Alpana Aras-King

Member Spotlight


Alpana Aras-King

Visual Brand Coach | Storyteller | International Photographer


About Alpana

Alpana Aras-King is a Visual Brand Coach, Storyteller, and Photographer who helps women entrepreneurs and purpose-driven leaders embody their visual branding through strategic storytelling from the inside out. Her creative and strategic coaching techniques enable her clients to make an impact, gain influence, and increase their income.

Alpana has been featured in several prominent publications, including the NY Times, Instagram, and Apple. She is also a published anthology author for Women, Money and the Energy of Life as well as Bombay Bites, an Indian storytelling cookbook.

With a passion for empowering women in business, Alpana hosted an online summit called PowHer Up, featuring twenty-one inspiring experts. She offers 1:1 coaching and online courses combined with unique storytelling sessions to help her clients achieve their goals.

As an immigrant and person of color, Alpana utilizes the power of storytelling to promote diversity, inclusion, equity, and belonging. She believes in the transformative power of stories and uses them to bring people together and foster connections. Learn more about Alpana and her work at her website.

List of Awards and Recognitions

As a Visual Storyteller, my work has garnered multiple awards through juried shows from Photoplace Gallery, Center for Fine Arts, and Life Framer over the years. I have also had the privilege of showcasing my work through Catchlight, a non-profit organization that featured my art in the Public Art Abundance Exhibit in Oakland and the Democracy exhibit in San Francisco, alongside globally recognized photojournalists. In 2018, my work was part of the “Talk in Images” exhibit for the International Center for Photography (ICP) in NYC.

I have had the privilege of working with high-profile personalities like Supreme Court Justice Mariano-Florentino “Tino” Culler, Project Runway’s Candice Cuoco, and Marcin Kleczynski, among others. However, the work that is closest to my heart is that of everyday people and representation. I was an artist in residence for an exhibit called “Shifting Borders,” which showcased non-stereotypical images I captured in Cuba.

Recently, I was invited to a prestigious gala event that recognizes top-performing leaders in the photography industry known for delivering high-touch, luxury experiences to clients who invest over 10k in our services.

EBC Wins

As a newcomer to EBC, I am still in the process of familiarizing myself with its members. However, last year, I had the pleasure of meeting Sam Leibovitz and Jill Lubin locally in the Bay Area, and it was a delightful experience. Sam and I bonded over my EBC membership and he was incredibly helpful and encouraging during my enrollment process. I also had the opportunity to connect with Dr. Valerie, who is a force to be reckoned with. As a brown immigrant, it was particularly meaningful to engage with a person of color who generously shared her own journey and offered valuable insights on building connections within the EBC community. I look forward to connecting with more members.

Why is Alpana passionate about the EBC?

I became a member of EBC when Eva Medelik invited me to attend the Annual event in 2022. We knew each other from another business coaching community. What stood out to me about being in that space was the incredible global community and the presence of inspiring leaders.

What people don’t know about Alpana?

As an immigrant from India, I came to America in pursuit of my American Dream. With just two suitcases and a thousand dollars, I arrived with an unwavering sense that there was more to my life than a predetermined destiny of an arranged marriage. In the patriarchal society I grew up in, my voice was stifled, and I often felt invisible and unheard.

As a risk-taker, I have a history of doing crazy things. For instance, I captured images in the midst of a snowstorm on top of a mountain in the Himalayas, and I once found myself in the back of a police car in Cuba.

How you can support Alpana

 My newly rebranded website, is a labor of love that involved deep inner reflection and a reclamation of my cultural identity. I would be grateful if you could take a moment to visit the site, share it with others that could use my support, as well as connect with me for virtual coffee chats, podcast opportunities or collaborations. As a new member of EBC, I would love to meet like-minded individuals who resonate with my message.



James Woeber

Member Spotlight


Key RoleS within the EBC

  • EBC Certified Master Trainer – Graduate 2019
  • EBC Call Leader
  • EBC Ambassador – North County San Diego
  •  EBC Envoy Committee – Committee Chair

Event Roles:

  • EBC 2023 Annual Retreat, Jan 27-29, 2023, San Diego, California – Presenter
  • EBC 2021 Annual Retreat, Jan 28-30, 2021, San Diego, California – Co-Lead
  • EBC 2020 Annual Retreat, Jan 16-19, 2020, San Diego, California – Leadership Team/Sevador & Presenter
  • EBC Costa Rica Deep Dive, Dec 1-3, 2019, Atenas, Costa Rica – Presenter
  • EBC Oceanside Deep Dive, Sep 12-14, 2019, Oceanside, California – Lead & Presenter
  • EBC Costa Rica Deep Dive, Dec 13-17, 2018, Atenas, Costa Rica – Leadership Team/Matamaha & Presenter
  • EBC Retreat/Global Influence Summit, Feb 10, 2017, Fort Lauderdale, Florida – Family Constellations Presenter/Facilitator
  • EBC Retreat/Global Influence Summit, Aug 19, 2016, Detroit, Michigan – Family Constellations Presenter/Facilitator

James Woeber

Co-Founder and CEO of The Art of Heartful Living, International Trainer, Consultant, Bestselling Author


About James

James Woeber is a best-selling author, international consultant, and trainer who helps thought leaders and organizations to manifest their greatest dreams and serve as powerful change agents in the world. He is the Co-Founder and CEO of Art of Heartful Living, a leadership and human potential training and consulting firm that for over 25 years has helped leaders free themselves from limiting patterns and beliefs, find deep joy and fulfillment, and create positive change in their personal lives, organizations, and communities. James is also a multi-award winning producer, director and writer in film, video, and multimedia working with organizations as diverse as socially-conscious nonprofits to Fortune 1000 companies.

List of Awards and Recognitions

  • 2021 EBC Gold Level Mentorship Awar
  • 2021 EBC Heart & Spirit Award, nominee
  • 2021 EBC More Award, nominee
  • 2020 EBC Heart & Spirit Award

EBC Wins

I’m deeply grateful to Teresa De Grosbois, Pam Bayne, the EBC leadership, and all the gifted members for the opportunity to collaborate, learn, and grow with such an illustrious group of leaders.
In the process of being part of the EBC, I have experienced significant wins in my business and life:
Financial Growth – Have tripled my income in my time at the EBC, through the connections and business guidance of pros such as Dr. Valerie Rene Sheppard, Colin Sprake, Brooke Ozlem Erol, and many others.
Collaboration Opportunities – I have had 10+ joint ventures and speaking opportunities with/through other world-class EBC leaders such as Candy Barone, Lisa Marie Platske, and Dr. Valerie Rene Sheppard.

Why is James passionate about the EBC?

Integrity – I love being in the same room with so many amazing leaders who channel their brilliance and heart toward helping others and creating positive change in the world.
New Family – It’s such a gift to have made so many dear, beautiful friendships with like-minded, inspired fellow leaders.
World-Class Training – The quality and expertise of both the lead teachers and fellow students in the Certified Master Trainer Program is awe-inspiring.

What people don’t know about James?

I used to do performance salsa and tango dancing as a member of various dance troupes. I can’t wait to get back onto the dance floor now that COVID is subsiding! 😉

How you can support James

ABOUT page of my website –



EBC Southern California says Farewell to Dr. Valerie René Sheppard, Jan 28, San Diego, CA

EBC Southern California says Farewell to
Dr. Valerie René Sheppard
A Personal Invitation From EBC
Sat, January 28, 2023
San Diego, CA


EBC members in Southern California are invited to a farewell dinner for Dr. Valerie René Sheppard. Dr. Valerie is moving out of CA on January 31st, and is eventually relocating to the South of France. She and EBC Ambassador Debbie Lynn Grace are hosting a gathering of the SoCAL contingent, Board Members and CMT grads/candidates who want to say farewell to Dr. Valerie in person after the retreat. Each person will be paying for their own meal. Registration is first come-first served and we can receive a maximum of 25 guests.

Please register no later than Thursday, 1/26/23.

Restaurant: King’s Fish House
Address: 825 Camino De La Reina, San Diego, CA 92108, United States
Date: Sat, January 28, 2023
Time: 6:00 pm PST

Please note: Everyone is responsible for their own health and must make decisions to protect themselves. We recommend wearing masks.

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See Who’s Coming | 2023 EBC Annual Retreat

Live in San Diego, CA – January 26-28, 2023



1. Ann Bennett
2. Carolyn McGee
3. Celine Williams
4. Chris Mentzel
5. Christina Hills
6. Curtis Knecht
7. Dawn Andreas
8. Debra Valentina
9. Desi Davis
10. Diann Alexander
11. Elaine Chung
12. Julie Quinne
13. Kat Knecht
14. Linda Cain
15. Michelle Mazer
16 Monique McDonald
17. Natalie Weiss
18. Norma Hollis
19. Ramesh Dewangan
20. Raymond Flynn
21. Ronda Liebig
22. Sharon Nitka 
23. Sharon Nitka 
24. Sharon McRill



For more details or to register, please click here 




Christmas Time in the Tropics with Pam, Dec 18

Christmas Time in the Tropics with Pam

A Personal Invitation From EBC

Sun, December 18, 2022


Sun, Dec 18th, 9:00am PST / 10:00am MST / 12:00pm EST / 5:00pm GMT
Mon, Dec 19th, 4:00am AEDT



Join Pam in an EBC Christmas virtual get-together. Grab a beverage or meal of your choice and join the fun on Zoom.
Connect and chat with other EBC and EBI members globally to celebrate the festive holidays and another year’s end.
This is a 2-hour long call. Join us early, or late in the call, even if you have only 10 minutes to spare.

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