Lucy has lived in Southern California with her amazing husband of almost 14 years. They met while training in Aikido, a Japanese martial art almost 20 years ago. They now own our own Aikido dojo (school) where Lucy teaches children’s classes. She became a trial paralegal right out of school but decided to change careers about 8 years ago. Lucy went back to school to become a teacher. After 5 years of teaching 3rd and 4th grade students, she decided to take the leap and become an entrepreneur!
Lucy works with DIYers as well as small business owners and entrepreneurs to help them stand out in the business world. She helps them with their customer retention and customer appreciation programs. She does this through two wonderful companies that she is an Independent Consultant for: Close to My Heart and Steeped Tea. Close to My Heart is a company based out of Utah and is celebrating its 30th year in business. She is celebrating her 10th year as a consultant with them. Their mission is to show you how to celebrate relationships through discovering your creativity, to preserve and share the moments that matter most. She’s also a consultant with Steeped Tea, a Canadian-based company that specializes in loose leaf teas and tea accessories.
Vavavida is a line of ethically made fashion jewelry items that give back. We only retail ethically made pieces of gorgeous high-quality hand crafted artisan jewelry from all over the world. But we don’t stop there because 10% of our revenues goes to non-profit organizations such as Project Concern International where our investments go to help empower women around the globe. When you empower a woman, you empower a community.
Vavavida was founded after a long conversation between Antoine and Dan –two of the co-founders– seeing eye-to-eye about things that could be done in the world to enrich people’s lives. Vavavida was created to help prevent events like the tragic collapse of the Rana Plaza sweatshop from happening again. If Vavavida can be part of the conversation in proving that healthy profits don’t have to come at the expense of the mistreating of other human beings, we will have won our “Fair Fashion Coup.”
Today my guest is LC Scott, owner of eFrog Press. We’ll be talking about writing that book you’ve always wanted to write. Tune in and hear what a seasoned publishing professional has to offer in the way of guidance.
LC Scott has a B.A. in English from UC Berkeley, an M.A. in Education from Stanford, and a doctorate in educational leadership from UC San Diego. During her freelance writing career she wrote dozens of magazine feature stories, chapters for textbooks, study guides for educations films and newsletters for the San Diego County Office of Education’s reading tutoring program. For many years she created websites for small businesses and children’s authors. She has taught at the high school and university levels. She founded eFrog Press in 2011.
Today my guest is A. C. Howard. Anna Cathleen Howard, A C Howard Law, grew up in San Diego and Los Angeles, and she obtained her bachelor’s degree at University of Southern California. As a student there, she served on the Academic Honors Society and mentored at-risk youth in the South Central Los Angeles community.
Today my guest is Scott Jucha, author of The Silver Ships. Scott spent several years overseas, earned two college degrees, held many jobs, and found a wonderful marriage partner. Scott’s first attempt at a novel, entitled The Lure, was a crime drama centered around the surfacing of a 100-carat yellow diamond lost during the French Revolution. The story was set in modern Rio de Janeiro. So, in preparation for the book, he spent two weeks in 1980 researching the Brazilian people, language, and religious customs of Condomblé.
Today my guest is Lola Juris. Lola’s major passion is water-media, and she finds the inquisition of shapes a constant source of exploration. She prefers an intimate view, focusing on lush, lyrical shapes that display a sensuality bordering on the erotic. Her play of colors hopes to illuminate the shadows of the heart.
Her recent works reflect a continuing departure from the direct influence of nature, and they establish an ethereal atmosphere that searches for what to reveal and what to conceal. She uses the self as a filter to explore the world around her. In this way she articulates herself.
“Each image is an invitation into a personal and intimate world into which I plan to seduce the viewer. Therefore, watercolor’s unpredictability and delightful happenings that appear without apparent effort, suggest a communication with accidents that make it the perfect medium for this adventure.”
Mindi Davis is the oldest of four kids born to the fun loving First Family of hard working rednecks. As a baby, she came home from the hospital in a garbage truck. No joke! She wasn’t allowed to join Girl Scouts after she told the leader how to start a fire with gasoline. Her father greeted her boyfriends with hunting rifles, until she met an officer and a gentleman named Tom.
At their wedding, a groomsman swatted her on the behind with a sword and announced, “Welcome to the Navy Mrs. Davis.” While stationed in Japan, Mindi gave birth to their Autistic son, Tristan, 10 weeks premature. Two years later, their ultra-artsy daughter, Abbi, showed up 8 weeks early. They are still impatient.
Mindi is a published author, speaker, former feature writer for the Tampa Tribune, and blogs on her website Maternalmanager.com. She shares her experience to teach mothers it’s not about where they are from or where they are at- its where they want to go. She provides them with strategies to become the mother they want to be.
Today my guest is Lauren Gaggioli, Higher Scores Test Prep. After graduating from New York University with her B.F.A. in Theater, Lauren moved to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career in Los Angeles. To make time for auditions during the day, she called upon her nerdy roots from her high school days and began tutoring the SAT and ACT. She quickly fell in love – not with the exams, but with the feeling that she was helping students put their feet on a firm path towards a big, bright future.
After 7 years working as an in-home tutor with a large test prep firm and then in her own independent tutoring company, Lauren distilled her experiences into the personalized SAT prep course that is now available through Higher Scores Test Prep. Lauren’s love of teaching and compassion for what students are facing in today’s complex, competitive college admissions landscape allows her to bring a little bit of calm to her corner of the college admissions process.
My guest today Jobie Summer. Jobie is a Passionate Profession Coach. She has a unique background as a successful entrepreneur who sold her financial planning practice, started several online businesses as well as working as Director of Marketing for a successful technology company.
My guest today is Michele Engel, Founder, President, and CEO of a marketing consulting firm called Insightrak. Before starting her business in 2010, she had spent 30 years working in management positions for such organizations as Tandy/Radio Shack, The American Cancer Society, UCSD, SAIC, and The Scripps Research Institute. In addition to running Insightrak, she is a Business Advisor for the San Diego Small Business Development Center and teaches marketing and business writing at San Diego Community College.