Fri, 3 February 2017
What do you do when your business is experiencing unprecedented and exponential growth? When your business is changing faster than you can follow, sometimes your best bet is to bring in some extra entrepreneurial help through franchising.
Like most little kids, Genevieve Weeks got her start dancing in her parents’ living room, putting on shows for her family. But unlike most little kids, her love of ballet went on to manifest itself in a lifelong business career. While dancing in San Francisco, Genevieve started teaching a local school’s preschool ballet program—and it was love at first twirl. After seeing how frequently the youngest dancers were kept on waiting lists to take classes, she realized there was a need in the community she could serve.
Genevieve went on to start her own dance education program specifically for toddlers and school-age children, Tutu School, which she later franchised. Hear all about how Genevieve made the jump from ballet dancer to business owner, plus everything she’s learned along the way, in this week’s episode of Women Worldwide.
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“I do see a lot of the time that people sort of maybe confuse [franchising] with licensing. They think they are just going to allow someone to use their name or their brand—with franchising you want to give someone a whole business in a box… It’s a lot more than people imagine.”
“We try not to micro-manage, but since we are a very detail-oriented business, we try to make sure we’re creating a culture where all of the owners are taking those details as seriously as we do."
“You think, ‘I can’t wait for expansion,’ and don’t really foresee that expansion comes with its own set of challenges. The trickiest part for us has been pacing the growth.”
“These classes, when they are done with the values we really hold dear, I think they can be incredibly body positive, and that’s certainly one of our main goals.”
Thu, 26 January 2017
From a Farm in the Outback to a Business That Spans the Globe
Would you ever be willing to sell everything you own to go off on a world adventure in order to learn how to help people dream big, live fully, and utilize their unique talents? Founder of The Thriving Collective Cameron Brown did just that, and he has turned his dream and passion for helping others into a socially conscious company that has positively impacted millions of lives around the world.
Raised in outback Australia, Cameron first experienced technology as a true connector when he started taking singing lessons over the phone. This degree of open space at home gave him unique opportunities to grow and explore (and cause a little mischief). Listen in to find out how this lifelong curiosity led him to get rid of all his material possessions and launch a business that changed his life—and can change yours.
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“Technology, when used appropriately, allows us to create and experience a life we simply wouldn’t have been able to 10 years ago.”
“I’m a big believer of having a certainty of your outcome...but then a sense of absolute curiosity about how you might get there.”
“When you are on your own, and there’s no one else around, and you’re going through some real challenges, are you there to support yourself? Or are you there to pull yourself down?”
“When something happens, I’m curious enough to say, ‘Well, if that’s possible, I wonder what else is possible?’”
Thu, 19 January 2017
Terry Hush, CEO and co-founder of Roji Health Intelligence (formerly ICLOPS) joins Host Deirdre Breakenridge on Women Worldwide. Terry's many accomplishments in the public, non-profit, and private sectors include leading the transformation of Blue Cross Blue Shield regulations in Illinois, improving access to care as Director of the Illinois Medicaid program, and serving in executive leadership for both private payers and physician organizations.
On the show, Terry discusses her journey as a patient advocate and a problem solver. She’s known for her ability to be a change agent in organizations. According to Terry, “You create change quietly flying under the radar. No one likes changes and there’s always going to be resistance.” Her approach was to get everyone invested and to work with smaller groups piece by piece rather than working with a larger group all at once. "You have to be a great listener and never worry about the silence,” she said. Terry also discussed the lessons she learned earlier in her career, including, “It’s nice to be important but it’s more important to be nice." Her advice to others who want to be an agent for change in their companies was to talk to people directly, always be present in your conversations, and be sure to keep your ego out of everything you do.
A little more about Terry Hush … Terry Hush is a health care strategist and change expert with experience across the health care spectrum. She is an expert at creating a consensus for desired change through education and collaboration. Terry also helps organizations take actions that will direct their future through meaningful technology and programs.
You can connect with Terry on LinkedIn and Twitter @TerryHush
Thu, 12 January 2017
Cornell Thomas, Master Motivator, Speaker and Author of the book, The Power of Positivity: Controlling Where The Ball Bounces joins Host Deirdre Breakenridge on Women Worldwide. In addition to being a speaker, coach. and author, Cornell is a father, husband, son, motivator, world changer, free thinker, doer, "giver," and an active dreamer. His mission in life is to serve others and make this world a better place. He does this through every speech, book, interaction, quote, or consultation that he gives.
On the show, Cornell shares his journey from professional athlete to Master Motivator, author, and speaker. After an injury that prevented him from playing pro basketball, instead of saying, “Why me?” Cornell quickly challenged himself to “What now?” He discussed how the power of his own positivity and the wise words of his loving mom propelled him forward and to help others. Today, he’s gathering great thinkers and thought leaders for a Positivity Summit in 2017, which not only shares a day of inspiration but also a day of giving back. Cornell believes you have to go through pain to find your purpose. For him, a purpose is not an occupation. To find yours, you must open your eyes and have the right mindset because it’s all around you.
A little more about Cornell Thomas: Cornell started his mission four years ago when he knew he wanted to make the world a better place. He was tired of seeing all of the negativity that was being force fed through TV and social media. He took action by starting a movement called "The Power of Positivity" knowing we can all come together as one.
You can connect with Cornell on LinkedIn and Twitter @CornellThomas
Fri, 6 January 2017
Jenny Ta, CEO of Sqeeqee and co-founder of VCNetwork.co, joins host Deirdre Breakenridge on Women Worldwide. Jenny began her career with strong roots in the financial world and working on Wall Street. Jenny is known as a serial entrepreneur. She has built, launched and sold two of her companies. More recently in 2016, together with her partner, Shinta W. Dhanuwardoyo (Founder/CEO of Bubu.com), VCNetwork.co was launched to help forward-thinking VC firms and individual VCs find the startups that have what it takes to succeed. Today, Jenny mentors start-ups and focuses on shaking up the current VC models making VC funding more entrepreneurial friendly.
On the show, Jenny shared how the funding for women entrepreneurs is slow progress. She and her partner Shinta work to create a bridge for entrepreneurs who hit one wall after another as they seek funding. They act as the role of connectors to make the introductions to high worth investors so there is an opportunity on both sides. Jenny discussed her thoughts on women in leadership pointing out that leaders don’t ever quit. Her advice to anyone who has experienced bullying and harassment was to “never swallow the words.” Her message was to underscore how words can be damaging and you need to keep them on the outside. At the same time, Jenny stressed how bullying doesn’t look at race or gender and it’s especially easy to bully when you can hide your identity online.
A little more about Jenny Ta … Jenny is a seasoned entrepreneur with two successful ventures to her credit. She was the Founder and CEO of Titan Securities, a full-service investment firm that was acquired in 2005. Prior to founding Titan Securities she was the driving force behind Vantage Investments, a full-service broker-dealer start-up she founded in 1998-99 at the age of 27 and grew to a quarter of a billion dollars in assets.
You can connect with Jenny on LinkedIn and Twitter @JennyQTa9
Thu, 29 December 2016
Dr. Marika Lindholm, Founder and CEO of ESME (Empowering Solo Moms Everywhere), joins Host Deirdre Breakenridge on Women Worldwide. When Marika realized the steady rise in solo parenting, the changing climate to American families, and through her personal experience with single motherhood, she became impassioned with helping other women facing the same challenges that she did.
On the show, Marika shares her inspiration behind the launch of ESME and why she wants to honor moms everywhere. Her platform provides solo moms with a safe space to share their challenges and struggles including some tough subjects such as domestic violence, addiction and cyberbullying. “ESME is a platform that allows your vulnerability to come through,” explained Marika. She also shares her own challenges as she moved from academia to becoming an entrepreneur and launching her online community.
“The learning curve was tremendous having to learn about building content, social media, marketing and team building.” At the same time, as a business owner with a platform that was active 24/7, Marika was there to help people at all hours. Her advice to other business owners, “Don’t be deterred by unsolicited advice and just ride through the tough patches."
A little more about Dr. Marika Lindholm … By launching ESME, Marika has created an online community that's a safe haven for solo moms, an endless library of resources, a networking tool, a writing/blogging platform, and private escape all at once. A trained sociologist and former professor, she taught classes focused on issues of inequality, diversity, and gender at Northwestern University. Marika brings that passion, focus, and analytical approach to refining the ESME.com platform and growing the ESME Sisters community.
You can connect with Dr. Lindholm on LinkedIn and Twitter @marika_lindholm
Thu, 22 December 2016
Lauren Leader-Chivee, co-founder, and CEO of All In Together (AIT) and the author of Crossing the Thinnest Line: How Embracing Diversity-from the Office to the Oscars-Make America Stronger joins Host Deirdre Breakenridge on Women Worldwide. Lauren has dedicated her career to closing the most critical personal, professional and political gender gaps for women. In addition to her role at AIT, Lauren is an Executive Advisor to Deloitte working with a range of global companies on their most pressing diversity issues.
On the show, Lauren discussed how the thinnest of lines separate groups. Establishing an emotional connection, through a shared experience, makes you less of an outsider and helps you to understand different cultures. The shared experience also leads to relationships and trust. She gave examples of soldiers in the military and prison populations. Lauren offered insights on Millennials as a generation, who are much more accepting and inclusive. You can see the trend of Millennials moving to urban areas. However, Lauren stressed that these attitudes and gains are not guaranteed moving forward. Although Gen Y has benefited from the opening of the world through the Internet, if schools become more segregated and the Internet is more of an echo chamber with siloed and like-minded thinking, then the next generation will be less inclusive.
Laura also shared how she was able to constantly move out of her comfort zone. She has used her network and different relationships, knowing when to ask for help. She is committed to moving forward and knows that there will be ambiguity. Lauren also stated that you have to think beyond networking and really share more of yourself to build a relationship.
A little more about Lauren Leader-Chivee ...Lauren was recently named by Fortune as one of the 50 Most Influential Women on Twitter. She writes extensively for the Huffington Post, Harvard Business Review, and Inc magazine. Formerly the President of the global think tank Center for Talent Innovation and Founding Partner at Hewlett Chivée Partners LLC, she has tirelessly advocated for women’s leadership as a driver of economic growth and opportunity.
You can connect with Lauren on LinkedIn and Twitter @laurenchivee
Fri, 16 December 2016
Judy Williams, the founder of iHalt, joins Host Deirdre Breakenridge on Women Worldwide. Judy’s non-profit organization promotes understanding, accountability, and mutual respect between at-risk youth and EMTs, police, and firefighters. After spending 18 years in education, Judy launched iHalt as a movement to raise awareness about safety and to foster mutual respect and harmony between first responders and the general community.
On the show, Judy discusses her work with the Boys and Girls Clubs of America. Her programs teach consideration and mutual respect through activities that build trust. When children have a relationship with police officers they are more likely to respect and cooperate under different situations outside of the iHalt program. At the same time, the more police officers and other first responders interact, they, too, have a much better understanding of the people living in their communities. Parents are also involved in the program so the iHalt learning and relationship building continues into the home. Judy also shares how she approaches big challenges. “If it’s worth it, stay the course. Don’t believe anyone’s negative self-talk. You must believe your own truth, which is right for you.”
A little more about Judy Williams … Judy founded iHalt in 2015, in the wake of events in Ferguson, Baltimore, and Cleveland. Judy realized, now, more than ever is the time to educate future generations of children about the cooperating with law enforcement, understanding and respecting cultural and racial differences, and maintaining good citizenship.
You can connect with iHalt on Twitter @ihalt_us1 and Facebook
Thu, 8 December 2016
Meagan Hooper, entrepreneur and founder of bSmartguide.com, joins Host Deirdre Breakenridge on Women Worldwide. Megan’s platform, bSmartguide.com, is an online portal where women can learn, connect and promote their brands in order to achieve success and obtain their goals. Previously, Meagan spent a decade-long career on Wall Street, working her way up from Administrative Assistant for the founder of a premier hedge fund, to the firm's Chief Operating Officer. Self-taught in the world of finance, Meagan's expertise was quickly recognized, as she became Director of Operations for a global wealth management firm, overseeing $4 billion in assets across multiple asset classes.
On the show, Meagan shares her passion for Millennials; how they're breaking down barriers and going past the stereotypes in their communities. With a focus on technological resources and collaboration, you can make this happen. At the same time, she says you're able to create a culture of listening and being who you're meant to be. On tackling challenges, Meagan explains, “Challenges are a part of it and it’s the way you work through and meet them head on.” She is a believer of getting out of your comfort zone. Meagan deals with challenges by nourishing her inner self. You have to trust that you will make the right decisions even when many around you are saying otherwise.
Meagan also offers her tips to entrepreneurs who have a dream but don’t know where to start. “It comes down to belief and how you perceive yourself. You have to get very clear about what you want to do and spend time on your vision board.”
A little more about Meagan Hooper … While building on her business savvy and entrepreneurial spirit, Meagan continues her pursuit of the arts, from performing stand-up comedy to appearing in film, television, and theater. A graduate of Wake Forest University, she lives in Manhattan with her husband, Joe, and pug, Stella.
You can connect with Meagan on LinkedIn and Twitter @MeaganHooper
Wed, 30 November 2016
Fabian Geyrhalter, the founder of FINIEN, an LA-based brand consultancy, joins host Deirdre Breakenridge on Women Worldwide. Fabian is the author of the book How to Launch a Brand: Your Step-By-Step Guide to Crafting a Brand - From Positioning to Naming and Brand Identity. He is also published internationally by the Washington Post, Graphis, Communications Arts and the Huffington Post.
On the show, Fabian takes a deep dive into the meaning of a brand and what it takes to prepare for a brand launch. He shares what entrepreneurs get wrong 99% of the time when it comes to branding. As a result, he offers a step-by-step guide for those entrepreneurs who are bootstrapping but know brand development really matters far beyond a product or service they offer. In addition to discussing company branding, Fabian also shares his thoughts on personal branding, how technology affects a brand and why you should align with the right people.
A little more about Fabian Geyrhalter … Fabian is an active jury member of the Academy of Interactive & Visual Arts. As the winner of 23 American Graphic Design awards, he is frequently invited to judge international design competitions. Fabian has served as an adjunct professor at USC and Art Center College of Design and he's currently an Advisory Board Member of the Santa Monica College.
You can connect with Fabian on LinkedIn and Twitter @FINIENinsights