Alexandra Black-Paulick is a business junkie at heart. After finishing college she went on to service in AmeriCorps as a team leader through Campus Compact in Bozeman, MT. Here she helped 8 team members grow the capacity of different nonprofits in the region. Moving to San Diego she worked with a nonprofit empowering local businesses. Following her nonprofit work, she transitioned to a career in marketing.
To all of the incredible listeners, guests, friends and family who have supported the Positive Impact Podcast, thank you so much for making hosting this show such a welcome adventure. As you have heard me hint at for months, I am currently traveling the world!!!! It has been a marvelous experience with my husband, filled with new cultures, sights, stunning scenery, delicious food and wonderful people eager to share incredible cultures. After three months traveling, hitting Sweden, Thailand and Vietnam, we have decided to extend our trip. In short, there is so much more to explore out there! All of the shows since February were pre-recorded before I left, minus two or three I managed from the road. Unfortunately between semi-reliable Internet, budget lodging with construction nearby (how many jack hammers can one small town in Vietnam have!) and that classic time zone dilemma, I am not able to produce high quality shows from the road. (Hence the odd background noise from my hostel room in Vietnam in this recording). Thus, I am putting the podcast on hold until my return. I am so grateful for you taking this journey with me, as with the many fantastic guests who joined me. It has been one of the best experiences connecting with everyone!   It was a hard choice. It really was. But I want to ensure that you as the listener have a quality experience with the show. The good news is that I have encountered several exciting social enterprises and nonprofits on my journey! I hope to come across more as I continue to travel. I’ll be sharing my recounts occasionally on the blog, so make sure to check this adventurer has discovered along the way. To live variously through our journey, you can follow us on Instagram. Until next time, keep doing your part to make the world a better place. Here are a few photos from our adventure! A photo posted by Thailand for Two (@thailandfortwo) on Apr 17, 2016 at 3:30am PDT   This little beach has been home for the last week. Headed to the city today for a few days, then off to a new island. Will miss the beach until with hit Phi Phi… Not the jelly fish though. #landscape #photography #travel #travelblog #thailand #adventure #photo #thai #phuket #island #vacation #phiphi #sea #ocean #traveling #travelblog #blog #travelboldy #worldnomads #gonomad #travelawesome #travelingdestinations #beautifulmatters #beautifulhotels A photo posted by Thailand for Two (@thailandfortwo) on Apr 17, 2016 at 3:30am PDT   Finally got ahold of our canyoning photos from Da Lat. Yes, this is me about to rappel off of a waterfall. Luckily they didn’t snag the photos of me just on the other side… Let’s say it wasn’t near as smooth as I thought it would be. Overall, I think I did pretty well! #traveldiary #backpackinglife #backpacker #adventure #action #actioncam #actionsports #Vietnam #vietnamadventures #dalat #wanderer #travelingourplant #travelingram A photo posted by Thailand for Two (@thailandfortwo) on Jun 2, 2016 at 6:46pm PDT Save Save Save The post Positive Impact Podcast {travels the world & important update} appeared first on Positive Impact Podcast.
How dedicated are you to your business? Better question, are you willing to sleep in a tent in a garage for several months while you launch an Indiegogo Campaign?     That’s exactly how passionate Jason Seagle was about launching Vayando, a new way of approaching travel that’s built on creating connections with individuals around the globe. In case you were wondering, that Indiegogo Campaign successfully reached funding. Jason also moved out of his sister’s garage.   And thus Vayando gained much needed traction and seed money to start a movement in travel.   Want to make a difference with your money? Check out Financial Investing for Good with Impact Engine!    This new style of travel aims to empower micro-entrepreneurs in developing countries by giving them a platform to enter the tourism market. Currently Vayando serves Rwanda, Uganda and Costa Rica, with sights on heading to Southern Asia. (In my personal opinion, they can’t hit Asia soon enough as I am currently enjoying traveling around in several countries here.)     You might be wondering what type of travel experiences you can find on this new platform. Hold on because this is the type of travel you’ve been waiting for – authentic.     Street photography Woodworking Boxing Traditional Costa Rican Cooking Lamp Making     What do all of these excursions have in common? You’re learning the insights to someone’s livelihood. It’s a beautiful exchange of knowledge, often times passing down generations of insights and storytelling, giving you the ability to deepen your connection with the country.     For the curious traveler in you, eager to connect with what inspires, drives and captivates those around the world, Vayando is your platform.    For more Travel experiences check out Have Fun Do Good   Listen in to hear exactly how this social tourism country is not only giving micro-entrepreneurs a platform in a dramatically increasing industry, they are also giving them a means to double and triple their income.   Mantra Do what you can with what you have and where you are. Recommended Reading The Lean Start Up How to Make a Positive Impact Get out and travel. Experience the world. Get your hands dirty while getting involved. Understand issues from the ground up. Connect with Vayando Website Twitter Facebook Instagram Sponsors $40 off Your First Hello Fresh Journey to Social Entrepreneurship 2 Free Audio Books from Audible The post 33: Putting Micro-Entrepreneurs on Tourism Map – Jason Seagle (Vayando) appeared first on Positive Impact Podcast.
Turning a tragedy into an outlet to empower individuals across the United States, and even the world, is a lesson we can all pull from. It’s an avenue that takes strength and dedication. This is exactly what Alexis Kauchick, along with the help and support of her parents, is doing. Alexis started Eternal Essence after losing her brother, then shortly afterwards a close friend took his life. Candle making was her brother’s hobby. Now she can share his passion with others, giving them strength if they are facing a similar loss or trying struggling with mental illness. “It’s named eternal essence because my brother is the eternal flame. So we have candles to keep him alive with us.” You see, not only does Eternal Essence sell gorgeous essential oil scented candles; it is also a nonprofit that raises awareness (and funds) for mental illness by donating all proceeds to the The Ryan Licht Sang Bipolar Foundation. To date, Alexis has donated $70,000. What all started with a loss has flourished into a thriving nonprofit. Alexis’s candles are reaching those all around the world! People are inspired by her message, as well as the comfort of knowing they aren’t alone. A photo posted by Positive World Inspiration (@positiveimpactpodcast) on May 26, 2016 at 5:01pm PDT The post 32.5: Girlpreneurs Creating an Impact with Alexis Kauchick (Eternal Essence Candles) appeared first on Positive Impact Podcast.
If you came across a girl selling canoe shaped leaves on the side of the road, what would you do? Luckily for girls everywhere, several kind-hearted individuals stopped and purchased fascinating canoe shaped leaves when eight-year-old Holly Lichtenfeld stood on the side of the road doing just that. That experience shaped the way for an entrepreneurial passion that today Holly works to foster in girls everywhere. “Our philosophy is that if we ignite the entrepreneurial spirit in young girls, we’ll set them up for fulfilling and successful lives.” Don’t worry. Holly has grown past her leave selling days. Today one of the cornerstones of her company, Bright Girls, teaches girls eight and older how to explore creating a business through a captivating new book. This action packed story places two girls in the lead, navigating the roller coaster of starting a jewelry business. From dealing with disappointment, to thinking about the responsibility of business owners to finding the strength to move forward, this book covers it all. Because empowering young girls to thrive in business is the key to laying a foundation of women championing greatness. While some may approach girlpreneur businesses as cute or playful, there are young girls out there creating products making a major splash in the world of business. A nine-year-old girl designing a backpack for cancer patients, gaining attention from a national brand along the way. Raising $100,000 selling lemonade to end childhood slavery. A seventeen year old challenging the loss of a close family member to launch a thriving nonprofits. Listen in to Holly talk about all the ways Bright Girls is embedding the possibility of entrepreneurship in girls around the country. Mantra to Move Forward The idea that I can help women and have a positive impact on the world by teaching this next generation of girls to be responsible innovators. They will grow up to make great things. Memorable Moments Hearing about Alexi’s candle company to help support hose with mental illness. {Read More} Vivienne Harr launching Make a Stand to end childhood slavery. {Read More} Kylie empowering other cancer patients with Pillow Packs {Read More} Recommended Reading The Confidence Code, By Katty Kay and Claire Shipman Connect with Bright Girls Company Website Twitter Facebook Sponsors $40 off Your First Hello Fresh Journey to Social Entrepreneurship 2 Free Audio Books from Audible The post 32: Empowering Girlpreneurs – Holly Lichtenfeld (Bright Girls Company) appeared first on Positive Impact Podcast.
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