A Rank & File Review In Review - What I Learned as a Social Entrepreneur in 2017
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December 27, 2017

A Rank & File Review In Review – What I Learned as a Social Entrepreneur in 2017

It’s been a roller-coaster of a year for Rank & File and for myself personally. I have learned an incredible amount through experience. So, I am continuing my annual tradition…
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LeadershipLessons Learned
December 20, 2017

How Simon Sinek Changed Rank & File’s Business Model

I love this quote from Simon Sinek, which he shared with me during our interview for Rank & File magazine: “I find it fascinating how people can be so obsessed…
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Cause and Effect: What Parenting Teaches Us About Combining Heart and Head in Purpose-Driven Business
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December 13, 2017

Cause and Effect: What Parenting Teaches Us About Combining Heart and Head in Purpose-Driven Business

The year is coming to a close and we currently have Issue Eight of Rank & File Magazine on our shelves, dedicated to the discussion of what “giving” means in…
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Shifting from Paralyzing to Powerful Entrepreneurial Mindsets
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December 4, 2017

Shifting from Paralyzing to Powerful Mindsets: The Future of Rank & File Magazine

Since I left corporate America almost two years ago to work on my own business, I have scoured the internet, taken online courses, listened to podcasts, participated in accelerator programs…
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A Social Entrepreneur Steps Into the Shoes of an Impact Investor
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November 29, 2017

A Social Entrepreneur Steps Into the Shoes of an Impact Investor

As an entrepreneur, it’s easy to view investors like celebrities or judges. They have money, they have influence, they have connections, they have opinions. (And those opinions must be right,…
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Leaning In and Letting Go: How to Practice Clarity for Fulfilling and Effective Entrepreneurship
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October 23, 2017

Leaning In and Letting Go: How to Practice Clarity for Fulfilling and Effective Entrepreneurship

Being a social venture startup is teaching me the importance of clarity. I know, it sounds basic and even cliche. But, many entrepreneurs lack clarity without even realizing it. Clarity…
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Social Entrepreneur Startup Pitch Event
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October 11, 2017

Confessions of a Social Entrepreneur: What I Learned from My Very First Startup Pitch Event

Yesterday, I pitched Rank & File for the first time to a panel of “mock investors.” I’ve been against startup pitch events in the past and brushed them off as…
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How to Start a Business and Turn It Into a Social Impact Movement — Lessons Learned from ‘The Lean Startup’ Part 2
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September 18, 2017

How to Start a Business and Turn It Into a Social Impact Movement — Lessons Learned from ‘The Lean Startup’ Part 2

If you have been struggling to start a business that achieves social impact and financial sustainability, it's possible that your small business idea lacks movement-making potential. In other words, it…
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Learn How to Delight Your Customer
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August 30, 2017

Delighting Your Customer at Every Touch Point — A Lesson From My Hospitality Days

Have you ever heard of the concept “Delighting Your Customer?” Greeting a customer by name, anticipating their needs, empathizing with their point of view, offering a warm farewell. These are…
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How to Tell Authentic Stories for your Business
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June 20, 2017

Own Your Story — Lessons Learned From My Latest Experiment

A few of you may remember that I presented at the #StartingGood Social Enterprise Summit a few weeks ago. It was really the first time I truly opened up about…
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Why Rank & File Doesn't Put People up on Pedestals Like Other Social Impact Business Magazines
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June 6, 2017

Why Rank & File Doesn’t Put People Up on Pedestals Like Other Business Magazines

When I was an awkward tween, my sister and I used to be figure skaters. It was ‘super cool’… I remember thinking one of the best parts about it was…
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Advice on how to start, grow and lead a social enterprise and purpose-driven company
Blog Series: Dirt Roads, Dusty ShoesLessons Learned
May 23, 2017

Your Problems Are Not Your Problems

Life leads us through unexpected twists and turns. In fact, your messy, beautiful journey is probably what inspired your current purpose-driven business idea. I know that is true for me and…
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Lessons Learned from the Lean Startup for Social Entrepreneurs
Lessons Learned
April 25, 2017

Lessons Learned from “The Lean Startup” (for Social Entrepreneurs): Lesson 1

I am currently reading “The Lean Startup” by Eric Reis. There are so many other purpose-driven entrepreneurial books out there that I am dying to read, but I felt compelled…
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Seven Lessons from Running a Social Enterprise Startup as a Teenager
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April 20, 2017

Seven Lessons from Running a Social Enterprise Startup as a Teenager – A Guest Post by Tom Lee Osborn

When I founded GreenChar a few months after my 18th birthday, I strongly believed that it would grow to be a hugely successful venture. I was buoyed by an overwhelming…
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Speaking Tips for Social Enterprise, Social Entrepreneur, Conscious Company and Purpose-driven Business
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April 13, 2017

Full Disclosure: What I Learned About Telling Impactful Stories

I recently have had the opportunity to share my personal story a lot more — how I got to where I am and why I am a social entrepreneur. Most…
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Manage Stress, Fuel Conscious Business, Find Success as a Social Entrepreneur
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April 6, 2017

Attention Purpose-driven People Pleasers: Your Inner Expectations Are Crushing You and Your Business

  I have a confession to make: I am a ‘people pleaser.’ And I didn’t fully realize this until last night. I officially made the move to Norway from the…
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