Every week we interview best-selling authors, spiritual leaders, success entrepreneurs, non-profit founders,
and others who work to make it A Better World. Click any guest to learn more and listen to their episodes.
Betsy Anderson is the Communications Director at The Philadelphia Foundation, where she has worked since 2009. Prior to joining The Philadelphia Foundation, Betsy worked as an award winning reporter and editor for newspapers in Michigan and New Jersey. Betsy has worked in public relations for Garden State Cable, Moorestown Friends School and the School of Communications and Theater at Temple University. She is a summa cum laude Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Albion College.
Dr. John Arden has over 35 years of experience providing psychological services and directing mental health programs. Since 1999 he has served as the Director of Training for Mental Health for the Northern California Region in a world renowned HMO. He has developed one of the largest mental health training programs in the United States, overseeing more than 100 interns and postdoctoral psychology residents in 22 medical centers. Prior to this he served as the Chief Psychologist for his current employer. Dr. Arden’s study of neuropsychology has inspired him to integrate neuroscience and psychotherapy, synthesizing the biological and psychological into a new vision for psychotherapy: Brain-Based Therapy. His work incorporates what is currently known about the brain and its capacities with psychotherapy research, mindfulness, nutritional neuroscience and social intelligence. He conducts seminars on Brain-Based Therapy throughout the United States and abroad.
Raymond Arroyo, author of the New York Times bestseller Mother Angelica, is the news director and lead anchor of EWTNews. As creator and host of the news magazine The World Over Live, he is seen in more than 100 million households each week. He has worked at the Associated Press and the New York Observer, and for the political columnist team of Evans and Novak. His work has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, The New Yorker, and many other publications. He lives in northern Virginia with his wife and three children.
Dr. V.A. Shiva Ayyadurai, the inventor of email, a Fulbright Scholar, and Lemelson-MIT Finalist, who holds four degrees from MIT, is a renowned systems scientist and computational systems biology expert. He is the founder of Systems Health(R) and the Chairman and CEO of CytoSolve. He pioneered Systems Visualization, a new course at MIT, in the Department of Comparative Media Studies. He is also the Founder and Executive Director of the International Center for Integrative Systems located in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He is passionate about integrating both Eastern and Western systems of medicine to create a new convergent medicine that is fully consistent with the scientific method.
Sarah Ban Breathnach is the #1 New York Times best-selling author of Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort and Joy and the creator of The Simple Abundance Journal of Gratitude. Sarah's work celebrates quiet joys, simple pleasures, and well-spent moments. By reminding us to search for the small and the sweet in our daily round with appreciation and awe, we find the beauty in the everyday. Millions of women, including Oprah Winfrey agreed and discovered unexpected contentment and solace in their own lives. Now Sarah introduces the magic of gratitude to little children and their families in her debut children's book, The Best Part of The Day, a delightful and reassuring journey through the seasons. Sarah lives in Southern California near her daughter, Kate, and their beloved animals.
Lisa Barrickman is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Certified Secondary School Counselor, and first-time author. She is a stay-at-home mom and a 2015 recipient of the President's Volunteer Service Award. Lisa is a graduate of the University of Dayton with a BA in Psychology and Loyola University in Maryland with a MS in Pastoral Counseling. Her book, a Case for Kindness, was inspired by celebrating her fortieth birthday with forty days of intentional kindness, and the ripple effect that followed. Lisa lives in West Chester, PA with her husband Josh and their three children.
Eric Barsness is Director of Development at Puppies Behind Bars. Eric joined the staff of Puppies Behind Bars in February 2009. In addition to handling grant submissions and donor relations, he works closely with founder Gloria Gilbert Stoga on a range of projects and issues.Eric also does many public speaking engagements and helps socialize puppies for the organization. Prior to joining Puppies Behind Bars, Eric worked at Condé Nast Publications for 18 years.
Stephan Bauman Author, Possible: A Blueprint for Changing How We Change the World President & CEO, World Relief
Stephan Bauman is the President and CEO of World Relief, an international relief and development organization that serves more five million vulnerable people each year through more than 100,000 church-based volunteers. Stephan’s pursuit of justice led him to transition from a successful career in the Fortune 100 sector to Africa where he directed relief and development programs for nearly a decade before returning to the United States to lead World Relief’s global operations. Stephan lives to see people everywhere rise to the call of justice and give their lives in ways that empower the poor towards real change, a journey he continues to pursue.
Amy and Matt Baumgardner are co-authors of From This Day Forward: A Love Story of Faith, Hope, and Forgiveness. From This Day Forward is the story of Amy’s addiction to alcohol, the impact it had on their marriage, and the guilt Amy felt after a drunk driving accident left their 5 year old daughter in critical condition. Amy and Matt share how they weathered the storm of addiction and rebuilt their family and marriage one day at a time.
In 2004, Staff Sergeant Dale Beatty deployed with the North Carolina National Guard to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. In 2004 while on a patrol route that was littered with highly active insurgent operations, the vehicle Beatty was riding in was ripped apart by anti tank mines. The explosion was so severe that it left Beatty a double amputee below the knees. Thanks to support from the Iredell Homes Builders Association and many members from the local community in and around Statesville, NC, a specially adapted barrier free home was built for Beatty and his family, with Beatty serving as general contractor. As a result of all the support from his community – Dale Beatty and his battle buddy John Gallina wanted to help other Service Connected Disabled Veterans with their housing solutions. Together they co-founded Purple Heart Homes with money from their disability checks to help Veterans and their caregivers from all eras.
Anne Beiler Founder, Auntie Anne's Pretzels Author, Twist of Faith
“Auntie” Anne Beiler is best known as the founder of Auntie Anne’s Hand Rolled Soft Pretzels – the world’s largest hand rolled soft pretzel franchise. However, her journey to become a leading female entrepreneur began years before the first pretzel was rolled. In September of 1975, Anne and her husband experienced a parent’s worst nightmare – the loss of a child. This event propelled Anne into years of darkness during which she nearly lost her husband, her family, and her faith. Out of her pain came purpose and the desire to persevere towards success personally and professionally. Today, Anne finds her purpose as a public speaker, inspiring business communities and encouraging women across the globe.
Karen Beyer is co-founder of Valley Forge Financial Group, which just celebrated 50 years in business. Karen commissioned a “Homeless Jesus” statue in honor of her late husband. Karen says she was drawn to the Homeless Jesus statue the moment she saw it and even more so when she learned the artist was inspired by Matthew 25:40 which says, "In truth I tell you in so far as you did to the least of my brothers of mine, you did it to Me." She donated the statue to the church and calls the day it was dedicated one of the most meaningful of her life.
Trevor Blake Author, Three Simple Steps Co-Founder and CEO, Kalvi Medical LLC
Trevor Blake, author of Three Simple Steps, is a serial entreprenuer. He was founder and CEO of QOL Medical LLC, a company focused on solutions for rare diseases that he started in 2002 with a few thousand dollars. Its virtual business model was unique in an industry crying our for change, it was the top grossing nonemployer in the United States, and it sold in 2010 for over $100 million. In 2006 Trevor founded ANU, a unique not-for-profit he dedicated to developing low side-effect cancer drugs. In 2011 he co-founded Kalvi Medical LLC and is its CEO. Trevor has worked in the UK, Europe, and the United States with companies such as Lipha, 3M, and Biogen and has won many industry awards, including marketing professional of the year. A graduate of Britannia Royal Naval College in the UK, he has a degree in radiography, and an MBA from Durham University, also in the UK.
Dr. Michele Borba Author, UnSelfie: Why Empathetic Kids Succeed in Our All-About-Me World
Dr. Michele Borba appears regularly in national print and on radio and television as a go-to expert regarding child and teen issues. She is an educational psychologist and expert in bullying, character development, child behavior and empathy. Borba is an NBC contributor who has appeared 130 times live on the TODAY show and countless other shows.
Caroline Boudreaux founded The Miracle Foundation in 2000, after she visited India for the first time. From the first moment she met a group of more than 100 orphaned children and witnessed their beautiful smiles and incredible potential, she committed her life to helping them realize that potential. Caroline was born and raised in Lake Charles, Louisiana and attended L.S.U. where she earned a B.S. in psychology. Prior to her nonprofit work, she had a successful career in media advertising. For her achievements with The Miracle Foundation, Caroline was presented with the Hope Award in 2005 and the Impact Award in 2008. In 2009, she was invited to join the Young Global Leaders, a community of the World Economic Forum. She has been featured in various forms of media, including CNN and “One Peace at a Time,” a 2009 film by Turk Pipkin. In 2011, Caroline completed a prestigious course on Global Leadership and Public Policy for the 21st Century at Harvard University.
Dale Brantner was appointed President & CEO of CURE International in 2012 after serving for many years as Senior Vice President, responsible for leading the organization’s spiritual ministry and development efforts. Dale has significant international professional and pastoral experience, including serving as department head of biblical studies, professor of Old Testament and Hebrew and then president of Theological College of Zimbabwe from 1996 to 2002. Prior to coming to CURE, Dale was an associate pastor at West Shore Evangelical Free Church in Mechanicsburg, PA. He also served as adjunct faculty member of biblical studies at Messiah College in Grantham, PA. Dale has a master’s degree from the Evangelical Theological Seminary and a bachelor’s degree from Messiah College. He has done both undergraduate and graduate work in Israel as well as Ph.D. work at the University of Pretoria in South Africa.
Crystal Brown is the founder of the non-profit Two Dollars Can Change a Life. Crystal’s motto is that sometimes all it takes is two dollars to put a smile on someone’s face. Crystal spends her time seeking out opportunities for kindness, and she seems to find them at every turn.
Bob Buford Author, Drucker & Me Founder, Halftime Institute
Until the sale of his company in July 1999, Bob Buford served as Chairman of the Board and CEO of Buford Television, Inc., a family-owned business that started with a single ABC affiliate in Tyler, Texas, and grew to a network of cable systems across the country. In 1994, Buford wrote Halftime, a book that came out of his mind and heart on how to find meaning and fulfillment in the second half of our lives. In 1997, Bob launched the Halftime organization, an initiative of Leadership Network to help successful people convert their faith into action and effective results. The mission of Halftime is to develop strategy and resources to equip business/professional leaders to achieve maximum leverage and return on the investment of their time and resources measured in changed lives and healthier communities. Bob is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and of the Owner Managed Program at Harvard.
Nolan Bushnell is a technology pioneer, entrepreneur and scientist. Often cited as the father of the video game industry, he is best known as the founder of Atari Corporation and Chuck E. Cheese Pizza Time Theater. Nolan is passionate about enhancing and improving the educational process by integrating the latest in brain science, and enjoys motivating and inspiring others with his views on entrepreneurship, creativity, innovation and education. Nolan received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Utah, where he is a Distinguished Fellow and also attended Stanford University Graduate School.
Robert Butera, Ph.D., has studied meditation and yoga since 1984. As the Founder of YogaLife Institute in Devon, PA, he trains yoga instructors and yoga therapists and publishes Yoga Living magazine. Bob studied yoga at The Yoga Institute of Bombay and later obtained his Ph.D. in Yoga Philosophy a the California Institute of Integral Studies and a Masters of Divinity from The Earlham School of Religion. Bob has worked with teachers and students throughout Japan, Taiwan, India and the United States.
Diana Butler Bass is an author, speaker, and independent scholar specializing in American religion and culture. She holds a Ph.D. in religious studies from Duke University and is the award-winning author of ten books, including Grounded: Finding God in the World —A Spiritual Revolution, Christianity After Religion: The End of Church and the Birth of a New Spiritual Awakening, and Christianity for the Rest of Us: How the Neighborhood Church is Transforming the Faith. Grateful: The Transformative Power of Giving Thanks was released on April 3, 2018.
Sheva Carr is the architect and Director of HeartMath’s HeartMastery Program, the CEO of Fyera! and the founding Executive Director of the Fyera Foundation and Sunflower SunPower Kids. She is a PathwaysToPeace.org Director and Delegate to the United Nations, and featured as a "love luminary" in Marci Schimoff's New York Times bestselling book "Love for No Reason." As a doctor of Oriental Medicine and HeartMath trainer, she has authored several books (most recently "Being the Source of Love"). Through her alliance with CreativityForPeace.com, Sheva helps to bring young Israeli and Palestinian woman together in retreat settings, where they have become fast friends and global peace builders. Sheva speaks to people all over the world on how to access heart intelligence and inner peace, in order to receive the benefits of the heart’s impact on consciousness, health, performance, creativity, and social change, to create cultures of personal and global peace.
Tony Carr joined Halloran Philanthropies as a founding member in 2007 after a career in hospital administration in Fresno, California. He served as the CEO of the first surgical hospital in the Nation and CEO of the first community owned heart hospital in California.
Tony is a native of Philadelphia and resides in Fresno with his wife Lylia.
Ryan Carroll CEO, Summertime Entertainment Producer, Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return
Ryan Carroll brings more than 30 years of production, finance, and marketing experience to his role of CEO of Summertime Entertainment. Carroll is a producer of the Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return starring Lea Michele, Jim Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, Kelsey Grammer, Patrick Stewart, and Martin Short scheduled for release in May 2014. For this animated feature, Carroll has managed the more than $100 million franchise. He applied his vision to launch the company into the new digital realm, including social media, mobile apps, and virtual worlds. Based on his passion for the series, he acquired rights to the Ozthemed books from Rodger S. Baum (greatgrandson of original Oz author L. Frank Baum). And he has overseen the multimilliondollar licensing and merchandising of the campaign for the Legends of Oz franchise. A graduate of the renowned Goodman School of Drama/ DePaul University in Chicago, Carroll has applied his skills in executive production and funding to more than a dozen films.