Deborah Goldstein sums up strategic dining as Peter Drucker meets Anthony Bourdain meets Miss Manners. Executives often fail to plan appropriately for the business meal. With planning, “you can be more present, and can exude your executive presence more readily.” Deborah is the founder of two companies to help professionals maximize their careers. Goldie’s Table Matters (GTM) helps professionals maximize networking opportunities and business development. DRIVEN Professionals (DRIVEN) provides businesses the opportunity to increase employee retention and productivity in the modern workplace.
Chris Haddon and his future business partner, both in their 20s, had soaked up all they could learn at their banking jobs about finance and real estate. They took the plunge in late 2007, opening Hard Money Bankers, a commercial lending company. Then, in 2008, the real estate bubble burst and the economy tanked. Focusing the business “person-by-person, day by day,” they toughed out the recession. HMB grew to $25-million in loan volume and seven-figure revenues, using web marketing to disrupt the old school market. Chris also co-authored "The Whiteboard," an Amazon #1 Bestseller.
Kathryn Samuels was doing fine in her career in financial planning and banking, approaching middle age. But when her family moved to Florida, she realized she was at a crossroads. “I just was not happy with what I was doing.” She asked herself, “What am I doing now for free that I could turn into a viable career?” At age 47, she’s now a fitness professional who believes in total wellness – a balanced life addressing mind, body and spirit. She believes that total wellness is achieved through healthy eating, exercise, stress reduction, meditation and reflection
Jason Shurgot had two key ingredients for success: a passion to be an entrepreneur and 30 of his grandmother's wildly popular bakery recipes. But he had no collateral for a bank loan to capitalize his new venture. One year out of college, he thought, "Maybe my hopes and dreams just have to go away." Since then, he has started and deployed several businesses. A published author, he has led the creation of over 40 mobile apps, and he routinely works with Fortune 500 companies to redesign struggling departments. However, Jason's greatest passion is coaching both men and women to living their dream life.
Ashley Cooper underwent intense bullying as a child. The depression that followed left her virtually without hope. At 25, halfway around the world in Thailand, she questioned her own sanity as she began a 21-day vow of silence. Today, she is on a "soul mission" to helping others see their divine nature and understand that anything is possible, if they just believe. A yoga instructor, mindfulness coach, she’s the founder of The 6A Method from Pain to Power™ and co-founder of ABC Charity™- a global art project based on kids helping kids.
Rob B. Lowe uses the acronym DRAMA to mean, “Doing Repetitive And Meaningless Actions. This drama cycle is when you feel like you’re in the movie Groundhog Day with Bill Murray. The goal is to switch to positive drama, Doing Resourceful And Meaningful Actions. We're not saying you can live your life without drama. Positive drama is actually good, productive and challenging. It's those repetitive, meaningless actions that are just not serving you. Life coaches can offer skills, tools and knowledge to help make a positive drama cycle that is resourceful and meaningful for you.”
David Taylor II loved and admired his father, a successful African American small business owner, but knew his father’s dream was not his own. Then, at age 12 or so, his father succumbed to several strokes. A business he didn’t love fell squarely on David's shoulders. “It took me some time to come back around to realize where my strength and my desire really was, and what I was born to do. I went back to school for music, which is what I had always wanted to do.” Today he’s a best-selling author, award winning playwright, Top Ten music producer and songwriter.
Astrid’s path toward her passion was circuitous, but her desire to follow her heart remained strong. She combined some formal education with internships and a variety of entrepreneurial attempts, learning with each step. “I found a different strategy.” Today she is a creative serial solopreneur with a background in branding and design. She loves helping women business owners through online training programs, including the Astrid Mueller Brand Academy. Originally from Switzerland, she lives on beautiful Kodiak Island, Alaska, from where she connects and empowers women around the world.
Steve Taubman’s mom was a lover of Broadway musicals, amassing a collection of recordings. In his early teens, he knew he wasn’t one of the cool kids, but one vinyl album in particular awakened his sense of wonder and possibility. Years later as a trained hypnotist, his coaching and writing help clients wake up from their trances and discover a sense of possibility for themselves.
Stacey J. Hentschel was acting on her childhood yearning to contribute to the world by touching people in ways that would bring them joy. Then, she was seized by a fatigue so intense she barely remembered her high-energy self. Her recovery deepened her compassion and empathy and taught her about the inner strength everyone has at a heart level. Since then, she has worked with thousands of people for over 25 years in developing visionary businesses and leaders and creating empowering relationships. She also facilitates the building of consciousness and sustainable organizations.
Barry Selby is a passionate champion for the divine feminine. He helps strong, successful, single women stop short-changing their love-life. When women get manipulated and hurt it really ignites his passion to help them become wise and smart in their dating choices. He is passionate about women being honored and respected in love. “In new relationships, we tend to be attracted to what we see externally. Who we are, really, is often well below the surface, like the iceberg, maybe, five percent of the story. Be willing to take the time to explore and learn about the person in real interaction.”
Joe Calloway was in his early twenties when two roads diverged in front of him: working for the President of the United States or leaving politics altogether, moving to the Pacific Northwest to help his brother-in-law start a real estate company. Today he is a leading performance expert with a client list that reads like a Who's Who in business. He is the Executive in Residence for Belmont University’s Center for Entrepreneurship, and is the author of six critically acclaimed books on business success, including “Becoming A Category of One.” He is an investor and advisor to a range of start-ups.
Rhonda Barrymore was divorced, with two kids at a young age. She had to get a job. She started working as a make-up artist and one of her first clients was Diane von Furstenberg, who had recently introduced a cosmetic line. From then on, she says, “I became known as a celebrity make-up artist.” Self-taught as a make-up artist and stylist, she went on to work with Presidents and First Ladies, and with TV networks at Olympic Games since 1996.
Steve Cockram was well into a teaching career he loved. “I thought I would be there forever.” Then, he felt a call to be a pastor. His three years of ministerial training included many practical field placements. Not one of them prepared him to run a nightclub. Today he runs a global transformational consultancy that works with leaders, teams and organizations. He is a charismatic public speaker and recognized expert in the fields of personality, communication, apprenticeship and driving team performance. He is fiercely practical and committed to “Applied Leadership Learning.”
Joanie Connell always liked making things and solving problems and was fascinated by the math and science behind how things work. With her electrical engineering degree from Harvard, Silicon Valley seemed like the perfect place to launch her career. After staying up into the wee hours of the morning debugging circuitry, for days on end, however, she had to face the hard truth…. She earned a doctorate in psychology from UC Berkeley and now specializes in leadership assessment, development and retention for all levels. She is also an executive coach and the author of "Flying Without a Helicopter: How to Prepare Young People for Work and Life."
T. Allen Hanes has a passion for helping entrepreneurs, business owners, authors, speakers and coaches to be bold and position themselves as the go-to person and the authority in their niche. He and his team have created over 600 bestselling authors to date. A retired U.S. Navy photographer and video producer and bestselling author, he loves teaching entrepreneurs and corporate refugees around the globe how to awaken and claim their expertise through publishing and media. He's been widely featured on mainstream media, including CNN, CBS, NBC, Fox and ABC.
Rye Taylor was sitting on a porch swing, listening to complaints about Aunt Eunice’s bunions. His childhood adventures in Africa’s Zambesi River Valley were a distant memory. He realized he’d made a terrible mistake in the trajectory toward his life’s passion. Something had to change. Years later, his motto is: "Build a better business by telling a better story." When he isn’t helping others craft amazing stories, he can be found speaking about storytelling in business and creating his own unforgettable audio at www.ryetaylor.com.
Susan Weeks competed with 2,000 applicants for a coveted programming job at a new Nissan factory in Sunderland, UK. She won one of only two positions offered. The work was challenging but she felt like a square peg in a round hole. When a new start-up hit town, new vistas suddenly emerged. Today she is a busy online implementation specialist, podcast producer and video marketer who helps entrepreneurs create clarity, simplify strategy and tame technology. A single mum, she’s happily settled in a small seaside town on the East Yorkshire Coast of England.
Tom Schwab had completed four years at the U.S. Naval Academy, an outstanding education paid for in full by Uncle Sam. Then, in his senior year he found out that he wasn’t physically qualified to be in the military at all. “My path only makes sense in the rearview mirror.” Today he helps clients break through the noisy digital world to get more web traffic, leads and customer fans. An inbound marketing engineer, his refreshingly different approach focuses on supercharging time-tested strategies.
Melinda Chen loved the world of international sales, dealing with different cultures, wearing elegant business suits into corporate offices. Then she got an opportunity to leave the corporate world and venture out on her own. She had a crucial decision to make. Her decision to become an entrepreneur equipped her with experiences to share with other women. A sales coach today, her company, Women Making Big Sales, allows female entrepreneurs to start connecting and sell to big clients. Her vision is to really inspire female entrepreneurs to dream big, and make their business as big as possible.
Jim Gregory, marketing expert, explains how marketers are caught in a Catch 22 situation: they know the tremendous value of branding but face a gap created by generally accepted accounting practices (GAAP) that simply don’t take this into consideration. Much has dramatically changed in the concepts and methods of valuation since 1975, but accounting methods have not kept up. A leading expert on measuring the power of corporate brands and their impact on financial performance, Jim has written five books on branding, including Powerhouse – The Secrets of Corporate Branding.
Ryan Magdziarz won a scholarship and got into the private high school of his dreams in Melbourne, Australia. He was a nervous and shy 13-year-old, but hardworking. Then, one morning he awakened to hear his father shouting into the phone, “What do you mean you’re not coming back?” Ryan Magdziarz is now an entrepreneur, speaker, author, and founder of Winning International, which he scaled to seven figures at the age of 21. Ryan’s company helps coaches take their business to seven figures and beyond, creating an amazing impact on many people’s lives
Ellie Laks couldn’t sit still for the service at her family’s Orthodox Jewish temple. As a five-year-old, it felt like torture to her. Faking a trip to the restroom, she slipped out the temple door. Suddenly, she was covered head to toe in Monarch butterflies. At seven, she defiantly told her parents, “You’ll see! When I grow up I’ll have a huge place full of animals! And I’ll show the world how beautiful they are!” Today she cares for hundreds of unwanted animals at her childhood dream, The Gentle Barn.
Barry Friedman was five when his parents divorced. Suddenly everything was up in the air, and he and his brothers were facing uncertainty. When his grandmother sent him to summer camp, he faced two choices, and one involved a “hot, smelly box of a room in San Fernando Valley.” He opted for juggling because it was taught by the pool, but he took to it immediately. “I never put those balls down at the end of that summer camp!" He and another camper did a little show together. People were laughing and applauding. He knew his life would never be the same.
Rachel Flower was going through university, studying physics, always trying to perform well, hoping somehow to make the world right. She was putting out a lot of effort, getting straight A's, but inside she struggled. In hindsight, she saw she was not living her passion. Depression followed, which led her to make a 180-degree turn when she earned her degree. Today, she coaches artists and entrepreneurs and uses a precise system of spiritual numerology called soul contract reading to help people get to the core of their purpose and passion.