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Stood in the Gap
22 minutes | Jul 22, 2021
Dave Neff: “Don’t forget the mission.”
Dave Neff is the Chief Revenue Officer at Prolific where he oversees new business development, partnerships and alliances. Before Prolific, Dave served as President and CEO of EDGE Mentoring for nearly six years – the nation’s largest, faith-based, whole-life intergenerational mentoring organization. At EDGE, he was reminded not to forget his own mission and that of the business. While Dave speaks about this impactful moment, he also shares his struggle with Crohn's disease from an early age. To learn how this hardship strengthened him and helped him understand the power of reaching out to others, listen to the full story. In This Episode: [01:19] – This/That played with Dave [02:50] – Being diagnosed with Crohn's Disease [05:41] – Overcoming challenges along the way [08:34] – Balancing work and life — making the most of it [10:28] – Knowing your organization’s core [13:37] – The danger of forgetting the mission [15:58] – People who stood by Dave’s side [17:02] – What guides Dave, keeps him grounded [19:27] – Advice for those struggling Quotes From This Episode: “You have to have a natural work ethic to achieve success. At the same time, know that you can certainly impact outcomes and scenarios, but God's got to show up and bless it at the end of the day.” “Whether you lead a nonprofit or a business or even yourself, I think it's not that we need to be instructed as much as we need to be reminded to stay true.”
35 minutes | Jun 24, 2021
Wayne DeVeydt: "Don’t waste your gifts.”
Wayne DeVeydt is the Executive Chairman of the Board of Surgery Partners, Inc and the former CEO. In his journey to senior leadership, Wayne constantly reminds others to be humble, selfless, and to use the gifts God has given you. Wayne admits he grew up prideful and selfish, characteristics he still struggles with today. Only when his luxurious life disappeared did he pay attention to God’s calling. In this episode, Derrin and Wayne get vulnerable about the difficulty of family and leadership journeys. Listen to his story and his advice to young people trying to accelerate their life and career. In This Episode: [02:46] – This/That with Wayne [04:58] – Wayne’s pivotal moments [09:06] – A hero moment [14:13] – The danger of pride [15:38] – Your wife left you [21:25] – Wayne’s advice to those struggling [24:19] – How Wayne’s husband/father philosophy has evolved [27:02] – Overcoming selfishness [31:36] – Wayne’s leadership advice
30 minutes | Jun 10, 2021
Seth Morales: “I believe in you.”
“I believe in you.” On the verge of quitting the family company, Seth Morales heard these words and took ownership of the situation. Before becoming CEO of the Morales Group, Seth was increasingly frustrated with how the company was being run. In this episode, Seth shares how he changed the company to be something he believed in and what guiding principles helped him accomplish it. In This Episode: [02:12] – This/That with Seth [03:52] – Seth joins the family business [05:45] – A pivotal moment in Seth’s career [11:15] – Following in his father’s footsteps [15:22] – Seth’s guiding principles [18:03] – Be open and authentic [21:43] – The impact of “I believe in you.” [23:11] – Mental health in leadership [25:52] – Seth’s career advice Quotes From This Episode: “At a leadership level, there needs to be alignment and cohesion. If you don't have that type of cohesion then you can kiss having fun being part of an organization like that goodbye.” “I’ve learned you have to have radical candor. If you can't speak the truth, if you can't have some of these difficult conversations, it's really going to affect your relationships.” “As a leader, you're a firefighter. You have dark clouds you're always navigating around, problems and challenges, and you have to be cozy or comfortable with it.”
22 minutes | May 27, 2021
Joyce Irwin: “You are doing what you were called to do.”
“You are doing what you were called to do.” Joyce Irwin is the President and CEO of the Community Health Network Foundation, where she gives her time to those in need daily. Diagnosed with meningitis at an early age, Joyce understands the need for compassion and meeting people where they are in their times of need. In this episode, Joyce shares how she discovered her calling. As you listen to her story of hope, resilience, and courage, pay attention to the ways you can identify the callings in your life. In This Episode: [02:02] – This/That with Joyce [03:30] – Diagnosed with meningitis [06:30] – Becoming CEO of the Community Health Network Foundation [10:30] – Meeting George W. Bush [14:01] – Listening to what the world calls you to do [16:00] – How Joyce’s faith shapes her perspective [17:45] – Joyce’s career advice Quotes From This Episode: “Sometimes, it's not the big things that trip us up. It's the little things that really make your world come crashing down.” “We are called to meet people where they're at, help them in their time of need, and be there for them.” “We need to be open, and we need to listen.”
20 minutes | May 20, 2021
Andrea Butcher: “Life is always speaking to you.”
“Life is always speaking to you.” In this episode, Andrea Butcher, President of HRD Advisory Group, joins Derrin Slack for a conversation about leadership, listening, and honesty. As she shares her story, see if you can identify the way life might be speaking to you. In her conversation with Derrin, Andrea references the Enneagram. To learn more about this, you can check out Andrea’s podcast, Being [at Work], and look for the Daily Dose Takeovers by Rachel Pritz. In This Episode: [02:08] – This/That played with Andrea [03:30] – Andrea’s guardian angel [06:00] – Andrea’s leadership philosophy [09:58] – Overcoming failure [11:15] – Advice for self-discovery [14:00] – Having an accountability partner [15:14] – Andrea’s divorce and what it taught her [18:05] – Andrea’s guiding principles Quotes From This Episode: “The greatest gift that you have to give others is you.” “Stop looking around and trying to emulate everyone else's leadership style. You’ve got to figure out your own leadership philosophy.” “Tell the truth about what's really going on with you.”
17 minutes | May 6, 2021
Marianne Glick: “Whether you think you can do something or not, you're right.”
“Whether you think you can do something or not, you're right.” In this episode, Marianne Glick, Board Chair of Eugene & Marilyn Glick Family Foundation joins Derrin Slack for a conversation about confidence. Marianne experienced depression from an early age and has learned the power thoughts can have over you. As she shares her story, you’ll learn how everybody faces a challenge, even if we can’t see it. Listen in as Marianne opens up about her personal relationships and how they affected her leadership journey. In This Episode: [02:24] – This/That played with Marianne [04:03] – A day Marianne felt she couldn’t survive [06:03] – A moment that defined Marianne’s outlook on life [07:23] – The words that changed Marianne’s life [09:13] – What keeps Marianne passionate and grounded [11:31] – How she navigated sexism in the workplace [13:45] – The biggest challenge we face [14:50] – Marianne’s advice for overcoming obstacles Quotes From This Episode: “Whatever we put our minds to and believe we can do, we can do it.” “Everybody deserves respect and deserves to be treated equally, fairly, and have opportunity.” “Everybody has some challenge that they're facing. We just may not know what that challenge is.”
30 minutes | Apr 1, 2021
Pam Ross: “Whatever you do, do it with excellence.”
“Whatever you do, do it with excellence.” In this episode, Pam Ross of Central Indiana Community Foundation joins Derrin Slack for a conversation about excellence. As a young wife and mother, Pam struggled not only with the challenges of raising a family, but also with the expectations she felt had been placed on her. As she shares her story, you’ll hear how her grandmother influenced her approach to leadership, and the key to learning from every experience. In This Episode: [01:41] – This/That played with Pam [04:54] – What moment made all the difference [09:13] – Pam’s greatest lesson [13:37] – What “love in the process” means to Pam [18:29] – Where Pam gets her philosophy [20:14] – The words that changed everything [24:50] – How Pam defines excellence [26:15] – Pam’s advice to aspiring leaders Quotes From This Episode: “The essence of who you are has to be centered and grounded in love.” “What you see for yourself, you have to believe that you can actually have regardless of where you come from or what your circumstances have been.” “Mediocrity is unacceptable.”
23 minutes | Mar 18, 2021
Nikki Lewallen: “If it’s not a ‘Hell, yes!’, it’s a ‘Hell, no!’”
“If it’s not a ‘Hell, yes!’, it’s a ‘Hell, no!’” In this episode, Nikki Lewallen, CEO of Rainmakers, joins Derrin Slack for a conversation about knowing when to say “yes” and how to level up in every area of your life. After two career shifts, multiple college degrees and lots of uncertainty, it took one engaged leader to set Nikki on the path towards becoming the entrepreneur and leader she is today. As she shares her story, you’ll hear how saying “yes” to the right thing and finding the right mentors led to the foundational statement that guides her every day. In This Episode: [03:00] – This/That played with Nikki [07:14] – Searching for the right fit [11:22] – The foundational statement that changed everything [16:33] – Nikki’s advice to aspiring leaders Quotes From This Episode: “You have to take care of yourself first.” “Find mentors that are who you aspire to be.” “Work on something that scares you a little.”
22 minutes | Feb 18, 2021
Al White: “Remember those three minutes.”
“Remember those three minutes for the rest of your life.” In this episode, Al White, Advisor for Corporate Responsibility and VP of The Lilly Foundation at Eli Lilly and Company, joins Derrin Slack for a conversation about breaking the cycle of crime and making the most of every opportunity. Al’s father was a well-known drug dealer in Delaware, and his grandfather was murdered as a result of his involvement with organized crime. When Al was arrested before his senior year of highschool, it seemed he would follow the pattern. As he shares his story, you’ll hear how he was given a second chance, and what he did next to take full advantage of it.
24 minutes | Feb 4, 2021
Jimmie McMillian: "Your dad shot your mom."
“Your dad just shot your mom; you’ve got to go back [to college].” In this episode, Jimmie McMillian, Senior Corporate Counsel at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, joins Derrin Slack for a conversation about overcoming obstacles and leaving a legacy. After failing out of college, Jimmie’s life changed forever when he found out his father shot his mother three times. As he sat in the hospital wondering if she would survive, he made a decision that would affect the rest of his life. As he shares his story, you’ll hear what he did next, and why he continues to live every day with a desire to be great.
27 minutes | Jan 21, 2021
CJ McClanahan: "We will get you through this."
“We have no idea what you’re going through, but we will get you through this.” As a sought-after author, speaker, and advisor, CJ McCLanahan has spent countless hours helping high-performing entrepreneurs and executives grow their businesses. Yet, despite tremendous success, he found his clients’ happiness and quality of life wasn’t increasing with their financial or professional growth. Now, CJ is on a mission to inspire leaders to re-imagine success and focus on the things that really matter; living gratefully, and giving generously. As CJ shares his story, you’ll hear the three fundamental concepts he lives by, and why he’s obsessed with inspiring greatness in others.
19 minutes | Jan 7, 2021
Jenn Lisak Golding: "Make your own destiny."
“You are in charge of your own destiny, make it your own.”As a woman in business and leadership, Jenn Lisak Golding, Founder and CEO of Sapphire Strategy, knew she would face many obstacles. Thanks to the teaching and inspiration of trailblazers like her mother and aunt, she learned to keep going and find the right opportunities. Despite pressure to pursue a prestigious title as a doctor or lawyer, Jenn knew the only way she would be happy and successful was to make her own destiny. As she shares her story, you’ll hear how she learned to enforce balance between the work she loves and her family life.
23 minutes | Dec 17, 2020
Mike Reynolds: “Relationships are all that matter.”
Despite more than 20 years as a software product leader, Mike Reynolds, CEO of Innovatemap, wasn’t prepared for the loneliness he experienced when starting his digital product agency. Yet, Mike received encouragement and guidance from experienced entrepreneurs who took the time to invest in a relationship with him. These informal mentorships taught him “relationships are all that matter,” a lesson that has permeated the culture of Innovatemap. As he shares his story, you’ll hear how Mike learned to make relationships the priority both at work and at home, and the impact it’s had on his family and his company.
27 minutes | Dec 3, 2020
Jim Brown: “What are you waiting for?”
What’s holding you back from doing the thing you’ve always wanted? Jim Brown, an advisor and angel investor for the Indianapolis tech community, joins the show, vulnerably sharing the biggest failure of his career. On the heels of a failed business venture, someone stood in the gap for Jim, asking, “What are you waiting for?” Those words gave him the perspective he needed to work through the challenge and use the lessons he learned from his failure to mentor other entrepreneurs.
17 minutes | Nov 19, 2020
Jeb Banner: "You're going to be okay."
Jeb Banner, CEO of Boardable, joins the show for a conversation about entrepreneurship, what it means to lead without manipulation, and why he stood in the gap for host Derrin Slack. How would you react if all you had worked for evaporated in a matter of days? Prior to Boardable, Jeb had started another business, and through sudden and painful circumstances he found himself out of the company wondering how he was going to take care of his growing family. Yet, in his darkest moment, someone stood in the gap for him assuring him, “You’re going to be ok.” Those words gave Jeb the courage to press on through the challenge, laying the groundwork to help him stand in the gap for others.
4 minutes | Oct 27, 2020
"I'm not giving up on you."
Success is not achievable alone. We all have a story of a person who took a risk, someone who imagined a life greater than what we could, someone, who stood in the gap. This show shares those 'someones.' Those unsung heroes who pushed us when we could have settled for what is. Stood in the Gap focuses on the journey of where leaders were before they achieved their goals. It's stories often left untold, yet those stories made the difference between giving up and pressing on. And in those moments, what made all the difference? The words said. Each leader on the show shares what was said in their darkest moments, catapulting them out of the darkness and into who they are today. What were those words? And why were they said? And more importantly what happened next. That's what we'll find out.
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