Inspirational People

We are all unique, yet we are all connected to one another. Each of us want to live a life filled with purpose, passion, and joy. We are all embarking on a journey each day to discover our path.


Hear the stories of others, like you, who are trying each day to become the best version of themselves. Each of our inspirers, like you is unique and has a story to tell. I hope you find a nugget within their story that provides you an “aha moment” or a bit of inspiration that propels you forward in your own journey.




Mike Robbins

Mike Robbins is the author of four books, Focus on the Good StuffBe Yourself Everyone Else is Already TakenNothing Changes Until You Do, and Bring Your Whole Self to Work. He's a former pro baseball player whose playing career ended due to an injury.  For the past 17 years, he's been a sought-after motivational speaker who delivers keynotes and seminars for some of the top companies in the world.  His clients include Google, Wells Fargo, Microsoft, Schwab, eBay, and the San Francisco Giants.  He and his work have been featured in Forbes and the Wall Street Journal, as well as on ABC News and the Oprah radio network.  He was a regular contributor to the Huffington Post for a decade and his books have been translated into fifteen different languages.  For more information about Mike and his work, visit

Past Inspirers

Jodi Livon The Happy Medium & Intuitive


Jodi Livon, The Happy Medium® has been a corporate psychic and intuitive coach for over three- decades and is a prominent local and national television and radio personality. She’s been the resident psychic and favored guest on a popular television show in the Midwest, Twin Cities Live, since 2009 where she’s read national celebrities, audience members and animals, and conducted ghost investigations alongside nationally recognized investigators.  


In addition to her work as an intuitive coach, psychic and inspirational speaker, Jodi has been a contributing magazine columnist and is the author of The Happy Medium® book series. She’s been interviewed and featured in a number of publications both nationally and internationally.


Jodi’s Happy Medium books have been included in the Four Season gift bags going to nominees & talent staying at the Four Seasons Hotel Emmy Weekend 2018, and Oscar Weekend as well as MTV Awards Weekend in 2012!


Her unique approach to her work appeals to a mainstream audience as well as the more traditionally metaphysically-inclined. She enjoys coaching and teaching empathic and intuitive people to harness their abilities and joyfully move through life.


To find out about Jodi’s next television and radio appearances or to see her event schedule, check out her website,!



Jodi is on facebook Jodi Livon twitter @JodiLivon YouTube

Instagram @JodiTheHappyMedium and LinkedIn.



Joan Steffend has spent almost thirty years in the media, first as a national Emmy-winning news writer, reporter and anchor at the NBC affiliate in Minneapolis-St Paul. While there, she also won the coveted Grand Award from the New York International Film Festival and many more national and regional awards.

She doesn’t believe the awards were for her reporting, but instead for her ability to tell a person’s story from their heart, through hers. The place where people open up their stories to Joan has always felt like a sacred gift to her.

She spent ten years as a top-rated host on HGTV’s “Decorating Cents” – appearing on Oprah, Live with Regis and Kelly, the Today show and Entertainment Tonight. Joan also hosted many of HGTV’s highest profile specials, including six tours and live giveaways of HGTV Dream Homes.

In addition, she hosted HGTV’s “Christmas at the White House” specials for several years, which became some of the network’s top-rated hour-long prime time specials. She also co-hosted the “Rose Bowl Parade” in Pasadena, California.

Today, she is a published author. Her first book, “… and she sparkled” was published in 2010 and “peace in peace out” in 2012. She’s also sought after as an inspirational speaker, committed to encouraging people to remember their own brilliance and consciously use it to shift the world.

It’s been a fun few decades, but she is most passionate about this moment.



A native of Indiana, Jearlyn relocated to Minnesota and after much encouragement, she ventured out singing in churches, community centers and nightclubs. This eventually led her to theater where she has performed at such venues as Penumbra Theater of St. Paul, the Old Log Theater in Excelsior, The Historical State Theater in downtown Minneapolis, the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts in St. Paul, and the world renowned Guthrie Theater. Over a decade ago, Jearlyn, along with her siblings, The Steeles, began a successful run of the pop/gospel musical “Gospel At Colonus” which made its way to Carnegie Hall.

After Colonus, Jearlyn could be found in the studio recording national and local commercials for companies such as Kohler, H&R Block, Slumberland, Aveda, Target and many more. Her voice can be heard on various CD’s for national artists like George Clinton, Mavis Staples and Prince, with whom she has toured and recorded a duet, entitled “Race”. She has been a frequent guest on the prestigious A Prairie Home Companion radio show and can be seen in the final Robert Altman film, A Prairie Home Companion starring Meryl Streep as well as the Ray Romano movie, 95 Miles To Go. Among her honors are; Newsmaker of the Year 1998 by the MN Women’s Press, The William (Billy) Griffin Award by the Hallie Q. Brown Center, Beautiful Strong Woman 2002, Honorary Member of the Gustavus Library Association and the CBS Radio General Manager’s Achievement Award 2006.

Currently, as host of the CBS affiliate WCCO Radio 830 AM, Jearlyn’s talk show, Steele Talkin’, can be heard every Sunday night from 7pm to 11pm in approximately thirty states nationwide and Canada. And be sure to catch Jearlyn on Twin Cities Public Television where she has joined forces with the award winning Almanac as entertainment reporter.

Corporations such as Wells Fargo Bank, Carlson Wagonlit, Ameriprise, and LifeTouch have incorporated her sound into their winning message. Recently, she has moved into another genre, public speaking, where she refers to herself as the singing speaker! G&K Companies, Executive Women’s International St. Paul Chapter, Health Partners Professional & Support Staff Conference, Northwest Agra Dealers, Luther Seminary and the University of Indianapolis are just a few organizations who have heard her stories called Songs In The Key of Life. From the former Soviet Union to parts of Asia, Jearlyn has shared her voice with elated audiences around the world.

A mother of two, Jearlyn has branched out to become more involved in creating ways to affect women and children’s lives in a positive way through music and public speaking. She has served on boards for the Ordway Circle of Stars and Chrysalis, a center for women. She is a member of the American Federation of Television and Radio Artist (AFTRA) and Screen Actors Guild (SAG)



Vikas is in the business of creating more love and joy in the world through the power of human connection, self-awareness, and devotional song.


He is Founder of Keyhubs – a software and services firm specializing in the power and wisdom of human networks, heightening awareness of self and others, and fostering connection. Since 2009, Keyhubs has worked with many Fortune 500 companies, smaller non-profits, and everything in-between. Their work has been featured in Pollen, Forbes, and The Financial Times.


Vikas is also a blogger and keynote speaker. He has presented at a variety of conferences and venues, including TEDx, HATCH, The World Bank, and Spark the Change.


Vikas hosts regular gatherings, which foster deeper human connection and healing through hugs, platonic touch, and other creative exercises that open the heart. He loves to play the harmonium, while singing devotional (Kirtan) songs and co-hosts a monthly Healing Community Kirtan.


He lives with his wife and two boys in Minneapolis.

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Pario Max is an artist and business owner versed in fine art, graphic art, advertising, illustration and writing. Pario most recently authored and illustrated Healing the Storm, an inspirational picture book which navigates and heals a family through separation and divorce.

Her current ventures include “Brush & Build”: a creative team building experience for companies and organizations, undertaking a multifaceted theater project and writing a novel in addition to her canvas creations.

In 2016, Pario was elected to the Board of Directors of TeamWomen. She serves on committees for TeamWomen, Jeremiah Program, Tubman, and Africa Classroom Connection.

Pario’s journey started years ago as a survivor of domestic abuse. These events changed her life, mission and purpose. While emerging from fear, she found her strength, voice and confidence. In this journey she discovered a greater love and understanding of herself and others.

Her paintings and writings are created in a humanistic way and are intended to leave an impression on the viewer through connection, curiosity or perhaps to see a reflection of themselves.

Pario carries her passion for the arts, service towards the betterment of humanity and analytical business competencies into every endeavor of which she has been involved.

One of her life's missions is to raise funding and awareness for those living with abuse in all its forms. No one should live in fear.

To learn more & see Pario's work visit:

Photo Credit: Taylor Tupy