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Episode 57 Interview with Devon Clement: Building Your Life With Purpose

What if ‘achieve your goals, set a plan, follow the path’ is no longer possible? This is often the case for new parents. People who are used to being successful often run into new obstacles when they have kids. Not all goals will have a set path to follow in order to achieve them, listen to Devon talk about how she created her own path, overcame doubt, and took risks. 

Episode 56 Interview with Kati Pauls: The Not So Comfortable "Comfort Zone"

My guest today, Kati Pauls, felt she was in her “comfort zone” with her website and branding company.  But what if that “comfort zone” isn’t actually comforting at all anymore?  Kati is here to tell us all about starting her business as a solopreneur, how bringing her husband onboard affected the business, and how opening up to coaching has helped them grow. 

Episode 55 Interview with Barbara Wichman: Finding Success

As entrepreneurs, we often want to prioritize our businesses, but that doesn’t mean life won’t get in the way! In today’s podcast, Erin Marcus is joined by career coach and consultant Barbara Wichman to discuss the common pitfalls of career-oriented life and share the wisdom we all need to find success and fulfillment. Listen along and recognize the issues that we all face and discover solutions as Erin and Barbara discuss their own stories and share their advice with us. 

Episode 54 Interview with Erica Minchella: We Don't Have A Crystal Ball

We have our Plan A, but sometimes we have to jump to Plan B or even Plan C!  The truth is as entrepreneurs, we make our plan and have a goal in mind, but sometimes the universe has other ideas for us.  Today’s guest, Erica Minchella, is here to discuss how record years in the real estate market actually hurt her business as an attorney, and how through networking she kept a positive outlook on her future.

Episode 53 Interview with Pat Alva-Kraker: Living with Intention

Have you worked in a corporate job and thought, “there’s got to be something else?” or “why aren’t they utilizing all of my talents”? What was the catalyst for you leaving? My guest today, Pat Alva-Kraker, shares her story of not only leaving corporate, but how she’s rebuilt herself into the woman she is today.  Living with intention, and not just reacting to life.

Episode 52 Interview with Katrina Doran: Knowing Your True Calling

In some way, shape, or form we are all creators.  As business owners, we’ve created something, even if we don’t consider that creation to be artistic.  But what if the thing you want to do is create art…for a living!  Why can’t your craft be your career?  My guest today, Katrina Doran, is here to tell us about her journey as a professional artist and how she nearly got derailed by trying to fit into the “get a real job” narrative.

Episode 51 Interview with Kristin Crockett: Who Said Sales Can't Be Fun?

When many of us think of “sales,” we think of used car salesmen or telemarketers. We need to change that thinking because the truth is, as entrepreneurs we are always selling ourselves, regardless of what our product is.  I’m so excited for you to meet today’s guest, Kristin Crockett, who absolutely lights up about sales and wants everyone to have as much fun with it as she does. 

Episode 50 Interview with Marsha Gleit: Happier You, Better Business

Have you ever been stuck in a career that you’re not in love with?  Or even worse, believed the personality-trait stereotypes of that career about yourself, when those don’t actually align with who you really are?  Today’s guest, Marsha Gleit, is here to talk about her successful corporate career, why she decided to venture out on her own, and why you should strive to bring fun and happiness into your business.

Episode 49 Interview with Stacy Karel: Step On The Gas When They Hit The Brakes

If you owned a vacation rental business during a pandemic, would you freak out and bail or lean into it and expand?  I’m so excited for you to meet today’s guest, my friend, Stacy Karel.  Not only is she expanding her rentals, but she’s simultaneously keeping her traditional real estate business on point.  Stacy has done it all, and she’s here to share how she grew, what she delegates, and who she surrounds herself with.

Episode 48 Interview with Thomas Kim: Friends and Resilience

Dealing with personal trauma is something that not many people want to discuss, let alone handling that trauma as an entrepreneur.  Today’s guest, Thomas Kim, is here to discuss his personal story, what it took to help him continue on in his personal and business journeys, and how working with friends means you’re always surrounded by support.

Episode 47 Interview with Debbra Sweet: Reconnecting The Disconnect

When you’re not doing what you truly love, you can feel disconnected from so many aspects of your life.  Today’s guest, Debbra Sweet, knew from a young age what she wanted to do, but had to fight societal norms that were trying to steer her down other paths.  She’s here today to explain how she found her own way, and why she likes to keep her business Simple, Effective, Fun, and Easy.

Episode 46 Interview with Terri Lynn Yanke: Turn Of Events

So often after leaving the corporate world to pursue the entrepreneur life, we find ourselves getting stuck – both physically and mentally.  Today’s guest, Terri Lynn Yanke, tells us how she broke free of that mindset, adjusted, and then thrived in her event planning business.  Terri is proof that when you’re working in your genius zone, the work is not only easier, but fun!

Episode 45 Interview with Dee DiFatta: Keeping It Positive

Have you ever met a person who radiates positivity? You wonder how it’s even possible for one person, who’s been through so much, to be so happy and optimistic on a daily basis.  Well I’m here to tell you that it takes work!  Today’s guest, Dee DiFatta, has had many opportunities to take the negative route in life, but has chosen the opposite.  I’m so excited for you to hear her story and how she keeps the positiviDee going.

Episode 44 Interview with Alex Pauls: Divide and Conquer

Sometimes our partners in life also end up as our partners in business. So how do you keep that work/life balance in check? And how much more difficult could you imagine that venture being, when you add in the complications of having left a successful career to join your wife’s long-existing business? This is exactly where my guest today, Alex Pauls, has found himself. I seriously can’t wait for you to hear more of his story! 

Episode 43 Interview with Diane Logsdon: A Business of Emergencies

Many entrepreneurs know they want to work for themselves, but struggle with what it is they actually want to do.  Not the case for Diane Logsdon!  She knew for years what she wanted her future business to do, worked hard, put those pieces into place, and eventually made it all happen.  Today we’ll discuss how she found her way and dive into her intriguing business of professional emergency management.

Episode 42 Interview with Megan Schwan: What If You Didn’t Know It Might Not Work?

Imagine being a mother to four young kids, a single parent, AND running a multiple six-figure business in the middle of a pandemic? Mind blown, right?  I’m so excited for you to meet Megan Schwan, and while she didn’t intentionally set out to be an entrepreneur, here she is knocking it out of the park! Join us as we discuss building her successful accounting business from the ground up, improving through feedback, and figuring out the rest on the fly!

Episode 41 Interview with Jesse Szymanski: Breaking The Pattern

Entrepreneurs can create magic with their craft, but what if their craft doesn’t also include how to successfully run that business?  Sound familiar to anyone?  I’m so happy to introduce you guys to Jesse Szymanski, who left her wildly successful television career to pursue an entrepreneurial life.  Join us as we discuss business owner burnout, tipping points, and finding your footing with the help of like-minded individuals.

Episode 40 Interview with Marie Hale: We Don't Do This Alone

Welcome to your official introduction to powerhouse Marie Hale.  She has been living the entrepreneur life for 20 years and has been brilliant enough to reinvent herself numerous times along the way, while adjusting to personal loss, business ownership, and being a mother/at-home-teacher during a pandemic.  With all that experience to propel her, Marie prides herself now, more than ever, with being able to give women more power in their own lives.

Episode 39 Interview with Teresa Hnat: Make Some Tweaks And Try Something Different

Business owners are often only thought of as in-your-face extroverts, who can’t wait to dive into networking and meet new people.  Not always the case! I’m happy to introduce my friend, Teresa Hnat, who is proof that introverts deserve just as much space in the entrepreneurial world as us outgoing folks.  Join us as we discuss overcoming social anxiety, following our passions, and making changes to our business when things just don’t work out.

Episode 38 Interview with Beck Power: Get Out Of Your Own Way

I’m so excited for you to meet my new friend, Beck Power.  What a name, right?! As someone who has overcome a lot and persevered through some not-so-good times, Beck is great at sharing why we should all power through until we have our big breakthrough.  Find your possibility and have fun doing it!

Episode 37 Interview with Christie Ruffino: It's My Turn Now

So often we put off our dream job or life, because we’re too wrapped up in helping other people live their dreams.  When is it our turn? Well that answer is now!  Today’s guest is my friend, Christie Ruffino, who helps women be their best selves in business and in life.  Join us as we discuss stepping up, who we help, and overcoming mediocrity…something Christie’s built a whole podcast around.

Episode 36 Interview with Jen Coffel: Own Who You Are

I get so inspired when I find someone who knows their truth, owns who they are, and leans into how they were made.  Jen Coffel is just that.  We share so many things in common, including wanting to achieve more in order to help more people (and animals).  Join me as we discuss embracing our authentic selves and stepping up our game to make the world a better place.

Episode 35 Interview with Lee Heyward: How are you showing up every day?

Clothes aren’t just a way to show your personal style, they can also be a great marketing tool for your business! Join me for this awesome conversation with entrepreneur stylist, Lee Heyward, as we discuss dressing in the age Zoom calls, dressing to make you feel your best, and dressing for where you want to go.

Episode 34 Interview with Tonya Reid: Being Open to Searching Out Change & Opportunity

I seriously don’t even know how to do justice to introducing you to Tonya Reid. I love her energy. I love her take on things. I absolutely love how she embraces beating her own drummer – and how she has learned to turn that into having a big beautiful life. You know you’re going to learn something from someone who had her first existential crisis at six years old, right?!?!? 

Episode 33 Interview with Tess Krebs: Embracing the Miracle of Feedback

As you will hear in my introduction of my amazing guest, Tess Krebs, one of the things I have found so absolutely amazing about her is how open she is to feedback and critique. I have often said that people would rather double down on their mistakes than to ever admit they were wrong. Well Tess’s amazing accomplishments are a testament to what is possible when you’re brave enough to be open to learning and reflection….

Episode 32 Interview with Gladys Agwai: Dumped, Not Dumped On

What do you do when the company you worked for and put everything into, suddenly and unceremoniously tells you it’s over?  Well if you’re Gladys Agwai you use it as a time for reflection and insight, and then reinvent everything about what it is you do in this world. And you do it all on your own terms!…

Episode 31 Interview with Piper Dominguez: I love a girl who can fight

It’s been a while since I’ve done it, but I absolutely love fighting as a form of exercise. So of course I was completely intrigued when I first met Piper Dominguez! Finally a woman who was as crazy as I was 🙂  Turns out she has a LOT more going on than meets the eye. In addition to being a badass in the gym, Piper’s comforting embrace of her own graceful feminine side gives her an insightful and unique balance that she uses to help her clients, and quite honestly, everyone around her…

Episode 30 Interview with Debbie Heiser: How Things Come Full Circle

I’m so excited to introduce you to my friend, Debbie Heiser.  As a person who has for many years stayed very “in my head” with my approach to life and getting things done, Debbie has intrigued me from the moment I met her and learned of her ability to combine that masculine, analytical, get it done head space with her more emotional, heart-centered, be able to receive feminine side…

Episode 29 Interview with Tamara Golden: “That’s what gets me up in the morning every day!”

Ever meet someone who is doing exactly what they’re supposed to be doing in the world? Somehow they have managed to take some seemingly unrelated experiences and abilities, and combined them to help people and have an impact. It’s almost like there was some divine intervention going on from waaaaaay back that had their future personally in mind.  When I first met Tamara Golden I had a feeling she would be really interesting to talk to….. I had no idea just how interesting though. Enjoy!

Episode 28 Interview with Kim Kleeman: “If you have a job and you want out of it, you CAN do that”

Many people want to know the secret of being a successful entrepreneur. And so many times they think it’s that you have to have the one single most brilliant idea that will outshine everyone else’s idea. But that’s not it. In my conversation with Kim Kleeman, we talk about the truth to being a successful entrepreneur…what it actually takes….and how fast it can all change.  And since Kim’s basically been an entrepreneur since birth – she knows what she’s talking about!

Episode 27 Interview with Aaron Masliansky: "How do I get back to that passion?"

How do you say how amazingly proud you are of another adult without sounding condescending? But that is where we are at….and I have a few years on him….. so maybe it’s ok.  I’ve been honored to witness my friend Aaron’s professional journey for almost 10 years now. From part time realtor to…. well I won’t spoil it for you!  Join us for the conversation and learn not just how Aaron grew his amazing business, but how he brought in the passions he’s had his entire life to bring together experiences and opportunities that at first blush, have nothing to do with each other.

Episode 26 Interview with Jamie Shibley: Learning To Accept Help

Jamie Shibley is a natural giver. It’s that nature that helped her build a premiere networking group. Even her business is centered around helping other entrepreneurs give to their clients. But when circumstances turned things around and basically forced Jamie to be more on the receiving end, she ended up embracing the fact that oftentimes receiving is it’s own special version of giving

Episode 25 Interview with Justin Breen: The Top One Percent Mindsets In The World

Here’s a simple formula for success: decide that you are only ever going to work with or associate with the top one percent mindsets in the world….and then stick to your guns! By eliminating the noise and getting crazy clear on what exactly he should be focused on, Justin Breen has been able to create a global company in record time. If you appreciate the direct approach to offering insight and advice (like I do!) you’re going to love this conversation!

Episode 24 Interview with Anna Krolikowska: What If It Goes Wrong? But What If It Goes Right?

Sometimes you don’t think that you’re Ready Yet!?  But a lot of those times the folks around you already know you are! When Anna Krolikowska decided to put aside her own hesitations and listen to those encouraging voices, the result is ending up as the President Elect of the Illinois Bar Association…

Episode 23 Interview with LoriAnne Reeves: Do The Work! No Excuses

A lot of people will tell you that they work on building their business and helping their clients. But truthfully, there is working on your business and then working on your business absolutely no matter what, no excuses, nothing is going to stop you! My guest today, LoriAnne Reeves, falls squarely and strongly into that second category.  It’s what drew me to her and what I know will impress and inspire you as well. And that is all before we even get to what you can learn from her extensive business-building experience!

Episode 22 Interview with Robb Zbierski: "I Can Help This Lady"

What happens when you have a belief you can help people, but have no plan yet on how to do it?  EVERYTHING if you stay open to opportunity. Not only is that what Robb Z did for himself after leaving a position in a company he fought hard to reach, to join a new business, but it’s also what he did for me when he said yes to being my coach – even though he wasn’t coaching at the time! Listen to this conversation and then ask yourself what would be possible for you if you said yes and stayed open to possibilities.

Episode 21 Interview with Allison Williams: "I Worked So Hard To Craft The Perfect, Authentic Version Of Myself”

Every now and then you meet someone who helps you finally articulate something you’ve been feeling but couldn’t quite figure out. Today’s guest, Allison Williams, has done that for me in a profound way. I really only knew two things about Allison before this conversation. One, she was a lawyer from the east coast. And two, she was unabashedly herself – which is not the stereotypical image of an east coast lawyer….

Episode 20 Interview with Chris Johnson: Get The Best People In The Room

It’s a different level of understanding about what is possible when you foster the right relationships that sets this week’s guest, Chris Johnson, apart. The co-creator of a fast-growing networking group, Chris sees first hand the magic that can be created when networking is done with the right attitude. You have to love a group whose motto is “no jerks allowed!” This conversation will give you some great insight as to how you should be approaching your own networking efforts!

Episode 19 Interview with Diana Stelin: Proving Them Wrong - Even If It Takes Decades

So many of us have incidents in our lives where one person says one thing to us and it affects our entire life trajectory. Sometimes these incidents propel us forward, but all too often, they derail all our efforts. Isn’t that crazy? Letting one person say one thing and boom – we stop! Well, I am honored to say that I was there to witness the moment when my friend, Diana Stelin, took back the truth over who she is and what she can do and decided to launch her own fashion line…

Episode 18: What Risk Are You Willing To Take?

If you haven’t caught on already, Allison and I are very different people 🙂  That’s what makes this conversation so interesting. Join us for a session on what risks are we willing to take as we both work to make the most of our lives.

Episode 17: What Have You Learned In 2020?

We can all agree that 2020 didn’t quite turn out in any way, shape or form how anybody would have wanted or even ever been able to predict. And while there might be a lot to be able to complain about and be sad about, let’s take a moment to focus on what we have learned in the process. Growth is always in the challenge.

Episode 16 Interview with Katia Rave: "My Failure Put Me Where I Am Today"

Every time I talk to Katia Rave I learn more and more amazing things about her. Like seriously, how does one person have so many amazing experiences?  But instead of telling me all about those experiences, Katia would rather embrace everything she has done wrong and failed at, because it helped completely propel her forward. No excuses. No apologies. Just an unabashed zest for more life and providing more service. Oh, that and some time on the beach 🙂

Episode 15 Interview with Erin Duffy: When What You Never Imagined Turns Out to be Your Perfect Ideal

Erin Duffy never thought she would leave her successful career in the marketing world of Silicon Valley. But then things happen and thoughts change and before you know it, the stars align in ways you never even imagined. Join my conversation with Erin to learn how to become the person who embraces change and opportunity – even when you weren’t really sure why you were looking for it!

Episode 14 Interview with Shaneh Woods: "I Love the Magic!"

Can music save your life? Today’s guest, Shaneh Woods, thinks it can. And after you hear her story you’re going to absolutely agree with her! Try to wrap your head around the idea of losing not just your million-dollar accounting business, but almost your life.  Then, coming out the other side of that journey the happiest you have ever been. Welcome to Shaneh’s World! 

Episode 13 Interview with Vickie Griffith: From "Shy, Fat, Unhappy Teenage" to an Absolute Inspiration!E

This episode is for all of the folks out there who have struggled with their weight, not just in “wanting to lose a few pounds” way, but in an “affecting every part of your life and your self identity” way. After just not being able to take it anymore, Vickie Griffith has found a way through to a new way of healthy living that absolutely certainly does not involve suffering! I can’t wait for you to hear her story!

Episode 12 When You're Ready! Series: Expectations, with Erin and Allison

Join me for this mini episode where I discuss “expectations” with Allison, from the Conquer Your Business team.  What was expected of us when we grew up?  Which expectations were real, and which were stories that we made up ourselves?  

Episode 11 Interview with Tish Times: "OMG, I'm a Hypocrite"

If you’re looking for a no holds barred conversation on life before embracing just being yourself….and then after finally accepting and embracing yourself, then you’re going to love hearing from Tish Times. Join in to learn about how the stories of what we are supposed to be and do that are told to us since childhood can inadvertently send us down the wrong path. And also what is possible once we figure out the right path!

Episode 10 Interview with Erin Diehl: How Do You Respond to the Weight of the Responsibility? It's Up to You!

You absolutely have to love a woman who practically launched her business on a dare and regularly celebrates failure! As the founder of Improve It! Erin Diehl specializes in using improvisational training to improve employee performance in more categories than you would think possible. Talk about being an expert in helping folks get out of their own way! And if that weren’t enough, her podcast, Failed It! continues down the path of the benefits of not taking ourselves too seriously and understanding that you must fail in order to improve.

Episode 9 Interview with Amber Griffiths: Who Wants to be a Rockstar? I Want to be a Rockstar!

Raise your hand if you want to BE A LEGEND!!! Well today’s guest, Amber Griffiths is all about creating legends. And if you’re going to put a claim out into the world that you can help folks become a legend, well then you can imagine what her own personal journey must have been like to get to that point! If you are wanting some inspiration on how to wholeheartedly embrace being authentically you – and why you absolutely need to do that – this is the episode for you.

Episode 8 Interview with Amira Alvarez: Welcome to the Voice in My Head

Today is a special treat for me, as I’m joined by Amira Alvarez.  I could go on and on about what Amira has done for me, but instead let me tell you what she hasn’t done…

She hasn’t bought into any of my reasons for wanting to limit myself. She hasn’t faltered in her belief of what I’m capable of doing especially when I have no idea why she believes it. She hasn’t stopped pushing me to better my best at every turn possible.

And above all – she has never given up on me or let me give up on myself. Learning what Amira has to teach has opened up an entirely new world to me and I’m excited to give you a little taste of that as well!

Episode 7 Interview with Dana Michelle: Ask for The Support You Need...and Give It to Others

I seriously can’t even tell you how excited I am for today’s guest, Dana Michelle! Ever get one of those passing instances when somebody says to you, “hey you would be really good at this”? Well most people unfortunately ignore those comments. Not Dana! She turned a compliment and suggestion from a podcast producer into becoming an Internet talk show host, and a television host for now TWO shows. 

I can absolutely tell you that she is just getting started! Want to know what it takes to be the person who takes action and makes things happen? Then this is the episode for you! 

Episode 6 Interview with Erin & Allison: When You're Ready! Series: Leaving Corporate

I paced up and back in the hallway for at least two hours. I offered a coworker a hundred dollars if he would just do it for me. The day I left a job I was good at, with people I loved working with, to go off and do my own thing was one of the most exciting and terrifying days of my life. What in the world was I thinking? Why did I know I needed to do it and how did I make it work? For all you successful corporate people out there dreaming of owning your own business – this episode is for you!

Episode 5 Interview with Dan Gershenson: Stop Pitching to People and Have A Conversation

Today’s episode is a tip-filled visit with Dan Gershenson, CEO of Caliber Brand Strategy & Content Marketing and one of the best I’ve ever seen at building your business through the power of networking and authentic relationships. Not only does Dan share the type of tips and insights that has won him all sorts of industry awards and accolades, but also his very personal journey from the intense world of advertising and into finding his authentic place of service.

Episode 4 Interview with Jean Lavallie: "Mean Girls" Not Invited

When you see something you don’t like, change it! After feeling unwelcome and unwanted at networking events, Jean LaVallie stepped up (kinda accidentally) and started her own community, vowing to make the primary intention that all women feel welcome! That group has now grown to more than 20 chapters located across the United States, warmly welcoming thousands of entrepreneurial women. Join our conversation to learn how it happened, AND who Jean had to learn how to be to make her vision a reality.

Episode 3 Interview with Donna McPherson: The "Build It And They Will Come" Trap

People don’t get much more “real” than Donna McPherson! Seriously, she’s even written a book about it: “The Price of Fake is Real.”  When I first spoke with Donna and she shared her views on what is going on with entrepreneurs who learn how to make some money but still seem to all be broke, all I could do was yell, “YES! More of THAT!!!!”

Episode 2 Interview with Angela Valavanis: Take The Leap, Then Take The Next Leap

In this episode I talk to the incredible Angela Valavanis, owner of Creative Coworking, the Historic Colvin House and The Gallery…She has an absolutely amazing story of going from being an Executive Editor to not just self employed, but taking leap after leap into ever increasing new challenges that she turned into amazing opportunities…listen in as she shares how she did it!

Episode 1 Interview with David Fisher: From a Life Line to a Way of Life

Sometimes you meet someone that aligns so well with your thoughts and values that you know you can just talk to them forever. David Fisher is one of those people for me.

Listen in if you want the inside scoop on how to be the person you need to be to succeed from one of the best sales coaches I’ve met…

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