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Greg Chumakov | millennial making a difference with Treedom.co

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Can a millennial make a positive difference in the world?

Greg Chumakov, Chief Operating Officer, is an impact entrepreneur dedicated to building software to provide large-scale change and a more equitable and holistic approach to education. He is currently the COO of Treedom, a service-learning platform for students designed to empower today’s youth. Greg was born and raised in Singapore where he lived as a US expatriate until enrolling at the George Washington University for Economics and Business.

His story is inspiring and he gives all millenials a good name by helping children get the tools they need to balance the playing field in schoolwork.

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ABOUT GREG

With deep roots in South East Asia and a desire to travel at a young age, Greg traveled throughout the Eastern Hemisphere allowing him the opportunity to immerse himself in foreign culture and expand his perspective. Greg’s experience growing up abroad impacted his desire to provide support for those in need.  This ranged from visiting schools in rural Thailand, building houses in Cambodia, finding sustainable food sources for migrant workers in Singapore, and fundraising for terminally ill children in the region. Greg began his career in the energy industry and international markets.  However, drawing upon his earlier experiences volunteering abroad, Greg was committed to providing a strong educational foundation for today’s youth in America, empowering them to make a difference in their community and made the leap, joining Treedom as COO.

ABOUT TREEDOM.CO

REDEFINING WHERE LEARNING TAKES PLACE

Treedom is a cost-effective service-learning platform that empowers students through community engagement, personalizes learning through real-world experience, and supports college applications.

HOW IT WORKS

The Treedom Software Suite features both a centralized web portal for school administrators to track student engagement, as well as a sleek and fun-to-use mobile application for students.

OUR PHILOSOPHY

We’ve reimagined a system of education that is more equitable, student-centered, and competency-based – putting agency in the hands of students.

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Berny Martin Catou

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How do you start your own fashion show?

Berny Martin is my guest today and he is a fashion designer, style consultant, custom tailor and founder of the Midwest Fashion Show. We had a great chat about his decision to start a fashion design company in the Midwest instead of New York or Los Angeles. While admitting that Carmel, Indiana isn’t the hub of fashion forward trends, Berny has made it a point to express his visions and to make them available to everyone.

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ABOUT BERNY

As a fashion designer, the inspiration for the clothes I design comes from everywhere and anywhere I go. From the corner market to the farthest corners of the world. I love to travel and gather colors and textures and looks from exotic places. I also like to stay close to home – and walk through my neighborhood and watch the people around me. I closely study how people choose to express themselves. Or could better express themselves. I like museums and art fairs and festivals. Anything where creativity is allowed to flow. Fashion design allows me to create pieces entirely outside of my own personal area of expression… but that can touch others very deeply.

Berny Martin is the founder of Catou, a clothing design company and Midwest Fashion Week, a fashion production company. He was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti and was raised in Brooklyn, New York.  Berny is a fashion designer and a fashion producer. Berny’s initial career path was engineering with an undergraduate degree in Computer Engineering.

Greg Schwem Humorist

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Imagine your corporate conference without him?

Greg Schwem, business humorist, is my guest today and he has a great career making others laugh for a living. Greg started as a comic and quickly realized he has a gift for corporate humor. While sharing the stage with the likes of Celine Dion, Jay Leno, Leann Rimes, Kenny Loggins, Pat Benatar and others is a great feather for his cap he has equally enjoyed making corporate employees laugh when he shares jokes he crafts specifically for their company. Greg has an equally impressive list of companies he has entertained over the years like McDonald’s, Microsoft, General Motors, IBM, Hyatt Hotels, United Airlines and Cisco Systems.

Much of our talk was based around the idea of how do you work as a corporate humorist while gatherings at companies are no longer allowed. Like many past guests, Greg is learning new ways to accomplish his goals.

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ABOUT GREG

Greg Schwem’s comedic take on the 21st century workplace and work/life balance has landed him on SIRIUS RadioFOX News, Comedy Central and the pages of Parents Magazine. More than just a business humorist, Greg is also an author, nationally syndicated humor columnist, award-winning greeting card writer and creator of funnydadinc, voted one of the top Dad humor sites of 2016.  He has shared the concert stage with the likes of Celine Dion and Jay Leno.

A graduate of Northwestern University’s prestigious Medill School of Journalism, Greg never envisioned a career in laughter. Instead, he settled in Florida, becoming an award-winning reporter for NBC-owned WPTV in West Palm Beach. But the comedy bug bit Greg hard and he returned to his hometown of Chicago, where he honed his standup act in nightclubs. When he began inserting material about business and technology into his act, audience members approached him and said, “You really should come down to my office and tell those jokes.” Behold! A new approach to comedy was born.

Greg’s show provides a hilarious look at today’s corporate environment and the latest tools used to conduct business. Indeed, Greg’s client list includes such corporate heavyweights as McDonald’s, Microsoft, General Motors, IBM, Hyatt Hotels, United Airlines and Cisco Systems. What sets Greg apart from other corporate entertainers is his ability—and willingness—to customize material for his audience while working within the parameters of the corporate environment. That means no profanity or politically incorrect material. “That’s never been a part of my show anyway,” Greg recently told a reporter.

When Greg hits the stage he already has perused the company’s Internet site, combed the internal message boards and even sifted through numerous PowerPoint presentations. “There is no such thing as too much information,” Greg says. “I know corporate audiences like to laugh at themselves so the more ammunition I get, the funnier it will be. Just don’t give me a 10-K report. There is NOTHING funny about that.”

Greg’s preparation always includes a conference call with company executives and, in some cases, an onsite visit.

Besides customized material, Greg entertains audiences with stories about tedious business meetings, SmartPhone addiction, “frequently” asked questions and his fascination with the American Girl Doll company. In addition to his hefty speaking schedule, Greg  writes a weekly humor column nationally distributed by Tribune Media Services. He also is the author of Text Me If You’re Breathing: Observations, Frustrations and Life Lessons From a Low-Tech Dad and The Road to Success Goes Through the Salad Bar:  A Pile of BS (Business Stories) From a Corporate Comedian.

Hernan Sias Business Bro

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Can you use a podcast to build your business?

Hernan Sias is my guest today. He is one half of the podcasting team Business Bros and a real estate expert in San Diego. He is using the platform of podcasting to build his personal network while learning from his varied guests. He had to convince his brother to originally be a part of the show but now they are 100% into growing their podcast listener base.

“It’s about finding that additional revenue source, because if you’re only dependent on one income stream and that income stream disappears you’re in some deep doo doo.”  ~Hernan Sias on why he built his podcast show

While Hernan traveled for his real estate business, the main reason I wanted to chat with him on my show was to hear the how’s and why’s he started his podcast show with his brother and to hear what he thinks of the future of the platform. It’s always great spending time with someone that is positive about their future even while going thru the downsides of the Covid19 lockdown.

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About Business Bros

Our family business holds many levels of expertise. Hernan Sias has a number of certifications and professional designations like High School Financial Algebra Teacher, Real Estate Sales License, Life and Health License, CTEC Certified Tax Professional, and a bachelor’s degree in Accountancy. James Sias has a Property and Casualty License in CA, and a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance and Project Management.

We have a plethora of education and a number of experiences that we utilize every day to build businesses, invest in real estate and secure our financial freedom. We invite you to be a part of the conversation, ask us questions, critique our advice, share your opinions, and help us to grow as we work hard to help you too achieve success.

We are by no means rich, yet. We welcome you to join us on our journey as we develop our businesses and increase our investments, and over time, we hope that our documented journey helps our followers reach their own levels of success. Thank you for being part of our lives and for supporting our efforts. THANK YOU, from the bottom of our hearts and good luck to you and your endeavors!

 

Michael Sticka GRAMMY

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Can the Grammy museum continue to entertain visitors remotely during a lockdown?

My guest today, Michael Sticka, is the President of the Grammy Museum located in Los Angeles. Michael shares how got started with museum and what his travel experiences are for the museum. We talked about what his job duties were before lockdown and how they had to pivot during the lockdown.

It’s nice that they can pull from so many available resources to keep visitors excited thru internet based experiences. Like, the museum debuting never before seen digital public programs series. Imagine being able to release new material from Billie Eilish and Finneas, Brandi Carlile, Kool & the Gang, Yola and X Ambassadors on your website.

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Michael Sticka serves as President of the GRAMMY Museum®, previously serving as the Museum’s Executive Director. In his role, he is responsible for creating and executing the Museum’s strategy of growth and sustainability as an independent nonprofit arts organization and oversee all aspects of Museum operations, including curatorial, development, marketing, grants and awards, public and education programs, and more. Drawing on his strong belief in community and the necessity of arts for all, he established a Department of Community Engagement, empowered to create deep and impactful community partnerships throughout Los Angeles. In his first communication to the members of the Museum and to the public, Sticka launched his vision of the GRAMMY Museum as a world class cultural institution and industry leader of museums. Sticka’s new executive announcement comes after a year of significant growth for the GRAMMY Museum under his leadership, including strong growth in attendance, membership, and donations.

Sticka joined the Recording Academy™ in March 2014 as Assistant Controller/Director of Accounting, after having consulted for the Academy’s Business Affairs Department. He was later appointed Director of Finance and Administration for the GRAMMY Museum, where he successfully designed and oversaw a strategic planning process to evaluate and strategize for the future of the GRAMMY Foundation® and GRAMMY Museum as a combined entity.

Prior to joining the Academy, he spent a majority of his career as a consultant for nonprofit organizations and running a small, independent nonprofit theatre in Dayton, Ohio. He spent five years at Blackbaud, Inc., working as a financial and fundraising consultant for more than 200 nonprofits throughout North America.

After leaving Blackbaud, Sticka served as vice president of Strategic Leadership Associates in Dayton, a leadership and management consulting firm with a strong history and portfolio of improving organizations and their business practices.

During his time living in Dayton, Sticka focused much of his energy on his passion for theatre and the arts. He co-founded The Zoot Theatre Company in Dayton with a long-time friend and colleague. While executive director of Zoot, Sticka produced in-school performances for more than 100 schools throughout the region and worked with storied institutions, such as the Dayton Philharmonic, the Dayton Opera, the Human Race Theatre Company, the Victoria Theatre Association, and more.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Dayton.

ABOUT THE GRAMMY MUSEUM

The GRAMMY Museum is a nonprofit organization dedicated to cultivating a greater understanding of the history and significance of music through exhibits, education, grants, preservation initiatives, and public programming. Paying tribute to our collective musical heritage, the Museum explores and celebrates all aspects of the art form — from the technology of the recording process to the legends who’ve made lasting marks on our cultural identity.

For more information, visit www.grammymuseum.org, “like” the GRAMMY Museum on Facebook, and follow @GRAMMYMuseum on Twitter and Instagram.

Adam Jackson Photog

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Turning a hobby in to a career?

Is it possible to turn a hobby you are passionate about into a paying career is a question I am often asked by friends and listeners.

My guest today, Adam Jackson, is on the verge of finding out. Adam’s photography is getting him some recognition he didn’t think possible when he first started his hobby as he traveled the states for his “day job” as a business development manager for environmental systems with a past in engineering. The creative side of his brain is taking some phenomenal landscape and celestial photos. With a Bachelor of Science degree in Nuclear Engineering Technology you wouldn’t think he would be able to pivot careers into photography but he is learning social media uses for photography and how he can provide value to people that would like to learn and/or appreciate his photography skills.

“Thinking, man, I’ve wasted these opportunities across the nation of all the top spots. I have the luxury of traveling and not everyone gets to do that”.  ~ Adam Jackson on why he takes his camera with him everywhere he goes now

He shares his journey from engineer to owning a guitar business, which started his photography, to being paid as a professional photographer and now teaching others how to explore their photography passions. He gets to travel for his “day job” and take the extra time to see and take pictures of the fantastic scenery around us. Make sure to check out and subscribe to his Instagram page to learn more about him and his photos.

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Mike Robbins Together

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Mike Robbins is a public speaker, author, an expert in teamwork and leadership and my guest on today’s podcast. Mike was a suggested guest by my sister who saw him speak a while back in Ojai, California. His career started out as a professional baseball player but then like many athletes he had to pivot his career into a new field after injuries removed him from the game he loved to play. Mike’s background of having to pivot at a young age will prove useful for him and his team as they learn how to be successful operating a public speaking organization during a time when you aren’t allowed to gather or have companies gather for functions.

“Somewhere around 25 events either postponed or cancelled and my new book “We’re All In This Together” just came out, so we had a whole book tour and book events that were scheduled and we had to adjust”.  ~ Mike Robbins on how COVID19 affected his business

His fifth and latest book “We’re All In This Together” was titled many months before the lockdown but it is a perfect title for how we had to revisit our purpose and careers as business travelers. We discuss his thoughts on speaking engagements in the future, whether virtual or with social distancing, as well as how his book can help individuals going thru these unprecedented times.

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Mike Robbins is the author of five books, Focus on the Good Stuff, Be Yourself Everyone Else is Already Taken, Nothing Changes Until You Do, and, Bring Your Whole Self to Work, which have been translated into fifteen different languages.  His fifth book, We’re All in This Together: Creating a Team Culture of High Performance, Trust, and Belonging, was just released.

As an expert in teamwork, leadership, and emotional intelligence, Mike delivers keynotes and seminars around the world that empower people, leaders, and teams to engage in their work, collaborate, and perform at their best. Through his speeches, seminars, consulting, and writing, Mike teaches important techniques that allow individuals and organizations to be more appreciative, authentic, and effective.

His clients include: Google, Wells Fargo, Microsoft, Schwab, LinkedIn, Deloitte, the U.S. Department of Labor, Gap, Harvard University, Coca-Cola, Chevron, eBay, Kaiser, Airbnb, UC Berkeley, the NBA, Genentech, Adobe, the Oakland A’s, and many others. Mike is a member of the National Speakers Association and is one of less than 10% of the professional speakers in the world to have earned the prestigious Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) designation.

He has been featured on NPR, ABC News, the Oprah radio network, and in the Harvard Business Review, Fast Company, the New York Times, the Economist, the Wall Street Journal, and many others. He’s a regular contributor to Forbes and the creator and host of the popular podcast, We’re All In This Together.

Prior to his speaking, writing, and consulting career, Mike was drafted by the New York Yankees out of high school. He turned the Yankees down and instead chose to play baseball at Stanford University, where he pitched in the College World Series. He was drafted by the Kansas City Royals out of Stanford and played three seasons of professional baseball in the Royals organization before arm injuries ended his playing career while still in the minor leagues.

After his athletic career was cut short, Mike worked in sales and business development for two Internet start-ups. When the dot-com bubble burst in 2000, it allowed him to follow a deeper passion – empowering and inspiring people – and opened the door for him to start working full time as a speaker, author, and coach.

In addition to earning a degree from Stanford in American Studies with a specialization in race and ethnicity, Mike has continued to educate himself. He has extensively studied many disciplines of both personal and professional development and received training from the Coaches Training Institute.

He’s also a former board member for two non-profit organizations – Challenge Day (a powerful youth organization that focuses on inclusion, mindfulness, and personal development for teens) and The Peace Alliance (an organization focused on creating a culture of peace in America and around the world, as well as a grassroots political campaign to create a cabinet-level U.S. Department of Peace).

Mike is a contributing author to: Chicken Soup for the Single Parent’s Soul, Creating a Marriage You’ll Love, and Thirty Things to Do When You Turn Thirty.

He lives in Novato, CA (in the San Francisco Bay Area) with his wife Michelle, and their two daughters, Samantha and Rosie.

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Amanda Johansen LAX

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Amanda Johansen is my guest today. Amanda is an All Star professional lacrosse player and college coach based in the Baltimore area after playing for the inaugural USC women’s lacrosse team. She will always have the distinction of being the first women to score a goal for the University of Southern California lacrosse program.

 “Traveling is tough as a big group. You feel like you’re responsible for a lot of people. You want everything to go well. I had this big binder that I had to take on every trip. You have to be super organized and ready”.  ~ Amanda Johansen on team travel as a coach

We had a great chat about the future of women’s lacrosse and the growth the sport is seeing on the West Coast. She shared how the Covid19 lockdown affected her professional team season, the Hofstra team and its seniors. Make sure to follow Amanda on her social media pages. If you get a chance watch a women’s lacrosse game and become a fan.

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Amanda Johansen just completed her second season with the Hofstra Women’s Lacrosse program in 2020. Johansen serves as the program’s defensive coordinator and oversees the draw team as well. 

In Johansen’s first season with the Pride she helped the team to a 12-win campaign and a spot in the Colonial Athletic Association Championship Game. The 12 wins were the most since 2010 and the appearance in the championship game was the first for Hofstra since 2013. 

The 2020 season saw Hofstra compile a 4-3 record in the shortened season. 

Johansen spent the 2018 season as an assistant coach at the University of Southern California. While with the Women of Troy she helped guide USC to a 10-win campaign and assisted in the development of five student-athletes earning all-conference honors from the Pac-12 and three earning IWLCA All-Region accolades. Johansen served as the offensive coordinator for USC and help lead a unit that averaged 12 goals per game. 

Prior to working at USC, Johansen spent a season as a graduate assistant coach at Mount St. Mary’s. She served as the program’s defensive coordinator at Mount St. Mary’s and also oversaw much of the planning as it related to team travel. 

Johansen was a decorated student-athlete at USC as she compiled 194 points on 134 goals and 60 assists during her 77-game career with the Women of Troy. She also had 258 draw controls. The 2013 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Rookie of the Year and a Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association Third Team All-American as a senior, she was a team captain in 2015 and 2016 and was an integral part of USC’s first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance and run to the NCAA Quarterfinals as a senior in 2016. 

Johansen has also played professionally as she played two seasons with the Baltimore Ride of the United Women’s Lacrosse League and most recently is a member of the Baltimore Brave of the Women’s Professional Lacrosse League. This past summer she captured the WPLL title with the Brave and was also named to the All-Star team. In addition, Johansen is a member of the U.S. National Team Training Team. 

Johansen, who graduated from USC in 2016, earned her bachelor’s degree in business administration and also received a minor in sports media studies. She earned her master’s degree in sports management from Mount St. Mary’s in 2017. She is working towards her second master’s degree, in sports science, from Hofstra. 

Brett Edwards Sacred Land

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Brett Edwards is my guest today. Brett is an actor and writer based in Los Angeles with his roots from Kentucky. His first book, Sacred Land: A Novel, is now available on Amazon or his website. He’s appeared in several movies and television shows including American Sniper, The Longest Ride, Westworld, Paranormal Incident and Grey’s Anatomy. He has written several screenplays and also produced two award-winning short movies including The Heeler.

“I text my wife and I’m like, listen I know you’re not going to want to hear this but I got to get on a bull……it’s just for the show, nothing’s going to happen to me, I’m going to be fine”.  ~ Brett Edwards from the set of The Longest Ride

It was a great talk about the ups and downs of making a living in Hollywood, the entertainment business, while supporting a wife and children and having to travel to different countries and states for his acting jobs. Hopefully he gets the bald gold guy not wearing pants someday for his Dad.

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Cake by Courtney

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Cake by Courtney owner, Courtney Rich, is my guest today. This isn’t déjà vu. Courtney is my first guest to be a repeat guest on my podcast. She is a self taught, baker extraordinaire who is using the lockdown situation to improve her relationships at home and interact on her social media platforms on a more personal basis.

We had a great follow up conversation about how the lockdown affected her cake business, design classes and her new podcast, Courtney: Beyond the Cake. I might be biased, but I think her entry into podcasting as a way to connect with her fans is great. There are so many opportunities to reach customers and fans in different platforms and formats that we should do our best to provide what they want.

“the silver lining of a challenge like this (quarantine) is that it kind of puts them to try something new….you see a ton of people trying new hobbies or DIY projects around the house” ~ Courtney Rich

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I long ago ditched box mixes in pursuit of melt-in-your-mouth, to-die-for flavor combinations, fillings and textures. I believe cake must be decadent, life-changing and worthy of celebration! And I believe anyone should be able to bake that kind of cake – and I’m here to teach you just that!

I didn’t bake my first cake from scratch until I was 26, when my son turned one. It looked like a big brown mound with sprinkles and a candle – honestly, a train-wreck, but it tasted delicious and I was hooked! Over the last nine years, I’ve taught myself the dos and don’ts of baking cakes through a lot of trial and error. Now, I want to share the simple basics that look impressive, but are easy to master. My goal is to inspire you to give baking from scratch a try. I’m all about, if I can do it, you can too! 

I hold a Bachelor of Arts degree from Brigham Young University in broadcast journalism, not food science. The broadcasting degree has come in handy, however.  After 13 years as a focus group moderator for a major television consulting firm, I’m able to bring my experiences full circle as I share my baking passion on local television and in food conferences all over the country.

I’m also the mother of two amazing kids, am married to my best friend, and teach cake classes at Orson Gygi Culinary Arts Center, in Salt Lake City.

Ariel Garten MUSE

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Ariel Garten is my guest today. She is a neuroscientist, mom, entrepreneur and co-founder of a company that creates MUSE: a brain sensing headband. It was exciting to speak with Ariel about meditation and how it can be a benefit for business travelers. Any interest in reducing jet lag, improving focus and being at your best you can after traveling then maybe meditation and MUSE might be a great fit.

                “There are lots of great hacks. My son had his frequent flyer account since the age of two years, the moment I needed to start paying for seats for him.” – Ariel Garten

It was a great talk about how a passion for neuroscience and meditation has provided many opportunities for Ariel to travel, speak and share her passions with others. Maybe an unlikely career path to be able to travel but she found a way to help others and travel at the same time.

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Ariel Garten: neuroscientist, innovator, and entrepreneur whose driving purpose is to empower and help others overcome mental obstacles in order to live healthy, happy lives and reach their maximum potential. Garten is one of the Founders of InteraXon, the makers of Muse: the brain sensing headband. Muse is the award-winning wearable technology that assists and trains meditation and mindfulness. Before founding InteraXon, Ariel was not only trained as a neuroscientist and psychotherapist, but also started her own international clothing line while she worked in labs researching Parkinson’s disease and hippocampal neurogenesis. Her creativity and entrepreneurial drive, combined with her fascination with the brain, lead her to bring together two like minded friends and together they founded InteraXon, a Silicon Valley backed startup that allowed people to control computers with their minds, the technology that sparked the creation of Muse. The technology was the feature showcase at the Vancouver 2010 Olympics, where they allowed over 7,000 people control the lights on the CN tower, Canadian parliament buildings, and Niagara Falls with their brains from across the country. Muse is now used and loved around the world, in 5 languages with over 5,000,000 sessions of meditation.  Ariel and her team have been featured in over 1000 media pieces, including CNN, Forbes, Fortune, WSJ, etc. and recipients of multiple innovation awards. These days, Ariel can be found at home playing with her 2 year old or on stage across the world speaking about happiness, meditation, understanding mental health, empowering women in business, or telling her own innovation story, consistently giving her audiences the tools they need to help them become their best selves.

Bobby Genovese FUN

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Bobby Genovese is my guest today. Bobby is entrepreneur, father, friend and philanthropist who lives life by the mantra “who has more fun than us”.  It was a great chat with Bobby to hear about a different mentality regarding business travel. He travels the world working on projects he “wants” to work on. He brings his children with him as much as possible and makes having fun an equal part of traveling for his businesses. This is especially important with everything that is going on around the world during the current pandemic.

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ABOUT

Connecting enthusiastic people with winning opportunities is one of Bobby Genovese’s greatest passions, which began at age 25 when he founded his first company in his native Ontario before establishing BG Capital Group Limited and BG Capital Management Corporation, both based in The Bahamas, with associate management offices in Fort Lauderdale, Los Angeles, Barbados, Toronto and Vancouver. “More than working hard and being smart, seeing the big picture is key.”

A seasoned equestrian, Genovese brought his accomplishments in business to the polo field where he enjoyed equal success as a polo player and team owner, which led to the creation of multiple polo and equestrian clubs including his flagship BG Polo & Equestrian Resort in Ocala, Florida. In 2013 his love for adventure and preservation of natural resources grew into the creation of BG Signature, a global portfolio of extraordinary destinations and experiences. The private access VIP collection spans the spectrum of events in sports, fashion, culture and more.

Genovese also dedicates his time, energy and substantial resources to numerous philanthropic endeavors, especially those that serve children. His chairmanship of the annual Car and Boat Rally Scavenger Cups, which began in 2007, has helped raise more than $16 million for Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children, Canada’s largest and most sophisticated centre for pediatric cancer research, treatment and care. “Giving back is both a privilege and a responsibility.”

Raquel McNabb – CARIS Sports

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Raquel McNabb is my guest today. She founded the Caris Sports Foundation to give kids, who otherwise couldn’t afford to join a team, the chance to play. An accomplished athlete and mother of four, Raquel has personally supported athletes from low-income families over the years.

Being a busy mom of four athletic, school aged children, she started the foundation because of the importance of helping others achieve their goals. She has a lot of balls up in the air at all times with the foundation getting started last year, four children and their always changing schedules and a husband that is always on the move as well.

Caris Sports Foundation

The foundation was founded in 2019 to help kids and their families meet the costs associated with recreational and competitive sports. 

They are well aware of the fees involved in team sports. Team fees, equipment, uniforms, travel expenses, and other related costs all add up. Some families can afford it; others can’t. But access to sports shouldn’t be limited to those who have the financial resources to play. Income affects sports participation. Children who play more, come from families that can afford more. Only 34% of kids ages 6 to 12 from homes with incomes of $25,000 or less played team sports compared to 69% of kids from home with incomes of $100,000 or more.

Organized sports shouldn’t price out kids who can benefit from the camaraderie, competition, challenges, personal growth, and accomplishments that sports offer. Caris Sports Foundation and its supporters provide scholarships to cover those expenses. By taking the money problem out of the equation, they help young athletes, from kindergarten through high school, get out on the playing field. 

Caris Sports Foundation’s current activities are limited to Arizona; however, they will soon be expanding to other regions.

Intro song “Road Trip” by Robin Tricker

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She likes to make use of her travel time by catching up on emails or use it for business planning. If there is a longer travel time involved she’ll watch a movie to relax.

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RAQUEL McNABB – ABOUT

Her birth name is Raquel-Ann Sarah “Roxie” Nurse. She is the daughter of Canadato Arlie and Marjorie Nurse.

Raquel attended Syracuse University, where she was the point guard on the women’s basketball team. She was named MVP twice, Athlete of the Year in 1997, and made the Big Eаѕt academic all-star team thrее times. Raquel graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in physical education. She then earned a Master of Public Administration degree from Syracuse’s Maxwell School and a Master of Educational Policy from the University of Pennsylvania.

Raquel Nurse is married to her husband Dоnоvаn МсNаbb. After dating for several years the couple decided to tie the knot. The duo married in 2003.

The marriage ceremony took place in Valley College Ministries International, Oak Valley, Illinois, with her family and college teammates who joined the bridal couple at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Chicago. They spent their honeymoon in the beautiful Dominican Republic.

They have four children: daughter Alexis, who was born in September 23, 2004, now playing club basketball and making a name for herself, twins Sariah and Donovan Jr., who were born in 2008, and Devin James, who was born in 2009. The family splits its time between homes in Moorestown, New Jersey and Chandler, Arizona.

McNabb’s nephew, Darnell Nurse, was the seventh overall pick by the Edmonton Oilers in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.

McNabb’s niece, Kia Nurse, is a college basketball player for the Connecticut Huskies and the Canada women’s national basketball team. As well, her other niece Sarah Nurse competed on Team Canada’s national women’s hockey team at the 2018 Winter Olympics.

Her Husband Career Summary

On the other hand, her husband is an American former football quarterback who played in the National Football League (NFL) for 13 seasons, primarily with the Philadelphia Eagles. Prior to his NFL career, he played football and basketball for Syracuse University.

The Eagles selected him with the second overall NFL Draft win in 1999, and McNabb played eleven seasons with the team, followed by one year each with the Washington Redskins and Minnesota Vikings. Raquel Nurse and her husband are involved in many charities.

Sucheta Rawal – Go Eat Give

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Sucheta Rawal is my guest on today’s podcast. She is an award-winning food and travel writer, author, cooking instructor and philanthropist. As the founder and executive director of Go Eat Give, Sucheta’s personal mission is to raise awareness of global cultures through meaningful travel, good eating, and community interaction. Make sure to follow and reach out to Sucheta on her various social media platforms.

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She likes to get a little bit of everything done when on long flights. Her trips to Asia are described like this “You watch a couple of movies, you sleep a little, you listen to some music, get some work done and you still have hours to go.”

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ABOUT

She founded Go Eat Give as a blog in 2011, through which she wanted to educate readers about sustainable and volunteer traveling, authentic cuisines, and engagement with locals. Go Eat Give is now a 501(c)(3) registered non-profit serving audiences across 120 countries.

Originally from India, Sucheta started discovering the world when she moved to United States at the age of seventeen. By 23, she was teaching international cooking classes and writing restaurant reviews.

She graduated from Georgia State University with a Masters in Finance and worked in investment banking, market research and human capital consulting. Her vacations to Russia and Morocco, where she volunteered at an orphanage and women’s empowerment center, inspired her to get out of the cubicle, and uncover facts of life by encountering everyday people around the world. Since then, she transitioned from being a tourist to a meaningful traveler. Her favorite things to do while traveling are – exploring neighborhoods, meeting locals, eating at local eateries, and visiting markets.

Sucheta has traveled to 90 countries (and counting) bringing back exclusive experiences, which she shares through writing, speaking engagements and cooking classes. She has written for Atlanta Business Chronicle, Atlanta Homes and Lifestyle, CheapOAir, Chowhound, CNN, Creative Loafing Atlanta, Cuisine Noir,  Do It While You’re Young, Fodors, Flavors, Examiner, The Huffington Post, Patch, MixTup, Khabar, Travel+Leisure and Travel+Escape.

Sucheta has presented at The New York Times Travel Show, Travel and Adventure Shows, Taste of Atlanta, Global Humanitarian Summit, Kennesaw State University, Georgia State University, and James Madison University, among others.  She also teaches cooking classes around the US.

Sucheta served on the board of Refugee Family Services, a non-profit that supports refugee women and children achieve self-sufficiency.

Sucheta authored a series of children’s illustrative books on travel – Beato Goes To. The stories, based on her real cat, Beato and her actual travels, are meant to inspire young readers to learn about different countries and cultures, as well as develop their own wanderlust. Sucheta loves to do author visits at schools, reading her books – Beato Goes To Greenland, Beato Goes To Israel, Beato Goes To Indonesia and Beato Goes To Japan – and inspiring young global citizen. Her fifth book – Beato Goes To Brazil – releases in October 2019.

Sucheta was named “one of top 30 travel bloggers in the world” at Travel Blogger Conference Asia in 2018, “Georgia State University’s 40 Under 40 alumna” in 2018, “40 Under 40 best and the brightest” by Georgia Trend magazine in 2016, one of the “five most influential bloggers on culture in the world” by the Foundation of Florence, Italy in 2012. She was a finalist for the Atlanta Press Club 2012 Award of Excellence, and nominated for Caribbean Journalism Award 2015, and Georgia’s Author of the Year 2018.

Sucheta is a member of Impact Travel Alliance, Travel Bloggers Association, International Women Associates, Georgia Council for International Visitors, The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, The International Travel Writers Alliance, and the Atlanta Press Club. She resides in the suburbs of Atlanta with her husband and cat, Beato.

Jenny Keller – Jenny Cookies

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Jenny Keller is my guest on today’s podcast. She has a great story about how to be a female entrepreneur while raising a family, being a wife and traveling for her steadily growing business. Her story about being a cookie flight attendant for the day by handing out freshly baked cookies would make most travelers happy.

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She likes to make use of her travel time by catching up on emails or use it for business planning. If there is a longer travel time involved she’ll watch a movie to relax.

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ABOUT

Jenny was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, graduated from Western Washington University with a degree in Psychology.  Inspired by the PNW’s love of coffee, started her own espresso business in 2003 which would be the beginning of her entrepreneurial adventure. After her daughter Ally was born, she sold the successful business to settle in as a stay-at-home mom.  Not long thereafter Jenny began hobby baking from home with the main focus being buttercream decorated sugar cookies. Creative baking quickly became a passion and her signature cookies were given a name: Jenny Cookies.  The cookies were soon joined by cakes, cupcakes and a variety of desserts and a growing blog and social media following. 

Jenny’s ideas are simple, timeless and creative.  From desserts to everyday entertaining, Jenny lends inspiration and encouragement to others for their own events and everyday celebrations.  Her style, designs and expertise have been seen in Country Living, Better Homes & Gardens, People, Us Weekly, Brides and More.   When she’s not creating for JennyCookies.com, Jenny styles and creates content for brands such as Wilton, Pottery Barn Kids, Warner Bros, Fresh, Bath & Body Works, McCormick, JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores and more to connect consumers with their product. She is also known for her work with numerous celebrities such as Tori Spelling, Tiffani Thiessen, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Lisa Rinna and many of ABC’s The Bachelor & Bachelorettes.

In between parties, home projects and running Jenny Cookies Bake Shop, Jenny enjoys life in Seattle, WA, near the beach.  She enjoys weekend walks into town for coffee, local antiquing and spending time with her family. 

Jules Hatfield – Sustainable

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Jules Hatfield is my guest on today’s podcast. Jules is one half of the Jules & Christine travel team. They created a travel blog promoting sustainability in traveling while still inspiring many to travel the world and create their own adventures. They share their stories on their blog, website, YouTube page and all of the other social media links. I really enjoyed speaking with someone who created a lifestyle of traveling the world while also learning proper ways to sustain the environment. We also spoke about how he helps others who also want to travel.

Congratulations on their recent nuptials in Mexico. I spoke with Jules just before they were leaving the country to get married. Make sure to click all of the links available to get specific information on how Jules and Christine can help you see the world.

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ABOUT

Jules & Christine!

The dynamic duo behind Don’t Forget To Move! We’re full-time travel bloggers, exploring the most gorgeous locations around the world and sharing our experiences with you along the way.

But before we tell you more about that, let’s rewind a bit to learn more about how this unlikely team from opposite sides of the earth first met.

Long before the blog was even a concept, we were just two solo travelers on the road looking for adventure. Jules from Melbourne, Australia and Christine from San Francisco, USA.

In early 2012, we first met while volunteering at a non-profit in Pisco, Peru. After a brief friendship our relationship quickly turned more serious and we ended up spending 6 months in Peru volunteering together, building houses that were destroyed by a massive earthquake.

From that point on we solidified our relationship with a shared love for travel and a passion for helping the communities we encountered.

On our travels we’ve fallen in love with the historic streets of Cuba, worked with typhoon survivors in the Philippines, bathed rescued elephants in Thailand danced at one of the biggest music festivals in Europe and gorged ourselves on pasta in Italy.

And the list goes on! We’ve had epic adventures so far and we don’t plan on stopping anytime soon!

Now we base ourselves out of Bali, the US and Australia for part of the year, but are constantly taking trips to wherever our work and hearts take us.

Our goal for Don’t Forget To Move is to uncover the coolest destinations around the world and share with our readers how to make a positive impact while traveling. We also love to take beautiful photographs and video to show the world just how incredible planet earth is!

Joe Garza – XXIV Karat

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Joe Garza is my guest on today’s podcast. He is the managing partner of XXIV Karat Sparkling Wine and founder of West Coast Beverage Consulting firm. Joe shares his decades of experience working in sales and management of the beverage industry. It’s always nice hearing similar stories from traveling professionals who is on the road roughly 50% of his time. Joe shares some new ways to keep life on the road fresh and he shares his gratefulness for having a job that allows him to meet new people and see new cities.

We had a few audio glitches with his reception but they don’t last long and his experience with digital media that he shares in the second half of the interview are well worth the wait.

Joe has a wealth of knowledge in the beverage industry and he is nice enough to share it with others.

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About

Experienced managing partner with a demonstrated history of working in the wine and spirits industry. Skilled in consumer products, retail, sales, event management, and pricing strategy. Strong business development professional graduated from School of Hard Knocks. 

West Coast Beverage Consulting

Founder

 

Red Elixir

Vice President of Business Development 

 

XXIV Karat Sparkling Wine

Senior Vice President Sales

 

CytosportMuscle Milk

Director of National Accounts West – DSD & Direct

 

Fuze Beverage

Regional Vice President

Barbara Majeski – Second Act

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Barbara Majeski is my guest on today’s podcast. After spending years as a stay home mom Barbara decided to re-invent herself after going thru a divorce and stage 3 cancer. She now works as a lifestyle and entertainment coordinator working with local and national television shows. Barbara is planning a solo trip to Rome and is calling the adventure “Rome Alone”. Sounds like she might be a great candidate to do a follow-up episode with to see how she fares on her first trip to Italy. She was very gracious sharing her time with me and I would like to thank her for being so candid during our chat.

THE REAL REEL

Make sure to check out Barbara’s blog posts on her website for a look into Barbara’s authentic highlight reel — the good, the bad, and the brutally honest. Barbara peels back the curtain and shuts down the chronic distortion that is social media by sharing her recipe to the “secret sauce” of a good life.

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Welcome to my Second Act…

Barbara Majeski is a mom, on-air television personality, a cancer survivor and a passionate philanthropy advocate. In 2015 she was recognized with a global humanitarian award from Operation Smile after mobilizing hundreds of people to fundraise. Six months later she was diagnosed with stage 3 colon cancer and would captain this treacherous voyage with her three young children in tow. 

After a yearlong battle she emerged with an infused sense of purpose and zest for life. Today she is launching a global lifestyle initiative as the, “Curator of the Good Life”, a three dimensional endeavor dedicated to inspiring people to live with purpose, style and adventure.

Michael-David Reilly – 35KaDay

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Michael-David Reilly (MD) is my guest on today’s podcast. MD is a father, husband of a unicorn, entrepreneur, motivational speaker, and host of the 35KaDay Podcast. As a business owner of several different businesses and traveling for each of them I was excited to speak with MD. He didn’t disappoint and shared many great gems about running a business in today’s climate, the power of a positive mindset and social media. I hope you have the time to listen to our podcast and check out his positive words on one of the many digital platforms he occupies.

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FOUNDER

Day Trader of Attention, Entrepreneur, Strategist, Public Speaker, Photographer, Husband, Father and Taco’tarian.

Referred to as “MD” by most, his 25+ years as a brand strategist working for, starting or partnering with various brands from Fortune 100 to tech start-ups in the various sectors of retail, hospitality, financial services, legal, medical, apparel, media, automotive, insurance and social networks have given him an extremely successful diverse skill set.

Coming from a lineage of entrepreneurs and innovators, it’s his practical approach to marketing and navigating brands into the ever-evolving digital landscape that has fueled his success, perspectives and strategies.

“We are in the greatest era in business for businesses. Never before did we have this level of access to people’s attention and targeting abilities. But as consumers attention spans diminish, gaining it and keeping it is the all-in objective. It’s all up from here!”

35KaDay Podcast

An empowering reminder that of the 35,000 decisions we make daily, they directly dictate the results in every area of life, love, business, wealth, success and happiness. If you want better results in any area of your life, YOU must make better decisions that will get you there! Welcome to the most practical, unfiltered podcast that will inspire you, challenge you, excite you and compel you to use your greatest power of CHOICE and be the one who controls your destiny regardless of the circumstances and people that surround you.

Chris Elliott – Elliott Advocacy

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Christopher Elliott is my guest on today’s episode. Chris is an award-winning author, advocate, and journalist. He shares some of his stories from the road and is a self professed traveling nomad. As a travel contributor for Forbes, USA Today, Washington Post, National Geographic and NPR I really appreciated Chris giving me as much of his time as he did.

He’s the founder of Elliott Advocacy is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization that empowers people to solve their problems and helps those who can’t. Chris is also the co-founder of Travelers United, a nonprofit organization that advocates for travelers in Washington.

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Chris and his children listen to XM radio quite a bit while driving across the country. Their favorite channels are:

  • Jazz (for night driving)
  • Grateful Dead
  • DTM
  • NPR (National Public Radio)
  • Joint (reggae)
  • Classical

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BIOGRAPHY

He’s the author of How To Be The World’s Smartest Traveler (And Save Time, Money and Hassle) (National Geographic, 2014) a practical guide for travelers, and Scammed: How to Save Your Money and Find Better Service in a World of Schemes, Swindles, and Shady Deals (Wiley, 2011) which explores the broken relationship between American consumers and businesses.

He writes six weekly syndicated columns with a total reach of more than 10 million readers.

✓ A weekly column for the Washington Post called The Navigator, which focuses on being a smarter and more informed traveler, with a special emphasis on transportation policy.

✓ USA Today’s weekly On Travel and Away is Home columns. The features help travelers understand the inner workings of the travel industry, and how to make the most of their next trip. You can find past On Travel and Away is Home columns here, too.

✓ Elliott is also a regular contributor to Forbes. He writes write about customer service issues, with a specialty in technology and travel. Many of these columns are also branded as Smart Consumer stories and nationally syndicated.

Elliott also contributes to a variety of media organizations, including National Geographic, NPR, Smithsonian and Travel & Leisure.

Education

Elliott was born in Charlotte, N.C., and grew up in Vienna, Austria. He attended primary and middle school in Austria (Volksschule Südstadt and Vienna International School) and later transferred to Black Forest Academy in Kandern, Germany, before graduating from Briarwood Christian School in Birmingham, Ala., in 1986.

He attended Biola University in La Mirada, Calif., for two years and then transferred to the University of California at Irvine, where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in humanities in 1990. Chris received a Master’s in journalism from the University of California at Berkeley in 1992 and was awarded a Fulbright fellowship in 1996.

Elliott completed a total of six editorial internships, including stints at the Claremont (Calif.) Courier, the Daily Bulletin in Ontario, Calif., the Birmingham (Ala.) News, The Dallas Morning News, the Los Angeles Times, and Reuters.

Early career

Elliott began working for Dow Jones & Co. in 1992 shortly after graduating from Berkeley. He covered initial public stock offerings from Dow Jones News Service and occasionally wrote Abreast of the Market and OTC Focus for the Wall Street Journal. He took a job as the business travel editor for Travel Weekly, a travel trade publication, in 1994. He returned to Europe after receiving a Fulbright scholarship in 1996. In 1997, Elliott came back to the United States and started writing a weekly travel column called The Crabby Traveler for ABCNews.com. Three years later, the column moved to CNN.com and eventually went into syndication.

Transition to advocacy

In 1996, Elliott registered the domain Elliott.org and began posting stories from readers. Many articles involved seemingly intractable problems with a company. Rather than just complaining, Elliott engaged in an early form of solutions journalism. He contacted the company on behalf of the consumer and helped negotiate a settlement. The stories formed the basis for a weekly feature called the Travel Troubleshooter. In the late 1990s, the Miami Herald picked up the Travel Troubleshooter as a standalone column.

In 2006, Tribune Media Services added the Troubleshooter to its lineup for national syndication. In 2009, Elliott started to develop a companion column, Problem Solved, which handled non-travel complaints. Both the features are now syndicated by King Features. In 2001, Elliott became National Geographic Traveler’s reader advocate. He remained in that role until National Geographic’s sale of the magazine to News Corp. in 2016.

In 2018, after 22 years of self-publishing Elliott.org, Elliott incorporated Elliott Advocacy as a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization, with a mission to help empower customers to solve their problems and help those who can’t.

Radio and television reporting

Elliott has hosted radio and TV shows on travel and advocacy. In the late 90s, he began reporting for National Public Radio as an independent producer. In the early 2000s, he hosted What You Get For The Money: Vacations on the Fine Living Network (now the Food Channel). He also co-hosted the weekly syndicated show Rudy Maxa’s World with Christopher Elliott from 2009 to 2011. Elliott has appeared on virtually every major TV network as a subject matter expert, including ABC, BBC, CW, CBS, CNN and NBC. Elliott is known for keeping a low profile. He doesn’t submit his work for awards and in recent years has avoided public appearances.

Personal life

In addition to being a nationally-recognized expert on customer service, Elliott is an inveterate traveler and travel writer. In his spare time, he enjoys hiking, photography, and scuba diving. His weekly column, Away is Home, chronicles his never-ending journey around the world with his three school-age children. Elliott is based in Prescott, Ariz.