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Sonya Gavankar, Image Expert

Sonya Gavankar is an award winning television personality who can be seen hosting programs on PBS, BGTV, and MHz Networks. Her career has spanned diverse programs from international food shows to hard news.

She serves as the face of the Newseum by hosting live interview programs, appearing in video installations, video blogs and game shows. She brings a cohesive voice to the Newseum’s 250,000 square feet of exhibit and interactive programming.

In her free time Ms Gavankar goes behind the camera. Her photography has been shown in several Washington area galleries and she is a casting director for independent films.

In 2013, she joined the Inkandescent team as the supervising producer for the growing TV shows on InkandescentTV.com.

Learn more about Sonya at sonyagavankar.com.

“Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently.”

– Steve Jobs, Apple, Inc.

Many people prefer to play it safe when it comes to business matters. Are you willing to take risks in the pursuit of entrepreneurial success?”

– Steven Schussler

If you would create something,
 you must be something.”

– Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Friendship is the only cement that will hold the world together.”

– Woodrow Wilson

Entrepreneurs willingly assume responsibility for the success or failure of a venture and are answerable for all its facets.”

– Victor Kiam

Happiness is an attitude. We either make ourselves miserable, or happy and strong. The amount of work is the same.”

– Francesca Reigle

The great use of life is to spend it on something that will outlast it.”

– William James

The biggest flaw in our existing theory of capitalism lies in its misrepresentation of human nature.”

– Muhammad Yunus

There’s nowhere you can be that isn’t where you’re meant to be…”

– John Lennon

If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. 
Now put foundations under them.”

– Henry David Thoreau

The mind is everything. What you think, you become.”

– Buddha

The true entrepreneur is a doer, not a dreamer.”

– Nolan Bushnell, founder, Chuck E. Cheese's

You only live once. But if you do it right, once is enough.”

– Mae West

The awakening to the mystery of life is a revolutionary event; in it an old world is destroyed so that a new and better one may take its place.”

– J.J. Van Der Leeuw, The Conquest of Illusion

He who knows he has enough is rich.”

– Tao Te Ching

He who wants to tear down a house must be prepared to rebuild it.”

– African Proverb

My job is my hobby. I come to work to play.”

– Uli Becker, president, Reebok International

As each woman realizes her power, she transforms the world.”

– Patrice Wynne, WomanSpirit Sourcebook

There are risks and costs to a program of action. But they are far less than the long-range risks and costs of comfortable inaction.”

– JFK

No longer talk at all about the kind of man a good man ought to be, but be such.”

– Marcus Aurelius Antoninus

We need to learn to set our course by the stars, not by the lights of every passing ship.”

– General Omar Bradley

Women once had the goal of being Superwoman; I think most of us now simply strive to have a super day.”

– Author, Activist Lee Woodruff

Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken-winged bird that cannot fly. Hold fast to dreams, for when dreams go, life is a barren field frozen with snow.”

– Langston Hughes

What is the point of having free will if one cannot occasionally spit in the eye of destiny?”

– Jim Butcher, White Night

No matter how difficult and painful it may be, nothing sounds as good to the soul as the truth.”

– Martha Beck, from "Leaving the Saints"

Entrepreneurs are willing to roll the dice with their money or reputation on the line in support of an idea or enterprise.”

– Victor Kiam

The young man knows the rules, but the old man knows the exceptions.”

– Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr., U.S. Supreme Court justice

Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”

– Mary Oliver

Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.”

– T.S. Eliot

Just don’t give up trying to do what you really want to do.
 Where there is love and inspiration, I don’t think you can go wrong.”

– Ella Fitzgerald

A discovery is said to be an accident meeting a prepared mind.”

– Albert Szent-Gyorgyi

The gem cannot be polished without friction; nor man perfected without trials.”

– Chinese proverb

Do not follow where the path may lead. Go, instead, where there is no path and leave a trail.”

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

Be bold and mighty forces will come to your aid.”

– Basil King

The quality of your life is directly related to the amount of uncertainty you can comfortably live with.”

– Tony Robbins

I will pay more for the ability to deal with people than any other ability under the sun.”

– John D. Rockefeller

The goal of Life is to make your heartbeat match the beat of the universe, to match your nature with nature.”

– Joseph Cambell

Sometimes the dreams that come true are the dreams you never even knew you had.”

– Alice Sebold, The Lovely Bones

Permanence, perseverance and persistence in spite of all obstacles distinguishes the strong soul from the weak.”

– Thomas Carlyle

There are risks and costs to a program of action. But they are far less than the long-range risks and costs of comfortable inaction.”

– JFK

Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog it’s too dark to read.”

– Groucho Marx

Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.”

– William Butler Yeats

The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change.”

– Carl Rogers

Let us seize the day and the opportunity and strive for that greatness of spirit that measures life not by its disappointments but by its possibilities.”

– W.E.B. Du Bois

There is little success where there is little laughter.”

– Andrew Carnegie

When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace.”

– Jimi Hendrix

Change is a math formula. Change happens when the cost of the status quo is greater than the risk of change.”

– Alan Webber, author, "Rules of Thumb"

You can only become truly accomplished at something you love. Don’t make money your goal. Instead, pursue the things you love doing.”

– Maya Angelou

The journey is the reward.”

– Greg Norman

There is only one success – to be able to spend your life in your own way.”

– Christopher Morley