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Resilience Leadership in Times of Turmoil

Join us this Thursday at 5pm ET for the Future-Proof Workplace show!
Resilience is a hallmark of great leaders today. In the turbulent times that we live in, leaders must be able to lead through change. They must have self-reliance to deal with chaos, make sense out of confusion, and create clarity of purpose for the path forward. This show will help you learn the keys to create a powerful future for yourself. We will be discussing how to overcome challenges by strengthening resilience. Our guests, Jan Rutherford and Jim Vaselopulos, are leading experts in developing powerful leaders around the world and are co-hosts of The Leadership Podcast. Join us for this what will be a powerful discussion to sharpen your leadership skills!
Jan Rutherford has over 25 years of business experience and has held executive roles in business development, marketing, sales, training, product management, and as a CEO. In 2011, Jan founded Self-Reliant Leadership, LLC – a leadership development firm focused on helping leaders and teams develop self-reliance to grow their business through advising, facilitating, coaching, and wilderness expeditions.
Jim Vaselopulos is a C-level business advisor with a proven record as a leader, strategist, rainmaker and new business development expert. Jim has been a consultant to many companies across nearly every industry.  As the founder of Rafti Advisors, Inc., Jim helps early stage companies get off on the right foot, growth stage companies push through plateaus and mature companies with strategic shifts and complex challenges.

Jim Vaselopulos, Co-host of The Leadership Podcast

Jan Rutherford, Co-host of The Leadership Podcast










I Believe in My Team

When it comes to sports, many people get excited and pumped about it. They buy their favorite team’s jersey number and wait in long lines for drinks and hot dogs and at sporting event. There is nothing can change their minds to support the other team. Their hearts are sold out for their team. There do whatever is necessary to make sure they see that game. They believe in their hearts their team is the best and is going to win the Super Bowl.

Most important than the Super Bowl is what you believe in your heart about Jesus Christ. Unfortunately, most people are NOT sold out for Jesus, just fans of the Lord from afar, not up close and personal.

There are so many people who believe by mere saying that they believe Jesus is the Son of God grants them salvation, and they continue to live their sinful lifestyles. I’m sorry to tell you that you will not find this anywhere in the Bible.

You must believe in your heart that Jesus died for your sins, and your spiritual heart is the core of your emotions, thoughts, ambitions and your conscience. This belief must cause change.

Now, if you believe God raised Jesus from the dead you must believe Jesus died. If you believe Jesus died, then He died from some reason or purpose. For example, some people die from car accidents, drugs, cancer, drinking, heart attack, or just old age, just to mention a few.

The next logical question is: Why did Jesus die on the cross?

We find in Romans 3:25 that God has set forth His Son Jesus to be a substitute through faith in his blood, to declare His righteousness for the forgiveness of sins that are past, though the forbearance of God. (Stop collection of debt; patience and tolerance)

1 John 4:8-15 -…For God is love. In this was manifested (made clear or obvious) the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation (substitute) for our sins… And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Savior of the world.

Jesus gave His life to pay the debt you owe to God for sin. And the wages of sin is death Romans 6:23.

Because there are NO EXCEPTIONS TO GOD’S LAW, therefore Jesus came to seek and search for everyone who was lost and blinded by sin; He came to save us and to extend His hand to ALL and bring us back into the right standing with God the Father.

There are many that have reduced Salvation to a check list of statements that you agree to, and have told you it is OK to continue to live your life your way under your terms. This, my friends, is a lie from the devil. This is the lie that has crept into the church and has weakened it. It has made people complacent and apathetic. Here is the good news: It doesn’t have to be this way. Today is a new day, a day anew and fresh. However, it is your choice.

The question is: will you choose Jesus who says, “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life and NO man come to the Father but by Me”; or choose the ways of the world that will lead you to death and Hell? If you choose Jesus, repent towards God for your sins and confess with your mouth that Jesus is the Authority of your life, and put your faith and trust (which is all confidence) in Jesus whom God raised from the dead, then you will be saved.

A Pioneer in Organic Farming- Phil LaRocca, LaRocca Vineyards- September 27- The Connected Table LIVE!

The Connected Table Live
Phil LaRocca, founder of LaRocca Vineyards, is a pioneer in organic farming and sulfite-free wine production.  Phil was recently named Farmer of the Year by the Organic Trade Association for his work to help create the California Food and Production Act and formulate official guidelines for organic wine, and for his own efforts as a dedicated organic farmer.

Phil with his Organic Trade Association Farmer of the Year Award (Baltimore September 13, 2017)

This family-owned winery located in the Sierra foothills has quite the farming lineage behind it.  Phil’s Sicilian- born mother, Tilly, came from a multi generational family of farmers. Father Nino, also Sicilian- born, was a San Francisco fisherman known as the “fastest filet-knife” on Fisherman’s Wharf.

Phil grew up in the 1960s counter culture world of NoCal. A fun fact:  He managed the rock band, Creedance Clearwater Revival. After leaving the band, he started farming row crops in Quincy, California, while teaching at Feather River Junior College. He also worked as a cowboy for Randolph C. Johnson, raising registered Hereford bulls. By 1973 he started farming seven acres of organic apples and teaching agriculture and food classes at Chico Senior High School and Paradise High School via the California State University, Chico’s Upward Bound Program.

Phil LaRocca tends to his grapes. He joins The Connected Table LIVE September 27 on W4CY

In 1975 Phil became the first certified organic apple grower in California. He launched LaRocca Vineyards in 1984. Today, the winery rests on 110 acres where the Cascade Mountains meet the Sierra Nevada Mountains. The vineyards produce old growth Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, as well as Pinot Noir, Barbera and Zinfandel. A second vineyard, located on western side of the Sutte Buttes near a bald eagle sanctuary, grows Chardonnay varietals. 95% of LaRocca Vineyards’ grapes are 100% organic, and almost all wines are estate bottled.

2010 Chardonay Harvest: Nathan, Phil, D. Tony, Keenan, Phaedra (left to right)

Phil and wife, Judith, have been married 40 years and have raised three children Dharma, Phaedra and Maria and godson, Nathan, all who are  actively involved in LaRocca Vineyards along with their four grand-children Jaeda, Nino, Keenan and Atilavea, and god-grandchild, Natalie. It truly is a family affair! www.LaRocca Vineyards

Melanie Young and David Ransom, Hosts The Connected Table LIVE!

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Here is the link to last week’s show with Deborah Brenner, Founder, Women of the Vine & Spirits, and Chef Gustavo Rios of Evangeline restaurant in Calistoga. (link)