Cella’s Chat: A Dedication to My Friend and Mentor, Arnie Thomas

ArniespicWhenever I queried about life and my purpose for being, Arnie was the person to turn to. Though I hadn’t known Arnie and his wonderful wife, Mary, for long, the connection was that of a lifetime. Arnie’s gift was that he listened deeply and passionately to whomever he was speaking. A conversation with Arnie always left me with a new book to read, poem to ponder and a smile on my face. He crossed all generations, social status and religious backgrounds as Arnie considered us to all be “one” – a part of the collective whole to help each other navigate the journey of life. Arnie exited this world suddenly, and way too early, on April 12, 2014. He left a world of shock to those who knew him and a legacy that will carry forward and change lives for decades to come. He truly believed in “paying it forward” and each person who knew Arnie knows it is up to them to pass on his teachings and live the best lives that they can. He would want it no other way. Besides anything else, Arnie was wise, kind and fun. Everyone who knew Arnie knew he had a penchant for a good martini and smooth jazz. My husband, Rob and I, were lucky enough to spend many weekends in his and Mary’s company, always walking away from our time with deep gratitude for the friendship and the feeling of becoming more wise and conscious because of it. I wish everyone reading this could have known Arnie – but what I can share with you is an hour conversation with Arnie as he was a guest on my show on March 20, 2014. I am so blessed and excited to have this to share.

What Does It Take to Become A Good Leader

What does being a leader have to do with Health and Wellness? Good leaders often times are the ones who get up and face their challenges and they are not afraid to be vulnerable in front of others as they understand the value of how being a role model for change helps others utilize their inner gifts and skills. Leadership roles come in many forms such as CEO’s, parents, teachers, and spiritual mentors, to name a few. Join Cella as she engages in a great conversation with Arnie Thomas, President and CEO of A Thomas Group, LLC, as they discuss the many facets that create a great leader and how you too can culminate the healing and skills needed to lead other’s to their greatness. As a professional Mentor, Arnie’s clients come to him with life issues that hold them back from being all they can be in their lives and industries. Check out Arnie Thomas’ website full of great blogs and articles. http://www.clotureclub.com/exclusive/everyday-mentor/

Arnie’s Show:

http://www.voiceamerica.com/episode/76479/what-makes-a-good-leader-vulnerability-compassion-meet-arnie-thomas-a-mentor-helping-to-make-a

About Arnie:

Arnie Thomas, President & CEO of A Thomas Group LLC, followed the path of two of his passions, politics & relationships and accepted an opportunity to work for a Washington Post Corporation company – LEGI-SLATE. For 15 years he worked for the first online company tracking legislation & members on Capitol Hill. In 2000, Arnie helped start a new wireless legislative company in DC called GalleryWatch. In 2007, Arnie became SVP for internal & external client relationships, became a member of the Executive Committee and consulted the Economist Intelligence Unit. In June, 2012 Arnie retired as SVP for Client Relationships with CQ Roll Call to start his own company A Thomas Group, LLC – A mentoring and leadership company for those who want to make a difference. Arnie also wrote a column for a Capitol Hill Blog, Cloture Club under Every Day Mentor, gave talks nationally, and served on the Board of Running Start, a nonprofit that educates and supports young women to run for politics.

Closing Thoughts

I hope that anyone reading and listening to this will walk away with a new passion for life, for becoming the best that they can, and the knowledge that it is about sharing our gifts with others so that we can all benefit. Cheers Arnie! Your legacy walks on forever. I am glad you made it to “Ithaka” – one day we will all meet again.

Ithaka gave you the marvelous journey; Without her you would not have set out; She has nothing left to give you now. And if you find her poor, Ithaka won’t have fooled you; Wise as you will become, so full of experience, you will have understood by then what these Ithakas mean….. excerpt from Poem Ithaka by Constantine P. Cavafy

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