Raj Daniels is an experienced business consultant. He has been involved in business ventures across several verticals as either a consultant, owner, investor, or advisor. He has a personal passion for strategy and vision building that has allowed him to lead successful strategic initiatives for both profit and non-profit organizations.
Raj’s current role is CEO & VP of Enthusiasm of OpenTime, a company he founded whose mission is to create a more meaningful human experience by helping people spend more time with other people in person. Raj is also an evangelist and community builder for the Dallas startup ecosystem.
Raj is a firm believer in contributing back to society. He has given back by conducting personal growth seminars for teens, mentoring MBA students and participating in entrepreneur camps. He has also served on the board of for profit and non-profit organizations.
Raj received a BA in Liberal Arts with a concentration in Business and International Studies from the University of North Texas. He has an MBA in Global Leadership. He is a husband and the father of three girls.
A story Raj loves
A group of scientists placed five monkeys in a cage, and in the middle, a ladder with bananas on top. Every time a monkey went up the ladder, the scientists soaked the rest of the monkeys with cold water. After a while, every time a monkey would start up the ladder, the others would pull it down and beat it up.
After a time, no monkey would dare try climbing the ladder, no matter how great the temptation. The scientists then decided to replace one of the monkeys. The first thing this new monkey did was start to climb the ladder. Immediately, the others pulled him down and beat him up. After several beatings, the new monkey learned never to go up the ladder, even though there was no evident reason not to, aside from the beatings.
The second monkey was substituted and the same occurred. The first monkey participated in the beating of the second monkey. A third monkey was changed and the same was repeated. The fourth monkey was changed, resulting in the same, before the fifth was finally replaced as well.
What was left was a group of five monkeys that – without ever having received a cold shower – continued to beat up any monkey who attempted to climb the ladder. If it was possible to ask the monkeys why they beat up on all those who attempted to climb the ladder, their most likely answer would be “I don’t know. It’s just how things are done around here.”
Joleene Moody is a former central New York television reporter and anchor turned freelance writer, ghostwriter, and playwright. When she’s not writing books or blog posts for other busy entrepreneurs, Joleene is working on her own original television and screenplay ideas. Her goal is to become a successful scriptwriter.
During the past 15 years, Joleene has penned three of her own books, hundreds of human interest stories and news articles, and various ghost books for entrepreneurs, self-help coaches, and those looking for a powerful memoir. Her own personal writing includes a screenplay, stage play, and two television pilot ideas. Because of her knowledge and experience in television writing, she has been contracted by clients to write scripts for video, too.
From her tiny little town in central New York, this 45-year-old mother and wife is defying the odds and showing the world that age, location, and late-life career changes mean nothing. Passion and perusing the hunger inside of us means everything.
Joleene is a published author, a nationally published journalist, and a produced playwright.
Dr. Anne Gatty is a career learning specialist. Dr. Gatty can talk academics very well and spout the names of famous learning theorists with ease. She can recite learning taxonomies. She can explain the nuances of how humans learn. She has written hundreds of lesson plans. She has taught in classrooms ranging from kindergarten through the university master’s level.
And yet, she decided to leave all this behind her.
While academia has its place in the world of education, Dr. Gatty found that it didn’t provide her with opportunities to help people achieve the real-life results they desired. Even her last position offer at a Pittsburgh university - as a professor in the master’s level leadership program with an applied component - struck her as artificial.
Dr. Gatty's teaching experience started with the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. There she developed lessons that were taught in and among the buildings of a restored, historic eighteenth century town. She taught history completely without textbooks and found the results rewarding. For fourteen years Dr. Gatty developed museum education programs for historic sites. During that time she became convinced that experiential learning was the way to achieve the most lasting, transformational results.
After her tenure in the museum field, Dr. Gatty returned to the classroom with a freshly minted Ph.D. in Instruction and Learning. Her intention was to train future teachers and business leaders. But once back in the classroom, she realized that if she wanted to train people to be successful in real life jobs, she needed to be doing so in real life situations.
That's when she left academia. She's been working with business leaders, in their company environments, ever since.
Since re-entering the business world, Dr. Gatty has built and successfully sold companies with her husband and business partner, Dr. Gene Gatty. She knows what it takes to build a successful business.
Today, Dr. Gatty provides leadership coaching for managers to communicate effectively with staff; she delivers motivational employee training programs with Beretta, her Great Dane therapy dog; she creates work systems and strategic business plans; and she coaches women on work/life balance issues.
By blending both theoretical and practical expertise, Dr. Gatty created The Business Sphere of Excellence®, a strategic business planning tool that helps businesses run efficiently and profitably. The Sphere of Excellence® embraces organizational values, corporate culture and strategic implementation.
Soren Skovdahl Hansen is a native of Denmark. He is the father of two fantastic daughters, who are his greatest source of joy and happiness.
Before becoming a father in 2005, Soren worked in sales and marketing. He helped grow a wastewater recycling business when investing in the environment was still considered an unnecessary cost.
Soren liked working in the entrepreneurial atmosphere so well that he decided to get a Masters degree. He believed that, with a degree, he would be able to become an entrepreneur and be in charge of his own life. During the five years he spent in Boston, L.A. and College Station TX, Soren connected with many new international friends and cultures. But he still wasn't ready to be an entrepreneur, so he decided to take the classic route to management consulting.
The first few years were full of intense learning and fantastic new colleagues and projects. But eventually, the 70-hour work weeks and the constant traveling started to wear him down and he decided to take his future into his own hands.
Addressing his mindset
Soren’s first step was to overcome his limiting beliefs. He had always thought that any new venture he started had be something unique. When he got an idea and found that it had been done before, he became discouraged. He didn’t give up. He always went on to find another idea, but this pattern played out for 5-6 years.
Eventually Soren realized that the problem wasn’t that his ideas had already been tried. If someone had realized an idea before him that was more of a validation than a disqualification.
What was holding him back was his doubt in his own abilities.
First time entrepreneur
In 2010, Soren and a trusted friend brainstormed and came up with two business ideas to research and investigate. They discovered that one of them was viable and a month later, Soren and his partner had a contract to launch a online marketplace, allowing women to buy and sell their luxury brand fashions.
Second time entrepreneur
After finding success with the online business, Soren and his partner decided to create another business. They chose to sell beauty products for women as a subscription service. They soon discovered that the business wasn’t viable. They hadn’t taken into account how much money they would have to sink into inventory. They decided not to continue and closed the business down.
Tribe of Entrepreneurs
Soren's newest venture is a podcast called Tribe of Entrepreneurs. Soren wants to provide his listeners with inspiration and insights into how other entrepreneurs have overcome their challenges in starting a business, the details of how they finally managed to start and grow their businesses and the many different ways they generate income.
Tribe of Entrepreneurs will give its listeners detailed answers to how they can finally get their own businesses off the ground and overcome their fears and doubts about whether what they have to offer is good enough. Because it is good enough.