The Tightrope with Dan Smolen

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The Tightrope with Dan Smolen speaks to the hopes and dreams of professionals who seek success in meaningful work opportunities.

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Beyond Dreams: Where Will The Tightrope Take Us?

December 14th, 2018


On the Fall 2018 season of The Tightrope, we learned that, born from our beautiful childhood dreams, we can find success as adults doing meaningful …

Serving Those Who Serve: Finding Meaningful Work as a Police Chaplain

December 7th, 2018


Few can tell a personal career story as dramatic and ever-changing as Mike Shochet. He became one of the youngest TV reporters in Baltimore. But bothered by covering “if it bleeds, it leads” stories, he pivoted into law …

Neurocentricity & Empathetic Recruitment: Aligning the Corporate Mission to Meaningful Work

November 30th, 2018


An unusual alignment of forces is taking hold in today’s workplace, one that merges the needs of hiring managers and the express wants and desires of …

A Meaningful Career: Leading Autonomous Vehicle Adoption In Urban America

November 16th, 2018


Dr. Richard Ezike’s earliest childhood dreams of doing meaningful work were about building beautiful buildings and cityscapes. But after earning …

Overcoming Brain Drain And Other Obstacles to Leading a Meaningful Life

November 9th, 2018


In this episode of The Tightrope with Dan Smolen podcast, guest Charles Glassman, MD returns to discuss Brain Drain, his study of how discordant …

Going Local To Create Meaningful Work

November 2nd, 2018


One revolutionary change happening in the U.S. right now is largely overlooked by our Members of Congress, top business executives and other …

The Design Thinker: Turning Childhood Dreams Into Business Success

October 26th, 2018


Carla Fleming’s (@pivotingstratgs) gloriously happy childhood dreams of doing meaningful work included being a teacher, a doctor, and a journalist. …

Third Act By 28: One Man's Unusual Journey to do Meaningful Work (Part 2)

October 19th, 2018


Few of us can tell a personal career story as dramatic and ever-changing as Michael Shochet. After college, he became one of the youngest TV news …

Third Act By 28: One Man's Unusual Journey to do Meaningful Work (Part 1)

October 12th, 2018


Few can tell a personal career story as dramatic and ever-changing as Michael Shochet.

As an ambitious high school student from an affluent Baltimore …

Beautiful Dreams: What Did You Want to be When You Grew Up?

October 5th, 2018


When you were young, what did you want to be when you grew up? What were your dreams of doing meaningful work?

In this special episode of The …

The Experience Shaper: How One Performance Expert is Transforming HOW We Work (Part 2)

September 28th, 2018


Performance reviews are a staple of the workforce. Companies use them to measure a worker’s job skill, set salary levels, and establish future goals. But they are also often ill-timed and poorly conceived, set out to …

The Experience Shaper: How One Performance Expert is Transforming HOW We Work (Part 1)

September 21st, 2018


Early in life, she knew that her mind worked differently than the other kids. She knew she was dyslexic. But she also knew that she was very smart. …

Transportation Equity: How One Scientist Works to Reengineer the Quality of Urban Life

September 14th, 2018


Transportation access remains one of the most important issues affecting American urban life. And yet, many commuters—especially those who live in …

Discovering Yourself: ‘Knowing Your Myers-Briggs Type’ Opens Gateways to Meaningful Work

September 7th, 2018


How might your life have been different if you had deliberately chosen work and career opportunities that aligned expressly with your personality …

Coach MD: How One Physician Leads Patients to Live Better, Stronger, and More Meaningful Lives

August 31st, 2018


Imagine being an average high school student who gets dream-crushing discouragement from a guidance counselor after expressing a serious interest in …

Living a Life of Less Stuff And More Epic Experience

May 11th, 2018


According Pew Research's groundbreaking January 2017 report, the American Dream that we all knew as Upward Mobility is long gone; it was replaced by …

Corporate Escapee Becomes Epic Travel Experience Provider

May 11th, 2018


Imagine embarking on a career in advertising on famed Madison Avenue, where all the entry level jobs available to recent college grads like you …

The Path Forward: Staying Nimble for Career Success

January 23rd, 2018


Edythe Richards (@Edythe_Richards), a veteran career counselor and Emotional Intelligence expert, makes the case that our workforce’s notions of work and career have massively shifted. And now, in the Age of Trump, she …

Disconnecting to Reconnect with the World and People: Building Meaningful Lives and Work

November 3rd, 2017


Could you imagine a point in your life where you completely disconnect from social media in order to establish better and more meaningful connections …

Reimagining The American Dream: How Today’s College Grads Measure Success

November 3rd, 2017


The American Dream has rapidly unraveled. With our earning power plummeting and costs—such as housing, healthcare, and college tuition—spiraling …

Starting Small: How One Small College Leads Sustainability’s Big Future

November 3rd, 2017


Big and transformative sustainability careers are often born on college campuses. In this episode of The Tightrope with Dan Smolen, we sit down with …

Reporting Fact and Speaking Truth to Power

May 11th, 2017


Learn how Jim Pierobon, a successful environmental affairs and sustainability business reporter, speaks truth to power in an era when so many aspects …

What is Happening to Work?

May 1st, 2017


What is happening to work? Answering that question, Dr David Jacobs, a leading U.S. labor historian and professor of business, history, and sustainability at Morgan State University in Maryland, takes us through the …

From College Internship to Sustainability Career

April 21st, 2017


One Philadelphia-based entity is turning the college internship experience upside-down. And in doing so, it is transforming hundreds of soon-to-be …

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