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The Pathways to Success with Julian Placino

Julian Placino is a professional recruiter, career coach, speaker and entrepreneur who has conducted thousands of interviews and has helped hundreds of people find their dream job and advance their career. The purpose of the Pathways to Success is to deconstruct the excellence of high performing individuals in various disciplines and share their inspiring stories to help you achieve your maximum potential.
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Nov 20, 2017
After growing up in a small town, Joe Scott became an advertising copywriter by day and screenwriter by night, making the indie film Ocean Front Property in 2005, and serving as a screenwriter on multiple indie films. He eventually turned his attention to YouTube where he created a channel called Answers With Joe, which currently has nearly 75,000 subscribers. He works with businesses helping them manage their YouTube channels and runs his own business called Cankerboy where he sells an oral health product of his own creation. 
 
In this episode, we discuss: 
  • How to build an audience on YouTube 
  • How to make money on YouTube
  • How to build community on YouTube
  • Understanding the YouTube algorithm 
  • What content works and doesn’t work on YouTube
 
Connect with Joe:
YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/user/jnightandday
Website - https://answerswithjoe.com/
Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/answerswithjoe/
Twitter - https://twitter.com/answerswithjoe?lang=en
Cankerboy - http://www.cankerboy.com/
Nov 13, 2017

Robert James Collier is the Founder of Entrepreneurs Dinner which hosts dinners for entrepreneurs, freelancers, models, artists, creatives and more, to share:

  • What their business is
  • What their biggest challenge is
  • How they can help others

These events are held at beautiful and exclusive private venues. The Entrepreneurs Dinner experience is complete with private chefs cooking delicious 4-course meals, bartenders serving drinks and videographers to capture the entire event. 

Robert was recently invited to give a TEDx talk on, “How Great Businesses Close the Intimacy Gap.” On this episode, we discuss his experience as a TEDx speaker and how he’s continued to evolve as an entrepreneur. 

To learn more about Entrepreneurs Dinner go to http://entrepreneursdinner.com/apply

Connect with Robert: 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/robert.james.collier

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/robertjamescollier/

Nov 5, 2017
Brandon Mersier is the Creator and Founder of DopeFit (Defying Other People’s Expectations Forever Internally Training), whose mission is to inspire 1 billion pounds of weight-loss around the world. After losing 120 lbs, Brandon has set out to help others achieve their weight-loss and fitness goals. On this episode, we discuss Brandon’s transformational journey and keys to losing the weight and keeping it off. 
 
Topics: 
  • How to take small steps towards massive weight-loss 
  • Body weight training & cardio tips 
  • Dieting for weight-loss 
  • Developing mindset for permanent change 
  • Critical habits for sustained weight-loss 
 
Connect with Brandon: 
Oct 29, 2017

Raj is an experienced business consultant and for over 20 years has been involved in business ventures across several verticals as a consultant, owner, investor and advisor. 

He has a personal passion for strategy and vision building that has allowed him to lead successful strategic initiatives for both profit and non-profit organizations. And he is an evangelist for the Dallas startup ecosystem and community builder.

Raj is a firm believer in contributing back to society and has given back by conducting personal growth seminars for teens, mentoring MBA students and entrepreneur camps. He has also served on the board of for profit and non-profit organizations.

Education, BA in Liberal Arts from UNT with a concentration in Business and International Studies and an MBA in Global Leadership

Topics:
  • Developing your mindset for success
  • Visualization, self-awareness and consistency 
  • Goal-setting 
 
Connect with Raj:
Oct 23, 2017
Calvin Carter is the Founder and CEO of Bottle Rocket Studios, a multidisciplinary mobile studio that connects future-focused brands to their customers through sophisticated yet simple mobile experiences. 
 
Prior to launching Bottle Rocket, Calvin ran a private equity and business development company that completed many successful projects and made equity investments into 16 companies, many of which were technology focused. He has founded or co-founded several other businesses, including i.con interactive, an Internet software development and professional services company. This company eventually merged with seven other Internet firms to form Luminant Worldwide, a publicly-traded company with $160 million in revenue and over 1,000 professionals.

Outside of Bottle Rocket, Calvin serves on numerous corporate advisory boards and was president of the Dallas Chapter of Entrepreneurs Organization, an international membership organization of more than 5,500 business owners worldwide. He later served on the President’s Council of EO and as its North American Regional Director. Calvin holds a BA in Accounting and BA in Organizational Behavior and Business Policy degrees from Southern Methodist University and is a graduate of both the Stagen Integral Leadership Program and Transformational Leadership Program.

Topics:
  • Figure out your values early on. Share them with everyone you meet.
  • Don’t do things to impress your friends. Do things you love.
  • Don’t have priorities. Have a purpose.
Oct 16, 2017
Digital Marketing Strategist and entrepreneur Joel Widmer understands how to help businesses systematize marketing success. He is the Founder & CEO of Dallas-based Fluxe Digital Marketing—a marketing shop that specializes in helping companies turn their best ideas into consistent content for lead generation and retention without writing a word. 
 
Fluxe was started after Widmer saw too many brilliant people and businesses struggle through the same grind year after year—trying to create their own content and market it. Especially when they know they should be working on growing their business - not writing another article. The problem is outsourcing content isn’t reliable and doing it right internally means hiring a team for the research, writing, graphics, editing, publishing and promotion. Then you’re left to manage the process every month.
 
That’s where Fluxe comes in. Fluxe works by helping smart businesses create, produce & promote world-class content through a customized, one-on-one interview process. This unique process ultimately saves Widmer’s clients valuable time without sacrificing the client’s writing style. Fluxe becomes your full dedicated content marketing team for less than one employee. 
 
In addition, Widmer loves teaching and has created multiple online courses for 15,000+ students.
 
Based in Grapevine, Texas, with roots in Oregon and Tennessee, when he’s not pursuing his passion for helping amazing companies communicate ideas and stories, you can find him trying a new restaurants, snowboarding and spending time with his wife and son. 
 
 Topics:
  • Building an effective marketing strategy vs flying by the seat of your pants 
  • The process (or struggle) of brainstorming, researching and coming up with new content consistently
  • Finding the way you create content the most naturally. Not everyone is a writer, there's many other ways to create great content other than writing
  • Promoting your content to get it seen by the right people 
  • Generating leads, optimizing your website, SEO, email sequences and automation and all that nerdy stuff
  • Building authority and thought leadership in an age where anybody can claim anything
  • What it takes to build REAL authority 
 
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Connect with Joel:
 
Joel’s FREE Resources: 
Oct 9, 2017

Jasmin Brand is President of DARBY JAMES, an experiential marketing agency and digital publisher dedicated to American cities and the people and brands that make them great. DARBY JAMES specializes in building continuous online and offline engagement using strategy, creative content, influencer management and strategic events.

Jasmin’s diverse clients have included: Dallas Convention & Visitors Bureau, City of Dallas, YMCA, Mockingbird Station, Watters Creek , Elfa, Greek Food Festival of Dallas, US Conference of Mayors, Paul Quinn College, UNT Dallas, and Austin College to name a few. 

A former marketing executive with an extensive background in large scale campaigns, sales, strategy and consumer engagement, Jasmin is also passionate about creating and growing online communities. She also serves as a digital media consultant, collaborating with for profit and not profit companies around the country.

Jasmin graduated with a B.A. in Political Science and International Studies from Southern Methodist University. She completed her Master’s Degree in Education in 2011. She is a 2011 graduate of the Dallas Regional Chamber's program, Leadership Dallas. In November 2011, Jasmin became the first ever recipient of the Young Professional Leadership ATHENA Award presented by the Dallas Regional Chamber and KPMG. 

Her reputation as a city-wide influencer was further solidified when she created Beats By Her, an innovative branding and performance initiative for female independent artists in the summer of 2016. Since its inception, Beats By Her has provided extensive access and opportunities for Dallas’ talented female artists and has plans to expand to other cities in 2018.

With a goal to further expand and diversify DFW’s entrepreneurial landscape, Jasmin accepted an invitation in 2017 to serve as CEO for Launch DFW, an interactive digital media company on a mission to create, inspire, and support the future of startups, technology and business in North Texas. 

Her duties include leading the digital media company’s marketing, editorial and outreach efforts.

Topics: 

  • How entrepreneurs can build engaged communities that thrive online and offline
  • Why businesses should also be publishers
  • Innovation, startup success and diversity 
 
Connect with Jasmin: 
Oct 2, 2017
On this episode of the Pathways to Success, we discuss how to bridge the gap between Millennials and Baby Boomers.

Tony Fleo is the CEO of Social Venture Parters Dallas. He has more than 30 years of experience in assisting enterprises grow in organizational strength, funding, and staff and board development. His extensive background in psychology and systems theory, coupled with his hands-on experience leading organizations to fulfill their missions, enables him to bridge the gap between theory and practice. Tony serves as the CEO of Social Venture Partners Dallas, an organization of over 160 engaged professionals dedicated to helping social enterprises and philanthropists thrive. Tony holds the CFRE credential for fund development and a certificate for non-profit management. Tony has presented at national and international conferences on topics ranging from human development to systems development. He is a native of Pittsburgh, P.A. and attended Duquesne University where he received a B.A. and M.A. in Psychology. Tony is married to an event planner and knows more about weddings than any man ever should, has three adult children, and makes his home in Dallas, Texas.

Sean Caho is the Director of Strategy & Innovation of Social Venture Partners Dallas. He is a strategist, entrepreneur, and marketer who uses classical wisdom and contemporary process to help organization pierce the ambiguity that surrounds their goals and capitalize on new opportunities. In his role at Social Venture Partners Dallas, he is focused on developing the organization’s impact investing activities, expanding its corporate programs, and overseeing communications. Prior to joining SVP Dallas, Sean founded or co-founded multiple businesses, including a full-service digital marketing agency and an accelerator program for startups in real estate technology, wherein he played active, operational roles. Sean’s career began as a business analyst at a boutique venture capital firm operating in China and North America. He is a graduate of Baylor’s Business Fellows Program where he had an advisor gracious enough to let him spend as much time studying classics and philosophy as business. He continues to split his time between these pursuits, believing that wisdom endures while methods change. 
 
Topics: 
  • The different in values 
  • The power of community and substantial relationships
  • Culture, values, and conversation
  • Mentoring and reverse mentoring
  • Seeking community 
  • Bridging the gap 
 
Connect with Social Venture Partners Dallas
Sep 25, 2017

Angela Wagner is a mom, wife, entrepreneur, Life & Wellness Coach, Certified Yoga Teacher, and podcaster. She founded her successful power yoga studio, YogaSport, in 2004, and in 2010 launched the Spark program – a guided program that helps busy people create time, stress less, and enjoy life more.  In her coaching work, she teaches women to go from overwhelm and exhaustion to freedom, joy, and inspiration. 

Take the first step towards clarity with her free 7 Day Challenge:  7 Simple Steps To Make Your Life Sparkle So You Can Stress Less And Do More at www.angelawagnercoaching.com and listen to her Spark podcast on iTunes.

Connect with Angela: 

Sep 18, 2017

Heather Ann Havenwood, is a serial entrepreneur and is regarded as a top authority on digital marketing, sales coaching, and online publishing business strategies. Heather Ann has been named Top 50 Must Follow Women Entrepreneur's for 2017 by Huffington Post.  She is also called Chief Sexy Boss™ (from her Amazon BEST SELLER book Sexy Boss™ How Female Entrepreneurship is Changing the Rule Book and  Beating the Big Boys and others call her an 'Icon Creator' or a 'Wizard Behind the Curtain'. In 2006 she started, developed and grew an online information marketing publishing company from ground zero to over $1 million in sales in less than 12 months. Starting without a list, a product, a name or an offer, Heather Ann molded her business partner into a successful guru now known as an expert in his field. She has instructed, coached and promoted hundreds of entrepreneurs leading them down the path to success in building a lucrative business from their knowledge and leveraging it online.

Heather Ann currently is the Author of many books including  Sexy Boss™ How the Empowerment of Women are changing the Rulebook for Money, Success and Sex and The Game of Dating and How to Play it: A rule book for divorced men stepping back into the game. (Found on Amazon)

Heather Ann is now a nationally syndicated radio show host of ‘The Win’ where she shares her incredible story of success and loss on the entrepreneur journey, and her true happiness in a completely compelling and vulnerable way that audiences relate to and always learn from. She talks about achieving ‘The Winners Edge’, from “losing it all’ and discovering her true passion in owning her own businesses and serving her clients by helping them achieve their goals.  

Topics:
  • How to start an online business
  • Good and bad online business ideas 
  • Measurement marketing
  • Sales like a Boss
  • Chat bots 
Connect with Heather Ann Havenwood: 
Sep 11, 2017
Andy Costa is a world-renowned Emmy Award Winning documentary filmmaker.
 
Since he was a toddler, Andy was fascinated by storytelling. He would spend countless hours playing storytelling vinyl records and would constantly ask his parents to tell him, "just one more" story. He began his film storytelling journey at the age of 12 when he won a Super8 camera. 
 
Throughout his 25 years in filmmaking, Andy has won multiple awards including a Lone Star Emmy and the 1st place award in the Ethic Experience category of the National Association of Telecommunication Officers and Advisors in 2013. 
 
He has produced videos for NFL and NBA athletes and coaches as well as best selling authors and high-profile speakers such as Tom Ziglar, Brian Tracy, Seth Godin, John C. Maxwell, Dave Ramsey and many more. 
 
Andy is also a professional speaker and has won 7 storytelling awards. 
 
Andy’s Work:
Zig Ziglar Documentary: You Were Born To Win
 
Connect with Andy: 
Facebook
Instagram
 
Andy is giving away 10 FREE copies of his latest documentary, You Were Born To Win to the first 10 listeners of the Pathways to Success who take advantage of this LIMITED TIME OFFER! 
 
 
Sep 4, 2017
Jason Croft is a Video Marketing Strategist. In a nutshell, Jason helps businesses make money with videos. With over 25 years of media experience he has a proven track record of helping businesses build successful video platforms that convert. 
 
On this episode, Jason coaches me on how to launch my own YouTube Channel. 
 
Topics: 
  • How to develop a channel concept 
  • How to make compelling content 
  • How to market your YouTube Channel
  • How to utilize freelancers to improve production quality 
  • YouTube equipment for newbies 
  • Editing software you should and shouldn’t use 
  • Essential tools for YouTube

Connect with Jason: 

Website
Facebook
Instagram
Linkedin
Twitter
Aug 28, 2017

Cecilia Stevenson is an accomplished Freelance Video Producer and Editor who is a rare example of someone who doesn't just talk about her faith, but lives it as well. Cecilia has been involved in the production of videos for FedEx Office, American Heart Association, Texas A&M Athletic Department, Petmate, the Diocese of Dallas and many others. 

Originally from the Pacific Northwest, Cecilia's interest in video production started in high school when she got into making music videos with her brothers. After graduating high school, she went to college at the great Texas A&M University to pursue a Bachelor's degree in Telecommunication Media Studies. She graduated in May of 2014 and in January of 2015 moved to North Dallas to work as an intern for a local video production company, Eyecon Video. After 4 months of interning with Eyecon, she was hired on full time as their Production Coordinator. After a year and a half of working full time at Eyecon, she decided to leave at the end of 2016 to pursue freelancing. And that's where she's been since January of 2017 - living the freelance life, enjoying every second of it, and thanking God every day for the opportunities he has placed before her.

Topics:
  • Tips to succeed as a freelancer
  • How Cecilia gets booked for freelance jobs
  • How to grow your network through building quality relationships
  • What role faith plays in Cecilia's personal and professional life
  • The importance of finding your passion and doing meaningful work

Connect with Cecilia:

Website 

YouTube

Facebook

Instagram 

Aug 21, 2017

Andrew Jones left a career in music to teach university writing and English literature. After traveling around the U.S. as a silver bullet for artists with major label development deals and songwriting for Michael Jackson’s ill-fated comeback album, Andrew became a published poet and won an international award for his research on the symbolic power of language in science fiction. 

Now, Andrew balances his professional and artistic life in pursuit of perfecting clear, intentional expression. He continues to write award-winning work, this time for large companies. He has also resumed life as a musician and produces emerging songwriters and artists across the country.

  • The creative process
  • Keys to successful writing
  • How to induce creative states
  • Breaking through writers block 
  • Thoughts about “Smart Drugs” 
  • Writing rituals
  • Why Andrew writes with pen and paper
  • Lo-fi and Hi-fi writing tools 
  • The editing process
Connect with Andrew at HearAndrewJones.com. His latest release, Sound for Bombs, is available on andrewjones.bandcamp.com
Aug 14, 2017
Joshua Ponton is a Fitness Entrepreneur and the Founder of Renegade Bootcamps DFW. Renegade was created for people who have had trouble losing weight in the past and have been failed by countless gyms and weight-loss programs. In addition to workout classes, renegade has a proven method of creating results through accountability and progress evaluation. For anyone whose ever felt stuck in any area of exercise, nutrition or recovery, Renegade can be the solution for you. 
 
Topics:
  • Developing the mind in order to transform the body 
  • How to conquer limiting beliefs
  • They keys to making permanent change 
  • How to avoid self sabotage 
  • Finding your passion and purpose 
  • Josh’s entrepreneurial story 
  • Building a great business culture 
  • Why customer service is everything 
  • Renegade fitness methodology 
 
 
 
Aug 7, 2017

MOAR Creative is a Brand Ignition Agency. They ignite the spark within brands, unlocking their potential and maximizing their impact. They do this through brand strategy, storytelling, and the full range of creative services. They partner with their clients and help them rise above the competition to WIN.

Greg Keathley Bio:

Greg Keathley is an award-winning multimedia designer, creative strategist, brand consultant, artist, and father. He has won several design awards for his work and recently created the logo for a billion dollar company. His work has been seen around the world, and people have even tattooed it onto their bodies. He loves helping people and invites any and everyone to chat him up on social media with questions or to critique portfolio work.

Jensen Hall Bio:

Jensen Hall is a video producer, editor and director of photography. Creativity began in early childhood with directing and editing home videos and grew as he shot wedding videos as a young adult. Jensen loves to tell stories with his shots and always strives to create beautiful images that draw the viewer into the frame. Jensen lives in Melissa with his wife Lesley and four month old son Henderson. He is actively involved in his church and helps lead the youth group. He loves to hunt and enjoy the outdoors.

Topics: 
  • How to Ignite your brand and design 
  • How to effectively communicate your brand to your customers
  • The top 3 platforms you should utilize to promote your brand
  • How to tell the story of your brand 
  • How to incorporate video to promote your brand 
  • How to take full control over your branding
Visit CreateMOAR.com for a complimentary brand evaluation and notifications for free giveaways. 
 
Connect with MOAR:
Jul 31, 2017

Matt Miller spent the first 9 years of his career as an Air Force pilot, before entering the private sector to work in both the medical device and advertising industries. While a top performer in the corporate world, his long term desire was to be his own boss. A good friend one day mentioned the gum ball machines he and his young daughters owned, and that conversation began a 10 year business quest that has brought Matt’s company, School Spirit Vending, to the cutting edge of both the vending and school fundraising industries.

Today, School Spirit Vending’s franchising program provides a proven and profitable business system for busy professionals and their families looking to develop secondary income streams with a limited time commitment.

To get a FREE copy of Matt’s book, Live Your Dreams: Top 10 Reasons Why You Need To Start A Vending Business visit https://ssvbusiness.com/pathways/

Connect with Matt Miller: 
Podcast
Website
Twitter
Facebook
Comic Book
Jul 24, 2017
Tim Sanders spent most of his career on the cutting edge of innovation and change. He was on the ground floor of the quality movement, the launch of the mobile phone industry and, most notably, the birth of the world wide web. Today, he’s gravitated to disruptive change for over 30 years.

He was an early stage member of Mark Cuban and Todd Wagner’s broadcast.com, which had the largest opening day IPO in history. After Yahoo acquired the company, Tim was tapped to lead their ValueLab, which enabled sales teams to close hundreds of millions of dollars of new business through rapid collaboration.

By 2001, he rose to the position of Chief Solutions Officer and later, the company’s Leadership Coach. In 2005, he founded Deeper Media, which provides consulting and training services for leading companies, trade associations and government agencies.

Tim is the author of four books, including the New York Times bestseller Love Is the Killer App: How To Win Business & Influence Friends. It’s been translated into over a dozen languages and has been featured in Fast Company, USA Today, the New York Times, The Boston Globe, Christian Science Monitor and on CNN. His other books include Today We Are RichThe Likeability FactorSaving the World at Work and Dealstorming 

To connect with Tim and to receive special offers including a free chapter of his Bestselling Book, Dealstorming, visit http://www.timsanders.com/pathways

Jul 17, 2017
Kyle Martin is a Personal Trainer, Fitness Entrepreneur and former Competitive Bodybuilder. In 2009, Kyle placed 4th at the Ronnie Coleman Classic teen division. Dissatisfied with anything but 1st place, he sought mentorship to improve his weaknesses and went back to training harder than ever. The following year, Kyle achieved his 1st place win at the 2010 Ronnie Coleman Classic teen division. 
 
When Kyle was 15 years old, he was 6ft tall and 150 lbs. Since then, he has gained 80 lbs of lean muscle and dropped over 16 lbs body fat. Today, he helps others achieve their fitness goals through proper nutrition, exercise, goal setting and personal development. On this episode, we discuss what it takes to make permanent changes to your physical and mental fitness. 

 

Connect with Kyle Martin: 
IG: golden_age_bodybuilding
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MartinAthletics
Email: kylemartin@goldenagebodybuilding.net  
Jul 10, 2017

Dr. Jodi Walker is a Professional Certified Life Coach and Trainer. She has co-authored 3 books and in 2016, she launched a book series called Small Town Girl: Stories of Success & Inspiration with 10 co-authors writing about how their small towns helped shape them into the women they are today. 

Dr. Walker has taught at all levels for twenty one years, and during this time earned her Counseling degree in 1999 and her Doctorate in 2013. Her passions include, college and career decisions as well as helping women make successful transitions to find meaning and purpose in their lives. She's an inspiring coach and truly cares about helping others find their passion and purpose.
 
Topics: 
Simple Abundance — Gratitude, Simplicity, Order, Harmony, Beauty and Joy
Living Authentically— Making choices that keep you on your true path
Life Transitions — Adjusting through the changes in Life 
 
Connect with Dr. Jodi Walker: 
Jul 3, 2017

Bottle Rocket is an international, multi-disciplinary mobile studio that connects future-focused brands to their customers through sophisticated yet simple mobile experiences. With their award-winning applications and solutions, Bottle Rocket's partners strengthen their businesses through enhanced user and brand interactions. Bottle Rocket is a mobile specialist within Ogilvy—an international advertising, marketing and public relations agency, which is part of WPP, the world’s largest communications services group.

On this episode, I discuss the origin story of Bottle Rocket Studios with Founder and CEO, Calvin Carter

 

Jun 26, 2017
Calvin Carter is the founder and CEO of Bottle Rocket. Calvin built Bottle Rocket on the belief that exceptionally innovative technology not only enhances the way we do things - it redefines the way we live our lives.  A visionary with an entrepreneurial spirit, Calvin launched Bottle Rocket in March 2008, the day after Steve Jobs announced the iPhone being opened to third-party developers and months before the App Store opened. Named an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year in 2013, Calvin has grown Bottle Rocket to over 200 Rocketeers and completed more than 350 apps. 
 
Prior to launching Bottle Rocket, Calvin ran a private equity and business development company that completed many successful projects and made equity investments into 16 companies, many of which were technology focused. He has founded or co-founded several other businesses, including i.con interactive, an Internet software development and professional services company. This company eventually merged with seven other Internet firms to form Luminant Worldwide, a publicly-traded company with $160 million in revenue and over 1,000 professionals. 
 
Outside of Bottle Rocket, Calvin serves on numerous corporate advisory boards and was president of the Dallas Chapter of Entrepreneurs Organization, an international membership organization of more than 5,500 business owners worldwide. He later served on the President’s Council of EO and as its North American Regional Director. Calvin holds a BA in Accounting and BA in Organizational Behavior and Business Policy degrees from Southern Methodist University and is a graduate of both the Stagen Integral Leadership Program and Transformational Leadership Program.
Jun 19, 2017
Greg Weatherford II is an entrepreneurial prodigy and philanthropist. At the age of 12, Greg founded the non-profit, Young People Who Care, which helped create student-led service learning opportunities for young people to get involved in the community. 
 
In the for-profit world, Greg has served as a consultant for large corporations, non-profit organizations and educational institutions. In 2008, Greg was selected to lead The State Farm Youth Advisory Board which is an outreach initiative that allocates $5 million annually to college students to grant out across North America to deserving non-profits.

He’s been recognized for his community work by entities such as the United States House of Representatives, President George W. Bush, The United States Education Department, America’s Promise Alliance, Best Buy, Coca-Cola, Prudential Financial, State Farm, Apple Orthodontics and the Dallas Mavericks.

Greg now splits his time volunteering for various causes and managing his business interests. His non-profit organization, Educational Pathways was created to help youth and their families get access to valuable resources to become more engaged, educated and empowered. Since 2011, Educational Pathways has helped over 1,000 students get access to valuable higher education resources.

Topics:

  • The importance of finding your purpose
  • How to discover your purpose
  • How to profit from your purpose 
  • Making money with your passion
  • The importance of mentors
  • How to teach entrepreneurship to children
  • Why it’s ok to start small with your entrepreneurial ventures
  • The importance of continuous education
  • Being a lifelong learner  
 
Greg’s Businesses:
 
Connect with Greg:
Jun 12, 2017
This is part 2 and the exciting conclusion of my in depth interview with Jason Wang. 
 
Jason Wang is the Executive Relations Manager for Defy Ventures, a non-profit organization that takes previously incarcerated persons and pairs them with successful entrepreneurs and executives. Despite the success he’s achieved in present day, Jason did not have an easy start. He was incarcerated at the age of 15 and earned a 12 year sentence due to his life of hustling, gambling and gang affiliation. Since being released from prison, he’s completely transformed his life. Jason graduated from UT Dallas with a double masters (MBA, International Business), has raised over a quarter million dollars in private funding for non-profits, serves on the board of directors for TCJC, is featured in the hit documentary, Chasing Bonnie and Clyde and even founded his own company, By Size moments. 
 
Topics: 
  • Experiences in prison
  • The role his mother played in his transformation
  • How he was able to find success after his release
  • Defy Ventures 
Contact: 
jwang@defyventures.org
https://defyventures.org/
Jun 5, 2017
Jason Wang is the Executive Relations Manager for Defy Ventures, a non-profit organization that takes previously incarcerated persons and pairs them with successful entrepreneurs and executives. Despite the success he’s achieved in present day, Jason did not have an easy start. He was incarcerated at the age of 15 and earned a 12 year sentence due to his life of hustling, gambling and gang affiliation.
 
Since being released from prison, he’s completely transformed his life. Jason graduated from UT Dallas with a double masters (MBA, International Business), has raised over a quarter million dollars in private funding for non-profits, serves on the board of directors for TCJC, is featured in the hit documentary, Chasing Bonnie and Clyde and even founded his own company, By Size moments. 
 
  • Abusive upbringing
  • Lifestyle of gambling and hustling
  • The Crime
  • Roberies and burglaries 
  • Sentencing
  • Checking into prison
  • Life of a prisoner 
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