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Dreams In Drive

Learn how to take your dreams out of PARK and into DRIVE. Host Rana Campbell and weekly guests share their personal #dreamdriving stories and 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. Follow us on social @dreamsindrive. For guest pitches, visit www.dreamsindrive.com/pitch.
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Oct 30, 2017

Let's try to keep it real: What's TRULY holding you back from success? On this episode we dive deep into some of the ways that creatives and lifestyle entrepreneurs often stifle their own growth and what you can to start getting s**t done! In the guest chair is South Bronx native Emmelie De La Cruz,  a serial entrepreneur who turned her layoff into her legacy. Whether it's group coaching, her books and classes, or through her health and wellness team, she has one goal: building dreams into businesses. On this episode, Emmelie takes us along  her "original Cardi B." #dreamdriving journey and how went from working in marketing and communications to launching her own consultancy to help entrepreneurs and side hustlers grow their businesses. Emmelie shares some of the tough life lessons she had to learn that helped her become a better business woman and individual. Make sure to join in on the conversation on social (@dreamsindrive) and use the hashtag #dreamsindrive. Enjoy!

MORE ON EMMELIE:
Emmelie is a graduate of Syracuse University's S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communication and has worked for companies in Atlanta, DC and New York City. Her marketing insights have been featured in Black Enterprise, The Miami Herald, The Huffington Post, PR Daily, and Forbes named her site one of the top career websites just a year after launching. When she isn’t helping startups scale, she’s blogging on her site emmeliedelacruz.com which reaches over 15,000 women each month.

ON THIS EPISODE WE DISCUSS:
- What inspired Emmelie as a child
- Why Emmelie studied public relations in college & later realized it wasn't for her later on
- Transitioning into marketing & branding
- How entrepreneurship found Emmelie
- Why passion is overrated
- The power of the pivot
- How to validate an idea
- How to find out what your audience is struggling with
- How to be authentic & master YOU
- The importance of building a personal brand
- Not being afraid to be who you are
- Why Emmelie misses corporate America
- Emmelie's superstar strength
- The art of being artistically naive
- The best investments Emmelie has made in her business

SHOW NOTES: www.dreamsindrive.com/emmelie-de-la-druz

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Oct 27, 2017

What's stopping you from getting started? What's stopping you from doing that thing that's burning inside of you? What's stopping you rom pressing LAUNCH on the product or service of yours? In this minisode, host Rana Campbell talks about how she was able to get over her fear of launching and shares some BIG NEWS with the dream driver fam. Make sure to join in on the conversation on social (@dreamsindrive) and use the hashtag #dreamsindrive. Enjoy!

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Oct 23, 2017

What's at the core of what you're building? If you're not thinking about your legacy, what you doin' it for? What's influencing your drive and execution? So many of us dream drivers have these amazing ideas, but don't know how to get them from the idea (PARK) stage and into DRIVE.We talk with NYC-based technology entrepreneur James Lopez about his #dreamdriving journey, how he made the transition from the corporate IT world to entrepreneurship and the many lessons he's learned along the way. He shares the FAILURES he had to navigate past and how he was able to successfully co-found and sustain the Phat Startup. James also discusses why launching parenting company Cool4Dads.com via #FatherhoodIsLit and  empowering men to be the best dads is one his proudest entrepreneurial feats yet. 

When James is not creating memories with his children, he consults startups on community building and customer development. We even dive into James' tips for entrepreneurs looking to grow, so don't miss out. Remember, you can join in on the conversation on social (@dreamsindrive) and use the hashtag #dreamsindrive. Enjoy!

ON THIS EPISODE WE DISCUSS:
- How James' dad & hip hop music inspired him as a child
- Why learning about the stock market opened up James to more opportunities
- Working in corporate America and why bulldozing his way to to the top didn't work
- Why reading a lot of books on entrepreneurship was killing his productivity
- How to start doing
- Why James' first company failed
- Launching the Phat Startup
- 3 ways to get access
- How James used Twitter to connect with industry figures like Ben Horowitz & Gary Vaynerchuck
- Challenges growing the Phat Startup
- How starting over can still be difficult (even with a blueprint)
- What inspired James to launch a company focused on fatherhood
- Figuring out your core audience
- How to balance entrepreneurship & fatherhood
- The 2 keys to building a business

SHOW NOTES: www.dreamsindrive.com/james-lopez

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Oct 16, 2017

If you're trying to build a powerhouse career and BOSS up in the professional world, how do you do it? One of the things that I love about the #dreamsindrive community is that we are so diverse. Although a lot of us may have our own companies or want to eventually be entrepreneurs at some point, we don't all fit into that demographic. There are some dream drivers who have career aspirations outside of entrepreneurship. Despite what your journey looks like (or how you want it to look), the thing that brings us all together is our stories of RESILIENCE, HUSTLE & DRIVE.  Public relations expert Nyle Washington opens up about her #dreamdriving journey and how she was able to build a public relations career in the television and entertainment industry that has spanned her working at VH1, STARZ, & HBO, where she oversees media relations and publicity for several of the network’s specials, along with select drama and comedy series.

Nyle talks about how she got her foot in the door early on as an intern, the key to career growth, knowing when to move on, the art of cultivating relationships, work/life balance, publicity lessons for growing brands, and much more! Join in on the conversation on social (@dreamsindrive) and use the hashtag #dreamsindrive. Enjoy!

ON THIS EPISODE WE DISCUSS:
- What inspired Nyle as a child
- The beauty of trying different things
- Interning in the publicity department at the Oprah Winfrey show
- Building relationships & learning the ropes early in your career
- Knowing when to move on
- The key to growth in your career
- What a publicist does at a network
- Moving from VH1 to Starz
- How to get your foot in the door in the entertainment industry
- The power of cultivating and building relationships
- Negotiating your salary and getting paid what you're worth
- Struggling with balance & setting boundaries
- Being a publicist for a major cable network hit show
- How to get publicity for your brand
- How Nyle got her dream job at HBO
- How to be confident in what you do
- What keeps Nyle motivated
- The power of the stories to change the world
- The future of digital media

SHOW NOTES: www.dreamsindrive.com/nyle-washington

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Oct 9, 2017

"I didn't let what happened to me lead me down a different road." On this episode we chat with Tiffini Gatlin - a former corporate bank executive turned entrepreneur and digital influencer. Tiffini takes us on her #dreamdriving journey which includes overcoming being abused as a child, losing her grandmother during a pivotal moment in her life,  climbing the corporate ladder, and finally taking the leap into entrepreneurship - a decision that came with many unforeseen hurdles and challenges.

However, one common theme Tiffini experienced was this: Sometimes life doesn't always pan out how you may think it will or how you want it to. In 2015, she became a pioneer in the beauty industry after turning her side hustle into the first patent-pending process of pre-curled and looped synthetic hair. Within one year, she built a million-dollar ecommerce brand - Curlkalon. Due to problems with her business partner, she never imagined that she would end up deciding to part ways with a brand that she founded.

Motivated more than ever, Tiffini expanded her vision for creating safe and affordable synthetic hair extensions and launched Latched and Hooked - a lifestyle and beauty brand that offers synthetic hair extensions and hair care products.

Tiffini shares the lessons she's learned throughout her entrepreneurial journey that have helped her realized no matter what life serves you, it's up to YOU to make the most and keep moving towards success.

WE DISCUSS:
- What inspired Tiffini growing up
- Dealing with physical & emotional abuse as a child
- The power of forgiveness
- Tiffini's college days & how she veered away from her original law school dreams
- Loss
- How working at Kroger's led Tiffini to a decade-long career at Bank of America
- Lessons learned in corporate America
- Why Tiffini decided to leave Bank of America
- Learning how to be resourceful
- What launched Tiffini into hair entrepreneurship
- Creating a business based on a consumer need
- How to find manufacturers and establish a presence in your niche
- Protecting your patents & designs
- Challenges growing Latched and Hooked
- How to rebuild what you once built before
- The power of forgiveness
- The importance of lasting relationships & advisors

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Oct 2, 2017

How long would you keep hustling to make your dream a reality? Hopefully, as long as it takes! Writer and actress Julissa Calderon opens up about her journey to success in the entertainment industry and all the life-changing lessons she's learned along the way. We talk about everything from why she never questioned if acting was for her even, getting fired from her secure day job that paid the bills, landing a dream job at Buzzfeed, why she's so passionate about challenging Latino stereotypes, increasing representation for Afro-Latino representation, and opening doors for other creators of color... and more! Join in on the conversation on social (@dreamsindrive) and use the hashtag #dreamsindrive.

SHOW NOTES: www.dreamsindrive.com/julissa-calderon

ON THIS EPISODE WE DISCUSS:
- What inspired Julissa as a child
- Julissa's pivot from nursing to theater in college
- How naivety helped launch Julissa's career
- The biggest lesson Julissa learned early in her acting/theater career
- Nailing your "pitch"
- Managing a 9-5, social life, and acting career
- Why Julissa never left Los Angeles after going for an audition she didn't get
- Why you need an agent as an actor
- Being an Afro-Latina in the entertainment industry
- Diversity in entertainment
- How getting fired from her waitressing position changed Julissa's life
- How a Buzzfeed audition turned into a career as a full-time producer
- How to show your worth & value
- Influencing change
- Why you need social media
- Biggest entrepreneurial lessons learned
- The 30 year test
- Dealing with being away from family & being homesick
- The importance of legacy

MORE ON JULISSA CALDERON:
Julissa Calderon is an Los Angles-based writer and actor currently bringing her Dominican background and comedic flare to BuzzFeed’s Pero Like. Recent videos such as “Pelo Bueno, Pelo Malo,” “Sammy Sosa’s Skin Color Rant” and “How I Went from Waitress to Buzzfeed Producer” have been featured in numerous news outlets, including The Huffington Post and CNN Español. You may recognize Julissa from her guest starring role in ABC’s hit show Revenge or as an onstage performer in the Miami productions of he Donkey Show (Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts) and Road Through Heaven (New Theater).

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