I know many of you might have missed some of our earlier episodes. So today I’m excited to bring back one of our most popular episodes from last year. Whether you’re hearing it for the first time, or you’re giving it a second listen, I hope you enjoy this insightful conversation.

In this episode, I have a great conversation with Candace Nelson. She is a Serial Entrepreneur, NYT Bestselling Author, WSJ Contributor, Angel Investor, TV Personality, Executive Producer, and the Founder of Sprinkles, the world’s first cupcake bakery. 

Today’s leaders must learn to navigate change and uncertainty and continuously operate outside their comfort zone. Candace Nelson has so much wisdom of experience to share with all leaders about the rocky road to success.

You’ll hear all about Candace’s fascinating journey, her sweet success story, and the important leadership and entrepreneurship lessons she learned along the way that helped her turn her passion into profit.

In this episode:

  • Leaving behind the corporate path to pursue something she was truly passionate about
  • How the idea for Sprinkles was born and the importance of differentiating yourself
  • “If you are for everyone, you are for no one”
  • The process of learning to let go of control, trust your team, and create a clear vision
  • The secret to Candace’s sweet success as an entrepreneur
  • Candace’s advice for aspiring (or current) entrepreneurs, founders, and leaders
  • And more


The episode originally aired on Jan 17, 2023..

Power Presence Academy: Practical Wisdom for Leaders is the go-to podcast for anyone who leads. Your host is Janet Ioli, leadership and human development expert, sought-after coach and advisor to global executives, and former executive with experience in four Fortune 100 companies. She helps leaders ground themselves with confidence, connection, and purpose and learn to lead with Less Ego, More Soul.


Noteworthy Quotes from This Episode

“The timing of it was just right in the sense that it felt wrong…”

“There’s room for everyone, as long as you know how you are differentiating yourself.”

“The type of leadership that I feel is most comfortable for me is a servant leader style, where I really value my team above all and I allow them to do their job. So, what I do is I hire tough and I manage loosely, and, ultimately, want my team to know that I support them and I trust them to do their job..”

“As an entrepreneur, there really is no roadmap, right? I mean, in life, there really is none. So you have a passion, you have a plan, you have a goal, and you have to be flexible with how you get there.”

“I think you have to test your idea and your interest on a smaller scale first. I believe in dreaming the big dreams. I believe in following those big dreams. But I also believe that entrepreneurship is not about jumping off a cliff and throwing all caution to the wind.” 


Resource Links: 

You can find Candace Nelson’s new book, Sweet Success: A Simple Recipe To Turn Your Passion Into Profit HERE.

Connect with today’s guest on LinkedIn: Candace Nelson


If you want to become more grounded, confident, and aligned with your deeper values in just 21 days. Check out my book Less Ego, More Soul: A Modern Reinvention Guide for Women.

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Connect with Janet Ioli:

Linkedin: Janet Ioli

Instagram: @janetioli

Website: janetioli.com

Janet is the founder of Power Presence Academy.  She helps leaders ground themselves with confidence, connection, and purpose and lead with Less Ego, More Soul.


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