Carol Ann Fried, of Friedom Training and Coaching Services, has been leading seminars and consulting with business, education, health, government and the helping professions for over twenty years. She is a master trainer and motivational speaker. Frequently interviewed for radio, television and newspapers, Carol Ann has enjoyed faculty appointments at the Universities of British Columbia and McGill. Carol Ann obtained her Masters of Education in Counselling Psychology from McGill University in Montreal. She has also taught Graduate Students in Counselling Psychology at the University of British Columbia. She received her B.A. (Honours) in three areas of study: Psychology, Sociology and Romance Languages from Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia. She is the proud recipient of the coveted second prize in CBC Radio's world-famous answering machine contest and has been featured on CTV's "Live It Up!". Carol Ann's latest creative foray is into the world of improvisational theatre, where she is co-founder and performs with Vancouver Playback Theatre Troupe. She absolutely adores Galiano and Salt Spring Island, singing harmony, and pets of any kind - dogs especially. Born and raised in Halifax, Carol Ann lived fourteen years in Montreal, and has been in Vancouver since 1986. Carol Ann (who also answers to "The Empress") exudes a natural creativity of mind and spirit that stimulates a motivational learning experience. Her sessions are invariably hailed as practical, dynamic and fun.