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David Dean – Lifelong Servant Leader



Did we help someone today? Is what we do ever enough? Imagine running a corporate culture where answers to these questions determine success. Normally, success is measured on sales revenue, net profit margin, cost of customer acquisition and more. Of course, these metrics matter to the leadership team at Easterseals New Jersey. But for David Dean, he strives to make a difference.

While Dean’s Easterseals journey began 11 years ago, his desire to help others started much earlier. When he walked 10 blocks every day to graduate school in New York City, passing homeless people, he wondered how to put into theological training into practice.

Dean’s story does not end with today’s episode. Discover the full Easterseals story at http://www.easterseals.com/nj/


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/.

 


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/


From The New York Jets to the New York Skyline featuring Steve Maneri



Listening to Steve Maneri’s podcast, you would think this is Monday Night Football. After all, where else would you expect to hear a former NFL tight end explaining how he mentally prepares to win a game? As it turns out, Maneri fits perfectly as a guest on The Roots of Leadership. Whether he is strapping on a football helmet at the stadium or adjusting his Windsor Knot tie in front of a mirror, Maneri knows that success comes from following a disciplined playbook.  

Anthony takes a special interest in the nonprofit, the Kids Dream Big Foundation, which Steve founded. The foundation mentors kids and teaches them how to build a successful mindset through sports.

Halfway through the episode, Maneri also shares some special advice he picked up from current New England Patriots Quarterback, Tom Brady.

The best way to connect with Maneri is through LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/in/stevemaneri/. If you would like to learn more about the Kids Dream Big Foundation, click http://kidsdreambiginc.org/.

 


One on One with Care for the Homeless Leader – George Nashak.



George Nashak is the Executive Director for Care for the Homeless (CFH), a New York –based health care and social services organization. Care for the Homeless provides quality healthcare to the most disadvantaged members of society. Building on a background in social services and mental health that stretches over 30 years, George’s mission is to eradicate homelessness. In his words, “we begin from the place we want to end up.”

The stories he shares reveal the passion that has made him a recognized expert in providing services to homeless individuals and families. In this podcast, you’ll also hear what George believes are the two biggest and most important components of a strong leader. George’s courageous leadership style, combined with CFH’s strong staff, could make their mission of solving the homelessness problem a reality.

Anyone who has listened to today’s podcast can discover the complete Care for the Homeless story by clicking Care for the Homeless.