Janet Lewis is a forward thinking, highly motivated and innovative Entrepreneur, Problem Solver and Eternal Optimist Janet Lewis is an accomplished professional that loves to explore the possibilities of life. She is no stranger to change and believes that if you “Do what makes you happy, you will find success in one form or another!” The Janet Lewis Show is an interview style podcast that features people who are super passionate about what they have chosen to do in life. In each episode, I walk people through their journey, what they are thinking of different points in their life in order to determine how they got to where they are today. We explore people or things that have impacted their choices, challenges they have had along the way, as well as thoughts on society in general.
Vanessa Holding – On Being Your Biggest Fan, Being a Connector and Being Consistent
EPISODE 27 – VANESSA HOLDING – ON BEING YOUR BIGGEST FAN, BEING A CONNECTOR, AND BEING CONSISTENT Today we are talking with Vanessa Holding Executive Producer and Co-Owner of Arc and Crown Media.Vanessa is a video production expert and loves to help her clients create video content that has an impact. She started out her career in marketing and communications and then went on to work for a corporate video production company for a couple of years and then decided to take a leap and start her own business with a co-founder.Arc and Crown Media was launched in 2015 and is an award winning video production company that has been helping corporate communicators, L&D and marketing professionals get across important, complex and sometimes even dull content in a way that gets attention.Arc and Crown offers Employee Engagement, eLearning Video Scenarios, Corporate Communication Videos, and Branded Content Videos. They have won 3 Audio Visual Arts Awards. They provide consulting services BUT also provide a lot of do it yourself content for those creators that want to take on producing their own video and you will often find Vanessa sharing her knowledge and expertise on Linkedin.Vanessa understands the power of using video to tell a story in order to capture the attention of the audience and is so passionate about sharing her knowledge and helping people get it right.I love seeing her content on Linked in and I can’t wait to talk with her today because she not only loves what she does, but her clients rave about her level of professionalism, attention to detail and her drive to take on any challenge and make it work.These are all qualities I love in working with others so I can’t wait to hear Vanessa’s story and how she developed or discovered her love of storytelling via video.There are so many things I love about Vanessa – she is open, honest, super authentic and we always seem to find so many things to talk about. We hit a lot of topics in this one!I am sure you will find more than one or two things to take away from this podcast.In this episode, Vanessa and I discuss the following:* Benefits of growing up, working, and living in Nova Scotia* Importance of trying different things to figure out what you are good at and what you want to do* Value of getting hands on experience, recognizing your own skill set and the skills that others bring to projects* Value of interning and how it can be a great experience* The pros and cons of working for a small tech company* How to recognize when a job or company is not the right fit* Importance of recognizing that you don’t need to know everything as an employee, presenter, salesperson or business owner* Challenges of “selling” a companies services vs running your own business and “selling” yourself* Why it is important to be a good listener and to ask good questions* Importance of being your own biggest fan and promoting yourself and your business* What is really happening with social media at a small business* Why your network is so important and how they can help you – and it’s not what you think it is (23:27)* Value of surrounding yourself with the right people that understand what you are trying to do and are super supportive* Why women make sly, side handed comments and how it reveals their insecurities* Value of a gratitude journal, how it helps frame things in your life and keep things in perspective* How comparison can affect you, your mindset, and your progress* Value of joining a business or networking group* Being a connector to bring people together to collaborate* Knowing when you should refe...
Erin Henderson – On The Game of Business, Why Money Matters, Staying True to Your Brand and to Yourself
EPISODE 26 – ERIN HENDERSON – ON THE GAME OF BUSINESS, WHY MONEY MATTERS AND IMPORTANCE OF STAYING TRUE TO YOUR BRAND AND TO YOURSELF Today we are talking with Erin Henderson Founder of The Wine Sisters where she is also the Chief Sommelier.Erin started out her professional career as a reporter and journalist but she was drawn back into the world of wine and become a certified sommelier in 2008 through the Canadian Association of Professional Sommeliers. She worked for some of Toronto’s top venues before launching the Wine Sisters, with her sister Courtney.The Wine Sisters offer in person and virtual wine tasting experiences, exclusive wine tours, wine training and education programs, full food and beverage event management services, and party planning.Erin has been entertaining, educating and sharing her love of wine and party planning for over 14 years. She loves to take the stress out of planning for her busy clients and has earned the trust of top executives and companies that need the job done right every time.She not only runs The Wine Sisters but also shares her experiences as a sommelier and party planner with her students at George Brown where is an instructor helping to educate the party planners of the future.Erin has been featured as a wine and cocktail expert on CTV’s Your Morning and The Social, and she has also been featured in the Huffington Post, Maclean’s, theloop.ca, and the Canadian Special Events Magazine.Erin is super passionate about all things food and drink, she is outgoing, and entertaining. She wants her clients and followers to have an amazing experience and is willing to go above and beyond to ensure they are delighted.One of the things I love about Erin is she is so honest and upfront about her experiences and willing to share them to help others learn and grow. She is also really engaging and funny. There are so many one liners in this episode that made me laugh.I am sure you will find more than one or two things to take away from this podcast.In this episode, Erin and I discuss the following:* Benefits of growing up, working, and living in Nova Scotia* Value of recognizing what you like and don’t like to do and how it helps you figure out what to try next* How she became a broadcaster on Toronto radio station and why she moved on from that career* When you learn your biggest lessons and how they can impact your decision making for your future* Importance of understanding money* Why you should listen to your inner voice* Being willing to hustle and do what it takes to make it work in order to head in the direction you really want to go* How getting fired can actually help you* Why there are so many angry comments online and people in the world these days* Why you shouldn’t believe the Instagram ads* What passive income really means* What happens when you go broke* Why money matters and how it impacts your daily decisions and lifestyle choices* Allowing your ego to take a hit so you can do what makes you happy or brings you joy* Value of having parents who work hard and what they teach you along the way* How goals can help you be successful in a stressful environment* Value of giving the gift of stamina, hard work and hearing “no”* How she stared a business with her sister* How to develop a brand that is authentic and makes sense based on what you really want to do* Value of having fun regardless of what you are presenting* Importance of recognizing when a client comes to you, and you are not the best fit* Pivoting the business during Covid* Difference between being a small business and a large business* T...
Hermie Abraham – On The Biggest Mistake People Make When Getting a New Job, Value of Creating Win-Win Solutions and Finding The Right Community
EPISODE 25 – HERMIE ABRAHAM – ON THE BIGGEST MISTAKE PEOPLE MAKE WHEN GETTING A NEW JOB, VALUE OF CREATING WIN-WIN SOLUTIONS AND FINDING THE RIGHT COMMUNITYToday we are talking with Hermie Abraham a Labour & Employment Lawyer and Founder of Advocation Professional Corporation.Hermie started out her professional career in HR at some pretty impressive companies and then one day decided it was time to quit her full time job and go to law school.Hermie has been a lawyer for over 15 years and for the last seven years has owned and operated her own firm. She founded Advocation Professional Corporation with the goal to help employers and employees create workplaces that both are proud to belong to. She works collaboratively with her clients and believes it is important to understand your rights in the workplace.Advocation Professional Corporation offers services to help people who have lost their job, have been sexually harassed or if there is any workplace discrimination, bullying or investigations any type of situation that would require some strategic advice or legal council.Hermie has been featured in various legal and human resources publications including Lawyer’s Weekly and HR Professional Magazine. She has also been regularly featured in the media to help break down employment law and provide expertise on workplace policies. You will find her on Global News, the Toronto Star and The Globe and Mail just to name a few.Hermie is super passionate, extremely knowledgeable and very practical. She is always so generous with her time and is willing to share her knowledge and expertise in order to help empower others. She operates from a place of helping people clearly understand what is happening, why it is happening and how she can help and if she can’t help you, she will point you in the right direction.One of the things I admire most about Hermie is her willingness to leave a place of comfort, take a leap into something new and be willing to work hard to figure it out and make it work. She is not afraid to move forward and she is also not afraid of being honest even if it is not a popular opinion or belief. Her logic, style of negotiation and how she presents an argument are unmatched. There are always so many lessons learned after an engaging conversation with her.I am sure you will find more than one or two things to take away from this podcast.In this episode, Hermie and I discuss the following:* Benefits of growing up, working, and living in Nova Scotia* How taking the time to explain the size of muffins at Tim Hortons can change your life* How every moment is opportunity for changeMoving from Halifax to Toronto* Importance of being your own advocate to advance your career* Excitement, benefits, and challenges of working for a technology start up company during the dot com rush* How large organizations are like a cruise ship and start ups are like a dinghy* How different experiences in the workplace can trigger the need for change and help you forge a new path* Experience of working for a forward thinking organization that incorporates all the different culture of their employees in the workplace* Benefits and challenges of making the choice to return to school as an adult* Experience of articling on Bay Street at a prestigious firm and then choosing a different path* What it is like to work in a career where you are not always seeing people at their best* Exploring the idea of having something that is your own* Staying authentic to yourself and your dreams by going after what you really want and hustling to make it work* Differences ...
Laura Beauparlant – On Shining Bright, Being Determined and Having Good Processes
EPISODE 24 – LAURA BEAUPARLANT – ON SHINING BRIGHT, BEING DETERMINED AND HAVING GOOD PROCESSES
Today we are talking with Laura Beauparlant an Author, Professional Speaker and Founder and Creative Director of Lab Creative.
Laura has been an entrepreneur for over 18 years. She originally founded a very successful wedding stationary business, where she was featured in top publications and won awards for her unique designs but then something happened. Laura had lost her passion for her business and decided to pivot into a new industry. She wanted to create a business where she could really help people and have an impact.
After a lot of hard work Lab Creative was born to help growth-minded entrepreneurs create strategic and memorable brands that stand out from the crowd, attract the right customers and translate into business success.
Lab Creative combines their signature process and a dash of their chemistry to help clients understand the true “magic” of who they are and what they offer so they can create an authentic and meaningful brand.
Laura was able to take her skillset, her passion and was not afraid to make a massive change to get to where she really wanted to be – helping people and making a difference. She is super authentic and shares the good and the struggles of running a business on her social media and the posts I love the most are the ones where she show cases her clients and what they have come up with after they have gone through her program. They are unique and works of art.
One of the things I appreciate about Laura is that she see’s what’s possible. She is not afraid to dream or take risks. She sees the world through a glass half full lets make the most of every moment lens. This is part of what makes her unique and makes clients want to work with her. She loves to help others discover and leverage their magic helping them become happier, and more fulfilled.
I am sure you will find more than one or two things to take away from this podcast.
In this episode, Laura and I discuss the following:
* Advantages of travelling at a young age and how it helps you connect quickly with new people
* Discovering what you love and getting opportunities at a young age to do it
* How good teachers, role models and coaches can have a major impact in your life
* Challenges of dealing with the judgement of others for choosing a different path then what is expected or “normal”
* Having the courage to follow your passion and do what you love
* Importance of getting the right font because it is part of your brand’s personality
* Overcoming adversity, and recovering from a life threatening accident all while balancing a full course load and trying to graduate on time
* How supportive people can help you when you need it the most
* Discovering how determination can drive you to a new level of capability that you never knew you had
* Recognizing and prioritising your mental and physical health when you need it the most
* How working and living abroad can provide you with a different experience that helps you form part of your signature style
* Knowing when it is time to make a change, having the courage to take a risk and make your dreams come true
* Benefits and drawbacks of working at a design agency and the value of recognizing when it is time to move on
* Importance having a variety of experiences and trying new things in your business to see what sticksbr...
Monika Tupholme – On Being Authentic With Your Audience, Making it Easy for Your Clients and Investing in Yourself
EPISODE 23 – MONIKA TUPHOLME – ON BEING AUTHENTIC WITH YOUR AUDIENCE, MAKING IT EASY FOR YOUR CLIENTS AND INVESTING IN YOURSELFToday we are talking with Monika Tupholme, CEO of Monika Tupholme.com and Mojo Moni.Monika otherwise known as Moni, took the leap to officially launch http://www.monikatupholme.com after years of juggling her corporate sales job, and her health and wellness side hustle all while raising a young family. She decided to go all in and put her efforts into one of her passion’s after recognizing that she could help others with things she had struggled with after she turned 40.Moni has over 25 years of experience as a certified Personal Trainer, Functional and Performance Nutritionist and Fitness Expert. She has a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry, Biology, and Chemistry. As a 49 year old Mom of 2 (3 if you count her hubby) she is a respected athlete and sought-after performance and fat loss specialist who works with busy, athletic women over 40+++ to help them lose hormonal inches and reconnect with who they really are. She is also the founder and creator of The 3M System to Rev Your Over 40 Metabolism and often appears in national online and print publications. Besides working with hundreds of women in 2021, she also became an Amazon Best Seller for her contribution to the book Pursuit: 365.Moni is great at sharing pieces of her life that most women over 40 can relate to. She is not afraid to be vulnerable and is willing to share her own experiences to help others. She has combined her personal and professional experience with her knowledge to create powerful solutions to help women figure out where and how to get started. It is all about metabolism, fat loss, and performance with solutions for meal prepping, exercise and managing stress plus so much more.One of the things I love about Moni is that she is constantly giving. She really does want to help people with their health and wellness and is invested in their journey.Every time I speak with Moni I learn something new, have a good laugh or feel refreshed.I am sure you will find more than one or two things to take away from this podcast.In this episode, Moni and I discuss the following:* Life skills and lessons you learn from participating in sports and being on teams* How great coaches can provide additional opportunities that can help shape your future* Importance of teaching kids to stand on their own, manage expectations and become resilient* Role of a parent when your kids are participating in sports* Value of an off season, avoiding overuse and preventing injury* Playing varsity sports in the United States as a Canadian athlete* How perseverance can help you through difficult times* What happens when someone believes in you* Secret to being successful at college while balancing playing women’s varsity volleyball, studying and having fun* Embracing the fear of the unknown* Living in a foreign country where you don’t speak the language* Life as a professional athlete and knowing when it is time to move on* Transitioning from indoor volleyball to the beach court to becoming a marketing and sales professional* Starting a side hustle and then deciding to be your own box while on maternity leave with a young family* How asking for help from someone in your industry can be beneficial* The in’s and out’s of being an entrepreneur on the day to day* Challenges of starting a business* Why it is difficult but so important to identify the right customer for your business* Why comparing yourself to others can be...
Libby Wildman – On Making People Feel Comfortable, Accepting Who You Are and Knowing Your Money Story
EPISODE 22 – LIBBY WILDMAN – ON MAKING PEOPLE FEEL COMFORTABLE, ACCEPTIING WHO YOU ARE AND KNOWING YOUR MONEY STORYToday we are talking with Libby Wildman, Head of Wealth Advisory at Davis Rea, Founder of the Collective, and Creator of Liminal Escapes.Libby founded her own Wealth Management company over 30 years ago and has been working in the financial world to help people achieve their goal of financial freedom faster. For many years she found herself being the only female in the boardroom and decided to form The Collective to bring women together, give them a place and allow them to do business on their own terms. She has also just launched Liminal Escapes to bring people together who have a desire to explore themselves on a deeper level. Liminal Escapes offer retreats for small groups of adventurers to come together for a unique experience in a magical place with experts that will provide them with a transformational experience. This is perfect for people that crave community, adventures in nature and self-discovery.Libby loves helping people and is a natural connector. That is at her core. She is always asking how she can help and is more than willing to support people in their endeavors. If Libby can help you, she will and if she can’t just connect you to another person that can help you.One of the things I appreciate about Libby is her willingness to share and to connect the right people together. She is warm, welcoming and goes above and beyond to create meaningful events and is an exceptional example of a female who goes above and beyond to create opportunities for women in the entrepreneurial space.Every time I speak with Libby, I always walk away feeling refreshed with two or three new resources to review or people to connect with.I am sure you will find more than one or two things to take away from this podcast.In this episode, Libby and I discuss the following:* Importance of being a good host to make people feel comfortable at your eventsHow and why to make sure people are the right fit for your community* Why it is important to make sure clients feel comfortable with you, want to work with you and that you build a business with people you like working with* How your childhood shapes you and can impact your decisions, actions, and career path* Value of working for a large corporation early in your career and learning how to sink or swim in the workplace* Benefits and drawbacks of being the only female in the boardrooms and how you need to hold your energy in a different way to be successful* Figuring out how to be the best you can be by doing the work around who you are, and accepting what you discover* How to remove the glass ceilingWhat humans are really afraid of when it comes to using their special gifts and allowing themselves to go for it* What happens when you dim your light and stop shining as bright* How coaches and mentors can help guide you through so many different aspects of your life to help you move forward or level up* Why continuing to learn and grow is so meaningful to continue moving forward* Importance of attracting clients that also want you to win* Rewiring your brain to change your state to give you a different perspective* Why you should know your money story* Becoming a trusted source so your clients will share their fears and insecurities and you can then help them feel good about where they are and where they are going* Meaning of Liminal* What it means to be in a transition phase* The three human lies and how they take turns showing up in your life* Importance of working on self connection to help...