We had the good fortune of connecting with Michelle Lemmons-Poscente and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Michelle, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
If you’re an entrepreneur long enough, you see the through-line of how one business leads to the rationale for the next. Global Leaders Organization, (my fifth company) was born out of a deep desire to help entrepreneurs grow. In the US, we have half the number of entrepreneurs today than we did in 1975. The number one reason is a lack of access to capital. Not that there is not capital. It is the access to it. One example; if you are a female located in Dallas, TX and you are looking for funding, you have less than 3% chance of it happening. If you are minority, your chances are even worse. To democratize capital, no matter what demographic someone belongs to, GLO is a platform to give anyone the same advantage.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
We start bursting buttons when GLO members leverage our entrepreneurial network and business intel to grow their volume of transactions. The CEO organizations we’re aware of facilitate education and networking. That’s great but what about actually helping the members grow their business with money-making transactions? At GLO, we are proud of our education and networking component but we also provide the platform to do business with one another. We call it “Marketplace” where GLO members promote, market and advertise their products or services to other members around the world. Couple that with GLO’s capital component, and we’ve added a unique advantage to membership. We’re not aware of any other CEO organization that brings together an entrepreneurial community aspect with a growth capital component. GLO’s platform facilitates helping our members find the right capital whether it be debt or equity. These other CEO organizations I have been involved with have been wonderful for me to learn and grow. I always wished they were not as exclusive. At GLO, our culture is driven by an inclusive organization. Throughout my career we have learned how important it is to have your community of peers to share ideas while receiving seasoned feedback. It’s like having a peer to peer board of mentors and directors. There are many times, as an entrepreneur, you reach dead-ends. But our community of GLO members facilitates growth whether it’s from our unique content, growth capital or transactional commerce.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
One of our favorite things to do with out-of-town guests is to jump on our bikes and show them Dallas. We start at White Rock Lake and pedal the Ridgewood Trail towards Mockingbird Station. We continue biking until we get to the Katy Trail and stop for a picnic-table-hang at the Icehouse. We jump back on the path towards JFK – Grassy Knoll. Do a quick photo then continue heading through downtown, past City Hall, the Cattle Drive bronze sculptures, towards Farmers Market where we pause for a bite to eat and peruse the shops. There are tons of choices. From Farmers Market we cycle through Deep Ellum. We typically stop for a drink at St. Pete’s Dancing Marlin and then continue pedaling to the Santa Fe Trail that completes the loop at the White Rock Alehouse for their Kombucha or local brew on tap. By nightfall, we pop over to Sundown for dinner then a show at The Granada Theater. Everyone gets a good night’s sleep after a full day like that. We also love the arts. All three of our kids went to Booker T Washington. We are blessed to have such an amazing school in the heart of Dallas. It attracts the most talented kids in music, dance, acting and visual arts. We take advantage of their performances on a regular basis. They are first rate. I highly recommend getting on their email list so you will know when their public performances are.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
For any successful entrepreneur, success starts at home. My husband, Vince Poscente is both an active listener and filter for the avalanche of ideas and opportunities. The next component of maintaining growth momentum is the team we’ve assembled at GLO. I’m grateful for the strengths they bring to the team. Shane Hartman, our CTO has decades of experience; Joseph Barisonzi our Investment portal guru contributes his unique abilities; Kent Billingsley is our strategist for revenue growth; Paige White is our social media guru and Craig Robertson (CRM specialist); Isabella Poscente (Videographer) Kevin Harrington is a consistent shot of energy and commitment. Finally, Bob Campbell, Todd Furniss and Samba Bathily Board of Managers with the wings of angels.
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