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Meet Our Founders

Carmen Rubin

Carmen Rubin

Nationally recognized Author, Producer and Inspirational Speaker, Carmen Rubin is the President of the Peppermint Candy Publishing company. She is also the Founder of ONE BLUE VILLAGE – a non profit youth organization, as well as a proud supporter of NBA Dwyane Wade’s, Wade’s World Foundation, which gives every kid a shot at reading. With her work having been recognized by First Lady, Michelle Obama, and featured on outlets including ABC’s The CHEW and Spotlight New Jersey, Carmen has become one of the most sought after children’s lecturer’s nationwide.

Carmen, a native of San Francisco, is the creator of the animated series – Ashti’s Harmony, The Organics, and Sophie and GG. Her children’s books include Ashti Meets Birdman Al and The Gifted Guitar. This multi-talented writer travels the country promoting literacy and inspiring young people to be all that they can be.

Carmen has worked with organizations like The Harlem’s Children’s Zone, YMCA, and The Boys and Girls Club. However, establishing The ONE BLUE VILLAGE has been one of her greatest accomplishments. Since 2000, ONE BLUE VILLAGE exposes young people to colleges and universities and offers scholarships annually. Carmen currently lives in New Jersey with her supportive husband and daughters.

Visit Carmen’s Website  thepeppermintbiz.com


Lee Rubin

Lee Rubin

Lee Rubin is an emerging voice. His unique ability to understand and articulate winning principles with tremendous clarity and practical application makes him a highly sought after speaker and teacher. Lee is a frequent speaker and panelist at corporations, conferences and schools throughout the country.

Clients include MetLife, Bristol-Myers Squibb, and TD Ameritrade as well as professional associations, such as SHRM, National Black MBA and the Institute of Internal Auditors.

Lee is the author of WIN: Simple Insights to Help You Win the Game of Life. This book is a powerful collection of anecdotes, lessons, and inspiring quotes that helps readers shift to new levels of thinking. WIN has become a reference guide for both students and professionals, helping them do what it takes to win in the most important game of all–life!

He holds a Bachelors Degree in Speech Communications, with a minor in Business from Penn State University. Rubin received a full athletic scholarship to play football for the Nittany Lions. Lee not only emerged as a three-year starting free safety, he also became a captain of the team. His academic and athletic success has provided a tremendous opportunity to understand and communicate winning strategies and principles.

Visit Lee’s Website  leerubinspeaks.com

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