1. Celebrating Mitzi Perdue: Author, Humanitarian, Advocate Phyllis Ayman, MS/SLP, CDP, CADDCT, CDCM, CMDCP 57:20

Mitzi Perdue is an extraordinarily engaging, remarkable woman and thought leader.

Her personal story is nothing short of inspirational. Perdue was inspired by an employee with an IQ of over 200, who she believes had a fear of failure that stopped him from achieving his life-long goal.
After what was diagnosed as a life threatening heart ailment, Mitzi secured treatment which helped her employee get on the road to recovery. But as she tells the story, despite having a long life ahead, he never pursued or realized his life-long dream. Mitzi saw her tenant rice farmer’s inability to pursue his goals as rooted in fear-of-failure.

Realizing that her debilitating lisp prevented her from pursuing her own lifelong dream, she was determined not to follow the same path of the tenant rice farmer. She embarked on a journey of rigorous speech therapy until she achieved her broadcasting career goal; from there she went on to become a motivational public speaker.

Mitzi is also a staunch and outspoken advocate to end human trafficking, an issue with far reaching implications for both society and the trafficked individual. Her latest blog in Psychology Today entitled: Nursing Homes: A Growing Target for Labor Traffickers, is an interview of SeniorsSTRAIGHTTalk host: Phyllis Ayman.

Perdue’s most recent written work, ‘Relentless’ is a biography of Mark Victor Hansen, co-author of Chicken Soup for the Soul books. The book has been said by the Business Guru and Financier Somers White, “The GREATEST self-help book I have ever read. A BLUEPRINT for HOW TO MAKE ONE’S CAREER GO FASTER AND FARTHER.” It has been nominated for several awards, both in the United States and abroad and has also been translated into Ukrainian.

When you text: DONATE to 55312 you will receive a free copy of Relentless. Royalties will go to Razom, the Ukrainian relief organization with 125,000 volunteer members, mostly Ukrainian Americans.

Phyllis Ayman Ambassador for Conscious Aging Life Management and #1 WSJ and USA Today Best Selling Author, Podcaster

Phyllis Ayman is the Ambassador for Conscious Aging Life Management, and founder of Mindful Longevity Solutions. She coaches individuals to develop their Personalized Longevity or Wellness Care Plans so they can live as healthfully, happily ,and fulfilled as they possibly can. As an aging life careplanning coach and mediator, she guides families to make decisions and mediate challenging conversations around aging care issues. She conceived and owns the trademark IMpathy®, essentially the inner game of empathy, which the hallmark of her proprietary programs.

Ayman is a #1 WSJ and USA Today Best Selling author, featured speaker, panel moderator, trainer, advocate gerontological speech/language pathologist and dementia care specialist. She spent over 40,000 hours working with thousands of individuals and families in long term care. Her writings have been featured in Next Avenue, McKnight’s Long Term Care News and McKnight’s Senior Living, and the National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioner Newsletters.