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Nov 7, 2018

Going through life, we learn that there are consequences to every action and that doesn't stop when we enter the business world. In this episode, Richard Franzi explains how "unintended consequences" have played a role in shaping the business landscape we know today. The Key to Better Business Performance is Controlling Unintended Consequences

Richard Franzi is experienced in helping business executives to improve the quality of their decisions. He is the author of the first book ever written about the power of peer learning to improve an executive’s performance in Killing Cats Leads to Rats. He started from humble beginnings growing up in a small coal mining town, the son of a steel worker in Western Pennsylvania. He has worked with CEOs as the chair of CEO Peer Groups for the past 10 years to help them develop robust decision-making systems to avoid, reduce or mitigate the negative effects of unintended consequences on their businesses.


Richard is the host of Critical Mass Radio Show & Podcast. He and his work have been featured in national media:,,, American Express OPEN Forum, various talk shows, as well as Southern California publications: Orange County Business Journal, Orange County Register, OC Metro Minute.

Oct 17, 2018

Success, Business, and Sustainability can be daunting words for today's business owners and in our ever-changing climate, some may think that one of those topics may be left out.  One thing they have in common is that they are all attainable by retaining your top talent.  In today's episode, Coleen Hauk gives us some insight as to why companies are finding it hard to keep top talent and she gives us a few tips on how to turn it all around.

Colleen Hauk is a speaker, co-author of the bestselling book, Women Who Ignite, a Certified Professional Success Coach and creator of YOU SO NEW ™, a program designed for successful professionals who fail to take care of their personal life.

All of this coupled with over 15 years of corporate leadership, Colleen shares her skills in a unique way to connect and empower high-performers to ‘have it all’ without losing it all.

Oct 3, 2018

Have you thought about what brings you balance?  Or what it would take for you to fill whole or fulfilled?  Well those are a few of the feelings that can describe what it is to thrive.  In this episode, Cecilia Gorman will walk us through a few ways of how you can thrive in the workforce and even in your personal life.

Cecilia hails from the advertising industry, where she spent 20+ years in production, recruiting and human resources. Her love of learning plus a knack for coaching others ultimately turned her career into one as a professional speaker and trainer.  

Cecilia is certified with the John Maxwell Team and the owner of Creative + Talent + Partners, a training consultancy that specializes in the development of new and struggling managers. She’s the co-founder of Empowership, a year-long training and mentorship program designed exclusively for women. It's been her mission to inspire, educate and motivate employees toward their greatest potential.

Sep 19, 2018

Today's workforce is filled with people with very diverse backgrounds, and those backgrounds are not only tied to race or nationality.  Gender is a very important topic in the todays time and Anita K is here to share with us the importance of being respectful as well as some of the struggles that some go through when it comes to their personal identity, and gender.               

As both a motivational life coach and strategic talent manager, Anita K offers progressive solutions to help her clients optimize their strengths and create a pathway of success. Holding a B.S. in Marketing from USC, Anita spent 20 years in career coaching & talent acquisition. Her expertise in talent development leadership and training in motivational techniques create a unique and effective life coaching philosophy. Anita K is the life coach for TGR, a Southern California Transgender support group. Stay tuned for her new book out early 2019: “Behaving Bravely” strategies on managing life through mind shift perspectives.

Sep 5, 2018

In this episode, Dr. Dorthy Neville tells us why it is importance for Women to get their seat at the table in the workplace.  She also explains The Five Archetypes of Leadership and how each role can help you build your team.

Dorothy A. Martin-Neville, PhD, is a speaker, author, coach/consultant, and founder of 4 companies. In becoming an entrepreneur, she quickly learned the necessity of developing leadership skills. As a psychotherapist for 25 yrs., a graduate faculty member, a Clinical Instructor in medical school, and the founder of two Institutes, she developed her own system of leadership training around her work with The Five Archetypes of Leadership. In helping women excel in leadership positions, Dorothy sees the need, regardless of success level, for recognizing the current fears, values, and processes present while developing the mindset and communication skills needed for success.

Aug 22, 2018

As technology moves forward, many are worried that AI will take over the workplace.  In this episode, Dr. Terri Horton tells us how learning new skills and using AI to our advantage will help us get ahead in the workplace.

Dr. Terri Horton is a workforce futurist, skills and artificial intelligence strategist. She is a consultant, Forbes Contributor, corporate trainer, speaker and educator. Her expertise is in providing organizations and executives with strategies centered on leveling up with the right workforce knowledge, insights, strategies and skills to future-proof their brands in the artificial intelligence economy. Dr. Horton holds a doctorate in Education from USC, a Master’s Degree in Organizational Management, MBA in Marketing and micro credentials from Cornell University and MIT in data analytics and artificial intelligence business strategy.

Aug 8, 2018

Juggling all of the things that go on at work can be challenging, but what happens when you throw in the long term care of a family member?  In this episode, we speak with Tracey Lawrence on the challenges that Sandwich Bosses can face and she give us a few tips that help both employers and employees navigate the difficult role.

Tracey Lawrence is an author, educator, innovator, disruptor and entrepreneur. Her journey as a serial caregiver led her to create Grand Family Planning, LLC, a comprehensive multigenerational family coaching and support system. Tracey shows clients the power of being proactive in light of the certainty that illness and death will be a part of every person's life. She saves lives and legacies in a climate which is focused on lengthening human lives without regard to quality of life. Her team-based approach simplifies a daunting and complex process. Tracey’s book, “Dementia Sucks,” was officially released by Post Hill Press on May 15th, 2018 and is available from Amazon , Barnes and Noble, and fine booksellers everywhere.

Jul 25, 2018

Aristotle says, "Courage is the first virtue that makes all other virtues possible."  In this episode, Sandra explains the true definition of courage and how we can use it in our daily lives. 

As a global speaker, Sandra Walston is on a mission to resurrect the power of everyday courage and courageous leadership by simply embracing the original definition, meaning "heart and spirit." With over 22 years of original courage research, she proves that there is a direct correlation between your success quotient and your courage quotient. 

Jul 11, 2018

Going to the gym is great for your body, but what good is it if you are not finding ways to give your brain a workout?  In this episode, Lindon Crowe shows us the importance of knowing how or why our brain operates the way it does so we can excel in the workplace as well as our personal lives.

Lindon Crow is the President of Productive Learning, a California-based personal development company, founded 25 years ago by his Father, Lindon Oscar Crow. Lindon graduated from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and minor in religious studies. Lindon began his career with Productive Learning in 2010. Since joining, he has had the honor of helping more than 2,500 clients achieve higher levels of emotional awareness, self-mastery, and personal fulfillment. In 2013, Lindon became President of Productive Learning. Lindon believes this journey has been one of the greatest challenges and most rewarding endeavors of his life.

Jun 27, 2018

In this episode, our guest Randi Levin lets us know that its ok to put certain things on the "back burner" of our lives.  We also discuss the importance of the "today list", and how it plays a large role in reclaiming the balance in your life.

Randi Levin CPC, founder & CEO, Randi Levin Coaching – is a nationally recognized transitional life strategist, author, keynote, and reinvention expert. Randi Levin Coaching supports women in becoming legends in their own lives! Using the concept of legacy as a power tool for change and redirection, Randi is a catalyst toward a shift in perspectives in regard to fear, growth, purpose and overall success. She is a featured expert for HuffPostThrive GlobalDivorceForceThe Three TomatoesWomen for One, and Better After 50Her workshops have been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Reader’s Digest, Business Insider, and Working Mother Magazine. Randi is a contributing author in the anthology series Get RESULTS!

Jun 13, 2018

Communication is a daily part of our lives, and at times it can be difficult or even intimidating.  In this episode, Stacie Speaker takes the time to share a few techniques that will help you approach difficult conversations from a different perspective.

Stacie Speaker Coaching specializes in working with Women Leaders who want to be powerful communicators, who want to make an impact in their organizations, helping them understand the inner critic, overcome the imposter syndrome, push past "good enough", and be respected without being demanding or aggressive. The company also partner with companies to set their employees and teams up for success, helping them grow and developing dynamic leaders to their fullest potential all in a culture of ongoing effective communication.

Jun 6, 2018

In this episode, we address the questions: What does it look like for male leaders in the workplace?  What are some of today's barriers?  How are people raising male leaders to be effective leaders who are sensitive, and empathetic?

Mark Maes is the founder and CEO of Maes and Associates, a business consulting firm and he is the creator of the High Five Priority Mapping System.   Before launching Maes and Associates in 2009, Mark was he CEO- Founder of M&M Interiors for over 20 years.  His leadership and commitment to excellence propelled the Riverside-based company to occupy the position of the fourth largest non-union C-9 contractor in California.

Mark's portfolio of accomplishments includes a degree in marketing, Advertising and business Construction Law and Management as well as Blueprint Reading.  For over seven years, Mark attended T.E.C. - a CEO Fortune 500- distinguished group of business owners, and four years with BBL (Biblically Based Leadership) for CEO's and Executives.

Mark Lives in Riverside County with his wife of over 19 years.  They are blessed with four amazing children.  In his spare time- you can catch mark enjoying the outdoors on Harley rides, boating, water skiing, camping, fishing, biking, surfing, learning and his passion for spiritual development and service.


May 23, 2018

Dr. Will served 6 years in military, 2 deployments, and an honorary discharge in 2001. He's shedding light on veterans in the workplace and why the transition can be difficult for both the veteran and employer.


Dr. Will was raised in one of the roughest cities in America. Growing up in Compton was no piece of cake, surrounded by gangs, drugs and murder, and being raised by a single mother didn't make things easier. Throw in a low self-esteem, a speech impediment and you have the beginning of Dr. Will’s journey. Through a series of life-transforming events, Dr. Will was able to change his life around. For the last 15 years, Dr. Will has traveled to over 40 different countries to train leaders and organizations, he has written over 40 books and has received multiple awards over the years for his work in mentoring, business and professional speaking.

May 9, 2018

Tanya Brown is no stranger to adversity or trauma. With the murder of her sister, Nicole Brown Simpson, she has faced overwhelming life challenges but used these obstacles to ultimately improve the quality of her life. Tanya became a domestic violence advocate, speaking and training to would inform people about the horror of abuse at home. Ten years after the loss of Nicole, Tanya suffered a mental breakdown; and as a result, she has made a personal commitment to speak on the issues of how to overcome adversity and promote HEALTHY mental health. Tanya has become a nationally recognized author, speaker and life coach who uses the lessons from her experience with Nicole as a compelling motivational speaker.

Apr 25, 2018

Dr. Alisha “Ali” Griffith is a trained educator, speech-language pathologist, and audiologist for more than 20 years. As a best-selling author and proud mother of Zachary, her bright and extraordinary son, who is on the autism spectrum, Dr. Ali launched an autism parent development program, So Smart Kids, Inc., and Smart Fit Fam., which is dedicated to children and families on the spectrum. She teaches them about wellness, fitness and nutrition. She believes in remaining focused, maintaining a positive mindset as instrumental keys to success. Dr. Ali Griffith has been featured in the Huffington Post, The Network Journal, Autism Parenting Magazine and Blog Talk Radio.

Apr 11, 2018

Tiffani Sierra is an actress, a certified Social Emotional Arts Facilitator, and master teaching artist. With over 15 years of experience working in schools and organizations, Tiffani shifted her focus from performing to transforming lives through developing theatre programs using the art of improvisation. In 2010 she founded Improv It Up and has been using Improvisation to help students, organizations and corporations experience greater creativity, teamwork, personal growth and transformation, improving work relationships, boosting morale, and performance skills. Working with underserved Los Angeles youth, Tiffani is a highly-acclaimed teaching artist offering playwriting programs in juvenile halls in the Bay area.

Mar 28, 2018

Talent Management plays a role in creating a gender-diverse workforce. In this episode, we address masculinity in job descriptions, why women don't make it to the top and why women need more financial, strategic and business acumen. What is the "golden skirt effect" and why are companies 69% more profitable with a gender-diverse company? 


Organizational and Talent Development Manager, Public Speaker and Consultant and with over 25 years of experience in Organizational Development and Performance Improvement specializing in Executive Leadership, Management Training and Development. expertise in Identification, training and retention of High-Potential employees. Catherine co-invented of GOV360, a multi-rater leadership assessment tool. Extensive experience building the potential and knowledge of diverse work forces in order to inspire a more powerful public good.

Mar 21, 2018

In this episode, we address the questions: What does the new paradigm of female leadership look like, theoretically and in practice? As we see the scales shift, how do women prepare for the next big leap in their careers? What are the long-term implications of increasing women in leadership as executives, CEO’s, and politicians? How will that shift impact our country and the world at large? What can we do right now to make a change in our lives, work, and communities based on New Paradigm Women’s Leadership principles?


Celia Ward-Wallace is a leading Certified Life & Business Coach. She is an internationally recognized Empowerment and Entrepreneurship Expert, who leads her clients to discover their purpose, start a purpose-driven business and become thought leaders through entrepreneurship, coaching, speaking, writing, community building and activism. Celia is on a mission to empower 1,000,000 women to embrace their greatness, live their purpose and leave a legacy.

Mar 14, 2018

In this episode, we answer the questions: How do women play a major role in enabling better decision-making? What are the benefits to a company with more gender-inclusive leadership teams as it relates to corporate sustainability?


E. Michelle Mickens CEO, Live 4 Change, LLC, a global strategic sustainability consulting firm. We help businesses develop transformational change through establishing CSR principles throughout the organization’s structure, strategies, and systems. We employ various organizational change interventions, leadership development processes, and coaching methods. Our goal is to help transition the leader and organization from where you are now to where you desire to be. Live 4 Change, LLC provide leadership and organizational development training, workshops, coaching and mentoring. E. Michelle Mickens has an extensive background in developing sustainable residential and commercial community projects and green sustainable businesses.

Mar 8, 2018

What is the most significant barrier to female leadership? What significant role do women play? What is the biggest challenge for the next generation of women? 

Desmarie Guyton, is the owner of DGM (Desmarie Guyton Management), and Wealth Specialist.  Her goal is to help individuals build wealth in all areas of life from a Spiritual, Financial and Health Perspective.  She is also the Author of the self-help book, “Encouragement for Discouraged Women” and is a contributing writer of finance to “E” The Magazine for The Executive Female, as well as an inspirational writer for West Coast Magazine.  She is a Motivational Speaker, and Co-Founder of the women’s organization “Blend2day,” which is an acronym for Balance, Life, Educate, Network, and Dream.

Mar 8, 2018

What does leadership resemble when you're one of a few good women in the military? In this episode, U.S. Marine, Jenny Defresne tells about her love of the marines, the lack of female representation and the adverse impact of command and control leadership.


Jenny DuFresne is a transformational leader. Her 10-years as a United States Marine form her leadership foundation. As a trailblazing leader, she applied her leadership lessons and founded the only all-male public charter elementary school in Washington, DC. She writes about the impact of this venture in her bestselling book, From Empty to Overflow. In the book, she highlights five radical actions women leaders need to create happy, harmonious, and joyful lives. Her leadership development and training company works with women leaders and teams in corporate, government, and nonprofit sectors. Learn more about her book at

Mar 8, 2018

In this episode, Tracie L. James is addressing the questions How do you report when the "accused" is not employed by the organization? What can you do? What is "Excuse-Free Leadership" and how can it be used to hold leaders accountable for being morally and ethically appropriate?


Tracie L. James is a 20-year business veteran who throughout her successful career as a retail manager, fundraising manager, and entrepreneur has learned how an excuse laden culture can cause an organization to be ineffective, unproductive and unprofitable. She utilizes her extensive experience to assess your current situation, identify opportunities and create strategies to get you to zero excuses and more results. She’s passionate about helping you get the results you need now by providing a clear, actionable strategy in her message.


Mar 7, 2018

Dr. Neva Helena Alexander (Dr. Neva) is the author of two books Females’ Guide to Understanding Leadership and #Risingleaders. Dr. Neva is the founder of NEVA Alliance Training, a company based in New York that provides professional development workshops locally and globally. In this episode, Dr. Neva explores how harassment differs globally and what we can do as a society to change.


Dr. Neva is a lifestyle expert from a global perspective and has vastly traveled the globe to several countries in learning and understanding other cultures. She is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at New York Institute of Technology, and City of New York University SPS Program. In addition to being an educator in the classroom, she trains and coaches people from every walk of life and profession and she has published educational research.

Feb 21, 2018

Thomas J. Slaughter is Entrepreneur and Management Consultant with expertise in Organizational Leadership, Strategic Management, and Information Technology Services Management. He runs two startup companies and is a consultant for one of the largest technology companies in the world. Over the past four years he has advised over 125 organizations in various verticals that include healthcare, municipalities, K-12 education, non-profit, legal, insurance, hospitality, manufacturing, transportation, technology, and distribution at the SMB and Enterprise levels in leadership, technology, and management. In addition to his management, consulting, and entrepreneur endeavors; he’s an author and speaker that deep dives in the areas of Strategic Management, Organizational Leadership, Information Technology Management, Education, and Personal Development

Feb 7, 2018

Are you leaving the “humanness” out of the workplace? In an HBR article, 20 years ago, it stated, "One reason for the scarcity of managerial greatness is that in educating and training managers, we focus too much on technical proficiency and too little on character. But the only people who become great managers are the ones who understand in their guts that managing is not merely a series of mechanical tasks but a set of human interactions."

In this episode learn why cultivating relationships at work good for business, how to lead with humanity and put people first before profits, why most people focus on mechanical tasks instead of human interactions and a tip on how to gain strategic advantages by being more authentic with your human interactions.

Nicole Lance is the CEO of Lance Strategies, providing individual coaching and high-value solutions for private businesses, non-profits, and local governments looking to build team-oriented cultures and identify and refine strategies for success. She is also the Assistant City Manager for Surprise, Arizona and a founding member of Arizona Women Leading Government. Nicole teaches at Arizona State University, and serves as an Honorary Commander at Luke Air Force Base. Central to who Nicole is and what she does is sharing philosophies of intentionality, diversity, and inclusion, and finding innovative ways to succeed.

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