‘Mystery Woman’ Revealed—Nishanto Kane Became an Internet Sensation After Chasing a Black Bear From her Porch; Friends Describe her as ‘Amazing’

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Millions were enamored by a video-gone-viral showing what many call a “fearless” woman shooing a big black bear from her back porch—but few knew her name or where she was from. Now a friend and colleague has stepped forward to identify the “mystery woman” as Nishanto Kane of Connecticut : Michelle LaBrosse, CEO and founder of Cheetah Learning (http://www.CheetahLearning.com), describes Nishanto as “an amazing woman with incredible presence”—and that’s only half the story.

The buzz on the Internet for days has been: Who was that “mystery woman” in the YouTube video chasing a black bear from her porch? The video became a media sensation on websites and TV talk shows. Now a friend and colleague has stepped forward: Michelle LaBrosse, CEO and founder of Cheetah Learning (http://www.CheetahLearning.com), identified Nishanto Kane as the brave bear chaser.

Kane, who lives in Simsbury, Connecticut , is a registered therapist and has helped her husband over the past 25 years in the families' business Kane's Country Market and Catering on Rt. 10 in Simsbury. LaBrosse says she was the inspiration for Cheetah Mastermind Facilitator Certification Training (http://www.CheetahMastermind.com).

“Nishanto is an amazing woman with incredible presence,” said Michelle LaBrosse, CEO and founder of Cheetah Learning (http://www.CheetahLearning.com). “She invited me to run a mastermind group with her that became the basis for Cheetah Mastermind. This video is a testament to what is possible when you believe in yourself and your abilities to counter any challenge that appears.”

LaBrosse isn’t the only one impressed.

“The Bear Meets Nishanto” became an international sensation, having been posted by media giants such as ABC, CBS, Huffington Post, Daily Mail (UK), Google News, Yahoo News, MSN and Bing as well as specialty sites like Digital Journal, Most Watched Today, and Viral Video Center.

It’s described as “hilarious,” while Nishanto has been called “gutsy,” “fearless” and “brave.”

The video is one of a number posted on the Nayana Grillo YouTube channel at http://www.YouTube.com/channel/UC3B_9b_88SH2n8QKXX9Gbxg; the shortest being 8 seconds, the longest—at 1 minute, 5 seconds—was the video that turned viral. It shows a black bear lumbering across a backyard lawn, stepping on to a deck, and slowly climbing a set of stairs.

As the animal steps on the porch, a voice warns, “Nishanto, the bear’s here!”

Kane immediately steps into action. “Get down, right now,” she says, sternly. “No, no, doooooown,” shooing the creature away, like it’s a fuzzy little kitten, as it scurries from the yard.

In the thick of the recession, Nishanto invited LaBrosse to facilitate a “mastermind group.” Such gatherings involve a small number of dedicated participants who meet together regularly over a period of time to improve their business and generate more opportunities for each other.

The success of that group eventually inspired LaBrosse to formalize Cheetah Mastermind, the benefits of which include the ability to:

“Develop the confidence to go for it with reaching your goals.”

“Identify how to select the right mix of people for participating in the mastermind group for optimum results.”

“Create synergism with the other mastermind participants to create better opportunities, faster.”

“Learn how to motivate and inspire others to pursue their goals.”

Here’s how Nishanto described her experience with LaBrosse:

“When I asked Michelle to help me with my Mastermind Group, I had no idea what fun was in store for us,” she said. “I love the format we use with the Cheetah approach. My husband, who usually won’t participate in these types of events, saw what it was doing for my small business and decided to join us. It was a trip how fast we all generated more business by using Michelle's techniques in Cheetah Mastermind.”

For more information about Cheetah Mastermind Facilitator Certification Training, visit http://www.CheetahMastermind.com or call toll-free at (888) 659-2013. Outside the U.S., call (602) 220-1263.

“Mastermind is the activity of expanding possibilities,” LaBrosse said of the training. “It works well when you get a group of people together who are all focused on expanding their opportunities and just want to go for it.”

She makes no guarantees, however, regarding the ability to chase off bears—or other things that “go bump in the night.”

ABOUT: Cheetah Learning is a Project Management Institute Registered Education Provider and is International Association of Continuing Education and Training Certified. Cheetah was awarded the Project Management Institute Professional Development Provider of the Year for 2008 for the significant contribution it made to the field of project management with its accelerated approach to teaching and doing project management.

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