The Matt Baxter Show, hosted by Founder and CEO of Wedge, is dedicated to people finding their purpose. We'll be having conversations spanning all sorts of purpose related topics with people who absolutely love what they do every single day.
Radio Talk Show Host and Founder of the VeraSage Institute, Ron Baker, joins the show to talk about how his life and career as a radio host and think-tank founder is ever-shifting, especially in these times.
Ron's Radio Show: https://www.thesoulofenterprise.com/
The VeraSage Institute: https://verasage.com/
Serial Entrepreneur, Pharaoh Kyle, comes on the show and takes us through his journey and how he’s transformed himself and his career through the spiritual practice of fasting and mindfulness.
Check Pharaoh out on Instagram @pharaoh333
Rachel Serwetz, Founder & CEO of Woken, joins the show to talk about what the life of an entrepreneur is like and how she found her calling helping others find theirs'.
Check out Woken at https://www.iamwoken.com/
Hope College Professor, Dr. Marcus Fila, joins his former student to talk about his winding career, how it got him to teaching, and some of the work he is doing surrounding stress and work.
Check out his work at https://www.easeworkstress.com/
Roy Baladi, Edwin Baladi, Fabienne Weiszegger, Georges Achkar, Kinda Awad, Isabelle Trad join the show to discuss the work that they are doing for the organization Jobs for Lebanon.
Lebanon is facing a huge economic crisis Jobs for Lebanon is a call for the 16 million Lebanese living abroad to get involved. To do this, Jobs for Lebanon seeks to put job talent and recruiters in touch with one another.
Jerome Ternynck, Founder and CEO of SmartRecruiters, comes on the show to talk about the reasons he does what he does as well as his new book!
Check out his book here! https://www.amazon.com/Jerome-Ternynck/e/B083THJCBZ%3Fref=dbs_a_mng_rwt_scns_share
Steve Cramer of Cramer Basketball comes on the show to talk about his experience playing college and professional basketball as well as his organization, Cramer Basketball, and the things that drive him most!
Steve Van Doren, the CEO of Vans, and Bill Curtis, President & Founder of Gone Boarding, come on the show to talk about what they are doing amid this crisis and some amazing things they’ve done and seen in response to past crises.
This week Michael Houlihan and Bonnie Harvey join The Matt Baxter Show. Michael and Bonnie are the founders of Barefoot, America’s #1 wine brand, and co-authors of the New York Times bestseller, The Barefoot Spirit. They started with virtually no money or wine industry experience and pioneered ‘Worthy Cause Marketing’. They now share their innovative approach to businesses as consultants, authors, workshop leaders, speakers, and are sought-after thought leaders in entrepreneurship in both print and broadcast media.
Check out their audiobook here: barefootaudiobook.com
Here is their special offer for MBS listeners: https://thebarefootspirit.com/freechapter/
If you recall a few weeks ago, we were lucky enough to have Daniella Mestyanek Young on The Matt Baxter Show. It just so happens that as a part of her coming on our show, we got the opportunity to get on hers as well. Here is that episode!
Dwight Carlson, Chairman/CEO at Coherix, Inc., comes on the show to talk about entrepreneurship. Listen in to find out why he loves what he does and that one of his biggest successes is never admitting failure.
Helen Zeerip, President at Teddy’s Transport and Founder of Grant Me Hope, joins the show to talk about her incredible local West Michigan trucking business and the super inspiring work that she is doing at Grant Me Hope.
Grant Me Hope is a non-profit with the purpose of educating the public about fostering and adopting children, they also create some amazing videos to market children in an effort to help get them adopted.
Check out Grant Me Hope here! http://grantmehope.org/
Career coach, podcast host, and marketing savant, Chris Kann, comes on the show to discuss her accomplished career in marketing and how she’s always known what she wants for her life.
Check out Chris' podcast here: http://mindbodyspiritliving.libsyn.com/
Matt Burns, the Co-Founder and Chief Innovation Officer of BentoHR joins the show to talk about his work in making workplaces more human. He talks about how BentoHR got its start and all the inspiring things he's doing there to focus work on people.
Check out Matt's Podcast here!
Daniella Young, cavnessHR Co-Founder and Organizational Culture-Hacker, comes on the show to talk about her life, how she grew up in a cult and now is dedicated to helping organizations improve their culture. Daniella is one of the best at taking all that she’s been through and using it as a massive strength in her life. Enjoy this episode!
Daniella's website: https://daniellamestyanekyoung.com/
Follow Danielle on Twitter: @daniellamyoung
Sign up to join the waitlist for her memoir, UNCULTURED at https://daniellamestyanekyoung.com/
Read her story here: https://narratively.com/i-escaped-the-cult-but-i-couldnt-escape-the-cult-mentality/
Welcome to the Matt Baxter Show! Listeners of The WedgeCast, don't fret, we will have largely the same show with similar guests that are doing amazing things in the world. The only thing that's changed is the name! We're really excited for this new chapter with you, hope you are too!
Jeff Riddle, Coach and Facilitator at Reboot, joins the show to talk about how he got into startup and tech coaching, what that entails, and why coaching is such a fulfilling thing for him to do day in and day out.
Ryan Kohler, CEO of our partner Applicant Pro comes on the show to discuss the partnership, hiring, and all things in between! He shares some really interesting thoughts about how to stand out to job candidates when you're hiring.
Former Lieutenant Governor of Michigan, Brian Calley, comes on the show to talk about all that he is doing since holding public office. Some of the things he's really excited about are small businesses in Michigan and the general question around how to give people a shot at success.
After a life-altering play on the football field, Chris Norton chose to make his life about overcoming obstacles and inspiring others. Check out his interview on The WedgeCast to hear his awesome story!
Also be sure to check out his book here: https://www.amazon.com/Seven-Longest-Yards-Pushing-Leaning/dp/031035692X
On today's show, Rob Dwortz Founder and Partner of Be Unmistakable talks about how he helps people create meaningful relationships inside of their own companies. Rob also gets into a little bit of backstory about where he came from and how he got to this point in his career. Enjoy!
On this episode of the WedgeCast we have Amanda Slavin, CEO & Founder of CatalystCreativ and author of The Seventh Level.
We are so excited to check out Amanda's book! It dropped today so you can go get it here!
Here is the link discussed at the end of the episode as well: https://geni.us/seventhlevel
On this episode, we welcome on Hope College Athletic Director Tim Schoonveld. Schoonie has been an incredible mentor for me since my freshman year at Hope College, it is an absolute pleasure to have him on.
Dr. Matt Dixon, Chief Product and Research Officer at Tethr, is on the show. We had a fascinating conversation ranging from business strategies to personal career strategies to what gets him out of bed in the morning.
On this show we have Arran Stewart, Co-founder of Job.com and a certified family-man, on to talk about his life and experiences that led him from a small town in the UK to founding Job.com in Austin, Texas.
Daniel Curtis is the Founder and CEO of subscription box company Robb Vices, a hand-curated luxury item subscription box company. Daniel shares his journey to where he is today and why living a life of luxury isn't about what you have but rather the people you share those things and moments with
This episode, Lori Silverman - the Shift Strategist and Founder/CEO of Partners for Progress®, joins to discuss her work. She also shares with us some of her life story and why it's so important to care for those around us.
Amobi Okogu, a professional soccer player with a mind for business, joins the show for a great conversation on what it’s like to be in pro sports and what he’s got going on with his company A Frugal Athlete.
Check out their site! https://www.afrugalathlete.com/
Former Florida State Quarterback and Partner at Weatherford Capital, Drew Weatherford, drops by to talk about his life, what it was like to go from playing big time college football into the "normal" world, and how he's changed along the way.
Pablo Giacopelli, an author, founder, former tennis prodigy, and man of faith, joins the show to talk about his life. Pablo has an incredible set of experiences that have led him to where he is today. His story is as fascinating as both his faith and outlook on life are inspiring.
Pablo's body of work includes:
His books can be found on Amazon and are titled Holding On Loosely and The Modern Fig Leaf.
Kimberly S. Reed is a distinguished Diversity and Inclusion leader and she is the Founder of Reed Development Group. Kimberly is not afraid to get personal and share how her unique experiences have made her into the woman and influencer she is today.
On this episode, we are joined by Dr. Natalia Wiechowski, CEO and Founder of Think Natalia. Dr. Wiechowski enlightens the show with not only an incredibly positive attitude, but also some very practical thoughts about coaching and consulting. Enjoy!
Dr. Roger Jansen, CEO of HealthEco, comes on the show to talk about his experience in the healthcare world. Dr. Jansen was the Chief Strategy Officer at Spectrum Health in Grand Rapids, MI for a number of years and has a wealth of experience to show for it. We get into a range of topics including what can people, on a personal level do to improve the healthcare system for themselves and others around them. Enjoy!
On this episode we are joined by Nic Mirabello, Chief Inspiration Officer at MassPay. When you hear him talk, it’s really easy to see why his title fits, Nic is an incredible storyteller and he loves to do it, we loved having him on the show!
Pete Lamson, CEO of JazzHR, comes on the show to discuss his career, successes and bumps along the road, and what gets him out of bed in the morning. Pete is an excellent leader and we are ecstatic to be partnering with him and his fantastic organization!
Here is part 2 of our conversation with Karl Schmitt. In this episode Karl takes the floor and asks a couple of questions. This is easily one of the most fascinating and entertaining conversations we’ve ever had.
Karl Schmitt, Senior Customer Engagement Executive at SAP, has lived a lot of life. He gets into his wide ranging experience, not only professionally, but personally, that has led him to living a life of trying to, more than anything else, be a better person. This conversation was so fascinating that we kept it going for a bit longer than normal. Part 1 of 2.
Eric Arnold, the CEO of Planswell, comes on the show to talk about how, as a serial entrepreneur, he's built his career into what it is. Eric gets into a bit about his backstory, how failing has helped him a lot more than succeeding, and even a little bit of parenting. Eric was a great guest and we think you'll really enjoy this episode.
Dr. Peter Boumgardner, Professor of Practice of Strategy and Organizations at Washington University in St. Louis, has some super practical advice about reaching goals and living a well rounded life on this episode!
Here are the works mentioned in the episode: http://www.calnewport.com/blog/2010/10/16/the-passion-trap-how-the-search-for-your-lifes-work-is-making-your-working-life-miserable/
Tons of wisdom in this episode from Jim McCarthy! Be sure to check out his book below:
For a link to the referenced TED Talk go here: https://youtu.be/x0pulJf7Fl0
Ever feel like you can't keep up? Like the world is changing so rapidly that you just don't know enough? Michael Leckie, Chief Learning Officer at Bloomberg, is in charge of making sure that feeling doesn't become ingrained the culture at the media giant. If you want to know what it takes to become a lifelong learner and stay one in this digital age, listen up and pay attention to Michael's 3 Truths of Digital Transformation. This conversation was incredibly insightful and interesting, we really think you'll enjoy it.
As a pioneer of viral and influencer branding, Rick Schirmer, Founder and CEO of ViralBrand.io, has done some pretty awesome and influential stuff, none of which compare to his interview on this episode. Kidding, obviously. The man has played a huge role in launching the marketing campaigns for multi-billion dollar movie franchises like The Chronicles of Narnia and The Purge We're pumped to have Rick on the show to talk about some of his work and he was even gracious enough to offer some tips to startups and small businesses looking to build their brand. Enjoy the show!
Rhonda Merchant, a proven Talent Acquisition Business Leader and Talent Branding visionary, swings by the show to talk about what it's like to be at the helm of culture defining initiatives. Creating a culture is important, but almost equally important is branding that culture. If co-workers don't experience the culture and job-seekers can't see the culture, it isn't really helping your organization. She shares some of her experience helping organizations create their culture and some of the things she's done to get the brand out there.
Bob Moesta is the Founder, President, & CEO of the Re-Wired Group, and he is a pioneer of the Jobs To Be Done Theory. Bob enlightens us with his vast experience of how to squeeze every little bit of juice that life has to offer. Every time we talk with Bob, we take something new away from not only his knowledge of creating, testing, and building things, but also from his unique way of thinking about the world.
As a VP of Human Resources, Best-Selling Author, and Cancer Survivor, Doug Billings has experienced more life than many, which has taught him a lot. The lesson nearest to his heart is Servant Leadership. Doug shares with us that the most important thing to be a Servant Leader is showing people that you genuinely care about them
After spending 4 seasons in the NFL, Asante Cleveland has identified a passion for problem solving and startups. We talk about how his experiences on the field in both college and the NFL have prepared him for this space. Enjoy!
Davin is a Speaker, Coach, Writer, Founder, and Chief Purpose Officer of PurposePoint. Based in Detroit, PurposePoint helps align passions and purpose with solid business practices. We couldn't think of a more perfect meshing of purposes than Davin and The WedgeCast.
We sit down with Paige Robinson, the Founder and CEO of Will Reed (www.willreed.com/about), to talk about how she created Will Reed and what makes her tick. We learned a ton from her commitment to her company, her team, and working women and moms. Give it a listen, you won't be disappointed!
Ryan Landau of Re:Purpose (repurpose.co) spends some time talking with us about the Michigan startup ecosystem. If you haven't heard of his company, they are doing some really innovative things to bring tech talent back to the state of Michigan, check them out! Hope you enjoy the episode!
Doug Conant, formerly CEO of Campbell Soup and current CEO of Conant Leadership, stops by the pod to have a really fascinating conversation on his career, leadership, and what makes him excited to go in to work every day. Other than being an incredibly thoughtful and inspiring person, Doug is also a New York Times bestselling author and a world-renowned speaker. Enjoy the episode!
Cindy Brown heads up talent initiatives for The Right Place in Grand Rapids boy is she excited about what she gets to do day in and day out! She joins Matt to talk about some of the things she's doing to stimulate growth in the area!
Shayna Carlson stopped by the office a few weeks ago to talk about her work at the Ottawa Area Intermediate School District. She gets into how she went from college student looking to get out of West Michigan, to Black and Decker Sales Rep in Phoenix, AZ, and then back to West Michigan as a teacher, volleyball coach, and administrator. For anybody interested in education and what is being done to prepare students for the real world, you'll love this episode.
Jeff Genova sits down with Matt at George's Smoke Shop in downtown Holland to talk about being the general manager at a local craft brewery and to share his experiences as a featured photographer for Getty Images. As always this episode is presented by Competitive Wedge and Big Lake Brewery.