Our Staff "Leading from the Heart"
Dave Gold, Founder of Heart Powered Ventures
Dave Gold has enjoyed four decades of remarkable success as an attorney, entrepreneur, author, consultant and mentor. Dave possesses the uncanny ability to immediately pinpoint the limiting beliefs and self-sabotage that keep people from stepping fully into their own power, and to find the words and heart to affect immediate, lasting changes in those who want to live big lives and change the world.
Stephanie Terry, Director of WEBB Squared Program
Stephanie’s role as Director of WEBB Squared
leverages the totality of her remarkable life experience as an entrepreneur, equity consultant, corporate trainer and community organizer. Drawing upon her piercing insight, unflagging authenticity and personal success as founder of Sweetie's Southern Vegan Food Company. Stephanie provides the external resources and internal perspective required for black entrepreneurs to succeed in their lives and their communities.
Artem Smirnov, Media and Podcast Producer
Prior to joining Paradigm, Artem did sales at Levitate, one of Raleigh's hottest startups founded by Jesse Lipson. He spent most of his professional career in the music industry as an audio engineer and record producer. Artem worked with artists including Clay Aiken, Skylar Gray, Shirley Caesar and with companies including Google, Simon and Schuster and the Oprah Winfrey Network. Artem is also the co-producer of the podcast ‘Develomentor' with Grant Ingersoll (currently CTO of Wikipedia).
Rinnie Orr, Operations Manager
In addition to her roles as a theologian, philosopher, artist, coach and blogger, Rinnie Orr is the glue that holds all of the initiatives of Heart Powered Ventures together. Whatever skills she did not already possess, she has eagerly and doggedly attained to fulfill her role as Director of Operations. Her willingness to courageously continue on her personal “hero’s journey” into full power and authenticity has inspired and mentored the entire Heart Powered Ventures ecosystem she is co-creating with Dave and Stephanie.
The Network "Building Connection and Community"
Sharon Bennett (founding member)
Spiritual Director/Companion at Lighten Up Spiritual Direction
As a Spiritual Director, Sharon listens to people's stories and experiences and help them see where God/The Creator is working in their lives. She offers a safe space for people to explore their spirituality.
Brian Piccirillo (WEBB Squared Sponsor)
Financial Advisor, Edward Jones
Bryan offers peace of mind through taking complex financial goals and creating a personalized and complete strategy that includes organizing, growing, protecting, and transferring your wealth.
Saniel Bonder (founding member)
Chief Executive Officer at Human Sun Institute
Saniel is a life, business, and spiritual coach, author, and founder of the transformational process known as Waking Down in Mutuality®. He specializes in helping people accelerate next-level emergences and transformations in their lives and their business, work or service.
Evan Springfield-Cobb (WEBB Squared)
Evan is a native of Durham, NC. and graduate of Winston Salem State University. He owns One Option Life Enrichment Program and Co-owner of One Option Training. He has a passion for helping individuals with understanding key concepts to live a fulfilling life.
Toshwa Alexander (WEBB Squared)
Owner of 7DayOnes Promotion Company
Toshwa is an emerging artist and 7DayOne’s his promotion company branding artistic empowerment - giving performing artists access to the network and materials they need to be successful.
Brandon Christian (WEBB Squared)
Owner of Pore People Skin Care Company
Brandon's company, Pore People, is a clean beauty company, creating clinical multicultural skincare. Pore People offers 100% plant-based formulations for acne and aging challenges.
Stacy Gunter (founding member)
Owner of Outside Creekside After School Care
Stacy is currently attending seminary with the aspirations of ordained ministry. She owns an afterschool day care.
Shannon Salentine, Leadership Coach
Shannon is a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach trained through the Coaches Training Institute and holds an Associate Coach Certification from the International Coaches Federation and a Master of Public Health from Tulane University.
Our Supporters and Sponsors
Sarah and Tom Dalonzo-Baker, Founder Of Total Motion Release
Tom is the Founder of Total Motion Release, which specializes in physical therapy, injury prevention and medicine. He is also a strong business development professional and has been an advisor to Heart Powered Ventures since our inception.
Benji Jones, Co-Founder of Innovate Capital Law
Benji is a veteran corporate securities lawyer and Co-Founder of Innovate Capital Law. Innovate Capital Law (ICL) is a cutting-edge law firm, developing business, software and legal strategies custom designed for capital-raising goals and resources. Benji and her ICL partner, Jim Verdonik, also run the pro bono Innovate Capital Business Law Clinic at Campbell University.
Jesse Lipson, co-founder Levitate
Jesse is a serial entrepreneur, the founder and CEO of ShareFile, which was acquired by Citrix in 2011 and today has over 50,000 customers and several hundred employees. Most recently, Jesse started a software company called Levitate, which helps small businesses keep in touch in an authentic and personal way with clients, prospects, and referral sources.
Shaina Holman, D.D.S., Ph.D.
Shaina is a dentist and the owner of Holman Family Dental Care, a family dental practice in Chapel Hill, NC. She loves running a business that is part of the community and provides high quality care. Shaina also loves managing a team that is passionate about what they do and is constantly striving to be better.
Carter Phipps, cofounder of the Institute for Cultural Evolution
Carter is an author, speaker, and thought leader who works at the intersection of business, personal development, and culture. His books include Conscious Leadership (Portfolio, 2020), coauthored with Whole Foods Market CEO John Mackey and Steve McIntosh, and Evolutionaries (Harper Perennial, 2012). Carter hosts the Thinking Ahead podcast. He lives in Denver, Colorado.