Steven Aldana Ph.D.

Dr. Aldana was one of those unusual young men who actually liked school. He graduated from college with a degree in physical education and minors in mathematics and geology. In 20 years of academia, he has completed his share of research, written 5 books and published over six dozen research articles.  He found himself becoming increasingly frustrated at the gap that existed between academia and the real world.

In 2007 he resigned his position as a tenured full-professor at Brigham Young University.  He walked away from the most secure job in America because he knew that his ability to help Americans change behaviors would be limited if he stayed behind the walls of academia. Now that he’s a "recovering" academic, he has been free to develop WellSteps and to be part of a national effort to improve the health of all Americans.

Currently Dr. Aldana is the CEO of WellSteps, a worksite wellness solution that leads the nation in wellness program deployment and engagement. He has given over 350 keynote speeches across the U.S. on the ability of good nutrition and regular exercise to prevent, arrest, and reverse many chronic diseases. His books have sold over 1 million copies and are used by 4,500 companies and corporations.

Dr. Aldana’s curriculum has been a part of the program at the Wellness Center alongside his passionate lectures and beliefs on “The Case to Change.”  When asked why he is so passionate about promoting the importance of healthy lifestyles, Dr. Aldana responds, “This information saves and transforms lives.”

He grows a big garden each summer and likes to hit the deep Utah slopes in the winter.  He loves his yellow lab named Dixie, and of course his two-year-old granddaughter (and mentor) Luna.  Dr. Aldana’s favorite sound is that of wind blowing through pine trees and his last meal would consist of bacon!


Lee Broekman

Lee Broekman is Managing Partner of Organic Communication, providing communication and management guidance to professionals and firms. As an expert in persuasion, presentation and interpersonal communication, Lee trains decision makers in top organizations to communicate and manage naturally and effectively. Lee is a frequent speaker in legal and business gatherings. She coaches AmLaw 100 law firm leaders and senior managers of Fortune 1000 companies. Lee has taught courses at USC’s Annenberg School for Communication and Marshall School of Business, and guest teaches at the UCLA School of Law.

A richly varied background in political communications as an L.A. City Council spokesperson, campaign media advisor, ambassadorial scholar to the Netherlands and political lobbyist, has ultimately laid the strong foundation (and countless stories) Lee has to teach professionals to work with different people under stressful situations. Lee’s book, Successful (Happy) Lawyering: Increase Your Bottom Line and Well-Being, One Insight at a Time, is a newly released publication in the THiNKaha Elite Books Series.


Iris R. Firstenberg, Ph.D.

Iris R. Firstenberg Ph.D, Adjunct Associate Professor at UCLA, teaches in the Anderson MBA programs, UCLA Anderson Executive Education programs, and the UCLA Department of Psychology. She specializes in strategies for creative problem solving and innovative thinking and teaches seminars for a wide cross-section of Fortune 500 organizations.

Her latest book is Extraordinary Outcomes: Shaping an Otherwise Unpredictable Future (John Wiley & Sons, 2014). Iris was awarded the 2002 UCLA Department of Psychology Faculty Distinguished Teaching Award and the 2011 UCLA Extension Distinguished Teaching Award.


Noah Goldstein, Ph.D.

Noah J. Goldstein joined the UCLA Anderson School of Management after serving on the faculty of the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Dr. Goldstein’s research centers on how to influence people to win support for one’s products, proposals, ideas, initiatives, and requests. He has won a number of awards for his research as well as for his teaching. He is co-author of a book on persuasion called Yes!, a New York Times bestseller now translated in over 25 languages.

Dr. Goldstein’s work on persuasion was named a “Breakthrough Idea” by Harvard Business Review. Dr. Goldstein speaks to organizations on a wide range of issues, including marketing, management, negotiation, leadership, and other aspects of persuasion.


Judith Gordon

Judith Gordon, Esq., is a lawyer, lecturer at UCLA School of Law, certified mediator and coach certified in social and emotional intelligence. She provides communication, business development and leadership training that helps firms and professionals grow their business, increase visibility, enhance their reputations and lead more productive, satisfying lives.

Judith writes and speaks regularly on issues of well being and the high-achieving professional. She coaches lawyers and law firm leaders, and creates programs for professionals who are driven to thrive both professionally and personally. Judith practiced law before her segue into business communications. She was associate director of communications at an economic think tank, and headed the marketing and professional development department at Buchalter Nemer.


Peggy Grande

Ronald Reagan personally chose Peggy to work at his side for 10 years, and together they created a powerful partnership. Serving as his post-presidency Executive Assistant, Peggy was the liaison between him and his staff, the public, local dignitaries and world leaders. She ensured that his events, travel, personal and political relationships and day to day operations were handled efficiently and effectively. She had a front row seat to history and got to know Ronald Reagan the man, not just the president. Sitting right outside his office every day, her private observations are not only steeped in timeless principles of leadership, but have meaning and relevance for today’s business environment, as well as for the future. 

From Presidential protocol to meticulous project and event management, Peggy’s expertise and exacting standards help today’s executives navigate complexity with clarity and diplomatically defuse even the most sensitive issues with tact and positive outcomes. She works with Executives and with Executive Assistants to become beacons of excellence, navigating the murky waters of business mediocrity with confidence, steering them toward World-Class Results. 

As a speaker, Peggy demonstrates “How to WOW” the Reagan way, talks about the Science of Fascination, and inspires audiences to lead and live with greater impact, challenging everyone to create a positive and lasting legacy.


Scott Greenberg

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For over 20 years, Scott Greenberg has captivated audiences with his high-energy presentations on leadership and peak performance mindset. His diverse client list includes Nike, Coffee Beanery, the Wyndham Hotel Group, the U.S. Air Force and countless other businesses, schools and associations. He’s presented in all 50 U.S. states, as well as in Canada, Ecuador, Jamaica, Aruba and Saudi Arabia.

Discussing both skill set and mindset, Scott helps business leaders and their teams elevate performance and grow their companies. He challenges conventional thinking and gets people immediately focused on the ideas and action that matter most.

In 2005, Scott built his first of two “Edible Arrangements” franchises in Los Angeles. His company regularly ranks among the top grossing operations in California and has won the Edible Arrangements “Best Customer Service” and “Manager of the Year” awards out of more than 1000 franchisees worldwide.

Scott received his bachelor’s degree from UCLA in 1992 and was awarded a scholarship to attend graduate film school at New York University. He was diagnosed with cancer after only one semester and returned to California for treatment. After successfully beating the disease, he celebrated by running the Los Angeles Marathon to raise money for cancer research.

Scott currently lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two kids.


Jan Hargrave

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Jan Latiolais Hargrave teaches you the ways in which your body communicates to the world around you.  Her information could help you to “read” your clients, your family, your prospects, your associates, in fact, everyone around you.

She is the author of Let Me See Your Body Talk, Freeway of Love, Judge The Jury, Strictly Business Body Language, and Poker Face.

Nonverbal communication—“Body Language”—often communicates a different message from the spoken word.  Jan proves with her contagious warmth and humor that there is a method, and a style, to success.  Bring your body, your curiosity, your sense of humor and learn what your body—and the body of others—is communicating to the world.


Sue Hershkowitz-Coore

Internationally recognized communications researcher and sales trainer with multiple degrees and honors from prestigious universities, Sue Hershkowitz-Coore helps audiences increase profitability, professionalism and productivity through improved communications. Skillfully blending persuasion research, business trends, anecdotes, insights, and studies from the social sciences into engaging bespoke keynotes and training workshops, Sue has developed a winning communication system that creates amazingly successful and profitable customer relationships.

Sue has authored Power Sales Writing (now in its 2nd printing: McGraw-Hill) named among the “Best Books for Sales Success” by Selling Power magazine in 2013, and How to Say It to Sell It! (Prentice Hall/Penguin). She provides a fresh, practical look at how what you say and how you say it can skyrocket sales and personal success. Speaker Sue is a past officer, board member and President’s Award winner of the National Speakers Association, a founding member of Meeting Professionals International’s Women’s Leadership Initiative, has been designated an MPI “Platinum” speaker for 12 consecutive years and was named “Best in Class – 2010-2014″ by Professional Convention Management Association. Sue’s educational degrees include a Masters of Counseling and a Fellowship supported by the University of California at Berkeley. Her presentations take her around the world including appearances in China, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Australia, United Kingdom, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Spain, Mexico and Canada.


Jeremy Hunter, Ph.D.

Since 1999, Jeremy Hunter has been affiliated with the Peter F. Drucker School of Management, where he teaches the Executive Management and MBA programs and has been voted Professor of the Year.

Hunter may also be recognized for his recent front page spread in LA Times Business section on “Mindful Management", features in “Mindful Magazine” and "People & Strategy", and his “Beautiful Mind” talk for Ted X to name a few.

His work is informed by the experience of living day-to-day for 17 years with a potentially terminal illness, and when faced with the need for life-saving surgery having more than a dozen former students come forward as organ donors.

Hunter’s formal schooling includes a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago, an M.P.P. from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and a B.A. in East Asian Studies from Wittenberg University, graduating Phi Beta Kappa. He also has more than twenty years' experience with Asian contemplative practices which deeply inform his work.

He created “The Practice of Self-Management and The Executive Mind,” a series of challenging and transformative executive education programs dedicated to managing oneself.  These courses were among the first to introduce mindfulness practice (a rigorous form of mental discipline) as well as attention training and emotional management in a management context. They incorporate state-of-the art findings in neuroscience, psychology, medicine and the arts.

Hunter’s work as a faculty member at the Wellness Center includes a curriculum filled with meditation, managing transitions, understanding and mastering emotions as well as sustainable success and finding solid ground.

He consults internationally (Sweden and Japan are his latest), obsesses about modern architecture and would love to dine with Frank Lloyd Wright.  His last meal would be that of a Roman emperor feasting for 7 days on a variety of cuisines.  Hunter’s favorite sound is that of an airplane engine revving up for takeoff and he’s named after a British rebellion leader Jeremy Paul Taylor.  He and his wife dutifully serve two house cats who live in Los Angeles.


Nancy Joyce

Nancy Joyce is a business executive, Internet entrepreneur and expert in teaching women the art of self-promotion. Nancy’s coaching and training courses on Authentic Self Promotion for women are the first to focus directly on this career defining skill.

She is a graduate of Georgetown University and the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.

The majority of women are unaware that research ties self promotion directly to compensation and promotion rates. Nancy shares what true, authentic self promotion looks like. Nancy quantifies the benefits of mastering the art then details six, critical self promotion behaviors from sharing accomplishments, to taking credit, to networking with powerful others that women who make it to the top have mastered.


marc milstein, Ph.D.

Dr. Milstein is a Scientist, Researcher, and Professional Speaker who makes cutting-edge health and wellness research approachable and empowers his audience to apply these vital findings to their work and daily lives.

He earned both his Ph..D. in Biological Chemistry and his Bachelor of Science in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology from UCLA. His Doctoral research uncovered the role of a protein called “R1N1”, that suppresses breast cancer. Interestingly R1N1 is also involved in memory, and Dr. Milstein is fascinated by how the brain and body work in concert. Dr. Milstein has conducted research on topics including genetics, cancer biology, neuroscience, and infectious disease and his work has been published in multiple scientific journals. Dr. Milstein received the prestigious California Breast Cancer Research Fellowship Award in recognition of his work.


Denise Pizzulli Kirwan

Denise Kirwan is an accomplished executive with expertise in organization development, human resources, strategic consulting, planning and executive coaching.  She has designed and implemented organization systems with an emphasis on performance management, talent management, and employee engagement processes that directly impact the achievement of measurable business results. 

Her consulting clients include those from startups to Fortune 500 companies in the Healthcare, Entertainment, CPG, Aerospace, Financial Services, Aerospace, Wellbeing and Hospitality industries as well as non-profit organizations. She held executive roles with organizations such as NBCUniversal, Paramount Pictures, St. Joseph Health System, Marriott Corporation’s/Host-Marriott Division and Baskin-Robbins International.

Denise has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Administration from Michigan State University and a Master of Science Degree in Organization Development from Pepperdine University.  She is a Mentor Coach from the College of Executive Coaching and an ICF (International Coach Federation) Certified Executive Coach.


Paulette Lambert, R.D., CDE

With an ability to translate the latest scientific medical research in nutrition into tips and strategies easily understood by consumers, California Health & Longevity Institute's Director of Nutrition, Paulette Lambert, RD, CDE (registered dietitian and certified diabetic educator) is a nationally recognized expert in her field.  In addition to being a sought-after speaker for corporate meetings and conferences in the fields of insurance, healthcare, consumer products and more, she can be seen as the nutrition expert on ABC’s Extreme Makeover:  Weight Loss Edition.  She has also appeared on The Dr. Oz Show, KNBC Los Angeles, KABC Los Angeles and KCBS Los Angeles.  She is a regular contributor to Organic Spa and A Woman’s Health magazines as well as being cited frequently for her expertise in publications including The Wall Street Journal, Shape, Los Angeles Times, Smart Meetings and more.

With more than 30 years of experience in her field, Paulette’s vast experience with clinical nutrition includes expertise in the areas of weight management,  diabetes, heart disease prevention and cardiac care, cancer prevention and management, obesity, gastrointestinal disorders, food allergies, supplements, sports training and more.  As a certified diabetic educator, she has lectured extensively for the American Diabetes Association.

A graduate of California State University at Northridge, Paulette holds a degree in nutrition and completed her residency at Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas, Texas.  After finishing her studies, Paulette worked for hospitals in Texas and Southern California before becoming the first registered dietitian in California to move to private practice.

As the Director of Nutrition for the California Health & Longevity Institute and the Wellness Center, since its opening in 2006, Paulette develops the nutrition programs and protocols for individual consultations, workshops for consumers and corporate groups in the popular Wellness Kitchen™.  As part of the faculty of CHLI®, she lectures on several topics such as “Eating for Performance,” “The Art of Mindful Eating,” “Snacks for Energy,” “Food Play,” “Healthy Eating on the Road” and “Staying Alive!” to name a few.

Paulette has a “need for speed” and took up equestrian jumping, extreme downhill skiing and mountain biking at 40 to keep mind and body fit!  Her mentor is her mother who let Paulette “play in the spice drawer and make pies in Mayo jars” at the age of two.  Paulette’s favorite sound is quiet and her last meal would still include a salad - a chopped Italian followed by super cheesy pasta and a chocolate gelato.


Frederic Luskin, Ph.D.

Frederic Luskin is a professor in the Psy.D. program in clinical psychology at Sofia University. He teaches the clinical assessment sequence, as well as quantitative research methods. He also chairs the research ethics committee and has an extensive background in assessment and research, as well as teaching positive psychology.

Frederic is a senior consultant in wellness and health promotion at Stanford University, where he teaches the positive psychology class. He also teaches forgiveness and stress management to groups around the United States. He is one of the most recognized researchers and teachers of forgiveness in the United States. He has clinical licenses as a marriage and family counselor, educational psychologist and clinical psychologist.  He also holds credentials in counseling and school psychology.


Jennifer L. Martin, Ph.D.

Dr. Martin is a Sleep Psychologist in the Los Angeles area. She is an Associate Professor at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA where she teaches about caring for patients with sleep disorders. Additionally, she is a Research Scientist and Psychologist at the VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System (VAGLAHS) where she runs a Behavioral Sleep Medicine Program and serves as a National Expert Trainer in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia.

Dr. Martin frequently lectures on the consequences of sleep loss and performance. She has a strong scientific research program focused on improving sleep as a key aspect of improving mental and physical health. Dr. Martin also serves on numerous task forces and committees at the national level and is the Secretary-Treasurer for the Sleep Research Society, a leading international organization in sleep research.


Robert Maurer, Ph.D.

As Director of Behavioral Sciences for the Family Practice Residency Program at Santa Monica UCLA Medical Center and a faculty member with the UCLA School of Medicine,Robert Maurer has traveled extensively, presenting seminars and consultations on a broad spectrum of issues that face people and organizations today.

Dr. Maurer has appeared on ABC/TV's "20/20" in connection with his work on “anger”. USA TODAY recently featured his new best-seller, One Small Step Can Change Your Life: Using the Japanese Technique of Kaizen to Achieve Lasting Success. And a recent Los Angeles Times profile highlighted Dr. Maurer's seminars on creativity.

The impact of Dr. Maurer’s unique approach to personal happiness and success is reinforced by his commitment to scientific research.  His presentations on success have reached audiences as diverse as corporations, hospital patients and staff, theatrical companies, and the British government. Thus, his work as a clinical psychologist has resulted in the development of an extensive series of programs designed to meet the challenges of building and sustaining our excellence and well-being.

Dr. Maurer, a distinguished and effective translator of a new psychology of success, is an integral part of the Wellness Center's faculty and lectures on topics such as “The Power of Change,” “Adapting to Change and Continuous Improvement,” “Sustaining Passion and Performance” and “Crucial Skills in Client Relationships.”

Dr. Maurer’s favorite sound is that of laughter and his least favorite word is “NO.”  His last meal would be Dominos thin crust pepperoni pizza (new menu) and his dining companion of choice - President Abraham Lincoln for his true patience and perseverance.


Cynthia McNeil

Cynthia McNeil has over 20 years of experience as a Consultant, Facilitator and Coach. She specializes in the area of transformational and accelerated growth for California Health & Longevity Institute. Cynthia has worked throughout North America and internationally in over 14 countries including much of Southeast Asia, Italy, Australia, Hong Kong, Spain, Japan, South Africa and the United Kingdom.

Cynthia has designed and facilitated organizational breakthrough programs for organizations and their leaders in a wide variety of industries including manufacturing, health care, financial services and consumer products. She’s provided value to organizations such as Citibank, Microsoft, Abbott, Dofasco Steel, Phillip Morris, Kaiser Permanente, INCO Mining Corp., Kraft, Ameritrade, Genentek, Maryland State Govn’t Agencies.

Cynthia understands that as businesses grow and evolve their employees must do the same. One of her many passions at California Health & Longevity Institute is helping people re-energize and re-engage to improve personal and organizational performance. She is skilled at applying the value of a shift in how people work together to the attainment of organizational objectives. She has also provided personal coaching for senior executives and leadership teams, helping them re-align themselves and improve their effectiveness as leaders.

Cynthia is passionate about world travel, backpacking and any activity on the water such as sailing, canoeing or kayaking. You can also find her enjoying the swing of a hammock while reading a good book.  Cynthia is a Cancer Survivor which has opened up a whole new world of opportunity to help and support others.


Relly Nadler, Ph.D.

Dr. Nadler is a licensed psychologist and a Master Certified Coach (MCC). He has been doing Executive Coaching since 1995 and is a senior faculty member at the College of Executive Coaching.  He is the president and CEO of True North Leadership, Inc. an Executive and Organizational Development firm.

Dr. Nadler is the author of five best-selling leadership and team performance books, and is a sought-after speaker and consultant on leadership, emotional intelligence, teambuilding, executive coaching and executive leadership. He has designed and delivered many multi-day executive boot camps for high achievers in Fortune 500 companies.


Dan Quiggle

Dan Quiggle founded The Quiggle Group to promote and expand excellence in leadership. Through Leadership Retreats, Corporate Training and Keynote Speaking, meaningful, tangible educational components are introduced which add real-life value to the pursuit of leadership excellence - both personally and professionally. The premiere program, “The Reagan Experience,” is unique, customized training held at The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, CA.

Beginning his professional career in the Office of Ronald Reagan, Dan learned leadership personally from the master himself - Ronald Reagan. Politics aside, President Reagan was one of the most gifted leaders our nation has seen in a generation and Dan was right there to see up close how President Reagan used and applied his natural skills to not only impact the lives of those around him, but lead the Free World! Dan has spent his career emulating and refining the skills he observed directly from President Reagan and is passionate about sharing his experiences with a new generation of leaders.

Having successfully started five companies in fields as varied as retail distribution and medical technology, Dan has the hands-on experience to authentically communicate with today’s top business leaders. As a graduate of UCLA, Dan currently serves as President and CEO of America’s Choice Title Company, recognized by Inc. Magazine as the 2nd fastest growing title agency in America. He is a company founder and serves on the Board of Directors. Dan’s professional accomplishments give him the experience and credibility needed to successfully support the leadership growth of any professional.

Dan serves as Dean of Faculty for the Leadership Institute, based in Washington, D.C. In this capacity, he speaks on public policy and leadership in cities throughout the country. The position also allows him the opportunity to meet with many of the Institute’s top donors, including some of the most successful and influential people in the country. Dan has also been a candidate for Congress in Florida and has served as the Florida State Chairman of Americans for Prosperity, an advocacy group committed to educating citizens about economic policy and mobilizing those citizens to participate in the public policy process.

Recently recognized as one of the top speakers for Vistage, a nationwide CEO think tank, Dan’s message will inspire and impact all who hear it. Dan has been speaking on Leadership and Emotional Intelligence throughout North America and internationally for the past 20 years. Dan has shared his messages of business success and motivation with America’s top corporations and associations, including Genworth Financial, Merrill Lynch, Wells Fargo, and Coldwell Banker. He has spoken in large and small settings for corporations and educational institutions, been featured on the Fox News Channel and has been covered by The Wall Street Journal. Dan is passionate about inspiring great leadership by sharing effective traits and principles exhibited by some of the most successful individuals in the nation.


Chris Stevenson, CSCS

Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, Chris grew up as a multi-sport athlete who committed to Olympic Style Tae Kwon Do in High School, competing in open martial arts circuits. He became one of the premier martial arts coaches in the Midwest, producing a number of nationally-ranked competitors.  Always a multi-tasker, Chris graduated from Baldwin Wallace College with a business degree while running Cleveland’s number one martial arts and fitness studio.

In 1999, Chris moved to the west coast to train and compete with some of the best martial arts professionals in the nation and quickly “fell into” stunt work on shows like ER and films such as Gangster Squad. He’s also known as one of the longest running "Power Rangers."

While Chris landed multiple roles in movies, television and live venues, teaching and training continued to be his true passion. He obtained his personal training certification from the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) and quickly became one of the most sought after personal trainers in Los Angeles.

Chris was employed by the Chiropractic Sports Institute where he became proficient in injury rehabilitation and bio-mechanics. He obtained his CSCS from the NSCA, one of the most recognized and respected specialties in sports medicine.

Chris was determined to combine the disciplines of clinical sports medicine and fitness training and that led to the birth of Stevenson Fitness in Oak Park, California in 2003. For nearly ten years now, Stevenson Fitness continues to be the elite spot for the community to enjoy reaching its physical fitness goals.

Chris has a curriculum at the Wellness Center which includes a variety of fitness activities from desk-side stretching to yoga and rest, relax and roll!

Chris’ mentor is The Rock and his least favorite word is “can’t!”  His last meal would be the greasiest pan pepperoni pizza from Pizza Hut with flaky crust.


Wyatt Webb

Wyatt Webb is the founder and leader of the Equine Experience at Miraval Arizona. The Equine Experience provides profound insight into communication within relationships. Working on the ground with specially selected horses, guests begin to see patterns of learned behavior that may be working against them. Wyatt offers 4-day workshops and daily classes for anyone looking to better understand their communication process in an effort to improve personal and professional relationships and bring joy to their lives.

What began in 1991 as a facilitated experimental group with emphasis on in-depth relationship skills examination, fear reduction and values clarification, has evolved into Miraval's signature Equine Experience. The experience is a safe and supportive setting for people to correct false belief systems about themselves and provides an empowering and creative opportunity for remembering who they truly are.

Wyatt is also the author of It's Not About the Horse: What To Do When You Don't Know What To Do - Common Horse Sense, and Five Steps For Overcoming Fear and Self Doubt: Journey into Present-Moment Time.

Wyatt began his career touring North America as a professional performer for 15 years. That led him to examine life and the fears that had been getting in his way for too long. For more than 25 years he has worked with adults, adolescents, families, couples, and corporations in a therapeutic setting. Wyatt has a B.A. from West Georgia College.