Episode 43

Empowering Women in Entrepreneurship with Sydney Phillips

Published on: 8th November, 2023

Amy interviews serial entrepreneur Sydney Phillips on this performance Mindset podcast episode. Sydney is an inventor and philanthropist, and she’s on a mission to push humanity forward while living interestingly. Sydney is a fellow Power Beacon, an eccentric futurist, and an amateur racecar driver. She’s been recognized as one of the Top 100 Women of the Future, Top 25 Women in the Metaverse, 25 Most Influential Women in Commercial Real Estate, and Top 100 US Business Leaders and People in Real Estate. She was also named the 2020 Young Female Entrepreneur of the Year.

In this episode, you’ll hear:

  1. Sydney Phillips’ background as a serial entrepreneur and the influence her family of entrepreneurs had on her decision to start a business.
  2. Her experience running a business with her grandfather at 14 years old and how that contributed to her commercial real estate purchases today.
  3. Why Sydney doesn’t put a lot of stock into the outcome of a company and instead embraces being a part of it.
  4. The number of domains she owns and when she decides to let go of them.
  5. Sydney’s involvement with the Power Beacons and why she’s so passionate about women in entrepreneurship.
  6. Mentorship and its value in starting businesses, particularly for women entrepreneurs.
  7. The five Fs successful entrepreneurs follow to continue being successful.
  8. The traditional financial arrangement between men and women and why it doesn’t work today.
  9. Setting a schedule that revolves around your priorities.
  10. Sydney’s plans for a foundation in 2024.
  11. What Zuke AR is her recent sale of the platform.
  12. Embracing your eccentricities because they make you who you are.

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Performance Mindset
Realizing Excellence in Business and Commercial Real Estate
After more than a decade serving business owners and investors, Amy Calandrino and the team at Beyond Commercial has discovered that our most successful clients have a performance mindset driving them to gain a competitive edge over others in the marketplace. Through helping our clients to execute data-driven decisions, we've found that it's about so much more than property in being successful. Often self-limiting beliefs coupled with lack of information can hinder one's performance in business and investments. By having the right support invested in your success and rigorous follow through by the entrepreneur, creating exponential wealth is possible. The objective of the Performance Mindset series is to not only share insights from our most successful entrepreneur clients and other thought leaders, but also share business and commercial real estate trends. If you want to grow, you're tuning into the right show!

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Amy Calandrino

Amy Calandrino, CCIM is the Founding Principal of Beyond Commercial, a Certified Women Business Enterprise (WBE) and Women Owned Small Business (WOSB) certified commercial real estate firm. Amy leads a team of commercial real estate experts who deliver tremendous value to business owners and investors across all asset classes.

Amy’s clientele includes local, regional, national, and international companies in a wide range of industries and numerous private investors and family offices. Her reputation as a fierce, results-driven dealmaker in sales, leasing, and investment transactions helps to achieve her client’s goals through winning bidding wars or otherwise accomplishing what others often cannot.

Currently, Amy is the Immediate Past President of Florida CCIM Chapter's Central District, Immediate Past President of the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce Leadership Winter Park Alumni Council, Representative on the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Directors, Associate Member of the Manufacturers Association of Central Florida (MACF), and Board Member on Seacoast Bank’s Central Florida Community Board. Amy also supports many community organizations including Valencia College’s Foundation, the Victim Service Center of Central Florida, Easterseals Florida, and Inspire of Central Florida. Since Amy finds fulfillment helping others to achieve success, her philanthropic efforts are focused on organizations aligned with her personal mission.

Amy’s recent accolades include: 2021 “Winter Park Magazine” People to Watch; 2021 “Orlando Business Journal” Women Who Mean Business; 2021 #CREi Top LinkedIn Influencers in Commercial Real Estate; 2020 Orlando Regional REALTORS® Association (ORRA) Young Professional Network “20 Under 40” Rising Star; 2020 Globe St. Real Estate Forum “Fifty Under 40” Commercial Real Estate Professional; 2019 Connect CRE Next Generation Award; 2019 Winter Park Chamber of Commerce Winter Park Champion of the Year nominee; 2019 ORRA Good Neighbor Award Recipient; and 2018 & 2019 Central Florida Association of REALTORS® Circle of Achievement Award.

Amy lives in the Winter Park / Maitland area with her husband Phil who is a well-respected business attorney and CEO of Forward Law Firm, toddler son Giovanni “Gio”, baby daughter Giulietta “Giulie”, and Duke the whippet (@DukeWhippet). Amy enjoys cooking, knitting, traveling, reading, golfing, playing poker, and spending quality time with loved ones. For more information about Amy, visit www.amycalandrino.com