In 1992, five young friends and entrepreneurs with a passion for building a unique niche in the home furnishings industry founded Budget Blinds. Brent Hallock, his twin brother Chad, Tony Forbes, Todd Jackson, and David Lewis banded together to dedicate themselves to the lifestyle they'd dreamed of. In the early years, they ran Budget Blinds out of a small apartment. By combining their industry experience and people skills, they pounded the pavement the old-fashioned way to grow the company into what it is today—America’s #1 window coverings franchise with over 1,000 consultants throughout the U.S. and Canada. When they finally decided to sell the company, it sold for $500 million. With extensive knowledge and experience in the home improvement industry, each of the founders brought their individual strengths to the table and remained involved in the day-to-day operations. Brent dives into the story of the company's inception, the equal split attitude all the co-founders adopted, how the day to day work was handled, and so much more. He has remained humble, kind, and caring throughout this journey; money has not changed him. His gratitude is apparent, and his smiley demeanor is contagious, and he is one heck of a success story. Click here to watch the episode of Undercover Boss which features Budget Blinds, here is a Forbes article which highlights Brent and his friends who founded the company, and most fun of all, he has an IMDb page. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
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Canadian Mom and Pitcher Lauren Regula: Third Time's a Charm
1:09:18Lauren Regula’s first appearance with softball Team Canada came at the 1999 Junior World Championships in Taipei. She joined the senior national team in 2002, helping Canada to a ninth-place finish at the world championships. She made her Olympic debut at Athens 2004, starting five games and being in the winning pitcher in all three of Canada’s victories. Following a fifth-place finish at the 2006 World Championships, Regula missed the entire 2007 season with a wrist injury. But she was healthy enough to return to the Olympic Games at Beijing 2008, helping Canada to a fourth-place finish as she recorded two victories. After the heartbreaking loss in the bronze medal game in Beijing, Regula retired and didn’t pick up a ball for eight years. She started a family, having three kids. She has since been open about the postpartum depression she began to suffer from in 2012. It continued until 2018 when she says she hit “rock bottom” and finally got the help she needed in the form of therapy and hormone therapy. After a long road to recovery, she has said she feels like she has “a new lease on life”. It was in 2016, while she was still struggling with postpartum depression, that Regula came out of retirement and pitched her way back to a starting role with Team Canada, winning a bronze medal at the WBSC World Championships. In late 2018, she suffered a small tear in her left hip labrum and did not throw again until she was invited to join Canada’s training camp from which the 2020 Olympic team would be selected. In her third Olympic appearance, Regula pitched 5.1 innings in three games. She struck out seven and did not give up a single hit or run as Canada won the bronze medal. Regula played collegiately at Oklahoma State University, primarily as a pitcher but also in the outfield when not on the circle. Over her four seasons with the Cowgirls she was a member of the All-Big12 conference team each year. In her senior season in 2003, she struck out 451 batters on her way to a 26-10 record, was awarded the OSU Female Athlete of the Year and named a First Team All-American. After having finished at OSU, Regula joined the National Pro Fastpitch league for two seasons. She posted the first no-hitter in Chicago Bandits history in 2005 on her way to a 17-1 record, earning Pitcher of the Year honours. In this episode, Lauren breaks down her struggles with guilt over being away for the Games, her love of her family, what gives her strength and drive, and shares the importance of perseverance in the face of hardship. She's such an inspiration, sharing lessons we can all apply in our every day life about the importance of showing up for yourself, surrounding yourself with people who also support you, and giving yourself the grace to be the best version of you that you can be. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Dr. James Shapiro: Type 1 Diabetes and the Edmonton Protocol
57:01James Shapiro obtained his medical degree from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, and trained in surgery at the University of Bristol. After coming to Canada in 1993, he received training in liver transplantation and hepatobiliary surgery at the University of Alberta, and earned a PhD in Experimental Surgery. Shapiro developed a brand new approach to optimize islet cell transplant engraftment that involved a radical departure from previous practice. Of almost 300 islet transplants attempted before 1999, fewer than 10% of these worked in patients. His protocol was designed to address many of the previous shortcomings by transplanting sufficient numbers of islets into the liver by using multiple donors, and by testing a novel anti-rejection strategy that avoided steroids and allowed the transplanted islets to work at their best. The result became known internationally as the ‘Edmonton Protocol.’ Shapiro led the clinical team that tested his approach in seven initial patients, all of whom (100%) were able to discontinue the need for insulin injections for periods beyond a year. He was the lead author in the landmark paper published in July, 2000 that described these results. Since then, he and his team have transplanted almost 300 Canadians and have continued to refine and optimize the protocol. This treatment has been replicated many times internationally, and over 2000 patients worldwide have now received islet transplants using the backbone of his protocol. A large ‘registration’ trial conducted in Canada and the USA reported its positive findings in 2016 in the Journal Diabetes Care. Countries including England, Scotland, France, Switzerland, Australia, and Canada have approved and funded islet transplantation as part of ‘standard of care’ for patients with brittle, difficult-to-control, forms of Type 1 diabetes. Since the development of the Edmonton Protocol, he has led or co-led three major ongoing international multicentre clinical trials to further improve islet transplantation outcomes. He leads the Edmonton team, which is the largest islet transplantation team worldwide. Shapiro also led the first-in-human stem cell transplant trials in Edmonton, Canada in 2014, and continues to refine stem cell transplantation approaches in patients. So far these studies are proving both promising and safe when tested in Canadians. In his basic science laboratory, Professor Shapiro developed a new means to transplant cells beneath the skin by using a temporary tube to induce new blood vessels to grow. Before then, islet transplants beneath the skin failed universally, but this treatment is now known as the ‘Deviceless Technique’. In liver transplantation research, Shapiro and his team recently conducted two trials in Edmonton of a new machine designed to incubate and keep donated human livers alive outside the body before transplantation. This technology is radically altering our ability to rescue damaged livers and provide safer livers for transplant. It is also allowing these transplants to happen during regular daylight hours. Professor Shapiro further led a cross-Canadian research team to test similar technologies in heart, lung, kidney and pancreas transplantations as part of the Canadian National Transplant Research Project. His busy research lab is currently working on more than 30 projects and 15 human clinical trials. One is an exciting immune reset trial. In this study, people newly diagnosed with type 1 diabetes are given a combination of targeted medications designed to reset their immune system and repair the pancreas. Besides maintaining an active immunology/transplant research laboratory, Dr. Shapiro has a busy clinical practice specializing in hepatobiliary and pancreatic surgery, surgical oncology, as well as transplant surgery, and was featured in an internationally acclaimed movie about organ transplantation called ‘Memento Mori.’ A shorter length version of this called ‘Vital Bonds’ was aired last year across Canada by the CBC’s David Suzuki’s 'The Nature of Things'. An edited version called ‘Transplanting Hope’ has been aired across the USA as part of PBS. This movie is helping to raise awareness about organ donation. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Earn A Board Position! Chantel Cabaj from DirectHer tells you how
46:17Lawyer turned entrepreneur, advocate and community builder, mom and wife, Chantel works to make complex things easy to understand and inclusive by listening to, learning from and connecting to other people. She is an educator who is driven by empowering others through knowledge, facilitating discussion and creating community. In this episode, Chantel breaks down the fundamentals of why a diverse group of people makes for the best team in a board room, the three pillars that DirectHer focuses on to build great leaders, and some of the shortcomings that women are still faced with when trying to participate on a board, whether it's a non-for-profit, for-profit, or serving on a committee. For more on Chantel and her work with DirectHer, visit their website, or follow her on LinkedIn.or on Twitter. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Family, Friends, Food, and Fate with Meg Tucker
51:49Meg Tucker has been creating shared experiences through media for over twenty years. Creator of the Shaw TV original kids cooking show Just One Bite, and a top twenty-five finalist on Masterchef Canada, Meg’s catchy enthusiasm for life brings joy to everyone she meets in front of and behind her kitchen counter. When the world shifted in March 2020, Meg made the ultimate pivot to build a food community called Cook with Meg. Today, Meg brings her years of experience and talents together providing live and on-demand cooking classes for adults, families and children in four countries. Meg’s following of kitchen keeners come back, again and again, to create and cultivate their culinary cool. Whether it’s baking something yummy, or crafting a savoury dish, Meg’s passion goes far beyond teaching people how to cook. It’s to help people relax, develop life skills, practice patience, and build self-esteem by making fun and delicious dishes in the kitchen together. No matter where you live, Meg says everyone can connect through making and sharing food. To do that, Meg carefully designs her cooking classes and camps in ways that help people to connect with their inner chef and the people around them. For more on Meg and her work, visit her website, or follow her on Instagram and Pinterest. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Standing with Health Care Workers with Melanie Hibbard
42:44Melanie is the Executive Director with DRIFCan, but her involvement with the organization and the diabetes community does not stop there. After both of her sons were diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes, Melanie saw the impact of the disease on her boys first-hand and became involved with volunteering with the diabetes community. She has participated in many community initiatives, including a kids’ walk program aimed at raising awareness for T1D in schools and various other fundraisers. Her involvement within diabetes organizations has ranged from board member, chair of outreach to mentorship for newly diagnosed families and community walks. After many years in the banking industry, Melanie made the transition to put her efforts fully into the diabetes community. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends. Some of her favourite things to do are skiing, camping, and taking road trips. In this episode, Melanie gives insight into her experience during the COVID-19 pandemic witnessing the mistreatment of health care workers during her visits to the hospital on behalf of her son, who was sick was an unrelated illness made worse by his diabetes. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Schoena Strudwick and Her Stunning Fertility Journey
1:15:37Schoena Johnson was raised in Elk Mountain, Wyoming, population 109, with one paved road and three surnames: Johnson, Jones and Palm. She grew up showing pigs, shooting rifles and chasing after her two older brothers. She met Jason Strudwick through friends of friends, and after a three-year courtship, married in 2006. This is their story of the family they worked so hard and sacrificed much to build. This is the story of the winding road that led to the love they share with their three children, all while Jason was playing in the NHL, and Schoena was starting her own business, Yo Mama Maternity, which focuses on fashion for pregnant women, and more recently, nursing apparel. In this episode, Schoena gives us insight into their struggle with fertility, exploring every option, the mental hardships of trying for pregnancy, the beautiful story of their adoption of their son Cain, and so much more. Schoena has an absolutely amazing sense of humour, but also her humility, her selfless way she approaches motherhood, and her grace and thankfulness of everything she has is always shining through. This is an episode you won't want to miss, filled with hardships, laughter, and so much love. For more on Schoena, follow her on Instagram, Twitter, or visit the Yo Mama Maternity website. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Budget Blinds Founder Brent Hallock: Five friends Turn $5,000 into a $500 Million Business
1:00:33In 1992, five young friends and entrepreneurs with a passion for building a unique niche in the home furnishings industry founded Budget Blinds. Brent Hallock, his twin brother Chad, Tony Forbes, Todd Jackson, and David Lewis banded together to dedicate themselves to the lifestyle they'd dreamed of. In the early years, they ran Budget Blinds out of a small apartment. By combining their industry experience and people skills, they pounded the pavement the old-fashioned way to grow the company into what it is today—America’s #1 window coverings franchise with over 1,000 consultants throughout the U.S. and Canada. When they finally decided to sell the company, it sold for $500 million. With extensive knowledge and experience in the home improvement industry, each of the founders brought their individual strengths to the table and remained involved in the day-to-day operations. Brent dives into the story of the company's inception, the equal split attitude all the co-founders adopted, how the day to day work was handled, and so much more. He has remained humble, kind, and caring throughout this journey; money has not changed him. His gratitude is apparent, and his smiley demeanor is contagious, and he is one heck of a success story. Click here to watch the episode of Undercover Boss which features Budget Blinds, here is a Forbes article which highlights Brent and his friends who founded the company, and most fun of all, he has an IMDb page. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
This Is 50!
53:28On this very special bonus episode of The Inner Circle, I have some things to share with you. It's my 50th birthday! I’ve completed another trip around the sun and as I do, it’s time for me to embrace a new decade. Friends.. this is 50! I compiled 10 lessons from my 5 decades on Earth to share with you all. Here are some things I know now that I may not have known then. Ten Lessons from Carrie Doll: Age is Just a Number Your Health is Your Wealth; Treat Your Body With Respect Your Thoughts Create Your Reality Communication is Our Most Important Skill: Talk About the Tough Stuff Judgement is a relationship Killer Time is Our Most Precious Commodity Are You Living Your Passion? Education Comes in All different Forms Practice Gratitude Tell People You Love Them See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Chef Lawrence Duran: Cooking for Life and Mark Wahlberg
59:49We often do not see the opportunities that will grace our lives and take us on a path far better than we could ever dream of and for Southern California native Chef Lawrence Duran, that is exactly what happened. Becoming a Chef was inevitable, but becoming a personal chef for The Wahlbergs was destiny. As a child growing up in the valley of the Angels, before he could call himself ‘Chef’’, Lawrence Duran endured the subtle pressure of cooking for himself. With his mother working long hours and a grumbling tummy, he knew he had to eat. McDonalds would suffice many nights, but his taste buds yearned for more – something home cooked, so he rolled up his sleeves and went to work. His hands were his tools and his imagination was the fuel to his kitchen masterpieces. He drew inspiration from Julia Childs and Thomas Keller while they played on the television, but his biggest inspiration is his grandmother. He remembers being on the kitchen floor playing with pots and pans while she prepared and cooked for their family. “We have a large family. With 7 kids of her own and several grandchildren, she was always cooking. Every time someone would walk through the door, she would make sure they had something to eat”. As Lawrence grew older, he continued to learn his grandmothers’ methods of cooking and incorporated them into his own unique style, ultimately molding him into the chef he is today. During the latter years of his education, Duran transferred high schools and went on to live with his father. Entering a new high school was not the most ideal situation for him, but little did he know, he was exactly where he was supposed to be. He befriended a boy named Christian, who happened to be the son of the owner of a very well-known catering company in Los Angeles and after graduation, Lawrence began working for Christian’s fathers catering company. Simultaneously he worked in construction which funded his time at The Kitchen Academy in Hollywood in the evenings. Juggling construction and culinary school was difficult, but he knew nothing great comes without hard work, so he resiliently continued. As fate would have it, Mark Wahlberg was in need of a private chef and was friends with the owner of the catering company Duran worked for, Mario’s Catering Company. Mario highly recommended Lawrence to Mr.Wahlberg and Mr.Wahlberg agreed to let Lawrence demonstrate his skill level. He would work construction from 3am – 1pm then prep and serve The Wahlberg’s from 3pm-7pm for 6 months until he became full time and quit construction. “Time management is extremely crucial when you’re preparing food for multiple people or preparing certain dishes. Giving yourself ample time, even down to one tenth of a second, to get each task done is very important and that’s why I love my MTM Predator Watch.” says Duran. “The three chronographs assist me often and allow me to work faster and more precise. Sometimes I feel like I’m a professional multi-tasker” chuckles Duran. “Sure, I know my ingredients beforehand, but everything needs to cook for an exact amount of time. My Predator keeps me on top of it. I rinse off food without the worry of getting it wet, I can bang it on literally anything and it doesn’t get scratched or break. This thing is stylish and rugged, that’s why I really like it. Special Operations don’t just happen in the battlefield, they happen in the kitchen too!” For more on Chef Duran, read up on these Messermeister and Spiceology articles on his renowned cooking skills, or follow him on Instagram. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Blair Dorsey’s Journey from Lawyer, to CEO of a Multi-Million Dollar Business, to Stay at Home Mom
1:08:53Blair Dorsey started her entrepreneurial career at the age of four when she would draw, make jewelry, or sell other trinkets to the captive audience that worked for her dad. While most kids enjoy taking a break during summer or other school days off, Blair would go to work with her dad and spend her day shadowing different department heads and coming up with business plans. Blair worked her way up in the company and was on the payroll by age eight. Growing up with a father who taught, encouraged, and fostered an entrepreneurial mindset gave Blair the foundation and drive to excel in school so that she could one day be a business leader herself. A California native, Blair grew up in Irvine and graduated top of her class from University High School. From there, Blair continued the family tradition of Trojans and studied at the University of Southern California. Not quite ready for the real world, Blair decided to further her education at Chapman University School of Law where she earned her JD and became a member of the California Bar a few months after graduation. Blair married her high school sweetheart, Donovan, the following May and a year later they started building their family. Donovan and Blair moved to Las Vegas when their first son was one month old and took advantage of the fallen housing market by buying up to seven houses a day at the auction steps. Two and a half years and another son later the economy was on a rebound and the Dorsey’s were eager to return to California and to start their next business venture. The Dream Junction is the brainchild of six family members: Dad, Brother Trevor, Aunt Jullie, Uncle Paul, Donovan, and Blair. With Blair leading the way as CEO, The Dream Junction grew from an idea to a multimillion-dollar company within a few short years. Today The Dream Junction does digital printing on textiles for some of the world’s largest e-commerce and brick-and-mortar stores. Chances are, if you have bought a shirt from a Facebook link or design-your-own site, The Dream Junction was behind the scenes doing both the printing and the fulfillment of your order. With the internal need to constantly improve, innovate, and disrupt, Blair founded another company in 2016 that revolutionized the direct-to-garment printing industry with their invention of the OvalJet printer. The OvalJet is now powering The Dream Junction and has been the belle of the ball at printing and textile conventions world-wide. Today Blair, Donovan, their two sons (ages 6 and 7), and daughter (age 3) live in San Juan Capistrano and spend summers at their home on the lake in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. The Dream Junction has an office for the Dorsey kids as they beg to spend time at “the working shop”. Nothing could make Blair happier than continuing the tradition of working along side of her children and teaching them how to be business leaders themselves. For more on Blair and her work, visit the Dream Junction website. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.