Gillian Larson has never satisfied her appetite for adventure and travel despite her wide array of
experiences throughout her 69 years. She has traveled through 46 countries and all but a few U.S.
states. This adventurous "granny" can climb and rappel 4,000 foot mountains and swim with the Great
Whites. Not only is she versatile, but she is competitive by nature and feels as though she was a perfect
fit for the game of SURVIVOR, she applied 15 times, went to 2 Open calls and had 3 interviews and never gave up . She always believed she would one day be selected and was for Gabon...She is an inspiration to young and old alike. Her audience of any demographic, walk away being inspired and motivated, with a new flame burning in their hearts to go for their dream, because "they can".
Married 46 years to her husband, Ron, Gillian has three daughters and seven grandchildren. Born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa, She was awarded several academic and athletic honors. Gillian met her American husband in Germany and moved to the United States. The couple has relocated 18 times and currently resides in Temecula, Calif. since 2001. Her proudest achievement is her awesome family. Retired after working as a registered nurse for 41 years in many fields she now devotes her time to making a difference in people's lives where she can. Speaking engagements, charity work, community networking, Medical Crew for Susan G Komen and producing Reality Rally for Michelle’s Place, Breast Cancer Resource Center.
Her selection to play Survivor was always driven by her desire to do more with it and when asked "why” her answer was always “ Because”Ican”. We live in the most awesome country where everything is possible if you just reach out and grab it. We have the freedom to do it and our ability is our own to decide. We should always remember that. " We are the masters of our fate.
Survivor gave her a spring board to do good. She is involved in many fund raising events, has organized many and has developed Reality Rally Inc 501c(3) which is a trademarked fund raising non- profit volunteer based orgaization to raise funds with other Reality Stars. www.realityrally.com tells it all. She does Motivational Speaking engagements to schools, faculty and students, Service groups, Organizations, Corporations and other groups. Testimonials from some of her over 400 to date speeches can be seen at www.gillianlarson.com. Her focus is her motto and her 12 "P's" of success..
Prepare for it,
DO IT !!!!
She relates each of these principles to her entire Survivor experience and is inspiring, powerful and entertaining. Be the best you can be no matter your age, live life and love life “If I can reach only one person in each group and they make a positive change, my message is heard” and she obviously reaches hundreds as she gets hundreds of emails attesting to it.
PATTI GRIBOW has been in business for over 20 years in the Coachella Valley. Currently as a Realtor
with HKLane/ Christie’s she is known for her strength of character and multi-faceted communication skills.
Within her first eight months in the industry Gribow garnered over 6 million dollars’ worth of listings and sales
due to trusted relationships with friends and business associates. Patti is a member of Valery Neuman and
Associates, with Valery consistently ranking as the #1 Top Selling Agent and #1 Top Listing Agent throughout
the Valley. Both women are known for leading with integrity!
Patti is a seasoned professional having worked on camera in television with the likes of Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, and Henry Winkler. This past decade as CEO of Gribow Entertainment, Patti has produced and/or hosted over 300 TV shows including interviews with Dan Rather, Judy Woodruff, Gloria Allred, Jane Seymour, Cardinal Timothy Dolan and Senator John McCain.
Gribow believes that service to the community is not a choice, but an obligation. Her advocacy for women has earned her numerous awards including a Palm Desert Athena Award, Women Leaders Forum Lifetime Achievement Award, and the George Berkey Palm Desert Citizen of the Year Award. She has been honored by Soroptimist International of Palm Desert-Sunrise, and the National League of American Pen Women. In addition, she has served as a Member of the Board of Counselors for the University of Southern California School of Dramatic Arts. Currently Patti is the President of Palm Springs Women in Film and Television, as well as, a member of the Advisory Board of Women Leaders Forum.
Joyce A. Johnson, the Dean of Career and Technical Education at Mt San Jacinto College. She is a native
of California, born and raised in Los Angeles, California. She is a wife to her childhood sweetheart of 36 years,
a mother to three young men and one daughter and a grandmother to four adorable grandchildren. Joyce has
combined over thirty-five years of experience in career education; she is a nurse with twenty-seven years experience in Pediatrics and eighteen years in academia as an educator and administrator. She is an advocate of career education and mentors young women in careers choices. She is active in her community and church. In her spare time she is completing her doctoral degree in Community College Leadership at Cal State, Fullerton, and especially enjoys spending time with her family.
Laura Wilcox is a graduate from San Diego State University in California and received her Bachelor’s Degree
in Social Work in 1998. Laura has also been coaching clients to break habits and achieve goals since 2002.
Laura Wilcox has been providing services that empower men and women to overcome adversity, retrain their
mind and accomplish their goals.
Laura Wilcox is a Life Coach who uses relaxation techniques and other mental exercises to help clients create a positive mindset and become a better self through God. As a life coach, Laura directs and guides her clients to implement tools and options to move forward in his or her personal life. Laura has a Christian perspective when working with her clients. She often talks about faith, values and prayer, which are core pieces to achieving ones goals and success. She supports her clients as they move through the process by offering skills to strengthen their mind, break negative habits and create positive habits to achieve goals. The client is assisted in achieving their goals in order to get their career started; to accomplish success in their personal life.
Ms. Allison’s voice is heard throughout California. She is a highly regarded public speaker at agriculture
conferences in relation to risk management. Her other speaking engagements focus on financial literacy,
children’s issues and empowerment of women. She is a regular keynote speaker for foster girls at an
annual camp in Santa Barbara County and for numerous fundraisers.
Brenda's community service includes: Rotary Club of Ventura, Big Brother Big Sister of Ventura County,
board member, Casa Pacifica – Board member, United Women’s Leadership Council – Executive member,
Focus on supporting emancipated foster girls, Gold-Diggers, Inc. - Miami- Former performing board member, Camarillo Chamber of Commerce, Latinos In Business, Immediate past chairperson, Cuban Culture Club of Ventura County, Founder and a member of the Women’s Economic Ventures. She is the Recipient of the 2016 Latino Business Award from Pacific Coast Business Times.
In Ms. Allison opened her first insurance agency and quickly specialized in commercial risk management and in 2007 her firm acquired Coast General Insurance Brokers.
Ms. Allison lives in Ventura with her children- Caroline, Charlotte and Charles and her husband, Thomas J. Hutchinson. As a family, they enjoy travel, music, volunteering, family game nights and reading.
Cesaria Hernandez - Master of Ceremonies
Cesaria Hernandez is seen throughout southern California, co-hosting The Valley Connection, a TV cable
program spotlighting interests and happenings throughout the Inland Empire. Ms. Hernandez portrayed the
title character in the Valley’s classic outdoor play “Ramona” for six seasons and has been seen for the past
three summers in the role of Joaquina Moreno in the Bowl’s original comedy “Zorro”.
After attending the University of California at Davis, Ms. Hernandez began her theatrical career in the Bay
area doing modeling, print work, and commercials. She appeared in the films Forrest Gump, Basic Instinct,
and As Good As Dead.
An advocate against domestic violence, she has spoken extensively on the subject, and was a featured guest on Oprah, After The Show With Oprah, and The Jane Pauley Show. She has contributed to magazine articles in Marie Claire, Redbook, and the Canadian Journal of Psychology.
When not acting or traveling with her husband and eight children, Ms. Hernandez works as a marketing liaison in the fields of medical research and travel. She is co-owner of White Feather Investigations, (www.WhiteFeatherPI.net) a full service private investigations company.
Bryan Tarr - RockYoga
I believe in the unlimited potential of the human spirit and enjoy mentoring others creating freedom in their personal and professional life through a technique called RockYoga and Breakthrough Balance Coaching. Since childhood, I was always fascinated with rocks. Out of my life experience and passion for rocks, I created a personal breakthrough experience called RockYoga. This new method integrates a hands on rock balancing approach combined with the Yoga basics of breathwork. This creates for students, a new physical awareness resulting in the awakening of human potential and their personal experiences reveal how this practice will increase your creativity, peace, life balance while stimulating deeper loving relationships.
What is RockYoga? :
As we use our hands in play we find personal curiosity and exploration then when combined with yoga breathing and mindful basics easily opens the heart and a new path to creativity, inspiration, clarity and focus.
The Palm Room - Steven Estrada of the Santa Rosa Band of Cahuilla Indians
Steven Estrada is a tribal member from the Santa Rosa Band of Cahuilla Indians. He learned traditional basket weaving from his grandmother, Josephine Modesto, and later his cousin, Donna Largo. He weaves traditional Cahuilla baskets, both coiled and twined, using natural plant materials that he gathers in the local mountains. He has been weaving for nearly twenty years. Steven will be demonstrating coiled basketry and discussing the history of basketry as well as material collecting and processing.