S8E6 “Launching a Startup After 50”

Podcast Welcome:  A Toast to Truths is where I share the mental, financial and emotional frustrations of being an entrepreneur. This is S8E6  “Launching a Startup After 50”.

Special Guest Co-hosts- Charlette Freeney and Pansy Walker





Charlette R Freeney is a veteran educator with over 30 years of teaching experience in both Christian and public schools. She has also had the experience of teaching in the United Arab Emirates as well as the United States. Charlette holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration in Accounting and a Master’s of Science in Education with an emphasis on Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). Trained as a teacher through an alternative teaching program after a decade of US Government service, including the IRS, Charlette has always had a desire to see students achieve. But along the way, Charlette found more satisfaction and passion in helping coworkers achieve their highest potential. Having transitioned from government to teaching has positioned Charlette to see other perspectives of teaching that encouraged her to develop this opportunity to help students achieve by helping their teachers succeed.

Pansy Walker is an educator with over 30 years in education. She began her teaching career working in the Head Start program in Brooklyn, New York. She has attended Teachers College (NY),  Morris College (SC), City University of New York (NY), and Nova Southeastern University (FL). Ms. Walker has facilitated math instruction in NYC public Schools, Atlanta Public Schools and Clayton County Public Schools before she joined the educational reform in Abu Dhabi, UAE. In her role as a  Math Academic Educational Adviser she coached and mentored teachers from Europe, Asia, Africa, Oceania, Canada and the United States. Once arriving in the United Arab Emirates Ms. Walker earned a Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults from British Council. CELTA is a teaching English as a foreign language (TEFL) qualification that’s trusted by employers, language schools and governments around the world.  Pansy is a certified John Maxwell Leadership Trainer, Coach and Speaker. In 2017 Pansy became a Managing Partner in Legacy Pro Mentoring, LLC where she continues supporting teachers.

Pansy enjoys interacting with people who live to add value to people, and precious moments with family and friends.   

Q:  Why do a second act in life?

Part I:  

How Legacy Pro Mentoring got started

How the business partners met

The basis of what Legacy Pro Mentoring does and why

Teacher expectations

Cool things I did for my students

What’s the difference between Legacy Pro and mentoring by the school districts

What is pedagogy?

The struggle of getting paid for the services you offer

Finding clients in new markets

How I was switched classes to teach without my knowledge

Some of my first year stories

How your past shows up in your business

How to get paid

Who’s responsible for investing in you?

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Part II:

Taking a pivot in business

Using English teaching products in countries that doesn’t speak English

Adapting to customer needs

The life cycle of a client

The benefits of a team

An affiliate program for your business

Is Africa the land of opportunity?

Where is legacy going next?

The learning curve

How the classroom techniques can be used in business

Final Toast:  

Pansy- When you do something new, you can do it. Invest in yourself. Be confident. Your opportunities doesn’t have to be local. They can be global. Don’t be afraid to volunteer your services and meet needs.

Charlette- What is it that you’re good at? Take an inventory of yourself and offer that. Then build from there. What you’re good at can be your cash cow. College isn’t for everybody. It’s hard to unlearn a bad habit.

Vernetta- Don’t discount your previous career. Your skills, experience can benefit your business.

Season- It’s okay to pivot. Sometimes, amazing things happen after a pivot.

This has been ‘A Toast to Truths’ with me, Vernetta R. Freeney. This is season 8 episode 6  “Launching a Startup After 50” and the consequences we’ve encountered.

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