Matt Pfaltzgraf, Founder and CEO of Softgiving, is a payment processing expert whose mission is to revolutionize the way people can support nonprofits through passive recurring fundraising technology. During his time in the payment industry and severing as fundraising chair for many nonprofits, Matt observed firsthand the difficulties nonprofits had raising money for important causes. Armed with his payment processing background and passion for helping cause-based organizations, Matt saw a gap in the marketplace, and that is when Softgiving was born. Softgiving's innovative fundraising technology enables nonprofits of all sizes to expand their donor base while increasing retention and engagement through passive donation solutions that better fit their supporters’ lifestyle. From humbling beginnings, as a child, Matt was once on the receiving end of charity from nonprofits, but now he empowers them through Softgiving's innovative fundraising solutions.Read More
Steven Dziedzic is a New York-based entrepreneur and the Founder of Lasting, the marriage counseling company. Lasting's first product is a simple, app-based program that helps couples build healthier, happier marriages in a few minutes a day. It's the #1 marriage counseling app in America. Before Lasting, Steven founded Hoppit, an award-winning restaurant app acquired by XO Group Inc. (NYSE:XOXO) in 2013. At XO, he served as the Director of Product for The Knot, the leading wedding brand touching a majority of America's marriages. The three apps he's stewarded—Lasting, Hoppit, and The Knot—have all been featured by Apple. Lastly, Steve is a startup mentor for Praxis Labs, an accelerator program focused on cultural and social impact, and serves on the board of Jonas Paul Eyewear, the leading eyewear brand for children. He resides in New York City with his wife, Rebecca, and daughter, Josie.Read More
Rachelle Kuramoto has worked as a brand and content strategist, writer, and market intelligence professional for 20 years. She is an experienced and award-winning professional who balances creative and business acumen to projects, primarily in the B2B sector. Her objective in every engagement is to articulate what makes the client distinctive and sustainable in their market and with the stakeholders who matter most. Rachelle is the principal and founder of Watchword, a three-year-old brand content firm specializing in branding, writing, and research. When she’s not leading the team at Watchword, Rachelle is a competitive marathoner, adventurous cook, mom of two (and a dog), and wife to a fellow entrepreneur.Read More
Raghu Kakarala is the Managing Partner at FortyFour. Prior to cofounding FortyFour he helped build and grow Spunlogic and Engauge into the largest private agency in the Southeast. After participating in the sale of Engauge to Publicis in 2013 Raghu travelled extensively with his wife Dolly and twins Sai and Avi and came back to Atlanta to help create FortyFour into a premier place for local talent to envision and create great work for leading clients. With clients across the globe as well as based here in Atlanta, FortyFour has grown to over 50 employees in its headquarters in Inman Park.Read More
At the age of 23, Julia Carlson married her entrepreneurial spirit and desire for helping others and started her own business. As Founder and CEO of Financial Freedom Wealth Management Group LLC, Julia has been about helping people win with money by leading with education for more than 20 years. In 2017, Julia wrote a book titled, Fit Money, 7 Steps to get your Financial Life in Shape. In the book, she shares her personal experience of losing weight and getting in the best shape of her life and teaches how those same strategies can be used to become financially strong. Today, her dream to serve her community and become a financial advisor has turned into so much more. Financial Freedom Wealth Management Group has grown to a staff of 12 and has 5 locations throughout Oregon and SW Washington.Read More
Ricky Kalmon has amazed audiences around the world. He has made numerous special guest appearances on ESPN, Hallmark Channel, Fox, FX, TV Guide, HLN/CNN and The Disney Channel. Ricky’s uniqueness comes from the way he combines music, audience participation, and comedy to create an unforgettable comedy show that is unmatched by anyone, anywhere. It’s a show that will keep you on the edge of your seat and take you on a Vacation of the Mind! Ricky Kalmon delivers corporate programs that will change the way you live, work, and think. The most requested stage hypnotist in the country, Ricky redefines the art of hypnosis. His motivational programs are inspirational and offer compelling, applicable tools anyone can use in personal and professional development.Read More
King of Pops was born as a result of a lay off, a trip to Latin America and a popsicle dream. In true founder fashion Steven has never walked into King of Pops without a new idea and a pat on the back for the crew. His mind never stops moving, producing on average 100 ideas per week, and though most of them are beyond the possibilities, the 1% that make the cut are true gold. Steven has founded four additional companies as an answer to business needs: Tree Elves, King of Crops, King of Pups, and Perfect 10 Foods. He loves his community, his King of Pops family, and he truly couldn’t envision a different life. Steven Carse is one-of-a-kind; he has a really big heart and his employees are proud to have an owner who cares about their well-being as much as he does.Read More
Dana Spinola’s dream to fulfill a bigger purpose and flourish both personally and professionally led her to start fab’rik in 2002. With the help of like-minded franchise owners, she has since grown the brand to 40+ stores across the U.S. Between free fab'rik, which provides free shopping sprees for victims of sex trafficking, and Asher, fab'rik's in-house clothing line that supports orphans in Kenya through sales, Dana has built a brand that truly delivers High Style with Heart. Because of her dedication to growing the brand and inspiring a culture of purpose, Forbes named her, “one of the five great American entrepreneurs you haven’t heard of yet but should know.” She was also voted The Atlanta Business Journal’s Business Person of the Year, Women Making a Mark, 40 Under 40 and Women Who Mean Business. Entrepreneur, motivational speaker, inspirational leader and author of ‘Love What You Do,’ Dana is committed to reminding women to dream big and chase those dreams relentlessly.Read More
Kenan’s background as a formally trained artist contributes to her eye for detail, composition, and color in all that she does. Photography and painting are her main media, but that training extends to many things, including plating dishes of food and arranging flowers. Kenan is co-founder and Curator of Flowers for Chivalry Flowers.Read More
To know K.P. Reddy is to experience boundless enthusiasm for creating new ventures. K.P.'s multidisciplinary career spans the innovation continuum. Over 25+ years, he has been a technologist, subject matter expert, founder, CEO, advisor, investor, professor, author and coach. K.P. combines expertise in advanced technologies with critical, in-the-trenches experience as an entrepreneur. He is a globally recognized authority in AEC environments, artificial intelligence, robotics and automation, collaborative communication, mobile applications and cloud computing. His passion is in launching game-changing startups, raising substantial investments, and leading organizations to meaningful acquisition and IPO exits.Read More
As Founder and Creative Director, Candice leads the people, practice and progress of Nimble. pushing her team and her clients to think big and always pursue what’s next. She also spearheads the interiors consulting practice — working directly with clients and project teams to orchestrate branded environments that engage and excite. Since Nimble.’s formation, Candice has directed the launch of over 100 new brands, led nearly 80 property repositioning campaigns, and traveled 40,000+ miles to bring innovation and consistent brand exposure to projects in 21 US markets and internationally. In this episode, you’ll learn how Candice approaches client acquisition, hires from a team perspective and balances work and play.Read More
After completing graduate school at Rice University, Ericka taught English and College Readiness to freshman and sophomores. In 2014, Ericka left teaching and started Project 88 Foundation, a non-profit organization that supports college advisors and vocational training in the city of Houston and beyond. Since then, Project 88 has raised almost 1.5 million dollars, and continues to support Houston-area programs that connect students to four year institutions, community college, and vocational training programs.Read More
Jodi Daniels is a Certified Informational Privacy Professional with more than 20 years of experience helping a range of businesses from solopreneurs to multi-national companies in privacy, marketing, strategy, and finance roles. During her corporate career, she proved a valuable asset to companies like Deloitte, The Home Depot, Cox Enterprises, and Bank of America where she most recently served as the privacy partner for Digital Banking and Digital Marketing. Jodi started her privacy career by creating the comprehensive privacy program at Cox Automotive. She launched an online advertising network for Autotrader and Kelley Blue Book. Since launching in 2017, Red Clover Advisors has helped hundreds of companies create privacy programs, achieve GDPR compliance, and establish a secure online data strategy their customers can count on. Jodi makes privacy easy to understand by breaking it down into measurable steps using plain language her clients can relate to. She passionately supports the idea that privacy is more than just compliance and concern over fines. It's a human right we all deserve. She has made it her mission to help businesses build trust and transparency with this core value at its foundation. Jodi holds a Masters of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting from Emory University’s Goizueta Business School. She lives in Atlanta, GA with her husband, two little girls, and a big fluffy dog named Basil.Read More
Anne grew up on a farm in Nebraska before attending Dartmouth College. She pursued her love of science and education, which led to a formative five years as a middle school science teacher. After earning a Doctor of Education degree in Education Policy at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Anne worked as a consultant for Harvard's Data Wise project where she helped schools around the country implement data-based improvement practices. From there, Anne became Chief Program Officer at Project Lead The Way, a national nonprofit and leading provider of STEM curriculum. She helped expand access to hands-on STEM curriculum and professional development to over 8,000 schools across the US.Read More
Tammy Bjelland holds a BA and MA from the University of Virginia and is a certified Master Trainer by the Association for Talent Development. She began her professional career in academia before moving into ed-tech, where she got her first remote role in 2011. Since then, Tammy has continued to help people achieve location-independent growth as the owner of a learning experience design firm specializing in online courses, the author of How to Learn Online, and now as the founder of Workplaceless, which has just launched a Remote Work Certification Program to help people work remotely.Read More
For over twenty-five years, Suzanne Reinhard has immensely influenced the luxury event and hospitality industry. With celebrity and coast to coast clientele like Jeff Foxworthy, Steve Harvey and beyond, Suzanne has been recognized as one of Atlanta's Top Wedding Experts by Modern Luxury Weddings. Beginning her culinary and service career at Johnson and Wales University, Suzanne honed her passion and talent for serving others. As her culinary and hospitality background evolved, Suzanne became an integral leader in several award-winning restaurants in the Southeast. In 2008, Suzanne made the leap from restaurants to the event world and became the co-owner of Magnolia Events and Planning. After assisting in the growth of Magnolia Events into a premier planning company, Suzanne Reinhard Events was launched in 2014. Suzanne executes an average of four to six weddings annually, allowing her the margin to give each client the service, attention and planner relationship they deserve. When she's not bustling about her home city of Atlanta or exploring international venues, Suzanne sets the planning aside and enjoys spontaneous moments with her family.
Suzanne is married to Kris Reinhard, a partner in Bold Catering and Design and Fifth Group Restaurants, and they have three children. A graduate of Pennsylvania State University with a degree in hospitality, restaurant & institutional management, Kris Reinhard joined the Fifth Group team as a kitchen manager with the opening of South City Kitchen Midtown in 1993. With Reinhard’s promotion to general manager of Bold Catering & Design, he joined Steve Simon and Robby Kukler as a partner in Fifth Group Restaurants. In the years since, the trio has opened eight more restaurants in the Atlanta area: La Tavola Trattoria, The Original El Taco, South City Kitchen in Vinings, Buckhead and Avalon, Ecco, Lure and Alma Cocina. In 2018 and 2019, Fifth Group will continue its expansion with the opening of Ecco and Alma Cocina locations in Buckhead.Read More
Jonathan is the “reasonably qualified” creative guy at Monday Night Brewing. He develops and maintains the Monday Night brand, including all design, social media and their obsession with Bryan Adams. He graduated from Emory in 2005 with a BBA in Marketing and a minor in Religion. His background is in marketing strategy consulting, where he worked with some large beer brands that you’ve definitely heard of. He is married to the lovely Sarah, and has a daughter named Addie Gray and a Pit Bull-mix named Eden who comes to the brewery everyday. She’s a lover, not a fighter.Read More
With a heart for people and a passion for decor, Anisa and Casey created Truth & Co to combine their two greatest passions: family and design. As the home sets the stage for years of life and love for your family, they believe it deserves all the love, care, and attention it needs to make it the best backdrop for your family’s greatest memories.
Anisa has been designing, drawing, and dreaming of homes since she was only seven years old. She began her career as a design consultant at 18 years old, advising friends, family, and clients on their home design and décor. She soon expanded her work to include larger projects such as room makeovers and full home renovations, walking with clients all the way from crafting their initial design to installing the final pieces of furniture.
As an artist, Anisa loves painting and creating unique pieces for the home and family as well. Along with her husband Casey and their four daughters, Ava, Rosa, Eleanor and Adeline, Anisa is excited for the future of Truth & Co.
Currently, Truth & Co is busy with everything from new constructions and home renovations to design consultations and room refreshers.Read More
Sam Konigsberg is the Head Relationship Builder at Sablier Watches, a wine-inspired American luxury watch brand based in Atlanta, GA. Sam joined Sablier Watches in 2013 with a passion to share Sablier's patented design and unique philosophy with the world. Sablier has been featured in Forbes Magazine, Bloomberg Pursuits, Esquire Magazine and in numerous charity wine auctions across the country. Sam's attention to time is important as he is also an Investment Consultant for BlackRock. The process of balancing corporate life and entrepreneurship has taught Sam many lessons that he shares in this podcast.Read More
Kara Brown is the Founder and CEO of SmithBrown Marketing, a fractional CMO and team focused on B2B sales and marketing alignment and execution. Originally from Chicago, Brown was one of the first employees of Echo Global Logistics, the first tech-enabled freight broker. Brown was a one-woman department single-handedly managing the company’s brand, image and marketing initiatives as the company grew 3000% in just over 3 years. In 2008, she took on the role of Investor Relations and was part of the company’s successful 2009 IPO (NYSE:ECHO). This was all by the time she was 26. She was recruited by OHL (Ozburn-Hessey Logistics), at the time a $2B Nashville-based global supply chain provider with clients like Apple, Starbucks, Samsung, Sony and Remington.
A few years before OHL was bought by GEODIS in 2015, she kicked up a consulting practice in Chicago and was the fractional CMO for six transportation and transportation technology companies. In 2016 Brown and her family moved to Atlanta when she was tapped to be Rubicon Global’s first VP of Marketing. In the last two years, SmithBrown has become a part of the Atlanta B2B marketing and sales landscape. Only 2% of female founders will crack $1M in revenue, Brown and her team of six are continuously delivering value for clients and plan to break the 2% mark by the end of 2018.