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Liz Murray

About Liz Murray

Motivational speaker and author who published the bestselling memoir, Breaking Night, which details her admission to Harvard University despite having been homeless during her teenage years. Also an entrepreneur, she founded an organization called Manifest Living.

Early life

She was born in the Bronx, New York, to parents suffering from drug addiction. After her mother died from complications of AIDS, she and her HIV-infected father became homeless.


Determined to escape homelessness, she graduated from New York City s Humanities Preparatory Academy in just two years and subsequently attended Harvard University. Her sister similarly escaped poverty, earning a degree from Purchase College and becoming a special education teacher.

Family of Liz Murray

Her marriage to James Scanlon resulted in a son named Liam and a daughter named Maya Jean.

Close associates of Liz Murray

She was portrayed by actress Thora Birch in a 2003 made-for-television movie titled Homeless to Harvard: The Liz Murray Story.

Joy McCarthy

About Joy McCarthy

Holistic nutritionist who wrote the bestselling book Joyous Health: Eat & Live Well Without Dieting and been featured as a nutritionist on Global s The Morning Show. Additionally, she is the author of the blog Joyous Health.

Early life

She earned her holistic nutrition diploma from the Institute of Holistic Nutrition. 


She is the co-creator of Eat Well Feel Well, Toronto s first combined nutrition and yoga program.

Family of Joy McCarthy

She married a man named Walker, with whom she has a daughter named Vienna. 

Close associates of Joy McCarthy

She and Emma Troupe are both famous holistic nutritionists.

Kat Torres

About Kat Torres

Self help author and motivational life coach who is best known for writing and publishing the self-help book The Voice. She runs a motivational and positive reinforcement self-titled website where she posts different depositions from clients along with other personalized services. 

Early life

Prior to her self-help work, she was a model who traveled to different places around the world. She shared photos of her modeling to Instagram beginning in January of 2014. She then delved into acting and comedy before publishing The Voice in 2016. 


In addition to her website, she is also known for her strong Instagram presence where she shares additional modeling photos, positive captions, and other motivational content for her over 140,000 followers. 

Family of Kat Torres

She was born and raised in Belem, Brazil but later moved to New York. 

Close associates of Kat Torres

She posted a photo with model Jeremy Meeks at Cannes International Film Festival in May of 2017. 

Elissa Goodman

About Elissa Goodman

Author, holistic nutritionist, cleanse expert and cancer survivor who posts health tips on her self-titled website. She is the creator of Super Seed Bars, the S.O.U.P. Cleanse and the 7-Day Reset program.

Early life

She was diagnosed with cancer at age 32 and beat the disease after using a combination of holistic and traditional treatments.


She wrote the 2016 book Cancer Hacks: A Holistic Guide to Overcoming Your Fears and Healing Cancer.

Family of Elissa Goodman

Her husband Marc passed away at age 45 from an infection related to his Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma treatment. She has daughters named Jordan and Sammy.

Close associates of Elissa Goodman

Deanna Wolfe and Daniel Cady are other well-known nutritionists who share their wisdom online.

Gretchen Rubin

About Gretchen Rubin

New York Times bestselling author of books that include Better Than Before, The Happiness Project, and Happier at Home who also runs an acclaimed weekly podcast titled Happier with Gretchen Rubin.

Early life

She worked in law as a clerk for Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O Connor before turning to writing. She graduated from Yale and Yale Law School.


Her “Happiness Project” book was the question to the Jeopardy answer that read “Gretchen Rubin chronicled a year in which she tried to be more gleeful in a blog & a book called this Project. “

Family of Gretchen Rubin

She has two daughters with her husband James. She works alongside her sister Elizabeth Craft on her podcast.

Close associates of Gretchen Rubin

Her father-in-law is former US Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin.

Doreen Virtue

About Doreen Virtue

New Age author and therapist known for preaching the use of guardian angels as spiritual healing through her program Angel Therapy. The practice has evolved into self-help books, a regular radio show on Hay House Radio, and branched off into her self-titled YouTube channel, which has earned over 1.9 million views. 

Early life

She grew up reporting that she had clairvoyant abilities, conversing with spirits even as a child. In adulthood, she was working as a psychotherapist with specialization in eating disorders, when, after being saved from an armed carjacking, she turned to researching and teaching about spanine intervention.


She earned a bachelor s, master s, and doctorate in counseling psychology and spent her years prior to Angel Therapy publishing books about child custody and eating disorders.

Family of Doreen Virtue

Her mother was a Christian spiritual healer and her father a self-employed writer. She married Larry Schenk and the pair had two sons named Grant and Charles, however, she and Schenk later spanorced. She has since married and spanorced three times to three separate other men.

Close associates of Doreen Virtue

She has made appearances on numerous shows and networks from CNN to Oprah to The View.