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I love learning about and thinking through the frameworks and principles that people use to understand the world - as well as the processes that they use to maintain and update their principles for decision-making.
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Most Recent Episode
Debra Giunta (Design Dance)
I went to a party at Debra's dance studio to celebrate that it was full of toxic mold and that it was shutting down.I went to a party at Debra's dance studio to celebrate that it was full of toxic mold and that it was shutting down. That could have been the end of Design Dance, but - after getting fired from a call center that "a dog could work at" - Debra decided to start calling schools to see if they needed an after school dance instructor. 10 years later, Design Dance isn't the studio she originally envisioned. Instead, they run after school programs teaching dance all throughout the Chicagoland area. And Debra runs a non-profit called Prismatic focused on teaching students entrepreneurship in the arts - because not all companies have to be started to create some sort of app. Check out this conversation to hear: How a mold-infested dance studio morphed into a company focused on dance education How to balance the needs of multiple stakeholders in a business: school administration, students, contracted teachers, and parents How to handle being talked down to and minimzed as a female business owner If you're enjoying the show, why not a leave a review? It makes a difference in terms of other people finding the show. You can also subscribe to receive my e-mail newsletter at www.toddnief.com. Most of my writing never makes it to the blog, so get on that list. Check out more from Debra and Design Dance Instagram: @debra_nicole // @design.danceWebsite: wwww.designdance.net // wwww.prismaticmovement.org // www.debragiunta.com Show Notes [01:39] A physical studio with some problems [07:37] Getting fired from a call center: "A dog could work here" [13:13] The dream doesn't have to be owning a dance studio... [21:19] Developing enough technical proficiency in an art form to be creative. [32:09] Transitioning into hiring people - and managing remote employees [38:49] Running a business with three stakeholders: parents, students and schools - and protecting your culture [49:07] Challenges of being a female business owner - "Go tell your boss..." [01:02:15] Operating both a for-profit business and a non-profit - Why create two separate organizations? Links and Resources Mentioned Total AttorneysRead more »