Meet the Faculty

Ever wished you could have your very own business development Dream Team? Of course you have (every entrepreneur does)! Business 101 for Creative Entreprenurs showcases a renowned expert in every field necessary to launching your creative enterprise, including SEO specialists, copywriters, graphic artists, sales training experts, marketing gurus, and many more!

Mel Auston

Foundation for Results

Mel Auston is a certified executive coach who works with executives, management and staff to impact critical issues in today’s rapidly changing business environment. His coaching focuses on increasing productivity and customer service and uses an integration of disciplines ranging from linguistic analysis and the study of workflow management to exercises in the theatrical and presentational aspects of moods and emotions, to the martial arts.

He builds teams and partnerships to promote a more collaborative and communicative working environment. His work in organizations results in improved cooperation and coordination and reduced or eliminated costs, cycle time, waste, confusion and ineffectiveness.

Gary Bello

Executive Coach

Gary Bello offers programs, tools and coaching that integrate Eastern wisdom and Western body-centred psychology to empower people to live to their full potential. Using the Bello Method, Gary and his wife Radha help clients to discover and change their patterns of behavior and beliefs that prevent them from experiencing a sense of peace, fulfillment, health and success.


Brian Edmondson

Internet Marketing Coach & Social Media Expert

Since getting laid off from his Wall Street job right after 9/11, Brian has rejected the 9-to-5 world and worked exclusively as an Internet entrepreneur. He recalls his biggest success as when he made his first 5 cents online; obviously not a lot of money, but it was absolutely critical because it proved to him that he could create a website out of nothing, put it online, get traffic to it, and generate a profit. Since that first 5 cents he’s gone on to do his own product launches that have generated $50,000 in sales in a single week and have helped mastermind multimillion dollar launches and online businesses with partners. Brian’s ultimate goal for himself and his students is this: Being able to do what you want, when you want, with who you want; and not having to answer to anybody for anything… ever. And having an online business is one of the only ventures that allows you that kind of freedom.

Scott Forgey, J.D.

Principal Consultant at Un San Francisco Bay Area101

Scott Forgey have had the honor of leading Transformational programs for over 100,000 people all over the world. Scott Forgey have coached top executives from all fields, award-winning architects and designers, Oscar and Tony winning actors, Grammy Award winning musicians and composers, athletes from the NBA, NFL and Formula 1, renowned chefs and tech startup geniuses. Scott Forgey practice brings together in depth thinking from Silicon Valley with the wisdom and practices of advanced consciousness development. Having teams and groups operate as “Un” or “one” provides the power to solve nearly every issue in business and in life.
From established enterprises to startups, both corporate and creative, my practice includes one-to-one executive coaching, robust team formation & coaching, larger group issue-specific workshops, skills and performance master classes, and Agile, Scrum, Lean and Kanban methodologies – as well as Tribal Leadership.
His practice is based in Silicon Valley, but He work both nationally and internationally in person or virtually.

Tawn Holstra

Author, Anatomy of a Breakthrough and Rulebreaker’s Manifesto: Make Your Rebellious Nature Pay Off! and Founder of Business 101

Tawn Holstra is an author, speaker, publisher, and ambitious entrepreneur with over 35 years of experience as the principal of her various businesses while educating others to achieve the same success. Tawn is a beacon of light in a world where human potential is stifled by the archaic systems of traditional business and education models; she has devoted herself to overthrowing these obsolete social constructs not only in business, but also in academia (Design Your Child’s Education) and living the ever-elusive creative life despite all obstacles (The Rulebreaker’s Manifesto: Direct Access To Unlimited Power, Creativity, and Joy). Passionate about maximizing human performance, Tawn specializes in teaching mastery of your internal dialogue, communication, developing trust, ruthless compassion, and all aspects of producing breakthrough results. As the owner of five businesses, Tawn is an inspiration for all current and would-be entrepreneurs. She knows firsthand that being an entrepreneur is at the very heart of being American, the linchpin of the American Dream. As a woman and mother of five, Tawn’s success is especially inspiring for the new wave of ambitious female business owners who seek to achieve happiness in their careers while not forfeiting the joy of having a family. She regularly speaks at seminars and hosts her own programs on launching and running your own business; she has been called a “Dream Maker” because she is concerned with results while not forgetting to have fun in the process. Possessing an innate ability to explain complex concepts in a way that is easy to understand and enjoyable to learn, Tawn Holstra inspires you to realize your dreams more clearly than you ever thought possible.

Denise Winston

Money Start Here: Ex-banker turned Finance Educator

Denise Winston has been called the “Martha Stewart of Finance” because she is all about how to LIVE with all things financial. Denise has a unique way of making complex concepts fun and entertaining, connecting with audiences nationwide to inspire and empower them to take control of their financial life. Denise has over 25 years experience in the banking industry, with first-hand financial knowledge that she now uses to help everyone and anyone understand and conquer all matters of money for a happy, successful life & career.

Dan Molloy

Language of Commitment: Relationship Sales

Dan Molloy founded the company in May of 2003 with one mission in mind, help client companies grow sales by improving communication skills and increasing the number of sales opportunities they receive.
Dan’s philosophy is that all results in life and in business are a directly tied on one’s ability to communicate. As a result, Molloy’s team of professionals have developed what clients characterize regularly as the most comprehensive and effective business development process available anywhere. The game is simple: make the phone ring off the hook with new prospects and make certain that your sales and customer service staff and your operations team are trained and aligned on how to handle each opportunity.



“Creativity takes courage. “
― Henri Matisse

Visiting Faculty


Thom Shea

Platoon Leader, Seal Team 7, Retired 2014

(Ret.) Senior Chief Thom Shea is the CEO of Adamantine Alliance, a unique leadership and human performance coaching organization. Thom conducts training seminars throughout the nation, developing transformational performance results for various individuals, teams and organizations. Before founding Adamantine Alliance, Thom served 23 years with distinguished Valor as a Navy SEAL. During his military career he served in three wars, ultimately leading a team of Navy SEALs into Afghanistan in 2009 where he earned a Silver Star, Bronze Star with Valor, Army Commendation with Valor and his second Combat Action Medal. He was hand-selected to serve as Officer In Charge of the famed SEAL Sniper course from 2009 – 2011. During his two year tenure, he transformed the sniper curriculum while successfully increasing both graduation numbers and shooting performance test scores. In his final tour of duty, Thom served as Senior Advisor and Senior Combat Developer for Naval Special Warfare Group One. He served as Chairman for Research and Development on 11 separate optics and weapons boards from 2011 – 2014 maturing, funding and fielding five technologies. He is the author of “UNBREAKABLE: A Navy SEAL’s Way of Life”.


Steve Harrison

President of Bradley Communications, Quantum Leap, RTIR

Steve Harrison is a writer, speaker, and consultant whose #1 goal is to help those with a burning desire to share their message get it out into the world effectively and purposefully.
“The thing I love most is that I get to use my creativity to help an extraordinary group of people change other peoples’ lives. I am delighted when I receive emails and phone calls from authors, experts and entrepreneurs thanking me for helping them achieve an important milestone. It might be landing their first national media appearance, finishing their manuscript or making their book a bestseller. I get a real thrill when people tell me that I’ve helped them make their dream come true. And then, when I realize that I’m helping them help thousands – maybe millions of people – well… it’s all pretty mind-blowing to think about.”


Jack Canfield

Co-Author of Chicken Soup for the Soul series, sales over 500 million

As the beloved originator of the Chicken Soup for the Soul® series, Jack Canfield fostered the emergence of inspirational anthologies as a genre – and watched it grow to a billion dollar market. As the driving force behind the development and delivery of more than 123 million books sold through the Chicken Soup for the Soul® franchise (and over 500 million copies in print worldwide), Jack Canfield is uniquely qualified to talk about success.
Behind the empire Time Magazine called the “publishing phenomenon of the decade” is America’s leading expert in creating peak performance for entrepreneurs, corporate leaders, managers, sales professionals, corporate employees, and educators. Over the last 30 years, his compelling message, empowering energy and personable coaching style has helped hundreds of thousands of individuals achieve their dreams.

Affectionately known as “America’s #1 Success Coach,” Jack has studied and reported on what makes successful people different. He knows what motivates them, what drives them, and what inspires them. He brings this critical insight to countless audiences internationally—sharing his success strategies in the media, with companies, universities and professional associations.
Jack is a Harvard graduate with a Master’s Degree in psychological education and one of the earliest champions of peak-performance, developing specific methodologies and results-oriented activities to help people take on greater challenges and produce breakthrough results.


Judy Cohen

Red Hot Presentations

Judy Cohen is a leading presentation expert. At once terrified of public speaking, she employed the guidance of a great mentor and overcame her shy demeanor with his groundbreaking strategies. Empowered by her success, she started her company, Red Hot Presentations and wrote the book Red Hot Presentations: How to Write and Deliver a Talk so you, Get More Clients, Make More Money, and Become Famous in Your Niche as a Speaker. Judy has committed her life to helping people learn how to step into their confidence, use their authentic voice, and speak from their heart to deliver empowering speeches. They become the speaker everyone remembers. “What I want to do is stand behind YOU, like my mentor did for me, and say, ‘Speak now.'”


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