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Changing The Paradigm of Social Media

Stacy Taubman

Navigating social media can be extremely tricky, especially as a young teenager. What you do on the web can have a huge impact on your future.

This week we interviewed Janel Patterson, Co-Founder and CEO of Frienedy, the first private group networking application suitable for users of all ages. What makes Frienedy different than other social media sites is that it is a safe, private way for children, adults, families and organizations to engage and interact in a rogue, predatory electronic era. To learn more about Janel and how to get involved with Frienedy check out the video below! 

 

Magic Happens Outside Your Comfort Zone

Stacy Taubman

"If you are not willing to risk the unusual, you will have to settle for the ordinary" -Jim Rohn

This week we interviewed Jennifer Stanfill, Director of Choice Programs at Parkway School District.  As a former teacher, Stacy enjoyed interviewing such an inspiring educator! So often we hear what I wrong in education, Jennifer is the perfect example of what is right!! One of the programs Jennifer oversees is Spark! which is an off-site, authentic workspace during school hours where students earn credit and get the opportunity to become entrepreneurs of their own enterprises. 

Jennifer reminds the us that risk is an essential part of our lives, and we should learn to embrace it. When you embrace risk-taking it stretches our potential and helps us overcome a fear of failure. 

To learn more about Jennifer and how to get involved in Spark!, watch the video below!

Life Unexpected

Stacy Taubman

Sometimes the best things in life come at the most unexpected moments.

Stacy's first year teaching, she was lucky enough to have Katelyn Meyer in her classroom; even then she could recognize there was something special about her.  Fast forward a few years, and Stacy couldn't believe her eyes when she spotted Katelyn on an episode of MTV's Made. 

Katelyn's journey continued on an exciting path. She left St. Louis, while still in high school, to pursue her acting career in New York. After a few more twists and turns along the way, she discovered her love and talent for fashion. Teaming up with her two sisters, KM2 was born and, if you haven't checked it out yet, you need to. These three young women have incredible style that they have combined to create a fashion adventure to enhance your wardrobe, specializing in accessories. 

In this week's episode, Katelyn talks honestly about the highs and lows of running a company and the best advice for those wanting to start one. To learn more about Katelyn and her inspiring journey, check out the video below! 

You Are Never Too Young To Change The World

Stacy Taubman

We are mixing it up this week on our video blog series.  

This week we are featuring a high school senior from California, Allie Boyer. She is truly an inspiration! When Allie was just 12 years old she took her love and passion for orangutans and turned it into a non-profit.  To learn more about her adventures and how you can help orangutans watch the interview below! 

Who Says Grown-ups Can't Have Fun?

Stacy Taubman

How old would you be if you didn't know how old you were?

This week we interviewed Debby Siegel, the Principal at Designing Debby & CoFounder of YoGoGirls.

As we grow up, society places pressure on us to act a certain way. Playfulness often diminishes as a result.  YoGoGirls is shattering that idea and encouraging us to break out of our shell. Debby shares with us about her journey and how to have fun in whatever you choose to do. 

Comment below and share with us how you are tapping into your kid at heart.

Celebrate Your Strengths

Stacy Taubman

While we are always told to own our strengths, women often hold back for fear of sounding too proud. Our guest this week on the video blog, Amanda Stanec, has the amazing ability to celebrate her successes in a way that draws you in and encourages you to work that much harder toward your own goals. 

Amanda Stanec's company  MoveLiveLearn works to normalize healthy and active living through a social justice lens. In her interview, Amanda reminds us that in order to be our best selves, we should not seek out praise, but instead work hard and be happy with our efforts.  

To learn more about Amanda and Move Live Learn check out the video below.  

Own Your Story

Stacy Taubman

How well do you take a compliment? Many of us struggle with this and owning our strengths. 

We explore this topic more in this week's video blog episode with our guest Aimee Dunne, Founder of Navigating Networks and Director of Prosper Institute. Aimee also shares with us her insights on becoming an entrepreneur, defining your brand, and how to banish imposter syndrome.    

We hope you enjoyed this episode! Leave a comment below sharing something that spoke to you from this video. 

The Best of Both Worlds

Stacy Taubman

Who says your dream has to encompass just one passion.  So often we have many things that we are good at or love doing, but the career paths that we know about don't seem to include our different talents.  

Well this week's episode of GDB's Video Blog Series is here to show you that you don't always have to choose.  We highlight an impressive woman who has a career that beautifully blends psychology with business.  Dana Fromm-Borchert earned a PhD in Industrial/Organizational Psychology (don't worry if your not 100% sure what that means - she explains more about it in the video) and then went on to get an amazing job as Senior Consultant at CMA.  It is not surprising to us that in 2012 she was featured in the St. Louis Business Journal as one of the 30 under 30.  

Check out the video below to learn more and here some good advice from Dana on how to find a mentor.