Making Waves at C-Level
In 2016, Melissa Dobbins formed an HR technology company to remove bias from the hiring process by shifting the focus from resumes to qualifications.
Removing bias from talent evaluation is more than just opening the door to a wider candidate pool in today’s fierce competition for talent; it drives diversity, efficiency, and compliance as a natural bi-product. Too many companies are attempting to tackle these issues separately, but as long as there is bias in the selection process, these diversity and compliance challenges will persist. Even worse, many companies are turning to technology as the ‘easy way out’ but just end up automating existing biases.
Ms. Dobbins’ company,, tackles bias and the resulting diversity, compliance, and efficiency challenges by removing the bias-laden resumes from talent evaluation and replacing them with a systematic solution that combines the best parts of technology and the human touch to objectively measure a candidate’s qualification to identify those best qualified for the job. Candidates remain anonymous, enabling fair evaluation and comparison of qualifications before names, gender, ethnicity, age, or any other bias-triggering information is shared.
Career.Place, removing bias one hire at a time (and keeping companies out of the news!)
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2018 is the Year of the Entrepreneur and Small Business Owner (at least according to Josh Frey and my small-business-owner-friends that he hangs with!).  Josh is a business junkie and Kool-aid drinking entrepreneur, having started his own swag business and career at the ripe old age of 22 with no experience, contacts or resources.

He is a front line sales guy who has coached and helped others launch dozens of businesses in the promotional products industry (and other industries), simply by teaching the very same best sales and business practices he uses to support his own family and lifestyle.

In 2012 Josh launched the The Swag Coach™ Program (,  a step-by-step guide for "how to start and grow" your very own promotional products business, with the help and support of a 20+ yr seasoned entrepreneur and sales veteran.
His hope is to spawn 250 more entrepreneurs, just like him, in the promotional products industry. To date he has helped launch and grow 20 new businesses (10 currently still standing!), helping them collectively generate over $10M in swag sales since 2012.
Josh still sells on the front line, and has his own clients he services through his distributorship, called On Sale Promos (OSP).  This allows him to stay current on industry best sales practices which he brings back to his coaching sessions.
Public Relations
In 1999, Josh's original company was the subject of a Harvard Business School case study, as well as a Wharton Business School field study project.
He has personally been featured in the following media publications and groups:  The Wall Street Journal, Advantages Magazine, The Washington Post, Entrepreneur Magazine, Inc. Magazine on-line, Channel 7 News and The Washington Business Journal.
Josh is a regular guest of the GWU MBA Program, sharing entrepreneurial experiences and advice, as well as a guest lecturer to student Entrepreneurship Clubs at Georgetown University, University of Maryland and GWU.

Personal Accomplishments

·       In 1978 Josh Frey became the Northern Virginia Swimming League record holder for the 25-meter breaststroke.  While his record was eventually broken on the league level, the record still stands today at the summer swim club.
·       In 1988 he struck out 27 batters while pitching in a high school baseball game.
·       In 2006 he helped launched, in partnership with the University of Maryland’s Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship, a student-run business model called the Smith Store.  In 2007, he launched a second business at GWU called Colonial Promos.  Both of these are student run swag businesses.
·       Josh has averaged $750K-$1M+ in annual promotional sales for 20+ yrs.


Josh is a native Washingtonian, and lives in the DC Metro area with his wife, 2 kids and doggie.  He is an avid sports fan and supporter of the Washington Wizards, New York Yankees, Wisconsin Badgers and Dallas Cowboys.  He loves playing golf, baseball, basketball, Fantasy Football and vintage sports video games.
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Celebrating 4 years and 400 episodes.

It was the summer of 2014 when Thom Singer began the adventure of hosting "Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do". During this time he has interviewed over 350 entrepreneurs, solopreneurs, business leaders and others with the "entrepreneurial spirit".

In this episode Thom highlights the journey of the podcast and shares how the show has directly impacted his career and personal life. Thom is clear that starting the podcast was one of the best things he has done. While the topic of entrepreneurship is not what he speaks about to audiences (as a professional speaker), the lessons learned in these interviews has provided powerful information that he shares from the stage.

What started as a series of conversations with smart people to help expose him, and the audience, to tools, ideas, and other techniques to do more in business, Thom has spun out a whole new series of material in his speaking career, and developed his new mantras of "Make age 50 to 75 the best years of his life" and "TRY NEW THINGS".

Listen to the whole episode, as in the end he shares the ten tips he has learned to help people move closer to their potential.

Thank you for being part of the CTED Family.

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Dwight W. Holcomb is a Member of the Forbes Business Council and the host of the business television show, "SaaS CEO Success TV".  The show is set to air on the C-Suite TV Network which has global distribution in over 59 million households and more than 90 million views per month.

Dwight is the CEO of HC Development, providing MaaS CMO™ , Marketing as a Service with Executive oversight to the Software & Technology industry.  Dwight speaks Internationally as a Technology Futurist and on the topic of Sales & Marketing Innovation. 

The Author of "The Lean CMO" and a serial entrepreneur, Dwight launched several start-up companies in very diverse industries.  He is the founding CEO of LifePet Organic, and Millennium Entertainment, earning executive producing credit and pilot work with Robert Downey, Jr., Jon Lovitz and Russell Peters.  Committed to helping other executives to excel in business, Dwight sits on the Board of several privately held companies and is a founding member of the UCLA Anderson CEO Forum. 

Earning an MBA from both UCLA Anderson School of Management and The National University of Singapore Business School, Dwight is a graduate of the UCLA-NUS Global Executive MBA program, ranked #3 in the world by the Economist.  He currently serves as President for the UCLA Anderson Alumni Network Board of Directors and is an Executive Committee Board Member for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA). 

Dwight earned a degree in Computer Information Systems from Arizona State University while competing on ASU’s nationally ranked wrestling team under U.S. Olympic Coach, Bobby Douglass.  Dwight has over 20 years of global business & executive management experience, working with start-ups to Fortune 100 companies, such as Microsoft and AT&T.

Dwight is an avid wakeboarder & snow skier and enjoys traveling with his wife and two children.

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Dr. Fred Rouse, CFP (aka: The REAL Money Doctor) is the top Certified Financial Planner®, Money Expert and International Best-Selling Author that has received several national awards for his writing and money expertise.
He has co-authored The Soul of Success with Jack Canfield and Cracking the Code to Success with Brian Tracy.

Dr Rouse also teamed up with Brian Tracy to write a course for aspiring as well as seasoned entrepreneurs called: The REAL Money Doctor’s Business Rx, 6 Essentials for a Healthy Business to Make Money.

Dr Rouse has been working with select individuals, home based and small businesses with 0 to 6 employees for close to 30 years.

He is the nation’s top expert on Short Window Retirement Planning. It took him ten years and over $350K to research, test and develop.

It’s the only program developed specifically for the unique needs of people 50 and older so they can have their Ultimate Secure Retirement in just 5 to 7 years even if they don’t have $850K in savings today. 

It’s seen by many to be the last best hope for thousands of people to save their
retirement. His mission is to help people Get, Protect & Enjoy their Money, Life & Retirement. He hosts The REAL Money Doctor Show weekly on his YouTube channel where he showspeople how to live their worry free Ultimate Secure Retirement.

Dr. Rouse and his work have been featured on FOX News, ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, CNBC, USA Today, Forbes, Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, USA Today, Inc Magazine and more. Hismoneymaking message is shared through his books, special reports, webinars, and through his main website,

If you would like to learn more about Dr Rouse and how he can help you and or your business, please contact him directly at:

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For this episode Thom Singer talked with Barton Scott, who is a both former Chemical Engineer and Nutritionist, and even actor. Barton is the founder of Upgraded Formulas– A company focused on correcting mineral deficiencies to increase health span, focus, sleep quality, and slow the process of aging. Here’s a note from the Founder - “Our “why” at Upgraded Formulas is pretty clear…

They have a goal to be more than just a company. 
Their mission is to support you and your family by creating, highly effective dietary supplements that are 100% bioavailable and are absorbed better by the body than any other brand on the market today.

They use the latest breakthroughs in science to create products – like their Upgraded Magnesium and Upgraded Glucose Support, along with hair testing analysis for heavy metal toxicity and mineral deficiencies – that provide support for you to live a healthier, happier, more productive life. 

These supplements are directly absorbed into the body’s cells immediately – Bypassing digestion completely for 10 times improvement in absorption.
Yes, you read that correctly.

This is not simply better tech, this is NEW tech. 
They are in the business of creating mineral products that optimize and maximize the power of the human body and mind when given a form that gets completely absorbed, every time.

They have accomplished this while keeping their products free of all the flavors and fillers, the artificial colors and stabilizers common in others brands' products that can act to clog up your system and make you feel tired or sluggish, instead of happy, clear-headed and energized.

Upgraded Formulas give backs because they believe in impact, in making positive change. They believe in treating everyone right, which is why they donate an ever-increasing percentage of their profits to Charity:Water which provides sustainably clean and accessible water to millions. Every company should stand for something, and make the world a little bit better of a place to be in the process. Upgraded Formulas believes in doing their part and in making great products for you and those you care about. 

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Or simply go to and use code: THOM at checkout for 15% OFF their 1st order

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Michael Woodward is the founder and CEO of jumbleThink. He and his team has built over 400 websites and web applications for small local businesses, international non-profit organizations, and Fortune 100 corporations. He has worked on projects for California Community Colleges, Crowdstrike, and Duarte. Michael has also consulted with hundreds of other businesses through the Small Business Development Center at Butte College along with teaching courses on web design / development and marketing strategies. He hosts the jumbleThink Podcast which has hit number one in business on iTunes. His passion is to help individuals and businesses make their dreams attainable through creative thinking / idea formation and strategy.

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Check out episode 395 of Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do. In this conversation with entrepreneur Mary Goulet you will hear about how she has always created her own path to business and life success. 

Mary is an award-winning author, radio & TV host, podcaster and 

She started her career on Wall Street straight out of high school to be 
an Institutional Bond Salesperson.

She is a Holistic Health Practitioner and focuses her efforts now 
selling real estate in San Diego, managing her two vacation rental properties and recording her podcasts.

She is launching her Catholicism is Cool Podcast and creating an online 
course for her signature book, "Go With Your Gut; How to Make Decisions You Can Trust".

Her most proud title is being mom to her teenage daughters, Sterling and 

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Joseph Warren is the host of First $100K™ podcast and the owner of 2 coworking spaces in Tampa, FL where he coaches hundreds of entrepreneurs to make their first $100K... or next. His clients include solo-preneurs to small businesses and enterprise companies such as UBER, CISCO, INTEL and more. 

He also has a faith-based podcast called Broken Catholic™ where he interviews Atheists, Jews, Christians and Catholics about why the world is NOT working right now and how to UNIFY Christians everywhere.

Joseph's a 10x failed entrepreneur turned "overnight success". I brought him on my show to share the #1 REASON why 90% of entrepreneurs are struggling to make their first $100K and why no one's talking about it! (cowork space)

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