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The MisFitNation

The MisFitNation

By Richard LaMonica
Welcome to The MisFitNation Podcast! We started out in 2010 as a band of MisFit Soldiers on a desert plain. In the years since our bond has stayed and we have grown. With this platform, we will share stories of courage, mindset, resilience, and battling those enemies within. We will also highlight the work of Veteran entrepreneurs, Small Business owners, Authors, Musicians, and other Podcasters. While we highlight Veterans we are for everyone. We hope you will be engaged by our work and continue to support us through your listening.
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Sylvester Jenkins - Veteran, Leader, Author
Sylvester Jenkins III is a native of Columbus, Ga. He completed four tours in Iraq and one tour in Afghanistan. He is a retired First Sergeant with 21 years of military service in the US Army. Sylvester is a recipient of multiple awards for outstanding performance and professionalism while in the military. He is a mental health advocate and a member of the National Society of Leadership and Success. He received his Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership. He is certified in Executive Leadership and Mental Health First Aid. He authored the books A Quick Cure to Successful Leadership, Winning the Battle Within, The Compass, and Winning with Gratitude. Since transitioning he continues to help the next generation to become resilient leaders who triumph in life. He is a transformational speaker who has empowered 1000’s by helping them reach their goals, both personally and professionally. www.sylvesterjenkins.com https://youtu.be/-8DFKS7x4AU
28:20
January 27, 2022
Lori Hardacker - Author, Dating What the F#$%
Lori L. Hardacker is a first-time author who has unfortunately been dating for over 20 years. The stories she has accumulated and her opinions on dating will cause others laughter, joy, pain, and tears. Now, wait, Lori is much more than a first-time author, she is also an entrepreneur, dance teacher, and RV adventurer. Lori is originally from Massachusetts but now resides in Southwest Florida. She went to Roger Williams University and received a BA in Dance and a minor in Theater. For four years, Lori owned and operated a successful dance studio and then later on created a traveling dance and fitness program that she brought to preschools, daycare and recreation centers, and YMCAs in New England. Today she teaches tap, ballet, jazz, tumbling, and creative movement to 18 months through 6-year olds, and she is known as the “Baby Whisperer”. Before Lori made Florida her home, she was living in her RV full-time, traveling and working around the country. She began this journey in May of 2016 and decided to come off the road in July of 2019. During her RV adventure, she worked in Maine, Florida, Tennessee, Texas, New Mexico, Michigan, and Wyoming. Lori has always had an entrepreneurial spirit and now has a small event company for which she hosts single's events, dating, relationship, and sex trivia, and “Hound and Human Happy Hours”. Lastly, her “kids” are one canine and one feline and she is planning on keeping it that way! datingwhatthefuck.com https://youtu.be/OOVNxFchONU
23:53
January 27, 2022
Kevin Boyle - US Army Veteran, Marathoner, Author- Going the Distance
Kevin Boyle has been teaching in the Justice, Law, and Criminology Department since 2016. Mr. Boyle is a retired Colonel in the U.S. Army’s Judge Advocate General’s Corps. During his 26 year career he served in positions of increased responsibility, including serving as the Chief of Staff for the Judge Advocate General's Legal Center and School in Charlottesville, Virginia (The Department of Defense's ABA-accredited law school); serving as the Chief instructor of all Army prosecutors throughout the world; as well as serving as the principal legal advisor for both all U.S. Army forces stationed on the border between North and South Korea and all U.S. Army forces stationed in Europe.   Going the Distance https://tinyurl.com/m4h72up3 https://youtu.be/_Cdl6iWdzmE
39:06
January 26, 2022
Jenn Ashlyn - Author, Survivor Advocate
Jenna Ashlyn is a volunteer for Southern Ohio’s Survivor Advocacy Outreach Program, providing support and services to victims of abuse. She's a lover of animals of most types and spends her extra time being a mom and cuddling with her cocker spaniel. She studied creative writing at two universities and worked for a campus literary magazine. Jenna’s writing has appeared in numerous literary magazines, including Night Roses, The Atwood Review, and Poet’s Choice. In 2015, she won the overall writing award in the StarJewel Nationals and Talent Showcase arts contest, and in 2019, she was nominated for a Maier Award, which celebrates the best writing of University students. In 2020, Jenna released her debut novel, Within the Gray. Her second novel, Sheila's Men is set to be released in early January 2022. https://tinyurl.com/y88vrdca https://youtu.be/Rt44moIGq0w
31:07
January 25, 2022
Stanley McChrystal - Founder and CEO McChrystal Group
The son and grandson of Army officers, McChrystal graduated from West Point in 1976 as an infantry officer, completed Ranger Training, and later, Special Forces Training. Over the course of his career, he held leadership and staff positions in the Army Special Forces, Army Rangers, 82nd Airborne Division, the XVIII Army Airborne Corp, and the Joint Staff. He is a graduate of the US Naval War College, and he completed fellowships at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government in 1997 and at the Council on Foreign Relations in 2000. From 2003 to 2008, McChrystal commanded JSOC - responsible for leading the nation's deployed military counterterrorism efforts around the globe. His leadership of JSOC is credited with the 2003 capture of Saddam Hussein and the 2006 location and killing of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the leader of al-Qaeda in Iraq. In June 2009, McChrystal received his fourth star and assumed command of all international forces in Afghanistan.  Since retiring from the military, McChrystal has served on several corporate boards of directors, that include Deutsche Bank America, JetBlue Airways, Navistar, Siemens Government Technologies, Fiscal Note, and Accent Technologies. A passionate advocate for national service, McChrystal is the Chair of the Board of Service Year Alliance, which envisions a future in which a service year is a cultural expectation and common opportunity for every young American. He is a senior fellow at Yale University's Jackson Institute for Global Affairs, where he teaches a course on leadership. Additionally, he is the author of the bestselling leadership books, My Share of the Task: A Memoir, Team of Teams: New Rules of Engagement for a Complex World, Leaders: Myth and Reality, and Risk: A User’s Guide.  General McChrystal founded the McChrystal Group in January 2011. Recognizing that companies today are experiencing parallels to what he faced in the war theater, McChrystal established this advisory services firm to help businesses challenge the hierarchical, “command and control” approach to organizational management.   https://www.mcchrystalgroup.com  https://www.linkedin.com/feed/?trk=guest_homepage-basic_nav-header-signin https://youtu.be/kuoJbrwheJs
32:39
January 21, 2022
Teresa Xu - Author, Beyond The Surface
Teresa Xu is the author of Beyond the Surface: Empathy, Identity, and Storytelling (published this August 2021), a memoir about understanding ourselves and others through storytelling and trying to understand justice and equity. I am currently a third-year undergraduate student at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN (USA), but I was born and raised in Vancouver, Canada. I am studying Sociology, English, and an interdisciplinary major called Medicine, Health & Society. www.linkedin.com/in/teresa-xu/ teresayxu.com https://www.amazon.com/Beyond-Surface-Empathy-Identity-Storytelling-ebook/dp/B09DN3VCMS/ https://youtu.be/hiYQQnQnSsg
27:19
January 20, 2022
Mark Herschberg - Author, University Instructor, Startup Executive
Mark Herschberg is the author of The Career Toolkit, Essential Skills for Success That No One Taught You. From tracking criminals and terrorists on the dark web to creating marketplaces and new authentication systems, Mark has spent his career launching and developing new ventures at startups and Fortune 500s and in academia. He helped to start the Undergraduate Practice Opportunities Program, dubbed MIT’s “career success accelerator,” where he teaches annually. At MIT, he received a B.S. in physics, a B.S. in electrical engineering & computer science, and an M.Eng. in electrical engineering & computer science, focusing on cryptography. At Harvard Business School, Mark helped create a platform used to teach finance at prominent business schools. He also works with many non-profits, including Techie Youth and Plant A Million Corals. He was one of the top-ranked ballroom dancers in the country and now lives in New York City, where he is known for his social gatherings, including his annual Halloween party, as well as his diverse cufflink collection. https://www.thecareertoolkitbook.com/ https://youtu.be/SiDRJ2eKQpo
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January 19, 2022
Gail Rudolph - author of Power Up Power Down, How to Reclaim Control and Make Every Situation a Win/Win
Gail Rudolph is the USA Today and Wall Street Journal best-selling author of Power Up Power Down, How to Reclaim Control and Make Every Situation a Win/Win. She helps readers discover how to harness their personal power and understand power dynamics present in all situations. Gail is credentialed to teach the six universal Principles of Persuasion based on the research of the “Godfather of Influence,” Dr. Robert Cialdini. She is one of 13 people globally, one of two women, and the only woman in the United States to hold this distinction. Gail holds a Leadership Certification from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, is a Value-Based Leadership Expert, and has trademarked proprietary leadership training and assessments. She is an Executive Director and former President’s Advisory Council member on the John Maxwell Team, the world’s #1 Leadership expert. CEO and founder of Gail Rudolph Collaborative, Gail is an international expert on mindset, interpersonal power, mindset, and diversity and inclusion. GailRudolph.com https://www.facebook.com/GailRudolphAuthor https://www.instagram.com/gailrudolphauthor/ https://www.linkedin.com/in/gail-rudolph/
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January 18, 2022
Lyla McCarty and Heather McCarty - A 10 year old fighting CRPS like a champ
Lyla (9 at the time but now 10)was diagnosed with CRPS (complex regional pain syndrome) also known as the “suicide disease” in March of 2021 unexpectedly. There is no cure for this disease. It causes excruciating pain. And even the simple touch of a hand can lead her to scream. Her foot is cool to the touch and is often purple or red. She can't walk on it any longer and can no longer engage in sports and activities. She got to the point of begging to go to a hospital and even wishing she was dead. After initial treatments stopped working it was suggested she should be in an intensive in-patient program. There are none local for kids her age. Eventually, her story caught the attention of a national movement. Lyla rarely is able to go a full week or day at school anymore. She is strong though and finds baking helps take her mind off of the pain.  You can help her by trying her amazing cookies @lylasdreambakery https://lylasdreambakery.com https://youtu.be/4HfldPlqjXk
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January 13, 2022
Bob DePasquale - Purpose Driven Impactmaker
Bob DePasquale is a purpose driven Impactmaker.  He believes that everyone has the ability to make a positive impact in our world.  When Bob was 18, he moved to NY for college.  While in football training camp, and just 5 days before September 11th 2001, he was diagnosed with cancer.  In a very short period of time, his young, healthy life was turned upside down.  He was forced to shift his focus to treating an extremely aggressive form of a terrible disease and coping with the effects of the recent terrorist attacks.  Miraculously, he was physically healed in just 4 months.  But mentally, it took years.  It wasn't until Bob identified his purpose that he realized the value of his battle with cancer and his family's losses on 9/11/01  Bob's mission is to make the world a better place by encouraging people to find the blessings in tragedy and use their gifts to help others. https://www.bobdepasquale.com/ https://youtu.be/udgpSLauTyE
32:04
January 12, 2022
Jeni Raitsin - Mindful Productivity coach & Mental Fitness trainer
Jeni is a Tel-Aviv-based, former architect turned entrepreneur, speaker & coach. She helps entrepreneurs and leaders work smarter, not harder, so they can stress less, accomplish more & feel better through Mindful Productivity.    https://leisurehacker.com/ https://youtu.be/64PznK4l_zQ
34:12
January 11, 2022
Betsey Kulakowski - Author, The Veritas Codex Series
Author Betsey Kulakowski has been writing and telling stories since she was a young child. Perhaps it was inevitable that grappling with words and language became a calling—and she is loving every moment. Betsey's first writing gig was with KEBC Radio in Oklahoma City where she conducted interviews and wrote reviews for Country Music's rising stars. She went on to write in professional safety and health journals and trade magazines. All the while, she was honing her craft, writing several genres of fiction, and eventually going on to pen numerous manuscripts. The Veritas Codex Series is currently taking the paranormal thriller genre by storm. Betsey feels privileged to share her work with a large and welcoming audience. www.authorbetseykulakowski.com https://youtu.be/9Fffvm1xEuI
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January 06, 2022
Stephanie Olson - CEO, The Set Me Free Project
Stephanie Olson is a speaker, an author, and the Chief Executive Officer of The Set Me Free Project, a prevention education organization on human trafficking, social media safety, and healthy relationships. Stephanie has a mission to share that each person has an intrinsic value that can not be changed. Her work on teaching resilience in life and leadership has inspired people across the United States. In her conversational and humorous style, Stephanie will inspire and empower. Living with years of parent abandonment, eating disorders, alcoholism, and domestic and sexual violence, she overcame through determination, faith, and resilience. She turned her trauma into triumph. Now, a sought-after speaker, Stephanie runs a successful nonprofit organization and loves to speak to audiences of all kinds (faith-based and non) inspiring, encouraging, and bringing hope everywhere she speaks.    Stephanie Olson Speaking  stephanie@stephanieolson.com  https://www.stephanieolson.com/  Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/stephanieolsonspeaker/  Insta - https://www.instagram.com/stephanieolsonspeaking/  Twitter - https://twitter.com/stephanieospeak  YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCCsKIF4pRUn1uJwKq94s16g  Linked In - https://www.linkedin.com/in/stephanie-olson-ba959173/  The Set Me Free Project stephanie@setmefreeproject.net https://www.setmefreeproject.net/  Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/setmefreeproject  Linked In - https://www.linkedin.com/in/stephanie-olson-ba959173/ Instagram -https://www.instagram.com/setmefreeproject/  Twitter -https://twitter.com/TheSMFProject https://youtu.be/JNxt8M9qdSI
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January 04, 2022
Steve Edwards - CEO Premier Virtual, US Army Veteran
Growing up in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, Steve knew he wanted to join the Army after he graduated from high school. “I wanted to jump out of airplanes, so I was in the 82nd Airborne Division in Fort Bragg.” he says. After serving 4 years in the Army and 2 in the Florida National Guard, he decided to move on. “I realized the military was great, but financially, it just wasn’t what I was looking for in life.” In 1999, he and some buddies from the 82nd Airborne headed down to Boca Raton to attend Florida Atlantic University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology. After stints in the mortgage industry and B2B sales, he got into the job fair industry, traveling across the Southeast and Southwest to conduct events. Within a few years, though, Edwards noticed a slowdown in business. “Everybody was working, they couldn’t come to job fairs and turnout was low.” He recalls, or they were opting to apply for jobs online instead. “It was affecting my pocketbook”. Looking for a better way to connect employers to job candidates, Edwards seized on the concept of virtual job fairs. “People don’t have to travel,” I said, “This is going to be the future,” he recalls. Steve bootstrapped Premier Virtual with personal savings to launch the business. Once he got the business off the ground he knew he had an idea he could monetize. He was in several mentoring programs along the way as he knew he had a great idea and could sell it but didn’t know everything. He was involved with the VMT, FAU Tech Runway and the FAU Veterans Entrepreneurship Program which is sponsored by Veterans Florida. At the end of the program they conduct a pitch competition for the Entrepreneurs and their business ideas and the winner from each school goes on the represent their school at the State competition. Steve represented FAU and then won the Statewide competition as well. This program, and the early pitch competitions he won, although not significant amounts, were still welcomed since he was self-funding the business. In 2019, his startup began building a software platform for virtual job fairs. It launched last March, just as COVID-19 arrived – a bit of serendipity that catapulted Premier Virtual to almost instant success. “We went from nobody knowing who we were to being ranked as one of the top virtual platforms out there,” says Steve. During its first 10 months, the Premier Virtual platform has powered over 2,500 virtual hiring events which has helped more than 25,000 companies connect with over 250,000 job seekers. The company has grown from 3 employees to more than 20 and earned prestigious awards including 2021 Best Companies to Work for in Florida. Approximately 200 workforce development boards across the country, including CareerSource Florida, which oversees 24 regional partners statewide, have chosen their platform for virtual hiring events. Premier Virtual also has licensing agreements with The Air Force, Army, and several National Guard units. Steve says individual companies, colleges, and other organizations are quickly coming on board and that they would have never participated in job fairs if it weren’t for virtual, and he’s bullish on the company’s future. “Covid-19 got our name out there, but now people have embraced the technology and how much more efficient it is. We’ve just begun to scratch the surface of what virtual hiring events will do for employers and job-seekers alike.” https://premiervirtual.com/ https://www.linkedin.com/in/stevenedwards23/ https://www.facebook.com/premiervirtual/ https://www.instagram.com/premiervirtual/ https://twitter.com/premiervirtual9 https://youtu.be/WhYvM5n9YMk
39:46
December 30, 2021
Mike Duffy - Author, The Happiness Book
Mike Duffy is a philanthropist and an author of five books on happiness including The Happiness Book: A Positive Guide To Happiness!, The Happiness Book For Men, and The Happiness Book For Kids Volumes I & II. He has interviewed the top thought leaders, athletes, rock stars, CEO's and celebrities in the world on happiness, work/life balance, resilience, and success for his books. He was an MC at Woodstock '94. He gave a TEDx talk at TEDx Berkeley. He loves to speak about how you can gain greater happiness and joy in your precious life. Mike Duffy is the CEO of Happiness Wealth Management in San Carlos, CA. He has over 27 years of experience in finance. He was an SVP at Merrill Lynch. He has worked with some of the wealthiest people in Silicon Valley. Mike also speaks about crucial, fundamental money management techniques and philanthropic giving. His audiences include corporations, organizations, and universities including Stanford University where he guest lectures and has a scholarship award. Mike started The Happiness Hall Of Fame to recognize, encourage and celebrate people and organizations that make other people happy. Members of The Happiness Hall Of Fame include Muhammad Ali, Dolly Parton, Jerry Rice, Serena Williams, The Golden State Warriors, The San Francisco Giants, The Wounded Warrior Project, and The Make-A-Wish foundation. Mike also founded the Happiness Hall of Fame Homeless Outreach which provides money, food, counseling, and hope to the hopeless. The Happiness Hall Of Fame website is: www.happinesshalloffame.com www.mikeduffyspeaks.com https://youtu.be/TjtEKnzCA-o
31:02
December 29, 2021
Doug Stebleton - Producer, Author
Doug Stebleton has been working in the entertainment business since 1987. Born and raised in Glasgow, Montana, he came to Hollywood at age 19 and has lived and worked in southern California since then. His expertise is music publishing for film and television. His company owns a catalog of songs that are licensed to film and television studios and to independent productions. Some of the company’s credits include Blood Diamond, Borat, Little Miss Sunshine, Zoolander, Big Bang Theory, Blue Bloods, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, The Sopranos, Ugly Betty, CSI, Scrubs and ER.  Doug is also a film producer. His first film was a documentary titled Mother of Normandy: The Story of Simone Renaud. His next film, I Want Your Money, was released in over 500 theaters across the nation in 2010. In 2014, Doug produced and directed Reagan at Normandy, a short film for the Airborne Museum in Normandy, France, and in 2017, he produced Heroes of WWII: The European Campaign. Other projects he is producing include a cable TV show on film and TV cars called Kars & Stars and a feature film, Big Life. Doug has a love for history and hopes to keep making films and documentaries that are inspiring, informative, and educational. His passion for Hollywood films and time travel inspired him to create The Hollywood Time Travel Series. It’s a Wonderful Time is his debut novel, which he coauthored with Reinhard Denke.   www.hollywoodtimetravel.com https://youtu.be/vouToXSOw6E
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December 28, 2021
George Siegal - Director, Producer, Podcast Host
George is the owner of Move the World Films and directed and produced The Last House Standing and License to Parent. He also created the Move the World Podcast. George began his career in front of the camera as a weathercaster, newscaster, and sportscaster. He worked in markets from Los Angeles and San Francisco, to Seattle, Detroit, and San Antonio Texas.  George, his wife Nancy and their children live in Tampa, Florida.   https://www.movetheworldfilms.org  https://www.facebook.com/movetheworldfilms https://youtu.be/jg-MswzqsaY
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December 23, 2021
Paul Huszar - CEO & President of VetCor and Team VetCor
LTC(R) Paul Huszar, CFE, P.E. is the CEO of VetCor, a restoration company focused on creating meaningful and sustainable employment opportunities for veterans, and Team VetCor, a holding company composed of several companies focused on creating business ownership opportunities for veterans and their immediate family members through franchising VetCor. Paul served 23 years on active duty including four combat tours in Iraq, service as the Dean of the U.S. Army Engineer School, and commanding Joint Task Force Eagle in 09-10, a 1,000+ Soldier and Airmen joint task force, operating throughout northern and western Iraq. Paul earned a B.S. in Civil Engineering from West Point and graduate certificates in Administration and Management, and Global Trade, Transportation and Logistics, along with an M.S.C.E from the University of Washington. Paul is a Certified Franchise Executive and also a licensed Professional Engineer in the state of Missouri. https://vetcorservices.com/ https://www.linkedin.com/in/paulhuszar/ https://www.facebook.com/paul.huszar.71
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December 22, 2021
Dan Spencer - Music Coach
Dan passes his passion and love for music to his students. Customizing each lesson for each individual student while at the same time implementing the flexible Best Music Coach curriculum creates growth in a no-pressure lesson environment. Dan has over 10 years of music coaching experience and is the author of the Best Guitar Book for Beginners series, The Best Music Theory Book for Beginners Series, and other books in The Best Book for Beginners family. He can be seen talking about music as a "music expert" on NBC, CBS, and FOX. His studio experience includes playing on and producing charting songs in various genres with releases on UMG and indie labels. Dan’s live performance experience includes performances in most modern genres including, CCM, blues, funk, fusion, rock, and more. Dan is currently coaching students, recording, producing songs, talking about music on The Best Music Podcast and Sirius XM Radio, and writing more books. https://bestmusiccoach.com/
30:25
December 21, 2021
Dr. Debi Silber - Post Betrayal Transformation
Dr. Debi Silber is the founder of the Post Betrayal Transformation Institute and is a holistic psychologist, health, mindset, and personal development expert, the author of the #1 bestselling book: The Unshakable Woman: 4 Steps to Rebuilding Your Body, Mind, and Life After a Life Crisis and her newest book: Trust Again: Overcoming Betrayal and Regaining Health, Confidence, and Happiness. Her recent Ph.D. study on how we experience betrayal made 3 groundbreaking discoveries that changes how long it takes to heal. In addition to being on FOX, CBS, The Dr. Oz Show, TEDx (twice), and more, she’s an award-winning speaker, coach, and author dedicated to helping people move past their betrayals as well as any other blocks preventing them from the health, work, relationships, confidence and happiness they want most. https://thepbtinstitute.com
32:15
December 16, 2021
Scott DeLuzio - Author- Surviving Son, Host DriveOn Podcast
Scott DeLuzio is an Army veteran, having served six years with the Army National Guard, including a deployment to Afghanistan in 2010. Scott’s brother, Steven, was also deployed to Afghanistan in 2010. Unfortunately, Steven was killed in action on August 22, 2010. After returning home, Scott struggled with coping with the stresses of combat, the loss of his younger brother, and adjusting back to civilian life. In the years following Scott’s deployment, he noticed other veterans dealing with their struggles in unhealthy ways. Scott started his podcast, Drive On Podcast, to connect with current and prior service members. He interviews veterans and civilians to discuss personal triumphs, life experiences, and emotional hardships to give hope and strength to the military community.  Scott lives in Surprise, Arizona, with his wife, Vicki DeLuzio, and their three children.  https://survivingsonbook.com  https://driveonpodcast.com https://youtu.be/VMuXu56ZtVo
49:34
December 15, 2021
Alexis Haselberger - Do more, Stress Less
Alexis Haselberger is a time management and productivity coach who helps people do more and stress less through coaching, workshops and online courses.  Her pragmatic, yet fun, approach helps people easily integrate practical, realistic strategies into their lives so that they can do more of what they want and less of what they don't.  Alexis has taught thousands of individuals to take control of their time and her clients include Google, Lyft, Workday, Capital One, Upwork, and more. Free download; Distraction Action Plan: https://www.alexishaselberger.com/subscribe - Website: https://www.alexishaselberger.com/ - Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCh9iAkCALqr3FsKfYOqjb3Q - Insta: @do.more.stress.less - FB: @domorestressless - FB Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/domorestressless/ - Online courses: https://www.alexishaselberger.com/online-courses
30:19
December 14, 2021
Victoria Wieck - Author, Podcast Host and more
Victoria grew up in a sleepy coastal village in South Korea, surrounded by abundant natural beauty. One of her favorite activities was to watch the stunning sunset from her home, wondering what lay beyond the horizon. She would ask her mother endless questions about the world outside of her small town. Her mother read her stories and taught her how to read, but her curiosity knew no bounds. In school, she excelled in reading, writing, and art. After graduate school, she was offered several jobs in New York but took a marketing job at a jewelry manufacturing company in Los Angeles to stay closer to her family. Much to her surprise, she ended up using her artistic talents a lot more than she ever imagined. Believing that there was a market for high-quality, stylish jewelry at affordable prices, she formed her own company in 1989 on a shoestring budget. Over the next three decades, her jewelry career allowed her to travel to many places she’d only read about ever since she was a young girl. Victoria’s jewelry designs are inspired by her extensive travels, soaking in history, cultures, and architecture. Today, she is a successful jewelry designer with her own TV show on Shop HQ, connecting with millions of viewers regularly. When she’s not on TV with her latest collections, she’s either writing or reading. Just a few weeks ago, she completed her first novel, Shattered Sky, a 94,000-word, Science Fiction/Young Adult Thriller. It’s a gripping thriller about a young girl who sets out on a mission to save her kidnapped sister and experiences sacrifice, betrayal, and love in a post-WWIII world where survival necessities are scarce. Additionally, Victoria began writing a “how-to” book, Living the American Dream Your Way: How to Turn Your American Dream into Reality (working title). This book will serve up a healthy dose of inspiration based on her unique journey, as well as proven methods of starting a business without taking unnecessary risks. With both books, a portion of the proceeds will be set aside for various charities to help others. https://victoriawieck.com/
37:58
December 13, 2021
Kimberly Spencer - Crown Yourself
Kimberly Spencer is an award-winning high-performance, trauma-informed coach and trainer, Amazon best-selling co-author, international motivational speaker, and the founder of CrownYourself.com, helping visionary leaders transform their self-limiting stories, stand out authentically, build their empire and achieve their full potential.   From her entrepreneurial beginnings at five selling bags of glitter-water to my neighbors, to becoming an award-winning screenwriter, certified Pilates instructor, Miss Congeniality, and six-time WEGO Health Activist Award nominee, she is proof that it's better to make your own mold than to conform to someone else's. She is also the former executive of a national e-commerce startup and was the owner of the private Pilates studio, Fitness with Kim in Los Angeles, CA. Her 10-year track record in sales and entrepreneurship was featured in the Amazon Best Selling Book, "The Start: Journey to Entrepreneurship."   Her work has been featured on The CW, ESPN, Netflix, and NPR, and in Thrive Global, CNBC, and Forbes. https://crownyourself.com/
40:07
December 12, 2021
Jordan Skopp - Foul Ball Safety Now
Foul Ball Safety Now! is a campaign started by Jordan Skopp, a Brooklyn realtor, lifelong baseball fan, and author of a forthcoming book about the wildly overlooked scandal in the professional baseball industry – the all-too-frequent incidence of fans being maimed by dangerous foul balls due to the lack of extended protective netting, and related failures to educate fans about their assumed risk at the ballgame. https://www.foulballsafetynow.com/
35:53
December 10, 2021
Tony Howard - Author, Why Not You
Tony Howard, founder and CEO of Redefine Works, and author of "The Next Step: A Guide to Help You Keep Going, No Matter What," "Redefine Works," and "Why Not You?" writes from his wide range of experiences in education, business, and the US Navy. He studied business at the University of Phoenix and holds two master's degrees from Argosy and Brandman Universities. Tony calls California home and can often be found walking the beach, refurbishing classic cars, or exploring local zoos and museums. https://tinyurl.com/y9uby7mb https://www.linkedin.com/in/tony-howard-mba
30:28
December 10, 2021
Ioannis Gratsinopoulos (Yani)- Leadership Consultant, Ministry Coach
Ioannis has well over 10,000 hours of consulting, training, and coaching to churches, businesses, and ministries.  He has been successfully assisting organizational and leadership transformations for over 20 years.  He is an ordained pastor and holds a degree in church leadership with a minor in psychology.  Ioannis' coaching style, much like his leadership style, is very relational; and it leans heavily on his faith and extensive experience.  He has led/co-led 7 organizations, which include 2 churches, an evangelistic ministry, and 4 businesses.   His leadership roles have spanned from start-ups and small churches up to larger churches and the Fortune 200; and include the titles of President, Senior Pastor, Director of Operations, State Training Coordinator, Performance Coach, Senior Associate Pastor, and many more. Ioannis was an award winning corporate trainer and coach with-in that Fortune 200 company. Ioannis started early in his career travelling the country as an evangelist and keynote speaker through the 501(c)3 that he started and ran.  Ioannis is married with one child, and lives in the Boise, Idaho Metropolitan Area. He spends most of his free time with his family, and as much time outdoors as he can.   https://www.gratsllc.com
35:42
December 06, 2021
Scott Miller - Best Selling Author, Podcast Host
Capping a 25-year career where he served as a chief marketing officer and executive vice president of business development, Scott Jeffrey Miller currently serves as FranklinCovey’s senior advisor on thought leadership, leading the strategy and development of the firm’s speaker’s bureau, as well as the publication of podcasts, webcasts, and bestselling books.  Scott Miller is the author of the award-winning, multivolume Mess to Success series, including Management Mess to Leadership Success: 30 Challenges to Become the Leader You Would Follow and the forthcoming Marketing Mess to Brand Success (May 2021) and Job Mess to Career Success (January 2022). He is the co-author of The Wall Street Journal bestseller, Everyone Deserves a Great Manager: The 6 Critical Practices for Leading a Team, and the author of Master Mentors: 30 Transformative Insights from Our Greatest Minds (September 2021), which features insights from his interviews with the leading thinkers of our time. Visit Scott's website to find all of his books, hire him for a keynote speech, or purchase his career coaching course. https://www.scottjeffreymiller.com/
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December 03, 2021
Gramps Jeffrey - Author, I Don't Want To Turn 3
Gramps Jeffrey’s children’s book, “I Don’t Want to Turn 3”, explores what goes through a toddler’s mind that parents are so desperate to understand. It is based on the true experiences he has had with his 6 grandchildren that were born 2 each to his 3 Millennial daughters. Gramps Jeffrey is the pen name for Marc Joseph whose first book “The Secrets of Retailing…How to Beat Wal-Mart” was written to help entrepreneurs and small businesses compete against the big guys. Arianna Huffington read his book and asked him to contribute to the Huffington Post. He has written over 100 articles about small businesses, education, the homeless and several other nonprofit topics dear to all of us. Gramps and his lovely wife Cathy live in Scottsdale, Arizona where 2 of his grandchildren live. 2 more live in Austin, Texas and 2 in Orlando, Florida. https://idontwanttoturn3.com/ https://grampsjeffrey.com/  https://www.linkedin.com/in/gramps-jeffrey-3b022b214/  https://www.facebook.com/I-Dont-Want-To-Turn-3-109155768196431/?business_id=193853812379998 https://twitter.com/AuthorGramps  https://www.instagram.com/authorgrampsjeffrey/  https://www.pinterest.com/hellogrampsjeffrey/_created/
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December 02, 2021
Milena Farber - Marketing, Advertising and Social Media Influencer
Milena moved to Israel from Brazil 3 years ago to pursue a change in atmosphere and find a position in a marketing organization. She has been on Instagram for about seven years and even has an account for pets with over 200K followers. https://instagram.com/omundoanimal https://www.linkedin.com/in/milenafarber
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December 01, 2021
Karin Freeland - Speaker, Author, Life-Coach, Actress
Karin Freeland is a recovering corporate workaholic. After years in high-pressure leadership roles at Fortune 500 companies, she’s traded the boardroom for the bedroom. In her hilarious tell-all book, The Ins and Outs of My Vagina: A Penetrating Memoir coming out September 2021, she recounts the mishaps and misadventures she’s had over the past 40 years with a special partner in crime: her vagina, named V. Women of all ages can relate to this raw and honest journey of firsts, long-term relationships, and finding pleasure.   Karin is also a speaker and certified Life & Reinvention Coach, focused on helping women transform their lives and achieve their dreams. Through her signature EDIT Your Life™ program, she offers one-on-one coaching, giving women all the tools and techniques needed to conquer fears and find their purpose.   Karin Freeland is married with two kids and resides in South Carolina.    https://www.karinfreeland.com/ https://www.instagram.com/karinfreeland/ https://twitter.com/KarinFreeland https://www.facebook.com/KarinFreelandLifeCoaching/ https://youtu.be/6HsaLg7-51I
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November 29, 2021
Shari Leid - An Imperfectly Perfect Life
Former litigator Shari Leid currently operates An Imperfectly Perfect Life, LLC, a professional mindset coaching business serving clients who are in those tricky middle-age years, helping them create the life of their dreams. She is the author of the Friendship Flow transformational book series, which includes The 50/50 Friendship Flow: Life Lessons From and For My Girlfriends and Make Your Mess Your Message - More Life Lessons From and For My Girlfriends. www.animperfectlyperfectlife.com https://www.linkedin.com/in/shari-leid-51a53b10/ https://www.facebook.com/animperfectlyperfectlife https://www.instagram.com/an_imperfectly_perfect_life/ https://youtu.be/FgjXqvkPOlk
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November 26, 2021
Brent Cassity - Nightmare Success
Brent Cassity was an innovative CEO of Forever Enterprises a national company, which he grew from a regional company to operating in over 22 states. Brent was recognized by the national media; TIME, Fortune, Wall Street Journal, to name a few. HBO even did a documentary that spawned the TV series "Six Feet Under." Just when he thought he had it all he lost it all and found himself standing at the Gates of Leavenworth Prison to serve a 5 year sentence. He has coined the phrase "Nightmare Success" because everything you want in life is on the other side of fear.  So, what key will unlock the prison of your mind to set yourself free? Brent is an engaging storyteller who has a real-life transformational story. HIs 5 rules that helped him survive prison are tools you can use for life and business. https://www.facebook.com/brent.cassity.9/
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November 24, 2021
Clay Smeltzer - Purpose Infused Brotherhood
Clay Smeltzer is the founder of the Purpose Infused Brotherhood which helps driven men to become the best version of themselves by Building, Battling, and Bonding together. - Getting men initiated into a family where they belong! Clay was 35 years old and living by what the world and everyone else told him he should be. He was the "responsible man" yet he was filled with worry, anxiety, anger, stress, negativity, shame, fear, and the list went on. Then the shit hit the fan with a full-blown anxiety/panic attack over a tv show and this is when he decided to bring death to the old self and out of those ashes give birth to the new Purpose Infused Man. This change gave birth to the Purpose Infused Brotherhood and helping other men make those same changes and become the best version of themselves every single day!! How to Connect with Clay and the Purpose Infused Brotherhood FREE Top 3 Ways to Become the Best Version of Yourself Video Training: www.BuildBattleBond.com Website: www.purposeinfusedbrotherhood.com Podcast: https://www.purposeinfusedbrotherhood.com/links Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/purposeinfusedbrotherhood Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/purposeinfusedbrotherhood/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/purposeinfusedbrotherhood/
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November 23, 2021
Ericka Thomas - Escape the Body Brand Nation
Ericka is a highly caffeinated coach, course creator, and entrepreneur with a certification collection that includes a registered yoga teacher, trauma release exercise provider, and nutrition specialist. She is the owner and founder of Elemental Kinetics online studio. As a refugee from the body brand nation and host of the podcast The Work IN, she offers mentorship and professional perspectives to help fitness professionals and wellness educators who want to set themselves apart using a creative, trauma-sensitive approach so that they can get lasting results for their clients and avoid burnout for themselves. https://elementalkinetics.com/
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November 22, 2021
Bruce Sackman - Author, Behind the Murder Curtain
Bruce Sackman served as the Special Agent in Charge, U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs (VA), Office of Inspector General, Criminal Investigations Division, Northeast Field Office until May 2005 when he retired after 32 years’ service. In this capacity, he was responsible for all major criminal investigations involving VA from West Virginia to Maine. During his tenure he was involved in hundreds of investigations involving allegations of fraud, corruption, false claims, thefts, patient assaults, pharmaceutical drug diversions, and suspicious hospital deaths. He was also responsible for supervising the successful investigation of the nation’s first homicide conviction in connection with pharmaceutical research. His cases involving medical professionals who have murdered their patients have been featured on the Discovery Health Channel, CNN, MSNBC, America’s Most Wanted, and on Home Box Office. He is the recipient of many awards for his investigations and for his efforts in encouraging the profession of forensic nursing. Mr. Sackman has lectured at several forensic-related conferences, State police organizations, the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, universities, and medical-related symposia. He is the co-author of the book “Behind the Murder Curtain, Special Agent Bruce Sackman Hunts Doctors and Nurses Who Kill Our Veterans and the article “When the ICU becomes a Crime Scene” for Critical Care Nursing Quarterly. He is also the co-editor of the newly released textbook the Art of Investigations. He was recently featured in an episode of the CNN/HLN special Dr. Death. Mr. Sackman is a recently retired self-employed licensed private investigator in New York City specializing in healthcare-related matters. Under contract, he had directed major investigations for a large New York metropolitan regional healthcare system. He served as the President of the Society of Professional Investigators in New York City from 2010 to 2019 and is a board member of the American Academy for Professional Law Enforcement. He is a frequent lecturer on the topic of medical serial killers having spoken through the United States, Great Britain, UAE, and Sweden.
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November 21, 2021
Jay Shifman - Choose Your Struggle
Jay Shifman is a vulnerable storyteller, stigma-destroying speaker, podcaster, and event host. The survivor of two suicide attempts and an overdose, Jay holds a BA in Psychology from Northern Kentucky University and has put in numerous hours of independent learning acquiring certifications in mental health, substance misuse and addiction, and drug policy. Jay founded his company, Choose Your Struggle, in 2015 with two distinct goals: ending stigma and promoting honest and fact-based education around the topics of Mental Health, Substance Misuse & Recovery, and Drug Use & Policy. For more information, visit: https://jay.campsite.bio/ or find him on social media. https://youtu.be/VPr5Z9ApqsM
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November 19, 2021
Tyler Jeffcoat - Seller Accountant
Tyler Jefcoat is the Founder & CEO of Seller Accountant where he exercises his passion for helping sellers maximize their businesses. Tyler provides financial coaching for sellers totaling more than $100 million per year in e-commerce sales. Tyler also leads the Sellers Roundtable, an exclusive mastermind group for seven- and eight-figure sellers. Before founding Seller Accountant, Tyler was the Co-Founder and Managing Partner for Care to Continue, a home health care company that grew from zero to 100 employees in four years.  Discussing how your Business Model Informs your cash flow management and KPI Tracking  https://www.selleraccountant.com/ https://youtu.be/K7b-PN5FDRk
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November 18, 2021
Chancellor Jackson - Author 14 Days In Beijing
Chancellor K. Jackson (1995) is a Georgia native born to Native American parents. While growing up in Smyrna, Georgia, he played football for nine years on the high school and collegiate levels. After graduating with his bachelor's degree in Communication and Media Studies, Chancellor lived abroad in Beijing, China from 2018-2019. In China, he encountered some experiences that changed and shaped his life in ways he would have NEVER imagined. His experiences in China led him to write his first book, “14 Days in Beijing” which has ranked #1 over fifteen times on Amazon in multiple genres. https://www.chancellorkjackson.com/ https://youtu.be/TjtszLJCW_E
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November 17, 2021
Georgette Council - Motivator , Veteran
Mrs. Council has been an administrative professional for over 35 years. She has served in multiple facilities and considers herself an expert on customer service. She is a motivational speaker and corporate trainer who hold the national CEOE designation, Certified Educational Office Employee. She develops and implements professional learning opportunities for office professionals across the nation. She is well-respected and known for her open, honest and engaging brand of training. She draws upon her more than 35 years of experience in the field of office administration and management as she motivates and inspires persons to be lifelong learners who strive to become the best versions of themselves possible. www.thespeakingcouncil.com
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November 11, 2021
Tom Kilgannon - President of Freedom Alliance
 Tom Kilgannon is the President of Freedom Alliance, an educational and charitable organization which honors and supports America’s military and advocates for a strong national defense. Freedom Alliance saves lives and military marriages by providing recreational rehabilitation to combat-wounded heroes and counseling retreats for military couples. The organization helps troops overcome the wounds of war by providing all-terrain wheelchairs to amputees; donating mortgage-free homes to combat-wounded veterans; and shipping care packages to troops deployed overseas, among other projects. In addition, Freedom Alliance has awarded millions of dollars in college scholarships to the sons and daughters of America’s heroes who have lost life or limb for our country. In 2017, Kilgannon was appointed by House Speaker Paul Ryan to the National Commission on Military, National, and Public Service. In its Final Report, the Commission offered Congress and the President 164 recommendations to improve the Selective Service System, civics education, and ways to foster a greater ethos of service among America’s youth.o improve the Selective Service System, civics education, and ways to foster a greater ethos of service among America’s youth.  https://freedomalliance.org/ https://buff.ly/3kn6kld
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November 10, 2021
Tessa Mager - The Vinedresser, Results Coach
A powerhouse, passionately pushy, and always enthusiastic as called by friends and clients, Tessa is a thought leader and no-nonsense Christian Holistic Transformational coach. She combines Neuroscience, Gene Activation, and Biblical insights to help women live their most abundant life mentally, physically, spiritually, and financially.  She helps Christian women fully understand their identity, purpose, and potential so they can have the impact they were created to have without any fear, (self) doubt, and unbelief. You can find out more about her at https://www.thevinedresser.com/
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November 04, 2021
Lady Redneck - Stephanie Lee
Lady Redneck" is a Country artist from Dallas, Texas.  She is Texas's own blonde bombshell.  She is high energy and fun and it comes through in her music. "Lady Redneck is making a mark in the Texas Country market, as well as among Americana listeners.  Texas country has largely been dominated by men.  Though she doesn’t necessarily look like a redneck, she has small town roots and little quirks that make her “Rednecky.”  Lady Redneck’s songs are real.  She writes about life." "Singer-songwriter “Lady Redneck” - Stephanie Lee brings her sweet, sexy, and fun vocals and songwriting to readers of the Boot with this exclusive premiere of her song, “Rednecky Inside.” This track is from her forthcoming album with the title, “Rednecky Inside.” https://www.ladyredneck.org/home Home of the "Fairy-Tale, Island Country Music" - sometimes sprinkled with a little "reggae."
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November 01, 2021
Tracy Lamourie - Publicist
Tracy Lamourie, a high profile international award-winning publicist, is the Founder and Managing Director of Lamourie Media Inc. a Universal Women's Network 2020 Woman of Inspiration Winner for the Women In Media award and the author of the upcoming book GET REPPED - Build Your Brand With Effective Public and Media Relations. Featured in Rolling Stone Magazine, The Hollywood Times, NBC TV, and other major media, Tracy is an award-winning international publicist working across borders and across industries from major entertainment projects to small businesses. She is also a well-known long-time advocate on a myriad of important worldwide issues, passionate about amplifying important messages and being a voice for those who most need one. Recognized by media around the world for her 20-year campaign that ultimately helped free an innocent man from death row to her work getting clients major media attention. In addition to her Women of Inspiration award, she is the winner of the First Place, Platinum award Hamilton Spectator ReadersChoice for PR 2018, and for Diamond 2019. In 2020 she was both an RBC Women of Influence Nominee and a nominee for the internationally prestigious 2020 Tällberg/Eliasson Global Leadership Prize. Tracy has guested more than 200 times on panels, TV, radio and high profile podcasts around the world speaking on leadership, empowerment, and entrepreneurship as well as all aspects of media and publicity,  For Tracy’s media appearances visit: http://www.lamouriemedia.com/news.html
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October 29, 2021
Larry Freeland - Vietnam Veteran and Author
Larry Freeland was born in Canton, Ohio.  Since his father was an officer with the United States Air Force he grew up on many Air Force bases across this country.   After graduating from High School at Ramey Air Force Base in Puerto Rico, he attended the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida.  He graduated in 1968 with a degree in mathematics and a concentration in finance. He joined the U.S. Army and served one tour in Vietnam with the 101st Airborne Division as an Infantry Officer and a CH-47 helicopter pilot.  He is the recipient of the Distinguished Flying Cross with one Oak Leaf Cluster, the Air Medal, with 10 Oak Leaf Clusters, the Bronze Star, and various other military service medals. Upon release from active duty in 1973, Larry returned to civilian life and pursued a career in the Financial Industry.  During his professional career, he continued his education earning graduate degrees in Management and Banking.  He worked for 29 years in the banking business with Trust Company of Georgia, Citizen and Southern Corporation, now Bank of America, and Wachovia, now Wells Fargo.  After retiring from banking he worked as an independent financial consultant for 3 years in the Atlanta area and then worked as an instructor for 6 years with Lanier Technical College in their Management and Leadership Development Program. http://larryfreeland.com/
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October 28, 2021
Nate Palmer - Fitness, Nutrition Expert and Author
Nate is a fitness and nutrition expert, coach, speaker, and writer who believes that being in incredible shape gives a massive advantage in business, focus, and relationships. He also happens to be a dad, husband, and the #1 bestselling author of The Million Dollar Body Method and  Passport Fitness. Nate helps business owners and entrepreneurs improve their physique, finances, and family time using fitness and nutrition as force multipliers. Find out how to get into the best shape of your life here:. http://milliondollarbodymethod.com Nate is a coach, speaker, and writer, whose work has been popularized in media outlets such as The Huffington Post, Testosterone Nation, Ask Men, Breaking Muscle, STACK Media, and Thrive Global.
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October 27, 2021
Bruce Chamoff - Be a Successful Podcaster host
As the owner of the largest podcast network in the world, the New York City Podcast Network, Influencer Bruce Chamoff sees hundreds of podcasts including what they do right, what they do incorrectly, and the difference. If you are a podcaster who wants more success, subscribe for success advice, special guests, tips, strategies, and more. https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/be-a-successful-podcaster-with-bruce-chamoff/id1553846808
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October 26, 2021
Angie - Host of "Too Old for this S$%^"
Angie is a true hustler when it comes to podcasting. Her show made the charts in the comedy genre around the world within a few months of launch. She is a selfless podcaster who wants to help others achieve their best while also not breaking the bank becoming a podcaster. If you want hints and tips just visit her site below https://www.angie-s.com/podcast
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October 25, 2021
Janice Burt - Inspirational, Heart Centered, Professional Speaker
Janice Burt, aka Spanish Janice, is a court-certified Spanish interpreter, voiceover artist, yoga instructor, author, and inspirational speaker. Having lived in Mexico City as a child, she acquired not only Spanish language skills, but a love and appreciation for a different people group and culture. When she returned back to California, she attended high school and college, graduating with Spanish as her major and Communication Studies as her minor. She lived as a people pleaser, always trying to find her worth through other people’s approval and validation. She also lived filled with fear. She wasn’t even aware that either of those was true about her until after her divorce in 2012. During her marriage, she appeased and enabled her husband to feel good enough. She lost any type of sense of self that she’d had and wore a mask to fit in and belong. She unintentionally lied and manipulated to be liked and approved of by people. Her life changed dramatically after her divorce. She hit rock bottom and was engulfed by sadness, anger, loss, and grief. She suddenly realized that she was going to have to take charge of her own life instead of blaming everyone else. She became aware of her subconscious beliefs of lack and limited possibilities. She vowed that she was going to put in the work to change these patterns… https://www.janiceburt.com/
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October 22, 2021
Stephen Murray - Author
Stephen Murray is a Las Vegas author. Praised for his unique writing style and powerful character development skills, his books cross multiple genres and appeals to diverse audiences. Stephen was born in England, a far cry from the Nevada desert he now calls home. At age seven, his family relocated to the southern part of Africa, where he was raised in various countries and attended boarding school. The opportunity to experience other cultures as a child inspired a love of travel in him that eventually led to his love of the written word. www.authorstephenmurray.com www.thechapelofeternallove.com www.murderaboardtheqe2.com www.discreetlyyours.net
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October 21, 2021
Jennifer Steil - Author, Teacher, Public Speaker
Jennifer Steil is an award-winning author, journalist, and teacher who lives in many countries (currently Uzbekistan/France/UK). Her most recent novel, Exile Music, won the Grand Prize in the international Eyelands 2020 Book Awards and was a finalist for the 2021 Lambda Literary Lesbian Fiction Award, the Bisexual Book Award, and the Annie Award. It explores an overlooked slice of World War II history, following Jewish musicians who flee Vienna in 1939 to seek refuge in the Bolivian Andes. The Jerusalem Post called it "one of the best novels I have read in a long time,” and the Pittsburgh Jewish Chronicle wrote, “In a sea of Holocaust literature, “Exile Music” stands out as wholly original and engaging.” Her previous novel, The Ambassador’s Wife, won the 2013 William Faulkner-William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition Best Novel award, the 2016 Phillip McMath Post Publication book award, and was a finalist for the Bisexual Book Award and the Lascaux Novel Award. Her first book, The Woman Who Fell From the Sky, is a critically lauded memoir about running a newspaper in Yemen. Jennifer has also published many short stories and essays. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, New Orleans Review, Saranac Review, World Policy Journal, Mystery Weekly Magazine, The Week, Time, Life, Peauxdunque Review, The Washington Times, Vogue UK, Die Welt, New York Post, The Rumpus, Readers’ Digest Version, ivillage.com, Irish National Radio, France 24 (English), CBS radio, AARP The Magazine, and GRN Global Reporter Network Service She has taught creative writing in the MFA program at Rosemont College in Philadelphia, in the BA and MA writing programs at Bournemouth University in the UK, and she teaches online with the Center for Creative Writing. She has worked as a mentor with the AWP’s Writer-to-Writer mentoring program and mentors writers through Onward Literary Mentoring. She loves helping other writers to produce their best work.  https://www.jennifersteil.net/
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October 20, 2021
Tarick Walton - Secrets From MIT, Tennis & The Umpire Above
Tarick Walton grew up in Spanish Town, Jamaica. A bright student with dreams of accomplishing big things, for himself and others. After being told he would never get into a prestigious American college, he was determined to prove that he could. Amidst life-altering setbacks, he persevered to successfully graduate from MIT with a degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering. After MIT, Tarick received an MBA from Georgetown University, and with a diverse group of friends, he later co-founded The Walton & Friends Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit organization that brings together leaders of all industries (Business, Art, Science, Non-Profit and Community) to promote STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Math) education among youth and engage in corporate social partnership projects that solve real-life problems. Whether in work or mentoring youth, Tarick lives by and encourages others with his motto, “Do not let the world dampen your dreams.“ He currently lives in the United States with his wife and two sons. Website: http://www.twaltongroup.com/ FB: https://www.facebook.com/twaltongroup/ IG: https://www.instagram.com/twaltongroup/
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October 19, 2021
Misty Chaviers - I'm a Survivor Podcast Host
Continuing on our episodes relating to domestic violence Our guest today went through the rollercoaster of abuse and then dependency on substances to hide it. She has come out on the other side and is stronger for it. She is a survivor and a certified advocate and mentor to many women she is an overcomer and a lady who is resilient, and she has a story of abuse to victory. She creates awareness in her community where none had existed before in a rural area in Alabama. https://anchor.fm/hmisty387gmailcom
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October 15, 2021
Chasing Shadows- Fred Burton and Ted Andre
Ted Andre is an award-winning Producer and Production Executive, who has successfully developed and produced cutting-edge, critically acclaimed independent content for theatrical, television, and streaming platforms. He is also Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Black Market Entertainment, LLC (BME).  His creative background has a solid foundation in both filmmaking and music. Ted was born in Germany to a military Special Ops family, which meant constantly moving to different countries. This nomadic lifestyle led to an appreciation for a wide range of cultures and history, and an obsession with the creative spirit of the stories told through film, music, and graphic novels. My father was part of an elite special ops unit called MACV-SOG. One of their primary objectives was to rescue our troops from prison camps in Vietnam. Just prior to his passing, one of my dad's last requests was for me to look into the mysterious death of one of his closest friends – Israeli air attaché Joe Alon. During our final conversation, he provided some key information on the matter. https://www.bluebloodfilms.com/team Fred Burton is a former police officer, special agent, and New York Times best-selling author. He's served on the front lines of high-profile investigations like the hunt for and arrest of Ramzi Yousef, the mastermind behind the first World Trade Center bombing; the 1988 plane crash of PAK-1 that killed U.S. Ambassador Arnold Raphel and Pakistani President Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq; and the search for Americans kidnapped by Hezbollah in Beirut, Lebanon. His best-selling books include his personal memoir GHOST: Confessions of a Counterterrorism Agent, Chasing Shadows: A Special Agent's Lifelong Hunt to Bring a Cold War Assassin to Justice, Under Fire: The Untold Story of the Attack in Benghazi, and his fourth book, Beirut Rules: The Murder of a CIA Station Chief and Hezbollah’s War Against America. Beirut Rules was optioned by Sony, and Chasing Shadows continues to generate interest and awareness by way of several recent interviews with Fred Burton. https://www.officialfredburton.com/ Our CHASING SHADOWS feature project is a timely story rooted in the bestselling book, which explores this fascinating high-profile unsolved case from the 1970s. When author Fred Burton and I connected via social media, we began to uncover new details based on handwritten journals my father kept, and have now brought the story into the present day by way of this deeply personal connection.” – Ted Andre Book Synopsis: On a warm Saturday night in July 1973 in Bethesda, Maryland, a gunman stepped out from behind a tree and fired five point-blank shots into Joe Alon, an unassuming Israeli Air Force pilot, and family man. Alon's sixteen-year-old neighbor, Fred Burton, was deeply shocked by this crime that rocked his sleepy suburban neighborhood. As it turned out, Alon wasn't just a pilot – he was a high-ranking military official with intelligence ties. The assassin was never found and the case was closed. In 2007, Fred Burton – who had since become a State Department counterterrorism special agent – reopened the case. In Chasing Shadows, Burton spins a gripping tale of the secret agents, double-dealings, terrorists, and heroes he encounters as he chases leads around the globe in an effort to solve this decades-old murder. From swirling dogfights over Egypt and Hanoi to gun battles on the streets of Beirut, this action-packed thriller looks into the dark heart of the Cold War to show how power is used, misused, and sold to the most convenient bidder.
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October 12, 2021
Sabrina Osso - Osso Safe
Sabrina Osso is the Founder and CEO of OSSO SAFE…Feel Safe Where You Live, Work, and Play.   She is a speaker, a TEDx Speaker, and consultant on promoting safety and preventing violence in the workplace, schools, and places of residence.  With her products and services, clients can save lives and bottom lines.  Her personal and professional experience with the subject allows her to bring a unique and holistic approach for employees, landlords, tenants, students, and teachers. She was honored and grateful to have been one of the featured TEDx Talk Speakers at New Jersey City University’s TEDx TALK Event on April 5th, 2018.  Her presentation was very well received and is now broadcast. Sabrina has long dealt with violence on a personal level.  She knows how difficult it is to live in such a chaotic environment.  Sabrina and Osso Safe want to make a positive impact in people’s lives, whether they’ve been directly affected by violence or not. https://www.ossosafe.com/about/
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October 07, 2021
Virginia Cruse - THE SOLDIER’S GUIDE TO PTSD A No-Shit Guide to Reclaiming Your Life
Virginia is a Licensed Professional Counselor and National Certified Counselor specializing in Military Issues and Combat-Related Trauma. She provides crisis intervention and evidence-based treatments for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Moral Injury, Depression, Combat Operational Stress, and other diagnoses. Virginia is a certified clinician and Cognitive Processing Therapy and Prolonged Exposure Therapy and has 20+ years of experience serving Active-Duty Military, Veterans, Military retirees and family members. She is a Certified Group Psychotherapist (CGP) and active American Group Psychotherapy Association member. Virginia is an Army Reserve Officer, Combat Veteran, and published researcher. As a therapist, Virginia Cruse was becoming frustrated with the rumors her clients heard about PTSD that kept them from getting better. Why did so many of them believe that PTSD had no cure? That they couldn’t have PTSD because they were not in direct combat? That they didn’t “deserve” to have PTSD, or didn’t “deserve” to get better? The answer hit a nerve with Cruse: no one had taken the time to explain PTSD to Service Members in a way that made sense. Soldiers were losing their resiliency and optimism in a culture that propagated misinformation and went against the facts about PTSD, facts that are necessary to know in order to recover good mental health and salvage important relationships. https://militarycounselingsa.com/
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October 04, 2021
Kevin Barnes - Background Investigator and Veteran Entrepeneur
Kevin Barnes is a veteran of the United States Army who served with the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault). During this time he had the honor of traveling overseas with his Sisters and Brothers to fight in the Global War on Terrorism in Baji, Iraq. While he was growing up he was taught to be humble and this allowed him to keep pushing forward with positive momentum, never letting his feet stop forward progression. Kevin has shown true Grit as he attacked the grind of college life at Southern New Hampshire University where he graduated with a degree in business. Upon leaving school he followed that path and started to ascend the corporate ladder. Kevin then moved on to operate and manage a successful company. The company conducts background Investigations and Screenings. He also continues to inspire and motivate others through various non-profit organizations giving back to his fellow veterans.  You can contact him here: https://www.icabackgrounds.com/
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October 01, 2021
David Page - Food Americana
When it comes to food, have you ever wondered "What is American cuisine?" Long Beach Island resident David Page covers that and more in his new book "Food Americana: The Remarkable People and Incredible Stories behind America’s Favorite Dishes." Page, a two-time Emmy Award-winning television producer and the creator of "Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives," shares the backstories of many popular dishes. "The idea for the book has been percolating in the back of my mind for quite some time and I finally forced myself to start researching and writing," Page said. "Food has been a passion of mine," he added, " ... starting when I was living in Europe and enjoying the remarkable foods of Europe, Africa and the Middle East." https://www.facebook.com/FoodAmericana https://www.instagram.com/foodamericana/
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September 28, 2021
Armed Forces Brewing Company - Alan Beal
Armed Forces Brewing Company is a Military tribute craft brewing company comprised of three brands that pay homage to our great American Military: both active duty and Veterans. Built by an experienced team that combines an award-winning Brewmaster, successful Veterans of the restaurant and hospitality industry, and Military Veterans including one of the most famous US Navy SEALs in the world, Armed Forces Brewing Company has successfully completed a test market run and is ready to expand to national and global distribution. Alan serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Armed Forces Brewing Company, Inc. Alan is a 35-year veteran of the food & beverage industry and has a passion for craft beer and the Military. He has led, operated, and grown profitable multi-unit independent food & beverage groups in the Denver, Kansas City, and Charlotte markets. Alan comes from a four-branch Military family. His grandfather, father, brother, nephew, two uncles, and several cousins all served in the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps, Army, and Air Force. His cult-like dedication to Boston sports teams and Nebraska and Navy Football is annoying. https://armedforcesbrewingco.com/
25:15
September 24, 2021
Cathy Jean-Francois - Author, Blogger, Recovering Depressive and Teacher
Cathy is a high school English teacher, but her first love and passion is writing.  She created a blog called "The True Confessions of a Reluctant Bachelorette" (www.thereluctantbachelorette.com) a few years ago. Since that time she has gotten married and created a new blog website titled "Tighed the Knot: A Newlywed's Thoughts on Navigating the Married Life" (www.tighedtheknot.com) where she shared fun and compelling stories of her married life. Hopefully, some people out there can find in these posts some relevance to their own lives! But most recently and much more importantly,  she started a new blogging platform where she discusses ideas that have resonated with her, helping her to keep a positive perspective on life despite her depression. It’s all about her desire to keep a positive mindset to achieve her own form of happiness. It is her belief that this will help many depressives who struggle alone. https://cathyscross.wordpress.com/
36:47
September 21, 2021
Barbara Allen - Host American Snippets
Barb Allen is head writer, commentator, and Co-Founder of American Snippets. Barb is the widow of Lt Louis Allen, who was murdered by a fellow soldier while deployed to Iraq. The tragic loss made her keenly aware of the cost of our freedom. She struggled for years to find her footing and raise her four boys. It was in those years that extraordinary people stepped forward to inspire, encourage, mentor, and support her and her kids. Barb has conducted over 150 interviews, has been featured on Fox News, The Today Show, Army Times, and in Taya Kyle’s book American Spirit. She is an award-winning author, with her third book set to release in June. Barb is a powerful and poignant Speaker on adversity and patriotism. She has shared the stage with Nick Vujicic and others. https://www.americansnippets.com/
38:34
September 14, 2021
Christina Stanton - Out of the Shadow of 9/11
Christina Ray Stanton is an award-winning author and licensed NYC tour guide, and has been featured in print and TV many times in her 25-year career. For a decade she worked as Redeemer Presbyterian's short-term missions director, and she is the founder of the nonprofit organization Loving All Nations (www.lovingallnations.org). She and her husband, Brian, still live within blocks of the World Trade Center. https://christinaraystanton.com/
38:04
September 07, 2021
Corie Weathers - Lifegiver
Corie Weathers is a military spouse who has fully embraced the service culture.  She has devoted her mental health career to serve military and first responder families which resulted in being awarded the 2015 Military Spouse of the Year- representing all six branches and 1.1 million military spouses. 2015 was the beginning of an amazing journey that opened up her opportunity to reach far more families than she ever thought possible beyond her counseling office. She is an Author. A Speaker & Emcee, Journalist, Podcast Host, Licensed Counselor, Leadership Consultant, Curriculum Writer. Service Organization Clinical Consultant, Subject Matter Expert on Military Culture, and Military Family Advocate. If she could sum it all up, though… She is a Military & First Responder Clinical Consultant and she is looking forward to working with you Www.corieweathers.com
45:06
August 31, 2021
Sam Thiara
Through his tireless work, Sam continues to be committed to the betterment of communities as a speaker, educator, and storyteller. In 2016, Sam received the Governor General’s Sovereign’s Volunteer Medal as a past recipient of the Governor General’s Caring Canadian Award. Also, in 2012 he received the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal and the Rick Hansen Difference Maker medallion. Over the last 20 years, he has helped and supported 45+ not-for-profit organizations from establishing a strategic vision to engaging stakeholders to rolling up his sleeves and doing whatever work is needed. As a community activator, his passion is to inspire and motivate others in their personal and professional development through his many adventures and reflections on life’s journey. It is about helping people establish and build their personal autobiography through storytelling. As a writer and blogger, Sam published his book, Personal Storytelling: Discover the Extraordinary in the Ordinary to help others share their stories. His reflections on life help others vision and build their stories. Sam has mentored and coached hundreds of individuals in life and career. He is also an accomplished speaker and in 2011, spoke at TEDxSFU where he created the signature phrase, ‘Discovering the Extraordinary in the Ordinary’. Sam has delivered countless keynote speeches, workshop facilitation, and panel discussions over the years. Since 2004, Sam has found his calling at the Beedie School of Business and Fraser International College at Simon Fraser University. His purpose is to help individuals in life and career and as a result, Co-founded GradusOne which recently merged with the League of Innovators. http://www.sam-thiara.com/
43:34
August 24, 2021
Brittany Wagner - Next Chance You!
Brittany Wagner is a nationally respected athletic academic counselor and motivational speaker best known for her role as the breakout star of the hit Netflix documentary series, Last Chance U. Recognized for her compassion, encouragement, and no-nonsense attitude, Brittany guided many young men to academic and professional success despite run-ins with the law, extreme poverty, abandonment, and often a complete lack of academic preparedness. She has helped over 200 football players academically qualify for nationally respected NCAA Division I schools, and all of the students Brittany advised who are currently playing in the NFL, also hold college degrees. Brittany’s inadvertent stardom led to feature interviews with ABC’s Nightline, The Dan Patrick Show, GQ, The New York Times, The LA Times, and Sports Illustrated — to name a few. For the past four years, Brittany has traveled all over the country as a motivational speaker. In the fall of 2017, she launched her own company, Ten Thousand Pencils (10KP). Through 10KP, she is able to aid at-risk youth by working individually with high school and college-level administrators, counselors, and teachers to help them build relationships with these students and better support their emotional, social, and academic needs. Brittany’s first book: Next Chance You: Tools, Tips, and Tough Love for Bringing Your A-Game to Life is available for pre-order now and will be published on September 7th of this year. A new, scripted television series based on Brittany’s personal and professional life is in the making! Actress Courteney Cox will be portraying Ms. Wagner in this series. Michael Strahan is also an executive producer on the project. Lastly, she is an adjunct professor in the College of Business at The University of Montevallo and is a boxing coach at Battle Republic. Brittany earned both her undergraduate and graduate degrees in Sports Communication and Administration from Mississippi State University and currently resides in Birmingham, Alabama with her daughter, Kennedy. https://brittanywagner.com/
30:59
August 17, 2021
Julissa Martis - Legacy HRC
Julissa is passionate about helping to support and create workplaces and corporate culture teams feel supported and inclusive. She helps mission-driven organizations attract and retain their top talent by providing progressive HR Strategy and People Operations Strategy & Support. She is on a mission to change workplaces for the better, where your strategic goals are met and your team is driving the mission. https://legacyhrc.com/ Veteran Podcast Awards https://www.veteranpodcastawards.com/registered
39:45
August 10, 2021
Tyler Jefcoat the Seller Accountant
Tyler Jefcoat is the Founder & CEO of Seller Accountant where he exercises his passion for helping sellers maximize their businesses. Tyler provides financial coaching for sellers totaling more than $100 million per year in e-commerce sales. Tyler also leads the Sellers Roundtable, an exclusive mastermind group for seven- and eight-figure sellers. Before founding Seller Accountant, Tyler was the Co-Founder and Managing Partner for Care to Continue, a home health care company that grew from zero to 100 employees in four years. https://www.selleraccountant.com/
32:54
August 03, 2021
Claire Chandler
Claire Chandler helps ambitious, mission-forward companies scale with fewer growing pains and bottlenecks. She founded Talent Boost because she was tired of finding employees curled up under their desks, crying and disillusioned. She cures workplace misery by fixing the biggest impact on a company's culture: the behavior of its leaders. Claire uses a proprietary blend of humor and insights to pull leaders out of their silos and extract the fundamental DNA that makes their business unique. She turns siloed bosses into magnetic leaders who attract the right talent--and repel the wrong people--to accomplish the company’s mission. She's married to a Marine Corps veteran and has a talking chinchilla with his own YouTube leadership series. Claire only works with C-level executives who are: Ambitious: They want their company to be the market-dominating, profitable organization that attracts the right employees and customers. Self-Aware: They know they don’t have all the right people, processes, and/or strategies to reach their desired future. Open: They are not easily offended by a woman telling them they're wrong and are willing to do things differently to achieve the amazing results they want. Claire has worked within and alongside small and large organizations across a broad swath of industries, from mining and manufacturing to pharma and biotech, to turn growing companies into consistent magnets for talent. If joining a swath of magnetic leaders and companies appeals to you, schedule a call ASAP. You'd be surprised how many other leaders have already signed up for her unique brand of tough love. https://www.clairechandler.net/
35:16
July 27, 2021
The Therapy Twins
Joan and Jane are the Therapy Twins. Identical twin sisters licensed caregivers and lifelong seekers who use their own brand of humor and vulnerability to tell revealing stories about their childhood, family, marriages, divorces, dating, and motherhood…and how they uncovered and overcame all their trauma. Their mission is to help people love more and fear less. We all know trauma. It comes in big packages – abuse, addiction, illness, death – and small ones – wrecked relationships, self-doubt, insecurity, miscommunication. Joan and Jane help people understand and heal trauma and get out ahead of the devastating impact it can have on relationships, families, and communities. Using the connection of their unique relationship, shared history, love of irreverence, and sense of humor, Joan and Jane find out the WHY behind trauma and look for the root emotions that surround the scenario. https://therapytwins.com/
39:03
July 20, 2021
Hermie Castillo - Navy Veteran to Actor
Hermie Castillo is a Navy Veteran who has put his boots down and is now pursuing his career in the Entertainment industry.  With shows to his credit such as NCIS, Brooklyn 99, Mom, and others only time will tell how far he will go. He wanted to serve his country and was excited to start that journey with the US Navy. Then things changed as the Navy did away with his career field.  He took this as a calling to do something greater and pursued his current career in the entertainment industry. Check out his credits below and follow his career as he moves forward.  Check out his credits https://resumes.actorsaccess.com/hermiecastillo
43:32
July 13, 2021
Brett D'Alessandro - Backpacks for Life
Sgt. Brett D’Alessandro returned home from a seven-month deployment in Afghanistan to what he thought was the end of a long road. He learned very quickly that an even longer road filled with struggle and confusion lay ahead.  After a challenging deployment, Brett and those whom he returned home, were now facing the hardest part of the process; reintegrating into their civilian lives while battling with the hidden wounds of war. Following a face-to-face encounter with a homeless veteran on the streets of Rhode Island in the winter, something resonated with Brett. It wasn’t just him or those he was deployed with or this man on the side of the road…it was MANY veterans, nationwide, who had to deal with the trauma of coming home and not knowing where to turn. Brett took this moment as a sign to do more and be more for his fellow servicemen and women. That day, Brett distributed a backpack to this veteran filled with socks, t-shirts, and warming layers. From this simple act…Backpacks For Life was born. Since 2014, BFL has devoted its life to make sure that no Veteran has to suffer by providing him/her with the correct tools to recover. These tools include coaching services,  communal meals, making the veterans feel human, and letting each Veteran know that he or she isn’t alone. The recovery process is aided by countless hours of personal interaction and the physical distribution of backpacks. Backpacks represent the first line of defense, a symbol of hope, and so much more to the team at Backpacks For Life. https://www.backpacksforlife.org/our-mission
39:58
July 06, 2021
Dustin Gruss - Greatness Facilitator
I am Cleveland born and Cleveland bred, raised in the suburb called Berea, home of the Cleveland Browns. For many years people would be embarrassed by that last fact, but I am proud of it. I'm not demonstrating a poor taste in football teams, but instead, my support of the befuddled Browns franchise should tell you something else about me- my loyalty and appreciation for the underdog. Just as the Browns have had their proverbial carousels of general managers, coaches, and quarterbacks over the last 20 years, I have had my share of carousels as well that have led me to where I am now. Allow me to explain. I have over 20 years of experience in various customer service vocations- retail management, restaurant management, even a 7-year stint as a mail carrier in Central Florida. The consistent between all these vocations was my desire to meet and exceed the expectations of my customers, which I'd say I was pretty good at. The other consistent across all these jobs was the lack of sense of fulfillment I had despite how good I was doing at each. None of them made me feel like I was fulfilling my purpose. I enjoyed making my customers happy, but the gratification in those types of jobs leaves as quickly as it comes and it's on to the next sale. Deep down I knew there was something more. https://www.stepuptogreatness.com/
36:29
June 29, 2021
Gloria Grace Rand - Live, Love, Engage
Gloria Grace Rand is the author of the Amazon #1 international best-seller, “Live. Love. Engage. - How to Stop Doubting Yourself and Start Being Yourself,” which details my journey of self-discovery and spiritual awakening that began when my sister was diagnosed with stage four cancer. The idea for the book came about during my regular morning meditation, two months before my sister transitioned. The “divine download” contained four principles based on the word love, which helped me heal my old emotional wounds, and finally live fully, love deeply, and engage authentically. https://gloriarand.com/contact/
27:07
June 22, 2021
John Davis - Corporate Action Hero
John is a dynamic speaker, accomplished leader, and expert in managing people to peak performances during change or adversity. He has over 20 years of experience speaking for Fortune 500 clients and a broad swath of industries including healthcare, financial, insurance, retail, and the military, at hundreds of conferences, seminars, and retreats. At 22 years old John Davis' spine broke in half dashing his dreams of being a Stuntman, Fight Director, and Martial Artist. Doctors told him he may never walk again, and if he did he could never have a physical career. Using what he now calls the "Five Fs," John Overcame the limiting beliefs of others and brought himself back. He went on to perform over four thousand live comedy sword fighting stunt shows all over the world including performing more than one hundred shows on the most remote bases in both Iraq and Afghanistan on six USO tours. Free Gift for Audience: http://www.corporateactionhero.com/gift http://www.corporateactionhero.com/for-planners Social Links https://www.linkedin.com/in/corporateactionhero/ https://www.facebook.com/CorporateActionHero https://twitter.com/JDActionHero
42:35
June 15, 2021
Allen Simmons - Walk in Purpose - On Purpose
Allen Simmons is a United States Marine Corps veteran who has deployed to Baghdad, Iraq, and Marjah, Afghanistan. He is also the Founder of Live N Love Incorporate, Shop Persist, Brunch and Ties, Brunch and Heels, and AllenLeviSpeaks. Throughout his time Honorably separated from the Marines, Allen battled PTSD, addiction, and suicide. He overcame after years of struggles and victories, he decided to take action in his community. He understood that there are many people who struggle with their darkest battles one could go through. War was not just on the battlefield, it is in the minds of men, women, and children. Allen became more passionate about networking after coming out of his depression. He believed that networking would give him the opportunity to speak hope into someone else’s life. He wanted to give someone else hope so that they could also give another person hope. In order to do this, Allen has combined several life principles that will drive his listeners forward with power and faith. https://allenlevisimmons.com/
52:10
June 08, 2021
Andrene Low- Author
In this episode, we have Andrene Low, or Andie as her cozy mystery readers know her, she has a love of writing instilled in her by her mother. Although, if her mum was still alive, she'd be smacking Andrene across the back of the head given the direction some of her writing has taken. Irreverent, cutting and reflecting her background as a stand-up comic, it's edgy with humor that can be very dark in places. She also enjoys a good bit of snark. Andrene lives in the beautiful Hawke’s Bay region of New Zealand with Mia a tabby so keen on the local birdlife, she's going the right way to end up decked out in enough bells to be mistaken for a furry little Morris Dancer. https://www.andrenelowauthor.com/
38:11
June 01, 2021
Cara Achterberg- Author and Dog Rescue Advocate
Cara is an irrepressible writer, a curious cook, a lazy gardener, a loyal friend, a dog trainer in training, and an occasional cowgirl. She is also a compulsive blogger, a creative writing teacher, an almost famous novelist, and a rescue dog advocate. She will talk your ear off about processed food, growing tomatoes, Virginia wine, shelter dogs, or the puppies she is currently fostering. If you ask about herkids, I may brag a bit, as they are certainly worth bragging about. http://www.carawrites.com/ https://ophrescue.org/
26:13
May 25, 2021
Kirsten McKenzie Best Selling Author
In this episode, we have author Kirsten McKenzie from New Zealand on to discuss her story. A full-time author, she is a former customs officer and antique dealer, who has also dabbled in film and television. Her historical time-slip series - The Old Curiosity Shop Series (which includes Fifteen Postcards, The Last Letter, and Telegram Home), has been described as 'Time Travellers Wife meets Far Pavilions', and 'Antiques Roadshow gone viral'. The series was acquired by Podium Audio in 2020 and is now available as audiobooks. Kirsten lives in New Zealand with her husband, her daughters, two rescue cats, and can usually be found procrastinating on Twitter. https://www.kirstenmckenzie.com/author
37:24
May 18, 2021
Pup Camp with Dave Shade
After serving a tour overseas fighting in the mountains of Afghanistan, he found himself alone and separated from the brotherhood forged in battle with my unit in the 82nd Airborne. When he became a civilian again, like most veterans he was lost trying to find his way in a world coping with the effects of Post-Traumatic Stress. When all seemed lost, he found solace in the most unexpected of places: A boxer puppy named Lulu. Undoubtedly, Lulu had saved his life as she taught him how to live, love, and feel again. She healed the wounds of war (the ones you don’t see on the outside). This amazing animal had instilled in him a love for the species that made him want to help their kind. Many families and dogs lack great training, and he found I was born for this - to train dogs, create happy families and happy homes. Then, he spent 5 years training thousands of dogs. From this, he started an online training venture that has launched recently. You can visit it a the link below. https://pupcamp.com/
41:30
May 12, 2021
Army Veteran to Entrepeneur
In life, we all have encounters with multiple amazing people. In mine, I have had tons of them, especially through my uniform career. One such encounter was with a young man in Korea. He was very mature for a young guy, especially in uniform. He was always pushing for greatness. He was the Battalion Commander's driver then moved on to the Brigade. He also went from a young soldier to an NCO while in Korea. Well, he continued to hustle for the rest of his time, then transitioned out and has become a successful independent over-the-road trucker. He is an inspiration to all young people transitioning into the unknown.  Have a plan and keep pushing forward.  Charles Davis Jr is a hard worker who has never stopped hustling since I met him, he has remained humble and is still hungry! https://www.buymeacoffee.com/TheMisFitNation
33:14
May 07, 2021
Coaching and Mentoring the Youth
In this episode, we are visiting with two men who have dedicated their lives to service. They both started out serving via the military. One was a leatherneck a Hollywood Marine who saw combat in Iraq, wound up being medically retired in 2010 from the Corps. He then on a request from his oldest son became a football coach for his team. A year later he was coaching in High School.  Then life happened and he had to take that resilient mindset to a new level. He continued to serve with Team Rubicon, Team Red White, and Blue became a Fellow with the Mission Continues and a Shepherd with the Save a Warrior foundation.  All of this led him back to coaching, the true life of service.  Our second guest was the son of a Navy family, He grew up in Virginia, had some speedbumps while in school, and wound up not graduating with his class. He joined the Army as an Engineer. Here he found his path with true mentors all around him, great leaders, and advice. He earned the coveted Sapper tab as a young Sergeant (not many achieve this). He left service and started a path he never thought possible, he is becoming a teacher. He is also a coach of all sports.  He loves to coach, teach and mentor and he is a student of each game he is involved in. Please welcome Terrance Gant and Tim King - Veterans, Coaches, Mentors, Leaders
56:05
April 29, 2021
Andrew Jones of AJImpacts
Welcome Back to the MisFitNation In this episode, we are speaking to one of my Brothers and of course a MisFit, Andrew Jones.  Andrew Jones is a Marine Corps Combat Veteran who stood on the Yellow Footprints of MCRD San Diego in July of 1999 at the young age of 17 and deployed to Iraq in 2003 with the 1st Marine Division as an Anti-Tank Assaultman. During the Battle of Baghdad on April 8th, Andrew suffered a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) when his position was impacted by an enemy rocket. When Andrew returned home, he was diagnosed with severe Combat Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Major Depressive Disorder, resulting in substance abuse, broken relationships, homelessness, jail time, and battles with suicide. To reach him fill out the contact form on his page. https://ajimpacts.com/
35:51
April 23, 2021
Moments Matter
In this episode, we have the honor of speaking to Dave Sanderson.  Dave Sanderson is the President of his firm, Dave Sanderson Speaks International based out of Charlotte, NC. On January 15, 2009, Dave was one of the last passengers off the plane that crashed into the Hudson River, best known as The Miracle on the Hudson, considered to be the most successful ditching in aviation history. he has built a career as a motivational speaker, mentor, and author. Recently named one of the top 100 Leadership Speakers in Inc.com, Dave averages over 80 speeches a year for major corporations across the world. To reach out to Dave you can visit his website  https://davesandersonspeaks.com/ or email him directly dave@davesandersonspeaks.com The best place to interact with Dave is on his LinkedIn account  linkedin.com/in/hiredavesanderson
35:16
April 12, 2021
Zero Moment of Truth with Paul Mackiewicz
This Episode brings Paul Mackiewicz to the show.  Paul has served as an executive in the digital marketing industry at an INC 5000 Fastest Growing Company on two occasions. He is a motivator and wants businesses to succeed and will help them achieve their best self.  https://www.hashtag-smart.com/ https://vetsandplayers.org/
50:18
April 07, 2021
Living a Positive life
In this episode, we welcome a woman of the world Jenny Gracia.  She tells us about the things she is doing to help others find their best self and make life-changing choices for the better along the way.   Here is how to reach out to Jenny: https://linktr.ee/aceitesdevida?fbclid=IwAR3kvLTbZWCu3dkBT_OK7Ftv-R9vhYJ-tWkf9qO8cjQ1RLeuw4bpGmpDjaE Our second Guest is Reden Dionisio an Active Duty Navy Hospital Corpsman.  He started an online business and turned it into a way to help families of the fallen with remembrance coins.   https://www.fortis-fidelis.com/pages/about-us
53:33
April 02, 2021
Dear Calvin Project and The Price of Freedom Foundation
Welcome back to the MisFitNation In this episode we are talking to a couple of Veterans who recognized a need and have started two ventures to help families in remembering their fallen heroes. The first interview is with Charlie Jones of the Dear Calvin Project.  This is a great idea and we look forward to the products he produces for the families and most importantly the history they receive of their hero in video form. http://www.DearCalvinProject.com/ https://www.facebook.com/DearCalvinProject Our second guest is Dennis Shroader and he started the Price of Freedom Foundation in order to produce well written biographies of those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.  He will produce in a book form both hard copy and digital along with video media as well.  https://www.priceoffreedomfoundation.org/home https://www.facebook.com/PriceofFreedomFoundation
57:05
March 29, 2021
Freedom and Prosperity / Love Your Launch
In This episode we have the honor of speaking with two Veteran Entrepreneurs.  One Dr. Luke McClees, has started a venture called Freedom and Prosperity which educates veterans and educates about veterans. We guide military-connected people to achieve their definition of success with a whole-person approach. Freedom and Prosperity also focuses on educating the non-military connected population to move past their stereotypes of veterans and have a truly inclusive view of the veteran community. Website https://fptt.org/ IG @freedom_prosperity Our second guest is Britney Thornton-Homco and she started Love Your Launch Academy.  She is a Social Media Monster and her mission is to inspire and guide high performing women who want to defy traditional models of success and happiness so they can lead their lives with heart and confidence.  Website https://loveyourlaunchacademy.com/ FB/ britneythorntonhomco
01:00:20
March 24, 2021
Made4uTX and Southern, Sweet and Sassy LLC
This week we are pivoting to one of the many ways veterans and their spouses can transition out of the military and into a successful second career. Our first guests are Joseph and Amanda Garcia of Killeen Texas. They are passionate about community and veterans. They took a leap in September 2020 to start a business right at the height of a pandemic. You can check them out at https://www.made4utx.com/or on Face book @made4utx Our second guest is Missy Green a Navy Veteran and Spouse and owner of Southern, Sweet, and Sassy LLC.  Welcome to Southern, Sweet & Sassy! A service-connected disabled veteran and woman-owned small business. We are a premium quality coffee supplier. What a great person and businesswoman.  She is doing great things and you should check her out.  https://southernsweetandsassyllc.com/ FB @southernsweetandsassyllc IG @southernsweetandsassyllc
50:11
March 19, 2021
Faithsmagnet - Mental TAP
In this episode, we will speak with Gerard Nguedi. who saw a need based on his own experiences and started a company that is in line with his passion and his vision The company is called Faithsmagnet The Mission Statement is as follows OUR MISSION IS TO EMPOWER POST 9/11 VETERANS AND THEIR FAMILIES TO HELP THEM END INNER-MIND STRUGGLES AND FIND BALANCE AS WELL AS THEIR NEW MISSION, PASSIONS, CONFIDENCE, PURPOSE, HAPPINESS, SUCCESS, AND FULFILLMENT IN THEIR NEW LIFE AND CAREER IN THE CIVILIAN WORLD.
47:18
March 16, 2021
The Family Part 2
This is the continuation of our last episode. This time my better half joined me to tell some of her journeys from being an 18-year-old getting married into the Military and the bumpy road we went on from there to now. She will give good advice to the young spouses out there now. We will also talk about the mindset needed to make it through all of this. We hope you enjoy it. The MisFitNation
29:57
March 12, 2021
The family and it's importance to the Military Part I
In this episode, we will discuss the family. Not just a normal family, the one which is attached to the military. How do they handle life with the stress attached? What tricks did they have for coping with life and how did they get through the good and bad times. 
50:54
February 24, 2021
A Strong Mind equals a Strong Body
This episode takes you on a journey of a strong woman who has faced many challenges and has stood up every time to fight. She teaches us about resilience and of course our introduction to Zumba.  Our second guest takes us from the green side navy to a transition which was a difficult decision. He then will show us how there is hope, how having a purpose has helped him.  
58:50
February 10, 2021
What is the MisFitnation
This First Episode is dedicated to introducing you to us. We are a happy band of people who work hard, play hard reset, and start again. The Nation had its official start in 2010 but had been brewing forever. Some of us have known each other for over ten years others for 40-50.  During this Episode, you will meet two of the MisFits who are truly part of if not the heart and soul of the Nation.  We hope you enjoy it and follow us on Spotify or any of your favorite podcast locations. 
52:25
February 04, 2021
The MisFitNation a Pilot
Episodes with music are only available on Spotify.
This is our  Quick Introduction to our upcoming episodes of the MisFitNation
02:07
January 30, 2021