Single Parenthood and Blended Families: Keys to Success

May 17, 2012
Hosted by Chris Efessiou

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Consider these facts: He was in 13 foster homes by the age of 5 before being fostered by a retired preacher and a nearly retired teacher, instantly gaining 4 siblings (all nearly adults); at age 30, he loses his wife to leukemia and becomes the single father of 2 boys under the age of 4; 2 years later he marries Kathy and enters into his own Blended Family; a year later, Tom and Kathy welcome their new child and blending their family ever further. My guest Tom Watson and I will discuss our experiences and challenges in successfully blending a family while at the same time building a business. Tom is a serial entrepreneur and the author of the book Man Shoes which chronicles Tom’s life journey. This is a conversation you would not want to miss.

Straight-Up with Chris: Real Talk on Business and Parenthood

Straight-Up with Chris: Real Talk on Business and Parenthood

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Straight Up with Chris: Real Talk on Business and Parenthood will be a light-hearted show discussing serious issues aimed to encourage, inspire, teach and support parents in applying their business skills to the business of parenting and personal relationships. It will also discuss the use and usefulness of proper parenting skills as training to entering or re-entering the workforce. Chris along with his guests will share unique principles, how-to’s, ideas, methods, expertise, humor and personal experiences to best serve the needs of the listeners. You will have an opportunity to suggest topics that you want us to discuss and as a result our show will always be relevant to you.

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Chris Efessiou

Chris Efessiou

Chris Efessiou is an entrepreneur, business leader, international speaker, mentor, professor, father, and author of the highly acclaimed book “CDO: Chief Daddy Officer.”

In the past 20 years Chris Efessiou has founded, co-founded, developed, and managed multiple successful enterprises—all the while being a committed and present single parent.

Widely known for his business acumen, empowering management style, and out of the box thinking, Chris is committed to inspiring and guiding working parents to attain success at work and at home.

Through a variety of activities, including speaking, coaching, consulting and his book, he clearly defines the fundamentals of solid leadership critical in both arenas, and provides tools, tips and advice on how to transfer business skills to the business of parenthood and personal relationships.

A sought after mentor and teacher, Chris is a visiting professor and guest lecturer at numerous academic institutions, including George Mason University’s School of Management, and Northeastern University.

A business leader and advocate, Chris serves as member of the Management Committee of the Small Business Council of the United States Chamber of Commerce, is an advisor to corporate and academic boards, and a director on academic and charitable organization boards. He is a sought after keynote speaker on topics related to Leadership, Entrepreneurship, and Using Business Skills for Personal Relationships.

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