Free National Networking Event

National Networking Event

Tuesday Nov. 17, 2020  5:00 pm – 6:30 pm PT via Zoom    

Please join us for our a Free, National, Leads Club Virtual Networking event. It will be a fast-paced hour+ with Networking, a Keynote Presentation on “Zoom Etiquette and Best Practices” including Breakout rooms for more Networking.
All Leads Club Members are welcome, and Guests are encouraged.

Keynote Presenter:  Betsy Kohler-Flores  858 812-8561

Register now and we look forward to seeing you soon.  Please visit:

Agenda includes:

  • Welcome and Introductions
  • Keynote Presentations
  • Breakout Rooms
  • Recap of Breakout sessions
  • Door Prizes!



Happy Birthday Mom (aka Ali Lassen, Leads Club Founder)

Today is my mother’s birthday.  Even though we lost her to Breast Cancer in 1999, I still look forward to and honor this day in her Memory.  She was a multi-faceted and amazing woman.  She only lived 76 years but did so much and a lot of it was trailblazing for women.

One of the many things that I believe made her an amazing mother is that I always felt loved and wanted.  She instilled the belief that we could do anything we wanted and set our minds to.  This is huge because I am a female Baby Boomer and women were still denied basic human rights when I was growing up.  In addition, she loved children and our friends were always welcome.  Our home was often full of the neighborhood children who enjoyed the pool and other fun activities.  I still have some of those friends and they always speak so highly of Mom.

During WW II she was in the Navy and worked with pilots teaching them how to jump out of airplanes.  In those days it was unique enough to be a woman in the armed forces, much less to specialize in such a totally male dominated part of the Navy.  I love the photos of her in her navy uniforms.

I will forever be grateful that she invited me into her business of Leads Club 37 years ago.  I was at a transitional point in my life when she asked me to work with the 7 Chapters here in San Diego.  I had no idea what I was getting into, but her confidence and trust, gave me the courage to try.  Leads Club has given me so much, first and foremost are the amazing businesspeople I have the honor of working with every day.   Some come in for a year or two and others are here 30+ years.  It is inspiring to watch their businesses, confidence and speaking abilities grow.

Along the way I have made lifelong friends and learned so much.  I wish I could count how many 10-minute presentations I have heard over the years, teaching me about many different types of businesses.  The fact that Leads Club creates a close and trusted community where the goal is to get to know each other so well that you are willing to open your sphere of influence and refer is where the friendships come in.  At the end of the day, Networking is all about building those business friendships.

Here we are, 42 years since Ali founded Leads Club and I am reminded of one of her favorite sayings/pieces of advice:

“Always catch them doing something right”!

Truly timeless.  Just think about how this applies today as we are in such a difficult time in our country.  That one word or action of kindness can truly make a difference in someone’s life.   So often we get to hear about shortcomings or faults, and to have someone compliment you (sincerely of course) on something, can really make your day.   It continues to be my goal to find the good and say it.  Just think about the last time someone paid you a compliment or acknowledged you in some way.  It feels great!

Let us go out today and everyday and make it a point to Catch everyone we connect with, doing something great!

Happy Birthday Ali/Mom, I miss and love you.


Lisa Bentson  Leads Club President and CVO


It has now been exactly 5 months and I’m personally ready for COVID 19 to leave the building, the country, and the planet.   By nature, I’m a social person and my profession required many outside meetings a week.  The rest of the time was spent in my office with the lovely Associates that keep us running here at the Global HQ.  Now I spend much of my time alone.  Completely opposite of my life pre-Covid mode.

While this change in day to day life was not one I would have chosen, it has had its positive attributes along with the challenges.  In addition to being a social person, I am also an avid planner and find my calendar comforting.  During Covid mode, that has gone out of the window completely.  Somehow though, we must keep going and growing.

One way I am keeping active and sane is to participate in Networking events both as a host or guest.  This week I was on a Score Women’s Networking Zoom Event with 50 women from throughout So CA and one visitor from Mexico.  The Host asked us to answer this question.

In the past 5 months, how has your business weathered the storm?”

For some that pivoted quickly, they are having their best year ever.  Part of this could be luck or strategic business planning.   Some businesses are by nature pandemic/recession-proof and essential.  If your business is not essential, what have you done to get back into the game?

She had some recommendation that I thought were solid and noteworthy:

  • Take an inventory of where you are now and review your financials.  A year to year comparisons can be helpful during times like this. If you know where you stand, you can move forward in an educated manner.
  •  Review your business plan.  Of course, it is Score, they are very big on Business Plans.   Business plans are living and breathing documents that are meant to be revisited regularly and adjusted according to what is happening now.  If you don’t have a plan, contact Score, they offer Free workshops and tools to help you create one:
  •  Build and nurture Strategic Partnerships.  In Leads Club we call them Power Partners.  These are businesses that have the same, similar or complimentary Target Market as your business.  In fact, discovering your Strategic Partner professions is our topic this month, so I was glad to hear another professional singing the praises of this powerful concept.

From a personal perspective, I consider myself a positive person but in the past few months, I have had my moments.  Living in gratitude is an excellent and proven tool for being happy.   While journaling is not easy for me, I have been writing down 5 things a day that I am grateful for in a beautiful book from one of my favorite authors.   Check out   “The Simple Abundance Journal of Gratitude”   By Sarah Ban Breathnach

Please share how you are staying sane and centered while in Pandemic Mode.  I’m purposely calling it Pandemic Mode as it helps remind me that this will not be forever, even though right now it feels that way.   Here is to all of us surviving and thriving in 2020!



Join us at 4p PT today for Leads Club’s first National Online Networking Event and Workshop

Here is the login info and suggestions for maximizing your Networking today.

Thank you for RSVP’ing to the “2020 Marketing Strategies for Covid and Beyond,” June 2nd, 4:00p – 5:00p Pacific Standard time via zoom. Below you will find the link needed to join the meeting.

Remember you can maximize your networking opportunity by:
1. Have a personalized background with your logo or photo of your product.
2. Add you business name to your Zoom box.
3. Make sure your Leads Club Member profile is complete as Attendees may be checking you out.

Please use the following link to access the zoom meeting:

We look forward to seeing you!

Every Small Business is Essential!

This new big word “Essential” is being used endlessly by our Govt. to determine who gets to work.  While I respect and understand the need for some type of policy around the dangerous virus, I just don’t like a profession being labeled like this.  Especially when the majority of businesses being labeled this way are our small business community.I truly believe all of our small business people are essential but didn’t really know how to articulate it.  Then I read an article by one of my favorite people, Joshua Becker, titled “Becoming Essential“.   I hope you enjoy his perspective and thoughts as much as I did.

Leads Club Member suffers from Covid-19


There are so many stories and theories going around about this disease, here is something that is close to home.   To the best of my knowledge, at this time, Gregg Garfield is the only Leads Club Member I’ve heard of that contracted the Virus.  While his story is dire, there is a positive ending in that he survived.

I know our Members are very supportive and interested in Members and Chapters throughout the system, so I decided to share this with you.  Gregg has been a stellar Member since 2003 and always had a smile and enthusiasm for his fellow Members.  Leads Club is also a client of his, so we were devastated when we heard he was hospitalized for 64 days upon return from a Ski trip to Italy earlier this year.

Here is a link to his story and a  “Go Fund Me” page.   It’s not an easy read, but it does show how devastating this virus is and how strong Gregg must have been to survive.  I know you will join us in sending him your healing thoughts and prayers.

Please be safe.


Lisa Bentson, Leads Club CVO

Non Profit business Members are welcome in Leads Club!

Please allow me to introduce you to one of the most driven and passionate advocates for Veterans that I have ever met.  Keith Field has been driving Veterans to appointments for over 15 years and as he saw the need grow he decided to start “Serving Veterans”.  He has large dreams and goals for helping Veterans nationwide and is in the rollout phase as we speak.

The Lake Houston Chapter of Leads Club has been a wonderful resource for him in launching “Serving Veterans”,  please check out his personal story here:

Serving  Veterans  A Servant Ministry to Those Who Have Served.   POB 84803 Pearland, TX  77584  832.220.9253

April 13, 2020           

Leads Club Management,

To whom it may concern,

My name is Keith, and I am a co-founder of Serving Veterans, Inc.  During 2019, I was introduced to Leads Club in Atascocita, Tx, when my organization needed embroidered shirts for a veteran employment event.  While the work was excellently done by Esther Ross, a more important connection was made with the chapter of the Leads Club of which she is a leader.

Her invitation to attend a meeting and her follow-up offer for us to become their group’s non-profit member has resulted in our being able to utilize the tax accounting, internet website development, and legal counsel members.  In addition, this organization has given us the opportunity to refer people we meet to members of this group who provide services to the veterans we interact with, which is a business referral that benefits the chapter.

As our organization continues to grow, the range of services available through the Leads Club members to people who volunteer with us, donate to us, and who are part of our outreach to veterans every day, will see how the people who provide us with services are members of the Leads Club chapters.

My thanks to all your people for having a heart for non-profits, and I trust that other chapters will take this advantage to be involved with those who are the often unsung heroes in our communities.

Keith Field, Transportation Services   Serving Veterans, Inc.

“Serving Veteran’s is “Lake Houston’s Non-Profit Category in their Chapter.  Did you know that Leads Club welcomes one Non-Profit Membership per Chapter, and waives their fees.  They are however responsible for any meal or venue fees and they must submit formal paperwork showing their official nonprofit status, such as a  501-C3 or similar along with their application.

I can think of no better time than now to support one of your local Non-Profits.  During the Covid 19 outbreak, nonprofits are feeling the strain everywhere.  Knowing that Leads Club Members are also active in their communities, this should be an easy category to fill.  Feel free to contact our office for more information.

Updated Covid-19 Hot Sheet

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Consider subscribing to our blog, just click here and get the latest small business support material from trusted sources and real-life ideas on how our Chapters are thriving while meeting remotely.

Just two days later, another update, as you know, things that are changing very fast.   Please read the details carefully as not all offers are as they are promoted in the media.  Many offers are loans and deferrals, not free money.  Also, sadly, many have already been exhausted, but with the hope that there will be more coming, learn about it now so you are ready.      Coronavirus  of Relief Programs 04-16-2020

Please keep “Cautious, Kind and Calm”.  We are not at the beginning and we may be in the middle and there will be an end.  Hang in there.


Lisa Bentson

Coronavirus Relief Programs Overview updated April 14, 2020

This is a good overview of what the Government has on the table for small business help.  Please do read the details. as most are loans or deferments, not gifts as the media seems to like to infer.

Our San Diego Score Chapter created this easy overview to help you see if you are eligible for anything.  The majority of the programs are national so if you are not in San Diego, there is still a lot here for you to see.  Coronavirus Hotsheet of Relief Programs 04-14-2020 (1)

Zoom Security Update from Aprl 9, 2020


Dear Valued Customer,

As Eric shared last week, our commitment to strengthening and improving Zoom is our number one priority. We wanted to reach out with a quick overview of our latest release, and highlight the number of new enhancements created specifically for ensuring the security and privacy of our product. For more information on these changes, please reference our Release Notes.

Security Toolbar Icon for Hosts
The meeting host will now have a Security option in their meeting controls, which exposes all of Zoom’s existing in-meeting security controls in one place. This includes locking the meeting, enabling Waiting Room, and more. Users can also now enable Waiting Room in a meeting, even if the feature was not turned on before the start of the meeting. For more information, please visit this recently published Blog.

Invite Button on Meeting Client Toolbar
The button to invite others to join your Zoom meeting is now available at the bottom of the Participants panel.

Meeting ID No Longer Displayed
The meeting ID will no longer be displayed in the title bar of the Zoom meeting window. The meeting ID can be found by clicking on Participants, then Invite or by clicking on the info icon at the top left of the client window.

Remove Attendee Attention Tracking Feature
Zoom has removed the attendee attention tracker feature as part of our commitment to the security and privacy of our customers. For more background on this change and how we are pivoting during these unprecedented times, please see a note from our CEO, Eric S. Yuan.

Removal of the Facebook SDK in our iOS client 
We have reconfigured the feature so that users will still be able to log in with Facebook via their browser.

File Transfers
The option to do third-party file transfers in Meeting and Chat was temporarily disabled. Local file transfer is available with our latest release. Third-party file transfers and clickable URLs in meeting chat will be added back in an upcoming release.

New Join Flow for the Web client
By default, users will now need to sign in to their Zoom account or create a Zoom account when joining a meeting with the Web client. This can be disabled by the Admin or the User from their settings page.

Join Before Host Emails Disabled
Notifications sent to the host via email when participants are waiting for the host to join the meeting have been disabled.

Setting to Allow Participants to Rename Themselves
Account admins and hosts can now disable the ability for participants to rename themselves in any meeting. This setting is available at the account, group, and user level in the Web portal.

Language for Directory and Company Directory
Domain contacts: The language in your Company directory and Directory has changed. ‘Directory’ is now referred to as ‘Contacts’, ‘My Groups’ has changed to ‘My Contacts’, and ‘Company Directory’ is now listed as ‘All Contacts’ in version 4.6.10.

Domain Contacts Visibility 
For free Basic and single licensed Pro accounts with unmanaged domains, contacts in the same domain will no longer be visible. We’ve also removed the option to auto-populate your Contacts list with users from the same domain. If you would like to keep those contacts, you can add them as External Contacts.

Please be sure to update to our latest release to take advantage of these new features. We also highly encourage you to register for our webinar to get an overview of this latest release, and subscribe to our Blog for more information and resources in the days to come.

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