Marques Ogden – Evolved Leadership

Marques Ogden – Evolved Leadership

Marques Ogden In Charge of his life.
Marques Ogden Life after Football

Our American heroes are typically military personnel and athletes. It is no wonder because these individuals put their life and health on the line for us in on way or another.

Leadership heroes never accept defeat. When times are tough, they dig deep and find a new path, a new way, and move forward. Defeat is never an option for a hero.  There may be setbacks but the notion of quitting is forbidden. The very drive these people exhibit in their chosen profession often creates the best leaders, because of the adversity and challenges they have conquered. No one said it would be easy, and that is pulled from the bottom of their DNA.

 Finding your Leadership and future

There is never a time when the world does not need good leaders. I had the privilege of talking with a man who grabbed the leadership reigns laser focused forward and never looked back because the only option is forward in living. That man is Marques Ogden former NFL offensive lineman with the Jacksonville Jaguars, the Baltimore Ravens, the Buffalo Bills, and the Tennessee Titans until 2007.

Marques understood time in the NFL was typically finite. He began planning to make a mark in the world after the NFL by being community minded and moving toward being an entrepreneur for life after his NFL time was done. It is easy to recall the status of various high-profile National Football League players who became financially broke after their playing days were complete. To get an insight check out the 30 for 30 episode titled Broke.  Marques was determined to have a legacy after football, that included financial and career prosperity.

Mr. Ogden came from a family of competitive men, be it sports or life. Giving credit to his father and brother as his guides and inspiration early in his life. Today his inspiration is his family and other he can help provide opportunities.After his NFL stint ended, Marques was the operator of a very successful construction company, for several years. The business was great until a good deal went South. As any great leader Marques owns the responsibility of what happened.

What now!

If there is anything in life a person learns is what not to do and how to adapt. Doing whatever was required to provide, Marques humbled himself and began to provide for his family and plan for the future once again.

Let the words flow

People who practice conscious living and experience made for great leaders. He began speaking to anyone who had an ear, promoting leadership, business, and determination.  As he ventured into new territory, his mind’s eye began to show a path to success. Speaking engagements began to grow and become more frequent.

What does a leader do?

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Leaders build other leaders, so Marques created a speaker bureau for other athletes to have a voice. Teaching networking, value and leadership skills to other sports veterans and untapped speaking talent.

Tips from Marques Ogden:

  • Fail = First Attempt At Learning
  • Failure is a stepping stone to success.
  • If you own a business, Market, market, market! Critical to success.
  • Know your business – be an expert!
  • Vet your partner and employees
  • Proper funding
  • Know when to walk away.

We all have talents and leadership skills, and the best teacher is life itself. Take the talents you already have and see how those talents apply to other areas. Marques Ogden is a success story because he does not live in the past and is bringing people into the future.

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Tori Tolbert – Domestically Abused To Boss

From domestic abused to Boss – Tori Tolbert

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Tori Tolbert Blaqueline Entertainment CEO

Tori Tolbert is the editor and chief of Blaqueline magazine. She is a highly intelligent, vibrant and honest individual who suffered domestic mental and physical abuse at the hands of her previous partner for twelve years. During the twelve year period of her life, she constantly moved forward, progressing toward her life goals inspire of her poor relationship. Learning to compartmentalize the relationship that caused so much grief. The mission for living today for Tori is sharing her story to empower people who are in an abusive relationship. We all need angels to guide us at various points in our life and God has provided another in Tori Tolbert.


Stay positive – This too shall pass

When a woman is fed up and emotionally disconnected, there is nothing you can do to change her mind. Tori was that fed up woman.  Fed up with the situation, she plotted her escape for about a year. Her plan was making baby steps of empowerment to move away from the negative energy relationship.

There are ground rules for those suffering at the hands of another. If the rules are not obeyed then there is a price to pay. A hefty emotional and sometimes physical loss is usually the price for the smallest infraction of the rules. The best part of being in a game with rules is finding the weakness to exploit for max benefit. No matter what game is afoot.

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Embarrassing secrets

The obvious emotion Tori endured was the personal embarrassment. Once again we go back to plotting in her baby steps, subtly letting people around her know about the abuse she was enduring.  Planning her escape from the torment of her home, was the driving force future prosperity.  One tactic she used to bring people into her world was to pass an emergency contact in case something happened out of her control. Tori stated during our interview ” I gave my mother as an emergency contact, in the event something physical happened.” Most people would wonder why her spouse would not be the emergency contact unless Tori’s spouse could not be trusted. Subtle Ray’s of Hope and empowerment were gaining momentum in her actions.

In a portion of the interview, Tori let me know she had a 5:30 pm curfew, to which she began pushing the boundaries by five minutes in an act of defiance.  It was the little victories giving her the strength to move forward with her independence from her abusive spouse.  She endured the abuse for twelve years until she had enough.  Some of you may be thinking this is a great Tyler Perry movie, but it was real life.

She explained an accomplishment never actually materializing. Tori tried out and landed a spot for a cheerleading position with a professional football team. It was all for nothing because her spouse squashed p the move.

Listening to Tori’s story gave me an understanding of these types of relationships.  People who abuse other typically have suffered themselves. Still, dreams never die, they just morph and reform.

Some People Refuse to be helped

Controlling the environment of the relationship, or possibly being the victim of abuse themselves, is often at the root.

Minorities, particularly in America have placed a negative stigma on seeking professional help or asking for help.  We all have the ability to get help.  There are plenty of places, website, and opportunities for those who require help.  Seeking someone to speak with for guidance, and help is available through your local human resources, churches, and civic programs.

Tori lays bare from the abuse to her departure from man to her new found love during the podcast. Her purpose is to show individuals relating to her story, there is hope and a way out.

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So much to say.

We talked for an hour and could have talked for 4 hours. The point of it all, we cannot define ourselves by what others have done to us. Dreams are real and must never be laid to rest. NEVER GIVE IN, or give up.

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What Women Want with Elliott Katz

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What Women Want –  Being the Strong Man A Woman Wants

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What women want from a man is the age old question particularly for many men. We are (men and women)  fundamentally different creature spiritually and psychologically.  We often hear communication is key to a healthy relationship, but what happens when pieces of the conversation are lost in translation?

Elliott Katz has pulled information from his own life to begin his journey after the demise of his own ten-year marriage. This began a journey of research and understanding to find out the modern missing link. Through his life experiences and countless hours of study, Elliott began to see the missing pieces before his very eyes.  Timeless knowledge. Women want a man who has leadership skills without being controlling.

I have battled with the understanding of understanding what my past relationship partners required in our relationships. The conclusion is each party must be open to the dialog and make requirement clear.

Elliot states, nothing has really changed over time, but the messages from outside influences have changed. Men are portrayed as weak or overbearing. Confusing the matter is the dialog of the feminist and other movements that may not explain the necessary requirement and clear understanding of people wants.

He asked you out — and then couldn’t even decide where to go for a cup of coffee?

Why are women today are so frustrated with today’s men? “A lot of men don’t realize what they’re doing to try to have a good relationship – such as asking a woman out and then expecting her to make the plans — may be making things worse,” says Elliott Katz, whose book Being the Strong Man A Woman Wants: Timeless wisdom on being a man has been translated into 24 languages by publishers in Europe, Asia, Latin America and Africa.

An Amazon customer reviewer wrote, “This book has saved our marriage.” A woman wrote about the book’s insights, “If my husband of 38 years had understood these basic but crucial truths, my marriage would not have disintegrated.”

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Katz shares insights on being a man that has been lost to many men in this generation:

  • Show your share of leadership. One of the biggest complaints women have about men today is that they don’t show their share of leadership. When a man sees a situation that needs to be dealt with that is not being dealt with, he should step forward and deal with it.
  • Make decisions. To many women, a man who avoids making decisions is shirking his responsibilities.
  • Take responsibility. Don’t blame others for something that goes wrong. Step forward and deal with it.

To women he advises:

  • Encourage your man to make decisions. If he asks you to make a decision — such as choosing a place to go for coffee — say, “You decide” and let him decide.
  • Inform him of a situation where his leadership can help and ask him to handle it. Telling the man in your life what to do is not advised, but it is important to avoid contradicting him, unless what he wants to do is dangerous or damaging.
  • Appreciate him. Tell him you appreciate him dealing with the situation.


Being the Strong Man A Woman Wants is available as a paperback from and bookstores and as an ebook from Kindle, iBooks and Kobo.

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Author Elliott Katz

Contact: Elliott Katz, Tel: 416-667-0906, Email:

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Just Ask Yvi – Yvonne Heimann – Business Coach

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Just Ask Yvi -Yvonne Heimann -The Business Coach

A good business coach is someone who has amassed a library of skills and techniques to help others move forward. The real line items for a good coach is to possess the ability to see weakness and remolding a weakness into a strength. Coaching has become a very important part of the global lexicon. We all need a second set of eyes to review our personal performance, in order for performance growth to occur. Looking for the truth with your business growth then all you have to do is Ask Yvi, aka Yvonne Heiman.

Yvonne’s bio

She is impressive bringing to the table a wealth of information determination and personal drive. The first few seconds of our podcast interview, it was easy to see and feel her direct no-nonsense approach may be just with the doctor ordered.

For hundreds of years, people have chased the American Dream. Yvonne Heimann is here to show that it’s still alive. Yvonne, Born and raised in Germany, left the security of her home country to follow her dreams in the United States. She closed her pub, hopped on a plane, and dove into the fascinating world of social media and marketing.

Yvonne started her consulting business, Ask Yvi, just a year after moving to the United States. Things took off and she was soon taking over her first client’s systems management and teaching herself web-development all the while falling in love with the company’s owner, Peter Oakes. Years later, Peter was diagnosed with cancer. Yvonne took over running his company and her own while Peter recovered and was certified as cancer-free. The two were married later that year, but shortly after their wedding, Peter’s cancer returned.

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Yvonne Heimann – Ask Yvi

While caring for Peter

Yvonne ran two businesses while learning just how chaotic life can be. Peter sadly passed away leaving Yvonne to rebuild her life and two businesses. She quickly recognized that life is short and business all too often gets in the way of living life to the fullest. Yvonne became passionate about business streamlining and automation to find a balance between business and personal life. Overcoming the passing of her husband taught Yvonne how to rebuild a business after a traumatic event and the tools needed to manage a business that didn’t overwhelm life. Through the grief and chaos, Yvonne ended up launching her first product and discovering new passions that would uplevel her two businesses. Through this personal transformation, Yvonne became the embodiment of the American Dream, a proven business woman with battle scars, and a successful CEO who started from zero.

The Mission Statement for

Today, her goal is to help as many entrepreneurs as possible enjoy their life while running their business. Yvonne knows the ups and downs of life can wreak havoc on a business, so she works with entrepreneurs to build thriving empires that can withstand anything. Her expertise in streamlining business process, in addition, on helping building residual income, Yvonne teaches entrepreneurs how to make their business work for them so they can enjoy all the good things in life.

Contacting Yvonne is extremely easy for the busy individual to visit the scheduling link to set up a virtual coffee chat at: ASK YVI

For social media, help business consulting, setting up a website, and getting your online business to the next level is your first stop.
Yvonne Heimann
      Cell: 916.672.8828
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