Author and leadership consultant, David Ibarra, joins Blair and Theresa today to help you discover what you truly want from life. David shares his thoughts on how success is a combination of where he feels like he is comfortable, be it family, faith, community, health, and yes, wealth. However, life for him was not about money but about freedom. Listen as they discuss facing the fear of poverty and learning from adversity. We need to get away from the negative madness and realize that we are in charge of our own thoughts.
About the Guest:
Author of “Stop Drifting: Become the Switch Master of Your Own Thought and Pivot to Positive,” David R. Ibarra is a leadership consultant and successful entrepreneur in Salt Lake City who blazed his own trail to success after being raised in the Utah foster care system.
At 28 years old he started his first business, beginning a career that spans the restaurant, automotive, and leadership consulting industries. David wrote “Stop Drifting” as a chapter within his “Life Purpose” journey. He is dedicated to working with employed adults who often drift through life unsatisfied. His leadership coaching focuses on developing talent and teaching individuals how to become goal setters and achieve a positive work experience, which creates the freedom to find success in other roles including family, faith, community, and health.
David’s story began as the son of a Mexican immigrant father and a rural Utah mother. When his parents divorced, 2-year-old David and his 3-year-old brother Mickey were placed into foster care until they reconnected with their father as teenagers. At eighteen years of age, David started his career in the hospitality industry as a dishwasher. Ten years later, he became the youngest franchise owner of Farrell’s Ice Cream Parlour Restaurant – a division of the Marriott Corporation.
David held several positions for the Marriott Corporation, and was the general manager of a large automobile dealership. These experiences, from entry level to management, prepared him to form the Ibarra companies, which include an insurance firm, brokerage firm, learning institute, and performance software companies. David is a well-known public speaker, trainer, and success coach who is invited to deliver keynote addresses all across the United States. David is also the recipient of an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Salt Lake Community College.
David has participated in a variety of community and leadership positions, including an appointment by President Clinton to the U.S. Air Force Academy Board of Visitors. David has also served as a board member for the Salt Lake International Airport, Utah Private Industry Council, Central Region Council of the Utah Department of Workforce Services, Latino Leaders Network, and Utah Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Much of David’s personal charitable contributions are directed to the Ibarra Foundation, which David started to make college possible for Latino students by providing full tuition scholarships. Since 2004, over 100 students have received a college education with the Foundation’s help. For over 30 years, David has been committed to “Time Tithing” – weekly mentoring sessions for people, from all walks of life, who bring their business ideas and concerns to him for advice.
Blair Kaplan Venables is an expert in social media marketing and the president of Blair Kaplan Communications, a British Columbia-based PR agency. As a pioneer in the industry, she brings more than a decade of experience to her clients, which include global wellness, entertainment and lifestyle brands. Blair has helped her customers grow their followers into the tens of thousands in just one month, win integrative marketing awards and more. She has spoken on national stages and her expertise has been featured in media outlets including CBC Radio, CEOWORLD Magazine, She Owns It and Thrive Global. Blair is also the #1 best selling author of Pulsing Through My Veins: Raw and Real Stories from an Entrepreneur. When she’s not working on the board for her local chamber of commerce, you can find Blair growing the “I Am Resilient Project,” an online community where users share their stories of overcoming life’s most difficult moments.
Theresa Lambert is a High-Performance Lifestyle and Success Coach, Speaker and Bestselling Author of “Achieve with Grace: A guide to elegance and effectiveness in intense workplaces. She founded her coaching and consulting firm, Theresa Lambert Coaching & Consulting Inc., to help ambitious women succeed with more elegance and less struggle so they can lead with focus and nourish themselves to the top. Drawing from her nearly 20 years of experience in the hospitality Industry and most recently her 6 year tenure as the General Manager of Nita Lake Lodge she brings both a real world view and proven applicable tools to support her clients. Theresa has been recognized as a business leader in Whistler’s Profiles of Excellence, featured in Thrive Global, Authority Magazine, Hotelier Magazine and Beyourown, and spoken at Women in Hospitality Leadership events, including Empower Her. Originally from Stuttgart, Germany, Theresa now lives in Whistler, BC where you can most often find her on the golf course in the summer months or relaxing by a fireplace in winter.
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