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Wonder Podcast: Empowering Women Entrepreneurs to Change the World

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Wonder, a podcast by Entrepreneurs’ Organization (, places women entrepreneurs in conversation with those thought leaders who amaze, astonish and inspire. Each guest shares their own journey with entrepreneur and host, Kalika Yap, giving insight into the ordinary challenges of extraordinary people.

Featured guests include: Lisa Sugar of pop culture hub, PopSugar; Toni Ko, founder of NYX Cosmetics; and Devin Alexander, celebrity chef and nutrition expert on The Biggest Loser. Tune into this podcast to marvel at the meaningful insights of entrepreneurs.

Learn more about Entrepreneurs’ Organization (, the leading peer-to-peer network exclusively for entrepreneurs.
150 Episodes
Leslie Shields is the principal agent and owner of The Shields Agency, a female-driven insurance agency whose goal is to help small businesses and individuals find the right insurance solutions. She started The Shields Agency in 2019, after working for several national insurance agencies for six years. She is the MyEO Women’s National Delegate and the Social Chair for the Fort Worth chapter. Listen in as Leslie talks about how to make a sale, how she started her business, how she navigates being a mom and entrepreneur, and how it takes a village to build a business.   Timestamps: 02:23 - Her start 05:26 - Sales Tips 07:04 - What makes a good salesperson 08:13 - Superstars 09:55 - Learning about EO 12:08 - Realization 14:48 - Insights & introspection 18:16 - Juggling responsibilities 20:00 - Asking for help 22:37 - Daily habits 26:27 - It takes a village 27:52 - Looking to 2024 30:13 - EO connections 35:31 - Advice for entrepreneurs 41:15 - Intuition   Links: The Shields Agency: Leslie’s LinkedIn:  
AJ Herkert is the CEO of TruScribe, which offers video production services and whiteboard animation software whose goal is to increase engagement and retention. He’s a 4th generation entrepreneur and has co-founded multiple companies in the media and communications industry. With clients such as NASA, BMW, Microsoft, and Sony Pictures on his resume, AJ has quite the experience. Listen in as he talks about AI, his origins, and things to look forward to in 2024.   Timestamps: 01:35 - AJ’s Start 03:54 - Top and Bottom 5% 12:21 - Challenges 13:29 - Ideas 17:34 - Educating 22:18 - Telling a story 25:11 - Squigl.AI 34:58 - Global partners 38:16 - Cautious on AI 43:51 - AI Advice for entrepreneurs 48:52 - Looking forward to 2024   Links: AJ’s LinkedIn: TruScribe: Squigl.AI:  
Going Pro | Jim Cathcart

Going Pro | Jim Cathcart


Jim Cathcart is a man of many talents and achievements. He’s an entrepreneur, family man, musician, world-traveler, author, and speaker. He’s written 25 books and hundreds of articles. He is also one of the top 5 most award-winning speakers in the world, with his TEDx talk amassing 2.7 million views. He’s a Certified Virtual Presenter and former National President of the National Speakers Association. From 2015 through 2019, Jim lectured in 23 cities across mainland China and also had an around-the-world lecture tour. He’s also part of the band, “ReZoom The Boom,” which has performed in shows all around the world. Listen in as Jim shares his journey!    Timestamps: 01:36 - Jim’s introduction 03:35 - Change vs transformation 07:42 - Going pro 10:34 - Jim’s network 13:57 - Favorite books 18:27 - Confidence and courage 23:20 - Clarity 26:39 - What to do when you are the speaker 34:46 - Attracting the right people 35:47 - Becoming a better salesperson 44:50 - Dealing with sales rejection 49:02 - Tips for dealing with sales rejection 53:50 - Jim’s talents 57:50 - Something that brings you joy Links: Jim’s Website:
Jenny Calcoen is the CEO and founder of Inner Earthquake, a consulting and coaching practice aimed at helping GenX women that have gone through an “inner earthquake.” Jenny provides one-on-one coaching and gives women the tools to create a life of happiness and fulfillment despite the obstacles they may face. Listen in as Jenny shares her story!   Timestamps: 01:37 - Starting Inner Earthquake 05:10 - Jenny’s Inner Earthquake 09:09 - Blank Slate 13:27 - Working with Jenny 15:01 - Mindfulness practices 20:11 - Advice for dealing with your inner earthquakes 26:02 - Soft skills 29:11 - Working with GenX-ers 31:41 - Looking forward 35:11 - Staying inspired   Links: Jenny’s Website:  
Franziska is an entrepreneur, marketing and brand strategist, adventurer, author, and co-founder of Basic Bananas, Ocean Lovers, Movements of Humanity, and The Business Hood. She is the winner of the Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2013 for her innovation, philanthropy, and creativity. Franziska prides herself in her rebellious and adventurous nature, having traveled the world on her motorcycle and experiencing all it has to offer. She has been featured in various media outlets including Inc, Forbes, Business Insider, and Cosmopolitan. Listen in as she shares her incredible journey!   Timestamps: 03:34 - How Franziska came to be 08:39 - Adventures shaped her journey 17:46 - Different paths 19:03 - A universe that has your back 27:34 - Generous soul 29:25 - Encouraging women entrepreneurs 34:25 - Showing up 39:34 - Evoking awareness 43:45 - Looking to the future 50:32 - Intuition 53:02 - Parting advice   Links: Franziska’s Website: Franziska’s Books:  
Tracy Crossley is an author, entrepreneur, podcast host, and behavioral relationship expert. Her book, Overcoming Insecure Attachment, talks about how to take action and stop fear and anxiety from controlling your life. Her specialty is working with individuals with unhealthy dating and relationship patterns as well as those with behavioral issues like insecure attachment. Listen in as Tracy shares her story. From running a marketing agency to becoming a life coach, from working as a psychic to becoming a behavioral relationship expert–Tracy has had quite the journey! Timestamped show notes:01:51 - Origin story 05:48 - Ontological coaching 06:49 - Insecure attachment 10:53 - Improving emotional intelligence 14:32 - Awareness 16:26 - Impostor syndrome 22:31 - Insecurity 26:07 - Advice for women entrepreneurs 34:36 - Patterns 43:39 - Working with Tracy 49:20 - Finding someone 53:07 - Tracy’s podcasts Links: Tracy’s Website: Tracy’s Podcasts: Overcoming Insecure Attachment:  
Chris Krause is the founder of NCSA College Recruiting, an organization dedicated to helping student-athletes achieve their dreams of playing in college. Almost having fallen through the cracks himself and almost missing his chance to play in college, Chris ultimately found himself playing for Vanderbilt University on a full athletic scholarship. However, he saw many of his peers, some better than him, miss their chance at a scholarship. Knowing how difficult the college recruitment process can be, Chris turned his passion for helping student-athletes and founded NCSA. NCSA has been featured in Inc. Magazine as #26 in the Fastest Growing Companies in Education category. Listen in as Chris shares his incredible story and expresses his passion for helping others. Timestamped show notes 01:55 - Blessed 06:40 - 100,000 students with scholarships each year 08:50 - Digital Transformation 11:10 - What sets Chris apart 15:18 - Resilience 19:16 - Giving back 24:01 - Athleadership 29:10 - Teamwork 32:10 - College scholarship advice 38:37 - How it works 42:18 - Attitude 48:54 - Contact info Links: NCSA: Chris’s LinkedIn: Chris’s Email:
Shaun Pennington is an entrepreneur, investor, inventor, father, and soon-to-be certified life coach with the Academy for Coaching Excellence (ACE). Shaun is the CEO of Diamond Mattress, a family-owned bedding producer and supplier in California. With more than 20 years of experience in this industry, Shaun has been recognized as a rising star and leader. He also has three patents and 10 trademarks under his belt. Listen in as Shaun talks about growing business, the importance of coaching, and how he handles the obstacles that are presented in entrepreneurship and in life. Timestamped show notes 01:53 - Maximizing potential 03:34 - Foundations for success 05:22 - Personal compass 06:45 - Academy for Coaching Excellence 07:45 - Resetting 09:52 - Shaun’s Recommended Reading 14:48 - Willingness 16:13 - Shaun’s upcoming plans 18:50 - Mindfulness and meditation 21:24 - Asking for help 26:51 - Advice for entrepreneurs 35:51 - Going through crises 40:06 - Silent retreats 47:36 - Reaching out Links Shaun’s LinkedIn: Diamond Mattress:
Justin Breen is the founder and CEO of BrEpic Communications, a global PR firm that helps highlight businesses through clicky stories and helps clients find the right pitch for media outlets. Justin is also a bestselling author, known for his book “Epic Life: How to Build Collaborative Global Companies While Putting Your Loved Ones First.” With over 20 years of experience in the media business, Justin is truly a PR expert. He is also an expert in personality types and understands deeply what it takes to collaborate with others. Listen in and discover just how uniquely Justin is able to navigate the world of entrepreneurship.  Timestamped show notes 01:59 - Personality types 06:30 - Why write the book? 07:20 - Activate, Maximize, Achieve 10:01 - Justin’s catalyst 11:35 - Journalist to entrepreneur 12:59 - Networker or connector 16:03 - Next for Justin 18:24 - PR Secrets! 21:29 - Trends for 2023 24:46 - Uncertainty and opportunity 26:56 - Some tests to take 32:43 - Basic assumption 34:21 - Justin’s litmus test 43:01 - The Cube, Ladder, Horse Test Links BrEpic: Epic Life: Lumina Spark: PRINT: Ambivert Test:
Elizabeth Yang is the CEO and founder of Yang Law Offices. Elizabeth has been practicing law since 2007 and specializes in IP, patent, copyright, and trademark law. She also has extensive experience in family law issues such as child custody, child support, alimony, asset division, prenups, and postnups. She has been recognized by Reuters as a rising star, ranking her within the top 2.5% of lawyers in California. Elizabeth has also won the Lawyers of Distinction Award, recognizing her as part of the top 10% of lawyers in the entire United States. She is also a bestselling author, known for her works such as The Big Secret and Stress-Free Divorce. Listen in and learn how this electrical engineer and computer science graduate became one of the top lawyers in the country.  Timestamped show notes 03:14 - Raytheon to Bar Exam 05:24 - Social Marriage 07:21 - Avoiding Divorce 10:03 - Picking the right person 14:52 - Challenges 20:06 - Commitment is internal 23:52 - Meditation and compromise 28:36 - Being unflappable 32:39 - Managing people 35:57 - Business Coaches 38:03 - Looking to 2023 46:26 - Motherhood and entrepreneurship 53:20 - Advice for aspiring entrepreneurs Links Yang Law Offices: The Big Secret: Stress-Free Divorce:
Over the past 25 years of his career, Chad has worn many hats. He has worked as an engineer for Boeing, hosted Inside Mighty Machines on National Geographic, and is the founder and CEO of CSQ Properties. Over the last seven years, Chad has built a multi-family and self-storage portfolio of over 85 million through his work in syndication and personal investing. Listen in as Chad shares his insight on real estate investing and how this former engineer entered the world of entrepreneurship.   Timestamped show notes 03:05 - Inside Mighty Machines 04:43 - Real estate and passive income 09:24 - Financial freedom and personal freedom 11:02 - The housing market 17:20 - Leavers and learners 19:35 - What is syndication? 26:11 - Entrepreneurship skills in real estate 32:15 - Honing communication skills 36:19 - Humility 40:10 - Athlete, family man, philanthropist 54:03 - Investing 101 55:15 - Take care of yourself Links CSQ Properties:
Chris Voss is a former FBI hostage negotiator and author of Never Split the Difference, Negotiating As If Your Life Depended On It. He has a masterclass on negotiation and is the founder of the Black Swan Group, which helps train people in the art of negotiation. Listen in as Chris shares important skills he’s learned in his 24 years as a hostage negotiator.  Timestamped show notes 02:08 - Chris’s introduction 03:39 - Empathetic and strategic 07:34 - Staying calm 13:27 - Weird numbers 15:43 - Emotional intelligence 23:52 - Advanced training 33:27 - Listening skills 38:24 - Intergenerational communication 40:36 - Negotiation during COVID 46:19 - Women’s negotiation 51:52 - Training Resources Links Black Swan:
Nanxi Liu is the co-founder and CEO of Blaze, an AI-driven platform that allows teams to build software and web applications without the need to write code. Before starting Blaze, she was also the CEO and co-founder of Enplug, a leading global digital signage software company that she led from its inception to its acquisition by Spectrio in 2021. She has been in Forbes 30 Under 30 and is also an award-winning Emmy producer for Amazon TV’s “The Bay.” Listen in! Timestamped show notes 01:45 - Origin story 03:27 - Contributing back 05:23 - Emmy Award winner 07:56 - XFactor Ventures 10:39 - Investing in women founders 12:11 - Music and business 15:26 - Co-founders and marriage 22:41 - Lessons learned 27:51 - Aligning core values 29:34 - Mergers and acquisitions 35:51 - Daily routine 39:52 - Recommended reading 43:08 - Advice for women entrepreneurs 49:34 - Looking to 2023 Links Nanxi Liu: Blaze: XFactor Ventures:
Rochelle Carrington is the president and CEO of Bulletproof Management Inc. She has over 30 years of experience in coaching, sales, and management. In this podcast, she talks about “Emotional Blueprinting,” a process in which you eliminate your limiting beliefs and rewire your mind for success. Listen in as Rochelle talks about the techniques used in this 90-day protocol! Timestamped show notes 01:31 - What is emotional blueprinting? 07:16 - Neuro-linguistic programming and emotional blueprinting 12:41 - Diving into this work 14:31 - Bulletproof Management 17:32 - It’s not talk therapy 20:20 - Focus on what you want 24:40 - Daily routines 28:25 - Holding up with habits 35:56 - Habits during COVID 38:15 - Current reading 40:12 - Enneagrams & other assessments 46:20 - Looking forward to 2023 48:27 - Working with her kids 51:47 - Getting in touch Links Rochelle’s LinkedIn: Emotional Blueprinting:
Marissa Levin is the founder of i5 Conscious Leadership. She’s an ICF-certified coach, speaker, author, and 30-year entrepreneur. She has been recognized as one of the top 200 biggest voices of leadership globally for 2023. Her goal is to catalyze leaders and organizations to “achieve their highest potential through conscious transformation.” Listen in as Marissa shares her insights on what has made her journey so successful.  Timestamped show notes 01:38 - Marissa’s Journey 04:54 - Balancing act 06:36 - Certified coach 08:07 - Conscious leadership 14:26 - New book! 17:16 - Award winner 18:43 - Empathy 21:02 - Enneagram types 22:19 - Looking to 2023 23:34 - 30-year entrepreneurial journey 25:52 - Daily routine 29:42 - Cleaning your energy 34:34 - i5 Conscious Leadership Links i5 Conscious Leadership: Marissa’s LinkedIn:
Young Chang is the president of A-Sha Foods USA. He and his business partner come from very different worlds, with Young coming from tech and his partner coming from real estate. Despite this odd foundation, they were able to build A-Sha Foods into the successful business that it is today. Listen in as Young Chang shares his story. Timestamped show notes 01:20 - The origin story 02:31 - Meeting his business partner 05:10 - What makes A-Sha’s noodles special 08:47 - Setting themselves apart 10:57 - Collabs with other companies 15:58 - Going from corporate to entrepreneur  17:43 - What makes a great entrepreneur 23:18 - Work smart, not hard 26:41 - Reaching out for help 30:07 - Tackling the recession 32:55 - Keeping sane 34:51 - A typical day 35:55 - Letting people go 39:03 - Giving back as an entrepreneur 41:38 - Advice for the next generation 42:46 - Target audience Links A-Sha:
Dr. Daniel Kelly is a board-certified neurosurgeon and one of the four founders of Pacific Neuroscience Institute (PNI). Dr. Kelly is one of the top neurosurgeons in the US, having been awarded the Southern California SuperDoctors distinction 15 years in a row as well as the Patient’s Choice Award. He is also known for his focus and expertise on minimally invasive surgery for brain, pituitary, and skull-base tumors. Listen in as Dr. Kelly shares his experience of being in the medical field while also running a successful business with PNI.  Timestamped show notes 02:00 - Physician to entrepreneur 05:50 - Explosive growth 09:47 - Trust 13:20 - Mental health during COVID 15:10 - Habits for juggling multiple roles 20:02 - Wide reach 22:05 - Looking forward to 2023 23:20 - The TRIP Program 29:29 - Advice for entrepreneurs Links Pacific Neuroscience Institute: Dr. Kelly:
Jessica Chang is the co-founder and CEO of WeeCare, the largest network of small childcare providers in the United States that’s dedicated to bringing affordable childcare to all families. In her early career, Jessica saw that many working families had inadequate access to childcare. Jessica herself experienced it firsthand when she couldn’t return to work due to a lack of access. This spurred her to take a closer look at the childcare industry. Ultimately, she came to the realization that the supply of adequate childcare services simply did not meet the overwhelming demand. WeeCare is her solution to this ongoing issue–it allows parents to find care and manage that care experience. Parents can receive photos, set up payments, and overall receive a better childcare experience than what normally would be available. WeeCare has been featured in Inc’s 5000 Fastest Growing Companies in 2022. Listen in as Jessica shares her story. Timestamped show notes 01:52 - Jessica’s Journey 04:21 - Struggling to find available childcare 06:35 - Starting WeeCare 09:43 - The Process 13:01 - Raising capital 19:06 - Trust plays an integral part in this business 20:33 - Celebrating losses as learning opportunities 24:38 - Finding a team 27:57 - Growing sales 34:14 - Investor backing 36:30 - Communication skills 37:27 - Advice for aspiring entrepreneurs 38:38 - Looking forward 43:32 - What does her typical day look like Links WeeCare:
Trent Clark, is the founder of Athletic Influencer Marketing and Leadershipity. He’s a keynote speaker, facilitator, advisor, and former MLB World Series Champion with three World Series appearances as a coach. He also hosts the podcast, Winners Find a Way. With vast experience coaching others, Trent’s goal is to empower people to reach their goals through leadership and team development. Listen in as Trent shares his incredible journey. Timestamped show notes 02:19 - Starting his journey 04:24 - Becoming an athlete 07:53 - Unflappable spirit 11:01 - It’s a tough room 13:49 - Entrepreneurs raising athletes 20:19 - Commitment, consistency, and confidence 27:12 - Coaching others 33:12 - Continuing to get better 36:03 - Advice for entrepreneurs 45:15 - Importance of mentorship Links Trent’s LinkedIn: Athletic Influencer Marketing: Leadershipity:
Laurie Shiers is the founder of Brainchild Coaching. While working as a copywriter for ad agencies, Laurie longed to create a bigger impact on people one-on-one. As a lover of the creative process, Laurie wanted to help people use creativity in their business and improve their lives. Listen in as Laurie shares insight on bringing mindfulness and creativity together. She shares tips and tricks on incorporating mindfulness, breaking through emotional blocks, and improving your business through creativity. Timestamped show notes 01:30 - Starting Brainchild Coaching 02:23 - Opening your mind exercise 08:58 - Creating an open environment 11:56 - Working with clients 15:55 - Being consistent 20:16 - Creativity growing up 25:48 - 2022 and beyond 26:19 - Multitasking mother, wife, and entrepreneur 28:15 - Mindfulness routines 29:22 - Journaling 32:27 - Sneak peek of Laurie’s novel 33:17 - Creative projects  Links Laurie’s Website:
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