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January Jones – Your Pets – Dr. Liz Hansen

Dr. Liz Hansen

Dr. Hanson is an outspoken advocate for the need to provide the average consumer with the best quality products for their pets at affordable prices. Dr. Hanson’s first national television commercial is now airing throughout the United States on behalf of Vet IQ’s Vet Guard Plus’ vet-grade flea and tick protection that costs a fraction of the price of other similar protective products. In addition, Dr. Hanson has contributed to insightful articles with the Associated Press (  and the upcoming Nov. issue of Family Circle Magazine.  Dr. Hanson was also featured on a segment of “Real Money” on ABC Television’s “World News Tonight with Diane Sawyer”. You may see it online on ABC Real Money here.

Dr. Liz Hanson was born and raised in Southern California. After completing a B.S. degree at the University of California at Davis, she attended Colorado State University School of Veterinary Medicine. Following graduation in 1995, she moved back to Southern California and has enjoyed practicing small animal veterinary medicine in Orange County ever since. Her areas of interest include internal medicine, dermatology, soft tissue surgery, and wellness programs. The bond that is shared between a pet and its owner is what inspired Dr. Hanson to pursue a career in veterinary medicine. “One of the best parts of my job is not only when a patient is cured, but also when I see the joy an owner has when their pet is back to health!” Dr. Hanson has two miniature long-haired Dachshunds, “Peanut” and “Butter”, two leopard geckos, African cichlids, and a cat named “Martini.” When Dr. Hanson is not practicing Veterinary Medicine she and her husband enjoy watching their four sons compete in swimming and golf. She also loves to cook, read, and most of all, travel.

January Jones meet AATH Heidi Hanna

Meet: Heidi Hanna

Meet: Heidi Hanna

Dr. Heidi Hanna has been featured at many national and global conferences, including the Fortune Magazine Most Powerful Women in Business Summit, ESPN Women’s Leadership Summit, and the Million Dollar Round Table. Heidi is CEO and founder of SYNERGY, an integrative neuroscience partnership that provides brain-based training for individuals and organizations. She is also a frequent lecturer at Canyon Ranch Resort and Spa in Tucson, Arizona.
Heidi’s publications include the NY Times best seller The SHARP Solution: A Brain-Based Approach for Optimal Performance (Wiley, Feb 2013), and the follow-up release Stressaholic: 5 Steps to Transform Your Relationship With Stress (Wiley, Jan 2014). She is currently working on her third book, Recharge: Investment Strategies for Your Most Valuable Resource (Jan 31, 2015).
Heidi is actively involved with several non-profit organizations including the Challenged Athletes Foundation and The Alzheimer’s Association, and she is on the National Board of Directors for Blessings in a Backpack. Recently, Heidi started The Beyond Funny Project, a non-profit group that provides education and resources related to healthy humor. In 2011, Heidi became a Fellow with the American Institute of Stress, and she currently serves as editor of their quarterly publication, Contentment.
Heidi holds a bachelor’s degree in communications from Penn State University, where she competed on the Big 10 softball team and received academic All-American honors. She holds a master’s degree in mental health counseling from Rollins College and a Ph.D. degree in holistic nutrition from Clayton College of Natural Health. Clients have included Johnson & Johnson, PepsiCo, Cisco, Dell, Intel, Proctor & Gamble, Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, Merrill Lynch, ESPN and Starbucks, as well as professional and amateur athletes. For nearly a decade, Heidi has partnered with Janus Capital to deliver the Energy for Performance and BrainWorks programs, which teach financial advisors how to better manage their personal energy, particularly during periods of stress.




MEET:Maia Aziz P.S.W., C.L.Y.L
Over the last two decades, Maia Aziz has worked as a social worker and administrator in a variety of health and social service establishments. A current pediatric Program Manager at the MAB-Mackay Rehabilitation Centre in Montreal, Maia, a Certified Laughter Yoga Leader and member of the Board of Directors of the AATH (Association of Applied and Therapeutic Humor), writes and speaks about how to cope with the inevitable rollercoaster of emotions and daily challenges of being a caregiver, how to collaborate effectively with healthcare professionals and how to never lose sight of what really matters. Maia founded the blog With Love and Laughter to share her everyday wisdoms to joyful gigglers everywhere. Read more at


Maia Aziz

January Jones – Why Military Kids R Special

January Jones sharing Humorist Sporty King

January Jones – WHY Military Kids R Special

Today is Purple UP Day in celebration of Military Children, during this Month of the Military Child. At some time today (or whenever you read this) find a way to put on some purple and say a prayer for our Military Children. Thanks. And please be sure to read the bottom line, if not through to the bottom line. 

10 Reasons Why Military Kids Are Special
Military Kids…
1 Help their country by supporting their parents on military duty
2 Take on more responsibility when their parent is deployed
3 Learn to get along with people from all over the world
4 Experience exciting, new places to live
5 Know how to adjust to changing schools and making new friends
6 Understand about different cultures and people
7 Travel all around our country and the world
8 Positively cope with change and stress
9 Take pride in their parent’s patriotism
10 Appreciate our great country and its history and values
Source: National Guard Family Program.


Sporty King 5:4 hoto

Sporty King, ACS, CL has spoken with domestic and international audiences, sharing his passion for Life, Leadership, and Literacy. He is an award winning professional speaker, author and TV personality who delivers inspirational, practical, usable techniques to apply in your daily life. Thus he works with people who want to help others feel good about themselves and their contribution to the bottom line. Imagine sharing that message with your students, parents, conference and meeting attendees. 

Jack-of-all-trades…master of none? Not really.
                                    Which life would you say doesn’t affect yours?

Sporty’s signature keynote speech, “How To Be UGLY” (Unique, Gifted, Lovable You), delights and enlightens audiences of all ages, ethnicities and genders. View it on the Video Links page. Best used as a keynote-plus-concurrent session speaker, it is his passion for manipulating the English language that brings magic to his words… a magic that makes him the ideal person to deliver your winning message. Also consider using Sporty as M.C. (L.) * (
Master of Ceremonies, Creativity & Listening: one who listens intently to delight your audience with the connecting points throughout your program.) Thus his moniker,The Master of Listening.

Recently finishing as Division Champion, while competing for the 2011 World Champion of Public Speaking, he is an accomplished member of Toastmasters International, having earned the designations ACS, CL (Advanced Communicator Silver, Competent Leader); and is a member of the 1996 Toastmasters Hall of Fame, having finished as one of the Top 9 speakers in the world at the International Speech Contest.

Among King’s media appearances are the Chicago Tribune; ABC/TV’s “Someone You Should Know” news segment with Harry Porterfield; and weekly on WGN/TV’s nationally syndicated Minority Business Report, delivering inspirational messages about business and life.

Sporty is a native of Harlem, in New York City. He started writing poetry in 1969 to combat homesickness. Having won an ABC (A Better Chance) Scholarship, he went away to private high school (in Massachusetts). During his first year he was one of seven blacks in a student population of 200+… second year 1 of 5… 3rd year 1 of 3…. His poetry started out somewhat militant, but with an introspective base of seeking to understand [rather than perpetuate].

King began his 18-year career at The Wall Street Journal in January of 1975 as a messenger. While at the Journal, he began sharing his poetry at the department Christmas party. Sporty wrote poetry that would get each person in the department’s name into the poem. It became the highlight of the party, and heads of other departments began seeking invitation to his department’s party. Eventually, more  departments merged their party, and people vied for position in Sporty’s poem. One year the poem got up to 70  names, 10 pages…. He served his final 6 years at the Journal as Midwest Region Classified Advertising Sales Manager, before retiring to pursue his oratorical gift.

As a Chicago Public Schools registered vendor and ISBE Certified provider for CEU/CPDU credits, Sporty was consistently on the program at the Chicago Archdiocese of Chicago’s Young Adult Ministry seminar; Poetry Instructor at Harvey APC After-school Mentor Program; and Young Authors’ Club Coordinator at Ella Flagg Young Elementary School. He is a former Bolingbrook Community League basketball coach and referee; Adjunct Professor at Kennedy-King College; former Artist-In-Residence at Purdue University; former Public Speaking instructor at Harold Washington College and Prologue Alternative High School; Past Board President and member at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Boys & Girls Club; and Board President at WYTEC (Westside Youth Technical Entrepreneur Center). All places where he enjoyed a hands-on influence in the lives of young people.

That influence is fueled by Sporty’s belief that we touch children’s lives by re-educating and refreshing adults. Thus his message is well received with parents and auxiliary organizations as well. He credits his 1994-2010 monthly sessions with “Seasoned” Citizens at Chicago Department on Aging Centers as keys to his ability to increase communication between generations.

In July 2010 he relocated to Charlotte, NC and has continued sharing his gift for saving lives through his contract with the Urban League of the Central Carolinas, facilitating a Life Skills Training Program.

In January 2011 he began working with the Cadre of Speakers… facilitators available to Military Service Members through the Yellow Ribbon Program (YRP). YRP weekends serve pre, during and post deployment Service Members and their families to keep their bond strong as they keep America strong. Seminars are scheduled for the families and are held in multiple locations every weekend throughout the country. Sporty received his first Command Coin for Excellence from the 181st Infantry Regiment.

An expert on personal success, the impact of words in our lives, and turning any negative into a positive, Sporty is the author of 6 books: “I Found Out I’m Dying: A Celebration of Life” … a ‘story’ in poetry that reminds us to be comfortable with the decisions we make in enjoying life to the fullest; “Do You Have Any Idea… How Fine You Are?” … a poetic tribute to God’s greatest gift to, and source of mankind –Woman; “StartingToday…” weekly affirmations for daily living; and “Your Name Came To Mind” … the sequel to “I Found Out…”reminding readers to be comfortable with spiritual growth; “Morning… Noon… & Night…” is a collection of inspirational quotes sure to give you memorable lessons that you can apply and share in your daily dealing with destiny; and his most recent book, “a poet in every PrOphET” is an inspirational story in poetry about the connection between Sporty’s gift and vision….