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Ever experienced failure? Of course you have. But what makes some people more resilient than others? Learn from successful people on how their failures launched them into success.
5 days ago
Episode 76: Ron Houck - The Plant Trolley President and Owner
Ron Houck was a young teenager when he saw “Camelot” in theaters. At the end of the movie, he realized he had fallen in love with Lancelot, not Guinevere. But it wasn’t until he was in his 20s and had moved halfway across the globe that he truly reckoned with his sexuality. On episode 76, Ron tell us how he made it in the entertainment industry, became a backup singer for Italian pop star Giovanni Scialpi, and embraced that he is gay. Today, Ron owns The Plant Trolley, a business his mom started, and has been with his husband for 25 years. He also shares some great advice on how to be your true self.
Jan 14, 2021
Episode 75: Betsy Ross - President of Game Day Communications
When a crisis hits, fear and despair can set in. But Betsy Ross knows you can find positive opportunities from tragedies, too. She had an amazing gig at ESPN and was working in Connecticut on 9/11 and realized it was time to come back to the tri-state area and start her own company. On episode 75, Betsy tell us how she became a TV sports journalist at a time when not many women were working in the field and the invaluable lessons she learned from her mother. She gave us her predictions for sports after the COVID era and shares the story of Lauren Hill, a high school basketball player diagnosed with terminal cancer who spent the last part of her life raising money and awareness for a cure.
Jan 7, 2021
Failing Forward with Ados: Dr. Maria Espinola - UC Health
Welcome to Failing Forward with Ados, a limited-run series hosted by Indian Hills High School senior Annie Schumann. On this episode, Annie interviews Dr. Maria Espinola, a UC Health clinician, about mental health and social media use among teens and young adults. Maria specializes in trauma psychology and has a YouTube channel where she shares videos in English and Spanish. Her videos include mental health tips and advice on how to create healthy routines to improve mental wellness. On this episode, she discusses the positive and negatives of social media and explains several grounding practices to use if you're feeling anxious. Show Notes: - If you or someone you know is experiencing a mental health crisis, free and confidential help is available 24/7 through the following support lines: - National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255) - Veterans Crisis Line: 1-800-273-8255 - Trevor Lifeline for LGBT Youth: 1-866-488-7386 - SAMHSA National Helplife for treatment referrals: 1-800-662-4357 - Thank you to our sponsor Health Carousel, which provides world class staffing and workplace solutions designed to improve lives and make health care work better. Learn more at healthcarousel.com. - One of the nation’s top 25 public research universities, UC Health is revolutionizing how discovery-driven care is delivered. Learn more at uchealth.com. - Visit Maria’s YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/DrMariaEspinola/featured
Dec 24, 2020
Failing Forward with Ados: Maria Maldonado
Welcome to Failing Forward with Ados, a limited-run series hosted by Indian Hills High School senior Annie Schumann. On this episode, Annie talks with Ecuadorian immigrant Maria Maldonado. Maria moved to the states in 2015 to attend the University of Cincinnati. Her lifelong dreams of becoming a singer were dashed when she didn’t get into UC’s music production program. At the same time, she was struggling to meet friends and build a new life thousands of miles away from home. But the source of her resiliency has remained constant: her family and the friends she’s been able to make since coming to America. Show Notes: - If the pandemic has created new challenges for your college-age child or they’re feeling stuck and without a plan, our 10-week virtual coaching program can help. Move Forward Crew will help them discover a career path they love, build confidence, or navigate big life transition. The next session starts Tuesday, January 12. For more information and to sign up, visit our website at https://www.failforwardpod.com/sarah-brown-coaching - Are you ready to interrupt your patterns and live healthier and happier without ever feeling like you are missing out? Learn more about 0.0 Living’s 30-Day Alcohol Reset: https://0-0-living.mykajabi.com/30-day-alcohol-reset
Dec 10, 2020
Failing Forward with Ados: Alena Cody - Artist + Poet
Welcome to Failing Forward with Ados, a limited-run series hosted by Indian Hills High School senior Annie Schumann. On this episode, Annie talks with artist, poet and teacher Alena Cody. Alena is a third-generation Cincinnatian and has invested more time in her art since the start of the pandemic. This summer, she and 86 other artists created the Black Lives Matter mural outside Cincinnati City Hall, just a few blocks away from where her parents grew up. Alena talks about how she became an artist and poet at a young age and the long-standing connection between art and activism. Show Notes: - Follow Alena’s art on Instagram @starrlit_artworks and on Facebook at StarrLit Artworks. - If the pandemic has created new challenges for your college-age child or they’re feeling stuck and without a plan, our 10-week virtual coaching program can help. Move Forward Crew will help them discover a career path they love, build confidence, or navigate big life transition. The next session starts Tuesday, January 12. For more information and to sign up, visit our website at https://www.failforwardpod.com/sarah-brown-coaching. - Are you ready to interrupt your patterns and live healthier and happier without ever feeling like you are missing out? Learn more about 0.0 Living’s 30-Day Alcohol Reset: https://0-0-living.mykajabi.com/30-day-alcohol-reset
Nov 26, 2020
Episode 74: Dr. Chris Radchenko — UC Health
One lesson Dr. Chris Radchenko lives by: If you want something, go out and get it. It’s how he worked his way through school on a drilling rig, succeeded in becoming an interventional pulmonologist, and met his wife. On episode 74, Chris tells us about the AI program that’s helping diagnose incidental lung nodules at UC Health. He also shares tips for taking care of your lung health during lung cancer awareness month and how he learned to trust himself. Show Notes: - Thank you to our sponsor Health Carousel, which provides world class staffing and workplace solutions designed to improve lives and make health care work better. Learn more at healthcarousel.com. - One of the nation’s top 25 public research universities, UC Health is revolutionizing how discovery-driven care is delivered. Learn more at uchealth.com. - Learn more about UC Health’s Lung Cancer Screening Program and find out if you qualify by calling 513-584-LUNG.
Nov 12, 2020
Episode 73: Dr. Suzanne Bennett — UC Health
In March, our lives were turned sideways at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. That’s especially true for Dr. Suzanne Bennett, an anesthesiologist at UC Health, who went from performing relatively routine surgical procedures to helping craft the health system’s pandemic response plan. On episode 73, Suzanne talks about how she realized her dream of becoming a doctor after working as a nurse and what is has been like on the medical frontlines. As the director of UC’s critical division, she’s made personal sacrifices including working 16 to 18 hour days and deciding to have her three youngest sons temporarily stay with their father full-time this spring. Suzanne is also one of the doctors who cared for episode 72 guest Tonia Elrod, who suffered from a massive heart attack and several cardiac arrests. Show Notes: - Thank you to our sponsor Health Carousel, which provides world class staffing and workplace solutions designed to improve lives and make health care work better. Learn more at healthcarousel.com. - One of the nation’s top 25 public research universities, UC Health is revolutionizing how discovery-driven care is delivered. Learn more at uchealth.com.
Oct 29, 2020
Episode 72: Tonia Elrod - P&G Executive + American Heart Association Ambassador
Toward the end of 2018, P&G executive Tonia Elrod received a clean bill of heart health. Four months later, she suffered a massive heart attack and went into cardiac arrest. She was unconscious and didn’t have a pulse when the paramedics arrived. Against all odds and after two weeks in the cardiac ICU, Tonia survived. On episode 72, Tonia shares her recovery journey that continues today. Her brush with death taught her that our reactions are what define us and that there’s always something to be grateful for. Tonia is also using her story to promote heart health as an ambassador for the American Heart Association and as the co-chair of the Cincinnati Goes Red for Women campaign. Show Notes: - Thank you to our sponsor Health Carousel, which provides world class staffing and workplace solutions designed to improve lives and make health care work better. Learn more at www.healthcarousel.com. - One of the nation’s top 25 public research universities, UC Health is revolutionizing how discovery-driven care is delivered. Learn more at www.uchealth.com. - Did you know heart disease is the leading cause of death for all adults? Learn more at www.heart.org. - Support women’s heart health by donating to the Go Red campaign. Text “Cincy Go Red” to 41444 to give now.
Oct 15, 2020
Episode 71: Christine Luken - Financial Lifeguard + Author
In her early 20s, Christine Luken was working as an accountant, but her personal finances were in shambles. She had developed an unhealthy relationship with money, in large part due to her romantic relationship at the time. She had to learn the hard way how to move past her shame so she could pay off her debt, and now she helps other people do the same. Christine calls herself the Financial Lifeguard and owns a financial coaching business that empowers people to take control of their money. On episode 71, she explains the relationship between money and our emotions, how we can create a healthier relationship to money, and shares a little from her first book, Money Is Emotional. Visit Christine’s website: https://www.christineluken.com/ Read Money Is Emotional: https://www.christineluken.com/books/
Oct 1, 2020
Episode 70: Iris Simpson Bush - President and CEO of Pig Works
Cincinnati native Iris Simpson Bush grew up in a chaotic but loving household. As the oldest, she helped raise her three younger brothers. So when her brother Ron was murdered in 2007, it felt like she had lost a son. On episode 70, Iris discusses vengeance, forgiveness and how she has chosen to live with gratitude. The leader of the Flying Pig Marathon, Queen Bee Half Marathon and many other local races also shares when she became a runner.
Sep 17, 2020
Episode 69: Debra Savage - Executive Recruiter
Less than half of the 22 million jobs lost at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic have been recovered, but executive recruiter Debra Savage still sees opportunity for finding or creating a position that’s right for you. On episode 69, Debra talks about her many careers, how to shift industries and return to work after taking time off, and how to network safely right now. She shares a ton of advice job-seekers won’t want to miss, including why you should never be afraid to tell your story.
Sep 3, 2020
Episode 68: Lisa Stoner - Uber Executive
After working at Cincinnati-based Convergys for close to two decades, Lisa Stoner wanted out. She wasn’t learning or contributing as much as she once had been and wasn’t excited. But it wasn’t until she hit the 20-year mark that she got the courage to take a year-long sabbatical. Today, Lisa is the global head of support operations at Uber and chair of the Women of Uber employee resource group. On episode 68, she shares what it was like to navigate her career transition, the importance of diversity and inclusion, why it’s never too late to pursue a dream and two of her epic failures, including the time she left her 8-week-old son in the hospital for what seemed to be an important work event. Watch "John Lewis: Good Trouble" here: https://www.johnlewisgoodtrouble.com/watch-at-home/
Aug 20, 2020
Episode 67: Why Your Free Time Isn’t Fulfilling
When you have free time, how do you spend it? Hobbies can be keys to happiness, but not all of our habits leave us feeling fulfilled. On this short episode, Sarah and Failing Forward Producer Adrienne Donica discuss a metaphor for how to think about the activities you spend your free time on. There’s dinner, dessert, and funnel cake. Gaining awareness about your own habits is the first step toward creating a balance that leaves you feeling satisfied. Check out Failing Forward's new 90-day coaching program, Move Forward: https://www.failforwardpod.com/sarah-brown-coaching
Aug 6, 2020
Episode 66: Annette Wick - Author + Community Connector
Annette Wick is no stranger to caregiving and grief. She lost her first husband to cancer, her father to Parkinson’s, and watched her mother slowly decline from dementia. After her mom’s diagnosis, Annette started a blog that eventually became her second book, “I’ll Have Some of Yours.” On episode 66, Annette discusses the backstory of the book, how she learned to stay close to her grief but not in it, and how we can do the same. Plus, you won’t want to miss hearing her read a short excerpt from “I’ll Have Some of Yours.” Find more about Annette’s work: https://annettejwick.com/ Order “I’ll Have Some of Yours”: https://www.josephbeth.com/book/9780977485611 Read Annette’s blog: https://findyouinthesun.com/
Jul 23, 2020
Episode 65: Jeb Blount - Sales Gravy CEO
In his late 30s, Jeb Blount was working his dream job as the vice president of sales for a company he loved. He and his family were living on the Florida coast. They even owned a yacht. And yet, he was miserable. He found his way back to happiness by sacrificing everything for a somewhat nebulous dream that eventually came into razor-sharp focus. On episode 65, Jeb shares his journey starting Sales Gravy, a sales training and coaching company, and when he first discovered he had a passion for sales. He also discusses tips for finding your confidence and building resilience in a field where “no” can be a common refrain. Learn more about Jeb, his books, and his podcast: https://jebblount.com/ Check out Sales Gravy: https://salesgravy.com/
Jul 9, 2020
Episode 64: Meriden McGraw - Mental Wellness Practitioner + Quidwell Co-Founder
While out on a training ride in preparation for a 100-mile bike race, Meriden McGraw was hit by a car. The accident changed the trajectory of her life. She discovered mindfulness, was diagnosed with anxiety and passed on a Ph.D. program in clinical psychology in pursuit of a career in mental wellness instead. Co-founder of Quidwell and director of the UC Center for Integrative Health and Wellness’s Corporate Mindfulness Team, Meriden shares her journey on episode 64 along with lots of quick, easy mindfulness practices you can do anywhere. She also discusses the connection between breathing and relaxation, and slowing down in the age of COVID-19. Find Meriden on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/meridenmwb/ Learn about Quidwell: https://quidwell.com/ Find out more about the UC Center for Integrative Health and Wellness: https://www.uchealth.com/integrative/
Jun 25, 2020
Episode 63: Beth Dulle - 1N5 + Mental Health Awareness Advocate
In 2014, Brogan Dulle didn’t show up to coach his swim practice, and his mom, Beth, knew something was wrong. Eight days later, after an extensive search, authorities found Brogan had died by suicide. On episode 63, Beth discusses the search party, and the good things that have come in wake of this tragedy. In 2015, the Dulle family started 8 Days of Greatness as a way to commemorate Brogan’s life each year. Today, mental health check-ins are a normal part of the family’s routine, and Beth works for 1N5, a nonprofit that increases awareness and provides education about mental health to stop the stigma. Follow 8 Days of Greatness on Instagram @gr8nesstbd (https://www.instagram.com/gr8nesstbd/) Learn more about 1N5 and find resources: https://1n5.org/
Jun 11, 2020
Episode 62: Trevor Steinhauser - Stigmatized Podcast + Recovering Addict
Some addicts are “scared straight” after a run-in with local police, but Trevor Steinhauser didn’t rub elbows with the Cincinnati Police Department. He got a call from the Drug Enforcement Agency. After years of drinking and using drugs, his interactions with federal agents compelled him to finally go to rehab. On episode 62, the husband and father of three shares his addiction and recovery journey. Trevor believes his anxiety, depression, and penchant for head trauma as a young child led to his addiction. His sobriety led him to mend his relationship with his formerly estranged brother and start a podcast about behavioral health, mental health, and addiction. Listen to Stigmatized, Trevor’s podcast: https://www.stigmatizedpodcast.com/
May 21, 2020
Episode 61: Cherylanne Skolnicki - Brilliant Balance Founder
Ten years ago, Cherylanne Skolnicki’s biggest fears were failure and humiliation. She had just left her job at P&G to start a coaching business that’s completely different from the work-life mentoring company that she runs today. But for Cherylanne, her first business didn’t fail. It was a pivot to get where she is today. On episode 61, Cherylanne shares how becoming a mother changed her, how to find your purpose, and how to re-energize your life through foundational balance practices. She also discusses how she knew it was time to leave corporate America and strike out on her own. Learn more about Brilliant Balance: https://cherylanneskolnicki.com/ Listen to the Brilliant Balance Podcast: https://cherylanneskolnicki.com/podcast/
May 7, 2020
Episode 60: Jim Price - Empower CEO + Cincinnati Advocate
Jim Price likes to say he fails occasionally and learns continuously. That’s the mindset he encourages his employees at Empower to inhabit day in and day out. After becoming CEO of the creative media agency, which his mother started more than three decades ago, Jim invested in creating and more clearly communicating the company’s core values, which includes the tenet “Dust yourself off.” On episode 60, Jim discusses leadership, goal setting and the projects and ideas that have resulted from his forward-thinking attitude. A huge advocate for Cincinnati, Jim also shares his vision for our region, starting with ditching our Queen City nickname. Note: This episode was recorded in early January when unemployment numbers were significantly lower than today. More about: - Traction by Gino Wickman and the Entrepreneurial Operating System (EOS) model: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/traction-gino-wickman/1100073595 - Harvard Business Review: https://hbr.org/ Support us by supportin…
Apr 23, 2020
Episode 59: Stacy Sims - Wellness Activist + TheWell.World Founder
When she was in her late 30s, Stacy Sims wanted to be and feel different every day. But every day, she was repeating the same behavior—drinking—that was keeping her stuck. The same week she went into recovery, she started practicing pilates. Since then, Stacy has opened and later sold Pendleton Pilates, published a novel, and founded TheWell.World, an international network of mindfulness gatherings. Stacy discusses what she calls our resilience blueprint and how to foster your mind-body connection through meditation and other mindfulness habits on episode 59. And as a special bonus, she leads at short guided meditation at the end of the episode. Links: Learn about TheWell.World and Mindful Music Moments: https://www.thewell.world/ Get more information about True Body Project: https://www.truebodyproject.org/ Stacy's books: https://www.stacysims.net/books Support us by supporting our sponsor! Looking to create change and develop your emotional intelligence to become a better lead…
Apr 10, 2020
Episode 58 - Darin Hall - Civitas Development Group + Community Builder
After 12 years in commercial banking, Darin Hall joined the mergers and acquisitions arm for Coca-Cola. He liked being in development, but after closing a deal to buy a source water plant in Africa so Pepsi couldn’t have it, Darin had an internal crisis. “What the hell am I doing?” he remembers thinking. “I’m not doing anything substantial.” On episode 58, Darin talks about recommitting to his passion and purpose and devoting his career to community development. Along the way, he’s worked in the philanthropic world, as well as the public and private sectors. The president and CEO of Civitas Development Group also shares an important lesson: Developing your network is a crucial part of creating change. Support us by supporting our sponsor! Looking to create change and develop your emotional intelligence to become a better leader? Learn how Deni Tato and Corporate Consciousness can help at www.corpconsciousness.com. --
Mar 27, 2020
Episode 57 - Sara Hyzdu - Neuroscience Coach + Why Grey Matters
The COVID-19 pandemic has created a new normal, one complete with social distancing, remote working, and a whole lot of uncertainty and fear. Learning how to calm ourselves and reframe our thinking is more important than ever. Sara Hyzdu, a neuroscience coach and the founder of Why Grey Matters, joined us for our first live-streamed podcast recording to share coronavirus coping strategies. On episode 57, Sara explains what happens in the brain when we feel stress and fear and how we can introduce the feel-good hormones of dopamine, serotonin and oxytocin back into our brain right now. She shares lots of tips on how to connect with and support your kids and yourself. By focusing on what we do know and understanding our brains better, we have more control over our choices and feelings. Learn more about Why Grey Matters: https://www.whygreymatters.com/. These five foods boost brainpower: https://www.health.harvard.edu/mind-and-mood/foods-linked-to-better-brainpower. Support us by suppo…
Mar 12, 2020
Episode 56 - Gee Horton, Artist and Executive Recruiter
Gee Horton grew up in a poor family with three siblings and no understanding of how he could pursue his dream of being an artist. He became a college basketball coach, but at the end of 2015, he wrote that he wanted to find his way back to art and have his work displayed in galleries. Now, Gee has a thriving side hustle as a hyperrealist artist in addition to his executive recruiter job. On episode 56, the self-taught artist shares how he developed his artistic skills, how his side hustle has influenced his career, and the burgeoning art scene in Cincinnati that’s being driven by minority artists. Plus, he shares some great tips about manifesting and aligning yourself.
Feb 27, 2020
Episode 55 - Stacey Browning - Managing Director/President/Board Member
A mentor once told Stacey Browning to start doing the job you want before you have it. She took that to heart, rising in the ranks at Paycor until she was president. As a lifelong learner and a high achiever, it was natural for Stacey to lean in to new opportunities. What didn’t come as easily was being vulnerable enough to show up as her whole self, including being the mother of a child with a severe genetic mutation. On episode 55, Stacey shares why vulnerability is a strength, when you shouldn’t share, and how to care less about what other people think. Today, she is a managing director for venture capital firm CincyTech, and instead of staying isolated, she seeks out support when she needs it.
Feb 13, 2020
Episode 54: William Schumacher - Founder + CEO of UprisingFood.com
What do you do when you quit your great P&G gig to start a company and your best laid plans fall apart? If you’re William Schumacher, you have a midnight brainstorm session, screw up the courage to email a highly sought-after partner, and miraculously get a call back. So began www.uprisingFood.com, which today sells keto bread across the country. On episode 54, William talks about fulfilling a life-long dream of being an entrepreneur, how to separate your identity from your professional performance, and what he learned from his father’s business failure. P.S. William’s girlfriend said yes! Congrats to the happy couple. Learn about Uprising, www.uprisingfood.com. Take our listener survey: https://www.failforwardpod.com/survey. Support us by supporting our sponsor! Looking to create change and develop your emotional intelligence to become a better leader? Learn how Deni Tato and Corporate Consciousness can help at www.corpconsciousness.com.
Jan 29, 2020
Episode 53 - John Lame - CEO + Chairman of Lenox Wealth Management + Untapped
When John Lame was a teenager, his family was under significant financial stress that caused John to pay his own way at St. Xavier High School. Then, he lost his father and one of his brothers in the span of 10 years. But if it wasn’t for those challenging situations, John probably wouldn’t have left his unfulfilling job at P&G to start his own business. Today, he is the CEO and chairman of Lenox Wealth Management and Untapped, a wealth creation consultancy. On episode 53, John discusses his grieving process and how facing loss taught him to put his happiness first. The financial advisor also shares advice for people looking to build their value and create wealth. Listen to the Untapped podcast: https://www.livelifeuntapped.com/podcasts and for more info on coaching, email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Support us by supporting our sponsor! Looking to create change and develop your emotional intelligence to become a better leader? Learn how Deni Tato and Corporate Consciousness can…
Jan 16, 2020
Episode 52: Aaron Laine - Tragedy to Triumph host and recovering addict
In high school, Aaron Laine starting experimenting with alcohol and drugs, but he wasn’t an addict. At 25, he was prescribed pain medication for migraines and a persistent back injury. Aaron was a husband and father of three, but he wasn’t an addict then either. But 27 or 28, using drugs wasn’t a non-issue any more, and soon enough he was using heroin. Aaron’s recovery journey has been long and difficult, but some of his greatest gifts have blossomed from his lowest moments. On episode 52, he talks about the life-changing power of compassion and what he’s learned from his own podcast, Tragedy to Triumph. Listen to Tragedy to Triumph: https://fromtragedy.simplecast.com/ If you or someone you know is battling addiction, find help through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Helpline at 1-800-662-4357 or online at https://www.samhsa.gov/find-help/national-helpline Support us by supporting our sponsor! Looking to create change and develop…
Jan 2, 2020
Episode 51 - Matt Moran, Grateful Cancer Patient
Matt Moran is a husband, father and successful salesman who has worked in the financial services industry for nearly 20 years. The Cincinnati native is also living with kidney cancer. Matt was first diagnosed in 2015, but after one of his kidneys was removed, doctors told him he was cancer-free. Then, in late 2018, the cancer returned, and the biopsied tumor was malignant. On episode 51, Matt discusses why and how he has chosen to view his cancer as a blessing. In April, he started a blog to track his journey and inspire others. His disease has taught him that how you respond to situations you face defines who you are. You can support Matt by reading his blog (https://gratitudematt.com/) or by making a donation to the American Cancer Society (https://www.cancer.org/involved/donate.html) Support us by supporting our sponsor! Looking to create change and develop your emotional intelligence to become a better leader? Learn how Deni Tato and Corporate Consciousness can help at https://w…
Dec 19, 2019
Episode 50 - Sarah Brown - host of Failing Forward
To celebrate our 50th episode, Jamie Smith, publisher of the Cincinnati Business Courier, returns to the studio. But this time, he’s the host, and he interviews Sarah about her own story of failure and resilience. In 2017, Sarah was the co-owner of Blown, a popular blow dry bar that was struggling to make ends meet. She was also using drinking as a crutch, and it was starting to affect her marriage. She realized it was time to make some changes, and as soon as she did, she started noticing opportunity all around her. Healing from her failed business and her alcoholism hasn’t always been easy, but Sarah wouldn’t change a thing. She explains what she learned from it all and encourages us all to reject perfection on this episode. Listen to Jamie Smith on episodes 30 and 34 of Failing Forward. Support us by supporting our sponsor! Looking to create change and develop your emotional intelligence to become a better leader? Learn how Deni Tato and Corporate Consciousness can help at…
Dec 5, 2019
Episode 49 - Britney Ruby Miller - President of Jeff Ruby Culinary Entertainment
During her undergrad at UC, Britney Ruby Miller was diagnosed with epilepsy. Doctors told her it was her body’s response to severe stress and a lack of sleep. The experience taught Britney how to create boundaries that keep her healthy and allow her to spend time doing the things that are most important to her. On episode 49, Britney discusses the method she used to discover the mission and vision for her life and her leadership style as President of Jeff Ruby Culinary Entertainment, which has doubled its revenue since Britney took the helm. She also explains the social covenants that dictate the professional relationships in the company, what place spirituality can have in the workplace and lots more. Learn more about the Jeff Ruby Foundation. https://jeffrubyfoundation.org/ Support us by supporting our sponsor! Looking to create change and develop your emotional intelligence to become a better leader? Learn how Deni Tato and Corporate Consciousness can help at https://www.corpco…
Nov 21, 2019
Episode 48 - Carl Fichtenbaum - AIDS/HIV Researcher + MD
As a medical student in the 1980s, Carl Fichtenbaum saw his first patient who was suffering from an unknown illness that would later be known as HIV/AIDS. Carl didn’t know it then, but he would eventually become an infectious diseases physician specializing in HIV/AIDS research. On episode 48, the professor of medicine at University of Cincinnati’s College of Medicine shares the history the AIDS crisis and what it was like to take care of deathly ill patients at a time when many health care providers refused to even enter their hospital rooms. In the early years, 90 percent of Carl’s patients died as doctors struggled to find long-term management solutions. Carl reminds us that staying hopeful when things seem bleak means remembering that our past failures have taught us just as much as our successes.
Nov 7, 2019
Episode 47 - Rachel DesRochers - Entrepreneur & Gratitude Expert
Rachel DesRochers says every failure and challenge she’s experienced is the best thing to happen to her. When she was fired from her job at Whole Foods, she realized it was her chance to live her purpose: bringing people together and practicing gratitude. That has led Rachel to start two successful businesses, Grateful Grahams and Incubator Kitchen Collective, and her podcast, In Gratitude. On episode 47, Rachel discusses how she learned gratitude, her favorite ways to practice it and why we all should talk about our failures. Learn more about Rachel and her podcast: https://www.racheldesrochers.com/ Grateful Grahams: https://www.gratefulgrahams.com/ Incubator Kitchen Collective: https://www.incubatorkitchencollective.org/
Oct 31, 2019
Failing Forward with Ados: Preston Kahn
Welcome to Failing Forward with Ados, a limited-run series featuring teens and young professionals with Cincinnati roots who have faced challenges, felt despair and then found a way forward. Our Ados series is hosted by Indian Hills High School junior Annie Schumann. On this episode, Annie talks with Preston Kahn, who hiked the Appalachian Trail and raised more than $20,000 for teen suicide prevention organization Grant Us Hope. Preston shares the struggles with his own mental health that inspired his journey and reminds us we have the power to help our friends and family simply by asking them how they are doing. Learn more about Grant Us Hope. https://grantushope.org/ If you or someone you know is struggling with suicidal thoughts, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available 24/7 at 1-800-273-8255. https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/
Oct 31, 2019
Failing Forward with Ados: Margo David
Welcome to Failing Forward with Ados, a limited-run series featuring teens and young professionals with Cincinnati roots who have faced challenges, felt despair and then found a way forward. Our Ados series is hosted by Indian Hills High School junior Annie Schumann. On this episode, Annie interviews Margo David, who was diagnosed with epilepsy before her senior year of high school and had her first seizure while flying to Fiji for a mission trip without any family or friends. At times, seizures have kept Margo from driving and playing soccer, but the current Elon University freshman has learned to persevere and to not let her diagnosis define her.
Oct 31, 2019
Failing Forward with Ados: Jack Browner
Welcome to Failing Forward with Ados, a limited-run series featuring teens and young professionals with Cincinnati roots who have faced challenges, felt despair and then found a way forward. Our Ados series is hosted by Indian Hills High School junior Annie Schumann. On this episode, Annie interviews Jack Browner, a Cincinnati native who started experimenting with drugs and alcohol at age 13 and later began battling addiction and depression. Today, Jack has been sober for more than a year and tells us how his journey taught him to ask for help and be a beacon to his siblings and others. Are you or someone you know struggling with addiction? The resources below can help. - National Helpline (1-800-662-4357) run by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. https://www.samhsa.gov/find-help/national-helpline - Narcotics Anonymous. https://www.na.org/ - Alcoholics Anonymous. https://www.aa.org/ - National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-8255). https://suicidepr…
Oct 24, 2019
Episode 46 - Susan Branscome - Podcast Host Leading She
Susan Branscome has found success in the male-dominated financial industry by knowing her worth, asking for what she wants and taking initiative—or as she likes to say getting the salt. The managing director of NorthMarq Capital joins us on episode 46 to discuss her career journey, which has included starting and later selling her own business. She also shares who her first female role model was and just this month launched her own podcast, Leading She. Find Leading She on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Stitcher and Spotify. https://www.leadingshe.com/
Oct 10, 2019
Episode 45 - Kate Nelson - author and founder of Change Guides
As an 11-year-old, Kate Nelson started getting sick—really sick. Doctors eventually diagnosed Kate with ulcerative colitis that progressed into colon cancer. Her adolescent years were tough on her and her family, but looking back, she realizes that period of her life taught her not to sweat the small stuff. Today, Kate is the co-founder of Change Guides, a consulting firm that helps organizations navigate change. On episode 45, she discusses how her self-published book became a best-seller on Amazon and why we all should embrace the hard situations in life. Find more information about “The Change Management Pocket Guide” and other books Kate Nelson has co-authored here: https://www.changeguidesllc.com/products/books.html
Sep 26, 2019
Episode 44 - Pete Ruppert - CEO Fusion Education Group + Author
Cincinnati native Pete Ruppert believes there are no straight lines to the top—even for a successful executive and Harvard Business School graduate like him. One of his first trials was as a student at DePauw University when he was academic probation and nearly missed the chance at an internship that later changed his life. And like most every entrepreneur, Pete has had his businesses fail, too. On episode 44, the St. Xavier High School alum and current CEO of Fusion Education Group talks about overcoming his fear of asking for help, the champions who have helped him through his failures and his mini-book, Limitless: Nine Steps to Designing Your Extraordinary Life. Want a copy of Limitless? Email Tracy at mailto:email@example.com
Sep 12, 2019
Episode 43 - Deni Tato - Enneagram Coach, CEO of Corporate Consciousness
Deni Tato doesn’t see failures. She sees mismatches between expectations and reality. The CEO of Corporate Consciousness has always been that way, but that doesn’t mean she hasn’t struggled. By age 21, she had two kids and an unsatisfying relationship. Years later, she sold her commercial furniture business at the onset of the recession and had to make extreme cuts to her family’s lifestyle. On episode 43, Deni shares how she reinvented herself as a certified Enneagram teacher, trainer and coach. One of the biggest things she tells her clients—and reminds herself—is the importance of self-compassion. By not judging your actions and making time for your physical and emotional health, you can more fully step into who you are. That’s why Deni has been practicing transcendental meditation for decades. Learn more: https://www.corpconsciousness.com/ Meet the Enneagram assessment: https://www.corpconsciousness.com/about-the-enneagram/ Meditation for beginners: https://www.wome…
Aug 29, 2019
Episode 42 - Cory Carlson - Author of Win at Home First
Cory Carlson had a successful career in corporate America, but he still felt stuck. So, he hired an executive coach and began focusing on his personal life—his wife, his children and himself—with greater intention. It might sound counterintuitive, but those changes actually helped Cory in his professional life, too. He came to work as a better leader for his team and started mentoring his direct reports to make similar changes in their own lives. Today, Cory is a full-time leadership coach and the author of “Win at Home First.” He joined us for episode 42 and discusses marriage, forgiveness, how to be vulnerable as a CEO and the importance of interrogating the internal agreements we make. Even if you don’t have a traditional 9 to 5, his story will inspire you. Order a copy of “Win at Home First” here: https://www.amazon.com/Win-Home-First-Inspirational-Work-Life/dp/173376710X/ Learn more about Cory at https://www.corymcarlson.com/.
Aug 15, 2019
Episode 41 - Kamree Maull - Challenging the Status Quo with "Nah! Fuck that"
Kamree Maull is a proud Unilever employee and founder of Unbox3d but he wasn't always showing the world who he really is. As a student at University of Cincinnati, Kamree had to learn to navigate an environment that wasn’t as welcoming to a black man like him. He lived a double life in which many of his classmates didn’t know the real Kamree, and soon, he was facing an identity crisis. How many times have you played a role or became a certain person to fit in? On this episode, Kamree reminds us to live as our authentic selves and shares how he learned to say “Nah, fuck that” to the expectations that other people might place on him through his side hustle, Unbox3d, which started in July 2018. Combining his love of storytelling and slogan T-shirts, Unbox3d seeks to challenge the status quo and inspire cultural change through personal testimonials and philanthropic initiatives. To learn more about Unbox3d, visit https://www.unbox3d.net/. Read about Meek Mill and criminal justic…
Aug 1, 2019
Episode 40 - Molly Wellmann - Nationally Recognized Bartender/Mixologist
Molly Wellmann has a trademark giggle that regulars at Japps can recognize well. But before opening her own bar and being voted the nation’s best bartender, Wellmann faced a devastating loss when her fiancé was killed. Her grieving process changed her, and Wellmann learned to be gentle with herself and starts each day by asking herself: What amazing things will happen today? On this episode, Wellmann also shares how she got her start in bartending, the importance of asking for what you’re worth and why she takes Sundays off.
Jul 18, 2019
Episode 39 - Devon Blythe - holistic practitioner + medium
In 2011, Devon Blythe was in a car accident that changed the trajectory of her life. The accident activated symptoms from a brain malformation Devon was born with. That led her to discover the benefits of practicing holistic wellness and inspired her to become a holistic health practitioner with her own studio, The Balance Effect. The last time you had a bad day, did you notice that your body was physically strained? On this episode, Sarah Brown interviews Devon Blythe, who shares how feelings of failure physically manifest in the body and how to counteract that through developing mindfulness. A highly intuitive person, Devon also explains the first time she realized she was a medium. Find Devon on Instagram at @thebalanceeffect or on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/devon-blythe-959515159/
Jul 3, 2019
Episode 38 - Lynn Watts
Sarah Brown interviews Lynn Watts, a diversity and inclusion speaker and facilitator. Do you ever feel ashamed of slavery, segregation or racism? Well, as Lynn says, shame is like quick sand, it gets deeper and deeper so step into courage and give people grace. She also shares a powerful story of what happened to her at Johns Hopkins while facilitating, around unconscious bias. It's a story you won't forget. We also have some bonus content on marriage. Lynn is in her second marriage and shares that marriage is a mirror -- a reflection. And if you don't fix the issue the first time, it will repeat itself. She said, you get to repeat your mistakes until you get it right. We think that happens not just in marriage but in all relationships.
Jun 20, 2019
Episode 37 - Neal Tew
In this episode Sarah Brown speaks with Neal Tew, Founder of The T Squash Academy, about his struggle and road to health with Bipolar Disorder. Diagnosed while a student at Harvard, Neal was pre-med, Phi Beta Kappa, captain of the squash team and externally everything looked great. But he wasn't. Neal gives us a unique perspective into the disease and de-stigmatizes mental health disorders. As he says, one way to understand this illness is as the brain's attempt to reach for order. Fascinating stuff! Also, for more on Neal's story, check out this post: http://neverapologizeforpassion.blogspot.com/
Jun 6, 2019
Episode 36 - Ryan Morgan
Ryan Morgan is the owner of 16 Bricks Bakery. He grew up in Norwood, Ohio, a working class neighborhood, was in and out of juvenile detention. And although he appears to be a tough, motorycyle loving dude, I love that you can hear the kindness in his voice when he talks about his brother who had Down Syndrome, his son and how he seized the opportunity to partner with Klosterman bakery. https://sixteenbricks.com/
May 23, 2019
Episode 35 - Dave Jenike
Dave Jenike, the COO of the Cincinnati Zoo, talks about the revitalization of the Cincinnati Zoo from the death of Harambe, the gorilla, to the birth of Fiona, the Hippo. The zoo has had it's ups and downs but Dave and the leadership of Zoo continue to focus on the serving guests as well as caring for the animals. He also talks about his favorite and least favorite animal. His least favorite animal is pretty lame but don't worry, Sarah let him know that. His defense: he would have some pretty upset keepers!
May 9, 2019
Episode 34 - Jamie Smith Part 2
Jamie Smith, publisher of the Cincinnati Business Courier, talks about how sharing his story has had huge impact on others - more so than he expected.
Apr 25, 2019
Episode 33 - Rekha Chaudhary
When Dr. Rekha Chaudhary M.D. first started working with cancer patients, she didn’t believe food or stress reduction impacted cancer. She didn’t believe lifestyle changes made a difference. She was one of the physicians who said to her patients, eat the ice cream, it doesn’t matter and now she is embarrassed by that. After reading the research, she discovered that processed meat is as dangerous as cigarette smoking. In another research study, for those who ate a mediterranean diet, there was a 30% reduction in cardiovascular disease and a 62% reduction in breast cancer. And so her passion is getting this data out to physicians and to patients. She educates - if we reduce stress via meditation, exercise, spending time with friends and eat a plant based diet, there is a reduction in cancer. We asked, how do we fail forward around managing our stress and diet? She said this is a journey and don’t stress about changing them overnight. So lean into meditation and exercise and f…
Apr 12, 2019
Episode 32 - Roger David
Roger David, CEO of family run Gold Star Chili, speaks to us about his family's immigrant journey to Cincinnati and how franchising Gold Star Chili helped many immigrants from Jordan start a new life in America. He also talks about the challenges of being the only living son and the responsibility after his father died young. He did not stay in the family business, he actually left contrary to his mother's wishes. But it all worked out because it was those other work experiences, that he believes, has made him a more successful CEO.
Mar 28, 2019
Episode 31 - Caitlin Steininger
Caitlin Steininger is relentless and only dreams big and that’s why she is not only the owner of Cooking with Caitlin and Station Family BBQ but she is a contestant on Bravo’s Top Chef. We love her tip: when you have a dream tell as many people as possible so they hold you accountable.
Mar 14, 2019
Episode 30 - Jamie Smith
With our theme of “leaning into discomfort”, Jamie Smith, publisher of the Business Courier, talks about how he came out after 20 plus years of marriage. His greatest gifts from it were: learning about love; live every day like the last; cherish the little things and his 3 successful children. His favorite quote is from his mother: be true to you, be true to others and you will prosper.
Feb 28, 2019
Episode 29-Karen Bosse
Karen Bosse, a 2 time cancer survivor and speaker talks about self induced healing; that our molecules respond to our thoughts and we create our own healing. She teaches us that neurons that fire together wire together. We have ability to change our pathways of the brain through our thoughts, affirmations or choosing a different thought. Anything that follows “I am” is what I become. You can choose to be a half empty or half full person. We make a choice every moment of the day as to how we are going to respond. It is a choice. If you have a negative thought - make a different thought. Catch yourself and say, wait, there is a reason because everything is for a higher reason and that is to teach us something. Want to change the channel of your mind? Be aware of your thoughts and purge the negative ones via journaling. Journal a daily gratitude list and meditation helps you change the channel of your mind. For more info on Karen Bosse: https://www.karenpbosse.com/ https://www.ins…
Feb 14, 2019
Episode 28- Mike Sipple
Mike Sipple, President of Centennial and Founder of Talent Magnet Institute TM talks about what he calls the fear of man. The fear of man is about letting others dictate what you do because you are fearful of what they might think vs. being who you are. He also gives us some great wisdom around understanding what your authentic self is, especially when doing a job search. Finally, he teaches us the importance of setting goals and the power of focus using The Full Focus Planner. It’s amazing what you can accomplish if you stay the course regardless of ups and downs.
Jan 31, 2019
Episode 27 - Anne Chambers
Anne Chambers is a CEO, an entrepreneur and an activist. She teaches us that you can be an activist by activating a business. She has activated many businesses like Red212, an advertising and marketing business, a food business called Ma-Me and now Certifiably, a business that connects certified companies for purpose-driven purchasing. She shines a new light on how to look at failure. It’s about the life cycle of a project; and the start of something new. And the importance of shepherding an idea. She said, don’t worry about how it’s going to happen, just focus that it will happen.
Jan 17, 2019
Episode 26 - Tracy Brumfield
Tracy Brumfield, executive director and founder of Rise Up news talks about how she is serving the incarcerated who don't have resources to re-enter society. Her recovery story is remarkable and listen when Sarah asks her what to do when you see a homeless person asking for money. It is a great reminder about humanity.
Jan 3, 2019
Episode 25 - Suzie McIlvain
Lean into discomfort as Sarah Brown talks to Suzie McIlvain, therapist who specializes in trauma and PTSD. They discuss the Wise Mind, stuck points, and how the power and control lies within ourselves.
Dec 13, 2018
Episode 24 - Brian Tome
Brian Tome, Senior Pastor of Crossroads church (1 of the fastest growing Christian churches) talks about his new book, The 5 Marks of a Man; how he found his job at Crossroads from an ad in a magazine and how he overcame the death of a volunteer who died at their annual Christmas show. And talk about being stretched. He has dreamt big and delivered on many of those ideas (not all) but many. And he reminds us that... "Not being stretched - I don’t see how that’s healthy; it is part of how are supposed to be as humans and how we add value to the world."
Nov 29, 2018
Episode 23 - Mary Miller
Mary Miller, President of Jancoa Janitorial Services inspires me on so many levels. She talks about focusing on what you are grateful for and how you can attract more of it. We need to treat ourselves as our most important customer. Therefore, give yourself the time and attention you need. Additionally, prioritize the aspects of your life that are important and create a habit around it. Put it on paper - write it down and then schedule time for it. Also, be aware of your inner critic; don't allow the inner critic to be louder than the inner coach. Book references: "The Power of Habits" and "The Willpower Instinct".
Nov 8, 2018
Episode 22 - Cincy Shirts
The founders of Cincy Shirts, Josh Sneed and Darin Overholser have had a few business partners come and go but it was their determination to listen to their customers and be agile to the business model that made the difference. And that same determination got them at the right time at the right place. Case and point: listen when they talk about FC and Cincinnati's one and only hippo, Fiona.
Oct 25, 2018
Episode 21 - Jill Meyer
Jill Meyer, President & CEO of the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber, talks about finding her passion and why she does NOT like talking about work life balance.
Oct 11, 2018
Episode 20 - Maris Herold
What would you do if you had an active shooter scene and a subordinate who said, I”m taking this over. Listen as Maris Herold, Chief of Police, speaks about this story and how it changed her career. She also speaks about how policing has changed and what it was like to be a woman in male dominated field.
Sep 19, 2018
Episode 19 - Pam Kravetz
Cincinnati’s favorite visual artist, Pam Kravetz talks to us about how to put together all your unique aspects of self to create YOU.
Sep 7, 2018
Episode 18 - Rich Boehne
Rich Boehne, previous CEO of The E.W. Scripps Company, failed out of college 3 times before he graduated and at an early age rose to the CEO. He was one of the architects of HGTV and what became The Food Network. He shares his outlook on rejuvenating a dying business to fake news and the 1st amendment.
Aug 22, 2018
Episode 17 - Nadirah Mutala
Why are we always our own worst critics? Nadirah Mutala tells us to resist being our own worst critics and to use and listen to “external confirmations” from others to guide us toward new opportunities and possibilities.
Aug 9, 2018
Episode 16 - Paul Smith
Paul Smith, an author, trainer and podcaster specializes in the power of Storytelling. His shares 2 powerful stories. 1 about a letter his father wrote him and another about swimming piggies. I love this quote: "If you are the only person you are disappointing by not achieving our dream then it’s probably fine. All of us have someone else that wants to see us achieve our dream. If won’t do it for your sake, do it for them." Paul Smith Books: Lead with a Story (Amazon #1 Bestseller in Business Communication)https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0814420303/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=0814420303&linkCode=as2&tag=pausmispetraa-20 Sell with a Story (Amazon #1 Bestseller in Sales and Selling)https://www.amazon.com/Sell-Story-Capture-Attention-Build/dp/0814437117/ref=as_li_ss_tl?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1459376833&sr=1-2&keywords=sell+with+a+story&linkCode=sl1&tag=pausmispetraa-20&linkId=c38689e2d031bcd8b235f6b541c546b2 Parenting with a Story https:/…
Jul 25, 2018
Episode 15 - Liz Tilton
In this "mini" podcast, Liz Tilton shares how beekeeping found her and how she faced her fears of working with bees. Listen for all the ways we can learn from bees.
Jul 17, 2018
Episode 14 - Scott Mautz
Scott Mautz, accomplished author and speaker, talks about how fear of failure sucks our power and inspiration - it blocks action. Learn how he overcame multiple no's to get his book published. And how he tried one last time and got a yes that launched his writing and speaking career.
Jul 3, 2018
Episode 13- Anyah Land
Anyah Land, speaker and HR professional talks about managing stress through personal ownership and that failure is NOT fatal.
Jun 14, 2018
Episode 12 - Rob McDonald
Rob McDonald, attorney and founder of The Brandery, talks about failure in the venture capital world and is it more socially acceptable to fail as a woman or a man.
May 28, 2018
Episode 11 - Sara Hyzdu
Neuroscience expert, Sara Hyzdu tells us the sabertooth tiger is no longer a threat but as humans, we scan for social threats 5x/second. What are your social threats? A boss wanting to talk to you in their office; a spouse saying, we need to talk. Learn how to manage those innate fears that get in our way of joy and success.
Apr 29, 2018
Episode 10 - Kirk Perry
After 23 years in a senior level position at P&G, Kirk Perry tells us why he felt called to uproot his family and move to CA to become President of Brand Solutions at Google.
Apr 4, 2018
Episode 9 - Nora Fink
Successful personal stylist, Nora Fink, shares her secrets to a successful business.
Mar 14, 2018
Episode 8 - Mike Hoeting
Mike Hoeting, owner of Bang Zoom Design, a toy company, talks about his closet called the land of misfit toys. He believes that if he doesn’t have a room full of rejections he’s not trying hard enough.
Feb 26, 2018
Episode 7 - Kurt Platte
Kurt Platte, successful businessman, architect and a warrior against the heroin epidemic or as he says, the addiction epidemic.
Feb 12, 2018
Episode 6 - Lynn Meyers
Lynn Meyers, CEO of Cincinnati Ensemble Theatre, talks about how to keep the theatre viable in a tough neighborhood by connecting with the community. She also tells a pretty great story about a drug dealer and a case of Heineken.
Jan 13, 2018
Episode 5 - Chris Cicchinelli
Chris Cicchinelli, CEO of Pure Romance, talks about living a life by design, not default. AND he graduated 2nd to last in his high school class!
Jan 13, 2018
Episode 4 - Beth Silvers
Beth Silvers, podcast star of Pantsuit Politics, talks about the current political climate, a perceived failed election (on both sides) and how to re-engage in politics in a positive way.
Jan 13, 2018
Episode 3 - David Falk
Who has ever made it big and thought, they are going to realize I have no idea what I'm doing? David Falk, successful chef, talks about imposter syndrome.
Jan 13, 2018
Episode 2 - Natasia Malaihollo
Natasia Malaihollo, founder & CEO of Wyzerr, talks about the miracles she experienced on her way to securing funding and you won't believe how she lived on basically NO money.
Jan 13, 2018
Episode 1 - Tony Miller
Tony Miller, founder and CEO of Jancoa Janitorial Services, talks about his 3 greatest gifts: alcoholism, 3 marriages and diabetes.