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Soul of a Leader
45 minutes | 7 days ago
The Four C's on Leading
Janica Campbell is an accomplished attorney and natural-born leader. As the owner of her own law office, Janica takes a genuine interest in all her clients. She calls herself the entrepreneur's entrepreneur. Her business is founded on the values of the 4 C’s approach: client-centered counsel, competent legal representation, clear and concise communication, and collaborative and creative approach to legal matters. Janica loves to read and regularly learns new things. Once you learn the information, it's your responsibility to put it into action. Life doesn’t just happen to you. “You create the life that you want, you make it happen”.
56 minutes | 21 days ago
No Greatness Without Goodness
Randy Lewis is an author and advocate for those individuals with disabilities. His book is titled “No Greatness without Goodness: How a Father’s Love Changed a Company and Sparked a Movement” As a parent of a child with autism, Randy realized that there was no support in the public system for people with disabilities after they finish high school. As the senior vice president of Walgreens, Randy Lewis had a vision. His vision ended up creating thousands of full-time jobs for people with disabilities. Randy’s inspiring stories reveal the courageous leader that he is.
40 minutes | a month ago
Every Day is Saturday
Jamila Trimuel is the founder of Ladies of Virtue; a mentorship program for girls ages 9 to 18. Ladies of Virtue exists to instill purpose, passion, and perseverance in young black women. Jamila is passionate about her purpose and is a servant leader at heart. Meeting girls right where they are, seeing their potential, and encouraging them in love is what makes Jamila an authentic leader. Jamila has mentored for twenty years now and credits her parents for being the best role models growing up. When you’re aligned with the purpose God has given you, every day is Saturday.
43 minutes | a month ago
As a little girl, Deborah Werner was always drawn to the garden in the backyard of her grandfather’s house, in the inner city of Chicago. Early on, she would discover the soothing comfort and tranquility a rose petal’s dew could bring. Deborah pursued her passion for florals by opening her own florist shop and later would begin studying the powerful properties of flower essences. Werner is now the business owner of “Earth Wind and Flowers”, a collection of sprays that help balance your physical and emotional well-being. Deborah is pursuing her passion and demonstrates what it means to follow your soul purpose.
52 minutes | 2 months ago
Sally Lou Oaks has a passion for connecting audiences and making people happier through the power of story-telling. For many years, Sally was the Audience Producer for the Oprah Winfrey Show. It all started when she was 14, and spotted a woman with a clipboard on the set of The Mike Douglas Show. Now, Sally Lou Oaks is a podcaster, a host, an author, writer, and a speaker! Sally leads with her heart and soul and loves what she does. The best thing you can do in life is to discover your purpose and share it with the world, she says. “Fear has no access when you're in your purpose.”
44 minutes | 2 months ago
Ken Burke is a speaker, serial entrepreneur, mentor, and author. He is also the founder and CEO of The EntrepreneurNOW! Network. Ken is very passionate about helping people and entrepreneurs run and grow their businesses. In business, Ken relies on guiding principles and “ego checks”, to maintain a positive motivation. In this podcast, Ken gives practical steps to see your dreams manifested. He also discusses his new book, in which he shares about practicing joy, happiness, and fulfillment. He hopes that readers will be inspired to discover their God-given passions and move them closer to their purpose.
29 minutes | 2 months ago
Shortcuts, Lead to Long Cuts
Former Chicago Cub, Doug Glanville wears a lot of hats. He is a writer, professor, sports host, podcaster, husband, and proud father. As a current professor at the University of Connecticut, Glanville is able to engage with his students and teach the important impact sports plays in our society. Playing sports and being on a team teaches many valuable lessons that you can use in all aspects of life and business. Something Doug’s father always used to say was “Shortcuts lead to longcuts” and that has always stuck with him.
23 minutes | 2 months ago
Count Your Blessings
Steve Cochran is the host of the hit podcast, Live from My Office. He previously hosted the number one talk show every morning on WGN. Steve also enjoys performing stand-up comedy around the Chicago area. Today, Steve sits down and discusses with us his optimism for the future and the valuable lesson of kindness and humility. Cochran doesn’t shy away from speaking up about the stuff that matters to him. Positivity is a powerful thing and we should all take a minute to pause before responding and simply be a little nicer to one another.
29 minutes | 3 months ago
Valerie Gobos joins us once again to discuss the important topic of balanced leadership in the workplace. The workplace can sometimes be challenging as a female, so it's important to create an atmosphere of equality and not overcompensate anything. Our view of gender roles is influenced and shaped early on, by how we’ve been raised. Be yourself, have confidence, and show grace, Valerie shares. We are beginning to see the significant progression, as females are being placed in more high-profile, powerful positions, including in the White House. It's up to us as women to empower one another.
29 minutes | 3 months ago
Learning Through Leadership
Rich Mathews is an experienced health insurance broker and senior principal at VistaNational Insurance Group. Rich is also a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather, and successful leader. In order to be a successful leader, you must first believe in what you do and demonstrate gratitude and integrity. Integrity isn't something that's just given to you but something you have to own. A solid leadership foundation first begins in the home. Rich credits all of his success to his faith in Jesus Christ. “If you believe in God, you believe in Jesus Christ, and you will be successful in ways that you cannot even imagine.”
33 minutes | 3 months ago
Energy Focused Leadership
Valerie Gobos heads up Gobos Film & Entertainment, researching and representing screenplays, books, and life stories for the big and small screens. Valerie has a lifetime of experience in the advertising and entertainment industry and has handled marketing for many companies, including Universal Studios and Oprah Winfrey’s Harpo Studios. Her passion is the energy that drives her to lead others. Valerie recognizes the importance of giving back to others and living a balanced life. She encourages everyone to trust their inner self and follow after their dreams. Every day is a new opportunity to choose happiness.
30 minutes | 3 months ago
Leading with Ethics
Jim, trains leaders to lead others as a college professor. His commitment to the Navy is valuable to his ability to give back. Leadership and management are different terms as Jim explains during the podcast. You manage processes and procedures but you lead people. Decision-making skills are one of the core fundamentals of his teaching process. Values are vital to the process of being a successful leader. He believes that everyone is a leader but requires a foundation that is authentic. Love your fellow man, is key.
33 minutes | 3 months 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 | 4 months 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 | 4 months 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 | 4 months 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 | 4 months 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 | 4 months 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 | 5 months 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 | 5 months 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.
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