Jill Becker

Jill Becker

Quiz: Are You Satisfied?

By Jill Becker | April 7, 2017

Happiness doesn’t happen to you; you have to plan for it.

21 Bits of Wit and Wisdom from the Woman Behind the Billion-Dollar Brand

By Jill Becker | December 8, 2015

Sara Blakely speaks her mind: ‘You’ve got one shot at life. This is not a dress rehearsal.’

Shaping Sara Blakely: Meet the Billionaire Founder of Spanx

By Jill Becker | December 7, 2015

How Wayne Dyer and Oprah Winfrey (plus, a few timeless principles) changed her life forever

Is Your Money Working for You?

By Jill Becker | February 16, 2015

Is your money working for you? More important, is it working for the betterment of others? That’s the question that Brian Kaminer, the founder of Talgra, a New York-based sustainable investment consulting firm, aims to help his clients answer. “Investing doesn’t have to mean ignoring your values,” Kaminer noted recently. “Investments can earn a return and also…

From Dropout to C-Suite

By Jill Becker | October 12, 2014

Kyle Kesterson is a driving force behind several respected technology startups, but in high school his attitude and performance were so poor that a teacher told him that by age 20, he’d be either flipping burgers, in jail or dead. During his formative years, he’d been homeless, lived off food stamps, attended 14 schools and…

Transform Your Business from Scrambling to Scaling

By Jill Becker | July 31, 2014

“I was always doing things that were very entrepreneurial,” says Rand Stagen, the managing director of Stagen, a Dallas-based management consulting firm with a client list focused on mid-market corporations such as Which Wich and Studio Movie Grill. In high school, he says, “I was doing things like printing out T-shirts with our school mascot…

Tales From a Top Management Consultant

By Jill Becker | July 3, 2014

Leadership coach Rand Stagen says you don’t have to go through formal leadership training or hire a personal executive coach to understand the power of reflection. ”Everyone has time for reflection,” Stagen says. “You can take as little as 15 to 30 minutes a week to ask yourself some key questions. If leaders don’t take a…

George Wallace: His Laugh-at-All-Costs Philosophy

By Jill Becker | June 3, 2014

"What happened was a guy named Redd Foxx,” says George Wallace, explaining the pivotal moment when he realized at the age of 6 that he wanted to be a comedian. “Red Skelton, Richard Pryor, Rodney Dangerfield, Moms Mabley—all those comedians I listened to. I would go back to school and I would tell their jokes.…

Hiring a Personal Financial Adviser

By Jill Becker | May 22, 2014

If you had a toothache, you’d go to the dentist, right? And if you were building a house, wouldn’t you hire a contractor to oversee the project? So when it comes to something as important as your finances, it makes sense to hire a financial planner—someone who can provide you with not only the expertise…

Retiring Well: How to Plan for Your Financial Future

By Jill Becker | March 13, 2014

A retirement plan. You know you need one, but the options can be overwhelming and confusing. Here are some tips to help get you going, whether you’re looking out for your financial future, your employees’, or both. Start by assessing your specific goals and limitations. What do you want to accomplish personally? And what can…