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Locker Room for Growth

56 EpisodesProduced by Debbie ElicksenWebsite

Bold. Determined. Inspire.The show is Locker Room for Growth, which is about planting seeds of inspiration. Interviews are with compelling people who have set the tone for living with a positive attitude.

56 Episodes | 2021 - 2022

Frances Fomai Breaking Through Cultural Conditioning

November 19th, 2022


In a way, humans are conditioned the same way we train animals. Here’s a cookie for behaving. Here’s a spanking for talking back. Here’s a gold star …

Yusuf Nasir Ahmad Disinformation and Its Threat to Democracy

November 4th, 2022


Yusuf Nasir Ahmad is a digital economist from Nigeria, who specializes in digital disruption. He penned the book: Dangers of Fake News – Nigeria at the Crossroads. His mission is to educate people on how to identify …

Matthew Reed: Spy vs Spy in Real Life and Fiction

October 25th, 2022


Matthew Reed is well versed in all things military. He served in the US Marine Corps and the US Army. Deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan, Reed is a former Military Intelligence NCO, Strategic Analyst, and DOD Contractor. …

Margaret Mary O’Connor: Standing Brave Against the Catholic Church

October 23rd, 2022


As a Eucharistic Minister at Our Lady of Charity Parish, Margaret O’Connor has seen some things. Things that caused this normally quiet and humble servant to speak up and chronicle the oppression of women priests. She …

Kevin Cassidy: Once Upon a Time as a Hollywood Stuntman

October 23rd, 2022


He has appeared in some of my favorite movies. Kevin Cassidy stunted in numerous Marvel Cinematic Universe films, including Spiderman: Far From Home, Avengers Endgame, Black Panther, Captain America: Civil War, plus The …

Amber LeMay: The Larry King of Drag Queens

October 14th, 2022


Amber LeMay is the co-mother/founder of Vermont's comedy drag troupe, The House of LeMay and the host of Amber Live! Amber’s alter ego and creator …

Martin Keller – Space and Its Truth of UFOs and the Paranormal

October 5th, 2022


Space has fascinated us for most of our lifetime. Well before the first moon landing in 1969, we have been obsessed with discovering what lies beyond the sky and if there are other life forms.

Martin Keller is in a …

Savannah Hauk: Crossdressing, Enlightenment, and Truth

October 4th, 2022


This isn’t a phenomenon or some recent trend. Crossdressing has been around since the beginning of time. Historically, women have cross-dressed as men to pass and gain economic independence and serve in wars in a …

Mark M. Bello: Social Justice Legal Thrillers

October 4th, 2022


Mark Bello is an attorney and civil justice advocate who has over 40 years of courtroom experience, which includes working high-profile cases. He was …

Urmi Hossain: Be Comfortable With the Uncomfortable

September 22nd, 2022


Many of us fear change because we are afraid it will not work out. Urmi Hossain challenges that belief. What if it did work out? She is a financial analyst who uses her free time to teach girls and women about finance. …

Tahmina Watson: Using the Law as A Tool to Fight Oppression

September 21st, 2022


After the 2016 federal election, Tahmina Watson helped create, and currently chairs, the Response Committee of the Washington Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association. She is an immigration attorney at …

Dawn Maria France. Challenging Stereotypes

September 20th, 2022


Dawn Maria France was only 16, living in the Yorkshire city of Leeds, when she marched against South Africa’s apartheid system. At the same time, she …

Jody Fisher: Both Sides of the Media Desk

September 2nd, 2022


Jody Fisher has been on both sides of a reporter’s notepad. In the biggest media market in the world, he worked as a former radio broadcast journalist before embarking on his current position as a public relations …

Amanda Penny: Bootstrapping a Journalism Career at Age 17

September 1st, 2022


She’s a digital native who started her first social media account at 12 years old. Six years later, Amanda Penny has found her niche in podcasting …

Tamika Sims: Entrepreneurship Is Not for the Faint of Heart

August 21st, 2022


Tamika Sims is one of those people you will gravitate to and call a friend after spending just one email with her. Her positive spirit is contagious, and her courage is consequential. As an entrepreneur, she has seen it …

Olin Simplis: The Guard Whisperer and Making Hoop Dreams Come True

August 15th, 2022


They call him the Guard Whisperer. Olin Simplis is the man who stands behind every great basketball player and helps them excel. His player-first attitude about training is what makes him who he is.

Olin began his …

DC Glenn: The Hip Hop Artist With the Legendary Song

August 12th, 2022


You know the song and sang it more than once. What you may or may not know is Platinum artist Cecil DC Glenn cowrote it with his Tag Team rap duo partner, Steve Gibson. "Whoomp There It Is" was released as a single in …

Marcus “Goodie” Goodloe: How to Be a Kingmaker

August 4th, 2022


Marcus "Goodie" Goodloe is a Martin Luther King Scholar who mentors students, educators, law enforcement, and people of all walks of life on life …

Brenden Kumarasamy: Mastering the Art of Communications

August 3rd, 2022


Brenden Kumarasamy was afraid of communication well into his teen years. He trained himself to master the fear and compete like an athlete does in high level sports.

Today, he is the founder of MasterTalk, a coaching …

Nicole Odom-Hardnett: Shedding the Stigma of Addiction

July 31st, 2022


Addiction is a taboo topic but one that needs more light shed on it. Recent worldwide statistics show that 5.5% of the population aged 15 to 64 have …

Mark V. Smith: The Process of Growing a Better Human

July 30th, 2022


Mark V. Smith specializes in empowering individuals in the creation of personal clarity and teaches them how to formulate their path through the …

Kevin Palmieri: Rock Bottom Has a Basement

July 13th, 2022


Kevin Palmieri’s life trajectory was rising high in his 20s. He had it all. Still, he questioned his existence and considered suicide, more than once. Fortunately, he chose life and worked through his demons to overcome …

Marlene Sharp: Comics, Games, and Unconventional Storytelling

July 10th, 2022


Marlene Sharp is all things entertainment. She is a creative executive, producer, and writer at Pink Poodle Productions, and an entertainment …

Paulette Buchanan: Cults, Religious Fraud, and Weaponizing Justice

July 3rd, 2022


A former educator specializing in history, political science, and public policy, Paulette Buchanan has been fighting for her own truth and justice. …

Locker Room for Growth Introduction

June 29th, 2022


Locker Room for Growth is a show about planting seeds of inspiration, compelling stories, and interesting topics with people who have interesting viewpoints, careers, and no matter what life throws at them, they set the …

Enrique Alvarez: Using Logistics to Change the World

June 24th, 2022


Enrique Alvarez is the Co-Founder and Managing Director of Vector Global Logistics, a certified minority-owned supply chain and logistics company …

Urvashi Patel: Abstract Art for Healing and Freedom

June 11th, 2022


She’s a British contemporary art performer. Urvashi Patel is a painter, but she also dances. Her home studio is a picturesque setting that embraces the beauty of an English garden.

The Vagina Coach, Kim Vopni: What All Women Need To Know

May 27th, 2022


Kim Vopni is a certified personal trainer who specializes in pelvic floor therapy. She helps women regain their soft power. She is The Vagina Coach, the founder of Pelvienne Wellness Inc., and Kegels & Cocktails. …

Dave Irwin: Using Your Marketing Super Power

May 6th, 2022


Most of you might know Dave Irwin as Dave Gets Social on TikTok, Twitter, and other platforms. He’s a marketing strategist who hails from Leaf country. What is especially impressive about Dave is that he reads a book …

Metal Music: Hallowed Be Thy Name

April 25th, 2022


Chris Barnes and Zaheed Bardai join Debbie Elicksen for a philosophical discussion about hard rock and metal music. This music gets a bum rap at times, challenges the norms, and gives the listener relief from negative …

Anton Joseph: Striving for Excellence in the Fitness World

April 6th, 2022


He has trained over 40,000 people, many of them professional athletes from major leagues, but Anton Joseph is more than just another fitness coach. He has coordinated the construction of a massive recreation facility. …

Michelle Garrett: Freelance Chat and All Things PR

April 1st, 2022


She has been named one of the top 10 PR influencers in 2021 and has one of the top 25 must read PR blogs. One visit to Michelle Garrett’s Twitter feed, and you will know why she is one of the top PR leaders on the …

Bryan and Courtney Kramer: Using Your Vulnerabilities As A Super Power

March 24th, 2022


They are the power couple of digital and influencer marketing and coined the term human to human. Bryan Kramer and Courtney Smith Kramer co-own H2H Companies and the Silicon Valley marketing agency PureMatter. They are …

Diana Krach: Mothers, Myths, Marginalized Communities, and Cannabis

March 12th, 2022


Her podcast, Your Highness Podcast, is about uncomfortable conversations around cannabis. Discussions are about inclusiveness, accountability, equality, and women in the industry. Diana Krach is a veteran journalist who …

Ross Henson: From Paper to Screen

February 5th, 2022


Ross Henson does it all. He’s an actor, screenwriter, producer, and comedian who also dances and sings, creates commercials, and who some might know as Crazy Legs, the Children’s Entertainer.

Film Freeway describes …

Navid Lancaster: Creating Emotions Through Sound and Film

January 15th, 2022


He creates emotions. Navid Lancaster is the one who tells you when to cringe during a thriller movie, or when to cry. He is a film composer, sound designer, and musician who touches a global audience from his studio in …

Amanda Banks: Sports to Suits and Approaching Business Like Athletics

January 15th, 2022


She is the CEO of DeBanks and a new company called Sports to Suits, LLC. Amanda Banks has competed in high level gymnastics, ran a small business selling gymnastics apparel, and now helps other elite athletes transition …

Ani Duzdabanyan: Using Investigative Journalism to Create Family Legacies

December 21st, 2021


Ani Duzdabanyan was born in Yerevan, Armenia where she started her investigative journalism career. One of her first assignments was exposing the …

Molly McPherson: Indestructible Crisis Communications Management

December 13th, 2021


When a company finds itself in hot water with a media crisis, Molly McPherson should be their first call. She is a nationally-recognized expert in …

Arcana Studio’s Sean O’Reilly: Bringing Storyworlds To Life

December 3rd, 2021


When a Canadian schoolteacher launches a comic book company that morphs into an animation studio, magic happens.

When Sean Patrick O’Reilly created …

Dr. Michael Nuccitelli on iPredator: Cyberbullying, Cyberstalking, Cybercriminal Minds

November 22nd, 2021


Anyone with an Internet account is technically at risk of a cyber attack. Dr. Michael Nuccitelli is a New York State licensed psychologist and has …

Angela Legh: Using Trauma As A Catalyst for Change

November 1st, 2021


As a child, California-born Angela Legh knew tragedy, uncertainty, and messy emotions. She was six when her family home burned down, then after moving from place to place, her parents divorced. Four years ago, tragedy …

Samantha Demers: Imposter Syndrome

October 31st, 2021


For many years, Samantha Demers worked at the seat of power with the Government of Canada. She had her finger on the public pulse as an events …

Wajeed Lion: Helping Those At Risk for Living Their Truth

October 30th, 2021


His story is heartbreaking, breathtaking, and empowering. Wajeeh Amir Lion is the first openly gay man from Saudi Arabia to obtain political asylum …

Madalyn Sklar: The A-Side of A Digital Setlist

October 12th, 2021


She’s one of Twitter’s most recognizable frontwomen. If you are not following Madalyn Sklar, it’s not too late. She is one of the most giving, and …

Marques Ogden: The Success Cycle Is More About How You Rise Than How You Thrive

October 9th, 2021


Imagine being at the top of your game. You’ve been blessed with enough talent to enjoy the fruits of professional football and make it work for you in the business world. You are educated in finance and responsible with …

J Haleem Washington_ From Surviving To Thriving

October 7th, 2021


Everything he says and does is to transform, inspire, and expose his audience to realizing they have the power to transition from surviving to thriving.

Jamar “J Haleem” Washington pushed through a precarious youth to …

Ryan Walter on Transitioning from the National Hockey League to Leadership Coaching

September 25th, 2021


He played over 1,100 games in the National Hockey League. In his second professional season, he was made captain of the Washington Capitals. He broke …

Jennifer Buchanan, Using Music to Heal the Masses

September 22nd, 2021


Imagine being able to improve your breathing, lower your blood pressure, improve your heart health, and relax muscle tension just by listening and singing along with your favorite tune.

Jennifer Buchanan was 14 years …

Kim Zayotti, CEO & Founder, Blue Sky Sports & Entertainment on Pro Sports Representation

September 11th, 2021


She’s worked with some of the biggest names in sports and business. Her firm, Blue Sky Sports & Entertainment, is the only woman-owned company to represent National Hockey League coaches and team executives. She was …

Tonya McKenzie on Public Relations, Athletes, Mistakes, and How to Get Out of a PR Crisis

September 3rd, 2021


Tonya McKenzie is a leader in the public relations field and the host of a very popular and must-have Twitter Spaces called #PRLunchHour. She is the …

Tahiera Monique Brown on Using Darkness to Light and Inspire

September 3rd, 2021


Tahiera Monique Brown is one of the most inspiring women you will ever meet. Her story reads like a thriller movie. Her first book, Annihilator of Innocence, describes the darkness of her past and how she has blossomed …

Audley Stephenson On How a Basketball Court Leads To Living a Bold Life

August 20th, 2021


Audley Stephenson, aka The Audman, among his highlighted resume, spent five years of podcasting in the National Basketball Association with his show: The Breakdown with Dave and Audley. Today, he is the deputy …

Jim Barker On Life in Pro Football and Transitioning to Broadcasting

August 19th, 2021


He’s won four Grey Cups and the only XFL championship. Jim Barker has had a storied football career as a coach and administrator. Joining the Canadian Football League in 1996, Barker became the youngest head coach in …

Tonya Scholz on Bridging Technology and Community

August 14th, 2021


Tonya Scholz is a true influencer. Founder of kNOw-AGING, Inc. and SocialChats, she also leads the Association of Women in Communication, South …

The Tweeting Goddess Samantha Kelly on Reconditioning Your Career

August 10th, 2021


Hear how this Irish Twitter Strategist reformed her life and her career after numerous setbacks and challenges. 13 years sober, she shares how being human and helping others has transformed her life.

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