9:30AM (PST) – John Posey, writer and star of the play, “Father, Son, and Holy Coach”, and his son, Tyler Posey producer of the play
John Posey is in his fourth decade as a professional actor, writer and producer, the last twenty-five of which were spent in the Los Angeles market. As an actor, Posey has performed extensively in the television, film, stage, commercial and voice-over fields. His many TV/FILM credits include SEINFELD, FROM THE EARTH TO THE MOON, LEGENDARY, WMD, MANHUNTER, E.R. NCIS, NEWSRADIO, BOSTON LEGAL, 24, CHEERS, CRIMINAL MINDS, HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER, to name just a few. He has also appeared in hundreds of national and international television and radio commercials for virtually every top ad agency in the industry.
As a writer Posey has written screenplays for Disney, HBO, SONY, WWE Film Studios and PAX TV. His film, LEGENDARY, starring Patricia Clarkson, Tyler Posey and Danny Glover, was produced in 2010. His biopics GORGEOUS GEORGE and EDDIE THE EAGLE are both currently in development. Posey also wrote, produced and starred in the critically acclaimed one man live production of FATHER, SON & HOLY COACH, which continues to be developed independently as a film property. Posey has performed the play over 200 times throughout the country.
He is the father of Jesse and Tyler. Tyler currently heads the hit MTV series TEEN WOLF. Jesse Posey is a college baseball pitcher. John is also a speech/content writer and has worked with the likes of Sugar Ray Leonard, D.A.R.E. and various educational companies. John was married to Cyndi for 24 years, prior to her passing in 2014. He lives in the Los Angeles area.
John began his career in radio at WDVH AM in Gainesville, Florida. He took a motorcycle trip across the country at the age of 16 and barely lived to tell about it. John’s brother, David, was an All-Conference kicker for the University of Florida football team and later kicked for the New England patriots. He is the cousin of retired race car driver/race commentator Sam Posey. He was one of the original “ball boys” for the Miami Dolphins, along with the son of Larry King. And, yes, it’s true, he was the original “Dad” on the ABC TV series FULL HOUSE. After having watched nearly every episode of the long-running sitcom, John’s youngest son, Jesse, found the original pilot of FULL HOUSE, with his dad in the lead role, a little “disturbing”.
Tyler Posey has established himself as a sought after young actor in both film and television. He has done extensive work in television, including recurring roles on ABC Family’s ‘Lincoln Heights’ and ABC’s ‘Brothers & Sisters’. Tyler shot two films this year: ‘Taco Shop’, alongside Eric Roberts (‘The Dark Knight’) and Laura Harring (‘Mulholland Drive’), and ‘White Frog’, co-starring Booboo Stewart (‘The Twilight Saga’) and Talulah Riley (‘Pride & Prejudice’). His previous feature work includes films such as ‘Collateral Damage’ alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger, ‘Maid in Manhattan’ with Jennifer Lopez, and the Independent WWE film ‘Legendary’ with Patricia Clarkson.
Dean Ornish, M.D., is the founder and president of the non-profit Preventive Medicine Research Institute and Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Ornish received his M.D. from the Baylor College of Medicine, was a clinical fellow in medicine at Harvard Medical School, and completed an internship and residency in internal medicine at the Massachusetts General Hospital. He earned a B.A. in Humanities summa cum laude from the University of Texas in Austin, where he gave the baccalaureate address. For over 36 years, Dr. Ornish has directed clinical research demonstrating, for the first time, that comprehensive lifestyle changes may begin to reverse even severe coronary heart disease, without drugs or surgery. Recently, Medicare agreed to provide coverage for this program, the first time that Medicare has covered a program of comprehensive lifestyle changes. He directed the first randomized controlled trial demonstrating that comprehensive lifestyle changes may slow, stop or reverse the progression of early-stage prostate cancer. His current research showed that comprehensive lifestyle changes affect gene expression, “turning on” disease-preventing genes and “turning off” genes that promote cancer and heart disease, as well as the first study showing that these lifestyle changes may begin to reverse aging by lengthening telomeres, the ends of our chromosomes which control aging (in collaboration with Dr. Elizabeth Blackburn, awarded the Nobel Prize in Medicine).
He is the author of six books, all national bestsellers, including: Dr. Dean Ornish’s Program for Reversing Heart Disease; Eat More, Weigh Less; Love & Survival; and his most recent book, The Spectrum. The research that he and his colleagues conducted has been published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, The Lancet, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Circulation, The New England Journal of Medicine, the American Journal of Cardiology, The Lancet Oncology, and elsewhere. A one-hour documentary of their work was broadcast on NOVA, the PBS science series, and was featured on Bill Moyers’ PBS series, Healing & The Mind. Their work has been featured in all major media, including cover stories in Newsweek, TIME, and U.S. News & World Report. He has written a monthly column for Newsweek and Reader’s Digest magazines, is currently Medical Editor of The Huffington Post and writes a regular column for TIME magazine.
Dr. Ornish was appointed by President Clinton to the White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine Policy and by President Obama to the White House Advisory Group on Prevention, Health Promotion, and Integrative and Public Health. He has been a member of the boards of directors of the San Francisco Food Bank, the J. Craig Venter Institute, and the St. Vincent de Paul Homeless Shelter in SF where he and colleagues established an integrative medicine clinic which will be replicated throughout the country. He was elected to the California Academy of Medicine and chaired the Google Health Advisory Council with Marissa Mayer 2007-9. The “Ornish diet” was rated #1 for heart health by U.S. News & World Report in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015.
He has received several awards, including the 1994 Outstanding Young Alumnus Award from the University of Texas, Austin; the University of California, Berkeley, “National Public Health Hero” award; the Jan J. Kellermann Memorial Award for distinguished contribution in the field of cardiovascular disease prevention from the International Academy of Cardiology; a Presidential Citation from the American Psychological Association; the Beckmann Medal from the German Society for Prevention and Rehabilitation of Cardiovascular Diseases; the “Pioneer in Integrative Medicine” award from California Pacific Medical Center; the Stanley Wallach Lectureship Award from the American College of Nutrition; the Golden Plate Award from the American Academy of Achievement; the Linus Pauling Award from the Institute for Functional Medicine; the Glenn Foundation Award for Research; the Bravewell Collaborative Pioneer of Integrative Medicine award; and the Sheila Kar Health Foundation Humanitarian Award from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center (Los Angeles). Dr. Ornish has been a physician consultant to President Clinton since 1993 and to several bipartisan members of the U.S. Congress, and he consulted with the chefs at The White House, Camp David, and Air Force One to cook more healthfully (1993-2000). He gave a keynote speech reviewing the science of integrative medicine at the Institute of Medicine’s first Summit on Integrative Medicine at the National Academy of Sciences.
Rachel Bradley is a nationally touring comedian, actress, model and national-level fitness competitor. Rachel is currently performing in theaters across the country, bringing her comedic point of view on what it takes to be a strong woman. She can be heard every week as the host of the popular Titus Podcast, alongside comedian Christopher Titus. Most recently, Rachel was featured in the comedy issue of Vanity Fair, Oxygen Fitness magazine, and GoodGuys Auto Magazine. Rachel is also a regular at the Aspen Comedy Festival, and was invited to perform at the premier LOL Santa Barbara Comedy Festival. In December 2015, she is set to film her first comedy special in Denver, CO. Although born a Southern girl, Rachel currently resides in, and calls Los Angeles, home.11:30AM (PST) – Jay Samit, author of the book, “Disrupt You”
Jay Samit has been described by Wired magazine as “having the coolest job in the industry.” He is a leading technology innovator who has raised hundreds of millions of dollars for startups; sold companies to Fortune 500 firms; taken companies public; and partnered with some of the world’s biggest brands, including Coca Cola, McDonald’s, General Motors, United Airlines, Microsoft, Apple, Verizon, and Facebook. Samit is CEO of SeaChange International, a leading global multi-screen video software company. A technology innovator and entrepreneur, he was a senior advisor to LinkedIn and was appointed to the White House initiative for education and technology by President Bill Clinton. An adjunct professor of entrepreneurship at USC’s Viterbi School of Engineering, Samit is the host of the Wall Street Journal Startup of the Year series.