Josh Fabian’s vision for the future wasn’t always so clear. At age 16, he dropped out of high school and moved out, determined to make it on his own. Years later, desperate to escape poverty and provide for his young family, he took a chance on a career as a web designer that eventually led him to the position of Lead Designer at Groupon. He then founded Kitsu, an anime social curation community with over 1 million users. Like many with an entrepreneurial spirit, he wouldn’t stop there. …

Conscious Entrepreneurship: May I introduce Maxine Anderson

A sophomore in high school, Maxine Anderson wanted to be an artist. Though she loved it, she quickly recognized it as a hobby. A couple months into her Junior year, she started tutoring children in Willamina, Oregon, USA — an impoverished rural community. She fell in love with learning about people, and understanding problems much larger than herself. She fell in love with seeing people light up with knowledge and not take it for granted. It saddened her that these children didn’t have stable at home lives, but amazed her that engaging them in learning that was fun and useful…

Conscious Entrepreneurship: May I introduce Laura Gariepy

Laura started her career in human resources. While she enjoyed her work, after 10 years, she needed a change. Traditional employment didn’t let her show up for herself and her family the way she needed to. So, in early 2018, she quit her full-time job.

Without a clear plan, Laura started blogging because it seemed like a big part of online business. After a few months, she got paid for her first article. Then, things snowballed from there. A year later, she had replaced her previous corporate salary and was earning a full-time living as a freelance writer.

Now, Laura…

Conscious Entrepreneurship: May I introduce Sumit Agarwal

Sumit Agarwal is not supposed to be alive today. He was born with Cerebral Palsy, with 70 percent movement restriction. He had to go through 4 surgeries, each one more difficult than the last. But, that’s where his fascination with relationships was born.

Growing up, he was isolated, and the people he was closest to were the doctors and nurses in the hospital. Through observation, he realized we’re all looking to create impact. On your deathbed, he says, all you can want is the people you’ve touched. That’s how his journey with public relations began. Human beings, what drives them…

Conscious Entrepreneurship: May I introduce Michael Schneider of NEXT Events

Michael Schneider is the President and Founder of NEXT Events, a company that offers networking and matchmaking experiences exclusively for key-decision makers in the interior design industry. He founded the company in 2019 with the goal of connecting buyers to suppliers in an engaging environment and through interactive events.

Michael owes his career path to his father, Eric Schneider, who owned a small niche-publishing company called Sipco Publications. Michael worked on the textile sourcing magazine, Fabrics & Furnishings International. Leveraging his experience, he later pivoted into event production for the hospitality design trade industry. …

Conscious Entrepreneurship: May I introduce Radha Stirling

Radha Stirling started her own consultancy company at 19 years old, after relocating to London from Australia. This lead her to the digital media and broadcast industry until one of her Endemol colleagues was detained in Dubai on trumped up charges while on holidays. Radha rose to the challenge to help her friend, leading the campaign that fought against a corrupt Middle Eastern system. The case gained widespread attention in the international media which lead to his release. Following his safe return to London, many more victims of injustice sought Radha’s help. …

Conscious Entrepreneurship: May I introduce Sam Aquillano

Sam Aquillano is the Founder and Executive Director of Design Museum Everywhere, an online, nomadic museum with the mission to bring the transformative power of design everywhere. Design is everywhere, so the museum has no permanent address — instead, Sam and his team turn the museum inside out, making it accessible to all across many platforms and locations.

Sam hosts one of the top 50-rated design podcasts: Design is Everywhere, a weekly podcast on the impact of design in our lives. …

Conscious Entrepreneurship: May I introduce Ramita Anand

Ramita decided she was going to be a teacher after travelling to India and helped out in an orphanage teaching English to young folks. But becoming an entrepreneur within education came after more than 15 years of being in classrooms and one on one teaching to realise we needed to do more to invest in soft skills raising our youth to be equipped with the right tools that will allow them to lead remarkable lives.

CAUSE — What are the causes close to your heart, and you are supporting right now?

Girls Education and empowering them with the skills they need to navigate the tricky vulnerable ages of teen years setting them up for life.

CONSCIOUS ENTREPRENEURSHIP — What meaning do you give this term?


Conscious Entrepreneurship: May I introduce Teri Dreher

After 30 years as a critical care nurse, Teri Dreher grew fed up with the healthcare system. She watched in dismay as profits were prioritized over patients, resulting in poor care, medical errors and soaring hospital readmissions.

She was particularly disturbed by the way senior orphans — elderly people without family support — fell through cracks in the system.

Things came to a head when her father-in-law fell critically ill on a family trip to Belize. Despite a life-threatening blood clot, the hospital moved to release him. …

Conscious Entrepreneurship: May I introduce Erin Ruby

Erin Ruby, CID, IIDA, is the founder of her namesake Harlem-based multidisciplinary design firm — Erin Ruby Design. Her studio specializes in the development of branded, commercial interiors, strategy, and product design, offering a human-centered and holistic approach to their work. She embraces a philosophy deeply grounded in the context of the human experience within a space.

In addition to helping her firm expand its client and project portfolio, Erin also serves as the President of IIDA NY (International Interior Design Association’s New York Chapter). Through her leadership with IIDA NY, she advocates for systems level change to advance racial…

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Serial entrepreneur & Board Advisor. Advocate on conscious entrepreneurship. Introducing purpose-driven founders here on Medium.

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