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Colleen Turner
Colleen Boyd Turner, Ph.D. (Social Welfare-UCLA) is a motivational speaker who focuses on transformational communications. She facilitates change for individuals and groups by using best practices drawn from her extensive experiences in a range of disciplines, such as management, sports, the military, psychotherapy, and religion. In this way, her audiences learn how to turn "No Way" Into "Way To Go!" She is a retired U.S. Air Force Reserve Lieutenant Colonel who has designed and evaluated terrorist defense scenarios and contributed to international strategic communication. In the sport of volleyball, she was a member of UCLA’s national championship team (retired #44 jersey) and the USA team, and she was a champion skateboarder in the sixties. Website:

Entries by Colleen Turner

Support Charleston: Forgive!

(2) Comments | Posted June 23, 2015 | 1:59 PM


Despite tragedy, the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church in Charleston, South Carolina, is providing the world with an example of what the American faith community could be. It is modeling what every Christian, Catholic, Jew, Muslim, Buddhist, or believer in any religion...

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The Power of Forgiveness

(0) Comments | Posted June 22, 2015 | 4:18 PM


What is profoundly impressive about the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church in Charleston, South Carolina, is that despite their severe distress and clear entitlement to righteous indignation, they refuse to do anything but follow the teachings of Jesus and his call for...

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Skateboarding's First Wave: Back to the '60s in Our 60s

(2) Comments | Posted May 17, 2015 | 8:39 PM

Left to right men (back), women (front): Terry Keller, Tod Burton, Peter Burg, Tim Keller, Ric Burgess, Don Burgess, Donna (Cash) Harris, Wendy (Bearer) Bull, Suzi (Rowland) Levin, Colleen (Boyd) Turner

When I first got the call that we were going to be...

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How to Turn "No Way" Into "Way to Go!"

(2) Comments | Posted January 27, 2015 | 9:36 AM

2015-01-26-HuffPostPigFlyFinalDraft1.jpgAre you dealing with a major problem for which you can't imagine a solution and feel like giving up? It may be that you are looking at your crisis in a way that's preventing your opportunities from emerging. Perhaps you've been accepting...

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What's Great About Kids Today

(2) Comments | Posted May 14, 2014 | 11:53 AM

A few months ago, I became a new grandmother! While I'm overwhelmed with joy, I'm also thinking about the world our dear little angel is inheriting. Will she be strong enough to resist becoming rude, self-serving or mean-spirited under the pressure of her peers? And what can I do to...

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Our Mothers Played Hard and We Won

(4) Comments | Posted May 10, 2013 | 10:40 AM

Most mothers can't help but work hard -- it comes with the child-rearing territory. Yet many great mothers play hard too. To help your daughter be her best, show her what it means to get into the game.

From grandmother to mother to daughter, the women in our family experienced...

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Peace Day Is for Wusses (Satire)

(13) Comments | Posted September 19, 2011 | 6:10 PM


Since International Peace Day was first established by the United Nations in 1981, this September 21 represents its 30th anniversary and another attempt to undermine the value of war, especially for the extraordinary U.S.  Peace on earth needs...

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War Is Over If We Want It?

(2) Comments | Posted September 16, 2011 | 12:55 PM

Every holiday season since 1971 when I hear John and Yoko Lennon and those adorable children's voices from the Harlem Community Choir singing Happy Xmas (War Is Over) "if you want it," I think to myself, "If only it were so." Forty years later professor Joshua Goldstein, author of the...

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"Surfing" At Sixty

(22) Comments | Posted July 5, 2011 | 12:00 PM

What better way to celebrate turning 60 than by surfing? Although I am so out of shape, and the "barnacles" growing on my spine make my shoulder hurt. Then again, at my age, who doesn't have something falling apart?  And if that girl in the Soul Surfer movie can surf...

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What Your Mainstream Media Isn't Telling You About Afghanistan

(54) Comments | Posted June 17, 2010 | 9:40 AM

A CBS Evening News "report" on Afghanistan this week simply gave an account of our casualties -- just like during the Vietnam War.  Haven't we learned from our past?   We don't need a rosy picture painted for us, but we do need to know beyond a body count what is working there along...

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Communicating for Peace Day Every Day

(0) Comments | Posted September 20, 2009 | 12:30 PM

This year's celebration of International Peace Day on September 21st finds me focusing on communications between real or potential enemies in ways that foster amity, not enmity. From global to local, structuring relationships to enhance understanding makes it harder to hate...

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Best Communications Practices for Making a World of Difference

(14) Comments | Posted August 5, 2009 | 3:55 PM

National Public Radio recently suggested that the remarks of Secretary of State Clinton comparing North Korea to "small children and unruly teenagers" exemplified the use of "soft power" because she did not threaten military action. But according to political theorist Joseph Nye, "soft power is the ability to get what...

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Smile for Peace Day: An Experiment in Global Consciousness

(1) Comments | Posted September 16, 2008 | 7:22 PM

Since the United Nations passed a resolution in 1982 establishing an International Day of Peace, millions around the globe honor "Peace Day" every September 21st. While global peace might seem like an ideal harbored by naïve dreamers, emerging science is bringing us closer to the realization of this dream. As...

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Ten Ways to Prevent Peace and Goodwill on Earth

(43) Comments | Posted December 29, 2007 | 3:12 PM

'Tis the season to offer tidings of peace and goodwill. This year, however, I'm taking a different tact and have decided to encourage American conflicts. After all, what's the point of championing the myriad of unsung approaches available for preventing wars? War is just too good for the economy, especially...

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Transforming Strategic Communications to Fight Terrorism Since 1492

(0) Comments | Posted September 12, 2007 | 4:46 PM

A poster of an old photograph of four Native American Indians dressed in traditional garb and carrying rifles states: "Homeland Security -- Fighting Terrorism Since 1492." This message provides a rarely considered viewpoint regarding U.S. policies. It also imparts a cultural clue about a critical transformative shift needed in U.S....

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An Open Letter to the Rutgers Women's Basketball Team

(12) Comments | Posted April 11, 2007 | 3:35 PM

After watching your press conference today, I was not only extremely impressed with your team but deeply moved by your individual attitudes and demeanor. Your coach has set a powerful and articulate example for you.

I hate how this has happened yet I am grateful for the...

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Floating A Message of Comfort

(6) Comments | Posted March 12, 2007 | 7:56 PM

Last week during the news coverage of President Bush's trip to Latin America, a reporter mentioned that a Navy medical ship, the USNS Comfort, would be dispatched to the region on a humanitarian mission. Its staff would perform 1,500 surgeries and treat 85,000 foreign national patients. What a welcomed contrast...

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