The Mosaic Life with Laura W.

The Mosaic Life with Laura W.

The Mosaic Life with Laura W. A mosaic is a collection of small pieces that, when put together, create a whole picture. Likewise, businesses are a collective of many pieces and parts that must come together for owners and entrepreneurs to realize their business vision. Your host, Laura Wagenknecht, is an experienced Business Consultant, Strategic Planner, and Executive Coach. Connect with Laura directly through


May 13, 2024 23 mins

Embark on a transformative journey with the remarkable Alex Cardona, CEO of Cardona Business Solutions, as he shares his tale of resilience and evolution from social worker to entrepreneurial maestro. In a candid conversation, Alex reveals the pivotal role networking played in his ascension, painting a vivid picture of how strategic connections can build an empire of diverse business services. Discover the art of seeing beyond the ...

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Have you ever met someone whose life story is so compelling that it lights a fire within you to chase your dreams? That's exactly what Sandhya Maheshwari, the transformational life coach and beacon for those yearning to craft a life of joy and purpose, does in our heart-to-heart talk. She takes us through the highs and lows of her remarkable life—from the struggles of being a single mother to her ascension in the corporate wor...

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Navigating the tumultuous waters of middle school can feel like an insurmountable challenge, both for the kids experiencing it and the adults guiding them. That's why this episode, featuring mental health therapist Thomas Denton, is a beacon of hope and understanding. Thomas brings to light the complex emotional landscapes of adolescents, illustrating how their actions, from bullying to withdrawal, signify a deeper cry for hel...

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Have you ever felt the earth's energy humming beneath your feet as you tread along a secluded trail, the serenity of nature a balm to your bustling life? Julie Jenkins, trailblazer and co-founder of Just Trails, joins us to share that very magic. In a stirring conversation, we travel through her personal narrative, from outdoor gear fumbles to her pivotal role with the Appalachian Trail Conservancy. Julie's journey isn&ap...

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Unlock the full potential of your company's culture with insights from Roxi Bahar-Hewertson, a maestro in the realm of leadership and organizational development. Together, we dissect the complex interplay between hiring practices and employee retention, deepening the conversation beyond surface-level perks. Roxi, with her wealth of knowledge, uncovers the precarious precipice where half of all new hires teeter towards failure ...

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John transitioned from a 26-year tenure in private education to a thriving real estate career in 2013, helping over 200 families navigate the picturesque mountains of North Carolina. His educational journey included pivotal roles at Saint Joseph’s High School, where he enhanced curricula, spearheaded community service programs, and led national educational initiatives.

John's leadership extended to directing alumni re...

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Joe has been an entrepreneur and a small business owner, working with small businesses for most of his career. He started working EARLY in life—at just 13, he got his first job in a restaurant. He also spent most of his summers cutting grass and winters shoveling driveways. But soon, he got the cooking bug, and helped run a busy kitchen, all at the tender age of 16! Talk about motivation! At this point, he thought that culinary was...

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KnappCreative Coaching – 5 Elements of Transformation has led people to success for three decades. As a leader, educator, mentor, coach, father, and journeyer, Adam has discovered how to assist others in finding themselves successful at their goals. Using mindfulness tools, business tools, organization tools, and many other tools, a client discovers what to do next for their success. Most journeys begin with many unknowns and advan...

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March 18, 2024 23 mins

Meredith received their BFA in 3D Studies, focusing on jewelry and metalsmithing, from Bowling Green State University in 2010. Seeking further experience, Meredith participated in the work-study and studio assistant program at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts and was an artist in residence at Touchstone Center for Craft and the University for the Creative Arts in Farnham, UK. Their 6+ years of experience working in early childho...

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Andrew is the Founder and CEO of 828 Biz, a family-owned digital agency in Hendersonville, North Carolina. Last year they helped over 50 businesses win more customers with pay-per-click ads (PPC), search engine optimization (SEO), and web design.
Before launching 828 Biz, Andrew was blessed with years of experience in marketing, technology, business leadership, and sales. When he isn't working, Andrew enjoys family life wi...

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Wendy is a Marriage and Family Therapist with a Masters in counseling psychology. While she only practices therapy in California, where she is licensed, she also provides coaching here in North Carolina, specifically to empower teens and young adults to heal from complex trauma and its symptoms including anxiety and depression. While we often think of early trauma as arising from abuse or neglect, Wendy also works with clients to o...

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Jessica is a graduate of Mars Hill University and holds a degree in Fashion and Interior Merchandising. Most recently, she was the Director of Marketing and Business Development at Charlotte Premium Outlets.

Jessica was previously on the Board of Directors for the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce South Chapter, as well as for Habitat for Humanity of Gaffney, SC. She was also an active member of the Junior League of Asheville for many y...

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Dr. Catherine Lok is a board-certified family medicine physician who is disrupting the primary care industry with her direct primary care clinic, RiverRock Clinic near Asheville NC. After completing her residency in Maine, instead of taking the safe bet of a cushy 200 thousand-a-year job, she decided to take the leap of entrepreneurial faith and open her clinic where she could practice medicine in alignment with her values, which i...

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Katie is a resident here in Asheville and founder of Pre-Op Solutions, which provides PREoperative home care throughout Western North Carolina.  As a healthcare worker with more than a decade of experience, she decided to move into the entrepreneurial space in early 2023. She runs a healthcare networking group in the area and is a member and volunteer for multiple organizations for our aging adult population in WNC.  She is in her ...

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Patricia Leonard is President of RUNWAY TO SUCCESS, a division of Patricia Leonard & Associates in Nashville, TN.  She is a MESSAGE ARTIST speaker, career & business coach, author, and magazine columnist, turning cants into cans; and dreams into plans.  Patricia consults with clients on leadership, empowerment, career management, entrepreneurship, and the power of language.  Her work is focused on helping clients find their...

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Donna is the owner and founder of DD Medical Billing Associates LLC and has had a fulfilling and successful career in Medical Billing.

She graduated from Devry University in Medical Billing and Education and later went on to attend Germanna University to update her degrees and increase her certifications.

Billing Specialists must ensure that all the latest regulations are implemented and that every possible dollar is collected on beh...

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January 8, 2024 21 mins

Michael’s professional history is widely diverse, ranging from running a solo computer consultancy to coding financial models at a San Francisco start-up to managing a 150-person global team at a 50k-person multinational company. Industries include oil fields, the Department of Defense, hobby retail, B2B sales, environmental activism, finance, and more. 

His current activities are likewise diverse. He is the Chair and Educational Ev...

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After spending too many years in Corporate America, Lorraine said goodbye to the bureaucracy, glass ceilings, and bad coffee to follow her passion for helping small business owners succeed.

Today, this successful entrepreneur, author, and professional speaker, enjoys sharing what she knows about marketing in presentations to groups around the county, in college classrooms, and in her weekly podcast More than a Few Words. S...

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December 4, 2023 23 mins

Sara Metzger is an ACC, ICF-accredited Personal Development Coach, and founder of
Vista Coaching. She has trained in Presence-Based Coaching, Restorative Practices,
Somatic, and Resilience Work. Sara is a retired educator and mother of two in the
Asheville, NC area. Sara has been working with leaders, schools, educators, and
students, partnering with them to clarify their mission, goals, and purpose. Her work

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Lone Bird is more than an Asheville web design company. We are the bridge between you and your business needs. We integrate web design, marketing, and technology in the best way to work your business.  We service companies with active web and marketing needs looking for an innovative and proactive partner. We show you how to really unlock the power of your website and marketing and how it can really work for you.

A true le...

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