110 Matt Ward


Matt grew up in a single parent household and attended a school for disadvantaged kids, where they taught him about effort. He realized that, if he wanted to live a different life, he’d have to figure things out on his own. Matt grew a business and with perseverance, he maneuvered it through the 2008 economic crisis. He successfully sold the business. Today, Matt speaks and helps business to grow. He shares these powerful nuggets of life wisdom:
– perseverance is the key
– believe in yourself
– use the skills that you already possess
– drop the inner critic and self doubt, as they don’t serve you
– take inventory of the people around you on a regular basis and make adjustments, if needed
– make sure your circle includes people that help to lift you up
– surround yourself with trusted advisors
– don’t quit, keep going
– fear no longer exists, once you take action
– don’t stop just before you get those breakthroughs
– work hard and be patient for the results
– to attract and keep clients, have real conversations with people and care about them

Matt Ward is the founder of Breakthrough Champion…

In 2002 Matt started a website agency, inConcert Web Solutions, which he, in turn, sold in 2018, so that he could focus on helping businesses get more word of mouth referrals! His book “MORE…Word of Mouth Referrals, Lifelong Customers & Raving Fans”, released in September 2018 and was a #1 New Release!

Matt is a professional member of the National Speakers Association and a podcast host of the popular small business podcast Square Peg Round Hole! He’s a 40 Under 40 Recipient and Chamber Small Business Owner of the Year!

Matt believes that the problem with Small Business is Bananas! Not sure what that means? Just ASK!


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109 Tina Gordon

Tina was born into a poor family and became a foster child. There was no structure nor stability in her life and she found she needed to adapt constantly to survive. These experiences enabled her to question who she wanted to be. She wanted to have more control of her life. She chose to have a more positive impact on her life, her family and her community. The tools that got her through the dark moments are God, community and family. She is very thankful and grateful for the kindness and generosity of others. Therefore, today, she gives back abundantly to those in need. She shares these powerful nuggets of life wisdom:
– dig deep and decide who you want to be and take inventory of the tools you have to get you through it
– if life throws you a punch, get right back up
– draw your strength from those positive life moments, such as the kindness and generosity of others
– give to those in need
– strive to be positive impact on your community
– there’s always a way
– take ownership of your life
– drop the victim mindset, as it doesn’t serve you
– take inventory of what’s in your control


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108 Christa Mastrangelo Joyce

Christa Mastrangelo Joyce

When Christa lost her dad as a teenager, she felt a loss of control and battled with an eating disorder. Her body, mind and spirit felt disconnected. Christa discovered yoga, which made her feel alive and taught her to be comfortable with what is. Today, she creates a safe and trusted space through yoga, where she teaches and empower others to feel whole and united, through unconditional love and acceptance. Christa shares these powerful nuggets of life wisdom:
– be comfortable with what is
– find a trusted space, where you come home to yourself
– get to know all of the wonderful richness that is there to be held
– sometimes, we have to hold the hard stuff
– we are strong
– we are here to live with all facets of life
– be present and alive for all of it
– yoga can enable us to churn out the issues from our tissues
– we are so much alike
– if we can see our bodies in new way, then perhaps we can see all of life in a new way
– enjoy the places of stillness and movement
– keep showing up
– with time and patience, the disconnected pieces in our lives, can become united again
– let go of burden
– let go of stories that do not serve you

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107 Jane Wyker

Jane was always there for her spouse and her mom. Her external life was so rich, but internal life was aching and empty. Jane wasn’t content. She knew it was time to look inside herself, to clear up conditions, thoughts and beliefs that were limiting her. Also, Jane began to honor her own desires and giving them priority. She learned to let go and began to focus on what she really wanted.  Jane shares these powerful nuggets of life wisdom:

– as children, we are dependent on our parents and conditions
– those conditions depend on time and culture, they impact who we become and who are
– sometimes the things that parents impose on us as children are not aligned with our natural state of being
– therefore, we may have work to do to reclaim who we truly are
– everything on the outside comes from our beliefs, beliefs create our feelings, our feelings create our choices, our choices create our action
– to be truly content, you must be authentic and develop an awareness of what’s inside of you, not what’s outside
– meditate, be still, journal, listen to your inner voice and walk, so that you can learn about yourself
– sustained happiness is result of awareness and willingness to listen to what’s happening inside of you,
– listening to yourself guides you
– everyone deserves happiness
– you need to be conscious to be content

In her memoir, Soul Selfish: The Awakening of a Good Girl, Jane Wyker shares the vast experience of her 46-year inner journey. Working in over a dozen disciplines, she had the courage and faith to follow the guidance of many teachers and, ultimately, her own soul. She models a life prioritizing happiness that sources from within. A graduate of Cornell University and former elementary school teacher, Jane was a pioneer in parent education. This led her to her Family Counseling practice that dealt with marriage, parenting, self-development, career and loss. She presented seminars in Fortune 500 companies, raised four children, managed a thriving career and pursued her own spiritual growth. Jane saw that when selfish enough to live from her soul, love and wisdom flow. She believes that is true for all of us.

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106 April Tribe Giauque

April experienced domestic abuse from her former spouse. She learned to recognize, what she calls, ‘pinpoints of light’ (a caring smile from the cashier, an opportunity, a coupon) in the darkness. April started collecting these pieces of light and hope. She successfully escaped the abyss of abuse.

April shares this wisdom:
– there is light and hope everywhere, even in the abyss
– hope is eternal
– we should try to illuminate the light, so that we can become beacons of light to others
– if we can become beacons of light and hope, imagine how many people we can save and rescue

April T. Giauque escaped the abyss of abuse through pinpoints of light. She shares her success story with others to encourage Victims to become Victors, for Advocates to understand their impact, and for supporters to understand their value. April is the mother of nine children and helps the battered, beaten, and broken discover their strength to heal so that they become a beacon of light in life!


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105 Brooke Warner

Previously working in traditional publishing, Brooke noticed the injustice, specifically that many talented writers do not get their due and that publishing decisions did not appear to be about the content or quality of the work. As champion for the underdogs, Brooke set out to do something about it. She established safe and trusted communities of writers and warriors that have shared values and support one another. Through her tireless efforts, Brooke has brought legitimacy to non-traditional publishing. She shares these powerful nuggets of life wisdom:
– sometimes, we get in our own way and turn against ourselves
– we need to be mindful not to internalize negative messages
– rejection of our work is not rejection of ourselves

Brooke Warner is publisher of She Writes Press and SparkPress, president of Warner Coaching Inc., and author of Write On, Sisters!, Green-light Your Book, What’s Your Book?, and three books on memoir. Brooke is a TEDx speaker, weekly podcaster (Write-minded with co-host Grant Faulkner of NaNoWriMo), and the former Executive Editor of Seal Press. She currently sits on the boards of the Independent Book Publishers Association, the Bay Area Book Festival, and the National Association of Memoir Writers.  She writes a monthly column for Publishers Weekly

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104 Diane Bock

Witnessing the 1992 Los Angeles riots and violence on TV, Diane was horrified that people would kill others, because they looked different. Diane decided to do something about it. She established “Community Cousins”, an organization that strives to break down stereotypes, by enabling personal experience and creating friendships across the lines. Diane shares these powerful nuggets of life wisdom:
– show up
– start small
– stick with it
– never give up
– you get out, what you put in
– ignoring the inequalities only perpetuates the issues
– live the best life you can with kindness and generosity to others

Diane Birnie Bock grew up in California and graduated from USC with a degree in Business. She started her career in the Marketing Department of Carnation’s London office and then relocated to Grey Advertising, Los Angeles. Next, she served as Executive Publisher of Performance Racing Industry, a trade magazine for the auto racing industry and produced a corresponding trade show. While she and her husband, Larry Bock, raised their two daughters – Quincy and Tasha – she founded Community Cousins, a non‐profit aimed at fighting racism by matching families of different races to become “Cousins” as a means toward Re‐Defining US and THEM.

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