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ChopTalk Podcast

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Chopping down the stereotype of today's fraternity men.
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#39 - Feeding America
On this episode of the ChopTalk podcast, we are joined by representatives from Feeding America and our local Feeding America affiliated food bank, Gleaners. We talk about our Feeding America partnership and everything that our men need to know about the fight to end hunger across the world. Tune in to hear about the impact you can whether you're in the United States or Canada!
48:44
February 28, 2020
#38 - One Love
On this episode of the ChopTalk podcast, we are joined by Annie Forrest, Engagement Manager for the One Love Foundation. Annie joins us to talk about our brand new partnership with the One Love Foundation. This is an exciting partnership for all involved and we are excited for the opportunities ahead.
44:00
February 14, 2020
#37 - Hazing Laws
On this episode of the ChopTalk podcast, we are joined by Blaine Ayers, Vice President of James R. Favor & Company, and Alyssa Gilles, Director of Learning Outcomes for Lambda Chi Alpha. Blaine joins us to discuss recent development regarding hazing laws in Texas, Florida, and Louisiana. Alyssa joins us to share valuable insight from the Lambda Chi perspective. We discuss some of the new changes within these states and what those changes mean for us, our members, and Greek Life as a whole.
54:03
December 12, 2019
#36 - Real Talk About Mental Health
On this episode of the ChopTalk podcast, Mike does a solo show to discuss his journey with Mental Health and share about some of the stigmas he has faced. He gives his experiences and implores members to be there for their loved ones in times of need. Please take caution when listening as some of the issues discussed could be triggering or difficult for those with lived experience.
34:00
November 22, 2019
#35 - OmegaFi
On this episode of the ChopTalk podcast, we are joined by our CEO, Troy Medley. Troy joins us to make a special announcement about our new partnership with OmegaFi. As part of this partnership we are adopting a full suite of tools that will benefit each of our undergraduate members and officers. Join us as we discuss the platform and acknowledge a number of questions that you may have about this partnership.
45:09
November 15, 2019
#34 - Personal Courage
On this episode of the ChopTalk Podcast, we are joined by former Associate Director of Expansion, Chris Buck. Chris spent 5 years working at IHQ in a variety of roles, and currently working for TechniPhi. He joins us to talk about some of the experiences that he has had and shares insight on what it means to show personal courage.
39:53
October 25, 2019
#33 - Service & Stewardship
On this episode of the ChopTalk Podcast, we have a special guest, our new CEO, Troy Medley! Troy is still in his first 3 months as CEO and we take this time let him introduce himself to our listeners and get to know him a little more. In addition to getting to know Troy, we discuss his views on Service & Stewardship and even the importance of being a Servant Leader.
1:00:11
October 2, 2019
#32 - Respect
On this episode of the ChopTalk Podcast, we are joined by Kevin Carey. Kevin is the Director of Student Involvement at Illinois Wesleyan University and has been working in Higher Education for nearly 8 years. Because of his experience with college students, Kevin joins us to talk about respect. Respect can take many forms and we are taking time to talk about the importance of recognizing them. Additionally, Kevin shares his thoughts about the positive impacts of disrespect.
48:15
September 27, 2019
#31 - Loyalty
On this episode of the ChopTalk Podcast, we are joined by the Immediate Past Chair of the Educational Foundation, Chris Meyer. Chris joins us to talk about his undergraduate experience and what drove him to continue to be loyal to Lambda Chi as an alumnus. We also discuss different ways to remain loyal and the impact of even minor involvement through time, talent, and/or treasure.
48:28
September 11, 2019
#30 - Happy Birthday!
On this episode of the ChopTalk Podcast, we turned 1 year old! To celebrate this we have a laid back episode that covers a variety of topics. We talk about Crossbows, Tiramisu, Will Ferrell, and Rocky Road Ice Cream. Join us in celebrating our first year and many more to come!
51:29
August 30, 2019
#29 - Anxiety
On this episode of the ChopTalk Podcast, we are joined by Dr. Amy Cirbus to talk about Anxiety. Amy has worked as a Counseling Psychologist for over 15 years across three states and numerous demographics in both public agencies and private practice. Amy joins us to talk about anxiety, what it is, and the role that it can play in the life of a college student. In addition, we talk about the role that Greek Life can play both positive and negative, and how men of Lambda Chi Alpha can overcome those negatives.
48:51
August 27, 2019
#28 - Mental Health
On this episode of the ChopTalk Podcast, we are joined by Ross Szabo, CEO of the Human Power Project and author of Behind Happy Faces: Taking Charge of Your Mental Health. As a mental health activist, Szabo has spent over half of his life finding ways to make mental health approachable for everyone, using his own personal story. Ross shares his story with us and explains how to make challenging mental health messages relevant within our organization.
48:32
August 21, 2019
#27 - Effectively Using Your Network
On this episode of the ChopTalk Podcast, we are joined by Brett Gauger, a Social Media Strategist at the Asher Agency in Fort Wayne, IND. Brett joins us to discuss networking best practices and tools to build your resume. During this conversation we talk about how to leverage our connections in ways that help us build a professional database. Additionally, he shares his experience with networking in a social media generation.
45:56
July 26, 2019
#26 - Time Management
On this episode of the ChopTalk Podcast, we are joined by Alain Peralt of the Sigma-Beta Zeta at St. Mary's University in Texas. Alain is the current High Sigma, a Resident Assistant, and a member of the St. Mary's Men's Soccer Team. This summer he is also playing for the Corpus Christi FC, part of the USL. He joins us to talk about time management and about various tips for effectively balancing the different responsibilities of collegiate students.
42:19
July 19, 2019
#25 - Intimate Relationships in College
On this episode of the ChopTalk Podcast, we are joined by Cindy Pierce, a social sexuality educator, and author. She uses comic storytelling and years of research to engage audiences with her message about making healthy choices and navigating cultural pressures. Cindy joins us to talk about sexual relationships while in college and some of the stereotypes and misconceptions that college-aged men have in relation to being intimate.
1:03:22
July 5, 2019
#24 - Toxic Masculinity
On this episode of the ChopTalk Podcast, we are joined by Brother Peter Yobo (USC '12) to talk about the stigma of toxic masculinity. We talk about everything from what our notions of masculinity were to what they are now. We also dive into the role that Lambda Chi (and Greek Life in general) can play in breaking down those stereotypes and misconceptions about what it means to be a "man".
54:39
June 28, 2019
#23 - Managing at the Undergraduate Level
On this episode of the ChopTalk Podcast, we are joined by Associate Director of Chapter Services, Nathan Schultz, as well as Director of Communications, Tad Lichtenauer. Nathan and Tad join us as we continue the "Motivating the Middle" conversation and apply it to being a supervisor, manager, and chapter leader. We talk about everything ranging from micromanagement to enabling others to explore their roles in ways that have not yet been done.
51:04
June 21, 2019
#22 - Motivating the Middle
On this episode of the ChopTalk Podcast, we are joined by renowned speaker and author, T.J. Sullivan. Sullivan, a member of Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity, has spoken to more than three million college students. Join us as we talk with T.J. about his award-winning book, Motivating the Middle. We talked about his concept of the three levels of membership and the importance of how to utilize each member to their maximum potential. Listen for your chance to win a free signed copy of the book!
1:00:26
June 14, 2019
#21 - The One About Food
On this episode of the ChopTalk Podcast, we are joined by recurring guest, Brandan Bonds. Brandan joins us as we talk all things food. We talk regional staples, dessert, late-night meals, and everything in between.
53:35
June 5, 2019
#20 - The Jed Foundation
On this episode of the ChopTalk Podcast, we are joined by the Executive Director as well as the Chief Medical Officer of The Jed Foundation. Along with these two, we have Brett Epstein, a Jed storytelling. Join us as we talk about what the Jed Foundation is, the resources available, and the impact that mental health awareness has on college students. This is an important conversation as we further our organizational partnership with Jed to provide more resources to those that need it.
57:49
April 18, 2019
#19 - Young Professionals
On this episode of the ChopTalk Podcast, we take a deep dive into interviewing tips and tricks, resume dos and don'ts and a whole lot more! If you're in the market for that first job, looking to make a career move, or trying to land your dream internship this is the episode for you. We may not be experts but we have some valuable insight to share.
52:54
April 11, 2019
#18 - MoonPies and Lambda Chi
On this episode of the ChopTalk Podcast, we are joined by Jonah Katz. Jonah is an alumnus brother from Ball State University and he currently lives in Los Angeles working for the second largest independent advertising agency in the world. Taylor, Mike, and Jonah do a deep dive into the world of social media to talk best practices, branding, and the evolution of the platforms over the last 5 years. The conversation is concluded by tying this all together and talking about how this applies to us at an international level and at the chapter level.
53:40
April 4, 2019
#17 - Fraternity or Sorority, We're All Greek.
On this episode of the ChopTalk Podcast, we are joined by members of the Zeta Tau Alpha Fraternity communications team. Taylor, Mike, Ashley and Hailey spend their time talking about the various stereotypes and misconceptions that are present within the greek system and how they differ between men's and women's groups. Other topics include: crisis communication, educational initiatives, and media perspectives on greek life as a whole.
46:37
March 29, 2019
#16 - Purpose, Resilience, and Grit
On this episode of the ChopTalk Podcast, we are joined by Erin Fischer. Erin is the founder and CEO of The Leadership and Training Studio. Taylor, Mike, and Erin spend their time talking about the seven core areas of leadership and how they can be applied to the lives of anyone - especially fraternity men. Fact-Off. Stay tuned for a special edition of the fact-off coming soon! (current standings: Mike - 1; Taylor - 3)
1:03:52
March 20, 2019
#15 - An Honest and Candid Conversation (Pt. 2)
On this episode of the ChopTalk Podcast, we continue our conversation with Dr. Louis Profeta. Taylor, Mike, and Lou spend this portion of the conversation discussing mental health and societal pressures that college students face. This is a conversation that everyone should hear. Fact-Off. Stay tuned for a special edition of the fact-off coming soon! (current standings: Mike - 1; Taylor - 3)
41:02
February 26, 2019
#14 - An Honest and Candid Conversation (Pt. 1)
On this episode of the ChopTalk Podcast, we are joined by Dr. Louis Profeta. Profeta is a nationally recognized, award-winning writer and Emergency Physician at St. Vincent Hospital of Indianapolis. On this episode we discuss the harsh realities of alcohol and drugs and the adverse effects they have on society and within our chapters. This is a conversation that everyone should hear. Fact-Off. Stay tuned for a special edition of the fact-off coming soon! (current standings: Mike - 1; Taylor - 3)
38:07
February 25, 2019
#13 - Relish the Chop
On this episode of the ChopTalk Podcast, we are joined by Myles Biggs. Myles produces his own podcast, Relish the Journey (https://www.rtjmedia.com/). We decided to try something new with this episode: a SwapCast, Myles interviewed us on his podcast and we interviewed him on ours. On our episode we discuss various stereotypes within Greek Life, as well as, Myles' Lambda Chi Alpha experience. Fact-Off. Stay tuned for a special edition of the fact-off coming soon! (current standings: Mike - 1; Taylor - 3)
57:00
February 20, 2019
#12 - Lambda Chi Alpha: Women in the Workplace
On this episode of the ChopTalk Podcast, we are joined by Director of Communications, Tad Lichtenauer, and Director of Risk Management and Education, Alyssa Gilles, to discuss the negative stereotype of women working for Lambda Chi Alpha. Taylor and Alyssa give their firsthand experience as we try and breakdown the stereotype. We wrap the interview up with some Q/A from our listeners. Fact-Off. Keeping with the theme of the episode, Taylor and Mike came with their best facts regarding women breaking barriers. (current standings: Mike - 1; Taylor - 3)
1:04:42
February 8, 2019
#11 - Student Advisory Committee
On this episode of the ChopTalk Podcast, we are joined by Grand High Psi, Ian McFarland, and Special Assistant to the CEO, Brandan Bonds, to discuss the Student Advisory Committee. We dive into the details of SAC and take a look at what it means to be a member and debunk some of the misconceptions that SAC has. Fact-Off. We are mixing it up this episode with a True or False edition of the Fact-Off. (current standings: Mike - 1; Taylor - 2)
37:49
January 30, 2019
High Alpha Summit and Neville Advisor's College: Part 3
On this special edition of the ChopTalk Podcast we came to you live from the 2019 High Alpha Summit and Neville Advisor's College. This episode will be brought to you in 3 parts. Be sure to check out each one! We set up our mobile studio at the conference and pulled aside various guests to interview them and have an open discussion about their thoughts throughout the conference. This was our inaugural joint High Alpha Summit and Neville Advisor's College and it was a successful one. Fact-Off. Taylor and Mike go head-to-head to see who can provide the best facts centered around this week's topic. (current standings: Mike - 1; Taylor - 1)
37:43
January 24, 2019
High Alpha Summit and Neville Advisor's College: Part 2
On this special edition of the ChopTalk Podcast we came to you live from the 2019 High Alpha Summit and Neville Advisor's College. This episode will be brought to you in 3 parts. Be sure to check out each one! We set up our mobile studio at the conference and pulled aside various guests to interview them and have an open discussion about their thoughts throughout the conference. This was our inaugural joint High Alpha Summit and Neville Advisor's College and it was a successful one. Fact-Off. Taylor and Mike go head-to-head to see who can provide the best facts centered around this week's topic. (current standings: Mike - 1; Taylor - 1)
49:19
January 22, 2019
High Alpha Summit and Neville Advisor's College: Part 1
On this special edition of the ChopTalk Podcast we came to you live from the 2019 High Alpha Summit and Neville Advisor's College. This episode will be brought to you in 3 parts. Be sure to check out each one! We set up our mobile studio at the conference and pulled aside various guests to interview them and have an open discussion about their thoughts throughout the conference. This was our inaugural joint High Alpha Summit and Neville Advisor's College and it was a successful one. Fact-Off. Taylor and Mike go head-to-head to see who can provide the best facts centered around this week's topic. (current standings: Mike - 1; Taylor - 1)
47:35
January 18, 2019
#7 - Pop Culture and 2018 Year in Review
On this episode of the ChopTalk Podcast, we sit down to talk about some Pop Culture events from 2018. To wind down from a busy year, we took the time to remember some of our favorite and least favorite moments from 2018 and we take a look at what we are looking forward to moving into 2019. Fact-Off. Taylor and Mike go head-to-head to see who can provide the best facts centered around this week's topic. (current standings: Mike - 1; Taylor - 0)
41:46
December 19, 2018
#6 - Is Greek Life Relevant on Today’s College Campus?
On this episode of the ChopTalk Podcast, Taylor and Mike are joined by Justin Fisher (COO) and Chris Pockette (Director of Chapter Services) to discuss the relevancy of Greek Life on college campuses as well as diving deeper to take a look at what being a Lambda Chi looks like in 2018 and beyond. We also introduce a new segment: Fact-Off. Taylor and Mike go head-to-head to see who can provide the best facts centered around this week's topic.
36:21
December 7, 2018
#5 - The Importance of Mental and Physical Health for Fraternity Men
Mental and physical health are important topics to discuss for college students, but especially fraternity men. Often the pressure of school and the commitment to being an active member can weigh on an individual's well-being. We are joined by former consultant Taylor Krivas and current consultant Cody Sallee to discuss mental health resources, toxic masculinity, and finding a balance between school, fraternity, and a healthy lifestyle.
48:44
November 8, 2018
#4 - Being a High Alpha
Being a High Alpha can be a daunting task, but is important nonetheless. We are joined by Associate Director of Chapter Services, Chris Pockette, to talk about his experience as a High Alpha. Chris also shares some major takeaways for making your term as High Alpha as easy as possible.
27:29
October 19, 2018
#3 - Community Service and Philanthropy
On this episode we are joined by Special Assistant to the CEO, Brandan Bonds. Brandan manages all of our strategic partnerships and one of those partnerships is with Feeding America. Brandan joins us to discuss his background in philanthropic giving, the impact that Lambda Chi Alpha is able to have on our local communities, and he shares a few tips on executing a successful philanthropic event.
16:38
October 5, 2018
#2 - Bill Farkas
On this episode we are joined by CEO Bill Farkas to discuss the future of Fraternity, specifically Lambda Chi Alpha.
21:32
September 7, 2018
#1 - Brett Turner
Join us as we catch up with Recruitment Specialist Brett Turner to learn more about life on the road during expansion.
18:39
August 24, 2018