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Unpolished MBA

By Unpolished MBA
Entrepreneurs are sometimes called "unpolished" because they are scrappy and unconventional when starting a business.
On this podcast, we speak with entrepreneurs and innovators.
Some went to Business School and have a formal MBA degree while others don't.
Did it make a difference?
They share the answer to that as well as other pieces of wisdom.

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Episode 036: Gabriel Isserlis - Filmmaker Turned Startup Founder

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May 19, 2022
Episode 039: Walter Melanson - Innovator In Real Estate & Co-founder of
In this episode, Monique is joined by Walter Melanson, the Co-founder of, a Canadian-based real estate and technology innovator that's transforming the market. Walter breaks down the history of the company that was formed over 20 years ago and how that wealth of experience has led him and his fellow founders towards building a company that truly understands the needs of an ever-evolving housing market, both in Canada and now in the US. Monique and Walter also discuss how remaining partners with his co-founders for over 20 years has taught him the value of diversified skills within a team. Walter also informs listeners about the compounding power of franchising and how the real estate markets in the United States differ from and also share common traits with the housing market in Canada. Topics Include: The Intersection of Tech and Real Estate Understanding Customers Needs When Innovating The Value of Diversified Skill Sets The Power and Effectiveness of Franchising Follow Walter: LinkedIn: ​​ Website: Follow Monique: LinkedIn: Website:
January 24, 2022
THURSDAY THOUGHTS - Finding the Courage to Reinvent Your Business
In this episode of Thursday Thoughts, Monique reflects upon hearing the news of a friend who has decided to shut down their consulting business in the wake of ungrateful clientele and internet trolls. Perhaps counterintuitively then Monique explains why this move will likely be great for her friend! So many times founders and entrepreneurs find themselves in a rut with the way they are running their business. For a combination of reasons including fear, pride, or even lack of motivation they continue to operate a business that is neither fulfilling nor impactful. Monique encourages entrepreneurs who have found themselves burnt-out and unable to summon the courage to start again with a clean sheet. She reminds listeners that the lessons you have learned from starting your business won't go away if you elect to restructure or restrategize, and often a new beginning is just what your business needs to thrive! Topics Include: Dealing With Ungrateful Trolls The Danger and Causes of Burnout Impacting the World on Your Terms Reinventing Your Business to Work for You Website:
January 20, 2022
Episode 038: Jared Yellin - 10X Your Startup
In this episode, I was so excited to speak with Jared Yellin, the founder of 10X Incubator who has set the audacious and revolutionary goal of starting 10,000 tech start-ups in 10 Years. After founding and building the hugely successful marketing platform Synduit, Jared decided to refocus his energies on helping small tech startups achieve launch by creating a unique network of profit-sharing partners who are committed to investing their resources into companies and individuals they truly believe in. Today 10X Incubator is helping hundreds of tech companies ranging from small African start-ups, to major tech players to launch, capitalize, grow, and eventually sell. The 10X model is based upon shared ownership amongst partners and strives to build companies that take no venture capital infusions leaving them nimble and connected within a shared network of like-minded individuals, team members, and entrepreneurs. Topics Include: Believing and Executing Bold Ideas Achieving Growth Without Investors Tech Innovation Outside Silicon Valley The Value of Audacious Thinking How Remote Working Forms Global Networks Follow Jared: LinkedIn: ​​ 10X Incubator Website: Synduit Website: Follow Monique: LinkedIn: Website:
January 17, 2022
Does your innovation, software, code, or brave idea actually put money in your bank account? If you're like most entrepreneurs, start-ups, or small business owners…the answer is no. In this week's Thursdays Thoughts, Monique shares her insights and experience on why the value of your product cannot be overlooked. More often than not, innovators can be seduced into giving their intellectual property away for free with the promise of hype, promotion, and huge returns in the long term. In reality, this is often a case of false promises that will drain your business of time, money, and resources. Topics Include: The Falsity of Free Promotion Valuing Your Product Defining Customers Vs. Users How Free Customers Drain Resources Website:
January 13, 2022
THURSDAY THOUGHTS - Reframing New Year’s Resolutions for 2022
In this premiere episode of 2022, Monique helps us to reframe resolutions by reimagining how to make goals that focus on the impact that we have on individuals and the larger world. Monique also explores a simple 5-step technique developed by Tim Ferriss that helps participants to continue focusing on positive and nourishing things that produce the most reliable and powerful peaks throughout the New Year! Topics Include: Reframing New Year's Resolutions Evaluating What Makes Us Truly Happy Practicing Past-Year Reviews Filling Your Calendar With Nourishment, Not Stress The 5 Steps of the Post Year Review Website:
January 06, 2022
THURSDAY THOUGHTS - The Liberation of Boundaries
In this week’s Thursday Thoughts, Monique shares how incorporating boundaries in both your personal and professional life can be a transformative step towards reducing stress and becoming the person you are striving to be. With the Holidays in full swing, it’s more important than ever to take a step back and take time for yourself. In today’s reflection, we learn just how healthy self-care and boundary setting can be. Topics Include: The Practice of Setting Boundaries Saying No So You Can Say Yes Powering Through the Discomfort of Boundaries Identifying Toxic People in Your Life Website: Oprah’s Talk:
December 30, 2021
Episode 037: Monique Mills - Are You Failing at Selling?
In this episode, Monique walks listeners through the incredibly important process of defining the relationships that you have with potential customers. Often founders or salespeople can deceive themselves into believing that the number of potential leads or prospects is far greater than they are in reality. Today Monique will help us to define the differences in these various levels of customer relations by clearly defining the difference between suspects, prospects, leads, and actual customers. By using an analogy based on the dating world, Monique helps to more clearly illuminate the difference between these lines that salespeople and startup founders often blur, much to their frustration and peril. Topics Include: The Importance of Focusing on Customer Empathy How Speaking With Customers Differs From Selling to Customers Differentiating Between Suspects, Prospects, Leads, & Customers How Correctly Labeling Potential Customers Alleviates Frustration Follow Monique: LinkedIn: Website:
December 27, 2021
THURSDAY THOUGHTS - How Recency Bias Effects Brand Perception
In this week’s Thursday Thoughts, Monique reminds listeners of the importance of staying focused on consistency and frequency when marketing your brand and remembering that no matter how good you think your product is, your brand is only as strong as your last customer interaction. Topics Include: The Importance of Consistency in Marketing Building a Community for Your Product Pre-Release The Relation Between Recency Bias and Brand Perception How Lack of Communication Causes Churn Website:
December 23, 2021
Episode 036: Gabriel Isserlis - Filmmaker Turned Startup Founder
In this episode, it was my pleasure to speak with Gabriel Isserlis, a UK-based founder who is revolutionizing access to creative spaces for visual artists, musicians, filmmakers, and theatrical groups. His startup, Tutti, is essentially the Airbnb for creatives and strives to provide affordable workspaces for artists from all walks of life. Our conversation brought out the strategy consultant in me as Gabriel and I discussed the highs and lows of a startup lifestyle. He shares the struggles and triumphs of founding a company in the midst of a global pandemic and how his time with the London Cohort of the Founder Institute transformed his work ethic and in turn his business. Topics Include: Entrepreneurship Amongst Creatives Finding Motivation Through Adversity Problem Solving With Small Teams The Reality of The Start-Up Lifestyle Follow Gabriel: LinkedIn: Tutti Website: Follow Monique: LinkedIn: Website:
December 20, 2021
THURSDAY THOUGHTS - Walking in Your Purpose
In this week’s Thursday Thoughts, Monique shares a little about her experience interviewing Augusta Uwamanzu-Nna on Episode 35 of the Unpolished MBA podcast. After interviewing this incredible young woman, Monique was reminded that despite Augusta’s unique gifts each of us has our own unique fingerprints to place on this world. We can often be bogged down by negative signals coming from social media, stereotypes, or society at large. However, it’s vital that we remember to take the time to reflect upon what makes us unique and passionate so that we can share that passion with the world, and in turn make the world a better place! Topics Include: Remembering Your Unique Purpose Finding Inspiration in Other’s Stories Taking Time to Be in Tune With Your Uniqueness The Importance of Taking Time to Dream Website: Tune Into Episode 35 on Apple: Tune Into Episode 35 on Spotify:
December 16, 2021
Episode 035: Augusta Uwamanzu-Nna - Destined For Greatness
In this episode, It’s my honor to be joined by one of the most incredible young women I’ve ever had the pleasure of speaking with. Augusta Uwamanzu-Nna is the Chief of Staff of the Black Women in Science and Engineering. At the age of 13, Augusta began experimenting with cement samples in the basement of her Elmont, New York home only to discover that she had a prodigious gift for science and engineering. Augusta’s journey has taken her from that basement to the halls of Harvard University where she graduated cum laude with a degree in bioengineering AND biomedical engineering. With plans to attend medical school for a dual Ph.D./MD, Augusta is passionate about advocating for educational and networking opportunities for black women and minorities in STEM fields. When not meeting with Michelle or Barack Obama to discuss her research, she is working with BWISE to find ways to level the playing fields in both education, medicine, and innovation. Topics Include: STEM Education for Minorities Black Women in Science and Engineering The Future of Biomedical Entrepreneurship Minority Leadership and Support Systems Follow Augusta LinkedIn: BWISE Website: Follow Monique: LinkedIn: Website:
December 13, 2021
In this week’s Thursday Thoughts, Monique shares her opinions on why being “ghosted” by a client can be a growing experience for innovators or entrepreneurs whose products have not found their market fit. Topics Include: What Is Ghosting in a Business Context What Ghosting is Actually Communicating Remembering That Not All Clients are Early Adopters Only Innovation Causes Lost Clients to Return Website:
December 09, 2021
Episode 034: Talisha Shine - The Beginning of Web 3.0
In this episode, we're joined by Talisha Shine. Talisha is an IT Professional and Certified Blockchain Consultant with over 20 years of experience in the information technology and software fields. In this episode, we cover the basics of blockchain technology and how blockchain is the foundation of everything from cryptocurrency to NFTs.  Topics Include: Understanding the Basics of Blockchain Technology Misconceptions Regarding Crypto Currencies The Relationship Between NFTs and Blockchain Real-World Applications of Blockchain Defining and Contextualizing the Term Web 3.0 Understanding Decentralized Finance Follow Talisha: LinkedIn: Website: Follow Monique: LinkedIn: Website:
December 06, 2021
THURSDAY THOUGHTS - Someone Told You a Lie About Entrepreneurship
In this week’s Thursday Thoughts, Monique shares her unique insights on why not all entrepreneurial-minded people are best suited to becoming founders. In this day and age, millions of driven professionals have been told time and time again that the way to get ahead in today’s economy is to start their own business. Though this may be true for many, in this episode Monique reflects on the advantages of being a startup employee and how having a front-row seat to the formation of a business without all the stress and responsibility of leading may be the best fit for many self-starters. Topics Include: The Realities of Being a Founder or CEO The Advantages of Joining a Startup as an Employee The Joys of Being on a Startup Sales-Team Questioning Your True Motivations for Starting a Business Website:
December 02, 2021
Episode 033: Katrina Keyes - Pipeline is great, but are you closing?
In this episode, I’m delighted to be joined by Katrina Keyes. Katrina is a gifted salesperson, problem-solver, and inspiring communicator specializing in the field of SaaS sales and sales psychology.  We explore the underlying motivations that led to her career in sales and why discovering your true self outside your career is essential to success in today’s ever-evolving business landscape. Topics Include: The Correlations Between Sales and Problem Solving Staying Positive While Dealing With Rejection The Shifting Landscape of Millennial’s Motivations How Self-Discovery Shapes Success in Sales The Value of Life Experience Outside Corporate America  Follow Katrina:  LinkedIn:  Follow Monique:  LinkedIn:  Website:
November 29, 2021
THURSDAY THOUGHTS - Cheap, Fast, or Good?!
In this episode of Thursday Thoughts, Monique breaks down the fallacy of developing products or services that are cheap, fast, and good while dissecting the unique attributes of differentiation vs cost leadership and how these two very different strategies have been implemented by brands such as Tesla, Walmart, and WeWork. Topics Include: The Cheap, Fast, and Good Fallacy Defining Differentiation vs Cost Leadership Strategies Real World Implementation of Each Strategy How Brand Perception Factors Into Business Strategy Website:
November 25, 2021
Episode 032: Tamara Baynham, Ph.D. - The Inventive Entrepreneur
In this episode, it’s my pleasure to be joined by Dr. Tamara Baynham.  Dr. Baynham is a brilliant polymath with a Ph.D. in biomedical engineering alongside extensive experience as a medical device R&D consultant, patent agent, and clinical research strategist. Dr. Baynham's career has taken her from the halls of academia to the research labs of some of the most innovative and exciting startups and incubators operating today.  In this conversation, we explore how having a diversity of interests keeps her sharp while discovering some of the secrets to a corporate vs entrepreneurial lifestyle.  Topics Include:  The World of Patents and Medical Research  How Patent Clerks Intersect With Med-Tech  Expanding Opportunities Within Medical Tech Incubators  Finding the Balance Between a Corporate and Entrepreneurial Lifestyle  Keeping Sharp by Accepting New Challenges and Life Experiences  Follow Tamara:  LinkedIn: Follow Monique:  LinkedIn: Website:
November 22, 2021
THURSDAY THOUGHTS - The Less Risky Choice
On Thursdays, in under 10 minutes, we "Connect The Dots" from real-life situations to help you as an entrepreneur, leader, innovator, or just a person who is venturing out to try something new. These stories will help you make sense of situations you may find yourself in and provide encouragement to keep you moving forward in your journey. "You can't connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backward." ~Steve Jobs (I think) Visit to listen to all of the episodes and apply to become a guest.
August 20, 2021
Episode 031: Cloe Guidry - Creating My Own Narrative
This episode is a conversation with Cloe Guidry, a tech startup founder in Atlanta. The idea for her technology came from specific challenges she witnessed in Supplier Diversity during her years in Corporate and her desire to solve them in an unconventional way.   TO READ THE TRANSCRIPT FOR THIS EPISODE GO TO ---> Visit to listen to all of the episodes and apply to become a guest.
June 12, 2021
Episode 030: Dr. Steven Goudy (Dr. Noze Best) - Riches Are In The Niches
Dr. Steven Goudy, the inventor behind the brand Dr. Noze Best, shares his professional journey as a pediatric surgeon, MBA, and entrepreneur as well as his thoughts on self-awareness. No time to listen? To read the transcript for this episode just go to —>
May 22, 2021
Episode 029: Jonathan Ivanco - I Never Thought About It Like That
Jonathan Ivanco, an attorney turned entrepreneur, has developed a unique way of looking at business. He found his way into the tech world and isn’t looking back.  In this episode, he talks about his journey from starting out in computer science and with a lot of twists and turns, going all the way through finishing law school and realizing that he didn’t want to practice law. How did it turn out? What is he doing now? Listen in and find out. TO READ THE TRANSCRIPT FOR THIS EPISODE GO TO --> Visit to listen to all of the episodes and apply to become a guest.
May 12, 2021
Episode 028: Charu Thomas - College Startup Founder
Charu Thomas, a tech entrepreneur who founded her company while still completing her undergraduate degree at Georgia Tech, talks about how she almost didn't continue on with the business after graduation. Why did she change her mind? Listen in to find out. TO READ THE TRANSCRIPT FOR THIS EPISODE GO TO --> Visit to listen to all of the episodes and apply to become a guest.
April 12, 2021
Episode 027: Mac Conwell - Diversity Includes Everybody
Mac Conwell, a tech entrepreneur turned venture capitalist, talks about his career journey from leaving college to becoming a tech startup founder and now a VC.   TO READ THE TRANSCRIPT FOR THIS EPISODE GO TO ---> Visit to listen to all of the episodes and apply to become a guest.
March 19, 2021
Episode 026: Angela Ellington - Taking The Scientific Approach To Entrepreneurship
Angela Ellington, CEO of Moistura Silk, a chemist turned entrepreneur speaks about going from the Corporate conveniences of being an executive to being a startup CEO. As many of us know, being an Executive at a large corporation has its perks, but when you have a calling, nothing can hold you back from fulfilling it. Listen in as Angela shares more about this and how your Corporate network doesn’t prepare you for entrepreneurship. TO READ THE TRANSCRIPT FOR THIS EPISODE GO TO ---> Visit to listen to all of the episodes and apply to become a guest.
March 09, 2021
Episode 025: Michele Heyward - Reframe F.A.I.L.
Michele Heyward, CEO of Positive Hire, is an engineer turned entrepreneur taking on the challenge to help companies recruit & retain BIPOC women engineers, scientists and technical professionals for management roles. TO READ THE TRANSCRIPT FOR THIS EPISODE GO TO ---> Visit to listen to all of the episodes and apply to become a guest.
February 12, 2021
Episode 024: Matt Wallaert - Start At The End
In this episode, Matt Wallaert, an expert on changing human behavior, talks about being "needfully vulgar" at times while still being a respected scientist, author, and entrepreneur. TO READ THE TRANSCRIPT FOR THIS EPISODE GO TO ---> Visit to listen to all of the episodes and apply to become a guest.
February 05, 2021
Episode 023: Mike Tatum - The Employed Entrepreneur
This episode is a conversation with Mike Tatum, a military soldier turned marketing guru. He lends his talents to Corporate America, but also runs his own marketing firm and somehow he manages it all. TO READ THE TRANSCRIPT FOR THIS EPISODE GO TO ---> Visit to listen to all of the episodes and apply to become a guest.
January 25, 2021
Episode 022 - Chris Walker - If You Know You Know
Chris Walker, CEO of Refine Labs, was always meant to be an entrepreneur. He took his "bad ideas" and created a multi-million dollar business for himself.  TO READ THE TRANSCRIPT FOR THIS EPISODE GO TO ---> Visit to listen to all of the episodes and apply to become a guest.
January 15, 2021
Episode 021 - Steve Blank - Do Something That Matters
This episode is a conversation with Steve Blank, a world-renowned Entrepreneur and Entrepreneurship Professor at Stanford University, Columbia University, and UC Berkeley. TO READ THE TRANSCRIPT FOR THIS EPISODE GO TO ---> Visit to listen to all of the episodes and to apply to become a guest.
January 12, 2021
End of Season 1 Message
This is the final episode of Season 1 and for the year 2020.  Stay tuned for what's ahead on the Unpolished MBA in 2021. If you'd like to be a guest or listen to prior episodes go to
December 09, 2020
Episode 020 - Sheffie Robinson - She Flipped It - Entrepreneur to MBA
She flipped it---Sheffie Robinson, the CEO of Shamrck, is a talented developer turned MBA.  Listen in to understand the back story around why she's currently completing her MBA and how she's navigated the tech world to become a tech startup founder.   To read the transcript for this episode just go to —> Visit to receive more information on how to become a guest.
December 09, 2020
Episode 019: Blanca Catalina Garcia - Bring Your Full Self
This episode is a conversation with Blanca Catalina Garcia, an innovator and educator building a vibrant, multicultural, and empowered entrepreneurial and tech startup ecosystems. She creates and cultivates spaces where people with diverse stories can feel supported to grow, thrive, and go to the next level. We talk about the challenges many Black and Brown women face in the tech startup world and how showing up as your full self is enough. If you need a reminder of your power, you'll want to listen in on this conversation. TO READ THE TRANSCRIPT FOR THIS EPISODE GO TO ---> Visit to receive more information on how to become a guest.
November 28, 2020
Episode 018: Matthew Sciannella - A Means To An End
This episode is a conversation with Matthew Sciannella, a writer turned marketing strategist for B2B industrial companies after obtaining his Master's degree. He finally made the jump after spending many unhappy years in a job that he performed well in, but hated. If you can identify with that, you'll certainly want to listen to this episode.  TO READ THE TRANSCRIPT FOR THIS EPISODE GO TO ---> Visit to receive more information on how to become a guest.
November 12, 2020
Episode 017: Andy Raskin - The Unlikely Underdog
Listen to this conversation with Andy Raskin, an entrepreneur and previous tech startup founder that many people underrated throughout his journey. Upon learning how to tell stories in a compelling way, similar to a movie screenwriter, the trajectory of his career changed. Surprisingly, his degrees from Yale and Wharton played just a small part in his journey, earning him the status of "self-employed" at a school reunion. TO READ THE TRANSCRIPT FOR THIS EPISODE GO TO ---> Visit to receive more information on how to become a guest and join our new private slack channel.  We’re building a community and you’re invited to become a part of it.
October 29, 2020
Episode 016: Dan Sanchez - Marketing Maven and 6 Month MBA
Listen to this conversation with Dan Sanchez, a marketer at Sweet Fish Media which produces podcasts for brands.  We talked about how he aggressively completed his MBA in 6 months and realized how much it filled in the gaps of information that he didn’t know were missing.  As they say, you don’t know what you don’t know, so listen in as Dan describes his startup experience and the journey to becoming the marketing maven he is today. TO READ THE TRANSCRIPT FOR THIS EPISODE GO TO ---> Visit to receive more information on how to become a guest.
October 25, 2020
Episode 015: Dan Chan - Silicon Valley Startup to Magician
This is a conversation with Dan Chan, an early employee of PayPal before its IPO, and now a magician to the stars of Silicon Valley. He has an untraditional career, but a business background that has enabled him to create a profitable business doing what he loves. TO READ THE TRANSCRIPT FOR THIS EPISODE GO TO ---> Visit to receive more information on how to become a guest.
October 25, 2020
Episode 014: Julian Roberts - Unlocked
Listen to this conversation with Julian Roberts, an Executive Leadership coach who threw in the towel for Corporate work to focus on unlocking another’s potential while unlocking his own at the same time.   TO READ THE TRANSCRIPT FOR THIS EPISODE GO TO ---> Visit to receive more information on how to become a guest.
October 25, 2020
Episode 013: Bethany Valente - The Puzzle Pieces Came Together
Listen to this conversation with Bethany D. Valente, a doctor of business administration with experience that includes working with high tech scientific organizations. Though she doesn't have a science background, growing up with a mom who was a nurse and dad who was an entrepreneur the foundation was laid long ago for what she would become today.  This episode is dedicated to the late Justice "Notorious" RBG. TO READ THE TRANSCRIPT FOR THIS EPISODE GO TO ---> Visit to receive more information on how to become a guest.
October 16, 2020
Episode 012: Erika Jefferson - Engineers Think Everyone Else Is Just Overhead
Listen to this conversation with Erika Jefferson, a Chemical Engineer turned entrepreneur. Somehow she fell into entrepreneurship several years after receiving her MBA and has since created a thriving business that serves women in science and engineering. We point of some of the stereotypical engineer personality traits and discuss how engineers and scientists can still win in business. Visit to listen to all of the episodes and apply to become a guest.
September 30, 2020
Episode 011: Dee Acosta - Like Batman But With An MBA
This episode is a conversation with Dee Acosta, better known as Batman, but with an MBA. This interview is riddled with his candid thoughts on the impact (or lack thereof) of the MBA on his career, but most importantly how it inspires his family. Visit to receive more information on how to become a guest.
September 28, 2020
Episode 010: Steve Worthy - Question Everything, Embrace Leadership, and Write Stuff Down
This episode is a conversation with Steve Worthy. While he is currently an entrepreneur, the majority of his career was in Corporate and he talks about how getting his MBA caused him to question everything. It was a gamechanger for him in many ways, especially as an Executive coach now. Visit to receive more information on how to become a guest.
September 28, 2020
Episode 009: Emma Gasking - Midwife to MBA
This episode is a conversation with Emma Gasking who started her career as a Midwife in the UK and upon getting her MBA, her career took a 180---or as it may seem at first glance. Things didn’t quite work out as she'd initially planned, but it did work out for the best. She's now changing lives, one person at a time. Visit to receive more information on how to become a guest.
September 25, 2020
Episode 008: Karen Hunter - Six Degrees of Opportunity
This episode is a conversation with Karen Hunter, an innovation expert with experience in Corporate as well as consulting for global brands like Coca-cola, Kraft, Snapple, Sara Lee, and Kimberly-Clark. She shares some great wisdom about innovation that applies to both corporations and startups. You’ll never believe what sparked her desire to pursue her MBA.  Visit to receive more information on how to become a guest.
September 17, 2020
Episode 007: Bryan Smith - From Rebel to Resilient
I’m sharing a conversation I had with Bryan Smith, the co-founder of a startup called Leon Health Science. He was a rebel growing up but always had the natural instincts to find problems to solve to earn money.  With his background in Professional Sports Performance coaching and understanding the data science behind sports performance, he's found a new problem to solve---helping people be better employees and happier individuals overall using data science. Bryan's fascinating journey from being a young rebel to being a US serviceman in the Army to now being a startup co-founder is a compelling example of how discipline can be life-changing. Visit to receive more information on how to become a guest.
September 12, 2020
Episode 006: Faheem Moosa - Born Into Entrepreneurship
Here's a conversation with Faheem Moosa, a serial entrepreneur with an MBA who had a short stint in Corporate life although he was born into entrepreneurship. His family has had a business for generations---120+ years to be exact.  Despite that background, Faheem shares how he still had to invest in learning new things because he, like many entrepreneurs, was missing the essential marketing and sales skills. Listen in and see what more he had to say. TO READ THE TRANSCRIPT FOR THIS EPISODE GO TO ---> Visit to receive more information on how to become a guest.
August 27, 2020
Episode 005: Walter Ley - Face Down In The Dirt
Here's a conversation with Walter Ley, founder of Branch, a tech startup in Atlanta, Georgia. He talked about how not having an MBA can create self-doubt when you’re a new entrepreneur. He also talked about: Having the courage to create something from scratch to solve a problem and understand that you’re going to have some “face down in the dirt” lessons in life overall, not just entrepreneurship.  Listen in and see what more he had to say.  TO READ THE TRANSCRIPT FOR THIS EPISODE GO TO ---> Visit to receive more information on how to become a guest.
August 21, 2020
Episode 004: Tondaleya Carter - The MBA Was Worth It + Being a Decent Person
Here's a conversation with Tondaleya Carter, a Realtor from Keller Williams Commercial. She talked about how having an MBA relates to her success in commercial real estate. She also talked about: How she innovated herself out of a job. How while working in “old school” Corporate they didn’t innovate and the people who worked there had been there for their entire career.  Listen to how she got her job because the person before her died after being there 25 years! These stories….these companies… So was the MBA degree helpful to Tondaleya’s entrepreneurial journey?   Listen in and see what she says. TO READ THE TRANSCRIPT FOR THIS EPISODE GO TO ---> Visit to receive more information on how to become a guest.
August 19, 2020
Episode 003: Monique Mills - Are you "Legit"?---Intrapreneurs vs Entrepreneurs
Intrapreneurs and Entrepreneurs ---One is not better than the other, just different.  But some will say you're not a "real" entrepreneur if you're only doing entrepreneurial stuff inside of a corporation and collecting a steady paycheck. There's something about letting go of the certainty of an income that earns respect in the startup streets.  However, in Corporate, you get the benefit of being creative and solving problems without taking on the risk---some say intrapreneurship is the best of both worlds.  In this episode, we talk about the different types of innovations and how creating innovations inside your organization can be "risky" too..... TO READ THE TRANSCRIPT FOR THIS EPISODE GO TO --->  Visit to receive more information on how to become a guest.
August 11, 2020
Episode 002: Andy Rosic - Throw Out the Rule Book
Listen to this conversation between Monique Mills and Andy Rosic, a serial startup founder, advisor, and investor in multiple tech companies. We're in a global pandemic and Andy gives his perspective to those entrepreneurs who want to know: "Do I stop selling? How do I move forward to survive?"   TO READ THE TRANSCRIPT FOR THIS EPISODE GO TO ---> Visit to receive more information on how to become a guest.
August 05, 2020
Ep 001 BONUS - Stone Reveal
Everything you do should have a purpose. Symbols are powerful representations of purpose and this episode shares the meaning behind the Unpolished MBA stone.  TO READ THE TRANSCRIPT FOR THIS EPISODE GO TO ---> Visit to receive more information on how to become a guest and join our new private slack channel.  We’re building a community and you’re invited to become a part of it.
August 04, 2020
Episode 001: Getting "Stoned"
Learn how to join our community and the meaning behind the unpolished stone used to represent this conversation. TO READ THE TRANSCRIPT FOR THIS EPISODE GO TO ---> Visit to receive more information on how to become a guest and join our new private slack channel.  We’re building a community and you’re invited to become a part of it.
July 28, 2020