The Learning Lab Podcast

The Learning Lab Podcast

By Adam Lindstrom
Connecting students to interviews with industry professionals from all careers.
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Builder, connector, artist, & entrepreneur: Kelli Wood
IN THIS EPISODE WE TALK WITH KELLI WOOD.  KELLI EPITOMIZES A TRUE BUILDER AND CONNECTOR, WHICH IS EVIDENT THROUGH HER WORK. KELLI HAS HAD A DIVERSE AND SUCCESSFUL CAREER THUS FAR, RECEIVING NUMEROUS ACCOLADES AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS. SHE ALSO SHARES HER STORY OF CREATING AN ILLUSTRATION COMPANY - FROM SCRATCH CALLED LITTLE BIG WORDS.   BUT MORE RECENTLY, FOR THE PAST 3 AND A HALF YEARS, SHE HAS SERVED AS PROVOST OF SETH GODIN’S ALTMBA, GROWING THE COMMUNITY TO OVER 3300 INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS.  THIS WORK HAS EARNED HER TWO NOMINATIONS FOR CANADA’S TOP 40 UNDER 40.  KELLI OFFERS WISDOM AND INSIGHT INTO CAREER, DECISION-MAKING, THE VALUE OF HUMAN CONNECTION AND RELATIONSHIPS.  FINALLY, SHE SHARES ONE OF THE BEST PROJECT IDEAS THAT A STUDENT COULD DO TO DEVELOP ONE’S SKILL SET AND KNOWLEDGE OF FINANCIAL LITERACY. HTTPS://ALTMBA.COM
41:53
April 2, 2019
Graphic Designer: Michael E. Smith
IF YOU’RE INTERESTED IN EXPLORING THE WORK OF A GRAPHIC DESIGNER, YOUR GOING TO LOVE THIS CONVERSATION WITH MICHAEL SMITH WHO IS A DESIGNER, ART DIRECTOR, AND CREATIVE.   MICHAEL GIVES US AN HONEST AND GENUINE GLIMPSE INTO THE WORK HE DOES AS AN ART DIRECTOR HELPING BRANDS TELL THEIR STORY, AND HOW HE STAYS FOCUSED, INSPIRED, AND CONTINUES TO CHALLENGE HIMSELF AS A FREELANCE DESIGNER.  HE ALSO SHARES HOW HE PUT TOGETHER SOME OF CREATIVE PROJECTS LIKE THE CHILDREN’S BOOK HE AUTHORED AND DESIGNED CALLED EYES.  IF YOU’RE INTERESTED IN A CAREER IN GRAPHIC DESIGN, ART, OR ART DIRECTION, THIS INTERVIEW IS FOR YOU.  QUICK NOTE, BE SURE TO CHECK OUT MICHAEL’S PORTFOLIO AT MESMITHDESIGN.COM. WWW.MESMITHDESIGN.COM
50:42
April 2, 2019
Interior Design: Matthew Lee
IN THIS EPISODE WE TALK WITH MATTHEW LEE.  MATTHEW IS AN INTERIOR DESIGNER AND PRINCIPAL AT THE GLOBAL ARCHITECTURE AND PLANNING FIRM HANBURY, WHICH IS BASED IN NORFOLK VIRGINIA.   HANBURY IS A GLOBAL DESIGN FIRM SPECIALIZING IN HIGHER EDUCATION, CIVIC AND COMMERCIAL ENVIRONMENTS.  TODAY’S INTERVIEW WITH MATTHEW TAKES US INTO THE WORK OF INTERIOR DESIGN. MATTHEW COMBINES HIS TALENTS FOR INTERIOR DESIGN AND HIS BACKGROUND IN CITY AND REGIONAL PLANNING TO HELP CREATE BUILDINGS THAT SUPPORT AND ENRICH STUDENT LIFE.   HE IS PASSIONATE ABOUT SHAPING SPACES THAT ARE THE BACKDROP TO THE TRANSFER AND SHARING OF KNOWLEDGE AND IDEAS.   HANBURY ARCHITECTURE ASSOCIATION OF INTERIOR DESIGNERS THE AMERICAN INSTITUTES OF ARCHITECTS SKETCHUP REVIT AUTODESK BIM AUTODESK ADOBE LUMION RHINO
36:03
April 2, 2019
Cinematographer & Producer: Kirsty Stark
KIRSTY STARKS TALKS WITH US ABOUT THE ACTS OF BEING OBSERVANT AND CURIOUS IN HER CAREER AS A CAMERA OPERATOR AND CINEMATOGRAPHER, WHICH ALL LED HER TO A CAREER IN PRODUCTION.  SHE OFFERS INSIGHTS AND CREATIVE IDEAS ON HOW TO GET STARTED WORKING IN THE INDUSTRY.  BEYOND THE TECHNICAL ASPECTS - SHE TALKS ABOUT THE STRATEGIES OF TAKING AN IDEA AND TURNING IT INTO A PRODUCTION TO FILM.  ONE LAST THING YOU MIGHT NOTICE IN THIS INTERVIEW ARE SOME BACKGROUND SOUNDS, WHICH ARE THE BEAUTIFUL SOUNDS OF NATURE AND BIRDS COMING FROM THE BEAUTIFUL SETTING IN ADELAIDE AUSTRALIA WHERE KIRSTY LIVES.   HTTPS://EPICFILMS.COM.AU HTTPS://EPICFILMS.COM.AU/ABOUT/
31:48
April 2, 2019
Marketing and Communications Strategist: Heath Evans
HEATH EVANS IS A MARKETING AND COMMUNICATIONS STRATEGIST.  HE’S AN INNOVATOR, ENTREPRENEUR, AND A COACH.  HE HAS HAD A VERY SUCCESSFUL AND UNIQUE CAREER AND OFFERS A TON OF SOLID RECOMMENDATIONS AND INSIGHTS FOR US. CURRENTLY, HEATH IS THE MARKETING AND COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER AT THE MELBOURNE ACCELERATOR PROGRAM WHICH IS AN EXTENSION OF THE UNIVERSITY OF MELBOURNE AUSTRALIA. HE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE LEADERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT OF ALL ASPECTS MARKETING AND COMMUNICATIONS. BEFORE THIS, HEATH WAS THE PROJECT LEAD ON RUN INDIA A PROJECT WITH WORLD VISION AUSTRALIA IN WHICH HE TRAVERSED INDIA WITH PROFESSIONAL ULTRA-MARATHON RUNNER SAMANTHA GASH. PRIOR TO THAT HE WAS THE COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER FOR THE AUSTRALIAN FOOTBALL LEAGUE’S PLAYERS ASSOCIATION.   IN OUR CONVERSATION, HEATH DOES GOT INTO THE DAILY WORK, BUT REALLY HELPS THE LISTENER UNDERSTAND THE POWER OF COMMUNICATION AND EMPATHY IN ONE’S CAREER. HTTP://WWW.RUNINDIA.ORG.AU HTTPS://WWW.THEMAP.CO HTTPS://WWW.AFL.COM.AU
50:49
April 2, 2019
Software Engineer, turned entrepreneur, turned Business Coach
IN THIS EPISODE WE TALK WITH CONOR MCCARTHY.   THIS IS ALMOST LIKE THREE EPISODES IN ONE BEING THAT CONOR HAS HAD A UNIQUE AND EXCITING CAREER PATH SO FAR.  A FORMER SOFTWARE ENGINEER, TURNED CREATOR OF IRELAND’S LARGEST LIVE FESTIVAL CALLED CITY SPECTACULAR, AND NOW BUSINESS COACH, CONOR’S BACKGROUND, EXPERIENCES, AND KNOWLEDGE IS DIVERSE.  THIS GIVES US A UNIQUE GLIMPSE INTO THE WORK OF THREE CAREER ROLES.  CONOR IS TRULY A GENEROUS BUILDER AND SHARES SO MANY GOOD INSIGHTS IN THE CONVERSATION.   HTTPS://CONORMCCARTHY.CO
43:04
April 2, 2019
Associate Director, Customer Strategy & Experience: Interview: Sarah Timmings
In this conversation with Sarah Timmings, we discuss design thinking, innovation, her career path. Sarah is the Associate Director, Customer Strategy & Experience at C_Space.  We even discuss some resume tips and building one’s experience or portfolio.
50:09
December 7, 2018
Business Owner/Consultant: Interview: Patricia Jones
In this conversation I talk with Patricia Jones who is the CEO & Managing Director at Connected Arrows International. She’s a business owner, consultant, and board member of The Future If Community that explores the future of work.
1:09:45
December 7, 2018
Project Manager, web design: Interview: Vince Mancari
In this conversation I talk with Vince Mancari a project manager at Ipso Creative, a boutique web agency. If you’re interested in project management, digital web technologies, design, and communication or stakeholder management - this interview is for you.
33:09
December 7, 2018
Director of Product Marketing: Interview: Eric Moeller
Today’s conversation is with Eric Moeller. Our interview takes us into his career path and the industries of digital marketing strategy, copywriting, and product management.  We also dive into the concept of remote work in the technology industry. Eric is currently a Director of Product Marketing at Sage, a financial and operations software. More importantly, Eric discusses decision making and following one’s curiosity.
29:55
December 7, 2018
Digital Products Manager: Interview: Amy Lust
Today’s conversation is with Amy Lust.  Amy is a digital products manager for station web products at PBS.  She has an awesome personality and is an excellent storyteller. Her insights into her education, career, media, design and marketing is super valuable to anyone interested in a career into digital marketing, user experience (UX), and project management.
30:25
December 7, 2018
Director of the Chidsey Center for Leadership Development: Interview: Dave Newell
Today’s conversation is with Dave Newell. Dave is the Director of the Chidsey Center for Leadership Development at Davidson College in Davidson, North Carolina. Dave is also the owner/lead consultant of his own consulting firm, Evolve Leadership Consulting. I guarantee that you’ll learn valuable insights for career decisions, how to be a generous person, and how to be a builder versus a maintainer.
44:57
December 7, 2018
Professional Photographer: Interview: Brian DeSimone
Today’s conversation is with Brian DeSimone. Brian is an amazing portrait photographer in California.  His path and story is one of grit, creativity, and pursuing one’s passions. So many good tips for starting your journey as a photographer and practicing empathy as an authentic way to make connections, build relationships, and apply that to photography.
40:04
December 7, 2018
Communications and Impact Consultant: Interview: Titania Veda
itania Veda is an independent communications and impact consultant and strategist for nonprofits and companies doing social good. There’s so many great insights from listening to her career in journalism and communications.
29:08
December 7, 2018
Professional Doula: Interview: Kristy Zadrozny
Today we talk to Kristy Zadrozny from New York City.  She is a doula. She has an interesting and meaningful career helping expecting parents.
18:35
December 7, 2018
Professional Free Surfer, Brand Ambassador, and Apple Tech Support Specialist: Interview: Tom Petriken
Today we’re talking to Tom Petriken. He’s a professional “free surfer”, a brand ambassador, and an Apple Tech Support Specialist at a local Apple Store. Tom is on a different of a career path than most. He has an interesting life and insight into following one’s passions. Check this one out if you’re interested in alternative careers and staying true to your authentic self.
20:44
December 7, 2018
Entrepreneur and Business/Leadership Coach: Interview: Peter Shepherd
Peter Shepherd is an entrepreneur and coach. He is the founder of his own coaching company called Human Periscope and is a head coach at Seth Godin’s altMBA. Pete has also recently started a podcast called The Long and Short of it, with his co-host Jen Waldman. Definitely check out this podcast for some words of wisdom and to hear about his meaningful and interesting work.
47:12
December 7, 2018
The Learning Lab Podcast Intro
Welcome to The Learning Lab Podcast Intro to season 1. We’ll explore a variety of careers in our inaugural season ranging from photographers to digital project managers to marketers.
01:04
December 5, 2018
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