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An Interview with Melissa Llarena

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Do you remember how curious you were as a kid? Some of us never grew out of that and it’s made all the difference. Pick from any of 100+ episodes to learn from humans who courageously and creatively went after their curiosities, and made an impact, so you can too.Each week, personal development coac… read more

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133: The Rules of Raising An Entrepreneur by A Mom Who Did Margot Machol Bisnow

July 5th, 2022


These days, the thought of entrepreneurship for our kids as a viable career option doesn’t sound completely foreign or nuts. It may sound risky or unstable and less conventional than becoming a doctor, lawyer, engineer, …

132: The Secret To Healing Goes Back To Indigenous/Aboriginal Traditions As Told By Joe Williams

June 28th, 2022


Joe Williams is a former NRL player, professional boxer, and turned mental health advocate, who’s bringing The Enemy Within workshops to various communities. The Enemy Within is built on its five pillars of values: …

131: A Spiritual Journey: A Look into Your Masculine and Feminine Sides with Johnson Chong

June 21st, 2022


Are you on a spiritual journey right now? Chances are, if you are in your 30s or 40s, you have been on a spiritual journey of some sort, and maybe you still are going through the motions of it. 

As for me, my spiritual …

130: How To Reconnect With Your Artistic Self For Busy Moms With Belinda Lindhardt

June 14th, 2022


How can pausing or neglecting your hobbies as a busy mom lead to feeling like you’ve lost an essential connection to yourself?

In this episode, you’ll uncover what it takes to be an artist and a single mom, especially …

129: Collective Hub CEO Lisa Messenger on How to Start Up to Scale Up

June 7th, 2022


Lisa Messenger has lived a full range of entrepreneurial emotions – the ups and downs over the course of being in business for over 21 years. 

In …

128: Tim Taylor Teaches The Father-Daughter Dance: How to Cultivate a Beautiful Relationship with Your Daughter

May 31st, 2022


What does it take to earn back the trust of not just anyone, but your kids?  In this week's episode, I invited Tim Taylor as he shares how he tried to earn the trust of his daughter back. 

He also shares how fathers can …

127: Michael A. Blunt Teaches How to Attain Peace and Success by Deprogramming Your Limiting Beliefs

May 24th, 2022


What if you could create a gorgeous life on your own terms?

What if you are exactly where you are supposed to be not behind or broken?

What if you …

126: Coaching a Homeschooling Mom Who Wants to Scale Her Small Business And Be Present With Her Kids

May 17th, 2022


We want our kids to have a lot less screen time. Yet we keep hearing that the only way to have a scalable business that sells while you're sleeping is online. How do we figure out things to make sure we stay in …

125: What If Losing Weight And Feeling Great Was As Easy As Making One Decision

May 10th, 2022


Happy Mother's Day, or as I like to call it, Happy Warriors Day! If you are an entrepreneur, or even if you're in a corporation, your health is more …

124: Are There Cultural Narratives That Might Be Holding You Back? Author Valeria Aloe Discusses Her Findings Amongst Latinas

May 3rd, 2022


Were you the first to leave your home country to settle in the USA? Were you the first to go to college? If any of these scenarios, whether you are …

123: How Ex-Corporate Mom Jo Dodd Went From Leaving Corporate America to Living in Jotopia

April 26th, 2022


If you’ve been working in Corporate America, you could find yourself in that rat race and not even be aware that you’ve been running on empty. And …

122: Mompreneur (Former Management Consultant) Kim Peirce of Babe Australia Shares How to Strategize, Implement, and Win Big in the Retail Space

April 19th, 2022


Today, you are in for an entrepreneurial treat as I feature Kim Pierce, the founder of Babe Australia, a company dedicated to giving customers an experience of just feeling good. You will hear a quote that you'll want …

121: Marc Champagne, Author of Personal Socrates, Teaches Us How to Ask Valuable Questions That Create Opportunities and Change Your Life

April 12th, 2022


Are you someone who’s scared to stand up in a crowd and ask questions thinking you might have a silly question? A lot of people hesitate to ask …

120: Author Jason Marc Campbell Changes the Way We See Sales Through Selling with Love

April 5th, 2022


What was your first memory of being sold to or just witnessing a sale? For me, it was accompanying my dad to liquor stores who was transacting as a …

119: What Gina Barreca Has to Say About Feminism, Humor, and Power

March 29th, 2022


Now that we’re nearing the end of Women’s History Month, we have Gina Barreca, a distinguished professor and author, to share her wisdom about finding that power to not care about whether people like you or not. 

Gina …

118: How to Cultivate Compassion and Kindness Through Meditation and Mindfulness with Jason Partington of The Sit

March 22nd, 2022


Imagine this: It’s Saturday morning. 6:30 am. You are sitting at the beach on soft sand. It’s warm. You are surrounded by other people who are doing the same thing. And you’re sitting in silence for 20 minutes. You …

117: Neurodivergent Mom, Zoe Martin, Talks About Embracing Motherhood and Neurodiversity

March 15th, 2022

This is a special conversation between two moms: one is at the helm of a neurodivergent family. Every single person in Zoe Martin’s has been touched by autism, including Zoe herself; and on the other hand, me, a …

116: 15+ Year Veteran Podcaster Jordan Harbinger Shares His Wisdom From Ad Swaps to Skill Stacking

March 8th, 2022


If you enjoy podcasts in general, or you've ever wondered whether you wanted to launch one yourself, then this conversation is for you! Today, we have Jordan Harbinger, a 15+ year veteran in the podcasting space.

Jordan …

115: How Abby Sullivan Created Wundernook to Nurture the Wonder of Childhood While Simplifying the Journey of Parenthood

March 1st, 2022


Have you ever struggled with finding a toy or any object to keep your kids entertained for more than a day? This episode features an inventor, …

114: Lifestyle and Organizing Expert Patty Morrissey Teaches the Art of Listening to Your Intuition

February 22nd, 2022


Have you ever read those Chicken Soup for the Soul books? In this conversation with Patty Morrissey, it just felt like I was reading Chicken Soup for …

113: Celebrating Love with Jesus Diaz, Jr.

February 15th, 2022


Do you believe in marriage? Do you feel left out this Valentine’s Day? Where do you stand on this “need” to even have a partner on Valentine’s Day or forever? 

This week’s guest is my husband, Jesus Diaz, Jr., whom I …

112: Journalist and Author Cal Fussman Talks About Creating an Unbreakable Family Legacy

February 8th, 2022


Do your kids have a great relationship with their grandparents? Family is everything, but not everyone realizes that. And if they do, sometimes it’s already too late and regrets always come later. But if you can be more …

111: World Barista Champion Hugh Kelly Reveals the Future of Coffee

February 1st, 2022


Are you a coffee drinker? My coffee palette has absolutely evolved having been in New York City for most of my life, where it was okay to drink a …

110: Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith Talks About How to Recover Your Life, Renew Your Energy, and Restore Your Sanity Through Sacred Rest

January 25th, 2022


Are you tired? It’s a silly question, right? This is the episode that can change the quality of your life because this is for you if you are tired all the time. 

We actually don't have a sophisticated language around …

109: Amy Guth Shares About Overcoming Fear and Embracing Discomfort at This Time of the Great Resignation

January 18th, 2022


Were you part of The Great Resignation or do you want to be? Is getting out of the rat race your BIG goal in 2022? Whether you left by choice or were let go by your employer or you want to launch a side-hustle, this …

108: Dr. Joel Fuhrman Talks About Regaining Your Power Through Nutrition

January 11th, 2022


Are you looking to lose weight? Let's talk about this top New Year's resolution, which is the desire to lose weight or increase exercise or just …

107: Sesame‌ ‌Street‌ ‌Puppeteer‌ ‌Chris‌ ‌Thomas‌ ‌Hayes‌ ‌Creates‌ ‌Magic‌ ‌and‌ ‌Captures‌ ‌Imagination

January 4th, 2022


Are you a fan of Sesame Street? I had the opportunity to ask Chris Thomas Hayes, a puppeteer and actor, about what it takes to capture our imagination, along with the imagination of our kids. This episode reveals a lot …

106: Ending The Year with Curiosity, Creativity, and Courage of a Child

December 28th, 2021


Think about what 2022 could look like for you. What does it take for you to make 2022 amazing? Imagine using your capabilities and resources as an …

105: Letting Go of the Pressure of The Perfect Christmas

December 21st, 2021


Being a mom to three little boys, I could have inherited this notion of delivering on a perfect Christmas experience – from the hot cocoa and the …

104: 2021 Isn’t Over Yet! What Are the Things You Can Do Right Now That You Can Bring With You to 2022?

December 14th, 2021


Just because you have comfy sofas does not mean that you have to sit down. You could still stand up for your goals and your ambitions and treat this …

103: Getting Back Up by Reimagining Rejections, Setbacks, and Failures

December 7th, 2021


If you want to come close to fulfilling your life purpose, then challenges definitely come with the territory. And when it comes to going after …

102: Finding Happiness in the Little Things Within Your Reach

November 30th, 2021


In this episode, I've curated another 10 excerpts from my 100 episodes where my guests have shared about happiness – how little it takes to feel happy and more inspired. It's also amazing how short of a time someone can …

101: Leveraging Your Emotional Landscape to Figure Out Who You Really Are

November 23rd, 2021


I've come to realize that while the central themes of this podcast have been creativity, courage, and curiosity, the deepest core of this is our identity. Today, I'll be covering how some of my guests have uncovered …

100: Dr. Brad Elphinstone Talks About How to Stop Living Your Life On Autopilot Through Self-Determination, Equanimity, and Non-Attachment

November 16th, 2021


Have you been feeling like your life is on auto-pilot? Then consider this conversation a stop sign. Or if you’ve ever struggled with FOMO, then be sure to listen to this episode as Dr. Brad Elphinstone shares how his …

099: Laura Carney Didn’t Find Her Life Purpose – Instead, It Found Her!

November 9th, 2021


What does it mean for a person to find their purpose? And how does a person go about doing that? In Laura Carney’s case, her life purpose found her – and in a situation where she was finally ready. 

Laura’s dad was …

098: How To Stop Living Someone Else’s Life (Even If It’s Been A Good Run)

November 2nd, 2021


Have you been neglecting your own interests, wants, and desires, all in the pursuit of making other people happy? They may be your family colleagues, …

097: Dr. Nima Rahmany Discusses How to Become a Cycle Breaker in Your Family

October 26th, 2021


Want to finally accept that it is you who may need to be the cycle breaker in your family? It’s a tough pill to swallow. Personally, I’ve gagged a …

096: A Playbook Walkthrough on How to Boost Your Courage in 7 Days

October 19th, 2021


What if taking meaningful action steps towards the achievement of your life purpose was a need rather than merely a want? What if working towards …

095: Comedian Kathy Klotz-Guest Talks About Achieving Your Life’s Purpose Through Laughter and Embracing Your Humanity

October 12th, 2021


Why is a sense of humor and humanity so important that you should bring both to work and keep them in your life? In fact, a sense of playfulness can …

094: Let Your Emotions Fuel You to Doing Something Incredible in Your Life

October 5th, 2021


Think about the last time that you balled your eyes out in front of someone other than a therapist. How emotional can you be in front of your family? On the flip side, what range of emotions can you handle being on the …

93: Harpist Genevieve Lang Explains How Performing With The Sydney Symphony Orchestra Can Be As Courageous As Sharing Of Yourself With Others Offstage

September 28th, 2021


This week’s guest is Genevieve Lang, a fellow mum who also sends her children to a Montessori program here in Australia. Now, this was one of those …

92: 3 Early Warning Signs You Won’t Fulfill Your Purpose

September 21st, 2021


Have you been seeking to change how you feel on a daily basis from feeling tied down to a boring or uninspiring life into one of meaning, …

91: From Media Executives to The Big Life Experiment, Cathy and Joe Lurie Share Their Passion for Helping People Reset and Create the Life They Want

September 14th, 2021


If you’ve ever wanted to reset your life, then you will love this conversation with couple Cathy and Joe Lurie who did just that! Both have a spirit of adventure that many of us yearn for in our daily lives. We may have …

90: Stop Self-Sabotaging Your Success and Become a Fearless Thought Leader

September 7th, 2021


Are you self-sabotaging your success? You may have spent a decade in a particular field and now you want to bring your talents to a new community …

89. From Prisoner to Presenter, Raphael Rowe Gives a Behind-the-Scenes Look into the Netflix Show, Inside the World's Toughest Prisons

August 31st, 2021


What happens in prisons is very secretive. It feels even more far removed from our everyday reality when you take into account what happens in prisons around the world including countries such as South Africa, Brazil, …

88. The Hidden Cost of Saying "I'll Figure it Out”

August 24th, 2021


“I’ll figure out” is commonly thrown around these days – but did you know there’s a hidden cost of saying it? In fact, trying to figure it all out on your own is the biggest mistake you can make as an aspiring thought …

87. Van Lai-DuMone Explains How Creativity Workshops Can Increase Creativity in the Workplace

August 17th, 2021


Wondering what the heck happened to your creativity? Where did it go? You may have started life out as a child joyfully playing with Legos, or maybe …

86. Three Toxic Fears That Are Killing Your Odds of Becoming a Thought Leader

August 10th, 2021


There are three toxic fears that are ruining your odds of becoming a thought leader or authority in your field – the fear of judgment, the fear of being found out, otherwise known as imposter syndrome, and the fear that …

85. Dr. Thomas Hills Explains How to Create Your Mental Map to Get You to Where You Want to Go

August 3rd, 2021


If you are curious about how your brain works and how you can enhance its performance then tune into this conversation. You will have a better sense of how you create a model of the world inside of your head and how you …

84. Why I Was Comfortable Having a Conversation with GaryVee and Other Big Names on the Podcast

July 27th, 2021


Telling the world that you want to chase your wildest dreams such as podcasting, leading a movement, or selling any form of artistry is vulnerable …

83. “Captain Inspiration” Jordan Maness UCLA Program Director Teaches Us How to SAIL (Select An Ideal Life)

July 20th, 2021


Can you describe your ideal life? More, importantly, how can you most effectively navigate your daily life in pursuit of your unique ideal life? You do have options. There are several 300-page self-help books on the …

82. How to Plan Your Perfect Summer Travel Through Curiosity and Wonder with Author Jenny Herbert

July 13th, 2021


Whether you’re in a lockdown (as we are in Sydney, Australia during our winter season) or contemplating how to plan your summer travels after 17 months or so of travel hiatus, you’ll want to listen to this timely …

81. Neurodiverse Creator Joe Biel – A Perfect Example of Curiosity, Courage, and Creativity for Someone with Autism,

July 6th, 2021


Have you ever heard of neurodiversity? I hadn’t. So here is one definition: it’s a range of differences in individual brain function and behavioral traits (used especially in the context of autistic spectrum disorders). …

80. How Do You Leverage Creativity to Reduce Anxiety? Sarah Spencer Teaches How to Use Curiosity and Imagination to Find Sparks of Joy in Your Life

June 29th, 2021


Get ready to uncover an incredibly unique way you can identify your values, how creativity can help you reclaim a sense of calm in times of high-anxiety, and why some of us may be able to draw life-like images while …

79. How To Be A Present Father And Raise Gentlemen Who Will Pursue Bigger Dreams Than Can Possibly Fit Into Any Box, Meet Jesus Diaz, Jr. An Incredible Dad

June 20th, 2021


Happy Father’s Day in the U.S. Jesus Diaz Jr. is a dad and my husband. I get to witness how much care and love he pours into our three sons so I wanted to bring him on the podcast to share some of his wisdom with you – …

78. Award-Winning Filmmaker Jeff Bollow on Expanding Your Imagination Exponentially

June 15th, 2021


Have you ever had an idea for a movie, book, or product that you just haven’t gotten a chance to bring to life? How about this: have you ever felt …

77. How Wall Street Journal CMO Suzi Watford Puts Clarity of Purpose at the Heart of Leadership

June 8th, 2021


What does it mean to be a decision-maker? What can the team at The Wall Street Journal do in order to bring more young people into its fold?

On …

76. How Do You Create a Culture of Compassion and Inclusivity? Michelle E. Dickinson Teaches How Leaders Can Build Mental Resilience Within the Workplace

June 1st, 2021


Our guest, Michelle E. Dickinson, is a Wellbeing Strategist and passionate mental health advocate. She is also a TEDx speaker and a published author …

75. Dating Coach and Founder of Dating Transformation, Connell Barrett, on Dating and Connection

May 25th, 2021


Have you ever seen Will Smith’s movie Hitch? In the movie, Will plays the character of a dating coach where he helps men woo the women of their dreams. 

Haven't you noticed how going on a great date with a hot woman can …

74. How Much Creative Potential Do You Actually Have In You? Paulina Larocca and Dr. Jen Gippel Co-Founders of Creative Enlightenment on

May 18th, 2021


Have you ever wondered whether you could ever be creative? Creativity is not limited to a beautiful work of art, a tear-jerking song, or a …

73. Former Professional Cyclist and Lifetime Entrepreneur Kevin Miller on Starting Your Self-Employment Journey

May 11th, 2021


Several former corporate executives have recently found themselves self-employed. For some, it’s been a dream long-time coming. Yet for others, it’s been anything but a dream. The ups, downs, and pace are different than …

72. Three Unexpected Insights You Must Consider If You Are One of the Two Million Moms Who Were Impacted By 2020 And Had To Pause Your Career

May 4th, 2021


Collectively, moms have confronted a lot of uncertain moments historically. Some of us have gone to give birth with a plan and had to make …

71. How to Become An Exceptional Leader Who Can Energize Teams And Is Her Industry’s Ultimate Talent Magnet, Top Management Guru Professor Sydney Finkelstein Shares His Wisdom

April 27th, 2021


What if there were more similarities across sectors than differences? What if the best bosses --- the “talent magnets” across sectors shared …

70. Is Your Child an Aspiring Writer? Amy Wong Founded Dreamwriters A Self-Publishing Platform For Aspiring Writers Who Are Kids Or Kids At Heart

April 20th, 2021


Have you ever written something that you wished you could self-publish? What about your child, niece or nephew? We are all born creative as per …

69. Uncover Why Conscious Gastronomy is the Key to Creating a More Equitable Food System and Pick Up Easy Zero-Waste Recipes with Regenerative Food Systems Specialist Eleni Michael

April 13th, 2021


Where does our food come from? How mindful are we about the food we purchase and consume? What is conscious gastronomy and how is it one step closer …

68. The Life and Times of a Rock Star with The Former Frontman of the Jangletones Victor Hanning

April 6th, 2021


Ever wonder what it’s like to live the roller coaster life of a rock star? Me too! We see it in the movies all the time. The talent and rise to fame, …

67. Suzy Batiz Shares The Wisdom She Cherishes For Giving Her The Freedom And Ability To Trust Herself And Accept Whatever Comes Her Way

March 30th, 2021


Get ready for a deep conversation with the potential to change how you see yourself, those around you, and what you expect from life. Suzy’s perspective is that of a wise human who has done the work that many of us …

66. How To Not Give A F*ck About Whether You Belong Nor Whether You Should Be The One Playing Tupac From The DJ Booth, Meet DJ “Your Mama” Esther Goedvolk

March 23rd, 2021


Meet Esther Goedvolk, she is in demand and hot as ever DJ at 56. She lives in Amsterdam yet her musical taste transcends generations and geographies. …

65. Former GE Vice Chair of Business Innovation and CMO Beth Comstock On Granting Yourself Permission To Explore A Changing Reality

March 16th, 2021


Leaders today in big and small organizations around the world are navigating multiple unknowns. What might have felt weird before this pandemic is …

64. What Does It Take To Bring A New Product To Market, Expand Globally, And Continue To Deliver On A Brand Promise? Ask Adina Jacobs co-founder of Smarter Than Most Goods

March 9th, 2021


The perfect episode for a budding business owner or corporate leader responsible for rapid innovation and an easy to adapt strategy in light of recent seismic market changes. This is the story of a woman who takes …

63. How To Change Your Relationship With Yourself, Where To Begin When It Comes To Shifting Your Identity, Kara Loewentheil Shares Her Law To Life Coaching Journey

March 2nd, 2021


Ever wondered why you think about yourself or others in certain ways? Would you like to learn how to change any of those thoughts? In this …

62. How To Find Interesting People On Clubhouse And Nurture Those Relationships On LinkedIn, Joshua B. Lee “The Dopamine Dealer of LinkedIn”

February 23rd, 2021


Clubhouse is on everyone’s newsfeed. Are you there? Do you have a spare invite? As a career coach to marketers I spend most of my time on LinkedIn yet Clubhouse has me hooked. So what is Clubhouse? The new social media …

61. David Meltzer Is On The Path To Empowering Over 1 Billion People To Be Happy Using The Exact Same Three Values That He Learned From His Mom

February 16th, 2021


In this incredible interview, you will hear from David Meltzer. David is the Co-founder of Sports 1 Marketing and formerly served as CEO of the renowned Leigh Steinberg Sports & Entertainment agency, which was the …

60. How To Figure Out Your True Purpose During A Voluntary or Involuntary Inflection Point Your Life, Marshall Dunn, A Sydney-Based Conscious Mentor Explains Exactly How,

February 9th, 2021


Do you know what your true purpose is? This is a multidimensional and thoughtful discussion that can help even the busiest city slicker understand …

59. How To Maximize Your Energy To Feel Healthy And Unleash Your Potential With Funny Lady Caroline Power An International ‘Anti-Diet’ Culture Dietitian and Hypnotherapist

February 2nd, 2021


Are you a yo-yo dieter? Too often we think that the answer to all of our prayers is to lose weight. If we lose weight we’ll have more energy, feel …

58. How To Rebuild Yourself After Trauma With Faith, Hope, and Mindset, Timothy Phelps is the Author of The Invisible Child: Overcoming the Odds

January 26th, 2021


What if you could reframe anything including 2020 as a year that had its positives? Meet Timothy Phelps. During this very vulnerable conversation, he …

57. Making Lemonade Out Of Lemons Takes More Than Optimism, This Requires Switching On Five Key Qualities, Zach Friedman Author of The Lemonade Life Shares Which

January 19th, 2021


When life hands you lemons? Are you the type of person who accepts them and their bitterness or have you mastered how to consistently turn them into sweet lemonade? In this episode, you will uncover how you can reframe …

56. How To Use Social Media To Hold You Accountable For Goals, How To Measure Spiritual Goals, And Other Goal Hacks From An Aspiring Young Black Author, J.P. Pressley

January 12th, 2021


Would you ever publically share your biggest goals? Does the thought of public humiliation for dreaming too big or failure terrify you?  Both are …

55. How To Lead In An Era Of Movements, Generosity As A Paradigm Of An Inclusive Activity Celebrated Worldwide, Asha Curran, Co-Founder Of GivingTuesday

January 5th, 2021


In an era of movements there was no better person to bring in this new year than Asha Curran. Asha Curran is the CEO of GivingTuesday, and co-founder of the global generosity movement. In this fascinating discussion, …

54. Melissa Llarena, CEO of Career Outcomes Matter, Answers Your Questions About Finding Your Purpose, Fulfilling Your Dreams, and Building Your Personal Legacy

December 29th, 2020


2020 has been a wild ride and because of its ups, downs, and enormous degree of uncertainty, as a result Melissa Llarena decided to put out a request …

53. Should College Pedigree Matter? Apparently Not. First-Generation College Graduate And Lifelong Educator Alicia Jackson-Warren Makes The Case Hiring Managers Need To Hear

December 22nd, 2020


Whether you think you have or lack the pedigree to be successful is a big topic amongst my career coaching clients. This conversation was such a …

52. Katherine Young, Creator of the Girl’s Life Meme, How To Find Inspiration For Creating Viral Content

December 15th, 2020


Katherine Young is a designer and social media marketing professional who is well-known for her viral Girls’ Life meme where she recreated the cover of its airbrushed model magazine cover with that of a relatable and …

51. Muyambi Muyambi, Founder of Cycle Connect, How To Make A Positive Social Impact And Bring Others Along For The Ride

December 8th, 2020


Ever wanted to make a difference yet you were unsure about how to begin or what it would require? Well, this week’s guest lays out your first step …

50. Amy Stone, Triathlete and Host of the Mile after Mile Podcast, Talks About Endurance and Average People Doing Extraordinary Things

December 1st, 2020


Ever wondered why some people volunteer to do hard things for fun?

Well, in the world of endurance sports, I have to say that I often think about …

49. Crishon Jerome Landers, Professional Dancer, Founder and CEO of CRōME Talks About Always Being Ready and Seizing Opportunities

November 24th, 2020


Crishon Jerome is a self-proclaimed “ARTrepreneur,” who takes pride in fusing his creative passions with his desire to become a successful …

48. Michelle Florendo, Decision Engineer, Talks About Decision-Making, Good vs. Bad Decisions, and Identifying Your Desired Outcome

November 17th, 2020


It’s not every day I get to ask a decision engineer a question. This week, Michelle Florendo joins me on the podcast. She is an executive coach who helps people untangle messy decisions in life and work. You are going …

47. Gabriele Corcos, Creator, Host, and Producer of Extra Virgin and NYT Bestselling Author, Talks About Continuing to Dream, Technology and Agriculture, and Why It’s Never Too Late to Change Course

November 10th, 2020


Gabriele Corcos is the Creator, host, and producer of Extra Virgin on Cooking Channel/Food Network, an NYT Bestselling author, as well as a James Beard Award Recipient, and Food Futurist.  

He joins me on the podcast …

46. Leesa McGregor, Author, Talks About Teaching Children and Adults How to Reconnect with Our Hearts and Minds

November 3rd, 2020


Leesa McGregor is a passionate mother, speaker, and author dedicated to inspiring positive change and creating a bright future for humanity. Leesa has a Bachelor's Degree in International Business and over 20 years of …

45. Cepee Tabibian, Co-Founder of She Hit Refresh, Talks About Traveling Aboard, Building a Global Community for Women, and Creating a New Identity

October 27th, 2020


Cepee Tabibian is the Founder of She Hit Refresh, a global community for women aged 30-plus who want to break free from routine and start a life of travel—specifically moving abroad or quitting their job to travel …

44. Matt Nuccio, Toy Designer, Talks About Being Authentic In Your Career and Embracing Your Identity

October 20th, 2020


Matt Nuccio is the President of Design Edge, Inc., a toy and game development company, and a licensing agency whose clients include Mattel, Hasbro, Spin Master, and Fisher-Price to name only a few.  This week he joins …

43. Marie Arlen, Holistic Health Coach, Talks About Eradicating Brain Fog and the Importance of Putting Yourself First

October 13th, 2020


Marie Arlen, a holistic coach, joins me on the podcast this week. Before she was drinking her daily green juice and attending self-development …

42. Felipe Galindo Gómez, Cartoonist Known as Feggo, Talks About Handling Criticism, Taking Initiative, and Being Whole

October 6th, 2020


Feggo is the pen-name of Felipe Galindo Gómez.  Felipe creates humorous art in a variety of media, including cartoons, illustrations, animations, fine art & public art. Born in Cuernavaca, Mexico resides in New …

41. Tana Douglas, Rock N’ Roll’s First Female Roadie, Talks About the Evolution of the Music Industry, Being a Roadie, and Taking Control of Your Future, Episode 41

September 29th, 2020


Meet Tana Douglas. Throughout the music industry, Tana has been acknowledged as Rock’N’Roll’s first female roadie. Her journey started in 1973 in …

40. Natasha Sutton, Founder of Bundles of Luxe and Breast Cancer Survivor Talks About Her Cancer Journey, Shifting Perspective, and Living with Gratitude

September 22nd, 2020


Natasha Sutton is a mum, the founder of Bundles of Luxe, and a breast cancer survivor. She grew up in a loving family and has spent most of her life …

39. Chad Romzek, Entrepreneur and Inventor of the Kick Ash Basket Talks About Career Transitions and Taking a Leap of Faith

September 15th, 2020


What is possible in your career? Are you ready to kick some ash? If so, then this week’s guest, Chad Romzek, will be an inspiration to you! Chad Romzek is the Creator and Owner of Kick Ash Basket® and a creative, …

38. Jane Egerton-Idehen, Nigerian-Based STEM Advocate & IT Executive, Speaks About Gender Equality in the Workplace and How to Discover and Use Your Voice

September 8th, 2020


Meet Jane Egerton-Idehen, a Nigerian-Based STEM Advocate and IT Executive. Jane and I met by way of Bozoma Saint John’s virtual Badass Workshop. This week, Jane and I have a conversation about the advancement of women …

37. Theo Travers, Writer and Executive Producer on Showtime's Billions, Talks About Hollywood Misconceptions and Making Scary Choices

September 1st, 2020


Have you ever wondered what it is like to be a screenwriter? Well, this week you will get an inside peek into what it takes to not only become a …

36. Olivia Young, owner of Box + Flow, Talks About Self-Awareness, Easing Up on Resistance, and How to Find the Flow State

August 25th, 2020


This week, Olivia Young, founder of Box + Flow, the first fitness studio focusing on fight + flow, joins me on the podcast. Olivia exuded such passion for life, movement, and flow during our conversation. One of the …

35. Senator Martha Hennessey Speaks About What it Takes to Change Policies, Mid-life Career Transitions, and Why We Must Stop Parent Shaming

August 18th, 2020


This week, Martha Hennessey joins me on the show! Martha was elected to the New Hampshire House of Representatives in 2014 and then to the NH State Senate in 2016. She chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee and has …

34. Jurian Hughes, Founder of Fifth Chakra Yoga, Talks About Being Present and at Peace in Times of Uncertainty

August 11th, 2020


This week my guest is Jurian Hughes. She is the founder of the Fifth Chakra Yoga (Yoga of Voice); co-creator of The Yoga of Yes; a Let Your Yoga Dance® teacher trainer; voice coach; personal mentor; writer; speaker; …

33. Will Travis, Global Brand Builder and Creator of Elevation Barn Talks About How to Boost Morale and How to Become an Elevated Leader

August 4th, 2020


How are you elevating your life or someone else’s life? This week, Will Travis, a globally respected brand builder, and strategist, joins me on the show. Will has taken the helm as CEO of four internationally acclaimed …

32 - Robbie Samuels TEDx Speaker and Business Strategy Coach Talks About How to Nurture Your Network and How to Build Relationships

July 28th, 2020


Meet Robbie Samuels, keynote speaker, TEDx speaker, and relationship-based business strategy coach who has been recognized as a “networking expert” by Harvard Business Review Ascend. Robbie joins me this week to talk …

31 - Nigel Parry, Award-winning Photographer Talks About His Photography Career, Dignity in Media, and Giving Back

July 21st, 2020


Meet Nigel Parry. He is an award-winning photographer who has been privileged to photograph not only celebrities but also the most important and influential figures of our time, like Donald Trump, Meryl Streep, Robin …

30 - Breeja Larson, Olympic Gold Medalist Talks About The Olympian Mindset, Bravery, and Thought Replacement Coaching

July 14th, 2020


Meet Breeja Larson. She is an American competition swimmer who specializes in the breaststroke and is an Olympic gold medalist. She earned a gold …

29 - Mark Sullivan, Host, Producer, and former Olympics Sports Announcer Talks About Creating Strategic Partnerships and Leveraging Your Skills

July 7th, 2020


Mark Sullivan is the Host and Producer behind The Snowboard Project podcast. This week he joins me to discuss how he has been able to leverage his …

28 - Matilda Reyes, Sci-Fi Author, Talks About Going After Your Goals, Transferable Skills, and Knowing Your Worth

June 30th, 2020


Matilda Reyes writes urban fantasy, paranormal, and supernatural adventures. Recent works include The Daughters of Night Chronicles which follows the …

Ep 27 - Jessica James-Thomson, Owner of the yarn shop, Ginger Twist Studio, Talks About Career Transitions, Finding Your Own Pace, and Tackling Ambitious Goals,

June 23rd, 2020


Jessica James-Thomson loves yarn! Her Nana taught her to knit as a youngster in Oregon, and there was no stopping her after she learned the basics. Ginger Twist Studio opened its doors in June 2013, and it is the cutest

Ep 26 - Kuniatsu “Coonie” Suzuki, Buddhist Monk, Talks About Meditation, His Buddhist Teachings, and Building Courage

June 17th, 2020


Joining me on the podcast this week is Kuniatsu “Coonie” Suzuki. Coonie has been a Buddhist monk since 2002. He once worked in the oldest temple …

Ep 25 - Neil Mossberg, CEO of Frank151, Fashion Influencer, and Entrepreneur Talks About Speaking Your Mind, Corporate Etiquette, and Asking ‘What is worth reviving?’

June 9th, 2020


Meet Neil Mossberg, CEO of Frank151. Frank151 is an independent publisher that speaks to a global audience of culturally acute creators, agitators, …

Ep 24 - Punam Kumar Gill, Award-Winning Documentary Filmmaker, Talks About Flexing Your Courage Muscle, Healing Journalism, and Leading with Heart

June 2nd, 2020


Punam Kumar Gill is a self-taught, award-winning independent documentary filmmaker, actor, model, and TV host. Today, she joins me on the show to talk about reframing how you think about courage and how she is working …

Ep 23 - Marina Shifrin, Comedy Writer, Author, and Viral Video Creator Talks About Thinking Ahead, Closure, and Celebrating Milestones

May 26th, 2020


Marina Shifrin is a comedy writer who created an interpretive dance resignation video garnering millions of views. She has seen success throughout her professional career, including having worked on Talk Show the Game …

Ep 22 - Melissa Joy Kong, Founder and CEO of Iceberg Content Marketing Agency Talks About Managing Expectations, Time Blocking Techniques, and Prioritizing What Matters

May 19th, 2020


What would your future self say about your insecurities or fears? This week, Melissa Joy Kong, founder, and CEO of Iceberg Content Marketing joins me …

Ep 21 - Diane Bell, Award-winning Screenwriter and Director Talks Openly On Overcoming Obstacles, Embracing Your Creativity, And How to Stand Out

May 13th, 2020


Diane Bell is an award-winning screenwriter and director, who growing up didn’t think that was possible. In this episode, she shares how she overcame personal and professional obstacles in order to become a …

Ep. 20 - Paul Musho, Former GE Executive Turned Franchisee Talks About His Career Pivot, the Benefits of Cryotherapy, and Running a Small Business During a Global Pandemic

May 6th, 2020


Meet Paul Musho. Paul was my client, a former GE executive who took a leap to become a franchisee, use his transferable skills, and grow his …

Ep. 19 - Caitlyn Elf, Registered Dietitian and Mom, Shares How to Make Eating a Learning Experience Even Snacking in Isolation, Discusses Changing Careers From Marketing Into Nutrition, and How To Keep The Peace During Family Dinners

April 28th, 2020


Caitlyn Elf is a Registered Dietitian and working mom with a goal to take the stress out of mealtime. Because it is essential to think about how we can be healthy, even in uncertain times, I invited Cait to be a guest …

Ep. 18 - David Roberts, New York Times Best-Selling Illustrator, Talks About Imagination, Following Our Children’s Lead, and the Importance of Constructive Feedback

April 21st, 2020


David Roberts is a multi-award-winning and New York Times best-selling illustrator who has earned great acclaim for his distinctive style. While the …

Ep. 17 - Phaidra Knight, World Rugby Hall of Famer, founder of PeaK Unleashed, and Mixed Martial Artist Expresses the Importance of Equality and Feeling Limitless Regardless of Age and Circumstances, Episode 17

April 14th, 2020


Originally from a small rural town in Georgia, Phaidra Knight, for nearly 18 years, traveled the globe as a professional rugby player, establishing herself as one of the premier players in the sport. In this episode, …

Ep. 16 - Corey Hester, Off-Grid Adventurer, Alaskan Geotourism Guide, and Former Aviation Executive on Transferable Skills and Using Your Imagination Within Confined Spaces, Episode 16

April 7th, 2020


Corey Hester is an off-grid adventurer. Today, you'll hear how Corey has been able to reimagine the mastering of his photography skills even given today's pandemic constraints. His experiences help us to think about the …

Ep. 14 - Hear Why Cameron Schmidt calls Himself, "the Human Catalyst," and How He Approaches Life as Training, Episode 14

March 24th, 2020


Cameron Schmidt calls himself "the Human Catalyst." He has built online and offline communities for a long list of impressive and world-class creators including Jesse Itzler via his Build Your Life Resume Online Course

Ep. 13 - From Teaching Art to Being Featured In Gary Vaynerchuk’s Crushing It!, Hear How Luis-Miguel Caraballo Is Accelerating His Goal Of Making Art History, Episode 13

March 17th, 2020


Meet Luis-Miguel Caraballo. Prior to our interview, he had been going by the name “Louie Blaka.” Yet, from this moment forward, he wants the world to know him for who he is: an artist with Puerto Rican roots who is here …

Ep. 12 - Find Out How Your Favorite 80s Ski Gloves Freezy Freakies Were Revived, A Bear Costume Became A Fetish, And How Hans Reichstetter Derisked Both Ideas, Episode 12

March 10th, 2020


So excited about my conversation with an entrepreneur who happens to be one of my classmates from business school. Meet Hans Reichstetter. We both …

Ep. 10 - Gary Vaynerchuk Shares The Single Biggest Lesson He Thinks Corporations Need To Learn From Family-Owned Businesses As Well As The Smartest Way To Ask For Equity, Episode 10

February 25th, 2020


If you’ve ever wanted the opportunity to speak to someone whom you’ve admired yet held yourself back because you felt intimidated, then this episode is for you. 

For me, someone whom I’ve always admired is Gary …

Ep. 9 - Tune In To Hear How Emily Pihlaja A Professional Dancer Who Is A Member Of The Spectrum Dance Theater In Seattle, Washington Managed To Professionalize Her Initial Love Of Dance As A Little Girl Into A Career Filled With Lessons Around The Mind An

February 14th, 2020


Emily Pihlaja received her early dance training from the New England Academy of Dance. Yet, at the age of 12 she committed to dance as her vocation when she left home in Connecticut to attend the Kirov Academy of Ballet …

Ep. 8 - Listen to How Jane Collier, a Corporate Executive Who Chose to Build Her Career in Corporate Environments Also Manages To Express Her Love of Ballet.

February 10th, 2020


Listen to how Jane Collier, a corporate executive who chose to build her career in corporate environments including most recently in the Walgreens …

Ep. 7 - Hear How Michelle a Former Starbucks and Nike Advertising Executive Turned Entrepreneur Decided to Live More Courageously

May 24th, 2018


At last, Michelle Ghilotti, my FIRST female guest! I’ve been following her for years. She was my logical choice because you can learn from her …

Ep. 6 - James Altucher the Best-Selling Author of Choose Yourself and Host of The James Altucher Show On Entrepreneurship and Investing

March 10th, 2018


James Altucher is the author of several Wall Street Journal Best Selling books, including ‘Choose Yourself.’ There he suggests that we write 10 ideas every day to become an ideas machine. James has reinvented himself …

Ep. 5 - James Altucher the Best-Selling Author of Choose Yourself and Host of The James Altucher Show On Reinventing Yourself and the American Dream

February 20th, 2018


James Altucher is the author of several Wall Street Journal Best Selling books, including ‘Choose Yourself.’ There he suggests that we write 10 ideas every day to become an ideas machine. James has reinvented himself …

Ep. 4 - From Double Majoring in Biochemistry and Jazz Performance to Being a Finalist on America’s Got Talent, Trombone Dancer Jonathan Arons, Episode 4

January 23rd, 2018


Jonathan Arons is a Grammy-award winning artist who soulfully dances with his trombone. He and I shared a row on a flight home and we spoke the …

Ep. 3 - Interviewing the American Photographer Who Shot Saddam Hussein

December 18th, 2017


Stefan Zaklin was a staff photojournalist for the European Pressphoto Agency. He covered several historical figures and moments including the war in Iraq, the Saddam Hussein trial, the White House for two presidents, …

Ep. 2 - Ever Wonder What Those Coexist Bumper Stickers Mean? & Bridging Divided Communities, Dr. Tarek Elgawhary

November 13th, 2017

An Interview with Dr. Tarek Elgawhary the President of the Coexist Foundation.

On this episode, Tarek shares with us how he has been able to weave together his core values of love and mercy into a sustainable career. …

Ep. 1 - From Teaching in Grade School to Visiting Michael Jordan's House, Sneakerhead Jacques Slade of "Today in Sneaks"

November 6th, 2017

Meet my first guest Jacques Slade on An Interview with Melissa Llarena — the podcast.

Have you ever been curious about how YouTube international superstars think about their riskiest career decisions? Ever wanted to …

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