Entrepreneur Spotlight: Leonardo Cavalli

imageLeonardo Cavalli aka King, is a twenty-eight-year old well respected author, from New York, New York. He has been a traveling motivational speaker since the age of thirteen. Cavalli is also a singer, model, actor, and director who has dedicated his life to helping people find true love that last a lifetime.

King Cavalli started his career as an author of a chart topping memoir, 24 and divorced, under the name King Cavalli. Throughout the book he speaks on red flags he should have avoided, and lessons he learned that he uses to counsel other courting and married couples during marriage seminars. He has decided to create music and videos to help tell the true story of the book. Along with joining an elite group of musicians with literary ambition, he has decided to release a companion album with theatrical style videos to tell the story through music. The album, Forever’s Not Forever, was produced by well known producer PARKER. Cavalli’s music has been described as being a beautiful blend  between Adele’s heart breaking ballots, and Drake’s transparent hiphop lyrics. He has dedicated his life to helping others find love and stay in love through music, motivational seminars, and counseling. Cavalli is currently in the studio completing his album “Wounded” due to release April 2016.

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All About Dhylles Davis-Author, Life Coach, and Motivational Speaker

Dhylles Davis

1) Tell us about your background and upbringing:

My name is Dhylles Davis, Motivational Lifestyle Guru, Speaker, Author and Online TV Personality. Coaching and speaking found me when I was 16 years old living in Belize Central America where I attended high school. I was always sought out as a leader in my class to teach dances, inspire and motivate my peers and was encouraged to recite Maya Angelou’s “Phenomenal Woman” in a poetry contest which I won first place. The feeling I received was so euphoric and infectious. I never felt anything like that before and I did not realize at that time that I was creating my destiny in become a guru, and speaker and that I was chosen to empower, mentor and teach.

2) How did you get started in the life coaching and motivational speaking, and event planning field? My career started when I decided to stop holding myself back and no longer allowed fear of walking and living in my purpose as a coach and speaker. It truly started for me after a near death experience that woke me up to live fearless and I made the decision to attend Coach Training Alliance where I received my life coaching certification and took a leap of faith in reaching out to various organizations who were gracious enough to allow me the opportunity to speak at their events.

3) What is your favorite part about being a life coach? My favorite part about being a life coach is helping my clients create their life maps that enables them to create opportunities and possibilities for themselves by practicing tips and suggestions I offer especially when it comes to sharing my life experiences with them allowing them to realize they are not alone which gives them a better outlook and approach on their lives moving forward.

4)Tell us about your book and what can people expect when reading it? My book is titled “Your Life Your Purpose No Explanations!” I wrote it back in 2013 when I was going through bouts of depression and it was my form of therapy that I felt in my spirit I needed to share with the world. The book talks about knowing your worth and how important you are and not being afraid to find and use your voice. Knowing that each and everyone of us in this world is born an accomplishment and destined for greatness and each day that we are able to wake up each morning is an amazing gift. My book is featured and can be purchased on amazon.com/kindle

5) What is your Sip and Chat movement all about? The Sip & Chat Movement is a concept I came up with when I decided to incorporate my passions of event planning, hosting, speaking, coaching and empowering into one explosive and amazing and unforgettable empowerment event series that is taking place all over the NYC Tristate area, and other states to follow. TSCM are events and forums where my guests sip responsibly and chat respectively in a judgement-free and safe environment where they are able to speak and express themselves freely on topics or issues they may be experiencing as I coach, inspire, motivate and empower them to live and not exist.

6) What upcoming projects and events do you have? I am actually working on my second book at the moment as well as working on expanding The Sip and Chat movement to Philadelphia, Washington, DC, Boston and other states to follow. I am also the online TV personality host of a YouTube show called The Sip and Chat Movement Hour Online Show (youtube.com/dhylles) which is a piggy back off of TSCM. I am also working with various motivational empowerment clients and always available to coach, mentor and inspire more clients to help them self-discovery and purpose.

 

From Homeless Man To Business Owner

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When you are down to the worst point in your life, what do you do? Do you stay down and complain about your situation, or figure out what it takes to get out of your situation and make it better? That’s exactly what 28 year old restaurant owner Darnell Ferguson did. About 3 years ago Darnell Ferguson, who earned the title “Superchef” while in culinary school at Sullivan University, was at once just a young man with no direction in his life. Although he was making a name for himself in the culinary world, that still wasn’t enough to keep him from sleeping in his car, and feeling alone. His one-of-a-kind breakfast creations include red velvet pancakes filled with whipped cream, roasted red pepper grits, beignets, granola encrusted French toast, homemade candied sausage, peanut butter and jelly oatmeal and more. By 2008, he was able to add the the title of “Olympic Chef” to his resume, when he was chosen to cook for the Olympic team in China. Darnell was blessed to be featured in Louisville’s most prestigious kitchens, including Proof on Main and Napa River Grill, which is how SuperChef became his identity. Even with all these things going on, he was still having brushes with the law, and knew he was headed in the wrong direction.

After he  graduated from college, earning his associates degree,  he continued selling drugs ( which he started while in school to cover expenses,) instead of pursing a career as a chef , until his luck had finally run out. Ferguson was arrested eight times in a three-month period, which caused him to lose everything including being evicted by his landlord, leaving him homeless. While Ferguson was living out of his car, his mom suggested he go back to church, which is something he had done as a kid. He decided to attend Southeast Christian Church, because of the large size. “I knew I wouldn’t stand out there. I didn’t want to go to some small church where visitors stand up and everybody looks at you. I wanted to hide somewhere.” he said . In 2011, the church hosted a fall retreat that he decided to sign up for an attend. It was at this very retreat that his life took a turn for the better. Not only was he hungry for the cooking, but for the Lord, and a new beginning on his life.

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While sitting in a McDonalds, he was approached by an acquaintance who owned the Chicago Gyros across the street, about renting the kitchen for breakfast. Ferguson knew it was a great opportunity to rebuild.
In the spring of 2012, he opened SuperChef’s Breakfast Restaurant with partner Ryan Bryson, a friend from junior high school. More recently he opened up a more permanent storefront on July 9th of this year located in Louisville, Kentucky. His favorite bible verse is Philippians 4:13: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

His story of triumph just goes to show that anyone has the power to change their situation. It all starts with a thought and the will to move forward.