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34 minutes | 9 days ago
Briaan Barron– How to Show Up and Change the Status Quo
Briaan Barron always knew she’d find a way to merge her great love for creativity and strategy. Responsible for building brands including Sound Transit, Northwest Film Forum Seattle Chocolate, and the Northwest African American Museum, Briaan founded Worthi, an agency targeted to uplift underserved founders, talent and executive leaders. Briaan takes great pride in using her self-taught graphic design skills to help clients launch impact-driven brands, break bad marketing habits, and nurture meaningful relationships. If that weren’t enough, Briaan recently launched Grail, a VOD channel “A virtual spa curated for the Melanated.”
33 minutes | 16 days ago
Leslie Pierson – The Fine Line Between Hobby and Business
Natural craftsmanship, creative spirit and a passion for solving everyday problems is the perfect combination for a born entrepreneur like Leslie Pierson. Leslie invented GoodHangups, an innovative magnetic system that enables you to hang art on any wall without ruining it. To say it has been a success is an understatement. If winning TODAY’s Next Big Thing award wasn’t enough, Leslie pitched on Shark Tank and secured a deal with Lori Greiner. Now millions of people use her invention. But wait, there’s more! Leslie has passed the torch to her son and serves as the President of his gaming company, Hot Taco (um, only one of the top selling card games on Amazon). Can I just say YAY LESLIE!!!
20 minutes | 2 months ago
Aba Kwawu– How to ‘Show Up’: This Is Who I Am, Part 1
Aba Kwawu’s path to the fashion industry was full of kicks and turns. In the first of a two-part interview, Joleen and Aba dive into her roots and the core values that made Aba the leader she is today. A first-generation Ghanaian immigrant, Aba’s love for the arts was considered more of a hobby than a career. While she absolutely excelled in genetics and public health, her true calling was fashion so she ditched science and became the only American student at the London College of Fashion. Tune in next week to hear how Aba’s well-rounded education and connections led to a PR empire!
21 minutes | 3 months ago
Mari Carr– The Badass Romance Author That Rocks Our World! Part 2
In the second part of Mari Carr’s tell-all interview, we Mari delves into her creative writing process. Collaborating with other authors, Mari found a sisterhood in the writing community. Together they organize workshops and other ‘bootcamps’ in order to learn from each other. But there’s also a plot twist: Mari’s story runs closer to Joleen’s than you may think… tune in to hear the shocking way Mari and Joleen crossed paths, and how Mari’s support of Joleen’s alter-ego has been life-changing...
19 minutes | 3 months ago
Mari Carr– The Badass Romance Author That Rocks Our World! Part 1
In the first part of a very special 2-part interview, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Mari Carr joins Joleen to dish on her phenomenal rise to success. On her 34th birthday, after working as a high school librarian and focusing on family and kids, Mari realized she hadn’t fulfilled one goal- writing a book. Fast forward to 12 years later, and Mari has sold over a million copies of her captivating, sexy romance novels. This week, tune in to hear how it felt to hit her first bestseller list!
33 minutes | 3 months ago
Wendy Bernfeld– The Queen of New Media
This week Wendy Bernfeld, a true pioneer in digital media, joins Joleen all the way from Amsterdam! Known as the ‘Queen of New Media’, Wendy’s first love was for the arts. In a drive to get into the job market though, she went to law school and found a passion in litigation. With media as her main focus, she transitioned into consulting major businesses all around the world. She is now the CEO of Rights Stuff Media, consulting media businesses and teaching her clients how to protect their rights and make deals on their terms. Her global journey and vast experience make this episode a great lesson for all ‘media-junkies’!
24 minutes | 3 months ago
Kevin Lyman– Never Settling For the Status Quo, Part 2
In the second part of Kevin Lyman’s 2-part special, Kevin and Joleen dive into the evolution of music and giving back. His festival, the Warped Tour, holds the record for the longest running continuous tour at 25 years. With Warped, Kevin quickly learned that the status quo changes as music changes and was able to stay successful throughout the decades because he was always able to pivot. His vast knowledge in production and success of the Kevin Lyman Group, led him to teaching at USC, and now, Kevin finds a new type of joy from sharing his expertise and bonding with the new generation of passionate music leaders.
25 minutes | 4 months ago
Kevin Lyman– Never Settling For the Status Quo, Part 1
In the first week of this 2-part special, Kevin Lyman, a powerhouse in the music industry, joins Joleen to talk about the root of his love for music. Growing up in Claremont, California with hippies and punk rockers, Kevin established his “challenge the status quo” motto early on in life and carried it with him into the music industry. After college, he fell in love with live entertainment and went into promoting, throwing local LA shows and tours for bands like Jane’s Addiction and 9 Inch Nails. Next week, tune in to hear how Kevin evolved into an entrepreneur and all about his teaching at USC.
34 minutes | 4 months ago
Kerry Edelstein– Peer Groups, Networking, and the Value of Mentorship
For Kerry Edelstein, versatility was always in her blood. Growing up, her love for all things math and media blended together to form a well-rounded, educated woman with countless opportunities. From her first internship, Kerry learned about the huge value of mentorship and team development, and carried that with her as she founded her first company. Today, she shares her experience in working with peer groups, and how mentorship from peers helped her feel secure enough to successfully launch Research Narrative, a data, research and analytics consultancy agency.
36 minutes | 4 months ago
Clark Stacey– The Business Model Behind the Gaming Industry
Wildworks CEO Clark Stacey thought that his career was set in academia. But after teaching a class on internet research, he fell in love with the limitless potential of the internet as an information medium. Clark began creating games for other brands before launching his own titles, including the amazing Animal Jam, one of the most popular interactive game for kids. Clark discusses the unique challenges gaming developers face, the nitty-gritty details for making it in the gaming industry and how to grow from a basement developer to a gaming powerhouse!
35 minutes | 5 months ago
Leslie Feinzaig– From a Facebook Group to a Venture Capital Empire
For Leslie Feinzaig, entrepreneurship was always deeply rooted in her family - her grandparents, father, and siblings were all self-employed. Growing up in Costa Rica, Leslie fought hard for more opportunity. Focusing on her education led her to study in London and then get accepted to Harvard Business School. She started her first business, Venture Kits, as a new mom before founding the phenomenal Female Founders Alliance. FFA started as a Facebook group meant for 25 women and grew into a 20,000-person empire. Today, passionate women at FFA gather together to help accelerate and grow female and non-binary venture capital.
22 minutes | 5 months ago
Tom Frank– The Entrepreneurs’ Entrepreneur
On the second part of Tom Frank’s interview, Joleen dives into Tom’s path into business consulting. When he moved from working at entrepreneurial companies to leading them, Tom developed a keen sense of how to navigate the needs of the business with being a firm but fair leader. Find out how Tom has used his decades of experience to give back not only as a professor but as the CEO of a leading consulting business!
24 minutes | 5 months ago
Tom Frank– The Entrepreneurs’ Entrepreneur
Tom Frank started off his career in advertising and rose to incredible heights in the world of entrepreneurship. In the first week of this 2-part interview, Joleen sits down with her close friend to discuss his start in Hollywood, including producing game shows and a blossoming friendship with Weird Al, to his executive days at RealNetworks, to what Tom calls his ‘House on the Prairie’ phase. And that is just the beginning! Tune in both weeks for Tom’s full journey to success.
29 minutes | 5 months ago
Elizabeth Scallon– Navigating the Startup Ecosystem
Since childhood, Elizabeth Scallon was always trying to think bigger and better. Her initial passion for science and all things research quickly fused into a career in business when she realized ‘all science people report to an MBA’. With vast experience in building up science and tech startups, Elizabeth eventually came to WeWork Labs to make an impact on a global scale. By having higher level conversations, Elizabeth became a true powerhouse in Seattle’s startup ecosystem and has helped bring businesses of the PNW into the global sphere.
35 minutes | 6 months ago
Matt Hulett– The President of Turnaround
This week on The Lawyer Who Rocks, CEO of Rosetta Stone Matt Hulett brings practical advice for everyone worrying about what a recession means for their businesses. Throughout his career, Matt became known as *THE* turnaround guy, always jumping from one project to the next, each time with major success and development. His always-ready-to-go mindset is not just recommended, but necessary for every business badass in 2020. Learn about his practical tips for success and why he thinks now is the best time to start a new business on this action-packed episode!
30 minutes | 6 months ago
Jill Angelo– Telehealth: The Future of Healthcare
Jill Angelo started her career in tech and quickly rose to become a high-level executive. But during a short sabbatical break, Jill realized she wanted to have a greater impact on society. Astounded by the lack of essential resources available for women, she founded Gennev, an online healthcare service that helps women entering the second half of their lives take control of their health. With online consultations, articles, and other services, Jill Angelo is breaking social norms and changing the way we approach healthcare in the 21st century.
25 minutes | 6 months ago
Rand Fishkin– Lost and Founder: A Painfully Honest Field Guide to the Startup World
Rand Fishkin started his career on a bold note: Instead of finishing college, he dropped out and launched his very first business, SEOmoz. His journey as a serial entrepreneur since has been a rollercoaster, and Rand has come out a total business badass. From working with family, to choosing mental health over status, Rand’s story is exemplary to every entrepreneur. On this episode of TLWR, Rand tells all about his newly released book, Lost and Founder, and about the success of his newest venture, SparkToro.
36 minutes | 7 months ago
Mike Martin– The Business Lawyer Turned Vineyard Owner
After decades of climbing up the ranks of corporate law, a visit to Walla Walla, Washington convinced Mike Martin there was more to life than being a lawyer. A wine connoisseur, Mike was always fascinated with wine and food culture. After his trip, Mike knew he found the perfect place for a career pivot and he opened his vineyard, The Walls. Through his amazing journey with The Walls, as well as his restaurant, Passatempo Taverno Italiana, Mike’s story proves that following your heart can pay off.
32 minutes | 7 months ago
Andrew Joslyn– A Lesson in Business from an Accomplished Musician
Andrew Joslyn was just a kid with a violin who wanted to play rock music. A composer, orchestrator, and multi-instrumentalist, Andrew’s passion for collaboration led him to work with a remarkably diverse group of world-class artists. From touring the world, co-writing and arranging music for the last three Macklemore albums (including the 4-time Grammy winning The Heist) to composing scores for films to releasing his own music, he has learned the importance and intricacies of the business side of the music. Combining business with art, Andrew became a truly diversified musician, which he believes is the key to success in the difficult music industry today.
19 minutes | 7 months ago
Minisode 2– Catching up with Megan McNally!
TLWR’s very first guest, Megan McNally, is back for a special bonus interview! Joleen and Megan catch up on F-Bomb business and talk about the hardships small businesses are facing during the COVID-19 crisis. Megan tells the touching story of her own failed business and how she was able to pivot and start over. We hope all our listeners can learn from Megan’s observations and find a silver lining to emerge stronger on the other side.
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