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SPIN IT is a business podcast that will inspire you to see failures and obstacles as a stepping stone for success, transforming them into a new path forward, a path that you may not have seen or considered before. Whether it‘s a scandal or a broken business model - obstacles are an opportunity to learn, pivot and go after your goals with a new perspective.

Hosted by Stephynie Malik, award-winning Crisis Management Expert and Business Strategist, this podcast offers you advice and guidance on how difficult situations can result in successful outcomes. It’s all about how you Spin It!

SPIN IT: Business & Crisis Management with Stephynie Malik Stephynie Malik

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    • 5.0 • 137 Ratings

SPIN IT is a business podcast that will inspire you to see failures and obstacles as a stepping stone for success, transforming them into a new path forward, a path that you may not have seen or considered before. Whether it‘s a scandal or a broken business model - obstacles are an opportunity to learn, pivot and go after your goals with a new perspective.

Hosted by Stephynie Malik, award-winning Crisis Management Expert and Business Strategist, this podcast offers you advice and guidance on how difficult situations can result in successful outcomes. It’s all about how you Spin It!

    #21: Trailblazing 101 with Jordan Mendoza

    #21: Trailblazing 101 with Jordan Mendoza

    A trailblazer is someone who follows their passion and their purpose, no matter where it leads them. Our guest today is a true trailblazer and shows us that doing something different can be intimidating, but it’s so worth it in the end. 


    Jordan Mendoza is a business consultant, host of the podcast Blaze Your Own Trail and has over 63,000 followers on LinkedIn. Jordan has faced a lot of challenges in his life from being beaten and falsely arrested by police at age 12 to growing up with a mom who only had one lung. Through everything, Jordan has had incredible self-awareness and mental fortitude. 


    Today Stephynie and Jordan talk about how important emotional intelligence is, not only when taking on life’s hardships, but also building your career. They discuss what it means to create relationships and grow your business by learning from mistakes. Time to ignite your passion to blaze your own trail on this episode of Spin It! 


     


    Social Media:


     


    Reach out to Stephynie directly at: hello@smalikent.com


    Follow Stephynie on Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/stephyniemalik/


    Follow Stephynie on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/stephyniemalik/


    Follow Stephynie on Clubhouse: @stephyniemalik


    Check out my website to learn more about my work: https://stephyniemalik.com/


     


    Timestamps:


     


    0:22 - Growing Up in Portland


    8:13 - Falsely Arrested 


    16:07 - Lessons From Mom


    19:39  - Working in the Corporate World


    23:18 - New Ways to Teach in School


    28:40 - Finding Your Purpose


    35:34 - A Relationship vs a Network


    44:08 - 5 Year Self-Reflection


    45:55 - How to Stand Out as a Consultant 


    54:33 - Closing Remarks


     


    Mentioned in the Episode:


     


    Jordan’s Podcast - https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/id1493356125?mt=2&ls=1


    Jordan’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jordanjmendoza/?hl=en 


    Jordan’s LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jordanjmendoza/

    • 56 min
    SOS #3: A Business Fueled by Baseball and Beer with Kris Dehnert

    SOS #3: A Business Fueled by Baseball and Beer with Kris Dehnert

    On this very special episode of Spin It On Sports, we get an inside look into one of the most innovative businesses out there: Dugout Mugs. They are taking baseball bats and turning them into high-quality beer mugs, shot glasses and wine glasses. 


    Today we’re talking with marketing expert and CEO of Dugout Mugs, Kris Dehnert. Kris knew his business partner Randall Thompson had created something special when he made beer mugs out of baseball bats. So after years of owning his own media group, Kris joined Randall and they created the company, Dugout Mugs. The mugs they created are now showcased by some of the most prestigious people, players and organizations in the baseball industry. 


    Today, Kris talks about the challenges he faced early on with the company. He shares how his love for his job has impacted his life for the better. And he talks about the value of respecting other's time, which can really make or break your business. 


    Time to learn how to hit it out of the park with your business on this episode of Spin It! 


     


    If you’re still looking for some holiday gifts, Dugout Mugs is giving Spin It listeners 30% off and a FREE knob shot (just pay S&H) when they visit dugoutmugs.com/SPINIT


     


    Social Media: 


     


    Reach out to Stephynie directly at: hello@smalikent.com


    Follow Stephynie on Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/stephyniemalik/


    Follow Stephynie on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/stephyniemalik/


    Follow Stephynie on Clubhouse: @stephyniemalik


    Check out my website to learn more about my work: https://stephyniemalik.com/


     


    Timestamps:


     


    00:00 - Introduction


    02:18 - Kris’ Entrepreneurial Roots


    10:05 - The Rise of Dugout Mugs


    14:26 - Vetting out Weaknesses


    19:53 - What Traits Stand Out to Kris


    22:02 - How Kris Overcomes Differences


    26:47 - Kris’ Near-Death Experience


    32:43 - How We Can Create Passion for Our Lives


    38:06 - How Kris Measures His Success


    40:48 - Dugout Challenges and Solutions


    49:28 - Kris’ Biggest Obstacle Turned Opportunity


     


    Mentioned In The Episode:


     


    Dugout Mugs- https://dugoutmugs.com/


    Kris’ LinkedIn- https://www.linkedin.com/in/krisdehnert/

    • 53 min
    #20: More Than Just Money with Ross Gerber

    #20: More Than Just Money with Ross Gerber

    Taking control of your finances can be intimidating. But today’s guest founded a company that helps people of all ages and financial backgrounds learn to manage their finances. 


    Ross Gerber is a financial guru who has been investing since the ripe age of 13 when he was gifted stock in Disney and Apple. He continued his career in finance after college to become SunAmerica’s youngest million-dollar branch manager. The Great Recession of 2008 was hard on Ross and around that same time, his house also burned down. Yet, even after losing so much, Ross saw a need for more financial education, so he co-founded Gerber-Kawasaki Wealth and Management Inc. in 2010.


    Today, Ross and Stephynie discuss the role confidence plays in leadership, the importance of financial literacy, and how Ross’ dedicated attitude gave him massive success in the financial world. 


    If you want to learn more about your finances and what it takes to truly succeed, even amid huge challenges, tune in!


     


    Social Media:


     


    Reach out to Stephynie directly at: hello@smalikent.com


    Follow Stephynie on Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/stephyniemalik/


    Follow Stephynie on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/stephyniemalik/


    Follow Stephynie on Clubhouse: @stephyniemalik


    Check out my website to learn more about my work: https://stephyniemalik.com/


     


    Timestamps:


     


    0:17 - Ross’ first experiences with stocks and investing


    4:47 - Ross’ childhood and upbringing in L.A. 


    9:17 - His band and involvement in the music industry 


    11:12 - How Ross gained the confidence to start SunAmerica 


    15:15 - How Ross grew from crises like 9/11 and the 2008 financial crisis 


    18:00 - Ross’ views on negativity and luck


    23:17 - What it was like starting an investment company after the ‘08 Recession and his house burning down 


    28:19 - The financial landscape during COVID-19 


    29:26 - What Ross has learned about working with people across all socioeconomic statuses 


    32:02 - Why Ross continuously succeeds in business endeavors 


    36:42 - The value of discomfort 


    39:21 - What types of soft skills Ross looks for in interviewees 


    41:37 - Ross’ biggest financial mistake 


    44:49 - Why Ross values teaching the next generation of investors 


    49:56 - The biggest mistake young investors make 


    51:18 - Ross’ biggest obstacle


    53:44 - Financial advice from Ross 


     


    Mentioned in the Episode:


     


    Gerber-Kawasaki Website: https://gerberkawasaki.com/


    Ross’ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ross-gerber/


    Gerber-Kawasaki YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/Gerberkawasaki

    • 57 min
    #19: Believing in Unicorns with Belinda Agnew

    #19: Believing in Unicorns with Belinda Agnew

    It takes grit and tenacity to make it to the top. And it takes humbleness and perseverance to stay there. Our next guest has all of those qualities and more. 


    Belinda Agnew is a managing partner at both Foccus Group, a unique recruitment agency, and Enamus, a full-service marketing and branding boutique. Belinda started her career in sales selling vacuums door to door. She then quickly moved up the corporate ladder and ended up founding multiple companies including Open Education and Enamus. She also hosts the podcast Start-ups and Unicorns, where she interviews successful industry founders from all over the world.


    On today's show, Belinda and Stephynie speak about how Belinda used her confidence and expansive skills set to build her companies. Belinda also dives into her childhood, and how impactful events early in her life shaped who she is today. 


    From selling vacuums to making millions. This is a conversation you don’t want to miss!


     


    Social Media:


     


    Reach out to Stephynie directly at: hello@smalikent.com


    Follow Stephynie on Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/stephyniemalik/


    Follow Stephynie on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/stephyniemalik/


    Follow Stephynie on Clubhouse: @stephyniemalik


    Check out my website to learn more about my work: https://stephyniemalik.com/


     


    Timestamps:


     


    05:15 - Being the Black Sheep


    12:00 - 6 Figures by 25


    13:43 - What Made Belinda Agnew Stand Out


    16:50 - Advice to Past Self 


    19:15 - Differences Between Being an Employee, Versus an Entrepreneur


    23:35 - Being a Leader in Mental Health Awareness


    32:20 - What Does Belinda Agnew Do?


    39:03 - Lessons Learned Getting Burned


    40:50 - Being a Female in a Male Dominated Industry


    46:40 - Belinda Agnew Podcast


    52:54 - Her 5 Year Plan


    58:35 - Biggest Obstacles


     


    Mentioned in the Episode:


     


    Belinda’s Podcast - https://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/startups-and-unicorns-with-belinda-agnew/id1536721867


    Belinda’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/belindaagneworiginal/?hl=en


    Belinda’s LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/belindaagnew/?originalSubdomain=au

    • 58 min
    SOS #2: with George Lynch

    SOS #2: with George Lynch

    On this episode of Spin It On Sports, we get to see how a great coach can really change the lives of the players he interacts with, both on and off the court. 


    Today we’re talking with George Lynch, a retired professional basketball player, drafted 12th overall in the 1993 NBA Draft by the Los Angeles Lakers. He attended, and played, at the University of North Carolina as a small forward from 1989-1993 where he also won an NCAA Championship. George later became involved in the Historically Black College and Universities and co-founded HBCU Heroes, an organization providing HBCU students with resources to help them further their careers.


    On this SOS episode, George takes Stephynie through the late 80’s during his time at the University of North Carolina and the game time decisions he had to make throughout his on-court career. He also goes into detail about his time coaching for Clark Atlanta University, as well as the work he’s doing for HBCU students.


    Listen to this very special episode of Spin It to see how Geroge uses coaching to impact and inspire the younger generations! 


     


    Social Media: 


     


    Reach out to Stephynie directly at: hello@smalikent.com


    Follow Stephynie on Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/stephyniemalik/


    Follow Stephynie on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/stephyniemalik/


    Follow Stephynie on Clubhouse: @stephyniemalik


    Check out my website to learn more about my work: https://stephyniemalik.com/


     


    Timestamps:


     


    00:00 - Introduction


    02:52 - George’s Journey to UNC


    08:12 - The Challenge to Get Playing Time


    13:12 - Being Away From Family


    16:03 - What Great Coaching Can Do


    23:49 - Humility in the Spotlight


    30:29 - Needing Guidance and Becoming a Role Model


    37:89 - Coaching at Historically Black Colleges


    41:43 - Benefits of HBC’s


    49:31 - How to Follow George Lynch


    52:06 - Closing Remarks


     


    Mentioned In The Episode:


     


    HBCU Heroes Website: https://www.hbcuheroes.org/


    George’s LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/george-lynch-14798438/

    • 49 min
    #18: Navigating Through Change with Dr Maya Shankar

    #18: Navigating Through Change with Dr Maya Shankar

    When she tore major ligaments in her hand while studying to become a world class violinist, everything changed for our guest, Dr. Maya Shankar. Amid challenges and adversity, she had to pivot her career, discover new passions, and wade the waters of change, until she eventually found enormous success in the field of behavioral science.


    Maya is currently the Senior Director of Behavioral Economics at Google and hosts the podcast, “A Slight Change of Plans''. She previously worked in the Obama White House founding the White House's Behavioral Science Team — a team of scientists charged with improving public policy using research insights about human behavior. 


    On the show today we learn about how Maya’s childhood passion for the violin came to an abrupt stop after her injury. We hear about the path that led her to behavioral science, and the unrelenting tenacity she learned from her mother. We’ll also talk about behavioral science in the workplace, and the origins of Maya’s podcast “A Slight Change of Plans”. 


    If you’ve ever felt stuck in your path, not sure how to move forward, today’s episode is for you. Keep listening!


     


    Social Media:


     


    Reach out to Stephynie directly at: hello@smalikent.com


    Follow Stephynie on Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/stephyniemalik/


    Follow Stephynie on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/stephyniemalik/


    Follow Stephynie on Clubhouse: @stephyniemalik


    Check out my website to learn more about my work: https://stephyniemalik.com/


     


    Timestamps:


     


    00:35- Dr. Maya’s Childhood and History Playing the Violin


    05:18- Dr. Maya’s Discovery of Her Passion for Cognitive Science 


    07:10- How Dr. Maya Dealt with Social Repercussions After Her Injury


    09:19- Dr. Maya Dealing with Imposter Syndrome in College


    13:21- How Dr. Maya’s Mother Influenced Her Fearlessness


    17:27- Stephynie and Dr. Maya on Fear and Tenacity


    29:54- The Uncertainty Dr. Maya Faced During Her Career Transitions


    36:48- How Behavioral Science Can Influence the Workplace


    39:50- Changing People’s Perceptions 


    42:45- Dr. Maya’s Biggest Obstacle Turned Into an Opportunity


    43:44- The Purpose of Dr. Maya’s Podcast


     


    Mentioned in the Episode:


     


    Dr. Maya’s Podcast- https://www.pushkin.fm/host/maya-shankar/


    Dr. Maya’s Instagram- https://www.instagram.com/drmayashankar/

    • 44 min

Customer Reviews

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137 Ratings

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Authenticity and transparency is a beautiful thing!

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