Read all about & CONNECT with our AWESOME Podcast GUESTS! (and take a peek at our FUTURE ones too!)
Tammy Plunkett– Author & Writing Coach
Episode # 1 CLICK HERE to LISTEN
Tammy Plunkett left her career as a registered nurse to stay home and raise her four children. It turned out that she could only take so much Sesame Street and after a while she returned to her first love—writing. Tammy spent a few years working solely in fiction then switched gears. Her studies of psychology and spirituality lead to a desire to inspire others through her talks, her blog on Huffington Post and her first book Being Human: Inspiration for Balancing Mind Body and Spirit. As a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach she empowers women to connect to their story and use it to fuel their writing, their business, and their lives.
KIDS: Boy-Age 9, Girls- Ages 20, 18 & 11
Peter Best– Magnum York Property Management Ltd.
Episode # 2 CLICK HERE to LISTEN
Services include: single unit rentals, apartment rentals, rental pools, residential and commercial condominiums
Originally from Fort McMurray, Alberta, Peter graduated college with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems. After college he worked for technology focused companies where he honed his people skills and developed exceptional organizational and problem solving techniques, leading him to his present role as President & Broker.
From an early age Peter has been involved with property management, first working with his father managing a variety of family owned investment properties and later acquiring his own investment properties.
Peter is responsible for the overall company direction as well as ensuring that all real estate activities are completed in accordance with the appropriate Acts and regulations.
KIDS: Girl- Age 6
Christina Rowsell– Christina Rowsell Media
Episode # 3 CLICK HERE to LISTEN
For the past 20 years Christina has been a recognized broadcast professional in Calgary, Alberta, focusing on making people laugh and smile. She started her career flying over the city reporting traffic, to co-hosting morning shows, working in promotions, hosting locally produced TV and producing and hosting a syndicated show across Canada. She was also the Editor In Chief and Co-Founder of the Brighter Business Empower Magazine and radio shows.
With her extensive knowledge of how the media works, Christina can guide you on how to write creative content to get the media to look at your release. Creating a strategic media marketing plan, Christina can walk you through the steps to getting your business in front of the media.
Christina has also mastered the art of conversation. With that skill, Christina comes through as a polished speaker and a leader in public speaking. These skills can be passed on to business leaders to enhance their image as a confident speaker.
Whether you’re presenting to stakeholders, board meetings, employees, clients or the media, it takes confidence to deliver an effective message.
Christina will share the skills you need to be heard in the media and in person.
KIDS: Boys- 6 & 9
Sean Phillips– Riverwood Photography
Episode # 4 CLICK HERE to LISTEN
Riverwood Photography is a Calgary portrait and commercial photography studio. We specialize in creating headshots for small business owners and corporate executives, and beautiful wall portraits for families. We work on-location or in-studio and we provide photography services to our clients when, where, and how they need it.
KIDS: Girl- Age 12, Boy- Age 9
Robyn Pearson– A Friend Indeed
Episode #5 – CLICK HERE to LISTEN
Do you know of families who are helping out their aging parent? A Friend Indeed provides a friendly, regular visitor who comes to their loved one place of residence when the family is not always able to. We provide companionship and in-house, non-medical support and engage seniors in activities meaningful and enjoyable to them. We can bring mobile seniors on outings to appointments, shopping or just get out of the house and back into their communities!
KIDS: Boys- Ages 17 & 15
Guy Ward– Guy The Mortgage Guy
Episode # 6 – CLICK HERE to LISTEN
I specialize in mortgages for residential properties. If you are looking to refinance, purchase a new home, debt consolidation or you are new to Canada, then you need to call me. I will always listen to my clients’ needs and apply my extensive business background, to sort through the variety of available products, to find the right solution for you. I communicate effectively and honestly throughout the process, ensuring a comfortable and positive experience.
KIDS: Boys- Ages 17, 12 & 12, 9 & 6 and a Girl Age 17
Gloria Juarez– The Marriage Savers Cleaning Services
Episode # 7 – CLICK HERE to LISTEN
I came to Canada in 2003 with big dreams! I never thought that I could be here in this wonderful country, where I feel respected as a person, where strangers offer me help and encouragement to grow and learn.
After working for a few years for a catering company, I decided to go out on my own… What an adventure! I have always had a deep desire to grow as a person, an entrepreneur, a wife, and a mother. My idea was, and still is, to be an example, to show you can do anything if you just decide to do it!
In 2007 I started working independently and after taking a small business class, The Marriage Savers was born. We are a Residential, Post Construction and Janitorial cleaning company servicing the City of Calgary and Area. Our mission is to Give You Back Your Life! With dedication, attention to detail and a warm smile, our cleaners take care of all your cleaning needs.
KIDS: Girls- Ages 11 & 1
Chris Hensley– Houston First Financial Group
Episode # 8 – CLICK HERE to LISTEN
Christopher Hensley has been a loving husband for 20 years and a Financial Services Leader for over 15 years. He received his education in Philosophy and English from the University of Houston. He chose to work in the financial services industry because his passion is helping people in achieving their life goals. Most importantly, he enjoys helping people. Christopher has a very well-rounded financial background. He has worked with such Fortune 500 companies as Merrill Lynch, UBS Financial Services, Chase Bank and Principal Financial Group as well as the non-profit organization Money Management International (Consumer Credit Counselors Southwest). Mr. Hensley is licensed by FINRA and holds his series 7 (General Securities Representative) and series 66 (Uniform Combined State Law). He also holds his principal/supervisory license, series 9 (General Securities Sales Supervisor- Options) and series 10 (General Securities Sales Supervisor- General). In his spare time Christopher enjoys spending time with his family, reading and amateur electronics. Mr. Hensley also host the radio/podcast show Money Matters on KPFT Houston.
As the President of The Houston Midtown Chapter of the Society for Financial Awareness, SOFA has brought financial education classes to the following Companies and Organizations:
City of Baytown, Seamless Solutions, FKM Agency, Alvin Community College, Unique Physique Fitness Center, Emerson, Technip, Northwest Pipe Company, Lopez Negrete and many more……..
KIDS: Boy-Age 6
Laura Saueracker– The Resourceful Lady & Range Road Garden Farms
Episode # 9 – CLICK HERE to LISTEN
We are starting a vertical hydroponic farm growing Microgreens- to start: lettuce, spinach, and kale. People are concerned with food, where and how it is grown. They want to know that the food they eat is locally grown, healthy and high quality.
KIDS: 3 Adult Girls
GRANDKIDS: Boys-Age 7 & 15 months, Girl- Age 4
Tanis Arcuri– Arvic Search Services Inc.
Episode # 10 – CLICK HERE to LISTEN
We are here to help Incorporate or Register new businesses as well as help businesses maintain their operations by providing Minute Book recreations, Corporate Amendments, Annual Return filings and Extra-Provincial Registrations.
KIDS: Girls- Ages 10 & 6
Michele McGarvey– Dominion Lending Centres Mortgage Mentors
Episode # 11 – CLICK HERE to LISTEN
“Excellence is in the details. Give impeccable attention to all you do, and excellence will follow.” ~ Michele McGarvey
Excellence is more than just a word. It is what you’ll come to expect from the professional care I provide. With over 27 years in the financial industry, my extensive knowledge of mortgages, as well as the real estate industry as a whole, have provided me with the tools necessary to listen to my clients, understand their needs and know the right questions to ask to provide the best recommendations. In working closely with my clients’ team, I ensure their home-buying experience is comfortable and informative by utilizing a personalized policy of continuous availability for all involved—whether one-on-one, or remotely. Making dreams come true through home ownership is a daily reward for me, but it’s a responsibility that I take quite seriously.
Through Dominion Lending Centres, I am given the opportunity to work for my clients not the lender. This is a different approach to getting a mortgage as I have my clients best interest in mind. I also have multiple lenders to choose from. Dominion Lending Centres is the largest mortgage brokerage across Canada. This gives us a competitive advantage as the lenders provide us with the lowest rates. Working with a mortgage professional like myself is completely free to you. What a win, you have a personal shopper who takes the stress out of getting a mortgage.
KIDS: Boy-Age 25
Corinne Erickson– Deerfoot Carpet & Flooring & Grout Restoration
Episode # 12 – CLICK HERE to LISTEN
I was born in Calgary, Alberta and graduated in Physical Education with a minor in Sciences from the University of Calgary. I am the middle child of five children. I have worked with people all my life in different areas of education, coaching, and business. I started my career working with the school board for years, and then I went back to school and graduated in Computer Information Systems from Keyano College.
I started my first business in Web Design 12 years ago. Eventually I ended up in the Design and sales world for Residential and Commercial Flooring working in my brother’s business. I became very successful quickly, and now have a financial and invested interest at Deerfoot Carpet and Flooring.
In the past year, I recently started another business with a partner forming a company called Grout Restoration. There was a need in the Renovation Industry that needed to be filled.
KIDS: Adult Girl & Boy
GRANDKIDS: Twin Girls- Age 1, Boy- Age 3
Brenda McSween– Parenting Foundations
Episode # 13 – CLICK HERE to LISTEN
I started my adventure of working with children and youth way back in the nineties. I graduated with a Bachelor of Child Studies Degree in 1994. I have worked as an Early Childhood Educator, Supervisor of two Child Care Centres, Child Care Counsellor, Community Support Counsellor, Mental Health Therapy Assistant and Case Worker with Child and Family Services. In short I have worked with children, youth, parents and guardians in many different capacities. I was (and still am) very passionate about helping others be the parent they want to be.
In 2010, I became a step mother to 2 wonderful boys. Then in 2011 we welcomed our son into the world. It was at this point that I decided to start my own business to help other parents. I became a paediatric sleep consultant and a parent advisor.
KIDS: 1 Biological Boy- Age 5, 2 Stepsons Ages 21 & 16
Sheila Hawkins– Parley Consulting
Episode # 14 – CLICK HERE to LISTEN
Like many financial advisors, after university Sheila started her career working with the bank. Not happy with what the large corporate institutions had to offer clients Sheila started her own company, Parley Consulting. Her goal was to have time to educate and guide clients in a non-biased way helping them make the right decisions about their finances without product pressure. Sheila’s experience is supported by her continuing educational focus. She is a Certified Financial Planner and Life Agent with 25 years of experience. She has been an Accredited Mortgage Professional for 17 years and is an Insolvency Counsellor as well.
Her company is Edmonton based and helps families struggling with the burden of crippling debt. With a network of financial experts, they help people restructure debt and rekindle their childhood dreams. They do this by walking with people through a financially fragile and stressful time in their lives. When an individual is referred to them they start with a one hour, no-cost, consultation. They then outline all the options from “staying the course” to resetting and starting over. Ultimately going beyond debt, they help people regain financial wellness by providing resources that support continuous personal growth and understanding. It is a transition from feeling completely overwhelmed and out-matched to confidently walking away with a feeling of purpose and financial control.
KIDS: Boys- Ages 24 & 16 and Girls Ages 15 & 14
Nedalee Thomas– Chanson Water Inc. & Princess Power
Episode # 15 – CLICK HERE to LISTEN
Nedalee Thomas, CEO of www.ChansonWater.com, is the exclusive US importer for Chanson Water USA and seven foreign markets. Nedalee Thomas, founder of www.PrincessPower.com, is an author, educator, and researcher, with a passion for fabulously frugal living. Nedalee teaches women how to have better relationships with money, others, and themselves; and believes you can be, do and have anything you desire.
KIDS: 19 grown Children
GRANDKIDS: 3 Girls & 1 Boy- Ages 15 and under
Kerry Walls– Business Coach & CEO
Episode # 16 – CLICK HERE to LISTEN
An experienced business coach and CEO with a unique background in education, small business and counseling psychology, Kerry helps high potential and high performing executives create breakthrough results in their businesses and careers.
For the past 15 years as a business coach in a consulting firm, she moved up from individual consultant to the CEO, leading the company as the founder stepped out of the business. She supported key executives of an anchor client increase their revenue 25%, over 20 million.
Kerry is most committed to executives’ and business owners’ success AND fulfillment in their work environment. She has assisted multiple businesses sustain double digit sales growth and create a platform for growth to the next lane of business. This includes creating relationships and teams committed and aligned to mutual and business success.
KIDS: Single Mom of 2 Girls Ages 21 & 24
Vince Fowler– Co-founder of Vested Interest Group
Episode # 17 – CLICK HERE to LISTEN
Vince Fowler is a proud military veteran with operational experience in war torn Somalia, a championship rugby athlete and coach, and a 17-year background in sales, marketing and business.
It is the combination of military discipline, coaching success and business insight that makes Vince Fowler a triple-threat. It also makes him the guy you want in your corner when looking to maximize your business potential and return on investment.
Vince Fowler envisions a world where small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs live life on their terms. Which is to say that they have an abundance of time, money and relationships – and the health to enjoy it all.
He is the co-founder of Vested Interest Group – a Calgary based business coaching practice – where he works one-on-one with his clients; coaching, workshops and seminars.
Inspired by TED Talks almost five years ago, Vince Fowler founded The Measurable Difference – a bi-monthly, half day seminar series designed specifically to serve small business and aspiring entrepreneurs.
Both coaching and speaking allow Vince live his mission – the exploration of wisdom past and present to benefit you in the future.
KIDS: Girl Age 8 and Boy Age 6
Michael Curtis– President of The Response Team Inc.
Episode # 18 – CLICK HERE to LISTEN
The Response Team brings over 100 years of combined experience with its team of Emergency Management, Business Continuity, Safety Management and Response professionals. The company was developed to serve individuals, families, small and medium sized businesses because so few companies out there want to deal with “The little guy”. We provide our customers with timely, professional and responsible direction and manpower if required before, during, and after an incident occurs.
Michael Curtis, our President, brings over 25 years of small family business, EMS, Food Processing, Oil and Gas, Remote wilderness emergency management experience to you.
Michael’s experience and training includes Type 3 Incident Management Team Role specific training as Incident Commander, Operations Section Chief and Planning Section Chief. This complements his experience as a Certified Business Continuity Manager, Emergency Operations Centre Specialist in Ops, Planning and Finance/Administration. In addition, Michael also has training and expertise in the following areas:
- Instructor qualified to ICS 400 Level. Instructor Trainer at the 200 level.
- Emergency Program Coordinator
- Hazard Risk Vulnerability Analysis
- Emergency Program Coordination and the Planning Process
- Emergency Communications
- Volunteer Organization Management
When not striving to ensure that his community is a safer place to live, he enjoys hockey; volunteering with various organizations both locally, and internationally; his amateur radio; and cheering for his beloved Calgary Flames & Stampeders.
Michael is an affiliated member of 401 Tactical Fighter Squadron. Go Rams!
KIDS: Girl Age 17 and Boy Age 18
Scott McDermott– Owner of Best Body Fitness
Episode # 19 – CLICK HERE to LISTEN
After going from fat to fit, Scott has inspired thousands to do the same. Since the year 2000 Scott has been writing an online fitness newsletter to an international audience and runs a highly successful Fitness Centre. Scott has learned what it really takes to be healthy and fit. His lectures and seminars are full of energy, fun and in high demand across North America.
Scott McDermott went from fat to fit and then turned his entire life upside down leaving a 13 year career in architecture to build a 15,000 square foot fitness centre in a small town in 2002. He has won Rotarian of the year (04), business of the year (04) and citizen of the year (‘05 and ‘15). Scott has since completed 6 Ironmans and been on Team Canada twice for the ITU world Long Course Championships. Most recently falling in love with Ultraman Triathlon (2.5 times longer than Ironman) – he has completed 2 races and is currently learning a ton after a near fatal crash during his 3rd race at the World Championships in 2015.
He has written a book: ‘If Your Body Were A Car, You Wouldn’t Treat It This Way’, and in addition to running a very successful gym, is a coach and trainer both in his gym and online- helping others reclaim their fitness and health. His book and related talks offer massive amounts of tips for the average person, as well as experienced trainer. With fun analogies to create memorable connections to why we need to be fit and healthy and how to do it completely, from food, to exercise, to motivation.
KIDS: Boy Age 4
Mike Dorion– Owner of Living Soil Solutions
Episode # 20 – CLICK HERE to LISTEN
Living Soil Solutions is based on more natural traditional methods of building the fertility in your soil. By using more modern techniques like Compost Teas and microscopy, we can get you better long term results. LSS provides a wide variety of natural products and services to help you get the best from your back yard or your back forty. Through education and high customer service LSS aims to make sure you will have the knowledge to know that Soil does not like to be treated like Dirt.
KIDS: Girl Age 4
Danny Lyon– Instant Imprints Franchise Owner
Episode # 21 – CLICK HERE to LISTEN
Danny Lyon grew up in a small town of about 250 people, Lyon’s learning grounds for commerce and networking. After 20+ years in telecommunications, Lyon operated a very successful business and has been helping people get into business for themselves for the last 18 years. He does that now through the Instant Imprints Franchise which has revolutionized the promotional advertising industry.
In Lyon’s experience, people leverage, is the fastest road to success. His book, The Colour of My Underwear is Blue, is about the support, answers, and experience, already existing in anyone’s network, how to recognize it and utilize it for maximum success.
KIDS: Girl Age 20, 2 Boys Ages 23 & 24
Joy Castro Daniel– an Executive Coach for NuSkin Enterprises and an Engineering Consultant
Episode # 22 – CLICK HERE to LISTEN
Joy Daniel is a Philanthropist, Real Estate Investor and Global Entrepreneur. Joy has a background in engineering and teaching. In 2010 Joy had her first baby and knew she needed a business that would give her the flexibility of time to raise her kids. She set a goal and started to talking to people. In 2012, just after her second son was born, her dad was diagnosed with cancer. She interviewed many health care professionals in both the traditional and holistic field. She was eventually introduced to the Biophotonic Scanner, the only device that can measure cellular health in terms of antioxidant status. This technology led her into the field of genetics and anti-aging and prevention of chronic illnesses. Four years after starting her business, Joy has built a team of entrepreneurs in 14 different countries using technology and system building. The majority of her time is spent in coaching, education and helping families with health and wealth creation. Best of all, she gets to make her kids breakfast and drop them off at school!
KIDS: 2 Boys Ages 6 & 4 and a Girl Age 2
Jody Swift– Chief “Energy” Officer of Studio ME
Episode # 23 – CLICK HERE to LISTEN
Studio Me is a divine idea that came to me from the desire to create a space where people could come and fall in love with themselves. I have always been a gym rat and found the value in going to a gym for my physical and emotional wellbeing; however, I always had to look for other resources for the rest of my health needs.
I have been a drama teacher for the last eighteen years; I have been on the stage and behind the scenes and have a large appreciation for the arts and how therapeutic it is for the mind, body and soul.
Studio Me is a center that offers classes for the whole person. We use arts, wellness and education as our foundation to direct studies and programs offered here. We center classes on all areas of wellbeing: Emotional, intellectual, mental, physical, creative, social, occupational, environmental, financial, and spiritual. 50% of our model focuses on our classes and programs: patrons can drop into:
Drumming, Mediation, Art, Dance, Myofascial stretch classes all sponsored by the studio. There is art and crafts to purchase and there is often a vendor on sight showcasing their wares.
50% of our model is focused on supporting practitioners, teachers, facilitators, and leaders in offering great classes in health/wellness or the arts. This may include Shamanic healing, body talk, reiki, Nia Dance, photography, Personal Development classes and so much more.
One stop shopping for all your health and wellness needs. We want all our patrons to leave feeling positive and prosperous. We look forward to meeting new people and really connecting the community with each other.
KIDS: Girl Age 27, 2 Boys Ages 11 & 9, 2 year old Granddaughter
Ed & Lucy Paget– Founders of Intrinsi- Osteopathic Clinic & Natural Movement Centre
Episode # 24 – CLICK HERE to LISTEN
Our story begins at the British School of Osteopathy in London. It’s where Lucy and Ed met and studied for four years, both of us coming to osteopathy after previous degrees: Lucy had received a degree in cultural studies from McGill university and Ed had a degree in Sport and Exercise Science from Exeter University. From there, after a bit of searching, Lucy took a leap into teaching yoga, which led her to osteopathy. Ed used his degree to work with sports teams and then, through personal experience getting help with a knee injury, he too discovered osteopathy.
We realised we needed to show our clients WHY their bodies had gotten into trouble so that they could understand the root cause of their illness or injury. We love showing people how interconnected the body is. We love it when people say “Ah-ha, now I get it”. It is very gratifying when people understand – and feel – how a tight hip has caused a shoulder injury or how relaxed their jaw feels after we’ve worked on their shoulders. That kind of “ah-ha moment” is empowering for patients because understanding why something has happened means they can do something about it.
We truly hope that we can help you reconnect with your health, help you to move freely and to understand the interconnected nature of your body through treatment that addresses not only the places that hurt but the places that have contributed to the problem.
KIDS: Girl Age 6, Boy Age 4
Liberty Forrest– Author and Creator of Liberty’s Creative Cauldron
Episode # 25 – CLICK HERE to LISTEN
Award-Winning author, Huffington Post contributor, and speaker Liberty Forrest, has written several inspirational books covering a range of self-development, healing and empowering topics. Her compelling book, The Power and Simplicity of Self-Healing, has been changing lives and helping people find hope and healing in several countries around the world.
In childhood, Liberty discovered her abilities as a psychic and medium, which continued to develop over the years, leading her to do readings professionally. Eventually, she took to the stage where she connected audience members with loved ones in spirit.
For five years, she appeared approximately monthly on Sue Marchant’s evening show on BBC Radio doing psychic phone-ins for listeners. Now, with a background in social work and hypnosis, Liberty uses those abilities along with other tools such as numerology to assist people in getting unstuck and moving forward.
She also works with people who want to develop their own psychic or mediumship abilities, and as a practicing Witch, she offers a variety of life-enhancing spell-casting services.
Liberty loves doing stand-up comedy and enjoys incorporating humour into her work wherever possible, believing that when we can finally get to the point of laughing at our foibles, we have truly found healing.
KIDS: 5 Adult Children and 5 Grandchildren
Robyn Moser– Leader of Robyn Moser & Associates Realty Team
Episode # 26 – CLICK HERE to LISTEN
Originally being born in Calgary at the Foothills Hospital is something Robyn Moser takes great pride in. From there, she was raised by a single mother in many different areas and parts of Calgary. At the age of 15 she was compelled to move out on her own and struggle to complete her high school education while working multiple jobs and finding herself at times with nowhere to call home.
Once she hit 18 she was able to start finding stability and worked many different jobs until she found her perfect career fit, a real estate agent. Her great in-depth knowledge of the communities in and around Calgary is probably what drew her into the real estate industry.
Robyn started in real estate in 1998, where she was a 21 year old. Every year of her career she has won numerous prestigious awards within her industry for high production. Most recently, she was honored to receive the 2015 ROAR Award in Mentorship Distinction for her work mentoring new comers to the industry. She has also been featured on HGTV’s show ‘Buy Me’ and numerous times in the Calgary Herald, Calgary Sun and Profiles of Success. In addition to her busy real estate practice, she also sits on the Real Estate Council of Alberta.
KIDS: Boy age 11, Girl age 8
Mark & Lisa Watts– Founders of Hub Town Brewing
Episode # 27 – CLICK HERE to LISTEN
Lisa: Corrosion/Integrity Specialist (for pipelines/facilities) with a strong Project Management focus, graduate of the American Brewers Guild – Intensive Brewing Science and Engineering Program.
Mark: Geophysicist (working in Oil and Gas), certified in cabinet making, Tig and Mig welding, and graduate of the American Brewers Guild – Intensive Brewing Science and Engineering Program.
BEFORE we home brewed beer for the first time, we had already begun with hours of research on the topic (we are information junkies), practice brewed with family brewers and built our own Brew Station for holding all of our brewing tools so that when our brew day came, we would be ready. Little did we know that brewing was going to become something we couldn’t get enough of. BREWING BECAME OUR DATE NIGHT, our daily discussions and has since been a major focus in our world.
We have always enjoyed our adventures but this one has taken the cake. Creating beer and the custom beer gear to go with it has been more fun than we could have imagined. Now, thanks to our clients gently pushing us, we are expanding into our biggest adventure yet – building our Microbrewery!
KIDS: 2 Boys ages 20 & 14, 2 Girls ages 13 & 11
Brigitte Lessard-Deyell– Creator & Owner of Sportsbras.ca & Women Talk
Episode # 28 – CLICK HERE to LISTEN
Brigitte is a passionate entrepreneur and visionary and has spent most of her life supporting and empowering women. Over the years, she has owned multiple women-empowering businesses.
Right now, Brigitte owns SPORTSBRAS.CA where she truly can “support and uplift” women and of course; Women Talk; a place where women can support each other, while feeling empowered to safely stand up and share their amazing stories!
Brigitte is also Certified Sacred Gifts Guide- and is now writing an Anthology: “When Women Talk ~ Empowering Each Other One Story At A Time”.
KIDS: Girl age 10, Boy age 7
CLICK HERE and HERE to connect with Brigitte!
Ellen Scharf– Owner of Fun For Dogs
Episode # 29 – CLICK HERE to LISTEN
Fun for Dogs provides Calgary dogs with off leash socialization and exercise in a safe and natural environment. The dogs are picked up at home and transported to the park where they get to “just be dogs” for 75 minutes. After the fun, they are loaded up and returned home and put back in their safe place.
Fun for Dogs has been operating in Calgary since January 2007 and we are looking forward to another awesome 10 years.
KIDS: Daughter age 25, Stepdaughter age 29, Stepson age 33 & Grandson age 1
CLICK HERE to connect with Ellen!
Allyson Palaschuk– President of Made by Momma
Episode # 30 – CLICK HERE to LISTEN
Made by Momma is a 100% volunteer-run, donation-driven, grassroots non-profit organization and registered Canadian charity located in Calgary. We were founded in February 2010, based on the belief that women helping women is one of the best and strongest support systems that has ever existed. We began as a small group of women with big ideas to help make the lives of struggling moms in our community a little bit easier and those big ideas have now grown into a large network of over 500 volunteers.
Being a mother to infants and young children can be stressful and exhausting. Add post-partum depression, physical illness, multiple births, or a family tragedy into the equation and the result can be devastating.
Our mission is to provide wholesome nourishment and nurturing care to mothers and young children experiencing situations of adversity or times of crisis. Our practical peer-to-peer support includes providing healthy prepared freezer meals, wholesome homemade baked goods, baby essentials, children’s items, supportive in-home visitors and other services to allow mothers the time they need to rest, recover and focus on their families and their health.
KIDS: Girl age 20, 3 Boys ages 27, 7 & 5
CLICK HERE to connect with Allyson!
Darlene Hull– Owner & President of HotSpot Social Media
Episode # 31 – CLICK HERE to LISTEN
HotSpot Social Media focuses on the marketing needs of the very small business – kitchen table entrepreneurs, direct sales, network marketers, and the like. We provide painless and profitable social media solutions that are manageable and effective for people who are already wearing 37 hats in their business. Currently we are offering a free, private, 2-hour, no pitch, no obligation social media consultation where the business owner walks away with an effective social media strategy they can implement themselves. This can be booked here: http://hotspotsocialmedia.com/coachme
KIDS: Girl age 22, Boy age 23
CLICK HERE to connect with Darlene!
Laurel Williamson– Owner of Simplify Bookkeeping & Consulting Services
Episode # 32 – CLICK HERE to LISTEN
As a little girl, I was always starting businesses, ice-tea stands; shoveling snow; raking leaves… I cannot remember a time when I did not have the entrepreneurial drive. In my twenties, I started a candle kiosk in Market Mall, which I named Shadows. It was an incredible experience, and I mainly learned by trial and error. I worked all the time, I learned the value of being able to delegate. During these seven years, I hired three bookkeepers, although they all were independent I found the experience very frustrating. Communication was poor, the made no suggestions, they asked no questions and one time my paperwork came back smelling of cigarettes! Due to this experience, I learned to do my own bookkeeping. When my rent in the mall increased yet again, and the mall underwent another major reconstruction, I decided that it was time for my next adventure.
I attended SAIT, H & R Tax School, hired mentors and threw myself into my new passion… Bookkeeping. Somewhere along the way, I fell in love with the numbers and the information that it provided me as a business owner. I was also passionate that I could offer other entrepreneurs a different experience in a way of true support. As a life-long learner I have continued to take many courses in business, book-keeping and personal self-development to further my skills and knowledge.
KIDS: Girl age 19, Boy age 23
CLICK HERE to connect with Laurel!
Daryl Makk– Stand Up Comic, Writer, Director & More!
Episode # 33 – CLICK HERE TO LISTEN
Daryl Makk has been re-educating the sheeple of the world…one joke at a time since 1993! An extended tour in Australia in 2005 had him in sold out shows at the Melbourne Comedy Festival. Described by CBC radio as “A friendly good ‘ol boy, with knowledge and he’s not afraid to use it” he is a hit wherever he goes.
Creator and host of the web series The Planet Tour where he shares his travel adventures.
Daryl is also the producer of the KGB (Kootenay Gut Buster) concert in Nelson BC every summer.
Daryl is a headliner right across the country where he is a hit with audiences in clubs as well as many corporate events.
KIDS: 2 Adult children ages 23 & 26
CLICK HERE to connect with Daryl!
John Breeze– It’s All About Connecting– Calgary Business & Leadership Coach
Episode # 34 – CLICK HERE TO LISTEN
My interest is to find ways of making your business work, bringing it into balance with the rest of your life. So, once I get you clear about what you really want, my job is to help you get there. I’ll help you design your vision, plan your journey, make it real. I’ll hold you accountable for your own successes and cheer your learning from your setbacks.
I love asking “why?” and “what?”, as in “what’s the outcome you want from this?”, or “what do you want to do with [fill in the blank] when you get it?” I’m really persistent in discovering what my clients really want, and why. I want them to become equally persistent with their clients, because I love working with people who have the mindset to create for their clients’ true needs, rather than their wants.
Advisor, Mentor, Coach: that grey hair (what there is of it) represents forty-plus years experience in business operations, financial management and operations thinking. Senior roles in management, engineering, recruiting and consulting are part of that experience.
Be prepared for me to ask questions that have you think deeply about what you’re really looking for and how to get there. As you discover your vision and your purpose, you’ll discover and start exercising muscles that you never knew existed!
KIDS: 1 adult daughter & 2 teenage grandchildren ages 15 & 17
CLICK HERE to connect with John!
Paulette Curtis– The Response Team Inc.
Episode # 35 – CLICK HERE TO LISTEN
The Response Team brings over 100 years of combined experience with its team of Emergency Management, Business Continuity, Safety Management and Response professionals. The company was developed to serve individuals, families, small and medium sized businesses because so few companies out there want to deal with “The little guy”. We provide our customers with timely, professional and responsible direction and manpower if required before, during, and after an incident occurs.
Paulette, our Director, Director, brings 20 years of experience in the architectural field to design fire and evacuation plans for your building.
The Response Team is very involved in the community and believe in giving back.
KIDS: Girl Age 18 and Boy Age 19
Nicole Fequet– Independent Consultant with The Pampered Chef
Episode # 36 – CLICK HERE TO LISTEN
I was a single mom for 7 years when I began my journey with The Pampered Chef. It was a way to make ends meet and pay off the bills while also getting out of the house for some much-needed adult interaction. It has grown into some great relationships with fellow consultants and some of the great hosts I have done shows with. Now, life has changed and as time has gone by, my son is now 12 and I am engaged to a wonderful man. I now continue growing my business to put into savings for trips, nights out and the wedding; not to mention growing the great products collections in my kitchen!
KIDS: Boy Age 12
Ingrid Carleton-Dodds– Owner of Bottom Line Organizing
Episode # 37 – CLICK HERE TO LISTEN
With over 15 years of experience in quality systems, project management, and client service I have the knowledge and personal experience to identify problems and implement simple, practical solutions. I have seen first-hand how being disorganized costs a business money. You work hard for every dollar you earn and being disorganized is stealing from yourself. I look forward to working with you to make your business the profitable and personally fulfilling dream you envisioned when you started.
Bottom Line Organizing is here to help you look after all the little details to make your business and your life run more smoothly and profitably. We know how to simplify and systematize your business so that you can focus on doing what you do best. Everything from setting up your office in a way that makes sense, to streamlining your marketing so that is regular and consistent, to setting up your finances to collect all that is owing to you, reducing your costs, and making taxes so much less painful, to getting technology to fully work for you to save you time, money, and grief.
KIDS: Girl age 7 & 2 Boys ages 11 & 13
Doris Belland– Founder & CEO of Your Financial Launchpad
Episode # 38 – CLICK HERE TO LISTEN
Doris has been digging into women’s financial literacy ever since ending up nearly $400,000 in debt after her first husband’s death, when she was only thirty-two. Persistence, determination and a singular focus on results led her to climb out of debt in two years and develop a substantial real estate portfolio over the following ten years.
Doris has since been president of a local real estate investors’ organization, developed a successful Rent to Own company, and published her first book Protect Your Purse. She is now using her hard-won financial literacy to help other women rock their finances.
Not one to be satisfied with superficial answers to questions, Doris constantly scours the literature to uncover why women, on the whole, are more financially vulnerable than men, what can be done about it, and what really works.
She shares her findings, and her passion, via her blog, which is read by thousands of people around the world.
Doris is determined to use her financial experience, her knack for synthesizing complex ideas into easily-understandable chunks, and her desire for results to help women create better options for themselves and their families.
She lives in Ottawa, Canada with her husband, two daughters and their hamster.
KIDS: 2 Girls ages 10 & 13
Tessa Martin– Owner of Serenity Now Wellness Centre
Episode # 39 – CLICK HERE TO LISTEN
Tessa Martin is a Registered Psychologist and the owner of Serenity Now Wellness Centre. She has successfully run her business for nine years and has thrived even through the birth of her two children. She specialize in combining mind and body in counseling and works with concerns from stress to depression, anxiety, and addictions. Tessa is also the 2011 winner of eWomen’s International Emerging Leader Award.
KIDS: Boy age 4 and Girl age 2.5
Anahita Shahrvini– Founder & Owner of gogoBags
Episode # 40 – CLICK HERE TO LISTEN
Anahita has an entrepreneurial spirit, having worked for her family’s business as well as her own business for most of her life. After the birth of her son in 2005, Anahita decided it was time to leave her 9-5 career and pursue a new venture, one that permitted a flexible lifestyle that would allow her to spend more time with her family. Being a multi-passionate, lifelong learner, Anahita studied a range of disciplines including, business, e-commerce, marketing, environmental welfare, children’s health and cooking. Her love of learning and research along with her dedication to providing her family with the healthiest options, led her to create gogoBags in 2010.
Anahita has a passion for people and creating things to make their lives better. This passion has led her to develop a product that is an environmental alternative for lunchtime packaging and storing vegetables– one that is economical and convenient – making her customers’ lives easier. gogoBags products not only make lives easier and eco footprints smaller, but they are also durable, fun, and easy to use, something that’s important to Anahita.
Her mission: “To prove eco-friendly storage products to families to save them time, money, and energy”
KIDS: Boy age 12 and Girl age 10
Tanya Eklund– Owner of The Tanya Eklund Group
Episode # 41 – CLICK HERE TO LISTEN
Tanya Eklund was the top female Agent in the City of Calgary in 2016 based on closed transactions!
She is the leader of The Tanya Eklund Group, the #1 Team at the #1 Re/Max office in the world!
Her 16.5 year journey as a dedicated, full-time licensed Real Estate Agent specializing in the purchase and sale of inner city properties in the Calgary area has given her a wealth of experience.
Tanya has the necessary training to fully understand the process and procedures of completing a successful real estate transaction, she is committed to quality service and promises that her personal approach will always demonstrate true trust & care.
She prides herself in the marketing strategies she provides her clients that make the difference in the sale.
Tanya has also started a lending company which offers short term lending to the real estate industry and small businesses.
She plays an active role in her city with various non-profits.
As a member of the international Entrepreneur’s Organization (E.O) one of the best business retreats she ever attended was an exclusive week with Richard Branson on his private “Nekker Island” where she was able to work and play with Mr. Branson himself as well as a handful of other select entrepreneurs.
Tanya believes in a work/life balance and shares her personal life with husband of ten years, Chad, and their two daughters 3.5 years and 7 months old.
KIDS: 2 Girls ages 7 months and 3.5 years
John Crestani– Affiliate Marketing Expert & Founder of Internet Jetset
Episode # 42 – CLICK HERE TO LISTEN
Born in 1987, John Crestani has accomplished a lot in his twenty-nine years. Crestani had his first taste of financial & mobility independence in 2006; as he and his first car sped off to college. Fast forward to 2009 and Crestani, 21, traveled to Thailand to figure out his direction in life and “find” himself. During this time, he read a number of spiritual works, such as The Alchemist, that would later influence his life.
But his saving grace turned out to be a business book: The 4-Hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss, the now-classic manual for breaking free of the nine-to-five desk job by building an online business. John Crestani was sitting on a beach in Thailand, poor and lost in his life when he opened a book that helped transform him to becoming a motivated and successful internet entrepreneur.
After a number of years of trial-and-error of building his internet business, Crestani finally managed to create a multi-million dollar business, met his wife, and travel the world. In 2016, he had his first child while growing the company. He went from deep in debt, to having a successful, cashflow-positive business, that supports his life.
As of late he’s gone on to build an empire in the education. And now he’s taken it upon himself to teach a handful of aspiring entrepreneurs how they too can transition to the new entrepreneurial economy, and be the boss of themselves. Currently Crestani is preparing for the release of his new platform; a dramatic new business model focused on helping others gain control of their time.
Crestani hopes to share his unparalleled insight and experience and wants others to become part of a community of people who share similar aspirations. “Now is the only time to start living life on your own terms,” exclaims Crestani, adding “I hope to help people in any way I can.”
KIDS: Girl age 6 months
Carrie Chitsey-Wells– Co-Founder & COO of One Touch Video Chat
Episode # 43 – CLICK HERE TO LISTEN
Carrie Chitsey-Wells has been recognized as the Top 100 Female Founders in the US, Top 50 Mobile Leaders in the US and Top 40 Marketing Executives Under 40, she is an avid blogger, podcast host and been featured in top magazines like Forbes, Entrepreneur and Inc. She started her first company at the age of 26 and has founded 5 more since.
She is currently the Co-Founder and COO of One Touch Video Chat & One Touch Law, that are innovating the Customer Experience and Sales processes through mobile video chat technology. In addition, the CEO of BLK24.com a business consulting company focused on growth, marketing and technology.
KIDS: Boy age 9
Kindi Dulai-Gill– Founder of Spark Expansion Consulting Ltd
Episode # 44 – CLICK HERE TO LISTEN
Kindi Gill is one of the worlds’ foremost Transformation Coaches. She is a Wholesome Leadership Consultant for Associations and Corporations and a sought after Professional Speaker. A former CEO of a private company, responsible for 3000 people nationally in the UK, she has 30 plus years of experience in leadership. Kindi is also trained as a Chartered Accountant and is a member of the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers – the 2017 Programming Director for the Vancouver Chapter, and upcoming President for 2018.
Kindi has been called a visionary “life changer” by her many clients worldwide. She facilitates ground-breaking work with the Self Empowering Dalian Method created by a scientist of the human condition, Mada Eliza Dalian. She calls this the most complete multidimensional process ever created which offers lasting transformation at every level for human wholeness, from psychological emotional issues to abundance and spiritual blockages to physical pain and health complaints.
When not helping her many clients, Kindi enjoys keeping an eye on her constantly transforming family, comprised of her three children and husband. When she chooses to refresh and have fun, she loves to dance and take photographs. In her quiet reflective moments Kindi enjoys writing poetry too. Even though Kindi’s parents are at a distance in the UK, she stays close to them, whether it is through visiting or simply eating her childhood favourite snacks of crisps. Kindi now lives in Vancouver with her husband and kids and travels worldwide helping people to evolve into greater consciousness and self-awareness expansion.
KIDS: 2 Girls- 24 & 16, Boy- 20
Tina Varughese– Professional Speaker/ Trainer & President of tWorks
Episode # 45 –CLICK HERE TO LISTEN
Described as a ‘dynamic, engaging, knowledgeable and humourous speaker, Tina is often rated as ‘the best speaker of the conference’. Her interactive approach is insightful and her delivery is highly entertaining. She breaks down barriers to create a comfortable and fun space where people ask the questions they might otherwise be afraid to ask.
For fifteen years Tina Varughese, B.A., B.Comm., worked with immigrants in her roles with the Province of Alberta’s immigration office as well as running her own successful relocation and settlement firm. She is a contributing writer for the Human Resource Institute of Alberta’s Network magazine, Calgary Real Estate News, Home to Home magazine and nationally syndicated Mompreneur Magazine.
Tina has been the face of diversity, literally, when she was chosen to be in Dove’s Campaign for Real Beauty representing beauty in diversity. With two kids, five fish and one husband, she resides in Calgary where she recently began hip hop classes.
KIDS: Girl- 15, Boy- 13
Yvonne Basten– Executive Managing Director of the Calgary chapter of the eWomenNetwork
Episode # 46 –CLICK HERE TO LISTEN
Yvonne was born and raised in the Netherlands. After completing her High School and two years of certification in the Travel Industry, she married and soon started traveling with her then-husband around the globe. She volunteered for orphanages, ran all kinds of committees while raising their two sons during their years overseas. She lived with her family in Paris, France; Lagos, Nigeria; Stavanger, Norway and Singapore. Now Yvonne resides in Calgary, Alberta, Canada where she has been a business owner since 2003.
In 2012, Yvonne stepped into the role of running the Calgary chapter of eWomenNetwork (www.ewomennetwork.com), where she guides, supports and uplifts women entrepreneurs to greater levels of success. Throughout Yvonne’s life she has had women come to her for advice, support, love and understanding. She even told her mom at one point, “I should have become a social worker!” No matter where she has lived, women count on her, trust her opinion and feel grateful for her listening ear.
She is passionate about supporting women through their life journeys, sharing her caring, knowledge and wisdom, and showing them that they are seen and heard. When all else fails, Yvonne has their back. She loves working with entrepreneurial women especially because she truly enjoys being a guide on their personal journeys while nurturing business growth.
Yvonne is a master at listening deeply when times are tough. She is the voice of reason in your darkest moments and at the same time, you will laugh … a lot!
Is it your time to experience the transformative power of Yvonne’s deep listening skills?
KIDS: 2 Boys- 26 & 28
Shannon Ward– Owner of On Track Sales
Episode # 47 –CLICK HERE TO LISTEN
Shannon Ward has been an successful entrepreneur for over 13 years. She built her company, OnTrack, from 0 to 7 figures in just 3 short years. Since then, Shannon has transformed her deep knowledge of marketing and exceptional sales skills into a thriving sales training and coaching business where she helps entrepreneurs and their teams overcome their dysfunctional relationships with sales so that they can break through revenue barriers in record time. Her transformational approach to sales stems from a core belief that sales is an act of love.
Shannon also is a Professor of Sales & Sales Management at UBC Sauder School of Business. Shannon has been nominated for the RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards 2016 and 2017.
Shannon divides her time between her mountain home in the resort town of Whistler, Canada and traveling the world with her husband and son. She can often be found in the ocean surfing or in the forest snowboarding, hiking or mountain biking. Shannon also believes in giving back. She actively mentors rising women entrepreneurs through organizations like the Forum for Women Entrepreneurs, and donates tens of thousands of dollars each year in mentoring to entrepreneurs in need of sales training and support to achieve their next level of business success.
KIDS: Boy- 9
Max Wells– 9 Year Old Entrepreneur
Episode # 48 –CLICK HERE TO LISTEN
Football, Minecraft, trading cards, watching Shark Tank, Billion Dollar Buyer and The Profit.
He’s very interested in any sport cars and the price of them.
He’s into anything to make money, whether it’s selling candy, making trading cards or art to sell or trying to start companies with kids in the neighborhood.
Max Wells is also the son of one of our previous guests, Carrie Chitsey-Wells.
Fran Watson– Owner of Fran & Company
Episode # 49 –CLICK HERE TO LISTEN
Fran Watson is a licensed Art of Feminine Presence Teacher with over 20 years’ experience as a communications professional in the entertainment business and five years of sales in the fashion industry. Fran loves the joys and challenges of being a successful entrepreneur and working with hundreds of women from many walks of life. As a mother of a young son, she is also experiencing the pleasures of parenting with all its heart-opening opportunities. Added to many years of personal and spiritual development, the simple and profound Art of Feminine Presence practices have brought her a deep appreciation for her own feminine gifts and those of every woman she meets. It is her greatest wish to support others in discovering and delighting their own radiance through this work.
KIDS: Boy- 9
Malcolm Saunders– Creative Visionary & Owner of The Light Cellar
Episode # 50 –CLICK HERE TO LISTEN
Malcolm Saunders’ mission is to deeply connect people to their food. He has been immersed in the field of food and nutrition for close to 20 years and is the owner & creative visionary of The Light Cellar. Malcolm is a public speaker and intuitive chef who specializes in sharing the alchemy of superfoods and superherbs.
Through his videos, workshops and seminars he has helped thousands of individuals recreate their relationship to food. He has an expertise and passion for creating and teaching others how to make energizing and healing foods, including chocolate, elixirs and ferments.
Malcolm’s desire is to inspire others to live and eat from a space that honours the sacredness of all Life, illuminating the power of influence our food choices have on ourselves, other beings, and the planet we live on.
KIDS: Girl- 12
Shannon Svingen-Jones– Founder of FabUplus Magazine
Episode # 51 –CLICK HERE TO LISTEN
Shannon Svingen-Jones is a thought leader in creating a media landscape where every “body” deserves to be represented, regardless of their size. As a sought-after speaker and writer, she lends her expertise to media professionals and brands who are open to a new paradigm of body positivity. In 2015, Svingen-Jones founded FabUplus Magazine; a revolutionary body positive, health fitness and lifestyle magazine with weight neutral content dedicated to the plus-size community; and has since worked with hundreds of women to help them make peace with their bodies.
Shannon works alongside many brands collaborating with advertising agencies, brand consultants, and the body positive community to expand our societal message to be more inclusive. Svingen-Jones’ work has been featured in People, Elle Magazine, Upworthy, Yahoo, and Cosmopolitan. Each issue of FabUplus challenges society to explore a more size diverse media culture and helps women to realize that they can live their best life now in the bodies that they have right now, not 10 pounds from now. Shannon’s contribution to changing the way we view size diversity in media was recognized by Media Industry News as one of the “Hottest Magazine Launches” of 2016 saluting her excellent in producing a ground-breaking media landscape for the everyday women.
Svingen-Jones believes that all bodies are good bodies and should be represented in main stream media, not just one body shape or size which has traditionally been the case.
As the body-positive revolution continues to gain momentum, you will find Shannon at the helm championing acceptance for every “body” through FabUplus Magazine.
KIDS: Girl- 15, Boy- 10
Deanna Jones– Owner of Bringing Beauty to You
Episode # 52 –CLICK HERE TO LISTEN
Deanna has been married to Dan for 23 years and a proud mother of her 2 children Victor 8 and Yvonne 7. She is also an active parent in the school through volunteering and Parent Council.
Deanna is the Owner of Bringing Beauty To You and Bringing Beauty To You Boutique. With many years of doing Direct Selling gave her the knowledge and confidence to start her own company. She has taken from her personal experience that women love jewellery and cannot always find the jewellery to express themselves; she came up with High Tops to High Heels – Jewellery for your Life.
Bringing Beauty To You Boutique‘s jewellery spans from comic book/Sci-Fi to high end jewellery. BB2U has an online store and can also be seen at Comic Expo’s, Horror Expo’s and many more.
Bringing Beauty To You also provides help with makeup and clothing consults to get you back out there. Find your style and keep the budget low. Deanna wanted to do this after having her children she lost a sense of being women and needed help. She did research and got her groove back. She knows it is hard to find where Mom / Wife end and where you begin. We offer to help you get there.
Bringing Beauty To You Boutique
KIDS: Girl- 7, Boy- 8
Alice Wheaton– Author, Speaker & Consultant
Episode # 53 –CLICK HERE TO LISTEN
As one of the most accomplished Top Line Turnaround experts in North America, Alice Wheaton has been helping leaders create highly successful sales forces for over two decades. But that’s not what she set out to be…
Growing up in a small, rural fishing village in Northern Newfoundland gave Alice the resourcefulness and determination that are hallmarks of those driven to succeed. Her composure in crisis situations, a love of challenge, and a strong desire to practically support others led to her first career as an emergency room nurse. It was there that she met a patient who suggested that she apply to Xerox to begin a career in sales…
At the time, Alice had barely heard of Xerox. She had no corporate experience, had never sold a product or service, and had never worked with technology or office equipment. She wasted no time taking steps that led to her being hired in Toronto at Xerox, despite her lack of sales experience or business expertise. Her ability to see on behalf herself astounded her future sales manager, and the rest as they say, was history!
In her first full year of selling, she was 198% of plan and 232% in her second year. That major life change and success in her sales career eventually led to forming her own company and becoming a world-class speaker, sales trainer, and business consultant. She has authored several books translated into seven languages. Her work has taken her around the world from Scandinavia to South East Asia, to North America, and Central America.
With her Masters Degree in Curriculum Development and Instruction, Alice has developed and delivered numerous highly effective sales programs to thousands of companies and individuals throughout North America.
KIDS: Adult Son
Lani Donaldson– President of Engaged Educators
Episode # 54 –CLICK HERE TO LISTEN
As a master educator, Lani is one of the top educational skills and motivational speakers in her field and one of those rare trainers capable of combining personal growth with educational development.
Lani not only heads up the fastest, most effective reading program on the planet but also has a deep knowledge of the brain’s ability to access and process information. This expertise led to Engaged Educators developing the “Unlock Your Potential” study skills program. The first of its kind, a program developed around the five skill areas an individual needs, to master in order to become a successful learner – in anything – is quickly becoming a high demand product.
Other programs, seminars and workshops offered:
Unlock Your Potential: Anyone Can Master the Art of Excellence
It’s Never Too Late to Start – Thinking
The Power and the Passion – Putting Your Heart and Head in the Same Sector
Navigating the School System – A workshop for parents
Responsibility, Reality, and the Rhino (Business Lessons from Africa) – A keynote & workshop for women small business
KIDS: 3 Adult Daughters
CLICK HERE (Beacon Literacy) or HERE (Engaged Educators) to connect with Lani!
Danica De Souza– Mortgage Planner with Mortgage Architects, (a div of Big City Financial)
Episode # 55 – CLICK HERE TO LISTEN
I was at Scotiabank for 8+ years, where I learned my love for finance and mortgages. I was convinced to take the plunge and get my mortgage brokers license in 2007. It has been a rewarding career choice for the past 10 years as it gives me the freedom to have a work /life balance as well as doing something I am truly passionate about. Helping people realize their homeownership potential is so incredibly satisfying, and the referrals are truly a blessing! I have one family specifically that started with doing the Mom’s mortgage, who then referred me her daughter, who then gave her sister my info and now on to helping their other sister. It is amazing!!
KIDS: Girl age 7 and 3 Boys ages 6, 4 & 19 months
Wendy Terriff– Owner of WLT Coaching Services & your Wealth Whisperer (Women Wisdom Wealth)
Episode # 56 – CLICK HERE TO LISTEN
Wendy Terriff, a Growth Catalyst known as your Wealth Whisperer, is a late bloomer entrepreneur who works with soulful, passion driven, high achieving entrepreneurs, especially women from 40 to 70 who have a taste for adventure and are tired of being overwhelmed, overworked and wondering if this is all there is.
She helps them shatter that super frustrating money ceiling that’s been hemming them in – without losing their soul. And in the process they step into their fuller, richer feminine energy as they create personal and professional lives of fun, freedom and wealth. She draws on 30 years as an educator as well as three decades of personal growth workshops and trainings and her highly intuitive nature to help her clients clear away the blocks that have been holding them back from creating the joyfully wealthy life they desire.
KIDS: 2 adult sons
Wunmi Akinlosotu– Founder of Blooming Ladies
Episode # 57 – CLICK HERE TO LISTEN
Living an intentional life with purpose and passion has always been a personal priority for the smart, savvy and stunning, Wunmi Akinlosotu, accredited leadership expert, and founder of the innovative and inspiring “sisterhood”, Blooming Ladies.
To “bloom” is to flourish, to thrive; to come to be in full beauty, power or health. That is exactly what Wunmi wants for her members, for all women, to experience in their business, personal and spiritual lives. It was this divine calling that motivated her to create an inclusive, supportive community of insight, opportunity and possibility where women, no longer alone on their journey, could feel free to discover their talents, their passions, to bring to life their own dreams and be the best that they can be.
Wunmi’s own educational and career path has spanned the globe, taking her from Africa, to Europe, the Middle East and, now, into North America. Along the way, she attained her degree in management and accounting, and a Master’s in Business Administration, subsequently adding certifications in professional coaching, and Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) to her vast repertoire of viable skills.
Certainly, she is well poised to realize her own vision of mentoring women of all ages, acting as a catalyst for their enlightenment and empowerment, and expanding her revolutionary and revitalizing Blooming Ladies to be the premier women’s group internationally.
Look out, World! Thanks to Wunmi Akinlosotu, there is now a formidable movement of modern women motivated to be their best self, and they are a united force that cannot be ignored.
KIDS: 2 Girls ages 10 & 12 and a Boy age 3
Phoenix Phillips– Founder of YYC Community Lens
Episode # 58 – CLICK HERE TO LISTEN
After the Community Channel, Shaw TV, shut down in the summer, this left a void for Calgary Communities to spread the message of their events.
Knowing the tight budgets of these groups, I built a zero-cost site…a community billboard if you will.
The visitor of the site can view events specific to their community and add events.
The viewership over the past 3 months has been growing steadily.
On average, over 1,000 visits per month.
Toughest challenge is to get the word out.
KIDS: 2 Boys ages 16 & 17
Bonnie Earl– Founder of Bonnie Earl Coaching Inc.
Episode # 59 – CLICK HERE TO LISTEN
Bonnie Earl spent 35 years in the public education system as a teacher, counselor and principal inspiring positive change. After the death of her husband, she felt compelled to combine her vast speaking, teaching and coaching experience to help female entrepreneurs develop their personal presence so that they can have the impact they want and make good money doing what they love.
KIDS: 2 adult Girls, grandson age 9, granddaughter age 7
Wunmi Idowu– Founder & Director of Woezo Africa Music & Dance Theatre
Episode # 60 – CLICK HERE TO LISTEN
I am a dancer, choreographer, instructor and an event planner based in Calgary. I am also the Founder and Director of Woezo Africa Music & Dance Theatre which is an African performance company founded in 2006. The name Woezo Africa means “welcome to the land of perfection”, the company strives to preserve the purity of the cultural values and principles of Africa by providing quality entertainment and education to our community by increased community involvement with youth, improve community relations and promote a better understanding and appreciation of the African culture and its contributions to today’s society.
African art has been the focus of my career. I have taught, performed, choreographed and facilitated African performances, as well as engaged with dozens of individuals and organizations to bring African art forms to audiences across Alberta, as well as internationally. I have always sought new avenues and opportunities to bring African culture to the public, with the aim of increasing the visibility of and appreciation for the history and uniqueness of the continent. With so many Africans currently living outside of their homeland, it is crucial to the strength of the global community to be reminded of the richness of African art forms. It is equally important to the vitality of African culture in the modern era to see the ways in which various traditional art forms can grow and be reimagined in the hands of African immersed in other cultures around the world.
KIDS: 2 Girls ages 7 & 12
Sheri Beatty– Independent Stylist: Women’s Fashions and Wardrobe Capsules
Episode # 61 – CLICK HERE TO LISTEN
Sheri Beatty has been in fashion and accessories for 10 years, originally through social selling of Silpada and now as an Independent cabi Stylist. She is excited to help women take control of their closets by introducing them to a designer collection of clothing that is easy to create capsules that fit their life and needs. Imagine five basic pieces that create eight outfits and how quick the decision would be on ‘what am I going to wear?’. Sheri will take her clients into their closets, identify orphans, create capsules and inevitably… give women back time and peace of mind.
One client recently shared, “My husband would always tell me that our date night dinner reservations were 30 minutes earlier than the actual reservation. Now we laugh for the extra 25 minutes that we have together since I’m dressed, styled, and ready to go.”
KIDS: 2 Boys ages 13 & 17
Angela Sasso– Director of Shifting Pictures Inc., which runs The Interpreter’s Lab
Episode # 62 – CLICK HERE TO LISTEN
Angela brings close to three decades of experience as an intercultural communication expert, working since 1989 to promote access, inclusion and quality language services. A senior level executive, educator, program manager, policy developer and expert consultant, Angela is currently fulfilling a second, 3-year term as President of Critical Link International. The Co-founder and President of Toc, the Interpreters’ Co-op, Founder and Director of Shifting Pictures, International Expert to the ISO TC 37/SC 5 Terminology and other language content and resources, Co-chair, Health Standards Organization, Technical Committee for Communication in Health Services, Angela is a veteran educator and curriculum developer dedicated to quality education and professional development opportunities for community and health care interpreters. In 2013, Angela founded and implemented Interpreter’s Lab, which has become a leading interpreter training program in British Columbia. Angela also teaches at Vancouver Community College – Interpreter Programs in addition to giving courses for health care providers, social workers, correctional officers, and professionals, on how to most effectively work with language services. Ms. Sasso has presented at conferences and forums across Canada, the US and in the UK and Europe.
About The Interpreter’s Lab:
The Interpreter’s Lab courses are taught by experienced educators that have extensive knowledge of the community interpreting field. Our students are introduced to the skills, techniques, professional standards, knowledge and competencies necessary to succeed as community interpreters. Our curriculum has been developed based on the National Standard Guide for Community Interpreting Services, which can be found in our Resources section. Students can take the full 3 programs or may wish to just take Interpreting in Community Settings to gain an appreciation of the role and work of a community interpreter. Interpreting in Community Settings or an equivalent course is a required prerequisite for all other courses.
KIDS: 2 Girls ages 13 & 20
Jennifer Belik– Partner & Director of Operations of KIS Payments
Episode # 63 – CLICK HERE TO LISTEN
I have been working in the Payments Processing industry now for 5 years helping business owners to evaluate their payment processing needs. I work with my clients to make sure that they’re using the best payment solution for their needs based on how they want and need to accept card payments and which cards types they are actually processing the most. My goal is to help business owners reduce their frustration when dealing with their processing by understanding what they’re paying and why, and giving them an advisor who is in their corner to advocate for them when needed.
I want to earn my client’s business today and more importantly keep it tomorrow. I strive to give my clients one less thing to worry about so they can concentrate on what they do best, growing their business!
My professional Facebook page is: Jennifer Belik – Merchant Services & Alternative Financing Advisor
KIDS: 2 Boys ages 14 & 17 and 2 Girls ages 8 & 11
Fred Parrish– CEO and Founder of The Profit Experts; creator of The Profit Beacon
Episode # 64 – CLICK HERE TO LISTEN
In addition to being the CEO and Founder of The Profit Experts™, Fred Parrish is also the creator of The Profit Beacon™, a new app that provides predictive analytics to help businesses make smart and timely decisions.
During a 37-year career, Fred has held positions from staff accountant to CEO in both public and private companies with revenues ranging from startup to $3.5 billion. He has served on the Board of Directors for 12 organizations in the fields of aerospace, manufacturing, healthcare services, insurance, international missions and technology among others.
Fred’s proven process for optimizing operational analysis, dynamic cash flow management, staff efficiency planning, profit mining, and organizational development has helped transform the lives and profits of business owners everywhere. He is the author of The Profit Mentality, a guide for maximizing entrepreneurial success. Fred also lectures on and teaches subjects related to profit and cash flow optimization. A married father of three kids and three grandkids, a rock guitar player, and a strong Christian, he lives in Allen, Texas.
Many companies are not large enough to employ a full-time CFO, yet they still need the best “operational intelligence” to maintain and grow cash flow and profitability. To fill that gap, Fred created The Profit Experts CFO-supported service, and The Profit Beacon™, a new predictive management software application.
KIDS: 3 Adult children, 3 Grandchildren ages 11, 6 & 6
Chris Carosa– Chief Contributing Editor at FiduciaryNews.com and Author of the book: From Cradle to Retirement: The Child IRA
Episode # 65 – CLICK HERE TO LISTEN
Award winning financial writer Christopher Carosa, with more than three decades in the investment and retirement business, has been referred to as an “imbedded journalist.” He has written more than a thousand feature stories, columns, and exclusive interviews as Editor-in-Chief of FiduciaryNews.com, contributing weekly columnist for BenefitsPro, and regular contributor to a variety of other print and digital news publications. In addition, he has written five non-fiction books, a popular stage play, and, as Publisher of the Mendon-Honeoye Falls-Lima Sentinel, hundreds of “homespun” commentaries.
In From Cradle to Retirement, Carosa expertly pieces together thoughts and interviews to reveal a practical “How-to” guide for parents, grandparents, and their financial advisers seeking to help young children reap the benefits of the Child IRA. Within this hands-on guide, Carosa weaves the fascinating history the cultural views of retirement in America and the implications these have had on public policy. Finally, and perhaps of greatest interest, Carosa reveals real-world case-studies of people who have created actual Child IRAs for their children. Still more case-studies show how parents have attempted to duplicate some of the Child IRA’s features with other savings vehicles.
KIDS: 2 Girls ages 22 & 24 and a Boy age 20
CLICK HERE to connect with Chris and HERE to read about his latest book!
Mike Schindler– Founder & CEO of Operation Military Family Cares
Episode # 66 – CLICK HERE TO LISTEN
Considered one of the nation’s leading subject matter experts on leadership development, government relations, and veteran transition issues, Schindler, a U.S. Navy veteran, is the founder and chief executive officer of Operation Military Family Cares.
Prior to OMFC, Mike spent several years working as a project manager for a Fortune 1000 global company. He then moved into the software industry, working his way up to executive leadership. Mike’s passion to enrich and strengthen military marriages, veterans, and their families led him and his wife to founding Operation Military Family Cares to find a way, through both high-tech and high-touch methods, to better refer and serve military and veteran families.
Schindler has over 20 years of experience in project management, coaching, and executive experience working in and with the military, startups, federal and state agencies, nonprofits, universities, and Fortune 500 companies. He was instrumental in launching the Institute for Veterans and Military Families’ Communities of Practice across the Western United States that connects nearly 150 human service providers through a high-performing coordinated referral network.
Mike has been featured on numerous national radio shows, including CBS radio, Entrepreneur Radio, the Lars Larson Show, and is a key contributor on Q13 Fox TV in Seattle. He is a guest writer for several national publications, The Military Wire blog and the author of two books: “U.S. Veterans in the Workforce: Why the 7% are America’s Greatest Asset” and “Operation Military Family” – which is endorsed by retired General Tommy Franks and retired General Peter Chiarelli.
Mike is married to his wife of 22 years and I has two daughters – Taylor, age 15 and Reilley, age 11.
KIDS: 2 Girls ages 11 & 15
Lynda West– Founder of Living Live
Episode # 67 – CLICK HERE TO LISTEN
Known as the Oprah of San Diego, Lynda West is a master connector, best-selling author, editor and contributor of Life By Design Magazine, and the Facebook Live queen having done 2,300+ Facebook live videos.
In 2015 she embarked on a journey of facing at least 1 fear every day. During her journey she met people ranging from Frank Shankwitz (the creator and a founder of the Make-a-Wish Foundation), Ron Klein (the inventor of the magnetic strip on the back of credit and debit cards), Brian Smith (the founder of UGG Boots), Gene Landrum (the creator of everyone’s favorite mouse, Chuck E. Cheese), and many more. In addition, she has been on the red carpet interviewing stars at the Academy Awards After Party, The City Gala.
She started Living Live to help women entrepreneurs break through their fears, so they can gain more confidence, generate more revenue, and make a greater impact on the world.
She can be found on Facebook at www.fb.com/livinglive
KIDS: 2 Adult children and 3 Granddaughters ages 8, 4 & 2
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Melissa Agnes– President of Agnes & Day Inc.
Episode # 68- CLICK HERE TO LISTEN
Author of Crisis Ready: Building an Invincible Brand in an Uncertain World, Melissa Agnes is a leading authority on crisis preparedness, reputation management, and brand protection. Agnes is a coveted speaker, commentator, and advisor to some of today’s leading organizations faced with the greatest risks.
As a strategic advisor and keynote speaker, Melissa Agnes has worked with NATO, Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Defense, financial firms, technology companies, healthcare organizations, cities and municipalities, law enforcement agencies, global non-profits, and many others, helping them understand risk and build invincible brands that can withstand even the most devastating of events. In 2015, she gave a TEDx talk in Los Angeles where she discussed the secret to successful crisis management in the 21st century.
Agnes is the editor of the Crisis Ready Blog, a contributor to Forbes, and a go-to source for the press, with recent coverage including the Wall Street Journal, VIBE Magazine, USA Today, and many others.
As a university guest lecturer, Agnes teaches crisis management in university courses around the world, including at NYU and McGill.
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Laurie Itkin– Owner of The Options Lady
Episode # 69- CLICK HERE TO LISTEN
Laurie Itkin is a financial advisor, wealth manager, and certified divorce financial analyst (CDFA). She is also the author of the Amazon best-seller, Every Woman Should Know Her Options: Invest Your Way to Financial Empowerment. Investopedia named Ms. Itkin one of the top 100 most influential financial advisors in the country.
As a wealth manager at Coastwise Capital Group, which has received the annual Five Star award for “Best in Client Satisfaction” for the past seven years, Ms. Itkin manages the investments of clients’ brokerage, trust and retirement accounts. Through her financial consulting company, The Options Lady, she provides divorce-related financial planning and analysis to individuals and couples throughout all stages of the divorce process.
Ms. Itkin frequently appears as a guest expert on investing and personal finance on television, radio and podcasts. She has been quoted in numerous publications including the San Diego Union Tribune, Chicago Tribune, U.S. News and World Reports, and Forbes. She’s a contributing writer for Worthy.com.
Ms. Itkin is a national expert on women and investing and speaks at conferences and seminars throughout the country. She has a talent for communicating arcane economic and investing subjects in language that everyone can understand. She volunteers as a pro-bono financial planner for the San Diego Financial Literacy Center and mentors women launching new businesses as a board member for Hera Labs’ Business Accelerator. She earned her B.S. in economics with a concentration in finance from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
KIDS: Stepdaughter age 21
Melanie Wade– Financial Advisor at Clayton Financial
Episode #70 – CLICK HERE TO LISTEN
Originally from Montreal, I moved to Edmonton in 2006.
My first language is French
I started my career in the financial industry a little by fluke in 1997. I was sent as a temp receptionist at AGF funds in Montreal. It was instant love for the industry and I have worked in it ever since.
Since then, I have worked as admin support for different portfolio managers with CIBC Global Asset Management and Natcan (Since bought by Fiera Capital).
When I moved to Edmonton I started working with different Financial Planning firms and that when I decided to further my education and start my own business.
I have joined Clayton Financial as an associate this past October.
I am currently pursuing my Certified Financial Planner’s Designation.
I am a single mom to a 9 year old boy. We also have a cat, Quesadilla (named by my son).
In my spare time I am a Cub Scout leader, I volunteer at different Alberta Alzheimer’s Society fund raisers, I enjoy camping, reading and try to do one thing that terrifies me at least once every year.
KIDS: Boy age 9
Joanne Neweduk– Director and Community Leader for Fabulous @ 50 Calgary
Episode #71 – CLICK HERE TO LISTEN
Joanne Neweduk is the Director and Community Leader for Fabulous@50 Calgary and is the founder of Brilliant Light Wellness. She is the mother of three young adults, an oncology nurse at TBCC, certified life coach, and facilitator. She is a co-author in the soon to be released book Women Who Rock, and award- winning book Frock Off: Living Undisguised and frequent contributor for Be Fabulous e-magazine. She is featured in the recently released book Fabulous@50 The Re-Experience. Joanne has a decades long involvement with volunteerism, event planning, and is currently the past president of a humanitarian charity, Medical Mercy Canada. She is enthusiastic with every endeavour she takes on and derives great joy from collaborating with others and seeing wonderful things transpire.
KIDS: 2 girls ages 19 & 23, a son age 26 and two stepdaughters ages 22 and 28