UntitledContagious Optimism LIVE is a suite of uplifting and motivational talks by real people from around the globe along with coauthors from the bestselling Contagious Optimism book series. The purpose is to foster inspiration and to help people find their own silver linings—all bundled into a fun afternoon and evening.

We have had two events already: April 4th, 2014 and October 11th, 2014. David Mezzapelle personally funded these events along with tickets sales and some sponsorship monies we received. We are looking to raise capital in order to launch our 2015 event season and to help fund the cost of marketing and promotion to beef up sponsorship sales.

We are tremendously grateful for your support so far; we are nothing without you, and we hope to have your continued support!

Thanks,

The Contagious Optimism Team

 

David Martin is a wealth manager at INDX Strategies with 20 years of experience working with individuals, families and non-profits.  As a wealth manager, he focuses on helping his clients achieve financial independence and a healthy retirement. Prior to founding Quantflow Strategies and INDX Strategies, David was a Vice President at Smith Barney and UBS.

David will speak at Contagious Optimism LIVE!, a daylong event with inspirational talks, music, and entertainment. Contagious Optimism LIVE! is taking place at Florida Atlantic University’s Lifelong Learning Society on the Jupiter campus on Friday, April 4, 2014, from 2 to 10 p.m. Tickets are $50, which includes a reception following the event. Group discounts are also available. All attendees will receive a free copy of the bestselling book, “Contagious Optimism.”

Get more information by visiting www.contagiousoptimismlive.com, and follow the event on Facebook and Twitter.

Cynthia Makris has been an operatic singer for thirty years, and has performed on stages in Chile, Japan, Germany and more. Throughout her career, she has sung almost every leading role written for a soprano. Critics have praised not only the beauty of her voice, but the honesty, integrity, and depth of her portrayals.

Cynthia will speak at Contagious Optimism LIVE!, a daylong event with inspirational talks, music, and entertainment. Contagious Optimism LIVE! is taking place at Florida Atlantic University’s Lifelong Learning Society on the Jupiter campus on Friday, April 4, 2014, from 2 to 10 p.m. Tickets are $50, which includes a reception following the event. Group discounts are also available. All attendees will receive a free copy of the bestselling book, “Contagious Optimism.”

Get more information by visiting www.contagiousoptimismlive.com, and follow the event on Facebook and Twitter.

Joel Heller worked in the insurance industry for twenty-five years in various underwriting and management positions. He left the insurance industry in 2010 to open a retail clothing, jewelry, and gift shop in Vermont. Joel holds a B.A. degree from Fairfield University and resides with his wife in New Hampshire.

Joel will speak at Contagious Optimism LIVE!, a daylong event with inspirational talks, music, and entertainment. Contagious Optimism LIVE! is taking place at Florida Atlantic University’s Lifelong Learning Society on the Jupiter campus on Friday, April 4, 2014, from 2 to 10 p.m. Tickets are $50, which includes a reception following the event. Group discounts are also available. All attendees will receive a free copy of the bestselling book, “Contagious Optimism.”

Get more information by visiting www.contagiousoptimismlive.com, and follow the event on Facebook and Twitter.

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David J. Pollay is the author of “The Law of the Garbage Truck,” a revolutionary novel that helps people relate to each other personally and professionally. David is also a columnist, a blogger and a speaker who has spoken on an international level. He is a founding associate executive director of the International Positive Psychology Association, and has had leadership positions at Yahoo! And MasterCard. David holds a master’s degree of applied positive psychology (M.A.P.P.) from the University of Pennsylvania, and a bachelor’s degree in economics from Yale University.

David will speak at Contagious Optimism LIVE!, a daylong event with inspirational talks, music, and entertainment. Contagious Optimism LIVE! is taking place at Florida Atlantic University’s Lifelong Learning Society on the Jupiter campus on Friday, April 4, 2014, from 2 to 10 p.m. Tickets are $50, which includes a reception following the event. Group discounts are also available. All attendees will receive a free copy of the bestselling book, “Contagious Optimism.”

Get more information by visiting www.contagiousoptimismlive.com, and follow the event on Facebook and Twitter.

Bucky Dent is famous for batting a three-run homer that allowed the Yankees to defeat the Red Sox in the 1978 World Series playoffs. The Yankees went on that year to defeat the Dodgers, and Bucky earned the World Series MVP title. Bucky once said that control and optimism were critical to his success that year and still are today in everything he does. Bucky also said that while sports psychology was relatively unheard of in the 1970s, every professional team today has a sports psychologist on staff for the purpose of keeping the players psyched regardless of their performance.

Bucky will speak at Contagious Optimism LIVE!, a daylong event with inspirational talks, music, and entertainment. Contagious Optimism LIVE! is taking place at Florida Atlantic University’s Lifelong Learning Society on the Jupiter campus on Friday, April 4, 2014, from 2 to 10 p.m. Tickets are $50, which includes a reception following the event. Group discounts are also available. All attendees will receive a free copy of the bestselling book, “Contagious Optimism.”

Get more information by visiting www.contagiousoptimismlive.com, and follow the event on Facebook and Twitter.

Dr. Joachim De Posada speaks both English and Spanish and has a Ph.D in psychology. He has enlightened and entertained audiences in more than 60 nations. He was declared the Most Distinguished Hispanic Speaker by the Latino Speakers Bureau and has been recognized as one of America’s 25 Hot Speakers by the National Speakers Association in 2009. He is also the author of “Don’t Eat the Marshmallow Yet!”

Dr. Joachim De Posada will speak at Contagious Optimism LIVE!, a daylong event with inspirational talks, music, and entertainment. Contagious Optimism LIVE! is taking place at Florida Atlantic University’s Lifelong Learning Society on the Jupiter campus on Friday, April 4, 2014, from 2 to 10 p.m. Tickets are $50, which includes a reception following the event. Group discounts are also available. All attendees will receive a free copy of the  bestselling book, “Contagious Optimism.”

Get more information by visiting http://www.contagiousoptimismlive.com, and follow the event on Facebook and Twitter.

A brush with death in 1998 changed Dr. Emile Allen’s life forever. The tables were turned when he, a surgeon specializing in urological oncology, became the patient. He was left without a career and had dealt with fears – called “tigers” – which nearly consumed him. But he didn’t let them; he fought off “his tigers” and is now an inspirational speaker who tells people to embrace their fears.
Dr. Allen will speak at Contagious Optimism LIVE!, a daylong event with inspirational talks, music, and entertainment. Contagious Optimism LIVE is taking place at Florida Atlantic University’s Jupiter Lifelong Learning campus on Friday, April 4, 2014, from 2 to 10 p.m. Tickets are $50, which include the reception following the event, and group discounts are also available for purchase. Get information by visiting www.contagiousoptimismlive.com.

Since its launch in March of 2013, the radio show “On Purpose” has produced more than 40 episodes with authors, entrepreneurs and experts. In their recent release of “12 Gems from 2013,” hosts Rikk Hansen and Susyn Reeve named David Mezzapelle  as one of their top twelve inspiring guests. Congratulations, David!

Read the release here  and listen to the episode here.