Austin Belcak is the founder of Cultivated Culture where he helps people leverage unconventional strategies to land jobs they love without connections, without "traditional" experience, and without applying online. His strategies have been featured in places like Forbes, Business Insider and Fast Company and he has helped people get hired at Google, Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Microsoft and many more.
Cindra Kamphoff had just reached a personal best in the 2013 Boston Marathon. Exhausted but feeling on top of the world, she walked slowly back to her hotel. Suddenly her mind began racing as she started asking core questions about her life focus. As a mental performance consultant, popular keynote speaker and author, she works with professional athletes, executives and championship teams around the nation. She is the author of “Beyond Grit: Ten Powerful Practices to Gain the High Performance Edge.”
Jay Lucas—accomplished businessman, author, leader and philanthropist—believes in the power of positivity, patriotism, and community engagement. His bestselling book is “American Sunshine: Rays of Hope and Opportunity.” He earned his MBA from Harvard Business School, and his Law degree from Harvard Law School. He is now the Chairman and Managing Partner of The Lucas Group, focusing on the specialized needs of private equity investors and their portfolio companies.
Paula Brown Stafford and Lisa T. Grimes are two former competitors who discovered how well they complement each other. In a rare dual guest interview, they explain: Complementing Beats Competing—Women Supporting Women in the Workplace. Fierce competitors 20 years ago, Paula and Lisa eventually formed a friendship and now, as a team, speak to corporations and women’s groups on a number of topics including Complementing Beats Competing and The Juggling Act.
Brannon Beliso rebelled against his father by intentionally losing 17 martial arts matches in a row. He wanted to pursue his creativity. A hard punch in the face turned him around. Playing the hand life dealt him, he became a champion, first in martials arts, then in creating a life he wanted. He is dedicated to helping people live their best lives by helping them and businesses reach their full potential. He teaches leadership by example, by always being a student and never considering himself a master.
Delani Gianna is a young entrepreneur residing in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. She comes from a long history of chefs, cooks, and restaurateurs. For the four years prior to this interview, she had dedicated her energy to creating Hecho Con Amor, a catering and private chef service that provides beautiful food and quality personalized service. Hecho Con Amor translates to "Made With Love,” and she continues to take tremendous pride her work.
Chef Charles Carroll is an author, speaker and recipient of over 80 national and international awards. Competing on eight U.S. Culinary Olympic Teams, he travels the world sharing with chefs, culinary students, industry leaders and military personnel. He produced seven Vegas Style shows for troops in Afghanistan. Chef Charles recently published his third book, a culinary parable entitled, “The Recipe: A Story of Loss, Love, and the Ingredients of Greatness,” which he co-authored with John David Mann.
Adam Anderson felt right at home on computers at age six. He wanted to make them talk to each other so he could play games with friends. “Without knowing it, I was teaching myself the fundamentals of computer science and information technology. They just didn't call it that at the time.” Today he is a serial entrepreneur, author and founder of Palmetto Security Group (PSG), an IBM Premier Cyber Security Business Partner. He recently launched Element Security Group.
Lori B. Duff thought she would be the voters’ obvious choice for probate court judge. She had a decade’s experience with a major metropolitan court, and her opponent wasn’t even a lawyer. Her unexpected loss was a stiff rebuke. At 42, she brushed herself off and found renewed life as a ghost writer, editor, and a best-selling author of 3 memoirs. She recently won a gold medal in the 2017 eLit awards. She has a series of memoir writing classes designed to give people a head start on writing their stories.
Dorie Clark is the author of Entrepreneurial You, Reinventing You and Stand Out, which was named the #1 Leadership Book of 2015 by Inc. magazine. A former presidential campaign spokeswoman, she teaches at Duke University's Fuqua School of Business, and is a consultant and speaker for clients such as Google, Morgan Stanley, and the World Bank.
Justin Shelby felt his campus interview with a Fortune 500 company had gone well. When he didn’t get a call from them, he made a friend inside the company and kept calling back–for 30 days. His persistence paid off, and he spent the next 9 years at Black & Decker. Today, he is CEO and founder of Artichoke, a complete business solution for the rapidly growing community of freelancers, independent practitioners, and moonlighters operating in the U.S.
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.”