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2016 Testimonials


Embry-Riddle Aeronautics University/Leadership Institute, Daytona, FL (Global HQ), "Building Power through Conflict," One-Day Leadership Retreat for 30 managers/supervisors

Nov 3, 2016

Mark Gorkin took our leadership group on a discovery tour of how conflict brings power. He demonstrated and we practiced the art of “letting go of the rope” – that frequent occurrence of two people standing firm on differing sides of an issue. They both keep pulling until one pulls the other over – never a good solution but most often the outcome. The art of letting go gave our participants another great tool for creating a win-win. Mark has a way of creating an environment of safety where people feel free to express themselves – it was a true bonding experience!

Rich Pernell, MS, CPF, CPM
Director – Organizational Development & Design
Human Resources
Embry Riddle Aeronautical University
Daytona Beach, Fl 32110-3900

 Rita Avinger, Ph.D., SPHR, SHRM-SCP
Director, Leadership Institute
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University


Statewide Refugee Mental Health Summit/Richmond, VA; Practice Safe Stress: Using Humor in the Face of Stress, Burnout, and Conflict -- Plenary Speaker; 1 hour; 75 attendees

 Jul 8, 2016


 Thank you so much for inspiring our participants in the 3rd Statewide Refugee Mental Health Summit with your wit and humor as well as helping set the tone for the rest of the day.  Your topic Practice Safe Stress: Using Humor in the Face of Stress, Burnout and Conflict was just the right choice.  I believed you have felt their response -- how much they enjoyed it,  as well as how much they need it, so they can effectively carry out their job of helping others.  The strength of our initiative depends on these people who champion our cause for refugee mental health. I can’t thank you enough for coming to be our plenary speaker.


Eva  P. Stitt, Ph.D.
Refugee Mental Health Analyst
Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Development Services
Office of Cultural and Linguistic Competence


HI Mark,

It was a pleasure spending time with you and I really appreciated your presentation. I will discuss your presentation with our trainers.  I will keep in touch,

Deborah  C. Moore, RN, BSN, MPH
Nurse Manager II, Senior
Hampton-Peninsula  Health Department


Trinity Lutheran Church/Stephen Ministry Program, N. Bethesda, MD; "Developing Stress Resilience through Humor:  A Caregiver's Playshop"; 1.5 hours

June 22, 2016

 Mark - my go-to-stress-reliever -
THANK YOU & below I'm sharing a message from Miriam.

Yes, we "talked about you" -- all in a good way - our group was amazed and positively positive --

THANK YOU for braving the storm and making this "anniversary" a time to work out, work through, and work toward more healing in so many ways.

We'll be in touch -

HUGE Gorkin Fan, (my little political humor)
Donna Shriver

Hi Donna,

Thanks for bringing Mark to our Stephen Ministry Program. He was absolutely great and offered so many good ideas and coping mechanisms for stress. I am definitely interested in his E-book and in getting him back to Trinity...The timing you chose bringing Mark in for his talk was perfect.



Be Well Initiative/SANN Earthquake Memorial for the Nepali Community, Baltimore-Washington Region

May 25, 2016

Dear Team,

On behalf of SANN, I would like to thank and congratulate all of your hard work. We got lots of positive remarks about our event. People who couldn't be there yesterday have told me, "We missed it and heard it went well and when are you planning to have it again?" We have to talk about how to take it to the next level and get more participants.

Talk to you all soon.

Dr. DK Gurung
Founder/Visionary, Be Well Initiative


Dear Mark,

Indeed, it's always pleasure to see you and my husband conveys his best regards to you. You had a very impressive program. SANN had a great time meeting you wonderful people and doing something together for the community. I am working to expand our organization throughout the US. It was great to be partnered with your team. Definitely, I will share your book/program with my team. I really appreciate your dedication to serve the community. Thanks for sharing the 10 steps for stress relief technique.

I will share it via email and FB to the community.


Manju Sangraula
Executive Director/SAAN


Employee Assistance Professionals Assn/Chesapeake-MetroDC, "Leading with Passion Power:  Inspiring with Courage, Clarity, and Creativity," half-day program

Feb 3, 2016

I wanted to thank you for speaking in November at the EAPA Chesapeake Chapter meeting...I actually passed your information over to someone in our office.  If we are able to have you come in they will be in touch.  I really enjoyed your presentation.  I thought it was great and it helped my mood lol.

Nicole Hanratty, CEAP, SAP, C-DERT | Senior Account Manager
American Substance Abuse Professionals® (ASAP)
1421 Clarkview Road, Suite 130, Baltimore, Maryland 21209


Sovereign Health Group/Treatment Centers, 1-hour Webinar on "Leading with Passion Power:  Inspiring with Courage, Clarity & Creativity"; HQ'd in San Clemente, CA

Subject:  Great talk! Love your authenticity!
Date:  1/20/2016

From:  hugdoc@gmail.com

Dear Stress Doc,

Just want you to know how much I enjoyed your lecture today.  You made many great points and I will keep you in mind if anyone asks me about someone to have come and speak!

Deborah McMahon
Hugs from The Hug Doctor


Jan 20, 2016

Greetings Mr. Gorkin,

We’re so glad that we have hosted a successful Webinar with you; it was a very interesting session. The audience enjoyed your presentation. We are continuously receiving mails of appreciation from the audience. People are excited to watch your presentation on our website. We also received lots of appreciation messages and questions during the presentation. However, keeping in mind the time frame, we were not able to ask you all the questions.

At the same time, we have received requests from few attendees, asking to share the copy of the ‘Power Point Presentation’...And certainly, we will send you the ‘YouTube’ link of today’s Webinar recording by Friday. 

I would like to thank you, on behalf of entire Webinar team for your support; we are looking forward to have more successful events in future with you.

Thank you once again for joining us. 

Many Thanks

Shruti Vashisht
Webinar Team
Sovereign Health Group Treatment Locations
Serving Adults, Adolescents, and Families
San Clemente, CA - Culver City, CA - Palm Springs, CA
San Diego, CA - Chandler, AZ - Fort Myers, FL - Delta, UT


Mr. Gorkin,

I have received various emails about your Webinar; I wanted to personally extend my gratitude for you taking your time out of the day to present. The audience has said only wonderful things.

I would like to thank you, on behalf of entire Sovereign Health Team; we are looking forward to have more successful events in the future with you!

Warm Regards,

Jessica Wilson
Marketing Coordinator