#Thrive Thursday: Meet Jackie Lapin, SpeakerTunity and Conscious Media

thrive thursday Sep 24, 2020

What is your story? Or in other words, what made you your awesome self you are today?

From the age of 11, I had a passion for becoming a sportswriter when there were no women sportswriters. But I manifested my dream through hard work, intention, and commitment—at the Detroit Free Press, LA Times, and Washington Post before I was 22. From there, I moved into sports PR, owning one of the leading agencies in America for 18 years. But I was “called” to write two books on Conscious Creation (the second was the best-spiritual-book-of-the-year at the International New Age Trade Show), and I realized that my heart was no longer in mainstream PR. It was in serving the messengers of the world—people who were improving someone’s life, business, or the planet. That became my new commitment. By giving more people more visibility to promote their mission, message, and methodologies, we would be changing the world together… and that’s what I do now. I...

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#Thrive Thursday: Meet Nicole Snell, CEO & Speaker Girls Fight Back

thrive thursday Sep 17, 2020

What message do you promote?

My goal is to empower women and girls with self-defense, personal safety, and violence prevention tools because when we can live our lives confidently and freely, there is no limit to what we can do.  We are fully capable of defending themselves, and you are worth fighting for!

 

In what capacity do you LEAD UP in your community? 

I teach women, girls, and people of all genders the basics of how to defend themselves using both their voice and their bodies.  I work with high schools, colleges, the military, corporations, and private groups to empower them with basic skills, boundary setting tools, and physical techniques they can use in their lives.  Last year I started an online series called #OutdoorDefense to offer women solo travelers/hikers/adventurers self-defense strategies they can use to feel confident and safe going out and doing what they love.  As a passionate solo traveler and hiker myself, this was very...

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#Thrive Thursday: Meet Karen Daniels, President, Sundberg America

thrive thursday Sep 10, 2020

What is your story? Or in other words, what made you your awesome self you are today? 

Ever since I could remember, I was always finding ways to be entrepreneurial and financially independent, even as a kid, and that momentum keeps going strong! My competitive nature in sports and appreciation for autonomy has led me down the path to a business career. I like to win, which requires an indefatigable attitude and skill. I was fortunate to have just enough of both, and the ability to make up for any shortcomings by hard work. My natural independence as a little girl manifested resourcefulness by selling moonstones on the playground and developing a lawn mowing service with my brother. My first role out of college was working in an intense investment banking business environment during the mortgage crisis, which made me incredibly tough.  I was one of the very few women there. I then went on to a more entrepreneurial role at a start-up search fund where the founder...

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#Thrive Thursday: Meet Nell Merlino, Founder of Count Me in Revival

thrive thursday Sep 03, 2020

What is your story? Or in other words, what made you your awesome self you are today?

I created Take Our Daughters to Work Day, with the Ms. Foundation for Women in 1993, in which over 25 million people participated in the first two years. I then expanded my strategic communications consultancy to develop winning campaigns, strategies, and events for dozens of clients, including the YWCA, Amnesty International, Gay Men's Health Crisis, The Sierra Club, Calvert, The Sister Fund, and the NGO Forum on Women in Beijing '95.

In 2000, I launched Count Me In for Women's Economic Independence, the first online microlender in the world. This grew to encompass the Women Veterans Entrepreneur Corp and the Make Mine a Million $ Business program with founding sponsor American Express and champions including Hillary Clinton, Suze Orman, Nely Galan, Valerie Morris (CNN), and Janet Napolitano. 

Recently, I've revived the "Count me in" campaign to help female entrepreneurs in the wake of...

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#Thrive Thursday: Meet Judy Gaman, CEO, Award-winning Author, Speaker

thrive thursday Sep 03, 2020

What is your story? Or in other words, what made you your awesome self you are today?

I was the kid on the front row, not because I loved school so much, but because I had to listen and listen intently. Back then, we didn’t test for dyslexia. It wasn’t until I was an adult with a dyslexic child that I saw my struggles for what they were. I was able to learn a new way to embrace my learning difference, went back to college, graduating top of my undergraduate class, and then on to graduate school. This struggle propelled my ability to listen to others with real intent, never take education for granted, and see the nugget of brilliance in others. (Sometimes diamonds just need to be polished) 

My teenage self would NEVER believe that I’m an author, podcast host, and CEO of a thriving business. 

 

What message do you promote?

Celebrate your struggles. Embrace your differences. Never let anyone else define who you can become. 

 

In what capacity...

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#Thrive Thursday: Meet Dee Bowden, Founder of BCS Solutions

thrive thursday Aug 25, 2020

What is your story? Or in other words, what made you your awesome self you are today?

I want to answer this question by sharing a real story that happened to me.

I worked for a small IT firm outside of Boston, MA, in Merrimack, NH. I was a part-time collections specialist and was assigned $8 Million in outstanding invoices. The company was owed $8 Million for Sales that were on the books but not in the bank.

I reflected for a moment on how serious this was I prayed a short prayer that basically said: “God I don’t know what happened to get this company this far deep in debt, I am asking for your guidance to untangle these disconnects and recover this money”.  I recovered $6Million Dollars in 60 days while working part-time. The CEO made an executive decision to close the company 2 months before the holidays and 100 people’s lives were turned upside down. I decided to learn as much as I could about B2B collections and create a business that solves problems...

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#Thrive Thursday: Meet Rori Montali, Founder at Rori Montali

thrive thursday Aug 18, 2020

What is your story? Or in other words, what made you your awesome self you are today?

I've had many challenges in my earlier life that have contributed to me being who I am today. I've had to overcome sexual trauma at six years old, abandonment, alcohol, and drugs, and it was through finding a higher self of God. I am now able to be in awareness of not feeling numb in areas that a woman should not naturally feel. And it was during this journey that I discovered my tantric practices of intimacy and connection through multiple explorations and safe containers around exploring what it feels like to be close with someone again.

This has led me, earlier in my career to be able to help others find the connection to their true desires and to manifest living in the desired world also, for them to explore love for self and then love possibly with another human being. They take that intimacy within self into the world of leadership and to another level of how to do business on intimate...

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#Thrive Thursday: Meet Liz Sara, Founder Best Marketing LLC

thrive thursday Aug 11, 2020

What is your story? Or in other words, what made you the great success you are today?

Everyone’s definition of success differs. Money, power, fame represent a few common attributes of success many people seek.  For me, success means being able to do work – marketing and business strategy consulting -- that I’m not only quite adept at but which delivers tremendous professional and personal satisfaction.  On top of that, being able to enjoy immense schedule flexibility as my own boss and small business owner enhances that.  I really love what I do, and that comes across to the tech founders that hire me.  I consider myself lucky that early in my career, I knew what I was good at and have been happily doing it ever since.  That’s a success. 

 

What message do you promote? 

As a female co-founder of a software company during the 1990s, I lived through getting a software company off the ground, growing it to 300 employees...

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#Thrive Thursday: Meet Traci Sigafoos, Travel Agent Sandals Specialist

thrive thursday Aug 11, 2020

What is your story? Or in other words, what made you your awesome self you are today?

I have always been a happy person since I can remember.  I come from a large, extremely close Italian family. I learned from my parents how to love unconditionally. I am blessed with close friendships that I have had since childhood.  I am a lucky Momma of 3 great children. There have been some obstacles in my life too, which made opportunities to grow and learn about myself.  It has made me independent and confident in the decisions I make in life.  Woman, in general, wears many hats: Daughter, Sister, Employee, Wife, and Mom.  I have learned to enjoy each moment in time.  My advice to others would be, “Try to make every day special and remember to smile.”

 

What message do you promote?

Positivity.  I wake up and get my work done with a smile.  I am thankful for every day, for my family, friends, and all of the things I have learned in my...

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#Thrive Thursday: Meet Carol Benson, Bestselling Author & Joy Launcher

thrive thursday Aug 05, 2020

What is your story? Or, in other words, what made you your awesome self you are today?

Admittedly, I am a lifelong learner. Yes, I have meandered around different paths and bends in the road to becoming ‘unapologetically’ me. I used to believe I was too much energy and had a lot of categories of “I’m not enough___” to support my flawed (and perfect in the moment) perceptions about myself. LOL! 

Life can be both precious and absurdly amusing if you take the time to notice any directions pulling you. My professional background is diverse as a speech-language pathologist, speaker, author, trainer, and coach. I began my business, “It Doesn’t Feel Like Work” five years ago with my life partner, Paul. Freed up from being in an expected box of ‘should,” I’m spreading “The Joy Code” to upgrade perceptions and to become a better version of you.

 

What message do you promote?

I am committed to championing...

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