Conference producers, seminar organizers and corporate meeting planners: LKLA's clients are experts who can speak on a wide range of topics at events in the U.S. and abroad. Here you can find keynote or workshop speakers, panelists and instructors, listed by specialty: Diet/Fitness • Food & Drink • Health • Psychology • Business/Motivation • Entertainment • Parenting • Genealogy • How-To • History
Nicole Avena, Ph.D. is a research neuroscientist/psychologist and expert in the fields of nutrition, diet and addiction. She conducts research on how our brains and psychological processes influence what we eat, and how we can use this information to make positive changes in our diet. She is also a pioneer in the field of food addiction, and it was her seminal research work that jump-started this exciting new field of exploration in medicine and nutrition. Dr. Avena’s first trade book, Why Diets Fail (Ten Speed Press), will be released in January 2014. She has a blog with Psychology Today, and she has been featured in many media outlets, including CNN, NPR, Fox News Radio, Shape, Men’s Health, Women’s Fitness, The Week and Scientific American.
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Micaela Karlsen is a recognized expert and respected speaker at premier conferences on plant-based nutrition, including the Plant-Based Nutrition Healthcare Conference in San Diego, California, and the Plant-Based Prevention of Disease (PPOD) Conference in Raleigh, North Carolina. She is the author of A Plant-Based Life (July 2016, AMACOM Books), a strategic how-to guide for successful plant-based eating, and a contributor to the New York Times bestseller Forks Over Knives, the companion book to the movie of the same name. Micaela currently serves on the Expert & Medical Advisory Board for the International Plant-Based Nutrition Healthcare Conference and the Board of Directors for PPOD.
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Gregg McBride is a motivational speaker who provides audiences with the building blocks needed to reach the kinds of goals that might have previously seemed unattainable. After taking off more than 250 pounds over a decade ago, Gregg is testament to achieving dreams and living the best life possible. His entertaining and humorous approach to even serious subjects encourages audiences to find levity in all of life's situations, which offers the potential to unlock limitless potential. Along with multiple appearances on NBC's The Today Show, Gregg is a best-selling author (Just Stop Eating So Much!), successful Hollywood screenwriter/producer, blogger and regular contributor to The Huffington Post. His new book, Weightless, will published in Fall 2014 by Central Recovery Press.
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Liz Neporent has spent her entire career helping people realize their fitness dreams and improving their health. She passionately believes in the power of healthy living as a means to a better life. Liz is author or co-author of more than 18 health books, including the best-selling The Winner’s Brain (Da Capo, 2011) and Fitness For Dummies (For Dummies, 2010), now in its fourth edition. Liz has been on all the morning news shows, CNN, The Food Network and more. She was the regular fitness expert for the Satellite Sisters and Sirius Satellite Radio’s The Larry Flick Show. She holds a master's degree in exercise physiology from New York University and is certified by the American Council on Exercise, where she serves serves on the emeritus board of directors and as a national spokesperson.
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Sharon Palmer, The Plant-Powered Dietitian™, is an award-winning dietitian, blogger, writer and editor. She is author of The Plant-Powered Diet: The Lifelong Eating Plan for Achieving Optimal Health, Beginning Today (The Experiment, 2012) and Plant-Powered For Life: Eat Your Way to Lasting Health with 52 Simple Steps and 125 Delicious Recipes (The Experiment, May 2014). More than 850 of her articles have been published in national publications, including Prevention, Better Homes and Gardens and Today's Dietitian. She is also the editor of the award-winning publication Environmental Nutrition and writes for her blog, The Plant-Powered Blog. Her specific expertise is in plant-based nutrition, including Mediterranean, vegetarian and vegan.
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Marlynn Wei, M.D., J.D., is an award-winning psychiatrist, psychotherapist and certified yoga teacher. Dr. Wei is author of the Harvard Medical School Guide to Yoga, a comprehensive guide that gets to the true healing heart of yoga and its latest research. She is contributing editor to Harvard Health and is a featured contributor for Psychology Today and the Huffington Post. As an expert in mindfulness, resilience, yoga and nutritional psychiatry, Dr. Wei provides audiences with tools to reduce stress, improve work-life balance and prevent burnout through her holistic approach integrating mindfulness, yoga, nutrition and positive psychology. She has been featured on Z Living network, Doctor Radio, SELF Magazine, Prevention, Cosmopolitan, Vice, Mic.com, and several other media outlets.
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Fred Minnick is the award-winning author of Whiskey Women: The Untold Story of How Women Saved Bourbon, Scotch & Irish Whiskey, the critically acclaimed Bourbon Curious: A Simple Tasting Guide for the Savvy Drinker and the upcoming Bourbon: The Rise, Fall and Rebirth of an American Whiskey (Voyageur Press, October 2016). Minnick is also the Bourbon Authority for the Kentucky Derby Museum, where Fortune 500 companies frequently commission him to drink and talk about bourbon. Minnick has been featured on NPR, CBS This Morning, Forbes, Today.com, The Atlantic and hundreds of other mainstream media outlets, and he scores bourbons for Whisky Advocate and writes an opinion column for Whisky Magazine.
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Sally Wendkos Olds has written extensively about intimate relationships, personal growth, and developmental issues throughout the life cycle, and blogs about about topics of interest to people of grandparent age at Super Granny. In addition to her classic, The Complete Book of Breastfeeding, first published in 1972 and revised for its fourth edition in 2010, Sally is the author of ten other books, including Super Granny: Great Stuff to Do with Your Grandkids, and more than 200 articles in major periodicals. She is currently writing a book for people whose life partner has died a year or more previously. An accomplished speaker and lecturer to professional, parent, and general audiences, she has also appeared on numerous radio and TV programs throughout the country.
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A graduate and faculty member of Harvard Medical School, Marie Pasinski, M.D, is a board-certified member of the American Academy of Neurology and a staff neurologist at Massachusetts General Hospital. A renowned brain health expert, Dr. Pasinski has been featured as an expert commentator for The Today Show, Ladies Home Journal, Women's World Magazine and numerous other media outlets. As an author, Huffington Post blogger and frequent guest speaker at conferences and symposia, Dr Pasinski is dedicated to increasing public awareness about the importance of adopting a brain healthy lifestyle. Her book, Beautiful Brain, Beautiful You: 7 Step Guide to a Better, Smarter, Younger You, is for any woman who suffers from “Bad Brain Days.”
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Joseph Cardillo, Ph.D., is a best-selling author and an expert in Attention Training™ and creative thinking. His books—The Five Seasons: Tap Into Nature's Secrets For Health, Happiness, and Harmony; Can I Have Your Attention? How to Think Fast, Find Your Focus, and Sharpen Your Concentration; Your Playlist Can Change Your Life; Be Like Water; and Bow to Life—have inspired people of all ages worldwide. A regular contributor to the Huffington Post and Psychology Today, he holds a doctorate in holistic psychology and in mind-body medicine. Dr. Cardillo's work has been featured in Smithsonian Magazine, The New York Post, The Los AngelesTimes, The Toronto Globe, Men's Health, Men's Fitness, Family Circle, Fitness Magazine and GoodHouseKeeping.com.
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Author of Finally Out: Letting Go of Living Straight (Oak Lane Press, 2017), Dr. Loren Olson seeks to challenge the stereotypes of aging, being gay and the way things are “supposed to be.” He believes that opportunities come with aging, opportunities we’ve never had before. As an older gay man who came out after be married to a woman and having children, he understands and addresses the struggles that men and women have as they confront questions about their sexuality and understands why they may come out late or choose not to come out at all. A frequent resource for local print, radio and television journalists on mental-health topics, Dr. Olson was recently featured nationally on ABC-TV’s Good Morning, America. he is a featured blogger for HuffingtonPost.com and PsychologyToday.com.
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An award-winning lecturer at Harvard University, where she teaches the popular course The Psychology of Close Relationships, psychologist Holly Parker uses lifestyle-based interventions to advance people’s mental health and the quality of their lives. The author of the forthcoming books When Reality Bites: How Denial Helps . . . and What to Do When It Hurts (September 2016) and If We're Together, Why Do I Feel So Alone?: How to Build Intimacy with an Emotionally Unavailable Partner (January 2017), Dr. Parker also writes a blog on her website www.drhollyparker.com, has been a featured guest on radio programs and has served as an expert for media outlets such as ABC News, Prevention, SELF Magazine, The Chicago Tribune, Psychology Today, Fox News and The Saturday Evening Post.
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Board certified in addiction medicine, Dr. Sylvester “Dr. Skip” Sviokla is the author of the highly rated From Harvard to Hell...and Back, the true story of his own journey through addiction to his joy in recovery. He was featured on the cover of Addiction Professional and his thoughts and opinions have appeared in various other print media. He has been a guest on radio talk shows, including Voice America and Recovery Radio. and TV shows, including Health Check, NBC Turn to Ten, The Dan Yorke Show and The Rhode Show. A graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Medical School, Dr. Sviokla is a clinical instructor at Brown Medical School and owns Medical Assisted Recovery in Warwick, Rhode Island. He speaks regularly to young physicians to increase their awareness of the lethal disease of addiction.
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Nacie Carson is a professional development explorer and business author who focuses her research and work on career evolution, entrepreneurship, the gig economy, and the Millennial work experience. Nacie’s writing on professional development has appeared inEntrepreneur.com, FastCompany.com, Upstart (formerly Portfolio), Monster.com, and PBS Next Avenue. Her book on adapting your career to the changing job market, The Finch Effect: The Five Strategies to Adapt and Thrive in Your Working Life, was published by Jossey-Bass in May 2012. In addition to contributing regularly to FastCompany, Huffington Post Women, Metro and her Psychology Today column, Nacie visits with a range of organization to present and facilitate workshops around her research.
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Brian D. Egger is the founder and publisher of BreakingCall.com, the author of Social Media Strategies for Investing and a contributing writer for TheStreet.com, writting extensively on a variety of investment-related topics, including the impact of social media on investing.
During a twenty-year career on Wall Street, Brian held positions of increasing responsibility as an equity analyst at Goldman Sachs, Credit Suisse, BMO Capital Markets and Topeka Capital Markets. An experienced lecturer, Brian taught securities analysis to MBA students as an Adjunct Finance Professor at Columbia Business School. He received a BS in Economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from the University of Chicago's Booth School of Business.
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Maureen Francisco, the author of It Takes Moxie: Off the Boat, Or Out of School, To Making It Your Way in America, is a former TV anchor, and was the first contestant on CBS’s Power of 10 and FOX Reality Channel Solitary 3.0—the highest rated show for an original program. Maureen has been an emcee, panel member or keynote speaker for organizations including the Asian American Journalist Association, Ascend, The National Association of Asian American Professionals, Pacific Northwest Writers Organization, Miss Washington USA, Miss Washington Teen USA, Miss Idaho USA, and Miss Idaho Teen USA. Co-owner of NW Productions LLC, a media and production company, Maureen is also currently the executive producer of her first docuality and the co-president of Ascend.
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Sarah Granger is an award-winning digital media innovator and author of The Digital Mystique: How the Culture of Connectivity Can Empower Your Life — Online and Off (Seal Press, 2014). She has spent more than 25 years building technology and media ventures. As a keynote speaker, Sarah has been featured at a wide range of conferences, including South by Southwest Interactive, Innovation Journalism, California Leadership Forum, Startup Women Forum, and Technovation. Her articles have been published widely, in Forbes, Boing Boing, The Huffington Post, Harvard Business Review and The San Francisco Chronicle at SFGate.com, reaching millions of readers around the world. She has been featured on CBS News, Good Morning America, RT, ABC News and NPR.
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Kerry Hannon is a nationally recognized expert on career transitions, personal finance and retirement, especially for older women. She is a frequent TV and radio commentator and is a sought-after keynote speaker at conferences across the country. Kerry focuses on empowering yourself to do more with your career and personal finances—now and for the future. Kerry is currently a columnist and regular contributor to The New York Times, AARP’s Jobs Expert and “Great Jobs for Retirees” columnist, a contributing editor and “Second Verse” columnist for Forbes, and the PBS website NextAvenue.org expert and columnist on personal finance, wealth management and careers for boomer women. She is the award-winning author of 10 books, including Getting the Job You Want After 50 (Wiley, 2015).
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Robyn Hatcher is passionate about transforming the way individuals communicate and express themselves. As owner of SpeakEtc., a boutique communication and presentation-skills training company, she has helped thousands of business professionals—high-level executives and entrepreneurs as well as private-school educators and human- services supervisors—improve their presentations, interviews and interpersonal communication. In her first book on presentation skills, Standing Ovation Presentations (Motivational Press, 2013), Robyn has created a unique communication style typing system that identifies an individual’s core strengths, then provides detailed tips and skills on how to polish those strengths.
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Andrea Kay helps people get excited about jumping out of bed and going to work. She specializes in “Career Therapy”—creating strategies to help professionals get the career they want. She has written six books, including This Is How to Get Your Next Job (2013) and Work's a Bitch and Then You Make It Work (2009), as well as more than1,400 articles in her weekly syndicated column “At Work,” which appears in USA Today, other Gannett newspapers and online. Heard weekly on WGRR Radio, she is widely quoted on radio and TV, and in national publications such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and US News and World Report. Awarded the Women In Communications Gem Award, Andrea has presented hundreds of workshops and keynote speeches.
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A field investigator fo the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for 30 years, Lucinda Schroeder is an expert in the area of detecting deception. She wrote about two of her undercover cases in A Hunt for Justice (Lyon’s Press, 2006) and Plunder of the Ancients (Lyon’s Press, 2014). She’s an enthusiastic and practiced speaker who taught this subject at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center for 15 years. Lucinda has taken what she knows and developed a highly informative program designed for the workplace. The methods she teaches help people decide with quiet confidence whether or not they are being told the truth by others. She also teaches how to determine when is the best time to make a proposal or sales pitch.
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Scott Schwertly is the Founder and CEO of Ethos3 and the creator of Badge, a proprietary presentation assessment tool that helps presenters discover and maximize their presentation style. He is also the author of two books, What's Your Presentation Persona? (McGraw-Hill, 2017), a groundbreaking book that identifies 16 presentation personas, each with its own strengths and weaknesses, and shows you how to leverage your unique qualities to become a more powerful, persuasive and successful presenter; and How to be a Presentation God (Wiley, 2011). Scott also co-hosts the Presentation Scientists podcast. Founded in 2006, Ethos3 provides design and training for a robust set of clients around the world, serving thought leaders like Guy Kawasaki and Fortune 500 companies like Coca-Cola.
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Syl Tang is an award-winning journalist, futurist and expert in how people consume. The author of Disrobed (Rowman & Littlefield, 2017), she focuses on where the world is going, with an eye toward global events such as natural disasters, geo-political clashes and pandemics. She provides insights on how to make practical use of that information. An entrepreneur and marketer, she started HipGuide in 1998, and went on to launch category-changing products for beauty, beverage, automotive and technology companies. She has given talks to corporate, education and government audiences including the Ad Club, the Economic Development Corporation, IBM, Diageo, JCK, Vision Expo, the National Association of Women Business Owners and NYU’s Annual Conference on Business Ownership and Entrepreneurship.
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Lily Whiteman is the author of the critically acclaimed How to Land a Top-Paying Federal Job, the careers columnist of Federal Times and an award-winning senior science writer at the U.S. National Science Foundation. Her career-boosting advice has been covered by major media outlets, including The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, National Public Radio and The New York Post. Known for her lively, engaging style, Lily has delivered dozens of seminars for universities, professional associations and government agencies on writing winning resumes, acing job interviews, job-hunting for 40+ professionals, landing internships and negotiating top salaries. Her hundreds of articles have appeared in national publications from U.S. News & World Report to Discovery Channel Magazine.
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Peter Filichia has hosted the Theatre World Awards since 1996. He is the author of the upcoming book Strippers, Showgirls, and Sharks: A Very Opinionated Look at Broadway Musicals that Didn't Win the Tony (St. Martin’s Press, 2013), as well as Broadway MVPs (Applause Books, 2011), which was chosen one of Publishers Weekly’s Top 10 Performing Arts titles of 2011. He is the theater critic emeritus for theThe Newark (N.J.) Star Ledger and TV News 12. He has been a columnist for Playbill, Theater.com, Theatermania and Theater Week, and currently blogs weekly at MasterworksBroadway.com and writes “Filichia Features” for Music Theatre International's Web site, The Marquee, and the column “Filichia on Friday” for Kritzerland Records.
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Douglas Haddad is a middle-school teacher who has been recognized as the 2016–2017 Simsbury (CT) School District Teacher of the Year and a 2017 Connecticut Teacher-Ambassador in Public Education. He has also worked as a coach, mentor, nutritionist and inspirational speaker for children and adults. The author of The Ultimate Guide to Raising Teens and Tweens, he has published more than 250 articles in the realms of parenting, education, self-help, and health and wellness. He is the co-author of an award-winning exercise and fitness book, Top Ten Tips for Tip Top Shape, which provides super-health programs for individuals in all professional fields. He has been featured in many media outlets, including NBC, ABC, FOX, ION and many national magazines and popular online websites.
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Lori Holden, named a “Top 10 Must-Read Mom” by Parenting magazine, has been published by Parenting and Adoptive Families, on the Website BlogHer and other media. Her blog, LavenderLuz.com, has been listed by Adoptive Families as one of the top adoption blogs. Her first book, The Open-Hearted Way to Open Adoption: Helping Your Child Grow Up Whole (Rowman & Littlefield, March 2013), was born from listening to hundreds of people living in adoption—adult adoptees, birth parents, adoptive parents and adoption professionals. Lori has spoken at BlogHer conferences about adoption/loss/infertility issues and about authenticity in writing, and she will be the keynote speaker and an award honoree at Parenthood For Me's annual gala in 2013.
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Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak (yes, that's her real name) is a genealogical adventurer who loves solving mysteries, making unexpected discoveries and pushing the boundaries of conventional genealogy. A popular writer, speaker and TV guest, Megan has appeared on Good Morning America, The Today Show, The Early Show, CNN, NPR and BBC. A consultant on TV shows ranging from Who Do You Think You Are? to Top Chef, she is a cold-case researcher for the Army, NCIS and the FBI; Huffington Post contributor; former Chief Family Historian/spokesperson for Ancestry.com and author of six books including Hey, America, Your Roots Are Showing, Who Do You Think You Are? and Trace Your Roots with DNA, the best-seller on genetic genealogy, co-authored with Ann Turner, M.D.
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Marni Jameson is America’s most-loved home and lifestyle columnist. Her humorous and helpful nationally syndicated column “At Home with Marni Jameson” appears in 25 papers nationwide, reaching millions of loyal readers who have been following the author’s home adventures for well over a decade. When Marni chronicled the downsizing of her parents’ home of 50 years, and her childhood home, she captured America’s attention and heart. She put it all down in her latest book, Downsizing the Family Home: What to Save, What to Let Go (Sterling Publishing, 2016), which quickly became a big hit. Whether audiences are trying to scale back their own homes or are clearing out the home of a loved one, Marni lights the way with wit, wisdom and well-researched advice.
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Eric Burns has won major awards in three distinct literary genres. His books of social history have not only been critically acclaimed and popularly successful, but have also been “adopted” for use in the curricula of several colleges and universities. His 1920: The Year That Made the Decade Roar was chosen as one of the best nonfiction books of 2015 by Kirkus Reviews. His latest book, Someone to Watch Over Me (2017), explores the bittersweet relationship between Eleanor Roosevelt and her father, Elliott. As a correspondent for NBC News, Burns was cited by the Washington Journalism Review as one of the best writers in the history of broadcast journalism, joining such luminaries as Edward R. Murrow, Walter Cronkite, David Brinkley, Charles Kuralt, Harry Reasoner and Morley Safer.
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