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By Simone Sloan
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​​Finding Your Authentic Self
In today´s episode of ‘Your Business Greatness,’ host Simone Sloan, Executive Strategist, Founder, and Executive Coach at “Your Choice Coach,” speaks with guest Alexander Kopelman, Co-founder, President, and CEO of the ‘Children's Art Guild’ as well as a Writer, Advocate, and Social Entrepreneur. He talks about his personal and professional journey and how he arrive to a space of authenticity. Alexander reveals that how he grew up in the Soviet Union in the 60s and later moved to the US. Episode Highlights Authenticity’ requires being very mindful and deliberate about the filters that we all need to use with each other in the world, says Alexander. Simone asks how Alexander looked at Authenticity and how he stepped into it from owning the filters and the connections. Now Alexander does not feel that drive to obscure parts of himself as he walks through the world, that's been the animating force behind his other work in the world.  In the ‘Children’s Art Guild,’ the idea that they came up with was to speak to children's innate creativity, as a way to engage them in thinking about and sharing their own narratives. Alexander’s wisdom is that we all have wisdom inside if we know how to ask ourselves the right questions.​​ Resources Mentioned:  The Empress Has No Clothes: Conquering Self-Doubt to Embrace Success  Connect to Simone Sloan:  Website LinkedIn Twitter Facebook YouTube Connect to Alexander Kopelman:  Website LinkedIn Facebook Instagram
September 16, 2022
How Continuous Learning Builds Your Self-Confidence with Ingrid Naranjo
In today's episode of ‘Your Business Greatness,’ host Simone Sloan, Executive Strategist, Founder, and Executive Coach at “Your Choice Coach,” speaks with guest Ingrid Naranjo, an Investment Banker Executive with two decades of experience working across four continents. She's passionate about diversity, equity, inclusion, education, and non-profit work to improve communities.  Ingrid shares her experience and insights on her professional journey as a woman, immigrant, and on religious diversity.Ingrid shares her insights on taking risks.” You need to be brave, face your fears, and go to the unknown to reach your destinations.” She thought she needed to try something new as she had nothing to lose, and she could always return. Ingrid utilized her time during the pandemic by pursuing almost all the courses including Artificial Intelligence, Politics, Diplomacy, and so on through Coursera. She continues to use Coursera regularly because she believes that you find great material there. She also  trained herself in ESG (Environmental Social & Governance) with the School of Pennsylvania. Ingrid’s happiest time was in New York at the Office of Children's Services. Although the salary was terrible,  the conditions were not that great where you have so many cases related to children's lives that you were trying to save, and some of them died at the hands of the parents and they did not remove the custody. During the pandemic, she said that she will go back to foundations. Words of wisdom: Work with a professional executive coach.  If you are driven or if you want to succeed, or if you want to be in a ‘C’ Suite position, what you need is to get a coach and learn how to deal with the stress, your past, coworkers, etc. Because each of us comes with baggage that others may not understand. Connect to Ingrid Naranjo: LinkedIn Connect to Simone Sloan: Website LinkedIn Twitter Facebook YouTube
July 05, 2022
Using Our Hearts to Address Mental Health
In today´s episode of ‘Your Business Greatness’, host Simone Sloan, Executive Strategist, Founder, and Executive Coach at “Your Choice Coach”, speaks with guest Dr. Donna-Demetri Friedman, Executive Director of Mosaic Mental Health. Dr. Friedman shares the work that she’s doing with Mosaic Mental Health and the services that they are  providing. She also discusses some of her accomplishments in her professional career. About Dr. Donna Friedman: Dr. Donna Demetri Friedman is Executive Director of Mosaic Mental Health , adjunct associate professor at NYU, mother-infant microanalyst trained by Dr. Beatrice Beebe, graduate of the Anni Bergman Parent-Infant Program ; co-editor of “Attachment-based Clinical Work with Children and Adolescents”; and and recipient of the Outstanding Alumna Award at NYU and the Emily Fenichal Award from Zero to Three. Three Key Points: ‘We Mosaic’ has been around for a long time. They started a very small grassroots practice in 1959 when deinstitutionalization was happening. Its mission has been to remain a small, nimble organization that's rooted in the community serving the diverse community that they are in and providing a range of mental health services. They have expanded the breadth and range of services that they provide. Hence, they are a mosaic of community members that they serve. They have housing and crisis services as well as psychotherapy and medication management. They are focused on integrating their care and providing integrity for the folks that they serve and also promised to the people who are coming to them because they see people with chronic mental illness working and helping others. So, it's not only a place to heal, but it's a place to feel hopeful about one's own future, and that's something that they really feel so strongly about. They do let people know that they are out there and their clients are very grateful and receptive, word of mouth is one of their greatest marketing tools because they serve in many cases. Entire families come to them and they have something called the ‘Family Support Centre’, where they have groups for parents and their children of all ages. That's been a wonderful program that has some of the kids that were taught and now they're going off to college and they write to them and let them know how much they've helped them and share their successes with them. Resources Mentioned Connect to Dr. Donna-Demetri Friedman Website Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Youtube Instagram Connect to Simone Sloan: Website LinkedIn Twitter Facebook YouTube
May 24, 2022
Want to Join a Company Board?
In this episode, Marla Persky, CEO and President of WOMN LLC, talks about her experience serving on Corporate Boards of Directors.  If you are thinking about serving on a board, Marla shares questions you should consider and reflect on before  deciding to pursue  board service.  She provides tips on how to best position yourself to be considered for a corporate Board position. Talks about the  types of  experiences and expertise one should  develop, including  the” ins and outs'' of board service. WOMN LLC is a company dedicated to helping women succeed in the business of law by increasing their knowledge of and acuity with financial drivers, client development, and leadership. Throughout her professional life, Ms. Persky has had the opportunity to understand and practice business principles that lead to personal and company success. About Marla Persky Ms. Persky retired in 2013 as Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for Boehringer Ingelheim Inc., where she oversaw a department of over 70 individuals. She also was a member of Boehringer’s executive management team and a director of the company and several of its subsidiaries. Prior to joining Boehringer Ingelheim, Ms. Persky spent 19 years at Baxter International Inc. where she held numerous business and legal positions, the most recent of which was Acting General Counsel and Corporate Secretary. During her career at Baxter, Ms. Persky managed global legal services, was General Manager of an international medical device business, led international crisis management teams, acquired and integrated international businesses, and designed/implemented strategies to manage global mass torts. Ms. Persky currently serves on the Audit and Chairs the Governance Committees of Xeris Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: XERS), a specialty pharmaceutical company that leverages proprietary non-aqueous formulation technology platforms. She is also on the Audit and Strategic Planning Committees of the Board of Directors of YGEIA, a medical informatics technology company, and is on the Board of Advisors of Text IQ, a technology company that harnesses the power of artificial intelligence to prevent legal, compliance and reputational disasters. Previously, she served on the Board of Directors of Cytyc Corporation (NASDAQ: CYTYC) a device and diagnostics company. She was also on the Board of Boehringer Ingelheim Corporation, the world’s largest privately owned pharmaceutical company. Ms. Persky was a director of Watermark, Inc. a private publisher and broker of children’s literature. Connect with Marla on LinkedIn: Marla Persky | LinkedIn    To connect to Simone and Your Choice Coach: Twitter: @AimInspireGrow Facebook: YouTube: Your Business Greatness
February 11, 2022
Elevate to Find Your Purpose
Glenville (Glen) Forde is Founder & CEO of Elevate 360 and an entrepreneur.  Glen founded Elevate 360 to provide consulting, coaching and inclusion practices for organizations and individuals but with a geared focus on elevating underserved groups and the power of women.  He believes there are 3 strategic actions in building an authentic sense of belonging in any culture/organization: 1. Having a reflective practice. 2. Adopting an intercultural growth mindset. 3. Developing your purpose. Glen is passionate about inclusion and belonging where he believes these behaviors are the core of DEI work.  He is completing his doctorate degree with a focus thesis on Thesis: Multicultural Belonging - The Importance of Inclusion for Under-served Groups & Elevating Women in the Workforce.  The Need to Drive Systematic Change for Equality is part of inclusion work. Glen has been in the HR arena for over 25 years in leadership/executive roles and has worked with people from diverse backgrounds contributing to solutions that impact the world in positive ways.  His personal mission is to create a more equitable and inclusive society.  He is an advisor to organizations like and who are focused on equitable hiring and the representation of BIPOC’s at executive and board roles.  Glen is a member of the National Diversity Council, D&I Leaders and Global Diversity KPI Alliance. Glen is an avid reader and blogger and you can go here to learn more about him, see what he’s reading and thinking about during these current times. Connect to Glen Forde: To connect to Simone Sloan and Your Choice Coach: Twitter: @AimInspireGrow Facebook: YouTube: Your Business Greatness
January 07, 2022
CEO Mindset to Grow and Scale Your Business
In this episode,  Barbara  Jones, Founder/CEO of Lillii RNB Inc., shares her journey as a woman in technology and entrepreneur. Eight years in business, she shares her fears and courage that enabled her  to propel and scale her company. She says  she values her team.  She is Founder of Freeing Returns,  an Enterprise SaaS platform that helps retailers with store returns management. Today returns account for over $207B dollars  in losses in the US alone. Last year, due to COVID-19, mass returns and retailers moving to e-commerce, this amount grew to over $325B, that’s a 25% increase in losses for retailers. Freeing Returns is designed to solve these problems by connecting enterprise POS systems with the most innovative store returns management applications.   We save retailers TIME and MONEY on system integration costs, allowing them to offer more cutting edge technology quickly! Barbara says “this is NOT our first Rodeo.  My team and I have been on the founding team of retail technology startups that have exited and this is our 3rd one, we are going for a THREE-PEAT.  Our technology moves store returns management to the cloud, making it easy for retailers to stay on top of store returns fraud.” About Barbara Jones: Founder/CEO of Lillii RNB Inc. is a retail technology product and services company.  She has been  in retail my entire life. She started out as a cashier , graduated from UT Austin with a Computer Science degree and was recruited by a Startup in Austin, TX that was building Point of Sale software.  After that company was acquired, she founded  Retail Technology System Integration firm in 2013.  In the past 3 years,  Lillii RNB Inc have consistently generated close to $1M in revenue. Over the years, Barbara noticed that we were doing the same  integrations but for different retailers and different POS systems and most of the integration were for store returns.  We decided to productize our offering allowing retailers to get pre-integrated, latest and greatest store returns management applications - that work with their existing POS systems. Barbara’s hot nuggets: Set yourself up for a strong transition into entrepreneurship. As you figure out what you like to do in your business, leverage others by building a team to do the rest. Develop a CEO mindset to support your business growth. Connect with Barbara Jones: Websites: and our Freeing Returns software platform: Social Media handles: Twitter: @sr98bj @lilliiRNBinc @freeingreturns Instagram: @thequeencoder @freeingreturns To connect to Simone and Your Choice Coach: Twitter: @AimInspireGrow Facebook: YouTube: Your Business Greatness Resource Mentioned:
October 24, 2021
Relationship Vision Starts with Honouring Yourself
In this episode, Phil Jalovec defines “relationship.” He says it starts with a relationship vision.   He also shares how to tell when we are emotionally unavailable and its impact on our ability to build strong bonds.  He explains the degrees of safety either physical, financial,  or  emotional and how these  feelings of safety either allow or block our  ability to build trust with others.  Relationships are about you honouring yourself. To begin to honour self, Phil says to get clear on what you want, what you do not want, how you would like to show up in a relationship, and have a clear direction. Ultimately, it begins with  gaining  a better understanding of the relationship you have with yourself. About Phil Jalovec: I have been a relationship coach since 2015. I help people transform their relationships with their partners through getting clear on what they want, reconnecting with who they are, understanding their partner and creating a vision for Love. Phil's words of wisdom: Start with Heart. To connect to Phil Jalovec: To connect to Simone and Your Choice Coach: Twitter: @AimInspireGrow Facebook: YouTube: Your Business Greatness
September 24, 2021
Effective Content Drives Business Growth
In this episode Monica Dema, CEO of MDINC, shares her perspective on digital content trends and how to distinguish between “good” and “bad” content. About Monica Dema: After working in a life sciences consultancy, Monica worked with Silicon Valley's best and realized there was still more to achieve. She created a digital agency that helps small companies leverage an on-demand marketing team and helps large companies augment tasks so they remain focused on the core business of their business. The firm approaches global content with a localized feel and ultimately provides the end-user with the best experience. Words of wisdom:  Be Cheeky! To connect to Monica Dema  and MDINC. To connect to Simone and Your Choice Coach: Twitter: @AimInspireGrow Facebook: YouTube: Your Business Greatness
August 13, 2021
Stronger Together by Leveraging Skills and Mindset
In this episode, Simone Sloan, explores teaming. The idea of collaborating to leverage skillsets to bring a higher level of value to clients. Her co-collaborators include Elizabeth Eiss, Deborah Boulanger, and Ruchi Pinniger. Listen and learn how these four dynamic women bring teaming to life.  About Elizabeth Eiss: Elizabeth Eiss is a results guru who helps others get work done well. She’s a thinker, creator, people and project leader, technology systems designer and an expert in today’s ‘Gig Economy.’ A technology pacesetter, Elizabeth is the founder and CEO of ResultsResourcing®, an online talent curation platform Elizabeth designed and co-developed. ResultsResourcing curates on-demand or freelance talent to help small and mid-sized businesses get more done for less. She is passionate about empowering the purpose of others through win/win solutions for buyers and sellers in today’s fluid talent market. A serial business executive, Elizabeth is an accomplished, innovative leader who has successfully led multi-billion dollar organizations as well as start-up ventures in technology, alternative investments, and staffing. Elizabeth has a track record of progressive accomplishments in the C-suite, including roles in operations, business expansion, turn-arounds, M&A, as well as leveraging technology to build business value. She has had a particular focus on knowledge work and how technology can make experts readily available when their expertise is needed. About Deb Boulanger: Deb Boulanger is the CEO of The Great Do-Over, founder of The Launch Lab for women entrepreneurs and host of the Life After Corporate podcast. She helps smart, accomplished women leaders make the leap from Corporate to entrepreneurship. Over the last 20 years, Deb has launched dozens of services that generated hundreds of millions in revenue for her clients and launched and grew a single division from 0 to $32 Million in 30 months. She has taught and advised hundreds of new and aspiring women entrepreneurs to use these same proven strategies to test their business ideas and validate their money-making model. About Ruchi Pinniger: Ruchi Pinniger is the founder of Watch Her ProsperTM, an organization dedicated to providing the financial mentorship, support and services that creative, women-led businesses need to succeed in today’s world. A former Wall Street executive, Ruchi brings to the table over 25 years of experience in financial management and helping business owners weather economic ups and downs. What makes Watch Her Prosper different from other financial support service providers is their fierce dedication to small business owners and the relationships they build with their clients. Sometimes called a “financial therapist” by her clients, Ruchi’s mentorship goes deep, and works at the intersection of personal and business. Ruchi prides herself on that personal touch and her commitment to women business owners creating prosperity on all levels - so that the passion and purpose they carry on the inside matches their bank account on the outside. To connect to Simone and Your Choice Coach: Twitter: @AimInspireGrow Facebook: YouTube: Your Business Greatness
July 12, 2021
Advocating for Diverse Abilities
In today´s episode of ‘Your Business Greatness’, host Simone Sloan the Executive Strategist, Founder and Leadership & Executive Coach at “Your Choice Coach”, speaks with guest Bice Del Gado, Founder and CEO of ASD Solutions, a Non-profit organization. The organization’s objective is to provide various resources for Career Development, Life Coaching Community Support and Advocacy for the Neuro-diverse population. Having a daughter with autism, she has a deep understanding of this journey and is driven to help others with the same situation. Bice shares her work as an advocate and coach with neurodiverse populations. Neurodiverse applies to a community of people whose members are neurodivergent. The conditions of ADHD, Autism, Dyspraxia, and Dyslexia make up 'Neurodiversity'. Neurodiversity is a viewpoint that brain differences are normal, wired differently, rather than deficits.  The idea of neurodiversity can have benefits for people with learning and thinking differences. This concept can help reduce stigma around learning and thinking differences. Some individuals who support the use of neurotypical and neurodiverse believe that autism doesn't need a cure. They believe the differences it presents in people should be respected, not feared or belittled. Neuro-differences are recognised and appreciated as a social category on par with ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, or disability status. Words of Wisdom: Bice and Simone discuss the need and importance of embracing neuro-diversity by ensuring that the employers / organizations hire such population and make them part of the workforce. Bice informs that when she refers to autism it actually covers a wide range of population with cognitive differences like ADHD, Autism, Dyslexia, etc. As per Bice, what’s needed is to be more inclusive in our approach towards creating an environment of appreciation & acceptance while looking at talent differences that each individual brings to the workforce in all aspects of the organization. About Bice Del Gado: She founded ASD Solutions Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose purpose is to provide comprehensive resources for career development, life coaching, community support, and advocacy. Having a daughter with autism/learning differences, she has a deep understanding of this journey and is driven to help others. She is now dedicated to educating and advocating for neurodiversity, which covers a wide range of cognitive differences such as ADHD, autism, Tourette’s, dyslexia, dyspraxia and dyscalculia. It’s a natural variation of human genetics. It’s not a disorder that needs to be cured; it is a difference in brain function that can be an asset with the right accommodation and support. Connect to Bice Del Gado: Resources Mentioned: To connect to Simone and Your Choice Coach: Twitter: @AimInspireGrow Facebook: YouTube: Your Business Greatness
June 11, 2021
Re-imagine, Adapt, and Transform Your Business Growth
In this episode Brandon Starkoff, CEO of Transparent Partners, shares his experience working with companies to help them  transform their brands. Transparent Partners is an independent marketing technology and data consultancy.  Brandon is a 10 year cancer survivor who shares how that  experience has shaped his appreciation for his work, impact on people and his clients, and his ability to continue his work with the cancer community. Words of wisdom:  Reality check your situation and remember the people in your life who support and champion you. About Brandon Starkoff: Brandon is constantly helping organizations re-imagine and adapt to support their customers. He is an experienced global leader responsible for building customized and transformative marketing solutions to generate growth for Fortune 1,000 companies. A professional with strong expertise in strategy and digitally-driven capabilities, he developed and led activation of a new agency and brand operating vision and models to inspire new data-driven capabilities, cultivate top global talent and deliver against growth objectives. Over the course of his 21 year career, Brandon has formed trusted partnerships with c-suite executives to introduce and implement several new methods of marketing technology and data infrastructure design, integrated partnerships and measurement solutions to improve speed to market, product innovation and customer experiences leading to impact for his client businesses. He also spends his time as a Board Member for the American Brain Tumor Association and supports his annual "Cater To The Cure" fundraiser for Brain Cancer research.  As a 10 year cancer survivor and fighter, Brandon is passionate in helping others stay motivated through their battle and ensures they have the resources they need to manage their care. To connect to Bradon Starkoff and Transparent Partners Twitter: @bstarkoff LinkedIn: Company LinkedIn: Company LinkedIn Handle: @Transparent. To connect to Simone and Your Choice Coach: Twitter: @AimInspireGrow Facebook: YouTube: Your Business Greatness
May 21, 2021
Create Inclusive Cultures that Increase Positive Employee Experience
In today´s episode of Your Business Greatness, host Simone Sloan, Founder of Your Choice Coach, an executive strategy, leadership coaching, and diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) firm, speaks with guest Kelly Fuller, DEI Consultant at Your Choice Coach. Their discussion revolves around what diversity, equity, and inclusion look like during the age of COVID-19 and what it means to bring your full self to work. When employees believe that their management cares about them as a person, there is more productivity, engagement, satisfaction, and fulfillment. Employers need to ensure intentionality aligns with impact, employee wellness and mental health are prioritized, and work flexibility is considered. Employers and employees need trust to work in a safe space. Managers have to be proactive and ask their employees how they are doing. They need to have questions ready and be prepared to feel uncomfortable with the responses. Most importantly, creating a safe environment where your employees feel they can share this type of information is crucial during this time. Kelly’s words of wisdom: People-centered approaches lead to profits. For leaders, inclusiveness needs to be a top priority. Every aspect of the workforce is evolving; it's mission-critical for employers to remain competitive and ensure that diversity, equity and inclusion is deeply embedded into organizational culture. Simone’s words of wisdom: Don’t micromanage. It’s about co-creation, communication, understanding, and how to build an effective workplace community.  Build curiosity and empathy in your company culture to allow employees to become more adaptable, resilient, and trust that you have their back. About Kelly Fuller: Kelly Fuller is a dynamic communications, sales, and analytics leader who is passionate about addressing inequity and driving adoption for change management in the workplace. As a Consultant for Your Choice Coach, an Executive Coaching and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) advisory firm, she develops people-centered strategies for clients that support a more inclusive mindset and organizational culture. Prior to joining Your Choice Coach, Kelly was Senior Sales Director at Talkwalker, a global social listening and analytics company. During her tenure leading the healthcare vertical, she advised enterprise technology, pharmaceutical and consumer packaged goods (CPG) companies on leveraging data insights to support organizational growth drivers. She’s also held roles with PR agencies and software companies. Kelly has a BA in Communications, Minor in Spanish from the University at Buffalo, and studied abroad at the Instituto Internacional in Madrid, Spain. She earned a Certificate from Cornell University for its Diversity and Inclusion Training program. To connect to Kelly Fuller:  Linkedin: To connect to Simone and Your Choice Coach: Twitter: @AimInspireGrow Facebook: YouTube: Your Business Greatness Resources Mentioned: McKinsey Study: Women in the Workplace 2020 
April 30, 2021
Inspiration, Intuition, & Curiosity
“It Takes a Long Time To Be On Time.” Elise Krentzel's professional journey has never been scripted. She drums to her own beat. She is very determined and is driven to experience new ideas, new concepts, and different cultures. In this episode, Elise shares her journey, challenges, insights from her travels with the band KISS,  living in Japan and Europe, and her work in South Africa. She is inspired by people and continues to leverage intuition and curiosity as her secret sauce tools for success. Words of wisdom: If you have an idea, do not throw it away. Do the research to turn the idea into a reality. Rattle naysayers! About Elise Krentzel: Chief Inspiration Officer, who describes herself as a Renaissance Ninja. Her focus is business growth strategy, identifying, pursuing and landing partnerships, executing against future goals to attract customers, investors, media, and key audiences. Elise supplies the HOW to concepts with just enough of an entrepreneurial spirit to stay ahead of the curve. Her pillars of engagement include: strategic marketing & planning, market channel Identification, and developing strategic partnerships To connect to Elise Krentzel: To connect to Simone and Your Choice Coach: Twitter: @AimInspireGrow Facebook: YouTube: Your Business Greatness
April 16, 2021
Stronger Together Through Collaboration and Partnership
“Engage, Influence, Change” In this episode, Diane Winston, CEO and Founder of Winston Strategic Partners and Simone Sloan, CEO of Your Choice Coach,  share their experiences of working together through  value alignment, partnership, and collaboration.  We share our mantras and how we operationalize them both professionally and personally.  We also share why it is important to collaborate to win business. Words of wisdom:  Pay it forward, share your gifts, and listen actively. About Diane Winston: Diane Winston is a seasoned communications strategist with over 30 years of experience in corporate and consulting roles. She established her Winston Strategic Partners, LLC, in 2005, specializing in change management for organizations (Change Management), individuals (Executive Coaching and Leadership Development Training Seminars), and cultures (Diversity, Equity & Inclusion). She is a Prosci-certified Change Management Practitioner and Diane recently completed her training as an Appreciative Inquiry Facilitator. She is a member of the Association of Change Management Professionals, the International Association of Business Communicators, Women in Public Policy, the Connecticut Business & Industry Association, and the New York Women’s Chamber of Commerce. Diane demonstrates her commitment to her community on several fronts: She is a SCORE Workshop Speaker and Business Mentor for prospective and new business owners; a member of the National Black MBA Association for which she founded her local chapter’s Leaders of Tomorrow® Mentoring Program for high school students and served as a mentor for nine years; an Adult Sunday School facilitator at Harvest Time International Church, in Greenwich, Connecticut; and until recently, Diane served on the Board of Directors for the Connecticut Lottery Corporation and the Small Business Council for the Greater Norwalk Chamber of Commerce. She has an MBA from the University of Chicago, a BA from New York University. She is a graduate of the Goldman Sachs 1000 Small Businesses Program and the Executive Education Program at Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College. To connect to Simone and Your Choice Coach: Twitter: @AimInspireGrow Facebook: YouTube: Your Business Greatness
April 08, 2021
Reframe Your Self-Care to Be Young, Strong, & Sexy
“Find your recipe for success.” Renata transitioned from the media to the health industry. As a first time entrepreneur she realized that you cannot wing your plan. She found and developed her tribe that helped her build her business success. Her aha moment in business came when she leveraged and owned her age, the good and bad.  Keep your mind fresh, keep your body moving, and believe in your dream. Words of wisdom:  Regardless of your age, never stop learning! About Renata Joy: Renata Joy is a Lifestyle and wellness expert, and the founder of Pure Joy Wellness—a community-based lifestyle brand that helps women over 50 improve their lives through fitness, nutrition, and self-care. A former Emmy-nominated television producer, Renata started Pure Joy Wellness to teach women the importance of taking care of themselves, and to show them how to regain their health and revitalize their bodies and spirits. She’s on a mission to change the conversation around aging, and to give women who have been left behind a voice. At 64, Renata is living proof that you can be confident and healthy at any age. To connect to Renta Joy and Pure Joy Wellness IG:  @purejoywellness FB: FB Group: Twitter: @purejoywellness Linkedin: Website: Pinterest: To connect to Simone and Your Choice Coach: Twitter: @AimInspireGrow Facebook: YouTube: Your Business Greatness
March 20, 2021
RPA, A Revolution in Business Process Automation
“I build companies.” As more business leaders turn to robotic process automation (RPA) to eliminate tedious tasks,  they are realizing the benefit of having their corporate teams focus on higher value work. RPA requires proper design, planning and governance. Companies need to think strategically about their business, processes, and people before RPA adoption. It is a change management transformation. In this episode, Tommy Simon shares his work with RPA. He shares wins companies have had when adopting this new technology, as well as the pros and cons to considering RPA. Words of wisdom: companies need to adopt technology as part of their business strategy, people need to prepare themselves to be effective to navigate the future of technology, and countries need to invest in order to compete globally in the years to come. About Tommy Simon: Tommy Simon enjoys advocating with integrity, intelligence, creativity, and passion for his clients, employees and investors. He builds successful growing organizations that are profitable and socially responsible. He helps early stage companies grow through sales planning, guidance, and execution excellence. One of his passions is to provide business opportunities to results-oriented, passionate, driven individuals so they can thrive personally and professionally. To connect to Tommy Simon: LinkedIn: To connect to Simone and Your Choice Coach: Twitter: @AimInspireGrow Facebook: YouTube: Your Business Greatness
February 19, 2021
Finding Your Joy
Starting over is never easy. It takes preparation,  planning and time.  In this episode, Jennifer Dawn shares her journey from entrepreneur to corporate and back to an entrepreneur. She shares her challenges working in a toxic work environment.  From this toxic place, she begins to  emerge when she is asked to join a women’s empowerment group. The group helps her to start rebuilding her confidence, courage, and changes the course of her life.  Today, her passion is helping people find their joy.  She shares how she is able to “let it go and get into the flow of life.” Words of wisdom: Ask people if they are OK. About Jennifer Dawn: Jennifer Dawn is a Whole-Life Business Coach, founder of Best Planner Ever and Best Journal Ever, and author of The Joy Guide: Finding Your Joy In A World of Crap. She began her entrepreneurial career selling apples off her grandfather’s tree because a lemonade stand was so “yesterday”. She’s a serial entrepreneur who has grown several multi-million dollar businesses, is a successful speaker, and author. She helps motivated entrepreneurs master their goals, achieve a mindset for success, and build remarkable businesses and lives through whole-life productivity and coaching. To connect to Jennifer Dawn: and Facebook: @ JenniferDawn Pinterest: @JenniferDawn8 LinkedIn: @JenniferDawn YouTube: @JenniferDawn To connect to Simone and Your Choice Coach: Twitter: @AimInspireGrow Facebook: YouTube: Your Business Greatness
February 05, 2021
Catalyst for Change by Introducing Freight Drones to the World
Tom Murphy is Founder and CEO of International Freight Drone. In this episode, Tom shares his passion for drones. He works with developing countries to help them build drone ports. This sustainability driven business works with the people within the countries. Tom states that the countries create the drone certification, provide education, and his company franchises for the ports to a local company, creating new businesses within the countries. Tom’s word of wisdom:  “Be open to working with others and allowing them to help you? You will go much further with your idea and growth. Be OK with failing, just try.” About Tom Murphy: Tom Murphy brings over 35 years of success in the banking, trading, financial services, and technology industries. He is a catalyst for strategic change by creating technology visions that rebuild infrastructure, updating application portfolios, and improving technology organizations to meet the goals and budgets of the business. International Freight Drone is a new company  that builds freight drones capable of carrying shipping containers over 430 miles. The ecosystem for drones, with the standards and best practices, will insure the industry's long-term and viable success. Connect to  Tom Murphy: To learn more about International Freight Drone: To connect to Simone and Your Choice Coach:
January 22, 2021
Reset, Reframe, & Retool Yourself to Improve Your Business
Kendra is Founder and CEO of Reset and Kendra Ramirez Digital Agency. She has helped hundreds of organizations, including Fortune 500 companies, leverage digital technologies. Her mission is to empower others and she leads a life of joy and a successful digital agency.  In this episode, Kendra shares her business journey lows and provides tools she used to get back on top. Connect to Kendra: Connect to Simone @  Your Choice Coach: Twitter: @AimInspireGrow Facebook: YouTube: Your Business Greatness
January 08, 2021
Ideas Worth Spreading & Acceptance
Betty Brink is an expert on the mental and emotional aspects of dieting and body image.  She is the author of "The Main Meal: The New Perspective on Weight Loss." She will be speaking at TEDx Tenaya Paseo in January 2021.  The topic for this TEDx is Ideas Worth Spreading. Her topic is acceptance. In this episode, Betty shares her experience on the process to become a TEDx speaker. She also shares about her topic, acceptance, the ability increase your self-esteem, and stop your limiting beliefs. TEDx Tenaya Paseo: Tickets: Contact Betty Brink:  or To appear on our podcast contact info@ To connect to Simone and Your Choice Coach: Twitter: @AimInspireGrow Facebook: YouTube: Your Business Greatness
December 18, 2020
Become Your Own Boss
Michael Sherlock is Chief Potential Officer of Shock Your Potential, a training organization. She engages corporations and business leaders through actionable strategies on leadership, employee development, customer experience, and sales transformation. Michael holds a B.A. in Education from Eastern Washington University and she  enjoys traveling to countries around the world. In this episode, Michael shares her secrets for starting her business. She shares  about her shock her potential journey to create her business and to become her own boss. Connect to Michael Sherlock LinkedIn: Twitter: FB: Instagram: YouTube: Connect to Simone @  Your Choice Coach: Twitter: @AimInspireGrow Facebook: YouTube: Your Business Greatness
December 11, 2020
Momentum Makers Who Tell Compelling and Authentic Client Stories
Lauren Banyar Reich is the CEO and Founder of LBR PR, a strategic communications agency that works with C-Suite executives, entrepreneurs, lawyers, doctors and professional service firms.  Lauren’s team develops and implements campaigns that leverage thought leadership for greater visibility, credibility and ultimately profitability for her client’s businesses. Her company motto is “your wins are our wins.”  LBR PR is invested in the success of each and every client. As a business owner, she empowers her team to become “possibility engineers” to grow and step out of their comfort zones. In this episode, Lauren shares her motivation for starting her business, how she developed her team, and other tidbits helpful to fellow female entrepreneurs transitioning from a formal corporate job to become an entrepreneur. Connect to Lauren Banyar Reich: www. or To appear on our podcast contact To connect to Simone and Your Choice Coach: Twitter: @AimInspireGrow Facebook: YouTube: Your Business Greatness
November 13, 2020
Business Structures that Make a Partnership Go Right
Wendy Lieber is the entrepreneurial cofounder of ContentBacon, an inbound marketing resource that builds brands people know, like, trust, and buy from. Wendy has a passion for helping customers figure out and communicate their “why” so that it resonates with target audiences. In this episode, she shares her approach to business partnership, empowering her employees, and some proactive strategies for building business processes that have enabled her business to thrive. She believes meditation, gratitude, and a supportive community helps her to become a better business owner and partner. Connect with Wendy Lieber: or Interested in appearing on our podcast, connect to Simone @  Your Choice Coach: Twitter: @AimInspireGrow Facebook: YouTube: Your Business Greatness
November 06, 2020
How to Use Your Determination and Resiliency to Drive Your Success
Meet Charlie Oliver, Founder/CEO of Tech 2025 and Served Fresh Media.  Tech 2025 is a platform and innovation community for professionals and organizations to learn about (and prepare for) the accelerating global disruption that will happen over the next 5 years, due to emerging technologies. At Served Fresh Media, Charlie Oliver and her team provide enterprise companies with digital marketing strategy, events marketing, and product development services. Charlie's personal mantra is, "be fearless and unapologetic in the fierce pursuit of your goals and be just as passionate about helping people." Connect with Charlie Oliver: LinkedIn at: Twitter: @itscomplicated Instagram: @charlieoliverbk Connect to Your Choice Coach:
October 30, 2020
Leveraging a Passion for People to Bolster a Dynamic Career
Natalie Ledbetter calls herself a “swiss army knife.”  Over the past 17 years, she has cultivated different skill sets and worked in a variety of industries, such as fashion and technology, to become effective and successful in her career. She is Head of People & Platform at Boldstart. Her passion in life is people. She is curious about people, their motivations, and leverages her diverse background to effectively navigate the people dynamics required to build and scale companies. In this episode, she shares the importance of a strong network, ways to pay it forward, and  how to be strategic with relationship building. To connect to Natalie: @LeUnicornHunter Connect to Your Choice Coach:
October 23, 2020
Creating Multiple Business Revenue Streams with Adrian Miller
In this episode, Adrian Miller, President and Founder of Adrian Miller Sales Training, a sales consulting organization, shares her approach to creating multiple revenue streams. She has been in business for more than 30 years.  She has written two books, The Blatant Truth: 50 Ways to Sales Success and The Blatant Truth: How to Not Screw Up the Customer Service Game. She has been successful in creating multiple revenue streams, from content writing and development, sales training and consulting, website development, and social media; all designed to increase her client’s visibility, credibility and market penetration. To connect with Adrian Miller:  or check out Adrian’s Network. Connect to Your Choice Coach:
October 16, 2020
Clarion Call Leading from the Heart with Selina Maitreya
Meet Selina Maitreya, a transformational agent. She is an internationally celebrated lecturer, author and teacher of Practical Spirituality. Selina empowers her students by  showing them how to reactivate and actualize their Intuitive body, their high energy field.  She helps them understand how that can in turn inform their response to any chaos that lands in their daily life; from one issue to those high frequency days: peace, kindness, compassion, tolerance, understanding, wisdom, gratitude and grace. Selina shares insights on how to experience loss through joy. She imparts teachings and stories around that idea of experiencing loss through joy and provides listeners with a meditation that will provide them a path to practice the approach of experiencing any loss through the energy joy! Connect with Selina Connect to Your Choice Coach:
October 06, 2020
Accidental Entrepreneur Builds a Sustainable Business
Meet Jill Strickman, founder and president of GENUINE: The Real People Company. She has been casting compelling real people for over 25 years for major brands including Dove, Microsoft, American Express, and others. In this episode, Jill shares key factors in her journey from accidental entrepreneur and freelancer to CEO.  How she grew her business into a strong company with quality people and sustainable processes. She explains how she leverages her passion for connection, empathy, and ability to build trust with people. Jill says “release the one man band show so that your business can grow.” To learn more about GENUINE: Connect with Your Choice Coach:
September 25, 2020
Navigating the Transition from Remote Working to ?????
Some of us talk about going "back to normal." The Covid-19 era has changed us and we must reframe the way we think, work, and innovate. There has been a lot of talk about the “new normal,” but there is nothing normal about our current situation. Yesterday looked very different from last week and its unclear what tomorrow will bring. How do we navigate the transition from remote working to…??? Well, that’s also not clear. Even though there may be a lot outside of our control, we are still in charge of how we choose to navigate our current situation. In this webcast Dr. Brooke explores: Thought patterns that can cause roadblocks to success BEW’s approach for communicating effectively and advocating for yourself How to establish personal and professional goals during times of uncertainty Dr. Brooke Wachtler is a New York State licensed psychologist and the founder/president of BEW Consulting & Training LLC. BEW is a specialized professional development consultancy service that offers companies a psychologically informed approach to professional development training.
August 21, 2020
How to Define Your Energy
Energy is contagious either you affect people of you infect people. “Everything is energy.” This an ancient wisdom which the science of Quantum Physics is now offering conclusive evidence. The concept of energy is truly profound and yet perplexing.  Your energy impacts how you show up as a human being and the experience people have with you. Changes in your energy can affect your life and decisions that you make. Our guest Miia Viita, helps us to gain a better understanding of energy explains how energy impacts our daily lives, and provides tips on how to change your energy About Our Guest: Miia Viita Transformation Mentor and Energy Intuitive. She helps executives, entrepreneurs, and professionals to attain positive shifts in their personal life and business by guiding them to transform from the inside out. Originally from Finland, Miia started her career in the Wellness sector. She switched to the corporate world after receiving her Master’s degree, and worked in expert and executive roles for over 15 years in the Finance and Executive Education sectors. Subsequent crisis in her life pushed Miia on a path of personal transformation, which later led her to start helping other people with their problems and emotional distress.
August 14, 2020
The Power of You and Your Purpose
Discover your why behind everything that you do! Your purpose is unique to YOU and YOUR journey. Therefore, no one can define your purpose for you. Have you ever wondered What is the why behind everything you do?  Taking the time to reflect so that you can identify who you are and discover the real you, are extremely critical.  Authenticity to ourselves and living in alignment with ourselves can be challenging and rewarding at the same time. Everything happens for a reason. There are no coincidences. The question is what does it mean for you ? Nazli Yenis takes us through a journey that explores “The Power of Purpose” and how it creates change and impacts  our lives. About Our Guest: Nazli Yenis Founder of  “Blink Minds,” where she brings her audience the power of positivity, passion, and purpose for moving toward one’s dreams. She completed her post-baccalaureate in Finance at Columbia University and MS in HR Management , Organizational Effectiveness at NYU. She loves spending time on the beach, creating new things, and making connections. With a long time, passion for self-development to grow and thrive. 
August 07, 2020
Discovering the World While Building Brands
Anouk Pappers, a Brand Anthropologist,  shares her journey as an entrepreneur.  As a women business owner, she talks about her challenges at the beginning stages of establishing her business and brand. Traveling the world enables her to build deeper connections with companies and the people she helps. Anouk Pappers:
July 31, 2020
The 5C’s of Radical Resiliency During Really Challenging Times
Whatever changes are in your line of vision, or no matter the roadblocks in the past, each day you have the opportunity to think and act in ways that move you towards change, progress, and excellence. The key that unlocks the door is resiliency; the ability to bounce back, reboot, increase your self-confidence, and develop skill sets that fuel your success in your personal and professional life. So, rather than merely getting by and going through challenging times, you can grow through them! In this upbeat, insightful and interactive talk, Lois. Barth, Human Development Expert, take us  through the 5C Model of Radical Resiliency. She helps us to  grow our confidence, competence and feel more connected when dealing with change or challenging situations. Contact Lois Barth:
July 24, 2020
How to Value People and Creativity During Uncertainty
How to Value People and Creativity in Uncertainty Jason Bennick,  Co-Founder of Product Lab, believes in the amplifying the value  of his team  and their contributions. He says  “humans have an innate desire for self-improvement, helping others, and doing something to preserve our only planet.” He shares his experience as an entrepreneur, leader, and champion of transformational change.
June 16, 2020
Pricing Your Product and Services for a Profit (WEBCAST)
 Pricing is both an art and a science.  Your price helps to position your business in the market place and sets the tone for your brand. For many business owners, pricing is an enigma. The only frame of reference they have is what their competitors are doing. Unfortunately, their competitors are not any more knowledgeable. Dale Furtwengler ( shares his experience on how to: Debunk common myths that exist about pricing Identify your ideal customer Detemine an approach to help you gain a better understanding of what your customers value Provide strategies to help you position and align your customers' value to your product/service offerings To learn more about our host, Simone Sloan, please like and follow on the links below. Facebook: Simone.Sloan.526 LinkedIn: Simone Sloan Twitter: @AimInspireGrow
June 09, 2020
Discovering Your Superpower with Dr. Serena Goldstein
What is your superpower? Curious  to learn more about your superpower? You do not have to be a super hero to have one.  What is the one thing people say you do well? I recommend that you start listening to what people are saying about you.  Dr. Serena Goldstein shares her super power and how she discovered it.  She shares her moments of courage and fears. As a naturopathic doctor, she  describes how she helps her patients heal and treat themselves. Connect with her at  To learn more about our host, Simone Sloan, please like and follow on the links below. Facebook: SimoneSloan LinkedIn:Simone Sloan Twitter: @AimInspireGrow
June 02, 2020
Create an Inclusive Culture in a VUCA World
To say that we have all been experiencing disruption and change, would be an understatement. Change is the law of life. It stirs up lots of emotions, makes you connect with uncertainty, and is a complex and hard thing for you to wrap your mind around. But it is a necessity if we are to remain relevant and thrive in businesses, organizations, communities, and society. In the midst of change, it can be messy. In the end, change brings opportunities and learnings. It is even more important to be inclusive as we move forward together. In this episode, Simone and Rich talk about challenges being experienced during this time: People and leadership strategies to navigate a VUCA world Explore change management tools Success factors About our guest co-host: Rich Batchelor, MMgt BSc MACMP MSHRM PII Pg/fMP CIM ACC. He has been successfully delivering change for over 25 years. To learn more about our host, Simone Sloan, please like and follow on the links below. Facebook: SimoneSloan LinkedIn:Simone Sloan Twitter: @AimInspireGrow
May 26, 2020
Bet On Yourself
How many times have you second-guessed your abilities, downplayed your efforts, or not taken risks to move your career or business forward? When the stakes are high and you are not sure who’s got your back, you have to bet on yourself to win. This  Your Business Greatness episode takes us to Berlin, Germany. Our guest,  Anja Louisa Schmidt, shares her story and tells her  journey as an entrepreneur. Betting on herself did not come with ease. She shares her challenges, wins, and learnings through the process.
April 15, 2020
Create an Inclusive Culture to Manage Change and Drive Growth
Simone Sloan  has an open conversation with business owners and corporate professionals about creating inclusion cultures to manage change and growth.  Rich Batchelor , a change management consultant, co-hosts and shares his expertise on change, people, and processes during disruption. Together,  Simone and Rich,  discuss topics such as human emotions that surface when people are  confronted with changes in their life, resources that either  empower  or disempower people to function during change,  and biases that can cause breakdowns in  processes to support change.  At the end of the conversation, Simone and Rich share actions you can take to rise up and  lead during disruption/change. Trusting the Power of You
April 08, 2020
How to Effectively Navigate Volatile, Complex, Ambiguous, Uncertain Environments Successfully
To be effective in navigating a volatile, complex, ambiguous, uncertain environment,  you must remain calm, cool, and collected. In that state, clarity, fact-based decisions are made,  and we find our inner strength and power.
March 26, 2020
Scaling Your Business with the Right Tools & Skills
In this episode, Elizabeth Eiss, from Resource Results, explains the impact of a scaling strategy for your business and provides tips for you to: Get clear and focused on your core value proposition Evaluate your ability to deliver that value Leverage new talent strategies to flex and extend execution as you scale
March 25, 2020
Communication and People Interaction Skills Hack Through FEEL
The FEEL Model is a tool that can help you gain access to develop the foundation to optimize your communication and ability to interact with others. In an age of marketing automation and artificial intelligence, FEEL is what separates us from the robots.  Deirdre Breakenridge, CEO at Pure Performance Communications Describes the FEEL model Shows you how to apply  the FEEL model as we explore communication touch points with others Provides easy tips to help us become better communicators and engagers
March 11, 2020