Dalia Mogahed: Researcher and Thought Leader on Muslim Issues

What is your life’s purpose?
My life’s purpose is to serve God by serving humanity.

How are you living your purpose?
I work every day to tell the truth through rigorous research to bring about more informed cross-religious and cultural understanding.

I did this at Gallup by leading the largest study of Muslims ever done, covering 90% of the faith community’s population. I co-authored a book with this research called Who Speaks For Islam?: What a Billion Muslims Really Think with John L. Esposito, which has been taught in universities around the world and translated into more than 15 languages, including Mandarin Chinese (not easy for any book on religion).

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Robyn Hatcher: Communication Expert

What is your life’s purpose?
My mission is to increase connectedness and unleash individual potential through improved communication skills.

How are you living your purpose?
I founded a company that offers communication coaching and training to a wide range of individuals to help them get in touch with and express their value through the way they communicate. I do this in the for-profit space and the not-for-profit space.

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Ted Dreier: Founder, Children’s Kindness Network

What is your life’s purpose?
I am focused on teaching the value of kindness to young children—hopefully helping to stop bullying before it begins.

How are you living your purpose?
Growing up on a dairy farm in Kansas, I thought I would never want to see a cow again in my life. But here I was, in 1998, launching a nonprofit, the Children’s Kindness Network (CKN)—with Moozie the kind cow being the Ambassador of Kindness. Today we have a team of volunteers who further our mission to build a culture of kindness and reduce bullying among young children.

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Alexandra Kennedy: Psychotherapist and Grief Expert

What is your life’s purpose?
My life’s purpose is to be fully alive and to participate and serve in the process of deep healing and transformation that moves us toward our wholeness.

How are you living your purpose?
I live my purpose through my psychotherapy practice (42 years!)—it gives me such joy to be a part of my clients’ healing journey. I specialize in grief that I see as one of the most transformative experiences we go through as human beings. Each person who experiences healing not only can live more fully but also walks lighter on this Earth.

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Mark Larson: Interviewer, Writer, Teacher

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What is your life’s purpose?
My life’s purpose is as it has always been: apprenticeship.

How are you living your purpose?
I’ve done this many ways—reading, writing, watching, listening, and mostly through teaching, which is the most powerful form of apprenticeship because it involves an inherent reciprocity. We all are one another’s teachers. I have held to that belief and it has guided me throughout my career as an educator. I was a high school English teacher for 14 years and wrote two books based on my teaching experiences: Situations with B.J. Wagner, and Making Conversation. In 1998, I was offered a position as Manager of Educational Partnerships at the Field Museum in Chicago, then Director of Education at Lincoln Park Zoo, and finally, a professor of education at National Louis University.

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Barbara Rose Brooker: Author and Anti-Ageism Crusader

What is your life’s purpose?
To be true to myself and to pursue my goals at every age of my life—especially, to eradicate ageism.

How are you living your purpose?
I’m an author, always working on the next book, and constantly looking into myself for new ideas, compassion, and goals.

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Richard Koob: Founder, Kalani Oceanside Retreat

What is your life’s purpose?
Say, do, be love—always expressing feelings of love, which naturally leads to loving and being love.

How are you living your purpose?
As activist, adventurer, amoureux (lover), artist, athlete, and author, I’m thriving with nature, culture, wellness, and sustainable living in the spirit of ‘ohana (extended family) and aloha (love).

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Valerie Walker: Founder, Global Medical Libraries

What is your life’s purpose?
My life’s purpose is to be a blessing to others.

 

How are you living your purpose?
As I go about my day, I intentionally look for opportunities to be a blessing. When purposefully watching for such occasions, they are presented on a regular basis. All one needs to do is act on them. A word of caution: sometimes it requires a person to stop and put their busy schedule on hold for a moment. Generally, the event is fleeting and with a stranger—a one and done. From time to time, something special happens—a lasting friendship and/or project is created.

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