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  • Geena Davis, Academy Award Winning Actor & Founder of Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media  | Transcript:This is what I do when I'm watching either television or videos with my kids. I try to always watch with them, which may be annoying for them. But we limit how much they watch, which is a good idea. And I keep up a sort of running commentary as we go along, because kids aren't media literate innately. Especially young kids, what they see seems real to them. They assume that's the way the world really is. So if nobody's pointing out to them that there's actually 50% women in the world and actually 50% of the jobs in the world are held by women, they're taking in a completely different message. They're taking in a negative message about women. The more hours of television a girl watches, the fewer options she thinks she has in life. And the more hours a boy watches, the more sexist his views become. So clearly there's a very negative message coming through the television. But because I don't want to deprive my kids of watching, as we're watching, I might lean over and say,
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    Academy Award Winning Actor & Founder of Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media
    This is what I do when I'm watching either television or videos with my kids. I try to always watch with them, which may be annoying for them. But we limit how much they watch, which is a good idea. And I keep up a sort of running commentary as we go along, because kids aren't media literate innately. Especially young kids, what they see seems real to them. They assume that's the way the world really is. So if nobody's pointing out to them that there's actually 50% women in the world and actually 50% of the jobs in the world are held by women, they're taking in a completely different message. They're taking in a negative message about women. The more hours of television a girl watches, the fewer options she thinks she has in life. And the more hours a boy watches, the more sexist his views become. So clearly there's a very negative message coming through the television. But because I don't want to deprive my kids of watching, as we're watching, I might lean over and say, "did you notice that there weren't any girls in that group?" Or, "do you think that a girl could have done what that boy character just did?" Or, "why do you think that girl is wearing that if she's going to go rescue somebody?" They really now have internalized that. I do this both with my twin boys who are 9 and my daughter who's 11 to the point where if I start to lean over to my girl, she'll say, "I know. There's not enough girls in that scene." So I do recommend that other parents do that as well, because there's no 3 year-old girl who's going to look at the screen and say, "I'm not seeing myself fairly represented up there." It's just not something they would think of. So they really do need us to point this out.

    Geena Davis

    Academy Award Winning Actor & Founder of Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media

    Academy Award winner Geena Davis is one of Hollywood’s most respected actors, appearing in several roles that became cultural landmarks. Earning the 2006 Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama, Davis broke ground in her portrayal of the first female President of the United States in ABC’s hit show “Commander in Chief.”In 1989, Davis received the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role as the offbeat dog trainer Muriel Pritchett in Lawrence Kasdan’s “The Accidental Tourist.” She was again nominated for an Academy Award and Golden Globe for her performance in Ridley Scott’s “Thelma & Louise,” in which she co-starred with Susan Sarandon. Davis went on to receive a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress for her portrayal of baseball phenomenon Dottie Hinson in “A League of Their Own.” Davis made her feature film debut starring opposite Dustin Hoffman in “Tootsie.” She went on to star in such films as “The Fly,” “Beetlejuice,” “Angie,” “The Long Kiss Goodnight,” and “Stuart Little.”

    Few have achieved such remarkable success in as many different fields as Davis has: she is not only an Oscar and Golden Globe winning actor, but a world-class athlete (at one time the nation’s 13th-ranked archer), a member of the genius society Mensa, and is becoming recognized for her tireless advocacy of women and girls nearly as much as for her acting accomplishments. She is the founder of the non-profit Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, which engages film and television creators to dramatically increase the percentages of female characters – and reduce gender stereotyping – in media made for children 11 and under.

    Davis was appointed Special Envoy for Women and Girls in ICT for the UN's International Telecommunication Union (ITU). Davis is also an official partner of UN Women, working toward their goal of promoting gender equality and empowering women worldwide. Davis is the Chair of the California Commission on the Status of Women. Davis holds honorary degrees from Boston University, Bates College and New England College. 

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  • Brooke Burke-Charvet, TV Host & CEO of ModernMom.com  | Transcript:So, back to school mania. It's crazy, and I've got it times four.  So, the only way that I'm going to survive the chaos is to get really, super organized. So, I've got a bunch of different things that I do to help manage that crazy time.  First of all, book your pediatric appointments, those yearly appointments at the beginning of summer, not at the end of the summer, because you're never going to get in, and then you're going to be scrambling to turn your paperwork in.  The other thing that I do every year, and I do this all year long, is I have a family calender.  And it's a large calender, and I only use pencil.  Pencil is very important for the success of this.  But everybody's schedule is written on this calender, and the family, the children can refer to it.  So, everybody knows where they're going, when they're going, on what particular day, and everything gets scheduled on there, events, parent-teacher conferences, birthday parties.  It's just sort of a snapshot of what every month looks like, and I like to sit down every Sunday and fill in the week, and then the important dates are on there as well. I'm also a big online shopper when it comes to back to school. I do not want to deal with the retail masses. I do not want to deal with every other stressed out mom in the store.  I know my kids' shoe sizes. I know their brands.  I can order it all online, and it comes right to my doorstop.  Love that.  Another thing that I do is I create a snack drawer, so that all four of my children can help and participate when it comes to packing healthy lunches. So, they can go into the snack drawer, and they can pick out something that's packaged, and then of course, they can balance it and mix it with a fruit and a protein and something healthier.  Huge help for me. Pack the lunches the night before.  I also set the breakfast table the night before, so I'm not scrambling with four kids at 6 AM in the morning.  Another thing that has been a saving grace for me when it comes to getting your children to sit down and do homework without pulling teeth, and to get them to focus, is to create a homework box.  So, each child has a dedicated box, call the
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    So, back to school mania. It's crazy, and I've got it times four. So, the only way that I'm going to survive the chaos is to get really, super organized. So, I've got a bunch of different things that I do to help manage that crazy time. First of all, book your pediatric appointments, those yearly appointments at the beginning of summer, not at the end of the summer, because you're never going to get in, and then you're going to be scrambling to turn your paperwork in. The other thing that I do every year, and I do this all year long, is I have a family calender. And it's a large calender, and I only use pencil. Pencil is very important for the success of this. But everybody's schedule is written on this calender, and the family, the children can refer to it. So, everybody knows where they're going, when they're going, on what particular day, and everything gets scheduled on there, events, parent-teacher conferences, birthday parties. It's just sort of a snapshot of what every month looks like, and I like to sit down every Sunday and fill in the week, and then the important dates are on there as well. I'm also a big online shopper when it comes to back to school. I do not want to deal with the retail masses. I do not want to deal with every other stressed out mom in the store. I know my kids' shoe sizes. I know their brands. I can order it all online, and it comes right to my doorstop. Love that. Another thing that I do is I create a snack drawer, so that all four of my children can help and participate when it comes to packing healthy lunches. So, they can go into the snack drawer, and they can pick out something that's packaged, and then of course, they can balance it and mix it with a fruit and a protein and something healthier. Huge help for me. Pack the lunches the night before. I also set the breakfast table the night before, so I'm not scrambling with four kids at 6 AM in the morning. Another thing that has been a saving grace for me when it comes to getting your children to sit down and do homework without pulling teeth, and to get them to focus, is to create a homework box. So, each child has a dedicated box, call the "Homework Box" and inside there is every single thing that they may need to do homework. Their art supplies, their scissors, their glue, their papers, their pencils, their erasers, their ruler, their binders. Everything is in this box. So, the conversation is, "Time to do homework. Pull out the homework box, and sit down and focus." Instead of, "Oh, I forgot this. I need this. Mommy, can you get this? Oh, I have this book here." Everything's there in one spot. Great for me. Great for the kids. And lastly, four kids have probably 10-20 birthday parties to go to a year. I have no time to go birthday present shopping and wrapping every single week. So, I find an age-appropriate great toy, that I really love, and I buy them in bulk. Boy/girl, generic, or if it's something really special I'll buy them wholesale if I can get them and I'll buy them in a bundle, and then I have them all wrapped and ready to roll. And then I've got birthday cards, generic, and I let the kids write them out. So, there's a closet full of pre-wrapped gifts, so they can pick and grab and go to their events. It's really all about being organized. Especially times four. It's the only way to do it. I also love personalized stickers. So, I get gift stickers that can be used all year long for friends, for holidays, for teacher gifts. They're personalized. They say something like, "Just a little something from Neriah", or Sierra, or Rain, or Shaya, or maybe the Charvet Family, or maybe even I have my name on them. I can just pop a sticker and go on any gift. Another thing that has helped me tremendously are washable personalized labels for my kids. They go one everything from the lunch boxes, to the sweatshirts, to the clothes. So that everything that ends up in the lost and found at school, because it will, somehow finds its way back to your own child. So, everything gets labeled, and it's also great for siblings fighting over clothes. Girls in the house always wanting to steal each others clothes and borrow them. So, I tell all my kids, "It's not labeled. It's not my problem. Use your labels."

    Brooke Burke-Charvet

    TV Host & CEO of ModernMom.com

    Brooke Burke-Charvet is a successful host, actress and entrepreneur. She currently co-hosts ABC’s hit competition show, “Dancing With The Stars,” with Tom Bergeron, having earned the coveted mirror ball trophy as season seven’s champion with her professional dance partner, Derek Hough. The mother of four is Co-CEO of the popular website ModernMom.com, President of BabooshBaby.com and author of “The Naked Mom.” Brooke has made a name for herself as a trusted resource in the world of motherhood and social media networking, motivating her to co-create the website ModernMom.com with her partner, Lisa Rosenblatt. 

    ModernMom.com is a trusted online magazine community for the “Woman Behind the Mom,” offering real, fresh, inspirational, original content written by moms, for moms. As a pro blogger, Brooke offers an in-depth look into her personal life on the site, building upon her own powerful “Mommy” brand, alongside celebrated experts and top-rated authors.

    Brooke created the online store, BabooshBaby.com in 2007, featuring her popular post-pregnancy belly wraps, Tauts. Through her own pregnancies, Brooke became inspired to develop her own maternity line and her online vision quickly grew to a multi-million dollar business, becoming the e-commerce division of ModernMom.com. 

    With her first book, “The Naked Mom: A Modern Mon’s Fearless Revelations, Savvy Advice and Soulful Reflections,” Brooke drew upon her own experiences as a mother and busy career woman, to explain why there is no such thing as “perfection” or “balance” when it comes to being a modern mom. The book helps moms navigate through their everyday chaos, sharing with readers everything she has learned as a mother, a woman and a successful entrepreneur – uncensored, revealing, vulnerable and sexy. 

    Brooke was raised in Tucson, Arizona and currently lives in California with her four children and husband, David Charvet.

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  • Ricki Lake, Actor & Producer  | Transcript:This video is about: new mothers, Business of Being Born, making a documentary, making an impact, legacy, Ricki Lake Show, birth experience, midwifery, 9/11
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    This video is about: new mothers, Business of Being Born, making a documentary, making an impact, legacy, Ricki Lake Show, birth experience, midwifery, 9/11

    Ricki Lake

    Actor & Producer

    A pop culture icon who has built a career on her candid, “straight talk” sensibility and her authentic, relatable nature, Ricki Lake has maintained a worldwide fan base that is a true cross-section of age and ethnicity.  Her approachable appeal has charmed international movie and television audiences for more than two decades, and she has managed to reinvent herself at every stage of her career.  As “Tracy Turnblad,” the zaftig heroine of the original John Waters’ film HAIRSPRAY, Lake made an acting debut that positioned her as an “entertainer to watch” in Hollywood.  Later, with a surprise turn as a talk show host, she met with unprecedented success and earned her place as a beloved media personality across the globe.

    Her latest role – surprisingly, that of an independent filmmaker, family advocate and author – has kept her uniquely charming perspective firmly in the public’s consciousness.  But, not one to forget her roots, Lake also continues to put her creative energy into all entertainment mediums, continuing her career as an actress in film and television.

    Lake executive produced the critically acclaimed documentary THE BUSINESS OF BEING BORN, which debuted at the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival and examined natural childbirth in the United States.  Since the film’s theatrical and DVD releases, the project has generated a grassroots movement, encouraging many parents-to-be to consider natural and homebirths rather than hospital births.  In May 2009, Lake and the director of THE BUSINESS OF BEING BORN, Abby Epstein, released their first book, YOUR BEST BIRTH.  The guide and its companion website, MyBestBirth.com, continue to be invaluable tools for expecting parents, designed to educate families about their birthing options.   

    In addition to her work on the book and website, Lake has become an integral figure in the birthing community.  She is presently on the Board of Choices in Childbirth  — a non-profit organization that strives to improve maternity care by helping women make informed decisions about where, how and with whom to birth.  Additionally, she has traveled tirelessly around the United States, England and Australia to discuss the state of the birthing “industry” in the United States in an effort to demonstrate how all soon-to-be parents can benefit from taking a more active role in their birth experiences.

    The health and social implications of childhood obesity have also become a focus of Lake’s advocacy efforts.  With the recent launch of AllStride.com and the publication of her latest book, TOO SMALL TO BE BIG, she is currently helping to shine a spotlight on an epidemic that impacts more than 12 million American children.  Her book and online program take a fully integrated approach that teaches and encourages children to eat right, be active, respect themselves and others, and learn to face life’s challenges with confidence.

    Lake has never abandoned the acting career that captured the attention of moviegoers everywhere.  At 18, she made her film debut in HAIRSPRAY, earning an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Actress.  She later went on to star in John Waters’ CRY-BABY opposite Johnny Depp and SERIAL MOM alongside Kathleen Turner.  Other notable appearances include the contemporary classic WORKING GIRL, the acclaimed drama LAST EXIT TO BROOKLYN, the romantic comedy MRS. WINTERBOURNE opposite Shirley MacLaine and Brendan Fraser, WHERE THE DAY TAKES YOU opposite Dermot Mulroney and John Waters’ CECIL B. DEMENTED.  She also starred in the CBS film BABYCAKES and the popular television series CHINA BEACH and THE KING OF QUEENS.  She headlined the Lifetime Original Movie MATTERS OF LIFE & DATING and the indie film PARK opposite William Baldwin and Cheri Oteri.  Lake also co-executive produced and co-starred in the Hallmark Hall of Fame film LOVING LEAH, featuring Lauren Ambrose (SIX FEET UNDER) and Academy AwardÒ-winner Mercedes Ruehl.

    Prior to her recent advocacy work on behalf of women and children across the world, Lake entered the living rooms of millions of television viewers with her daily talk show, THE RICKI LAKE SHOW.  The Show — which premiered in the fall of 1993 among talk show powerhouses The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Jenny Jones Show and Donahue — became an instant hit by appealing to a younger demographic with youth-centric topics such as dating, fashion makeovers and weight loss.  Over the course of the Show, Lake received many honors and accolades both nationally and internationally, including a Daytime Emmy nomination for “Outstanding Talk Show Host,” England’s National TV Award for “Best Talk Show” and Sweden’s Aftonbladet TV Prize for “Best Foreign TV Personality,” among others.  As a producer, Lake was instrumental in ensuring that the show continued to appeal to its committed viewers and continued to grow with its audience.  After 11 successful seasons, THE RICKI LAKE SHOW wrapped in 2005, ultimately paving the way for today’s hit talk shows. 

    THE RICKI LAKE SHOW continues to air in countries around the world, a testament to the global appeal and timelessness of the host’s one-of-a-kind style. 

    And….Ricki just won the Emmy for Best Talk Show Host 2012-2013.

     

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  • Ed Begley, Jr., Actor & Environmentalist  | Transcript:There are many steps that people can take to get into a greener lifestyle. I’ll give you 5 simple ones that are very cost-effective, that someone on any budget could do.  #1 Change your lighting.  Get energy efficient light bulbs and put them up around the house.  They’re getting quite inexpensive now.  You can go to different hardware stores and box stores and you can get very inexpensive energy efficient light bulbs.  Energy saving thermostat would be #2.  Put that up, and also, don’t just put it up and install it if you’re handy or you get someone to do it if you’re not handy enough to do it, but make sure you program it to your lifestyle for wake and sleep, leave and return modes.  Then it’ll really work well.  #3 would be, put up some weather stripping around your house, around your doors and windows.  That’ll really save a lot of energy.  Summer or winter, heating or cooling, you’ll save electricity or natural gas, whatever your power source is.  #4 would be get out of your car as much as possible.  By that I mean ride a bike, if weather and fitness permit, take public transportation if it’s available near you.  And #5 would be, attack the vampire power in your house, the Phantom Power, power that you don’t need when you’re asleep or out of the house.  Put those things, you don’t need on when you’re asleep or out of the house, on power strips going around the house – 1,2,3 – maybe you have 2 or 3 of them in the whole house, and turn them off.  You will save a lot of money and a lot of power.
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    There are many steps that people can take to get into a greener lifestyle. I’ll give you 5 simple ones that are very cost-effective, that someone on any budget could do. #1 Change your lighting. Get energy efficient light bulbs and put them up around the house. They’re getting quite inexpensive now. You can go to different hardware stores and box stores and you can get very inexpensive energy efficient light bulbs. Energy saving thermostat would be #2. Put that up, and also, don’t just put it up and install it if you’re handy or you get someone to do it if you’re not handy enough to do it, but make sure you program it to your lifestyle for wake and sleep, leave and return modes. Then it’ll really work well. #3 would be, put up some weather stripping around your house, around your doors and windows. That’ll really save a lot of energy. Summer or winter, heating or cooling, you’ll save electricity or natural gas, whatever your power source is. #4 would be get out of your car as much as possible. By that I mean ride a bike, if weather and fitness permit, take public transportation if it’s available near you. And #5 would be, attack the vampire power in your house, the Phantom Power, power that you don’t need when you’re asleep or out of the house. Put those things, you don’t need on when you’re asleep or out of the house, on power strips going around the house – 1,2,3 – maybe you have 2 or 3 of them in the whole house, and turn them off. You will save a lot of money and a lot of power.

    Ed Begley, Jr.

    Actor & Environmentalist

    Inspired by the works of his Academy Award-winning father, Ed Begley Jr. became an actor. He first came to audiences’ attention for his portrayal of Dr. Victor Ehrlich on the long-running hit television series St. Elsewhere, for which he received six Emmy nominations. Since then, Ed has moved easily among feature, television and theatre projects.

    Ed co-starred in the Woody Allen movie Whatever Works with Larry David, as well as the Seth Rogan/Judd Apatow film Pineapple Express, and a number of Christopher Guest films, including A Mighty WindBest In Show and For Your Consideration.

    Other feature film credits include Batman ForeverThe Accidental Tourist and The In-Laws.

    On television, Ed just completed Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight, an HBO movie with Christopher Plummer, Danny Glover and Frank Langella. He also starred in the HBO movie Recount with Kevin Spacey, Tom Wilkinson and Laura Dern, and appeared in recurring roles on Six Feet UnderArrested Development and Boston Legal.

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  • Mark Steines, TV Host & Journalist  | Transcript:When you're photographing something for a special occasion--it could be a Christmas card, it could be a graduation ceremony that they're in--they're two very different things--but one, you always want to be aware of your light source.  Try to find something soft and pretty.  Get them out of direct sunlight--not very complimentary.  If you're dressing for the holidays, and you want to do a great card, dress everybody the same.  Find something simple in pastels.  Don't put plaid on everybody because it will look horrendous.  When you're doing an event--if you're covering something--like my son graduated from fifth grade, there's a lot of stuff happening, so I got there a little bit early.  I wanted to know the events that were taking place, in which order they would be, and how the students would be moving, so I could place myself as the action would come toward us.  Put a little bit of work into it, and the pictures will pay off--you won't get the backs of their heads, you won't get them from the side.  You'll find a really good spot.  If you get there early, you'll beat all of the other parents who are trying to do the same thing you're doing, but you just got there first.
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    When you're photographing something for a special occasion--it could be a Christmas card, it could be a graduation ceremony that they're in--they're two very different things--but one, you always want to be aware of your light source. Try to find something soft and pretty. Get them out of direct sunlight--not very complimentary. If you're dressing for the holidays, and you want to do a great card, dress everybody the same. Find something simple in pastels. Don't put plaid on everybody because it will look horrendous. When you're doing an event--if you're covering something--like my son graduated from fifth grade, there's a lot of stuff happening, so I got there a little bit early. I wanted to know the events that were taking place, in which order they would be, and how the students would be moving, so I could place myself as the action would come toward us. Put a little bit of work into it, and the pictures will pay off--you won't get the backs of their heads, you won't get them from the side. You'll find a really good spot. If you get there early, you'll beat all of the other parents who are trying to do the same thing you're doing, but you just got there first.

    Mark Steines

    TV Host & Journalist

    Emmy award-winning journalist Mark Steines hosts Hallmark Channel’s Emmy-nominated "Home & Family."  After more than 17 years on "Entertainment Tonight," Steines and his co-host Cristina Ferrare entertain and inform their audience daily with an array entertaining and relevant lifestyle topics, do-it-yourself projects, cooking, celebrities and experts.

    From small town Iowa to the red carpets of Hollywood, three-time Emmy winner Steines has established himself as one of the most trusted and charismatic figures in entertainment news.  During his tenure at "Entertainment Tonight" he interviewed 100s of A-list actors, producers, musicians and athletes. 

    Recently, Steines has received rave reviews as a photographer.  His appreciation for all things beautiful is captured in his portraits and majestic landscapes.  His artwork can be seen on the walls inside many exclusive Hollywood homes and offices.  His photo book "See The Light: A Passage To Sierra Leone," documents the Light House Medical Mission’s trip to raise awareness for fresh water in impoverished countries.

    Other hosting credits include the "2008 Miss America Live!;" VH-1’s   "Greatest TV Rock ‘n’ Roll Moments;" VH-1’s "The 25 Sexiest;" the "Golden Karma Awards," recognizing international philanthropic efforts; Mark Burnett’s AOL interactive online game "Gold Rush" and the legendary Hollywood Christmas Parade. He was also a celebrity guest judge on "HGTV Design Star."  

    He received an Emmy award for the KCAL-TV special "Beyond Endurance: Madagascar;" an Emmy and Golden Mic award for "Beyond Endurance: Borneo;" an Emmy as host of the 2005 Hollywood Christmas Parade, and a National Iris Award for the special "The Big Business of Sports Endorsements" and national recognition by the Women’s Sports Foundation for his fair and impartial reporting on the Women’s National Football League.

    As an actor, Steines has guest starred on television shows including "CSI: NY," "The Practice," "Medium," "Half & Half," "America’s Next Top Model," "Handy Manny" and Sony Pictures' feature film "Nixon."

    Steines studied comedy at The Groundlings, the renowned school of improv, and earned a degree from JoAnne Baron/DW Brown Acting Studio’s Meisner Technique training.  His vocal skills training were fine-tuned at the Kalmenson & Kalmenson Voice Over School for Actors.

    A born fitness enthusiast, Steines was featured in People Magazine's coveted "Sexiest Man Alive" issue and Men’s Fitness Magazine's "25 Fittest Men in America."  Currently, he is working with fitness expert Tony Horton and Beachbody showing people how to stay in shape with the "10-Minute Trainer" program. 

    Born and raised in Dubuque, Iowa, he attended the University of Northern Iowa on a full football scholarship and graduated with a degree in Radio and Television. Steines began his broadcast career as a regional television sports reporter, which later brought him to Los Angeles and national television.  Not one to forget his roots, Steines established a mentorship program with his alma mater, equipping students with the tools necessary to successfully transition from the classroom to a career.

    An avid hands-on do-it-yourself guy, Steines enjoys spending his free time fixing, remodeling and restoring all things in disrepair.  He resides in Los Angeles and Ojai, California with his two sons.

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  • Pattie Mallette, New York Times Best Selling Author, Award Winning Film Producer, & Inspirational Speaker  | Transcript:I know that I'm a role model to this generation.  I know a lot of them look to me and I think that's a big reason why I wrote my story down.  I really wanted to share with them the things I've been through.  I can relate to so many things that teenagers go through today.  Looking back, if I could've told myself one thing--if I could've changed one thing about myself as a teenager--I would have said to my younger self,
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    I know that I'm a role model to this generation. I know a lot of them look to me and I think that's a big reason why I wrote my story down. I really wanted to share with them the things I've been through. I can relate to so many things that teenagers go through today. Looking back, if I could've told myself one thing--if I could've changed one thing about myself as a teenager--I would have said to my younger self, "Love yourself." I think so many teenagers that are struggling today are hearing messages of rejection and abandonment and the bullying, and they're believing so many lies about themselves. So I think today I would tell them to "love yourself and to be kind to yourself."

    Pattie Mallette

    New York Times Best Selling Author, Award Winning Film Producer, & Inspirational Speaker

    Pattie Mallette grew up in Stratford, Ontario overcoming unimaginable obstacles in the face of abuse, poverty and an unexpected teen pregnancy. She now uses her voice to inspire others as a bestselling author, producer and influential speaker. In 2012, Pattie published her memoir, Nowhere But Up (Revell), which became a New York Times bestseller within the first week of its release. As an executive producer she worked on “Crescendo,” a short film that received 11 international film festival honors prior to its premier in February 2013. Proceeds of “Crescendo” are being used to support crisis pregnancy centers worldwide, a passion of Pattie’s that grew from her own experience. As a single parent at 18, Pattie was personally assisted by a center, which despite her difficult circumstances enabled her to be the best mother possible to her son, Justin. Continuing her desire to help others give voice to their own stories, Pattie became an executive producer of “Day One,” starring Kat Dennings (2 Broke Girls). Set to release in winter 2013, the feature film is inspired by the true story behind the global movement To Write Love on Her Arms.

    Pattie recently launched her foundation called Round 2, which seeks to offer a second chance to those who have been knocked down by providing assistance and resources to those in distress. Across all platforms, her authenticity and candidness are magnetic to adolescents and adults alike as she fearlessly brings to light her own wounds and addresses sensitive issues with wisdom and insight.

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  • Rob Morrow, Dad & Actor  | Transcript:My golden nugget parenting advice... let's see. I had one the other day that I thought was pretty golden. My daughter lost a tooth and she... her friend at school told her - was being, you know, insistent – that the tooth fairy didn't exist. And I don't care about any of this stuff. I don't care about tooth fairies; I don't care about Santa Claus. I don't care. 

But I've never... but Debbon, my wife, does and my daughter clearly does, so I've never been the one to rain on her parade – I've kind of gone along with it. But whenever she's looked me straight in the eye and ask me a question, I will give her an answer. 

But so she came home from school and said her fiend said what she should do is not put her – and it's funny that she told me this - because she said,
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    My golden nugget parenting advice... let's see. I had one the other day that I thought was pretty golden. My daughter lost a tooth and she... her friend at school told her - was being, you know, insistent – that the tooth fairy didn't exist. And I don't care about any of this stuff. I don't care about tooth fairies; I don't care about Santa Claus. I don't care. But I've never... but Debbon, my wife, does and my daughter clearly does, so I've never been the one to rain on her parade – I've kind of gone along with it. But whenever she's looked me straight in the eye and ask me a question, I will give her an answer. But so she came home from school and said her fiend said what she should do is not put her – and it's funny that she told me this - because she said, "My friend said, 'Don't put the tooth under your pillow tonight. Because if... do it on some night... another night. Because then, if the fairy doesn't come, then you'll know that it's fake.’” So she was going to try to trick us. And I said... I could tell she didn't really want me to rain... she wanted me... she wanted to believe in a tooth fairy, so I wasn't going to take it away from her and so I kinda... I looked at her and I said, not sternly, but kind of seriously, I went, "What kind of question is that?" And she went, "I don't know. I was just thinking..." And then like a few minutes later she was like, you know, because she said it doesn't exist and I think maybe it doesn't and I don't know whether mommy and daddy... or you guys put the money under but what do you think? And again I just kind of looked serious and I went, "What kind of question is that?" And she shut up. And I was like, "This is genius!" Because that was it. That was the end of it. She just like let it go. She didn't push it, because I think she was just so like, "I don't know what kind of question it is." So that was the end of it.

    Rob Morrow

    Dad & Actor

    As an Emmy and Golden Globe nominee, Rob Morrow is a critically acclaimed actor, writer, and director with an established career in television spanning over three decades. He is best known for his Emmy Award-nominated role in “Northern Exposure” and for starring in the long-running CBS hit drama, “Numb3rs”. Rob lives with his wife and daughter in Los Angeles.

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  • Wendy Walsh, PhD, Relationship & Parenting Expert  | Transcript:You know I like to say that women can have it all, but not all at the same time. So being a good mother sometimes means stepping out of the work force for months or years until you are ready to come back in. But the great news is, we have now gone through the technological revolution, so you can still keep your electronic foot print current. That means that, even if you are not working you can make sure that your Google search still looks like you are very active. You can keep an active link in profile, Facebook and Twitter and  keep it professional, you can be reading professional Journals and Books on your profession and making sure you put reader comments, 'cause guess what, when that perspective employer Google's you, those things show up. So, I would say be very aware of your electronic foot print, if it's only filled with Mommy Blog's and crying over how hard Mommy life is, then that's what they're going to see when they Google you. So try to make sure that you are keeping abreast of what's going on in your industry and you are having a voice out there electronically.
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    You know I like to say that women can have it all, but not all at the same time. So being a good mother sometimes means stepping out of the work force for months or years until you are ready to come back in. But the great news is, we have now gone through the technological revolution, so you can still keep your electronic foot print current. That means that, even if you are not working you can make sure that your Google search still looks like you are very active. You can keep an active link in profile, Facebook and Twitter and keep it professional, you can be reading professional Journals and Books on your profession and making sure you put reader comments, 'cause guess what, when that perspective employer Google's you, those things show up. So, I would say be very aware of your electronic foot print, if it's only filled with Mommy Blog's and crying over how hard Mommy life is, then that's what they're going to see when they Google you. So try to make sure that you are keeping abreast of what's going on in your industry and you are having a voice out there electronically.

    Wendy Walsh, PhD

    Relationship & Parenting Expert

    Dr. Wendy Walsh was nominated for an Emmy Award for her work as co-host on The Dr. Phil spinoff, The Doctors TV show. She also hosts Investigation Discovery Network’s “Happily NEVER After,” as well as being part of Dr. Drew’s Behavior Bureau on HLN Network. On CNN and 9 Network, Australia, she breaks down the psychology of sex, love, gender roles, divorce, parenting and other human behaviors. Dr. Wendy is an Adjunct Professor of Psychology at California State University, Channel Islands. She holds a B.A. in Journalism, a Masters degree in Psychology, and a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, and is the author of three books and numerous publications, including The 30-Day Love Detox. She appears regularly on The Today Show, CBS This Morning, Good Morning America, The Steve Harvey Show, The O’Reilly Factor, Inside Edition, The Katic Couric Show, Jane Velez-Mitchell, and The View.

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  • Scout Masterson, Adoptive Dad  | Transcript:The best advice that I can offer about starting off on the adoption process is to keep positive and to know that it's going to be a process.  It's probably not just going to happen overnight.  Keep marketing yourself.  Use social media, Facebook, Twitter and personalized website.  Spread the word through families and family friends that you are looking for a birth mother.  Help educate people if it's an open adoption, what open adoption means.

The best advice I can give is to just wait, your baby will find you.  Never lose hope.
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    The best advice that I can offer about starting off on the adoption process is to keep positive and to know that it's going to be a process. It's probably not just going to happen overnight. Keep marketing yourself. Use social media, Facebook, Twitter and personalized website. Spread the word through families and family friends that you are looking for a birth mother. Help educate people if it's an open adoption, what open adoption means. The best advice I can give is to just wait, your baby will find you. Never lose hope.

    Scout Masterson

    Adoptive Dad

    Scout graduated from Penn State University in 1996. He then went on to exchange vows with his longtime partner, Bill Horn, on May 23, 2009. Scout's longtime friend Tori Spelling became an ordained minister to officiate his commitment ceremony to Bill Horn. Scout and Bill adopted a daughter, Simone Lynn Masterson-Horn. Simone was born in June 2010. Scout is a surrogate uncle to Tori Spelling's three children, Liam, Stella and Hattie. Scout and Bill have been featured on the hit series, Tori & Dean: Home Sweet Hollywood where they are known as "The Guncles".  

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  • Bill Horn, Adoptive Dad  | Transcript:It's going to be pretty clear to Simone, as she gets a little bit older, that two men can't have a baby.

Being adopted is part of our daily discussions at home.  There is a photo of Scout and myself, with our birth mom between us in the hospital holding Simone.  Simone has conversations on the phone with her birth mom occasionally.  It's just part of the process that we went through.  Simone will never question,
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    It's going to be pretty clear to Simone, as she gets a little bit older, that two men can't have a baby. Being adopted is part of our daily discussions at home. There is a photo of Scout and myself, with our birth mom between us in the hospital holding Simone. Simone has conversations on the phone with her birth mom occasionally. It's just part of the process that we went through. Simone will never question, "Where did I come from" or "Does my mom love me?" She'll know that her birth mother always loved her and always will love her. It's part of her story. Adoption is just part of our daily discussions in our home.

    Bill Horn

    Adoptive Dad

    Bill Horn and longtime partner, Scout Masterson (aka "The Guncles") appear on the hit reality television show "Tori & Dean: Home Sweet Hollywood". During the previous seasons of the show, viewers experienced “The Guncles” commitment ceremony planned by Tori Spelling and the beginning of their journey towards parenthood through the open adoption process. Show fans quickly became excited in sharing this journey with Bill and Scout, and they maintain a large, mixed male and female fan base of all ages. Bill and Scout have welcomed a beautiful newborn daughter into their lives, Simone Lynn Masterson-Horn. Bill and Scout are currently filming Season 6, "The Guncles" are excited to share their journey into parenthood with their fans.

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  • Andrea Bendewald, Actor & Mom  | Transcript:My girlfriends threw me a baby shower circle, which basically was we sat in a circle, they passed around a talking stick and they shared with me all the advice and wisdom they had about becoming a mom. They told me stories about birth, they told me stories about how my marriage was gonna change, how my heart was gonna expand and open up into this new world of becoming a mom. And I was so interested in that because nobody was talking about what was gonna happen when I became a mom. They were giving me gifts and helping me set up a nursery. But I wanted to know real information, real tidbits that I could take with me into this new journey of becoming a mom. And in turn, sitting in a circle, I got to share where I was at on this journey of becoming a mom. I got to share my hopes, my fears, my dreams, and my wishes. And in turn, I felt so supported by my circle of girlfriends.
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    My girlfriends threw me a baby shower circle, which basically was we sat in a circle, they passed around a talking stick and they shared with me all the advice and wisdom they had about becoming a mom. They told me stories about birth, they told me stories about how my marriage was gonna change, how my heart was gonna expand and open up into this new world of becoming a mom. And I was so interested in that because nobody was talking about what was gonna happen when I became a mom. They were giving me gifts and helping me set up a nursery. But I wanted to know real information, real tidbits that I could take with me into this new journey of becoming a mom. And in turn, sitting in a circle, I got to share where I was at on this journey of becoming a mom. I got to share my hopes, my fears, my dreams, and my wishes. And in turn, I felt so supported by my circle of girlfriends.

    Andrea Bendewald

    Actor & Mom

    Andréa Bendewald is an actress who has worked in television, movies and theatre for the past 15 years. Some of her credits include, Last Man Standing, Without a Trace, The Game, According to Jim, Two and Half Men, House, Entourage, CSI Miami, Center of the Universe, Men Behaving Badly, That '70s Show, Providence, Ellen, Friends, Seinfeld and Employee of the Month.

    In addition to her acting career Andréa, is founder of MyEnchantedCircle.com where she brings the power of celebration to Angelenos by creating sacred ceremonies and facilitating transformational circles.  She is happily married to actor/writer, Mitch Rouse, and is a proud mother to their two beautiful children, Tennessee Louise and Strummer James.  

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  • Marianne Williamson, Author & Lecturer  | Transcript:The idea of a Sabbath, is the idea that you take time, particularly one day a week, for God.  Now, to say you take one day a week for God, it's the same thing as saying, you take one day a week for the inner truths, the inner realities for love, for that which is most authentic by whatever name we call it.  That is where we bond with others.  The level of personality, the level of  outer things is not the level of genuine bonding, okay?  The level of genuine bonding has to do with what happens when we move into that deeper place within ourselves that too much electronics in the house, and too much television in the house, and too much meaningless chatter actually lures us away from.

I had an experience several years ago that I'll never forget.  I was visiting with an Orthodox Jewish family in Florida.  And when I say an Orthodox Jewish family, I'm referring specifically to how they experience and treat the Sabbath.  That means that as of sun down on Friday night, all electronics off.  And for 24 hours until sun down on Saturday night - this could be an ancient home - there is nothing going on - no TV, no computers, no any of that.  

I was looking around at this family, and this is a very contemporary family, and the kids are very contemporary.  I mean, these kids are wired.  All the stuff that you see in the modern home, I mean they're on it, they're on the computers, and iPads and iGame - all that stuff.  And I was wondering how they were going to do with that?  Anyway, I was wondering how I was going to do with it.  And what I saw was so profound.  These children have been brought up with this.  They've never known any different.  So these kids who were so wired and so contemporary culturally, they simply knew,
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    The idea of a Sabbath, is the idea that you take time, particularly one day a week, for God. Now, to say you take one day a week for God, it's the same thing as saying, you take one day a week for the inner truths, the inner realities for love, for that which is most authentic by whatever name we call it. That is where we bond with others. The level of personality, the level of outer things is not the level of genuine bonding, okay? The level of genuine bonding has to do with what happens when we move into that deeper place within ourselves that too much electronics in the house, and too much television in the house, and too much meaningless chatter actually lures us away from. I had an experience several years ago that I'll never forget. I was visiting with an Orthodox Jewish family in Florida. And when I say an Orthodox Jewish family, I'm referring specifically to how they experience and treat the Sabbath. That means that as of sun down on Friday night, all electronics off. And for 24 hours until sun down on Saturday night - this could be an ancient home - there is nothing going on - no TV, no computers, no any of that. I was looking around at this family, and this is a very contemporary family, and the kids are very contemporary. I mean, these kids are wired. All the stuff that you see in the modern home, I mean they're on it, they're on the computers, and iPads and iGame - all that stuff. And I was wondering how they were going to do with that? Anyway, I was wondering how I was going to do with it. And what I saw was so profound. These children have been brought up with this. They've never known any different. So these kids who were so wired and so contemporary culturally, they simply knew, "This is what happens at sun down on Friday night." Everything goes off. You don't even realize how wired we all are until it's off. And what I saw and, I mean, I had the honor of participating in for 24 hours was teenagers talking to grandparents, parents talking to little ones, older kids being with smaller children in really meaningful ways, that's what they did. That's what it meant to give this time to God. It's not separate from giving it to each other because God is not outside of us. It means we give this time to that which is real and to that which is true, and it meant primarily bonding. And then what that does is then it's, "Okay, it's sun down on Saturday, we go back" but nothing is quite the same because that bonding, those deep experiences and the synopsis, literally, that turned on in the brain, the entire family dynamic, then even when you go back to modern society, etc., that kind of family is there because of that one day. It was such a gift to be part of that.

    Marianne Williamson

    Author & Lecturer

    Marianne Williamson is an internationally acclaimed spiritual author and lecturer. Six of her ten published books have been New York Times Best Sellers. Four of these have been #1 New York Times Best Sellers. A Return to Love is considered a must-read of The New Spirituality. A paragraph from that book, beginning "Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure..." is considered an anthem for a contemporary generation of seekers. Marianne's other books include The Age of MiraclesEveryday Grace, A Woman's WorthIlluminataHealing the Soul of AmericaA Course in Weight Loss, and The Gift of Change. Her newest book, The Law of Divine Compensation: On Work, Money and Miracles, was published in November 2012 by Harper Collins. She has been a popular guest on television programs such as Oprah, Larry King Live, Good Morning America and Charlie Rose. Marianne is a native of Houston, Texas. In 1989, she founded Project Angel Food, a meals-on-wheels program that serves homebound people with AIDS in the Los Angeles area. Today, Project Angel Food serves over 1,000 people daily. Marianne also founded the Department of Peace Campaign, a grass roots campaign to establish a United States Department of Peace. In December 2006, a NEWSWEEK magazine poll named Marianne Williamson one of the fifty most influential baby boomers. According to Time magazine, "Yoga, the Cabala and Marianne Williamson have been taken up by those seeking a relationship with God that is not strictly tethered to Christianity."

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  • Jane  Buckingham , Author & Trend Forecaster   | Transcript:I think before I have my first child, I thought if I had the most beautiful nursery with every perfectly in its place, my child would be perfect. Well, guess what, that’s not the case. No matter what you do, they will cry, they will throw up, they will get sick, and you will have sleepless nights in there. Instead of putting all of your effort into making it perfect, just make it a place that has the few elements that will make you feel most comfortable. I think a rocking chair or a chair that you can sit in with your child is almost as important as the crib or the changing table because you’re going to be spending a lot of time doing that. I'm a big fan of Blackout Curtains that cost a little bit more, but more and more research shown that it’s important for your children to really have a dark room. Even not to have a night light. Now, you want to be able to get your way in there and see your way, but the darker it can be, the better and the better your child is going to be able to sleep in other places. Sure, put something beautiful, make it cute, but don’t spend all your money creating a nursery that they are going to outgrow in two to three years. Wait until they have taste of their own.
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    I think before I have my first child, I thought if I had the most beautiful nursery with every perfectly in its place, my child would be perfect. Well, guess what, that’s not the case. No matter what you do, they will cry, they will throw up, they will get sick, and you will have sleepless nights in there. Instead of putting all of your effort into making it perfect, just make it a place that has the few elements that will make you feel most comfortable. I think a rocking chair or a chair that you can sit in with your child is almost as important as the crib or the changing table because you’re going to be spending a lot of time doing that. I'm a big fan of Blackout Curtains that cost a little bit more, but more and more research shown that it’s important for your children to really have a dark room. Even not to have a night light. Now, you want to be able to get your way in there and see your way, but the darker it can be, the better and the better your child is going to be able to sleep in other places. Sure, put something beautiful, make it cute, but don’t spend all your money creating a nursery that they are going to outgrow in two to three years. Wait until they have taste of their own.

    Jane Buckingham

    Author & Trend Forecaster

    Jane Buckingham is the author of the best selling book series The Modern Girl’s Guide to Life, The Modern Girl’s Guide to Motherhood, The Modern Girl’s Guide to Sticky Situations and the The Modern Girl’s Guide to Raising Decent Daughters (Decentdaughters.com). Buckingham was the host of The Modern Girl’s Guide to Life on The Style Network and is a regular contributor to Good Morning America. She is the founder and CEO of Trendera, one of the countries foremost trend forecasting and consulting agencies, working for companies including Gap, Hilton, Cosmopolitan Magazine, Fox, Paramount, and many others. She is the proud mother of a decent 11-year-old son and decent nine-year-old daughter.  

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