Welcome to the Table Top Inventing podcast where we discuss innovation, success, and the path to a good life for teens and those who guide them. We have a special treat for you today. I had an opportunity to bump into a successful executive at a business conference earlier this fall. I was so impressed by his story and the values of their company that I knew I had to find a way to bring his wisdom to our show.

Mark Stoleson is the CEO at Legatum a global private investment fund based in Dubai–The United Arab Emirates. I love the way Mark frames his experience. As you listen to this interview remember some of the greatest success stories began in humble places. It isn’t about getting it right every time. Success is about how you face what life brings. Let’s listen in for timeless wisdom from a life well-lived.

This is the podcast where we discuss innovation, excellence, and entrepreneurship for teens and the adults who cheer for them. Today’s guest is a personal development enthusiast.

Kevin Miller grew up as an entrepreneur. In fact from his earliest memories, he always thought of himself as an entrepreneur. Recently his enthusiasm for personal development led him to work with the Zig Ziglar brand, and he’s now the host of “The Ziglar Show”, one of the top 10 most popular business podcasts in the world! Listen in today to hear the exciting and gritty details of growing up as an innovator.

This is the podcast where we discuss leadership and innovation for teenagers. I can’t wait to introduce today’s guest! We’ve been counting the days until Jonathan retired from his position at West Point so we could interview him for the show. While in active military service, he wasn’t allowed to speak publicly about his experiences, and having previous experience as a researcher in civil service with the Navy, I understand why the military has such strict policies.

I also believe that strong innovators must believe in the future and their innovation with the same discipline that a soldier holds to the commands and structures put into place by an honor-bound military. So I had to interview Jonathan Silk to learn more about his philosophy of leadership. You’ll find Jonathan’s story and perspectives irresistible. Join me today as I interview an American hero.

This is the podcast where we discuss success and innovation for teenagers. No spoiler alerts today, but if you are interested in teenagers getting a jump start, stay locked in here!

On the podcast we discuss an alternative to our modern conundrum of how to keep teens engaged in meaningful education. Carol Topp is an Engineer turned accountant–I know that’s an unusual shift. In the last few years, she has worked with many teens in her accounting practice, helping them structure what she likes to call a “microbusiness”. The experiences and learning that occurs in a microbusiness can be a great catalyst toward adding significance to the otherwise “dry learning” teens dread. Let’s find out more about Carol’s experience and explore some new possibilities.

This is the podcast where we talk innovation. Today’s guest innovates the old-fashioned way, and I think you are going to like Jim. I don’t normally start my introduction right off this way, but after speaking with Jim, it seemed appropriate.

Small businesses like McWelco are getting more rare these days, but great wisdom is sometimes stored in strange places. Today, Jim McKinley tells us about how they survived 50 years and what he feels are the important values of a strong business and a successful life.