Jeff McManus grows things. As the Director of Landscape Services at the University of Mississippi, he grows plants...he grows people...he grows ideas. Jeff is a problem-solver, understanding that doing more with less is a 21st century mandate. Faced with a multi-million dollar landscaping beautification project, a demand for excellence, high productivity, and with a stagnant budget, Jeff knew that growing the people was critical to growing the plants. Understanding that all humans either have or strive for the innate elements of Greatness, Resiliency, Opportunity and Wisdom, Jeff developed his GROW-theory into an impactful management and professional development leadership program for his staff.
Taking his grounds employees, affectionately known as “weeders”, and developing them into “leaders” has been a joyous challenge that reaped acres of rewards in the form of national recognition by the Princeton Review, PGMS, Newsweek and every faculty, staff, student and visitor who has walked onto the Ole Miss Campus. Building on that momentum, Jeff has designed a professional development plan for his Weeders called Landscape University. His message rings true for any industry leader or manager looking to grow a high-performance and dedicated workforce.
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Dustin Joost is most passionate about how technology can empower individuals to achieve collective impact. As VP of Sales and Marketing for YourCause, he leads a team responsible for building the Global Good Network, partnering with companies to connect their employees to the causes they care about through employee giving, volunteering, and corporate philanthropy technology. Joining YourCause as an early employee, he has overseen the Global Good Network’s growth to more than 250 corporations, supporting more than 7 million employees across 170 countries. YourCause has helped corporations and their employees give nearly $2B to charities and track over 30M volunteer hours. He's also a partner and board member for Social Venture Partners Dallas, board member for the Dallas Heroes Project, mentor for the University of North Texas' Professional Leadership Program, and formerly co-founded Sales Hacker DFW and served as a board member for Digital Dallas.
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Julian Placino is a Recruiting Professional with 11 years of experience in agency and corporate staffing. He’s been instrumental in advancing the careers of hundreds of technology, creative and sales professionals around the country. Today, he leads talent acquisition for Bottle Rocket Studios, one of the premier mobile development firms in the world.
Julian is the Creator of the Pathways to Success Podcast in iTunes where he conducts in-depth interviews with world-class performers to discover their mindsets, tactics, and behaviors. He has interviewed CEO’s, New York Times bestselling authors, TEDx speakers, celebrity athletes, company founders, leading entrepreneurs, and prolific thought leaders.
Leveraging the experience, knowledge, and resources of the Pathways to Success network, Julian founded the Pathways to Success Training Co. which provides corporate training solutions in sales, leadership, career development, and wellness.
Having a unique and engaging presentational style, Julian was signed to the theatrical and broadcast division of one of the most prestigious talent agencies in the country, Kim Dawson. He has done acting, modeling, and voiceover work for AT&T, Ford, NFL, American Heart Association, DCCCD, Edward Jones, Hilti USA, ABM Aviation, Orthofix, and more.
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Donnie Boivin is Success Coach, Speaker, and an all-around good guy. He spent over 18 years as a straight-commission salesperson, executive, and ultimately sales trainer. He has spent years motivating and inspiring thousands of people to get out of their own way and RUN LIKE HELL. He's known as the go-to coach for helping people achieve higher levels of success by discovering their passions and then teaching them how to go for it.
Donnie Boivin challenges success minded people, and entrepreneurs to tackle their fears and find success that they know is there. His no-nonsense "Jarhead Gentle" style inspires people to take action and grow. Combining his story with those of everyday people who have faced challenges in life, he helps Bad-Asses reach their goals.
Download his eBook “That’s Not How You Journal. Jackass!” https://www.donnieboivin.com/jackass-journal/
Check out his monthly coaching program. “Becoming a Champion” at https://www.donnieboivin.com/coaching/
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/SuccessChamp
Russ Riddle is a senior legal executive with 12 years of in-house and 14 years of law firm experience in guiding C-Suite leaders and senior managers through the legal gauntlets of modern business.
His law practice has served such notable clients as Barney® the purple dinosaur, Bob the Builder®, Thomas the Tank Engine®, the voices of Jimmy Neutron® and Larry the Cucumber®, as well as countless companies and entrepreneurs.
Russ is a past president of the North Texas Chapter of the National Speakers Association and currently serves nationally as Chair of NSA’s Chapter Leadership Committee.
On this episode, we discuss how to improve your ability to negotiate and persuade.
Bryan Townsend is the Co-Founder of Trigger’s Toys, a non-profit organization whose mission is to alleviate the financial and emotional stress of sick children and their families. Together with his wife and Co-Founder Stacey Townsend, have raised over a million dollars towards the mission of Trigger’s Toys.
Bryan would tell you that Trigger’s Toys started because he needed to scratch a personal itch to give back to the community. Little did he know that one trip to the hospital with his dog Trigger would ignite a burning passion to help hospitalized children and their families in need.
In his for profit career, Bryan is the VP of Global Sales at The 86 Co. which creates spirits with some of the best distillers and distilleries from around the world.
On this episode, Bryan and I discuss how Trigger’s Toys came to be and how you too can start your own non-profit to give back to the community.
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Jay Wong is a serial entrepreneur, business advisor, real estate investor and host of The Inner Changemaker; rated #1 Self-Help Podcast on iTunes.
Jay’s mission is to create empowering media that summarizes all of the great lessons covered in on his show by other successful changemakers, in hopes that these combined journeys will help business owners grow their business through online marketing and elevate their leadership.
With interviews from game-changing entrepreneurs such as Bob Proctor (The Secret (movie)) Sean Stephenson (American Therapist and top Motivational Speaker), Lisa Nichols (personal development giant) Grant Cardone (Multi-millionaire and real estate mogul) and many other prominent names around the world, it's no surprise that his podcast sits consistently on top of the podcasting charts and is actively listened to in 123+ countries.
In October 2016, his podcast was even featured at Toronto Downtown’s busiest intersection, Yonge and Dundas square, highlighting the message of what can happen when you begin to tackle the seemingly impossible in life.He recently got named as one of the top 40 Millennial Influencers to follow in 2018 and regularly inspires audiences of entrepreneurs, change makers, and thought leaders at some of the most prestigious conferences and seminars around the world.
Andrew is the founder and CEO of Louder Co., a company of Operations Specialists that are driven to help their clients operate more efficiently, experience higher profits, and achieve growth faster. Louder Co.’s clients have coined them as their Chief Improvement Officer where they’ve generated over $100M in revenue, $100M in savings, and countless hours of operational efficiencies for those clients. Louder Co. has been built to take on fun, impactful projects to make a lasting impact on there growing clients.
From his home in St. Paul, MN Bob Stromberg travels continually performing his very unique blend of original story, standup and shtick. His work has left lasting impressions on Fortune 500 companies, raised multimillions for non-profits, garnered literary and theater awards and broken box office records in the US and Europe. The London Times said “ He’s a genuinely funny man”. The Chicago Sun Times called him, “... a mesmerizing physical comedian.” Most impressively, Bob has joined a very small group of elite artists who have stayed prolific and profitably busy for over forty years. How’s he done it? By “Mastering the Craft of Creativity”. In his online class, Bob shares three profound, transforming disciplines that lead to creating a rich, personal reservoir of original ideas.
Robert James Collier is the Founder of Entrepreneurs Dinner which hosts dinners for entrepreneurs, freelancers, models, artists, creatives and more, to share:
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
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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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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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.
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.