History

Our Story

In 1990, Steven W. Vannoy formed The 10 Greatest Gifts Project (which has enjoyed a few other names in its lifetime such as The Vannoy Group, Pathways to Leadership, and Verus Global) and started presenting sessions  for parents, grandparents, educators, and businesses. The program was first captured on audio tape in 1992. In 1993, he wrote a book called The 10 Greatest Gifts I Give My Children based on his personal parenting journey and the journeys of other parents.

He approached many top publishers to get the book into the hands of other parents. After countless rejections, he self-published the book. Because of strong reviews and strong word of mouth, the book quickly climbed to the top five best-sellers in Colorado. Before long, those same publishers entered into a a bidding war to republish it. Steven chose Simon and Schuster, and it quickly became one of their of all time best-selling parenting books.

Steven became one of the most sought-after speakers for various associations and organizations, such as the National School Counselors Association, National Pediatrics Association, National Housing Authorities Directors, and hundreds of school districts who used his program for teacher in-service days. He also held open seminars for parents and grandparents who saw the value in the tools discussed in his book.

Other parenting books are often written by referencing experts and clinical research in the field. The distinction of  The 10 Greatest Gifts I Give My Children is that it goes to the source of parenting: parents and grandparents in the trenches. This book was created not only by Steven’s personal experiences in transformative parenting, but also by the valuable information he gleaned from over 400 focus groups and thousands of family interviews. Many of these accounts appear in the book, prompting parents to learn from each other.

Not long after the rise in the demand for his speaking engagements, a former participant asked Steven, “Your book saved my family. Do you have anything that will help my corporation? “Knowing that these tools had a transformative effect on adults, Steven started a company called Pathways to Leadership to teach the tools for corporate leadership. Its mission continues today — engaging organizations who want to see their employees work and morale soar. Many Fortune 100 companies such as Proctor & Gamble, Nestle, Ford Motors, and many others have adopted the wellness concepts of Verus Global as their primary leadership approach.

Several years ago, Steven sold Verus Global and now focuses entirely on building healthy and resilient families. He still receives emails from his corporate clients worldwide sharing stories of how these concepts have stuck with them years later. After being retired for a few years and seeing evidence of the long-lasting effects of these concepts, he felt a strong passion for grandparents. Grandparents hold a very important role in the lives of their grandchildren, and Steven’s heart is to see both parents and grandparents transform themselves in order to gift their children and grandchildren with all the wonderful things any parent or grandparent would want for their progeny.

The aim of The 10 Greatest Gifts Project is to gift parents and grandparents with these valuable tools and continue a deep connection so that these concepts become second nature. We desire to see people so excited about the tools they gain, they’re eager to share it with their friends and family!

We know that honest and responsible people don’t drag down society with crime and other destructive behaviors. As parents and grandparents become even more masterful at raising children who are honest and responsible, these future citizens contribute strongly to their families and our collective future. These families are building honest, responsible, healthy children upstream at the source vs. trying alleviate problems downstream where behaviors are harder to change.

The Project

The 10 Greatest Gifts Project is providing parents, grandparents and educators with applicable tools to parent, grandparent and teach children in an ever-changing, social media-centric society. The goal is to transform families upstream, fixing societal problems at the source, therefore reversing these issues that government programs and other non-profits are trying to alleviate downstream. In order to do this, we need dynamic, passionate people around the world to present this information to audiences who want to positively transform their families. Seminars will be held at various locations, working with community organizations such as churches, schools, clubs, associations and companies. Our mission will also be communicated through books, our website, app, Youtube channel, blogs, and other media sources to assist session participants with continual support and reinforcement of the tools and concepts they explored at the session.

While the main focus is on helping parents and grandparents transform interactions and relationships with their children and grandchildren, these concepts are effective in any realm and any relationship, as evidenced by the success of Verus Global in elevating leadership skills in numerous globally-recognized corporations.