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ALEXANDRA JONES – ARCHAELOGIST

This real-life Indiana Jones not only reveals ancient artifacts but helps young people discover their cultural heritage. Next time you’re asked to name a charismatic archaeologist with the last name of Jones, Dr. Indiana Jones shouldn’t be the only one who comes to mind. Just like the fictional character, the pursuit to preserve history has pit Dr. Alexandra Jones in her fair share of adventures. The only difference — her stories are real. Jones has searched for ancient artifacts at a site that explorers once believed was a city made of gold. She’s researched the cliffside mega-homes of civilizations rumored to be run by lavish female elites. She’s dug deep to find insight into the lives of slaves at a private 17th century mansion with Civil War ties. Dr. Jones’ adventures are larger than life, and her passion for archaeology has helped her reach enormous success. Today, she is an adjunct professor of anthropology at the University of Baltimore and founder of Archaeology in the Community (AITC), a non-profit organization dedicated to introducing students to the wonders of archaeology through

E. LEE SPENCE – TREASURE HUNTER

A child’s dream leads to a lifetime of bringing the past to light from deep beneath the sea. It was just another afternoon for Dr. Lee Spence of Sullivan’s Island. The tide was high and the sea gulls gathered putting up a noisy squawk. As the adventurer and his men headed out to sea, the landscape of Charleston, South Carolina disappeared behind them, sinking into the horizon of the blue Atlantic waters. The waves began to surge so pinpointing the location was crucial. One of the South Carolinians on board, a shrimper who was gracious enough to take Spence out that day, looked anxiously back at him. But Spence’s confident demeanor had a way of putting his colleagues at ease. The briny sea spray whisked the men’s faces as the boat glided off one wave and onto the next.  He started adjusting his scuba gear and ran his fingers through his blonde hair as he put on the dive mask and zipped up his thermosphere suit. And so, the adventure begins. “Off Charleston there are hundreds of ‘hangs’ — hangs

LARRY LEVINE – THE PRISON CONSULTANT

How does anyone become the premier expert in the world in their chosen field? To accomplish so rare a feat, it helps to have relentless energy, an extraordinary work ethic, no fear of failure, and at least a decade of hands-on experience. Each of these attributes clearly apply to Larry Jay Levine – the world’s premier expert in federal prison consultation. And just how would one gain ‘at least a decade of hands-on experience’ in the field of federal prisons? Simple – by spending 10 years as an inmate in 11 of them – from high security on down to medium, low, and finally, minimum security. “It could have been worse,” says Levine. “My ex-wife wrote a letter to the court with information on crimes even the prosecutors didn’t know about. Luckily, the statute of limitations had already passed.” The Incarceration, A New Beginning As described on one of Levine’s several websites, he was a Private Investigator in Los Angeles, California before entering federal custody in 1998. He also reveals that, in truth, he was working as an ‘efficiency expert’

PETER BELLERBY – HANDMADE GLOBES

One of the themes we hear time and again from our featured guests is their gratitude for the glorious times in which we are living, the boundless opportunities we have on our interconnected globe. In ancient times explorers would courageously set out on the arduous path of discovery, mile-by-mile creating the maps we would one day follow. In sharp contrast, our modern times present no such challenge. Our world has been fully mapped and is accessible at the click of a link. With the entire world at our fingertips, our daily trial is to narrow down such overwhelming prospects and make thoughtful choices regarding our own paths. One recent Sunday morning, with plenty of other options on my plate, I took the healthy path of visiting the gym. Upon my return, about twenty minutes later, my wife asked me to watch the replay of a feature I’d missed on CBS Sunday Morning. It was about London-based, Bellerby & Co Globemakers, one of the world’s last remaining companies devoted to the artisan craft of hand-made globes. As travel advocates, we’ve always discussed owning

SETH GOLDMAN – Tea-EO OF HONEST TEA

You’re well aware by now that we’re energized by people who’ve tangibly implemented their big visions. We all have ideas, dreams, and visions, large and small. It’s the implementation part that trips up the vast majority of would-be entrepreneurs. The implementers are the rare breed with the guts to resiliently mold their vision into an action plan and then do the day-to-day grind to achieve tangible results. Today we introduce a master implementer whose extraordinary growth as both a businessman and a human being exemplifies all we celebrate. Although he’s a fringe Gen Xer, we won’t hold that against him. Please meet Throomer Rock Star, Seth Goldman, co-founder and “TeaEO” Emeritus of Honest Tea. Brewing a New Niche An early pioneer in the national trend toward consuming healthier foods, Goldman is the brains behind the nation’s top-selling, organic bottled tea. With over 100 million bottles produced in a year, Honest Tea’s various labels are carried in more than 140,000 outlets across America and Europe, including such restaurant giants as McDonald’s, Wendy’s, Subway, and Chick-fil-A. After graduating from Harvard College in

YOSSI GHINSBERG – LOST IN THE JUNGLE

A harrowing tale in the depths of the Amazon jungle gave this survivor the vision to make the world a better place.  The rainforest was deafeningly loud. All the creatures sang their song or called out under the dense canopy as leaves danced in the humid air streams. There’s so much beauty. Yossi Ghinsberg couldn’t help but admire the wonders of this ecosystem. It almost distracted him from his hunger pains. It’s been weeks and he hasn’t seen any sign of civilization. The woman beside him didn’t seem as weak as he was. The ants didn’t seem to bite her, and her foot wasn’t being devoured by fungi like his was. It wouldn’t be until the end of his last bit of strength that the ants actually saved him. Ant bites can cause the release of hormones and steroids in the human body giving an extra push to survive. He covered himself with them, and that bit of energy saved him. “I actually went and shook a tree and showered myself with them because my feet couldn’t carry me anymore

MIXED CHICKS – HAIR PIONEERS

Showing off naturally curly tresses not only found a hungry market but also turned into a societal trend. The scene is the ‘City of Angels,’ the international capital of glamour. We’ve recently celebrated the turn of the millennium, the dawning of the 21st century. Two young women with roots in Europe, Africa, Asia and America have a dilemma. How do they make their way in so prolific a time and place? How should they express themselves to illustrate both their cultural pride and vibrant confidence? How best can they deliver their unique essences to the world? These were just a few of the questions careening around in the fertile brains of teacher, Wendi Levy, and public relations executive, Kim Etheredge, two young L.A. women making their way in a town obsessed with beauty. By any standard both Levy and Etheredge had all the God-given attributes of beauty, but there was something awry, something gnawing at them as they went through their daily grooming rituals. Don’t misunderstand, they beamed with pride at their respective looks, but they’d still leave the mirror with

Luke Mickelson: Beds For Kids

Sweet dreams for needy children is his mission. If angels truly roam the Earth, this hero would surely be one of them. Idaho native, Luke Mickelson, a high school quarterback and a church-going family man, had a successful white-collar career and coached his kids’ sports teams during his free time. But what really makes him a star is his big heart for humanity. Sleep in Heavenly Peace Mickelson is the founder of Sleep in Heavenly Peace, also known as SHP, a non-profit organization dedicated to building bunk beds for needy children across the country. He realized that every town has the same problem as his own with kids sleeping on the floor, often without a pillow. It was a need no one was filling, so he made it his mission and formed Sleep in Heavenly Peace. He was surprised with the outpouring of volunteers dedicating time and materials, each being true to the organization’s motto ”No kid sleeps on the floor in our town.” It Started with One Bed It all started when Mickelson was asked by his church in

Ned Norton: A True American Hero

How one man looked beyond the physical limitations of others and brought them quality of life, liberty, and happiness. True heroes are few and far between. But thanks to his selfless humility and patience, Ned Norton has a very special calling with very impressive results. He isn’t hard to find being either at his gym teaching wheelchair-bound people independence through upper body workouts, helping wounded combat veterans overcome fitness obstacles at a low-income housing project in Albany, NY, or sending fitness equipment overseas to help victims of war and landmines. Norton is on a mission to make the world a better place one person at a time, one workout at a time. As a former elite trainer for professional athletes, he used his physical therapy knowledge to create Warriors on Wheels, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping disabled people not only improve their range of motion, but also their quality of life. With many clients paying only $25 per month, he’s not in the Warriors on Wheels business for the money. “I just love to see people smile,” he said.

SHAMA HYDER – ZEN MAGNATE

Many of us Baby Boomers wonder how and when social media became such a staple in our daily lives. Some of us may shy away from this millennium’s digital overload by firmly clutching to the days of flip phones and emoji-less text messages. For others, evolving social media can be found in the palm of our hands with the touch of an app. No matter where you fall on the social media spectrum, you can recognize that it has made our world more connected – smaller even. We use Facebook to connect with our long-lost friends and relatives, Twitter to check for news around the world, our iPhones to Facetime our grandchildren who live miles away, and Yelp to check out if a restaurant is worth the drive. Customer Connection is Vital Many businesses wonder how to use social media to engage their current and potential customers. Well, 32-year-old Shama Hyder has built a name for herself doing just that. She’s a millennial that’s literally written the book on how businesses can succeed in the social media world. She is