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reCHARGE® Your Life
Join Dr. Keri Ohlrich (co-author of the book, The Way of the HR Warrior, CEO Abbracci Group) and Kelly Guenther (COO Abbracci Group) as we talk to everyday people who have made a decision that changed the trajectory of their lives. We have heard these empowering stories from friends, leaders, family and colleagues throughout our careers and found inspiration from them and know you will too! But wait there's more! While we love a good inspiring story, we want to take action on how we can change our lives too! In that spirit, we ask each of our guests to tell us their story as well as telling us which CHARGE quality they used to help them make decisions. CHARGE is based on Keri's book and the qualities are: (Courage, Humility, Accuracy, Resiliency, Goal-Oriented, and Exemplary). Lastly, our guests will provide us their top actions that listeners can take to reCHARGE their lives. We want you to feel empowered and have fun every other Wednesday in a succinct 30 minutes. Now, take a listen and reCHARGE your life!
September 15, 2021
Ep41: Stephanie Hutchins, PhD reCHARGED
Stephanie M. Hutchins, PhD starts off our chat with one of her favorite mantras: “30 years of adventure rather than 100 years in the corner”. 100% yes!Stephanie shares her intensely personal story about her trauma and how it has shaped her life. She experienced trauma early on in her childhood and then, in her 20’s, she slipped into a dark hole after she found her significant other dead. She could barely get out of bed or shower. Through her mother's coaching and support Stephanie started to set small goals for herself, like get out of bed and take a shower. Those small goals led to her going to school, getting her PhD and starting her own coaching practice to help others recover from and thrive after trauma. She shares her insights and her advice: People have to want to change their story. You can start that path with small goals. And, be patient with yourself on your journey.Author of , Dr. Hutchins helps individuals overcome trauma and cope with stress. She is a Certified Life Coach, Stress Management Coach, Neuro-Linguistic Programming Practitioner, and Yoga Instructor. She also owns , a company that helps individuals overcome stressful and traumatic events. Dr. Hutchins taught about the human body as a college professor for 12 years, and the capabilities of the mind and body continue to fascinate her. She guides others in harnessing the power of their mind and body to overcome tremendous hardship brought on by the inevitable stresses of life. She combines yoga principles, her knowledge of the human body, and her healing journey to empower others with tools to fuel massive personal and professional growth.Connect with Dr. Hutchins to learn more about her and her background:LinkedIn: Facebook: Instagram: The Ultimate Jim Rohn Library: . Let us know about the moments for you that changed your life trajectory. Drop us a note via our website.
September 1, 2021
Ep40 - Part Two: Raymond Kemp, Sr. reCHARGED
Part Two: All about advice! Raymond Kemp Sr. gives us his top tips: 1) Bias towards action 2) Embrace who you are, and 3) Enjoy the journey. He also suggests finding a mentor who believes in you, helps you gain momentum to help you reach your goals and tells you the truth! And, you will want to hear about the US President he has met who surprised him the most. He ends his interview with us with a discussion on the continued discrimination in the military. Raymond’s service is not over, as he now wants to inspire other leaders to do the right thing. Raymond is a highly experienced Senior Executive in Leadership and Human Resources. He is an accomplished, results-oriented, forward-thinking organizational consultant with over 10 years of experience at the highest levels of the US Navy improving organizational strategies, increasing operational excellence, and boosting the performance of teams and employees in a variety of organizations. He represented the US Navy at the NATO International Senior Enlisted Seminar, which included briefing over 200 military leaders from African and European nations on leadership development and the value of cooperative agreements. As an Inspector General, he mentored over 300 junior executives, monthly, in leadership best practices and ethics at the Naval Leadership and Ethics Command & Senior Enlisted Academy. He spearheaded the repeal of “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” through face to face discussion with every crew member under his command for the purpose of building trust/resilience. Throughout his career, he has completed combat deployments in the Fifth, Sixth, and Seventh Fleet areas of responsibilities and participated in operation Desert Storm, Operation Restore Hope, Operation Southern Watch, Continue Hope, Sea Angel II, Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom. Fleet Master Chief Kemp's personal qualifications and awards include the Enlisted Surface Warfare, Enlisted Aviation Warfare, and the Enlisted Information Warfare; two Meritorious Service Medals, four Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals, three Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals, a Combat Action Ribbon, and various unit and campaign awards. Connect with Raymond to learn more about him and his background:LinkedIn = . Let us know about the moments for you that changed your life trajectory. Drop us a note via our website.
September 1, 2021
Ep40 - Part One: Raymond Kemp, Sr. reCHARGED
Part One: You don’t want to miss this two-part episode with Raymond Kemp, Sr.! Why is it two parts? Well, at the 24:55 min mark, Raymond’s audio went out. Part 2 is filled with advice and insights into the current state of the Navy. Be sure to listen. In Part One, Raymond shares his story of walking into a Naval office to get his new assignment in the IT/technology department and the leader told him that he wouldn’t have “his type/n-word” working in computers. The leader placed all the Black sailors in the lower-level jobs. Raymond tells us how he managed through that time period. Yeah and BTW, Raymond retired after 33 years in the Navy, met many world leaders (including the Pope) and left as the most senior Black person in the Navy. His advice? Check out Part 2 of this podcast! Raymond is a highly experienced Senior Executive in Leadership and Human Resources. He is an accomplished, results-oriented, forward-thinking organizational consultant with over 10 years of experience at the highest levels of the US Navy improving organizational strategies, increasing operational excellence, and boosting the performance of teams and employees in a variety of organizations. He represented the US Navy at the NATO International Senior Enlisted Seminar, which included briefing over 200 military leaders from African and European nations on leadership development and the value of cooperative agreements. As an Inspector General, he mentored over 300 junior executives, monthly, in leadership best practices and ethics at the Naval Leadership and Ethics Command & Senior Enlisted Academy. He spearheaded the repeal of “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” through face to face discussion with every crew member under his command for the purpose of building trust/resilience. Throughout his career, he has completed combat deployments in the Fifth, Sixth, and Seventh Fleet areas of responsibilities and participated in operation Desert Storm, Operation Restore Hope, Operation Southern Watch, Continue Hope, Sea Angel II, Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom. Fleet Master Chief Kemp's personal qualifications and awards include the Enlisted Surface Warfare, Enlisted Aviation Warfare, and the Enlisted Information Warfare; two Meritorious Service Medals, four Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals, three Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals, a Combat Action Ribbon, and various unit and campaign awards.Connect with Raymond to learn more about him and his background:LinkedIn = . Let us know about the moments for you that changed your life trajectory. Drop us a note via our website.
August 18, 2021
Ep39: Jeff Breskin reCHARGED
We start with a scary stat: Jeff Breskin has seen more employee lawsuits in the past 36 months as compared to his 35 years in the industry in regards to workers’ compensation. He is the most passionate safety and workers’ compensation professional we have ever met. Period. He has had the passion all his life for working hard and helping people. It was a strong thread throughout his life and was instilled by him from his parents who immigrated to the US and met while they were in beauty school. Jeff remembers helping at the hair salon and that work has made him who he is today. And maybe be surrounded by all the smoking and aerosol hair spray made him want to get into safety! But it wasn’t all bad, he was able to meet Lucille Ball and Carol Burnett at his parents’ salon -- listen to the end to hear his story with Carol Burnett. His advice: Be resilient and mentor others. It is important to him to give back and be a coach to others. He wants the insurance industry to flourish and more people to get into risk management. Jeff has 30+ years of experience in Claims Management, Risk Control and Safety. He has worked with all management levels, including large, multi-state and national Fortune 500 companies. As Vice President of Risk Management Claims and Loss Control at EPIC Insurance Brokers & Consultants, Jeff, works as an advocate and extension of the client’s management team helping with compliance issues with State and Federal OSHA guidelines. Jeff’s 30+ years of carrier and broker experience brings high levels of medical/litigation management, as well as, Special Investigations Unit (SIU) Fraud and District Appeals involvement. He has implemented various programs including Return to Work, Alternative Light Duty and Injury & Illness Prevention Programs. Jeff also has experience conducting seminars and been involved with OSHA Safety Committee training (Spanish/English), Medical Clinic Assessments with a broad claims management expertise in regard to claim negotiations and reserving. Review of experience modifications for the state of California and NCCI states with an emphasis on removing and lowering reserves that affect a client’s Unit Statistical filings and rating of the experience modification. Jeff has also worked with State OSHA officials to appeal, reduce, and mitigate potential citations and fines. Jeff brings a variety of industry experience in the specialty ground that includes industries such as manufacturing, healthcare, hotel, restaurant, entertainment, retail and construction. Awards: Risk and Insurance | Power Broker of the Year (2020, 2018, 2017) Connect with Jeff to learn more about him and his background:LinkedIn = Epic Insurance Brokers = . Let us know about the moments for you that changed your life trajectory. Drop us a note via our website.
August 4, 2021
Ep38: Allen Esrock reCHARGED
Looking for that perfect blend of humor, wit and reflection? Allen Esrock delivers! We talk about TikTok, cat videos and not looking at Allen Esrock’s internet history when he was running a tween girls’ networking site! Allen shares with us the moment he realized that running the family retail business was not for him. He had other dreams! Allen drove from St. Louis, MO to Los Angeles, CA to realize his goal of becoming a TV comedy writer--only to discover that he hated being in the writer’s room! Allen knew that he didn’t want the life that was laid out for him: A family-owned retail clothing business, a home in St. Louis, being a country club tennis doubles champion. He credits being in touch with his emotions and knowing that he needed to do something different. Rather than living with regret and saying, “I could have tried this or should have done that," Allen shares with us his mantra of “not wanting to live with regret” is a deep part of his soul and what ultimately guides him.His shares key advice when making decisions: Before you make the decision, ask yourself, will you be happy with this decision in 5-10 years? For Allen, personal reflection has led him to become the person he is today.Allen is the founder of NxtGen Nexus, a local/global community for Family Business and Family Office NxtGens that supports their interest in Social Impact, Family Dynamics, Philanthropy, Pop Culture, Family Legacy, Food, and Real Estate, at both local and global levels.Allen started working for Big Men’s Shop, his family business, when he was five-years old. His first job was guarding the front door during holiday shopping season. Allen went through the age-old debate of going into the family business. He joined a buyer's training program at Macy's to prepare to run the family business. Instead, he moved to Los Angeles to pursue his dream of being a television comedy writer. Allen left the entertainment business and became an executive recruiter working across industries which included digital media, technology, healthcare, and non-profits.Allen was also the Founder of Jitter Fingers, a safe social networking solution for tween girls and their bffs, with on-line clubs in 200+ cities in the US and twelve countries. Allen is a member of the Writer’s Guild of America and a graduate of Indiana University.Connect with Allen to learn more about him and his background:LinkedIn = . Let us know about the moments for you that changed your life trajectory. Drop us a note via our website.
July 21, 2021
Ep37: Maggie Malone reCHARGED
Yep, we have an Olympian on our podcast! What timing! We could not be more thrilled to have Maggie Malone as our guest. She holds the American record in women’s javelin and will be heading to Tokyo representing the US in the 2021 Olympics! Just having her talk about how she trains and focuses would be enough, but we do more at reCHARGE Your Life:) Maggie shares her incredibly personal story on her struggles with mental health and the Olympic hangover that she managed after the 2016 Olympics. She had identity issues and needed to figure out how to bounce back and address the actual issues in her life. Maggie was vulnerable and reached out to friends and asked for help. She also shares her story on becoming a Christian and the importance that faith has in her life. Raised Catholic, Maggie didn’t have a relationship with Christ. She wanted to find that. Take a listen to Maggie’s story. You will feel inspired and proud to watch her in Tokyo!! Maggie is a Client Success Leader at Wildsparq – a powerful, online leadership development tool built for companies that care about their people, their legacy and the impact they will make in the world. Maggie earned her Bachelor of Education in Human Resources Development as well as her Master’s degree in Marketing from Texas A&M University.She ran track at the University of Nebraska before transferring to Texas A&M, where, in 2016, she became the first female javelin thrower to win an NCAA title and U.S. Olympic Team Trials title in the same season! Maggie enjoys playing competitive team sports – volleyball, basketball and softball as well watching movies and singing. Connect with Maggie to learn more about her and her background:LinkedIn = . Let us know about the moments for you that changed your life trajectory. Drop us a note via our website.
July 7, 2021
Ep36: Haven Cockerham reCHARGED
Haven Cockerham already failed at retirement once. He lives on a golf course though he doesn't play golf! Why did he fail? He doesn’t have time. Haven is continuously pushing himself to learn new things, be surrounded by new thinking, soak up ideas from younger generations and living in a community that challenges his mind and provides beautiful mountain and ocean landscapes. Haven is a true change agent and a great storyteller. Haven tells us how he started in HR working with amazing mentors and Harvard professors. He blazed a trail in the automotive industry and showcased HR as a strategic, value-added business partner. As a young man, Haven had to decide if he would move away from North Carolina and take a job at GM in a very conservative Indiana. Not many in his family moved away but his mom said “you need to follow where ever the opportunity takes you”. He did just that and has taken on challenges and risks during his career. Throughout it all, he learned and saw every opportunity as a moment to grow and expand. He draws on his courage and resilience to help him and also has a beautiful ability to be vulnerable and humble. Haven founded Cockerham & Associates in Chicago in 2005 to provide strategic consulting and technology services in Human Resources and, Talent Management and Diversity & Inclusion. A distinguishing feature of Cockerham & Associates is its web-based Diversity & Inclusion solutions that enable clients to develop, aggregate and report the impact of its diversity strategies and operating plans for employee/business resource groups.Prior to forming Cockerham & Associates, Haven was the Chief Human Resource Officer for R.R. Donnelley where he played a key role in the transformation of the company’s operating model and culture. He led the transformation of the human resources function to become a true business partner, focusing on high value processes and reducing delivery costs of human resource services. Additional corporate leadership roles include Chief Human Resources Officer for DTE Energy in Detroit and the Senior Human Resources Executive for Fisher Guide Division of General Motors.Prior to his executive leadership positions, Haven held key assignments in manufacturing, labor relations, EEO, and executive compensation, policy development, employee relations and leadership development. Haven owned and operated a Chevrolet Dealership in South Carolina and has an MBA from the Michigan State Advanced Management Program.Connect with Haven to learn more about him and his background:LinkedIn = . Let us know about the moments for you that changed your life trajectory. Drop us a note via our website.
June 23, 2021
Ep35: Desmond Jefferson reCHARGED
How do we push ourselves out of our comfort zone? What does it mean to "pimp the system"? Desmond Jefferson explains all of this and tells us about the moment that changed his life. Desmond did the typical thing in college. He partied, he hung out too late...in short, he didn’t take it seriously. One day after being placed on academic probation (which he never failed a class before), he had to make a crucial decision: is it me or is it them? He had to choose himself and put himself above his friends. He needed to put his needs first. Easier said than done, right?! Desmond showcased courage and humility during our episode by publicly sharing that he was on academic probation. He had not openly shared this part of his life before our episode. He was vulnerable and wants others to learn from his story. You can hit a down time and think it won’t get better, but it will. By the way, he focused on himself and was on the Dean’s list. His great advice: Find out what makes you unique. That is your foundation and then build on it!Desmond is an experienced leader who has successfully worked in the recreational facilities and services industry. He was one of two directors at St. Andrew’s Parks and Playground, in Charleston, SC, working with children. Currently, he is a Sales Support Coordinator at Floyd Lee Locums, which provides an elite concierge experience to physicians, CRNAs, nurse practitioners, physician assistants and other healthcare providers searching for new career opportunities. Desmond is a graduate of Francis Marion University with a degree in Healthcare Administration. In his spare time, Desmond loves to travel, spending time with family, and watching sports.Connect with Desmond to learn more about him and his background:LinkedIn = Small Talk by Jerome Smalls = Sign up for our newsletter at . Let us know about the moments for you that changed your life trajectory. Drop us a note via our website.
June 9, 2021
Ep34: Dominic Toscanelli reCHARGED
A special Father’s Day podcast (and, nope, we didn’t plan it that way, but we are lucky that the stars aligned). We begin with Dominic Toscanelli sharing his love of data and spreadsheets. Don’t worry, there is more to the interview and a great book recommendation for new dads. When asked what changed his life, Dominic speaks from the heart on the sudden death of his father and how he had to reframe his life at just 19 years old. He shares his journey toward managing his grief, preserving his mental health and being open about his personal emotional work with his friends and family. He frames his advice to his almost 1 year old son, Leo, which is: When going through life, know that little ball of emotion inside you, pull it apart, and understand why you are feeling that way. Label those emotions. Great advice for all! Dominic is a father, husband, and friend who is more focused than ever on leaving life's tangibles and intangibles in a better state than he found them. Getting him to this point, his life has been an oft-incautious sequence of learning, growth, and reflection. Rinse and repeat. Dominic’s higher-octane hours are spent specializing in the negotiation and implementation of robust employee benefits, retirement, and risk management programs. In other words: Dominic has a twisted passion for spreadsheets. Connect with Dominic to learn more about him and his background:LinkedIn = Sign up for our newsletter at . Let us know about the moments for you that changed your life trajectory. Drop us a note via our website.
May 26, 2021
Ep33: Lyndal Larkin reCHARGED
Collecting experiences and living life. Lyndal Larkin is passionate about being true to these beliefs. She has a background in travel and hospitality, aviation, operations and learning and development. She was working in operations and participated in a training for managers and fell in love with learning and development and that changed her life. Throughout these changes, Lyndal has exposed herself to learning new experiences, utilizing her skills and knowledge and making an impact. She has an abundance of courage and humility that has helped her along the way. She cultivated a community of support that provides her candor and honest input and advice. Her advice to others: Create the space and nurture your intuition. Her favorite quote from Mark Twain: Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do, than by the ones you did do. Lyndal is an Executive Coach, Leadership Advisor, Founder and Principal of Larkin Leadership. After 20+ years as an HR executive in diverse industries ranging from early-stage tech start-ups to luxury hospitality and global retail, she launched Larkin Leadership in early 2020. As a high-energy and collaborative thought partner, Lyndal's lifelong passion is supporting others to deliberately and repeatedly achieve exceptional results. She currently does this by supporting Founders, CEOs and the C-Suite with results-focused executive coaching and bespoke leadership programming. She also leads Mastermind groups focused on developing and connecting female emerging executives. Lyndal holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Washington. She received her executive coach training from CTI, and is a certified Myers-Briggs, 7 Habits, and Lominger Leadership Architect practitioner. She also recently completed a coaching certification from the Asian Leadership Institute and is in the final weeks of finishing a certificate in "Workplace D, E & I." Lyndal resides in Los Angeles, CA. In her free time she is honored to serve as a governing board member of local non-profit, LA's BEST, and adores travel, cooking, and entertaining family and friends.Connect with Lyndal to learn more about her and her background:LinkedIn = Instagram = @larkinleadershipLarkin Leadership = Sign up for our newsletter at . Let us know about the moments for you that changed your life trajectory. Drop us a note via our website.
May 19, 2021
Ep32: Tonya McKenzie reCHARGED
You don’t want to miss Tonya McKenzie’s interview. Tonya has lived enough life for several books and hours of podcast content. Through it all, she has relied on her love of learning and laughter.Tonya talks about her passion around teaching others and leaving the world in a better place than she found it. She put her money where her mouth is and gave up her dream to take care of her sisters after their mom died. Throughout the trauma, she has learned to be more vulnerable, find common ground with people on opposite sides, and learn people’s stories. Her top advice: Be authentic. People will either be supportive of your brand or not, but they will know you for who you are. Does she have any regrets? No, as she sees everything she's experienced as lessons. Tonya is a seasoned Public Relations & Leadership Professional with over 17 years of experience and management expertise in both the non-profit and private sector. As the owner of Sand & Shores, public relations and leadership consulting firm, she specializes in working with civic, law enforcement, and other non-profit organizations helping them to gain greater brand awareness and positive public relations coverage in the media through bold branding and thought leadership. Tonya is a Silicon Valley native, and gun violence survivor. As a child advocate and speaker, she ignites the best in people by helping them to tell their story and delve into their personal brand identity. She’s a proud member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., and holds several leadership positions in the city of Redondo Beach and throughout Los Angeles County. Tonya holds a seat on the Redondo Beach Police Engagement Board and works to simplify complex issues though conversation. In addition to all of that, Tonya also hosts two podcasts:My Morning Coffee Podcast with Lieutenant Gia Neil of LA County Sheriff Leaders & Learners Spotify in which she speaks w/ authors, leaders and experts Connect with Tonya to learn more about her and her background:LinkedIn = Sand and Shores = Sign up for our newsletter at . Let us know about the moments for you that changed your life trajectory. Drop us a note via our website.
May 12, 2021
Ep31: Sammy Wegent reCHARGED
How are comedians and leaders similar? More than you might think! You need to be in tune with the audience (employees), you need to listen and adjust (flexibility) and you want the audience (employees) to have an engaging time. Hone your comedic skills and you are honing your leadership skills. Sammy Wegent started in the arts and on stage and now helps others in business. He understands that leadership is similar to being a presenter. It is always a show. He tells us about when he went to a career coach and was told “stop hunting rabbits and go after your bison." That advice changed his life. Sammy needed to go after his bison, which would be more satisfying than what he was currently doing. His bison--Speechless. Sammy is a great example of combining his job and his passion. Sammy is the Co-Founder & CEO of Speechless Inc., a startup that takes performance techniques from the worlds of improv, comedy, acting, and storytelling and applies them to public speaking and people's everyday lives. In addition to his work at Speechless, he has been performing comedy all over the world for the past 20 years. He has a Bachelor of Fine Arts and Master of Fine Arts in Acting, has been seen in dozens of TV and web commercials and has won numerous awards for his acting work in film and animation. He has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, San Francisco Chronicle, LA Weekly, and The Huffington Post.Connect with Sammy to learn more about him and his background:Speechless Inc. = Speechless Plus = Sign up for our newsletter at . Let us know about the moments for you that changed your life trajectory. Drop us a note via our website.
May 5, 2021
Ep30: Dan Flynn reCHARGED
We kick off talking with Dan Flynn about fate of the Edsel and move to the necessity of the grind for whatever you want in life! There are no short cuts. No matter what job or chapter of life you are in…you must put in the hard work.Dan tells us the two great decisions that changed his life. He discusses his move from corporate to going out on his own. He comes from a long line of entrepreneurs and regretted not taking that leap and having confidence in himself. He did some soul searching and let go of the imposter syndrome he felt. And, oh yeah, he sneaks in the second decision to stop drinking two years ago. For the second half of his life, he wanted to have more energy and set an example for his son. The result: he was much more present in life and relationships. His advice: Do the hard work; Be resilient; Join a professional network; Surround yourself with others who will give you honest feedback. Dan Flynn is the CEO & Founder of Skyhawk Sales Consultants Inc., a provider of Fractional Chief Revenue Officer services. His firm specializes in building and executing sales strategies that produce sustainable revenue growth for the clients he serves. Dan’s industry experience includes Broadcast & Cable, AdTech, Manufacturing & Distribution, MarTech, Professional Services, Real Estate & Construction.Dan is a natural leader and motivator with a history of 25+ years sales leadership and success. He has designed and led sales teams from start-up to annual revenue responsibility exceeding $200 million. Most notably, Dan’s track record of success includes re-imagining and leading a sports media multi-platform consisting of the Lakers & Dodgers sports networks, as well NBA & MLB content from ESPN, TNT, TBS, FS1 & the MLB Network. The results were 50% organic revenue lift in year 1 and 28% lift in year 2.Dan resides in Hermosa Beach, CA and earned his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration & Marketing from the Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado at Boulder.Connect with Dan to learn more about him and his background:LinkedIn = . Let us know about the moments for you that changed your life trajectory. Drop us a note via our website.
April 28, 2021
Ep29: Kathy Dawson reCHARGED
Incredible levels of energy and a positive outlook. That describes our guest, Kathy Dawson, perfectly. She has been focused on her goals since she sat with her typewriter at age 12. She learned when she was 16 that you could not control other people and instead you need to focus on what you can control. She personifies courage, goal-orientation and resilience. She shares why she started her staffing business during the 2008 recession (yes, we talk about how crazy you need to be to do this!). Kathy shares with us her insightful and targeted advice to others when figuring out their career and her best practices for leaders. In fact, this was the most important part of the podcast for her! She is passionate about making a difference and helping people. Kathy is the Founder and CEO of Dawson & Dawson, Inc. She serves as the firm’s Nonprofit Liaison, and oversees the Executive & Retained Search, Temporary & Contract Staffing, and Business Development practices. She is a Certified Staffing Professional with over 30 years of experience in the local and national marketplace. Prior to establishing Dawson & Dawson, Kathy served as a Regional Vice President for a National Search and Staffing firm in which she managed 120 employees with revenues up to $120M.Her pay-it-forward philosophy drives her extracurricular activities. Kathy currently sits on the board at Veterans Legal Institute, an organization offering pro bono legal assistance to homeless, at risk, disabled and low income current and former service members. She has served as President for the National Association of Women Business Owners-Orange County, Forum Vice-Chair for the Women’s Business Enterprise Council and President of the Women’s Business Institute. She has a heart for non-profits such as Working Wardrobes, Women Helping Women, Youth Employment Services, Girls Inc., and Second Harvest Food Bank. Connect with Kathy to learn more about her and her background:LinkedIn = . Let us know about the moments for you that changed your life trajectory. Drop us a note via our website.
April 21, 2021
Ep28: Nadine Chapman reCHARGED
"When you want something, the universe conspires to helping you achieve it." "When the student is ready, the teacher will appear." These are some of Nadine Chapman’s favorite quotes and they have changed her life. Oh, and we talk about how your "dinosaur tail" gets in your way. It is the start of a great conversation! Nadine started her career in the Federal Government as an attorney and rose up the ranks quickly. When she was 30 years old and had her “good government job” (per her mother), she decided to give it up and restart her career at the World Bank. She dreamed of working at the World Bank since she was a little girl. This took courage to make a significant change when most people would have said “stay in your safe job” but yet she moved out of her comfort zone. And, her goal-orientation got her ready…she had a vision and a goal for the future. She was resilient as she got knocked down at her new job because it was vastly different from her role in the government. All the while she listened to the voice inside her that told her to move, do more and fly. Her story is incredibly personal and infused with amazing advice! Nadine is currently the Manager of Mediation Services for the World Bank Group (WBG), an International Finance Institution that employs over 30,000 staff world-wide. In that capacity, she manages a decentralized team that provides employment mediation, facilitation, organizational consulting and training. She joined the WBG in 2000 as a Mediation Officer. Nadine has held several senior positions within the WBG, and has extensive experience handling complex employment case matters and is a trained mediator, facilitator, arbitrator and trainer. Prior to joining the WBG she served as an Attorney Adviser and Dispute Resolution Specialist for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. She has also served as an adjunct professor at the Howard University School of Law and Catholic University of America. Nadine has an interest in empowering individuals, in particular women. To that end, she has been a featured speaker at numerous conferences and events. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Howard University and a Juris Doctorate Degree from the Catholic University of America School of Law.Connect with Nadine to learn more about her and her background:LinkedIn = . Let us know about the moments for you that changed your life trajectory. Drop us a note via our website.
April 14, 2021
Ep27: Valerie Paris reCHARGED
Ideas. Ideas. Ideas. Valerie Paris shares with us her favorite book on ideas. How they move through the universe, how they visit you and how they leave you. Profound words on the concept of ideas. And that is just the beginning of our conversation with Valerie. Valerie discusses her decision to transition two years ago. Her transition began when she asked herself the question: If you could live your life how you want to, and you could do anything, what would that look like? And she realized that she would be happier if she transitioned to a woman. She shares her story and, in particular, her fear that she would be fired when she told her company that she was going to transition. Throughout her story, Valerie illustrates her courage and how it manifested itself during her life. And, we talked about understanding our fear and how the world could change if we stop acting on fear. It is an incredibly personal story. And, we recorded it on International Transgender Day of Visibility (an amazing coincidence and we are thrilled the universe made that happen for us—beautiful!). Valerie Paris is a game designer with a background in marketing, community engagement, and immersive storytelling. Having worn many hats in her professional experience, from designing escape rooms to improving operations, she is passionate about creating experiences that help connect people in meaningful ways. Her latest games have focused on exploring themes of gender and LGBTQ+ issues, as well as building positive queer community in the often hostile world of games. Connect with Valerie to learn more about her and her background:Twitter = @uncannyvallerie Sign up for our newsletter at . Let us know about the moments for you that changed your life trajectory. Drop us a note via our website.
April 7, 2021
Ep26: Jacquelyn Adams reCHARGED
We kick off our conversation with guest Jacquelyn Adams by talking about solving problems. It is so simple: take a break from the problem, take a walk and clear your head! You will be amazed at the ideas that come to you. And that is just the beginning with Jacquelyn. Listen to her story about leaving Hicksville, OH (not a typo) and her computer programming job to join the Peace Corps. Why the change? She wasn’t happy with her job and wanted to change her life. She gave up the “good” job and moved to Africa. Her time at the Peace Corps challenged her beliefs and her assumptions. She learned about the importance of the human side (she was educated as an engineer, human stuff wasn't taught as much!). Her advice in three words: curiosity, authenticity and community. And you won’t want to miss her favorite Swahili word!Jacquelyn began her training career teaching high school math in Swahili in a rural Tanzanian village for two years as a Peace Corps volunteer. Upon returning to the US, she combined her love of teaching with her Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering to become a corporate engineering trainer. After spending a decade as a top-rated instructor, she founded her own learning consulting company. For her professional achievements, Jacquelyn has received local and national recognition including the “Top 40 Under 40”, “Outstanding Young Alumni”, and “Outstanding Women in Business” awards. Jacquelyn writes a weekly column for IEEE, the world's largest technical organization, sharing career development thought leadership.Connect with Jacquelyn to learn more about her and her background:LinkedIn = . Let us know about the moments for you that changed your life trajectory. Drop us a note via our website. Please note: Around the 10:34 min mark, Keri has audio problems, but it only lasts for a few seconds.
March 31, 2021
Ep25: Julie Neumark reCHARGED
It is going to be a good episode when we kick off with an infinite mindset discussion. Julie Neumark chats with us about trying to live a long-term mindset and how humility is a key to her success.And, she needed to tap into her humility as she left her music career. Julie started off as a singer/song writer and after years, she was signed! But that lasted for only 18 months and it was over. Now what? Music was her identity and her dream. Julie had to ask herself, who am I? While she knew that music wasn’t right, she didn’t know what was right for her. She took a risk and stepped into marketing. Julie had to reboot and start again. She did this with grace, humility and curiosity. Her advice for others: Be present, journal, do something that helps you focus your mind and give yourself a break from technology. Julie is a former touring artist who earned her marketing credentials by marketing her band to A&R folks, resulting in a record deal. 10 years later, she turned to marketing full time for SaaS and AI startups and eventually became head of Content and Event Marketing at YP.com (Yellowpages). In 2017, YP.com was acquired and Julie decided to go back to her entrepreneurial roots and help businesses with their marketing strategy as an independent consultant. In 2019, she joined forces with her colleague and friend, Holly Bowyer, as a partner in their marketing services agency, Media & Marketing Minds (M3).Connect with Julie to learn more about her and her background:Facebook = @mediamarketingmindsInstagram = @mediamarketingmindsLinkedIn = Sign up for our newsletter at . Let us know about the moments for you that changed your life trajectory. Drop us a note via our website.
March 24, 2021
Ep24: Nandini Basu reCHARGED
Do you know what a movement educator is? Neither did we. Luckily, Nandini Basu explains it to us! Nandini also talks about her journey from working in corporate to becoming a Master Pilates instructor. She recalls a time when a student told her that “You are a blessing in my life” and how that feeling didn’t match the feelings she was receiving in the corporate world. The question was then…what do I do about this misalignment? Nandini found a grounding in Pilates that she didn’t have before. She devoted time and energy into this and made it her passionate hobby. But soon the universe conspired and presented her with opportunities to focus on her hobby and not on corporate. She tells us about the courage it took to make the switch and the great advice she has to help others. Nandini is a Movement Educator and Leadership Development Consultant. As a Movement Educator she teaches group fitness and private clients, primarily in Pilates, and is a Master Trainer for the Club Pilates brand. In her Leadership Development work, Nandini focuses on coaching and facilitation of employee and leadership development programs. She has worked across multiple industries and geographies to provide in-person and virtual leadership development solutions. Nandini is passionate about her work in helping people be their best selves through physical well-being and interpersonal effectiveness. Connect with Nandini to learn more about her and her background:Instagram = @nandini_basuSign up for our newsletter at . Let us know about the moments for you that changed your life trajectory. Drop us a note via our website.
March 17, 2021
Ep23: Ray Culver reCHARGED
You may think we have switched it up to a food/travel podcast since this is how we spend the first 10 minutes chatting with Ray Culver! Nah, we are still a life changing decision podcast, but we couldn’t help ourselves and kicked it off talking about how Ray expands his brain with food and travel. After discussing international vending machines, we get to a deep discussion about the decision Ray made that changed the trajectory of his life. Ray shared his intensely personal story about coming out as a gay man to his sister and mother when he was 18 years old. And that was the just the start of his journey. Now, how was he going to live his truth, become a more authentic leader and make the world a better place? Through the lessons he lives by (and who shouldn't live by these?): Showing unconditional love, understanding what others are going through and supporting them in the decisions they make. Ray is a staffing industry veteran and Certified Contingent Workforce Professional (CCWP) with 26 years of experience in sales, sales strategy and sales leadership. Serving as the Senior Vice President and Global Head of Growth at TalentNow, a contingent workforce solutions company, Culver oversees the go-to-market sales and growth strategy, assists in developing the product roadmap and helps create and drive TalentNow's vision. Prior to joining TalentNow, Culver held leadership roles with Scout Exchange, Randstad and ManpowerGroup, where he was instrumental in creating, and leading, national and global MSP Sales Channels. Ray is involved with multiple non-profit organizations throughout Southern California and serves as a strategic advisor with several startups throughout the US.Connect with Ray to learn more about him and his background:LinkedIn - Sign up for our newsletter at . Let us know about the moments for you that changed your life trajectory. Drop us a note via our website.