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Soul of a Leader
33 minutes | 12 hours ago
Leadership started very early for Mary Greene. Her mom taught her leadership and how to be her best and do her best no matter the role or position in life. Foundational leadership is essential to get early in life. Leadership skills are vital when displayed in front of others but oftentimes leads to carrying the load. You never have to tell anyone that you are a Christian in business. She included her faith and Christian walk as part of her and not separate from who she was in business. Her top values include trust, integrity, team player, and consistency. You have to make deposits into people in order to build trust in individuals. Whatever you believe is what you will be, it's about your belief system.
20 minutes | 7 days ago
Creative Thought Leadership
The pandemic and brutal killing of George Floyd were two devastating events we all experienced in our own unique ways in 2020. Chris Slaughter used this time of uncertainty and pain to spend quality time with his son, Zachary. After purchasing a new camera with graduation money, Zachary and his dad took to the streets of Chicago to photograph street art on boarded-up buildings. These photos captured both pain and beauty and were transformed into an incredible book titled, Boarded Up Chicago: Storefront Images Days After the George Floyd Riots. A message of love and unity, all seen through the lens of a father and his son.
45 minutes | 14 days ago
Winning as a Team
Growing up in a single-parent home, Dickey Simpkens credits his mother for his strong work ethic and leadership skills. His mother set the ultimate example of what it means to persevere through adversity, have confidence and lead with ambition and passion. Dickey is now raising his own beautiful family with the same conviction, love, and drive that his mother instilled in him. Simpkens is a three-time NBA champion, a development expert, a national public speaker, and a successful businessman. In life, you will have to make tough decisions as a leader and you have to be able to look at yourself in the mirror at the end of the day.
26 minutes | 21 days ago
Believe in Your Magnificence
Brett Penager is the founding partner and owner of Chiro One Wellness Centers and is an extraordinarily successful author, businessman, and entrepreneur. Above all those accomplishments and accolades, Brett wants to be known and remembered as a man of God, a husband and father, and a good friend. From a young age, Brett has learned the power of success and authentic leadership all stems from love and gratitude. Penager also stresses the importance of surrounding yourself with positive mentors and coaches that can speak into your life and offer different perspectives. Every human being is magnificent; believe in your magnificence!
29 minutes | a month ago
We are Moving Forward in Leadership
Listen in as Dr. Alicia and Dr. Eileen reflect on this past year and how the Soul of a Leader podcast came into existence. From its humble beginning, this podcast has developed into something greater than either of them could have imagined. In 2020, Alicia and Eileen have had the amazing opportunity to interview some of the greatest leaders of our time. This journey has taught all of us to remain hopeful, be authentic, and to be spiritually led, allowing God to be our ultimate leader in life. There is so much more to come in 2021, including new projects, new guests, and even a new book!
32 minutes | a month ago
Chris Gandy is a former NBA player, who calls himself a “recovering athlete.” Years of playing basketball have taught him unique skills along the way, including sacrifice and what it means to be a true team player. Now you can find him leading others in the financial industry. At Midwest Legacy Group, Chris coaches individuals on how to successfully accumulate wealth and plan for the future with custom financial strategies. Gandy encourages us all to work hard, ask for help along the way, and to “leave the world a little better than you found it!”
27 minutes | a month ago
Lead with Love
Takara Beathea-Gudell is a creative and inspiring entrepreneur and self-taught designer in the fashion industry. She has successfully run her own business, Takara Designs, for over 40 years. She creates designs that make women of every size feel beautiful. With Takara’s artistic abilities and innovative mind, she was able to create a program during the COVID pandemic to allow her company to survive by making over 3,000 masks. Takara is a role model for women everywhere and shares what it means to create an opportunity out of the chaos. Her words of wisdom? Always lead with love and courage!
29 minutes | a month ago
True Passion with Balance
Owner of Smooth Ride Records and prominent business owner selling natural products for your home and hands. Passion is Kyle's number one value that kept him moving and growing in his music business. The church was his number one component where he learned how to perform. He has been around music since he was 6 years old learning from his dad and brother. Before he was talking, he was involved in music. True passion combined with a balance is essential to do the things that you really love and are gifted to-do.
39 minutes | 2 months ago
Sunny Schwartz is an author, advocate, and a change maker. Criminal defense was always in her heart and part of her DNA. She is a leader with immense compassion and forgiveness. Her primary focus has always been to help people get out of the system and integrate them back into the real world by means of restorative justice. Sunny believes that violence can be reversed and helped create a program in the San Francisco jails called RSVP. She is also the author of “Dreams From The Monster Factory” and Founder of the Five Keys Programs. Her words of wisdom to our listeners is to be your authentic self and never lose hope!
36 minutes | 2 months ago
Leadership With a Purpose
From a very young age, Maryum has always known she wanted to help people. Growing up, her father Muhammad Ali always asked her, “What is your purpose?” Serving the youth and helping them discover their value and purpose is her passion. “May May” is also big on high ethics and morals. Her Muslim faith helps her maintain inner peace and practice empathy with others, regardless of differences. When it comes to leadership style, you don't have to have a high status or label. Leading well starts with loving people and leading great in your own personal space.
28 minutes | 2 months ago
Leading with Intent
Betsy Ziegler is the CEO of 1871, a nonprofit in Chicago. She also happens to be a die-hard Ohio Buckeyes fan! Every day for her is filled with problem-solving, interacting with people, and setting priorities. Betsy has had to prioritize what balance looks like for herself and be intentional, in order to live a full, happy life. “If you don't plan, it doesn't happen”, she says. Her best advice is to ask for help when it's needed. It's easy to be hard on yourself and get discouraged, but it's a strength to admit your weakness and get back up.
12 minutes | 2 months ago
Leading Beyond Sports
Jeff Sanders is a former NBA basketball player, mentor, and motivator that believes it's never too late to reinvent oneself into excellence. Jeff mentors young athletes around the world and is also the President of the Former NBA Retired Legends Association in Chicago. Jeff’s passion is teaching the youth of today the fundamentals of basketball and the fundamentals of life. When maneuvering through this life, accountability is key. Sanders is a passionate leader who always teaches the value of hard work and perseverance. Jeff encourages us all to go out into the world and be a positive presence in someone’s life!
28 minutes | 3 months ago
Going through Chaos with God
Steve Patscot is a member of Spencer Stuart's global Human Resources Practice. As an advisor to HR leaders, Steve is no stranger to the adversity, stress, and challenges that come with the HR industry. With the pandemic our world is currently facing, HR executives are now responsible for navigating a whole new culture in the workforce. Patscot recognizes a need for people’s advocacy and balance. Honesty, optimism, and serving others are all key values in a leadership role. During these unprecedented times, a quote Steve has adopted is, “You don't remember a leader by what they did, you remember a leader by how they made you feel.”
36 minutes | 3 months ago
The Love of Leading with Your Soul
Mr. Graham grew up during the segregation era and knows what it's like to be treated unequal and like a second-class citizen. This time in his life is what drove him to turn things around and discover his purpose. Stedman now teaches people all around the world nine steps of success and helps them understand and develop their own identity! It's not only about self-awareness, but creating a vision, executing it, and never quitting. Struggles will come, but if you’re passionate about something enough, you will sustain it. It's not how the world defines you. It's only how you define yourself that really matters.
37 minutes | 3 months ago
Being Humble and Leading with Your Soul
Sheila Brown’s connection has always been humanity. Her professional success started at a very young age. Sheila began her career in broadcast media and was fortunate enough to work alongside the Chicago Bulls during their six championship seasons. She then went on to create Freedom Entertainment, Inc. and is now an executive director for the second-largest TV and film studio in the country. Even with this incredible resume, Sheila leads with humbleness and zeal. Her motto is to work hard and be honest. Sheila Brown empowers us to challenge ourselves daily and to take that leap of faith!
36 minutes | 3 months ago
Leading with Wisdom of an Old Soul
Chasity Melvin is a reigning pioneer in women’s sports, with a 14-year professional cross-cultural basketball career. Chasity inherited invaluable life skills, values, and a strong work ethic from her grandmothers. In her leadership role on and off the court, her strong faith has always been the driving force. Traveling overseas, Chasity depended heavily on her faith and allowed God to use her as a vessel. She encourages everyone to put God first and to use their voice! Chasity has gone on to write a devotional book titled End Of The Day. At the end of the day, it’s not what you say, but what you do.
34 minutes | 3 months ago
Leading With Perseverance
Tania is proud of the woman-owned and minority-owned business that she has been able to create. It hasn't always been easy though. As a first-generation American, her mother was a significant role-model in her life. She also has 15 years of employee experience that has helped her develop leadership skills, empower teams, and be a more impactful CEO. Tania teaches us to stay in tune with the positive energy that connects us all and to persevere no matter what comes our way. Her final words of wisdom are to make self-care a priority. “If we don't take care of ourselves first, how are we going to help others?”
34 minutes | 4 months ago
Relationship Strategy Leadership
She believes that culture and food are a huge impact on the lifestyle of a leader. Food is everywhere. Culture is everywhere. There is a behavioral impact on the relationship between food and weight. She is a certified Psychologist that wants to teach more about making better choices about what's best for clients to eat while remaining in control. She sees herself more as a strategist when it comes to the relationship between food and weight loss. It's about building a healthy relationship that is more empowering than restrictions and failure for not sticking with a diet. Her “My Therapy” cards are ways to help women address some issues without scheduling time with her.
28 minutes | 4 months ago
Leading with One’s Intuition
Jennifer was a big fan of Paul Newman and had a good sense of who Paul Newman was beyond the screen but she never got to meet him. She was approached by a friend to join the Board of Directors for Paul Newman's Foundation. The organization speaks about Paul Newman's impact and caring for those who are less fortunate. Foundation supports kids dealing with very difficult medical issues and the foundation provides a huge camp that brings all the kids together. Being on the board is very rewarding to see the impact of the organization to help kids suffering from various medical conditions.
23 minutes | 4 months ago
Leading with Cultural Impact
Naomi Kent describes how she strategically focuses on bridging two different cultures into one. She is big on morals, trust, involving others, and consistency at work. She is setting a standard as a leader in business. She is very supportive of leading authentically because all eyes are always on the leader. She was very strategic with bringing two people from the UK with the majority in the US culture just to develop a new culture. She brings in what works from the headquarters. Everyone in the business is responsible for the culture. It is essential to make your culture work best for the team. Naomi believes that you should know your team very well and keep them engaged in any changes.
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