The Pathways to Success with Julian Placino

Julian Placino is a recruiter turned success speaker, show host, and media entrepreneur. The Pathways to Success is a show dedicated to helping viewers find their pathway to success by having conversations that educate, inspire, and transform with the world's greatest leaders. The show has featured company founders, CEOs, New York Times best-selling authors, TEDx speakers, professional athletes, and prodigious entrepreneurs.
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Dec 31, 2018

Claire is the Talent Acquisition Manager in the Buffalo, NY office of Remedy Intelligent Staffing. Remedy is a franchise division of EmployBridge, the largest industrial staffing firm in North America. She has built over six years of successively diverse HR management experience with privately-owned and publicly-traded global leaders that provide hospitality and food service management, medical devices development, and non-dairy frozen food production.

Claire holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in HR from the University at Buffalo, an MBA from Niagara University and her PHR certification through HRCI. She is an active SHRM member and on the Board of Directors for her local SHRM chapter, Buffalo Niagara Human Resources Association (BNHRA) as well as a contributing writer for Workology and the SHRM blog.

When not at work she is a professional development events facilitator at both of her alma maters, on the Disrupt HR Buffalo event planning committee and Co-leader of the Remedy Women in Leadership group.

On this episode, we discuss how to build an online presence for personal branding and career growth.

Connect with Claire:

Twitter | Linkedin | Blog

Dec 27, 2018

Ronald Davis, Sr. is the Founder of Davis Integration Group LLC, the Executive Director of Optimum Prep Student - Athlete Development, and the founder of Monopoly Business Impact Night, which mobilizes corporate and city leaders to serve our youth.

Originating in Fairfax, VA, Davis Integration has been in operation since 2012, working within 17 states with over 25,000 hours of community service impacting 1,000 kids per year through their community initiatives programs.

On this episode, we discuss Ron’s mission and how he brings together corporate and city leaders to serve our youth.

Linkedin | Instagram | Twitter | Website

Dec 19, 2018
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Jay Barnett is a former professional athlete who has written 3 books on the development of teens. As a best selling author he has seen the word leadership defined numerous ways over the years. Is it charisma and positive thinking? Fitted suits and bow ties? Decisiveness? Is it all about the situation? Is it meant only for the chosen few who rise to the top? Or is there a different story?

With over 10 years of experience mentoring, public speaking, and most important, real-life in the trenches business experience, his view is radically different. He has generated countless success stories and has transformed hundreds of lives. Jay shares with his mentees that leadership is a moment-to-moment choice and not about title and position. Leadership is for everyone. It’s a choice. It’s how we should live our life. 

As a leader in the community, Jay serves as the senior consultant and Master Teen Mentor with his Sugar Land, Texas-based organizations. 

His various organizations serve “at risk” teens ages 13-18, which includes children and teens transitioning through foster care and group homes. He also offers Back To School Back Pack Campaigns as well as Football and Basketball Camps. He continues to work with the best and brightest in the leadership development field. As a result of working with Jay, teens develop winning mindsets, self-esteem, self worth-worth, and value for their bodies. 

  • Mental Health, Depression, and Suicide 
  • Developing teens and youth
  • Discovering your purpose 
Dec 10, 2018

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Rubbish is the Y-Combinator startup school graduate that helps you map, track, and clean litter. The mobile app works with local leaders, businesses, and residents to help beautify the local neighborhood. Rubbish utilizes machine learning and community engagement to find new and better ways to tidy up where we live and improve the quality of life for everyone.
The mobile app and patent-pending hardware cleans up litter while automatically taking a picture and documenting each piece of trash that is picked up. Rubbish collects this valuable data to create litter maps, analyze neighborhood trends, and optimize cleaning. 
On this episode, we get to know Founders of Rubbish and their vision for the app. 
Dec 3, 2018
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Brice McBeth is the founder of Reap Marketing, the only digital marketing agency that hired itself to build an e-commerce business and optimize its own conversions by over 950% on its way to creating a multi-million dollar store that disrupted the salon equipment industry. 
It all started back in the 1900's when he started his career with IBM as one of the founding members of a group that created the first web analytics software delivered as a service, Coremetrics. After leaving to join ranks on the client side, Brice became quickly frustrated with the lack of agencies (albeit very talented) that were able to turn web traffic, buzz, branding, exposure, and engagement into sales. Seeing the need for an agency focused on website conversions, he launched Reap and eventually Standish Salon Goods.
Brice wrote about the journey in his book, Salon Chairs Don’t Sell Themselves. He speaks and provides education on the topic of Conversion Rate Optimization (CRO) to help companies get better results from their current marketing efforts.
- Conversion Rate Optimization
- Startups & Entrepreneurship 
- Selling Salon Chairs 
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Nov 19, 2018
In their bestselling business parable, The Go-Giver and then their follow-up, The Go-Giver Leader, Bob Burg and John David Mann challenged the conventional wisdom about success. Now they’re back with a new and equally compelling story about the power of genuine influence, in business and beyond.

The Go-Giver Influencer: A Little Story about a Most Persuasive Idea tackles the paradox of achieving what you want by focusing on the other person’s interests. No, not in a way that is self-sacrificial but rather in such a way that all parties benefit greatly. This results in both immediate and long-term success.

Bob Burg speaks all over the world on topics related to The Go-Giver, as well as what he calls, Ultimate Influence™. While his total book sales number well over a million copies, his and Mann’s original book has itself sold over 700,000 copies and has spurred an international movement.

Their new book, however, The Go-Giver Influencer, might just be their most important book of all.
On this episode, we discuss the 5 Secrets of Genuine Influence.

1. Master Your Emotions

2. Step into the Other Person’s Shoes. 

3. Set the Frame. 

4. Communicate with Tact and Empathy.

5. Let Go of Having to be Right. 

Connect with Bob Burg

Website | Facebook | Linkedin | Twitter

Nov 12, 2018

Leena Patel is the CEO of Global Impact Systems, founder of, and a leading expert on helping executive teams worldwide lead change, drive innovation, and develop a culture of collaboration and inclusion. Leena draws from her experience being mentored by her grandfather – a direct disciple of Gandhi, as well as two decades experience as a woman-owned, minority-owned business owner. Recognized with a Woman of Distinction Award for pioneering Gamulation as a revolutionary leadership training methodology, Leena and her team have worked with leading corporations in 16+ industries, advised CEOs and Senior Executives worldwide, delivered over 1000 seminars, and have been featured by leading media like NBC, Bloomberg, Fox News, ESPN, and many more.

  • Defining innovation
  • Why innovation is it important for both business leaders and individual contributors today
  • Introduction to Gamulation 
  • 3 Roadblocks to Innovation  
The 3 roadblocks are:
Roadblock #1 - How to Unleash Creativity
Roadblock #2 - How to Filter Through Ideas
Roadblock #3 - How to Follow Through on an Innovation Initiative
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Oct 29, 2018

Dr. Stephanie L. Knight is dean of the Simmons School of Education and Human Development. She is a nationally recognized education leader, researcher, and professor dedicated to bringing the results of evidence-based research to elementary, secondary, undergraduate and graduate education.

Knight began her education career as a classroom teacher of Spanish and French in Texas, Saudi Arabia and Pennsylvania. She received her doctorate in curriculum and instruction at the University of Houston before beginning a 20-year tenure at Texas A&M University, where she was professor of educational psychology and teaching, learning and culture. In addition, she held the Houston Endowment, Inc. Chair in Urban Education at Texas A&M, received the University Distinguished Teaching Award and was named a University Faculty Fellow. Knight joined Pennsylvania State University in 2009 as professor of educational psychology, where she taught courses on educational psychology; intelligence and creativity; integrated teaching methods for special education and English Language Learners; and research methods in teacher education. In 2013 she became associate dean at Penn State, leading the College of Education's undergraduate and graduate studies programs.

Her areas of research expertise include the relationships between instructional strategies, classroom processes, learning environments and student outcomes, particularly in U.S. urban and international settings; preservice and inservice teacher professional development; and the use of observational techniques to study classroom processes. She has published her research in hundreds of books, book chapters and journal articles and presented at numerous professional conferences.

In addition, Knight has directed university and national research centers, including serving as associate director of research into practice for the National Science Foundation Information Technology in Science Center for Teaching and Learning; director of evaluation and assessment for the National Center for Science and Civic Engagement in Washington, D.C.; executive director of the Houston School-University Research Collaborative at University of Houston; and director of the Center for Collaborative Learning Communities at Texas A&M. She was co-editor of the American Educational Research Journal: Teaching, Learning, and Human Development from 2004-2006, a publication of the American Educational Research Association; recently completed a five-year term as Lead Editor for the Journal of Teacher Education, the primary publication of the American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education; and also recently served as associate editor, Review of Educational Research, a publication of the American Educational Research Association ranked highest among education research journals.

Knight received her B.A. in romance languages and literature at the University of Kentucky, her M.A. and certification in secondary education at Lehigh University, and her doctorate in Educational Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Houston.

Connect with Dr. Stephanie L. Knight and the Simmons School of Education and Human Development: 

Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram 

Oct 22, 2018

Howard has been a Certified Public Accountant for almost 30 years and holds a BS in Economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.  After starting his career with Big 4 accounting firm Deloitte, he went on to become a Business Manager in the Investment Banking division of Citigroup where he spent 15 years.

In 2008, Howard decided to begin working on his own and since that time has built a successful tax practice based solely on referrals and has provided management and consulting services to clients as varied as the FDIC, the top winemaking family in Argentina and one of the world’s leading experts on patent monetization.

Originally from New York, Howard has been in the Dallas area for 15 years. He lives and works with his wife and business partner Marianne. 

Howard has a variety of outside interests including singing in his synagogue’s a capella group, Kol Rina.  He also loves to travel the world and spent 3 years living in Argentina.  Using his love of the Spanish language and interest in theology, he translated “On Heaven and Earth”, the first of Pope Francis’ books to be published in English following his inauguration.

Connect with Howard: 

Website | Linkedin 

Oct 8, 2018

Pat Bodin is an international best selling author, technologist, and entrepreneur. Pat is the author of #1 International best selling book: Get In The Boat: A Journey To Relevance, which addresses the #1 issue preventing companies from realizing the value of digital transformation. 

Pat Bodin started his career over 30 years ago as a Certified Public Accountant. After a few years as a CPA, he moved into the growing area of open computing. His technology career had him working with Lockheed Martin, Turner Broadcasting, and Cisco Systems.  In 2003, Pat Founded, Firefly Communications which grew into one of the largest consulting and education companies globally, which operated in 82 countries, 22 languages and 6 continents.  Firefly became wildly successful and Pat sold it in 2012. Since then, his interest has been in business relevance and continuous improvement. 

On this episode, we discuss how Pat turned Firefly into a massive success. 

Checkout Pat's book, Get In The Boat: A Journey To Relevance 

Sep 24, 2018

Justin Adu, or Adu as he is affectionately known by to his peers, is currently the Global Social Media Marketing & Community Management Manager at THX Ltd. (Founded by George Lucas). Prior to leading the digital and social media executions for movies like Solo: A Star Wars Story, Jurassic World, Creed 2, Uncle Drew and several other well-known summer blockbusters, Adu’s diverse career has impacted notable brands, organizations, and public figures. Adu earned his BS in graphic design with a minor in marketing from Alabama A&M University. He later earned a MFA in advertising with a concentration in art direction from Savannah College of Art & Design. Adu has made huge successful strides in the advertising, PR, and the fine art community and made a foothold in the art world by curating and exhibiting original art in ten solo art exhibitions. His projects include “African Amedia”, a performance piece that addresses the negative portrayal of African Americans in the media, and “Unsung Changemakers” a mix-media installation that celebrates the untold stories of African American heroes in addition to #AbnormalArtbeats, #BlackDFWMatters and #TheRevolution just to name a few. 

Adu’s work has impacted such brands as the Coca-Cola Company, NBA (National Basketball Association), PepsiCo, Dallas Cowboys, JCPenney, Spotify, AT&T, General Motors, CNN, SXSW (South by Southwest), and several other Fortune 500 companies and organizations. Furthermore, Adu has been recognized for his stellar work and talent by local and national outlets such as Saint Heron (Founded by Solange Knowles), BET (Black Entertainment Television), CNN, Black Enterprise (2016 Modern Man Highlight), Soul Train, Revolt TV, Blavity, CW 33, Ebony/Jet Magazine, Dallas Observer (30 Under 30 Honoree), Rolling Out, The ADCOLOR Conference and Awards (2015 Rising Star Honoree and 2017 Unsung Hero), San Francisco Egotist (32 Under 32 Top Advertising Professionals), American Advertising Federation, Huffington Post, AdAge, and ADWEEK in which in he was recognized in 2017 as one of the 4A’s “100 People Who Make Advertising Great” 

Adu is an active member of the American Advertising Federation, AIGA, and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated. Currently he serves as an Advisory board member for The Marcus Graham Project, member of The Barack Obama My Brother's Keeper Program and is the Director of Social Media for the ADCOLOR Conference and Awards. Furthermore, as an avid supporter of education, Adu continuously lends his time and knowledge to mentorship. He has taught many classes, including: graphic design, corporate identity, layout and design as well as advertising campaign management, while serving as the curriculum advisor for the Graphic Design Department at the Art Institute of Dallas. Outside the classroom, Adu created “Juice Box Sessions” for The Marcus Graham Project which consisted of multiple sessions on ways to improves your creative skills and position yourself as a creative leader in the advertising industry and he currently teaches at Miami Ad School. 

In 2016 Adu released his first book “Don’t Insert Title Here: The Guide Towards Creative Freedom and Success” and in is currently gearing up to release his second book “The Threat of Creative Annihilation”. Adu is a creative chameleon with an ability to navigate between art and brand communications with confidence, conviction and brilliance. A content creator, visual artist, videographer, director, teacher, social media maven and mentor, Adu is a 21st century renaissance man. He credits his career versatility to hard work and a calling to change the world with innovative ideas “Through my artistry, I aspire to challenge myself to think outside the box and I hope to inspire everyone around the world to push the boundaries of their creativity,” Adu said.


  • What does it mean to be a creative threat and is it okay?
  • Why is it important to learn the fundamentals of design yet break them?
  • Why is this book an experience and not exactly a book?

Connect with ADU:  

Book | Audio Book | Instagram | Twitter


Sep 10, 2018

Trillion Small is a Lecturer at The University of Texas at Dallas in the Behavioral & Brain Sciences Department. She is also a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist- Associate and a certified John Maxwell coach and speaker. Additionally, she is a Doctoral Candidate (PhD) in Clinical Counseling at Trevecca Nazarene University.

Trillion is the author of 4 books titled Internal Navigator: Basic Steps to Get You from Point A to Point B in Your Life, The Caged in Heart: How Your Childhood Wounds are Affecting Your Adult Life, Owning Possible: Your Guide to Making the Impossible Possible!, and She’s Possible: Find Your Irresistible You.

Trillion was honored and recognized as Nashville's Black 40 under 40 in 2016. She has also been seen on national and international television and heard on several local news and nationally syndicated talk show radio stations such as CBS, NBC, Christian Television Network, Total Living Network, The Word Network, Atlanta Live, and American Family Radio.

Her main desire in life is to help people develop better relationships with themselves, with others, and with God.


  • Mental and emotional health
  • Purpose, destiny, and calling in life 
  • Self-leadership and personal development

Connect with Trillion:

Aug 27, 2018

Joshua Reyes has been practicing as a Licensed Massage Therapist for over 7 years, a Massage Therapy Instructor for 4 years, and has now opened up his own spa as of July 12th 2018. His spa includes massage and body work, Floatation Therapy, and Infrared therapy. His massage practice focused on correcting posture and balancing the body and is carrying that value over into the spa. Revival Float Spa is the first of its kind in West Texas and has selected the best team to continue the mission of providing guests with an amazing experience that leaves them feeling rejuvenated and revived.

On this episode, we discuss the benefits of floatation therapy. 
Connect with Josh:
Aug 13, 2018
Lillian and her brother, Mark Lin, AKA "The Acrosiblins" specialize in partner-based movement and have taught at yoga retreats around the world. Their combined talents as an acroyoga duo and as a UX architect and software developer propel them to teach team-building for creative teams focusing on building trust and quality communication.
Mark Lin is a Web Developer and Cyber Security Engineer who has worked in both the government and commercial spaces. Originally a martial artist practicing and teaching Shaolin Kung Fu and Tai Chi, he fell in love with acroyoga when he discovered its ability to promote health and fitness while teaching better communication and collaboration. 
Lillian Y. Lin is a User Experience Architect and Customer Experience Strategist working with global enterprise clients such as Cargill, BASF, and Thrivent. By night,
she practices acroyoga and teaches Acromovement classes at The Yoga Movement studio in Dallas. 
  • What is acroyoga? 
  • How acroyoga builds trust, improves communication, and promotes creative problem solving
  • Team-building with acroyoga 
Connect with the Acrosiblins:
Jul 30, 2018
Chris Hanson was with IBM for nearly 20 years working in sales.  At 28, he began spending nights and weekends learning the stock market; the goal was time freedom.  He got there in 2002 at age 40 and walked away from the j-o-b.  People began approaching him saying, “I want to walk away like you did, show me how”, so he started , a stock market workshop that teaches the methods he uses.  He also hosts the podcast “Investing From The Beach”.
On this episode, Chris helps me analyze my personal financial plan! 
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Jul 16, 2018
With a unique style and sound, which echoes the influences of his past, Brad Leali is one of the most notable saxophonists of current times. A native of Denver, Colorado, Brad was raised in the Baptist Church. In addition to gospel music, he spent countless hours listening to the music his parents played (Coltrane, Cannonball, Bird, James Brown, Marvin Gaye, and Nancy Wilson). It’s no wonder that at a very young age, he was able to combine gospel, jazz, and R&B into his playing.
As a child, Brad recalls spending time looking through old year book photos of his father in the high school jazz band, looking sharp and clean. He was so enamored by these images that he found himself opening the case, time and time again, to see the beautiful horn from the photos. He finally told his father that he just had to play. That very day, his father had the horn repaired and signed Brad up for the Denver Junior Police Concert Band. That began his long love affair with the saxophone.
While studying the saxophone, Brad spent his youthful years listening to live jazz at many Denver music venues. One in particular was named “El Chapultapec,” owned by Jerry Krantz. Krantz loved jazz and would allow young musicians, such as Brad, to listen, learn, and sit in. It was here that Brad first heard many of his early mentors and local legends (Billy Tolles, Billy Wallace, Homer Brown, Nat Yarborough, etc.) He also got to hear and study with other jazz greats, such as trumpeter Clark Terry and saxophonists Eddie “Cleanhead” Vincent.
Leali received a Bachelor of Arts degree in music education from North Texas University in 1989, where he played with the world-renowned One O’clock Lab Band. Upon graduating, the Harry Connick, Jr. Orchestra immediately recruited him. In his tenure with the orchestra (1989-1994), Brad was the lead alto saxophonist and the musical director. During this time, they toured the world and the orchestra recorded two highly acclaimed CDs (e.g., Christmas CD & Redlight, Blue light)
By invitation of Frank Foster, Brad then joined the Count Basie Orchestra in 1995. (later under Grover Mitchell 2003). During his years with the group, the Basie band was a two-time Grammy award- winning orchestra. It was one of the greatest musical learning experiences he’d ever had. Working with older musicians only deepened his appreciation of the importance of this music. Spending time one-on-one with the likes of Joe Williams was unforgettable in these formative years.
During his time as one of the top jazz musicians in New York City, Leali was a staple in legendary jazz venues like the Village Vanguard, Blue Note, Jazz Standard, Iridium, and Birdland. He has also performed in Lincoln Center in the orchestras of jazz legends Nancy Wilson and Benny Golson.
Brad’s desire to pay it forward and help keep jazz alive led to him earning a Master’s degree from Rutgers University in 2005. He was quickly appointed as Director of Jazz Studies at Texas Tech University. While there, several scholarships were established in his name, including the “Brad Leali Endowed Jazz Scholarship”. In 2008, Brad joined the esteemed University of North Texas (UNT) faculty as Professor of Jazz Saxophone, where he directs small group ensembles, jazz performance fundamentals, and jazz saxophone. As the recipient of the UNT “Creative Impact Award” in 2014, Brad was recognized as a distinguished faculty member for his outstanding contributions as an educator who perpetuates the value of creative development and performance.
Brad Leali has also had a prolific recording career. His first solo recording was Priority Soul! in 1998 on the New Jazz Renaisssance Recordings label. In 1999, the Count Basie Orchestra won a Grammy award for Count Plays Duke with Leali receiving his own nomination for his solo work on the classic Billy Strayhorn composition, “The Star-Crossed Lovers.” His discography also includes Live in Europe (Brad Leali Quartet, 2004); Brooklyn Soul Organization (also produced by Leali, 2004); the critically acclaimed Maria Juanez (2006), which features his own compositions and eighteen-piece jazz orchestra; and DA’s Time (Brad Leali-Claus Raible Quartet, 2008) on the TCB label. Leali’s numerous television appearances include local news programs, the Today show, Jay Leno, Arsenio Hall, BET, and the Harry Connick, Jr., Christmas Special. He performed annually for many years as part of the Kennedy Center Honors program. Leali also performed at President Obama’s inaugural celebration “We Are One.”
While Brad continues teaching at UNT, he frequently performs, tours, and records. He also enjoys working as a guest artist, clinician, and adjudicator at other educational institutions. Brad has had a long-time endorsement with Keilwerth Saxophones and D’Addario Reeds. He currently tours with Lyle Lovett & His Large Band (2013-present).
  • Developing mastery through practice, faith, and loving what you do 
  • How to go from classroom to a working artist 
  • Building relationships with students as an educator 
  • Importance of preserving Jazz
  • Finding balance between learning in the classroom and on the bandstand 
  • Gospel Meets Jazz
Connect with Brad: 
Jul 2, 2018
Lindsey Harrison is the owner of the It Crowd Agency, a fractional marketing agency that provides businesses with creative, branding, content strategy, marketing execution, and impartial executive marketing development. 
In my opinion, what makes Lindsey great is that she has a proven track record of success across multiple industries. From a pet sitting business, snow cone stands, DVD rental machines, to online businesses, everything she touches becomes a success! Although she is obviously a talented and well-rounded entrepreneur, one her main “superpowers” is marketing. 
Today, she leverages her gift in marketing that has made her successful to help other companies through the It Crowd Agency. 
On this episode, Lindsey and I discuss how to Identify, Develop, and Market your personal brand. 
Connect with Lindsey: 
Website | Facebook | Instagram 
Jun 18, 2018
A native of Texas, Cameron started his career as a senior IT project manager for a small business in Irving, Texas. During this time, he helped the business close over $5M in government contracts. He later went on to teach business and technology at a local high school and eventually co-founded GF-17, Inc. a software development agency. In 2016, he filed a U.S. patent and opened a 20,000 square-foot workspace for computer programmers. Today, he is Founder and CEO of NewCraft Technologies, a Y-Combinator backed startup building work simulations that make learning a new craft easy.
  • Work simulations and the freelance economy 
  • How NewCraft can help you land freelance jobs through simulations and mentorship 
  • How NewCraft can help cultivate talent pipelines for corporations 
  • Work trends that impact you 
  • The future of startup companies 
Connect with Cam:
Website | Twitter 

Jun 4, 2018

Ali Boone is a 9-to-5 dropout who left a high-paying career as an Aerospace Engineer to start her own business. She is the founder of Hipster Investments, a real estate investment company that truly flips real estate investing on its head. Not only does Hipster offer unique investment opportunities that open the door for anyone to invest in real estate, but Ali has structured Hipster in such a way that allows her full freedom to create the life of her dreams. (She reluctantly admits sleeping- in is a major part of her current dream life…)

Ali has Master’s degrees in both Aerospace Engineering and Spiritual Psychology. She has written over 170 articles for—the world’s leading real estate investing website. She has been featured in Fox Business and The Motley Fool, has over 300k views on her Calculating Rental Property Numbers video on YouTube, has sold over 200 copies of her Turnkey Rental Properties 101 eBook, and was awarded Top 100 Real Estate Investing Blogs & Websites on the Web. If you ask Ali what her biggest accomplishment is though, she’ll tell you it’s that she successfully created a completely location-independent business that allows her to live wherever she wants, travel whenever she wants, work whenever she wants (or doesn’t want), and most importantly—she is her own boss. She is a firm believer in lifestyle design and the freedom and happiness that comes with it—and she’s certainly become an expert at living it! 

Ali’s strengths are in organic business building, passive income, outsourcing, and lifestyle design. She also does business consulting where she specializes in looking at the puzzle pieces of struggling businesses and, using her engineering background and experience as a successful entrepreneur, helps fit those puzzle pieces back together in a way that best supports the client and their business. 

When Ali isn’t helping people buy real estate or coaching other entrepreneurs, she is usually flying airplanes around Santa Monica (and teaching other people to fly as well), hanging out in the SoCal outdoors whether it be the beach or the ski slopes, hanging out with her little Pekingese dog, Harley, or volunteering in California prisons where she works directly with the inmates teaching them principles of spiritual psychology and methods of finding internal freedom. 

Amidst her busy schedule, her ultimate goal is to one day challenge Tim Ferriss to a lifestyle design duel.


  • Lifestyle Design
  • Entrepreneurship 
  • Passive Income 
May 21, 2018
Erin Smith started her entrepreneur journey over 13 years ago when she started investing in real estate across the country. Since then she has started several other businesses in various industries and sold them. After being told time and time again by others they would like to start a business but just didn't know how she launched The Starters Club. She now focuses on helping business owners with fundamentals and growth strategies through services and her event The Entrepreneur Summit. She is also a podcast host, speaker, mother of 2, and best-selling author. You can learn more about her upcoming event by visiting
  • How & Why the Summit was started
  • Why Events Can Help Business Owners
  • Biggest Issues Business Owners Struggle With
Connect with Erin Smith:
May 7, 2018

As the Vice President of Talent Management at projekt202, Karen King is responsible for ensuring they find talented people who are passionate about their craft to join their team, as well as partnering with leaders to develop their people and create a motivational workplace.  Recognized in 2015 by the Dallas Business Journal and the Dallas Morning News as one of the Best Places To Work, projekt202 is sought out by many as the place to share their talents and further their careers.  

With over 25 years of experience as an HR leader, strategist and business partner, Karen has played a key role in establishing and developing HR processes, and enabling companies such as Capital One, Alliance Data, Sapient and Rosewood to grow. Karen is passionate about helping companies develop more engaged, productive places to work. Her work encompasses multiple industries such as finance, higher education, technology, communications and more.   

Karen has earned a BBA in Management from Texas Tech University.  She is also SPHR and SHRM-SCP certified.  Over Karen’s career, she has also served as Conference Director for HR Southwest, President of Dallas HRMA and on the Board of Trustees for Dallas HRMA.

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Apr 23, 2018

Emmanuel Kumfa is a Chief Warrant Officer in the United States Army. He specializes in training military and civilian personnel on how to respond to incidents dealing with weapons of mass destruction, natural disasters, and even terrorist attacks. 

On this episode, we discuss the lessons Emmanuel has learned from training leaders all around the world. 
  • Transformational leadership 
  • Direct leadership
  • Participational leadership 
  • Transactional leadership 
  • Empathy and influence
Apr 9, 2018

Billingsley Consulting Group is a training and communications firm designed to help businesses, associations, and educational institutions grow through personal and professional development.  Claire Billingsley has experience coaching managers on social and communication skills, leadership skills, time management and organizational skills, personnel management, as well as personal and professional development.  Claire held leadership and management positions with Sylvan Learning Systems, FASTSIGNS International, and TONI&GUY Hairdressing Academy.  With over 20 years of business experience, she learned the strategies and skills necessary to lead, manage, and motivate employees spread all over the world.  Claire is a graduate of Emporia State University, a Certified Franchise Executive through the International Franchise Association and a trained executive business coach by Newfield Network in Boulder, CO.  She is an active Board member and previous Chairman of the Board at The University of North Texas Professional Leadership Program, College of Business.

Calling on her background in Improvisational comedy, Claire’s keynote speeches, breakout sessions and training workshops use participatory-style training methods that teach practical knowledge and skills through highly interactive methodologies and real life business lessons.  Claire’s programs take the skills and guiding principles taught through improvisational comedy and demonstrates how they transfer to the workplace.  Her techniques help individuals and organizations foster innovation, build confidence, take initiative, improve communication skills, collaborate, take risks and enhance creativity.

In 2010, Claire was named one of the “Top 25 Women to Watch” in Dallas by the Dallas Business Journal. 

Claire is a published author of “Circle Up”, co-author of “The Owners’ Guide”, and most recently, “Spirit Fed Entrepreneur”, which in two days reached the Amazon Best Seller List.

In the fall of 2016, Claire launched her Internet TV show “Coffee with Claire”.  New shows air every  Friday morning at 9 am and available 24/7  on the Women’s Broadcast Television Network, and on- demand on Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire Stick (just to name a few)  and on the Apple and Android phone app Womenontv, reaching over 30 million subscribers daily.

Claire is a certified NLP Practitioner, and a certified Laughter Yoga leader.


  • Benefits of laugher in the workplace
  • Improvisational comedy and business: how they can work together
  • Health benefits of laughter

Connect with Claire:

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Mar 26, 2018
Not many people can claim to have literally created not only an entire software category but as a result also a global multi-billion dollar industry. Mike is only one of two guys that did, the other being his past business partner. 

Born and raised in Chicago, Mike started his career with IBM in the pre-PC Mainframe era and was classically trained as a Marketing Rep (a fancy way of saying “Sales”) in their 6-month deep-dive intensive Sales Training School of which he graduated 6 out of 66 in his national class. He went on to have a very successful career with IBM who instilled in him many of the principles that he applied later as a software entrepreneur.

Mike has experienced both success and failure as an entrepreneur and lives by the credo Dare Greatly! - Fail to Succeed! Audiences find Mike exceptionally, and vulnerably, transparent and authentic that captures their hearts because of his relate-ability and enthuses the human spirit in his audiences to rise above the norm in realizing their greatest potential. 

Mike’s career has truly been uniquely, irrefutably, and intensely focused on effecting meaningful relationships. As a software entrepreneur he developed world-class tools to enable people to realize and achieve more effective, meaningful, real, and connected relationships in both their business as well as their personal landscape of networks.

Mike is best known as the Co-Founder and Co-Inventor of ACT!, the product that literally created the entire Relationship Management software category and global industry and that has been purchased by over 10 million people in the world. Still on the market today after 31 years ACT! has always been acknowledged as the catalyst that created the CRM multi-billion industry. 

Mike has spoken to over 250,000 people worldwide as the Keynote Speaker for companies such as Toshiba, Compaq, UT-Dallas, University of Illinois, IDG Publications, the California Professional Women Conference, Singapore Business Expositions, and numerous sales conferences among others as well as speaking on stage with other technology industry titans such as Masayoshi Son, the Founder & CEO of Softbank. Known as The Connection Expert Mike helps people and businesses build substantive and sustainable relationships that enables greater achievement and stronger networks from which all livelihoods depend. Mike can be reached at

In January 2015 Mike was recognized in a FORBES article as one of the “25 Professional Networking Experts to Watch in 2015” along with such notables as Tim Ferriss and Keith Ferrazzi.

  1. The real “R” in CRM is not about Relationships, but something more important
  2. Everybody Sells, making that 1-degree of difference
  3. Business is a Contact Sport - Success, Failure and What’s Next
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Mar 12, 2018
Abe Nadimi is a serial entrepreneur, business consultant and Founder of the Kinetic Experience, an innovative school that equips new and experienced entrepreneurs with the skills, resources, and connections to succeed in their business. He is also the Co-Founder of Social Smoke, the largest manufacturer of Hookah Tobacco in the USA. Social Smoke was ranked on the INC 500 and featured on CNN Money. 
  • Proximity advice vs Expert advice
  • Mastering human relationships
  • What it takes to succeed as an entrepreneur
  • Value added selling 
  • Developing the entrepreneurial mindset 
  • Reframing limiting beliefs 
  • Applying engineering concepts to business 
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