Nicole Odom-Hardnett: Shedding the Stigma of Addiction

Addiction is a taboo topic but one that needs more light shed on it. Recent worldwide statistics show that 5.5% of the population aged 15 to 64 have used illicit drugs at least once in the past year. Drug abuse is highest among those who are 18 to 25. She is the CEO of Focus Point Solutions, which operates four Focus Point Behavioral Health clinics in the Baltimore area. Nicole Odom-Hardnett works with individuals who struggle with substance abuse. She sheds awareness to destigmatize addiction, anxiety, depression, and other diagnoses that are too often ignored. She also specializes in working with blended family dynamics. Nicole has written and published three books on dating and blended families.

Kevin Palmieri: Rock Bottom Has a Basement

Kevin Palmieri’s life trajectory was rising high in his 20s. He had it all. Still, he questioned his existence and considered suicide, more than once. Fortunately, he chose life and worked through his demons to overcome his anxiety and depression. Today, he is the CFO, founder and co-host of Next Level University, a Global Top 100 self-Improvement podcast with more than 900 episodes reaching over half a million people in more than 120 countries. Focused on learning (and unlearning), he uses his experience to help others with a no-BS approach to holistic self-improvement.

Marlene Sharp: Comics, Games, Dogs, and Storytelling

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Marlene Sharp is all things entertainment. She is a creative executive, producer, and writer at Pink Poodle Productions, and an entertainment consultant who specializes in animation and family content.

She produced the TV Series, at Sega of America; worked on the Teen Choice Award-nominated cartoon SONIC BOOM; and was an official San Diego Comic-Con 2017 panelist. She has written merchandise-driven cartoons, such as SNACK WORLD; BORN IN LA, MASCOT MAYHEM; and THE GIRL WHO LOVED NOSES.

Sharp has written for DOGTV, ToonBarn.com, and Geekified.net. Her list of awards includes the Canine Film Festival, the San Luis Obispo Film Festival, and she was the winner of the 2019 LA Shorts International Film Fest Script Competition (an Oscar and BAFTA-qualifying fest).

Cults, Religious Fraud, and Weaponizing Justice

A former educator specializing in history, political science, and public policy, Paulette Buchanan has been fighting for her own truth and justice. Her message can be found in her book, Fighting for Justice: Religious Fraud, Mental Illness, and the Collapse of Law & Order, which also stems from her own family experience. She has been stalked by her brother, a cult leader, who weaponized the court system against her through filing multiple meritless lawsuits against her and her husband.

Today, he has permanent injunctions and judgments against him. These experiences have her working with legislators to propose bills and pass into law restrictions against abusive litigants.  Her goal is to inform the public and policy makers on the issues of court reform, cults and religious fraud, mental illness policy reform, and government corruption.

Enrique Alvarez: Logistics That Change the World

Enrique Alvarez is the Co-Founder and Managing Director of Vector Global Logistics, a certified minority-owned supply chain and logistics company dedicated to world-class service, a results-only mindset, and social impact. His company’s success is built on its results-based, positive workplace culture, and philanthropic mindset that has had a growing impact in the supply chain process.

The Vagina Coach, Kim Vopni: What All Women Need To Know About Their Pelvic Floor

Kim Vopni is a certified personal trainer who specializes in pelvic floor therapy. She helps women regain their soft power. She is The Vagina Coach, the founder of Pelvienne Wellness Inc., and Kegels & Cocktails. Kim strives to normalize discussions about vaginas, Kegels and menopause. Her journey to help other women came as a result of her first pregnancy, where she had numerous questions.

Metal Music: Hallowed Be Thy Name

Chris Barnes and Zaheed Bardai join Debbie Elicksen for a philosophical discussion about hard rock and metal music. This music gets a bum rap at times, challenges the norms, and gives the listener relief from negative emotions. This music embraces individuality, while embracing all genres. Some might consider it a subculture, but you know if someone is wearing a metal t-shirt, you’ve found your tribe.

Guests:

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https://twitter.com/thatchrisbarnes

https://twitter.com/bookpublish101

Links of interest:

7 Mental Benefits of Heavy Metal: https://interestingengineering.com/7-amazing-mental-benefits-of-listening-to-heavy-metal

Heavy Metal Illustration Magazine: https://www.heavymetal.com/

Metal Injection: https://metalinjection.net/

Heavy Metal MasterClass: https://www.masterclass.com/articles/heavy-metal-music-guide#what-is-heavy-metal-music

Anton Joseph: Striving for Excellence in the Fitness World

He has trained over 40,000 people, many of them professional athletes from major leagues, but Anton Joseph is more than just another fitness coach. He has coordinated the construction of a massive recreation facility. He is the chairperson for the Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion Task Force with Hockey Alberta. He was inducted into the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame in 2018. Yes, he provides online and in-person programs for developing strength, power, and speed. He also teaches life strategy and business acumen. He is the complete package.