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144: Diversity, Digital Transformation & Coaching Parents with Punam Saxena

When Punam Saxena’s family relocated to a small town in Georgia, her neighbors asked what tribe they belonged to. They mistakenly thought her family was Native American, not Indians from India. Growing up ostracized, she knows the impact of social isolation and vowed to do something about it. In this episode, Punam shares her process for coaching parents to become active partners with their children’s teachers through open communication that leverages the latest technologies.

Special Guest: Punam Saxena, Founder & CEO – edu-Me

Location: Metro Atlanta, GA  USA

Air Date: April 11, 2021

Show Notes:

  • edu-Me:  Punam’s podcast, dedicated to bridging the gap between parents and schools.
  • edu-nars: Punam’s weekly FB Live sessions with parents discussing challenges they’re facing. Each week they tackle a new topic that relates to their daily lives to provide ideas, tips, and calm.
  • Parent Power: Navigate School and Beyond: Punam’s book, set for release soon! Her book offers insights, ideas, and methods to navigate the exhilarating and exhausting task of raising productive, compassionate, thoughtful young people. It tackles relevant topics that parents face, including how to approach: social media, sports, discrimination, and many more parent-child topics.
  • Psychology Today: a website based on the magazine by the same name; topics range from “behavioral research to practical guidance on relationships, mental health, and addiction.”
  • GreatSchools.orga website for America’s leading non-profit organization that empowers parents to unlock educational opportunities for their children. They provide school information and parenting resources to help families choose the right school, support learning at home, and guide their children to great futures.
  • Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) – Adolescent & School Health: a website featuring articles, downloadable fact sheets, and other helpful information to foster transparent and constructive communication among parents, school staff, and teachers.
  • Edutopia.org: a website from the George Lucas Foundation dedicated to “…transforming K-12 education so that all students can acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to thrive in their studies, careers, and adult lives.”
  • Harvard College – Parent & Family Engagement: a website from the Dean of Students Office that provides “…resources and opportunities for parents and families to learn about the College and share in the milestones your student will experience during their time at Harvard.”
  • Zoom: a web-based tool that offers audio and video recording of webinars, conference calls, presentations, meetings, and more.  Also includes screen sharing for enhanced collaboration.

Related Episodes:

  • Episode 009: Business Coaching vs. Business Consulting – 9 Tips for Choosing the Right Type of Guidance with Latarsha Horne
  • Episode 060: The One Thing You Need to Know About Mental Health & Entrepreneurship with Silke Glaab
  • Episode 063: The One Thing You Need to Know About Delivering Difficult News with Liz Kislik
  • Episode 076: Thalia Toha’s Goal Setting Process
  • Episode 111: Leading Data-Driven Improvements with Christine Yeager

 

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  • Producer & Host: Alicia Butler Pierre
  • Podcast Editor: Olanrewaju Adeyemo
  • Video Editor: Gladys Jimenez
  • Transcription: Jodie Maquiran
  • Sponsor: HubSpot

 

More About Guest, Punam V. Saxena:
Punam V. Saxena holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Master’s in Education. Throughout her 30 years of experience between teaching and volunteering in her children’s schools, she implemented several procedures that have benefited the students and administrators within the school district.

Punam is a Parent Impact Coach, podcast host of edu-Me, author, and speaker. Her work focuses on bridging the gap and fostering a stronger relationship between parents and schools by empowering parents to become partners in their child’s education. She has been recognized as Volunteer of the Year at Harrison School for the Arts and has received a Key to the City both in Lakeland, Florida. She has been featured in the magazine podcast Movement and Shoutout Atlanta and spoken at several mainstage events including the Passionistas Project’s I’mSpeaking and Podcast Movement’s Virtual Summit. She enjoys running, cooking, reading, and spending time with her family.

 

More About Host, Alicia Butler Pierre:
Alicia Butler Pierre is the Founder & CEO of Equilibria, Inc. Her career in operations began over 20 years ago while working as an engineer in various chemical plants and oil refineries. She invented the KasennuTM framework for business infrastructure and authored, Behind the Façade: How to Structure Company Operations for Sustainable Success.  It is the world’s first published book on business infrastructure for small businesses. Alicia hosts the weekly Business Infrastructure podcast with a global audience across 53 countries.

 

More About Sponsor, HubSpot:
HubSpot offers a full platform of marketing, sales, customer service, and Customer Relationship Management (CRM) software — plus the methodology, resources, and support — to help businesses. Their CRM platform is powered by the same database, so everyone in your organization — Marketing, Sales, Service & Operations — is working off the same system of record. This allows for a smoother handoff between teams and results in a more delightful experience for your customers.

 

143: Diversity, Digital Transformation & Workforce Development with Jesse Torres

Jesse Torres is the American-born son of Mexican immigrant parents. Growing up in multi-cultural Los Angeles, he’s not uncomfortable being around people who looked different from him. So, as he grew his consultancy, ArroyoWest, building a diverse team came naturally. He’s also no stranger to technology. In this episode, Jesse shares how leaders can prepare for the future of work by leveraging government programs to digitize operations and diversify their workforce.

Special Guest: Jesse Torres, Founder & CEO – ArroyoWest, LLC

Location: Los Angeles, CA  USA

Air Date: April 4, 2021

Show Notes:

  • Hack My Business: Jesse’s podcast, with co-host Sid Voorakkara where they interview policymakers, CEOs, entrepreneurs, and more to help small businesses hack their way to success.
  • Covid-19 Business Tools: Jesse’s website that “…offers up-to-date news and insights, one-on-one consulting, and curated guidance and financial resources to design tailored solutions and help your business successfully navigate the pandemic.”
  • Small Business Front: Jesse is a co-founder of this media creation and community building firm focused on small business.
  • Small Business Resource Center (SBDC): a site dedicated to helping small businesses locate a local center that can provide free or low-cost training and consulting on various topics.
  • SBA: the Small Business Administration is an American government program offering funding as well as operational resources to keep small businesses open.
  • EventBrite: the world’s largest event technology platform, powering millions of events in 170+ countries and territories.
  • Fiverr: a digital platform matching service providers with potential customers.
  • Upwork: an online portal designed to help you find and vet premium freelancers for your next project or team.
  • Reddit: a website that aggregates news and offers members the opportunity to rate and review posted content as well as participate in online communities organized around shared interests. Jesse suggested joining and participating in the Small Business community on Reddit.
  • FreeConferenceCall.com: a web and phone-based app offering free audio and video conferencing services. Their innovative pay-what-you-can pricing model helps support charities, volunteers, and students all over the world.
  • Zoom: a web-based tool that offers audio and video recording of webinars, conference calls, presentations, meetings, and more.  Also includes screen sharing for enhanced collaboration.

Related Episodes:

  • Episode 023: Attracting Top Talent to Your Business with Jim Stroud
  • Episode 028: Managing Virtual Teams in a Freelance Economy with Sherry Heyl
  • Episode 068: Anne Sugar’s Hiring to Scale Process
  • Episode 083: Downsizing and Rebuilding a Team with Mike Moll
  • Episode 135: How I Built a Remote Team and Scaled Unique Designz to a 7-Figure Business – Henry Kaminski

 

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Credits_______________

  • Producer & Host: Alicia Butler Pierre
  • Podcast Editor: Olanrewaju Adeyemo
  • Video Editor: Gladys Jimenez
  • Transcription: Jodie Maquiran
  • Sponsor: HubSpot

 

More About Guest, Jesse Torres:
Jesse Torres is the owner and principal of a minority-owned consulting firm, ArroyoWest, LLC. They specialize in economic and workforce development, particularly in the area of small business development and disaster preparedness, response, and resiliency programs. He’s also the founder and creator of the Hack My Business podcast, available on Apple and Spotify – and the annual holiday social media campaign #12DaysofTakeout.

He serves his community by serving on the City of Los Angeles Small Business Commission and the boards of Associated Students UCLA, Sustainable Economic Enterprises of Los Angeles, and Union Station Homeless Services.

 

More About Host, Alicia Butler Pierre:
Alicia Butler Pierre is the Founder & CEO of Equilibria, Inc. Her career in operations began over 20 years ago while working as an engineer in various chemical plants and oil refineries. She invented the KasennuTM framework for business infrastructure and authored, Behind the Façade: How to Structure Company Operations for Sustainable Success.  It is the world’s first published book on business infrastructure for small businesses. Alicia hosts the weekly Business Infrastructure podcast with a global audience across 53 countries.

 

More About Sponsor, HubSpot:
HubSpot offers a full platform of marketing, sales, customer service, and Customer Relationship Management (CRM) software — plus the methodology, resources, and support — to help businesses. Their CRM platform is powered by the same database, so everyone in your organization — Marketing, Sales, Service & Operations — is working off the same system of record. This allows for a smoother handoff between teams and results in a more delightful experience for your customers.

 

142: How I Scaled the Business Infrastructure Podcast featuring Alicia Butler Pierre

We’ve come to the end of another amazing season of the Business Infrastructure podcast. In this episode, Alicia does her traditional end-of-season monologue, but with a twist – she talks about the people, processes, and tools that set the foundation to scale. And, as she explains, none of this work was in vain, as evident by the special announcement she makes that will take this podcast to the next level. Listen in to get all the juicy details!

 

Monologue: Alicia Butler Pierre, Founder & CEO – Equilibria, Inc.

Location: Atlanta, GA  USA

Show Notes:

  • Season 11: Scaling for the Big League: 12 special guests share how they worked through adversity to build, grow and scale their respective businesses.
  • Notion: an online, all-in-one workspace tool designed to break down silos and increase work efficiency by making information highly visible, easily accessible, and cross-referenced.
  • Headliner: a web-based app that creates promotional videos based on podcast clips to post across social media platforms. It also has an automated feature to create audiograms as soon as new podcast episodes are released.
  • Acuity: a web-based scheduling tool.

Going Steady: Using Your Podcast as a Business Development Tool: Alicia’s presentation at the 2020 Podcast Movement Evolutions Conference in Los Angeles featuring the full list of tools she leverages for the Business Infrastructure podcast.

 

How to Start a Podcast – Questions to Ask Yourself + Tips and a Checklist: the video version of Ep.123Let’s Design a New Podcast Setup Process with Deborah Bailey, Cynthia Culbreath, & Karen Mills.

 

 

Related Episodes:

  • Episode 051: Designing a Digital Content Management Process with Alicia Butler Pierre
  • Episode 056: The One Thing You Need to Know About Podcasting with Doug Sandler
  • Episode 100: Podcasting with Purpose featuring Jared Easley
  • Episode 105: Streamlining Podcast Production with Berthine Crèvecoeur West
  • Episode 116: Developing a Framework to Scale Your Idea with Alicia Butler Pierre
  • Episode 139: How I Scaled My Podcast to the Top 1.5% featuring Laura Cathcart Robbins

 

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  • Producer & Host: Alicia Butler Pierre
  • Podcast Editor: Olanrewaju Adeyemo
  • Sponsor: Equilibria, Inc.

 

More About Host, Alicia Butler Pierre:
Alicia Butler Pierre is the Founder & CEO of Equilibria, Inc. Her career in operations began over 20 years ago while working in various chemical plants and oil refineries. She invented the KasennuTM framework for business infrastructure and authored, Behind the Façade: How to Structure Company Operations for Sustainable Success.  It is the world’s first published book on business infrastructure for small businesses. Alicia hosts the weekly Business Infrastructure podcast with a global audience across 38+ countries.

 

More About Sponsor, Equilibria:
Equilibria, Inc. is a 15-year-old boutique operations management consulting firm. We build the business infrastructure necessary for fast-growing businesses to scale with less pain. With a range of services and products, entrepreneurs can get the operational support and resources they need on-demand.

 

141: How I Scaled & Why I Shut Down My Critically-Acclaimed Fashion Company featuring Kevin Afuwah

Although the barrier to entry into the fashion industry is low, it’s also fickle and highly competitive. Yet, when Kevin Afuwah and two childhood friends started Royal Kulture, their unique spin on dashikis took off! Soon, they found themselves relocating from NYC to L.A. for cost-efficient production. In this episode, Kevin reminisces on how they scaled their brand, attracting celebrities like Sarah Jessica Parker and Beyonce, only to shut it down. Find out why.

Special Guest: Kevin Afuwah, Co-Founder & CEO – Royal Kulture

Location: New York City, NY  USA

Show Notes:

  • The Dashiki Strikes Back…with Royal Kulture: an article about Kevin and Royal Kulture by Andrew Asch for California Apparel News.
  • Meet Two Emerging Designers Who Used Instagram to Start Their Businesses: an article featuring Kevin and how he leveraged IG to build the Royal Kulture brand – by Ariana Marsh for Teen Vogue.
  • BigCartel: an e-commerce platform dedicated to helping “…artists, makers, and small brands open a store and start making a living doing what they love.”
  • Shopify: an e-commerce platform that enables entrepreneurs to create online stores to sell their products.
  • United States Patent & Trademark Office: the primary source for securing intellectual property protection for copyrights, patents, and trademarks in the United States.
  • Kiva Zip: an online crowdfunding platform by Kiva “…dedicated to reaching new types of borrowers and funding 0% interest loans for people who have been unable to access other sources of credit to live their dreams.
  • Fashion Districts: if you’re interested in starting a fashion company or getting involved in fashion, Kevin mentioned seeking out the nearest fashion district where you live. As he mentioned in his interview, in these districts lie invaluable information you simply won’t find on Google. As an example, these are links to a few fashion districts in major cities around the world: Los Angeles  New York   London   Paris   Milan   Tokyo   Hong Kong    Johannesburg

The Law (or Principle) of Diminishing Marginal Returns (or Productivity) Explained in One Minute: this video explains part of the reason why Royal Kulture ultimately decided to close their doors, despite phenomenal success:

 

Related Episodes:

  • Episode 027: I.P. Protection for Business Processes – Steve Wigmore
  • Episode 061: The One Thing You Need to Know About Exit Planning with David Shavzin
  • Episode 085: Scaling Back Before Scaling Up with Dr. Terica Pearson
  • Episode 132: How I Scaled & Sold Two Businesses to Fortune 500 Companies featuring Jeff Wald

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Credits_______________

  • Producer & Host: Alicia Butler Pierre
  • Podcast Editor: Olanrewaju Adeyemo
  • Sponsor: Equilibria, Inc.

 

More About Guest, Kevin Afuwah:
Kevin Afuwah’s journey into the digital media industry began after launching the successful e-Commerce apparel brand, Royal Kulture. By heavily leveraging social media, he was able to successfully place his designs on a litany of A-list celebrities and fashion icons, such as Sarah Jessica Parker, Beyoncé, Zendaya, Angela Simmons, and many more–allowing his brand to go viral and attract significant media attention globally. Kevin was featured in Cosmopolitan & Teen Vogue magazine in April 2015, highlighted as one of the top digital entrepreneurs utilizing Instagram to grow his robust start-up fashion brand.

Kevin has also worked at the global ad agency, Initiative, where he managed digital media activation for various brands such as FDA Multicultural, Trane American Standard, and MillerCoors. He was also an independent digital marketing consultant for the Japanese tech giant Fujitsu, uniquely chosen to manage large digital transformation projects for Moody’s Analytics and the Government of Alberta Canada.

Kevin most recently worked at Publicis subsidiary, Spark Foundry contributing to the integrated media strategy/planning process & overseeing digital activation for Comcast Xfinity Retail efforts nationwide.

 

More About Host, Alicia Butler Pierre:
Alicia Butler Pierre is the Founder & CEO of Equilibria, Inc.. Her career in operations began over 20 years ago while working in various chemical plants and oil refineries. She invented the KasennuTM framework for business infrastructure and authored, Behind the Façade: How to Structure Company Operations for Sustainable Success.  It is the world’s first published book on business infrastructure for small businesses. Alicia hosts the weekly Business Infrastructure podcast with a global audience across 38+ countries.

 

More About Sponsor, Equilibria:
Equilibria, Inc. is a 15-year-old boutique operations management consulting firm. We build the business infrastructure necessary for fast-growing businesses to scale with less pain. With a range of services and products, entrepreneurs can get the operational support and resources they need on-demand.

 

140: How I Scale Unknown Brands into Million & Billion Dollar Household Names featuring Maureen Mwangi

“Scaling must be done with scientific precision.” Sage advice from branding expert, Maureen Mwangi. She helps product-based companies become retail-ready with strategies rooted in data analytics and marketing research. In this episode, Maureen takes us on her journey from watching her parents build a strong brand in Kenya to her scaling products for Pepsi, Dove, and L’Oreal in the U.S. She also describes the processes for scaling commercial vs. microenterprise products.

Special Guest: Maureen Mwangi, Founder & CEO – Startward Consulting

Location: Dallas, TX  USA

Show Notes:

 

Related Episodes:

  • Episode 042: Automating the Sales Process with Tim Bornholdt
  • Episode 074: Love Hudson Maggio’s Data Management Process
  • Episode 082: Scaling with SEO with Don Sevcik
  • Episode 117: Let’s Design a Commercialization Process with Clarence Levy and Derek Gauthier
  • Episode 126: Let’s Use Vertify to Connect Data and Make Better Decisions featuring Wayne Lopez

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  • Producer & Host: Alicia Butler Pierre
  • Podcast Editor: Olanrewaju Adeyemo
  • Sponsor: Equilibria, Inc.

 

More About Guest, Maureen Mwangi:
Maureen Mwangi grew up in Kenya where entrepreneurship was not the norm. In fact, her mom and dad were the only entrepreneurs she knew. Maureen quickly learned that the secret to her parents’ business success was the reputable, trustworthy product-based brand they created. Her curiosity for building breakout brands became the seed for what would become her voyage overseas in search of higher education in the U.S.

Years later, armed with a Master’s Degree in Marketing, Maureen quickly ascended to leadership and began to build some of America’s most beloved brands – from Lays to Chobani to L’Oreal to Dove. She mastered the billion-dollar brand building strategies that most entrepreneurs never have the resources to access, and in doing so, she discovered her zone of genius – the rare ability to connect with a market and turn real data into brand growth strategies that drive multimillion dollar growth.

Today, Maureen is one of the most sought after brand growth experts because of her unique track record for launching and scaling recognizable brands. She is the creator of Big Brand Academy, The Product Profit Lab, and Startward Consulting.This work fuels her passion-project: Taji Foundation – a non-profit organization she created to support boys in Kenya to get the education they need to lift their families out of poverty and build generational wealth.

 

More About Host, Alicia Butler Pierre:
Alicia Butler Pierre is the Founder & CEO of Equilibria, Inc.. Her career in operations began over 20 years ago while working in various chemical plants and oil refineries. She invented the KasennuTM framework for business infrastructure and authored, Behind the Façade: How to Structure Company Operations for Sustainable Success.  It is the world’s first published book on business infrastructure for small businesses. Alicia hosts the weekly Business Infrastructure podcast with a global audience across 38+ countries.

 

More About Sponsor, Equilibria:
Equilibria, Inc. is a 15-year-old boutique operations management consulting firm. We build the business infrastructure necessary for fast-growing businesses to scale with less pain. With a range of services and products, entrepreneurs can get the operational support and resources they need on-demand.

 

139: How I Scaled My Podcast to the Top 1.5% Globally featuring Laura Cathcart Robbins

Laura Cathcart Robbins is an avid reader and dreamed of one day penning her own book. In 2018, she arrived excited at a popular writer’s retreat, only to leave dismayed when she realized she was the only black person there. A few days later, an article she wrote about her experience went viral on the Huffington Post. It led to a movement that eventually grew into a podcast. In this episode, Laura chronicles the behind-the-scenes work that it took she and her team to scale her podcast to the top 1.5 % in the world. Hint: you’ve got to be in it for the long game.

Special Guest: Laura Cathcart Robbins, Podcast Host & Creator – The Only One in the Room

Location: Studio City, CA  USA

Show Notes:

  • I Was The Only Black Person At Elizabeth Gilbert And Cheryl Strayed’s ‘Brave Magic’ Retreat: Laura’s 2018 Huffington Post article that went viral and jumpstarted the movement behind #TheOnlyOneInTheRoom.
  • The Only One in the Room Podcast: Laura’s YouTube channel featuring videos of different recorded podcast interviews, including celebrities like Mario Van Peebles and Jon Cryer.
  • Meet Laura Robbins of The Only One In The Room Podcast in Studio City: a VoyageLA article profiling Laura.
  • Listen Notes: a Google-like search engine for podcasts where visitors can conduct research on a particular person or topic as well as use their API to build a podcast app. They also provide a scoring system for the all podcasts that exist on the internet based on popularity.
  • Libsyn: a podcast hosting, distribution and monetization platform.
  • Anchor: a podcast hosting platform, now owned by Spotify, that’s designed to be a one-stop shop where podcasters can record, distribute and monetize their podcasts.
  • Clean Feed:
  • Riverside.fm: a web-based recording platform that allows podcasters to record remote interviews with high-quality audio and video calls.
  • Lipstick & Vinyl: the podcast advertising agency Laura works with. They represent a network of podcasts focused on underrepresented and diverse voices.
  • Shure microphone: the website of Shure, the company that produces some of the highest quality microphones.
  • Apollo interface: audio interface equipment by Universal Audio offering high-resolution music production with classic analog sound.
  • Scarlet interface: audio interface equipment by Focusrite designed to produce studio-quality recordings from any location.
  • How to Make a Podcast: a free online tutorial on the ABCs of podcasting written by Misha Euceph, “…a Pakistani-American writer, podcast host and producer, on a mission to make things that inspire awe.”
  • The Extraordinary Negroes: a podcast hosted by Jay Connor and Alex Hardy. Each week they,  “…delve into humorous explorations of pop culture, current events, and relevant issues with some of your favorite media personalities.”
  • Join Clubhouse! Umm, What is Clubhouse? a New York Times article by Steven Kurutz offering an introduction to what is currently a new, invitation-only social media app still in beta phase and only available for iPhone.

Why Misha Euceph Feels Like Public Enemy #1 (a video clip from The Only Room in the Room Podcast, Ep. #48):

 

Related Episodes:

  • Episode 056: The One Thing You Need to Know About Podcasting – Doug Sandler
  • Episode 100: Podcasting with Purpose with Jared Easley
  • Episode 123: Let’s Design a New Podcast Setup Process with Deborah Bailey, Cynthia Culbreath, and Karen Mills

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Credits_______________

  • Producer & Host: Alicia Butler Pierre
  • Podcast Editor: Olanrewaju Adeyemo
  • Sponsor: Equilibria, Inc.

 

More About Guest, Laura Cathcart Robbins:
Laura Cathcart Robbins is a freelance culture writer and host of the popular podcast, The Only One In The Room, living in Studio City, California. Her recent articles in the Huffington Post and The Temper on the subjects of race, recovery, and divorce have garnered her worldwide acclaim. She currently sits on the advisory boards of the San Diego Writer’s Festival and the Outliers HQ podcast festival. Find out more about Laura on her website, or you can look for her on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

 

More About Host, Alicia Butler Pierre:
Alicia Butler Pierre is the Founder & CEO of Equilibria, Inc.. Her career in operations began over 20 years ago while working in various chemical plants and oil refineries. She invented the KasennuTM framework for business infrastructure and authored, Behind the Façade: How to Structure Company Operations for Sustainable Success.  It is the world’s first published book on business infrastructure for small businesses. Alicia hosts the weekly Business Infrastructure podcast with a global audience across 38+ countries.

 

More About Sponsor, Equilibria:
Equilibria, Inc. is a 15-year-old boutique operations management consulting firm. We build the business infrastructure necessary for fast-growing businesses to scale with less pain. With a range of services and products, entrepreneurs can get the operational support and resources they need on-demand.