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Family and Faculty Mentors: Julie Ducharme’s Influences

In her interview on yesterday’s episode of Smashing the Plateau, entrepreneur and educator Julie Ducharme discussed how businesses can keep on top of their market and move forward, and what skills they need—and what investments they might need to make—to do so. Here, she discusses the people who have helped her move forward as she founded her own business:

1 . Will Taylor

In her interview, Ducharme discusses how her business-owner father guided her (and continues to give her advice) as she became an entrepreneur.

2 and 3. Will Taylor and Herb Vanderlugt

Ducharme writes that her grandfathers both “tremendously” shaped her work ethic, and helped her learn “how I run a business.”

4. Kat Barclay (

“My doctoral mentor…. I can consistently call her when I’m questioning something, and get some good feedback from her, because she’s usually run into the problem before.”

5. Freda Turner, Associate Dean at the Walden University School of Management.

“She’s had experience across the board, and was definitely an influencer and a mentor in my life, and still is today.”


About the author, David Shriner-Cahn

David is the podcast host and community builder behind Smashing the Plateau, an online platform offering resources, accountability, and camaraderie to high-performing professionals who are making the leap from the corporate career track to entrepreneurial business ownership.

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