Janel Laravie, CEO of Chacka Marketing and EO Tampa Bay member, was shocked when Yahoo! CEO, Marissa Mayer, publically stated her intention to return to work two weeks after delivering her baby. We spoke with Janel about her own journey, as she prepared to take twelve weeks away from her business after the birth of her first child, and why she plans to do it again with her second.
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Alice Kao, an EO Orange County member, has taken a career path that started at Wall Street and led her to opening a rock-climbing gym, Sender One Climbing, with her husband and another business partner in Santa Ana, California. We interviewed Alice about her interesting career transitions and how she’s creating a life and business that are truly her own.
Running a successful business brings with it plenty of challenges, especially if your company revolves around a single product or service. For Angela Santiago, an EO Edmonton member and CEO of The Little Potato Company, maximizing passion, staying productive and setting boundaries goes a long way toward generating business growth from the ground up.
To be successful in business, you need to stand out. That best practice is especially true when it comes to entrepreneurship. No one understands the power of uniqueness more than Zahra Al-harazi, an EO Calgary member who’s making her voice heard in business and beyond.
A lot can happen in 12 years. Just ask EO Atlanta member Sara Blakely, who with US$5,000 in life savings and an innovative idea, changed the face of business and the lives of women everywhere. Recently recognized by Forbes as the youngest female self-made billionaire in the world—she was also listed in Time’s “100 Most Influential People in the World” list in April 2012—the inventor of revolutionary shapewear, SPANX, has given new meaning to EO’s core value, “Make a Mark.” In this special interview, Sara sits down with Octane to talk about starting a business from scratch, the magic of marketing and the importance of trusting your gut.
Innovation isn’t realized without a few growing pains. But with big risks, come big rewards. Here’s a glimpse of an interview with Kevin Balestrieri, an EO San Francisco member, that will be featured in the September issue of Octane, coming soon! Kevin took the risk of a lifetime by fully committing to his startup in 2013. In the process, he sought to create a fun, dedicated workplace that cultivated what many construction firms lack— culture.
What does it take to surpass the US$1 million threshold in business? Is it luck, hard work, networking or something less obvious? Lauren King, EO Accelerator Program Director, spoke with us and shared how the program is fueling entrepreneurial innovation and growth globally:
Throughout the month of September, EO will be highlighting “innovations.” Innovation can be defined in many different ways. We’re looking to feature innovators who have created a new method, idea, product, etc.
Do you consider yourself to be an innovator? Should an entrepreneur aspire to be one?
Entrepreneurs are praised for their triumphs, but what about their struggles and the journeys that brought them to success? In their new book, “Survive to Thrive: 27 Practices of Resilient Entrepreneurs, Innovators, And Leaders,” Faisal Hoque and Lydia Dishman let us look behind the curtain, sharing stories of now-thriving, prominent figures of business, like Julie Wainwright and Andy Sack.
Finish reading Hilary Beard’s amazing story, as told in a four-part series of blog posts, in which she struggles to claim her own vocation, not as a lawyer, but as a New York Times best-selling author and writing coach. To read more stories that redefine success and empower your own career, visit http://survivetothrive.pub/.