Leadership, Organization Events, Continuing Education

Career Academy 2023: How to Make Your Business Idea a Reality


We understand what it’s like to have a business idea and not know what to do with it. Learn from three trailblazing entrepreneurs and discover how they turned their business ideas into everyday realities.

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This session is perfect if you’re in the initial stages of starting a business, if you want to learn from successful business owners and entrepreneurs, or if you’re simply seeking inspiration to build and grow your own business.

What You'll Learn

  • Where to begin when it comes to starting your business.
  • How to trust yourself and your idea.
  • The driving intention behind your business.
  • And more!

Meet the Panelists

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jennifer meyers

Jennifer Meyers, Penn State, started Earth Sugar, a superfood confectionary with the mission to create delicious, plant-based snacks without compromising on ingredients, flavor and the nature of well-being. All Earth Sugar products are 100% organic and suitable for vegan, gluten-free and paleo diets.

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jessica sanchez

Jessica Sanchez, New Mexico, is the owner, photographer and social media content creator for The Jetsetting Family. In 2018, she and her husband sold most of their stuff and took their family on a full-time adventure around the world. In two years, Jessica visited more than 40 countries with her husband and two young children and worked with dozens of brands in the travel and hospitality industry. She now calls Florida home and is always ready for the next big adventure.

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carmen chan

Carmen Chan, British Columbia, is a Vancouver-based visual artist. Her art focuses on traditional Chinese brush painting, murals and digital illustrations that tell stories of community to spark hope and joy. She is a 2019 Vancouver Mural Festival alumna and the creator of the Morning Tea and Watercolour painting class — a calming and cheerful pop-up class.

Meet the Moderators

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alex young

Alex Young, South Carolina, has over 10 years of experience designing and delivering leadership curriculum to high-performance organizations. She works with organizations to assess, strategize and develop leaders and teams for growth. As a trainer and facilitator, Alex has presented to a wide variety of audiences across the country. She received her undergraduate degree in journalism and mass communications from the University of South Carolina. She went on to receive her law degree from the University of St. Thomas School of Law in Minneapolis.

Leanne Matullo
leanne matullo

Leanne Matullo, Pittsburgh, is a perinatal yoga therapist, women’s health mentor, birth doula and creative entrepreneur. She seeks to improve the perinatal outcomes for women and their babies. Leanne has worked with hundreds of individuals via her women’s health curriculum. Her consulting work, strategy creation and writing include collaborations with the Seattle NICU, the University of Washington, Expectful Inc., Yoga Girl, Motherly, Foster Forward and more. She holds certifications as a birth doula, infant/child sleep consultant, and yoga teacher educator, and she has over 2,000 hours of training as a yoga therapist in Ayurveda. She has founded two businesses.

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