A Climb to the Top features a diverse cast of achievers from all walks of life. Overcoming adversity, career challenges, and life’s unexpected obstacles, it tells inspirational stories of how each climbed their way to to happiness and success. These are tales of human transformation and relate to anyone striving to reach the top of their personal mountains. Hosted by bestselling author and executive coach Chuck Garcia.
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This week on A Climb to the TOP, we spoke with Randy Shain, author of “173 Pages Every College Student Must Read: Getting into college is great. Getting the most of it is crucial” and founder of One on One Mentors, LLC. Listen to Randy share his transformational story and how he dedicated himself to help college students get the most out of their college experience.
Randy’s passion and purpose can be summed up from a passage in his book, “Most of the advice we hear and read seems like it was designed for a seven year-old. How often do we hear a basketball coach telling a kid that the team simply needs to score more, or a teacher asserting that a student needs to focus? These are worthy goals; how to reach these goals, sadly, is rarely discussed. This book will do the opposite. Much of what is written here is designed to help college students (principally those focused on the liberal arts/humanities) learn how to make the most of their four (or more) years of undergraduate education. If I do my job, every reader will learn how to determine what they really like to do, what they’re good at doing, and how those two things translate to a job they want to do.”
This week on A Climb to the TOP, we spoke with Barry Farber, entrepreneur, sales & marketing strategist, TV/Radio personality, and best selling author. What are the keys to a breakthrough? Here’s one of the keys to breaking through Barry learned from martial arts and that is being relentless. Alway push yourself beyond where you think you can go so the next time you are at a whole new level. You have to kick it up a notch! Barry Farber’s keynotes, seminars and consulting programs focus on the art of “breaking through” in sales, marketing, customer service and new business development.
This week on A Climb to the TOP, we spoke with Carrie Bassel, lawyer, licensed real estate broker, and Director of Strategic Partnerships for Conversavvy. Listen to Carrie share her story of transformation, overcoming the fear of change, multiple career changes, and the pursuit of a gratifying work.
This week on A Climb to the TOP, we spoke with Suri Surinder, co-founder & CEO of CTR Factor Inc. Suri’s experience spans 30 years as an executive, consultant, board member, author, entrepreneur & professor. Suri explains CTR Factor; the science of gravitational leadership by examining the most important ‘currencies’ that need to be earned (Credibility, Trust, and Respect).
This week on A Climb to the TOP, we spoke with Jeffrey Hayzlett, global business celebrity, speaker, best-selling author, Chairman and CEO of The C-Suite Network. Jeffrey is one of the most compelling figures in business today. He is a former Bloomberg contributing editor and primetime host, and has appeared as a guest celebrity judge on NBC’s Celebrity Apprentice with Donald Trump for three seasons. He is the host of C-Suite with Jeffrey Hayzlett and Executive Perspectives on C-Suite TV, and host of The Hero Factor Podcast with Jeffrey Hayzlett on C-Suite Radio.
This week on A Climb to the TOP, we spoke with Spencer Proffer, CEO, Music & Media Producer, and Strategist at Meteor 17. Spencer has been at the forefront of successful and inventive multimedia projects for years. Throughout an extensive entertainment career, he has consistently broken new ground with pioneering work on both creative and business fronts. Spencer Proffer possesses a rare combination of finely tuned entertainment industry expertise and outstanding creative skill, making him one of the truly unique individuals in the industry.
Chuck Garcia hosts a conversation with Michael O’Brien, founder of Peloton Executive Coaching and author of Shift: Creating Better Tomorrows: Winning at Work and in Life. Michael shares his transformational story of how he overcame being hit head on by an SUV while riding his bicycle to work and how that was the last bad day he ever had.
Chuck Garcia hosts a conversation with Scott Trager, founder and president at Northeast Off-Road Adventures. Scott shares his transformational story of pursuing entrepreneurship, overcoming organized opposition, financial impossibilities, legal challenges, and countless late nights to achieve his dream of creating and running a passion-based business.
Dr. Matthew Miraglia is Founder of TAP App Security and President of CLPS Consultancy Group. He is also an Assistant Professor of Homeland Security at Mercy College in New York. Dr. Miraglia is a former United States Marine and retired Police Detective. He holds an M.S. in Organizational Leadership, MBA in Management, Post-master’s Certificate in National Security, and Doctor of Education in Executive Leadership.
Chuck Garcia hosts a conversation with Tony Fiorino, founder, CEO and executive producer at FIO Entertainment. Tony began his career in the late 80's as an executive recruiter in the technology, media and entertainment industries and helped build the management teams for companies like Amazon, eBay, Dreamworks PDI Animation and many others. After more than 20 years of success, Tony turned his attention to his true passion, TV and film production. Tony set forth to create, develop and ultimately implement a new business model for the entertainment business and so FIO Entertainment was born.
Chuck Garcia hosts a conversation with Natalie Telyatnikov, creator and founder of Better Postpartum. Natalie's mission is simple: to help new mothers avoid the most common problems and health pitfalls of early motherhood, through "postpartum education." Since its creation in 2018, Natalie's online Postpartum education program, the "Fully Supported Mama," available on BetterPostpartum.com, has won the Maternal Mental Health Innovation Awards and helped thousands of mothers worldwide!
Chuck Garcia hosts a conversation with Tom Hardin. Tom shares his journey down the slippery slope into criminal activity and the impact it had on friends and family. He discusses the psychological traps which pulled him into a spiral of rationalization. Tom takes the audience on an authentic journey of opportunity and temptation, one that mirrors that of so many young professionals who have found themselves employed on Wall Street. It is a cautionary tale fraught with suspense, career destruction and ultimately finding a higher purpose.
Chuck Garcia hosts a conversation with Bea Wray, author and motivational keynote speaker specializing in executive leadership, entrepreneurship, innovation, and women in business. Bea Wray works with associations and conferences to energize audiences around collaboration, building personal brands, and leveraging networks to grow net worth.
Chuck Garcia hosts a conversation with Phillis Morgan. Phillis is the founder and principal consultant for Resilient At Work. She has three decades of experience as a labor and employment lawyer working in conflict environments all over the world including Afghanistan, Uganda and Nepal. She was awarded the NATO Service Medal, Secretary of Defense Medal for the Global War on Terrorism, and Joint Civilian Service Achievement Award.
Phillis has studied and practiced mindfulness meditation with teachers, mostly in Asia, for 15 years. She is active on the American Bar Association’s Attorney Well-Being committee, is a certified executive coach and yoga teacher, and has taught mindfulness meditation and yoga in the U.S. and Asia to hundreds of people seeking to gain clarity, insight, and calmness in their lives.
Chuck Garcia hosts a conversation with Karen Conlon, a licensed CBT Psychotherapist. Karen is the founder and owner of Karen Conlon Therapy LCSW PLLC, specializing in the treatment of adult anxiety, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Anxiety management, and Clinical Hypnosis.
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Chuck Garcia hosts a conversation with Grace Vandecruze, mountaineer and founder of Grace Global Capital. Grace is twenty years into a successful career as an investment banker, focused on financial service industries. Grace is active in the community and has served on numerous philanthropic boards, is a licensed sailor and has participated in several Wharton Leadership Treks and the climbing of several mountains around the world.
Chuck Garcia hosts a conversation with Dr. Joe Galati, host of Your Health First on KTRH and iHeart Radio, about Dr. Joe's transformation from failing the MCAT four times to becoming a thought leader and expert voice in the medical and personal health space.
Chuck Garcia hosts a conversation with Anthony Sicuranza about Anthony's transformation from working in a mechanics shop in suburban New York to becoming a Program Manager at Google.
"Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.” Rumi, 13th century Persian Poet
In a 24 x 7 world, success, happiness, and personal fulfillment are inevitably tied. We bring our work life home, and we bring our home life to work. The boundaries in the modern era are now fully blurred. This has massive implications on our happiness, health, and well being.
Something is missing. While knowledge becomes more accessible every day, our ability to connect, collaborate, and cultivate relationships is under siege. Success, happiness, and the way we lead our lives is based on the relationships we have started, developed, and nurtured.
BUT, NO ONE TAUGHT YOU HOW. You didn’t learn in it school. Most companies do not teach it. The power of human capital continues to diminish. More technology, more LIKES on Facebook and LinkedIn, less personal connection. Something is wrong!
The world we live in:
35% of the skills demanded across multiple industries will change by 2020.
65% of children entering elementary school will have jobs that do not exist.
The biggest gap in the U.S. is soft skills: Writing, speaking, collaborating, leading (Jeff Weiner,
87% of employees are not engaged at work. Lacking valuable connections and and feeling unappreciated leads to social isolation and loneliness. “An employees’s work loneliness triggers emotional withdrawal.” Stress, anxiety, and depression are all around us. Many people are miserable at work, feel powerless, and bring it all home in the proximity of family and friends.
“PROXIMITY IS POWER.” Tony Robbins
Where does transformation begin? With the people right in front of us. We are the sum of: The paths we follow.
The lessons we learn.
The people we meet.
How we choose to take charge of our ability to CONNECT, CULTIVATE, and COLLABORATE leads to more successful and fulfilling lives. How do we achieve professional and personal transformation in a world so driven by technology, social media, and rapid change?
A Climb to the Top features a diverse cast of achievers from all walks of life. Overcoming adversity, career challenges, and life’s unexpected obstacles, we tell inspirational stories of how each climbed their way to to happiness and success. These are tales of human transformation and relate to anyone striving to reach the top of their personal mountains. Hosted by author and executive coach Chuck Garcia.