Dr. Chris Kolenda, founder of Strategic Leader Academy, helps non-profits and Small businesses to get the big things right: leadership, culture and strategy. He shares the importance of company leaders knowing themselves and their own natural strengths first, and applying that knowledge to who that leader chooses tp surround him or her in order to achieve success.
Natalia Castillo’s passion for fashion began at Macy’s department store, where she worked for 10 years before leaving to start her own business. Realizing that it was important to control her own destiny, she decided to launch an apparel brand, where she could further pursue her love of fashion, travel and business. In 2009 she created Escapada Living’s first collection of vibrant, effortless apparel. Her mission is to inspire happiness in women of all ages through building a timeless, global lifestyle brand.
In the last 17 years Billy Keels has had the opportunity to work in 86 countries and learn to speak 5 languages fluently. With myriad personal growth experiences he has also developed professionally by leading multi-disciplined teams and managing businesses in the application software sector. Billy has earned his stripes as a true problem-solver, a skill he has carried into his new entrepreneurial life. He is also a long-distance real estate entrepreneur, author, coach, public speaker and mentor.
Jordan Harbinger will tell you the only reason he’s still alive and kicking is because of his ability to talk his way into (and out of) just about any situation. He has always had an affinity for social influence, interpersonal dynamics and social engineering, helping private companies test the security of their communications systems and working with law enforcement agencies before he was old enough to drive. He has spent years abroad in Europe and the developing world and speaks several languages.
Ryan Boyle is a silver medal winner of the 2018 U.S. Paralympics Cycling Team and the author of the book, When the Lights Go Out: A Boy Given a Second Chance. After suffering a traumatic brain injury as a child, and given almost no hope of recovery by his doctors, Ryan woke up after two months in a coma and began his hard battle to recovery. His goal is to become a public speaker one day, in order to help people overcome life’s obstacles.
Terri Mays is an Advanced Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) practitioner, certified Jack Canfield Methodology Success Trainer, and Radical Forgiveness Life Coach. She loves teaching students and educators how raising your emotional tone—mind state—utilizing EFT tapping, allows you to master your fears and experience new freedom and possibilities. She has been a healer and intuitive for over 30 years and is the founder and CEO of the HOPEnUp Foundation.
Dr. Gladys Ato is a former university president and clinical psychologist, speaker, and author of “The Good Goodbye: How to Navigate Change and Loss in Life, Love, and Work.” “A lot of the messages in the world talk about being fearless or just pushing fear to the side. The problem with that is we do not get a chance to understand that fear is actually a great ally for us. Trying to get rid of something that is actually very necessary for our survival will keep us getting frustrated by a pattern of fear."
From surviving cancer to making history by saving a billion dollar industry from ruin, award winning strategist and best-selling author Nicola Grace—the mission mentor—helps entrepreneurs and visionaries clarify and monetize their life’s big mission so they can make a bigger impact, transform the world and build their legacy. Nicola’s intuitive, visionary strategy skills have made her the secret weapon of politicians, business owners, social entrepreneurs and thought leaders around the world.
Dr. Brian Keating is a professor of physics at the Center for Astrophysics and Space Sciences in the Department of Physics at the University of California, San Diego. He is an inventor, author and expert in the study of the universe’s oldest light, the cosmic microwave background (CMB), using it to learn about the origin and evolution of the universe after the Big Bang. His book—Losing the Nobel Prize: A Story of Cosmology, Ambition and the Perils of Science’s Highest Honor.
Andy Molinsky, professor at Brandeis, believes stepping outside your personal and cultural comfort zone is one of the hardest things you have to do. He focuses on helping others understand the challenges and what they can do to be more successful.
Christopher D. Kolenda is an internationally renowned combat leader, strategist, author, and entrepreneur, having spent a career in the military, including being a professor at West Point, before launching his consulting business. As the founder of the Strategic Leaders Academy, he helps nonprofits and small businesses to grow sustainably by working with them to get the big things right—Leadership, culture and strategy. An Chris spent a career in the military before launching his consulting business.
Katherine Frankstone never got that Easy-Bake Oven she wanted when she was 6. Instead, her father taught her to bake in the real thing–and she got a life-long passion instead. After working as a banker, becoming a mother to three sons, cofounding EdVenture Children’s Museum in Columbia, South Carolina, and going back to law school at 40, she decided to turn her passion into a business and Grey Ghost Bakery was born using from-scratch Southern family recipes and are found in over 300 stores in 32 states.
Tim Fulton has worked with hundreds of small business owners and has coached and trained on several thousand for over 15 years. One of the things that he has found most interesting is the shared misbeliefs or the myths that many small business owners have about not only starting their enterprise, but also growing it. In this interview, he shares a good number of relevant myths and how understanding the truth can set you on the path to success in your business.
Mikael Dia is a digital marketing expert and founder of Funnelytics, a software company helping entrepreneurs and marketers convert traffic into profit. A serial entrepreneur who scaled several businesses to seven figures and beyond, he is passionate about helping entrepreneurs understand their numbers so that they can get better results from their marketing efforts.
Victoria Crandall is a firm believer that, once you finish your university studies, the years that follow are vitally important in shaping who you are as a person and figuring out what kind of life you want. She certainly has been exploring her options, moving from the U.S. to study or work in Syria, Dubai, Egypt, Morocco, and the Ivory Coast, where she has stayed since 2013. She now enjoys working with young African entrepreneurs and interviewing successful African entrepreneurs for her own podcast.
Paul Murphy shares amazing career stories and advice from 100 graduates he recently interviewed at ten years after they finished college or university. Most got into the career they choose as students, and too many of them found the jobs in their field were not what they had expected. Learn the twists and turns they took and what they recommend others do to find their way much earlier.
Dr. John Robb is transforming veterinary medicine, making the pets’ well-being the goal by bringing morality back into the profession. His organization, Protect-the-Pets, has become the leading organization that the pet-owning public recognizes as their source for trustworthy information on pet care. He lives his oath to do no harm, and other vets are standing up as well by educating the pet-owning public.
Melanie Curtis is the life coach for people who do not like life coaches. She went from investment banking to professional skydiving to life coaching, and learned a lot along the way. She now helps people overcome fear and employ courage while actually making the torture of personal growth fun and funny.
Andy Proctor, the founder of the More Happy Life online school and podcast, speaks of the Happiness Advantage: “A lot of research is coming out around the science of happiness and it shows that happiness does not just make you feel better, but it also boosts your energy, your creativity, your immune system. It improves your relationships. And it makes you more productive at work and even leads to a longer life.” Andy helps people discover their unique life mission and empowers them with online skills to share it with the world.
Rob Harsh has traveled extensively throughout the world on climbing, kayaking, mountain biking, and multisport expeditions along the way. He's climbed mountains on five continents and participated in over 50 of the world's toughest adventure racing and ultra running endurance events. He's a professional coach and expert in supporting people making positive shifts in their lives. Two years ago he was diagnosed with stage four lung cancer with a four percent chance of survival. Within a year he was cured and now gives back to others through inspiration and adventure.
Ula Tinsley is a passionate autism advocate, writer and talk show host on Autism Mama Bear Talk. She has been raising autism awareness on a local and national level since 2010, when her son was diagnosed with a regressive form of autism. She has been supporting and consulting other families living with autism. Her latest project, Autism Mama Bear Talk, is an interview show bringing informative and everyday inspiring stories from leading autism advocates, self-advocates, parents and medical experts.
Tommy Baker tells listeners: How to Reverse Engineer Your Success. He is a writer, speaker, author, and coach and host of the Resist Average Academy. After starting and running Tommy Baker Fitness, he has continued to follow his passion for learning, teaching, sharing, and experiencing. Tommy wrote "The 1% Rule," in which he outlines the process of integrating breakthroughs in our lives to allow consistent growth to achieve our dreams.
Cloris Kyle, marketing MBA, helps coaches, authors and skilled practitioners to build authority and attract the right clients to create a business that creates positive impact and growing revenue. A sought-after speaker, trainer and author, Cloris has been featured on various television and radio shows, including the number one podcast for entrepreneurs, Entrepreneur on Fire. Her motto is, "Reveal your magnificence," because she wants you to remember that your talent and ideas must be shared with the world.
Corey Poirier went to his interview in green sneakers–to match his green dress pants be bought at Value Village. On his second interview he wore purple dress shoes and purple dress pants. And they hired him anyway! Corey is a TEDx, MoMondays and PMx speaker and host of the top-rated “Conversations with PASSION” Radio Show. He is founder of The Speaking Program, a columnist with Entrepreneur and Forbes, and has been featured on CBS, CTV, NBC, and ABC. He has interviewed over 4,000 of the world’s top thought leaders.
Craig Filek developed Purpose Mapping® to bring his own life into alignment, walking away from a 7-figure business and what he thought would be his ideal life. Now, he guides high-achievers to realize their full potential by clarifying their purpose, aligning with their flow state, and making a meaningful contribution every day. Executives, entrepreneurs, investors and professionals around the world seek Craig’s guidance when making life-changing decisions.