meet Joe Mechlinski

Joe Mechlinski is a community advocate, speaker, entrepreneur and best selling author. His debut book, Grow Regardless, became an instant New York Times, USA Today,, and Barnes& bestseller.

Living off food stamps in a run-down, inner-city Baltimore neighborhood isn’t the childhood you’d expect of one of Maryland’s Most Admired CEOs, but this is exactly how Joe Mechlinski got his start—and why he’s made “beating the odds” his life’s work.

After completing high school, where he graduated with less than a fourth of his class, Joe lost his mother. And by his early 20s, he’d attended more funerals than most people do in a lifetime. But instead of letting these challenges bring him down, Joe channeled them into action.

First, at 19, Joe started a contracting company to pay his way through college, and employed fellow students. In only three years, Joe grew the venture to 150 employees.

Then, while earning his degree from the Johns Hopkins University, Joe founded three additional ventures—with varying degrees of success, and failure. At 23, he co-founded his fifth company, entreQuest (eQ), a management-consulting firm that the Baltimore Business Journal has named one of the “Best Places to Work” for five consecutive years.

Since founding the business, Joe and eQ have been featured on Bloomberg Radio, as well as in publications such as Forbes, Entrepreneur and The Wall Street Journal Online. And in 2014, Joe was invited to sit on the White House Small Business Council.

A decade after eQ’s inception, Joe compiled the lessons he learned from his early life experiences, and his work with more than 500 organizations across the country, into the 2013 New York Times bestseller: “Grow Regardless”.

But one of his biggest passions remains giving back—especially within communities like the one where he got his start.

He co-founded the B4Students Foundation, which linked corporate mentors and at-risk Baltimore students for their entire high school careers. He has served on the board of NextGen Angels, Betamore, Conscious Venture Labs, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Chesapeake and the Community-University Collaboration Committee (CUCC).

Outside of Baltimore, he’s worked with Opportunity Village in Las Vegas, Homeboy Industries in Los Angeles, Virgin Unite in the United Kingdom and the Ford Foundation headquartered in New York.

In 2016, Joe founded SHIFT—a localized network of executives and entrepreneurs creating a new standard for business. The group focuses on innovation and impact to transform city ills for good.

joe speaks!

Whether he’s teaching the Grow Regardless concept to an entire organization, motivating sales professionals to take his “Growth Challenge,” or imparting concrete ways employers can attract and retain the best and brightest talent, Joe’s keynote presentations and breakout sessions have informed and inspired audiences from coast to coast and across a wide range of industries.

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speaking topics include:

Challenge your team to be more, do more, and give more back to organization.

Key Learnings:
  • How to shorten their learning curve so they can take the lessons that they learn and apply them immediately to living and leading it for the company
  • The foundation for success: Mindset
  • How to take theoretical concepts and make them transformational
  • What motivates them, what are the things that help them do what they do

An entire organization, client facing, sales, large group of managers


Grow your organization regardless of its size, industry, the economy, and despite the government.

Key Learnings:
  • How to continue to motivate your team own the direction they are moving
  • Understand the five dynamics that are changing the world today: distraction, destruction, disconnection, distrust, and debt
  • Learn the four critical steps in terms of growing your company regardless
  • Learn the five questions they should be asking and they’re not: what really matters, what’s most important, why are we doing this, what’s the aim, and who else cares.

Executive team, CEOs, board of directors, management team


Deliver continuous value to your clients by providing remarkable experiences at every turn.

Key Learnings:
  • How to make moments that last with their clients
  • Understand what’s happening to the economy and where the economy is moving so they can think differently in how they treat people
  • How to increase standards from good to great and great to remarkable
  • The four key essentials to making it remarkable for your client experiences

Customer Service Representatives, Sales people, and all client-facing professionals


Create sustainable change within an organization

Key Learnings:
  • The one critical rule that gets people to support direction moving forward
  • How to ask questions, listen, and do something with the information learned
  • The five steps to creating sustainable change within an organization
  • How to RESET – the five steps in resetting your culture’s direction and how to start that

Human Resources professionals, cross-functional committee of change oriented professionals, management teams, executive teams

what are people saying?

"Knowing Joe Mechlinski for a number of years and having had the opportunity to work with him, I share my passion for what Joe is addressing in Grow Regardless. He is taking a refreshing approach that is so needed during this time of uncertainty. This book is an excellent resource for anyone involved in a small business."
Kathy Albarado
"Grow Regardless is practical and compelling. It is a must read for every business leader trying to compete in this ever-changing financial world. Grow Regardless defines our purpose."
Bob Compton
"Joe Mechlinski has written an indispensable how-to guide for every small-to-medium-sized business leader in America who wants to grow despite all the odds stacked against them."
Doug Beigel

it’s here... the book that’s on a mission:

to help build 10,000 mission-driven growth organizations. These are companies who want to grow regardless of their size, industry or the economy and care about their employees, clients and community.

the latest on the growth factor

The Growth Factor is a series of interviews with leading CEOs, business leaders, and industry thought leaders designed to inspire and expose what is necessary to grow regardless.

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Chris Brogan, bestselling co-author of The Impact Equation and CEO & President of Human Business Works


Dan Pink, Best-selling Business Author (Drive, A Whole New Mind, and To Sell Is Human)


Len Ostroff, VP Business Development Millennial Media


Dan Schrider, President & CEO Sandy Spring Bank


Ted Root, President & CEO VetCentric


Doug Biegel, CEO COLA


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