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1) Tell us a little something about your business…
Competent Boards is an online platform for future and current board directors and business leaders who want to grow their competencies and improve their organization’s resiliency against new forms of risk without having to use time, money, and CO2 on travelling. Mid November we will welcome leaders to our next  Competent Boards Certificate Programs for Boards, Executives, and their Advisors. The focus is on some of the most important and material issues of today; Climate, Diversity, Data Ethics, Human Rights and Supply Chain issues, Anti-corruption, Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), etc.

2) When was your lightbulb moment?
Every day!    I have been so lucky to work with some of the finest leaders and
businesses around the world. I have always pointed out that the tone from the top of an organization is essential. However, I often find that there is a lack of knowledge about how to act upon ESG, climate, diversity, and other expectations that a growing group of stakeholders have – and that impacts businesses and their leaders’ ability to stay relevant and resilient. By interviewing global leaders I have worked with and sharing their insight I am scaling
knowledge. Everyone cannot be so lucky to have a Paul Polman, the former CEO of Unilever as a mentor, but with our program, you will hear the insight and experience from him and over 50 other board chairs and leaders.

3) Words of advice…
Stay Relevant & Resilient
Grow Leaders & Trees

Paul Polman said “Grow Leaders & Trees” in our interview – so for every person signing up to the Certificate Program, we will plant a tree! He also said: “Incredible initiative. Competent Boards will share knowledge, experience and insight to help train board members on how to capitalise on opportunities the SDGs present.”   And by doing this I hope that many leaders will stay relevant and resilient!



Stay Relevant & Resilient
Grow Leaders & Trees

                                               
Helle Bank Jorgensen is one of the world’s most experienced and renowned 
sustainability, climate change, and ESG advisers. She is a business lawyer and a state-authorized public accountant. Helle is also the founder of the Global Compact Network Canada and is the CEO of a certified Woman-Owned business, B.Accountability, where she advises global business leaders how to turn sustainability into strong financial 
results. Helle received the Clean50 award in 2018 for her work in building the Global Compact Network Canada.
Visit Helle @ www.competentboards.com

 

 

“May your legacy create a footprint of success
for the next person who steps into your shoes”

www.phaze2wellness.com

1) Tell us a little something about your business…
New Zealand Pharma is a biopharmaceutical company. We are a unique blend of entrepreneurs, biochemists, scientists and industry professionals focused on bringing naturally safe and active ingredients to the world.  The discovery of our flagship active ingredient, NGESIC, has led to the establishment of New Zealand Pharma. Our primary goal is to collaborate with our customers, enabling them to utilize our active ingredients to develop new products or enhance their existing range. Our core focus is to discover and develop unique compounds and ingredients which can lead to the manufacturing and global distribution of specialty medicines that make a difference.

2) When was your lightbulb moment?
Have you ever been in pain?  Of course you have; I wanted to change all that!
Pain is universal to all of us whether it’s mental, emotional or physical.  There is just so much pain in the world. Natural pain products are hot topics these days and we’ve been working on safe and effective formulations to take away topical pain with our award winning science team, as well as doctors and entrepreneurs. Whether it hurt’s, aches, sting’s, twinges or stabs we want to create worry free care that works.

3) Three words of advice…Ok – 6!
Surround yourself with people smarter than you; get out of your comfort zone and keep persisting until other people start to see your vision.

 

Get Out Of  Your Comfort Zone

                                               

Ellie ter Haar is a strategic leader and global connector, with experience as an executive member of several joint venture alliances with the maturity and energy to lead teams to reach goals with drive, passion, encouragement and excitement.
Visit Ellie at www.ellie.co.nz

“May your legacy create a footprint of success
for the next person who steps into your shoes”

www.phaze2wellness.com

1) Tell us a little something about your business…
As the founder of a nonprofit agency which I operated for 16 years and co-founder and COO of The Gill Law Firm, I decided to combine my passion for leadership and 
entrepreneurship with my love of community and serving others into a brand of 
leadership called Purpose Centered Leadership. Using the vehicle of Sharon Gill 
International, I work with individuals, corporations, nonprofits and ministries to take their leadership to a new level. Purpose Centered Leadership encourages organizations and teams to think outside the 4 walls and align themselves with causes in their sphere of influence.

2) When was your lightbulb moment?
My desire to transition from the brick and mortar business model to an online/flexible model started in 2015. I was mentoring and coaching women in startups in both the nonprofit and for profit worlds, and felt I needed more flexibility to expand my offerings to include already established organizations.

3) Three words of advice…
If you are not growing, either as an individual or company, then you are slowly dying. You simply must keep on developing yourself or your organization. 
YOU MUST EVOLVE

You Must Evolve

                                               
Sharon Gill is an author, coach and speaker with a passion for growth and leadership. She often combines her faith in her practice and desires to see everyone fulfill their God-given potential. She is the author of The G.O.R.G.E.O.U.S. Woman – 8 Principles for a godly life. Visit Sharon @ www.sharongill.com

 

 

“May your legacy create a footprint of success
for the next person who steps into your shoes”

www.phaze2wellness.com

1) Tell us a little something about your business…
August 2010 I dumped the day job and went into full swing as a business coach entrepreneur. I was 
super excited and scared to death! Thirty days later I found out my live-in lover and partner to a 
five-kid-blended-family-home was having an affair. I was devastated.  My whole future fell apart.
I was in a fog but knew that I had two choices: build the business or go back and get a job. Bile rose up my throat at the thought of going back to a job I hated so I choose to hunker down and build my business, which had zero clients and zero income. Unfortunately my world kept hitting me over the head with the proverbial 2×4. Over the next twelve months both my eighty-something year old parents fell, they both broke their hip and they both passed away within a few months of each other. The same weekend that we had the funeral service for Mom was the same weekend I moved out of the family home and started over in a new city with my two teenage girls. We had borrowed furniture from my ex’s ex wife! Somewhere in that sea of chaos I woke up one morning completely paralyzed in my arms. The weight of the world had a strangle hold over me. I could not move for more than a year. But the good news in all of this was that I took my business in that first year (and we know how hard year one is) from zero to 6-figures despite all of my life circumstances.

2) When was your lightbulb moment?
Most business owners are not successful because you are paralyzed by your life circumstances. Then you use these circumstances as an excuse to not go after your dream.We all know that excuses are 
stupid and stupid is expensive. It’s our excuses that are stopping us from living our dream, not our 
circumstances. It is more expensive to not invest in our business or your life than to stay stuck in a life you hate. The cost is your self-esteem and self-worth. Time is a non-renewable resource and once it’s gone, it’s gone forever. Money is something that can be lost, then found, lost then made, not earned then earned. Money is constantly flowing around us. So don’t fear the loss of money, fear the loss of time.I often get asked: “Odette, how did you do it? How did you get through that horrible year and come out the other side whole, complete and with a solid money-making business?” I always reply: “I 
harnessed the power of those that have gone before me, those that know the pain and struggle of life and business and those that have come out the other side stronger and more complete. Those that have made it their life mission to help others get what they want out of life. 
Here’s the thing; If I can do it, so can you.

3) Three words of advice…

Never Give Up

                                               
After building a seven-figure business, Odette Peek suffered a personal crisis that risked it all. By getting on stage and sharing her story, she regained her momentum and created massive success. She shares this expertise to help entrepreneurs become speakers and build high-impact, lucrative businesses. Odette has spoken on hundreds of stages, including TEDx, as well as been a guest on popular podcasts including Entrepreneur on Fire and television shows like NBC’s Real Talk.
Visit Odette @ https://odettepeek.com/

“May your legacy create a footprint of success
for the next person who steps into your shoes”

www.phaze2wellness.com

1) Tell us a little something about your business…
SilverCompass is an independent, full service financial and estate planning firm that works with busy entrepreneurs. By offering a variety of integrated personal financial planning services, we help entrepreneurs become more informed, empowered and proactive about their finances in order to improve their personal financial wellbeing..

2) When was your lightbulb moment?
I’ve worked with hundreds of entrepreneurs for 20+ years as both an accountant and CFO and so I knew the multiple responsibilities that come with entrepreneurship. I have also been an entrepreneur for 20 years; it’s a tough gig. The majority of entrepreneurs are being pulled in multiple directions and 80% work more than 40 hours a week so there’s not much time to manage their own personal finances. As a Certified Financial Planner and Registered Retirement Consultant, I decided to re-focus my business to help entrepreneurs achieve peace of mind with their personal finances; which can also have a positive impact on their business.

3) Three words of advice…
Get a Plan!
A business plan is key to a successful business but entrepreneurs also need a comprehensive personal financial plan to help them reach short term and long term objectives and inspire them forward.

Get A Plan! 

                                                 
Brenda Potter Phelan is passionate about helping busy entrepreneurs develop a written, comprehensive financial plan in order to improve their financial wellbeing and reduce stress by answering the many financial questions that can keep them up at night. 
Visit www.silvercompass.ca

 

 

“May your legacy create a footprint of success
for the next person who steps into your shoes”

www.phaze2wellness.com

1) Tell us a little something about your business…
When I started my company, XL Consulting Group, many of my clients were women who wanted to launch a business. From all the questions they asked I realized that I could help people globally if I answered all the business startup questions in one book. But as I reached out to successful women entrepreneurs I realized that the stories they shared painted the perfect pictures that women could relate to. Every chapter includes real life experiences and wisdom from women all over the world. Women who have read the book keep it on hand as a reference book. When I see Fabulous 
 Fempreneurship in offices, they all have post-it notes marking pages that are important to the reader. Accountants and lawyers give out this startup guide to first time entre- preneurs to help them kickstart their thought processes.

2) When was your lightbulb moment?
I decided to write Fabulous Fempreneurship because I realized that women felt the 
 entrepreneurship journey was a lonely one and many women didn’t have a network of advisors, mentors or coaches who could guide them on how to launch in a very straight forward step by step way. There is still a glass ceiling for women in business and after a 30 year corporate career, I also felt passionate about giving back to the next generation of business women. Fabulous Fempreneurship is my “gift” to aspiring women entrepreneurs. If I can help more women launch businesses, that will be my legacy.

3) Three words of advice…

Confidence… Clarity… Action

                                               
Elaine Slatter is an author, entrepreneurial coach and marketing specialist. She is the author of Fabulous Fempreneurship, A complete business startup guide. Elaine is founder of XL Consulting Group, helping entrepreneurs with market planning, strategy, branding and web design. Visit Elaine at https://xlconsultinggroup.com/

 

 

“May your legacy create a footprint of success
for the next person who steps into your shoes”

www.phaze2wellness.com

1) Tell us a little something about your business…
Good food is part of my life since I was a kid while learning from my family that cooking for someone is taking care of somebody else happiness. After the graduation at culinary school and working in Italy and abroad for many years, I decided in 2012 to open my first restaurant and cooking school with the 
purpose to meet people from all over the world and share with them a piece of our impressive food/wine culture. I consider myself very lucky when I think that mine it is not a job but is just what I like to do.

2) When was your lightbulb moment?
My lightbulb moment was the day I really understood how people that come to visit Florence or Tuscany should get back home with not just memories of good Italian food tasted in Italy but also the knowledge of the philosophy and deep passion that are behind. The kind of knowledge that you cannot really embrace if you just read a recipe cook book, because you need to live in person the experience of learning how to cook with hands “in pasta.”

3) Three words of advice…
Have a strategy : every battle is won before it is fought
Think positive …
tomorrow comes today ; your positive attitude will lead you to successful projects

Enjoy what you do :
people will always recognize and appreciate your natural mood

Strategy…Positive…Enjoy

                                               
Stefano Acciai is an Italian chef and professional sommelier. From 2012 owner of Touch Tuscan bistrò in city center of Florence and The Cooking Touch, a cooking school 
located by the Ponte Vecchio bridge where he organizes private cooking experience and wine tasting while serving authentic Tuscan recipes.
Visit Stefano @ www.thecookingtouch.com

 

 

“May your legacy create a footprint of success
for the next person who steps into your shoes”

www.phaze2wellness.com

 

1) Tell us a little something about your book…
        Mindful Wisdom from my Philosopher Dad, Sage Advice from a Single Father
My book is a tribute to my father’s memory & philosophy, and I intend to make this 1st book the beginning of a series of “Philosopher Dad” self-help books. One of the most challenging things in my life was losing my father – a man who was my mentor, my hero, my best friend — a man who stepped up to the plate back in the 60s to become a single parent to me and my baby sister, and showed us by example what it meant to be an extraordinary human being. I wrote a book dedicated to his memory because I wanted to pay tribute to the wonderful person he was. It was also my way of 
processing my grief, and it was instrumental in helping me to finally forgive my mother and myself. “Pain is inevitable because it touches all of us eventually. Suffering, 
however, is optional.” This was a quote from the mother of Sean Stephenson who 
imparted that wisdom to me during my interview with him several years ago.

2) When was your lightbulb moment?
2002 when the U.S. and allied forces waged war on Iraq.  I left my 22-year broadcasting career and started a quest to educate people about the FUD. Factor and to be aware of the manipulation from mainstream media so they can be the gatekeeper of their mind.

3) Three words of advice…
Follow your passion! Why? Life is not a dress-rehearsal. You get one shot, so make it count and do what you love to do. My wish for you is to always Laugh Often, Love 
Always, Be Mindful…. And Stay Positive!

 

Follow Your Passion 

                                                 

Tanya MacIntyre is a former broadcast journalist who packed up negative news for positive media. She has just published her 1st book, Mindful Wisdom from my Philosopher Dad – Sage Advice from a Single Father, which will mark the beginning of a “Philosopher Dad” series of self-help books.. Visit Tanya @ https://gottalovelove.com

 

“May your legacy create a footprint of success
for the next person who steps into your shoes”

www.phaze2wellness.com

Mentorship is by definition an exchange of information between two people or groups of people.  It starts a new conversation and creates a foundation for both collaboration and business innovation while encouraging change and transformation.

When I started my first company over 25 years ago, there were no mentors for women by women.  It was all blue suits and red ties.  Inspiration was gained through a willingness to learn, fuelled by a passion to succeed while making a positive contribution to our communities.   

Thankfully,  times are changing!

We now live in a gig workforce where our ability to learn new skills changes at lightening speed.  Things are constantly in flux and we need to rely on a very strong network to assist with our success.

As an entrepreneurial coach, I have found the most successful coaching relationships are with individuals who have had one or more mentors.

I often refer to these discussions as a positive energy exchange. They usually occur socially through breakfast, coffee or lunch.  Based on an exchange of information through experience, expertise and eduction.  I believe mentoring is an introduction to experiential learning.

So how do you choose a mentor?

There is no doubt that these relationships are based on a personal connection of trust and integrity.  The mentor and mentee have common interests, are like-minded and enjoy each others company.  Although there are many opportunities to establish a connection, I have found three common types of introductions:


1) Organic
This may be as simple as meeting someone at a networking event or business meeting.  You establish a connection with someone who you feel may contribute to your  and you meet periodically to share stories.

2) Referral
Introduction from a colleague or friend who creates the opportunity based on a solid connection.

3) Formal
You will find a number of organizations offering formal programs through various business models, Most often, the mentor volunteers their time and is paired with a mentee who is interested in the same industry, product or service.

Each of these connections are effective and at times may work in tandem with each other offering input that builds personal and professional confidence.  The duration of the connection is based not only on the discussions but friendships that develop as part of ongoing communication.

A invaluable resource when you may simply have a great idea and are just thinking about an entrepreneurial journey.  I have  known very successful entrepreneurs who have established life-long friendships with their mentor that follows them throughout their career.

These relationships are the foundation for current and future success.

Our ability to meet and share stories is a very powerful tool in the growth and development of every business.  Mentorship is no longer a luxury but a necessity as it provides an opportunity to brainstorm new ideas that contribute to not only the success of your business but lifestyle choices. 

Find a mentor…they contribute to your ongoing success!

“May your legacy create a footprint of success
for the next person who steps into your shoes”

Trish Tonaj is a speaker, coach and author, on mentorship sharing stories to inspire great ideas . She is Managing Partner in The Mechanics of FLOW2, online resources for You and Your Growing Business and host of the Share Your Story blog series. She is the author of two books and co-authored a complimentary e-magazine, W2.
Visit Trish @ www.phaze2wellness.com

 

1) Tell us a little something about your business…
Mabel’s Labels started 16 years ago by four moms in their basement. We created a product for families that was missing from the market place, and have gone from basement start-up to international market leader, having won countless entrepreneurial awards and media accolades.

2) When was your lightbulb moment?
We were raising small children and noticed there was a product missing from the 
 marketplace: durable and personalized labels for all the stuff kids lose. We were tired of using marker and masking tape to label our kids bottles, sippy cups and lunch 
boxes. With no suitable product on the market, we created it, providing a solution for families everywhere.

3) Three words of advice…
1) Have an appetite for risk. If you are risk adverse, entrepreneurship might not be a fit for you!
2)
Get comfortable with being uncomfortable. As soon as you feel like you have a handle on your business and what you’re doing, your business will grow and change and you will need to once again adapt.
3)
Your network is your networth. Business is personal. The most important part of your business is the humans, whether it’s customers, employees, suppliers, mentors, etc. Never forget it.

Risk…Uncomfortable…Networth

                                               
Julie Cole is a recovered lawyer, mom of six and co-founder of Mabel’s Labels. She has helped her company bring their product to a worldwide market, gain media recognition and win countless entrepreneur awards. Cole is a regular television contributor, a sought after speaker and emcee and a digital influencer and blogger.

 

“May your legacy create a footprint of success
for the next person who steps into your shoes”

www.phaze2wellness.com