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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May 15, 2017

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”.

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May 8, 2017

Cassie Parks is a seven time best selling author, a retiree at the age of 32, and the Creator of the Manifest $10K course which has currently served more than 1500 people + in 26 countries. 

Her best-selling books include the topics of money, business and lifestyle design. She is a mentor for those who want to turn their wildest dreams into their dreams come true. Manifest $10,000 hits bookstores in May of 2017.

On this episode, Cassie and I discuss what it takes to become financially free and how to develop a positive money mindset. 

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May 1, 2017
Riad Bekhi is an eCommerce entrepreneur and the Chief Potato Officer @ Potato Parcel, which is a service that allows you to send a custom message to anyone…on a potato. Now although that might sound funny to some of you, it is a serious business. Riad and his parter Alex Craig, were featured on the hit TV show, the Shark Tank and successfully struck a deal, with Mr. Wonderful himself, Kevin O’Leary. 
Leesons from Riad: 
  • The benefits of self-learning
  • Creating an environment that employees enjoy
  • Time management and organization
  • Focusing on growth and always being open to new ideas. 
Connect with Riad and Potato Parcel
Apr 24, 2017
Jason is a top business and executive coach and sales leadership trainer. He’s a leading expert on human behavior, influence, and relationship building. 
At the heart of his strategy is the understanding that people and your relationships are your true “wealth.” Everything we accomplish in life is with or through other people. 
He's worked with well-known CEOs such as Steve Jobs, Mark Hurd at HP, and many others. He's helped his clients meet influencers such as Tim Cook, Bill Gates, Richard Branson and many others. He's also helped his clients make more than $1 billion dollars over the past 3 years and get on influential boards such as TED and xPrize.
Jason’s bestselling book, Social Wealth, the how-to-guide on building personal and professional relationships, has sold more than 45,000 copies and has been #1 in four business and self-help categories.
He's been a featured guest on 500+ podcasts, radio and TV shows, and FOX News radio contributor. Jason has his law degree and masters in communications from Syracuse University. 
Apr 17, 2017

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

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

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

Robert considers meditation to be one of the key factors to his success as an entrepreneur. On this episode we discuss the benefits of meditation and its direct application to business success. 

Connect with Robert:

To learn more about Entrepreneurs Dinner go to

Apr 10, 2017

Crystal Gornto is an entrepreneur, event facilitator, blogger, speaker, Ruckus Maker and of course the Chief Love Amplifier at, which connects women with purpose in the busy seasons of life. 

Crystal is a wife and mother who left a successful career to start HeartStories because she knows what it’s like for women to rush through life on autopilot, losing touch with close friends and the truth about themselves in little pieces along the way.

HeartStories was born out of her passion to help women to hear Love louder than all the negative noise in their lives. Through HeartStories, Crystal is determined to create fun and innovative ways to connect women with more joy and purpose.   Her mission is to inspire them to be all they’re meant to be, while enjoying the journey together, despite their hectic lives.  She hosts monthly GNOs (Girl’s Nights Out) speaks, and blogs daily about life and learning on the journey of leading HeartStories.

Crystal would love to connect!  Find her on LinkedInFacebookInstagram, & Twitter.

Apr 3, 2017

Jonathan is the Founder of DASH, Digital Auction Showdown, which is a digital auction platform designed to enhance a fans sporting experience before, during, and after a game by connecting sports teams with their fans through live, in-game auctions.

What you will learn: 

  • How to build a tech company without tech experience
  • How to attract and build the right team to support your vision
  • The product validation process 
  • Hustle, grind and overcoming fear 
  • What Jonathan learned about life and business on the wrestling mat

Get the DASH app!

Connect with Jonathan: 




Mar 27, 2017

Alison Lumbatis is the creator and editor of Get Your Pretty On and the first of it’s kind online capsule wardrobe membership program – Since rolling out the program in 2014, over 10,000 women in 20 countries have participated. She is also the developer of Stylegistix, a turnkey fashion tech platform that allows personal stylists, fashion bloggers and online fashion retailers to easily create and sell their online style programs.

Alison is a personal stylist and former actress and print model with both creative and technical backgrounds. She was a network engineer for several years before leaving corporate America to pursue creative endeavors.   She is a contributor to Redbook Magazine and has been named one of the Top 25 Best Fashion and Beauty Blogs (POPSUGAR), an Editor’s Favorite (Lucky Magazine) and a Top Up and Coming Blog (Bloglovin’). Alison is the Amazon best selling author of Get Pretty, Kick Butt! The Moms’ Guide to Looking Your Best and Getting More Done. Through the Pretty Strong program, GYPO provides complimentary style services to women undergoing cancer treatment.

Get Your Pretty On reaches a half million visitors annually in 200 countries worldwide. Alison inspires a global community of women to rediscover themselves and embrace what makes them feel pretty, happy and confident.

Connect with Alison:





Mar 20, 2017

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

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

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

To learn more about Entrepreneurs Dinner go to

Connect with Robert

Mar 13, 2017

Blake Hammerton is the founder and creative director of The Sharp Gentleman, a company focused on helping guys earn more respect by being more respectable. He’s a certified coach with a background in psychology and relationship dynamics, and uses his ever-expanding arsenal of tools to help clients all over the world become the men they were born to be.

What you will learn: 

  • What a modern gentleman is and why you want to be one
  • 4 steps to becoming a modern gent for the subtle guy 
  • Essential outfits for every modern gent
  • The modern gent's guide to improving confidence, image and communication
  • Dressing to elevate your image and confidence 
  • The secret phrase to fix anything with your significant other 

Connect with Blake Hammerton:

Mar 6, 2017

Laura D is a fitness entrepreneur who has lost over 100 pounds. In doing so, she’s created a following of nearly 80,000 organic followers across all social media channels. Laura D was a member of the test group, and was featured on the infomercial for CIZE, the hit dance workout program with Shaun T from BeachBody. Her passion and purpose is to help people improve their physical, mental, spiritual and financial lives. 

On part 2 of our interview, we talk about how Laura was able to lose the weight and build a massive social following which supported her journey in unbelievable ways. 

Mentioned on the Podcast: 

Connect with Laura D: 

  • Instagram
  • Facebook
  • Snapchat: @laurad543
  • To see more of Laura’s before & after pics, Search #iAmLauraDtransformation 


Feb 27, 2017

Laura D is a fitness entrepreneur who has lost over 100 pounds. In doing so, she’s created a following of nearly 80,000 organic followers across all social media channels. Laura D was a member of the test group, and was featured on the infomercial for CIZE, the hit dance workout program with Shaun T from BeachBody. Her passion and purpose is to help people improve their physical, mental, spiritual and financial lives. 

On part 1 of our interview, we talk about Laura’s unbelievable story of couch surfing across the country to pursue her dreams. 

Mentioned on the Podcast: 

Connect with Laura D: 

  • Instagram
  • Facebook
  • Snapchat: @laurad543
  • To see more of Laura's before & after pics, Search #iAmLauraDtransformation 
Feb 20, 2017

Matt Sandrini is an intentional performance coach and runs, a blog that shows you how to use time as the ultimate measure of wealth. He’s currently a most read writer on Quora with 2.1m views. Through personal coaching, Matt supports ambitious people to get clarity on their number one goal and take constant, planned action to achieve it.

Checkout Matt’s free course to Triple Your Output at

What you will learn: 

  • Kickstarter pro tips 
  • Must know product launching techniques 
  • Managing time like a Time Zillionaire 
  • Goal setting
  • Neuropsychology 
  • The truth about will power

Connect with Matt:



Twitter: @mattsandrini

Instagram: mattsandrini

Feb 13, 2017

Aj Amyx is an international Personal Brand and Business Growth Strategist, who teaches business owners and entrepreneurs how to build and grow an online business using social media and other innovative marketing strategies. He’s been featured on CNN, BusinessInsider, CreativeLive and is a mentor to several of Forbes Top Social Media Influencers. He’s the creator of the online courses, Tweet Like a Rockstar, The iTER System and the High Converting Webinar StarterKit.

What you will learn: 

  • Turning your personal brand into a highly paid business
  • How to make $3,000 / month using your existing knowledge 
  • Developing a world class personal brand 
  • Why you may need to take your business offline to succeed
  • How to rewire your mind to become fearless 
  • The process to eliminate limiting thoughts
  • Discovering your natural tendencies as a creator 

Connect with AJ: 

Feb 6, 2017

Layne Wiedl is a middleweight amateur competitive bodybuilder. He has competed in 4 shows and placed 2nd in the 2015 Ronnie Coleman Classic and 2nd at the 2016 Heart of Texas Championships. On this episode, we’ll learn Layne’s secrets to sculpting the ideal physique. 

What you will learn: 

  • Eating for maximum muscle growth
  • Best sources of proteins and carbohydrates
  • Supplements, vitamins, oils and more! 
  • The “magical” product Layne uses to burn fat 
  • Training for your body type
  • Keeping the body guessing for maximum results 
  • Cycling your diet as well as exercise 
  • The reality of judging in bodybuilding competitions 
  • The core bodybuilding lifts: bench press, deadlift & squats
  • Recovering the body or maximum results 

Mentioned on the Podcast:

Connect with Layne:

Jan 30, 2017

With more than two decades of facilitating, teaching, and most importantly, real-life, in-the-trenches business experience, Tom Allen, President/CEO of Opango, is dedicated to helping business professionals and entrepreneurs understand how to create a well thought-out executable business plan, a roadmap, to take their ideas and businesses to the next level. 

Tom brings a passion and energy to his presentation that empowers his audiences to understand their potential and devise strategies to identify their toughest business challenges and implement critical action plans that accelerate their sales cycles and maximize profits to greater levels.

He has advised tech startups and established telecom business owners and executives to succeed where others have failed. Comfortable in the boardroom and also on the factory floor, he has led teams at all organizational levels and across many industries. He takes great joy in their successes.

Tom’s specialty is collaborating with his clients to install business infrastructure, leadership methods, and management processes to achieve self‐sustaining businesses that function smoothly, consistently, and profitably. 

Tom holds an Executive MBA from University of Florida and is an avid pilot. In his spare time Tom serves as a judge for Texas A&M, University of Texas at Dallas, and Lamar University Business Plan Competitions. 

Besides flying, his wife and children, one of Tom’s greatest passions is encouraging young entrepreneurs letting them know…“You can do it, you’re going to be okay!”

What you will learn: 

  • Step by Step: Turning an idea into a profitable business 
  • Tom’s “controversial” idea about business relationships 
  • Idea, entrepreneur, execution…what’s most important? 
  • Business plans: Do you even need one? 
  • When you should and shouldn’t listen to your customer
  • The kind of relationships every entrepreneur needs
  • Distinguishing good business ideas from bad ones  
  • Why you must take criticism well and use it
  • Why it’s ok for your business to change 
  • The commonalities of successful business ideas 
  • To scale or not to scale? 
  • 3 Company Types: Product Leader, Customer Intimacy, Economic Efficiency 
Jan 23, 2017

Jake Thompson is the Founder and Chief Encouragement Officer at Compete Every Day and the host of the "Better Than Yesterday” podcast. He began his entrepreneurial journey by selling shirts from the back of his car in May of 2011. To the dismay of his friends, Jake no longer sells the shirts from his car. One of his proudest accomplishments is the ability for Compete Every Day to provide employment for its growing team, allowing them to live their passion daily. 

Jake is an entrepreneur, motivational speaker and writer. He is a proud TCU alumni & MBA graduate of the University of Dallas. He loves working out while also being obsessed with donuts. Jake currently lives in the Dallas area with his wife, Elena, & their two lovable boxers, Huckleberry & Bella.

What you will learn: 

  • Jake Thompson’s entrepreneurial story 
  • How to scale a business
  • How to find your “one thing”
  • How to deal with fear and uncertainty 
  • What makes a great brand 

Connect with Jake: 








Jan 16, 2017

Deirdre Sanborn is a leadership coach, business consultant, corporate event speaker, and the host of The Ambition Project Show. She leverages over 20 years experience as an executive in the investment banking industry working with Fortune 500 companies to provide strategic value and insight to her clients. Deirdre firmly believes that clear, open conversations are the secret weapon that fuels growth in any business. It is the reason why top clients work with you, elite talent sticks with you, and your company profits year after year. Her mantra: "Relationships are the deal”.

What you will learn: 

  • The 5 C’s to live a fulfilled life
  • The #1 mistake entrepreneurs make to derail fulfillment
  • How to find your unique gift 
  • How to find your unique purpose 
  • Steps to living your best life now 

Deirdre's Mission: 

To help business leaders build inspired businesses that support them, their family, their employees and their community.

What Deirdre does for her clients:

She advises business owners about employing the best of "big company" practices to help their team think strategically about expanding their business, optimize performance and access capital to fund the company's growth objectives. 

Who Deirdre works with: 

Her programs are designed for motivated business leaders who want to grow and build a company or team that frees them up to do only what they love to do most in their business. It’s a process that will show you how to multiply your income, freedom, and take your company to the next level. 

Specialties: Leadership Coaching, Strategic Planning, Communication, P&L Management, Mergers & Acquisitions, Divestitures, Structured Finance, Banking Relationships, Investor Relations & Mentoring.



Twitter: @deirdre_sanborn

The Ambition Project Show Podcast:

Jan 9, 2017

Stephanie J. Bond is a survivor. After experiencing personal heartbreak of unfathomable proportions, she has dedicated her life to helping others transcend through their own personal tragedy.

Stephanie’s husband struggled with mental illness throughout the last several years of their marriage. As his illness escalated, violence and abuse gradually crept into their home. In 2010, her marriage ended with an attempted murder and his suicide. Stephanie was shot three times and suffered life-threatening injuries. Her family was broken. Her community was divided. She lost her multi-million dollar business, leaving her with few financial resources to raise four children.

Stephanie is proof that even with financial stability and other privileges, domestic violence and mental illness can still destroy everything. Through all of this, she refuses to be typecast as a victim. Her unique perspective as a caregiver, her need for resilience, and her belief in the power of faith —especially during times of unimaginable grief—is shared with raw transparency and authenticity.

Stephanie shares her story to shed light on improving the way to view, act, and care for those afflicted with mental illness. She shares her story to help navigate a way out from domestic violence. She shares her story to inspire others to rise above their personal struggles.

What you will learn: 

  • Recovering from domestic violence 
  • Steps to get out of an abusive relationship 
  • Mental illness from the Caregiver’s eyes
  • Overcoming loss
  • Finding purpose through Pain
  • Rebuilding your foundation
  • Domestic violence resources 

Connect with Stephanie: 



Jan 2, 2017

Elizabeth de Moraes is a Certified Transformational Coach, focused on visibility and video in business who creatively and passionately guides and empowers high-powered-go-for-it entrepreneurs who know they want to make an even bigger impact, "unleash their inner celebrity™" through video and stand out in a crowded marketplace by being the superstars they are meant to be in the world! 

She does this by helping them get their head in the game, gain clarity on the direction they desire to go in business and life, and refine their messaging, and especially their 'performance' skills to get their powerful message out. All this so that they can access and unleash their authentic charisma, which is so powerful in helping one to be seen as the leader and celebrity in their field! Having that extra 'spark' in your messaging can become your super power! It equals more magnetism, which translates into more influence, impact and sales!

She draws from her extensive experiences as a transformational coach, multiple business owner former international professional dancer, choreographer, scholar and teacher in both performing and in business. She has the experience and knowledge that gives her a unique way of 1. helping clients define their passion/message/business and then 2. drawing out their authentic essence so that they can step out fully onto their “stage.” It has been her honor and privilege to witness the blossoming of many people who then stand in their power and unleash that “inner celebrity” that has been lying dormant for so long. 

It's time to stop fearing your brilliance so that you can step into your greatness...the greatness that you were placed here to claim and release to the world! 

What you will learn: 

  • Mastering video to grow your business 
  • How to NOT freak out in front of the camera 
  • Looking like a pro in front of the camera (even if you aren’t) 
  • Crushing Facebook Live
  • Unleashing your charisma and inner celebrity 
  • Finding your unique strengths and inner greatness 
  • Lessons from performing arts to grow your business 
  • How to develop improv skills 

Connect with Elizabeth!

The 5 Biggest Mistakes to Avoid When Making Your Videos - CLICK HERE 



Dec 26, 2016

Nick Snapp is an entrepreneur who uses project management and continuous improvement methodology in coaching overwhelmed entrepreneurs to remove bottlenecks, save time and increase profitability.  He is obsessed about helping entrepreneurs uncover their "game-changer,” the one activity that will deliver the greatest return on invested time both at work and at home and holding them accountable following through.

Nick earned a Masters in Mechanical Engineering from Union College and MBA from the University of Florida.  He obtained Lean/Six Sigma and Project Management Professional certifications, and worked 14 years in the nuclear and phosphate industries, where he led teams as a capital project manager, responsible for multi-million-dollar projects.  Nick leverages his leadership and technical background to provide a unique coaching experience for his clients. He is best known as the atypical-engineer host of The Make it Snappy Productivity Show podcast, and all things “snappy," for that matter.

What you will learn: 

  • Finding your game changer activity 
  • How to prioritize, delegate and focus
  • Accountability tips & tools to use right now
  • One step to breaking free from overwhelm 
  • Crafting a workspace for maximum effectiveness 
  • Nick Snapp’s productivity reading list 
  • How to work with Nick directly! 

More on Nick Snapp: 


Call to Action:

If you go to, Nick’s offering three of his best tips for helping overwhelmed stop being busy and start being effective with his strategy video and companion guide.  He’s also offering a 25-minute strategy call for brave entrepreneurs who are serious about solving their #1 struggle with time management - just don’t be offended if Nick call’s you out on your excuses.

Just go to , watch the strategy video, download the pdf and apply for the call.

Podcast & Blog:

PRODUCTIVITY ON PURPOSE (P.O.P.) (Closed Facebook Group)

  • This is a free Community where we help hold each other accountable to doing our one productive thing each day, by making our commitments public, giving each other feedback, helpful tips, etc.
  • If you're serious about getting your time back, please consider this YOUR invitation to join the group!



  • Daily tips on productivity
  • Interesting articles
  • Community interaction
  • Announcements related to The Make it Snappy Productivity Show

 TWITTER (@thesnappyshow)


Dec 19, 2016

Wilfredo Placino is an international banking expert whose signature has created millions for his clients, himself and his family. Wilfredo is arguably one of the most successful and sought after bankers in the Philippines. On this episode we discuss the critical steps to mastering personal finance and succeeding in business. 

What you will learn: 

  • How to master your personal finances
  • The #1 reason people succeed in personal finance
  • The #1 reason people fail in personal finance 
  • A step by step financial plan 
  • A budget that will secure your financial future
  • How to grow your money 
  • Good debt vs Bad debt 
  • Why working a job is an advantage before starting a business  
  • Why relationships are key to success in business
  • How to get clients to like you quickly 
  • Mastering business relationships 
  • How to become an ace negotiator 

Extended bio and achievements: 

WAP & Partners Corporate Services, Inc.

Financial Advisory and Arranger for Milestone Paper Products, Inc. for the debt acquisition of Intercontinental Paper Products, Inc. (PHP850M), Pacific Wide Realty and Development Corp. for the debt acquisition of Silahis International Hotel, Inc. (PHP166M) and YH Green Energy for a project finance on solar power (PHP1.350B)

Financial Advisory and Arranger for the debt acquisition and restructuring of Steel Asia Mfg. Corp. (PHP5.6B), Primary Steel (PHP774M) and Mejore Woodworks/Industrial Development Corp. (PHP900M)

Adviser for the debt acquisition of the portfolio sale from Metrobank (PHP7.2B) for Cameron Granville Asset Management (SPV-AMC), Inc. (owned by HVB & Uno Credito)

Arranger for the acquisition of the shareholdings of KGL Investments in 2Go by Undenna Corp. (USD120M) and joint sale of Nesium Wheels Mfg., Inc. and Commercial Wheel Plating, Inc. (PHP360M), K2 Band Mfg., Inc. (PHP6M) and Sizzling Seafood (PHP30M)

Financial Advisory for the debt restructuring of Arc Men Industries, Inc. (PHP280M), Container Corporation of the Philippines (PHP250M), Victoria Export and Import, Inc. (PHP550M) and TSB Enterprises, Inc. (PHP120M)

Financial and Management Advisory for Nesium Wheels Mfg., Inc., Commercial Wheel Plating, Inc., Mondera Wheels, TSB Enterprises, Inc., Arc Men Industries, Inc., Leather Elegance, Sin Sin Philippines, Networkx Jetsports, Woosam Corp., Dtech Management, Inc., Mercedes Seoul Printing Corp., Alert/Tenessee/Access Group of Companies and TSB Enterprises, Inc.

Fund raising for Phoenix Petroleum Philippines, Inc. (PHP1.3B), Steel Asia Mfg. Corp. (PHP800M), Industries Development Corp. (PHP160M), Nesium Wheels Mfg., Inc. (PHP260MM), REN Transport (PHP60M), Leather Elegance (PHP60M) and Arc Men Industries, Inc. (PHP120M)

Investment Advisory for a PHP120M property acquisition of KRL Land, a subsidiary of Kewalram, a Singapore based property company, PHP30M investment by Asiapro for the distributorship of Kreamline Ice

Cream, Joint Venture of WCC Aeronautical and Aviation Company with Mil-Com Aerospace Group of Singapore and advisory on land use for a 2 hectare property owned by the Chua family.

Resource speaker on Financial Planning for selected travel agencies sponsored by Philippine Airlines Resource speaker on Financial Engineering for Ateneo de Manila University Graduate School of Business

Dec 12, 2016

Adu is the author of [Don’t Insert Title Here] The Guide Toward Creative Freedom & Success. Adu is also a Creative Director, Fine Artist and Visual Artist. [Don’t Insert Title Here] combines creative advice, motivational quotes or (“Aduisms") and career tips from Adu’s experience in the creative industry. The book explores all of the internal and external roadblocks creatives may face along their creative journey and how one can maintain their creative freedom while achieving their personal and professional goals.

What you will learn:

  • Who the heck is ADU? And why he will make you more AWESOME at EVERYTHING
  • If you do know ADU, the one thing you DON’T know about him 
  • How to unleash your inner creativity
  • How to develop and grow your creativity 
  • Why you need “Aduisms” in your life right now 
  • How to turn adversity into opportunity 
  • You WILL face roadblocks in your career, this is how you break through them
  • How to find your purpose 
  • Why you MUST make your goals public 
  • “The drive is so much smoother when you create your own lane”- Adu 

Adu’s Book:

Adu’s Site:

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Justin Adu, or Adu as he is affectionately known by to his peers, is currently the Associate Creative Director of Digital and Social Media at Carol H. Williams Advertising (CHWA). Prior to leading the digital and social media executions for clients like General Motors at CHWA, 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 MA in advertising with a concentration in art direction from Savannah College of Art & Design. Adu has made huge successful strides in the advertising industry 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.

Adu continues to create stunning visuals and come up with brilliant ideas as a commercial designer. His work has impacted such brands as the Coca-Cola Company, NBA, Pizza Hut, PepsiCo, Dallas Cowboys, JCPenney, Spotify, AT&T, T-Mobile, Dannon, 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 BET, CNN, D Magazine, Dallas Weekly, Soul Train, Revolt TV, Blavity, CW 33, In Transit, Forty Magazine, Dallas Observer (30 Under 30 Honoree), Ebony, Rolling Out, The ADCOLOR Award Show and Conference (2015 Rising Star Award), San Francisco Egotist (32 Under 32 Top Advertising Professionals), American Advertising Federation Awards and Huffington Post. 

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, Director of Social Media for the ADCOLOR Conference and Awards, Director of Diversity for AAF AD2 San Francisco and Board member for The San Francisco Museum of the African Diaspora Vanguard. 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.

 Adu is a creative chameleon with an ability to navigate between art and brand communications with confidence, conviction and brilliance. A 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. “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.

Dec 5, 2016

Ken is an author, speaker and a veteran product engineer. He has over 30 years of experience developing consumer-driven products on cutting-edge platforms. He shares his enthusiasm for technology as an active blogger and frequent speaker at conferences such as SXSW Interactive, O’Reilly OSCON, Big Design, and WebVisions. 

Ken is an introvert and historically has been the classic shy type. However, he realized his shyness did not support his personal and professional advancement. Knowing this, he began venturing into various side projects or “side hustles” which have turned into a great source of learning as well as new exciting entrepreneurial ventures. 

His side hustles have led him to publishing his first book, Responsive Web Design Toolkit: Hammering Websites Into Shape, which was published by Focal Press August 2015. Side hustling has also led him to becoming a highly sought after speaker and bonafide expert in his field. 

What you will learn: 

  • How side hustles can lead to BIG opportunities
  • Why side hustles make you more valuable to your job or business
  • Creative benefits of side hustling 
  • Why you don’t need to quit your job to start a business 
  • The #1 reason you should start a side hustle now
  • How to leverage introversion to your advantage
  • Public speaking tips for introverts 

Learn more about Ken:

Contact Ken:

Ken’s Book: Responsive Web Design Toolkit: Hammering Websites Into Shape

Ken’s Side Hustles:

Nov 28, 2016

Alex Craig is the founder of, where customers can ship a potato through the mail with a personalized message on it. He and his partner, Riad Bekhit were featured on the hit TV Show, the Shark Tank and were successful in striking a deal with Mr. Wonderful, Kevin O’Leary! On this episode we discuss how he landed on the show, what is was like to negotiate with the Sharks and keys to successfully closing the deal. 

Alex has a hyper creative mind and is constantly thinking up new ideas. He has the ability to make unusual business ideas come to life and make them go viral.

Guess Friends ( is the latest of his creations with an active Kickstarter campaign you can checkout now!

What you will learn: 

  • The #1 reason Alex attributes to getting on Shark Tank 
  • What actually goes on in a Shark Tank negotiation
  • Top entrepreneurial take aways from the Shark Tank experience
  • Guess Friends -
  • The importance of persistence in any business
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