Women Entrepreneurs

Podcast Episode 60 - How an Interview with Hulk Hogan on Their Wedding Day Started a $40 Million Business with Jeff and Ally Davidson of Camp Gladiator

Podcast Episode 60 - How an Interview with Hulk Hogan on Their Wedding Day Started a $40 Million Business with Jeff and Ally Davidson of Camp Gladiator

When Ally Davidson woke up on the morning of her wedding day, she had no idea the journey that God had prepared for her, nor did she anticipate it would start with a tryout for the television show American Gladiator that very same day. Fast forward a few years and Camp Gladiator has over 3500 locations across the country with over 100,000 members. Tune in to hear the story of Jeff and Ally Davidson—how interacting with Hulk Hogan jump started their business, how they’ve seen community and exercise drastically affect people’s lives, and how their faith impacts everything they do.

Podcast Episode 45 - How to Shorten Your Time in the Desert: Julie Barrios, Founder of Nuos Formation

Podcast Episode 45 - How to Shorten Your Time in the Desert: Julie Barrios, Founder of  Nuos Formation

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We find the team chatting with Julie Barrios, of Nuos Formation, a spiritual formation enterprise focused on helping the entrepreneur develop healthy inner lives as part of purposeful living as a faith-driven entrepreneur.

Why Passion Isn’t the Holy Grail of Work

Why Passion Isn’t the Holy Grail of Work

“Our cultural obsession with passion as a prerequisite for work threatens to cut vocational formation off at the head. In other words, if we insist on using passion as a measure for what we ought to do—or worse, proverbially prostrate to passion as if it were the holy grail of work—we will stunt the rate at which we try things, iterate, and reflect. Trying things, iterating, and reflecting are some of our greatest tools for learning about how God is forming us and fitting us for this world.”

Purposed worKING: Bold Moves pt.2 - Taking It To the Streets

Purposed worKING: Bold Moves pt.2 - Taking It To the Streets

In this post, Rusty Rueff shares one of his daily devotional blog posts. Jesus told us to go and make disciples. Rusty was reminded of this fact with the inspiring strategy Coco Channel used in her initial marketing plan to launch her business. Take a look to read more.

A Second Chance at Weifield Electrical

A Second Chance at Weifield Electrical

In this Monday’s video, we take a look at Weifield Electrical’s amazing work to end poverty in Denver — through its hiring. The company offers 4 years of job training and a long career to those out of the penal system. A win for the company’s own workforce development but as Karla Nugent (Partner and Chief Business Development Officer) emphasizes — it’s a second chance for someone to get their life back on track!

Seasons Change…But God

Seasons Change…But God

Be inspired and encouraged after reading a little bit of Brittany Norman’s entrepreneurial story through many seasons of change. Things don’t always go as planned and many times we’re not sure which direction to go. BUT GOD is always with us, guiding, and providing.

Podcast Episode 24 - Interview with Nancy Duarte

Podcast Episode 24 - Interview with Nancy Duarte

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This is a special episode for us. One, we think, definitely worth hearing. Why? Well there are few things more important in our lives than effective story telling.

There are few better people (maybe no one??) that do a better job at helping people tell their stories than Nancy Duarte from Duarte Design. They help CEOs of Fortune 100 companies tell their stories, and maybe something more impressive: they are the “go-to” firm to help TED presenters tell their stories well.

"One of the best investments"

"One of the best investments"

Undoubtedly, you've come to understand that we are big fans of chaplaincy here at FDE.  Here's a video from one of entrepreneurs that Corporate Chaplains of America works with.  At Bandwidth, our first interaction with Corporate Chaplains of America was 10 years ago when Jeff Brown started visiting us every other Friday morning.  His impact on our staff was HUGE.  We'll tell that story on an upcoming blog.  In the meantime, please enjoy this video about Janet Ward Black's experience.

VLOG, behind the scenes of the FDE podcast at Duarte Design

Good morning all!  To continue the practice of having Monday's blog be a bit more lighthearted, here's a quick 2 minute video on the making of the FDE podcast....though this is one without Rusty.   The VLOG concept is, in part, a reaction to David Morken's insistence that I'm actually not a great writer, and that I write, like I speak (he's probably right).

A Well-Designed Journal Can Change Your Life

A Well-Designed Journal Can Change Your Life

Mica May, founder and CEO of May Designs, took in what she just heard. The stern instructions came to her from Tory Johnson, a regular contributor on ABC’s Good Morning America. She needed samples of May’s notebooks for a feature she was hosting on gift ideas.

At the time, May was a staff-of-one, a scrappy entrepreneur working from her home. Thrilled about this opportunity for increased publicity, she shipped off a few of her classic notebook designs.

But then the show aired.

Do You Need to Tame the Lion? Entrepreneurial Liturgies for Relying on God

Do You Need to Tame the Lion? Entrepreneurial Liturgies for Relying on God

Missy Wallace’s Entrepreneur Support Group can occasionally seem like an AA meeting since the emotional vacillation of “entrepreneurism” can feel like something from which to recover. She has found that some “liturgical” practices can reduce the swings.

Podcast Episode 17 - Grappling with the Ups and Downs of Entrepreneurship: Nashville Institute of Faith and Work Interview (Missy Wallace)

Podcast Episode 17 - Grappling with the Ups and Downs of Entrepreneurship: Nashville Institute of Faith and Work Interview (Missy Wallace)

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We have a SPECIAL GUEST!  Missy Wallace, Executive Director at the Nashville Institute for Faith & Work (NIFW) joins us and gives us her insights into the convergence of faith and work.  She tells us a bit about her own journey, how she developed her theology of faith and work, the founding of NIFW and how she is equipping entrepreneurs today. 

How My Daughter Changed My View of Entrepreneurship

How My Daughter Changed My View of Entrepreneurship

Nothing has changed me quite like having a daughter. Sure, there are all the cliches about having a gun sitting in your lap when boys come over. That’s the easy stuff. The hard stuff is instilling beliefs in your daughter that will serve her well in the face of what at times feels like overwhelming forces.

“I Can’t Do Play Dates”….and Other Mantra of the Working Mom

“I Can’t Do Play Dates”….and Other Mantra of the Working Mom

“We don’t really do play dates.”…  “Your child is measuring 2 sizes bigger than his current shoes.”…  “The nanny will be here with them (my son and your child).”…  “She’s not my mom, she’s my nanny.”…..  If you are a working mom, the list could go on, right?  And so can the guilt. 

Beauty out of Brokenness

In this beautifully produced 10 minute video, we see the story of the Marsh Collective, a business in Opelika Alabama that’s able to rise from the ashes (or the hangman’s noose as this story goes), to a thriving, 100 person company.