Closing Speaker – Bio

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Born and raised in Southern California. He hates the sunlight, and has been digging tunnels and caves with a spoon in his backyard since he was 5. Now that he is older, he can really dig. Although he can tolerate the sunlight, now he lives in a cave with his wife since his house has collapsed into the ground.

Howard Zisser, M.D. – Speaker Bio

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Howard Zisser, M.D., Director of Clinical Research & Diabetes Technology, conducts clinical trials on new and innovative therapies for type 1, type 2 and gestational diabetes. He currently manages trials investigating JDRF and NIH funded Artificial Pancreas Projects, the safety and efficacy of inhaled insulin, and implantable insulin pumps and implantable glucose sensors. Additionally, Dr. Zisser is Adjunct Professor, Department …

B. Willing James – Speaker Bio

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Brendan Willing James is a songwriter, singer, photographer, designer, and insatiable conversationalist. He has spent the better part of the last 15 years following his muse, creating songs, art, touring, reading, exploring love, always taking the road less traveled on a perpetual search for inspiration, new challenges, and stories of humanity. B fell in love with songwriting while loosely studying …

Dr. Keith Witt – Speaker Bio

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Dr. Keith Witt is a psychologist in private practice, a writer, a teacher, and a lecturer. On his website,, he offers The School of Love written and video blogs and other content exploring countless facets of love, intimacy, psychotherapy and human relationships. Beginning May 16, 2012, Keith began The School of Love Lecture Series comprised of twenty-four monthly lectures. …

Dr. Rick Schubert – Speaker Bio

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An internationally recognized scholar of Asian Philosophy, award-winning teacher, and pioneer in academic Philosophy of the Martial Arts, Rick Schubert is Professor of Philosophy at Cosumnes River College, Sacramento and Hapkido (Korean Martial Arts) Instructor at the UC Davis Experimental College. He holds a Ph.D. in Philosophy from UC Davis and a 4th Dan (master rank) in Hapkido from Hapkido …

Dr. Ron Stotts – Speaker Bio

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Ron’s personal creativity crisis came to a head in 1967 where low grades and shame drove him to leave college and join the Marines. There he was abruptly awakened to how deeply he cared about others. Ron ended up defining his own set of values, learning how to learn, and working with others to explore and develop the very best …

Grandmaster Dave Wheaton – Speaker Bio

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Teaching and training in the martial arts for 46 years, Grandmaster Dave Wheaton is a revered Instructor, Mentor and Coach to thousands of students across the country.  His unique approach to mind/body training empowers his students to discover excellence within themselves and tap into their greatest potential. Grandmaster Wheaton developed Dynamic Circle Hapkido, a formidable system of self-defense that combines …

Moi Navarro – Speaker Bio

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Moi Navarro is an independent artist in the music industry based in Los Angeles, California. Moi has gained a prominent fan base that spans worldwide. He reaches a vast audience with his passionate music, straight-forward lyrics, and unique stories. His diversity is more than just skin-deep, as his music is interwoven with influences of funk, rock, soul, folk and jazz. …

Judith Orloff MD – Speaker Bio

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Transforming the face of psychiatry, Judith Orloff, MD is an assistant clinical professor of Psychiatry at UCLA and author of the upcoming book “The Ecstasy of Surrender: 10 Essential Attitudes for A Powerful and Fearless Life” (Random House) upon which this TEDX talk is based. She synthesizes the pearls of traditional medicine with a cutting edge knowledge of intuition to achieve …

Lissa Rankin, MD – Speaker Bio

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Discouraged by the broken, patriarchal health care system, she left her medical practice in 2007 only to realize that you can quit your job, but you can’t quit your calling. This epiphany launched her on a journey of discovery that led her to become a leader in the field of mind/body medicine, which she writes about in her third book Mind Over Medicine: Scientific Proof You Can Heal Yourself (Hay House, 2013). She teaches both patients and health care professionals how to make the body ripe for miracles by healing the mind and being healthy in all aspects of life, not just by promoting healthy behaviors like good nutrition, exercise, and adequate sleep, but by encouraging health and authenticity in relationships, work, creative expression, spirituality, and sexuality. She is leading a movement to change how health care is received and delivered by encouraging collaboration, fostering self-healing, reconnecting health care and spirituality, and empowering patients to tap into the mind’s power to heal the body. When not spreading the word, she skis, paints, does yoga, and hikes in Marin County, CA with her husband and daughter.