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Every day, in big and small ways, we put ourselves in boxes. From jobs, to relationships, to entire belief systems, so many of us are living by rules that someone else wrote for us. On The Breakout, your hosts, HR and talent specialists Dr. Keri Ohlrich and Kelly Guenther dive into the stories of people who have busted out of those stifling boxes and are living the lives they were always meant to. They also talk to change experts who share ways everyone can shift their lives into bold new territory. The Breakout proves that you can escape expectations, and best of all, we show you how.
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How to Start Over and Ignore the Doubt (and the doubters): Dr. Cindy Starke on Finding Midlife Magic

“You don't have to let your past define you. You can change in a heartbeat”. Dr. Cindy Starke is a firm believer that it’s never too late to begin again. Cindy is a physician and geneticist, and at mid-life she made the bold decision to leave her full-time hospital position and top-end salary to found a coaching program dedicated to empowering women at that tricky second-half-of-life milestone.  Despite huge pushback from her partner and a lot of fear and trepidation, Cindy made the leap. She tore down societal boundaries to reinvent her life, and now she helps her clients do the same. She helps them explore what’s been holding them back, discover what they really want and then build that life from the ground up.In this episode, Cindy tells us about her powerful  breakout from that narrow idea of "the perfect life": The kids,  the house, the husband, the job...and the pay check of everyone else's dreams.  We hear all about her ups and downs including when she made an Iron Man attempt, failed, and then went back for more! Cindy also shares the big steps she took to live the life she never knew she could have but always knew she wanted. It’s an honest and very real conversation about what change really takes, and how to push past the fear and go for it. About Dr. CindyDr. Cindy Starke is a Board Certified Physician in Internal Medicine with a PhD in Genetics who spent the last 13 years as a Hospitalist helping hundreds of thousands of patients get their lives back on track.She helps women and men step out of their comfort zones and reinvent themselves while stepping into the second half of their lives feeling energized, empowered and awakened to their long lost passions and dreams, so that they can unleash their potential and find true joy.Connect with Dr. CindyDr. Cindy Starke LinkedInDr. Cindy Starke websiteDr. Cindy on InstagramAbout The BreakoutThe Breakout is the hit podcast hosted by human resources and change experts Dr. Keri Ohlrich and Kelly Guenther. The founders of Abbracci Group, a results-driven coaching, HR Management and consulting firm, Keri and Kelly are laser-focused on getting the best out of people. They launched The Breakout in early 2023 to find the best stories and advice on busting boundaries and making change, and since then the show has charted #1 in self-improvement, #1 in education, and #7 in all podcasts.Join Keri and Kelly on The Breakout as they get advice and insights from change experts, and learn from people who have really done it how you can dive into personal growth, increase self confidence, and move your life into bold new territory.Each episode comes with lessons on living courageously, with topics on self-help, leadership, personal development, building success, setting personal boundaries, growing your confidence, overcoming self doubt, and knowing your self worth. From huge transformations to quiet shifts, The Breakout highlights why every change matters.At Abbracci Group, Keri and Kelly offer a four-step coaching process to help you increase your self-awareness, break out of expectations, and live life on your terms.  Learn more at abbraccigroup.com.Keri and Kelly’s new book Whatever the Hell You Want – An Escape Plan to Break Out of Life’s Little Boxes and Live Free From Expectations, will be out in October 2024 and is available for pre-order now! Dr. Keri Ohlrich’s book The Way of the HR Warrior is available now.Connect with Dr. Keri Ohlrich and Kelly Guentherhttps://www.instagram.com/thebreakoutpod/https://abbraccigroup.com/podcast/https://www.facebook.com/thebreakoutpodcast/https://www.linkedin.com/company/abbraccigroup/https://www.youtube.com/@thebreakoutpodcast
7/3/202429 minutes, 21 seconds
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Casting Doubts: Unpacking the Electoral College System, with Maximina Juson, Director of One Person, One Vote?

“The electoral college is a real pain point for the electorate. They don’t understand it, and they don’t know why we have it in the first place…So that’s why I made this film.” That’s how Maximina Juson explains her motivation for making the extraordinary, and necessary, new documentary, One Person, One Vote? It's a film that takes a closer look at something that lots of Americans rarely question: the electoral college voting system.If you’ve been listening to The Breakout for a while now, you’ll know that we love guests who question long-held systems or beliefs, and Maximina’s film does just that. One Person, One Vote? explores the electoral college’s not-so-equal representation and its racist origins rooted in protecting the power of slave owners. It’s a must-watch for anyone curious about our democracy. This episode drops on Juneteenth and it couldn't be a better time to examine the realities of the system we use to elect our president.In this episode, we talk to Maximina about how her multi hyphenated career as a musician, user experience designer and filmmaker helped her take on this difficult subject. She also shares the perspective-shifting moments she had while making the documentary, especially her extraordinary experience when she found herself filming at the Capitol on January 6th, 2021.About Maximina JusonMaximina Juson is an award-winning filmmaker and founder of HUMovies, a film and video production company in Los Angeles. Her debut feature film, ONE PERSON, ONE VOTE? is a National Endowment for the Humanities grant recipient that world premiered at The 2024 Pan African Film Festival, taking home the Programmer's Award for Best Documentary Feature. Maximina Juson was Consulting Producer (and Additional Camera) for Mama Bears, which premiered at SXSW in 2022 —a short version of the film was commissioned by the ACLU and won an Emmy for 2019 Outstanding Documentary Short and two Webby Awards. In 2018, she produced Harlem Rising for The Harlem Children’s Zone. Juson also shot, produced and directed a video web series for The Washtenaw ID Project, an organization that helps disenfranchised communities and individuals obtain a valid government-issued ID in Washtenaw County, Michigan.Connect with MaximinaInstagram - @universalwideOne Person, One Vote? Film WebsiteMaximina Juson LinkedInAbout The BreakoutThe Breakout is the hit podcast hosted by human resources and change experts Dr. Keri Ohlrich and Kelly Guenther. The founders of Abbracci Group, a results-driven coaching, HR Management and consulting firm, Keri and Kelly are laser-focused on getting the best out of people. They launched The Breakout in early 2023 to find the best stories and advice on busting boundaries and making change, and since then the show has charted #1 in self-improvement, #1 in education, and #7 in all podcasts.Join Keri and Kelly on The Breakout as they get advice and insights from change experts, and learn from people who have really done it how you can dive into personal growth, increase self confidence, and move your life into bold new territory.Each episode comes with lessons on living courageously, with topics on self-help, leadership, personal development, building success, setting personal boundaries, growing your confidence, overcoming self doubt, and knowing your self worth. From huge transformations to quiet shifts, The Breakout highlights why every change matters.At Abbracci Group, Keri and Kelly offer a four-step coaching process to help you increase your self-awareness, break out of expectations, and live life on your terms.  Learn more at abbraccigroup.com.Keri and Kelly’s new book Whatever the Hell You Want – An Escape Plan to Break Out of Life’s Little Boxes and Live Free From Expectations, will be out in October 2024 and is available for pre-order now! Dr. Keri Ohlrich’s book The Way of the HR Warrior is available now.Connect with Dr. Keri Ohlrich and Kelly Guentherhttps://www.instagram.com/thebreakoutpod/https://abbraccigroup.com/podcast/https://www.facebook.com/thebreakoutpodcast/https://www.linkedin.com/company/abbraccigroup/https://www.youtube.com/@thebreakoutpodcast
6/19/202429 minutes, 1 second
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Breaking out of the Cubicle: Rethinking Work and School for the Neurodivergent Community

“It's amazing that we have this tunnel vision around what success needs to look like, even though our society is filled with people who are wildly atypical.” Dr. Matt Zakreski is a dedicated clinical psychologist who's made it his mission to help harness the often overlooked abilities of the neurodivergent community – that’s anyone with a brain that works differently from the average or neurotypical person. Growing up as a gifted kid, Dr. Matt was neurodivergent himself. and saw firsthand how rigid practices in schools and workplaces can stifle the growth and talents of people in this community. When he started working as a child psychologies, he knew he wanted to help end the stigma about neurodivergence and help this population find success in school and work.Up to 20 percent of the world's population are considered neurodivergent. And that means potentially more than a billion people who are trying to learn and work in a system that wasn't designed for them. It’s time for a change in our expectations around around what “normal” work habits are.  In this episode, Dr. Matt tells us about the Neurodiversity Collective, his psychology practice that supports and advocates for neurodiverse people in educational and employment settings. And he explains how he helps people break out of conventional work expectations so they can unlock their unique strengths and share their incredible talents.About Dr. MattDr. Matthew Zakreski (affectionately known as “Dr. Matt”) is a seasoned clinical psychologist and professional speaker renowned for his expertise in serving neurodivergent individuals (people with different brains such as gifted, ADHD, Autism, and dyslexia). Dr. Matt thrives in supporting young people in understanding, developing, and celebrating their unique brains while developing strengths-based ways of operating in their world. He is best known for his work with gifted individuals as an advocate for using accessible understanding of neurodivergent needs to implement high-level supports. Having delivered over 500 talks all over the world, Dr. Matt has cultivated a reputation as a dynamic keynote speaker, captivating audiences with his insightful presentations and empowering messages.Connect with Dr. MattDr. Matt Zakreski WebsiteNeurodiversity CollectiveDr. Matt on LinkedInDr. Matt on InstagramAbout The BreakoutThe Breakout is the hit podcast hosted by human resources and change experts Dr. Keri Ohlrich and Kelly Guenther. The founders of Abbracci Group, a results-driven coaching, HR Management and consulting firm, Keri and Kelly are laser-focused on getting the best out of people. They launched The Breakout in early 2023 to find the best stories and advice on busting boundaries and making change, and since then the show has charted #1 in self-improvement, #1 in education, and #7 in all podcasts.Join Keri and Kelly on The Breakout as they get advice and insights from change experts, and learn from people who have really done it how you can dive into personal growth, increase self confidence, and move your life into bold new territory.Each episode comes with lessons on living courageously, with topics on self-help, leadership, personal development, building success, setting personal boundaries, growing your confidence, overcoming self doubt, and knowing your self worth. From huge transformations to quiet shifts, The Breakout highlights why every change matters.At Abbracci Group, Keri and Kelly offer a four-step coaching process to help you increase your self-awareness, break out of expectations, and live life on your terms.  Learn more at abbraccigroup.com.Keri and Kelly’s new book Whatever the Hell You Want – An Escape Plan to Break Out of Life’s Little Boxes and Live Free From Expectations, will be out in October 2024 and is available for pre-order now! Dr. Keri Ohlrich’s book The Way of the HR Warrior is available now.Connect with Dr. Keri Ohlrich and Kelly Guentherhttps://www.instagram.com/thebreakoutpod/https://abbraccigroup.com/podcast/https://www.facebook.com/thebreakoutpodcast/https://www.linkedin.com/company/abbraccigroup/https://www.youtube.com/@thebreakoutpodcast
6/5/202431 minutes, 2 seconds
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How To Save Lives: Flipping the Script on Addiction, with Sean Daniels

“When I was trying to get sober, I couldn't find anything that had a sense of humor, and so I guess I at some point was like, well, then I have to write the thing that I can't find”. Sean Daniels is the hilarious, warm, and honest writer behind the hugely successful play, The White Chip,  a comedy about addiction. Since its debut in 2019, The White Chip has had rave reviews, sold out shows in New York, and pulled in big producing partners like Hank Azaria, Jason Biggs, and John Larroquette. But the play is just one of Sean's projects that are using the arts to change the national narrative around addiction, and saving lives in the process. Sean is also the director of The Recovery Project, an initiative that  works to nurture artists in recovery, and create new works that shift perspectives on addiction. He’s also doing incredible things with Live Tampa Bay, an organization that aims to drastically reduce the community’s number of opioid deaths. May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and this month's episodes of The Breakout are devoted to breaking out of addiction. On this episode, Sean shares how he's using comedy and science to shift the conversation around substance abuse. He also explains that when it comes to building a united front against addiction, a lot can be learned from the humble peanut. If you or someone you know is struggling or in crisis, call or text 988 or chat 988lifeline.org. About Sean DanielsSean Daniels  is an internationally known theatre director, writer, and Artistic Director, known for new work and innovative community-based leadership He is currently the Director of the Anti-Stigma Campaign for Live: Tampa Bay and the Director of the Recovery Project at Florida Studio Theatre. Most importantly, he shares his life with Veronika and Vivien in sunny Sarasota, Florida.Connect with SeanSean’s WebsiteSean Daniels LinkedInInstagramLive Tamp BayThe Recovery Project - Florida Studio TheatreConnect with Mental Health SupportsIn the US: Mental Health America Crisis Line In Canada: Mental Health Support Services by provinceIn the UK: NHS Mental Health SupportsInternational: Support by countryAbout The BreakoutThe Breakout is the hit podcast hosted by human resources and change experts Dr. Keri Ohlrich and Kelly Guenther. The founders of Abbracci Group, a results-driven coaching, HR Management and consulting firm, Keri and Kelly are laser-focused on getting the best out of people. They launched The Breakout in early 2023 to find the best stories and advice on busting boundaries and making change, and since then the show has charted #1 in self-improvement, #1 in education, and #7 in all podcasts.Join Keri and Kelly on The Breakout as they get advice and insights from change experts, and learn from people who have really done it how you can dive into personal growth, increase self confidence, and move your life into bold new territory.Each episode comes with lessons on living courageously, with topics on self-help, leadership, personal development, building success, setting personal boundaries, growing your confidence, overcoming self doubt, and knowing your self worth. From huge transformations to quiet shifts, The Breakout highlights why every change matters.At Abbracci Group, Keri and Kelly offer a four-step coaching process to help you increase your self-awareness, break out of expectations, and live life on your terms.  Learn more at abbraccigroup.com.Keri and Kelly’s new book Whatever the Hell You Want – An Escape Plan to Break Out of Life’s Little Boxes and Live Free From Expectations, will be out in October 2024 and is available for pre-order now! Dr. Keri Ohlrich’s book The Way of the HR Warrior is available now.Connect with Dr. Keri Ohlrich and Kelly Guentherhttps://www.instagram.com/thebreakoutpod/https://abbraccigroup.com/podcast/https://www.facebook.com/thebreakoutpodcast/https://www.linkedin.com/company/abbraccigroup/https://www.youtube.com/@thebreakoutpodcast
5/22/202432 minutes, 41 seconds
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Breaking up with Alcohol: Reframing Recovery with Sisters in Sobriety, Sonia Kahlon and Kathleen Killen

May is Mental Health Awareness month, and in this episode we're thrilled to shine a light on Sonia Kahlon and Kathleen Killen who host the fantastic podcast Sisters in Sobriety. We’re also talking about Everblume, an entirely unique alcohol recovery support community founded by Sonia. If you or someone you know is struggling or in crisis, call or text 988 or chat 988lifeline.org. “I was functioning at such a high level. I'm not going to refer to myself as an alcoholic. There's a stigma to that word”. Sonia Kahlon is a recovery coach and former addict who’d always known that "alcoholic" is a label that can sometimes stop people from getting help. But it wasn't until her  marriage suddenly ended, and her recovery was put to the test, that she decided to build an alternative approach to recovery. Sonia was looking for consistency, and a place that embraced moderation, as well as total abstinence as legitimate goals. So she founded Everblume, an online support community that meets women wherever they are on their sobriety journey.Sonia is also one half of the fantastic podcast, Sisters in Sobriety, which she hosts with her ex-sister-in-law, psychotherapist Kathleen Killen. Kathleen has also struggled with substance abuse, so when Sonia asked her to co-host the show it seemed like a great way to share some tools for change.This episode is a quadruple threat of co-hosts on co-hosts, with these fun, amazing women who never stop teasing each other, even while they're dropping powerful insights on recovery.About Sonia and KathleenKathleen Killen is a registered psychotherapist (qualifying) and certified coach based in Ontario, Canada. To find out more about Kathleen’s work, check out her website.Sonia Kahlon is a recovery coach and former addict. She grappled with high-functioning alcohol use disorder throughout her life, before getting sober in 2016. Sonia is now the founder of EverBlume, a digital tool that offers a unique approach to alcohol recovery support.Connect with Sonia & KathleenSisters in Sobriety podcastEverblumeSonia Kahlon LinkedInKathleen Killen psychotherapyKathleen Killen LinkedInConnect with mental health supportsIn the US: Mental Health America Crisis Line In Canada: Mental Health Support Services by provinceIn the UK: NHS Mental Health SupportsInternational: Support by countryAbout The BreakoutThe Breakout is the hit podcast hosted by human resources and change experts Dr. Keri Ohlrich and Kelly Guenther. The founders of Abbracci Group, a results-driven coaching, HR Management and consulting firm, Keri and Kelly are laser-focused on getting the best out of people. They launched The Breakout in early 2023 to find the best stories and advice on busting boundaries and making change, and since then the show has charted #1 in self-improvement, #1 in education, and #7 in all podcasts.Join Keri and Kelly on The Breakout as they get advice and insights from change experts, and learn how to dive into personal growth, increase self confidence, and move your life into bold new territory.Each episode comes with lessons on living courageously, with topics on self-help, leadership, personal development, building success, setting personal boundaries, growing your confidence, and knowing your self worth. From huge transformations to quiet shifts, The Breakout highlights why every change matters.At Abbracci Group, Keri and Kelly offer a four-step coaching process to help you increase your self-awareness, break out of expectations, and live life on your terms.  Learn more at abbraccigroup.com.Keri and Kelly’s new book Whatever the Hell You Want – An Escape Plan to Break Out of Life’s Little Boxes and Live Free From Expectations, will be out in October 2024 and is available for pre-order now! Dr. Keri Ohlrich’s book The Way of the HR Warrior is available now.Connect with Dr. Keri Ohlrich and Kelly GuentherInstagram: @thebreakoutpodAbbracci GroupFacebookAbbracci Group LinkedIn
5/8/202433 minutes, 11 seconds
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How to Speak Up: Assertiveness, Boundaries, and the Beauty of Anger, with Cara Tuttle

“Anger is telling us something. It's often telling us that something isn't right or that a boundary is being violated”. Cara Tuttle is a lawyer, consultant, and educator focused on addressing sexual assault and harassment in higher education, and she wants us to explore our anger as a key tool in assertiveness training.  After years of working on a university campus, Cara found that assertiveness was a major struggle for women of all ages, and that has a lot to do with how women have been raised, and how complicated anger can be for women in particular. As Cara explains, “a lot of the women [I work with] have been raised to be well behaved. They've been raised to be pleasant, which delays them in asserting their boundaries.”In this episode, Cara talks about her important book Drowning In Timidity: Women, Politeness, and the Power of Assertive Living, that she wrote to address the questions she heard from women over and over about how to speak up for themselves. Plus, we do a deep dive into anger, assertiveness and boundaries, to explore why anger is a good thing and why it’s so complicated for women; the small things you can do to create big change; and we even talk about the life-changing power of quality sexual education. About Cara TuttleCara Tuttle is a speaker, author, consultant, and activist-minded educator with over twenty years' experience working in higher education.  Cara is the author of Drowning in Timidity: Women, Politeness, and the Power of Assertive Living and has contributed chapters to various books and publications, including The Future Female Leader: Preparing Girls and Women to Lead the World, The Female Code: A Woman's Book for Empowerment and Confidence, The Professional Woman: Pivoting to the New Normal, and Raising Daughters:Raising Healthy Children in an Unhealthy World.Connect with CaraFacebook  https://www.facebook.com/102113045263870Linked In  https://www.linkedin.com/in/caratuttlebellInstagram https://www.instagram.com/carajtuttle Threads https://www.threads.net/@carajtuttle Website:  https://caratuttlebell.comwww.drowningintimidity.comDrowning in Timidity on AmazonAbout The ShowThe Breakout is the hit podcast hosted by human resources and change experts Dr. Keri Ohlrich and Kelly Guenther. The founders of Abbracci Group, a results-driven coaching, HR Management and consulting firm, Keri and Kelly are laser-focused on getting the best out of people. They launched The Breakout in early 2023 to find the best stories and advice on busting boundaries and making change, and since then the show has charted #1 in self-improvement, #1 in education, and #7 in all podcasts.Join Keri and Kelly on The Breakout as they get advice and insights from change experts, and learn from people who have really done it how you can dive into personal growth, increase self confidence, and move your life into bold new territory.Each episode comes with lessons on living courageously, with topics on self-help, leadership, personal development, building success, setting personal boundaries, growing your confidence, overcoming self doubt, and knowing your self worth. From huge transformations to quiet shifts, The Breakout highlights why every change matters.At Abbracci Group, Keri and Kelly offer a four-step coaching process to help you increase your self-awareness, break out of expectations, and live life on your terms.  Learn more at abbraccigroup.com.Keri and Kelly’s new book Whatever the Hell You Want – An Escape Plan to Break Out of Life’s Little Boxes and Live Free From Expectations, will be out October 2024 and is available for pre-order now! Dr. Keri Ohlrich’s book The Way of the HR Warrior is available now.Connect with the Hostshttps://www.instagram.com/thebreakoutpod/https://abbraccigroup.com/podcast/https://www.facebook.com/thebreakoutpodcast/https://www.linkedin.com/company/abbraccigroup/https://www.youtube.com/@thebreakoutpodcast
4/24/202431 minutes, 11 seconds
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Lifescaping: How to Dig Yourself Out of Entrepreneurial Trauma, with Monique Allen

 “One of the jokes I have in coaching is, the surefire way to kill passion is to build a business around it, or marry it”. Monique Allen will tell you that entrepreneurship is it’s own special kind of trauma, and it needs a special kind of business coaching. Monique is a professional gardener who has spent almost four decades in the industry. Over that time, running her own landscaping business she began to see a crucial need amongst her fellow creatives and trade-based entrepreneurs: they had started a business because they loved their work, and then suddenly they became managers and stopped actually doing that work that they loved. So she developed a fascinating coaching method that focuses on the unique struggles of trade-based entrepreneurs.“Nature is a system”, Monique tells us. “It's the living and non-living things in connection with each other, with the overlay of energy and human interaction. This isn't all that much different than how businesses are formed”. In this episode, Monique shares the story behind “Lifescaping”, her coaching method inspired by the elements of all healthy ecosystems.  Lifescaping helps business owners push beyond their barriers and thrive as entrepreneurs.About Monique AllenMonique founded The Garden Continuum - a regenerative landscape design/build and fine gardening firm celebrating its 25th year in business. She is the creator of the Life-Scape Method for land development. As the Lifescape Coach, she's interpreted this simple method into a system to teach service-business entrepreneurs how to develop more satisfying ownership experiences.  Connect with MoniqueIG - https://www.instagram.com/monique.allen/LIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/moniquetgc/YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/user/GardenContinuumINCFB - https://www.facebook.com/TheGardenContinuum/Shopify Store - https://shop.thelifescapecoach.com/The Garden ContinuumLifescape CoachBook: Stop Landscaping, Start LifescapingAbout The BreakoutThe Breakout is the hit podcast hosted by human resources and change experts Dr. Keri Ohlrich and Kelly Guenther. The founders of Abbracci Group, a results-driven coaching, HR Management and consulting firm, Keri and Kelly are laser-focused on getting the best out of people. They launched The Breakout in early 2023 to find the best stories and advice on busting boundaries and making change, and since then the show has charted #1 in self-improvement, #1 in education, and #7 in all podcasts.Join Keri and Kelly on The Breakout as they get advice and insights from change experts, and learn from people who have really done it how you can dive into personal growth, increase self confidence, and move your life into bold new territory.Each episode comes with lessons on living courageously, with topics on self-help, leadership, personal development, building success, setting personal boundaries, growing your confidence, overcoming self doubt, and knowing your self worth. From huge transformations to quiet shifts, The Breakout highlights why every change matters.At Abbracci Group, Keri and Kelly offer a four-step coaching process to help you increase your self-awareness, break out of expectations, and live life on your terms.  Learn more at abbraccigroup.com.Keri and Kelly’s new book Whatever the Hell You Want – An Escape Plan to Break Out of Life’s Little Boxes and Live Free From Expectations, will be out in October 2024 and is available for pre-order now! Dr. Keri Ohlrich’s book The Way of the HR Warrior is available now.Connect with Dr. Keri Ohlrich and Kelly Guentherhttps://www.instagram.com/thebreakoutpod/https://abbraccigroup.com/podcast/https://www.facebook.com/thebreakoutpodcast/https://www.linkedin.com/company/abbraccigroup/https://www.youtube.com/@thebreakoutpodcast
4/10/202430 minutes, 47 seconds
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Walking Away: How to Leave a Promising Career and Make Your Life Your Own (Camino stories part 2 of 2!), with Christine Job

“I was expecting to feel a certain way about the accomplishments. But it wasn't fulfilling, and I couldn't understand why.” Christine Job was a talented law student and the first Black female president of her class. From an early age, her family had expected her to go into law, but despite her achievements she was terribly unsatisfied. Christine’s early professional life was a series of fits and starts. Big opportunities kept leading to dead ends until one day she had a nagging feeling that would not go away. A friend had told Christine about the Camino de Santiago, an intense 800 kilometre pilgrimage across northern Spain. Hundreds of thousands of people walk the Camino each year, all of them seeking clarity. To Christine, it sounded horrible, but feeling lost about what was next, something in her told her to head to Spain.This is our second of two episodes on The Breakout where we look at the transformative power of the Camino de Santiago. On this episode, Christine shares her Camino experience, her winding road to fulfillment and all the hard lessons along the way.About the ShowThe Breakout is the hit podcast hosted by human resources and change experts Dr. Keri Ohlrich and Kelly Guenther. The founders of Abbracci Group, a results-driven coaching, HR Management and consulting firm, Keri and Kelly are laser-focused on getting the best out of people. They launched The Breakout in early 2023 to find the best stories and advice on busting boundaries and making change, and since then the show has charted #1 in self-improvement, #1 in education, and #7 in all podcasts.Join Keri and Kelly on The Breakout as they get advice and insights from change experts, and learn from people who have really done it how you can dive into personal growth, increase self confidence, and move your life into bold new territory.Each episode comes with lessons on living courageously, with topics on self-help, leadership, personal development, building success, setting personal boundaries, growing your confidence, overcoming self doubt, and knowing your self worth. From huge transformations to quiet shifts, The Breakout highlights why every change matters.At Abbracci Group, Keri and Kelly offer a four-step coaching process to help you increase your self-awareness, break out of expectations, and live life on your terms.  Learn more at abbraccigroup.com.Keri and Kelly’s new book Whatever the Hell You Want – An Escape Plan to Break Out of Life’s Little Boxes and Live Free From Expectations, will be out in October 2024 and is available for pre-order now! Dr. Keri Ohlrich’s book The Way of the HR Warrior is available now.Connect with Dr. Keri Ohlrich and Kelly Guentherhttps://www.instagram.com/thebreakoutpod/https://abbraccigroup.com/podcast/https://www.facebook.com/thebreakoutpodcast/https://www.linkedin.com/company/abbraccigroup/https://www.youtube.com/@thebreakoutpodcastAbout Christine JobChristine Job is an award-winning podcaster and Business Strategist. Originally from Atlanta, Christine is currently based in Spain. Her award-winning podcast "Flourish in the Foreign" celebrates, elevates, and affirms the voices & stories of Black women living & thriving abroad, while also exploring living abroad as a pathway to wellness.As a business strategist, Christine helps Black women and WOC to leverage their expertise & talents into viable & sustainable businesses, businesses that make her clients professionally fulfilled and financially abundant while pursuing thriving lives abroad. Her new book FLOURISH IN THE FOREIGN: A GUIDE TO LIVING WELL ABROAD, will be published in 2024Connect with Christine Jobhttps://www.instagram.com/flourishforeignhttps://www.facebook.com/flourishforeignhttps://www.youtube/c/flourishintheforeignhttps://www.tiktok.com/@flourishforeignhttps://www.linkedin.com/in/christinejob/https://www.linkedin.com/company/flourish-in-the-foreignNew book: https://www.flourishintheforeign.com/books
3/27/202430 minutes, 41 seconds
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Leaving Your Life: The Transformative Power of the Camino de Santiago, with Writer and Entrepreneur, Kelli Field

One night, at the tail end of a vacation in Europe, Kelli Field suddenly hit a wall. “I just started crying and I just told my husband, I can't do it anymore”. After decades of working in a high earning, high stress career that took a huge toll on her health, she realized she couldn’t go back to work. Something deep inside her had finally said no. “My life had all the trappings of the American dream. Big house, expensive cars, long commute. I did everything I thought I was supposed to do to be happy…but it was like a suit of clothing that no longer fit, and something had to give”.With no idea what to do next, Kelly followed a longtime goal to walk the Camino de Santiago, a grueling 800 kilometer pilgrimage across northern Spain.  It was a walk that laid bare everything that needed to change, and kick-started an amazing journey of personal growth. On this episode, Kelly takes us through the profound experience of the Camino and the extraordinary choice she and her husband made once she returned. It’s the story of jumping off a cliff, without knowing there’d be a net at the bottom.This is the first of two episodes where we look at the stories of Camino walkers and how this epic pilgrimage changes lives. Kelli’s story is about taking leap after leap into the unknown. It’s about learning to be comfortable with discomfort, and being really really bad at something until you can be good at it. Don’t miss this episode. About Kelli FieldKelli Field is an American writer living in Spain. Her debut novel, The Grief of Goodbye, was released in 2023. It’s a story set in beautiful northern Spain on the Camino de Santiago. Her second book in The Camino Family Trilogy will be released in 2024. She writes and paints from a converted chicken coop on her lavender farm in Galicia, Spain, and she is the founder of the Santiago de Compostela Book Club for Pilgrims (@santiagodecompostelabookclub on FB). Kelli also runs the Happiness Cafe vegetarian and non-gluten food truck for pilgrims walking the Camino France. Kelli's personal motto is to 'Make friends with discomfort, and lean in hard to being really, really bad at something so that you can get good at it.'Connect with Kelli Fieldwww.vivaespanamovingtospain.com@happinessonthecamino (instagram)Kelli’s novel, The Grief of Goodbye can be found at a range of retailers including Amazon and Barnes and NobleAbout the ShowThe Breakout is the hit podcast hosted by human resources and change experts Dr. Keri Ohlrich and Kelly Guenther. The founders of Abbracci Group, a results-driven coaching, HR Management and consulting firm, Keri and Kelly are laser-focused on getting the best out of people. They launched The Breakout in early 2023 to find the best stories and advice on busting boundaries and making change, and since then the show has charted #1 in self-improvement, #1 in education, and #7 in all podcasts.Join Keri and Kelly on The Breakout as they get advice and insights from change experts, and learn from people who have really done it how you can dive into personal growth, increase self confidence, and move your life into bold new territory.Each episode comes with lessons on living courageously, with topics on self-help, leadership, personal development, building success, setting personal boundaries, growing your confidence, overcoming self doubt, and knowing your self worth. From huge transformations to quiet shifts, The Breakout highlights why every change matters.At Abbracci Group, Keri and Kelly offer a four-step coaching process to help you increase your self-awareness, break out of expectations, and live life on your terms.  Learn more at abbraccigroup.com.Keri and Kelly’s new book Whatever the Hell You Want – An Escape Plan to Break Out of Life’s Little Boxes and Live Free From Expectations, will be out in June 2024 and is available for pre-order now! Dr. Keri Ohlrich’s book The Way of the HR Warrior is available now.Connect with Dr. Keri Ohlrich and Kelly GuentherThe Breakout on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/thebreakoutpod/Abbracci Group website https://abbraccigroup.com/podcast/The Breakout Facebook https://www.facebook.com/thebreakoutpodcast/Abbracci Group LinkedInhttps://www.linkedin.com/company/abbraccigroup/The Breakout on YouTubehttps://www.youtube.com/@thebreakoutpodcast
3/13/202433 minutes, 23 seconds
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Changing the Narrative: The Untold Her-story of Human Evolution, with Cat Bohannon, Bestselling Author of Eve: How the Female Body Drove 200 Million Years of Human Evolution

“There’s this really old, really crap story that how we got here is about what the guys did. And women were just like some side character behind a hill, just like pounding some tubers, saying, ‘Oh, sorry guys. I see you're busy. I'm just gonna build the future of our species in my actual body’.” That’s how the brilliant and hilarious Cat Bohannon introduces the idea behind her New York Times bestselling book, Eve: How the Female Body Drove 200 Million Years of Human Evolution. Ten years in the making, and making a huge splash internationally, the book is a fascinating, myth-busting tour of biological evolution that re-examines everything we think we know about the human body by placing women at the center of it all. In honor of International Women's Day on March 8th, we’re thrilled to talk with Cat about her boundary-breaking book, which puts the female body in the foreground of biological research. “ It's not that there's a sexist cabal saying, ha ha! We're gonna understudy females”, she tells us, “It's that there’s this pre-existing idea that ovaries don't matter”. Cat shares how there’s a long history of female bodies being excluded from medical, evolutionary and biological research, and why that matters for everyone.The interview also dives into Cat’s sci-fi movie inspiration for the book, how female figures in evolution were key to the humans of today, why the “male norm” in biological research developed in the first place, and how change in the scientific community is happening…slowly: “paradigm shifts are hard…that’s the hardest thing to break out of. A paradigm shift is the biggest thing there is”. Don’t miss this eye-opening discussion that looks at the human body from a whole different vantage point. About the ShowThe Breakout is the hit podcast hosted by human resources and change experts Dr. Keri Ohlrich and Kelly Guenther. The founders of Abbracci Group, a results-driven coaching, HR Management and consulting firm, Keri and Kelly are laser-focused on getting the best out of people. They launched The Breakout in early 2023 to find the best stories and advice on busting boundaries and making change, and since then the show has charted #1 in self-improvement, #1 in education, and #7 in all podcasts.Join Keri and Kelly on The Breakout as they get advice and insights from change experts, and learn from people who have really done it how you can dive into personal growth, increase self confidence, and move your life into bold new territory.Each episode comes with lessons on living courageously, with topics on self-help, leadership, personal development, building success, setting personal boundaries, growing your confidence, overcoming self doubt, and knowing your self worth. From huge transformations to quiet shifts, The Breakout highlights why every change matters.At Abbracci Group, Keri and Kelly offer a four-step coaching process to help you increase your self-awareness, break out of expectations, and live life on your terms.  Learn more at abbraccigroup.com.Keri and Kelly’s new book Whatever the Hell You Want – An Escape Plan to Break Out of Life’s Little Boxes and Live Free From Expectations, is out in June 2024 and available for pre-order now!Dr. Keri Ohlrich’s book The Way of the HR Warrior is available now.Connect with Dr. Keri Ohlrich and Kelly GuentherThe Breakout on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/thebreakoutpod/Abbracci Group website https://abbraccigroup.com/podcast/The Breakout Facebook https://www.facebook.com/thebreakoutpodcast/Abbracci Group LinkedInhttps://www.linkedin.com/company/abbraccigroup/The Breakout on YouTubehttps://www.youtube.com/@thebreakoutpodcastAbout Cat BohannonResearcher, scholar, writer, freak. Cat completed her PhD in 2022 at Columbia University, where she studied the evolution of narrative and cognition. Her writing has appeared in The Atlantic, Scientific American, Science, The Best American Nonrequired Reading, Lapham’s Quarterly, The Georgia Review, and on The Story Collider. Eve is her first book and a New York Times bestseller. She lives in the U.S. with her partner and two offspring.Connect with Cat BohannonCat Bohannon’s WebsiteCat on XEve: How the Female Body Drove 200 Million Years of Human Evolution 
2/28/202434 minutes, 44 seconds
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How to Escape Monogamy: The Valentine’s Day Episode! Featuring Psychologist, Sex Educator, and Best-Selling Author, Dr. Joli Hamilton

Get ready for a Valentine's Day episode like no other. True to form, we're challenging some expectations, and today, it's that age-old ideal of “the couple”.  Why is it still so glorified, and what are some ways to do relationships differently? Psychologist and sex educator Dr. Joli Hamilton is one expert who wants to shake up the monogamy paradigm. In her practice, Joli helps people explore non-monogamy and the many ways it can be implemented in a relationship. Joli specializes in helping couples develop their own self-awareness, and navigate the bumpy road of non-monogamy – a choice that for lots of people can be overwhelming. But, she says it doesn’t have to be, “a lot of times we accidentally shame people for not following the script – for not just sticking with monogamy. If we actually had these conversations, we would have a different way of approaching this and it might not be so scary”.Joli also happens to be in a consensually non-monogamous relationship herself. But when she first began living non-monogamously, she made a lot of mistakes. She developed her own coaching and therapy practice to help couples avoid the difficulties she had. On this episode, Joli shares that messy monogamy breakout story, and gives us the 101 on non-monogamy, polyamory, and all the relationship concepts we need to know. She also explains how she takes couples through “the year of opening”: a year long process to help them navigate their open relationships in healthy and empowering ways.About the ShowThe Breakout is the hit podcast hosted by human resources and change experts Dr. Keri Ohlrich and Kelly Guenther. The founders of Abbracci Group, a results-driven coaching, HR Management and consulting firm, Keri and Kelly are laser-focused on getting the best out of people. They launched The Breakout in early 2023 to find the best stories and advice on busting boundaries and making change, and since then the show has charted #1 in self-improvement, #1 in education, and #7 in all podcasts.Join Keri and Kelly on The Breakout as they get advice and insights from change experts, and learn from people who have really done it how you can dive into personal growth, increase self confidence, and move your life into bold new territory.Each episode comes with lessons on living courageously, with topics on self-help, leadership, personal development, building success, setting personal boundaries, growing your confidence, overcoming self doubt, and knowing your self worth. From huge transformations to quiet shifts, The Breakout highlights why every change matters.At Abbracci Group, Keri and Kelly offer a four-step coaching process to help you increase your self-awareness, break out of expectations, and live life on your terms.  Learn more at abbraccigroup.com.Keri and Kelly’s new book Whatever the Hell You Want – An Escape Plan to Break Out of Life’s Little Boxes and Live Free From Expectations, is available for pre-order now!Dr. Keri Ohlrich’s book The Way of the HR Warrior is available now.Connect with Dr. Keri Ohlrich and Kelly GuentherThe Breakout on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/thebreakoutpod/Abbracci Group website https://abbraccigroup.com/podcast/The Breakout Facebook https://www.facebook.com/thebreakoutpodcast/Abbracci Group LinkedInhttps://www.linkedin.com/company/abbraccigroup/The Breakout on YouTubehttps://www.youtube.com/@thebreakoutpodcastAbout Dr. Joli HamiltonDr. Joli Hamilton is the relationship coach for couples who color outside the lines. She is a research psychologist, TEDx speaker, best-selling author, and AASECT certified sex educator. Joli also co-hosts the Playing with Fire podcast with her anchor partner, Ken. Joli’s been featured in The New York Times, Vogue, and NPR.She’s spent the past two decades studying and reimagining what love can be if we open our imaginations to possibility. Joli helps people create non-monogamous partnerships that are custom-built for their authentic selves, no more shrinking, pretending, or hiding required.Connect with JoliDr. Joli Hamilton -  InstagramDr. Joli Hamilton - TikTokDr. Joli Hamilton - YouTubePlaying with Fire Podcast *Podcast episode that covers different relationship stylesLearn more about Joli’s work:www.JoliQuiz.comwww.OpenEasier.comwww.JealousyRoadmap.com
2/14/202434 minutes, 39 seconds
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Stuck In-Between: How to Defy Cultural Labels and Define Yourself (without all those rules), with Urmi Hossain

“I never felt I was Bengali enough. I never felt I was Italian enough…And because of that, I struggled to find my cultural identity”. Urmi Hossain is Italian by birth, and Bengali by blood, but there’s always been friction between those two identities. Born and raised in Italy to immigrant parents from Bangladesh, Urmi grew up at the center of a clash between Italian culture, strict Muslim parenting, and a society that wanted to categorize her one way or another.You know that tendency we all sometimes have where we want to define someone's cultural identity with one convenient, hyphenated label? Well, it's not always that simple. And on this episode, Urmi explains why it can also be a real problem. She tells us about her ongoing journey of breaking out of a single cultural box and how her writing and mentoring helps others do the same. Urmi talks about the push and pull of being raised in a country where cultural diversity is not the norm, and how it took her many years and a move to a new country to find her confidence, leadership skills, and self-awareness. In her book Discovering Your Identity: A rebirth from interracial struggle, Urmi explores the delicate balance of cultural self-discovery and her journey toward owning her own identity. Now she mentors young women of all cultures, in business and finance, helping them push their careers forward and embrace their power.About the ShowThe Breakout is the hit podcast hosted by human resources and change experts Dr. Keri Ohlrich and Kelly Guenther. The founders of Abbracci Group, a results-driven coaching, HR Management and consulting firm, Keri and Kelly are laser-focused on getting the best out of people. They launched The Breakout in early 2023 to find the best stories and advice on busting boundaries and making change, and since then the show has charted #1 in self-improvement, #1 in education, and #7 in all podcasts.Join Keri and Kelly on The Breakout as they get advice and insights from change experts, and learn from people who have really done it how you can dive into personal growth, increase self confidence, and move your life into bold new territory.Each episode comes with lessons on living courageously, with topics on self-help, leadership, personal development, building success, setting personal boundaries, growing your confidence, overcoming self doubt, and knowing your self worth. From huge transformations to quiet shifts, The Breakout highlights why every change matters.At Abbracci Group, Keri and Kelly offer a four-step coaching process to help you increase your self-awareness, break out of expectations, and live life on your terms.  Learn more at abbraccigroup.com.Keri and Kelly’s new book Whatever the Hell You Want – An Escape Plan to Break Out of Life’s Little Boxes and Live Free From Expectations, is available for pre-order now!Dr. Keri Ohlrich’s book The Way of the HR Warrior is available now.Connect with Dr. Keri Ohlrich and Kelly GuentherThe Breakout on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/thebreakoutpod/Abbracci Group website https://abbraccigroup.com/podcast/The Breakout Facebook https://www.facebook.com/thebreakoutpodcast/Abbracci Group LinkedInhttps://www.linkedin.com/company/abbraccigroup/The Breakout on YouTubehttps://www.youtube.com/@thebreakoutpodcastAbout Urmi HossainUrmi Hossain is Bengali by blood and Italian by birth. She works in the financial services industry in Canada, where she is currently residing. She is an author, blogger, speaker, polyglot, and mentor. Her first book is, Discovering Your Identity: A rebirth from interracial struggle.Urmi is an advocate of women's empowerment and very passionate about teaching and mentoring other girls and women. She is part of the organization called Women In Leadership for the Victoria Chapter in Canada as the social media lead. Urmi enjoys being a promoter of self-investing and personal development. In her free time, she enjoys reading books and boxing.Connect with UrmiUrmi on LinkedInUrmi’s book, Discovering Your IdentityUrmi’s Blog Urmi’s YouTube channelUrmi’s Instagram
1/31/202431 minutes, 25 seconds
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How To Save Your Kids: Kidnapping, Trauma, and Fighting the Odds...and Your Own Demons, with Author, Lizbeth Meredith

“Four years after I left – four long years of being stalked and having my tires slashed – my former husband took the kids one day and disappeared out of country.” That’s the beginning of Lizbeth Meredith’s years-long nightmare of searching for her two young daughters after her abusive ex-husband kidnapped them and took them to Greece. Living on just $10 an hour at the time, Lizbeth embarks on a $100,000 journey working with a private detective, fighting through a foreign court system, getting arrested, and taking terrifying risks to bring her children home.But this is a story that really begins with Lizbeth’s own difficult childhood. In this episode, Lizbeth shares the long road from her own early trauma to surviving domestic abuse, to rescuing her girls and growing a foundation of confidence and self-worth. She now works as a writer, true crime interviewer, probation worker, and child abuse investigator, and uses her voice and her experiences to advocate for victims everywhere.Lizbeth talks honestly about being “a good victim”, staying quiet in hopes that things would get better, and how her childhood contributed to decades of not believing in herself. She wrote about the whole harrowing journey of defying the odds and the expectations in her memoir, Pieces of Me, and in 2022, that book was made into a Lifetime movie, called Stolen by Their Father. In 2023, Lizbeth published her second book, Grounded In Grit, that she describes as “personal development for women weighed down by crises or abuse, finally ready to become their own best advocate”.You don’t want to miss this amazing story of transformation and survival.About the ShowThe Breakout is the hit podcast hosted by human resources and change experts Dr. Keri Ohlrich and Kelly Guenther. The founders of Abbracci Group, a results-driven coaching, HR Management and consulting firm, Keri and Kelly are laser-focused on getting the best out of people. They launched The Breakout in early 2023 to find the best stories and advice on busting boundaries and making change, and since then the show has charted #1 in self-improvement, #1 in education, and #7 in all podcasts.Join Keri and Kelly on The Breakout as they get advice and insights from change experts, and learn from people who have really done it how you can dive into personal growth, increase self confidence, and move your life into bold new territory.Each episode comes with lessons on living courageously, with topics on self-help, leadership, personal development, building success, setting personal boundaries, growing your confidence, overcoming self doubt, and knowing your self worth. From huge transformations to quiet shifts, The Breakout highlights why every change matters.At Abbracci Group, Keri and Kelly offer a four-step coaching process to help you increase your self-awareness, break out of expectations, and live life on your terms.  Learn more at abbraccigroup.com.Keri and Kelly’s new book Whatever the Hell You Want – An Escape Plan to Break Out of Life’s Little Boxes and Live Free From Expectations, is available for pre-order now!Dr. Keri Ohlrich’s book The Way of the HR Warrior is available now.Connect with Dr. Keri Ohlrich and Kelly GuentherThe Breakout on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/thebreakoutpod/Abbracci Group website https://abbraccigroup.com/podcast/The Breakout Facebook https://www.facebook.com/thebreakoutpodcast/Abbracci Group LinkedInhttps://www.linkedin.com/company/abbraccigroup/The Breakout on YouTubehttps://www.youtube.com/@thebreakoutpodcastAbout Lizbeth MeredithLizbeth Meredith is an author, speaker, and true crime interviewer with a small coaching practice. A former domestic abuse survivor advocate, child abuse investigator, and probation officer, her first book, Pieces of Me: Rescuing My Kidnapped Daughters is now a Lifetime TV movie.Connect with LizbethLizbeth’s WebsiteLizbeth’s Facebook PageLizbeth on LinkedInBook: Pieces of MeNew Book: Grounded in Grit
1/17/202430 minutes, 3 seconds
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Resolutions Out of the Box: Expectation-Shattering Heroes from 2023, with Kelly Guenther and Dr. Keri Ohlrich (and some of our epic guests from the past year)

With every new year comes the resolutions: the promises of big change, self-improvement, personal growth, breaking bad habits, and even plans for complete reinvention. Whatever your goals for 2024, The Breakout is back to inspire you with powerful breakout stories, perspective-shifting leaders, and thought-provoking expert advice. So, as we jump into the season of new breakouts, Keri and Kelly decided to look back on some of their favorite and most powerful breakout guest moments of 2023. Join us for this special new year’s episode to hear from some of these gems of 2023: guests who broke out of mental health struggles, escaped careers that were killing them, solved mindset mysteries, and even guests who have endeavored to shift big, rigid cultural belief systems about abortion. These are guests who blew Keri and Kelly away with their courage and insight, and we know you’ll love them, too. Happy New Year everyone!  Enjoy this year in review, and get ready for more in 2024!About the ShowThe Breakout is the hit podcast hosted by human resources and change experts Dr. Keri Ohlrich and Kelly Guenther. The founders of Abbracci Group, a results-driven coaching, HR Management and consulting firm, Keri and Kelly are laser-focused on getting the best out of people. They launched The Breakout in early 2023 to find the best stories and advice on busting boundaries and making change, and since then the show has charted #1 in self-improvement, #1 in education, and #7 in all podcasts.Join Keri and Kelly on The Breakout as they get advice and insights from change experts, and learn from people who have really done it how you can dive into personal growth, increase self confidence, and move your life into bold new territory.Each episode comes with lessons on living courageously, with topics on self-help, leadership, personal development, building success, setting personal boundaries, growing your confidence, overcoming self doubt, and knowing your self worth. From huge transformations to quiet shifts, The Breakout highlights why every change matters.At Abbracci Group, Keri and Kelly offer a four-step coaching process to help you increase your self-awareness, break out of expectations, and live life on your terms. Keri and Kelly’s new book Whatever the Hell You Want – An Escape Plan to Break Out of Life’s Little Boxes and Live Free From Expectations, is available for pre-order now!Dr. Keri Ohlrich’s book The Way of the HR Warrior is available now.Learn more at abbraccigroup.com.Connect with Dr. Keri Ohlrich and Kelly GuentherThe Breakout on YouTubehttps://www.youtube.com/@thebreakoutpodcastThe Breakout on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/thebreakoutpod/Abbracci Group website https://abbraccigroup.com/podcast/The Breakout Facebook https://www.facebook.com/thebreakoutpodcast/Abbracci Group LinkedInhttps://www.linkedin.com/company/abbraccigroup/
1/3/202422 minutes, 5 seconds
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Sleighing It: Holiday Greetings and The Breakout’s Year in High Gear, with Kelly Guenther and Dr. Keri Ohlrich

2023 has been a big year with highs and lows for everyone. As the year draws to a close, Keri and Kelly are looking back at their breakout year with The Breakout (sorry, had to).  The show has hit number 1, the audience has had huge growth, and they’ve been hard at work on their new book that dives into a lot of the learnings from the show. It’s called Whatever the Hell You Want – An Escape Plan to Break Out of Life’s Little Boxes and Live Free From Expectations, and we’re thrilled to announce that it’s now available for pre-order!Join us for a fun, short and sweet episode as Keri and Kelly wish you happy holidays and share their own breakout stories for this year – yes, they too have had some personal growth, change, and self-improvement moments. We’ll also hear about all the amazing things you can expect from the show in 2024. About the ShowThe Breakout is the hit podcast hosted by human resources and change experts Dr. Keri Ohlrich and Kelly Guenther. The founders of Abbracci Group, a results-driven coaching, HR Management and consulting firm, Keri and Kelly are laser-focused on getting the best out of people. They launched The Breakout in early 2023 to find the best stories and advice on busting boundaries and making change, and since then the show has charted #1 in self-improvement, #1 in education, and #7 in all podcasts.Join Keri and Kelly on The Breakout as they get advice and insights from change experts, and learn from people who have really done it how you can dive into personal growth, increase self confidence, and move your life into bold new territory.Each episode comes with lessons on living courageously, with topics on self-help, leadership, personal development, building success, setting personal boundaries, growing your confidence, overcoming self doubt, and knowing your self worth. From huge transformations to quiet shifts, The Breakout highlights why every change matters.At Abbracci Group, Keri and Kelly offer a four-step coaching process to help you increase your self-awareness, break out of expectations, and live life on your terms. Keri and Kelly’s new book Whatever the Hell You Want – An Escape Plan to Break Out of Life’s Little Boxes and Live Free From Expectations, is available for pre-order now!Dr. Keri Ohlrich’s book The Way of the HR Warrior is available now.Learn more at abbraccigroup.com.Connect with Dr. Keri Ohlrich and Kelly GuentherThe Breakout on YouTubehttps://www.youtube.com/@thebreakoutpodcastThe Breakout on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/thebreakoutpod/Abbracci Group website https://abbraccigroup.com/podcast/The Breakout Facebook https://www.facebook.com/thebreakoutpodcast/Abbracci Group LinkedInhttps://www.linkedin.com/company/abbraccigroup/
12/20/202310 minutes, 7 seconds
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How to Change the World, One Kid at a Time: From Medicine to Toys – Career Reinvention for a Better World, with Dr. Zee of InKidz

“I lived in Southern California, born and raised my whole life. And I was bullied for being different”. That’s how Dr. Zabina Bhasin, better known as “Dr. Zee”, experienced her childhood as a South Asian American growing up in California. Today she is a child psychiatrist who is deeply committed to the health and wellbeing of children. Her work is about building self-confidence and self-awareness in kids, and she’s been committed to diversity, equity and inclusion in the healthcare space since her career began. So when her own child came to her upset and confused about how she was treated as a South Asian American, she realized history was repeating itself, “It hit me: Oh my God! This is the exact same thing I went through”. The same ignorance Dr. Zee experienced as a kid was still happening today. Frustrated, dismayed, and sad all at once, Dr. Zee knew the only way to change things is through education. And that's when her life took an unexpected turn. She left her thriving career as a doctor to start InKidz, an educational toy company that aims to build belonging, self-worth, and acceptance from an early age. On this episode, we're digging into two breakouts: Dr. Zee's courageous decision to leave one passion to pursue another, and how she dealt with the friction she experienced in moving from a respected profession to create products that challenge the status quo. Dr. Zee’s second breakout is about her work in stopping the cycle of ignorance and building more acceptance in the world. Plus, with the holidays coming at us quick, you're going to get some amazing gift ideas for all the great kids in your life!About the ShowThe Breakout is the hit podcast hosted by human resources and change experts Dr. Keri Ohlrich and Kelly Guenther. The founders of Abbracci Group, a results-driven coaching, HR Management and consulting firm, Keri and Kelly are laser-focused on getting the best out of people. They launched The Breakout in early 2023 to find the best stories and advice on busting boundaries and making change, and since then the show has charted #1 in self-improvement, #1 in education, and #7 in all podcasts.Join Keri and Kelly on The Breakout as they get advice and insights from change experts, and learn from people who have really done it how you can dive into personal growth, increase self confidence, and move your life into bold new territory.Each episode comes with lessons on living courageously, with topics on self-help, leadership, personal development, building success, setting personal boundaries, growing your confidence, overcoming self doubt, and knowing your self worth. From huge transformations to quiet shifts, The Breakout highlights why every change matters.At Abbracci Group, Keri and Kelly offer a four-step coaching process to help you increase your self-awareness, break out of expectations, and live life on your terms. Keri and Kelly’s new book Whatever the Hell You Want – An Escape Plan to Break Out of Life’s Little Boxes and Live Free From Expectations, will be available in June 2024. Look for pre-order opportunities coming soon.Dr. Keri Ohlrich’s book The Way of the HR Warrior is available now.Learn more at abbraccigroup.com.Connect with Dr. Keri Ohlrich and Kelly GuentherNEW: The Breakout on YouTube!https://www.youtube.com/@thebreakoutpodcastThe Breakout on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/thebreakoutpod/Abbracci Group website https://abbraccigroup.com/podcast/The Breakout Facebook https://www.facebook.com/thebreakoutpodcast/Abbracci Group LinkedInhttps://www.linkedin.com/company/abbraccigroup/Connect with Dr. Zee and InKidzIn KidZ Instagramhttps://instagram.com/inkidzco?igshid=OGQ5ZDc2ODk2ZA%3D%3D&utm_source=qrIn KidZ YouTube https://youtube.com/@InKidZ?si=uA4E4IAiPtA-csrrIn  KidZ tik tokhttps://www.tiktok.com/@inkidzco.com?_t=8hmflZtRgKo&_r=1InKidZ LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/company/in-kidz/facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/inkidzcoDr. Zee Instagramhttps://instagram.com/drzee_md?igshid=OGQ5ZDc2ODk2ZA==Dr. Zee LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/drzeemd?utm_source=share&utm_campaign=share_via&utm_content=profile&utm_medium=ios_appDr. Zee tik tokhttps://www.tiktok.com/@drzee_md?_t=8hmfuqYP7ud&_r=1Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/zabinabhasinmd
12/6/202332 minutes, 27 seconds
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Derailed by Divorce: How to Shake it Off So You Can Shake it Up, with Stacie Shifflett

“I didn’t want to be a leaf floating down a stream. I wanted control of the oars in this next phase of my life”.  Stacie Shifflett has always led a bold life. She’s been pushing against boundaries and expectations since she was a teenager and she walked into the principal’s office to demand that she graduate high school early. She went on to several leadership positions, building a construction business, working for a large consulting firm, and then even ran a llama farm while raising a family. But when her marriage ended after 28 years, for the first time, Stacie was thrown.On this episode, Stacie takes us through her post-divorce reinvention and how it inspired her to found Modern Consciousness, a coaching company that offers personal growth programs to help people cut through the noise so they can live the life they want.  After intensive healing work, meditation, and study, Stacie found her self-confidence again, and developed her step-by-step Elevate Your Life program. By making small adjustments in mindset and behavior, her coaching makes big impact, and helps people cross the bridge from what was, to what will be.About the ShowThe Breakout is the hit podcast hosted by human resources and change experts Dr. Keri Ohlrich and Kelly Guenther. The founders of Abbracci Group, a results-driven coaching, HR Management and consulting firm, Keri and Kelly are laser-focused on getting the best out of people. They launched The Breakout in early 2023 to find the best stories and advice on busting boundaries and making change, and since then the show has charted #1 in self-improvement, #1 in education, and #7 in all podcasts.Join Keri and Kelly on The Breakout as they get advice and insights from change experts, and learn from people who have really done it how you can dive into personal growth, increase self confidence, and move your life into bold new territory.Each episode comes with lessons on living courageously, with topics on self-help, leadership, personal development, building success, setting personal boundaries, growing your confidence, overcoming self doubt, and knowing your self worth. From huge transformations to quiet shifts, The Breakout highlights why every change matters.At Abbracci Group, Keri and Kelly offer a four-step coaching process to help you increase your self-awareness, break out of expectations, and live life on your terms. Keri and Kelly’s new book Whatever the Hell You Want – An Escape Plan to Break Out of Life’s Little Boxes and Live Free From Expectations, will be available in June 2024. Look for pre-order opportunities coming soon.Dr. Keri Ohlrich’s book The Way of the HR Warrior is available now.Learn more at abbraccigroup.comConnect with Dr. Keri Ohlrich and Kelly GuentherNEW: The Breakout on YouTube!https://www.youtube.com/@thebreakoutpodcastThe Breakout on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/thebreakoutpod/Abbracci Group website https://abbraccigroup.com/podcast/The Breakout Facebook https://www.facebook.com/thebreakoutpodcast/Abbracci Group LinkedInhttps://www.linkedin.com/company/abbraccigroup/Connect with Stacie ShifflettModern Consciousness websiteStacie Shifflett and Modern Consciousness - FacebookStacie Shifflett and Modern Consciousness - Instagram
11/22/202331 minutes, 41 seconds
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How To Escape a Life-Sucking Career: Extreme Career Reinvention with Criminal Lawyer Turned Clown, Robert Markowitz

 “I was beginning to lose my ability to feel. I would go to movies just to be able to cry, because otherwise I didn't feel anything”. If you’ve ever felt dead inside and  that your job was killing you, you’re going to want to hear Robert Markowitz’s reinvention story. Years ago, Robert was a very successful, and incredibly miserable, criminal lawyer. And then something broke and he traded in his respected, high earning law career for a new career that no one would have predicted, especially not himSettle in for one of our favorite breakout stories, as Robert shares how he traded in his high status job for a pair of clown shoes. Robert’s journey of personal growth is a quietly inspiring self-improvement story. Robert takes us through his life, from being a young man with low self-confidence who followed family pressures to go into law, only to find misery at the end of that path, to being a person who jumps without a safety net in search of happiness.  It’s a candid, funny, and brave story about pushing back against expectations, confronting failure, and throwing it all away to find what you really need.The Breakout is the hit podcast hosted by human resources and change experts Dr. Keri Ohlrich and Kelly Guenther, founders of Abbracci Group.  The show has charted #1 in self-improvement, #1 in education, and #7 in all podcasts. Abbracci Group is a results-driven coaching, HR Management and consulting firm focused on getting the best out of people. Join Keri and Kelly on The Breakout as they get advice and insights from change experts, and dive into the stories of people who have broken through boundaries, pushed for personal growth, found self confidence, and shifted their lives into bold new territory.At Abbracci Group, Keri and Kelly offer a four-step coaching process to help you increase your self-awareness, break out of expectations, and live life on your terms. Learn more at abbraccigroup.com.Connect with Dr. Keri Ohlrich and Kelly GuentherNEW: The Breakout on YouTube!https://www.youtube.com/@thebreakoutpodcastThe Breakout on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/thebreakoutpod/Abbracci Group website https://abbraccigroup.com/podcast/The Breakout Facebook https://www.facebook.com/thebreakoutpodcast/Abbracci Group LinkedInhttps://www.linkedin.com/company/abbraccigroup/Connect with Robert MarkowitzRobert’s novel, Clown ShoesRobert’s websiteRobert Markowitz FacebookRobert Markowitz LinkedIn
11/8/202330 minutes, 33 seconds
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Aftershocks: Self-Awareness, Leadership Skills, and Personal Growth, Post-Disaster, with Cognitive Scientist and Disaster Specialist, Jolie Wills

“The beauty of adversity is it creates these amazing conditions for growth”. Jolie Wills is a cognitive scientist and a specialist in disaster relief who wants us to rethink how we deal with disasters. In 2011, Jolie lived through New Zealand's worst earthquake on record. As she helped her community through the aftermath that included 5 years of devastating aftershocks, she saw how disasters can make people re-assess their whole way of life.  “You hit this point where you're having to innovate constantly, you're really tired, and suddenly the things that maybe were there hidden, but didn't really get in your way, really surface.”Jolie and her business partner, Elizabeth McNaughton realized a dire need for resources to help leaders, organizations and individuals manage adversity. They founded Hummingly, a company that creates tools and training for leadership skills, resilience and performance under pressure. Based on extensive research around disaster fatigue, prolonged stress, cognitive response to adversity, and leadership skills, Hummingly’s coaching and tools are accessible, game-based, and effective support for any community, organization, family or individual negotiating high-pressure times.On this episode, Jolie talks about post-traumatic growth, and the self-awareness and confidence that comes with adversity. She also explains how disasters blow everything wide open and expose the foundations of your whole way of life, and for some, inspire a complete rebuild from the ground up.The Breakout is the hit podcast hosted by human resources and change experts Dr. Keri Ohlrich and Kelly Guenther, founders of Abbracci Group.  The show has charted #1 in self-improvement, #1 in education, and #7 in all podcasts. Abbracci Group is a results-driven coaching and consulting firm focused on getting the best out of people. Join them on The Breakout as they get advice and insights from change experts, and dive into the stories of people who have broken through boundaries, found self confidence, and shifted their lives into bold new territory.At Abbracci Group, Keri and Kelly offer a four-step coaching process to help you increase your self-awareness, break out of expectations, and live life on your terms. Learn more at abbraccigroup.com.Connect with Dr. Keri Ohlrich and Kelly GuentherNEW: The Breakout on YouTube!https://www.youtube.com/@thebreakoutpodcastThe Breakout on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/thebreakoutpod/Abbracci Group website https://abbraccigroup.com/podcast/The Breakout Facebook https://www.facebook.com/thebreakoutpodcast/Abbracci Group LinkedInhttps://www.linkedin.com/company/abbraccigroup/Connect with Jolie WillsHummingly websiteHummingly on FacebookHummingly on InstagramHummingly on LinkedIn
10/25/202332 minutes, 1 second
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What’s Holding you Back? The Surprising Reasons You’re Not Making Progress with Your Goals, with Erica Rooney

“We have so much more in our own control than we acknowledge”. Erica Rooney knows there are big glass ceilings that are tough to bust through, but she also believes that sometimes we also hold ourselves back. Erica is a C-suite executive, speaker and podcaster who’s on a mission to help women break free of what she calls “sticky floors”. Those are the limiting beliefs and toxic behaviours that keep us from moving forward.On this episode Erica explains those sticky floors, and how they can show up as a lot of things: imposter syndrome, fear, burnout, and Erica’s own sticky floor: stress management with wine. She says that leaning into self-discovery and getting curious about how you handle your own stress management can help you figure out your sticky floors. But until you clean up those floors, you can’t reach your full potential. The Breakout is the hit podcast hosted by people and change experts Dr. Keri Ohlrich and Kelly Guenther, founders of Abbracci Group.  The show has charted #1 in self-improvement, #1 in education, and #7 in all podcasts. Abbracci Group is a results-driven coaching and consulting firm focused on getting the best out of people. Join them on The Breakout as they get advice and insights from change experts, and dive into the stories of people who have broken out of life’s stifling boxes and shifted their lives into bold new territory.At Abbracci Group, Keri and Kelly offer a four-step coaching process to help you increase your self-awareness, break out of expectations, and live life on your terms. Learn more at abbraccigroup.com.NEW CONTEST!! Win a set of Apple AirPods Pro - a $250 value!How: 1) Subscribe to The Breakout and write a review; 2) Take a screenshot of your review and that you’re subscribed to the podcast; 3) Tag The Breakout on either Facebook (www.facebook.com/thebreakoutpodcast) or Instagram (@thebreakoutpod)**When: The contest will run from September 27 thru October 24***One entry per person*All entries must be received by midnight Pacific Time on October 24. A winner will be selected after October 24th.Connect with Dr. Keri Ohlrich and Kelly GuentherNEW: The Breakout on YouTube!https://www.youtube.com/@thebreakoutpodcastThe Breakout on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/thebreakoutpod/Abbracci Group website https://abbraccigroup.com/podcast/The Breakout Facebook https://www.facebook.com/thebreakoutpodcast/Abbracci Group LinkedInhttps://www.linkedin.com/company/abbraccigroup/Connect with Erica RooneyErica Rooney LinkedInErica’s websiteErica’s InstagramErica’s Podcast: From Now to Next
10/11/202330 minutes, 20 seconds
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Why Conflict Happens and How Dealing with it Helps You Grow, with Conflict Expert, Carol Bowser

“I like to say that I help people break out of the sucking vortex of ‘pissed off’ ”. That’s how Carol Bowser describes her role as a conflict management expert. Carol is a former employment lawyer but after years of practicing law, she found herself much more drawn to mediation. She realized that conflict, and breaking it down, was her real passion. Carol now works to train others in mediation and conflict resolution in the workplace, and on this episode she shares the big truths about conflict, and how dealing with it head-on can also be a journey of self-discovery. She tells us why conflict happens in the first place, how it can restrict who we are and the ways that dealing with it head-on can lead to relationship improvement, health and wellness, and personal growth. She also shares her love of reality shows, and what they can teach us about how to, and how NOT to deal with conflict.  The Breakout is the hit podcast hosted by people and change experts Dr. Keri Ohlrich and Kelly Guenther, founders of Abbracci Group.  The show has charted #1 in self-improvement, #1 in education, and #7 in all podcasts. Abbracci Group is a results-driven coaching and consulting firm focused on getting the best out of people. Join them on The Breakout as they get advice and insights from change experts, and dive into the stories of people who have broken out of life’s stifling boxes and shifted their lives into bold new territory.At Abbracci Group, Keri and Kelly offer a four-step coaching process to help you increase your self-awareness, break out of expectations, and live life on your terms. Learn more at abbraccigroup.com.NEW CONTEST!! Win a set of Apple AirPods Pro - a $250 value!How: 1) Subscribe to The Breakout and write a review; 2) Take a screenshot of your review and that you’re subscribed to the podcast; 3) Tag The Breakout on either Facebook (www.facebook.com/thebreakoutpodcast) or Instagram (@thebreakoutpod)**When: The contest will run from September 27 thru October 24***One entry per person*All entries must be received by midnight Pacific Time on October 24. A winner will be selected after October 24th.Connect with Dr. Keri Ohlrich and Kelly GuentherNEW: The Breakout on YouTube!https://www.youtube.com/@thebreakoutpodcastThe Breakout on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/thebreakoutpod/Abbracci Group website https://abbraccigroup.com/podcast/The Breakout Facebook https://www.facebook.com/thebreakoutpodcast/Abbracci Group LinkedInhttps://www.linkedin.com/company/abbraccigroup/Connect with Carol BowserConflict Management Strategies, Carol’s Company WebsiteConflict Management Strategies on FacebookCarol Bowser LinkedInCarol Bowser Instagram
9/27/202330 minutes, 45 seconds
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Mindset Mastery Part Two! Dr. Brian Davidson Takes a Snapshot of Keri and Kelly’s Minds

Are people born gritty and resilient, or can anyone learn to be that way? Dr. Brian Davidson says that the tools for success can be developed by anyone, we just need to know what needs improvement. We met Brian in our last episode, when he told Keri and Kelly about MindVue, the assessment tool and learning platform that he built which uses positive psychology principles to first measure your mindset and then help you improve it. On this episode, Keri and Kelly put it all out there when they take the MindVue assessment and Brian breaks down their surprising…and not so surprising results.The Breakout is the hit podcast hosted by people and change experts Dr. Keri Ohlrich and Kelly Guenther, founders of Abbracci Group.  The show has charted #1 in self-improvement, #1 in education, and #7 in all podcasts. Abbracci Group is a results-driven coaching and consulting firm focused on getting the best out of people. Join them on The Breakout as they get advice and insights from change experts, and dive into the stories of people who have broken out of life’s stifling boxes and shifted their lives into bold new territory.At Abbracci Group, Keri and Kelly offer a four-step coaching process to help you increase your self-awareness, break out of expectations, and live life on your terms. Learn more at abbraccigroup.com.Connect with Dr. Keri Ohlrich and Kelly GuentherThe Breakout on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/thebreakoutpod/Abbracci Group website https://abbraccigroup.com/podcast/The Breakout Facebook https://www.facebook.com/thebreakoutpodcast/Abbracci Group LinkedInhttps://www.linkedin.com/company/abbraccigroup/Connect with Brian DavidsonBrian Davidson LinkedInMindVue websiteMindVue on XMindVue on Instagram
9/13/202332 minutes, 13 seconds
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Mindset Measurement: Dr. Brian Davidson Takes a Snapshot of Your Mind – Part One

Brian Davidson is a psychologist and leadership expert who has always been fascinated by what drives successful people, and whether these same qualities can be taught to everyone. After years of research, he developed MindVue, an assessment tool and learning platform that first measures your mindset and then helps you improve it. But when he began to assess a range of individuals, from high-ranking military personnel to prison inmates, Brian learned some surprising things about success. On this episode, we dive deep into the assessment tool and what those mindset scores really mean for success and failure. And Brian shares some extraordinary stories that his work has revealed, and how it has changed, and even saved people’s lives.The Breakout is the hit podcast hosted by people and change experts Dr. Keri Ohlrich and Kelly Guenther.  The show has charted #1 in self-improvement, #1 in education, and #7 in all podcasts. Keri and Kelly are the founders of Abbracci Group, a results-driven coaching and consulting firm focused on getting the best out of people. Join them on The Breakout as they get advice and insights from change experts, and dive into the stories of people who have broken out of life’s stifling boxes and shifted their lives into bold new territory.At Abbracci Group, Keri and Kelly offer a four-step coaching process to help you increase your self-awareness, break out of expectations, and live life on your terms. Learn more at abbraccigroup.com.Connect with Dr. Keri Ohlrich and Kelly GuentherThe Breakout on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/thebreakoutpod/Abbracci Group website https://abbraccigroup.com/podcast/The Breakout Facebook https://www.facebook.com/thebreakoutpodcast/Abbracci Group LinkedInhttps://www.linkedin.com/company/abbraccigroup/Connect with Brian DavidsonBrian Davidson LinkedInMindVue websiteMindVue on XMindVue on Instagram
8/30/202332 minutes, 29 seconds
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Becoming Brave: Building Women Up, with Jennifer Pestikas

“When we start our corporate careers, no one gives us any tools on how to enter the working world as a female. And I'm coming back in my mid-forties to say, here's some of the resources I wish I would've had”.  Jennifer Pestikas is a senior VP in financial services, but after battling burnout she realized how many other women also struggle with balance, and being able to thrive in their careers. That’s when she established Brave Women at Work, where she’s made it her mission to help women navigate their careers  and get what they want from their jobs.On this episode, Jen shares what inspired her to start Brave Women at Work, and explains why so many women battle imposter syndrome, or have trouble growing in their careers, and asking for what they deserve. She also explains why we need a new word for quitting.The Breakout is hosted by people and change experts, Dr. Keri Ohlrich and Kelly Guenther. Keri and Kelly are founders of Abbracci Group, a results-driven coaching and consulting firm focused on getting the best out of people. Join them as they get advice and insights from change experts, and dive into the stories of people who have busted out of life’s stifling boxes and shifted their lives into bold new territory.Connect with Dr. Keri Ohlrich and Kelly GuentherThe Breakout on Twitter https://twitter.com/thebreakoutpod1The Breakout on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/thebreakoutpod/Abbracci Group website https://abbraccigroup.com/podcast/The Breakout Facebook https://www.facebook.com/thebreakoutpodcast/Abbracci Group LinkedInhttps://www.linkedin.com/company/abbraccigroup/Connect with Jen PestikasBrave Women at Work websiteJennifer Pestikas on LinkedInBrave Women at Work book series
8/16/202332 minutes, 38 seconds
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Small Straws, Big Burdens: How Microstressors Derail Us, with Rob Cross

Rob Cross’s latest book was supposed to be about how relationships have a positive effect on people’s well-being. But during one interview, he ended up discovering something else. When Rob asked his subject what had stopped her from doing what she wanted in life, she’d answered “just life, I guess”. And Rob realized it wasn't the big stressors, like a health scare or a nasty boss that derails people, rather “it’s an accumulation of small that it creeps up, week to week, month to month.”On this episode, Rob explains the micro stress effect, those tiny stresses that hit you dozens of times a day and can take a huge toll, affecting everything from your health to your life path. And Rob also shares what his research revealed about the 10% of highly successful people who are unaffected by micro stressors.The Breakout is hosted by people and change experts, Dr. Keri Ohlrich and Kelly Guenther. Keri and Kelly are founders of Abbracci Group, a results-driven coaching and consulting firm focused on getting the best out of people. Join them as they get advice and insights from change experts, and dive into the stories of people who have busted out of life’s stifling boxes and shifted their lives into bold new territory.The Breakout on Twitter https://twitter.com/thebreakoutpod1The Breakout on Instagramhttps://www.instagram.com/thebreakoutpod/Abbracci Group websitehttps://abbraccigroup.com/podcast/The Breakout Facebook https://www.facebook.com/thebreakoutpodcast/Abbracci Group LinkedInhttps://www.linkedin.com/company/abbraccigroup/Connect with Rob CrossRob Cross websiteBook: The Microstress EffectRob Cross on LinkedIn
8/2/202330 minutes, 44 seconds
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Lost in Translation: Breaking Out of a Culture Clash, with Janet Livingstone

“It's so beautiful to meet other people and work with them, because then we can see our own society with so much more clarity and perspective”. Janet Livingstone has a unique perspective on the bubbles we all inhabit. After decades living and working throughout Europe and Africa, she’s learned a thing or two about how our cultural expectations get in the way of understanding each other, and ourselves.On this episode, Janet talks about her work as an intercultural competency coach, and the how she helps her clients break through communication barriers, and learn about our own embedded cultural expectations in the process.The Breakout is hosted by people and change experts, Dr. Keri Ohlrich and Kelly Guenther. Keri and Kelly are founders of The Abbracci Group, a results-driven coaching and consulting firm focused on getting the best out of people. Join them as they get advice and insights from change experts, and dive into the stories of people who have busted out of life’s stifling boxes and shifted their lives into bold new territory.Connect with Dr. Keri Ohlrich and Kelly GuentherAbbracci Group websiteThe Breakout FacebookAbbracci Group LinkedInConnect with Janet LivingstoneCulture Is Key websiteJanet Livingstone LinkedIN
7/19/202329 minutes, 56 seconds
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Fear-Free: How Grief Inspired Courageous Living, with Clint Hatton

“I looked at the way Gabriel lived and, and he just didn't allow fear to get in the way of anything he wanted to do”. Clint Hatton’s son Gabriel was a bold kid who embraced life completely. So when he died in a plane crash at only 17 years old, Clint made a choice to honor his son by living fearlessly, and helping others do the same. On this episode, Clint tells about his devastating loss and how he created Big Bold Brave, a personal coaching company aimed at helping people move beyond fear to find the life they really want.The Breakout is hosted by people and change experts, Dr. Keri Ohlrich and Kelly Guenther. Keri and Kelly are founders of The Abbracci Group, a results-driven coaching and consulting firm focused on getting the best out of people. Join them as they get advice and insights from change experts, and dive into the stories of people who have busted out of life’s stifling boxes and shifted their lives into bold new territory.Connect with Dr. Keri Ohlrich and Kelly GuentherAbbracci Group websiteThe Breakout FacebookAbbracci Group LinkedInConnect with Clint HattonBig Bold Brave websiteClint Hatton on LinkedInClint Hatton on TwitterBook: Big Bold Brave: How to Live Courageously in a Risky World
7/5/202329 minutes, 4 seconds
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Weathering the Storms: Following a Path to Grit and Resilience, with Danielle Cobo

A hurricane, premature twins, gallstones, a husband deployed to Iraq, a toxic workplace, and terrible grief; these are just some of the incredible stressors that Danielle Cobo has tackled in the past few years. But as difficult as all this was, it led to Danielle leaving her sales job, and following her passion. Today, Danielle is a change management, leadership development, and burnout prevention consultant, and she uses her own difficult experiences to help others develop grit, resilience and courage to thrive in the workplace.On this episode, Danielle takes us through her process for conquering self-doubt, identifying burnout, and following your purpose. And you'll hear about the many unbelievable curve balls she's been thrown and how she's managed them all.The Breakout is hosted by people and change experts, Dr. Keri Ohlrich and Kelly Guenther. Keri and Kelly are founders of The Abbracci Group, a results-driven coaching and consulting firm focused on getting the best out of people. Join them as they get advice and insights from change experts, and dive into the stories of people who have busted out of life’s stifling boxes and shifted their lives into bold new territory.Connect with Dr. Keri Ohlrich and Kelly GuentherAbbracci Group websiteThe Breakout FacebookAbbracci Group LinkedInConnect with Danielle CoboDanielle’s websitePodcast: Dream Job with Danielle CoboDanielle on FacebookDanielle on LinkedInDanielle on Twitter
6/21/202329 minutes, 51 seconds
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Love and Loss: Finding Meaning in Grief, with Kim Sorrelle

In 2009, Kim Sorrelle was diagnosed with breast cancer. If that wasn’t devastating enough, four months later, her husband was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, and passed away six weeks later.  In that extraordinarily difficult time, Kim did something surprising: she decided she needed to embrace her own life even more, and went looking for the meaning of love.On this episode, we dig into Kim's year-long quest to find out what love really is. We'll hear about her incredible adventure, and what she discovered about how our understanding of love affects how we experience everything in our lives.The Breakout is hosted by people and change experts, Dr. Keri Ohlrich and Kelly Guenther. Keri and Kelly are founders of The Abbracci Group, a results-driven coaching and consulting firm focused on getting the best out of people. Join them as they get advice and insights from change experts, and dive into the stories of people who have busted out of life’s stifling boxes and shifted their lives into bold new territory.Win a free Caliper assessment and consultation with Dr. Keri Ohlrich and Kelly Guenther!How: 1) Subscribe to The Breakout and write a review; 2) Take a screenshot of your review and that you’re subscribed to the podcast; 3) Tag The Breakout on either Facebook (www.facebook.com/thebreakoutpodcast), Instagram (@thebreakoutpod), or Twitter (@thebreakoutpod1)**When: The contest will run from June 7 thru June 20.***One entry per person*A winner will be selected after June 20Connect with Dr. Keri Ohlrich and Kelly GuentherAbbracci Group websiteThe Breakout FacebookAbbracci Group LinkedInConnect with Kim SorrelleKim’s websiteKim on FacebookKim on InstagramKim on TikTok
6/7/202330 minutes, 58 seconds
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Career Reinvention: From Job Loss to Job Love, with Liz Alterman

Liz Alterman was at a comfortable place in life. She and her husband were enjoying solid jobs in their respective careers, supporting their three children, and paying their mortgage. And then just before the holidays, her husband was laid off from a job he’d had for 18 years. Six weeks later, so was Liz. That’s when she was forced to face a crossroads of her life and future.On this episode, Liz shares the inspiring story of how she realized there is no ‘right time’ to pursue your dreams, and how she finally bit the bullet and became a full-time author. Liz takes us through her reinvention, and the humbling experiences she encountered along the way that brought her to writing the hilarious, honest, and relatable memoir, Sad Sacked that launched her novel-writing career. Four fantastic books later, Liz has never looked back. The Breakout is hosted by people and change experts, Dr. Keri Ohlrich and Kelly Guenther. Keri and Kelly are founders of Abbracci Group, a results-driven coaching and consulting firm focused on getting the best out of people. Join them as they get advice and insights from change experts, and dive into the stories of people who have busted out of life’s stifling boxes and shifted their lives into bold new territory.Connect with Dr. Keri Ohlrich and Kelly GuentherAbbracci Group websiteThe Breakout FacebookAbbracci Group LinkedInConnect with Liz AltermanLiz Alterman WebsiteLiz Alterman on LinkedInLiz Alterman’s Books
5/24/202327 minutes, 8 seconds
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From Struggle to Strength: Overcoming Mental Health Challenges with Tyler Nehila

“I didn’t want to be a statistic”, says Tyler Nehila, “I just kept trying to chase that improvement and that brought me to where I am now”. Diagnosed with ADHD and bipolar disorder in his teens. Tyler struggled for years to find his way. Now with the launch of his clothing company, Self Conquered Apparel, Tyler is starting a new conversation about mental health.May is Mental Health Awareness month, so we’re kicking off the month with Tyler’s story about how pushing his limits with marathons and other physical challenges has helped him take control of mental illness, and how he's helping others do the same.  The Breakout is hosted by people and change experts, Dr. Keri Ohlrich and Kelly Guenther. Keri and Kelly are founders of The Abbracci Group, a results-driven coaching and consulting firm focused on getting the best out of people. Join them as they get advice and insights from change experts, and dive into the stories of people who have busted out of life’s stifling boxes and shifted their lives into bold new territory.Connect with Dr. Keri Ohlrich and Kelly GuentherThe Breakout on Twitter https://twitter.com/thebreakoutpod1The Breakout on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/thebreakoutpod/Abbracci Group website https://abbraccigroup.com/podcast/The Breakout Facebook https://www.facebook.com/thebreakoutpodcast/Abbracci Group LinkedInhttps://www.linkedin.com/company/abbraccigroup/Connect with Tyler NehilaSelf Conquered Apparel websiteSelf Conquered on InstagramSelf Conquered on Facebook
5/10/202326 minutes, 13 seconds
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Finances Without Fear: Transforming Your Relationship with Money, with Beth Dana

After years of working in the financial industry, Beth Dana began to notice something interesting. Despite the fact that money touches every aspect of our lives, many people have a limited understanding of our financial systems. Not only that, but those systems are rooted in a highly masculine, acquisition-focused mindset that is unhealthy in so many ways. Beth decided to challenge that paradigm.On this episode, Beth tells us how she created a teaching system and nonprofit organization called Wellth Living that embraces a more holistic approach to money. We dive into her big vision to shift people's relationship with money and help them connect with how they really want to live.The Breakout is hosted by people and change experts, Dr. Keri Ohlrich and Kelly Guenther. Keri and Kelly are founders of The Abbracci Group, a results-driven coaching and consulting firm focused on getting the best out of people. Join them as they get advice and insights from change experts, and dive into the stories of people who have busted out of life’s stifling boxes and shifted their lives into bold new territory.Connect with Dr. Keri Ohlrich and Kelly GuentherThe Breakout on Twitter https://twitter.com/thebreakoutpod1The Breakout on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/thebreakoutpod/Abbracci Group website https://abbraccigroup.com/podcast/The Breakout Facebook https://www.facebook.com/thebreakoutpodcast/Abbracci Group LinkedInhttps://www.linkedin.com/company/abbraccigroup/Connect with Beth DanaWealth Living websiteBeth Dana websiteBeth Dana LinkedInMake Money Your Partner book series
4/26/202325 minutes, 44 seconds
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The Comeback Kid: No Compromises, No Limitations (not even cancer) with Fitz Koehler

Fitz Koehler is a passionate fitness innovator, speaker, and author who's devoted her life to health and wellness. But when she was diagnosed with an aggressive breast cancer in 2019, her dynamic career as a motivational force was really put to the test. On this episode, Fitz talks about the many breakouts she's had, from calling out the diet industry, to finding strength and resilience during her harrowing 16 months of cancer treatments. Her books My Noisy Cancer Comeback, and Your Healthy Cancer Comeback are game-changing resources for recovering from cancer, and her no BS approach to overcoming obstacles has helped hundreds of thousands of people live healthier, happier lives.The Breakout is hosted by people and change experts, Dr. Keri Ohlrich and Kelly Guenther. Keri and Kelly are founders of The Abbracci Group, a results-driven coaching and consulting firm focused on getting the best out of people. Join them as they get advice and insights from change experts, and dive into the stories of people who have busted out of life’s stifling boxes and shifted their lives into bold new territory.Connect with Dr. Keri Ohlrich and Kelly GuentherThe Breakout on Twitter https://twitter.com/thebreakoutpod1The Breakout on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/thebreakoutpod/Abbracci Group website https://abbraccigroup.com/podcast/The Breakout Facebook https://www.facebook.com/thebreakoutpodcast/Abbracci Group LinkedInhttps://www.linkedin.com/company/abbraccigroup/Connect with Fitz KoehlerFitz’s websiteCancer Comeback booksFitz on InstagramFitz on YouTubeFitz on LinkedIn
4/12/202331 minutes, 14 seconds
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The New Art of Ideas: Busting Creativity Myths with Robin Landa

“As children, most of us are creative”, says Professor, Author and Designer, Robin Landa, “but somewhere along the line, we start to believe that we’re not”. A range of societal perspectives have led to a narrow view of what creativity really means, and who we define as creative. In her latest book, The New Art of Ideas, Robin sets the record straight. On this episode, Robin talks about her book and her many years teaching students how to generate ideas worth pursuing. She shares what makes us creative, why simple brainstorming doesn’t work for everyone, and explains her groundbreaking new framework for generating ideas.The Breakout is hosted by people and change experts, Dr. Keri Ohlrich and Kelly Guenther. Keri and Kelly are founders of The Abbracci Group, a results-driven coaching and consulting firm focused on getting the best out of people. Join them as they get advice and insights from change experts, and dive into the stories of people who have busted out of life’s stifling boxes and shifted their lives into bold new territory.Connect with Dr. Keri Ohlrich and Kelly GuentherThe Breakout on Twitter https://twitter.com/thebreakoutpod1The Breakout on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/thebreakoutpod/Abbracci Group website https://abbraccigroup.com/podcast/The Breakout Facebook https://www.facebook.com/thebreakoutpodcast/Abbracci Group LinkedInhttps://www.linkedin.com/company/abbraccigroup/Connect with Robin LandaRobin Landa websiteRobin Landa TwitterRobin Landa LinkedInRobin Landa Facebook
3/29/202329 minutes, 6 seconds
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Rewriting Your Story: Taking Control of Midlife with Lucie Quigley

Five years ago, Lucie Quigley’s world was changing. Just as her son was leaving home to go to university, Lucie confronted an intense emotional crisis and survived what she calls her darkest day. To turn things around, Lucie had to ask some critical questions about who she really is.This is the third and final instalment of a three-episode run about different aspects of motherhood on The Breakout. On this episode, Lucie talks about being a midlife mom and the identity crisis that came with that. She shares the story of her darkest day and the expectations around being a woman and a mother that led her there. Lucie also talks about reinventing herself through a unique approach to journaling, and the amazing new places that this practice has taken her.The Breakout is hosted by people and change experts, Dr. Keri Ohlrich and Kelly Guenther. Keri and Kelly are founders of The Abbracci Group, a results-driven coaching and consulting firm focused on getting the best out of people. Join them as they get advice and insights from change experts, and dive into the stories of people who have busted out of life’s stifling boxes and shifted their lives into bold new territory.Connect with Dr. Keri Ohlrich and Kelly GuentherThe Breakout on Twitter https://twitter.com/thebreakoutpod1The Breakout on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/thebreakoutpod/Abbracci Group website https://abbraccigroup.com/podcast/The Breakout Facebook https://www.facebook.com/thebreakoutpodcast/Abbracci Group LinkedInhttps://www.linkedin.com/company/abbraccigroup/Connect with Lucie QuigleyLucie’s websiteLucie on TikTokLucie on TwitterLucie’s Guided JournalLucie’s podcast: The Roller Coaster of Midlife
3/15/202327 minutes, 26 seconds
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What You Think You Know: Inside an Abortion Clinic with Patrice D’Amato

During her 40 years as a nurse, Patrice D’Amato has seen a lot of things, but it was her years spent providing abortion care that had the biggest impact on her. She’s never thought of herself as an activist, but as the polarizing debate about abortion raged on, Patrice realized that the real problem is our perception. So she decided to do something about that.This is the second installment of a three-episode run that will explore different aspects of motherhood on The Breakout. In this episode, Patrice tells us about the fascinating book she wrote to try and shift perspectives on abortion. Her book The View from the Clinic takes us inside the clinic to challenge what we think we know about the issue, show us who is actually getting abortions (spoiler: it's mostly women who are already mothers), and shine a light on what our beliefs about abortion are really built on.The Breakout is hosted by people and change experts, Dr. Keri Ohlrich and Kelly Guenther. Keri and Kelly are founders of The Abbracci Group, a results-driven coaching and consulting firm focused on getting the best out of people. Join them as they get advice and insights from change experts, and dive into the stories of people who have busted out of life’s stifling boxes and shifted their lives into bold new territory.Connect with Dr. Keri Ohlrich and Kelly GuentherThe Breakout on Twitter https://twitter.com/thebreakoutpod1The Breakout on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/thebreakoutpod/Abbracci Group website https://abbraccigroup.com/podcast/The Breakout Facebook https://www.facebook.com/thebreakoutpodcast/Abbracci Group LinkedInhttps://www.linkedin.com/company/abbraccigroup/Connect with Patrice D’AmatoPatrice D’Amato contactPatrice’s Book: The View From the ClinicPatrice D’Amato TwitterPatrice D’Amato Instagram
3/1/202330 minutes, 57 seconds
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Saying Yes: Meirav Zur on the Power of Storytelling

“This was a very big, well-constructed, covert military spy operation that we were on. I didn’t want anyone to talk about it”. That’s how Meirav Zur felt about her long, painful journey through fertility treatments. She’s an actor and writer who makes a living being open and vulnerable on stage, but for almost a decade, Meirav insisted that she and her husband keep this part of their lives top secret. Until one day, something shifted, and Meirav found a beautiful way to get past her silence. This episode kicks off a three-episode run that will explore different aspects of motherhood on The Breakout. In this first part of the series, we hear how the pressure of expectations around family planning kept Meirav from sharing her experiences with even her closest friends, and what made her finally let it all out. We’ll also hear about the extraordinary way she shared that story, and the amazing impact it continues to have on hundreds of people. Plus, we’ll learn the simple rule of improvisation that helped Meirav break out.The Breakout is hosted by change and talent specialists, Dr. Keri Ohlrich and Kelly Guenther. Keri and Kelly are founders of The Abbracci Group, a results-driven coaching and consulting firm focused on getting the best out of people. Join them as they get advice and insights from change experts, and dive into the stories of people who have busted out of life’s stifling boxes and shifted their lives into bold new territory.Connect with Dr. Keri Ohlrich and Kelly GuentherThe Breakout on Twitter https://twitter.com/thebreakoutpod1The Breakout on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/thebreakoutpod/Abbracci Group website https://abbraccigroup.com/podcast/The Breakout Facebook https://www.facebook.com/thebreakoutpodcast/Abbracci Group LinkedInhttps://www.linkedin.com/company/abbraccigroup/Connect with Meirav ZurMeirav Zur websiteMeirav’s amazing show: Inconceivable (go see it!)Meirav on InstagramMeirav on FacebookInconceivable on Twitter
2/15/202328 minutes, 37 seconds
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Lessons From a Crash: Will Samson on Rebooting Your Life

Will Samson is a successful C-Suite coach and social scientist but three years ago he had what he could only describe as “a life crash”. On this episode of The Breakout, Will shares what happened, the ways it reshaped his life, and how it formed his mission to disrupt the self-help industry. It’s an extraordinary Breakout story of rebooting your life and embracing how much we depend on each other to thrive.The Breakout is hosted by HR and talent specialists, Dr. Keri Ohlrich and Kelly Guenther. Keri and Kelly are founders of Abbracci Group, a results-driven coaching and consulting firm focused on getting the best out of people. Join them as they get advice and insights from change experts, and dive into the stories of people who have busted out of life’s stifling boxes and shifted their lives into bold new territory.Connect with Dr. Keri Ohlrich and Kelly GuentherThe Breakout on Twitter https://twitter.com/thebreakoutpod1The Breakout on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/thebreakoutpod/Abbracci Group website https://abbraccigroup.com/podcast/The Breakout Facebook https://www.facebook.com/thebreakoutpodcast/Abbracci Group LinkedInhttps://www.linkedin.com/company/abbraccigroup/Connect with Will SamsonWill Samson websiteWill Samson LinkedInWill Samson TwitterWill’s Podcast: A Revolution of Interdependence
2/1/202328 minutes, 34 seconds
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Introducing The Breakout

Join people and change experts, Dr. Keri Ohlrich and Kelly Guenther on The Breakout, as they get advice and insights from change experts, and dive into the stories of people who have busted out of life’s stifling boxes and shifted their lives into bold new territory. Because when you can’t stay in a box any longer, Kelly and Keri are here to help you breakout.Connect with Dr. Keri Ohlrich and Kelly GuentherThe Breakout on Twitter https://twitter.com/thebreakoutpod1The Breakout on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/thebreakoutpod/Abbracci Group website https://abbraccigroup.com/podcast/The Breakout Facebook https://www.facebook.com/thebreakoutpodcast/Abbracci Group LinkedInhttps://www.linkedin.com/company/abbraccigroup/
1/18/20232 minutes, 30 seconds
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Ep 75: Valerie Paris reCHARGED (rebroadcast)

You may have heard that we’re changing things up. It’s true: we’re retiring ReCHARGE Your Life and dropping a brand new show very soon! In the meantime, we’re looking back on one of our favorite episodes from 2021: a beautiful and important story from our guest, Valerie Paris.Summary: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. Links:Connect with Valerie to learn more about her and her background:Twitter: @uncannyvallerie Sign up for our newsletter at https://abbraccigroup.com/. Please subscribe, leave a review and tell your friends about our podcast. Learn more about the CHARGE® model by purchasing the book, The Way of the HR Warrior. Let us know about the moments for you that changed your life trajectory. Drop us a note via our website.
1/4/202341 minutes, 3 seconds
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Ep74: Happy Holidays! Our Podcast ReCHARGED

As things wrap up for the end of 2022, Kelly and Keri share a short and sweet holiday message…and an exciting announcement. Listen to find out more, and see you back here in January!Don’t forget to sign up for our newsletter at https://abbraccigroup.com/Please subscribe, leave a review and tell your friends about our podcast. Learn more about the CHARGE® model by purchasing the book, The Way of the HR Warrior. Let us know about the moments for you that changed your life trajectory. Drop us a note via our website.
12/21/20223 minutes, 36 seconds
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Ep73: Michael Harris reCHARGED

"Are you ready?"This is the question that changed Michael Harris' life forever. After multiple injuries, a near-death experience, he made the decision to have one final drink after years of sobriety - which nearly cost him his life. After waking up from a coma, the first question he was asked by his friend Jim was, "Are you ready?" From that moment on, Michael committed to living a life of sobriety and to always choose life. Michael Harris is the author of the #1 bestselling book, Falling Down Getting Up.  He is a dynamic business coach, lifelong entrepreneur, yoga teacher and co-founder of Endless Stages - a company dedicated to help motivated authors, speakers and experts get their voice, message and story out to the world. Over the years, he’s dived into photography, real estate, option trading, coaching and yoga. Michael struggled and healed himself from chronic health conditions and is grateful that he's been able to take his personal challenges and help others find what inspires and motivates them.Connect with Michael to learn more about him and his background: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PsychicStopher/  LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/michaelbharrris/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/MichaelB_Harris Book: https://www.amazon.com/Falling-Down-Getting-Up-Overcoming/dp/1614482357 ​​ Download free eBook: http://www.michaelbharris.com/book Sign up for our newsletter at https://abbraccigroup.com/. Please subscribe, leave a review and tell your friends about our podcast. Learn more about the CHARGE® model by purchasing the book, The Way of the HR Warrior. Let us know about the moments for you that changed your life trajectory. Drop us a note via our website.
12/7/202236 minutes, 36 seconds
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Ep72: John Latta reCHARGED

What do you do when you want to expand your thinking? Here's John Latta's go to's: 1) Meditation. 2) Ask for a dream. 3)  Jump in the car and go for a long drive on a lonely stretch of road, and 4) Cut the grass on his riding mower!John Latta is a mystic, author, teacher, and former founder and CEO of a multimillion-dollar consumer products company. He shares intimate and personal stories and teaches workshops on leadership, healing, transformation, awakening, love, synchronicity, and wisdom that unite and expand the human experience. He lives with his wife, Wendy, in Redmond, Washington.Connect with John to learn more about him and his background: Website: https://www.JohnDavidLatta.com  Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/johndavidlatta  Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/johndavidlatta/   LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/john-latta-006431232/ The Synchronicity of Love: Stories that Heal, Transform and Awaken by John Latta Second Sight by Judith Orloff Sign up for our newsletter at https://abbraccigroup.com/. Please subscribe, leave a review and tell your friends about our podcast. Learn more about the CHARGE® model by purchasing the book, The Way of the HR Warrior. Let us know about the moments for you that changed your life trajectory. Drop us a note via our website.
11/23/202238 minutes, 6 seconds
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Ep71: Dr. Debi Silber reCHARGED

Betrayal is the ultimate violation of trust. Dr. Debi Silber was a victim of betrayal--first by her family and then later by her husband. Fortunately, Dr. Debi took her experience and found a purpose - to obtain her PhD in Transpersonal Psychology (human potential and psychology) to ultimately study betrayal and what holds us back. The energy with which she speaks about this topic is palpable and the results of her studies will leave you wanting to learn more about the importance of moving through and past betrayal.  Dr. Debi Silber is the founder of the PBT (Post Betrayal Transformation) Institute and is a holistic psychologist, a health, mindset and personal development expert, the author of Trust Again, and is a 2-time #1 International bestselling author of: The Unshakable Woman AND From Hardened to Healed. Her podcast: From Betrayal to Breakthrough is also globally ranked within the top 1.5% of podcasts. Her recent doctoral study on how we experience betrayal made 3 groundbreaking discoveries that changes how long it takes to heal. In addition to being on FOX, CBS, The Dr. Oz Show, TEDx (twice) and more, she’s an award-winning speaker and coach dedicated to helping people move past their betrayals as well as any other blocks preventing them from the health, work, relationships, confidence, and happiness they want most.Connect with Dr. Debi to learn more about her and her background: Website: https://thepbtinstitute.com/ TEDx Talk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iyqOR69dHiU  TEDx Talk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XX30i6nC7ro  LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/debisilber/ Sign up for our newsletter at https://abbraccigroup.com/. Please subscribe, leave a review and tell your friends about our podcast. Learn more about the CHARGE® model by purchasing the book, The Way of the HR Warrior. Let us know about the moments for you that changed your life trajectory. Drop us a note via our website.
11/9/202239 minutes, 32 seconds
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Ep70: Stopher Cavins reCHARGED

Stopher Cavins spent so much of his life in a “me bubble”. Situations that occurred during his childhood presented him with challenges which he dealt with by going into survival mode. Unfortunately, he would remain in that defensive survival mode for the next 30 plus years, which presented a real challenge to those trying to get close to him.Throughout his 20’s and 30’s, he didn’t seek answers from within. While he liked the idea of spirituality, he would never make time to connect spiritually. His time was spent protecting his “me bubble”. Ego was fully engaged, enabled, and empowered. For Stopher, this way of life was getting the job done. His fully empowered ego was protecting him from experiencing the pain and heartache that he experienced in his childhood. The flip side was that he was extremely unfulfilled and always disappointed with where he was in life. As he entered his 40’s, things changed for him. The universe was tired of hearing him complain about not having what he thought he deserved. He was launched into what he later realized was a spiritual awakening. The real Stopher finally stood up and took control.For Stopher, developing psychic and intuitive abilities was never a goal. In removing expectations and fears from his life, he opened up a whole new world for himself. Once his ego was checked, his higher self, along with his guides, and angels took over. Stopher’s calling is to help people heal. He wants people to get the clarity about their situations that he was never able to get and to bring a sense of clarity and confirmation to those about their path forward.Connect with Stopher to learn more about him and his background: Website: https://www.stophercavins.com/  About Stopher: https://www.stophercavins.com/about/   Email: [email protected]   Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PsychicStopher/  Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/psychicstopher/  LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/stopher-cavins-39556742/  YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/stopher138  Sign up for our newsletter at https://abbraccigroup.com/. Please subscribe, leave a review and tell your friends about our podcast. Learn more about the CHARGE® model by purchasing the book, The Way of the HR Warrior. Let us know about the moments for you that changed your life trajectory. Drop us a note via our website.
10/26/202240 minutes, 43 seconds
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Ep69: Ben Albert reCHARGED

The power of subtraction. For many of us, we're looking to add a new routine, new app, new practice to our day. For Ben Albert, He became oversaturated with tools and techniques. Ben decided that what was most important was to remove one less thing. He needed to subtract. By doing this, he gained the clarity he needed to make the decisions necessary to improve his life and inspire others to consider doing the same.When Covid hit, Ben Albert was furloughed from work. He found himself down and out, staring at an empty handle of Jim Beam Whiskey. He was unemployed, depressed, and felt unworthy.Hesitantly, he opened his MacBook and started reaching out to strangers on Linkedin. This spearheaded his entrepreneurial journey.  The rest is history. Now Ben hosts a network of 5 podcasts called “Real Business Connections,” he runs a massively successful marketing firm, Balbert Marketing, and has replaced his established sales income in just over a year. Ben found his way.Once an underdog, now a successful entrepreneur, Ben is passionate about helping other underdogs find their way and achieve their dreams.Ben is on a mission to move the needle on one million lives, one conversation at a time.Connect with Ben to learn more about him and his background: Website: http://balbertmarketing.com/alllinks  About Ben + Press Appearances: https://realbusinessconnections.com/about/  Email: [email protected]  Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/balbertmarketing  Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/realbusinessconnections  Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/realbenalbert/  LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/balbertmarketing/  Real Business Connections Podcast: https://realbusinessconnections.com/  Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/real-business-connections-network/id1537115928  Spotify Podcasts: https://open.spotify.com/show/6GIUXbsHXx0OSgPFED1sg8?si=5294f3445d964e25 YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCatiqMEYvn1CO_isUcb6pAQ/videos  Free Consultation/Meet and Greet: https://calendly.com/balbertmarketing/zoom30  The Power of One More by Ed Mylett Sign up for our newsletter at https://abbraccigroup.com/. Please subscribe, leave a review and tell your friends about our podcast. Learn more about the CHARGE® model by purchasing the book, The Way of the HR Warrior. Let us know about the moments for you that changed your life trajectory. Drop us a note via our website.
10/12/202233 minutes, 29 seconds
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Ep68: Brad Carlson reCHARGED

"What we choose to be, we become." For Brad Carlson, the journey to self-awareness, fitness, and coaching others to be the best version of themselves started from realizing that he was not the best version of himself. Brad shares how, in 2013 sitting alone his own dog, "Lucky", looked at him in disbelief at who he had become.  Unhappy, overweight and alone. It was in that moment that Brad shares his brave journey to not only live the best version of his life, but to help others embark on their best lives as well.Brad Carlson is a certified health coach, spiritual practitioner, author and speaker. He guides others on a journey of self-discovery into becoming fit, happy and healthy based on what works for them and their own interpretations of being fit, happy and healthy. He is also the creator of the MindStrong mindset training and audio programs for developing the mindset you need to become a better version of yourself.He has coached hundreds of student athletes and dozens of adult clients for greater health and happiness in their life. He is an avid outdoor trail and adventure runner, and is now applying his hand at stand-up paddle boarding. He holds a BS in Biology and an MS in Environmental Science. He speaks three other languages besides English and has lived or traveled extensively in more than 12 countries. Connect with Brad to learn more about him and his background: Website: http://www.trainingwithcoachbrad.com  Email: [email protected]  Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/trainingwithcoachbrad  Instagram: https://www.instgram.com/trainingwithcoachbrad   Podcast: http://www.anchor.fm/brad-carlson   YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSl2PIc3L31pEtZLiFPiqXA    The Universe is a Green Dragon by Brian Swimme, PhD Sign up for our newsletter at https://abbraccigroup.com/. Please subscribe, leave a review and tell your friends about our podcast. Learn more about the CHARGE® model by purchasing the book, The Way of the HR Warrior. Let us know about the moments for you that changed your life trajectory. Drop us a note via our website.
9/28/202236 minutes, 35 seconds
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Ep67: Christian de la Huerta reCHARGED

Fun fact  - did you know that 99% of the atoms found in the stars are the same atoms made in our bodies? Christian de la Huerta shared the book, The Universe is a Green Dragon by Brian Swimme, PhD, as a source he goes to when he wants to expand his thinking as it focuses on cosmic generosity. From living a life that was enviable, within a 9 month period, Christian quit his job, sold his car and condo, gave away most of his belongings and decided to embark on his spiritual journey. The risk was high, the reward - living a fulfilling life and providing others the path to helping them live theirs.With 30 years of experience, Christian de la Huerta is a sought-after spiritual teacher, personal transformation coach and leading voice in the breathwork community. He has traveled the world offering inspiring and transformational retreats combining psychological and spiritual teachings with lasting and life-changing effects. An award-winning, critically acclaimed author, he has spoken at numerous universities and conferences and on the TEDx stage. His new book, Awakening the Soul of Power, was described by multiple Grammy Award–winner Gloria Estefan, as “a balm for the soul of anyone searching for truth and answers to life’s difficult questions” and has received a Nautilus Book Award and a Nonfiction Book Award. Connect with Christian to learn more about him and his background: Website: https://soulfulpower.com/  Website Author Page: https://soulfulpower.com/Awakening-The-Soul-Of-Power-Book/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/christian.delahuerta.1 Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/christiandlh/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/christiandelahuerta/ Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/391544.Christian_de_la_Huerta Newsletter: https://kb987.infusionsoft.app/app/form/unleashings-the-soul-of-power-email-list YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC4hOzeGdhkTcRxOHkV9tfbQ   The Universe is a Green Dragon by Brian Swimme, PhD Sign up for our newsletter at https://abbraccigroup.com/. Please subscribe, leave a review and tell your friends about our podcast. Learn more about the CHARGE® model by purchasing the book, The Way of the HR Warrior. Let us know about the moments for you that changed your life trajectory. Drop us a note via our website.
9/14/202239 minutes, 40 seconds
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Ep66: Kevin Palmieri reCHARGED

What is something I can do today that I thought was impossible 5 years ago? This is the question that Kevin Palmieri asks himself to gauge his progress and just how far he's come.  At the age of 26, Kevin "had it all." A six-figure income, friends, and a career. Yet he wasn't fulfilled. Anxiety had become a constant. Kevin shares the morning he contemplated taking his life--the feeling of having 10 TV sets on in his head--each one sending a different message. Thankfully, Kevin picked up the phone, called his friend (now business partner) Alan, for help and he joins us to share his incredibly powerful story of courage, humility and self-awareness.Kevin Palmieri is the founder and co-host of the Next Level University podcast. Early in his life, Kevin found “success”, but after a brush with suicide he realized he wasn’t living a life he truly wanted. He became passionate about self-improvement and decided to make it his purpose in life to impact as many people as possible by becoming a role model, podcaster, and speaker. He has succeeded to make his podcast one of the top 100 with over 950 episodes, which is listened to in over 120 countries. He has taken his life to the next level and achieved both personal and professional success.Connect with Kevin to learn more about him and his background: Website: https://www.nextleveluniverse.com/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kevin-palmieri-5b7736160/ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCBo--QvPHbGOrO13C0Xyybg Podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/next-level-university/id1221110027?mt=2 Sign up for our newsletter at https://abbraccigroup.com/. Please subscribe, leave a review and tell your friends about our podcast. Learn more about the CHARGE® model by purchasing the book, The Way of the HR Warrior. Let us know about the moments for you that changed your life trajectory. Drop us a note via our website.
8/31/202236 minutes, 24 seconds
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Ep65: Paul Henderson reCHARGED

For many, a trip to the grocery store is a mundane activity. For Paul Henderson, he takes advantage of the time and listens to his favorite podcast, Secret of Success! Paul's love of learning is apparent throughout our episode and his passion for growth is contagious!Paul is a Dean of Students, sports chaplain, author, and motivational speaker. He is a former track and field athlete at Virginia Commonwealth University. Paul blogs at Fatherhood on the Fly, where his slogan is, “We’re learning, we’re growing, and we’re getting better one day at a time.” He uses a combination of encouragement and humor from daily experiences with his boys to inspire dads from different backgrounds to embrace the journey of fatherhood and all that comes with it.Paul’s first book, Slave No More: Conquering the Master Within, was released January 4, 2022.  Paul is married to Kierra, and they have four sons, PJ, Joey, David, and Noah.Connect with Paul to learn more about him and his background: Website: https://paulanthonyhenderson.com/ Facebook: @Fatherhood0nTheFly Instagram: @fatherhood_onthefly LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/pahenderson2/ Podcast: The Secret to Success with CJ, Karl, Jemal and Eric Thomas Book: Slave No More: Conquering the Master Within  by Paul Henderson Sign up for our newsletter at https://abbraccigroup.com/. Please subscribe, leave a review and tell your friends about our podcast. Learn more about the CHARGE® model by purchasing the book, The Way of the HR Warrior. Let us know about the moments for you that changed your life trajectory. Drop us a note via our website.
8/17/202238 minutes, 40 seconds
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Ep64: Valeria Elliott reCHARGED

If we had to describe the theme of this podcast in one word, it would "gratitude." Valeria Elliott starts our episode by sharing with us the inspiration she finds through the Bible and the PBS show Finding Your Roots. The idea of understanding the journey that others before her have taken reminds her to be kind, to love and to always be present.Better known as “Ms. V The Storyteller,” Valeria Elliot lost her voice at the age of six and didn't get it back until she was twenty-three. As a result, she started sharing her personal stories and decided to turn them into a podcast. Her stories are personal, and she uses them as a tool to help others. Valeria believes that stories can educate, heal, free, and propel people into making new and better choices.Connect with Valeria to learn more about her and her background: Website: https://msvthestoryteller.godaddysites.com Facebook: https://facebook.com/msv.storyteller.7 Instagram: https://facebook.com/msv.storyteller.7 LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/valeria-elliott-9960961b3/ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCeFsjOsgxXgUiUZpIdFgUIQ PBS TV Show: Finding Your Roots  Sign up for our newsletter at https://abbraccigroup.com/. Please subscribe, leave a review and tell your friends about our podcast. Learn more about the CHARGE® model by purchasing the book, The Way of the HR Warrior. Let us know about the moments for you that changed your life trajectory. Drop us a note via our website.
8/3/202239 minutes, 15 seconds
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Ep63: Ann Hince reCHARGED

From her days of being a software engineer to devoting her life to practicing and sharing with the world the profound impact the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) has had on her ability to open her subconscious mind and become aware of herself at a deeper level, Ann Hince shares the transformation she has made and the ways in which others can go about making theirs as well!When Ann Hince was 19, she woke one morning to discover her mother dead in her bathroom. Twenty years later the tears from that trauma were still just under the surface. Ann found a simple technique that helped her release these emotions - but she went further and can now put her awareness inside her body - and has changed the bone structure of her skull and grown ½ an inch at age 55. Ann has found that the key to inner peace is to seek out our truth, what we truly feel, and to accept those feelings. Connect with Ann to learn more about her and her background: Website: https://annhince.com/  Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AnnHinceWisdom   Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/onapathwaytoinsight  YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTc4hb7ZKvih1LlRHK0cUjg   LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/annhince/ Book: A Pathway to Insight by Ann Hince Sign up for our newsletter at https://abbraccigroup.com/. Please subscribe, leave a review and tell your friends about our podcast. Learn more about the CHARGE® model by purchasing the book, The Way of the HR Warrior. Let us know about the moments for you that changed your life trajectory. Drop us a note via our website.
7/20/202236 minutes, 15 seconds
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Ep62: Tom Glaser reCHARGED

Tom Glaser had his dream job - a career he felt was made just for him! For 7 years, he enjoyed doing individual psychotherapy and teaching wellness promotion classes and he believed he was going to retire doing the work that fulfilled him. Unfortunately, a toxic co-worker dashed his hopes and despite his best efforts and nearly 2 years of futile attempts to make the situation better, Tom's husband told him, "Stop, you can’t do this anymore – this is making you miserable.” It was at that moment that Tom realized he needed to make a change. Tom credits his connection with himself, with others, with his passions as well as being in service to others for the decision he made to change careers and create the career of his dreams.  A Licensed Psychologist and life coach with over 35 years of experience, Tom Glaser is also a bestselling author and yoga instructor. His book, Full Heart Living: Conversations with the Happiest People I Know, is an Amazon bestseller. Whether counseling, writing, or teaching, his passion for helping people live their best lives flows through.Connect with Tom to learn more about him and his background: Website: https://fullheartliving.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fullheartliving Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/fullheartliving/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/tom-glaser-69774910/ Book: Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World and Become a Good Ancestor by Layla Saad Sign up for our newsletter at https://abbraccigroup.com/. Please subscribe, leave a review and tell your friends about our podcast. Learn more about the CHARGE® model by purchasing the book, The Way of the HR Warrior. Let us know about the moments for you that changed your life trajectory. Drop us a note via our website.
7/6/202239 minutes
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Ep61: Joy Sybesma reCHARGED

Are you the kind of person who lights another person's candle? Or are you a "candle blower outer"? Our guest, Joy Sybesma, shares a recent Instagram post she saw from Brene Brown that spoke to the importance of surrounding ourselves with people who protect our light...and with whom we choose to protect the lights of our friends! This is one of many powerful messages Joy shares with us on her journey to become a coach and create her own business...on her own terms.Joy Sybesma is the Founder & CEO of ScaleJOY, where she helps companies in hyper-growth in building customized solutions to scale their culture, from designing & delivering management development programs, to coaching CPOs, to advising first time managers, to training companies to teach the programs autonomously! Since founding ScaleJOY, Joy has supported 40 companies as an offsite facilitator, custom leadership program architect, fractional CPO, Coach and Advisor. Joy has over 15 years of experience in managing various People Operations functions, and recently served as Dataiku’s Chief People Officer where she managed the global People team including HR, Talent Acquisition, Learning & Development, and Office Management functions in all offices internationally, growing the company from 300 to 450 employees in one year. Prior to Dataiku, Joy served as Kargo’s Chief People Officer for three years where she helped scale the company and culture by balancing strategy & execution. Prior to Kargo, Joy was the VP of HR at News America Marketing (a division of News Corp.) In her earlier career, Joy held several roles in HR including Director of HR and Manager of Sales Training. Joy began her HR career at Macy's, where she rebuilt the Executive Development Program and trained over 300 people. Additionally, Joy co-founded a groundbreaking collaborative HR consulting organization called P5 Collaborative Consulting. As a result of her experiences, Joy brings a holistic approach to supporting organizations that is grounded in the reality that only a practitioner can bring. Joy is passionate about learning and leadership and believes it’s her mission to help people unlock the joy of growth at each stage of their journey and realize their potential. Joy is an alumnus of the University of Minnesota and a Harvard University certified Leadership Coach.Connect with Joy to learn more about her and her background: Website: https://www.scalejoy.net/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/joysybesma/ Book: Atomic Habits by James Clear Podcasts Masters of Scale w/ Reid Hoffmann We Can Do Hard Things w/ Glennon Doyle Unlocking Us w/ Brene Brown Sign up for our newsletter at https://abbraccigroup.com/. Please subscribe, leave a review and tell your friends about our podcast. Learn more about the CHARGE® model by purchasing the book, The Way of the HR Warrior. Let us know about the moments for you that changed your life trajectory. Drop us a note via our website. 
6/22/202240 minutes, 50 seconds
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Ep60: Kiran Robinson reCHARGED

Kiran Robinson's story of innovation, perseverance and determination led her to her passion around hospitality and giving everyone the best experience possible. As an entrepreneur and a professional chef she shares her journey from Hong Kong to becoming the first female chef at a major hospital system in California, leading...designing and leading a kitchen from the ground up! Kiran's exploration of service, which has now led her to Luxembourg, is powerful and moving.Kiran Robinson has dedicated her career to perfecting the art of service. She has served as a culinarian, concept designer and service curator on three different continents. As a chef, Kiran launched her own catering, consultancy, and concept design business in Hong Kong. Her accomplishments include developing her own line of specialty foods and branding under her label ‘Tazah’, projects with 5-star hotels and some of the leading chefs in the Asian region.Kiran pivoted from entrepreneur to professional when she relocated to San Francisco. She joined one of the country’s top 10 hospitals where spent the next 16 plus years holding a variety of positions: Executive Chef, Executive Dining Room Manager and Operations Manager.Kiran’s passion for service informs her whole life-from family, community, and profession to her charitable work with vulnerable children in Malawi, Africa.Based in Luxembourg, Kiran devotes her time to writing, speaking, mentoring, and advising on service-leadership and the true heart of hospitality-selfless service (Seva).Kiran launched her book Seva: The Art of Hospitality in November 2021.Connect with Kiran to learn more about her and her background: Book: Seva: The Art of Hospitality Website: www.kiranrobinson.com LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kiran-robinson-41b753b6/  Instagram: @kiran_robinson  Twitter: @KiranRobinson3  Sign up for our newsletter at https://abbraccigroup.com/. Please subscribe, leave a review and tell your friends about our podcast. Learn more about the CHARGE® model by purchasing the book, The Way of the HR Warrior. Let us know about the moments for you that changed your life trajectory. Drop us a note via our website. 
6/8/202246 minutes, 24 seconds
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Ep59: Jackie Simmons reCHARGED

The journey Jackie Simmons took to become a coach is one uniquely her own. A profound difference in how she approaches engaging with her clients is by working with them on aligning who they are and how they best interact with the world themselves so they can create their village of people to best support them. Amazing! Her passion extends beyond that of helping others harness their potential, it also extends to helping people figure out how to live. Jackie shares with us the story of her daughter, Stephanie, who attempted to take her life 14 times. It was because of the struggles her daughter faced that Jackie, along with her daughters, decided to create the non-profit, Teen Suicide Prevention Society, to prevent teen suicide. As Jackie shared, "We've learned that people don't attempt to take their own lives because they're trying to die. They attempt to take their own lives because they haven't figured out how to live." May is Mental Health Month and we are honored to share with you Jackie's story.  Author and TEDx Speaker, Jackie Simmons, believes in tackling complex and challenging topics and making sense out of them.As the creator of Conscious Transformational Coaching, Jackie believes that you deserve to experience yourself as great, every session, every time. Jackie shares alternatives to get you unstuck, find out what’s true and what’s not true – spot the elephant in the room – so that you can have what you want and what you deserve.Life doesn’t always give us time to experience ourselves as great. Life often hands us the opposite.On April 1, 2020, Jackie and her 3 daughters co-founded the non-profit, Teen Suicide Prevention Society and launched the mission to make teen suicide a thing of the past. The mission has grown to include two books, 3 programs, and “The Talk that Saves Lives” which Jackie presented on January 16, 2021 at TEDx TenayaPaseo in Las Vegas.Connect with Jackie to learn more about her and her background: LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mindsetisagame/ TedX Talk: "The Talk that Saves Lives" Book, The Happiness Advantage by Shawn Achor Book, Big Potential by Shawn Achor Book, Before Happiness by Shawn Achor Book, Cracking the Code by JW Wilson Sign up for our newsletter at https://abbraccigroup.com/. Please subscribe, leave a review and tell your friends about our podcast. Learn more about the CHARGE® model by purchasing the book, The Way of the HR Warrior. Let us know about the moments for you that changed your life trajectory. Drop us a note via our website. 
5/25/202240 minutes, 45 seconds
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Ep58: Rusty Gaillard reCHARGED

Leaving a successful job at Apple to pursue his dream of coaching, Rusty Gaillard starts by sharing some sage advice, which is to, rather than constantly pushing ourselves, to instead allow ourselves 10 minutes to do nothing. He explains that this exercise has opened his creativity and afforded him the opportunity to open himself up to his best ideas!  Former Worldwide Director of Finance at Apple, Rusty Gaillard followed a traditional corporate path to success - from GE under Jack Welch, an MBA at Stanford, to 13 years at Apple.  He left the corporate world in 2019 when his external success no longer felt like personal success. Rusty now works as a coach for small business owners and executives looking for more success without more sacrifice.Rusty lives in Silicon Valley with his wife and 15-yr old son. He is a best-selling author, speaker, musician, and spends as much time as possible outside.Connect with Rusty to learn more about him and his background: Website: Silicon Valley Dreambuilders Silicon Valley Dreambuilders with Rusty Gaillard on Facebook Rusty Gaillard on LinkedIn Rusty Gaillard on YouTube Book: Breaking the Code: Stop Looking for Answers and Start Enjoying Life Sign up for our newsletter at https://abbraccigroup.com/. Please subscribe, leave a review and tell your friends about our podcast. Learn more about the CHARGE® model by purchasing the book, The Way of the HR Warrior. Let us know about the moments for you that changed your life trajectory. Drop us a note via our website.
5/11/202235 minutes, 47 seconds
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Ep57: Jennifer Alemany reCHARGED

Jennifer Alemany shares the journey that gave her the courage to speak her truth about the pain of losing her significant other. She speaks openly about her grieving process and "being okay with not being okay." She details how she's found her way through her expression of love, loss, and looking at life differently through her memoir, Mark My Love. Jennifer Alemany was born in Brooklyn, New York. Jennifer is Latin American with a background from Puerto Rico, Mexico, and Cuba. She was the first to graduate from college in her family with an Associate degree in Early Childhood Education from SUNY Cobleskill and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Brooklyn College. After losing the love of her life two and half years ago, she began to transform her life through loss and her first book, Mark My Love, was born. Optimal wellness is also important to Jennifer, who has been practicing yoga 13 years. Jennifer is a Reiki Master, a spiritualist and has been meditating for over 11 years. She currently lives in New York City with her dog Leo Luna. Connect with Jennifer to learn more about her and her background: LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jenniferalemany/   Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jennifer.m.alemany/  Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorJenniferMAlemany/  Website: https://jennifermalemany.com/   Book: https://store.bookbaby.com/book/Mark-My-Love/   Sign up for our newsletter at https://abbraccigroup.com/. Please subscribe, leave a review and tell your friends about our podcast. Learn more about the CHARGE® model by purchasing the book, The Way of the HR Warrior. Let us know about the moments for you that changed your life trajectory. Drop us a note via our website. 
4/27/202229 minutes, 16 seconds
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Ep56: Emily Sander reCHARGED

Emily Sander took the time during COVID to write her book and help others become better leaders. And you might think that the decision that changed her life, but you would be wrong. Emily shares her deeply personal story on being adopted from South Korea when she was 5 ½ months old. That marks the situation that changed the trajectory of her life.She talks about her wonderful parents who helped her during difficult times (aka kids being mean!). Emily's great advice is to rest your mind in gratitude and change up your surroundings!  Emily has spent more than fifteen years in the business world, but when she realized that her favorite role was mentoring leaders, she decided to pursue coaching. As a C-Suite Executive and ICF-Certified coach, she combines her experience and proven insights with a keen ability to understand each client’s unique personality and situation. She is the author of the book, Hacking Executive Leadership. Connect with Emily to learn more about her and her background: LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/emilysander/ Website: https://www.nextlevel.coach/ Creating a Family (website): https://creatingafamily.org/ Adoption Council (website): https://adoptioncouncil.org/ Before You Adopt (book): https://www.amazon.com/Before-You-Adopt-Questions-Should/dp/172939308X In On It (book): https://www.amazon.com/dp/B004FV4PTW/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?_encoding=UTF8&btkr=1 The Whole Life Adoption (book): https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00IDHWRY4/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?_encoding=UTF8&btkr=1 Adoption the Grafted Tree (book): https://www.amazon.com/Adoption-Grafted-Tree-Laurie-Wishard/dp/0896660095 Holt International (website).  https://www.holtinternational.org/ Sign up for our newsletter at https://abbraccigroup.com/. Please subscribe, leave a review and tell your friends about our podcast. Learn more about the CHARGE® model by purchasing the book, The Way of the HR Warrior. Let us know about the moments for you that changed your life trajectory. Drop us a note via our website. 
4/13/202235 minutes, 24 seconds
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Ep55: Erica Kaufman reCHARGED

Many health benefits are derived from running, but Erica Kaufman had emotional benefits as well. She took up the challenge of a half-marathon and while training she had a breakthrough. She needed to rebalance her life. Erica made major life changes to her marriage, her career and they way she interacted with her children. Her advice for others: Constantly re-evaluate what is important to you and be open to new paths and options that come your way. Sometimes the path you have laid out needs to change! Erica  is a wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend, leader, colleague and more. Her three children are 13, 10 and 9, and her step-daughter is 4. She and her husband divide time between their homes in Pennsylvania and Virginia. She enjoys traveling, cooking for her family and guests, and running. She has always been drawn to the water, where she swims, kayaks, paddleboards and always looks to advance her surfing skills. Additionally, Erica translates business strategy into people strategy, programs and processes as the Vice President, Human Resources for Day & Zimmermann’s Munitions & Government Group, which manufactures and provides munitions support services for U.S. Armed Forces and allied nations. She further serves on the Board of Directors of the Philadelphia Society of People and Strategy and also coaches leaders to cultivate insights to help them perform at their best and have meaningful, fulfilling careers.  Erica grew up in Gettysburg, a small historic town in Pennsylvania, where her parents were both small business owners. This firsthand view of the excitement and challenges of entrepreneurship helped fuel her drive and persistence. After completing a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology at Muhlenberg College, she earned her Doctorate at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, FL. She subsequently decided to apply her clinical training to business, where she could utilize her deep understanding of people, systems and change to shape her work with individuals, teams and organizations. She started her professional career in Consulting with Right Management, where she worked with organizations in multiple industries to improve leader and organization effectiveness. Erica continued to develop her skills at Exelon Corporation, and thereafter at Day & Zimmermann, leading people, processes and programs from Talent Acquisition, Leadership Development and Succession Planning. Erica’s passion is in creating healthy organizations and relationships. She is energized by helping people examine their situations to see new possibilities and enact change.Connect with Erica to learn more about her and her background:LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ericafreedman/ Sign up for our newsletter at https://abbraccigroup.com/. Please subscribe, leave a review and tell your friends about our podcast. Learn more about the CHARGE® model by purchasing the book, The Way of the HR Warrior. Let us know about the moments for you that changed your life trajectory. Drop us a note via our website. 
3/30/202237 minutes, 2 seconds
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Ep54: Dr. Denise Moore Revel reCHARGED

Dr. Denise Moore Revel is on a mission to help people find their voice and we are all in for that movement! She shares her personal story of why this is incredibly important to her and why she wants to help others. Dr. Denise tell us about her "a-ha" moment when a person she just met the night before diagnosed her unhappiness at a conference in front of a group of people. She continues to help our audience by providing her excellent advice on finding your voice, making a decision and taking action. Dr. Denise is a CEO, founder, award-nominated-best-selling author, speaker, and personal development and business coach. As a speech-language pathologist, her job has been to help her clients discover their voices. A job she has enjoyed for the past 25 years.Dr. Denise founded “The Own Your Amazing Movement”, a personal development company, as an extension of her passion of empowering clients to find their voices. The “Own Your Amazing Movement” focuses on women who feel stuck and frustrated to dig deeper to find their voice and live their worth out loud. Through coaching, mentoring, and workshops, Dr. Denise ignites and energizes women to find the power to be authentic, to show up more powerfully, and create amazing lives they love. She earned her bachelor's degree in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, a master’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders, and a doctorate in Human Services-Specialization in Multicultural Counseling & Coaching. She has owned and operated a speech therapy private practice for over 15 years, serving the metropolitan Washington, DC and Baltimore, MD areas. Connect with Dr. Denise to learn more about her and her background: LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/denise-moore-revel-phd-14127a7/ Own Your Own Amazing: https://www.ownyouramazingnow.com/ Becoming by Michelle Obama: https://becomingmichelleobama.com/ Instagram: @drdenisemoore Sign up for our newsletter at https://abbraccigroup.com/. Please subscribe, leave a review and tell your friends about our podcast. Learn more about the CHARGE® model by purchasing the book, The Way of the HR Warrior. Let us know about the moments for you that changed your life trajectory. Drop us a note via our website. 
3/16/202240 minutes, 1 second
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Ep53: Scott Jeffrey Miller reCHARGED

Scott Jeffery Miller has energy and advice for days! Scott starts off our fast paced conversation about finding your core values and having a personal board of directors. And this is all before we ask him the big question!The decision that changed the trajectory of his life is his marriage later in life to his wife, Stephanie. Not only did he have three beautiful sons but also he learned more about himself, gained self-awareness and achieved even more in his career. Scott discusses how vulnerability is a key to his success and how he had to learn this at an early age as he had a severe stutter. You don’t want to miss all the amazing coaching moments with Scott! Capping a 25-year career where he served as a chief marketing officer and executive vice president of business development, Scott currently serves as FranklinCovey’s senior advisor on thought leadership, leading the strategy and development of the firm’s speaker’s bureau, as well as the publication of podcasts, webcasts, and bestselling books. Scott also hosts On Leadership with Scott Miller, the world’s largest and fastest-growing leadership podcast, reaching more than six million people weekly. In addition, Scott authors a leadership column for Inc.com and is the bestselling author of the Mess to Success series.Connect with Scott to learn more about him and his background: Website: Scott Jeffery Miller Podcast: On Leadership  Scott Jeffrey Miller on LinkedIn Scott Jeffrey Miller on Instagram Scott Jeffrey Miller on Facebook Scott Jeffrey Miller on Twitter Book Series: Mess to Success  Sign up for our newsletter at https://abbraccigroup.com/. Please subscribe, leave a review and tell your friends about our podcast. Learn more about the CHARGE® model by purchasing the book, The Way of the HR Warrior. Let us know about the moments for you that changed your life trajectory. Drop us a note via our website.
3/2/202244 minutes, 13 seconds
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Ep52: Natasha Bowman reCHARGED

From being told at the age of 11 that she has six months to live, to attempting suicide one year ago, Natasha Bowman embodies a courageous spirit. She has been a fighter, advocate for better workplaces, and now a superhero for mental health awareness. We are honored that Natasha shared her story with us. She discusses the highs of writing a vulnerable post on LinkedIn about her mental health issues to the lows of family members not speaking to her because of said post. Through all of that, Natasha is helping companies and individuals de-stigmatize mental health and shining her bright light on these issues. For nearly 20 years, Natasha  has labored to transform the American workplace from the inside out. As a champion for employees, she’s worked with a broad range of organizations as a C-suite HR executive to create an engaging environment in which employees are respected, genuine leaders are cultivated, and top performance is achieved. Natasha is a modern-day pioneer of workplace equality, inspiring organizations to not just pay lip service to workplace rights but craft highly-engaged cultures where every employee is truly dignified and valued for their contribution. Because of her ability to diagnose workplace issues and provide proven solutions to organizations, she is often referred to as The Workplace Doctor.Natasha has developed a reputation as an expert consultant through her firm, Performance ReNEW and thought leader for organizations like 4A’s, Translation LLC, Freeman Company, Wiley Publishing and Manhattan College. Apart from her rich expertise and cross-sector experience, she brings an ardent intellectual commitment to the field by serving as an adjunct professor of human resources for distinguished institutions such as Fordham University and Manhattan College. She is a sought after international keynote speaker having been invited to share her knowledge with the New York Police Department, The City of Detroit, Ford Motor Company, The Employers' Association, Temple University, Microsoft, and the Society for Human Resources Management just to name a few. Her expertise is frequently quoted in national publications such as Forbes, Business Insider, U.S. News and World Reports and Bloomberg BNA.  In 2017, her best-selling book, You Can’t Do That at Work! 100 Legal Mistakes That Managers Make in the Workplace was published and has been adopted as a critical resource for managers in organizations across America.Connect with Natasha to learn more about her and her background: LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/natashabowmanjd/ Performance ReNEW: https://performance-renew.com/ The Power of One TEDx Talk:  https://www.ted.com/talks/natasha_bowman_the_power_of_one The Power of One by Natasha Bowman: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-power-of-one-natasha-bowman/1140558981 Sign up for our newsletter at https://abbraccigroup.com/. Please subscribe, leave a review and tell your friends about our podcast. Learn more about the CHARGE® model by purchasing the book, The Way of the HR Warrior. Let us know about the moments for you that changed your life trajectory. Drop us a note via our website. 
2/16/202234 minutes, 23 seconds
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Ep51: Kimberly Bell reCHARGED

Kimberly Bell is on a mission to help others discover themselves and live transparent lives. She has been through many trials in her early life. She's a survivor and wanted to share her story with others. In her new book, Kimberly speaks her truth regarding her traumas. While, it wasn't easy to write the book or share her stories, Kimberly wants others to not have shame associated with their stories and know that others are out there to help you. You don’t want to miss Kimberly’s story! Kimberly is a native of Salisbury, MD. She holds two degrees: One in Human Growth and Development, which is in the field of Psychology, and the other in Theology. She has served on the Ministerial Staff at St. James A.M.E Zion Church and completed 4 years of Conference Studies.  She is a passionate speaker, minister and author of The Epitome of Kimmy: Accept & Embrace It All. Through her work, she uses her personal life struggles to inspire others to never give up hope and she provides insight into the realities that lay hidden beneath the surface of our society. She is also an advocate for Mental Health Awareness. She covers topics like physical, mental, emotional and sexual abuse as well as childhood abandonment, PTSD and healing from trauma.Connect with Kimberly to learn more about her and her background:Website: https://kimberlyannebell.com/ Sign up for our newsletter at https://abbraccigroup.com/. Please subscribe, leave a review and tell your friends about our podcast. Learn more about the CHARGE® model by purchasing the book, The Way of the HR Warrior. Let us know about the moments for you that changed your life trajectory. Drop us a note via our website. 
2/2/202238 minutes, 28 seconds
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Ep50: Alli Trussell reCHARGED

Alli Trussel loves being surrounded by smart humans and her mentors…and, she also likes being around people in a white van. You need to take a listen to that story!  Alli was in theater in NYC and moving around in her jobs. She was a personal assistant and had a crisis of consciousness. She discussed the issue with her manager and after realizing the company did not match her values, she quit. She knew if she didn’t, the job would crush her emotionally. But then, what was she going to do? She took a job that she never thought she would have or want..corporate! Alli is now thriving in her new career. She talks about knowing yourself and your values. These guide you as you make decisions. She speaks highly of her mentors and now she can mentor others. You don’t want to miss Alli’s fun and insightful story!Alli is Chief of Staff at Wunderkind, one of the fastest-growing SaaS and Marketing companies in the United States. With proven experience in people management, talent acquisition and departmental development, Alli is at the heart of Wunderkind's extensive internal operations. She is passionate about employee success and has a professional mission to make "Career Pathing" the new "Performance Management."Alli is an expert in strategic assistance, PR and relationship management, having served as right hand to Wunderkind's CEO in the past. Today, she executes some of Wunderkind's most important strategic initiatives and is constantly innovating ways to harness and boost talent across departments.Connect with Alli to learn more about her and her background: LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/alli-trussell-00142a173/  Wunderkind Website: https://www.wunderkind.co/ Hardcore History Podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/dan-carlins-hardcore-history/id173001861 Sign up for our newsletter at https://abbraccigroup.com/. Please subscribe, leave a review and tell your friends about our podcast. Learn more about the CHARGE® model by purchasing the book, The Way of the HR Warrior. Let us know about the moments for you that changed your life trajectory. Drop us a note via our website. 
1/19/202240 minutes, 14 seconds
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Ep49: Glenn Danas reCHARGED

Warning: We swear a bit in this episode. You will not want to miss our first episode of 2022. Glenn Danas shares with us his story on reCHARGING his life when he became sober in 2005. Leading up to that crossroads, he lost his relationship with his significant other, lost his job at a prominent law firm, was broke, and had no relationship with his family. All of this occurred during a short window of time and his desperation and pain led him to do something about it. His recovery took over 9 months. As he said, he was lucky that he didn’t need to go back to anything. This gave him the freedom to tell himself “Okay, I am here to do what I need to do, even if it takes a while”. He pulled on his humility to learn from others on recovery and resiliency to bounce back. Glenn gives us his insights on why “you are the problem” and words of wisdom for families who have relatives or friends who are struggling with addiction. An inspirational story for the new year. Glenn  is an attorney practicing in Los Angeles, California.  He specializes in civil appeals and class action litigation. The Daily Journal has recognized Glenn as one of the “Top 20 Attorney’s in California under 40” in 2013, one of the “Top 100 Attorneys in California” in 2017, as well as one of the “Top Labor and Employment Attorneys” in California each year from 2015-2018. Glenn graduated from Emory University School of Law with honors and was a member of the Emory Law Journal. He received his undergraduate degree from Cornell University where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Industrial and Labor Relations. Glenn frequently presents on California appellate and employment law issues at conferences and seminars.Connect with Glenn to learn more about him and his background: Linked In - https://www.linkedin.com/in/glenn-danas-4678556/ Twitter - @GlennDanas Podcast - Making Sense w/ Sam Harris - https://www.samharris.org/podcasts Camille Paglia - https://www.amazon.com/Camille-Paglia/e/B000AQ3UWE%3Fref=dbs_a_mng_rwt_scns_share Jordan Peterson - https://www.jordanbpeterson.com/ Sign up for our newsletter at https://abbraccigroup.com/. Please subscribe, leave a review and tell your friends about our podcast. Learn more about the CHARGE® model by purchasing the book, The Way of the HR Warrior. Let us know about the moments for you that changed your life trajectory. Drop us a note via our website.
1/5/202234 minutes, 4 seconds
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Ep48: Andrew Davie reCHARGED

Imagine just turning 40 and having a ruptured brain aneurism. As you are recovering, COVID hits and you move back home with your parents. This was Andrew Davie’s life and his story of recovery, re-examining his life and starting a new chapter is one you don’t want to miss (it will warm your heart during this holiday season!). Before the aneurysm, Andrew was focused on teaching and writing. However, with the brain trauma and later, COVID, he had time to reflect and discover what would motivate him. He wanted to change his goals to live a more fulfilling life. In 2022, he will go back to school for a clinical mental health counseling program. Through his unique perspective, Andrew is poised to help people who have suffered trauma in their lives.What are the keys to managing through trauma? Resilience, being uncomfortable with uncertainty and taking risks. He is motivated to help others and knows even when he has a bad day, he will be helping others. He knows he is “playing with house money”. Andrew  has worked in theater, finance, and education. He taught English in Macau on a Fulbright Grant and has published short stories as well as crime fiction novellas with All Due Respect, Close to the Bone, Alien Buddha Press, and a memoir. He also co-hosts a music podcast/show called, "Happy Hour with Heather and Guest." Connect with Andrew to learn more about him and his background:  Website: https://andrew-davie.com/ Facebook: @adavieauthor Instagram: @adavieauthor Twitter: @adavieauthor Happy Hour with Heather and Guest Podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/happy-hour-with-heather-and-guest/id1586447120 The Secular Buddhist Podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-secular-buddhist/id333093081 Philosophize This! Podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/philosophize-this/id659155419 David Foster Wallace Books: http://www.davidfosterwallacebooks.com/about.html Brain Injury Services:  https://braininjurysvcs.org/ Sign up for our newsletter at https://abbraccigroup.com/. Please subscribe, leave a review and tell your friends about our podcast. Learn more about the CHARGE® model by purchasing the book, The Way of the HR Warrior. Let us know about the moments for you that changed your life trajectory. Drop us a note via our website. 
12/22/202139 minutes, 46 seconds
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Ep47: Sam Thiara reCHARGED

Listening to Sam Thiara is just what you need as we wrap up 2021. Sam asks the tough “why” questions of himself and others. He asks these questions in a caring and empathic manner because he wants everyone to understand themselves and realize their dreams. Sam tells us about his decision to change up his career when he knew he was wearing a suit (aka career) that didn’t fit. He wanted to understand who he was and what would make him truly happy in his career. Not only has he helped himself but also his talks, blogs and just overall amazing personality has helped thousands of people figure out their 5 Core Elements. These Core Elements help them find the career that ignites their passion and drive. Sam’s interview is full of wonderful wisdom and advice. You don’t want to miss hearing about his journey as he was rejected over 80 times upon graduating and took a job as a janitor. He also tells us about his CARE model…Take a listen!Sam is a professional who has created a personal journey as a speaker, storyteller, writer, educator, coach, entrepreneur, problem solver and community activator. His goal is to help individuals realize their greatness.  Presently, he teaches at the Beedie School of Business and is also the Founder and Chief Motivating Officer at Ignite the Dream Coaching and Consulting.  He has become an expert in career coaching with over 5,000 conversations. He has authored two books and presented at two different TEDx conferences.His tagline - "Everyone’s life is an autobiography…make yours worth reading"Connect with Sam to learn more about him and his background: Linked In - https://www.linkedin.com/in/sthiara/ Website – http://sam-thiara.com Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/samthiara/ Twitter - @sam_thiara  Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/sam.thiara.site Books - http://sam-thiara.com/mywriting/ The Element by Sir Ken Robinson - https://www.amazon.com/Element-Finding-Passion-Changes-Everything/dp/0143116738/ref=asc_df_0143116738/?tag=hyprod-20&linkCode=df0&hvadid=312132072158&hvpos=&hvnetw=g&hvrand=14642330759443287741&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=9031050&hvtargid=pla-434712802722&psc=1 Sign up for our newsletter at https://abbraccigroup.com/. Please subscribe, leave a review and tell your friends about our podcast. Learn more about the CHARGE® model by purchasing the book, The Way of the HR Warrior. Let us know about the moments for you that changed your life trajectory. Drop us a note via our website.
12/8/202138 minutes, 49 seconds
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Ep46: Tom Nehila reCHARGED

Celebrate National Gratitude Month and Thanksgiving with Tom Nehila. Tom shares his deeply personal story about his divorce and how it changed his life. Tom grew up on the East Coast with a focus on sports, competition and business. His mind was the most important, not his heart. He had the successful career, a wife and three sons, his life seemed “perfect”, but then he and his wife divorced. During this tumultuous time, Tom learned to listen to his heart. He asked himself how he wanted to show up for his family and friends. The answer? He wanted to be an active participant in their lives. He needed to deeply listen to them, be there for them and spend time with them. Tom offers advice to those who are going through a divorce as well as to those who are getting married. Overall, life is too darn short to not make time for friends and family. You don’t want to miss his heartfelt and vulnerable conversation. As CFO of The Global Trust Project, Tom Nehila is responsible for establishing the financial framework and governance for the enterprise, the commercial integrity of its’ solutions, and negotiating funding with its philanthropic global partners. It’s an early-stage, global and social enterprise start-up, that will deliver significant business and community impacts around trust, based on driving actions focused on the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals.The Mission is to define and solve the problem: "How do we define, build, scale and measure Trust?Tom spent 25 years in finance and sales operations within the Professional Services/Staffing, Telecom, and Business Information Industries. His passion is in building high performing/world class finance teams and leading organizations in the execution of technology and business transformations, restructuring, and the delivery of innovative and sustainable cross functional process improvements.He donates his time as a Board Member to the NJ-based, Embrace Kids Foundation; which exists to lighten the burden, maintain normalcy and improve the quality of life for families whose children are facing cancer, sickle cell and other serious health challenges.He earned his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Religion from Rutgers University and his MBA in Finance and International Business from Seton Hall University. Connect with Tom to learn more about him and his background:LinkedIn = https://www.linkedin.com/in/tomnehila/ Sign up for our newsletter at https://abbraccigroup.com/. Please subscribe, leave a review and tell your friends about our podcast. Learn more about the CHARGE® model by purchasing the book, The Way of the HR Warrior. Let us know about the moments for you that changed your life trajectory. Drop us a note via our website. 
11/24/202138 minutes, 47 seconds
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Ep45: Eileen Tarjan reCHARGED

Eileen Tarjan starts off explaining the need to tend to our inner child and why it is difficult for people to bring their whole selves to work. This premise propels her to help people be seen and heard. Why is that her work?  Eileen tells us the decision that changed her life. First, the decision was made for her: she was laid off from her corporate HR position. That night, she had the best night’s sleep! She woke up and realized that she needed do her own thing.  She needed to be herself! But really the decision that significantly changed her life was being sober for being 25 years. It is a fact that she didn’t talk about until last year. She was hiding her whole self. Eileen shares her incredibly personal story on how she became sober after witnessing the murder of her significant other. When she started in HR, she hid that story and became a “corporate” person and created a dual persona.  She was unhappy for over 10 years and being laid off was her gift. She now is studying to get her Master’s in Counseling. She is going to help others find themselves and live an authentic life. It is a beautiful story of taking tragedy, examining yourself and making life changes. Eileen, founder of EMTconnects, is a dynamic human with 20 years of proven success in corporate human resources, talent development and coaching. In 2018, Eileen took some of her own best advice and has since been working independently while pursuing her Master's in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (in which she will be graduating December 2021). Eileen works alongside select clients in career and life coaching, training, and mental health counseling settings. She is an experienced facilitator of wellness, as well as diversity, equity, and inclusion programs. Eileen will tell you that the most rewarding part of her life is connecting people to possibilities and increased mental wellness. Working with Eileen gives you immediate access to her positive attitude, adventurous spirit, and proven strategies to deliver the results you need.Connect with Eileen to learn more about her and her background: LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/eileentarjan/ Website: https://emtconnects.com/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/emtconnects/  Sign up for our newsletter at https://abbraccigroup.com/. Please subscribe, leave a review and tell your friends about our podcast. Learn more about the CHARGE® model by purchasing the book, The Way of the HR Warrior. Let us know about the moments for you that changed your life trajectory. Drop us a note via our website. 
11/10/202145 minutes, 4 seconds
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Ep44: Gavin Doyle reCHARGED

Gavin Doyle started his own business at 13 years old. Yep, you read that right! He fell in love with Disney at 4 years old (when it wasn’t crowded BTW). He decided to take his passion and create a website which turned into a business and a book. This entrepreneurial spirit started at a young age with lemonade stands and selling wrapping paper. Following his passion at 13 changed his life and propelled him into the media and the best-seller’s list. Gavin’s advice for others is to create those meaningful connections with others and understanding and build your audience. Oh and he gives some great Disney advice! We couldn’t let him leave without it!Gavin Doyle has been a Disneyland enthusiast since his first visit at the age of four. His first memory of Disneyland is visiting on a rainy day where the park was joyously empty. The pure bliss of walking onto any ride with no line fed his initial love for Disneyland. This love developed over the years as he began to appreciate the effort that went into the creation of the theme park. He became fascinated with the idea of becoming a Walt Disney Imagineer (people responsible for the creation of Disneyland), but decided he couldn't wait until after college to start working among the magic.At the age of thirteen, Gavin started DisneyDose.com, a website that focuses on educating the Disney enthusiast through exclusive interviews, reviews, and photos from the theme parks. The site also expanded to include a “New and Noteworthy” podcast that featured interviews with the Disney Imagineers and others that brought the magic of Disney to life. Gavin used the stories that he had gathered from exclusive interviews with Cast Members and Imagineers to write his bestselling book “Disneyland Secrets: A Grand Tour of Disneyland's Hidden Details.” Later, Gavin created MickeyVisit.com, the guide that helps visitors save money and experience more during vacations to Disneyland and Southern California. The site has been recognized by readers as the top resource for planning and saving money on their Disneyland vacations. He is also dedicated to philanthropy and has a special focus supporting Homeboy Industries in Los Angeles, Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County, and Make a Wish. During COVID, Gavin helped to raise thousands of dollars for Disney Cast Members and community members in need. Connect with Gavin to learn more about him and his background: LinkedIn = https://www.linkedin.com/in/gavdoyle/ Pivot Podcast = https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/pivot/id1073226719 Sign up for our newsletter at https://abbraccigroup.com/. Please subscribe, leave a review and tell your friends about our podcast. Learn more about the CHARGE® model by purchasing the book, The Way of the HR Warrior. Let us know about the moments for you that changed your life trajectory. Drop us a note via our website. 
10/27/202138 minutes, 10 seconds
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Ep43: Tricia Manning reCHARGED

Tricia Manning had us at “I love the CHARGE model”. But back to Tricia! After 25 years in corporate she had the hallmarks of success: office, promotion, salary. One day she scheduled appointments for her husband to go for a health screen and she thought, “I might as well do it too.” While she was at the health screen, they told her she needed open heart surgery. What the heck?She talks about her health crisis and how that was her wake-up call. It pushed her to review her career and make the decision to start her own business. She used Courage, Humility and Resilience during this challenging time. Tricia needed courage to face her fears and start on her own (even when people were saying, “Why would you leave a good job?”) She needed humility as she was starting from scratch. Lastly, when making any big changes, she needed to be resilient! Now, she wants to help others when they are in the same types of situations. Tricia is a certified executive coach and has been a student of human behavior all her life. At the age of 5, her father was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis and her mom became the full-time caregiver and breadwinner. This early experience influenced Tricia's values, beliefs, and style as she rose through the ranks in corporate America to become 1 of only 2 female executives at the corporate table. After facing an unexpected health crisis in 2016, Tricia made the difficult decision to end her 25-year corporate career, but she wasn't ready to stop helping others. With a passion for growing influential leaders and fighting for gender diversity in the boardroom, Tricia began her own coaching practice and wrote the book, Lead with Heart and Leave a Legacy.  Connect with Tricia to learn more about her and her background: LinkedIn = https://www.linkedin.com/in/tricia-manning/ White Cap Coaching = https://triciamanning.com/ Brene Brown = https://brenebrown.com/ Wolfpack by Abby Wambach = http://abbywambach.com/books/wolfpack/ Sign up for our newsletter at https://abbraccigroup.com/. Please subscribe, leave a review and tell your friends about our podcast. Learn more about the CHARGE® model by purchasing the book, The Way of the HR Warrior. Let us know about the moments for you that changed your life trajectory. Drop us a note via our website. 
10/13/202139 minutes, 25 seconds
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Ep42: Phil Strazzulla reCHARGED

Phil Strazzulla starts off providing a few great ideas to help us focus on self care and make time for creativity. He continues to tell us the decision he made that changed the trajectory of his life: Middle school wrestling. Yep, you read that right! Trying out for a sport that he wasn’t good at and failing at it for a couple years changed his life. Phil tells us that he was a shy, skinny kid and he knew he wanted to boost his confidence and thought wrestling could help him. He wasn’t good at wrestling but also wasn’t a quitter so he pushed forward. Then Freshman year he started winning and he worked even harder. This confidence boost helped him throughout his career as well as his hard work. He reminds us that being resilient and working hard even when you may not think you have the talent or are told you have talent is one of the keys to success. We all need to work hard. His coaching to others: Think outside of yourself and be a third party especially during high emotional situations. Don’t take every piece of advice you hear. And, most importantly, believe in yourself. Phil  is a former venture investor turned HR Tech entrepreneur. He is the Founder of SelectSoftware Reviews, a website dedicated to helping HR professionals buy the right tools. He has an MBA from Harvard Business School and is a self -taught programmer.Connect with Phil to learn more about him and his background: LinkedIn = https://www.linkedin.com/in/philstrazzulla/ SelectSoftware Reviews = https://www.selectsoftwarereviews.com/ Invest Like the Best Podcast = https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/invest-like-the-best-with-patrick-oshaughnessy/id1154105909 Sign up for our newsletter at https://abbraccigroup.com/. Please subscribe, leave a review and tell your friends about our podcast. Learn more about the CHARGE® model by purchasing the book, The Way of the HR Warrior. Let us know about the moments for you that changed your life trajectory. Drop us a note via our website. 
9/29/202137 minutes, 53 seconds
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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 Transformation After Trauma: Embracing Post-Traumatic Growth, 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 Serotinous Life, 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:  https://www.linkedin.com/in/serotinouslife/ Website: serotinouslife.com   Facebook: facebook.com/serotinouslife/   Instagram: instagram.com/stephanie.m.hutchins/   The Ultimate Jim Rohn Library: https://www.amazon.com/Ultimate-Jim-Rohn-Library-audiobook/dp/B076PQ4MTS Sign up for our newsletter at https://abbraccigroup.com/. Please subscribe, leave a review and tell your friends about our podcast. Learn more about the CHARGE® model by purchasing the book, The Way of the HR Warrior. Let us know about the moments for you that changed your life trajectory. Drop us a note via our website. 
9/15/202143 minutes, 6 seconds
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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 = https://www.linkedin.com/in/rdkemp/ Kemp Leadership = https://kempleadership.com/ Quote of the Day Show = https://seancroxton.com/quoteoftheday/ As A Man Thinketh by James Allen = https://www.amazon.com/As-Man-Thinketh-Complete-Original/dp/1250780047/ref=pd_lpo_3?pd_rd_i=1250780047&psc=1 Execution: The Discipline of Getting Things Done = https://www.amazon.com/Execution-Discipline-Getting-Things-Done/dp/1847940684 Sign up for our newsletter at https://abbraccigroup.com/. Please subscribe, leave a review and tell your friends about our podcast. Learn more about the CHARGE® model by purchasing the book, The Way of the HR Warrior. Let us know about the moments for you that changed your life trajectory. Drop us a note via our website.  
9/1/202126 minutes, 51 seconds
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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 = https://www.linkedin.com/in/rdkemp/ Kemp Leadership = https://kempleadership.com/ Quote of the Day Show = https://seancroxton.com/quoteoftheday/ As A Man Thinketh by James Allen = https://www.amazon.com/As-Man-Thinketh-Complete-Original/dp/1250780047/ref=pd_lpo_3?pd_rd_i=1250780047&psc=1 Execution: The Discipline of Getting Things Done = https://www.amazon.com/Execution-Discipline-Getting-Things-Done/dp/1847940684 Sign up for our newsletter at https://abbraccigroup.com/. Please subscribe, leave a review and tell your friends about our podcast. Learn more about the CHARGE® model by purchasing the book, The Way of the HR Warrior. Let us know about the moments for you that changed your life trajectory. Drop us a note via our website. 
9/1/202115 minutes, 33 seconds
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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 = https://www.linkedin.com/in/jeffrey-breskin-18b6a011a/  Epic Insurance Brokers = https://epicbrokers.com/ Sign up for our newsletter at https://abbraccigroup.com/. Please subscribe, leave a review and tell your friends about our podcast. Learn more about the CHARGE® model by purchasing the book, The Way of the HR Warrior. Let us know about the moments for you that changed your life trajectory. Drop us a note via our website. 
8/18/202135 minutes, 23 seconds
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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 = https://www.linkedin.com/in/allenesrock/ NxtGen Nexus Linked In = https://www.linkedin.com/company/nxtgen-nexus/ NxtGen Nexus website = https://nxtgennexus.com/ Youth Pastor Ryan YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCXxCruD2b-S0P2k9D-wqKZQ Youth Pastor Ryan TikTok = https://www.tiktok.com/@youthpastorryan?lang=en Sign up for our newsletter at https://abbraccigroup.com/. Please subscribe, leave a review and tell your friends about our podcast. Learn more about the CHARGE® model by purchasing the book, The Way of the HR Warrior. Let us know about the moments for you that changed your life trajectory. Drop us a note via our website. 
8/4/202134 minutes, 57 seconds
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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 = https://www.linkedin.com/in/maggie-malone-4544138a/ Team USA Athlete Website = https://www.teamusa.org/usa-track-and-field/athletes/Maggie-Malone Wildsparq = https://wildsparq.com/ Sign up for our newsletter at https://abbraccigroup.com/. Please subscribe, leave a review and tell your friends about our podcast. Learn more about the CHARGE® model by purchasing the book, The Way of the HR Warrior. Let us know about the moments for you that changed your life trajectory. Drop us a note via our website. 
7/21/202141 minutes, 6 seconds
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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 = https://www.linkedin.com/in/haven-cockerham-6b692a/ Cockerham & Associates website = https://www.cockerhamassociates.com/ The Change Masters by Rosabeth Moss Kanter  https://www.amazon.com/Change-Masters-Rosabeth-Moss-Kanter/dp/0671528009 Sign up for our newsletter at https://abbraccigroup.com/. Please subscribe, leave a review and tell your friends about our podcast. Learn more about the CHARGE® model by purchasing the book, The Way of the HR Warrior. Let us know about the moments for you that changed your life trajectory. Drop us a note via our website. 
7/7/202146 minutes, 37 seconds
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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 = https://www.linkedin.com/in/desmond-jefferson-51549416a/ Instagram  = @ _desssss15  Small Talk by Jerome Smalls = https://www.amazon.com/Small-Talk-Stories-Countless-Lessons/dp/1641370726 Crucial Conversations by Joseph Grenny and Kerry Patterson = https://www.amazon.com/Crucial-Conversations-Third-Joseph-Grenny/dp/1260474186/ref=sr_1_2dchild=1&hvadid=77859233980801&hvbmt=be&hvdev=c&hvqmt=e&keywords=crucial+conversations%27&qid=1624287858&s=books&sr=1-2 Sign up for our newsletter at https://abbraccigroup.com/. Please subscribe, leave a review and tell your friends about our podcast. Learn more about the CHARGE® model by purchasing the book, The Way of the HR Warrior. Let us know about the moments for you that changed your life trajectory. Drop us a note via our website. 
6/23/202131 minutes, 46 seconds
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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 = https://www.linkedin.com/in/dominictoscanelli/ Sign up for our newsletter at https://abbraccigroup.com/. Please subscribe, leave a review and tell your friends about our podcast. Learn more about the CHARGE® model by purchasing the book, The Way of the HR Warrior. Let us know about the moments for you that changed your life trajectory. Drop us a note via our website. 
6/9/202141 minutes, 11 seconds
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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 = https://www.linkedin.com/in/lyndal-larkin/  Instagram = @larkinleadership Larkin Leadership = http://larkinleadership.com Sign up for our newsletter at https://abbraccigroup.com/. Please subscribe, leave a review and tell your friends about our podcast. Learn more about the CHARGE® model by purchasing the book, The Way of the HR Warrior. Let us know about the moments for you that changed your life trajectory. Drop us a note via our website. 
5/26/202137 minutes, 34 seconds
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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 = https://www.linkedin.com/in/tonyamckenzie/ Instagram = @tonyamckenziepr Sand and Shores = http://www.sandandshores.com/  Sign up for our newsletter at https://abbraccigroup.com/. Please subscribe, leave a review and tell your friends about our podcast. Learn more about the CHARGE® model by purchasing the book, The Way of the HR Warrior. Let us know about the moments for you that changed your life trajectory. Drop us a note via our website. 
5/19/202140 minutes, 14 seconds
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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. = http://speechlessinc.com Speechless Plus = http://speechlessplus.com  Sign up for our newsletter at https://abbraccigroup.com/. Please subscribe, leave a review and tell your friends about our podcast. Learn more about the CHARGE® model by purchasing the book, The Way of the HR Warrior. Let us know about the moments for you that changed your life trajectory. Drop us a note via our website. 
5/12/202139 minutes, 47 seconds
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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 = https://www.linkedin.com/in/dan-flynn-5b12465/ Skyhawk Sales Consultants, Inc.  https://salesxceleration.bullseyelocations.com/salesxceleration/los%20angeles/ca/dan-flynn-los%20angeles-ca-26295963 Sign up for our newsletter at https://abbraccigroup.com/. Please subscribe, leave a review and tell your friends about our podcast. Learn more about the CHARGE® model by purchasing the book, The Way of the HR Warrior. Let us know about the moments for you that changed your life trajectory. Drop us a note via our website. 
5/5/202137 minutes, 28 seconds
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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 = https://www.linkedin.com/in/kathydawson/ On Deck with Dawson & Dawson = https://www.dawsondawsoninc.com/category/on-deck-with-dawson-dawson/ Sign up for our newsletter at https://abbraccigroup.com/. Please subscribe, leave a review and tell your friends about our podcast. Learn more about the CHARGE® model by purchasing the book, The Way of the HR Warrior. Let us know about the moments for you that changed your life trajectory. Drop us a note via our website. 
4/28/202139 minutes, 50 seconds
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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 = https://www.linkedin.com/in/nadine-chapman-79201910/ Sign up for our newsletter at https://abbraccigroup.com/. Please subscribe, leave a review and tell your friends about our podcast. Learn more about the CHARGE® model by purchasing the book, The Way of the HR Warrior. Let us know about the moments for you that changed your life trajectory. Drop us a note via our website. 
4/21/202140 minutes, 53 seconds
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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 https://abbraccigroup.com/. Please subscribe, leave a review and tell your friends about our podcast. Learn more about the CHARGE® model by purchasing the book, The Way of the HR Warrior. Let us know about the moments for you that changed your life trajectory. Drop us a note via our website. 
4/14/202140 minutes, 41 seconds
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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 = https://www.linkedin.com/in/jacquelynadams/ Sign up for our newsletter at https://abbraccigroup.com/. Please subscribe, leave a review and tell your friends about our podcast. Learn more about the CHARGE® model by purchasing the book, The Way of the HR Warrior. 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. 
4/7/202138 minutes, 23 seconds
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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 = @mediamarketingminds Instagram = @mediamarketingminds LinkedIn = https://www.linkedin.com/in/julieneumark/  Sign up for our newsletter at https://abbraccigroup.com/. Please subscribe, leave a review and tell your friends about our podcast. Learn more about the CHARGE® model by purchasing the book, The Way of the HR Warrior. Let us know about the moments for you that changed your life trajectory. Drop us a note via our website. 
3/31/202135 minutes, 27 seconds
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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 https://abbraccigroup.com/. Please subscribe, leave a review and tell your friends about our podcast. Learn more about the CHARGE® model by purchasing the book, The Way of the HR Warrior. Let us know about the moments for you that changed your life trajectory. Drop us a note via our website. 
3/24/202135 minutes, 32 seconds
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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 - https://www.linkedin.com/in/rayeculver/  Sign up for our newsletter at https://abbraccigroup.com/. Please subscribe, leave a review and tell your friends about our podcast. Learn more about the CHARGE® model by purchasing the book, The Way of the HR Warrior. Let us know about the moments for you that changed your life trajectory. Drop us a note via our website. 
3/17/202130 minutes, 54 seconds
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Ep22: Amy Evans reCHARGED

Progress not perfection! You are often courageous in hindsight, but that “courageous” moment is often fraught with fear and questioning. These are life lessons that Amy Evans lives by. Listen to Amy talk about the importance of freedom, listening to your intuition and getting clear on your values. Your personal values are what guides you and can serve you well when making decisions in your career and personal life. Throughout her life, Amy faced her challenges with resiliency and knew early on that she needed to be independent. That has helped her build her career and grow financially. She now gives back and wants to help other women gain their financial freedom. She created a women’s networking group, Align Women, to help women focus on business development and revenue generation. Listening to Amy will make you want to network, drive your career and write down your personal values! Amy  is an entrepreneur who is passionate about helping women step into their power and their agency in business and relationships. She is the founder of AlignWomen, a leadership and networking organization for professional women, and the host of The AlignWomen Podcast. She is also the President of Colibri Insurance Services, a boutique insurance agency that simplifies employee benefits for employers in Southern California. She also uses her expertise in the health insurance industry and the health insurance broker market to consult on a variety of projects.Amy is an active member of the National Association of Health Underwriters (NAHU) and a regular speaker at insurance industry events. She is an enthusiastic social media user and you can find her engaging regularly on a variety of topics including legislative issues, agency management, entrepreneurship, social media strategies, women’s empowerment, communication and relationships.Connect with Amy to learn more about her and her background: AlignWomen Website: www.alignwomen.org AlignWomen Podcast: https://alignwomenpodcast.com/ Sign up for our newsletter at https://abbraccigroup.com/. Please subscribe, leave a review and tell your friends about our podcast. Learn more about the CHARGE® model by purchasing the book, The Way of the HR Warrior. Let us know about the moments for you that changed your life trajectory. Drop us a note via our website.
3/10/202135 minutes, 57 seconds
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Ep21: Andy Lee reCHARGED

Have you ever wanted to call your manager and say “I cannot take this job one day longer”? Well, Andy Lee did just that and changed his life. What happened to him after he made that call? Take a listen, as Andy shares his very personal and vulnerable story with us. He tells us that he was in denial and pretending everything was fine, when it wasn’t. He took time off after that phone call and took a journey which included a month-long stay at a Buddhist Monastery. After his leaving his job, he made his decision to teach people mindfulness and help others work to avoid the situations that impacted him. His top advice: Listen to your quiet voice. You don't want to miss his courageous story and how he teaches mindfulness to others.Andy Lee has dedicated his career to helping leaders, teams and organizations leverage the power of mindfulness to create a culture of engagement, innovation and sustainable success. He has been teaching mindfulness in organizations since 2011. He is the founder of Mindful Ethos, and Senior Consultant with Potential Project.Before founding Mindful Ethos, Andy was Chief Mindfulness Officer at Aetna where he and his team developed a range of programs to create a deeply rooted culture of mindfulness. These programs included in-person courses, webinars and digital programs. He also developed a network of internal mindfulness advocates and created a Mindfulness Center in Aetna’s home office.Previously, Andy held senior talent management roles at Merrill Lynch, Viacom, and Capital One. In these roles, he developed and managed a range of traditional talent management programs and processes including competency models, leadership development programs and performance management processes and survey feedback programs. Andy has an MA in Organizational Psychology from Columbia University, and is ABD in I/O psychology from New York University. He holds a certificate in Executive Coaching from CUNY Baruch, and is certified as a mindfulness teacher by the Brown University Center for Mindfulness. Connect with Andy to learn more about him and his background: https://www.linkedin.com/in/andylee03/ https://mindfulethos.com/ https://www.potentialproject.com/  Andy's recommended podcasts/apps: 10 Percent Happier Podcast  https://www.tenpercent.com/podcast Calm App https://www.calm.com/ Headspace App https://www.headspace.com/ Sign up for our newsletter at https://abbraccigroup.com/. Please subscribe, leave a review and tell your friends about our podcast. Learn more about the CHARGE® model by purchasing the book, The Way of the HR Warrior. Let us know about the moments for you that changed your life trajectory. Drop us a note via our website. 
3/3/202130 minutes, 57 seconds
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Ep20: Florence Navarro reCHARGED

A true global citizen and lifelong learner, Florence Navarro provides us an amazing list of podcasts that she listens to in order to push her thinking. We could have ended the interview with all that great information! Luckily, Florence tells us about her decision to leave the United Nations and how her life changed after that. She believed that she could learn more if she stepped away from the UN. And she did! She obtained her Master’s at Stanford and had one of the best years of her life! Throughout her journey, Florence focused on being humble and exemplary. She also strikes the balance of pushing yourself and asking for help! Her top advice: Try things out. Know your parameters and then just jump. You don’t know until you do it! Take a listen to Florence and you will be inspired to take that risk! Florence  has worked in Central Europe, Africa and Asia for the United Nations and the World Bank Group, non-profit organizations and social enterprise incubators. Since 2007 she has supported entrepreneurs around the world to launch and grow their companies in sectors including biodiversity, ed-tech, water and sanitation. She has been recognized for recruiting talent, growing teams and mentoring the next generation of leaders. Her extensive global network and her genuine passion to match people's talents with organizations' purpose led her to start her own company, Kichocheo – meaning ‘catalyst’ in Swahili- to help purpose driven organizations reach the next level of success.Florence has an M.S. in Management from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business, and an M.A. in International Relations from the Johns Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).Florence is French. She lives in Washington DC in an old-renovated home with her husband and has two adult daughters.  She enjoys travel, hiking, yoga... and most of all sharing homemade food and long conversations with family, friends, and friends of friends.Connect with Florence to learn more about her and her background: https://www.linkedin.com/in/florencenavarro/ https://www.kichocheo.com/ Florence's recommended books and podcasts: StrengthsFinder  https://www.gallup.com/cliftonstrengths/en/strengthsfinder.aspx On Being Podcast  https://onbeing.org/series/podcast/ The Hidden Brain Podcast  https://www.npr.org/series/423302056/hidden-brain The Accidental Creative Podcast  https://accidentalcreative.com/category/podcasts/ Side Hustle Pro Podcast  https://www.sidehustlepro.co/ Talk Talent to Me Podcast  https://talktalenttome.com/ The Lorne Epstein Show Podcast  https://www.lorneepsteinshow.com/podcast https://www.marieforleo.com/ Sign up for our newsletter at https://abbraccigroup.com/. Please subscribe, leave a review and tell your friends about our podcast. Learn more about the CHARGE® model by purchasing the book, The Way of the HR Warrior. Let us know about the moments for you that changed your life trajectory. Drop us a note via our website. 
2/24/202134 minutes, 22 seconds
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Ep19: Nic Novicki reCHARGED

Imagine this situation. You graduate college with a business degree and have multiple job offers. You say, “No thanks, I will try my hand as a stand-up comedian”. That is what our guest, Nic Novicki, said. And, guess what?  Nic has been very successful at it. Listen to his journey as he took his wonderful skills of connecting people and creativity to pursue an acting career as well as launching the Easterseals Disability Film Challenge. He started the Film Challenge as he wanted to see other people with disabilities behind and in front of the camera. His sage advice includes…realize things will scale in time, failing is okay, set realistic goals, build on your own and don’t wait for people to give you “something”. You don’t want to miss listening to Nic's incredible story. Nic Novicki is a comedian, actor, and producer that has performed on 6 continents including several tours through Armed Forces Entertainment, performing for troops.  His television credits include: Boardwalk Empire, The Good Doctor, The Sopranos, Loudermilk, Alone Together, Gotham Comedy Live, Jack and Triumph, The Neighbors, Austin and Alley, Private Practice, Drop Dead Diva.  He has appeared in several movies including: L!fe Happens, November Rule, The Last 5 Years, Boston Girls, Breaking Wind, Dead Ant and the upcoming Hipsters, Gangsters, Aliens and Geeks. He is the founder and director of the Easterseals Disability Film Challenge and is a board member of Easterseals Southern California.Connect with Nic to learn more about him and the Easterseals Disability Film Challenge: https://www.linkedin.com/in/nicnovicki/ https://disabilityfilmchallenge.com/ Instagram: @disabilityfilmchallenge Twitter: @DisabilityChall Sign up for our newsletter at https://abbraccigroup.com/. Please subscribe, leave a review and tell your friends about our podcast. Learn more about the CHARGE® model by purchasing the book, The Way of the HR Warrior. Let us know about the moments for you that changed your life trajectory. Drop us a note via our website. 
2/17/202137 minutes, 19 seconds
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Ep18: Emma Fox reCHARGED

Doing the right thing becomes more important than the money you make. Collaboration, asking for help and networking. These are key tenets for Emma Fox. You don't want to miss this episode as Emma shares her decision to commit to a working in a transparent environment. Emma wanted her career to match her values and talks to us about how her life evolved in order to align her values and career. Her top advice: Do not do it alone. Reach out and there is help for you. Take a listen to this Emma’s honest and straight-forward story. Emma is the Chief Operating Officer at E-Powered Benefits; a benefits consulting firm designed to deliver high performance health plans while staying committed to industry-wide transparency. Emma has been an outspoken advocate for cost and healthcare quality transparency using direct contracting, referenced based pricing, and a consultative approach with clients and colleagues alike but most of all, she is dedicated giving a voice to healthcare consumers and dispelling the myths associated with non-traditional health care solutions. She is the founder of Empowered Leadership; an organization dedicated to growing the confidence and capabilities of leaders in perceived minority groups and serves as the Chapter Leadership Development Chair for the West Coast Region of NAHU. While residing in Portland, Oregon, she stays busy with her two children, enjoys cooking, writing, and traveling.Connect with Emma at https://www.linkedin.com/in/emmapassefox/ to learn more about her and her background. Sign up for our newsletter at https://abbraccigroup.com/. Please subscribe, leave a review and tell your friends about our podcast. Learn more about the CHARGE® model by purchasing the book, The Way of the HR Warrior. Let us know about the moments for you that changed your life trajectory. Drop us a note via our website.
2/10/202130 minutes, 48 seconds
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Ep17: Gelair Butler reCHARGED

Finally, a guest says our podcast is one of her go-to’s to push her thinking! Why did it take this long? Not only does Gelair Butler get the gold star for the best guest to date, but also, we break format and talk football. Don’t get it twisted, we are not ESPN, but Gelair does predict the Super Bowl and she is 50% correct. Stop in for football and stay to listen to Gelair’s amazing story. 2015 was quite a year for Gelair. Her job was eliminated. She got married. She moved to a new city. Oh yeah, and found a new job while she is six month pregnant. Before her job was eliminated she was given a choice for a new career path. While she could have taken the sure thing, Gelair knew instead that she needed to leave the company and continue to be on the career path that she set out for herself. Gelair’s advice “Don’t let anyone define your value”. Boom. Hard stop. You don’t want to miss Gelair’s moving journey. Gelair Butler is a proud native of the greater New Orleans area and lover of all things New Orleans including the food, music, history, art, and the New Orleans Saints.  It was there that she received her bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications and Sociology from Dillard University.  After a brief stint in cable and local television, Gelair began a career in HR as an entry-level staffing associate.   By building on current experience and taking risks to venture into new disciplines, geographies, and industries; she has developed a career as an HR Executive.  Gelair has demonstrated expertise in performance consulting, change management, and all areas of talent management including learning, succession planning, performance management, onboarding and engagement.  She is currently the Director of Leadership Development at Rollins Inc.  She and her award-winning team are responsible for creating strategies and agile frameworks to develop leaders at all levels of the organization. Gelair’s fundamental belief is that by enabling the success of leaders, you can exponentially improve the lives of employees and change the heart of organizations. Connect with Gelair at https://www.linkedin.com/in/gelairgilson/ to learn more about her and her background. Sign up for our newsletter at https://abbraccigroup.com/. Please subscribe, leave a review and tell your friends about our podcast. Learn more about the CHARGE® model by purchasing the book, The Way of the HR Warrior. Let us know about the moments for you that changed your life trajectory. Drop us a note via our website.
2/3/202139 minutes, 49 seconds
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Ep16: John Hagenow reCHARGED

John Hagenow left his dream of being a player with the  Milwaukee Brewers in high school and instead focused on academics and corporate America. Using his great radio voice, John tells us his journey of leaving his steady, consistent job and venturing off to start his own business, during the recession of 2008. Great timing! He shares the trip on an airplane that sparked his idea of starting his own business. He knew there was a better way to recruit and have relationships. All his life, humility and goal-orientation are keys to his success. His advice “Don’t just be - Be outrageous enough to pursue what you love”. Take a listen to John’s upbeat and advice filled episode to help you reCHARGE® Your Life. With over 25 years of Human Resources and Talent Acquisition leadership experience across both industry-leading recruiting agencies and corporate environments (including GE and MillerCoors), the opportunity to build lasting relationships has always been the aspect of John Hagenow’s career that he’s enjoyed most.A degreed HR professional (UW-Whitewater - Go Warhawks!), John quickly realized how much he enjoyed recruiting - the people, the process, and the impact that hiring talented individuals has. There’s nothing else he’d rather be doing …(unless the Milwaukee Brewers finally call and make him an offer to play professional baseball)!John is a family-oriented individual (he two young boys and an incredible wife), who always find ways to both motivate and humor him.  He’s an avid sports enthusiast who likely quotes 80’s and 90’s movies too much and is a big believer in work hard, play hard…and a good Wisconsin fish fry.Connect with John and learn more about him and his company, Fusion Recruiters, LLC: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jhagenow/  https://www.linkedin.com/company/fusion-recruiters-llc  www.fusionrecruiters.com  Twitter: @FusionRecruiter Sign up for our newsletter at https://abbraccigroup.com/. Please subscribe, leave a review and tell your friends about our podcast. Learn more about the CHARGE® model by purchasing the book, The Way of the HR Warrior. Let us know about the moments for you that changed your life trajectory. Drop us a note via our website. 
1/27/202132 minutes, 33 seconds
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Ep15: Tony Battaglia reCHARGED

Moving from a for-profit company to a non-profit organization. Taking risks to develop himself. Understanding that a crisis is a terrible thing to waste. These lessons and more are what Tony Battaglia shares with us. Tony describes the decisions he made and the risks he took when he moved from a Fortune 500 company to a start-up and later, moving from a for-profit company to a non-profit organization. He explains the courage he needed to take these risks as well as resilience. You need resilience not only when you make your decisions but also when there are crises. Take a listen to hear about how Tony and the leadership team shifted their business model in 2020, during 2020 COVID times to, in just 7 weeks, create a results-oriented product. Tony Battaglia is President & COO of BellXcel, one of the nation’s leading providers of educational solutions to youth serving organizations.  Tony began his career at BellXcel in 2007 and is responsible for the product development, sales, service, support functions and infrastructure in the delivery of BellXcel’s renowned and evidence based educational solutions.   During Tony’s tenure, BellXcel has grown by over 450% and navigated through numerous pivots of the business model ranging from a direct serve to a licensing model and now launching an “all in one” Enterprise Solution which will permit BellXcel partners to deliver their youth serving programs with much greater efficiency and cost effectiveness.      Tony joined BellXcel after 18 years at Arch Wireless, the nation’s leading provider of wireless messaging and paging services.  Tony was a member of the start-up team that grew Arch from its venture capital beginnings to $1.4B in revenue. Tony held several key positions, from Corporate Controller to President of the company’s $450M Northern Division with over 3,000 employees. Tony has a B.S. in business administration from Boston College and an MBA in Finance from Ohio University.  Tony resides in Bedford MA, just outside of Boston MA, with his wife and two daughters.Connect with Tony at https://www.linkedin.com/in/antonio-battaglia-820814/ to learn more about him and his background.Sign up for our newsletter at https://abbraccigroup.com/. Please subscribe, leave a review and tell your friends about our podcast. Learn more about the CHARGE® model by purchasing the book, The Way of the HR Warrior. Let us know about the moments for you that changed your life trajectory. Drop us a note via our website. 
1/20/202132 minutes, 33 seconds
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Ep14: Bev Attfield reCHARGED

Bev Attfield shares an emotionally devastating story of losing her baby at the 20-week ultrasound appointment. Bev explains her journey of what occurred that day and it is, unfortunately, not a unique story for many families. However, Bev shares how this event has changed her life forever. She has an amazing story of resilience and how she and her husband navigated the grief together. They made the conscious decision to continue through and do it in the best possible way. She hopes her story helps others to learn and know that you too can get through this type of loss.This is a powerful episode if you have had a loss or know anyone who has miscarried. Bev’s lessons are powerful: Life is short and uncertain, anything is possible, look forward and act with compassion. Listen so you can better understand and support yourself and others. As Principal, Workplace Science at Jostle, Bev cares about the experience people have at work. She explores the role that leaders play in purposefully crafting engaging environments for people to be themselves fully in the workplace. Bev’s curiosity about what creates individual fulfillment at work and unique workplace cultures drives her day-to-day work at Jostle and beyond. She's a regular contributor to the Jostle blog and host of the People at Work podcast and Conversations at Work dialog series.When Bev's not doing workplace science, you’ll find her running, taking lessons in presence from her dogs, or sharpening her Bananagrams skills. Connect with Bev at https://www.linkedin.com/in/bevattfield/ to learn more about her and her background.Sign up for our newsletter at https://abbraccigroup.com/. Please subscribe, leave a review and tell your friends about our podcast. Learn more about the CHARGE® model by purchasing the book, The Way of the HR Warrior. Let us know about the moments for you that changed your life trajectory. Drop us a note via our website. 
1/13/202139 minutes, 28 seconds
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Ep13: Jennifer Turner reCHARGED

Before we even get to our big question, we have a great discuss about the culture of an organization and what is necessary to rebuild and create an inclusive culture.  Then we get to our big question…Jennifer Turner's big change was moving from Michigan to Illinois for a new job. She didn’t know everything but her drive for development, courage and humility propelled her to take the risk. Not only is she passionate about development, but also her leadership style is patterned after her belief system. Jennifer believes fundamentally that cultures need to be transparent, development focused, show empathy and promote collaboration. Take a listen and you will want to work for Jennifer! Jennifer is the President and Chief Executive Officer for Tennessee Performing Arts Center, a Nashville-based nonprofit arts organization dedicated to excellence in the performing arts and arts education. Since 1980, TPAC has welcomed more than 12 million audience members and served more than 1.8 million students, teachers, and adults with performances, teacher resources, professional development, classroom residencies, and enrichment programs. Formerly, Jennifer served as Executive Vice President and Managing Director for Segerstrom Center for the Arts, an acclaimed arts institution in Southern California, where she built a world-class leadership team, led innovative community initiatives, and spearheaded multi-million-dollar capital development projects, including the successful completion of the 56,000 square foot Julianne and George Argyros Plaza. With more than 20 years of experience in nonprofits arts, Jennifer previously was the Chief Operating Officer for the national historic landmark Auditorium Theatre in Chicago and held roles with Michigan Opera Theatre, Shakespeare Theatre Company, and Harper College. She is a graduate of Michigan State University and holds a graduate degree from Roosevelt University in Public Administration, Nonprofit Management.Connect with Jennifer at https://www.linkedin.com/in/jennifercturner/ and on Twitter @JenniferArts to learn more about her and her background. To learn more about Tennessee Performing Arts Center, please visit: TPAC Website: https://www.tpac.org/ TPAC Instagram: @tennesseepac TPAC Twitter: @tpac Sign up for our newsletter at https://abbraccigroup.com/. Please subscribe, leave a review and tell your friends about our podcast. Learn more about the CHARGE® model by purchasing the book, The Way of the HR Warrior. Let us know about the moments for you that changed your life trajectory. Drop us a note via our website.
1/6/202131 minutes, 28 seconds
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Ep12: Dr. Kimberly Williams reCHARGED

The easier path. It is easy for a reason. Take a listen to Dr. Kimberly Williams discuss the fork in her road: consistency with a great job, steady pay, frequent travel, and continued development OR assume PhD debt, take a cut in pay, stay at home with her children and a manage uncertainty. Dr. Williams didn’t take the easy route, even when there were temptations to get back on the easy route.  Dr. Williams keeps her focus on the long term and pushed forward to these goals. That doesn’t mean it is easy to keep the eye on the target. She also talks candidly about shifting her role in terms of motherhood, having humility, employing courage and being exemplary. As the Executive Director for several physician’s associations in Georgia and the Southern Region of the country, Dr. Williams is charged with weaving short-term and long-term strategic goals into organized plans, policy, and program implementation. This work includes collaboration with physicians, health care professionals, academicians, business leaders, legislators, and industry partners, to support common objectives. She partners with both for-profit and non-profit organizations to identify opportunities that amplify the importance of social and environmental justice, increase diversity in health care professions, and to ensure health care equity. She received her BA in Communications from Mount Vernon College at George Washington University, and her MA in Public Communications from The American University, both in Washington, DC.  She earned her PhD from Capella University in Organization and Management with a concentration in Leadership, People Management, and Health care. Dr. Williams is a wife and mother of two teenagers and loves international travel. With a focus on spiritual and mental wellness, she facilitates Mental Health First Aid™ training, and in her spare time she leads her daughter’s Girl Scout troop.Connect with Dr. Williams at https://www.linkedin.com/in/kimberlydwilliamsphd/ and on Twitter @DrKDWmsPhD1 to learn more about her and her background. Sign up for our newsletter at https://abbraccigroup.com/. Please subscribe, leave a review and tell your friends about our podcast. Learn more about the CHARGE® model by purchasing the book, The Way of the HR Warrior. Let us know about the moments for you that changed your life trajectory. Drop us a note via our website.
12/30/202032 minutes, 39 seconds
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Ep11: Halvern Logan reCHARGED

Please note: We had audio issues and Keri loses all audio. Keep listening as the show goes on! Living in two countries. Changing your career due to a dinner table conversation. Finding your fulfillment. Examining areas in which you are uncomfortable and finding people to help you along the way. Halvern Logan has done all that and has a beautiful story to share about being human and self-aware. Halvern had a moment in his life when he made the decision to change his career. He shares with us his path of going outside of his comfort zone, holding himself accountable, practicing meditation, finding balance and enjoying the journey. He talks about the importance of humility and asking others for help. Halvern asks us the important question at the end of the interview, “What would you do if you only had one day left?”Growing up, Halvern attended an all-male college preparatory school which has a Lasallian tradition. He completed his BA at the University of Tennessee in Economics while participating on one of the premier tennis teams in the country.  He then joined Federated Department Stores as a buyer and later moved to Merrill Lynch as a Financial Advisor.    Halvern then took a break from the corporate world to attend Pepperdine University in Malibu, CA where he completed his MBA before moving to Paris, France, completing the Master of International Business segment of his studies from the French Business University and earned a Certificat Pratique de Français (French Language Exam), at the Université of Paris Sorbonne. After a several years in Paris, Halvern returned to the US and joined Federal Express in Memphis, TN as a Sr. Financial Analyst and later returned to Europe after being promoted to Manager of Financial Forecasting as an expatriate in Brussels, Belgium.After 20 years of corporate life, he decided to change career paths, moving into Financial Recruiting Services, allowing him the freedom to travel & live internationally. He later created his own firm, HBL Search, supporting clients with a team of recruiters and a consortium of executive recruiters from all industries in the US & Western Europe. Halvern is active in non-profit organizations. He’s been a member of the Black MBA Association for over 2 decades, where he was also the Vice President of Administration for the Los Angeles Chapter. Currently, he shares his time equally between Paris, France and Los Angeles, CA. Halvern performs multiple services for organizations in the US, Canada and Western Europe. This includes targeted searches for leading companies, start-ups, municipalities, and non-profits. He provides consulting services for organizations related to Diversity Planning, Career Coaching & Transitions/Outplacement Management. Connect with Halvern at https://www.linkedin.com/in/hblogan/ to learn more about him and his background. Sign up for our newsletter at https://abbraccigroup.com/. Please subscribe, leave a review and tell your friends about our podcast. Learn more about the CHARGE® model by purchasing the book, The Way of the HR Warrior. Let us know about the moments for you that changed your life trajectory. Drop us a note via our website. 
12/23/202036 minutes, 50 seconds
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Ep10: Stefan Ravalli reCHARGED

Do you sometimes have an inner critic? Are you practicing loving kindness to yourself?  Do you need to nourish your attention? Maybe you forget about your own needs? Our special guest, Stefan Ravalli, talks about the power of meditation, how it changed his life and how he learned to treat himself with compassion. Not only did meditation change Stefan’s life, but also he now teaches meditation to help others. Take a listen to Stefan as he provides amazing advice how to treat attention as a precious metal and how to take a few minutes daily to treat yourself well.  Especially now, as we end this dumpster fire year of 2020, learning more compassion and being kind to yourself is critically important. Start off 2021 right by being kind to yourself! Stefan Ravalli helps professionals and organizations tap into the fullest power of the service opportunity. His Serve Conscious project merges his background in hospitality management with his training as a meditation teacher, mindfulness coach, and wellness content creator. He teaches techniques that empower professionals to build truly effective relationships with customers - and themselves! Connect with Stefan at https://www.linkedin.com/in/stefan-ravalli-555aa640/ to learn more about him and his background. Learn more about guided practice Stefan shared https://serveconscious.com/practice-emergency-lifeline-self-compassion/Sign up for our newsletter at https://abbraccigroup.com/. Please subscribe, leave a review and tell your friends about our podcast. Learn more about the CHARGE® model by purchasing the book, The Way of the HR Warrior. Let us know about the moments for you that changed your life trajectory. Drop us a note via our website. 
12/16/202034 minutes, 2 seconds
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Ep9: Sue Tidswell reCHARGED

Picture it...you're in your early 30's, married, a mother of two young children and have reached the ceiling of your career. Now what? For Sue Tidswell, the chance to start a new business opportunity meant the chance to challenge herself in new ways, but it also required her and her family to "cross the big pond" and move from the only home they've ever known-from the London accent to the New Jersey accent.  Sue's story is powerful. She uses all the CHARGE® qualities to help her move to New Jersey and she added one, stupidity. That was a joke but a dose of that does help when you move to another country! And, she let go of the safety net aka she was in the US to stay.  Sue talks about the importance of having people help you, not giving up and finding a way around the obstacle. Sue has spent the past thirteen years with some of the world’s largest staffing companies including; ManpowerGroup, Volt and Randstad. She appreciates the challenges that both companies and individuals face as they work to navigate the changing world of Human Resources. Her belief is that talent is the fuel that companies need to succeed in a world of innovation.Prior to the working in the talent industry, Sue led the Global Financial Printing sector for RR Donnelley, opening new business and building local teams in Asia, Europe, the Americas and Australia. She is the author of Practically Brilliant Words of Wisdom in Hiring a High Performing Sales Force. Connect with Sue at https://www.linkedin.com/in/sue-tidswell-110b541/ to learn more about her and her background.Sign up for our newsletter at https://abbraccigroup.com/. Please subscribe, leave a review and tell your friends about our podcast. Learn more about the CHARGE® model by purchasing the book, The Way of the HR Warrior. Let us know about the moments for you that changed your life trajectory. Drop us a note via our website. 
12/9/202032 minutes, 1 second
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Ep8: Jen Hwang reCHARGED

Has anyone told you to “get off your island”? Have you ever needed a shake-up in your life? Did you think that your life was linear and would go according to plan? Do you know what “emergency brake to a donut” means? How about "the pie is not fixed"? Are you hungry now? Grab a pastry and listen to Jen Hwang speak about listening to her friends’ advice to get off her island and the steps she took to reset her life. Jen dives into what she did to figure out the relationships in her life and how she needed to break lifelong habits. A solo trip to Australia helped her to clear her head and reset. She discovered that she needed to be exemplary for herself. She had to be honest with herself about what she wanted and needed to ask for it. She talks about a quote from a favorite book, Wolfpack, “Be grateful for what you have and demand what you deserve.”Jen Hwang is a Boston-born, South and Midwestern-raised, San Francisco resident. She studied Chemical Engineering and Economics at Northwestern University, back when the Big Ten was only (ahem) 11 schools. She has adventured her way through sales, leadership and executive roles in such industries as luxury consumer goods, digital media, staffing and recruitment tech. Jen has worked in a wide range of environments, including Global 500 and Fortune 500 publicly-traded companies, mid-sized private companies and early-stage startups. She’s obsessed with dogs, sports, wine, and a great farmer’s market.Connect with Jen at https://www.linkedin.com/in/jenhwang/ to learn more about her and her background.Sign up for our newsletter at https://abbraccigroup.com/. Please subscribe, leave a review and tell your friends about our podcast. Learn more about the CHARGE® model by purchasing the book, The Way of the HR Warrior. Let us know about the moments for you that changed your life trajectory. Drop us a note via our website. 
12/2/202039 minutes, 26 seconds
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Ep7: Ryan Smith reCHARGED

At the age of 5 years, Ryan Smith made the choice to do the right thing and not be a follower. As a kindergartner, Ryan recognized the pain his classmates caused another child who had a disability. At that moment, Ryan decided to help his peer, rather than cause additional hurt. That single moment has guided Ryan in making decisions professionally, most notably, leaving a company that no longer aligned to his values and beliefs. We talk about a variety of topics this episode: keys to raising a child, the life decision that Ryan made which changed his life, using your courage, finding your purpose, taking steps back to move forward, and, what we are grateful for during this COVID Thanksgiving. Overall, Ryan reminds us all to listen to our gut instinct and strive to always do the right thing. Born and raised in Detroit, MI, Ryan Smith received his Bachelor’s in Business Administration (Human Resource Management) with concentrations in Political Science and Economics from Western Michigan University. He then began his professional career with Macy’s Inc. as a Sales Manager where he managed over 200 associates and an annual sales volume of $20 million. Ryan was then promoted into the Human Resources field and shifted his HR skills from retail to a more people focused organization, ManpowerGroup. After several years consulting with clients across the U.S., he relocated to Oakland, CA. In 2018, Ryan accepted the role of Manager, Human Resources Business Partner for Industrial Light & Magic in San Francisco and Skywalker Sound in Marin County, CA, both Disney companies under Lucasfilm, (his dream job!) Ryan has been a guest speaker discussing topics around diversity and inclusion, career advancement, generational differences, employment law and performance management. He enjoys giving back to his community by volunteering for events such as Go Red for Women and Reading is Fundamental. Ryan resides in Northern CA.Connect with Ryan at https://www.linkedin.com/in/smithryans/ to learn more about him and his background.Sign up for our newsletter at https://abbraccigroup.com/. Please subscribe, leave a review and tell your friends about our podcast. Learn more about the CHARGE® model by purchasing the book, The Way of the HR Warrior. Let us know about the moments for you that changed your life trajectory. Drop us a note via our website. 
11/25/202035 minutes, 5 seconds
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Ep6: Janis Bartlett reCHARGED

For those who struggle with rejection and depression, Janis' story is one you need to hear.  It took courage and resilience to make a cross-country move to expand Bloomingdale's presence on the west coast and confront herself, look within, dig deep and come out on top.Janis Bartlett is a tenured HR Executive with over 35 years of extensive experience in the retail, financial, manufacturing, construction and restaurant sectors. Her expertise includes employee relations, labor law and compliance, policy creation, as well as succession and talent management. She’s a facilitator and subject matter expert on topics like Workplace Violence, Diversity and Inclusion and Crucial Confrontations. Janis’ approach is New York in nature—energetic, honest and direct, but with empathy first and foremost. Throughout her career she has proven to be a strong voice, trusted advisor and influencer. With her spirit of giving back, she volunteers her time to Gleam Network, which serves the underserved in the food and restaurant industry.Janis reminds us all that while we may put ourselves on the ledge, we can get ourselves off that ledge too. This is a story you need to hear for yourself - Janis' story is sure to leave you feeling inspired and motivated.Connect with Janis at https://www.linkedin.com/in/jfitzbar/ to learn about her background and strike up a conversation!Sign up for our newsletter at https://abbraccigroup.com/. Please subscribe, leave a review and tell your friends about our podcast. Learn more about the CHARGE® model by purchasing the book, The Way of the HR Warrior. Let us know about the moments for you that changed your life trajectory. Drop us a note via our website. 
11/18/202028 minutes, 59 seconds
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Ep5: Charlie Jones reCHARGED

What's your personal theme song? The song that gets you out of bed, motivates you and at times, even grounds you. Charlie Jones loves a good theme song and thinks everyone should have one. As an e-commerce executive and consultant, he has spent his 20-plus year career helping great brands like Fisher-Price, Mattel, Nestlé, and Proactiv develop meaningful and effective digital experiences. Over the past four years Charlie has focused on the restaurant industry and is currently consulting for a restaurant technology company. When he’s not in Las Vegas making important life decisions, Charlie loves to cook, mix cocktails, and enjoy desert hikes with his family near their home in La Quinta, CA. What makes the conversation with Charlie so inspiring is the candor with which he speaks about his struggles with weight loss, his journey toward becoming more self-aware and honing his skills to find a job that fulfills his passion for creativity. Charlie credits resiliency and goal-orientation to altering his path in life and allowing him to see opportunities to further develop. Listen to why Charlie likes living life, as he calls it, "wild-side adjacent." Connect with Charlie at https://www.linkedin.com/in/charleshjones/ and tell him your theme song!Sign up for our newsletter at https://abbraccigroup.com/. Please subscribe, leave a review and tell your friends about our podcast. Learn more about the CHARGE® model by purchasing the book, The Way of the HR Warrior. Let us know about the moments for you that changed your life trajectory. Drop us a note via our website. 
11/11/202036 minutes, 1 second
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Ep4: Marcia Anglarill reCHARGED

Ever wondered what it would be like to live all over the world? Dreamed of being in the Foreign Service? It Is damn hard to do! Marcia Anglarill gives us an inside look at the trials and tribulations of applying to the Foreign Service. Marcia is currently the Cultural Affairs Officer for the Venezuela Affairs Unit in Bogota, Colombia. Prior to this, she served as the Public Diplomacy Desk Officer for Andean Affairs in the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs. She covered Bolivia, Colombia, Peru, Ecuador and Venezuela. Marcia has been a Foreign Service Officer for nearly seventeen years.Marcia used plenty of resilience and goal-orientation to achieve success in starting her career. Moving around the world every few years is not for the faint of heart. Listen to how we can use the actions Marcia lays out to help us all reach our goals. Connect with Marcia at https://www.linkedin.com/in/marcia-anglarill-831763146/ to learn more about what it's like living a life of public service.Sign up for our newsletter at https://abbraccigroup.com/. Please subscribe, leave a review and tell your friends about our podcast. Learn more about the CHARGE® model by purchasing the book, The Way of the HR Warrior. Let us know about the moments for you that changed your life trajectory. Drop us a note via our website. 
11/4/202022 minutes, 2 seconds
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Ep3: Kris Murray reCHARGED

Slackers beware! If you're looking for a reason to sit back and do nothing, this is not the episode for you! In her late 20's Kris and her husband were expecting their second child, moving to a new house and just decided to launch their own businesses...what?! Kris Murray is a non-profit leader with deep experience in the for-profit industry and is appreciated for her ability to help others achieve their goals. She's a proud Berkeley grad who lives with her smart and handsome husband, Chris just outside San Francisco, CA.While many could've questioned their decision making process, Kris chose to be exemplary and made the commitment that whatever she did, she would do well. This is a story you need to hear for yourself - Kris' story is uplifting, inspiring and memorable. Connect with Kris at https://www.linkedin.com/in/krismalmgrenmurray/ and realize you cannot keep up with her. Sign up for our newsletter at https://abbraccigroup.com/. Please subscribe, leave a review and tell your friends about our podcast. Learn more about the CHARGE® model by purchasing the book, The Way of the HR Warrior. Let us know about the moments for you that changed your life trajectory. Drop us a note via our website. 
10/28/202031 minutes, 23 seconds
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Ep2: Lisa Taguchi reCHARGED

Have you ever had someone question your ability? Doubt your capabilities? For those that have, it can leave one feeling distraught and for others, motivated. From her humble beginnings as a server in San Francisco to founding her own business, Lisa Taguchi has forged her own path. Lisa is the Chief Executive Officer of U-Key Career Solutions, an organization that provides coaching, staffing, and recruiting services for anyone seeking employment or looking to advance their career in the Bay Area and beyond. As an avid learner constantly pushing herself to develop and grow, listen to how Lisa channeled her energy toward achieving her goals and pushed herself even further to the success story she is today. Having faced adversity in her life she credits much of her success to being courageous and implementing "grit." Coincidentally, she named her company "U-Key" which is Japanese for courage.Connect with Lisa at https://www.linkedin.com/in/lisa-taguchi/.  She will inspire you to push yourself and as she shares with us, "Don't let anyone's negative opinion sway you from what you truly want."Sign up for our newsletter at https://abbraccigroup.com/. Please subscribe, leave a review and tell your friends about our podcast. Learn more about the CHARGE® model by purchasing the book, The Way of the HR Warrior. Let us know about the moments for you that changed your life trajectory. Drop us a note via our website. 
10/17/202028 minutes, 43 seconds
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Ep1: Roy Green reCHARGED

From corporate life to starting his own business, hear first-hand about the significance employing courage and setting goals has made on Roy Green's success.  And, listen to his honest thoughts about our music intro! Roy has a proven track record that includes accomplishments in many areas of sales and marketing. Roy thrives in environments in which he can build cohesive teams, revitalize sales efforts and create innovative sales and client-focused strategies. For those wanting to embark on a new path, listen to the engaging, inspiring and humorous story that will challenge your thinking and propel you to take action.  Connect with Roy at https://www.linkedin.com/in/roy-green-6ab2743/.  He is an amazing connector and will motivate you with his unique and uplifting perspective. Sign up for our newsletter at https://abbraccigroup.com/. Please subscribe, leave a review and tell your friends about our podcast. Learn more about the CHARGE® model by purchasing the book, The Way of the HR Warrior. Let us know about the moments for you that changed your life trajectory. Drop us a note via our website. 
10/16/202026 minutes, 16 seconds
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Trailer: reCHARGE® Your Life

We're thrilled to launch our new podcast - take a listen!
10/15/20201 minute, 32 seconds