Inspiration With Val is the podcast you’ve been waiting for! Full of inspirational interviews from individuals ranging from successful entrepreneurs to actors and athletes to award winning authors, this podcast will leave you inspired and ready to take action. Inspiration With Val discusses happiness, overcoming obstacles, success stories, and everything in between. Each interview delves deep into the habits of successful individuals, and closes with specific and actionable advice for the listener that they can apply to their lives. Listen and subscribe on iTunes or Stitcher.

Episode 111 with Chris Ategeka: Saving Lives One Ride at a Time

One would never guess that Chris Ategeka, named last year as one of Forbes Magazine’s 30 under 30 social entrepreneurs, started life in a thatched hut with dirt walls in rural Uganda—and was in his teens before he owned his first pair of shoes. The eldest of five children, Chris Ategeka found himself orphaned at age 7 as Africa’s AIDS epidemic claimed the lives of both his parents. For the next few years, Chris struggled to balance schoolwork with the responsibilities of helping to care for himself and his younger siblings. A fortunate series of events allowed Ategeka to soon move be adopted by an American, and to later attend UC Berkeley, where he would earn a pair of degrees in mechanical engineering and study for a third. Chris founded a nonprofit company that is saving lives, one ride at a time.  Check out this episode to hear Chris talk about:   – His experiences as a child living in Uganda – How difficult it was trying to get an education – Being one of Forbes 30 under 30 social entrepreneurs – His passion for flying. – Living with his adopted family and assimilating into American cultures and the difficulties that came along with it – Chris gives advice for people that is going through a difficult time and also for those who want to follow their passion!     Links: Ridesforlives.org Twitter: @chrisategeka Chris on... read more

Episode 110 with Jenn Lim: A Day in the Life of the World’s Happiness Expert

Background: Jenn Lim is the CEO and Chief Happiness Officer of Delivering Happiness, a company she and Tony Hsieh (CEO of Zappos.com) co-founded to inspire science-based happiness, passion and purpose at work, home and everyday life. In Jenn’s words: “A CHO is doing what any CEO does in an organization — putting the people/resources/financing in place to create a sustainable company. The difference between a CEO and a CHO is that a CHO is doing it through the lens of happiness as a business model”.  In this episode, JennLim talks about: The importance of culture in an organizations Why it’s so important to build happier employees and achieve better results Jenn talks about how to have a happier workforce based on the science of happiness and apply the research to the culture of a business or corporation Links: Website   Email Address: Jenn@DeliveringHappiness.com   Twitter: @DHMovementCEO  ... read more

Episode 109 with Chris Mahlmann: Changing the World, One Good News Story At a Time

Background: Chris Mahlmann is the CEO of Ideas in Motion, a management, marketing and sales development consulting firm.  He is a graduate of Loyola University in Chicago, IL, where he earned a bachelor of arts degree in communications. Chris grew up in the financial markets, spending time working with exchanges, brokerage firms, and until recently running a market data, news, and software company for the global financial markets. He learned a lot about highly-efficient, highly-scalable communication networks. He utilized that technology background and communications skill set to build an extremely entrepreneurial communication, news, and information network using digital photography, HD video, blogs, web display, e-mail marketing, and social network tools to connect people, places, events, and organizations in one all-positive exchange.  Oh  – and his new venture JUST focuses on good, positive news, and positive news only! In this episode Chris Mahlmann: Talks about his positive approach to online publishing that creates new opportunities to spread good news about communities Speaks about why it’s so important to focus on the good things going on in a community instead of the often-negative slant given by traditional media Explains how they broke the traditional cycle of media, bringing something new and refreshing to their community-based websites Shares his best advice for how YOU can go after your biggest goals and dreams! Websites: Valpolife.com PortageLife.com LaPorteCountylife.com NWIndianaLife.com Twitter: @Goodnewsdriver Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/chris.mahlmann Linkedin: Chris... read more

Episode 108 with Josh Driver: How He Massively Changed The World In Just 3 Weeks

In this podcast episode:   Josh Driver described incorporating philanthropy into entrepreneurship Josh tells us a shocking fact about the new “religious freedom restoration act” that is being passed on Indiana. Josh talks about his time on hardball with Chris Matthews and what it has been like being in the middle of an international media frenzy!   Links: Website: openforservice.org  Twitter: @open4serv Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/open4service... read more

Episode 107 with Chad Coe: Fail Forward, Learn From Your Mistakes, and Follow Your Heart

Background: Chad L. Coe, CWS, is an internationally recognized expert in wealth management strategies. He founded Coe Financial Group, Inc. in 1998 and is known for his values-based approach and focus on both personal well being and financial security. Chad specializes in structuring programs based on personal values, objectives, and risk tolerance. Another dimension of services offered at Coe Financial is the customization and management of portfolios for estate preservation as well as optimization in times of transition. Chad is also a highly respected business coach and connector of business people. He encourages and motivates others to assert themselves positively in the world and, ultimately, to give back. He presides over several influential networking groups and is the author of “The Power of Peopletizing: Networking Your Way To Financial Freedom.” Chad is an international speaker whose keen insight into human interaction and ability to make quality business connections to be effective in today’s “Relationship Economy.” Through his strategic networking groups, Chad’s goal is to use his enthusiasm, passion, optimism and success strategies to inspire and empower other influential business leaders to achieve their goals. Chad is imbued a philanthropic spirit that is inspirational. As Founder and President of Special Kids Network, a 501(c) 3 that supports several charitable organizations, which serve children with special needs, Chad and his supporters raise important revenues throughout the year by hosting first class fundraiser events throughout Chicagoland. Chad holds licenses Series 6, 7, 24, 51, 63, and 65 and is an Investment Executive with First Allied Securities. Coe Financial Group Securities are offered through First Allied Securities, Inc., A Registered Broker Dealer, Member... read more

Episode 106: Behind the scenes with Kate Northrup and Mike Watts: How to create a loving relationship, build a thriving business empire, and design a life you love

Background: Having started in multi-level marketing with USANA Health Sciences at the age of 18, Kate Northrup slowly but surely built her business during the summers and holidays of her college career. By the time she graduated, she was financially free and amassed an organization of more than 1,000 distributors within the following six years. Walking a similar path, Mike Watts was involved in multi-level marketing during college. It wasn’t until years later that he found the industry again as he was being laid off from his corporate job. His tenacity to find an opportunity, absorb the training, and invest the time needed led to expansive growth. The intersection of their stories shares some very powerful lessons. The opportunity of multi-level marketing prompted both Kate and Mike to have major mental shifts – forcing them to reinvent themselves. Their newfound confidence in themselves and passion to attract only the best things in life led them to each other. This amazing interview is rife with positive energy as they share how four simple steps enabled them to discover true love and build great wealth. Highlights of the episode: – Co-hosts Kate Northrup and Mike Watts tell their love and money story – They share how they met, how they ended up doing business together, and what they’ve learned about themselves, one another, love, and money along the way – Learn how to create financial freedom so YOU can spend your time in ways that make your breath deepen and your heart quicken and feel like you’re really making a difference and helping people – Learn the 4 Simple Steps To... read more

Episode 105 with Ryan Beshel: Behind the Scenes With a TV Personality On Fashion, Life, and Loving Yourself

*** Show notes for this episode coming soon***   In the meantime: So many of my clients tell me that they would feel incredibly regretful and frustrated if they found themselves in the same place next year where they are now.   But, unfortunately that’s exactly what happens to 95% of us. Don’t let another year go by living with regrets – take action today to create an action plan that will allow YOU to achieve all of your goals and dreams this year. Sign up for a free coaching call to learn more about how you can make that happen... read more

Episode 103 with Warren Cassell, Jr: Lessons about Drive, Passion, and Success from a 15 Year Old Author and Investor

  Summary: Warren Cassell is an award-winning entrepreneur and a published author. He started his first company at the age of eight, and at fifteen he is now the founder of Zap Social, the chairman of a personal hedge fund company, The Abella Group; and the author of two books: The Farm of Wisdom: 25 Unforgettable Tales That Will Ignite a Wiser You! and Swim or Drown: Business and Life Lessons I’ve Learned from the Ocean.  He hosts his own show on YouTube titled “Teen Tycoon: Video Series on Success” and he is a frequent blogger whose work can be found in Entrepreneur magazine and other places. His work is highly focused on the connection between business and nature. About Warren Cassell, Jr. 4:00 Warren Cassell, Jr. is a fifteen year old investor, author and entrepreneur living in the Caribbean. From a very early age, Warren knew that he wanted to own a business. At the age of eight, with a capital investment from his parents, he launched his own greeting card and graphic design company. After this, Warren embarked on a number of other ventures including an app development firm and a web hosting service provider. By the time he was thirteen years old, he had been making investments in companies and doing business with firms and clients all over the world. Now his business and investment portfolio is ranging from financial services and media to Internet and food manufacturing   Warren Cassell wakes up every morning with a goal to inspire others. It’s the reason why he does what he does. As a teenager he believes that... read more