The Millennial Mastermind Podcast

If you are an entrepreneurial millennial looking for tools, tactics, and inspiration to take your business and your life to the next level, this is the show for you. Brad Mulvey created this podcast as a student of life, looking to build a foundation of knowledge that would support the dreams of his audience and himself. In Napoleon Hill’s timeless classic Think and Grow Rich, he defines a mastermind group as, "the Coordination of knowledge and effort between two or more people, for the attainment of a definite purpose." In this podcast, that coordination is created between you, our amazing guests, and Brad. Our definite purpose is achieving extraordinary results in your business and in your life. Welcome to the Millennial Mastermind. Following mentorship from trailblazers like Tim Ferris, Tony Robbins, Zig Ziglar, Grant Cardone, John Lee Dumas, Pat Flynn, Gary Vaynerchuk, Lewis Howes, Simon Sinek, Geoff Woods, and more!
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Nov 7, 2016
Life doesn't always go as we plan it.  I'm willing to bet that there have been times when you've been knocked off the rails and had no idea how to get things back on track.  I know I've had a number of those experiences in my life.  Today's guest knows that feeling better than most.  But what sets her apart is not the challenges she was faced with, but instead the way she reacted and how she bounced back stronger than ever.
Kelsey Cronkhite, founder of Pinegate Road, knew that one day she wanted to run her business full time.  Some day in the unspecified future, she would leave her corporate job and live life on her terms.  But what she didn't know, is that life had other plans for her.  Finding herself laying in a hospital bed, she came to the realization that "someday" was no longer in the distant future.  "Someday" had suddenly become "today".  
In this episode, Kelsey shares how she made the journey from employee to entrepreneur, and how she conquered some unforeseen mountains along the ways.  We discuss the importance of knowing your core values and how you can find them.
Get ready to be fired up!
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Oct 31, 2016
Today, I am very excited to be able to share a conversation I had with a successful and inspiring serial entrepreneur, Jeff Hoffman.  To set the stage for what level Jeff is on, in talking with him after we recorded this episode, he casually mentioned that he was flying to Mexico in a few days to host an event with Richard Branson... Yeah, he's the real deal.
It could take me a full episode to give all of the details of Jeff's bio, so here's the abridged version. Jeff is a:
  • successful entrepreneur
  • proven CEO (public and private companies)
  • worldwide motivational speaker
  • published author
  • Hollywood film producer
  • producer of a Grammy-winning jazz album
  • board member for numerous companies
  • founder of 8 different companies, most note notably his involvement with
He now spends a lot of his time traveling around the world to mentor up and coming entrepreneurs.  Jeff is very generous with his time, as he proved by agreeing to meet up with me in person to record this episode.  We recorded this one in a coffee shop, so you can hear the background noise and ambiance as if you were sitting right there next to us.  
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Oct 24, 2016
There is one subject that is pertinent to all of our lives.  But the curious thing is that this topic is commonly overlooked throughout our journey through the educational system.  It is rarely taught in high school or even required at the collegiate level.  The subject I am referring to is personal finance.  
For whatever reason, we spend the majority of our young lives being prepared to enter the "real world" to pursue a career and make money, yet we never learn what to do with this money when we have it.  Today's guest is on a mission to educate the masses on common and not-so-common financial pitfalls and learnings.  Bobbi Rebell is an award-winning journalist and advocate for financial literacy. She currently leads the U.S. business video unit for Reuters, the largest news organization in the world.  And lucky for us, she just released her new book How to Be a Financial Grownup.  
In this episode, Bobbi and I discuss a wide array of financial elements that millennials should be aware of.  For the book, she interviewed 30 top business leaders to better understand how these high achievers think about their own personal finances, and the challenges they faced early in their careers.  There are a lot of learnings in this one, and I highly encourage you to check out her new book.
Oct 3, 2016

This week’s episode is a quick solo session.  While at the gym, I was struck with a realization that I had to share with you fine folks.  I dive into the concept of “micro goals” and how they can help you achieve your biggest dreams.

I often find there to be incredible parallels between fitness (physical growth) and personal optimization (personal growth).  I find these ties to be extremely helpful in conceptualizing how personal development contributes to our success and growth in life.  Join me as I share how micro goals work both in the gym and in our lives.

Also, I really want to make sure that this show is delivering value to you.  That’s the whole reason I started this show in the first place. So in an effort to do that, I want to give you all the opportunity to get on my calendar and schedule some time for us to connect over a quick phone call.  I want to know where you’re struggling right now and how I can best serve you.    

There are no strings attached to this offer.  I’m not selling or charging anything.  So if you’re interested, please head over to to book a call with yours truly.  I hope to talk to you soon!

Sep 19, 2016

In this episode, we explore how our guest truly went from zero to hero.  I’m honored to be joined by Melbourne, Australia native, Markado Escano.  Markado went from dropping out of college, to starting his own business, to surrounding himself with some of the giants of the personal development industry like Peter Voogd, Joel Brown, Lewis Howes and Tai Lopez. 

Markado teaches me the formula he used to get around the high performing individuals that he now partners with in his own business.  He shares some amazing strategies to elevate the level of your network. 

Please enjoy this conversation with Markado Escano.  If you find this episode valuable, I’d really appreciate it if you headed over to to subscribe to the show and leave an honest rating or review.  Thanks for checking out the show!


My favorite quote from this episode:

“Rock bottom is the strongest foundation you could have.”



Sep 12, 2016
Remember the Ebola outbreak? When we all thought the Black Plague of the 21st century was upon us and life as we knew it was ending. Well, so does Carmen Westbrook. Because while the rest of the world was worrying about the future, she was actively making moves to change it.  And no, she's not a doctor, medical researcher or millionaire donor.  At the time, she was just another concerned citizen, but had an extraordinary drive to help. Hence was born Aina Giving.
Today, Aina Giving has morphed into an organization of change that empowers people to reach out across boundaries to help anyone, anywhere, without barriers of time, distance or culture. 
Carmen joins us today to share what she's learned along this epic journey.  We talk about how she's overcome fears and self doubts, including when she realized the company was turning into her "ugly baby" and she needed to pivot.  We also cover what motivates her, the power of a supportive community and how Aina is changing the world.  There is no lack of inspiration in this one, so prepare to have your internal fire rekindled.
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Aug 24, 2016
Boy oh boy am I excited for you guys to check out this week's episode.  Why, you ask?  Because Justin Lefkovitch is the real deal when it comes to successful entrepreneurs making a big splash in the world of experiential marketing.  Oh, and did I mention that he's only 28 years old?  Baller status.
In this week's conversation, Justin walks us through how he started his company out of broom closet (seriously) yet still managed to land MTV as his first client.  He now works with some of the music industry's top talents like Kaskade and Bebe Rexha, and big name clients like Syfy and Acura.
We cover a ton in this one, so sit back and prepare to be inspired! 
Learn more about Justin and Mirrored Media at
Aug 11, 2016
Today I am extremely grateful to announce that I just started a new job.  And not only that, but it is a job that has shortened my commute to work, compensates me much better and is within an emerging industry that will likely open more doors as my career progresses (the big data industry).  
Now, I'm not telling you this to brag about my cool new job.  On the contrary, I actually feel a bit awkward talking about it.  But in taking such a big step forward in my career and life, I feel that it is my obligation to share how this opportunity came about and how I positioned myself to be the top candidate for the role.
This one is just a quick solo episode, but I tried to load it up with as much useful content as I could.  Let me know what you think in the comments below, and how I can help you find your dream job!
Aug 1, 2016
Everyone and their cousin twice removed is talking about the stereotypes Millennials fall into.  I can't blame them, it's easy to talk about and there are millions of sources you can quote on the topic.  So today, I wanted to look at the generational divide from a different perspective. 
What misconceptions and overgeneralizations do we Millennials have about the other generations?
That is the question I set out to answer when I connected with Ryan Jenkins.  A leading blogger, podcaster and keynote speaker on the topic of Millennials and their relationships with other generations, it's not surprising that Ryan had some great insight on the topic.  We get into:
  • Communication between Millennials and other generations
  • Misconceptions of Gen X and Baby Boomers
  • What to know about the emerging Generation Z
  • Much, much more
To learn more about Ryan and what he has going on, check out these links that were mentioned in the episode:
Let me know what you thought of this episode in the comments below!
Jul 25, 2016
From selling cupcakes in Bangladesh, to coaching high performing entrepreneurs on how to build a thriving business, Jillian Lama has learned a few things along her journey.  Where "personal brand" and "investing in yourself" are buzz words for many, Jillian truly understands the meaning and importance of such key phrases.  And not only that, but she understands how to teach others to properly approach these topics.  And that's exactly what she does in this week's episode.
In our conversation, Jillian walks us through some key fundamentals to building the lives we dream about.  This includes:
  • Training your mindset
  • Investing in yourself
  • Forgiving yourself
  • Enjoying your journey
  • Stop trying to please everyone
  • ...and much, much more
To learn more about Jillian, you can visit, or check out for her special offer mentioned in this episode.
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Jul 18, 2016
Some folks might not advise a 20-something-year-old to quit a VP position at powerhouse consumer packaged goods company Reckitt Benckiser, owner of household brands like Lysol, Air Wick, Mucinex and many more you would know, to gamble on their own entrepreneurial venture. Some folks might call that a "bad plan".  But those folks clearly do not know Dionna McPhatter, the Co-Founder and Managing Partner of BLKBOX, a Millennial marketing agency in NYC.
You see, Dionna, along with her business partner Keenan Beasley, had identified a very tangible opportunity and carefully calculated that it had a big enough value proposition to leave their Fortune 500 careers in the rearview mirror.  Now seeing the rapid success of BLKBOX, many folks might call this a "good plan".  In this week's episode, I had the opportunity to discuss the strategies, practices and mindset Dionna used to make her dream a reality.
In this conversation, Dionna walks us through the key principles she learned at West Point that helped her achieve success in the business world, the true meaning and importance of "personal branding", how to identify and evaluate opportunities, along with much, much more.  To connect with Dionna or learn more about BLKBOX, you can follow her on Twitter @dphat23 or visit
I hope you enjoy my conversation with the very smart and undeniably inspirational Dionna McPhatter!
Jul 11, 2016
It seems that everywhere you look these days, you find a stereotype of the millennial generation.  We've all heard the same story told over and over.  Millennials are lazy, dependent on their parents, impatient and (my personal favorite) oh so entitled. Britt Hysen heard these generalizations too, but they didn't align with what she could see happening around her. So she decided to build a platform to express inspirational millennial stories from around the globe.  And thus was born MiLLENNiAL Magazine, an online publication with a mission to spread the powerful stories not being told about gen Y. She now acts as the magazine's Editor-in-Chief.
Britt joins me this week to discuss the inspiration behind MiLLENNiAL and some of the biggest challenges and opportunities our generation faces. Being an early influencer in the "millennial scene", Britt has become known as an expert on the successes of the generation. Her publication helps to dispel the negative reputation that follows millennials like a black cloud.  
The millennial stereotype may not change overnight, but may be salvaged moving forward thanks to the efforts of inspirational thought leaders like Britt.  
Learn more at
Jul 4, 2016
With nearly 30 years in the Air Force on 10 different assignments, Colonel (retired) Ron Yakkel has a deep understanding of the fundamental and advanced Air Force principles that lead to a successful career. He has now taken that military foundation and translated it into a civilian capacity as an Instructor of Security Cooperation and the Regional Seminar Director for the Indo-Asia Pacific Region at the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, OH. 
It would be an understatement to say that I'm lucky to have known Colonel Yakkel for quite literally my entire life, as he happens to be my mother's brother. That's right, the man who many have saluted as their ranking officer has always been "Uncle Ron" to me. So this episode was a real treat for me to be able to dive into some of the specific military principles that millennials can apply to their own lives to achieve massive success.
In this episode, Ron discusses the Air Force's Core Values and how anyone can incorporate them into their lives. We cover A LOT of great advice in this one, including:
  • Importance of a positive outlook on life
  • How a millennial can become a better leader
  • Don't be afraid to take advantage of opportunities 
  • 4 things that will get you fired
  • The learning never stops
  • Don't be afraid to make a decision
  • Do the important stuff first
  • Finding balance with your work and family life
  • Creating "tie down" straps in your life
Favorite Quotes:
"To be a good leader, you have to be a good follower."
"That which gets measured, gets done."
Jun 20, 2016
Over the course of the past year, I have upgraded my mindset and made changes in my life to lay the foundation for success moving forward.  In this episode, I review how I've done those things and give you the blueprints on how to do the same.  The road to success is a long one, but every single person who has traveled it started by simply taking their first few steps.  
“The most important investment you can make is in yourself.” - Warren Buffett 
Jun 13, 2016

One of the main goals of this show is to provide actionable advice and tactical direction on how to be more successful in your day to day life in order to build a foundation for success in your future. This episode does that by teaching you how to send a powerful email to someone you’ve never met.


Alex Berman has become an expert on the topic of cold emailing by building a company that has sent over a million of them. He goes through what he’s learned and shows us exactly how to craft a baller email.

Jun 6, 2016
In this episode Dr. Travis Ziglar, optometrist and co-founder of Eye Love, teaches us how he made a few radical changes in his life to make monumental leaps forward.  They say the three most stressful life events are quitting your job, moving and starting a business.  Travis and his wife decided to do all three of these at the same time!  Travis explains how he did this and how it has expanded his life far beyond what he thought was possible.
This conversation is jam packed with actionable advice on how you can make the same changes Travis did to dramatically improve your own life.  We discuss:
  • Building rapport as the leader of a new team
  • Morning routines
  • The benefits of journaling, reading and meditating 
And make sure to listen until the end to hear a special offer on how you can get a free pair of Ray-Ban quality sunglasses.
Eye Love with Special $10 Off for Millennial Mastermind Podcast listeners and GIVEAWAY:​ 
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"Don't Sweat the Small Stuff and It's All Small Stuff" by Richard Carlson: 


May 31, 2016
I can hardly believe it, but this week we cross the threshold into the realm of double digit numbered episodes. To celebrate I invited a very special guest to join me on the show. I am excited to introduce you all to my partner in crime, the lovely Calli Roberts. 
I specifically wanted to bring Calli on to give you some insight into my personal life and to get her perspective on some of the challenges and opportunities we are presented with as millennials. She has a great perspective as she has recently launched her own blog, became a rep for a network marketing organization, coaches a youth girls' volleyball team and has a full time marketing job on top of it all.
You can find Calli on her blog at or on Instagram at
May 23, 2016
As 20-something-year-old young professionals, many of us Millennials are constantly finding ourselves in a transitional phase of our lives. Graduation from undergrad or grad school. Transitioning to a new job. Starting a family. Moving to a new city. Shopping at Whole Foods for the first time. Whatever your transition may be, you aren't alone if you feel a bit uprooted and maybe even a little lost.
This week's guest, Ashley Basile Oeken, knows that feeling well.  That's exactly what she went through when she first moved to Cleveland after grad school.  She then did what any sensible young professional would do.  She got a job, stuck it out and found her place in the crazy new city she called home.  That is until she decided she didn't want any more young professionals in Cleveland feeling lost when they arrived in the city, and took matters into her own hands. 
Ashley became the first staff member and is now the President of the young professional organization Engage! Cleveland. In this episode, we discuss an assortment of topics regarding millennials making transitions in their lives.  We dig into networking, the importance of making "adult" friends, a changing workplace culture and the ominous career clout around "job-hopping".
Engage! Cleveland - 
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May 16, 2016
Have you ever been introduced to someone via email?  I know, I know... it happens all the time.  But how about a 400 word essay on why said person is the most highly recommended guest you could possibly have on your podcast?  Well, that's exactly how I was introduced to this week's guest, Jason Sabo.  After meeting Jason, I can understand where that enthusiasm came from.  I now share the same enthusiast in introducing him to you.
Just a few years older than myself, Jason has assembled an impressive collection of professional achievements and built a remarkable career in the healthcare field.  He has held a number of notable positions in his field, and is now a Senior Consultant with DHG Healthcare, the healthcare industry practice of Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP.
So how did he do it?  How did he reach such a remarkable level of success in so short a period of time?  That's exactly what Jason is here to teach us.
In this episode you will hear how being actively engaged in every opportunity along his journey has catapulted his career to extraordinary heights.  Jason sheds light on an array of Millennial-relevant topics including:
  • Networking tips for young professionals
  • The power of saying "No"
  • Servant Leadership philosophy  
  • Being a Super Connector 
  • Communicating with your manager
  • Managing your mentor relationships
  • The importance of public speaking and writing skills, no matter what your job
Jason on LinkedIn -
Servant Leadership information from the Robert K. Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership - 
The Hemingway App - 


May 9, 2016
There are some people you hang out with who you can't help but want to be their friend.  Jason Orsky is definitely one of these people.  And it doesn't take long to figure out why.  The guy would literally give you the shirt off his back if you needed it (I've seen him do it).  And as a business owner, he's seen first hand that living as a servant not only makes you feel great, it is a profitable approach to business.
Jason shares some great stories in this episode that may even elicit a tear or two.  Have your tissues on deck.  Some of the key topics we cover include:
  • Living with a servant attitude
  • Keeping your problems in perspective
  • Business success derived from a philanthropic lifestyle
  • Defining what success means to you
  • Giving what you have: time or money
  • Find the need involved with your passion
  • Treating clients as friends
My favorite quotes from this episode:
     "If you do good by people, people are going to do business with you."
     "The money follows the service."
     "Some will.  Some won't.  Who cares?  Who's next?"
Find Jason on Facebook and LinkedIn


May 2, 2016
Today I have the pleasure of being joined by an inspiring young leader who understands better than most the challenges millennials face when taking on a leadership role for the first time in their professional careers.  
Emily Monteleone is a Program Manager at Cleveland Clinic’s Taussig Cancer Institute, where she oversees the Cancer Programming efforts in creating the multidisciplinary cancer programs for breast, colorectal and upper gastrointestinal cancers, such as pancreatic and liver cancer. Emily is a member of the Executive Board for GOAL, Cleveland Clinic’s Group of Aspiring Leaders and is also a graduate of the inaugural class of the Emerging Leaders Program at the Cleveland Clinic.  Emily spends her free time working with Cleveland area non-profits, such as Gigi’s Playhouse and Engage! Cleveland.  For perspective, the Cleveland Clinic has been ranked one of the top 5 hospitals in the country.
In our conversation, we dive into Emily's specific advice on how young professionals can not only succeed, but thrive in leadership positions.  Topics we cover include:
  • Jumping at opportunities, no matter how big or small
  • The "Buddy to Boss" transition
  • Opening the communication door as a leader
  • Qualities of successful leaders
  • Importance of stretch assignments 
  • Servant Leadership
  • Always staying true to yourself
Emily  on LinkedIn
Twitter @EmilyMonteleone
Apr 25, 2016
In this episode of the Millennial Mastermind Podcast I have the distinct pleasure of connecting with author, speaker and all around great guy, Bob Burg.  Bob is the author of a number of books on sales, marketing and influence, with total book sales of well over a million copies. His book, The Go-Giver, coauthored with John David Mann has sold over half a million copies and it has been translated into 21 languages. 
In today's conversation with Bob, we cover:
  • Building a system to achieve predictable success
  • The Five Laws of Stratospheric Success
  • How to build a mentor relationship
  • How to make a LOT of money in life
  • The difference between a salesperson vs con artist
The Five Laws of Stratospheric Success:
  1. The Law of Value: Your true worth is determined by how much more you give in value than you take in payment.
  2. The Law of Compensation: Your income is determined by how many people you serve and how well you serve them.
  3. The Law of Influence: Your influence is determined by how abundantly you place other people's interests first.
  4. The Law of Authenticity: The most valuable gift you have to offer is yourself.
  5. The Law of Receptivity: The key to effective giving is to stay open to receiving.
Apr 18, 2016
This week I'm joined by Ryan Florio, the president, founder and TeaEO of Inca Tea (see what he did there?).  When you talk about finding your passion and following your dreams, Ryan serves as an inspirational example.  With 20 years of experience in a variety of professions, ranging from Fortune 500 companies to tech startups, he has been through the career gambit.  But all of that experience led up to the point where he discovered his true passion, 3,500 miles from home, while hiking the Inca Trail in Peru.
Listen now to hear how Ryan turned his dream into a reality.  We also discuss the importance of being true to yourself, accepting that you can't make everyone happy (and shouldn't), why you should never give up and much more.
Find out more about Ryan and Inca Tea at
Apr 11, 2016

In this episode of the Millennial Mastermind Podcast I am joined by Andy Halko, the owner and founder of strategic marketing agency, Insivia.  Throughout his career, Andy has successfully navigated the challenges involved with being a young business leader.  A few of the topics we cover include:

  • Working with clients and employees with more experience than yourself
  • Actual truth vs. perception of one's self
  • Attitude and perception are everything
  • Sometimes, the best results come from conflict
  • Confidentiality in a mastermind group
  • Life is your own journey, not that of those around you
  • This conversation really hit home for me, and I hope it does for you as well.


My Favorite Quotes:

  "Every single person in the world knows something that you don't know, so you're always a student." -Andy Halko

  "Your attitude in how you face anything is 99% of the battle." -Andy Halko

  "Attitude can define everything in your life." -Andy Halko

  "The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has actually taken place." -George Bernard Shaw


Links and resources mentioned:

  Learn more about the Johari Window here.

  Find out more about Andy at or on his LinkedIn page.

Apr 6, 2016

No matter what your industry, job title or career stage, you're a salesperson.  You could be selling product to a client, selling your boss on paying you more or selling your kids on why they need to eat their vegetables.  All of us are selling every day.  Heck, my girlfriend just sold me on a new coffee table without me even realizing it.

That's why when Jedi Master Salesman Gene McNaughton talks... I listen.  Gene gives some powerful advice in this episode, including the 5 steps to get anything you want in life.

Apologies in advance for the less-than-stellar sound quality.  I'm still trying to figure out this whole "microphone" thing.  But nonetheless, it's a great episode!


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