The Dude That Helps St. Jude: The Richard Salgado Story

May 5, 2014

BigDaddy Presented to you by Encouragement Speaker Derrick Hayes

In a split second your life can change. A few months ago I was faced with a decision and that was to reach out and say hello to someone in hopes that they would respond or not say anything and never know if there ever could have been a relationship.

This story begins on January 19th, 2014 when I realized that Richard Salgado was also Facebook friends with M.J. Pedone who is the CEO of Indra Public Relations. Previously M.J. had connected me with Richard that opened the door for our Exclusive DERRICK Interview.

Once I sent “Big Daddy” as he is called in the industry a friend invite networking as they call it for me would never be the same. After we became Facebook friends I thanked him for the past interview and asked for him to share the same opportunity with his current clients and that he could also nominate others that deserve recognition for my blog Today’s Honoree.

In life you will meet many people that are connected and resourceful but not many who will share their network in the way that Richard Salgado does. A few of the many people that he has nominated for Today’s Honoree are Celebrity Handbag Designer Anzhelika Steen Olsen, Jeweler Scott Kay and Hannah Andrusky-Hilburn who is the Author of “Living the Invisible Disability.”

I wanted to tell his story and help him like he has helped me so I took time out to share the news of Who, What, Where, When and Why Richard Salgado is “The Dude That Helps St. Jude.”

Who are you? I’m the CEO of Coastal Advisors, LLC Insurance Consultants and I have been in the insurance business for over 20 years. I have clients in various backgrounds which include Sports, Television, Media, Entertainment as well as business owners and families. I work with business owners on employee benefits, health insurance and many other forms of Insurance.

What are you planning to do? I’m hosting the 3rd Annual Big Daddy Celebrity Golf Classic to help raise money for the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis and for the Health Humanitarian Aid Foundation to help build schools and hospitals in Ghana, Africa. Last but not least we are raising money for North Shore University Hospital, which is the hospital that saved my life when I had an Aneurysm.

Past guests of the Annual Big Daddy Celebrity Golf Classic have been Michael Strahan, Current Co Host of Live with Kelly and Michael, Joe Buck, Fox Sports Commentator, Actor Singer Robert Davi, Adam Schefter of ESPN and Superbowl Winning Coach Brian Billick of Baltimore Ravens.

Where and when are you going to do it? The Big Daddy Celebrity Golf Classic will be held at the World Famous Oheka Castle in Huntington, NY on Monday June 23rd, 2014. The Golf will be played on the Cold Spring CC which surrounds the Oheka Castle. For more information on the Oheka Castle please go to www.oheka.com.

Why are you doing it? I want to give back because I know that I’m blessed to be alive after my surgery and it feels great to be a part of a special work place. I used to be the one that helped my clients put on fund raisers, help find sponsors and raise money for their events so I took it upon myself to start my own foundation, The Big Daddy Foundation. Once I Hired Bob Broderick of RTB Media, LLC. to run my events and provide public relations we were off and running. It has been a fun ride but it also comes with alot of work. This year we decided to support St Jude’s Children’s Hospital, HHAF and North Shore Hospital.

I’m going to visit the St. Jude Hospital in June before my event with two goals in mind. The first is to visit the hospital in hopes to bring some cheer to some of the kids that are in St Jude’s Care. The second goal I have is to make a video from St. Jude to ask for support and let everyone know that they are my new benefactor.

Is there anything else that you would like to add?

I hope that everyone can attend the Big Daddy Celebrity Golf Classic. You can purchase a foursome, attend the VIP Celebrity Gala-Live Auction Dinner Party or just make a donation. All of these things can be done at www.bigdaddygolfclassic.com.

People can follow me on Facebook, Twitter and visit our insurance company websites at www.coastaladvisorsllc.com or www.youtube.com/bigdaddyinsures.

Thank you Derrick and I look forward to this story getting out there for everyone to read so they can support our efforts in helping the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, the Health Humanitarian Aid Foundation and the North Shore University Hospital.

Please visit Derrick’s website at http://www.DerrickHayes.com and to book him for a speaking engagement or media event, send an email to info@DerrickHayes.com  or call (706) 615-1662.

 


DERRICK Interview with Motivational Mentor Ed Wisdom III

May 3, 2014

Edspeaking1Encouragement Speaker Derrick Hayes gives a DERRICK Interview by asking 7 questions through each letter of his first name to give you an insightful perspective from other experts, entrepreneurs, celebrities and up and coming super stars.

Today’s DERRICK Interview is with Ed Wisdom, III, motivational speaker, mentor, and the founder of The Edward H. Wisdom Jr. Foundation established in 2012 in honor of his father who was murdered by an “at-risk” teen, has powered himself to the forefront with his initiatives on growth and empowerment in areas of manhood, fatherhood, youth, parenting, family and community. These initiatives include efforts in spiritual, philosophical, psychological, emotional, social, and financial development.Earlier this year, Wisdom was the keynote speaker for Black History Month at Austin Peay State University where he spoke on excellence and 2 Corinthians 8:7, “excel in everything.” Wisdom was the first African American keynote speaker at the governor’s 11th annual Tennessee Season To Remember in 2013 to honor and remember victims of homicide. Wisdom was also guest speaker at the Citywide Trayvon Martin Walk on Capitol Hill.

Wisdom has delivered his message all over the city, at prisons, juvenile detention centers, churches, schools,universities, throughout the media, and more. He explains how “iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another” to articulate to men that we have a responsibility in helping other individuals grow. Wisdom also conveys the idea that “a good man leaves behind a [legacy] for his children’s children” (Proverbs 13:22) promoting the leadership of men in powering families with gifts passed from generation to generation.

Wisdom is in Senior Management in Management Information Systems (MIS) at Vanderbilt University following his father’s, Ed Wisdom Jr., footsteps as he was the Directorof MIS at TSU. Wisdom not only followed his father in his career but in his heritage in character, integrity, and much more. Wisdom is a graduate of Tennessee State University (TSU), where he also earned his Masters’ degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Business Information Systems.

His son Erik Wisdom has followed these same footsteps earning a Bachelor’s of Business Administration in Business Information Systems at Tennessee State University, thus fulfilling the legacy good men leave behind “for their children’s children.”

Ed Wisdom III was the creator of The Gentleman’s Agreement: The Rebirth of the Black Man, held at Vanderbilt University, a discussion on Growth and Empowerment; The Rebirth Vol. II Brainwashed with author and advertising genius Tom Burrell held at Tennessee State University; Life, Love, Legacy and Leadership; The Go Further, Go Farther, Go FATHER Fatherhood Initiative at Fisk University, and much more.

Wisdom is very active in the case involving the tragic murder of his father and has been very vocal in the media, with law enforcement, politician, community organizations, and more. He is a proven leader in the community.

D is for Dream. What is your dream, goals or what have you achieved?

My goal is to help men grow spiritually, philosophically, psychologically, emotionally, socially, and financially to find their true identity.  If you take a look at 2 Corinthians 8:7, it speaks to “excelling in everything” in those areas…faith (spiritual), speech and knowledge (philosophical),…complete earnestness (psychological), the love (emotional), others (social), in order that we may become rich (financial), understanding that the word financial is a Latin word where the prefix FIN means complete, or settled up and not necessarily wealthy.  My dream is to see this through to fruition with those I directly (or even indirectly) influence in order that they have that same “cultural capital” to pass on to those they lead.

E is for Education. What is your educational background and how do you use it daily?

I have a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Business Administration / Management Information Systems.  I serve as Senior Manager of Database Administration in Vanderbilt University Information Technology department.  In addition to that, I provide IT consulting services through my own company.  I am a motivational speaker as well, so my dissemination of information to help individuals make intelligent decisions comes in a couple of different forms; technology and human interaction.

R is for Resource. What resources do you bring to the table that makes you unique or stand out?

EdSpeakingIf you trace the lineage from my grandfather, Ed Sr., through to my son, I offer a compelling story for men and our responsibilities as it relates to life, love, legacy, and leadership and how each of us have overachieved in those areas through building good names, character and integrity.  Each of us of was resilient, each with different sets of adversity.  My grandfather’s father died when he was 7, his mother when he was 17, and he had nothing more than a 7th grade education, however he traveled the world by sea 5 times over; raised 8 children (6 boys) who were college educated and/or decorated military veterans; and built a trucking business on good character.  My father during a time of racial divide was close lifelong friends with Olympic great Wilma Rudolph, a decorated paratrooper of the 82nd Airborne Parachute Infantry and the all-black 555th Airborne Parachute Battalion (Tripe Nickles), the 1st African American to teach at Clarksville High School in Clarksville, TN after integration, was 1 of 2 of the first African Americans to work in IBMs top secret security clearance facility in Atlantic City, NJ, and went on to become the Director of MIS at Tennessee State University for nearly 40 years.  Myself, I followed my father’s footsteps in Information Systems and after his tragic murder in 2011, I formed a foundation in his name to share with men ideas on legacy and leadership.  My son, followed in Information Systems and Technology as well and was raised in my household, a single parent household, and has risen in excellence.  All of this combined forms a unique story that I share with men on how to manifest through identities.

R is for Ready. When did you realize you were ready for what you are doing now?

When my son was born, I felt my father had equipped me with everything in life to be a good man, a great leader, and do great things, and fatherhood would be my change to prove it.  It catapulted me into a role that was greater than just heading my own household but in leading young boys and men connected to my son who lacked male leadership at home.  When my father was murdered I was certain that my purpose was to do exactly what I had been doing and was to continue demonstrating to men through my actions and also my words as a motivational speaker as to exactly what it took to become a real man.

uchenI is for Individual. Name at least one individual in your network that others should learn more about and why?

Uchendi Nwani.  He has a very intriguing story about his fall, then rise to becoming a respected leader and entrepreneur.  We grew up together in the same church where his stepfather was the Pastor. We went to high school together, and have been friends for years. Uchendi is the Author of “The Millionaire Barber Stylist” and the owner of International Barber and Style which is largest barber college in the United States.

C is for Challenges. What challenges have you had to overcome?

The adversity through the murder of my father, my hero, in late 2011 has been and is my greatest challenge.  I believe I have taken it on with resilience and have ensured that the works that he began continue in the likeness of his good name.  I am still engulfed deeply in the continued investigation into my father’s murder and I am strengthened each day by my purpose to lead my family through this to and get back to more peaceful days.

K is for Key. What keys to success can you leave for upcoming entrepreneurs and leaders?

Success comes in building a good name, character and integrity and understanding that success is less about accomplishments and more about the manifestation of your identity as a visionary, a leader, and an overachiever.  Success is also understanding that good leadership is not about you as much as it is about them, those who follow.  Your goal is to develop those who follow you, making them leaders, some of whom are equipped to pass your vision on to in order to keep your vision alive.

Visit Ed Wisdom III for more information.


The DAILY Message for Wednesday November 13th, 2013

November 13, 2013

TSUEach week day Derrick Hayes encourages you through a Derricknym, App and Idea to Lift You.

(Please read , Like, Share, Retweet or Reblog The DAILY Message)

  • Derricknym: Do You Have A FRIEND (Fellowship Resource Instrumental with Everything Necessary Daily).
  • App: Today’s word is Jealous. People act a certain way and don’t realize it. Never hate because someone has something. Work hard and receive what you believe. Receive Today’s word with Motivation To Your Mobile app on Android and i-phones.  
  • Idea: Who do you need to network with?

Please visit Derrick’s website at http://www.DerrickHayes.com and to book him for a speaking engagement or media event, send an email to info@DerrickHayes.com  or call (706) 615-1662.


DERRICK Interview with Wide Calf Boot Entrepreneur Amanda Tallent

March 6, 2013

AmandaTallentEncouragement Speaker Derrick Hayes gives a DERRICK Interview by asking 7 questions through each letter of his first name to give you an insightful perspective from other experts, entrepreneurs, celebrities and up and coming super stars.

Today’s DERRICK Interview is with Amanada Tallent who in high school Amanda had little money to speak of, so she decided to start collecting five cent pieces. Everyone chipped in; the kids at school would hand her their change from play lunch; her dad would give her the change from the tray in his car and her mum would go as far as changing dollar coins at the bank into 5 cent pieces.

After 10 months Amanda had saved over $120 dollars. This was a huge amount of money for her and every one would ask her what she was going to spend it on. “Big White Boots” she would say “Platforms, that I can wear to my Deb”.

One day Cansion, a good friend of Amanda said “We can get some boots made for you.” Prompting a boots shopping spree. “Your crazy about boots.” Cansion would say, “Why don’t you sell boots in Australia?”

On a trip home to Melbourne to visit her family she filled her large suit case with boots and used her hand luggage for clothes and gifts. When she was there so many of her friends and family complained about not being able to find boots to fit their curvy calves. This is when Amanda found that it wasn’t just her with this horrible secret and that heaps of normal fabulous women like herself had the same problem.

Amanda discussed it with her partner Matthew and decided it could only work if they could get the sizes right.  Amanda took the leap of faith and with the help of Matthew her partner, her good friend Cansion and family she launched Bennetts Boots: Ravishing Wide Calf Boots that Fit!

D is for Dream: What is your dream and what have you achieved?

My dream is to make a world that fits rather then trying to fit into the world. Through Bennetts Boots i have made 100’s to 1,000’s of women who didn’t think they would ever fit happy.

E is for Encourage: What encourages you?

My family encourages me and i also feel i drive myself. I found i want something i work out how to get it or make it happen.

R is for Resource: What resources do you bring to the table that makes you unique or stand out?

I have developed many resources for my company which were needed but no one had put into practice and have solved many resource problems by making a solution rather than trying to look for one that wasn’t there.

R is for Ready: When did you realize you were ready for what you are doing now?

Is anyone ever ready? I try to work with what i have when it appears. I think that makes me ready at anytime.

I is for Individual: Name at least one person that you know that you feel others should learn about and why?

I would have to get back to you on just one person.

C is for Continue: When you fail and things look bleak or are not optimistic what makes you want to continue?

Failure is only a lesson in disguise. My family plays a big part on why i continue but i also don’t think its in my nature not to get back up and move forward.

K is for Key: What keys to success can you leave for upcoming entrepreneurs and leaders?

I would say the key is to find something your passionate about and make it happen.

Visit Amanda Tallent for more information.


DERRICK Interview with Transgender Author of Hung In The Middle Alana Nicole Sholar

February 19, 2013

AlanaNicoleSholarEncouragement Speaker Derrick Hayes gives a DERRICK Interview by asking 7 questions through each letter of his first name to give you an insightful perspective from other experts, entrepreneurs, celebrities and up and coming super stars.

Today’s DERRICK Interview is with Hung In The Middle Author Alana Nicole Sholar. Born in Kentucky in 1961 as Alan, Alana Nicole Sholar still lives in the same small town where she grew up – as a boy.  Still living ‘hung in the middle’ of two genders, Sholar educates her town, and the world, with the release of her memoir in May 2012.

D is for Dream. What is your dream and what have you achieved?

I’ve always dreamed of being able to leave something behind that says, “Hey, I was here,” once my life’s journey is complete.  I’ve often daydreamed about what that could be.  That dream has been realized through the publishing of my memoir, “Hung in the Middle: A Journey of Gender Discovery,” (www.hunginthemiddle.com).  Of course, I’ve had other dreams throughout my lifetime – some have come to fruition, others have not, and many are detailed in the book.  However, that’s not to say I have finished dreaming yet.

On a personal level, as the title indicates, I currently live life ‘hung in the middle’ of two genders.  My greatest personal dreams are to achieve certain milestones in my transitioning process, namely, facial feminization and breast implants.  Then the world can see me as I’ve always envisioned myself – as a female.

On a professional level, I dream of “Hung in the Middle” being a huge success.  However, I don’t measure success in dollars.  My dream is that “Hung” is an inspiration to other people who are like me, and a resource for anyone who wants to gain insight into the life of a transgender individual.

E is for Encourage. What encourages you?

I am encouraged by the love and support I receive from my family, friends, and especially, my loving spouse.  I have lived most of my life in the small town of Versailles, Kentucky and am encouraged by the support and acceptance I’ve received from my neighbors and the local residents –exceptional for a rural place with little to no knowledge about transgender individuals.

Thanks to social media, and especially FaceBook, I’m always encouraged whenever I gain a new fan or friend, especially when they take the time to leave a personal comment or private message to let me know how reading my book has helped them in some way.  The MOST encouraging message I’ve received, and I don’t see how this one can ever be topped, read: “Reading your book may have saved my life. – Karen” — now, that’s encouraging.

R is for Resource. What resources do you bring to the table that makes you unique or stand out?

Believe me, as a six-foot, male-to-female, transgender individual, living in a small town in the center of the Bible belt in Kentucky — I STAND OUT – it was the thought of ‘coming out’ that scared me.  I’d say the resources I bring to the table are honesty about my experiences, and the willingness to answer any questions anyone might have.  I believe there is no ‘wrong’ question and no ‘wrong’ way to ask a question.  I feel when someone asks me a question, that means they are open minded enough to want to find an answer.  When I answer, I do so based on my experiences.  The same question may be asked to another person, and that person may have a completely different answer.  I can only answer based on ‘me.’

R is for Ready. When did you realize you were ready for what you are doing now?

I’ve learned that life has a way of letting YOU know when you’re ready.  For so much of my life I tried to hide and run from the fact that I’m ‘different’ – and for many years I wasn’t even aware of the word ‘transgender’ so I couldn’t understand why I felt the way I did.  That hiding and running caused health problems, so, it was through dealing with those health problems life said to me, “it’s time to speak up – it’s time to come out.”

In my younger years I was quite a risk-taker, lived life rather dangerously.  For example, one of my first car wrecks was at approximately 115 MPH, and that was back in the day before seatbelts; and only one of the experiences I’ve lived through where death would have been the expected outcome.  Over the years many people have said to me, “You should write a book about your experiences.”  But I couldn’t write that book because I hadn’t told my secret, and my secret was the basis for me living life so dangerously because I always believed if I died young, then I could take my secret to the grave, and no one would ever be the wiser.

Once I did come out, then I didn’t have the time to write a book because, like most middle-class Americans, I had a full time job and a family to care for.  However, when the factory where I worked closed its doors, I had plenty of time on my hands, which led to sitting down and focusing on my memoir.  Again, I see the factory closing down as life’s way of saying, “It’s time to write.”

I is for Individual. Name at least one person that you know that you feel others should learn about and why?

I’d have to say my spouse, Bobbie.  She and I have known one another for 30-years or so, and even had a relationship back in the day.  However, in December 2006 when Bobbie learned about me being transgender, she told me she didn’t want to have anything to do with me – she called me a freak-a-zoid.  Then, in December 2008, Bobbie and I were married.  Of course, our journey together is also detailed in my book – or at least ‘my side’ of our journey is detailed in my book – which is how Bobbie says it.  She’s in the process of writing what she calls ‘her side’ of our story – which explains how she went from saying “freak-a-zoid” to saying, “I do.”

I’ve also had the great fortune of becoming friends with Buck Angel, a highly successful transgender female-to-male individual and motivational speaker.  Buck is not only a supporter of my book, but has become a good friend.  He is such a good hearted, caring, down to earth person and anyone who has the pleasure of having Buck in their life is truly blessed.

C is for Continue. When you fail, things look bleak or are not optimistic what makes you want to continue?

This question takes me back to “E is for Encourage.”  There’s no greater encouragement I can receive than to know my memoirs inspiring, encouraging, and educating so many people – and I know it is because of the many reviews written that speaks to this fact – so I’ve never felt like I’ve failed.

However, my discouragement comes from a lack of the funds necessary to cover expenses. Not even ONE book can be printed until the printer and the publisher are paid – upfront.  No one benefits from a resource they don’t even know exists or can’t gain access to.  I can’t speak to the college kids who need to hear the message, ‘people are just people,’ if there are no travel funds.  I can’t share with social workers that one of their peers recommended my memoir as a resource for anyone with clients in the GLBT community if there is no promotional budget.  So, instead of just giving up and saying, “I can’t . . .” I simply ask for help.  Anyone who desires to play a part in inspiring, encouraging, and educating others can do so by clicking the “Donate” button at the “Hung In The Middle”  website.

K is for Key. What keys to success can you leave for upcoming entrepreneurs and leaders?

I’d say first you have to know YOUR definition of ‘success.’  Personally, I feel I’ve had great success – because I define success as my ability to help others.  If I defined success as the number of dollars I’ve made from the sale of “Hung in the Middle,” then I’d be a total failure.  Money is an important part of life, but it’s not the money that makes someone happy – happiness comes from within.  Money just gives folks more options.  Sometimes, people with less money have fewer options – but the number of options has nothing to do with a person’s level of happiness.  I believe a person who is not happy without money is a person who will not be happy with money.  And, I know a lot of happy people who don’t have a cent to their name.

I also believe honesty and integrity are key factors to success.  I believe in the law of nature that says, “What goes around comes around.”  What you desire to get back is what you must give.  So, unless you are honest and have integrity, don’t expect to receive honesty and integrity from others.

Is there anything that we did not touch on that you would like to inspire others with?

Just remember, it’s your life to live.  Someone else can’t live it for you nor can you live someone else’s life.  Live your life by your rules.Always be true to yourself, and then happiness and success will find you – in that order.

Read Chapter 1 FREE at http://www.hunginthemiddle.com/chapter-1/.  Also follow EVENTS, view various VIDEOS, and check the PRESS for interviews, publications, and reviews.


DERRICK Interview with Branding and Artist Management Expert Diana Schweinbeck

January 17, 2013

Diana SchweinbeckEncouragement Speaker Derrick Hayes gives a DERRICK Interview by asking 7 questions through each letter of his first name to give you an insightful perspective from other experts, entrepreneurs, celebrities and up and coming super stars.

Today’s DERRICK Interview is with Diana Schweinbeck  who is a 22 year old CEO based out of Atlanta, GA. Starting in the music industry in 2009, with an entertainment company called FYF Entertainment, Diana figured out that she wanted to pursue her career within the music industry. While juggling the entertainment industry, Diana succeeded to complete her bachelor’s in Business Management at
Georgia State University in May 2012.

Diana started off in the industry doing publicist, branding, and exposure work. After building her relationships and connections, she branched off into her own company, Schweinbeck LLC. Her company specializes in branding, exposure, and management.

It is said that Diana Schweinbeck is one to know within this industry, and her brand is growing at a tremendous pace. Also, Diana throws a monthly industry mixer that supports the upcoming artists of Atlanta. Her mixers consist of strictly industry and the exposure they have are very beneficial.

D is for Dream. What is your dream and what have you achieved?

My dream is to be happy and successful. I have achieved my dream but not to the full extent.

E is for Encourage. What encourages you?

My family encourages me. They have taught me everything I know to this date and I appreciate them greatly.

R is for Resource. What resources do you bring to the table that makes you unique or stand out?

I am very personable. I can go anywhere and I am bound to meet new people that will somehow benefit me.

R is for Ready. When did you realize you were ready for what you are doing now?

I realized I was ready to take the steps I needed in life to succeed after graduating high school. Entering into college at 18 years old and living on my own taught me that I was ready to take the necessary steps I needed to be all that I could be.

I is for Individual. Name at least one person that you know that you feel others should learn about and why?

I have a good friend named Rittz who is now an artist under Strange Music. I got the pleasure to see him start at the bottom and make his way to the top while staying humble. Many musicians can learn from him and see how much he put into his music and how his outcome came about. He has an album coming out soon also, so make sure you check him out, tell him Schweinbeck sent you 😉

C is for Continue. When you fail, things look bleak or are not optimistic what makes you want to continue?

I just know deep down that I must go on. Failure happens to the best of us, we can take failure and learn from it.

K is for Key. What keys to success can you leave for upcoming entrepreneurs and leaders?

Work hard. If you want something you have to go out and find a way to get it. Never let someone or something come in the way.

Is there anything that we did not touch on that you would like to inspire others with?

You can do anything you want in this life! You just have to believe in yourself. Others do not need to believe in you, so do not get discouraged if they don’t. In the end, you will succeed regardless of what others think.

Visit Diana Schweinbeck  for more information.


DERRICK Interview with Indra Public Relations CEO MJ Pedone

December 14, 2012

MJPedoneEncouragement Speaker Derrick Hayes gives a DERRICK Interview by asking 7 questions through each letter of his first name to give you an insightful perspective from other experts, entrepreneurs, celebrities and up and coming super stars.

Today’s DERRICK Interview is with MJ Pedone who has supervisory and strategic control over all functional disciplines of Indra Public Relations. MJ’s ability to present and articulate strategies and high profile events has always been recognized as exceptional landing her clients both national and international media attention. MJ’s friendships, relationships and roster of clients read like a “who’s who” of Professional Sports, Entertainment and Corporate America. MJ’s forward-thinking approach towards business strategies, has led to unique and successful cross marketing opportunities for her clients. Integrity is the foundation of her values and character and is inherent in the methodology that she has employed in forming her firm and trusting relationships.

MJ was awarded Puglia’s Award of Excellence for industry leaders and is a Member of the National Association of Professional Women. MJ is a contributing writer of Media Magnetism in which she wrote the Foreword and is small investor in the animation Henry & Me starring Richard Gere, Danny Aiello, Chazz Palminteri, Cyndi Lauper and the cast of the N.Y. Yankees which will be released to theaters Spring 2013.

D is for Dream. What is your dream, goals or what have you achieved?

My dreams and aspirations change as I cross them off my list which allows me to set new goals. My business was a goal and working with  entertainers, athletes and nonprofit organizations on their PR campaigns, red carpet events and making a difference in the lives of others. I constantly set new goals that keep me motivated and challenged.

E is for Encourage. What encourages you?

My encouragement comes from my parents who I admire and respect the most.  They have always instilled in me that I can achieve anything I put my mind to and that quitting is never an option. In 2006, my father was trying to convince me that I can win the NYC Marathon as long as I put my mind to it and not give up. Needless to say, I didn’t win but his words carried me through the finish line.

R is for Resource. What resources do you bring to the table that makes you unique or stand out?

I bring many resources to the table but the most outstanding is the network and contacts that I have been able to build through friendships and business relationships throughout the years and combining it with my experience and knowledge of the business.

R is for Ready. When did you realize you were ready for what you are doing now?

I was fortunate to realize that I would be running a public relations firm and working with professional athletes and organizations while I was a freshman in high school.  I knew I would be an entrepreneur with my own business and would be able to handle many different responsibilities that a “Superwoman” can handle. I have been blessed with such characteristics and abilities.

I is for Individual. Name at least one person that you know that you feel others should learn about and why?

I believe everybody can learn from the wisdom of the Buddha and incorporate his disciplines in their own lives. The name of my company, Indra Public Relations comes from a Buddhist word meaning the king of the gods; controller of the senses, and the beauty and splendor of heaven.

C is for Continue. When you fail, things look bleak or are not optimistic what makes you want to continue?

Failure is the greatest part of learning and motivation.  Each of us fail at a certain points in our lives. I never looked down on myself and always figured out a way to turn a negative into a positive which makes me successful.

K is for Key. What keys to success can you leave for upcoming entrepreneurs and leaders?

The key to success is to keep an open mind and obtain as much knowledge and insight that you can.  Be open and honest in your dealings and have the confidence and faith in yourself.

Is there anything that we did not touch on that you would like to inspire others with?

 Be the best role model to your children and raise them with good ethics.  Our children are our future leaders of the world. Also, do at least one kind act each day that you would want people to do for you and others. It can be as simple as saying good morning to a stranger on the elevator or holding open the door for somebody.  Kind acts are contagious! Aspire to inspire.

Visit MJ Pedone for more information.