October 18, 2021
For this week’s Inspirational Leadership Podcast I spoke with Ofosu Jones-Quartey, who's a meditation coach and musician from the Washington DC area. He has been teaching mindfulness and meditation to young people and adults since 2004. He is currently the male voice on the Balance meditation app and he teaches meditation and mindfulness classes and retreats around the country. Ofosu has taught and led retreats at the Insight Meditation Community of Washington, The Insight Meditation Society, Spirit Rock, Brooklyn Zen Center, Cleveland Insight and more.
Ofosu is also an accomplished hip hop and electronic musician, he recently released an album this year called “In This Moment”. His children’s book “You Are Enough” is currently available on Amazon.
His philosophy is that everyone is deserving of their own love and compassion. All of the work he does in the world is meant to support this idea. Ofosu currently lives in Rockville, Maryland with his wife and their four children.
“Meditation is a form of self care that can help us learn to be more kind to ourselves and to others.“
October 4, 2021
For this week's Inspirational Leadership Podcast I spoke with MaryBeth Hyland. As the Founder and Chief Visionary of SparkVision, MaryBeth knows that extraordinary success is rooted in the vision, values, and culture crafted by purpose-driven leaders and their tribe. With over 12 years of experience, built on knowledge from a BA in Social Work and MS in Nonprofit Management, she’s known for her ability to create movements across generations.
She does that with the understanding that we all have a deep desire to know and return to our most authentic selves – at work, home and within. As a certified mediator, mindfulness instructor, and values expert she engages audiences and teams all over the world with her authentic style of facilitation, coaching and empowerment.
Her recent awards include, “Circle of Excellence”, “Innovator of the Year”, “Top 100 Women”, “Civic Engagement Leader” and “Leading Women”. Her personal life’s mission is to create spaces where voices are heard, stories are released, and purpose is ignited.
⇢ Get full show notes and more information here: https://bit.ly/MaryBethHyland
September 20, 2021
For this week's Inspirational Leadership Podcast I spoke with Michele Graglia. Michele left Italy for Miami in 2007 to expand the family business. Caught in a thunderstorm, he ducked into a Johnny Rockets, got scouted by a renowned agent, and walked out a professional model.
An elite modeling career brought expensive cars, penthouses, parties, and celebrities, but his accidental “American Dream” was never his own.
Feeling the emptiness of a shallow, dark lifestyle, Michele set out for adventure and fulfillment, finding it in the unlikeliest place—a book about ultramarathon running.
Within a few short years, his passion and dedication for ultrarunning placed him among the top endurance athletes in the world. Running hundreds of miles in the extremes of the frozen Yukon and the scorching heat of Death Valley, he pushed his body and mind beyond every limit imaginable. His new book, Ultra is not about winning. It’s not about running. It’s a means to return to nature and a journey to find your purpose, giving your all on the quest for your best self.
⇢ Get full show notes and more information here: https://bit.ly/MicheleGraglia
September 6, 2021
For this week’s Inspirational Leadership Podcast I spoke with Mark LeBusque, who’s universally known as the “Human Manager” and his proven techniques for elevating leaders and energizing employees make him an internationally sought after speaker, facilitator, mentor and coach. His books BEING HUMAN and the little book of HUMAN have challenged the way Managers and Organizations view the value of the 100- year old Management system and has sparked a more Human approach across the globe.
He has an innate ability to both speak and seek the truth, provoke humans to step into their own reality and skillfully combines practicality and simplicity with textbook theory.
Mark is Harvard Business School Trained and an accredited Practitioner in Adaptive Leadership and Instincts at Work. With experience across a wide range of areas from the floor to the boardroom in operations, customer service, sales, human resources, general management and education he believes that starting with Human Being creates better Human Doing, and Humannovation drives Innovation.
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August 23, 2021
For this week's Inspirational Leadership Podcast I spoke with Julie Turney who's a People Experience professional with over 15 years in the Human Resources (HR) profession. Her experience spans various companies from startups to Fortune 500’s, where she has worked in cross-functional teams to support purposeful work and meaningful cultures.
Julie is the Founder and CEO of HR@Heart Consulting Inc., a company birthed out of her second bout of HR burnout which caused her to make a conscious decision to heal and help others in her profession to do the same. Her firm focuses on coaching HR professionals to build their resilience agility and find their HR voice.
Julie is also the Lead Organizer of DisruptHR Caribbean, a chapter of DisruptHR LLC based in the US. Disrupt is a speaker event series designed to impact the future of work. She is also the author of the book: Confessions of an HR Pro: Stories of Defeat & Triumph.
⇢ Get full show notes and more information here: https://bit.ly/JulieTurney
August 9, 2021
For this week’s Inspirational Leadership Podcast I changed things up and instead of bringing on a guest, I was interviewed by my dear friend Pam Ross. I created this podcast to have meaningful conversations with CEOs, HR professionals and leadership experts from around the globe and I wanted to give you a chance to get to know me on a deeper level and why this work means so much.
We talked about what it means to raise consciousness both individually and collectively, how to cultivate more self-awareness and lead with head and heart, why the people who trigger you the most are your best teachers, how I coped when my husband was diagnosed with cancer and MUCH more.
⇢ Get full show notes and more information here: https://bit.ly/KristenHarcourt
July 26, 2021
For this week's Inspirational Leadership Podcast I spoke with Tony Martignetti, who's a trusted advisor, entrepreneur, idea generator, and people connector. He brings together practical experience, formal training, and extreme curiosity, to elevate leaders and equip them with the tools to navigate through change and unlock their true potential.
He loves guiding people to find clarity in their lives so they are energized, fully present, and unstoppable. When leaders unlock their potential and lead from a place of inspired purpose, they impact and inspire everyone around them. He has dedicated himself to helping people live an inspired life.
Before becoming a leadership development advisor, he was a finance and strategy executive with experience working with some of the world's leading life sciences companies. Along his journey, he also managed small businesses and ran a financial consulting company. Tony is the host of The Virtual Campfire podcast and the author of "Climbing the Right Mountain: Navigating the Journey to An Inspired Life."
⇢ Get full show notes and more information here: https://bit.ly/TonyMartignettiPodcast
July 12, 2021
Today I'm taking a moment to pause and celebrate the 50th episode of Inspirational Leadership! Thank you for being a loyal listener and for investing your time and energy to learn and grow as a leader!
This week I spoke with Heather R. Younger, who's an experienced keynote speaker, two-time author, and the CEO and Founder of Employee Fanatix, a leading employee engagement, leadership development, and DEI consulting firm, where she is on a mission to help leaders understand the power they possess to ensure people feel valued at work.
Heather’s personal Why emerged as she sought to find meaning from her difficult experience growing up in the 1970s. As the only child of an interfaith and interracial marriage, both Heather and her Black father were shunned and excluded by extended family because of the color of their skin. While the sting of exclusion left Heather with a lot of questions growing up, it also led her to develop a high level of resilience and a deeply inspired commitment to advocate for anyone who has ever felt devalued.
Today, she credits her capacity to navigate complex social dynamics and discuss identity in the workplace to those early experiences, and is dedicated to creating opportunities for organizational leaders, teams, and individuals to learn strategies for reframing adversity while empowering leaders to change their workplaces for the better.
⇢ Get full show notes and more information here: https://bit.ly/HeatherRYounger
June 28, 2021
For this week's Inspirational Leadership Podcast I spoke with Dr Andrea and Jonathan Taylor-Cummings who are the founders of 4 Habits Consulting and Soulmates Academy Foundation. They equip people to build healthy relationships at work AND home, so they can be more resilient, more connected and more productive.
As City professionals and entrepreneurs themselves, they have first-hand experience of the inevitable relationship challenges of high-stress careers and the pressures of living and working together 24/7. Andrea and Jon are recognized authorities on the subjects of relationships and marriage, with numerous public speaking engagements, TV and Radio appearances. Their TEDx talk on 'The 4 Habits of ALL Successful Relationships’ continues to resonate very strongly with 2 million views to date and they recently published their book of the same title. They have been married for 28 years and live in the UK with their two teenage children.
⇢ Get full show notes and more information here: https://bit.ly/DrAndreaJonathanTaylorCummings
June 14, 2021
For this week's episode of Inspirational Leadership I spoke with Morna Haist, the CEO and Founder of Revolutionary Woman™ Global.
Morna is a global leader in designing and holding spaces for transformation and has created hundreds of transformational learning events for thousands of diverse groups of female leaders and entrepreneurs around the world. She designs powerful spaces and learning journeys that cut through the noise so women can tune into their highest purpose, fully SHOW UP, take effective, courageous and SANE action and make the difference in the world we need now.
As a pioneer in 21st Century Entrepreneurship and Leadership, Morna has learned to thrive working at the edge of what’s possible. As a serial entrepreneur and businesswoman, she has co-created multiple innovative startups and experiments in personal and social change in diverse contexts. In her own two decade transformation practice she has spoken, mentored and consulted around the world with leaders, businesses and organizations pioneering the next frontier.
Morna served as the vice-chair of the ALIA Institute, was Founding Chair of Ako Books, and chair of the former Authentic Leadership Center at Naropa University. Morna is a graduate of the ALIA Institute global leadership program, Naropa University’s Authentic Leadership program, a certified NLP Master Practitioner and MBIT (multiple brains) Coach.
⇢ Get full show notes and more information here: http://bit.ly/MornaHaist