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Ms. Hester is the CEO of LAN Systems, which provides IT solutions in the Greater Metro Atlanta Area.  LAN Systems is dedicated to providing business technology that works for people.

In 2004, Mary founded Intelligent System Solutions, Inc. (ISS) which provides high-tech consulting, sales and service to utility customers. Mary brings extensive experience managing a support and service group renowned for its “Best in the Industry” rating and standards.  She is an expert in customer loyalty and retention.  She has designed and delivered numerous training courses and workshops on a variety of topics.

Prior to founding ISS, Mary worked as the Support and Services Department Head for Advanced Control Systems providing assistance to customers on a wide-range of topics. Ms. Hester has a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Chicago and an MBA from the University of Georgia at Athens. In addition to working with utilities on security and other topics, she is very active in the industry and serves on several committees that address security concerns for public utilities.

Mary volunteers for several not-for-profit organizations that promote engineering education and careers to young people. She is active in promoting engineering as a career to young women.  Mary serves on the Board of Utility Technology Associates, a not-for-profit dedicated to the advancement of education and training for electric power utilities which conducts the Southeastern Meter School and the Distribution Apparatus School.

Direct download: 8-8-2012_The_Better_You_Project_Mary_Hester.mp3
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Judi is the founder and chief of New Tricks, a company dedicated to helping small businesses to create branded WordPress websites. Judi also helps her clients use Social Media to grow their businesses.  She brings a wealth of experience into her work with a background that includes: a Ph.D. in Psychology, CEO of a medical records software company, and real estate developer doing design, build and restoration of special properties.

In addition to working with clients at New Tricks, Judi is the organizer of the Atlanta WordPress Users Group with over 900 members, is a frequent national speaker and blogger and publishes Just a Digital Minute, a popular weekly newsletter with easy social media tips.  Judi’s motto at New Tricks, is  “It’s Never too Late” …to start a new business, to have a great website, or learn to use new technologies to grow your business. Sign up for the Just a Digital Minute and visit New Tricks for more info.

Direct download: 8-1-2012_The_Better_You_Project_Judi_Knight.mp3
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Born in Oakland, California, Glenda’s drive and passion to make a difference with her music fueled this fire and light to go beyond touring the US, Asia and into Europe. Her talents range from songwriter, producer, philanthropist, music designer, healer and business owner to powerful vocalist and entertainer. She combines unique musical styles – blending sounds from the Middle East, Pakistan, Latin percussion from South America and even a driving grunge guitar to sell and point. With her soulful voice, she invites us to expand the boundaries of our minds, open our hearts and enliven our spirits.

Direct download: 7-25-2012_The_Better_You_Project.mp3
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Rhoda is a thrifting diva who frequented second hand shops long before it was cool! She loves repurposing and sharing her trash to treasure inspiration, as well as cooking and fun excursions, with others and does so daily on her blog, Southern Hospitality. Considered a veteran in her niche, Rhoda began blogging in early 2007 and has successfully turned her hobby into a full-time business. Rhoda’s passion exudes as she encourages others by instilling in them creativity and confidence that they, too, can achieve a beautiful home on any budget. Finding inspiration and sharing creativity at blog conferences is something that Rhoda loves to experience with other like minded DIY/home bloggers; therefore, she was motivated to get the ball rolling for Haven 2012!

Direct download: 7-18-2012_The_Better_You_Project_Rhoda_Vickers.mp3
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Voicework on Demand, Inc. President and CEO, Sandy Weaver Carman, has over 30 years of on-air experience. Over the span of her radio career, Sandy has also written, voiced and produced radio commercials. Listen as Sandy discusses repurposing work you’ve already done to make more money for you, Listen as Sandy gives advice on how timeless strategies lead to success even decades after you’re learned them.

Direct download: 7-4-2012__Sandy_Weaver_Carmen.mp3
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Anne grew up in Pennsylvania, attended Syracuse University in NY, and graduated with a degree in Social Work. She moved to Atlanta where she got married, and worked outside the home for many years until leaving the workforce to raise her children. Anne joined the direct sales industry as a Southern Living At Home (now Willow House) consultant 11 ½ years ago and has been enjoying it ever since.

Direct download: 6-27-2012_The_Better_You_Project_Anne_McCulloch.mp3
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Having spent 10+ years in the field of communications and public relations, Jacqueline has founded Media Mouse Marketing
as a vehicle to help small businesses understand how to use social media to connect with clients and expand their markets.

Join us for this interview and learn why Social Media is so important.

Direct download: 6-20-2012_The_Better_You_Project_Jacqueline_Ballone.mp3
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 Scott McCord grew up in the days before bicycle helmets when children dammed creeks and played with lawn darts…a time that, for better or worse, has passed.  He graduated from Georgia Tech, earned his MBA at the University of Memphis, and in 2008, he made a huge career change to teach special education math in the public school system.

After realizing his desire to give back to the community through teaching, in 2012 McCord attained his life-long dream of publishing his debut novel, The Bones of Boulder Creek. Join us and get inspired as we talk with Scott about changing his career, following his passion and leaving a legacy!

Direct download: _Scott_McCord.mp3
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Susan McMullen is a writer, speaker, self awareness coach and co-host of The "Better You" Project radio show.  Susan speaks frequently on Taking Care of You, So You Have More to Give to Others. Through her audiences, Susan frequently hears comments such as, I know there's something more out  there;  I want to do something different, but I don't know how or what; or I wish I had some guidance figuring out what I really want to do.  Her passion for helping others led her to develop her popular series, Success IS F O C U S.   This series of workshops helps others to focus in on their gifts and talents, establish objectives and goals, learn how to build their community, inventory their skills and move forward with the services and products they can offer to others. Join us and get inspired as we talk with Susan and our special guests about times of transition in our lives and what YOU can do to move forward.

Direct download: 6-6-2012_The_Better_You_Project_Susan_McMullen.mp3
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Chris Brogan is president of Human Business Works, as well as a New York Times Bestselling author of books like Trust Agents (co-written with Julien Smith), Social Media 101, and Google Plus for Business. He has been blogging since 1998 when it was called journaling.  Chris also writes regularly for Entrepreneur Magazine, Success Magazine, and American Express Open Forum. He has 12 years of experience in online networks, social communities, and other elements of digital business. Chris consults and speaks with companies like Disney, SAS, Citrix Online, Microsoft, Pepsico, Ford and many others.  Join us and get inspired as Chris puts the human back in business!

Direct download: 5-30-2012_The_Better_You_Project_Chris_Brogan.mp3
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