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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, email (rana@dreamsindrive.com).
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Feb 12, 2018

"You don't look like an ex-felon" they told her. Meet Lucinda Cross, Chief Activator,  CEO of Activate Worldwide and founder of Activate Your Life 501c3. Lucinda is a TEDx speaker, best-selling author, international speaker and corporate coach. When she was 19 years old, Lucinda made a decision that would change her world forever having her spend her prime years in federal prison. Now, she's committed to using her story of self-discovery, triumph, and overcoming odds to help inspire others to ACTIVATE their lives. She opens up about her #dreamdriving journey, the challenges she had to overcome, and how she was able to find success in her niche as an entrepreneur. Join in on the conversation on social (@dreamsindrive) and make sure to use the hashtag #dreamsindrive. Enjoy!

ON THIS EPISODE WE DISCUSS:
- What inspired Lucinda as a child
- The decision that changed Lucinda's entire life
- How Lucinda got through prison
- Challenges while in federal prison
- Abuse in prison
- Being ashamed of her journey
- Lucinda' plan post release
- How Lucinda fell into entrepreneurship
- Mastering your niche
- Creating her vision board company
- Staying focused despite naysayers
- Getting her vision boards in Walmart

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Feb 5, 2018

What's the difference between success and fulfillment? Dr. Nii Darko talks his #dreamdriving journey and how he was able to discover a life for himself and his family beyond medicine. He shares lessons learned navigating entrepreneurship as a doctor, knowing your value, scaling your business. Plus, we talk the power of community, knowing your WHY, and what keeps Nii going through difficult times. If you're currently feeling stuck and feel like there's more to your journey, this episode is for you! Let's start dreaming outside the BOX and truly stepping into the vastness of our purpose! Join in on the conversation on social (@dreamsindrive) and make sure to use the hashtag #dreamsindrive. Enjoy!

ON THIS EPISODE WE DISCUSS:
- What inspired Nii as a child
- How Nii knew medicine was for him
- The dark side of being super committed
- Knowing your value
- Negotiating
- The key to scaling your business
- Why Nii started his podcast "Docs Outside The Box"
- Underestimating the power of community
- Investing and getting help
- Success vs. fulfillment
- Knowing your avatar
- Staying true to who you are
- Understand your WHY
- Paying off $662k worth of debt
- Legacy...and more

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Feb 2, 2018

When there is a will, there is a way. If you truly want something, you have to figure out how to create your opportunities and build your own pathways to success. Sometimes we spend too much time trying to "go with the flow" and wait for things to happen to us. If you're a DREAM DRIVER, sometimes you have to get into the driver's seat and create the road ahead of you. Host Rana Campbell shares how figuring out how to "bend the rules" or the "way things are supposed to be" landed her at the Root 100 dinner in November 2017 where she got to meet some fabulous people including Common, Raheem Devaughn, Angela Rye, AJ Collaway, and more. She also discusses advocating for yourself, strategic post-opportunity creation follow-up, and the importance of grit and visualizing success before it happens. Join in on the conversation on social (@dreamsindrive) and use the hashtag #dreamsindrive!

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Jan 29, 2018

What do you do when you feel like your wasting your time by not pursuing your dreams? We chat with pitching coach and  development consultant Squeaky Moore about her #dreamdriving journey and how she was able to walk away from a career in media/entertainment to live in her purpose and pursue her calling. Squeaky talks the process of creating her  book #100Pitches: Mistakes, I’ve Made So You Don’t Have To - a film and television pitching guide for independent content creators about the do’s and don’ts, and strategy of pitching television and film projects.

Squeaky hones in on the many pitching mistakes creatives and entrepreneurs makes and how we can overcome them and start hearing more YES's. No matter what your industry is - the biggest takeaway from our chat with Squeaky is:  Listen to your calling. Pay attention to the signs. Live your best life -even if the journey is not always so easy.

ON THIS EPISODE WE DISCUSS:
- Squeaky's most vivid childhood memory
- How to figure out your purpose
- Balancing life as an actor w/ her full-time career
- Are you wasting your time?
- Vetting opportuntiies
- Living your best life
- Top pitching mistakes many creatives make
- Developing the concept for her Pitching 101 book
- Credibility
- Overcoming challenges along her journey
- Self-sabotage
- Having the faith of an atheist
- Gaining self-awareness
- The importance of spirituality

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Jan 26, 2018

Having faith is a critical aspect of the #dreamdriving journey. You have to be willing to take action without knowing what the results of that action may be. We talk the importance of planting and nurturing seeds in our life and what can happen when you do. Join in on the conversation on social (@dreamsindrive) and use the hashtag #dreamsindrive!

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Jan 22, 2018

How important is social media when it comes to building your brand? As any 2018 business knows - it can be everything for engaging with your audience and bringing new prospects into your sales and marketing funnels! We chat with Laura Roeder-  founder of Edgar, a social media automation tool designed to prevent status updates from going to waste. Laura has given talks at conferences like BlogHer and South by Southwest and has appeared in Forbes, Fast Company, Mashable, CNET, and other major publications.

Here's a little about her own story: In 2009, she started LKR Social Media, where she  created online courses that taught thousands of entrepreneurs and small business owners how to take their social media marketing into their own hands. One of the things she noticed why helping clients was that there weren't ANY social media tools that would save your updates after posting them, or post them more than one time automatically! In 2014 with the help of her husband and team - Edgar was born!

How did she do it? How can you figure out gaps in the market and create a space for yourself? Laura opens up about her #dreamdriving journey, how she stumbled across the world of digital marketing and social media and gives her favorite social media tips for other entrepreneurs building online businesses.  

Join in on the conversation on social (@dreamsindrive) and make sure to use the hashtag #dreamsindrive. Enjoy!

ON THIS EPISODE WE DISCUSS:
- What inspired Laura as a child
- Laura's original plans post-college
- Why Laura decided to quit her job and become a freelancer
- How to land your first clients
- How Laura discovered her niche
- How to get paid doing what you love
- Building a software company from scratch
- Why Jennifer opted out of a freemium model for her business
- Strategies for scaling
- Social media mistakes you want to avoid
- How to win on each social media channel
- How to keep your customers happy
- Challenges Laura faced building her business
- Laura's favorite business tools

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Jan 15, 2018

Investor and entrepreneur Sarah Kunst always had big dreams. From growing up in small-town America to dominating the tech worlds of New York City and Silicon Valley, she has built her career being able to spot "What's Hot?" and "What's next?" But - what's the story behind the story? How was she able to gain access to rooms that aren't normally open to someone that looks like her? We chat with Sarah about her #dreamdriving journey and how with an acute DRIVE and VISION for her life - she was able to build a career in the venture capital work and later as an entrepreneur.

Join in on the conversation on social (@dreamsindrive) and make sure to use the hashtag #dreamsindrive. Enjoy!

ON THIS EPISODE WE DISCUSS:
- What inspired Sarah as a child growing up "in the middle of nowhere"
- How to figure out what you want
- Forward momentum
- Getting her start in the technology world
- How Sarah got recruited to be a venture capital investor
- The 3 markers of success of an investor
- Characteristics of investor-ready companies
- How do you put your raw ingredients for success together?
- Launching Proday
- Transitioning from investor to CEO
- The important thing about metrics
- Getting over fear
- Why you shouldn't do everything yourself
- Sarah's superstar strength
- Sarah's experiences with sexual harassment in the workplace
- Why Sarah is committed to seeing women succeed

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MORE ON SARAH:

Sarah Kunst is founder and CEO of Proday and has worked at Apple, Red Bull, Chanel, Mohr Davidow Ventures and several venture backed startups. She is also a contributing editor at Marie Claire Magazine. Kunst was  named a Forbes Magazine 30 under 30 and a top 25 innovator in tech by Cool Hunting. She has been recognized for her work in Business Insider as a 30 under 30 Woman in Tech and Top African-American in Tech & Top Startup To Watch in 2017. Marie Claire Magazine named her a Young Gun to watch. She has written for Techcrunch, Forbes, Wall St. Journal, Fortune and Entrepreneur.com. Marc Andreessen named her one of his 55 Unknown Rock Stars in Tech.


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Jan 8, 2018

What does it take to succeed as a digital influencer (or dream driver in general) in 2018? So many of us often have a plan - or a vision/dream  - but face challenges when it comes to execution a.k.a  GETTING RESULTS. We chat with Atlanta-based Mattie James -  creator of MattieJames.com. Since 2010, Mattie has collaborated with household name brands like Macy’s, Cotton, H&M, Google and many more. With a social media following of over 175,000 lifestyle enthusiasts, the "Mattie James" brand has evolved into a 360 degree brand that includes a blog , 2 podcasts, a newsletter & YouTube channel, and a variety of physical & digital products.

Mattie talks her early #dreamdriving journey which includes moving to NYC after dropping out of college to moving back to Atlanta and re-discovering her love for writing and realizing she had what it took to become a "full-time influencer". Mattie talks her processes/systems for staying focused &  getting things DONE. We zero in on Mattie's keys to building an audience, the art of hustling,  profitable revenue models, networking  & relationship building tips and much more! 

 Join in on the conversation on social (@dreamsindrive) and make sure to use the hashtag #dreamsindrive. Enjoy!

ON THIS EPISODE WE DISCUSS:
- Mattie's early inspirations
- Remaining true and authentic 
- Why entrepreneurship and motherhood work for Mattie
- What happened when Mattie moved to NYC to pursue her entertainment dreams
- What it takes to hustle and make it
- Mattie's transition from performer to digital influencer
- How Mattie learned to become a strong online storyteller
- Putting your money where your mouth is
- Mattie's keys to building your audience and staying committed
- Successfully re-branding
- Mattie's most profitable income stream
- Is still feasible for newbies to work with brands?
- Building relationships...and more

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Jan 4, 2018

Is there a place/time in your last that had a significant impact on who you are today? Host Rana Campbell goes back into time to her first job at Eagle Rock Lanes Bowling Alley. She discusses some of the valuable life lessons she learned on and off the clock as a teenager that still ring true now in 2018. There's definitely some things school can't teach you, but life will! Join in on the conversation on social (@dreamsindrive) and use the hashtag #dreamsindrive!

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Jan 1, 2018

Wow! It's been two years of Dreams In Drive already! Listen in as host Rana Campbell recaps the past year and shares her three keys to success for anyone looking to set their dreams in drive in 2018! PS - James Campbell makes another surprise appearance! Join in on the conversation on social (@dreamsindrive) and use the hashtag #dreamsindrive!

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Dec 26, 2017

Are you going to claim 2018 as YOUR YEAR!?! Are you going to half- try or whole- try in the new year?!  Host Rana Campbell shares a brief encounter with her dad that inspired her to share ways that we can scrap the notion of feeling "unmotivated and uninspired" and truly commit to DOING and putting our WHOLE HEART into our work and goals as dream drivers. Join in on the conversation on social (@dreamsindrive) and use the hashtag #dreamsindrive. Enjoy!

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Dec 19, 2017

We are all on a journey to find our paths in lives, but what If I told you sometimes your path finds you?! The crazy journey you're on right now will eventually make sense.There will be things in your life that you don’t understand when you're experiencing it, but it all comes together.

Meet Dasheeda Dawson (The WeedHead)  - an ivy-league trained cannabis executive, digital growth hacker and brand equity builder. She is a corporate-to-cannabis cross-over pioneer with a mission to legitimize, stabilize and diversify the rapidly growing cannabis industry.

Dasheeda started her career journey in medical school - but 3.5 years in, decided it wasn't for her and set off to forge a new path for herself in business. In 2016, Dasheeda officially traded in her career with Fortune 500 companies like Target and Victoria's Secret to become a cannabis entrepreneur and industry thought leader. She is currently the Founder & President of MJM Strategy, a digital-focused strategic consulting firm. She recently became the Interim Executive Director for the New Jersey Cannabis Commission and also serves on as the Chief Strategy Officer for Minorities for Medical Marijuana. 

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ON THIS EPISODE WE DISCUSS:
- What inspired Dasheeda as a child
- Why Dasheeda dropped out of medical school after 3.5 years
- Medical and care disparities for persons of color
- Transitioning from medical student to entrepreneur
- What to do when your resume doesn't add up to the job you want
- Why Dasheeda decided to go to business school
- Why Dasheeda decided to leave corporate America
- How Dasheeda got her start as an entrepreneur in the cannabis industry
- Debunking some common cannabis myths
- The future of marijuana legalization and more...

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Dec 11, 2017

Are you struggling to figure out what you're supposed to do in life? Are you not feeling clarity when it comes to your vision and goals? We chat with Kim Coles - actress, comedian, author coach and speaker whose career spans over 30 years with signature roles on the ground-breaking shows Living Color and Living Single. Kim opens up about her #dreamdriving journey and talks about how she was able to hone in on her gifts of "laughter of love" to open up her life to new possibilities. She also shares what those struggling to realize their talents and stay empowered can do to start walking in their purpose.  

Kim's work focused on guiding women on the incredible healing journey of broadcasting their brilliance by telling and leveraging their own authentic stories to inspire others to learn, laugh and leave their own powerful legacy. Join in on the conversation on social (@dreamsindrive) and make sure to use the hashtag #dreamsindrive. Enjoy!

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ON THIS EPISODE WE DISCUSS:
- What inspired Kim as a child
- How Kim got her start in comedy
- Why acting In Living Color was Kim's "perfect job"
- Kim's difficult transition after Living Single
Discovering her gift of love and laughter and her transition into speaking
- Transitioning from actor to speaker
- The keys to a great speaking engagement
- Why figuring out your gifts is so important
- The power of sharing your story
- The best gift Kim ever gave herself
- How to maintain longevity in the entertainment industry
- How to keep pushing yourself & remain empowered

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Dec 4, 2017

What does it take to master your mind so that you can master your life? How do you cultivate a winning mentality that will help you overcome obstacles and create possibility? In this episode, we chat with with educator, coach, mentor, Paterson, NJ native Gemar Mills  (a.k.a "The Turnaround Principal")  about his road to self-discovery through education and how he helped to turn around schools and the lives of thousands of children in the state of NJ.   As Gemar mentions,"Your mindset will either be to your demise or your success. You have to figure out the context in which you thrive the most."

In 2005, after graduating from Montclair State University with a Bachelors of Science in Math Education, Gemar started his teaching career. By 2009, at the age of 28, Mills was promoted to Principal of Malcom X Shabazz - one of the most troubled schools in the Newark Public Schools District, with a history of low-test scores, MXS was threatened with possibility of closure. Mills took on the challenge and fully implemented his strategy of education reform by becoming an accessible and relatable leader for the school community. He accomplished the unthinkable, by drastically improving student test scores, created a safe school atmosphere and made the students believe in their selves, the school and in education again.

Gemar's story to becoming the Turnaround Principal is one that we all can learn from. Despite the odds against you, there always is a way. You just have to willing to do the work to find it.

Join in on the conversation on social (@dreamsdrive) and use the hashtag #dreamsindrive. Enjoy!

ON THIS EPISODE WE DISCUSS:
- Growing up in the inner-city of Paterson, NJ
- How getting 400 stitches as an adolescent changed Gemar's life
-  How Gemar knew that he had a gift for motivating students
- How Gemar became a principal by the age of 28
- The best "accident" of Gemar's career
- 2 Keys to making change
- Working around in a turnaround school
- How to gain respect as a leader
- The importance of timely, accurate responses
- Building the Gemar Mills brand
- Building confidence and believing in oneself
- The mentor that had a HUGE impact on Gemar's life
- Thinking big
- Gemar's morning ritual

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Nov 30, 2017

Are you having trouble staying focused on your dreams and goals?A lot of people never get anywhere because they want to be everywhere. Many of the most successful dream drivers were able to accomplish their goals once they got FOCUSED. But how do you do that? On this episode, host Rana Campbell dives into the subject of making sure your internal GPS is working corrected. In order to stay focused, you have to know where you are going! She shares her favorite tips and strategies for staying focused as you #dreamdrive towards your ultimate goal! Join in on the conversation on social (@dreamsindrive) and use the hashtag #dreamsindrive. Enjoy!


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Nov 27, 2017

How did Detroit native Melissa Butler go from a licensed stock broker to beauty entrepreneur? On this episode, we learn how she strategically launched a start-up vegan beauty brand, The Lip Bar - a concept that stemmed from a beauty frustration that inspired Melissa to find a solution! Using her finance and business savvy and expertise, she was able to successfully enter a new space FOCUSED and with an unstoppable"GET IT DONE" attitude. Melissa talks about why having faith and belief in her dreams and her ability to see them into fruition helped her navigate the many challenges and hurdles she's experienced as an entrepreneur. Now, Melissa inspires and empowers women everywhere of all ages, races and body types to be confident in their own skin by challenging traditional beauty standards through imagery, ingredients and affordable pricing. Join in on the conversation on social (@dreamsindrive) and use the hashtag #dreamsindrive. Enjoy!

ON THIS EPISODE WE DISCUSS:
- Melissa's "I know what I want" mantra as a child
- Being unhappy in her high-paying NYC finance job
- How Melissa's first entrepreneurial venture led her to making lipsticks
- Challenges Melissa made in the beginning days
- Why you have to step out on faith
- How Melissa financed The Lip Bar
- The real reason why The Lip Bar's Shark Tank rejection was an actually WIN
- Why understanding your audience is & why they shop with you is CRUCIAL
- The biggest marketing investment Melissa made
- Launching in Target & the many lessons learned
- Why Melissa decided to drop her price points
- What Melissa wished more people knew about beauty entrepreneurship
- The power of believing in yourself

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Nov 20, 2017

Dancer and choreographer Aliya Janell shares the keys to her viral dance video success and building a brand that truly brings you happiness and fulfillment. She talks about how her early passion for dance and entertainment never left her and drove her to figure out how to make a life and living inspiring others and creating. Aliya shares why - at the end of the day-  you shouldn't sacrifice your dreams or what makes your heart happy. Your hard work, determination, and the many twists and turns of your journey will lead you to where you are supposed to go. The social media influencer-who has gained widespread popularity for her viral heels dance videos - has been reposted by Trey Songs, Chris Brown, & Nicki Minaj and more. Aliya's work includes dancing for K. Michelle, Pitbull,Tank and many more. As she became more successful in the dance industry, she decided to started her own dance class known as “Queens N Lettos” so that ever woman can feel sexy, confident, and can be a queen in her (sti)lettos. It has become extremely popular and have even expanded to more classes such as “Queens N Sneaks.” 

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

ON THIS EPISODE WE DISCUSS:
- What inspired Aliya as a child
- Making her mark as a dancer and choreographer
- How to create your unique style
- The importance of feelings and emotion when defining your craft
- How Aliya fell in love with teaching
- The start of Queens 'n' Lettos
- Going from 10k to 700k+ followers in less than one year
- Business challenges Aliya faced early on 
- Figuring out marketing & branding
- How to get past the fear of self-promotion
- Getting reposted by Nicki Minaj
- How To find Your Calling
- Fighting overwhelm
- The importance of having a strong support system

SHOW NOTES: www.dreamsindrive.com/aliya-janell

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Nov 16, 2017

Ever feel like giving up on yourself? Host Rana Campbell breaks down her favorite tips and advice on how you can motivate yourself to keep going - even when times get hard. We also hear a listener email and Rana's thoughts on why the fact that you never know who you're inspiring is a great reason to keep going!

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Nov 13, 2017

Ever dream of writing and publishing a book? What exactly goes into working with a book agent or going the self-publishing route? How do books actually sell? How do you leverage your influence to impact an even bigger community? We've got some answers for you!  Our guest Dawn Michelle Hardy describes the work she does as being "a talent manager for creative storytellers across multiple platforms". She began her agency Dream Relations PR & Literary Consulting in 2004 after working with Teri Woods author of True to the Game. Additionally, she is the creator of the Speed Mentoring Series a traveling brunch event that discusses the intricacies of book publishing.

Dawn dives into her early career journey - from studying fashion merchandising at FIT and how she stumbled into the book publishing industry, honed her skills, and realized she had what it took to go SOLO and build her own practice. Dawn shares lessons she has for other creatives trying to build their platforms and get their voices heard. 

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

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ON THIS EPISODE WE DISCUSS:

- How Dawn knew she would always be an entrepreneur
- Studying fashion merchandising at FIT
- How Dawn ended up in the book publishing industry
- How Dawn branched out and started her own agency as a publicist
- The power of confidence
- An important lesson Dawn learned from a past client
- The difference between a book publicist and a book agent
- How to know if writing a book is for you
- How to get your book published
- How to know when to self publish vs. get a book agent
- The truth about making money as an author
- How to secure a book agent & write a query letter that gets READ
- When to walk away from trying to get a publishing deal
- How to become a book agent
- 3 things you have to do market your book
- How to stay balanced

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Nov 6, 2017

Could your next BIG idea come from a conversation you have over a glass of wine? Who KNOWS?! Meet KJ Miller and Amanda Johnson, co-founders of the vegan, non toxic premium beauty line Mented Cosmetics. The two met when they were both students at Harvard Business School. One day - over a glass of wine - they bonded over a mutual problem of not being able to find the perfect lipstick shade. From there it was history!  They were able to go from ideation to execution and create a fully operating business venture.

BUT check this! 

The two recently raised $1 million in their first round of fundraising, making them the 15th and 16th African-American women ever to raise $1 million in venture capital, according to Forbes magazine.

As data from investor Kathryn Finney's Project Diane shows, although black women are the fastest-growing group of entrepreneurs in the U.S., they receive only 0.2% of VC funding.

What were their keys to success? These amazing dream drivers share just HOW they were able to do this and so much more.

Prior to launching into entrepreneurship,  KJ was a management consultant for Deloitte’s retail practice and was a jewelry buyer for Sears. Amanda worked as head of business development for Barney's NY and was an investment banker at Goldman Sachs.

I’m really excited for you all to hear the Mented Cosmetics story! Join in on the conversation on social (@dreamsindrive) and make sure to use the hashtag #dreamsindrive.

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ON THIS EPISODE WE DISCUSS:
- What inspired KJ & Amanda as children
- How the two met while students at Harvard Business School
- Why attending business school is worth it
- The importance of admitting when you're wrong
- How KJ & Amanda got the idea to launch Mented Cosmetics
- Challenges KJ & Amanda faced early in the business
- Being one of the only African American women to raise over $1 million dollars in funding
- The key to successfully raising capital
- Why you should bring in a lawyer on your team early on
- Leveraging your network
- How to outsource strategically
- How to launch successfully
- The importance of storytelling and controlling your narrative
- The keys to a successful business partnership
- How to deal with competitors
- How to create a unique product/service
- How to get the right type of press

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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

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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

SHOW NOTES: www.dreamsindrive.com/tiffini-gatlin

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