Some unwitting person handed me a tape recorder and microphone when I was 2 and the first thing I did was start interviewing people. I still have that tape and I still haven’t put the microphone down. I am an entrepreneur born and raised, answering phones in my parents’ business starting when I was 4 years old and going to trade shows when I was 6.
I’m a therapist by training (with my MS is in Counseling & Educational Development), and early in my career I discovered through working in the public schools that dealing with bureaucracy is so not my thing. My “students-come-first” approach morphed into something new as I worked with a grassroots group and developed two teen leadership centers. I showed kids how to take their ideas and make them a reality, and many of the seeds that were planted there still live in my programs and approach to coaching today.
From there I went on to develop transitional and training programs for colleges and some of the nation’s largest utility providers, I served as the co-founder and Director of Business Development for the Nayada Institute of Massage, and after the birth of my first child created two startups helping parents solve problems and have more fun being parents.
The problem? I kept getting bored. So back in 2007 I took the coaching of my own coach who told me, “Tina, you need a vision that will take you your life to fulfill. Something big enough to satisfy you.” Thus, the idea for igniting 10,000 Thriving Businesses was born. Since then I’ve had the privilege of working with and providing small business help in more than 20+ industries and 6 countries (and counting) around the world, watching them grow and transform.
For more on my professional history and cool things people say about me, check out my LinkedIn profile.
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Some of My Favorite Things
- Adventuring with my family
- Devouring fiction books
- People making me meals and cleaning my house
- Bittersweet chocolate
- Anything involving performing-emceeing an event, karaoke, singing in the subway, random dancing
- Watching movies with buttered popcorn
- The smell of a new box of crayons
- The sound of water in motion-waves, creeks, rivers, and waterfalls
Stuff I’ll Rant About
(or, what makes me go 8 kinds of Sicilian at a moment’s notice)
- People and organizations that seek to limit access to education.
- Ignorance and/or when folks believe stuff because they saw it on the Internet.
- When someone makes a claim about what they can do, and then doesn’t follow through.
- Human trafficking
- When anyone starts a sentence with “Well, I don’t mean to be <offensive, racist, sexist, etc.>…(Just say it and be responsible for it, ok? We’ll never get anywhere unless we deal with our crap.)
Non-Business Books I’d Take to a Desert Island
(only 5 of them listed, because I’d need at least 200)
- Stranger In a Strange Land by Robert A. Heinlein
- 365 Days with Rumi by Dr.Ergin Ergül
- The Art of Racing In the Rain by Garth Stein
- Daily Rituals by Mason Currey
- The entire Anne of Green Gables series by L.M. Montgomery
- Dreamer by Supertramp
- All that Jazz from Chicago the Musical
- Baby Got Back (this is the song would Lip Sync Battle with Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show)
- That you are whole and complete, just as you are.
- It is necessary for the successful continuation of humanity that each of us use our talents to contribute to the world.
- Everything is energy, and we can influence that energy by our actions, beliefs, and thoughts.
- Art is the bridge between science and faith.
- You can simultaneously be complete with your past AND find limitless gold and opportunity by examining your past.
- People overestimate what they can accomplish in a day and underestimate what they can achieve in a lifetime.