MARCI HOPKINS is an award-winning TV Personality; host and motivational speaker. The creator and host of the national talk show, “Wake Up with Marci” - which airs on WLNY (WLNY-TV, channel 55) at 6 am on Saturday. Marci is a fearless new voice in television who tackles a wide range of issues on her show, including mental illness; domestic violence; divorce; addiction; trauma; weight loss; sexual abuse and more.
Over a cup of coffee, Marci has candid conversations with her guests and her mission is simple: She’s committed to inspiring and empowering her audience, while spreading hope and happiness. “My guests have gone through incredible hardships, but these are stories about people who have overcome hardships and come out stronger as a result,” says Hopkins. “They're living proof that it is possible to heal and that difficult situations don't have to define you...I hope viewers find strength and hope through these stories.” The show is a passion project for Marci, who is three years sober after winning her battle with alcoholism.
Marci has been featured on CBS New York; PEOPLE en Espanol; Latina Magazine; 201 Magazine; News 12 NJ; BOLD Global and other leading outlets. A native of Texas, Marci started her career at Fox Cable Group, where she served in multiple roles within the Programming group and quickly climbed the corporate ladder, ultimately becoming the Director of On-Air Promotions for FX Network in Los Angeles.
When Marci’s not hosting her show, the mother-of-two devotes much of her time to giving back to her community. Recently, she hosted a fundraiser for the SWS Organization and raised money for children and families in NJ and for the Kumali Organization in Uganda, Africa. She also donates her time to the Christian Health Center and on October 18, she shared her story at the Spring Lake Toy Fundraiser to help bring awareness to mental illness and addiction.
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After a 15 year career in advertising + traveling the world meeting entertaining and building brand relationships Sarah was sick of the day in day out steak dinners, Sarah started a company called sweatworking.com in 2012. She launched the brand in collaboration with Soul Cycle in an effort to connect with clients on a deeper more empowering level. IN 2012 she attended the Integrative Institute of Nutrition and got her degree as a holistic nutritionist. What was her side gig + passion for many years, became her full time business upon the birth of her son Christian. Sarah now spends her time creating customized nutritional plans + helping clients implement structure around how they life their most well life.
Karolina Dehnhard was born in Poland. By the mere age of six, Karolina and her mother immigrated to the United States. Arriving with one suitcase, two hundred dollars, and the promise of living out the American Dream, they settled down amidst fellow immigrants in a small Brooklyn neighborhood. It was during those early years filled with turmoil and uncertainty, that Karolina would face, and then overcome, numerous obstacles and adversities. She learned, at an early age, that nothing in life came easy.
Instilled with a desire to learn and excel, Karolina commenced her education to fulfill her thirst for knowledge. After earning both her undergraduate and graduate degrees, she began her career helping others as the Assistant Executive Director of a New Jersey non-profit organization. She met, and then married, an aspiring attorney and politician, believing at that time that she had found her “happily ever after.”
Karolina was 30 when she found out that her “happily ever after” was indeed a fairy tale. After a few tumultuous months, and feeling unprepared to make many of the difficult decisions integral to the process, she found herself divorced. Regardless of the reasons, it was a sobering event in her life. Determined, undaunted and driven harder than ever, Karolina decided to turn her divorce into a law degree.
Finishing law school in the top 1% of her class, Karolina recognized the need to surround herself with strong like-minded women who would not take “no” for an answer. She clerked for the Honorable Rosemary Ramsay, now the presiding judge in the Civil Division in Morris County, who very quickly became her mentor. Following her clerkship, Karolina joined the prestigious law firm of Budd Larner, P.C., located in Short Hills, New Jersey, which was founded in 1934. She found her calling as a family law attorney and matrimonial litigator. Gaining experience, she rose through the ranks quickly. Today, after only six years with the Firm, she serves as Counsel to the Family Law Department and continues to focus her career exclusively on family law matters.
Drawing from her experience in philanthropy, politics, advocacy and with an ongoing desire to help others, Karolina has continued to expand her network; helping those who have found themselves in the same situation she was just a few short years ago. Recognizing that every person has the ability to “Turn the Page,” her mantra, to “Prepare, Protect, Partner to Prosper” is at the core of her on-going philosophy and something that she seeks to instill in others. Her never-ending drive, ability to connect, and desire to help have given her the opportunity to spread this message through television, the airwaves, numerous speaking platforms, and local, national and even international networking events. Despite it all, she has not lost touch with her origins. She gives back by her philanthropy; sitting on numerous charitable and non-profit boards, working with numerous charities, teaching, and fundraising.
For Karolina, empowering women, helping them protect their assets and become the best they can be is not just an important part of her career as a family law attorney: it is her life’s calling. Karolina’s fairy tale has been re-written.
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