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39 minutes | May 6, 2021
The Courage to Love What You Do - Lynne McNelis of fave4
Lynne McNelis is founder of fave4, a Texas-based hair care line. Lynne launched fave4 after years of experience in the professional salon industry because she wanted to make higher quality, high performing, affordable clean formulas for the professional market and for women and busy moms like herself. It was all born from wanting to take a leap of faith, to build something she knew she would love. Which explains her title: "CEO", which, for Lynne, stands officially for Chief Excitement Officer. If you don’t love what you do and voice that excitement, how can you get others to love it? Lynne joins Lahari Neelapareddy to share how it all happened quickly; the challenges of the seeming stigma of being a beauty brand from Texas; the importance of making sure her kids know what she does; why whom you surround yourself with matters so much; how a community was built from faithful users and their reviews; why the challenge of learning the ropes of doing business on Amazon is worth it; how coming from a dance background led to Lynne and her company giving back even though they were still just an emerging brand; why it pays to have the right systems in place from the beginning; and why Lynne’s journey to her vision is never quite finished.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
45 minutes | Apr 20, 2021
Taking a Leap - Electra Davis of Mysteek Naturals
The people we celebrate, in business and in life, are often those who take a big leap. There is that moment when they have to decide: am I going to stay on this side? Or will I leap to the other side, take the risk, and really go for it? That leap, and what we do once we have leaped (a then what moment) is where the difference really can be. Electra Davis, founder of Mysteek Naturals, is believed to be one of the first women to have created a chemical free hair color product, having started developing the product in 2016. The company is a Black/woman/veteran-owned small business. Plus, she’s a mother of two. Electra left the security of a 9-to-5 job and took that leap, going all in on her own business. It isn’t easy, but making that leap can help propel you to the next stage of business. Electra shares her story with Lahari Neelapareddy, including how actually slowing down to establish processes, and find the right team and partners, allowed the company to really scale up. And why, for her, it was more about managing and preparing for growth than achieving it.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
45 minutes | Apr 6, 2021
Aaron Watkins of Cupshe - Learning, Doing, Growing
Aaron Watkins, President of Cupshe, cut his business teeth with big-deal positions with giants like WalMart, Facebook and Pinterest. It might not seem like a next, obvious and logical step to leave a high rung of the corporate ladder to run a beachwear brand inspired by and created for the most vibrant, fun, and fearless women all over the world. But for Aaron, professional decisions haven’t always been about the biggest paycheck. They’ve been about learning and gaining experience and then asking: then what? What do you do with what you’ve learned? Founded in 2015, Cupshe has built an incredible community of women who move forward in confidence, comfort, and style. The company’s high caliber team has remained committed to staying true to their roots in their mission to empower women everywhere to look and feel their best in affordable swimwear. Aaron joins Lahari Neelapareddy to share the push to build a brand with that mission, his unexpected journey and why he jumped from that corporate ladder, and the drive to always ask what can be done with what we’ve learned so far. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
43 minutes | Mar 23, 2021
Sima Azadegan of Sima Collezione - Finding a Voice and Following a Passion
Sima Azadegan is a remarkable woman. A pianist and opera singer, she has also served as a board member to numerous charities and humanitarian organizations and boasts an impressive collection of accomplishments and career milestones. And after all this she still asked herself—then what? Sima took that challenge, and now is an acclaimed fashion designer behind the widely acknowledged Sima Collezione. But even deeper, Sima has a vision “to create the most beautiful dresses the world has not yet seen”, and a mission to empower ladies by creating bold, unique dresses which bring out the beauty and light within each woman. Sima shares with Lahari Neelapareddy a deep look into her brand dedicated to empowering women, creating incredibly vibrant dresses made up of 50 distinct designs that have already landed her in a spotlight at the 2021 Fashion Week, and with a fast unfolding future as vibrant as her dresses.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
41 minutes | Mar 9, 2021
Tiila Abbitt of Aether Beauty - No Compromise
Tiila Abbitt loves to create “firsts”, like her self-funded company Aether Beauty (the world's first zero-waste makeup product, winner of Allure’s Best of Beauty Awards for 2021, a pretty big deal). And -- she simply doesn’t compromise. Tiila has proven you don’t have to sacrifice efficacy or payoff to create a clean and natural brand with good intent. She joins Lahari Neelapareddy to share how she built a fast growing company on a shoestring budget; why she’s opening up the company to the public; the importance of understanding infrastructure and materials sourcing; and the worst thing a brand can do in trying to become sustainable. Plus, what happened in Tiila’s “Then What” moment, when she faced the reality of the pandemic, with every door of her biggest retail partner closing -- indefinitely.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
36 minutes | Feb 23, 2021
Josh Taekman of eboost - Bold Moves
"Clean fuel for the bold" is one of the descriptions of EBOOST, a Non GMO, Gluten and Soy-Free, natural low sugar energy drink. Being bold is also a fitting word to describe EBOOST cofounder and Josh Taekman who, along with his partner, set out to change the way people energize, replenish, and feed their well-being. They saw a white space and imagined being able to create something they would actually use themselves. By staying true to mission, even when it was more rewarding to abandon it, and by being willing to take risks, it was that boldness that helped navigate them through each “then what?” moment. Josh shares with Lahari Neelapareddy how a visit to a candy shop inspired Josh to become an entrepreneur at a young age; how EBOOST overcame a disastrous show by the rapper 50 Cent that seemed like the end of the world; why great relationships are like currency; why making sure you deliver something of value is so important; how selling a Blackberry on CraigsList led to a key hire; and, why Oprah, Bruce Willis, and Bill Murray each played pivotal roles in building confidence in EBOOST.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
42 minutes | Feb 16, 2021
August Vega of Malk Organics - Passion Is a Key Ingredient
If you don’t start with passion, you can’t get to the big deal. They are just too hard to get. August Vega, cofounder of the amazing company Malk Organics, the only cold-pressed line of organic plant-based milks made with sprouted nuts & 6 ingredients or less, has passion that is evident with every fiber of her being. So much so, she sees her company as a kind of second child. And the moment she knew she could only bring it so far, despite how far she had brought it, she asked herself— "OK look at what we have accomplished? So, then what?" She knew a new leader was the only way her second child could grow up to be what it needed to be. August joins Lahari Neelapareddy to share how a dairy allergy-inspired an opportunity for industry disruption; why COVID presented real obstacles for Malk Organics’ production; the challenges and rewards of working with family; how an unforeseen business disaster led to the two weeks during which August never thought she’d smile again; important thoughts on overcoming burnout and being nimble to innovate quickly; and the importance of hustle, drive, and blinders.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
49 minutes | Feb 9, 2021
Mat Franken of Aunt Fannie's - From the Outside In
When you think of health and wellness you may not think of cleaning products. Mat Franken, founder of Aunt Fannie's (offering plant-based ingredients, probiotics, and essential oils for healthier housekeeping) has a mission to bring wellness to our homes. Mat and his team have succeeded in changing the perception of cleaning products as part of wellness by helping consumers surround themselves with what’s best for them, and doing so with a give-first mentality. It’s been said that we spend 95% of our lives inside. With a global pandemic, that’s more true than ever. Why not make the very best of it? Mat joins Lahari Neelapareddy to share how education has played an important part in the journey of Aunt Fannie's and how the company was born out of personal adversity in Mat’s own family and the lack of information to solve it; facing the choice to compromise on values for profit; why being shameless has helped with fundraising; how helping people instead of taking advantage of an opportunity has paid off; the importance of a community of first time entrepreneurs; and the inspiring story of how the company got its name.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
43 minutes | Feb 2, 2021
Renata Porter - Organizational Design & Development, Leadership and Executive Coaching
Strategic planning and implementing change are inevitable for any entrepreneur or leader when arriving at big moments of change -- those huge “then what” moments. And every leader needs an advisor and confidant with the experience in assisting them with effectively leading their teams through change, difficult times or rapid growth. Often, leaders need input from someone with unbiased perspectives and solutions to deploy. For Lahari Neelapareddy, one of those people has been Renata Porter. Renata shares why Organizational Design and Development and Leadership and Executive Coaching can both be so crucial for any entrepreneur to move to the next big stage of their business or to overcome major challenges; how her work with me and my company LN Accounting Advisor has been transformative; and, why being candid and being willing to have hard conversations is key in achieving real growth.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
38 minutes | Jan 26, 2021
Dr. George Sadowski of NB Natural - Successful Science
The power of science, the right ingredients, in the right combinations -- it’s the only way to get results. Dr. George Sadowski blended the power of science with the power of entrepreneurialism, founding the luxe skincare brand NB Natural. This was all on the belief that a clear, healthy complexion is within the reach of everyone. With specialized training in molecular biology and biochemistry, Dr. Sadowski shares how he and his team developed a comprehensive skincare solution dedicated to the science behind healthy, beautiful skin that will help you look and feel like your best, most confident self, how nourishment reaches beyond the skin, and into the community at a time when we need health and wellness insights more than eve, and why it’s what you do with that science next, once you ask “Then What”, that makes it really matter.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
43 minutes | Jan 20, 2021
Loren Brill of Sweet Loren's - Spreading Joy
A battle with cancer taught Loren Brill four important concepts to live a full life without regret? Try new things. Work out. Experience the world. And: treat yourself. Loren founded Sweet Loren’s, offering pre-made cookie dough and edible cookie dough crafted with clean, plant-based, gluten-free, dairy free, and non GMO ingredients. Her altered diet while facing cancer turned into a driver for her own business, which went from creating prototypes in her kitchen to becoming a nationwide smash success. And less than eight years later, Sweet Loren’s is in more than 10,000 supermarkets and is the top selling clean cookie dough. Loren shares the one thing she wishes she could’ve had early on in her business that would have been crucial to successfully building a company, how surviving a pandemic may rest on listening to yourself and what brings joy, and how Loren is navigating her own big "then what" moment (next level partnerships, new products, and finding causes and charities to support ) thanks to what she’s been able to achieve.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
36 minutes | Jan 5, 2021
Sam Madani of BOMANI Cold Buzz - The Right Ingredients
Hearing the word "no" is one of the most difficult things when you are launching a business. Even harder is hearing over and over again that your idea will never work, and no one will ever buy it. So, how do you keep pushing forward with an idea that you believe in, one for which you've left your full time job behind (and during a pandemic)? Just ask Sam Madani, co-founder of BOMANI Cold Buzz, the first ever healthy and clean cold brew alcoholic beverage. Sam joins Lahari Neelapareddy to share how he and his partners kept going and achieved their goal in the face of adversity, how you can (and should) work toward your purpose without sacrificing your social life or physical health, and what happened that transformed the company offering the beautiful simplicity of alcohol-infused cold brew coffee through its own "Then What" moment and into one partnering with a large manufacturer, securing capital funding, and successfully getting into retailers across the nation.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
35 minutes | Dec 29, 2020
About Gratitude - with Chris Schembra
During the holiday season, one of the most important things any entrepreneur can do is reflect on things like gratitude, empathy, and giving. We can only succeed when we have relationships with our customers or clients that endure. And that requires trust, give and take, and helping them to grow with us as we transform. In that spirit, I want to share something amazing with you, and I hope you will really take a few minutes to listen. I came across a remarkable interview on another podcast "Funny People Talking”, with their guest Chris Schembra -- he's Founder and Chief Question Asker at 7:47, the bestselling author of "Gratitude and Pasta: The Secret Sauce for Human Connection", chronicling his adventures as one of the most sought-after dinner hosts in the World, and he's a rockstar motivational speaker. But most of all, he has a very important message of how gratitude can bring us to, and through, our most important "Then What" moments. As my gift to you for the holidays and as we enter a new year, enjoy this remarkable conversation I am able to share with you, which I am confident will have you reflecting for days to comeSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
36 minutes | Dec 22, 2020
Mark Samuel of IWON organics - Protein, Profit, and Passion
Balance and positivity are important for health, wealth, and overall success in business, and as human beings. Perhaps no one knows that better than Mark Samuel, founder of IWON organics, a health and wellness platform offering flavor-infused, organic, protein snacks. Ultimately, Mark launched a brand that projects both balance and positivity, propelled by the belief that everyone should have access to non toxic products. By simply putting one foot in front of the other and achieving small wins daily, he’s succeeded in moving to the next levels of the business, and he’s leaned into his passion.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
44 minutes | Dec 15, 2020
Heather Yunger of Top Shelf Cookies - Connecting with Community
In the midst of the uncertainty and difficulty of COVID-19, one local cookie shop owner in Boston found herself writing a blog post that got a lot of attention and helped her get past her challenges. Top Shelf Cookies founder Heather Yunger joins Lahari Neelapareddy and shares why giving back is what carries Heather past "Then What" moments and into success, not to mention a big helping of yum.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
41 minutes | Dec 8, 2020
Lisa Love of Tanoshi Kids Computers - Brighter Future, Labor of Love
Lisa Love’s extensive background in the CPG space including a stint at Amazon, where she launched Amazon Marketplace for startups, was only the start. It was really the blend of influence from her mother’s work in education and her father’s work in technology that created the recipe that led to a passion for startups and tech, propelling Lisa to pursue making a significant impact on the future of the tech industry. Lisa talks with Lahari Neelapareddy about creating a product and brand that’s bridging a critical gap, and how she and her team are bringing technology into the hands of youth who may not have the same access or exposure. Through her own tireless drive -- and riding the traction gained on Shark Tank and Amazon -- Lisa is leading Tanoshi to meet a major need for youth in what is now a pandemic-impacted education system. It’s a true labor of love.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
55 minutes | Dec 1, 2020
Jennifer Lukas-Bourgeois and Bram Bourgeois of Lekkco - The Tastiest Ingredient in a Recipe for Success
Inspired by family trips to Belgium enjoying breakfast featuring dark chocolate spread, husband and wife team and co-founders of Lekkco, Jennifer Lukas-Bourgeois and Bram Bourgeois, saw an opportunity to bring a 50-year old Belgian dark chocolate spread recipe to the United States. Combining their considerable high-level professional experience, including Jennifer's success with Red Bull, together they have launched a menu of mouthwatering chocolate spreads, enjoyable even by consumers with food allergies or diabetes. Jennifer and Bram take host Lahari Neelapareddy inside how they went from an idea to a physical product, how they pushed past the friction of a pandemic, the importance of giving-back and storytelling as critical components of the Lekkco brand, why keeping the company moving forward must assume that you’ve never actually “made it”, and how that should always lead to asking: Then What?See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
37 minutes | Nov 24, 2020
Rusty Jones of Hello Water - A Message With a Mission
With a mission to bring fiber to the market in a way that is not only healthy but delicious, Rusty Jones designed a water brand that “works for you” and that has disrupted the industry, pioneering the blend of health conscious hydration with the crucial need to add fiber to our diets. Rusty and the Hello Water team believe that this product is not just a product--it’s a message with a mission, adding value to the market and bringing a better tomorrow to society. Rusty shares the highs and lows of building his business, a scary moment that proved his team would do anything to make sure they succeeded, and he relives a chance encounter on a plane that showed that they had created something incredibly important and more impactful than they even could have ever imagined from a brand that started with a simple word: Hello.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
38 minutes | Nov 17, 2020
Dawn Anderson of Ohi Food Co - Making Something from Nothing
Great success can come from anywhere. For Dawn Anderson, Founder and CEO of Ohi Food Co., offering plant-based superfood bars, it started at a local Hawaiian farmers market. She shares how she and her company overcame challenges and turning points to get where they are today. Her motivation? Making something out of nothing and having the chance to make a difference in people’s lives.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
43 minutes | Oct 21, 2020
Jessica Arman of My Magic Mud - Inspiring Brighter Futures
From the local farmer’s market into the international market, Jessica Arman has taken My Magic Mud to incredible heights. Her products have disrupted the natural beauty and oral care market, but the journey there hasn’t come without its challenges. It’s her drive to inspire other business owners, especially female entrepreneurs, to brighter futures (and teeth, of course) that propelled her through her moments of ‘Then What’.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
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