Author and Motivational Speaker Joyce Schwarz, The Vision Board, Turns SXSW Book Reading Panel Into Fundraiser for

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Can you change your luck? Hollywood career strategist and new company launch expert Joyce Schwarz says that you can realize your dreams despite the economy or maybe, because of it. That's why she's demonstrating how to create visual maps for goal realization called vision boards @, South by South West Festival in Austin Texas on Friday the 13th of March, 2009. Joyce's special guest, THE DEFUSER aka Jarrett Crippen winner of the second season of Stan Lee's Sci Fi Channel rality show will beon hand to 'protect' the audience and raise money for his Austin based charity,

Joyce Schwarz, author of THE VISION BOARD which hit the #1 spiritual bestseller spot on will be conducting a special presentation for the Digital Creative community at (South By Southwest Festival) in Austin, Texas on March 13 @ 5 p.m.


Presented by Adobe, the Day Stage is located next to the Trade Show + Exhibition on the top floor of the Austin Convention Center.


The Vision Board workshop is set for the Day Stage at the Austin Convention Center in Austin, Texas. During this program you can begin to find out who you are and achieve what you most want in life with The Vision Board.

Through the exercises and inspirational success stories included in this book, you can clarify your true vision and create a personal vision board. Learn the five secrets to living the life of your dreams. To see 20 pages of THE VISION BOARD book for free go to: book.


What makes Joyce Schwarz reading special at SXSW is that it may be the first time an author has turned his or her book reading into a fund raiser for a local charity. In addition to buying books and getting them signed by the author, attendees will also be able to buy memorabilia from SCI FI CHANNEL SUPERHERO THE DEFUSER whose charity is featured in the book in the chapter on Gratitude.


In addition to sharing Vision Board success stories featured in her book such as how to use a vision board for health and wellness and how to create a vision board for realizing career and life goals, Schwarz will be introducing one of the featured artists in THE VISION BOARD BOOK. Theda Sandiford, from New York who will demo the vision board design process. Sandiford, an aficionado of both pop culture and technology, has fused her interests to build an Internet and consulting firm Theda Dotcom LLC. Theda blogs at and will be also featured on the SXSW panel on Digital Urbanites later in the conference.

Showcase of some of most interesting new emerging media titles:

The SXSW book readings have featured in the past major authors ranging from Malcolm Gladwell to Neal Pollack to Bruce Sterling. An SXSW spokesperson explains that authors have always been a big part of the SXSW Interactive Festival. For 2009, SXSW will again showcase some of the most interesting new titles related to emerging media via our new Book Readings program.

First of its kind book:

"The Vision board" differs from other self-help books because it is a cross-between a design book & personal development guide," explains author Joyce Schwarz. The book features interviews, tips & quotes from more than 75 wisdom leaders and noted speakers in the self-growth arena. The four-color, 208-page book includes more than 100 photographs and examples of vision boards from celebrities, sports figures & people from 38 cities and 9 countries. "What started out as a personal venture in life exploration, ended up being a real life example of social media in action?" Schwarz explains.

To create THE VISION BOARD, Schwarz used social media online sites Facebook, Linked in & to get more than 500 submissions for the book from around the world.


Schwarz reports that THE VISION BOARD is now being used as the number one textbook for teaching the concepts of visioning, vision board creation, vision statement design and her proprietary GRABS goal realization system across the country in such cities as Atlanta, Columbus, and Pasadena & Austin, Texas.

Motivational speaker and author Bob Proctor wrote the foreword for THE VISION BOARD and the afterword is by Jack Canfield, CEO CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE SOUL ENTERPRISES.

THE VISION BOARD and Joyce Schwarz have been featured on ABC TV, FOXBUSINESS NEWS, TV GUIDE,, MSNBC, THE GLOBE & MAIL Canada and on more than 100 radio shows. THE VISION BOARD is available online at, and at more than 6000 bookstores nationally. It is also available in the USA at Target Stores and in Canada at Costco.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: contact Joyce Schwarz, joyceschwarz (at) gmail (dot) com, 310-822-3119 and refer to the book's website at The blog for the book is where you can sign up for a free newsletter on what's next in art & design for personal growth.

Schwarz resides in Marina Del Rey, California and is originally from Cleveland, Ohio. She is a journalism graduate of Ohio University in Athens, Ohio and earned her masters degree from USC's Film School and is past President of the USC Film & Television Alumni Group. She heads JCOM, a new product and company launch consulting firm in Marina Del Rey, CA and recently established THE VISION BOARD Institute offering the first certification anywhere in the world for the CVBC designation for certified vision board counselors.

THE VISION BOARD INSTITUTE was established by author Joyce Schwarz to promote the use of arts and digital media as a means for self-growth and personal awareness. Schwarz is conducting the first training in the world for vision board counselors who wish to earn the designation CVBC. For more information about vision board counselor certification, email her at joycschwarz (at) gmail (dot) com

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