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Welcome to Second Act Stories, a podcast focused on life and career change. In each episode, we bring you the story of a courageous individual who has made a decisive career pivot and is pursuing a more rewarding life in a second act. The stories are in their own words and the words of friends and family that helped them find a new path. Each episode examines the “before” and “after” phases of a life or career relaunch and offers lessons learned.
 
Pattern of Purpose is a storytelling podcast spotlighting the humans behind the brands. Dedicated to the multi-passionates, the serial entrepreneurs, and the ideas people, if you’ve done it all and are ready to tie it all together, this is the show for you. Host and messaging consultant, Kim Wensel, speaks with founders to uncover the through lines in their career, make sense of their story, and investigate how they’ve built a platform bigger than their business. If you know you could make a ...
 
Here we will journey into someone's life and learn about how they got to where they are now. No journeys are alike and there are many ways to get where we want to. It doesn't always have to be the traditional way of college as we are led to believe. We’ll definitely hear stories like that but that’s just one of so many ways to progress in life. With inflation, economic change, job restructure, so many things changing, how do we even know what or where we’re going? I hope that you find these ...
 
Repurpose Your Career podcast brought to you by Career Pivot is a podcast for those of us in the 2nd half of life to come together to discuss how repurpose our careers for the 21st century. Come listen to career experts give you proven strategies, listen to people like you tell their stories on how they repurposed their careers and finally get your questions answered. Your host, Marc Miller, has made six career pivots over the last 30 years. He understands this is not about jumping out of th ...
 
Journalist Linda Grasso hosts candid conversation with fascinating women about the things that matter most: happiness, health and purpose. SheSez is a master class for the modern woman. In her signature unabashed style, the well-known TV broadcaster showcases her seasoned interviewing skills, fueled by a keen sense of what women want to know. With thoughtful cadence and saucy humor, Linda peels back the layers on each guest, giving equal time to successes and failures. Interviewees come from ...
 
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Description: This week I am speaking with my good friend John Tarnoff. I have had John on the podcast in episodes 208, 152, and 120. John has been the most frequent guest on the podcast in the 4 and 1/2 years I have been producing this podcast. I consider John Tarnoff to be a peer, colleague, and friend. John specializes in helping those in the 2nd…
 
Description: This week I am speaking with Diana Wu David who is the author of Future Proof: Reinventing Work in an Age of Acceleration. Let me read you her about section on LinkedIn: I am a former Financial Times executive, author of Future Proof: Reinventing Work in an Age of Acceleration, and an adjunct professor at Columbia Business School’s EMB…
 
Join me and my special guest: Annie Leib, MBA, GGA - who is a superstar empath & life-alignment coach! We discuss how to STOP RUNNING AWAY FROM YOUR DREAMS and embrace your authentic soul’s purpose. Feeling burned-out, run-down, over-worked, afraid to say "no" or to even take time off? Is this what you want out of life?? We will discuss what most p…
 
Description: This week I am speaking with my two friends Ryan Rhoten and Andy Foote. Ryan is a brand specialist with CareerBrand and Andy is an Advanced LinkedIn Strategy coach with LinkedInInsights.com. Together they are the co-authors of the book LinkedIn Made Simple – Fat Strategies in a Thin Book. I have had both Ryan and Andy on the podcast pr…
 
Melody Lynch fell in love with the ballet. She started dancing at 3 and made it in the professional ranks by the age of 15. She continued ballet studies at Butler University and after graduation landed a position with the North Carolina Dance Theatre where she worked for several years. But her passion was for performance rather than teaching. And r…
 
Everyone, it seems, is using powdered collagen these days. Jennifer Aniston, the face of one of the more popular brands, glows in the ads. Nutritionists and social media influencers wax about its merits. But where is the proof—the research—that says edible collagen works for anti-aging? In this episode, Linda tries to find out, journeying from the …
 
After hitting record for over two years, I’ve decided to end this show. In this episode I’m joined live for a conversation on why I decided this, how I came to the decision, and what it’s taught me about how others react when hearing about big life and business decisions. We talk about: How important it is to get quiet, Getting over the fear of los…
 
Description: This week I am speaking with Tami Forman Executive of Path Forward. Path Forward is a nonprofit organization on a mission to empower people to restart their careers after time spent focused on caregiving. We fulfill this mission by working with companies to create and run mid-career internships — also known as “returnships” — that give…
 
Brian Brogen and I discuss how Mentorship Elevates Your Career. Thanks to an outstanding mentor: I was able to advance my career years ago into a leadership role! Brian and I share how to connect with, leverage, and be a success partner in the mentorship journey. ☕ How mentors strategically advance careers ☕ How to source and connect to a mentor ☕ …
 
Business growth can, at times, feel like you’re on a roller coaster — anticipating the unknown is scary and invigorating. Before you know it you’ve become addicted to the act of climbing and bottoming out — so addicted, in fact, that you feel you have to steer the cart at all times. Aside from not being a very effective way to run a business, this …
 
Description: This week I am speaking with Matt Blumberg, CEO, and founder of Bolster.com, an online marketplace for interim and fractional executive roles. I was introduced to Matt by Tami Foreman, executive director of Path Forward, who was on the podcast in episode #128. Matt is the board chair for Path Forward. I interviewed Mike Harris from Pat…
 
Description: This week I am speaking with Keith Stolzenbach, who I was introduced to by my friends at EnCorps STEM Teachers Program. Keith spent much of his career as a professor at MIT and UCLA. When he decided to retire in his late 60s he decided to become a high school science teacher. With the help from the EnCorps program, he is now a chemistr…
 
Fantastic conversation with Evelyn MacLean-Quick who is a Fortune 500 Executive. Evelyn and I have a heart to heart conversation about how to increase your influence and impact. It's no secret that your career success is determined by your Presence - how you 'show up' in person or virtually. It's not every day that you have a senior-level Executive…
 
Earlecia Richelle never had a roadmap for her career. While fashion has always been her north star, it’s been integrated in her work in unexpected ways, taking her across the globe as a stylist, mixologist, and national brand ambassador. On today’s episode Earlecia shares what top brands are doing well that corporate and personal brands skip over—c…
 
We sit down for a face-to-face interview with Kimberly B. Cummings. Her first book, "Next Move, Best Move: Transitioning Into A Career You’ll Love," debuts on June 9th 2021. Kimberly is a career and leadership expert who heads up her own consulting practice called “Manifest Yourself.” We reviewed the book in advance of the interview and asked about…
 
Description: I just returned from a 4 week trip to Austin Texas where my wife and I were vaccinated, I renewed my Texas driver's license and took care of a lot of other business. I put out the word that I was interested in having meetings with anyone who wanted to chat with me while I was in Austin to my email list and to my personal Facebook page.…
 
All business owners reach a point where they want to pursue opportunities outside of their current focus. Sometimes that’s writing a book. For others it’s sharing their personal story. So what happens when that desire looks different from the outside than what you’re doing right now? How do you convey all sides of who you are and what you do when t…
 
Tips and coping strategies for The Sandwiched Generation— middle-aged adults who are caring for both their aging parents and their own children—from Laurie James, author of Sandwiched: A Memoir of Holding on and Letting Go. Laurie shares about her journey of raising four teenagers, while at the same time, caring for her mom who suffered from dement…
 
No nonsense conversation with bestselling author and CEO: Mandy Cavanaugh. Mandy pulls no punches on sharing her experiences with harnessing your energies in the workplace for maximum results and value while being true to your own essence. Ever wonder how you can propel your career while still staying true to your authentic self? Perhaps you aren't…
 
Description: This week I am speaking with Wendy Marx who previously was on the podcast in episode 181. Wendy is a personal branding expert and she recently wrote a blog post on job-hunt.org called How Boomers Can Shore Up Their Personal Brand During the Pandemic Wendy and I discuss and expand on what she discussed in that post. This episode is spon…
 
Cindy St. Clair made an unusual transition from the legal profession – working as a paralegal and then a legal administrator -- to the world of academia. As you’ll hear, she went back to school to get a bachelors, masters and doctorate in music in her 40s. And at the age of 50 she returned to teach as an adjunct professor of piano at her alma mater…
 
Those numbers on your balance sheet - they have no meaning. We’ve been conditioned to believe that growing our revenue is the goal. But what today’s guest, Josh Greenbaum, wants you to think about is why you’re growing in the first place. Josh has been an Advisory CFO for over a decade and what he’ll willingly tell you is that his work isn’t always…
 
For most of her life, actress Shannon Kenny Carbonell was on a mission: trying to become a famous actress. Though she underwent extensive training and education and ultimately became a successful working actress, she never quite achieved the status that she envisioned. And when, as the wife of actor Nestor Carbonell (Lost), she had two kids, everyt…
 
Description: This week I am speaking with David Jenkins. David is one of the founding members of the Career Pivot membership community who has gone from running a realtors association to being a Small Business Development Center consultant before retiring more than a year ago. David has a long history in city and state government in the area of pla…
 
What if I told you that what we know as 'Imposter Syndrome' was really something quite different? What if those nagging feelings of inadequacy or fears and self-doubt can turn into positive empowering energy for you? It's time to reveal how you can make BIG shifts in your life with the internationally recognized coach: Judy Wilkins-Smith. LEARN: Wh…
 
Description: This week will be a different kind of episode. My wife and I arrived back in Austin a little less than a week ago. We have a lot of things to do while we are here to get properly vaccinated. You should read my blog post from last week where I compared the COVID-19 response in Mexico and the US. We will be in Austin for a month to get b…
 
Five-time Emmy award-winning costume designer Marina Toybina shares about her journey as the child of Russian immigrants who taught herself to sew at the age of 8—to becoming one of the most sought-after behind-the-scenes professionals in Hollywood. Marina dishes on everything from designing dazzling couture ensembles for the likes of Carrie Underw…
 
I recently took a trip to Palm Springs for a photoshoot. This photoshoot was the big one—the one that would take down all photoshoots. So you can imagine my confusion, angst, and sadness when the results didn’t come back as imagined. This episode is all about what it looks like to be in the middle of change. While everyone loves to say that change …
 
Description: This week I am speaking with Rebecca Bloom and Joan Lambert from Amava.com. Amava’s Mission Statement is as follows: Our mission is to empower people and organizations with research-based solutions to keep individuals and teams active, engaged, and socially connected. I have partnered with Amava to provide opportunities to the Career P…
 
Ever wonder why some new managers excel in the role, while others don’t? I'm excited to have guest: Sheryl A. Lyons, MBA, CMC, Founder of Culture Spark share what it takes to elevate into leadership and excel! Learn how to anticipate and navigate some common pitfalls of emerging leaders. Discover how to embrace the mental mind shift required for ef…
 
Pete DeBusk is a true entrepreneur. He started from humble beginnings growing up in coal mining towns in the Appalachian Mountains. In his "Act 1," he founded DeRoyal Industries, a major manufacturer of medical products with 1,900 employees and facilities in a half-dozen countries around the world. Today, the company manufactures over 20,000 differ…
 
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