Your Big Break with Gwen Elliot

Your Big Break features today’s top lifestyle entrepreneurs, media magnets, and TV producers, sharing their advice for you to get your big break in business. Your host, Gwen Elliot is a media strategist and TV producer for the Oprah Winfrey Network in Canada. She has helped clients get featured in Forbes, Virgin, Cosmopolitan, Breakfast Television to name a few. Learn more at
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Dec 23, 2015

Natalie MacNeil is an Emmy Award-winning media entrepreneur, author of She Takes on the World and soon-to-be-released The Conquer Kit, and the Creator of

She Takes On The World is one of the top sites on the planet for entrepreneurial women. It was recognized by Forbes on “Top 10 Websites for Entrepreneurial Women” and was featured by ForbesWoman on “Top 100 Websites for Women.” She Takes on the World is also the 2013 recipient of “Website of the Year” at the Stevie Awards for Women in Business. Today, Natalie and her team at She Takes on the World are focused on transforming businesses around the world through The Conquer Club, a 12-month implementation incubator for ambitious entrepreneurs.

Natalie is frequently quoted and interviewed in the media. She has appeared in top media outlets like Glamour, People StyleWatch, Inc., Forbes, ForbesWoman,Wall Street Journal, CNN,, Globe and Mail, Mashable, and more.



Dec 17, 2015

Kelly Azevedo is the founder of She's Got Systems and she’s an online business systems expert. Kelly frequently writes for media outlets such as Forbes and the Washington Post and her unique brand of work-life balance was featured in the New York Times. And Kelly has been featured, contributed or has been quoted in the media over 300 times.

Dec 10, 2015

Maggie Patterson is a copywriter and communications strategist. She works with entrepreneurs to help them market their businesses, using content, copy and communications strategies. With more than 15 years of experience she has worked with companies of all sizes from big brands to solopreneurs. Maggie also the host of the Marketing Moxie podcast, and her work has featured in the media at, The Huffington Post, Virgin, Fast Company, Yahoo Small Business and more.

Dec 3, 2015

Maayan Ziv is an activist, photographer and entrepreneur. She is the founder of AccessNow, an app that uses crowdsourcing to share accessibility information worldwide.  Maayan has been featured in the media - on MTV, CBC, Metro News to name a few to bring awareness and change to disability matters. Maayan's work has been recognized with a Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal and she is so passionate about building an inclusive world in which everyone has access.

Nov 26, 2015

Millennial blogger, speaker, and podcast host Katie Dalebout is poised to be the next Gabrielle Bernstein for her generation of twentysomethings. Packed with journaling exercises, prompts, and tools, Let It Out is an interactive, therapeutic guidebook that helps readers navigate their lives and cope with stress in a novel, affirmative way.

Nov 19, 2015

Sarah Vermunt is the Founder of Careergasm. She helps people figure out what they want so they can do work they love. Sarah is a professional coach, career expert, and former business professor.  She has even trained with Dr. Martha Beck who you may recognize as a coaching expert for O Magazine and the Oprah Winfrey Show. She writes about careers for Forbes, Entrepreneur, and The Huffington Post. Her work has also been featured at Fortune, U.S. News & World Report and Flare Magazine, to name a few.

Nov 12, 2015

Nada Smith is a teacher, producer and founding member of the OWN Ambassadors an unofficial grassroots group of Oprah Winfrey Network viewers and supporters. Nada produces and books guests for Sirius XM Radio where she’s booked amazing entrepreneurs like Gabrielle Bernstein, DeVon Franklin, Gayle King, Tony Robbins and Oprah Winfrey to name a few. Nada is also a social media strategist, and I’m sure the most rewarding job of all, mother of 2!

Nov 5, 2015

Shannon is a Certified Financial Planner (CFP), Chartered Investment Manager (CIM), media personality, personal finance expert and founder of the New School of FinanceTM. She loves helping everyday people survive the new economic climate through personal finance, ethical investing and small business advice.

Simmons is widely recognized as a trailblazer in the Canadian financial planning industry and an expert in Millennial personal finances and money in the digital world. She was named one of Canada’s Top 30 Under 30 and she recently won the 2014 Notable Award for Best In Finance. She is a regular financial expert on CTV News and also appears as a financial expert in the media, a regular contributor for Toronto Star’s Money Makeover and BBC Capital and host of Coral TV’s Money Awesomeness.

Shannon travels across the country speaking for some of Canada’s largest corporations and universities including IBM Canada, The Canadian Women’s Foundation, University of Toronto, Ryerson University and Bishops University to name a few.

Oct 29, 2015

Miki Agrawal is a serial social entrepreneur. She was a recipient of the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival’s “Disruptive Innovation Award” and named 2013’s Forbes’ “Top 20 Millienials On a Mission.” Most recently she was named Levo League’s 2015 list of 100 millennials reinventing the world in which we live.

She is the founder of the farm-to-table, gluten-free pizza concept called WILD ( in NYC, and 2015 marks her 10-year anniversary since the restaurant’s inception.

Miki is the Co-Founder and CEO of THINX (, a high-tech underwear solution for women with periods. She and her partners also teamed up with AFRIpads in Uganda to get millions of girls back in school by funding a pack of washable cloth pads for every pair of THINX underwear sold.

Miki’s newest undertaking is a company called TUSHY ( which is bringing bidet attachments to America, while helping to solve the global sanitation crisis (where 40% of the world don’t have access to toilets or sanitation).

Harper Collins published her book "DO COOL SH*T" ( on entrepreneurship and lifestyle design which hit #1 on Amazon’s Bestsellers list. Do Cool Sh*t has grown into a 5-Day Business Bootcamp to help rocket ship people’s ideas into real, tangible businesses in 5 days flat.

Miki is an identical twin, half-Japanese, half-Indian French Canadian, former

professional soccer player and graduate of Cornell University. She can sometimes be found DJ-ing  around the world  as part of the DJ Duo Me2Me2.

Miki embodies the essence of social entrepreneurship.

Oct 22, 2015

Janet Murray is a media expert with 15 years’ experience working as a journalist and editor on various national publications, including the Guardian. She now shows people how to get more press coverage for their business or brand through training, consultancy and as a keynote speaker.

Janet  lives in Kent with her husband and nine-year-old daughter, where she runs her business from her shedquarters.

Oct 14, 2015

Denise Duffield-Thomas is the money mindset mentor for the new wave of online female entrepreneurs. Her best-selling books “Lucky Bitch” and “Get Rich, Lucky Bitch” give a fresh and funny road-map to create an outrageously successful life and business.

Denise is an award winning speaker, author and entrepreneur who helps women transform their Economy-Class money mindset into a First-Class life. Learn more at  

Oct 8, 2015

Shannon Boodram is a TV personality who specializes in sex and love and is the go-to voice for millennials on the topic. She is also the bestselling author of the book, LAID: Young People’s Experiences with Sex in an Easy-Access Culture. Shannon’s been featured on a ton of different shows, she is the sex expert for CBS’ The Insider, she’s a reoccurring panelist on Showtime and a guest expert on TLC. She has hosted or worked on several shows for BET and was the host of  MTV Canada’s Losing It: Sex Ed Special. She’s killin’ it in major media but also on YouTube as she has over 12 million views on her YouTube channels. Learn more at

Oct 1, 2015

Melissa Ramos is the owner of Sexy Food Therapy and she’s a nutritionist focusing on Chinese Nutrition Therapy. Melissa helps people feel sexy from the inside out with by helping you  digestion and hormone imbalances. She is a regular expert on CTV's The Social, a TED speaker and has been named one of Canada’s up-and-coming health and wellness stars by FLARE magazine. She’s also an official health writer for The Huffington Post and has appeared on the CBC CHUM and Virgin Radio.

Sep 24, 2015

Elsa Isaac is an NYC-based fashion + image stylist who believes style is really all about self expression.

A seasoned pro with 12 + years in the fashion industry, the African-born stylist has built quite a noteworthy portfolio, having bestowed her stylish magic on everyone from Marie Forleo to Lenny Kravitz; Katie Couric to Kris Carr. Nowadays, she helps successful career women + entrepreneurs revamp their wardrobes + create showstopping ensembles that flatter their unique body shape and lifestyles.

A self-dubbed anti-fashion stylist. Elsa doesn’t believe there’s one standard of beauty + strives to empower all her clients to celebrate their own individuality.

Learn more about Elsa and get the show notes at

Sep 17, 2015

Kathryn Hocking helps passionate service-based entrepreneurs create unlimited impact and income through profitable, purpose-driven eCourses. An eCourse Expert and Launch Strategist, Kathryn built a multiple six-figure business in less than two years through the creation of high quality, passion-fuelled online programs. Her signature offering, the eCourse Launch Formula, has helped hundreds of entrepreneurs from all corners of the globe to put the ‘lifestyle’ back in their lifestyle business through the creation of their very own profitable eCourse.

Listen to Kathryn's story at

Sep 9, 2015

Karlyn Percil is a Women’s Leadership Coach, author and creator of SisterTalk. She also the creator of The Sistertalk Circle Leadership Program - a licensed program for women who would like to empower other women to live their best lives. She also helps women face their Elephant story, and be vulnerable to be the best version of themselves. Karlyn has been featured several times on the Oprah Winfrey Network including on LifeClass with Oprah and Brene Brown. She’s also been featured on Global, HuffPost Impact, and HuffPost Live to name a few. Learn more about Karlyn at