Dave Mancuso launched his business, Mancuso Communication Strategies, in 2012 to leverage 25+ years of experience in government advocacy, public affairs, public relations and media relations for Fortune 50 companies, start-ups and non-profit organizations. Dave develops and implements communication plans that influence public and political relationships in order to advance his clients’ mission-critical objectives. He personally delivers or oversees a variety of cross-discipline communications, advocacy and lobbying services tailored to the specific needs of his clients.
Although he enjoyed a successful career as a senior executive with broad responsibilities across many different geographies, Dave reached the point where he need to go out on his own to fulfill his dreams.
He founded his entrepreneurial venture upon the experience and acumen he cultivated in senior leadership positions with AT&T, VOX Global Mandate, Watercove Networks - a venture capital-backed wireless telecommunications infrastructure company acquired by Alcatel in 2004 - and Cunningham Communications, where Dave served as IBM account manager.
Dave has a successful track record of developing and implementing strategic outreach programs for individuals and enterprises in the fields of technology, government, energy, healthcare and education.
He graduated from the State University of New York College at Buffalo with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism and Communications and he is an active member on several boards.
At the young age of 18, Mickie Zada married a golf pro and during the years that followed, she and her husband became entrepreneurs. Together they owned golf courses and a marketing analysis and feasibility company that worked with municipalities and developers. She had a lot of fun then, in those early years, as she learned how to be an entrepreneur.
After 34 years of marriage, Mickie and her husband divorced. That's when her solopreneurial adventures began. She became a network marketer selling jewelry. She became a certified Life Coach. And finally (her favorite so far...!), she became a podcaster!
The mission of Mickie's podcast, The Second 53 Years, is to inspire women over 50 to move from where they are to who they are. The podcast shares both Mickie's own stories and the stories of other women who are on the Path of Discovery.
Mickie is a go-getter who wouldn't be deterred by the fact that she had never even heard of podcasting until a few months before she launched her own. She is not afraid of taking risks, she is willing to learn and she can easily adapt and try new things. This is all a part of her Second 53 Years.
Mickie believes that life is an amazing journey and we must remain open to opportunities. She wants all of us to expect magic in our lives, too!
Lisa Vogt is a wife, mom, and career woman who has deep experience in business and in life. A successful telecommunications executive with a son and a stay-at-home husband, Lisa eventually found her corporate work unfulfilling and the environment toxic.
At that point, Lisa and her husband took their time and some care to identify a next step for them and for Lisa’s career. They ultimately launched what quickly became a very successful business, although as Lisa puts it so eloquently on her website:
“And then the economy tanked.”
After further soul-searching and taking the time and care to look around - again - Lisa attained another successful, some might say, “glamorous”, and rewarding position with a non-profit organization that provides long-term, stable homes for orphaned, abandoned and abused children.
When she was diagnosed with early stage breast cancer, Lisa’s prior life and business experience had well prepared her for identifying the necessary actions she needed to take in order to move forward to wellness and greater resilience.
Today, Lisa devotes her time to helping other women take the next step in their lives through coaching, public speaking and through her weekly podcast, Ever Better. But this is just a summary. Check out Lisa’s about page to be moved and inspired by her full story and to learn how she might help you identify and navigate your next life adventure.
In the final two years of her service as a Writing and Business Communication instructor at the University of Maryland’s Professional Writing Department and at the university’s Robert H. Smith School of Business, Connie Inukai faced a problem most us do when we get older and our eyes stop cooperating: "Reading the small print in dimly lit restaurants". While that might not seem like much of a problem to many, those who have faced it know very well how inconvenient it can be.
Well, luckily for us, Connie didn’t just let the problem go. Instead, she set out to create a solution.
After a great deal of time, effort, and a challenging search for the right manufacturer, Connie launched her invention, the ‘Tip ‘n Split®, an inexpensive, multi-functional device that not only illuminates and magnifies restaurant checks and receipts, but calculates the tip and divides the bill among table partners!
Today, Connie has retired from her lifetime career as a university professor and pursues full time her entrepreneurial passion to take her dream product to every single restaurant patron it can benefit. With its launch in 2015, Connie and her device were featured on QVC, where she sold 800 Tip 'n Splits® in five minutes. In addition, Tip 'n Split® is used by numerous celebrities and won first place in The Final Pitch competition at the Women’s Power Conference, August 25, 2016.
Connie is a living example to those of us who wait for the right time and inspiration to birth an idea or a business and who believe there's no deadline to miss when it comes to pursuing our dreams. Her story demonstrates that our passion will lead us to our path and that, in true Maturepreneurial fashion, it is never too late to succeed!