A “Positive” Influencer, Founder & Editor of Authority Magazine, CEO of Thought Leader Incubator
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Money should not be your priority. It’s a need that must be met, but it is not the most important need. Helping others, family, improving communities with lasting impact; these should be top priorities.

As part of my series about individuals and organizations making an important social impact”, I had the pleasure of interviewing former Maryland state senator Francis “Frank” Kelly Jr.

Guided by his dedication to family, faith and community, the Honorable Francis X. Kelly Jr. …


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Be a team player. I work extremely well with my team because I am dedicated to their happiness, success, and an open team environment — I look out for them. Yes, I am an owner, but day to day, I am on the sales and marketing team, and that is how I think of it. If you put yourself up on some pedestal you are not respected. Also, if you have a sense a humor, use it, and never be afraid to laugh at yourself.

As a part of our series about strong women leaders, I had the pleasure of interviewing Karen Toufayan, VP of Sales & Marketing for Toufayan Bakeries. Karen is part of the third generation of Toufayans to run the day to day operations of the Ridgefield, New Jersey, based business. Karen’s grandparents opened their first bakery in 1926, and today Toufayan is one of the largest privately held bakeries in the country.


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You must have a purpose in your retirement. To enjoy retirement, there has to be a higher purpose than “I don’t have to work anymore.” People without a purpose in retirement will not enjoy it. The purpose can be contributing to their children and grandchildren, volunteering in their community, creating the most beautiful garden in the street, completing their travel “bucket list” — whatever the purpose it, go for it!

As a part of my series about the “5 Things You Should Do to Optimize Your Wellness After Retirement” I had the pleasure of interviewing Sue Johonnesson, President of Qgenics, a nutraceutical company that focuses on the causes and natural solutions for metabolic disorders, including Metabolic Syndrome.


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Make sure that someone isn’t already doing the work. Duplicating existing work can undermine or create competition for resources directed towards an effort. If there is an organization who is doing similar work, you might consider aligning yourself with them by joining their efforts. Otherwise, find your own unique approach to solving the problem that they’re also working to address.

As part of my series about “individuals and organizations making an important social impact”, I had the pleasure of interviewing Simon Tam of The Slants Foundation.

Simon may best be known for winning a landmark case in 2017 that helped expand civil liberties for minorities, unanimously, at the Supreme Court of the United States (Matal v. Tam). He is the founder and bassist of The Slants, one of the first all-Asian American dance rock bands in the world, and also leads The Slants Foundation, a nonprofit organization that provides resources and mentorship for artists that incorporate activism into their work.


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I would define Leadership as the ability to set important goals, develop a strategy to achieve those goals, hire strong people, and trust them to find a detailed way to reach those goals.

As part of my series about “individuals and organizations making an important social impact”, I had the pleasure of interviewing Harley Frankel, the founder of College Match.

Harley has dedicated his career to improving education. He led the National Head Start program, was heavily involved in the federal student financial aid program, was senior executive for the Children’s Defense Fund, and helped select the first secretary of education while a senior White House aide in the Carter Administration. He was the first in his family to attend college. …


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My tricks of the trade: take regular breaks throughout the work day, take vacations every quarter when possible and, now during the global pandemic, stick a mask on and go for a walk! Tuesday afternoons at Beanworks, we do company-wide “Tuesday Trivia” to foster camaraderie during this period of remote work. Do what you can to re-energize yourself and take care of yourself during these challenging times.

As part of our series about how to become known as a thought leader in your industry, I had the pleasure of interviewing Catherine Dahl.

Catherine Dahl is the co-founder and CEO of Beanworks, the industry-leading accounting automation software company that is trailblazing modern accounting workflows. As a CPA and CMA professional, she knows first-hand the challenges of outdated financial management practices and is dedicated to driving change through innovation.


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Having everything together isn’t worth focusing on till you’re likely in your 30’s. Don’t waste your time, but use every ounce of it to explore who you are and what you want.

I feel as though I got lucky with this one. I felt the pressure to “succeed” in my 20’s, but I knew to take risks. Those risks make me stronger today, but had someone given me more permission to not worry so much, maybe I would’ve taken even bigger risks.

As part of my series about “individuals and organizations making an important social impact”, I had the pleasure of interviewing AJ Sarcione.


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Courage to live their truth — There are three layers of you: your identity, your shame, and your true self. Your identity is your outermost layer; it’s the idea that you think other people have of you. Your shame is what’s shielding you from expressing your true self, which is at your core. It is from your shame being that irrational thoughts manifest. Work on closing the gap between your identity, who the world thinks you are, and who you know you are. Your life will change significantly.

As part of my series about people who stepped up to make a difference during the COVID19 Pandemic I had the pleasure of interviewing Lian Nguyen Pham.


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A leader is someone who stays the course even when life has not given them much reason to do so. A leader has faith and conviction; these two attributes can be revolutionary aspirations. Additionally, a leader has clarity of purpose. That way, in a room with voices and ideas, a leader will focus on the ones that get us closer to the goals of our mission. Leaders know how to look at a puzzle and decipher which pieces do and don’t fit with the bigger picture. …


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Disability is not a bad word. Able-bodied people are afraid of being offensive, so they substitute the word disability with phrases like “special needs,” “differently-abled,” or “handicapable.” While everyone has their preferences of how they want to identify, many people choose to identify as disabled. If we as adults learn to use “disability” in everyday conversation, we can start setting examples for our kids to teach them to not fear or avoid people with disabilities. Every kid deserves to play with friends on the playground.

As a part of our “Unstoppable” series, I had the pleasure of interviewing Joci Scott.

When Joci Scott was 20 years old, her whole world was shattered after she became paralyzed from the waist down in a small plane crash in Poughkeepsie, New York. When the doctors told her she likely would never walk again, she became determined to build the life she had always dreamed of from the seat of her new wheelchair, while still working hard to regain as much motor function as possible. …

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