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.

Her most recent book is Marriage Rules: A Manual for the Married and the Coupled Up. If you found The Dance of Anger helpful, we think you'll love Marriage Rules: A Manual for the Married and the Coupled Up. www.harrietlerner.com

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 is 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. Formerly a civil rights attorney and negotiator in national and international disputes, Craig is a frequent blogger and is at work on a new book. 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 is a singer, actress, author, and speaker who holds the world record for being the longest-running leading lady in Broadway’s longest-running show. For more than 1,300 performances, she starred in one of the best-known roles in Broadway history: Christine Daae in The Phantom of the Opera. Sandra is married to her co-star from The Phantom of the Opera, actor Ron Bohmer. They share a home in a quiet neighborhood just outside of New York City with their adopted chow mix, Murphy. Sandra has been seen on The Oprah Winfrey Show, CNN, The Today Show and others.

Along with New York Times’ bestselling author Caroline Myss, Sandra is the co-author/creator of the audio teaching program Your Creative Soul: Expressing Your Authentic Voice. 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

Sue Katz (MA English Literature) is a "wordsmith and rebel" who has been widely published on the three continents where she has lived. She used to be proudest of her 20-year martial arts career, her world travel and edgy blog Consenting Adult (suekatz.typepad.com/), but now she's all about Lillian’s Last Affair, her collection of short stories about the love lives of older people. Katz is a public speaker, concentrating on the topics of aging and sexuality, and the founding of the women’s and gay liberation movements. She also writes about dance, justice movements, and the Middle East. Her unpublished novel Above the Belt follows the reactions of young Israeli martial artists to the 1982 war in Lebanon.
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 and Me will be published in 2016.www.dancingelephantstudio.com
Jeannette Sears was a songwriter with Jefferson Starship for years. Working with her husband, Pete Sears, she penned the words of many of the band's most popular songs, including Save Your Love, Be My Lady, and the title track for Winds of Change. Her lyrics are featured on many Gold and Platinum albums, and numerous solo projects that reflect her concern for the future of the planet. A Light Rain of Grace, her first novel, is the story of a female rock star who survives in the music industry for over twenty-five years. Because Jeannette spent many years in the company of rock stars, including Janis Joplin, Grace Slick, The Grateful Dead, and Hot Tuna, her novel provides an insider's perspective that is lively, intimate and often hilarious. www.jeannettesears.com
Janine Shepherd’s life as a champion cross-country skier in training for the Winter Olympics was irrevocably altered when she was hit by a truck on a bike ride. Doctors warned her parents that she was not expected to survive her extensive injuries. Today, Janine Shepherd is a best-selling author and internationally renowned speaker who travels extensively in the US and throughout the world sharing her story with others.

Janine's book The Gift of Acceptance is available at all Hallmark Gold Crown stores. Her TED x KC talk has been seen by over a million people world wide. www.janineshepherd.com

Laura and Susan Stachler are the founders of Susansnaps - a nationally known ginger snap cookie company. Their company with it’s unique story, has been featured in a variety of media outlets, most notably: The Today Show, CNN, and The CBS Evening News with Katie Couric. At twenty-two years old, Susan was diagnosed with the same disease that her mom’s sister, Sue, died from at twenty-eight.

Under the working title, The Snap, Susan shares her surprising journey that results in an inspiring message of hope: you’re stronger than you think. www.susansnaps.com