Air Date 11/29/2023 The movement for universal health care is still underway, though it rarely gets recognized in mainstream discourse. The death of Medicare For All (M4A) activist Ady Barkan is an occasion worth using to look at the progress being made to improve our system of promoting the health of all people in the United States as well as efforts to rein in the power of big Pharma that's used to gouge the American people with exorbitant prices. So, that's what we're doing. Be part of the show! Leave us a message or text at 202-999-3991 or email Jay@BestOfTheLeft.com Transcript BestOfTheLeft.com/Support (Members Get Bonus Clips and Shows + No Ads!) Join our Discord community! SHOW NOTES Ch. 1: Healthcare Activist Ady Barkan Dies of ALS; Watch His 2021 Interview on Demanding Medicare for All - Democracy Now! - Air Date 11-27-23 Healthcare activist Ady Barkan has died at the age of 39 of the neurodegenerative disease ALS. His story is told in the documentary Not Going Quietly. In 2021, Democracy Now! spoke with Ady Barkan just ahead of the film's premiere. Ch. 2: Why your health insurance is tied to work - The Weeds - Air Date 10-18-23 The wartime policy that changed health insurance forever Ch. 3: Rethinking the path to winning single payer - Code WACK! - Air Date 4-10-23 Winning Medicare for All in the U.S. may be at a standstill at the federal level, but it's a different story In the states. In 2021 alone, 18 single-payer bills were introduced in states such as Massachusetts, New York, Colorado, and Oregon. Ch. 4: How Can This Predatory Exploitation Be Considered Health Care - Thom Hartmann Program - Air Date 11-15-23 If Medicare Advantage, the profit-driven entity that is decidedly NOT part of REAL Medicare, could be summed up in three words, they might be: deny, deny, deny. Ch. 5: Biden vs. Big Pharma Medicare to Begin Negotiations to Lower Price of 10 Costly Drugs & Insulin - Democracy Now! - Air Date 8-30-23 Peter Maybarduk joins us to discuss how the new negotiation process aims to break up drug monopolies and disband the pharmaceutical industry's profit incentive. Ch. 6: Inequality Undermines Health & Healthcare in the U.S. - Economic Update with Richard D. Wolff - Air Date 11-14-23 Interview with Dr. Stephen Bezruchka on how economic inequality connects to stress, health problems, and inadequate healthcare." Ch. 7: Big Pharma Explained Why Are Meds So Expensive [& The Solution] - The Laura Flanders Show - Air Date 6-12-23 Today's three integral guests (listed below) join the Laura Flanders Show to discuss the pharmaceutical industry and how to end Big Pharma companies' monopoly. MEMBERS-ONLY BONUS CLIP(S) Ch. 8: The Challenge of Caring for Our Elders - The Brian Lehrer Show - Air Date 11-15-23 Reed Abelson, New York Times reporter, talks about the financial challenges of caring for our elders since the United States does not have a comprehensive system to help pay for long-term care as the population ages. FINAL COMMENTS Ch. 9: Final comments on more good news from the fight against climate change MUSIC (Blue Dot Sessions) SHOW IMAGE Description: A photo of Ady Barkan wearing a “Be A Hero” shirt while sitting in his specialized wheelchair and smiling at someone off-camera. Credit: “Elizabeth Warren & Ady Barkan”, Elizabeth Warren, Flickr | License: CC By 2.0 | Changes: Cropped Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Listen Anywhere! BestOfTheLeft.com/Listen Listen Anywhere! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at Jay@BestOfTheLeft.com
When it comes to home care knowledge, Stephen Tweed is undeniably the go-to expert. In this episode, Stephen Tweed shares insights on the trends, challenges, and opportunities shaping the fast-growing of home care and discusses why taking care of loved ones at home is increasingly preferred. Stephen discusses creative solutions to address the caregiver shortage, starting a home care business, and the rising preference for at-home care; he also highlights the Home Care CEO Forum he created for industry leaders to share best practices, offering valuable insights into this essential yet fragmented sector. Tune in and learn how the home care industry is evolving, the challenges it faces, and the strategies employed to ensure efficient and effective home care services! Resources: Connect with and follow Stephen on LinkedIn. Learn more about the Home Care CEO Forum on their website. Discover more about Stephen's company, Leading Home Care, on their website. Email Stephen at firstname.lastname@example.org Grab a copy of Steven's book, Conquering The Crisis.
The gals chat Taylor going straight to Kansas City and, ostensibly, into the arms of Travis Kelce after her traumatic experience in Brazil. They discuss The Eras Tour in São Paulo, where the family of Ana Clara Benevides attended the final show in Brazil. Lauren and Chan share some insider tea about Taylor Swift's concert preparation, and what she did differently for her last night in São Paulo. They also chat about Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, where viewers learn more about Erika and her upbringing, as well as the difference in Kyle's friendship with Dorit vs. Sutton. Finally, Lauren and Chan talk about Real Housewives of Salt Lake City showing some surprising vulnerability and which marriage the gals are rooting for. Click here to try the most magical gummies by EarlyBird CBD! Use code POPAPOLOGISTS for 20% off! Shop Clean Simple Eats protein powder and use code POPAPOLOGISTS for 10% off! To support the show, consider subscribing on Patreon, where you can get a bonus episode of Pop Apologists every Friday! Please note this episode may contain paid endorsements and advertisements for products and services. Individuals on the show may have a direct or indirect financial interest in products or services referred to in this episode. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Show SummaryOn this episode, we feature a conversation with Dr. Tanya Hess, a Licensed Psychologist and Training Director for the Department of Veterans Affairs Coaching Into Care Family Call Center, a national telephone-based support service for family emmbers and others who want to help reluctant veterans access their VA health care benefits, particularly for mental health concerns. About Today's GuestsDr. Tanya Hess has been doing therapy in the Philadelphia area since 2007. She trained in adult and child psychotherapy and psychological assessment at Emory University, The University of Tennessee, and Pennsylvania Hospital. Her post-doctoral fellowship work was in eating disorders and residential treatment at Renfrew Center. Since completion of her fellowship she has worked in treatment and outreach for the Veterans Affairs in Philadelphia, specializing in family engagement. Dr. Hess' research has included the interaction between emotion and personality and the use of therapeutic assessment as a treatment tool. Links Mentioned In This EpisodeCoaching Into Care Web siteEmail Coaching Into Care TeamCoaching Into Care on FacebookCoaching Into Care contact number: 888-823-7458, Monday through Friday, between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. Eastern time.PsychArmor Resource of the WeekThis week's PsychArmor resource of the week is the PsychArmor the course, Coaching a Loved One Into Care. At times, it can be difficult to talk to a Veteran about seeking help. This course equips caregivers with tools to identify potential struggles, and better understand problems with traditional approaches like ultimatums and forceful discussions. You can see find the course here: https://learn.psycharmor.org/courses/coaching-a-loved-one-into-care This Episode Sponsored By: This episode is sponsored by PsychArmor. PsychArmor is the premier education and learning ecosystems specializing in military culture content PsychArmor offers an. Online e-learning laboratory that is free to individual learners as well as custom training options for organizations. Contact Us and Join Us on Social Media Email PsychArmorPsychArmor on TwitterPsychArmor on FacebookPsychArmor on YouTubePsychArmor on LinkedInPsychArmor on InstagramTheme MusicOur theme music Don't Kill the Messenger was written and performed by Navy Veteran Jerry Maniscalco, in cooperation with Operation Encore, a non profit committed to supporting singer/songwriter and musicians across the military and Veteran communities.Producer and Host Duane France is a retired Army Noncommissioned Officer, combat veteran, and clinical mental health counselor for service members, veterans, and their families. You can find more about the work that he is doing at www.veteranmentalhealth.com
Do you know what a “double-duty caregiver” is? Chances are that if you work in health care, you know a few of them… and you may even be one yourself!Betsy Taylor, editor of Health Progress, and Debra Kelsey-Davis, co-founder of Nourish for Caregivers and Sagacity.Care, join the show to discuss Kelsey-Davis's recent article for the fall issue of Health Progress. They discuss how COVID-19 impacted the stress levels of double-duty caregivers, raising awareness and how Catholic health systems can better care and advocate for the double-duty caregivers working in the ministry.Resources Read Debra Kelsey-Davis's article, “Double-Duty Caregiving: Clinicians Caring for Others at Work and Home Need Support” for Health ProgressVisit the Nourish for Caregivers website
Why do we care so much about what other people think? Why are we so scared to be seen as our true selves? In this episode, we delve deep into these questions and discuss how we can set ourselves free from self-judgments and get comfortable showing up in the world as who we really are. Stay updated with our newsletter Register for the weekly Community Zoom --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/lifeunpotted/message Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/lifeunpotted/support
In an era where we're living longer, families are far away, and we want to stay independent, self-help programs like the Caring Collaborative fill a gaping hole, whether you live in the suburbs or a city.The Transition Network's Caring Collaborative program channels the goodwill of our community into practical help with health issues. Grocery shopping, sharing medical experiences, an escort to your rehab session, a note-taker during a doctor's visit - they're all on the Caring Collaborative's menu of ways participants can support each other. You'll learn about TTN's program - and how you can bring its benefits into small and large groups in your life.In this episode, you will discover:About The Transition Network's Caring Collaborative program, which taps into our community to transform goodwill into practical helpHow to import Caring Collaborative activities into your own large or small groupsSuccess factors in launching a CC programAbout Betsy Werley:Betsy Werley, former Executive Director (2005-2013) of The Transition Network, is proud to be an "encore career" role model. She joined TTN in 2005 after spending 26 years in the for-profit sector, first as a corporate lawyer and then leading business projects at JPMorgan Chase. Her volunteer service as President of the Financial Women's Association was the catalyst for her decision to pursue a nonprofit job. She has also served as Director of Network Expansion for Encore. Org from 2013-2020 and is currently a freelance liaison to the Pass It On Network. Betsy is a regular speaker on transitioning to the nonprofit sector and career transitions in general. Her transition story is featured in What's Next? How to Follow Your Passions to a Fantastic and Fulfilling New Career, by Kerry Hannon, AARP's Job expert; and The Big Shift by Marc Freedman, founder and CEO of Encore.org.Get in touch with Betsy Werley:Visit The Caring Collaborative Website: https://revolutionizeretirement.com/caringcollab Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/bwerley/ Download Betsy's Handout: https://revolutionizeretirement.com/werley Buy Book Betsy Recommended: https://revolutionizeretirement.com/womendontretire What to do next: Click to grab our free guide, 10 Key Issues to Consider as You Explore Your Retirement Transition Please leave a review at Apple Podcasts. Join our Revolutionize Your Retirement group on Facebook.
[TRANSCRIPT] [click, static] I haven't heard from you, which I'm trying not to read into too much. It's not like we haven't gone days—or weeks, even—without talking but I guess I'm feeling— Well, between talking to you—actually talking to you—for the first time and you knowing my name… Is this what it feels like to be…vulnerable? I know I've told you about K not calling me back and Millie moving away and my parents dying and—it's not like I haven't been vulnerable before. I have. Of course I have, I'm human. But it's been a long time since I've wanted to be. Well, I guess not that long if you count— [click, static] It doesn't work out that well usually, does it? Caring about someone. Caring what they think about you, how they feel about you. Wanting to talk to them, to know them. There's no way to do any of that—to have anything meaningful—without rolling over and showing your soft underbelly. And I've been kicked in the gut one too many times, Birdie. I thought the last one might kill me. But nothing has yet. [click, static]
November is Alzheimer's Awareness Month and you'll meet a man who has been acquainted with that disease. Dr. Ed Shaw is the founder and director of a Memory Counseling Program in North Carolina. His wife, Rebecca, was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's in 2008. If you are walking this trail or know someone who is, don't miss Chris Fabry Live.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Addictions are relationships with something and they often are not ones that serve us.Developing an addictive relationship with something can signal to us that we aren't enough on our own, or we must have it in our life to function.Sandra Elia-Taranto is a food addiction counselor, author and public speaker and believes the addiction cycle stems from a belief that we are ‘never enough'.In this episode, she shares her story, and also offers helpful insights into the addiction cycle, along with helpful questions you can use to hold yourself accountable.HIGHLIGHTS02:22 Sandra's Background and Work in Food Addiction Recovery10:13 The Buzz of Normal Foods and Changing Taste Buds16:59 Challenging the Notion of Lack of Willpower and Discipline18:26 The Importance of Positive Internal Dialogue20:20 The power of energy and self-perception22:31 Caring for the physical, mental, and spiritual well-beingSANDRA'S LINKSsandraelia.comHer book: Never Enough (on Amazon)ALISON'S LINKS:Check out the ULTIMATE PODCASTSGet your copy of Alison's Retreat ChecklistEMAIL MEVISIT MY WebsiteFIND ME on FacebookFOLLOW ME on TwitterFOLLOW ME on InstagramEXPLORE OUR RETREATS HERE!JOIN OUR GROUP HERE If you are a health/fitness/wellness entrepreneur, or a coachINNOVATION AVENUE: Fitness & Self-Care Revolution on FacebookANDROID USERS leave a REVIEW on PODCHASERAPPLE USERS leave a REVIEW on APPLE PODCASTS
In this episode of "The Goats of Growth," I had the pleasure of sitting down with Colin Spector, the VP of Sales at Orum—an innovative AI-powered live conversation platform. We dive deep into a discussion about the core skills essential for success in sales, such as grit, curiosity, and care, and Colin shared invaluable insights into how he nurtures these qualities within his team. A key highlight was Colin emphasizing the significance of leaders actively listening to their team members' ideas. A must listen for leaders with ambitions of growing their team. Colins Linkedin Page Developing Sales Skills and Empowerment (00:04:05) Colin discusses the importance of grit, curiosity, and care in sales reps, and how to empower them to think outside the box and improve their skills. The reason for pattern interrupt (00:11:09) Colin explains how using an engineer as a salesperson was a pattern interrupt that led to more successful meetings. The importance of attitude and activity (00:14:05) Colin discusses the two levers that can be controlled every day: attitude and activity, and how they contribute to success in sales. Caring and champion building (00:18:03) Colin emphasizes the importance of caring for customers and building champions by helping them solve their problems and achieve their goals. Taking care of each other in business (00:22:12) Discussion about the importance of taking care of employees, sales reps, and customers in order to create a positive work environment. Big goal: Purchasing a rental property in Portugal (00:23:06) Colin's goal of buying a rental property in Portugal that can be used as a vacation property for his family. Learning new information through immersion(00:24:24) Colin's preferred way of learning new information, including languages and industries, by immersing himself in the culture and language.
Dr. Kathy begins unpacking her new book, Parent Differently. She shares insights on one of the core character traits that ignites other traits parents seek to develop in kids. Being thankful and expressing gratitude is a fundamental skill that inspires other traits to grow and flourish in young people. To purchase Parent Differently, click here>>
Hawaiian land and water activist Ke`eaumoku Kapu of West Maui is descended from a long line of kalo (taro) farmers and care takers of his ancestral home in Kauaula. He and his family's hard won land-back struggles and stream water repatriation in the face of powerful corporate interests serve as the backdrop of his current efforts to help his community in the aftermath and the re-build of Lāhaina town which was completely burned to the ground in August 2023. He not only speaks to the difficulties ahead and long road to recovery, but also paints a vision of Moku`ula and the thriving fishing, agricultural and historical village Lāhaina might become in the future.
Building on last week's introduction to heart failure, this episode explores the nuances in the medical management of cardiogenic shock. Host Sarah Lorenzini and Christian Guzman APRN continue this three-part heart failure series by completing the case study of a patient in cardiogenic shock, and breaking down key treatment concepts and strategies.They discuss goal-directed therapy to optimize heart function, with a specific focus on the vital aspects of contractility, afterload, and preload, and their pivotal roles in patient care. As their conversation progresses, they delve into the use of medical interventions, covering the pros and cons of medications used to treat heart failure at each stage from beginning to extremis.Christian and Sarah go beyond what you'll read from textbooks, shedding light on the challenges and clinical decision-making process of heart failure care by sharing real life examples and insights.Tune in now to learn how to assess patients for cardiogenic shock and manage their care at every stage of heart failure!Topics discussed in this episode:The treatment of last week's patientGoal-directed therapy for heart failureMethods to increase contractilityPreload optimizationThe use of inotropes in heart failure managementAssessing patients for cardiogenic shockWhen to use beta blockers for heart failureWhen to pull the trigger for mechanical circulatory supportConnect with Christian Guzman APRN on Instagram:https://www.instagram.com/thenerdynursepractitioner/Watch this episode on The Rapid Response RN YouTube Channel! https://www.youtube.com/@therapidresponsern/videosMentioned in this episode:Rapid Response and Rescue Intro CourseCONNECT
“I think the key in effective communication is building trust, because without trust, patients are not likely to engage in their care as effectively, which can influence patient well-being and their overall health outcomes. Building trust is, I think, crucial,” Deb Christensen, MSN, APRN, AGCNS-BC, AOCNS, founder and chief patient officer at the Cancer Help Desk, a nonprofit that provides personalized cancer treatment resources, told Jaime Weimer, MSN, RN, AGCNS-BS, AOCNS®, manager of oncology nursing practice at ONS, during a discussion about strategies oncology nurses can use when approaching difficult conversations with patients across all populations. You can earn free NCPD contact hours after listening to this episode and completing the evaluation linked below. Music Credit: “Fireflies and Stardust” by Kevin MacLeod Licensed under Creative Commons by Attribution 3.0 Earn 0.75 contact hours of nursing continuing professional development (NCPD), which may be applied to the oncology nursing practice ILNA category, by listening to the full recording and completing an evaluation at myoutcomes.ons.org by November 24, 2025. The planners and faculty for this episode have no relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies to disclose. ONS is accredited as a provider of NCPD by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation. Learning outcome: The learner will report an increase in knowledge related to difficult conversations in cancer care. Episode Notes Complete this evaluation for free NCPD. Deb Christensen's ONS Voice articles about communication Oncology Nursing Podcast: Episode 14: Having Difficult Conversations in Oncology Practice Episode 208: How to Have Fertility Preservation Conversations With Your Patients Episode 235: Self-Advocacy Skills for Patients Episode 253: The Ethics of Caring for People You Know Personally Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing articles: Tools for Communication: Novel Infrastructure to Address Patient-Perceived Gaps in Oncology Care Breaking Bad News: An Evidence-Based Review of Communication Models for Oncology Nurses ONS Resources: Palliative Care Communication Strategies Shared Decision Making in Prostate Cancer Journal of Oncology Practice article: Role of Kindness in Cancer Care SPIKES: A Framework for Breaking Bad News to Patients With Cancer Ask-Tell-Ask method City of Hope: The Interprofessional Communication Curriculum Center to Advance Palliative Care Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's Health Literacy Universal Precautions To discuss the information in this episode with other oncology nurses, visit the ONS Communities. To find resources for creating an ONS Podcast Club in your chapter or nursing community, visit the ONS Podcast Library. To provide feedback or otherwise reach ONS about the podcast, email pubONSVoice@ons.org. Highlights From Today's Episode “Patients tend to be less anxious when they have a trusting relationship with their providers, with their oncology team on a whole, and they tend to follow through better on their treatment plan because they trust what you're saying. It's not easy to establish a trusting relationship when you first meet someone. But what I found in my practice is that anticipating their needs and really listening to their story has made a world of difference in establishing that trusting relationship—and admitting if I don't know the answer to something or if perhaps I've gotten something wrong.” TS 2:32 “Intellectual empathy asks you to imagine yourself in that person's place. And we've all had challenging experiences; we just don't get through life without them. And as a result, we can generally think of a time when we might have been in a similar situation, maybe not exactly the same, but a similar situation, and garner that empathy for the patient and, importantly, for the caregiver, too. Because we genuinely, genuinely want to understand somebody. Intellectual empathy really comes from listening carefully to what's being said and what's not being said, analyzing different people's perspective, knowing your own bias, and asking open-ended questions.” TS 4:41 “I think that the first thing that an oncology nurse needs to do is recognize that patients have their own autonomy to make their own decisions and not go into a conversation expecting a specific outcome. So going in with the intention to do your best, but also be open to what the patient wants to do.” TS 8:30 “Our biggest foe in all of this communication, these communication strategies, really is time. We just do not have the amount of time. I mean, we love the luxury of time to be able to sit and really get into these kind of deeper conversations with people, but we may only have 30 minutes. We may only have 15. So, how do we do that? That is still a question that's out there that there's a lot of investigating. Are there techniques that can help? And there are.” TS 13:47 “All of these points in the continuum have one thing in common, and that's uncertainty. That's really a whirlpool—uncertainty—for people. One of the communication strategies that I've used with people is letting them know that this is a very common emotion to experience—a sense of loss of control, uncertainty—and that in my experience, that people generally, once they have a plan, the anxiety settles. So, giving them kind of a guidepost, hope in the future, that the anxiety will settle. Because I would say 98% of the time it does, once people gain a sense of control, because they have a plan of action to move forward.” TS 16:10 “The setting is really, really important, especially when you're having these challenging conversations. Always checking for understanding: What is that perception? What is the patient perceiving? What is the caregiver family perceiving? Are they understanding you correctly? And being respectful of what people want to know, because sometimes they don't want to know specific things.” TS 21:57 “Oncology nurses need to be aware of their own biases and their own emotional state when they're going into these emotional conversations, these difficult conversations they really need to be in. You might not always be the right one for the conversation. I think that's an important thing to note too, and be able to admit that you may have had a personal life experience that just is not going to allow you to get around a bias or an emotional reaction to the conversation, and so you might not be the right one.” TS 23:11 “I've always felt like if you can help someone find joy and peace in the moment, then that moment was made better. Life is a series of moments. That's kind of how I get through that piece of it.” TS 26:20
Poet Emily Hockaday (2:07) speaks with Ann Wallace about her new poetry collection, In a Body, published in October 2023 by Harbor Editions. Emily discusses the layered ways in which new motherhood, the death of her father, a diagnosis of fibromyalgia—as well as science and ecology—have shaped Emily's work, much of which she composed while walking with her child on the trails of Forest Park in Queens, New York. We then hear from Dr. Randi Eckel (32:52) about the new NPSNJ programs that members can look forward to in 2024. Also, in this episode, Randi answers a question from Gail about using cardboard as a mulch to suppress invasive weeds in a new installment of Ask Randi. And Kim Correro joins the conversation to talk with sustainable landscape designer and naturalist Elaine Silverstein (40:32) about rethinking the lawn. Elaine is the Vice President of Chapters for NPSNJ and the Co-leader of the Bergen Passaic Chapter. She will further share her expertise in “Choosing, Planting, and Caring for Native Plants,” a four-week workshop for The Native Plant Society of New Jersey, to be offered in January. Registration opens on December 4th at NPSNJ.org. And to close out the episode, poet Theta Pavis (1:05:16) shares “Growing Avocadoes in East Orange,” winner of the Seed Challenge that The WildStory ran earlier this fall, sponsored by Jennifer Jewell and Timber Press. Theta and two other winners each received a copy of Jennifer's book What We Sow: On the Personal, Ecological, and Cultural Significance of Seeds.
In this episode of Sticky From The Inside, you'll hear from Jeff Jackel, an expert in automating employee recognition and engagement. Host, Andy Goram, initially had doubts about the relevance of talking to a "gifting guy," but quickly realized the links between recognition, automation and the hybrid work environment. Jeff, the co-founder of Client Giant, is a trailblazer in the field of technology-driven employee recognition and engagement. The pair discuss that by embracing automation and creating a positive work environment, businesses can enhance employee morale, retention, and overall organizational success at scale. If you're a business owner or leader who wants to improve employee engagement and loyalty, this episode is a must-listen. ----more---- Key Takeaways The power of employee recognition and how it can boost morale and productivity. The role of automation in employee recognition and how it can streamline processes and improve efficiency. How to create personal connections in a hybrid environment and foster a genuine sense of belonging. The benefits of automating employee recognition, from time savings to increased accuracy and fairness. The power of genuine recognition in creating strong, lasting relationships with your employees. ----more---- Key Moments The key moments in this episode are: 00:00:10 - Podcast Introduction 00:01:20 - The Importance of Employee Recognition 00:02:16 - Automating Thoughtfulness 00:03:00 - Introduction to Jeff Jackel and Client Giant 00:08:28 - Loving Employees Before Clients 00:14:43 - The Importance of Caring 00:15:46 - The Impact of the Hybrid Environment 00:18:43 - Opportunities for Building Relationships 00:21:01 - The Consequences of Neglecting Recognition and Caring 00:28:28 - The Role of Automation at Scale 00:29:53 - How to Automate Thoughtfulness 00:35:23 - Balancing Automation and Personal Touches 00:41:50 - The Importance of Personalisation 00:44:06 - Going Above and Beyond for Employees 00:46:11 - Sticky Note Summary 00:48:45 - Conclusions ----more---- Join The Conversation Find Andy Goram on LinkedIn here Follow the Podcast on Instagram here Follow the Podcast on Twitter here Follow the Podcast on Facebook here Check out the Bizjuicer website here Get a free consultation with Andy here Check out the Bizjuicer blog here Download the podcast here ----more---- Useful Links Follow Jeff Jackel on LinkedIn here Follow Client Giant on LinkedIn here Follow Client Giant on Facebook here Find out about Rosabeth Moss Kanter here ----more---- Full Episode Transcript Get the full transcript of the episode here
In this episode of the Wiggle Room Podcast, we look at the value of finding a specific situation when doing The Work. We also explore different approaches to working on a situation and we emphasize the importance of being gentle with the turnarounds to find a balance that feels right to you. You can also listen to this podcast wherever you get your podcasts. If you're new to podcasts, here's a review article by PCMagazine on the best podcast apps to use. If you find one that Wiggle Room is not on, let me know and I'll be happy to add it there too. Here are a few of the most popular podcast apps. Timeline 00:55 — Intro 04:03 — Question: My Examples When Working “I'm Feeling Like A Failure” Seem Too Intellectual 12:23 — Question: When Working “I Can't Say No,” Which Is Better, JYNW or OBAAT Worksheet? 17:04 — Question: If I Do The Work On My Anxiety About My Child, Will It Make Me Stop Caring? 29:04 — Question: Is It Better To Question Specific Situations vs. Doing The Work In General? 34:44 — Newsletter: No and Yes Are Equal, Unless I Want You to Like Me 43:53 — Outro Open Session Recording In this Open Session recording, we look at several specific issues and think about how to work them. Sometimes, it takes meditation to find the best approach. We also cover how to do The Work without losing touch with your own experience of truth. Be a participant in Open Sessions each week to do The Work with me, participate in our discussions, or ask your questions. Newsletter Text In the second part of the recording, I read my article, No and Yes Are Equal, Unless I Want You to Like Me. Subscribe to the newsletter to get new articles like this one each week. Bonus Videos If you prefer video, you can watch the following sections of the podcast in HD video. My Examples When Working “I'm Feeling Like A Failure” Seem Too Intellectual When Working “I Can't Say No,” Which Is Better, JYNW or OBAAT Worksheet? If I Do The Work On My Anxiety About My Child, Will It Make Me Stop Caring? Is It Better To Question Specific Situations vs. Doing The Work In General? No and Yes Are Equal, Unless I Want You to Like Me Learn The Work Of Byron Katie Three ways to stop suffering and engage with me: Choose a solution that works for you.
Host Raj Sundar is joined by guest Tanja Ahlin, a researcher and anthropologist, to explore the concept of good care in the context of chronic illness and care collectives. They discuss the limitations of healthcare systems' metrics for measuring success in chronic illness care and emphasize the importance of finding individualized approaches that go beyond clinical outcomes. They delve into the role of technology in facilitating care at a distance, particularly in transnational care collectives, where families use tools like mobile phones and webcams to support each other. The episode also touches on the undervalued nature of informal care, the impact of gender and wage gaps in caregiving, and the significance of material factors and power dynamics in care practices. Overall, the conversation challenges traditional notions of care and highlights the need for a more holistic and inclusive approach in healthcare. Find all of our network podcasts on your favorite podcast platforms and be sure to subscribe and like us. Learn more at www.healthcarenowradio.com/listen
On episode 245 I welcome Dr. Deboarah MacNamara to the podcast. Dr. Deborah is a counsellor and scientist; storyteller and teacher; guide and Mother. Deborah makes sense of kids for adults who care for them believing this to be the path for transforming families and communities, society, our world as a whole. Deborah serves as a leading international expert who provides counselling and educational services to support parents, professionals, and educators. She is also a professional speaker who has presented to the United Nations and The Dalai Lama Centre for Peace and Education. Deborah specialises in the relational-developmental approach based on the work of Dr. Gordon Neufeld, empowering parents to become the expert on their children with everyday questions and practical strategies. She came to this work as a new mother herself, curious and confident that his approach could shift not only her children's futures forever, but also her professional approach to supporting and helping others. Today, she serves on Faculty at the Neufeld Institute. Deborah is the author of the best-selling book, Rest, Play, Grow: Making Sense of Preschoolers (or anyone who acts like one) which has been translated into 14 languages and the children's picture book, The Sorry Plane, which is available in three languages. Deborah's new book Nourished: Connection, Food, and Caring for our Kids is available to buy now and is the topic of our conversation today. In short, I hope you hear developmental science translated into practical love. In this episode you will hear: 00:00 intro 03:30 ‘if you throw in wine you'll have the perfect meal' Dr. Gordon Neufeld 05:40 Nourished - the foundation of connection 09:15 we have lost the sacred belief that the parent child relationship must be preserved and protected 12:55 handling ‘picky eaters' 16:25 a good place for parents to start 22:30 can food have love in it? 25:35 when children are pulled out of the orbit of their primary caregivers 29:20 nourishment is much more than food 33:20 rest (in our love) and digest 38:50 counterwill and homes with competing agendas 42:35 nourished implications for the workplace 46:00 softening the heart 50:20 creating a nourished community 51:50 advice for separated families (audience question) 54:15 our universal language for love 54:50 Maslow got it wrong 56:20 Deborah's heartprint 58:25 when food serves our togetherness Please do share this episode with a heart-centred leader you wish to inspire and encourage. Those with ears, let them hear. Always love Ryan Connect with Dr. Deborah Website: https://macnamara.ca/nourished/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/deborahmacnamara/ IG: https://www.instagram.com/drdeborahmacnamara FB: https://www.facebook.com/drdeborahmacnamara/ Connect with Always Better than Yesterday Website: https://abty.co.uk/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/alwaysbetterthanyesterdayuk/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/abty/ Facebook Community: https://www.facebook.com/groups/weareabty Join our mail list here for exclusive content here: https://abty.co.uk/contact Sign up for our coaching here: https://abty.co.uk/coaching Thank you to our sponsors MattMedia Online Marketing and Exhale Healthy Coffee. Matt Media are an independent agency who specialise in content marketing helping business owners get their message seen by the right audience. If you want to get your business seen through the power of social media, head to https://mattmedia.online/ Exhale is the first coffee to be sourced, roasted and lab tested specifically to maximise its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory potency. An independent lab test showed one cup of Exhale coffee has the same antioxidant power as 1.8kg of blueberries or 55 oranges! Get £10 off your first bag when you visit https://exhalecoffee.com/abty Please email your questions and comments to email@example.com #DrDeborahMacNamara #Nourished #NeufeldInstitute
On today's podcast, host Rick Howick welcomes a very special guest named Maureen Pratt to the show. Maureen is an award-winning author, conference speaker, and former syndicated columnist for Catholic News Service. She will be the keynote speaker at the “Caring for the Whole Person Training Conference,” being held on Saturday, December 2nd on the campus of Christ Cathedral. What are the best ways to support, care for, and accompany those facing serious life-threatening illness and end-of-life? This conference is sponsored by all four dioceses in southern California: Orange, Los Angeles, San Bernardino, and San Diego.Register at rcbo.org/familylifeWholeperson.care
With Fallon Farinacci, social media influencer (@fallonfarinacci). There are good resources designed to help you better respond to and take care of yourself in situations of digital hate and harassment. Right to Be says there's “no right or perfect response to harassment.” Their online harassment survival guide says it's ok to feel vulnerable and turn to your support network when you need it. They talk about how important it is to feel connected in your offline life. Research shows how people who harass and hate don't always do it from a place of power. They often do it from a place of feeling powerless. It's no excuse for hurting others. But what keeps us grounded? Caring community. If we all had more access to caring community – connections that uphold human rights and dignity and positively challenge us to do the same – experiences of hate, harassment, and abuse would not be so commonplace. Over coming months, we're delving into gendered digital hate and harassment with leading experts and content creators, releasing in-depth episodes every single week. We talk about the problem and what we can do to change it. We offer practical tips to help you in your digital life, and we talk about what it means to “take back the tech” for all of us. Our guest Fallon Farinacci is Red River Métis and a child survivor, advocate, and speaker for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls and 2SLGBTQQIA+ people. Fallon testified in the National Inquiry for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, sharing her story of loss and trauma. Later, Fallon joined The National Family Advisory Circle, where she worked closely with other affected family members and the Commissioners for the National Inquiry. Fallon continues to share her family's story and brings awareness to ongoing genocide Indigenous women, girls, and Two Spirit people face in hopes of bringing change across Turtle Island. A note about content: this episode addresses gender-based violence and suicide. Relevant Links: Fallon Farinacci on Instagram, TikTok, and Facebook, The Facts about Gendered Digital Hate, Harassment, and Violence Brief Listener Survey: did this episode help you? Fill out and be entered to win a great prize pack! Episode Transcripts Please listen, subscribe, rate, and review this podcast and share it with others. If you appreciate this content, if you want to get in on the efforts to build a gender equal Canada, please donate at canadianwomen.org and consider becoming a monthly donor. Facebook: Canadian Women's Foundation Twitter: @cdnwomenfdn LinkedIn: The Canadian Women's Foundation Instagram: @canadianwomensfoundation This series of podcast episodes has been made possible in part by the Government of Canada.
Caring for aging parents can be so stressful and complicated! How do you handle all of the complex family dynamics during this season of your life? Join Chalene Johnson in this episode of The Chalene Show Podcast as she empowers caregivers facing the complexities of caring for aging parents. Explore the emotional challenges of the sandwich generation and gain valuable insights from Chalene's personal experiences. Learn how to initiate essential conversations about end-of-life plans and wishes with aging parents, focusing on proactive planning, using open-ended questions, and deciphering family dynamics in caregiving. Tune in to discover ways to navigate this life stage while reducing the burden on your family. Watch this episode on YouTube! Join me on Patreon 7 Days for FREE!! http://chalene.com/more Links from today's episode: Life Planning I'M Dead Now What Downloadable End Of Life Planner Past Episode When Your Parents Need Care | with, Amy Cameron O'Rourke - 802 YouTube Listen How to Prevent Alzheimer's and Dementia | The Must Share Episode - 902 Avoiding Alzheimer's with Dr. Dean Sherzai - 685 Why is Alzheimer's More Common in Women? | Dr. Lisa Mosconi | XX Brain - 529 We would love to hear from you! Leave your questions or messages for Chalene RIGHT HERE Thank You To Our Show Sponsor Go to getsoul.com/Chalene and 15% off will be automatically taken at checkout Thank you to our Sponsor!!! Organifi!!! Go to Organifi.com/chalene and Use the Code CHALENE for 20% off all products! Treat yourself to the best shapewear on the market and save 50% Off at honeylove.com/CHALENE To advertise on our podcast, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org and mention The Chalene Show Join our awesome PodSquad on Facebook here! Sign Up For MY WEEKLY NEWSLETTER Links You May Want to Check out: Subscribe to Subscribe to Build Your Tribe!!! Check out Bret's Course Money Matters 101 at Chalene.com/moneymatters Be sure to check out the Push Journals and Notebooks!! Go to PushJournal.com Join Phase it Up and start creating healthier habits, it isn't like other diets or programs! PhaseItUp.com Join the InstaClubHub to go deep in learning all the latest tips and strategies to Instagram growth and engagement! InstaClubHub.com Check out all the Discounts and some of Chalene's favorite things at Chalene.com/Deals Send Chalene a text message at (619) 500-4819 Connect with me on your fav social platform: Instagram: www.Instagram.com/ChaleneJohnson Facebook: www.Facebook.com/Chalene TikTok: @chaleneOfficial Twitter: www.Twitter.com/ChaleneJohnson Be sure you are subscribed to this podcast to automatically receive your episodes!!! Get episode show notes here: www.chalenejohnson.com/podcast Hey! Send me a tweet & tell me what you think about the show! (Use the Hashtag) #The Chalene Show so I know you're a homie! XOXO Chalene
This episode, Gary and Anthony are remotely checking in (apologies for the mic quality), as the two play a bit of trivia, and dive deeper into conservation topics like AI, Fundraising, and the wonderful world of the southeast Asian rainforests.
In this Bible Story, we witness the humble birth of our hero, Jesus. Mary and Joseph travel to Bethlehem for the census, and Mary begins to go into labor. The Christ child is visited by shepherds, and a man of God named Simeon who prophesied that He would be the light of the world. This story is inspired by Matthew 1:18-25 & Luke 2:1-39. Go to BibleinaYear.com and learn the Bible in a Year.Today's Bible verse is Luke 2:7 from the King James Version.Episode 173: Joseph and Mary were on their way to Bethlehem, for the census. But when they got there the city was crowded and they had great trouble finding a place to stay. Finally settling in a stable, Mary gave birth to Jesus, and just as Jesus came to this Earth, God's messengers proclaimed His glory and mission to the shepherds in a nearby field. At once they hurried to find the Messiah and gazed upon him. Eight days later God fulfilled His promise to Simeon, as Mary and Joseph brought Jesus to the temple to present the baby Jesus to God.Hear the Bible come to life as Pastor Jack Graham leads you through the official BibleinaYear.com podcast. This Biblical Audio Experience will help you master wisdom from the world's greatest book. In each episode, you will learn to apply Biblical principles to everyday life. Now understanding the Bible is easier than ever before; enjoy a cinematic audio experience full of inspirational storytelling, orchestral music, and profound commentary from world-renowned Pastor Jack Graham.Also, you can download the Pray.com app for more Christian content, including, Daily Prayers, Inspirational Testimonies, and Bedtime Bible Stories.Visit JackGraham.org for more resources on how to tap into God's power for successful Christian living.This episode is sponsored by Medi-Share, an innovative health care solution for Christians to save money without sacrificing quality.Pray.com is the digital destination of faith. With over 5,000 daily prayers, meditations, bedtime stories, and cinematic stories inspired by the Bible, the Pray.com app has everything you need to keep your focus on the Lord. Make Prayer a priority and download the #1 App for Prayer and Sleep today in the Apple app store or Google Play store.Executive Producers: Steve Gatena & Max BardProducer: Ben GammonHosted by: Pastor Jack GrahamMusic by: Andrew Morgan SmithBible Story narration by: Todd HaberkornSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
#231. Rip your hearts out of your chests and give ‘em a good hug, cause it's time for the most caring podcast from the midwest! We are a simple people who like our water the way we like our milkshakes and appreciate a little smile with our customer service. We like calm, quiet streets where one can mosey about in a golf cart to see the neighbors. And according to this here article, we love…butterscotch pie? What in the name heck is butterscotch pie? And why is everyone yelling about F1 racing in Las Vegas? Anyway, we talk about all of that plus some streaming. This week we're watching Matt Rife, Loki 2, Welcome to Wrexham, Violent Night, Gran Turismo, Hereditary, Midsummer, and All the Light We Cannot See. There's a lot of room for your thoughts in this one! Use the LinkTree below for that. Until next time, be kind to each other. Main Landing Page - https://linktr.ee/fromthemidpodVOICE MAIL! Comment, ask a question, suggest topics - (614) 383-8412Artius Man - https://artiusman.com use discount code "themiddle"This show is part of the Spreaker Prime Network, if you are interested in advertising on this podcast, contact us at https://www.spreaker.com/show/4771230/advertisement
Maha Bali exudes openness as a way of being on episode 493 of the Teaching in Higher Ed podcast. Quotes from the episode I don't really know everything I have to say, but I'm willing to share my unfinished thoughts with you and I am willing to be criticized for it. -Maha Bali If people don't have the vocabulary to express how they feel, they'll just say they are fine. -Maha Bali This is a space where everyone in the room has to be collectively inclusive, and that's kind of part of what equity and inclusion in facilitation and in classrooms needs to be. -Maha Bali My mentoring is not out of responsibility as something that I have to, I do it with joy because I'm building relationships with people. -Maha Bali Resources Winners of the 2023 Open Education Awards for Excellence adrienne maree brown Emotion Grid Nurturing Learner Empowerment with Intentional Equity, Care and Compassion, presented by Maha Bali for eCampus Ontario Maha's Slide Deck from Her Presentation My Role Model for Open, Caring and Generous Mentoring Jon Nixon, by Maha Bali Interpretive Pedagogies for Higher Education: Arendt, Berger, Said, Nussbaum and Their Legacies, by Jon Nixon
Jenna Beaugh joins me to discuss family life and culture around the table. We discuss how to encourage our children in a love of cooking, setting the atmosphere around the table and how to increase joy in our homeschooling. 1:01 - Welcome Jenna, family and faith journey 6:30 - How did you start homeschooling? 9:40 - Importance of food and family culture 14:54 - What led you into culinary school? 17:04 - Encouraging a love of cooking, love of table22:33 - Liturgical living, Advent and Christmas 29:01 - Book and future plans 31:33 - Final thoughts on how to instill a love of family time through food Jenna Beaugh on Instagram @eatliverunwebsite eatliverun.com The Catechism in a Year Podcast with Fr. Mike SchmitzSALT FAT ACID HEAT Nourished: Connection, Food and Caring for Our Kids (And Everyone Else We Love) by Deborah MacNamara PhDNourished: an interview with Deborah MacNamara on her new book (podcast)convoluted Christmas with joy (blog post) #makejoynormal #homeschooling #family #culture #faith #food #cooking #motherhood #blogging #teenagers #advent #christmas #tradition #attachment #joy #nutrition Support the showContact On Instagram at @make.joy.normal On Facebook at Homeschoolers: make JOY normal By email at email@example.com or by voicemail Thanks for listening to Make Joy Normal Podcast!
[00:00:03] Kayla Bradham: I was the Green Bay Packers caterer, their bartender. I worked in the lunchroom. I worked in the dishwashing room, wherever they were. I was going to be sure to be there. And they really did have a great impact in my life. These are the years, we're talking about the early mid-nineties. I went to college at St. Norbert from ‘91 – ‘94. Packers were doing great. Those guys invested in me. They helped me believe in myself. They spoke life into me. They told me that I was a hard worker and they saw me. These guys didn't have to do that. There was nothing in their contract that said, be nice to the college kid. It's that these guys were guys and they cared, and they had a spirit of humanity and that really should be the message for all of us right now to not get too high on your high horse that you're always looking down, but instead pulling other people up with you. [00:00:59] Tommy Thomas: Our guest today is Kayla Bradham. Kayla is the Executive Vice President of Sports Philanthropy Network. She wears a lot of hats. In addition to her day job with Sports Philanthropy Network, she serves on the boards of City on a Hill Tackle Hunger, the Souper Bowl of Caring, and we're spelling that S O U P E R Bowl, and she's going to give us a little bit more about that. And then on the Michael Montgomery Foundation, the Heart of Michael. She's a member of the NFL Alumni Association, and last but the most important thing, she's a mother of eight children. She took her BA in Communications and Media and Theater from St. Norbert's College. Kayla, welcome to NextGen Nonprofit Leadership. [00:01:44] Kayla Bradham: Thank you so much. I'm happy to be here. [00:01:45] Tommy Thomas: Before we jump into to your story, I want to know a little bit about your organization. Tell us about Sports Philanthropy Network. [00:01:53] Kayla Bradham: About four and a half years ago, Tommy, my partner and I were trying to figure out how to use our collective experience, which is a lot of experience. We're both pretty old to find a way to create social impact through sports. We realized that there were so many people, athletes, business executives, nonprofits who wanted to create impact, but they really didn't know each other or have a way to connect. So, we decided to start our own nonprofit sports philanthropy network to build stronger, healthier, and more inclusive communities through sports. [00:02:30] Tommy Thomas: You're four and a half years into this venture now. Starting a nonprofit is just like starting a business. You invest everything into it. You work 15 hours a day. You put your legacy money into it. [00:02:33] Kayla Bradham: Yes, sir. Booth's rolling. So far so good? Starting a nonprofit is just like starting a business. You invest everything into it. You work 15 hours a day. You put your legacy money into it, your life savings into it. But I always say if it's your vision, it's your mission. [00:02:55] Tommy Thomas: Those that listen to us pretty regularly will know that I always open my questions with a question about someone's childhood and early life. And certainly, we'll lead with that today. But I think for the people that are listening, it'll be a little bit different response coming from you today. One writer described Kayla's life story as a testament to resilience, determination, and the profound belief in the transformative power of sports. Yeah, take us into your background. [00:03:23] Kayla Bradham: First of all, thank you. And that's a question that really is dear to my heart because it is my why. When I was a little girl my mom and I lived in extreme rural poverty. And to give the listeners an idea of that, Tommy, some people will say, we're so poor, we didn't have a car and I'll come back and I'll say we were so poor my mom didn't have a driver's license. That means I paid somebody to drive me to college, right? When you're that little kid, I don't know, what is that second, third, fourth grade, and the teacher gives you the permission slip for band and sports, that's a big moment because then you're a big kid. You can play sports and you can play band. I was so excited. I wanted to play the alto sax. I wanted to play baseball. And so, I raised my hand and told my teacher she gave me the wrong permission slip because I needed the baseball one, not the softball. And she said, Kayla, baseball is for boys. Girls get softball. And already then, I was disappointed, but much more so when I went home excitedly and gave those permission slips to my mom. And she looked at me and she said, money doesn't grow on trees. You're not playing sports. You're not going to be in the band. That stuff costs money and we don't have it. And that was the end of the conversation. I wasn't going to play the alto saxophone. I wasn't going to play softball, baseball. So, I went back to school the next day and I turned in those permission slips and my teacher said, Kayla, these aren't signed, you got to get them signed. And I looked at my teacher, Tommy, and one tear started coming down my eye and I said, yeah, money doesn't grow on trees. And I don't know who, but somebody paid my registration fees for softball, and I was a third base and left field for the Boston Red Sox that summer. And I remember standing out on third base one summer afternoon saying God, if you're real, when I grow up, can you help me do this for other kids someday? And that's, to me the power of putting anything you want out into the universe with faith, trusting that someday it'll come back to you and I'm 50 years old, and here I am. [00:05:51] Tommy Thomas: The teacher that responded that day, you never got an inkling of who bought your registration? [00:05:59] Kayla Bradham: You know what? I don't want to, and I'll tell you why. Because I was riding my bike to practice for the first day of practice, and I didn't have a glove, right? We didn't have money and on the way to practice I found a quarter on the sidewalk. So of course, I pick up that quarter and I keep on driving and then I go by a garage sale. And at that garage sale, I find a old left handed leather Rawlings glove for a quarter. I went to my first practice with a baseball glove that I found the money for on the street. I don't want to know who paid my registration fees because what I learned in that moment is don't ask how or why, just believe that it's meant to be. [00:06:49] Tommy Thomas: Take us on into your high school days. [00:06:52] Kayla Bradham: Still poor, right? That part doesn't change. I started working full time when in the summer going into sixth grade. I used to ride my bike about, I don't know, 8 to 11 miles each way, taking care of dogs and kids and cleaning and just making 20 a day. I learned really quick what it means to hustle, what it means to work hard. If you want something, don't take it for granted. Don't expect it - work for it. And back then in the late 80s, mid 80s, I guess, that was good money. So I learned real quick what it means to hustle, what it means to work hard. If you want something, don't take it for granted. Don't expect it - work for it. That carried me into high school. By the time I got into high school, I was lifting weights every day. I was a football cheerleader, a basketball cheerleader. I was the president of Students Against Drunk Driving. President of Key Club. I was the Board of Education representative for students. I was on the Power of Positive Students Committee. I was doing whatever I could by the time I got to high school to get into college. The thing that I knew was that I was going to be in no shame in this, right? But if I didn't get out and get a college education, I was going to be living and working in that same small town of 8,000 people that I grew up in for the rest of my life. And there's nothing wrong with that. But I knew that for me to get the network that I needed to make my dreams come true. I needed to get to college. So, in high school everything I did was geared around how am I getting college scholarships to get into the best school that I can? [00:08:31] Tommy Thomas: And you got into the school and it happened to be near Green Bay Packer organization. That's where the Packers jumped into your life. [00:08:39] Kayla Bradham: Yeah, so you know, you think, you talk about that. I was one of those pretty smart kids, right? So I had a perfect score in the ACT in science. I did really well on the ASVAB. And I got called into the guidance counselor's office in 1990. I was a junior in high school. And I thought they were going to tell me, based on your testing scores, you should go into this or that. I didn't know if I wanted to be an engineer who designed bridges or go into sports media. And I was told that those were not good career choices for a girl and that I should be a teacher or a nurse. I didn't know if I wanted to be an engineer who designed bridges or go into sports media. And I was told that those were not good career choices for a girl and that I should be a teacher or a nurse. I declared my major at St. Norbert in Secondary Education, which I changed after one semester and went there for two reasons. My grandparents were married at the church that was on campus. And the Green Bay Packers had summer training camp there back in those days. And I knew if I wanted to go into sports media, that's how I was going to do it. [00:09:39] Tommy Thomas: How did the Packers first enter your life? [00:09:44] Kayla Bradham: They didn't have much choice in entering my life because I chose to work every job that they were at. So again, you're talking about a kid who had to work. I worked four jobs all through college. I graduated in three and a half years. I'm really proud of that. That's my message to all the young people out there. You can do whatever you want if you work hard for it. So I was the Green Bay Packers caterer, their bartender. I worked in the lunchroom. I worked in the dishwashing room, wherever they were. I was going to be sure to be there. And they really did have a great impact in my life. These are the years now we're talking about the early mid nineties. I went to college at St. Norbert from 91 to 94. Packers were doing great. Those guys invested in me. They helped me believe in myself. They spoke life into me. They told me that I was a hard worker and they saw me and it helped me realize that athletes are people. We tend to make them idols. They're just regular guys going to work, doing their job. They're just like you and I, they put their socks on one foot at a time. And when I learned that, I learned a lot about myself, that we're all people, we're all doing our best, none of us are perfect, we're just all trying to get our break. [00:11:10] Tommy Thomas: I know when we talked last week, you mentioned that a couple of them got in your face a little bit and maybe pushed you a little bit. [00:11:18] Kayla Bradham: Yeah, and I'm so grateful that they did. I use these examples because these were the guys that just really spoke to my heart. And it was, the great pastor, Reggie White, asking me if I got up and I prayed that morning, telling me that if I kept my faith and I looked to God, that God would look back to me, always doing this, guys like Gilbert Brown, who, one night he took me out for a steak dinner and I'm just saying if you're a college kid and you're working three jobs and you don't have money and somebody will do that for you it's huge. Reggie White kept asking me if I got up and I prayed that morning, telling me that if I kept my faith and I looked to God, that God would look back to me. Santana Dotson, Leroy Butler, these guys just, you. Breathing life in it goes so far. And again, it just goes back to, the fame means nothing. These guys didn't have to do that. There was nothing in their contract that said, be nice to the college kid. It's that these guys were guys and they cared and they had a spirit of humanity and that really should be the message for all of us right now to get too high on your high horse that you're always looking down, but instead pulling other people up with you. ++++++++++++++ [00:12:27] Tommy Thomas: So I mentioned the boards that you serve on, City on a Hill, the Souper Bowl of Caring, and Michael Montgomery Foundation. Tell us about those organizations, and I think they probably play into your overall life theme. [00:12:41] Kayla Bradham: Yeah, they sure do. And you'll see a weave here. So, City on a Hill. I live in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Milwaukee is America's fifth poorest city. One of our zip codes, our central zip codes has the highest incarceration rate in the United States of black men in every state, Tommy, black men are incarcerated at least twice the rate of white men in that zip code that I'm speaking about in particular, that rate is 12 to one. So I'm really proud to serve on the board of directors for City on a Hill. They have a generation building mission to improve the conditions of childhood poverty one family at a time. What they do is they break the cycle of generational poverty. They create awareness and resources to end poverty in all its forms for urban families in Milwaukee through faith-based initiatives. [00:13:51] Tommy Thomas: The Souper Bowl of Caring. I know I've heard of that. And y'all seem to do pretty good raising pretty good money there. We'll take us into that. How did it get started? [00:14:01] Kayla Bradham: The Souper Bowl of Caring really under the umbrella of Tackle Hunger is an amazing organization, literally tackling hunger throughout the United States. One of their big events is the Souper Bowl of Caring, where churches, schools, local groups, and individuals hold a Souper Bowl, a S O U P E R Bowl of Caring, or a food drive to support their local food charities. Again, Tom, when we talk about Milwaukee being the fifth poorest city in the United States, it's important to talk about disease disparity. Right now, Louisiana and Mississippi ranked number one and number two in the country for disease disparity. Wisconsin ranks number three. These issues aren't just central to me. These issues are all throughout the country and the biggest ways that I can find to get involved and create an impact is to use my voice, my social media platform, my experience. To speak out and say, where are we giving? How are we giving? Protein bars and cereal bars, super easy. Give, we go to the grocery store every week. I don't know, in my family, I have eight kids. I go to the grocery store twice a week. Is it really too much to pick up an extra box of protein bars and hand some to a teacher, some to the homeless and some to the food pantry? I don't think so. I have eight kids. I go to the grocery store twice a week. Is it really too much to pick up an extra box of protein bars and hand some to a teacher, some to the homeless and some to the food pantry? I don't think so. [00:15:24] Tommy Thomas: And then the Michael Montgomery Foundation. I like that story because it has a contemporary ring to it. [00:15:31] Kayla Bradham: Yes. Yes. Michael Montgomery. Based on the fact that it's November in 2023, many of your listeners are going to remember that incident that happened last year with Damar Hamlin. By the way, I'll just put in a little caveat here to say that the NFL did an amazing job in the fact that he's still living because those circumstances, the statistics are not good. So I have to give props to the NFL for that. But Michael Montgomery had a similar situation in high school. He was a basketball player at the time, by the way, his mom is the renowned Rosie Montgomery from the WNBA. So for all my female sports fans right here. I'm talking about Rosie's son, Michael. Michael had a DeMar Hamlin type of incident in high school. He was able to go on to play six years with the Green Bay Packers. He was aware at that point that he had this heart condition, just like DeMar Hamlin had. And when Michael was looking at which foundation to start for himself, many professional athletes decide that they want to start a foundation and give back. Michael Montgomery decided to create the Heart of Michael Foundation to provide heart screenings for underserved youth. So I hope that your listeners are able to take all of these things and say, Kayla, an underserved girl growing up in rural poverty, used that experience to build a network with the Green Bay Packers, to work in a faith-based organization, to end generational poverty, erase racial residue, tackle hunger, and help underserved youth have the same opportunities that money and wealth take for granted. That's how it ties together. +++++++++++ [00:17:21] Tommy Thomas: Aside from the Packers who poured into you early, have there been mentors in your life who have either pushed or pulled you along? [00:17:29] Kayla Bradham: You know what? I'm so incredibly blessed. I feel like everywhere I go, people are mentoring me or teaching me lessons. And the reason I say that is because not every experience that we have in life is good. I've had bad bosses. I've worked with gossipy women, backbiting women and men. The heart of man is desperately wicked. Who can know it? So you learn. And from every person that I worked with who was jealous or trying to use me for my network or whatever, you learn from that. And then you learn from the people who lean in. And I guess what I learned is it's better to have four quarters in your pocket than a hundred pennies. And that's a message that my eight kids hear a lot. It's a message that their friends hear a lot. And it's a message that I use oftentimes when I'm speaking, keep your circle tight. Stick with the people who are loyal, find the mentors who are loyal and be loyal. Always work for the people underneath you instead of the people that are over top of you. [00:18:33] Tommy Thomas: What's the best piece of advice a mentor has ever given you? [00:18:39] Kayla Bradham: That's a good question. I feel like I've gotten so many. I think I'll say this personally, and I'll say this professionally, I think I've got to go if I'm going to be authentic, and I don't mean to offend anybody, but if I'm going to be authentic, I need to stick with Reggie White. And when he'd say, if you keep your face turned towards God, God will keep his face turned towards you. And if you choose to turn your face away from God, God will let you. And that really has stuck with me in the way that I do business, in the way that I handle relationships. I think what I learned from that is if you're going to do business, it's got to be a win for everybody involved. And I think I took that from Reggie, keeping your face toward the right people. Personally, when I was in college doing this bartending stuff, I had the opportunity to bartend for George W. Bush at St. Norbert College. And when he asked me if I wanted his autograph, I actually said no, because people were just people, and I didn't need somebody's autograph. Like I was good at my job. I was happy to lean in and be the best person for that job. And he said to me, I think that's all right. I don't hear that very often, but I think that's all right. I think that was really good advice because we don't need to kiss anybody's butt in business. We need to be ourselves. We need to be proud of who we are. I was very proud of the fact that I worked four jobs through school. I didn't need his autograph. I was doing my job. And I think we should all take pride in the work we do no matter what level, what scale, right? I was a college student bartending. I wasn't ashamed of that. I knew that it was one of my other four jobs. So be proud of who you are. Yeah. [00:20:28] Tommy Thomas: So what's been the biggest challenge that you've faced as a leader? [00:20:34] Kayla Bradham: That's really easy for me. I know that one real quick. It just might not be a very popular answer, but it's certainly being a woman. My partner is a Jewish man and oftentimes I'm assumed that I'm his secretary or that they need to speak with him. Because he's the decision maker. And I was just in a conversation actually a couple of hours ago around this very topic and that's it's 2023. And if people don't know you, they will assume that the man is the boss, and the woman is the worker bee. And I am by no means what I consider myself a feminist. But I would consider myself somebody who's equal or interested and believes in equal opportunity and always hire the best person for a job. I would never want a job because I'm a woman. I would never also want to be treated less than because I'm a woman. [00:21:30] Tommy Thomas: At what point in your career did you begin to feel comfortable as Kayla? Did you feel like you were in your leadership zone and that was good? [00:21:40] Kayla Bradham: Yeah. So, Tommy, when this podcast gets recorded, I don't know if it'll be on video or not, but if it's not, there's the gray in my hair. Here's my nails that aren't done. I'm not wearing makeup. I'm a mom with eight kids. And that's my identity. I'm very comfortable being my authentic self. I don't need to put on a show or an outward appearance. And I wish more people had this sense of self love. I'm 50 years old. I will not put on four inch heels, five, six inch heels. There's a point where the confidence comes from knowing your worth, right? And I know I've spent 30 years owning multiple businesses, working hard, hitting the corporate America glass ceiling. I know who I am. I'm proud of who I am. It's not how I impress you with fancy nails and hair and makeup and fake eyelashes. It's about my heart. And I hope that answers your question. I hope it inspires everybody here to let your heart show, let your light show, let your personality show, and that's what makes you beautiful. [00:23:00] Tommy Thomas: I got a piece of advice from a guy when I was probably 21 or 22 years old and he was a Jewish fellow that I respected and I was talking to him one day and I don't remember the issue we were discussing, but I remember his advice. He says, Tommy, if you're a three-ring circus, you be a great three ring circus, but if you're only a one ring circus, you be the best one ring circus on the circuit. And I remember that counsel and I thought, I'm probably not a three-ring circus, but I can be a good one ring circus. [00:23:33] Kayla Bradham: That's right. Yeah. That's right. What a great, powerful message. I love that. Thank you. [00:23:39] Tommy Thomas: What's the hardest decision you've ever had to make? [00:23:43] Kayla Bradham: Okay. So I'm going to be really vulnerable on this. Okay. Because it's not a story that I love to share, but I'm going to be honest with you. I was at a crux in my life as a single mom. And again, eight children, right? That's a heavy burden of responsibility and a fun fact. And I feel like I always have to say it, for anybody listening, all my kids have the same dad. So please don't jump to conclusions about women who have, I have children and it really is none of your business and it doesn't matter, but I'll share it anyway. Here I am now trying to figure out how am I going to feed these eight children? And I had just been offered a position of being a general manager at a Starbucks. Or I had been offered a job at a young fitness center company as a cleaner working part time. Now, I had owned a cleaning company business in the past. I knew how to clean. One of those sounds way better than the other. When you're talking about feeding kids, right? And that's huh, take the Starbucks role. That's good money, benefits, whatever. The difficult decision for me was if I took that GM role at Starbucks, I probably wasn't going to go any higher. It would be really hard in corporate America to do anything else. But if I banked on myself and knew how hard I worked. I knew I could be the best cleaner that company had ever seen and get promoted and who knows how many times promoted. Difficult decision. I took the hard decision, started out as a cleaner, worked three other jobs at the point to keep things going as I got promoted. But I got promoted five or six times in those first three years with that company. To the point that I had a very generous six figure income doing something that I loved and that was creating hope and possibility and helping people be unstoppable in their fitness goals. [00:25:45] Tommy Thomas: So I'm sure in that organization, as you rose, you managed or you led teams. What's the biggest lesson you've learned about team leadership? [00:25:55] Kayla Bradham: Two things. One be a 360-degree leader. There's a great book about that, but lead up, lead down, lead across. Every position has an opportunity to lead. When I was a cleaner, it was hard to see myself as a leader. Because that's really the lowest on the food chain, maybe except for kids club. I don't know, but you can still lead. And so if I was going to be a cleaner, I was going to be the best cleaner that company ever saw. Just so happened one day I had a magic eraser, and I was cleaning the footboards at the front desk and the owner of the company who I didn't know was the owner comes in and sweat clothes and says, what are you doing? And I said there's scuff marks here and they're driving me crazy, but let me check you in. He said, I'm actually the owner of this company and we don't have magic erasers. And I said, I brought it from home because the scuff marks were driving me crazy. Promotion, right? Be your best. So that would be one 360-degree leadership. Number two: middle management is really hard, Tommy. You're trying to get promoted. You want the people below you to love you. You want the people above you to love you. When you get put in between that rock and the hard place, remember who you work for. You don't work for the people above you. You work for the teams you lead and when in doubt, do what's right for the people below you and that will get you promoted time after time. [00:27:26] Tommy Thomas: Have you had a ‘I wish I had started this earlier in my life' moment? [00:27:34] Kayla Bradham: Yeah, tons of them. I wish I would have started investing in my 401k earlier. I wish that I would have gone to therapy earlier. Life is hard for everybody. I've never met anybody who doesn't have trauma in their life. And I think we spend so much time trying to get our heart and our mind to sync up. And there's this always this battle of, I'm thinking this, but there's no way that's right. But in my heart, I feel this. And I feel like if we maybe all just took time to build that really tight network, that inner circle, get a mentor, go to therapy, unravel some of those traumas. I heard it described really well. And it was like, if our life is like a big plate of spaghetti, pulling out those noodles one at a time to get to the meatballs. Like just pull out that tangled mess of noodles, get to the meatballs. And I wish I would have done that sooner. I think I would have been a better mom when my kids were younger. I think I would have been a better wife. I think I would have been a better daughter. I think I would have been a better friend. We get caught up in ourselves and our own trauma that we forget that it's possible to unravel it. [00:29:02] Tommy Thomas: What's the greatest lesson you've learned from your children? [00:29:06] Kayla Bradham: My children teach me so many things, Tommy. What I see in this generation is that children really are the hope of a future. My children are slow to judge, and I see this with their friends too, right? I'm a Gen Xer. I remember when I was in high school, and I'm just gonna be really blunt, I hope I don't offend anybody, it's not my goal, but when I was in high school, everything was gay. Broccoli was gay, homework was gay, gay was on every TV show, whatever, and it was never used good. My children aren't like that. They don't use words that would hurt people for things that don't matter. They're kind. This is again, not just my kids, it's the whole generation. Very understanding and I don't mean apathetic by any means. They are opinionated, but they're not jerks. And I feel like that's something that us Gen Xers, we missed when we were their age. We were cool when we put other people down, we were king of the mountain beating our chest at the expense of the nerds. And I have air quotes for anybody who's not seeing this, the nerds, the geeks, the not cool people, we were banging our chest being better. My kids are not doing that, neither are their friends. [00:30:33] Tommy Thomas: If you could go back in time and tell a younger version of yourself something, what would it be? I would tell a younger version of myself – You are going to be OK. Hard work pays off. [00:30:40] Kayla Bradham: You're going to be okay. I would tell myself the hard work pays off and I would say this to anybody. If you're listening to this and you see my social media accounts or you see what I do people tend to jump to the she's entitled or I don't know how she knows all these athletes or how she has all these connections, but you know what? I'm a little kid who grew up in a town with 8,000 people in poverty. I grew up in a home where we didn't have a car. I grew up in a home without a dad. I grew up severely, physically, sexually, and emotionally abused. At some point, we need to just decide for ourselves if we're going to be victims or if we're going to be victorious over our trauma. At some point, we need to just decide for ourselves if we're going to be victims or if we're going to be victorious over our trauma. I chose to be victorious. I chose to be victorious, and I tell myself that was the right decision. Just go out and forge your own path. Be the person you were created to be. Stand in your own shoes and have the faith that if you work hard enough and you're trying to do what's right [00:31:45] Tommy Thomas: What do you understand about your life today that you didn't understand a year ago? [00:31:52] Kayla Bradham: Really great question. I think what I understand about life today is that if you dig in your heels stubbornly, it's really hard to climb up the mountain. A year ago and again, having a nonprofit 15-hour days, your life savings, whatever, you can work so hard and feel stuck. But what I learned is when you keep working those 15-hour days and you keep reading books and you keep building your network and you keep trying to do the right thing and you keep moving your boots up the mountain. Eventually, you hit the top of the hill, and it's a lot easier to just hop in a sled and slide on down. After four and a half years with the nonprofit, we finally hit the top of the mountain. We finally had the support coming in. We finally are starting to see the fruits of all of that labor, so don't give up. You get to a point when you're climbing up a mountain that if you jump off, you're gonna die. Keep climbing, don't die. That's what I learned this year. +++++++++++++++++ [00:33:07] Tommy Thomas: Thank you for joining us today. If you are a first-time listener, I hope you will subscribe and become a regular. You can find links to all the episodes at our website www.JobfitMatters.com/podcast. If there are topics that you'd like for me to explore my email address is firstname.lastname@example.org. Word of mouth has been identified as the most valuable form of marketing. Surveys tell us that consumers believe recommendations from friends and family over all other forms of advertising. If you've heard something today that's worth passing on, please share it with others. You're already helping me make something special for the next generation of nonprofit leaders. I'll be back next week with a new episode. Until then, stay the course on our journey to help make the nonprofit sector more effective and sustainable. Links & Resources JobfitMatters Website Next Gen Nonprofit Leadership with Tommy Thomas Sports Philanthropy Network Heart of Michael Foundation City on a Hill Tackle Hunger – The Souper Bowl of Caring NFL Alumni Association Connect email@example.com Follow Tommy on LinkedIn
When people die, they leave behind not only physical belongings, but digital ones. While they might have had specific wishes for what happens to their online profiles and accounts after their deaths, preserving these digital remains is complex and requires specialized forms of care. Because digital remains are attached to corporate platforms — which have control over what online legacies look like and how long they continue — people's digital afterlives are not necessarily the ones they would have chosen for themselves. On November 16, Tamara Kneese and Tonia Sutherland came together for a conversation about their books, which both foreground death as a site for understanding the social values and power dynamics of our contemporary, platform-saturated world. The conversation between these two authors was moderated by Tamara K. Nopper, senior researcher with Data & Society's Labor Futures program. Together, they explored death as a site of contestation and transformation.
Cathy Cassani Adams co-hosts the Zen Parenting Radio podcast with her husband, Todd, and is author of the new book Zen Parenting: Caring for Ourselves and Our Children in an Unpredictable World as well as Living What You Want Your Kids to Learn: The Power of Self-Aware Parenting, which won a Nautilus Award, National Indie Excellence Award and an International Book Award. Cathy is a clinical social worker, certified parent coach, former elementary school educator and yoga teacher. Cathy teaches in the Sociology and Criminology Department at Dominican University, and she lives outside of Chicago with her husband and three teenage daughters.
Valerie Cockerell is a Leadership Coach and celebrated author, best known for her new book, Manage Like A Mother. Valerie found her passion for working with people when she moved to London at 16. Exposed to diverse cultures, she developed a profound love for learning about people and their behaviors. Following this, she moved to Florida, where she worked at Walt Disney World before becoming a part of the opening team for Disneyland Paris. Today, Valerie leverages her distinctive experiences and insights as a leadership consultant, assisting leaders in their growth journey and fostering the development of their teams. In this episode, Valerie talks about being an expat, how to manage like a mother, and bridging the gender gap. Being an Expat "You have to be an expat once in your life." After relocating to London at 16, Valerie realized the value of being an expat. Valerie emphasizes that on some level, we're the same, but people need to learn to appreciate cultural differences, as it teaches us priceless lessons about learning to work with different people and different personalities. Valerie shares that when you become an expat, you develop a critical eye and begin to notice things that most people typically can't see. By developing this critical eye, you can begin to see why people have the behaviors they do and why every person has a different approach to work and to leadership. How to Manage Like a Mother "A mom gives feedback every day. She doesn't wait until the performance evaluation at the end of the year." Valerie knows that being a leader is overwhelming, and she wrote her book Manage Like A Mother to help. After all, looking at leadership through the perspective of a mother answers a lot of tough questions. The skills that are required to be a mother are very similar to the skills required to be a leader. Having that long-term vision for your team and nurturing growth can take the work environment to the next level. Valerie says that similar to the investment you would have with a child, you should have a similar investment in your team. Taking an individual from a ‘young age' and giving daily feedback and sharing your vision for them can make a distinctive difference in their growth as an employee, while also helping them spread their wings. Additionally, every child is different, and knowing that you can't repeat the same behavior with everyone is key to being a good leader. Bridging the Gender Gap “The emotional intelligence that women bring to the workforce really makes a difference.” Most leaders in the world are men, and if you ask them who the most influential figure in their life is, most of them would say that it was their mother. Valerie says that it's important to bring this into the workplace as well, because women are also incredibly strong and passionate leaders that can make a difference. Additionally, Valerie shares that workplaces shouldn't view maternity as time away from work, but rather a time where women can gain skills. Caring for a child can teach many important lessons, and these lessons translate very well into the workplace from a leadership perspective. To connect with Valerie, you can find her on LinkedIn. To learn more about Cockrell Consulting, click here. Valerie's new book, Manage Like A Mother, is available at all bookstores and Amazon. This podcast wouldn't be possible without the incredible work of our faaaaaantastic team: Scheduling and correspondence by Kristen Karaliunas A/V editing by Abby Giganan Summary written by Mason Nichols To connect with AttractionPros: AttractionPros.com AttractionPros@gmail.com AttractionPros on Facebook AttractionPros on LinkedIn AttractionPros on Instagram AttractionPros on Twitter (X)
Whether you're managing the affairs of a loved one or preparing for yourself, understanding the options for finances is important. In this Caring For Caregivers Conversation, Linda Davenport, VP & Senior Trust Officer at BECU joins our state director Marguerite Ro to talk about trusts, health directives, wills and more. Linda is also a caregiver for her 82 year old mother. Learn more about caregiving in WA at aarp.org/caregiverswa
Show SummaryOn this episode, we feature a conversation with The Honorable Cheryl L. Mason, who served for nearly five years as the fourth Senate-confirmed Presidential appointee and first woman and military spouse Chairman of the Board of Veterans' Appeals (Board) at the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). About Today's GuestsThe Honorable Cheryl L. Mason served for nearly five years as the fourth Senate-confirmed Presidential appointee and first woman and military spouse Chairman of the Board of Veterans' Appeals (Board) at the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). As Chairman, Ms. Mason led a team of approximately 1,200 personnel including Veterans Law Judges, attorneys, and operations and administrative professionals, and executed a budget of $228 million to meet the Board's mission of conducting hearings and deciding appeals on benefits and services for Veterans and their families. During her tenure, the Board implemented several technological innovations to include the interactive decision template (IDT), CASEFLOW – a modernized end to end process of tracking claims and appeals through the Department, and Virtual Tele-hearings, which revolutionized the hearing process and improved both customer experience and employee experience by enabling Veterans to have hearings on their cell phones at locations of their choice. She expanded the corps of Veterans Law Judges, recommending and onboarding over 70 new Veterans Law Judges and expanding the Board's budget by more than $100 million. She also championed and implemented the Appeals Modernization Act (AMA) appeals process putting veterans at the center of the appeals process giving them choice, control, and clarity in the appeals process.Chairman Mason delivered results increasing and improving access and outcomes for veterans and their families by nearly doubling the number of hearings held and decisions issued in less than 5 years and driving the resolution of legacy appeals from over 472,000 to less than 96,000 during her tenure. Ms. Mason was recognized by Disabled American Veterans as the 2021 Outstanding Federal Executive and was a recipient of the FedHealthIT 2020 Leading for Impact: Women in Leadership Award. She was recently awarded the Hiring Our Heroes Bonnie Amos Lifetime Achievement Impact Award by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.Ms. Mason formerly served as the Executive Director for Veterans and Military Spouse Talent Engagement Program office for the Department of Veterans Affairs. In this position, Ms. Mason provided executive-level direction and expertise launching a marketing, outreach and training program VA-wide to over 400,000 people focused on building partnerships, training hiring managers and HR specialists, and promoting recruitment, employment, and retention of Veterans and military spouses in VA to support military readiness, financial stability, food security, suicide prevention, and the transition of service members and their families to veteran status. During her tenure, she doubled the number of recruitment events for VA, launched a tracking program to measure success, and implemented technology and streamlined processes to deliver clear and concise training materials throughout the VA and externally.Throughout her career, Ms. Mason held several positions at VA and other Federal agencies, including at HQ USAFE at Ramstein AFB, GE. Ms. Mason is the spouse of an Air Force veteran, Lieutenant Colonel, USAF (retired), and is the daughter of a World War II Navy Veteran. She advocates for supporting and changing the culture and increasing awareness surrounding mental health and suicide awareness/prevention. Originally from Portsmouth, Ohio, Ms. Mason received her B.A. with Distinction in Political Science and Psychology from Ohio Northern University and her J.D. from Creighton University School of Law.Links Mentioned In This EpisodeCheri's WebsiteCheri's LinkedIn ProfilePre-order Dare to RelatePsychArmor Resource of the WeekThis week's PsychArmor resource of the week is the PsychArmor the course, Understanding the VA for You and Your Family. In this course, you will receive a comprehensive overview of the VA's many available services, tools, and resources. You can see find the course here: https://learn.psycharmor.org/courses/Understanding-the-VA-for-You-and-Your-Family This Episode Sponsored By: This episode is sponsored by PsychArmor. PsychArmor is the premier education and learning ecosystems specializing in military culture content PsychArmor offers an. Online e-learning laboratory that is free to individual learners as well as custom training options for organizations. Contact Us and Join Us on Social Media Email PsychArmorPsychArmor on TwitterPsychArmor on FacebookPsychArmor on YouTubePsychArmor on LinkedInPsychArmor on InstagramTheme MusicOur theme music Don't Kill the Messenger was written and performed by Navy Veteran Jerry Maniscalco, in cooperation with Operation Encore, a non profit committed to supporting singer/songwriter and musicians across the military and Veteran communities.Producer and Host Duane France is a retired Army Noncommissioned Officer, combat veteran, and clinical mental health counselor for service members, veterans, and their families. You can find more about the work that he is doing at www.veteranmentalhealth.com