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Game On: Leaders Who Last is an energizing and encouraging anthology with contributions from entrepreneurs and business leaders who have overcome obstacles and “leveled up” through challenges.


Many aspire to live the life of an entrepreneur. The world has painted a glamorous picture of the business owner: free, wealthy, and living the dream. The most experienced entrepreneurs know that “living the dream” requires years and years of hard work, overcoming obstacles, and constantly building your skills as a leader, manager, and communicator.

Ready to take on the challenge? Game On. This anthology will open your eyes to what it takes to persist as a business leader, even when the “levels” of ownership become harder, the problems get bigger, and the stakes get higher. The authors in this anthology have taken on these challenges, “leveling up” throughout their careers. They are sharing their stories in Game On: Leaders Who Last.

This anthology is no “cheat code,” but it will provide an insider look into what it takes to keep calm and carry on when the world around you is chaotic. (When you own a business, your world is more often chaotic than not.)
  • A brand storyteller shows how the underdog mentality can help you come out on top in business.
  • With decades of experience in various industries, a global entrepreneur shares how his latest venture came from viewing a documentary.
  • In the midst of a pandemic, a social worker switches gears and builds a healthcare business that tells clients, “Dare to Be Happy.”
  • A best-selling author and executive coach shares how he uses the principle of kaizen to grow and build a team of leaders who last
  • In the wake of an ill child, a leader learns the importance of building a business with her gut.
  • ...and stories from leaders in health, communication, cybersecurity, and more!

The challenges of the decade have left many feeling depleted. Every new challenge feels harder than the one before. After reading this anthology, you will feel refueled. Take this refreshed mindset and go the distance, no matter what industry you are in or how long you’ve been in the game.

Power up with the advice of entrepreneurs who have tamed the lions of success. Order Game On: Leaders Who Last today!

About The Authors

Alinka Rutkowska is the CEO of Leaders Press a USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling press, where she helps entrepreneurs create books from scratch and then launches them to bestseller status with a 100 percent success rate. She has helped more than 172 authors get on the USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestseller lists. Her mission is to help 10,000 entrepreneurs share their wisdom with the world by 2030.

Alinka is an official member of the Forbes Business Council, and her cutting-edge book creation process has been featured in Entrepreneur magazine. 

To learn more about Alinka, Leaders Press, and how this anthology and many of the solo books of the entrepreneurs featured here were created, visit

Dave Silberman is on a mission to liberate people from the small boxes they put themselves into. He is obsessed with ridding the silent suffering of self-imposed limitations in professional lives and organizations.

Dave is chief research and development officer and co-founder of Rhythmic Leader Science, a consultancy and technology company known for connecting leader psychology, physiology, and neuroscience to help organizations elevate their success via leadership performance. His prior career in senior leadership roles spanned across governmental, hi-tech startups, and venture capital spaces. This diverse experience brought him to the realization that potentiality in professional lives and organizations hinges on the understanding that as human beings we are more the same than different. 

Dave has shifted his life in service of his absolute belief that no one in their professional life should ever silently suffer or be falsely limited. Dave advocates these beliefs by helping organizations strategically navigate human potentiality and the negotiation of workplace and identity-based tension. Dave is a decorated disabled United States combat veteran and holds a PhD in human resources development. Dave also is a co-curator and writer for the Performance Rebels blog, and a graduate level adjunct professor at Boston University.


Dr. A.J Minai is the co-founder and chief memorability officer (CMO) at Vision 77 Ventures, an early-stage business angel accelerator with a portfolio of ventures across the USA, Asia-Pacific, and the Middle East and North Africa since 2016. 

V77 is on a mission to handpick, empower, and equip 77 founders to build their dreams into 77 profitable purposes around the world.

His mantra in life is “Impact over Influence” which he instills across Vision 77’s plethora of branding, design, blockchain, professional services, education, healthcare, property, and training ventures.

A business storyteller at his core, he proliferates stories hoping that they shift people towards a better mindset and, in turn, a better future. Having spoken at over 270 events globally, Dr. A.J Minai via Vision 77 crafts impactful stories for both personal & professional brands so that they 10X their memorability, thereby 10x-ing their revenue.

Matt Clark is a seasoned expert in sales, marketing, and business development, with more than a decade of experience in various industries from energy to telecoms and more. His particular set of skills came from door-to-door sales in both the UK and South Africa where influence, connection, and strong sales processes were the name of the game. He found his passion in teaching other people how to become successful while running his own company.


At the age of twenty-three, he started a telecom sales company that grew 100 percent per year and by year three was doing more than $6 million dollars in sales. The company was the fastest growing in the industry. Matthew understood that having strong sales processes and systems to manage and automate was the absolute foundation to successfully growing a business. He has since transferred this skill to businesses in many different industries and they too have experienced just how effective this can be. Matthew has helped over 1,700 entrepreneurs get massive results and change their lives. 


As the founder of The Virtual Edge, Matthew and his team coach and consult and help entrepreneurs create systems that help their clients increase profits up to fivefold, free up at least sixteen hours a week, and convert clients effortlessly so they can build a business that has sustainable growth, and has a massive impact with their clients.


Charles L. Moore is the owner of C.L. Moore & Associates, a certified public accounting firm in Lansing, Michigan. C.L. Moore & Associates, founded in 1991, is one of the few minority-owned accounting firms in Michigan outside of the Detroit area.


A native of Fort Wayne, Indiana, he found his passion and dedication for economic development through his experiences in his hometown and seeing his community members struggle to provide for themselves and their families.


Having a background in politics, finance, and education, Charles has dedicated his career to urban economic improvement and development. His company’s lifetime work has been in pursuit of these ideals. He has worked as a CFO or internal auditor in public and charter schools primarily in urban settings. He also developed models that improved the financial stability of urban schools that suffer from the high cost of educating poor children. 


Charles hopes to continue his work to revolutionize the way that minority firms work together to build their businesses and change the economic landscape of their communities. To gain a deeper connection and broaden your prospective, visit


Jeffrey Pietrzak, PhD, has spent his career as a leader in learning and organizational development, talent development, and human resources. Jeff has nearly twenty years of experience building and leading people-focused initiatives ranging from private firms to Fortune 500 companies. With a PhD in business, Jeff strives to blend his real-life experiences with academic perspectives. He is interested in all things related to people at work, with topics of particular interest including organizational justice, work orientation, leadership development, employee engagement, culture, diversity, equity, and inclusion. 


Jeff is an official member of the Forbes Human Resources Council and provides insight through original articles and expert panels. He regularly contributes his expertise on today's most critical topics, most recently providing his thoughts on diversity, equity, and inclusion in chapter 11 of the SHRM Society for Human Resource Management Study Guide by Sandra M. Reed. To learn more about Jeff, make a connection, or say hello, visit him at


Paul L. Gunn, Jr. has built a career around procurement, logistics, and supply chain. His impressive track record in this domain is evidenced by the firms he has owned and their flawless delivery performance records. Some of his noteworthy capabilities include: consulting, training and project management, implementing quality management systems, and technology solutions for global organizations leading cross-functional teams in Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and America. He is also a proven leader in lifecycle and business process management.

Paul has taken an active role in all the firms he has owned, including KUOG Corporation, and as such, he leverages his preferred servant leadership style and SME to drive all project phases from proposal generation to planning and execution. Notably, Mr. Gunn previously led one of his firm’s largest Quality Management System implementation projects for highly visible DoD end users.

His previous firm was listed as one Inc's Fastest Growing Privately Held Firms at #67. Mr. Gunn holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Georgia State University and a Master of Science in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix. He is also a Founder of Watertusk Corporation.

Chuks Ojeme, named one of the 2021 Top 100 Global CISO, is a cybersecurity, GRC, and corporate digital fraud investigation technocrat with a head for innovation and digital transformation. He takes a holistic approach to build robust, adaptive, resilient, and business-enhancing digital technologies while balancing agility with governance in developing people, processes, and platform-focused digital security ecosystems.


Chuks is engaged in providing transformative and strategic leadership in hedging out business and information security risks by establishing risk appetite and tolerance. He has helped various corporate entities in building a preventive, vigilant, and resilient cybersecurity management approach and has a track record of containing, remediating, and bringing a chaotic and disruptive cyberattack back to order. 


As a co-founder of “Conscience Matters,” he is engaged in building global virtual citizens of conscience as human augmented reality through mentorship, high impact leadership, collaborative engagement, and co-learning. Chuks has presented keynotes ranging from high-impact leadership, enterprise digital security management, responding to an escalating ransomware attack, supply and value chain management, governance risk, and compliance in various global events. He is the global chief information security and compliance officer at Brenntag, a visiting lecturer at IMC University of Applied Sciences Krems, and a non-executive board member of Cyber Volt. For more information about Chuks, please visit


Donald J. Wittman is a LinkedIn coach, trainer, writer, and consultant. For more than ten years, he has trained over 100,000 job seekers, college graduates, professionals, and small companies on finding their dream job, next client, and prospective hires, using LinkedIn, the #1 social media platform for sourcing professionals.

Don specializes in helping out-of-work job seekers, especially high-level executives, find their next job and earn their desired salary. Instead of chasing employment, Don uses his very own Pull Methodology that captivates employers and recruiters to reach out to job seekers instead of the other way around.

Don also helps B2B professionals, coaches, consultants, salespeople, and lawyers, get more leads by optimizing their LinkedIn profiles using the same Pull Methodology.

To learn more about how to improve your LinkedIn results vastly, land your next job faster, or have more clients find you before the competition, visit

Beth Jannery is Founder of Titan——a strategic communications consulting solutions company. Titan has two key offerings: consulting for clients in private and public sectors and Titan Consulting Certification for people who want to start their own consulting business. 

Prior to Titan, Beth served as Bureau Chief for Raytheon Technologies, a $64 billion-dollar multinational aerospace and defense conglomerate with 174,000 employees. She was Chief Marketing & Communications Officer and Senior Vice President for a billion-dollar company with 7,000 employees. Beth is a USA Today.

Rick Yvanovich is a USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author, executive coach, serial entrepreneur, techie, Brit, baby boomer, and professional bean counter (hence FCMA, CGMA, FCPA). Rick has spent more than forty years in supermarkets, accounting profession, breweries, newsagents, defense manufacturing, IT, talent, F&B, property development and BP, living in the UK, China, Singapore, Switzerland, and Vietnam. 

Posted to BP China as Finance Manager, Rick then relocated to BP Vietnam in 1990 making him likely the longest Brit and one of the most seasoned expats in Vietnam. He served as Board Member of BritCham Vietnam, Chairman Industry Advisory Committee RMIT Vietnam, CIMA assessor, and founder/co-founder/CFO/investor/advisor of multiple start-ups (not all of which have failed!). 

Rick is an active promoter of CIMA and a regular speaker on talent, accounting, ERP, technology, digital transformation, project management, doing business in Vietnam, UK-Vietnam and Vietnam inward investment. Rick’s coaching journey includes CCMP (2018), Leaders Create Leaders (2020), Genos Emotional Intelligence Practitioner (2021), OKR Champion (2021), Ikigai Coach (2021), CCMC (2021), and CBC (2022).

Crushing barriers to mental health, Montrella Cowan is a licensed psychotherapist and clinical social worker (LICSW), motivational speaker, bestselling author, and founding CEO of Affinity Health Affairs, which inspires people like you to “step into their greatness.”  

Creator of The Peace of Mind Academy, Cowan’s talks include:

  • How to Be Mentally Healthy So You Can Avoid Suffering in Silence and Feeling Lonely 
  • The 5 Surefire Ways to Overcome Anxiety and Depression During the Pandemic 
  • The 3 Biggest Mistakes Made in the Workplace When Striving to Achieve Work-Life Balance  

Hailing from Brooklyn, New York, Cowan empathizes with clients because she once suffered from depression and was birthed into a plethora of generational woes including abuse, poverty, and addictions, and still conquered the journey from trauma to triumph.

Cowan earned a master’s degree in Social Work from Howard University and a bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Catholic University of America. She is a mentor to young adults, helping to transform them into effective change agents. 

Cowan’s expertise has been featured in Essence, Radio One, NPR, FOX, ABC, and dozens of other national media outlets. 

If you’re ready to smash the past and co-create your future, contact Cowan at: 


Kae Wagner is founder and president of North Star Marketing, a digital marketing company specializing in helping business owners market and grow their companies. 

North Star Marketing has contributed to the sales success of large companies such as Snyder’s Pretzels, Herr Foods, Baldwin Hardware, High Industries, as well as business start-ups and mid-size companies expanding their markets and their product lines. Industry experience covers all categories, from food manufacturing to heavy equipment to professional services and tech companies.

Kae Wagner is an award-winning TV producer, author, and speaker. In addition to being a business owner and community leader, her leadership experience includes being a Vistage chair, speaker, and member, and leading CEO peer groups for the S. Dale High Family Business Center. 

As a member of numerous corporate and non-profit board of directors, Wagner has helped guide organizations through leadership transitions, expansions, capital campaigns, and organic growth.

Wagner’s three books are focused on helping Leaders increase their leadership IQ and EQ: The Power Principles of Marketing, The CEOS Little Black Book on Branding, and Leadership GLUE: Be the GLUE in Your Business without Getting Stuck in the Daily Grind. You can get a free chapter of Leadership GLUE by visiting the following site: 


Solomon Thimothy is the founder of OneIMS, a leading growth marketing agency, and Clickx, an agency-scaling platform and services agency. He also coaches and mentors agency owners to scale their services and processes. A passionate marketer, Solomon has dedicated over two decades to helping small businesses grow. He’s spoken at numerous conferences and has been published in Forbes, Fast Company, and other notable publications. You can learn more about Solomon at

Jasmine Kernaleguen is a leadership reinventor on a mission to change the course of leadership and organizations in redefining leader performance: to create healthy environments where people thrive, unleash their potential, and actually want to work.


She is chief disruptor and cofounder of Rhythmic Leader Science, a consultancy and technology company known for connecting leader psychology, physiology, and neuroscience to help organizations elevate their success via leadership performance. Her prior career in senior leadership roles contributed significantly to enabling her to find a sense of humanity and fearlessness in challenging thinking to decode puzzles and paradoxes that keep us constrained as leaders. 


Leveraging her superpowers in creating clarity in complexity, she systematically helps organizations see and move beyond these constraints to get back to being alive. She is unwaveringly driven to help people succeed, power-up their talents, and create value. She has worked with leaders worldwide to grow beyond their own perceived limits and lift their performance through practice. She is also cofounder of Vibrancy, writes and curates the Performance Rebels blog (, is a dynamic speaker, consultant, CEO coach, and dares to disrupt at every opportunity.


Dr. Chloe Carmichael is a leading expert on anxiety, a nationally-known speaker, clinical psychologist, author, and entrepreneur. Her best-selling book, Nervous Energy: Harness the Power of Your Anxiety (Macmillan, 2021), was endorsed by the world-renowned Deepak Chopra and called a “game changer” by Jim McCann, the founder of 1-800-FLOWERS. Dr. Chloe’s online and in-person speaking have received rave reviews and return invitations from a diverse group of organizations including Baker McKenzie (the third largest law firm in the world), Columbia University, and 92Y. Dr. Chloe has also been featured in VH1, ABC Nightline, Inside Edition, Vanity Fair, The New York Times, and many others.


Dr. Chloe is a recognized business leader and longstanding member of Entrepreneurs’ Organization; she understands the stressors and needs of corporations and their teams. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Columbia University and holds a PhD in clinical psychology from Long Island University. She has taught psychology at the university level and she is a member of the American Psychological Association as well as the National Register of Health Psychologists, an organization for psychologists with the highest credentials. As a yoga teacher-turned-psychologist, Dr. Chloe’s energetic personality and ability to address sensitive and complex topics in a fresh and relatable manner make her a perennial favorite with workshop and conference attendees.


To engage Dr. Chloe to speak at your next event, go to today. For more information about her best-selling book and other services, go to


Shunya (author’s pen name) is deeply curious to understand the nature of self. To quench his thirst for knowledge, he has spent a considerable part of his life learning various Eastern and Western philosophical traditions, yogic, and meditation practices with a focus on mindfulness techniques. He is a member of AMRA (American Mindfulness Research Association).


His core values are learning, creativity, and making authentic relationships. Thus, he enjoys sharing his learnings with others through courses, poetry, writing books, and blogs. His last book: O Beloved–Being, Becoming, and Beyond was on Amazon's bestselling list and garnered substantial support from readers in different countries.


In his daily routine, he practices various styles of yoga and mindfulness (Vipassana) meditation. He has designed various mindfulness courses and coaches curious souls in this discipline. 


He has around twenty years of industry experience in the professional domain, and has worked in the Big 5 consulting firms and is currently employed with Microsoft Corporation as a principal program manager where he leads various large-scale and complex programs.


He maintains a simple and ordinary lifestyle, living with his parents, wife, and two sons in Seattle, WA. Interested people can connect with him via, or via LinkedIn at Rajesh Fandan | LinkedIn


Jill Bausch began her career in senior roles marketing luxury hotels. In 1995, Bausch walked away from her comfortable role to bring more fulfilment to her life. She became CEO of Futures Group Europe, working in behaviour change and sexual health while the HIV/AIDS epidemic ravaged Asia and Africa. Bausch spoke globally about HIV/AIDS prevention strategies, while bringing up a family in the UK.  Bausch now continues to coach high-performing executives worldwide for UN agencies like the World Health Organisation and other global entities such as LVMH, The Green Climate Fund,  The Center for Reproductive Rights and The World Bank. Today, Jill Bausch continues to achieve maximum social change and serves as the head of International Search & Leadership for SRI Executive, runs her own coaching company VivePoint Ltd. and because she clearly has too much time on her hands,  she is also the Social Impact Advisor to London Business school and a Mentor for the Prince’s Trust.  She splits her time between London, UK for the weather and Portugal for the business opportunities, oh wait… might this this be the other way around?  


David Medansky is known as “The Overweight Person’s Best Friend” because he is a leading authority on how to lose weight without dieting, exercising, or counting calories.


David struggled with his own weight issues until July 2016 when he discovered he was on track to have a fatal heart attack. During the next four months he shed fifty pounds, almost 25 percent of his total body weight, and he has kept it off.


David’s mission is to teach others how to change their daily eating routines and refocus their relationship with food so they can lose weight, have more energy, feel better, look better, and improve their overall health without going on a diet. For more information, visit 


Ross Alan Hill is the founder of CEO-to-CEO Executive Coaching and Tall Oaks Coaching, a nonprofit coaching pastors and their spouses. He believes leaders were never meant to walk alone, and these two coaching firms make sure their clients have an accomplished confidant to walk through life with them. Hill’s clients have included a two-time gold medal Olympic athlete, a world-renowned eye surgeon, one of the Top 25 Most Powerful Women in Banking, a New York Times bestselling author, and numerous other executives, church pastors, and megachurch pastors.


Over his forty-year banking career, Hill built the number one earning community bank in America. The bank also became the number one source for home loans to Native Americans, knocking off Bank of America and Wells Fargo in that niche market. The bank was also rated Top Workplaces in Oklahoma each of his last seven years as CEO.


Hill has written two books; for more information, visit

Gennady Feller is the Founder and President of Safe Partner, a Silicon Valley-based, boutique software development and consulting company serving the world since 1995. A member of the Forbes Business Council and San Francisco Business Times Leadership Trust, Gennady is a full-stack engineer and entrepreneur. His work has improved numerous businesses by handling their software design, development, implementation, ongoing maintenance, and customer support.

Jeff Kutas has stolen many ideas, at least that’s what he has heard countless times since reinventing himself after losing a brick-and-mortar health food business after thirty years. In the process of doing so, he reinvented the mailbox! Jeff knew in the days of dial-up that online shopping would eventually challenge his business. When Amazon started selling more than books in 1999, he knew had to diversify or die. Through his persistence, the business lasted another seventeen years.


Jeff has since circled his wagons in the Cowboy Capital of the World where he is now accelerating MB Sentinel, the world's first aspirational brand of mailbox safes. Jeff is well on his way to meeting his new potential with two patents, multiple trademarks, and a Texas Association of Builders (TAB) 2021 Star Award for Best Product since making this pivot in late 2017.


His Box Gobbler, Box Sentinel, and Mailbox Sentinel package delivery safes are like elite special forces in the war against porch pirates. When Jeff is not pushing the accelerator on MB Sentinel, he and his incredibly attentive Labradoodle Lilah retreat to Kamp Kutas for a Sunday reset with family. For more information, follow Jeff at 


Product Details

  • Publisher: Leaders Press (May 17, 2022)
  • Length: 200 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781637351406

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