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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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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  
 
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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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