Posts in Defining Success
Defining Success: Danya Shults

Danya Shults is a connector who aims to build and strengthen communities, create greater access for more people, communicate with transparency, and promote learning through sharing. Inspired by her “Jewishly sourced” pop-up restaurant, Pop-Up Shabbat, and her digest of all things Jew-ish, The Ish, Danya founded ARQ, a lifestyle brand and platform that helps people connect with Jewish culture in a more modern (read: relevant, inclusive, and convenient) way.

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Defining Success: Emily Merrell

Emily Merrell, also lovingly referred to as "20 Questions", has always loved figuring out people's stories. After six years in the fashion industry, Emily became an entrepreneur and created Six Degrees Society, a women's focused networking organization that specializes in taking the guesswork out of networking through curated connections with each event having it's own unique theme (personal branding to calligraphy). In their first year Six Degrees Society has expanded from New York City to eight markets.

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Defining Success: Flora McKay

Flora McKay is a mother, yogi, recipe writer, nutrition and wellness educator, and environmental advocate. With her background in sustainable development and a passion for educating children and families about healthy living, she finds joy in sharing her love of of life with others.

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Defining Success: Brooks Dame

Brooks Dame is the founder of Proof Eyewear. The Boise, Idaho-based business is the leading sustainable eyewear brand in the world. Brooks has founded a handful of startups, as well as supported his family’s global business that was started by his grandfather more than 60 years ago. He and his brothers/partners survived ABC’s hit show Shark Tank while pitching Proof Eyewear to the Sharks. He’s filmed two full length documentaries in South and Central America.

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Defining Success: Krista Gray

Krista Gray helps people and companies shine online. After three years building startups in San Francisco, she launched GoldSquare, a boutique web studio that produces beautiful and affordable Squarespace websites.

Passionate about travel and culture, Krista has successfully grown her business while working in different parts of the world. She's also collaborated with international clients based in Hong Kong, Melbourne and Peru to date in 2016 — just to name a few!

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Defining Success: Andrea Wien

Andrea Wien is the author of "Gap to Great: A Parent's Guide to the Gap Year" and the founder of We Could Make That, where she helps people learn how to crush their kitchens.

Her podcast, also called We Could Make That, is an interview-style show where Andrea speaks to inspiring and passionate food entrepreneurs about launching their businesses.

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Defining Success: Taylor Goldsmith

Taylor Goldsmith is a professional singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, born and raised in Los Angeles California. He's best known as the guitarist, lead vocalist and primary songwriter of the band Dawes. After forming Dawes in his early twenties alongside his brother Griffin and lifelong bass player Wylie Gelber, Taylor has stayed busy cultivating and expanding his catalog.

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Defining Success: Rebecca Batterman

Rebecca Batterman is a global marketing director and brand strategist focusing on brand launches and consumer engagements. She creates fully immersive brand communities through digital and live experiences, strategic partnerships and influencer marketing. With 10+ years’ experience, Rebecca has launched many campaigns and brands for Fortune 500s and start-ups.

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Defining Success: Lesley Jane Seymour

A media entrepreneur and one of the industry’s most respected award-winning editorial leaders, Lesley Jane Seymour is the former Editor-in-Chief of MoreMarie ClaireRedbook and YM magazines. At More she created history by having the First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama, guest edit an entire issue—leading to 8.5 billion media impressions worldwide. Seymour is now creating a digital club called Kindred Community for women who want to live a more authentic life.  

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Defining Success: Dannie Hetz

With over seven years in the early stage startup scene, Dannie Hetz has created and managed six different products in four categories, as a creative leader, community manager, product manager and over the past four years, as the founder and CEO of her own startup.

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Defining Success: Dan Harris

Dan Harris is co-anchor of both Nightline and the weekend edition of Good Morning America on ABC News. He is also the author of 10% Happier, a #1 New York Times bestselling book about a fidgety, skeptical news anchor who stumbles upon meditation.

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Defining Success: Emily Rand

Emily Rand is an enthusiast for life, a world traveler and creator of The Awareness Movement, an online community designed to inspire and motivate. She has 10+ years’ experience working in sports and entertainment marketing with the Kansas City Royals, AEG, Barclays Center and the Brooklyn Nets. Emily is an avid volunteer and enjoys working with the elderly.

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Defining Success: Deena Goodman

With a professional background in Public Relations, Acting and Clinical Social Work, Deena Goodman, LCSW, CPCC combines her expertise to deliver values-driven coaching across industries to entrepreneurs and  executives alike working on electrifying their executive presence, establishing a sense of fulfillment professionally and personally and delivering with unforgettable impact.

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Defining Success: Hana Ayoub

Hana Ayoub is a professional development coach for high achievers who want to align their priorities in pursuit of dynamic success. Committed to optimizing the way professionals work and thrive, Hana leads a customized process that uncovers what's next, why, and how to get there.

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Defining Success: Melissa "Mia" Emilio

Most of Melissa Emilio's clients and coworkers refer to her as Mia. She has been a senior curly hair specialist at Devachan for 12 years. One of her favorite memories from growing up is Saturday mornings in the salon with her mother and sisters. She knew she wanted to be in that world everyday. Someone actually told her that she might not make it in this industry — putting her down and making her think they were right. She knew she had to prove them wrong. Practice and hard work pays off. Having an awesome coworker who was her biggest fan showed her how to let her talent blossom.

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Defining Success: Amy Koppelman

Amy Koppelman is the author of two critically acclaimed novels, A Mouthful of Air and I Smile Back. She received her undergraduate degree from University of Pennsylvania, and an MFA in fiction from Columbia University. Koppelman and her screenwriting partner adapted I Smile Back for the screen. The film, starring Sarah Silverman, premiered at the 2015 Sundance, Toronto and Deauville Film Festivals.

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Defining Success: Julia Kristina Mah

Julia Kristina is a registered therapist, speaker, and online course creator based in Vancouver, BC. She specializes in helping people work through and overcome anxiety, depression, self-doubt, perfectionism and self-confidence issues so they can go through life feeling deeply happy and more connected to themselves and others.

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