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I’m Achim Nowak, Executive Coach, Author, Mastermind Convener and host of the My Fourth Act Podcast. If life is a 5-act play, what will you do in your 4th act? Your childhood conflicts have been resolved. The big dramas of life are behind you. Most importantly, you’re not ready to stop. Join me as I speak with exceptional humans who have created bold and unexpected 4th acts. Listen and be inspired.
 
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Leeatt Rothschild is a citizen of the world and the Founder of Packed with Purpose, an agency that champions the act of doing good into the gifts we choose to give. Packed with Purpose was born out of Leeatt’s desire to create social impact while recognizing the importance of gifting in fostering meaningful relationships. Leeatt’s work is informed …
 
Originally from the UK, Jayne Warrilow is one of the world’s most exclusive business coaches, with a passion for resonance in all of its forms as the key driver of individual and organizational success. Author, Speaker and the Founder of Coaches Business School, Jayne has supported CEOs and senior executive teams around the world, best-selling auth…
 
Susan Thorn, R.N. is a registered nurse, former competitive bodybuilder, and currently serves as the Director of Employee Health Services at Community Health System in Fresno, a giant health enterprise with over 8500 employees. Susan entered her 60s in the midst of the Covid pandemic while working on her Doctoral dissertation in Industrial and Orga…
 
After owning a thriving pediatric practice for nearly 20 years, Juan Jose Reyes, MD, took a radical departure. He closed his practice, studied mindfulness to better manage his stress, and became a mindfulness teacher. Juan’s passion for photography, in turn, led him to launch The Miami Street Photography Festival, the largest festival of its kind i…
 
Zachary Minor, a professional actor with a silky, mellifluous voice, has spent the last 3 decades teaching “life skills” to Rockstar athletes in the NBA, NFL, MLB and NFL. Zach has personally touched the lives of countless legendary athletes through this work. Zach and his wife Wicki were die-hard Manhattanites, residing in a beautiful loft in Trib…
 
Bija Bennett has been a champion of the wellness industry for over 3 decades, since before wellness became fashionable. Bija has written 4 internationally acclaimed books including Emotional Yoga: How the Body Can Heal the Mind, translated into 11 languages. Bija is known for her longtime professional association with Dr. Deepak Chopra, launched a …
 
Ozlem Brooke Erol, born in Turkey and now a Southern Californian, passionately champions a more purposeful world. Ozlem worked at IBM for 11 years and held positions as VP of Sales and Marketing in several other companies. Ozlem left her native Istanbul at the age of 33 to come to the US with her family. A happy corporate drop-out, Ozlem launched t…
 
After 25 years as a chiropractor, Dr. Tom Garcia, 63, fully stepped into his shamanic Self. He sold his practice and now serves the world as a Shamanic Teacher and Guide.Tom helps people from every walk of life to reclaim the sacred via fire ceremonies, fire medicine circles and wellness retreats. How do you embrace your shamanic nature? What sort …
 
At an age when many actresses say “there are no more parts for me,” OBIE and AUDELCO award-winner Benja Kay Thomas decided to go for it. Benja has fashioned an acclaimed career that includes work in film, television, regional theatre and very notably on the New York Stage, where she has acted in choice venues like The Public Theatre, Playwrights Ho…
 
Paul Zelizer, 53, is one of the first global business coaches to focus on the needs of conscious entrepreneurs and social impact businesses. He is the former Director of Social Media for Wisdom 2.0, one of the premier mindfulness brands in the world. In 2017, Paul founded the Awarepreneurs community when he saw the need for more honest conversation…
 
Ande Lyons is a 4x Business Founder, Startup champion, Podcaster, the radiant Live Stream Host of Startup Life, and Co-host of Boston’s Founders Live Pitch event. A seasoned Startup pro, Ande is committed to amplifying diverse Founder’s voices. She is passionate about helping Startup founders of any age maximize the joy and minimize the heartaches …
 
Cassis Birgit Staudt is a German musician, composer, performer and teacher. Cassis won a Palm d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival for her work as a producer for filmmaker Jim Jarmusch, and she was the muse behind the Oscar-nominated film Ferry Tales. Cassis has composed symphonies as well as film scores for many award-winning films. Her life spans bot…
 
Miami-based Bruce Turkel, 64, is a global branding expert, riveting Keynote Speaker, and the author of five acclaimed books on branding. Bruce is a regular on-air contributor at CNN International, Fox Business, and CCTV (China Central Television). Bruce’s newest book, “Is that All There is,” takes an intimate look at his own life and that of others…
 
Malissa Smith, 67, is a retired civil servant who served as the Agency Chief Contracting Officer for the NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development. An amateur boxer, Malissa trains at the world-famous Gleason’s Gym in Brooklyn. Malissa wrote A History of Women’s Boxing, the definitive history of female boxers. Malissa is a Founding Boa…
 
After a 30-year career as a trial lawyer, Carl Ficks, 57, quit his law practice this spring. A life-long athlete, committed long-distance runner and cyclist, Carl has stepped into a whole new Act. In his new venture, No Surrender, Carl helps busy professionals reclaim their wellness. How bicycling through the pandemic opened the door to new possibi…
 
Debra Olshan Cooper, 64, has a storied life. Born in Beverly Hills, a Runway Model in Paris and Milan, Muse to Roberto Cavalli, PR Frontwoman for Elizabeth Taylor, groundbreaking AIDS Charity Promoter and the top Fashion Publicist in Manhattan. Debra’s FOURTH ACT? She now takes her storytelling mojo and helps students craft their authentic stories …
 
Dan Smolen, 60, is a self-described Future of Work sherpa who advocates for people doing meaningful work. Dan’s wonderfully eclectic past includes on-air radio reporting in college, stints working for advertising and marketing agencies and founding his own Executive Recruitment Agency, The Green Suits. Dan left headhunting in 2018 to launch The Dan…
 
Marge Schiller Ph.D., 83, is an Appreciative Inquiry thought-leader and professional grandmother. Marge has been an Appreciative Inquiry practitioner, consultant and collaborator for over 30 years, with a passion for intergenerational learning partnerships. Marge is the co-author of 2 books, Appreciative Leaders: In the Eye of the Beholder and Stan…
 
Adriana Machado, 52, is one of Latin America’s most celebrated women business leaders. Former CEO of GE Brazil and an outspoken advocate for an impact economy, Adriana went on to found the Briyah Institute, a B_Corp that bridges innovation, practice and purpose to inspire leaders to transform their organizations. Adriana serves on multiple Boards w…
 
Meredith Bell, 69, is a beloved leader in the Personal Development field. Her firm, Strong for Performance, which she has helmed with 2 other colleagues for over 30 years, helps companies develop the people side of their business. Meredith is also an author and just recently released the 100th episode of her own marvelous podcast, aptly named Stron…
 
Steven Petrow, 63, is an award-winning journalist and book author who is best known for his Washington Post and New York Times essays on aging, health, and civility. His just-published sixth book, Stupid Things I Won’t Do When I Get Old is a funny and poignant FOURTH ACT page-turner. Steven is also an opinion columnist for USA Today, where he write…
 
Diane Primo is the groundbreaking CEO of Purpose Brand Agency, an award-winning Chicago-based public relations, branding and digital marketing firm. She is the only African American female CEO of a purpose-driven communications agency. Diane understood and harnessed the power of purpose long before purpose became "sexy." Diane is also involved with…
 
Alisa Alexander, 53, is the quintessential performer. Alisa is a motivational speaker. A recording artist. A woman of faith. And she is a consummate expert in the professional development field. For the last 16 years, Alisa has worked in the Corporate Headquarters of the iconic Mary Kay Cosmetics. Alisa creates and hosts events that empower, celebr…
 
Kent Schwendy, 53, is an Engineer, former US Air Airforce Captain, Champion for Sustainable Housing, Beekeeper and writing his first historical novel. As the CEO of a non-profit in Hartford/CT, the Corporation for Independent Living, Kent helps to create and sustain affordable, accessible and independent housing. The apiary in the back of his garde…
 
Chip Conley, 60, was Airbnb’s Global Head of Hospitality and Strategy. Chip helped grow Airbnb into a hospitality company with more than a million hosts in 191 countries. He is a TED speaker and the author of multiple best-selling books including his most recent, “Wisdom@Work: The Making of a Modern Elder.” When Chip was hired at Airbnb at the age …
 
Denise Gallagher, 67, is an artist, occupational therapist, sublime photographer – and more importantly perhaps, a seeker and explorer. Based in small-town Fairfield/Iowa, Denise has fashioned an expansive life that includes extended travel escapades around the world. Travel not to sightsee, not to work. Travel to just live and BE – and take raptur…
 
Rosemary Ravinal, 66, is a consummate public relations pro with 3 decades of bilingual, bicultural communications expertise. She has worked with everyone – Telemundo, HBO Latin America, The Latin Grammys, Lifetime, Sony Ericsson, MSNBC, Azteca, Republica Havas. Rosemary is the Past President of the Hispanic Public Relations Association and most rec…
 
Luis Gallardo, 49, is the Former Global Chief Marketing Officer for Deloitte. He has been an advisor to CEOs, thought leaders, Nobel Laureates, political and institutional game changers on strategic personal positioning and brand building. After leaving Deloitte, Luis founded the World Happiness Foundation and World Happiness Fest. He is the Author…
 
Eileen McDargh, 72, is a Rockstar motivational speaker, hope merchant, truth teller, and the Founder and Chief Energy Officer of The Resiliency Group. Since 1980, Eileen has helped organizations and individuals transform the life of their business and the business of their life through conversations that matter and connections that count. She has s…
 
Dr. Belinda Harris, 66, is an Academic, Former School Principal, Psychotherapist, just-retired Professor in the University of Nottingham’s School of Education, and the outgoing Chair of the UK Association for Gestalt Therapists. For several years, Belinda worked closely with the world-renowned Gestalt International Study Center on Cape Cod where sh…
 
Saamdu Chetri, Ph.D., 64, was born in a cowshed in rural Bhutan. After 5 years of working in the cabinet of Bhutan’s prime minister, Saamdu co-founded and headed Bhutan’s Gross National Happiness Centre. The Centre’s focus on measuring the country’s GNH instead of GDP, and its framework for fostering happier countries, gained worldwide recognition.…
 
Sam Yau, 72, has reinvented his life several times over – from being a 6-month-old baby on a refugee boat to a penniless student in a distant land, from the CEO of a billion-dollar corporation to the Head of the Board at Esalen, the pioneering and iconic personal growth center on the California coast. After facing an unexpected personal tragedy in …
 
Lynne Maureen Hurdle, 63, is a veteran conflict resolution strategist, TEDx speaker, communication coach and bestselling author. Over the past 30 years, Lynne has partnered with conflict resolution luminaries in every part of the world. In response to the George Floyd murder and the Black Lives Matter protests, Lynne created her “On the Matter of R…
 
Trisha Lewis, 63, is a British actress, writer, and communication consultant who champions confident authenticity. When she wasn’t getting the acting parts she desired, Trisha wrote her own one-woman shows and began to tour. At a time when some people plan retirement, Trisha launched a communication consultancy. Trisha hosts the Make It Real Podcas…
 
Walt Hampton, J.D., 63, is a former criminal defense lawyer, author. speaker, adventurer and bonvivant who helps solopreneurs and entrepreneurs to grow and scale businesses that set them free. A longtime resident of the Hartford/Connecticut area, Walt and his wife Ann Sheybani now reside in rural Ireland. It serves as home base for their very globa…
 
Janet Gerson, Ed.D., 72, boldly explores her creative and intellectual passions through her work. After over two decades as a dancer, performance maker and community activist via her own dance company, Janet returned to Columbia University for a Doctorate in Education. She was the Co-Director of the Peace Education Center at Teachers College, Colum…
 
Simon T. Bailey, 52, is a former Disney executive, author, life coach and serial entrepreneur. Shift Your Brilliance: Harness the Power of You, INC is one of Simon’s many acclaimed books. He is one of the most sought-after motivational speakers in the world and a 2015 inductee into the National Speaker Association’s Hall of Fame. Simon champions a …
 
What began in 1993 with 46 Israeli, Palestinian and Egyptian teenagers who gathered at a camp in Maine to learn how to coexist has evolved into a legion of over 7300 alumni all over the world who are committed to transforming legacies of conflict. Bobbie, 78, is the "spiritual grandmother" to these brilliant young leaders. Her many awards include a…
 
I’m Achim Nowak, Executive Coach, Author, Mastermind Convener and host of the My Fourth Act Podcast. If life is a 5-act play, what will you do in your 4th act? Your childhood conflicts have been resolved. The big dramas of life are behind you. Most importantly, you’re not ready to stop. Join me as I speak with exceptional humans who have created bo…
 
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