Spotlight on Top Performers

A spontaneous publication by DQ

“An optimist is someone who goes after Moby Dick in a rowboat and takes the tartar sauce with him.” Zig Ziglar
The same is true for many “Top Performers”!  I very excited to share with you a client who has been using the B.R.I.D.G.E Method and the success she’s gaining as a Top Performer in the making!
Meet Julia in our new feature “Spotlight on Top Performers!
A former chef, pilot and adjunct Professor of Accounting at Babson, Julia Shanks is now a Restaurant Consultant and cookbook author on the cutting edge efficiency and sustainability!
Julia Shanks been very involved with Slow Money over the past few years…, the perfect intersection of her two passions: Entrepreneurship and Sustainable Food Systems.
Slow Money is bringing people together around a shared vision about what it means to be an investor in the 21st Century.
In the last year, she has become the regional leader of the Boston chapter. As part of her work with Slow Money, she organizes two Entrepreneur Showcases a year. They will be bringing together investors, sustainable food entrepreneurs and leaders working together to rebuild our local food system. The next one is scheduled for Tuesday, April 24th.

Join us for the Slow Money Greater Boston Entrepreneur Showcase!

Date: Tuesday, April 24th, 2012
Time: 6pm to 9pm
Where: Cambridge Innovation Center
1 Broadway, Cambridge, MA
Havana Room
We will be bringing together investors, sustainable food entrepreneurs and leaders working together to rebuild our local food system. Learn about investment opportunities and how you can participate in rebuilding local economies based on the principles of soil fertility, sense of place, care of the commons and economic, cultural and biological diversity.
For investors: The Entrepreneur Showcase will provide access to sustainable food and farming businesses at different stages of development from start-up to expansion of existing businesses. The businesses and initiatives are also seeking different levels of financing — from small loans to major capital, as well as donations. Greater Boston Slow Money encourages investors of all resource levels to attend including institutional, individual, accredited, and unaccredited investors. This showcase event is not an offer to sell securities or a solicitation of an offer to buy securities.
For Entrepreneurs: The Showcase is a tightly produced event. Each entrepreneur will have five minutes and 6 slides to tell their stories, followed by 5 minutes of Q&A from the audience. Presenters will also benefit from the networking opportunity specifically designed to encourage and elevate investor dialog. Throughout the event, your collateral will be available for attendees, and you will be mentioned in all promotional materials for the event.
The Entrepreneur Showcase offers all the advantages of a traditional venture fair and many more. Because of the shared vision that brings us all together, it is an unparalleled opportunity for you to build relationships with investors and entrepreneurs from all over the region. We are confident that, if chosen to participate, you will have opportunities to make important connections that add value to your enterprise.
To present your business plan, submit your application no later than Wednesday, April 1, 2012. Demand for participation in the Showcase is high; spots will fill up.

To apply: send an email to and we will send you the application. It is free to apply, but costs $25 to present and take advantage of this exciting opportunity.
This showcase event is not an offer to sell securities or a solicitation of an offer to buy securities.

Julia recently presented at the New England Food Show!
Serving Local, Sustainable Foods and the Triple Bottom Line
“Local” and “Sustainable” have been buzz words of the restaurant industry for the last few years and this trend is here to stay. Buying locally and sustainably is not just good for the environment and the local economy: it can increase the quality of your food, enhance the flavor of your dishes, attract loyal customers, and enhance your brand. This seminar will teach you how to locate and sustainable food sources, help you decide whether to purchase directly from farmers or work with regional distributors, as well as, techniques that will work within your setting.
Julia Shanks, Principal of Julia Shanks Food Consulting
Jonathan D. Kemp, President at Organic Renaissance, LLC
For more information please visit here

As a certified professional coach, radio show host and workshop leader, Dawn helps sales, marketing, advertising and creative entrepreneurs to accelerate their career so they’ll love their life!


  1. David says:

    Nice article. Can you copy edit it please?

  2. admin says:


    Michelle Obama cites Top Performer, Julia Shanks! Yes, it’s true! Known to the press corps as FLOTUS (First Lady of the United States), Mrs. Obama has just published her new cookbook entitled American Grown. It stresses healthy eating and home-grown food. In her bibliography she lists 20 cookbooks that meet these standards. Yep, you guessed it. One of them is The Farmer’s Kitchen by Brett Grohsgal and Julia Shanks. We’re not only excited, but deeply honored.

    If you have already purchased the book, we thank you! (and please consider writing a review on Amazon).

    If you haven’t yet bought a copy, what are you waiting for? We’re offering a $5 discount to friends and family: Click here: and enter the discount code: UYPASQVX

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