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The Passion Pod

The Passion Pod

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Welcome to The Passion Pod, the podcast all about community, by Disciple.

In this show, we interview community experts, enthusiasts and Disciple customers from all industries, to discuss building and scaling communities. Tune in to learn all about the passion economy, how you can create your own private community, and much more.

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What's next for my thriving community with Todd Nilson & Nick De La Torre
Welcome to The Passion Pod, the community building podcast by Disciple. In this show, we interview community experts and hosts from all industries as we discuss building and scaling communities. In today's episode, Disciple founder and CEO, Benji Vaughan sits down with Todd Nilson, the owner and digital strategist at Clocktower Advisors and Disciple customer Nick De La Torre from Awaken Catholic as they talk about what's next for my thriving community. Let's get to it! About Todd Todd has worked in online communities and digital workplaces for most of his professional career. His earliest experiences with online communities were in discussion forums for multi-player games. Since then, he has worked with dozens of companies to help them devise a successful strategy for the online communities they want to build. He starts from scratch and focuses on the business goals you are trying to achieve. From there, he helps leaders understand the factors that influence whether your online community platform will succeed or fail. About Nick Nick has served around the United States as a musician and speaker for Dynamic Catholic, Renewal Ministries, Extraordinary Mission and Life Teen retreats, conferences, and events. Nick and his wife, Alina, are recording artists and you can discover their music at https://nickandalina.com. Nick is also a music producer and mixing/mastering engineer which you can learn more about at https://dltstudios.com. Most importantly, Nick is just a dude 😎
22:36
August 24, 2022
Coaching the masses through community with Terry Williams | Terry the Trainer
Welcome to The Passion Pod, a podcast by The Collective, powered by Disciple. In this show, we interview Disciple customers and community enthusiasts from all industries as we discuss building and scaling communities. Tune in to learn all about the creator economy, how you can create your own private community, and much more. In today's episode, we have Head of Community & Brand at Disciple, Nicolette talking to Terry Williams, founder of Terry the Trainer. Let’s get to it. About Terry Terry has worn many hats, from gym owner to ministry leader, to private conditioning coach for professional athletes to ambassador for global active lifestyle brands. Among all of these lies one common thread: They are roles in which he lives out his chief core value: Love people well.  Holding a bachelor's degree in communications, a master's degree in health and human performance, and an accredited certificate in faith-based life coaching, Terry now walks in a new lane that fully expresses his passion to call out greatness in the human heart. It’s time to do some training outside the gym! Welcome to life in rhythm. Terry the Trainer website: https://www.terrythetrainer.life/
36:12
March 23, 2022
Gaining control and seeing success by scaling a community away from Facebook with Wade Saxton | Smoke & Bacon
Welcome to The Passion Pod, a podcast by The Collective, powered by Disciple. In this show, we interview Disciple customers and community enthusiasts from all industries as we discuss building and scaling communities. Tune in to learn all about the creator economy, how you can create your own private community, and much more. In today's episode, we have Head of Community & Brand at Disciple, Nicolette talking to Wade Saxton, Founder of Smoke & Bacon. Let’s get to it. About Wade Wade Saxton is CEO of Smoke & Bacon Media LLC based in Richmond, Virginia U.S.A. Smoke & Bacon is a full-service media company that has successfully moved all its operations away from Facebook and over to Disciple. His community is a social media system that encourages you to enjoy social media the way it should be, providing a safe space free of advertisers hounding you, companies selling your information, apps tracking you, and censorship. Join Smoke & Bacon https://smokeandbacon.disciplemedia.com/ Smoke & Bacon website: https://www.smokeandbacon.com/ Update: Smoke & Bacon has since completely migrated away from Facebook and now only operates using other Disciple powered community App! 🎉
17:24
February 22, 2022
Building a community that becomes the power house of marketing with Randy Pratt | Master Books
Welcome to The Passion Pod, a podcast by The Collective, powered by Disciple. In this show, we interview Disciple customers and community enthusiasts from all industries as we discuss building and scaling communities. Tune in to learn all about the creator economy, how you can create your own private community, and much more. In today's episode, we have Head of Community & Brand at Disciple, Nicolette talking to Randy Pratt, founder of Master Books Let’s get to it. About Randy Randy Pratt is a curriculum development and sales specialist who has owned his own curriculum company called PennyWise, and currently serves as VP of Marketing for Master Books. He is also a homeschooling father of nine and a former pastor. Master Books website: https://www.masterbooks.com/
14:56
February 20, 2022
Creating authentic, engaged, and empowered communities with Erica Kuhl | Erica Kuhl Consulting
Welcome to The Passion Pod, a podcast by The Collective, powered by Disciple. In this show, we interview Disciple customers and community enthusiasts from all industries as we discuss building and scaling communities. Tune in to learn all about the creator economy, how you can create your own private community, and much more. I’m Nicolette, Head of Community and Brand and today we have Disciple CEO and Founder, Benji Vaughan, talking to Erica Kuhl, CEO & Founder at Erica Kuhl Consulting. Let’s get in to it. About Erica Erica has over 20 years of Enterprise community expertise. Formerly VP Community at Salesforce she built everything from scratch from strategy and programs to metrics & ROI. She understands running community programs on any size budget & with any size team big or small. She’s also seen massive company growth from 176 to 49,000 employees allowing her to adapt strategies & deeply understand challenges at any stage. Erica has now ventured out on her own (ericakuhl.com) to help customers like Slack, Zendesk, Atlassian, Google Cloud, and Github build robust community strategies and programs with her extensive expertise, authentic approach, and trusted services. Listen to the In Before the Lock podcast https://ib4tl.fm/
49:54
January 21, 2022
Bridging the gap between the local music scene and community in Central Virginia with Maggie Graff | Ignited
Welcome to The Passion Pod, a podcast by The Collective, powered by Disciple. In this show, we interview Disciple customers and community enthusiasts from all industries as we discuss building and scaling communities. Tune in to learn all about the creator economy, how you can create your own private community, and much more. On today's episode I'm joined by Maggie Graff, founder of Ignited Let’s get in to it. About Maggie Maggie is a one woman show founder of Ignited and music photographer. She always knew she'd find both personal and professional fulfilment within the music industry, but it took getting behind a camera at a concert for her to find her angle in. Mainly self-taught, in the beginning, she'd go to venues that allowed cameras, shoot musicians’ sets, and send them a link to photos the next day for them to use. This led to paid work and authentic relationships with both the bands and other industry individuals. But her biggest takeaway: understanding the local industry’s unsolved needs, like that of a centralised community resource accessible to all involved in the Charlottesville and Richmond music industry. Find out more about Ignited: https://www.ignitedva.com/ Join the community: https://community.ignitedva.com/signup
21:09
December 21, 2021
Helping black women to grow professionally with Sherry Sims | The Career Hub by the Black Career Women's Network
Welcome to The Passion Pod, a podcast by The Collective, powered by Disciple. In this show, we interview Disciple customers and community enthusiasts from all industries as we discuss building and scaling communities. Tune in to learn all about the creator economy, how you can create your own private community, and much more. On today's episode, I'm joined by Sherry Sims, founder of the Career Hub by the Black Career Women's Network. Let’s get to it. Join The Career Hub: https://thecareerhub.bcwnetwork.com Black Career Women's Network website: https://bcwnetwork.com
19:48
November 19, 2021
Exploring why community is more than a buzzword with Sofia Rodriquez Mata | Venafi
Welcome to The Passion Pod, a podcast by The Collective, powered by Disciple. In this show, we interview Disciple customers and community enthusiasts from all industries as we discuss building and scaling communities. Tune in to learn all about the creator economy, how you can create your own private community, and much more. I’m Nicolette, Head of Community and Brand, and today we have Disciple Founder and CEO Benji Vaughan talking to Sofia Rodriquez Mata Let's get to it! About Sofia Sofia is an award-winning community builder who has managed B2B, B2C, and PTP communities. As a Director of Community at Venafi, Sofia is passionate about educating, empowering, and enabling security experts. She has managed user group programs, top contributor programs, online communities, and field marketing events for startups and large enterprise companies. Sofia earned her MBA in 2020 and is a lifelong learner. Follow her on Twitter https://twitter.com/SofMata Check out the Venafi website https://www.venafi.com/ Follow Venafi on Twitter https://twitter.com/Venafi Join the Venafi Warrior Community https://www.venafi.com/community
29:30
October 22, 2021
Finding your passion and truly loving what you do with Nicolette | Disciple
Welcome to The Passion Pod, a podcast by The Collective, powered by Disciple. In this show, we interview Disciple customers and community enthusiasts from all industries as we discuss building and scaling communities. Tune in to learn all about the creator economy, how you can create your own private community, and much more. I’m Valentina your host for this episode and today I’m talking to Nicolette Roses-Agoro, Head of Community and Brand at Disciple. Let's get to it! About Nicolette Nicolette is an international third culture kid, being from Spanish and Nigerian parents, born in London, raised in South Africa, educated in Malaysia and now back in London. She has dedicated her entire working career to community management, having a great love for understanding people, what makes them tick and learning how to build true, valuable connections. Nicolette currently heads up the Community and Brand Team at Disciple where they are focused on championing the power of community and stepping into a new movement. Outside of work, she can be found cooking her way through a multitude of recipes, creating ceramic all-in-one plates and delving into new virtual communities. Join The Collective:  https://www.thecollective.disciplemedia.com 
17:30
September 30, 2021
Conscious living and wellbeing for alignment and success with Virginia Scheuer | Body Soul
Welcome to The Passion Pod, a podcast by The Collective, powered by Disciple. In this show, we interview Disciple customers and community enthusiasts from all industries as we discuss building and scaling communities. Tune in to learn all about the creator economy, how you can create your own private community, and much more. On today's episode we have Head of Community and Brand At Disciple Nicolette talking to Virginia Scheuer founder at Body Soul. About Virginia When Virginia Scheuer sets her eyes on her purpose and passion, she is unstoppable. She has been a soulpreneur for about 14 years. She started her adult career with her Masters of Fine Arts in Acting. She spent a brief time as an actor in California, where she found herself falling in love with the idea of working for herself, and with this idea she went to school and became a certified wholistic massage therapist. Realizing that her life was taking a new path, she found herself teaching secondary and post-secondary education over the span of a decade. Virginia is multi-passionate, with a deep love for personal development and inner-soul connection. In 2017 she left teaching full time and started her own business. By 2019 she built a 6 figure online business by building a small following of a couple thousand and helping over 200 businesses through 1on1 and group/ community coaching. Virginia has expanded this business by founding the Soulpreneurs Association that provides resources and tools like the Body Soul App and SoulSoftware.co to help heart-centered professional reach new levels in their daily life and business.Let’s get to it. Join Body Soul https://hello.bodysoul.app/
23:17
September 06, 2021
Getting the right audience to pay attention through building communities with Yoann Pavy | Digital Marketing Finesse
Welcome to The Passion Pod, a podcast by The Collective, powered by Disciple. In this show, we interview Disciple customers and community enthusiasts from all industries as we discuss building and scaling communities. Tune in to learn all about the creator economy, how you can create your own private community, and much more. I’m Nicolette, Head of Community and Brand and today we have Disciple CEO and Founder, Benji Vaughan, talking to Yoann Pavy podcaster at the Digital Marketing Finesse. Let’s get to it. About Yoann Yoann ia a marketing leader passionate about disruptive businesses and culture. He loves growth marketing and getting the right audience to pay attention through building communities. In the last 6 years he's directly managed +£50m media budget and has worked at brands including Depop, Laced, Perkbox and Deliveroo He's currently the VP of Marketing at DIEM - Your BanK of Things and also works as an Advisor for start ups and a Mentor for a few up young marketing professionals. In 2021, he launched a Podcast called Digital Marketing Finesse as well as growing a community of +150 people in just the first 2 weeks of January. What’s left of his time is spent trying to be a great dad and eventually sleep a little bit... Listen to the Digital Marketing Finesse Podcast https://digitalmarketingfinesse.podbean.com/
33:22
July 27, 2021
Belonging and support for female identified, non binary and queer folk with Erika Gayle | The Babes Club
Welcome to The Passion Pod, a podcast by The Collective, powered by Disciple. In this show, we interview Disciple customers and community enthusiasts from all industries as we discuss building and scaling communities. Tune in to learn all about the creator economy, how you can create your own private community, and much more. I’m Valentina your host for this episode and today I’m talking to Erika Gayle, Co-founder of The Babes Club. Let’s get to it. About Erika Erika Gayle is the Community Leader, CEO, and Co-Founder of The Babes Club. She is a wife, a cat mama to three VERY spoiled house-cats, and has collected over 50 house plants in the last year. Erika started pursuing her photography career in 2007 and in 2015 she discovered the genre of boudoir and hasn't looked back since. Upon discovering how much of a positive impact these sessions had on her clients and their self-esteem, she started a Facebook group in 2017 called The Boudie Babe Community. This group started as a way to keep in touch with her past and future clients but it quickly evolved into so much more than that. Through The Babes Club, Erika empowers her community of female-identified, non-binary, and queer folks to better their lives and overcome their greatest challenges. Erika's biggest achievement to date knowing how many lives she's changed through her boudoir sessions and through her community. Join the community! IOS app: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/the-babes-club/id1558842908 Android app:  https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=uk.co.disciplemedia.thebabesclub1 Follow The Babes Club on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/thebabes.club.studio/  Visit their website https://www.thebabes.club/ 
19:05
June 21, 2021
Body positive walks and adventures with Richelle Olsen | Escaping Your Comfort Zone
Welcome to The Passion Pod, a podcast by The Collective, powered by Disciple. In this show, we interview Disciple customers and community enthusiasts from all industries as we discuss building and scaling communities. Tune in to learn all about the passion economy, how you can create your own private community, and much more. I’m Valentina your host for this episode and today I’m talking to Richelle Olsen, founder of Escaping Your Comfort Zone. Let’s get to it. About Richelle Richelle is an Aussie 40-something, plus sized, and has cycled from Canada to Mexico, hiked to Everest base camp, run a 25km race in the Spanish Pyrenees, trekked the Inca Trail, solo bike toured through the Italian Alps and Scotland, scuba dived in around the world, raced over 20 triathlons, solo hiked the Queen Charlotte Track in NZ and had a whole lot of other adventures in between.  She does it slowly, frequently solo and on her own terms. In 2016, she returned home from 5 months cycling 5000km from Canada to Mexico, where her greatest challenges were avoiding bears, finding food and water, and finding a flat patch of grass to pitch my tent. She realised there was much more to life than the stress of constructed deadlines in my job as a telecommunications business analyst.  So many women had told her she was so brave to do the adventures she does, that they never could.  So she worked out a way to become their cheerleader - she quit my job and started Escaping Your Comfort Zone with the commitment to make it work.  It's been a rollercoaster, but the payment in seeing people's lives change way outweighs the salary she used to earn. Follow Escaping Your Comfort Zone on Facebook @escapingyourcomfortzone Follow Escaping Your Comfort Zone on Instagram @escapingyourcomfortzone Visit their website https://www.escapingyourcomfortzone.com/
15:35
May 21, 2021
Empowering former foster youth aging out of the system with Frank Connelly | Stepping Forward LA
Welcome to The Passion Pod, a podcast by The Collective, powered by Disciple. In this show, we interview Disciple customers and community enthusiasts from all industries as we discuss building and scaling communities. Tune in to learn all about the passion economy, how you can create your own private community, and much more. I’m Valentina your host for this episode and today I’m talking to Frank Connelly, Founder at Hero Bridge. Let’s get to it. About Frank Frank is a former corporate risk management and public interest lawyer, who now produces branded social impact entertainment designed to create measurable social change. He is currently working with Al Roker Entertainment to produce diversity, equity & inclusion content for TV, and sits on the board of the Social Impact Entertainment Society. His technology company "Hero Bridge" is a digital media exchange that brings together resources, mentorship and engagement for vulnerable communities.  At the end of 2020, he launched with Disciple the first app version of "Hero Bridge" for Stepping Forward LA, a co-mentor community app to inspire and activate Los Angeles' aging out foster youth. Follow Stepping Forward on Facebook @Stepping4wardLA Visit their website https://www.steppingforwardla.org/ 
32:35
April 21, 2021
Transformational practices and being a leader with Claire Spencer| Fit for Service Fellowship
Welcome to The Passion Pod, a podcast by The Collective, powered by Disciple. In this show, we interview Disciple customers and community enthusiasts from all industries as we discuss building and scaling communities. Tune in to learn all about the passion economy, how you can create your own private community, and much more. I’m Valentina your host for this episode and today I’m talking to Claire Spencer, Community Manager at Fit for Service Fellowship by Aubrey Marcus. Let’s get to it. About Claire Claire Spencer is the community manager for Aubrey Marcus' Fit for Service Mastermind, a certified Integration Coach, and a master "Hype Friend". She works with transformational leaders to develop self sustaining communities that deepen the impact of their message  while simultaneously bringing them more personal freedom. Follow Aubrey Marus on Instagram: @aubreymarcus Fit for Service Fellowship on Instagram: @fit.for.service Join the Fit for Service Academy and Fit for Service Fellowship communities  Listen to Aubrey Marcus' podcast Check out www.aubreymarcus.com
31:38
March 22, 2021
Life without limits with Leah Ison | Flutter by Cerebral Palsy Alberta
Welcome to The Passion Pod, a podcast by The Collective, powered by Disciple. In this show, we interview Disciple customers and community enthusiasts from all industries as we discuss building and scaling communities. Tune in to learn all about the passion economy, how you can create your own private community, and much more. I’m Valentina your host for this episode and today I’m talking to Leah Ison, Communications and Community Engagement Specialist at Flutter by Cerebral Palsy Alberta Let’s get to it. About Leah Leah holds a certificate in Arts and Cultural Management from Grant MacEwan University where she discovered a passion for Public Relations and promoting events. This passion eventually turned into Communications and Community Engagement which is her current role with Cerebral Palsy Alberta, a non-profit that offers support services and recreational and leisure programs for individuals with cerebral palsy and other disabilities in the province of Alberta. She has worked in nonprofit for over 10 years and has held a steady career in Social Media Management, including her own freelance business, for just as long. Leah is a wife, mom, to one and stepmom to 4 which keep her busy and entertained. When not working she is an avid bookworm, knitter and true crime podcast listener.   Follow Flutter on Instagram: @flutterappcommunity Cerebral Palsy Alberta on Instagram: @cpalberta Download the app for IOS and Android Check out www.cpalberta.com
16:33
February 21, 2021
Education & foreign exchange with Brandon Santiago | R.H Made
Welcome to The Passion Pod, a podcast by The Collective, powered by Disciple. In this show, we interview Disciple customers and community enthusiasts from all industries as we discuss building and scaling communities. Tune in to learn all about the passion economy, how you can create your own private community, and much more. I’m Valentina your host for this episode and today I’m talking to Brandon Santiago, Founder & CEO at RH Made. Let’s get to it. About Brandon In early 2020 Brandon teamed up with his long time business partner Joey Nunes to develop a Forex Education community called R.H. Made. The marketing and music industry veteran decided it was time to switch gears, and professions, when he set out to learn how to trade global currencies as a side hustle at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. “We were faced with a handful of situations such as scams, false information, poor delivery of education, and just an overall lack of communication between those learning and those teaching. After some bad experiences we knew we had to develop something and fill the void.” - Brandon, on why he decided to build a community. After meeting a few key players, including Juvy Saint-Louis, the group focused on the experiences they were faced with and began developing an immersive education-based community. Using a true “community” model,  R.H. Made has made an impact on the industry even on a smaller scale. The program consists of live trainings at their central office location, multiple daily Livestreams, as well as community access to educators and other members that are all on the same journey together. Battling the on-going stigma that Forex trading carries, the team at R.H. Made plans to change the mindset of as many people as possible - one person at a time. Anyone can become an educated, profitable trader with the proper foundation and support. Follow Brandon on Instagram: @bovadagod R.H. Made on Instagram: @rhmade.fx And check out www.rhmforex.com
23:50
January 21, 2021
Welcome to The Passion Pod
Welcome to The Passion Pod, a podcast by The Collective, powered by Disciple. In this show, I interview Disciple customers and community enthusiasts from all industries as we discuss building and scaling communities. Tune in to learn all about the passion economy, how you can create your own private community, and much more. I'm Valentina your host, let's get to it!
00:30
December 21, 2020