This week we have a very special treat when I’m joined by Barbara Corcoran. Barbara Corcoran’s credentials include straight D’s in high school and college and twenty jobs by the time she turned twenty-three.  It was her next job that would make her one of the most successful entrepreneurs in the country when she took a $1,000 loan to start The Corcoran Group.  She parlayed the loan into a multi-billion-dollar business, the biggest real estate empire in New York. As one of the “Sharks” on “Shark Tank,” Barbara has ponied up her own money and invested in more than a dozen businesses, competing to make those deals for all to see, then shepherding them to success.

Her newest book, “Shark Tales: How I Turned $1,000 Into a Billion Dollar Business,” takes you behind the scenes of her life and business and her ‘seen on TV’ venture capitalism.  Her previous best-seller was titled, “If You Don’t Have Big Breasts, Put Ribbons on Your Pigtails: And Other Lessons I Learned from My Mother.” Barbara is famously brash and blunt, bold and courageous, and a brilliant identifier of opportunity and talent that is often invisible to others. 

Deanne DeMarco asks Barbara about the early days of her career and gets her best advice for starting, growing, and expanding businesses, and converting ideas and “dreams” into fortunes. She seeks for Barbara’s advice for building a personal brand and the importance of bringing fun into the business day. And, of course, she gets Barbara to reveal some “Shark Tank” behind the scenes stories.

Each week I interview extraordinary and inspiring women who may not be household names but are business and entrepreneurial rising stars. For this show I’m delighted to have one of the best known businesswomen in America share time with me and my audience. So be sure to tune in to Today’s Inspiring Women this Thursday!