Visionaries who are changing the world

Visionaries who are changing the world 2017-06-08T15:38:12+00:00

Every year the GIFT Board will select ten

“Visionaries Who Are Changing the World.”

The goal is to inspire others to THINK BIG, and to multiply their messages and opportunity to elevate human behavior.

2017 is the first year. To date, five have been selected.

George Halvorson

Chair and CEO of the Institute for InterGroup Understanding.

Retired Chair and CEO for Kaiser-Permanente, grew the ten billion organization to fifty billion dollars. A world leader in early childhood development. Brain research shows that birth to age three is critical as our brain’s neurological passages are forming.

Lisa Nichols

President and Founder of Motivating The Masses, the only publicly-traded personal and business training company – reaching more than 30 million people.

Author. 7th book – Abundance Now!

World leader in individuals reaching their full potential.

Lisa Miller, PhD

Professor of Psychology and Education.

Director of Clinical Psychology Program at Columbia University, Teachers College. Author, The Spirited Child, the next big idea in psychology: the science and the power of spirituality in health and personal development.

Chade-Meng Tan

Founder, Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute.

Author, best selling Search Inside Yourself

Team leader, PeaceJam One Billion Acts of Peace

#107 employee at Google where he introduced Mindful-Based Stress Reduction programming.

Martin E.P. “Marty” Slegman

Martin E.P. “Marty” Seligman

Martin Seligman is recognized as the father of Positive Psychology.

Seligman is a Professor of Psychology in the Psychology Department at the University of Pennsylvania. He is the Director of UPenn’s Positive Psychology Center. In 1998, he was selected as the President of the American Psychology Association.

2017 Honorees (in process as 2017 unfolds)

George Halvorson

Chair and CEO of the Institute for InterGroup Understanding.

Retired Chair and CEO for Kaiser-Permanente, grew the ten billion organization to fifty billion dollars. A world leader in early childhood development. Brain research shows that birth to age three is critical as our brain’s neurological passages are forming.

George Halvorson is recognized for his pioneering work in early childhood development. Halvorson is leading a national movement to highlight that every child’s brain neurons are being formed in the first three years of life. In the first three years, every child needs to be impacted by many millions of words.

SPEAK. READ. SING. PLAY. Any child that has not been exposed to this many words is likely to be set back for life. 0 to 3 opens the door to success in school and life. Halvorson predicts, “If a child misses the proper exposure to words 0 to Three, 60% that child will drop out of high school, and too often, will end up in the penal system. For the most part, these children can never catch up.” Halvorson particularly focuses in children born in poverty.

“Regardless of color, children in poverty communities are less likely to be read to or spoken to at needed levels. Their neurological passages are not properly formed. Scientists know this and we need to act. With this knowledge we can take a big bite out of poverty and prejudice.”

Halvoson is the Chair and CEO of the Institute for InterGroup Understanding.

From 2002 – 2014 Halvorson was the CEO and Chairman of Kaiser-Permanente (K-P) in California. When Halvorson assumed the reins, K-P was a $10 billion organization. When he stepped down, K-P was a $50 billion organization. Preceding K-P, for 17 years, Halvorson was the CEO of Health Partners in Minnesota. Halvorson is a multiple author. His main early childhood development book is Three Key Years.

Lisa Nichols

President and Founder of Motivating The Masses, the only publicly-traded personal and business training company – reaching more than 30 million people.

Author. 7th book – Abundance Now!

World leader in individuals reaching their full potential.

Lisa Nichols is recognized as one of the world’s leading and most impactful

personal and business self-improvement coaches. Lisa’s personal story transforming herself from a single parent living on public assistance in the Watts community of Los Angeles to a millionaire entrepreneur inspires millions.

Nichols helps individuals discover their untapped talents and she helps people realize and ignite their limitless potential. She was selected as one of the principal voices in 2006 transformational The Secret. Nichols is one of the world’s most engaging motivational speakers.

Nichols is the Founder and Chief Executive of Motivating the Masses, Inc. – America’s only publicly-traded personal and business development training company. Motivating the Masses platforms and training materials have reached more than 30 million people. Nichols is a best-selling author of six books. Her latest book is Abundance Now

Lisa Miller, PhD

Professor of Psychology and Education.

Director of Clinical Psychology Program at Columbia University, Teachers College. Author, The Spirited Child, the next big idea in psychology: the science and the power of spirituality in health and personal development.

Lisa Miller is recognized for her pioneering scientific work that reports that every child is born with a spiritual gene. Miller’s scientific and clinical studies have uncovered that the spiritual gene blossoms in adolescent years. At this time, children start questioning the universe, the power that is demonstrably beyond human understanding, and God. Children are seeking answers to:

  • Do I have a purpose?
  • What will my career be?
  • Am I unique?
  • The meaning of friends and love.

Clinical studies reveal that each child has the potential to develop their spirituality and connect to “a sense of close personal relationship to God (or nature or the universe or whatever term each person uses for higher power) and a vital source for daily guidance.”

Miller reports, “On the strength of empirical research, we now know that spirituality is indeed part of our natural endowment, just like our ability to see, smell and think. Spirituality is experienced through a biologically based faculty and we are born ready to use it; we enter the world prepared to have a spiritual life…We are inherently, genetically spiritual.”

Miller’s work is based on the 1997 scientific article published by the psychiatric genetic-epidemiologist Kenneth Kendler and his colleagues in the American Journal of Psychiatry. Kendler and colleagues for more than ten years studied nearly two thousand adult twins.

Lisa Miller is a professor of Psychology and Education and director of the Clinical Psychology Program at Teachers College, Columbia University. She is also the director of the Spirituality Mind Body Institute and the coeditor- in-chief at the American Psychological Association journal Spirituality in Clinical Practice. She is an author of the New York Times best-selling The Spiritual Child.

Chade-Meng Tan

Founder, Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute.

Author, best selling Search Inside Yourself

Team leader, PeaceJam One Billion Acts of Peace

#107 employee at Google where he introduced Mindful-Based Stress Reduction programming.

Chade-Meng Tan (known as Meng) is recognized for his unique personality of joy and jokes, combined with a dedicated life mission to spread mindfulness globally and usher in a new era of world peace.

Meng was employee number 107 at Google and introduced mindfulness training into Google. Meng’s book Search Inside Yourself is Meng’s gift to the world offering everyone the Google curriculum and detailed roadmap to transform our lives through mindfulness. In the book’s introduction, Jon Kabat-Zinn praises Meng as “absolutely committed…to mindfulness, creating the conditions for world peace, and making peacefulness the default mode on this planet…”

In 2015 Meng retired from Google. He is Founder and Chairman of the Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute. Meng worked with Peace Jam and is a leader in their campaign to generate “One Billion Acts of Peace” worldwide.

Martin E.P. “Marty” Seligman

Martin Seligman is recognized as the father of Positive Psychology.

Based on more than twenty years of clinical research, Seligman has developed easy-to-follow exercises which demonstrate that optimism can be taught and how.

Traditionally psychology has been to relieve human suffering. Positive Psychology creates joy and happiness and elevates the quality of life.

The title of Seligman’s 2011 book is Flourish. Seligman sets out to change people’s mind sets and work toward, “happiness, flow, meaning, love, gratitude, accomplishment, growth, better relationships…Glimpsing the vision of a flourishing human future is life changing.”

Martin Seligman is a multiple author. The titles include:

Flourish. Learned Optimism. Authentic Happiness.

Seligman is a Professor of Psychology in the Psychology Department at the University of Pennsylvania. He is the Director of UPenn’s Positive Psychology Center. In 1998, he was selected as the President of the American Psychology Association.