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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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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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*www.themuse.com

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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

*SHOW NOTES: www.dreamsindrive.com/mckenzie-dawkins-interview

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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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*www.ranacampbell.com

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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*instagram.com/therealwize
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*www.indiecreativenetwork.com

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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

*SHOW NOTES: www.dreamsindrive.com/alli-rodriguez

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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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*www.styleseat.com

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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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Apr 10, 2017

What do you do when you're super passionate about a specific subject, but can't find a space to engage with a community that shares your love? YOU CREATE YOUR OWN COMMUNITY. How though? Is it even possible? What are the steps to take? We chat with Berry, the creator of the online directory for podcasters & podcasts of color - Podcasts In Color. Berry discusses her own dream driving story, what inspired her to launch Podcasts In Color and how it morphed into a much-needed vibrant, engaged online community that brings together creators of color who might not otherwise have known about each other. Berry candidly opens up about her experience, podcasting lessons she has learned, opportunities + connections she has helped to create, and what excites her about the future of podcasts. 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/berry-podcasts-in-color

IN THIS PODCAST WE DISCUSS:
- What inspired Berry as a child
- What inspired Podcasts In Color
- Challenges launching the Podcasts In Color website
- Why building a directory is tough
- Handling competition
- The power of the niche + diverse voices
- 3 tips for launching a new podcast
- What launching Podcasts In Color taught Berry about herself
- The power of engagement
- Our mutual love for Myleik Teele's #mytaughtyou podcast
- Monetizing the Podcasts In Color platform
- One thing Berry knows for sure
- Navigating past moments of darkness
- The future of podcasting & Podcasts In Color + listener Q & As

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*www.podcastsincolor.com

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Apr 6, 2017

How do you build professional connections and mentorship opportunities that last? In this episode, we uncover tips and strategies to use to genuinely network & connect your way to success. As part of our DRIVER'S ED series, we chat with Gabrielle N. Simpson, a communications and media expert (and one of Rana's mentors.) Gabrielle has been recognized for her industry-wide accomplishments, commitment to diversity & inclusion and dedication to sharing global stories on multiple platforms. She is a career mentor and NYU Graduate Adjunct Professor where she teaches integrated marketing, digital and social media, advanced public relations, media relations, corporate communications and event planning courses. Gabrielle discusses how networking helped launch her career, the art of informational interviewing, how to stand out, organic mentorship, and much more! 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/gabrielle-simpson

IN THIS PODCAST WE DISCUSS:
- What inspired Gabrielle as a child
- Life in New York City as a college student & young professional
- The art of informational interviewing
- How to be consistent in building your network
- How to stand out
- Finding mentors and building sustainable relationships.
- The mistake many millennials make when reaching out for mentorship
- The power of organic mentorship
- Why the professional friendships you make matter too
- How Gabrielle managed working in corporate communications + being a professor
- Challenges Gabrielle is currently facing in her own career & life

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Apr 3, 2017

What's the secret formula for securing press and/or media coverage for your brand or business? Not quite sure how to leverage publicity and make connections with the media? As part of our DRIVER'S ED Series we're chatting with Charell Star- the voice of “Not Just a Girl in a Dress” a lifestyle blog Charell shares inspiring stories and trending news that helps her audience define their own version of success.  Charell talks techniques and strategies you can use to secure press & media coverage for your personal brand or business. On air, you will find Charell speaking about the latest styles, technology and trends as a contributor for Marie Claire, Fox5 – Good Day New York, NBC New York Live, Second Look TV, and various broadcast and digital media outlets. As a journalist, she creates engaging pieces for online and print outlets covering technology, business, fashion, and beauty, providing women with advice and tips they can leverage to enhance their lives. Use the hashtag #dreamsindrive and make sure to follow us on social @dreamsindrive. Download our FREE episode show notes at www.dreamsindrive.com/free. Enjoy!

IN THIS PODCAST WE DISCUSS:
- The pop star that inspired Charell as a youngster
- How Charell got her start in public relations
- The difference between public relations & marketing
- The 4 questions to ask to know if you're ready for publicity
- How to get press without a publicist
- How to get media contact information
- What to say in a pitch that gets read
- A big pitching NO NO
- The importance of relationship building
- PR lessons learned working at big agencies
- How to leverage social media to build your own community
- What an "influencer" truly is
- Earned vs. paid media
- How to work with brands as an influencer

*SHOW NOTES: www.dreamsindrive.com/charell-star

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*www.twitter.com/charellstar
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Mar 30, 2017

Fear of failure holds a lot of dream drivers back! Want to learn how to stop letting fear and doubt get in the way of your success? What do you have to do to s start being intentional about your life and goals? On this episode we chat with Dre Baldwin- the world's only Work On Your Game expert. A 9-year professional basketball player, Dre teaches mental toughness, self-confidence and self-discipline to athletes, entrepreneurs and business professionals. Dre has given 3 TED Talks, published 13 books and 150+ basketball programs. Dre discusses his own setbacks and challenges he experienced early in his career. He shares some of the techniques that dream drivers such as yourself can use to work on their personal DREAMS and fight feelings of doubt and fear. Use the hashtag #dreamsindrive and make sure to follow us on social @dreamsindrive. Download our FREE episode show notes at www.dreamsindrive.com/free. Enjoy!

IN THIS PODCAST WE DISCUSS:
- What inspired Dre as a child
- 2 questions to ask yourself to know when to quit or give up
- Why some people waste their talents
- How Dre discovered YouTube & leveraged it to build his brand
- Dre's struggles becoming a pro basketball player
- How to stay focused despite setbacks & develop mental toughness
- How to know what you should be focusing on in life
- How to provide value that makes you stand out
- Why your individuality is a competitive advantage
- How to stop letting fear & doubt get in the way
- Dre's 3-step process for instilling confidence & motivating yourself
- Why your story matters
- Holding yourself accountable

*SHOW NOTES: www.dreamsindrive.com/dre-baldwin

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*www.workonyourgameu.com

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Mar 27, 2017

Along your journey, how many people have told you to give up and that you would never "make it"? What did you do? In this episode we chat with Jen Glantz - the brains behind the business, Bridesmaid for hire, the heart behind the blog, The Things I Learned From, and the main character inside of the books All My Friends are Engaged and Always a Bridesmaid for Hire. Jen is also a mentor for New York City women entrepreneurs and a hired speaker for conferences and workshops around the country. Jen shares her dream driving story and how she was able to pursue her dreams of being a published writer and all that she had to overcome to make it happen. Jen discusses getting bullied as a child, facing rejection after rejection in NYC, launching a business whose idea spawned from many of her friends getting engaged, resources that can new entrepreneurs, how to get the word out about your brand, and more.

IN THIS PODCAST WE DISCUSS:
- Getting bullied as a child & finding self improvement
- Struggling to figure out career choices post-college
- One of the worst jobs Jen ever had
- How a week-long trip led her to a life in New York City
- How launching her own blog helped Jen launch her writing career
- Facing rejection after rejection
- How to keep track and hold yourself accountable to your goals
- Friends' engagements that led to a unique business idea
- Juggling two full-time jobs
- Getting into hustle-mode
- The importance of multiple streams of income
- Why Jen loves her score.org mentor
- Creating services, packages, and charging what you're worth
- The key to getting word out about your brand (getting featured in over 500 media outlets)
- The book publishing process
- How to not give up on yourself

*SHOW NOTES: www.dreamsindrive.com/jen-glantz

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Mar 22, 2017

How do you go from selling our of your trunk and on the shelves of major retailers such as Target? In this episode we chat with Chris-Tia Donaldson- Chief Executive Officer of Thank God It’s Natural (tgin), a manufacturer of natural hair and skin care products. Chris-Tia is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School and the author of Thank God I’m Natural: The Ultimate Guide to Caring for Natural Hair. Chris-Tia discusses some of major problems she had to solve as she grew her brand -some that may have scared many others and deterred them from keeping on. She shares how she started TGIN, the value in her legal training and how it helped the business, how she managed having a full-time law career, fighting breast cancer, and expanding the brand to major retailers such as Target, Walgreens & Sally's Beauty Supply, the importance of slowing down, core business lessons every entrepreneur needs to know and more. As a breast cancer survivor, she is deeply committed to raising awareness of the condition and the benefits of early detection among women of color. Join in on the conversation using the hashtag #dreamsindrive. Enjoy!

*SHOW NOTES: www.dreamsindrive.com/christia-donaldson

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*www.tginatural.com

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Mar 15, 2017

Can an idea that started out as a passion project lead you to full-time entrepreneurship? YES. In this episode, we chat with - Barbara Jacques - Founder, Creative Director and Chief Formulator at Jacq's Organics, a sustainable bath, body, and skincare line. Barbara is also a a self-proclaimed recovered beauty product junkie, writer and natural skincare expert that is passionate about health, natural beauty, yoga, and traveling. Barbara shares her story of how a health scare during her pregnancy inspired Jacq's Organics, challenges she faced during her early days of business, juggling full-time work, motherhood & entrepreneurship, tips for growing an online business, standing out in the market place, and bouncing back from fear. At the end of it all, remember this: NO ONE CAN DO IT LIKE YOU DO IT. Barbara reveals what keeps her going and how you can use your story to help you define what "success" looks like for you. Join in the conversation on social using the hashtag #dreamsindrive. Enjoy!

*SHOW NOTES: www.dreamsindrive.com/barbara-jacques

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Mar 8, 2017

What does "establishing your money mindset" actually mean? On this episode we chat with Tonya Rapley - millennial money expert and creator of My Fab Finance - where she helps millennials break the cycle of living paycheck to paycheck so that they can become financially free and do more of what they love. Tonya shares her story and what led her to launching the My Fab Finance Platform. She talks moving past law school dreams, navigating past failed & toxic relationships, her YOLO NYC days and the beginning days of entrepreneurship running My Fab Finance. She discusses selecting your niche, understanding financial policies in this new political atmosphere, working with brands, having multiple revenue streams and more. Lastly, Tonya discusses some of the challenges she is facing in her business today and the investments she is making in her professional & personal growth. If you want to learn  Join in on the conversation online using the hashtag #dreamsindrive. Enjoy!

*SHOW NOTES: www.dreamsindrive.com/tonya-rapley

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