1. Unwrapping Opportunity: Simon Leslie's Journey to Create a Global Travel Empire Anika Jackson 48:49

Simon Leslie is the founder and chief executive of Inc, the global travel media company. He is a prolific author, brand expert, and an expert in handwriting, hypnosis, micro- expressions and body language.

Simon Leslie was always looking for creative solutions to the problems he faced. At 17, he started his first job selling insurance door-to-door and soon found success in real estate. Through the 80s property crash and a recession, Simon found ways to make deals and financing when no one else could. All these experiences created the threads of knowledge and skills that Simon needed to start his own magazine, travel network, and eventually, the Amazon of travel. With a rucksack of despair, Simon inspired his team and learned the power of reciprocity, belief, and energy to help him move forward. He learned how to reframe problems as opportunities and how to look at the world differently. Now, he wants to pass on his knowledge to the next generation of entrepreneurs.

In this episode, you will learn the following:
1. How to Unlock Opportunities Wrapped in Challenges: Discover how to reframe any problem as an opportunity and how to identify and unwrap the opportunity.
2. Unlocking the Power of Reciprocity: Explore the value of reaching out to people and how it can create connections, opportunities, and inspiration.
3. Unlocking Your Creative Potential: Learn how to tap into your creative potential and use it to unlock success, even in the midst of a recession.

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Anika Jackson Creative Strategist, Podcaster

Anika is a mother, community volunteer, philanthropist, marketing and communications strategist and podcast host. As a marcom executive, she has done it all including experiential marketing/ event production, launch marketing, public relations, digital, and influencer throughout her multiple decade career.

She is a member of the Quickbooks Small Business Council, as well as on the Advisory Board for the Women in Leadership program for UCSB’s PaCE; advisor for Junior League of Los Angeles’ 2022 – 2023 President; Co-founder and board member of Learn Grow Lead; and Ballona Wetlands Philanthropy Chair for National Charity League’s Pier Chapter.

In Anika’s newest role, she is an adjunct professor at USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, teaching graduate students in both the Masters of Public Relations and Advertising as well as the Masters of Digital Media Management programs.