About US

Tony Lopes

Founder and Chief Vision Officer Tony Lopes wears many hats; he is a podcaster, practicing attorney and managing partner at his own law firm, and Adjunct Professor of intellectual property law and entertainment law at Temple University’s Fox School of Business.

Tony’s passion for entrepreneurship, media production, and podcasting can be traced back to the day he handed in his last final at Rutgers School of Law in 2014. Afterward, he headed home to pack for a 13-day production trip to St. Maarten and Domenica in the Caribbean, where he spent significant time working on a One Fifteen Films Production with co-founder and CCO Michael Leary.

As a Producer, Tony specializes in entrepreneurship, legal strategy, risk mitigation, prospecting, pre-production prep, and production execution. He is notorious for pushing past barriers and limits, looking for opportunities, and bringing aspiration and creativity to any project he works on. Tony is an avid autodidact who is always looking at the “big picture,” learning new things and finding ways to innovate and work smarter.

Since launching the Self Made Strategies Podcast, Tony has also produced a new podcast for nonprofit organization TODAY is a Good Day.

Michael Leary

Michael Leary is a Founder and the Chief Creative Officer of CollegeCast. He is an award-winning video producer with over 20 years of experience in many types of visual media including short and feature films, commercials, corporate videos, and podcasts.

Michael’s passion for film making started in college, when he decided shooting and editing funny skits with his friends was way more fun than struggling in chemistry. After receiving a degree in communications and freelancing for many production companies, he founded one fifteen films; a media production company specializing in commercials, branded content, and corporate videos. Michael takes pride in developing personal relationships with his clients resulting in a fun, yet professional, working environment. With his experience in producing many diverse projects over the years, including podcasts and mentoring up-and-coming college students during his career, he feels CollegeCast is a perfect fit for his next venture.

Michael was recently selected into Shoot Magazine’s New Director’s Showcase for a spec commercial he produced and directed overseas.

When he is not producing video content and when the pandemic is finally over, he will continue traveling and trying new restaurants. Michael also enjoys cooking and enjoying time with his friends and family. In between these activities, he is endlessly searching for the truth behind the UFO phenomenon. He currently resides with his wife Jessica and their dogs Nora and Wilson, and cat Francesco.

Nicole Stephenson

Nicole Stephenson has over a decade of experience leading and executing marketing, promotions, sales, and event responsibilities. Her passion has always been in helping others to overcome obstacles to achieve success.

Through her role leading the Society of Professional Women™(SPW) for The Main Line Chamber of Commerce, she has recognized the impact of her work on future generations.Going through the challenging times of graduating during the recession of 2008, has given her unique experiences and fast hard lessons learned.

Nicole has always believed the path to success is best met through mentorship. She sits on the Delaware County Regional Advisory Board of Big Brothers Big Sisters Independence Region, the nation’s largest donor and volunteer supported mentoring network, between adults and children.She is an Ambassador for Girls Spark, a nonprofit, providingteenage girls with a supportive, empowering environment where they can learn, collaborate and overcome adversity in facing today’s social issues. She has also volunteered as an advisor to her sorority as an alumnae, assisted in internship recruitment at her employers, and visits colleges and universities for career talks.

The beginning of Nicole’s career was spent in the Media Industry working for one of the top Radio stations in the Philadelphia market, KYW Newsradio, in both marketing and programming for over six years. Her favorite podcast is WorkLife by organizational psychologist Adam Grant. Adam’s book, Give and Take, changed her career trajectory and encouraged her to be her biggest self-advocate.

Through her interest and knowledge of the Media Industry, and passion to help the next generation, CollegeCast is the perfect fit for her to invest her knowledge, time and energy. Connecting with students has always given her the opportunity to learn from their experiences.

Nicole is also a Pennsylvania State Delegate for Drexel University’s National Women’s Equality Initiative Vision 2020. In 2019, Nicole received the Rebecca Gross Alumni Award from the Communications Department at her alma mater Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania, and the 35 Under 35 Award from Sigma Kappa Sorority.

Outside of the office, Nicole enjoys spending time with her family and friends, kickboxing and singing. She is the mother of a daughter, Lilliana, which brings her passion for working towards a brighter future and inclusivity for all into focus.