Future Forward

Future Forward

Uplifting and thoughtful conversations with Leaders, CEOs, Founders, Entrepreneurs, and Innovators about building stronger resilience in times of uncertainty. Because I love "Innovation for Good"; we also talk about Innovation for positive impacts on humanity, the environment, and cultures. Our guests share their journeys, challenges, and barriers faced and talk about the actionable strategies you, the listener, can use today. You may also find value in the encouraging words of wisdom on self-care, taking positive pauses, and tips on focusing on your mental health. Our mission is to shine a brighter light on these uncertain times to help lift ourselves from all the not-so-positive news. Stop scrolling and listen in!


February 7, 2023 50 min

"Extraordinary things are always hiding in places people never think to look." —Jodi Picoul

Tough and confusing market out there! Layoffs, stock market woes, inflation, uncertainty... quiet quitting, quiet hiring... it's all so daunting. For small family business owners, this time may be one to double down on protecting your psyche and your team's morale.

Rita Ernst, Positivity Influencer and I explore some strategies...

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I still sometimes feel like a loser kid in high school and I just have to pick myself up and tell myself that I'm a superstar every morning so that I can get through this day and be for my fans what they need me to be.  Lady Gaga 

Do you ever feel like a fraud in meetings or in your workplace? You will love this lively interview which will help you turn the tables on those feelings and tap into your inner superstar! In my latest...

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“Will your grandchildren will be eating from the moves you make this decade?”

Entrepreneurs often don't have the time to sit and think about 10 years down the road and the lasting wealth that could be generated from the companies they founded. It's not a luxury but a necessity to ensure your future, your children's future and your company's future long-term life will have sustained growth and revenue-generating power...

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"There is a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in." ― Leonard Cohen

Ryan Douglas is a unique blend of brilliance with an engaging personality, a genius in so many ways, enthusiastic about his mission(s), fun to talk to, and has a big heart (from my viewpoint).   So many other descriptors could be added but let's get to what he's done and is doing today.  He's dedicated much of his life's work to i...

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So many of us these days are seeking deep meaningful, purposeful, and long-lasting relationships. Time is rarely on our side to seek and nurture new relationships. So how might we in 2023 make time for meaningful connections while also focusing on our work and family life? fylí may be one solution to this question.

#FutureForward with me and Jaclynn Brennan (Jax), Founder and CEO of fylí, a female mastermind membership community foc...

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What's not to love about talking to an intelligent, strong, talented woman whose  deep curiosity, growth-mindedness, and love for innovating for good drives her every movement? 

Mariah wound her way after graduating from Kellogg School of Management into technology roles &  the senior leadership ranks of companies like Intel, WebMD, and Verizon. She credits her growth path to having deep curiosity. She never studied technolo...

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”Genius is 1% inspiration, and 99% perspiration.”

- Thomas Edison

Robert Wolfe, shares his stories of the 99% perspiration; the hard work it takes to build each start-up.  "Each new adventure has its own challenges and hard work path to plow. Founders need to dedicate themselves to the long-haul journey. " There are rarely if any short cuts.   

Robert is a successful serial entrepreneur with a heart. He's passionate about ...

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Rudeness is the weak man's imitation of strength.— Eric Hoffer

FutureForward with Cathy Hawley, Co-Founder at Bolster and Co-author of Startup CXO: A Field Guide to Scaling Up Your Company’s Critical Functions and Teams

Cathy Hawley is co-founder of recently-launched Bolster which is a marketplace matching on-demand executives with startups and scale-ups. She has experience as a fractional and full-time Chief People Officer, and ...

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“We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated.” Maya Angelou

#FutureForward with Dr. Lisa Piercey MD, MBA, FACHE

One of the hardest times in the world was one Dr. Piercey faced during her tenure as Commissioner of Health for the state of TN. May lessons were learned during this challenging time. Just a few lessons that Dr. Piercey shares that she learned during this difficult time; how important it became to meet people ...

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First Internet Bank (NASDAQ: INBK), Carparts (NASDAQ: PRTS); Amyris,  (NASDAQ: AMRS) and Pembina Pipeline (NYSE: PBA). Speaker and Author. Business Advisor.

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October 20, 2022 41 min

Faizun Kamal is an award-winning franchise coach, nationally renowned public speaker and best selling author. As CEO of The Franchise Pros, she leads a full-service franchise consulting & development agency. She coaches people nationwide on making the transition from employee to entrepreneur. 

She also works with entrepreneurs to turn their existing businesses into national franchised brands. Her best selling book, “The Right Fr...

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There are so many wonderful lessons and helpful tips from my discussions with Lori Mihalich-Levin. A lawyer turned entrepreneur, she started Mindful Return over 8 years ago after realizing a growing need for resources supporting new moms and working new parents reentering the workforce.

One lesson learned she shared is, just because people don't call you back does not mean they are not interested. She found that time and time ag...

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October 12, 2022 40 min

Carrie is the founder and CEO of Jade Lending, a capital fund supporting women and/or minority entrepreneurs in established businesses seeking working capital to achieve growth potential. Jade Lending is a social impact lending platform whose mission is to support the growth of women/minority-owned businesses. We are not venture capitalists or angel investors, nor do we require any equity state in any business to which we lend. We ...

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Gavriella Schuster is a visionary and mission-focused executive and public company director with broad influence on the leading edge of technology-enabled business innovation. A Microsoft veteran who ran its partner ecosystem, Gavriella is a strategic business leader recognized for changing businesses and business models. She has extensive sales, marketing, and product development expertise helping thousands of client companies tra...

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Today's #futureforward session, Through Uncertain Times, was so inspiring! I was joined but some very talented and experienced women. 

The group shares tips, strategies, inspirational thoughts, and examples of successes. Watch and be inspired.

Joined by A Panel of Excellent and Experienced Leaders:

Lisa Schneider: An influential Chief Product Officer who identifies innovative growth opportunities and creates the products, culture,...

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September 29, 2022 39 min

Elevating Women into CEO & Board Roles Interview with #LuannAbrams, CEO of #ProjectCEOX (www.projectceox.com)

Project CEOX creates opportunities for investors and executive women by connecting high-level women to roles at venture-backed companies. From her time in venture capital managing an early-stage venture fund and as an LP, she's been compelled to find a solution to the inequities in leadership. "I saw at growing s...

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Edie is the CEO of the non-profit Women Business Collaborative accelerating women leaders in business. Edie had served as Man Dir of Diversified Search. Edie was Chairman & Founder of STEMconnector® and its Million Women Mentor(MWM) Initiative building the one-stop communications and best practices Initiative for STEM. She served as a Vice Chair of Diversified Search where she previously directed the Washington and government b...

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September 27, 2022 42 min

Brandon Shelton founded TFX Capital (TFX) in 2015 with a fundamental belief that the best entrepreneurs come from those who have served. As the Managing Partner, he leads the firm’s service-driven investment strategy. With a focus on Pre-Series A and Series A B2B technology companies, TFX provides unique and trusted access to companies founded by high-performing, commercially tested former military and national security leaders. As...

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September 22, 2022 30 min

Interview and demonstration of Plazabridge Group's Ideablock asset protection platform! 

Eli is a seasoned IP attorney and entrepreneur with over a decade of experience in the field. He is the CEO of IdeaBlock, a legal tech startup that leverages the time-stamping functionality of the Bitcoin distributed network to defensively protect all forms of intangible corporate assets against market competitors quickly and economically. H...

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September 20, 2022 36 min

About Trouble for Good:
Trouble's purpose is to raise as much money as possible for non-profits doing the hard work of closing gender equity gaps.  Our moonshot goal is to reach $100 million so that we don't have to wait another hundred years to see progress happen. 

We launched Trouble on 8-18, the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment to help carry the torch of gender equity forward, handed to us by those incredible wome...

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