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Can Serial Entrepreneurs Make a Lasting Leadership Impact?

Can serial entrepreneurs impact the leadership of those in corporate and not-for-profit sectors? Can we learn a set of ideas, principles and values to better predict the long-term impact of our leadership? Karen Robinson-Cope helped answer these questions as she joined host Alvin C. Miles to share her experience, insights and advice in this edition of Global Leader Radio!.

Listen, learn and apply these seven takeaways from our discussion:


  1. Customers don’t want to hear all the details, they want you to solve their problem.
  2. An entrepreneur’s job is to identify what needs to be done – then do it!
  3. Smarts & enthusiasm are sometimes more important than experience.
  4. Give your team the opportunity and the ability to fail.
  5. Tolerance for ambiguity & making timely decisions are essential.
  6. When operating internationally,  focus the culture/process bias of the country and company first.
  7. Having the external viewpoint of a board can make your company much more successful!

Listen in as Karen explains her leadership style through the lens of entrepreneurship. Add her ideas to your leadership toolkit to help increase YOUR influence. Leadership IS a conversation!

Karen Robinson/ SVP Sales & Marketing, NanoLumens

Karen leads the NanoLumens sales team and oversees all new business development and marketing. She has been instrumental in the planning, strategy and growth of NanoLumens.

Karen is a serial entrepreneur who has been CEO of four different high-growth, venture or angel-backed companies over the last 20 years. Most recently, Karen was president and CEO of Prime Point Media, one of the largest alternative out of home advertising companies in the United States which she successfully led to a lucrative exit when it was acquired by a publicly traded company in 2006. Prior to Prime Point, Karen was chairwoman, president and CEO of Enrev Corporation, a technology company that was acquired in 2001.

She has been recognized by Atlanta-based Women in Technology when she won its Woman of the Year in Technology Awards in 2000, and is the incoming board chair of the Atlanta chapter of TIE, an organization that fosters entrepreneurship globally. She was also named to Wireless Weekly’s list of top 20 Women in the wireless industry. Karen is a frequent speaker at both the regional and national levels and she has spoken at MIT, Georgia Tech, Harvard and Emory Universities. She is also an investor and board member at numerous private and public companies in the United States and Canada. Her passions are her family and her involvement in micro-lending in both Sub-Saharan Africa and Central America.


Contact Karen: (678) 974-1539,


Which Book Has Most Impacted Your Leadership Ability?


Servant Leadership & Seeing With An “Immigrant Perspective!”



In this edition of Global Leader Radio!™, we discuss the importance of servant leadership and introduce the “immigrant perspective.” Host Alvin C. Miles interviewed Littie Brown and Rita Izaguirre as they share several strategies, tools and tips to help strengthen your leadership acumen!

Here are seven takeaways from our discussion:

  1. You’re working for yourself even if you’re employed by someone else.
  2. Choose mentors who are functionally & physically different from you!
  3. “I don’t believe in counting heads, but making heads count!”
  4. Minorities and women have a knack for building relationships.
  5. Long-lasting relationships create opportunities for sales.
  6. Learn to confidently “sell yourself” without appearing to brag!
  7. Are you a “once a year leader” or do you give feedback every day?

Listen in as Littie and Rita provide valuable insights from their executive-level backgrounds. Add their ideas to your leadership toolkit to help increase YOUR influence. Leadership IS a conversation!

Littie Brown/ President/ Owner, Speedpro Imaging

Inspirational, influential, creative, dynamic communicator, are words most often used to describe Littie Brown.  Through her years of employment and community involvement Littie has helped individuals personally and professionally realize their dreams.  Because of her investment in their lives, many persons have been promoted, taken on new opportunities and realized the potential in their personal lives.

Littie earned a B.B.A. in Management from Texas State University and professionally has successfully led sales organizations for three top Fortune 500 Companies:  Xerox, Dunn & Bradstreet, and Grainger.

Today, Littie is the President/Owner of Speedpro Imaging in Marietta, GA., specializing in large format printing. As the Nation’s leader in high quality large format, imagery including; Trade show displays/exhibits, reprographics, building wraps and vehicle wraps, Speedpro takes visual communications to the next level.

In her spare time Littie enjoys golf, movies, traveling and spending quality time with family and friends.

Contact Littie: (678) 538-8384,


Rita Izaguirre / Principal, IDEIAS

Rita Izaguirre is a business executive with extensive experience in human capital strategy, and diversity and inclusion in both private and public sector organizations. She is a seasoned speaker and recognized as an expert in her field. Over her career, Rita has held domestic and international assignments in Latin America and Europe.

Currently, as a Principal at the research firm Ideias, LLC Rita consults to organizations on the impact of cultural competence on leadership effectiveness and corporate success. Rita was Senior Vice President of Talent Acquisition, Diversity & Compliance at SunTrust Banks, and held similar roles at General Electric Healthcare and the City of Alexandria, VA.

Rita holds a Bachelor of Science from Barry University, a Law degree from Nova Southeastern University and a Certificate in Organization Development from Georgetown University. She is admitted to the Florida Bar and holds the SPHR designation. She has been published in the Intercultural Management Quarterly, and is an Executive in Residence at Kennesaw State University where she has lectured in the Executive MBA program on change management.

She is active in the community serving as advocate and facilitator for Kennesaw’s Professional Women Alliance, the Atlanta Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners and the Technology Association of Georgia. Rita as a member of the Advisory Board of the Alliance Theatre, and the board of Year Up, a national organization that provides urban youth educational tools to achieve their potential.  Rita is married and lives with her husband, Amado, in Atlanta, GA.

Contact Rita: (770) 696-5312,


Which Book Has Most Impacted Your Leadership Ability?




Does “IQ + EQ + LQ + BQ” = Success for Financial Leaders?


In this edition of Global Leader Radio!™, we discuss the common denominators of success for financial leaders. Mike McCracken joined host Alvin C. Miles to explain leadership through the lens of finance, along with several strategies, tools and tips to help your leadership emerge!

Here are seven takeaways from our discussion:

  1. “If you have the ability to influence others into action, you are a leader!”
  2. Always empathize with the people you lead.
  3. Under duress, people fall back on their core values.
  4. Knowing your strengths & struggles is valuable to becoming a better leader.
  5. Have you built a team that can survive without you?
  6. Like athletes, leaders must continue to practice .
  7. The best leaders celebrate as a team.

Mike provides great insight to help you understand the dimensions of financial leadership. Add his ideas to your leadership toolkit to help increase YOUR influence. Leadership IS a conversation!

Mike McCracken / Founder, McCracken Alliance LLC

Mike McCracken has been the founder of many companies throughout his career including McCracken Alliance, LLC (MA) which focuses on building business and leadership networks that foster peer-to-peer relationships, provide leverage through knowledge sharing and facilitate access to innovative value added business solutions. Previously, Mike was a founder of Tatum LLC, which became the first National Professional CFO Firm with annual sales of $200 million, and in 2010, merged with a $2.0 billion NYSE registrant.

Earlier Mike formed an internet services provider which sold in the late 90’s for several million dollars. He was also a partner with Ernst & Young LLP in New York, reporting to the Chairman and CEO, after being a Regional Director of Marketing and Strategy for the seven-state SE Region during a reorganization period to introduce a specialized industry focus and merger with Arthur Young which created the largest professional services firm at that time. He served as coordinating partner on the team of professionals that designed the spin-off of Eastman Chemical Company, a $4.0 billion Fortune 500 manufacturer, from Eastman Kodak and was business development advisor to the member firm in Japan. Previously a CPA in four states and CMA, he has served on numerous boards including serving as a founding member of more than 10 university based leadership networks.

Contact Mike: (770) 696-5312,


Which Book Has Most Impacted Your Leadership Ability?