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Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Janeane speaks to Terri Jay about her new book "Cowgirl Shaman." Jay exposes the Truth About the Psychic Realm

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For centuries, so called (and even legitimate) psychics, mediums and fortune tellers have preyed on the vulnerable, grieving and desperate. Even in this informed day and age, people still fork over thousands of dollars to so-called mediums to “get their loved ones to the other side.” Long-held religious beliefs have convinced some people of the horrors of what happens to the spirit after death, that you can go to hell and even worse, you can find yourself “stuck” between the realms.

In her newly published book, “The Cowgirl Shaman Way – Seven Easy Steps to Develop Your Intuitive Ability,” Nevada cowgirl, Terri Jay shares that science-based physics covers and explains the unexplained, the mystical, the paranormal, mediumship and more. “It’s simple. Everything is energy. Everything has a vibration and frequency. All I am doing in this work is picking up on vibrations and frequencies that other people miss. I am just like a big cell phone tower, receiving and relaying messages where appropriate.” Jay knows that there are only two types of energy – positive, high vibration energy and negative, low vibration energy.

Even more remarkable is that Jay states that anyone can learn to develop their intuitive abilities to pick up on these vibrations and frequencies. “We are all born with 10 senses – 5 physical and 5 spiritual or energetic. We have intuition, clairvoyance (clear seeing), clair-audience (clear hearing) clair-sentience (clear feeling) and clair-cognizance (clear knowing.)” “We are born with these abilities, but most people turn them off in childhood. All we need to do in order to use them again is to turn them back on.”

While this is Jay’s first book, she has already planned on writing a series of books, each focusing on a specific type of intuitive communication. The next book will be on communication with people who cannot such as those in a coma, persistent vegetative state, with severe Alzheimer’s, dementia, traumatic brain injuries, strokes and severe Autism. Since horses are Terri’s passion, a horse communication book will follow. Subsequent books will cover remote viewing, communication with pets, map dowsing, medical intuition, veterinary intuition, energy healing and more.

According to Jay, fear sells. Many who do this work prey on the fears of the victims, giving them negative information. “I have never talked with a person (or pet) on the other side who is stuck, upset, misses their loved ones, is afraid, confused or not 100% perfectly happy. You will never get an apology, an explanation, regrets or any negative feelings from someone on the other side.”

What about all the paranormal occurrences, ghosts, apparitions, etc.? Jay says, “It’s still just energy but it may be concentrated negative energy. Clearing can be done by safely burning Epsom Salts and either Everclear or denatured alcohol.” Jay explains, “The salt crystals can attract the negative energy and the flames release the negative energy to the ethers. We need to remember that it is just energy. You can’t destroy energy, but you can change it.”

Terri Jay laughs at the ghost hunter shows and the questions they ask when they believe they have connected to a deceased person. “I talk with dead people all day long with the lights on. I don’t need to go into a supposedly haunted place in the frickin’ middle of the night to connect to the spirits,” she says. “I see, feel and hear people and animals on the other side all the time, especially when I am out in public. I am always overwhelmed with information coming in. I keep my head down and don’t make eye contact whenever possible. Otherwise I get way too much information,” says Jay.

About Terri Jay
Terri Jay enjoys a solid reputation as an intuitive, medium and animal communicator. She is also renowned as a medical and veterinary intuitive. She regularly talks to spirits in the course of her work, particularly when helping people deal with the loss of a loved one. Along with her paranormal work on the “other side,” Terri also works with people who have communication disorders such as autism, Alzheimer’s, traumatic brain injuries, people who are comatose, and babies who have just not yet learned to talk.

A native of Cleveland, Ohio, she remembers being drawn to horses at an early age. She began riding lessons and by age 16, she was showing horses on a Class A circuit as a junior rider and also taught riding locally. She went on to attend Ohio State University where she studied Animal Science.

By the mid 1970s, Terri had moved to Las Vegas, Nevada, where she started a free, horseback therapy program for disabled children. In 1985, she moved to Reno to become the first Executive Director of the Nevada Commission for the Preservation of Wild Horses, a position she held until 1990 when she decided once again to offer a horseback therapy program. It was during this time that she discovered her gift for telepathic communication with disabled children that soon grew to include horses and eventually other animals.

Terri has always been in front of the media spotlight for her therapeutic riding program, which received local and national coverage. During her stint with the Wild Horse Commission, she was featured in an episode of "Unsolved Mysteries" about the killing of hundreds of wild horses in Nevada. She went on to appear on countless television news shows for her intuitive work, in national and international magazines and newspapers and on the TV series "Texas Justice" as an expert witness.

With encouragement from two spiritual mentors, Terri decided to fully pursue a full-time career in alternate and intuitive communication. In addition to personal readings, Terri does intuitive investigative work for several law enforcement agencies in the U.S. and Canada, although that is her least favorite use of her abilities. She much rather enjoys the area of animal and non-verbal human communication. She has helped clients in South Africa, Italy, Hong Kong, Canada, New Zealand, Malaysia, Chile, Great Britain, Scotland, Ireland and Australia for many years. Terri is presently working on publishing her book about her abilities and is also developing a television show for the future.

Monday, June 29, 2020

Coming up Monday 6/29/20 @9:00am pst - Janeane speaks with Anthony Williams, Founder and CEO - Mindwell LLC - Game-changing yoga, healing, and meditation experiences

Mindwell exists to bridge ancient wisdom and our modern lives. We empower the individual and provide the necessary tools to build self confidence and the self-awareness to perform at their best. Our goal is to change cultural behaviors through transformation of your body, mind, and spirit. Our practices go far beyond yoga and meditation practices, and have proven to transform lifestyles, performance, and impact in organizations and communities.

Founder and Practitioner

Anthony was a fellow classmate of Janeane's in Stamford, Connecticut. 
They talk about racism, white privilege, covid19, his travels to Africa, 
what it was like for him growing up as a foster child, 
racism while attending Tufts University and much more.
Anthony is the featured guest on today's entire show.

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Anthony has been a provider of individual and group holistic health programs for more than 17 years. Fluent in four languages, and informed by his studies and work in Africa, Asia, and Europe, he has developed a teaching process that leverages universal best practices drawn from the wisdom of a variety of human experiences.

Clients have included notable musicians such as Sting and Rick James, professional athletes Vernon Davis and Osamu Abe, executives from Nike, Google, and Intuit, doctors and health care providers, social workers, and incarcerated youth and adults.

Beginning with a check-in conversation, Anthony builds a tailor-made class based on participants' stories, addressing their emotional, mental, spiritual, and physical concerns, as well as sought-after goals. His signature playlists deepen the therapeutic experience, further opening the mind and heart. Steeped in a keen understanding of the body's meridian system, pressure points, and anatomy, he skillfully combines mindful movement and asana to bring the teaching into the body.

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Coming up soon on KUCI 88.9fm! Filmmaker and chairman of the Dean’s Arts Council of the UCI Claire Trever School of Arts, Ivan Williams, joins Janeane on KUCI 88.9fm to talk about NOCOVID.org!


Ivan Williams is a partner and Scenario’s executive vice president of finance. After a successful career as a senior business leader at major energy companies (ARCO and BP), he has been active starting up a media technology company, and executive producing feature films, Broadway musicals, musical recordings, theatrical plays, and Web tv shows. A member of Film Independent and the Sundance Institute, Ivan holds a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Oregon State University, and is a Dean’s M.B.A. Scholar at the UC Irvine Paul Merage School of Business, and a veteran Naval Reserve intelligence officer. An active contributor to his alma maters, Ivan serves as a member of the board of directors for Oregon State University’s Alumni Association, and is active with the University of California Irvine as chairman of the Dean’s Arts Council of the Claire Trevor School of the Arts, serving as a member of the Graduate Division’s Dean’s Leadership Council, as an entertainment industry advisory board member for the Cybersecurity Policy & Research Institute, and a founding board member of the L.A./Orange County Anteaters in the Arts organization.

The goal was simply to create a clear, consistent and straightforward set of messages about COVID-19. This non-partisan group is called NOCOVID (Nocovid.org) and Ivan was so fortunate to be invited to join it about 8-weeks ago.

Bryan Cunningham, UCI’s Executive Director of Cybersecurity Policy and Research Institute, has been the force behind moving NOCOVID forward. Brian tapped into the views of 60 people to delivery a set of harmonized COVID-19 messages across America. And thanks to UC Irvine Athletics, their athletes, Chris Rock, Trace Adkins, Wanda Sykes, LSU’s football coach, Marlan Wayans, NFL stars, and many others, my NOCOVID colleagues and I have been able to reach millions of people in big and small counties, coast to coast. Not too bad for eight people who jumped on a phone call back in March. Yes, each of us has the power to make a difference. 

Ivan Williams is the chairman of the Dean’s Arts Council of the UCI Claire Trever School of Arts, a member of UCI Graduate Division’s Dean’s Leadership Council, and a Advisory board member of the UCI's Cybersecurity Policy & Research Institute. He is also a board member of the Los Angeles Chapter of the Anteaters in the Arts organization. Even though he obtained his M.B.A. from UCI, his undergraduate education in chemical engineering from Oregon State University; he is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the OSU Alumni Association.

After 31-years as an engineer and a business executive with ARCO, and BP, and a 10-year additional side career as a navel reserve intelligence officer, Ivan decided to enter the world of the film industry back in 2011. That is when he and his wife acquired an equity position in an independent film studio in Hollywood (on the Jim Henson Lot) and made his first film “KNIGHTS OF BADASSDOM” with Ryan Kwanten and Peter Dinklage.

Ivan then executive produced a Broadway musical, FIRST DATE, which starred Zachary Levi, and Krysta Rodriquez. But before “M.F.A.” he executive produced the feature film “BIG STONE GAP” that had Ashley Judd, Whoopi Goldberg, Patrick Wilson, Jenna Elfman, Anthony LaPaglia, Jhon Benjamin Hickey, and Jasmine Guy acting in and EP’d a hit web series about a couple of NYC females who move to L.A. to find their sexual and life fulfillment. That Vimeo series was “BE HERE NOWISH Season 2.” His film “BIG STONE GAP” was the second biggest box office Rom-Com hit of 2015 behind Amy Schumer’s “TRAINWRECK.”

Dark Sky Films is the the distributor of his latest film, which was a finalist for the Grand Jury Narrative Award at last year’s SXSW Film Festival. His film was released Oct. 13th (about a week after the Harvey Weinstein news broke) in 15-cities across the U.S. Recently, one blogger rated his movie as one of the 10 best films of 2018.


UCI's Chris Schwarz, Associate Professor of Finance Faculty Director, CIWM University of California, Irvine The Paul Merage School of Business, featured on KUCI 88.9fm this summer. Airdate TBA!

Associate Professor of Finance

Faculty Director, CIWM

University of California, Irvine

Professor Schwarz has been at the Paul Merage School of Business since July 2008. Prior to arriving at UCI, he received his Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. During his doctoral studies, he was also a Visiting Doctoral Fellow at Yale University’s International Center of Finance in 2007 and the Advisory Editor at the Review of Financial Studies. He received his B.S. from Babson College in Wellesley, MA. Prior to receiving his doctorate, Professor Schwarz worked in the IT industry writing custom applications for medium sized businesses.

Christopher Schwarz’s research interests include the management, disclosure, and operational risk of the investment fund industry and the impact of manager incentives and structure on investment fund performance. His research has been published in such leading academic journals as the Journal of Finance, Journal of Financial Economics, Review of Financial Studies, and the Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis and included in testimony before the U.S. Congress House Financial Services Committee.

Sunday, June 21, 2020

Coming up in July - THE HENNA ARTIST by Alka Joshi


by Alka Joshi

“Joshi’s evocative descriptions capture India’s sensory ambience (horse-drawn tongas, pungent cooking fires and incense, and colorful saris), drawing readers deep into her moving story.” —PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

“An uplifting tale that highlights the power of family.”—LIBRARY JOURNAL

“Joshi has constructed a bewitching glimpse into the not-so-distant past with a tough heroine well worth cheering on.”—BOOKLIST

“Joshi’s prose is rhythmic and alluring, and her characters are multidimensional and alive. This is a novel of hope, ambition and healing.”


A touching tribute to the life her mother didn’t have the opportunity to lead, Alka Joshi’s debut novel, THE HENNA ARTIST (MIRA Books; March 3, 2020; $26.99) is set in post-Raj 1950s Jaipur, about a young woman struggling to shape her own destiny in a world pivoting between the traditional and the modern. With her novel, Alka reimagines what life might have been like if her mother hadn’t been in an arranged marriage at 18 and instead been able to pursue the same independence and education that she always advocated for Alka.

After fleeing an arranged marriage as a fifteen-year-old to an abusive older man, Lakshmi Shastri steals away alone from her rural village to Jaipur. Against all odds, she carves out a living for herself as a henna artist, friend, and confidante to wealthy, upper caste women. She shares her knowledge and keeps their secrets in a delicate balancing act amid the changing 1950s social mores brought about by Indian Independence. But on the day her ex-husband arrives in town, all that Lakshmi has built threatens to unravel. He seeks money and brings with him a girl, a sister Lakshmi never knew she had and suddenly the caution that Lakshmi has carefully cultivated is threatened, along with her livelihood. Still she perseveres, applying her talents and lifting up those that surround her as she does.

Alka Joshi is a graduate of Stanford University and received her M.F.A. from the California College of the Arts. She has worked as an advertising copywriter, a marketing consultant, and an illustrator. Alka was born in India, in the state of Rajasthan. Her family came to the United States when she was nine, and she now lives on California's Monterey Peninsula with her husband and two misbehaving pups. The Henna Artist is her first novel.


by Alka Joshi | MIRA Hardcover


Possible Questions:

What was your inspiration for The Henna Artist? 

What do you hope readers take away from it?

Attitudes towards marriage, pregnancy and abortion from 1950s India are woven into the fabric of the character’s lives. How have those attitudes changed/remained the same over time in India?

The themes of female empowerment and the power of change run throughout The Henna Artist. How did you incorporate these themes into your protagonist Lakshmi?

You spent 10 years on this novel. I'm curious how the book changed over time. How do you hold faith in your work and keep going over such a long period of time?

What have you learned about writing or about people or about India by creating this story?


By Alka Joshi

Photo: My mother, Sudha Latika Joshi, 1955, the year of her marriage

My father tells this story. When I was five, my father’s mother – spooned more subji and chapatti onto my brothers’ plates than on mine. My mother stopped her. “In my house,” she said, “my daughter is equal to my sons.”

My mother – always – was my champion. She, who had an arranged marriage at 18 and three children by the age of 22, never had the choices she wanted me to have: whom to marry, when to marry, whether to have children, what to study, what to do with my life. 

I began to imagine a different life for her. What if she had been allowed to complete her B.A. before she married? What career would she have pursued? What if she had raised her children in India, and not in America – a country whose language it took her 30 years to master?

THE HENNA ARTIST is the life I imagined my mother might have lived. Lakshmi, like my mother, has blue-green eyes, lustrous hair and a creative spark. Unlike my mother, Lakshmi flees her marriage and reinvents herself as a henna artist in Jaipur, Rajasthan’s capital, during the heady years just after India’s independence. She defies convention. She clings fiercely to a life of her own making.

It took ten years – and a great deal of research – to write THE HENNA ARTIST. I quizzed my father and mother endlessly about the era following the British Raj (both my parents were born in the 1930s and married in 1955). I read about India’s medicinal plants, ayurvedic and aromatherapy remedies, the history of henna – how it’s made and why it’s so important in Indian culture – the British in Rajasthan, the education of girls in that era, the caste system, and how it affected the lives of those defined by it.

I traveled several times – from 2009 to 2011 – and more recently, this past February, to Jaipur, where I interviewed Rajput families, shopkeepers in the Pink City, women my age and their urban daughters, teachers at the Maharani Gayatri Devi School for Girls, ayurvedic doctors, and, of course, henna artists. I spoke at schools and colleges, asked questions, danced at glorious weddings, and drank copious cups of chai.

Lastly, I read authors whose stories took place in the years before and after India’s independence: Kamala Markandaya, Ruth Prawar Jhabwala, RK Narayan, Anita Desai, VS Naipul, Rohintin Mistry, Amitav Ghosh, Manil Suri, Thrity Umrigar, Shoba Rao. I searched for, and devoured, gorgeous fiction focused on Indian women: Nectar In A Sieve, The Age of Shiva, An Obedient Father, Cracking India, The Inheritance of Loss, Godaan, Sister of My Heart, Water, A Princess Remembers, Girls Burn Brighter, Clear Light of Day. I also read brilliant, post-colonial, works by non-Indian authors such as Jamaica Kincaid, Chinua Achebe, Khaled Hosseini, Chimamanda Adichie and Edwidge Danticat.

Although my mother did not live long enough to see the novel published, she lives in every breath Lakshmi takes and every word she utters.

Through Lakshmi, my mother revels in a world of choices she never had in life.

Coming up Monday June 22nd at 9:30am pst on KUCI - UCI's Hai Truong, Marketing Strategist Office of the Vice Provost for Teaching & Learning joins Janeane on KUCI 88.9fm - Air date TBA!

Hai Truong 

Marketing Strategist

Office of the Vice Provost for Teaching & Learning

University of California, Irvine

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Hai Truong is marketing strategist for the Office of the Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning at UCI. Hai supports over 300 staff and 30+ different departments and programs with tasks ranging from developing digital marketing campaigns, analytics reporting, and creating social media and training systems.

An alumnus of UC Irvine, Hai has applied his English degree in an eclectic range of fields which include finance, tech recruiting, copywriting, advertising, construction, and 3 years spent building up a startup marketing agency with two friends from college.

He is a first generation Vietnamese American and first-gen college grad.

When he’s not volunteering time mentoring students or working on education projects, he hosts a podcast called Haifidelity (www.haifidelitypodcast.com) which explores a range of topics such as all the wrong ways to get your first internship, breakups, and mental health.

Tune in 6/22/20 at 9:15am pst to hear author Natalie Jenner talk about her new book! The highly anticipated 2020 debut The Jane Austen Society (St. Martin’s Press, on sale May 26) by Natalie Jenner

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For those of us in need of an uplifting, comforting, and escapist read about pulling together in troubled times and finding solace in community, the highly anticipated 2020 debut The Jane Austen Society (St. Martin’s Press, on sale May 26) by Natalie Jenner is the perfect pick. Plus, the audiobook is narrated by Richard Armitage (British actor from North & South, The Hobbit, and more).

Plot: World War II has just ended and Austen’s Chawton estate is at risk of being broken up and sold off to the highest bidder. Despite battling demons of their own, an unlikely group of locals and Austen fans (a schoolteacher, a local doctor, a Hollywood actress, a Sotheby’s auctioneer, a farmer, and a young house servant) fight to ensure that her legacy lives on, finding hope and healing in the process. A powerful and moving novel that explores the tragedies and triumphs of life, both small and large, and the universal humanity in us.

“Readers who enjoy character-driven novels will want to read this book. Like Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows’s The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, it’s a must-purchase for libraries of all sizes.” —Library Journal, starred review
“Just like a story written by Austen herself, Jenner's first novel is brimming with charming moments, endearing characters, and nuanced relationships, all largely set within and reflecting the often-intrusive atmosphere of a small country community. ...The pleasures are many in this clever tribute to the beloved and endlessly influential Austen and the English village tale.”—Booklist, starred review

Jenner’s human interest backstory: In 2016, four months after realizing a lifelong dream of opening her own independent bookshop following a grueling legal career, Natalie Jenner’s husband was diagnosed with an extremely rare, incurable, and progressive lung disease, forcing her to close the shop. She took what she now calls a “quiet year” to cope with their financial and medical crisis, immersing herself in an activity that had always given her solace: reading Jane Austen. Many may find her situation and feelings quite familiar and relatable. The result of that year is her debut novel inspired by Austen’s own story of writing through illness and financial despair as well as Jenner’s experiences dealing with “anticipatory grief” and trauma.

Early Praise for The Jane Austen Society:
"...thanks to Jenner’s psychologically astute portrayals, the society founders themselves are very real and thoroughly sympathetic. Readers will root for these characters, wishing them Austen-worthy happy endings." —Kirkus Reviews
“Natalie Jenner has penned a charming and memorable debut, which reminds us of the universal language of literature and the power of books to unite and heal.” —Pam Jenoff, New York Times bestselling author of The Lost Girls of Paris

NATALIE JENNER was born in England, raised in Canada, and graduated from the University of Toronto with degrees in English Literature and Law. She worked for decades in the legal industry and also founded an independent bookstore in Oakville, Ontario, where she lives with her family and two rescue dogs. The Jane Austen Society is the first published novel for this lifelong devotee of all things Jane Austen and comes out on May 26, 2020 from St. Martin’s Press (North America) and on May 28, 2020 from Orion (UK).

Tune in 6/22/20 at 9:45am pst for Pamela Gay, Professor Emerita in Creative Writing, Flash Fiction, Flash Memoir Binghamton University Author of I’M SO GLAD YOU’RE HERE: A Memoir


By Pamela Gay

On Sale May 26, 2020

She Writes Press

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“Pamela Gay has written a poignant and powerful story about her journey from PTSD of Abandonment to healing and renewal. “—Susan Anderson, author of The Journey from Abandonment to Healing 

"As an English scholar and professor, she demonstrates a firm knowledge of how memoirs can be unreliable records of the past. She uses poetry, journal entries, and literary epigraphs to create an engaging metanarrative that explores how writing was vital to her process of overcoming trauma." —Kirkus Reviews

Pamela will discuss:

  • What advice would you give those who are caring for aging parents in this time?
  • Why would you say sibling relationships are so important as families grow older?
  • What would you tell people who are on a journey to find the best type of therapy for them?
  • How did growing up with a parent who was mentally ill affect your adult life?
  • What is your experience with misdiagnosis?
  • How did you overcome your life's greatest obstacles?
  • What would you say are the first steps to moving past trauma?
  • How has writing played a role in your healing process?


I’m So Glad You’re Here is the story of a family disrupted by ramifications of a father’s mental illness. The memoir opens with a riveting account of Gay, age eighteen, witnessing her father being bound in a straitjacket and carried out of the house on a stretcher. The trauma she experiences escalates when, after her father has had electroshock treatments at a state mental hospital, her parents leave her in a college dorm room and move from Massachusetts to Florida without her. She feels abandoned. Both her parents have gone missing.

Decades later, when Gay and her three much-older siblings show up for their father’s funeral, she witnesses her sundered family’s inability to gather together. Eventually, she is diagnosed with PTSD of abandonment and treated with EMDR therapy―and finally begins to heal. Poignant and powerful, I’m So Glad You’re Here is Gay’s exploration of the idea that while the wounds we carry from growing up in fractured families stay with us, they do not have to control us―a reflective journey that will inspire readers to think about their own relational lives.


Pamela Gay is the recipient of a New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) award in creative nonfiction and an Independent eBook Award for her memoir Homecoming, which combined text, image, and sound. An installation based on this memoir and sponsored by the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) included artifacts. Gay’s writing has been published in Brevity, Iowa Review, Paterson Literary Review, Midway Journal, Monkeybicycle, Grey Sparrow, Vestal Review, and other literary journals, as well as two anthologies. Gay is a professor emerita at Binghamton University, State University of New York, where she taught courses in flash memoir and flash fiction. She lives in Upstate New York. Her memoir, I'm So Glad You're Here comes out May 26. See more at her website pamela-gay.com.

Tune in 6/22/20 at 9:00am pst on KUCI 88.9fm to hear Douglas Abrams, an author, editor, and literary agent. He speaks to Janeane about The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World -

The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World is a book by the Nobel Peace Prize Laureates Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama, and Archbishop Desmond Tutu published in 2016 by Cornerstone Publishers. In this nonfiction, the authors discuss the challenges of living a joyful life.

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About the Author
His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, describes himself as a simple Buddhist monk. He is the spiritual leader of the Tibetan People and of Tibetan Buddhism. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989 and the US Congressional Gold Medal in 2007. Born in 1935 to a poor farming family in northeastern Tibet he was recognized at the age of two as the reincarnation of his predecessor, the 13th Dalai Lama. He has been a passionate advocate for a secular universal approach to cultivating fundamental human values. For over three decades the Dalai Lama has maintained an ongoing conversation and collaboration with scientists from a wide range of disciplines, especially through the Mind and Life Institute, an organization that he co-founded. The Dalai Lama travels extensively, promoting kindness and compassion, interfaith understanding, respect for the environment, and, above all, world peace. He lives in exile in Dharamsala, India. For more information, please visit www.dalailama.com.

Desmond Mpilo Tutu, Archbishop Emeritus of Southern Africa, became a prominent leader in the crusade for justice and racial reconciliation in South Africa. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984 and the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2009. In 1994, Tutu was appointed chair of South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission by Nelson Mandela, where he pioneered a new way for countries to move forward after experiencing civil conflict and oppression. He was the founding chair of The Elders, a group of global leaders working together for peace and human rights. Archbishop Tutu is regarded as a leading moral voice and an icon of hope. Throughout his life, he has cared deeply about the needs of people around the world, teaching love and compassion for all. He lives in Cape Town, South Africa. For more information please visit tutu.org.za.

Douglas Abrams is an author, editor, and literary agent. He is the founder and president of Idea Architects, a creative book and media agency helping visionaries to create a wiser, healthier, and more just world. He is also the co-founder with Pam Omidyar and Desmond Tutu of HumanJourney.com, a public benefit company working to share life-changing and world-changing ideas. Doug has worked with Desmond Tutu as his cowriter and editor for over a decade, and before founding his own literary agency, he was a senior editor at HarperCollins and also served for nine years as the religion editor at the University of California Press. He believes strongly in the power of books and media to catalyze the next stage of global evolutionary culture. He lives in Santa Cruz, California. For more information, please visit ideaarchitects.com and humanjourney.com.

Saturday, June 20, 2020

Entrepreneur, author and non-profit leader, Brad Aronson joins Janeane to talk about his inspiring book, HUMANKIND: Changing the World One Small Act At a Time

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Brad Aronson’s inspiring book, HUMANKIND: Changing the World One Small Act At a Time (LifeTree Media; April 14, 2020; Paperback) is a collection of stories of ordinary people making extraordinary impact on the lives of others.

Brad Aronson first began volunteering as a teen, and continued volunteering part-time as he built up his first tech company. Now, the former ad executive spends most of his time supporting youth nonprofits, teaching entrepreneur courses to inner-city youth, and investing in startups.

Brad Aronson shares:

Specific actions people can take to help their neighbors, coworkers, and others in their community and around the world who are affected the most by COVID-19; Many of these can be done from the comfort of their home.

Organizations to donate to and support to help those affected by COVID-19.

Why people may be hesitant to help others, how they overcome their fears, and the sometimes small actions they can take to make a difference.

His mentoring and volunteering journey, including working with Big Brothers Big Sisters, Ronald McDonald Camp, Hopeworks, running a group home, and more

How people can utilize entrepreneurial skills and apply these to side jobs and hustles.

What we’re doing right and what we should do more for our younger generation.

Ways we can share our time and resources to help others from near (mentoring and helping people celebrate) and far (donating money or writing letters).

Advice for people going through their own hardships or those with family members who have been diagnosed with cancer.

How he discovered and chose the stories to feature in HUMANKIND and the impact these stories have had on his own life.

These heartwarming, true stories of people doing good in the world are just what we need right now.

“In this very elegant and wise book, Brad shows how we can create a life of adventure and healing by making our lives stories of love in action.”

—Deepak Chopra

Brad Aronson’s life changed in an instant when his wife, Mia, was diagnosed with leukemia. Following her diagnosis, Brad spent most of the next two-and-a-half years either by her side as she received treatment, or trying to shield their five-year-old son Jack from the worst of Mia’s illness. Amid the stress and despair of waiting for the treatment to take effect, Brad and Mia were met by an outpouring of kindness from family, friends, and even complete strangers.

HumanKind is a celebration of those moments—when a small act of kindness transforms a life. In its pages, you’ll meet the mentor who changed a child’s life with a single conversation, the six-year-old who launched a global kindness movement, the band of seamstress grandmothers who mend clothes for homeless people, and more. Brad also provides dozens of ways you can make a difference through the simplest words and deeds. You’ll discover how buying someone a meal or sharing a little encouragement at the right time can transform someone’s world, as well as your own.

HumanKind will leave you grateful for what you have and provide a refuge from the negativity that surrounds us. This feel-good book is an uplifting reminder of what really matters and provides resources that will help you to create positive change in your community and in your life, one small act at a time.


Brad Aronson is a husband and a dad, and when he’s holding the parenting reins, he likes to go all out. For him, that means leading an egg drop competition from the third-floor window of his family’s home or coaching indoor games of baseball and hockey, and then having to explain why something else is now in pieces. Luckily, his wife Mia is understanding. Brad Aronson started i-FRONTIER after college, which grew from a small apartment he shared with his best friend into one of the largest and top rated digital ad agencies in the US. Today, he invests in startup companies and spends most of his time supporting youth nonprofits. Much of this time is spent teaching entrepreneurship in Camden, N.J., and volunteering on the nonprofit boards of Big Brothers Big Sisters and Hopeworks. 

Using his business background, Aronson teaches inner city students entrepreneurship in order to instill self-confidence, discipline, and hustle. He believes in a hands-on learning environment so each student starts their own business in class, which has led to many adventures in entrepreneurship.

One day, Brad hopes to be famous for co-founding a national holiday that features a seven-foot-tall orange tree and more than fifty stuffed monkeys (see chapter nine in HumanKind). In the meantime, he works with tech startups and writes books. You can connect with Brad through his website, or on Facebook.

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Coming up this summer! Janeane speaks with Jeffrey James Binney, a Salt Lake City based actor, singer, comedian and “athlete” about his new film - a transformational journey an homage to his deceased mother


Once is Enough, a documentary that depicts the transformational journey of LGBT husky comedian who, after losing his mother to obesity-caused heart disease, sets out to lose 100 pounds and run one of the world’s most difficult 100 mile ultramarathons – and lives to tell jokes about it. Once is Enough will launch on Amazon on May 8th and will soon-after be made available on all VOD platforms via Indie Rights.

Part documentary/part stand up comedy, Once is Enough is an award- winning hybrid film following a young overweight comedian, in the wake of his mother’s obesity- caused death, setting out on a desperate mission to avoid the same fate. The first component documents the journey of Jeffrey training for and running one of the world’s most difficult 100-mile marathons, the Leadville Trail 100. The second component is story-based comedy commentary on the journey. The final product, a seamless juxtaposition of these two components, is a heart-felt and inspiring 75-minute journey that leaves the audience cackling through tears.

Along the way, the spunky Jeffrey manages to wrangle in the talented Ian Sharman, ultramarathon runner, coach and blogger for iRunFar, who holds the record for the Grand Slam of Ultrarunning and is the winner of the 2013, 2015, 2016 and 2017 Leadville Trail 100, to be his coach. As the marathon provides a much-needed respite from the emotional torment and grief that seemed inescapable, Sharman’s encouragement helps provide Jeffrey with the confidence and determination to keep his eye on the prize.

“Having just moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in film/television/comedy, all I wanted to do is run, write jokes and repeat, “says Binney. “Having shared this with a concerned friend, they suggested that I combine this into one creative project and the light bulb flipped on – Once is Enough.”

“Better than any therapy could buy, this project was just ridiculous and grand enough to help me navigate through, and emotionally process losing the most important person in my life. Hopefully, my story helps inspire someone else to seek theirs,” he continues.

Jeffrey James Binney is a Salt Lake City based actor, singer, comedian and “athlete.” He grew up on a farm in Laredo, Missouri before moving to Brooklyn, New York and later Los Angeles after receiving his B.F.A. in Musical Theater Performance from Missouri State University. Jeffrey has been seen on Late Night With David Letterman, in the first National Tour and Chicago Company of the Broadway musical The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, and at comedy clubs and festivals across the country. More about Jeffrey at www.JJB.life.com.

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Coming up on KUCI - From the beloved organizational psychologist and bestselling author comes an indispensable guide for personal-reinvention - Benjamin Hardy, PERSONALITY ISN’T PERMANENT: Break Free From Self-Limiting Beliefs and Rewrite Your Story

Psychologist and bestselling author Benjamin Hardy, PhD, debunks the pervasive myths about personality that prevent us from learning—and provides bold strategies for personal transformation. Dr. Hardy liberates us from the limiting belief that our “true selves” are to be discovered, and shows how we can create our desired selves and achieve amazing goals instead. Filled with strategies for reframing your past and designing your future, this is a guide to breaking free from the past and becoming the person you want to be.

If you’re like most people, you’ve probably taken a personality test. Maybe the Meyer’s Briggs assessment revealed that you’re a steamrolling ENTJ, or maybe the Enneagram categorized you as a self-absorbed type 4. No matter your results, these tests perpetuate myths about what personality is, reduce you to a stereotype, and make self-improvement seem impossible. For those who feel trapped in a box, psychologist and bestselling author Dr. Benjamin Hardy has good news: personality is not a fixed state. It’s a series of choices you can make based on the future you want for yourself.

In PERSONALITY ISN’T PERMANENT, Dr. Hardy draws on recent and authoritative research to dismantle other pervasive myths about persona – like the idea of an “authentic” you – and shows that personality is not something you discover, but rather something you create through your actions and behaviors. He provides readers with science-based strategies for personal reinvention including:

· Why personality tests such as Myers-Briggs and Enneagram are not only psychologically destructive but are no more scientific than horoscopes.

· How to create a network of “empathetic witnesses” who actively encourage you through the highs and lows of extreme growth.

· How to tap into what psychologists call “pull motivation” by narrowing your focus on a single, definable, and compelling outcome.

Citing true stories of radical self-transformation like Andre Norman, a former convict turned Harvard graduate, and Dr. Hardy himself, who grew up broken home, surrounded by issues of addiction and mental illness, PERSONALITY ISN’T PERMANENT shows that self-reinvention is possible – you just have to learn how to become psychologically flexible. Dr. Hardy will reshape the way you think about progress and success, and give you the tools and strategies you need to transcend your circumstances and become the person you always aspired to be.

Dr. Benjamin Hardy is an organizational psychologist and bestselling author of Willpower Doesn’t Work. His blog is read monthly by millions of people and has been featured on Forbes, Fortune, CNBC, Cheddar, Big Think, and many others. From 2015-2018, we was the #1 writer in the world on Medium.com and is a regular contributor to Inc. and Psychology Today. He speaks and trains at a wide range of events. He and his wife Lauren adopted three children through the foster system in February 2018 and, one month later, Lauren became pregnant with twins, who were born in December of 2018. They live in Orlando. More at: benjaminhardy.com

Monday, June 15, 2020

Coming up on Get the Funk Out! Columnist and family advocate, Katie Burke, joins Janeane to talk about her forthcoming debut title Urban Playground: What Kids Say About Living in San Francisco

Katie's book features interviews with fifty children, ages five to nine, on daily life in San Francisco, exploring different themes from family, school, pets, and work to heroes, holidays, favorite foods, talents, and sports.

Urban Playground offers insights and strategies to help adults open conversations with children all over the country about their experience of urban life.

She speaks on topics like:

How you can relate to children in your own life and hear their stories

The unique challenges of conveying a child’s perspective

The value of a child’s perspective, on everything from ice cream to the Golden Gate Bridge

Katie’s writing has appeared in San Francisco Attorney Magazine, the L.A. Times, KQED Perspectives, SoMa Literary Review, and the Noe Valley Voice, where she writes a monthly column about kids. She has also taught creative writing to children and adults in Kenya, South Africa, and San Francisco.


Katie Burke is the author of Urban Playground: What Kids Say About Living in San Francisco. She also writes Noe Kids, a monthly column for The Noe Valley Voice, featuring children who live in San Francisco's Noe Valley neighborhood.

Katie has taught creative writing to children and adults in Kenya, South Africa, and San Francisco. She regularly travels to New Orleans, and her writing expresses her appreciation for San Francisco's and New Orleans’ eccentric characters.

Also a family law attorney, Katie writes judicial and attorney profiles for San Francisco Attorney Magazine. Her other publications include HarperCollins, the L.A. Times, and KQED Perspectives.

Katie earned her law degree at The University of San Francisco School of Law, her master's degree in Counseling Psychology at Arizona State University, and her BA in Psychology at Fairfield University in Connecticut.

Dr Robert Melillo, President SNA Biothech, CoFounder Brain Balance Achievement Centers, Adjunct Professor National University Of Life Sciences joins Janeane Monday June 15th on KUCI 88.9fm

Dr Robert Melillo

President SNA Biothech
CoFounder Brain Balance Achievement Centers
5 xs Best Selling Author Disconnected Kids 
Adjunct Professor National University Of Life Sciences
CoFounder and President Emeritus International Association
of Functional Neurology and Rehabilitation
Fellow CDD International Board Of Functional Neurology
Fellow National Institute For Brain and Rehabilitation Sciences.

WATCH  or LISTEN to Dr. Melillo
in conversation with host
Janeane Bernstein, Ed.D.

One of the most respected specialists in childhood neurological disorders in America, Dr. Robert Melillo has been helping children overcome learning disabilities for over 30 years. His areas of expertise include: autism spectrum disorders, PDD/NOS, ADD/ADHD, OCD, dyslexia, Asperger’s, Tourette’s, bipolar disorder, and other mental, attention, behavioral and learning disorders. He is also an expert in diet, nutrition and neuroimmune disorders in children and adults.

As a clinician for 30 years, a university professor, brain researcher, best selling author, radio and TV host, his cutting-edge research and success with over a thousand children in his private program are what led to the creation of Brain Balance Achievement Centers. Dr. Melillo has a private practice now that helps adults and children with various learning disabilities. He is focused on addressing the primary issue in most learning disabilities and behavioral disorders which is known as a functional disconnection. Since he introduced this concept, functional disconnection has become one of the leading theories in the world related to Autism, ADHD, Dyslexia and more. This work is leading the way toward understanding the underlying nature of these disorders and their causes.


In 2004, Dr. Melillo published Neurobehavioral Disorders of Childhood: An Evolutionary Perspective, a working theory textbook on developmental disabilities. This book continues to be utilized on both a graduate and undergraduate level in Universities around the world. It has been translated into Korean and Chinese. However, it was Dr. Melillo’s best-selling 2009 book, Disconnected Kids, that catapulted him to national prominence. Greeted with overwhelming positive response, the thesis of that book serves as the foundation for the work being done at Brain Balance Centers around the country. Dr. Melillo’s leadership in the field, as well as his personal dedication to the creation of a drug-free multi-modal educational program for children with ADD/ADHD, dyslexia, Asperger’s, and autism spectrum disorders, have made him one of the most sought-after speakers on the subject today, both in the U.S. and abroad. Disconnected Kids has been translated into Chinese, Korean and Hebrew and there are French and Italian versions being completed now. He completed the second edition of Disconnected Kids, released in March of 2015.

Sunday, June 14, 2020

NEW BOOK ALERT! Leslie Korn, Ph.D. joins host Janeane to talk about her new book, Natural Woman - Herbal Remedies for Radiant Health at Every Age and Stage of Life

Natural Woman

Herbal Remedies for Radiant Health at Every Age and Stage of Life

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Natural Woman weaves together story, tradition, and timeless wisdom into a modern approach that helps us thrive in our lives as women. Leslie Korn inspires us to nurture our health and well-being in all stages of life.
-- Bevin Clare, President, American Herbalists Guild

It’s time for women to reclaim their bodies, minds, and entitlement to joy, vitality, and emotional depth. Natural Woman is a practical and comprehensive roadmap to working with plants, indigenous feminine wisdom, and our sacred kitchens in order to free us from the constraints of a medical system that would otherwise hold us captive. This beautiful book will be featured prominently on my shelf for years to come!
-- Kelly Brogan MD, NY Times Bestselling author of A Mind of Your Own

An herbal guide to support physical, mental, and spiritual health for women and their children at all stages of life–by a healer with over 40 years of experience.

Plant medicines are a woman’s ally to achieve optimal health; they bring balance and nourishment to daily life and can reduce or eliminate symptoms of physical and emotional distress. They can also provide alternatives to many pharmaceuticals. This go-to herbal sourcebook helps women thrive at every age and stage of their lives, with remedies using common herbs and plants to support a healthy body, mind, and spirit.

Organized by disease or discomfort, this book is an essential guide to help women find the herbal support they need. Treatments for sleep disorders, menstrual issues, autoimmune conditions, anxiety, fertility, post-partum recovery, skin ailments, and more, can be found and prepared with ease. Herbal guidance for rites of passage or moments of community are provided, and the inclusion of psychoactive herbs, protocol for end-of life care, and extensive resources round out the coverage–including common discomforts that affect children. Dr. Leslie Korn brings over 40 years of experience in numerous herbal traditions and healing modalities to Natural Woman, offering timeless wisdom that can be shared with friends and passed down in the family for generations.

Thursday, June 11, 2020

Coming up June 15th @9:30am pst is Sara Auster of Sara Auster Sound!

Sara Auster is the leading voice in sound bath experiences. As a sound therapist and meditation teacher, Sara has traveled the world to share the transformative power of sound and deep listening. From boardrooms to museums, from hospitals to universities, her work has been a driving force in bringing Sound Baths to modern culture. Sara’s thoughtfully crafted immersive Sound Bath experiences invite self-discovery, inspire profound transformation and creativity, and provoke meaningful connection. She guides participants through the therapeutic and healing benefits of sound and listening in a way that is simple, modern and accessible to all.

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Sara has curated and facilitated unique, site-specific Sound Bath experiences, from one-on-one sessions to 10,000 people at a time, at iconic venues and events such as the Museum of Modern Art, Madison Square Garden, Palais de Tokyo, Lincoln Center, One World Observatory, The Rubin Museum and SummerStage in Central Park. She has been invited to speak about mindfulness, deep listening and sound therapy for companies such as Google, Microsoft and American Express, and she has led immersive workshops and certificate training at New York University, Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health, The New York Open Center, and MNDFL Meditation Studio.

From Sundance Film Festival to SXSW, Sara is sought out for her unique ability to create and hold space for diverse groups and communities all around the world. She has been a featured presenter at wellness conferences such as In Goop Health and MBG Revitalize, and innovation summits such as The Nantucket Project and Summit DTLA, highlighting her role in bringing the transformative power of sound to the masses.

Sara Auster has been featured in the New York Times, Vogue, Billboard, TIME Magazine and has appeared in television segments for Vice and Fox 5 NY. Sara’s work was named a top meditation by Oprah Magazine in 2016, and she was chosen one of eight master meditation teachers by The Essential Guide to Meditation in 2019 alongside Pema Chodron and Deepak Chopra. 

Her first book, SOUND BATH: Meditate, Heal and Connect through Listening, an unprecedented and comprehensive guide to Sound Baths, was published in November 2019.


Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Dr. Charles Garfield, author of OUR WISDOM YEARS: Growing Older with Joy, Fulfillment, Resilience, and No Regrets (a Central Recovery Press paperback, on sale June 2nd). Dr. Garfield is also the founder of The Shanti Project

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Dr. Charles Garfield, author of OUR WISDOM YEARS: Growing Older with Joy, Fulfillment, Resilience, and No Regrets (a Central Recovery Press paperback, on sale June 2nd). Dr. Garfield is also the founder of The Shanti Project, a pioneering nonprofit that builds human connections to reduce isolation, and which now provides practical support to older and vulnerable adults who are housebound during the Coronavirus pandemic. As one of the first volunteer organizations in the US to provide support to people with life-threatening illnesses, Shanti has shined a light on the invisible suffering that accompanies illness and isolation.

In his new book, Garfield draws on the truths distilled from his long-term work with those at the end of life to encourage us to take the risk of being fully alive in our later years. A few talking points include:
Why we should let go of the productivity mindset as we age (or even, while we are in isolation!)
How to overcome gratitude fatigue
Why we should pursue hobbies that we haven’t yet been successful at
Why this time of isolation is a good time to mend estranged relationships
How to have deeper, more meaningful conversations, even while we are social distancing


Our society urges us to fight aging rather than to embrace it. We are discouraged from slowing down, implored to keep our wrinkles at bay, and pressured to be “productive” in our retirement.

But, as psychologist Charles Garfield asserts in OUR WISDOM YEARS: Growing Older with Joy, Fulfillment, Resilience, and No Regrets (a Central Recovery Press paperback, on sale June 2, 2020), the later years are not defined by success and self-mastery like they are for young adults. Rather, those entering their sixties find that, instead of anxiously asking, “Do I have what it takes to compete?” they find themselves wondering, “Do I have what it takes to lead a fulfilling life?”

As the founder of The Shanti Project, an internationally honored volunteer organization dedicated to the care of the dying, Garfield is very well acquainted with this shift from “success thinking” to “legacy thinking.” In the later years, the drive to keep accomplishing is usually less pressing than the desire to nurture loving relationships and to contribute something that will live on.

To address this shift in values, Garfield offers an invaluable roadmap to help those entering the later years assess what they truly value, discover latent interests and passions that have been abandoned for more practical pursuits, and invest in the relationships that they value the most. Drawing on his own experience with aging, along with the accounts of several others that he has counseled through the years, Garfield helps those in later life to:
Embrace a period of radical self-discovery
Pivot away from duty towards the things that bring them joy
Apply their natural love for mission and goals to the project of building a soul-centered life
Relish slowing down and use idle time to embrace the most fulfilling stage of life
Forgive those who have wronged them
Learn to be grateful for their mistakes
Use their gifts to nurture what will live on
Broaden and deepen the love in their lives

Offering a vision of growth and expansion in a time many tend to associate with decline, OUR WISDOM YEARS helps older adults cultivate a sense of vision, resilience, and equanimity that they can count on throughout the challenges that the later years often present. Using questions, meditations, and exercises for self-reflection, Garfield helps readers to embrace and invest in the pursuits, passions, and people that they value the most.

About the Author:

Charles Garfield, PhD, is the founder of Shanti, an internationally honored volunteer organization dedicated to the care of the dying, the elderly, and those living with cancer and AIDS; the Shanti National Training Institute, which has taken Shanti’s model to organizations around the country and world; and Shanti’s newest program that serves older LGBTQ individuals. He has been teaching the skills of serving vulnerable people for more than forty years and is a pioneer in developing service-oriented volunteer organizations in which peers, not professionals, become “the difference between zero and one” for people at the end of life and, more recently, seniors in the LGBTQ community. For his work with Shanti and for originating the Shanti model of peer support, Garfield was named National Activist of the Year―one of America’s highest awards to individuals making voluntary contributions in public service. 

He has also received recognition from cities and organizations large and small, including a Mayor’s Day in his honor in San Francisco and many other awards. For more than four decades, as a clinical professor of psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of California School of Medicine at San Francisco (UCSF), Dr. Garfield continued his work in the care of dying patients and their families, many of whom were elderly. A Fellow of the American Psychological Association, he is currently a research scholar at the Starr King School of the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley. 

He teaches courses on aging and end of life care at the Metta Institute in San Francisco, where he is a founding faculty member and at the C.G. Jung Institute of San Francisco. While on the faculty of the Cancer Research Institute at UCSF, he was one of the early contributors to the burgeoning field of psychosocial oncology. Garfield began his career in computer science after receiving two graduate degrees in mathematics from Adelphi University as well as induction into Pi Mu Epsilon, the National Mathematics Honorary Society, and later, the Adelphi University Alumni Academy of Distinction. He earned a PhD in clinical psychology from the University of California at Berkeley. He writes for and serves on the editorial board of Greater Good, a national e-magazine from the University of California, Berkeley’s Center for Science and the Greater Good.

Monday, June 8, 2020

June 8, 2020 at 9:00am - Janeane speaks with Professor Ian O. Williamson, Pro-Vice-Chancellor & Dean of the Wellington School of Business and Government, Victoria University of Wellington (New Zealand). Ian is the NEW Dean of the The Paul Merage School of Business

Professor Ian O. Williamson 

Pro-Vice-Chancellor & Dean of the Wellington
School of Business and Government 

Victoria University of Wellington (New Zealand) 

The NEW Dean of The Paul Merage School of Business 
University of California, Irvine

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Ian O. Williamson is the Pro-Vice Chancellor and Dean of the Wellington School of Business and Government at Victoria University of Wellington (New Zealand). Prior to joining Victoria University of Wellington he served on the faculties of the Melbourne Business School (Australia), Rutgers Business School (USA), the Zurich Institute of Business Education (Switzerland), the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland and Institut Teknologi Bandung (Indonesia). He received his Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (USA) and a bachelor’s degree in business from Miami University (Oxford, Ohio USA).

Prof. Williamson is a globally recognized expert in the area of human resource management. His research examines the impact of “talent pipelines” on organizational and community outcomes. In particular, his research focuses on how human and social capital influences firm operational and financial outcomes, talent management in the context of new ventures and growth-oriented firms, the role of human resource practices in driving firm innovation and the impact of social issues on firm outcomes.

Prof. Williamson’s research has been published in several leading academic journals (e.g., Academy of Management Journal, MIT Sloan Management Review, Organization Science, Journal of Applied Psychology) and has been covered by several leading media outlets across the world. He has served on the editorial boards of the Academy of Management Journal, Academy Management Review, Academy of Management Education and Learning, Journal of Management and Cross Cultural Management: An International Journal and Journal of Management.

Williamson is a past recipient of the Academy of Management (AOM) Education Division best paper award for his research on high performing teams and the AOM Human Resource Division best paper award for his research on the effect of employee mobility on firm performance. He is a recipient of the AOM Best Practices Mentoring Award for his role as the founding President of the Management Faculty of Color Association (MFCA). Williamson is also a recipient of the AOM Ralph Alexander Best Dissertation Award for his research examining the top management team (TMT) selection decisions of Fortune 500 firms. He also received the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill Kenan-Flagler Business School Outstanding Ph.D. Student Award. In 2019 Williamson was inducted into the Ph.D Project Hall of Fame.

A passionate educator, Professor Williamson has been recognized for his innovative approaches to business education. He is a past recipient of the University of Maryland Robert H. Smith School of Business Krowe Teaching Award, the Melbourne Business School Senior Executive MBA Teaching Award, the University of Melbourne Award for Excellence and Innovation in Indigenous Higher Education and the Business/Higher Education Round Table CPA Australia/ABDC Award for Outstanding Achievement in Business Education Collaboration.

Williamson has worked with executives in over 20 countries across six continents helping organizations in the areas of strategic human resource management, managing organizational innovation, employee recruitment and retention, and executive coaching for organizations such as Accenture, ANZ, Australian Council for Educational Leaders (ACEL), BDO, Bunnings, BHP, CBRE Clemenger, CSR, Etihad Airlines, King & Wood Malleson, Kiwi Bank, PwC, Lockheed Martin, Ngāi Tahu Holdings, Nestle, Orang Tua Group, Petronas, SEEK, Sussan Corporation, The Royal Women’s Hospital, Vision Australia and Urbis. Williamson has served on the boards of the Intellectual Property Research Institute of Australia (IPRIA), the USA not-for-profit organization Leave No Veteran Behind and Wellington UniVentures (the commercialization subsidiary of Victoria University of Wellington, NZ).