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Rising Entrepreneurs Podcast
The Rising Entrepreneurs Podcast is powered by Rise25 Media. On this podcast, we feature top founders and entrepreneurs and their journeys.
Jun 23, 2022
EO Houston | The Secret To Standing Out and Growing Your Business
Winnie Hart is the Founder, President, and Chief Right Engine of TwinEngine, a brand growth agency fueled by purpose. Winnie is an industry-recognized interpreter of business brand and personality. She brings more than 30 years of experience in impacting firms and leaders to know what they stand for so that they can make a difference in the world. She is the author of Stand Out: Tools to Manage the 8 Fundamentals of Standing Out in Business. Winnie also founded Brand in the Box and is the creator of the One Page Marketing Plan. For the past 15-plus years, Winnie has been a member of and is currently a Global Board Director for the Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO). In this episode… Is your business missing out on opportunities, but you don't know why? Or has your business grown to a level where you've lost touch with why you started in the first place? Suppose your brand is out of alignment with its target audience, and your messaging isn’t conveying how you can solve their problems. In that case, it’s impacting your entire business. More and more consumers and employees are resonating with brands that are doing good in the world — they’re in it for purpose over profit. The companies that embody this mantra have incredible results. The crucial question: is your brand conveying that to their audience? Brands need a structured way to understand who they are to project authentic messaging according to their brand identity. You do that by honing in on what’s important for your brand, the planet, and how you can contribute and serve others and then marry it with your marketing messages. If those things aren't aligned, you're probably missing many opportunities. Listen to this episode of the Rising Entrepreneurs Podcast with Dr. Jeremy Weisz featuring the Founder, President, and Chief Right Engine of TwinEngine, Winnie Hart. She explains why it’s essential for companies to have a clear brand identity and its far-reaching effects. They discuss what goes into creating a brand strategy, identifying and sticking to your target audience, finding your brand’s higher purpose, why it matters, and more.
Jun 16, 2022
EO Chicago | At the Acclivity of Digital Marketing and the Metaverse
Chris Madden is the Co-founder of Matchnode and Sea Bums. Matchnode is a boutique growth marketing firm that works with clients, including the Chicago Bulls, Chicago Blackhawks, LendingTree, Indiana University, and New Balance. Sea Bums is a digital platform community centered around protecting our oceans. Sea Bums’ 10K Generative NFT project donates 20% of sales and 3% of secondary market sales to ocean charities. As a career entrepreneur, he’s either founded, co-founded, or held leadership positions in companies, including Celebratelt.TV, Playhem, Chicago International Movies and Music Festival (CIMMfest), DPCM LLC, and Creaverde Group. Chris earned his BA in English and Spanish from Georgetown University and his MBA in entrepreneurship and marketing from the University of Illinois Chicago. In this episode… Years ago, brands were aimed at a more traditional advertising route. Now, it is slanted towards the digital space. How can brands stay relevant in a world that is shifting to digital outputs? Is it possible for an organization to comfortably transition to the expansive online space? That’s where Chris Madden enters the room. He has experience and patience in guiding brands that are unsure of the digital realm. He helps companies grow by increasing communication, ROI, and funneling traffic to create sales. Through his social marketing advertising and online community, Chris saw an opportunity to make positive changes using the metaverse and NFTs (non-fungible tokens). Now, he’s here to share how to drive revenue for your business in the digital space while creating meaning and purpose. In this episode of the Rising Entrepreneurs Podcast, join Dr. Jeremy Weisz as he sits down with the Co-founder of Matchnode and Sea Bums, Chris Madden, to discuss the digital experience of the metaverse and digital marketing. Chris talks about digital advertising, the software and technical learning used to create his digital community, and marketing inclusive experiences to generate revenue.
Jun 9, 2022
EO San Francisco | Leading a Chapter Through a Global Pandemic
Mike Simonsen is the Co-founder and CEO of Altos Research, a real estate analytics firm founded in 2006. Altos provides real estate brokers and agents, financial institutions, investors, and builders with real-time data and insight into the US housing market. Mike has 15 years of experience in software development, marketing of enterprise applications, and security products. In developing the Altos product offerings, he combined his expertise in analytical systems development with a personal interest in the real estate market. He is on the Board of Directors at the Entrepreneurs’ Organization San Francisco chapter, where he served as President during the pandemic. In this episode… As an entrepreneur, solving conflicts and navigating unaligned values among your people come with the territory. So, where should you go to discover tools for personal development and advanced learning to help you through these kinds of issues? Where can you turn to establish deep connections with people around the globe to develop your leadership skills? Mike Simonsen’s drive and passion have guided others at a leadership level to strengthen their businesses. He advocates for “hacking happiness.” What does that mean? He practices bringing joy, purposefulness, and the essence of happiness to his business and his Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) chapter. Under his leadership, Mike counseled his EO chapter by delivering high-performance forums, structure, and resources to take businesses to the next level, even through some very trying times. In this episode of the Rising Entrepreneurs Podcast, John Corcoran sits down with Mike Simonsen, Co-founder and CEO of Altos Research, to discuss how entrepreneurs can cultivate personal development. Mike talks about mitigating difficult times during the pandemic, why collaborative placement is essential for selecting new Entrepreneurs’ Organization members, and “hacking happiness” to control your experience.
Jun 6, 2022
EO San Francisco | Going From 10% Online Revenue to 70% in 2 Weeks
Johanna Bialkin is the Founder and CEO of Aldea Home & Baby, which offers a highly curated selection of stylish, eco-friendly nursery pieces, hip decor, baby gear, and more. After a successful career in advertising and time spent within the non-profit space, Johanna decided to combine her love for people and creating beautiful spaces by launching Aldea Home & Baby in September of 2005. Since then, Johanna has also founded Aldea for Business, where she offers her personalized touch with thoughtfully assembled gifts for corporate events, holidays, and special life moments. In this episode… Since the pandemic, the world has evolved to do almost everything virtually — and if you want to keep up, you must also evolve and innovate as an entrepreneur. So, what are some proven tips for shifting your business online? Meet Johanna Bialkin, an entrepreneur who went from 10% online revenue to 70% in only two weeks after the pandemic hit. Johanna’s business was initially brick-and-mortar, but after the country shut down and her customers shifted online, she had to be innovative to keep her business alive. Now, she’s here to share the process and challenges she faced transitioning to an online business and how she overcame them. In this episode, John Corcoran sits down with Johanna Bialkin, the Founder and CEO of Aldea Home & Baby, to discuss her entrepreneurial journey and how she transitioned her brick-and-mortar business to online sales. Johanna explains how the pandemic impacted her business, the innovative ways she pivoted, and how being an EO member impacted her business growth.
Jun 2, 2022
EO San Francisco | Running a Family Cleaning Business, Surviving Lawsuits, and Exiting During Covid
Laurie Corona is a business coach and entrepreneur. She is a member of the Entrepreneurs’ Organization of San Francisco and coaches for the EO Accelerator program. She was the Chief Executive Officer at Greene’s Cleaners, a family-owned business that was sold in 2021. Laurie worked as the Vice President and CFO for Lixit Animal Care Products and as a Financial Analyst for Stamper Capital. In 2012, she received the North Bay Business Journal CFO Award issued by the North Bay Business Journal. In this episode… The pandemic disrupted business as usual in virtually all industries, including dry cleaning. Many business leaders faced challenges finding a path for growth or an exit strategy as they emerged from the pandemic, but some managed to come out on top by using technology. How can your business leverage new technologies to scale and increase customer satisfaction? Laurie Corona shifted the way her business operated by implementing new technologies and broadening her services to stay afloat. By utilizing app features, her company could answer common questions, track orders, and provide a better customer experience without the usual number of employees. Listen to this episode to hear how Laurie expanded her business throughout the challenges of the pandemic and how things developed as the market emerged. In this episode of the Rising Entrepreneurs Podcast, John Corcoran of Rise25 sits down with Laurie Corona, business coach and entrepreneur, to talk about leading and exiting her family business in the wake of the pandemic. Laurie discusses getting her business back on track after the pandemic, how emerging technology can fulfill the consumer experience, and the face of exceptional leadership in trying times.
May 26, 2022
EO Chicago | Customer Retention and Engagement With Aalap Shah of 1o8 Agency
Aalap Shah is a Chicago-born entrepreneur and Founder of 1o8, a performance marketing digital agency focused on driving sales for CPG companies nationwide on e-com and Amazon platforms. They've worked with companies like Gildan, Sweet Leaf Tea, Tio, So Crazy, and more. Aalap has been recognized as a leader in Chicago's minority-owned digital marketing world and is known by multiple entities for his entrepreneurial and charitable endeavors. Crain's Chicago Business recognized him as one of Chicago's young emerging philanthropists, while the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship named him the National Volunteer of the Year. In this episode… One of the greatest concerns for online retailers is retaining customers and keeping them engaged. It is especially critical now because customer acquisition costs have become astronomically high as brands scramble to lift online sales. Currently, only 20% of site visitors account for 50% to 70% of retail sales. Getting new customers is great, but what if you tried to get that returning customer up 30% or 40%? How would your business change? How do you get your existing customers to buy more? That’s where the retention loyalty model comes in: this model helps you generate increased profitability more quickly rather than spending insane amounts on new customer acquisitions. Want to find out how? Listen to this episode of the Rising Entrepreneurs Podcast with Dr. Jeremy Weisz featuring the Founder of 1o8 Agency, Aalap Shah. They discuss Aalap’s journey to becoming an agency owner, how retail brands can thrive online, the retention loyalty model, and how to increase the profitability of your business.
May 19, 2022
EO Chicago | What Does Office Space Have to Do With Company Culture? With Peter Billmeyer, Co-Founder of Bespoke Commercial Real Estate
Peter Billmeyer, SIOR, is a Co-founder and Managing Principal at Bespoke Commercial Real Estate, a company that finds, negotiates, finalizes, and extends custom real estate solutions for privately-held businesses and nonprofit organizations. In his role, Peter prides himself on business development and creative problem solving to drive value for clients continually. He has a business degree from Oregon State University and was an Academic All-American, a four-year starter, and three-year captain of the soccer team — and eventually played professionally. In this episode… Your company culture is everything, and you should protect it at all costs. What most people don’t realize is that your work environment has a lot to do with that. Beyond the pandemic and the need for many people to work remotely, how productive is your company’s work environment? Do your employees come in to work earlier? Are they hesitant to leave by the end of the day because they love it there? Contrary to what many people think, many employees want to return to the office. But most companies do not have the physical environment their teams love. And the more employees work remotely, the less connected they are, putting your company’s culture at risk. Find out how Peter Billmeyer is helping entrepreneurs rethink their workspaces and culture. Listen to this episode of the Rising Entrepreneurs Podcast with Dr. Jeremy Weisz, featuring Co-founder and Managing Principal at Bespoke Commercial Real Estate, Peter Billmeyer. They discuss Peter’s entrepreneurial journey, the nature of commercial real estate right now, and the struggles and opportunities of building business partnerships, culture, and workspaces.
May 13, 2022
EO San Francisco | Radically Listening and Restoring Rainforests: Innovative Ways To Solve Global Heating Problems
Kinari Webb is the Founder of Health In Harmony, an international nonprofit dedicated to reversing global heating, understanding that rainforests are essential for the survival of humanity. Kinari, an Ashoka and Rainer Arnhold Fellow, founded Health In Harmony as a response to the devastation she saw in the rainforests of Indonesia in 2007. Kinari is also the Co-founder of ASRI, a project that is focused on implementing Health In Harmony’s vision in Indonesia. Kinari graduated from Yale University’s School of Medicine with honors and completed her residency in family medicine at Contra Costa Regional Medical Center in Martinez, California. In addition to supporting Health In Harmony and ASRI, Kinari speaks regularly on topics such as the health and future of the forest, community involvement and social capital, healthcare in the global south, and the link between human and environmental health. She is also the author of Guardians of the Trees: A Journey of Hope Through Healing the Planet. In this episode… A healthy rainforest results in healthy people and a healthy planet. So, in what ways can you help reverse the tropical rainforest deforestation and create the change the planet needs? This is the mission of Kinari Webb, who created her nonprofit after visiting the rainforests in Indonesia. As she says, her organization was born out of radically listening to the communities in the area. Since these are the people that are closest to the challenge, they understand the problem the best. There is power in letting the people you are trying to help come up with the solutions to their community’s problems. When you listen, you are better equipped to execute effective solutions — which applies in businesses, too. In this episode, Corey Veverka sits down with Kinari Webb, the Founder of Health In Harmony, to discuss the inspiration behind her nonprofit, which works to reverse the deforestation of tropical rainforests and solve global heating. Kinari explains what radical listening means and how it helps with problem-solving, the importance of rainforests to the survival of humanity, and the challenges she is facing while building nonprofits in Indonesia, Madagascar, and Brazil.
May 12, 2022
EO San Francisco | Collaborating for Profitability With Steve Soper
Steve Soper is the Founder and Principal at AdaptivEdge, a cloud-focused technology company that provides enterprise software consulting services to small, growing, and enterprise business customers. He has been a member of the Entrepreneurs’ Organization of San Francisco since 2015 and currently sits on the Board of Directors. Steve worked as the Director of Enterprise Software for FusionStorm and as a financial consultant in the healthcare industry, providing expert financial planning. He graduated from California State University, Sacramento, with a degree in business administration and a concentration in accountancy. Additionally, he holds a SharePoint 2013 MCP certification. In this episode… How can you position your brand to provide better services to clients? What tools are available for entrepreneurs to share and connect with other brands? Steve Soper dove into the entrepreneurial world under fortuitous circumstances, but it was his determination and eagerness to learn that successfully scaled his organization. He created a solution to improve security and compliance and build better business solutions to increase profitability for clients. Now, Steve is here to share how to find solutions and network with other entrepreneurs to create a thriving business. In this episode of the Rising Entrepreneurs Podcast, John Corcoran sits down with Steve Soper, Founder and Principal at AdaptivEdge, to discuss how a new beginning and strategic partnerships pivoted his business for growth. Steve talks about how he built a profitable and successful organization, the benefits of collaborating with companies, and how networking with others can enhance growth.
Apr 26, 2022
EO Chicago | Bringing Consumers Together With Becky Galvez
Becky Galvez began her career with Candor Threads as the Marketing and Sales Manager, and now she is the CEO. Candor Threads creates high-quality custom apparel, and Becky has created steady year-over-year growth by introducing new products and implementing a customer-centered, detail-oriented approach to business. Becky earned her master’s degree in secondary education and teaching from National Louis University and a bachelor’s degree in Spanish Language and Literature from the University of Iowa. From there, she was a teacher at the International School Nido de Aguilas and taught English and Spanish in Illinois and Chile for seven years before venturing into the business world. In this episode… Do you want to establish lasting connections with your consumers? How can you continue to grow in your industry during tumultuous times? The pandemic disrupted business-as-usual in many sectors, including the corporate textile industry. For Becky Galvez, this uncertain time allowed her brand to grow by following consumer demands. That experience taught her that making consumers feel connected and creating a sense of togetherness is crucial in a saturated marketplace. So, how can you start connecting for the long-term success of your brand? In this episode of the Rising Entrepreneurs Podcast, join Dr. Jeremy Weisz as he sits down with Becky Galvez, CEO of Candor Threads, to discuss her strategies for leading a company during uncertain times. Becky talks about why relationships are crucial for establishing connections, her innovative approach to textiles for brand growth, and creating impactful change through consumer engagement.
Apr 25, 2022
EO SINGAPORE | Patricia Lin, Director, Zion Global Marketing Pte. Ltd.
Patricia Lin is the Co-founder and Director of Zion Global Marketing Pte. Ltd. Patricia coaches a variety of enterprises and entrepreneurs on how to generate online leads and sales. For over 12 years, her company has helped brands gain exposure and reach their target audiences using expert digital marketing tools and strategies. Patricia is also the Communications Chair and incoming Memberships Co-chair for Entrepreneurs’ Organization Singapore. In this episode… Are your company’s team and culture aligned with your core values? What steps can you take to drive long-term success for your business? According to Patricia Lin, establishing your key values when hiring employees can make a huge impact on creating and maintaining your brand’s culture and success. As your business evolves, it’s crucial to lead by example to move your company forward to the next frontier. Patricia’s experience taught her that building a successful business is about creating an ecosystem of differe…
Apr 11, 2022
EO SINGAPORE | Ray Ang, Director, Sweetest Moments Pte Ltd
Ray Ang is the incoming President of EO Singapore for the year 2024-2025. Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) is a global organization with more than 14,000 members spread across 61 countries. Their goal is to help leading entrepreneurs learn and grow, resulting in greater business success. Ray is also the Co-founder of Sweetest Moments Pte Ltd, an online store specializing in celebratory gifts, including wedding cakes, birthday cakes, cupcakes, and pastries for all occasions. Additionally, he is the Director of his family business, a global distributor of melamine ware. In this episode… How do you turn a business idea into a profitable enterprise? What do you need to do to stand out from your competitors? The business landscape has become more competitive than ever, so it’s important to develop an effective strategy for success. Ray Ang shares his experience building businesses from scratch and provides tips on how you can turn your big idea into a successful venture. Additional…
Apr 7, 2022
EO Boston | Delivering Captivating and Effective Presentations Around the World
Wendy Pease is a Language Translation Expert and the President and Owner of Rapport International, a global communications company specializing in translation and interpretation. Wendy is a Board Member of the Boston Chapter of the Entrepreneurs’ Organization. She has an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College and a bachelor’s in foreign service and international politics from Penn State. Kerri Garbis is the Founder and CEO of Ovation, where she helps transform professional presence and guides professionals to reach their full potential. She is a professional speechwriter and is certified by the Professional Speechwriters Association, a certified etiquette expert by the Emily Post Institute, and certified by the Hay Group as an emotional intelligence expert. In this episode… How can you harness the skill of captivating and effective presentations? Is it possible to make your brand culturally relevant without fear of mistranslating from one language to another…
Apr 4, 2022
EO San Francisco | From Gucci and Barneys New York to Retail NFTs
Syama Meagher is the Founder and Chief Strategist at Scaling Retail, an innovative retail business consultancy and marketing agency that specializes in launching and scaling successful fashion retail companies. She currently leads the agency's global team of talented professionals, cultivating winning results and alleviating uncertainty for fashion and lifestyle brands. In addition to this, Syama is the Co-founder of Rendall Co., a soft goods business that has been featured in New York Magazine, Forbes, Fast Company, and more. Syama is a longtime expert in retail and fashion. Before starting Scaling Retail, she achieved many professional successes, including doubling Gucci’s outlet division sales from $50 million to $100 million in two years. Syama has won a number of different awards for her work, including the Top 20 Women in Business award by Women's Wear Daily. In this episode… Are you a retailer struggling to raise your sales? What if there was a way to double your sales in…
Mar 31, 2022
EO Chicago | Creating a Culture for Continuous Business Improvement
Zach Wilcox is the Founder and CEO of Fide Freight, a representative logistics solution providing a full range of services in long and short-distance freight, specialty haulage, and management of dry freights. Zach and his team pride themselves on complete transparency and communication, from bringing on a client to getting the shipments completed on time. Before founding Fide Freight, Zach held project management, operations, and manufacturing roles across various companies. He has a business degree from Grand Valley State University. In this episode… How can you build an enduring enterprise during a pandemic? What action steps can you take to cultivate an environment that creates a sense of great purpose within your employees? Zach Wilcox started his logistic service at the onset of the pandemic — but through his core values of people, systems, clients, and profit, he managed to accelerate his business. When your core values are aligned, you can create a company working toward…
Mar 28, 2022
EO San Francisco | 3 EOSF Presidents Share Their Path to Leadership
Rudy Mutter is the Co-founder and CTO of Yeti, a San Francisco-based company that designs, develops, and launches first-gen digital products. Rudy is also the current President of the EO San Francisco Chapter. Previously, he worked as a software and web developer for companies including Verivo and athenahealth. Franka Winchester is the Managing Partner and Co-founder of Pacific Crest Group, a professional services firm based in the San Francisco Bay area. Pacific Crest Group helps small companies improve their accounting, financial management, and human resources. Franka is also a long-time EO member and the incoming President of EO San Francisco for the 2022 - 2023 year. Rob Castaneda is the Founder and CEO of ServiceRocket, a company based in Palo Alto that helps fast-growing software businesses engage with their customers for successful implementations. He is also a Mentor for Endeavor and Blitzscaling Academy. Rob will be the incoming EO San Francisco President after Franka durin…
Mar 24, 2022
EO Seattle | Turning a Local Alarm Company Into a Regional Leader
Dan Norton is an Entrepreneur Ally and Process Nerd at Partner-Ally, a resource that helps create foundational strategies and systems and develops sustainable solutions for small businesses. Dan was the President, Chief Technical Officer, and Director of Design for Absco Solutions, a company he and his business partner built. Dan served on the Board of Directors for Absco. Previously, he served on the Board of Directors for Sound Experience, where he held roles as Vice President and President. Dan is a founding member and previously served on the board of the EO Seattle DEI Committee for the Entrepreneurs’ Organization. In this episode… There are many resources on starting your business, but what about assistance with crafting your brand’s vision? How do you implement strategies that align with your brand’s personality? Dan Norton created a place to help small business owners develop their visions from strategic planning to foundational processes. As a small business owner hi…
Mar 10, 2022
EO Western New York | From Cleaning Filthy Vinyl Siding to the United Nations
Brian Brault is a Coach and Transformational Leadership Trainer at Legacy of Significance, an executive-level educational coaching service that offers retreats, workshops, and executive education for individuals and couples. He is also the CEO and Founder of Pure Wellness, an air purification service that transforms interior spaces into world-class wellness environments that protect against viral and bacterial contaminants and promote overall wellbeing. He is a Co-chair for the Entrepreneurial Masters Program and Chairperson of the Board for the Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO). Brian graduated from the University at Buffalo School of Management with a degree in human resources. In this episode… Developing your business is not without its fair share of challenges and stress. It takes a great leader to build an enduring enterprise, and Brian Brault knew he needed to grow a great team to reach each milestone in the journey. What steps can you take to achieve your professional and le…
Mar 8, 2022
EO Southeast Virginia | Turning the Corner From Street Hustler To Two Thriving Businesses
Jim Weigl is the President and Inventor at Virginia Toy and Novelty Company, where they create fresh and unique gifts and novelty products for clients worldwide. He is the President and Licensed Auctioneer at Blue Box Auction Gallery, a Virginia-based company where they leverage the power of the latest technologies to turn assets into cash on the worldwide market. As a passionate entrepreneur and business owner, Jim is on the Board of Directors for the Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) of Southeast Virginia. In this episode… What do you do when your sales halt due to the pandemic? What shifts can you make to optimize your workplace and make strategic decisions in the face of uncertainty? What can you do to bridge the gap? When the pandemic halted sales in his thriving novelty toy business, Jim Weigl knew he needed to find a solution and pivot his strategy. He entered the PPE business as a temporary fix but became inspired to begin a new venture. To accomplish his vision, Jim…
Mar 3, 2022
EO San Francisco | Overcoming a Failed First Startup To Acquire a Successful Business
Corey Veverka is the President of Total Validation Services, Inc (TVS, Inc.) and the San Francisco Chapter of the Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO). He has over 21 years of experience in the biopharmaceutical industry, commissioning, qualification, and validation in project management, budgeting, and planning for small and large capital projects. Corey holds a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from Villanova University and has served as the President and Chair of Chapter Presidents Council for the Americas (NASSAC) at the International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering (ISPE) San Francisco Chapter. In this episode… Developing your leadership skills can take time, effort, and a supportive community. Is it possible to transform yourself into a leader that can take your company to the next level? How can you prepare your business, your clients, and your team for industry trends? Corey Veverka and his team at TVS, Inc. provide comprehensive leadership support…
Mar 1, 2022
EO San Francisco | The World's Nicest Debt Collector
Christina Harbridge is the MisChief Executive Officer at Allegory, Inc, a workplace behavior consultancy that teaches companies how to increase performance and results through people development and system design. She is the author of Swayed: How to Communicate for Impact, where Christina explains a detailed set of actions that teaches us to communicate, so people really hear us. She has experience as a Founder and CEO of a debt collection agency, Bridgeport Financial Inc, which reinvigorated the industry. Her team focused on their interactions on filling a person’s need by using emotionally literate tactics — resulting in collections that were three times higher than the industry average. In this episode… Are you looking to reach clients and establish lasting connections based on humanity and effective communication? What if there was a way to use a values-based tactic to improve lives? Christina Harbridge’s experience as a worker in a call center opened her eyes to a radica…
Feb 24, 2022
EO DC and EO New York | By Mentoring Others, We Grow
Marsha Ralls is the Founder and CEO of The Phoenix Wellness Retreat, a place for personal inspiration, growth, and life transformation. She is an entrepreneur and has been a member of the Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) for over 20 years. Marsha has held many roles in leadership, such as chapter president, director of the women’s group, and her current role as an External Relations Subcommittee member. Dave Kerpen is the Co-founder and Chairman of Apprentice, a platform that connects entrepreneurs and business leaders with intelligent and motivated college students looking for real-world experience and mentorship. He is a serial entrepreneur, a New York Times best-selling author, and a global keynote speaker. Dave is one of Entrepreneur magazine's top 10 up-and-coming leaders and served as the president of the Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) of New York City. In this episode… If you’re a young entrepreneur, where can you turn for tools and advice on building your brand? A…
Feb 23, 2022
EO San Francisco | Real-World Strategies To Solve Marketing, Sales, and Business Development Challenges With Lael Sturm of LPSS Digital Marketing
Lael Sturm is a digital marketer, strategic advisor, people connector, and revenue consultant. He’s the Founder and General Manager at LPSS Digital Marketing, a company that provides strategies and tools to address growth and revenue challenges. Lael offers strategic advice and real-world tactics for growing your business, building your team, getting your product to the market, and identifying opportunities. He is also a member of the Bay Area Accelerator Program. In this episode… Finding unique insights and tools that allow your organization to grow and scale can be a daunting task. There are companies that know how to monetize, particularly through online marketing — but where can you find them? Lael Sturm says that having the right strategy, contacts, and working hard is what positions you for success. He believes that every business needs to work with a company like LPSS Digital Marketing to help them identify and solve their marketing, sales, and business development chall…
Feb 22, 2022
EO Hawaii | Constraints Drive Innovation
Jean-Paul Gedeon is the CEO at JPG Media, one of Hawaii’s most unique print and design B2B service companies, and a member of the Entrepreneurs’ Organization of Hawaii. From an early age, Jean-Paul was an entrepreneur. His high school project quickly turned into a successful business, and this experience gave him the necessary skills to begin JPG Media. He invented and successfully patented the "Super Divider," a grocery checkout divider used to display advertising in supermarket checkouts. In this episode… What can you do to optimize your marketing strategy? Do you want solutions to the challenges and problems you’re facing with targeting your audience? Jean-Paul Gedeon saw a gap in the market for an innovative and unique marketing product — a double-sided shelf rail for advertising brands at eye-level. As a seasoned entrepreneur, Jean-Paul knew the steps to patent and manufacture his product. He made an effort to understand and measure what drives consumers and boosts per…
Feb 17, 2022
EO Atlanta | How To Achieve Wealth Beyond Money
Ethan King is an entrepreneur, author, and international speaker. He is the Co-founder of stuff4GREEKS, a company he created with his college girlfriend (turned wife) and $700 that is now a leader in fraternity and sorority merchandise. Over the years, Ethan has founded and invested in many ventures and his companies have won awards for business growth and industry excellence. He is the Co-founder of Zeus’ Closet, an on-demand embroidery and personalized apparel brand and the Founder of 6 Pack Dads, an online platform community to help busy dads in their fitness journey. Ethan is a global member-leader in the nonprofit Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) and has served as president of the Atlanta chapter. He is a top-rated international speaker on the topics of business growth, reinvention, lifestyle design, health optimization, and longevity. He is the Author of Wealth Beyond Money which launches in mid-March. In this episode… Is it possible to make lifelong connections while ach…
Feb 15, 2022
EO Portland | How To Get Yourself Out of Running Your Business
Zac Cramer is the Founder of How To Business, a website offering business advice for entrepreneurs, and the CEO of IT Assurance, an IT consulting business that helps companies manage their IP infrastructure and provides helpdesk service to their workers and other companies. He has been an entrepreneur from a young age, starting his first business venture selling candy on the playground. Later he was the CTO of riderscartel.com and the CEO at Happy Hamster Computer Repair. Zac graduated from Boston University with a degree in Classical Civilizations and is an EOS Implementer, where he helps other entrepreneurs find clarity and become leaders in their industry. In this episode… Are you looking to redefine your business goals and cultivate a healthy work environment for your team? Where can you find the tools to revolutionize your brand without draining your budget? Zac Cramer knows the efficacy of putting value in employees and implementing strategies that work. More importantly, inf…
Feb 10, 2022
From Red Cross Humanitarian Relief to the State Department, Fall of the Iron Curtain, and Leading Entrepreneurs
Carrie Santos is the Chief Executive Officer of Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO), a global business network of over 15,000 entrepreneurs and over 200 chapters around the world. Carrie has over two decades of experience leading change management and strategic development of international organizations and programs. Prior to EO, she was the Policy Section Chief of Refugee Admissions for the US Department of State, and she was the Executive Director of International Response and Programs for the American Red Cross. In this episode… How are entrepreneurs making an impact globally? Where can leaders turn to receive support and guidance throughout their careers? As a leader within Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO), Carrie Santos has seen the impact entrepreneurs are making at both a local and global level. EO inspires members to dream up new ideas, make changes in their business, and foster a community of support. From creating sustainable jobs to mitigating mental health challenges,…
Feb 8, 2022
EO New York | Growing Up Entrepreneurial
Joe Giovannoli is the Founder and CEO of 9Sail, a digital marketing firm specializing in project-based and ongoing SEO management for service firms. At 9Sail, Joe has developed and maintained relationships with over 20 agency partners, collectively managed 12 to 20 client projects at a time, built out the company’s marketing strategy, and executed campaigns that generated thousands of dollars in top-line revenue. Before founding 9Sail, Joe held positions at Red Clover, Inflexion Interactive, MobileSeed LLC, and Out There Marketing, LLC. He also has experience as a Fundraiser for Jersey Battered Women Services and the Human Needs Food Pantry. Currently, Joe is a Communications Committee Member for Volunteer Lawyers for Justice and is on the Entrepreneurs’ Organization’s Accelerator Board. In this episode… Many aspiring entrepreneurs have an abundance of ideas, but how do you turn those ideas into reality and build the business you’ve envisioned? For Joe Giovannoli, it start…
Jan 31, 2022
EO Ireland | Build a Great Family Business - Without Losing Your Family
Stephen Shortt is a keynote speaker, entrepreneur, investor, and the Managing Director for ETC Consult. He is a next-generation entrepreneur and uses his knowledge and experience to guide entrepreneurs to discover their paths to grow and flourish. Stephen is the President and a founding member of Entrepreneurs' Organization - Ireland, the former Global Chair of the Global Student Entrepreneur Awards, which supports student entrepreneurs worldwide. He also served as a board member on the Entrepreneurs' Organization Accelerator Global Committee. In this episode… How can you build a successful multi-generational business? Handing over the reins for succession can be stressful, but does it have to be? Stephen Shortt is a speaker and entrepreneur who understands the terrain of operating a family-owned business. His generational family business filters and guides employees and employers to targeted positions aligned with their skills. Using his experience, Stephen helps brands have const…