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Fraternity Foodie Podcast by Greek University
27 minutes | Nov 18, 2022
Saul Malek: How did your gambling addiction start in college?
Saul Malek is currently enrolled at Southern Methodist University, going for his Masters in mental health counseling with an anticipated graduation May 2024. He is hopeful to practice in the field of addictions counseling upon graduation. He has been invited to speak to the New York Times, St John’s School of Houston, and a plethora of addictions podcasts about his experiences in addiction and, more importantly, recovery. As a young person with over 3 years in recovery from compulsive gambling, he can sympathize with those struggling, at the same time letting them know that they are not alone and they can reclaim their lives. In episode 316 of the Fraternity Foodie Podcast, we find out why Saul chose Trinity University for his undergraduate experience, what made him choose Phi Sigma Chi Fraternity, what he remembers from my program at Trinity University 5 years ago, how his gambling addiction started in college, how the gambling affected his reputation with family and friends, when he knew he hit rock bottom, what his message is to other college students who have started gambling, what he wants to do after graduation with a Masters in Mental Health Counseling, and some restaurant choices in Dallas, Texas. Enjoy!
35 minutes | Nov 11, 2022
Lee Vallely: How can our listeners conquer social anxiety?
Early in life, Lee Vallely believed some very limiting beliefs, that he was a fraud, unworthy, and didn't belong. Some people actually thought he may be autistic, as he hardly ever spoke. Not a great start. However, this actually created an insatiable thirst for knowledge, particularly in positive psychology, and mindset creation of all aspects. He became a bookworm, reading well over a thousand non fiction books, a seminar junkie, and obsessed with more knowledge of the working of the mind. Lee is now a living example of what he teaches, and coaches others to have the best life possible. Lee Vallely is a Certified Health Coach, Recovery Coach, and certified hypnosis and NLP Trainer. Lee brings a wealth of knowledge as a highly experienced Health Coach, transformational speaker and coach. In episode 315 of the Fraternity Foodie Podcast, we find out more about Lee's early childhood in Birmingham, England, how he has such a high rate of success with solving anxiety and phobias, why he decided to write a book about overcoming social anxiety, what steps our listeners can take to conquer social anxiety, how positive thinking can actually be bad for your health, what it was like to work with elite young tennis stars on mental preparation for Wimbledon, the other kinds of phobias he can help cure, what it was like working with Tony Robbins, and how our listeners can create the mindset and energy to achieve their goals. Enjoy!
37 minutes | Nov 10, 2022
Michaela K. Canterbury: How can we spot a high functioning addict in our life?
Our next guest is Michaela Kelley Canterbury, who is a lawyer and writer. Michaela obtained her J.D. at Gonzaga University School of Law in Spokane, Washington, and graduated from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, with a BA in political science and a minor in philosophy. Michaela is licensed to practice law in Alaska and is owner, operator and lead trial lawyer at Kelley & Canterbury LLC, where she works with her husband, Christopher; partner in all things, Michaela resides in Eagle River, Alaska with Christopher, where they raised their son, daughter and dogs in the same valley and woods where she was raised. Her debut memoir is called "Sister Siren" available on Amazon. In episode 314 of the Fraternity Foodie Podcast, we find out what it was like to grow up in Eagle River, Alaska, why Michaela chose Duquesne University for her undergraduate experience, the ups and downs of being the sister to an addict, ways to spot a high functioning addict, how to support an addict during the holidays, self-care when you love an addict, 5 things we should never do with an addict, and additional resources for addicts and those who love an addict.
49 minutes | Oct 22, 2022
Dr. Jana Mathews: How are fraternities and sororities restructuring the campus social scene?
Dr. Jana Mathews is a professor of Medieval Literature and Culture at Rollins College (Winter Park, Florida) who also had the privilege of serving 8 years as a campus fraternity and sorority advisor. In her new book, The Benefits of Friends: Inside the Complicated World of Today's Sororities and Fraternities, Mathews combines ethnographic and archival research with economic, social, and cognitive theory to open up new ways of seeing and understanding the role of these single-sex social groups on campus. In episode 313 of the Fraternity Foodie Podcast, we find out why Dr. Mathews chose Brigham Young University, what makes Rollins College a special place, how she was initiated into an NPC sorority as an alumnus, some of the problems she saw over a seven year period in working with the fraternities and sororities on campus, how we can change the hookup culture to one of consent and healthy relationships instead, how she believes fraternity and sorority can reinforce insularity and entrench privilege, how she sees hazing as a form of live action video game warfare, how predominantly white fraternities and sororities act as pipelines to Wall Street and Washington, how fraternity and sorority members are restructuring the campus social scene today, and how diversity works in predominantly white fraternities and sororities.
32 minutes | Oct 20, 2022
Dr. Vicki Matthews: How can you get along with anyone, anytime, anyplace?
Dr. Vicki Matthews has pioneered using the Five Elements Model from Traditional Chinese medicine to help people live in greater harmony with themselves and others for over a decade. As a well-known Naturopathic Physician and Relationship Coach, she uses the Five Elements model to identify five specific personality styles and the automatic tendencies they have to interact in positive – and not-so-positive – ways with each other. This understanding, along with the unique, simple tools she shares help families and empowers professionals to easily, rapidly, and effectively improve their relationships so they can live their best lives. All of this information is in her new book, The Five Elements of Relationships: How to Get Along with Anyone, Anytime, Anyplace. She also helps support these transformations to better relationships with personalized (and group) coaching and event presentations. In episode 312 of the Fraternity Foodie Podcast, we find out why she chose Augustana College, why she decided to become a relationship coach, what are the five elements of relationships, how we keep everyone happy over the holidays when the family comes to town, what food we should serve to keep everyone harmonious, how we can better understand our family, what students should do if their organization is in complete chaos right now, how you can change your mood based on your clothing, and what your professors really care about. Enjoy!
38 minutes | Oct 19, 2022
Elizabeth Katkin: What is the impact of overturning Roe v. Wade on college students and applicants?
Elizabeth (Liz) Katkin, is an accidental fertility expert. A lawyer and mother of two, Liz was in private practice for over 15 years, until her struggles to have children led her down an entirely new path. Her unexpected difficulties plunged her into the then-unknown world of reproductive medicine, leading her to explore every conceivable (and inconceivable) route to having a baby. Having successfully navigated her way to having her own two children, Liz has a passion for sharing what she has learned with others. When she is not talking about fertility with hopeful parents, she is often working with nonprofits, currently serving as Co-Chair of the Board of Trustees of Colorado Ballet. A graduate of Yale University and Columbia's Law School and School of International and Public Affairs, she lives with her husband, Richard, and their children in Denver, Colorado. Conceivability is her first book. In episode 311 of the Fraternity Foodie Podcast, we find out why Liz chose Yale for her undergraduate experience, why she decided to go to Columbia Law School and become a lawyer, how she become the accidental fertility expert, what is the impact of overturning Roe v. Wade on our college students and college applicants, what are the ethical questions surrounding egg and sperm donation for college students, whether people should use surrogate mothers and how, if someone is looking to get pregnant whether diet, nutrition, and lifestyle choices will improve their odds, how someone can go about financing fertility, and why more people don't talk about fertility issues. Enjoy!
33 minutes | Oct 18, 2022
Sultan Deniz: What are some meditation techniques to wake up in the morning without anxiety?
Our next guest is Sultan Deniz. Almost all her life she was searching for her “more”. She tried to figure out this thing called life, hitting lots of ups and downs. Until her MORE finally found her. Sultan’s life turned upside dzown & changed completely when she came into contact with meditation. It empowered her 100% + beyond. All areas of her life changed. She became a more peaceful, calm, at ease, clear, more centered, and clearly a more fulfilled person. Empowered. The mission of her heart is to empower souls - her way. To show you how to do the same is totally available for you, and in your life. In episode 310 of the Fraternity Foodie Podcast, we find out about Sultan's early career as a banker in Germany, what are 3 world philosophies she studied for a more confident, abundant, and fulfilled life, What is the role of a meditative coach, what are some gifts she received from meditation, what techniques can we use to wake up in the morning without a racing mind or anxiety, whether meditation can help us with fear, anxiety, depression, loneliness, and increased stress levels, what meditation can we do in 20 minutes, what are three meditative secrets to improving our relationships, and how she started writing her meditative poetry book called My Ocean of Life. Enjoy!
31 minutes | Oct 17, 2022
Dr. Fatima Bustos-Choy: What should students do if they are confused about their career?
Dr. Fatima Bustos-Choy is on the show today! Dr. Fatima is a seasoned holistic life coach, author, and leadership development consultant with over 30 years of professional, corporate, and business experience. She has worked with thousands of people in helping them to overcome obstacles and to grow and become their best and truest selves. She believes that doing inner work first is the foundation for achieving outer work. This involves integrating your mind, heart, body, and spirit into all facets of your life and work and creating harmony between personal and professional goals. In episode 309 of the Fraternity Foodie Podcast, we find out about Dr. Fatima's adjustment as young immigrant from the Philippines in search of the American dream, how her mother helps her as an inner voice, why we get butterflies in our stomach before a big event in our lives, how students can find their way if they are confused about their career, what students should do if their student organization needs a turnaround, what are the five paths to abundance and success, how chronic diseases are preventable in a natural way by making healthier choices, what are the relationships keys to better communication and authenticity, and what are some secret powers that we may not be using. Enjoy!
31 minutes | Oct 11, 2022
Renaye Thornborrow: What are some exercises we can use to build a healthy mind?
Our next guest is Renaye Thornborrow! She is a leading a world-wide movement to inspire and empower kids to own their magnificent life, and to reach their fullest potential through the power of life coaching for kids and mindset development - through Coaching Stories! Her WISDOM Coach® Certification program is enabling professionals on six continents and 30+ countries to use fun coaching stories and activities to help kids develop strong self-esteem and self-confidence, build resilience and coping skills, think for themselves and make good decisions, stand up to peer pressure, live life with intention and achieve their goals, and so much more. In episode number 307 of the Fraternity Foodie Podcast, we find out why Renaye chose Texas A&M, what is Adventures in Wisdom and how does it help kids, what are the most common challenges she is seeing with students today, what exercises we can use to build a healthy mind, how students can improve self-confidence and self-esteem, what is the bounce back formula to improve resilience, what improving mindset skills actually means, what are the differences between life coaching and therapy or counseling, and who can become a life coach. Enjoy!
28 minutes | Oct 10, 2022
Kenya Lee: How can you go from trauma to triumph in life?
Kenya Lee is a Registered Nurse, Artist, Author, and Women’s Empowerment Expert. She grew up in Detroit, Michigan where the struggles of urban childhood and adolescence fueled her passion for helping young girls and women thrive in life. Her life journey to evolve into emotional wellness was preceded by hardships that threatened her very ability to succeed in life. She survived many life challenges including domestic violence and fetal maternal loss. Kenya has dedicated her life to empowering women to reach their full potential. In episode 306 of the Fraternity Foodie Podcast, we find out what made Kenya get into nursing for 23 years, how she was able to get through many life challenges including domestic violence and fetal maternal loss, what success looks like with her new book called "The Path to Emotional Greatness", how someone can go from trauma to triumph in life, how you you reconnect with yourself and obtain genuine self-identity after trauma, how we use inner awareness to build financial stability, what is the 30 day challenge of shifting self-awareness to meet your goals, what are some of the benefits of financial literacy and home ownership, what is Faith in Girls and the online workshops they offer. Enjoy!
44 minutes | Oct 8, 2022
Dr. Conor Hogan: How can you optimize your mental performance in just 15 minutes a day?
Acknowledged by Time as one of the most influential thought-leaders in business and marketing, Dr. Conor Hogan integrates neuro-socio data and experiences by studying the mind and mental processes of individuals and organizations to facilitate higher performance. Having been featured in Forbes, INC; Entrepreneur, NBC, FOX, CBS, and Business Insider among others, Dr. Conor paves the way in international innovative thinking. His clients include professional athletes, world record holders, elite sportspeople, educational leaders, and the Academy Awards ceremony performing musicians. In episode 305 of the Fraternity Foodie Podcast, we find out what is a neuro socio-psychologist, why the blades should be cut off from helicopter parents, why well-being is a myth, how to optimize your mental performance in just 15 minutes a day, why digital addiction is the death of commitment, how to change your perceptions in order to be better at your job, why relationships are the most important thing in your work future, how you can create a second income stream that is recession proof, and some mental tricks that help people lose weight. Enjoy!
32 minutes | Oct 6, 2022
Gavin Frye: How do we keep family relationships intact with disagreements on religion or politics?
Our next guest is Gavin Frye. Gavin is a licensed marriage and family psychotherapist since 1983 with a wealth of experience facilitating transformational work with individuals, couples and entrepreneurial leaders. His specialty is supporting people in the midst of fertile life transition. He served on faculty for 16 years at the University of Santa Monica in California from 1987-2002, co-facilitating the pioneering Masters Degree program in Spiritual Psychology. Gavin has experience designing and facilitating a wide range of transformational workshops. In episode 304, we find out how Gavin was able to get through all the trauma he experienced as a child, why the University of Santa Monica is such a special place, why authenticity is actually our greatest and most untapped resource, how men can embrace vulnerability and courage in relationships, an example of authentic leadership in an organization and the benefits, how we can keep our family relationships intact when we have disagreements on religion or politics, how we can be uplifted by the news currently, what is the secret to a vibrant relationship, and how we successfully return back to in-person teaching, relationships, and real-world interactions after so much time away during the pandemic. Enjoy!
43 minutes | Oct 5, 2022
John Hatfield: Can fraternities/sororities adapt and continue to succeed for the next century?
Our next guest is John Hatfield. John a savvy, innovative leader with extensive experience communicating vision and strategic direction by creating scalable and effective learning solutions with delivery to diverse national and international audiences across all levels of organizations, affiliations and associations. His ability to streamline organizational production through the restructuring of policies and procedures, operations, finances, and team productivity is his calling. John maintains an uncompromising focus on high quality standards and bottom-line improvements. Creating and maintaining culture change within companies and organizations is his passion. He’s got exceptional academic qualifications including a Master of Arts in Educational Psychology – Leadership & College Student Development. In his free time John enjoys hiking, hitting the gym, adventure, traveling, reading, working with fraternities, and spending time with his amazing kids. In episode 303 of the Fraternity Foodie Podcast, we find out why John chose Kansas State University for his undergraduate experience, what made him want to join Sigma Alpha Epsilon, how he's able to address the culture of an organization, why international service is so important, how he recruits the parents as part of fraternity recruitment, what is BraveManSociety, how Kansas State is bringing the fraternity and sorority community back under the University umbrella, can fraternities and sororities adapt/change, and the best restaurants in Manhattan, Kansas. Enjoy!
32 minutes | Sep 29, 2022
Gopi Nair: Why it is so important to practice gratitude daily?
Gopi Nair is a Gratitude Practitioner. Gopi's mission in life is to inspire the world, one person at a time. A world that is mired in utter negativity, the only hope is Gratitude. Gratitude can erase negativity from every human mind, like the light removing darkness! Gopi believes that Gratitude is a panacea for all human suffering, caused by health, financial and social problems. Once you start practicing Gratitude, your mind is focused in the present and is assured of the ultimate joy in life. In episode 302 of the Fraternity Foodie Podcast, we find out what it was like for Gopi to grow up in Kerala, India, why he decided to migrate to the United States, what makes a successful salesman, why it's so important to practice gratitude daily, why he believes that in order to change the conditions you need to change your thoughts, what are some techniques we can use when emotions run high, how you can avoid burnout, how we can eliminate the negative thoughts in our head, how we can create a culture of happiness in our lives, and what is Gopi's Gratitude Journal. Enjoy!
37 minutes | Sep 28, 2022
Jodi Wellman: How can we learn to love the worst day of the week (Monday)?
Do you know how many Mondays you have left... in life? You get 4,000 on average, and while the bad news is that you’re totally going to kick the bucket, the good news is there’s still time to live before you die. Learn how your mortality can motivate you to make the most of your precious time above ground. Time’s ticking. Jodi Wellman is a leading authority on living lives worth living. As a speaker and facilitator, she helps her clients live squander-free lives while they’re lucky enough to still be above ground — while cleverly beginning with the “big end” in mind. She named her business Four Thousand Mondays because it shines the light on the finite number of weeks we have to live like we mean it. Jodi holds a Master’s of Applied Positive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania, where she is also an Assistant Instructor. As a certified coach with 25 years of corporate leadership experience, she helps executives, teams, and high performers work well and live even better. In episode 301 of the Fraternity Foodie Podcast, we find out what Jodi learned as a corporate executive for Bally Total Fitness for over seven years, what made her want to go back to UPenn for a Master's Degree, how many Mondays Jodi has left and why is that the key to living the liveliest version of your life, how we can start to live again after the pandemic, how regrets help wake you up to the life you really want to be living, ways that we are boring ourselves to death with our habits and routines, whether college students should be thinking about their legacy in life, what we can do if the organization we belong to doesn't have the vitality and the deeper meaning that we expected it to have, and how we can learn to love the worst day of the week (Monday). Enjoy!
35 minutes | Sep 8, 2022
Rae Ann Gruver: What should college students do if they have hazing in their organization today?
Our next guest is Rae Ann Gruver, Max’s mom. Max Gruver died on September 14th, 2017 from a hazing event held at the Phi Delta Theta house. He is one of four young men to die as a direct result of fraternity hazing in 2017 alone. More than 200 university students have died due to hazing in the United States since 1838. Universities react to these dangerous and too-often deadly hazing situations with Greek life suspensions, expulsions and other punishments, but it is not enough. Hazing on college campuses must end. The Max Gruver Foundation exists to make sure hazing-related deaths do not continue. The Max Gruver Foundation has proudly distributed over 100,000 #FlyHighMax wristbands to students at our educational speaking events, and have presented at numerous universities, organizations, and high schools over the past two years. The Max Gruver Foundation and the Gruver family have most notoriously helped the state of Louisiana create an updated felony hazing law, known as the Max Gruver Act. The Max Gruver Foundation funds two annual scholarships in memory of Max at Blessed Trinity Catholic High School and Queen of Angels Catholic School, both in Roswell, GA.
30 minutes | Sep 6, 2022
Brittany Greene: What are the strategies for college students to raise their credit scores?
Our next guest is Brittany Greene! Entrepreneur, International best-selling author, keynote speaker, and mentor are some of the titles held by Brittany. As the founder and CEO of the Crowned Financials, she is committed to helping students raise their credit scores from around 50 to 300 points without involving a credit repair company. Her services have been acknowledged by yahoo finance, yahoo news, NBC, FOX, Buzzfeed, 103 the Beat Miami, and HBCU Wallstreet. Her books Mind & Money Manual, A to Z Credit, Project PreRich, The Breakthrough, and You are Enough aim to help individuals develop financial concepts, strong leadership qualities, self-assurance, and confidence so that they can fearlessly follow their aspirations while maintaining a healthy lifestyle. In episode 299 of the Fraternity Foodie Podcast, we find out why Brittany chose St. Leo University for her undergraduate experience, what made her want to get into personal credit, why a good credit score is so important, what are the strategies to raising your credit score, how do you maintain a good credit score once you get it, how you should handle the debt collectors and then remove collection accounts, what things college students can learn in Project PreRich, and how students/recent graduates can start to build wealth for themselves. Enjoy!
31 minutes | Sep 5, 2022
Angie Freeman: What are some diversity and inclusion-related events for college campuses?
Our next guest, Angie Freeman, is the Diversity & Inclusion Coordinator at Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine. At Oakland University, they coordinate various diversity and inclusion-related events and programs, such as heritage month celebrations and the Diversity Lecture Series, as well as numerous summer programs available for area youth. Born in Germany and having lived several places as a self-described “military brat,” Angie earned a bachelor's degree in marketing from Oakland University. They also earned a master's degree in college student affairs from Nova Southeastern University. Not only do they have a passion diversity, equity, and inclusion, but also in dance. In episode 298 of the Fraternity Foodie Podcast, we find out why Angie chose Oakland University, why being a Resident Director at the University of Vermont was the right move, difficulties Angie experienced as a dancer, what it was like as a success coach and retention specialist at Nevada State College, what it was like to work at UNLV as a senior transition advisor, what are some diversity and inclusion-related events and programs at Oakland University, how to get buy in for all these DEI initiatives, why training on unconscious bias and microaggressions is so important, and how a new DEI chair can start to bring inclusion to their campus. Enjoy!
47 minutes | Sep 2, 2022
Nicki Rowlett: How can college students be better allies?
Our next guest is Nicki Rowlett, born and raised in Michigan, but has lived in five different states since graduating college. Nicki earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Studies, Event Management, and Leadership from Central Michigan University and a Master’s Degree in Student Affairs from Ball State University. She is a member of Delta Phi Epsilon and has worked professionally with fraternities and sororities for eight years. Nicki is an author, seasoned facilitator, and a long-time volunteer within the fraternal industry. Nicki’s focus is in identity development, inclusive language use, bias, allyship, and the impact of privilege, power, and position. She enjoys developing strategies, infusing concepts of DEI into existing programs, and coaching others to make informed and intentional decisions. She’s also the Managing Director and Lead Strategist of The Parallel Agency, a full service consulting firm specializing in organizational culture and belonging. In episode 297 of the Fraternity Foodie Podcast, we find out why she chose Central Michigan University, what was special about the Delta Phi Epsilon chapter on campus, some of the differences in working within higher education versus the fraternity headquarters, what makes Parallel Agency different from the other agencies out there, how they balance learning with unlearning, where a newly elected DEI chair should start their work, why it's important to be able to discuss privilege within fraternities and sororities, and how college students can be better allies. Enjoy!
37 minutes | Sep 1, 2022
Chris Hood: How do we build a culture of innovation like Google?
Our next guest is Chris Hood, a digital strategist, podcast host, and writer. He loves storytelling and has made it an essential part of his career. He’s always loved escaping into words, sounds, images, and events, to paint a solution for others to experience. It is the primary reason he is a veteran of the digital entertainment industry with more than three decades of working across various mediums, including television, film, music, and video games. Today, as the Head of Business Innovation & Strategy at Google, his thought leadership and strategic insights on digital and business transformation have fueled countless enterprises’ digital success. At Google, he’s been fortunate enough to keep his pulse on the media and entertainment industry with strategic participation in our industry solutions and developing incredible digital experiences across all of the mediums. He also has the honor of hosting That Digital Show, a weekly business podcast for Google Cloud. In episode 296 of the Fraternity Foodie Podcast, we find out what was so appealing about cinema to Chris at a young age, how he came up with the idea to revolutionize onscreen advertising at the movies, how he knew the future of music was digital, how he developed television engagement tools across multiple platforms, what the interview process is like at Google and what's it like to work there every day, how to get hired at Google, what is the future of Google, how can we build a culture of innovation in our companies, how can we build failure skills within our college students, and how you can prove your organization is the best with data. Enjoy!
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