Episode 36 – FacePrint

“You’re running into problems almost daily, so it’s just kind of changing your mindset from, ‘It’s going to be perfect,’ to, ‘I’m going to do this repeatedly… and the short-term details are going to be flexible and change.’” ~Erin Smith

Why most high school students are taking time off this summer, Erin Smith is attending the Research Summer Institute at MIT where she will be continuing her explorations into algorithms for the FacePrint app she developed.

As a perpetually curious seventeen year old, Erin spent hours experimenting with her mom in their makeshift kitchen laboratory. As she aged, her ideas and research have moved out of her kitchen and into the real world and she’s making her mark in the STEM community.

FacePrint is a novel, telemedicine diagnostic tool for Parkinson’s disease utilizing early stage Parkinson’s disease facial biomarkers that she discovered and quantified. FacePrint has received national attention including winning the #BUILTBYGIRLS Challenge at Twitter Headquarters along with being recognized by the Michael J. Fox Foundation.

In this interview, Erin shares the science, struggles, and successes of her research, finding resources and starting a business as a high school student. If you think you’re busy, she also has productivity insights to offer.

Erin’s work has been featured in several articles both locally and nationally:

  • Affectiva SDK on the Spot: FacePrint Emotion Recognition Programs Detects Early Parkison’s Disease Symptoms
  • AOL blog – #BUILTBYGIRLS Challenge: 21 Girls Have Officially Taken Over Silicon Valley
  • Shawnee Mission Post – Shawnee Mission biotech student’s Parkinson’s research earns her invitation to elite summer program at MIT
  • The Kansas City Star – Lenexa Student Catches Attention of Michael J. Fox Foundation
  • The Voyager – FacePrint

If you are interested in participating in upcoming research, please email For any other requests, feel free to reach out to Erin at and be sure to connect with her on LinkedIn.

Along with developing FacePrint, participating in science competitions and going to high school, Erin is also an activist and the founder of KC Steminists, an AspireIT program that started this year that is a partnership with the National Center for Women in Technology and United Nation’s Foundation Girl Up Program. KC Steminists is a program for middle and high school students that focuses on greater exposure to opportunities in science and technology, with a focus on entrepreneurship and creating sustainable community solutions.

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Episode 35 – How to Become An Opportunity Maker

“The power of specificity is the straightest path toward credibility and memorability.”

Kare Anderson is inordinately curious about why we do what we do. She’s an Emmy-winning former NBC and Wall Street Journal reporter. Now a columnist for Forbes, Harvard Business Review, and the Huffington Post, she shares her knowledge and strategies on quotability and connective behavior.

Kare’s TED talk on The Web of Humanity: Becoming an Opportunity Maker has attracted over 2 million views. Her clients are as diverse as Salesforce, Novartis, S.F. Giants and The Skoll Foundation.

She’s also the author of four books: Moving From Me to We, Resolving Conflict Sooner, Walk Your Talk and Getting What You Want.

In this interview Kare shares insights on:

  • Why sideline glancing opens the opportunity to the unexpected
  • How to build trust by providing helpful help
  • Keys to building credibility

You can listen to the full interview here. (direct download)

Kare has spoken at TED and TEDx.

TEDx Berkeley – Redefine your life around mutuality

TED – The Web of Humanity: Becoming an Opportunity Maker

When I asked how we could help her, Kare said she will be posting updates on new projects on her website and blog which you can find at Be sure to follower her on Twitter @KareAnderson.

Kare’s Recommended Reading:

Sometimes Brilliant by Dr. Larry Brillant

Stand Out by Dorie Clark

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Episode 34 – Build. Solve. Evolve.

Established in 1893, US Engineering has grown to be one the nation’s top design-build mechanical contracting firms. Projects have included the Kauffman Center for Performing Arts, H&R Block World Headquarters, Mars Chocolate North America, the University of Colorado Hospital Inpatient Tower and Critical Care Wing, and the NCAR Wyoming Super Computing Center.

Tyler Nottberg is the fifth generation of the Nottberg family to lead U.S. Engineering. His family traces its roots to Cologne, Germany, where Gustav Nottberg started a metalworking shop in 1855.

Tyler served in several roles in the company before taking over as Chairman and CEO. He has been named one of the 250 Most powerful Business Leaders in the Kansas City area by Ingram’s Magazine. He was selected as one of Kansas City’s key executives from non-profit and public-sector settings, those whose day-to-day decisions go a long way toward influencing regional business.

In this episode of In Layman’s Terms, Tyler shares leadership insights on running a 5th generation company, including the comfort zones and oh sh!t moments along with what it takes to leave a legacy. His advice for a business owner or leader who is growing their company includes:

  • Stay healthy
  • Be persistent in the face of failure
  • Recognize when you are out of balance

U.S. Engineering was honored among the Business Journal’s Best Places to Work in Kansas City three different times. The company was recently selected for the 2017 Kansas City Business Journal’s Champions of Business award.

Along with serving on a number of nonprofit boards, Tyler is also a founder of the Alliance for Childhood Education. The Alliance is a non-profit, non-partisan coalition of business leaders committed to improving Kansas and Missouri’s education systems. The organization was founded on the premise that the business community has the obligation, opportunity, and capacity to increase the college and workforce readiness of all students through an ambitious, aggressive and comprehensive reform agenda.

When asked how listeners can add value to his company, Tyler said they are hiring. To learn more about U.S. Engineering, visit the website:

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Episode 33 – Profit With Purpose

“Persistence is stubbornness all dressed up.” ~Allison Maslan

Serial entrepreneur and business mentor Allison Maslan has built ten successful companies from the ground up starting as a single mom on her own. Her client list has included Ben & Jerry’s, Charlotte Russe, Supercuts, and Allstate. She has also been a world-renowned homeopath for the past 20 years which adds a unique whole person approach to her innovative business strategies. Allison been an expert guest on ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox Stations across the US and interviewed in Success Magazine.

In this episode, Allison shares what so many of today’s entrepreneurs are missing when it comes to achieving success in life and work. Listen below.

Insights include:

  • You shouldn’t do it alone.
  • Put yourself in situations where you can meet people who put you ahead.
  • Make decisions from where you’re going, NOT from where you’re at.
  • How to face your fears on the trapeze.

In her recent article in Entrepreneur, Allison shares Top Practices of Fortune 100 Companies.

Allison was recently named “One of the Top Women Entrepreneurs Who Inspire” by Self Made Magazine. She’s the No. 1 Best Selling Author of the book, Blast Off! The Surefire Success Plan to Launch Your Dreams Into Reality. She is Executive Producer and host of her own online television show, Allie & You, The Business Success and Lifestyle Show.

You can connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn. Questions can be emailed to

To access your FREE12-month business growth blueprint go to

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Be sure connect with me on TwitterInstagram, and LinkedIn to continue the conversation. Stay tuned for episode 34, an interview with Tyler Nottberg, CEO at US Engineering.

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