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Be a Mentor

"Mentoring is a brain to pick, an ear to listen, and a push in the right direction." John Crosby

Henna Hundal returns to Express Yourself!® to host this important episode focused on mentoring. She reads The Gift of Mentoring by BTSYA volunteer Karen Kitchel from the book, Be the Star You Are! Millennials to Boomers Celebrating Gifts of Positive Voices in a Changing Digital World. Henna interviews her personal mentor, Founder of Be the Star You Are!® and producer of Express Yourself!®, Cynthia Brian, to find out why mentors are necessary to success and how to establish a beneficial mutual relationship. Cynthia finds out more about Henna’s radio show where Henna is currently interviewing 2020 Presidential candidates. (

De La Salle high school junior varsity water polo coach and Founder of Green Air, an energy solutions company, Nicholas Donzelli, converses with Henna about his philosophy about the importance of mentoring.

Both guests agree that to achieve your dreams and goals, it is essential to have a mentor to guide and ground you, holding you accountable, focused, and on the right path. Mentorship empowers us to accept the struggles that are inherent to achieving greatness. There’s no progress without struggle.

Guests: Nicholas Donzelli

Nick Donzelli graduated from the United States Naval Academy as a systems engineer with a minor in nuclear engineering. He is an entrepreneur, founder, and CEO of an energy solutions company in Northern California called Green Air. It is time to Go Green! As head coach of the De La Salle junior varsity water polo team, Nick strives to mentor and empower his players with integrity, truth, confidence, and a can-do attitude. Nick is happily married and the father of four children who inspire him daily to make a difference on the planet. In fact, Nick’s son Isaiah who is now 19, was the youngest reporter ever on Express Yourself at age 12 with a segment called Nature Calls. Be the Star You Are! 501 c3 charity is grateful to Nick for being a supporter of outreach programs. Nicks definition of Proverbs 12:15 is: “A man who counsels with himself, counsels with a fool.” Don’t be a fool and think you can achieve your goals and dreams on your own; seek guidance, be willing to sacrifice, and never quit working towards your dreams! Find a mentor!

Guest: Cynthia Brian

Cynthia Brian is a New York Times best selling author of several books, TV/Radio personality/producer, lecturer, and enrichment coach specializing in acting, media, writing, speaking, and life success. Cynthia is the Founder and Executive Director of Be the Star You Are!® 501 c3 empowering women, families, and youth through increased literacy and improved positive media messages. ( Since 1998, she has produced and hosted the radio broadcast, StarStyle®-Be the Star You Are!® heard LIVE Wednesdays from 4-5pm PT on the Voice America Network. ( She is the creator and producer of Express Yourself!™ Teen Radio broadcasting Sundays at 3pm PT. ( She is honored to have mentored thousands of teens and adults, including her own two children. In her spare time, Cynthia can be found working in her garden or playing with her barnyard of adopted animals.


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