EPISODE 278: Economist, Futurist and Founder of NEXT Generation Consulting
Episode 278 features Rebecca Ryan, APF, an Economist, best-selling author, founder of NEXT Generation consulting– oh yeah, and she can see the future. In fact, Rebecca can see many futures. As a top 50 professional Futurist, Rebecca partners with private and public sector leaders across the country; looking a generation ahead, she outlines strategies in urban planning, economic development, and workforce development to ensure communities are well equipped for future trends and challenges. But rather than looking through a crystal ball, Rebecca uses strategic foresight to prepare for unknowns.
Rebecca Ryan, APF, is an Economist, best-selling author, and founder of NEXT Generation consulting– oh yeah, and she can see the future. In fact, Rebecca can see many futures. As a top 50 professional Futurist, Rebecca partners with private and public sector leaders across the country; looking a generation ahead, she outlines strategies in urban planning, economic development, and workforce development to ensure communities are well equipped for future trends and challenges. But rather than looking through a crystal ball, Rebecca uses strategic foresight to prepare for unknowns.
Chock-full of eclectic experiences, Rebecca allows her unique background to inform her work as a Futurist. The lessons learned from her pro basketball days overseas with a team of Hungarian women keep Rebecca on her toes. Her Zen practice keeps her grounded and generous. A proud Wisconsinite, her midwestern roots drive her passion for the community (and cheese). Rebecca has held residencies at the Alliance for Innovation, the Governing Institute, and the Association of Governmental Risk Pools. Her keynotes have reached high-level officials and legislators worldwide and she has been featured as an expert on various national news outlets including NPR, NewsNation, The Business Journals, and Newsy.
Rebecca is a graduate of Drake University with a certificate in Strategic Foresight from the University of Houston; she is on the Executive Committee of the global Association of Professional Futurists. For more info: https://rebeccaryan.com
Episode 275 features Jon Vroman, Founder of Front Row Dads, which has become a diverse group of 230 dads from 12 different countries who share a common bond of choosing to put family first as they grow their businesses.
During the episode, Jon mentions a great resource to pick us is 15 Commitments to Conscious Leadership by Jim Dethmer: Buy it here
Jon Vroman founded Front Row Dads because he wanted to win at home and not just at work.
Over the last 5 years, Front Row Dads has become a diverse group of 230 dads from 12 different countries who share a common bond of choosing to put family first as they grow their businesses.
The mission of Front Row Dads is to help men deepen their connection with their children and build a family legacy that they’re proud of.
Outside of the podcast, live events, and online summits, FRD has a highly engaged membership that supports each dad in aligning with his family values and staying committed to the most important people in his life.
Jon has been featured on Today Show and Inc.com for his work in helping others “Live Life In The Front Row™”. He’s been requested to speak for the US Navy, Vitamix, Dove, Keller Williams Realty, Entrepreneurs Organization, and many others.
As the author of the #1 bestselling book, The Front Row Factor, he shares inspiring stories, compelling science, and life strategies that challenge you to explore your values, establish priorities and reconnect to a higher purpose and deeper meaning within your life.
In 2005, Jon founded FrontRowFoundation.org, a charity that helps individuals who are braving life-threatening illnesses, to experience the event of their dreams, from the front row.
Dion von Moltke is currently the Founder of Blayze Coaching, a 1 on 1 coaching platform for athletes.
Before founding Blayze, Dion spent 10 years as a professional racecar driver. During his career he won some of the biggest races in the world, such as the Daytona 24 Hour, Sebring 12 Hour, and became the only American at that time driving for Audi.
EPISODE 229: Founder of Kids Can Save Animals and Club 15 (Youth Animal Advocate)
Episode 229 features Kate Gilman Williams who is an animal advocate, founder of advocacy organization Kids Can Save Animals, founder of Club 15, a conservation organization that combines advocacy and technology, and author of Let’s Go on Safari!
Kate Gilman Williams is an animal advocate, founder of advocacy organization Kids Can Save Animals, founder of Club 15, a conservation organization that combines advocacy and technology, and author of Let’s Go on Safari! Through her passion for wildlife conservation and penchant for education, Kate utilizes her platform to teach kids and teens about the benefits of helping the animals, proving that advocacy has no age limit.
Kate founded Kids Can Save Animals, an organization that aims to provide educational and advocacy resources to kids and their parents. Through her work with Kids Can Save Animals, Kate founded Club 15, which combines advocacy and technology to teach concepts of conservation and applied computer science, 15-minutes at a time, through interviews with leading scientists, advocates, and technologists. Club 15 was created in partnership with Sarah Maston and Daisuke Nakahara, the Founders of Project 15 from Microsoft.
Sean Lake is a former professional snowboarder who went on to join Burton Snowboards, work as Shaun White’s Team Manager, and land a spot as the Director of Sports Marketing at DC Shoes. After decades in action sports marketing, Sean co-founded BUBS Naturals, a line of collagen peptides and other all-natural supplements named after Sean’s childhood best friend Glen “BUB” Doherty, a Navy SEAL who was killed in Benghazi, Libya on 9/11 in 2012. A devoted husband, father, and fitness fanatic, Sean is passionate about helping people feel great and do good.
16 years and 50 iconic brands later, Saverio drives eCommerce acceleration faster than ever in Luxury, Fashion & Beauty.
With clients in London, Paris, New York, San Francisco & Melbourne, Saverio and his boutique strategy firm ATELIER & AVENUE, coaches and advises VCs, Founders/CEOs & Executives in eCommerce, Marketing & CRM – strategy through execution.
Saverio is also a speaker at international conferences and writes about eCommerce leadership on his blog SaverioBianchi.com
Lizabeth Wesely-Casella is the Founder and CEO of L-12 Services; a Washington DC firm focused on internal communications and organizational development.
She is a skilled strategic advisor specializing in attrition mitigation, workflow management, process improvement, and culture.
Lizabeth has over 20 years of experience as an administrator and policy and programming consultant. Her work has contributed to successful project outcomes in federal health policy, international program development, and non-profit/association management
Episode 221 features Nadine Artemis, CEO, and Founder of the 18-year-old clean health/wellness brand, Living Libations. Nadine is also an Aromacologist and Author. Living Libations is a luxury line of organic wild-crafted, non-GMO botanical serums, elixirs, oral care, and essential oils
Nadine Artemis is the author of two books including Renegade Beauty and Holistic Dental Care.
Artemis is an innovative aromacologist and the creator of Living Libations, a luxury line of organic wild-crafted non-GMO serums, immune-enhancing formulas, medicinal blends, and essential oils for those seeking the purest of the pure botanical natural health and beauty products on the planet.
Her healing creations, along with her concept of renegade beauty, encourage effortlessness, eschew regimes, and inspire people to rethink conventional notions of beauty and wellness.
After a devastating fire, Nadine created one of the most environmentally friendly buildings in North America. She oversees a staff of 41.
Nadine is a key speaker at health and wellness conferences and a frequent commentator on health and beauty for media outlets. She has received glowing reviews for her work in the Hollywood Reporter, GOOP, Vogue, People, Elle, Yoga Journal, Natural Health, W Magazine, The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and National Post.
Celebrity fans include Shailene Woodley, Renee Zellweger, Julianne Moore, Carrie Anne Moss, Mandy Moore, First Lady of Canada Sophie Trudeau, and many others.
Described by Alanis Morissette as “a true-sense visionary,”
Aveda founder, Horst Rechelbacher, calls Nadine “a pure flower of creativity.”
Fun Fact: She opened the first full-concept aromatherapy store in North America at just 22 years old.
Paul is Co-founder and CEO of Archive (https://archive.ai), a Stripe-backed company that develops software to automate e-commerce digital marketing workflows.
He’s a founder and operator who’s done everything from building custom e-commerce platforms to deploying millions in ad spend.
Prior to Archive, Paul was VP of Growth & Engineering at H.V.M.N.(https://hvmn.com/), running the direct-to-consumer brand’s digital marketing, e-commerce, and engineering teams. He also received a BS in Computer Science from Stanford in three years.
Episode 196 features Laura Noel, Founder of Stretch Into Success. She is an Executive Business and Personal Development Consultant who works with organizations and individuals to help streamline business processes while maximizing profits.
Laura Noel is an Executive Business and Personal Development Consultant who works with organizations and individuals to help streamline business processes while maximizing profits. She helps clients stretch their thinking in a way that opens them up to new possibilities. Prior to becoming an entrepreneur and CEO of her own company, Laura studied and taught personal growth, change management, and leadership for over 27 years while serving in the United States Air Force.
She has helped solidify goals and improve the corporate culture within government agencies, the Department of Defense, and construction, technical, insurance, and sales organizations.
She is proud to serve as a transformational coach helping clients bridge the gap between feeling stuck and finding fulfillment in life and career. Laura knows how to get results as she guides clients in overcoming the mindset blocks that keep them from realizing their true potential, purpose, life-long dreams, and legacy.
Laura helps her clients gain a new level of self-confidence and become the leader others will want to follow. Implementing a mix of science and psychology, she helps individuals and teams advance their current projects and careers and prepares them to successfully transition on to greater opportunities.
After spending years climbing the corporate ladder, Helaine Knapp left the world of publishing for tech start-up life. Group fitness was her outlet while working hard and taking on the hustle and bustle of New York City. Months of spin and boot camp classes left her with a lower back injury, and she began searching for a workout that was low impact, but super effective. After a friend suggested rowing, Helaine initially rejected it as something “my dad did in college,” but following a few workouts on a sexy machine, pairing it with total body sculpting moves off the machine, changed her mind and the concept for CITYROW was born.
With a mission of delivering a smart, fun, effective workout to all fitness levels, under Knapp’s leadership, CITYROW has grown from one studio in New York City to a national omnichannel fitness brand with 12 open studios and 65 franchises sold nationwide along with a top-ranked on-demand global program featuring at-home rowers and a fast-growing digital subscription business.
Knapp has yet to row on the water and has been featured as a business leader and a wellness expert on TODAY, Women’s Health, ABC, Harper’s Bazaar, Shape, Well + Good, Vogue, Yahoo! Finance and PEOPLE, among many others.
Barton Scott is a chemical engineer, a nutritionist, and the Founder of Upgraded Formulas. Barton is passionate about helping people combat the stressors of daily life, the toxicity of the modern world, the utter lack of nutrients, and the mineral absorption issues that we all face, and he has made it his mission to reduce suffering by increasing the public’s understanding of the human body’s interrelationships.
Episode 168 features Mike Petrakis, a former D1 runner, entrepreneur, and the Co-Founder, and CEO of Bach. He previously bootstrapped e-commerce businesses in NYC. That scrappy entrepreneurial spirit led him to start BACH, the world’s leading platform to plan and book a bachelor/bachelorette party.
Mike Petrakis is a former D1 runner, entrepreneur, and the Co-Founder, and CEO of Bach. He previously bootstrapped e-commerce businesses in NYC. That scrappy entrepreneurial spirit led him to start BACH, the world’s leading platform to plan and book a bachelor/bachelorette party.
Nancy Bosnoian is 21-years-old, originally from Aleppo, Syria, and a freshman at Columbia University. She is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of End No Sleep, Inc. an international NGO on a mission to help you get a good night’s sleep. Nancy is also a public speaker. She shares her experiences fleeing from war, finding a new home, and learning to thrive.
Erick is an entrepreneur and full-stack web developer and currently runs Arbé Digital and Golf Web Design. He has built software and websites for clients in numerous different industries. He’s also started (and sold) several different companies over the past 15+ years. Most recently, his venture into the law-tech industry has led him to build Willio.com – an online estate planning tool with a focus on digital Wills.
He’s also been a PGA Professional since 2005 after graduating from Methodist University. His most recent online golf venture is Backswing.com – a golf instruction platform that connects golfers to top golf instructors around the country.
Episode 156 features Liv Bowser, CEO & Founder of Liberate. A Certified Meditation and Mindfulness Teacher, she ties together her deep knowledge of mind-body connection with her business acumen to drive Liberate growth at every level.
Liv has a background in indoor cycling and “better for you” start-ups. She began her career as employee #1 at a promising CPG start-up and spent the next 5 years working as a brand and digital marketer alongside the C Team of high-revenue start-ups. A Certified Meditation and Mindfulness Teacher, she ties together her deep knowledge of mind-body connection with her business acumen to drive Liberate growth at every level.
As the founder of Extend Your team, a Virtual Assistant company, Matthew Yahes helps entrepreneurs and operators of all company sizes grow their business by getting out of the grind. Matthew was working 14 hours a day on his eCommerce portfolio, managing a team of 6, was buried in operations, and it was affecting his marriage. The situation was not tenable. He had enough and finally figured out how to hire an A+ player overseas who could run the operations better than him so he could focus on growth. He realized that the core issue is people look for a “Virtual Assistant” and not a “Real Professional”. In 45 days, Matthew went from working 14 hours to 3 hours a day, and now it’s 3 hours a week. Matthew built his past two companies with a 100% remote workforce and now helps others do the same. In his spare time, he snowboards well, kiteboards poorly, and enjoys life with his incredibly patient wife.
EPISODE 138: Chartered Accountant | Income Strategist
Episode 138 features Annette Ferguson, chartered accountant, Certified Profit First Professional, Profit mentor, and Income strategist. You can find out more about Annette below by joining her Facebook group, Listening to her Podcast, Visiting her website, or more.
Annette Ferguson is a chartered accountant, Certified Profit First Professional, profit mentor, and income strategist.
Annette is also known as “The Money Magician” who helps 6/7/8 figure service-based entrepreneurs and business owners find clarity in their numbers, increase their wealth, and take more money home from their business for them and their family to enjoy. She is also the CEO of Annette&Co.
For the first 5years (out of 11 years) in running her business, Annette was not taking home the money she should have been for the revenue level of the business and began resenting it. She reached her enough-is-enough moment with it and transformed it from a business that was contributing next to nothing to her family to becoming the sole breadwinner 18 months later; taking care of financial control of her business and paying in a consistent and reliable income each and every month. Her business profit turn-around started when she developed a robust and implementable Profit Plan.
Annette created the Uncover Wealth Community, she is the host and coach of this exclusive free group and community which supports (primarily) serviced-based business owners to uncover the wealth hidden within their business.
Matt Johnson is a marketing agency founder, podcaster, and musician. Matt runs a podcast launch & production agency based in San Diego, an international team that helps business coaches, consultants and thought leaders use done-for-you podcasting to attract an audience, build influence & become MicroFamous.
Matt is the author of MicroFamous and currently hosts the MicroFamous podcast. He is a frequent podcast guest and event speaker to audiences around the US, Canada, and Australia.
Coop is the Founder and CEO of Fixt, a venture capital-backed technology startup (acquired in 2020 by Assurant, AIZ:NYSE) focused on providing on-demand smartphone repair services to large enterprises. As Founder of Fixt, Cooper guided the company to 400% year-over-year growth, raised a $7 million Series A, earned enterprise clients such as Home Depot, New York Police Department, The Carlyle Group, and IBM. In 2020, the Company was purchased for 11X revenue by Assurant, a $10B Fortune 500 leader in mobility protection.
Before moving into entrepreneurship, Cooper started his career as an attorney at DLA Piper and then as In-House Counsel at State Farm. His first entrepreneurial experience was joining CTS, a cybersecurity software startup, as employee No. 1. On a single round of funding of $180,000, Cooper guided CTS to a $60 million exit to CACI within two years.
His diverse trench experience as both a leader and entrepreneur has earned him a place on the TEDCO board of directors and as a trustee of the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB). In addition to a JD from Syracuse University, he holds an MBA from Babson College and was a scholarship basketball player at Adelphi University.
Lexi Godlewski is a heart-centered Marketing Strategist and Success Coach who helps experts transform into Soultrepreneurs! She’s also the podcast host of “Building My Empire”, which documents her journey as she builds her business from the ground up and gives listeners the secrets to creating a profitable business while experiencing the richness of life.
Air Force Veteran, a software company executive with six successful exits for the companies he has been part of a leading, software company board member, author, ultra-endurance athlete, and now, CEO of a 501c3 that gets active duty military folks home for the holidays, Ed has been around!
Jake Kelfer is a lifestyle entrepreneur, life elevator, and coach to ambitious entrepreneurs and freedom seekers helping people create incredibly impactful and profitable businesses. He is the bestselling author of Elevate Beyond and Elevate Your Network, a high-energy motivational speaker, and the founder of the Professional Basketball Combine which helps NBA draft prospects turn their dreams of playing pro basketball into their reality. He and his work have been featured on Forbes, Sports Illustrated, ESPN, and many other major media outlets. Connect with Jake on social @jakekelfer!
Episode 130 features Seth Godin, Author of 19 best-selling books, and his new book The Practice: Shipping Creative Work covers intentional action (a better way to discuss ‘design thinking’), writer’s block (there’s no such thing), and criticism (most of it comes from fear and should be regarded with kindness). It helps people understand genre (not at all like ‘generic’) and the trap of becoming a hack (we must not sacrifice our standards simply to be heard).
For more than thirty years, I’ve been trying to turn on lights, inspire people, and teach them how to level up. This blog has been appearing daily for more than a decade. One day, if we meet, I hope you’ll share with me your favorite posts. Even better, I’d like to hear about how a book or course helped you interact with the world differently and make a difference.
I’ve spent most of my professional life as a writer. I’ve published 19 bestselling books. These books are a great way to go deep into a concept, and I think many of them stand the test of time.
Along the way, I’ve found countless detours, interesting projects designed to inspire and entertain you as you continue to do your work.
Episode 129 features the Founders of Girls Mentorship LLC, Jill Petersen, and Mary Frances and they share their story of why they are on a mission to help teenage girls with mentorship to help guide them on a path to happiness.
Jill Petersen is an experienced coach and former leader at lululemon for nearly a decade. Her superpower lies within connecting and building trust quickly to overcome self-doubt and help people find their greatness. Jill holds a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies (Communication) and (Mass Communication) from Arizona State University, as well as receiving a certificate in Mindfulness Leadership. She is Yoga Alliance, a 200-hour certified yoga and mindfulness teacher. Jill is the Co-Founder of Girls Mentorship and has experienced firsthand the importance of a mind, body, and soul approach to both everyday wellness and the achievement of accomplishing goals. She believes, “Uncommon results begin with an uncommon mindset.” She gets excited about the opportunity to make an impact on girls and help them pair their feelings work for them, not against them.
Mary Frances is an avid community supporter, adult cheerleader, experienced coach, and leader. Part of her joy as a mentor is not just being the one who leads but also having the ability to raise others up in order to live into their own leadership potential. She has a BS from ASU in Exercise and Wellness as well as an MBA in the school of hard knocks. She officially started her entrepreneurship journey as a certified Crossfit L2 coach and gym owner where she worked with hundreds of kids, teens, and adults not only teaching them the basics of fitness but also the skills of habit formation, community, mental toughness, personal responsibility, goal setting, and leadership. Mary is the Co-Founder of Girls Mentorship and is also an H-O-T leader: Humble, Open, and Transparent sharing about her tumultuous past; dealing with family trauma, abuse, CPS, and a broken home all of which has led to a strong desire to want to break the mold and assist others in doing the same.
Dr. Harvey Castro was born in NY and raised in Queens, New York. His first job was delivering the New York Times. At age 16, he started his first business selling vitamins. He joined the US Army and was a dental assistant to help pay for college. He attended Texas A&M graduated with a BS/BA in Biomedical Science and Political Science. He went to Medical School at UTMB, Galveston Texas. He began writing books for other medical students as a form to help pay for his medical books. He went to Emergency Medicine Residency in Bethlehem, Pa. He started his own Heart vitamin company. His first job was in Dallas Texas, he created over 30 iPhone Andriod apps in health care and became a speaker for ACEP ( American College of Emergency Physicians) for health care applications. He was a consultant for health care companies. He is the founder of Trusted ER in DFW. He has the entrepreneurial spirit and passion to help others. His book on Success Reinvention has many of his personal struggles and lessons on how to be successful.