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Conscious Entrepreneurship: May I introduce Teri Dreher

Conscious Entrepreneurship: May I introduce Teri Dreher

CONSCIOUS ENTREPRENEURSHIP — What meaning do you give this term?

Being a visionary leader to change something in society that deeply matters.

CAREER — What led you to your particular career path?

Seeing the brokenness of the healthcare system from the inside of the hospital, working in an ICU unit, seeing the focus shift to the computer and profits, away from the patient.

MENTORS — We all need a little help along the journey. Who has been an invaluable mentor for you? Can you share a story about how they made an impact?

A nurse manager asked me 15 years ago: “Teri, what is your 5 year plan?” Sharon Dimitrevich saw something in me that was meant for more and encouraged me to dream big.

TO THRIVE — When you see yourself thriving: Do you see yourself opening up opportunities for others along the way to participate in your success, and how?

I am at my best self when I am lifting up patients who fall through the cracks or mentoring new nurse advocates, helping them avoid costly mistakes as they start their own practice.

CAUSE — What are the causes close to your heart, and you are supporting right now? Can you share a story how you got involved? How did it make you feel?

I am drawn to help the most vulnerable in society. For 15 years I led medical mission trips to African countries, empowering women and children, providing life saving medical care and equipment to rural hospitals. Coming back to the US I looked around and saw seniors and adults with disabilities falling through the cracks and resolved to strongly advocate for them when they could not advocate for themselves.

THE FUTURE — How do you see the face of entrepreneurship in 5 years? How do companies /brands need to adapt to secure their place in the future?

I see entrepreneurship continuing to grow; small businesses are the backbone of the US economy and I hope those with a dream to make our country better in some way will be empowered and encouraged to launch out. Creativity and finding problems are opportunities for someone like us. Those who understand the problems of society are most likely to effect real change from the inside out.

ADVICE — What kind of advice would you like to give to an aspiring entrepreneur who feels limited due to their background or lack of resources?

You can do this. I have a three year diploma RN and I tell people I have a Phd in street smarts. Real life common sense and values count much more than college degrees. Do not let your limitations define you. If you are walking in God’s will for your life, He will provide all you need to succeed. You just have to follow and grab the opportunities presented to you.

DRIVE — Do you sometimes feel bad for “wanting more out of life”, and if so, why? What is your personal motivation that leads you through the hardships of entrepreneurship?

I have a beautiful life. The hardships I have endured have been a springboard into a great life. Having a vocation you passionately enjoy is one of the greatest gifts of all. My faith in a better tomorrow leads me through the hard times with strength and perseverance. I know that my future is assured and that my rewards will be in heaven. I don’t work for financial success, though that has come. I work because I know I was created to do this work and it fulfills me completely.

CHALLENGES — Entrepreneurship is very challenging. We each have our own coping mechanism. Mine is humor. What is yours? Can you share a story?

It is hard work but I rarely get worn out. I take a quick break several times a day to get out in nature and enjoy the fresh air, my little Cavalier names Wilby and just run and play and smile at the beauty all around us. I am a gardener as well and have a lovely English country garden full of wildlife and dozens of hummingbirds at my feeders. It is hard not to believe in God when you see these miraculous little clowns around my flowers. Pure joy!

INSPIRATION — Is there an entrepreneurial book or podcast that inspires you that you would like to share with our readers?

I love Christian leadership podcasts: some favorites are Craig Groeschel, Donald Miller, Michael Hyatt, Andy Stanley, Patrick Lencioni. Business Made Simple videos and podcasts have given me much of my entrepreneurial success when I implemented their principles.

ACTIVISM: Do you have a principle to live by that you would like to share? How does it impact your life and the lives of others?

Every person deserves the right to quality healthcare, no matter what their race, creed or religion and ethnicity. My vision for the future of America is that every patient will some day have access to their own private healthcare advocate.

YOU — Is there anything you would like to share that we have not asked you here?

I am a woman of faith and all I do comes from a deep sense of gratitude for what God has done in my life. It gives me joy to serve him by serving others in need.


Demee Koch about the MEDIUM interview series on CONSCIOUS ENTREPRENEURSHIP:



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Demee Koch

Entrepreneur & Board Advisor in the health & beauty industry. Introducing purpose-driven founders and beautiful minds here on Medium.