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Good Life Project
Imara Jones | On the Power of Representation

Good Life Project

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 20, 2022 57:16


Imagine walking through life, knowing who you are, but not feeling like you can live as that person? That was how my guest today, Imara Jones, experienced the first half of her life, before making a series of choices that would allow her to feel safe and supported stepping back into her own life, on her terms. Imara is the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning founder of TransLash Media, a cross-platform journalism, personal storytelling and narrative project, which produces content to shift the current culture of hostility towards transgender people in the US. As part of her work at TransLash, she hosts the WEBBY-nominated, TransLash Podcast with Imara Jones as well as the investigative, limited series, The Anti-Trans Hate Machine. In 2019, she chaired the first-ever UN High-Level Meeting on Gender Diversity and was featured on the cover of Time Magazine in 2020 as part of its New American Revolution special edition. She's held economic policy posts in the White House and communications positions at Viacom. Imara's work as a host, on-air news analyst, contributor, and writer has been featured everywhere from The Guardian, The Nation, MSNBC, CNBC, and NPR to Mic, and Colorlines, and focuses on the full range of social justice and equity issues. We explore Imara's experiences growing up in a family and culture where revealing and living her truth felt not just uncomfortable, but unsafe, how that experience is universal to so many, and how she made choices that effectively empowered her to reclaim a sense of agency, identity, and purpose. And, we explore the power of representation in media, stories, and everyday life as a vehicle to open minds, conversation, and cultivate understanding, connection and the sense of shared humanity we all long for, especially now.You can find Imara at: Website | Instagram | TransLash PodcastIf you LOVED this episode:You'll also love the conversations we had with Thomas Page McBee.My new book Sparked.Check out our offerings & partners: Squarespace: Squarespace is the all-in-one solution for anyone looking to create a beautiful website. Check Out Squarespace.com for a free trial, and when you are ready to launch go to squarespace.com/GLP and use offer code: GLP to save 10% off your first purchase of a website or domain.Outschool: Inspire kids to love learning with Outschool classes. It's 100% fun, live & teacher-led. Explore over 100,000 topics and learn in small groups via Zoom. Perfect for ages 3-18. Join for free. To learn more about all Outschool has to offer and to save $15 off your child's first class go to Outschool.com/GOODLIFEScribd: The world's largest digital library. Enjoy millions of eBooks, audiobooks, magazines, podcasts, sheet music, and documents. Right now, Scribd is offering our listeners 2 months of Scribd for only $0.99. Go to try dot scribd.com/GOODLIFE to get your first two months for less than $1. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

The Roddenberry Podcast Network
SciFi5: Rowan Atkinson - January 6, 1955

The Roddenberry Podcast Network

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 6, 2022 5:01


His screen career has seen him serving on Her Majesty's Secret Service - well, sort of - and at the controls of the TARDIS.  But who else has actor and comedian Rowan Atkinson "Bean" in his career?  Find out in today's Sci-Fi 5! Follow Sci-Fi 5 for your daily dose of science-fiction history. Written by John Champion Hosted by Earl Green Music by Devin Curry

The Roddenberry Podcast Network
SciFi5: The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy - January 5, 1981

The Roddenberry Podcast Network

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 5, 2022 5:01


While Douglas Adams' Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy was still in production as a radio series, the BBC decided it wanted a TV version as well. The choices to be made along the way - animated or live action, laugh track or no - were just part of this ambitious project, as told on today's Sci-Fi 5! Follow Sci-Fi 5 for your daily dose of science-fiction history. Written and hosted by Ryan Myers Music by Devin Curry

The Roddenberry Podcast Network
SciFi5: Babylon 5: In The Beginning - January 4, 1998

The Roddenberry Podcast Network

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 4, 2022 5:01


TNT's last-minute rescue of Babylon 5 from its failing syndication package meant that the series' much-lauded five-year pre-planned storyline might be completed, but TNT also wanted to make sure a new audience could catch up "In The Beginning" before the story's end, on today's Sci-Fi 5! Follow Sci-Fi 5 for your daily dose of science-fiction history. Written and hosted by Norman C. Lao Music by Devin Curry

The Roddenberry Podcast Network
ML-Live: Discovering "...But To Connect"

The Roddenberry Podcast Network

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 4, 2022 65:21


John, Holly, and our listeners ponder the nature of sentience, diplomacy, Cronenberg and more in the last episode of Star Trek: Discovery before the break. Be sure to join us live! We're on the Mission Log Facebook page every Monday at 7pm Pacific/10pm Eastern

The Roddenberry Podcast Network
SciFi5: Space Vampire - January 3, 1980

The Roddenberry Podcast Network

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 3, 2022 5:01


It was January when Buck Rogers aired its Halloween episode, but audiences hardly forgot the over-the-top portrayal of a "Space Vampire" who had quite an effect on Col. Wilma Deering. Hear the story behind the story on todays' Sci-Fi 5! Follow Sci-Fi 5 for your daily dose of science-fiction history. Written by John Champion and Earl Green Hosted by Jessica Lynn Verdi Music by Devin Curry

Amanda Loves (to hate) Teen Mom
Teen Mom OG S5:E1 “Back and Better than Ever” with Lauren Hamilton

Amanda Loves (to hate) Teen Mom

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 31, 2021 76:38


New Year, new season!!! Today Lauren from Everybody Wants Something Podcast joins me to discuss this revamped version of Teen Mom. We are breaking the fourth wall and no one is more excited about it than Tyler, and maybe the episode’s sponsor, Subway. Farrah isn’t there but sneaky Viacom can always find a way around … Continue reading Teen Mom OG S5:E1 “Back and Better than Ever” with Lauren Hamilton →

The Roddenberry Podcast Network
SciFi5: The Prisoner: Living In Harmony - December 31, 1967

The Roddenberry Podcast Network

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 31, 2021 5:01


What happens when you take an already-atypical genre TV series and then drop an episode into it that's atypical even for that show?  That's how The Prisoner found himself Living In Harmony on the last day of 1967. Follow Sci-Fi 5 for your daily dose of science-fiction history. Written by Vic Sage Hosted by Earl Green Music by Devin Curry

The Roddenberry Podcast Network
SciFi5: The Zanti Misfits - December 30, 1963

The Roddenberry Podcast Network

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 30, 2021 5:01


The were creepy, and weird, and oh-so memorable. On this day in 1963, "The Zanti Misfits" landed in an iconic episode of The Outer Limits. The effects masters who brought them to life went on to fame of their own as we cover on today's Sci-Fi 5. Follow Sci-Fi 5 for your daily dose of science-fiction history. Written by Johnny Kolasinski Hosted by Ryan Myers Music by Devin Curry

Conversations with Loulou
Unifonic's Jonathan Labin on sabbaticals, scale-ups and the metaverse

Conversations with Loulou

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 29, 2021 45:20


We talk to Jonathan Labin about his move from a high powered career at Viacom and Facebook to taking a 1 year sabbatical and then shifting gears to startups. In 2020, Jonathan joined Unifonic, a Saudi born startup co-founded by brothers Ahmed and Hassan Hamdan. In his role, Jonathan was responsible of taking the company to the next level, and in 2021, Unifonic raised a whopping US$125 Million to scale. We discuss startups versus scale-ups, cultural, technical and organizational debt and we wrap up with Jonathan's 2022 tech trends including the metaverse! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

The Roddenberry Podcast Network
SciFi5: K-9 and Company - December 29, 1981

The Roddenberry Podcast Network

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 29, 2021 5:01


Spinning off popular characters from TV shows is nothing new, and in 1981 Doctor Who spun off two companions who resonated with the fans: Sarah Jane Smith and the plucky robot wonder-dog K-9. The pilot aired once, and the series was never picked up, but don't let it be said that an old dog can't be taught new tricks. Follow Sci-Fi 5 for your daily dose of science-fiction history. Written by Earl Green Hosted by Roberto Lewis Music by Devin Curry

The Roddenberry Podcast Network
DSTN: Star Trek 2021: In Memoriam

The Roddenberry Podcast Network

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 29, 2021 34:00


As we draw another year to a close, it's time for us to reflect on those members of the Star Trek family that we've lost this year. These are the people who, in their varying roles in front of and behind the camera, made Star Trek what it is today. Please join us here at Daily Star Trek News in remembering fondly those who left us in 2021.

The Roddenberry Podcast Network
SciFi5: Nichelle Nichols - December 28, 1932

The Roddenberry Podcast Network

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 28, 2021 5:01


The face and voice of Star Trek's Lt. Uhura has had a storied career, which included helping other begin very real journeys into space.  Celebrate the life and career of Nichelle Nichols on today's Sci-Fi 5! Follow Sci-Fi 5 for your daily dose of science-fiction history. Written by Ashley Thomas Hosted by Jessica Lynn Verdi Music by Devin Curry

The Roddenberry Podcast Network
TTF: 7-24 Maiden Wine poem - 1968

The Roddenberry Podcast Network

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 28, 2021 21:41


Closing out the season, The Trek Files is pleased to welcome back special guest Adam Nimoy. In this week's show, Adam discusses the sights (and smells) of his boyhood visit to the TOS set as well as creative tensions within the production. A memo about "Maiden Wine" promos discussion about Leonard Nimoy's music career. See the documents: facebook.com/thetrekfiles Visit the Trekland site for behind-the-scenes access and exclusive merchandise.

The Roddenberry Podcast Network
ML-Live: Discovering "Stormy Weather"

The Roddenberry Podcast Network

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 28, 2021 64:56


Holly, Norman and our callers aren't holding a Grudge as they dissect the latest episode of Star Trek: Discovery. Be sure to join us live! We're on the Mission Log Facebook page facebook.com/missionlogpod every Monday at 7pm Pacific/10pm Eastern

The Roddenberry Podcast Network
WAW: 181: Trek's Traditions & Rituals

The Roddenberry Podcast Network

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 27, 2021 53:03


Join us as we take Zach's suggestion and discuss the nuances of ritual, religion, and tradition, and how they show up in Star Trek. HOSTS Kennedy Aliza Grace EDITOR Andi Send us your feedback! Email: crew@womenatwarp.com Twitter/Instagram: @womenatwarp Facebook: http://facebook.com/womenatwarp Support the Show on Patreon: http://www.patreon.com/womenatwarp Visit our TeePublic Store: https://www.teepublic.com/stores/womenatwarp For more Roddenberry Podcasts, visit http://podcasts.roddenberry.com And don't forget to subscribe to the Roddenberry Podcasts Master Feed, wherever you get your podcasts.

The Roddenberry Podcast Network
SciFi5: Captain Video: Master of the Stratosphere - December 27, 1951

The Roddenberry Podcast Network

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 27, 2021 5:01


The first American sci-fi TV hero to make the jump to the big screen did so today in 1951. Join us once again, Video Rangers, for Captain Video: Master of the Stratosphere, on today's Sci-Fi 5! Follow Sci-Fi 5 for your daily dose of science-fiction history. Written by Brian Clayton Hosted by Earl Green Music by Devin Curry

The Roddenberry Podcast Network
SciFi5: 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea - December 24, 1916

The Roddenberry Podcast Network

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 24, 2021 5:01


Decades before Disney's colorful interpretation of the Jules Verne classic, it made for another cinematic spectacle in another age...even if it left a lot of the original story on the cutting room floor.  Dive into 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea - again! - on today's Sci-Fi 5. Follow Sci-Fi 5 for your daily dose of science-fiction history. Written by David Sohl Hosted by Norman C. Lao Music by Devin Curry

The Roddenberry Podcast Network
SciFi5: 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea - December 23, 1954

The Roddenberry Podcast Network

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 23, 2021 5:01


It brought Jules Verne's classic tale to the big screen with some impressive production values and a budget that put the studio releasing it at risk.  Dive into 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea on today's Sci-Fi 5. Follow Sci-Fi 5 for your daily dose of science-fiction history. Written by Earl Green Hosted by Jessica Lynn Verdi Music by Devin Curry

The Roddenberry Podcast Network
ML: 431 - The Changing Face of Evil

The Roddenberry Podcast Network

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 23, 2021 65:52


One person's true face is revealed, another crosses the line to permanently side with evil, while a third emerges from the shadows to the side of good. All that, and we say goodbye to a major part of DS9 when The Changing Face of Evil goes into the Mission Log. Sponsored by listeners like you -

Primeiro Tratamento
Primeiro Tratamento – Larissa Câmara – # 199

Primeiro Tratamento

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 22, 2021


Fechamos o ano com uma incrível roteirista e nossa grande amiga. Larissa Câmara sabe tudo de humor, roteirista indicada ao Emmy pela animação “Ico Bit Zip”, esteve a frente de programas como Treme Treme, Lol – Se Rir Já Era, escreveu para Multishow, Amazon, Globo, Viacom, Netflix e mais! No nosso papo, ela contou suas … Continue lendo "Primeiro Tratamento – Larissa Câmara – # 199"

The Roddenberry Podcast Network
SciFi5: Quatermass And The Pit - December 22, 1958

The Roddenberry Podcast Network

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 22, 2021 5:01


It was a trendsetting production from the classic era of formative British TV science fiction, but it was also trying to make a serious point about a growing social ill.  Join us as we climb into Quatermass And The Pit on today's Sci-Fi 5. Follow Sci-Fi 5 for your daily dose of science-fiction history. Written and hosted by Earl Green Music by Devin Curry

The Chris Voss Show
The Chris Voss Show Podcast – Andrew Morton, CEO of Bloom Health Partners

The Chris Voss Show

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 21, 2021 47:07


Bloomhealthpartners.com About Bloom: Bloom Health Partners, the national occupational health and health-technology company that's had a huge hand in helping Fortune 500 companies, schools, Hollywood productions, and sporting events, safely reopen. To date, Bloom has built custom covid testing programs for the likes of PepsiCo, Six Flags (all 22 parks in North America), American Airlines, Amazon Studios, Netflix, Apple Studios, Viacom, Live Nation, and many others. With a new wave of pandemic uncertainty brought about by the Omicron variant, discussions around vaccine and testing mandates, an abundance of new home Covid testing options, I wanted to offer up interviews with Bloom's CEO, Andrew Morton. He can help shed light on what the future of work, school, and entertainment might look like, based on Bloom's proven track record. He can also discuss the importance of implementing ongoing testing programs across industries, as new variants continue to surface. Morton was formerly CEO of Maitri Health Technologies—a global healthcare supply platform out of Canada—and oversaw the acquisition of Bloom Health by Maitri in July 2021. The $20 million deal, which brought together Maitri's innovative cloud strategy for safe workplaces and Bloom Health's occupational health system, has proven successful in helping organizations of all types return to work intelligently and maintain long-term operations. Bloom's founder and CEO Andrew Morton launched the company at the onset of the pandemic when covid testing was scarce and inconvenient, and the outlook for the economy was incredibly bleak. The company now has the resources to scale their development of pop-up modular testing laboratories, which gives them the control and flexibility necessary to carry out workable covid plans for clients across a range of industries. Additionally, in November, they announced a first-of-its-kind partnership with Montgomery Public Schools, the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH), the Alabama State Department of Education (ALSDE), and the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Public Health, to offer free and voluntary COVID-19 testing for students, faculty and staff.

The Roddenberry Podcast Network
SciFi5: The Black Hole - December 21, 1979

The Roddenberry Podcast Network

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 21, 2021 5:01


Disney's fanciful sci-fi epic was in development so long that its original conception hailed from a different era of movie-making than the post-Star-Wars era into which it debuted. Return with us to 1979 and the premiere of The Black Hole on today's Sci-Fi 5. Follow Sci-Fi 5 for your daily dose of science-fiction history. Written by Earl Green Hosted by Jessica Lynn Verdi Music by Devin Curry

The Roddenberry Podcast Network
TTF: 7-23 - National Space Society speech - January, 1989

The Roddenberry Podcast Network

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 21, 2021 23:09


A speech given by Gene Roddenberry in 1989 to the National Space Society is the perfect starting point with this week's guest, an amateur astronomer, asteroid chaser, and space enthusiast. He also happens to have played Tuvok on "Star Trek: Voyager." Tim Russ joins The Trek Files for a discussion of reaching the stars. See the documents: Facebook.com/TheTrekFiles

The Roddenberry Podcast Network
ML-Live: 166 - Discovering "The Examples"

The Roddenberry Podcast Network

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 21, 2021 62:16


Holly, Norman, and our callers explore "The Examples", the latest episode of Star Trek: Discovery. Be sure to join us live! We're on the Mission Log Facebook page every Monday at 7pm Pacific/10pm Eastern

The Roddenberry Podcast Network
SciFi5: Star Wars: The Old Republic - December 20, 2011

The Roddenberry Podcast Network

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 20, 2021 5:01


Celebrating ten years of the biggest Star Wars MMORPG, we look back (and ahead) at "The Old Republic" and these stories that pre-date "a long time ago..." slide into the bigger canon. Sith or Galactic Republic, choose your side on today's Sci-Fi 5. Follow Sci-Fi 5 for your daily dose of science-fiction history. Written by Ryan Myers Hosted by Earl Green Music by Devin Curry

The Roddenberry Podcast Network
DSTN: Spock's ears head to the Smithsonian, LeVar to host the Spelling Bee, and a Star Trek exec exits

The Roddenberry Podcast Network

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 18, 2021 28:00


Leonard Nimoy's Spock ears are heading to the Smithsonian; LeVar Burton will host next year's spelling bee; and a Star Trek executive producer exits, stage left. Plus special thanks, our holiday schedule, and of course - show and tell and this week's poll. IncrediBuilds Wood Model/Figure kits: Original Series Enterprise NCC-1701: https://amzn.to/3yD9VSa The Next Generation NCC-1701-D: https://amzn.to/3J44D6Q Klingon Bird-of-Prey: https://amzn.to/3FpELQV

The Roddenberry Podcast Network
P1P: 535 - A Departure To The New Normal

The Roddenberry Podcast Network

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 17, 2021 52:59


This week on Episode 535 of Priority One: Content deals continue at ViacomCBS, so you'll see what IP Bob can guarantee to be on TV.  A touching farewell to Tilly, with the character's far future plans on the tip of Mary Wiseman's tongue.  In gaming news, some fresh and refreshed games to add to your Trek catalog, and Mudd is back with a fresh Intel in a big ship bundle.  And before we review the most recent episode of Discovery, Dr. Robert Hurt tells us how we're looking for planets not just around distant stars, but in distant galaxies!  TREK IT OUT Edited by Thomas Reynolds Not Every Loss Is Eternal By Jake Cobb If you haven't watched Star Trek: Discovery's season 4 episode 4 “All is Possible” our next story contains spoilers. You've been warned. Still here? Good! Let's get started! In the aforementioned “All is Possible”, Discovery said goodbye to one of its own: Lieutenant Sylvia Tilly. This week, TVInsider sat down with Tilly actor Mary Wiseman to talk about the episode, her departure, and the future of Tilly. Before going any further, let's get the big question out of the way: will Tilly be back, and in what capacity? Wiseman answered (unsatisfyingly) ”I can say that you'll see me later on in the season.” She continued (also unsatisfyingly) ”I'll say that her hair is slightly different and she's wearing a different outfit.” And she'll make new friends along the way! Image: ViacomCBS, via Tor. Being less vague, Wiseman recalled her on-screen goodbyes, telling TVInsiders Meredith Jacobs ”you tend to create a found family and that's very much the story of our show, both on and offscreen, that we are a found family. So it felt really important to honor those relationships…[i]t kind of feels like...she's going off to do this thing and all of these people show up for her to say, ‘we'll still be here for you when you come back and we love you and we'll miss you'.” It's true, we'll miss you–a lot. ViacomCBS: Deal With It By Cat Hough In some not very shocking news, ViacomCBS CEO Bob Bakish confirmed that Paramount+ is moving towards exclusivity for its major IP franchises, by reducing the amount of third-party licenses...just like the recent buy-back deal for Star Trek: Discovery from Netflix. In a recent media conference, Bakish was asked about the third-party licensing deals and he said that while the company continues to bring in revenue for many deals cut before the launch of Paramount+, its priorities have definitely changed and that they are not likely to renew any prior third-party deals.   They are altering the deal. Pray they do not alter it further. Image: ViacomCBS/Trekmovie Bakish elaborated on this, saying, “as we increasingly transition to leveraging our particular franchises and original production for our owned and operated streaming assets, principally Paramount+…that, in turn, will create a decline in that third-party business over time as these deals roll off. I would note that as an example of that, we just took back Star Trek: Discovery internationally from Netflix. And so we now have that property globally. That's clearly a core franchise for us, and it's working.” It appears that these efforts are working for Bakish, as he stated that Paramount+ had its best week ever and best month ever in November. However, Discovery has yet to be confirmed for a fifth season. Historically, additional season pickups are announced around the time of the launch of a new season, which they did for Star Trek: Prodigy. Paramount+ Opens Revenue Channels By Cat Hough Speaking of Paramount+, it just announced the launch of 18 linear channels that let subscribers surf through dedicated-themed collections of shows called Live Channels. The content comes from all ViacomCBS properties including CBS, Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon, BET and the Smithsonian Channel as well as from other sources. The themed “live” channels, streaming 24 hours per day, feature the service's most-streamed genres or specific franchises like Star Trek. Just think Star Trek Channel: all Trek, all the time.   Not like this. Not like this....Image: ViacomCBS, via Space.com Paramount+ Live Channels also will potentially provide a new bucket of advertising inventory for the streaming service to sell. At launch, there won't be ads in the channels for either the Paramount+ Premium ($9.99/month) or the ad-supported Essential ($4.99/month) tiers, but eventually ViacomCBS may introduce ads for customers with the Essential package. Through Dec. 31, new subscribers can try Paramount+ for 30 days free by using the promo code “PEAKSALE.” Quick News Roundup A Star Trek Adventures-based audio play, Star Trek: Europa, is now available as a podcast with 10 episodes online.  The series follows the adventures of the U.S.S. Europa, a Luna-class starship with a new prototype positronic-bioneural computer system and an advanced AI. The ship's mission is exploration following the Dominion War. It's available on all of your favorite podcast apps.   In other audio news comes a cryptic tweet with very few details. Coming soon fresh outta spacedock is a new STO series, “Ex Astris: The Ships of Star Trek Online.”  The tweet comes from Daniel Orrett, writer and creator of the science fiction audio drama Sojourn HQ.  Which could imply an audio drama telling the story of STO ships?  With no release date, we'll have to simply wait and see.   STAR TREK GAMING NEWS Edited by Thomas Reynolds The Mudd-Slinging Continues Unabated By Cat Hough Just in time for the holidays when you have all the extra money, a new bundle hits Mudd's Market on December 22nd! Mudd's Secret Intel Choice Pack will be available for 29,500 Zen, and you can choose any three of the following options:  Section 31 Intel Science Destroyer Son'a Intel Battlecruiser Elachi Sheshar Intel Dreadnought Cruiser Na'Qjej Intel Battlecruiser 50x Master Keys 1 Epic Phoenix Box Token 9x T6x Upgrade Tokens 10x Gold Tech Upgrades Image: Cryptic Studios. Or you can spend 60,000 Zen and get Mudd's MEGA Secret Intel Bundle: a one stop purchase to obtain all eight items in the pack at once! NOTE: Both packs are 50% off in the Zen store from December 22 through January 5.  Star Trek Faces A Resurgence By Ross McQueen Star Trek: Resurgence is a narrative adventure game featuring dialog choices, relationship building, and exploration. Alongside dialog-driven role playing and rich branching storylines, you will also engage with the Star Trek universe in a variety of other gameplay styles, including shuttle piloting, phaser fights, tricorder scanning, stealth, and micro-gameplay mechanics. https://youtu.be/XNer-6JEJk0 Star Trek: Resurgence follows two principal characters through a single epic story, with gameplay switching between the characters, similar to Telltale's Game of Thrones or Tales from the Borderlands. Star Trek: Resurgence is a single player experience without microtransactions, DLC or other additional monetization models.  The Armada Is Mobilized, Captains By Ross McQueen Grab yourself an energy drink or three, a bowl of your favourite snacks and let's LAN party like it's 1999!  Actually, the correct temporal coordinates are 2000 and 2001, with Star Trek: Armada and Armada II now available on the GOG store. Anyone else here a Ressikan flute playing? No? Just me? Image: Activision, via GOG. This comes after GOG and Activision teamed up to celebrate 55 years of Star Trek, rereleasing six games including Voyager Elite Force and  Star Trek: Bridge Commander updated to work on modern operating systems. In Star Trek Armada, war is raging in the Alpha Quadrant with four races to command. The story is then expanded in Armada II, with Species 8472 entering the fray in Federation Space. Both games are available to purchase on the GOG store. A Dual Trilogy In Fleet Command By Ross McQueen The latest update has dropped for Star Trek Fleet Command, with Patch 37 bringing with it Part 3 of the Duality Arc, with three notable additions to the game as well as the usual collection of new officers, missions and bug fixes. Officer presets are now available, meaning you can create, name, and save specific sets of bridge officers which may then be assigned to your preferred ship.  Also a third permanent research queue is now unlockable through the in-game store. Kermit gotta get paid, son. Image: Scopely. On top of this, the Syndicate has now arrived!  The morally green Orions bring with them tiers to unlock, daily goal multipliers and an exclusive officer, Ghrush.  You can earn Syndicate XP from select events, a daily claim within the Syndicate menu, or from the Offers tab. ASTROMETRICS REPORT For this week's Astrometics Report, we go way past the final frontier to hunt for exoplanets--not just around other stars, but in distant galaxies. And we aren't just talking the homeworld of the Andromedans from the TOS episode "By Any Other Name." They're just from the Andromeda Galaxy, a mere two million light-years away. No, this tantalizing new discovery was found in the Whirlpool Galaxy, or M51, at a whopping distance of 30 million light-years. And this potential planet was found in a particularly wild system. So how do you search for exoplanets in other distant galaxies, when we've only barely started finding them in the nearby reaches of our very own Milky Way galaxy? It's a classic example of the scientific method at work: thinking about what we know, coming up with a hypothetical way to do a different kind of search, and being rewarded with an exciting detection. Now if you've been following exoplanet discoveries, you may already have heard of a search strategy kjnown as the "transit method." In a nutshell, astronomers hunt for planets orbiting other stars by looking for a small tell-tale dip in the star's brightness, that would happen when a comparatively tiny planet passes in front of its star--blocking a little bit of its light. This only works with planetary systems that, by the roll of the dice, happen to be aligned perfectly edge-on with our vantage point, allowing us to see the transits. Statistically that's a pretty small fraction of al the star systems out there. But it's been incredibly productive so far, leading to the discovery of nearly five thousand planets around other stars in the Milky Way. Since planets are small compared to stars, these dips in brightness may be only a fraction of a percent of the star's overall brightness. It works best with stars that are nearby and can be measured precisely. So the obvious question is how could you hunt for transiting planets in other galaxies, where the light of the stars gets mushed into an unresolved haze? X-ray: NASA/CXC/SAO/R. DiStefano, et al.; Optical: NASA/ESA/STScI/Grendler That very question prompted researcher Rosanne Di Stefano and her team to consider looking far past visible light to another part of the spectrum: namely, X-rays. Only the very hottest processes in the universes light up in this high-energy party of the spectrum, including an unusual kind of system called an X-ray binary. These are typically either a compact neutron star, or black hole, in a close orbit around another star. Gas spilling of the star gets swept up into a disc around the super-dense companion. the inner regions of the disc get heated to incredible temperatures. A large galaxy may gave at most a few dozen X-ray binaries that are so bright we can see them millions of light-ears away. but each one is a single compact source. So what if one of those has an orbiting planet that transits in front of the glowing disk? The team reasoned it would produce a transit signature that would briefly dim the X-ray light, so they went looking for one. And that's how they found the candidate planet in the Whirlpool Galaxy, using data from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory. It turns out x-ray data sets are ideal for this kind of search. These telescopes typically have to sit and stare at a target for days, or even weeks, to collect enough x-ray photons to build up a picture. Those long staring observations are very similar to those used by exoplanet hunters searching in visible or infrared light. The transit they detected indicates a planet in an X-ray binary system called M51-ULS-1, where they saw the X-ray glow vanish for about three hours. They were able to rule out a variety of other factors that can cause X-ray variability, making a Saturn-sized planet the best explanation for what they saw. The signal was so strong because, in this case, the transiting planet would be much larger than the relatively compact part of the disc emitting the X-rays. So in X-ray binary systems, a planet would pretty much block all of the high energy light for a while. Image: NASA/CXC. Now I have to emphasize this is only considered to be a potential planet since confirmations require multiple transit detections. Unfortunately this planet likely has an orbital period of around 70 years or so, which means confirmation could take a very long time. However it points us towards a whole new way to search for other distant planets in the universe, and the awesome thing is that a lot of the data we need is already in hand. This research was carried out on archival data taken in other research programs--reminding us that our vast collections of research data in astronomy can be used to make new discoveries over time. You can bet scientists will continue searching data from Chandra and other X-ray telescopes for other possible planet transits. I should point out any planets in systems like this are not going to be at the top of the list for habitability searches. Such worlds are going to be flooded with deeply-destructive X-rays way past what you'd get in a doctors office. Our search may be restricted to stars a little closer to home. https://youtu.be/oR3Q7RBGmtc Finally I do have to comment on how excited the whole astronomical community is for the upcoming launch of NASA's Webb telescope on December 22. if you want to learn more about Webb, or the exogalactic exoplanet, make sure to check out Ask the Astronomers Live on universeunplugged.org. Every month our host Phil Lamar chats with a couple of astronomers about some of the coolest, or hottest, discoveries in the universe. You can even bring your own questions if you watch live on YouTube or Facebook.

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SciFi5: The Dark Crystal - December 17, 1982

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Play Episode Listen Later Dec 17, 2021 5:01


When "The Dark Crystal" premiered on this day in 1982, audiences weren't sure if it was a Muppet movie for kids or a serious, dark fantasy. It was both, and it had its roots in Saturday Night Live. Get the story on today's Sci-Fi 5. Follow Sci-Fi 5 for your daily dose of science-fiction history. Written by Ryan Myers Hosted by Roberto Lewis Music by Devin Curry

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ML: 430 - Strange Bedfellows

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Play Episode Listen Later Dec 16, 2021 70:50


While Ezri and Worf face the very real possibility of execution at the hands of the Cardassians, Damar starts to see the cracks in the Dominion plan. Kai Winn and Dukat, meanwhile, cozy up. Break out the springwine and a fruit plate, it's time for Strange Bedfellows to go into the Mission Log. Sponsored by - Sponsored by -

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SciFi5: Arthur C. Clarke - December 16, 1917

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Play Episode Listen Later Dec 16, 2021 5:01


With an eye for the places where science fiction and fact converge, Arthur C. Clarke emerged as one of the top authors of the genre in the 20th century. On his 104th birthday, we look back at the friendly rivalry that made him "second best." Follow Sci-Fi 5 for your daily dose of science-fiction history. Written by Johnny Kolasinski Hosted by Earl Green Music by Devin Curry

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SciFi5: The Time Warrior - December 15, 1973

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Play Episode Listen Later Dec 15, 2021 5:01


The Sontarans: those war-mongering potato-headed enemies of the Doctor. They made their debut on this day in 1973, and today we give you the full story on their origin and legacy and even how they, uh, make more Sontarans. Follow Sci-Fi 5 for your daily dose of science-fiction history. Written by Earl Green Hosted by Jessica Lynn Verdi Music by Devin Curry

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TTF: 7-22 Letter to Bob Justman - June 4, 1987

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Play Episode Listen Later Dec 14, 2021 17:40


Continuing our discussion of Susan Oliver's career, George Pappy joins The Trek Files this week to share insights into Susan's work as a director. In an industry notoriously difficult for women, Susan had secured a few directing credits and hoped to continue on Star Trek: The Next Generation. See the documents: Facebook.com/TheTrekFiles

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SciFi5: Dune - December 14, 1984

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Play Episode Listen Later Dec 14, 2021 5:01


Bringing Frank Herbert's "Dune" to the screen was a massive undertaking 14 years in the making and passed through the hands of many talented directors. That may have been what ultimately doomed the film. Get the story on today's Sci-Fi 5. Follow Sci-Fi 5 for your daily dose of science-fiction history. Written and hosted by Norman Lao Music by Devin Curry

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ML-Live: 165 - Discovering "All Is Possible"

The Roddenberry Podcast Network

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 14, 2021 67:22


John, Holly, and our listeners head back to Starfleet Academy to get stuck in grief, stuck in ice, and discuss the latest episode of Star Trek: Discovery. Be sure to join us live! We're on the Mission Log Facebook page every Monday at 7pm Pacific/10pm Eastern

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WAW: 180: Vaccines in Trek

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Play Episode Listen Later Dec 13, 2021 56:46


The crew takes a close look at some examples of vaccine development, usage, and distribution throughout the Star Trek franchise, with the help of special guest Dr. Morgan Cable. HOSTS Aliza Sue GUEST Dr. Morgan Cable - @starsarecalling EDITOR Jarrah Send us your feedback! Email: crew@womenatwarp.com Twitter/Instagram: @womenatwarp Facebook: http://facebook.com/womenatwarp Support the Show on Patreon: http://www.patreon.com/womenatwarp Visit our TeePublic Store: https://www.teepublic.com/stores/womenatwarp For more Roddenberry Podcasts, visit http://podcasts.roddenberry.com And don't forget to subscribe to the Roddenberry Podcasts Master Feed, wherever you get your podcasts.

Investing in Impact
The Future of Work Global Fund to Upskill Low-Income and Entry-Level Workers - Dr. Angela Jackson // Partner at New Profit Ventures

Investing in Impact

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 13, 2021 33:52


Check out the Impact Investor platform here.Thanks to all the Causeartist Partners - Check them out here.----------------------------------------If you enjoyed this episode, don't forget to subscribe, review, and share this podcast!In this episode of the Investing in Impact podcast, I speak with Dr. Angela Jackson on leading New Profit's $15M Future of Work global fund to invest in entrepreneurs and companies developing innovative technical solutions to upskill low-income and entry-level workers at scale.Dr. Angela Jackson leads New Profit's Future of Work Initiative, which seeks to close the career-readiness gap for Americans from low-income backgrounds. Angela's career started in the private sector leading business development for organizations like Viacom and Nokia. While working internationally, she began to wonder: if multinational companies can deliver their products consistently and with quality at scale, what would it take to deliver social interventions like education and health in a similar manner?She began to tackle this question by founding Global Language Project, a social venture that aimed to transform how we prepare students with skills to succeed in a global economy and workforce. Angela completed a Doctoral degree at Harvard University, where her focus was on this question, along with the role of scale and strategic capital deployment and philanthropy in systems change initiatives.Angela's work with New Profit allows her to marry her research interests with practice. She currently leads New Profit's $15M Future of Work global fund to invest in entrepreneurs and companies developing innovative technical solutions to upskill low-income and entry-level workers at scale. Angela recently launched a $6 million Future of Work Grand Challenge, powered by XPRIZE and MIT Solve, to rapidly reskill 25,000 displaced workers into living-wage jobs in the next 24 months.About New Profit: New Profit is a venture philanthropy organization that backs breakthrough social entrepreneurs who are advancing equity and opportunity in America.Her work and writing has been featured in CNN, Huffington Post, Chicago Trifubune and Harvard Business Review. You can read her thoughts on the intersection of race and the Future of Work on Medium and follow her on Twitter at @angjack.Listen to more Causeartist podcasts here.We are powered by:Podcast Made with TransistorPodcast cover design Made with CanvaBuild amazing web platforms with Webflow

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SciFi5: Mars Attacks - December 13, 1996

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Play Episode Listen Later Dec 13, 2021 5:01


They came to destroy the Earth - first as a set of trading cards, then as a star-studded film directed by Tim Burton. "Mars Attacks" on this day in 1996, and we have the story on today's ack ack ack ack ack! Follow Sci-Fi 5 for your daily dose of science-fiction history. Written by John Champion Hosted by Ryan Myers Music by Devin Curry

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DSTN: Paramount+ is expanding! Plus Nichelle gets and award, Shatner gets a documentary, and more

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Play Episode Listen Later Dec 12, 2021 37:30


Nichelle Nichols gets a special award; William Shatner gets a documentary; there's a new Star Trek video game coming to consoles next year; and Paramount+ keeps expanding (here and here). Plus show and tell and this week's poll!

AmiTuckeredOut
Melanie Chandra and Surina Jindal Have a Hot Mess Holiday

AmiTuckeredOut

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 11, 2021 33:05


Guys, the holidays are about to get messy. Welcome to a very special holiday bonus episode!Today I chat with producers and stars of Comedy Centrals South-Asian led film, Hot Mess Holiday, Melanie Chandra and Surina Jindal!Hot Mess Holiday helps get audiences into the festive season and  features a largely South Asian cast including Kal Penn, Ravi Patel, Richa Moorjani and many more.The film, which debuts on December 11th, revolves around two best friends,  a young banker, Melanie (Chandra), who is unceremoniously dumped by her cheating fiancé, Rishi (Ritesh Rajan), during the Diwali holidays, and her free-spirited best friend, Surina (Jindal), who is determined to help her get lit. Along with their outrageous crew, they embark on a wild holiday adventure across Chicago, but when they come into possession of a multimillion-dollar diamond, their messy antics place their entire team in danger.I chat with the ladies about their journey together up till now, working 16 hours a day on set, some of they crazy moments they recall while filming,  why this film in particular is so relevant for the South Asian community, and some of their upcoming projects.We also play a little "do you really know your best friend" game- there may be some dancing involved as well.So sit back, grab your chai, and enjoy our bonus holiday episode!https://www.cc.com/topic/hot-mess-holiday

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P1P: 534 - Farewell, Nichelle, and Thank You

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Play Episode Listen Later Dec 11, 2021 48:17


This week on Episode 534 of Priority One: Kurtzman talks crossovers and Nichelle Nichols dances the night away; in gaming, two new starships are available to add to your Star Trek Online collection! TREK IT OUT Edited by Thomas Reynolds Kurtzman's Crossover Qualifications By Rosco McQueen Considering the amount of new Star Trek series either on screen or in development, you may be thinking it's more than likely there will be a crossover event of some kind.  Turns out Alex Kurtzman is thinking along the same lines.  Kurtzman and Sonequa Martin-Green were guests on the new episode of Deadline's Hero Nation podcast speaking about Burham's journey into the captain's chair.  And its many, many detours. Image: ViacomCBS, via Deadline. But the conversation came around to the idea of crossovers, and if that is a real possibility.  Kurtzman says yes, but it's got to be good. “Here's the thing about crossovers; I think crossovers can be really, really exciting. But they have to exist for a reason. There has to be a great story reason to do it.” Kutman said he is yet to come up with the right idea for the crossover, as the volume of productions as well as each program's individual identity are distinct, making it a challenge. “Because the flip side to doing a crossover wrong is that people are really disappointed and it impacts both shows. So it's just not a gamble that I would want to take randomly. that being said, it's certainly exciting to think about certain pairings that you're like ‘Wow, what would it be like if those two characters were together or those two crews were together?' But I want to be careful about it.” The same podcast episode asked about the status of the Section 31 series, which has been in development for some time.  The only answer Kurtzman would give was brief, saying “We're in a very exciting place. I can't tell you anything yet. But it's still very much alive.” Go ahead. You tell her the show's not happening. Image: ViacomCBS, via Superhero Hype. Nichelle Concludes Her Mission To Earth By Cat Hough If you were watching updates on Twitter from L.A. Comic-Con this past weekend, you undoubtedly saw that Nichelle Nichols made her last-ever public appearance (this was also confirmed on her website).  NASA has released a touching Thank You video to Nichols recognizing her impact on the space program through recruiting women and people of color to NASA in the 1970s. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5wPMlKG16QY Quick News Roundup The story of William Shatner's sojourn into space will be told in a one hour documentary special, aptly titled “Shatner in Space”. The documentary will screen on Amazon Prime as you might expect, seeing as Jeff Bezos, the owner of Amazon funded Bill's flight.  It premieres on Wednesday, Dec. 13, in the U.S., Canada, UK, Australia, and New Zealand. According to Prime Video, additional territories will launch in 2022. If you haven't been keeping up with The Ready Room with Wil Wheaton on StarTrek.com, you really should. Last week featured the new uniform designs for Discovery Season 4 and an in-depth interview with David Ajala, who plays Cleveland Booker. STAR TREK GAMING NEWS Edited by Thomas Reynolds The Great River Provides Us…with Nog! By Cat Hough Finally, the ship we've been waiting for…mostly because it's not coming via lockbox and it's free! The Eisenberg Star Cruiser [T6] was  announced as the Grand Prize award for this year's Q's Winter Wonderland Event. All you have to do is complete various activities available and gain enough Daily Progress to fulfill the Event's overall quota. You can earn Daily Progress once per day, per account. https://youtu.be/8Yofx883hTc This ship features a 4/4 weapons layout and an Ensign Engineering / Command Specialist Bridge Officer Seat, and a Lt. Commander Universal/Miracle Worker Specialist Bridge Officer Seat. It also comes with the Great Material Continuum Universal Console.  This console uses a massive network of tight-beam transporter beams to strip away enemy hull at a molecular scale, briefly buffers that matter, then converts it into energy and project into a protective barrier that can be applied to allied starships even at a great distance. This console also provides a passive bonus to Starship Drain Expertise and All Subsystem Energy Levels. Also leveling up this ship will give you access to the Ingenious Tenacity Starship Trait. Using this trait and activating any Specialist Bridge Officer Ability (Intel, Command, Pilot, Temp Op, Miracle Worker) will briefly grant your starship the ability to redirect incoming damage from Energy Weapons into Shield Restoration. A portion of all Energy Damage received during this time (pre-Resistances) will be translated into Shield Restoration for the shield facing which the enemy weapon impacted. Just think of all the yamok sauce that thing could pack. Image: Cryptic Studios. Saturn Rings In The Holiday Season By Thomas Reynolds By the Prophets, has it been a full week since we got a new Infinity Lockbox ship? Never fear, Cryptic has us covered with another dip into the 32nd century Fed fleet registry. Now available on PC, the Saturn Intel Science Spearhead [T6] will run rings around–and through–your enemies. Assuming RNGsus hears your prayers, that is. Like most 32nd century vessels, the Saturn's aesthetics are…challenging, to put it mildly. Consisting of just a flat ring-shaped “saucer” with trailing nacelles, it looks rather like the souvenir bottle openers in the Federation HQ's gift shop. On the other hand, at least everything is attached with no floaty bits to be found. Dr. Hurt ought to be pleased [HA!–Ed]. Yes. I know what everyone else says it looks like. Image: Cryptic Studios. As a Science Spearhead with Intel specialization, the Saturn splits its focus between analyzing opponents and blasting the █████ out of them. Commander Science/Intel, Ensign Universal/Pilot, and Lt. Commander Universal Boff seats lend great flexibility in approaching challenges. The Enhanced Battle Cloak and Dual Cannon compatibility quickly turns those challenges into past tense–no temporal shenanigans required.  Come in Peace, Leave ‘Em in Pieces The Saturn's Chakram Projector universal console leans into the circular theme even further, creating a spinning toroid of plot matter–excuse me, programmable matter to sandblast enemies in your vicinity. Ships caught within the death doughnut take kinetic damage with an additional kinetic resistance debuff. You, meanwhile, receive a passive buff to hull and shield penetration with all starship weaponry. Finally, the “Automated Triage” Tier 5 Mastery Trait kicks in a combined instant heal/heal-over-time to you or an ally within 5km whenever the subject dips below 50% hull health. Automated Triage immediately restores 10% of max hull, followed by another 20% of max hull over the next 10 seconds. The trait has a 60-second cooldown, but activating Science Team or an Intel Boff ability shortens it by 10 seconds. https://youtu.be/NeSc1s3fWQA Note that, although it literally says “Science” in the name, you really shouldn't treat it as a science vessel. Everything about the Saturn may make it a hole-in-one for weapons builds. However only one of the mastery package traits improves your Exotic Damage, and neither the Chakram Projector nor Automatic Triage affect it at all. Expect to go cannons hot and leave the Gravity Wells at home. Quick Gaming News Roundup The United Earth Defense Force Vessel is now available in console Infinity Lockboxes. Now XBox and Playstation captains don't have to avoid talking about the Elephant in the room–or not in the room, as the case may be. I bet you forgot about the Elephant. But the Elephant never forgets. And it never forgives. Image: Cryptic Studios.

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SciFi5: Superman - December 10, 1978

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Play Episode Listen Later Dec 10, 2021 5:01


It was years in the making, and on this day in 1978, "Superman" got the big-screen treatment he deserved at a star-studded premiere in Washington D.C. When audiences believed a man could fly - on today's Sci-Fi 5. Follow Sci-Fi 5 for your daily dose of science-fiction history. Written by Ryan Myers Hosted by Jessica Lynn Verdi Music by Devin Curry

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SciFi5: Dr. Englebart's Demo - December 9, 1968

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Play Episode Listen Later Dec 9, 2021 5:01


The graphical user interface of your computer is older than you probably think. On this day in 1968, Dr. Englebart showed off a bit of the future to and audience of the Joint Computer Conference. Hear the story on today's podcast. Watch the "Mother of All Demos" Follow Sci-Fi 5 for your daily dose of science-fiction history. Written and hosted by Earl Green Music by Devin Curry

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ML: 429 - 'Til Death Do Us Part

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Play Episode Listen Later Dec 9, 2021 71:14


Captain Sisko decides if he's going to follow his heart or follow the Prophets, Kai Winn lets a stranger into her life, and Ezri and Worf torture each other by talking about their problems... between being tortured by the Breen. Mission Log talks 'Til Death Do Us Part. Sponsored by - Sponsored by - Sponsored by -

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SciFi5: Georges Melies - December 8, 1861

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Play Episode Listen Later Dec 8, 2021 5:01


He was a magician and theatrical illusionist who embraced the new technology of film and, in doing so, revolutionized an industry and paved the way for every science-fiction film made since. Hear the story of George Melies who was born on this day in 1861. Follow Sci-Fi 5 for your daily dose of science-fiction history. Written by John Champion Hosted by Ryan Myers Music by Devin Curry

Elevate with Robert Glazer
Susan Drumm on Enlightened, Self-Aware Leadership

Elevate with Robert Glazer

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 7, 2021 47:05


Susan Drumm helps leaders get the most from their organizations through self-awareness. She is a CEO Advisor, Leadership Coach and founder of Meritage Leadership. She has 20 years of experience coaching top leadership and has worked with organizations such as KPMG, Oracle, Viacom and Microsoft. She is also the host of the Enlightened Executive podcast and a top rated, global keynote speaker. Susan joined host Robert Glazer on the Elevate Podcast to discuss how leaders can become more enlightened about their own tendencies and get better results.

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ML-Live: 164 - Discovering "Choose To Live"

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Play Episode Listen Later Dec 7, 2021 62:55


Holly, Norman, and Mission Log Live's callers dissect "Choose To Live", the latest episode of Discovery, with both swords and logic. Please, friends, choose to listen! Be sure to join us live! We're on the Mission Log Facebook page every Monday at 7pm Pacific/10pm Eastern

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ep24 | the artisan podcast | jaime levy | ux strategist, author, speaker

the artisan podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 7, 2021 44:41


Jaime Levy, Ux Strategist, Speaker and author of UX Strategy: Product Strategy Techniques for Devising Innovative Digital Solutions available in 6 languages and now also on Audible You can find Jaime on LinkedIn and on jaimelevy.com   ----------------- Katty: I've been watching your career trajectory, and I was super excited to see that you had written a book, UX Strategy and that the audio version has just come out. So I wanted to have a conversation about you, about the book, and how you started your path. One thing that I've noticed is this trend of reinvention with you from a designer to a strategist to an author to a public speaker to a professor, and how all of that's going to come together for you. I just found that fascinating, so I'd love for you to talk about your origin story and what's steps you've taken to come here. Jaime: Let's see. Well, I guess it started even before the browser when I was creating my floppy disk magazines, and I was a graduate student at NYU, and just really interested in nonlinear storytelling.  And then trying to invent this new medium like it was just this total insane dreamer thing. And I guess because of the floppy disk I made, I actually finished it, and then I successfully brought the product to market by selling it. A floppy disk that opened into a HyperCard or Director presentation. I know for all the newbies, they're like, “What are you talking about?” Don't worry, you don't need to know this old-school stuff.  But you know it used to be really hard to make interactive presentations, but the upside of all of that was that you could be the first or you could do something that is only mediocre in design. But because it was the first it was like “yay.”  That was how I started out. I was a horrible interface designer and a horrible coder. But I just kept pounding on these floppy disks, and then, the short version of it is Billy Idol bought one, and then it got launched as a commercial endeavor and then I got my gigs at EMI records and Viacom. And it all just kept going from there you know to eventually, doing an online magazine, and then getting a creative director role and just constantly working.  I really believe that if you just keep working, and applying yourself, and learning new things, that eventually you'll connect and get whatever it is that you want. Some job, or some gig, or an opportunity. And I think that relentlessness to persevere was something that has stayed with me, and I actually need to kind of manifest it now as I'm starting the next chapter of my career.  Before UX, it was called interface design and then after interface design, then it was web design and then after web design, then we had information architecture and interaction design. And by the time I got back to LA after 9/11 and the dot com thing crashed in New York, as well as, San Francisco and LA, I came back here and it seemed at that point I needed to focus.  And I should mention early on as a result of the (floppy) disk I was asked to be a part-time professor at NYU, and I did get flown around the country and the world, to speak at conferences, and I think like when you have that success when you start out you think that's normal. And so for me, it's just been catching up with my old normal, and it's a curse and a blessing, and the blessing is obvious because you're like, oh, I just want to continue to be a public speaker, I want to continue being known or recognized for my work. But the negative consequences, it's an addiction, it's like a high that you set here and you think, Oh, I always have to be at this level of an overachiever. And so, you know, in that sense I feel like I didn't engage in my own personal life, you know because I sacrificed it for my career so much and didn't really like relax into it until my 30s when I got back to Los Angeles. Katty: Interesting. I saw you actually speak about it in one of your talks. I think was your Brazil talk about being an overachiever and what that means and constantly trying to do things, new things, or do things in a new way. I found that fascinating, it went through that same reinvention theme that I recognized in what you were talking about. So thanks for sharing that. So you mentioned, the new chapter, a new iteration of Jaime. Jaime: New? It's in progress. So, you know, I did my first book and I did really well with the first book. I was insane to write a book. That was so crazy. But I just felt like UX strategy was so interesting and even though nobody was paying me to write it, you certainly don't make money off of the book. I just was like okay I'll take a year and a half and spend my savings and write a book and sit in the library. And it was really rewarding.  And so then when it came time to do a second edition, if I want to be current I did that. And I did it during the lockdown so that was kind of a good thing to do when you can't really go teach in a classroom or go run workshops in a public space. But basically, my book is now out in the second edition and is being translated into languages, and I just found out it's in German and Italian, and Portuguese this time, you know, on top of the other six languages and that's really exciting.  But the thing with the book is you need to promote it, and you know and you need to go do things to market it. Whenever you make anything whether it be a floppy disk or a website or an app or a book or you're marketing yourself as a public speaker, it's one thing that you do it, but the other half of it is in order to be successful, you just got to market yourself or your product. And it's fine when I get paid to do growth design and markets and run experiments to market other people's products. But I think, I'm kind of at least right now, I feel I'm just kind of over-marketing myself. All of a sudden I feel like, ah, can't life just be simple again? Let me just get a job ideally as a UX strategist and, you know, and that's it, let things quiet down.  And so you can say it's an existential post-midlife crisis, or maybe it's a phase but I just had a job interview with a company that I hope I get, and they were telling me that they just had written an article related to this subject about so many people basically looking at their careers and saying, “Do I even want to do this?”  I feel like COVID Hit the reset button for a ton of people and so now I'm less killing myself about, “Oh wow, I'm really not going to go crazy promoting this book because I don't feel like it? Is there something wrong with me? Or is it just like maybe I just have to accept to let people read the book. I hope they like it.” And if people ask me to speak fine, but you know, I think it's like at a certain point you have to say okay where's friction and friction is trying to go tour and do workshops at what we hope might be the end of the pandemic but isn't. You know, it's like I suffered the same fate as people who, you know we're in an orchestra, you know, or who had movies that came out. So I'm in great company of people who made their money by doing things for the public and in person and now that you know, there's no UX conferences really planned. I'm speaking at the one in Estonia, one, this year, zero last year zero the year before, you know. So it makes you say what am I going to do now? Katty: You're right, it definitely has been a reset button on many fronts. We've seen this so much with so many other candidates that we work with who are re-evaluating “I've been doing XYZ until now, do I still want to do it, do I still want to live here?” Just really evaluating everything, but I totally hear you about the book because I also wrote a book during this pandemic. I had been working on it for three years, which was far too long but that's just the length of time that it took. The circumstances where we found ourselves allowed me to finish it, so I am grateful for that. That was the silver lining in this crazy year and t it allowed me to finish it and get it out. But it's just sitting there and it's nowhere near where it needs to be... but it is what it is. It's a story I needed to get out. I got it out. Now, if people find it, awesome, and if they don't then we'll cross that bridge.  Jaime: What's your book called? Katty: It's called The Butterfly Years, and it's just my personal story dealing with grief and has nothing to do with Artisan Creative and it has everything to do with me. Obviously, as somebody who's running a company, it is going to have to come to grips with having to manage grief and make that work otherwise it permeates everything. Katty: If it helps people out there, it's there. If somebody is going through it and they need to hear somebody else's story who's been in the same boat. Then I've done my job.  Katty: Yeah, So when I heard that you had done your second edition and you had just done an audiobook. I thought you know I want to talk to her and see how that whole process was for her.  Katty: Congratulations on your interview and I hope that it ends up being the right next thing. Jaime: I hope so too. That would be great if my first interview turned into a job offer. Katty: Putting out the good vibes. Jaime: They were very surprised because it was a UX strategy position and I didn't have anywhere in my portfolio that I wrote it. I didn't want to say that I literally wrote the book on UX strategy because then they think oh she's not humble or she's too experienced so I didn't mention it. They saw something in there and I'm like, “Oh yeah, I wrote a book kind of related to UX strategy.” and they're like what's it called, I'm like, UX Strategy. I can't even own it. I can't even own it, you know, I'm just like, ahh so shocking. Yeah, you know, I want the opportunity to practice what I preach. Enough, running around with the same lectures and enough training.  I've done so much training in the last year, I think sometimes we just need to go back and forth and be okay with it. I'm not saying I'll never do workshops again, I just need to take a break from that part of it or and pursue it. So yeah hopefully something will come up for me that is enjoyable. Because I think it's important to have a job if you like and what I was shocked by when I looked at the job market this time was, oh my god there's 8,624 UX jobs in this country and 30 or 40% of them are remote, and there's actually jobs advertised for UX strategist title. It used to just be me and two other people. I don't know if my book helped define the industry but it seems like when I read the job description, it had everything that I wrote about in my book so it's a really exciting time that there's so much opportunity out there. Katty: Yeah, for sure. I'd love for you to maybe help define that a little bit, because obviously, we hear you know there's on the design side of it, UX there's XD. Now it's customer experience, employee experience. Can you talk a little bit about that I know for just what I've heard you talk about before, it's really the research and the strategy is the precursor before you even get into the design part of it. And I learned that thinking time is so important to be able to do that? Can you talk a little bit about that? Katty: A little bit of both, actually. Jaime: Sure. So I basically define UX strategy as the intersection between product design and business strategy. So business strategy is the top-level vision of an organization. How do we make money, who are our customers? You know business is defined, ultimately by their customers.  So they have a vision and the vision might be a platform, multiple products, a suite of products, or one product. And then it's like how do you really elevate that product, and bring it to market? So that when people have that first whiff of it, they're like, smells awesome. And so when I started doing discovery phases back in 2008, 2009 for Schematic and for Huge, I really fell in love with it. Because I love doing competitive research. So interesting, I mean who doesn't want to get paid to research the marketplace? And I loved the idea of finally getting to do user research. And so that was when I really became interested in it and realized that there was nothing out there that told us how to do it. I would just make things up as I went along and as I moved from different organizations, I would clean up my deliverables and take them to the next level.  And then when Lean Startup came out--People don't think of Lean Startup, as a product strategy methodology but I certainly do. It's this idea to build the smallest version of your product, get it in front of your target customer, learn from it, whether it be an alpha or prototype, extract data from these learnings and learn from it, and then iterate.  All of a sudden the discovery phase became not something like Waterfall; first, we do discovery, then we do the implementation, then we do usability testing and find out at the very end that not only does our product suck but nobody wants it. It was insane. And now all of a sudden, the discovery phase became something that can be iterative and cross into the implementation phase, and you can start building products and doing strategy, and testing it and validating it in much smaller loops all along the way. So that's what's really exciting is an opportunity to run some kind of experiments to knock out, to do rapid prototyping, to use whatever it is like sketch XD, other prototyping tools to get business concepts in front of the target users, and start doing user research that's more focused on validating a value proposition, versus, you know, is this thing usable? Even if it's really usable, but nobody wants it, then who cares if it's usable, right? Katty: Yep. Very good, and with plenty of products out there with great usability but they're sitting on the shelf. I probably have a few of them. Katty: Fantastic. You talked a little bit about this but I think, given where you are going, pivoting, and where you see the future to be for you at this juncture. What can you share with people who are either just starting out in their career path? And/or because of this past year, lost their positions, and they have to reinvent themselves. Where is it that you dig down deep to find that inspiration and that determination to just say you know what, this isn't working, let me figure out where it is that I want to go? Jaime: Yeah, I think just to be honest it's very different for someone like me with two to three decades in the industry versus somebody who's starting out. So I wouldn't give someone the same advice I would give myself, there's definitely different things going on. I can remember very well when I was starting out and the same feelings that I have now are similar. My dad gave me this great advice. When you're looking for a job, or when you're starting on your career, and when you interview with people, you want to be careful that you don't have this flashing L on your head. Loser, loser, loser.  Because people will spot this lack of confidence or low self-esteem, you know, and it doesn't matter how successful you are, or have been, like me. Because you can still have low self-esteem or imposter syndrome, and so, it's like you need to somehow put all of these fears of I suck;. I'm not gonna make it; I'm an imposter;I am so crazy that I thought I could do this film, to begin with. I'm too old or I'm too young or my portfolio doesn't have X, X, X.  I have to constantly work on this, to this minute, which is spinning a much more positive narrative in my head that, “No, no, I have something of value to give”. And then putting that negative energy into therapy, exercise, whatever you need to do to take care of yourself, but I still to this day, put it into how can I showcase my work, what's missing? You know, look at my portfolio. Okay, it has all this but it's missing, you know, this one deliverable. Well, I better make it, fake it till you make it, you know, and figure out a way to like get it in there.  And the funny thing is is they may not even ask for it on that job interview, but if it's like this thing that you think is missing, then it's going to be flashing the L on your forehead and so to me, it's like puffing yourself up and what is it going to do to make you confident for these interviews and if showing your portfolio and getting excited around the storytelling of your UX design which, it still is for me, then get that into your portfolio and any missing things.  Don't spend eight hours a day looking for a job, spend four hours and the other four hours teaching yourself a new tool because there's always going to be new things to learn. And if you're not open to learning new things, up until, you know, your 50s and 60s, then whenever that is where you're not open to new things, you better be at that last job that you're going to station yourself at, because the industry, I promise you, just keeps on changing. You know it's amazing. Katty: Gosh. Great advice. I think for all levels of career and years in the industry and also not even to have to do with business. I think for anything where we tend to sometimes focus in on the thing we don't have versus on the things that we do have it's just such a great lesson to say you know what to say we have to reshift that mindset.  There's a great book that I read a couple of years ago by this woman called Sally Helgason, and it's called How Women Rise, and she talks a lot about specifically women and how we get into this mindset of, oh, but you know what, let me work harder because I'm missing this 10% thing and not focus on the 90% that I have and it's just crazy. I see it all the time. I see it, not just in candidates I see it in myself. And putting myself out for a conversation or a talk or something and if I don't get it's like, oh, that's because I didn't talk about this. You know what, maybe just wasn't the right thing. So, yeah, great lesson. And I think also that that whole thing also speaks of desperation, and I think that that comes through, so loud and clear, it erodes the confidence that would naturally be there if somebody has worked on their craft. Jaime: Yeah and we need to in this field of product design or research, ultimately we're making something that we need to upsell, at the very end, even if it's to our boss and say yeah this is awesome, you know, and it's like, oh my gosh if we come to it from this place of fear, we're never going to sell it.  So I think it's easy to focus on the negatives for a lot of us, and we can't afford to do that in our field because we're always upselling our work. Katty: Yeah. Have you ever taken the StrengthsFinder assessment? Have you ever done that?  Jaime: No, I don't even know what that is. Katty: It's similar to a DISC or Myers-Briggs. But it focuses on your strengths. The reason I like it, we do it for our company and we talk about our strengths all the time. Its created by Don Clifton, and is now as part of Gallup and it's a personality assessment. The reason for him creating this was that he felt people focused on their weaknesses, and not on their strengths. The whole thing is about what are your top five strengths and let's lead with your strengths and not focus on a thing that is number 30 something for you, let's focus on the things that you're really good at and then find someone else who your bottom five is their top five and then collaborate. So it sounds like it's just human nature that we go there. If we could learn not to go there, it would be less, I think less of a headache for all of us. Katty: Crazy. So, I know you're teaching, you're doing online courses, you mentioned that you're doing a talk in Estonia. Are you doing that in person, are you doing that virtually? How are you managing your time and all the different places you need to be, or how did you manage your time and all the different places you need to be? Jaime: Yeah, I don't know how I'm managing my time right now yet. I'm still waiting to see where a bunch of things land. But the Estonia conference is the first onsite conference since COVID, since March of 2020. Well, basically there's very few conferences in the beginning of the year for the first quarter anyway.  So, anyway, it's Web Usability Day I think is their legacy name. But it's a one-day conference and then there's workshops, three days prior to it. It's in Estonia, it's very affordable, it's gonna bring in like a massive crowd of UX professionals. A lot of new ones but people mid-level and all over the place. And they're coming from Estonia, but they're also coming across the Baltic from Finland, and a couple of other Baltic states. So, I'm closing the conference, I guess I'm kind of headlining it, and then my workshop is one day right before that. So November 25th,iis my UX Strategy Workshop and then November 26th is the conference. It's a Thursday, Friday, so but I'll be in Berlin back in November, and then I'm doing a couple of talks, just private ones where I'm flying in. And then going back to Berlin and then I'm going to do this thing in Estonia.  I am so over this idea of more online workshops. I think they're a joke, sorry guys, but the whole point of conferences was to get people together physically in a space to network and touch base with other people and build relationships. And it seems I've done a bunch of these fake conferences, and it doesn't feel the same, they never pay and it's a joke. So I'm not into those anymore.  I'm really stoked that these people you know, the COVID cases are extremely low [in Estonia]. I've had my third vaccine. already so I'm totally going. I won't be taking too much risk but definitely, I'm really excited to be around humans and doing my thing. Katty: Yeah, humans, human connection. I'm traveling internationally for the first time since March of last year as well, and I'm going to Mexico and then to Dubai. But, I have to navigate the whole PCR test thing because I'm not going to be in the States for three days before I go so I got to figure that part out. Jaime: Yeah. It's a crazy time. I can't believe really what happened. How much the pandemic just changed everything, it's just, it's shocking. Katty: Are you seeing that in the world of products, are you seeing what's happened with a pandemic impact, whether it be design thinking or about how people are approaching research. I would imagine that it's changed how people are looking at how they go forward. Jaime: Yeah well, everything's online now. When I left Huge back in 2009, 2010. It was because I didn't want to drive in my car in rush hour to agency land in Culver City, and I didn't want to work in person, I wanted to work from home. So I've been working remote since 2010 and it's not new to me, and Cisco Systems when I worked for them as a UX strategist, everybody was a remote workforce. So finally, the rest of the world is catching up with us and learning that it is possible, and even outside of product so I think it's opening up opportunities in many ways. But, the negative consequence, and I felt this when I taught my last course at Claremont University, was that my students who were graduating, were just getting internships, but they're online.  At Facebook or wherever, and at any point in your life where you need human contact, and you need the nuance of someone kind of seeing that you're confused, and you need mentoring or you need to get the confidence to ask for help, we need that to be in person. I feel like the people that are getting the worst end of the deal is the college graduates, the people who are just starting their career who have to start it by themselves in Zoom rooms. Hopefully, there's going to be some way that it isn't just this experience of online collaboration, because I just feel even when I had my second or third cat life of getting into the UX world, I can't even imagine that I would have had the trust and camaraderie that I had with people at Schematic who came over and showed me how to wireframe when nobody was looking. So hopefully maybe there's some way that people can reach out and have people to connect with for that kind of support since they can't get it in person. Katty: The whole mentoring piece of it. Yeah, taking somebody under your wing. It's harder to do it this way. Yeah, you're absolutely right. I have some nieces and nephews who started their first year in college last year. You've worked really hard to get into the school of your choice, but you don't get a chance to really experience that. So now as a sophomore, they're getting to experience it for the first time because now some other classes are in person. So really interesting to kind of watch this new generation of those who are starting and those who are graduating, it's just a very different world, for sure. Jaime: Yeah it's crazy. It's really crazy and maybe five years from now we'll look back on that and go, Oh man, it was so great, why didn't we just do all that remote work and it was so easy. But it is weird, I just got off the phone with a client and he's just saying that he's not leaving the house and he doesn't want to get the vaccine because he almost died from a vaccine from something else a long time ago, so he's just like staying in his house for his whole life. And I just, I feel in our field where we're designing products for customers and users, it's like, “Nah, we need to have human contact and get out there.” When I'm feeling really low, I reach out to a friend and I have to dump, and say “Ugh”, and have them tell me. I just hope we don't lose everything as a result of this, online world that we live in now. Katty: I don't think so. I mean I certainly hope not. I do feel that there's a hybrid version of it that's going to be more pronounced. I mean we went to such an extreme this past year, I do think there's going to be a hybrid world in front of us. I haven't quite figured it out yet, but little by little I think we'll fall into place. Let's end on a couple of inspiration pieces. Where do you get your inspiration? Jaime: My inspiration now is probably-- I consume a lot of film. I like to have a big impact. I actually went to the movie theater, on Sunday, by myself, bought a ticket to go see Ich bin dein Mensch, I'm Your Man, a German film about a man robot who was built to learn on what a woman wants and then they program him to be the perfect partner. It was amusing, to walk into it, to have it open up and see all of Mitte Berlin and see the TV tower and see the food and see inside the flat. I miss Berlin so much right now, I felt like when I got out of there  I had just gone to Berlin. It just reminded me of all these tiny little things. So I get a lot of inspiration from being able to transport myself into different realities physically and through film, and right now, traveling is limited,but I definitely get my inspiration from seeing other cultures, other ways to live.  I lived in Berlin for most of the pandemic, and it took months, but after being there and away from here for so many months it really-- when you experience other cultures, it makes you appreciate and also find things you don't like about your own culture. But I feel like having perspective is what inspires me. Katty: Love that, and for creativity to bloom, do you need that spark of inspiration for creativity to happen, or is there another thing you tap into when you sit down to write or to do another wireframe or to create, what would you tap into for that? Jaime: I don't know, I wish I could answer that. I don't know. I spend my days at the computer then I go and walk on a trail. It's extremely important for me to get out and walk in nature and I do that every day and I listen to the same 3 podcasts. The New York Times Day thing, The Berlin Briefing, and then Doug Rushkoff's Team Human And that stuff, while I'm like in nature and walking around listening to these podcasts, again, I guess I feel transported and I feel immersed. I think that when I leave the house, and when I come back, whether I'm jogging or listening to music and weird experimental atonal music that nobody would like unless they're into weird music. That helps me really reset the crazy stuff we're telling ourselves in our head or just like being in a mundane moment. I think sitting at a computer for more than four hours, not healthy for me.   Katty: I love that. Both for creativity and inspiration, it's not going to happen nine to five necessarily looking at a little screen. To be able to get out of this and just get other influences. I find nature so healing in so many ways and my ideation just goes off the roof when I'm out and about. Jaime: Where do you go, where do you get your nature?  Katty: My favorite place is Point Doom in Malibu. It's a very easy little hike, but you are at eye level of the pelicans flying by. It's just the most incredible sensation sitting there and you see these majestic birds flying right at your eye level. So whenever I can, whether it's a birthday or an anniversary or something special, that's where I like to go.    Jaime: Nice. Yeah.   Katty: Well Jamie where can people find you?   Jaime: People can find me on LinkedIn, @Jaimerlevy. I'm on Twitter, I'm not tweeting so much. I was told I need to get on Instagram but I'm like, “What?”. And then Jaimelevy.com and then the book userexperiencestrategy.com. I'd love to just mention if people don't like to go walk in nature. I recorded my audible book at this great studio in the valley, where I grew up, and it's me reading my book and doing some impressions of myself, and it's a lot of stories and so far the reviews have been really favorable. And so if you're not a big reader like me I hate it, I don't really like reading. I can read an article but long-format, not so good. Check out my audible book if you're not sure go to userexperiencestrategy.com and listen to the first two chapters and try it on. But I'm really excited about the audible, you know for my book I self-produced it, paid for it, and it's mine. So that was important to me, you know.      

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Tevis Trower: Nurturing All Levels of Team Performance

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Play Episode Listen Later Dec 6, 2021 38:01


On today's episode Tevis Trower shares the importance of understanding the strengths of every team member and how to address lower performers and embrace their skills where they are in order to increase overall productivity and success. Listen in as Deborah and Tevis discuss the expectations of high performers, why Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs is critical for understanding workplace performance, and how to assess and support lower performing team members in a positive way. Tevis Trower is a Leadership Futurist and innovator in optimizing corporations through fostering greatness in leaders. Heralded in bestselling Megatrends 2010 as “corporate mindfulness guru for the new millennium”, Tevis has assisted powerful organizations ranging from Disney to Morgan Stanley in optimizing their most precious assets: human beings. She has created and facilitated global executive immersions for prestigious organizations including Harvard Business Review Events, Young Presidents Organization, PWC, Bloomberg LP, Viacom, Google and The Economist on issues including executive alignment, legacy and impact, conscious leadership, imposter syndrome, innovation, and the role of corporate culture in fostering radical success and ubiquitous engagement.   You can connect with Tevis via LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/tevistrower/   Are you a CEO dealing with change? Part inspiration, part strategy, I've created this resource for CEO's who leading their team through a rapid transition and looking for a resource and guide to help them stay confident, focused, and a mentor for others. You can download it here: https://mailchi.mp/coviellocm/the-ceos-compass See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.