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As a young girl Unita was surrounded by music. Her father and uncle both were musicians of the highest caliber, and music was part of her everyday life. Exposed to all kinds of music including jazz, classical, big band, and folk music, Unita began to write, sing and perform at an early age.
After singing around her hometown in South Carolina, Unita moved to Atlanta and began a career as a folk singer in clubs and various venues. She would also do the occasional radio commercial, and began her serious writing of original music while working as an administrative assistant by day to cover her living expenses.
Soon Unita met her husband Joseph Akins, and together they formed their independent record label, HeartSong Music, in 1997. Together Unita and Joseph have created and produced original music for CDs, video and film. Unita was invited to write and sing on popular artist Herb Ernst’s two albums released by Mystic Visions, Bringers of the Dawn and Angels and Ecstasy, and a wonderful friendship was formed. Unita then invited Joseph and Herb to collaborate on her album Through the Veils, and from this collaboration, extraordinary music was born. Her debut album Through the Veils was recorded and released to rave reviews in the late 90’s. “Unita’s mesmerizing voice is utterly breathtaking,” said NAPRA Review.“Unita’s warm grace, beautiful voice and touching words are a delight,” said Steve Ryals of NAR.
This week on ZorCast, host Brendan Major is joined by Nick Friedman, president of College Hunks Hauling Junk. Nick will be sharing some insights into his success, including the story of how he got started and what makes his franchise different from the rest. Nick will also touch on some of the latest and greatest initiatives in the company, and how they help the brand continue to gain traction and achieve success.
About Our Guest
Nick Friedman is President and Co-Founder of College Hunks Hauling Junk and College Hunks Moving, the largest and fastest growing
US-Based junk removal and moving franchise opportunity in the nation. Nick started in college with his childhood best friend, now business partner, Omar Soliman in a beat up cargo van, and has grown to at least 50 franchise locations nationwide. He has since been named among the Top 30 Entrepreneurs in America Under 30 by INC Magazine and was named on the same list as Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook as one of the 30 Most Influential CEO's Under 30 by Under30CEO.com. Also, he was a Kauffman Foundation Empact 100 Honoree, was listed as one of the Top 35 Entrepreneurs Under 35 on
Bisnow.com, and is a two-time Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award Finalist.
In addition, Nick has been featured in numerous business books and textbooks, as well as Forbes, Fortune and many other national publications. He was also featured in a Newsweek story entitled 'College Kid to Millionaire,' along with the founders of Fedex, Dell Computers, Facebook, Google, and Microsoft.
Viola Maxwell-Thompson—a highly recognized thought-leader in business transformation, process re-engineering and corporate diversity—serves as executive director of Information Technology Senior Management Forum (ITSMF), a national non-profit membership organization for IT executives of color at Fortune 500 global companies. Founded in 1996, ITSMF’s mission is to prepare the next generation of African-American IT leaders for the C-suite.
Ms. Thompson is a former vice president and partner with Ernst & Young, LLC’s Management Consulting Practice in Chicago and Atlanta, where she specialized in organizational development and technology deployment during her 17-year tenure. Since taking ITSMF’s helm in 2004, she has drawn on her vast expertise to transition ITSMF from a 55-member organization into a prominent professional development organization with an annual budget of $1 million and corporate sponsorship of $650,000. As part of a recent rebranding initiative for ITSMF, Ms. Thompson created and launched “The Leadership Academy,” a comprehensive career advancement program that focuses on business acumen, political savvy and effective leadership for mid-level IT managers through senior vice presidents. She also has upgraded the seminars offered at ITSMF’s quarterly educational symposiums and implemented the annual “IT Executive Achievement Awards” to honor industry leaders who have advanced in the field of IT, while demonstrating proactive leadership in diversity initiatives.
Ms. Thompson is often featured in the media for her expertise in diversity and the retention of executives; work-life balance issues; and career management as a female executive of color. Her insights have been featured in numerous industry including CIO Insight, IT Management Consulting, Black Enterprise Magazine, Diversity Careers Magazine and Comcast's NewsMaker Segment.
Being able to communicate effectively is crucial for anyone hoping to accelerate their career. Whether that communication involves one on one interactions, board meetings or formal speaking and presentations, your executive presence is determined by all your communications. Today we’re going to take a deep dive into this topic with my guest, Jayne Latz, to understand how we can improve our communication skills, verbal and non verbal, in order to enhance our leadership potential.
Jayne Latz is CEO of Corporate Speech Solutions, LLC, facilitating both individuals and groups in Fortune 500 companies and small businesses with proven strategies to accelerate communication effectiveness. Corporate Speech Solutions has guided employees and executives from Ernst and Young, PriceWaterhouse Coopers, Ltd., The Carlyle Group, Citigroup, Harry Winston, Morgan Stanley, Bank of America, AIG, and Mount Sinai Medical Center, to name a few.
As a licensed Speech Language Pathologist, speech trainer and coach with 25+ years of experience, Jayne Latz launched Corporate Speech Solutions in 2006, customizing speech improvement and accent reduction training programs designed to suit both individuals and groups for business and personal success. Jayne Latz taught at New York University for six years, while mentoring graduate students for twenty years. She is co-author of Talking Business, When English is Your Second Language and Talking Business, A Guide to Professional Communication. She was recently featured in the Wall Street Journal, The TODAY Show, and on air with WILS1320 and NPR. To learn more about Jayne’s services, please visit the company website, www.corporatespeechsolutions.com.
Paul Interviews Peter Rushton who is a Veteran British Nationalist. He is deputy editor of the by-monthly journal Heritage and Destiny.
Peter is a Historian and Political Analyst who has featured on RT and Press TV on numerous occasions.
He is a well known speaker at Nationalist functions and also contributes to the website Jailing Opinions.
LONDON FORUM: Peter Rushton - 'A Real Hero of SOE & His 1945 Mission For SS Intelligence' 07/12/2013
42nd NEW RIGHT: PETER RUSHTON - The BBC -- friend or foe of national culture? 24/11/2012
Spree Killers: The Forefront of Knowledge. Published in Heritage and Destiny, issue 52, January-February 2013
JEFFERY C. OLSEN is a best selling author and inspires audiences across the country with his intriguing personal story of perseverance and inner strength. In 1997, Jeff experienced a horrific automobile accident which inflicted multiple life threatening injuries, including crushing both his legs. His left leg was amputated above the knee. The most devastating outcome of the accident was the loss of his wife and youngest son, both killed instantly. At that time, Jeff had profound experiences, which deepened his spirituality and gave him insights and gifts not common in today's world. He found the courage to carry on, heal, care for his living son and eventually thrive in his career and community contributions. Jeff has since remarried and adopted two more boys.
Professionally Olsen is a conceptual thinker, a proven team leader, and a die-hard brand enthusiast. He brings vision and passion to everything he does. With accolades from the New York One Show, the Clio Awards and Communication Arts, Jeff takes his place among the lynch pins of his industry. Couple his creative recognition with appearances in Forbes Magazine, the Inc. 500 and an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Finalist Award and you have a winning combination of talent and tenacity.
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