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December 28, 2019

Tune into the Beyond 6 Seconds podcast to hear extraordinary stories from everyday people. Each episode features inspiring stories of life and creativity, triumph and struggle. I interview people who are starting their own businesses, giving back to their communities, and working with exciting new technologies to advance our world. We also talk about specific ways that our listeners can help support them and their work, so that their stories can continue to evolve. Who knows, their stories may even provide you some extra inspiration to develop your own talents and passions!

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Andy Storch is a consultant, coach and facilitator who helps his clients turn strategy into action. Andy works with companies to accelerate leadership development, strategy alignment, business acumen and sales training. He also coaches individuals to help them improve their performance and achieve their goals, so they can do the best work of their lives. Additionally, Andy hosts two podcasts: The Entrepreneur Hot Seat (now called The Andy Storch Show), and the Talent Development Hot Seat.

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This episode features Petal Pennycooke, the Founder and Chief Executive Right Hand of Executive Right Hand, a premium provider of support to C-suite executives who are in transition in their careers. Executive Right Hand offers a wide range of services tailored to the unique needs of its senior executive clients, making their career transitions seamless.

We'll learn how Petal got the inspiration to start Executive Right Hand, how she is growing her business, what she has learned along the way, and how her business helps combat age discrimination (ageism) in the job market.

You can find more information about Executive Right Hand at or on social media on LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter.

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Justin Nguyen is the 22-year-old CEO of GetChoGrindUp and Co-Host of the Young and D.U.M.B. (Dedicated, Up-and-coming, Motivated, Bold) Podcast. Justin’s mission is to uncover the blueprint to career success for college students, and educate them about traditional jobs (through GetChoGrindUp) and non-traditional jobs (via the Young and D.U.M.B. podcast).

On this episode, Justin talks about growing up in the United States as the son of Vietnamese refugees, the pressure he felt from his family to become either a doctor, lawyer or engineer, and how he discovered the worlds of finance, economics and business when he attended college. You’ll find out why he changed his major to Finance, turned down a dream job offer upon graduation, and became an entrepreneur instead – and how he broke the news to his parents!

Justin also shares:

  • How he grew his podcast’s reach using social media
  • Advice for making contact with influencers
  • How he taught himself marketing by researching it on the internet and watching videos of marketing experts
  • How he wants to bring change and innovation to the education system
  • A preview of the career fair that he’s hosting in 2020, where students can meet and get to know employers through engaging and interactive experiences

Connect with Justin on LinkedIn, follow @GetChoGrindUp on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook, and listen to the Young and D.U.M.B. podcast on any podcast network – be sure to let him know that you heard his story on Beyond 6 Seconds!

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Erica Stanford got into the field of cryptocurrency as an investor in early 2017. She is now the co-founder of - a project aiming to make crypto and blockchain be better understood and adopted by the mainstream public.

On this episode, Erica discusses how she educated herself about blockchain technology and became fascinated by its current impact and potential to transform society and empower individuals in almost every industry worldwide. Inspired by the trial and error of her own learning experiences, she built an unbiased, reliable web resource to help people learn about blockchain and cryptocurrency that will include how-to guides and translate the technology into simple English. Erica also shares advice on how crypto investors can protect themselves against scams, hackers and fraud.

Learn more about Erica’s work at or via email at .

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Kyle Elliott is the Career Coach behind, where he helps people find jobs they LOVE (or at least tolerate). On this episode, he shares how his diverse background in health education, public administration, mental health and LGBT+ advocacy helped him develop a coaching practice to guide people through their careers, while encouraging them to care for themselves along the way. We also talk about Kyle’s love of coffee (particularly Starbucks) and advice for being a good networker.

Connect with Kyle on LinkedIn and visit his website for a free 5 day job search course.

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Jennifer Brown is a leading diversity and inclusion expert, dynamic keynote speaker, best-selling author, award-winning entrepreneur and host of The Will To Change podcast, which uncovers true stories of diversity and inclusion. As the founder, president and CEO of Jennifer Brown Consulting, Jennifer’s workplace strategies have been employed by some of the world’s top Fortune 500 companies and nonprofits—including Walmart, Microsoft, Starbucks and many others— to help employees bring their full selves to work and feel Welcomed, Valued, Respected and Heard.

On this episode, you will hear Jennifer talk about:

  • How her background in nonprofit work, opera singing and off-Broadway theater performance led to her career in training & development
  • How a corporate layoff led her to reposition herself in her career and start her own diversity & inclusion consulting firm
  • What to do if you feel like your career or your workplace might not be a match for you
  • The damaging impact of bias and stereotypes on individuals and businesses, and what leaders can do about it
  • Her own experience with “bringing her full self to work” as an LGBTQ+ woman
  • Her belief that everyone has a diversity story, and how this realization can lead to more inclusive conversations

If you want to know more about Jennifer and her work, here are other links you can check out!

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Today I get to talk with one of my most favorite comedians ever, John Heffron! John is a stand up comedy veteran and winner of NBC’s Last Comic Standing season two. His latest comedy album is called Episodes, and he just published a new spy thriller book called The Holding Deal. He also has a new podcast called Kid With a Cape.

On this episode we talk about the impact of COVID-19 on the comedy world (and life in general), what inspires John’s comedy, and tips for writing a great book even if you are not a great writer.

You can find links to all of John’s social media, his book, podcast, album and more on his LinkTree site.


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Wayne Baker is the author of the new book “All You Have To Do Is Ask: How to Master the Most Important Skill for Success.” He is the Robert P. Thome Professor of Business Administration at the University of Michigan Ross School of Business, and Faculty Director of the Center for Positive Organizations. Wayne is also a cofounder and board member of Give and Take, Inc., the developers of the Givitas platform based on the principles in his new book.

On this episode, you will hear Wayne talk about:

  • How his research led him to realize that the main obstacle that prevents people from getting the help they need, is their willingness (or unwillingness) to ask for help
  • The importance of asking for what you need to developing your career and finding success in your life
  • Some examples of how he has asked for help
  • The importance of maintaining human connection in the time of COVID-19

You can connect with Wayne on LinkedIn and learn more about his book at can also find out more about the Givitas platform here as well.

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Harris Rosen is the President & Chief Operating Officer of Rosen Hotels & Resorts. He is Florida's largest independent hotelier, having built a portfolio of eight hotels in Orlando, with close to 7,000 guestrooms, over the course of 45 years. 

He is also a philanthropist who has created and funded initiatives to support local Orlando communities, including a program to provide free preschool and college scholarships to the youth of Tangelo Park, and a similar initiative in the downtown Orlando Parramore district. He has been honored with the Coretta Scott King A.N.G.E.L. Award for his impact on Tangelo Park, and he believes that the successes of these local initiatives provide a template for uplifting America, one community at a time.

Also joining us today is Chuck Dziuban, Director of the Research Initiative for Teaching Effectiveness at the University of Central Florida, who works with Harris on the Tangelo Park project.

During this episode, you will hear Harris and Chuck talk about:

  • Harris’s first hotel job as a young boy, and the chance meeting with two famous celebrities that made him decide he wanted to pursue a career in hospitality
  • How Harris grew his career by pursuing opportunities all around the country and even internationally, including managing a property in Mexico and working for Disney in their hotel division
  • The story behind Harris’ purchase of his first hotel property
  • The ingenious way that Harris secured business for his hotel during the oil crisis of the mid-1970s
  • How Harris began his philanthropy with the Tangelo Park project
  • Why Harris and Chuck believe that expanding this program to other communities would have a powerful impact on American society

Find out more about the Tangelo Park Program here, and more about The Harris Rosen Foundation here.


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Arlan Hamilton is the Founder and Managing Partner of Backstage Capital, a fund dedicated to minimizing funding disparities in tech by investing in high-potential founders who are people of color, women, and/or LGBT. Started from scratch in 2015, Backstage has now raised more than $10 million and invested in more than 130 startup companies led by underestimated founders. Arlan’s brand new book "It's About Damn Time" was published on May 5, 2020.

On this episode, you will hear Arlan talk about:

  • What inspired her to share her life lessons and practical guidance in her new book
  • How she built her own venture capital company, despite not having the background, network or resources of a typical venture capitalist
  • Why she decided to focus her financial investments on underrepresented founders
  • How new entrepreneurs have a unique advantage during the current crisis – and how established entrepreneurs can get themselves “unstuck”
  • Success stories from the start-ups that Arlan has invested in, including CurlMix (a subscription box for do-it-yourself hair products), Paladin (a pro bono platform for lawyers to increase access to justice), and Bippy (an eco-friendly personal wellness brand)

Learn more about Arlan and order your copy of "It's About Damn Time" at


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Rahkim Sabree is an author, speaker, and nonprofit co-founder specializing in personal finance and mentoring. He recently released his second book entitled "Financially Irresponsible" and delivered a TEDx talk in December 2019 on Financial Empowerment.

On this episode, you will hear Rahkim talk about:

  • His early experiences with learning about finances, and how he started his financial services career at a young age
  • Why he called his book “Financially Irresponsible,” and how it helps people become more financially literate
  • How he believes that millennial behavior is changing the way people work and generate wealth
  • Why having the right mindset about your finances is the first step to becoming financially empowered
  • How his passions for financial education and mentorship fuel the mission of his non-profit, An Extended Hand Inc., to help empower and educate those who are at risk of or currently impacted by homelessness

You can find Rahkim on his website at, buy his book Financially Irresponsible on Amazon, and connect with him on Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn.


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Toni Coleman Brown is an author, small business strategist and online marketing expert, with a focus on email lead generation and sales conversion. She is the founder of the Network for Women in Business, an online educational platform that teaches female entrepreneurs her signature small business success program, as well as the host and creator of two popular live events: The Small Business Bootcamp for Women and the Online Marketing Mastermind Live.

On this episode, you will hear Toni talk about:

  • How she taught herself internet marketing with a hands-on approach, which included creating lead capture pages and running Google Ads
  • The value of communicating with your customers regularly through email
  • Why she created a business bootcamp focused on helping women succeed with their online marketing
  • How she has found balance between her corporate job and her side businesses
  • Her perspective as a solo entrepreneur

You can find Toni at and You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest as well!


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Garrison Redd is a TEDx speaker, para-powerlifter, model, dancer, and most of all, an advocate for disabled rights. He founded an organization called “TheGarrisonReddProject” to provide resources and services that improve the well-being of disabled individuals.

On this episode, Garrison shares:

  • Why he left his government job to start his own organization
  • The job searching challenges faced by many people with disabilities
  • How he realized his impact as a positive role model for the younger generation
  • How he discovered his talent for competitive para-powerlifting
  • How he controls his fear when doing something new or challenging

You can follow Garrison on Instagram @garrisonredd to see his workout videos and other fun & motivating posts, connect with him on LinkedIn and learn more about TheGarrisonReddProject at


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Carolyn Kiel: Today on Beyond 6 Seconds:

Garrison Redd: That's the thing that I like most about my not for profit organization, is that I get to connect with individuals who sometimes I won't say feel hopeless, but they feel as if they cannot do certain things that everyone else could do or everyone else their age can do. And it's me who tells them, you can live your best life, whatever you want to become, you're gonna become it. You’ve just got to have the determination and the will, and you can't take no as an answer. And that's the most impactful stuff that I've ever done in my life.

Carolyn Kiel: Welcome to Beyond 6 Seconds. The podcast that goes beyond the six second first impression to share the extraordinary stories and achievements of everyday people. I'm your host, Carolyn Kiel.

On today's episode, I'm speaking with Garrison Redd. Garrison is a TEDx Speaker, para-powerlifter, model, dancer, and most of all, an advocate for disabled rights. He founded an organization called TheGarrisonReddProject with an essential goal of bettering the well-being of disabled individuals through a variety of methods. Garrison provides resources and services like advice, motivation, inspiration, health and more to improve the quality of living for disabled individuals. Oh, and the place where Garrison and I are talking today is a little bit noisy, so you may hear some background noise throughout our conversation – but in case you miss anything due to the noise, you can also find a full transcript of this interview on the website.

Garrison, welcome to the podcast!

Garrison Redd: Thank you for having me. Carolyn, I really appreciate you taking the time out of your day to speak with me.

Carolyn Kiel: Thank you. Well, thank you for spending the time with me. You have a really amazing story and you're involved in a variety of different things. So why don't we start off learning more about TheGarrisonReddProject? So how did you get the inspiration to start that?

Garrison Redd: I was actually working at the IRS for six years, and one day I was at my desk and I said, I'm way too cool for this. I'm a young man. I have good qualities and I wanted to leave something impactful on the world. So I woke up one day and I pretty much went to my manager and said, today will be my last day. I'm off to better things. And my inspiration really came from seeing kids with disabilities, and they would come up to me, like if I'm outside or wherever I was. And they would say things like, how I stay motivated and how much I inspire them to be something great. So through that I just woke up one day and said, I'm going to start an organization. I'm going to start speaking around the world. I'm just going to do many of the great things that will inspire and motivate so many individuals that was in circumstances like myself.

Carolyn Kiel: Wow, that's incredible. And I guess I should mention, since no one can see us on the audio podcast, that you yourself are a disabled individual, or would you describe yourself that way?

Garrison Redd: Well I consider myself able with limitations, because the reason why I say that is because I pretty much can do anything that anybody else could.

Garrison Redd: For instance, if there's a staircase, I may not be able to walk up the stairs, but I am able to get up a flight of stairs whether I have to scoot up or my backside, or someone may have to carry me. At the end of the day, I could get to the next flight. So it's just a limitation to how I would be able to get there.

Carolyn Kiel: True. So, we talked a little bit about in your bio that TheGarrisonReddProject provides all kinds of resources and services. What kinds of projects or some of the things are you working on right now through TheGarrisonReddProject?

Garrison Redd: Well, right now I offer a host of adaptive events, and those events could consist of rock climbing, adaptive basketball, hackathons, things of that nature, just to spread awareness to individuals with disabilities and to give individuals with disabilities an opportunity to participate in different activities. Because there's a lack of resources in I think America and specifically in New York, where individuals are able to get out and be in the world. And I think it was real important for me to try to showcase some of these individuals' abilities in an effort to increase inclusion, because a lot of people don't know that the disabled population is the largest minority demographic population in the world. 20 percent of individuals identify themselves as being disabled. But on the other hand, 70 percent of individuals with disabilities are currently unemployed. So I try to create inclusive events as well. So I may have an adaptive basketball tournament, but I will actually have able-bodied individuals playing basketball right along with disabled individuals.

Carolyn Kiel: Very cool! So you really provide a whole range of help with employment and sports and involvement in that way. And we mentioned that you're also a TEDx speaker. And in your TEDx Talk, you shared a little bit about your own challenges at first with finding employment. Do you find that the disabled individuals that you work with have challenges around finding employment, and are you able to help them with that?

Garrison Redd: Yes. Typically, a lot of individuals come to me and inquire, you know, ways they can find employment. And a lot of times these individuals have their degrees, have the appropriate qualifications. However, employers are reluctant to hiring them. So that's when I've decided to create inclusive events where individuals can learn from one another. So, for instance, an able-bodied manager or CEO or executive could come out to one of my inclusive events and participate with individuals with disabilities, but they get an opportunity to ask questions and to learn about some of their abilities in order to increase awareness and help these individuals find employment. Because a lot of times people feel that it's unethical to ask a disabled individual what they can and cannot do. So there'll be a misconception where they assume that this individual is unable to do certain things. When in actuality, they are completely able to do so. So like in my case, what I was noticing is that employers would think they would have to accommodate me with different types of reasonable accommodations when that's totally not the case. As long as I could wheel under my desk, I was completely fine and I was completely able to carry out all the job duties as if I was an able-bodied individual.

Carolyn Kiel: Right. As you said, you have these abilities. You know, there are just different things in the environment that need to be shifted around and then you can pretty much do anything that anyone else can do.

Garrison Redd: Exactly. And like I always tell people, the wheelchair isn't a restriction. Society places restrictions on wheelchair users. So for instance, if we made everything accessible, then there would be no restrictions and there would be no limitations at all, because we would be able to do anything anyone else could do. And that's the same for other disabilities as well. So if we work on universal design, where everybody can access all facilities and all places of employment, all social arenas, then there would be pretty much no difference in a disabled individual and an able-bodied individual.

Carolyn Kiel: Yeah, definitely. That's a really good point. I'd love to hear a little bit about some of the people that you've been able to impact or reach through TheGarrisonReddProject. You know, you must either speak with people or help them get resources, whether it's employment or participating in sports or improving health. Do you have any success stories of someone that you worked with that are memorable to you that you would maybe want to share?

Garrison Redd: Oh, yeah, definitely. All right. So I met this gentleman. Well, he's a gentleman now, but at the time when I met him, he was around 17 years old, getting ready to graduate high school. And he had spinal bifida, that's an injury that typically individuals are born with. So it's acquired at birth. So he lacked the ability to ambulate. And this young gentleman, Patrick, he reached out to me to participate in some of my organization activities. And he would come every weekend, and whatever I was hosting, whether it was a basketball event, a baseball event or a climbing event, he always made it on time and showed up with enthusiasm. So one day I asked him, like, what are you going to do after high school? And he said, I really don't know because I would love to go to college, but I don't know if I'll be accepted if I attend any universities. And so I was like, what type of school? I started inquiring more like, what type of school you go to currently? And he said he goes to a school where it's mostly disabled individuals that attend that school. So I told him, you know, like in my case, when I went off to college, I was 19 years old and I said, people are going to accept you for who you are. So once I told him that, like, instantly he felt motivated. And I told him, you know, you can stay in a dorm just like everyone else. And it will help with your independence overall, because at the end of the day, I want you to be out in the world. You're a young man and you've got to get out in the world. You got to see the world and get to enjoy your life. And you can't stay home for the rest of your life now that you've graduated high school. So right now, he's in Arizona. University of Arizona. It's his third year. He's a junior. And he just completed an internship not too long ago, and he was telling me how it was a wonderful experience and if it wasn't for my events and just speaking with me on a continuous basis, he don't know where he would have been at this point in life. Of course, I was joyful of that. But at the end of the day, he put in the work and it was him that actually went on to do what he aspired to want to become.

Garrison Redd: And stuff like that is fulfilling for me, due to the fact that I didn't know I could have so much of an impact on individuals that start out as complete strangers and then they become like family. And that's the thing that I like most about my not for profit organization, is that I get to connect with individuals who sometimes I won't say feel hopeless, but they feel as if they cannot do certain things that everyone else could do or everyone else their age can do. And it's me who tells them, you can live your best life, whatever you want to become, you're gonna become it. You’ve just got to have the determination and the will, and you can't take no as an answer. And that's the most impactful stuff that I've ever done in my life. So I love it!

Carolyn Kiel: That's awesome! And it sounds like certainly for this young man, he saw you as a role model. It sounded like maybe he wasn't sure if he could go to college or would be accepted there because, I don't know, maybe he just didn't see an example of someone who had gone to college and had a disability and still is flourishing. So it sounds like you were able to provide that example for him. And, you know, even just knowing one person who is in your situation who can achieve big goals. I think that can help inspire people. And it sounds like that's what you did for him.

Garrison Redd: Yeah. And see, another thing, when I started my organization, a big issue was that there's not too many individuals with a disability that people could aspire to become like a Wayne Gretzky or Michael Jordan or Mariah Carey or, you know, one of these influential individuals out here that people could look up to. And I said, I could be that person. So that was one of my main reasons for starting TheGarrisonReddProject. I just wanted to be a person that other individuals with disabilities can look up to and say "if he did it, I could do it."

Carolyn Kiel: That's awesome. And you're right, we don't really see a lot of examples in the media or popular culture of people using wheelchairs who are doing a whole variety of different things. So it's hard to kind of see what that example is. And it sounds like you're involved in a lot of different things. I mentioned in your bio that you're a, you've been a model, you're a dancer, so, you know, you're in the media in that sense, doing those things. And you're also an athlete as well, a competitive athlete. You were always involved in sports since you were young and now what you're competing in is powerlifting. Is that correct? Your latest thing?

Garrison Redd: Yeah.

Carolyn Kiel: How did you decide to get into that?

Garrison Redd: It's funny how I got into it, actually. One day I was in a gym and a gentleman came up to me and he's like, you should play on my wheelchair football team. So I'm like, wheelchair football? I'm like, I never even heard of that. It sounds like dangerous! Like if I fall and break a leg, what happens? Like, it just doesn't sound like something I should be doing. But he was like, no, you should come out, meet some of the other athletes and some of the other people that's involved with it. And going to that wheelchair football practice actually changed my life and my whole outlook on adaptive sports.

Garrison Redd: Prior to my injury, I played football, and my whole life was pretty much dedicated to going to the NFL, buying my mother a big house, that's all I thought about. And then when I got injured, my dreams was cut short. So I pretty much said to myself, I'm not going to get involved in any adaptive sports because I don't want to put 110 percent into something for it to not go anywhere. So years passed. I'm in the gym. Guy comes up to me. He's saying, come out to my wheelchair football practice. I come out and I meet this gentleman by the name of John Hamre, who's the president of the Wheelchair Sports Federation, and he's like, you know, you're in great shape. You should be involved in some type of athletics. And I said, like, I was like, I don't want to do team sports! Everybody does wheelchair basketball. I just wasn't into that. So he said, there's other sports, there's thousands of other sports. So I'm like, name some of them. And he says, you ever thought about wheelchair track racing or wheelchair field sports? And I said, you know, I never trained in track when I was in high school or anything, and I was an able body. So when he told me that, I automatically was intrigued. I'm like, they have that? So he said, yeah!

Garrison Redd: And he did me a favor. He said, I'm going to hook you up and put you on the best track team, junior track team in the nation, which was the New Jersey Navigators. So from there, I started doing field sports and wheelchair track racing and I was loving it. And then one day my coach, Jimmy Cuevas said, I put you in a para powerlifting meet. He said, you don't look like you weigh that much and you're pretty strong. So he puts me in this meet -- since there's not a lot of facilities I could go to weigh myself because doctors and hospitals typically do not have a scale for wheelchair users -- they did! So he's like, how much you think you weigh? I'm like, 140 pounds. I get on a scale and I weighed 120 pounds. And I was able to lift 250 pounds with no training at all.

Carolyn Kiel: Wow!

Garrison Redd: Which was at that time, and it still is, one of the strongest lifts in the country. This is approximately two years ago. And then from there, the Team USA performance manager reached out to me the next day instantly and informed me that I should vie for a spot on Team USA para powerlifting. And then from there I went to a level one camp, that's where they give you like educational stuff in regards to para powerlifting before you can even compete. And then after that, they invited me to the Olympic Training Center, which is in Colorado Springs, Colorado. And at the Olympic training facility, I was able to lift about 270 pounds weighing a little bit more, weighing about 130 pounds, which from there they knew I was like the real deal, and invited me to a para powerlifting national qualifier. And that's when I originally qualified to go to world championships in Kazakhstan, which was a year and a half ago. So it was like overnight I got into para powerlifting.

Carolyn Kiel: That's amazing! You basically could lift double your weight, you're saying, without any training, just because you were in such good shape from being athletic and going to the gym! That's amazing.

Garrison Redd: Yeah. So fast forward, I just competed in a national qualifier in Missouri, which I'll be attending world championships in Bogota, Colombia, on March 16th to March 22nd. And I'm really looking forward to that. Actually I finished 2019 competing against able-bodies, and I was second in the world competing against able-bodies at 123 pounds. I lifted 290 pounds at a powerlifting meet which placed me second in the world.

Carolyn Kiel: Wow! And how often do you train?

Garrison Redd: Typically I train three times out of the week with my strength coach John Gaglione. I'm his first para powerlifter he's ever coached, however he has over like fifteen years of experience in powerlifting and powerlifting coaching. He has his own gym and he coached a lot of nationally and world ranked powerlifters, so he's an excellent coach. Him training me, we're off to a new venture in which I'm doing pretty well. So he's actually moving up the ranks as a para powerlifting trainer and he's going to become the head trainer of Team USA para powerlifting team.

Carolyn Kiel: Wow, that's cool. And then the world championships that you're going to, is that a qualifier for the Paralympics?

Garrison Redd: Yeah, it is a qualifier for the Paralympics. With this qualifier, I have to rank seventh in the world in order to compete at the Paralympics in Tokyo later this year.

Carolyn Kiel: That's really cool. You're well on your way! That's so exciting! Wow. Very very cool.

Garrison Redd: Yes. I manifested a lot of these things, too, because I saw myself as an individual just doing great things. And all of those things are coming true. But at the same time, I'm inspiring others that whatever you believe you could aspire to be, you can become that.

Carolyn Kiel: Definitely! And you're proving that right in so many different realms from athleticism and the nonprofit that you run, and even public speaking! So I think I first learned about your story from watching your TEDx Talk, a recording of it that you did in 2018. How did you get that opportunity to do a TEDx Talk?

Garrison Redd: Well I got the TEDx Talk, actually a friend of mine's name, Connie Chi one day, informed me that I should do a TEDx Talk. And when she informed me that I should do a TEDx Talk, I said I don't even know, at the time I didn't even know what it was! Which is funny. So I did the TEDx Talk, and from doing the TEDx Talk, well, she informed me what it was. So I went and did some research and I was like, this is something I can do. So fast forward, I found out ways to go about it. I contacted an organizer that was holding a TEDx Talk in Long Island. And from there I said, let me apply. And I applied and I was selected! And that was the first talk I did on that scale. I never spoke in public ever prior to that  TEDx Talk.

Carolyn Kiel: Wow! Wait, ever? That's amazing! To go from like never to something as big, like that's a pretty significant stage and, you know, I've never done anything remotely like a TED Talk or a TEDx Talk, but I hear there's a lot, you know, potentially it's a lot of pressure to get your message out in a relatively short amount of time. Did you have to coach or practice a lot before you got on?

Garrison Redd: Not really. And I'm saying that's the reason why not really, because I already had my story in my head that I've been replaying for years and years. And I just, that was my opportunity to get it out to the world. And so I did, you know, I did practice in a mirror like every night for like the 30 days prior to the TED Talk. However, I was prepared. I just felt confident that I'll be able to do it. What a lot of people don't know is that I'm a very sociable person. So like, I don't mind speaking to anyone. So it's like talking on a stage to me was just the same thing. It wasn't much different. So I think I built my confidence over the years, of just been able to express myself. And it was just another day, another thing!

Carolyn Kiel: That's fantastic. Yeah, you can tell from watching it that you have a real connection with the audience. And, you know, like you said, it's a conversation. I think that's probably the best way to approach something like that when telling our stories.

Garrison Redd: Yeah. One thing I don't have or I try to control, which is very important, I try to control my fear with anything that I'm doing. And I think that's one thing that sets me apart from a lot of other individuals, that I'm able to control my fear and I'm able to take a chance. So it works out for me.

Carolyn Kiel: That's good. Yeah, I think a lot of us are fearful when we're doing something new or that we aren't sure if we're going to succeed. But, you know, as you said, it's managing that fear and acting and doing things despite maybe being afraid. That's the action. That's how we achieve our goals and get new experiences.

Garrison Redd: Exactly. Exactly. So, yup. So if you could control your fear. I mean, that's what holds a lot of people back in life, is just fear. So, you just got to manage it.

Carolyn Kiel: Yeah. Do you have any tips for how to manage it? Do you have any like meditations or things you'd say to yourself or deep breathing or anything?

Garrison Redd: Breathing! Yeah, yeah, deep breathing. I like doing a lot of breathing exercises and that goes for everything I do with powerlifting, with speaking, with modelling. It's all the same thing in my mind. So I try to do a lot of like, breathing exercises. I take five minutes out of the day, each day, just to breathe. And I think that really helps me. And before an event, I'll take five minutes and breathe like before the event. And I do a lot of deep breathing trying to expand my stomach into my fingertips and things of that nature. Holding my breath. Also, like breathing through my nose and things of that nature. Just different ways to relax myself.

Carolyn Kiel: Yeah, it's really powerful. Most of us throughout the day don't breathe properly. So if you do take that time to really concentrate on your breath and take those deep breaths, it works wonders with a lot of things, like fear and just general health. You know, that's great.

Garrison Redd: You'll be surprised.

Carolyn Kiel: Yeah, absolutely. Well, so, Garrison, you're already achieving so many things and you're still a young man yourself. What big goals do you still want to accomplish in your life?

Garrison Redd: Well, I want to win a Nobel Peace Prize. That's one of the main goals. And then I would like to be mayor of New York City one day. I also mentioned that in my TED Talk as well. I feel that I will be able to impact the world on a larger scale if I win a Nobel Peace Prize. And if I'm mayor of New York City and I can implement so many changes, that could just benefit everyone. Because right now there's so much chaos going in the world where people just need to realize that we're all the same and we are all equal to one another. So I think I could really, you know, have a strong impact on the whole entire world in a few years, once my messages get across on a worldwide tip.

Carolyn Kiel: Yeah, that's amazing. Yeah. So you're really expanding into every sphere, you know, going into, wanting to go into politics as well. And you're right, that is a completely different way to really make policies and implement a lot of change on a large scale. Well that's great.

Garrison Redd: Exactly, yup.

Carolyn Kiel: Very cool. So, you know, how do you usually get in contact with people through TheGarrisonReddProject? Do they usually come to you? Do you do outreach? Or how does that usually happen?

Garrison Redd: I do a combination of both. So like, I will host events where I'll collaborate with other organizations. They don't have to be necessarily a disabled organization that's catered for disabled individuals. It could be any type of organization. The reason being is because pretty much everybody knows someone with some form of disability, whether it is visible or not able to be seen. It's still a disability. So I try to connect with as many organizations and partner and do tons of collaboration. I have on my website people can  subscribe, which is pretty cool because I can, you know, send them out updates and mail and things of that nature on upcoming events that they can attend. So that's really helpful. And also Instagram! Social media works well also. Through Instagram, people can contact me and I always have my contact information on my page. So it's very easy to access me or reach out to me through private message or direct messaging, you know, depending on the social media. So those are some of the avenues they can go about reaching out to me. But yeah, it's tons of ways!

Carolyn Kiel: Very cool. So, yeah, I can put a link to your website, to your Instagram and any other social media, I'll put them in the show notes so that people can, you know, reach out to you and learn more about your work that way.

Garrison Redd: Yeah, and I definitely will send it to you.

Carolyn Kiel: Perfect! Garrison, this has been a really interesting conversation. I really enjoyed learning about all of the different things that you're involved in and just all the different ways that you're inspiring people. And I'm sure will continue to inspire people as you expand your own sphere of influence and enter politics and pursue winning the Nobel Peace Prize and pursue your athletic competitions and all of that. As we close out, is there anything else that you'd like our listeners to know or anything that they can help or support you with?

Garrison Redd: Well, if there's anybody out there that's looking to sponsor me, a lot of the activities that I do, I have to fund myself or fund through grants. So if there's ever any individuals that would like to sponsor or partner with me, feel free to reach out to me. Also, as far as para powerlifting, I do have to fund that a lot on my own. Typically, Team USA only gives us small amount of dollars to help each athlete. So, you know, I'm always looking for endorsements or sponsorships as well, as far as para powerlifting. So if anybody wants to get in touch with me after hearing this interview, please do so and we can discuss more!

Carolyn Kiel: Absolutely. Yeah. Please get in touch with Garrison. He's doing really amazing work. And, you know, any way that we can help him continue to do that great work is much appreciated. Wonderful. Yeah. Well, thank you, Garrison, thanks so much for being a guest on my show today.

Garrison Redd: Thanks, Carolyn. I really appreciate coming on your show. I really appreciate you taking the time to hear my story.

Carolyn Kiel: Thanks for listening to Beyond 6 Seconds. Please help us spread the word about this podcast. Share it with a friend, give us a shout out on your social media or write a review on Apple Podcasts or your favorite podcast player. You can find all of our episodes on our website, and subscribe to our free newsletter, at Until next time!


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Hira Ali is the CEO of Advancing Your Potential, Managing Director of International Women Empowerment Events, Founding Director of Career Excel, and Co-Founder of The Grey Area. Her leadership and coaching articles have been published in The Huff Post, Thrive Global, Women @ Forbes, Ellevate Network, Entrepreneur, and many more.

In her new book, “Her Way to the Top: A Guide to Smashing the Glass Ceiling”, Hira highlights the roadblocks impeding a woman’s climb to the top, irrespective of her culture and geography. She is passionate about empowering women and ethnic minorities and is a strong advocate of diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

During this episode, you will hear Hira talk about:

  • Why she started creating female empowerment events while working in HR in Pakistan
  • The survey she conducted to understand the challenges that women and ethnic minorities face globally – and her advice for combating these challenges
  • How she was able to restart her business and build her reputation online after moving from Dubai to London
  • How she makes authentic connections with the influencers she admires – many of whom have reviewed her book and shared her blog posts

You can find out more about Hira on her website,, and connect with her on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Her book “Her Way to the Top" is available for purchase in print and as an ebook.


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Jeremy Miller is a brand strategist, bestselling author, keynote speaker, and the founder of Sticky Branding, a brand building agency. His first book, also called Sticky Branding, is a playbook for how small- and mid-sized companies challenge the giants of their industry to grow their brands.

In October 2019, Jeremy published his latest book, Brand New Name, which provides a proven, step-by-step process to create an unforgettable name for anything — a brand, company, product, service, or idea — by unlocking the creative genius of teams.

During this episode, you will hear Jeremy talk about:

  • His introduction to the world of branding through a crisis in his family business
  • How your team is a secret weapon for creating a new name for your company
  • Why people in companies are afraid to be creative
  • The problem with “personal branding”

Learn more about Jeremy’s work at the Sticky Branding website and connect with him on Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook. His books Sticky Branding and Brand New Name are available on Amazon.


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Jessica Inserra is a Los Angeles based stand-up comedian whose irreverent humor explores, among other things, themes from her life as a gay woman growing up in a colorful New York Italian family. Jessica recently commemorated 25 years of being out, having burst through the closet doors at the tender age of 14. Now she can be seen performing her unique brand of brash, edgy comedy at The Comedy Store, as well as other venues in and around Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Seattle and beyond. She is currently working on her own stand-up special entitled, “Jessica Inserra, Pretty Gay.”

On this episode, you will hear Jessica talk about:

  • What inspired her to pursue stand-up comedy, after more than a decade of managing a plastic surgeon’s office (which is still her full-time job!) -- and how she balances her job with pursuing her comedy passion
  • Her experience working with legendary comedian Gerry Katzman in his stand-up comedy class -- and how she overcame constant fear and self-doubt as she developed and practiced her material
  • How she feels about finding success at the beginning of her career and being able to meet her comedy idols
  • How being "familiar” and feminine as a gay woman has helped her both in her comedy and her life

You can follow Jessica on Instagram at @jessinserra and on her website,


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Mario Armstrong is a two-time Emmy Award Winner, Digital Lifestyle Expert, entrepreneur, TV Host, public speaker, and motivator for the modern world, who delivers tactical advice to inspire people to take action towards pursuing their goals, dreams and passions.

He’s the Host of the Never Settle Show, an NBC TODAY Show Contributor, appears on Dr. Oz, Steve Harvey, NPR, Inside Edition & more, and is a public speaker with Daymond John’s Shark Group’s Speaking Division.

Mario’s new daily podcast, entitled “Wake Up and Level Up,” kickstarts your day in under 5 minutes with a jolt of inspiration, advice and personal growth formulas. It recently became a Top 200 podcast on the iTunes Self-Help charts and is in the top 10% of all podcasts around the country.

On this episode, you will hear Mario talk about:

  • How he became interested in Digital Technology as a child
  • How his “3-ask” question formula has helped him (and others) accelerate their success
  • How he balanced his first radio job with his full time job
  • His career journey that led him to become a featured correspondent on national TV – but still presents obstacles that he must overcome
  • How he keeps moving forward in the face of "No"
  • His advice for managing your fears and achieving your dreams

You can find Mario on,  on the Never Settle Network YouTube Channel, on Instagram at @marioarmstrong and on his podcast Wake Up and Level Up. Be sure to let him know that you heard him on Beyond 6 Seconds!  


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Sydney Nanberg defied the conventional expectations of society by dropping out of college -- and then went on to build a six-figure marketing business by the young age of 20. Now Sydney teaches others how to better their lives with self-care, mindset, and entrepreneurship.

Sydney's journey has been amazing, but certainly not easy. On this episode, she shares:

  • How failing a college test led her to completely change her course in life
  • How her challenges with mental health and being bullied influenced her mindset
  • How getting out of her comfort zone improved her life
  • How she learned the key skills she needed to start and grow her own successful marketing agency

Learn more about Sydney through her blog and her podcast, She Did It. You can also contact her on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram, and through her marketing agency, Digital Maverick.


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Ginni Saraswati is an award-winning journalist, radio personality and celebrity interviewer with a unique brand of comedy that includes quick-witted introductions and on-air antics. She's the founder of Ginni Media, a boutique podcast production company, and the host of the podcast, The Ginni Show.

On this episode, Ginni talks about:

  • Her transition from working behind the scenes at an Australian radio station to becoming an on-air media personality   
  • What it was like moving from her native Sri Lanka to Australia at a young age
  • How her large family life influences her radio work and her comedy
  • How her family reacted when they unexpectedly discovered she was gay
  • Her experiences interviewing celebrity guests -- including the time she made Paula Abdul crack up with laughter!

Follow Ginni on Facebook and @theginnishow on Instagram and Twitter, and listen to The Ginni Show podcast at To learn more about Ginni Media, visit to see what production services the company offers and download free resources for starting your own podcast.


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Welcome to a special mini episode of Beyond 6 Seconds! I recorded this episode from She Podcasts Live, the first conference of its kind for women podcasters, which took place in October 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia.

While I was here surrounded by so many talented podcasters, I wanted to learn more about their experiences… so I caught up with 6 podcasters at the conference and asked them one question: 

“What’s the most meaningful experience you’ve had as a result of having your podcast?” 

In this episode, you’ll hear the answers from these six podcasters: 

I'd love to hear from you!

  • Are you a podcaster? What’s been the most meaningful thing that’s happened because of your podcast? 
  • Are you thinking of starting a podcast? What dreams do you have for it?

Go to my Facebook group and let me know!


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Beyond 6 Seconds is taking a short break for the rest of December, but we’ll be back in January with more extraordinary stories from everyday people. In the meantime, you can catch up on any episodes you may have missed by visiting Have a great rest of 2019, and we’ll see you in January 2020! 

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This week's guest is Josh Stine, the co-founder and CEO of Seat Insiders, an event ticket concierge agency serving companies and individuals around the world. Before becoming an entrepreneur, Josh worked in cyber security and management consulting at PwC. Josh has also started several other successful side hustles over the past four years, but he has turned his focus solely to Seat Insiders since its founding.

On this episode, you will hear Josh talk about:

  • His journey from Big 4 consulting to the ticketing industry
  • How the changes in the ticketing industry are beneficial for both fans and artists alike
  • How building international relationships has created opportunities for fans to go to events around the world

You can contact Josh on and by email at You can also learn more about Seat Insiders on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn.  

Special offer for Beyond 6 Seconds listeners: Seat Insiders is giving five listeners a free 1-year concierge membership (a $240 value)! To claim this offer, go to, click the contact us link, and fill out the contact form -- be sure you mention Beyond 6 Seconds in your message!


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Miracle Olatunji is a college student, entrepreneur, and author of “Purpose: How To Live and Lead With Impact.” In high school, she founded OpportuniMe, an award-winning education organization which democratizes access to summer experiential learning opportunities for high school students. 

On this episode, Miracle shares:

  • How her own struggle with finding summer opportunities in high school lead her to create OpportuniMe
  • How she balances her life as a full time college student and entrepreneur
  • What inspired her to write her book, “Purpose: How To Live and Lead With Impact”

You can find Miracle on Twitter at @mirolatunji, on Instagram at @miracleolatunji, and on LinkedIn.

Special offer for Beyond 6 Seconds listeners: If you Venmo $12 to @MiracleO, and email with your mailing address, she will mail you a signed copy of her book!


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Full Bio:

Miracle Olatunji is a student, entrepreneur, innovation director, and author of Purpose: How To Live and Lead With Impact. In high school, she founded OpportuniMe, an award-winning education organization which democratizes access to summer experiential learning opportunities that enable high school youth to develop life and leadership skills, cultivate their passions, become socially conscious, and build their network. Through OpportuniMe, hundreds of youth have been able to find and secure incredible opportunities. Miracle is a passionate advocate for access to opportunities because she has seen firsthand how even just one opportunity, connection, or resource can change the trajectory of someone’s life!

Miracle served as a member of the advisory board for the Diamond Challenge, one of the world's largest entrepreneurship programs for high school students.

While in her sophomore year at Northeastern University, she is the Director of Innovation at Thrive, a student organization which empowers college students through financial literacy programs and supports student-led entrepreneurial ventures in personal finance and financial technology. She hosts an event series that provides actionable advice and strategies for young women on building their net worth, self worth, and network.

Miracle is also a volunteer on the programming team for Startup Boston 2019.

Miracle has been honored as a Young Global Leadership Scholar, Youth Entrepreneur Of The Year, a ‘Woman To Watch’, one of The Root 25 Young Futurists & Changemakers, and grand prize winner of the World Series of Entrepreneurship. She has been featured in Forbes, Thrive Global,, The Female Lead, and other leading publications. Miracle was also selected as one of America’s Amazing Teens by the AAT Project, which identifies exceptional youth who are changing the world.

Citing Oprah Winfrey, Sallie Krawcheck, and Tiffany Pham as her top role models, Miracle firmly believes in the importance of giving back, mentorship, and empowering others. She hopes to one day start a foundation that grants scholarships and grants to underrepresented young leaders and changemakers.

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This week’s episode features Michael Basagre, who founded and runs a career coaching service and blog called Momettas while he works as a packaging consultant in New Zealand. Momettas focuses on helping young adults between the ages of 15 and 30 succeed as they transition out of key life milestones such as leaving school or university, getting their first job or looking for that next step in their career. In addition, Michael is dedicated to helping people discover a passion for personal development by helping uncover their core values.

On this episode, you can hear Michael talk about:

  • How his passion for helping others became his side hustle
  • How he balances his energy between family, a full-time job, and Momettas
  • How living out your core values can help you find career success
  • The unusual technique Michael uses to help his clients uncover their core values
  • Why he encourages his clients to talk about their core values in job interviews
  • The importance of keeping your core values in mind as you develop your own business or creative projects

You can learn more about Michael on the Momettas website,, and blog, If you are between the ages of 15 – 30 and would like some career coaching, feel free to contact Michael at for one free coaching session (and mention that you heard him on the Beyond 6 Seconds podcast)!

The Seven Fundamental Tools that Michael uses with his coaching clients:

  1. Self-Awareness
  2. Change of Mindset
  3. Decide what your core values are
  4. Build a solid character
  5. Begin believing
  6. Inspire personal change
  7. Encourage positive change through ongoing continuous improvement


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On this episode, meet Meg He, the co-founder of ADAY, a direct-to-consumer clothing brand that creates versatile, long-lasting apparel with a sustainable approach. ADAY was recognized as one of the World’s Most Innovative Companies by Fast Company, and Meg was named to the Forbes 30 Under 30 list with her co-founder, Nina Faulhaber. Prior to ADAY, Meg worked at Poshmark, Cowboy Ventures and Goldman Sachs, and received degrees at Oxford University and the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

On this episode, you will hear Meg talk about:

  • Her struggles and achievements as a Chinese immigrant living and going to school in Wales and in England 
  • Her career, which ranges from working in investment banking in London, to venture capital and technology in Silicon Valley, to her own start-up in New York City 
  • What inspired her to become an entrepreneur and innovate within the fashion and apparel industry

You can find ADAY online at, on Facebook, Twitter, and at their showroom in New York City.


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Nir Eyal writes, consults and teaches about behavior design and habit formation -- at the intersection of psychology, technology, and business. He has been dubbed “The Prophet of Habit-Forming Technology” by the MIT Technology Review, has founded two tech companies since 2003 and has taught at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford.

Nir is also the author of the bestselling book, “Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products” and a brand new book called “Indistractable: How to Control Your Attention and Choose Your Life.”

On this episode, you will hear Nir talk about:

  • What really causes distraction (Hint: it’s not technology!)
  • How we use distraction as a coping mechanism for escaping discomfort
  • How planning and timeboxing can help you avoid distraction (and why to-do lists are a myth)
  • How to become indistractable at work

For more information about Indistractable:

You can also read more of Nir’s writing on his blog at

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Carly Fiorina began her career as a secretary for a nine-person real-estate business, and eventually became the first woman ever to lead a Fortune 50 company as the CEO of Hewlett Packard. Her amazing career even includes running for the U.S. presidency in 2015.

Now, Carly is the founder and chairman of Carly Fiorina Enterprises and of Unlocking Potential, a nonprofit organization that helps local leaders increase their leadership and problem-solving capabilities. 

Carly is also a best-selling author. She shares her amazing leadership journey and lessons learned in her third book, “Find Your Way,” which was released in early 2019. 

During this podcast episode, Carly shares:

  • Examples of how she learned to problem-solve early in her career
  • How she faced her fear and overcame bullies in the workplace
  • Why she wrote her latest book, “Find Your Way”
  • How she helps leaders build and practice their leadership skills
  • How she selects the leaders who she interviews on her podcast, “By Example”

You can find more information about Carly’s work on her website,, and learn more about "By Example," her podcast where she interviews extraordinary leaders about their experiences and lessons that listeners can learn from.

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On this episode, you'll meet Tabitha Cavanagh, creator of the #StrongAssMindset hashtag on social media, and a co-chair of the Never Too Young Advisory Board for the Colorectal Cancer Alliance. 

After facing an unexpected colon cancer diagnosis at a young age, Tabitha joined the field of recruiting, where she discovered her passion for bringing the right people together for the right opportunities at the right time, and helping others create intentional and meaningful mindsets.

You can find Tabitha on LinkedIn and through her hashtags, #TabTheRecruiter and #StrongAssMindset.

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After working as a corporate marketing executive for over twenty years, Ajay Prasad decided to become his own boss. In 2004, he left the corporate world and started GMR Web Team, a digital marketing agency. After switching the focus of the business to healthcare, Ajay now works with healthcare providers to improve their online presence and increase their base of patients. Since then, Ajay has also become a serial entrepreneur: he has founded RepuGen, an online reputation software for healthcare businesses, and GMR Transcription, a transcription company.

On this episode, you will hear from Ajay about how he develops his employees’ careers, what he looks for when he hires people, how he identifies the right clients, and how his experience in the corporate world compares to entrepreneurship.

You can find Ajay on LinkedIn, and on Twitter @ajayprasad_. You can also find more information about his companies at,, and

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Marsha Guerrier is a bestselling author, speaker, trainer, business analyst and coach, and CEO of Women on the Rise NY, Inc., a small business consulting agency. Marsha also has a full-time career in Financial Technology spanning over 20 years working for Fortune 500 and startup firms, working in areas of Quality Assurance, Business Analysis and Product Management.

On this episode, Marsha shares how Women on the Rise NY provides women who work full time jobs with the community and resources to build their own businesses. She talks about how her coaching helps women entrepreneurs develop strategies that improve their Mindset, Money, Marketing and Media – and how they can increase their revenue by applying structure and organization to their businesses.

Join Marsha at the 6th Annual Women on the Rise Forum & Expo (October 18-19, 2019 in New York City) for:

  • A mastermind day full of hands-on training for entrepreneurs, including revenue planning and email automation
  • Panel discussions on Mindset, Money, Marketing and Media
  • A “kidpreneur” workshop where mothers and daughters can learn basic steps of entrepreneurship

Learn more about Women on the Rise on the web at , on Instagram  @womenontherisenetwork , Twitter @wotrnetwork ,  or Facebook at womenontherisenetwork .

Marsha’s full bio:

Marsha Guerrier is a bestselling author, speaker, trainer, business analyst and coach, and CEO of Women on the Rise NY, Inc. a small business consulting agency. Marsha has a full-time career in the Financial Technology spanning over 20 years working for Fortune 500 and startup firms, working in areas of Quality Assurance, Business Analysis and Product Management. Marsha is also the Founder and Executive Director of the Yva Jourdan Foundation, Inc. a non-profit organization dedicated to helping families with children with special needs and women entrepreneurs. Marsha holds a Bachelors of Science in Business, Management and Economics.

Through Women on the Rise NY, Inc. she provides 1 on 1 coaching and a business mastermind group, as well as an annual Forum & Expo. She is available for panel discussions and workshops on Business Success Startup, Your Business and Your Brand and Developing a CEO Mindset.

Published Books:

- Life Balance for the Women on the Rise

- Business Success Strategies for Women on the Rise

- Soaring Beyond the 9 to 5 for Women on the Rise (10/2019)

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Forrest Schaffer is a “9-to-5er” at a digital marketing company and the founder of One Strong Herd, a fitness apparel and accessories brand and startup company.

Forrest talks about the twists and turns in his career path, which included leaving his 9-5 job to join a startup that recruited him – only to be fired 9 days later – and how he used his time during the aftermath to find his current job and grow his startup.

In addition to entrepreneurship, Forrest is passionate about the topics of personal finance and digital marketing. We talk about how he shares simple personal finance tools and advice for millennials on his YouTube channel, and how he uses digital marketing to market One Strong Herd. He even shares some great SEO tips for improving your search ranking on Google that you can apply to your own business!

Learn more about Forrest at the One Strong Herd website and Instagram @onestrongherd and on his personal Instagram @forrestschaffer.  

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On this episode I talk with Gail Tolstoi-Miller -- an award-winning dual CEO, experienced recruiter, author and global keynote speaker -- about unconscious bias in hiring. Having personally felt the impact of unconscious bias early in her life, she now works with her corporate clients to raise awareness of unconscious bias and helps job seekers combat unconscious bias and even use it to their advantage. Gail also gave a TEDx talk on unconscious bias in hiring and recently launched her online course about this topic on Udemy.

Gail shares her thoughts, insights and advice on:  

  • What unconscious bias is, and why everyone has it
  • How unconscious bias shows up in the hiring process
  • The personal experiences that solidified her desire to bust unconscious bias
  • How she challenges her clients’ bias, starting with two simple words: "So What?"
  • The drawbacks of cherry-picking diversity
  • How affinity bias hinders creativity and innovation in an organization, and trickles down to their customers and clients
  • What it was like preparing and presenting a TEDx talk, how it has helped her brand and business … and what to do when you forget part of your talk on stage
  • What the dreaded word “overqualified” really means
  • How job seekers can use unconscious bias to their advantage

Connect with Gail on LinkedInFacebook or via email at , and check out her TEDx Talk and Unconscious Bias Course on Udemy.


Gail's full bio:

Gail Tolstoi-Miller is an award winning dual CEO. She is CEO of Consultnetworx, which provides recruiting, diversity and unconscious bias strategy services. In addition, she is CEO of Careernetwork, a career and business coaching organization. Gail is also the author of the award winning book "Networking Karma", a guide on how to network successfully with giving. Lastly, she is a global keynote speaker and gave an unhinged TEDx talk on Unconscious Bias in hiring.

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Michelle Tillis Lederman, one of Forbes’ Top 25 Networking Experts, is the author of four books including the #1 new release, The Connector’s Advantage. She is also the CEO of Executive Essentials, which provides customized communications and leadership programs for Fortune 500, non-profit, university and government clients. She is well known for helping people connect, work better together and advance their individual impact.

On this episode, Michelle shares her career journey and valuable advice about networking, including:

  • How she found her calling for coaching, communications and training while working in finance
  • How she embraced opportunities to practice what she loved on the job, before taking the plunge into entrepreneurship
  • Her experience as the only woman on the trading floor and global venture capital team
  • The six types of relationships you need for a successful career and life
  • How she evolved her work from a practice to a business
  • The importance of having a clear “ask” when you’re networking and building relationships
  • Tips for introverted networkers – and why they are often some of the best networkers out there!

Connect with Michelle at her website and learn more about her latest book, The Connector’s Advantage – including some book bonuses, a BOGO offer (Buy One Gift One), and free gifts from Michelle for Beyond 6 Seconds listeners!

You can also find Michelle on social media on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram.


Michelle’s full bio:

Michelle Tillis Lederman, CSP, PCC is known for her energetic, engaging, and authentic presentations. An expert on workplace communications and relationships, Michelle's mission is to help people work better together and advance their individual impact. She is an accomplished speaker, trainer, coach, and author of four books including the #1 new release The Connectors Advantage and the internationally recognized, The 11 Laws of Likability.

Michelle, named one of Forbes Top 25 Networking Experts, is a connection creator and CEO of Executive Essentials, which provides customized communications and leadership programs for fortune 500, non-profit, university and government clients. Her clients include JPMorgan, J&J, Deutsche Bank, Michigan State University, MetLife, Sony, Ernst & Young, the Department of Environmental Protection, and Madison Square Garden. Passionate about education, Michelle served as an Adjunct Professor at NYU, on the faculty of the American Management Association, Lehigh Executive Education, and Rutgers Executive Education.

A former finance executive and NYU Professor, Michelle is a regular in the media appearing on CBS, NBC, Fox, NPR, CNBC, the NY Times, the Wall Street Journal, Working Mother, US News & World Report, MSNBC, Forbes and USA Today among many others.

Michelle spent a decade in finance with positions in audit, M&A, financial consulting, VC, and hedge fund investing. She received her BS from Lehigh University, her MBA from Columbia Business School, and her coaching certification from iPec and holds the PCC certification from the International Coaching Federation. Michelle earned the Certified Speaking Professional designation for the National Speakers Association. Executive Essentials is a certified Women Business Enterprise.

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Jenny Watzka worked at a Big 4 consulting firm for three years before ditching her 9 to 5 (or in her case, 9 am to 10 pm) after the sudden death of her father. Surrounded by doubters and naysayers, she successfully built her own profitable consulting firm while traveling full time.

Jenny helps business owners around the world ditch the daily overwhelm and grow their companies through automated workflows, internal system development, effective leadership & communication training.

You can reach Jenny by email at , listen to her podcast The Fearless CEO, and join The Fearless CEO Facebook community.

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After working for years in the corporate, nonprofit, and public sectors, Rachel Werner founded RBW Strategy, her women-owned consulting firm based in the Washington, DC Metro area. She’s an expert in the full lifecycle of grants activities, and currently provides fundraising, project management and strategic planning support to nonprofit, public sector and for-profit clients. She is also an award-winning business owner who was recently recognized as a SCORE Client of the Year!

On this episode, Rachel shares:

  • Why she transitioned from working at a Big 4 management consulting company after having her first child
  • How her experience prepared her to become an entrepreneur, build her client base, and differentiate her business
  • What it was like starting her business while pregnant with her second child
  • The preconceived notions she had to overcome about having a home-based business
  • How she defined her work/life boundaries as an entrepreneur, and found support from other entrepreneurial mothers through an accelerator called Her Corner
  • Her experiences pitching and working with her clients
  • Her advice for new entrepreneurs

You can find out more about Rachel at her website, on LinkedIn or by emailing .


Rachel’s full bio:

Rachel Werner, Owner and CEO of RBW Strategy, a women-owned consulting firm located in the Washington, DC Metro area. She has over 16 years of experience in the corporate, nonprofit, and public sectors. Due to her experience as a project manager, grant seeker and grant manager, she has expertise in the full lifecycle of grants activities, and currently provides fundraising, project management and strategic planning support to nonprofit, public sector and for-profit clients. Since the beginning of her career, she has helped to garner over $32 million in grants and contracts and has managed over $2 billion in grant funding. She graduated from Vassar College with a Bachelor of Arts and received a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from New York University’s Wagner School of Public Service. She has also obtained a Certificate in Grants Management (2012), is a certified Project Management Professional (since 2014), and is a Certified Grants Professional (since 2010). She is actively involved in the Grant Professionals Association and regularly conducts in-person and online trainings, most notably at the Grant Professionals Association Annual Conference, the National Grants Management Association Annual Conference, CharityHowTo, Candid, Center for Nonprofit Advancement and Catalogue for Philanthropy.

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Bryan Wempen is a speaker and an author.  His latest book, “Sober Is Better, My Note to Self,” describes Bryan’s journey into daily drinking and finding his way to living a sober lifestyle.  

In this episode, Bryan walks us through his story – how early trauma and a feeling of disconnectedness led him to become a high-functioning alcoholic by high school, his experiences with drugs during his college years, what it was like growing his career while struggling with addiction, and what motivated him to go into recovery. He also describes the tremendous support that the recovery community has provided him, as well as the impact his book has had on readers.  

You can learn more about Bryan at and buy his book on Amazon at Sober Is Better: My Note to Self.


Bryan Wempen's full bio:

Bryan Wempen was born in Redwood City California, the future world-famous Silicon Valley.  He was adopted at two days old and started a journey across several states with his new parents to live in the mountains of Wyoming. At age four, his family moved to the Midwest and began the farming life in Nebraska. Fourteen years from when his story started, he experienced his first alcohol blackout. By 18-years-old he was in trouble with the law and entirely dependent on alcohol.

Bryan started with drugs his freshman year in college while driving to his national guard duty. He experienced a willingness for recovery from drug use for the first time in 1993 and eventually stopped for good in 1996.

Once the drugs were gone, his dependency on alcohol quickly worsened. At this time Bryan found himself quietly working to avoid legal issues arising from his drinking while working to maintain his roles as successful corporate executive, husband, and stepfather.

More years of blackout drinking, humiliating and demoralizing behavior added to the guilt and shame of addiction. Bryan began questioning if he can stop his drinking. It all changed in May 2010 when he found his answer about quitting. Bryan couldn't hide from himself any longer and asked a longtime sober friend for help. He has been successfully sober since then.

His first book in 2015, "Note to Self: A Collection of 99 Life Lessons," was received well by the recovery, healing, and spiritual communities around the world. In his current book, “Sober Is Better, a Note to Self,” Bryan shares his journey into daily drinking and finding his way to living a sober lifestyle. He highlights how awkward, messy, and beautiful addiction-recovery is for all on this path to sobriety.

Since his last book in 2015, Bryan has remarried and enjoys working with behavioral healthcare technology clients.  He currently resides in Kansas City, Missouri.

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Jordan Gross is a Northwestern and Kellogg School of Management graduate, a two-time startup founder, a TEDx speaker, and a #1 best-selling author. His upcoming book, “The Journey to Cloud Nine,” provides a new approach to the personal development world by using fictional storytelling to reveal some of life's most meaningful principles.

In this episode, Jordan describes his own journey to Cloud Nine – how he lived life “by the book” and worked at a lucrative but uninspiring job, then quit to focus his energy on content creation, coaching and public speaking. Now he is a certified coach who helps people find direction in their lives and careers through his company Cloud Nine Living.

He also demonstrates some tips on how to overcome fear, based on the 5-step process from his first book, “Getting COMFY” (Calm, Openness, Movement, Funny, You).

Connect with Jordan on LinkedIn and visit his website to subscribe to his newsletter.

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This week I'm doing a podcast "episode swap" with fellow podcaster Heidi Bennett, the host of the Vibrant Visionaries podcast (and my guest from Episode 68 of Beyond 6 Seconds)! This means that Heidi is publishing my interview episode with her on the Vibrant Visionaries podcast, and I’ve chosen one of her episodes to feature here on Beyond 6 Seconds: her interview with Emily Winston.

While living in the San Francisco Bay Area, Emily missed the authentic NY bagels from her youth so much that she decided to make them herself, and dive head (and heart) first into opening a retail bagel bakery called Boichik Bagels in Berkeley, CA!

If you’ve ever had a craving for an authentic NY bagel, or ever had to figure out how to make your dream (or your business idea) into reality, you’ll really enjoy this episode from Vibrant Visionaries. 

This episode was originally featured on Episode 17 of Heidi's podcast, Vibrant Visionaries. You can hear more episodes of her podcast at


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After graduating college, Matt LeBris spent three years working with Daymond John of ABC’s Shark Tank. Now Matt is the founder of 1B Branding (a branding agency in NY City), the host of the Decoding Success Podcast, and speaks in front of audiences across the U.S. – all of which propel him closer to his goal of positively impacting the lives of one billion individuals.

On this episode, Matt shares the successes and challenges that he’s faced in his life, including:

  • How he turned a 5 minute conversation with Daymond John into a job offer
  • His earliest entrepreneurial venture at age 12, when he opened a “restaurant” selling his parents’ groceries on the corner in Queens – until his parents found out about it
  • His struggles in school – getting kicked out of two high schools and failing out of college, but eventually graduating college with honors after 7 years
  • Losing his athletic dream (and all his college scholarships) during his senior year of high school
  • Turning his “18th birthday party” into a revenue-generating opportunity
  • How he discovered the concept of legacy over currency, and why it changed the focus of his life

You can find out more about Matt at his website and connect with him on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. You can also learn about 1B Branding at and listen to the Decoding Success Podcast at

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Scott Miller is the EVP of Thought Leadership at FranklinCovey. He is also the author of the #1 hot new release on Amazon, “Management Mess to Leadership Success: 30 Challenges to Become the Leader You Would Follow.”

A self-described “management mess,” Scott shares what he has learned from his own leadership mistakes, what characteristics are important for successful leadership, and how his book combines his stories with activities to help readers admit their own messes, apply the lessons he learned and move towards leadership success.

Learn about Scott and his work at the links below:

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Maria Pesin is a fashion industry consultant and senior apparel industry executive with more than 25 years of field experience. She is the author of the e-book “14 Essential Truths Everyone in the Fashion Business Should Know” and the CEO of Vibe Consulting, where she helps aspiring fashion entrepreneurs build successful businesses. She has built multi-million-dollar brands, and has constructed and implemented business plans for New York apparel giants like Fleet Street and GIII Apparel Group.

From a very young age, Maria knew that she wanted to be a businesswoman and make money, despite growing up in a blue collar family in the late 1960s/early 1970s that teased her for her feminist ideals and aspirations. She chose to pursue a career in the fashion industry, where she started working “below rock bottom” until she got jobs where she could learn about the business, and earned promotions all the way to the top. Maria shares her career journey -- including the story behind the incident that led her to leave the corporate world to start her own consulting business -- as well as valuable advice for entrepreneurs who are just starting out.

Learn more about Maria at her website , where you can also download a free copy of her e-book. You can also get in touch via email at .

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How do you build a life and career that fulfills your passion, if you’re passionate about multiple things?  This is a question that Heidi Bennett helps people answer. Heidi is a business and wellness coach for multi-creative professionals – i.e., people with a multitude of interests who can’t limit themselves to doing one thing only, day in and day out. She helps her clients design their own careers by bringing all their interests and talents together into different projects.  Heidi is also the host of the Vibrant Visionaries podcast, where she has candid conversations with multi-creatives from different fields and industries.

On this episode, Heidi shares how she helps multi-creatives overcome mental barriers like negative self-talk, imposter syndrome and fear, while guiding them to practice their strengths, decide what impact they want to have in the world, and find the life and work that aligns with their values and creative processes. Heidi also describes some of her coaching techniques and strategies that help her clients, and can help you too!

Learn more about Heidi at her website and listen to her Vibrant Visionaries podcast at

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Amir Bormand is the Co-founder of Elevano, a candidate-centric technical recruitment company. On this episode, Amir and I talk about how he quit his job to start Elevano right when he got married, and how his wife’s support and belief in his abilities were critical to the success of his business.

Most of our conversation, however, focuses on the aftermath of a near death experience that Amir had at the age of 17. This experience had a lasting impact on Amir’s life, as he struggled for many years to deal with the trauma and the meaning of being alive against the odds. He explains how both his wife and a therapist helped him let go of the trauma and shift his mindset away from thinking “what if.” Then, through a strange coincidence, he shares how his trauma and recovery prepared him to support his wife through her own crisis.  

You can find out more about Amir at and find him on LinkedIn, Twitter and via email at

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Georgie-Ann Getton-Mckoy is an execution strategist, serial entrepreneur, community builder, speaker, author and diversity in tech enthusiast. She loves helping businesses and people become more productive, find creative solutions to their problems, and execute on their ideas, and she’s an expert at turning “dreamers” into “doers.” Her new book, “The Art of Getting Sh*t Done” was published in February 2019.

On this episode, Georgie talks about:

  • How, as a child, she became the go-to person for solving problems and getting things done within her family – a skill that she uses successfully as a serial entrepreneur
  • Why flexibility and choice cause so many businesses to procrastinate and lose productivity
  • How she found ways to use technology to become more productive, instead of letting it become a distraction
  • How a simple request to her network led her to create the Get Sh*t Done Summit, an annual conference that provides authentic, practical and actionable guidance for executing on your ideas
  • Why she wrote her book, "The Art of Getting Sh*t Done," where she shares her personal journey of entrepreneurship, life adventures, overcoming obstacles and figuring out how to make things happen with limited resources
  • How she learned the importance of prioritizing her mental health, especially as an entrepreneur
  • Her interest in exploring how nutrition can improve our health and productivity

Learn more about Georgie at her website and @gsdwithgeorgie on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

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Nikhil Pampati is a high school senior at the Middlesex County Academy for Science, Mathematics and Engineering Technologies in New Jersey. In his free time, he serves as the cofounder and CFO of the national nonprofit Jobscopia, which runs programs that connect students with professionals and provide them with real-life insights into potential careers.

On this episode, Nikhil shares the story of what inspired him to start Jobscopia when he was a high school junior, and how he evolved this idea through customer research (which included interviewing strangers on the streets of San Mateo), cold calling companies to get them to participate, and networking with employees at hackathons and conferences. He also talks about how he balances his startup work with going to high school, and his advice for young and aspiring entrepreneurs.

You can learn more about Jobscopia at or connect with Nikhil on Facebook.


Nikhil's full bio:

Nikhil Pampati is currently a high school senior at the Middlesex County Academy for Science, Mathematics and Engineering Technologies. In his free time however, he serves as the cofounder and CFO of the national nonprofit Jobscopia, a US-based program he started as a high school junior in 2017. Jobscopia has assisted in the professional development of hundreds of high school students across the country, mainly in New Jersey and California. They not only work with executives from top companies such as Merck and Verizon, but also with local startups to give students an insight into the specifics of different careers. Nikhil also works with NJ’s Junior Achievement to launch the JA Company Program. Over the course of several months, he was able to secure partnerships with Microsoft in New Jersey as well as the Boys and Girls Club of New Jersey. Currently, he is the lead facilitator and teaches middle-school students the basics of venture development. However, he doesn’t limit his involvement with entrepreneurship to New Jersey, as he has managed events and workshops in New York, California and Chicago. Over the summer, he even had the opportunity to mentor almost 20 ventures in New York. He has a passion for learning, exemplified in his research at The New Jersey Institute of Technology regarding the interactions between startups and the market.

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Marc Mawhinney is a lifelong entrepreneur who helps coaches get more clients (without paid advertising)! He achieves this with his coaching programs; his two podcasts (Natural Born Coaches and The Marc Mawhinney Minute); his Facebook group The Coaching Jungle, and his exclusive print newsletter – Secret Coach Club. 

In this podcast, Marc tells us about his personal experiences with overcoming two big challenges:

  • Bouncing back from adversity: August 11, 2009 was Marc's worst day in business: this was the date that his real estate business collapsed, after 10 years of nonstop success. He talks about how he got through the difficult months and years that followed, the long path that led him to becoming a coach (and why he says coaching “saved his life”), and his advice for struggling entrepreneurs.

  • Dealing with haters: Marc talks about why having haters is actually a good sign. He shares how he turns his experiences with trolls and haters into content and new sales!

Learn more about Marc at his website and Facebook Group at Also, if you’re an entrepreneur who is feeling bleak, struggling to deal with a failure or going through a tough time, and just wants someone to talk to about it, you can send Marc a message at

(Note: There are a couple of swear words in this episode; hence the explicit language warning.)

Resources mentioned during the podcast:

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At the end of 2018, New York City stand-up comedian Mike Lemme traveled to London, Paris and Rome to perform in some unusual venues – conference rooms that he rented in local office buildings – while documenting his experience on YouTube.

On this podcast, Mike describes his adventures from his European conference room comedy tour (including his encounters with drunk people, newlyweds, protests & riots, and an “overexposed” Couchsurfing host). He also shares how these gigs gave him the confidence and clout to get opportunities to headline comedy shows in larger clubs, grow his fan base, and finally take action to achieve his long-held dream of performing at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the biggest arts festival in the world.

Learn more about Mike and his comedy shows on his website, via email at, on Instagram @mikelemme and on his Eventbrite page, and watch his YouTube documentary of his conference room tour called “Something New."


Mike’s full bio:

Mike Lemme is an internationally touring stand-up comedian, writer and producer best known for his work at the UNDER St. Marks Theater in New York’s East Village. Mike wrote and produced 2018’s 50th & 4th, a play loosely inspired by his first roommates in the city, a married couple he found on Craigslist. The play followed Mike’s 2016 15-night-residency at the same theater, which he turned into his first stand-up film called Help Wanted. A former intern for Jimmy Fallon and Conan O’Brien, Mike has also warmed-up studio audiences for Who Wants To Be A Millionaire and wrote for Second City: This Week.

Late last year, Mike decided to work on new material by traveling to London, Paris and Rome, where he performed in conference rooms that he rented. He’s documented his experience on YouTube.

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What happens when you’re a high performer at work, with decades of success and upward progression in your career, and then you get laid off for the first time? That’s what happened to Kevin M. Yates. When his role working in learning & development was eliminated, Kevin found himself in the unfamiliar and frustrating situation of job searching while unemployed. As weeks of job searching turned into months, he experienced sadness, depression, fear, and self-doubt in the face of rejection, silence and ageism.

However, during this difficult time, Kevin began planting the seeds of what would become his amazingly successful personal brand as a “Learning & Development Detective” and measurement expert.  His branding not only led him to his next full-time job, but also opened up opportunities beyond his wildest dreams to share his expertise all around the world. Tune into this episode of Beyond 6 Seconds to hear Kevin’s incredible and inspiring story!

Learn more about Kevin’s work at the links below:



Full Bio of Kevin M. Yates:

Kevin is a Learning & Development detective and just like Sherlock Holmes, he solves mysteries. The mystery he solves is, “Did training work?”. He uses facts, evidence and data to show training and learning’s impact on behavior, performance and goals.

Kevin measures efficiency, effectiveness and outcomes for training and learning. His work is firmly rooted in his belief that training, learning and talent development has the power to impact behavior, thought and skill. His greatest capability is producing fact-based evidence for the impact of training and learning.

Kevin’s experience is global and multi-industry. He’s served in a variety of roles across training, learning and talent development which guides and informs his perspective and actions. Kevin’s guiding principle is, “Find one thing about a person’s behavior or performance you can attribute to training or learning and let that lead to the facts about impact.”  

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Charlotte Underwood is a mental health advocate and writer in the UK with a passion for preventing suicide and providing support for those in need.

On this episode, Charlotte shares how her own personal experiences inspired her to write about mental health, the biases and stigma that people with mental illnesses often face in the UK, and how she raises her voice to encourage people to talk about mental health and listen to the experiences of others.

Charlotte also discusses the importance of listening to people with mental illness, and shares advice on how people can help their friends and loved ones who are struggling.

You can read Charlotte's writing at her website,, and follow her on Twitter @CUnderwoodUK .

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Jeff Weisbein is the founder and Editor-in-Chief at BestTechie – a company he started when he was 13 years old and grew it into a digital media company that makes technology easy for everyone to learn about. He also hosts a podcast called TechieBytes, which features insightful and thought-provoking conversations with tech experts and business executives.

On this episode, Jeff shares what inspired him to start BestTechie in the early days of the Internet, how he recognized opportunities to grow his business, refine BestTechie’s content and capitalize on changing technology trends, and how he generated income while maintaining the integrity and identity of the BestTechie brand.

We learn how his experience as a young content creator (in the days before preteen YouTube stars and Instagram influencers) shaped his views on life and entrepreneurship, including:

  • Ask for help and don't be afraid of rejection
  • Hiring is harder than it looks
  • It's important to step away from work sometimes to get a fresh perspective
  • Don’t forget to celebrate the small wins
  • You are not your business

Jeff also discusses the valuable skills he gained from launching KYA, a data analytics start-up that he had to shut down in 2017.

Check out BestTechie’s website at and listen to the TechieBytes podcast at . You can also contact Jeff via email at and follow him on Twitter.  


Jeff's bio:

Jeff Weisbein is the founder and Editor-in-Chief at BestTechie. His journey into technology, startups, and digital media began at the age of 13, which is when he started BestTechie. While in school, he built BestTechie into a digital media company where he was responsible for leading a team of journalists, editing, planning and creating content, as well as interviewing various executives for stories. In addition to BestTechie, he’s been published on various online publications including Business 2 Community, Media Shift, PerformanceIN, and Creator (by WeWork). He’s also been featured in TechCrunch, The Washington Post, The Next Web, Cheddar, Forbes, Lifehacker,, and Product Hunt.

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Stacy Sherman is the Director of Customer Experience (CX) at Schindler Elevator Corporation. When she’s not at her day job, Stacy shares her extensive CX expertise on her blog, DoingCXRight, which provides mentorship and knowledge sharing with CX professionals looking to differentiate their companies and personal brand. 

On this episode, Stacy shares:

  • What inspired her to start DoingCXRight back in 2017, and the type of content she writes for the blog
  • How she balances work, family, friends, blogging and all the other parts of her life, by being intentional about how she spends her time
  • How writing with authenticity has built her credibility as a blogger and woman in corporate America
  • How she has used feedback from her readers to refine the themes she writes about on her blog
  • The types of networking, speaking and mentoring opportunities that her blog has opened up for her—and how it has helped her support the careers of other women

Read and subscribe to Stacy’s blog at  to increase your own CX skills and/or to transform your organization. Her latest blog post is about Women Leadership & Customer Experience.

Follow Stacy on TwitterLinkedIn and Instagram where she shares actionable CX tips!


Stacy Sherman’s full bio:

Stacy Sherman combines marketing know-how with a passion for CX. Having worked on the client-side and in agency environments, Stacy has led projects for reputable brands including Verizon Wireless, Martha Stewart Crafts, ADP, and AT&T.

She uses her expertise in developing and launching customer experience (CX) programs and Voice of Customer (VOC) initiatives to maximize conversions through proven optimization techniques. Stacy’s CX areas of expertise include: CX within new product development to ensure products launch with the highest probability of success; CX within specific channels (eCommerce/digital) and offline retail;  and also CX within a sales organization driving employee engagement and a customer-centric culture.

She's gained Expertise in designing & implementing customer-centric programs with a focus on research, measurement & close the loop processes to shape product design, messaging and experiences that exceed Satisfaction (CSAT) & NPS goals.

Currently, Stacy is the Director of Customer Experience (CX) at global company, Schindler Elevator Corporation. Stacy continues to infuse customer centricity in all initiatives to cultivate profitability along with “close the loop” processes for ongoing success.  

Stacy lives and breathes CX. When she's not at her day job, she shares her voice and passion at events, on podcasts, in industry articles and on her DoingCXRight blog, which provides mentorship and knowledge sharing with CX professionals looking to differentiate their companies and personal brand. 

She is a founding CX Board Member at Rutgers University. She is CX certified and has an MBA in Marketing.

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Amanda Watson has 20 years of experience in apparel buying, merchandising, and wholesale in San Francisco. She has worked for major fashion lines throughout her career, including Macy's West, Donna Karan, and Ralph Lauren.

She was working at IGIGI Dresses when she came up with the idea for StyleForIt -- an online site where plus size women can consign and buy pre-owned current fashion sizes 12–32 -- to provide a resale space for the expanding category of Plus Fashion.

On this episode, Amanda shares why she decided to open up her own fashion business, some of the business successes and challenges she’s faced since then, and how her business continues to evolve and grow. Learn more about or via email at

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Daniel Gefen is the CEO of the Gefen Media Group, a podcast production and booking company. He hosts a podcast called “Can I Pick Your Brain?” and is the author of the bestselling book, “The Self Help Addict.”

On this episode, Daniel describes himself as a former Self Help Addict, where he was trapped in a vicious cycle of consuming life-changing knowledge without taking any life-changing action. After 10 years of procrastination, he shares how he finally broke this cycle and motivated himself to write his book, “The Self Help Addict.”

Daniel also talks about the growing power of podcasting, including:

  • His first experience as a podcast guest 4 years ago, which made him realize the amazing value and impact of podcasts
  • How being a guest on the right podcasts can help establish you as an expert in your field
  • How he made his own podcast stand out from other interview-based podcasts
  • How he built a thriving podcast booking agency

Special offer for Beyond 6 Seconds listeners: Visit to download a free guide to getting booked as a guest on podcasts!

For more information about Daniel, check out these links:

Daniel’s business, the Gefen Media Group: 

Daniel’s podcast: Can I Pick Your Brain?

Daniel’s book, The Self Help Addict 

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Jacqueline Jasionowski left her 18+ year career in the corporate automotive world to start her own business, Shift Awake, which is dedicated to working with leaders to create purpose-driven environments and game-changing results. Jacqueline believes consciousness is innovation. Leveraging her expertise in leadership coaching, customer experience and human resources, she intends to flip the way most organizations view the human experience and challenges leaders to focus on purpose, while using conscious building tools to improve employee wellbeing first.

On this episode, Jacqueline discusses what led her to make the leap from corporate to entrepreneurship, what it means to be a conscious-based leader, and how purpose-driven employees and corporate cultures impact customer experience and the bottom line. She also shares how she faces her biggest challenge as a new entrepreneur – managing and prioritizing her days – through her morning routine and the “Top 5” tool that she learned from her coach.  

Special offer for Beyond 6 Seconds listeners: If you are facing a challenge in your business and you just need someone to talk through it with, Jacqueline invites you to contact her at to set up a time to talk. We all need a helping hand or someone to listen, and she would be honored to be that person to support you through a call.

For more information about Jacqueline and her work at Shift Awake, please visit:


Facebook: Shift Awake Group   

Instagram: @shiftawake  

Connect with Jacqueline on LinkedIn 

Listen to Shift Awake: The Podcast on Anchor, Spotify, or iTunes


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Kevin Patrick Allen has been a reporter from sea to shining sea, telling stories of ordinary people facing extraordinary challenges. Now, he’s produced a documentary called “What Comes Next” that examines what happens when you lose a dream, lose a loved one, or even lose your freedom. The project was an opportunity to go beyond the skipping-stone nature of today’s journalism into a deeper exploration of the human condition.

In this podcast, Kevin takes us behind-the-scenes into the stories he featured in his documentary:

  • Chad, an X-Games champion, who suffered a terrible crash.
  • Beverly and Linda, whose triumph and tragedy intersected after the suicide of a teenager.
  • Joe and Reggie, who languished on death row.  

We discuss how these stories share a common struggle, how different people find a meaningful future after experiencing tremendous loss, and what we can learn from their journeys.

Watch “What Comes Next” on Amazon Prime and follow Kevin on Twitter @kpatrickallen.


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Lisa DeLay has always been interested in the spiritual, and how humans can connect with the divine and each other in healthy and healing ways.

In this episode, Lisa talks about the spiritual and family crisis she faced in her childhood and young adulthood, her studies of religion and spiritual formation, and her work as a part-time professor at Gratz College, where she helps new K-12 special education teachers learn mindfulness techniques they can use to benefit their students.   

Lisa also hosts the Spark My Muse podcast, where she has interviewed Seth Godin, Parker Palmer, Krista Tippett and many other people who inspire her.

You can find Lisa on Twitter @sparkmymuse and @lisadelay and on the Facebook page for Spark My Muse.  Visit to listen to her podcast and sign up for her newsletter.

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In this bonus episode, organizational change and culture expert Karen Jaw-Madson (my guest from Episode 52) talks about finding and working with a publisher for her book “Culture Your Culture: Innovating Experiences @Work” – and why she describes her experience as a “soap opera!”

She shares what she learned, the advice that helped encourage her through all the rejections, and her own advice for authors who are trying to get their books published.

Find out more about Karen at  and on TwitterFacebookInstagram and LinkedIn. You can also purchase Karen’s book on Amazon: Culture Your Culture: Innovating Experiences @Work

We've also got a full episode with Karen Jaw-Madson, where she talks about Design of Work Experience (DOWE), which is the methodology she created and described in her book. DOWE combines organizational culture with design thinking to help people innovate and solve challenging problems at work. Listen to Karen's full episode here.

Karen’s full bio:

Organizational expert Karen Jaw-Madson enjoyed success as a corporate executive before pursuing a "portfolio career" comprised of research, writing, consulting, teaching/speaking, and creative pursuits. As a versatile leader across multiple industries, Karen developed, led, and implemented numerous organizational initiatives around the globe. Today, this East Coast transplant to Silicon Valley (via Ireland and the Midwest) is principal of Co.-Design of Work Experience, where she enables organizations with innovative approaches and customized solutions for intimidating challenges. Focus areas include culture, organizational change, and people strategies. Her book, Culture Your Culture: Innovating Experiences @Work (Emerald Group Publishing) was released in June, 2018. She has a BA in Ethnic and Cultural Studies from Bryn Mawr College and a MA in Social-Organizational Psychology from Columbia University. Visit her website at

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Karen Jaw-Madson is an organizational change and culture expert who enjoyed success as a corporate executive before pursuing a “portfolio career” comprised of research, writing, consulting, teaching/speaking, and creative pursuits. Her book "Culture Your Culture: Innovating Experiences @Work" was released in June 2018. This book is a guide for implementing the methodology she created -- Design of Work Experience (DOWE) – which combines organizational culture with design thinking, learning, appreciative inquiry and values-based leadership to help people innovate and solve challenging problems at work.

Find out more about Karen and the DOWE methodology at and connect with Karen on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn. You can also purchase Karen’s book on Amazon: Culture Your Culture: Innovating Experiences @Work

We've also got a bonus episode with Karen Jaw-Madson, where she talks about finding and working with a publisher for her book “Culture Your Culture: Innovating Experiences @Work” – and why she describes her experience as a “soap opera!” Listen to the bonus episode here.


Karen’s full bio:

Organizational expert Karen Jaw-Madson enjoyed success as a corporate executive before pursuing a "portfolio career" comprised of research, writing, consulting, teaching/speaking, and creative pursuits. As a versatile leader across multiple industries, Karen developed, led, and implemented numerous organizational initiatives around the globe. Today, this East Coast transplant to Silicon Valley (via Ireland and the Midwest) is principal of Co.-Design of Work Experience, where she enables organizations with innovative approaches and customized solutions for intimidating challenges. Focus areas include culture, organizational change, and people strategies. Her book, Culture Your Culture: Innovating Experiences @Work (Emerald Group Publishing) was released in June, 2018. She has a BA in Ethnic and Cultural Studies from Bryn Mawr College and a MA in Social-Organizational Psychology from Columbia University. Visit her website at


Links to other organizational change influencers that Karen mentions during the podcast:

Free Agent Nation by Daniel Pink (the book that inspired Karen to create her portfolio career)

Prof. Jeanne M. Liedka, Darden School of Business 

Total Quality Management by W. Edwards Deming

Appreciative Inquiry by David Cooperrider (Karen’s intellectual hero)

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Natasha Nurse is a licensed attorney by trade who held various stints in the corporate world prior to making a foray into fashion, writing, media and entrepreneurship. Natasha started Dressing Room 8 to provide a web-based resource where women can gain personal and professional empowerment through her fashion and lifestyle focused blog, consultation and coaching services. She is also the Program Coordinator for Long Island Girl Talk, a Long Island community-based start-up program that teaches teenage girls of color how to produce, direct and star in their own television show about women’s issues in their communities. Recently, she partnered with her husband to create the podcast WokeNFree, where they have fun, informed and thought-provoking conversations on different topic each week.

Natasha discusses the winding path of her career, starting with her interest in veterinary science, followed by graduating law school and working in document review, legal recruiting, legal education & sales -- and how realizing her true desire to be creative, innovative, and empowered in her career (and to empower other women as well) led her to a new path of entrepreneurship.

She also shares valuable advice about:

  • How our self-limiting beliefs stop us from taking action – and how she helps people overcome these beliefs
  • How fashion can help you be confident and powerful – and how she helps women feel happier when they see themselves in the dressing room mirror
  • The constant battle that every entrepreneur has: being in their business vs working on their business -- and the key questions that every entrepreneur should be asking themselves to ensure their businesses continue to grow
  • How being a strong communicator as a business owner can make you more money  

Natasha also shares how Long Island Girl Talk, where young women collaborate to create all aspects of their own television shows, is a huge boost to their levels of confidence and self-worth.

We also talk about how the WokeNFree podcast invites listeners to think about issues from different viewpoints and engages them in interesting conversations.

Connect with Natasha via email, her website, or on social media on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn. You can also listen to the WokeNFree podcast at


Natasha’s full bio:

As a New Yorker, born and raised, Natasha is used to bumping into people from all walks of life daily, which makes it easy for her to accomplish her goal of meeting someone new and learning something new each and every day. A licensed attorney by trade, Natasha held various stints in the corporate world prior to making a foray into fashion and writing. Having been a victim of bullying as a child growing up, Natasha learned to seek out fashion as a source of strength early on and actively uses it as a personal means of empowerment; because of her own experiences with bullying and her strong desire to help others within the plus size community, Natasha started Dressing Room 8  to provide a web-based resource where women can gain personal and professional empowerment through her fashion and lifestyle focused blog, consultation and coaching services. Dressing Room 8 helps women learn how to think with clarity, dress with confidence, and live with purpose.

Not one to stay idle, Natasha loves to keep a full calendar. Aside from running Dressing Room 8, Natasha is an Adjunct Professor at Nassau Community College where she teaches Introduction to Women’s Studies. She is the Lifestyle Editor for Plus Model Magazine. She is also the Program Coordinator for Long Island Girl Talk, a Long Island community-based start-up program that teaches teenage girls of color how to produce, direct and star in their own television show about women’s issues in their communities. Recently, she partnered with her husband to create the new podcast WokeNFree and she is the host of Our Voices on 90.3 WHPC.

Prior to starting Dressing Room 8, Natasha created the WST Feminist Blog, an open forum for sharing original content, links and creative work addressing cutting-edge women’s issues. She is also an animal lover and a big film buff. When she’s not traveling or juggling multiple projects, she likes to spend time with her husband Kahlil, cat Toby and dog, J.J. And, she always finds time to indulge in her obsession with elephants.  

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Gina Marie Agderian is a New Jersey-based, independent author who self-published her first novel in April 2018 titled “The Letters in the Old House.” In her novel, a woman at a crossroads in her life discovers mysterious letters in her aunt & uncle’s Jersey Shore beach house, then goes on a mission to figure out the story behind the letters while learning about herself in the process.

In this episode, Gina talks about how she finally stopped putting off her childhood dream of writing a novel, and shares her tips for getting started and staying focused on your own writing and other creative passions. She also describes what it’s like to self-publish a book, and how self-publishing through Amazon allowed her to write her first novel according to her creative vision.

You can connect with Gina on her website and on Instagram @gsellsseashells, and purchase “The Letters in the Old House” on Amazon.



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Esther Hofknecht Curtis is a blogger, writer, and content creator who established Parrot Content + Copy to develop her freelance business. She is also the creator of the #GuestBloggerProject, which she hosted in May and October 2018 to provide a platform for writers to share their stories and understand how the project impacts organic social media reach and SEO for the project's host. Based on her experience, she has written a short e-book called “Boost Your Blog with the #GuestBloggerProject: A proven plan to improve your blog's visibility, SEO, and following” to give people the tools they need to host their own #GuestBloggerProject.

On this episode, Esther talks about what she learned from the #GuestBloggerProject, some of the inspirational and surprising stories that people have shared, and how blogging is a unique opportunity to learn more about the people around us. She also shares how this project can help both the host and the guest bloggers increase their online reach and amplify their voices. 

Connect with Esther on LinkedIn, learn more about the #GuestBloggerProject, and pick up a copy of Esther’s e-book on Amazon!

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When you don’t have the words, let your gloves say it for you!

Flip ‘em the Bird, Inc. is a women-owned, Minnesota based start-up founded by Susie Moschkau and Natalie Buckman. While freezing at their office jobs and looking for some comic relief to combat the day to day challenges of corporate life, Susie and Natalie hatched their idea for Flip ‘em the Bird fingerless gloves! After 2 decades of friendship and the dread of turning the big 4-0, they decided it was time to take their hilariousness and sassitude to the masses and launched a brand that is uniquely funny and fashionable.

On this episode, Susie and Natalie share how they got their idea off the ground, what they’ve learned about business, manufacturing, and social media marketing along the way, and how they give back to the social causes they care about through their “Swearing is Caring” campaign. 

Check out the Flip ‘em the Bird fingerless gloves at, connect on Facebook, Twitter @flipem_thebird and Instagram @flipem_thebird, and follow their hashtag #FlipThemBirdsUp !

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Professor Marcia McNair is the co-author of Sistas on Fire, an award-winning theatrical performance that addresses pressing social issues from an African-American female perspective. 

On this episode, Marcia shares what inspired her to create Sistas on Fire about 10 years ago, and how it evolved from a collection of writings into a theatrical experience that incorporates the spoken word, music and dance. She also shares how Sistas on Fire has connected with people across race, class, gender, religion and cultures, and how it empowers the audience to think and take action about the social issues they care about.

Sistas on Fire will be playing at the East Village Playhouse in New York City from February 22 – March 17, 2019. Buy your tickets at and visit the website or Facebook page to learn more about the show!


Marcia’s full bio:

Marcia McNair, the mother of two sons, grew up in New Jersey and moved to New York shortly after her college graduation. She has lived in both Harlem and Queens, but has resided on Long Island for over twenty years. She earned her bachelor’s degree in English from Dartmouth College and her master’s degree in Writing from New York University. McNair was an assistant editor at Essence Magazine and is currently an Associate Professor of English, Journalism, and Women’s Studies at Nassau Community College. She is the former coordinator of the NCC African American Read-In and a current member of the Black History Month Committee and the Secretary for the Black Women’s Initiative (a student retention program).

In addition, she was an adjunct professor of English at Molloy College, where she taught African American Literature, for over five years. She served on the Uniondale Community Council Executive Board for two years. She is the Executive Director and Founder of Long Island Girl Talk, a program for teen girls interested in media, and a co-host on Café Long Island, a public access television series. McNair’s essay, It Takes a Lioness to Raise Young Lions, appears in Issues in Feminism/ An Introduction to Women’s Studies/Fifth Edition (Mayfield, 2001). Her creative nonfiction story, Before We Were Gangstas, won honorable mention in the National New Millennium Writers Creative Nonfiction contest in 2003 and appears in the anthology, Memoirs in the Light of Day (Lamberson Corona Press, 2008).

In 2006 and 2007, she received a grant from the Long Island Council for the Arts for her collaborative performance, Diary of a Mad Black Feminist, now known as the award-winning Sistas on Fire! Her poem Long Island Just Isn’t Long Enough is featured in Seasoned Women (QuadraSoul, 2008), an anthology of women’s poetry and performed by Composer Leonard Lehrman at the opening of Hofstra University’s Suburban Conference on Diversity in 2009. An excerpt from her first novel, E-Males (Aya Press, 2007), was performed at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in 2009 . Her professional memberships include Sigma Delta Chi (the Society of Professional Journalists) and the American Association of University Women.

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Samantha Harris is an Emmy-winning entertainment journalist and TV host. Most of you may know Samantha from her eight seasons as the co-host of the hit show, Dancing with the Stars, or her many years as one of the hosts of Entertainment Tonight.

In this podcast, Samantha shares her breast cancer story, which began when she trusted her instinct about a lump that she was told was “nothing.” Out of the emotional turmoil of her diagnosis, Samantha and her husband founded the online community Gotta Make Lemonade to help inspire positivity in the face of adversity. She continued to turn her cancer “lemon” into “lemonade” by writing her new book, “Your Healthiest Healthy: 8 Easy Ways to Take Control, Help Prevent & Fight Cancer, and Live a Longer, Cleaner, Happier Life,” which debuted as an Amazon bestseller.  With research-backed advice, “Your Healthiest Healthy” is a guidebook to identifying and removing toxins from all parts of your life, as well as boosting positivity to support your well-being.

Learn about Samantha’s book, “Your Healthiest Healthy” at

Book Samantha as a speaker at

Read the stories on Gotta Make Lemonade at (You can also submit your own story here!)

Follow Samantha on Instagram @SamanthaHarrisTV for a daily dose of positivity.

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Rhodes Perry helps business leaders, change agents, and visionaries at all levels cultivate workplace cultures of belonging through his leadership & management consulting firm. He is an award-winning social entrepreneur, best-selling author, and sought-after speaker. He is also a nationally recognized LGBTQ thought leader with two decades of government and nonprofit experience, having worked at the White House, PFLAG National, and the City of New York.

In this episode, Rhodes shares what inspired him to pursue a career in diversity, equity and inclusion, his own personal diversity story, and how his book “Belonging At Work” empowers people to take action that will help them create inclusive cultures at their workplaces.

For more information on Rhodes Perry Consulting, LLC, please visit

Connect with Rhodes on social media: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, YouTubeGoogle+

Buy Rhodes' book “Belonging At Work” on Amazon

February 2019: Join Rhodes’ 30 Day Belonging Challenge 

Listen to Rhodes’ podcast, The Out Entrepreneur


Rhodes’ full bio:

Rhodes Perry, MPA, believes in the power of authenticity at work. He puts this belief into practice by helping business leaders, change agents, and visionaries at all levels cultivate workplace cultures of belonging through his leadership & management consulting firm. He is an award winning social entrepreneur, best-selling author, and sought-after speaker. He is a nationally recognized LGBTQ thought leader with two decades of government and nonprofit experience having worked at the White House, PFLAG National, and the City of New York. Media outlets like The Wall Street Journal, The Associated Press, and The Huffington Post have featured his powerful work as a diversity, equity, and inclusion subject matter expert.

Rhodes also hosts a weekly podcast, The Out Entrepreneur, which has empowered over 35,000 LGBTQ and ally entrepreneurs to pursue their professional passions and build the businesses of their dreams. Rhodes earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Gender Studies from the University of Notre Dame, and a Master of Public Administration from New York University. He spends his free time bicycling world-wide, hanging out with his family in Portland, Oregon, and serves on the Portland Human Rights Commission, the Portland Area Business Association’s Board, and the National Diversity Board for Studies Weekly.

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This episode features Larry Sprung, the President and Founder of Mitlin Financial, Inc.  He also serves on the National Board of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP). 

On this episode, Larry discusses the critical events in his life that shaped his career and advocacy:  

  • How his mother’s long battle with breast cancer led him to a career helping people plan for critical financial events in their lives, and
  • How the loss of his brother-in-law to suicide led Larry to become involved with AFSP and, along with his wife Denise, raise more than $1,000,000 for the organization through the Keith Milano Memorial Fund. The fund was created at AFSP in memory of Larry and Denise’s brother-in-law and brother, respectively.

Larry also talks about some of the important work that AFSP is doing to help people “Seize the Awkward” by having potentially life-saving conversations with the people in their lives who may be suicidal, and AFSP’s Project 2025, which aims to lower the suicide rate by 20% by the year 2025.

You can get in touch with Larry through the Mitlin Financial website at and learn more about the Keith Milano Memorial Fund at .

You can also find more information about AFSP’s work at and the Seize the Awkward campaign at .

Larry’s full bio:

Lawrence Sprung CFP® is the President and Founder of Mitlin Financial, Inc. He entered the financial industry in 1996 and continues to be inspired and energized by the challenge of helping his clients achieve and even surpass their financial goals.

Mitlin Financial, Inc. is an SEC Registered Investment Advisor (RIA) that prides itself on facilitating their client's financial future.  Being a fiduciary is a perfect fit for Larry’s personality and business perspective as he puts clients first and consistently helps them make decisions that are right for them.

Larry is known as a devoted educator. He is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and regularly films the firm’s “Mitlin Minute,” which is designed to provided information regarding relevant financial topics.

Today, Larry is proud to be serving the second and third generations of his clients. He has seen first-hand how strong financial habits instilled in parents, children and grandchildren, can impact a family’s wealth and wealth stewardship for generations.

As an active volunteer, Larry serves on the National Board of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP).  With his wife, Denise, he has raised more than $1,000,000 for the organization through the Keith Milano Memorial Fund. The fund was created at AFSP in memory of Larry and Denise’s brother-in-law and brother, respectively.

Larry has been recognized as one of Long Island Business News' "40 Under 40," and his commentary is regularly featured in publications such as Long Island Business News, U.S. News & World Reports, Newsday, Investopedia, Yahoo Finance, and Nasdaq’s website.

If you have the pleasure of meeting Mr. Sprung, you will find that he is more often found conversing about AFSP, his sons’ or a hockey game. Doing business and creating relationships is at the heart of who Larry is and it is all done with style and grace.

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Becky Curran is the Disability Equality Index (DEI) Director at Disability:IN, where she is responsible for managing the overall DEI program. Born with achondroplastic dwarfism, Becky talks about her life & career as an advocate for increasing disability inclusion, including:   

  • Her childhood health challenges and experiences with social exclusion
  • The importance of her support system of family, friends and doctor
  • How she navigated through multiple challenges to forge her own career path in the media and entertainment industry, to improve the representation of disability in the media and advocate for actors with disabilities
  • Why she started sharing her own story publicly, and the impact that her public speaking is having on individuals and corporations
  • Why she’s comfortable with people coming up and asking questions about her appearance and about her life as a little person

You can contact Becky on her website and learn more about her motivational public speaking and her story.


Becky’s full bio:


Becky Curran serves as the Disability Equality Index (DEI) Director at Disability:IN. In her current role, she’s responsible for managing the overall DEI program.

Becky received her Bachelor of Science in Marketing from Providence College, where she gained a passion for influencing change behind the scenes in the entertainment industry. Upon graduation and after 100 job interviews, Becky started working in the Entertainment Marketing department, followed by the Comedy Touring department, at Creative Artists Agency, the world’s leading entertainment and sports agency. Five years later, she worked at CBS Television Studios, where she assisted with the casting of pilots and television series. During this transition, she also served as the Marketing Director and Co-Founding Board Member of the Catalina Film Festival. She also founded DisABILITY In Media, which focuses on positive disability inclusion storytelling through social media.

After her six and a half years of working in the entertainment industry, Becky launched a public speaking business. A prolific public speaker and advocate for disability inclusion on a global scale, she has spoken at over 100 venues, including schools, corporations, nonprofit organizations and government agencies, throughout the United States and Kenya. She’s really passionate about disability inclusion in schools, the workplace, and everywhere else.

More recently, she spent three and a half years working in the Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) & Diversity department at Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA), the world’s largest entertainment union. At SAG-AFTRA, she supported the implementation of a national diversity plan of action to achieve accurate representation of those groups historically excluded from the entertainment and news media.

Becky serves on the Board of Advisors for the National Center For Disability Journalism (NCDJ) at Arizona State University.

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Mark Metry is the Host of Humans 2.0, a Top 100 podcast where he interviews billionaires, New York Times bestselling authors, and other legendary world-class human beings. He’s also the founder of VU Dream, a virtual and augmented reality marketing & advertising agency based in Boston.

In this episode, Mark talks about his childhood as the son of immigrant parents, and how one of his entrepreneurial ventures as a teenager lifted his family out of poverty. Despite this financial success, he battled severe social anxiety and feelings of hopelessness – then one day, he decided to take responsibility for his life and health. By studying and adopting nutrition, meditation, and other life-changing practices, he started on his path to reaching his full potential, and created his current business and podcast.  He shares how he makes initial contact with his high-profile podcast guests, how his interaction with Seth Godin was a breakthrough moment, and how podcasting has changed his life.

Listen and subscribe to the Humans 2.0 podcast at or on your favorite podcast player. You can also connect with Mark on LinkedIn, Instagram, Twitter or by email at .

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In this episode, Beyond 6 Seconds host Carolyn Kiel is interviewed by her guest, Valerie Gordon, a 10-time Emmy award-winning television producer and owner of the career and communication strategy firm, Commander-in-She. 

Carolyn talks about a time in her career when she felt stuck and what she did to get unstuck, then Valerie & Carolyn share practical tips and advice for getting unstuck, including how to:

  • Take the time to identify what it is you like to do
  • Use conflict and dissatisfaction to your advantage
  • Expand your network
  • Establish a cast of supporting characters
  • Try new things
  • Make space for creativity

If you’re feeling stuck in your career, then you definitely want to listen to this entire episode!

Valerie offers workshops and webinars that teach the storytelling skills necessary to help high-achieving women ascend the leadership ladder. You can learn more about her work at , connect with her on LinkedIn and follow her on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @CommanderInShe.

About Valerie Gordon:

Valerie Gordon is a 10-time Emmy award-winning television producer with more than two decades of experience creating and overseeing feature stories for ESPN, HBO Sports and CBS News, among other networks. Now the founder and president of Commander-in-She, LLC, a communications and career strategy firm, Valerie combines her background in storytelling with her passion for the important conversations and skills women need to harness the power of their stories. 

Valerie offers keynote presentations, group workshops, team building and individual strategizing to demonstrate the role storytelling plays in our daily lives and subsequent success.  She has worked with corporations and professional organizations such as Aetna, Mass Mutual, the YES Network, Untapped Potential, Women in Cable Telecommunications, Women in Sports and Events and American Women in Sports Media.

Valerie’s introspective introductory workshop, “What’s Your Story? Storytelling Secrets for Success” allows participants to consider the components of their personal stories – character, plot and narrative point of view – and emerge with greater authorship of their current and future chapters.  Story techniques are the thread for specific presentation topics including personal branding, negotiation and conflict resolution, goal-setting, communication skills and work-life balance.  

Valerie’s feature work has been seen on CBS News “The Early Show” (2004-2008), NBC’s “Weekend Today” (2002-2003), and HBO’s “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel” (1998-2002), among other assignments.  She was a member of the Olympic profiles unit for both the Centennial Olympics in Atlanta (NBC, 1996) and the Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan (CBS, 1998).  From 2008 to 2016, Valerie was a Coordinating Producer of ESPN’s acclaimed Feature Unit, supervising hundreds of features for studio shows, live events and special projects including SC Featured for SportsCenter and My Wish, ESPN’s collaboration with Make-a-Wish to grant sports-themed wishes to children with life-threatening illnesses. From 2016-2017, Valerie helmed Mike & Mike, ESPN’s long-running multi-platform morning show on ESPN Radio and ESPN2. 

From 2014-2016, Valerie served as co-leader of ESPN Women, ESPN’s largest employee resource group, creating and overseeing professional development conferences serving hundreds of employees including “Leading at all Levels” (2014) and “Aspire/Inspire” (2015).  For her efforts as a catalyst for other women in the industry, she was honored at the 2015 WICT New England’s Evening of Excellence with the Touchstone award (2015).

In addition to her 10 Sports Emmy awards, Valerie is a 3-time Edward R. Murrow award recipient and 5-time NY Festival award-winner for both TV and radio and has been recognized with an NABJ Salute to Excellence and a Telly award.

A graduate of the University of Michigan, Valerie uses her life outside of work as a wife, mother, novice weightlifter and an occasional adventure race runner as inspiration for other relatable speaking and writing topics.  She blogs at Follow her on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @CommanderInShe.

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Cyd Alper-Sedgwick is a Feng Shui Master based in Cincinnati Ohio, with clients throughout the US and Europe. She has a passion for healing buildings, and consequently, the people in the buildings. A second generation Feng Shui Practitioner, she also brings her expertise as an Interior Designer into her consultations.

On this episode, Cyd shares how she learned to practice Feng Shui from her mother at an early age, why she transitioned her practice from a hobby to a career, and how she makes people’s homes flow with positive energy and clears out negative energy. She also shares how Feng Shui can guide people in purchasing their homes, furnishing their houses, cultivating positive energy in their businesses, and clearing blockages within their hearts and minds.

Learn more about Cyd’s work at or by leaving her a voicemail message with your name and phone number at (513) 315-6193.

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Malavika Vivek is the cofounder of Girls Make Apps, a U.S. nonprofit she began as a high school junior in 2016. To date, Girls Make Apps has inspired hundreds of girls and women from middle school through college to enter the world of tech through free workshops, programs and hackathons across the country from New York to California, and has worked with educators to improve computer science education in public schools. Some of Girls Make Apps’ partners have included Spotify, Google and Microsoft.

In this episode, Malavika talks about how Girls Make Apps grew from an 8-week Android workshop camp for girls into a national program that gives girls a positive first experience with technology, how her program breaks down stereotypes to show the diversity that’s possible in tech, and helps girls build the confidence to work in STEM through hands-on activities, creative work and collaboration.

Learn more about Girls Make Apps at and @girlsmakeapps on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


Full bio:

Malavika Vivek is the cofounder of national nonprofit Girls Make Apps, a US-based initiative she began as a high school junior in 2016. Girls Make Apps has inspired hundreds of girls and women from middle school through college to enter the world of tech through free workshops, programs and hackathons across the country from New York to California and has worked with educators to improve computer science education in public schools. Malavika has been honored as a Stanford University #include fellow for her efforts to bridge the diversity gap in tech and has also been featured for her work in Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls and Huffington Post. She has an extensive speaking background and has given talks to numerous students, guidance counselors, and educators at conferences across the US, as well as given a TED talk at TEDxPaloAltoCollege and spoken internationally at Digital4Her, a conference organized by the European Commission. She has a passion for technology as well as computational biology and has worked as a research intern at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. She is currently working at Avasoft, a software solutions company.

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In this mini-episode of Beyond 6 Seconds, our host Carolyn Kiel shares her blog post about why she started podcasting and what she’s learned since publishing the first episodes at the beginning of this year. Check out her written post on the Parrot Content + Copy blog at .

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Deborah Tan-Pink is the Head of Content at SmartUp, an edtech startup focused on microlearning for corporate employees.  She spent a decade in publishing before deciding to venture into entrepreneurship and technology.

On this episode, we talk about how Deborah built her resilience and grit during her school years, when she was bullied by both students and teachers – and how she used that resilience and grit to rise quickly from intern to Editor-in-Chief at Cosmopolitan Singapore, with skills and a mindset that helped her grow and pivot her career. She also shares her thoughts on how parents can support their children when they are dealing with bullies. 

Connect with Deborah on LinkedIn!

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Jake Melton is a keynote speaker, author and change expert who focuses on minimalism and simplicity. As the Founder of the J.B. Melton Group, LLC., he helps organizations streamline, improve people processes, find peace, reduce stress, increase organizational effectiveness, and embrace change in a demanding workforce. He also helps people minimalize their lives and find greater purpose and fulfillment in their businesses, families, teams, etc. by simplifying and "cutting the crap."

In this episode, Jake shares how several difficult experiences at work started him on a mission to build healthy effective workplaces, what inspired him to write his book called “Minimalize to Maximize Your Happiness: Cut the Crap“ and about his experience as a public speaker with Tourette syndrome.

Connect with Jake on LinkedIn and let him know that you heard him on the Beyond 6 Seconds podcast! You can also contact Jake at his website, on Instagram @jakemeltonb and on Facebook.

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Dave Sanderson was traveling on a business trip on January 15th, 2009. The trip would change his life forever – because Dave was a passenger on US Airways Flight 1549, also known as “The Miracle on the Hudson” piloted by Captain Sullenberger (“Sully”). On this episode, Dave talks about what it was like to survive the crash itself and how he was able to grow from this traumatic experience. He also shares several practical strategies that anyone can use to grow and thrive after their own “personal plane crash” moments.

Visit to learn more about Dave’s motivational speaking practice, buy his book “Moments Matter” or apply for IMPACT, his mastermind group. Special offer for Beyond 6 Seconds listeners -- text BRACE4IMPACT to 797979 to receive the first video from Dave’s new course about overcoming adversity in challenging times!

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Tiffany Pham is the Founder & CEO of Mogul, an award-winning worldwide online platform that enables women to connect, share information, and access knowledge from each other. She is also the author of You Are a Mogul, the top 10 best-selling business book that describes her experience with forging her own path in an age of disruption – and advice for how you can do it too!

In this episode, Tiffany shares her incredible journey: her childhood move from Paris, France to Plano, Texas (before she could speak a word of English), her studies at Yale University and Harvard Business School, her day jobs and side-hustles across multiple industries, and how being named to the Forbes 30 Under 30 list showed her the impact she could have on other women’s lives around the world, and inspired her to build Mogul -- which now reaches 18 million women per week from over 196 countries. She also shares what influenced her strong ambition, resilience and motivation, and what it truly means to be a Mogul.

You can purchase You Are a Mogul on Amazon, visit Mogul at and learn more about Tiffany on Mogul, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

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Have you ever wished you could be more creative and come up with the next “big idea” for your business (or your life in general)?  My guest on today’s episode, Bob Sager, helps people discover and unlock this ability within themselves. As the founder of SpearPoint Solutions LLC, Bob is a consultant and trainer on how to use innovative thinking to create practical solutions for business and life.

Bob describes how the lessons he learned early in his career fueled his success as an entrepreneur: the importance of hard work, treating people well, learning from failure, and always asking himself how he can create more value for his customers.

He shares what inspired him to invent a game called What's the BIG Idea?™ which helps people come up with innovative, creative ideas while having fun at the same time. He also gives practical advice to entrepreneurs who are struggling to find the right idea that will grow their business. You can learn more about Bob on his LinkedIn profile.

SPECIAL OFFER (as of September 2018): Bob is offering his services for FREE to help 101 businesses and non-profits design their sales/fundraising strategies! At the end of this episode, you’ll hear how you can nominate a business or non-profit to take advantage of this limited time offer.

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Carin Rockind is a leading happiness expert, motivational speaker, and the creator of PurposeGirl, a movement to empower purpose-driven living. She has taught thousands of people real-life strategies to reclaim their happiness and live to their fullest potential of success and well-being. On October 18th, she is launching the first annual Women's Global Happiness Day ( in over 50 cities worldwide, which will raise awareness of the women’s depression epidemic and bring women together to learn empowering tools for finding joy and happiness.

In this episode, Carin describes how she struggled within her seemingly picture-perfect life & career, how it took being robbed at gunpoint to start living her true life purpose, and how she has overcome fear, rejection and heartbreaking loss along the way. She also shares some powerful techniques for uncovering your life’s purpose, and describes how the clients she’s coached have transformed their lives.

Visit and download your free Living on Purpose Guide to help you begin to uncover your purpose. You can also connect with Carin on LinkedIn, Facebook and Instagram.

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Kenn Day is a professional Shaman based in Cincinnati, Ohio. An internationally recognized lecturer, educator, and author with over twenty-five years’ experience exploring the mysteries of the human spirit, Kenn helps companies and organizations rediscover the healing power of deep connection with the collective soul. This work activates true problem engagement that brings about transformations essential to wellbeing and productivity.

Kenn describes what a professional shaman does, how his quest to heal from PTSD started him on his journey to become a shaman, and how he has helped businesses tune into their communal souls to heal their cultures and embrace change as gently as possible.

Learn more about Kenn’s work at

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Kim Foster Carlson is an award-winning broadcast journalist, athlete and author of the book "Good Enough: How to Overcome Fear of Failure and Perfectionism to Live Your Best Life."

In this episode, Kim shares why she wrote this book for millennials, who have been called “the most anxious generation”, and how her message has resonated with Baby Boomers too.

She describes her own struggle with perfectionism throughout her career, and how she discovered the importance of trying new things and becoming who you are meant to be without fearing failure.

You can find out more about Kim at, join her Facebook group, and buy her book on Amazon.

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Adrienne Garland is the founder and CEO of She Leads Media, a boutique marketing consultancy and conference production company serving women-led businesses. She also runs the She Leads Annual Conference, which brings together new and experienced women entrepreneurs to share business tools, resources and advice that help level the playing field for women-led businesses.

In this episode, Adrienne describes the resources that women entrepreneurs need to build and finance their businesses. She also shares her own challenges as a corporate marketing executive turned founder & CEO of her own company.

Learn more about She Leads Media at, where you can also register for the She Leads Annual Conference on October 26, 2018 in NY City. Additionally, Adrienne encourages all women entrepreneurs to contact her at and share their challenges with launching and running their businesses, so she can create the resources they need to overcome those challenges!

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Femi Opaneye is the Founder and CEO of Linked Optimization, which helps businesses generate B2B leads and sales through LinkedIn.  He is a successful entrepreneur today -- but he almost didn’t survive to get to this point.

On this episode, Femi opens up about his difficult career journey, and the years of pain and struggle that preceded his success: working as a self-described “dreadful employee” in investment banking, losing his job, struggling with depression and suicidal thoughts, returning to investment banking (and hating it again), and failing at his first few business ventures. 

His honest story is a reminder that the road to success is not a straight line. His valuable advice for being tenacious through adversity will inspire you to keep learning & moving forward.

Learn more about Femi on LinkedIn and his business at

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Dr. Ginny Baro is the CEO and founder of Fearless Women @Work, an executive coaching and career strategy company. She is also the #1 bestselling author of “Fearless Women at Work,” a motivational speaker, and a leadership expert. 

On this episode, Ginny shares her own story of immigrating from the Dominican Republic as a child, being the first person in her family to go to college (and then going on to earn her MBA and PhD) , her 26-year corporate leadership career in IT, and how her divorce compelled her to reinvent herself into the entrepreneur and leadership coach she is today.   

We discuss the importance of understanding your passion and value proposition, as well as practical advice for building relationships with mentors and sponsors at work. Ginny also describes her five powerful strategies for thriving in your career and life -- C.A.R.E.S.:  Connect, Align, Rise, Envision, Seek -- from her book “Fearless Women at Work.” 

Learn more about Ginny and her work on her website at, where you can also request a complimentary coaching strategy session and sign up for her women’s Fearless Leadership Retreat on November 9-11, 2018 in Vernon, NJ.

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Steven Riecker has been passionate about the outdoors for over 50 years. In 2017, he embarked on an EPIC journey and thru-hiked the 2,190-mile Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine, over 5 months, through 14 states and hiked nearly 5 million footsteps. It transformed his life – and now he leads hikes for others on the Appalachian Trail as well.

On this episode, Steven describes his epic journey, how his best friend Roger’s battle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) has inspired him, and advice for achieving big life goals.

You can use these links to connect with Steven on Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram, support his fundraising for ALS and support Roger’s family.

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Shannon Villalba is an entrepreneur, lawyer, and holistic health practitioner based in the Cincinnati area. During her bout with small cell cervical cancer, a rare and aggressive neuroendocrine cancer, she used many holistic and complementary medicine therapies in addition to traditional medical treatments. As a result of this journey, she created HIME Wellness: Healing through Inspiration, Motivation, and Education. HIME Wellness is a company that provides practitioners and the community at large with resources for holistic therapies, and provides the tools to help people live happier, healthier, meaningful, and more purpose-driven lives.

Learn more about HIME Wellness at and on Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn. You can also email Shannon at for more information.

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This episode features Katarina Garcia, a fashion designer & competitive tennis player who combined those passions to launch Katsey, her new athleisure apparel line for women ages 40 and older. Katarina discusses how she navigated the challenges leading up to her clothing line’s launch, and how she used LinkedIn to build business relationships with executives and venture capitalists, which ultimately led to a deal with the new fashion division of Amazon. She also shares her plans to use Katsey to support a much bigger dream that’s very close to her heart: preventing domestic violence through youth education.

Learn more about Katarina on LinkedIn and follow Katsey on Instagram at bekatsey and Twitter @BeKatsey.

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Tyler Jackson is the owner and founder of Trove Branding Consultants, a social media management agency that caters to entrepreneurs, brands, and corporations worldwide. In this episode, Tyler shares valuable digital marketing and branding advice for small businesses, recommends the books that have helped her strengthen her skills as a business owner and build her team, and the importance of being a lifelong learner. Learn more about Trove Branding Consultants at their website, on Facebook, and on Instagram @trovebranding.

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Roxana Radulescu is a learning & development consultant who founded All Personal, where she provides coaching services for developing your personal skills (also known as “soft skills”). She is also the host of the All Personal podcast, which features stories about how people discover and use their unique sets of skills throughout their lives.

On this episode, Roxana shares the importance of building your strengths & skills like muscles and how she manages the challenges of being a new solo entrepreneur in a new country.

Learn more about Roxana at her website or connect with her on LinkedIn, by email at or phone at (647) 568-1596.

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Imagine you've invested years of your life in law school, landed a lucrative job at a prestigious big law firm, and … you absolutely hate it!  What would you do? 

Elena Deutsch has a solution for women lawyers who find themselves in this difficult situation. Elena is an experienced executive coach and career consultant who founded WILL: Women Interested in Leaving (big) Law. She helps women lawyers leave big law firms for a career and life filled with greater control and satisfaction.

Elena talks about why women get stuck being miserable working in big law firms, what inspired her to leave her successful coaching business to go out and start WILL on her own, and how she addresses the challenges of being a solopreneur. Women lawyers who want to make a career change can visit to learn more about Elena’s services and check out some free resources.

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Lizy Dastin is the owner and founder of Art and Seeking, a platform that bridges the gap between the mainstream art world to the unorthodox world of street art. Lizy shares how her idea for Art and Seeking came about during a low point in her life, why her business evolved its services from art-focused walking tours into a free digital archive of street art for the public and managerial support for artists, and what her craziest experiences have been while interviewing street artists.

Learn more about Lizy on the Art and Seeking website and Instagram, her podcast “Art Attack with Lizy Dastin and Justin Bua” or by emailing her at

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After Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast in 2005, Jeannette Wheatley spent 3 years volunteering with a charitable organization called World Hope for their hurricane relief efforts in Louisiana. Far from her home in Michigan and with a broken shoulder, Jeannette shares why she traveled to New Orleans to support hurricane victims, how she inspired businesses in her hometown to donate funds and materials to rebuild people’s lives, and how her faith in God led her to hear the call to volunteer and experience miracles large and small.

Jeannette continues to actively volunteer and support charitable causes. She is currently raising funds to build a community well with Pastor David Akong’o in Kisumu, Kenya. You can contact her on LinkedIn or email at, or learn more at Pastor David’s church Facebook page, personal Facebook page, or Instagram.

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Katharine Griffiths is a telecommunications veteran with a passion for gender equality, who is helping companies thrive by embracing gender diversity. She shares what inspired her to build her brand around gender equality, the unique methodology she has developed to drive gender diversity, and how sharing stories and working through conflict can help women and men create lasting change. You can contact Katharine on her website at, via email at or Twitter @KathyAGriffiths and read her articles on LinkedIn.

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Conrad Agderian is the Founder and Owner of Conrad’s Concessions, a party equipment rental business in Bergenfield NJ. In this episode, he shares how he evolved his company from a side-hustle for “beer money” into a successful full-time business, why he left the 9-to-5 corporate working world behind to become an entrepreneur, and what he’s learned about providing excellent customer service and responding positively to negative feedback. You can contact Conrad at (201) 214-2125 or, where you can also listen to his podcast, Victory Loves Company.

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Avery Schrader is the Founder and CEO of Modash, a startup based in Tallinn, Estonia. Modash helps current & aspiring online content creators (like photographers, filmmakers, writers & social media influencers) find opportunities to partner and collaborate with established brands. These opportunities help content creators grow, create and do what they love.

In this episode, Avery discusses what inspired him to build a digital marketing start-up in a new country, how networking helps him find mentors, clients & employees, and the challenges of managing talent for a new company that is constantly evolving. He also shares advice for building your own personal brand and network, and how to get started with doing the things you love.

You can contact Avery on LinkedIn, at and at . If you work in marketing, you can try out Modash’s platform for free by emailing .

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Deborah Davis is the Founder and Owner of, a company that aims to increase photos and imagery of people with disabilities in the tourism, leisure and lifestyle mediums. She is also an accomplished speaker, trainer and consultant on the topic of Positive Disability Inclusion. In this episode, Deborah shares what sets her company apart from other stock image providers, how she helps empower people with disabilities through photo modeling and income-earning opportunities, and how she aims to change the public’s perception of disabilities and #ElevateDisability. Check out for authentic disability inclusive images and custom photography services, or contact Deborah at or (866) 269-8335.

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This episode features Sara Holoubek, the CEO and founder of Luminary Labs, a consultancy that develops strategies and innovation systems to help Fortune 500, government, and nonprofit organizations thrive in the face of change. Sara discusses Luminary Labs’ groundbreaking work in open innovation, which brings together, guides and incents people and organizations to solve the “thorny problems that matter” in society, such as stemming chronic disease, closing the skills gap, rethinking the future of work, and using data to make smart cities safer.

Sara writes and speaks extensively on the intersection of technology, innovation, and humanity. She has been recognized by LinkedIn as a 2017 Top Voice in Technology, Mashable as a female founder to watch, SmartCEO magazine as a 2017 New York Brava award winner, and PepsiCo WIN for her contributions to women in technology. Sara holds a B.A. from the University of Iowa and an M.B.A. from HEC in France.

You can learn more about Luminary Labs at, where you can also sign up for their weekly Lab Report newsletter, and follow Luminary Labs on Twitter @luminarylabs. Additionally, practitioners of open innovation can participate in Luminary Labs’ Open Innovation Survey by emailing



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Lauren Magura is the founder of Cinematcher, a matchmaking app that enables diverse talent to hire and get hired for film, TV and digital projects instantly and globally.  In this episode, Lauren shares how she got the inspiration to create Cinematcher, her skills that help her succeed as an entrepreneur, and how she is growing and diversifying Cinematcher's reach and impact. You can contact Lauren at, visit to download the iOS app and sign up for their newsletter, and follow Cinematcher on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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Christine Gritmon is the founder of her own social media consulting company, Christine Gritmon Inc., which helps small local businesses strategically connect with their community of customers where they already are: social media. Most of her clients are based in NY in Rockland County and Westchester County. On this podcast she shares how her previous 3 careers helped prepare her for business ownership, the hard lessons she learned during her first year in business, and how she has reenergized and strengthened her business in Year 2.

You can contact Christine through her website and on social media (of course!) on FacebookTwitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn.

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What if you knew your true calling from an early age, but you were forbidden to pursue it? This was the situation that Barbara Monahan faced for most of her life, until a year of illness and loss fueled her to finally fulfill her life's purpose. On this podcast, Barbara shares her journey from Corporate to Cleric: how she made the transition from a long career in the corporate world to fulfill her true calling as a minister, spiritual director, author and coach.

You can contact Barbara on LinkedIn and learn more about her book “Tattitude: Don't over think me” on Amazon.

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What would you do if your greatest talents were suddenly taken away from you? My guest in this episode, Kristal Murren, had over a decade of experience in leading leaders, cultivating organizational cultures and training trainers -- then her successful career was interrupted by a car accident that turned her life upside down. Kristal will talk about what happened, how she reclaimed her old strengths and developed new strengths during her recovery from a traumatic brain injury (TBI), and how she found the courage to fulfill her lifelong purpose and inspire others. She will also share what she learned from her experience, through a process she calls “walking through hell and taking notes.” You can reach Kristal at or (717) 460-4795 or connect with her on LinkedIn.

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In this episode, Yvonne Connolly shares her experience with ageism in her job search: what it looks like, the impact of ageism, and advice for dealing with age discrimination as a job seeker. She also talks about her #100DaysofHelp social media campaign to connect job seekers to employment opportunities, resources and support. Yvonne shares what she is looking for in her next role, and we discuss the importance of mentoring, company culture, diversity and inclusion in the workplace. If you would like to contact Yvonne, you can reach her on her cell phone at (215) 272-0324 or via email at .

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This episode features Anna Pilette, a Geophysicist and a Technologist out of Portland Oregon. Anna shares her experience working with robotics and drone technology, her thoughts on the future application of this technology, and how she brings her scientific experience together with her artistic interest through her art company, Atomic Dumpling Media. She is also looking for a role working with a drone manufacturer. Learn more about Anna at her website .

Anna’s bio:

For over two decades, Anna’s work has been focused on imaging things under the waterline.  She has worked on a wide number of projects like locating shipwrecks, finding bombs, teaching law enforcement how to find bodies, and more mundane stuff like finding the problems with pipelines.  Her work has taken her around the world on every type of marine and subsea project that exists.

She’s worked on every commercially based acoustic system, which were originally fixed, towed, and hull mounted sensors.  Then, in 2008, she began working with autonomous vehicles.  Since then, she’s extended her work to include remotely operated vehicles and unmanned vehicles of every type.  Today, Anna specializes in remote sensors though acoustics and optics based on unmanned vehicles. 

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This podcast features Fennie Wang from the ixo network, a nonprofit organization that uses blockchain technology to create social impact. A lawyer by trade, Fennie discusses how she pivoted her career from traditional securities law to blockchain, the impact of a chance introduction to Ross Ulbricht (the infamous founder of the Silk Road darkweb market), and how her latest project with UNICEF uses blockchain to improve attendance tracking in South African preschools.

You can find more information about the ixo network at their website and on Medium, Telegram and Slack.

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This episode features Shobha Vanchiswar, a writer and artist in New York who is leveraging her talents to help children halfway around the world. Together with her daughter, niece and friends, she is supporting the education of HIV positive girls at an orphanage in India called Mukta Jivan. Shobha talks about how she first got started by bringing school supplies and money to the orphanage, then expanded her support to build and fund a music program there, and how she uses her artistic and writing talents to sustain the flow of funds and support for the children. You can learn more about Shobha’s work with Mukta Jivan at her website and visit her online store of handpainted botanical notecards, soft furnishings and fabrics at and (proceeds from the sales are donated to Mukta Jivan).

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How can a pair of spoons change people’s lives and support a community? In today’s episode, we answer these questions with Lynn Urlaub, the owner of Cuddle Spoons – the fun and functional spoons that are easy to hold and make adorable gifts for everyone! Lynn shares the story of how her partner Ken created Cuddle Spoons after he became disabled, how the spoons are helping people with disabilities feed themselves and be more independent, and how their business is raising funds to support the Houston community in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. A certified SCRUM master with extensive experience in office management and project management, Lynn also discusses her ongoing job search for a full-time job as an Office Manager in the Houston area.

You can find more information about Cuddle Spoons at , where you can also purchase the spoons directly.

Cuddle Spoons is also helping to support Joyce & Adam Romero, a local Houston area couple who lost everything in the hurricane.  If you would like to add a small donation to your Cuddle Spoons purchase to support Joyce & Adam, please email

You may also donate directly to Joyce & Adam’s Youcaring site at .

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This is an introduction to Beyond 6 Seconds, the podcast that shares extraordinary stories from everyday people. 

In this busy world, we make first impressions very quickly. For example, advertisers are starting to compete for our attention with 6 second ads. One study even claims that recruiters only take about 6 seconds to review a job applicant’s resume and make a judgment about their skills!

In a world where things just seem to be speeding up, how do we slow down enough to get past that narrow 6-second window, to really learn about each other? In our society’s rush to consume information as quickly as possible, what amazing and unique stories aren’t we really getting to hear?

That’s where this podcast comes in –- where together, we’ll go Beyond 6 Seconds. Each episode features inspiring stories of life and creativity, triumph and struggle. I interview people who are starting their own businesses, giving back to their communities, and working with exciting new technologies to advance our world. We also talk about specific ways that our listeners can help support them and their work, so that their stories can continue to evolve. Who knows, their stories may even provide you some extra inspiration to develop your own talents and passions!

To ensure you don’t miss an episode, please subscribe to the show in iTunes or your favorite podcast player. You can also find us online at or on Facebook at . Thanks for listening!


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