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The Follow to Lead Podcast
46 minutes | Nov 18, 2022
Follow to Lead with Steve Pokorny, Founder of Freedom Coaching
On this episode of “Follow to Lead,” we are addressing the other worldwide pandemic, pornography, which is now impacting both men and women at even very young ages. Steve Pokorny, Founder of Freedom Coaching in San Antonio, TX will be joining us to discuss this very serious topic. Steve founded Freedom Coaching to offer help to those who struggle and are looking for freedom from the grip of pornography, something with which he struggled earlier in his own life. Teachers, administrators, and families are impacted by this “drug” every day. Please join us for an enlightening discussion on this critical and timely topic.
42 minutes | Nov 4, 2022
Follow to Lead with Anna Camacho, Artisan and Founder of Corda Candle
On this episode of “Follow to Lead,” we’ll be talking with Anna Camacho, Artisan and Founder of CORDA Candles about discerning careers and her company.F or years, Anna asked for the intercession of St. Joseph, praying and hoping for some kind of work that was creative and let her work with her hands. There were plenty of ideas that didn’t pan out, but she kept bothering St. Joseph for one that would! And then one day during prayer, the idea for CORDA was born. It took many months and exhaustive testing to take CORDA from an idea to the launch of the first products: handcrafted candles with scents directly inspired by saints and the faith. Please join us for this inspiring discussion about discerning your career path.
50 minutes | Oct 21, 2022
Special Encore: Follow to Lead with Guest Dr. Clare Kilbane, McGrath Institute of Church Life
This is a special encore edition of Follow to Lead with our guest is Dr. Clare Kilbane, Professor of the Practice at the University of Notre Dame affiliated with the McGrath Institute for Church Life. Clare will be a featured presenter at the Duc In Altum Summit this month. Prior to joining the McGrath Institute, Clare spent twenty years as a professor of education at four different universities. She has authored many books and articles as well as multimedia materials.
48 minutes | Oct 7, 2022
Special Encore: Follow to Lead with Guest Camille Pauley, Healing the Culture
Today we are featuring a special encore edition of Follow to Lead with Camille Pauley. As a featured presenter at the Duc In Altum Summit this month, Camille will be sharing about her non-profit organization Healing the Culture and their mission is the evangelization and conversion of people to become deeply, authentically, and permanently pro-life. Founded in 2003 by Camille and Fr. Robert Spitzer, S.J., Ph.D., Healing the Culture uses his unique curriculum to change hearts and minds and build a culture of life. Camille has over 25 years of experience as a professional pro-life advocate and has inspired, trained, and educated millions on effectively defending the sanctity of human life.
45 minutes | Sep 23, 2022
Follow to Lead with Patrick Reidy, VP of Mission & Faith, JSerra Catholic HS
Today’s guest is Pat Reidy, Vice President for Mission and Faith at JSerra Catholic High School in Orange County, CA. There’s a lot of talk right now about being a mission driven school. We will be discussing this critically important topic with Pat, talking about what it means, what it doesn’t mean, and what it looks like in practice.
37 minutes | Sep 9, 2022
Follow to Lead with Jeremy Lillig, Executive Director, Bright Futures Fund
Today on Follow to Lead, we will be talking with Jeremy Lillig, Director of Stewardship and Development for the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph about special funding initiatives for Catholic Education. He is also the Executive Director of the Bright Futures Fund, which supports inner city schools in the diocese and provides administration in the diocese for the the new Missouri Scholars program, providing funding for private schools through a special state tax provision.
43 minutes | Aug 19, 2022
Follow to Lead with Kyle Pietrantonio, Executive Director, DIA Schools Collaborative
In this episode we’ll be talking with our Executive Director, Kyle Pietrantonio about recent developments in the Duc In Altum Schools Collaborative, as well as a look at upcoming events and activities. As a part of the program, we’ll share information about our Fall Summit, including speakers and some of the workshops being planned. This year’s Summit will be hosted by JSerra High School in San Juan Capistrano, CA.
24 minutes | Aug 5, 2022
Follow to Lead with Rachell Ullmann, Executive Director, The Given Institute
This week on “Follow to Lead” we will be interviewing Rachel Ullmann, the Executive Director of the GIVEN Institute, a non-profit organization dedicated to activating the gifts of young adult women for the Catholic Church and the world. GIVEN inspires and equips the next generation of female leaders to “receive the gift that they are; realize the gifts they’ve been given; and respond with the gift that only they can give.” Through leadership training, faith formation, and dedicated mentoring, GIVEN forms women for mission and for life.
50 minutes | Jul 22, 2022
Follow to Lead with Chris Ledyard, Athletic Director of JSerra Catholic High School
Today we will be talking with Chris Ledyard, the Athletic Director of JSerra High School. Prior to his work at JSerra, Chris spent over 20 years as Athletic Director at Franciscan University in Steubenville, Ohio. For Catholic schools, sports is always a key component to the proper fulfillment of our faith mission. During our program, we will dive into the issues of integrating faith, virtues and moral values into athletics in schools. All of this and more will be coming to you on this edition of “Follow to Lead.”
62 minutes | Jul 8, 2022
Follow to Lead with Dr. Margarita Mooney Suarez
Today’s program features Dr. Margarita Mooney Suarez, Associate Professor, Princeton Theological Seminary and the Founder/CEO of the Scala Foundation. She lives her academic life at the intersection of social science, philosophy and theology. A gifted and popular speaker for schools, youth groups, parish groups and others, she loves challenging people to think in new and different ways about culture, education and faith. Dr. Mooney Suarez has just written a new book entitled, “The Wounds of Beauty: Seven Dialogues on Art and Education.” Join us for a fascinating and rich discussion on education, beauty and the liberal arts on this edition of “Follow to Lead.”
50 minutes | Jun 17, 2022
Follow to Lead with Marcie Stokman, author and founder of The Well-Read Mom
What began as a conversation between a mom and her daughter has become an international movement. We will be talking in today’s program with Marcie Stokman, author of the book, “The Well-Read Mom.” This book and a small group of mom’s who began to meet and read the Classics has become a movement of book clubs and groups in many parts of the world. As we will learn, through the power of reading together and reading well, well-read Moms across the country are finding friendships, meaning, and true leisure.
48 minutes | Jun 4, 2022
Follow to Lead with Mike Erwin, Founder of Father Vincent Capodanno High School
Today’s program, featuring Mike Erwin, will be a multi-faceted exploration into three fascinating organizations. Mike combined his passion for Christ, his interest in leadership and his military background to help establish a high school dedicated to building tomorrow’s faith-filled leaders. His is also the founder of Team Red, White and Blue, dedicated to enriching the lives of military veterans and co-founder of the Positivity Project, a K-12 program that provides resources regarding the 24 character strengths and helps in empowering young people in building positive relationships. We’ll talk about all of this and more on this edition of “Follow to Lead.”
42 minutes | May 19, 2022
Follow to Lead with Dr. Richard Ludwick, University of St. Thomas
In today’s society, we have a love-hate relationship with social media. Our guest for this edition of Follow to Lead is Dr. Richard Ludwick, President of the University of St. Thomas. Dr. Ludwick will highlight for us their collaboration with Bishop Robert Barron’s “Word on Fire Institute” in presenting a masterclass series called "The New Evangelization and New Media.” Max Studios, at UST, is producing this series, featuring some of the best Catholic communicators on the internet, as a means assist parishes, schools, ministries and other organization in harnessing today’s social media for the New Evangelization. You won’t want to miss this special interview.
46 minutes | May 6, 2022
Follow to Lead with John Cannon of SENT Ventures
Entrepreneurship is a familiar word these days, but what about Catholic Entrepreneurship? On this episode of Follow to Lead we’ll be talking about faith in the marketplace and the business world our Catholic School graduates can encounter in their future, with John Cannon, the Founder of SENT Ventures. SENT is an organization that provides business insight, community support, peer-to-peer mentorship, and deep spiritual grounding for innovative Spirit-led enterprises to succeed and revitalize the 21st century Catholic Church. They are currently partnering with the University of St. Thomas in Houston for the first-Ever Catholic Entrepreneurial Summit, the “SENT Summit.” to be held May 18-20. The goal of the Summit is to bring together more than a hundred Catholic founders, CEOs, and business leaders from all over the country and serve as a launchpad for collaboration.
49 minutes | Apr 22, 2022
Follow to Lead with Chris Carneal and Stephen Murray of Booster
A New Perspective on Fundraising - Booster Fundraising in elementary schools is never fun and a lot of work. Booster is changing those ideas in schools across the country. Today we’ll be talking with two leaders from this innovative company and Duc In Altum parter. Chris Carneal is the founder and CEO of Booster. He’ll be joined by Stephen Murray, the President and COO. If you want a new perspective on fundraising, today’s program is for you!
66 minutes | Apr 8, 2022
Follow to Lead with Guests Jason Simon and Mari Pablo of Evangelical Catholic
We all know that the world needs Jesus. For many parishes and campus communities, more than programs and resources are needed to accomplish this mission. On today’s program we’ll be talking with Jason Simon, President and Mari Pablo, a consultant, from The Evangelical Catholic. The EC is a non-profit organization dedicated to transforming lay people into zealous leaders who are excited and equipped to go out and evangelize their communities. Currently, they are serving 163 Catholic ministries including parishes, campuses, and military bases.
47 minutes | Mar 18, 2022
Follow to Lead with Guest Camille Pauley
Our guest on Follow to Lead for this program is Camille Pauley. Camille is the Co-founder and President of Healing the Culture, a non-profit organization in Seattle Washington, Healing the Culture is dedicated to the evangelization and conversion of persons to become deeply, authentically, and permanently pro-life. Camille, along with Fr. Robert Spitzer, founded this apostolate in 2003. It has grown into an internationally recognized organization with tremendous influence in the cultural battle over abortion and euthanasia. We will talk with Camille about the current state of the battle for Life, along with the school curricula and programs they have developed in this most important area.
49 minutes | Mar 4, 2022
Follow to Lead with Guest Jason Shanks
Our guest on this edition of Follow to Lead is Jason Shanks, President of the Our Sunday Visitor Institute for Catholic Innovation in Huntington, Indiana, a suburb of Fort Wayne. He has a passion and vision for renewal through innovation that stems from a conviction that the Church is evergreen from generation to generation and must be re-presented fresh and anew to today’s modern world. Join us for an interesting and invigorating conversation regarding Jason’s vision for renewal, the work of the OSV Institute, and it's opportunities for Catholic Schools.
52 minutes | Feb 18, 2022
Follow to Lead with Guests Deacon Dana and Deborah Nearmyer
This week we are featuring a very special edition of Follow to Lead entititled, “Lent and the Liturgical Seasons in Catholic Education.” In anticipation of the Lenten Season soon upon us, Deacon Dana and Deborah Nearmyer will talk with us about ways to engage students in a profitable Lent and explore how the Liturgical Seasons can play a key role in Catholic Education. Don’t miss this spiritually inspiring and best practices discussion with leaders who are in the trenches. Deacon Dana is the Director of Evangelization for the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas. Deborah is the Director of Faith Formation at St. James Academy in Lenexa, KS and a Founding Director of the Duc In Altum Schools Collaborative.
42 minutes | Feb 4, 2022
Follow to Lead with Guest Curtis Martin
On this episode of “Follow to Lead,” Kyle and Fr. Randy will be joined by Curtis Martin, Founder and CEO of the Fellowship of Catholic University Students - or FOCUS. FOCUS, one of the fastest-growing college outreach apostolates in the Catholic Church, was founded in 1998 as a national outreach to college students on campus. Starting with just two missionaries on one campus, they now have hundreds of full-time missionaries serving tens of thousands of college students on campuses throughout the United States. On our program, Curtis will share about FOCUS, it’s past, present, and future plans along with valuable insights regarding Catholic Education.
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