What is a Maven? A maven is an expert, sometimes a self-proclaimed one. We catch up with experts or "mavens" in their industries who do what they are passionate about, bring the hustle and light up an extraordinary spark in our world. Sometimes we eat, sometimes we drink, sometimes we do it outside, sometimes from a noisy expo hall, sometimes there is glitter, sometimes there is popcorn and sometimes we dance. But every time we talk about life and biz. We catch mavens wherever they are in the world, cause they simply do it better.
Nikki Rausch – Sales Maven
In this episode, Heather interviews Nikki Rausch, author, speaker, sales coach, and CEO of Sales Maven. Tune in to hear their conversation on:
"I came across this word Maven." - Why Nikki chose to name her company Sales Maven.
"Am I going to be standing here talking to the same people in 10 years?" - What inspired Nikki to leave her sales career and start her own sales coaching business.
"I'm going to write a book while I'm job hunting." - How Nikki got started writing her first book during a career transition.
"Sales is something you do with people." - Nikki's tips on how to approach sales with confidence in your expertise, the importance of connecting with people, and how to make the entire process less awkward.
KC Mancebo - Entertainment Maven
In this episode, Heather interviews KC Mancebo, artist manager and CEO of Clamorhouse & Clamorhouse Kids.
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“I fell into music and entertainment through a completely different world.”
How a devastating loss spurred KC to reevaluate her career in fashion and led her into the music world launching the Spice Girls.
“I look at brand as more of a quality and really explaining what your quality is.”
From Brittney Spears to K-Pop festivals, helping people identify with the music they love and creating memories is the driving force behind KCs work branding artists and producing events.
“I got really focused on it when I started working with the Whole Planet Foundation. “
After years working in the music management industry, KC began working with the Whole Planet Foundation and helped food brands and the music world come together for philanthropic purposes.
"We ended up talking to Food Network and figured out how to shoot the show during COVID."
KCs work managing the Potash Twins and shooting The Takeout Twins during COVID and how things are starting to transition back to live.
"We're hoping to open it up to fundraisers."
After losing her home to the fires, KC and her husband are rebuilding it as a tribute to her late father-in-law, architect Irving Tobocman, and their plans to use it as an event venue as well as a home.
"I am the proud mother of pretty incredible people."
KC's 16-year-old daughter Zoe launched the charity Queens in Need to support drag queens during COVID.
Debbie Ireland – Balance Maven
In this episode, Heather interviews Debbie Ireland, speaker, CEO of ShareThePoint, and author of Work Life Balance My Arse: How to remove the guilt of putting your life first.
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"We had 17 events planned for last year and we got 1 done." - Debbie's work with ShareThePoint and the Digital Workplace Events in the Asia/Pacific region and how they've adapted during COVID.
"This stuff's pretty cool, I can figure that out." - How a weekend at the beach reading Access for Dummies sparked Debbie's passion for tech and started her on a career in it.
"There's this other side of me that's not just tech." – How speaking at events and an early interest in self-development led Debbie to write Work-Life Balance My Arse!
"Balance implies that you have to be in the middle." - One of the topics Debbie takes on in her book - magic doesn't happen in the middle – identifying what matters most in the moment and changing the balance to achieve that goal without swinging too far and losing all control.
"Looking at the results I was getting and knowing the results were based on the meaning I was giving something." - How learning the why of her actions and choices has helped Debbie spark change in her life and career and seats her in who she is now.
Nancy McSharry Jensen - Career Maven
In this episode, Heather interviews Nancy McSharry Jensen, CEO, and Co-Founder of The Swing Shift, the destination for women in career transition.
Tune in to hear their conversation on: "I was kicking around this idea of working with women who took breaks or wanted to do something different." – How Nancy and Sarah Duenwald met and formed the Swing Shift.
"COVID hit and we needed a hard, fast shift to digital." – Shifting how their services were offered when in-person events and coaching were not feasible with a focus on building community and guidance without 3-hour zoom calls.
"In January women lost 156,000 jobs and guys picked up 16,000 jobs. So, it's a net loss all at a working woman's expense." - The overwhelming impact of COVID on women in the workplace and what needs to change to fix it.
"When it's time to go back it may have been years since they have looked for a job and they don't really know how the game is played." - How Nancy's Back to Business book and e-course guide people through the entire process of returning to work and finding a job at their own pace.
"Don't let them funnel off – keep them in." - The Swing Shift's latest offering, Career Break Initiative, focused on helping companies recruit and retain employees and build loyalty with the company by developing support programs and benefits to allow career breaks for employees.
Andy Ginn - Tech Maven
In this episode, Heather interviews Andy Ginn, Senior Consultant and Solution Architect at Hewlett Packard Enterprise Pointnext Services and Director of Pocket Angel.
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"I went into menswear to start off with." - How a brief stint in retail led Andy to take a government-funded programming course and begin his career in tech.
"The user is the most important aspect of any transformation program." - Andy's work with HPE and their many initiatives that focus on the human side of tech internally and with their customers.
"She asked me to join that organization in my spare time." - How Andy became involved with Pocket Angel, a not-for-profit digital platform helping those experiencing homelessness, rough sleepers, and the socially disadvantaged.
"We pivoted the app quite quickly." - How the lockdowns spurred Pocket Angel to shift how they delivered the donations their users contributed.
"If you really analyze your life you can probably find five to six sliding door moments." - A mentor early in his tech career taught Andy to focus on the people using the tech which has been a theme throughout his career.
Stacy Deere – Tech Maven
In this episode Heather interviews Stacy Deere, Microsoft MVP and Owner and Senior SharePoint Architect of Focal Point Solutions, LLC.
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"It's not just SharePoint anymore."
Stacy's work with her company Focal Point Solutions, an end-to-end SharePoint and Microsoft 365 firm, and how it has grown and evolved to keep up with Microsoft's fast development cadence.
"What's that extra little thing we can do and have fun with it?"
As an organizer for SharePoint Saturday Cincinnati, Stacy is heavily involved in the community. Hear about upcoming plans for the event, post-COVID and why they plan it for Halloween weekend.
"How do we use the technology we own to do that?"
Owning a company that has been remote for the past nine years Stacy shares how she helped clients make the transition to remote work with tech and leadership advice.
"I tested out of my first computer class my second week in."
Growing up in a rural area, Stacy's access to computers was limited, but an introductory class in college inspired her to pursue a degree and a career in tech.
"Always plan for unexpected growth."
Stacy's advice to entrepreneurs: build for the future and not just the time to be prepared for the worst case and the best case.
"If I didn't play sports I don't think I would be the same person I am today."
Surrounded by brothers, sports became a central part of Stacy's childhood and the lessons she learned through them are what seats her in who she is today.
So happy to have found Mavens Do It Better
Happened to hear the episode with Nancy McSharry Jensen and loved it! Looking forward to hearing from the other mavens!
Happy Host and Thank Yous
I am honored that our Mavens Do It Better guests share their stories of origin, personal brand, marketing, technology and that special spark that has led them to be the experts and people they are today. I couldn’t be more proud of our podcast production team. A big thank you to all of our listeners, guests and fans. We appreciate your reviews and feedback. (Your humble host, Heather Newman) and yes I gave us five stars. :)
Always something new and informative!
Heather is just an amazing interviewer. She manages to find a wide range of guests from all fields, so the episodes are all different and all great. I learn at least one really cool new thing every time I listen.