Monthly Archives: July 2020

Guiding the Resilient Entrepreneur

Typical entrepreneurs focus on winning funding rounds and scaling revenue. However, one woman is now guiding the Resilient Entrepreneur to make the world a better place.

About this episode:

“[You] can have a business plan on paper, but then the first day that you start your business, everything changes. So, the skills of how:

  • flexible are you?
  • do you adapt?
  • you take things as not going your way?

are learning opportunities.”

– Regina Bernal, Entrepreneurship Manager for the University of San Diego

In this episode, we meet Regina Bernal. Regina is the University of San Diego School of Business’ Entrepreneurship Manager. She guides student entrepreneurs to think beyond typical start-up business metrics to more meaningful ends.

Simply stated, she is guiding the Resilient Entrepreneur.

Regina leads a movement that promotes entrepreneurs who are hell bent on launching successful and scalable businesses while creating better outcomes for the planet, people, and communities.

In this episode, Regina describes:

  • The mission behind her role as University of San Diego School of Business’ Entrepreneurship Manager. Starts at 2:08
  • Challenges faced by today’s entrepreneurs whose purpose is affected by the pandemic. Starts at 3:34
  • The Resilient Entrepreneur. Starts at 11:03
  • How the gift of time may benefit socially distanced student entrepreneurs. Starts at 17:13
  • Her public speaking and writing experiences. Starts at 21:44

Regina also offers up the story behind guiding the Resilient Entrepreneur:

“When we decided that we weren’t going to have our big pitch competition, we thought how can we continue to add value right now to our students and pivot into something that they immediately need and can support them [with]? That’s when we thought about resiliency.”

About our guest:

Regina Bernal received a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and a Masters of Science in Leadership from the University of San Diego. She is a passionate member of the San Diego start-up community, a TEDx speaker, and a thought-leader who publishes commentaries on entrepreneurship. Regina lives and works in San Diego, California.

EPISODE DATE: July 31, 2020

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Can Work Make You Healthy?

Can work make you healthy? It’s a provocative question with an interesting answer.

“I truly believe that work as a medium is the purest way, and perhaps the only way, to think about actually discovering health.”

– Denise Brouder, Founder of SWAYworkplace

As an executive in the financial services sector, Denise Brouder discovered that work can be unhealthful.

The demands of a high stress career, and the needs of her young and growing family, made Denise realize that people often suffer ill health from the work that they do.

Inspired to make work meaningful she founded SWAYworkplace, a professional community and career platform that enables overworked people to transition to, and succeed in, a flexible workplace.

Denise leads people to the meaningful work of their dreams while proving her case that work CAN make you healthy.

Growing up on the western coast of Ireland, Denise adopted a strong Irish work-ethic. Driven by talent and ambition, she got an executive-level job on Wall Street working for a premier financial services company. In striving to do her job well, and balance the work and non-work parts of her day, she embarked on a quest to make work healthy for herself and millions of other people in the American workforce.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • The story behind SWAYworkplace and its mission to empower people at work. Starts at 2:01
  • The WHY moment when she discovered her passion for the future of work building a proactive and nurtured workplace. Starts at 3:51
  • How work can make you healthy. Starts at 16:53

Denise also discusses a future of work that is inclusive and reflects the value of workforce stakeholders:

“The future of work is no longer a top-down mechanism. [I think that] real, true, meaningful change and innovation is going to come from the bottom up in community type settings.”

About our guest:

Denise Brouder earned a Bachelors of Business Administration from the University of Limerick and an MBA in International Finance from Fordham University. She lives and works in the New York City suburbs of New Jersey.

EPISODE DATE: July 24, 2020

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Tribal Lessons Foster Meaningful Work

Serial entrepreneur Isar Meitis’ tribal lessons foster meaningful work.

About this episode: 

“In my core, I’m a teacher. If there was a great way to make a living as a teacher, I’d be a teacher. I thrive when I teach.”

– Isar Meitis, Founder of the e-tribe

Isar Meitis‘ life story and experience are truly inspiring.

With a deep passion for teaching and empowering people, Isar provides tribal lessons to manage our time and priorities, be attentive to our family and friends, and still do the meaningful work of our dreams.

In this episode, Isar describes:

  • The e-tribe and its mission to help people become successful. Starts at 1:53
  • His time-management best practices. Starts at 9:12
  • How we all can explore and do meaningful work. Starts at 23:24

Useful hack: Isar uses the free Trello app to fulfill his project and time management needs.

About our guest:

As a young man, Isar Meitis piloted a fighter jet. The experience trained him to make split-second decisions and yet remain grounded and focused after each mission. His intense military training pivoted him to a successful career as a high tech executive and serial start-up entrepreneur who today offers tribal lessons for living a successful life doing meaningful work. Isar graduated from the IAF Flight School and earned a Masters in Business Administration from the Crummer School of Business at Rollins College. He lives and works in Orlando, Florida.

EPISODE DATE: July 17, 2020

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A Radio Deejay’s Meaningful Work

Discover how a radio deejay’s meaningful work is rewarded with a global following for 1970’s-era Disco music.

About this episode:

We travel across-the-pond to chat with Russell White, a London-based executive recruiter who doubles as a radio deejay or presenter playing 1970s-era Disco music. During the day, Russ places professional talent in executive jobs for United Kingdom and European Union companies. But when the sun sets, he becomes Retro Russ.

It is behind the microphone where this radio deejay does truly meaningful work.

Through terrestrial and internet broadcaster Delite Radio, Retro Russ has gained an appreciative following for Disco around the globe.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • The origin story of Retro Russ, the radio presenter. Starts at 3:23
  • How Retro Russ influenced the music choices of house producers. Starts at 7:41
  • The intersectionality of [our] executive search and radio careers. Starts at 11:05

Since this January 2020 recorded interview, Russ has started a second radio show called Sunday Mid-Morning Delite with Retro Russ. 

About our guest:

Russell White is a veteran executive recruiter and the managing partner of London-based Premier Consultants which places people in a variety of senior-level marketing job assignments. Also, he is known around the globe as Retro Russ, a deejay presenting 1970s Disco music on Delite Radio. Russell earned a Bachelor of Arts with Honors in Business Studies from Middlesex University. He lives and works in London, England.

EPISODE DATE: July 10, 2020

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Discolicious on Delite Radio with Retro Russ

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Virtual Professionalism and Meaningful Work

Virtual professionalism is critical to doing meaningful work.

About this episode:

“Not only are we at an inflection point, what [it feels like to me] is an acceleration of catch-up, because the world is moving in this direction, anyway.”

– Adrienne Shoch, Workforce Engagement Expert

A key driver to virtual professionalism: it’s all about being present.

Adrienne discusses how we can match our new-found skill using Zoom, Skype, Webex, and other platforms, to be more present with, and gain more understanding from, co-workers.

Virtual professionalism matters. because many of us now work from home, permanently.

In this episode, Adrienne:

  • Expands on the inflection point and the acceleration of “catch-up.” Starts at 2:15
  • Describes generative listening and its importance. Starts at 5:50
  • Offers how to use virtual professionalism skills. Starts at 12:23
  • Elaborates on the importance of intent. Starts at 17:07
  • Relates to the value of time. Starts at 23:07

About our guest:

Adrienne Shoch is the founder of five to one and an expert on workforce engagement. She received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Towson University and studied at University of Paris – Sorbonne, and, the Neuroleadership Institute. Adrienne lives and works in Washington, D.C.

EPISODE DATE: July 3, 2020

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