Erik DaRosa, known as “Yoda” to friends and clients, is an inspirational speaker and both the Founder and Co-host of the From Survivor to Thriver podcast. 

Along with co-host Marc Fernandes, the duo tackle mental health topics through honest and relatable “kitchen table” conversations. The podcast, which began as a simple idea between friends, has become a movement across the US for people who want to shatter mental health stigma and inspire others to find their voices.

In 2011, Erik traded in a successful career as a New York City finance executive when he moved to Colorado and he hasn’t looked back. Erik also sits on the Board of Sacred Cycle, a Colorado based nonprofit whose mission is to empower survivors of sexual trauma through mountain biking and community and he is here with Louisa “Wizzi” Magnussen today to discuss the Business of Inspiring a Movement…

After obtaining a Master’s degree in Applied Linguistics, Dirk Verlee started his professional career with KBC-bank.

In 1992 he started working as a commercial attaché for the Belgian government in Algiers and went on to become an Economic Representative for Flanders, respectively in Tunis and Paris, where he became the Regional Coordinator for the neighbouring countries.

Dirk joined the London office of Flanders Investment & Trade as the Head of office in 2021, is also the regional coordinator for the North of Europe and joins Louisa “Wizzi” Magnussen to discuss the Business of Trade and Investment in Europe.

Louisa Ellins, owner at Line 29 Editorial, has always worked with words – as an English graduate, a public relations officer, volunteer magazine editor and a bid writer, working on multimillion-pound bids for catering in schools, universities and offices. She was made redundant in summer 2020 in the midst of the COVID-related turbulence and she started freelancing.

Within a few days Louisa had signed up her first client: a criminal justice charity. Fast forward nearly 2 years and she has raised £160,000 for the charity, and has worked with another charity and a community interest company and is here with Louisa “Wizzi” Magnussen to discuss the Business of Grant Writing.

Bailey Reber is the founder of Bailey’s Way Designs, an independent, handmade clothing store who also offer custom designs. Bailey’s love of sewing began as a young girl and she has been making her own clothing since high school. 

The pandemic ignited Bailey’s passion for fashion further and she enrolled in fashion school where she is currently studying. 

Bailey sells her garments, crafts and custom made costumes on her Etsy shop and is here with Louisa “Wizzi” Magnussen to discuss the business of independent fashion design…

Simon Krystman is the Founder of the Founders Festival, Ideas Nest and co-Founder, alongside the first ever Business of guest, Jake Shaw, of 12Ronnies.

Simon is a passionate entrepreneur who has successfully set up and exited a number of businesses in the digital and innovation space over the past thirty years; most recently launching a suite of products for startups and early stage companies.

Focused on helping other entrepreneurs get their ideas off the ground, Simon joins Louisa “Wizzi” Magnussen to discuss the Business of Starting a Business…

Sergio van Luijk is a corporate strategist and equity finance expert. Drawing on a career that includes high-level experience in private equity, operational leadership, and corporate finance, Sergio leads Brussels-based Cap Expand Partners as its Managing Director.

Cap Expand Partners offered Sergio an opportunity to use the full range of his experience. As the firm’s Managing Director, he facilitates international investment and M&A transactions with an expert’s understanding of global markets and cross-border opportunities and joins Louisa “Wizzi” Magnussen to discuss the business of private equity and corporate development…

Nathaniel Loxley is the founding director of Vitality Hemp, an innovative home and garden lifestyle product brand founded in 2014. With experience of growing hemp under licence and creating various low carbon, natural products, Nathaniel is now working with other businesses to consult and connect projects within the emergent Global hemp industry.

In addition to Vitality Hemp, Nathaniel is the director of research and innovation at the British Hemp Alliance, a multi-stakeholder membership organisation that is committed to effecting progressive policy change and developing a robust, equitable and profitable value chain within the UK.

Nathaniel joins Louisa “Wizzi” Magnussen to discuss the business of hemp in the modern world. 

After years of searching, Will Segal secured the purchase of his first property in 2019 and has since been engaged in the seemingly endless task of renovating and making it his own.

Moving from saving whilst searching, to owning his own home, and getting a foot on the property ladder has proven more stressful, time consuming, costly and fulfilling than Will could have predicted, and he joins Louisa “Wizzi” Magnussen to share his experience on the Business of First Time Property Buying…

A year ago Louisa “Wizzi” Magnussen introduced you to musician and DJ Chris Rotherham, who writes and performs with the band Captain Flatcap, on the Business of Being a Modern DJ.

​​Captain Flatcap is a multi-genre, instrumental Electronic Dance three piece band who have worked with some huge names in the industry, in particular within the electro swing scene.

Since covid shut much of the live music scene down, and with a background in radio production and presenting, Chris has been busy producing his own Live Streams & Podcasts, to support and run alongside his work as a musician.

Here he joins Wizzi to discuss the Business of the Side Hustle…

Lei Wang completed the Explorer’s Grand Slam and has been a sought-after international, motivational speaker since 2010. She has inspired people across the world to dream big and achieve fulfilling working lives.

Today, as a business and development coach, Lei helps leaders accelerate their careers to new heights with ease and grace, lead their organizations to make a bigger impact, and connect deeper with the communities they serve.

Lei is here with Louisa “Wizzi” Magnussen to discuss the Business of Leadership Development…