Live and Lead for Impact with Kirsten E. Ross

267 Kison Patel: Mindful Planning and Visibility

Kison Patel is the Founder and CEO of M&A Science, with a passion to drive the M&A industry forward. He was an M&A advisor for ten years in which he sold larger companies such as commercial banks and hotel chains. In 2012, he noticed teams lacked efficient technology to manage deals and created DealRoom, an M&A lifecycle management platform. In 2016, he started the M&A Science podcast devoting his time to creating a platform where all the best practitioners could share their best practices and lessons learned from real-life deals. Kison then created The M&A Science Academy in 2020 to offer step by step training to those looking to master M&A featuring courses created by top level practitioners. Through developing technology, educational content, and industry training, Kison aims to bring better practices to an industry with growing market pressures, transaction values, and competition.

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265 Tom Finn: Deploy Support Anywhere

Tom Finn is the co-founder and CEO of LeggUP®, the first company to insure employee retention for their clients. Spending his entire career in the insurance industry, Tom possesses a wealth of experience in employee benefits, InsurTech, business development, and revenue strategies— all central to the company’s unique offering, Talent Insurance™. Talent Insurance provides a single platform for personalized professional development and mental health support for a fraction of the cost to small and medium-sized businesses.,,,

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263 Josh Little: Meaningful Communication


Josh Little is the founder of four tech companies–Maestro, Bloomfire, Quizzer, and Volley–that have collectively been used by hundreds of millions of people and featured in TechCrunch, Mashable, Entrepreneur, Inc, and Forbes. With two successful exits and a third anticipated, he’s currently on a mission to provide the world with a more meaningful way to communicate with his fourth creation, Volley–a video messaging app.

Do what you say or say something else.

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Center for Parental Leave Leadership

Dr. Amy Beacom is the founder and CEO of the Center for Parental Leave Leadership, the first full service consultancy in the US to focus exclusively on parental leave. She conceived of and began developing the field of parental leave coaching and consulting in 2006. Drawing on over 25 years in executive leadership development and coaching, Amy consults with Fortune 100 companies, international organizations, working parents, and more to transform the way our companies and our country engage with the parental leave transition. 

Sue Campbell is a writer, author, and coach who has worked with the Center for Parental Leave Leadership since its early days, helping to communicate the transformative impact of their core mission. Her writing, often focused on issues important to parents, has been published in many outlets, including Prevention, Good Housekeeping, Scary Mommy, and Mamalode.

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EP 260 Health Insurance in the US Pre to Post ACA

Affordable Care Act or Obamacare

I’ve been purchasing my own health insurance for more than 20 years and also have an HR background – Want to share from my unique perspective some of what you might not realize

As it is with communication about all challenges today it seems that all anyone will do is talk about the negatives from either side in an attempt to “win”, tear the “other side” down.

I actually had an experience where an elected official was holding a virtual town hall.  Topic was health insurance.  I “raised” my hand to share my thoughts.  I’m pretty sure I was vetted out.  A staff member spoke with me before I was able to go live.  They asked my thoughts and then told me they likely would not have time for me to comment.  The town hall lasted for a very long time while constituents shared positive views only about the ACA.

So, here’s my personal, been there, done that perspective. As with all complex programs there are both positive and negative.

I’m not going to share a bunch of legal-eze.  These are my personal thoughts, experiences, and opinions.  I hope it will bring a balanced & realistic perspective.

Used to be able to join the Farm Bureau – or some other organization/group to receive a group rate.  Able to personally purchase a plan with coverage similar to an employer plan.

Group Experience Ratings

Personal Experience Ratings

Pre-Existing Conditions – Insurer of Last Resort 

Young Adult Ryders

Coverages – Childbirth, Mental Health, Substance Use Disorders

Required Coverage – Supposed to be a part of keeping coverage rates down.  Assure that pool of covered included premiums from healthy. Low-users - My opinion-  did more to increase profits 

Deductibles - Negotiated Rates – 

My opinion - Profits – High cost – high deductibles – Departments focused on denying coverage – Required Coverage to make sure the pool was healthy and unhealthy -

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Last Minute Media Deals

Rich Kagan is the Founder and President of Last Minute Media Deals, an agency selling prime-time ad spots on TV, radio, and podcasts for up to 80% off. Shows would much rather sell these ad spots at a tremendous discount than not at all, and Rich founded Last Minute Media Deals for this exact purpose. 

Cell number:  3104200490

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