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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.

Inspiration and genius — one and the same.”

– Victor Hugo

Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.”

– Anais Nin

You don’t go into a field that requires cracking people’s heads open or operating on something as delicate as the spinal cord unless you are comfortable with taking risks.”

– Dr. Ben Carson

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

– Christopher Morley

If you do not tell the truth about yourself
, you cannot tell it about other people.”

– Virginia Woolf

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

Try not to become a man of success but rather try to become a man of value.”

– Albert Einstein

Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self-confidence.”

– Robert Frost

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

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

Don’t follow, lead. Don’t copy, create. Don’t start, finish. Don’t sit still, move. Don’t fit in, stand out. Don’t sit quietly, speak up. (Not all the time, sure, but more often.)”

– Seth Godin

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

– Jimi Hendrix

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

– Mary Oliver

A diamond is a lump of coal that stuck with it.”

– Norwegian proverb

That man is richest whose pleasures are the cheapest.”

– Henry David Thoreau

A people who mean to be their Governors must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives.”

– James Madison

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

– Thomas Carlyle

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

– African Proverb

Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow know what you truly want to become.”

– Steve Jobs

Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence.”

– President Calvin Coolidge

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"

If you want to be busy, keep trying to be perfect. If you want to be happy, focus on making a difference.”

– Lisa Earle McLeod

“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.

Promise me you’ll always remember: You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.”

– Christopher Robin to Pooh

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

– General Omar Bradley

Don’t follow your dreams. Chase them.”

– Richard Dumb

Success is the necessary misfortune of life, but it is only to the very unfortunate that it comes early.”

– Anthony Trollope

It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.”

– Charles Darwin

Nurture your mind with great thoughts; to believe in the heroic makes heroes.”

– Benjamin Disraeli

Do you have the desire to create something new; the strength of conviction to believe your creation will be successful, and the reservoir of energy necessary to thrust it into the marketplace?”

– Steven Schussler

The journey is the reward.”

– Greg Norman

You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life.”

– Winston Churchill

Happy are those who dream dreams and are ready to pay the price to make them come true.”

– Leon Joseph Suenens

When I was younger I thought success was being a star, driving nice cars, having groupies. But today I think the most important thing is to live your life with integrity.

– Ellen DeGeneres

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

– Patrice Wynne, WomanSpirit Sourcebook

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

– Marcus Aurelius Antoninus

Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.”

– Dalai Lama

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

– John Lennon

The best hobbies are the ones that take us furthest from our primary occupation.”

– Dr. Evelyn Vogel, Dexter

I always maintained that the greatest obstacle in life isn’t danger, it’s boredom. The battle against it is responsible for most of the events in the world — good or ill.”

– Dr. Evelyn Vogel, Dexter

Entrepreneurs need to search purposefully for the sources of innovation that indicate opportunities for success.”

– Peter F. Drucker

If you do work that you love, and the work fulfills you, the rest will come.”

– Oprah Winfrey

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

Always look at what you have left. Never look at what you have lost.”

– Robert H. Schuller

Normal day, let me be aware of the treasure you are. 
Let me not pass you by in quest of some rare and perfect tomorrow.”

– Mary Jean Irion

Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people.”

– Eleanor Roosevelt

Pretend that every single person you meet has a sign around his or her neck that says, ‘Make Me Feel Important.’ Not only will you succeed in sales, you will succeed in life.”

– Mary Kay Ash

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.”

– Leonardo da Vinci

If people like you they’ll listen to you; if they trust you, they’ll do business with you.”

– Zig Ziglar

A truly forgiving person is someone who experiences all the anger merited by injustice and still acts with fairness and compassion.”

– Martha Beck