“Insecure,” Writer Amy Aniobi Picked her Passion and Found Success

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Amy Aniobi writes for the hit HBO show, “Insecure,” staring Issa Rae. The show is currently taping it’s third season, but Amy (my Nigerian sister from another mister) took some time to chat with us. She even has a season three spoiler for us so listen until the end!

Amy’s story is not only about a 30 something living her best life and working for a hit show. It is also about picking your passion and sticking with it no matter what, believing you’ve achieved success before it happens.

 

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The Spin Studio Girl Boss Riding Past the Competition

 

Meaghan St. Marc says she is the most non-entrepreneur Entrepreneur. But sometimes you can’t fight destiny! This is who she was meant to be! In the last few years she and her business partner have opened not one, not two, but THREE spin studios. Like many of us, she felt like she had to do what she studied in college, but her love of fitness and helping people couldn’t be denied.

Today, Rev’d Indoor Cycling has a big following in the Boston ‘burbs. In fact, when Soul Cycle moved in next door. But this small business did not get scared by the competition. In fact, business has gotten better.

A HUSTLER, newlywed, and soon to be mommy, Meag is definitely a girl boss, which she describes as a woman doing something, pushing the limits, creating and supporting. YASS!

 

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Be like Whoopi: Cut your Chores and Save the Earth

 

When Whoopi Goldberg called a new company, they moved heaven and earth to give her what she wanted. But even the celebrity power of Whoopi, Kathy Lee and Hoda, and the Primetime Emmys wasn’t enough to change the course of this company’s future. Listen to hear what BOSS move took Beantown Bedding from local start-up to powerhouse. Not only are they kicking butt as a business, they are making our lives easier by cutting down our chores AND we get to save the environment at the same time! Sounds like a win win!

Listen until the end for an interview for a preview of our episode 4/2 with a spin studio that is taking on Soul Cycle…and winning!

 

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ClassPass and MealPal CoFounder, Mary Biggins, says anyone can be an Entrepreneur

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When her first idea didn’t work out, Mary Biggins pushed on.

That’s her personality.

She’s a problem solver, a go getter.

Call her, “Boston Strong,” if you will.

Today, she is CoFounder of two successful companies, ClassPass and MealPal.

ClassPass is in 49 Cities worldwide. The app connects users to fitness classes at a much lower cost than buying classes directly from studios. At last check, ClassPass has raised more than $450 million dollars with millions of classes booked through the app to date.

MealPal works similarly. For a price of about $5.99 per meal, users can get lunch from participating restaurants near their work area.

If you use either app, or just want to be inspired, listen to Mary’s story!

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I’m in Love with a Boss

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I know I said we would be releasing new episodes every other week, I wanted to sneak in another episode in honor of Valentine’s Day. As a hopeless romantic, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity. I wanted to know what the heck would attract someone to a BOSS, an ambitious person? Is it difficult to marry someone who is so dedicated to their career? Is it intimidating? Do these ambitious people offer something special, a certain je ne sais quoi?

To get answers, I asked my husband. What’s it like to be in love with a Boss? We kept it profesh, so don’t worry, not a lot of mushy-gushy stuff. Enjoy!

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“The Beyonce of Tech”: Melissa James Dreams it, Works Hard, and Grinds

I see it, I want it

I stunt, yellow bone it

I dream it, I work hard

I grind ’til I own it

I twirl on them haters…

—“Formation,” Beyonce

Beyonce gets noticed, she drops surprise albums and videos…Instagram posts letting the world know she is the most beautiful pregnant woman ever!
Our guest this week, Melissa James gets noticed too. Her goal: Become the Beyonce of Tech.

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Melissa left a job at Google to start her own company. Today she is CEO of the Tech Connection, a company that connects diverse talent to tech companies.

We’ve mentioned tech’s diversity problem before.
At Google and Facebook, for example, only 1% of employees are Black, while Black people make up nearly 13% of the population.
Only 16% of techies are women and women make up half of the population.

Melissa’s work to increase diversity in tech has earned her a US Presidential Service award from then President Obama, and a young alumni service award from her alma mater, University of Massachusetts Amherst. Melissa was named Boston Innovation Magazine’s 50 on Fire, and also a published author. Her first book, “When are you going to get a Real Career?”is available on itunes.

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Authenticity = Success

 

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(Reporting on tragedy…nine months prego if you can’t tell)

What is stopping you from success? Are you approaching your job or personal life being honest about what you want, or are you doing things that do not feel natural? Are you just going through the motions, doing what you are told? I felt that way for a long time in my career: covering stories that I saw other reporters get excited about, but I knew in my heart fires and car crashes only left me feeling depressed and uninspired. I actually left on-air TV reporting because I knew that chasing ambulances and police cruisers 95% of the time and only telling meaningful, people or policy driven stories 5% of the time was not going to cut it for me.

(Producing from in the office to out in the field)

So, I opted to become a producer at a local news Magazine show. Everyone asks, do you miss being on TV? Well, I haven’t fully left reporting, I do step in front of the camera now and again when needed. But in my primary role as a producer, I am more fulfilled. I have been able to cover and produce high quality television on topics from Transgender Youth, the Student Debt Crisis, Immigration, crazy local laws and even light stories like Caribbean travel and a whole half hour on bread. Producing and now hosting this podcast have helped me to work as my authentic self.

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Business Breakthrough Coach Aliya Levinson Kehoe is all about helping people find out what is stopping them from getting to where they want to go. She helps her clients find their truth, their authentic self and ultimately achieve success in the areas where they once stumbled. Some great advice for ANYONE.

Check out the interview and for more information on Aliya’s services: http://www.aliyalevinson.com/

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