Purpose Rockstar: Daily Career Stories including Grammar Girl and Gretchen Rubin








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Chuck Middleton is the first openly gay man to become a college president in the US. We chat about advantages of being gay in a running a college, the power of mentoring, and how he developed 6 current college presidents. Notes and Links →

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Denise Bransford never intended to become a higher education executive. She cared deeply about education and young people. Listen to learn how her volunteer work led her to become a VP at Roosevelt University.

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Camille Preston was a limo driver, waitress, and did it all. In this interview we explore how she found her vocation and how you can find yourself in work.

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Melissa Tyler is a Jeweler and entrepreneur getting in people's stomachs and making big change. We chat about her Tummy Toys and the incubation space she has created.

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Cheryl Brown is teaching people how to quilt online. We chat about why she quilts and the challenges of making a living online.

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Henry Johnson has done the corporate thing, now he is on his way to creating a podcast about creators. We chat about the transition and his journey.

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Sarah Sladek helps companies figure out how to attract and retain millenials. We chat about the gap between baby boomers and millennials plus how to bridge it.

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Susan Murphy Warren is the COO of Seeding Labs an organization that sends lab equipment to schools that need them all over the world. We chat about her career in medical devices and international development.

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Keith Griffis runs ifSimply.com which helps people create membership sites. Find out how he doesn't have to be sleazy to sell, the end of his career as a rockstar and how several miscarriages led him to a career helping people.

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Mike Messier is a director, acting coach, wrestling commentator, and a compelling dude. We chat about his film The Nature of the Flame and overcoming mental illness. Episode Sponsor Perfect Fuel Chocolate, Use "Rockstar" at checkout for 10% off

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Angel Mendoza specializes in Meso American, indigenous and Aztec art. We talk about the journey to finding his roots and his mission to reviving the interest in Mexican iconography. Sponsor Perfect Fuel Chocolate Use "Rockstar" at checkout for 10% off

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Charu Sharma grew up in a conservative Indian household then grew up to become a tech dynamo. Serial entrepreneur, TEDx speaker, and trailblazer we chat about her jouney. Sponsor Perfect Fuel Chocolate Use "Rockstar" for 10% off

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Betsy Carson was always interested in film. Her partner introduced her to the vegan lifestyle. Betsy has produced the very successful series Vegan Mashup and VegEZ, a top rated video podcast on iTunes. We chat about tv shows, transition to the vegan diet, vegan cheese and how to make it as a filmmaker.

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Joyce Walker was one of the first female Harlem Globetrotters, played for Team USA, and avg 25 ppg at LSU. After going abroad to play she became addicted to drugs. Find out how she overcame and got into coaching.

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In this special episode, we chat about the danger of doing everything yourself. I explain the term Single Point of Failure, why you need to know it and what to do about it. Sponsor Perfect Fuel Chocolate. Use promo code "Rockstar" for 10% off

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This last episode of the R.O.C.K. series where we the C and the K. Have you created a vision for your career? Do you know exactly what you want in your career? Learn about this and more. Sponsor Perfect Fuel Chocolate. Use 'Rockstar' for 10% off

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Tess O'Brien created Clean Power Perks make it cool to use clean power. We chat about how she is teaming with brands to provide 'perks' to people who sign up for clean power.

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Bonnie Burgett is changing real estate with fancy math and crowd funding. We chat about her company Sourced Capital and its potential to change everything. Special guest: Tim the intern Save 10% on your order with "Rockstar" at Perfect Fuel Chocolate 

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Jin Ho Kim got so sick from stress he could not get out of bed for 1 year. We chat about how the stress of performing creating an autoimmune condition that almost crippled him. Sponsored by Perfect Fuel Chocolate. Use "Rockstar" for 10% off your order

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Valerie Groth is a Life Coach and former school counselor. We chat about the student who inspired her to create a boarding school in Chicago.Sponsored by Perfect Fuel Chocolate. Use "Rockstar" for 10% off

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This edition of the ROCK series is about what you have to offer professionally. We go into detail about how to find out what you have to offer your clients or colleagues. Sponsor for this show is Perfect Fuel Chocolate. Use code "Rockstar" for 10% off.

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The ROCK series breaks down how to sell and talk about yourself effectively. R is for Recognize your unique personality and how to make it a professional asset. Sponsor: Perfect Fuel Chocolate. Use "Rockstar" at checkout for 10% off

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In this special episode, we chat about how to find mentors and interns for entrepreneurs starting out. This episode is sponsored by Perfect Fuel Chocolate, organic fuel for workouts and your work day. Use "Rockstar" at Checkout for 10% off.

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In this special episode, we chat about taking a career break. Is it career suicide? Listen to the show and let me know. This podcast is sponsored by Perfect Fuel Chocolate. Use "Rockstar" at Checkout for 10% off your order.

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In this special episode, Derrick talk about how to figure what to do in your career. We go down memory lane where he talks about dead end jobs and how to get out of them. Sponsored by Perfect Fuel Chocolate. Promo code Rockstar for 10% off your order

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In this special bonus episode, Derrick talks about some changes to the podcast. We chat about contest for Purpose Rockstars, musical change, and a brand new sponsor. Excitement awaits.

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Kacy Karlen started the Height of Style because it was difficult to find a great fashion resource for tall women and men.We chat about life as a 6'4 woman trying to be stylish, growing a writing team, and coolness of dorkdorm :)

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Taylor White decided to start investing in real estate just after Sept 11, 2001. In a down economy, he was able to invest in real estate throughout the world, travel, and learn a lot along the way. We chat about rum, Buenos Aires, and how he made it.

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Jonny Nastor grew up booking punk rock shows and running offline business. When it came to online business though, he took a long hard road. We chat about why he loves online now, how he got unstuck, and being in his daughter's shadow.

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Monica RW was 'Ms Corporate' working her way up the ladder until she got sick and tired. Now she hosts Independent Underground podcast. We chat about their rise from 0 to 147,000 listeners per month + three quick family deaths that changed everything.

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Ani Alexander left a job that was taking her away from her family to pursue writing. We chat about how she found success as a self-published author, why she coaches writers, and her newest book. Derrick's mic had some issues. Enjoy this anyway :)

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Angela Gibson is a transpersonal intuitive counselor. Translation: she helps gain insight into the spiritual world arous us. We chat abour her journey from scientist to spiritual counselor, clearing a house of spirits, and her upcoming tv show. 

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Sheeri Cabral makes MySQL databases cool and brings people together. We chat about how databases  affect our every day lives and how she went from neuroscience to computer science. Let's get dangerous!

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Sherry Penney rose to become the first female president of the University of Massachusetts system. Before then she was told she could not get a job as a professor. We talk about all the difficult steps of her rise to leadership.

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Latoya Burton is a San Francisco who found purpose in interior design and home in Australia. We chat about her journey and the walkabout that lead her to creating Twelve-22. It's just two old friends catching up.

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Scott Herman went from the cast of MTV Real World Brooklyn to Youtube fitness star. Years earlier he was bullied then turned to the gym for release. We chat about that and how he developed a community of 50,000 people.Continue reading→ 

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Adam Teeter, co-founded Vine Pair to make wine less stuck up and more accessible. In an interview recorded on the Friday at 5pm before a holiday we chat about he so passionate and how new people can understand wine quickly. Continue reading → 

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Keith Chow is the Founder of Nerds of Color and the Secret Identity Universe. We chat about growing up as a nerd of color and various controversies in Walking Dead, SpiderMan, and all over pop culture. Continue Reading→

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Madeline Puckette started Wine Folly to make wine approachable to all. She started out a musician and artist then applied that creativity to teaching others about wine. We chat about music, entreprneurship, and learning wine. Continue Reading→  

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Virginia Kuhn submitted one of the first digital disserations ever. She is now leading a huge project to digitally analyze film with humans and super computers going back decades. We chat about Media Literacy and why it's so important Continue Reading →

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Claire Cook wrote her first novel in a van at 45 years old. Her second novel became the hit movie Must Love Dogs starring Diane Lane and John Cusack. We chat her reinvention and how to make a turn yourself. â†³Continue Reading

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Alex Weaver is the Managing Editor of BostInno, an online news source for innovation and all things Boston. We chat about his journey from Maine, getting in copy writing, and BostInno's groundbreaking coverage. We also chat beer. Continue Reading

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Cheryl McNeil is so committed to the students she teaches she visits the various countries they come from. We chat about her career as a teacher, why she loves travelling so much, and her career as an opera singer. Continue Reading→

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Marsha Wright is an author, journalist, and businesswoman who grew her brand through strategic alliances. We chat about the difference between joint ventures and strategic alliances, her incredible journey, and have fun from Thailand. Continue Reading→

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Alex Avina wanted to be a soccer player and turned out becoming a history professor. We chart his journey from professional soccer player to professor, the modern history of Mexico, the drug war, and even touch on Ferguson, MO shootings. Continue Reading→

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Chad Watkins fell in love in French culture then wine and then teaching others about wine. He is the head honcho at Uncommongrape, a blog that makes wine part of life. He reviews a few wine wines as well. Continue Reading→

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Dante Bartolomeo started by fighting for services for her child and ended up working on behalf of families in Connecticut. We chat about the challenges of being a politican, advocating for children, and how Sandy Hook shooting changed everything. Continue Reading→

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Two PhD degrees 25 years apart are just one of the things that distinguishes Kalyan Raman. A business professor with a focus on electrical engineering of neuroscience is a pretty darn cool distinction. Enjoy this awesome story. Continue Reading→

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Meg Sylvia runs Artful Publications where she helps entrepreneurs create and successfully market awesome E-Books. We chat about making the entrepreneurial leap and what goes into a good E-Book. Continue Reading→

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Hannah Engelson is the director of Jonah Stands Up, a documentary that tells the story of a stand up comedian, candidate for mayor who happens to be a wheelchair bound guy with Muscular Dystrophy. We chat about the documentary and her life.  Continue Reading→

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In our very first Bonus Episode our host Derrick gets two very provactive questions from Laura Ettinger, History Professor at Clarkson University who is featured in Episode 105.

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Eric Tivers is a social worker who specializes in work in ADHD and Autism. We talk his struggles with ADHD and why he took the choice of working with people like him. Plus we talk about something has him awfully excited. Continue Reading→

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Irem Eren is the Marketing Director at Ayza Chocolate, a wine and chocolate bar in New York. Her road there included starting in Turkey, many years in a Spain as a scientist. We chat about fantastic wine + chocolate combos and her life. Continue Reading→

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Bill Vitek believes we can think differently about our environment. We talk about his career as professor, musician, stumbliing into environmental ethics and what we can do to change perception of conservation. Continue Reading→

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Michael Willis is one of half of the Willis Bros surfing and a twin. We talk about his days in Hawaii, how he used surfing for networking, and the secret sauce behind their world famous surfboards. Continue Reading→

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Laura Ettinger studies women throughout history in medicine, technology, and science. We talk about her journey to becoming a professor at Clarkson University, the choices she made for work-life balance, and a game changing project on the horizon. Continue Reading→

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Banks White is the Chef de Cuisine at Minton is historic Harlem. He quit college to pursue cooking and became a trained chef. We talk about the challenges of becoming a chef with few role models and the big change in his diet that came from his kitchen. Continue Reading→

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Kelly Urbanik studied chemistry then switch majors to the chemistry of wine. We chat about her road to running Macari Vineyards in New York and the challenges of being taken seriously as a young wine maker. Continue Reading→

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Kyra Davis was divorced, young, and hurting when she started writing her Sophie Katz novel series. She talks about the pain of the time, her writing process, and what's coming up in her career. Continue Reading→

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Kristy Bromberg decided to start writing at age 35 and 18 months later she became the New York Times best selling author of 3 books. We talk about her scandalous 'Driven' series, her writing process, and synonyms for body parts. Continue Reading→

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You are awesome. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you for your support. Hope you enjoy some highlights from the first 100 episodes. 

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Scott Barton is tracking the migration of food of the African Diaspora. We talk about his journey as a chef which covers New York, France, San Francisco, and Brazil. In this interview we name drop like crazy, including Sean Penn and Madonna. Continue Reading→

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Donna Christensen went from Doctor to Congresswoman but it was not an easy road. We chat with the US Representative for the Virgin Islands on her risky move to Congress and her bid to become the first black female Governor in US history. Continue Reading→

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Emily Goodstein quit a 9 to 5 to become a birth photographer or birthographer. In this interview, we chat about shooting vaginas, why she focuses on births, and the transition from employee to entrepreneur. Continue Reading→

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Kristina Kaiser is the Lead Pastor at the River South Church in Quincy, MA. She incorporates film into her sermons and has produced films herself. We chat about the power of media in church and her story from opera singer to pastor. Continue Reading→

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Afua Richardson is a comic book artist and singer. This Jane of all trades is author of Genius and Native American classics. We talk about the challenges of being a woman in comics and the projects she has on the horizon. Continue Reading→

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Ryan Ferrier is a comic book writer and letterer who brings depth to the industry. He is the writer of D4VE, Tiger Lawyer, and Ultranova. We talk about making it in comics and his passion for writing. Continue Reading→

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Isra Garcia is a marketer who uses social media to create meaningful relationship. His story includes a huge gamble leaving his home country of Spain to University of Liverpool. We also talk about why he participates in extreme sports. Continue Reading→

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David Keevil is pyschologist who specializes in ADHD counseling. His career journey started as an artist and ended in psychology. We talk about why ADHD is a super power, the difference between ADHD and ADD, and a lot more. Continue Reading→

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Ashley Woods is a comic book artist inspired by video games, Japanese anime who balances east and west. We talk about the role of comics in her life, the Milennia War series, and the challenges of being a Black woman is comics. Continue Reading→

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Robert Wicks is Author, Pyschologist, and the person you call when you need to overcome crisis. For 30 years, he has spoken and counseled groups of people on how to overcome traumatic events. We chat about his life and the Boston Marathon bombings. Continue Reading→

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Sherrie Hines is a Public Defender in Georgia. When she is not defending indigent clients she teaches karate and volunteers at a zoo. We talk about the challenges of handling several hundred cases a year. Continue Reading→

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Connie Allen is a Professional Blackjack Dealer who wants to make trips to the casino much easier for novices. We chat about her book, The Casino Through A Dealer's Eyes and how to win a copy to know what not to do at the Blackjack table. Continue Reading→

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Mark McKenna has worked on Spiderman, Wolverine, Avengers, X-Men, and almost every major comic you know. We talk about how he was able to work on high profile comics at both Marvel and DC. Plus win a copy of his latest project... Continue Reading→

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Thomas Yeates is a comic book artist who has illustrated multiple classic characters. His credits include Zorro, Tarzan, Swamp Thing, and Price Valiant. We talk about his career in comics and working with new technology. Continue Reading→

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Lyndsey Hrabik is the Managing Editor and Social Media Strategist at Nonprofit Hub. A lover of the written word and nonprofits, we talk about how she fell into a dream shortly after college. The conversation also goes into some controversy... Continue Reading→

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Robert Hilsenroth is the Executive Director of the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians. He is an advocate for Zoo Vets all over the US organizing conference and lobbying congress on their behalf. We how he accidentally landed his dream job. Continue Reading→

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Gina Kinzley is the Lead Elephant Keeper at the Oakland Zoo. Her loves of animals started early. We talk about how she landed her dream job, the possibility of elephants become extinct, and what to do with elephant poop. Continue Reading→

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Zorina Galis is the Chief of Vascular Biology and Hypertension Branch at the National Institute of Health. Coming from Transylvania she had to prove herself as a scientist in a new country. We chat about her move from Pharma to helping people at NIH. Continue Reading→

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Benjamin Mee is the Zoo Director at Datmoor Zoological Park. We talk about how he went from college dropout to Zoo Director in less than 10 years. We also talk about the story behind the book and movie We Bought a Zoo based on his life. Continue Reading→

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Matt Hawkins is the CEO of Topcow Productions. He does finance, marketing, managing people, and even finds time to write two books a month. We talk about how he almost left the business, wasn't originally a comic fan, and a little Sean Connery andTom Cruise. Continue Reading→

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Jamar Nicholas is a comic artist, cartoonist, and educator. We talk about his career in cartoons, comics, and the Geoffrey Canada book that helped make him famous Fist, Stick, Knife, Gun. We also discuss his "unicorn" status as a black artist in comics. Continue Reading→

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Tim Kight is the CEO of Focus 3, an organization dedicated to creating peak formance for individuals and companies. We talk about his rise to leadership and how he is teaching coaches like Urban Meyer how to lead. Continue Reading→

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Phil LaDuke is safety blogger and consultant that understands how to tell a story. We talk about his career in performance improvement, sales, and speaking in the safety industry. Continue Reading→

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Marla Felcher connects women and causes at the Philanthropy Connection. We talk about the collective power of women in philanthropy and her journey from journalist to founder of a nonprofit. Continue Reading→

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Mehran Khaghani is one of the more intelligent, thoughtful, and crazy comedians you will ever hear. He tells the story of how he went from wild child in his 20s to became a skilled comedian. Be warned this interview has colorful language. Continue Reading→

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Krysta Youngs is singer and song writer with a musical training including Berklee College of Music, Memphis Tennessee, and mentors like famous song writer Diane Warren. We chat about making it in music and her upcoming EP. Continue Reading→

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Orlando Baxter chose a career in comedy after many years as a teacher. We talk about the power of positive pushups, his near win of a national comedy competition, and the power of mentoring in comedy. Continue Reading→

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Greg Tung created Scare Yourself Every Day, a blog where for one year he did something scary every day. We talk about many of his whacky adventures, dealing with expectations of family, and the upcoming movie about his experience. Continue Reading→

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Graham Wright leads Opus Affair, a community that brings together artists in performing and visual arts in several cities. We talk about how an organic chemistry PhD built a community of artists with thousands of members. Continue Reading→

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Bill Bentley created the Productive Self to help others find peace in their lives. After a productivity crash that caused him to nearly lose everything, Bill found strategies to help him recover. We talk about the profound impact on his life and others. Continue Reading→

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Karen Hinds is helping people of all ages meet their untapped potential as CEO of Workplace Success. Founder of the Phenomenal Woman Conference and the Teen Success Summit she has dedicated her life to helping others be their best. We touch on her journey. Continue Reading→

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Barbara Beach runs the Radioactive Broadcasting Network. She is a prolific journalist (Chicago Tribune/LA Times), broadcaster, and marketer. We chat about her career in media and her upcoming show on ABC. Continue Reading→

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Ann Handley is a founder of MarketingProfs, a community of marketing experts helping people understand content marketing. We talk about the new rules of marketing and how a journalist got so interested in content marketing. Continue Reading→

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Dave Jackson runs School of Podcasting where he teaches folks world wide how to podcast since 2005. This former teacher is also a musician and computer expert. We talk about how he turned electronic engineering into a career in podcasting. Continue Reading→

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Sean O'Keefe runs Sean O'Keefe Events, an Atlanta based event company that drives fundraising for local nonprofits/NGOs. We talk his life as a chef in Hollywood and why he is so passionate about helping organizations thrive through his events. Continue Reading→

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Paul Roetzer is founder at PR2020, a PR agency helps busisnesses master inbound marketing. After having a 'Jerry Maguire' moment at a traditional ad agency, he started a firm based on the values he wanted to see. We chat about his awesome journey. Continue Reading→

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Quiana Agbai quit her day job as a marketer to start Harlem Love Birds, a blog about her life. In addition to blogging, she consults small businesses on their branding. We talk about the life of a blogger and how to grow your audience. Continue Reading→

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Zev Robinson tells stories about how food gets on your plate and in your glass. The documentary filmmaker and artist talks about how a car accident started his film career. We also go into the how he is shining a light on rural wine makers in Spain. Continue Reading→

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Nicolas Warren blended chocolate and ginseng to prepare for triathletes. Now is he cooking "perfect fuel" for active people and lovers of chocolate. We follow why he is so excited about a new packaged goods business when online services are so popular. Continue Reading→

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