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Apr 12, 2017

Attorney Dera Johnsen-Tracy is a shareholder and co-founder of the law firm of Horn & Johnsen SC in Madison, Wisconsin, USA. She is a 2008 graduate of Marquette University Law School and focuses her legal practice in the areas of estate planning, probate and guardianship.

“If something is important enough to you, you can always find the time to make it happen, I’ve heard over and over again from friends, from relatives of mine when I was teaching , I’d love to do this but I don’t know where I am going to find the time, I have all these other things going on, what that means to me is that it’s just not important enough”…[Listen for More]

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Apr 12, 2017

Mike Saunders is the Author of the Amazon Bestselling book Authority Selling™, and a contributor to The Huffington Post, as well as an Adjunct Marketing Professor at several Universities, and a member of the Forbes Coaches Council – an invitation-only community for the World’s Most Influential Business and Career Coaches. As an Authority Marketing Strategist, Mike helps business owners build their Authority and Expertise to enhance their Competitive Advantage by helping them become an Amazon bestselling author without writing a word using his proprietary 3 Hour Authority™ System. The result is a spectacular Authority Positioning Portfolio™ which is the solution for opening more doors to closing more business.

“Know what you want, stick with it, and have a plan, have a blueprint, have it in front of you and write it down, I think a lot of the goal setting books out there will say this, physically taking a pen and paper and writing it down” …[Listen for More]

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Apr 10, 2017

Derrin Slack is the Executive Director of ProAct Indy, an Indiana nonprofit organization committed to engaging youth in public service that educates, delights, and inspires youth and those they serve. Derrin is the senior representative for donors, volunteers, youth program participants and other stakeholders. His strong background in nonprofit management and research, allows him to act as the conduit between the needs of the community and the capabilities of ProAct to address them.

“Always keep in mind the Q factor, what the Q factor is, is the quality of life factor, when you’re building your own business or doing your own thing, sometimes it’s hard to disconnect from that one thing and for me doing what I do for 7 years, sometimes all my conversations gravitated to going back to hey listen to what I’m doing when in reality that’s not really the case, it’s great to be passionate, it’s great to be engaged with what you’re doing however that quality of life factor is really important because you need to set aside time for your family, your friends, and the people you want to connect with on a personal level”…[Listen for More]

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Apr 9, 2017

Ivan Raiklin Recovering Lawyer, Diplomat, Green Beret, Turned Startup Investor/Advisor #LifeHacker who accidentally ran 50 miles once.

“Keep plugging away, the best piece of advice is set your goal, and then set a goal that’s even higher than you think you can achieve and then start backwards planning and keep pushing towards that goal because if you try to shoot for a hundred miles, in my instance, you shoot for 51 miles and you only make 50 well I can now say I accidentally say I ran 50 miles once”[Listen for More]

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Apr 8, 2017

Jen Moff is a sassy spiritual adviser and intuitive communication specialist. Trained in improvisation, she's a former actor who commands audiences—speaking throughout the year. She has a BFA in Communication and Public Relations, is a Certified Relationship Specialist by the American Psychotherapy Association, and is a member of the Women’s Speakers Association.

“Be willing to try new things and in the process of that be willing to start over if you need to without feeling like it’s all for not, the importance of that willingness is the foundation of everything else but really just being willing to start over, in terms of the way you approach an idea or how you execute something or where you go for help, just keep trying until something feels good”…[Listen for More]

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Apr 7, 2017

Andrew Haller is the co-founder of AirDev, a new kind of software development company that creates dynamic web and mobile apps for clients without writing code. Andrew comes from a non-technical background: he studied economics at Stanford, earned an MBA from Harvard, and worked as a management consultant prior to starting AirDev on the belief that how software is made -- and who makes it -- will change dramatically in the coming years.

“Making sure you’re working on something that is a passion project because it’s going to be a long road no matter what you get yourself into and things are not going to go the way you expect them to go and there’ll be challenges coming at you left and right and if it’s something that you’re pursuing because you think there’s a pay off potentially at the end of the day or because you think you have this clever idea that no one has thought of or because you think you have some skill and might as well do it, none of those reasons will be enough to keep you going”…[Listen for More]

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Apr 7, 2017

Lea Woodford is the Chief Executive Officer and founder of SmartFem Entertainment. SmartFem was created as a result of her many years as a Publicist, columnist as well as a Radio & TV Personality. She has extensive experience as a business consultant and entrepreneur but decided the only way she could make a difference for women was to create her own magazine that bridges the online community with the local community. Her passion is connecting people. Lea is often coined “ the connector “ due to her extensive network. Lea is passionate about working with young professionals and SmartFem has helped launch the careers of several young journalism interns from ASU’s Walter Cronkite School. Lea on the Go: When Lea is not working she is spending time with her husband and co-founder Paul and their miniature schnauzer Abby. They take daily walks and talk about current events and even politics. Her favorite past time is to jump on a plane with Paul and Abby for a quick weekend getaway to places such as the beach, Flagstaff or even Vegas.

“Get the advice, and get the council of mentors, people that have gone where you want to go. That’s the only way you’re going to go to the next level”…[Listen for More]

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Apr 5, 2017

Laura Palmer is a former employment attorney turned entrepreneur and hypnotherapist. She’s a 2004 graduate from University of Chicago's Law and Public Policy Schools. In 2010, she created a unique and powerful process of spotting and transforming expired and limiting patterns in the subconscious current of individuals and organizations. Since founding Bridgenosis in 2011, she has been helping people to solve problems that seem unsolvable such as imposter syndrome, conflicts, individual and organizational performance issues, and stress and anxiety.

“I think just don’t take it so personally and I think that’s probably the hardest thing about being an entrepreneur, is before you’re an entrepreneur, most people do something where they’re working for someone else before they jump into entrepreneurism and it’s easy when you’re in that kind of role because you don’t have to think about putting food on the table, you have a pay check that’s coming all the time so taking those basic security issues away form yourself and being in a secure job, a job that seems secure so you think you don’t need to worry about those things, a lot of times people perform better in that situation because they’re just focussed on doing their own work but when they’re an entrepreneur, basic life things start to shift your thinking and cause some anxiety, so you make take things personally”…[Listen for More]

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Apr 4, 2017

Craig W. Smalley, MST, EA, has been admitted to practice before the Internal Revenue Service as an Enrolled Agent, and has a Masters in Taxation, and is a Certified Tax Resolution Specialist.  He has been in practice for 23 years and is the CEO and Founder of CWSEAPA®, PLLC, as well as the Tax Crisis Center®, LLC, and the Cannabis Accounting Group®.  Craig is a columnist for Accounting Web, AICPA Tax Insider, and Accounting Today.  He specializes in taxation, and is well versed on U.S. Tax Court rulings.

“Be passionate about what you do, it’s the same thing I tell my kids, do something you love for a living, do something you’re passionate about and money will follow”…[Listen for More]

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Apr 3, 2017

In 2006, Dan Roberge, along with two other partners formed Gnxcor, the corporation that created and supports Maintenance Care today. One of those partners is Dan’s long time spouse of 20 years, Laurie Roberge.

“Never give up, if you are going to get there you need to go through all of the obstacles even if you think that you have gone through all of the obstacles you should have gone through or that you should have got there, just keep going”…[Listen for More]

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Apr 3, 2017

Bernadette Boas is the ‘ball of fire’ leadership coach, speaker, radio host, and author behind the movement, Shedding the Bitch, where she inspires, educates and entertains individuals to ‘shed their bitches of fear, insecurity and doubt, so they create the riches in their career, business and life they deserve.

“Just do it, if you have a goal, forget if you even have a plan for that goal but if there’s something you want to be pursuing and I’ll steal from Nike, just do it”…[Listen for More]

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Apr 2, 2017

Dr. Gleb Tsipursky is an author, speaker, consultant, entrepreneur, activist, and scholar on science-based strategies for effective decision-making, goal achievement, emotional and social intelligence, and meaning and purpose. He researches these as a professor at Ohio State Universitiy, and runs a nonprofit that popularizes such topics, Intentional Insights.

“The only thing that we can control in life is our thoughts, feelings and behaviours, we can’t control our environment, we can’t control other people, we can only react to what other people do, we can only react to external forces in the environment, so it’s all down to ourselves, our thoughts, our feelings, our behaviours and our decisions”…[Listen for More]

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Apr 1, 2017

Liston Witherill is a digital marketer and CEO at Good Funnel. He helps tech and info businesses understand their customers to sell more by improving conversions through copy, persuasion, pricing, positioning and automation. After serving as Director of Marketing for a $10M company, Liston declined their CMO position to instead pursue his own business. He has an MS in Environmental Science and a BA in Political Science and Economics. He’s an environmentalist and hiphop artist, too - but that’s a different story.

“Favour action and don’t feel like you need to have a perfect plan, a perfect response, a perfect anything, you should definitely favour action and see what happens and then retool”…[Listen for More]

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Mar 30, 2017

Kamila Gornia is the "Blow Up, Scale Up" Marketing Strategist who helps entrepreneurs blow up and scale up their businesses to become true leaders online. She teaches her clients and community how to leverage their own natural personalities into strategic marketing campaigns that are both profitable AND fun.

“Tap into yourself and ask what am I excited about when it comes to this business and focus on doing that because I wouldn’t want anyone to go through the mistake of creating a business that they’re not really happy or excited about because then they’re just going to create another 9-5 for themselves”…[Listen for More]

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Mar 29, 2017

Marshall Evans is a former IT specialists who woke up at 30 and realized he was fat and dying. He left his IT career, became a cosmetologist, and eventually opened three different businesses. During his journey he lost over 250 pounds, opened a hair salon, yoga studio and marketing company.

“Stay agile and nimble, don’t get locked in to your original vision, and always be ready for the next opportunity because you never know when it’s going to come”…[Listen for More]

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Mar 29, 2017

Kirsty Blattner is a qualified Health Coach, member of the National Speakers Association, and works with organizations and individuals to take people's lives from stuck to sublime! Kirsty has a Master’s degree in Education and is a qualified Health and Transformational Coach. She's traveled the world (Australia, New Zealand, Bolivia, Peru, Argentina, Singapore, Canada, Italy, Switzerland, Netherlands, England, Thailand and the USA), lived and worked in five different countries, started four entrepreneurial businesses and currently resides in Wisconsin.

“Find your supportive network tribe, get a coach, you’ll only go as far as your beliefs will take you so a coach, whatever that looks like for you is really important, make self care a priority, it’s so easy to get burnt out from being an entrepreneur, laugh often. Stay authentic to you, you don’t need to mould into anyone else, share your heart with the world, remind yourself daily that anything is possible”…[Listen for More]

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Mar 27, 2017

Ed Donner is the co-founder and chief executive officer at untapt, a talent marketplace that uses proprietary artificial intelligence to connect leading global FinTech and financial services firms with highly-skilled engineers and technology professionals. Ed’s interest in software and technology led him down the path of becoming a developer and leader within the category. His successful career spanned 18 years and across three continents. During his tenure, Ed worked for leading corporations in major business hubs around the world including New York, London, and Tokyo. During his career, Ed has working with Fortune 500 businesses as well as startups. Prior to launching untapt, Ed served as a Managing Director on JPMorgan’s global technology team. In his role, he was responsible for hiring technology talent to grow his team and found it challenging to both find and hire talented, high-caliber developers. It was here that Ed came up with the idea of creating a platform that would give the FinTech industry a better system to recruit the right type of professionals from a pool of the top echelon of candidates. From his own experience, came the need for transforming the FinTech hiring process, for both businesses and candidates. The solution that the FinTech industry strived for became available in 2015 and was aptly named, untapt.

“All around raising capital, it was something that was new to me; it was something that was a new experience, during my 6 months break that I took before I actually launched Untapped I spent time presenting the untapped story to colleagues, to friends. I used that as a way of honing my skills but I think that was the biggest challenge”…[Listen for More]

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Mar 26, 2017

From being part of the elite group of TED speakers to completing three Tough Mudders (and counting), Tamara Kleinberg’s life is about breaking through the status quo for game-changing results. As the founder of a thriving business, Go To Launch Street – which is an online education and community platform to help people innovate and differentiate in an over-saturated world , Tamara knows what it takes to drive growth and innovation daily in an ever-changing market-place.

“Recognise that innovation is your biggest competitive advantage, if you can leverage that, you can accomplish all the things that you’re trying to accomplish and do it in a way that’s, 3 things, unique, ownable and buyable”…[Listen for More]

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Mar 26, 2017

Kellen Kautzman owns Send It Rising Internet Marketing, offering SEO, social media and pay per click solutions for businesses.

“You need to take time to experience a moment in the future that has not yet come to pass and live it, smell it, just experience it and what you’ll find is there you are living it and it doesn’t make any difference how absurd it may seem in the moment, if you’d asked me a couple of years ago if I’d have logged 30 interviews and spoken at planet Hollywood I’d have said             I guess that could be possible but I don’t have any idea how that could transpire”…[Listen for More]

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Mar 25, 2017

Kim Ades is the president and founder of Frame of Mind Coaching and JournalEngineTM Software. Author, speaker, entrepreneur, coach, and mother of five, Kim is recognized as one of North America's foremost experts on performance through thought mastery. By using her unique process of integrating online journaling in her coaching, Kim helps her highly-driven clients to examine and shift their thinking in order to yield extraordinary results.

“Experiment as much as possible, run little experiments, if you have an idea for a business, don’t think you have to have all the i’s dotted and the t’s crossed before you get started. If you have an idea to bake cookies, bake a batch and sell the batch, you don’t have to bake a hundred batches and have your packaging ready to go before you start moving” …[Listen for More]

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Mar 24, 2017

Heather DeSantis has been in the Public Relations Industry for 5+ years and works with nationally known experts. All experts have a strong following AND have already been featured in outlets such as The Huffington Post, US News & World Report, The Washington Post, CBS, FOX and ABC and have more than 100+ opportunities that will come to fruition in the next 2 months. Since beginning her own business in March of 2016, she has worked with over 1,500 media members and has learned how to authentically connect with them and has learned so many lessons along the way.

“Quit being small and consider building a business online and offline, consider stepping away from your computer, sharing your story personally, falling in love with the town you’re in, allowing yourself to be locally known and not overlooking your city as a place that you can really prosper because I can guarantee that your local hometown probably is not oversaturated with business coaches and so forth” …[Listen for More]

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Mar 23, 2017

Mary Wingo was born in the United States where she earned a Ph.D. in human stress research from The University of North Texas. In 2014, She emigrated to Ecuador, a tiny country in South America. Living in a new and very different society opened her eyes to the unsustainable social, economic, and political costs preventable stress causes in the modern world. Dr. Wingo's aim is to clearly explain to the public the biological mechanisms behind the stress response, as well as its staggering costs to society. In the past year, she has had more than 100+ media placements, including those with BBC, ABC, and Men's Health. Dr. Wingo's academic specialty is physiology, and specifically, the human physiological stress response. One thing that seems to escape many analysts and political leaders is the staggering costs of stress in modern society within the psychological, social, political, and economic sectors. In fact, preventable human stress leads to (many, many) millions of unnecessary deaths every year.

  • “There are very few entrepreneurs that are overnight successes I would truly advise you manage your stress with the stress management”
  • “Organisation goes a long way, and you don’t have to work 80 hours, you may have to work more than 40 but if you’re organised then you work smarter and not longer”…[Listen for More]

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Mar 22, 2017

Amber Roback has over 10 years of experience in television production and media. She was a Producer at TelePictures, Sony and Discovery. She left New York in 2007 to focus on starting a family. It was then that she came up with the idea for SeatPets, a kids plush product that goes on the seatbelt of the car and gives the child a place to rest their sleepy head. After launching SeatPets, she and her business partner launched a product development company called Lightning Launch.

“Don’t be afraid, even though something’s risky, you have to sort of push those feelings aside and go for it if you believe in yourself and what you wanna do then you should do it because you only get so many chances in life and if you don’t go for it you’ll wish you did” …[Listen for More]

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Mar 21, 2017

Isabel Hundt is the author of ‘The Power of Faith-Driven Success’ and a certified Vision & Transformation Coach, international speaker, World-Visionary, Empath-Warrior™ and Global Presence Ambassador. Over the past years Isabel developed a successful business by traveling all over to share her enlightening message of tuning in to our true selves. Her passion is to support young adults create, live and transform their lives by understanding the scientific and spiritual connections between their heart and brain and by discovering their unique and magical gifts hidden within. She also teaches how to use our emotions and intuition as a powerful guide in business and life. Isabel has especially a heart for the Empaths of the world of entrepreneurs.

“Trust, trust yourself that you’re on the right path, trust your method. Listen, if you’re not clear, just listen, take the time, it’s not about working harder or faster and that’s one thing that I learned, most success comes when you take care of yourself, when you take care of a sacred practice for example.”…[Listen for More]

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Mar 20, 2017

Rosalinda Randal is an expert on social skills and civility. She has a humorous, straight-forward style, and realistic perspective facing today’s ever-changing relationships which makes this topic anything but boring. She has a Personal motto: You can say what you mean without being mean. Rosalinda is also the author of a book, “Don’t Burp in the Boardroom,” which is a reflection of her signature style.

“If you don’t like long hours, don’t do it, if you don’t like feeling isolated occasionally, don’t do it, if you can’t go through doubt without quitting or feeling like, oh I got to close my doors down, I haven’t gotten any clients why am I doing this and always doubt yourself, don’t do it. Find a brain storming partner, someone who is going to be brutally honest”…[Listen for More]

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