Richard Leider

Richard’s nine books, including three bestsellers, have sold over one million copies and have been translated into 20 languages. Repacking Your Bags and The Power of Purpose are considered classics in the personal development field.

As co-author of Life Reimagined, he is the Chief Curator of content for AARP’s Life Reimagined Institute. Widely viewed as a visionary and thought leader on the “power of purpose”, his work is featured regularly in many media sources including, PBS public television, and NPR public radio.

As a keynote speaker, he is one of a select few advisors and coaches who have been asked to work with over 100,000 leaders from over 100 organizations such as AARP, Ericsson, Mayo Clinic, MetLife, National Football League (NFL), and United Health Group discover the power of purpose.

Richard holds a Master’s Degree in Counseling and is a National Certified Counselor (NCC), a National Certified Career Counselor (NCCC), and a National Certified Master Career Counselor (MCC). As a Senior Fellow at the University of Minnesota’s Center for Spirituality and Healing, he founded The Purpose Project. He is a Carlson Executive Fellow at the University of Minnesota School of Management and co-chairman of the Linkage/Global Institute for Leadership Development.

He is a contributing author to many coaching books, including Coaching for Leadership, The Art and Practice of Leadership Coaching, Executive Coaching for Results, The Leader of the Future, and The Organization of the Future.

Richard’s work has been recognized with awards from the Bush Foundation, from which he was awarded a Bush Fellowship and the Fielding Institute’s Outstanding Scholar for Creative Longevity and Wisdom award. He was named a “Distinguished Alumni” by Gustavus Adolphus College, and to the “Hall of Fame” at Central High School.

For 30 years, Richard has led Inventure Expedition walking safaris in Tanzania, East Africa, where he co-founded and is a board member of the Dorobo Fund for Tanzania. He and his wife, Sally, live on the St. Croix river outside of Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Los Ellis resides in sunny Austin, Texas where he is a mentor, uncle, and adoptive parent to his nephew Kendrick. Los’ commitment to personal and community development is a testament to his devotion of education and uplifting his community. His charitable and volunteer commitment extends from his work as a lead member of the Texas “Mobile Loaves and Fishes” team, which provides meals, clothing and living supplies to the Texas’ homeless and under-serviced population. He also serves as a sign language interpreter for many of Austin’s homeless residents. Los has volunteered with the Livestrong as well, where he donated his time to help cancer survivors.

Los is a life member of the esteemed professional business fraternity, Delta Sigma Pi, and serves as one of five elected provincial vice-presidents for its chapters in Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Arkansas, Kansas and Missouri. Los also serves on the Delta Sigma Pi National Board of Directors, helping to shape, direct and enhance the goals and leadership of the organization.

As one of five founding partners and director for, Los facilitates and nurtures the creation of small business ideas and serves as an incubation venture capitalist that supports capital infusion to aspiring business entrepreneurs.

Los Ellis graduated from the University of Oklahoma’s Michael F. Price College of Business, where he was one of the founders and creators of the Sooner Information Network, the University of Oklahoma’s first student web portal and information center. He also served as the college of business student leadership president and the president of his fraternity, Delta Sigma Pi. Los has received multiple honorariums and awards for his creative and energizing contributions to education and holds multiple certifications from accredited universities around the country.

Los has an extensive professional career in information technology and project management. He managed one-fourth of Dell Inc’s global IT portfolios for more than two years while in Dell’s C.I.O. office. He currently works with the State of Texas and the US Government concerning their mutual information technology interests.

Los travels as a professional motivational speaker to many of the country’s best colleges and universities. His presentational ability to deliver powerful motivational and economical performances has propelled him to the top of speakers’ lists in Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, and beyond. Los delivers an inspirational message coupled with current and coveted knowledge of the business world, which rivals the best resources published and recorded. As a professional speaker and career coach to many future and current business leaders, Los is a “must-have” resource for anyone serious about surviving and winning in the business world today!

Dr. Lois Frankel attributes being an “avid writer” to have been an avid reader from childhood through the present. As a young girl growing up in New York she would anxiously wait for the next issue of the Weekly Reader to arrive at school so she could scour the back for new books to order at the cost of 25¢ each. Immersing herself in the stories of Little Women, Annie Oakley, Nancy Drew, and Cherry Ames Lois dreamed of one day becoming a writer herself.

By the time she reached high school her focused shifted as she planned her career as a psychologist. It was only after her first book, Women, Anger & Depression: Strategies for Self-Empowerment, was published that Lois realized she had fulfilled her long-forgotten childhood dream.

Lois has always written about those things she feels closest to – workplace and women’s issues. Her “research” is her experience working as a psychotherapist, business coach, and workshop facilitator for corporations around the globe. She was a pioneer in the field of business coaching and is still one of the few coaches in the country with a combination of ten years working in human resources at a Fortune 10 oil company and psychological expertise. Staying on top of the human aspects of business requires Lois to read the latest in business books but she still finds time for her favorite “true crime” authors such as Ann Rule and Patricia Cornwell.

Her work as a public speaker and consultant has provided Dr. Frankel with the privilege of serving such diverse clients as The Walt Disney Company, Candle Corporation, City of Pasadena, Amgen, Inc., and Miller Brewing Company, McKinsey & Company, Inc., She also does pro bono consultation and workshops to nonprofit community agencies, including the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank, Caring for Babies with AIDS, and the Los Angeles Women’s Foundation.  Dr. Frankel’s books include, NICE GIRLS DON’T GET THE CORNER OFFICE: 101 Unconscious Mistakes Women Make That Sabotage Their Careers (Warner Books Hardcover; February 11, 2004; $ 19.95), Jump Start Your Career, Kindling the Spirit, Women, Anger, & Depression, and Overcoming Your Strengths, which was named “the best unsung business book of the year” in 1997 by Fast Company magazine.

As a member of the American Psychological Association, National Speakers Association, and the Society for Human Resources Management, Dr. Frankel is also a licensed psychotherapist with a doctorate in Counseling Psychology from the University of Southern California. Although originally from the East Coast, Dr. Frankel currently resides in Southern California.

To learn more about Lois P. Frankel, Ph.D. visit her web sites: and


First, I am going to write this “author biography” in the first person, because I (Anne Emerick) am, after all, writing it.

So who am I?

Someone who has always loved books. I love the connections that books make, whether it is reading them aloud with family or silently reading words that I could never say, but now know someone else feels too. The pictures I’ve posted include evidence of my life-long love affair with books.

Other facts you may observe looking at my pictures:

  1. I’ve never been a snappy dresser.
  2. I should probably consider hiring an interior decorator.
  3. I always want to make other people laugh and myself smile.

Do you see my bad hair day photo? I had just been battling with our lawn mower which refused to start. I came inside, hot, sweaty and aggravated. John had just opened a new Polaroid-style camera. “Smile,” he said. I complied, but thought, “Oh this is going to be a great photo.” I actually ended up loving the photo because I think it proves that a good smile trumps a bad hair day (and a lot else).

Facts you can’t tell from my pictures (in no particular order):

  • I’m a messy person, very organizationally challenged. Living with me a neat freak would…. well, freak!
  • I love dogs. We have three – two Labrador Retrievers and one Cocker Spaniel.
  • have mostly earned my living as a computer programmer, a field known for being filled with wild, life-of-the-party personalities.
  • I have run a 5K in under 20 minutes, but it was a very long time ago.
  • I am happily married with two kids. Oh, wait, can I count my daughter-in-law? Then we’re at three.
  • Okay, enough about me. If you like my books enough that you want to tell me about it, you can email me at Anne at AboonBooks dot com. I hope to hear from you. If I’m slow to respond, just remember ‘organizationally challenged.’

Patty Azzarello is an executive, best-selling author, speaker and CEO/Business Advisor. She has more than 25+ years of experience working in high tech and business. She has held leadership roles in General Management, Marketing, Software Product Development and Sales. She has been successful in running and transforming large and small businesses and has significant international management experience.

Patty Azzarello became the youngest general manager at HP at the age of 33. She ran a $1B software business at the age of 35 and became a CEO for the first time at the age of 38 (without turning into a self-centered, miserable jerk). Patty was recently featured in Forbes magazine in a column called Women We Love.

Patty’s prior roles have included: Vice President and General Manager of HP OpenView, Chief Marketing Officer for Siebel Systems, and President and CEO of Euclid Software.

Patty Azzarello is the founder of Azzarello Group, which works with CEOs and leadership teams to help their businesses (and people) get better at what they do. She is the author of the best selling book RISE: 3 Practical Steps to Advancing Your Career, Standing Out as a Leader (and Liking Your Life).

Dave Gowel is the CEO of RockTech, a tech company with a platform that’s making the business web easier to use. Dave is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point and of the U.S. Army Ranger School and a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Dave honorably completed his active duty military service while teaching military leadership as an assistant professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Departing his full-time role at MIT in 2008, he started his civilian career by training professionals on how to get more from social technologies, especially LinkedIn, eventually achieving the title of the LinkedIn Jedi in the Boston Globe and More recently, he was featured in Entrepreneur Magazine for his success in using LinkedIn to close new investor relationships.

In 2010, Dave cofounded RockTech to develop software that brings scale to the training he previously delivered for small groups and individuals. When companies use RockTech, they no longer need to invest the money or energy in the ineffective classroom- and webinar-based technology training that is pervasive in corporations of all sizes around the globe.

Dave is also the author of The Power in a Link: Open Doors, Close Deals and Change the Way you do Business Using LinkedIn (Wiley 2011).

Dorcas is an award-winning writer, editor, and speaker. As a columnist for, she writes about the intersection of startup life with marriage, family, and well-being. Her personal essays and articles have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Christianity Today, Image Journal, the Unreasonable blog, The Entrepreneurial Leader, and dozens of other publications in the U.S. and Asia.

Dorcas has more than a decade of experience as a nonprofit and social enterprise professional. She served as the first director of communications for d.light, one of the world’s leading social enterprises. A Silicon Valley native, she has lived in mainland China, Hong Kong, and Kenya. She and her entrepreneur husband, d.light co-founder Ned Tozun, have been married for twelve years and have two adorable hapa sons.

Dorcas has a B.A. in communication and an M.A. in sociology from Stanford University, as well as a professional editing certificate from the University of California, Berkeley.

Adam is a self-described reinvention expert — having successfully pivoted from workaholic attorney to purpose-driven social enterprise entrepreneur, business strategist and consultant, best selling author, CEO of one of the world’s largest personal growth and business development companies. Adam enjoys the passage of time married to his college sweetheart of more than 25 years and their four Amazing children.

David J.P. Fisher lives in Evanston, Illinois, next to a beautiful cemetery, which acts as a reminder every morning to not take life for granted. He is an entrepreneur, coach, salesman, writer, meditator, marketer, musician, son, friend, brother, slam poet, clairvoyant, comedian, salsa dancer, lover of life, teller of bad jokes, yoga enthusiast, and an average cook–as long as it’s pancakes or hummus.

Known as D. Fish to everyone (except his mom), he is a sought-after speaker, author, and business coach. His passion for growth and development has allowed him to influence thousands of others during his professional career. As the current president of RockStar Consulting, he helps individuals become RockStars both offline and online by building their networking, sales, and entrepreneurial skills.

Michael is known for creatively blending traditional financial planning with contemporary thinking and tools to meet the work and life realities of today’s clients. Since starting Financial Service Group in 1983, Michael has been a relationship-focused industry innovator who is passionate about his fiduciary responsibility.

Mike has served in the financial planning industry since 1979. The founder and president of Financial Service Group, Mike has been a Certified Financial Planner™ practitioner since 1986. Mike graduated with honors from UW-Parkside and the College for Financial Planning.

In 2006, Michael introduced Career Asset Management™(CAM), described as “game changing” by industry experts, to the financial planning and career counseling professions. As a thought leader on this topic, he has been a frequent speaker at various industry events. CAM has also been featured in news articles and has become an adopted topic for many financial planners and career counselors throughout the country.

Michael’s points of views have been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Chicago Tribune, Forbes, Yahoo Hot Jobs and major industry trades. He also contributes to the “To Your Wealth” column published monthly in Racine Journal Times.

Michael is past president of the Greater Milwaukee chapter of International Association for Financial Planning, currently the Financial Planning Association. He is a member of the National Association of Personal Financial Advisors and past president of the Racine-Kenosha Estate Planning Council. Active in the community, Michael serves on the UW-Parkside Foundation, Lakeside Curative Services, and Hospice Alliance boards.