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By Taylor Marks
A curious twenty-something navigating what it means to grow up, how people choose the careers they do, and along the way answering her own questions about failures, dreams, and identity.

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Ep. 104: A scotch for the road (JRM)
An ode to my late grandfather.
February 02, 2022
Ep. 103: Pursuing The Pathless Path with Paul Millerd
Paul Millerd is a self-proclaimed "curious human" who also happens to be the author of The Pathless Path, Imagining a New Story For Work and Life. I zipped through the book in about two days and would highly recommend it to anyone of any age who's looking for a different way to live. In the book, Paul walks you through his own journey of overcoming burnout and how he's managed to build a life that is based on experiments -- a creative endeavor. Boundless
January 26, 2022
Ep. 102: 7 Tips For High School Graduates To Navigate Life After High School
4-year college? Community College? Apprenticeship? Start your own business? Enter the workforce? There are so many options for what you can do post-high school, that it can be paralyzing. What if instead of thinking about it as a right and wrong choice, you instead think about it as: What's the best choice for me? This episode covers 7 tips to help high school graduates navigate life as they step into the next phase and soak up as much as they can. Free Booklet to help you figure out what you want to do with your life:
January 03, 2022
Ep. 101: The end of an era
What a wild ride it's been over the last two years interviewing over 130+ guests over my two podcasts. In this episode, I explore why I started my podcast, the purpose it served in my life, and my tips for podcasting.
December 27, 2021
Ep. 100: The Power of Grief with Jonny Miller
Jonny Miller is the creator of the Nervous System Mastery program and host of the Curious Humans podcast. He is also an startup founder coach,  breathwork practitioner, and emotional resilience researcher. Previously he worked at Escape the City where he ran their startup accelerator program and helped to wake up the working world. Jonny's Twitter:
December 16, 2021
Ep. 99: How To 10x Your Career Satisfaction with Katelyn Richards
Katelyn is a serial career pivoter, former recruiter turned Career Coach & Strategist with Crafted Careers, and the co-creator of Sweet Spot Careers, an online course designed to help unfulfilled professionals find their career sweet spot and finally land jobs where they can thrive. Over the years, she has had the privilege of recruiting and coaching hundreds of professionals for positions in industries that include healthcare, finance, human resources, tech, operations, higher education, and sales. Katelyn has conducted thousands of interviews, done more resume reviews than she can count, and currently helps dozens of job seekers each month navigate significant career transitions by sharing her insider’s knowledge of what companies are looking for in hiring top talent coupled with practical strategies to make it happen.  Katelyn's LinkedIn: Crafted Careers Website:
December 07, 2021
Ep: 98: Ex-Amish Turned Musician, Silicone Boone
Silicone Boone is an Ex-Amish artist from the hills of eastern  Kentucky.  With minimal exposure to contemporary music in his formative years, his songs can feel both aged and newly born.  In 2019 he released  "The Reaches," a concept album on outer space that explores the seemingly endless reaches of human longing. Website: Twitter:
December 01, 2021
Ep. 97: Owning Your Life Trail with OwnTrail CEO, Rebekah Bastian
Rebekah Bastian is an entrepreneur, award-winning writer, artist, tech executive, mentor, wife, mother and aerial acrobat. After 15 years at  Zillow, with roles including vice president of product and vice president of community and culture, Rebekah is now CEO & Co-founder of OwnTrail. Rebekah's LinkedIn: OwnTrail:
November 30, 2021
The Vault: Decisionmaking, creating content, and new cities
A podcast featuring anonymous 17-25-year-olds, where they are asked 10 questions in 10 minutes.
November 24, 2021
Ep. 96: Career Trial Runs with Lindsay Gordon
Lindsay Gordon is a career coach for analytically minded people who want to stop doing what they think is "right" in their career and start doing what's right for them. She helps people get clear about what's right for them in a job and why, confident about their skills and abilities, and able to communicate that to interviewers, managers, and colleagues. Lindsay started her career working as a recycled water engineer in Melbourne, Australia before landing at Google doing technical support for the  Google Apps team. After 5 years of technical support, she transitioned into career development at Google before starting her own business. Lindsay has been featured in publications such as Business Insider and Thrive  Global and holds a BS in Bioengineering from The Franklin W. Olin  College of Engineering and a Core Strengths Coaching Certificate from  San Francisco State University. She loves applying her engineering brain to helping people find careers that fit, baking complicated pastries, and barbershop singing.
November 17, 2021
Ep 95: Achieve Brand Success With Clear Messaging and Consistency with Sam McNerney
Sam is the Founder of McNerney Insights & Marketing, which provides an easy, fast, and accurate way for brands to get feedback on their positioning. He has spent the bulk of his career thus far working for Publicis North America, the creative agency. He also has tools in brand & marketing, consumer research, and writing & editing. In addition to all of this, he has written about market research and behavioral science for magazines such as Scientific American (Print & Online) and Psychology Today. In this episode, we talk about taking the leap to work on his own, what makes good branding, and the power of market research.
November 10, 2021
Ep. 94: The Solution To Not Knowing What To Study In College with Bryan Besecker
Bryan Besecker, CFA, CAIA graduated from Villanova University in 2009. He has worked at BNY Mellon Investment Management in a variety of roles first in sales and  then on the research side. He is currently a VP Investment Strategist and has supported several Chief Economists and Strategists in distilling macroeconomic trends and market insights into implications for investing. His research has been used to help fund  sales, client relationships, marketing, product strategy, and  communications. After attempting to transition into venture capital, he has shifted to an entrepreneurial side project focused on edtech. His first idea was an alternative career resource marketplace and then pivoted to helping high school students with career exploration before college as he believes too many students are going to college when they are not ready then end up getting a bad return. He is proudly from Philadelphia and is a big fan of basketball, especially the Philadelphia 76ers and Villanova. You can read more about his edtech projects here.
November 03, 2021
Ep. 93: Humanity and Theater with Kellee Stall
Kellee Stall was born in Norfolk, Virginia. She spent her childhood in Lilburn, Georgia, and her high school years in Mandeville, Louisiana. At  18, Kellee moved to Crystal Lake Illinois where she earned her BFA in  Acting and met her husband, Tim Stall, of 27 years. She founded and operated Inhabit Theater Company, an immersive, pop-up theater performing original stories throughout Northern Illinois. Kellee collaboratively wrote comedic plays with the actor’s and musician’s talent in mind then placed these plays in site-specific locations like coffee shops, bridal boutiques, and empty houses for sale. Kellee spent 23 years in the Midwest as an acting coach, talent scout, director, and playwright. In 2017 she moved to Charlotte North Carolina where she currently casts, produces, and acting coaches for local film companies. As an assemblage artist, she approaches her art as she would a theatrical piece. Kellee collects and casts found objects into a scene to provoke a humorous dialogue or a crucial conversation. She often collaborates with other artists in an attempt to advance the dialogue of her work. In  July 2021, Kellee produced “Duets” an immersive art show which featured 10 local Charlotte artists and performers. This sold-out event allowed patrons the option to support artists by tipping their art. Kellee’s art and set design was featured in Winston Salem The Breath and The Clay 2021 live &  online conference. Kellee received a HUG grant from “Charlotte is  Creative” for producing “Plastic Perspective” show in 2019. Her solo show “Identity Crises” featured 11 pieces shown at New City Gallery,  Charlotte in the summer of 2018.
October 29, 2021
Ep. 92: Cutting Hair and Confidence
We usually shy away from what we want the most. We let fear and excuses stand in the way. We think we need external forces or validation to push us along. Truth is, you already have what you need. Find out where it is and how to use it.
October 15, 2021
Ep. 91: Executive Pastry Chef, Samantha Allen
Formally the executive pastry chef for The Fig Tree Restaurant, Samantha opened Wentworth & Fenn, a unique bakery that creates wedding cakes, special event cakes, and custom seasonal pastries that are sold out of a 1961 Shasta Camper, named Selma, and bakery located at Camp North End. Samantha was named ‘Best Pastry Chef’ in Charlotte, NC for 2017, she’s traveled to New York to cook at the legendary James Beard House, and she was nominated for ‘Best Pastry Chef of the East Coast Region’-James  Beard Award in 2016. You can find Allen at the bakery most days creating new, exciting pastries! Website: Instagram: Facebook:
October 14, 2021
Ep. 90: The Importance of Having a Home and How to Build One Anywhere
If asked what home was to you, what would you say? Is it your mom's spaghetti or the way the room smells when you get home from work? Is it a person or place? Each of us has a different definition of what home is and how much it means to us. However, the concept of home is important to each of us. Home is stability. Home means that you can drop your walls.  Full article:
October 05, 2021
Ep. 89: The Online School Equiping Learners With 21st Century Skills with Victoria Ransom, Prisma CEO
Victoria Ransom is a serial entrepreneur from New Zealand who currently is the CEO and Co-Founder of Prisma, an online, innovative school for 4-8th graders that tailors education to their abilities and goals for the future. Previously, Victoria started a social marketing SaaS company called Wildfire Interactive, but sold it in 2012 to Google.  Prisma was started in April of 2020 with the vision of being the world's most effective Connected Learning Network (small cohorts of kids learning together with the support of coaches all across the world) that not only equips kids to live now, but also prepares them for their adult lives.  Prisma's website: Victoria's Twitter:
September 30, 2021
Ep. 88: Artist, Startup Founder, and Community Activator, Miriam Dorsett
Miriam Dorsett is a full-time artist, serial entrepreneur, and community activator. Her passions are the arts, our community, technology and sustainability. In addition to growing her startup Chibur, she is the founder of Bootstrap Publications and Zen Zone Miami. She is a certified Climate Crisis speaker through the CLEO Institute, the Meetup Host for Product Hunt South Florida, on the organizing committee for 1 Million Cups Miami, a Founding Member of GoodHuman, and the Miami Community Manager for Entre. A self-proclaimed “digital age guru” she has more than 20 years of professional experience ranging in the fields of youth development, small business management, and digital engagement. Her second book The Lion and The Elephant has been well received by readers. This year she will make two more books available, Thank You and Tell Me Your Best Joke, and she is currently working on her title From Where I Stand which will outline her views as she prepares for her public off run. Chibur site: Miriam Twitter:
September 27, 2021
Ep. 87: Freelancing, Newsletters, and Online Courses with Merott Movahedi
Merott Movahedi is a London-based indie maker and Toptal freelance developer. In his spare time, he found that he was interested in education and wanted a way to learn more about the industry and the people in it, so he created a weekly email called 'Course Creators Weekly." For the last 65 weeks, he has been sending out 3 articles, videos, or podcasts from creators in a digestible format in an effort to help people build transformational courses.  Course Creator Weekly: Merott's Twitter:
September 24, 2021
Ep. 86: Education, Growth Mindset, and Opening Doors with Joe Wehbe
If you ask Joe to describe himself he's a self-proclaimed Doorman. I don't mean one that stands at a physical hotel and opens doors for guests. I mean one that helps open the theoretical (or sometimes real) doors that allow people to make choices that impact their life directions. Joe is concerned about showing others what they're capable of doing. In this episode we explore the current education system, writing his first book, and how he ended up where he is today! His Bio: 2013-2016 Studied Psychology, University of Sydney 2016-2019 Co-Director of From the Ground Up, Nonprofit rebuilding schools and beginning a local business in a rural Nepali village 2017-onwards Co-Founder  and Managing Director, Sydney Listings, real estate experience  (challenging, not my core purpose, but great learning experience) 2020 – began writing 18 & Lost? So Were We Jan 2021 Co-founded Constant Student, along with Scott McKeon, co-author of 18 & Lost? So Were We July 2021 Also co-founding currently the Intentional Gap Year Program with Byron Dempsey, co-author of 18 & Lost? So Were We Joe's Twitter: Joe's LinkedIn: Joe's Website:
September 09, 2021
Ep. 85: From OJ Girl To Running Live Events with Mo Riley
Maureen “Mo” Riley is the Executive Director of the Ann Arbor Street Art Fair, the Original. A thirty-plus-year industry veteran, she received a BFA in Stage Management from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and later did post-graduate work toward an MBA at Wayne State University in Detroit. Her early career was spent as a Production Stage Manager for legitimate theatre and ballet until an unexpected turn opened the door to concert and festival management. A position as an Event Manager for the Palace of Auburn Hills and Pine Knob Music Theater led Riley to Michigan. She went on to be named the Special Events Director for Midtown Detroit’s University Cultural Center Association, producer of the Detroit Festival of the Arts. In 2010 she joined the staff of the Original Street Art Fair in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
August 31, 2021
Ep. 84: Building Natural Self-Care Routines with Christina Ellis
Christina Ellis is the Co-Founder & CEO of Lit Rituals and loves helping people create a natural, self-care-centered environment. She has spent the majority of her career in the wellness industry, gaining experiences in areas such as service, product & wholesale-based business. She has an affinity for working with small businesses but has also enjoyed assisting Lit Rituals getting into larger stores such as Free People, Market of Choice & P.F. Candle. While business development is her primary job function by day, Christina, (a Leo sun, Leo moon & Gemini rising) also enjoys being out in nature, traveling, and spending time with her 2 beautiful dogs. Lit Rituals Website: Lit Rituals Instagram:
August 24, 2021
Ep. 83: Being A Vigorous Animal with Frank Forencich
Frank Forencich is an internationally recognized expert on health and human adaptation. As an engaging speaker and movement teacher, he brings a unique perspective to the human predicament and offers practical solutions for some of the most pressing problems of our age. Frank's Website: Frank's Twitter: Frank's Vimeo:
August 20, 2021
Ep. 82: Creating "Wonder & Awe" With Wedding Photographer, Roy Serafin
Roy Serafin is a destination wedding photographer based out of Tampa  Florida. Prior to being a wedding photographer, Roy was an art director for ad agencies in Chicago working on some Fortune 100 companies ad campaigns. These days he prefers creating "Wonder & Awe" in everyday  wedding photographs without sacrificing the experience of the wedding day for his clients. In addition to being a full-time wedding  photographer, Roy also coaches wedding photographers on how to get more creative in the field and how to create an epic wedding day experience for clients. Roy's website:
August 12, 2021
Ep. 81: Using Food To Heal Chronic Illnesses with Vanessa Bighinatti
Vanessa struggled for years with Chronic Lyme Disease, Bartonella, POTS, EBV,  SIBO & Leaky Gut, Chronic Fatigue & Pain, and Parasites. At 24  years old, she was bound to a cane, at rock bottom, and thought she was missing out on the most important years of her life. After abandoning her  pastas, breads, and cheeses, she realized how much food has an effect on her symptoms. This diet shift, though drastic, gave her hope for remission and changed her life. She's now in remission from most of these symptoms and continues to heal each and every day, becoming more herself through nutrition and a holistic & healthy lifestyle. Where she once saw my illness as a curse, she can now find gratitude for the path on which it’s taken her -- to becoming a certified holistic health coach! Vanessa is so inspired to help others find their own way as well. Emotionally and physically, because healing is a lifestyle. Healing w Ness Instagram: Healing w Ness website:
August 10, 2021
Ep. 80: Glass Blowing with Epiphany Studios Owner, April Wagner
Born and raised in Michigan with parents who strived to give their child better, April was sent to a private high school for the arts. It was that she began focusing more on ceramics and diving into making her dreams a reality in order to become a full-time artist. In college, after one class of glass blowing, she was hooked immediately. Never looking back, April has helped paved the way for other artists by exploring how to make her craft provide for her. She even has a 4,000 sq. ft studio, Ephiphany Studios in Pontiac, Michigan, where she allows other artists to share the space with her.  Check out this episode if you're interested in how glass pieces are made, why her move to an art school was so pivotal, and what she wants to do moving forward with her art! Epiphany Studios website:
August 10, 2021
The Vault: XincereYiYours
A podcast featuring anonymous 17-25-year-olds, where they are asked 10 questions in 10 minutes. Interested in being on an episode? Sign up here: The Vault Calendar Learn more at her website:
July 30, 2021
Ep. 79: Coffee Chats, Mentors, and Writing with Andrew Yeung
Andrew Yeung is currently in Business Planning & Operations at Facebook New York, focused on building and scaling initiatives to improve the performance of their global sales teams. He's also involved with the startup community and has started a few ventures in the past. Today, he continues to work with early-stage startups in the eCommerce and social media space, and is always looking to get involved with new ventures. He's incredibly passionate about self-development, growth, learning, and performance psychology. Outside work, he trains in  mixed martial arts  competitively (Brazilian Jujitsu & Kickboxing) and loves to play chess. Andrew's Newsletter - Andrew's Twitter - Andrew's LinkedIn -
July 21, 2021
Ep. 78: Building a $100K Gaming Startup in Africa While In High School with Hassan El Mghari
Hassan El Mghari is a two-time startup founder and software engineer who loves to learn in public through tweeting and blogging. He founded his latest startup, UltraShock Gaming, in 2015 then grew it to a community of 500,000 gamers before selling it in late  2020. He recently graduated from Drexel University with a major in computer engineering and is hacking on some side projects while job hunting. Hassan's Twitter - Hassan's blog - Ultrashock Gaming -
July 20, 2021
The Vault: Changing the world - Behind the scenes
A podcast featuring anonymous 17-25-year-olds, where they are asked 10 questions in 10 minutes. PSA: Don't sleep on this week's guest, Jessica Schmitt-Lozano.  Interested in being on an episode? Sign up here: The Vault Calendar
July 13, 2021
Ep. 77: Why You Should Follow Your Curiosities with Artist, Mark Zirinsky
Mark Zirinsky grew up in New York and found himself in Colorado to study mining engineering after his interest in gem cutting had grown. He received his first gem cutting kit when he was seven years old and hasn't looked back since. Over the years he has maintained his passion for gem cutting, which then within the last few years has led to aluminum pieces. In conjunction with producing wonderful artwork, Mark has also run some very successful businesses. Most notably and the longest-running one was PEMED, where they sold used hospital and medical equipment.  Mark's goal with his work is: To stimulate viewer’s curiosity, vision and geometrical understanding by viewing my metalwork.
July 13, 2021
Ep. 76: Unlock Your Blockers and Find Your True Passions with Charlene Wang
Charlene Wang is the author of Model Breakers and founder of LivingOS, a  nonprofit dedicated to helping people embrace their authenticity in  life. She writes the LivingOS Newsletter and hosts the Model Breakers  podcast to explore what it means to live a good life. Charlene has spent  years coaching professionals and has pioneered the value coaching practice to help entrepreneurs, creators, and leaders find, in twenty  minutes, their true values and motivations in life.   While LivingOS and coaching are Charlene's passions, by day she works as  a product manager at Google. Charlene received her B.Sc. in applied  mathematics, computer science, and economics from Brown University. She resides in the Bay Area and admits to being a bit obsessed with her  Alishan golden oolong tea.   Charlene's Twitter:  Charlene's Book:  Charlene's Website:
July 13, 2021
Ep. 75: How to Retire at 25 and Live Now with Lincoln Scott
Born and raised in northern Virginia, he went to the University of  Houston to study marketing with a minor in finance. After college, he joined Mattress Firm full-time and continued his sales career both in  Brick and Mortar stores and phone sales at their corporate headquarters, known as the 'Bedquarters'.  After working in sales for six months, Lincoln decided to join the eCommerce team and served as an analyst. During his time there, he helped diagnose areas of opportunity on their website and optimized their web sales. After Mattress Firm, he began working at Thrasio, the largest Amazon Business Acquirer. They purchase 'Best Seller' Amazon businesses and then work to grow the companies even further. A few months later, Lincoln joined another company as their Digital Marketing and eCommerce Manager but left after 6 weeks. The team wasn't a fit. So, on June 30th, 2020, Lincoln retired. At 25 he was done with the rat race and listening to someone else bark directives at him. Dive into the episode to learn about what retirement means to Lincoln and how he spends his time now!
July 08, 2021
Ep. 74 - Why Video is King with Associate Producer, Chris Jordan
Chris Jordan is creative in multiple areas from filmmaking, podcast, and music. He worked as a freelancer for the last 5 years editing content for brands and entrepreneurs. He's now an Associate Producer for The School of Greatness Podcast with Lewis Howes where he oversees the production and quality of one of the top growing podcasts and youtube interview shows. His mission is to help show the value of creating video content and to help freelancers come to know the mindsets necessary to take their business to the next level. Where to find Chris: Twitter: Lewis Howes podcast:
June 30, 2021
The Vault: Jen Vermet
A podcast featuring anonymous 17-25-year-olds, where they are asked 10 questions in 10 minutes. Interested in being on an episode? Sign up here: The Vault Calendar
June 28, 2021
Ep. 73: The New Online MBA with MyMBA Founder, Grant Nissly
Grant Nissly, the founder of MyMBA started off doing what most mid-twenty-year-olds do after they've been working for a few years: looking at graduate school opportunities. After working for a bit and understanding where they want to go, most people begin to assess how they can get there. However, while looking at options for an MBA and exploring the future of online education, Grant found an untapped market he wanted to explore. Could there be room for an MBA 100% online at a significantly reduced rate, but just a great of value? With sites such as Coursera and Khan Academy, people can learn anything online for free or at reduced costs.  In the episode, we discuss where Grant's idea came from, online education, and what his plans are moving forward. Where to find MyMBA: Website: Grant's Twitter: MyMBA's Twitter: Grant's Newsletter:
June 24, 2021
Ep 72: The Beautiful Messiness of Life with Writer, Lyle McKeany
At first glance, you might assume that Lyle McKeany is just an average dad who just so happens to be a fantastic writer. Upon further inspection, you'll find little gems in his writing that expose you to the highs of fatherhood and seeing his daughter grow up, while also seeing the arduous tasks involved in raising a daughter with cerebral palsy. You'll learn about how he's been leaning into his creative juices once again, but with a keyboard, not a bass guitar. After a roughly twenty-year (a little under) hiatus of performing in front of thousands of people with his band, Pressure 4-5, Lyle has returned but this time through a screen and with a few more stories to tell. A career path that has had him working as a golf pro, professional musician, poker player, startup founder, growth marketer, and eventually writer, Lyle's seen quite a bit.  In this episode, we discuss his background, how writing for his book is different than for his band, and how 9/11 impacted the trajectory of Pressure 4-5.  Where to find Lyle Substack: Twitter:
June 17, 2021
The Vault: Every Day I'm Grinding
A podcast featuring anonymous 17-25-year-olds, where they are asked 10 questions in 10 minutes. Interested in being on an episode? Sign up here: The Vault Calendar
June 11, 2021
Ep. 71: Put In The Reps To Build Your World Within with Eddie Pinero
Eddie Pinero is the founder of Your World Within, a platform and creative outlet for sharing thoughts with over 20 million people around the globe. The articles, videos, and podcasts are aimed at entrepreneurs, athletes, and anyone else searching for motivation. In addition to creating content to share on the world from social media platforms, Eddie is also a keynote speaker, speechwriter, and social media consultant to clients in the corporate and creative industries. His YouTube channel boasts a hefty 251,000 subscribers, he has over 5 million listens on Spotify, and 98.1k followers on Instagram -- to say his positive and inspiring messages are making an impact would be an understatement. Website: YouTube: Instagram: Twitter:
June 10, 2021
Ep. 70: Your Mental Health Matters with Crumbs & Whiskers Founder, Kanchan Singh
Kanchan knew something was off for a while. She got a corporate job right out of college and after working for about two years, she decided to pursue the two things that made her happiest: animals and travel. This led her to Thailand, where she first heard about the concept of cat cafes. Upon returning, she honed in on her entrepreneurship minor and got to work bringing this idea to Washington, D.C. At 24, she opened her first location. Even with the success she was achieving with her business, she was still deeply unhappy. Not only was it affecting her internally, but it was also causing her to lash out at her employees and creating a toxic work environment. Deciding to start the inner healing through therapy and other methods, Kanchan starting writing poetry. It was through writing that she's been able to express herself and find who her true self.  What a story of self-reflection and discovery. The episode features an exploration into finding purpose, healing, mental health, and defining a new definition of a CEO. Where to find Kanchan: Instagram - Twitter - Website - Dear Me, I Love You (her book) - Crumbs and Whiskers -
June 03, 2021
Ep. 69: Why You Should Only Work 4 Hours a Day with Time Off Co-Founder, Max Frenzel
Max Frenzel is the co-author of the international bestseller Time Off: A Practical Guide to Building Your Rest Ethic and Finding Success Without the Stress.  His ideas have been featured in Fast Company, Financial Times, Thrive  Global, Entrepreneur Magazine, and other publications. After receiving his PhD in Quantum Information Theory from Imperial College London and  working as a postdoctoral research fellow at Tokyo University, Max has been involved in several tech startups, focusing on the intersection of AI research and product design. Most recently he has  been interested in the applications of AI and deep learning to  creativity, design, and music. Some of the AI-art Max has been involved in was exhibited at places like the Barbican Centre in London, and he is a regular public speaker on topics such as AI and  creativity. In his time off, Max enjoys good coffee, tries to perfect his bread baking skills, and produces electronic music and performs around Tokyo.  You can find him online at Time Off Website: Time Off Book:
May 28, 2021
The Vault: pookie
A podcast featuring anonymous 17-25-year-olds, where they are asked 10 questions in 10 minutes. Interested in being on an episode? Sign up here: The Vault Calendar
May 27, 2021
Ep. 68: How D1 Tennis Prepared The CBO of Yibber To Run It with Vilhelm Fridell
Vilhelm grew up in Sweeden with a racket in his hands from a young age. Knowing that tennis would be part of his life for a long time, he set his sights on playing in America for college. Attending the University of Buffalo, he played Division 1 tennis for the men's varsity team while studying communications. It was during his junior year that he and his cousin, Carl Fridell, started Yibber. The decision to test the idea came after wanting to create a social media channel that allowed people to use their voices literally to engage and connect with others. Two years on, the company has grown to 13 employees and they've received multiple investments.  Yibber website: Yibber Instagram: Yibber Twitter:
May 26, 2021
Ep. 67: Running A 200K+ YouTube Channel While Working As An Engineer By Day with Sidd Masand
Sidd Masand grew up to become an engineer, not because he wanted to, but because it was what he knew. With his father being an engineer and liking the security that came with the job, he decided it sounded like a good fit for him too. After a few stumbles within the career, he realized that he had an itch for something more. Growing up, he'd been a fan of Rock and Roll music and the nostalgia surrounding it. Could there be a way he could be creative and tap into something there? Insert YouTube. Sidd began making videos on the side as an outlet. And well, here he is now with a full production team, and over 260 thousand subscribers.  In this episode, Sidd talks about the power of self-kindness, being creative, and understanding YouTube. Youtube: Instagram: Blog:
May 20, 2021
Ep 66: Want to skip the line? Become a developer with Nelly Yusupova
Deciding to study computer science without ever touching a computer until her first college course, Nelly Yusupova knew one thing: she was going to learn how to code. Growing up as an immigrant, she understood at a young age that failure was not an option. Gauging that technology would be a force that was sticking around for the rest of her life, she decided to make her mark in the field. Now, she feels that her mission is to empower the non-tech person to bring their ideas to life. All in an effort to help solve the non-traditional problems in the world that Silicon Valley tends to brush aside. In this episode, learn more about running successful companies, the Learn Startup, and the best advice Nelly's ever been given.   TechSpeak Website: Nelly's LinkedIn: Nelly's website: Nelly's Twitter: Nelly's Instagram:
May 14, 2021
Ep 65: Building A Profitable Side Business While Working A 9-5 with Vanessa Zamy
Leaving the east coast for the always sunny California, Vanessa found herself having to confront what she wanted to do as she began school at Stanford. Always wanting to be a doctor, she began thinking about the arduous application process and why she wanted to become a doctor. Realizing that her reason wasn't strong enough to endure medical school, she began to think of other ways she could help people. While working as a consultant, she found her footing. It was through these connections she made that her true strengths began to show. She's extremely organized and gets everything she wants to do done. Could she help others do the same without making any crazy life changes?  Listen to learn how a track race in high school has been her driving force for giving every attempt her best effort and why she wants to help retire her mom! Website: Instagram: Vanessa's Book: Your Vision's Catalyst: LinkedIn:
May 13, 2021
Ep. 64: Writing Pretty Words with Copywriter and Author, Cole Schafer
Has there been a moment in your life that defined your life trajectory? Well, Cole had two of those. How does someone go from running up and down a wooden court and considered "manly" to writing, this seemingly more "feminine" hobby? Listen as Cole shares what happened and why it transformed his life. The next instance involved listening to his own intuition instead of following the typical path of working a 9-5. He took a gamble on himself to learn copywriting and well, it's worked out so far.  Honeycopy Website: Cole's Instagram: Cole's Twitter: --- riseyear Website: riseyear Twitter:
May 07, 2021
Ep. 63: Understanding Ethereum, Blockchain, and Smart Contracts with Auditless Founder, Peteris Erins
The world is a crazy place these days. People are getting paid to "mine" for Bitcoin. If that means absolutely nothing to you, check out this podcast with Peteris Erins, the founder of Auditless, where he is building smart contracts using Ethereum. Peteris grew up in Latvia and worked his way into first, Cambridge University, then Twitter, then McKinsey, followed by QuantumBlack, and finally on his own. Learn about how curiosity can help drive your decisions and why you should always be open to new opportunities! Auditless Website: Auditless Twitter: Auditless LinkedIn: Auditless Medium: Peteris Twitter:
May 05, 2021
Ep. 62: The Power of Networks with J. Kelly Hoey
Kelly Hoey is the author of Build Your Dream Network: Forging Powerful Relationships In A Hyper-Connected World (January 2017 / Tarcher Perigee). If you're ready for an energy-packed episode with a vibrant force, this episode is for you! Kelly has been lauded from Forbes (“1 of 5 Women Changing the World of VC/Entrepreneurship”) to Fast Company (“1 of the 25 Smartest Women On Twitter”) to Business Insider (“1 of the 100 Most Influential Tech Women On Twitter”) and Inc. (“1 of the 10 Most Well-Connected People in New York City's Startup Scene”). EBW 2020 included her on their list of the “100 Most Influential Global Leaders Empowering Women Worldwide”. If you would have asked Kelly back in 2009 if she believed any of those descriptions would be used within a few short years to describe her, she just might have said: ARE YOU KIDDING ME? Kelly’s career story is all about networks. Her career started out with a law degree and a job in a big Canadian law firm. She continued up the corporate law ladder (with a management detour) until a chance opportunity in 2009 encouraged her to think bigger. Working alongside a visionary leader of a global business network for women, co-founding a startup accelerator, angel investing, accepting an interim CMO role with an emerging tech company, writing a book, launching a podcast - these are all part of her ongoing networked career journey. Kelly has appeared on CNBC’s Power Pitch, co-created and moderated a speaker series at Apple, and contributed to media publications such as The New York Times, Forbes, Fast Company, Inc. and more. Today, Kelly continues to spread her networking message as a sought-out speaker, in her online courses and on the Build Your Dream Network podcast. Website: Book: Courses: Twitter: YouTube: Instagram: LinkedIn:
April 30, 2021
Ep. 61: Who You're Not Is Not Interesting with Matt Courtney
What happens when you get into the same college for music as Paul McCartney, but accidentally get scheduled for dancing and can't change until the following year? Well, Matt Courtney knows just what happens. After about four years of deciding where he wanted to be and what kind of impact he could have, Matt found himself with a theology degree on a mission to help others. Matt is now an assistant pastor, creative director, podcast, and musician.  He's found ways to bring out all of his passions into his life in order to fulfill him. Where to Matt:
April 28, 2021
Breaking the Dam
Sometimes life feels like a continuous loop of the same thing where you're trying your best, meeting the right people, and doing what you should, but nothing seems to be working out. Eventually, you feel stuck. However uncomfortable this may be at any point, know that eventually, after enough rocks are thrown at the dam, it will begin to crack. Water will flow. Can you be patient enough to wait for it?
April 20, 2021
Ep. 60: We're all just animals with Rachael Tom
A former zookeeper, Rachael Tom has worked in numerous zoological and aquarium facilities for over a decade. From hand-rearing fennec fox pups throughout the night to respond to emergency calls over the two-way radio, she led a very fulfilling but demanding career working with responding wildlife. Although Rachael has since traded in her khaki shorts and walkie-talkie to pursue more administrative roles, she still enjoys reflecting on her time working as a zookeeper.
April 19, 2021
Episode 59: Healing From Within with Andrea Page
Andrea is passionate about helping people integrate natural therapies into their cancer healing journey. She offers a unique perspective, having worked as a radiation therapist in Canada for many years. She quickly realized the gaps that existed in conventional cancer care and began to research and learn about holistic therapies. Six years ago, Andrea retired from healthcare and moved to Costa Rica with her family. Since leaving the world of conventional oncology Andrea has undertaken a deep exploration of natural cancer healing therapies.  She has studied integrative nutrition & detoxification, homeopathy  & herbalism, quantum medicine, and biofeedback. Other trainings include psychotherapy & counseling, energy medicine, emotional healing, yoga, meditation & breathwork. She is currently working on her doctorate in Holistic Medicine and exploring the use of plant medicines in healing. She integrates many of these therapies into her online clinical practice with clients. Each Cancer Alchemy Healing Program is tailored and personalized to meet the needs and goals of the client. The result is a holistic approach that unifies the physical, mental and emotional components of healing. In addition to Cancer Alchemy, Andrea is passionate about life schooling her two boys through project-based, child-led learning methods. Website:
March 19, 2021
Episode 58: ¿¿sabbatical?? with Harris Brown
Currently, on a professional [sabbatical](, where he's spent the last 6 months focused on creating (through writing and music), aligning behind his authenticity and navigating his next professional chapter. Last year, he left my job as a product manager at Airbnb to join Stop the Spread, an organization catalyzing the private sector response to COVID-19. Professionally, he's worked mostly in technology, with stints at Airbnb and a few early-stage startups. He started my career in finance. Originally from Alabama, he's spent most of his adult years in either New York City or San Francisco.
March 12, 2021
Ep. 57: Learning How To Pivot With Live Event and Content Producer Pavel Zoneff
Pavel is a live event and content producer based in Los Angeles. Born to Bulgarian-German parents, he grew up in Europe before emigrating to the US in pursuit of love, happiness, and his dreams. A pivoting expert, he has worn many professional hats, including overseeing and producing local branding and ad campaigns for major Silicon Valley companies like Uber, Google, Tinder, WeWork, and Microsoft among others. When he is not busy playing with his dog or hiking with his husband, he dedicates his free time to honing his photographic, musical, and podcasting skills. His podcast is called Affected by… and dives deep into how people are making it work at work during the pandemic. Be sure to check it out on all major podcasting platforms.
March 04, 2021
Ep. 56: The Art of Beer Making With Sakamichi Brewing Co-Founder Matthew Boynton
Matthew Boynton grew up in the UK and was never much of a student. He always found himself wanting to be elsewhere and use his time for things other than sitting in lectures. However, at university, he met a girl from Tokyo. Knowing he wanted to travel upon graduation, he decided that the skill he could offer was that he was in fact a native English speaker and plenty of countries would pay him for that. Off to South Korea he went. A year later, he was in Tokyo with the same girl from university and the rest is history. After teaching for 10 years he decided it was time to make a change and try out the world of beer. He started from square one again and eventually opened up with his business partner, Daniel Bellamy, Sakamichi Brewing. Where to find Sakamichi Brewing: Website - Twitter - Instagram - Facebook -
February 26, 2021
The Vault: The Music Man
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February 23, 2021
The Vault: colour blue
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February 23, 2021
The Vault: The pursuit of happiness.
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February 10, 2021
The Vault: What a long strange trip it’s meant to be
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February 10, 2021
Ep 55: Removing First Impression Biases with Blink Date--Taly Matiteyahu
By night, Taly works to build Blink, a virtual blind speed dating app inspired by a revelatory experience at a  blackout restaurant. Making connections with strangers based on  conversation alone, free of looks-driven assumptions, sparked the  thought: would people date a wider variety of people and find more  satisfying relationships if they were able to make an emotional  connection with someone before swiping left? In 2020, Taly finally began turning the vision into reality and hopes to change online dating’s looks-first paradigm and, one day, move the concept  beyond the dating world.  By day, Taly works  at an AI-powered legal tech company as a Product Manager, having  previously worked as a lawyer at a NYC law firm and as a legal  operations professional at Netflix and Datadog. Taly earned her Bachelor's degree from New York University in 2011 and her Juris Doctorate from Columbia Law School in 2015. Where to find Blink Date: Website: Instagram: Twitter: Facebook: TikTok:
February 10, 2021
Ep 54: What Makes A Good Product?--David Fradin
David Fradin has trained thousands of managers throughout the world. He infuses his workshops with insights and experiences gained as a product leader at companies like Apple and HP. He was classically trained as an  HP Product Manager and was then recruited by Apple to bring the first hard disk drive on a PC to market. As a result of his leadership and management skills, Apple promoted him first to Apple /// Group Product  Manager and later Business Unit Manager at the same organizational level at that time as Steve Jobs. His forthcoming book “Building Insanely  Great Products” and these workshops cover the founding values, vision,  product lifecycle, and management employed by Apple at its founding and which it returned to in 1997 when Steve Jobs returned to Apple. What students will learn in these workshops is exactly what has made Apple the most valuable company in the world. Building Insanely Good Products Where to find David: Spice Catalyst Udemy Twitter LinkedIn
February 02, 2021
The Vault: Ya Girl Trynna Make It
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February 02, 2021
The Vault: Just winging it
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January 27, 2021
Ep 53: Gamifying Learning And Unlocking Real Education For Kids--Chrisman Frank
Chrisman Frank is the CEO of Synthesis, where they are changing the game (literally) of education for all kids. The idea started when Chrisman met Josh Dahn, who created Astra Nova for Elon Musk. They wanted to figure out a way to scale the program for all kids, no matter their geographical location or financial situation. Synthesis gamifies the learning process and places kids into cohorts for them to learn mental models and teamwork. Six months in and they are crushing it. This is just the beginning.  Where to find Chrisman: Twitter Website
January 21, 2021
The Vault: Woody
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January 19, 2021
The Vault: Bimbo
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January 19, 2021
The Vault: The Dark Horse
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January 13, 2021
Ep 52: Dismantling Systemic Racism By Creating Blakful Network--Rafael Hairston
There is a racial and inequality problem in America that needs to be changed. This is exactly what Rafael Hairston is doing with LVCO and Blakful Network. He is building applications to provide inclusivity and create a safe space for typically marginalized people.  Sign up for the app: Where to find Rafael: Twitter  Blakful Website LVCO Website Blackful Instagram
January 13, 2021
The Vault: Ace 2.0
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January 11, 2021
The Vault: 🍎
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January 11, 2021
Ep 51: Creating Order In Chaos--Mert Jones
Mert has an unconventional path, but through each chapter, she gained the skills needed to land her dream job at the Light Factory. In addition to this, she has been able to find her love of teaching but educating the youth on art over the years. Quite a story if you ask me.  Mert is a teaching artist, artist, and professional photographer who has  been working and showing art in her native city of Charlotte for the  past two decades. Mert received her Associate of Fine Arts from Central  Piedmont Community College in 2005. She then  studied at UNCC in the Bachelor of Fine Arts Program. She is continuing  her artistic journey through grant and residency program applications. Her current art focuses on alternative photography methods, particularly  with wet cyanotypes. She is experimenting with themes of self-discovery  and creating order in chaos. Mert is a 2020 Community Supported Artist  through the Arts and Science Council of Charlotte. Mert is a teaching artist at Arts+ and Director of Education at The Light Factory. She has an unconventional studio housed in a 1978 Apache Camper. Where to find Mert: PhotoIndex The Light Factory
January 06, 2021
The Vault: Swifty
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December 31, 2020
Ep 50: Creating Flower Arrangements For Life Events--Ashley Bookout
Ashley Bookout is the lead designer and owner of Bookout Blooms Flower  Shop located in South End Charlotte. Bookout Blooms opened in October  2015 in the historic Atherton Mill Market and has since moved into the Atherton Mill building directly besides the original location. In a little over 5 years Bookout Blooms has set up over 150 weddings,  countless corporate contracts and daily flower deliveries to happy  customers. Ashley was named Charlotte’s “Top 30 under 30” in Charlotte  Agenda’s 2017 issue, is married to husband Conrad and lives in Dilworth  with her 13 year old dog. Where to find Bookout Blooms Website Instagram Facebook
December 23, 2020
The Vault: Let's talk
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December 22, 2020
The Vault: Crazy Dog Mom
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December 22, 2020
The Vault: Part of me knows
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December 18, 2020
Bold Music, Building a Community of Musicians of All Ages: George Ramsay
George Ramsay knew two things: He did not want a "real job," and he loved music. During his college years, he met his co-founder, Dean Williams. Together they decided after George, a few years younger, graduated, they would do something in the music industry. Unsure originally of what they would do, they eventually took the route of becoming the middleman for music teachers and families. Bold Music over the last eight years has helped everyday students learn to love music, provided instructors with a good living, and allowed George to do what he loves.  Where to find Bold Music: YouTube Instagram Website
December 17, 2020
Ex-Professional Racquetballer turned VP of Sales: Darrin Schenck
Darrin Schenck is the VP of Sales for TriageNow and was once a professional racquetball player. At the age of thirty, he was at a tournament that ended poorly and had him back on a plane to Phoenix to decide what he was going to do next. A college degree and a few jobs later, he found his way to a medical startup eight years ago. Darrin now works in sales, coaches ASU's team, and helps millennials with their life paths. Where to find Darrin: Website Twitter
December 17, 2020
The Vault: Reflections of a corporate drop out
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December 17, 2020
The Vault: Sevens and Purples!
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December 17, 2020
The Vault: And they called her baby bear
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December 17, 2020
The Vault: peanut butter
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December 17, 2020
Registered Sports Dietician, Athlete, and Exercise Physiologist : Bob Seebohar
Bob Seebohar is a pioneer in the strength and conditioning and sports nutrition world. During the course of his career, Bob has worked as a Sports Dietician for the US Olympic Team in 2008, been the Director of Sports Nutrition for the University of Florida, started his own food company, and helped many recreational athletes better their training regimnes. He himself remains an athlete still by competing in endurance events such as marathons, Ironmans, and the Leadville 100 mile race.   Where to find Bob and his resources: eNRG Performance Birota Foods Metabolic efficiency Training: Teaching the body to burn more fat Performance Nutrition: Applying the science of nutrient timing Sports Nutrition for young triathletes Nutrition Periodization for athletes
December 16, 2020
The Vault: small bladder
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December 15, 2020
The Vault: with open thoughts
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December 15, 2020
The Vault: Cats and Cosmos
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December 14, 2020
The Vault: Pink Pony Girl
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December 14, 2020
The Vault: Making Progress
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December 11, 2020
The Vault: 🍆
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December 11, 2020
The Vault: Narhwal
10 questions in 10 minutes. 100% anonymous with guests ranging from 17-25 years old.  To find out more, visit the website!
December 11, 2020
The Vault: The Chameleon
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December 11, 2020
New York Yankees Minor League Hitting Coach: Rachel Balkovec
Rachel Balkovec is a minor league hitting coach for the New York Yankees. She also happens to be a badass in just about everything that she does. She's been the first female for a lot of things in the sports industry and continues to break those barriers as she makes her way up the rankings to become a general manager in professional baseball. In the episode, we discuss what led her to baseball initially, why she went off to Europe for her masters, and what kind of impact she knows she'll have on both the sport of baseball, but also females.  Where to find Rachel Instagram Twitter Website
December 11, 2020
The Healthcare Equipment Vagabonding Sales Director: Jermane Cheathem
Jermane Cheathem is the Sales Director of Dao Financial Solutions, small business equipment financing and leasing for healthcare-related businesses. Jermane has been in the industry for seventeen years and knows the ins and outs so much so that he decided to venture off on his own five years ago. He now works remotely from various cities in the world. 
December 07, 2020
Relieving Anxiety Through Home Organization: JP Taxman
JP Taxman is the Founder of Uprelief, where he helps people feel relief and mitigate anxiety by organizing people's homes and Identifying frustrations then designing and building custom products to solve those frustrations. Through the trial and error of learning new skills and testing new business concepts, he has finally found his mark and the impact he wants to have. He has a curious mind in which he looks at how to improve lives through structured organization and products that ease daily living.  Uprelief Instagram
December 04, 2020
Real Estate Investor: Lane Kawaoka
Today's guest is Lane Kawaoka, real estate investor and founder of Simple Passive Cashflow. Lane teaches others how to escape the rat race by learning about investing in real estate and how to build their portfolios. While working as an engineer out of college and throughout graduate school, Lane quickly learned that he did not want to be stuck in the cycle of constantly working with minimal monetary returns. He made his first investment and over the years built it up to where he could make it his full-time career. 
November 30, 2020
The Bucket List Guy: Trav Bell
Today's guest is Trav Bell, also known as The Bucket List Guy. Trav travels around the world ticking items off his bucket list and giving speeches to help others chase their dreams. His lives with the mission that you should take control of your life now by going for the low hanging fruit to build your dream life around what you desire. Don't wait for life to happen to you; make it happen. Where to find Trav: Website Instagram
November 18, 2020
Creating Intention With Co-Working Spaces: Odeen Domingo
Today's guest is Odeen Domingo, the President, and Founding Partner at CO+HOOTS co-working in Phoenix, AZ. Odeen is also the co-founder of their non-profit, the CO+HOOTS Foundation, aimed at helping underrepresented youth entrepreneurs gain access to the resources to succeed. In the podcast, we discuss where the idea came from, what it's like working with his wife, and what it means to live past 30 years old. 
November 13, 2020
The Teacher Using Language Learning Concepts To Teach Technical Ideas: Aman Agarwal
Today's guest is Aman Agarwal, President, and Founder of Sanpram Transnational Corporation. He has a unique perspective on learning technical skills and why it's important for executives to walk confident into any meeting. In the episode, we discuss how he got into AI technology, why he studied engineering, and how language learning techniques apply to all learning concepts.  LinkedIn Medium Sanpram
November 10, 2020
Permaculture Educator and Filmmaker: Forrest Stevens
Today's guest is Forrest Stevens, a creative who has worn many hats over the years. Most notably he has been a YouTuber, #vanlifer, documentary filmmaker, and permaculture advocate. In the episode, we disucss how he originally got into filmmaking, why educating people on permaculture is important to him, and what his newest project is! Where to find Forrest: Vlog Instagram Website
November 03, 2020
How to Add Value With AI-Powered Technology: Jason Kuperberg
Today's guest is Jason Kuperberg, Co-Founder at OthersideAI, where they are building productivity and communication tools using artificial intelligence.  In the episode, we discuss how he met his co-founders, why user-centricity is so important to him, and what Otherside is going to be able to do! OthersideAI Jason's Twitter
October 30, 2020
The Woman Changing the Circular Economy In Charlotte: Amy Aussieker
Today's guest is Amy Aussieker, the Executive Director of Envision Charlotte. Amy Aussieker has spent 25 years of her career influencing and bringing together individuals, companies, and groups to reach a variety of milestones including large fundraising efforts, substantial sales achievements, and most importantly, meaningful community goals.  Over the last seven years, Amy has led one of the most effective sustainability nonprofits in Charlotte – Envision Charlotte.  With her leadership, the organization has successfully implemented groundbreaking projects that have positively impacted the community and been internationally recognized.  Her most recent project with the City of Charlotte will lead the effort for Charlotte to become a leader in the Circular Economy.  Over her career, she has been honored with many awards including Business Journal’s Top Women in Business as well as being named one of the 50 Most Influential Women in Charlotte. stick around as we discuss how she got into sales, what led her to Charlotte, and what Envision Charlotte is doing now! Where to find Amy: Amy's Twitter Envision Twitter Envision Facebook LinkedIn Website
October 23, 2020
The Chef Using Food to Spread Love: Taylor Threadgill
Today's guest is Taylor Threadgill, chef and founder of Royaltees Food. Taylor was working as an elementary school teacher and found that her passion was ultimately in the food industry. After rising the ranks over the last few years, she's starting her journey towards finding a place for her food to call home and make an impact. In the episode, we dicuss her best recipe, how food was important when she was growing up, and what her future plans are! Instagram Patreon
October 20, 2020
23 Lessons In 23 Years
I turned 23 last week, my Jordan year has officially begun. Greatness has only just started sprouting though, but in order to grow, we must find the proper lighting and nutrients. My 22nd year was about finding the basic ingredients required to become the tallest plant in the garden. I felt like I constantly was losing my footing and then left with having to re-route to something new. I learned a lot about myself and others. All in all, the growth was worth it. 
October 19, 2020
The Social Entrepreneur Building a Community in Houston: Coach Cam
Today's guest is Coach Cam, a social entrepreneur, and innovator. Coach Cam has has worked in a bajillion industries ranging from  construction, and professional sports, to his own businsses. In the episode we discuss how he changed his path in college, a turning point in his life, and his three pillars for life.  More on Coach Cam: More than the commercial success, Coach Cam prides himself on the impact of his work in the community. He developed the FLAG (Football  League All Girls) program to break inequality barriers. He led the  Clinton Foundation initiative Access to Sports Coalition, which sought to eliminate sports deserts in the Houston Area. He served on Harris  County Sports Authority committees that brought awareness to the World  Corporate Games and Scotland vs USA rugby match in 2018. In 2019 Coach  Cam was recognized as a finalist for the Upstart Business Award (Greater  Houston Black Chamber), he was honored to receive the Hustle Capacity  Award (Urban CEO), Most Stylish Houstonians of 2019 (Houston Style  Magazine). In 2020 Coach Cam was accepted into the NAACP NextGen  Leadership Program. While 2020 has handed the world lemons, Coach Cam is producing the world’s finest lemonade. LinkedIn Instagram Twitter Website
October 16, 2020
The Man Building A Community Around Sustainable Living: Justin Azevedo
Today's guest is Justin Azevedo, landscape architect at Coffman Studios, and Adjunct Faculty Teacher at  Arizona State University. In the episode, we discuss what led Justin to choose landscape architecture over pursuing gymnastics as a potential Olympic athlete, what sustainable communities look like, and what his book is about.  Where to find Justin: LinkedIn Website
October 14, 2020
The Man Making NYU Athletes Stronger: Brad Godbold
Today's guest is Brad Godbold, the Director of Strength and Conditioning at New York University (NYU). Brad is an army vet who has over 10 years in the industry transforming soldiers, college athletes, professional athletes, and civilians. In the episode, we discuss Brad's success of the last five years in particular, why he joined the military, and what his projections for the future of the industry are.  Check out more about Brad below: The Grown and Grizzly Experience Podcast Instagram Livestrong 20-minute workout
October 09, 2020
Helping Entrepreneurs Find What They Love: Dr. Benjamin Ritter
Dr. Benjamin Ritter is a Chicago, IL, and Austin, TX, based leadership and career coach, regional learning manger for YPO, national speaker,  podcaster, author, mentor, and passionate about guiding others in finding, creating, and sustaining a career they love. Everyone deserves to feel their work is meaningful, and yes, that means you. Youtube: Website:
October 05, 2020
The Woman Making Rideshare Safer For Women: Kim Evans
Today's guest is Kim Evans, Founder, and CEO of Just Her Rideshare. Kim is on a mission to take on this big industry in order to decrease the number of reported assaults on women who take rideshares. In the episode, we discuss where the idea of the company came from, how she overcame her own self-doubt in order to find peace within, and how at 55, she's not done yet.  Website LinkedIn
October 02, 2020
Using Art As Inspiration To Build Businesses: Kurt Slanaker
Today's guest is Kurt Slanaker, the Head of Business Development at Bondfire Inc. Kurt helps develop communities, both physically and digitally that are built on a hyper-connected network of creative entrepreneurs and thought leaders. He has a wealth of experience not only in the hospitality industry, but also in sales, and creative direction. In the episode, Kurt shares why he studied Art History, his view on careers and finding one's mission in life, and what he's working on now.
September 21, 2020
Building An Inclusive Community Of Renaissance Humans: Sana Akhand
Today's guest is Sana Akhand, a Co-founder and the CEO of JetBlack Social Club. JetBlack is an inclusive, currently digital, social club aimed at bringing like-minded people together. Sana spent a year traveling the world with her husband, trying to figure out her next move in life. After returning to NYC in the fall of 2019her, she knew she wanted to create something that would bring people together, but didn't know what or how to do so. Fast forward, to spring of 2020, she had developed a plan and JetBlack was born. In the episode, Sana shares how she started her own wedding planning business right out of college, gave corporate America a whirl, and what her mission with JetBlack is.  Website Instagram
September 09, 2020
Using Marketing To Tell A Story: Evan Knox
Today's guest is Evan Knox, the Founder and Chief Marketing Officer at Caffeine Marketing, where they help businesses tell their stories and generate more revenue. Along with running Caffeine, Evan is a part of a group in investors that finds small businesses they believe in and want to help grow. In the interview we discuss why he went to college after establishing his company, getting started in marketing, and what his tips are for anyone looking to break into the field.  Caffeine Marketing 
September 02, 2020
The CEO Bringing Audio Learning To The Table: Colin Keeley
Today's guest is Colin Keeley, the CEO and Co-Founder of Avocado, a platform for the world’s best audio courses. In this episode we discuss how Colin got started in startups, why he went to Booth for graduate school, and how starting a podcast can give you an advantage in an industry.  Where to Find Colin: The Blog post mentioned:
August 26, 2020
The Benefits of Alternative Education: Blake Boles
This week's guest is Blake Boles, author, speaker, adventure tour guide leader, and alternative schooling advocate. Over the years, he has done many things since his sophomore year of college to spread the word about alternative education, especially with his new book (below), it could not have come at a better time. How can your child excel in an alternative schooling method? What are the options for alternative schooling?  Book: Why Are You Still Sending Your Kids To School? Website
August 19, 2020
The Woman Creating The New Wave of Minority I.T. Leaders: Chelsea Pierre
Today's guest is Chelsea Pierre, a professional speaker, former Air Force Support Specialist, certified e-learning course instructor, and cyber network engineer, who most recently started her own company BLERDS Leading Technology. The mission of BLT is simple, connect talented individuals with unique opportunities for employment, education, and leadership that may not otherwise be offered to them due to their ethnicity, gender, or sexual orientation. In the episode, we discuss how she ended up in the Air Force, what her path has been like since, and what she wants to do with BLT in this first year. Where to find Chelsea: LinkedIn BLT website Instagram
August 05, 2020
The Man Using Creativity To Change Buisness: Nir Bashan
Today's guest is Nir Bashan, world-renowned creativity expert who is changing the way business work. Over the last two decades Nir has pieced together a formula with creativity to allow leaders and individuals to improve profitability, increase sales, improve customer service, and create more meaningful work. Nir's experience has ranged from publishing a book, teaching graduate level courses, owning a furniture refinishing business, and working with well-known musicians. In the episode we discuss the power of creativity, how to find your inner creativity, and why side hustles are important. Where to find Nir: Website LinkedIn Instagram Book
July 29, 2020
Executive Coach: Tricia Manning
Today's guest is Tricia Manning. Tricia is an author, certified coach, and former global business leader. Having reached the c-suite as only 1 of 2 female executives at the table, she faced a health crisis in 2016 which led her to making the difficult decision to end her 25-year corporate career. Not quite ready to stop helping others, she took her passions of wanting to grow strong leaders and fighting for gender diversity in the boardroom to start her own coaching practice. She also wrote a book, Lead with Heart and Leave a Legacy. In this episode we discuss what is was like being in the c-suite, her previous roles, and how this new venture as a coach is allowing her to live by her guiding principles!
July 23, 2020
Investor By Day, Author By Night: Paul Samra
Today's guest is Paul Samra, Investment Expert, Certified Life Coach, and Author. Paul has extensive experience in the investment and banking industries, where one of his passions is trading. After real life events of dating spurred lots of questions in his head, he decided to get answers. The answers and experience he received during this period of his life led to him writing his first book, Dating Is Like Playing Poker. Check out the episode as we discuss what led him into investing initially, the process of self-publishing a book, and what he hopes to do in the future.  Book: Dating Is Like Playing Poker
July 15, 2020
The Duo Changing The Auto Industry: Nicholas Hinrichsen
Today's guest is Nicholas Hinrichsen,  who graduated from Stanford Business School in 2013 and started an  online car dealership right after. Together with his co-founder, Chris Coleman,  the two entrepreneurs joined the startup accelerator YCombinator in 2014 before raising a total of $10M in Venture capital by 2015. In 2017,  the two founders sold their business to After  exactly 3 years with Carvana and less than five weeks ago, the two left Carvana to start up again: the founders started by creating a  website about auto loan refinancing-related questions, then built an auto loan refinance calculator and ultimately founded the company at In this episode we discuss what led him to Stanford to pursue his MBA, where the idea for the first company came from, and what he hopes for with their new venture. 
July 10, 2020
Startup Events Planner: Dani Hao
Today's guest is Dani Hao, community events lead and podcast host of Spend Culture at Procurify. Along with working at Procurify, Dani also is part of the Inertia Network where they are on a mission to develop ecosystems for human connection by using travel to expose people to new cultures and people from all over the world. She has background experience in the everything from the fashion industry, running her own creative marketing business, podcasting, running events, and much more! In the podcast we discuss what led to her interests in marketing, what her goals for the future are, and how she uses her work to communicate in way that compels people. For those of us (myself included) who have zero idea of what procurement is, we discuss it briefly, but I would highly encourage you to check out her podcast for a deeper dive into what it actually is! Where to find: Inertia Network Procurify Spend Culture
July 03, 2020
Forbes Writer and CEO: Adam Mendler
Today's guest is Adam Mendler, the CEO and Co-Founder of the Veloz Group, as well as a Leadership and Keynote Speaker, writer for Forbes and Inc, and podcast host of Thirty Minute Mentors. In the Episode Adam and I discuss how his ultimate life dream of running a baseball team has not yet been achieved, but he's done some interesting things so who knows what's in store for him in the future. After college he went into corporate America and ended up leaving in his mid-twenties to start the Veloz Group company with his brother. He now is a successful business owner, podcast host, business and thought leader, and writer. He truly is living his mission of bringing positivity to other people's lives.   Where to find Adam: Website Instagram Twitter
June 24, 2020
Podcast and Radio Jack of All Trades: James Mulvany
Today's guest is James Mulvany, the CEO and Founder of:,, and Based in Manchester, UK for the last 10 years, James has been transforming the podcasting and radio industries one day at a time. After starting his first company at the age of 16, the legal age one can open a PayPal account, he was off. Ever since then he has had some business aimed at making the two industries easier and more accessible to use. In the episode we discuss how he started his first company, the pros and cons of being a boss, and why he likes the podcasting world! Where to find James: YouTube Twitter
June 15, 2020
Canadian Nomad: Scott Adamson
Today's guest is Scott Adamson, from Winnipeg, Canada. I found out about Scott on Instagram, where I was immediately captivated by the idea of vanlife and all that it entailed. Have you ever wanted to work remote? Or maybe you've seen pictures of people who also live out of their vans? Check out this podcast as we discuss what led him to vanlife, how he works remotely, and what he's up to right now in these crazy times.  Where to find Scott: Instagram YouTube The Wanderful Check out the resource guide on whts nxt for more people to follow and how to get started with answering your van life questions!
May 27, 2020
Saturday Night Home Brews Turned Full Scale Beverage Company: Jason Santamaria
Today's guest is Jason Santamaria, from Second Self Beer and Cirrus Beverages based in Atlanta, Georgia. Second Self opened it's doors back in 2014 after Jason and his co-founder perfected their recipes, got funding, and found the perfect space. In the episode we discuss, where the name came from, the importance of hobbies staying hobbies, and what an average day looks like for him. Where to find Second Self: Instagram Website Cirrus 
May 21, 2020
The Man Using Music To Help Veterans: Jaye Budd
Today's guest is Jaye Budd, the executive director and founder of the Alchemy Sky Foundation, based in Atlanta, GA. Jaye started the foundation back in 2014 with the mission of bringing the healing powers of music to those who need it. Over the years the organization has found its niche - helping veterans. In the episode we discuss how a volunteer project for his corporate job led Jaye to starting this non-profit and ultimately find his calling.  Where to find Alchemy Sky: Instagram Website Facebook Twitter YouTube
May 13, 2020
The Woman Leading ATL Youth To Success: Kendra Robinson
Today's guest is Kendra Robinson, the High School Readiness program manager at Breakthrough Atlanta. In the episode Kendra and I discuss how she found Breakthrough, what she would change about the educational system in the US, and what her end goal for her career is! Breakthrough Atlanta is a non-profit summer program with the mission of: Increase academic opportunity for highly motivated, under-served students and get them into college ready to succeed Inspire and develop the next generation of teachers and educational leaders. To find out more about Breakthrough and their mission, check them out: Instagram Website Facebook
May 06, 2020
Pro Wrestler Turned Non-Profit Theatre Director: Jon Carr
Today's guest is Jon Carr, the Artistic Director at Dad's Garage Theatre Company based in Atlanta, Georgia. The non-profit theatre company was founded by FSU graduates (go noles!) back in 1995. Since then they now bring in 30,000 people a year to their shows and classes with over 400 shows a year! In this episode, Jon and I discuss how his upbringing impacted much of his life up until his 30th birthday and how his “Yes Year” changed his life. Where to find out more about Dad’s Garage: Website Twitter Instagram Facebook
April 29, 2020
Potter and Store Manager: Laurey-Faye Dean
Today's guest is Laurey-Faye Dean, resident potter and store manager at Mark of the Potter, in Clarkesville, Georgia. Laurey-Faye went to the University of Georgia, where she graduated with a BFA. Upon graduation, she spent the next few years soaking up as many experiences as she could in various cities around the USA. Little did she know that this journey would lead her to live out a dream she had when she was eight. During the interview we talk about her travels, inspiration, and why she chose pottery as her medium of choice. Where to find Laurey-Faye: Facebook Website Instagram
April 24, 2020
ATL - 3 Month Update
In the podcast I share my experiences of the last 3 months and answer these questions: What did I spend the last 3 months in Atlanta doing? What did I learn while I was there?  Where am I now?
April 02, 2020
Travel The World With Bands and Make Music Videos: Graham Fielder
Today's guest is Graham Fielder, a photographer, director, and creator from Kentucky. After spending years on the road traveling with bands, he has recently decided to focus on directing music videos for artists and to pursue more of his own personal work on YouTube. He lives full-time in a van he converted himself, along with his new roommate, Sage (a cute Australian shepherd).  In the podcast we discuss how he got into the industry, personal goals of his, and why he chose van life. Where to find Graham: Instagram: Website: YouTube:
March 31, 2020
Using Brands To Make A First Impression: Lauren Mross
Today's guest is Lauren Mross, a principal, strategist, and designer at Brandshake Creative. Lauren shares how she has known since junior year of high school what she wanted to do for her career, and how she's been doing it ever since. She attended VCU in the late 90s; which happened to be the perfect time because the graphic design industry was just starting to gain traction to form the foundation of what it is now. She has seen the industry grow, and in the process has adapted herself by keeping up with new technologies and tools being used. In the episode we talk about being her own boss, why her job rocks, and the importance of taking a breather from work. Check out Brandshake Creative :
March 23, 2020
Made In The USA Bikes + Shop: Ezz-Eldin Hassan
Today's guest is Ezz-Eldin Hassan, the co-founder of The Spindle, based in Atlanta, Georgia. The Spindle is a cycling clothing and accessory retailer focused on selling durable, high-quality, USA made products. The company started off with an idea from Ezz's brother back in 2013 to sell high quality bike clothing in Atlanta becasue he was working as a messenger and was tearing through bike clothes. Now, years later the store has a cafe, re-furbishes old vintage bikes, makes custom bike bags, and plans overnight biking/ camping trips for those in the community.  In the podcast we discuss sewing, starting a business with a young family, and what two things Ezz thinks every person should do in their life to gain perspectives. I greatly enjoyed this conversation and getting to hear Ezz's perspective on careers, college, and general life.  Check them out if you're in Atlanta or even not in Atlanta:
March 14, 2020
All Things Pickled: Mark Hungarland
Today's guest is Mark Hungarland, CEO at Doux South Specialties, based in Atlanta, GA. Mark has an interesting story in that he started a company with his son-in-law a little later than most. At the age of 55 he realized he had not completed his life mission of starting a company so when he saw an opportunity with the pickled products Kevin was making, he convinced him they should act on it. Fast forward six years later and they are having one of their best years yet and expanding their production! In the podcast we discuss his 38-year career he had previously to and during the beginning of Doux South, where the name came from, and what the future holds for the company.  I can honestly say that their Angry Cukes are very good and I do not enjoy pickles. For other skeptics like me, I would highly recommend you check them out. If you already like pickles, you've come to the right place! Check them out:
March 04, 2020
Family Owned Woodworking Shop: Molly Bagby
Today's guest is Molly Bagby, Marketing Manager of Web Publications and Social Media at Highland Woodworking.  Molly is a jack of all trades kind of girl and does whatever needs doing at the business. In the podcast, we chat about her parent's starting the shop 41 years ago and what led her to start working here initially. She also shares what an average day looks like, whether it's writing a monthly newsletter or helping the shipping department. The place is awesome and everyone should check it out!  Check out Highland Woodworking if you live in the Atlanta area and you're interested in classes or supplies: If you don't live in the area, but are in need of supplies:
February 26, 2020
Low-carb Desserts & Coffee For All: George Coundouriotis
Today's guest is George Coundouriotis, President and Founder of Zambawango Desserts & Coffee.  If you've ever wondered what it's like to go from corporate America to owning your own restaurant, then this podcast is for you! Or maybe you are just a big foodie who is looking for the next place to Yelp review—look no further. Zambawango is a specialty cafe that serves both desserts and coffee for anyone, specifically those who eat low carb, sugar and gluten free. The cafe looks to take on classic favorites and make them accessible for those who traditionally get forgotten at food places. George and I talk in the cafe about why he opened Zambawango, what he did previously, and what the future of the company looks like.   If you are in Sandy Springs, Georgia or want to order products online check them out here!  website Instagram
February 19, 2020
Wellness Shots For Everyone - Bryant Joseph
Today's guest is Bryant Joseph, Co-Founder at benni.  If you've ever been curious how to start something from an idea you have in your head and turning it into a physical product people use, then this podcast is for you! Bryant and I discuss previous companies he has started, if college was worth it to him, and what his goals are for benni in the future.  For some background information, benni is a plant-based wellness company focused on making CBD infused tea shots. The description of the product from their site: "Simply sip and enjoy this tropical tea flavored drink for optimal  Relaxation and Recovery. This real fruit tea is brewed in small batches,  sweetened with monk fruit, and is Vegan, Keto, and Sugar-free. It's  infused with 30 mg of broad-spectrum hemp extract and 250mg of  L-theanine."
February 13, 2020
NASCAR Crew Chief - Brian Pattie
Today's guest is Brian Pattie, Crew Chief of the 47th Kroger Chevrolet car in the NASCAR Cup Series. If you've ever wondered what it takes to be the real-life version of Lucius Washington from Talladega Nights, then be sure to listen. Brian has been a crew chief for 16, going on 17 years, for various teams and drivers. Having been around cars since he was in middle school, he knew he wanted to be doing something behind the scenes with cars. In this podcast we discuss what he does at to prepare for their 38-week season, how he got into racing, and how he wants to retire at age 50.
February 05, 2020
The Guy Who Gets Coca-Cola Into Stores: Brett Frankenberg
Today's guest is Brett Frankenberg, SVP (Senior Vice President) Product Supply Planning & Bottle Sales at Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated, based in Charlotte, NC. If you're curious how products get into places like Walmart and QT, this podcast is for you. Brett breaks down what supply chain is and the process behind it! Brett went to Penn State to study industrial engineering and has been in the beverage business ever since. He had a brief stint with Pepsi for about a year, and moved over to Coca-Cola in 94, where he's been ever since. In the podcast we talk about what his autobiography would be titled, how can someone add value to a company, and what he's looking to do when he retires.
January 29, 2020
Magician, Mentalist, and Keynote Speaker - Joe M. Turner
Today’s guest is Joe M. Turner, owner of Turner Magic, and 20 years of experience as a Magician, Mentalist, and Keynote Speaker. Joe is an “escaped management consultant” turned author, speaker, and corporate entertainer who has taken his skills from the Hollywood Magic Castle to the London Palladium. Joe and I discuss his journey of turning down a corporate America job in Charlotte, NC which ultimately allowed him to take a leap of faith by following his dream. How his life has changed since he made that decision, what an average day looks like for him, and the key for freelancers. Where to find me: Website: Instagram: whts_nxt Where to find Joe: Website: Instagram: turnermagic Facebook: Joe M. Turner Twitter: Joe M. Turner LinkedIn: Joe M. Turner
January 22, 2020
Ep 1: Making Buildings Come Alive: Kim Marks
This episode features Kim Marks, a registered architect and principal of her firm focused on workplace design, interior architecture, and marketing. We discuss how she and a partner opened their own firm within six months, what she wants to do next, and why she wanted to become an architect/ interior designer. 
January 09, 2020
If I asked you right now what you wanted to do with your life, would you have an answer? Are you a recent high school or college graduate looking to figure out your next move? Or maybe you're in the "real world" and you want to change it up. Awesome! Join me as I talk to professionals from all industries, some more well known than others, about what they do, how they got there, and how you can too.  Music: –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Adventures by A Himitsu Creative Commons — Attribution 3.0 Unported— CC BY 3.0  Free Download / Stream: Music released by Argofox Music promoted by Audio Library –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– 🎵 Track Info: Title: Adventures by A Himitsu Genre and Mood: Dance & Electronic + Happy ——— 🎧 Available on:  Spotify:  Deezer: YouTube: SoundCloud: Google Play: ——— 😊 Contact the Artist:
January 09, 2020