Episode 25: Don’t Be Retired — Be Refired, with Linda Hollander

Linda Hollander is often referred to as the Wealthy Bag Lady. She has been featured by Inc. and Entrepreneur Magazines as the industry leader in corporate sponsorship. She has over 20-years of experience as a business owner and does sponsorship and business consulting. Her clients and sponsors include Microsoft, FedEx, Citibank, Mattel, Bank of America, Marriott, Health Net, American Airlines, IBM, and Wal-Mart.

What you’ll learn about in this episode:

  • How Linda found out that she had to be an entrepreneur
  • Linda’s bag business that she started with a business partner after firing her boss and dumping her abusive boyfriend
  • The Women’s Small Business Expo event that Linda started, the sponsors she got to work with her on the event, and how that propelled her into becoming the industry leader in corporate sponsorship
  • How Linda grew her bag business from very small to a huge business
  • Why Linda transitioned from her bag business into coaching women business owners
  • Linda’s transition from being a shy person in school to becoming “addicted” to public speaking
  • What Linda learned from her parents about money that led her to need to be in control of her finances
  • The early job out of college where Linda’s entrepreneurial spirit was born
  • Why Linda attended a lot of seminars
  • Why you must break out of your comfort zone of friends and get a new group of successful people
  • The fantastic story of how Linda got Bank of America to be her first sponsor
  • Why Linda doesn’t see a traditional retirement in her future
  • Why Linda’s only regret is not starting sooner (she really got going at 30)
  • Why personal finance is uncomfortable for her

Ways to contact Linda: