Randi Goodman – WOMAN of ACTION™

 

A Celebration of Women™

 

is elated to Celebrate the Life of this powerhouse, a woman who is trail blazing new pathways for the female entrepreneur.  She has found her calling in the world of promoting other women through the power of entrepreneurial expos; and is now here to help the Women of our World!

Taking time out of her business life to raise a family, this woman was graced with four children, all of whom were identified with something, whether it was under the spectrum, ADHD or Dyslexia, they all had something that made them extra special, offering her more challenge and experience in the area of human developmental challenge.  

In her how words, this woman stands says

“Authenticity, honesty, integrity, compassion, and collaboration

are some of the values that are close to my heart.”

 
 
 

WOMAN of ACTION™

 

 

Randi Goodman

 
 
 

Where do I begin, to tell the story of the girl I used to know …

By education, I am a 4th level CMA, wanted to be a lawyer, then a rock star, then so many things afterwards. Before I got married, my father told me after the honeymoon, I will come and take over the family business that my grandfather started and my father left a very high cushy job in New York to come build that family business, for my grandmother.

I was in charge of proving that the current General Manager was stealing from the company while taking over the accounting department; and learning all about the manufacturing/retail business that was holding a $6M contract with the City of Toronto. I managed to prove fraud and the GM left.

There I was, a ’22 year old little pisher’, now the new General Manager.

… and didn’t know the first thing about manufacturing a bed!

So what did I do?

I went to the back and asked the guys to teach me how to make a bed. Yes, even ‘show me how to use that big machine!’ They were shocked! There was I, in my little mini skirt, high heels and using a huge table machine to make a bed. Well I learned really quickly, all about manufacturing beds, running an office, taking over the accounting, running a delivery crew, having regular weekly meetings and dealing with a large contract as well as our private retail customers who came to us for their custom made high quality beds.

Through those years I learned more than many do in a business lifetime. I was very lucky. I contracted and was controller for a couple of companies, then made the decision to stay home and make babies. I did keep a business on the side to keep my brain in the mix and went forward to have 4 beautiful baby boys!

Yes, it was a very busy household!

I got involved in a charity geared to people who had been abused as children and was on the committee and chaired for 8 years during my marriage. I absolutely love the event side and organizing with a great team of people. I also got involved in the kids school BBQ which used to be a small BBQ with no activities. My team and I created a huge Fun Fair which involved the community of over 500 in attendance every year, I ran that for about 4 years then stepped down to allow someone else to run it. I loved creating and organizing events and I was good at it!

My oldest was and energizer bunny, thank goodness he slept a lot! My second was the opposite and wondered when he was ever going to walk so I didn’t have to carry him all the time. My third was as stubborn as a mule and didn’t know how to follow any instructions. Our fourth was so easy and laid back, he would go anywhere with me, never complaining, just happy to go, but don’t be fooled, he was a ball of energy himself!

Well, that’s how the story begins. Over the years of their growth, and not being one who is in denial, I recognized any issues as they were happening and sought the appropriate help right away. We eventually found that all of our children were identified with something, whether it was under the spectrum, ADHD or Dyslexia, they all had something that made them extra special. They are now all teenagers and are absolutely wonderful human beings. They accept everyone with open arms, they are loving, caring and very giving. They are my life, my heart and joy.

My marriage/companionship with my husband lasted 19 years and ended a few years ago. We have remained amicable and work well together when anything has to do with the children. We wanted to make sure that our children did not suffer through a separation because we could not be together anymore. Our children are well grounded and happy and can go back and forth with ease.

Once separated, I had to jump back into the work force but really didn’t know where I wanted to begin. I did know that giving up was not an option, and that I would re-build my life again, so to show my children that I love so much to NEVER GIVE UP and that EVERYTHING HAPPENS FOR A REASON.

I tried the MLM thing and that didn’t work. I tried another company taking over a few regions and doing small business events, that business did not generate any sales either, but I did love the event side.

RANDI Takes Action and moves into the Event Industry: Interview here in Toronto, Canada.

Networking for those who don’t know how to begin and where. Information on some events, networking do’s and don’ts!
We made fabulous connections and helped others connect with people as well and it felt very good – lots of mental income!

 

 
I further went on to begin the Toronto Women’s Expo with a friend and because it was so well received, I decided to continue building it. Another expo I created was in the Real Estate industry and will continue to do that in the future.

 


 

Toronto Women’s Expo is all about engaging with the community, building relationships and providing valuable information on various topics.

We provide women (and men) with new products, ideas and services that will enhance and empower them both personally and professionally.

We believe in community and giving back and support numerous charities at our events as well as promoting the businesses the participate in exhibiting, presenting/demonstrating and attending.

Our goal is to provide as much value as possible to all involved and to enhance their lives on a higher level and do so through our online efforts as well as semi-annual expos.
We welcome you to join us at our next expo!

I have a great team that I work with and have absolutely incredible people around me that share the same values and mission that I do.

 

Authenticity, honesty, integrity, compassion and collaboration are some of the values that are close to my heart.

 


 

 

A Celebration of Women™

welcomes you into our Alumni with open arms, looking forward to watching you grow exponentially.

 

 

Brava Randi!

 

Comments

  1. Hello Randi, I read all about you, I think you are an angel!! Please visit my web site, it is a project in the works.. We are in dire straits for monetary conyributions.
    Can you help? Please reply.

    Thank you so much.
    Libby.

  2. Brava Randi Goodman,

    Giving up was not an option, believe in your self, knowing your worth changed everything, together we are world changers.

    Keep on the good work and spread to the rest of the world.

  3. Congratulations for being recognized Randi! I’ve enjoyed meeting you at several networking events in Toronto the last few years. You are an inspiring, wonderful woman and I wish you ongoing success.

    • Hi Andrea. Your words mean a lot to me and thank you for taking the time to write. You are a wonderful woman yourself and I look forward to connecting with you again!

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