Candice S Cook

Candice Cook Simmons is the Managing Partner at The Cook Law Group, PLLC and the Founder of the media company Namaskar Media.  She is an attorney, published writer, filmmaker, noted philanthropist, and business strategist in the technology, entertainment, and corporate sectors.

Candice's Episode Outline:

      • 03:00 What you are most grateful for in your life right now?
      • 08:10 What was the problem you experienced that fueled your vision to create your businesses?
      • 20:45 What are some of the biggest mistakes you made putting your business together?
      • 29:55 How do you find people to bring into your organization that truly care about the organization and see the business model from your vantage point?
      • 42:00 Are there potholes new entrepreneurs should be looking for that we're oblivious to when getting started in business?
      • 55:00 Share a book you've read this year that's inspired you
      • 55:40 What is something small you’ve done this month that you are proud of?
      • 56:35 Name an online resource, it could be an app, software, or tool you use every day and you can't live without it?
      • 59:10 Share one action we should commit to, to help us blaze our trail?

You want to be first, but you don't want to be too first because the market won't be ready for you and you could be the brilliant person that was too far ahead of their time.

A mistake is waiting for the perfect time! There isn't a perfect time but there might be a best or better time.

Your eyes should be on the prize and not on the hand clapping in the midst of it

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Candice S. Cook, Esq. Full Bio

Candice Cook Simmons is the Managing Partner at The Cook Law Group, PLLC and the Founder of the media company Namaskar Media.  She is an attorney, published writer, filmmaker, noted philanthropist, and business strategist in the technology, entertainment, and corporate sectors.

Educated at the University of Virginia and Vanderbilt Law School with attendance at additional programs at Oxford and Stanford University's Graduate School of Business, her career began in private practice as a litigator where she represented luxury hotels, television and cable executives, real estate developers, technology companies, and an assortment of Forbes' and Fortune's notable business executives and corporate giants. Cook later expanded her experience beyond litigation to include a vast array of intellectual property, media, telecommunications, and social media issues. Her success in finding creative business-oriented solutions resulted in her invitation to join the Advisory Committee of several startups including music industry technology startup BlazeTrak, Para Music Group, and fashion industry pioneer, Fashion Advance.  Today, Cook's firm has handled groundbreaking intellectual property matters—including the trademarking and strategy behind Dominique Ansel’s Cronut™ pastry—and business, entertainment, social impact/entrepreneurship, and talent issues for clients across the globe including Japan, China, Israel, Monaco, Mexico, France, U.S., UAE, and the UK.

Cook is a contributing writer for the Levo League, Women 2.0, and Conscious Magazine and was a contributing author of the book Conquering The Bar Exam and Co-Editor of the Culture Shift Labs 20 People To Watch of 2015.  She serves as an Advisory Executive Member for the United Way of New York's Young Professional Board, is an Advisory Board Member for TheHistoryMakers in Chicago, works to increase engagement as a Committee Member for Jazz at Lincoln Center, served as the Young Professional Board Member for both the Apollo Theater and New York Needs You and served on the Leadership Board for the Council of Urban Professionals.  For the past two years, Cook has worked with the 12 Days of Christmas Organization in New York to provide necessities to families across the five boroughs in New York during the month of December and she has also worked to increase STEM awareness through her Advisory Board Work with the M.O.B. Accelerator and CultureShiftLabs.  Most recently, Cook was proud to see her work with the rich history of TheHistoryMakers (the single largest archival collection of African-American oral history) rewarded via its acquisition by the Library of Congress.  In 2014, Cook served as a Host for the Andrew Goodman Foundation Hidden Heroes Award. In addition to her legal practice, Cook is currently using her platform to aid the Ford Foundation via its Think Tank to assist with the “innovation economy” of Detroit.

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