Helene Segura had a clear plan as she left L.A.—to be a dual athlete playing soccer and softball for Texas A&M. “My plan got shot to heck when I was cut from the softball team.” If she was not going to be Helene, the Athlete anymore, she had to figure out who else she could be. Today, as author of two best-sellers, she shares her mind-bending framework for decreasing interruptions, distractions and procrastination so that companies can spend more time generating revenue.
Derek Champagne is founder and CEO of a full-service marketing agency The Artist Evolution and author of the bestselling book, “Don’t Buy a Duck.” Through his work, he has reviewed more than 1,000 brand audits and identified five commonalities found anything from start-ups to household brands. Any one of the five can lead to bad business decisions, but when solved, lead to meaningful traction and growth. The good news is they are easy to fix, if you know how.
Kristen Ivy was a good student, but when her grades dropped, a teacher looked her in the eye and asked “Are you okay?” It was the first time someone was really seeing her. That instilled in her the need to see the whole person at any given moment.
Michael McDonnell surprised everyone with his love of sports and active life, despite a disabling condition. “My parents saw that I was going to try everything.” At 16, a coach offered him an opportunity to coach tennis, which made perfect sense. “It was an easy choice for me to take that road.” Still a young man, he has gone from managing cystic fibrosis and diabetes to using the lessons learned to help people with their mindset and strategies to leave their job and run their own businesses full time.
Mark Villareal tells us “the lessons we learn growing up relate to us in adulthood and can be correlated to being a leader in business,” as he talks about “Leadership Lessons from Mom.” For 35-plus years he has been building teams within organizations, establishing the right culture and leadership for long term success.
Katie Cline never saw herself as an entrepreneur. But when the real estate bubble burst right after she earned her MBA, she learned from personal experience how to spot a need and fill it. She also learned how to live out her values with each new venture.
Emma Nichols bought a medical dictionary with her own money as a teenager in London. “I don’t know where that idea came from. There were no doctors in my family. Back then, I didn’t even know medical writing was a thing.” She also knew she wasn’t somebody who could be told what to do. “That’s a trait that has stuck with me, probably to my advantage.” Dr. Nichols has worked in medical writing and communications for 16 years since graduating with a Ph.D. in Nutrition and Health Sciences from Emory University.
Andy Molinsky, professor of international management and psychology at Brandeis University and author, knows that stepping outside of one’s comfort zone, both personally and culturally, is one of the hardest things people have to do. “But, you are probably going to have to, if you want to grow, learn, develop—to achieve your goals.” That is what his work is about: helping people understand the challenges, what holds them back, how they might be avoiding it, and what they can do to be more successful.
Thomas Dixon lost most of his abilities to remember his own life because of a car injury. Rather than accept suffering, he decided there had to be a digital solution to his loss. He envisioned an artificial mobile memory app and enlisted technical help to build it. “ME.mory” now provides him and an increasing number of users around the world with rapidly-searchable, artificial memories.
Pamela Gold is a Yale University graduate, so she knows her way around books and learning. But it was a book that literally fell at her feet off a bookstore shelf that set her on a different path in life, a Path With Heart. In her current life's work, she teaches inner peace as the key to our greatest evolution and ultimately, world peace. She founded Gold Evolution and released her first book, “Find More Strength: 5 Pillars to Unlock Unlimited Power and Happiness” in 2017.
JJ Flizanes vividly reminds us that the word ‘fitness’ is not just about the state of one’s physical body, but also the factors which determine a person’s overall well-being. And, for JJ, the key components in all these areas are ‘invisible’ — balanced support structures of nutrition, emotional centeredness and health. For her clients & followers, JJ designs customized coaching programs and unique, versatile approaches that harmonize the emotional, the mental and the spiritual.
Regan Hillyer invested thousands of dollars in personal growth seminars, diligently applying what she learned. But change just wasn’t happening. When her mentor asked her, “What are you doing to rewire yourself to succeed,” she found herself staring back at him blankly. Today, as founder of Regan Hillyer International, she’s dedicated to helping experts uncover their true message and launch powerful personal brands, to make a big impact and build a legacy.
London Porter’s stutter, lisp and habit of talking too fast did not help his acceptance as a street kid in Yonkers, NY. But his speech therapist did not give up on him. “Your voice is a gift.” She became the first of many who helped him see his potential. He teaches entrepreneurs how to earn a better income, create a better career and live a better life. London’s a three-time author, a former professional athlete, a public speaker and has spent much of his career in human resources.
Terry Brock believes, “There is so much NEW all the time that we begin to think, ‘I can’t handle it!’ We need to learn to be able to overcome that feeling of being overwhelmed, and learn principles that will work—and that won’t work—to help us overcome the sense of being overwhelmed. Often, we are overwhelmed with technology and information. Using a few key principles, we can regain control of our lives and be able to do what we need to do.”
Carolin Soldo knew she had hit a tipping point. “I looked in the mirror and didn’t recognize myself! I didn’t feel like a woman anymore and just wanted to have myself back again. As with everything else in my life, I knew I had to do this all or nothing.” She is the founder of Brand Your Passions®, From Passion to Profits®, and The Powerhouse Coach®. She specializes in helping passion-driven women bring their skills to the world and launch thriving online coaching businesses with international reach, make an impact, and create free and abundant lives.
Gary Kinder knows how few writers and artists succeed. Some say it’s as low as 1%. But he’s up at 5 a.m. every day writing his screenplay, before plunging into the editing software he’s creating. Asked why he does it, he says, “I’m doing what I love!” He has taught over 1,000 writing programs and has appeared on the Today Show and Good Morning America. He is also creator and founder of WordRake, editing software, which is used widely in law firms, government agencies, corporations and universities.
Jeff McManus grows things. As the Director of Landscape Services at the University of Mississippi, he grows plants, people and ideas. Faced with a multimillion-dollar landscape beautification project, a demand for excellence, high productivity and a stagnant budget, Jeff knew that growing the people was critical to growing the plants. Understanding that all humans either have or strive for the innate elements of greatness, resiliency, opportunity and wisdom, Jeff developed his GROW Theory into an impactful management and professional development leadership program.
Danny Iny compares the crash of his dream start-up to the painful breakup of a relationship. “As an entrepreneur, your identity is deeply invested in your work.” In hindsight, he can say, “Sometimes the rebound turns out to be the one.” He sees the irony of being a high school dropout who is passionate about providing business education. He has a soft spot for helping entrepreneurs succeed. Together, his acclaimed Audience Business Masterclass and Course Builder’s Laboratory training programs have graduated more than 5,000 value-driven online entrepreneurs.
Katherine Denton had accomplished her goal of working as an ad agency account executive by age 25. She was a respected team member with all the perks of success—an office with windows, bonuses, free parking. But she was so miserable that she quit. She turned to a temp agency and was given a one-day assignment that opened the door to her current 22-year career as owner of My Friend, Katherine, a service devoted to helping people meet their personal, professional, financial and relationship goals.
Sarah E. Brown has had several careers, all of which she says took her full circle to what she originally set out to do right out of college: teaching, writing, and researching. Along the way, she has learned what she believes makes for a happy, successful work experience. She is married and lives in Wilmington, Delaware. When she is not working, she can be found rowing on the Christina River or romping through the woods with her standard poodle, Maharani.
Lauren McLaughlin was delighted to take six years off to be a full-time mom. But as soon as her son went to school, Lauren plunged back into a career. So far, it spans public relations for the Red Cross, newspaper publishing, politics, real estate, and now a ministry. She's a writer, speaker, teacher, retreat coordinator, keynote speaker, counselor, ordained Unity minister and professional student. Lauren is always seeking to learn about people and new ideas.
Jeremy Paris’ teenage rebellion might have led him into a surly adulthood, as just another guy with a chip on his shoulder. But a high school teacher saw beyond his “in-your-face” art project and praised his originality and courage. That changed Jeremy from that point forward. After a career in the military and as a defense contractor, he started the Veteran Resource Podcast to inform veterans about the many organizations, programs and opportunities available to veterans and their family members.
Alison Cardy, author of “Career Grease: How to Get Unstuck and Pivot Your Career,” is a certified career coach who has guided hundreds of people at career crossroads to find innovative and functional career solutions. She encourages people to get clarity by self-analysis, but just as important, by taking action. In this interview she shares why people get stuck at crossroads and recommends steps to get unstuck. Alison’s work has been featured on Monster, Forbes, the Huffington Post, and the Chicago Tribune.
Claudia Penningtonand her husband were reflecting on their past 10 years together and realized they had been living the daily grind without goals, a budget or a plan, and a vague desire to help people. They decided to tackle some massive changes in their lives, starting with eliminating their debt. Claudia is a digital marketing consultant and trainer of side hustlers, freelancers, and small business owners in the fundamentals of digital marketing and SEO.
Tanner Gers thought his life was over when he lost his eyesight at 21. Then, he discovered a game changer–where there were no disadvantages, where everybody was on an even playing field. His sight did not return, but he regained a vision and enthusiasm for life. Since that day in 2004, Tanner has influenced the world as host of the podcast, "The Creative Success Show", and on his health and fitness blog, ABSolutelyLean.com, and as a professional speaker, author, and Paralympian.