Category Archives: #MentorMonday

#MentorMonday [Recap]: Defining Your Mission And Your Vision With Angela Benton

#MentorMonday [Recap]: Defining Your Mission And Your Vision With Angela Benton

This week on #MentorMonday we welcomed on Ms. Angela Benton.  Angela came on #MentorMonday to talk about how to define your mission and your vision for a better business and better life.  How did Angela define her life and her business?  She saw a need and made it her mission to help entrepreneurs.  Angela brought diversity to Silicon Valley.  As the founder and CEO of the NewME Accelerator program, Angela has accelerated hundreds of entrepreneurs.  Since 2011, NewME entrepreneurs have raised over $17 million in venture capital funds.  So it is safe to say that Angela has certainly defined success in Silicon Valley.

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#MentorMonday [Recap]: Conquering 2015 D.U.M.B. Goals With F.O.C.U.S.

#MentorMonday [Recap]: Conquering 2015 D.U.M.B. Goals With F.O.C.U.S.

Happy New Year!  Welcome to 2015 and the first #MentorMonday recap!

Let’s start this recap doing something different.  Share in the comments what you did in 2014 for your business or your life in general that will set the stage for 2015 being all the better.  You never know who will take your best of 2014 to make 2015 their best.

Now, to the #MentorMonday recap.

Paul started off the session in a new location which later played a part in one of the big surprises of the show.  We lost him mid show and he had to be replaced with a #MentorMonday alum, Chris Burns.

To begin, Paul shared a story from the death bed of his uncle-in-law.  This 78-year-old man revealed, “Man, this thing goes by fast.”  And “this thing” is life.

So how do you make the most of this thing that goes so fast?  Setting goals, staying focused, and rolling with the entrepreneurial, life, and technical punches that are dealt to you.

The first question (after who was drinking what, of course) out of the #MentorMonday box was, “Do you need goals?” And the answer was surprising.

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#MentorMonday 25 [Recap]: The Hope Panel

“The minute you are willing to surrender your biggest dreams…the success follows.” ~ Mandy Hale

“When you think you’ve lost hope it’s just the Universe’s way of telling you there is something else out there for you.” ~ Russ Terry

“When you step out on faith you don’t fall.” ~ Paul C. Brunson

“I don’t even watch the news [on TV] because it’s too depressing…I have to make a decision to remain positive and hopeful at all times.” ~ Angela Russell

#mentormonday; hope

We’re talking HOPE, with the “Oprah emphasis.” This episode of #MentorMonday took a fascinating and dare I say, ‘hopeful’ look at how to keep hope and how to keep from losing hope. Some of us, like Paul, like our hope in a liquid form!

Seriously, though, hope, and the elements of hope, including faith and confidence, were the focus of this episode. Paul considers himself “The Hope Guy,” so this episode is near and dear to his heart (but honestly, every episode is!)…and to the hearts of the #MentorMonday Community.

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#MentorMonday And #ThxBirthControl Get Sexy “After Dark”: We Dare You To Watch

#MentorMonday got a little daring in the first “after dark” episode dedicated to all things sex!

In partnership with #ThxBirthControl and, an online resource for birth control for men and women, #MentorMonday gave the audience what they needed and wanted in a conversation centered around such a controversial topic.

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Every single relationship seminar that Paul conducts always includes a discussion about birth control. “Birth control is the most substantial thing that has impacted dating and impacted marriage that has ever been created.”  Paul decided HR laws be damned and had an interesting convo with the producer of #MentorMonday, Ella (@EllaLaverne) about her current sex situation, much to Ella’s chagrin…but I feel so much closer to Ella now.  Silly season has begun.

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Where To Find #MentorMonday Caribbean Heritage Month Sponsors

Where To Find #MentorMonday Caribbean Heritage Month Sponsors



#MentorMonday offers practical advice for your BIG ideas.  We are a community of entrepreneurs that meets for encouragement, positivity, laughs and a few drinks on Monday nights.  As such we invite sponsors that add value to these conversations about our BIG dreams.

Recently we had a show featuring Cedella Marley and Caribbean Heritage Month on #MentorMonday.  We’d like to take time to introduce you to those sponsors as well as tell you a little about their sites.  You can click on any logo to find more information.



292610_339910849402000_568414161_nA special shout out goes to Caribbean Fortress Ltd for the Cedella Marley interview.  Without their dedication to bringing value to the Caribbean Heritage Month conversation, #MentorMonday wouldn’t have had that wonderful island insight to bring to our audience.

Caribbean Fortress Ltd is working to “connect the dots” among Professionals. Investors. Entrepreneurs (P.I.Es) with premium business mixers and events, across industries, in the Caribbean region.


inter caribbean airway

Air Turks & Caicos began in 1991 as InterIsland Airways Charter Service. In 2003 the Turks and Caicos Government started a push toward regional and international development and it seemed that the time had come for the Turks and Caicos to have its own airline.  Still the only scheduled airline serving all the Outer Islands today, Air Turks & Caicos also serves several key international destinations, with daily scheduled flights to multiple cities in Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Jamaica and the Bahamas.

elite island resorts

Elite Island Resorts offers an impressive collection of all-inclusive Caribbean resorts and the best variety in Caribbean vacations; your perfect all inclusive Caribbean holiday is just a call or click away. We specialize in relaxing escapes, honeymoons, weddings, and spa holidays, ideal for couples, families, friends, and groups.



The Spanish Court is your premier hotel in Kingston, Jamaica. Whether you’re traveling on business, taking a romantic getaway, or vacationing with the family, The Spanish Court offers a wide array of exceptional services and amenities, as well as a prime location in the heart of New Kingston, sure to please the most discerning individual. At The Spanish Court, we are dedicated to providing you with incomparable comfort, convenience, and luxury.

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Pop-Up Gourmet Jamaica takes you on a never ending epicurean experience across Jamaica – from delicious recipes and trendy, hot & new ‘foodie’ spots to Jamaican Chefs insights and extraordinary Gourmet Experiences across the island.  We keep you up to date on the latest in Food & Beverage Trends and Events – in Jamaica and abroad and more! Want to know more about Jamaican Cuisine? Why not join us on a Culinary Tour on your next visit to Jamaica? Come  Experience, Taste & Enjoy Jamaica!


Lillie and Ivan Cowan established Lillan Ltd in 1982. Lillan is a dynamic, privately owned company dedicated to providing the highest quality meats, fish, grains, and pickled meats to Jamaican consumers.  It was born out of a commitment to provide a cheaper alternative to wholesalers and grocery stores with the highest integrity. To date both Peter and Andrea have endeavored to fulfill the dreams of their parents, providing only the very best service, which can be clearly validated by their rapid growth in a very competitive, challenging environment.




When the escaped Maroon slaves needed to preserve their meats in the 1700’s, they turned to the process of jerking and slow roasting.  Dr. Dread perfected the process and now Dr. Dread’s Famous Jamaican Jerk is now available after all these years for all to enjoy.


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A native of Kingston, Jamaica, Nadia DeMessa was born into a family of bakers.  In 2005, Nadia took note of the growing popularity of food trucks and decided to implement her own mobile operation, Yum Yum Cupcake & More.  With a full industrial kitchen in Decatur, GA, Nadia has recently expanded her operation to include extensive catering services. Nadia’s renowned dessert tables can be found at corporate and private events all around Atlanta. In addition to her signature cupcakes, Nadia offers a wide variety of gourmet cakes, pies, ice cream and pastries.


Written and Published by Caribbean people, is the voice of the global Caribbean Woman. Still an evolving niche publication, it was founded in 2005 by Virgin Island native, Janette Brin. Each month, provides a diverse assortment of articles that offer an in-depth look at issues and things of interests to the Caribbean Woman. Their features cover Fashion & Beauty, Culture & Lifestyle, and  Music & Entertainment.


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Bryan’s Bookstores Limited (formerly BCR University Bookstore Limited) started at the University of Technology, Jamaica catering mainly to the campus community by providing textbooks, trade books, snacks, stationery and other supplies.  Their product range is consistent with their motto ‘Nourish and Excite Your Mind,’ and they offer a wide range of books and other materials that promote good morals, values and attitudes especially targeted to children and young adults.

tropics isle living

Tropic Isle Living was launched in 1992 with the conviction to bring to market a range of Jamaican herbs and herbal products valued for generations for their benefits to the hair, skin and body. Our flagship product is Jamaican Black Castor Oil which we have successfully transformed into a hair food, conditioner, soap, and body butter. We are also proud of our Jamaican aromatherapy herbal bath and body oil collection. This collection was inspired by Jamaica’s “bush bath” tradition where herbal baths were and continues to be used for healing and spiritual purposes.


Have a product you’d like to introduce to the #MentorMonday audience?  We’d love to add you to the list!  Click here to email Ella Rucker, the director of operations for #MentorMonday.

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Cedella Marley Was Born to #StrikeHard

If you were following along on Twitter leading up to this very special edition of #MentorMonday you know there was high tension and loads of speculation between which of Blue Moon and Red Stripe, Paul’s fave beers, he would pop for this auspicious occasion…and the winner is….!

You’ll just have to watch this #MentorMonday session to find out!

The #MentorMonday community was so excited to welcome a woman who Paul introduced in part as “an artist, entrepreneur, leader within the community, philanthropist; multi-talented and multi-dimensional.” Further stating that when he thinks about royalty and royalty related to his experience he considers Ms. Cedella Marley “The Princess.”

#MentorMonday; Cedella Marley

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#MentorMonday [Recap]: You Have To Be ‘FUQUITABLE’!…and more Networking Secrets From the @GrownZone!

“How do I increase opportunities in my life?”

When Paul is out and about, this is THE #1 question people ask. Romantic relationships, new business connections and career and job shifts are all opportunities for increase in our lives.

In this episode of #MentorMonday, Paul speaks with partners in business and life, Alfred Edmond, Jr. and Zara Green. As founders of the Grown Zone and hosts of GrownZone Radio Alfred and Zara are specifically qualified to not only teach us how to increase the size of our networks, but also to maximize the value that we add and receive from the opportunities present.

Networking; #MentorMonday

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#MentorMonday Recap: Black Girls RUN!…Fearlessly!

Torrey McGraw stepped in to guest host #MentorMonday this week. As the former host of Grind and Thrive, and having interviewed Paul back in 2011, Torrey was the perfect person to pinch hit in his absence.

This week’s guests, Toni Carey and Ashley Hicks, the founders of Black Girls RUN! have created not only a business but an entire movement! They shared stories of building their brand and community, the lessons they learned and how much of a recurring role mentors and fearlessness have played in their success.

Black Girls run

In 2009, friends and runners, Ashley and Toni were discussing how there weren’t that many African American women in their running circles. They found themselves informally educating friends and family. So, they started a blog about healthy eating, exercise and running. Two years later, they launched running groups and the brand quickly grew and evolved.

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Black Girls RUN! … To #MentorMonday

mentormonday guest host torrey black girls run

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#MentorMonday [Recap]: Passion + Purpose = Profit With Lamar & Ronnie Tyler!

It’s #MentorMonday time, and boy was this an amazing show! This recap can’t possibly capture all of the rich information that was shared so generously by Lamar and Ronnie, creators of… but we’re going to try.

#MentorMonday BlackandMarriedWithKids

In this session, we learn how the Tylers created their wildly popular website, how they deliver amazing content that resonates with so many of us, the importance of marketing and promotion, and finally, the secrets to monetizing your passion!

Let’s dive right in…

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