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89: Shared Values and Different Personalities: Building an A-Team with Aneesa Glines

Aneesa Glines can best be described as a force of nature with a huge smile and even bigger laugh, whose kind nature is matched by her business drive and desire to grow professionally.  She’s the owner and lead consultant of Harmony Weddings and Events, the owner of Forest Hall at Chatham Mills, AND the owner…

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Implementing a Diversity and Inclusion Plan, with D&I Consultant Donald Thompson

We wrap up Season 2 by talking about a topic that all professional leaders need to have knowledge of and take action on if they want employees to be happy, if they want to have the best ideas, and if they want their companies to grow the right way; diversity and inclusion. Hosted today by…

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88: A Kick in the Pants from Cindy Novotny, The Radical Mentor

Cindy Novotny has been called “The Radical Mentor” for good reason. She is a no-nonsense, call-it-like-it-is, whether-you-want-to-hear-it-or-not speaker and hospitality consultant. Today she comes on the show to talk about her upcoming book, The Secret to My Stamina, and her previous work, Living with No Balance and Loving It. Cindy has run her consulting business…

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Risk, Mental Toughness, and Dressing Up Like the Black Jon Snow: Having Fun with Success

Donald Thompson talks to guest host Meghan Hockaday about what it takes to succeed in business, who his mentors are and what they taught him, why he doesn’t like the term work-life balance, some of the strategic partnerships at Walk West, and the craziest thing he’s done for a client. Hustle Unlimited is (usually) hosted…

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87: The Power of Enneagram: How to Grow Professionally and Personally by Knowing Your Number, with Joanna Kenney

If you’re anything like Megan, 2019 has been all about personal and professional growth – how to be a better boss, friend, partner, and mom. And one of the most fascinating ways that she has found to analyze how she can improve overall is the Enneagram personality assessment. So on today’s show, Megan talks to…

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“Disco Donna” Alex Hairston on What Makes Summer: The Donna Summer Musical So Unique

Fayetteville NC native and North Carolina School of the Arts graduate Alex Hairston is coming back to Durham in February to play Disco Donna in Summer: The Donna Summer Musical, which will be at DPAC from February 25th to March 1st!  On the show, Alex talks about growing up in North Carolina, how she deals…

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The Rising Tide of the Triangle Startup Ecosystem, Grepbeat.com’s Pete McEntegart

Pete McEntegart, managing editor of Grepbeat.com has had quite the windy career path, starting as a financial analyst at Goldman Sachs, then going back to college, then writing at Sports Illustrated – if you ever read SI.com in the 2000’s, Pete was the guy who wrote The Ten Spot, which was a daily column on…

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86: Does Working With a Wedding Planner Make Your Job More Difficult? Danielle Pasternak from the Put A Ring On It Podcast Has Opinions

If you’re a member of the Rising Tide Society Facebook Group, you might have seen a post (since deleted) a few months ago from a photographer who said that when a wedding planner is involved, it makes other wedding vendors’ jobs more difficult and it messes up the flow of a wedding day. From his…

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How LaunchMyCity Caught Fire, and What It Really Means to be an Entrepreneur, with Wake Tech’s Katie Gailes

As Director of Entrepreneur Initiatives at Wake Tech in Raleigh NC, Katie Gailes has been able to help thousands of entrepreneurs with networking, funding, mentoring, and training. But she also says that entrepreneurship does NOT necessarily mean starting a business.  On today’s episode, Katie talks about what being an entrepreneur actually means, some of the…

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85: What My Children Have Taught ME About Business, with Single Dad Jose Rolon

Jose Rolon is the lead wedding planner at Jose Rolon Events in New York City.  Jose is a single father of 3 children, a 6 year-old and 5 year-old twins, and today he shares such incredible insight into how his children have helped him grow his business in this touching, funny, and emotional episode. Jose Rolon…

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