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Staying Ahead of the Curve: Howard Pressman Helps Us Plan Ahead for Next Year's Tax Season

April 2016 — The Tax Man Cameth this month, and the good news is that it’s behind us for them most part. So while all of that accounting is still at the top of your mind, here’s something to consider for next year, according to Certified Financial Planner Howard Pressman: Roth accounts.

Indeed, we have Howard here today on Egan, Berger & Weiner’s “Finance Rules” radio show to discuss the fact that Roth accounts are a great way to build flexibility into your retirement income planning. But to make the most of them — it’s best to start planning long before retirement.

In this podcast interview you’ll learn:

1. What is the difference between a Roth IRA and a Traditional IRA?

2. When you make a contribution to a Traditional IRA or 401(k) I understand that it is done before tax, meaning that you usually get a tax deduction equal to your contribution. Can you give us an example?

3. Are Roth accounts good strategies for younger investors?

4. What about for someone closer to retirement. Would a Roth still make sense?

5. You mentioned in your monthly e-newsletter to your clients that a Roth IRA may help lower Medicare premiums, can you explain that?

6. Last, tell us how to we can sign up for that e-newsletter so our viewers can get more financial planning tips like the ones you’ve shared with us today.

Download the podcast now!

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August 21, 2015

Embrace the Race: Richmond 2015

What would you do if an international bike race — scheduled to bring 1,000 top cycling athletes and 450,000 people — was about to descend on your city? If you are an entrepreneur, odds are good you would find a way to put your business in the middle of the action.

That’s exactly what BJ Kocen and Tammy Rostov decided to do when the two Richmond retailers founded West Main Village, a community of 35 restaurants, galleries, retail shops and small businesses that will close down a three-block area in front of their shops and host an array of events during the UCI 2015 Bicycle Race, September 19-27.

So we sat down for a podcast interview with these two enterprising entrepreneurs!

You’ll learn:

  • The plan for West Main Village during Richmond2015
  • The challenges the organization has faced
  • Expectations for the Sept. 19-27 event
  • Advice for other entrepreneurs who want to tackle such a big project

Download the podcast now!

For more on Richmond2015, and the businesses that stand to make a mint during the big bike race, be sure to check out the September 2015 issue of BeInkandescent.com.

What is the best way to plan for retirement? The partners and advisors at Egan, Berger & Weiner, LLC help you prepare for your financial future. 

April 29, 2016

Staying Ahead of the Curve: Howard Pressman Helps Us Plan Ahead for Next Year's Tax Season

April 2016 — The Tax Man Cameth this month, and the good news is that it’s behind us for them most part. So while all of that accounting is still at the top of your mind, here’s something to consider for next year, according to Certified Financial Planner Howard Pressman: Roth accounts.

Indeed, we have Howard here today on Egan, Berger & Weiner’s “Finance Rules” radio show to discuss the fact that Roth accounts are a great way to build flexibility into your retirement income planning. But to make the most of them — it’s best to start planning long before retirement.

In this podcast interview you’ll learn:

1. What is the difference between a Roth IRA and a Traditional IRA?

2. When you make a contribution to a Traditional IRA or 401(k) I understand that it is done before tax, meaning that you usually get a tax deduction equal to your contribution. Can you give us an example?

3. Are Roth accounts good strategies for younger investors?

4. What about for someone closer to retirement. Would a Roth still make sense?

5. You mentioned in your monthly e-newsletter to your clients that a Roth IRA may help lower Medicare premiums, can you explain that?

6. Last, tell us how to we can sign up for that e-newsletter so our viewers can get more financial planning tips like the ones you’ve shared with us today.

Download the podcast now!

March 2, 2016

Looking Back at the Future of Politics with Professor Richard Semiatin

When it comes to restoring enthusiasm in American history, David Bruce Smith’s Grateful American™ Foundation likes to shine a spotlight on the people and organizations that are the best teachers of the topic.

So it’s a great pleasure to interview Richard Semiatin (pictured right), the Academic Director of American Politics at American University — a man who has spent decades studying politicians and elections.

Indeed, he is the author of “Campaigns in the 21st Century” (McGraw-Hill, 2004), and editor of “Campaigns on the Cutting Edge” (CQ Press, 2008), the book’s second edition (2012) — and just weeks ago he released the third edition, available here.

In the book, Semiatin explains that the evolution of the modern political campaign has taken us from television sets in the living room to wireless new media in the hands of voters.

“Reaching voters with targeted messages, candidates increasingly rely on consumer-driven techniques,” he writes. “What works at the national level can be tailored to work even more effectively at the individual level. Future campaigns will continue to make use of recent innovations like meetups, blogs, and Internet polling.

“Newer tactics such as fundraising on the web and get out the vote drives with microtargeting via Blackberrys and PDAs are changing the way candidates advertise, ask for money, interact with the media, coordinate with their party organizations, and make the most of interest group support.”

What, then, are the implications for the democratic process and governance? And does Semiatin think Hilary will be our next president? Don’t miss our interview. — David Bruce Smith, founder, and Hope Katz Gibbs, executive producer, Grateful American™ Foundation

September 1, 2015

The Future of Health Care: Futurist Mike Vidikan Tells "Speak Up and Stay Alive" author Pat Rullo

What will health care look like in 2020, and beyond? That’s the topic futurist Michael Vidikan discusses with Pat Rullo, author of Speak Up and Stay Alive.

In this podcast interview, Pat asks Michael:

1. First, let’s cut right to the chase — what do you see as the future of Health Care in the US?

2. Is the situation different abroad — say in countries that have socialized medicine?

3. How do you forecast Obamacare will change — especially with next president and a new Congress?

4. What do you see coming that might surprise us?

5. What are some possible game changers?

6. What do you think the state of health care will be in 10 years, and 20?

Download the podcast now!

What Makes Successful Authors Tick? Is self-pubilshing a bad plan? How do you top that first bestseller? Big name authors tell all.

March 2, 2016

Author Dawn Tripp Puts “Georgia” On Our Minds

Author Dawn Tripp movingly reveals artist Georgia O’Keeffe as a woman striving to live the life she believes in in her new book, “Georgia,” an imagined story of the life of the infamous artist. The book draws readers in from page 1.

Tripp writes: “I no longer love you as I once did, in the dazzling rush of those early days. Time itself was feverish then, our bodies filled with fire … the metallic scent of the dark room, smells of sweat and linseed oil, a stain of cocoa on the dining room table. It was all smashed together back then — art, sex, life — mixed into the perfect color, every shadow had a substance, shape, and tone … My hands are cool now, the past remade and packed away. Sometimes, though, late at night the air lifts and I feel it — the faint burn of your eyes on my closed lids. Still. That sense of you rushing back in.”

The book goes on to describe the passionately complicated relationship that O’Keafe had with the recipient of the note above — her manager and husband, famed photographer Alfred Stieglitz.

This is the fourth book by the author of the Boston Globe bestseller, “Game of Secrets,” who is also the winner of the Massachusetts Book Award for fiction for “The Season of Open Water.”

*The Harvard grad explains that “Georgia” has been the toughest topic she has tackled — not only because Georgia O’Keeffe was so complex, but because it took nearly a year for her to find the voice of the character.

Tripp’s journey into “Georgia” began in the fall of 2009 as she basked in the 125 paintings in the exhibit, “Georgia O’Keeffe: Abstraction,” at the Whitney Museum of Fine Art.

“I felt overturned as I moved from piece to piece, and began to draw together an entirely new understanding of O’Keeffe and her art,” Tripp explains, noting it was a century ago in 1915 when O’Keeffe, then 27, began painting abstract art in an era when few artists, much less women, were bold enough to do so.

“As I moved past the paintings, I wanted to know who was the woman, the artist, who made these works? Why was she not recognized for her sheer visionary power during her lifetime? And of course, what was her 30-year relationship really like with Alfred Stieglitz, the man who ‘discovered’ her?”

For more than a year, Tripp dove into the psyche of the woman who is celebrated as a central figure in 20th century art: “I read five or six biographies about her, and filled notebooks with thoughts and ideas because I still write longhand. I looked at O’Keeffe’s art, Stieglitz’s photographs of her, and the work of other artists in their circle. Then I started taking my own photographs every day because I was trying to see the world the way a visual artist might see the world.”

Still, the voice of O’Keeffe wasn’t speaking to her — until one Sunday afternoon in April 2010.

“It was an oddly warm spring day in Massachusetts, so I took my sons down to the river to play. They had their jeans rolled up and they were kicking around in the water and I was lying in the sun, when I suddenly ‘heard’ the first words for the novel: ‘I no longer love you as I once did in the dazzling rush of those early days.’ I remember that moment so clearly. I suddenly sat up feeling O’Keeffe’s voice inside of me. I looked around and the whole world was different. I started the book the following day.”

A sensuous 316-page work of historical fiction, available February 9, 2016, is the result.

“Fiction is a curious tool to get at a different side of the truth,” Tripp insists. “It’s what novelist Vladimir Nabokov called, ‘the shimmering go-between.’ That’s the space that I wanted to write into, the space between what took place in O’Keeffe’s life — and what could have.”

Don’t miss this episode of Authors Between the Covers.

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December 10, 2013

Tap Into Your Inner Goddess with Mexican Artist Andrea Arroyo

Fine artist Andrea Arroyo immigrated to New York from Mexico in the early 1980s to study in the professional program of avant-garde choreographer Merce Cunningham. She danced professionally before transitioning to the visual arts—and became a star there, too. Learn more.

Those are just some of the many accomplishments achieved by this talented woman who brings attention to issues of gender justice and discrimination.

Today, we are here in New York City looking at her current exhibit at the Malcolm X & Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial Center on Broadway.

In this podcast interview you’ll learn:

  • About the Goddess show that’s currently featured on the walls of Malcolm X Center — the place where Malcolm X was shot — and why having the show here is so important to her
  • How she got into the fine arts business after starting her career in Mexico as a dancer
  • Andrea’s fascination with the female form — and why it spurred her quest to research women’s images and their stories
  • Her prolific career, which includes studio work, public art, and commissions, which total 31 individual and more than 100 group exhibits in such prestigious collections as The Library of Congress, The Smithsonian Institution, and The National Museum of Mexican Art
  • What it was like to work on President Clinton’s Citizen Awards
  • What’s left on her wish list

Download the podcast interview now!

To learn more about Andrea Arroyo, don’t miss her Q&A with illustrator and designer Michael Gibbs in Be Inkandescent magazine.

Meet The Women Who Are Making Strides and Changing Lives — and learn how you can, too!

September 10, 2015

Dee Dee Schurman is Teaching Business Owners the Art of Networking with Enterprising Women

The Network of Enterprising Women (NEW) was born in 1988, founded by Shirley Wagner and Debbie Johnston, two professional businesswomen seeking to build a women’s networking group by meeting each month to laugh, network, and build relationships. Soon, they were joined by hundreds of others, and NEW became a nonprofit, with a board of directors and an active philanthropic initiative.

“The main goal of NEW is to assist and encourage women who desire to become established in business, and to promote and foster the exchange of knowledge and understanding of methods for success in establishing and maintaining a business,” says Dee Dee Schurman, the incoming 2015 president.

What does she have planned for the coming year? We find in in this podcast interview!

You’ll learn:

  • The mission and vision of N.E.W.
  • Why this group’s sassy members are having fun — and growing their businesses
  • The programs N.E.W. offers, and how have they been received by members?
  • As incoming president — what are Dee Dee goals for 2015-2016?
  • Dee Dee’s most favorite, and least favorite, aspect of networking

Download the podcast now!

For more information, visit the Network of Enterprising Women (NEW)

Click here to read our entire Q&A on InkandescentNetworking.com.

Inside The Kitchen With Entrepreneurial Chefs, Restauranteurs, and Hoteliers

September 16, 2015

Ann Butler Is Cooking! And She's Teaching Kids Everywhere How to Prepare Real Food

Are you hungry to eat healthy? Do you want your kids to learn to cook well? Do you have a secret desire to become a professional chef? Have you always wanted to work in the restaurant business? Or, are you stumped about how to boil water? Do you live to eat, or eat to live?

Then you’ll want to meet Ann Butler, CEO and founder of Edible Education. The former high school cooking teacher took her skills to new heights in 2011 when she opened a commercial kitchen in Midlothian, VA (a suburb of Richmond), and began teaching after-school classes in schools and in her shop, as well as running what is now the most popular C.H.E.F. summer camp in the region.

Having graduated 20,000 students — and counting — from her programs in the last four years, last year she began a catering service for schools and other institutions that don’t have a chef or food service on site. Instead of chicken nuggets and pizza, her team whips up nutritious breakfasts and lunches — and works with teachers to educate kids and adults about what they are eating.

And the pièce de ré·sis·tance of Butler’s growing kid-focused food empire is her patent-pending brainchild, kitchen a la cart. This mobile cooking station comes complete with a running hot and cold water sink, a kid-safe cooktop stove, an oven, a blender, a food processor, and all the utensils and tools you need to whip up everything from an apple tart to zucchini pizza. Schools across the nation, military organizations, and backyard chefs are flocking to buy the kitchen on wheels to teach cooking in classrooms, roll into remote villages, or tailgate at Virginia Tech football games and Nascar. Really.

This fall, Butler launched Edible Education TV, where kids are the celebrity chefs who prepare the dishes and teach other children to make healthy meals in 10 minutes or less. She’s also an ambassador for Jamie Oliver’s annual Food Revolution Day, a partner in the James Beard Foundation’s Better Burger Project, and the assigned chef of Michelle Obama’s Chef’s Move to Schools program for the Richmond Public Schools.

In this podcast interview you’ll learn:

  • How Butler cooked up the idea of Edible Education one fall day in 2011.
  • How she became an ambassador to the stars of the cooking world.
  • What 20,000 kids have learned — and what they have taught her about the art of cooking well
  • And why kitchen a la cart is about to take America by storm!

Download the podcast now!

  • And look for more information on Edible Education’s new cooking show, and new website, in October 2015.
  • Butler will also be the cover girl on Be Inkandescent magazine in October, so don’t miss that!
  • In the meantime, check out her recipes for a Classic Hamburger, one made of mushrooms (that tastes like a meaty version), Chicken Cordon Bleu Burger, Sweet-Potato Fries, and a Fruity American Flag in our Cooking School column.

December 29, 2014

Judy Amato on: The Art of Automatic Writing

Judy Amato has a gift. Through automatic writing, she can help a person see the events of their past, give them clarity — and she can also see into their future.

This ability, which she has had for much of her life, allows her to produce written words without consciously writing.

“I am not exactly sure where the words arise from, but I believe it’s another realm,” Amato told us from her home in New Jersey.

In this podcast interview for the Intuition Rules Radio Show, we asked Amato:

  • Have you always known that you have intuitive abilities?
  • Has your experience shown that you are able to predict the future?
  • When it comes to spiritual work, there are always skeptics and true believes. If you were talking to a skeptic, how would you describe the work that you do?
  • How do you help people struggling to get their business off the ground, trying to better understand a romantic relationship, or are working through a troubling experience in their lives?
  • What types of issues do people most typically want your insight?
  • And, what is the one piece of advice you find most people can benefit from?

Download or stream the podcast now!

Click here to read more of Q&A with Judy in the December 2014 issue of Be Inkandescent magazine.

May 2, 2015

Where Do Millennials Want to Live?

Since 2002, Niche.com, has been tracking the behaviors, preferences, and decision-making of Millennials. In 2014, it analyzed the data on cities and metro areas with 1 million residents or more from the US Census, FBI, and surveys of nearly half a million college students and graduates from over the past four years.

The Top 25 Best Cities and Neighborhoods for Millennials ranks the best places for young people to live in the United States, based on more than a dozen factors as well as surveys of nearly 500,000 college students and recent grads. “View the full methodology and list of factors here.”:

In the top 5 are the cities you’d expect: NYC, Austin, DC, Chicago, and San Francisco.

But where to the Millennials you know want to live? For insight, I asked four of my friends for their thoughts. Click here to read all about it.

And download the podcast now to hear our conversation.

The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Supersizing Your Small Business. Are you ready to glow and grow? Don't miss this show!

July 1, 2013

Marketing Expert Guy Kawasaki Teaches Us To Be Enchanting

When it comes to being enchanting, it’s easy to see why Guy Kawasaki has a lock on the concept. His book, Enchantment: The Art of Changing Hearts, Minds, and Actions, charmed millions and hit three bestseller lists. So we are keen to share his insights in our book, and with our Inkandescent Radio listeners.

Dowload this exciting podcast to learn:

  • Are you making meaning?
  • Does your project jump to, or create, the next curve?
  • s your product Deep, Intelligent, Complete, Elegant, and Emotive?
  • Do you have a mantra for what you do?
  • Do you have a 10-slide pitch with no font smaller than 30 points that you can give in 20 minutes?
  • Have you figured out a way to take your product to market with no budget?
  • Are you helping people who cannot help you?
  • Can you blow away any audience with a demo of your product?
  • Would you hire “imperfect” job candidates who love what you do, as well as people who are better than you are?
  • Are you only asking people to do things that you would do, too?

That’s not all!

May 1, 2013

The Parent Diaries — Coming Soon!

Coming: 2014 is this wonderful new show hosted by Kathleen McCarthy, mom of three teenage daughters, Parenting columnist on Be Inkandescent magazine and the Inkandescent Group’s senior VP. How does she juggle her life, and what does it take to be a great parent? That’s what she’ll be offering and investigating in The Parent Diaries.

Click here to read more.

Special Reports

Special Report! Inkandescent Radio takes you inside the May 23 Conference

July 1, 2013

Congresswoman Jackie Speier, founder Professional BusinessWomen of CA

US Congresswoman Jackie Speier founded Professional BusinessWomen of California (PBWC) in 1989. Sparked by the overwhelming response to a Women’s Day for San Mateo County Women event, which Speier led, she incorporated the Professional & BusinessWomen’s Conference.

In the last 24 years, the board of directors has evolved from its initial membership of long-term volunteers from the public sector to its present composition of corporate executives, entrepreneurs, and leaders from both the public and private sectors.

In 1998, the organization announced its new name, Professional BusinessWomen of California. This step acknowledged the far-reaching success of the organization’s efforts and its commitment to increasing the awareness and influence of PBWC throughout the state.

Today, PBWC is one of the largest women’s organization in California, boasting a diverse community of more than 25,000 remarkable individuals.

In this podcast interview we talked to Speier about:

  • What inspired her to start PBWC.
  • Why she got into politics.
  • How she endured losing several political races.
  • What her words of wisdom are for other women.
  • The one thing she still wants to accomplish.

Download our podcast interview, at right.

Click here to listen to all of our podcasts from the exciting May 23 Professional BusinessWomen of California Conference.

Special Report! Inkandescent Radio takes you inside the April 5-6 San Fransisco event!

April 6, 2013

Special Report: What is Conscious Capitalism? Author Raj Sisodia enlightens us.

What is Conscious Capitalism, and which companies and organizations have jumped on the bandwagon? That’s exactly what we asked Raj Sisodia—the man behind the movement that has captured the attention of Whole Foods Market CEO John Mackey, and Patagonia’s president Casey Sheahean. Learn why.