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Next Steps Forward
52 minutes | 8 days ago
A More Socially Just World w/ Daniel Fairley and John Thompson
Daniel Fairley, a Youth Opportunity Coordinator focused on Black Male Achievement for the City of Charlottesville, and John Thompson, a Family Services Specialist for the Charlottesville Department of Human Services, join Chris Meek in this installment of Next Steps Forward to discuss mental health in the Black community and existing inequalities both inside and outside of the mental healthcare structure. Hosts of the podcast “How U?,” (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAW96LgJg-Hr4CQzTqn1uJQ) which focuses on Black mental health, Fairley and Thompson will take a deep dive into the stigma surrounding mental health, how mental health has changed since the onset of COVID-19, how individuals will need to re-acclimate when the world opens up again, and the mental health struggles surrounding the continued fight for social justice. Fairley and Thompson will provide an inside look into breaking mental health barriers in communities of color and how doing so can ultimately create a more just world.
54 minutes | 15 days ago
How to Be Unstoppable w/ Navy SEAL Alden Mills
Alden Mills, three-time Navy SEAL platoon commander, founder/CEO of one of the nation’s former fastest-growing companies and leadership speaker, joins Chris Meek in this installment of Next Steps Forward. Believing that every individual is born to be unstoppable, Mills will discuss how exactly we can become unstoppable, what exactly it means to be unstoppable and how for many of us our first challenge is to be stopped so that we can rise above it to be our unstoppable selves. Drawing from a mixture of his military, athletic, business and leadership experiences, Mills will lay out a road map for how to leave the safe harbor of familiarity to go past the horizon in three steps, showing the audience: (1) how to lead the conversation in your head, (2) how to create your focus funnel and (3) how to navigate the spinning loop in your head which swings back and forth between ‘I can’t’ and ‘I can.’ Mills will share how love can help each of us be unstoppable every day.
51 minutes | 22 days ago
Standing Up to Life’s Powerful Forces w/ CT AG William Tong
William Tong, Connecticut’s 25th Attorney General and first Asian American elected statewide, speaks with Chris Meek about protecting families, residents and consumers while standing up to the powerful forces that threaten them. Tong, who grew up working with his immigrant parents in their Chinese restaurant, will share how his passion and respect for the legal system not only resulted in a successful law career but also propelled his political career. Tong will reflect on the challenges and successes that he has experienced throughout the progression of his career and will speak candidly about what he feels he has brought to each and every one of his roles that has set him apart from his peers. Tong will provide his perspective on hot topic issues, such as getting communities up and running amid COVID-19, the steep increase in opioid use and finding the perfect balance between work and family. Audience members will relate to William Tong’s personal story of living his American dream.
54 minutes | a month ago
Encore: 60 Minutes With Armen Keteyian
Armen Keteyian,11-time Emmy Award winning journalist and former chief investigative correspondent for CBS News, speaks with “Next Steps Forward” host Chris Meek about his celebrated career as one of America’s most recognized news and sports anchors. Keteyian will take the audience on his journey from starting out as a sports writer for a San Diego newspaper, to landing his dream job as a reporter for Sports Illustrated and finally making it on the national stage serving in roles such as lead correspondent for “60 Minutes Sports”. Keteyian will speak directly about the current state of journalism in the United States, the role that ethics ultimately plays and how that translates into everyday life, as well as the integrity of modern day sports through the lens of his experiences directly from the sidelines. Keteyian, the author of 11 books, will also give a look into the upcoming HBO documentary based on his best-selling biography “Tiger Woods.”
56 minutes | a month ago
Aiming High w/ Former Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James
Deborah Lee James, former Secretary of the United States Air Force and the second woman to lead a U.S. military service, speaks with host Chris Meek about her experiences managing 660,000 people and a $139 billion dollar budget (more than the GDP of over 120 countries) in her role. James will discuss the challenges and successes that she encountered as Secretary, as well as in other roles, including professional staff member in the US House of Representatives and Assistant Secretary of Defense. She will use lessons she's learned to guide the audience on how to reach their own personal success and fulfillment by not only surviving, but thriving, both in the professional and personal spheres. The author of the leadership book Aim High: Chart Your Course and Find Success, Secretary James will speak about how her book chronicles her rise through the ranks of male-dominated institutions and how she used strategic problem-solving skills to overcome challenges.
52 minutes | a month ago
Tackling the Big Issues with Jon Runyan
Jon Runyan, former NFL offensive tackle, looks back at the progression of his football career spanning 14 seasons playing with the Houston Oilers/Tennessee Titans, the Philadelphia Eagles and the San Diego Chargers. Now serving as the NFL’s Vice President of Policy and Rules Administration, Runyan will provide his unique perspective on the current state of the league, how football has changed since he last played, how the league has adapted to challenges presented by COVID-19 and what he believes the future holds for the NFL. Having also previously served in Congress representing New Jersey’s 3rd district, Runyan will speak about his experience serving in Washington, how politics have changed dramatically in recent years, and will touch on timely issues, particularly those relating to veterans. Runyan will impart wisdom he's garnered from his experiences both on and off the field leaving the audience empowered to become leaders in the game of life and inspired to serve others.
52 minutes | 2 months ago
Reimagining Therapy Through Sport W/ Rebekah Roulier
Rebekah Roulier, nonprofit executive leader and licensed mental health clinician focused on driving innovation in the mental health and youth sport communities, speaks with host Chris Meek about the relationship between sport and mental health. Roulier serves as the Deputy Director of Doc Wayne Youth Services based in Boston, Massachusetts and will provide insight into how the nonprofit re-imagines therapy through the lens of sport, offering children not only a sense of belonging but a repetition and regulation that promotes healing. One of the organization’s new initiatives born out of the COVID-19 pandemic, Champions Network, equips professionals working specifically with children, like teachers and especially coaches, with basic mental health skills. Roulier makes the case for why, in a country with 45 million kids playing youth sports and over 6 million coaches, coaches can be invaluable tools to utilize standard mental health skills for children who may need help.
54 minutes | 2 months ago
Joining the Fight & Becoming a Warrior w/ Dr. Cliff Robertson
Dr. Cliff Robertson, executive director of The Warrior’s Refuge in West Columbia, Texas, speaks with host Chris Meek about how his organization is committed to ending homelessness by providing shelter, counseling, resources and training to the state’s veterans. The organization is also soon to be the nation’s first nonprofit to offer access to a groundbreaking virtual reality technology developed at the University of Southern California known as BraveMind, to treat War on Terror veterans experiencing post-traumatic stress (PTS). Dr. Robertson will speak directly about the specific mental health setbacks that veterans experience and the importance of providing effective mental health treatment. Not only will he highlight the importance of leveraging revolutionary technology in the way in which medical care is delivered, but will also underscore the desperate need for those technologies to expand the scope of the VA and into the world of nonprofits in order to reach more veterans.
52 minutes | 2 months ago
Leading From Within w/ Navy SEAL Veteran Dan Luna
Dan Luna, 20-year Navy SEAL veteran, speaks with program host Chris Meek about empowering the next generation of leaders by way of academics, consulting and coaching through his leadership coaching company 3LX. Luna’s background serves as the foundation for his extraordinary leadership skills, having refined his coaching methods while delivering competency-based leadership training to future Navy and Marine Corps Officers at the Naval Academy. So well versed in providing guidance, management and coaching others, Luna has executed and facilitated extensive training and exercises and ensured maximum readiness for collegiate and professional athletes, as well as government agencies. Dan Luna will share with audience members the fundamentals and basics of leadership and inspire them to continuously devote themselves to cultivating their leadership skills.
53 minutes | 2 months ago
We Don’t Think Big Enough W/ Rachel Faulkner Brown
Rachel Faulkner Brown, founder and director of Be Still Ministries and Never Alone Widows Retreats, speaks with host Chris Meek about how experiencing the loss of two husbands lead her to create a community that empowers military and first responder widows. Now married a third time, Rachel will speak in-depth about her journey to finding faith and seeking out marriage and love once again despite experiencing heartbreaking loss. Rachel will educate listeners about the power of “yes,” believing that we have no way of knowing who is on the other side of our ‘yes’ and lifting up those who find themselves stuck in their shame and secrets on their journey to answering the call of their own ‘yes.’ Rachel, who maintains that God thinks way bigger than his children, will encourage the audience to think bigger each and every day. A champion for freedom, Rachel Faulkner Brown is an inspiration for finding freedom through Christ.
55 minutes | 3 months ago
Choosing Victory: A Journey to Faith W/ Cynthia Garrett
Cynthia Garrett, nationally recognized television host and personality, speaks with Chris Meek about her storied career in the entertainment industry and ultimate journey to finding faith. Garrett will speak about breaking industry barriers by making history as the first African-American woman to host a network late-night show, NBC’s LATER w/ Cynthia Garrett, and how her ability to empathize and relate to others helped her garner mass respect within the industry. Her personal story of overcoming childhood sexual abuse, rape and addiction will highlight the power that God’s love has to restore the soul. She will educate listeners on how to live as victors, not victims, when it comes to tackling the varied challenges that life presents through choosing to truly live out their faith rather than simply preaching it. Widely recognized in the world of Christian Ministry, Cynthia Garrett will empower listeners to embrace faith and let it guide their passion and purpose.
54 minutes | 3 months ago
Ask Dr. Pat: What to do Today to Have a Better Tomorrow
In this installment of Next Steps Forward show host Chris Meek speaks with Dr. Pat Boulogne, lifestyle medicine expert and coach, about how she has helped thousands of individuals implement simple and effective steps in their daily lives to regain their health. With over three decades of experience in delivering science-based solutions to those experiencing weight problems, chronic diseases and genetic dispositions, Dr. Boulogne will talk the audience through how she uses targeted diet and exercise recommendations, stress management and a no-drug approach to help her clients experience a happier, healthier lifestyle. She will provide useful information on reversing or minimizing the aging process by implementing a plan and paying attention to warning signs before it is too late. She will also discuss her bestselling book Why...Are You Sick, Fat and Tired? Dr. Boulogne will implore the audience to take control of their own lives and make a plan today to have a better tomorrow.
48 minutes | 3 months ago
The Future of Education w/ Chancellor Kent Syverud
Kent Syverud, Chancellor and President of Syracuse University, speaks with program host Chris Meek about navigating the pandemic and its impact on the future of higher education. Breaking down the positives and negatives of virtual learning, he will pinpoint areas where education can be improved based on lessons learned throughout the pandemic and how those lessons underscore the importance of thoughtfully and safely reopening society. Chancellor Syverud will speak in-depth about the challenges that the loss of human interaction has presented college students and why that interaction is so important to three key areas: learning, personal development and mental health. At a time when protecting academic freedom is more important than perhaps ever before, the Chancellor will lay the groundwork for how universities can sustain and/or improve their reputations so that they do not simply become extensions of the private sector or a specific brand.
53 minutes | 3 months ago
How to Support Those Who Protect Us with Dr. Shauna Springer
Chris Meek speaks with Shauna “Doc” Springer, one of the world’s leading experts on psychological trauma, military transition and suicide prevention, in this installment of Next Steps Forward. A trusted doctor to our nation’s military war fighters, Springer will discuss practical, tangible tools for suicide prevention and the importance of trust in the prevention process. A champion for the power of connection, Springer will speak on how methods and results of connection have changed over the past year and how stressor events, like the pandemic, have impacted the mental health of veterans. Springer will also provide powerful insight into her best-selling book Warriors, which explores how society can best support those who have sacrificed so much to protect us. Dr. Springer’s knowledge and understanding will lead the audience on a path to discovering trust, purpose and connection - and inspire them to share those same values with others.
52 minutes | 4 months ago
A Fragile Thread of Hope With Andi Buerger
Andi Buerger, founder and chair of the organization Voices Against Trafficking, speaks with “Next Steps Forward” host Chris Meek about facilitating and energizing nonprofits, individuals, businesses and social groups to be a powerful collective voice in the fight against human trafficking. Having survived years of childhood abuse and having been trafficked herself, Buerger will share with the audience how her survival led her on a quest to rescue others who find themselves in similar situations. Not only will Buerger provide perspective on the state of human trafficking in the United States and around the world, but why she believes there is still hope that can be found in the situation if we unite and work together to end human trafficking for good. Buerger will also speak extensively about her book A Fragile Thread of Hope: One Survivor’s Quest to Rescue. Buerger will impart life-changing lessons that will leave listeners full of hope and open to the power of healing.
52 minutes | 4 months ago
The Way to Win with Mark Halperin
On this edition of Next Steps Forward show host Chris Meek speaks with Mark Halperin, nationally recognized political analyst, reporter and current host of Mark Halperin’s Focus Group on Newsmax TV. Halperin will speak about covering the ebb and flow of the ever-changing American political landscape over the course of his career and how his professional experiences have brought him up close and personal with a number of the major political news stories and key-players of the last three decades. Throughout his career following the course of many political candidates along their path to victory and through finding personal professional victory delivering news on several major national platforms like ABC, NBC and Bloomberg TV, Halperin has learned firsthand what it takes to win and will share with the audience how to pave their own paths to victory.
51 minutes | 4 months ago
Addressing the Behavioral Health Tsunami with Clara Reynolds
Show host Chris Meek speaks with Clara Reynolds, president and CEO of the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay, about the services that the organization provides to individuals and families who suffer distress from serious life crises, such as abuse, loss of a loved one and thoughts of suicide. Reynolds will speak about what she refers to as “the behavioral health tsunami,” or how the remarkable events that unfolded throughout 2020 are impacting people’s emotions and mental health and the steps that can ultimately be taken to address these concerns. Reynolds will also focus on the behavioral health of veterans and the Florida Veterans Support Line run by the Crisis Center, which offers veterans a connection to community resources and the opportunity to speak with a trained specialist. The attention that Reynolds pays to fostering good mental health and reaching out to those in her community are messages that the audience will be able to apply within their own lives.
54 minutes | 4 months ago
Greg Gadson: A Portrait of Courage
COL Greg Gadson, a 26-year retired Army veteran, speaks with Next Steps Forward host Chris Meek about the loss of both his legs above the knees and the normal use of his right arm and hand after experiencing an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) attack while serving in Iraq. Refusing to be defined by his injuries, Gadson will explain to the audience how he draws on the lessons of pride, poise and team he learned as a linebacker at West Point, to find continued success within his life, career and family. Gadson is dedicated to leading others in living out Army values, including loyalty, duty and respect, and will speak in-depth about how these values can be applied to help others achieve goals and find happiness. A passionate advocate for wounded warriors and those with disabilities, he will speak on issues related to those groups while providing a firsthand perspective. Throughout the hour Gadson’s story and insight will paint a portrait of true courage.
53 minutes | 4 months ago
Encore: Battlegrounds: Former National Security Advisor LTG H.R. McMaster
LTG H.R. McMaster, 34-year Army veteran and former National Security advisor, speaks with “Next Steps Forward” host Chris Meek about his recent book “Battlegrounds: The Fight to Defend the Free World” and the current state of security, freedom and prosperity in the United States. As a soldier, commander, scholar and national security advisor, LTG McMaster brings a unique perspective to problem-solving that everyday Americans and listeners can utilize within their own lives. LTG McMaster will also speak in-depth about the downfall of “strategic narcissism” – the trap of defining problems as we would like them to be instead of defining them on their own terms. In this candid discussion, LTG McMaster calls for listeners to better educate themselves on the important issues of the day and for Americans to work together so that we are fully prepared to secure the future of our nation.
54 minutes | 5 months ago
Living A Limitless Life with Natalie St Pierre
Natalie St Pierre, successful entrepreneur and disability advocate, speaks with “Next Steps Forward” host Chris Meek about living her best life with cerebral palsy. St Pierre avidly participates in a number of adaptive sports, including cross country skiing, surfing, biking and sailing, showing that people, regardless of circumstances, can find a way to live a limitless life. She will speak extensively about her involvement with The Impossible Dream, the world's only catamaran that is universally accessible. St Pierre will touch on how inclusivity, specifically within the workplace and recreation, have changed throughout her lifetime. She will also speak to the importance of becoming a self-advocate, a skill that everyone can learn to cultivate no matter the cards that life has handed them. St Pierre’s story and achievements will remind the audience that whatever they pursue, through the power of positive thinking, affirmation and planning, they can achieve it.
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