Why Did You Write The Book: Mackenzie Finklea

Mackenzie Finklea
Mackenzie Finklea

Beyond the Halls: An Insider’s Guide to Loving Museums

Mackenzie Finklea is an American Anthropologist and life-long museum enthusiast. She is a young professional who studied at the University of Texas at Austin earning a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology, a minor in Architecture, and a certificate in Museum Studies. In April of 2019, she was invited to speak at the TEDx conference at UT Austin about her research on Internet Memes and cyberculture. She has a long history of previous leadership roles and a vibrant fascination with displays of human culture. Mackenzie is borderline obsessed with two things in life: museums, and her tabby cat, Owen. She was compelled to write her book, Beyond the Halls: An Insider’s Guide to Loving Museums as a way to share her passion for museums in a practical and fun approach so that everyone can have the opportunity to cherish and admire museums as much as she does.

Listen to a podcast of the author: Book Discussion: Beyond the Halls by Mackenzie Finkleahttps://www.listennotes.com/podcasts/nuwriters/book-discussion-beyond-the-EpzZgDos6Gc/

Why Did You Write The Book: John Saunders

John Saunders
John Saunders

The Optimizer: Building and Leading a Team of Serial Innovators

John Saunders spent more than two decades as a Wall Street Senior Vice President, sales team leader, and award-winning sales executive. He followed his passion for helping others grow and founded a coaching and consulting company, Forward Advisory Solutions. He holds a BS from the University of Wisconsin and an MBA from Georgetown University. Additionally, Saunders is a member of Georgetown McDonough’s MBA Alumni Advisory Council, an active angel investor, and a formal mentor in the Georgetown Executive MBA mentorship program. As a lifelong learner, Saunders asserts that change is necessary in today’s business world and believes in empowering those with whom he works. In addition to writing, mentoring, and coaching, Saunders enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, and exploring the outdoors.

Read an interview article on John: “Creating a Culture of Innovation with John Saunders” https://www.viima.com/blog/john-saunders

Why Did You Write The Book: Elizabeth Ivanecky

Elizabeth Ivanecky
Elizabeth Ivanecky

The Child in Us: A Collection of Stories about Happiness

Elizabeth Lucy Ivanecky is a Canadian creative writer who has a passion for the magic of storytelling. As a little girl, she would get lost in the fantastical realms of her wild childhood imagination through the bedtime stories her father shared, which cultivated her kind and playful spirit. Nurturing her inner child as a young lady, Elizabeth knows what a privilege it is to grow old, yet also pledges that her essence will never grow up. She hopes through her writing she can inspire others to be kinder toward and love one another. She sees her future filled with possibilities and plans to always write stories that will enchant the little girl dearest to her heart. Herself.

Read an interview article on Elizabeth: “Dundas author Elizabeth Ivanecky hopes to start a conversation about happiness” https://www.hamiltonnews.com/community-story/10329179-dundas-author-elizabeth-ivanecky-hopes-to-start-a-conversation-about-happiness/

Why Did You Write The Book: Debby Nguyen

Debby Nguyen
Debby Nguyen

Pills, Teas, and Songs: Stories of Medicine around the World

Debby Nguyen studied Pharmacy and Data Science at Northeastern University, Boston. She is the fifth generation in her family to be involved in medicine and holds a deep reverence for the history of healthcare. While honoring her own heritage of Vietnamese traditional medicine, among other cultures, she hopes to inspire her readers to be inquisitive and informed of the medicine and wellness practices they incorporate into their lives. Debby is also a New York Times-featured poet and a passionate solo-traveler.

Read an interview article on Debby: “Interview with Debby Nguyen” https://theasianarticles.wixsite.com/main/post/interview-with-debby-nguyen

Why Did You Write The Book: Charlene Wang

Charlene Wang
Charlene Wang

Model Breakers: Breaking Through Stereotypes and Embracing Your Authenticity

Charlene Wang is the founder of LivingOS, a nonprofit dedicated to helping people embrace their authenticity in life. She writes the LivingOS Newsletter and hosts the Model Breakers podcast to explore what it means to live a good life. Charlene has spent years coaching professionals and has pioneered the value coaching practice to help entrepreneurs, creators, and leaders find, in twenty minutes, their true values and motivations in life. While LivingOS and coaching are Charlene’s passion, by day she works as a product manager at Google. Charlene received her B.Sc. in applied mathematics, computer science, and economics from Brown University. She resides in the Bay Area and admits to being a bit obsessed with her Alishan golden oolong tea.

Read an article on Charlene: “A Googler’s fight against the “model minority” myth” https://blog.google/inside-google/life-at-google/charlene-wang-model-breakers

Connect with the author on LinkedIn here https://www.linkedin.com/posts/hsinleiwang_modelbreakers-google-forbesunder30-activity-6795836092332568576-zNCM/

Why Did You Write The Book: Charisse M. Williams

Charisse M. Williams
Charisse M. Williams

The Joy of Thriving While Black

Charisse M. Williams is a certified leadership coach, speaker and mindfulness teacher who brings passion and authenticity to everything she does. Her entire career is dedicated to advancing social justice and the well-being of marginalized communities. A travel enthusiast, she once traveled across Europe with no itinerary, starting in Amsterdam and ending in Marrakech five weeks later. She is insatiably curious about the mind and loves nerdy podcasts like The Hidden Brain on NPR Radio. Charisse earned her Bachelor of Arts from Cornell University and Juris Doctorate from Northwestern University School of Law. She currently resides in Atlanta, Georgia.

Why Did You Write The Book: Nick Lugo

Nick Lugo
Nick Lugo

Break Your Bad Habits in 150 Pages: A Hero’s Journey

Nicholas Lugo has dedicated his life to uplifting the human condition, whether it be putting a smile on a face or solving much deeper problems. His focus is especially tailored towards habit breaking and solving this difficult challenge faced by his generation. He wrote this book simply because this problem is a universal one — everyone struggles with bad habits. And the worst part is that most of these habits have a tremendous impact on our lives. By simply observing his friends and family struggling with this universal problem, it was easy for him to get passionate about sharing this information with the world. While he has written a book on this topic, he cannot say that he is a robot without flaws. And he never expects to be. Yet, these strategies in this book have personally saved his own life from an immense amount of future pain by eliminating many bad habits — and that is why he is sharing them with you.

Read an article featuring Priyanka here “Prebys Scholar Nick Lugo strives to create meaningful change in other people’s lives” https://blog.kelley.iu.edu/2021/01/15/prebys-scholar-nick-lugo-strives-to-create-meaningful-change-in-other-peoples-lives/

Why Did You Write The Book: Priyanka Surio

Priyanka Surio
Priyanka Surio

Third Culture Kids of the World: Exploring Sustainable Travel Mindsets

Priyanka Surio doesn’t fit neatly into categories like Black or White. As a multinational child growing up in a small Floridian town, she wondered if she’d ever neatly fit in anywhere. But when she began to travel she learned that every time she left home, she found her community. Priyanka belongs to a global community of adventurers who, like her, cannot be precisely categorized. They’re the world’s third culture kids–members of a multi-cultural, transcontinental, and intersectional class–and advocates for a more inclusive future. Having logged 40 countries in just four years, Priyanka is both nomadic and deeply rooted in Washington DC, where she works on health IT and data-related projects, including COVID-19 response efforts.

Read an article featuring Priyanka here “From Mulberry to beyond: Polk native writes travel book” https://www.theledger.com/story/lifestyle/2020/08/31/woman-mulberry-has-written-book-travel/3441792001/

Why Did You Write The Book: Nicholas D’Souza

Geraldin Diaz
Nicholas D’Souza

The Brain Hut: The Importance of Proactivity and Intentionality

Nicholas D’Souza works in corporate finance and is an author of self-help that focuses on how readers can harness their brains and past experiences to improve their internal and thereby their external lives. He was also a Division I swimmer at Fordham University where he earned a B.A. in Economics. Nicholas developed a passion for how the brain works during his swimming career at college. He pursued how intentions and proactivity intermingled in his daily efforts. From his research and journey he developed a framework for a new perspective on mental processes and health. D’Souza hopes his writing helps people realize that every single person has the potential to achieve their goals and live a fulfilling life.

Connect with the author on LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/posts/nicholas-d-souza-b36543101_author-books-thebrainhut-activity-6752816582407294976-ZzZ5/

Why Did You Write The Book: Geraldin Diaz

Geraldin Diaz
Geraldin Diaz

Reroute: Post Grad Guide to Success – Physically, Mentally and Financially

Geraldin Noemis Diaz is a Sales Development Representative at Insider Intelligence by day and CEO of Grow With Gera by night. Her platform, “Grow with Gera”, shares her story of exploration during her life and times after college where she supports postgraduates from culture shock into real life. Her hope in writing is to instill the same sort of passion and excitement she has for postgraduate success in others. She wants everyone to discover their maximum capabilities and achieve authentic greatness. Outside of being passionate about writing, she enjoys singing, something she’s been doing since she was 8, and dancing, something that allows her to let loose and enjoy herself. Remember always to live limitless and be fearless.