Leaders On The Rise: Season 1

Lydia Pierre

Real-Life Stories of Business Growth and Leadership On this Season of Leaders On The Rise podcast, host Lydia Pierre, CEO of Pierre Branding Group, brings us a show that takes an honest and realistic approach to entrepreneurship and leadership. Lydia, who has almost 20 years of experience in marketing, brand building, communications, and strategic planning for small businesses and non-profits, is also known as The Corporate Socialite®. Her mission is to create and bring sophisticated and positive lifestyle experiences to all who come in contact with her through professional and social exchanges in intimate and safe settings. She brings this same level of dedication and passion to her role as host of the podcast, where she invites entrepreneurs to share their personal stories, struggles and successes in the pursuit of building and growing their businesses. The podcast covers a wide range of topics, from the early stages of starting a business to the challenges of scaling and pushing through the inevitable obstacles that arise along the way. The main goal of the podcast is to offer a realistic and relatable perspective on the journey of entrepreneurship and how leaders were able to rise above the challenges and achieve success. With real stories from real people, the podcast aims to inspire and empower entrepreneurs to push through their own brick walls and rise to the top of their field. read less

Revolutionizing CBD Skincare and Pain Relief
Jan 17 2023
Revolutionizing CBD Skincare and Pain Relief
In this episode of Leaders On The Rise, host Lydia Pierre interviews Eric Smart, the CEO and founder of Myaderm, a manufacturer of skin care and pain relief products that use CBD as a key ingredient.  Myaderm products are sold nationwide in retailers such as Dick's Sporting Goods, GNC, and Rite Aid. Eric talks about his background in the pharmaceutical and food manufacturing industries and how he started Myaderm in 2017 to revolutionize the pain relief and skin care markets with innovative cannabidiol (CBD) products. Myaderm's Advanced creams utilize transdermal technology to drive CBD in the muscle and connective tissue and reduce inflammation. CBD has been known to have anti-inflammatory properties that can help alleviate muscle pain and soreness. Additionally, it's also been found to have a positive impact on the skin by providing hydration, reducing redness, and promoting a healthy balance of oil. Myaderm's Ultimate skin care products provide all the benefits found in leading brands along with the added advantages of CBD for skin. CBD has been found to have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that can help reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and dullness. It also helps to soothe irritated skin and promote a healthy balance of oil production. Ultimate products utilize key ingredients like pro-retinol and hyaluronic acid in combination with CBD for incredible age-defying, moisturizing, and redness-reducing effects. Eric also mentions that several Myaderm products are #1 sellers at GNC nationwide and that their products are FDA compliant and powerful, providing compelling results for customers.
From Corporate Climber to Entrepreneur: Ryan Weiss' Journey to Align People and Process
Jan 16 2023
From Corporate Climber to Entrepreneur: Ryan Weiss' Journey to Align People and Process
In this episode of Leaders On The Ride podcast, host Lydia Pierre speaks with Ryan Weiss, President and Founder of Effective Performance Strategies (EPS Zone). Ryan shares his inspiring story of how he founded his first company at 16 years old to pay for his college education, and how he has gone on to successfully found three companies and work as a global executive. Ryan talks about how his family has played an important role in his life, how his father helped him when he was young, how he paid for his college education, how he moved 17 times in 7 years with his wife and kids, and how he made the decision to walk away from the corporate world and start his own company, and move his kids closer to family. Ryan speaks about how his experiences and expertise have transformed companies to meet the challenges of process definition, design, and implementation. EPS Zone offers a wide array of services such as Organizational Performance, Training, and Integrated Consulting and Services (OPTIC(S)™) that helps businesses achieve their full potential by aligning people and processes, enhancing performance and fulfilling their purpose. Ryan's mantra is that “Clearly aligned processes enable your team to perform & ultimately fulfill your organization’s purpose!”. Ryan's story of balancing his career and family, and his decision to leave corporate America to pursue his passion is truly inspiring.
From Virtual Recruitment to Top of Mind Branding with Andrew Le
Jan 10 2023
From Virtual Recruitment to Top of Mind Branding with Andrew Le
In the latest episode of Leaders on the Rise, host Lydia Pierre sits down with Andrew Le, Partner at With My Coffee and Co-Founder & Managing Director at SLIQUE Media. Andrew shares his insights on building a successful creative agency and how to make a brand "top of mind" for customers.At SLIQUE Media, Andrew and his team focus on organic growth by leveraging quality content and creating an online identity that their audience can connect with. They help their clients navigate the world of social media and create an open line of communication with their customers.In addition to his work at SLIQUE Media, Andrew is also the Partner at With My Coffee, a virtual recruitment agency that handles all HR, onboarding, payroll, and other miscellaneous tasks for businesses. They also offer a unique service: Virtual Art Directors, or top-level talents who are carefully vetted to support a business's specific needs.With over 10 years of experience in the advertising and marketing space, Andrew has scaled his own agency from a team of 10 to over 40+ in the span of 2 years, managing a 30% annual client growth rate and simultaneously increasing profit margins by 300%. He believes that relationships are built on a value proposition and that his success is directly tied to the success of his clients.Tune in to this episode of Leaders on the Rise to hear more from Andrew Le and learn how to take your brand and business to the next level.
Transforming Mindsets for Entrepreneurial Success: An Interview with Dana Jones
Jan 9 2023
Transforming Mindsets for Entrepreneurial Success: An Interview with Dana Jones
In this episode of the podcast, host Lydia Pierre interviews serial entrepreneur Dana Jones. Dana is a mentor, coach, and consultant who is passionate about the transformative power of mentorship. He shares that he would not be where he is today without the guidance of his own mentors. He believes that by seeking out a coach or mentor, we can gain access to valuable information and experience that can help us shorten timelines, avoid mistakes, and achieve our goals more quickly.Dana began his entrepreneurial journey in 1999 when he opened a car lot in Maryland. He successfully ran the business until 2005, but realized that he wanted a different future for himself and a more meaningful way of life. He turned to real estate and has been helping buyers, investors, and sellers buy and sell property ever since. He also holds rentals in Baltimore, Maryland to meet the needs of renters.In 2013, Dana moved to Los Angeles and expanded his real estate business. He became active in commercial fix and flip lending to help investors reach their financial goals. However, he is now more focused on residential lending because he is a people-person.In addition to his work, Dana is also a family man and enjoys hiking, weekly dinners, and movie nights with his family. He is also a devout Christian who worships in church on Sundays. He works out regularly to keep his mind and body energized for his own success and the success of his clients.Dana's mission is to build excellent rapport and lifelong relationships with his clients. He works hard to secure financing for potential home buyers and does everything he can to close transactions quickly so that they can move into their new homes as soon as possible. He is licensed in California, Maryland, Texas, and Georgia, and his company, ePLanet Mortgage, is committed to finding the best solutions for clients.
From Family Legacy to Business Innovation: A Conversation with Anne Huntington Sharma
Jan 5 2023
From Family Legacy to Business Innovation: A Conversation with Anne Huntington Sharma
In this episode of "Leaders On The Rise," host Lydia Pierre sits down with Anne Huntington Sharma, President and Board Member of Huntington Learning Center, the nation's leading tutoring and test prep provider. As the daughter of the company's co-founders, Eileen and Ray Huntington, Anne grew up with the business and shares her unique perspective on taking over the family legacy and pushing the company to the next level.In 2019, Anne took over the business right before the pandemic and turned a well-known brick-and-mortar business into a virtual start-up under her purview. Anne discusses her role in overseeing business strategy and growth initiatives, including partnerships, marketing, digital transformation, and franchise expansion. She also delves into her passion for the arts as a collector, producer, philanthropist, curator, and founder of AMH Industries, a creative agency for contemporary art and culture. Anne has curated over 30 exhibits across the country and raised over $30 million dollars for various philanthropic causes. She is also an associate producer on "The Price of Everything," an art documentary that appeared on HBO.In addition to her professional accomplishments, Anne is heavily involved in arts, education, and business organizations. She is a board member for the Learning Disabilities Association of America, a member of the International Franchise Association's Women's Franchise Committee, and a Co-Chair of the Young Collectors Council, among other notable positions. Her contributions to these organizations and her service have been recognized by SmartCEO, Apollo Magazine, and Moves Magazine.Tune in to hear Anne's unique insights and perspective on balancing a successful career in business with a passion for the arts, and learn about her plans for taking Huntington Learning Center to the next level.To learn more about Anne Huntington Sharma, visit https://annehuntingtonsharma.com/https://huntingtonhelps.com/
From Mentor to Mogul | What Started Off As A Journey Becomes a Labor of Love
Jan 3 2023
From Mentor to Mogul | What Started Off As A Journey Becomes a Labor of Love
Tameka Chapman is a mogul and media maven who is making waves in the world of entrepreneurship and media. On this episode of Leaders On The Rise, host Lydia Pierre sits down with Tameka to discuss her journey from mentor to mogul, and how she is helping other entrepreneurs reach their full potential.Tameka is the founder and CEO of Mogul Media, a global streaming network that offers a variety of programming that celebrates culture, legacy, and diversity. Through her Mogul Domination coaching program and positive programming on Mogul TV, Tameka helps entrepreneurs develop their mindset and position themselves for success.Tameka is a champion for partnership, collaboration, and supporting entrepreneurs, and she is dedicated to empowering them to achieve their goals. Her unique approach to coaching and media celebrates inclusion, uniqueness, and life lessons, and offers a wide range of shows, live events, and coaching to help entrepreneurs succeed.Mogul TV Global is the #1 global streaming network for infotainment, offering viewers a chance to go inside the lives of leaders and influencers from around the globe. With shows covering topics like health, lifestyle, black excellence, business, money, music, family, fashion, food, and faith, there’s something for everyone on Mogul TV.If you’re interested in learning more about Tameka Chapman and her journey from mentor to mogul, be sure to tune in to this episode of Leaders On The Rise. You’ll be inspired by her story and her dedication to helping entrepreneurs succeed.
Can I Live?...Yes You Can: The Story of Racquel "RW" Jones
Jan 2 2023
Can I Live?...Yes You Can: The Story of Racquel "RW" Jones
In this episode of Leaders on The Rise, Racquel "RW" Jones shares her story of being a single mom with four children on welfare and struggling to make ends meet while navigating social services, child support, and various other challenges. She also tells the harrowing tale of her attempt to drown her children in her apartment tub, an act that was stopped by God and ultimately led her to seek help and turn her life around.Today, Jones is the President and Founder of Can I Live, Inc., a 501(c)(3) national public housing tenants association that is dedicated to reducing dependency on government subsidies for HUD-assisted families. Through this organization, Jones works to provide low-income families with the resources and education they need to protect and grow their income, while also receiving various social services benefits such as subsidized housing, SNAP, and Medicaid.In 2017, Jones was able to secure over $1.25 million in Housing and Urban Development (HUD) grants to help families remove barriers and achieve self-sufficiency. Her mission is to use all available resources to help families achieve real, lasting change and move out of poverty.As Jones explains, "Our mission is to advance affordable housing, economic inclusion, and personal responsibility through advocacy, community and civic engagement, and education. We believe that all Americans are created equal and possessed of inalienable rights to life, liberty, the pursuit of happiness and to justice under the law. Yet the entitlements provided to people living at or below poverty are structured to keep them poor while entitlements offered to wealthier Americans and corporations assist in wealth creation and enhanced prosperity."Through her work with Can I Live, Inc. and the WEALTHFAIR Tour, Jones is helping single mothers and families break the cycle of poverty and welfare dependency. By sharing her own personal story and offering practical guidance and support, she is making a real difference in the lives of those in need and proving that it is possible to overcome even the most difficult circumstances.