Harriet Lerner, Ph.D., is the author of numerous scholarly articles and ten books, including the New York Times bestseller, The Dance of Anger, which has sold more than three million copies. Lerner's books have been translated into more than thirty foreign editions. For more than three decades, Lerner was a staff psychologist and psychotherapist at the Menninger Clinic in Topeka, Kansas. She currently has a private practice in Lawrence, Kansas.

Harriet's newest book, Why Won't You Apologize? Healing Big Betrayals and Everyday Hurts, is now available in paperback.

Brené Brown, Ph.D., L.M.S.W., is a research professor at the University of Houston, Graduate College of Social Work.  She is the author of The Gifts of Imperfection (over 50 weeks on the NY Times bestseller list) and I Thought It Was Just Me (but it isn’t). Her groundbreaking work has been featured on PBS and NPR and is the topic of three talks featured on TED.com which have been translated into more than 38 languages.

Her career defining book, Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent and Lead debuted at #1 and on the NY Times Bestseller list for over 50 weeks. Brené is featured with Oprah on many OWN programs.  

Susie Bright is a bestselling and award winning author, editor, performer, and teacher, with over 30 books in print. She is the host of the original and provocative weekly show In Bed with Susie Bright on Audible.com and a pioneer in feminist and sexual politics. Susie's memoir, Big Sex, Little Death, is now out in paperback. www.susiebright.com

barnesCraig Barnes was passionately involved in the sweeping tumult of history. The author of several award-winning books and plays, his most recent book, Democracy at the Crossroads won the Gold Medal in History from the Independent Publishers Book Awards, 2010. A civil rights attorney and negotiator in national and international disputes, Craig was at work on a new book when he died in November 2015. He is missed. www.craig-barnes.com
Steve Ilardi, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist, nationally renowned researcher, and award-winning lecturer. He is the author of over 40 publications on mental illness, including his book, The Depression Cure: The Six-Step Program to Beat Depression Without Drugs, which outlines his groundbreaking Therapeutic Lifestyle Change (TLC) program for clinical depression. View his 2013 TEDxKC talk here. Steve Ilardi

Sandra Joseph played the role of Christine in The Phantom of the Opera for nearly a decade. Now, she has taken her passion for the stage down a new path, serving as an inspirational speaker, workshop leader and author for audiences everywhere. Her new book — Unmasking What Matters: 10 Life Lessons from 10 Years on Broadway — launches on January 23, 2018 in step with the 30th anniversary of The Phantom of the Opera, which occurs on January 26th and will be celebrated all year. www.sandrajoseph.com

Diana Kander is a Senior Fellow at the Kauffman Foundation. She focuses her research and writing on evidence based entrepreneurship. Diana has mentored hundreds of startups and advised educators and Fortune 500 executives on her methodology to successfully launch new products and services. Married to her high school sweetheart, Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander, Diana is the proud mom to their son, True.

She is the author of Ny Times bestselling book All In Startup, a business novel that outlines a simple process entrepreneurs and existing companies can use to launch new initiatives. www.dianakander.com

Jenny Sue Kostecki-Shaw is a freelance illustrator and children's book author living in the mountains of Northern New Mexico. She has been illustrating books, cards and gift products, toys and room decor since 1996 for clients including Henry Holt, 10-Speed Press, Hallmark Cards, Land of Nod, and more. Jenny is the author/ illustrator of the multi-award winning children's books My Travelin' Eye and Same, Same but Different. Her new book, Luna & Me: The True Story of a Girl Who Lived in a Tree to Save a Forest, retells Julia Butterfly Hill's fascinating story for young readers. www.dancingelephantstudio.com
Janine Shepherd’s story reads like the plot of a Hollywood movie. An Australian national champion skier in training for the 1988 Olympics, Janine was hit by a truck on a bike ride, suffering multiple life-threatening injuries. Even if she survived, she faced the likelihood of life in a wheelchair. She defied the odds.

Janine has reinvented her life over and over. Her TED talk—A Broken Body Isn’t a Broken Person—has been viewed almost 2 million times.

DEFIANT brings her amazing story to the USA, where she now lives. As she puts her life together, one piece at a time, go on the journey with her as she discovers universal truths about living, in pain, on this planet. www.janineshepherd.com

Laura and Susan Stachler are the founders of susansnaps - a nationally known gingersnap cookie company. Their company, with its unique story, has been featured in a variety of media outlets, most notably: ABC World News, TODAY, and CNN.

At twenty-two years old and a week before college graduation, Susan was diagnosed with the same disease that her mom’s sister, Sue, died from at twenty-eight. Susan and her mom find themselves on an unbelievable journey from cancer to cookies.
A hopeful and heartwarming story of the incredible bond between a mother and daughter, The Cookie Cure is about learning to carry on when things get tough and allowing life to take you where you never imagined.