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An educational summit and a Ted Talk all rolled into a fast–paced, entertaining presentation! MARC MIDDLETON is founder and CEO of Growing Bolder. He is a multiple Emmy Awardwinning broadcaster, author, world-champion athlete, documentary filmmaker, activist and is in high-demand nationally as a motivational speaker. Middleton is the recipient of the DuPont Award for Excellence in Journalism, the Florida Senior Vision Media Award and the Changing the Way the World Ages Award. During his illustrious journalism career, he was the three-time recipient of networks. He is a seven-time Masters Swimming National Champion and received a bronze medal in hurdles. His book, “Growing Bolder: Defy the Cult of Youth, Live with Passion and Purpose,” was just released and is available from Amazon.com. DR. ROGER LANDRY, author of “Live Long, Die Short: A Guide to Authentic Health and Successful Aging,” is a graduate of Tufts University School of Medicine and Harvard University School of Public Health. He is president of Masterpiece Living, which helps communities become destinations for continued growth. Dr. Landry is a highly-decorated colonel and chief flight surgeon at the Air Force Surgeon General’s Office in Washington, D.C. His medical career has included the Chernobyl nuclear disaster and U.S. shuttle launches. DIANA NYAD is best known for being the first person to swim from Cuba to Key West unaided by a shark tank. She completed this amazing feat at age 64 – it was her fifth attempt. She is an author of four books and a contributor to the “New York Times,” NPR’s “All Things Considered,” and CBS’ “Sunday Morning.” She is the co-founder of BravaBody, an exercise program for women over 40. Her epic swim from Havana to Key West was the subject of a documentary. She has set numerous records for endurance swimming. ROWDY GAINES is a three-time Olympic gold medalist and member of the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame and International Swimming Hall of Fame. He is a swimming analyst for ESPN and NBC networks and has covered the last six Olympic Games. He is a 10-time world record holder; and in 2011, Gaines broke the 50-54 age group record in the long-course 100m freestyle. He resides with his family in Lake Mary where he is executive director of Rowdy’s Kidz, a charitable program. Gaines is the subject of the film, “Rowdy Rising: From Rejected to Unrivaled.” DR. BILL THOMAS an author, entrepreneur, musician, teacher, farmer and physician whose wide-ranging work explores the terrain of human aging. Best known for his health care system innovations, he is the founder of a global non-profit the Eden Alternative credited with deinstitutionalizing nursing homes worldwide. He is the creator of The Green House which Provider Magazine has called the “pinnacle of culture change.” Dr. Thomas also developed the Senior ER model of care and is now working to transform the acute care services provided to elders. His synthesis of imagination and action led the Wall Street Journal to highlight Dr. Thomas as one of the nation’s “top 10 innovators” changing the future of retirement in America and US News and World Report to name him as one of “America’s best leaders.” Now in his 60s, he’s reinvented himself as a provocative onstage performer and his Age of Disruption Tour is transforming the way we all view aging. JIM “MR. ENERGY” SMITH JR. is the best-selling author of “The No Excuse Guide to Success,” which was nominated for a NAACP Image Award. He is a popular motivational speaker and international trainer who has empowered tens of thousands to reach their full potential. He is the president and CEO of Jim Smith Jr. International, where he conducts workshops and coaches people to not just think outside the box but to get rid of their box altogether. He is the author of several books and teaches at Rutgers and Temple University.

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Profile for The Sharon Studio

The Scoop - May 2019  

The Scoop - May 2019