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Dreams In Drive

Dreams In Drive is a weekly podcast w/ Rana Campbell where you'll learn how to take your dreams out of PARK and into DRIVE. Our guests share their personal #dreamdriving stories and personal keys to success that have allowed them to successfully create lives full of fulfillment and passion. We chat entrepreneurship, small business advice, professional & personal development, success, branding, marketing, motivational, and general life tips that you can use as you put your #dreamsindrive. Host Rana Campbell is a marketing/branding expert that helps creatives learn how to BUILD brands that SHINE in the business world. For all show notes, visit dreamsindrive.com. Follow us on social @dreamsindrive. For guest considerations, email Rana(rana@dreamsindrive.com). New episodes every MONDAY & THURSDAY!
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Aug 14, 2017

Back in January 2016, I had a mic, a dream and NO IDEA where launching a podcast would take me. Listen in as I reflect on the past 99 episodes and we talk what putting your #dreamsindrive means. We hear from some people who were pivotal to the show's success, past guests, current DREAM DRIVERS, and more. No matter where you are on your journey, it's important to take time to think about how far you have come. Thank you to everyone who has helped us get to this special moment. Cheers to the next 100! Make sure to join in on the conversation on social (@dreamsindrive) and use the hashtag #dreamsindrive. Enjoy! 

IN THIS PODCAST WE DISCUSS:
- Lessons learned over the past 100 episodes
- Sit-downs with past guests & dream drivers
- How the show has evolved over the last 99 episodes
- What you can expect from Dreams In Drive in the future....and more!

*SHOW NOTES: http://www.dreamsindrive.com/episode-100

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Aug 7, 2017

Got side hustle? The chances are the answer to that question is probably YES. How can you take that side hustle and turn it into full-time entrepreneurship? Or, how can you make sure you are growing, accomplishing your goals, and keeping sane?

On this episode we chat with Nicaila Matthews, the Creator and Host of Side Hustle Pro, a podcast that spotlights bold, black women entrepreneurs who have scaled from side hustle to full time entrepreneurship. Side Hustle Pro has generated over a quarter million downloads in a year and amassed a loyal community of over 30,000 aspiring entrepreneurs.

Nicaila talks about her own path to side-hustle-ship and the main tools and strategies she's used to scale her business and community. Of those, SOCIAL MEDIA has been a huge part - so Nicaila gives us a crash course on how to use social to rock and smash your side hustle goals. 

Nicaila is a career long Digital Marketing Strategist and alumna of the University of Pennsylvania (BA) and the University of Michigan (MBA). Her professional experience spans digital marketing, ad sales and social media strategy for NPR, Google, MTV Networks and Georgetown McDonough.

Join in on the conversation on social (@dreamsindrive) using the hashtag #dreamsindrive. Enjoy!

SOME OF THE TOPICS WE DISCUSS:
- What does being a "dream driver" mean?
- What inspired Nicaila as a child
- Being a woman of color in the Ivy League
- Why getting a MBA was extremely valuable & worth the investment
- How not getting an offer from Google devastated yet motivated Nicaila
- The origin story of the Side Hustle Pro Podcast
- How to setting goals for your new side hustle
- Nicaila's strategy for growing Side Hustle Pro podcast
- Why you ABSOLUTELY need social media
- Why Nicaila chose Instagram of her platform of choice for social promotion
- 3 strategies for growing social media fans with truly engaged followers
- Why making an exclusive FB group can help you grow community
- Challenges Nicaila is currently facing in her business
- What Side Hustle Pro has taught Nicaila about herself
- Technical challenges building a podcast
- How to increase podcast subscribers
- Nicaila's favorite business tools
- Legacy

NICAILA'S KEYS TO SUCCESS:
1. Be willing to start
2. Don't let discouraging days keep you down or make you stop.
3. Ignore haters.

FIND NICAILA MATTHEWS ON:
Instagram: www.instagram.com/sidehustlepro
Twitter: twitter.com/sidehustlepro
Web: www.sidehustlepro.co

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Jul 31, 2017

What does having it "all" mean if you can't truly enjoy it? What does "wealth" really look like and what steps can you take to start building it? We chat with Jay Morrison - a real estate investor, TV personality, entrepreneur, social activist, author,CEO/Founder of the Jay Morrison Academy, a real estate investing school and mentorship program, and the CEO of Tulsa Real Estate Fund, a regulation A real estate investing crowdfunding platform.

Jay wasn't always a man with so many accolades and titles behind his name. A high school dropout, at risk youth and three time felon, Jay made a major life transformation over a decade ago and now uses his life experiences and personal story of triumph to empower and impact the lives of thousands of his Academy students, troubled youth, ex-offenders and real estate professionals. Jay is passionate about community repair and empowerment.  He developed the Corner Class to teach residents of underserved communities financial literacy and how to utilize real estate investing strategies to rebuild their neighborhoods.  

Jay takes along his personal #dreamdriving journey and the life changes he made that eventually led him to living in alignment with his purpose. We discuss how you can successfully find your WHY, build your own brand empire, varying challenges Jay faces, the importance of will & faith, how you can win in the real estate world, why you should bet on yourself (and your dreams) and much more!

Make sure to join in on the conversation on social (@dreamsindrive) and use the hashtag #dreamsindrive.

IN THIS PODCAST WE DISCUSS:
- What inspired Jay as a child
- The importance of a moral compass
- How Jay's desire "to get out" fueled his involvement in drug dealing at a young age
- Prison's effect on Jay's persona
- Having a high-risk threshold
- Challenges going legit and leaving drug dealing behind
- What Jay Did when he felt like giving up
- Building the Jay Morrison brand
- The importance of building valuable content for your audience
- Strategies for being consistent
- The importance of will & faith
- The definition of wealth
- The difference between being a real estate entrepreneur vs. being a realtor
- Why being a realtor isn't enough if you want to build true wealth
- The key to breaking the poverty curse
- Building a real estate empire + 1 thing Jay doesn't like about the real estate industry
- What to do if you're scared to take risks

*SHOW NOTES: http://www.dreamsindrive.com/jay-morrison

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Jul 24, 2017

Dream Driving isn't easy. There are times when you may feel like giving up on the dream and yourself. How do you push past those moments of overwhelm and regain focus on your mission and vision? In this solo episode, host Rana Campbell discusses how she recently was feeling very overwhelmed and shares her favorite tips and strategies for not letting overcome you permanently. We then dive into some ways you can stay focused on your dream even during tough times. Make sure to join in on the conversation on social (@dreamsindrive) and use the hashtag #dreamsindrive. Enjoy! 

IN THIS PODCAST WE DISCUSS:
- Dreams In Drive Updates + What Rana's excited about in the new few months
- Why a lot of service-based businesses are losing money
- Why you need to invest in automated systems and processes
- Tips for pushing past overwhelm
- Rana's advice for staying focused...and more!

*SHOW NOTES: http://www.dreamsindrive.com/episode-97

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*http://www.ranacampbell.com

Jul 17, 2017

Are you multi-passionate? Sometimes you don't have to choose. Sometimes it's not an "either/or". In this episode, Jasmine Lawrence hones in on the power of not limiting yourself when it comes to your passion & potential. 

At the age of 13, after attending a Network For Teaching Entrepreneurship BizCamp, Jasmine Lawrence founded EDEN BodyWorks to meet her own need for affordable natural hair and body care products. After 12 years in business, her products are available at Target, Wal-Mart, CVS, Walgreens, Amazon, Kroger, HEB, and Sally Beauty Supply stores just to name a few.

But, beauty isn't Jasmine's only passion. As a kid, she also had a huge love for science and technology. She graduated from Georgia Institute of Technology with a Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science (with concentrations in devices and artificial intelligence) and now serves as a Program Manager on the HoloLens Experience team at Microsoft.

So, it is really possible to run a thriving beauty empire AND manage a full-time tech career? Yes. 

How? You'll have to listen to find out. 

 

SOME OF THE TOPICS WE DISCUSS:
- What inspired Jasmine as a child
- How a bad hair experience & attending a business camp inspired Jasmine to pursue entrepreneurship
- The key questions Jasmine asked herself to get her business off the ground
- How to define your core values + brand mission
- What getting her first sale felt like as a young entrepreneur
- What growth looked like in the early days of the business
- Launching a business without a website
- How "Oprah's golden touch" sent her company into 3 months of backorders
- Personal challenges navigating being a young entrepreneur
- How Jasmine pursued her love for science & tech while pursuing entrepreneurship
- Why Jasmine enjoyed attending Georgia Tech
- Jasmine's Microsoft stry
- Transferrable skills Jasmine has learned working with Microsoft
- Core metrics you should understand about your business
- How to leave your mark in industries that aren't always diverse

*SHOW NOTES: www.dreamsindrive.com/jasmine-lawrence

*SKILLUME OFFER: www.skillume.com/dreamsindrive

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Jul 13, 2017

How do you keep pushing even when you aren’t 100% sure of what’s in store for you? What are the key business and life fundamentals you must master if you want to succeed? For any creative looking to make it big-time, there are some key things that you need to do in order to sustain momentum. On this episode, we chat with celebrity makeup artist, brand ambassador, educator, and beauty entrepreneur Ashunta Sheriff. With over 20 years in the beauty business, Ashunta has worked with stars such as Taraji P. Henson, Alicia Keys, Tracee Ellis Ross, Diddy, Danai Gurira, Zoe Kravitz, Keri Hilson, and more. Ashunta talks about how she got her start in the beauty industry working at the MAC counter in Macy’s Herald Square and the circumstances that led her to first celebrity booking. From there it was history!

Ashunta also dishes on her personal #dreamdriving story including lessons she’s learned working with celebrity clientele. From learning the right set etiquette, keeping good books, learning to market and brand oneself to setting and negotiating rates, Ashunta talks about the key things that will help creative entrepreneurs –  despite the industry- become (and remain) successful. Ashunta also discusses the major lessons she learned as she ventured into a new arena – product development. Despite the many successes and setbacks she’s faced throughout the years, Ashunta’s “keep pushing” mantra has kept her going. Whether you’re looking to become the next top MUA or not, this episode breaks down one’s woman story and formula for success.

PLUS – During the time of the interview, Ashunta was on set with one of her clients. YES, dream drivers Taraji P. Henson makes a guest appearance later on in the show, so you don’t want to miss it.

Make sure to join in on the conversation on social (@dreamsindrive) and use the hashtag #dreamsindrive. Please share with a friend if you enjoyed the episode, as well!

SOME OF THE TOPICS WE DISCUSS:
– What inspired Ashunta as a child
– The importance of knowing history as a makeup artist
– How Ashunta got her start working at MAC in New York City
– How an abusive relationship & getting fired from her job led her to first celebrity clients & working with Puff Daddy
– Keeping a dream journal & the power in manifesting
– Business fundamentals every creative should know
– The importance of keeping good books
– When working with an agent/agency makes sense
– Marketing your brand
– Setting & negotiating your rates + when taking the job at a lower rate is worth it
– How new makeup artists can make their mark in the industry
– How to work with celebrity clientele in 2017
– Why Ashunta decided to venture into product development
– The big trademarking challenge Ashunta faced
– What being a dream driver means to Ashunta
– Ashunta’s favorite beauty tips
– What keeps Ashunta going

*SHOW NOTES: www.dreamsindrive.com/ashunta-sheriff

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Jul 10, 2017

How can you find purpose, passion, and profit doing what you love? We chat with Tamera Darden - creative director, product stylist and founder of digital media agency, Darden Creative. Tamera opens about her road to creative fulfillment (after several twists & turns along her journey) and how she honed in on helping others improve their online brand identity. From studying fashion at Howard University to interning at top fashion media in New York City and later working at Macy's Corporate for six years - Tamera shares the skills and tools she learned in the industry. She then talks about her transition into freelance wardrobe styling & prop styling which eventually led her to finding her "light" as a creative entrepreneur. Tamera closes out the interviewing talking about the power of having a strong visual identity and shares how she began to specialize in "iPhone photography" and secure top clients doing what she loves. She also dishes on her favorite iPhone photography hacks and gives tips on what you can to improve your visual branding online. Make sure to join the conversation on social by adding us (@dreamsindrive) and using the hashtag #dreamsindrive. Enjoy!

SOME OF THE TOPICS WE DISCUSS:
- Dealing with her mother's passing at a young age
- Fostering a love for creativity as a young child
- Studying fashion at Howard University
- How Tamera got her first internship
- How Tamera honed her confidence as a young adult
- What it's really like to work in a fashion closet
- Working at Macy's Corporate for six years
- Why Tamera didn't like wardrobe styling and chasing checks & how she launched Darden Creative
- Giving up vs. pivoting
- How Tamera got her start with product styling
- What helped Tamera realize her worth
- Developing systems for your business
- The questions you need to ask when working with clients
- Getting clients with "iPhone photography"
- Using social media as a resume
- How to improve your visual identity online
- The best investments you can make to make your visual branding better
- Some iPhone photography hacks
- The importance of taking it one day at a time

*SHOW NOTES: www.dreamsindrive.com/darden-creative

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Jul 3, 2017

What does it take to truly change your life? How do you take your "dreams" and make them a reality" We talk with Ayana Iman - a Trenton, NJ native, Inspirational Speaker, Self-Help Blogger, certified Life Coach, education advocate, and author - about how she navigated unforeseen & desired changes in her life as an adult. From getting fired from her first job post-graduation to an unexpected pregnancy soon after graduating college, Ayana has had to learn how to "create life" while figuring out her own at the same time. She talks about her personal self-care journey and the self-awareness shifts that she has gone through throughout the years that have allowed her to start manifesting positive and long-lasting change. With her work, it is her goal to teach others how to live in the “light” and cultivate an attitude of gratitude. As a dream driver - learning how to affirm, align, and activate change in your life is crucial! Join in on the conversation on social (@dreamsindrive) using the hashtag #dreamsindrive. Enjoy! 

SOME OF THE TOPICS WE DISCUSS IN THIS EPISODE INCLUDE:
- Battling teasing and bullying as an an adolescent
- Why getting fired from her first job post graduation took her by surprise
- How Ayana started to figure out her strengths
- Stumbling your way through adulthood
- Ayana finding out she was pregnant & dealing with the stress
- Creating Life & figuring out your life at the same time
- How traveling re-empowered Ayana and sent her on a journey back to self
- Balancing a 9-5 
- Ayana's self-care journey
- The art and power of manifesting
- The 3 A's Of Change: Affirm, Align, Activate
- How motherhood affected her journey as an entrepreneur
- Self awareness shifts
- What to do if you are struggling with confidence
- Business lessons learned
- What keeps Ayana motivated

*SHOW NOTES: www.dreamsindrive.com/ayana-iman

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Jun 26, 2017

You want to make money, but how?! Sachit Gupta breaks down the steps you need to take to grow your audience and start monetizing your brand. He shares some of the key things you need to consider as a dream driver when launching your business, common mistakes people make when trying to make money, why you need to think strategically if choosing to pursue sponsorships, mindset shifts that need to happen as you scale and much more.  Sachit is the founder of SG Media Labs, where he works with some of the biggest podcasters, authors and influencers to help them grow their audience and get paid. Join in on the conversation on social (@dreamsindrive) and use the hashtag #dreamsindrive. Enjoy!

SOME OF THE TOPICS WE DISCUSS:
- Growing up in India and seeing a computer for the first time at 12 years of age
- Highlights of his college days at Carnegie Mellon
- The ingredients to successfully launching your own company
- What really matters when you're launching a business
- The common mistake people make when trying to make money
- The 4 questions you need to ask when working with sponsors/potential advertisers
- Why you shouldn't just say YES to every sponsor
- The importance of setting expectations
- How to figure out who your core audience is
- Why you should think beyond sponsorships
- Why you should start thinking about monetizing from the start
- How to overcome fear of charging and getting paid - the MINDSET SHIFT
- What it takes to build a 6 figure business
- Tips for bettering your marketing/sales skills


*SHOW NOTES: www.dreamsindrive.com/sachit-gupta

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Jun 25, 2017

What do you do when you're invited to interview the cast of one of your favorite TV shows? You accept, of course! In this episode, I give a #behindthescenes look into my first press junket experience where I interview six key cast members of the Stars show POWER: Omari Hardwick, Lela Loren, Lala Anthony, Rotimi, Nature Naughton, & Joseph Sikora. We discuss how this opportunity came to be and some of my key takeaways at the end of the day. I also include my interview with the cast where they focus in on #dreamdriving-related questions around the themes of hustle, legacy, and self-awareness. This is episode is a little departure from normal, but I hope that you still enjoy.

Join in on the conversation on social (@dreamsindrive) and remember to use the hashtag #dreamsindrive. 

QUESTIONS ASKED:
- What do you want the audience to consider when thinking about what it means to be a successful hustler?
- What kind of legacy are your characters trying to leave?
- Is Tommy missing Holly or trying to forget about her?
- What has this season taught you about you are as an individual?

*SHOW NOTES: www.dreamsindrive.com/power-cast-interview

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Jun 19, 2017

What does it take to be the leader within your industry? (Especially one that may not be so welcoming to you at first?) We chat with Cora Harrington, Founder and Editor in Chief of The Lingerie Addict, the largest lingerie blog in the world. Cora was inspired to launch The Lingerie Addict after struggling to find an online resource where she could learn more about beautiful lingerie options. Cora opens up about how this "hobby" of hers later transformed into her leaving her non-profit job and running the site full-time. Cora opens up about the major career wins and challenges she has faced along the way including learning the "business side" of running a popular online blog. We even discuss how being a Black woman in the lingerie industry plays into her proudest moments surrounding all that she has been able to accomplish over the past few years. Despite the odds being against her in a myriad of ways, Cora learned to "be willing, able, and enthusiastic" about her successes." Cora's been featured as a lingerie expert on The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, Teen Vogue, Cosmopolitan and Racked, and is currently working on her first book. Join in on the conversation on social (@dreamsindrive) using the hashtag #dreamsindrive. Enjoy!

WE DISCUSS:
- What inspired Cora as a child
- How Cora transitioned from working in the non-profit world and running The Lingerie Addict full-time
- The reasons Cora decided to stop using a pen name while running her business
- What Cora did when she first started running The Lingerie Addict full-time
- The type of sponsorship opportunities The Lingerie Addict offers + how to figure out how your rates
- The power of having a niche, targeted audience
- How to teach yourself how to run a blog as a business
- Professionalizing your brand
- How Cora honed in on the brand focus & built The Lingerie Addict audience
- Challenges bloggers often face growing their brand (cash flow, copyrights, trademarking, etc.)
- The side-effects of being super-niche
- The power of relationship building
- The difference between being in the  lingerie industry vs. being a fashion/beauty blogger
- Working through self-doubt & time management
- Tips for building a strong team & running a successful site
- Being a Black woman in the lingerie industry
- Cora's take on legacy

*SHOW NOTES: www.dreamsindrive.com/cora-harrington-the-lingerie-addict

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Jun 12, 2017

"The worst way to play the game is not knowing the rules." How do you figure out just what you should be doing with your life? Whether it be knowing what role you should play on your entrepreneurial journey or figuring our what's next on the career ladder, there are steps you can take to solidify your future. We speak with Alexandra Cavoulacos- Founder & COO of TheMuse.com, a career platform used by 50+ million millennials to find a job, learn professional skills or advance in their careers, and by hundreds of companies looking to hire or grow their employer brand. She’s also the co-author of "The New Rules of Work," a modern playbook to help millennials navigate their careers. Alex talks about her own path to entrepreneurship and gives advice for others trying to figure out what "career" means to them and how to get the most out of it. Join in on the conversation on social (@dreamsindrive) and use the hashtag #dreamsindrive. Enjoy!

IN THIS PODCAST WE DISCUSS:
- What inspired Alex as a child + growing up and attending school in France
- Why Alex decided to leave her science career dreams & major in political science at Yale University
- Why internships are important
- How The Muse got started
- The importance of feedback coaching & personal development
- How to be more direct with your approach
- The rules of the business world
- The democratization of information
- How career impacts your intimate life
- What to do if you have an entrepreneurial spirit within a career
- How to find the perfect career just for you
- Why taking control of your personal brand is crucial.
- Are cover letters dead?
- Navigating offer negotiation

*SHOW NOTES: www.dreamsindrive.com/alex-cavoulacos-the-muse

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*twitter.com/acav
*www.themuse.com

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*instagram.com/rainshineluv
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Jun 5, 2017

You've got this "big idea" - this SOLUTION to a problem that you know people will love and NEED. What's the next steps? How do you go about validating your ideas and figuring out how/if you can actually build a sustainable business model around it? We chat with Morgan DeBaun, CEO of Blavity and a serial creator passionate about living life to the fullest. Morgan has led Blavity to become one the fastest growing digital media startups and a top destination for black youth culture. Morgan talks each step of the business-building process and what you must do to keep momentum alive and grow your brand. She is one of only 12 Black women to raise over 1 million dollars in venture funding and has been featured on Essence, New York Magazine, Teen Vogue, Nylon, and a finalist for 2016 TechCrunch Founder of the Year. Join in on the conversation on social (@dreamsindrive) and use the hashtag #dreamsindrive. Enjoy!

IN THIS PODCAST WE DISCUSS:
- What inspired Morgan as a child
- The early days of Blavity + the core problem that Blavity was trying to solve
- How to validate your idea & outline your target personas/ user personas
- Why data is  important + important metrics to focus on
- Major pivots in the Blavity story
- How to monetize your media platform
- How to know if you audience is valuable
- How to be the best
- Understanding your core competency + positioning
- Major challenges experienced building Blavity
- How to build a strong team + building credibility + "digital receipts"
-The unglamorous side of entrepreneurship
- Why Blavity is a tech company*SHOW NOTES: www.dreamsindrive.com/morgan-debaun-blavity

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May 29, 2017

Did you know practicing self-care and self-exploration can have a HUGE impact on your #dreamdriving journey? We chat with Nnenna Stella- Founder of The Wrap Life, a premier online-retailer for head wraps - about the importance of self-care and how it led her to discover and re-new parts of herself - which eventually led her on the path to entrepreneurship. Nnenna reveals, "I was really tired. I was tired of not knowing and searching. I knew that I had to get it together. I can't half do this. I have to figure it out. I have to figure out why I feel this way. I have to figure out why I keep repeating patterns." Since she started the company in January 2014, The Wrap Life has connected with women all over the world, inspiring creativity and self expression. After experiencing the empowerment of her transition from waitress to entrepreneur, today Nnenna uses The Wrap Life platform to inspire women around the world to embrace the joys of self-exploration, self-care and self-expression. Join in on the conversation on social (@dreamsindrive) and use the hashtag #dreamsindrive. Enjoy!

SOME OF TOPICS WE DISCUSS:
- What inspired Nnenna as a child
- What moving to California introduced Nnenna to the importance of self-care
- Obstacles Nnenna created that got in her way early on
- The power of relocation & banishing fear
- Moving to New York from Los Angeles
- How acknowledging strengths led Nnenna to entrepreneurship
- How to be consistent in goal setting
- Being honest & confident with yourself.
- How Nnenna grew The Wrap Life brand
- Tips for growing your brand on social
- The power of outsourcing
- The importance of self care & how to get started
- Love's impact on Nnenna's journey
- Nnenna's proudest moments

*SHOW NOTES: www.dreamsindrive.com/nnenna-stella

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May 22, 2017

You're in the middle of building your brand, figuring out next steps in your career and then your world gets twisted upside down. What do you do? How do you manage - even at all? In this episode, we chat with podcaster Sarah Vega, host of Dique! - a self-help podcast with a twist that caters to the Latino demographic and is trying to break the stigmas that come within the culture. Podcaster Sarah Vega talks working with through dark moments along her #dreamdriving journey and how she was able to find faith, hope & new beginnings. We chat her early dreams of being a fashion editor, working at top NYC media outlets, her Kanye West experience, and even working with Rihanna. Sarah then explains how she ended up working as a Corrections Officer in New Jersey. Sarah opens up about this life-changing period in her life, battling depression, suicide attempts, and homelessness and what she did to get re-focused and re-energized to start over. Join in on the conversation on social (@dreamsindrive) and use the hashtag #dreamdrive. Enjoy!

SOME OF TOPICS WE DISCUSS:
- What inspired Sarah as a child & why she wanted to be a fashion editor
- Why she turned down a scholarship to FIT (Fashion Institute of Technology) in NYC
- What happened when Sarah met Kanye West
- Working at The Source & Complex Magazine
- How Sarah got her break in fashion working for Rihanna's stylist
- Which matters more: networking or talent?
- Why Sarah turned down moving to LA
- How Sarah ended up working at a Corrections Officer in New Jersey
- Why Sarah got fired from her law enforcement position
- Battling homelessness, depression and suicide attempts
- Why Sarah questioned God
- The day that changed Sarah's life
- How Sarah is looking to bring light to issues within Latino/a culture

*SHOW NOTES: www.dreamsindrive.com/sarah-vega

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May 18, 2017

Want to launch (or currently launching) your own online community, but not sure what to do next? BAUCE Magazine founder Liane Membis gets real on what it takes to launch a successful platform, get funding, work with investors, build a team...and more. BAUCE Magazine is a lifestyle site for self-made women of color. A digital media enthusiast at heart, Liane is a web designer-developer that loves technology, art and damn good storytelling.  She currently works in marketing for one of the world's leading technology companies and spends her time outside the office empowering women through mentoring and service work. Join in on the conversation on social (@dreamsindrive) and use the hashtag #dreamsindrive.

SOME OF THINGS WE DISCUSS:
- What inspired Liane as a child
- The pressure Liane felt after she graduated from Yale
- Working in journalism and realizing was NOT for her
- How Liane got the idea for BAUCE magazine
- How to do research & figure out your site idea
- The importance of data & analytics
- Why you should understand the technical components
- Lessons Liane learned about herself along her journey
- How Liane got a small private equity to invest in BAUCE
- How getting investors has changed her business
- 3 tips for working with investors
- One aspect of having an investor that isn't so fun
- How Liane juggles a full-time job and running BAUCE
- Building a strong team
- The importance of bravery, resilience, and asking for help

*SHOW NOTES: www.dreamsindrive.com/liane-membis

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May 15, 2017

What keeps you going? We chat with Maria Karmina Landicho -  journalist and media executive and on-air host at Myx TV - the only English-language multicultural Asian American entertainment cable network in the United States. Maria-Karmina is also the creator of the series "Be My Guest." Maria-Karmina shares her journey of coming to America as an immigrant child, to being homeless with her parents and siblings, to then finding her way in the industry as a half Asian American on-air personality. Maria-Karmina talks leaving her corporate job and giving herself a six month timeframe to figure out how to make her dream come true. Maria-Karmina also discusses the highs and lows she has experienced throughout her #dreamdriving story and what keeps her motivated to keep going. Join in on the conversation on social (@dreamsindrive) and use the hashtag #dreamsindrive. Enjoy!

SOME OF THINGS WE DISCUSS:
- What inspired Karmina as a child
- Growing up in an immigrant household
- How Karmina knew journalism was for her
- Leaving her comfortable corporate career
- How to know when to jump
- Thriving in a male-dominated environment
- How she landed at Myx TV
- The realities of being an Asian American woman in media 
- Tackling personal life issues on your #dreamdriving story
- Leaving toxic and abusive 
relationships
- How Maria-Karmina's life is changing
- Tips for growing your brand & platform

*SHOW NOTES: www.dreamsindrive.com/maria-karmina-landicho

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May 8, 2017

Sometimes you have a dream, but the dream doesn't always work out how you want it to. What do you do? How do you cope and continue to push on? We chat with McKenzie Dawkins - writer, YouTuber, dancer/choreographer and social influencer whose love for self-love, body positivity, female empowerment, and natural hair care can be seen throughout her work. Mckenzie takes us on her journey post-college and all the twists and turns she has had to navigate. She shares her tips for fighting fear and doubt, accepting your gifts, believing in yourself, refueling her passions, and continuing towards the end goal. Join in on the conversation on social (@dreamsindrive) and use the hashtag #dreamsindrive. Enjoy!

SOME OF THINGS WE DISCUSS:
- What inspired McKenzie as a child
- Why McKenzie chose to attend Princeton University
- Figuring things out in college + things McKenzie may have done differently
- Lessons learned from internships at Ebony & Elle
- Launching BWPW - a blog centered around female empowerment
- Finding a dance community
- The importance of journaling
- How McKenzie accepted her gifts
- The sneaking suspicion that you're special
- How to believe in yourself even when you don't believe in yourself
- How the term "just believe in yourself" can be isolating
- Why McKenzie started a YouTube channel
- What "hard work" truly means

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May 4, 2017

How have you worked through challenges and discouragement? I'm back at it with another round of listener questions! This time around we talk moments of inspiration, other inspiring business podcasts I love and recommend, navigating through setbacks, the power of words in branding, and keeping it professional via email. Join in on the conversation on social (@dreamsindrive) using the hashtag #dreamsindrive. Enjoy!

SOME OF THE QUESTIONS I ANSWER/THINGS WE DISCUSS:
- Acting on moments of inspiration
- What are some women in media & podcasts that inspire you?
- What have been some of your favorite wins from starting your career journey?
- How have you worked through challenges and discouragement?
- The power of branding, your words + perception
- How do you keep it professional via email?

*SHOW NOTES: www.dreamsindrive.com/episode-81

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May 1, 2017

 What goes on behind the mic? It's time to answer some dream driver questions! Listen in as I chat staying motivated, my recommended (and favorite) books, getting started, working through plateaus and more! Join in on the conversation on social (@dreamsindrive) and use the hashtag #dreamsindrive. Enjoy!

 

SOME OF THE QUESTIONS I ANSWER:
- What's your WHY?
- Where do you see yourself in 5 years with Dreams In Drive?
- What motivates you to be consistent?
- What's your self care routine like?
- How do you stay motivated during a plateau?
- How did you get started with Dreams In Drive?
- How do you find a mentor?
- What has been your biggest challenge with building Dreams In Drive?
- How does relocation help your life?
- What books would you recommend for personal growth?

*SHOW NOTES: www.dreamsindrive.com/episode-81

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Apr 27, 2017

Got an idea, but not sure how to launch and market it? We chat with with NYC based tech entrepreneur and journalist Wize - the Creative Director and founder of Indie Creative Network, an on-demand media production and distribution company. Wize talks about his dream driving journey, going to college in the US, working in Barbados for a while, coming back to New York City and eventually launching his own network. Wize shares the lessons he learned launching and marketing Indie Creative Network from the ground up as well as tips that others creatives and lifestyle entrepreneurs can use as they market their own dreams in drive. As Creative Director at Indie Creative Network, Wize uses his expertise in risk management, podcast production and demographic analysis to produce and distribute 27 talk and music mix shows based in 5 different countries. Join in on the conversation on social (@dreamsindrive) and use the hashtag #dreamsindrive. Enjoy!

IN THIS PODCAST WE DISCUSS:
- Why Wize's mother is his biggest inspiration
- The power of Google University
- The importance of researching trying to figure it out before asking for help
- What happened when Wize went back to Barbados to live & work for a year
- Wize's highest paying freelance gig
- Why Wize turned down a glorious West Coast job
- The joys of fatherhood
- The early days of the Indie Creative Network
- Using data to inform your content creation
- Tips for creating your own network
- The importance of SEO in building & marketing to your audience
- The power of hashtags & using different social media platforms
- Monetizing your platform
- Why Indie Creative Network is so important
- Wize's biggest motivation

*SHOW NOTES: www.dreamsindrive.com/wize-indie-creative-network

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Apr 24, 2017

Being a dream driver isn't only about chasing the dream, but also about keeping up with all of life's many other responsibilities. With life being hectic at times, what are the best ways to truly juggle everything? How can we learn to successfully manage it all? We chat with publicist Alli Rodriguez about her dream driving story and the ways that she has been able to balance the many facets of her life including the 9-5 career, the "dream", family, relationships, school, and self. Though all of our experiences and life circumstances are not the same, it IS possible to find ways to carve out time for our dreams and stay sane. Make sure to join in on the conversation online (@dreamsindrive) and use the hashtag #dreamsindrive. Enjoy!

 

IN THIS PODCAST WE DISCUSS:
- How Alli knew she wanted to be a publicist
- Creating opportunities for yourself
- Pivotal points early in her career
- Building relationships
- Letting passion drive you
- Taking breaks
- Juggling everything & settling boundaries
- Facing her father's varying position on what it means to be a woman
- Finding herself & distancing herself from toxic relationships + haters
- Building confidence & cultivating strong relationships

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Apr 20, 2017

Think politics don't affect you? Think again! "There are a lot of things taking place at the local, state, and federal level but our voices are not in it...so where does this leave the future of politics if we are not at the table?" In this episode, Lauren Bealore discusses why it's so important to be politically engaged and how having a seat at the table is crucial - especially for men and women of color. Some of the topics we discuss are the state of millennial and politics, the power of having people of influence in lobbying, donor, and policy positions, developing strategic partnerships, the generational gap, entrepreneurial trends we should be taking advantage of, and much more! Lauren is currently the Corporate Relations and Events Manager for the Michigan League of Conservation Voters, a national lobbying organization that focuses on protecting conservation issues by holding elected officials accountable. Lauren is also an appointed and elected official, serving as a City Commissioner for the City of Southfield’s Total Living Commission and Precinct Delegate for Precinct 19 of the City of Southfield. Join in on the conversation on social (@dreamsindrive) and use the hashtag #dreamsindrive. Enjoy!

 

IN THIS PODCAST WE DISCUSS:
- Why Shirley Chisholm was her childhood inspiration
- Studying social relations & policy at Michigan State
- The state of millennials and politics
- Why millennial voices need to be at the political table
- Why we need more people of color in policy, donor & lobbying positions
- What it's like working at a lobbying organization
- How money controls politics
- Lauren's "houseparties" story (social capital + social enterprise)
- How to yield your upward mobility to benefit others
- Developing thick skin
- Building strategic partnerships & raising money
- Why we need to capitalize on the future of tech
- Challenges Lauren faced in her career
- The generational gap in politics
- How to avoid burnout
- How you can be more politically engaged

Apr 17, 2017

"I want to make impact. I want to help small business owners be successful and feel fantastic about themselves." With a mission like that, how do you make it happen? We chat with Melody McCloskey, co-founder and CEO of StyleSeat, the leading destination for booking beauty and wellness appointments.Melody co- founded StyleSeat in 2011 to simplify the process of booking beauty appointments. With StyleSeat, industry experts are provided a place to showcase their work, connect with clients, and build their business while clients can discover new services and providers and book appointments on the go. Melody opens up about her journey building a top online booking service that not only helps stylists earn more but also serves a huge market need. Building a technology company is no easy feat and Melody discusses what entrepreneurs need to focus on if they want to be successful as well as some of the challenges she is currently facing within the business. To date, StyleSeat has powered over 50M appointments in over 16,000 US cities and has powered over $3 billion in appointments. 

*SHOW NOTES: www.dreamsindrive.com/melody-mccloskey-styleseat 

IN THIS PODCAST WE DISCUSS:
- What inspired Melody as a child
- How Melody leveraged her college internship to get a full-time job
- The art of perfecting your hustle
- Curating your friendship circle
- Why Melody sat on the StyleSeat idea for two years
- How to find courage to get started
- How to know when your idea is special
- The importance of validating your idea + surveying your test market
- Basic business fundamentals
- The early days of StyleSeat
- Tips for raising capital + fundraising
- Why obsession + passion for your vision is important
- What Melody tells every new employee
- How to use data to grow your business using the top 5 metrics method
- Switching from a free to paid model
- Navigating challenges
- The importance of looking and feeling your best 

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Apr 13, 2017

When you're starting (or thinking of starting a business), it is crucial to have a strong LEGAL foundation. But how? On this episode we chat with attorney Efe Ukala on the top legal mistakes you should avoid as your pursue entrepreneurship. Efe discusses key legal topics that you need to navigate. It may not be the sexiest of topics, but it definitely is an important one! Efe currently serves as a Vice President of Legal and Compliance at Kuramo Capital Management, an investment management firm, where she manages the firm's legal initiatives. She also currently serves as the Vice President of the Association of Black Women Attorneys New York. Make sure to follow on social @dreamsindrive and use the hashtag #dreamsindrive. Grab your FREE Dreams In Drive resources at www.dreamsindrive.com/free. Enjoy!

*SHOW NOTES: www.dreamsindrive.com/efe-ukala

IN THIS PODCAST WE DISCUSS:
- How Efe knew she wanted to be a lawyer
- The #1 legal mistake many entrepreneurs make
- Why service professionals also need to get their business registered
- When to trademark & protect your brand
- Why you need to check trademarks before you choose a business name
- How to avoid brand infringement
- How to decide the right type of legal structure for your business
- Why you need to be diligent with your contracts + partnerships
- Why you need to always negotiate
- Efe's passion for hair + how she has helped Etoile Blue legally
- Legal tips for working with influencers + marketing your business
- The importance of ethics
- What motivates Efe when she feels like giving up
- The best investment Efe made in herself as a lawyer

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