Corporate Undertaker: Business Lessons from the Dead and Dying
"An immensely readable account by a man whom companies call when all else fails." —Kirkus
For more than 25 years, Domenic Aversa has worked as a crisis manager and corporate restructuring professional. He has advised and operated small and middle-market companies in 45 different industries and worked through every possible extreme with his clients, including coup attempts in developing countries, the dot.com bust, 9/11, Ponzi schemes, corrupt bankers, and the Great Recession. In Corporate Undertaker: Business Lessons from the Dead and Dying, he shares his best advice for dealing with adversity and crisis.
There are 50 practical lessons in this book; all designed to help you take immediate action. You’ll learn how to:
dramatically improve cash-flow through a period of crisis
preserve the most value in your company while restructuring
create emotional stability in and around your company
effectively communicate with your bank and investors
retain key employees and critical customers
manage and restructure current debt with all creditors
address potential and existing lawsuits
prepare for a bankruptcy filing
effectively manage a partial liquidation or sale of a business
recover from a “corporate death”
If you’re looking for answers in today’s tumultuous business environment, Corporate Undertaker has them.
"A savage peek behind the corporate curtain. The power of Aversa's storytelling is undeniable. Corporate Undertaker truly is a gripping read." —Self-Publishing Review
"Written by an industry expert, Corporate Undertaker...is filled with drama...written with confidence and expertise." —Clarion Forward "Aversa's writing is entertaining...readers will find a lively, rare view of the dark side of business ownership and meet a business advocate who risked his life, health and spiritual outlook to try to save the jobs of thousands of employees." —Blue Ink Reviews
"Corporate Undertaker is a business book with a difference: a glance at the dark side of the corporate world from a vastly experienced crisis consultant, penned with humor and a wealth of enthralling personal context." —Indie Reader
As an entrepreneur and managerial consultant, Domenic Aversa is sought after by both global business leaders and government agencies. He has actively assisted companies in dramatic transition for more than 25 years. His experience with corporate restructurings ranges from crisis management to recession preparation and recovery to global market transition. In addition to helping many businesses in the United States, he has helped command-economy companies, such as those in China and Russia, transition to market-economy practices. Domenic has served as an educational speaker and managerial advisor on international business development and insolvency issues for many business and academic institutions. Audiences have included the Harvard Business School and the Sloan School of Management at MIT.
For fans of The Glass Castle and Educated, comes mystery author Toby Neal's personal story of surviving a wild childhood in paradise.
We never call it homeless. We're just "camping" in the jungle on Kauai...
We live in a place everyone calls paradise. Sure, Kauai's beautiful, with empty beaches, drip-castle mountains, and perfect surf...but we've been "camping" for six months, eating boiled chicken feed for breakfast, and wearing camouflage clothes so no one sees us trespassing in our jungle hideout. The cockroaches 1/2leave rainbow colors all over everything from eating the crayons we left outside the tent, and now a tractor is coming to scrape our camp into the river.
Standing in front of the tent in my nightgown, clinging to my sister as we face the tractor, I know my own truth: I just want to be normal.
But Mom and Pop are addicted. Addicted to Kauai's beauty, to drugs, to surfing, to living a life according to their own rules out from under their high-achieving parents' judgmental eyes. I'm just their red-headed, mouthy, oldest kid. What I want doesn't matter.
But I'm smart. I will make a different life for myself someday if I keep up my grades no matter what happens. No matter how often we run out of food. No matter how many times I change schools...or don't go to school at all. No matter how many bullies beat me up for the color of my skin.
I might be growing up wild in Hawaii, but I have dreams I'm going to reach, no matter how crazy things get."An affecting and riveting chronicle of a singular childhood that evokes the contradictions of hippie utopian ideals in an unspoiled Hawaiian landscape long since lost." Kirkus Reviews
From Beyond the Skies: An Invitation Into the Wonder of Love
Sixteen years ago, Juli Boit, a 25-year-old nurse practitioner, moved from Los Angeles to a small village in Kenya to be a part of an HIV program. In 2009, she founded a hospice called Kimbilio where men, women, and children come either to heal or to be loved until they die.
On an ordinary Friday afternoon in 2016, a three-pound baby boy, Ryan, wrapped in pink was brought to Kimbilio. He had been born prematurely earlier that week. His mom passed away while giving birth, and neighbors miraculously kept Ryan alive on water alone for five days until they brought him to the hospice. Juli and her husband, Titus, brought Ryan to their home to care for him, simply wanting to make sure he would survive. When Ryan was six months old, he, along with two of his other siblings, were diagnosed with sickle cell disease. In Kenya, 80% of children with sickle cell die before they reach their second birthday. From Beyond the Skies is a remarkable story of love, courage, and new life found within the dark. It is an invitation to all who read it to do courageous things.
About the Author Boit, Juli: - Juli Boit is an author, community builder and non-profit leader working at the intersection of faith, global health, and human dignity. For 17 years Juli has lived and worked in Africa, founding and serving as International Director of Living Room International (LRI), a community-led nonprofit providing hospice and palliative care services to adults and children in Western Kenya. Through her training as a Family Nurse Practitioner, Juli has combined her dual passions of healthcare and social justice into a unique expression of love that is providing desperately needed services in an underserved community. That said, Juli would be the first to add she's the one who has been loved the most by her patients and neighbors in her home village of Kipkaren -- most notably by Titus, her Kenyan husband and their children Sharon, Alice, Ella, Geoffrey, and Ryan. Juli's new book From Beyond the Skies, releasing this September, chronicles her journey of moving to Kenya, founding LRI and becoming the adoptive parent of three children with Sickle Cell Disease.
Open Road: A Midlife Memoir of Travel and the National Parks
Fans of Cheryl Strayed's Wild, Bill Bryson's A Walk in the Woods, and Elizabeth Gilbert's Eat, Pray, Love will enjoy author Toby Neal's road trip travel memoir of self-discovery as she and her husband journey through the national parks.
I had a dream to live a "normal" life, and I attained it; but along the way, I lost myself.
My story began in Freckled: a Memoir of Growing up Wild in Hawaii, but it continued after I married the man of my dreams, completed my education with multiple degrees, had a successful career, and raised two beautiful children.
I sacrificed to get to where I was. Though I didn't regret anything, flat on my back in the doctor's office on the cusp of my fiftieth birthday, my health was crumbling.
I no longer recognized myself.
I turned my head and saw a calendar on the wall: Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah beckoned me with its mysterious sandstone hoodoos.
A road trip traveling through the national parks was just what I needed to rediscover the girl I'd been. It could help me turn a corner into my new career as a writer, and my husband would enjoy a chance to photograph the natural wonders we saw.
Sometimes, a twelve-thousand-mile road trip is also a personal quest.
An absorbing travel narrative about defining and facing the limitations and opportunities of midlife. KIRKUS
Playing Doctor; Part One: Stumbling Through With Amnesia
This heartfelt, hilarious, self-deprecating and candid memoir of stumbling through medical school, takes readers along for the journey of medical school. John's transformation, from an uncertain liberal-arts student into a medical doctor, keeps the pages turning due to his entertaining, unique, and tongue-in cheek storytelling. From the challenge of being accepted into medical school; to memorizing human anatomy using ribald mnemonic devices; to delivering babies, John recounts what really goes on behind clinic doors.
As if medical school was not challenging enough, John survived two traumatic brain injuries right before medical school started, leaving him exhausted, and without much short term memory. Memory and an ability to stay awake are two qualities you might value in medical school. Anyone who has experienced imposter syndrome, the idea that you are a complete fish out a water, or who does not belong, will appreciate John's humor and vulnerability describing not fitting in too well to the academic and professional environment.
Pre-med students might wish an early look into what life might be like training to be a doctor. Anyone who has experienced being treated by a doctor will enjoy seeing the reality of the medical system and how medical professionals are educated.
About the Author Lawrence, John: - John Lawrence was born in New York, grew up England, and attended Georgetown University where he did not take a single pre-med class; in fact, he told his career advisor that the only thing he did not want to be was a doctor. He subsequently survived medical school and residency training at the University of Utah. John was not the typical medical student, sneaking out of the hospital whilst on-call to audition for television shows in order to pay the rent; writing film scripts, and overcoming a nagging imposter syndrome. John has been a river rafting guide, ski race coach, bagel baker, screenwriter, film director, expedition doctor climbing Kilimanjaro with his close friend, Olympic Hall of Fame athlete, Chris Waddell, (when Chris became the first paraplegic to summit Kilimanjaro un-assisted). John worked as a doctor for 20 years in both traditional western medicine and functional medicine. He enjoys biking, skiing, cooking and watching films with friends and family.
Playing Doctor: Part Two: Residency is a medical memoir full of laugh-out-loud tales, born from chaotic, disjointed, and frightening nights on hospital wards during John Lawrence's medical training and time as a junior doctor. This candid autobiography will demystify medical education and inspire you. Equal parts heartfelt, self-deprecating humor, and irreverent storytelling, John takes us along for the ride as he tracks his transformation from uncertain, head injured, liberal-arts student to intern, resident and then medical doctor.
Suit to Saddle: Cycling to Self-Discovery on the Southern Tier
"Readers on mid-life journeys of their own will cheer Walsh on as he reminds them that a journey doesn’t have to be a means to an end—it’s the trip itself that matters." —BookLife
"Your job has been eliminated." In other words, you're unemployed, out of work, and desperate to find a new purpose. When US Army veteran Larry Walsh heard those words, his world was turned upside down. With a desire to move beyond unemployment, create an exciting new future for himself, and push past his limits, he decides to fulfill his lifelong dream to bike across the country.
He purchases a Surly Disc Trucker touring bike and begins his 3,120-mile ride of the Southern Tier from California to Florida. Cycling over treacherous mountains, through open plains, unforgiving deserts, and over 200 unique small towns, Walsh not only discovers a new world and new people, but he uncovers a side of himself that he thought was long forgotten-one filled with true grit and determination.
In Suit to Saddle, Walsh chronicles his story of triumph over adversity. Each person he meets along the road plays an integral part of his quest for inner peace and growth. Through the eyes of a one-armed cyclist, a retired police officer, a gun-toting waitress, and a thousand miles of open road, Walsh learns that the true meaning of a life well-lived is the journey.
Join Walsh on his trip across America and see what it feels like to experience life one mile at a time.
"A deeply personal memoir..." —Kirkus
"...it was remarkable how Walsh not only overcame the physical journey but overcame the sadness of his mind. In a society where so many are struggling with mental health, I think his message and story of moving forward are so important. Any reader would love Walsh's story...Five Stars!" —Manhattan Book Review
"This book should inspire anyone who's going through a tough time or a massive change, and anyone who wants to be challenged to embark on an ambitious venture. I highly recommend it. Five Stars." —Reader's Favorite
"Suit to Saddle chronicles one man's epic spiritual journey—on two wheels—across the vastness of America. Ride with Larry as he experiences the challenging terrain, the tucked-away places, and the unique people that would collectively change him. Discovery, inspiration, and personal growth are on the horizon with every turn of the cranks! —William P. Apollo, M.D., Cyclist, Cardiologist, and contributor to The Outer Line and VeloNews
Larry Walsh, US Army veteran, family man, and author of Suit to Saddle, left the corporate world after thirty years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry. He needed a change. Wanted a change. So he set out on a 3,120-mile bike ride from California to Florida. A wise man one said, "If you dig it, do it. If you dig it a lot, do it again"—Jim Croce. So that's what he did. He entered the 4,200-mile TransAmerica Bike Race, finishing the grueling ride from Oregon to Virginia in thirty-eight days.
He found it difficult to share his experiences in quick conversations with family and friends, so he wrote about his adventures pedaling through 528 towns, covering 7,300-miles and crossing 17 states. His uplifting stories from his travels encompasses two books, Suit to Saddle (available now) and Forty to Finish (coming soon).
He finds inspiration writing at the family cabin in Torch Lake, Michigan. When he's not in Michigan, he resides in Morris County, New Jersey with his wife and son. A proud father of two daughters, a son, a basketball enthusiast, he enjoys spending time with family.
Compelled by a mysterious force to doggedly investigate her chronic pain, dysfunctional sex life, and relationship failures, Evelyne eventually uncovers the handicap that was holding her back from living the fulfilling life that she always knew was possible.
In candid, sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes hilarious prose, the author allows us a front-row seat to three very different marriages and their eventual demises as she confronts the traumatic source of her many dysfunctions-while also learning to rejoice in her Femininity, and ultimately finding the capacity to truly Love...herself included.
Author Bio: Evelyne Michaut was born and raised in France, from where she sprung, at nineteen, into a worldwide holy quest for true love, home and family. She found healing and salvation through writing at an early age, but took her sweet time to believe she could make it a public career. The Goddess Guide to Divorce is her first (finished) book. With this memoir out of the way, Evelyne will resume work on the first draft of a futuristic feminine novel where Priestesses and the fledgling Unified Planetary Government they helped create are under threat. While she continues steadily her process of disidentification, Evelyne still cherishes the experiences beneath the labels of mother, lover and writer. Her life is an ongoing adventure revolving around her magnificent four and eight-year old boys, her legendary love, and the stories that are demanding to be written.
The Throbbing Moon and the Three Season Tango: A Memoir
What does it mean to be told in your life's prime this time the cancer is terminal? For author Michele Wheeler—a gifted scientist, a born leader and intrepid environmentalist, and a caring mother, wife, sister, and daughter—it means you focus what strength, intelligence, and will you have remaining to offer the world yet one more extraordinary gift.
The Throbbing Moon and the Three Season Tango is a stunningly beautiful, viscerally penetrating, and unforgettable gift to us all, regardless of our backgrounds or beliefs and regardless of whether or not our lives have been touched by cancer.
The memoir of a magnificent woman who, at the end of a life that has changed so many lives for the better, asks us all to see the beauty in one another. And the memoir calls to a deeper belief in ourselves—that whatever disappointments, anguish, and uncertainty life brings—we have the strength and ability to summon gratitude, compassion, and acceptance to see our way through. Our better angels are already here.
Author Bio: Michele Wheeler spent 25 years as an insightful and creative leader, an exacting scientist, and an intrepid fighter for clean rivers and water. As a community organizer, and fully work sentient being, Michele strived to shine light in the shadows, and to honor the soft spots that connect us and hold us up. Her work has been featured in SurvivorNet, Share Care Cancer Support and on her blog which was selected as one of Healthline.com's 2020 Blog of the Year awards. She died peacefully at home in Washburn, WI on June 23, 2020.
Unleash the Girls: The Untold Story of the Invention of the Sports Bra and How It Changed the World (And Me)
"With cogent reflections on American cultural history and the shifts that laid the groundwork for women's liberation, Lindahl weaves a narrative that is both intimate and topical....[A]n inspiring narrative about changing the world through fearless innovation." —Publisher's Weekly 2019 BookLife Prize Semifinalist
The 1970s saw women coming into their own, working hard to create new roles at home and in sports, culture, politics, and business. It was also the start of the “fitness revolution.” At this unique intersection of feminism and athleticism, Lisa Lindahl’s game-changing entrepreneurial journey began.
She invented the first sports bra, the “Jogbra,” in 1977. It was the right product at the right time, throwing Lisa into a high-stakes world of business and power—a world for which she was not fully prepared. Unleash the Girls is the improbable story of a young artist with a disability who used her powers of creativity to solve a vexing problem and ended up leveling the playing field for girls and women across the globe—literally, unleashing the girls.
Her invention would become a feminist icon and the company she founded would change an industry. But amid the success, Lisa continued to search for meaning and the true nature of power and beauty. This is the untold story of the invention of the sports bra and how it changed the world for girls and women...and, along the way, changed Lisa, too.
"... the author's narrative is as much an inspiring business memoir as it is an absorbing chronicle of a surprisingly significant piece of sports clothing. An engrossing account of the entrepreneur—and the bra—that changed women’s sports." —Kirkus Reviews
“The sports bra was and is more than a piece of sporting equipment, it has become a symbol and a vehicle for women and girls to propel themselves forward without inhibition towards the future that they are creating. Prior to its inception, the concept of women running, jumping, lifting, competing, basically moving dynamically, caused reticence. NOW, WE RUN AND MOVE in every athletic space and then some. To say I don’t think about my sports bra anymore is to say that I am FREE to accomplish and go after anything I want. I am EMPOWERED TO EMBRACE OPPORTUNITY!”—Brandi Chastain, American retired soccer player, two-time FIFA Women's World Cup champion, two-time Olympic gold-medalist, coach, and sports broadcaster
“The introduction of the sports bra did more than improve athletic performance. It represented a revolution in ready-to-wear clothing, and for many women athletes – past, present, and future – it actually made sports possible.”—Smithsonian Museum of American History Archivist Cathy Keen
Lisa Z. Lindahl is an artist, entrepreneur, and women's health advocate. She invented the sports bra in 1977, revolutionizing athletic participation for women and girls. In 2000, she patented a medical garment for use in breast cancer. She has a BS in education from the University of Vermont, a Master's of Arts in Culture and Spirituality from Holy Names University in California, and is a graduate of the Foundation for Shamanic Studies' Three Year Program of Advanced Initiations. She lives in Charleston, South Carolina, where it rarely goes below freezing and one can garden year 'round.