7 Questions with leaders of small and medium enterprises

Read insights and thoughts from leaders of small and medium enterprises around the world.

Thank you to the amazing leaders of SMEs who have answered our 7 questions so far, we hope you find their answers helpful for you in your leadership journey!

7 Questions with Shivonne C. McKay

7 Questions with Shivonne C. McKay

Name: Shivonne C. McKay

Current title: Executive Director

Current organisation: CHIPS, Inc.

Shivonne completed her undergraduate studies at Pennsylvania State University, where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. She holds an MBA from American Intercontinental University, a Master of Education Administration degree from Adelphi University, and a Master of Divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary.

She has dedicated her life to confronting systems of inequity for marginalized populations through a faith and social justice lens. Most recently, Shivonne spent four years as the founding Executive Director of the Jeremiah Program’s Brooklyn campus, working alongside a dedicated team to provide affordable housing, life skills training, and college access to women and quality early childhood education to their children. Currently, Shivonne is the Executive Director of CHIPS, Inc. a soup kitchen and women's shelter in the neighborhood of Park Slope, located in Brooklyn, NY. Shivonne resides in Long Island, New York.

7 Questions with Onleilove Alston

7 Questions with Onleilove Alston

Name: Onleilove Alston

Current title: Founder

Current organization: HerWisdom LLC

Onleilove Chika Alston, founder of Prophetic Whirlwind Ministries and HerWisdom LLC, is an international organizer, speaker, and writer. Her ministry began after spending 6-years studying, visiting and researching Hebraic customs from tribes in West Africa. She compiled her research in her debut book, “Prophetic Whirlwind: Uncovering The Black Biblical Destiny”.

A global leader who often ministers among African Jewish communities, she was appointed as the Ambassador and given the title of Iyom for The Organization of Igbo-Hebrew Heritage Cultural Foundation’s Joseph Project which seeks to build a link between diaspora Africans and Igbos. She serves on the Pan African Women of Faith planning team and the faith-based coordinator for the Global African Business Association (GABA) a global network of African and diaspora business and political professionals in Ghana, Mozambique, Nigeria, Angola and the United States.
Aside from ministry and organizing work, Rabbi Onleilove is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Arts and Sciences in Criminal Justice for Hope International University and is a Professor at The Hebrew Academy of Detroit where she teaches Hebrew Tribes of Africa, Hebraic Life Cycle Customs and The Hebraic Call to Missions. She lives in New York City. You can follow her ministry at www.propheticwhirlwind.com and @propheticwhirlwind on social media.

7 Questions with Fanny Murhayati

7 Questions with Fanny Murhayati

Name: Fanny Murhayati

Current title: Business Development Lead

Current organization: eyos Indonesia

I am a business development and marketing enthusiast who spent my working life time mostly in consulting industry such as marketing research and HR consultant. Currently, I am continuing my journey in SME Retail intelligence with eyos Indonesia. eyos is a retail data automation technology company and helps independent shops and brands in tapping the full potential of data-drive shopper marketing using sell-out data.

Some reasons why I am in love with the business development and marketing world are because I can always meet many people, learn new things from them, whilst at the same time, share my experiences and knowledge that might be useful for others and also enrich my networking. It also helps me to learn and adapt how to deal with different types of persons and types of businesses. Trying to be in other shoes, to understand their interest, their top of mind gives me good references for my leadership style.

7 Questions with Neeti Adish Chauhan

7 Questions with Neeti Adish Chauhan

Name: Neeti Adish Chauhan

Current title: Director & COO

Current organisation: MINDCo Consulting Group (MCG)

7 Questions with Filip Linhart

7 Questions with Filip Linhart

Name: Filip Linhart

Current title: Founder & CEO

Current organization: Namíru Solutions

FILIP LINHART has delivered exceptional value to clients both as a business consultant and Salesforce system architect in Europe and in the fast-paced Asia Pacific, based in Hong Kong for many years.

DELOITTE selected Filip among 67 out of 8000 applicants globally to join the invitation-only networking platform for rising leaders in Asia.

He holds a Masters degree in International Business Management and speaks English, German and Czech​​. As a founder and CEO of Namíru Solutions, he and his team deliver Salesforce implementation and services to small and medium businesses in financial services, professional services, health care and high-tech manufacturing industries.

7 Questions with Rupen-Doshi

7 Questions with Rupen-Doshi

Name: Rupen-Doshi

Current title: CEO

Current organization: Future-Tech

Rupen Doshi
rupen@futuretechindia.com, 98201 01396

St. Mary’s school, Elphinstone College, Bhartiya Vidya Bhavan, Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies

CEO of FUTURE-TECH, an Executive Search firm based in Mumbai, India, focusing on Marketing, Finance, Strategy & Manufacturing professionals amongst others

Our understanding of industry, its professionals and business dynamics, amongst other things, puts us in a unique position as business enablers

Our HR Consulting business, enables Small & Medium Enterprises to achieve their business & financial goals, through effective people management

The exposure to a multitude of sectors, coupled with understanding a grass root worker upto a CXO, allows us to implement business enhancing ideas for our clients.

Have guided 1000’s of professionals in career & personal development

Started career at IBM and Hewlett Packard in Sales & Marketing

Co-founder of Bhartiya Vidya Bhavan’s Gandhi Institute of Computer Education, imparts FREE computer education to underprivileged sections of society.
The institute has trained over 3 lakh students in 24 years, in 25 centres all India.

Participate in several Television debates on Terrorism, Citizens involvement in Public Life, accountability of elected representatives etc

Chairman of New Sagar Darshan Housing Society

Member of Breach Candy Advanced Locality Management.

Joined Rotary Club of Bombay Pier in 2016
President in 2019-20
Started 2 Rotaract clubs and 2 interact clubs
Director Non-Medical community service in Dream year 2021-22
Manages club global grants

Did community service especially for Covid-19 Relief and worked closely with KEM, Sion, Nair and Poddar Hospitals and for migrant workers, the homeless.
Gave BMC and Government hospitals ventilators. Did projects with the prisons, FSSAI, old age homes, schools & colleges for education development, rural school development, watershed management etc.

Project Director Rotary Debate league in 2020-21
District Vocational Avenue Co-chair in 2020-21

District Avenue Chair Youth 3 Dream Rotary 2021-22
Member of CSR District team Dream Rotary 2021-22

District Secretary Events in Alpha Rotary year 2022-23

Speaker, writer, trekker, interested in football & martial arts [brown belt in Karate]

7 Questions with Beverly Jenkins

7 Questions with Beverly Jenkins

Name: Beverly Jenkins

Current title: CEO

Current organization: Refuge and Restoration

Beverly is a CEO with a sincere instinct for business organization and strategy. She is masterful at developing creative and innovative pathways toward goals. As an “outside-the-box” thinker, she is a true visionary who does her best work identifying ways to meet the needs of people. Always ready to challenge the status quo, she is quick to question why something “can't” be done. Obstacles are simply bridgeways to either a new path or a lesson in how to power through.

7 Questions with Abhishek Tyagi

7 Questions with Abhishek Tyagi

Name: Abhishek Tyagi

Current title: CEO

Current organization: AnyTechTrial.Com

Founder & CEO: #AnyTechTrial- A Global SAAS Marketplace | Founder: #ValueProspect- Leading Tech BTL Agency APAC | Chairman: #ATVentures- Diversified Portfolio (Technology R&D)

Industrious with extensive experience in strategy formulation, client relationship management and change management.

Determined and responsible CEO with more than 10+ years of learning experience in cross domain functionalities while working with C level and Country head executives of many Fortune 500 organisations. Effectively managed all financial, personnel and operational facets with strong project management and decision-making skills while Promoting culture of continuous improvement.

A deal maker with voice of customer at heart

7 Questions with Yogesh Raj Buliya

7 Questions with Yogesh Raj Buliya

Name: Yogesh Raj Buliya

Current title: Heading Operations in India & Abroad

Current organization: DigitaleMantra

An expert in Digital Marketing campaigns, specializing in organic Search Engine Optimization, Search Engine Marketing & Social Media Marketing. Strong Analytical background in leading various phases of data mining. Have basic knowledge of programming skills in technologies like HTML, WordPress, Joomla, Magento, PHP, etc.

Yogesh is a marketing consultant with a decade of experience in serving clients all over the world. His potential client base is coming from USA, Canada, Africa, Australia & Dubai. Over the last few years, he has been extensively helping eCommerce & Real Estate businesses in growing their customer base.

Yogesh brings with him wealth of knowledge in the Digital Marketing space and understands the dynamics of various online trends. He is the man behind devising online marketing strategies for the business and conceptualizing unconventional campaigns on digital platforms. Along with an edge for creativity, he spends considerable hours evaluating pie-charts and data analytics to work-out a favorable ROI for the organization. He is also an expert at SEO and ensures that the website is made easily accessible & looks presentable for visitors to have a seamless digital experience. For over 10 years, Yogesh has successfully contributed in reshaping brand identities and helped them transition from offline to online marketing activities to stay relevant in their respective businesses.

Yogesh is well versed in managing tools like Survey Monkey, HubSpot, Zapier, Click Funnels, FB Ads Manager, Google Analytics, Unbounce, OptiMonk, Hotjar, etc. where most of the clients spend a considerable amount of time, that's where Yogesh & his team plays a vital role in assistance so client can focus more on other priority stuff.

7 Questions with Mike Lawrence

7 Questions with Mike Lawrence

Name: Mike Lawrence

Current title: Education Leadership Executive

Current organization: Jamf

Mike is an award-winning teacher, administrator, and educational leader. A joyful champion for students, he has a creative zest for learning and motivates teams through inspiration and positivity. He served as the CEO of an education non-profit and also directed the California Student Media Festival for over a decade. Mike is an internationally recognized leader with 25+ years experience at the nexus of education, technology, and innovation.

7 Questions with Adriana Cowdin

7 Questions with Adriana Cowdin

Name: Adriana Cowdin

Current title: CEO

Current organization: Dekaf Digital

Adriana Cowdin brings 20+ years expertise in marketing to the table with a strong emphasis on digital marketing. She’s the Founder and CEO of Dekaf Digital, a digital marketing agency serving VC-backed and mid-size companies with Digital Strategy, Social Media Management and Audience Intelligence.
This former corporate executive, turned published author and 4-time entrepreneur, came from the ranks of Corporate America where she was a Chief Marketing Officer for a private equity-owned $500MM company, Chief Digital Marketing Officer for a $5B home services company and Division Vice President of Digital Marketing for a $40B retailer overseeing 150 brands and 30 business units both online and in-store.
Cowdin holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from Metropolitan State University in Denver and has completed management and leadership courses from Harvard Business School’s advanced program. She has been featured on ABC, WGN, CNNMoney, FoxBusiness, Forbes, Hoovers, Reuters, NYTimes, Inc. 500, Yahoo! Finance, The Denver Post, LA Times, NJ Star Ledger, Sydney Morning Herald, The Huffington Post and Windy City Live Morning Show.
What’s most unique about Adriana is her zest for life. In addition to running two successful businesses, she lives with 9 chronic diseases and has had radical surgeries to address them including the Whipple and TPAIT. In addition to her islet cell transplant in her liver, her pancreas, half of her stomach, small intestine, bile duct, gallbladder and appendix have all been removed. She lives with the rarest form of Diabetes (Type 3C), chronic pancreatic disease, gastroparesis, osteoporosis, Addison’s Disease, Hypothyroid, Hypopituitary, Mild Liver Disease and Celiac. Despite these odds, she fights everyday to get up, exercise, take care of her family and exude energy into her businesses.

7 Questions with Jeff Gapinski

7 Questions with Jeff Gapinski

Name: Jeff Gapinski

Current title: President

Current organization: Huemor

As co-founder and President of Huemor, Jeff Gapinski has directed interactive digital projects for clients such as NBC Sports, Geico, Live Nation, The United Nations, American Crew, United Way, The Humane League, The Webby Awards, and M&C Saatchi Mobile.
His work has earned multiple awards from organizations such as The Webby Awards, The Pixel Awards, The W3 Awards, The Communicator Awards, and The Davey Awards. Additionally, his creative work has led to national recognition for his agency, such as being named a top US digital agency in 2020 by the Clutch evaluation association, and month after month recognition as a top organization by the boards of Top Interactive Agencies (TIA), The Agency List, and 10 Best for multiple service categories.
Jeff is an integral member of the Academy of Interactive & Visual Arts (AIVA), guest judging international industry competitions such as The W3 Awards, The Communicator Awards, and The Davey Awards. Jeff is also an active member of the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA), The Young Entrepreneurs Council (YEC), and Founders Society.
Jeff graduated from Adelphi University in Garden City, New York with honors. He received a bachelor of fine arts (BFA) with a focus on communication arts and digital technology.