Keeping the Flame Alive: Zarvana's Quest to End Burn OutCommunity Voice add
What is productivity and how important is it? In this episode, Matt Plummer explains how productivity is the most important component of a sustainable life. Matt is the founder of Zarvana, a company that delivers digital performance enhancement programs to help individuals and employees maximize output in less time at a higher quality. A social entrepreneur with roots in strategy and management consulting for 6 years at the prestigious nonprofit consulting company Bridgespan, and an experienced manager passionate about human development, Matt is building a company that gives us back our most valuable resource: time.
In this episode, Matt shares his personal experience and tells the story of Zarvana, leading to the development of a four-part model which combines Interactive Lessons, Daily Tracking, Peer groups, and One-on-One coaching. He also opens up about why he avoided Silicon Valley or New York City for his start-up, choosing a lesser-known town instead.
The Art of the Possible: The Story of StepwellCommunity Voice add
Anmol is an engineer who wanted to learn more about design. After hitting a wall with Masters programs, she did what any self-respecting engineer would do: tunneled under it. Anmol built a fellowship program (read "15-minute website") and waited for applicants. She found Chris. The pair went to India for a year and founded Stepwell, a design studio that challenges global issues by focusing on the humans that face them.
Breaking The Cycle: How One DC Small Business Is Finding Its NicheCommunity Voice add
Often times, small businesses struggle to compete with chain stores that seem to rise quickly in a community. Nick, Ankit, and Fiona from CYC's University of Maryland chapter worked with a bike shop in College Park that combats gentrification, in a community experiencing a lot of development, by creating an customer experience that is much more than a transaction. Listen in to hear student business analysts talk about how Proteus Bicycles creates a relationship with their customers "after hours," through potlucks and destination rides in D.C. and how their work explored the value in challenging one's business to connect with customers that are making a one-time, luxury purchase like a bike.
Life Hacks: Public Speaking Tips from an Executive Turned Small Business OwnerCommunity Voice add
Wendy Gates Corbett left a 20-year career as a training executive to start a public speaking business that makes presenting well no longer a well-kept secret. Her clientele ranges from professional athletes to college students. In this episode, Wendy shares her life hacks for presenting, ways to reclaim our power of belonging, and how to avoid "energy leakage" when presenting. Listen in to see how Wendy's NC State CYC student engagement team helped her understand the public speaking market so she could build a business that would help more people feel stronger and more confident on a stage.
Hunter Davis - From Whiteboards to Teach for AmericaCommunity Voice add
Meet Hunter Davis. He is the founder of N.C. State University's Consult Your Community chapter, the valedictorian of the graduating class of 2017, and a whiteboard enthusiast. In this month's episode, listen to Hunter talk about his journey founding the chapter, defining his "why", and discovering the passion that brought him to Teach for America this fall.
American Dream CleanCommunity Voice add
Can you break down the human process of getting to know someone with statistics? Two students from Wesleyan University think you can, and they put their “talent analytics project” into practice with the founder of American Dream Clean. American Dream Clean is a private company that provides janitorial services with the public goal of lowering the achievement gap. By reinvesting profits into educational services for the children of his employees, American Dream Clean’s founder J.T. Hernandez has reimagined a high turnover service industry into a high retention opportunity. Listen in to hear how Jessie and Tiger, from CYC’s Wesleyan University chapter, used a promotion video and regression models to help Hernandez streamline his hiring process, and identify and attract candidates that best reflect American Dream Clean's brand message.
SheWill (Marketing)Community Voice add
This episode follows our Emory team as they worked with SheWill (who had been featured on episode 3) to promote a brand new curriculum which serves young women in the Atlanta area after school. The team delves into both strategy and tactics on how to best market SheWill's new offerings and expand them to a wider customer base.
SheWill (Curriculum)Community Voice add
SheWill teaches young women (from middle school to high school) about financial literacy and entrepreneurship, empowering them with tools to secure their futures. The Emory team helped develop the curriculum to encompass a more holistic approach and a longer course.