4th Tuesday each month,

beginning March 28, 2023

  • 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm ET
  • 11:00 am - 12:30 pm CT
  • 10:00 am – 11:30 am MT
  •   9:00 am – 10:30 am PT





 Educational Coordinator:              Rosemary Cox                          r.cox@sage-ing.org

More about the interview series

In addition to asking about moments of clarity, epiphany or synchronicity that became an integral part of the interviewees’ path forward, Ron and Katia will place equal emphasis on the dark nights, the challenges, the times of doubt and struggle that have shaped them, transformed them, and informed their growth and teaching.  Many inspiring, fascinating stories are sure to be shared in “Turning Points.”

These stories will support the wisdom that endings, loss, disappointments and other challenges play a critical role on the journey of human growth. They will show that such experiences, when accepted, embraced and worked with consciously, are necessary to prepare the inner ground for breakthroughs and new beginnings. 

Those who register will have the option to participate in the Turning Points Facebook group, available only to those who have registered for this series. In this group we will feature information about the presenters and their work and provide the opportunity for registrants to share with each other their reactions to the interviews, questions that have arisen, and personal turning points on their own life journeys. Information and invitations to join the Facebook group will be sent out in March before the series begins.

If you choose to register after the series begins you will have the opportunity to join the Facebook group, and will receive recordings of any interviews you have missed.

An opportunity to register for the second six months will be offered in the spring of 2023.

 Featured Thought Leader Interviews

March 28: Richard Leider: Widely viewed as a visionary and thought leader on the “power of purpose”, Richard’s work is featured regularly in many media sources including, PBS public television, and NPR public radio. He has written several books, and was featured in the PBS Special – The Power of Purpose.

April 25: Joan Borysenko:  Joan is a world-renowned expert in the mind-body connection. Her work has been foundational in an international health-care revolution that recognizes the role of meaning, and the spiritual dimensions of life, as an integral part of health and healing. She is the author of 17 books including the best seller “Minding the Body, Tending the Mind.”

May 23: Jamal Raman: Imam Jamal Rahman is an established author and teacher on Sufi spirituality and interfaith relations.  He has been featured in the New York Times, on CBS News, the BBC, and NPR.  His passion lies in interfaith community building. Jamal remains rooted in his Islamic tradition but cultivates ‘spaciousness’ by being open to the beauty and wisdom of other faiths. 

June 27th: Connie Zweig:  Connie is a retired psychotherapist, whose work has long focused on the necessity of facing the shadow in the journey of growth.  Her highly acclaimed book, “The Inner Work of Age: Shifting from Role to Soul” was released in 2021.

July 25th: Emmanuel Kuntzelman:  Emmanuel is a social entrepreneur, writer, motivational speaker, and activist for purpose.  He is a founding co-creator of the Global Purpose Movement which merged with Unity Earth and together have launched Purpose Earth of which Emmanuel is the volunteer Director.  Purpose Earth is the sponsor for World Unity Week, promoting the evolution of consciousness.

August 22nd: Mac McCartney: Mac is an international speaker, writer and change-maker.  Over twenty years he was mentored by a group of indigenous elders and ever since has attempted to bring two worlds together – an ancient world-view that emphasizes relationship, interdependence, and reverence for life with the significant challenges and opportunities of the twenty-first century.  

September 26th: Anita Sanchez:  Anita is a transformational leadership consultant, speaker, coach and author of the international award-winning book - The Four Sacred Gifts: Indigenous Wisdom for Modern Times (Simon & Schuster). She bridges indigenous teachings with the latest science to inspire and equip women and men to enjoy meaningful, empowered lives and careers. Note:  All interviews will be on the 4th Tuesday of each month.  The dates for the remaining interviewees will be announced soon. 

*Note:  All interviews will be on the 4th Tuesday of each month.  The dates for the remaining interviewees will be announced soon.  

*Raghu Ananthanarayanan:  Raghu is formally trained as an engineer with an MS in Bio-Medical Engineering from IIT, Madras, and has also been deeply immersed with the questions of human life in various sectors. In academic areas, he is the Cofounder of the Sumedhas Academy of Human Context since 1995, and of the Barefoot Academy of Governance with TISS since 2012.

*Amikaela Gastan:  Amikaela is a singer, activist, and executive director/founder of the International Cultural Arts & Healing Sciences Institute.  She has traveled world wide to work with political refugees, war survivors, and jeopardized populations.  Amikaela is the recipient of many awards including the United Nations Global Woman Award.

*John Sorenson:  John is the founder of Elders Acton Network.  He uses his earlier experiences in the aerospace industry and as an entrepreneur, in concert with his commitment to conscious eldering, to inform his calling as an elder strategist for social and environmental justice.

*Katia Petersen:  Katia’s work focuses on systems change through a collaborative process, meaningful conversations, and shifting perspectives to arrive at solutions through action. Her passion resides in creating hospitable spaces within organizations by tapping into the collective wisdom of the group, to increase their capacity to create positive change while reaching their full potential.

*Ron Pevny:  Ron is Founding Director of the Center for Conscious Eldering, based in Colorado, which for 20 years has presented workshops and retreats across North America to support people in bringing purpose, growth and service to their elder years. He is author of Conscious Living, Conscious Aging: embrace and savor your next chapter and is also a long-time Certified Sage-ing® Leader.