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53 minutes | Jun 14, 2017
Ep. #23: Finding His Way Back to God – Angelo Dunlap - The e20 Podcast
Angelo Dunlap is a music teacher, “an American of brown skin,” and a recent convert to Judaism. ——————– In the last 30 years, a rising number of Americans have abandoned organized religion. Data from the most recent CIRP Freshman Survey found that 31-percent of this year’s college freshman identify as having no religious affiliation. According to a 2016 Pew Research study, 78-percent of “Nones” (those who claim no religious affiliation) were raised as members of religions and chose to walk away. Some leave because they simply don’t believe. Some dislike the politics of organized religion. Others mention “science” as their motivation. Some, like Angelo Dunlap, simply had crises of faith after suffering rejection from their spiritual communities. As a gay man of color who had been told again and again that he didn’t belong in religious communities – and who had suffered rejection from his family of origin because of his sexual orientation – Angelo had every reason to walk away. But after seven years, Angelo not only found a way back to religion, he converted to a new one and went “all in.” The music brought him back. “Music is my transport back to God. Music saved me,” he said. “It can affect how we feel, how our memories feel. The echoes of God can be heard in it.” Music helped him deal with all the conflicting emotions caused by his fractured identity: teacher, newly converted Jew, musician, gay man, man of color. After living in so many pieces, music helped him get centered, find his moral standing, and find his bearings. “More and more, I forget that I’m something different in any particular setting. I think of myself, as I am, in the environment I’m in, and that feels good to me,” he said. Now at 30, Angelo looks at a complex journey through his third decade. He wishes he could whisper in the ear of his 20-year-old self, filled with doubt and fear, and say, “It gets better. Don’t be the curator of your own hell. No good comes from the negative thinking. Focus on what helps you and helps others.” ——————– Interact with Angelo Dunlap: http://www.linkedin.com/in/angelo-dunlap-6273a3102
64 minutes | May 16, 2017
Ep. #22: Fix Your Career Story – Job Coach Scott Swedberg - The e20 Podcast
Scott Swedberg is the CEO of The Job Sauce, helping people get the jobs they want and love. Please support The e20 Podcast with a small contribution at http://www.patreon.com/e20podcast ——————– Turns out, it REALLY IS about “who you know.” Or, more precisely – “Who do you know, that knows someone, who can refer you?” Scott Swedberg, CEO and Chief Career Coach, and his team at The Job Sauce help people land their dream jobs with significant raises. He has hired, trained, and managed consultants, presented to thousands of people online and in person, and been responsible for multi-million dollar sales territories. While working at LinkedIn, he collaborated with CEOs and VP’s of HR on their hiring strategies, helping him create the founding principles of his company. Job searching can be maddening. Scott says you should never apply for a job again. You need to get referred by someone on the inside. “From my time working at LinkedIn, talking to hundreds of CEO’s about how they hire and why, most of them believe that their best hires are through referrals,” Scott said. “Someone who can say, I’ve worked with them before, I know them, and they’ve gotten good results in the past.” In other words, spend less time on the perfect cover letter and more time on figuring out how to connect to someone already working where you want to work. Find that second degree contact on LinkedIn who works at that company, and do the work necessary to make a meaningful connection. “If you apply for a job online, you have about 1 in 250 chance. If you are referred directly to the hiring manager, that becomes 1 in 12,” Scott said. Of course, getting the job is only half the battle. Being happy there is a whole different challenge. In this month’s episode, we talk about finding your way to the dream job, then how to be happy there. Scott says it’s about finding the job that allows you to access the other things in your life that truly make you happy. “You might have your dream job right now because it allows you to pursue the things that are really important in your life – the things that really make you happy,” he said, adding that it often begins with questioning the stories you’ve been telling yourself that hold you back. ————&
45 minutes | Apr 12, 2017
Ep. #21: Heart of Gold – Team USA’s Evan Austin - The e20 Podcast
Evan Austin is a professional swimmer and member of Team USA. Please support The e20 Podcast with a small contribution at http://www.patreon.com/e20podcast ——————– As a child living with familial spastic paraplegia, Evan Austin was bullied. In elementary and middle schools, the kid who is different can be an easy target. “I spent a lot of time as a child really hating who I was physically,” Evan said. “But when my bully moved away in 7th grade, I just got to a spot where I decided I was done hating myself. That’s when everything changed.” He discovered swimming – a place where his “bum legs” were weightless and his upper body strength made him extraordinary. By age 15, Evan was a professional swimmer and was chosen as the first alternate for Team USA, narrowly missing a trip to the 2008 Beijing Paralympic Games. That’s when his training became an obsession. He would go on to earn 14 American records and medals in a variety of competitions like the CanAm Para Swimming Championships and the Pan Pacific Championships. He represented Team USA at the 2012 games in London and the 2016 games in Rio de Janeiro. Now age 24, he is a full-time resident at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, training for the 2020 games in Tokyo. Evan graduated from Indiana State University in 2015 with a degree in Public Communications, but today his full-time job is swimming. His days are spent in the pool and the gym. He has access to the very best nutritionists, sports psychologists and coaches in the nation. He feels immensely lucky to be able to train like few other athletes are able. His third decade is fully committed to one goal – being the absolute best athlete he can be. And while eventually winning a Paralympic medal in Tokyo would be fantastic – mostly as an achievement to honor his coaches and family who have given him so much – he says the medals aren’t his primary goal. “I just want to be recognized as a really good swimmer – an elite level athlete,” he said. “And if I can help a kid living with a disability feel confident in his future by swimming well, then all of this is 100-percent worth it.” ——————– How to Interact with Evan Austin:
54 minutes | Mar 13, 2017
Ep. #20: Kombucha – Brewing Goodness with Jenni Lyons - The e20 Podcast
Jenni Lyons brews kombucha as the owner, founder and “culture queen” of Happy Leaf Kombucha. Please support The e20 Podcast with a small contribution at http://www.patreon.com/e20podcast ——————– Being an entrepreneur is a stressful, exciting challenge. Building your business around a product few have discovered makes it a huge marketing challenge. Kombucha is a non-alcoholic, lightly fermented tea beverage. Bubbly and delicious, it’s a healthy alternative to soda. You might even think it tastes like a fruity beer. Though kombucha traces its origins to 5th Century Japan, kombucha is enjoying growing popularity in the U.S., alongside the micro beer brewing craze. Because of its probiotic cultures, many fans drink kombucha for its digestive benefits. Jenni and her boyfriend, Mike, shared a culinary background. She had a passion for holistic health. Mike had a passion for brewing beer. In 2013, they put their heads and passions together and founded Happy Leaf Kombucha. For a while, they sold their brew at a local farmers market, but the business grew. Zagats named Happy Leaf Kombucha one of its “30 Under 30 Culinary Game Changers.” In 2016, they opened the Happy Leaf Taproom in Kitchen in the Edgewater neighborhood of the Denver metro area. Kombu What fuels a young, female entrepreneur to invade the brewing industry with an oddly named new product? In the podcast, we talk about being an ethical entrepreneur and blending one’s passions into a creative business. ——————– How to Interact with Jenni firstname.lastname@example.org www.happyleafkombucha.com http://www.instagram.com/happyleafkombucha http://www.facebook.com/HappyLeafKombucha/ http://www.twitter.com/happyleafbucha ——————– Things We Mention In the Show: Happy Leaf Kombucha Denver’s first kombucha production! Visit their Taproom and Kitchen when you’re in the Denver area. Located at 57 http://www.happyleafkombucha.com Zagat The
53 minutes | Feb 14, 2017
Ep. #19: Now What for Women’s Rights? – Activist Lela Johnston - The e20 Podcast
Lela Johnston is a professional activist, working for various non-profits advancing the cause of women’s equality and progress. Please support The e20 Podcast with a small contribution at http://www.patreon.com/e20podcast ——————– Like millions of other women who voted for Hillary Clinton, Lela Johnston expected November 9 to begin the nation’s transition to the first female presidency. As someone who had spent her working life during and since college fighting for causes around women’s rights, she felt the time had come. She worked in the campaign’s Brooklyn headquarters, and she was excited to be able to throw herself, personally and professionally, into a sort of women’s equality hyper drive on Inauguration Day. Of course, that’s not how it worked out. After weeks of depression, coming to terms with the results of the 2016 presidential election, Lela had to figure out, “Now what?” Some days that meant anger and grieving. And, at a certain point, it meant making some decisions about how to be part of a re-energized women’s movement, reborn in the age of Trump. “I’m not asking for a lot. I just want to be treated equally,” says Lela Johnston. “In my day to day life, I want to be able to walk around, I want to be able to ride on the subway, go on a run, and not have people in my face.” Lela is a runner, baker and a “fighter of injustice” who is originally from North Carolina. She has had a passion for public service from a very young age. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from NC State and worked several internships and jobs with organizations committed to advocating for women’s rights. So, what does a professional women’s right activist do when a historic election doesn’t go her way? Do you put things on hold for four or eight years? Or, do you throw yourself into the “Great Awokening?” “In a way, there’s a part of me that’s grateful for Donald Trump,” she says with a smirk. “It’s unveiled a part inside of me where I’m not messing around anymore, and I’m not apologizing.” ——————– How to Interact with Lela http://www.twitter.com/lelalouwho —————&
51 minutes | Jan 11, 2017
Ep. #18: Driven Out of Depression – Ride Share Driver and Organizer Skylar Buffington - The e20 Podcast
Skylar Buffington is the founder of AFFIRM, a non-profit membership association providing a voice for the ride share driver community. Please support The e20 Podcast with a small contribution at http://www.patreon.com/e20podcast ——————– After two amazing internships at Dell, Skylar Buffington landed what might have seemed like a dream job right out of college – $65k a year and living in Austin, TX. His family and friends thought he had it made. But, he was utterly unhappy. His work was horribly unfulfilling and he was fighting depression. He found himself craving an escape hatch, asking that question many of us ask, “What will make me feel fulfilled?” He signed up with Lyft to be a ride share driver while he figured things out. The money started flowing right away, and it seemed like a great way to make a few dollars between independent consulting gigs. He found out he really enjoyed making the human connection he had been denied in his tech job. He also found that driving for Lyft helped him fight off the depression that consumed him. He dove in deep. He became a “driver event coordinator” for the close-knit community of Austin ride share drivers (they even gave him a t-shirt for that). He was rewarded by Lyft with additional opportunities to interact with customers when he wasn’t driving. He was startled to discover that being a ride share driver made him genuinely happy. But things came crashing down when the City of Austin’s citizens voted for ordinances that drove Uber and Lyft out of the city. The opportunity that pulled Skylar out of a life-threatening depression was suddenly gone. Today, he is scraping by, dealing with financial difficulties while trying to launch a new membership association for ride share drivers. What’s it like when the thing that saves you is suddenly taken from you? ——————– How to Interact with Skylar His Personal Website http://www.SkylarBuffington.com AFFIRM American Federation For Independent Ride-Share Motorists A membership association for ride share drivers. http://www.facebook.com/AFFIRMdrivers At the time we published this podcast, the AFFIRM website at www.affirmdr
54 minutes | Nov 14, 2016
Ep. #17: America’s Top Eyebrows – Fitness Model TJ Fink - The e20 Podcast
TJ Fink is an actor, comedian and fitness model based in New York City. Please support The e20 Podcast with a small contribution at http://www.patreon.com/e20podcast ——————– Did you ever wonder about the man or woman whose face appears in the picture frames? What about those good-looking, relatable faces in the latest prescription drug advertisement? TJ Fink is a successful fitness model, based in New York City. He’s enjoying tremendous success this year – even appearing on the cover of Time Magazine – in part because he has expressive eyebrows and a very marketable look: Caucasian, male, tall, dark-featured and athletic. He is also actively writing, acting, and doing comedy in the competitive creative environment of the nation’s largest city. How does a self-described “home schooled former fat farm kid” deal with self esteem, body image issues, and confidence, when he’s facing judgment every day? How do you measure success when you’re hustling every day at auditions with hundreds of other creative people with immense talent? Is it about becoming famous, or is it something else? Turns out that the face of the “ideal white guy” measures success by how well he connects with other people. “At the end of the day, I don’t get star struck in this town,” TJ says. “I want to connect with people in a creative capacity. We are all becoming something better and more complex.” If he could go back to the start of his third decade, what would this top model whisper into the ear of his 20-year-old self? ——————– How to Interact with TJ Fink Instagram at @teejmachine and @nyc.never.sleeps http://www.youtube.com/teejmachine http://www.facebook.com/tjfinkcomedy http://www.twitter.com/teejmachine ——————– Things We Mention In the Show: Lin Manuel-Miranda Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning actor and creator of “Hamilton” http://www.linmanuel.com The T
50 minutes | Oct 11, 2016
Ep. #16: Finding Success as an Introvert – Krystal Covington - The e20 Podcast
Krystal Covington is a successful speaker, trainer, author, branding expert, and connector… who just happens to be an introvert. Please support The e20 Podcast with a small contribution at http://www.patreon.com/e20podcast ——————– Are introverts at an exhausting disadvantage in today’s professional world? No one is making extroverts self-reflect two hours a day, yet introverts are often expected to meet in groups, attend networking events, and socialize in order to move forward in their careers. They might be overlooked for management opportunities because they are perceived as being disengaged. How can an introvert navigate this bias? How can introverts create professional situations that work better for who they are, giving them a chance to shine? Krystal Covington says it’s about being consistently visible and making your time with influential people count. Krystal is an introvert who is also a connector. She is a marketing, public relations, and branding expert with a special talent for building and growing communities around a mission. She has been able to build an incredible network and brand, even though she loses energy in social situations. She is also a speaker and national trainer who has led workshops all over the United States on topics related to social media, branding and influence. Krystal’s show “Inside the Women of Denver” airs on Comcast channels. In 2015 Krystal received a national award for “Outstanding Woman Leader,” for her role as Internal Communications Specialist at Transamerica, the U.S. division of Aegon, a Global Fortune 200 financial firm. In this episode, we talk about succeeding and standing out as an introvert in the workplace. We also talk about work ethic, being strategic in the advancement of your career, and how her entrepreneurial journey began with selling wigs on Ebay! ——————– How to Interact with Krystal Covington http://www.krystalcovington.com http://www.thewomenofdenver.com http://www.facebook.com/krystalcovington/ http://www.facebook.com/womenofdenver/
61 minutes | Sep 12, 2016
Ep. #15: A Career in Politics (When Everyone Hates Politics) – Joe Sangirardi - The e20 Podcast
Joe Sangirardi is the Development Director for the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund. He moved from Oklahoma to Washington, DC, two years ago to work as a young professional in the political world. Please support The e20 Podcast with a small contribution at http://www.patreon.com/e20podcast ——————– Only a few weeks remain until the conclusion of the strangest presidential election of our lifetimes. With the two least popular major party candidates in recent history, Americans have become massively disillusioned with their political leaders and institutions. With faith in politics so diminished, why do young idealistic professionals keep flocking to Washington and their state capitals to invest their professional futures in the toxic muck of politics? Joe Sangirardi graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 2013. During that time, he served as the first openly gay student body president in the university’s history. It was an experience that shaped him dramatically and fueled his faith in the possibilities that political life offers. He moved to DC two years ago to work for the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund, helping recruit, train and elect LGBT people to offices nationwide. In those two years, he’s learned a lot about what it’s like to live in the brain center of the national political scene, adjusting to the culture of DC, and learning why people still believe in the possibility of political progress. And, somehow, his idealism has grown stronger. He and his fiancée, Jeff, an attorney, will be married soon, and he dreams about moving back to Oklahoma and a political future there. This episode is about choosing to believe in the possibility of politics and progress. If you feel at your wit’s end with politics right now, Joe might help you realize that there is hope in the ever replenished well of young people who choose to believe. ——————– How to Interact with Joe Sangirardi and the Victory Fund www.victoryfund.org www.facebook.com/victoryfund/ www.twitter.com/VictoryFund ——————— Things We Mention In the Show: The Gay &
52 minutes | Aug 15, 2016
Ep. #14: Empowering Women Through Entrepreneurship – Amy Bardi - The e20 Podcast
Amy Bardi is the founder and Executive Director of Clothed in Hope, a women’s economic empowerment organization. Please support The e20 Podcast with a small contribution at http://www.patreon.com/e20podcast ——————– Five years ago, while in college, Amy Bardi had planned on participating in a mission trip to South Africa because she had seen the Matt Damon film, Invictus. But, a last minute change of plans sent her to Zambia where she worked in the densely populated slum areas, rife with violence and corruption. She learned to change her Western perspective on poverty and see the immense dignity and potential in the people she found there. Most of the women she met wanted help to create better lives for their families. She founded Clothed in Hope to teach women how to sew, establish their own businesses, and earn money to improve the quality of their lives. The organization offers vocational training, microloans and support to those women who begin their entrepreneurial journey by graduating from the Clothed in Hope program. “I started with the idea that I could empower women to take care of their families to prevent orphans,” Amy said. “It was hard to know that there were children in orphanages with living parents who couldn’t afford to take care of them.” At 21, she bought a one-way ticket to Zambia to fully immerse herself in her mission and plan. She was a single white female from a far-away place who didn’t speak the language, and she had never felt more vulnerable in her life. She had to get smart very, very quickly. “It wasn’t pretty. It was just me – I didn’t have any money, and I didn’t know how to start or run a non profit, but I was committed to what I could do.” She spent the next three years living in Zambia, full time. She even took her fiancé with her. Today, Clothed in Hope has graduated 120 people in five annual graduations. They have alumni running their own businesses, many funded by the organization’s microloan program. Amy works from the U.S. managing the fundraising and organizational development, but the Zambian operations are run by local women who are products of the Clothed in Hope program. In this episode we talk about starting a life when your mission takes you halfway across the world into an uncertain place. We talk about how a “crazy
50 minutes | Jul 12, 2016
Ep. #13: Cancer Survivor Chase Jones Goes Back to School - The e20 Podcast
Chase Jones is a former college athlete, cancer survivor, and founder and CEO of the Vs. Cancer Foundation. You can support the podcast at http://www.patreon.com/e20podcast ——————– It’s that time of year – back to school. Whether you’re buying school supplies, preparing for new student orientation, or moving across to a new city to begin grad […]The post Ep. #13: Cancer Survivor Chase Jones Goes Back to School appeared first on e20 Podcast.
55 minutes | Jun 14, 2016
Ep. #12: The Walk of the Immigrants – Saul Flores - The e20 Podcast
Saul Flores is a 26-year-old philanthropist, photographer and activist working to build cultural connections with Latin American indigenous communities. ——————– With all of this election year’s heated political rhetoric painting a negative image of immigrants, we wanted to do a show about someone pushing back against the xenophobia. Why are images of immigrants as “rapists […]The post Ep. #12: The Walk of the Immigrants – Saul Flores appeared first on e20 Podcast.
58 minutes | May 10, 2016
Ep. #11: Relationships in the Age of Swipe Left, Swipe Right - The e20 Podcast
Laura Menze is the “Chief Love Officer” of Ready-Match, a relationship coaching and match making business based in Broomfield, Colorado. She is an expert in “relationship readiness” and helps people live the life they love, and find the love of their life. ——————– Dating sucks. We can all agree on that, right? This month’s episode […]The post Ep. #11: Relationships in the Age of Swipe Left, Swipe Right appeared first on e20 Podcast.
55 minutes | Apr 11, 2016
Ep. #10: Headbands of Hope – Making a Living While Making a Difference - The e20 Podcast
Jess Ekstrom is the 24-year- old Founder and CEO of Headbands of Hope, a fashion accessories company that helps children fighting cancer. — — — — — — — — — — “Why should someone have to choose between making a living and making a difference?” – Jess Ekstrom Jess Ekstrom comes from a family […]The post Ep. #10: Headbands of Hope – Making a Living While Making a Difference appeared first on e20 Podcast.
51 minutes | Mar 8, 2016
Ep. #9: Hammocks and Houses: A Young Social Entrepreneur’s Journey - The e20 Podcast
You never know. The guy grilling up the chicken at your neighborhood Chipotle might be changing the world. Shane Jabir is a recent graduate of The University of Dayton who has spent the last several years building Whole Story Collective, a company that sells beautiful hammocks and chairs made by Nicaraguan artisans. Best of […]The post Ep. #9: Hammocks and Houses: A Young Social Entrepreneur’s Journey appeared first on e20 Podcast.
54 minutes | Feb 3, 2016
Ep. #8: From Bullied Teen to High Achieving Young Professional - The e20 Podcast
Tensie J. Taylor is the author of the new book, Bullied: From Terror to Triumph: My Survival Story. Tensie Taylor grew up in the small rural town of Louisburg, NC. From a very early age, she was bullied – physically, verbally and emotionally – by her peers because of her good grades, small stature and […]The post Ep. #8: From Bullied Teen to High Achieving Young Professional appeared first on e20 Podcast.
49 minutes | Jan 11, 2016
Ep. #7: Shane Henise – Transgender Activist and Man of the Moment - The e20 Podcast
Shane Henise is a first year graduate student at the Teachers College at Columbia University working toward his Masters of Education in Psychological Counseling. He has a passion for research and has published articles related to microaggressions and the intersection of identity surrounding sexual orientation and gender identity. Shane has been a highly visible “out” […]The post Ep. #7: Shane Henise – Transgender Activist and Man of the Moment appeared first on e20 Podcast.
64 minutes | Dec 6, 2015
Ep. #6: Lauren “Shadow Cat” Salvador is a Star Player for Denver Roller Derby - The e20 Podcast
Five years ago, Lauren Salvador couldn’t even skate. She was in a rough place in her life, having just dropped out of college and facing an uncertain future. She desperately needed a way to rediscover her confidence, make friends and feel better about herself. Her journey led her to Denver Roller Derby, one of […]The post Ep. #6: Lauren “Shadow Cat” Salvador is a Star Player for Denver Roller Derby appeared first on e20 Podcast.
78 minutes | Nov 8, 2015
Ep. #5: Being Thankful For The Highs And Lows With Pete Smith - The e20 Podcast
Pete Smith has traveled to more than 20 countries, lost wars to bedbugs and boils in Fiji, shed tears over life-changing pizza in Naples and even received a marriage proposal on a small Polynesian island. The first half of his 20’s was one magical opportunity after another. Life at 20 was about collecting experiences. He […]The post Ep. #5: Being Thankful For The Highs And Lows With Pete Smith appeared first on e20 Podcast.
62 minutes | Oct 13, 2015
Ep: #4 From Sorority to the Shark Tank: Starting a Company in Your 20’s - The e20 Podcast
Our guest this month is Sharon Bui, Co-President and Marketing Director of Frill Clothing, LLC. Sometimes the motivation for starting a business comes from the most unusual place. Sharon Bui was taking part in sorority recruitment at Chi Omega at North Carolina State University, and she was annoyed that she was required to spend more […]The post Ep: #4 From Sorority to the Shark Tank: Starting a Company in Your 20’s appeared first on e20 Podcast.
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