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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Apr 1, 2019

Motivational Speaker Shannon McKain is widely recognized as a leading authority in career development topics including: Emotional Intelligence, Generational Differences in the Workforce and Personal Branding for Employees. A former Executive Recruiter, Pryor Leadership Fellow, NFL Cheerleader and now Keynote Speaker for over a decade, Shannon has entertained and educated audiences around the world, receiving several accolades and awards throughout her career. She had a regular segment on CBS KCTV5 Better Kansas City and has been featured on Nickelodeon.

Book Shannon to Speak!

- Building your Personal Brand
- Growing yourself as a Leader
- Emotional Intelligence

Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | Website

Mar 26, 2019

Bruce Waller is the Vice President of Corporate Relocation for Armstrong Relocation and Companies in Dallas, Texas. Bruce has enjoyed many roles in relocation from operations to general management since 1995. Bruce is certified by WorldwideERC as a Certified Relocation Professional (CRP) and serves on the North Texas Relocation Professionals Board of Directors. In 2014, Bruce was the recipient of the Saul Gresky Award presented to NTRP’s Relocation Professional of the Year, and has received many awards including UniGroup Masters Club and Armstrong Relocation Presidents Club. Bruce is also certified by both HRCI (Human Resources Certification Institute) with a PHR, and SHRM (Society of Human Resource Management) with a SHRM-CP and currently serves on DallasHR Board of Trustees as well as TexasSHRM as a District Director. Bruce graduated from the University of Central Oklahoma with a degree in Business Administration. Bruce and his wife of 33 years have 3 children and 1 grandson and live in Dallas, Texas.

In 2017, Bruce published a leadership book called “Find Your Lane” to inspire people with a “Career GPS” to help navigate for success in their career and in their personal life.

- Leadership (Getting better)
- Relocating Talent (Reducing stress)
- Networking (Expanding resources and learning from others)

Connect with Bruce:

Book | Website | Linkedin | Twitter

Mar 12, 2019

Jay Barnett is a former professional athlete, best-selling author, and high impact speaker whose generated countless success stories and has transformed hundreds of lives through his mentoring and leadership.

Jay was a standout performer and four year starter at Tarleton State University and ultimately went on to earn a spot with the Green Bay Packers in 2006. After his time with the Packers, he played 2 years in the Arena Football League with the Tulsa Talons and Tennessee Vipers.

Today, he runs his own mentoring company, JBarnett Enterprise, which trains young men to be both physically and mentally strong.

Jay’s also pursued a successful acting career making appearances in such films as Hyphen, and on the reality show, Wedding Wars.

Letters to a Young Queen: Redefining Their Throne
Hello King: Claim Your Throne
Finding Our Lost Kings and Queens: Strategies for Empowering Our Future Kings & Queens

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Mar 11, 2019

Yoram Solomon is the founder of the Innovation Culture Institute. He published 8 books, 22 patents, more than 200 articles, and was one of the creators of Wi-Fi and USB 3.0.

Named one of the Top 40 Innovation Bloggers in 2015, 2016, and 2017, and a columnist at Inc. Magazine and Innovation Excellence. Yoram is an adjunct Professor of entrepreneurship at the Southern Methodist University, the University of Texas at Dallas, and the Hadassah Academic College in Jerusalem. He was the host of the first TEDXPlano in 2014, and a speaker at theTEDXOakLawn 2018.

Elected in 2015 to the Plano ISD Board. Yoram brings his experience as a shooter, serving in the IDF 35th Airborne Paratrooper brigade, and as a USAF CAP pilot. In 2015, he founded the Innovation Culture Institute, with a mission of helping companies build innovation culture and trust.

  • How to build a culture of innovation
  • How to build trust in organizations
  • The value of trust to an organization and to you
  • The difference between creativity and innovation

Checkout Yoram’s NEW online Innovation Culture & Trust Interactive Masterclass


Website | Linkedin | Twitter


Mar 4, 2019

Gus Kalathakis is a network marketing professional, weight loss specialist, lifestyle transformation coach, with an inspirational story of survival. He built a multiple six-figure bank account before the age of 30 as a restaurant owner, social media marketer, professional poker player, and real estate investor only to watch it all come crashing down after a devastating back injury that left him physically and spiritually hurt, depressed, 50 lbs overweight and 6-figures in debt. This was all just 7 short years ago. Since then, he’s had a complete transformation physically, spiritually, and financially.

He has overcome more than 6-figures of debt, created a residual online income, has beat the battle of depression and anxiety, and restored his physical health without need for back surgery. Gus credits his faith for his complete transformation and today helps free others from spiritual, mental, physical, and financial pain through his businesses.

On this episode, we discuss discuss how Gus completely transformed his life and how you
can do it too.

Connect with Gus!

Instagram | Facebook

Feb 27, 2019

Patti Geolat, founder & CEO of Geolat, is a widely known authority on appraisal, brokerage & sale of fine jewelry. Her clientele includes many of the top jewelry houses globally, as well as an extensive network of private & industry collectors. She has a reputation for excellence, confidentiality & ethics in the private world of jewelry and gemstones, giving her access at the highest levels.

In 2013 Patti established Something For Kelly to honor her niece who died from anorexia at the age of 26. The Mission of The Something for Kelly Foundation is to advocate, educate, empower, raise awareness, and support all individuals and their loved ones to take control of their predisposition to Eating Disorders with the central goal to aid all individuals on the ED spectrum with an emphasis on youths and vulnerable communities.

Patti has teamed up with Amanda Welch, who has struggled with eating disorders since she was child, to raise awareness about eating disorders and the mission behind Something For Kelly. On this episode, Amanda shares her personal story and the steps she's taken to get on the road to recovery.

What you will learn:
- How big of a problem are eating disorders in society?
- The misconceptions of eating disorders. Separating fact from fiction.
- Why some symptoms of eating disorders are not as easy to see as you think
- What you should do if you suspect someone of having an eating disorder
- If you are struggling with an eating disorder, the steps you should take to seek help


- Amanda Welch on Facebook
- Patti Geolat on Linkedin

Feb 26, 2019

Marcus Aurelius Anderson is an Author, TEDx Speaker, Keynote Speaker, US Army Veteran, lifelong Martial Artist and High Performance Mindset Coach to entrepreneurs who are Leaders, CEO’s and coaches.

While preparing to deploy with the U.S. Army, Marcus suffered a severe spinal injury that left him paralyzed.

After dying on the operating table twice, the surgeons saved his life, but told him he'd never walk again.

Having no other option, Marcus started doing some brutally honest soul searching, looking for the lesson to be learned from his injury. Once he started seeing his Adversity as a gift instead of a curse, something miraculous began to happen...

Marcus now speaks, writes, inspires and coaches others to overcome their own Adversities to actualize their personal definition of success in every area of life.

His message teaches us how we can use our own Adversity to make us into better leaders, citizens and human beings to create a better world.

What you will learn:
- Why Adversity is a gift
- Parkinson’s Law
- The Adversity scale

Checkout Marcus's LIVE "DO THE WORK" Transformative Event

Website | Facebook | Instagram | Book

Feb 25, 2019

Cameron Gawley is CEO and co-founder of BuzzShift, a digital strategy agency for mid-sized and large brands. He’s most comfortable when challenging the status quo. A serial entrepreneur and growth hacker, he started his first IT service company at age 18. He went on to build an online data backup company that preceded Dropbox and, before co-founding BuzzShift in 2010.

Cameron’s true north is growth, and he works to help high-potential tech companies and mid-market brands with their go-to market and growth strategies. Besides leading BuzzShift, his side hustles include serving as an advisor and investor in numerous tech startups, teaching Digital Marketing Analytics at Southern Methodist University for SMU’s Continuing and Professional Education (CAPE) program, and designing his own line of messenger bags.

What you will learn:
- Digital go-to market strategy for Brands
- The Netflix approach to social media
- Becoming a T-shaped marketer
- Leadership, Culture, and Entrepreneurship
- Being un-acquired

Website | Podcast | Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | Linkedin

Feb 18, 2019

Christina Rossini is a sales professional with 10 years of experience in telecom and IT consulting sales. She’s consulted with middle market companies throughout the country, enhancing their data & voice network infrastructure keeping cost containment and operational viability at the forefront.

Leveraging her sales and business experience from her telecom career—and following an origin trip to a coffee co-op in Chiapas, Mexico--Christina created the distribution firm, Innisor International, to mobilize the social impact co-op to go to market in the USA. She imports and distributes Arabica coffee, soap, honey, chocolate and hand-embroidered products across multiple sales channels nationwide. Christina works alongside indigenous smallholder farmers and producers to address their two biggest challenges: a just, sustainable income; and large market access. Christina leads Inissor International in collaboration with UN Sustainable Development Goals and Conscious Capitalism.

Christina is the founder of Lighthouse Partners, where she builds communities surrounding international, faith-based group spiritual tourism. She creates peak moments centered on spiritual and religious travel for pastors, choir groups, bible studies, and lay people throughout the world. She has escorted group sizes of 5-40 passengers to pilgrimage destinations including Mexico, Israel, France, and Italy.

Guided by her mission of living an intentional life, everything she does centers her core values of gratitude, community, and peak moments. These themes are also braided into her philanthropic work as chair of the Holy Trinity Catholic School board, board member of Conscious Capitalism Dallas chapter, keynote speaker and advocate for the National Kidney Foundation, and executive committee member of Heritage Oak Cliff. Christina reads non-fiction, enjoys sauvignon blanc, and resides in Oak Cliff, with her husband Mark and their blue heelers, Sadie and Brinkley.

1. Lessons learned from hiking the 500-mile Camino de Santiago
2. How Christina prepared her corporate exit to make her side hustle her full-time entrepreneurial career
3. The importance of seeking and creating communities in life

Connect with Christina:

Website | Linkedin

Feb 14, 2019

Deya Smith-Taylor, whose byline is “Deya Direct" --- is the President and Creative Director of Deya Direct Enterprises.

She is a Certified Life Coach in Social & Emotional Intelligence, the author of nationally-published blogs and three published books: Amazon #1 Bestseller “Failure is Fuel,” “Touch Yourself, 30 Ways to Boldly Live, Love and Let Go,” and most recently “Soft is the New Power: Embracing Your Femininity to Win in Love & Life.”

For over 10-years, Deya served as the Lead Content and Senior Producer for the acclaimed, nationally-syndicated Tom Joyner Morning Show (TJMS), the most successful syndicated urban radio show in history reaching more than 8 million people on a daily basis. There, she was also featured on-the-air and as a multimedia talent where she hosted, created and produced several celebrity-driven shows including: Girlfriend FM and Beyond the Studio on

Under her company, Deya recently launched the SuperpowHer Podcast,

( a Powerhouse “Testimonial Series” with real-life tools that women can use! It’s a lively, yet safe space where Deya Direct gets real with Celebrities, Power Players and her Super-friends about how they overcame the fire of life, and leveraged their Superpower to Learn, Live, Love and Laugh again! By the its first month, the show had already acquired 1,000 downloads and it’s first national sponsor.

As a former Miss Black USA, Deya has been empowering women to honor and value themselves from the inside out for over 15 years. She has spoken and written about the process of self-love internationally.

​Deya has offered expert guest commentary on national television, spoken and moderated at international conferences, and has served as a spokesperson and advocate for multiple nonprofit organizations including: The American Red Cross and the AIDS Healthcare Foundation.

What you will learn in this episode:

- How to ask someone out without being weird
- The best and worst reasons to be in a relationship
- The biggest mistake in dating
- Understanding love languages
- No one is responsible for your happiness
- How to heal a broken heart
- Keys to meaningful and successful relationships

Connect with Deya:

Website | Podcast | Instagram | Facebook | Books

Feb 11, 2019

Cheri Garcia is the Founder of Cornbread Hustle, a staffing agency for second chances. Cheri is passionate about helping felons and people in recovery find transformation through employment and entrepreneurship. As someone who has re-invented her own life, Cheri wanted to create a company to help others do the same. Before starting Cornbread Hustle, Cheri found her own transformation and recovery through inventing a tanning bed and getting a career in the TV news industry. Cheri developed expert level skills for marketing and PR. She uses those talents to help individuals getting out of prison re-brand themselves to become the person they want to be and get noticed by the people they want to meet. Cheri also is a PR consultant for Mark Cuban companies, and provides strategy plans and media opportunities for a variety of the Shark Tank companies.

What you will learn:

1. Why companies should hire felons.
2. Prison stories - of teaching them inside the walls and outside the walls
3. How to build your personal brand
4. How to empower your employees to thrive in jobs they may not love

Connect with Cheri: 

Website | Instagram | Linkedin | Facebook 

Jan 28, 2019

Elizabeth Engen is an Online Business Strategist and Founder of Premier SEO Ninjas - a digital marketing agency that has helped Doctors and Lawyers grow their practices and create massive revenue since 2009. She provides innovative and results-driven internet marketing solutions so that business owners become even more successful in their chosen fields of endeavor. Over the past fifteen years this Premier Google Partner and Double Agency Owner has been building compelling campaigns that get traffic, get noticed, and generate more clients for their businesses in nineteen countries around the world.

What you will learn:
- Online Reputation Management
- How the Only Way To Live Is In a Beautiful State
- How To Instantly Identify a Limiting Belief and How To Eradicate It Forever

5 Ways to Fix Your Reputation Online & What You Can Do To Improve It ==>

Contact with Elizabeth:
Website | Facebook | Twitter | Linkedin

Jan 14, 2019
Scott Wintrip is a business consultant, professional speaker, and author. He helps organizations across the globe eliminate hiring delays. 

Scott has helped more than 23,000 organizations across the globe eliminate the stress and overwhelm of recruiting and hiring. He's shown them a method for creating an instantaneous job filling system that eliminates hiring delays.

Scott is the author of, “High Velocity Hiring: How to Hire Top Talent in an Instant” The book focuses on helping companies to stop participating in the old way of hiring (keeping a job open until the right person shows up), and instead, engage in the new way of hiring (cultivating top talent until the right job shows up).

What you will learn: 

  • Why you should, “Always be interviewing, occasionally hiring.” 
  • Why time to fill can and should be zero
  • Why Staffing and Recruitment firms aren’t as competitive as they think they are
  • The talent shortage is irrelevant if you have the right process. 
Connect with Scott: 
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:

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