Catching Up With the Unstoppable Nicole Sahin

This female entrepreneur leads an international company that is celebrated for its exponential growth and strong record of expansion. November 15, 2019 7 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Nicole Sahin, CEO and founder of Globalization Partners, has been on a mission to remove the barriers that hinder leaders from doing business globally — especially at the local level. By cutting out the red tape and complexities that hamper a business from expanding internationally, Nicole and her team help their clients conduct business in 150 countries around the world. Related: The Wonder Woman Disrupter Next Door: Catching Up With Tanya Odom It’s been a year since you appeared in Disrupters. What have you been up to since the book hit the shelves? We’ve been growing! We’re almost 10x the size we were when we were interviewed for Disrupters. That’s been incredibly rewarding for us because it has validated that our “triple bottom […]

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Catching Up With Tanya Odom

It’s been a year since ‘Disrupters’ hit the book shelves. Tanya Odom speaks up about her past year of adventure, reinforcing the idea of how this Wonder Woman can do just about anything. August 9, 2019 7 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Tanya Odom, global consultant and coach has spent a lifetime honing her “powers” as a leading a voice for human rights, diversity, equity and mindfulness. While some may point to the usual characteristics that set Odom apart — her grit, smarts, humility, authenticity and that certain something that is hard to put a name to — most likely it’s her vulnerability that may just be her biggest disruptive, Wonder-Woman-like super power. After a year since Disrupters introduced readers to Tanya, we sit down for a conversation to discuss her path of disruption and self-care. What have you been up to since Disrupters hit the shelves? These past few years have been particularly difficult […]

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Catching Up with Industrial Psychologist and HR Technology Enthusiast Dr. Gabby Burlacu

It’s been a year since ‘Disrupters’ hit the book shelves. Dr. Gabby Burlacu made an integral career change to take her disrupting to the next level. July 19, 2019 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. As the only Millennial in profiled in the Disrupters series, Dr. Gabby Burlacu shows there is plenty to learn from the generation who will make up the vast majority of the workforce by 2020. Over the past year, Gabby has taken on a new challenge: employee experience. The impressive disrupter shares some of her biggest news for the upcoming year. What have you been up to in the year since the book hit the shelves? I’ve had some big changes, both professionally and personally. On the personal side, I got married! This was a joyous occasion but one that was enormously costly in terms of time, effort, and mental peace in the planning […]

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How This HR Technology Executive and Champion for Disadvantaged Teens Through Her Disruptive Actions

Brenda Reid left one business to channel her inner entrepreneur and lead the global HR technology landscape at PwC. May 17, 2019 7 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. In this article, we reconnect with the incredible Brenda Reid who provided us with a profile of a disrupter who works inside large corporate technology-intensive companies, in the pursit of driving cultural and business transformation and allowing talent to thrive. The entire operation is no easy taask, as leading hange from a cost center is nearly impossible. An example of a “Wonder Woman Next Door,” Brenda shows us that driving true transformation from a cost center is not only possible, it’s necessary. It’s been a year since Disrupters introduced you. What have you been up to since the book hit the shelves? As Disrupters hit the shelves, I had just lost my dad and found myself in a well of physical and […]

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Catching Up with Supply Chain Expert and Disrupter Lisa Morales-Hellebo

The REFASHIOND founder is dedicated to fixing the fashion industry’s supply chain problems. April 5, 2019 7 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. In this article, we reconnect with the incredible Lisa Morales-Hellebo who provided us with a profile of a disrupter who is constantly pushing the limits of the status quo by learning the beauty of expecting more from your own life and acting accordingly. Related: 3 Ways to Change the World With Your Wonder Woman Mindset It’s been a year since Disrupters introduced you to readers of the book. We have seen each other since then, including an event at enterprise software giant, SAP, where I interviewed you about laying groundwork to disrupt the much antiquated and inefficient fashion supply chain. What have you been up to since? Wow. So much has happened. When we last spoke I was in the process of getting REFASHIOND […]

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Startup Knickey Is Improving the Business of Women’s Underwear

Want to disrupt an aging industry? Start with changing how you define your supply chain. January 17, 2019 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Women began wearing drawers, the first-generation underwear, in the early 19th century. The world’s population has grown significantly since then, and hence so has the number of women who wear underwear. At 33 percent of the intimates market worldwide, the global underwear market was valued at $9.9 billion in 2016. Yet in this highly mature and saturated market, there is still room for disruption. Eighty-three percent of consumers buy cotton-rich underwear.  Of those consumers aged 16-69 years old, 91 percent say that they would prefer natural fibers. And with that, Knickey was born in 2017. Considering that 95 percent of people throw their underwear away in the trash, Cayla O’Connell Davis the founder of Knickey — who cut her teeth working in industry-shaping companies […]

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How to Disrupt the Way You Talk to the Person in the Mirror

Cynthia Kane, author of ‘Talk To Yourself Like A Buddhist’, believes our most important communication upskilling we need lies with the narrative in our own heads. December 21, 2018 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Our internal communications, the stuff we say to ourselves, reinforces what we believe about ourselves and our place in the world. Unfortunately, women are programmed to internalize almost everything, whether a situation is personal or not. As Stephanie Buscemi, CMO at Salesforce shared in Disrupters: Success Strategies From Women Who Break The Mold: it’s time to stop internalizing and start neutralizing. Like so many things, changing a mindset from “everything is my fault and my problem to solve” to one that says “what is the real problem or opportunity and how can it best be addressed”, we have to change our internal narrative. Cynthia Kane, author of “Talk to Yourself […]

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How to Disrupt the Way You Talk to the Person in the Mirror

Cynthia Kane, author of ‘Talk To Yourself Like A Buddhist’, believes our most important communication upskilling we need lies with the narrative in our own heads. December 21, 2018 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Our internal communications, the stuff we say to ourselves, reinforces what we believe about ourselves and our place in the world. Unfortunately, women are programmed to internalize almost everything, whether a situation is personal or not. As Stephanie Buscemi, CMO at Salesforce shared in Disrupters: Success Strategies From Women Who Break The Mold: it’s time to stop internalizing and start neutralizing. Like so many things, changing a mindset from “everything is my fault and my problem to solve” to one that says “what is the real problem or opportunity and how can it best be addressed”, we have to change our internal narrative. Cynthia Kane, author of “Talk to Yourself […]

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You Don’t Have to Be the Loudest Voice in the Room to Make an Impact

It’s time for introverts to change the mold of what success looks like in an extroverted world. December 4, 2018 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Diversity and inclusion are proven strategies that yield better financial results and greater, more meaningful innovation. Current discussions and programs focused unconscious bias related to diversity leans toward physical attributes such as gender, race and even fiscal ranking. Yet, truly inclusive leadership must extend beyond what people see to what people feel and how people think. Morra Aarons-Meele, author of Hiding in the Bathroom: An Introvert’s Roadmap to Getting Out There (When You’d Rather Stay Home), and Matthew Pollard, author of The Introvert’s Edge, believe that the workplace does not treat or reward introverts the same as extroverts. “The modern workplace is a challenge for introverts, those of us with anxiety, or anyone who needs a little more control over […]

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How Portland’s Tech Community Focused On Disrupting the System In the Face of Sexual Harassment

The city’s unique ecosystem is making an effort to make change versus ineffectively reacting to the symptoms. October 23, 2018 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. It’s no secret that growth in the entrepreneur ecosystem means growth in the local and national economy. Sure, Silicon Valley may be perceived as the epicenter of innovation, but more and more cities and states are investing in entrepreneurship to not only build the next new technology and medical innovation, they are also investing in the present and future of their residents. In fact, creating capital, markets and talent more accessible and eliminating excessive regulations that impair innovation may may increase GDP by nearly 7% in the next decade through job creation, revenue and large scale transactions. A few months ago, I spoke at the Startup Maine event in Portland. I hadn’t been to Portland in nearly 25 years. To say […]

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How This Luxury Sleepwear Business Found Its Footing Amid a Revolution

Conditions are rarely perfect when it comes to founding a startup — but sometimes a new business can offer an unlikely calm within a storm of uncertainty. October 2, 2018 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Sleeper, the luxury sleepwear brand founded by Asya Varesta and Kate Zubarieva, was not birthed the way most new fashion labels are born. It was November 21, 2013 and the country of Ukraine was in a full state of unrest. The government suspended talks for an agreement with the European Union. In what was termed “Euromaiden,” Ukrainians hit the streets of Maidan Nezalezhnosti in Kiev to protest the government’s decision to choose a closer relationship with Russia and the Eurasian Economic Union, a decision believed to be fueled by widespread government corruption. Asya Vatesta and Kate Zubarieva. Despite the world seemingly crumbling around them, the founders remained committed to righting the […]

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Big ‘Epic Fails’ Can Feel Like a Punch in the Gut. What Should You Do After?

Epic fails are hard to experience and even harder to recover from. Here’s your plan to get to the other side even stronger. August 24, 2018 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Having recently experienced the type of potentially dream-ending epic failures that can easily creep into and take over an otherwise can-do mindset, I decided put all the advice I have received over the past decade to the test. I have written and talked a lot about failure and its significance in the process of disrupting for years. The topic is hard to avoid in the world of innovating new ideas, of pushing the limits to make a dent in something bigger than yourself. And, while it’s true what people with entrepreneurial mindsets seem to all know: failure may just be our biggest opportunity to learn and to create something extraordinary. Related: The Elon Musk […]

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What Every Disrupter Needs to Know About Transformation

Beyond the buzzword, disrupting the status quo requires insight into the art of transformation. July 27, 2018 3 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Leading transformation is the responsibility of leaders. With complex changes happening all the time, if we humans are not changing ourselves and the world around us, we can’t adapt, we won’t keep up and we certainly cannot thrive. Why should we care about this thing called transformation? In a time period of constant innovation, our lives are always being transformed by outside factors we do not control. In order to be the kind of leader who makes change happen and who can adapt to change happening to us and the people around us, we first have to define what transformation looks like and how it’s different from everyday change. So, what exactly is transformation? This seems like a good place to start the conversation. Many forms of change require […]

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How the Fear of Failure Can Bring You to New Heights — According to Your Brain

Here’s how to change your mind about failure. And learn to enjoy it. July 20, 2018 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. People with entrepreneurial mindsets cannot help but see the impossible solution at the next possible supernova. We laser-focus on differentiated innovation, often losing hours and friends in the process. We also sometimes lose our mojo and the ability to cope with the anxiety entrepreneurs often feel during times of failure and stagnation. While some forms of anxiety require the help of medical professionals, entrepreneurs can learn to enjoy and even benefit from flops or even catastrophic attempts at innovation by knowing which levers to pull to change how they view and experience failure. Get to know your neurons. Our brains contain 1 billion neurons that ignite each of our five senses. Neurons learn from the past to create the present. Someone with entrepreneurial tendencies, you […]

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The Best Word You Can Use to Describe Your Work

The best way to test your viability is to bring your next big idea to life. April 18, 2018 5 min read A Note From The Editor Think your company has what it takes to make our Top Company Cultures list? Apply now. Apply now » Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. In a previous article, I shared practical steps in getting unstuck on the journey to identify your vision. Once you’re unstuck, it’s time to hone in on your vision and the viability it has in your life. Almost a decade ago, I came across an article about ikigai (don’t worry, I’ll explain) while I was searching for new and different ways to help a few startup founders align the disruption they were bringing to the world and to their lives with their vision for their lives. It might sound hokey; I assure you it is not. It […]

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