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Elizabeth Kanna

A life-long goal of helping others discover their passion!

Elizabeth Kanna is a co-founder of the Genius Center and the co-founder of Dream In You. Elizabeth has known since she was a young teen that she had a special purpose in life -- helping people discover what special talents and gifts they were born with. What makes them "special." In various roles, she has helped children discover their talents and gifts through self-empowerment courses and after-school martial arts programs since 1986.

Inspirational Mentor
"I believe the future of humanity rests in our ability to honor each individual's special talents, dreams, and genius--help them discover their unique destiny."

Elizabeth's natural gift for encouraging others to live their best life, through personal coaching, and self-empowerment and lifestyle segments on UPN's Good Day Sacramento, and ABC's Daybreak, has earned her the moniker, "Dream Maker" in her community.

Elizabeth always believed in her special talents and gifts. At twenty-one, she became the youngest buyer ever for a large upscale department store, attending fashion markets in New York and Los Angeles. At twenty-five, she started two children's clothing stores that both became favorite destinations in their communities due to their special events and parent support programs. Elizabeth also launched the clothing line, "I Am A Model," and modeling and self-confidence seminars that empowered all young girls to believe in their unique talents and beauty. Those young models are now women and share with Elizabeth how that single event stayed with them into adulthood.

After the birth of her children, Elizabeth knew what every parent does -- that her children were born with special talents and gifts. They are unique and special human beings and it is their birthright to be educated to believe in that unique genius.

She and co-founder Sherri Lander Smith knew the time had come to create a safe haven for every child's genius. And, they were the ones to do it! Why? BECAUSE they had the guts and motivation to empower parents to listen to their gut! Parents know that THEIR CHILD HAS GENIUS! We just lose sight of that belief when faced with our one-size-fits-all educational system, lack of support, and societal pressure.

Internet Pioneer
In 1998, long before many knew what a URL was, Elizabeth co-founded Homeschool.com, which went on to become one of the top 45 websites on the Internet, according to Forbes Magazine.

As editor-in-chief of one of the largest educational portals on the Internet, Elizabeth advises parents throughout the world on education and self-empowerment, and serves on the boards of three international education companies.

She also is the co-author of Homeschooling for Success (Time Warner, July 2002.)

Elizabeth has been interviewed by and performed background research on home education and parental choice in their child's education for Forbes Magazine, The Industry Standard, The Village Voice, and The Sacramento Bee.

Let's Get Personal
Elizabeth and her husband Michael have been married for over fifteen years and have three daughters. Her girls are encouraged daily to discover their passions.  The two oldest are junior reporters and are headed off in January 2003 to interview the scientist who found the Titanic, and share that experience with children around the world.  Their youngest changes her mind daily about what she wants to be when she grows up.


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