Karen Ramsay-Smith supports women in business to connect back to the truth of who they really are so that they can put themselves at the heart of their mission and message. By connecting to yourself, you become aligned with your true self and this in turn opens the right energy and flow for you to lead your life and business, attract the right clients to you and reach your true desires.
“Be yourself, take time out of your business to connect back to what’s really important to you because that’s when we get overwhelmed and we forget why we’re doing what we’re doing and it’s so important to come back to why you’re doing what you’re doing and your values. Don’t be afraid to share or stand up for your values”…[Listen for More]
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Tom Black has founded, purchased, sold and taken companies public. His travel around the world while doing business with some of the greatest entrepreneurs of our time is the basis for his Center for Selling. Tom’s proven System for Success in selling, managing, and building companies is designed to assist you in evaluating your current business strategies, sales management processes, and selling practices from prospecting to closing.
“Most successful people have had as many failures as entrepreneurs as they’ve had success. So a perspective that embraces the law of averages would be a tremendous perspective for an entrepreneur, you can go through the list of some of the most famous entrepreneurs in the world and they had 3 or 4 failures before they were successful”…[Listen for More]
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Sam Santhosh is an entrepreneur with more than 25 years of experience in initiating and running successful businesses. Sam is an investor and mentor for many companies and is currently an advisor to Impelsys Inc New York, ePay Healthcare, San Francisco, and a board member at SciGenom Labs, Cochin, Emerge Ventures, Singapore and the Centre for Commercialization of Antibodies (CCAB), Toronto. Prior to this, Sam was the CEO and Managing Director of California Software Limited (Calsoft) from 1992-2012. He founded Calsoft in 1992 and under his vision, Calsoft grew rapidly from a niche player in the Silicon Valley to a global player with 1,200 employees and presence in eight countries.
“Be very clear about your exit plan and make sure you don’t get diluted too fast. My last rule of thumb that I tried to tell entrepreneurs and business men that you should hold on to at least 50% of your equity for the first 5 years, you and your core team, that will allow you to make sure you have control of the company and you don’t end up having too little at the end of the day”…[Listen for More]
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Shani Magosky is the founder of The Better Boss Project® and author of The Better Boss Blueprint. Shani works with executives and managers to implement best practices in business leadership. She serves as an executive coach for leading social media firms, financial giants, tech startups, entrepreneurs and non-profits.
“Don’t do it all yourself, get support, and when I say support yes of course I mean administratively like we talked about earlier, outsourcing, delegating things that you can but also emotionally and spiritually, like have a pit crew, people who are in my closest network, we’re all there for each other, we call each other our pit crew and if we have a challenge or going through a hard time or trying to make a decision we’ll take it to our pit crew and it might be all of them at one time on a conference call or Skype or we might choose one of them individually because of a certain are of expertise but we are all there for each other so that the driver feels supported if you will in that analogy”…[Listen for More]
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AlexAnndra Ontra is a Co-Founder of Shufflrr and oversees Operations, including client services, sales and marketing. Alex applies her expertise in Presentation Management to service Shufflrr’s broad array of clients including Royal Caribbean, ADP, and Time Warner. James Ontra is co-founder and CEO of Shufflrr, where he is responsible for vision, strategy and technical development. He brings over 30 years of entrepreneurial expertise and 20 years of experience on both the sales and developmental sides of presentation management software.
“It’s a great time to start your own business and when you’re doing it there are so many organisations that are there to support you so I would search out in your field whether you’re a dentist or a tech company, search out those organisations because you will be able to find other like minded entrepreneurs who will help you along the way and whether they help you by introducing a new partner or referring a client or helping you get a bank loan, seek out other entrepreneurs because you end up being a good source for each other”…[Listen for More]
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Matthew Rosenberg, who was born and raised in Saskatoon, Canada, and spent nine years studying architecture and environmental design, has traveled all over the world to study structures and cultures which inspire him. Matthew has earned Bachelor’s degrees in fine arts and environmental design in architecture, as well as a Master’s degree in architecture. When he was ready to bring his architectural influence back to the West, he headed straight for Los Angeles to open shop and start implementing his vision into action. Currently, the team at M-Rad are working on projects around the globe, from apartment buildings in Los Angeles to a private members club in Philadelphia, to a boutique hotel in Taipei. They have created designs for mixed-use towers, luxury hotels, sports parks, and more. About M-Rad Architecture - M-Rad Architecture + Design, based in Los Angeles, is revolutionizing the industry by revealing inefficiencies and creating solutions to universal problems. Their multi-faceted business model, allows them to expand the scope of the architect and build resilient communities through enhanced experiences.
“Persistence, believe in what you’ve set out to do and be persistent in your vision, if it changes that’s fine but keep going, keep knocking on doors and believe in what you do every time you talk about it”…[Listen for More]
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Christina Lecuyer has been a public figure within the golf industry for over 10 years. Originally from Canada, Christina came to the USA to study and pursue golf. She graduated as both an All- American athlete and an Magna Cum Laude scholar from the University of Central Arkansas. From playing professional golf and hosting on Fox Sports to making appearances on the Golf Channel - Christina has a wide array of experience! For the past 10 years she has built her own dynasty hosting corporate and charity golf events and is now reflecting and sharing the wisdom she’s collected along the way for others who want to turn their passion into profitable professions. She’s particularly passionate speaking publicly about confidence and communication in a business environment and working with clients one on one. We call her talks The "LeCURE". "LeCure your day" "LeCure your life" "LeCure your game"
“Being an entrepreneur in business, in life, it is really hard, there’s no doubt about it. You’re not going to, unless there’s that 0.0001% chance that someone retweets something and you become an overnight sensation and everyone wants to know you, doing your own business, creating your own company, working for yourself is really really hard, and there’s some days it’s easier than others but you really have to do something that you love” …[Listen for More]
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Leslie H Tayne, Esq. has nearly two decades experience in the practice area of consumer and business debt-related services. She is a sought out media source on debt-related areas, including student loans, credit cards, mortgages, and bankruptcy alternatives. She has interviewed with Forbes, CNBC, Huffington Post and many more.
“We are definitely a unique breed, know who you are and don’t be afraid of who you are. Sometimes other people will say things to you that sound like a criticism and I wouldn’t let the external factors influence who you really are as a person and what you’re trying to achieve. You have to be confident with yourself and your instincts, we don’t make mistakes we just learn.”…[Listen for More]
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Denise Dudley is a behavioral psychologist, professional trainer and keynote speaker, author, business consultant, and founder of SkillPath Seminars, the largest public training company in the world, which has trained over 12 million people. Denise is also the author of "Work it! Get in, Get noticed, Get promoted," written for young professionals beginning their careers, and is a regularly featured speaker on university campuses throughout the US and Canada.
“I don’t like to sugar coat things I like to be really honest so my best advice is that we don’t want to kid ourselves you’re going to need a lot of energy in order to succeed, you’ve got to work long hours, you’ve got to make a lot of decisions, you have to plan, you have to execute your plans, you have to hire you have to fire you have to motivate people you have to change courses you have to revamp stuff, it goes on and on and you are probably going to put in a lot of long hours”…[Listen for More]
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Alessia Pandolfi is an Online Business Strategist and she is all about running a online business smoothly and in the easiest possible way. She is crazy about integrations and automation and all the techie things. Her background is in teaching and project coordination.
“Not only is believing it’s possible important but it’s also vital to have a support group, my friends and my family have always supported me but the support they’ve given me hasn’t always been the support that I got from my business peers, because their support is more critical and it’s geared towards the business group so I think having a support group of other fellow entrepreneurs or wanting to be entrepreneurs is really important”…[Listen for More]
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Jen Gurecki is the co-founder and CEO of Coalition Snow, an outdoor equipment and apparel company pioneering the future of adventure and lifestyle for women. Simply stated, Coalition makes women’s skis and snowboards that don’t suck. She also founded Zawadisha, a social enterprise whose mission is to provide small loans to rural Kenyan women to finance their livelihoods. Zawadisha’s model is soundly pro-poor, pro-woman, and pro-environment. Jen has a master’s degree from Prescott College, was recently featured on the CNBC show Adventure Capitalists, and is a seasoned public speaker who delivered a TEDx talk in January 2016.
“Know what it is you’re willing to suffer for”…[Listen for More]
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Dr Nate Regier, Ph.D., is CEO and cofounding owner of Next Element, a global leadership training and certification firm specializing in adaptive communication and positive conflict skills. He’s an expert in social-emotional intelligence and leadership, positive conflict, and group dynamics. Nate is a co developer of Next Element’s Leading Out of Drama® training and coaching system and a Process Communication Model® certifying master trainers. He has authored two books, Beyond Drama: Transcending Energy Vampires and just released Conflict Without Casualties: A Field Guide for Leading With Compassionate Accountability. He is also an enthusiastic dad and husband.
“Find and create balance between these 3 things, openness, resourcefulness and persistence, they’re all necessary but not sufficient to be successful, use them all every day and don’t get stuck. Entrepreneurs often will air on the side of resourcefulness, they’re creative, they love to create things but they fail because of lack of persistence or they get so focussed on their own stuff that they don’t get open and transparent and vulnerable and curious, they lose touch with themselves and with the world around them”…[Listen for More]
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Rose Colarossi, the Founder of TransformingHER and Creator of The Female Success Formula, a tool to help women balance life and business, has coached women for over 25 years. As a Mother, Wife, multi-business owner, and entrepreneur, she knows the struggles that women encounter and empowers them to live the life they desire and deserve.
“It starts with a really good business plan and truly researching and knowing that there is a need for whatever business or service that you’re going into. Knowing yourself and knowing what your motives are because we’ve got one life to live and you want to enjoy what you’re doing. When you love what you do, it doesn’t even feel like you’re working”…[Listen for More]
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Aleksandra Scepanovic is the Managing Director of Ideal Properties Group, one of the largest, privately owned, independent real estate firms specializing in premier Brooklyn neighborhoods. Founded in 2007 by Aleksandra and Erik Serras, Ideal is a full-service firm that offers pre-development marketing & branding, as well as residential, commercial, office and retail services.
“Look forward to failing, whenever you feel fear consider it a positive litmus test of your plans, I barely ever fear but when I do I know that with near certainty I’m on the right track, so embrace your fears”…[Listen for More]
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Dr. Christopher Metzler is a political pundit, strategist, author and seasoned entrepreneur. With nearly 300 employees in his businesses which include the MI Group, FHW Fit, Gordium Healthcare, 911 Urgent Care, CityPlace Pharmacy, and Next Generation Labs. He appears regularly on The O’Reilly Factor, CNN, Fox News Strategy Room, MSNBC and CNBC where he provides expert commentary on U.S. and global affairs, politics, human rights, human capital, diversity and related issues. He also travels extensively speaking to colleges, organizations, and businesses in the United States and globally. In addition to a Masters degree in Human Rights from Columbia University, Dr. Christopher Metzler also holds a PhD from University of Aberdeen in Law as well as diplomas and postgraduate certificates in law. He is a member of The University of Oxford in Oxford, England as well as a member of Kellogg College at the University of Oxford. At Oxford, he read international human rights law leading to a law degree (MsT) in international human rights law from Oxford.
“Understand what your vision is and how you’re going to get there because without vision you have absolutely nothing so it’s extremely important, vision is extremely important but with vision make sure it’s a clear vision and that you’re not using rose coloured glasses for that vision”…[Listen for More]
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Cathy Liska is the CEO/Founder of the Center for Coaching Certification. As the Guide from the Side®, she is a sought-after trainer and coach, drawing from her 20 years of experience in business ownership and management. Cathy serves as a Certified Master Coach and certifies others to coach in her ICF-approved program. Her personal mission statement is “People.” Cathy is known for her passion in sharing the insight, experience, positive attitude, and information that empower others to achieve the results they desire.
“Get a coach, get a coach, it really makes a difference, someone who’s going to keep you on track, focussed and intentional about what you’re doing”…[Listen for More]
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Ori Goldman is a New York City native who saw a void in the Real Estate landscape of NYC. He and his dedicated team turn the shady and expensive process of finding an apartment completely on its head, by offering a service where renters are not charged a broker fee.
“Don’t be scared to try things that other people don’t believe in, it is really all about adding value for clients and there’s some cases where it appears that it’s not possible because other’s haven’t done it, I’ve heard a lot of people say well if it would have worked someone would have done it, well that’s not the case, there’s usually a way to figure out a path to success and making it work”…[Listen for More]
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Ray Chow-Toun is the CEO and Co-Founder of CVProof. Ray managed large-scale IT projects for two decades in computer manufacturing, aviation and Swiss banks at European and American leading-edge companies. Pioneering and entrepreneurial, Ray started the first Internet Application Service Provider in Switzerland in 1999. Before the iPhone emergence, In 2004 he patented a one-click mobile App trigger making keyboard handling easier. Ray is also the CVproof.com patent pending Author. He designed the CVproof validation protocol which can be compared to the public domain BlockCerts.org (at MIT) but including flexible solutions to the business transition concerns. Ray is a Swiss Crypto Valley member. Frederic Verin is the COO and Co-Founder of CVProof. He is an Entrepreneurial CFO with 10+ years experience in business set-up/acquisition and expansion in MNC’s and in start-ups (Healthcare, Bio-pharma, e-commerce) . Frederic successfully scaled up an e-commerce start-up in South East Asia over the past two years as head of finance and of organization. Purpose driven, Frederic’s expertise encompasses strategic planning and execution, business process re-engineering and risk management.
“A great idea is nothing without a sound execution; you have a lot of poor ideas that have been successful because they have been very well rolled out so as entrepreneurs I think we need to keep learning from our mistakes obviously. We need to be resilient and keep going no matter what and that is important because you will always have people that tell you, you want to go left but in fact it doesn’t make sense that you should go left and you should go right everybody go right”…[Listen for More]
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Having a keen eye isn’t just for what one sees, but also for what one senses. Having been one of the most sought after portrait photographers in the U.S. for more than three decades, Jeffrey Shaw, a.k.a. the Lingo Guy, uses this honed intuition to teach entrepreneurs how to attract their ideal customers by speaking their Secret Language. Jeffrey is host of the popular business podcast Creative Warriors, a nationally acclaimed keynote speaker, a business coach for entrepreneurs, and author of the forthcoming book, LINGO: Discover Your Ideal Customer’s Secret Language and Make Your Business Irresistible.
“Build a business for the people that you’re meant to serve, speak their lingo, know their secret language, slow down and speed up, all these things I’ve already said. What worked 20 years ago what worked 10 years ago won’t work today so take that time to say who is my...this is essential Neil millennials are becoming the big wave of consumers and so many of us as entrepreneurs we don’t know their lingo, if you want to do well in business, do yourself a favour, slow down and understand their lingo” …[Listen for More]
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Steve Woody is the Founder & CEO of Avadim Technologies, the North Carolina-based life sciences company that is dedicated to preventing infection with its line of topical therapies known as Theraworx
“Work backwards, when I say work backwards what I mean is answer the question how am I going to scale and commercialise this solution? Usually we figure that if we get to that point we’ll figure it out later but it’s important to start there because if you start there and you answer that question well then you can definitely scale this and then you can say okay how much capital it is going to take me to get there”…[Listen for More]
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PJ Glassey is the founder of X Gyms in the Seattle area, where he invented his own methodology to save time, decrease injury rate and tone muscle instead of bulking it up. PJ spends hours each week studying the current research to further improve the X Gym methods. He has been a guest expert on TV and has hosted his own call-in talk show on KKOL and KVI radio. PJ has authored many works including local and national media articles and two books on health and fitness. He has also created a workout DVD, “X Gym Workout Protocol #1” designed to introduce non-X Gym clients to the unique concepts he has developed. PJ has been selected as one of the top fitness bloggers by several different rating sites. He continues to create free content for people through this blog, his partner blog and his various X Gym blogs. Some of PJ’s other interests include God, his two teenagers, flying float planes as a private pilot, inventing healthy recipes, and competing in stair climb races, called tower running, one of the most grueling sports on the planet.
“Be sure that you’re giving true value to others. A lot of people try to make it about themselves and getting rich and all that kind of stuff and that’s all fine and that can certainly happen if you help enough people but if it’s just all selfish and it’s about yourself then you’ll fail, or you’ll just be a flash in the pan and fail, either way it’s not going to work”…[Listen for More]
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Chris Rothstein is the CEO and co-founder of Groove, a sales engagement platform. Prior to Groove, Chris built, scaled and managed enterprise sales teams at Google. He now helps bring modern technology to the world of sales so everyone from sales ops to sales directors can spend more time providing value to their customers and their companies.
“Plan for it to take longer and you got to find a way to stick with it because everyone comes in assuming hey I’m going to do this, I’m going to launch and it’s going to be a success, the starting part is not hard, it’s the sticking with it until you see some momentum and not giving up early enough and I think that’s the part that is hard being mentally prepared that you’re probably going to have to just kind f struggle for quite some time”…[Listen for More]
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A graduate of Amherst College and New York Medical College, Dr Paula Muto is the founder of UBERDOC and is in solo private practice, serving as Director and CEO of the Vein Center at Mutosurgical. A vascular surgeon by specialty, she also practices general surgery and advocates for women’s health issues.
“Stay close to the mission, if you have a passionate idea, stick with it, people talk about pivoting and pivoting is important in the sense that you can apply your model to other circumstances you didn’t think of it, but you can’t pivot away from your mission statement. Pivoting away into a different business model when actually pivot entirely away from the mission”…[Listen for More]
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Yvonne Ortega survived and thrived after divorce, breast cancer, and multiple family losses including the loss of her only child. Her passion is to help others move from broken to beautiful despite their losses. She's the author of the Moving from Broken to Beautiful Series, a speaker, counsellor, and coach.
“Ask for help the sooner the better, understand what your strengths are but also be very clear about what your weaknesses are so that someone else can help you fill those in”…[Listen for More]
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Nick Palmisciano spent the best and hardest six years of his life serving as an infantry officer in the United States Army and is a graduate of the United States Army Ranger School. Nick created Ranger Up, the first military lifestyle brand, in 2006, which kicked off a decade of veteran entrepreneurial endeavors focused around social media. Ranger Up has been a leader in the veteran community, with such strong support that it has landed in Internet Retailer’s Second 500 every year since 2012. Their marketing strategy relies heavily on parody videos, unique one liners and an aggressive social media fan base.
“It is going to take twice as long as you expect, it is going to be 3 times as hard as you expect and it is going to cost 4 times as much as you expect. When you go into this and you think I’m going to get to this revenue level in this period of time and I’m only going to have to invest this amount, just remember that rule you’re completely wrong and it’s going to be a lot more painful than you expect but it’s totally worth it if you’re actually an entrepreneur”…[Listen for More]
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