New Year, New Changes!
We're celebrating the New Year with New Announcements!
[NEW Team Member]
Please Welcome John Stofan to Team Parsons

A new Team Member just joined The Parsons Company, Inc.! As of January 2015, The Parsons Company is pleased to welcome John Stofan.


John brings years of experience in both the Concerts and Speaking industries having handled event management for indoor and outdoor events (Santana, Talking Heads, Willie Nelson, Kenny Loggins, Sills & Croft, War, Allman Brothers, Lilly Tomlin, Jim Belushi, Bonnie Rait) and has worked with such Speakers as Truman Capote, William Shatner, F. Lee Bailey, and Geraldo Rivera (just to name a few).


John met Phyllis over 35 years ago, when he worked with her at three universities over a thirteen year period at University of Miami- FL, Lamar University-TX, and California University of Pennsylvania-PA, where John was the Director of Student Activities at all three.


He holds a BS in Mathematics and M.Ed. Student Personnel Administration from U of Miami and has additional expertise in the industry as Regional Sales Manager for the Caribbean - CentreCom, National Director of University Partnerships- Kaplan and Senior Director of Admissions at Argosy University.


Welcome John... delighted to have you on our team!

[NEW Speaker]
Kevin Berthia joins Parsons Speaker Roster!
Survivor- Advocate- Living Proof
"I had never dealt with any of the problems in my life, and that morning I was overwhelmed by it all.....
I parked and walked towards the bridge. As I jumped over the railings I heard someone say: "Hey, wait a minute." I was convinced I was going to end my life , but at the last moment his voice made me stop and grab the railings... I now know that was Officer Briggs  He snapped me back to reality. I was on that ledge for 92 minutes, and for 89 of those I just talked. I got everything out and he listened without judging..."

Kevin Berthia has since become a Suicide Prevention Advocate, encouraging people to talk through their problems rather than think about ending their lives. Kevin believes that depression may be a part of you, but it is not who you are. He lives in Northern California and has since welcomed a third child to the world. 

[NEW Presentation/ Speakers Package]
Now Scheduling the New Speakers Package featuring Kevin Briggs and Kevin Berthia 
This iconic image has gone viral on social media

Kevin Briggs: The bridge between suicide and life
Kevin Briggs TEDx: The bridge between suicide and life

Link to People Magazine Heroes Among Us Article featuring Kevin Briggs and Kevin Berthia
[Comedy & Concerts] 
The Parsons Company has specialized in bringing unique programming to communities for over 40 years! 

Please Call for NEW 2014 Artist Avails!
[NEW Presentation/ Speakers Package] 
Also scheduling Judge Ginger Lerner- Wren and Jennifer Storm, presenting together for the first time on Human Rights...
          jen storm headshot pink  
Please click HERE for additional info on both presenters & to learn more about Serving Justice and Promoting Recovery. 

Possible Topics: 
Justice Speaks!,  First Response to Victims in Crises, Collaborations that Save Lives, Advances of Problem Solving Justice in the Criminal Justice System

[TEDx Talk]
Jennifer Storm closed out 2014 with an inspiring TEDx Talk
Resiliency & Recovery by Jennifer Storm VIDEO
This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. Jennifer Storm, Pennsylvania's Victim Advocate, shares her personal story of healing from sexual abuse, followed by self-destructive drug and alcohol addiction, in "Resiliency & Recovery.'' Her journey of recovery has resulted in a career dedicated to helping other victims through public service.
Resiliency & Recovery | Jennifer Storm | TEDxMuncyStatePrison
Resiliency & Recovery | Jennifer Storm | TEDxMuncyStatePrison

[NEW Presentation/ Speakers Package] 
Now Scheduling 2015 Engagements.. An amazing opportunity to hear from two experts...
Dr. Charle Hoge & Dr. Edith Eger
PTSD /  Resiliency & Trauma  / Recovery 
[Always Inspirational, TEDx Talk]
Dr. Edith Eger: Turning Broken Bones into Dancing- A Journey Through Life
"I want to extend my immense gratitude to Parsons Company for helping organize the lecture with Dr. Eger. There was a huge turnout and people loved her lecture! She was so inspirational and beautiful and we've received great feedback from the students and faculty. Her messages about love, strength and perseverance really touched people." 
Rose Guth 
University of San Diego '15
Arts & Lectures Coordinator 
What my mama told me: Edith Eva Eger at TEDxLaJolla
What my mama told me: Edith Eva Eger at TEDxLaJolla
[New Hope for Warriors, TEDx Talk] 
Dr. Charles Hoge for Service Member to Civilian Conferences

A nationally known expert on PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder), mTBI (mild traumatic brain injury), and other physiological reactions to war, as well as treatment strategies for war related conditions- Dr. Hoge's expertise spans psychiatry, trauma, public health, health policy, and infectious diseases. Dr. Hoge is the perfect choice for your 2015 Service Member to Civilian Conference. 
Transitioning home from combat: Charles Hoge at TEDxLaJolla
Transitioning home from combat: Charles Hoge at TEDxLaJolla
[NEW Book- NY TIMES 100 Notable Books of 2014, NationSwell 10 Most Inspiring Books of 2014] 
Maj. General Mark Graham (Ret.) and Carol Graham continue their mission in 2015
After all the hoopla of the holidays, its always good to take some down time and we recommend putting The Invisible Front on your reading list. This book chronicles the unforgettable story of The Grahams- a military family that lost two sons- one to suicide and one in combat- and channeled their grief into fighting the armed forces' suicide epidemic.
We can't wait to have Carol Graham presenting in our home state of California TWICE in the next couple of months, both in Pismo Beach and San Rafael, CA!
[Thank you!] 
As we start this new year, we wish to acknowledge and thank the amazing Speakers, Artists, Organizations, and Universities we had the privilege to work with in 2014.

We look forward to working with you this year! 


The Parsons Company, Inc. 
Phyllis Parsons
John Drinkwater
Katie Coelho
Brandy Mychals
John Stofan
(925) 934-5300 / (925) 788-0010
Wishing Everyone Across the World Peace and Happiness-
Happy 2015!    
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