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As entrepreneurs, we go into business for a variety of reasons. Maybe we’ve always wanted to be our own boss, or we wake up in the middle of the night with an idea we can’t put down. But some entrepreneurs, like Jamie Morea, go into business because they have a truly transformative life experience they simply have to share with the world.

When Jamie Morea was on a plane midway between Guatemala and Thailand, she got very, very sick. Nausea, extreme fatigue, and a distended belly came over her like a wave—and it didn’t let up for six months. Doctors narrowed down that her problem was somehow digestive. Jamie started to do her own research and what she uncovered about how environmental factors, medical history, and diet impact gut health—and in turn how gut health affects our overall well-being—changed her life. Finally, a specialist in New York discovered the culprit of her illness: a rare parasite. But even so, what she learned about the bacteria in her digestive system set her on a path to change her life and the lives of those around her through her company and probiotic product Hyperbiotics.

This is one entrepreneurial journey you won’t want to miss. Come for the incredible story, and stay for Jamie’s advice about how to better care for your body and your business.

In This Episode

  • Why you need to be careful about the supplements you consume
  • How your gut health impacts your entire wellness journey
  • The challenges of running a business as it grows at rapid speed
  • Why you need to hire for company culture above all else
  • How failures and hard times can compel you to find your passion

Quotes in This Episode

“It’s very important to be a savvy consumer and know the company you’re dealing with.” —Jamie Morea

“What are you eating? What is your home environment like? What are your stress levels like? [Progressive doctors] are taking the whole picture into account because all of it affects your gut bacteria. And now we know that your gut bacteria is the root of all health.” —Jamie Morea

“The secret to our success has been finding the right people.” —Jamie Morea

“I have learned to focus on my strengths and to not try to do the things that don’t feel fun — to really kind of follow my zone of genius and find the other pieces of the puzzle that are other people’s genius.” —Jamie Morea

“We don’t have a lot of idleness today in our world… but sometimes the most beautiful things spring out of nothing.” —Jamie Morea

Resources

Hyperbiotics

Jamie Morea on Twitter

Hyperbiotics on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram

 

Direct download: JamieMoreaonWomenWorldwide.mp3
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In our ever-changing business landscape, professional development is going through its own kind of transformation. To keep up with rapid-fire changes brought on largely by digital evolution, companies across industries are coming up with new, innovative ways to help their employees develop fresh skills and competencies.

 

Today’s guest, Stephen Waddington, is a partner and the Chief Engagement Officer at Ketchum. He works with clients, he helps with business development and marketing, and he is responsible for driving the integration and innovation of digital and social capabilities throughout the Ketchum network across 90 offices. Ketchum encourages professional development through their own online platform.

 

In this episode, Stephen shares how and why the Ketchum model works and explains the necessity for continuous learning among professionals through both formal and informal online training.

 

In This Episode

  • The learning potential in modern social environments
  • Why email and static websites aren’t dying—but they should be
  • How professional development is becoming borderless
  • The challenges an organization faces with collaborative training
  • When learning about tech needs to start and why

 

Quotes in This Episode

“People are using platforms like Facebook day in and day out in their lives. They're using it across the web, but increasingly on mobile platform so, it isn't much of all lift then to introduce a technology like Workplace and say, ‘Okay, everything you can do on the public version of Facebook, you can now do privately in the work environment.’” —Stephen Waddington

 

“That’s the first thing you should do. Find [people you want to work with] on Twitter, and just listen to the conversations they’re having.” —Stephen Waddington

 

“[Teaching privacy and social media etiquette] has got to start the moment we give technology to children… Children need to be taught the basic good behaviors of communicating.” —Stephen Waddington

 

“If you want to be treated like a professional, you need to take continuous professional development seriously.” —Stephen Waddington

 

“You should find your own personal purpose and find work—do something that excites you—because you spend a lot of time at work. When you do that, you will do your absolute best.” —Stephen Waddington

 

Resources

Stephen’s blog

Contact Stephen

Connect with Stephen on Twitter

Direct download: StephenWaddingtononWomenWorldwide.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:32pm EDT

Women make up almost half the workforce and receive more college and graduate degrees than men. Even so, on average women make less than men by at least 20 percent (more for minorities) in every single occupation where the data is available. No matter what industry you work in: It’s time to reinvent the company model.

Beth Monaghan, CEO of InkHouse, is a passionate advocate for gender equality both inside and outside of the office. She has served on a Women in the Workplace Taskforce and she’s currently the Vicechair of The Alliance for Business Leadership. Recently, Inkhouse worked on the nationwide Women’s March in January.

Tune into this episode to better understand what systemic changes need to take place at work if we truly want to see women hold equal footing to men on the job.

In This Episode

  • How workplace environments reward masculine behaviors
  • Simple ways businesses can reinvent how they approach the gender divide
  • The ways in which women can—and should—embrace who they are at work
  • How men can be better partners in helping women excel
  • Why it’s so important to develop the confidence to trust your gut

 

Quotes in This Episode

“When [women] show up, we get heard.” —Beth Monaghan

“The culture we’ve inherited privileges confidence over competence.” —Beth Monaghan

“I have seen far too many panels on diversity—whether it’s multicultural diversity or gender diversity—populated by 100% white men. How is that representative?” —Beth Monaghan

“When you help employees in their personal lives, they will be more likely to help you in your business life.” —Beth Monaghan

“Women have been playing by these biased rules for a long time…But we need to just own what we’re good at and stop apologizing for it.”—Beth Monaghan

Resources

The Miracle Morning

InkHouse

Contact Beth on Twitter and LinkedIn

Direct download: BethMonaghanonWomenWorldwide.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:15pm EDT

Are government contracts worth the effort they take to pursue? Or do the certification process and compliance requirements take too much work? Many small businesses, especially those owned by women, don’t know how to take advantage of the opportunity and lose out on the potential perks.

After working for years in the financial industry, Jean Kristensen joined her family’s security business. In an effort to really help them scale and grow, she started to pursue government contracts and explore different certification programs for working with the government. Through her experience, an idea was born: There was no company or program helping business owners leverage their certifications and understand the process to getting and ultimately managing government relationships. Now Jean runs a consulting firm, Jean Kristensen Associates, that helps women-owned businesses pursue and manage government contracts to boost sales and grow their businesses.

Follow along as Jean shares the ups and downs of entrepreneurship and how bidding for government contracts can grow your revenues in ways you haven’t expected before.

In This Episode

  • The characteristics of a true entrepreneur
  • How to figure out how your business fits into the government marketplace
  • Affordable business resources for female entrepreneurs
  • How government contracts can transform a business
  • Common mistakes new entrepreneurs make

Quotes in This Episode
“Entrepreneurship is not for everyone… Above and beyond having the vision for setting your own goals, you have to be extremely disciplined. Because the buck really does stop with you.” —Jean Kristensen

“Doing business with the government is like jumping into the ocean.” —Jean Kristensen

“The government has different goals they’re trying to obtain with women-owned businesses… and certification makes you visible [to them].” —Jean Kristensen

“One of the biggest mistakes that I made early on… is the belief that you know it all, even if you’ve done it already.” —Jean Kristensen

“You need to find ways to constantly reinvent yourself… It’s my responsibility to grow so the business can grow.” —Jean Kristensen

Resources
The Small Business Administration

Women’s Business Enterprise National Council

jeankristensenassociates.com

Call Jean Kristensen Associates at 917-397-7242 for a free 30-minute consultation

Direct download: JeanKristensenonWomenWorldwide.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:06pm EDT

How focused are you on building your personal brand? Maybe it’s something that you strive to grow every day—maybe you think you don’t even have one. That’s where you’re wrong, says today’s guest. Leonard Kim, CEO of InfluenceTree, has built a business and career out of showing fellow professionals how to build their personal brand by boosting their influence online. And he’s certainly made it work for himself. He has 500,000 social media followers, he’s been read over 10 million times, and you can find profiles on him Fortune, Inc, Entrepreneur, Forbes, and a variety of other publications. But it wasn’t always this way. It was only a few short years ago that he found himself truly down on his luck. Follow along as Leonard shares his incredible journey, offers advice for building up your own brand, and shares the power of facing your fears to pursue your dreams.

In This Episode

  • How achieving the American Dream can be fraught with obstacles
  • Identifying (and adjusting) how the world sees you at work and online
  • Ways to repurpose and revamp content to spread your brand far and wide
  • The importance of finding a team of partners for your business
  • Why both good and bad feedback from your friends and colleagues is a gift

Quotes in This Episode

“I had to recognize what my fear was. And after I recognized it, I realized that I needed to face it, and do something about it.” —Leonard Kim “Every single person out there has a personal brand, whether they know it or not.” —Leonard Kim “I don’t think I know a single person out there who has all the skills possible to go out there and create a business by themselves… It’s impossible to have a one-person team.” —Leonard Kim “[My work] is actually improving the lives of others. I think that’s the greatest impact of all.” —Leonard Kim “If you’re scared of doing something, use that fear as an indicator that you’re onto something great.” —Leonard Kim

Resources

InfluenceTree LeonardKim.com

Direct download: LeonardKimonWomenWorldwide.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:01pm EDT

Do you feel beautiful? Inside and out? Wouldn’t it be awesome if you felt incredible all the time and had a foolproof diet, fitness, and beauty routine? That’s the goal of today’s guest.

When Jacqueline Schaffer’s mother was diagnosed with skin cancer, Jacqueline found herself feeling defeated. She was a physician, and yet she felt she couldn’t heal the most important woman in her life. Together, she and her mother began to explore medical alternatives from across the globe. What she learned by combining Eastern and Western medical philosophies has set her on a new career path. In addition to her work as a doctor, Jacqueline is now also a bestselling author and founder of Schique Skincare, a company that enhances the lives of women by helping them look and feel more beautiful throughout their lives.

Tune in as Jacqueline explains different beauty philosophies from around the world, the importance of focusing on a whole-body approach to beauty, and what other entrepreneurs can learn from her journey.

In This Episode

  • When people should start paying attention to their health and beauty regimen
  • The current trends in the beauty industry
  • When to use Eastern medicine and when to use Western medical principles
  • What entrepreneurs can learn from fellow ambitious professionals
  • Jacqueline’s advice for people seeking a lifestyle change

Quotes in This Episode

“Everything in life needs balance.” —Jacqueline Schaffer

“To have a healthy body, mind, and soul, your everyday life is very important. Your nutrition, your fitness, your sleep, the people you surround yourself with—yes, that is Eastern medicine. That’s every day. That’s a lifestyle.” —Jacqueline Schaffer

“You’re going to make mistakes. People are going to not believe in you, and tell you that you can’t do it…. You’ve just got to snap back and be resilient. And not let that bring you down.” —Jacqueline Schaffer

“I’ve been scared so many times and thinking, oh my goodness—but I’m not going to give up… It’s important to also know that it’s okay if you’re scared. It’s completely normal. Just don’t give up.” —Jacqueline Schaffer

“Try to get all the best resources and mentors... But also know that your journey to getting to that end goal is going to be so beautiful and so different from the mentor before you. And that’s what makes you special.” —Jacqueline Schaffer

Resources
Irresistible You: Smart Solutions for Clear, Radiant, Youthful Skin

jacquelineschaffer.com

Schique Skincare

 

Direct download: JacquelineSchafferonWomenWorldwide.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:46pm EDT

There’s no denying we’re living in a digital era (and have been for a decade or so). Tech rules everything—and I mean everything. It’s not just the obvious industries like SaaS or mobile. Tech has advanced how we approach everything from healthcare to travel to retail. And now, you can add education to the list. Teachers are using burgeoning technologies to provide more enriching learning experiences for their students.

 

Meet Nanda Krish, who can shed quite a bit of light on how educators are embracing digital platforms. He’s the Executive Chairman and CEO of Wisewire, an online marketplace focused on creating high-quality digital learning materials and assessments for teachers. Their goal? Enable professionals while fulfilling the educational needs of students on a global level.

 

Follow along as Nanda shares how Wisewire is helping teachers gain some of their time back so they can better personalize their lesson plans, impact students’ lives, and change the education landscape.

 

In This Episode

  • The fundamental misunderstanding about teachers’ time and resources
  • How tech is enhancing a more personalized approach to learning
  • The role of big data in school systems
  • The similarities between teachers and entrepreneurs
  • How to encourage young girls’ involvement in STEM

 

Quotes in This Episode

“The most valuable human resources are teachers.” —Nanda Krish

 

“The motivation of teachers and administrators and others to get equipped with the right amount of data has been eye-opening.” —Nanda Krish

 

“It goes without saying that teachers have a love of knowledge and are lifelong learners. It’s the same thing with an entrepreneur. You have to be in a constant mode of learning.” —Nanda Krish

 

“A lot of learning takes place outside of the classroom.” —Nanda Krish

 

“Having the right mentors over time is instrumental from a growth perspective… That ability to kind of validate the direction you’re taking, what you’re doing—I think that is something that pays huge dividends.” —Nanda Krish

 

Resources

Wisewire

Wisewire on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn

 

Direct download: NandaKrishonWomenWorldwide.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:35pm EDT

I’m sure you can relate: Between family ties, work obligations, and my passions and hobbies, I often find myself wishing there were more hours in the day to tackle everything I want and need to get done. Especially if you own your own business, the portion of your life devoted to work obligations sometimes rules the roost, taking away precious amounts of time you could spend with family and friends.

 

Enter Jess Ostroff and her team of virtual assistants at Don’t Panic Management. Jess started working as a virtual assistant in 2009 (and eventually incorporating her business in 2011) because she wanted to help other people become more efficient. With that goal in mind, she has spent the better part of a decade guiding fellow entrepreneurs on the path to outsourcing all the day-to-day tasks that prevent them from focusing on their passions.

 

If you’ve been feeling overworked and overwhelmed, you won’t want to miss this episode. Tune in as Jess shares how finding the perfect virtual assistant you trust can help you scale your business for growth, be more intentional about your business, and get you back to doing the things you love most.

 

In This Episode

  • The signs an entrepreneur is ready to outsource some of their workload
  • How a virtual assistant can fit into your business model
  • Which tasks you can (and should) outsource
  • Why there is an assistant out there for every entrepreneur
  • The importance of listening to your instincts

 

Quotes in This Episode

“When you find someone that you really trust and that you can train and get really ‘on’ your team, there’s nothing better. Because you get so much of your time back and you get so much of your brain space back.” —Jess Ostroff

 

“A lot of people start their own businesses because.... [they] have a passion for something… And when your business becomes successful, all of a sudden you don’t even have time to work on that thing that you started your business for because all of the tasks of running that business get in your way.” —Jess Ostroff

 

“The cool thing is that there are so many different kinds of assistants out there now and so many different people who want to work virtually and have this lifestyle. So you can really find an assistant for anything that you want.” —Jess Ostroff

 

“Sometimes taking a risk is great, and it can work out really well for your business. But if there’s one thing I’ve learned… it’s listening to my gut and learning when to say yes, and more importantly when to say no.” —Jess Ostroff

 

“When you can slow down a little bit and be more intentional about your decision-making process and say, ‘Is this right for me,’ you’ll end up making better decisions for the long run.” —Jess Ostroff

 

Resources

Don’t Panic Mgmt

Email Jess

Connect with Jess on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram

 

Direct download: JessOstroffonWomenWorldwide.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:53pm EDT

As the millennial generation becomes the driving segment of the modern workforce, industries like media and PR are adapting and evolving around them. Today’s guest understands that perhaps better than anyone.

 

Lindsey Green ended up in digital media purely by accident. When she first moved to New York, the world of blogging and digital content was in its infancy, and even though she was pursuing other fields, Lindsey found that she had quite a few friends dipping their toes in new media and tech startup industries. A long and winding road spent utilizing those relationships to bolster the fashion and PR industries led her to where she is today: the Vice President of Corporate Communications at Bustle, a new force in media produced for and by women.

 

Grab your headphones and tune in as Lindsey talks about new media and the millennial generation, what’s it’s like working for a young company that’s growing at lightning pace, and why curiosity online is good for everyone.

 

In This Episode

  • The content that’s resonating with millennials today
  • The perks of working with a passionate, nimble team
  • The importance of engaging younger generations through social
  • How a strong company culture can help a company scale for growth
  • Why women should surround themselves with a network of other smart women

 

Quotes in This Episode

“Millennials, in general, as a generation are really interested not just in what’s going on in the U.S. but what’s going on the in the world—and how they can help.” —Lindsey Green

 

“PR is hard. In PR, you don’t really ever get to have good days because as soon as some goodness happens, something else is going off the rails.” —Lindsey Green

 

“I don’t particularly want to be [less connected]... I would like to be more connected. I like knowing I can work from anywhere if I want.” —Lindsey Green

 

“Mentors are important, but I think also they can come in many different forms. You can have one for one time in your career, and another for another time in your career. It can kind of shapeshift in that way.” —Lindsey Green

 

“Sometimes rejection is the best thing that can happen to you. Sometimes challenges are great… always absorb the information and be flexible.” —Lindsey Green

 

Resources

Bustle

Romper

Elite Daily

Bustle Digital Group

Bustle on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram

Direct download: LindseyGreenonWomenWorldwide.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:42am EDT

As an entrepreneur, you have more power than you realize. And if you harness that power correctly, you can turn your life around.

After her first startup venture failed, Cam Kashani and her partner created Coloft, the first-ever coworking space in Los Angeles. During her four years there, Coloft had over 1400 alumni, including Uber LA, Instacart, and Tinder, leading her to earn the nickname The Godmother of Silicon Beach. But after a trying personal experience, Cam found herself looking at Coloft in the rearview mirror and facing an identity crisis that set her on the path to become who she is today: an expert speaker with the US State Department and now three-time founder. Through her company co-founded with Jasmine Hannaby, COACCEL: The Human Accelerator, she has worked with over 4,000 entrepreneurs and 700 startups, boosting female founders and their products to new levels of excellence.

Follow along as Cam shares her personal journey, talks through the importance of embracing your own power, and explains how women can create a more harmonious environment for us all.

In This Episode

  • How believing in the strength of your own potential can boost entrepreneurship
  • The power of choice and deciding what world to create for yourself
  • The trait every entrepreneur must share
  • How to prioritize your goals by making the most of productivity tools
  • Why it’s important to be kind and forgiving of yourself

Quotes in This Episode

“The only thing you can control is yourself. The power is within you. YOU are the ultimate product.” —Cam Kashani

“Your mind functions very much like a computer. Whatever programming you give it, is what it will in turn spit out. ” —Cam Kashani

“Nothing falls into place. As an entrepreneur, you are the creator. You are creating the vision and passion and purpose that you have—so it’s always a challenge.” —Cam Kashani

“Your passion is going to fuel you in those times when you have nothing left (because those times will come).” —Cam Kashani

“Give yourself permission to be human.” —Cam Kashani

Resources

COACCEL: The Human Accelerator

camkashani.com

Find Cam on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter

Direct download: CamKashanionWomenWorldwide.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:07pm EDT