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21 minutes | Aug 3, 2022
Episode 70 - Ashley Allen, Reaching Your Destiny As An Entrepreneur
As a child, our guest said she would attend the University of Nairobi. She forgot that goal but years later she attended the University of Nairobi and her mother reminded her of the goal she set many years before. Hear this story and more about Ashley Allen's destiny with entrepreneurship. Acacia trees thrive in adverse conditions and thrive in healthy climes. They are remarkably strong and resilient. Ashley Allen fosters that same strength and resilience in her clients. As president of Acacia Insights LLC, Ashley helps individuals, teams and organizations transform from good to great: enhancing awareness, increasing productivity, managing change and accelerating growth. With a focus on interactive workshop development and facilitation, leadership coaching, personal brand and strategic planning, her client list is diverse: entrepreneurs, multi-unit nationals and global organizations. She has extensive domestic and international experience, in recent years having facilitated programs in 13 countries. Prior to launching her own company, Ashley was an executive with Tribune Company’s Orlando Sentinel for more than two decades – with vice president roles in new business development, planning and corporate communications, among other business management and marketing positions. She has been engaged in the community for many years, serving on the regional boards of directors of organizations including Junior Achievement and United Arts, and has mentored managers throughout the U.S. for WOMEN Unlimited. Originally from Tulsa, Oklahoma, Ashley both advocates and exemplifies lifelong learning. She was graduated from Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts and attended the University of Nairobi, Kenya, Amherst College, the University of Tulsa and the Advanced Executive Program at Northwestern University.
31 minutes | Jul 12, 2022
Episode 68 - Kate Weaver, Supporting Minority, Women, LGBTQ Owned Businesses
Kate Weaver has been a Supplier Diversity practitioner for the past 20 years. Kate’s advocacy stretches beyond her 20-year supplier diversity career path, as she shops and advocates for diverse-owned brands in her personal life, as well. Listen to Kate discuss her Woman-Owned business experiment where she spent an entire year purchasing from only Women-Owned businesses. We discuss the importance of supporting the diverse owned business community and how that helps us all. Catch a special clip at the very end (after my credits) where Kate and I discuss some of our favorite Small, Minority, Women, LGBTQ Owned brands.
28 minutes | Jun 20, 2022
Episode 67 - Mike Schnitzka, Escaping The Velvet Rut, What It Takes To Achieve A World Record
Mike Schnitzka was born and raised in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin and has been a resident of the Lake Country area for over 20 years. After serving in the U.S. Army, he joined his father’s consulting firm working with large financial institutions. His love for adventure racing began in college, led him to become a disciplined triathlete and earned him three world records in ultra marathon canoe racing earning him a spot in the Guinness Book of Records. In later years Mike fell in love with competitive sailing and has pursued that passion, working on multiple teams racing on Lake Michigan. When changes in the financial world affected his industry, he reinvented himself, called upon his decades of training and experience and began a new career in motivational speaking. Mike enjoys golfing, sailing and studying for his next big adventure, taking to the seas and traveling the world on a sailing Catamaran. http://www.thevelvetrut.com/
20 minutes | Jun 8, 2022
Episode 66 - William Hayes, Effective Communication Skills Will Change Your Trajectory
William Hayes was born and raised on the inner city streets of Philadelphia during a time where gang warfare was running rampant. He is the youngest of 3 and grew up in a single parent home. His mother eventually relocated to Augusta, GA where he finished high school and joined the United States Navy where he served for 27 years. William has been involved with mentoring youth since he was 19 and is a strong believer in personal development. He used sports as a mentoring tool and coached basketball for over 20 years resulting in numerous Division 1 scholarships and a National ranking for his team. He has touched the lives of many through his passion for speaking. He has spoken in front of the State Attorney’s Office Diversion Program, the City Rescue Mission, the Reed Education Center Girls’ Summer Camp, Achievers for Life Program within Duval County Schools, the Evening Reporting Center and Difference Makers Diversion Programs to name a few. He also served as a mentor in the Take Stock in Jax Kids program and the Yearup Program at Florida State College of Jacksonville. He is an award winning speaker in Toastmasters and has placed at District level competition against some of the best speakers in the state of Florida. William is very passionate about speaking and believes our words are our power.
29 minutes | Apr 4, 2022
Episode 65 - Julie McLean, Mental Health and Mental Illness are Two Different Things
Note: This episode discusses mental health and mental illness with references to suicide. Julie McLean has dealt with mental health and mental illness issues most of her life. With that said she has still accomplished things she never thought possible. She is a certified John Maxwell speaker and the CEO of the McLean Leadership Institute. Julie provides unique insight on topics that are not usually shared. Topics like "Bullying in the Workplace", "Starting Conversations to End the Stigma of Mental Illness", and other topics to help people become better leaders. I heard her recent TedX Ocala speech and had to invite her to share with us.
25 minutes | Mar 3, 2022
Episode 64 - Peggy Jackson, Be a Better Leader and Mentor
As principal of Thrive Development Partners, LLC, Peggy works with high performing organizations to cultivate authentic, sustainable leaders and teams. She has worked with hundreds of leaders from Fortune 100 global organizations to non-profit agencies to privately held small businesses in developing their personal brand and presence, leadership and influence, organizational savvy, and networking and presentation skills. Peggy is affiliated with Rollins College as a leadership and career coach serving the Crummer Graduate School of Business, and with WOMEN Unlimited, Inc. serving as a subject matter expert and leading programs for high potential women in business. She has served as an adjunct faculty member at Rollins College and the University of Central Florida. Peggy earned her Master’s degree in Human Resources from Rollins College and her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration specializing in Organizational Behavior & Management from the University of Houston.
24 minutes | Feb 16, 2022
Episode 63 - Growing B2B Sales, CEO of MRDEU David Ubeda
Generating leads and driving sales can be a challenge, but our discussion with CEO David Ubeda demonstrates that with the right approach and goals you can build your business and exceed your targets. My discussion with David not only focuses on how to improve your sales performance but how to pursue business objectives aligned with your strengths. Hear how he turned a desire to help small businesses into a multi-million dollar small business loan program. David (DavidUbeda.com) has been featured on news outlets such as NBC, CBS, FOX, USA Today, WGN, and more. Along with several national and international business focused podcasts. A national level communicator working with organizations like the Chicago Bears, NFL Alumni Association, Boys & Girls Clubs, Pro Sports Experience. His book, “Don’t Give Up! 5 Keys To Help You Through Life’s Holding Patterns” has helped thousands find direction when feeling stuck in their lives. David is the Host of the popular Life Hacks for Entrepreneurs podcast.
20 minutes | Jan 20, 2022
Episode 62 - Paul Bultema, Working Remotely Takes To The High Seas
Chaos creates confusion, but also opportunity. When Paul, the avid boater, was forced to work from home due to the pandemic he had an idea. Instead of just working REMOTELY, I'll buy a boat sight unseen and work REBOATLY! I always say doing something spontaneous and different can open your eyes to new possibilities. This takes the cake. Listen to a story of courage, passion and the pursuit of a dream. The 1.5 year journey via the Panama Canal while working will truly inspire you. Follow this amazing journey on Instagram @workingreboatly. Also, catch the recently released story in Soundings Magazine. Real Life. Real Boaters! https://www.soundingsonline.com/voices/a-love-story
10 minutes | Jan 9, 2022
Episode 61 - 2022 Readiness! Kickstart The New Year - Give Simplicity a Try
For years I've been communicating the importance of planning your goals for the coming year. I've built sophisticated methodologies, tools, and mechanisms with a lot of complexity requiring a decent amount of effort to implement. This year I took a different approach. With everything that's going on in the world, we need approaches that are SIMPLE to implement, have the ability to help us FOCUS and easy to EXECUTE. I put up a quick video on LinkedIn and IG and the response has been great, here's the skinny on making 2022 your best year yet!
20 minutes | Dec 24, 2021
Episode 60 - 2022 Readiness! The Great King Shane Miller, Serving with a Positive Attitude
When you live a life to serve others and pursue a positive mindset, you can't help but have a great outlook on life. He is a positive motivator and an inspiration to everyone he comes into contact with! The Great King Shane Miller stops by the campgrounds to inspire us to be positive and pursue our best outcomes in life. Focus on your goals, what you want in life and don't let others steal your joy. A fitting message for this holiday season. Pick up a copy of his latest book Crying in the Shortcut, available on Amazon.
11 minutes | Dec 6, 2021
Episode 59 - 2022 Readiness! Establish a Vision for the Coming Year.
If you don't have a destination in mind, how do you know you're not already there. Without vision we meander about in life. Without a why, a purpose some point in mind we will struggle to find meaning in our everyday existence. We do what's in front of us each and everyday, but we need to validate that there is a point. Setting a vision gives you control of the direction you want to take in life. Effective goals point to that vision. By looking at what we are doing in our daily lives we can evaluate if we are headed in the right direction.
25 minutes | Nov 19, 2021
Episode 58 - 2022 Readiness! CEO OF The Fire Inside, Sade Jones, Discusses Time Management Success
CEO of The Fire Inside visits the campgrounds to help us get ready for 2022. To succeed you will need to improve your time management skills. As a Time Management Coach Jones has found a niche helping people transcend procrastination and overcome decision fatigue. Her coaching is designed to take you from overwhelmed and all over the place to organized, more profitable and achieving your goals.
23 minutes | Oct 23, 2021
Episode 57 - Wes Harris, The Goal of Becoming an Artist, Songwriter & Producer
Season 3 is in motion! How fitting is it that our first guest of the season is releasing his album "Infrared", reaching a major milestone. Harris talks about his journey to become an artist and what it takes to reach this accomplishment. Gain valuable insights about focus, balance and sacrifice. Harris also talks about the importance of family and having the right people in your life. His latest release captures some of his recent challenges and experiences. Through it all, he says the light still shines.
14 minutes | Sep 7, 2021
Episode 56 - Vulnerability, The Answer to Navigating Difficult Days Ahead...Notes from Brené Brown
As we move into the part of the year that can be emotionally difficult for many, I want us all to be aware that this year is different. The holidays will be accompanied by another year of the pandemic, major disasters e.g. flooding and fires, Afghanistan, political unrest spawned by Texas legislation and more. We have to drop the facade that we are fine and dandy. Instead let's be vulnerable and share how we are feeling so we can get help during these uncertain times.
13 minutes | Aug 17, 2021
Episode 55 - Golden Friendships; Building Lifelong Mutually Beneficial Relationships
We spend a lot of time setting goals to expand our network and meet new friends. A song I remember as a kid says, "Make new friends but keep the old, one is silver but the other gold". As I mature I recognize the need and value of long and meaningful friendships. Matt Damon and Ben Affleck or Oprah Winfrey and Gayle King come to mind. Learn some of the keys to long term friendships and how you can cultivate them.
15 minutes | Jul 19, 2021
Episode 54 - Post Pandemic Goals
Wait a minute, we may not be out of the woods yet! Whether we are coming out of the pandemic or not we need to pivot for the future ahead. We face some uncertainties for sure. Check out these goals that you can set for yourself, your family and the work place to ensure you're not left behind in the Post Pandemic World.
23 minutes | Jun 15, 2021
Episode 53 - Bilal Markis, Miracle Come Back, Miracles Are Real
46 pints of blood, an induced coma and a 5% chance of surviving. Bilal only had prayer and community. It was more than enough, 6 days later his son opened his eyes. Now he leads blood drives worldwide as part of his organization MCB, the Miracle Come Back. Listen to the heartfelt story that proves that miracles are real and they happen to everyday people. If you haven't been a blood donor or you are considering let this story push you to consider making it a goal this year.
9 minutes | May 27, 2021
Episode 52 - Spontaneous Gems, Fix the Leak!
How often do we make things bigger in our minds without knowing whether its true or not? I did just that on a DIY project and the more I put it off the more anguish I had about doing it. Listen to hear how such a little thing tormented not only my future as I kicked the can down the road, but hampered my present efficiency.
22 minutes | Apr 27, 2021
Episode 51 - Mark Gai, Maximize Your Greatest Outcomes - Season 2 Bonus Episode
Let's get down to business. In this Season 2 bonus episode, Brand and Communication Coach Mark Gai keeps it simple, unfiltered and direct. He delivers a powerful conversation on habits you need to accelerate your goals and maximize your outcomes. Mark describes the key behaviors personally and in your relationships to win big this year! "What if doesn't work?", needs to be transformed into "What if it does work?". We are so prepared to fail but inadequately equipped to face success.
18 minutes | Jan 26, 2021
Episode 50 - Melanie Spring, Your Voice, Your Vulnerability, Your Choice
It's late March 2020 and the electrifying, entertaining, and inspiring Keynote Speaker Melanie Spring came home after speaking around the country only to find all of her bookings for the year canceled. Another business impacted by the COVID pandemic. However, Melanie is jovial and smiles during our conversation. She doesn't shy away from the vulnerability of the moment. She says it's the vulnerability that gives us our voice. I discuss with Melanie how she transformed her business model. She took her skills and message to the virtual communication world and found opportunity to add value. Listen in to hear how Melanie Spring uses the tenets of goal setting and collaboration to help her focus even in the toughest circumstances.
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