Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Positively Pittsburgh Live News 2-27-12

The Beach Boys 50th Anniversary Tour

Friday, May 11, 8:00pm
Benedum Center

The Beach Boys—Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Al Jardine, Bruce Johnston, and David Marks, who have not toured together in more than two decades—have reunited for an historic 50th anniversary tour. Read the entire release here.

Pittsburgh Fashion Week Volunteer's Meeting

A meeting for all persons interested in volunteering for Pittsburgh Fashion Week will be held on Tuesday, March 6, 2012, in the gallery of The Art Institute of Pittsburgh, 420 Boulevard of the Allies, downtown. Doors will open at 6:30pm for informal socializing and refreshments.  The meeting will begin promptly at 7 pm and end by 8 pm. A second meeting will be held Thursday, March 8, same time and place for those unable to attend Tuesday, March 6. If you plan to attend, please RSVP with your name and number by Sunday, March 5 via email at volunteer@pittsburghfashionweek.com

When you RSVP, PLEASE indicate which day you plan to attend in the subject line, with your name and number in the body of the email. Thank you high interest in Pittsburgh Fashion Week. We look forward to meeting you. http://www.pittsburghfashionweek.com/

Nickelodeon’s The Fresh Beat Band Live in Concert during first-ever nationwide tour
Saturday, March 17 at 3:00 & 6:00 p.m., Byham Theater

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust presents The Fresh Beat Band, Nickelodeon's popular preschool music group and stars of the hit TV series of the same name, for two shows only. This concert is part of the Cohen & Grigsby Trust Presents series.Read the entire release here.
Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre Presents A Streetcar Named Desire

Photo by Duane Rieder;
Dancers Eva Trapp and Robert Moore
Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre presents A Streetcar Named Desire, a ballet by John Neumeier, March 9-11, 2012 at the Benedum Center. Making its Pittsburgh Premiere, and only the second time being performed in the United States, is the raw emotion of Tennessee Williams’ American classic A Streetcar Named Desire. A jarring portrayal of clashing cultures, the ballet takes audiences inside the tormented mind of aging southern belle Blanch Du Bois. Alternating between past and present, the production echoes her unraveling sense of reality. Neumeier’s searing choreography unites classical ballet and physical dance theater to evoke a powerful experience for ballet goers. Read the entire release here.

Woodville Plantation Hosts A Day With The Nevilles
Sunday, March 4, 2012
1 pm to 5 pm
Woodville Plantation, 1375 Washington Pike, Bridgeville, PA 15017

Step back in time at Woodville Plantation when this museum presents a special event. Visit the Neville family and their friends as they enjoy a typical afternoon at Woodville Plantation. Visitors can interact with historic interpreters as they enjoy period games, sewing, entertainments and dining at the period correct hour of 2 pm. Special hours for this event are from 1 pm to 5 pm. Admission is $5.00 for adults, $3.00 for kids age 6-12 and free for kids under 6.  A house tour is included with admission. Read the entire release here.


Acclaimed La Cage Aux Folles At the Benedum
March 13-18, 2012

La Cage Aux Folles
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust and PNC Broadway Across America - Pittsburgh present the critically-acclaimed production of LA CAGE AUX FOLLES starring George Hamilton and Christopher Sieber. LA CAGE AUX FOLLES recently made Tony Awards history as the first show to ever win the Tony Award three times for best production. The classic musical comedy by Jerry Herman and Harvey Fierstein originally won six Tony Awards in 1984, including Best Musical. A Broadway revival won two 2005 Tony Awards including the Best Revival of a Musical prize. The new, freshly reconceived LA CAGE won three 2010 Tony Awards including Best Revival of a Musical and Best Director of a Musical (Terry Johnson). Read the entire release here.

The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra’s Community Engagement Concert
Wilkinsburg High School, March 6 at 7 p.m.

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra’s Community Engagement Concert at Wilkinsburg High School next month will kick off the borough’s 125th birthday celebrations. The concert will be led by PSO Assistant Conductor Thomas Hong, and will feature PSO trombone James Nova as soloist. The program includes works of Mozart, George Bassman, Henri Tomasi and Edward Elgar. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students. Ten adult tickets are available for a discounted price of $75. Tickets may be purchased by calling Wilkinsburg High School’s Music Department at 412-871-2282 or 412.371.9504 ext. 2717. Tickets also will be available at the door on the night of the concert. Read the entire release here.

PBT Donor Pledges $10,000 to Bring Students to A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE
One Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre supporter thinks it’s important enough for local college students to experience the raw emotion of John Neumeier’s  A Streetcar Named Desire that they’ve donated $10,000 to get students free seats on opening night.

Through this anonymous pledge, students now have the chance to be among the first audiences to see PBT’s A Streetcar Named Desire, which makes its Pittsburgh Premiere on the Benedum Center stage March 9-11. Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre will be the first American ballet company to perform the ballet, marking only its second performance in the United States.

PBT is now challenging Pittsburgh-area college students to experience this powerful production by choosing one of two ways to secure a free ticket to the opening night performance at 8 p.m. Friday, March 9.

Students can submit a brief statement explaining why they think A Streetcar Named Desire is a must-see production. Submit statements to Aziza El Feil at 412.454.9127 or ael-feil@pittsburghballet.org. Students can complete a PBT pre-performance survey available at http://www.pbt.org/  or here.

Tickets will be held at the Benedum Center Box Office. A valid student ID must be shown at the time of pickup.  *A Streetcar Named Desire is recommended for mature audiences only. This offer is open to high school juniors and seniors who wish to apply with parental approval.

Hill District After School Programs Collaborative African American History Celebration
Wednesday, February 29, 2012 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Hill House Kaufmann Auditorium, 1835 Centre Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15219
The event is free and open to the public

Students in grades 1-5 will participate in a celebration that includes a knowledge bowl, oral presentations, and musical selections. The goal is to have students from various out of school time programs join together to celebrate history through a display of their academic abilities and artistic talents.

The organizations involved with this program include the Hill House Association, the After School Tutorial and Enrichment Program (A-STEP), and the Weil After School Program. Sponsors include the Hill House Association, the Hill District Education Council and Schenley Heights Community Development Program.

The knowledge bowl, and related activities, will allow the students of the Hill District an opportunity to come together to celebrate their cultural heritage, as well as their individual gifts and talents. Says Kirk Holbrook, KAASI Leadership Coordinator at the Hill House Association, “Participants from three Hill District After School programs have worked really hard to prepare for this momentous event. We hope this will be the first of many opportunities for us to work together to impact the lives of the youth we serve.” For more information, contact Kirk Holbrook, KAASI Leadership Coordinator at 412-392-4418 or kholbrook@hillhouse.org


Glen Campbell: The Goodbye Tour
Sunday, May 20, 2012, Byham Theater

Glen Campbell
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, 91.3fm WYEP and Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival, through the CD Live! Concert series, are pleased to announce Glen Campbell – The Goodbye Tour. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Tickets for Glen Campbell – The Goodbye Tour go on sale Friday, March 2, 2012, at 9 a.m. Opening for Glen Campbell is the band Instant People.

Glen Campbell is a bonafide living legend whose career spans 50 years with fans that cross generational and international lines.  A revered triple-decker talent, he is a musician, singer, and humorist. Worldwide, Glen Campbell is considered one of the outstanding guitar musicians of his generation, has one of the most formidable chart histories in country music, and has recorded standards that have stood the test of time, such as “By The Time I Get To Phoenix,” “Gentle On My Mind,” “Galveston,” “Rhinestone Cowboy,” and “Wichita Lineman.”  He has released over 70 albums and sold more than 45 million records with 75 trips up the charts, landing 27 times in the Top 10.

Glen’s current album, Ghost On the Canvas, was released in the fall of 2011 on Sundog Records. Simply put, Ghost On the Canvas is the album of Glen Campbell’s life. With beauty, power, heartfelt emotion and deep spirituality, this set of songs traces the arc of Campbell’s 75 years: From dirt-poor, tiny-town Arkansas origins to Hollywood triumphs on the pop charts, TV and movies. From barnstorming days of youthful touring to hobnobbing with Elvis, Sinatra and the Duke. From troubled freefalls of addiction and bad life choices to personal and spiritual redemption.

Campbell has said Ghost On the Canvas will be his final album with a glorious, celebratory guitar jam featuring such colleagues and acolytes as Billy Corgan, Brian Setzer, Rick Nielsen, Jason Falkner, Marty Rifkin, Steve Hunter, Tim Pierce and Keith Urban. The album was largely written by Campbell with producer-collaborator Julian Raymond, complemented by contributions from Jakob Dylan, Paul Westerberg, Teddy Thompson and Robert Pollard, with evocative instrumental interludes composed by Roger Manning as musical illustration.

Tickets $52.50, $57.50 and $62.50 will go on sale Friday, May 2, at 9 a.m. at the Box Office at Theater Square (655 Penn Avenue), trustarts.org and 412-456-6666.

Roving Pittsburgher Report

Taj Mahal
7195 McKnight Rd in the North Hills

Newly and beautifully remodeled! Khadhai Paneer: wonderful dish with cheese, cashews, onions, Garlic Nan, Ahi Vada Chat: donut shaped lentil cakes filled with white potatoes, chick peas and topped with homemade yogurt tamarind sauce, and of course I had to have Indo Chinese Hakki noodles because Taj cooks dishes from all over India and East Asian area. I also had the traditional chicken tandori. Quite an amazing Indian buffet, Usha and Sabosh make you feel that there is purpose in life to feed you fresh, wonderful food.

Wyndham Grand Hotel Pittsburgh Downtown
I have been working with Angela Corvello, Sales Manager, planning for the Hug-A-Thon Pittsburgh to be held on September 6 all over downtown Pittsburgh with the evening gala to be held at the Wyndham.

I met Chef Joseph Weems, and being my second visit, I had to try something different. I had amazing onion soup served in a large sweet onion smothered with cheese. Wow, talk about a culinary delight! I also feasted on a chicken lime cilantro quesadilla. It was the best chicken quesadilla ever with fresh salsa and guacamole.

And for dessert, and I think you can only get this at the Wyndham, bananas foster perogies with ice cream. Don’t tell the kids, although my son did not complain when I brought most of them home to him because I just could not feel good about eating them. When something is that delicious you just know they are not good for you. But I was satisfied with three bites and the party in my mouth at tasting them.

Our waitress was a sienna red-haired siren named Sue. When they say redheads are bold, well let’s just say she was a “boldacious” server with attention to detail that was refreshing. Don’t discount the Three Rivers Restaurant in the Wyndham for your business breakfast, lunches or even a romantic dinner. It could end with a walk in Point State Park where you can mosey along a path that will take you on the edge of Pittsburgh’s Three Rivers.

Phong May House
2351 Noblestown Road in Noble Manor, bottom of Greentree Hill.

I had Shrimp Egg Foo Young which I had never had before, except in small bites, because in most cases found it greasy. But this was a delight and I have always loved their house fried rice. I also had two egg rolls and wonton soup, which was enough for two with leftovers. All of this for just around twenty dollars. Great taste, amazing price and leftovers, what more could you ask for?

Rapid Results Marketing Workshop at Omni William Penn

2.5 days packed with almost information overload. Gerry Roberts, author of Millionaire Mindset could not make it due to an illness except for the last few minutes of the workshop. Trust us, we missed Gerry not being there to teach us, but not really as Tamar Cerafici, the Barefoot Barrister taught us about his phenomenal four point system for marketing. She’s a lot cuter and a lot funnier than Gerry. Okay so she doesn’t make millions of dollars a year but she is obviously on her way. Saturday night was a jump start revelation for all. Read the entire review here.

This was reported as a reproduction of PositvelyPittsburghLive news done by Joanne Quinn-Smith. (c) Joanne Quinn-Smith and PositivelyPittsburghLive(TM) 2012 All rights reserved.

Tara Darazio is a Positively Pittsburgh Live reporter, an independent copywriter, blogger, article writer, and social media strategist. If you are in need of writing assistance, or need help with your social media efforts connect with Tara on LinkedIn here.

Positively Pittsburgh Live! 5th Anniversary Special and Pittsburgh Authors

Positively Pittsburgh Live! 5th Anniversary Special and Pittsburgh Authors

Well we've come a long way, baby, as they say in the movies since February of 2007. Nearly 300 shows and 920,000 accumulated listeners later, we have interviewed over 1,800 people, all the most amazing people you can find from Pittsburgh and surrounding areas. Tonight, as has become customary on the Anniversary Special, we are interviewing Pittsburgh Authors.

Joyce Faulkner, author of multiple books, most recently "Windshift," a historical novel about Women Air force Pilots in World War II
Dr. Katie McCorkle, author of "A Balanced Heart: 10 Weeks to Breakthrough"
Diana Fletcher, author of "Happy on Purpose Daily Messages of Empowerment and Joy for Women"
Tamar Cerafici Esquire, author of "Dominate, How Smart Lawyers Crush the Competition"
Bob Stearns, author of "Perhaps a Man Can Change the Stars, Eric’s Pursuit of Perpetual Motion"

Joyce Faulkner

Joyce Faulkner, @JoyceFaulkner

President of Military Writers Society of America

Award-winning author of: In the Shadow of Suribachi, Windshift, USERNAME, Chance ... and other horrors, For Shrieking Out Loud, Losing Patience

Coauthor of: Sunchon Tunnel Massacre Survivors, Role Call: Women's Voices

I began writing to amuse myself when I was a tubby adolescent. I love the whole process -- planning, researching, writing -- and the many hours of editing that turns a lump of clay into a layered, cohesive story. As a reader, I appreciate the work that goes into plotting, characterization, and background. People often ask me if I write about myself. Of course, all authors ideas, thoughts, perspectives appear in their books. I'm in my books by the very topics that I choose to write about.

About Windshift:

During World War II, the people of the United States pulled together in an unprecedented effort to defeat the enemy. The country put aside societal rules for the duration allowing women to serve in the military as nurses and administrators. At home, young girls, housewives, and older men went to work in the factories. Most extraordinary of all, given the attitudes of the time, more than a thousand women signed up to participate in the war effort as pilots.

The Women Air Force Service Pilot Program (WASP) began as two separate organizations led by two famous aviatrixes. The WAFS (Women’s Air Ferry Service) was Nancy Love’s idea for recruiting experienced women pilots to ferry military aircraft around the US. With Jackie Cochran at the helm, the Women’s Flying Training Detachment (WFTD) was established in 1942 to prepare women pilots for military flying. In 1943, Jackie Cochran combined the two groups and they became known as WASP.

The standards for women were higher than for men and the training was exacting. They ‘checked out’ in an assortment of military aircraft and performed such duties as delivering newly built or repaired aircraft to military bases in the states, towing targets, test flight, dogfight training, and transporting military brass.

Pilot status was highly sought after by American men of the era. Men viewed female pilots with suspicion and hostility. WASP flew military planes and obeyed military protocol, however, the military considered them civilians and denied them military pay and benefits. In 1944, the Army petitioned Congress to militarize the group. The WASP Militarization Bill failed because of public perception that women were taking jobs that should belong to men. Women’s Air Service Pilots were disbanded in December 1944. Nine hundred and sixteen women were on active duty at that point. Thirty-eight women died in the performance of their duties.

Windshift is a historical novel about societal change using the Women's Air Service Pilots experience during WW2 as a metaphor.This novel is set in Cold Creek, OH -- a fictional town with scenes in both Pittsburgh and Cleveland. 

Windshift is narrated by a WASP named Shirley Maxwell who comes from a privileged but troubled background. With three other WASP -- Emmie Hopkins, Delores Lieberman, and Mags Strickland, she is assigned to deliver small planes being built at Wiley's Aircraft to Camp Morgan California where men pilots will ferry them to their assigned units.

Shirley tells her story and that of her friends from the time they begin flying in September 1943 until early 1945.

Here's what one reviewer said about it:

Joyce Faulkner has done it again.  Her novel, Windshift, tells the story of four obscure women who joined the Women Air Service Pilot program during World War II.  Shirley, Emmy, Dolores, and Mags are fictional characters, but their experiences are  accurate reflections of what the real WASPs did for their country. They came from different backgrounds, wih varying levels of skill, and they fought their own battles agains the resentment of male pilots and opposition from those who believed that women belonged in the kitchen. Their stories of courage, daring, and resilience will resonate with every woman who ever dared to fly beyond societal boundaries and wih every man who has known a woman like them.

Shirley, Emmy, Dolores, and Mags leap off the page into our imaginations, thanks to Faulkner’s skill as a story-teller.  Her descriptions allow readers to confront the characters as living people. Gradually we learn their back stories and come to understand and forgive their flaws. We worry about them, applaud their successes, share their tears, and mourn their losses.  We come to know them as friends because Faulkner never steps between her characters and her readers.  She doesn’t add her own commentary or interject  her own ideology. She just narrates their stories, letting us get to know each of these women as we might get to know a neighbor or colleague through their own words and actions.

The result is a story that will linger in the reader’s imagination long after the book itself has been lost or relegated to a shelf. Like Faulkner’s previous World War II novel, In  the Shadow of Suribachi, this book forces us to look at history without flinching and without air-brushing its horrible truths. As she did with the unknown men who fought at Iwo Jima, Faulkner has rescued the WASPs from oblivion and allowed us to meet them as living human beings rather than as statistics or stereotypes. 
~Carolyn Poling Shcriber, Award-winning author of Beyond All Price


Dr. Katie McCorkle

“Dr. Katie” McCorkle, Ph.D.
An innovator educated at Stanford University, the University of Pittsburgh, and Harvard Medical School, Dr. Katie is a psychologist and social entrepreneur in the Pittsburgh, PA area, with decades of experience helping adults, couples, children, and families. She is past Chair of the Continuing Education Committee for the Greater Pittsburgh Psychological Association, and is a member of the PA Psychological Association, the American Psychological Association, and the Association for Comprehensive Energy Psychology.

Dr. Katie is the author of “A Balanced Heart: 10 Weeks to Breakthrough”, a guided self-coaching journal offering readers the experience of successfully utilizing the tools and strategies they need to reduce their stress and birth new dreams into their life. She is also a co-author of the books “Women Will Save the World”, “Love Like God: Embracing Unconditional Love” and “Achieving Clarity: What the Heck Is It I Want”.

Dr. Katie’s CD “Touch Your Love” teaches how to begin living these 10 Principles. Her media career began in 2002 with a radio interview on WPTT in Pittsburgh. Since that time, speaking on love and relationships, she has hosted her own show and appeared in interviews and live weekly segments on dozens of stations throughout the US and England.

Professionally, Dr. Katie has developed several programs to serve others in unique ways. She developed an award-winning program for drivers under the influence of alcohol or drugs, was part of the team which developed the first program for adolescent sex offenders in Pennsylvania, and developed an award-winning, multi-agency project to help learning-disabled delinquents develop the academic skills they need to succeed in life.

Believing that with sufficient organizational and technological resources to match open-hearted healers and people with unmet needs all people could have access to healthcare, Dr. McCorkle founded Balanced Heart Healing Center, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit social enterprise (www.balancedheart.org). In partnership with donors, providers, and clients, Balanced Heart Healing Center’s mission is to create, fund and launch an integrative health center which offers care for mind, body, and spirit unconditionally, and educates people to make lifestyle choices for optimal health and well-being.  Proceeds from her book benefit Balanced Heart™ Healing Center.

In her faith communities, Dr. Katie has served on both national and local boards and committees. She is a teacher, devotional writer, public speaker and supporter of other people’s dreams, as well as her own.

10 PRINCIPLES to become more positive:

1.       Open your heart and trust

2.       Give and receive without attachment to the outcome

3.       Create safety for yourself and others

4.       Welcome everything as a blessing, especially when it doesn’t look like one

5.       See only goodness (aka Love)

6.       DREAM BIG!!!

7.       Take responsibility for everything…no exceptions

8.       Let go of what no longer serves you

9.       Have no judgments, so truth may be revealed

10.   BE the miracle you wish to create

Learn tools and strategies to successfully live those 10 Principles in Dr. Katie’s new book “A Balanced Heart: 10 Weeks to Breakthrough."  It is a guided journal designed to provide structure for a book group, faith-sharing group, or other group of people who want to learn to live them together. See a 3 minute video about the book on youtube.com

Balanced Heart Healing Center is founded upon those 10 Principles, and is accepting new
clients for counseling, coaching, and group programs.  Go to http://www.balancedheart.org/ to learn more, buy the book, sign up for the monthly newsletter, or volunteer with us.

Stress is the belief that whatever is happening shouldn’t be.  When you instead WONDER how what is happening might possibly be the very best thing for you, the stress diminishes.  Ask Dr. Katie about other stress busters…

Ask Dr. Katie about ways to create miracles in your life…
2 core fears we must overcome in order to become more positive are:

o   I’m not good enough

o   I don’t deserve my dream

4 words to eliminate in order to become more positive:




Diana Fletcher

Diana Fletcher is a writer and life coach who has lived in the Pittsburgh area for 20 years. She has been an elementary school teacher, life coach, workshop facilitator, business owner and a mom at home. She is a vegetarian, a stress-reducing expert, and a wife. She is a writer who has always loved writing. For the last five years she has been the owner of Diana Fletcher Life Coaching and coached people in changing their lives. She has written and co-authored 6 books. Her latest is entitled, Happy on Purpose Daily Messages of Empowerment and Joy for Women.
I truly feel that people are meant to be healthy and happy and my self help books inspire people to achieve those goals.
My books offer simple, do-able strategies for people to reduce their stress, enjoy their lives and get healthier. People have the idea that being positive is an annoying, difficult action and that is it "faking." Being positive and happy is being honest with yourself and changing your thinking. My book helps people learn to do that. I give them something to think about and then a "Happy Action" that is simple and often fun to try.
I have always liked the style of a book that you read each day for inspiration, so I wrote the book that I would like to read and that I thought people would enjoy and find helpful. I am getting a really great reaction from my readers about the ease of using the book. It's thick so at first it looks overwhelming---then they open it and go....oh, I like this!
People do not have the time to read. Even people who are avid readers find it difficult to fit in reading. Happy on Purpose is written so that you can read the inspirational thought and the Happy Action in less than two minutes, yet it gives you something inspiring to think about all day.
So much stress and unhappiness comes from not living in the present. We are so worried about what we did or didn't do in the past, or what is coming later today, tomorrow or next month, that we let the minutes slip away...and that is ultimately our lives that we are letting slip away.
I am finding that digital sales are really starting to keep pace with  my print sales. I like being able to offer the book both ways and many people have shared with me that they own both.(I have it in Kindle and B & N Nook version). The publishing world is changing and writers and readers are noticing huge differences in the way they purchase and read books.
I really have enjoyed living in Pittsburgh. For the last five years as I was running my life coaching business, I became familiar with all different areas--Pittsburgh has the coolest little neighborhoods tucked away here and there, and it is a great place to explore. I have met wonderful people through my coaching and speaking, and I have business owners all over who stock and sell my books for me.



Tamara Cerafici, Esquire

Attorney Tamar Cerafici is an internationally recognized leader and legal specialist in the often complex and challenging nuclear regulatory industry. She has been at the forefront of the industry in building regulatory and policy framework for a new generation of nuclear plants. She was a major contributor to the first Early Site Permit granted under 10 CFR part 52, successfully implementing alternative site analyses that have become the general standard.

She's also an internationally known expert on marketing techniques for lawyers, and other billable-hour professionals, speaking around the world to delighted audiences everywhere.

Specialties: Expert Witness: In nuclear regulator practice Cerafici resolved disputes with the NRC and defended environmental challenges for new plants . She has testified as an expert witness before the Atomic Safety Licensing board as well as NRC public meetings.

Environmental lawyer: Cerafici has worked closely with legislators, regulators and owners to develop unique management strategies for hazardous materials, including high-level nuclear waste cleanup.

Tamar has been coaching people as a lawyer, teacher, public leader and speaker for about as long as she can remember. She’s an internationally recognized expert on energy law. She’s been involved in negotiating deals worth billions of dollars, and has been an advocate for children who’ve been caught in the legal system through no fault of their own. But that’s not what turns her on. In fact Tamar went into law so she could act and get paid for it.

Tamar gets excited by the power of the entrepreneurial spirit she sees in all of her clients. Their drive and courage intimidated her enough that she wanted to know more. She knows the best way to learn from people is to teach them to recognize their own strengths and abilities.

She believes the abundance of these entrepreneurs – their positive Attitude in the face of all challenges, their Belief in themselves, and most importantly, their Courage to turn every tomorrow into a new day – makes a difference, no matter how financially successful they are.

But Tamar also knows that people, EVEN LAWYERS, with the right tools, networks, and energy, can build empires - see opportunity in every conversation -- and have richer relationships and bigger bank accounts than they ever thought possible.

Author of Dominate: How Smart Lawyers Crush the Competition
I use 4 marketing techniques to strategically market my practice.
1. Social Media

    - Mainly Crap

    - But useful tool

    - Social media sequence

2. Magnet method

   - ask the right questions

   - have a winner’s circle of raving fans

   - how to build the winners circle

3. Avalanche Technique

    - Sponsored Seminars

    - How to do it in 6 steps

4. Magic Bullet

    -The written word

    - Write SOMETHING!
And the fifth most important


    - Radical Software

    - Missing Link


Bob Stearns
Bob Stearns, was the Architect behind, Medrad’s 2003 journey to win the prestigious Malcolm Baldrige Award. Medrad won the award again in 2010. The Baldrige Award is presented annually by the President. As Chief Human Resources Officer of CoManage, Bob led that company to be named the Best Place to Work in Pa.” He also received the American Society for Training and Development Award for Excellence. Bob is now the CEO of Powerful Potential, enabling his clients to achieve extraordinary performance. Bob is a Director on the Boards of National Church Corporation and The Orchards at Foxcrest.

(724) 933-3935




· Malcolm Baldrige Performance Excellence Process

· Customized Leadership Development Training – All levels

· Leadership Coaching – all levels of the organization


· Hoshin “Breakthrough” Strategic Planning

· Balanced Scorecard Implementation

· Communication and Change planning /implementation


· Customer Satisfaction Strategies and Surveys

· “Top Box” Customer Loyalty Strategies

· Customer Requirement Assessments


· Employee Satisfaction Strategies and Surveys

· Improved performance of teams and processes


· Process Improvement Initiatives

· Benchmarking of Best in Class Organization Practices

· Baldrige Application writing


1. The name of my new book is “Perhaps a Man Can Change the Stars:

Eric’s Pursuit of Perpetual Potential”

2. Readers of the book have told me that it is very inspirational, you can see some of their comments below.

3. Perpetual Potential is the idea that most of us use and fulfill only a small part of the potential we are given during our life times. By utilizing the three Life Lessons presented in the book, we can pursue the fulfillment of more of our Potential, regardless of our life circumstances.

4. The three Life Lessons presented in the book are:

a) Take on Tough Challenges and Never Quit.

b) Focus on what you Do Have, not on what you don’t have

c) Change the Stars!
5. The three life lessons come from two very distinct and different life experiences that I have had. First a personal triumph: I led the Malcolm Baldrige Award initiative for a Pittsburgh based company, Medrad. Medrad won the Baldrige in 2003 and again in 2010. Baldrige winners have outperformed the S&P 500 in 8 out of 10 years studied. The Baldrige Award is the highest award that an organization can receive in the country. The award is given by the President of
the United States for organizations that excel in Leadership, Strategic Planning, Customer Focus, Performance Measurement and Knowledge Management, Human Resource Focus, Process Improvement and Organizational Results.

6. The second life experience that served as a motivation for the book was a tragedy. My oldest son Eric was killed four years ago in Athens, Greece. He was there as a junior at Penn State on a study abroad semester. He was walking on the sidewalk with a friend when a driver lost control of his car, came up on the sidewalk and hit him. Eric died five days later as a result of his injuries.
7. The three life lessons listed in number 4 above first came to me as I was trying to console Eric’s classmates in Athens, and this message has stayed consistent and constant for me. I have delivered this message to thousands of people, and it always seems to inspire hope and new beginnings.
8. In addition to the book, I am presenting the Perpetual Potential Event, on Tuesday, March 27 at the Green Tree Doubletree Hotel. This presentation is an opportunity for people to learn how to use the three life lessons to pursue and propel their personal and professional potential!

9. To register for the Event and/or to buy the book go to http://www.perpetualpotential.net/

Comments from people who read Perhaps a Man Can Change the Stars

I read Bobs book after my wife delivered our first child, our daughter, at Magee Hospital....what a work of love....

Just wanted to let you know that I read your book and was very moved by the sentiments you expressed.  I have to admit that knowing Eric made it kind of hard to read and believe me, more than one tear was shed.  However, your message (and Eric's) of pursuing one's potential was not lost on me.  I think that sharing your professional experience and Eric's approach to life with others will benefit many.

Eric had a positive impact on every life he touched, including mine.  I loved his spontaneity, his impish smile, his free-wheeling style and his sense of humor.  He always made me laugh.  He was also extremely polite and respectful.  It was always a pleasure when he was at our house. 

The package with the books just arrived in our office, and Vassia and I opened it.  We send you heartfelt thanks for sharing Eric's life with us in this thoughtful and thought-provoking way.  Although I have not had time to read it yet, I looked through and of course was immediately struck by the photos, which brought Eric so close once again.  It takes a strong and generous heart to be able to tell this story, and through it to give strength and hope to people who might have suffered the same tragedy, or something entirely different. 

Bob, I really felt inspired after reading the book. I think your writing hit home to the reader on many issues.

a) You wrote with passion....the book had emotion & passion...but it was not written emotionally; hope you understand what I mean here?

b) There is a clear understanding of the family foundation of love and spirituality that the Stearns family has for themselves and others.

c) Phenomenal expression on getting to know who Eric Stearns is, not was, BUT IS!

d) Great tie ins w/ business life and goals with your own Baldridge examples, great value to anyone in business.

 My take always: This book touches your heart. The main message I took away was "Focus on what you do have not on what you don't have."

I think the messages in the book are great for young adults. As a matter of fact, I bought 12 books for my grandchildren and intend to give them a book when they graduate from high school …I gave the first two books to my grandchildren, one who is a freshman in college and one who is graduating. They loved the book and as a matter of fact gave the book to their parents and told them they had to read it!

Perhaps a Man Can Change the Stars presents a unique message – it is upbeat and inspirational!

This was reported as a reproduction of PositvelyPittsburghLive news done by Joanne Quinn-Smith. (c) Joanne Quinn-Smith and PositivelyPittsburghLive(TM) 2012 All rights reserved.

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Roving Pittsburgher Report, Rapid Results Marketing Workshop

Roving Pittsburgher Report, Rapid Results Marketing Workshop
February 24- 26, 2012
by Joanne Quinn-Smith

Rapid Results Marketing Workshop at Omni William Penn
Tamar Cerafici,
The Barefoot Barrister
2.5 days packed with almost information overload.  Gerry Roberts, author of Millionaire Mindset could not make it due to an illness except for the last few minutes of the workshop.  Trust is we missed Gerry not being there to teach us but not really as Tamar Cerafici, the Barefoot Barrister taught us about his phenomenal four point system for marketing.  She’s a lot cuter and a lot funnier than Gerry.  Okay so she doesn’t make millions of dollars a year but she is obviously on her way.  Saturday night was a jump start revelation for all.

Web 2.0 Specialist, Joanne Quinn-Smith
Pricing Expert, JoAnn R. Forrester
The rest of the lineup was outstanding.  On Saturday,  Joanne Quinn-Smith, 2009 SBA Journalist of the Year, started out with her trademarked Web 2.0 Branding mini workshop to teach about online platforms and talked about building a network of 920,000 accumulated listeners in five years in her niche market.  She was followed by Pricing Expert, JoAnn Forrester presenting, “Pricing, the Lost Component of Marketing.”  There were many business owners shaking their heads at the common pricing mistakes they had made. We readily listened to her as she has co-developed the Price It Perfect Cost Control System and used it to help secure over 40 million dollars in loans for small businesses.

We almost stood up in our seats as Tamar Cerafici, author of "Dominate, How Smart Lawyer's Crush the Competion," spoke about using OPM and OPI to do seminars and workshops to speedily and efficiently prospect for new clients.  The Master Mind Lunches both days gave us all food for thought and outstanding implementation ideas.  

After lunch Weston Lyon, Author of 14 books and CEO of Plug and Play Publishing, taught the attendees about the process and value of text and email marketing.  Then 30 year veteran IT programmer, Matt Tomsho, the Effective Detective opened our eyes to the difference between Data and Information and how to use it to dig deep and find the gold in your list development. 

Weston Lyon was back after that to talk about the ease of writing a book with a few fundamentals and outside help and reinforced Tamar’s insistence that the printed word, a book was the Magic Bullet to create authority.

The end of the day was as great as the beginning with Mark Call, author of “The Web Casting Book” and experienced internet Marketer broadcasting flawlessly from his Maine home as he could not be in attendance.  The attendees found out first hand just how valuable webcasting can be.

We were all excited to come back on Sunday for a Live Skype cast from London and the second scoop by TechnoGranny of Skatta TV as Tricia and Zack Litchfield taught us all how easy it is to launch your own TV show or network on SkattaTV.com.  The site has just gone live on February 14 and because of their previous experience in the movie and TV industry they have accumulated 165 million subscribers.

After that great jumpstart, Author Beth Caldwell spoke about the principles in her new book, a scoop for Rapid Results Workshop.  Her book, “Getting Paid What You are Worth” is an epiphany on self esteem and charging a value based fee for professional services and products.  

The ever present vivacious Tamar Cerafici kept that ball rolling with her presentation on Attraction Marketing and using your Winner’s Circle of Raving Fans, OPI.

Fran Treloar,
The Relatiohnship Building
 After another great Master Mind Lunch, Joanne Quinn-Smith, the Techno Granny, presented on Creating Power LinkedIn Profiles as your online business card and a way to remind your connections and followers that you are “an authority in your niche.”  Following that presentation on relationship building LinkedIn, Fran Treloar, presented on Building Old Fashioned Conenctions with a combination of direct mail and the Facebook Virtual Handshake.  The “piece de resistance”, however was Alex Tomsho’s demonstration of memory linking process to help us all remember all of the stuff we had learned at the Workshop.  What a unique ides.

After that LinkedIn Specialist, Joanne Quinn-Smith, the Techno Granny, presented on Creating Power LinkedIn Profiles as your online business card and a way to remind your connections and followers that you are “an authority in your niche.”  

The “piece de resistance”, however was Alex Tomsho’s demonstration of memory linking process to help us all remember all of the stuff we had learned at the Workshop.  What a unique ides.

To pull all of this knowledge together, Joanne Quinn-Smith, Publisher of PositivelyPittsburghLiveMagazine.com and prominent internet Talkcast host tied all of the New Media and Social Media together in a presentation on how to actually use real life networking and online media to create a platform from which you can sell anything.

So we were all wondering how we were going to get out of this 2.5 day workshop and implement the multitude of things we learned and then Tamar Cerafici, publisher of the "LegalShoe" blog rolled out the MissingLink accountability program and Gerry Robert came in like reinforcements from his sick bed to rock out the finale.  

So it may be said that it takes many lieutenants to replace one general.  There were nine outstanding marketing lieutenants to replace Gerry Robert.  So naturally we missed you Gerry but we managed quite well.  See you next time.

(c) Joanne Quinn-Smith 2012 All Rights Reserved

Good News, Reporter, Joanne Quinn-Smith, Publisher PosiitvelyPittsburghLiveMagazine.com at: http://pplmag.com

Creative Energy Officer, Dreamweaver Associates, Full Service Pittsburgh Marketing Company specializing in Web 2.0 Branding and Restaurant and Venue Marketing.