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Podcast Interview with Corey L Lewis

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In this episode of IAMCEO podcast, Corey Lewis, CEO and Founder of 1AND1 LIFE, shares his journey of promoting mental health and wellness, particularly among the African-American community.

Corey's platform, 1AND1 LIFE, is dedicated to curating and customizing content, tools, and products that address the lack of mental health and fitness resources available for African Americans, especially men. The content curated by Corey and his team seeks to define what mental health and wellness mean to the Black Community and aims to break the associated stigma.

Besides mental health advocacy, Corey is also passionate about performance and fitness. An accomplished athlete, he played football in the Big Ten Conference at The University of Illinois. Despite facing significant challenges, including four ACL surgeries and seven knee surgeries, Corey pushed on to become a certified personal trainer and motivational speaker.

Key insights and lessons from the podcast include:

CEO Story: Motivated by the gaps in mental health resources for African Americans, Corey founded 1AND1 LIFE to address this issue and ignite essential conversations within the community.
CEO Hack: Corey emphasizes the importance of a structured morning routine for maintaining productivity and focus.
CEO Nugget: He underscores the challenges of entrepreneurship and suggests hiring a CFO to structure and streamline back-office operations.
CEO Defined: As a CEO, Corey sees himself rallying his team, streamlining processes, and genuinely understanding the needs and strengths of his employees.

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Corey L Lewis 00:00

The entrepreneur life is fine. It's great to go build your own business, but, it's going to be hard. There's gonna be a lot you need to learn. I would have hired a much better CFO early where, in the beginning I was doing a lot of the financials and things like that.

Intro 00:19

Are you ready to hear business stories and learn effective ways to build relationships, generate sales, and level up your business from awesome CEOs, entrepreneurs, and founders without listening to a long, long, long interview?

If so, you've come to the right place. Gresh values your time and is ready to share with you the valuable info you're in search of. This is the I am CEO. Podcast.

Gresham Harkless 00:46

Hello. Hello. Hello. This is Gresh from the IAMCEO podcast. And I appreciate you listening to this episode. If you've been listening this year, that we hit 1600 episodes at the beginning of this year, and we're doing something a little bit different.

Where we're repurposing our favorite episodes around certain categories, topics or as I like to call them, the business pillars that we think are going to be extremely impactful for CEOs, entrepreneurs, business owners, and what I like to call the CB nation architects who are looking to level up their organizations.

This month, we are focusing on operations. The systems will set you free. So think about systems, think about flow, sustainability, potentially working out in your morning routine, waking up early e-commerce, and different business models. Think of the operations in the models that basically set up the foundation to allow the creativity within organizations, but also to make sure the trains are running on time and things are going as they should.

Now, this is extremely important because we often can turn to the sexy parts of business and forget about the operations and how. So I really want to focus this month on this specific topic. So sit back and enjoy this special episode at the I am CEO podcast. Hello. Hello. Hello. This is Gretchen from the I am CEO podcast.

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I have a very special guest on the show today. I have Corey Lewis of one-in-one life. Corey, it's great to have you on the show.

Corey L Lewis 02:04

It's a pleasure to be here. I've been tuning into you guys and stuff for a long time and always great. And just happy to be one of the guests and happy to be on and excited to talk all things entrepreneur and just everything that's out there in the business world.

Gresham Harkless 02:20

Yeah, absolutely. And super excited to have you on as well. So you have loads and great information. We had a phenomenal kind of intro call where we first connected a little bit and talked a little bit as a teaser of the podcast and all the awesomeness that's definitely gonna come to follow. And so before we jumped into everything though, I wanted to read a little bit more about Corey. So you hear about some of those awesome things that he's doing.

And Corey is the CEO and founder of 1AND1 Life, a black-owned mental health and wellness performance platform that curates and customizes content Tools and products to inform, guide and empower its community. Due to the lack of mental health and fitness resources provided by provided for African Americans specifically for African-American men.

Corey saw the need to address this issue by simplifying the options, creating accessibility information and disrupting the wellness landscape as a whole. In turn, a majority of the content curated by Corey and the one-on-one life team is powered by the discussion of what mental health and wellness means to the black community and how together we can break the stigma.

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Additionally, Corey shares a passion for performance and fitness. And with his determination and drive, he found himself playing football in the Big Ten conference at the University of Illinois. And he was also given the opportunity to participate in the academic, all Big Ten for 3 years and won the Big Ten distinguished scholar award.

Shortly after that, Corey played a short stint as a professional football player and persevered through four ACL injuries, seven knee surgeries. And Corey is now a certified personal trainer, motivational speaker who helps others reach their fitness goals through fitness activity, nutrition plans, what mental health resources.

And if you'd like to learn more about Corey and all his accomplishments you can definitely check out resources such as Forbes, Black Excellence, Thrive Global, and now the IAMCEO podcast. Corey, great to have you on the show. Are you ready to speak to the IAMCEO community?

Corey L Lewis 03:57

I am so ready. I'm looking forward to it.

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