Monthly Archives: November 2016

Alana Winter: Getting Over Imposter Syndrome

Alana Winter is the CEO of Stiletto Spy School and MI 6 Academy which has been featured on the Wall St. Journal. Alana is a graduate of Wesleyan University where she earned her B.A. in Psychology and Economics. She currently lives in New York City and enjoys traveling and going on adventures. She is a member of Entrepreneurs Organization.

In this episode of CEO Mojo Alana Winter talks to us about overcoming Imposter Syndrome.


Listen to the full interview with Alana Winter and Joe Apfelbaum!

A quotable CEO Mojo Moment:

“I enter relationships really think about the other person … it means always being willing to give more”


Jeffrey Gitomer: One Word

Jeffrey Gitomer is the author of twelve best-selling books including The Sales Bible, The Little Red Book of Selling, and The Little Gold Book of Yes! Attitude. His real-world ideas and content are also available as online courses at For information about training and seminars visit or, or email Jeffrey personally at

In this episode of CEO Mojo, Jeffrey Gitomer discusses the power of one word.



Listen to the full interview with Jeffrey Gitomer and Joe Apfelbaum!

A quotable CEO Mojo Moment:

“I said ‘Oh! My mother didn’t die until I was in my 40s but you thought she died when I was two and a half years old because of one word that I said: lost. So, when you’re speaking to a group of people you better be careful of every single word that you say because if you say one wrong word they might misinterpret the entire message.’”


Mona Patel: Three Things

Mona Patel is the CEO & Founder of Motivate Design, a user-centered design agency based in New York City. Motivate Design helps clients discover customer needs and designs solutions to meet those needs. In recent her book, Reframe: Shift the Way you Work, Innovate and Think, Mona demonstrates how her 8-step creative process can help companies innovate and design simple, beautiful experiences. In addition to helping clients and other Fortune 500 companies become unstuck, Mona is also a teacher at Parsons, the New School for Design.

In this episode, Mona Patel talks about learning to trust others and delegate.


Listen to the full interview with Mona Patel and Joe Apfelbaum!

A quotable CEO Mojo Moment:

“When I’ feeling really frazzled I actually have this yellow notebook…with the three things I need to get done and the three things that I need to have done for me.”

Burak Alpaslan: Equality Through Time

Burak was educated at the internationally accredited Middle East Technical University (ODTU) and Hacettepe University in Ankara, Turkey. While he utilizes his civil engineering background to solve problems, he uses his extensive knowledge in economics and finance to manage his client’s expectations. He worked as a civil engineer for 3 years prior to changing careers in 1995.

He joined the financial services industry at Global Corporate and Investment Bank of Citigroup in Zurich, Switzerland in 1995 where he worked as the Assistant Country Financial Controller. He was sponsored by Citigroup to join their team in New York in 1996. He held several positions as an officer with Citigroup prior to starting his financial planning practice in 2004.

As a fellow business owner, Burak’s focus has been working with business owners in creating, managing and protecting family wealth, devising succession, exit and transition strategies for their business. He helps an entrepreneur choose the right succession, retirement and benefit plans for themselves and their workforce and works with their tax and legal advisors by putting together estate planning strategies to pass their wealth to next generations in a tax efficient manner.

Burak is the founder and Senior Partner of Vital Planning Group LLC ( He is continuously expanding his operations in NY and NJ, and is interested in speaking with candidates about the opportunity to join Vital Planning Group. Financial Professionals of Vital Planning Group are contracted with MetLife Securities Inc Equal opportunity employer — M/F/D/V.

He serves on the Board of Directors for Entrepreneurs Organization (EO) as membership chair, also is a Member of Mercer County Estate Planning Council, Turkish American Business Forum and The American Turkish Society. He enjoys an active lifestyle with his loving wife and three adorable children in Mercer County, NJ.

In this episode, Burak Alpaslan talks about time as the great equalizer.


Listen to the full interview with Burak Alpaslan and Joe Apfelbaum!

A quotable CEO Mojo Moment:

“We are all given 24 hours in a day…Time-wise we are created equal.”