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Is your current career what you’ve always wanted to do? Maybe you’re living the dream, doing the job you first picked out for yourself in kindergarten. Or, maybe it’s a career you fell in love with later in life. Or, it’s entirely possible you’d like to pursue something that your current career doesn’t provide: a better work/life balance or a sense of autonomy—or even the chance to be in charge of your own destiny.

After working as a CPA and later a CFO, today’s guest is a thriving entrepreneur who owns 1,300 franchises. Shirin Behzadi is the CEO of Home Franchise Concepts, and its three direct-to-consumer brands Budget Blinds, Tailored Living, and Concrete Craft. She made the switch after deciding she wanted to pursue a career that gave her more freedom.

Grab your headphones and follow along as Shirin shares how she created an environment that she knew she herself could thrive in, one for enterprising individuals looking for a better work/life balance, who want to be in charge of their own career, and ultimately, realize their full potential.

In This Episode

  • The formula for astronomical success in franchising
  • Why women and millennials are getting excited about franchising
  • How to identify when you’re ready to overcome your fears and launch a new career
  • The importance of maintaining the essence of family—at scale
  • When to trust your gut and when to seek the advice of others

Quotes in This Episode

“What is the best formula? How do we put systems and programs in place that would fit pretty much anybody who wants to own their own business? It took us a few years!” —Shirin Behzadi

“We provide the opportunity for an individual who wants to own his or her own destiny.” —Shirin Behzadi

“We all have something that’s unique about us… At the end of the day, in order to really bring out your brilliance, you have to give it a chance.” —Shirin Behzadi

“[I define success by asking] ‘Did I do the right thing? Did I do right by people? And, ‘Did I leave them in the best possible place to the best of my ability?’” —Shirin Behzadi

“Fear at some points in life may be useful (when a tiger is attacking you). But when it comes to taking charge of your life, you might want to consider that maybe fear is more uncomfortableness. It’s important to put it in context.” —Shirin Behzadi

Resources

Home Franchise Concepts

Budget Blinds

Tailored Living

Concrete Craft

Home Franchise Concepts on Facebook and LinkedIn

Direct download: ShirinBehzadionWomenWorldwide.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:22pm EDT

The journey to entrepreneurship comes in all shapes and sizes. But you’ve probably never heard of a journey quite like this one.

Hannah Luu is a practicing oncologist who has specialized in breast cancers for the past 20 years. In addition to working with patients, she has also served as a clinical investigator for early clinical trials, making technological advancement a major part of her career as well. Over the years, Hannah noticed through her experiences that many patients don’t have access to the best hospitals or the best tech because of where they live. One day it dawned on her: “Why can’t we bring these technologies—bring this knowledge and information—to the patient at home?” With that idea in mind, she became CEO and cofounder of OncoGambit, the first online, personalized cancer treatment website.

Don’t miss the opportunity to hear the entrepreneurship and leadership lessons Dr. Luu has learned from the launch of her business and all about how she is demystifying cancer treatment for people across the country.

In This Episode

  • Why tech created for doctors should be created by doctors
  • What the future of computer-aided medicine looks like
  • How to educate others about your passion
  • The surprising skill overlap between doctors and entrepreneurs
  • The two most important characteristics of great leaders

Quotes in This Episode
“Peace of mind. That’s what we’re trying to get to.” —Hannah Luu

“I hope that the new generation of doctors will be more technology-driven and will be leaders in building these applications for doctors.” —Hannah Luu

”[Being an entrepreneur] is not as clear cut as someone with a scientific background. I find that a little uncertain.” —Hannah Luu

”I see myself as an educator as well… I see myself as a pioneer in this field. It’s a lot of explanation, a lot of trying to get people to see what I see, but I find that very rewarding.” —Hannah Luu

”Being a leader, a good leader, is about the capability to listen.” —Hannah Luu


Resources
OncoGambit

Direct download: HannahLuuOnWomenWorldwide.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:37pm EDT

What’s the appropriate age to start empowering women? Is it when they start their first “real” job? After they graduate high school or college, perhaps? The best time to inspire young women actually starts much earlier. As you’ll hear today, before we can lift up grown women, we must first learn to lift up little girls.

Ashley Wiles has devoted her entire career to empowering young women. As a health and wellness coach, Ashley realized women still face the same negative ideas and biases about our bodies that first begin during childhood. This led her to found Sole Girls, a business that helps young girls form strong, confident opinions about themselves by encouraging physical activity and open conversation.

Follow along as Ashley shares her journey to entrepreneurship, how to create a safe space for girls, and the power of asking yourself, “Are you tapping into your inner Sole Girl?”

In This Episode

  • How to create a safe space for young girls, plus why it’s necessary to do so
  • The issues young girls struggle with the most
  • How empowering kids ultimately empowers adults, too
  • The hurdles entrepreneurs face when they launch a business
  • The ways past jobs can prepare entrepreneurs for running their own business

Quotes in This Episode

“I really wish girls knew how awesome they were—and all the awesomeness they could be.” —Ashley Wiles

“Parents really have to be involved in what their daughter is thinking or what she’s interested in... but also be a little bit open-minded about what could possibly help her build a stronger foundation.” —Ashley Wiles

“Often the conversations we have with girls are so candid, they bring up our own issues.” —Ashley Wiles

That’s the journey of life, right? Finding your happy pace.” —Ashley Wiles

“Get back to what really makes you happy, and start there.” —Ashley Wiles

 

Resources

Sole Girls

Sole Girls on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter

Ashley Wiles on Instagram and Twitter

Direct download: AshleyWilesOnWomenWorldwide.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:48am EDT

As a female entrepreneur, it can be easy to feel like you work around the clock with little to no support. It can be difficult to practice self-care, stay energized, and pursue your passions.

 

Perhaps no one understands this better than Shalini Vadhera: author, celebrity makeup artist, TV host, and global beauty expert. After a spiritual awakening, Shalini tied all her pursuits together with the launch of Power Beauty Living. Power Beauty Living is a platform that shares the knowledge of top female thought leaders and experts from around the world by providing women with a community of support, love, and empowerment. As Shalini puts it, “I really had to pay it forward in a much bigger way than lipstick and mascara.”

 

Listen in as Shalini explains her holistic approach to beauty, how to embrace the chaos of your professional and personal world, and transform your career to live a more fearless and beautiful life.

 

In This Episode

  • How to shift your energy to reshape the story of your life
  • The path to living a fearless life
  • The power of visualization in realizing your goals
  • The importance of breaking routine to practice self-care
  • Where—and how—to find your tribe

 

Quotes in This Episode

“I’m a firm believer that you have the ability to change your life by completely changing the story you tell yourself.” —Shalini Vadhera

 

“If it doesn’t share the shit out of you, you’re not growing.” —Shalini Vadhera

 

“Really learning to get in touch with yourself—and knowing how important you are first—is when you really start to make those shifts in your life where you start living fearlessly.” —Shalini Vadhera

 

“It doesn’t matter where you are, it’s just important to have a good support system.” —Shalini Vadhera

 

“Daydreaming is another form of goal-setting.” —Shalini Vadhera

 

Resources

Shalini’s World

Shalini Vadhera on YouTube and Instagram

Passport to Beauty (the brand)

Passport to Beauty: Secrets and Tips from Around the World for Becoming a Global Goddess

 

Direct download: ShaliniVadheraonWomenWorldwide.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:29pm EDT

Are you tired of launching businesses that never seem to take off? Or, maybe you have a great idea for a product, but you can’t seem to get off the couch and make it happen? If your work always seems to be missing that special ingredient that takes businesses to the next level of success, this episode is for you.

Jeffrey Hayzlett is a primetime TV & podcast host, keynote speaker, best-selling author, and the Chairman of C-Suite Network. He’s been cited in Forbes and provided commentary for Bloomberg, MSNBC, and Fox Business. You’ve maybe even seen him on The Apprentice, where he served as a guest judge for three seasons. In short, if it involves business, leadership, or entrepreneurship, you can bet Jeffrey Hayzlett knows about it.

Follow along as Jeffrey shares his rules for success and explains how changing your attitude can help you change your business—and your future.

In This Episode

  • Why business owners need to be ready to adapt to change
  • Jeffrey’s three rules for success and satisfaction
  • How to rethink failure and focus on your next big win
  • The importance of putting women at the forefront of your business
  • How to plot a course for your business to meet long term goals

Quotes in This Episode

“It’s a real important thing for leaders to know is how far we can push, and when we can push, and how we should be pushing. But the key thing is: Be pushing.” —Jeffrey Hayzlett

“You can’t be a maestro without playing a lot of bad notes.” —Jeffrey Hayzlett

“I don’t want to be the person sitting around, talking about the things they used to do. I want to talk about the things we’re going to do and then go do them. ” —Jeffrey Hayzlett

“Women make up more than half of this world so why wouldn’t we have equal opportunities for women?” —Jeffrey Hayzlett

Relationships are everything. Someone recently said at a seminar, ‘Well, it’s all about the relationships now.’ And I thought, well, when did it ever stop? —Jeffrey Hayzlett

Resources

hayzlett.com

C-Suite Network

C-Suite TV

Books by Jeffrey Hayzlett

7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey



Direct download: JeffreyHayzlettonWomenWorldwide.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:59pm EDT

What does it mean to coach others? Are you better at giving advice or asking questions?

After more than 25 years in supervision, management, and leadership, Ken Jacobs founded Jacobs Communications Consulting in 2007. Through his business, he found that even though he was a strong consultant, he really had a passion for helping people through coaching—but he wanted to become even better at “helping unstick clients who are stuck.” He went to coaching school (yes, it exists!) and founded Jacobs Executive Coaching in 2014.

Tune in as Ken shares how he got started as an executive coach, how to know when you’re ready for a little help, and the common qualities he sees in the leaders who truly empower their teams.

In This Episode

  • The important differences between being a consultant and a coach
  • How to know when you’re ready to hire a coach—and when you’re not
  • The challenges and opportunities many executives face today
  • Must-have characteristics for today’s leaders and professional coaches

Quotes in This Episode

“When I coach, I don’t give advice. I don’t share my expertise... It’s really about believing in the client’s wisdom, it’s about empowering clients to get in touch with that wisdom… It’s much more about asking questions than giving answers.” —Ken Jacobs

“When you delay a decision, that’s a decision, too! And it’s probably not the right one for themselves or their organization. Making a decision, even the ‘wrong’ decision, is actually better than no decision.” —Ken Jacobs

“You have an opportunity to build trust in someone who works for you or a peer. You have an opportunity to build that relationship.” —Ken Jacobs

“People don’t follow leaders because they have the big, fancy title or the big, fancy office. They follow people they trust. They follow people who inspire them. They follow confidence and bravery.” —Ken Jacobs

“Your success is not about your success. Your success is about helping your team—empowering your team—to achieve their greatest success.” —Ken Jacobs

Resources

Jacobs Communications Consulting

Jacobs Executive Coaching

ken@jacobscomm.com

@KensViews on Twitter

Coming Soon: Jacobs Consulting and Executive Coaching

Direct download: KenJacobsonWomenWorldwide.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:12pm EDT

What would you do if you landed in prison for a crime you didn’t commit? Would you let it break you, or would you use your experience to change the lives of the men and women around you?

Jennifer Wilkov was an award-winning certified financial planner when she was pressured into pleading guilty to a crime she didn’t commit. Prosecutors took everything she had and sent her to Rikers Island—but her sentence wasn’t without its small silver lining. Since her release, Jennifer has gone on to become an author, speaker, and coach, making it her mission in life to help others make the most of their circumstances. As she explains it, “You have the right to remain fabulous.”

Tune in to find out how to be resilient, find your voice, and speak up about what you want in your short time on earth.

In This Episode

  • The incredible true story of Jennifer’s time in Rikers
  • Why you need to speak up for what you want in life
  • Three pieces of advice for people going through life-changing battles

Quotes in This Episode

“We are a community and society of human beings. The more you believe in yourself, the more you have faith in yourself, and the more that you are able to look out into the world and really see people for who they are… You have to understand that unless we all help one another, we’re not going to get very far.” —Jennifer Wilkov

“My personal ‘why’ in life is moving humankind forward.” —Jennifer Wilkov

“Most people don’t understand the magnitude of a project and what’s required before they jump into the deep end of the pool. They have to understand the ‘hot points’ as I call them—when do you have to be available and present—and make sure they calibrate the rest of their lives, including their personal lives, to make sure they can be present and available.” —Jennifer Wilkov

“Who are you working with? You need to understand that absolutely before you say ‘yes.’” —Jennifer Wilkov

“Time is such a small thing for human beings. Most people don’t understand that it’s going to fly in a minute. So, if you really want the life that you want, you have to go out and get it!” —Jennifer Wilkov

Resources

jenniferswilkov.com

Your Book Is Your Hook

The Speak Up Women Conference

It Could Happen to You

Boys Before Business

Find Jennifer on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

Direct download: JenniferWilkovonWomenWorldwide.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:28pm EDT

Where do you draw the line between business and pleasure? It’s possible your job is more like your marriage than you think!

Malini Bhatia’s passion for supporting people through the journey of building and sustaining positive, healthy relationships, combined with her business acumen, led to the creation of her online platform marriage.com, the world’s largest resource and of experts that acts as your advisors by providing information & support for healthy, happy marriages.

Listen in as Malini explains the importance of having passion and commitment in both your personal and professional life, the pillars of a healthy business, and what it’s like to build a business based on creating something meaningful in people’s private lives.

In This Episode

  • The ways in which creating a community that serves as a safe space can replace social media
  • The biggest challenges of launching a new platform by taking an existing business and completing changing its purpose
  • How a solid business plan and a strong marriage are often similar
  • The best ways to manage your energy between work and your personal life

 

Quotes in This Episode

“I really wanted to do that one thing that helps people and adds meaningful value in their lives.” —Malini Bhatia

“What I really love about technology is… the fact that it really has the ability to change people’s lives—and that’s what we’re trying to do.” —Malini Bhatia

“Every business requires strong pillars to be successful, and in your personal life, too. In your marriage you require strong pillars to really survive the ups and downs.” —Malini Bhatia

“It’s really about being mindful… Am I approaching [a task] with the right mindset? Keep that your focus when you’re getting on to something.” —Malini Bhatia

“Fearlessness is like a muscle. You just have to start doing it! The more you practice it, the better you will get at it.” —Malini Bhatia

 

Resources

Marriage.com

About Malini Bhatia

Direct download: MaliniBhatiaonWomenWorldwide.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:59am EDT

Do you take pride of ownership in your company? Do you consider yourself a forward-thinking creator? If you’re an entrepreneur, I’m sure you’re nodding your head ‘yes,’ but even if you don’t own your own business, you can still be innovative and express the same satisfaction for your work as owners do.

Jane Boyce is the President of Tru Vue, a manufacturer of high-performance glazing products for the custom picture framing, museum, and engineered optics markets. Tru Vue is known for exemplifying growth and diversification in innovation within its industry. As President, Jane has used this reputation and company culture to lead her team in multiple state-of-the-art project launches.

Tune in today to find out how Jane has inspired her team to be more innovative and take a greater pride of ownership in their work, regardless of their role at the company.

In This Episode

  • The actions and behaviors that make a leader more responsive and appreciative
  • How focusing on the customer affects company culture
  • If trust should be given freely or earned in business
  • How to handle tough days with big challenges
  • The best way to prioritize your business and prioritize your life

Quotes in This Episode

“I think it’s really important to show that I’m in the boat with everybody, that we’re all in this together. People are watching everybody’s actions, and they’ll see if you’re true to what you’re saying.” —Jane Boyce

“Nobody is too good for anything. And I think that’s really important. It’s really demotivating when you think you’re a second-class citizen…. And so we try to show that everybody is willing to do everything.” —Jane Boyce

“As much as anything, people really want to do a good job. And I think they really appreciate when their jobs are being acknowledged.” —Jane Boyce

“Everybody has a bad day once in awhile, but I truly believe that if you drive into work, and two out of ten days, three out of ten days you’re dreading it… Find something else. There’s lots of great opportunities, and there’s something right for everybody.” —Jane Boyce

“If you take pride of ownership, there’s an emotional connection to [business decisions].” —Deirdre Breakenridge

Resources

Tru Vue

Tru Vue on LinkedIn

Direct download: JaneBoyceonWomenWorldwide.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:41pm EDT

How Genevieve Weeks Franchised Ballet, Creating a Business Opportunity for Women Across the U.S.

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.

In This Episode

  • How seeing an opening in your community can lead to an explosive business opportunity
  • The critical difference between licensing and franchising and its effect on a brand’s identity
  • What core values Genevieve has found most important for a franchise business model
  • How to embrace your “Step on the Stage” moment
  • Her number one piece of advice for new business owners

 

Quotes in This Episode

“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.”

Resources

Tutu School

Facebook

Instagram

Taste Buds Kitchen

Barre3

Direct download: GenevieveWeeksonWomenWorldwide.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:08am EDT