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Kathy Gardarian, Founder and CEO of Qualis International Inc.

Kathy Gardarian is the Founder and CEO of Qualis International Inc., a multi-million dollar sales and distribution company. She has served as a director on many boards, both corporate and non-profit, including Van’s Inc., The World Business Academy, Chapman University, The Gorbachov State of the World Forum, and the Woman’s Leadership Board at Harvard’s JFK School. She was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Association of Woman Business Owners, and her company Qualis International Inc. has been one of the top forty woman-owned businesses in Orange County in Southern California. She lives in Newport Coast, California.

Over the years, Kathy Gardarian has shared her empowering story of feminine-driven success across the country, and is available for speaking events at businesses, universities, conferences and more.


  • NAWBO (National Assn. of Women Business Owners) – Lifetime Achievement Award 2010
  • The Home Depot, Inc. – Top Ten Women Vendor Award 2009 (after 20 years of service)
  • Top 500 Women Owned Businesses in U.S. – in 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008
  • Top 40 Women Owned Businesses in Orange County – OC Business Journal 2012, 2011,2010, 2009,2008, 2007

Board Positions Held

  • Van’s, Inc. (Public Co. – 10 yrs.)
  • The State of The World Forum (Gorbachev Foundation)
  • World Business Academy
  • Institute for Transpersonal Psychology, Palo Alto
  • The Forum For Corporate Directors, Orange County
  • The George Argyros School of Business, Chapman University
  • The Leatherby Center for Entrepreneurship, Chapman University
  • Woman’s Philanthropy Fund, Orange County
  • Woman’s Leadership Board, JFK School, Harvard University
  • Pete Carroll’s A Better LA Board


Lindsay Tinker, Author

Tinker Lindsay has been a passionate collaborator and dedicated transformational storyteller for over three decades, and is a member of Writers Guild of America (WGA), Independent Writers of Southern California (IWOSC), Women in Film (WIF), and Mystery Writers of America (MWA). She is co-author, along with best-selling author Gay Hendricks, of the popular Rule of Ten series and Milton’s Secret, She has worked with transformational authors Peter Russell, Arjuna Ardagh, John C. Robinson, Anne Bertolet Rice, and Dara Marks and has written screenplays for major studios.

Lindsay graduated with high honors from Harvard University in English and American Language and Literature. She has four grown children and five beautiful grandchildren. She can usually be found writing in her home office, situated directly under the Hollywood sign.

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