We want to express our most profound appreciation to our podcast guests in 2021, Brando Menjivar,
Dr. Carolyn A. Brent,
Robert Pearl, MD,
Michael Lenoir, MD,
Karen Warner Schueler, MAPP,
Jason Matthews, MDRT,
Megan Logan, MSW, LCSW,
Robb Kelly, PhD,
Cedrick D. Bridgeforth, EdD,
Bret Alexander Sweet,
for their valuable contribution and for being planters of change!
It has been a great honor to have all of them on Life is a Sacred Journey, sharing priceless knowledge and wisdom with our audience. Each of them has contributed to being the change that is needed in our world!
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Mr. Sweet is an active advocate for Alzheimer's caregivers, social entrepreneur, author, inventor, orator, and urbanist. He has started digital media companies, social enterprises, and education companies. He created the first online music distribution system in 1996, which led to his passion for building systems and companies that change how people interact.
In March 2016, Bret entered and won the Chevron eQuip Project Pitch, securing three million dollars to build a business incubator and co-working space in downtown Richmond known as CoBiz Richmond, which will open for business in August 2019.
Bret Alexander Sweet was born in San Francisco, California. He was raised between Oakland and Sacramento, settling in San Francisco in 1997. Bret graduated from Berkeley High School in 1995. He is the son of prominent Bay Area civil rights attorney and social entrepreneur Clifford Charles Sweet.
Bret combined his passion for music and entrepreneurship at a young age by earning himself an internship at PolyGram Group Distribution's San Francisco office in the summer of 1995. Three months later, he was an artist development rep focusing on the company's urban division associated with Island Def Jam artists.
He left PolyGram shortly after the merger to focus more on his college career at San Francisco State University and open his own label. Throughout his studies, Bret invested his time working in various community development organizations and running his own independent record label, House Kemetic Suns.
Although House Kemetic Suns never reached platinum status with its artists, Bret had established the first online music distribution channel when he was 19; 6 years before Steve Jobs would bring iTunes to market.
He has taught and developed entrepreneurship curriculum for youth for the last decade for companies such as NFTE and BUILD. In addition, Bret was instrumental in the building of Coconuts Palo Alto through his consulting firm, the Dualism Group. Furthermore, he served as a valued advisor to the Back A Yard corporation.
Most recently, Bret served as the director for entrepreneurship and digital media management programs at Cogswell College. Over the years, Bret volunteered as a mentor and motivational speaker for young adults in urban schools.
In July 2013, Bret became a published author with the release of his novel "Among The Veils". Bret holds a bachelor's degree from San Francisco State University in Broadcasting Electronic Communications Arts with an emphasis in Radio and Television Broadcasting Production. He also holds a Master's of Business Administration from the University of San Francisco in Entrepreneurship as well as Marketing.
Bret is a certified entrepreneurship instructor trainer and brings a natural ability to connect with audiences. He is an outspoken advocate for Alzheimer's caregivers. In his free time, Bret enjoys reading, martial arts, and community development. He is passionate about wellness, fitness, and preventive health for lower-income communities of color.
🎙 Dr. Brent has four works in 20 publications in 1 language and 1,104 library holdings Worldwide and is the founder of Deep Beauty Health and Wellness University ®️.
Her life mission is to help individuals and caregivers discover their own sense of personal strength in preparing for the future. Her research and an extensive collection of published works have made her a notable figure in her field.
Discover more about Dr. Brent and get a copy of her books here.
A native of Decatur, Alabama, Cedrick is a U.S. Air Force veteran and holds a Bachelor's degree in Religion from Samford University, a Master of Divinity Degree from the Claremont School of Theology, and a Doctorate Degree in Organizational Leadership from Pepperdine University.
He is a former District Superintendent in the California-Pacific Conference of The United Methodist Church and served as Director of Academic Programs at the Ecumenical Center for Black Church Studies at the University of La Verne.
Prior books include Thoughts and Prayers and 20/20 Leadership Lessons: Seeing Visions and Focusing on Reality. His newest book, Alabama Grandson, is a Tell-All Memoir Exposes a Hidden Life and Hard-learned Lessons.
Get your copy here.
Dr. Kelly has worked for many years helping addicts and alcoholics to recover their lives from the disease of addiction. Based on his own experiences working with addicts and alcoholics over the last 20 years, a Ph.D. in Psychology from Oxford University, and as a recovered alcoholic himself – he is a triple threat against the disease of addiction. Dr. Kelly was the CEO of a thriving telecommunications company when the walls came crashing down on him due to alcoholism. He ended up homeless and broken on the streets of Manchester, England, until he found the courage to save himself.
He has lectured on addiction at many high-profile universities, national conferences, public schools, churches, business organizations, and hospitals. He is recognized as a leading authority on addiction recovery methods that are changing lives worldwide. Dr. Kelly is currently the CEO of the Robb Kelly Recovery Group, an addiction recovery coaching company he created based on extensive research and behavior studies over the last 20 years. Dr. Kelly's methods may seem unconventional, leading some people to refer to him as "The Gordon Ramsay of the Addiction World" because of his direct, no-nonsense, and candid approach to treating addiction. Dr. Kelly works to "make the road of recovery less of a mystery tour."
A sought-after recovery expert, Dr. Kelly has appeared on such shows as The Doctors, Eye Opener, Good Morning Texas, and Kens5 morning news. A sample of radio and print interviews include The Jim Bohannon show, Miracles in Recovery, and USA Today. Dr. Kelly hosted the Sober Celebs show on KLIF radio in Dallas and currently hosts the Recovery Channel podcast featuring special guests discussing various mental health issues. Instructor/speaker for Let's Get Back to 98% Recovery DVD's used in prisons and recovery treatment centers throughout the US. Dr. Kelly shares his highs and lows as he struggled and overcame crippling alcoholism in the November 2019 release of the book "Daddy, Daddy Please Stop Drinking."
Megan has more than 20 years of counseling experience in various mental health settings, including domestic violence and sexual assault centers, an eating disorders program, and a local hospice program.
In addition, for the past ten years, she has enjoyed private practice, specializing in issues related to trauma, abuse, eating disorders, grief, and loss.
Megan is a native of Annapolis, Maryland; she graduated Summa Cum Laude from James Madison University in Virginia with a Bachelors's Degree in Social Work and a minor in Family Issues. Additionally, she received my Master's Degree in Clinical Social Work from Florida State University.
Clients often describe her as easy to talk to, down to earth, and compassionate. Megan has a great sense of humor and an open mind, which allows her to quickly connect with clients and create a safe therapeutic environment. She also has a gift for working with children and teenagers.
Kaczmarska was born in Poland but grew up in the southwestern United States. She received her M.F.A. in Dance Performance & Choreography and her B.S. in Biochemistry & Molecular Biophysics from the University of Arizona.
Magda spent ten years working in neuropharmacology research and 18 years in intergenerational community-based education settings in dance and creative expression for persons of all abilities.
As a teaching artist Magda has devoted her career to using the transformative power of dance to celebrate, unite and galvanize communities. Before relocating to New York, Magda served as co-founder, choreographer, and performer with Evolve Dance~West, a non-profit dance company seeking to expand accessibility to dance in southern Arizona. Through Evolve Dance~West, she offered community-based creative movement programs for diverse communities, including a subsidiary Dance for PD® program in Arizona, programs with the Alzheimer’s Association, and Owl and Panther, an organization supporting intergenerational refugees and survivors of trauma.
In New York City, she worked as a lead teacher and performer with Dances for a Variable Population (D.V.P.), supporting hundreds of older adults in the exploration of strong and creative movement. In addition, she leads and develops programs that foster a creative community for intergenerational groups of all abilities, including a program Storytelling in Action, which combines creative movement and narrative for people living with dementia.
Devoted to building an evidence base while expanding public and professional education in best practices in creative aging practice globally, Magda balances her work in intergenerational community-based teaching with engagement in advocacy in several sectors. Magda has presented at multiple public panels, conferences, and workshops about the benefits of creative aging on individual and social health, building intergenerational creative communities, and dispelling ageist myths around how older adults can participate and engage in physical and creative activity.
Credits include Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer’s Artfully Aging Conference (2018), Columbia University Teachers College Symposium (2019), National Dance Education Conference (2018-2020).
Magda mentors future leaders in the creative and health sector through a regular partnership at the Fordham Ailey School of Dance in New York City and the Arts in Medicine Fellowship in Lagos, Nigeria. She serves on the National Dance Education Organization (NDEO) Dance & Disability Taskforce, supporting access, equity, and inclusion in the dance education community, for which she received the Executive Director Award in 2021. She also serves on the Communications Sub-Committee at the N.G.O. Committee of Ageing, supporting expanding the public voice for the human rights of older persons.
In 2021, she serves as the Co-Chair of the U.N. International Day of Older Persons (UN IDOP). Also, Magda is an Atlantic Fellow for Equity in Brain Health at GBHI, where she is working on designing and expanding access to creative aging programs that support brain health across the life span.