Conversations with Connors is a NetWorkWise podcast. NetWorkWise is the premier online learning/training platform for the professional networking space. We provide the education, tools & resources that not only teaches you how to build world class relationships but we have also created a certification that credentials your high level of social capital.
In Conversations with Connors, NetWorkWise Founder and CEO Adam Connors talks with some of the most successful individuals across all industries to let them tell their story. But most importantly, Connors makes sure to ask his guests how they have built, maintained, and cultivated their relationships in order to achieve high levels of success and remain successful.
Mario Steriti: A Chef is an Artist
Mario Steriti is a restaurateur, born in Italy. He's owned and operated "10th and Willow" a restaurant in Hoboken, New Jersey for more than two decades. In 2017, he opened a second restaurant, "10th Street Pizza and Pasta" right across the street.
He leverages his relationships with his staff and the community to help keep his businesses running long-term. His Italian mother, is also a big contributor to the recipes her serves today. His pizza at "10th Street Pizza and Pasta" was rated an 8.6 by Barstool Sports, leading to an endless surge in new customers.
Steriti also is a Private Equity investor putting money towards software companies, business services, and apparel companies. He resides in Hoboken and Watchung, NJ.
Amilya Antonetti: Find Opportunity When You're Uncomfortable
Amilya Antonetti is one of the most sought after Human Behavior and StrategicAdvisor experts in the world. Her deep “in the trench” experience leading organizations in identifying “Why” a company exists and measuring it against “how” it and their people show up in the world is changing the way we "onboard" back to business, in 2020. She has successfully led companies through some of the most challenging succession planning, M&A and crisis/change management work, in a series of successes spanning nearly 30 years.
Amilya has been changing the game in the “relationship” between technology, business and people. She has successfully performed for some of the most high-profile clients in music, sports & entertainment, as well as served both entrepreneurial and fortune 500 clients. The “Genius Key” a matrix in “People Translation for Purpose, Performance & Meaning”aligning people + workflow together in training modules built for today's diverse and globally located workforce. Committed to providing leaders the ability to understand and amplify their people so all companies can have what they need to better serve the company's “people purpose”, customers and communities they "all serve" unitedly for a greater impact for all.
2019 “Woman of the Decade” award recipient from "Women's Economic Forum" and Honored with the Kauffman Foundation Entrepreneur Award are just some of the numerous accolades she has received. She is a master at building sustainability within an organization by prioritizing what drives valuation and the X factor for your people.
Adam Wright: Putting You on the Wright Track
Adam Wright, M. Ed, Ph.D., is Co-founder and Director of Performance at Elevate Performance Group. He is an internationally recognized high performance coach and consultant who specializes in the mental and physical conditioning of elite athletes and performers. Dr. Wright is passionate about translating academic research in sport psychology, exercise science, neuroscience and learning theory into actionable insights that can be used to help others optimize their performance in both their craft and in their life. His clients include high-level performers across a broad range of fields, including amateur and professional athletes, internationally acclaimed artists, CEO's and hedge fund executives.
A peer-reviewed author, university lecturer in sport and exercise psychology, and speaker on optimal human performance, Dr. Wright received his Bachelor's degree from LaSalle University in Philosophy (Maxima Cum Laude) and his Master's and Doctoral degrees from Temple University in Kinesiology with a specialization in Applied Sport and Exercise Psychology.
Chris Allaire: The Work Experience is Everything
Chris follows 2 simple philosophies:
1. If it's not fun, it's not worth doing.
2. Find something you're good at and do it better than anyone else.
He is a proud husband, father to 2 incredible girls, an entrepreneur, cook, decent golfer, guitarist, dog lover, pilot, and a baseball enthusiast.
He is passionate about mastering his crafts whatever they may be.
Chris is the Founder and President of Averity. He began his mission in 2014 with a purpose: To build a company that pioneers a change in the recruiting industry by providing an unparalleled experience to everyone.
His vision is to build the best company to work for in NYC!
Chris began a career in technology recruiting and staffing in 1998. He has excelled on a National level in San Francisco, Boston, Los Angeles, and New York, he’s experienced success despite 2 recessions and now lives his dream of running a company where he LOVES his job!
Preston Junger: A Restaurant Legacy
Preston Junger is the former Yelp VP of Brand Sales (#82) for 8 years, and has been a lifelong builder & believer in new ideas and great people. Before Yelp, he led sales teams at IAC (Evite, Citysearch, Ticketmaster, Match.com, Expedia) Yahoo! & Apple. As a lefty sports enthusiast, and a family man, he devotes a lot of time to the court, soccer pitch, ski slopes and traveling with his family, which allows him to maintain a thoughtful and balanced perspective.
Preston is currently Vice President & Head of U.S. Operations for 7shifts which is simplifying labor management and improve performance for restaurants, freeing up time for managers to focus on serving their customers. Preston also formerly co-founded Mile Square Labs as a startup consulting company, and is board member for the company, that consists of 30+ expert advisors providing hands-on business consulting, sales and customer success guidance for early-stage to scale-up companies in Europe, Scandinavia, South America & North America
He’s an optimistic entrepreneurial-minded business leader, advisor, board member & mentor with international experience. He has a proven track record in raising the bar for success with his unique perspective and commitment to building companies, innovative thinking and execution. Junger excels in coaching and inspiring others to rally around a common mission, not following the status quo.
Rob Lawless: A Journey with 10,000 People Begins with a Single Hello
Rob Lawless is originally from Norristown, PA and he enjoys meeting new people.
Back in May of 2013, he graduated summa cum laude from Penn State University with a degree in Finance and minors in Accounting & Entrepreneurship. After graduation, he began his career with Deloitte Consulting as a Business Analyst in Strategy & Operations. It was his reach job at the time, but about 1.5 years into it, he pulled a Millennial move – he took a large pay cut and left the Powerpoint decks and spreadsheets for the laid back, $24 million venture-funded RJMetrics.
While at RJ, Lawless worked as a sales rep where he cold emailed people every day asking them to hop on the phone for 30 mins to chat about their product. And his job being sales, he often received responses like these actual replies:
“Take me off your mailing list, cockroach”
“I understand that this is your job. This being said. If asking a girl out for coffee and she ignores you twice and finally says no, you do NOT ask whether this is a no just now or a now forever – and you certainly do not ask her why you are not her type”
“Not interested (and you’re really starting to annoy me)”
He started the project of meeting 10,000 people to see if he could meet with people to chat for an hour for absolutely no reason and held his first meeting on November 11, 2015. He was rejected way less, the responses were all positive and encouraging, and he's met amazing people with incredible backgrounds who would all consider themselves normal.
On Monday, June 20, 2016, RJMetrics was acquired by a larger company, which didn’t require my position, so he dove in full-time on his endeavor to meet 10,000 different people for an hour each.
Since then, he's met over 3,000 people across 20+ cities in the U.S. & Canada, has driven across the United States six separate times. He's been featured by press sources, including Ryan Seacrest on his nationally syndicated radio show, “On Air with Ryan Seacrest,” as well as “Your Morning,” a national Canadian morning show.
Lawless loves adventure and loves potential – over the last 3.5 years, he's found this project to have both.