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Mindi Abair Q&A

YOU’VE OBVIOUSLY EXPERIENCED A GREAT DEAL OF SUCCESS IN YOUR LIFE.  WHAT WOULD YOU SAY IS YOUR GREATEST ACCOMPLISHMENT, AND WHY? I feel like my greatest accomplishment is creating a lasting career for myself doing something I love.  It was my dream when I was younger to write, play, record and perform my own music with my own band.  That seemed llike a longshot at the time.  I don’t take what I do for granted for one minute of any day.  It’s amazing to stand on stage with the guys in my band every night and soak it all in. LIKE EVERYONE ELSE, LIFE IS NOT ALWAYS SMOOTH.  CAN YOU TALK ABOUT A SETBACK OR TRAGEDY YOU’VE ENCOUNTERED, HOW YOU DEALT WITH IT, AND THE IMPACT IT HAS HAD ON YOU? I decided to go to college for music and went to audition at University of Miami, which was a few hours from where I grew up in St. Petersburg, FL.  I walked in so excited, but was met with “Girls don’t really make it at this school.  I’ll let

Michele Rigby Assad Q&A

YOU’VE OBVIOUSLY EXPERIENCED A GREAT DEAL OF SUCCESS IN YOUR LIFE. WHAT WOULD YOU SAY IS YOUR GREATEST ACCOMPLISHMENT, AND WHY? My greatest accomplishment is living life in a way that inspires others. I recognize that this is a very general, nonspecific response, but this is what I long to do-be a force for good in the world. That’s what gets me out of bed every day! LIKE EVERYONE ELSE, LIFE IS NOT ALWAYS SMOOTH.CAN YOU TALK ABOUT A SETBACK OR TRAGEDY YOU’VE ENCOUNTERED, HOW YOU DEALT WITH IT, AND THE IMPACT IT HAS HAD ON YOU? Life can be really hard. We often have no control over the bad things that happen, but we can control how we respond to them. I always envisioned having children and that is something that has never happened for us. Either I can focus on what I DON’T have or focus on all the amazing things that I DO have. I can focus on all of the rejection (jobs or difficulty getting a book deal), or realize that rejection gets us where we

Pamela Meyer Q&A

YOU’VE OBVIOUSLY EXPERIENCED A GREAT DEAL OF SUCCESS IN YOUR LIFE. WHAT WOULD YOU SAY IS YOUR GREATEST ACCOMPLISHMENT, AND WHY? I am not sure I have one great accomplishment, but I feel enormously grateful every single day of my life for my family and dear friends, and for the privilege of being able to make a living reinforcing the message that truth matters, and that every single person can play a role in raising the moral bar in our world, DO YOU SET ASIDE “ME-TIME” IN YOUR CALENDAR, AND WHAT DO YOU DO IN YOUR SPARE TIME TO RELAX? A super deep sports massage after a long hard workout, a stack of books and magazines with a seriously good glass of wine, a moment at home when no one is around with my favorite music blaring. WHAT’S THE MOST MAGICAL PLACE YOU’VE DISCOVERED WHERE YOU CAN GO TO CHILL OUT?  Big Sur, the woods across from our home, top of the ski slope on a perfect powder spring morning, my 11 yr old daughter’s ever-growing imaginary animal hospital. CAN

Mark Chaupetta Q&A

YOU’VE OBVIOUSLY EXPERIENCED A GREAT DEAL OF SUCCESS IN YOUR LIFE.  WHAT WOULD YOU SAY IS YOUR GREATEST ACCOMPLISHMENT, AND WHY? My greatest accomplishment would be my children hands down. After that it would be convincing Janice my wife to marry me with all I have in my life and being so accepting of it. LIKE EVERYONE ELSE, LIFE IS NOT ALWAYS SMOOTH.  CAN YOU TALK ABOUT A SETBACK OR TRAGEDY YOU’VE ENCOUNTERED, HOW YOU DEALT WITH IT, AND THE IMPACT IT HAS HAD ON YOU? This one is easy it’s having Duchenne DMD in my life as a young man with young children. It destroyed me and my marriage to their mom but thanks to a great pal Frank and his friendship and my family I decided to not cry about it but to be resilient and attack it pull force. It’s been over 20 years now I’ve been fighting. DO YOU SET ASIDE “ME-TIME” IN YOUR CALENDAR, AND WHAT DO YOU DO IN YOUR SPARE TIME TO RELAX? Me time yes 4 am when the world is sleeping

Richard Turner Q&A

YOU’VE OBVIOUSLY EXPERIENCED A GREAT DEAL OF SUCCESS IN YOUR LIFE.  WHAT WOULD YOU SAY IS YOUR GREATEST ACCOMPLISHMENT, AND WHY?  My karate 10 black belt fights. My karate instructor was Master John Murphy. Murphy took me from a scrawny, 110-pound, asthma-ridden (at that time only a) legally blind wimp, to a Master sixth-degree black belt. Sensei Murphy wanted his testing to be the most difficult in the world. To earn a black belt under this crazy man Murphy, you had to fight a ten, three-minute round bout with a fresh black belt each round.  Sensei Murphy did not want to deal with lawsuits. So most of the training and testing took place across the border in Tijuana. One year at the Tijuana Forum, I was one of three people who backed the great Chuck Norris in a showdown against a group calling themselves, “The Black Federation. I was by far the weakest fighter and hoped the confrontation did not escalate.  Fortunately for me after one stern look from the master Chuck Norris, the Federation back down and left. When I first

Mitra Shahri Q&A

YOU’VE OBVIOUSLY EXPERIENCED A GREAT DEAL OF SUCCESS IN YOUR LIFE. WHAT WOULD YOU SAY IS YOUR GREATEST ACCOMPLISHMENT, AND WHY? Changing the way law is practiced. I’ve made it more relaxed, less formal. I speak in plain language and my clients understand what I’m talking about. They accept my counsel and have more trust in me and the law. Also, I make them smile and even laugh as often as I can. They’re going through an oftentimes brutal process and I try to relieve their stress. I can be infectious that way. LIKE EVERYONE ELSE, LIFE IS NOT ALWAYS SMOOTH. CAN YOU TALK ABOUT A SETBACK OR TRAGEDY YOU’VE ENCOUNTERED, HOW YOU DEALT WITH IT, AND THE IMPACT IT HAS HAD ON YOU? At Wichita State University, I enrolled in a medical technology program. The head of the program, Linda, I’ll never forget her, told me the following: “I’ve never had a foreigner succeed in my program. You don’t even speak English and you’re stealing a seat from another student. You’ll never make it, unless you cheat.” I felt

Tom Szaky Q&A

YOU’VE OBVIOUSLY EXPERIENCED A GREAT DEAL OF SUCCESS IN YOUR LIFE. WHAT WOULD YOU SAY IS YOUR GREATEST ACCOMPLISHMENT, AND WHY? Aside from my family, starting a company from nothing and steering it through different business models—organic fertilizer made from worms, an entire product made from garbage, eliminating waste through recycling solutions and new consumption platforms—has been the greatest accomplishment, and continuing journey, of my life. LIKE EVERYONE ELSE, LIFE IS NOT ALWAYS SMOOTH. CAN YOU TALK ABOUT A SETBACK OR TRAGEDY YOU’VE ENCOUNTERED, HOW YOU DEALT WITH IT, AND THE IMPACT IT HAS HAD ON YOU? I was born in Hungary while it was still a communist country. After the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, my family and I emigrated to Germany, then Holland then Canada as refugees. There were difficult moments, but we were fortunate. My thirst for learning lead me to entrepreneurship, which I was always fascinated by, as business is perhaps the most powerful force to change the world. The rest is history; I started my life as a Hungarian refugee and today am the CEO of a

Auntie Anne Q&A

YOU’VE OBVIOUSLY EXPERIENCED A GREAT DEAL OF SUCCESS IN YOUR LIFE.  WHAT WOULD YOU SAY IS YOUR GREATEST ACCOMPLISHMENT, AND WHY? Building and maintaining a company that has lasted 30 years and still going strong would be in the eyes of most people a great accomplishment. I do agree that it is one of my greatest accomplishments and also one of my greatest surprises because I never expected to do more than one store. On a personal level, our business Auntie Anne’s, the company, grew me up emotionally, financially, spiritually and developed the character that I had always strived for. My greatest accomplishment was overcoming myself and my limitations. My limitations were over the roof when I started as I had no self confidence or self esteem and that is what Auntie Anne’s the company and God helped me accomplish. With a lot of discipline, prayer and help from professional counselors I was able to overcome the many obstacles I faced on a daily basis. I truly believe my greatest accomplishment is not Auntie Anne’s, the business, but Auntie Anne

Felicity Aston Q&A

YOU’VE OBVIOUSLY EXPERIENCED A GREAT DEAL OF SUCCESS IN YOUR LIFE. WHAT WOULD YOU SAY IS YOUR GREATEST ACCOMPLISHMENT, AND WHY? I’m equally proud of every expedition I have created and completed successfully. Each project has its own unique set of challenges, both for the team taking part and for me personally. I’d like to think that my greatest accomplishment is to have changed the perspective of individuals – particularly in terms of gender equality. LIKE EVERYONE ELSE, LIFE IS NOT ALWAYS SMOOTH. CAN YOU TALK ABOUT A SETBACK OR TRAGEDY YOU’VE ENCOUNTERED, HOW YOU DEALT WITH IT, AND THE IMPACT IT HAS HAD ON YOU? Every project I’ve created has been done so from scratch – and it hasn’t got any easier with time and credibility; it’s still just as difficult to make projects happen and to find funding as it was when I was starting out. The positive result of this is that I never take anything forgranted. It is important to me that my expeditions are carried out with integrity and that due credit is given to

Sean Bandawat Q&A

YOU’VE OBVIOUSLY EXPERIENCED A GREAT DEAL OF SUCCESS IN YOUR LIFE. WHAT WOULD YOU SAY IS YOUR GREATEST ACCOMPLISHMENT, AND WHY? A standout moment was the first month Bromwell turned a profit – 26 months after I started.  I’ll never forget looking at the P&L and seeing a profit! LIKE EVERYONE ELSE, LIFE IS NOT ALWAYS SMOOTH. CAN YOU TALK ABOUT A SETBACK OR TRAGEDY YOU’VE ENCOUNTERED, HOW YOU DEALT WITH IT, AND THE IMPACT IT HAS HAD ON YOU? I’ve had many – but one in particular was getting admitted to college.  I had to apply 5 times to become admitted to their business school (twice to get admitted to the university, and three times for the business school).  Graduating was a very special day for me because of how hard I worked to get in – and get through. DO YOU SET ASIDE “ME-TIME” IN YOUR CALENDAR, AND WHAT DO YOU DO IN YOUR SPARE TIME TO RELAX? All the time – rather than scheduling once-per-year “vacation time” (which I still like to do), I incorporate “me time”