker, author and Life Coach who has traveled to 70 countries.

Back in 1992, a group of individuals believing in the power of possibilities, gathered together with Tim and eventually started the Hollywood Bible Study at the home of Dyan Cannon with seven people. Over the years, thousands of industry professionals and friends showed up monthly to be reminded and encouraged that things were not always what they seemed at first.

Through this study, Tim has helped countless world shakers, like Robert Downey Jr., Kanye West, Christian Slater, Deion Sanders, Natalie Cole, Charlie Sheen, Hunter Tylo, Berry Gordy, Suzanne De Passe, Quincy Jones, Lee Iacocca, Brent Bolthouse and so many more.

Over the years, it has gone from large crowded sessions at the Mondrian Hotel, Wyndham Bel Age (The London) and the Hyatt Andaz West Hollywood to small intimate gatherings in homes across the world in Beverly Hills, Miami, New York, Stockholm and Johannesburg.

The Study is currently meeting at the famous East West Studios in Hollywood, home of legends like Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby, Elvis Presley, the Beach Boys, Ray Charles, Johnny Cash and Michael Jackson, NBC’s The Voice, GLEE, Weezer, Stevie Wonder, U2, Sir Elton John and Incubus. Recently renovated by renowned designer Philippe Starck, EastWest is the perfect spot to get intimate and dive in and take us beyond our immediate perception of life.

Visit Tim’s Website: TimStorey.com

Comeback & Beyond: How to Turn Your Setback into Your Comeback

Have you ever experienced a devastating setback in your life? Maybe you have struggled in marriage or family, perhaps your finances have taken a Comeback & Beyondcatastrophic blow.

All of us encounter difficulties that can be both painful and seemingly impossible to overcome. When your hopes and dreams have turned into a nightmare, it may seem that your life is over. But, God is in the business of resurrecting dead visions.

It does not matter if your setback seems insurmountable, don’t take a step back, because God has already prepared your comeback. Comeback and Beyond, the new book from acclaimed author, Tim Storey, has the answers, strategies and motivation you must have to turn your tragedy into triumph.

You will discover insights from the amazing turnarounds of some of the world’s most prominent winners, and the specific steps they took to experience a full-blown comeback, better and stronger than ever before.

Get ready to experience new hope and a renewed passion for the ultimate life that God has meant for you. It’s time for your comeback!

208 – Linda Rottenberg: CEO & Co-founder of Endeavor, Author of “Crazy Is a Compliment”

Named one of “America’s Best Leaders” by U.S. News and one of TIME’s 100 “Innovators for the 21st century,” Linda Rottenberg is considered among the world’s most dynamic experts on entrepreneurship, innovation, and leadership. A frequent lecturer at Fortune 500 companies, Rottenberg is the subject of four case studies by Harvard Business School and the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Her pioneering work also earned her a host of nicknames: ABC and NPR declared her “the entrepreneur whisperer,” Tom Friedman dubbed her the world’s “mentor capitalist,” Business Insider named her “Ms. Davos,” and for years she was known as “la chica loca” (the crazy girl) for insisting that entrepreneurs existed not only in Silicon Valley but also in emerging markets around the world.

Ms. Rottenberg is Co-founder and CEO of Endeavor, the world’s leading organization supporting high-impact entrepreneurs. Headquartered in New York with 50 offices across the globe, Endeavor identifies, mentors, and co-invests in individuals with the biggest ideas, the likeliest potential to build companies that matter, and the greatest ability to inspire others. Since 1997, Rottenberg’s network has screened 40,000 candidates, handpicked 1,000 Endeavor Entrepreneurs, and helped them grow to provide 400,000 jobs and generate $7 billion annually. After spawning entrepreneurship ecosystems around the world, in 2013 Endeavor brought its proven scaleup model to the U.S.

Ms. Rottenberg is also author of the New York Times bestseller, CRAZY IS A COMPLIMENT: The Power of Zigging When Everyone Else Zags, published in October 2014.  In her book, she argues that entrepreneurship isn’t just for young techies in hoodies. Whether you work at a Fortune 500 company, a non-profit, a mom-and-pop, or a startup, everybody needs the mindset to think and act like a change-maker. We all need to be nimble, adaptive, daring, and maybe even a little crazy, or risk being left behind.

Ms. Rottenberg serves on the board of Zayo Group, a global provider of bandwidth infrastructure (NYSE: ZAYO). She a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and Young Presidents Organization (YPO) and serves on the entrepreneurship steering committee of the World Economic Forum.

Ms. Rottenberg has been profiled in the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, The Economist, Financial Times, USA Today, Strategy + Business, People, Glamour, and MORE, and has appeared on GMA, The Today Show, Morning Joe, Nightline, NPR, CNBC, CNN, Fox News, Fox Business, and Bloomberg News.  Dell featured her in its “Take Your Own Path” ad campaign and Veuve Clicquot named her Businesswoman of the Year.

A graduate of Harvard University and Yale Law School, Linda lives in Brooklyn with her husband, author and New York Times columnist Bruce Feiler, and their identical twin daughters.

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202 – Simon Sinek: Visionary Leadership Thinker; Best Selling Author of “Start With Why” & “Leaders Eat Last”

Simon Sinek is an unshakable optimist. He believes in a bright future and our ability to build it together.

Imagine a world where people wake up every day inspired to go to work, feel safe while they are there, and return home at the end of the day feeling fulfilled by the work they do, feeling that they have contributed to something greater than themselves.

Described as “a visionary thinker with a rare intellect,” Sinek teaches leaders and organizations how to inspire people. With a bold goal to help build a world in which the vast majority of people go home everyday feeling fulfilled by their work, Sinek is leading a movement to inspire people to do the things that inspire them.

A trained ethnographer, he is the author of two books: the global best seller, Start With Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action and his newest book, the New York Times and Wall Street Journal best seller, Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don’t.

Fascinated by the leaders and companies that make the greatest impact in their organizations and in the world, those with the capacity to inspire, he has discovered some remarkable patterns about how they think, act and communicate and the environments in which people operate at their natural best. He has devoted his life to sharing his thinking in order to help other leaders and organizations inspire action.

He is best known for popularizing the concept of Why and for the talk he gave on the subject that became the second most watched talk of all time on TED.com. Sinek’s unconventional and innovative views on business and leadership have attracted international attention and have earned him invitations to meet with an array of leaders and organizations, including: 3M, Costco, Deckers, Ernst & Young, HSM, jetBlue, KPMG, Pfizer, NBC/Universal, the military, government agencies and entrepreneurs. Sinek has also had the honor of sharing his ideas at the United Nations, the United States Congress and with the senior leadership of the United States Air Force, United States Marine Corps, and United States Army. 

Sinek shares his optimism with all who will listen. He speaks around the globe and has commented for local and national press, including The New York Times, Inc. Magazine, NPR, BusinessWeek. Sinek is active on Twitter and writes his own blog, simonsinek.com.

Sinek is an adjunct staff member of the RAND Corporation, one of the most highly regarded think tanks in the world. He is also active in the arts and not-for-profit world, working with charity: water, an organization devoted to helping bring clean water to the over 700 million people around the world who don’t yet have it. He also serves on the board of the Tami Stronach Dance Company.

05 – Gene Kranz: Former NASA Flight Director for Apollo 11 & Apollo 13

Eugene “Gene” Kranz is a trailblazer, an engineer, a best-selling author and an inspiration.

The Toledo native and 1951 graduate of Central Catholic High School is perhaps best known for his determination in the face of potential tragedy during the Apollo 13 space mission. The immortal words that characterized the crucial mission on the ground – “Failure is not an option” – are attributed to Kranz.

Kranz’ love of country and exploration was forged after his mother opened her home to boarders, many of whom were young men in the United States Armed Forces. His fascination with flight led him to Parks College of Saint Louis University, where he earned a bachelor of science degree in aeronautical engineering in 1954.

Commissioned in the U.S. Air Force later that year, he became a pilot of high performance aircraft and served as a flight test engineer at Holloman Air Force Base. His response to an advertisement for engineers in Aviation Weekly was the impetus for his journey into history.

Kranz’ involvement in Project Mercury and Project Gemini gave him a central position in the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s pioneering space exploration program. In 1962, he became branch chief for Flight Control Operations and assumed flight director duties for all Project Gemini missions. His job: “Train, plan and provide the remote site teams and systems engineers and procedures personnel for Mission Control.”

Kranz’ steady, stoic demeanor became his trademark. Those in Mission Control when Neil Armstrong became the first person to set foot on the moon during Apollo 11 recall that Kranz allowed 15 seconds of celebration, then ordered all personnel back to their stations, lest an emergency befall the spacecraft. His remarkable leadership during the successful retrieval of the Apollo 13 crew has been documented in several mediums, including the feature film “Apollo 13,” Kranz’ book, Failure is Not an Option, a New York Times bestseller published in 2002, and a cable miniseries, “From the Earth to the Moon,” among others.

Before retiring from NASA with 37 years of federal service, Kranz was responsible for more than 6,000 employees and an annual budget of approximately $750 million.

Now a motivational speaker who still uses his pilot’s wings, Kranz is the recipient of several prestigious awards: co-honoree, Presidential Medal of Freedom; distinguished member, Senior Executive Service; AIAA Lawrence Sperry Award; AAS Spaceflight Award; Gilruth Award, and FNASA Foundation’s Rotary National Award for Space Achievement’s National Space Trophy, to name a few.