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people passion purpose podcast with host Nina L. Kovner
45 minutes | a year ago
Dr. Nancy R. Sobel On Mental Health + Hope + Resilience with COVID-19
In this episode Nina chats with Dr. Nancy Sobel, a psychologist in private practice in Los Angeles California specializing in the treatment of trauma and compulsive disorders and Nina’s personal therapist for the past 13 years. Dr. Nancy shares her expertise, experience and some tools to help you understand and navigate all the stages and feels of this global pandemic. We talk anxiety, fear, guilt, resentment, codependency, routine, ritual, reality, gratitude, hope and more. You can find Dr. Nancy on the gram through her non-profit @gapcreate and on the web at gapcreate.org You can find Nina on the gram @passionsquared Thank you Dr. Nancy for sharing your experience and guidance with us, we love you and are forever grateful for you.
16 minutes | a year ago
Nina L. Kovner On Communication + Community + Compassion In Crisis
In this episode Nina shares her thoughts around navigating the anxiety, fear and uncertainty around COIVD-19 for salons + small business owners. If you are seeking guidance and support with your client + team communications, click to read Clear Communication Is Kind. Please use TRUSTED news sources for information in your country, state, county and city and be very careful of what you are sharing online. We need more facts, calm, mindfulness and more sharing of resources that are helpful. Your feelings are valid. We are in this together. And we will get through this together. You can find Nina and Passion Squared on the gram @passionsquared We love you and are here for you today and always.
60 minutes | a year ago
Rebecca Taylor On Paying Artists + Salon Ownership + Mental Wellness
In this episode we sat down with Rebecca Taylor, salon owner, colorist, educator, influencer and mental health advocate. We talked about all the things; her recent departure from a brand she helped create, paying artists, opening her second salon, navigating mental health and so much more. You can find Rebecca on the gram @rebeccataylorhair Thank you Rebecca for sharing your passion, truth and journey. We love you!
55 minutes | a year ago
Keya Neal On Independent Education + Representation + Blackish
In this LIVE from ISSE with Hairbrained episode we have Keya Neal of Texture vs. Race back with us for round two! We talk about ALL THE THINGS, from the reality of independent education, Keya’s journey in becoming an awesome public speaker, and the recent problematic Blackish episode on black hair and salons. For even more context and education, please listen to Keya’s first episode on the podcast where we discussed cultural appropriation, braided styles and inclusion. A big shout out of gratitude to Keya for coming back and sharing her heart and brain, and to PBA and Hairbrained for creating this space for us to chat and to all the awesome humans who joined us LIVE. You can find Keya on the gram @keya_artistically_neal and on Facebook at Texture vs. Race.
26 minutes | a year ago
Danielle Green On Hair Love The Book + Animated Short Film + The CROWN Act
In this episode we sit down with Danielle Green of Radically Curly to talk about the Hair Love book, the recent Oscar win for the Hair Love animated short film, and the CROWN Act. It is currently LEGAL in all but three states in the US to discriminate against black people who wear natural, protective and braided hairstyles both in schools and in the workplace. This is racism. Period. Danielle shares her experience as a hairstylist, educator and leader in the movement of not only embracing natural hair texture but falling in love with the hair you were born with. After you listen to this episode, we invite you to join us in signing the petition to get the CROWN Act in all 50 states. Visit bit.ly/CROWNAct to be part of the solution and end this form of discrimination. You can find Danielle on the web @radicallycurly and radicallycurlysalon.com Thank you Danielle for sharing your heart, wisdom and passion with us. We LOVE you.
21 minutes | a year ago
Kristen Peckich on The Power of Social + Digital Marketing for The Holidays
In this episode I sit down with Kristen Peckich, stylist, leader, bridal specialist and owner of Lapomponnee Salons + MEC Modern Barbering. Kristen has been a salon owner for 28 years and happens to be the same generation as my, Gen X, when the Internet did not even exist to help empower small businesses. Kristen shares her experience around discovering the power of social media, and how, after 28 years, through the use of Instagram, Facebook and Email Marketing, had record breaking Holiday sales. This is a must listen episode for all, but particularly if you are still confused as to how social + digital media can empower your small business. You can find Kristen and her salons on the gram @lapomponnee + @mecmodernbarbering If you are ready to empower your creative small business with social + digital marketing, join our social school program by visiting passionsquared.net/shop
27 minutes | a year ago
Nina L. Kovner On Exposure Doesn’t Pay The Bills
In this episode I share my experience, wisdom and context around getting paid as a speaker, educator, platform artist and influencer. After 30 years of being an educator, education director and VP of Marketing, Education and Events, I have negotiated hundreds of contracts and today help our clients at Passion Squared understand their value and worth. This is not a black and white one size fits all discussion, but it is one that needs to be clearly understood so you are empowered to advocate and negotiate for yourself. A big shout out of gratitude to all the brands who have invested in and see value in what educators, speakers, platform artists and influencers bring to the table. We see you and appreciate you. And all the gratitude and love to bestie of Passion Squared Rebecca Taylor for inspiring this episode. You can find me on the gram @passionsquared and find my new book along with all the services we offer at passionsquared.net/shop Thank you so much for listening! PS: If you listen all the way to the end you will hear a little song. This is the timer I use when I am working to help me stay focused. Oops!
88 minutes | a year ago
Gordon Miller + Nina L. Kovner Decade In Review + Ramblings + Predictions
In this extended episode Nina sits down with her bestie Gordon Miller, CEO of Hairbrained.me to talk about the decade in social, digital, the beauty industry, highlights, proud moments along with some predictions of where they see the future of social, digital and more. Buckle up loves, this is a long yet loaded with so much wisdom episode. You can find Gordon on the gram @gordnm @hairbrained_official and Nina @passionsquared Thank you Gordon for being our special guest and to all of our listeners who have been with us the last two years. We are so grateful for you. Happy New Year!
24 minutes | a year ago
Nina L. Kovner On Holidays + Boundaries + Britney Spears
In this episode Nina shares her experience around navigating the holidays when you struggle to find joy in them, a little but super important rant on Britney memes and mental health, along with reading a few pages from her NEW My AwesomeAF Boundary Book that touches on clients demanding to be squeezed in and talking politics with family. You can get your copy of My AwesomeAF Boundary Book in the Passion Squared Shop here and find Nina on the gram @passionsquared
36 minutes | a year ago
Andi Scarbrough on Energy + Serving Beyond The Service
In this we chat with Andi Scarbrough, a salon owner, educator, reiki master and founder of Crown Works. We talk the meaning and power of 11:11 (we recorded this episode on 11/11 OMG!), how energy impacts how you show up for yourself, your clients, your team, and so much more deep and profound wisdom. You just gotta listen. Thank you Andi for sharing your spirit and wisdom with us. You can find Andi on the gram @crown_works and at crownworks.net
12 minutes | 2 years ago
Nina L Kovner On Instagram Hiding Likes + The Purpose of Social Media
In this episode Nina shares some thoughts around the ongoing test of Instagram hiding likes and the test coming to the US. In addition, Nina helps provide some perspective around the purpose of social media and getting back to what really matters, relationships, solving problems, adding value, listening and more. You can find Nina on the gram @passionsquared and at passionsquared.net. Thank you so much for listening.
49 minutes | 2 years ago
Nina L Kovner On My Year of Daring Greatly
In this episode I share my very personal journey of joy, courage, fear, depression and all the things this past year that brought me to this moment of immense gratitude, the day of my 53rd birthday. This is a very vulnerable and potentially triggering episode for those who deal with depression, eating disorders and suicidal thoughts. Because of that, please be mindful of when and where you listen and also of the resources available to you in the US such as the Suicide Prevention Hotline 1-800-273-8255 The Trevor Project 1-866-488-7386 Trans Lifeline 877-565-8860. Thank you so much for listening and for all your love, grace, patience and support this past year. It gets better. I promise.
33 minutes | 2 years ago
Melanie Guzzo on Brand Values + Leadership + Community
In this episode we sit down with Melanie Guzzo of Virtue Vegan Salon and Stay Sharp Education. Melanie is a salon owner, leader, educator, vegan, and all around courageous bad ass. Melanie shares her journey as an artist, how she found clarity around the Virtue Vegan Salon brand values, healthy boundary setting, moving from behind the chair to full time leader, and so much more. You can find Melanie on the gram @melanieguzzo @virtuevegansalon @staysharpnation Thank you Melanie for sharing your story with us. We love you!
22 minutes | 2 years ago
Tracy Ftacek on Building A Brand + Culture + Communication
In this episode we sit down with Tracy Ftacek, salon owner, educator, leader and creator of the on demand beauty brand Pretty Convenient. Tracy shares her journey into salon ownership, why culture + communication has become her foundation for success, advice for new owners and so much more. You can find Tracy on the gram @prettyconvenientapp @tracyftacek Thank you Tracy for sharing your story with us. We love you!
23 minutes | 2 years ago
Celeste Gonzalez on Advanced Education + Persistence + Finding Her Rhythm
In this episode Nina talks with Celeste Gonzalez, hair + make up artist, salon owner, educator and mama! Celeste’s story is a must listen as she shares her wisdom around being a newer stylist in the pro beauty biz and how her passion for advanced education has propelled her success in just two short years along with how she navigates finding her rhythm and staying out of the comparison game on social media. Thank you Celeste for sharing your story with us. We love you! You can find Celeste on the gram @celestethestylist
10 minutes | 2 years ago
Nina L Kovner On Client Shaming On The Socials
In this episode Nina shares her thoughts on putting clients on blast on social media and the not so awesome impact it can have on your business and brand, along with sharing a blog she wrote back in 2015 on the topic. A big shout out of gratitude to @erin.mills on the gram for inspiring this episode. You can find Nina and Passion Squared on the gram @passionsquared Thank you so much for listening.
28 minutes | 2 years ago
Katie Tellor on Salon Ownership + Growing Assistants + Social Media
In this episode Nina talks with Katie Tellor, salon owner, leader, educator and owner of Abstrakt Studio in Frisco Texas. Katie shares her story about finding the beauty biz, making the leap into ownership and leadership, how she grows her assistants, how social media has helped empower her biz and so much more! You can find Katie on the gram @katietellorhair @abstraktstudio
14 minutes | 2 years ago
Nina L Kovner On Reading Online Reviews + Gratitude
In this episode Nina takes it all the way back to the beginning of the podcast and reads the reviews our awesome listeners have shared along with the wisdom, power and intel that comes when you take the time to dig deep into the experiences your clients are sharing online. This is a must listen episode for all creative small biz folks, in particular, if you are one that fears review sites. You can find Nina on the gram sharing on behalf of her company @passionsquared Thank you so much for listening!
31 minutes | 2 years ago
Brenda Amaral on Leadership + Self-Awareness + Inclusivity
In this episode Nina chats with Brenda Amaral, leader, salon owner, educator, board member of ABCH and all around awesome human being. Brenda shares her story about how she discovered her love for the pro beauty biz, why she opened a salon, how she handles team members that leave, the importance of inclusivity and integration in the salon biz, and SO much more. You can find Brenda on the gram @brendolah @gwenmirellesalon and here at Texture vs. Race on Facebook. Thank you Brenda for sharing your story with us. We love you!
41 minutes | 2 years ago
Gina Bianca on Salon Ownership + Social Media + Purpose
In this episode Nina chats with Gina Bianca, salon owner, educator, coach and beauty influencer. Gina shares her story about becoming a hairdresser and salon owner along with what inspired her to open and most recently close her first salon. Gina also shares her thoughts on social media, purpose, burnout and more. You can find Gina on the gram at @iamginabianca + @thenetworksalon Thank you Gina for sharing your story with us. We love you!
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