Monthly Archives: October 2016

Episode 14: You Need To Be 101% Committed, with Dr. Nichole Danova

Dr. Nichole Danova attended Michigan State University where she completed her Doctoral Veterinary Medicine degree in 2000. She completed an internship with an emphasis in surgery at North Carolina State University. Dr. Danova then spent one year as a surgical research fellow in the Comparative Orthopaedic Research Laboratory at the University of Wisconsin, and remained to complete a three-year Small Animal Surgical Residency.

Dr. Danova was a staff surgeon in multi-specialty practices in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan and the Philadelphia area before joining a referral hospital in Northeastern Pennsylvania as a surgeon, veterinary director and chief operating officer in July, 2008. In December 2009, Dr. Danova established the Veterinary Surgical Center. VSC quickly grew and was expanded into the Veterinary Referral and Emergency Center, which opened in South Abington Twp., Pennsylvania in May, 2010.

What you’ll learn about in this episode:

  • Why Nichole is very proud of her veterinary hospital
  • The story of how Nichole won her Porsche in a raffle (and named it Lola)
  • Why people will be there when you need them if you’re there when they need you
  • How Nichole learned as a kid that the world revolved around money and the decisions she’s made in her life because she learned that
  • Why Nichole decided to be 101% committed to becoming a surgeon
  • Why she chose to work with animals instead of humans and where the passion for surgery came from
  • Nichole’s experiences losing money on real estate and men
  • Why starting her own business was the best financial decision Nichole ever made
  • Why if you pick the right people and do good work — everything else will follow
  • How Nichole decided she needed and ultimately found the people she needed for the business side of her business
  • Situations that Nichole has run into when hiring
  • The influential women in Nichole’s life
  • Why Nichole absolutely sees retirement in her future — and what she thinks that will look like
  • What keeps Nichole busy outside the day-to-day of her hospital
  • What Nichole does to protect her future

Ways to contact Nichole:

Episode 13: You Can’t Have It All At the Same Time, with Jennifer Maffei

Jennifer Maffei is the Founder & President of VEA Services, LLC. Her mission is to help Executives to get their time back.

Jennifer comes from a unique perspective. She has both owned businesses, and had been an Executive Assistant at Fortune 500 Companies – overseeing and coaching multiple Assistants.

Over the years, Jennifer saw that there was a disconnect between the Executive and Assistant relationship. There were many seminars to go to, but no one was working with both the Executive and the Assistant to find out what their actual needs and styles were and then coaching both parties to work better together. Not in a generic form, but specific to their situation.

Jennifer has changed all that.

In 2014 she founded VEA Services to work with both the Executive and their Assistants. Coaching them to work better together and Maximize the Executive and Assistant Relationship. Also working with Executives who have never used an Assistant before and then helping them to identify their specific needs and coaching them on how to manage their new Assistant correctly.

In addition, Jennifer travels the country educating Executive peer groups on the need to reclaim their time back and how to work with an Assistant to maximize their effectiveness. Moving from Vancouver, Canada to the United States in 2004, Jennifer now resides with her family in the San Francisco Bay Area.

What you’ll learn about in this episode:

  • Gaining three bonus months a year by delegating two hours of tasks a day
  • Why you shouldn’t fall into the trap of thinking you’re the best person to do everything
  • Why batching time is a fantastic strategy
  • Jennifer’s first jobs
  • How Jennifer did two years of college in nine months
  • Jennifer and her ex-husband’s decision to build their own house in their mid 20s, how they then flipped the house, and how they repeated the process over and over
  • The story of her move to the US
  • Why she decided to get back into the Executive Assistant business instead of going into real estate
  • Jennifer’s six years with Williams-Sonoma
  • How she tore — completely tore — her back and the three year recovery from that injury
  • How VEA Services was born
  • Why divorce was the most threatening thing to Jennifer’s financial security
  • Why Jennifer doesn’t want to scale too quickly yet sees a massive growth in the future
  • Why Jennifer and her husband (the love of her life — not the ex) were evicted from the home they were leasing and then bought a dream house when it was very cheap
  • Jennifer and her husband’s financial goals for the future
  • How she’s managed to maintain a healthy balance while learning at home
  • Why retirement isn’t really something Jennifer sees in her future
  • Why Jennifer’s first corporate boss was the most influential woman in her life

Ways to contact Jennifer:

Episode 12: My Career is a Piece of Who I Am, with Dr. Marcie Beigel

Dr. Marcie Beigel has redesigned behavior for professionals, families, schools, and businesses for close to 20 years. Her specialty is engaging with behaviors directly and giving clear and insightful directives to clients who are oftentimes business owners looking for balance at home to help create balance at work or new approaches to become better leaders. Her approach is heartfelt, but filled with tough love. You can get her weekly behavior newsletter at Dr. Marcie is also featured on NBCs Parenting Toolkit. Her upcoming book, “Love Your Classroom Again,” is filled with actionable strategies to manage behavior, is out this fall.

What you’ll learn about in this episode:

  • Dr. Marcie’s new book, “Love Your Classroom Again”
  • Craniosacral therapy and other things that she does for fun
  • Where Dr. Marcie’s desire to get into behavior analysis and special education came from
  • What she learned through her own challenges as a student
  • What Dr. Marcie does in her private practice where she comes into the homes of the families she serves
  • The four categories that all behavior problems fall into
  • How Dr. Marcie works with businesses on behavior
  • How she divvies up her time between families, schools, and businesses
  • Dr. Marcie’s life growing up and her first memory around money
  • The times when Dr. Marcie’s clientele vanished and how she battled through those tough times
  • The three most defining moments in her life
  • Why Dr. Marcie can’t see retirement in her future
  • Why she wants her financial future to be better than she could ever dream
  • Using what she knows from her career in her personal life
  • The relationship between Dr. Marcie and her mom
  • Why she delegates investing to her dad

Ways to contact Dr. Marcie:

Episode 11: Contract Negotiation is a Chess Game, with Karen Davidson

Karen Davidson is a health care attorney and the managing member of the Law Offices of Karen E. Davidson LLC. She’s been helping physicians strategically negotiate their business arrangements for over 25 years. She’s a graduate of Temple University James Beasley School of Law and licensed to practice law in Pennsylvania, the District of Columbia, and Maine. She represents physicians in virtually all medical specialties and helps them analyze and negotiate all manner of arrangements including employment agreements.

What you’ll learn about in this episode:

  • Why Karen is licensed in Maine in addition to Pennsylvania and DC
  • Why she got into the healthcare side of law
  • Issues many women have when negotiating
  • Some of the unique requests Karen has had to negotiate for her clients
  • Why she doesn’t recommend negotiating for everything someone wants in their contract
  • The differences in contract negotiation for healthcare people in major systems vs. smaller practices
  • How Karen’s clients find her
  • The complex formulas for compensation and why women shouldn’t just accept what they’re told
  • A client of Karen’s that was given a deal, decided not to take it, and why she’s happy that she made that decision
  • Why Karen’s work requires her to be respectful and courteous

Ways to contact Karen: