Founder of iThemes.com, one of the first commercial WordPress products businesses, running a hybrid/remote team since 2008. Co-founder of nonprofit tech foundation for children TheDiv.org. Public speaker, author, blogger. Advocate for mental health.
"If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together." --African proverb
Since 2008, the key to our success at iThemes.com has been intentionally building an awesome culture and a team of over over 20+ people who love what they do and who they do it with and for.
You need a fully committed, passionate, loyal and talented team to get to your summit, together.
I share my experiences and best practices for attracting the best "great fit" talent, fostering an atmosphere where others feel they can belong and contribute to, rallying a team around a shared vision, and the tools and ways we use to care and lead our people every day.
If leadership had a one-word definition, it would be: CARE.
I share how we've done just that and the results we've enjoyed.
As richly rewarding as entrepreneurship is, it can also be one of the toughest, loneliest jobs. It’s likely many of the people you love don’t truly understand what you do, or what you deal with on a daily basis.
Since 2008, I've have had my share of ups and downs running iThemes.com, from growing a multi-million dollar business, launching hit products, hiring a superstar team while building a great culture, to dealing with divorce, depression, loss, failure and the numerous conflicts and crises that entrepreneurs deal with.
Too often we work IN and ON our businesses ... but not on ourselves. That has to change.
I cherish sharing my depth of experiences dealing with the human side of being an entrepreneur, and the issues and challenges that come with it, and hope to be an empathetic ear and work with you to avoid some of the pitfalls and obstacles to health and happiness.
You don't just want work that pays the bills ... you also want work that frees you to be fulfilled and happy in your work.
You’re going to spend a vast chunk of your life at work, it might as well be work that matters, seeing the fruits of your labor and finding meaning in it, alongside people you care about and are committed to.
That’s what I call the Purposeful Paycheck.
To find that and with it, lasting career happiness and enjoyment, sometimes you need to get an outside perspective and opinion about your career and its potential from someone that has had a number of jobs in various fields as well as someone who leads a team and hires people.
I’ve averaged a new job for two years since I was 16, always seeking to contribute my time and talent to something of purpose and meaning. I always left places better than when I got there. And since 2008 as a leader/manager, I’ve helped many others bloom and blossom at iThemes.com and elsewhere.
I want to listen to your hopes and dreams, learn your unique situation and strengths, and help you plot a path to success so you can start getting those Purposeful Paychecks.
You have an idea for a product, or just need help getting your existing product off the ground ... and want someone who has been there and done it to be your coaching sidekick.
Since 2008 at iThemes, I've been leading teams that build WordPress products, including themes, plugins and software.
I've made plenty of mistakes, and had my share of successes.
I share my expertise and experience to help you become more successful faster and easier.
The best companies don't just sell products, they create customer communities.
Customers don't just buy, they belong, to something bigger than you or them, going from transaction to transformation.
When you connect profit to a higher purpose for your customer, then you've got a business that no competition can touch.
This means thinking beyond just delivering an excellent service to them. It means making their lives' awesome in a whole new way that your product is just one piece of.
I've been leading our customer community since 2008, helping them reach their goals and dreams and going outside the norm of what a business or CEO does.
And it's paid dividends ... for everyone.
I have had the opportunity to hear Cory speak about maintaining your mental well being a couple of times so when I was looking for someone to talk with he naturally came to mind.
Cory was able to listen to the hurdles that I am currently dealing with both in life and with my business and provide objective and actionable feedback based on her own experiences in balancing life and entrepreneurship. I cannot wait to put some of his ideas into action and see what kind of impact I am able to make.
I've known Cory a long time, and he's always willing to help. He's insightful about a wide range of topics, and quick to admit nobody succeeds alone. He genuinely wants you to feel happy and be successful, even without really knowing you yet. He's a good friend, leader, and person. His advice to me, I wouldn't have gotten from anyone else, which makes him a unique asset not just here on Clarity, but out in the world. Get to know this guy, because he's one of the good ones. 💜
Talking to Cory was a pleasure! He helped me make more sense of some high-level business decisions I've been tossing around. He asked the right questions and shared from his wealth of professional and personal experience. I walked away with new found passion for what is to come and homework that will help me continue on my journey.
Thanks again Cory!
Speaking with Cory provided a fresh perspective on the direction I want to take a new service. He offered advice from his own experiences and helped me think through a problem I was having difficulty solving. Cory took a genuine interest in our conversation, offered feedback and even gave me some homework to start moving in the right direction right away.
It was wonderful to get an outside perspective on my new business direction. Cory was able to give me some key phrases that I needed to perfect my positioning. He gave me homework to get started on providing the right kind of content for my prospects. This came at the perfect time. Thanks, Cory.
Speaking with Cory was great!
He took the time to listen to my questions, offered actionable advice with insight he has gained from his own experiences.
Additionally, Cory’s calmness was an added bonus as to keep me on point and not feel overwhelmed whatsoever.
I find Cory as very experienced entrepreneur. Within 20 minutes he gave me a lot of great tips that significantly improve my business model. Besides that he is the great guy and I've enjoyed talking to him. I'm highly recommending to work with Cory.