Dedicated Business Champion with Expertise in Leadership Development, Entrepreneurship, and Strategic Planning
SJ Barakony is a Serial Entrepreneur, Advisor, Futurist, Thought Leader, and Board Member with more than 8 years of success serving other entrepreneurs, self-employed individuals, and other varied institutions. His broad areas of expertise include entrepreneurship, replicative leadership, business development, and strategy. SJ has a passion for youth/teen entrepreneurs, start-ups, and family businesses.
SJ is a CMA (Consultant, Mentor, & Advisor), Facilitator, and Founder of Service Before Self Leadership: An Educational Solutions Provider where he designs and implements customized solutions - whether they be via paid services on retainer (mentoring, advising, group facilitation (Mastermind, DISC, or DJ to DJ)), and/or specialized consulting (creating POW (proof of work), lifelong learning cultures in workplaces of all kinds, replacing POC (proof of credential)).
He serves as a Community Ambassador for the Startup Space App & a Brand Ambassador for Web Strategy Plus. He is also the Market Area Director (MAD) for the northern half of Columbus/central OH with the H7 Network.
SJ's business model includes designing and/or implementing customizable solutions for business owners to address three deep, fundamental problems with the traditional approach to the K-12, college/university, and also graduate tracks of education in America.
He is now, or was actively involved previously, in the following mentorship and/or advising programs/organizations:
SJ obtained his Bachelor of Arts in Economics/Management from Ohio Wesleyan University. He serves his alma mater, Ohio Wesleyan (OWU) on the Central Ohio Alumni Leadership Board.
SJ is also a prolific guest blogger (Innovate New Albany & SheOwnsIt.com) and aspiring podcast host, who has previously guested on two podcasts as of the end of 2019.