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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.”

Related Episodes:

  • 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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  • 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.

 

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107: Leveling Up Health Data Security with Susan Blais

“Know your workflows!” Sage advice from Susan Blais as she described her experience in choosing the best technologies to optimize her sales and client engagement processes. As a Long-Term Care Professional (LTCP) she knew her decisions must be rooted in data security and HIPAA compliance. Now, she has a strong foundation in place to handle surges in demand for LTCP insurance. Learn how Susan reached this point and expand your knowledge about LTCP along the way.

Special Guest: Susan Blais, Founder & CEO – Susan Blais Insurance

Location:  Paso Robles, CA   USA

Show Notes:

  • 7 Keys to Being Well Taken Care of When You Need it Most: Download Susan’s free ebook about Long-Term Care insurance – 7 Keys Ebook – Susan Blais
  • Salesforce: a cloud-based, integrated Customer Relationship Management (CRM) software that brings companies and customers together.
  • HIPAA: the Health Insurance Portability & Accountability Act – a law passed by the U.S. Congress in 1996 designed to enforce policies, rules, and regulations to reduce health care fraud and abuse, including the protection of patient data.
  • Fiverr: a digital platform matching service providers with potential customers.  Susan referenced Fiverr as the resource she leveraged to find a Salesforce consultant.
  • Match My Email: a software that imports emails directly into Salesforce for streamlined communication. It enables email integration with Office 365, Apple Mail, IMAP, GoDaddy, Zimbra, Rackspace, and more. Match My Email is the gold standard in email syncing and logging tools for Salesforce.
  • Paubox: a HIPAA-compliant email system providing secure and data-encrypted communication for modern healthcare.
  • Acuity: a web-based scheduling tool.

The Key to Long Term Planning & Care with Susan Blais (Susan’s Interview on Operation Freedom):

Related Episodes:

  • Episode 021: Improving Quality in Healthcare Operations with Jarvis Gray
  • Episode 049: Vetting Doctors to Promote Patient Safety with Dilsa Bailey
  • Episode 074: Love Hudson-Maggio’s Data Management Process

 

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

 

More About Guest, Susan Blais:
Susan Blais is a certified Long-Term Care Professional (LTCP) who has helped thousands of individuals, families, and business owners lay the foundation for self-reliance in their elder years.  She has a Master’s degree in marriage and family therapy, along with professional coach certification from Coach Training Institute. This training helps her counsel families on how best to communicate their needs and desires to their loved ones in addition to preparing financially for their care.

As an independent advisor, she is not tied to any specific insurance company and can scan the market for the right product for each client. She treats each client as a friend and seeks to find the solution that is just right for them, without any kind of pressure. She sees herself as a guide who points the way and offers options, letting each client come to the decision that is in their own best interest.  Susan is a member of several professional organizations and enjoys giving back by offering workshops on various topics to community members. She is active in charities that help rescue children and animals from abusive or negligent situations.  For fun, she enjoys adventure travel, hiking with friends and dogs, and a good glass of wine while reading a thought-provoking book.

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:
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106: Re-engineering In-Person Operations with John Stoj

After years of climbing the Wall Street corporate ladder, financial advisor John Stoj became disillusioned with false promises of outperforming the market. He eventually started a sushi delivery company only to return to his first love – financial planning. But this time, things are different. Not only did he go rogue with his pricing model, but he also digitized his services without compromising security or personal touch. Learn the process for how he did it in this episode.

Special Guest: John Stoj, Founder & CEO – Verbatim Financial

Location:  Atlanta, GA  USA

Show Notes:

  • “What Most Financial Advisors Don’t Want You to Know:” sign up for John’s free report.
  • DocuSign: software that allows organizations to manage electronic agreements and contracts via electronic signatures.
  • Zoom: software that offers audio and video recording of webinars, conference calls, presentations, meetings, and more. Also includes screen sharing for enhanced collaboration.
  • RightCapital: software by financial planners for financial planners that helps Financial Advisors grow their business and give their clients a secure portal to access important documents.
  • Alliance of Comprehensive Planners (ACP): a professional organization whose “…members are highly-trained, fiduciary financial advisors who are legally and ethically bound to reduce conflicts of interest and work in the best interests of those they serve.”
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture: website of the American federal department that provides leadership on food, agriculture, natural resources, and related issues.
  • Department of Health:

Related Episodes:

  • Episode 033: Pricing for Profit with John Ray
  • Episode 075:  Jenny Jones’ Building Business Credit Process
  • Episode 084: Niching to Scale with Meredith Moore
  • Episode 094: Retooling Operations for Customer Success with David Ellin

 

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Credits_______________

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

 

More About Guest, John Stoj:
John Stoj is likely the only Investment Advisor you’ve ever met who has managed both $3.5 billion and a sushi kitchen. His career in finance began on a Wall Street trading floor over twenty-five years ago, with stops at investment & commercial banks, money managers, and even his own hedge fund, and this has uniquely prepared him to see the financial services industry for what it is: flush with companies and professionals far more focused on their own best interests than their customers’.

John believes sincerely that, done well and delivered fairly, good financial advice is more valuable than its cost, and worth buying.  Unfortunately, through his experience, he knows that banks, broker-dealers, insurance companies, etc. do not have their customers’ best interests in mind – they have theirs in mind.  On top of that, John brings to the table experience opening, running, and selling a small foodservice business. Nothing breaks you
out from the shackles of Wall Street than small business ownership on Main Street.

 

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:
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105: Streamlining Podcast Production with Berthine Crèvecoeur West

Eagerly anticipating the release of another podcast episode, one day, Berthine Crèvecoeur West found herself forgetting some critical steps. So this award-winning podcaster and global diversity and inclusion expert took a page out of her own book. She decided to not only document her process for producing her podcast, but she streamlined it too – and magical things started to happen! Get the full scoop in this episode about operating smarter, not harder in your business.

Special Guest: Berthine Crèvecoeur West, Founder & CEO – WestBridge Solutions

Location:  Lawrenceville, GA  USA

Show Notes:

Related Episodes:

  • Episode 051:Creating 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

 

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

 

More About Guest, Berthine Crèvecoeur West:
Berthine Crèvecoeur West believes the power of knowledge is transformational. She founded Westbridge Solutions on the core competencies of planning and organization, cultural awareness, and collaborative working. She received both her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees from St. John’s University in Jamaica, NY.

Prior to becoming the CEO of Westbridge Solutions, LLC, Berthine worked in the corporate and healthcare sectors as a multilingual professional. Her passion for learning and sharing knowledge with others led to her role as a trainer and public speaker. She is the author of three books, Culture Incorporated: An Innovative Approach to Cultural Competence Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace, Global Fluency: 50 Tips on Creating a Culturally Competent and Inclusive Professional Environment, and The Healthcare Trifecta: Conversations on the Intersectionality of Language, Illness and Culture. All three projects continue her drive towards positive cultural change on a global scale.

   

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:
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088: Partnering for Profit with Keith L. Scott

Business partnerships don’t have to end badly. K.L. Scott & Associates is proof. When Keith L. Scott started this process management consultancy, he wanted to do everything himself. Two years in, he found himself struggling to keep up with the pace. That’s when he decided to strategically partner, but he did his research first. In this episode, Keith shares how law firms inspired his business model, why he prefers a team of sub-contractors vs. employees, and how to profitably structure an operating agreement.

Special Guest: Keith L. Scott, CEO – K.L. Scott & Associates

Location:  Atlanta, GA  USA

Show Notes:

Related Episodes:
  • Episode 028: Managing Virtual Teams in a Freelance Economy with Sherry Heyl
  • Episode 032: Running Your Business by the Numbers with Charles H. Green
  • Episode 040: Lowering Overhead and Increasing Revenue with Forrest Tuff
  • Episode 079: Dissolving Toxic Partnerships with Dr. Lew Bayer
  • Epsiode 086: Selecting Business Partners with Jason Duncan

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087: Growing Past Bootstrapping with Chitra Lele

After getting blacklisted from a Silicon Valley company, Chitra Lele decided to start her own software consultancy. She realized entrepreneurship was the only way to achieve her vision of working for profit, people, and the planet. But it required capital and lots of it. So she and her team sprang into self-funding action. In this episode, Chitra details the people, processes, tools, and techniques she and her firm relied on to grow past the bootstrapping phase and on to scaling up.

Special Guest: Chitra Lele, CEO – Chitra Lele & Associates

Location:  Coventry, West Midlands  UK

Show Notes:

Related Episodes:
  • Episode 032: Running Your Business by the Numbers with Charles H. Green
  • Episode 057: The One Thing You Need to Know About Conscious Capitalism with Corey Blake
  • Episode 060: The One Thing You Need to Know About Mental Health & Entrepreneurship with Silke Glaab
  • Episode 075: Jenny Jones’  Building Business Credit Process

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