Through JA University, students and alumni will engage with a library of content contributed by our University Chancellors, who instill hope and purpose into their books, talks, videos, podcasts, and consulting services.
Ismael Cala is a life and business strategist, bestselling author, and international speaker specializing in personal development and mindful exponential leadership. He has received personalized training from renowned international leaders such as Robin Sharma, John C. Maxwell, Deepak Chopra, Brian Tracy, and Tony Robbins, and completed the Executive Program in Exponential Leadership at one of the most prestigious and advanced universities in the world, Singularity University in Silicon Valley. Through his conferences, workshops, and personal-growth retreats, he has touched the personal and professional lives of hundreds of thousands of people. He has positively impacted more than 400 companies in over 25 countries, and The New York Times has identified him as “the Latino Larry King.”
A member of the National Speakers Association (NSA) in the USA, Ismael is the founder and president of CALA Enterprises Corporation–a content-production company focused on leadership, mindfulness, happiness, productivity, and excellence as a culture–and president and founder of the Ismael Cala Foundation.
Jack Canfield is the co-founder and former CEO of the Chicken Soup for the Soul® Enterprises. In addition, Jack had a record seven books on the New York Times bestsellers list at the same time. Some of his book titles include The Success Principles, The Power of Focus, The Key to Living the Law of Attraction, and The Aladdin Factor, many of which have also been released as audio and video programs and products.
Mr. Canfield is the Founder and Chairman of the Canfield Training Group, located in Santa Barbara, California, the founder of the Foundation of Self-Esteem, and the founder of Transformational Leadership Council. Jack holds a BA from Harvard University, a MA in psychological education from University of Massachusetts, and honorary doctorates from the University of Santa Monica, Parker College of Chiropractic, and St. Ambrose University.
David Corbin is a keynote speaker and business advisor, and has served as President and CEO for several private and public corporations. David is an award-winning inventor for the touch screen patient interview system, for which he received the International Enterprise of the Year award by Bank of America. He has a background in psychotherapy and has consulted for companies such as AT&T, Hallmark, Sprint, and the Secretary of Veterans Administration.
Mr. Corbin has worked on multiple movie and book productions. He was the host and star of the movie, Pass It On, was featured in the Napoleon Hill Foundation movie and book Three Feet from Gold, and authored the book Illuminate—Harnessing the Positive Power of Negative Thinking. David was ranked among Inc. Magazine’s top 5 percent of speakers and was inducted into the Speakers Hall of Fame (not affiliated with the National Speakers Association). Currently, Mr. Corbin runs a full-service consulting and development firm, specializing in coaching businesses and governments to maximize their productivity and profitability.
Dr. Goldsmith is the author or editor of 35 books, which have sold over two million copies, been translated into 30 languages, and become bestsellers in 12 countries. His two other New York Times bestsellers are MOJO and What Got You Here Won’t Get You There, the Harold Longman Award winner for Business Book of the Year. In February 2016, Amazon.com recognized Triggers and What Got You Here Won’t Get You There (a New York Times bestseller and the Harold Longman Award winner for Business Book of the Year) in the top 100 books ever written in the category of "Leadership & Success Books. Marshall is only one of two authors with two books on the list.
Marshall’s Hiswork has been recognized by almost every professional organization in his field. Professional acknowledgments include: Harvard Business Review's and Best Practices Institute's World’s #1 Leadership Thinker; Global Gurus', Inc. Magazine's, and Fast Company's World’s #1 Executive Coach; Institute for Management Studies' Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in Teaching; American Management Association's 50 great thinkers and leaders who have influenced the field of management over the past 80 years; BusinessWeek's 50 great leaders in America; Wall Street Journal's Top Ten Executive Educators, Economist's (UK) "most credible executive advisors in the new era of business;" National Academy of Human Resources's Fellow of the Academy (America’s top HR award); World HRD Congress's (India) global leader in HR thinking.
Dr. Goldsmith is a Professor of Management Practice at the Dartmouth Tuck School of Business. His Ph.D. is from UCLA’s Anderson School of Management, where he was the Distinguished Alumnus of the Year. He is one of a select few executive advisors who has worked with over 150 major CEOs and their management teams. He served on the Board of the Peter Drucker Foundation for ten years, has been a volunteer teacher for US Army Generals, Navy Admirals, Girl Scout executives, and International and American Red Cross leaders, where he was a National Volunteer of the Year.
Marshall’s other books include: Succession: Are You Ready? (a Wall Street Journal bestseller), The Leader of the Future (a BusinessWeek bestseller), and MOJO (a New York Times bestseller). Three of his books have been American Library Association Choice Award winners for best academic business books of the year. Over three hundred of his articles, interviews, columns, and videos are available online at www.MarshallGoldsmith.com for viewing and sharing. Visitors to this site have come from 197 countries and have viewed, read, listened to, downloaded, or shared resources over 25 million times.
Don Green is the flagrant American business entrepreneur, having built a successful savings bank, a real estate enterprise, and a host of other small and successful businesses in southwestern Virginia prior to his latest career with the Napoleon Hill Foundation.
As CEO of the Napoleon Hill Foundation, Don Green has energized the works of the famed author with a host of new books by noted authors, demonstrating how the principles of the late Mr. Hill work to advance the individual in network with others around the globe. He has demonstrated unique determination to expand knowledge of Mr. Hill's motivational work the world over.
Moreover, Don is a new global social entrepreneur. He has become one of the leading evangelists of entrepreneurial self-help through the proper utilization of Mr. Hill's Keys to Success and Think and Grow Rich. He is accepting of nontraditional ideas, change, and foresight tempered and bounded only by positive action. He is a realist with visionary outlook.
Don is a goal-setter. He calibrates his goals and objectives carefully but routinely works with sound methodology with dedicated fever to achieve success. He appreciates those around him and their goals too. Don seeks to share in the vision of others and help them attain their aspirations in entrepreneurial endeavors if they have potential for positive impact.
Don takes great pride in working with younger adults seeking to better understand the principals of business entrepreneurialism and work ethic. Each year he spends an extended period of his time to assist Central Appalachian college students through scholarships.
Mark Victor Hansen
Mark Victor Hansen currently serves as CEO of M.V. Hansen & Associates, Inc.; president of One Minute Millionaire, LLC; and co-owner and founder of Natural Power Concepts. Mark is widely recognized as the co-founder and co-author of the Chicken Soup for the Soul book series and enterprise. He has written many inspirational books, such as The Power of Focus and The Aladdin Factor.
Mr. Hansen is an entrepreneur and a keynote speaker who inspires professionals to find success through his unique teaching practices. He has an honorary Ph.D. in Business Administration from the University of Toledo, which established the Mark Victor Hansen Entrepreneurial Excellence Fund to support faculty who shape the minds of future business leaders.
In 2007, he founded the Mark Victor Hansen Foundation, a foundation committed to advancing financial literacy among young people globally, helping them “turn their entrepreneurial dreams into business achievements.” He also established the Richest Kids Academy, which aims to teach young people entrepreneurship skills and financial literacy.
Frances Hesselbein is the President and CEO of the Frances Hesselbein Leadership Institute. The Institute was originally established in 1990 as the Peter F. Drucker Foundation for Nonprofit Management, but it was renamed in 2012 to honor Frances Hesselbein’s legacy and ongoing contributions. Earlier in her career, she worked for Girl Scouts of the USA, rising from a volunteer troop leader to CEO in 10 years, and then serving in that role for another 14 years. She was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Clinton in 1998 for her leadership in GSUSA and as a pioneer for women and diversity. President Bush, Sr. appointed Frances to two Presidential Commissions on National and Community Service.
Mrs. Hesselbein served on many nonprofit and corporate boards, including acting as Chairman of the National Board of Directors for the Volunteers of America from 2002 to 2006. She is the recipient of more than 20 honorary doctoral degrees and has authored and co-edited over twenty books, including Hesselbein on Leadership, My Life in Leadership, and More Hesselbein on Leadership. In 2009, the University of Pittsburgh created The Hesselbein Global Academy for Student Leadership and Civic Engagement in her honor, which aims to produce leaders who will address critical issues and create positive social and economic initiatives around the world.
Gowri Ishwaran, recipient of the coveted Padmashri Award from the government of India in 2004, is an innovative educator with over 30 years of experience in leading schools of India. With a clear vision of the type of educational experience and nurturing that children deserve, she has brought a paradigm shift in how education needs to be imparted to young children. She has been the Founder Principal of Sanskriti School, New Delhi, which has become a leading school in India in a short span of ten years.
Gowri is currently CEO of The Global Education and Leadership Foundation (tGELF), where the mission is to mentor and nurture young people to evolve into ethical leaders of tomorrow, and be the changemakers the world so desperately needs. Her focus is on educating each student to be a lifelong learner and to grow into a caring, sensitive, responsible citizen of the world.
Dave Meltzer is the CEO of Sports 1 Marketing, a firm he co-founded with Hall of Fame Quarterback Warren Moon. Sports 1 Marketing is a sports and entertainment firm that leverages the relationship capital that surrounds the world's largest sporting events. Previous and current projects include:
The Super Bowl, The Masters, Pro Football Hall of Fame, Kentucky Derby, The Oscars, Consumer Electronic Show, Aggregated Marketing Platform, Nonprofit Tool Kit, and over 5,700 charitable events, golf tournaments, and galas.
Dave is an author and sought-after motivational speaker. His books include Connected to Goodness and Compassionate Capitalism, both of which became international bestsellers. Among his many media recognitions are Entrepreneur Magazine, 2017 Top Five Best Entrepreneurial Speaker; Forbes, 2016 Top Ten Keynote Speaker; and Variety Magazine, Sports Humanitarian of the Year, for his ongoing philanthropic work.
As a Technology Pioneer Dave was the CEO of Samsung's first smartphone division and the global release of the PC-E Phone. He later became the CEO of the most recognized sports agency in the world: Leigh Steinberg Sports and Entertainment.
Sharon Lechter is an international speaker, The New York Times bestselling author, entrepreneur, and business mentor. Her background is in accounting; she is a licensed CPA and is registered as a Chartered Global Management Accountant. Ms. Lechter co-authored the bestseller, Rich Dad Poor Dad, with Robert Kiyosaki and served as the CEO of the Rich Dad Company for over ten years. She is responsible for developing it into a global brand, while contributing to over 14 other books in the Rich Dad series. Sharon more recently worked with the Napoleon Hill Foundation, releasing three books with them: Think and Grow Rich: Three Feet from Gold, Outwitting the Devil, and Think and Grow Rich for Women.
Ms. Lechter is a passionate philanthropist, advocating for education and financial literacy. She is the founder and CEO of Pay Your Family First, an organization dedicated to helping families successfully manage their finances through the creation and distribution of financial education resources, such as books, games, and curricula. She currently serves on the national board for the Women Presidents' Organization, a non-profit membership organization for female executives, and Childhelp, an organization dedicated to meeting the needs of abused and at-risk youth.
Bob Proctor is the Global CEO of the Proctor Gallagher Institute. He is widely known for his inspirational story and his ability to motivate individuals across the world to find success in their lives. In his early 20s, he was a high-school dropout with few prospects, facing an incredible amount of debt. After reading and studying Napoleon Hill’s book Think and Grow Rich, Bob was inspired to transform his life and create his own cleaning company, becoming a successful businessman and millionaire.
Mr. Proctor also worked under Earl Nightingale at Nightingale-Conant, and created his own personal development materials, including books and audio. He is a motivational speaker, offering inspiring seminars and teaching businesspeople across the United States and Canada how to be successful.
Greg Reid is an acclaimed keynote speaker and author. Mr. Reid has published, co-authored, and been featured in over 50 books—including 28 best sellers in 45 countries—and five motion pictures. Recently he was personally selected by the Napoleon Hill Foundation to spread the lessons and teachings of Think and Grow Rich, their signature book on achieving personal success. Greg worked with American Dream U, a program that connects military personnel and veterans to the best coaches to guide their lives and careers after their military service. He has had speaking engagements at the Pentagon, Fort Bragg, Fort Hood, and Soldier for Life.
Mr. Reid is the founder of Secret Knock, a group that brings together world-class leaders for a unique event, and has co-authored Think and Grow Rich: Three Feet from Gold with Sharon Lechter, as well as StickAbility with the Napoleon Foundation.
Steve Rodgers is a business and lifestyle consultant, speaker, and bestselling author with Alchemy Advisors. Previously the President and CEO of Real Living Lifestyles real estate franchise in San Diego, California, Steve worked as a residential real-estate agent at Prudential California Realty, a Home Services America division of Berkshire Hathaway, for 14 years before successfully transitioning to President and CEO.
Mr. Rodgers served on several National Associations of Realtors committees as well as on the boards of various title, escrow, and mortgage companies. Steve supports schools, charities, community events, and a number of other worthy causes. He was named Corporate Citizen of the Year by the North San Diego Chamber of Commerce in 2009.
Brian J. Sidorsky
Brian J. Sidorsky is the founder and CEO of Lansdowne Equity Ventures Ltd., a family-owned real estate company located in Calgary, Canada. Brian’s company has millions in assets and has expanded to include land banking, real estate development, and property management for commercial shopping centers and mobile homes. He started his career by opening and operating a small furniture store while in his early 20s, developed it into the largest retail furniture and appliance store in Calgary, and eventually sold it in 1980 to a national furniture chain.
Mr. Sidorsky credits his success to his experience with Junior Achievement as a teenager, where he learned critical business skills, and to the teachings presented in Napoleon Hill’s book Think and Grow Rich. He previously served on the board of JA of Southern Alberta, and currently works closely with the JA Worldwide Headquarters team, developing new initiatives and acting as Chief Chancellor for the JA University of Success.
Mark Thompson is a keynote speaker, senior executive coach, and The New York Times bestselling author. His books include: Admired: 21 Ways to Double Your Value; Now, Build a Great Business!: 7 Ways to Maximize Your Profits in Any Market; and Success Built to Last: Creating a Life that Matters. Mark is the co-founder of Sir Richard Branson’s Entrepreneurship Centres and an advisor to the Virgin Unite Entrepreneurs. Previously, he worked as Charles Schwab’s Chief of Staff, as Schwab's Chief Customer Experience Officer, and Executive Producer of Schwab.com.
Mr. Thompson served on the faculty at the World Economic Forum and the World Business Forum, was a member of the Clinton Initiative, and was an executive coach for TED Fellows. He has been recognized by Forbes, the American Management Association, and Global Gurus. Mr. Thompson is a successful venture capitalist; an early investor in tech companies such as Facebook, Netflix, and Esurance; and a world-renowned authority and top speaker on leadership, driving change and innovation, sales growth, and customer and employee engagement.
Brian Tracy is the founder and CEO of Brian Tracy International, which is dedicated to the personal and professional development of individuals and organizations. He has consulted for more than 1,000 companies and taught seminars in over 70 countries worldwide. Brian has produced and written more than 300 audio and video-learning programs. His bestselling books, Maximum Achievement and Psychology of Achievement, are based on 25 years of research and practice and have been translated into 28 languages.
Mr. Tracy was previously the Chief Operating Officer for a multi-million-dollar real-estate development company in Canada and worked on high-level consulting assignments for corporations in strategic planning and organizational development. He is an avid traveler, has worked in over 100 countries, and speaks four languages.
Satish Verma is President & CEO of the Think and Grow Rich Institute, which offers programs that change lives. Using the success principles outlined in the Think and Grow Rich course, millions of men and women have started from scratch, with little formal education or money, and lifted themselves to greatness to amass fortunes. The institute's life-altering program was developed in conjunction with the Napoleon Hill Foundation, based on the best-selling self-help book, Think and Grow Rich, and has become the standard against which all personal development programs are measured. With 120 million copies sold worldwide, Think and Grow Rich is a well-established self-help philosophy. In fact, many of today’s most prominent leaders credit their success to following its principles. However, few are aware that Napoleon Hill also developed comprehensive courses that teach the Think and Grow Rich system, with tools, resources, and instruction on how to apply its life-changing ideas to our daily lives, offered by the institute.