Making Waves at C-Level

Jeff Sandefer is an entrepreneur and a teacher. As an entrepreneur, he founded a number of successful companies -- his first at age 16; his largest with billions of dollars in assets.

Business may be his day job, but Jeff’s passion is teaching. While he was at the University of Texas, his students five times voted him the school’s Outstanding Teacher and The Economist named Jeff one of the fifteen top Business School professors in the world.

In 2009 Jeff and his wife Laura started Acton Academy, a cutting edge K12 school named after Lord Acton, a 19th-century scholar who championed freedom, whose most famous quote is “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.”

Acton Academy’s learner-driven model is spreading like wildfire across the globe, with over 150 locations launched or soon to launch, and thousands of applications pending to open a leaner driven community. In an age where Google shares information, Uber shares cars, and Airbnb shares rooms, Acton Academy turns learning upside down by equipping children to share learning with each other, in a close-knit community with extremely high standards of excellence.

Learn more about Acton Academy at

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James Ashcroft believes that if you’re not growing, then you’re dying.

Conscious growth is a common thread in all facets of his life.

It all started in 2012, when he rolled off the couch as a fat, 38 year old guy and went running.

4 months later, and 40 pounds less, he crossed the Ironman Miami 70.3 triathlon finish line, shocking not only himself but everyone in his life.

Over the past 5 years he’s completed a full Ironman and 4 of the 6 Major Marathons.

He’s also owner of a fire security business in south Florida.

He bought the company 4 years ago, and has grown the business, both organically and through acquisitions, from 17 employees to over 70, and maintains profitable revenue.

He was the 2016 Chair of Entrepreneurs’ Organization’s South Florida Accelerator program where he helped 40+ companies scale over $1mm in revenue.

In 2017, he launched the Growing Not Dying Facebook group that helps motivated entrepreneurs build successful businesses and be held accountable to do the work they said they’d do.

He’s happily married with 3 kids, and lives in Austin, Texas.


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Known as “The Vitality Vixen” for her contagious curiosity, enthusiasm and charisma, Yvonne Larson has a become somewhat of a modern-day 
Pippi Longstocking muse for those she serves.

As a singer, speaker, author, mentor, healer and fur-baby momma to three precious pups, she’s passionate about play, creativity and thriving in her own full self-expression. She believes everyone can live their Optimal Life once it has been distinguished, defined and designed.

Referred to as a healer by her clients, she is renowned worldwide
for her unique blend of performance based bodywork
with intuitive coaching to eliminate emotional restrictions
for her clients both on AND off the massage table. 
In the last 20+ years, Yvonne spent well over 10K hours acquiring experience, training and certifications in Emotional Release, Reiki, Massage, Neuro-Linguistic Programming, Life and Executive Coaching. She’s an expert in clearing and healing Solopreneurs in going from exhaustion, overwhelm and isolation to living their optimal life. 

With so many skills, talents and interests, her path to becoming the Vitality Vixen was a bit of a jigsaw puzzle. Then the picture finally became crystal clear and unlocked her unique full potential.

Now she’s building a tribe (Vitality Nation) in an online community (The Optimal Life Playground) where they co-create, collaborate and contribute to each other through the ups and downs of life as an Entrepreneur.

She believes that play is your access to joy and satisfaction. Play is a space of curiosity, discovery and learning. It leads to your deepest levels of creativity, empowering you to thrive in all areas of life. So, her mantra, “live playfully to live profoundly” is the foundation of the playground. 

The Optimal Life Playground supports those seeking to successfully navigate the critical conversations of exhaustion, overwhelm and isolation so they play, create and thrive with other solopreneurs.

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Understanding your potential is the secret to doing more. Thom Singer has become obsessed with personal potential and the gap that exists for many between potential and results.

Having potential seems awesome. When someone tells you that you have potential it is a real compliment, but so what? Without the right plan, a driving purpose, and the right people around you this means nothing. There is a paradox surrounding potential because people give it more credit than it deserves. Actions are the key.

Recently Thom met an impressive young man who is thirty years old and already smart enough to realize that he had to make a change from his current job, as it was going to lead him down the path of years of disappointment. Being successful is not enough if your ladder is against the wrong wall. In a short conversation Thom saw himself, and thousands of others, inside this guy who was seeking a new and more fulfilling path.

In this episode of Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do you will hear about why it is important to understand potential, to get clear on what you want, and how to be honest with yourself.

There are many moving parts to building influence, unlocking potential, and driving performance. There is no secret sauce and life if hard (and unpredictable), but the actions you take daily are the difference between hoping you will succeed and surpassing all expectations.

Check out episode #325 of Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do and connect with Thom Singer at

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Megan R. Fenyoe is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and has been working in the field for the past 15 years. She worked for the Michigan State and Federal Government as a CPS Worker and at the VA providing therapy to Veterans. 

At age 33, Megan made the decision to commission as an officer into the Air force and moved from Michigan to California in 2012. Megan was a Captain and provided mental health and substance abuse treatment to fellow active duty members and veterans. 

Since separating from service, Megan has been working full time as a Mental Health Therapist at Kaiser Permanente and owns her own Health Food Franchise. Megan has been in the fitness world since she was a teenager and even with her busy schedule she maintains 5-6 workouts per week, as well as incorporating whole based nutrition into her daily intake of food. 

Megan recently began a new adventure and is the business owner of Mission Strength. The focus of Mission Strength is to help people identify hidden sabotaging patterns such as negative self-talk and create better coping strategies, new behaviors and healthier habits. Megan helps people accurately assess their challenges and identify ways they can change, capitalizing on the strengths they already have while building new ones.

Being a mental health therapist, business owner and fitness fanatic has taught Megan a great deal personally and professionally about the positive effects good health and positive mindset. She inspires health and strength mind, body and soul.

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Dawn Gluskin is a storyteller and truth-digger that started her first business, a technology company, at age 30 and grew it from $0 to $3 million in annual revenue. 

(Hold your applause, 7 years later, she grew that same company back down to zero again ... BUT, it's one of the best things to ever happen to her!) 

Dawn has since followed her bliss in founding Blissed Communications, which is changing the way small business communicates. This is all to the delight of her 5-year-old self who knew she'd be a writer when she grew up (that is, before the world convinced her she'd be a starving artist if she were to pursue that passion).

She now helps entrepreneurs connect with their core truth and express it unapologetically online, on stages, and on repeat to call in their soul clients, increase their impact, make more money, and live their life on purpose.

She brings over 20 years of sales, marketing, and creative copywriting experience to the table, has been published in HuffPo, the New York Times, TinyBuddha and other many major publications, and is the creator and host of the brand new Bare Naked Radio podcast where entrepreneurs undress and express to inspire you with their real behind-the-scenes vulnerable truths.

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With more than 20 years of leadership in the world of tech, Jean-Paul (JP) Guilbault recognizes the design and execution of strategies that leverage technology can simplify the way people connect, engage, learn and work.

Under his current leadership at Community Brands, JP is delivering unprecedented value through the power of software and revenue solutions for associations, nonprofits and k-12 schools, serving nearly 60,000 organizations worldwide. Since 2012, he transformed YourMembership from a single product organization to a market-leading technology solutions force. He led YourMembership’s significant growth by leveraging both organic strategies and successfully assimilating three company acquisitions. He now oversees the corporate direction and strategy of the recently-formed Community Brands, focusing on leadership and innovation to drive both customer and company growth.

JP is a recognized leader at connecting people and organizations to what they value most. He is adept at designing and executing strategies which leverage technology to simplify the way people connect, engage, learn and work. He is a “techy” at heart and maintains a firm grip on the pulse of innovation and the opportunities it presents to affect change. He has recently led the charge to develop better-connected technology for associations, nonprofits and K-12 schools which operate with silos of information and systems in a digital world. He advocates for a mobile-first approach to collect data, improve engagement, personalize marketing, automate transactions, deliver education, inspire collaboration and make a greater social impact.

JP has been invited around the world to give keynotes, share his insights and conduct workshops with technology, business, association, nonprofit and education leaders. During the past few years, he has presented at nearly 50 industry conferences, offering his perspectives on innovation, design thinking and unleashing the power of technology to deliver value, empower engagement and identify shifts to create a competitive advantage and impact social good. His appearances include events hosted by the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE), IMEX International-Frankfurt, Digital Now, Good Tech Summit, Association Headquarters, Association of Destination Management Executives (ADMEI), numerous state societies of associations (SAEs), several financial investment firms, and the AMC Institute (AMCi)—where he currently sits on the Board of Directors.

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Douglas Spotted Eagle is a giant in the video and audio industries, having received Grammy, Emmy, DuPont, Peabody, and many other awards. Douglas is a primary instructor and industry consultant for Sundance Media Group, Inc. and VASST, authoring several books and DVDs and serving as an advisor and guide for videographers, software manufacturers and broadcasters. Douglas is a well-known musician and a world-travelled speaker/instructor. Douglas now focuses his energy and experience within the UAV/sUAS industry.

Skydiving since 2006 and instructing UAS since 2011, Douglas is an accomplished aerial photographer who thrives in the adrenaline-filled world of fast-action videography. Appointed as a Safety and Training Advisor in the aviation world, he is a risk management/mitigation subject matter expert. Douglas is an audio and imaging pro with numerous awards for his productions; with an intimate knowledge of the FAA FARs and FSIMs, Douglas’ vision is to incorporate his years of imaging and aviation experience into best-practices for everything drone/UAV/UAS. Douglas is a frequent (and dynamic!) speaker and consults on UAV cinematography, commercial and infrastructural UAV applications, UAV risk management, night UAV flight, aerial security systems, and 107 training to ensure pilots clearly understand the FAA laws.

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As the new year kicks off Thom Singer discusses seven tips for doing more in 2018. He had a record year in 2017, and wants others to unlock their potential in 2018.

Here are his seven tips

1. Have a plan. Too many people will write posts this year about why NOT to set goals in the new year. Usually they pooh-pooh goal setting only to rename it and give the same advice. Blah Blah Blah. Having a set of clear goals is important if you want to maximize success. 

2. Take ownership of your life. Thom shares how he spent most of his career pointing fingers and blaming others (and blaming his own past) for his lack of success. Taking ownership that his life was his own doing was a key to achieving more.

3. Make people a priority. Too often we ignore those around us. In a day of cell phones and the internet it is easy to never look up at the people we are close to, but when we choose people we choose success.

4. Ask for help. Most people want to help others reach their potential, but if you do not clearly let people know who to help you and what you need, they may not understand how they can be of service.

5. Believe in yourself. Sometimes it seems nobody else will. Even those close to you may be naysayers. 

6. Try new things. Doing the same thing over and over will not expose you to new ideas. You have to listen to how Thom shakes up his routine every Monday.

7. Have fun. After years of being secretly sad and frustrated, Thom shares how he chose to have fun in his career.

Kick off your new year with episode #319 of Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do.

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