Michael grew up in a small town in Lancaster, Ohio. He grew up in a home with an alcoholic father and a religious mother. There were many memories that he blocked out of his mind. At the age of eleven he was born again and decided to follow Christ. He believes this helped him to deal and understand things that happened during his childhood.He ended up getting a scholarship for track and graduated with the most athletic award. He went to college at Ohio State with a major in Sports Science and later moved to Florida. He worked more in the fitness industry. He worked with Ballie Fitness for a while and then decided to move out on his own. He then met his wife and got married. His wife is a major part of his company even today.A few years ago him and his wife were separated for a few years and then God fixed their marriage and now they are closer and better than they were. They work better together and his wife is there for him and helps him to grow. She doesn’t tell him what he wants to hear but what he needs to hear, which has been a major part of his growth. After he was born again at eleven, he has been a strong advocate for Christ. He has been a strong follower. The one person that really helped him and supported him through his childhood and early adulthood was his grandmother. Her influence still fuels him today. He has been tested these last few years. He believes that we will have deeps and valleys throughout our lives. During these times in the valleys, we can learn so much, but we are not meant to stay there. We need to reach out and take God’s hand and let him lead you where to go next. With this idea, he will continue to follow the plan that God has for him.

Christie group up in Washington state. She was always a very bubbly child and very outgoing. She was always a team player and wanted people to win. She wanted other kids to feel special and important. She was the youngest of six, three bothers and two sisters.She currently lives in Washington and lived in different places during her young adult years but she moved back to Washington. After high school she went to Eastern Washington University with bachelor’s in business and marketing. After college she did an internship at an apartment complex and rented people apartments and condos. She was able to use her business management skills from school. She began getting into social media in 2007 with Facebook. She enjoyed being able to connect with other people and knew she would do something with this but she wasn’t sure what yet.She go into selling things on EBay from items she found at garage sales. She got married in 1995 and had two children. She was a stay at home mom for while. They had a good life untilone day her husband was in an accident. Through his recovery he began to become addicted to prescription drugs. After a marriage of 18 years she got a divorce. Within a short while she lost everything, her home, her car and even her own mother, who passedaway during this hard time. Christie dug deep and looked into her spirit and tried to understand what she was going to do next. This fueled her to do something for other women to help them during hard times or navigate other needs they may need. Christiereally has a true unique leader, giving spirit.Now she works with many women and people in general and help them to navigate social media and other marketing needs with her knowledge and skills. She knew that she was meant for something more and she found her purpose and passion with helping others.

Sandra Dee is from Pennsylvania. She started on camera at a young age. She went to New York and booked her first of many soap opera rolls. She was in New York for 6 years. She then moved to California and lived and worked there for a while. Her managers were talking to a show in NYC and they wanted Sandra to come back, but she really didn’t want to. She said she would if they gave her things, she thought were outrageous…but they agreed.To this day, she gets many people sending her messages that they saw her on the old shows.She did choose to do acting and “being someone else” because she felt safe being someone else besides herself. She didn’t realize it at the time but later on in life, she realized that’s what she was doing.

Today she is working with other professionals on helping them be able to communicate effectively and be successful as a keynote speaker. She has a few different businesses that encompass these ideas.She believes that everyone has a personal brand. The definition of a brand is the promise of an experience. Even though two people have the same idea for a business but they have two different experiences if you work with them. As a professional you need to look within yourself and understand who you are so you can share your personal brand with others. What do you want to promise to your clients?Instead of trying to get more followers work on finding “your people” and focus on connecting more with them.

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Carla was born in Columbus, Ohio. She has a twin sister and an older sister. Her parents are from Appalachia Virginia and inner-city Kentucky and they moved to Ohio after they got married. Her farther is one of 10 children. He was very big on repurposing and using home remedies. Her creativity comes from her grandmother’s side of the family. She was very creative in the sewing arena.Her father is a brick and block Masson. She loves to see the many buildings that he built. He was self-taughtand won many top bids for that area for building projects. Currently Carla is an independent consultant for a direct marketing company called Origami Owl. She loves it because she is able to tell stories through charms and lockets.She found the company many years ago when she was ill. She saw the charms from this company and it gave her an uplifting feeling. She signed up to be able to share a unique and special gift with others. She has been working with them for the last ten years and is still excited to help others share their stories through the jewelry.She has a degree in fashion merchandising, so this job is a great fit for her. She is able to continue her creativity through it as well. For the first 41 years of her life she would straighten her hair. During her childhood, the community she was a part of, there wasn’t a large group of black people. During that time, it was important to do certain things to be able to fit in. There was a look that was expected. Back in the 70s and 80s it was important to follow the “straight” hair look of the white people. 40 years later she decided to leave her hair in its natural state. In 2019, she decided she was going to change her profile picture on Facebook and LinkedIn and wrote a post about the reason for her changing her picture. This went viral. She had so many responses to this. It was very inspiring for her to see that.The mindset nowadays has changed and more and more black women are beginning to embrace their natural hair. It took her and her sistersmany years to be comfortable to step out and embrace their hair. Her journey has been a long one and she is excited to share her story with others to inspire them. She has been inspiring people of all races and cultures, men and women, to be their authentic selves. Telling others to be comfortable to show up as you are and embrace yourself.

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Dr. Shawn Shapiro graduated from college in 1998 with a degree I communications. He wasn’t sure what he wanted to do. He went into retail and learned many things about to help people through this, but the corporate way was starting to make things difficult in the retail industry.One year his grandmother went in for a surgery and ended up coming out becoming ill. He was very unhappy with the outcome and decided to go into the medical field. He hit many roadblocks with this. He was very confused with how the healthcare system was set up. He found that lifestyle management was not a big part of it. The patients were not well taken care of after surgeries and hospitalization.Although he struggled to decide what to do and while speaking with his grandmother, she mentioned him becoming a chiropractor. So, he moved to Saint Louis to become a chiropractor and help one person at a time. This has been a passion for him over the years. He soon created his own practice so he can help people and give them his time to listen to their needs and help improve their lives one bit at a time.

Lokesh was born in Agra, India. Known for the 7th wonder of the world, the Taj Mahal. He had a very small family and at a young age he was interested in cosmetics. He would look into the ingredients and later in life start to lo9 more into the medical aspects. In high school he started to look into what he needed to do to be a doctor. By the time he graduated he had decided to go into the pharmaceutical side. He got into the pharmacy college and graduated with a degree in pharmaceutical chemistry.He started working in the pharmaceutical industry with injectables -cosmetic and antiviral. Later on, he applied for a job for a research and development position. They asked if he would be interested in being in the cosmetic division. He worked with cosmetics and went to work with clean ingredients for cosmetics and beauty products.In 2001 he came to the US and ended up in Northern California. He started out as a junior chemist. He had made many findings and worked to create many great products. He alsoworked in many different areas from customer service and problem solving. This gave him lots of experience to help him start his own business later.In 2018, Lokesh started his own company. Nilokj Inc. was born in 2018 by Lokesh K. Jain & his better half Nidhi Jain for providing consulting services in research and developmentinnovation of personal care products (skin/body/hair) to commercial andIndie/Niche market brands especially with natural-clean culture philosophyusing most currently available upcycled, natural-clean commoditiesingredients and clinically tested cosmetics active ingredients. Nilokj’s R&Dis headed by Lokesh K. Jain, who brought his broad 23 years of hand onresearch, development and innovation experience covers all spectrum ofLokesh K. Jain conventional/natural based personal care formulation development. R&D-Innovation’s Consulting services are focused and targeted towards high-end skin care (natural-clean and conventional) including OTC/Topical drug products.

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In this special episode, Megan speaks about how her story molded not only her future success, but her daughters as well. 

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Kearn Cherry was born in Mississippi and lives there to this day. Her husband was in the military and they lived in many different countries and states. One of the countries they stayed for 5 years was in Germany. Kearn was wanting to finish nursing school but never finished. After a decade both Kearn and her husband made the commitment to go back to school for nursing in Arizona. They drove an hour and half, back and forth, everyday for a year. When their plans did not work in the nursing field, they went to classes for occupational therapy.They had 3 kids, all under the age of 10, and they both worked so hard to get to where they wanted to go. This was a very tough time for both of them and they had to make many sacrifices. Even though thiswas a tough time for them and their children, it also helped them all to build an attitude of resilience and helped to bring their children closer together. At the end of the day, their children are all very successful and have a work-hard drive that theylearned from Kearn and her husband.They never thought about asking for help from their family. They did everything by themselves. Even though this was a hard thing for them to do, it strengthened their marriage and their personal growth. It made them realize that they are dependent on each other. Kearn’s mother later offered to have their kids live with her for a while until Kearn and her husband were finished with their schooling. This really did help them during that time.When they were done they decided to move to Florida, but when they went to pick up the kids in their home town in Mississippi and ended up staying there. This is where they started their home care business. They have been running this business for 24 years now. Recently Kearn started to plan conferences and events years ago and saw there was a need for this. She really enjoys planning these, especially women’s conferences. She has been on many boards for different conferences and events. She helped other companies run their own conferences and events, but she also ran her own conferences for different reasons…one was for her care business for the elderly.Her and her partner were talking one day and came up with an idea to start a woman’s conference. The Success Women’s Conference was born. They have been doing this for years. They have really grown and now have anywhere from 11k-17k attendees.In 2020, Kearn was told by God that she needed to continue to run her own events and to write anthologies. This is where her two biggest events came to be -“Level Up” and “Power Up”. With the pandemic, it was hard to have them live but this didn’t hinder the conferences. They were a major success even virtually. They were both very new for her. Kearn learned so much from both of them. She was very intimated by it in the beginning. She just wasn’t getting anything from other conferences. She was also called to write anthology books, which was tough for her because writing is not a strong suit for Kearn. However, she stepped out on faith and did what she was called to do.In 2019 she wrote her first book, “Trailblazers Who Lead.” This was not something that came easily for Kearn but she pushed and did it. For her second book, she had other authors and other women write their stories, which became the second anthology, “Make it Happen.”

James was born in Fort Worth, Texas and grew up in a small-town west of Fort Worth. It was mostly a ranching town. His father worked in making parts for airplanes for a company called General Dynamics. His father was a working cowboy when James was young. His father did go to the navy during the Vietnam era.James had dreams that he would go to play professional football but unfortunately, he wasn’t built for that. Both his grandfather and father were in the navy and James decided to go into the army at the age of 17. James’s mother was always very supportive of him with his army career.James is red-green colorblind so he was put into a communications support role type job. He wanted to be more in a combat role. Within two years he went to South Korea fora time. Once he was done with his time there he was moved to Kentucky where he met lots of men who helped him go down a path that worked more for him personally.He ended up going to get his special forces certification. In 2001 he was overseas in the Middle East. He ended up having to go to war, which was a changing moment for him. He was a part the first push back against the Taliban from a neighboring country. His team was a support role for those troops in Iraq.At 28 years old he invaded his first country, the western desert in Iraq. A few months later he went home and then ended up back in Baghdad. During his time there he did interact with many locals. He ended up taking 7 trips or 5 years to Iraq. There was an identity that as a solider you needed to have. As a solider you are a go getter, hard fighter and a heavy drinker. During this time he subscribed to that and ended up in a very selfish attitude which drove a wedge between him and his wife at the time and his family. He made many sacrifices, which included a divorce and his relationship with Christ.This line of work takes a toll on you as a solider and your family and friends. This is something he chose but his family didn’t choose it, which caused some strain, especially for his mother.Christ ended up taking him from his current zone and moved him to another place where he had to relearn how to follow Christ and let go of the bad habits he was following. James struggled with surrendering himself to God, but through this time God worked with him and brought him to the place he is today.After retiring from the military, he moved and met his now wife and they created a life together in Louisiana. During 2020 they decided sell everything, they bought a travel trailer and traveled the country for a few months. This was a great time for them. They all learned so much and all did a lot of personal growth. After this they ended up in Georgetown, Texas.

Sloan grew up in El Paso Texas. Her family is from the area and they created a powerful community with their businesses. From a very young age she was always pushed to be well rounded and experience as much as she can. She was very competitive as a child, she was a part of many different activities and had her hands in many different experiences. Sloan has a younger brother and he is the opposite of her. He was not into competition and was very interested in motor sports and cars.At a young age she lost her father and her mom became a single mother over night. Her mother worked very hard to create her own businesses and strived to achieve her goals and dreams. She showed Sloan that resilience can be beautiful and graceful not hard and rough around the edges.While in high school she was a people to people ambassador. She spent 3 weeks in Australia, which taught her a lot about herself. She decided to push herself to start big school early. She started freshmen year at 13 and graduated at 16. She went to Texas A&M for 5 years. During college she learned so much and had many failures. She wanted to do too many things and her grades suffered because she spread herself too thin. This was very humbling for her and she had to reassess her priorities. She realized that sometimes she can’t do everything.After college she spent some time traveling all over the US. One day she decided she would move to Nashville. She felt like Texas was a safety net for her and so she decided she needed to get out of her safety zone. She didn’t have a job or a place to live. She ended up telling her mother and a funny thing came about. Her mother’s fiancé at the time had a job offer in Nashville. She ended up moving in with them for a while. This was very hardfor Sloan because she had lived on her own since 17. She soon met her husband and they now have their roots in Tennessee.At the age 23, Sloan tried working as a bar tender. This taught her that she was not in the protective environment of college. This was real life. She worked as a personal assistant. She ended up getting fired based on a miscommunication and looking back on it, she realized that she didn’t have the confidence and strength to stand up for yourself. She just didn’t know herself. She didn’t stand tall in that environment and let it influence her. She ended up going to work for a job recruiting position. She learned that she loved getting know people and business and connecting them.Later on after her and her husband in married they movedto Kentucky and she became a fitness instructor and health coach. She took part in a beauty pageant, Mrs. Kentucky United States. This was the perfect time for her because she was more comfortable in her own skin. She ended up winning. Through this she was able to see her own passion and learned self awareness. She saw a theme of servant attitude. From here she started her company the Glow Getter Project. She loves to help people find their glow and to help them find themselves.She started to realize that personal development and growth never ends and that in order for you to be successful you have to keep moving. She then changed the name to The Glow Project and her non profit The Glow Movement.She was on the top of the world with everything going on at the time. Then her husband got a promotion and they had to move again. She had to leave her community, her network and everything that she had created. This issue was that this was just temporary. When she moved she struggled to feel good about herself.However, she was able to spend quality time with her son. This taught her that her worth is not based on what we’ve done, it’s who we are. This season in her life pushed her to really go in and look within. She was able to let go of her ego and pride and allowed her grace and love shine. She really focused on herself and her journey and she decided that she wanted to help others during their own journey and lives as a coach and mentor.

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