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Ryan France, Host of the Voices of Impact Podcast, a business owner himself, had an interest in meeting other smart, savvy and local business owners. Entrepreneurs and community leaders. He started to reach out to these people, started having great conversations and quickly realized that others needed to hear their stories too. These were experts in their respective fields. Passionate and intelligent. Dedicated to making impact in the lives of their clients, customers, patients and patrons. So he asked, “Why not create a podcast and interview these people? Why not build a platform meant to turn a spotlight onto these local stories?” With that, the concept for Voices of Impact was born. For more, visit: www.VoicesOfImpact.com

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Ryan France, Host of the Voices of Impact Podcast, a business owner himself, had an interest in meeting other smart, savvy and local business owners. Entrepreneurs and community leaders. He started to reach out to these people, started having great conversations and quickly realized that others needed to hear their stories too. These were experts in their respective fields. Passionate and intelligent. Dedicated to making impact in the lives of their clients, customers, patients and patrons. So he asked, “Why not create a podcast and interview these people? Why not build a platform meant to turn a spotlight onto these local stories?” With that, the concept for Voices of Impact was born. For more, visit: www.VoicesOfImpact.com

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Voices of impact podcast motivates and inspires! A “must listen !”

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Top quality!

By MilanHill - Jun 11 2018
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Voices of impact podcast motivates and inspires! A “must listen !”
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Voices of Impact with Ryan France

Updated 2 days ago

Rank #20 in Business News category

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Ryan France, Host of the Voices of Impact Podcast, a business owner himself, had an interest in meeting other smart, savvy and local business owners. Entrepreneurs and community leaders. He started to reach out to these people, started having great conversations and quickly realized that others needed to hear their stories too. These were experts in their respective fields. Passionate and intelligent. Dedicated to making impact in the lives of their clients, customers, patients and patrons. So he asked, “Why not create a podcast and interview these people? Why not build a platform meant to turn a spotlight onto these local stories?” With that, the concept for Voices of Impact was born. For more, visit: www.VoicesOfImpact.com

Rank #1: Sam Gozo - Animode Empire

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How to Rewrite Your Definition of Success

Sam Gozo can recall the early morning hours of February 28th 2016 like they were yesterday. It was under the cover of darkness that the concept of his business, AniMode Empire, saw first light.

“I still have that piece of paper,” Sam says, “I wrote down what I wanted the company to be. It’s about changing lives and perspectives. Unbeknownst to us, we’ve allowed complacency, hopelessness and things that bastardize the human spirit to creep in. We are chasing the wrong things.”

Even at the ripe old age of 24 years old, Sam had the awareness to recognize he’d been firing at the wrong targets. He knew that there was more to his story than just the pursuit of material wealth. With AniMode Empire and his Lionheart Life Coaching program, Sam is on a mission to help others re-write their own definition of “success.”

Sam believes that life is a game of chess, not checkers. “We can’t just focus on one piece, one move, and expect to win the whole game. It’s about actionable steps and strategies that align with lifestyle.”

In this episode of Voices of Impact, Sam and I talk about the key distinction between Passion and Purpose. They’re often confused. We discuss fitness as a metaphor for life and how the language we use informs the belief behind it. And Sam shares how the process of winning the 2014 World Champions in Drill shocked him into a routine that set him on the path to personal empowerment.

Jul 17 2018
31 mins
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Rank #2: Carly Pollack - Nutritional Wisdom

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A Hunger To Change The Conversation About Health

Growing up, Carly Pollack struggled with a buffet of issues: anxiety, autoimmune disorder, a never-ending battle with her weight. As Pollack puts it, “I was the queen of impeccable weekday eating and the impressive weekend binge.”

So, it’s only natural then, that she’d go on to earn a Master’s Degree in Holistic Nutrition and be voted ‘Best Nutritionist’ in Austin for four years running.

Right?

Well, that’s not exactly the most obvious line of logic but Carly believes, “we often teach what we need to learn most.” That mantra bleeds through to every corner of her work.

Pollack caries an impressive resume, having lectured all over the country for incredible companies like: Facebook, Whole Foods, Lulu Lemon and the Livestrong Foundation. And yet, she’s equally at home giving a small talk at the Sustainable Food Center or mentoring an aspiring entrepreneur at the Young Women’s Alliance.

Her No-BS approach to creating lasting change is both uncommon and refreshing. You are in for a real treat with this interview.

In this episode of Voices of Impact, Carly and I discuss the importance of asking high-quality questions. We talk about celebrating ‘small wins,’ as a means to combat ‘next-level syndrome.’ We tackle the subjects of behavior modification, emotional eating and spirituality. And Carly shares why traditional diets have such a high failure rate and what she and her team are doing to coach their clients back to health and happiness.

May 22 2018
34 mins
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Rank #3: Taylor O'Neil - Richard's Rainwater

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How to Identify A Great Product, Step In and Scale Up

Taylor O’Neil was searching for the perfect investment at the intersection of business opportunity and social awareness. When Taylor and his business partner met Richard of Richard’s Rainwater, everything began to fall into place.

“I heard Richard’s passion for how easy it is to understand from the cloud all the way to the bottle,” O’Neil says. “He was the first person in the United States to get approval for the process of bottling rainwater, but he kept the business small because he wasn’t a marketing guy. He just really believed in helping people through the product.”

Having spent nearly a decade in investment banking and mergers and acquisitions, Taylor sensed the product and the business were ripe for scale. He knew the story and the simplicity of Richard’s process would ring true with environmentally conscious, health-driven Austinites.

He was absolutely right. In just ten short months, since grabbing the reins of the homegrown company, the brand has undergone a full redesign, significantly ramped up production and is poised for impressive growth.

In this episode of Voices of Impact, Taylor talks about the challenges of building an environmentally -friendly business. We discuss the risks associated with living on the edge of market innovation and the power of growing through charitable involvement & strategic partnerships. Taylor also shares some shocking statistics about the lack of clean water and problems it poses. Tune in and find out more…

Aug 14 2018
30 mins
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Rank #4: Thanh Pham - Asian Efficiency

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Meet The Man Behind The #1 Productivity Website In The World

Thanh Pham was at a crossroads. Raised in a blue collar environment, young Thanh was taught to play it safe. And yet, the book “Rich Dad, Poor Dad” told him a different story. Even as a 14 year old, Thanh realized the path to controlling his destiny lay in starting a business. So at 14, he built a web development agency. By 15, he’d hired his first employee. Soon after, it became clear that his true point of aim was in entrepreneurship.

Along that path of discovery, Thanh was often queried by his friends on how he was able to do so much work in so little time. Thanh founded Asian Efficiency to give people the productivity answers they were clamoring for.

“Friends were asking me all the time for productivity advice. I said ‘hey, I’m going to start a blog and share what I know.’ They were already successful, had their own businesses and were doing amazing things in the world. I figured if I could help them do more of that, I'd be making a significant impact."

That “blog” is now the #1 productivity website in the world and Thanh is one of the top thought leaders in the productivity industry. He’s been featured in the likes of Forbes, Huffington Post, and Inc.com. Thanh is passionate about helping people complete their to-do list by lunch, giving them time to reach their fullest potential. He believes that you shouldn’t have to sacrifice your health and your personal life to get things done.

In this episode of Voices of Impact, Thanh talks about creating the #1 personal efficiency and productivity platform. We discuss who the “right hires” are, a key morale booster for leading a team, and starting a business as a teenager. Thanh also shares his advice for completing the hardest tasks of the day.

Dec 11 2018
41 mins
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Rank #5: Chelsea Phillips & Joe Moore - Tiny Tails To You

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How To Grow From Passion Project to Thriving Business

Chelsea Phillips left college with a degree in political science and the thought that she could make the biggest impact through government work. But it didn’t take long for her to realize that she wasn’t particularly passionate about working as a government lobbyist.

“I didn’t really enjoy the work that I was doing“, Phillips said. “I decided I needed to focus on and pursue something that I loved instead.”

What she loved was kids, animals and teaching. So, true to her word, Phillips left her stable job to venture out into the choppy waters of entrepreneurism. In the teeth of the recession, she boldly followed in her mother‘s footsteps and started Tiny Tails To You – a local hands-on, traveling petting zoo, designed to engage both like young in age and the young at heart.

Before long, business was booming, and recognizing she needed help, Chelsea recruited her partner, Joe Moore, away from his teaching job to help scale the business to another level. Together, Phillips are Moore are in their natural habitat working to bring unique animal experiences, natural connection and environmental wisdom to the Austin area.

In this episode of voices of impact, Chelsea, Joe, and I discuss the art of building a business on the back of personal passions. We talk about rediscovering a sense of wonder, pet therapy, removing yourself as the bottleneck, and learning how to scale. And Chelsea shares the best resource she’s found to empower the local Austin business community. Hint: it’s free. Listen in to find out.

Jun 12 2018
35 mins
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Rank #6: Deven Hariyani - Kwaddle

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How To Understand And Achieve Product-Market Fit

When Deven Hariyani and his wife discovered their son might be on the spectrum for Autism back in 2013, they were new parents, unsure what to do. Soon after, Deven was clued in, by a friend, on the cognitive and physical benefits of horseback riding for Autistic children. Continuing to speak to more parents, he discovered how many activities and enrichment programs exist to help children in ways he never realized. From this discovery, Kwaddle had its genesis.

Deven soon realized something dispiriting. “One of the statistics that stuck with me was that 4 out of 10 kids don’t have an after school activity or summer experience at all, and that just broke my heart,” he said. Kwaddle seeks to change those numbers.

With an MBA and a background in technology, Deven knew he needed an online platform to make childhood experiences accessible and inclusive for parents. A mission-driven company, Kwaddle would also seek to donate a sizeable portion of its proceeds back to charitable groups in the Austin-area, working directly to uplift children of the community.

In this episode of Voices of Impact, Deven talks about how to understand and achieve product-market fit. We discuss facing market adversity, bridging the gap between tech and a well-rounded business, and learning to solve a problem that’s plagued parents for decades. Deven also shares his exact personal framework to breaking into entrepreneurship. Tune in to find out more...

Sep 04 2018
27 mins
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Rank #7: Tim Francis - Great Assistant

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How To Become The Surgeon In Your Business

In a past life, Tim Francis was a touring rockstar and a budding real estate investor. Then, in what seemed like a matter of months, his band unexpectedly broke up and the real estate market plummeted. Already down on his luck, Tim started working 90-hour weeks and developed a rare illness that left him bedridden. It was in that moment Tim decided to get his professional life under control, which began an entrepreneurial evolution leading to the creation of Great Assistant.

“I don’t know if a second, a minute, or an hour went by, but time stood still,” Tim recalled. “A voice inside me asked, ‘Tim, is this really what you want?’ And as I felt into that, it dawned on me that I really do want to be an entrepreneur.”

Tim’s kinesiology degree from his college years didn’t lose its use either. As a leader of two companies, Profit Factory and Great Assistant, Tim has become expert at prioritizing momentum with the precision of a highly trained athlete.

With his team all working remotely, Tim believes that delegation, acknowledging personal triumphs, and regularly scheduled check-in meetings are all instrumental to business success.

In this episode of Voices of Impact, Tim talks about how to become the surgeon in your business. We discuss how to value your current time management system, feed the audience you already have and network in an authentic way. Tim also shares his advice for prioritizing momentum - the true difference-maker between a low and high level leader.

Sep 25 2018
42 mins
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Rank #8: Amanda May - Purple Fig Eco Cleaning Company

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How To Bootstrap Your Way To A Health-Conscious Business

At 26 years old, Amanda May didn’t have the responsibility of a mortgage or children. Nor did she have the appetite for an extravagant lifestyle. Rather than traveling or ‘going out’ on the weekends, Amanda harnessed her extra time and invested it into the development of The Purple Fig Eco Cleaning Company.

“For a portion of the startup process, I lived in my aunt’s garage in Clarksville. In an actual garage, not a garage apartment. That’s where I made all of the cleaning supplies. I washed my cleaning cloths in her washer and dryer inside.”

Fresh out of the cubicle in her accounting firm, Amanda didn’t mind the stark transition from mental to physical work. In fact, she knew that she couldn’t sit still forever. Now, well beyond her initial struggles, Amanda’s business has enjoyed steady growth for the past 11 years.

What’s more, Amanda has become a leading voice for better employee treatment here in Austin. She offers her hand-picked employees a 401k, sick pay, and vacation time — knowing full well that their health serves the overall wealth and prosperity of The Purple Fig.

In this episode of Voices of Impact, Amanda talks about how to she’s learned to embrace short-term discomfort for sustainable business growth. We discuss the role that adaptability and humor play in creating authentic connections. Amanda also shares how clearly defining her business’s ideal customer helped alleviate “team stress” and provide the leverage needed to level up.

Aug 28 2018
29 mins
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Rank #9: Mia Johns - Dress For Success Austin

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How To Build A Network Of Impassioned Volunteers

Despite a longstanding, successful background in marketing & community relations, eight years ago, Mia Johns was at a crossroads. She was searching for a sense of fulfillment and a community that spread the “message of hope.”

She found her match in Dress For Success Austin. Starting out as part-time volunteer coordinator, Johns later ascended to Program Director — tasked with building community and helping further the mission of a local affiliate that has served over 11,000 women since opening its doors in 2003.

“Women come to Dress For Success Austin with a variety of challenges — homelessness, underemployment, divorce, domestic violence or illness — and we do provide clothing and support. But we are much more than that,” Mia says. “We have so many pre and post-workforce development programs. We pride ourselves on meeting each client exactly where she is and helping her along her journey to self-sufficiency.”

With just five full-time staff, serving thousands of women each year, Dress For Success relies heavily upon its army of 250+ volunteers — like past podcast guest Nikki Moore — to serve as loyal community ambassadors

On this episode of Voices of Impact, Mia and I discuss how to build a network of impassioned volunteers. We talk about confidence, adaptability, overcoming gaps in employment and building a “functional resume.” And Mia sheds some light on the ladder of outreach programs she’s helped set up to empower women in our community to reach their full potential.

Jun 26 2018
22 mins
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Rank #10: Emilee & Ben Blackburn - Tatum's Love Foundation

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How To Turn Pain Into Purpose

Through their marriage and the birth of their first child, Emilee and Ben Blackburn had nothing but blessings. But then, an unexpected hardship rocked the core of the Blackburn family — a stillbirth of their second child, Tatum. During the grieving process, Emilee suggested the family find a way to turn that pain into purpose. With a naming suggestion from the Blackburn’s first child, Walker, Tatum’s Love Foundation was founded.

“We’re always thinking of things that we can do to give back. That helps with our grief,” the couple says. “We show other families this is what helps us, so they can possibly get through their grief by doing the same thing that we are.”

Tapping into Ben’s experience running a family business, the Blackburns have moved Tatum’s Love Foundation from a message of hope to a proven program, raising $80,000 to support the stillbirth loss community. And along that path, Ben and Emilee also created Fathers For Hope and Mothers For Hope. Both groups have fundraising initiatives of their own and provide safe spaces for parents to share their difficult stories.

In this episode of Voices of Impact, The Blackburns talk about how they’ve created a proven model for funding support programs. We discuss viewing a nonprofit from a business owner standpoint, the benefits of building a board of directors, and finding a healthy outlet for channeling grief. And Ben shares his belief that "every new life, no matter how fragile or brief, forever changes the world."

Jul 24 2018
31 mins
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Rank #11: Valerie Ward - Sweet Ritual

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How To Cater To An Underserved Market

With the help of a Kickstarter campaign, a personal investment, and the tutelage of esteemed Ice Cream University founder, Malcolm Stogo, Valerie Ward and her co-founder started Sweet Ritual. At the time it was the only vegan ice cream shop in Austin. Seven years later, Sweet Ritual remains out in front of Austin’s dairy-free movement, having outgrown its storefront twice, and with the largest shop yet set to open in December.

“Everyone deserves ice cream and we’ve had grown men cry when they get their first banana split that they hadn’t been able to have in 20 years. That’s why we call it Sweet Ritual. Ice cream becomes a way to mark memories,” Valerie said.

With history in the local ice cream scene, Valerie has no shortage of operational experience. Her business partner, Amelia Raley, brought her own personal recipes along with her to Sweet Ritual. Together, they work in harmonic tandem, both having found their business specialties as time has passed.

In this episode of Voices of Impact, Valerie talks about tapping into an underserved market. We discuss nostalgic products, sharing responsibilities with a co-founder, and finding a harmony between work and vision. Valerie also shares how Sweet Ritual was able to grow out of two locations in under seven years.

Oct 16 2018
27 mins
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Rank #12: Kelsey Harrison - Oh Happy Day Booth

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How To Put A Value To Your Time and Maximize Contribution

Kelsey Harrison knew her days as an office manager had a shelf life. Even with multiple internships and a degree in Public Relations, she found that the Austin job market was oversaturated at best. So, Kelsey took her lifetime of experience with photography and doubled down on creating a business of her own - Oh Happy Day Booth.

“I’ve been in the photography industry my entire life. I knew what I could offer and that it would be high quality,” Kelsey shared. “I knew there would be clients out there that would pay top dollar for this service, and there is a high demand for it. It really opened my eyes to the viability of creating this business.”

Harrison’s PR degree never lost its use though. In fact, by embracing the concept of “skill stacking,” she’s used that knowledge to enhance her perspective on the direction of Oh Happy Day Booth. “I knew from the beginning that branding was going to play a big role in finding my ideal client,” she said. “I knew I wanted to market our services as a luxury product.”

In this episode of Voices of Impact, Kelsey talks about how she’s learned to value her time as a business owner as a means to maximize her contribution. We discuss photography as her lifelong passion, overcoming the challenge of a neurological disorder, and her mantra of “leaning in” to creating a personal network. Kelsey also shares how to re-approach volunteering business services to make sure everyone gets paid double. Listen in to find out more...

Aug 07 2018
25 mins
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Rank #13: Unlocking The Secret Behind Professional Breakthroughs

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Unlocking The Secret Behind Professional Breakthroughs

“I know that I work hard. I know that I work long hours. And often, my family has to sacrifice for me to be able to craft the message that I craft, and distribute that message to the world. And I know that you work just as hard. So, if we are going to ask our families to sacrifice on our behalf, we better have a damn good reason for doing so.”

These were the words of Ryan Fletcher, in a letter to our host, Ryan France.

See, both business owners have something in common.

They are building a movement.

A movement built on the back of a community of trusted advice-givers. Friends and mentors compiling to create an open-source group that knocks down the walls of the problems it faces.

Further, their personal sacrifices are aimed at the greater good - be a ‘giver’ or a ‘conscious capitalist’ in large numbers, and the rising tide will lift all boats.

In this “solo” episode of Voices of Impact, Ryan shares his key breakaway from the ‘lone wolf’ mentality. He talks about forging fundamental connections beyond business, and synthesizes the three different orientations of influence. And we challenge you to consider what changes you can make in your current practices to bridge the gap between being a ‘business’ and a ‘movement.’

Oct 09 2018
24 mins
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Rank #14: Robin Emmerich - Beauty And The Mess

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How To Live A Life Beyond The To-Do List

A little more than a decade ago, Robin Emmerich’s foundation was shaken. Seemingly all at once, a car accident, an apartment break-in and some powerful, yet unexpected, advice led Emmerich down a path of personal re-discovery.

“I started asking myself questions like what am I doing, why am I here and what is my purpose in life,” Robin shared. “I started digging deeper because I knew there was something missing but I just didn’t know what.”

She eventually found the answers she was looking for in the form of “two mentors,” one for the heart and one for the mind. With a renewed sense of peace and internal direction, Emmerich started her own life coaching business. For the past eight years, she’s been teaching her clients how to tap into intuition, rewrite the script and live with a strong sense of mission.

Along the way, Robin discovered her own inner-artist, which led to the creation of her athleisure line, Beauty And The Mess. It’s a phrase that Emmerich says has multiple meanings, not the least of which is a reminder to live with courage and explore the positivity in life.  

In this episode of Voices of Impact, Robin and I discuss the freedom of living a beyond the to-do list. We talk about momentum, mindfulness, legacy, and the struggle of balancing a commitment to both work and personal relationships. And Robin shares the story behind her partnership in an initiative to empower a billion women by the year 2020.

Jun 19 2018
27 mins
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Rank #15: David C. Smith - United Way Of Greater Austin

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How to Open Eyes To The Needs Of A Community

At the age of twelve, David C. Smith says he already knew that his life would be dedicated to the cause of creating a world where “equality is the norm.” He remembers being impacted by the number of homeless he saw on the streets, during his first visit to New York City. With young eyes opened, it was clear David’s path forward would become ruled by a strong sense of social justice.

“Once your eyes are opened to that,” Smith told us, “you start to see it everywhere and that’s where it just becomes part of the fabric of your life.”

Speaking of fabric, Smith’s resume is a colorful tapestry, woven over twenty years of nonprofit and business leadership. He founded both the Hill Country Ride for Aids and the Mamma Jamma Ride for Breast cancer — two of the most successful fundraisers of their kind. He started his own consulting agency, with stints as interim CEO of a handful of local businesses like Conspirare and The Thinkery.

Then two years ago, he came on board as CEO of United Way for Greater Austin, which ironically enough is a job he did his best to talk himself out of. You’ll have to listen to find out why.

In this episode of Voices of Impact, David and I discuss some startling statistics about income disparity in Austin. We talk about the programs, challenges, successes and opportunities  behind re-energizing an almost century old organization. And David shares why time and again he finds the joy of giving one’s time and resources far exceeds the rewards of supporting the cause itself.

To access the full audio, links and resources for David’s interview, visit: http://www.voicesofimpact.com/david-smith

Jun 05 2018
31 mins
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Rank #16: Chelsea Francis - Pass/Fail, Chelsea Francis Photography

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How to Process Success & Failure on an Entrepreneurial Roller Coaster

After living in Austin for a year and working various freelance gigs, Chelsea Francis decided it was time to honor what she calls her “multi-passionate” personality - a penchant for connecting people and telling stories that go beyond the digital image. Chelsea Francis Photography and Pass/Fail were created in to mirror Chelsea’s diverse interests and skill sets.

Turns out, the two businesses share more similarities than differences. As Chelsea progressed through the trials of success and failure with her photography, Pass/Fail became the outlet to document that journey. Her goal was to “give people and outlet to celebrate when they succeed and process when they fail.” Having those stories guide her own light in business was an added benefit.

Chelsea has been a featured guest in the likes of Tribeza, Texas Style Council, and Hello Giggles. As she divulged in her interview, she’s learning to share her bigger wins, like her recent work with major retailer Madewell. Although to Chelsea, the most important things in life aren’t necessarily the magazine spreads or the front cover victories. For her, it’s the “stuff in between” big events, job titles, and relationships that colors the picture of who we are as people.

In this episode of Voices of Impact, Chelsea talks about processing wins and losses on the entrepreneurial roller coaster. We discuss how to humanize success, crafting the job you want, and championing the freelance industry. Chelsea also shares how choosing the right location for her career made all the difference.

Dec 04 2018
28 mins
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Rank #17: Jill Faulkner - Stick With It Co

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How To Transition From Employee To Entrepreneur

Following a series of unfulfilling executive assistant jobs, Jill Faulkner started asking herself questions about what changes she could make. Based on the impact that affirmations had begun to have on her life, Jill came up with the idea of handwriting sticky notes with positive “I” statements. After a small test run, the feedback was positive and the demand was there, so she took the natural next steps of molding it into a business - Stick With It Co.

“I was so beside myself in a lot of ways,” Jill recanted, “because [the affirmations] are so simple, but so powerful. I just felt really called to do something with it. I had to see what that would look like.”

Even with no business experience or direct mentors of her own, Jill was able to set up Stick With It Co for success. From heartfelt customer letters, to distributing to multiple stores in the Austin area, to holding events with local nonprofits, it is clear that the affirmations are making tangible impact. Stick With It Co continues to grow, if by no other choice than the sheer determination of its founder.

In this episode of Voices of Impact, Jill talks about how to transition from employee to entrepreneur. We discuss assessing ourselves, empowerment leading to success, and learning to harness the power of positivity. Jill also shares how she maintains objectivity in a business so personal.

Oct 30 2018
26 mins
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Rank #18: Mojdeh Gharbi - Certain Affinity

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How Certain Affinity Became The Biggest Independent Video Game Developer in Austin Texas

Austin native Mojdeh Gharbi has the kind of “woman-championing-tech” story we need to hear more often. Mojdeh is co-owner of Certain Affinity, the largest independent video game developer in Austin Texas. With contributions to industry-defining games like HALO, Call of Duty and DOOM, Certain Affinity has developed or co-developed more than more than 25 products across 10 different franchises, with more than 100 million units sold. Not bad for what started, twelve years ago, as a “bootstrap startup.”

“Most people get into the game industry and say ‘I’m going to make the next big game and it’s going to be amazing.’’ But there’s so much risk involved in making games,” Mojdeh shared. “We intentionally said, we’re not going to go out and raise a bunch of money and hope it works out. We’re going to build the studio from the ground up. We’re going to learn from the best so that when it’s our moment, we’ve set ourselves up for success.”

Now a strong workforce of 165 people, Certain Affinity has significantly scaled its operational capability while at the same time remaining profitable and socially conscious. Mojdeh’s leadership has turned heads in the community, as she was recently named a finalist for the Austin Business Journal’s “Profiles in Power,” and recognized in the STEM category of the Women’s Way award in Austin Women’s Magazine. What’s more, Mojdeh firmly believes that “leadership” is about creating a positive ripple effect in the lives of Certain Affinity’s employees and their consumers.

In this episode of Voices of Impact, Mojdeh talks about Certain Affinity’s path to becoming the largest independent video game developer in Austin. We discuss the importance of building a reputation, longevity in a rough-and-tumble industry, and the true meaning of legacy. Mojdeh also shares her fresh, insightful approach on the often over-wrought world of marketing.

Nov 27 2018
29 mins
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Rank #19: Liz Feezor - Liz Feezor Creative

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How To Create The Opportunity You've Been Searching For

After nine years of blogging in her free time, Liz Feezor decided to toss her traditional resume aside and double down on making a name for herself through her content and creative strategy.

“I had become increasingly disenchanted with what was going on in the corporate realms,” Liz said, “and I wanted to see what I could create for myself if I took the leap and had faith in my abilities.”

Liz spent 15 years in a corporate HR setting where she gradually grew tired of resume scrapers and programmed bots dictating who was worthy of a job. Since leaving, she’s worked one on one with clients to help them understand the “why” behind their work and project that core message through the written and visual content she creates.

Along the way, Liz had a watershed moment with her physical health, by sustaining an incredible 100lb weight loss. That very same determination, structure, and discipline learned through the process of losing weight is reflective of the way Liz runs her business today.

In this episode of Voices of Impact, Liz talks about how to be a better content creator. We discuss the crossover between corporate and creative identity, sniffing out disingenuous messaging, and her mental and physical journey to solopreneurship. Liz also shares how to crack the marketing code via an unexpected vulnerable route. Tune in to find out more…

Jul 31 2018
28 mins
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Rank #20: Hannah Davis - BANGS Shoes

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How To Master A Socially Conscious Business 

While in China teaching English for her first post-grad job, Hannah came across a simple yet functional shoe being sold in the streets. Giving it some thought, she realized that her version of that same shoe could be brought to the western market and paired with her desire for community impact. Inspired by the look and the hardworking people who wear them, BANGS shoes are designed to provide support from one adventure to the next.

“I wanted do something very similar to the TOMS Shoes model,” Davis said, “but instead of giving people products, I wanted to use the sale of this shoe to help people bring themselves to change their own circumstances.”

By an act of serendipity, Hannah just so happened to share her plans for BANGS shoes with a very interested retired VF executive (North Face, Vans, Seven7 Jeans) during a bartending shift she picked up on Valentine’s Day. He soon became BANGS first investor and partner, shifting the socially conscious shoe company into high gear. Six years later, BANGS has a dozen product silhouettes under its belt and has invested in over 1,700 budding entrepreneurs in 70 countries.

In this episode of Voices of Impact, Hannah talks about her journey through mastering socially conscious business. We discuss discovering the adventurer within, small business micro-finance, and championing a new age of community impact. Hannah also shares info about her ambassador program that throttled BANGS into the present day.

Oct 23 2018
31 mins
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