For this episode of Unique Leaders Podcast, I have my guest and heart sister Karla K Runner. We told our story of how we met, many years ago. It’s a supernatural story only God could orchestrate. It is also the 1st anniversary of the Unique Leaders Podcast! Hope and possibilities are just over the horizon. There are always new beginnings, so just start and don’t stop.

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Rene grew up in Birmingham, Alabama and moved to Ohio when she was 10. She learned early on to move quickly. She found a passion for journalism her senior year in high school.

She met her husband in college and soon after they got married and started a family. Rene’s husband was a part of a marketing business in the aviation industry. They ended up moving their family to Georgetown, Texas. In 2008, Rene and her husband started their own aviation brokerage company.

In college she thought she thought she would become a journalist but she never thought she would be where she is today. She is able to tell success stories to people every day and have had many opportunities to connect with many prestigious people through her career. She talks about what it’s like to be a woman in the aviation industry and shares her story of strength and courage to be a leader.

Rene had many supportive people who helped her to achieve the confidence to hold the title of CEO of her and her husband’s aviation company. She had been through many uphill battles and tough times, but with those behind her, she was able to ace it. She believes that it’s important to be authentic and be brave, but she is not willing to pretend she hasn’t had difficulties to get there.

Being comfortable in your own skin is more impressive than pretending to be someone you’re not.

After graduating she went into the service. She thought she would be working with planes with the Air Force. But she actually was sent to an office building where regular civilians worked. She realized that her job was to work more closely with corporate workers. She never worked on theflight line. Even though she never worked in the place that she thought, she became very familiar with the planes, weapons and all their parts. She learned there is a business side to the military.In 2015 Charlynda started thinking about her grandfather’s Muttssauce. She asked her mother and she said her grandfather had left an envelope. She found the original recipe for his sauce. She was confused on why he choose her and what to do with it. She looked into finding a mentor and he told her that she should take the recipe and make a food product. She wasn’t what to do, but she made the decision to do it. She pushed herself and it took her about 5 months to get the first product. This is where the Muttssauce was born.

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Ryan grew up in England in a broken home, which led to him striving for attention from others. He grew up with a feeling a responsibility to take care of his mom throughout his young life. He had quite a bit of abandonment during his early teen years. However, he found the love of his life at 15. Things soon became very stable with his relationship and career, but in 2019 things changed.He didn’t feel supported at work and struggled with fitting in with that community. His relationship with his wife was on rocky waters and he also had a health scare. Needless to say, 2019 was a turning point for Ryan. He finally made a choice to make a change. He created his own community that shows love and support for others.“Passion is for us because it feels good. But it turns to purpose when we use our passion to help others.” -Ryan Hartley. Ryan felt he had more to give and began looking into becoming a coach. He started with what he had, a phone, a headset, and Facebook Live. He didn’t allow the “lack” of proper equipment to be a barrier.In 2020, he started a journey of faith. He wasn’t sure if leaving the police was the right path, but he had faith in God and listened to what was put in his heart to do. Which was to help others.He learned to live in love and lead in love.

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Melissa Burrow is an Amazon Best Selling Author and Executive Coach with a passion for Accountability and living life with Intention. Her book Chasing Bentleys; The Power of Accountability InAchieving Your Goals hit number one in Amazon’s women in business category.

Connect with Melissa on her Facebook Group –“VIW” Very Important Womenhttps://www.facebook.com/groups/293277314894191/

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Bob Burg is a sought-after speaker at company leadership and sales conferences sharing the platform with everyone from today’s business leaders and broadcast personalities to even a former U.S. President.Bob is the author of a number of books on sales, marketing and influence, with total book sales of well over a million copies. His book, The Go-Giver, coauthored with John David Mann, itself has sold over 975,000 copies and it has been translated into 29 languages.His and John’s newest parable in the Go-Giver Series is The Go-Giver Influencer.Bob is an advocate, supporter and defender of the Free Enterprise system, believing that the amount of money one makes is directly proportional to how many people they serve. He is also an unapologetic animal fanatic, and is a past member of the Board of Directors of Furry Friends Adoption, Clinic & Ranch in his town of Jupiter, Florida.

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Angela Totman is an accountability expert and results coach. She has worked for and with world class entrepreneurs and notable brands such as Rich Dad, Sharon Lechter, Think and Grow Rich for Women, Best from the Nest and SlumberPod. Specializing in strategy execution, she has been a part of and led teams in nearly all categories of business processes. Businesses Angela has worked with have completed new product development and launch, content creation, marketing campaign implementation, improved cash flow forecasting and accounting and sales reporting as well as brand management and quality control. Angela has also supported clients in the application process for Shark Tank as well as preparing for successful negotiation of a deal with the Sharks. She is the co-author of Your Financial Mastery, an award winning financial literacy curriculum, is a featured contributor in the bestselling book, Think and Grow Rich for Women and is the creator or the R.A.D.I.C.A.L. approach to accountability and the Mastery Over Me results program.

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From being born in Canada to being moved to Florida as a child with her father on a boat to getting a job with IBM and moving o Vermont, Cherie has been a true pioneer.She learned early on to turn her fear into excitement. During her time at IBM she turned her life around and was able to show confidence in a board room full of men.One day during her career she was given a challenge. How to improve the stapler. She tookher experience in being confident in herself, she came up with an idea on how to improve something that wasn’t broken. After this incident she became a part of the investors club and he idea was patented with IBM for the improved stapler.Cherie has always been a problem solver and a science head. This is shown through her work with IBM and later in life after contracting breast cancer. With her problem-solving skills she saw a problem with the clothing that was provided for breast cancer patients going through chemotherapy. Through her own experience with breast cancer she had created something that made her healing process better. From there she created the Heal in Comfort Shirt. This shirt is made with comfortable material and pockets made for the tubesand monitors. Many women have been blessed with this idea and her amazing love and care for others.

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Rick Austin is a solider, entrepreneur, husband, father and a man of God. His story is a perfect example of perseverance and hard work. Even though he had been through many difficult times and challenges, he accepted those experiences and worked hard to be the best he could. Rick was very obedient and followed God’s plan.Rick grew up in Chicago in a large family household, with 5 siblings, and some challenging family dynamics. Through his school career, he went to manydifferent locations. After graduation, he worked many jobs to help supply an income to help his mother, while living with her. Again he went through a tough time. During this trying time there was an opportunity for Rick to sell narcotics, however, he made the choice to work hard and make money other ways -recruiting with the Army.This decision was the best he could have made during that time. He was involved in the medical and nursing scene within the military. He has always had a heart for people. He went to many places, Korea, Africa, Afghanistan and Iraq. He continued to stay within the medical genre during this time.During his time in Korea, he met the woman that would be his wife of 30 years. They kept a long distance relationship through letters. When he went to West Point, lots of great things came from that opportunity. One of the major things was his relationship with Jesus began. He didn’t grow up in the church or having a relationship with Christ, but someone took the time to share Jesus with Rick.

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Darlene is the CEO and founder of Templeton & Associates. She is a professional speaker, certified executive coach, business strategist consultant, trainer and author. Darlene specializes in leadership and transformation for corporations and professionals,specifically for those who want to make a greater impact personally and professionally. She held multiple management and leadership positions during her career at IBM. She brings her 36 years of experience at IBM, to her work and her clients, and providesa level of mastery that is extraordinary. Darlene’s unique combination of extensive corporate experience, her own personal career journey, and her successful coaching and speaking business have given her the ability to work with individuals, small businesses and Fortune 100 companies to help them define their goals, enhance their performance and put an action plan in place to achieve the results they desire. Darlene is the founder and Chief Leader of the AMAZING Women Alliance, a group of high achieving women who meet monthly to inspire, motivate and support each other to achieve their goals. The AMAZING Women Leaders program is a six-month results driven leadership development and coaching program designed for professional women who are committed to accelerate, accomplish and achieve their goals both personally and professionally. You can build more confidence, develop business and leadership strategies and implement your action plans to achieve your goals and get the results that you desire. Darlene was the Co-VP of Career Development and established the Mentoring Program for the Austin Human Resource Managers Association (AHRMA), Texas Women in Business (TWIB) and several other associations. Darlene is very involved in Gifting Care, an Austin non-profit that support women with breast cancer. She also volunteers for Dress for Success and other local charities. She has co-authored three books, The Unstoppable Women’s Guide to Emotional Well Being, “The Success Guide for The Unstoppable Entrepreneur”, and “Behind Her Brand”.

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