David Bishop (FMR President of Sony & MGM) talks about The Art Of Leadership on The Bennie Randall Show
David Bishop is compassionately committed to turning executives into effective leaders. With nearly four decades of experience training emerging and experienced business people, David has developed unique neuroscience-based methodologies that are proven to turn obstacles into opportunities and foster success to a variety of businesses.
Whether coaching executives or implementing media strategies within an organization, David equips his clients with techniques for the current and future confluence of markets, technology and business systems. Whatever the commercial climate, David guides his clients with confidence, intention, and ease, attributable to his own meditation practice, which he’s been doing for over 40 years.
From the business field to the playing field, whether coaching executives or little league, David is all about instilling the importance of teamwork, establishing life lessons and rewarding individual accomplishments within group successes.
With a keen eye, sharp mind and deep intuition, David brings integrity to organizational decision-making and strategy, and, above all, limitless innovation, always bearing in mind one of his favorite presidential quotes: “Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other,” – John F. Kennedy
Paving the Path By Disrupting the Media IndustryDavid is recognized as a prolific powerhouse for consumer product launches and as a go-to digital media figurehead. With an impressive track record of leading corporations to exponential revenue growth, David has served as President to both Sony Pictures Home Entertainment and MGM Home Entertainment.
During his tenure at Sony, David used his savvy and skills to successfully take the industry lead in the launch and marketing of both Blu Ray and digital distribution market platforms, contributing to over $20 billion in gross revenues for Sony Pictures, even during the recession and the decline of DVD markets. David and his team also earned several accolades for providing best customer service for Amazon and Walmart.
As President and Chief Operating Officer of MGM Home Entertainment, David anticipated and fortuitously led the industry in the DVD market revolution, increasing MGM Home Entertainment revenues from $300 Million to $1 Billion. With David at MGM Home Entertainment’s helm, MGM received numerous customer service awards from top-tier retailers, including Best Buy and Target. The entertainment industry took note and in 2002, David was inducted into Variety Magazine’s Hall of Fame.
From Executive Leader to Leading ExecutivesCombined, David’s diversified professional adventures, real-world practices and educational certifications are a unique blend of experience, intellect and heart. His impact on the media industry and American consumer buying habits, coupled with his leadership of game-changing product launches is a rare blend of tenacity and strategy. These varied experiences have helped him hone neuroscience-based methodologies that corporations and executives alike are implementing all over the country.
On the executive coaching side, David’s success is attributed to a management philosophy based on high-performance team building. Even during the occasional rough waters of economic downturns or changing consumer markets, David has maintained senior level executive teams that are motivated, passionate and service-oriented.
An Innovative Media StrategistOn the media strategy side David has deftly navigated the ever-changing business landscape. Once launching his own business, David began consulting as an advisor to IMAX and began working with numerous startups to launch new technologies. Along these lines, he is a Founding Board Member for Parrot Analytics, as well as a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors.
Within the financial community, David is often hired to help top-tier financial institutions understand the trends in the media business. As a result, he has helped numerous private equity firms vet and analyze investment opportunities with media-oriented companies.
A Coach Who Has Walked the WalkReturning back to the college campus, David received a graduate certificate in executive organizational coaching from Columbia University and is now working with the Dean of the Anneberg School at the University of Southern California (USC) to create a leadership development program called Third Space Thinking.
With a love of learning, David is schooled in 360-degree thinking, cultural competency, empathy and adaptability – skills that allow individuals and teams to be more effective. David is currently in the process of developing assessment tools and workshops that will be available all over the world.
David is also certified in two key assessment tools:
Limitless Impact From the Boardroom to the ClassroomMarried, with a son and daughter, David grew up on the east coast but now resides in sunny Southern California, splitting time between New York and Los Angeles. Never swaying far from the entertainment industry, his interests include movies and music. As a singer and guitar player in his own right, David occasionally performs live events with his band.
When he’s not rocking out, he’s being a rock of support for a variety of charitable and industry-related organizations. He is the founding Co-Chairman of Fast Forward To End Hunger, the Chairman of the Los Angeles Foodbank and has served on the boards of the End Hunger Network, Stanford University’s Positive Coaching Alliance and Graziadio School of Business & Management’s mentoring program at Pepperdine University.
His charitable work has garnered several accolades, including receiving the esteemed Keystone Award from Los Angeles Team Mentoring in 2011.
Marrying his professional experience with his vivacious leadership skills, he is a sought-after speaker and has been a guest lecturer and keynoter for the USC Marshall School of Business and St. Joseph’s University Haub School of Business.
Rounding out his industry experience, David has also served as one of the founding partners and board members for the first internet video-on-demand service, Movielink, and was a former Chairman of the Manufacturing Committee for Video Software Dealers Association. He was also the first President and long time Vice Chairman for the Digital Entertainment Group.
Ready to start shaking things up and use David’s skills and savvy to broaden your business and make it thrive?
Alena Analeigh - 13 years old and accepted to medical school talks about her journey on The Bennie Randall Show
Alena Analeigh Wicker is just 13 and she was recently accepted into the University of Alabama's Heersink School of Medicine for 2024. According to The Washington Post, she was accepted as part of the school's Early Assurance Program, which partners with HBCU schools in Alabama to offer students early acceptance as they plan to enter medical school.
Shortly after getting the acceptance letter, she opened up on Instagram about the exciting news.
"I graduated High school LAST YEAR at 12 years old and here I am one year later I've been accepted into Med School at 13. I'm a junior in college," she wrote. "Statistics would have said I never would have made it. A little black girl adopted from Fontana California."
"I've worked so hard to reach my goals and live my dreams," she added, going on to credit her mother, Daphne McQuarter, for all her support.
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"Mama I made it," Alena wrote. "I couldn't have done it without you. You gave me every opportunity possible to be successful."
"You are the best mother a kid could ever ask for," the teen added. "You always believed in me.You allowed me space to grow and become, make mistakes without making me feel bad. You allowed me the opportunity to experience the world."
Of course, like any other kid her age, Alena enjoys going to the movies, baking, and spending time with her friends.
"I'm still a normal 13-year-old," she told The Washington Post.
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The teen is currently a student in two undergraduate programs studying biological sciences at both Arizona State University and Oakwood University.
"I just have extremely good time management skills and I'm very disciplined," she told the Post.
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Alena isn't only focused on the classroom when it comes to her education. In 2021 she became the youngest intern ever at NASA. In an interview with The Baltimore Times, Alena said the dream started early for her.
"I was around three or four years old when I became fascinated with the stars and space and LEGOs," Alena said. "My mom began taking me to different astronomy nights and NASA Centers. I remember walking in saying 'I am going to work here one day, and I will be the youngest girl of color to work here.'"
She also told the outlet her ultimate goal is to become a flight surgeon and "work with astronauts."
Alena's impressive achievements don't even stop there. She also founded the Brown STEM Girl, an organization for girls of color who are interested in exploring careers in STEM -- and was a finalist for this year's TIME's Top Kid of the Year.
"What is age?" she told The Washington Post. "You're not too young to do anything. I feel like I have proven to myself that I can do anything that I put my heart and mind to."
Melinda F. Emerson, SmallBizLady, is America’s #1 Small Business Expert. She has been a thriving entrepreneur for nearly 20 years and is an internationally known keynote speaker and expert on small business development and social media marketing. She publishes a resource blog www.succeedasyourownboss.com. Her small business advice is widely read reaching more than 3 million entrepreneurs each week online. A pioneer in social media marketing, she is the creator and host of #Smallbizchat, the longest running live chat on Twitter for small business owners. Forbes magazine named her the #1 woman for entrepreneurs to follow on Twitter.
Melinda is a founder and president of Quintessence Group, an award-winning marketing consulting firm based in Philadelphia, PA, serving Fortune 500 brands who target small businesses. Notable clients include Visa, Sam’s Club, FedEx, American Express, ADP, Verizon Wireless, Pitney Bowes, Staples and The Hartford. She has lectured at numerous colleges and universities including; MIT, The University of Pennsylvania, Rosemont College, Chatham University, Point Park College, Temple University, Cheyney University, Delaware State, Howard University, and Morgan State University.
In addition to being a former columnist for The New York Times, and Entrepreneur, she is frequently quoted by other media organizations including The Wall Street Journal, Fortune, Fast Company, CNBC, MSNBC and Fox News. Forbes magazine named her one of Top 10 Tech and Business Experts for 2017. She is also a contributor to Inc., Essence and Black Enterprise. She is an expert on what it takes the start a successful small business, go-to-market strategy, and social media selling. She is the bestselling author of Become Your Own Boss in 12 Months, 2nd Edition and the ebook How To Become a Social Media Ninja, and her latest book Fix Your Business. She is a proud graduate of Virginia Tech, and mother to her amazing son JoJo.
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