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A dynamic woman, Linda has combined two careers into one: award-winning news broadcaster and licensed therapist. These two modalities have given her a unique understanding of the stresses of the corporate and entertainment worlds.
Combine that with her empathic, insightful and rational approach as a therapist and you have a qualified professional with the tools to help people transform.
Linda received her Master’s degree from Phillips Graduate Institute in Southern California and an undergraduate degree from the University of Nevada – Reno.
In addition to two Emmy awards in broadcasting, her humanitarian documentaries have been honored and reproduced for teaching others. A frequent contributor to trade and business publications, a speaker and workshop presenter at national conferences, Linda also serves on the board for her local chapter of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists and is an active Red Cross volunteer.
Growing up in L.A., I realized my education came in fours: four years at an all-girls high school, four years studying philosophy and metaphysics at UCLA and Duke University, and four years continuing my metaphysics with the Rosecruseans.
I made my debut at 18, taking a strong interest in the arts. I studied etiquette and modeling for four years at Loretta Young Finishing School and worked as a professional model. I taught at Arthur Murray’s Dance Studio for four years, including instructing students through to the Gold Medal Ball. I won many dance contests, and performed in half-time shows for the Raiders and Rams.
I now continue in a variety of personal growth classes, including a weekend intensive called Clear Path. Currently I belong to a women’s empowerment group and a writer’s group, where I share the dreams I have journaled. I was married and had four children and now enjoy my four grandchildren.
I am now attending art school studying painting. My favorite form of art is painting statues of goddesses and mythological figures.
We were poor but I was blessed to have a mostly normal childhood in a mostly normal family. I started working at age seven selling “The Mirror”, a local newspaper at the time on the corner of Melrose Ave. and La Cienega Blvd. The city was a much safer place at that time.
Over the years, I have held many positions in my working life: from fry cook to market checker to the youngest street sales district manager for the L.A. Times to electrical/mechanical packaging engineer for space-related projects in the aerospace industry.
When that era ended, I opened a little antique store on Third Street in LA. By the 1970s, I moved to a store on Melrose Avenue and began providing Art Deco furniture to movie stars and other fashionable clients. Barbra Streisand was a good customer who furnished her main house with Art Deco and her guest house at the beach with Harvey’s rattan furniture. In search of rattan, I purchased the Tropical Sun Rattan Company in Pasadena and soon became a leading authority on the subject and author of “Tropical Comfort Throughout the House”. As business grew, I opened a prop house — 20th Century Props – which grew to become the biggest Hollywood prop house under one roof in the world.
Although I have just closed my warehouse, I remain active in many industry events and projects and continue to serve on the board of the Hollywood Arts Council
I’ll never lose my fascination for antiques and art deco, but as I enter the next chapter of my life, I am exploring new means of attaining a deeper spiritual self.
Certainly my membership in the Mastery Circle Los Angeles for over 20 years has greatly contributed to the quality of my life, and I am proud to have served as its President for more than a decade.
I entered this lifetime in Elizabeth, New Jersey in the early 30s. Fourteen years later, I lost my dad and started working after school. Following graduation from college and early marriage (now divorced), I joined the Navy’s Officer Candidate School in Rhode Island just as the armistice was being signed in Korea. I extended my tour of duty and five years later, completed my service as Officer in Charge of a Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal Team stationed aboard the USS Yorktown.
After leaving the Navy, my wife and I settled in the Los Angeles area where I worked as an agent with the Aetna Life Insurance Company, then gravitated into corporate insurance and employee benefit planning. After obtaining a securities license, I continued my studies and qualified as one of the early Certified Financial Planners, ultimately serving as President and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Los Angeles Society of the Institute of Certified Financial Planners. I had also attained the designations of Chartered Life Underwriter and Chartered Financial Consultant. Later, as my practice expanded, I became a registered Principal and founded The Capital Advantage, a boutique financial planning firm in Pasadena. After moving the firm to Playa del Rey, I became an Advisory Associate with AIG Financial Advisors, a Registered Investment Advisor, practicing estate, investment and retirement planning. I closed TCA after 21 years and joined Legacy Financial Group in Torrance, CA.
I hold a B.A. in economics from Washington and Jefferson College, am a graduate of the College for Financial Planning and earned an M.A. in Spiritual Psychology at the University of Santa Monica. For many years, I delivered financial commentary on Los Angeles television.
All aspects of health, particularly exercise and nutrition, are very important to me. I continually attend seminars on self-development and have studied with Anthony Robbins, T. Harv Eker and Eric Lofholm. I am also a member of Nazrudin, a spiritual group serving a financial clientele, and am a member in good standing of the Mastery Circle, where I have served as Treasurer and Interim Secretary for many years.