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Rising Above It!

Nancy Seagal

About: Nancy Seagal is a popular Communication Keynote Speaker. With an extensive background in Clinical Hypnotherapy and Brain Working Recursive Therapy, Nancy is experienced in multiple therapeutic disciplines and an expert at addressing the nature of public speaking and communication in general.

Nancy is a best-selling author where she defined her recovery from mercury poisoning by sharing her knowledge and inspiring others to focus on their recovery. Nancy has been interviewed on CBS, FOX, NPR and numerous radio talk shows. In addition, Nancy has produced and hosted her own TV show, Rising Above It. As founder of Rising Above It, Nancy produced personal development programs including an extensive audio collection addressing reduction of stress and working through anxiety. As a skilled communicator Nancy is versed in the nuances of promoting concepts and ideas on a broad range of subjects through a variety of modalities.

Nancy Seagal’s mission is to help stressed out, anxiety ridden, overwhelmed professionals who are ready to take back control to have a better life and better health that they desire and deserve.

Promotion: Complimentary Solution Session are available now for members of the AWC.

Become a Bestselling Author in the Next 60 Days

Melodee Meyer

About: Melodee Meyer is a keynote speaker, a #1 international bestselling author and creator of Ultimate Bestseller Formula, an eight week course that teaches coaches, experts and entrepreneurs how to write and publish a bestseller that will grow their business and help them make a bigger impact in the world.

Melodee is also the host of The Mission Driven Entrepreneur – a podcast and support network for people who love business and making a difference.

Promotion: Ask about a $1,000 discount off the next Ultimate Bestseller Formula 8 week course.

Brain Training, Energy Healing, Speaker, Workshop Leader, Author

Elizabeth Gould

About: Elizabeth is the founder of Right Brain University, which helps people overcome deficits in right brain development allowing them to live fuller, healthier lives.

Much of what ails us today can be attributed to our education system, which is geared towards developing the left brain. Unfortunately, this can lead to an underdeveloped right hemisphere. Everyone has a dominant hemisphere. Right brain dominant people are under-served by our educational system. They often perform poorly due to test-anxiety. People who suffered Adverse Childhood Experiences (see more at the CDC website and at also commonly struggle with scholastic performance, school avoidance and refusal, as well as drug and alcohol abuse, overweight, work absenteeism, chronic illness, and more.

RBU’s education, training and tools for right brain development and whole brain integration allow the best version of people to shine forth. The results are increased creativity, reduced stress, better immune and digestive system function, and an increased sense of happiness and well-being.

Elizabeth’s health book, Your Best Health by Friday: How to Overcome Anxiety, Depression, Stress, Trauma, PTSD, and Chronic Illness, is available for $10 if you contact her at with delivery at an AWC-SB meeting.

Promotion: Discounted 15 session packages for AWC-SB members is $2500, an additional 10% off.

Career and Executive Coach with a Whole Life Approach

Daisy Swan

About: Daisy Swan has been a Career and Executive Coach for almost 30 years helping clients discover, and become, their most authentic and productive selves. Daisy has worked with thousands of clients working at companies such as Google, Sony, Yahoo, Cornerstone On Demand, Warner Brothers, Hulu, and many smaller start-ups; CEO’s, attorneys, producers and writers, sales professionals and executives in the media and technology sector, as well as those starting their careers, have benefited from working with Daisy. She also teaches at Universities and presents in corporate settings. Based in Los Angeles for decades, and now in Santa Barbara, her clients are located across the globe.

Daisy writes for various outlets, and she published her book Making Work Work: Secrets from A Career Coach’s Office in 2012. She has been quoted in articles on negotiation, dealing with difficult office politics and bosses, dating while unemployed, career transition and work/life balance in, Business Insider, Huffington Post, Christian Science Monitor, The LA Weekly, The NY Post, LA Yoga Magazine, eHarmony, Yahoo! and many others. She has also appeared on TV and radio shows such as ABC, NBC, KNX.

Daisy, a meditator for roughly 40 years, is also certified as a mindfulness instructor through UCLA’s Mindful Awareness Research Center, and is trained as a Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction teacher. She has taught many classes at UCLA’s Anderson School of Management incorporating mindfulness and attention training for MBA’s to learn valuable skills to increase emotional intelligence through self-awareness.


Carolyn Jabs

About: Carolyn Jabs has written about families, ethics, environmental issues and the Internet for more than four decades. Her work has been published in dozens of magazines including Reader’s Digest, Working Mother, Self and Redbook. She has contributed essays to Newsweek and The New York Times. She was a Contributing Editor at Home PC and Family PC, and her monthly column, Growing Up Online, appeared in parenting publications across the country.

Cooperative Wisdom, Bringing People Together When Things Fall Apart is her most recent book. Co-authored with Dr. Donald Scherer, an ethicist, the book describes a unique approach to conflict which consistently restores cooperation in families, schools, workplaces and communities. The book has won numerous awards including the Nautilus Award for Relationships and Personal Communication.

Carolyn is also the author of The Heirloom Gardener, one of the first books about heirloom vegetables. She and her husband moved to Santa Barbara five years ago. In addition to being the current president of AWC-SB, she is the Recording Secretary for the Research Committee of the Women’s Fund.

Promotion: Carolyn is always happy to have a cup of coffee (or a glass of wine!) with an AWC-SB member. She also offers members the opportunity to purchase Cooperative Wisdom at a special price of $10.

Angle on Writing and Selling Your Book

Lisa Angle
(805) 680-9554

About: Lisa Angle of Ninety Degrees Media is the “right Angle” for helping your write and sell your books through websites, video, and social media. She earned a master’s degree in Computer Based Education from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. While in SLO she served two terms as President of NightWriters and taught creative writing at Cuesta College. Lisa won First Prize in a CWC short story contest and Honorable Mention in Byline magazine’s First Chapter of Novel Contest. Writers Digest choose her website Angle on Writing as one of the 101 Best Sites for Writers in 2005.

Promotion: Free half-hour of social media coaching.

Communications Consultant; Author; Coach

Dr. Lois Phillips
(805) 637-3959

About: Lois offers consultation to individuals — both men and women —and to organizations who want to improve their ability to develop a message and brand, and communicate it effectively to their stakeholders, clients, customers, and the media. Her blog posts focus on how women ( and select men) speakers communicate their point of view at the podium or during press conferences. Women Seen and Heard (2004) reflects research on why women have a more difficult time than men do gaining credibility as the voice of authority and lessons learned from dynamic speakers.

Promotion: 20% Discounts for coaching services!

Photographer, Writer, and Social Media Coach

Rachel Sarah Thurston
Phone: (805) 886-7484

About: Rachel Sarah thurston is a portrait, wedding and events photographer and travel/lifestyle writer who has traveled to six continents. Her feature articles (under “Rachel S. Thurston”) and photography have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Food and Home Magazine, Women’s Adventure Magazine, Santa Barbara Magazine, and other international publications. She is known for her magical use of natural light and whimsical, vivid storytelling through various media. Through her vivid portraiture, she loves to inspire and empower other women and entrepreneurs by helping them to brand themselves and celebrate their greatest strengths.