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Begin the Begin Podcast by Jeff Hilimire

Begin the Begin Podcast by Jeff Hilimire

By Jeff Hilimire
Welcome to the Begin the Begin Podcast. I'm Jeff Hilimire, a husband, father, entrepreneur, and author. I've decided to create the podcast to talk to people that inspire me, either because they've accomplished great things or done a lot of good in the world - or more likely, a combination of both. My goal is to learn people's origin stories, really dig into what makes them tick, and understand their secrets to success.

My hope for you, the listener, is to inspire you to be the best version of yourself. Maybe that’s by helping you realize your personal purpose, or maybe it’s by
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Diversity & Inclusion: A Purpose Journey | An interview with Lisa Magill, CEO of Aleria

Begin the Begin Podcast by Jeff Hilimire

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I had an idea to connect kids to nonprofits. But this entrepreneur beat me to it :)
In this episode, I interview Alex Drohobyczer, founder of YayFinder. Listen along as we discuss her journey to creating YAYFinder, how the business is investing in the younger generation, the skills they are learning, and the social impact they are having on society. To follow Alex: LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/alexdrohobyczer/ YayFinder: https://yayfinder.com/about_us#! About me: Sign up for my weekly email newsletter! CEO: Dragon Army Author: The 5-Day Turnaround + The Crisis Turnaround Co-founder and Board Chair: Ripples of Hope + 48in48 Blog: www.jeffhilimire.com LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/jeffhilimire Twitter: twitter.com/jeffhilimire
26:06
September 18, 2020
SpunMafia Episode 4 - Engauge Part 2 (The Moxie Story)
The guys are back together again in the 4th episode of the SpunMafia series. In this episode, the Spunlogic founders discuss the final years of Engauge and the sale process to Publicis/Moxie.    Jump to 1:30 to hear about the sale process and the guy’s perspective on the time leading up to selling the company.   Jump to 14:08 to hear about the offers.   Jump to 18:20 to hear about the merge with Moxie, how Raj found out he was a part of the new management team, and how Raghu got roped in as well.   Jump to 26:30 to hear about the integration and the cultural differences between Moxie & Engauge.   Jump to 34:30 to hear about how Engauge won the largest agency in Atlanta in 2013, and the mystery behind that.   Jump to 45:20 to hear about upcoming episodes.   If you enjoyed this episode, check out:   Jeff’s blog: https://jeffhilimire.com/ Email Newsletter: https://eepurl.com/b9AZn1 The 5-Day Turnaround: https://amzn.to/2MNOYg6 The Crisis Turnaround: https://amzn.to/2MSfwNf
49:50
September 15, 2020
A chat with author Goldie Taylor about her book, a political thriller set in Atlanta that will soon be a TV series on ABC!
In this episode, I interview Goldie Taylor: writer and author, on-air political analyst/strategist, and world-class marketer. She is currently Chief Marketing Officer of Morehouse School of Medicine. Listen along as we talk about her lifetime of experience promoting global brands, her most recent novel, Paper Gods, and the creative process behind the characters and heartbeat of Atlanta in her book. To follow Goldie: Website: http://www.goldietaylor.com/= Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/goldietaylor/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/goldietaylor Her book, Paper Gods: https://amzn.to/3lYL0l7 About me: Sign up for my weekly email newsletter! CEO: Dragon Army Author: The 5-Day Turnaround + The Crisis Turnaround Co-founder and Board Chair: Ripples of Hope + 48in48 Blog: www.jeffhilimire.com LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/jeffhilimire Twitter: twitter.com/jeffhilimire
33:36
September 8, 2020
When a growth-minded leader drops everything to become an entrepreneur mid-career | An interview with Mike Popowski, CEO of Dagger
In this episode, I interview Mike Popowski, CEO of Dagger. Listen along as we talk about his journey in marketing and advertising, resulting in him becoming an entrepreneur well into a successful career. We also discuss the value of unplugging periodically to allow for strategic, big-picture ideas, and how he has grown his business so quickly in just five short years. To follow Mike & Dagger: Mike LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/popowski/ Website: https://dagger.agency/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/daggeragency/ Butter.ATL Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/butter.atl/ About me: Sign up for my weekly email newsletter! CEO: Dragon Army Author: The 5-Day Turnaround + The Crisis Turnaround Co-founder and Board Chair: Ripples of Hope + 48in48 Blog: www.jeffhilimire.com LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/jeffhilimire Twitter: twitter.com/jeffhilimire
51:20
September 4, 2020
Rebellious Leadership | An interview with Nicola Smith
In this episode, I interview Nicola Smith, founder and CEO of Rebel & Reason. Listen along as we talk about her emigration to the United States from South Africa, how she dropped out of college and moved to LA, and the formation of her successful business that isn’t afraid to tackle social issues. Instagram: @the_nicsmith https://rebelandreason.com/ About me: Sign up for my weekly email newsletter! CEO: Dragon Army Author: The 5-Day Turnaround + The Crisis Turnaround Co-founder and Board Chair: Ripples of Hope + 48in48 Blog: www.jeffhilimire.com LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/jeffhilimire Twitter: twitter.com/jeffhilimire
50:03
September 1, 2020
Changing the world through art | An interview with Jenny Vyas
In this episode, I interview Jenny Vyas, corporate e-commerce guru turned inspirational, purpose-driven artist. I dive deep into Jenny's origin story, from growing up in India, to her journey to the US as a 19-year old, to ultimately finding her purpose as an artist helping people grow through grief and pain. To follow Jenny: Website: https://www.jennyvyas.com/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jennyvyas/ Books Jenny mentions: Still Writing by Dani Shapiro: https://amzn.to/3jl7eM7 Crossroads of Should and Must: https://amzn.to/2EzAj7N About me: Sign up for my weekly email newsletter! CEO: Dragon Army Author: The 5-Day Turnaround + The Crisis Turnaround Co-founder and Board Chair: Ripples of Hope + 48in48 Blog: www.jeffhilimire.com LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/jeffhilimire Twitter: twitter.com/jeffhilimire
55:46
August 28, 2020
Startups and Mentorship | A conversation with Anand Thaker
On this episode I interview Anand Thaker, one of the most impressive entrepreneurs I know. Listen along as Anand talks about his life and career path, why mentorship and diversity is important, and how to prioritize your involvement with people and opportunities to avoid burnout. To Follow Anand: https://anandthaker.com/ Link to the Growth Traits: https://anandthaker.com/11-traits-of-highly-effective-growth-leaders/ About me: Sign up for my weekly email newsletter! CEO: Dragon Army Author: The 5-Day Turnaround + The Crisis Turnaround Co-founder and Board Chair: Ripples of Hope + 48in48 Blog: www.jeffhilimire.com LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/jeffhilimire Twitter: twitter.com/jeffhilimire
47:31
August 25, 2020
Living a life with purpose and positivity | An interview with Ann Cramer, AKA "The Human Exclamation Point"
On this episode of the Begin the Begin Podcast, I interview Ann Cramer, an all around extraordinary human being. There have been few people who have inspired me as much as Ann. She’s known as “the Human Exclamation Point” for a reason, and you’ll hear why as you listen to this podcast. Listen along as we discuss her origin story, her life passion, her "Yes, And" philosophy, and what wisdom she would impart on the twenty-somethings embarking on their life journey today. Note: During the episode, Ann mentions a Japanese concept called Ikigai, which means "a reason for being". You can find more here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ikigai More ways to find me: ------------------------------------------------------------------- Website: https://jeffhilimire.com Email Newsletter: https://bit.ly/JeffEmail My Books: https://amzn.to/2PVyYu1
38:33
August 20, 2020
Design Your Life | An interview with Darrah Brustein
On today’s podcast I interview Darrah Brustein: author, entrepreneur, and coach. Listen along as she shares her origin story, her life purpose, how she helps people 'design their life', and what she is up to today. To follow Darrah: https://darrah.co/ About me: Sign up for my weekly email newsletter! CEO: Dragon Army Author: The 5-Day Turnaround + The Crisis Turnaround Co-founder and Board Chair: Ripples of Hope + 48in48 Blog: www.jeffhilimire.com LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/jeffhilimire Twitter: twitter.com/jeffhilimire
50:35
August 18, 2020
Quick Hit: The Meaning of Life...Maybe.
I took a few minutes in this podcast to share my thoughts on the meaning of life. I won't spoil the surprise, give it a quick listen and tell me what you think.  About me: Sign up for my weekly email newsletter! CEO: Dragon Army Author: The 5-Day Turnaround + The Crisis Turnaround Co-founder and Board Chair: Ripples of Hope + 48in48 Blog: www.jeffhilimire.com LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/jeffhilimire Twitter: twitter.com/jeffhilimire
05:46
August 15, 2020
The Art of Productivity | Part 2 of my interview with Lisa Magill, CEO of Aleria
This episode is Part 2 of interview Lisa Magill - CEO and founder of Aleria. We discuss what keeps her productive, what books inspire her, and why she is not a morning person :) Listen along as Lisa delves deeper into her personal habits and how she has gotten to where she is today. Check her out at https://www.lisamagill.com/aboutme. About me: Sign up for my weekly email newsletter! CEO: Dragon Army Author: The 5-Day Turnaround + The Crisis Turnaround Co-founder and Board Chair: Ripples of Hope + 48in48 Blog: www.jeffhilimire.com LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/jeffhilimire Twitter: twitter.com/jeffhilimire
20:01
August 12, 2020
Diversity & Inclusion: A Purpose Journey | An interview with Lisa Magill, CEO of Aleria
In this episode, I interview Lisa Magill - CEO and founder of Aleria. We had such a great time chatting, I ended up breaking the conversation into two parts. In this Part 1 of our conversation, we discuss what led her to her personal mission of establishing diversity and inclusion as a core foundation in businesses and corporations. Listen along as Lisa describes her life, her business and non-profit, and why she has made it her personal mission to eliminate discrimination in the workplace. Learn more about Lisa at https://www.lisamagill.com/aboutme About me: Sign up for my weekly email newsletter! CEO: Dragon Army Author: The 5-Day Turnaround + The Crisis Turnaround Co-founder and Board Chair: Ripples of Hope + 48in48 Blog: www.jeffhilimire.com LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/jeffhilimire Twitter: twitter.com/jeffhilimire
31:25
August 7, 2020
Let's love each other better | An interview with Ashley Jones, founder and Executive Director of Love Not Lost
In this episode, I talk with Ashley Jones, the founder and leader of Love Not Lost. Ashley is on a mission to help people love each other better, and as you listen to this podcast, I'm sure you'll be affected by her enthusiasm and passion for that mission just as much as I have been since the day we met.  We talk about how she founded the organization, the amusing story of how we first met, her latest initiative (helping people within companies love each other better!) and her plans for the future.  You can check out Love Not Lost on their website or on Instagram, and you can also find Ashley on Instagram. Ashley also gave a great Creative Mornings talk that dives deeper into her story :) About me: Sign up for my weekly email newsletter! CEO: Dragon Army Author: The 5-Day Turnaround + The Crisis Turnaround Co-founder and Board Chair: Ripples of Hope + 48in48 Blog: www.jeffhilimire.com LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/jeffhilimire Twitter: twitter.com/jeffhilimire
42:40
August 3, 2020
Nonprofit marketing, the Atlanta Falcons, and leading with heart | An interview with Jonathan Karron, VP of Digital Marketing, American Cancer Society
In this episode, I have the great pleasure of speaking with Jonathan Karron. Jonathan is the VP of Digital Marketing for the American Cancer Society. He's also a fellow graduate of Leadership Atlanta and one of the most generous people I know. We spend time talking about his pull to nonprofit marketing, where his empathy comes from, (of course) the Atlanta Falcons, how to lead with heart, and why we should be optimistic about our world today. Please consider supporting ACS: cancer.org Follow Jonathan on Twitter: JKarronATL About me: Sign up for my weekly email newsletter! CEO: Dragon Army Author: The 5-Day Turnaround + The Crisis Turnaround Co-founder and Board Chair: Ripples of Hope + 48in48 Blog: www.jeffhilimire.com LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/jeffhilimire Twitter: twitter.com/jeffhilimire
28:19
July 31, 2020
Fast growth and purpose-driven | an interview with Stephanie Olson, CEO of We Are Rosie
On this episode, I interview Stephanie Olson, founder of We Are Rosie. We discuss what led to her leave behind her “golden handcuffs” and become an entrepreneur. Listen along as Stephanie describes her journey, her business, and why giving back to your community (in your professional life) is so important right now. Check her out at www.wearerosie.com and https://twitter.com/StephanieNOlson. About me: Sign up for my weekly email newsletter! CEO: Dragon Army Author: The 5-Day Turnaround + The Crisis Turnaround Co-founder and Board Chair: Ripples of Hope + 48in48 Blog: www.jeffhilimire.com LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/jeffhilimire Twitter: twitter.com/jeffhilimire
42:06
July 25, 2020
SpunMafia - Episode #3 (Engauge Part 1)
In this 3rd episode of the SpunMafia series, the founders of Spunlogic discuss their sale of the business to Engauge in 2008, the decision-making process that went into it, and the early years of working together at the new company.    Details: Jump to 1:07 to hear about the different offers they received and what set Engauge apart.   Jump to 4:00 to hear about the Engauge "concept" and why they chose Engauge.   Jump to 6:40 to hear what everyone thought going into the acquisition.    Jump to 10:09 to hear about how the first year went.    Jump to 29:00 to hear about Raj’s sabbatical and the job offer upon return.   Jump to 35:33 to hear about Danny’s decision to leave and gradual departure.    Jump to 37:42 to hear about what Jeff refers to as "Engauge 2.0".   Jump to 41:58 to hear about how aligning and becoming one company was a big win.    Jump to 43:55 to hear about the process of trying to create a Spunlogic culture at Engauge.   If you enjoyed this interview, check out Jeff’s blog: https://jeffhilimire.com/.   Email Newsletter: https://eepurl.com/b9AZn1  The 5-Day Turnaround: https://amzn.to/2MNOYg6  The Crisis Turnaround: https://amzn.to/2MSfwNf
53:44
July 22, 2020
The social responsibility of leadership | An interview with Shantel Kriss
In this episode, Shantel Kriss (CEO of Imagine Media) and I discuss the juxtaposition of business leadership and social causes. Should the leader of a business speak out on issues? Should a company get involved in causes? How should a business deal with customers that do not share their social views? We dive into this and much more... About me: Sign up for my weekly email newsletter! CEO: Dragon Army Author: The 5-Day Turnaround + The Crisis Turnaround Co-founder and Board Chair: Ripples of Hope + 48in48 Blog: www.jeffhilimire.com LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/jeffhilimire Twitter: twitter.com/jeffhilimire
26:58
July 19, 2020
Leading a purposeful life | An interview with Kashi Sehgal, CEO of Gigabark
In this podcast, I talk with my good friend Kashi Sehgal (CEO, Gigabark) as she discusses her father’s new book (Close the Loop), her family, and the principles that she lives her life by.    At 2:40 you'll hear about her father's influence in her life and career.   At 5:50 you'll hear about how Kashi started her first business and nonprofit.    At 9:05 you'll hear what Kashi is up to today.    At 11:12 you'll hear about the book and what “closing the loop” means.    At 15:40 you'll hear about her father’s mantra: “Don’t get angry, get busy.”   At 18.48 you'll hear about the benefit of being the first person to ask a question at an event.   At 21:20 you'll hear the story that she wishes was included in the book.    At 24:22 you'll hear about her father’s reaction to the book.   At 25:44 you'll hear her personal purpose.     To find out more about Kashi, visit her website: https://kashisehgal.com/  About me: Sign up for my weekly email newsletter! CEO: Dragon Army Author: The 5-Day Turnaround + The Crisis Turnaround Co-founder and Board Chair: Ripples of Hope + 48in48 Blog: www.jeffhilimire.com LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/jeffhilimire Twitter: twitter.com/jeffhilimire
30:13
July 15, 2020
A Deep Dive into Advisory Boards (an interview with Blair Brady)
In this episode, I chat with Blair Brady, CEO of WITH/agency, about advisory boards. Specifically, we discuss: How (and when) to think about an advisory board The number and type of people to have on your advisory board Cadence and topics during the meetings Should you compensate your advisory board? About me: Sign up for my weekly email newsletter! CEO: Dragon Army Author: The 5-Day Turnaround + The Crisis Turnaround Co-founder and Board Chair: Ripples of Hope + 48in48 Blog: www.jeffhilimire.com LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/jeffhilimire Twitter: twitter.com/jeffhilimire
23:48
July 3, 2020
To-Do Systems, Productivity Hacks, and Document Storage with Drew Hawkins
Drew Hawkins is the Director of Digital Marketing at Womble Bond Dickinson, a transatlantic law firm. We worked together at my previous company, Engauge, and I thought it would be fun to 'record' one of our conversations, which always delves into our favorite to-do systems, ways that we stay productive, how we store our notes and documents, and most importantly, how we work hard to focus on our family before everything else. Things we specifically cover in this episode: Staying productive during COVID-19 (and with little kids running around) Asana vs. Todoist (to-do systems) Blogging cadence and writing something that feels worthy  OneNote vs. Evernote (and our problem with digital hoarding) The iPad Pro + Apple Pencil kick that I'm on And quite a bit more... You can find out more about Drew at his blog: Brain Wads About me: Sign up for my weekly email newsletter!  CEO: Dragon Army  Author: The 5-Day Turnaround + The Crisis Turnaround Co-founder and Board Chair: Ripples of Hope + 48in48 Blog: www.jeffhilimire.com LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/jeffhilimire Twitter: twitter.com/jeffhilimire
25:28
June 29, 2020
An interview with Sima Parekh, Executive in Residence at 48in48
Sima Parekh is an exceptional leader, having worked at organizations such as HP, Randstad, and currently, IHG. She is also the Executive in Residence for 48in48, a nonprofit that hosts hackathons to build 48 nonprofit websites in 48 hours. In this episode, we discuss the impact that COVID-19 has had on 48in48, how she's leading the organization forward, and we dive into her unique leadership philosophy.  You can learn more about 48in48 here: 48in48.org About me: Sign up for my weekly email newsletter! CEO, Dragon Army Author, The 5-Day Turnaround and The Crisis Turnaround Founder, Ripples of Hope Co-founder, 48in48 LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/jeffhilimire Twitter: twitter.com/jeffhilimire
21:50
June 25, 2020
The three things that everyone gets wrong about entrepreneurship
In this short podcast, I decided to clear the air on three things that I believe everyone gets wrong about entrepreneurship. About me: Sign up for my weekly email newsletter! CEO: Dragon Army Author: The 5-Day Turnaround + The Crisis Turnaround Co-founder and Board Chair: Ripples of Hope + 48in48 Blog: www.jeffhilimire.com LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/jeffhilimire Twitter: twitter.com/jeffhilimire
05:36
June 24, 2020
SpunMafia - Episode #2
Once again, the old Spunlogic founders got together to discuss their experience building and selling Spunlogic (from 1998 - 2008). In this episode we dive into the following topics:   - What is the one thing we'd do differently if we started Spunlogic today?   - What was the turning point that led us to double for 5 years in a row and ultimately lead to a sale of the company?   - Why is it hard for so many agencies to get past 15-20 people?   - What is our best advice for small or young agencies today?   - How did we remain friends, when so many partnerships blow up?   - In terms of selling the business, what advice do we have for agencies looking to go through that process?   We also discussed Raj's infamous spelling and grammar deficiencies, and the constraints involved in having an office space in the back of a fitness center. About me: Sign up for my weekly email newsletter! CEO: Dragon Army Author: The 5-Day Turnaround + The Crisis Turnaround Co-founder and Board Chair: Ripples of Hope + 48in48 Blog: www.jeffhilimire.com LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/jeffhilimire Twitter: twitter.com/jeffhilimire
44:20
June 16, 2020
SpunMafia - Episode #1
In this episode, I grabbed my former partners, Raj Choudhury, Danny Davis, and Raghu Kakarala, and we talked about how we built and sold our business, Spunlogic. We discuss the early founding days, stories along the way (including company cruises, stapler-throwing incidents, famous team members, major disagreements, etc), and how we came to sell the business to Halyard Capital / Engauge in 2008. About me: Sign up for my weekly email newsletter! CEO: Dragon Army Author: The 5-Day Turnaround + The Crisis Turnaround Co-founder and Board Chair: Ripples of Hope + 48in48 Blog: www.jeffhilimire.com LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/jeffhilimire Twitter: twitter.com/jeffhilimire
49:00
June 16, 2020
My book writing process - a short interview with Joe Koufman
In this episode, Joe Koufman interviews me on my book writing process. Having written two books, The 5-Day Turnaround and The Crisis Turnaround, I've figured out what works - and more importantly, what doesn't - for me.  About me: Sign up for my weekly email newsletter! CEO: Dragon Army Author: The 5-Day Turnaround + The Crisis Turnaround Co-founder and Board Chair: Ripples of Hope + 48in48 Blog: www.jeffhilimire.com LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/jeffhilimire Twitter: twitter.com/jeffhilimire
10:14
June 16, 2020
Joe Koufman interviews Jeff Hilimire on his new book, The Crisis Turnaround
In this episode, Joe Koufman, CEO of Setup, interviews me (Jeff Hilimire) about my most recent book, The Crisis Turnaround. The book focuses on helping leaders successfully lead their business through a crisis, and be stronger coming out of it. We discuss how this book fits into my first book, The 5-Day Turnaround, and the key points that leaders will learn from it. About me: Sign up for my weekly email newsletter! CEO: Dragon Army Author: The 5-Day Turnaround + The Crisis Turnaround Co-founder and Board Chair: Ripples of Hope + 48in48 Blog: www.jeffhilimire.com LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/jeffhilimire Twitter: twitter.com/jeffhilimire
26:01
June 16, 2020
The power of purpose in an organization
A quick segment on the power of purpose in an organization. I've had several businesses in my 20+ years as an entrepreneur, but only in the last 5 years have my businesses had true, defined purposes. The difference is massive. About me: Sign up for my weekly email newsletter! CEO: Dragon Army Author: The 5-Day Turnaround + The Crisis Turnaround Co-founder and Board Chair: Ripples of Hope + 48in48 Blog: www.jeffhilimire.com LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/jeffhilimire Twitter: twitter.com/jeffhilimire
03:00
June 14, 2020
My tools to stay super productive
In this episode I talk about the tools I use to stay (super) productive. About me: Sign up for my weekly email newsletter! CEO: Dragon Army Author: The 5-Day Turnaround + The Crisis Turnaround Co-founder and Board Chair: Ripples of Hope + 48in48 Blog: www.jeffhilimire.com LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/jeffhilimire Twitter: twitter.com/jeffhilimire
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