The Youngest Female Franchisor Knows No End with Hakika Dubose-Wise



We are joined with HaKika Dubose-Wise, the nation’s youngest female franchisor, HaKika, aka Kika, is the founder and CEO of Kika Stretch Studio’s. Her business began with a $500 tax return and a never before seen stretching routine creating flexibility while simultaneously reducing tension and increasing circulation. Today, Kika Stretch Studio’s has expanded to 4 locations between New Jersey and New York. She has been recognized in NJBIZ, The New York Times, US News, and more!

 Conditions were not easy and sacrifices were made, but Kika, a former professional dancer and actress, learned from her mother, a serial entrepreneur, the value of a strong work ethic. The lessons she learned and shared are proof that fear has now met its match.

Kika will be the first podcast guest returning for a follow-up spotlight with Anthony. If you have questions or comments for either Kika or Anthony, please send them in the comments box.

 Until then, check out and connect with Kika and her stretch studios:

http://• http://kikastretchstudios.com/

http://• https://www.instagram.com/kikaiam/


Innovative Disrupter – Barry Beck



Serial entrepreneur, Barry Beck, sits down with Anthony to discuss his successes and strategies as a leader and innovator. Barry, the Co-Founder and COO of Bluemercury Inc., started his first business at a young age shoveling snow in his Philadelphia neighborhood. He has an innate entrepreneurial spirit that was cultivated when his father told him that “he could be anything as long as he owns it”.

Before starting Bluemercury with his wife Marla, he had three successful previous business ventures. Bluemercury started in an online only platform and pivoted to a combination of a “clicks and bricks” business model when they felt the company was in survival mode. Bluemercury is credited with putting a dent in the cosmetic universe and disrupting mainstream retail. Macy’s has since acquired the company, and lends its resources to the innovative retailer.

Barry credits his personal board of directors – comprised of people with wisdom in different backgrounds who love him and understand him best – for challenging him to strive for more. He explains that he always had a drive to succeed and thinks his leadership and entrepreneurial qualities are a mix of both nature and nurture. During this episode of the Roots of Leadership, Barry discusses the most important characteristics of a leader, when the best business decisions are made, and also shares some advice he received from Bill Gates before starting Bluemercury.


The Power of Persistence



When he was first starting out in his career, Chris Sugden was given a piece of advice that has stuck with him. He was told to “go find work, don’t wait for work to come to you”. This advice complimented with his dad’s instructions from his youth football days to “hit or be hit” has led Chris to live and work with the consciousness that opportunities do not just show up. Now a partner and the Chair of the Investment Committee of Edison Partners, Chris seeks out opportunities to grow new ventures. The east coast-based private equity firm not only pursues partnerships with entrepreneurs, Edison Partners also thrives on developing and coaching their colleagues.

In this podcast, Chris sits down with Anthony to discuss how important mentorship and coaching is in business. Anthony poses the question that if actors, musicians, and athletes all have coaches to continuously learn and improve upon their skills, why wouldn’t there be coaches in the business world too?

 


When Vision intersects with Mission with Dennis Johnson



Dennis Johnson, Executive Vice President of Government Affairs at the Children’s Health Fund, joined us on the latest episode of the Roots of Leadership. The Children’s Health Fund started in 1987 and has grown to support and serve the needs of over 4 million children.

Mr. Johnson sat down with host Anthony C. Gruppo and reflected on his fascination with politics and the healthcare system, the type of skills needed for his position at the Children’s Health Fund, the amazing inspiration from Johnson’s younger peers, and the driving forces behind his success.

The Children’s Health Fund is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting innovative pediatric programs and policies to meet the needs of homeless and disadvantaged children. Read more of their story at https://www.childrenshealthfund.org/.

 


Defying the Odds: An Extraordinary Woman with Extraordinary Goals featuring Crystal Kelly



We are joined with Crystal Kelly, a shining example of someone who believes that anything is possible as long as you have a strong focus, drive, and dedication. Crystal is a motivational speaker, Amazon best-selling author, and a community organizer who started a foundation, Power of your Purse. The story behind all of these achievements showcase Crystal’s passion for personal and professional growth.

Her drive and dedication can be traced far back to her childhood. Conditions were not always the best, but Crystal found that with a supportive family and a never-say-never attitude, we all have the power within us to defy the odds.

Crystals foundation and book can be found through the links below:

Women Who Lead: Extraordinary Women with Extraordinary Achievements: http://: https://www.amazon.com/Women-Who-Lead-Extraordinary-Achievements-ebook/dp/B07BHQ95RF/ref=sr_1_2?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1535115753&sr=1-2&keywords=Women+Who+Lead


The Grind to Greatness with Keith Kefgen and David Mansbach



The Greek word ethos means the character that best describes a person(s) values. When listening to today’s episode, we understand the ethos/values that made AETHOS leaders, Keith Kefgen and David Mansbach, hospitality titans. Combined, they have more than 50 years’ experience in the hospitality space, published a book, and have lectured aspiring professionals.

Keith, Dave, and Anthony discuss the essence of great leaders, learning from obstacles, and along the way we pick up three pieces of advice for setting our own personal and strategic goals.

Find out more about AETHOS through http://www.aethoscg.com/.

 


The Child Leader Inside Us.



As Jim Henson once said, “the most sophisticated people I know — inside they are all children” How can we tap back into those childlike lessons of leadership? The ones that come so intuitively to us as kids, but that we lose sight of as we enter adulthood? On today’s podcast, we look back and explore those facets of leadership with our co-host and guest Ainsley, granddaughter of Anthony C.  Gruppo.

Ainsley Jane  is a kind, curious, and comical 10-year old. Through her love of Frozen and memories of building sandcastles with “Wolvie”, Ainsley’s perspective is vital to understanding not only the key leadership points that childlike wonder has to teach us, but also the universality across age and experience of the Roots of Leadership.

 


One on One with HeartShare Human Services Leader Bill Guarinello



One simple question was all it took to remind Bill Guarinello what keeps him going. Some 45 years ago, after his army career concluded, all he carried was a psychology degree. His parents worried. So Bill’s strong-willed Italian born mother intervened. She waved down their next door neighbor, who was the head of what is now HeartShare Human Services, and secured a job at the nonprofit for her son.

Guarinello still runs the company today through a distinctive leadership style, urging employees to think like managers. While answering tough questions about his day-to-day routine,  Bill demonstrates a passion for nonprofits that can turn anyone into a Bill Guarinello fan.

Discover more of Bill’s groundbreaking mission at HeartShare Human Services by clicking, https://www.heartshare.org/about-us/our-mission/


Jennifer Walsh – Inspirational Visionary



How would you classify someone who started their first business before their 30th birthday, sold it, and can say that business is now part of Amazon’s collection? We’ve run out of adjectives to describe Jennifer Walsh. Oh, and did we mention that Walsh also writes, advises on beauty, and appears on television regularly?

Like most of us, her life’s journey was not planned. She experienced many setbacks, some more personal than others. But through it all, she embraced change and picked up many important life lessons. Now she’s here and eager to share.

If you find yourself walking through the beauty of Central Park, you’re likely to spot Walsh in her latest venture, Walk with Walsh. Walk with Walsh is a walking interview format hosted by Jennifer where her guests discuss what makes a productive leader.

For now Central Park can wait. If you want to see more of Jennifer now, connect with her on Twitter at https://twitter.com/BehindTheBrand or on her website at http://walkwithwalsh.com


Mindful Learning with Karen Mayo



Author, entrepreneur, speaker, and executive health coach Karen Mayo has a passion for improving the physical and mental health of everyone she meets. Today, she joins her Roots of Leadership co-author Anthony C. Gruppo to discuss how healthy and mindful eating every day can turn things around.  

 She founded a private health coaching practice specializing in effective diet, and lifestyle changes. Her goal is to increase your confidence in all aspects of life in addition to leading corporate workshops on nutrition and lifestyle for health and vitality.

 To Karen, “A leader’s discipline starts at the dinner table before they ever take a seat at the board table.” https://karenmayo.net