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Conscious Entrepreneurship — May I introduce: Danny Rosin

Danny Rosin is a pathological optimist who found his marketing and philanthropy career path after getting too many demerits in high school at Norfolk Academy to be able to graduate. To work the demerits off, he co-founded a service club called “The Happy Club” and created fundraising stunts that were extraordinarily memorable. Events like the Mismatch Contest, where students who had a dress code, for one day, could come to school in mismatched clothing, provided they donated to a cause. Winners won ridiculous prizes like a single ice skate. Funds were used to buy disadvantaged children Christmas gifts. Gifts were delivered in ring and run fashion; a prank turned into delivering social good. The Happy Club’s stunts garnered the attention of Operation Smile, a nonprofit that provides children with free cleft lip and palate surgery. …


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Conscious Entrepreneurship: May I introduce Chris Molaro

Named a top 10 transformational leader of healthcare and EY Entrepreneur of the Year 2020, NeuroFlow’s CEO Chris Molaro is on a mission to bridge the gap between mental and physical health.

After five years of service in the U.S. Army, Chris returned home from Iraq to a broken and inefficient healthcare system for both veterans and civilians. Chris’s personal experience and those of his soldiers shaped his perspective on healthcare and drove his decision to take on the biggest issues facing the industry today — lack of access to quality care and engagement with treatment.

Chris has been a featured speaker for the American Psychological Association, Partners Health World Innovation Forum, interviewed on SiriusXM radio, NBC, and in multiple healthcare and business focused podcasts, profiled in multiple publications, guest lectured at Penn’s Engineering school, and provided his expert opinion on CMS policies. …


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Conscious Entrepreneurship: May I introduce Neil Sahota

Neil Sahota is a futurist and leading expert on Artificial Intelligence (AI) and other next generation technologies. Throughout his career Neil has walked the “path of most resistance,” and has never cared about titles or prestige. Rather, he focused on learning and adding value, which often meant taking on “impossible tasks” like helping the United Nations find its inner-entrepreneur and launch the AI for Good initiative. Because of these experiences, Neil has unlocked disruption in different industries via innovative products as well as successfully building new markets.

In addition to working with the UN, Neil is the author of Own the AI Revolution (McGraw Hill). Sahota is also an IBM Master Inventor, former leader of the IBM Watson Group and professor at the University of California at Irvine. His work spans multiple industries, including legal services, healthcare, life sciences, retail, travel, transportation, energy, utilities, automotive, telecommunications, media, and government. His motto is to encourage aspiring entrepreneurs (and intrapreneurs, which are people that create ventures for the organization they work for) that every business has massive untapped potential. …


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Conscious Entrepreneurship: May I introduce Jay Shifman

In 2009, Jay Shifman reached a point of no return. Diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder over half a decade prior, his condition continued to worsen until he lost hope of ever being happy. That summer, he attempted suicide twice, and the 2nd night successfully overdosed.
Luckily for him, he survived and spent the next three weeks in a lock down unit, but it was while spending the following three months in a long-term care facility that it finally dawned on him. He’d been misdiagnosed and now was mentally and physically addicted to his prescriptions, pills he didn’t need. …


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Conscious Entrepreneurship: May I introduce Hindi Zeidman

Zeidman, a foster mom and MSW, created the first “Ollie” when she saw a gap in the market, as her 3-month old foster child Oliver struggled to sleep soundly, eat properly and reach developmental milestones.

Zeidman knew the importance of swaddling to keep infants in a calm state. She bought every swaddle on the market, and each came up short, until she developed her own prototype. Before becoming an entrepreneur, Zeidman was a Clinical Social Worker who specialized in working with trauma and drug exposed infants. …


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Conscious Entrepreneurship: May I introduce Donna Avellana Künzler

Donna Avellana Künzler is the author of the award winning nonfiction novel, “The Overseas Fabulous Pinay: A modern Filipina’s handbook on how to thrive abroad.”

A Filipina who has been living abroad for almost 20 years, Donna thought of writing a book as a way to capture her colorful life overseas, make an impact and give back. She aims is to diversify the narrative of Filipinas living overseas, as well as to uplift their image. By sharing her personal experience and knowledge, she would like to empower women by making their transition to life abroad smoother and more meaningful.

She came up with the concept of an Overseas Fabulous Pinay: a Filipina based overseas who is confident, sophisticated, responsible, proud to be Filipino and makes the Philippines proud. She specifically chose the word “fabulous” because she wants to depict a strong and positive image of a Filipina. Her debut novel won the Gold Award in the Nonfiction Book Awards 2020 and was honored as a finalist in the Best Interior Design category of the International Book Awards 2020. …


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Conscious Entrepreneurship: May I introduce Tonya McKenzie

Tonya McKenzie is a California native with over 20 years in sales, marketing, and public relations. Her first job out of college was with an agency and she later went on to work for a YMCA with a very small marketing budget with big needs. Public relations became her primary tool to increase brand awareness for the organization and it’s programming. Later in her career, after becoming a director for the Chamber of Commerce, she worked for a publication in Los Angeles.

Understanding that advertising clients needed a combination of marketing, PR and advertising, Tonya became an entrepreneur which also allowed for her to have the flexibility to increase her leadership through multiple appointments and elections. Tonya is currently the president of North Redondo Beach Business Association, Redondo Beach Chamber of Commerce Board Member, holds an appointed city position, holds a seat on the police engagement committee, and is vice president of the Black Public Relations Society, Los Angeles. …


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Conscious Entrepreneurship: May I introduce Mirjam Grupp

With Wearable Poetry, Berlin author Mirjam Grupp designs embroidery and print add-ons for existing garments of various brands. Her creations turn deadstock clothing into self-care to wear. Her work focusses around the question: what does it take to be in love? While seeing love as a way of being rather than its romantic aspect. In 2021, her first book about the transformational power of almost love stories will be released. As Mira Roth, she writes screenplays for German TV.

CONSCIOUS ENTREPRENEURSHIP — What meaning do you give this term?

It transfers from the way I (aim to) live: to carefully consider my choices, make choices that are good for all people involved: the customer, the producers, the people I work with — and myself. A holistically happy supply chain makes a good product and serves the customer. …


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Conscious Entrepreneurship: May I introduce Liz Elting

Liz Elting was always taught to be self-reliant, so it’s no surprise that she ended up an entrepreneur. As a lifelong lover of languages (who had already lived in five countries on three continents) with a passion for bridging gaps, she took a job at an NYC translation firm where she realized two things: first, that the internet was going to let international business go truly global, and second, that the translation industry was not ready to handle the vast increase in cross-cultural communication and the demand for services that support international business that was certain to follow. …


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Conscious Entrepreneurship — May I introduce: Dr. Joseph Salim

Migrating to the United States at age 18 for college, without knowing anyone in 1983 was a difficult yet exciting new beginning. Having fled Iran less than a year earlier after the Islamic Revolution at age 17, on the back of a camel without food and water for 3 days, was a surreal experience where the lines between life and death and success and failure were completely blurred. Once given the opportunity to study in this country, it was of utmost importance to succeed, find ways to give back through a career in a health-related profession, and found an organization to focus on sustainable development programs in education and healthcare to help women and children in the underdeveloped regions of the world.
Coming from a diverse background and heritage that included Persian, French, Russian, and Italian roots, having compassion was of utmost personal importance. …

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Demee Koch

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

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