The BOOST Podcast: Inspiring Stories of Professional and Personal Growth from Entrepreneurs, Athletes and Healthcare Pros

The BOOST Podcast is a weekly podcast where Elena Lipson chats with real people about their professional and personal growth. Elena has benefited from intentionally blending her professional and personal growth. She grew her consulting business, Mosaic Growth Partners, to six figures in her first six months while living her best life, traveling, sight-seeing and closing deals in DC, Miami and California. If you’re looking for ways to accelerate your professional and personal progress, BOOST will provide inspiring stories from entrepreneurs, athletes, healthcare professionals and real people like you. Each episode features a guest who shares their growth story - how it started, stall points, and strategies for maintaining their mental and physical health while intensely growing their business. To hear real stories from real people that will inspire you to find your passion and thrive and to get your BOOST BONUS, join the BOOST Squad at
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Dec 4, 2017

I'm excited to introduce today’s featured guest, Katherine Tallmadge. Katherine is a licensed and registered dietician. She founded Personalized Nutrition in 1984, which designs nutrition, weight loss and wellness programs for individuals, corporations, and restaurants.

She’s also the author of Diet Simple and an award-winning journalist, regularly contributing to The Washington Post, US News and World ReportPolitico, and others.  You may have also seen her on TV as she’s been featured on CNN, many of the major network news programs, PBS, and The Daily Show.

Given Katherine’s unique professional qualifications — she has a B.S in Dietetics and Nutrition, an M.A. degree in Behavioral Sciences, and a second M.A. degree in Journalism and Public Affairs — it’s not surprising that The Washington Post and Harper’s Bazaar have named her the "Best Nutritionist".

Her appearance on the show today couldn’t be more timely. The holidays are here and in addition to friends, family, and fun, it can also mean more stress and more food. Katherine is going to share some tips to help us maintain our sanity and ensure that we still fit into our jeans at the end of the year. 

Nov 13, 2017

Today’s featured guest is Rick Jackson from Riverside Health System. Rick is the Executive Director of the Riverside Center for Excellence in Aging and Lifelong Health, which helps older adults and their families make informed decisions about their health and wellbeing. Their services range from providing geriatric assessments, to teaching individuals with chronic conditions how to manage their symptoms, to providing a haven of resources and education for caregivers. They make a complex system of services more easily accessible through education, referrals and individualized, person-centered services, tailored to the unique needs of aging adults and their families.

Rick is also the Executive Director of ChooseHome, which is Riverside’s Continuing Care at Home program, which allows qualified individuals 60 and older to live in their homes, while providing them with the resources of a health system so that they can stay healthy as they age. In addition to these programs, Riverside Health System, which is based in Virginia, operates a medical center and three Continuing Care Retirement Communities.

On today’s show, Rick shares how Riverside is personalizing care for older adults and the role that technology, and specifically LivWell Health, have played in helping more adults age healthily and safely in the setting of their choice.  

Oct 9, 2017

Today’s featured guest is Sharie Torres. Sharie is a Registered Nurse from Hawaii and has worked in a large healthcare system there for 20 years. She acts as a Utilization Manager and has witnessed first-hand how technology has helped one of the largest providers in the nation improve their workflow and referral management processes.

As health systems increasingly make the transition from paper-based processes to digitized solutions, they experience common challenges. Today's podcast explores how Sharie and her team have integrated new technology into their workflow.  She outlines the challenges and benefits, and offers advice for coordinators who are considering digitizing their paper-based workflows. 

Sep 25, 2017

Today’s featured guest is Denise Rabidoux, President and CEO of EHM Senior Solutions. EHM Senior Solutions is a not-for-profit organization with a history dating back to 1879. Formerly known as Evangelical Homes of Michigan, EHM operates senior living, Medicare At Home and private-duty LifeChoices Programs.

EHM is one of the industry leaders in the movement of what is called Life Plan Communities, formerly known as Continuing Care Retirement Communities (or CCRCs) without walls. These programs allow healthy active older adults to maintain their independence at home, but also enable them to make arrangements for long-term care in the event of a change in their acuity. 

Throughout its long history, EHM has always worked to stay focused on the client and involve them in the organization’s transformation. They’ve made it a priority to listen to the customers' voice above their own, especially during times of strategic planning and discernment.

Denise has led the organization for the majority of its transformation from a focus on skilled nursing centers and nursing homes to what EHM is today. She’s known nationally for her ability to work with a team of employees to transform existing programs and build new ones that focus on technology and innovation and a high-tough approach to the array of services and solutions that EHM Senior Solutions provide. From serving 660 seniors in 2000 to nearly 6,000 seniors each year today, EHM is committed to saving individuals no matter where they are on life’s journey and no matter where they call home.

Sep 25, 2017

We are in for a treat with today’s featured guest, Alex Go. Alex is the CEO and Co-founder of LivWell Health, a technology-enabled service provider that assists seniors to live independently at home and also for families seeking assistance in their care. Their goal is to make caregiving easier for the 44 million Americans that are caring for older adults and special needs children. LivWell Health partners with senior service providers to expand the markets they serve with the goals of enhancing revenue and improving staff productivity.

Prior to starting LivWell Health, Alex had more than 20 years of experience in strategic planning, sales and management consulting, and healthcare IT. He previously led Intel Health’s market development team in the US and Asia.  But despite spending two decades in healthcare, it was actually Alex’s personal experience that led him to start LivWell Health, and we are going to hear more about that on today’s episode. We’ll dive into LivWell Health’s focus on bridging the gap between home and community-based services and the opportunities provided by a growing caregiving market.

Aug 7, 2017

Today’s featured guest is Tristan White. Tristan is the CEO and founder of The Physio Co, which helps Australian seniors stay mobile, safe, and happy. Onsite physiotherapy is their thing. In 2004, The Physio Co was just one person with a vision to change seniors' healthcare forever. Today, The Physio Co is ranked as Australia’s best place to work, has 100 team members and delivers over 200,000 physiotherapy consultations per year. 

Tristan is a qualified physiotherapist from the University of Melbourne. He has an MBA from Queensland University of Technology and a Masters degree from MIT for their Entrepreneurial Masters Program. Tristan also loves helping other people build strong cultures and be happier at work. He writes a blog called Culture is Everything, which Smart Company lists as one of Australia’s 25 Best Business Blogs and he is also a speaker. In today’s episode we hear all about Tristan’s work with The Physio Co as well as the systems he uses to create successful cultures in his organization and in others.

Jul 31, 2017

I am pumped to introduce today’s featured guest, Ronen Gafni. Ronen is a serial entrepreneur who grew up in the startup nation of Israel, trading on the stock market, operating a branding company, training companies, and more. He is the creator and founder of FreshBiz and the FreshBiz game developer as well. Ronen also co-authored the book, The New Entrepreneurz: Changing the Way You Play Life, and he is also a visionary global trainer, or business coach, as many like to call him. 

Ronen has been featured on TV, radio, and magazines talking about the future of business, and he has trained over 15,000 people across 20 countries on innovation and entrepreneurial thinking. As a keynote speaker and futurist, Ronen weaves together new approaches to business, education, design, and lifestyle. Today we dive into applying gaming to business by starting with lifestyle and designing the business model accordingly. We also go further into creating a business model based on partnerships, the role of game-based learning in entrepreneurship, the effect of culture on creative thinking, and much more.

Jul 24, 2017

I am so excited to introduce today’s featured guest, Courtney Kingston. Courtney is the founder of Kingston Family Vineyards in Casablanca Valley, Chile. She’s a graduate of Princeton University and she started her career as a consultant for Deloitte’s wine industry practice. There she began learning the ins and outs of the California wine business, and later as a student at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, she wrote the vineyard’s original business plan using the Chilean cattle ranch that her family had owned and operated since 1922. 

After many discussions about the feasibility of converting the family farm into a vineyard, Kingston Family Vineyards became a reality in 1998. Courtney and her husband, Andy, have three daughters and share their time between Portola Valley, California and Chile’s Casablanca Valley. Today Courtney shares the story how how it all began, as well as the ins and outs of what it’s really like to start and run your own vineyard.

Jul 17, 2017

Today’s featured guest is Jim Klopman. Jim is a lifelong innovator who has always been one of those people who thinks differently. He was born with brain damage, ADHD, and dyslexia and used athletics to overcome these challenges. After years of being an athlete and unsure of his purpose in life, Jim found his purpose and developed his own business called The SlackBow Balance Training System. 

After five years of development, Jim believes that with the right neural whole-body training to optimize the human balance system, everyone can improve physically and mentally, and can even live longer and feel younger. Prior to starting SlackBow, Jim worked as a VP of Marketing at Intera Corporation and at Russell Athletic as a Management Turnaround Specialist and Product Developer. Today Jim is here to share more about balance training and what the SlackBow System is all about.

Jul 10, 2017

Today on the show we welcome Stephanie Goetsch. Stephanie is the founder of Spark Career Strategy, which she launched in 2010. What began as a dedicated career coaching for "what’s next" professionals, blossomed into organizational development and human resources consulting, career and performance coaching, and group training offerings. As the name suggests, Stephanie delivers both spark and strategy to each company and client that she works with. She’s a lover of change, whether it’s changing minds with learning, changing careers with career coaching, changing business with innovation and design, or changing behaviors with performance coaching. 

Prior to launching her own business, she held a number of human resource positions in different organizations, including US Pharmacopeia and Chevy Chase Bank. She’s also a passionate supporter of the US Military and in 2016 she founded Call to Action, which is a non-profit organization that delivers exceptional career transition strategies to US veterans and military spouses to successfully leverage their unique talents for civilian careers. 

Jul 3, 2017

Today’s featured guest is John Lee. John is the co-founder of Capital Kombucha, which is Washington D.C.’s first kombucha brewery. He founded the company with two classmates from GW’s business school in 2012. Prior to business school, John worked as a structural engineer, which was a far cry from the world of healthy beverages. John and his co-founders identified a market in D.C. for the fermented sweetened tea drink that’s believed to support a healthy gut and strong immune system. 

Unlike the West Coast, which is saturated with these types of health and wellness beverages, D.C. was pretty low on kombucha offerings, yet had a very active, health-conscious population. So Capital Kombucha was born and they began selling their drinks at local markets before expanding to larger retail outlets, like Whole Foods and Safeway. Today they distribute to hundreds of locations from Virginia to New York, all along the mid-Atlantic. 

Jun 26, 2017

Today's featured guest is Tony Teegarden. Tony is an online marketing and lifestyle coach who works with coaches and experts, including me, to turn their expertise into high-ticket, online group coaching programs so they can leverage their time and enjoy life without being consumed by their business. His clients have generated millions in revenue over just a few short years, in dozens of niches. 

Tony has more than 20 years of sales experience, and his whole sales philosophy is based on serving your ideal prospect and providing value. He has a 100% happy client and result rate, in part because he only works with people who are open to the type of transformation that his program requires. I have benefited so much in the last few months from working with Tony so I knew I had to share his amazing expertise and my experience with all of you.

Jun 19, 2017

I am so fired up to introduce today’s featured guest, Carrie Rich. Carrie is the CEO and Co-founder of The Global Good Fund, which is built by and for social entrepreneurs. It was created in 2012 when Carrie was just 26 years old, based on the belief that growing leaders is the best strategy for solving complex social problems and achieving global good. The Global Good Fund leverages this vision by accelerating the development of high-potential young leaders through financial investment and by harnessing executive insights via a customized leadership development program. In 2017, over 24,000 high potential entrepreneurs from more than 100 countries applied for one of 12 fellowship positions with the Fund. 

Carrie wears a number of other hats as well, including published author and mentor-in-residence at GW University. She's also part of the faculty at GW and the Amani Institute in Kenya and a board member at several other organizations. Carrie's also won a number of honors, including the 2016 Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award, the POLITICO Women Who Rule Award, the Washington Business Journal 40 Under 40, Top 30 Startups to Watch, the Asian Social Innovation CEO of the Year, and others. The story of how the Global Good Fund came to be is truly amazing. 

Jun 12, 2017

Today on the show I am pleased to introduced Michael Sacca. Michael was President of Crew, which has sourced freelancers for over $30 million in design and development projects. Crew was just acquired by Dribbble, which is a community of creative designers who share small screenshots that show their work, process, and current projects. Michael led the negotiations for the acquisition of Crew and became the Head of Sales and Marketing at Dribbble. He's also the host of, a business podcast that's focused on inspiring entrepreneurs. 

Michael started his career by moving to LA and pursuing music. After three years of waiting tables and little success, he decided to teach himself to code and he used his coding skills to launch Tiny Factory, which is a web development agency that won clients like GE and Kobe Bryant. While running Tiny Factory, he started the Rocketship Podcast and built many other apps and products, some of which of have been acquired. 

Jun 5, 2017

Today I am excited to introduce today’s featured guest, Daniel Gefen. Daniel is the host of the Can I Pick Your Brain podcast, as well as the founder of Jet Virtual, a telephone answering service and virtual office business with locations all over the world. He is also the cofounder of Get Featured, which helps small brands go from obscurity to celebrity. Although he’s built a successful career, Daniel has certainly had his ups and downs, which we will get into today.  

At the age of 23, Daniel had a six-figure salary...right before he went broke and was evicted onto the streets of California with his wife and son. They returned to London where he took a job as a cashier for about a year before he couldn’t take it anymore and just had to get back to being an entrepreneur. Daniel started Jet Virtual and through persistence and a lot of cold calling, he grew the business. 

All was going well until one of his key team members abruptly quit and his landlord sold the building and he was told he needed to vacate the space. After those two blows, he wasn’t sure that he was going to be able to run the business, but then he got the idea to outsource his business to one of his competitors, and this allowed him to scale faster and eliminate his staff and equipment, thereby freeing him up to work from anywhere. Using this approach, he spent a year working out of a hotel lobby before he semi-retired on passive earnings at age 31. 

May 29, 2017

Today’s featured guest is Josh Linkner. Josh has spent his career harnessing the power of creative disruption. His journey has been non-traditional at every step. As the founder and CEO of five tech companies, Josh built his businesses from a blank page into a combined value of over $200 million. As a hyper-growth CEO of over 20 years, he’s used innovative approaches to topple competitors, fight through adversity, and achieve at the highest levels. 

In addition to his own startups, Josh has been involved with the launch, growth or financing of over 100 other companies. He’e helped raise over $150 million of venture capital and has mentored leaders and entrepreneurs through the struggles of explosive growth. He is the founding partner of Detroit Venture Partners, which invests in tech startups as a platform to help rebuild his beloved hometown of Detroit, Michigan. He’s also the founder and CEO of ePrize where Josh built the largest digital promotion agency in the world, serving 74 of the top 100 brands. 

Working with many of the most progressive CMO’s in the world, he’s a pioneer in digital marketing, winning dozens of awards for groundbreaking innovation at the intersection of technology and advertising. Josh is also an internationally recognized thought leader and a top-rated keynote speaker on innovation, creativity, reinvention, and hyper-growth leadership. His keynotes are focused not only on inspiring audiences but also sharing actionable strategies to drive meaningful outcomes. He is also a two-time New York Times best-selling author of three books, he’s a weekly contributor to Inc. MagazineForbes, and the Detroit Free Press, and a professional jazz guitarist. He has twice been named the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year, and is a President Obama Champion of Change Award recipient. 

May 22, 2017

Today’s featured guest is Ben Foster. Ben is a full-time product advisor who’s currently working with over a dozen start-ups up and down the East Coast, through his firm, Foster Innovation. He has a top notch reputation amongst entrepreneurs and venture capitalists who are eager to get his guidance as they scale their companies.

Previously, Ben was the VP of Product Management and User Experience at OPower, a company he helped lead to a $1 billion IPO and was later bought by Oracle. Ben started his career in the first big Internet boom and rose through the ranks at eBay in the early 2000’s and he hasn’t looked back since.

May 15, 2017

Today’s featured guest is Sally Hogshead. Sally skyrocketed to the top of the advertising profession in her early 20’s. By age 24 she was the most award-winning advertising copywriter in the U.S. Her campaigns for brands such as MINI Cooper, Nike, Godiva, and Coca-Cola have fascinated millions of consumers. At the age of 27, she opened her first ad agency and her work still hangs in the Smithsonian Museum of American History. 

Drawing upon this remarkable branding legacy, Sally developed The Fascination Advantage, which is the first algorithm to measure personal brands, and unlike traditional personality assessments such as Meyers-Briggs or Strengthsfinder, Sally’s test does not measure how you see the world, but how the world sees you. She frequently appears in national media, including NBC’s Today Show and The New York Times. She was named the #1 brand guru in the world, and her practical marketing system now lives inside organizations such as IBM, Twitter, and the YMCA as well as thousands of small businesses. 

The science of fascination is based on Sally’s decades of research with dozens of Fortune 500 teams, hundreds of small business, and over 1,000 C-level executives. Her newest book, Fascinate: How to Make Your Brand Impossible to Resist, is a New York Times bestseller. Sally is one of only 172 living members of the Speaker Hall of Fame, which is the global speaking industry’s highest award for professional excellence. 

May 8, 2017

Today on the podcast we are delighted to welcome Jay Newton-Small. Jay is the co-founder of MemoryWell, which is an online platform that empowers caregivers to provide compassionate and empathetic care. They do this by having journalists tell the stories of people who can’t tell their own, which helps caregivers understand them and improve their quality of life. MemoryWell was launched in September of 2016, and it’s off to a really impressive start. Just a few weeks ago, in March 2017, Jay and her team took home the top prize of $130,000 in the Launch category at the Inaugural WeWork Awards. 

Prior to her life as a startup founder, Jay served as the Washington correspondent for Time Magazine and is also the author of Broad Influence: How Women are Changing the Way America Works. Jay has written about everything from Washington politics to foreign policy and national trends. She’s covered stories on five continents for Time from conflicts in the Middle East to the earthquake in Haiti, to the Scottish Independence Movement, and attacks in Paris. She has also covered the 2008 and 2012 presidential campaigns for Time, as well as Congress and the White House, and interviewed numerous heads of state, including Presidents Obama, and George W. Bush, along with senators, governors, and foreign dignitaries. She has written more than half a dozen Time cover stories and contributed to dozens of others. Jay is also still a regular contributor on MSNBC and CNN and continues to contribute to Time Magazine

May 1, 2017

Today’s featured guest is Bob London, the founder and CEO of Chief Listening Officers, which helps mid-sized B2B tech and professional services firms in the software, SaaS, data, financial services, and healthcare sectors really listen to their customers and develop marketing strategies that speak to them. Bob is a 20-year marketing leader who pioneered the outsourced chief marketing officer concept in 2003 when he founded London, Ink., a B2B marketing consultancy. He’s worked with, advised, and mentored dozens of small and mid-sized companies on their marketing strategy and execution, serving as an interim or part-time CMO. 

Bob wears a number of other hats as well, including serving as an Entrepreneur in Residence at the University of Maryland’s Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship. He’s mentors and advises numerous startup companies, he speaks at a ton of events, and he publishes the DriveTime Marketing video blog, as well as Bobservations, a blog series that looks at the often humorous intersection of business and life. 

Apr 24, 2017

On today’s episode, our featured guest is Frances Cole Jones. Frances is the author of How to Wow: Proven Strategies for Selling your Brilliant Self in any Situation, and Wow Your Way Into the Job of Your Dreams. She is also the creator of Interview Wow, which is an iOS app. Forbes voted Frances' blog one of the top 100 websites for women. In 2014, voted Frances one of the top five speakers in communication. She's an etiquette expert, a job interview expert, and a body language expert.

Frances founded her company, Cole Media Management, in 1997. The company's focus is on helping clients catch their customers' attention and keep their trust. She helps prep her clients for TV and print interviews, IPO roadshows, investor meetings, and internal meetings. In today’s episode, Frances joins us to talk about improving your communication skills, business growth strategies, and the role of meditation in her life.

Apr 17, 2017

I am so thrilled to introduce today’s featured guest, Julia Landauer. Julia is a two-time champion NASCAR racer from New York City. Since making history at the age of 14 as the youngest and first female driving champion from the Skip Barber Racing Series, Julia has explored and won in all types of racing, from go-karts, to formula cars, to stock cars. Now at 25-years-old, Julia has her NASCAR license and is making history with her wins in a local NASCAR series in Virginia. 

In the K&N Series, Julia finished fourth in the series championship, becoming the highest-finishing female in the series’ 62-year history. Julia is the only woman among 11 drivers picked in the 2016-17 NASCAR Next Program that highlights future stars. As she climbs the NASCAR ladder, Julia uses her racing platform to continue advocating for women in sports and STEM, for education and following your dreams despite hurdles. She is a graduate of Stanford University and was recently selected as one of the 2017 Forbes 30 Under 30 honorees. 

Today Julia joins us to talk about her story of becoming a professional race car driver and how she followed her dreams despite the doubt from others in her life. She believes in building an authentic brand and truly believing in yourself to follow the path that is best for you. 

Apr 10, 2017

On today’s episode, our featured guest is Stephan Sherman. Stephan is the founder and Creative Chief Officer of Super Evil Megacorp, which is a gaming and eSports developer. The company’s first title, Vainglory, quickly rose to become the world’s largest mobile eSport app after it’s global launch in early 2015. 

In less than a year, Vainglory has held live competitive gaming events around the world, and it has received numerous accolades, including Apple’s best apps in 2014 and 2015, the Apple design award at World Wide Developers Conference, the IMGA’s best technical achievement at People’s Choice Awards, and the Tabby Award for best iPad game. 

The company has also raised more than $41M in funding and is based in San Mateo, California. Prior to founding Super Evil Megacorp and running it’s creative design and programming, Stephan worked as an engineer and programmer for the last 15 years at companies including Riot Games, Slipgate Ironworks, and Gazillion Entertainment. 

Stephan joins us today to talk about the two different business models within gaming and what the future trends will be for the industry. He also shares the specific growth tactics Super Evil Megacorp used to grow the business and why partnering is such an essential component to building up a company. Stephan leaves off the conversation with his final piece of guidance to any new or potential startup founders, encouraging them to simply give it a try.

Apr 3, 2017

Today’s featured guest is Patrick Freuler, the founder, and CEO of Audicus, which offers high-tech, affordable hearing aids by selling them straight to consumers, online. Audicus is changing the way hearing loss is diagnosed and treated by providing remote hearing test solutions, which they do by offering free hearing test apps on desktops and iOS. This unique model is truly disrupting the hearing aid industry. In fact, it is so disruptive that Audicus has become the leading eCommerce retailer of hearing aids and has saved consumers more than $30 million to date.  

On top of that, Patrick recently pitched to Sir Richard Branson on Necker Island alongside only a handful of companies in the Extreme Tech Challenge. Patrick was born in Switzerland but he was raised in and went to school in Brazil and Amsterdam. He holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Aerospace Engineering from MIT and before Audicus he worked as a private equity healthcare investor at Bain Capital and also as a Strategy Consultant at McKinsey.

Patrick joins us today to talk about the three things that everyone should know about Audicus, including how they are streamlining the hearing aid acquisition process with a consumer- centric focus. He shares how Audicus is revolutionizing the hearing aid industry by taking a completely new approach and offering consumers an alternative to purchasing hearing aids. Patrick outlines exactly how they were able to grow Audicus by tapping into the tech- enabled, younger consumer segment with their unique business model. The press and word of mouth that the company received from this approach was what really put Audicus on the map.

Ultimately, Audicus is all about bringing people together by taking a consumer-based focus to their branding. Patrick also shares how they aim to educate their consumers to take healthcare decisions into their own hands to have a drastic improvement in their quality of life.

Mar 27, 2017

Today's featured guest, Daronte Jones, has experienced a meteoric rise in his career. He just finished his first season as an assistant defensive backs coach for the Miami Dolphins. Daronte shares just what it's taken to ascend from a high school coach to the coaching staff of a professional football team. Whether you're a fan of football or not, this is an intriguing conversation filled with practical advice for those looking to pursue their passion at all costs.

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