Articles and Interviews

How to Make the Most of a Contractor Engagement

How to Make the Most of a Contractor Engagement

If you’re an entrepreneur who seeks to be a CEO of their business and not simply trade one full time job for a slew of part time jobs, hiring contractors is a relatively easy way to get help as you grow your business. With one large looming caveat: how do we make the...

What to Ask a Contractor BEFORE You Hire Them

What to Ask a Contractor BEFORE You Hire Them

This seems like a straightforward question, but it has a few layers to it.  Let’s take a look at each layer, one at a time.   Hiring someone, in any capacity, requires a plan.  A hiring plan must fit into your business strategy.  This doesn’t have to be a long,...

Is the 6-Second Resume Scan a Myth?

Is the 6-Second Resume Scan a Myth?

I was in a sales meeting with a well-known company that was touting its latest AI tool. One of the sales people (there were several in the room) casually mentioned that recruiters only look at resumes for six seconds. I bristled at his comment and suggested that the statistic he offered did not ring true for me.

Love Your Candidates

Love Your Candidates

The somber truth is that we are quickly realizing that the economics of COVID-19 is far-reaching. The hospitality, service, airline, retail and food services industries have been rocked to their core.



I would normally post a blog on my website and send out my weekly email to our online recruiter community today. But, my heart aches and it’s hard to focus as I try to comprehend the death of George Floyd while in police custody.

The Secret Successful Recruiters Know

The Secret Successful Recruiters Know

Popular publications and media sites such as LinkedIn, Inc., Entrepreneur, and Forbes as well as university research make it clear that influence at work helps us to develop our careers, make progress in projects we care about, and position ourselves as someone who has desirable input.

Recruiting Is the Best Reality TV That’s Not On TV

Recruiting Is the Best Reality TV That’s Not On TV

The reality of being a talent acquisition professional is that some days you will shake your head at what your candidate/hiring manager/executive said/did. Similar to the last episode of The Bachelor (it doesn’t matter which episode, head shaking occurs at some point in every episode).

Pass It On!  

Brief conversations with experts and entrepreneurs

Jennifer Locke is a ghostwriter and author coach who helps entrepreneurs and thought leaders uplevel their brands with a book. Jennifer has been writing fiction since 2011, and she brings this fiction writer’s approach to her work with her clients.

Jennifer has ghostwritten business books that have been published by both business presses and Big Five publishers–whether writing fiction or nonfiction, Jennifer lives for stories. Bringing stories to life, whether her own or her clients, is Jennifer’s favorite work.

In this episode of Pass It On!, Shannon shares how she found entrepreneurship when she least expected it and turned it into a thriving business.

Shannon Palermo is the CEO of Modern Balance, a bookkeeping agency for creative professionals. Shannon and her team go beyond basic bookkeeping to provide financial clarity and streamlined processes to ensure their clients are maximizing profits and have the power to grow their business.

Ean Price Murphy is a successful business owner, business coach and Certified Profit First Professional.  She gives small business owners the insights they crave for all their money stuff! 

We talk about moving from “it really was just all me” to a business owner who stepped into a leadership role and is ready to help radically kind people get comfortable with money.

Laura Berman-Fortgang’s professional life is anchored by her international reputation as a pioneer and 25-year veteran in the personal coaching field. Only one expression of her years supporting people to find meaning, purpose and satisfaction in their lives, Laura is also a best-selling author, sought-after speaker, TV personality (Oprah and All National Morning Shows), corporate spokesperson, interfaith minister and comedic performer. Her TedX talk currently boasts over 1.5 million views.

Laura’s five books are now published in 13 languages. She has addressed public and corporate audiences in many parts of the world on topics such as Reinvention, Career Satisfaction and Change as well as bringing coaching to diverse clients ranging from homemakers, celebrities and Fortune 500 companies to NASA and the Army Corps of Engineers.

Brienne Hennessy is a Vocal Empowerment Coach, Corporate Trainer and Published Writer. As certified and licensed Speech-Voice Pathologist with 13 years of clinical experience and 40+ public speaking appearances, she empowers executives, entrepreneurs and speakers to communicate with more purpose, speak frequently without fatigue and listen to their inner voice. Prior to becoming the owner of Your Vocal Vitality, LLC she received awards and held leadership positions within the speech pathology field including, Outstanding Leadership award from the NSDA,  Appreciation award from ASHA and served as Chapter President of University of Iowa’s student speech pathology association.

Her mission is to elevate women’s self-worth via the aligned power of their voice!

Nicole Oden is an attorney licensed in the State of California for almost 10 years with her own virtual law firm – Nicole Cheri Oden Law, PC.

Nicole also works as a legal consultant, helping online freelancers and service providers protect their online businesses and brands legally with custom contracts and policies (or legal templates that they can customize for their unique businesses) and trademarks.

Ashley Grigas is a financial strategist who is passionate about empowering families in their relationship with money through education, support and mentorship. She takes great pride in educating her clients in the art of how money works to gain financial literacy, confront money fears and move forward in life with a plan that works for them.

If you’re an entrepreneur, don’t miss this episode of Pass It On!  

Dan Sibears is a lawyer and mentor.  He shares his insights on the 6 characteristics every successful entrepreneur must have! 

If you’re looking for support with the “back-end” of your business, is a nationwide, volunteer-run organization that is funded, in part, by the U.S. Small Business Association.

Oh Canada! How are we just meeting the lovely Leanne Calderwood.

After over 20 years in the meetings and events industry, Leanne has used the 2020 hiatus to help other sales professionals find their voice and create a brand that attracts business and opportunities.

In a recent Pass It On! conversation, Leanne and I had the opportunity to discuss the unique opportunity that we have to explore new business ventures, show up for our communities, and create a truly personal brand.

Don’t miss the moment at the end of the video where she talks about allowing failure to be visceral!

“When you take risks, they’re not all going to work”

In this episode of Pass It On!, Jennifer Kleiber talks about how to learn by doing and shares a great way to scale your business.

Jenn is the Founder of Pressing Onward where she helps teachers move their marginalized students to success through culturally responsive teaching. Watch this video to hear Jenn talk about how she has taken her vision in new directions and we discuss how it takes courage to get specific in your business.

The world is full of beautiful souls and I had the chance to speak with one recently.

Hala Chibani is the founder of Next Level Entrepreneurs.

Hala is a business coach helping high-achieving minority women in business, pivot from leaders to entrepreneurs to make a bigger impact and find happiness, fulfillment, and balance in their life again.

Hala speaks from her experience as a first generation immigrant who has lived in multiple countries and has been a successful leader in fortune 100 companies…and, that’s just the beginning.

A lawyer walks into a bagel shop…Just kidding. This story is even better!

Beth George, the founder of BYOB Bagels (and a lawyer), operates the only international bagel consulting company.

Who knew that was even a thing!

Beth shares how her son’s struggles in school prompted her to start her own business and how she learned to GIVE first during 2020 which led to wild business growth.

In this edition of Pass It On!, I sit down with Toya Evans, a successful multiple franchise business owner. Her journey to overcome financing delays and move past naysayers is the dose the motivation you need for today!

Toya shares how she opened up 3 new franchises in 2020! And, we talk about her desire to create a legacy by instilling entrepreneurship in her children and grandchildren.

Pass It On! with Susan Forman, Owner of Excelon Associates

Excelon Associates is an executive search and recruitment firm. Susan and her team have built trusted partnerships with her clients for over ten years.

Pass It On! A short interview with Alex Sulyevich, Founder of Tutoria

Alex is the Founder of Tutoria, an all-volunteer team inspired by the impact of free tutoring in our local communities.

Pass It On! with Talent Acquisition Pro, Heidi Sutton

Heidi has honed her TA expertise during her 10-year career as a TA partner. She shares her perspective on the real work of entrepreneurship and the importance of a positive mindset.