Expert Contributors

The Mindbloom life-improvement platform is strengthened by the contributions of experience and knowledge of some of the world’s leading experts in personal & professional development, health and wellness. With their collaboration, we are able to further our mission of make life improvement accessible to everyone in fun, easy, and effective ways.

Shawn Achor
Author of the international bestseller, The Happiness Advantage, the founder & CEO of Good Think, Inc. is widely considered as one of the world’s leading experts on the connection between happiness and success.  Shawn spent over a decade at Harvard, during which he served as Head Teaching Fellow for “Positive Psychology”—the most popular course at Harvard.  In 2012, Shawn’s research on happiness made the cover of Harvard Business Review, his TED talk became one of the most popular all time with over 3 million views, and he has a new lecture airing now on PBS called “The Happiness Advantage.”

Patricia Bannan, MS, RD
Los Angeles-based registered dietitian specializing in nutrition and health communications. She develops news segments for television stations, writes articles for magazines, and serves as a consultant and a national nutrition spokesperson. She is the author of Eat Right When Time Is Tight: 150 Slim-Down Strategies and No-Cook Food Fixes and, given ongoing book interest, is developing corporate wellness programs focused on optimizing nutrition for peak workplace performance. Patricia has conducted more than 1,000 media interviews over the past decade, including guest appearances on The TODAY Show, The Doctors, ABC News, Fox News Channel and CNN. She has written for and been interviewed by such leading magazines as O, The Oprah Magazine, People, Self, Shape, Glamour, Parenting, and Redbook and has worked as health reporter and producer for CNN.

Brett Blumenthal
Bestselling author of 52 Small Changes: One Year to a Happier, Healthier You and Get Real and STOP Dieting!. Her next book, A Whole New You: Six Steps to Ignite Change for Your Best Life will be released January 2, 2012. She regularly speaks at conferences, spas and wellness centers, and consults on topics of health and well-being, and personal change. Her writing is regularly featured on popular sites including: Yahoo!, Shine from Yahoo!, Divine Caroline, Intent and Gather. She has also been featured in such publications as The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Spa Magazine, Stuff Boston, and American Fitness.  Brett has appeared on NBC, FOX and CBS, and on Martha Stewart’s Whole Living Radio Show – on Sirius Radio. She is a regular guest on Better Connecticut (WFSB – CBS, Hartford, CT) and MyFox – 25 in Boston.

Lori Deschene
Author of Tiny Buddha: Simple Wisdom for Life’s Hard Questions and the Tiny Wisdom eBook Series. After tweeting quotes through @tinybuddha for more than a year, she started tinybuddha.com as a community blog, featuring stories and insights from people around the globe. It has since grown into one of the most popular inspirational sites on the web, with more than 2 million views per month. Tiny Buddha also has a robust presence on Facebook and Google+, with close to 1 million combined social media followers. Lori’s work has appeared in Tricycle: The Buddhist Review and Shambhala Sun, and she has also contributed more than 100 articles on self-esteem and well-being to nationally distributed ‘tween publications.

John Joe Duran
New York Times and USA Today best selling author and founding partner of United Capital, which consistently ranks as one of the nation’s fastest-growing wealth counseling firms. He previously served as president of GE Private Asset Management. From CNBC to CNN, Joe regularly provides financial commentary on TV. He has been profiled in numerous publications, including the New York Times and Wall Street Journal. He holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation and earned MBA degrees from Columbia University and UC Berkley. He lives in Newport Coast, California, with his wife, Jennifer, and their three precious daughters.

Arielle Ford
Love Expert Arielle Ford is a leading pioneer and personality in the personal growth and contemporary spirituality movement. For the past 25 years she has been living, teaching, and promoting consciousness through all forms of media. Her new book, Wabi Sabi Love: The Ancient Art of Finding Perfect Love In Imperfect Relationships, shows couples how to create deeper, more loving and more fulfilling relationships. Additionally, her stellar career includes years as a prominent book publicist, author, literary agent, TV lifestyle reporter, television producer, Sirius radio host, publishing consultant, relationship expert, speaker, columnist and blogger for the Huffington Post.

Keri Gans, MS, RD, CDN
Registered dietitian, spokesperson and media personality with a private practice in New York City. She is the author of The Small Change Diet: 10 Steps to a Thinner, Healthier You, a Past-Spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and a Past-President of The New York State Dietetic Association. Beyond her own practice, Keri writes a weekly blog on U.S. News’ Eat + Run and is frequently quoted in local and national publications, such as Glamour, Fitness, Shape, Self, Women’s Health, and Health. Keri has made several television appearances including, EXTRA, The Dr. Oz Show, ABC News, WPIX11 Morning Show, Primetime, and Good Morning America and is regularly on radio shows such as Sirius/XM Satellite Radio’s Dr. Radio, The Joan Hamburg Show and Martha Stewart.

Dr. Barton Goldsmith
A three-time award-winning psychotherapist, a syndicated columnist and radio host, as well as a well-known regular speaker. He has appeared on CNN, Good Morning America, Fox & Friends, CBS News, NBC News, Beauty and the Geek, and the Greg Behrendt Show. He’s the author of the Emotional Fitness book series, including Emotional Fitness for Couples — 10 minutes a Day to a Better Relationship, Emotional Fitness for intimacy — Sweeten and Deepen your Love in Just 10 minutes a Day, and Emotional Fitness at Work — 6 Strategic Steps to Success Using the Power of Emotion, as well as his most recent book 100 Ways to Boost Your Self-Confidence — Believe in Yourself and Others Will Too. His columns have been featured in well over 200 newspapers, including The Chicago Sun-Times, The Orange County Register, The San Diego Union-Tribune, and the Atlanta Journal

Dashama Konah Gordon
International innovator in the field of yoga, health and fitness, Dashama is author of Journey to Joyful and founder of the global 30 Day Yoga ChallengePerfect 10 Lifestyle and Pranashama Yoga Institute. Dashama is one of the first yoga teachers on Youtube, where her videos have over 8 million views online. She is also a multi-media producer with 11 instructional DVDs, multiple ebooks and audio programs distributed internationally. As a wellness media personality and spokesperson, she has been featured and interviewed by Oprah.com, CBS, Fox news, TechCrunch, Spa magazine, Spa Week Media, New York Yoga Magazine, Forbes.com, and more, while partnering with several global brands such as Waldorf Astoria, Sony Motion Picture Studios, Miami Dolphins NFL, Puma, and Zico.

Heidi Grant Halvorson, Ph.D.
Social psychologist and Associate Director of Columbia University’s Motivation Science Center, Heidi Grant Halvorson, Ph.D. writes about the scientifically-tested strategies we can use to be more effective reaching our goals at work and in our personal lives. Her books include Succeed: How We Can Reach Our Goals, Nine Things Successful People Do Differently, and her most recent book is Focus: Use Different Ways of Seeing the World for Success and Influence. Heidi is a regular contributor to HBR, WSJ, The Atlantic, Huff Post, 99u, and Psychology Today.

John Gray, Ph.D.
The best-selling relationship author of all time, John Gray, is today’s leading expert in relationships and communication. He helps men and women understand, respect and appreciate their differences in both personal and professional relationships. He is the author of 18 books, including Men Are from Mars, Women Are from VenusJohn Gray is a popular speaker around the world and has been featured on major media outlets and television programs, including The Oprah Winfrey Show, Good Morning America, The Today Show, The Dr. Oz Show, and many others.

Heidi Hanna, Ph.D.
CEO of Synergy, author, speaker and founder of The Synergy Foundation for Brain Health. As an experienced speaker, Heidi has been featured at many national and global conferences, including the Fortune Magazine Most Powerful Women in Business Summit and the ESPN Women’s Leadership Summit. Heidi is the New York Times Best Selling author of The SHARP Solution: A Brain-Based Approach for Optimal Performance (Wiley, 2013).  In 2011, Heidi was named a Fellow of the American Institute of Stress, and she currently serves as Editor of their publication, Contentment. Her clients have included Johnson & Johnson, PepsiCo, Cisco, Dell, Intel, Proctor & Gamble, Qualcomm, Janus Capital Group, Morgan Stanley, Merrill Lynch, Ameriprise, ESPN and Starbucks, as well as professional and amateur athletes.

Rick Hanson, Ph.D.
Neuropsychologist and author of Hardwiring HappinessBuddha’s BrainJust One Thing, and Mother Nurture. Founder of the Wellspring Institute for Neuroscience and Contemplative Wisdom, and an Affiliate of the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley, he’s been an invited speaker at Oxford, Stanford, and Harvard, and taught in meditation centers worldwide. A summa cum laude graduate of UCLA, his work has been featured on the BBC, NPR, CBC, FoxBusiness, Consumer Reports HealthU.S. News and World Report, and O Magazine and he has several audio programs with Sounds True. His weekly e-newsletter – Just One Thing – has over 89,000 subscribers, and also appears on Huffington Post, Psychology Today, and other major websites.

Brian Johnson
Brian Johnson is the Philosopher & CEO of en*theos--a company that creates cool stuff to help people optimize their lives. He’s the co-founder (with his wife, Alexandra) of the en*theosAcademy, PhilosophersNotes and Blissitations and wrote a little book called A Philosopher’s Notes. He’s also featured in the documentary FindingJoe and has a monthly “Big Ideas” column in Experience Life magazine. In his past lives, Brian raised $8 million to finance the creation of eteamz + Zaadz after graduating Phi Beta Kappa from UCLA (where he studied Psychology + Business).

Regina Leeds
Named best organizer by Los Angeles magazine, Regina Leeds has been organizing clients and teaching seminars across the U.S. since 1988. She is the author of nine books, including the New York Times bestseller One Year to an Organized Life, and has been featured in numerous magazines and newspapers–including REAL SIMPLE, Bon Appetit, Women’s World, Family Circle, Shape, USA Today. Additionally, she writes a blog series “Inner Peace Through Outer Order” for Psychology Today. Known as The Zen Organizer her unique approach to space management includes both the practical steps one must take to achieve order as well as an examination of the psychological and emotional hooks holding someone back. Regina hosted a one hour TV special called The Zen of Organizing, is honored to represent the Search and Rescue Dog Foundation and is a proud 11 year cancer survivor.

Dr. Fabrizio Mancini
Dr. Fabrizio Mancini is an expert in self-healing; an internationally acclaimed educator, philanthropist, and bilingual speaker; and president emeritus of Parker University in Dallas, Texas. He is the best-selling author of The Power of Self-Healing and Feeling Fab: Four Steps to Living a Fabulous Life, and the co-author of Chicken Soup for the Chiropractic Soul and The Well-Adjusted Soul. A frequent guest of radio and television programs, Dr. Mancini has been featured on Dr. Phil, The Doctors, Fox News, and numerous syndicated morning shows. He also has his own popular weekly radio show, Self-Healing with Dr. Fab. Dr. Mancini has given testimony to the White House Commission for Complementary and Alternative Medicine and served on the Texas Governor’s Advisory Council on Physical Fitness. His commitment to keeping the Hispanic community informed of healthy habits has led to numerous appearances on CNN Español, Univision, Telemundo, and MundoFox.

MJ Ryan
One of the creators of the New York Times bestselling Random Acts of Kindness series and the author of The Happiness Makeover (nominated for the 2005 Books for Better Living award in the Motivational category), Attitudes of Gratitude, The Power of PatienceTrusting YourselfThe Giving Heart, and 365 Health and Happiness Boosters, among other titles. As an executive coach and personal change expert for Professional Thinking Partners (PTP), she is a member of the International Coaching Federation, is a contributing editor to Health and Good Housekeeping and has appeared on “The Today Show,” CNN, and hundreds of radio programs. Articles on her work have appeared in over 1000 newspaper and magazines, including The New York Times, USA Today, Wall St. Journal, Health, Family Circle, Ladies Home Journal, Town and Country, Cosmopolitan and Yoga Journal.

Mark Sisson
Health and fitness expert, former elite marathoner and triathlete, Mark Sisson is the publisher of the acclaimed MarksDailyApple.com, a popular health blog with millions of pageviews each month. His 2009 book, The Primal Blueprint, climbed to a top-10 ranking in amazon.com’s health and fitness category, and has been critically acclaimed for challenging many flawed elements of conventional wisdom about diet and exercise. His “Primal” theme encourages us to reconnect with our hunter-gatherer ancestral roots: eating natural plant and animal foods, getting plenty of low-level daily activity interspersed with occasional brief, intense exercise, and engaging in lifestyle behaviors that balance the stress of hectic modern life. He is also the founder and president of Primal Nutrition, Inc. a Malibu, CA supplement company. Sisson lives in Malibu with his wife and two children.

Donna Smallin Kuper
Organizing expert, Donna Smallin Kuper, is a best selling author of nine books on uncluttering, organizing, cleaning and simplifying life that have sold nearly one million copies worldwide. She’s been a guest on the CBS Early Show, Better TV, HGTV, CNN, Fox & Friends and Canada AM as well as Martha Stewart Living Radio, Lifetime, CNN and BBC radio programs. An Amazon.com reviewer refers to Donna as “the Suze Orman of organizing.” Often quoted by the media, her tips appear frequently in Better Homes & Gardens, Woman’s Day and Woman’s World as well as other major magazines. In 2006, she was given the Founders Award from the National Association of Professional Organizers for outstanding contributions to the industry.

Michael Bungay Stanier
Acclaimed innovation speaker, author, and Senior Partner of Box of Crayons, a company that helps organizations do less Good Work and more Great Work. On the way to founding Box of Crayons more than ten years ago, Michael lived in Australia, England, the US and now Canada. As an innovation expert he helped invent new products and services, and as a change management consultant he supported companies as they evolved. He’s written a number of books, the best known of which are Do More Great Work and the philanthropic project End Malaria; created a series of short internet videos, such as The Eight Irresistible Principles of Fun; and designed a wide range of training programs that are being used around the world. Additionally, he is the first Canadian Coach of the Year, a Rhodes Scholar, and he’s been the Creativity Coach for David Allen’s Getting Things Done online community.

Dr. Sean Sullivan
Founder of TheMindMaster.com, Dr. Sean Sullivan is a Harvard educated author and practicing clinical psychologist teaching how to apply cutting-edge brain science and psychology  to achieve life goals. Dr. Sean is the author of The Mind Master’s Silent Journey: A 21-Day Road Map to Becoming Expert in Your Chosen Life. The popular book spawned The Mind Master’s Map–a #1 iPad Self Help Books app. Dr. Sean lives in San Francisco guiding individuals and groups through The 21-Day Mind Master Video Brain Training Programs to achieve specific life goals like losing weight, mastering life stress and becoming incredibly happy

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