Voices Of Impact With Ryan France



Ryan France, Host of the Voices of Impact Podcast, a business owner himself, had an interest in meeting other smart, savvy and local business owners. Entrepreneurs and community leaders. He started to reach out to these people, started having great conversations and quickly realized that others needed to hear their stories too. These were experts in their respective fields. Passionate and intelligent. Dedicated to making impact in the lives of their clients, customers, patients and patrons. So he asked, “Why not create a podcast and interview these people? Why not build a platform meant to turn a spotlight onto these local stories?” With that, the concept for Voices of Impact was born. For more, visit: www.VoicesOfImpact.com


  • Ryan France - The Final Episode of Voices of Impact

    Ryan France - The Final Episode of Voices of Impact

    30/07/2019 Duración: 05min

    After nearly six months of radio silence, host, Ryan France, answers the question, "What happened to the Voices of Impact Podcast?"  Catch the previous 52 episodes and interviews at VoicesOfImpact.com Keep in touch with Ryan at RyanFrance.com

  • Nancy Krenek - Ride On Center For Kids

    Nancy Krenek - Ride On Center For Kids

    29/01/2019 Duración: 29min

    The Real Story Behind The Healing Power Of Equine Therapy Nancy Krenek's career as a physical therapist had come to a crossroads. She'd spent more than a decade working with clients suffering from mobility issues. She saw firsthand the positive change that occurred when they received power wheelchairs. According to Nancy, "it woke them up to another level of potential." She was certain she'd devote her life to helping others regain their mobility and free choice. And yet, she couldn't shake the dream of spearheading horse-assisted therapy sessions. So, before she could talk herself out of it, she quit her job with a mission to make that happen. “I went to my boss and resigned. She said, ‘Do you have training?’ I said, ‘No ma’am.’ She said, ‘Do you have a horse?’ I said, ‘No ma’am.’ She said, ‘Do you have land?’ I said, ‘No ma’am. But someday you’ll bring a school bus out to our program and make it work.’ That’s true now. She still shows up every week to bring children from our school district to this facility

  • Ellie Falcao - YMCA Camp Moody

    Ellie Falcao - YMCA Camp Moody

    22/01/2019 Duración: 25min

    A Quest to Raise $18MM to Fund Austin’s New ‘Camp For All’   With twin nine year olds of her own, Ellie Falcao understands the struggle of getting kids out from behind their screens and into nature. Inspired by a tour of YMCA Camp Moody, Ellie recalled her own favorite times as a child in the wilderness of Colorado, and vowed to transform her family to outdoor enthusiasts. Since experiencing Camp Moody, Ellie and her family have since ventured through 44% of our country’s National Parks and goal to hit all 58 before the kids leave for college. Ellie felt a call to join the larger mission of setting up YMCA Camp Moody for success. She was asked to join the board, and has helped spearhead the high-end $18M fundraising initiative ever since. Her favorite part? Seeing the tangible effect of her volunteer efforts. “I didnt want to be on a board in name only. I wanted to get my hands dirty and affect the organization in a better way. The great thing about the ‘Y’ is that they ask you to participate in making a bigg

  • Adam Orman - LOca dOro

    Adam Orman - L'Oca d'Oro

    08/01/2019 Duración: 27min

    A Fine Dining Frontrunner In The Fair Wage Fight   In the rich tapestry of the well-known restaurants in New York and San Francisco, Adam Orman discovered his hunger for two things. First, his love of locally-sourced food came from his experience working under Chef Peter Hoffman at “Savoy.” Second, he dove headfirst into the fight for ethical labor and employee rights. With those two passions in mind, Adam made his way to Austin. In 2016 he partnered with Chef Fiore Tedesco to open L’Oca d’Oro. The pair spent their first two years educating their staff of the full vision. “We’ve spent a lot of time with the servers taking them out to our farms so they can see some of the places where we source our food from. It helps them tell our story.” L’Oca d’Oro has become known for much more than their curated menu of Italian cuisine. Adam and Fiore’s ideas on ethical employment and fair wage programs have permeated the four walls of the restaurant. The pair represent L’Oca d’Oro in “GoodWork Austin,” a consortium of lo

  • Carlos Crespo - Motoza

    Carlos Crespo - Motoza

    18/12/2018 Duración: 31min

    Proving Digital Marketing Isn’t Just an Industry of Snake Oil Salesmen Carlos Crespo grew up with a fascination for storytelling and the marketing behind a “Hollywood Blockbuster.” His early years took him across the globe to places like Venezuela, England, Spain and Texas. He studied public relations, film, marketing and brand management. Following a brief stint in the gaming industry, Carlos, by his own admission, “stumbled into digital marketing.” After a year and a half as an account manager, Carlos says he’d seen enough of the “murky” nature of the industry. He wanted to be part of the solution, not the problem. In 2011, Crespo teamed up with Andrew Cao to start his own digital agency — Motoza Marketing. “It was a pretty big lunge,” Carlos shared. “We didn’t have any funding. We didn’t have any experience running our own businesses. Neither one of us had ever sold a thing. The first 12–18 months were pretty rough but we kept looking at the baby steps. We knew there were so many businesses out there who c

  • Thanh Pham - Asian Efficiency

    Thanh Pham - Asian Efficiency

    11/12/2018 Duración: 41min

    Meet The Man Behind The #1 Productivity Website In The World Thanh Pham was at a crossroads. Raised in a blue collar environment, young Thanh was taught to play it safe. And yet, the book “Rich Dad, Poor Dad” told him a different story. Even as a 14 year old, Thanh realized the path to controlling his destiny lay in starting a business. So at 14, he built a web development agency. By 15, he’d hired his first employee. Soon after, it became clear that his true point of aim was in entrepreneurship. Along that path of discovery, Thanh was often queried by his friends on how he was able to do so much work in so little time. Thanh founded Asian Efficiency to give people the productivity answers they were clamoring for. “Friends were asking me all the time for productivity advice. I said ‘hey, I’m going to start a blog and share what I know.’ They were already successful, had their own businesses and were doing amazing things in the world. I figured if I could help them do more of that, I'd be making a significant

  • Chelsea Francis - Pass/Fail, Chelsea Francis Photography

    Chelsea Francis - Pass/Fail, Chelsea Francis Photography

    04/12/2018 Duración: 28min

    How to Process Success & Failure on an Entrepreneurial Roller Coaster After living in Austin for a year and working various freelance gigs, Chelsea Francis decided it was time to honor what she calls her “multi-passionate” personality - a penchant for connecting people and telling stories that go beyond the digital image. Chelsea Francis Photography and Pass/Fail were created in to mirror Chelsea’s diverse interests and skill sets. Turns out, the two businesses share more similarities than differences. As Chelsea progressed through the trials of success and failure with her photography, Pass/Fail became the outlet to document that journey. Her goal was to “give people and outlet to celebrate when they succeed and process when they fail.” Having those stories guide her own light in business was an added benefit. Chelsea has been a featured guest in the likes of Tribeza, Texas Style Council, and Hello Giggles. As she divulged in her interview, she’s learning to share her bigger wins, like her recent work wi

  • Mojdeh Gharbi - Certain Affinity

    Mojdeh Gharbi - Certain Affinity

    27/11/2018 Duración: 29min

    How Certain Affinity Became The Biggest Independent Video Game Developer in Austin Texas Austin native Mojdeh Gharbi has the kind of “woman-championing-tech” story we need to hear more often. Mojdeh is co-owner of Certain Affinity, the largest independent video game developer in Austin Texas. With contributions to industry-defining games like HALO, Call of Duty and DOOM, Certain Affinity has developed or co-developed more than more than 25 products across 10 different franchises, with more than 100 million units sold. Not bad for what started, twelve years ago, as a “bootstrap startup.” “Most people get into the game industry and say ‘I’m going to make the next big game and it’s going to be amazing.’’ But there’s so much risk involved in making games,” Mojdeh shared. “We intentionally said, we’re not going to go out and raise a bunch of money and hope it works out. We’re going to build the studio from the ground up. We’re going to learn from the best so that when it’s our moment, we’ve set ourselves up for su

  • Joshua Levy - How To Network Your Way To A Legacy Business

    Joshua Levy - How To Network Your Way To A Legacy Business

    13/11/2018 Duración: 32min

    How To Network Your Way To A Legacy Business After an eye-opening teenage experience as a teacher’s assistant for students with cognitive disabilities, Joshua Levy knew that he was called to become a voice for that community. Joshua’s Stage was then founded as a unique and innovative nonprofit, offering programs in theater arts, improvisation, dance, photography, and creative expression through story. “When I first thought of Joshua’s Stage, I knew I wanted to have this entity enrich the lives of kids,” Joshua shared. “It first started with special needs kids in mind - and on purpose, a wide range of the arts.” As a youth, Joshua pursued acting, wrote stories and organized plays for neighborhood kids. As a young adult, he taught for 8 years teaching, including time as an assistant principal. Later came the business experience, as project manager for Pearson State Assessments. So, it was only natural when the universe called, with the idea of what would become Joshua’s Stage, Levy was well positioned to answer

  • Jill Faulkner - How To Transition From Employee To Entrepreneur

    Jill Faulkner - How To Transition From Employee To Entrepreneur

    30/10/2018 Duración: 26min

    How To Transition From Employee To Entrepreneur Following a series of unfulfilling executive assistant jobs, Jill Faulkner started asking herself questions about what changes she could make. Based on the impact that affirmations had begun to have on her life, Jill came up with the idea of handwriting sticky notes with positive “I” statements. After a small test run, the feedback was positive and the demand was there, so she took the natural next steps of molding it into a business - Stick With It Co. “I was so beside myself in a lot of ways,” Jill recanted, “because [the affirmations] are so simple, but so powerful. I just felt really called to do something with it. I had to see what that would look like.” Even with no business experience or direct mentors of her own, Jill was able to set up Stick With It Co for success. From heartfelt customer letters, to distributing to multiple stores in the Austin area, to holding events with local nonprofits, it is clear that the affirmations are making tangible impact.

  • Hannah Davis - How To Master A Socially Conscious Business

    Hannah Davis - How To Master A Socially Conscious Business

    23/10/2018 Duración: 31min

    How To Master A Socially Conscious Business  While in China teaching English for her first post-grad job, Hannah came across a simple yet functional shoe being sold in the streets. Giving it some thought, she realized that her version of that same shoe could be brought to the western market and paired with her desire for community impact. Inspired by the look and the hardworking people who wear them, BANGS shoes are designed to provide support from one adventure to the next. “I wanted do something very similar to the TOMS Shoes model,” Davis said, “but instead of giving people products, I wanted to use the sale of this shoe to help people bring themselves to change their own circumstances.” By an act of serendipity, Hannah just so happened to share her plans for BANGS shoes with a very interested retired VF executive (North Face, Vans, Seven7 Jeans) during a bartending shift she picked up on Valentine’s Day. He soon became BANGS first investor and partner, shifting the socially conscious shoe company into hig

  • Valerie Ward - How To Cater To An Underserved Market

    Valerie Ward - How To Cater To An Underserved Market

    16/10/2018 Duración: 27min

    How To Cater To An Underserved Market With the help of a Kickstarter campaign, a personal investment, and the tutelage of esteemed Ice Cream University founder, Malcolm Stogo, Valerie Ward and her co-founder started Sweet Ritual. At the time it was the only vegan ice cream shop in Austin. Seven years later, Sweet Ritual remains out in front of Austin’s dairy-free movement, having outgrown its storefront twice, and with the largest shop yet set to open in December. “Everyone deserves ice cream and we’ve had grown men cry when they get their first banana split that they hadn’t been able to have in 20 years. That’s why we call it Sweet Ritual. Ice cream becomes a way to mark memories,” Valerie said. With history in the local ice cream scene, Valerie has no shortage of operational experience. Her business partner, Amelia Raley, brought her own personal recipes along with her to Sweet Ritual. Together, they work in harmonic tandem, both having found their business specialties as time has passed. In this episode of

  • Ryan France - Unlocking The Secret Behind Professional Breakthroughs

    Ryan France - Unlocking The Secret Behind Professional Breakthroughs

    09/10/2018 Duración: 24min

    Unlocking The Secret Behind Professional Breakthroughs “I know that I work hard. I know that I work long hours. And often, my family has to sacrifice for me to be able to craft the message that I craft, and distribute that message to the world. And I know that you work just as hard. So, if we are going to ask our families to sacrifice on our behalf, we better have a damn good reason for doing so.” These were the words of Ryan Fletcher, in a letter to our host, Ryan France. See, both business owners have something in common. They are building a movement. A movement built on the back of a community of trusted advice-givers. Friends and mentors compiling to create an open-source group that knocks down the walls of the problems it faces. Further, their personal sacrifices are aimed at the greater good - be a ‘giver’ or a ‘conscious capitalist’ in large numbers, and the rising tide will lift all boats. In this “solo” episode of Voices of Impact, Ryan shares his key breakaway from the ‘lone wolf’ mentality. He talk

  • Tim Francis - How To Become The Surgeon In Your Business

    Tim Francis - How To Become The Surgeon In Your Business

    25/09/2018 Duración: 42min

    How To Become The Surgeon In Your Business In a past life, Tim Francis was a touring rockstar and a budding real estate investor. Then, in what seemed like a matter of months, his band unexpectedly broke up and the real estate market plummeted. Already down on his luck, Tim started working 90-hour weeks and developed a rare illness that left him bedridden. It was in that moment Tim decided to get his professional life under control, which began an entrepreneurial evolution leading to the creation of Great Assistant. “I don’t know if a second, a minute, or an hour went by, but time stood still,” Tim recalled. “A voice inside me asked, ‘Tim, is this really what you want?’ And as I felt into that, it dawned on me that I really do want to be an entrepreneur.” Tim’s kinesiology degree from his college years didn’t lose its use either. As a leader of two companies, Profit Factory and Great Assistant, Tim has become expert at prioritizing momentum with the precision of a highly trained athlete. With his team all wor

  • Camille Jobe and Ada Corral - How To Create A Lasting Business Partnership

    Camille Jobe and Ada Corral - How To Create A Lasting Business Partnership

    18/09/2018 Duración: 32min

    How To Create A Lasting Business Partnership After starting their architecture businesses separately, Camille Jobe and Ada Corral each discovered how starved they were for someone else to be a part of their creative process. In each other, they found similar design sensibilities, but different skill sets. Forming Jobe Corral Architects allowed the pair to take on bigger, bolder projects together. “Everyone has something in their job that they say, ‘If I never had to do that again, I’d be pretty happy.’ Ada and I had opposite pieces of work that fell into that category,” Camille said. “In a way it was a big relief that there was somebody else who wanted to take that on and do a great job with it.” Since the inception of Jobe Corral Architects, the pair has put an emphasis on affecting the fabric of the Austin community. Both have taught at the University of Texas, made the cut for neighborhood favorite Tribeza, become professionals of some of the most unique building methods from history (look up rammed earth)

  • Robert Olivier - How To Get Paid Twice To Solve The Same Problem

    Robert Olivier - How To Get Paid Twice To Solve The Same Problem

    11/09/2018 Duración: 39min

    How To Get Paid Twice To Solve The Same Problem On a tour of South America, Robert Olivier was rattled by the level of agricultural operations demolishing the rainforests around him. He was struck by the feeling that he had to change the larger narrative of the farming industry. GrubTubs was created to initiate change in the toxic landscape of the corporate farming industry. “You don’t have to slash and burn the rainforests,” Olivier said. “You can integrate our cities and farms. And that is the key to a sustainable biological community. We take food waste from restaurants and use it to create grubs to feed to chickens, pigs, and rabbits instead of importing organic soy from other countries.” As Robert found his footing in formulating and distributing the perfect “tub” for restaurants to seal in food waste, he received unanticipated, yet key advice from the logistical juggernaut, UPS. He was advised to plan everything out with pen and paper, rather than software, until his product and procedure fully formed.

  • Deven Hariyani - How To Understand And Achieve Product-Market Fit

    Deven Hariyani - How To Understand And Achieve Product-Market Fit

    04/09/2018 Duración: 27min

    How To Understand And Achieve Product-Market Fit When Deven Hariyani and his wife discovered their son might be on the spectrum for Autism back in 2013, they were new parents, unsure what to do. Soon after, Deven was clued in, by a friend, on the cognitive and physical benefits of horseback riding for Autistic children. Continuing to speak to more parents, he discovered how many activities and enrichment programs exist to help children in ways he never realized. From this discovery, Kwaddle had its genesis. Deven soon realized something dispiriting. “One of the statistics that stuck with me was that 4 out of 10 kids don’t have an after school activity or summer experience at all, and that just broke my heart,” he said. Kwaddle seeks to change those numbers. With an MBA and a background in technology, Deven knew he needed an online platform to make childhood experiences accessible and inclusive for parents. A mission-driven company, Kwaddle would also seek to donate a sizeable portion of its proceeds back to c

  • Amanda May - How To Bootstrap Your Way To A Health-Conscious Business

    Amanda May - How To Bootstrap Your Way To A Health-Conscious Business

    28/08/2018 Duración: 29min

    How To Bootstrap Your Way To A Health-Conscious Business At 26 years old, Amanda May didn’t have the responsibility of a mortgage or children. Nor did she have the appetite for an extravagant lifestyle. Rather than traveling or ‘going out’ on the weekends, Amanda harnessed her extra time and invested it into the development of The Purple Fig Eco Cleaning Company. “For a portion of the startup process, I lived in my aunt’s garage in Clarksville. In an actual garage, not a garage apartment. That’s where I made all of the cleaning supplies. I washed my cleaning cloths in her washer and dryer inside.” Fresh out of the cubicle in her accounting firm, Amanda didn’t mind the stark transition from mental to physical work. In fact, she knew that she couldn’t sit still forever. Now, well beyond her initial struggles, Amanda’s business has enjoyed steady growth for the past 11 years. What’s more, Amanda has become a leading voice for better employee treatment here in Austin. She offers her hand-picked employees a 401k,

  • Taylor ONeil - How to Identify A Great Product, Step In and Scale Up

    Taylor O'Neil - How to Identify A Great Product, Step In and Scale Up

    14/08/2018 Duración: 30min

    How to Identify A Great Product, Step In and Scale Up Taylor O’Neil was searching for the perfect investment at the intersection of business opportunity and social awareness. When Taylor and his business partner met Richard of Richard’s Rainwater, everything began to fall into place. “I heard Richard’s passion for how easy it is to understand from the cloud all the way to the bottle,” O’Neil says. “He was the first person in the United States to get approval for the process of bottling rainwater, but he kept the business small because he wasn’t a marketing guy. He just really believed in helping people through the product.” Having spent nearly a decade in investment banking and mergers and acquisitions, Taylor sensed the product and the business were ripe for scale. He knew the story and the simplicity of Richard’s process would ring true with environmentally conscious, health-driven Austinites. He was absolutely right. In just ten short months, since grabbing the reins of the homegrown company, the brand has

  • Kelsey Harrison - How To Put A Value To Your Time and Maximize Contribution

    Kelsey Harrison - How To Put A Value To Your Time and Maximize Contribution

    07/08/2018 Duración: 25min

    How To Put A Value To Your Time and Maximize Contribution Kelsey Harrison knew her days as an office manager had a shelf life. Even with multiple internships and a degree in Public Relations, she found that the Austin job market was oversaturated at best. So, Kelsey took her lifetime of experience with photography and doubled down on creating a business of her own - Oh Happy Day Booth. “I’ve been in the photography industry my entire life. I knew what I could offer and that it would be high quality,” Kelsey shared. “I knew there would be clients out there that would pay top dollar for this service, and there is a high demand for it. It really opened my eyes to the viability of creating this business.” Harrison’s PR degree never lost its use though. In fact, by embracing the concept of “skill stacking,” she’s used that knowledge to enhance her perspective on the direction of Oh Happy Day Booth. “I knew from the beginning that branding was going to play a big role in finding my ideal client,” she said. “I knew

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