Guest Profiles

Lyn Henderson


Lyn Henderson is the host of the Inside Knowledge podcast and creator of the Embodied Resilience series of online courses.  She is devoted to learning and teaching others how to balance their nervous systems to help them maintain well-being and build resilience.  She is drawn to the fields of yoga, meditation, breathwork and mindfulness, and is undertaking further training in these areas.  She is committed to her own personal practice and uses it to manage episodes of depression.  She hopes to eventually specialise in supporting people experiencing overwhelm, burnout, anxiety, trauma and depression.  You can find out more about Lyn and her work at her website

Michael Walker

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Michael is from Tokoroa NZ.  He has an impressive work history:

  • Royal New Zealand Navy Engineer and Diver
  • NZ Army Infantry Platoon Commander
  • New Zealand Customs Service Risk Response Group Diver and Bomb Dog Handler
  • Department of Conservation Predator Dog Handler and Hunter
  • Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry Biosecurity Manager South
  • Ministry for Primary Industries Biosecurity Manager South Island
  • Mechanical Engineer Trust power

Here is Michael in his own words.  “In essence I have carried my mental health issues since childhood. I subconsciously used my anxiety to drive me to achieve throughout my working life. Things caught up with me 3 years ago when I tried to take my life. I have been on the inner journey ever since and now I am using the skills the New Zealand Defense Force (NZDF) gave me to bring joy to my life and help others do the same. I am heavily involved in mental health advocacy work now with a focus on supporting other NZDF veterans and their families.”

Julie Moreno

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Julie Moreno is secondary school teacher with a background in environmental science and environmental education. She is passionate about making learning relevant for students and empowering them to be compassionate global citizens who have the capacity to take action for a better future. Julie teaches internationally and has spent the last 10 years in Indonesia with her husband, 2 children and many animals.

Stacy Brookman

Stacy Brookman

Stacy Brookman is a Resilience and Life Storytelling Expert and interviews fascinating people on the Real Life Resilience podcast. She helps smart, outwardly confident women who secretly have low self-esteem issues due to an emotionally abusive partner take back control and begin to develop the resilience they need to be themselves again. Her free monthly webinar will give you 4 Simple, Proven Methods to Writing the First Chapter of Your Life Story in Just 7 Days. She believes that life is a story…and it’s never too late to start telling yours.

Hope Zvara

Hope Zvara

Yoga Instructor turned Online Entreprenuer Hope transforms tragedy into incredible growth. As a young woman, she struggled with bulimia; using the power of mindfulness and fitness to lead her to the road of recovery. Later in her life, she used the same mindfulness techniques to cope with the grief she experienced after a miscarriage. Overcoming this tragedy put a fire in Hope to grow her business with a mission: to Help Others Purposefully Excel using breath, body, and belief. Hope’s business began with a local yoga studio in Hartford, Wisconsin. She has expanded her presence to reach over 20,000 online followers via her successful online yoga studio, mindfulness courses, and speaking events. Hope’s unique approach has transformed thousands of lives over the past 15 years by creating applicable solutions for optimum success in the mind, body, and soul.

David Conley

Dave Conley

A few years ago, Dave Conley was working as a tech executive – which he hated. He was smoking a pack of cigarettes a day. He had multiple medical issues that his doctor told him, point-blank, would lead to an early death. And he weighed 330 lbs. The one thing that brought him joy was his amazing wife, Carole. One day she caught a cold and three days later he switched off her life-support Through the depth of grief and depression he resolved to live – to live a life worth living. Over the next three years Dave quit smoking, left his job, lost 150 pounds, and learned to love again. He did this through radical self care – learning to love himself as much as he loved Carole. Now he works with accomplished people who have passion for their work, and have sacrificed their bodies and families for their vocation. He shows them how radical self care changes not just their bodies, but their whole lives — their careers, relationships, and legacy.

Dave has very kindly created this guide to sleep just for us.  You can find it here Sleep Guide

Mario Porreca


Mario started his story as a performer. As soon as he was able to walk he was sneaking into the waiting room of his fathers chiropractic clinic and putting on shows for the patients who were waiting. Everyone loved his shows…except for the staff who grew tired of seeing the same renditions of Dumbo, Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory, and The Wizard of Oz over and over again.

Little did Mario know at that time that performing and teaching are brothers. As he got older his love of performing matured into personal growth and development with the intense desire and intent to take what he learned and teach others.

After high school, Mario pursued his second love in life hoping to change people’s lives using it as a medium—food. He was a very successful chef for nearly six years before the intense calling of working more closely with others was too loud to ignore.

He left the kitchen and started his own business, ironically out of his fathers chiropractic clinic, coaching people to reach their health, wellness, weight, and mindset goals.

As Mario operated this business he was also spending every available second studying mindset, psychology, personal growth, spiritual development, and more to apply what he learned to his own life and to more importantly be able to serve others at a deeper more profound level.

Mario has authored two cookbooks geared toward healthy living and has also authored a third book centered around achieving personal and business success.  Mario’s main focus is coaching busy achievers to align their mindset, purpose, and passion to experience life at a deeper more profound level.

Mario resides in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, with his girlfriend, Erica Parr, and their puppy Waldo.

Pradeepa Narayanaswamy


Pradeepa’s specialty is coaching women, men and couples going through infertility. Partnering with her during their fertility journey can help provide them with a self-care plan to support them in taking control of their fertility journey.

Having walked this path herself, she works together with her clients  to identify what is most important to them to calm the roller coaster of emotions to help their fertility journey SUCK LESS!

Please visit her site for additional information.

Katie de Jong

Katie De Jong

Katie De Jong is a Global Career Coach for Thriving Professionals. She loves helping people reignite their professional passion and purpose so they can lead an inspired and fulfilled working life. Formerly a Consulting Engineer for almost 15 years, Katie left her corporate career in 2011 to pursue her passion for coaching. Although her former career was very rewarding, she could never escape the nagging feeling that there was something else she should be doing. She desperately craved more freedom, inspiration, and authentic-self-expression in her work, and since finding her own ‘purpose’, she’s now on a mission to help as many professionals as possible find their ‘big why’ and to empower them to unleash their unique gifts in the professional environment in a way that feels meaningful and fulfilling and allows them to make great money doing what they love.

To find out more about Katie’s coaching programs please go to

Nancy L Seibel

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Nancy takes you from burning out to fired up! She offers innovative approaches that get your creative thinking going and working together with your ability to weigh pros and cons and develop plans.  During her 30 years of dedicated nonprofit work, Nancy saw firsthand the toll that burnout can take. Now she dedicates work to promoting resilience and well-being for those whose work centers around giving care and help others.  

When you feel your best, you do your best, so Nancy’s focus is on your resilience and well-being. She provides tools to help you (re)discover purpose, strengthen self-compassion, make meaning from and move forward from past adversities, and build communities of trust and support. One of those tools is her e-book, The Write Way to Well-Being: Guide and Workbook .    

Nancy is a masters-degreed National Certified Counselor and a Board Certified Health and Wellness and Personal/Life Coach.

Visit her at Keys to Change to get a gift for subscribing, and check out her blog, upcoming events and much more. Would you like to get daily writing prompts every Monday-Friday? Members of her free, closed Facebook Keys to Change Community look forward to the prompts and exchange of support that they find there each day.

Tracie Nichols


Tracie is a Holistic Business Coach who believes women body-guided practitioners and highly sensitive women entrepreneurs are doing some brilliant and much need work to make a difference in western culture. Their unique skills and perspective – grounded in intuition, empathy, compassion and deep body wisdom – and the work they do is rain after drought easing communities toward kindness. She passionately believes we need them being who they are, doing what they do. Tracie also knows that our go, go, go, push, push, push world doesn’t make that easy.

Because her coaching work is informed by areas of study as diverse as systems theory, Transformative Learning Theory, conscious business practices, certifications in providing career services as well as in massage therapy and aromatherapy, Tracie brings a unique nature-informed holistic approach to her work helping body wise and highly sensitive women craft business and marketing approaches that feel right.

She loves connecting with new body-wise, highly sensitive women and having conversations about making our differentness work for us.





Notes from the Field (my newsletter) :

Di Riddell

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Di is passionate about Confidence for Women 50+ or those who will be. Mature Women have so much to offer – they have lived, lost, laughed cried and moved mountains.  Yet sometimes life and time get in the way.  Di shares about those times… Her gift is her ability to simply and graciously help women when they say… ‘its time… its time for me….to guide them as they enhance their confidence, spirit and sensuality in their world.  She is a Speaker, self published author, facilitator and MC . Master Practitioner of NLP, Certified Life Coach and Confidence mentor. She has been a member of Toastmasters International for almost 4 decades and recipient of an International Presidential Citation.

Kathy Oppegard


Kathy Oppegard is the author of Fool Willing: The Secret Power of Play to Engage Communities in Your Green Organization released in January, 2018, and now out in bookstores. Kathy helps individuals, environmental and community organizations bring creativity, playfulness and resilience into their workforce, membership and volunteer teams.  She has coordinated hundreds of volunteers for America Recycles Day—Wisconsin and Pollution Prevention Week.

A book lover and adventurer, she is also a Martha Beck Life Coach. She enjoys dark chocolate (fair trade of course), the Muppets, (especially the Swedish Chef), and the silly sounds of Ping Pong balls bouncing around. Kathy advises people and organizations ready to create fun, practical advances for people and the planet.



Melanie Childers


Melanie is a Master Certified Confidence and Leadership Coach, activist, yogi, writer, educator, and all around badass.

She specializes in coaching progressive women activists and candidates by showing them how to build confidence, manage stress, and lead with integrity. She’s taught these concepts and more to VoteRunLead, Netroots Nation, RepGA, and PaveItBlue.

She’s impacting the world by coaching those who actively work to make the world a better place. This powerful purpose is what drives her to revolutionize lives – so that collectively we can build a more loving, inclusive, progressive society.

When not coaching, Melanie can be found perfecting her handstand, reading one of the 10 books on her bedside table, or funding her shoe habit.

Sarah Carpenter


Sarah coaches women on how to use life’s transitions to create the empowered fulfilled lives they have always wanted.  She doesn’t offer you three easy steps because that isn’t real, but she does promise that you’ll be transformed, you’ll find joy in places you never thought to look for it, and confidence you never thought you’d have.  Her work through Candelera Coaching is about creating a better world by helping people, especially mothers, live their purpose. She also co-hosts the Unpolished Podcast where she gets real about what it takes to be a mother building a business from the ground up.  Sarah is a single mom of 4 tiny kids and resides in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Jeffrey Davis


Jeffrey Davis equips creatives, entrepreneurs, and business leaders to leverage their ideas into expanding their influence with integrity.

His work and research with creative innovators, scientists, and social psychologists offers him leading insights on how creatives flourish in times of challenge and change. He has taught at and is a highly sought after speaker for numerous conferences, universities, and centres.

He’s author of the book The Journey from the Center to the Page (Penguin; Monkfish Publishing) the poetry collections City Reservoir (BarnBurner Press) and Coat Thief (Saint Julian Press), and other books.

He also writes on the science of creativity as a regular contributor to Psychology Today and The Creativity Post.

Davis heads up a renegade team of creatives, as a branding consultant, at the Tracking Wonder Consultancy.

He lives with his wife and two daughters in a farmhouse in the Hudson Valley of New York.

Jo Casey


Jo Casey is a podcaster, speaker, trainer, and certified coach.  In addition to being British, Jo is slightly nerdy and allergic to the marketing bullsh*t in the coaching industry.

She believes that we need a new way of doing business – one that allows us to create companies that are sustainable financially, emotionally and energetically.

Jo specializes in helping service based business owners do the self-development work needed to thrive in the online world, get more clients and build meaningful businesses – all without resorting to the dark arts or sleazy marketing tactics.

Founder of and The Meaningful Business Academy, creator and presenter of The Meaningful Business Podcast, speaker, and writer for Coaching Blueprint, Mind Body Green and Tiny Buddha (among others).

Jo has a Masters Degree in Coaching and Organizational Development,  is an NLP Master Practitioner, Hypnotherapist, MBTI qualified professional certified Emotional Intelligence EQi 2.0 consultant.

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Jenny Eden


In a culture obsessed with food and the “ideal” body image, Jenny offers men and women the chance to experience body love, pleasure with food again, greater self-esteem and total acceptance of self. Her work focuses on healing our often fraught relationship with our bodies and with tuning into intrinsic wisdom to learn how to nourish ourselves naturally and joyfully.  Jenny’s own journey of body-blame and food fear led her on a path of healing that inspired her to write her best-selling book, The Body Image Blueprint.  She earned her masters in psychology and education from the university of Pennsylvania and later went on to receive her certificate in Eating Psychology Coaching and Mindful Eating.  She resides in Boston with her husband, 3 spirited daughters and 2 kittens.  When she’s not coaching, she loves to travel, hike, cook and entertain and spend time with good friends and family and languish over a delicious meal and a deep talk.

Nancy Smith


Nancy is a self-proclaimed novelty chaser and self-improvement junkie, who finds her peace in planning and journalling. A former Kiwi journalist turned entrepreneur, she started an online stationery store specifically to supply notebooks and craft supplies that were otherwise difficult to obtain in New Zealand and Australia. Her blog focuses on helping people achieve “planner peace”, using an organisational structure called Bullet Journalling and inspiring people to try new things and feel comfortable making mistakes. Her personal motto is “it doesn’t have to be perfect, it just has to be done” – believing that perfection is often used as a front for fear, the kind that stops people taking action and moving forward. She fully supports art and craft as a therapeutic outlet, and uses conscious planning as a way to keep her life feeling under control, even if everything is changing around her.  She finds Bullet Journalling to be the perfect marriage of the two.

Shop and blog for ideas and inspiration.
Instagram: @journal_junkies for inspiration
Facebook : @journaljunkiesnz for videos, ideas and community 🙂

Bill Monroe

Bill Monroe

Bill Monroe is a 46 year old corporate trainer, technology/product evangelist, podcast producer and Stroke Survivor.   After he was laid off from his last job, Bill taught himself podcasting and launched 2-Minute Talk Tips to share his experience as a public speaker and to help folks become more effective presenters in as little as 2 minutes a week. 

After Bill survived his stroke last June, he realized there were lots of resources to help stroke survivors, but few people knew about them. He started Strokecast to help other survivors, care givers, and medical professionals connect with resources and to share their stories. 

Bill was born and raised in New Your City, attended Carroll College in the rural town of Helena, Montana, and ultimately moved to Seattle, WA, in the northwest corner of the US, where he has lived for the past two decades.  In his spare time, Bill continues to work on his recovery, reads a lot of books, and wastes too much time trying to read the whole Internet or playing silly games on his tablet. Bill loves technology, hates paper that’s not in book form, and enjoys all manner of nerdy and geeky things. 

Bill is also the new leader of the Seattle Young Adult Stroke Survivors group. You can follow Bill on Twitter @CurrentlyBill and through

Colton Geschwandtner


Colton has learned a lot of lessons the hard way; yet despite these setbacks he continues to rebuild and evolve like the symbolic Phoenix he wears on his left arm. Being raised in difficult situations forced Colton to grow up quickly, but good friends and finding solace in music allowed him to learn crucial life lessons. From teenage alcoholism, depression, anxiety, and a near miss accident where 4 1/2 tonnes of metal and wood fell eight feet, hitting him and leaving him with PTSD; he’s had his share of getting knocked down. Colton tried to be stronger than what surrounded him but eventually it would take embracing these demons for him to finally spread his wings and flourish. Colton is an entrepreneur, a musician, MC’s various events, refs professional wrestling, hosts his own weekly podcast Desert Tiger, and in his spare time he is an apprentice carpenter well on his way to his red seal!

Steph McKee

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Steph is a personal trainer and nutritional coach, who specialises in coaching women who are struggling with their weight, even though they have tried a variety of exercise programmes and diets.  Having been in the fitness field for over 20 years, Steph has seen plenty of women struggle to lose weight.  It wasn’t until she experienced her own issues with weight that she gained during a series of stressful events that she developed a true understanding of why some women cannot shift their excess weight.  Through further study and research she has discovered that a lot of women have normalised being stressed, which leads to hormonal imbalances.  The last thing they need is a strict diet or extreme exercise programme. Instead they need to heal their systems first and then build up their training gradually, similar to an athlete.  Steph has mastered how to achieve the right balance that enables her clients to not only lose weight but also lead a more energised and relaxed lifestyle.

Melody Spencer


Melody is a Digital Marketing Strategist, Consultant and Facebook Ads Specialist for Soul Focused, High Vibe female entrepreneurs and coaches. She loves helping female business owners learn to utilize Facebook Ads to find their soul mate clients and to create a strategic digital marketing plan that ROCKS!


Sam O’Sullivan


Sam has gone off the beaten track walked by many Clinical Psychologists. He first experienced the benefits of learning how to calmly focus my mind when he was having panic attacks as a young man – mindfulness helped him work through his struggles with confidence and he started to grow into the person he always wanted to be. He progressed from avoiding public speaking to giving talks, teaching classes and winning prizes for presenting his work.

Sam trained at Otago University and then worked in a rehabilitation centre for people with serious psychiatric disorders. In this job he began teaching mindfulness to groups and witnessed again the powerful positive impact that learning this skill can have. He also noticed that the majority of people in the hospital were men and suspected that the culture of being a “hard man” was playing a role.  Many of the men there had not felt able to talk about their problems when they had started to develop, or had not been encouraged by others to do so.

Sam hosts Tough Talk, a documentary web series created to reduce the stigma surrounding men’s mental health. Talking is tough, so it makes you tough to talk. Men share their stories of times when they faced challenges and how they overcame them.

You can access Sam’s You Tube channel here.

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Jessica Zonneveld


Jessica is a New Zealander who taught internationally for eight years then retrained as a professional life coach for children (and their parents) specialising in Growth Mindset.

She offers coaching for English speaking children aged  8-11 to support those who may be ‘blocked’ due to failure anxiety, stress from an international move, learning issues, friendship issues, confidence, self-esteem, or family issues such as divorce.

She believes no child is a problem – but that they may be experiencing a problem, and she can help them solve it! She offers coaching and strategies for growth mindset, social-emotional development, learning and concentration issues and family issues so that children can shine again!

You can visit Jessica’s website here.

Sunni VonMutius


Sunni is masterful at leading transformational experiences. She stepped away from her 15+ years in a corporate career to become a professional mentor and Intuitive Strategist, guiding people in designing their world to have a life they love through the practical application of spiritual concepts. Sunni leads by example and has redesigned her world many times, most recently to become a full time nomad for three years and currently to focus on become a foster parent to teens. She is passionate about community, enjoys watching people dance and punny dad-jokes.

You can visit her website here.

Amy Lyle


Most people fear failures more than death, but not my next guest.  Amy Lyle has turned her most mortifying moments into a bestselling memoir. The self-published book is hanging out amongst her heroes, Trevor Noah, Kevin Hart, Jenny Lawson and Tina Fey on Amazon.  Amy suggests that all of our relationships would be richer if we told the truth about everything – from getting fired to pooping your pants.
What’s next?  Amy’s screenplay #fakemom, a Bridesmaids meets Bad moms comedy is in development and her next book, The Failures Of My Friends is in the works- so send her your failures!
Twitter @amylyle

Rochelle Sanchez


Rochelle Sanchez is a multi-passionate business architect who helps ambitious coaches, therapists, and teachers influence CHANGE in their community by designing practical, strategic marketing roadmaps that are easy to implement and still leave room for your “real life.” When she’s not tangled up with three cats in her twin sized bed, you’ll probably find her obsessing over the details of her next Disneyland trip or belting out show tunes on the way to the library to pick up her weekly stack of reserved DVDs.

URL for Inside Knowledge Listeners:

Alani Bankhead


Alani Bankhead might as well have a PhD in fear and exhaustion.  The 14 year U.S. military veteran has hunted Al Qaeda with special operations, chased spies on multiple continents, fought to rescue victims of human trafficking and child sexual assault, and even led a team of bodyguards responsible for the protection of a senior U.S. government official.  A petite female clearly not looking the part of the hardened military officer, Alani spent most of her career fearing she was never good enough — until God’s persistent love and grace intervened and demonstrated time and again that the attributes she felt were weaknesses were actually strengths.  Alani’s new mission is to coach Christian women to overcome their fears and anxieties so they can finally live the powerful and abundant lives God called them to.

Facebook:  Iron Sharpening Iron


Emma Gibbs-Ng


Emma Gibbs-Ng is a Mindset Coach and Hypnotherapist, who works with amazing women transform their mind from fear to freedom by reducing self sabotage, increasing self belief and inspiring them to step out of the shadows and stand tall. Having overcome multiple traumas in her life she knows first hand what is feel like to be trapped by the past and held back by fear and self doubt. She has now made it her mission to help others to take back control of their own happiness and success and fall in love with life again with her Total Mindset Detox.

Emma’s Website

Ginny Branden

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Ginny Branden of SoulPet Connections is an animal communicator and energy healer, both for animals, and their people, too! Despite not having animals when she was young, Ginny has always been drawn to them. Her first pets were two dogs who sent her on a path of rediscovering herself and her connection to the universe and everything in it. Her dogs, horse, chinchillas, several chickens, and two cats along with numerous cared for horses over the years have all taught her how to tune inward and connect with the world around her. She has devoted over 15 years to studying holistic care for her animals, emotional intelligence with horses, and learning as much as she can get her hands on about the energy world and our connection to everything. When she’s not playing with and caring for animals, she can be found digging in the dirt, reading, knitting, and doing art.



Danielle Smith


Danielle is the author of, Yesterday’s Tomorrow, a first-hand account of her own suffering of abuse as a child. After finding the courage to speak out about the pain she endured, Danielle is now using her experience to inspire others to do the same. Her passion for child advocacy led her to volunteer with Franklin County Children Services. In November 2016, she became a Court Appointed Special Advocate to speak on behalf of children in abuse cases to ensure their safety.

Danielle is the founder of the “Don’t Be Quiet” movement, an organization with a mission to help victims of child abuse and neglect. In April 2018 she is released a Short Film by the same name that gives a visual account of her book and walks you through challenge of going from victim to victor! She is a passionate speaker that brings people together through shared experiences, taking away the struggle of beginning the healing process alone.

Natalie Hormann


Natalie Hormann supports humans who are passionate about social and environmental change to create the life conditions necessary for them to be able to live their life in total alignment with their values. She’s a mindset coach and future living strategist, dedicated to bringing forward the paradigm shift to a brave new world by empowering change makers, social entrepreneurs and ‘different thinkers’. After being involved in sustainability all of her working life, traversing the sectors from environmental law to corporate strategy consultant, sustainability educator, she discovered that the biggest barriers to change at any scale lie between our ears. She’s embedded in grassroots community work while also running her 2-acre permaculture farm in New Zealand.

Social links:


Instagram: @lifeofdifference

Twitter: @lifeofdifferenc

Fb: @futurelivingcoach

You can find her mini course here.

Teri Gosselin

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After a ten year journey navigating the depths of grief, anxiety, depression and overwhelm, Teri Gosselin has transformed her pain to purpose as a Transformational Strength Coach.

Teri has always known her life purpose was to serve and help others, doing this both professionally and personally her entire life.  Now, using a compassionate, gentle and encouraging approach, Teri helps women who have endured overwhelm, stress, loss of self, and grief rise above to discover their own inner strength and find peace within, all throughout life’s chaos.

Her mission is to empower women to embrace their vulnerability and authenticity, know their value and worth and truly shine their light in this world.

Connect with Teri at the links below:

FB Group: Authentic Strength Warriors

Instagram: @terigosselincoaching


Inna Neal


Inna Neal is a certified WISDOM Life coach for kids, an International Transformational life coach, and a speaker with a background in psychology and mental health.  She has worked with over 100 kids, teens, and adults through workshops, masterminds, family coaching and 1:1 coaching.  She is a wife and a mother of four to a 21 year old, 19 year old, 10 year old and 6 year old.  She was raised in New York and moved to New Zealand 12 years ago.

Inna knew this was her life’s work when she found herself going through her own life’s adversities and challenges and found a way to see life from a new more fulfilling purposeful perspective.

Her purpose and passion is to share the skills that transformed her life.  Her message is that there is not one extra person on this planet, each of us matter.  We are all here to share our own individual gifts, live on purpose and with those gifts serve to uplift the world.   

You can visit her website here.

Dr Lucy Hone


Dr Lucy Hone is a director of the Institute of Wellbeing & Resilience, a research associate at AUT University, a published academic researcher, author and blogger for Psychology Today.

On Queen’s Birthday weekend in 2014, the sudden death of her 12 year old daughter, Abi (along with Lucy and Abi’s friends Ella and Sally Summerfield) in a tragic road accident, forced Lucy to turn her substantial academic training and practical professional practice to foster resilience in very personal circumstances.  The blog she wrote in the aftermath of Abi’s death attracted international attention and resulted in the best-selling non-fiction title, What Abi Taught Us, Strategies for Resilient Grieving (Allen and Unwin, 2016) now available as Resilient Grieving in the US, UK and NZ.

Having been trained by thought-leaders in the field (Martin Seligman, Chris Peterson, Barb Fredrickson, Karen Reivich, and Angela Duckworth among others) at the University of Pennsyvannia, she went on to attain her Phd in Public Health at AUT University in Auckland.  She now assists organisations – from leading law firms to primary schools – to design and implement well-being initiatives that create sustained and meaningful change.

She is a member of the NZAPP Executive Committee, the All Right? advisory board, the conference convener for Positive Education NZ and New Zealand’s only representative on the International Positive Education Network (IPEN).  She is widely published in many peer-reviewed academic journals.

You can read her blog here.

Bree Stedmand


Female Head Talk Expert, Bree Stedman is passionate about helping women stop the negative self-talk that discourages and sabotages their life experience to gain more Emotional Control.

For 13+ years, Bree has worked with women in a leadership, mentoring, transformation and educating role. She has seen the struggle that women experience when it comes to creating a life of their dreams – regardless of skills and experience, the common denominator that affects results is the way women speak to themselves.

Her Own Your BS brand is a no-nonsense approach to inspire, educate and empower.

You can learn more about Bree, her book, products and services at

Lisa Robbin Young

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Lisafounder of Ark Entertainment Media, is the author of Creative Freedom: How To Own Your Dreams Without Selling Your Soul. She helps creative entrepreneurs make good money doing what they love and enjoy their life in the process.

An award-winning speaker, writer, and musician, Lisa also penned the international business best-seller “The Secret Watch” and is at work on her fourth album – a collection of pop-infused jazz and blues tunes from her “300 Songs” project. Lisa is the host of Creative Freedom, a web series providing inspiration and education for creative entrepreneurs and the Creative Freedom Incubator: a hands-on business incubator for creatives ready to build a profitable, sustainable business doing what they love.

Lisa believes that the best way to be truly successful in life and business is to be yourself – warts, sparkles, and all – so you can own your dreams without selling your soul.

You can learn more about Lisa and discover your Creative Freedom Entrepreneur Type at this link address.

Lauren Selfridge

Lauren is an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist in San Francisco, California. She works with couples, individuals, and people living with chronic illness. Lauren was diagnosed with Relapsing Remitting Multiple Sclerosis in 2015 and has found that, although living with an autoimmune disease is not an easy path, it’s brought more joy and fulfillment into her life than before. This January, she launched the podcast, “This Is Not What I Ordered:” a weekly interview show about full-hearted living with chronic illness and health challenges. She believes that the biggest difficulties in our lives are often invitations into a deeper, richer, more conscious relationship with ourselves.
You can learn more about Lauren as her website by following this link.
Lauren has a fantastic podcast called This is Not What I Order.  You can listen to her interview here.

Yanina Purcell


Yanina is a health coach who works with menopausal and peri-menopausal women wanting to lose weight and get their mojo back. Yanina has always had a keen interest in health and fitness and has been in the industry in various roles for 17 years. During this time, she retrained as a personal trainer and then studied further to become a Nutrition Coach. She now coaches women online to help them achieve their health and fitness goals through habit change. Her mission is to empower women to feel sexy and vibrant again and enjoy life to the fullest.

You can find out more about Yanina and her coaching at this link.

Linzi Band


Linzi is a Social and Emotional Thinking Teacher at the Australian Independent School in Jakarta, Indonesia.  I wish I could invent time travel and take her back to my secondary school so she could teach me all of her wisdom.  Linzi has drawn on her experience as a youth worker back in the UK to both develop and teach her programme which is having great results for the students, their parents and the wider community.

Lisa Avery

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As a  positive psychologist, coach and writer,  Lisa helps individuals connect with the unique passion and purpose that drives their personal and professional success. She is fascinated by what propels a person to pursue their vocation, entwining their innate strengths, values and interests to serve both themselves and the rest of the world. She fuses the art of Coaching with the science of Positive Psychology to help individuals gain the clarity, confidence and courage to become all they aspire to be.

Link to Lisa’s Website

Christina Baird


Christina believes that everyone can be empowered to change themselves and their organisations to enable thriving and enjoyment of our fast-changing world.  She does this as a coach, external supervisor and trainer for people working in the not-for-profit sector.  She has always been interested in workplace well-being, starting her academic career by researching stress and coping strategies in women experiencing gender discrimination.  She has worked as a university tutor and lecturer, and as a telephone counsellor for children.  She has also held positions that involved training, developing and supporting young leaders and not-for profit workers.  Her 14 years experience working in the not-for-profit sector as well as her own experience of  burnout and struggling to cope with infertility and endometriosis has grown her interest in the fields of well-being, resilience, leadership development and organisational change.  Christina loves learning and so has a PhD in psychology, a PG Dip in Theology and a PG Certificate in Professional Supervision.  She enjoys the energy of big cities and lives in Auckland with a veterinarian, an 8 year old gymnast, a small white dog and a bossy Burmese cat.

Link to Christina’s Website

Melissa Turner


I’m really excited to introduce you to my very first New Zealand guest.  Melissa Turner is one of the most powerful voices for women with endometriosis, sharing a message of hope and possibility through her REACH Technique©. Through her international recognition and collaborations, she has transformed the lives of 1000’s of women around the world. Discover a deeper level of understanding about endometriosis and how to treat it naturally at her website  Link to Melissa’s Website

Marina Darlow


Marina is a systems expert, and a productivity geek.  She sees her job as helping impact-driven entrepreneurs get 10-20 more hours a week, stop leaking money, and prevent stress-fueled breakdowns.

An engineer by training, Marina came to a realisation a couple of years ago: working for a conglomerate is not as inspiring as she wants her life work to be.  The quest for inspiration brought her to found Vision Framework a company that builds small, purpose-driven businesses from the inside, helping entrepreneurs run their companies with ease by putting effective, easy-to-use, and fun (yep!) systems in place.

You can find a link to her website here website

She also has an awesome podcast called Better at Business.  You can find it here podcast

Evelyn Asher


I am thrilled to introduce you all to my very first guest on Inside Knowledge.  I had the privilege of meeting Evelyn through Tracking Wonder’s Quest2018 in December of last year.  Evelyn was this wonderful presence in the group who popped in to offer warm hearted encouragement to us all.

Evelyn is a communication coach with a passion to create resilience and enhance lives.  She mentors kindergarten children, coaches women in technology and bridges the generations through storytelling.  She is inspired by thought leaders and neuroscience-based corporate anthropologists, all who seek a higher level of communication throughout corporations, our communities and our daily lives.

Link to Evelyn’s Website