I want to take time today to introduce you to those who have contributed to Quest For Success. I think you will agree with me that these are "the best of the best" in their chosen life paths!!
Byron Katie is the creator of The Work, a system she invented to teach people how to end their own suffering. As she guides people through a unique process of inquiry, they find that their stressful beliefs—about life, other people, or themselves— radically shift their lives. Based on her own life experience of how suffering is created and ended, The Work is an astonishingly simple process, accessible to people of all ages and backgrounds, and requires nothing more than a pen and paper and an open mind. Through this process, anyone can learn to trace unhappiness to its source and eliminate it.
His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, is both the head of state and the spiritual leader of Tibet. In 1989 he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his non-violent struggle for the liberation of Tibet. He has consistently advocated policies of non-violence, even in the face of extreme aggression. He has traveled to more than 62 countries meeting with presidents, prime ministers and crowned rulers of major nations. Since 1959 His Holiness has received over 84 awards, honorary doctorates, prizes, etc., in recognition of his message of peace, non-violence, inter-religious understanding, universal responsibility and compassion. He has also authored more than 72 books. He describes himself as “a simple Buddhist monk”.
Archbishop Desmond Tutu is a South African cleric and activist who rose to worldwide fame during the 1980s as an opponent of apartheid. Tutu was elected and ordained the first black South African Anglican Archbishop. He received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984 , the Albert Schweitzer Prize for Humanitarianism, and the Magubela prize for liberty in 1986. In February 2007 he was awarded the Gandhi Peace Prize. He was generally credited with coining the term “Rainbow Nation” as a metaphor for post-apartheid South Africa. The expression has since entered mainstream consciousness to describe South Africa's ethnic diversity.
Harv Eker, using the principles he teaches, went from zero to millionaire in only two and a half years by combining a unique brand of “street-smarts” with heart. His high-energy, cut-to-the-chase style keeps his audiences spellbound. He is the author of Secrets of the Millionaire Mind and SpeedWealth. During his years of struggle, Harv vowed that he would help others become rich as well. As the founder and president of Peak Potentials Training Inc., he has touched the lives of over 250,000 people, helping them move closer to their goal of true financial freedom.
Jack Canfield is the originator of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series, which fostered the emergence of inspirational anthologies as a genre, rapidly growing to a billion dollar market. As the driving force behind the development and delivery of over 100 million books sold, Jack Canfield is uniquely qualified to talk about success. Behind the empire Time magazine called the "publishing phenomenon of the decade" he is the leading expert in creating peak performance for entrepreneurs and leaders.
John Assaraf as a teenager risked the consequences of a turbulent lifestyle that could have easily led to jail or to the morgue. In his quest to overcome his challenges and fulfill his desire to live a purposeful and meaningful life, he discovered a unique passion for brain research and quantum physics as they relate to achieving success in business and life. Today John shares that passion with audiences worldwide. John is also one of the Marshall Goldsmith School of Management's Distinguished Thought Leaders. In the last 20 years, John has built four multi-million dollar companies
Marci Shimoff is the woman's face of the biggest self-help book phenomenon in history, Chicken Soup for the Soul. Her six bestselling titles in the series, including Chicken Soup for the Woman’s Soul and Chicken Soup for the Mother’s Soul, have met with stunning success, selling more than 13 million copies worldwide. Marci is one of the bestselling female nonfiction authors of all time. Her breakthrough methods for personal fulfillment and professional success are summed up in her own bestseller Happy for No Reason
Sir Richard Branson is best known for his Virgin brand of over 360 companies. In 1972, he opened a chain of record stores, Virgin Records. With his flamboyant and competitive style, Branson's Virgin brand grew rapidly during the 1980s, as he set up Virgin Atlantic Airways. An inveterate adventurer, his current passions include Virgin Mobile and the upcoming Virgin Galactic. Sir Richard is a noted philanthropist and member of the Clinton Global Initiative, who has devoted billions of dollars to reviving the ecology.
Russell Simmons has been instrumental in bringing hip-hop to every facet of business and media since its inception in the late 1970s: in music with the co-founding of the immensely successful original Def Jam Recordings; in the fashion industry with the trail-blazing Phat Farm, Baby Phat, and Run Athletics clothing lines; in film with Simmons Lathan Media Group; in television with HBO's "The Def Comedy Jam" and "Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry"; on Broadway with the Tony Award winning stage production "Russell Simmons Def Poetry Jam on Broadway". Russell Simmons spends considerable energy working for social, political, and philanthropic causes, pushing hip-hop on to new plateaus of power and relevance
Stephen Covey is recognized as one of Time magazine's 25 most influential Americans, who has dedicated his life to demonstrating how every person can truly control their destiny with profound, yet straightforward guidance. As an internationally respected leadership authority, family expert, teacher, organizational consultant, and author, his advice has given insight to millions. He has sold over 20 million books including his phenomenally popular 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, which was named the #1 most influential business book of the last century
]Wayne Muller is the founder of Bread for the Journey, is an ordained minister, therapist, and author. A graduate of Harvard Divinity School, he has spent the last 25 years working closely with some of the most disadvantaged members of society. He is the founder of the Institute for Engaged Spirituality, a senior scholar with the Fetzer Institute, and extended faculty of the Institute of Noetic Sciences. Wayne is the author of the national best seller Sabbath and How, Then, Shall We Live
And the mastermind responsible for bringing all this talent together:
LILI FOURNIER is the producer/director and host of the award winning Quest series of specials on PBS. Critically acclaimed as the best of its genre for its in-depth approach to contemporary life issues, the series features a mastermind group of America's most influential thinkers on personal achievement and well being, including Thomas Moore, Stephen Covey, Deepak Chopra, Caroline Myss, Marianne Williamson, John Gray, et al.
The Quest specials have been syndicated to over 90 million households on PBS, airing in the top markets in the U.S., on six Canadian networks, in Europe and Israel. The Quest, consistently captured top ratings, elicited a sensational audience response, and successfully raised millions for PBS's fund-raising efforts.
Lili Fournier recently produced and directed the Women of Wisdom and Power trilogy, featuring some of today's most fascinating and socially active women, including Jane Goodall, Anita Roddick, Naomi Wolf, Gloria Steinem, Shirley MacLaine, Alanis Morissette, et al. The series premiered in New York with a five hour special celebrating the power and influence of women. It included a two hour live studio segment featuring Erica Jong, Lynne Twist and Lili Fournier.
In 2005, Women of Wisdom and Power was re-licensed to by PBS for another 4 years. It aired in March for Women’s History Month, prime time in numerous cities including Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Washington, Denver, San Francisco, etc.
In 2004 Fournier produced a major “Call to Action” email campaign to women’s organizations across the U.S. to inspire Women to Use the Power of their Vote. In 2004 she filmed the Dalai Lama and the Peace Laureates Roundtable at UBC in Vancouver, and Desmond Tutu in Bali for a documentary in development on the Quest for Global Healing.
She produced the documentary "Expulsion & Memory", which featured the historic reconciliation of the King of Spain and the President of Israel, which was filmed in five countries, 3 continents.
Some of her selected Producing credits include: the three hour "By My Spirit" Televised Concert Event with Zubin Mehta, the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and Placido Domingo, in the presence of Queen Sophia, for Spain's Quinto Centenario (the Spanish Government) which concluded the 1992 Universal Spiritual Gathering in Toledo. People from all parts of the world joined hands in an affirmation of humankind’s eternal hope for peace, tolerance and co-existence.
"Living in the Light with Shakti Gawain" (TVO); Executive Producer for “Yellow Brick Road” (CBCNewworld/TVOntario) and “The Creators” profiling leading women in the arts (The Women’s Network), both series nominated for Geminis for Best Information Series.
Producer/Moderator of the 2 hour televised special, "Women in the Media", for The Toronto Film Festival, and Women in Film: Featured guests included Lili Fini-Zanuck, Sharon Stone, Martha Coolidge, Barbara Boyle, et al.
Some of her major multiple camera dramas, as associate director include Twentieth Century Fox's "Pygmalion" with Peter O'Toole. Showtime's "Pajama Tops”; Script Supervisor: Movies: "Case of Libel" Dan Travanti, Ed Asner; ABC's "Life of Alex", Craig T. Nelson, etc.; Features: Universal's "Silence of the North", Ellen Burstyn, Tom Skerrit; Universal's "Death Hunt", Lee Marvin, Charles Bronson; numerous movies, series, specials, and endless commercials.
As a lifestyle columnist featuring culture, real estate, and international travel and cuisine, she was a popular guest on nearly every radio and television talk show in the country, and in recent years has appeared as a guest in PBS Pledge specials to help public television stations with their fund raising efforts.
In her inveterate adventures, she has traveled to over 80 countries around the world. She has been honored by the Chinese Businessmen's Association, the Champagne Society of France, and made an honorary ambassador of Tourism to Israel, for her contribution to multi-culturalism.
As Chairperson of Community Liaison for Women in Film, she launched the immensely successful Mentorship program to help women advance in their field. She enjoyed acting as chairperson of several industry and charitable events, and was honored to have been inducted into the Canadian Women Who's Who.
Lili is a past member of the Women’s President’s organization and the Women’s Leadership Board at Harvard Kennedy School of Government, where some 100 women leaders use their influence, power, and energy to empower women worldwide.
Lili is a graduate of York University, and is married forever to her soulmate and partner, Gerard Fournier. She has two grown children. Awards: http://www.questthejourney.com/RaveR.htm