53 percent of Americans have considered starting their own business, and 2 in 5 Americans are motivated by a need for a secondary income. Many of you don’t know where to begin when it comes to starting your own business, but did you know there’s a FREE service you can contact that will help you with every facet of your business—whether it’s a start up or if you have been in business for some time, the people at SCORE can help you…..and the man you are about to meet is here to tell you how.
Lew Marchiona majored in Finance at Iona College. He earned a MBA in Business Management from Fairleigh Dickinson University. He multi-faceted forty-one year career in the automobile industry with Mercedes-Benz USA. His areas of expertise include retail dealership operations, sales management, new product introductions, strategic planning, budget development and management, event management, sponsorships, trade shows. Lew serves as a free-lance consultant to the automotive and allied industries.
11:08AM (PST) – NELL BERNSTEIN, is a former Soros Justice Media Fellow in NY and the winner of a White House Champion of Change Award. She is also the author of the book, “Burning Down the House: The End of Juvenile Prison”
Nell Bernstein has spent more than 20 years listening and bearing witness to the shocking stories of incarcerated kids. From abuse at the hands of guards, to the trauma of solitary confinement, to the simple loss of friends and family, each child in “Burning Down the House” has their own very moving story. An important and very moving piece of reportage “Burning Down the House” uncovers a brutal and counter-productive prison system, and reveals that there is no good way to lock up a child.
Tonight thousands of American children will go to sleep in jail. More than 2 million children are arrested each year—and demographers predict that one in three American schoolchildren will be arrested before the age of 23. The woman you are about to meet is going to take you into a very personal look at America’s hidden children.
Nell Bernstein’s writings have appeared in publication including Glamour, Marie Claire, The Oprah Magazine, Self, the Washington Post, etc. Her first book, “All Alone in the World: Children of the Incarcerated”, won the PASS Award from the National Council on Crime and Delinquency. Bernstein has addressed policy makers, grant makers, criminal justice professionals, and the public across the county about the impact of incarceration on families, and made numerous radio and television appearances.
Bernstein has worked for the past decade for the San Francisco Children of Incarcerated Parents Partnership (www.sfcipp.org) which conceived of and advocates for a bill of rights for children of incarcerated parents which has been adopted or replicated in at least 14 states.
According to Zen teacher Cheri Huber, we are conditioned to think that if we were only a little better in some way, we would be happy. “Life isn’t the way it should be and it’s my fault!” But, Huber says, no amount of self-punishment will ever make us happy or bring us control over life’s problems. The help we are looking for is really found in self-acceptance and kindness towards ourselves. By simply allowing ourselves to be guided by our innate intelligence and generosity, which are our authentic nature, we are able to compassionately present to what’s happening now. The book includes a 30 day program of daily meditation, contemplation, and journaling.
Most of you have struggled with self-discipline at some time in your life. The problem with self discipline is usually identified as a lack of willpower, and a lack of follow-through. The woman you are about to meet is here to share with you how you develop self-discipline and can “make change for good”.
Cheri Huber is a Zen teacher and the author of 18 popular books. She founded A Center for the Practice of Zen Buddhist Meditation in Mountain View California. She founded Living Compassion in 2003 a nonprofit group comprised of “There is Nothing Wrong with You Retreats”. She lives in Murphys, California.