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Visionary Leader, Extraordinary Life
57 minutes | Jun 30, 2014
Saying Goodbye: Lessons from Over 125 Visionaries with Kate Ebner and Guest Host Rachel Wold
In August of 2011 leadership coach Kate Ebner started a bold new radio show to help listeners learn how to become visionary and make their visions real. Kate hosted conversations with engineers, writers, farmers, politicians, scientists and artists, each one of whom contributed their perspective and experience as a visionary. After 118 episodes and nearly 3 successful years, it's time to say goodbye to Visionary Leader, Extraordinary Life. Host Kate Ebner will reflect on the biggest lessons she’s learned about leadership, vision, and living an extraordinary life from her incredible guests. Show producer Rachel Wold guest hosts this special final episode- don’t miss it!
58 minutes | Jun 23, 2014
Living Longer Than Ever: The AARP’s Debra Whitman on the Future of Aging
Today, the average person in the United States lives nearly ten years longer than he or she would have 50 years ago. What does that extra decade at the end of life look like? What are the implications of a longer life span on families, the health care system, retirement planning, government benefits and more? Now that retirement lasts not just a few years but is a whole new life phase extending a decade or two (or three!), how should middle-aged adults prepare for this era of life? Companies, government agencies and individuals are making changes to adjust but there’s more work to do to ensure that seniors live healthier, more enriching lives than in the past. Join Debra Whitman, Executive Vice President of Policy and Strategy at the AARP and host Kate Ebner on June 23 to dig deep into the future of aging in America.
56 minutes | Jun 16, 2014
Making the Vision Real: The Nature of Personal Transformation with Chris Wahl
Can people really change? Coaches Chris Wahl and Kate Ebner explore this age-old question on June 16th. Join them for a deep investigation into the nature of personal transformation. They will explain the concept of transformational change, offer suggestions and personal stories, and illuminate how visioning can hold the key to a successful shift in your life. If you are wondering how to create lasting change in your life and your way of being, don't miss this episode.
58 minutes | Jun 9, 2014
Leading from the Emerging Future: A Conversation with MIT's Dr. Otto Scharmer
It's no secret that our world today is full of dire crises ranging from ecological to societal. We've built a world with the mindset of maximizing me, creating catastrophic results that benefit no one. But what to do? As Albert Einstein observed, We cannot solve problems with the same kind of thinking that created them. If we want to change the way the world works, we need to update the thinking that created the systems, institutions and economies around us. Otto Scharmer has developed a framework and strategies for guiding this shift in our thinking from an ego-centric awareness to an eco-centric one -- from considering what's best for me to considering what's best for the whole, including me. Tune in to find out why embracing this shift is at the core of the leadership the world needs.
58 minutes | Jun 2, 2014
Creativity That Matters: The Work and Vision of Rick Bowers
What does a master storyteller see that most of us don’t? Rick Bowers is an innovative and talented creator who has created powerful stories, projects and programs that help us examine the human condition throughout time. Rick leads creative initiatives as the Vice President for Innovation at the Life Reimagined Institute of AARP and has drawn on his journalism background to write two award-winning non-fiction books that have been turned into PBS documentaries and educational iPad apps. His creative vision allows him to bring together just the right combination of narrative, media and talent to achieve extraordinary results. Rick’s keen eye for spotting the potential for a great story can teach us how to see the stories each of us tell everyday in a new light. Join Host Kate Ebner on June 2 to learn more about Rick’s creative process and vision.
58 minutes | May 19, 2014
The Vision and Path to World Peace featuring Nobel Peace Laureate Jody Williams
What does peace look like and how can humanity achieve it? Jody Williams is a good place to start. In the 1990’s, she oversaw the growth of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines from an organization of one (her) to a worldwide force that succeeded in getting an international treaty banning landmines signed in 1997. For this work, she won that year’s Nobel Peace Prize. But Jody was not content to rest on her laurels. In 2006, she established the Nobel Women’s Initiative in partnership with other female Nobel Peace Prize laureates with the goal of leveraging the prestige of the Prize to strengthen work being done worldwide to support women’s rights and the creation of peace everywhere. Join host Kate Ebner and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Jody Williams on May 19 to learn Jody’s successful strategies for creating change on a global scale, the top threats to peace in the 21st century and to hear her vision for peace.
56 minutes | May 12, 2014
Envisioning the Emerging Future: A Conversation with Betty Sue Flowers, PhD.
What are the myths that we live with without even realizing it? How do they affect our choices and what we believe is possible? In daily life, how can people use visioning to create a better future? As the world becomes more complex, what are the simple designs and strategies that will keep us connected and positively as stewards of the future? Dr. Betty Sue Flowers has guided game-changing conversations with the world's leading thinkers on subjects ranging from the power of myth, to the American Dream, global sustainable development, presence, partnership as a governing principle, and the changing nature of work. Join host Kate Ebner and Dr. Flowers for an eye-opening exploration of how to use vision to create the future we really want while navigating the complexity of the 21st century.
57 minutes | May 5, 2014
Continuing the Fight for Our Civil Rights in the 21st Century featuring Laura Murphy of the ACLU
Growing up in Baltimore as the youngest child in a family prominent in the civil rights movement and local politics, Laura Murphy witnessed many of her family members run for election- and lose. She decided at a young age that she would carry on their legacy by influencing lawmakers rather than run for office herself. Today, Laura directs the Washington office of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU,) influencing Congress and the White Office on policy matters related to civil and human rights. As a leading lobbyist, Laura advances the civil rights’ perspective on issues such as marriage equality, women’s rights, voting rights, criminal justice and First Amendment issues. If you thought the struggle for civil rights lives only in history books, tune in on May 5 to learn how Laura Murphy continues to fight for Americans’ liberties today.
58 minutes | Apr 28, 2014
A Vision of a Disease-free World, featuring National Geographic Explorer Pardis Sabeti
Computational geneticist Pardis Sabeti doesn't aspire to advance medical research- she's already done it. In 2001, she developed a breakthrough algorithm that allows geneticists to scan for genes that reveal natural selection at work- a crucial key to understanding how certain mutations increase a person's odds of surviving a disease. Pardis, an Associate Professor of Biology at Harvard, studies both how humans develop resistance to disease and how diseases mutate to resist treatment. Through study of the human genome, Pardis hopes to outsmart deadly diseases such as malaria and Lassa fever. Pardis has a strong commitment to bringing her scientific innovations to developing countries with the greatest need for infectious disease prevention and treatment. Listen as Pardis shares what it's like to work on the edge of scientific discovery with guest host Rachel Wold. You're sure to be inspired by the determination and vision of one of America's most brilliant young scientists.
54 minutes | Apr 21, 2014
Harnessing 21st Century Technology to Save Our Oceans with National Geographic Explorer Shah Selbe
Native Californian Shah Selbe has a lifelong love of the ocean. Concerned when he learned about the severe threat illegal fishing poses to both the human and animal populations that depend on the ocean, Shah put his engineering training to work looking for a solution. His approach demonstrates the potential for technology to help us address the globe’s most pressing environmental problems. Shah is the creator of FishNET, a platform approach to tracking illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing worldwide. FishNET uses a variety of technologies, including a smartphone app, drones and underwater microphones to monitor and share data about what’s going on in the water around the world. Tune in on April 21 to learn what terms like “open source,” “crowdsourced,” and “systems thinking” mean and how Shah is applying these principles to make a big difference in the effort to preserve our oceans.
57 minutes | Apr 14, 2014
National Geographic Explorer Jason De Leon Tells the Stories of Undocumented Migration
Each year, thousands of people venture through the wilderness between the US and Mexico, risking their lives for the chance of a better future in the United States. Lawmakers, news channels, and television networks often report about the plight of these people, also known as undocumented migrants, usually focusing on issues of legality. Jason De Leon has a different approach to this story. He spends time with people planning to make the trip, then ventures into the hot desert to study the things they leave behind during their journey and then uses archaeology and anthropology to tell the stories of this phenomenon. What can we learn from the backpacks, water bottles, rosary beads - and sometimes -- the bodies left behind? Join National Geographic Emerging Explorer Jason de Leon and Nebo guest host Rachel Wold to hear about Jason's astonishing work.
58 minutes | Apr 7, 2014
Restoring the Flow: A 21st Century Plan for Water Use with Sandra Postel, National Geographic Explorer and Freshwater Fellow
National Geographic Explorer and freshwater expert Sandra Postel knows that if we want to ensure a safe environment and prosperous life for all of humanity in the 21st century and beyond, we must change the way we think about water. Our planet is covered with beautiful blue water, however, less than .01% of the world’s water is drinkable and renewable. A growing population and overuse has jeopardized our freshwater supply, which to sustain will require different policies, new technologies and a renewed commitment to be responsible stewards of this life-giving resource. The Colorado River sustains 30 million people yet human mismanagement has caused the river to run dry far short of its mouth in the Sea of Cortez. This month, in a grand experiment, scientists will flood the delta with water from the Hoover Dam Reservoir in what’s known as a “flood pulse.” Sandra Postel joins guest host Rachel Wold to situate this event in a desperately needed cry for a new ethic on water use.
58 minutes | Mar 31, 2014
Leading Millennials in the Workplace with Anne Donovan of PwC
Frustrated with a high turnover rate among millennial employees, Pricewaterhouse Coopers conducted the largest multi-generational survey of workplace culture ever to find out what employees of all generations - but especially the millennials- care about. The results dispel - and confirm - some of the most widespread stereotypes about millennials at work. Anne Donovan, Director of Organization Development and a Transformation Leader for Human Capital at PwC, will discuss what the implications of the findings for the 21st century workplace with host Kate Ebner and millennial guest host Rachel Wold. Tune in for leading edge insights on how one of the world’s leading professional services firms is converting knowledge from the study to best practices that attract, retain and develop the world’s most promising young leaders.
60 minutes | Mar 24, 2014
Special Encore Presentation: Exemplary Leadership, A Conversation with Jim Kouzes, One of the Nation's Most Trusted Sources of Best Practices in Leadership
Since its original printing in 1987, The Leadership Challenge has been reprinted multiple times and more than a million copies sold worldwide. Jim Kouzes and his colleague, Barry Posner, based their work on extensive global research, exploring the fundamental questions of how and why leadership matters. The results of their research are go to resources for leaders across all sectors. Join Host Kate Ebner and Jim Kouzes on Monday for an exploration of the five practices of exemplary leaders -- and a look at how vision plays a role in becoming a leader who inspires commitment, loyalty and productivity in others. You will learn why experience alone does not equate to success. Leaders who heed Jim's message will learn proven practices for developing the skills, behaviors and perspectives needed for greatness as a leader.
58 minutes | Mar 17, 2014
Fostering Education and Success in Southeast DC: The Inspiring Vision of Sister Mary Bourdon, RJM
When the Catholic school where Sister Mary Bourdon taught closed its doors, many of her fellow teachers found jobs at other schools. But Sister Mary decided to seek out where the need for a high-quality school was the greatest, so she crossed the Potomac to the underserved Anacostia neighborhood in Southeast Washington, DC. There, Sister Mary started an after-school tutoring program that eventually became Washington Middle School for Girls (WMSG.) The school started in the basement of a local apartment building and now serves 100 students on two campuses. WMSG provides girls in grades 4-8 at risk of leaving school prematurely with a holistic education and the skills needed for success in high school and beyond. Join Host Kate Ebner to hear Sister Mary's inspiring story of vision, dedication and service. They'll also be joined by a mother and daughter from the school community who will share their personal story of the impact WMSG has made for their family.
58 minutes | Mar 10, 2014
The Vision Realized, Meet the Natural Entrepreneur: Brenda Brock, Founder of Farmaesthetics
Farmaesthetics founder Brenda Brock is the daughter of a 8th generation farming family from Texas. She first made her handmade herbal skincare preparations available to customers other than friends and family in the summer of 1999 at a farmstand in rural Rhode Island. Today, her full line of 100% natural skincare products are used and sold in the finest spas and retailers in the world as well as at her own unique flagship store in Newport, RI. A noted trailblazer in green skincare, Brenda successfully translated her mother and grandmother's traditional recipes from kitchen chemistry to modern cosmetic manufacturing, resulting in pristine herbal products that compare in effectiveness with leading dermatological brands. Tune in to hear Brenda's entrepreneurial journey, learn why natural and local matters to her and how her pioneering creations can wake up our senses to the natural beauty around us.
57 minutes | Mar 3, 2014
A 21st Century Approach to Women's Leadership Initiatives with Avivah Wittenberg Cox
Acknowledging the institutional and personal challenges women seeking to occupy the C-suite face, many organizations launch women's networks, mentoring partnerships and sponsorship programs to address the problem. Avivah Wittenberg-Cox thinks this is time and money ill spent, though she knows the need for action is real: gender imbalance in today's public and private sectors prevents organizations from tapping into both male and female halves of the talent pool and market. As CEO of the leading gender consultancy 20-first, Avivah works with progressive companies interested in building gender-balanced organizations and knows what it takes to create real institutional change. In a no-holds-barred discussion with Host Kate Ebner on March 3, Avivah will explain what what steps leaders can take to change their organizational culture and why more women leaning in isn't necessarily the answer. Don't miss this show with one of the world's leading experts on women's leadership
58 minutes | Feb 24, 2014
Living the Dream: One Familys Extraordinary Journey Around the World
Do you ever dream of leaving your job, packing your bags and saying goodbye to the rest of your life to travel the world? Larry Weinberg is an avid entrepreneur, but in 2010, Larry and his wife, Kim, a leadership coach and facilitator, realized their dream of traveling around the world with their children. Over a nine-month period, the Weinbergs visited 26 countries on five continents, an experience that brought the family closer together as they learned from other cultures, completed community service projects, and saw some of the world’s most fascinating sites. Many people dream of such an adventure, but few of us actually do it. Learn about the preparation - and courage - it took to make this vision real, as well as the family practices that made it a success. Kim and Larry will also share how they've used visioning as a family to guide their trip and their future plans. If you've ever dreamed of taking a life-changing trip, whether with your family or solo, don't miss this show.
57 minutes | Feb 10, 2014
Special Encore Presentation: Life Reimagined: Discovering New Possibilities with Alan Webber and Richard Leider
Baby Boomers aren’t interested in retiring from life just because they've ended a chapter of their careers. And why should they be? Today, people are living longer than ever before, and the post-career years now offer unprecedented opportunities for a deeply fulfilling life well beyond retirement. Join Host Kate Ebner for an eye-opening conversation with legendary coach and executive educator, Richard Leider, and co-founder of Fast Company, Alan Webber, who have literally written the book on re-imagining life. Inspired by Leider's work, Life Reimagined is a ground-breaking venture by AARP that invites people of all ages to a journey of self-discovery and meaningful contribution. Rather than accepting the later years as a time of dwindling quality of life, Life Reimagined offers a map for navigating life, tapping into purpose to connect you with the resources, perspective and support needed for vitality, growth and fun at any age. Tune in to learn how to re-imagine your own life.
57 minutes | Feb 3, 2014
Rx for Happiness: The Creativity Cure with Drs. Carrie and Alton Barron
For years, Dr. Carrie Barron and her husband, Dr. Alton Barron, enjoyed helping people feel better through their respective careers as a psychiatrist (Carrie) and orthopedic surgeon (Alton.) However, Carrie and Alton discovered that one treatment many of their patients found essential to their recovery wasn't being prescribed in most doctor's offices: creative activity. Drs. Barron delved into the research and learned that creative action can not only alleviate symptoms of depression, anxiety and other mental and emotional afflictions, but is actually one of the keys to emotional and physical well being. In our increasingly technological world, creative activities are falling ever more by the wayside -- at a cost to our society and to ourselves. Join the Barrons as they share their do-it-yourself Creativity Cure with Host Kate Ebner on February 3 and discover what tapping into your creativity can do for you.
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