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My Fourth Act Podcast
40 minutes | Jun 17, 2021
Ep. 16 | Kent Schwendy | When Your Mind Switches To WHY NOT NOW
Kent Schwendy, 53, is an Engineer, former US Air Airforce Captain, Champion for Sustainable Housing, Beekeeper and writing his first historical novel. As the CEO of a non-profit in Hartford/CT, the Corporation for Independent Living, Kent helps to create and sustain affordable, accessible and independent housing. The apiary in the back of his garden is home to half a million bees. Kent is also completing the first draft of a historical novel. And he just started teaching a course on beekeeping at Cornell University.What happens when we decide to travel in multiple lanes? How do we shift from I WILL DO THIS WHEN I RETIRE to WHY NOT NOW? What are the rewards of being a Contrarian?www.cil.org
40 minutes | Jun 10, 2021
Ep. 15 | Chip Conley | Ways of Becoming a Modern Elder
Chip Conley, 60, was Airbnb’s Global Head of Hospitality and Strategy. Chip helped grow Airbnb into a hospitality company with more than a million hosts in 191 countries. He is a TED speaker and the author of multiple best-selling books including his most recent, “Wisdom@Work: The Making of a Modern Elder.”When Chip was hired at Airbnb at the age of 52, he claimed the role of an elder in a company of mostly twentysomethings. Chip has reclaimed the power of elderhood ever since. In 2018, he founded the Modern Elder Academy in Baja California Sur, a wisdom school dedicated to helping people navigate midlife and their FOURTH ACTS.How can midlife become a calling instead of a crisis? How do we repurpose wisdom? And how do we live a life that is as deep and meaningful as it is long?https://www.chipconley.com/https://www.modernelderacademy.com/
40 minutes | Jun 3, 2021
Ep. 14 | Denise Gallagher | When a Gal From Tiny Fairfield/Iowa Becomes a Global Adventurer
Denise Gallagher, 67, is an artist, occupational therapist, sublime photographer – and more importantly perhaps, a seeker and explorer. Based in small-town Fairfield/Iowa, Denise has fashioned an expansive life that includes extended travel escapades around the world. Travel not to sightsee, not to work. Travel to just live and BE – and take rapturous photographs.What’s it like to live in a small town where 1/5 of the residents are serious meditators? What sort of mindset is required to embark on epic world travels and make it all up as you go along? What freedoms do we discover in such travels?www.denise-healer-artist.comwww.trilliumawakening.org
48 minutes | May 27, 2021
Ep. 13 | Rosemary Ravinal | When Your Inner Life Hasn't Caught Up With Your External Success
Rosemary Ravinal, 66, is a consummate public relations pro with 3 decades of bilingual, bicultural communications expertise. She has worked with everyone – Telemundo, HBO Latin America, The Latin Grammys, Lifetime, Sony Ericsson, MSNBC, Azteca, Republica Havas. Rosemary is the Past President of the Hispanic Public Relations Association and most recently served as the VP of Public Relations for Univision. At a time when some folks retire, Rosemary launched her own Communications Training firm, simply called Rosemary Ravinal.What happens when our sense of Self doesn’t match the outer acclaim we receive? What sort of inner journey lifts us out of depression and doubt? How do we embrace and dance with the solitariness of being a FOURTH ACT entrepreneur?rosemaryravinal.com
49 minutes | May 20, 2021
Ep. 12 | Luis Gallardo | How A Corporate Marketing Whiz Became a Citizen of the World!
Luis Gallardo, 49, is the Former Global Chief Marketing Officer for Deloitte. He has been an advisor to CEOs, thought leaders, Nobel Laureates, political and institutional game changers on strategic personal positioning and brand building. After leaving Deloitte, Luis founded the World Happiness Foundation and World Happiness Fest. He is the Author of “Happytalism and The Exponentials of Happiness” and the Director of the Gross Global Happiness program at the United Nations University for Peace.How do you step into a post-corporate life? How do we realize a world with greater happiness? What sort of courage is required to venture more and more deeply into the unknown?https://gallardo.world/
42 minutes | May 13, 2021
Ep. 11 | Eileen McDargh | How Does the "Queen of Resilience" Find Adventure In Her 7th Decade?
Eileen McDargh, 72, is a Rockstar motivational speaker, hope merchant, truth teller, and the Founder and Chief Energy Officer of The Resiliency Group. Since 1980, Eileen has helped organizations and individuals transform the life of their business and the business of their life through conversations that matter and connections that count. She has spoken on stages all over the world and been inducted into the National Speakers Association Hall of Fame. Eileen’s marvelous 8th book, “Burnout to Breakthrough,” was published by Berrett Koehler last fall. What are the rewards of stopping the chase? What happens when adventure becomes “venturing in?” What are some simple resiliency habits that fuel an energized life?https://www.eileenmcdargh.com/
45 minutes | May 6, 2021
Ep. 10 | Belinda Harris | How Do You Give Birth to a "New You" When You Formally Retire?
Dr. Belinda Harris, 66, is an Academic, Former School Principal, Psychotherapist, just-retired Professor in the University of Nottingham’s School of Education, and the outgoing Chair of the UK Association for Gestalt Therapists. For several years, Belinda worked closely with the world-renowned Gestalt International Study Center on Cape Cod where she co-led their senior leadership program and helped establish an education initiative. How do you stop doing “the same old work” once you retire? How do we honor our legacy as we courageously step into the unknown? What facets of personal rebirth are possible as we release our formal commitments?www.belindaharris.co.uk
46 minutes | Apr 29, 2021
Ep. 9 | Saamdu Chetri | How Does a "Happiness Guru" Experience Inner Peace and Happiness
Saamdu Chetri, Ph.D., 64, was born in a cowshed in rural Bhutan. After 5 years of working in the cabinet of Bhutan’s prime minister, Saamdu co-founded and headed Bhutan’s Gross National Happiness Centre. The Centre’s focus on measuring the country’s GNH instead of GDP, and its framework for fostering happier countries, gained worldwide recognition.Saamdu is the author of 2 books, has been featured extensively in the global media, and generously shares his wisdom on mindfulness and happiness practices at conferences and institutions of learning all over the world.What are some of the secrets to creating cultures and countries that foster happiness? What are a few simple everyday practices that support mindfulness and invite happiness? How does a “happiness guru” experience inner peace and happiness?
43 minutes | Apr 22, 2021
Ep. 8 | Sam Yau | How Does a Corporate CEO Emerge as a Poet After Tragedy Upends His Life?
Sam Yau, 72, has reinvented his life several times over – from being a 6-month-old baby on a refugee boat to a penniless student in a distant land, from the CEO of a billion-dollar corporation to the Head of the Board at Esalen, the pioneering and iconic personal growth center on the California coast. After facing an unexpected personal tragedy in 2016, Sam went into seclusion, only to re-emerge as a poet and publish a luminous first book of poetry, “Soul’s Journey.” How do we face unimagined loss and grief? What new gates will open for us when we allow the help of others? And how do we learn to fully listen to our soul’s whispers?https://www.samyaupoetry.com/
49 minutes | Apr 15, 2021
Ep. 7 | Lynne Maureen Hurdle | How Do We Take Our Life's Work and Meet the Call of the Moment?
Lynne Maureen Hurdle, 63, is a veteran conflict resolution strategist, TEDx speaker, communication coach and bestselling author. Over the past 30 years, Lynne has partnered with conflict resolution luminaries in every part of the world. In response to the George Floyd murder and the Black Lives Matter protests, Lynne created her “On the Matter of Race: White People Committed to Beginning the Journey Together” experiences. What began as a small-group Cohort has spawned waiting lists and group journeys on multiple continents.How do we shift from flying below the radar into boldly claiming center stage? What are the childhood dreams that persist? How does a FOR NOW mindset sustain our enduring passions?lynnemaureenhurdle.com
44 minutes | Apr 8, 2021
Ep. 6 | Trisha Lewis | How I Stepped Into FLOW and Unsquashed Myself
Trisha Lewis, 63, is a British actress, writer, and communication consultant who champions confident authenticity. When she wasn’t getting the acting parts she desired, Trisha wrote her own one-woman shows and began to tour. At a time when some people plan retirement, Trisha launched a communication consultancy. Trisha hosts the Make It Real Podcast and just released her book “The Mystery of the Squashed Self.”What are all the ways in which we squash ourselves? How did Trisha Lewis fully claim her unique voice and vision? How do we find our communities of joy?www.trishalewis.com
40 minutes | Apr 1, 2021
Ep. 5 | Walt Hampton | How Does A City Guy from Connecticut Run a Business in the Irish Countryside?
Walt Hampton, J.D., 63, is a former criminal defense lawyer, author. speaker, adventurer and bonvivant who helps solopreneurs and entrepreneurs to grow and scale businesses that set them free. A longtime resident of the Hartford/Connecticut area, Walt and his wife Ann Sheybani now reside in rural Ireland. It serves as home base for their very global lives.What impulses propel you to trade one life for another that looks, smells and feels radically different? What gets in the way of dreaming the unthinkable? What inflection points in your life help you lean into what your heart desired?www.walthampton.com
35 minutes | Mar 25, 2021
EP 4 - How Do You Run With Your Many Seemingly Divergent Passions?
Janet Gerson, Ed.D., 72, boldly explores her creative and intellectual passions through her work. After over two decades as a dancer, performance maker and community activist via her own dance company, Janet returned to Columbia University for a Doctorate in Education. She was the Co-Director of the Peace Education Center at Teachers College, Columbia University and currently serves as Education Director for the International Institute on Peace Education. Now, in her early 70s, Janet is emerging as an utterly exquisite painter.How do you create a life where you run with all of your seemingly divergent passions? What does it take to notice our hidden inner seeds and nurture them into visibility and maturity?www.i-i-p-e.orghttps://www.facebook.com/janet.gerson.9
40 minutes | Mar 18, 2021
EP 3 - How Do You PIVOT When Life Upends Everything You Had Planned?
Simon T. Bailey, 52, is a former Disney executive, author, life coach and serial entrepreneur. Shift Your Brilliance: Harness the Power of You, INC is one of Simon’s many acclaimed books. He is one of the most sought-after motivational speakers in the world and a 2015 inductee into the National Speaker Association’s Hall of Fame. Simon champions a remarkable, unified world filled with purpose-driven people.What happens when you are temporarily robbed of one of your Superpowers? How far do you go to shift and adapt when a pandemic prevents you from getting up on a live stage?simontbailey.com
45 minutes | Mar 11, 2021
How Do We Navigate LIFE When Our PURPOSE Won't Let Us Quit?
What began in 1993 with 46 Israeli, Palestinian and Egyptian teenagers who gathered at a camp in Maine to learn how to coexist has evolved into a legion of over 7300 alumni all over the world who are committed to transforming legacies of conflict. Bobbie, 78, is the "spiritual grandmother" to these brilliant young leaders. Her many awards include a Medal of Honor from King Hussein of Jordan.What drives us to stay engaged? What fuels our PURPOSE over long periods of time? And how do we adapt in a world that is changing?seedsofpeace.org
45 minutes | Mar 3, 2021
What if the Stories You Tell Yourself Are all WRONG?
Are your stories keeping you anxious and dispirited? How do you let go of “happily ever after” and step into being radically alive? Or, in the words of Mary Oliver, what is it you plan to do with your wild and precious life?
1 minutes | Feb 26, 2021
My Fourth Act Trailer
I’m Achim Nowak, Executive Coach, Author, Mastermind Convener and host of the My Fourth Act Podcast. If life is a 5-act play, what will you do in your 4th act? Your childhood conflicts have been resolved. The big dramas of life are behind you. Most importantly, you’re not ready to stop.Join me as I speak with exceptional humans who have created bold and unexpected 4th acts. Listen and be inspired.
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