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113: Educating Students During a Pandemic with Rachna Nath

COVID-19 leveled the playing field of veteran and neophyte teachers alike. The sudden pivot to remote instruction forced technology adoption at a record pace. But the steep learning curve hasn’t slowed Rachna Nath down. As a STEM and entrepreneurship educator, she’s used to thinking innovatively. In this episode, she describes her unique process for expanding her network beyond the traditional high school ecosystem to offer students a first-class experience backed by collegiate resources.

Special Guest: Rachna Nath – STEM Coordinator & Science Teacher at Arizona College Prep, Erie Campus

Location:  Chandler, AZ  USA

Show Notes:

  • Lemelson-MIT: a STEM-based program facilitated by MIT’s School of Engineering, named after the prolific inventor, Gerald Lemelson, that “…celebrates outstanding inventors and inspires young people to pursue creative lives and careers through invention. To date, the [Lemelson] Foundation has made grants totaling over $200 million in support of its mission.”
  • Google Classroom: a free web-based software offering educators the ability to efficiently manage and assess student progress, while enhancing connections with students and parents from school, from home, or on the go.
  • MS Teams: a web and phone-based communication and collaboration app that combines chat, video meetings, file storage, and more.
  • Kami: an app designed to change the way that teachers and students interact in the classroom by offering the ability to annotate pdfs, worksheets, and more.
  • Loom: video recording software that can bring your whiteboarding or other demonstrations to life with your virtual team.
  • Zoom: software that offers audio and video recording of webinars, conference calls, presentations, meetings, and more. Also includes screen sharing for enhanced collaboration
  • Micro Nanotechnology Special Interest Group (MNTSIG): an organization that, “…fosters collaboration between educators at all levels, industry, and agencies for [the] relentless improvement of the micro and nanotechnology workforce.”

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  • Episode 028: Managing Virtual Teams in a Freelance Economy with Sherry Heyl
  • Episode 069: Calvin Williams’ Service Delivery Process
  • Episode 092: Preparing for the Unexpected in Daily Operations with Joseph Powell
  • Episode 112: Planning & Conducting Remote Events with Kimberly Fennell

 

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Credits_______________

  • Producer & Host: Alicia Butler Pierre
  • Editor: Olanrewaju Ade
  • Sponsor: rVidi

 

More About Guest, Rachna Nath:
Rachna Nath is an internationally and nationally recognized innovator who is also an entrepreneur, grant writer, STEM enthusiast, and a passionate educator. She has two masters, the first one in Entomology (Insect Science) from Cotton College, India, and the second one in Biology (Developmental Genetics) from Arizona State University working with Honey Bee Exocrine gland ontology. She has won several awards around the world and has also received grants from organizations like the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Human Urban Initiatives, and the Society for Science and the Public.

Rachna works with young entrepreneurs to make their dreams come true by working with community partners and helping patent their ideas. She has a network of trusted IT professionals, lawyers, community helpers who help bring dreams to reality for 9th to 12th-grade students who are invested in critical thinking, problem-solving, and giving back to the community by solving real-world problems. She has 3 patents pending from such students in various prototypes from Anti-VOC scent bags to heat stress monitoring devices. Rachna also does a lot of volunteering work talking about honey bees at various festivals, has contributed her time in mask making during the COVID19 pandemic, and also runs a dance school Sangeeta Nritya Academy in the U.S. which she has dedicated to her Guru Sangita Hazarika in Assam, India.

 

More About Host, Alicia Butler Pierre:
Alicia Butler Pierre is the Founder & CEO of Equilibria, Inc. – a 15-year-old operations management consulting firm. Her career in operations began over 20 years ago while working in various chemical plants and oil refineries. She invented the Kasennu 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 35+ countries.

 

More About Sponsor, rVidi:
rVidi is the easy app that lets you communicate via video soundbites in your own time in a public or private group setting. Learn more and download for free at rVidi.com.  Currently available for iOS; Android development coming soon!

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077: Process Mapping with Alicia Butler Pierre

Process maps are more than just boxes connected with arrows. When done correctly, they can help you understand where bottlenecks exist, how long it takes to make your product or deliver a service, and where opportunities to streamline, automate, and/or outsource may exist. In this Season 6 finale, host Alicia Butler Pierre describes how she used process mapping to increase her company’s cash flow. She also shares the people who can help in your mapping efforts as well as recommended tools.

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

Location:  Atlanta, GA  USA

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028: Managing Virtual Teams in a Freelance Economy

According to global freelance matchmaker, Upwork, 57.3 million people freelanced in 2017.  In 10 years, they predict that the majority of the U.S. workforce will be freelancers.  As a small business owner, this means you will likely have more freelancers rather than employees performing work for you.  Managing these dispersed, virtual teams can be challenging.  This is where Sherry Heyl comes in.  In this episode, Sherry shares how she was inspired to start Amplified Concepts as a share economy solution for freelancers.  By pooling freelancers, she’s able to provide them back-office support resulting in reduced overhead for them and reduced project costs for you.  She also shares best practices for managing virtual teams of freelancers so important deadlines are met without sacrificing quality.  You’ll definitely want to download this episode!

Special Guest: Sherry Heyl, Founder of Amplified Concepts

Show Notes:

    • What Exactly is the Sharing Economy? – an article describing the various types of “new economies” including share, freelance and gig economies
    • SherryHeyl.com – Sherry’s site highlighting her professional skills
    • Why Hire Us – get help managing your team of freelancers
    • Freelancers Union – promotes the interests of independent workers through advocacy, education, and services
    • Fiverr.com – on-demand freelance services
    • UberConference – communicate seamlessly with your freelance team with state-of-the-art conference calling features that integrates with several apps like Slack, Salesforce, and LinkedIn
    • Upwork – find and vet premium freelancers for your next project

 

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  • Episode 007: Staffing Up While You Scale Up: Tips for Getting the Help You Need When You Need It
  • Episode 012: How to Find the Right Person for Your Process Improvement Initiative
  • Episode 023: Attracting Top Talent to Your Small Business
  • Episode 026: Finding Your Niche to Build an Empire

 

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017: How Traveling Can Lead to Self-Discovery & Business Evolution

“Know Thyself.”  Thousands of years later, this ancient adage still rings true.  In this episode, Keith Finger opens up about how globetrotting solo across 10 countries in a four-month period led to a period of self-discovery and not only made him rethink the way he operated his current business but also gave way to a new business altogether.  Specifically, he talks about the people, processes and tools he sought in preparation for, during and after this journey.  This helped him identify a common thread across the work he’s done over his corporate and entrepreneurial career.  Learn how what he describes as his “epiphany” served as a catalyst for shedding the parental and societal expectations and instead step into his own power, making him a more effective and intentional consultant to his clients.

Special Guest:  Keith Finger, CEO of Ignite RevenueShow Notes:

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016: Demonstrate, Duplicate & Delegate: Nia Imani’s Formula for Success

In this heartfelt episode, serial entrepreneur and real estate mogul, Nia Imani, explains how her personal mantra of “demonstrate, duplicate and delegate,” has enabled her to create and implement key systems that facilitate her bi-coastal lifestyle while expanding her business across multiple states and most recently, multiple countries.  Tune in to hear how she flipped her first home at 24-years-old and used the proceeds as seed money to build and franchise a janitorial services company.  Eventually, she sold that company and started a new one specializing in legacy lifestyle management.  Nia did all of this and more without the higher education some equate with success.  Don’t forget to download this episode – it’s a keeper!

Special Guest:  Nia Imani, CEO of Fabulous Life International

Show Notes:

  • Streaming Success – resources from Nia’s company to inspire women to consciously create a wealth-building blueprint; includes access to her emerging international program, W.E.A.L.T.H.
  • Undercover Boss – a television show highlighting the disconnect between executives and front-line employees
  • Tom Ferry – YouTube channel offering guidance on building a real estate business

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013: The Process of Networking

“The fortune is in the follow up,” proclaims Corey Moore as he kicks off the first show of the Business Infrastructure podcast’s second season. Corey, a serial entrepreneur, is the owner of Atlanta’s largest resource center for business and networking events. He’s also a professional networker and in this episode, he shares his tried and tested process to network your way to success. Like any process, Corey warns that it takes commitment and a genuine desire to build relationships to attain desired results consistently over an extended period of time. Once you listen to this episode, it won’t take you long to discover why he is known as the “NetworKING” in the Atlanta, GA metro area.

Special Guest: Corey Moore, Founder & CEO of ProNetworker and Fortune Financial Group

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