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From Chicken Soup for the Soul: Thanks Mom

Meet Our Authors

Jack Canfield is the co-creator of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series, which Time magazine has called “the publishing phenomenon of the decade.” Jack is also the co-author of many other bestselling books.

Jack is the CEO of the Canfield Training Group in Santa Barbara, California, and founder of the Foundation for Self-Esteem in Culver City, California. He has conducted intensive personal and professional development seminars on the principles of success for more than a million people in twenty-three countries, has spoken to hundreds of thousands of people at more than 1, 000 corporations, universities, professional conferences and conventions, and has been seen by millions more on national television shows.

Jack has received many awards and honors, including three honorary doctorates and a Guinness World Records Certificate for having seven books from the Chicken Soup for the Soul series appearing on the New York Times bestseller list on May 24, 1998.

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Mark Victor Hansen is the co-founder of Chicken Soup for the Soul, along with Jack Canfield. He is a sought-after keynote speaker, best-selling author, and marketing maven. Mark’s powerful messages of possibility, opportunity, and action have created powerful change in thousands of organizations and millions of individuals worldwide.

Mark is a prolific writer with many bestselling books in addition to the Chicken Soup for the Soul series. Mark has had a profound influence in the field of human potential through his library of audios, videos, and articles in the areas of big thinking, sales achievement, wealth building, publishing success, and personal and professional development. He is also the founder of the MEGA Seminar Series.

Mark has received numerous awards that honor his entrepreneurial spirit, philanthropic heart, and business acumen. He is a lifetime member of the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans.

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Wendy Walker began writing and editing several years ago while staying home to raise her children, and is now the author of two novels, Four Wives and Social Lives, both published by St. Martin’s Press. She recently edited Chicken Soup for the Soul: Power Moms (2008) and Chicken Soup for the Soul: Thanks Dad (2009).

Before becoming a mother, Wendy worked as an attorney in private practice both in New York and Connecticut, and served as a pro bono lawyer at the ACLU. While attending law school at Georgetown University, she spent a summer in the Special Prosecutions Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York.

Wendy obtained her undergraduate degree from Brown University with a double major in economics and political science. Her junior year was spent at the London School of Economics. Upon graduating, she worked as a financial analyst in the Mergers and Acquisitions department of Goldman, Sachs & Co. in New York.

As a young girl, Wendy trained for competitive figure skating at facilities in Colorado and New York. She now serves on the board of Figure Skating in Harlem, an organization committed to the development of underprivileged girls, which she has supported since 1997.

Wendy lives in suburban Connecticut and is busy raising her three sons and writing her third novel.

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