Wednesday, February 15, 2017

B-School: Online Business Training with Marie Forleo for Modern Entrepreneurs

B-School is an 8-week online learning program for big-hearted creatives who want to build a meaningful, profitable business online.
Getting your business up and running requires clarity, vision and the ability to execute consistently on the right strategies. Without a roadmap or guidance, the process can be overwhelming.
B-School can fast-track your growth and save you years of expensive trial and error. We’ve already helped tens of thousands of entrepreneurs across 160 industries and 119 countries (and counting), and we’d be honored to work with you too.
We have partnered with Marie Forleo and B-School to serve our small, start-up clients with a solid, no BS online business and marketing training program that delivers REAL and MEASURABLE results. This is the best online marketing training there is, as far as we have discovered. 
Marie is our kind'a lady - an ambitious business woman with humor, a big heart and commitment to quality - delivering high quality, tactical and practical solutions to grow a profitable online business.




Free Online Training Videos

- Available for a limited time only -

#1   6 Pillars Of A Successful Online Business - learn here.
#2   13 Keys to Killin' It Online - learn here
#3   7 Common Excuses - learn here




Interested in knowing more about B-School? Go to our sister company, The Passion Institute here. 




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Thursday, November 17, 2016

Sandja Brügmann contributes to Gurubogen, a new book on innovation, entrepreneurship and leadership

The new Danish book “Gurubogen” is a collection of articles from 100 leading business innovators and entrepreneurs from around the world. Sandja Brügmann contributes with an article on how investing in leadership and organizational consciousness is needed to drive both sustainability, social-good and thrivability.


“I fremtiden er det kun brands, som arbejder for at gøre livet bedre for menneskeheden, der vil overleve. De ledere, vi udpeger til at guide os, skal derfor også findes blandt dem, som er i stand til at skabe bedre liv.” – Sandja Brügmann, excerpt from her article Fremtidens leder er autentisk, passioneret, modig og formålsdrevet.


English translation: “In the future it is only brands that strive to make life better for humanity that will survive. The leaders we elect to guide us need to be found among those able to create better lives.” – Sandja Brügmann, excerpt from her article The Leader of the Future is authentic, passionate, courageous and purpose-driven.

The book was created to give inspiration and real action-oriented advice to entrepreneurs and organizations across all industries and markets. In these articles, the contributors talk about their ideas and experiences with innovation, entrepreneurship and authentic leadership.


You will learn:
  • What corporate executives can learn from entrepreneurs and vice versa
  • How you become more authentic as a leader & why this is important
  • Why some ideas fail when others succeed
  • The ‘often missing’ link between Business and Purpose
  • How to listen in the right places, and how to use silence to create better relations
  • How to turn innovation into your culture
  • The importance of focusing on culture and the human aspect of business

The book contains so many exciting perspectives and learnings from a wide array of inspiring global and Danish leaders – a few of our favorites come from Chip Conley (Joie de Vivre), Brian Chesky (Airbnb), Peter Keriner (NOMA), Simon Sinek (Start with Why), Seth Godin (Social media guru), Tania Ellis (social business company), Robin Sharma, Johan Bülow (Lakrids), Pascal Finette (Singularity University), Otto Scharmer (Theory U) .. as I start to liste some, I just want to list all - a list of the gurus here.



The book released November 15, 2016. Order your copy in Danish only here. English translation coming in 2017!


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SANDJA BRÜGMANN is a sustainable communication & conscious business and leadership advisor, international speaker and serial-entrepreneur. She has worked with the global business community to create sustainable & social-good change for the past 15 years. She advocates for systemic solution thinking to drive business to be part of the solution, investing in personal and organizational consciousness, and a shift where success is measured in the 5P bottom line: Passion, purpose, people, planet and profit. In her business portfolio are respected companies like Sustainable Brands, Crocs, Spier, ITO EN, Kashi, Gaia, The Body Shop, Sustainia and University of Colorado Boulder.

Sandja is an external lecturer at University of Colorado Boulder’s Masters of the Environment program (MENV), where she is teaching conscious leadership and social entrepreneurship.

A regularly featured expert in leading international business and sustainable lifestyle media including Inc Magazine, Business Insider, Huffington Post, CBS, Markedsføring, Yoga Journal, Organic Spa Magazine, YFS Magazine, LOHAS Journal, Bureau Biz and spoken at leading conferences Sustainable Brands (Copenhagen), Natural products Expo West (USA), Natural Products Expo East (USA), Social Media Week (Copenhagen), Global Entrepreneurship Week Big Blab Event and Women’s Leadership Summit.

She is a certified shadow facilitator, a certified yoga teacher, former Danish national archery champion and Olympic hopeful. Founder/CEO of Refresh Agency and The Passion Institute. 
Connect with her on Twitter and LinkedIn.





Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Partnering with Sustainable Brands in Copenhagen



We are delighted to announce our partnership with Sustainable Brands. The leading global conference on sustainable business, innovation and leadership is coming to Copenhagen September 26.-28. 2016 bringing together the Northern European business community to collaborate, knowledge share, solution-drive how sustainability-led innovation can be an essential driver of business success and value creation.  Website here.

Refresh Agency's CEO, Sandja Brügmann, will lead a communication panel discussion and break-out workshop: Purpose-driven Storytelling through Mainstream Media





Refresh Agency's network receive benefits at SB'16 Copenhagen

You can now attend one the the world's most exciting and leading sustainability discussions and inserting your company and leadership in the middle of a highly collaborative and action oriented global conversation. You receive 20% off your registration fee at Sustainable Brands Copenhagen 2016. 

Use code RAsb16cph and register here.












Monday, June 13, 2016

COMMON and Refresh Partner to Accelerate Social Purpose Businesses, Lead ‘Paradigm Shift’

Photo courtesy COMMON 

A new strategic partnership aims to bolster social purpose startups and launch more products that are better for the planet. Today, communication, branding and leadership services companies Refresh Agency and The Passion Institute, both founded by Sandja Brügmann, solidified working with fellow Boulder, Colorado-based business COMMON, a creative accelerator and community dedicated to advancing social businesses and projects. The three firms can now offer their clients the services of the other partner organizations, including their global professional networks.
“We share the mission to advance a business paradigm shift to one of greater consciousness,” Brügmann said of the partnership. “By working together we will further elevate our value proposition to help innovative, social and entrepreneurial businesses and leaders accelerate growth and success on a global scale.”
Brügmann’s firms have worked with such notable clients as Justin’sGoodBellyCrocsAddis Creson (KashiBetter Place), Spier and ITO EN. Some years ago, Refresh Agency helped Justin’s, a Boulder-based nut butter company, with corporate and consumer communication during their U.S. nation-wide Starbucks distribution, Brügmann told Sustainable Brands in an e-mail. She insists that they were just a small piece of the puzzle, but was happy to play a supporting role in the company’s success; Justin’s was recently acquired by Austin, Minnesota-based Hormel Food Corp., the maker of Skippy and Spam.
Refresh Agency and The Passion Institute can now offer their clients an accelerator for product innovation and ideas and a global community of like-minded ambitious conscious business professionals thanks to the now solidified ties to COMMON.
“We are past the point of questioning whether or not marrying social purpose and for-profit models is viable,” said Mark Eckhardt, the CEO of COMMON. “There are billion dollar companies that are making a huge impact and providing consumers with products that meet their needs. Leading a social enterprise demands more than just business savvy. It requires a different mindset and set of skills rooted in practices that have been dismissed historically by capitalism.
“Our partnership with Refresh Agency and The Passion Institute addresses those needs, and augments our ability to provide our community members with leading edge communication, voice storytelling expertise, and conscious leadership training.”
COMMON was founded by Alex Bogusky (founding partner of advertising firm Crispin Porter + Bogusky), Ana BoguskyRob Schuham and John Bielenberg. Through the partnership, the accelerator’s clients will benefit from the American and Scandinavian market expertise of Refresh Agency and The Passion Institute, in addition to the sustainability- and social impact-specialized communication, marketing, storytelling, and conscious leadership educational services.
Brügmann and Eckhardt agree: “There is nothing more rewarding then helping sustainability-focused and socially responsible companies succeed. We all have a responsibility to increase our human consciousness, so we can drive business as a force for good, and not exploitative greed.”
News covered in Sustainable Brands.