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Thought Leadership Series - Mental Health with Don Azevedo

Smashing Boxes Chairman Nick Jordan sits down with mental health expert Don Azevedo for a conversation on business, leadership, mental well being, and Dr. Martin Selgman.  

Smashing Boxes Chairman Nick Jordan sits down with mental health expert Don Azevedo for a...

Podcast Episode Five: Using Technology to Create Major Change Within The America Educational System

Rewind a few months ago- Fresh off raising money, getting set up, and launching a new immersive code school, the pandemic hits, and everything gets thrown out the window. Luckily for my good friend and guest on our latest podcast episode Jessica Mitsch, she could get through the freak out moment and get her business pivoted to a highly active and successful remote service for her students. In the episode, we discuss many things, including but not limited to how to shift to remote even when you built your entire business around in-person interaction, the future of education, being an entrepreneur in the triangle, and more.

Rewind a few months ago- Fresh off raising money, getting set up, and launching a new immersive...

Podcast Episode Four: Leveraging Your Attorney Relationships to Maximize Business Potential

Jesse, attorney and head of Fourscore Law, has started a legal startup that helps startups to startup. Fortunately, in this episode we don’t spend much time making cliche jokes or references to HBO’s Silicon Valley (or to the actual Silicon Valley for that matter).  Jesse and I get into a variety of topics, ranging from how businesses should truly engage with their legal team for a 10x return to the book Buy vs Build, which is a book about entrepreneurs taking a different path to business ownership and scaling.

Jesse, attorney and head of Fourscore Law, has started a legal startup that helps startups to...

Podcast Episode One: Becoming an Entrepreneur

Jes Averhart is the CEO of Jes & Co. and creator of the Reinvention Roadmap! As a Mom, Storyteller, Podcaster, and member of a Badass Girl Tribe, she uses her flaws and lessons to fuel each incredible life chapter! Jes is obsessed with the process and power of REINVENTION and wants to inspire others to start their journey.

Jes realized her true passion for leadership development and women's empowerment while leading partner engagement at the American Underground, a Google for Startups Tech Hub (aka, the 'Startup Capital of the South' by CNBC). During her tenure, she had the unique opportunity to manage relationships with Google, Fidelity Labs, Wells Fargo, Coastal Credit Union, Lincoln Financial, and others. Her time spent immersed in the startup scene also inspired her to co-found Black Wall Street Homecoming, a nonprofit aimed at closing the funding gap for Black and Brown tech founders.

Earlier in her career, Jes launched a boutique event production company. She specialized in providing professional event management services for the likes of the Cincinnati Bengals & Cleveland Browns (NFL), Cleveland Cavaliers (NBA), The Procter & Gamble Company, Pepsi Cola North America, as well as a growing number of companies based in the Research Triangle Park.

Originally from Evansport, Ohio, Jes learned the ropes quickly by working in the family's real estate, auctioneering, and appraisal business. After college, she accepted a corporate role with General Electric; but it didn't take long before she started her own company, making her a4th generation entrepreneur. Jes moved to North Carolina in 2005 devoting much of her time serving on various nonprofit boards, writing, cheering on The Ohio State Buckeyes, and globe-trotting. But without question, her greatest gift is her teenage son Tre who helps keep all things in perspective!

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Jes Averhart is the CEO of Jes & Co. and creator of the Reinvention Roadmap! As a Mom,...

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