The Rise of ‘The Culture Creator’: Todd Speciale’s Journey to the Top of the Sales and Leadership Training Industry
Todd Speciale, a renowned sales and leadership trainer, has had a unique journey to success. Born in upstate New York, Speciale moved to Missouri for a few years before settling in Florida in 1998. Despite his humble beginnings, Speciale has always been driven by his love for his family and a desire to make his father proud.
Speciale’s journey began at the age of 15, when he began knocking on doors selling vacuum sweepers to make money. However, it wasn’t until he stumbled upon a pool hall at the age of 16 that his life truly changed. Intrigued by the gambling and negotiation tactics he witnessed, Speciale began to watch players for hours on end. Eventually, he picked up a pool stick and began to play himself, going on to win multiple tournaments and making a name for himself in the streets.
As his reputation grew, Speciale began to branch out into other games such as cribbage, tonk, pinochle, and gin to continue earning money. Gambling became a lifestyle for Speciale, and he eventually became the youngest district sales manager for a large jewelry organization in Florida.
In 2003, Speciale saw an opportunity in the poker craze and began running games out of his home. This led to him renting out penthouses for games and eventually quitting his retail job to focus on poker full-time. However, after being robbed three times at gunpoint, Speciale decided to leave the street life behind and go legit. He got his real estate license and entered the world of timeshare sales.
Today, Speciale is one of the top sales and leadership trainers in the world, running his own consulting firm, Make Sales Great Again. He has spoken on stage with notable figures such as Ashton Kutcher, Jack Canfield, and Les Brown, and is a 2x best-selling author with his third book set to release worldwide in 2023.
Speciale’s mission is to teach people to sell and lead the right way, emphasizing the importance of culture in success. He is also a philanthropist and Christian, and continues to change lives through his voice and teachings. You can follow him on social media platforms such as Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn, TikTok, Clubhouse, Twitter, and check out his websites www.msgaconsulting.com, www.toddspeciale.com, www.gutcheckuncut.com.
THREE SISTERS Starring Oscar Isaac and Greta Gerwig Indefinitely Postponed at New York Theatre Workshop
New York Theatre Workshop has announced that the highly anticipated production of Three Sisters-directed by Sam Gold in a new adaptation by Clare Barron starring Oscar Isaac and Greta Gerwig-has been indefinitely postponed.
Read NYTW’s statement below:
Originally announced as part of the 2019/20 season, the production was initially delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In the intervening three years, NYTW has worked to reunite the original company for a summer 2023 production. Unfortunately, new scheduling conflicts have arisen for the production’s in-demand artists which proved to be insurmountable in bringing the production to life during the 2022/23 season. NYTW hopes to be able to bring this new production to the stage in a future season and joins the community in the disappointment of this second postponement.
Because bringing these productions to the stage often takes many months-sometimes years-there will not be a replacement production in the 2022/23 season, which will be shortened to four productions. How to Defend Yourself is currently playing through April 2 and The Half-God of Rainfall will close out the season in spring/summer 2023.
Greta Gerwig had previously worked with director Sam Gold on The Village Bike at MCC Theater, and Oscar Isaac had worked with Gold on Hamlet at The Public. Oscar Isaac is currently starring in Lorraine Hansberry’s The Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window at the BAM Harvey Theater.
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California is a national leader when it comes to providing health care coverage to low-income residents. The state was one of the first, in 2014, to expand Medicaid — known in California as Medi-Cal — under the Affordable Care Act, which allowed millions of previously ineligible low-income adults to qualify for the program.
Since then, California has expanded the program to people without legal immigration status — first to children in 2016, then to young adults in 2019, and most recently to adults 50 and older. Gov. Gavin Newsom has committed to covering all remaining eligible adults by 2024.
These expansions are a major step towards health equity in California, steps I’ve advocated for. But expanding health coverage is only the beginning. Now it’s time for California to lead the way again by shoring up quality and access within the system.
A third of Californians rely on Medi-Cal for health care. But actually getting that care is difficult for many, according to Jose Torres, policy and legislative advocate with Health Access California, a statewide health care consumer advocacy organization. Patients often can’t find Medi-Cal providers in their neighborhoods and have to travel unacceptable distances to get care, he told me. Many also face difficulties finding providers that speak their language or who understand their culture, a factor that worsens racial disparities in health care.
The result is that even though they have health coverage, access to care is often second-rate and serves to perpetuate health disparities. Due to societal inequalities, people of color are disproportionately low-income and enrolled in Medi-Cal.
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