New York – Alexandra Spirer, Making Friends Around the World!

EuroCircle Founder feels it’s time for the members to know more about the team leaders due to many requests from the members, so let’s start in New York City where EuroCircle had its first event in January 1999 (15 years + ago).

1. Please introduce yourself

My name is Alexandra Spirer. I have been living in Manhattan since 2002 (Larchmont and Boca Raton, FL are my other two home cities).
My family is spread out all over the country. My dad Gary lives in Austin, TX. My mom Karen will be moving from White Plains, NY to Florida in the fall. My younger sister Danielle lives in Westchester with her husband David.

2. What struggles have you faced in your life and how have you overcome them?

Growing up I suffered from a severe learning disability. I couldn’t understand abstract ideas well. My junior high school recommended that I enter a special education school rather than my high school. I didn’t like the idea at all. I asked my dad to study with me. I discovered ways to understand abstract ideas and the world that had been shut off from me suddenly came alive.

It was very frustrating learning how to connect the dots. I found relief in traveling to different countries and making friends that I have kept in touch with over the years. I have traveled to 40 countries and my goal is to join the 100 Traveler’s Country Club. I will add two more countries this fall when I travel on EuroCircle’s 4th Annual Trip to India with a stop in Dubai before.

In 2005, I was also diagnosed with Thyroid disease (Hashimoto’s) which is an auto-immune disease. I have struggled with my weight for many years partly due to it. It is a constant struggle but one I am determined to beat.

3. How have your learning disabilities and struggles affected your business career?

My learning disabilities had made me very shy, self-conscious. We started a family food business and it was very traumatic for me to present myself at trade shows and in supermarkets giving out samples. I had to learn how to communicate by looking people in their eyes and listening carefully to what they were saying. I found many times I would be distracted because of my learning disability.

I have always helped others learn better since it has been a challenge for me my entire life. After our family food business, we created two businesses that focus on learning and education. We have designed accelerated ways for people to learn; test what they have learned and implement what they have learned all in real – time.

It is very rewarding to see people who have struggled as I have learn about business and life in ways they never thought possible.

4. What was the inspiration behind these educational companies that you are involved in?

My father devoted years to perfecting the learning models that had helped me get through high school and become a top student in college. As I said, it became my passion to help others learn and comprehend faster. For anybody that is interested, we offer courses, coaching and mentoring to entrepreneurs, creative types and local businesses using our learning models to accelerate what they need to know to succeed.

We have a best-selling Crowdfunding/money raising book on Amazon Crowdfunding: The Next Big Thing (it has been #1 and #2 best seller in Crowdfunding for months now).

Our other company DILOGR, an interactive real-time educational marketing, training and analytics company that is integrated with IBM, Oracle/Eloqua, Salesforce, Infusionsoft and other CRMs.

5. How did you get involved with EuroCircle? Any other thoughts you’d like to share with us?

I have been a EuroCircle member since 2008. I have been the New York Organizer since 2011 (with the help of Sherry Kumar who ran it for a while from Philly after the EC Founder moved to Austin). You can check out the latest events at our website or in our group on Facebook: EuroCircle New York.
EuroCircle charges no fees for individual membership, all its expenses are paid by its founder – and we all are volunteers.

I would love to find trustworthy “country/goodwill ambassadors” or “point people”, members that are interested in representing their countries – be the face for their country, write stories, interviews, videographers/photographers to cover our events, take photos/videos for the website. All of that would help greatly. I am sure the other city leaders feel the same. I would also love to have an entire team of cool, social and reliable members that are interested in being hosts at our events and help us to arrange events. I have loved meeting so many people from different groups and countries (Arctic Circle Finns in NYC, Italians in NYC, GermansinNYC, Danes in NYC, Intl Swede, Fwd.us, welcome.us etc) and making many wonderful European friends. We have loved featuring other European groups/leaders at the site. It has been very rewarding and a great learning experience for someone who loves travelling like I do.

If you interested in becoming involved – in ANY role in EuroCircle, LISTEN {YES, it is me talking. Thanks DilogR!} to this short clip by me and E-mail me!

6. Traveling – most Americans don’t travel much outside the USA – how about you as it sounds you have a personal interest in Europe?

I have been to 40 countries so far with the goal of making the 100 Country Club (and yes it is a real club). I will get to 42 countries later this fall when I travel to Dubai and then India on our 4th Annual EuroCircle Trip at the beginning of November ! I have been to far out places like Tibet and last year Laos after the EuroCircle trip to Vietnam and Cambodia.
In college I was fortunate to spend my spring semester of my Junior year living and working in London. I got to do a lot of traveling from Greece to Czechoslovakia.

7. What is your favorite food?

Mexican food – I love a good guacamole, taco or burrito. Every year I look for a new Mexican place for my birthday dinner! I am a big foodie and love to check out the latest restaurants with friends and try new cuisines. (I probably should prefer Italian food since my mom’s heritage is Italian.)

8. When you aren’t working what do you like to do for fun?

New York City has so much to offer. I love to explore new parts of the city with friends. I love museums, The Botanical Gardens or checking out the latest Broadway musical or play.
I go to the movies whenever I can. On my list to still check out is to finally go to the Highline and explore the cool places along it.

9. Any childhood memory that makes you smile?

When my younger sister Danielle was born I woke up screaming “mommy, mommy” and then went right back to sleep not knowing that an hour away my mom was giving birth to my sister Danielle at that exact time. My mom has called me psychic ever since.

10. If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be?

That’s a difficult question. I loved London and would move back there in a heartbeat.
I loved being able to be at the theater in under 20 minutes and on the weekends take Britrail to places like Hartfield where the Winnie the Pooh stories were created by A.L. Milne. There is the real 500 acre woods.
I hope in the near future that I get to explore more of Europe and England.

I love Europe in general, the culture, the people and seeing so many amazing sites have made it a place that I would love to live one day. One my best friends from high school lives in Switzerland. Her heritage is partly from Montenegro so I have visited her family a few times there as well – gorgeous.

11. Anything else you would like people to know about you?

I like to cook and love trying new recipes whenever I get the chance. My mom is a master chef.
I am an avid photographer and love taking pictures wherever I go. I also love spending time with family and friends whenever I can. I LOVE traveling – I always say I would like my job to have something to do with traveling.

12. If I were able to grant you any wish – what would it be?

I would love to be able to travel more and see more of the world. I wish I had more time to spend with friends that are in different parts of the world.

Thanks Alex for sharing some of more personal memories and experiences with all of us.

Connect with Alexandra:
Email Me
Alex at EuroCircle forums
My job – DilogR.com
www.linkedin.com/in/alexandraspirer
www.facebook.com/alexandraspirer
www.twitter.com/eurocirclenyc
I mentioned I work for DILOGR, which has this interactive real-time technology that enables the users to make any photos, images, slide presentations and videos interactive. What it means is for example add audio, text, URL, etc to photos (Hover over the photo below and see what happens if you click on hotspots). With videos the users can add survey questions, call-to-actions, integrate with CRMs, add text links, collect analytics and more. All in one platform.