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Joan Holman Book Development, Book Marketing, Television Production


Book Development from Start to Finish -- Joan Holman is the author of "Hands That Touch, Hands That Heal," the biography of massage pioneer Sister Rosalind Gefre. Joan wrote, developed and came up with the book title for this book. She also worked with a co-designer to create the book cover design of this book. And she managed the publishing, distribution and marketing of the book. Joan secured respected Christian distributor Faithworks to distribute the book and both she and Sister Rosalind have done a number of book signings and appearances and radio interviews. A true pioneer of therapeutic massage, Sister Rosalind began practicing massage when it was associated with "massage parlors" and the sex industry, a fact that created controversy and difficulties for her not only with her own religious community, but with the secular community as well. Sister Rosalind has been recognized by Time Magazine as one of the early proponents of massage in the United States.  Over 10,000 people have taken Sister Rosalind massage classes since the opening of her first school in 1984 and she has received widespread recognition for her important role in making massage an accepted and respected healthcare practice.


Joan Holman Was A Book Development Consultant for the Book"Dear Success Seeker" and Secured An Exclusive Interview for the Book with Gayle King (see photo at left) as Well as the Involvement of Many Women Celebrities and History-Makers

Joan Holman was a book consultant for the development and promotion of  "Dear Success Seeker: Wisdom from Outstanding Women" by Michele Wright, Ph.D. Joan is also featured in the book, which is a collection of "success letters" and advice from 85 diverse women, and she secured a large number of noteworthy women to be featured in the book and her work on the book was instrumental in securing Simon & Schuster as the publisher. 

Women Celebrities / History Makers / Leaders / Luminaries

The foreword to the book is written by philanthrophist, educator and producer Camille Cosby, wife of actor Bill Cosby. Joan secured an interview with Gayle King (Editor at Large for O, The Oprah Magazine and a regular personality on the Oprah Show) for the book as well as participation by many women leaders throughout the United States. The book features Phylicia Rashad (lead actress of "The Cosby Show"); actress Della Reese; astronaut, engineer and physician Dr. Mae Jemison; actress Shirley Jones; civil rights leaders Rosa Parks and Dr. Dorothy Height; tennis star Billie Jean King; faith leader Joyce Meyer; Senator Mary Landrieu; Academy-award winning actress Mo'Nique; Sesame Street creator Joan Ganz Cooney; restaurant entrepreneur Leeann Chin; singer Patti LaBelle; Nobel prize winner Dr. Rosalyn Yalow; and many other noteworthy women. 


Creator & Producer of PBS Television Program -- As a independent television producer, Joan Holman created and produced the award-winning public television program The Legacy of Achievement with Dennis Kimbro (Dr. Kimbro is author with Napoleon Hill of the bestselling book, "Think and Grow Rich: A Black Choice").

In addition to being broadcast throughout the United States on PBS stations, corporate training and educational versions of the Legacy of Achievement have also been created and are being sold in to corporations and educational institutions. This includes Disney, IBM, Dupont, the University of Colorado, the University of South Carolina, Northwest Airlines, high schools, and public libraries.

The Legacy of Achievement Foundation is an organization founded by Joan Holman and dedicated to the creation of an educational library documenting the lives and lessons of great achievers of all races who exemplify positive characteristics and accomplishments. This library will be used in the development of television programs, audio-video materials, books, and other media programs. Legacy of Achievement programs present great role models to a wide audience, feature the best of the human spirit, need support from people who care about bringing positive role models to young people and all people through the media.


Original Legacy of Achievement PBS TV Program

Broadcast on PBS Stations nationally, the original Legacy of Achievement television program featured five top achievers and was hosted by Dr.Dennis Kimbro. The  program participants from left to right were: Scott Olson, Founder, Rollerblade, Inc.; Dennis Kimbro; Dr. Reatha Clark King, President, General Mills Foundation; Joan Holman, Producer of the Legacy of Achievement; Tom Gegax, Founder, Tires Plus; Arlene DeCandia, Founder, Riverwood Conference Center; and Dean Mitchell, artist.

Legacy of Achievement Film Library -- Joan Holman established the Legacy of Achievement Foundation dedicated to "using film and video and other means to create and disseminate an educational library documenting the lives and lessons of outstanding individuals of all races who exemplify positive characteristics and accomplishments." Joan is currently actively in production with Legacy of Achievement interviews that will be part of a large film/video library of some of the great achievers of our times. 


Joan Holman with Philanthropic Leader Dr. Reatha Clark King -- Dr. Reatha Clark King, former President and Executive Director of the General Mills Foundation is one of the individuals who will be part of an advisory group being created for the Legacy of Achievement Foundation. Dr. King has held many leadership positions on the local and national level, serving on boards and task forces for numerous philanthropic, civic, nonprofit, higher education, corporate and government organizations and agencies.

Dr. King was a member of the board of directors of the Minnesota Council on Foundations from 1990 to 1999, and chaired the board from 1993 to 1995. Currently she sits on the boards of the University of Chicago (life trustee), H. B. Fuller Company Foundation, Clark Atlanta University, Exxon Corporation, Hispanics In Philanthropy and the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation. 


Joan Holman with Acclaimed Artist Dean Mitchell -- Another advisor for the Legacy of Achievement Foundation is Dean Mitchell who is recognized as one of the finest painters in America and who has been awarded almost every major painting award in the country. Coming from poverty and raised by his grandmother, Dean has risen to the heights of the art world. His work, which deals with the universal themes of life, death, family and psychological and spiritual revelations, has appeared in numerous publications and can be found in private, corporate and museum collections across the United States. 


Dr. Masuru Emoto, author of "Messages from Water" Was Interviewed by Joan Holman for the Legacy of Achievement of Foundation -- Dr. Emoto researches water and the changes that occur in its molecular structure through the influence of prayer and sound. His groundbreaking books "Messages From Water Vol. 1, 2, and 3" and the book "The Hidden Messages from Water" present his research methods and results. Dr. Emoto, who lives in Toyko, Japan, travels the world sharing his message of HADO: "The intrinsic vibrational pattern at the atomic level in all matter." Dr. Emoto's stunning water crystal photographs visibly demonstrate how our thoughts and feelings affect physical reality. His reproducible research scientifically demonstrates the beneficial as well as detrimental effects of prayer and sound.

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