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Barbara Metzler Bio:
Having coined the term “passionaries” to mean “passionate visionaries,” Barbara Metzler is an expert on American giving, volunteering, nonprofits, corporate philanthropy and social entrepreneurs. As a successful entrepreneur turned author, she has written Passionaries: Turning Compassion into Action and her newly released The Gift of Passionaries Changing Our World. She has started five successful companies including The Farmer’s Wife, a multi-million dollar corporation selling tree-fruit by-products. For 24 years, Barbara has been involved with YPO, WPO, and CEO, and in 2007, was named “California Woman of the Year.”
Her Passionaries Institute is committed to sharing the powerful seldom-told stories of Americans who have turned their passion into action and are actively engaged in changing our world by creating nonprofits. Through her books, television, radio and upcoming IPTV channel, Metzler profiles celebrities and everyday heroes who have started or helped to build successful nonprofits, such as USA Harvest, Habitat for Humanity, Points of Light Institute & HandsOn Network, The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, and many more. Metzler offers inspiring stories, tips and answers for everyone who’s ever wondered, “How can I make a difference?”
Barbara is active in many local and national nonprofits. The proud mother of four fabulous grown children, she resides in San Diego with her wonderful husband of 33 years.