inTheir20s

Landon Campbell

Host Landon Campbell interviews top business leaders and extraordinary twenty-somethings to share the best advice. Guests have included Steve Wozniak, Jason Calacanis, David Sacks, Cathy Bessant, Ev Williams, Beto O'Rourke, Jewel Burks-Solomon, Dr. Meg Jay, Tim Hardaway Sr, AJ Vaynerchuk, Sekou Kaalund, and Andy Dunn.

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Mark Suster is a Partner at Upfront Ventures, one of Los Angeles' leading and largest venture firms with a portfolio including the likes of Bird, GOAT,  and Ring.com. Before joining the world of venture, Mark was the founder & CEO of two successful enterprise software companies, the most recent of which was sold to Salesforce.com where Mark became VP of Products. Thank you to our sponsors Upkey and Seedscout. Check out Upkey’s free career resources at www.Upkey.com/inTheir20s Get connected to hundreds of investors at www.Seedscout.com

Nov 29

32 min 40 sec

Khaled Naim, is the co-founder and CEO of Onfleet, a last mile delivery platform. Khaled and his co-founders started working together during grad school at Stanford University where they initially came together solve a problem that plagues delivery businesses in emerging markets: lack of functional street addresses. They went through Stanford’s accelerator program, StartX, before realizing they needed to pivot their business to a more crucial problem facing online retailers and delivery services: lack of technology. Most companies were using archaic systems, primarily pen and paper, spreadsheets, phone calls, and text messages. From there, they decided to build a smartphone-based delivery logistics platform to help these businesses run more efficiently. Enter Onfleet.

Nov 24

23 min 31 sec

Corey Kossack is an expert in his field having gone from eBay entrepreneur out of college to serial entrepreneur with his latest edtech and SaaS sales reskilling business, Aspireship, dedicated to helping people land new jobs in the emerging field of tech sales. Corey has 15 years of sales and leadership experience specific to technology sales, education technology, and recruiting. In his experience, Corey witnessed firsthand how the skills gap was creating a hiring crisis. Inspired to make a greater difference and help overlooked candidates get into software sales, Corey launched Aspireship. Corey and his team have helped thousands of workers, from all backgrounds and experience levels, land high paying jobs in SaaS sales. Corey is a passionate advocate for the future of work specifically around disrupting antiquated hiring processes and open access, hands on training ensuring equal opportunity for all to learn and demonstrate their capability based on job simulation and soft skills, not past experience.

Nov 22

25 min 24 sec

Kean is the Founder & CEO of MonetizeMore. He started MonetizeMore in 2010 with the goal to build a bootstrap business that would dramatically increase ad revenues for publishers. Over the years, Kean has perfected the proprietary MonetizeMore ad optimization model and now increases ad revenues for hundreds of publisher networks in over 40 countries. He is a pioneer in ad optimization covering areas like Adsense/AdX, GAM, header bidding and ad network optimization. Kean has always believed in empowering publishers to increase their ad revenues more efficiently and effectively via articles, videos and technology.

Nov 15

22 min 45 sec

Jason Arasheben, aka Jason of Beverly Hills, is the go-to creative genius for spectacular custom designed jewels for high-profile individuals. He's most known in the luxury market for his outrageous and over the top diamond pieces. A few of his notable clients include Drake, Michael Jackson, LeBron James, Matthew McConaughey, A$AP Rocky, and NBA teams like the Los Angeles Lakers, Golden State Warriors and Milwaukee Bucks.  Special thank you to this interview's official sponsors: Glewee and Collectable. Glewee is the first exclusive marketplace that bridges the gap between Brands and Creators like yourself to connect, collaborate, and execute campaigns all in one platform. Learn more at www.glew.ee Collectable is the #1 fractional investing platform for sports. They make the top end of the market accessible to all. Learn more at www.collectable.com

Nov 8

23 min 34 sec

Stefan Henriquez is the Co-Founder and CEO of Mayk.it, which is a social music creation app that wants to help people easily produce, own and share music that they can create using just their phone. Users can upload their own beat or select an existing beat from another user, then add vocals. His company recently announced its $4 million seed round from investors including Greycroft, Chicago Ventures, Slow Ventures, and T-Pain. Prior to founding Mayk.it, Stefan worked at companies like YouTube, Google, Cameo, and TikTok in many marketing executive roles.  This episode is sponsored by Glewee, which is the first exclusive marketplace that bridges the gap between Brands and Creators like yourself to connect, collaborate, and execute campaigns all in one platform. To apply to be a part of the Glewee Creator Community, download Glewee on the App Store to send in an application today. You can also visit www.glew.ee

Nov 1

20 min 26 sec

Jasmine Crowe is a social entrepreneur and founder and CEO at Goodr Co. Goodr is a sustainable food surplus management company that leverages technology to reduce food waste and feed the hungry. ... So far, the company said it has diverted about 900,000 pounds of surplus food to community groups in the Atlanta area. This episode was sponsored by Unstoppable Wallet, which is a investor-oriented asset management tool with a focus on privacy, open economy, and decentralization. In a complex world of crypto, Unstoppable Wallet tries to make crypto easier and more accessible. Launched in 2019, Unstoppable has over 20,000 downloads, and the youngest wallet to be recommended by Bitcoin.org. The wallet currently supports all major crypto currencies and specifically designed for DeFi ecosystem. Learn more at unstoppable.money

Oct 27

12 min 43 sec

Thomas Knoll started building online communities back in 1996. He was the Community Architect at Zappos.com. He built 5 startups but only sold 2 of them. He has been an advisor for a dozen of my friend’s companies and mentors hundreds of founders through 500Startups, TechStars, and local communities. While he has a technical background, he prefer to speak in gardening and architecture metaphors and is inspired by storytelling, psychology, evangelism, architectural theory, social economics, game mechanics, cultural anthropology, and compassion. This episode was sponsored by Unstoppable Wallet, which is a investor-oriented asset management tool with a focus on privacy, open economy, and decentralization. In a complex world of crypto, Unstoppable Wallet tries to make crypto easier and more accessible. Launched in 2019, Unstoppable has over 20,000 downloads, and the youngest wallet to be recommended by Bitcoin.org. The wallet currently supports all major crypto currencies and specifically designed for DeFi ecosystem. Learn more at unstoppable.money

Oct 25

23 min

Aadi Bhanti is a 20-something entrepreneur that is an innovation machine. At the age of 15, he started a social media agency. This quickly gained attention in Central Illinois, where he had numerous clients in different industries. He used this momentum and capital to start Source to Table, which is a food startup that provides customers with a platform to buy meats at a rate which provides them with profit while making the process transparent, and providing customers with premium level meats with no warehousing. His latest venture, Dropmints, is creating a new way for fans, brands, and influencers to interact through NFTs. Aadi sees a lot of potential in the crypto and NFT space, which is why he wants to lower the barrier of entry for others to get involved.  Email Aadi@Dropmints.com to join the their closed beta Our weekly newsletter is live! Subscribe to the inTheir20s newsletter at www.intheir20s.com

Oct 18

33 min 47 sec

Anthony Tamras and Drake Roberts are the twenty-something founders of DeoBlock: a reusable deodorizer that will take over the market. DeoBlock was created to solve bad odors once and for all. DeoBlocks deodorize spaces with the use of a plant-based refill pod infused with essential oils that lasts for 30 days. After you have a DeoBlock, all you need are the refills. Their journey to create this product began when they were seniors in high school. As active individuals, they realized that there were no  solutions to odor emitting equipment and gym bags. They were tired of using products that only masked odors with other “good” scents. So, they set out to create a product that actually deodorizes bad odors at the source. Over the last 5 years, they worked diligently to create a product they are proud to stand behind. DeoBlocks can also be customized with any logo which makes it a great giveaway or resale opportunity for gyms, colleges and corporations.

Oct 11

20 min 33 sec

Laurence Capone is a seasoned financial executive with a wealth of experience of over 25 years in operational finance, accounting and leadership roles. Founded in 2010, Pipedrive is the first CRM platform developed from the salesperson's point of view. Today, Pipedrive is used by sales teams at more than 95,000 companies worldwide. Before joining Pipedrive, Capone worked in ADP where she served as CFO across multiple business units and functions over the last 20 years. Her roles included CFO of the Global Enterprise Organization, CFO of Worldwide Sales and Marketing and CFO of Small Businesses Services. This episode was sponsored by Unstoppable Wallet, which is a investor-oriented asset management tool with a focus on privacy, open economy, and decentralization. In a complex world of crypto, Unstoppable Wallet tries to make crypto easier and more accessible. Launched in 2019, Unstoppable has over 20,000 downloads, and the youngest wallet to be recommended by Bitcoin.org. The wallet currently supports all major crypto currencies and specifically designed for DeFi ecosystem. Learn more at unstoppable.money

Oct 4

16 min 41 sec

Tony Brown is the Chief Executive Officer of Breakr. Tony comes from the financial services background, having worked as a principal at Acumen Fund and both J.P. Morgan and Goldman Sachs. MusicBreakr is a new and exciting company that connects artists & creators to break new music through compelling content. The company has fostered collaborations with about 50,000 creators across 133 countries. MusicBreakr recently raised $4 million in seed money, with an impressive group of investors including hip-hop artist Nas, Salesforce Founder Marc Benioff, retired NBA All-Star Baron Davis, and TikTok Star Josh Richards.  Today's episode is sponsored by Glew.ee, which is the first free to use exclusive marketplace for Brands and social media Creators to connect, collaborate, and execute campaigns all in one platform. Brands can apply for an account in the Glewee Brand Community at www.glew.ee to access hundreds of industry leading pre-vetted Creators.

Sep 27

31 min 6 sec

Mat Sherman is an entrepreneur, podcast host, and extraordinary 20-somethings. He is the Host of Forward Thinking Founders, which is a show that’s recorded over 730 episodes with pre-seed founders. Through his podcast, Mat discovered that he wanted to find a better way to connect founders in his network with investors. He created Seedscout, which is a pre-seed startup database that allows investors to get better data on potential investment opportunities. Seedscout collects team information, company progress, fundraise details and other pieces of data that help investors decide who to meet with. Through Seedscout, you can also request introductions to any founders, all in the platform. Seedscout has facilitated over $1.6M of capital being deployed into startups and they don't take equity from either side. Investors can sign up for Seedscout for $50/mo for unlimited data access and intro requests. Learn more at seedscout.com.

Sep 20

20 min 28 sec

Eric Bahn is a Co-Founder and General Partner at Hustle Fund, an early-stage venture capital firm based in San Francisco. Hustle Fund invests in software startups at the pre-seed and seed stages, backing founders who exhibit great execution and high velocity (aka, hustle). A child of immigrants, Eric’s family settled in the Midwest, where he was raised. He ventured West where he attended Stanford University receiving his BA in Political Science and MA in Sociology. As a college student, Eric thought seriously about attending law school, but abandoned that idea after learning more about the profession through speaking with various lawyers. Upon graduation, Eric opted for a product role at Intuit and aspired for an MBA. He self-studied for the GMAT and in the process created a social network of fellow future MBAers that turned out to be an international hit. Eric turned this community into a company called Beat the GMAT. Eric later sold the company – and after nine months as a world traveler, headed to Facebook

Sep 13

29 min 37 sec

David Sacks is the co-founder and general partner at Craft. He has been a successful founder and investor for over two decades, building and investing in some of the most iconic companies in tech. David has invested in over 20 unicorns, including Affirm, AirBnB, Bird, ClickUp, Eventbrite, Facebook, Houzz, Lyft, OpenDoor, Palantir, Postmates, Reddit, Slack, SpaceX, Twitter, Uber, and Wish. David first got involved in the technology industry in 1999 when he joined early-stage startup Confinity, later renamed PayPal. Serving as the company’s first product leader and then as COO, David built and ran many of the company’s key teams, including product management and design, sales and marketing, business development, international, customer service, fraud operations, and HR. When the company IPO’d on the Nasdaq in 2002, David was 29 — the median age of the “PayPal Mafia” executives listed on the S-1. PayPal was later acquired by eBay and eventually spun back out into a publicly traded company. David is well known in Silicon Valley for his product acumen. AngelList’s Naval Ravikant has called David “the world’s best product strategist.” This episode was sponsored by DeoBlock, which is a reusable gym bag deodorizer founded by two guys in their 20s. DeoBlock deodorizes spaces with the use of a plant-based refill pod infused with essential oils that lasts for 30 days. Learn more at DeoBlock.com

Sep 9

29 min 46 sec

Zeb Evans is a serial entrepreneur that's started several software companies with over $75 million in revenue. Currently, he's founder and CEO at ClickUp, a productivity platform where people plan their work. ClickUp is a Unicorn company, which means its worth over $1B. We spoke about why he founded @clickup, the best traits for aspiring entrepreneurs, managing mental health, and Zeb's plans for the future.

Sep 6

21 min 2 sec

Meg Jay, PhD, is a Clinical Psychologist, and an Associate Professor of Human Development at the University of Virginia, who specializes in adult development and in 20-somethings in particular. She earned a doctorate in clinical psychology, and in gender studies, from the University of California, Berkeley. Her books have been translated into more than a dozen languages and her work has appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Harvard Business Review and on NPR and BBC. Her TED talk “Why 30 Is Not the New 20” is among the most watched of all time.

Aug 30

24 min 24 sec

Roberto Aguayo is a famous football placekicker who is known as the most accurate college kicker of all time. He played college football at Florida State University, where he won a National Championship with the team. While in college, Roberto won the Lou Groza award, which is the highest honor for a college kicker. Roberto was drafted into the NFL in 2016 by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. During his time in the NFL, he played with such teams like the Chicago Bears, Carolina Panthers, Los Angeles Chargers, and New England Patriots. Roberto is the founder of the Roberto Aguayo Kicking Academy, a program focused on improving the physical, mental, and emotional strength of young kickers. Learn more about his program at: https://rakickingacademy.com

Aug 25

31 min 33 sec

Brittany Davis is a General Partner at Backstage Capital, a VC firm that invests in companies led by underestimated founders, including women, people of color, and LGBTQ+ founders. So far, they've invested in 150+ companies. Brittany brings experience sourcing early-stage ventures for investment, conducting diligence, and managing an investment pipeline. Prior to working at Backstage, she has led many organizations in sourcing and evaluating early stage deal flow. Brittany was a principal for #ANGELS, where she sourced companies and contributed to the #TheGapTable initiative. She was a Manager at Village Capital where she analyzed opportunities and created investment recommendations in the fintech, education, health, food/agriculture, and energy sectors. She also gained experience supporting entrepreneurs as an Associate at Techstars and as a Mentor at Startup Jamaica. Prior to her work supporting founders, she had her own ecommerce startup, Runway Technologies, and built a solid foundation in finance working at Bank of America Merrill Lynch for 5 years. Brittany received her BS in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and completed her MBA at Harvard Business School. This episode features a special guest from the Black Venture Capital Consortium: Jahleesa Phelps, who is a Senior in College and Summer 2021 BVCC Cohort Member. 

Aug 23

28 min 42 sec

Simon Squibb is a prominent member of the Hong Kong startup ecosystem and one of Asia’s leading public speakers in entrepreneurship, business and innovation. He's also the Chief Purpose Officer at The Purposeful Project. Simon has started 19 companies, invested in over 60+ startups and has mentored hundreds of founders. Having sold his award-winning branding and digital agency, Fluid, to PwC, Simon now focuses on inspiring, motivating and guiding both budding and experienced entrepreneurs by sharing his personal experiences, insights, ideas and tips. Part entrepreneur guru, part student.

Aug 18

21 min 31 sec

Jonathan Javier is the CEO/Founder of Wonsulting, which is focused on turning underdogs into winners: helping hundreds of thousands who come from non-target schools/non-traditional backgrounds to get them into their dream careers. Jonathan’s story comes from when he was in college at the University of California Riverside. He was applying to hundreds of different roles expecting responses back from his dream companies but when he didn't receive responses back from any, he would always think "Is it my resume? My interview skills? My background?" However, Jonathan changed that perspective and realized that you can get into your dream job without applying, by simply utilizing LinkedIn. For all of his roles to work at Snap, Google, and Cisco, he never applied; Jonathan used unconventional methods which are shared throughout our discussion. Wonsulting started in 2019 as an idea at first; but quickly grew to something even greater with growing their community to 600K+ on all of their social media platforms combined.

Aug 16

14 min 26 sec

Andy Dunn is the Co-Founder and Chief Executive of Bonobos, which is an apparel company founded with the goal of providing men with better fitting pants. The brand has grown to become a premier destination for men’s clothing. In 2007, Andy wanted to prove that the Internet was going to become the core medium for story-telling, for delivering great service, and for transacting goods.” In founding and developing Bonobos, Dunn helped define and prove a new model for vertically integrated fashion retail in the e-commerce era. Walmart acquired Bonobos in 2017 for $310 million, keeping Dunn on as Senior Vice President of Digital Consumer Brands. In addition to Bonobos, Andy is the founder of Red Swan Ventures and Monica + Andy.

Aug 9

21 min 18 sec

Lainy Painter is a partner at Craft Ventures on the investment team, where she invests primarily in SaaS and Marketplaces and has a particular interest in complex vertical markets, such as real estate, healthcare, education, construction, and financial services. Prior to Craft, Lainy worked at Battery Ventures in San Francisco. Previously, Lainy worked at Gainsight, a B2B customer success startup where she helped lead business operations and strategy across the organization, including initiatives to grow services revenue and drive product adoption. Lainy started her career at Goldman Sachs on the technology, media and telecom investment banking team, advising companies including PayPal, LinkedIn, Zendesk and 2U. She graduated summa cum laude from the College of William and Mary. Lainy is an active member of All Raise, the non-profit dedicated to increasing representation in venture capital. She served as Co-Chair for the 2018, 2019, and 2020 Women Who Venture Summits.

Aug 2

20 min 31 sec

Angel Onuoha is a Harvard University graduate who studied economics and computer science. He knew that Wall Street lacked diversity and decided to do something about it. Angel founded BLK Capital Management, which is a 100% black owned and student run hedge fund that focuses on educating members by exposing them to the field of active investment management. They are a long/short equity fund that employs capital across the globe delivering absolute returns seeking to outperform industry standards.  Outside of BLK, he is the founder of Zuvy, a mobile app that allows college students to create and request services for each other. Mr. Onuoha has spent summers in private equity and investment banking at The Blackstone Group. In addition, Angel is an incoming Google Associate Product Management.

Jul 26

15 min 42 sec

On Episode #50 of the InTheir20s podcast, host Landon Campbell interviews Steve "Woz" Wozniak. Wozniak is an icon, technological genius, and philanthropist. In 1976, Wozniak and Steve Jobs founded Apple Computer Inc. with Wozniak's Apple I personal computer. The following year, he introduced his Apple II personal computer, featuring a central processing unit, a keyboard, color graphics, and a floppy disk drive. The Apple II was integral in launching the personal computer industry. Both the Apple I and Apple II were Apple's first line of successful products. Throughout our conversation, we reflect on the exciting moments of Wozniak's accomplished career. Wozniak talks about the moments when he first fell in love with computer programing and how he turned his passion into a career. We speak about his relationship with Steve Jobs and how their friendship evolved over time. Lastly, Wozniak shares his personal philosophy on kindness and his hopes for 20-somethings today. 

Jul 19

37 min 24 sec

Ezra Levine is a former Portfolio Manager at Hilltop Park, a NYC-based hedge fund in the Sports, Media, Consumer and Entertainment industries. He is now the CEO of Collectable, the #1 fractional ownership platform that is exclusively dedicated to high-end sports memorabilia. Their mission is to democratize the sports collectibles industry and make iconic pieces that have been hard to reach affordable and available to any sports collector, investor, and fan.

Jun 28

20 min 50 sec

Bushra Amiwala is a Skokie native and daughter of immigrants who truly appreciates diversity in its many beautiful forms. As communities across our nation – the working poor, religious and ethnic minorities, and young changemakers who are ignored by political establishments – are pushed aside, Bushra is a committed voice for underrepresented citizens. As of April 2019, she is the youngest Muslim elected official in the United States. Amiwala was a Democratic candidate for the Cook County Board of Commissioners in the 2018 Illinois Primary Election. She seeks to ensure that our nation’s future is in good hands by building a compassionate, politically-engaged generation

Jun 21

22 min 41 sec

Dan is the CEO of Strata Decision Technology where his focus is to ensure the company delivers on its mission to help heal healthcare. The company’s financial planning, analytics and performance platform is used by over 1,000 healthcare organizations, including many of the largest and most influential healthcare systems in the U.S.  The company has been recognized multiple times as one of the fastest growing companies in the nation by Inc. Magazine, as one of the best places to work in healthcare by Becker’s Healthcare and has received the prestigious “Best in KLAS” recognition for the highest customer satisfaction by KLAS Enterprises for the last six years.  Additionally, Dan is a two-time finalist for Illinois Technology CEO of the Year. With close to 30 years of healthcare experience, Dan has been one of the industry’s key thought leaders in developing the Decision Support, Financial Planning, Electronic Prescribing and Electronic Health Record markets, including serving on the Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology and co-authoring the books Margin + Mission: A Prescription for Curing Healthcare’s Cost Crisis and The Electronic Physician. Prior to joining Strata, Dan spent 12 years as part of the leadership team that grew a healthcare software company from 100 to over 6,000 employees. He has provided strategy and process redesign consulting for many of the leading hospitals and health systems in the U.S. and served in leadership roles for Baxter Healthcare and AstraZeneca. Dan is the co-founder of projectMUSIC™, a benefit concert that sends underprivileged children to overnight camp and of HackHunger™, a collaborative of tech companies working to crack the code on hunger.  Dan earned his BS in Finance from Indiana University and his MBA from DePaul University.  He is an avid runner, having completed 17 marathons.

Jun 14

41 min 46 sec

Ev Williams has revolutionized the internet as we’ve come to know it. With Blogger, he made blogging easier for everyone; with Twitter, he helped people share ideas from anywhere; and with Medium, Ev has created a digital network of curious minds. Thirteen years after co-founding Twitter, Ev Williams is still trying to reinvent online conversation. The billionaire Medium founder sees the present as another big moment—and he is ready to pounce. Born in Nebraska, Ev grew up on a farm where he assisted with crop irrigation in the summer. As a young man he was so interested in farming that he joined the FarmHouse International Fraternity, Inc., a professional agriculture fraternity, while he was studying in the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. However, he did not stay long enough in the university to complete his degree as he was very much interested in becoming an entrepreneur as soon as possible. He teamed up with his father to set up a company to provide instructional material about the World Wide Web which they ran for a short while. He then worked as a web developer for several computer companies before co-founding Pyra Labs. Soon Pyra Labs developed the blog-publishing service Blogger which became a huge success and was ultimately acquired by Google. His entrepreneurial spirit did not allow him to stay with Google for long and he left the company to found other ventures like Odeo and Obvious Corp. The micro-blogging service Twitter was created as a project of Obvious Corp.

Jun 7

28 min 9 sec

Welcome to the InTheir20s Spring Intern Podcast! Our 4-week internship is focused on five fundamental roles: Podcasting, Social Media Marketing, Content Creation, Professional Networking, and Business Development. Our unique program helps students gain impactful experience outside of the classroom; build a network of useful connections; and find work they are truly passionate about.  In collaboration with Upkey, we have taken 10 students from across the globe for our Spring Program. During the duration of our program, our interns are tasked with developing and producing their own weekly podcast. On today's episode, you'll be introduced to our Spring Interns; you'll hear about what they learned during Upkey's bootcamp; and you'll hear them discuss where they want to be in 10 years. Enjoy! Learn more about our internship: www.InTheir20s.com/Internship

Jun 3

17 min 26 sec

Ruben Harris is a Bay Area Entrepreneur from Atlanta, Georgia where he served as an Advisor for Forge and organized Atlanta's first Healthcare Hackathon. Ruben began his technology career working in Partnerships and Sales after writing a viral blog post called Breaking Into Startups about how moved to San Francisco without a job and landed a position 3 weeks later. After receiving thousands of e-mails asking how to break into tech, Ruben Co-Founded the Breaking Into Startups Podcast to demystify the process, resulting in a social media reach of ~3 million people, 200,000+ downloads, 10,000+ website visits per month, over 100+ reviews on iTunes, a Facebook Community of 10,000+ people, and invitations to be a Contributor for TechCrunch and Black Enterprise. Ruben is now the Founder and CEO of Career Karma, a company that matches people to the best coding bootcamps! Ruben’s company just raised $10 million and has the potential to be one of the most impactful startups in America.

May 31

26 min 54 sec

Sarah Robinson is an International Speaking and Mindset Coach with expertise in Leadership, Brand Culture, and Strategy. She's spent over 30 years on the stage - first as a professionally trained Shakesperian actress, then as an author, business owner and keynote speaker. She's on a mission to help others lead, inspire and transform those around them through the art of high-impact communication.  Sarah founded Birmingham Speaks as both a professional development organization that provides training in communication and public speaking as well as a community for those who are ready to transform the world around them through the power of communication. Her client list includes Microsoft, Inc., The National Press Club, TEDx, the Legal Marketing Association,  the Professional Convention Management Association, the International Women in Business Association and many others.

May 24

17 min 57 sec

Tasha has been rubbing shoulders with the “who’s who” in the sports and entertainment world for over 20 years. Her career began while in Atlanta, when she interned at Laface Records working with legendary artists such as TLC, Outkast, Usher, and Toni Braxton. In 1995, Tasha made a life-changing move to Las Vegas, where she began producing and promoting star studded, high profile celebrity events including the official Billboard Music Awards, and BET Awards after parties. It was there that she met iconic boxer Floyd Mayweather. Tasha worked with Floyd for twelve years as his right hand person. Tasha eventually penned and published her first book about some of her experiences and her lessons. "Right Hand to the CHAMP: 13 Lessons that changed my life." In 2009, she parted ways with the Mayweather business ventures and began her own. She partnered with Tiffany House and opened Treasures Consignment Boutique & Salon and made other business investments that have allowed me to be comfortable as I traveled to the next phase of life. Watch on YouTube: https://youtu.be/A1KocggdYsY Introduction music by: LAKEY INSPIRED - Chill Day LAKEY INSPIRED - Chill Day  Download→ https://soundcloud.com/lakeyinspired/chill-day

May 10

20 min 15 sec

Michele Schneider is the Senior Vice President of Workplace Services and oversees Guest Services, Internal Hospitality & Events, and Building Operations within Salesforce's global Real Estate organization. As a physical expression of the company's culture, Schneider's team is responsible for delivering world-class workplace experiences, day-in, and day-out for over 57,000 employees across more than 100 offices. Today, she's focused on Salesforce's return to the office strategy and the future of work. A Salesforce veteran of over 12 years, Schneider was previously the Vice President of Strategic Events where she led the company's World Tour, Connections and Salesforce Essentials event programming. Before joining the company, Schneider held marketing and events positions at Cisco and BEA Systems (Oracle). Schneider holds a B.A. in Communications from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Watch on YouTube: https://youtu.be/8CoJseqcVfw Introduction music by: LAKEY INSPIRED - Chill Day LAKEY INSPIRED - Chill Day  Download→ https://soundcloud.com/lakeyinspired/chill-day

May 3

14 min 9 sec

Jason Dumas started at KRON4 in September of 2018. He previously worked as a production assistant at ESPN, a sports anchor/reporter in Bismarck, North Dakota, Baton Rouge, Louisiana and most recently, Hagerstown, MD. Here he had the privilege of covering the Washington Capitals’ Stanley Cup championship run and the District’s first championship parade since 1992. Jason is a PROUD native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications in 2011. When he is not working, he enjoys cheering on his favorite sport teams, spending time with his family & friends, and traveling. Watch on YouTube: https://youtu.be/6eJFa5ATpyk Introduction music by: LAKEY INSPIRED - Chill Day LAKEY INSPIRED - Chill Day  Download→ https://soundcloud.com/lakeyinspired/chill-day

Apr 26

27 min 3 sec

Jason Calacanis is one of the most influential Angel Investors of our time. He began his career as a reporter in New York City that covered a diverse group of topics such as tech news, pop-culture, and the internet industry. He founded Silicon Alley Reporter, Weblogs Inc, Mahalo, and Inside.com. He turned down a $20 million offer for Silicon Alley Reporter. Then the dotcom bubble burst, and he wound up with a net worth of negative $10,000. Calacanis bounced back and founded Weblogs, which he sold to AOL after 18 months for $30 million. The Angel Investor for Weblogs was Mark Cuban. Most of Jason's money has been made by angel investing. He placed an early bet on Uber that paid off, and he’s now a professional investor with his own syndicate. Calacanis' book is called, "Angel: How to invest in technology startups —Timeless advice from an Angel Investor who turned $100,000 into $100,000,000." Watch on YouTube: https://youtu.be/_mM3tx9O9Zc Introduction music by: LAKEY INSPIRED - Chill Day LAKEY INSPIRED - Chill Day  Download→ https://soundcloud.com/lakeyinspired/chill-day

Apr 19

25 min 6 sec

Connor Mitchell has been called the First BitClout Influencer for his viral fame and success on the newest and most popular social media platform: BitClout. BitClout allows users to speculate on people and posts with real money, and it’s built from the ground up as its own custom blockchain. Its architecture is similar to Bitcoin, only it can support complex social network data like posts, profiles, follows, speculation features, and much more at significantly higher throughput and scale. Like Bitcoin, BitClout is a fully open-source project and there is no company behind it-- it’s just coins and code. Every profile on the platform gets its own coin that anybody can buy and sell. These are called “creator coins,” and you can have your own coin too simply by creating a profile. The price of each coin goes up when people buy and goes down when people sell. Shortly after joining the platform, Connor was verified and currently has more followers than people like Jake Paul, Grant Cardone, Steve Aoki and more! Connor believe BitClout can be a great way to build your brand and monetize your following. This interview was sponsored by BasilPod 🌿🎙 BasilPod is a company that believes if anyone can share their ideas on Clubhouse, why not do it on podcasts? If you sign up at www.linktr.ee/basilpod, you will be placed on a podcast with hundreds, thousands, or TENS of thousands of listeners - completely free for your first booking, and after that only $25/mo if you’re under 25, as their ‘young professionals’ discount, or $50/month if you’re over 25. Those rates are for unlimited bookings during those months. Podcasts are a fantastic way to spread your ideas, build a personal brand, and connect with audiences that care! Find them at @basilpod

Apr 16

19 min 23 sec

Sekou Kaalund is a Managing Director at JPMorgan Chase and Head of Consumer Banking for the Northeast Division. In this role, Kaalund oversees 1000 branches in five regions with 10,000 employees and over $315 billion in deposits and investments.   Prior to this role, Kaalund launched and was the Head of Advancing Black Pathways (“ABP”), a JPMorgan Chase program created to help Black individuals, families and businesses achieve sustained economic success. Kaalund set bold goals, including hiring 4,000 black students in 5 years, reaching 40% of the goal in less than two years. During his tenure, Kaalund deepened relationships with historically Black Colleges and Universities, and even launched a Hardship Fund to help keep financially distressed students in school, which became critical during COVID-19. He also launched Advancing Black Entrepreneurs, a program to provide access to capital and insights for Black businesses. Kaalund’s success in building ABP led to the firm’s historic $30 billion commitment to closing the racial wealth gap. Watch on YouTube: https://youtu.be/5WVR4zwMo20 Introduction music by: LAKEY INSPIRED - Chill Day LAKEY INSPIRED - Chill Day  Download→ https://soundcloud.com/lakeyinspired/chill-day

Apr 5

29 min 21 sec

Brooke Yoakam is a freshman at Boston College and is also the CEO and Founder of GiftPocket, a mobile app that allows you store and manage all of your gift cards from your phone. She created GiftPocket when she was 12 years old and has been able to launch GiftPocket in Apple App Store and Google Play Store. Brooke has been featured on Bloomberg QuickTakes, TedX Talks, CBS Boston, and more. Watch on YouTube: https://youtu.be/euS0aE0Rkm0 Introduction music by: LAKEY INSPIRED - Chill Day LAKEY INSPIRED - Chill Day  Download→ https://soundcloud.com/lakeyinspired/chill-day

Mar 29

12 min 14 sec

Tim Arthurs is a Partner and Head of Equity Sales at Seaport Global, which is a full-service investment bank, capital markets advisory and research platform based in New York and London with offices across the US and in Europe. Tim has 20 years Institutional Equities & Capital Markets Experience. He’s been instrumental in building successful distribution and research product platforms over career within equities markets, not only as a top producer but takes an entrepreneurial approach. He has an extensive distribution network with hundreds of corporate public management teams and institutional investors.    He became a partner at 28 (Global Hunter Securities, now Seaport Global) moved his family to Chicago in at age 30 from Southern CA to start the Chicago office and has significantly grew the company’s presence since then. Tim has hosted 25 + investor conferences in Chicago bringing thousands of CEO’s and CFO’s of public companies from all over the United States - ranging from $200 million to $200B billion to meet with Institutional Investors. Watch on YouTube: https://youtu.be/9OZGGk4pxuM Introduction music by: LAKEY INSPIRED - Chill Day LAKEY INSPIRED - Chill Day  Download→ https://soundcloud.com/lakeyinspired/chill-day

Mar 22

30 min 51 sec

A digital-only artwork has recently sold at Christie's auction house for an eye-watering $69m - but the winning bidder will not receive a sculpture, painting or even a print.  Instead, they get a unique digital token known as an NFT, or a Non-Fungible Token.  Where Bitcoin was hailed as the digital answer to currency, NFTs are now being touted as the digital answer to collectables.  We want to give you a quick introduction to the world of NFT's and the platforms you can interact with them on. This discussion features our friend, Nikhil Mohanty, who has seen early success on the popular NFT Platform: NBA Top Shot. NBA Top Shot is a blockchain-based platform that allows fans to buy and sell officially-licensed highlights, or Moments, from NBA games.

Mar 15

16 min 26 sec

Uptrust is a communication and engagement tool that helps low income defendants make it to court and mandatory appointments. By improving communication between the criminal justice system and people accused of crimes, we keep low-income defendants out of jail on bench warrants, saving counties money.  Their mission is to keep people out of jail who should not be there. We are focused on reducing incarceration and humanizing the experience of going through the justice system. They work across the spectrum to support clients as they navigate both pretrial and post-conviction. Helping 500,000+ people in 498 Counties as of October 2020.   Building positive relationships with clients is critical to helping them successfully exit the criminal justice system. Uptrust empowers attorneys, probation & parole staff, and other officials to create more positive, supportive relationships with their clients through direct communication and community-based social service referrals. Watch on YouTube: https://youtu.be/IwWh0MfQBdc  Introduction music by:  LAKEY INSPIRED - Chill Day LAKEY INSPIRED - Chill Day  Download→ https://soundcloud.com/lakeyinspired/chill-day

Mar 8

24 min 27 sec

Carter Deems is a cast member on the wildly popular television series Wild N' Out, a freestyle show that features some of TV's most viral moments from celebrity guests and performers like Kevin Hart, Shaquille O'Neal, Snoop Dogg, Kanye West, and Chance the Rapper.   Carter has always had a passion for hip hop. Starting at a young age, he would entertain his friends through his on-the-fly freestyling abilities and clever word play. While attending Law School, Carter decided to audition to become a cast member on Nick Cannon's Wild N' Out. Carter nailed his audition, impressing the likes of Cannon himself. Since then, Carter has worked with many influential artists and entertainers on the show. Carter is also a writer on the Emmy nominated series Epic Rap Battles of History and he was on the writing staff for the TV show Drop The Mic on TBS.  He has made appearances on Funny Or Die, Snoop Dogg’s Gladiator School, Animation Sandwich and he voiced a character for the viral animated short ‘The Rap Off’.  His Twitter account was featured in the 50 Funniest Tweets of 2016 on The Daily Dot and he was named the Funniest Battle Rapper of 2015 by Hip Hop DX’s Battlerap.com.  Carter was also a co-writer and producer for the scripted radio show Live: On Air Comedy on WXRW 104.1 Milwaukee.  Carter does standup and battle rap across the country and has performed at the Comedy Store, UCB Franklin, Zanies Chicago, the Milwaukee Comedy Festival, and the Asheville Comedy Festival. Watch on YouTube: https://youtu.be/dTjyesXUq24  Introduction music by:  LAKEY INSPIRED - Chill Day LAKEY INSPIRED - Chill Day  Download→ https://soundcloud.com/lakeyinspired/chill-day

Feb 22

27 min 10 sec

Cathy Bessant is chief operations and technology officer at Bank of America, and is a member of the company’s executive management team. Since 2010, Bessant has led Global Technology and Operations, delivering end-to-end technology and operating services across the company through a team of 95,000 people in over 35 countries. She also oversees the company’s business continuity and information security efforts. Since joining the bank in 1982, Bessant has held a number of senior leadership roles. She was president, Global Corporate Banking; president, Global Product Solutions and Global Treasury Services; chief marketing officer; president, Consumer Real Estate and Community Development Banking; national Small Business Segment executive; and president of the Florida market. After ranking No. 1 for three consecutive years, Bessant was inducted into the “25 Most Powerful Women in Banking” Hall of Fame by American Banker in 2020. Bessant was named to Barron’s “100 Most Influential Women in U.S. Finance” and she received WatersTechnology’s 2019 Women in Technology and Data Trailblazer Award. She has also appeared on Working Mother magazine’s “50 Most Powerful Working Moms” list. Watch on YouTube: https://youtu.be/dTjyesXUq24 Introduction music by:  LAKEY INSPIRED - Chill Day LAKEY INSPIRED - Chill Day  Download→ https://soundcloud.com/lakeyinspired/chill-day

Feb 15

27 min 52 sec

At 18 years old, Nastassia launched a fitness apparel brand named Nasty Fit which surpassed 7-figures. At 20 years old, Nastassia began building a networking platform to solve her own personal struggle. On October 2020, Nastassia launched Connectful, a networking app that connects like-minded and entrepreneurial young adults. Her mission is to change the way young adults connect by making it more engaging, interactive and fun. At 18 years old, Nastassia launched a fitness apparel brand named Nasty Fit which surpassed 7-figures. At 20 years old, Nastassia began building a networking platform to solve her own personal struggle. On October 2020, Nastassia launched Connectful, a networking app that connects like-minded and entrepreneurial young adults. Her mission is to change the way young adults connect by making it more engaging, interactive and fun.   In March of 2020, Nastassia Ponomarenko released her first self-improvement book From Dust to Discipline, where she shared her own transformation and encourages young adults to overcome fear, grow in self-love and happiness, instill discipline, and leave their past and bad habits behind to embark on a journey of becoming their best and most authentic selves. It is through self-awareness that improvement can happen, and that was Nastassia’s goal and priority for writing this book that every young adult should read. Watch on YouTube: https://youtu.be/dTjyesXUq24 Introduction music by:  LAKEY INSPIRED - Chill Day LAKEY INSPIRED - Chill Day  Download→ https://soundcloud.com/lakeyinspired/chill-day

Feb 8

18 min 33 sec

After opening 30 restaurants over the last 27 years, JamesBeard winning restaurateur Kevin Boehm has become one of the nation's foremost visionaries in the field of hospitality. Kevin, along with his partner Rob Katz have built a restaurant group based on great chefs, inspired design, and enlightened hospitality. Born in 1970, Kevin grew up in Springfield, Illinois and knew at a young age that he wanted to be in the restaurant business. After working in the industry for just a few years, he saved enough money to open a 6 table restaurant in 1993 called the Lazy Daze Café in Seaside, Florida. Restaurants in Blue Mountain Beach, Florida, Springfield, Illinois, and Nashville, Tennessee would follow, and Boehm got his education opening and selling 4 restaurants all before the age of 30. In 2002, Kevin would partner with Rob Katz, and the two would open 26 places together in less than 16 years. The group's many accolades & accomplishments include 16 James Beard Finalist nominations, two Food & Wines Best New Chefs, 9 consecutive Michelin Stars for Boka, 6 Boka Group restaurants in Chicago TribunesTop 50 list, and a James Beard Win and Iron Chef designation for Stephanie Izard. Kevin, along with Rob, won Restaurateurs of the year in Time Out Chicago in 2010, the Chicago Tribune in 2011, and were Eater National’s Empire Builders of the years in 2012. They have been James Beard Finalists for Best Restaurateur in America in 2016, 2017, & 2018 and New City Chicago ranked them #1 in 2017 in its annual list of the 50 most powerful influencers on the Chicago dining scene. In 2019 they won Outstanding Restaurateur in America at the James Beard Awards. Watch on YouTube: https://youtu.be/-patM0Y2EVM Introduction music by:  LAKEY INSPIRED - Chill Day LAKEY INSPIRED - Chill Day  Download→ https://soundcloud.com/lakeyinspired/chill-day

Feb 1

32 min 41 sec

This week we interviewed Nick Henning who has 15+ years of executive search and sales experience. Throughout his career, he has personally participated in 10,000+ interviews, placed 400+ professionals, and led recruiting teams to place 1,200+ professionals. Nick has served as a strategic staffing advisor for organizations ranging from venture back startups to Fortune 500 in the Healthcare, Insurance, Financial Services, Manufacturing and Information Technology Services industries.  Nick founded Henning Coaching because he saw the need for a niche career advisory and interview intelligence services solution because of the lack of education and interview skills of talented professionals. His mission is to help others self-actualize while creating stronger communities that matter to those he serves by donating a portion of the organization’s services fees to charitable organizations and scholarship funds in their name.  Nick uses a long-term focus when building professional relationships by using transparency to establish trust. He takes a methodical approach asking the difficult but necessary questions to get the core challenges organizations and professionals face to help overcome them. He is very detail and process oriented to accurately gather data and improve results. Watch on YouTube: https://youtu.be/VOsjRdHct7A Introduction music by:  LAKEY INSPIRED - Chill Day  LAKEY INSPIRED - Chill Day  Download→ https://soundcloud.com/lakeyinspired/chill-day

Jan 25

19 min 46 sec

Neha O’Rourke is the Founder and Career Coach at Somewhere In Between Coaching, a coaching company that empowers women around the country and across industries in designing a career and life they love. Prior to Somewhere In Between Coaching, Neha worked in advertising where she architected strategies and campaigns for nationally recognized brands.   Neha was named one of the top coaches by Honeybook and Rising Tide Society. Her clients today include well-known companies such as WeWork, Expedia, Athleta, and Nema. Additionally, she has been featured on Fox 32 Chicago.    In our interview with Neha she discusses her decision to start coaching and handling burnout in your 20s. Watch on YouTube: https://youtu.be/auRUeMjd-rQ Introduction music by:  LAKEY INSPIRED - Chill Day LAKEY INSPIRED - Chill Day  Download→ https://soundcloud.com/lakeyinspired/chill-day

Jan 11

13 min 56 sec

Brad Edwards is an investigative reporter and main anchor at CBS 2 Chicago. Brad's work has netted more than 100 awards: including eight consecutive regional Emmy Awards for News Writing [2003-’10], nine Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards, including three at WBBM for Excellence in Writing – 2013, 2019 & 2020, six regional Emmy awards in 2019, including Best Investigative News Report and Best Hard News Report.   Brad's work has led to new policies, and prosecutions; it has reunited families, and helped free a woman serving a 50-year prison sentence for a crime she didn’t commit. In Detroit, his year-long exposé into the Wayne County morgue led to the burial of dozens of indigent souls, and the fast-tracking of funding for a massive facility expansion.   On this episode, we discuss with Brad how he became a CBS award-winning reporter and what challenges he faced along the way. Watch on YouTube: https://youtu.be/fxEwkiiY2_0 Introduction music by:  LAKEY INSPIRED - Chill Day LAKEY INSPIRED - Chill Day  Download→ https://soundcloud.com/lakeyinspired/chill-day

Jan 4

31 min 8 sec

This week we interviewed Amir Badr, the CEO of Upkey. Upkey provides remote career readiness and talent engagement tools for students, universities, and companies. Upkey offers a digital learning platform that prepares students to be successful in the professional world by educating them on the skills necessary to make positive lasting impressions on employers.   Amir was born in Tehran, Iran. When he was 17, Amir moved to America from his home country. He had $100; zero connections; and didn’t even speak English. Amir made it his mission to provide students and young professionals with resources they need to succeed in the job market.  On this episode, we discuss with Amir his journey into America and how his company, Upkey, is reinventing the job market. Watch on YouTube: https://youtu.be/8uNOvmJZSUE Introduction music by:  LAKEY INSPIRED - Chill Day LAKEY INSPIRED - Chill Day  Download→ https://soundcloud.com/lakeyinspired/chill-day

Dec 2020

16 min 47 sec