Your Soul Food for Friday for the week of Women’s Equality Day, the 104th Anniversary of the National Parks Service and National Dog’s Day- August 28, 2020

Happy Soul Food Friday!

This week:

Feel like you are buzzing about at one hundred miles an hour?

Slow down and enjoy another of nature’s miracles- the hummingbirds- that have the largest heart per body size of most creatures out there, and one of the fastest birds in the world!

Get to the halfway mark on this 5 minute vid and get your mind blown…

(link below)


It’s Women’s Equality Day. Here’s how woman suffrage activists cleared the hurdles
Women’s political resources and organizational skills cemented the necessary partnerships

Happy 104th Birthday to the National Park Service!
Our family had the opportunity to spend a week in Yosemite earlier this month, and it was a wondrous experience, communing with nature and getting out from under Covid’s spell.

It reminded me of what a treasure the national parks are in our country, and how they can really make our soul’s sing!

Celebrate Human’s Best Friend with National Dog Day!

“If only I could be the person my dog thinks I am”

Surviving Covid-
Your ‘Surge Capacity’ Is Depleted — It’s Why You Feel Awful
Here’s how to pull yourself out of despair and live your life

Last Call for Sept 1 Webinar:
At last count, 97/100 slots are already filled, so if this is of interest, please register ASAP…

Reboot Your PC (Post Covid-19)Interactions
Make the Shift fromConflict Resolution to Conflict Prevention and Keep the Change for Good.
By Invitation Only, a Complimentary
Virtual Experience and Training
September 1, 2020 12:00-1:30pm PDT With Dr. Mehrad Nazari and Neville Billimoria

Register HERE

Dear Friends,

While most of us may not consider this hundred-year pandemic a “bequest,” Covid-19 is forcing many of us to pause, be introspective, and use this existential moment to re-examine every aspect of our lives. Effective interactions with others at home and at work as well as fostering conscious leadership remain critical to staying aligned with our most noble values.
Just like our digital devices, we need to reboot our PC (Post Covid) Interactions! 

Sadly, over 85% of the American workforce deals with conflict incessantly, costing American business an estimated $350 Billion a year. Add in personal conflict and the price tag to society grows to a Trillion dollars a year! Expertise in a field is important. However, human interactions are the cornerstone of any successful business – whether an individual be a plumber or a doctor, a programmer or a sales person. Did you know a significant number of medical malpractice lawsuits do not come from a lack of expertise, but a lack of bedside manner, listening, and communication? Compounding the problem, the UN Population Fund estimates that just three months of quarantine have resulted in a 20% increase in intimate partner violence (IPV) with tragic and long-term consequences for families and society.

Why is this happening? 
Because most people have simply not mastered the art and science of effective and healthy human interaction. As a society, we have defaulted to a Conflict Resolution model instead of being proactive and using Conflict Prevention. 

Let’s reboot! 
Now is the time to upgrade our operating systems, cultivate positive interactions, and do a far better job at supporting each other than we thought was possible.  Join Neville and Mehrad as they guide us through this reboot. In this virtual and experiential session, they will address some of the key pillars of healthy and effective interactions including Effective Communications, Building Trust, the Power of Intention, and the Magic of Mindfulness

About Mehrad and Neville:
Dr. Mehrad Nazari is a corporate trainer, executive advisor and the author of the multiple award-winning book,Enlightened Negotiation: 8 Universal Laws to Connect, Create, and ProsperRecently he was selected as one of 20 Thought Leaders around the globe by the International Leadership Association to contribute a chapter to: Evolving Leadership for Collective Wellbeing: Lessons for Implementing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

Dr. Nazari is a passionate practitioner of Applied Spirituality. He believes in preserving the authenticity of the ancient practices and applying them to our daily life in the 21st century.
Mehrad holds a PhD in Leadership and Human Behavior and an MBA. For three decades Mehrad distinguished himself as a business leader in San Diego with several accolades to his credit, and also served for a decade as an adjunct professor of Business Negotiation. Mehrad has studied with some of the spiritual masters including Walt Baptiste, Swami Veda Bharati of India, and Kyozan Joshu Roshi of Japan. He has been teaching mindfulness, meditation and yoga for over twenty-five years and served on the faculty of Esalen Institute and Kirpalu. He coaches individuals as well as corporations which includes Sony, Brookfield, eBay, YPO Gold and The Port of San Diego. Dr. Nazari has been a presenter at Conscious Capitalism and served on the Board of Conscious Capitalism San Diego.  You can contact him at

Neville Billimoria is an effective communications and values leader, growing organizations through external marketing, media, and sales effectiveness, as well as internal organizational alignment, corporate communications and leadership development. He brings experience, energy and empowerment to his executive role as SVP Membership/Marketing and Chief Advocacy Officer at Mission Federal Credit Union, a $4B institution and the largest financial services organization exclusively serving San Diego, where he has accountability for a strategic array of crucial outward facing functions for over 18 years, including marketing, community relations, corporate giving as well as promoting Mission Fed’s public image and brand. Mission Fed received Consumer Reports highest rating for all national banks or credit unions in 2015 and 2018, the BBB Torch Awards for Ethics in 2015 and 2017, and Forbes rating as one of the best State Credit Unions and highest ranked local credit union in 2018, and best in the state in 2019. Neville has and currently serves on several boards including; Founder of the Chamber of Purpose San Diego, 2019 National Philanthropy Day Honorary Committee, AMA Cause Conference 2018 Co-Chair, Conscious Leaders Collective & Conscious Capitalism Advisory Board, Ed Corps/Real World Scholars Board, Alliance 4 Empowerment Board member & The Ackermann Foundation Board. After graduating from UC San Diego, Neville remains involved on the UCSD Alumni Board since 2008, as well as teaching martial arts, yoga and meditation on campus for over 38 years. He is a frequent speaker on topics including brand as culture, purpose-driven leadership, social capital optimization and civic engagement.  Linked-In:

And finally, here is a virtual hit of Mother Nature that will soothe your soul…

Thanks this week go to all the Women Vanguards, Nature’s Stewards, Ellie our Dog, the Mission Fed Marketing Team, Dan L, Larry H & Mehrad N.

Pay it forward please!

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