18 episodes

Unique stories of resilience and reinvention. On Change of Plans, we feature innovative individuals — from entrepreneurs and winemakers, to artists and chefs — who have found creative ways to survive and thrive in the face of unexpected challenges. New episodes every Tuesday. Learn more at changeofplanspodcast.com

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    • Entrepreneurship
    • 5.0, 20 Ratings

Unique stories of resilience and reinvention. On Change of Plans, we feature innovative individuals — from entrepreneurs and winemakers, to artists and chefs — who have found creative ways to survive and thrive in the face of unexpected challenges. New episodes every Tuesday. Learn more at changeofplanspodcast.com

    Pivoting at Warp Speed | Dr. Michelle Dickinson

    Pivoting at Warp Speed | Dr. Michelle Dickinson

    Dr. Michelle Dickinson is a nanotechnologist and founder of Nanogirl Labs, which helps kids around the world find their passion in STEM fields. When New Zealand went into lockdown to combat Covid-19, her in-person science theater events were all canceled, forcing Michelle to get creative at warp speed. In this episode, she tells the story of the pivotal Monday that changed everything — from losing the business' entire annual income, to juggling live interviews with national press and Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern — and the inspiring week of teamwork (and tears) that followed to launch a new digital platform. Learn more at changeofplanspodcast.com/episodes/dr-michelle-dickinson-nanogirl

    • 33 min
    Connecting, Building, and Thriving | Jasmine Tiara

    Connecting, Building, and Thriving | Jasmine Tiara

    2020 has been a pivotal year of growth and change for Jasmine Tiara, founder of The Black Wallet. From coronavirus throwing a wrench in her work and family routine, to the Black Lives Matter movement surging her business to new heights (and audiences), Jasmine has boldly faced each challenge head on. In this episode, she shares how a T-shirt led her to build an app for Black entrepreneurs and Black-owned businesses, and how the business has evolved. She also discusses the role of compassion in navigating challenges, the importance of keeping momentum going during a moment of awakening, and why supporting Black-owned businesses is important both to changing perceptions and to our collective success. Learn more at changeofplanspodcast.com

    • 26 min
    Ingredients for Navigating Tough Times | Scott Wiener

    Ingredients for Navigating Tough Times | Scott Wiener

    When New York-based Scott’s Pizza Tours was forced to stop offering in-person tours thanks to Covid, pizza expert Scott Wiener got creative quickly to keep connecting with his pizza-obsessed audience around the world. With pizzeria visits off the table, Scott shares how their unique virtual courses and cooking lessons keep both staff and customers engaged, with deep dives into pizza making, and pizza’s surprisingly fascinating history. Scott also introduces us to his non-profit, Slice Out Hunger, which has pivoted in an incredible way. Learn more at changeofplanspodcast.com

    • 21 min
    Tacos to the Rescue | Beth DiBaggio

    Tacos to the Rescue | Beth DiBaggio

    When SXSW was canceled last-minute, Beth DiBaggio's Austin-based catering business faced imminent collapse. But instead of giving up, she and her partner Rafael Rodriguez looked to a family taco recipe as their life raft. Beth shares how a nostalgic "maybe someday" dream was revived as an in-the-shower spark of inspiration, and overnight became El Camaron, a seriously irresistible taco delivery business (if you love tacos, this episode will make you hungry!). Beth and Rafael are passionate about nourishing people, and in this episode Beth also shares the critical importance of deciding to keep moving when faced with a sink-or-swim moment, and the perspective they have gained in the process. Learn more at changeofplanspodcast.com

    • 20 min
    Finding Connection Through Spoken Word | Daniel Gallant

    Finding Connection Through Spoken Word | Daniel Gallant

    When New York City went into lockdown, the iconic Nuyorican Poets Cafe creatively took their powerful spoken word events from in-person to online. In this episode, Daniel Gallant, the Nuyorican's director, shares unique insights on the challenges and opportunities the crisis has created. Hear his thoughtful observations about the pros and cons of performing spoken word in virtual spaces, including the new layers of fluidity and interplay this new landscape offers, and the unprecedented breaking down of barriers to give more artists a place to share their work. Daniel also discusses the importance of psychological and emotional relief during isolating times, and gives brilliant advice on what makes for an effective “ask” at a time when there is great tension between generosity and scarcity in an uncertain world. Learn more at changeofplanspodcast.com

    • 20 min
    Staying Fresh When Sales Dry Up | Melanie Fernandez

    Staying Fresh When Sales Dry Up | Melanie Fernandez

    When her flower shop, House of Lilac, ran out of fresh flowers because of Covid-related disruptions, founder Melanie Fernandez had to act quickly to keep her business flourishing. In this episode, Melanie shares a huge risk she took just as things seemed to be taking a turn for the worse, and how looking locally to her Miami-based brick and mortar shop expanded her online sales to a whole new untapped market across the country. Melanie also discusses three key ways to listen to customers, and the importance of an engaging online presence in her business of making people happy. Learn more at changeofplanspodcast.com

    • 20 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
20 Ratings

20 Ratings

Cecile LV ,

Inspirational and easy to listen

Nice to hear about small businesses real life stories showcasing resilience in the covid world. This is almost getting me excited to start my own business (one day maybe).

diplomattix ,

Digestible inspiration

I love these unique stories about entrepreneurs pivoting to keep their businesses alive while exploring creative new avenues for engaging with their existing and potentially new audiences. Who knew there was such a thing as a Guinness World Record for a pizza box collection? Great show!

noe_lorens ,

Great listen!

I love the variety of stories you feature! My favorite so far is the rugby commentator: I went right ahead and binge-watched his “life commentary” videos after listening to that episode! Thanks for bringing a smile to my face, we can all use a little positivity and inspiration right now

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