Rank #1: Season 8 - Staying Power with Cara Silletto - Episode 75
Workforce thought leader Cara Silletto, MBA, works with organizations of all sizes to reduce unnecessary employee turnover by bridging generational gaps and making managers more effective in their roles. As a Millennial herself, she knows first-hand what it is like to have a heightened sense of entitlement, very little employee loyalty and a dependency upon her smart phone. However, unlike many Millennials, Cara has figured out exactly how these attributes were cultivated during her formative years, and she now shares that story with leaders across the country, including teams at Toyota, UPS, Cintas and Humana.
Cara learned early in her career, from her Baby Boomer and GenX mentors, what “professionalism” meant to them, and absorbed critical information about management expectations during her first decade in the business world. She then went on to earn her Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) from the top-ranked University of Louisville Entrepreneurship program, lived overseas teaching German executives about business practices in the U.S., and then started her consulting firm, Crescendo Strategies, in 2012.
Today, at age 37, she’s a highly-sought-after national speaker conducting 50 to 100 engagements annually. Louisville Business First recently named her one of their 2018 Forty Under 40 young professionals. Workforce Magazine in Chicago named Cara a “Game Changer” for her innovative approach to solving generational issues in the workplace and Recruiter.com listed her in their “Top 10 Company Culture Experts to Watch,” list. She is also the author of the 2018 book, Staying Power: Why Your Employees Leave & How to Keep Them Longer.
Feb 17 2019
Rank #2: Season 8 - Business lessons from Rock with John O'Leary - Episode 74
John O’Learyis the only management consultant who has studied New Testament Greek at the Yale Divinity School, lived with the Grateful Dead, and hosted a cable TV talk show. He has also been a band leader/musician who opened shows for two dozen Rock & Roll Hall of Fame acts and shared dressing rooms with the likes of Eric Clapton, Joni Mitchell, Michael Bolton, Frank Zappa, and Muddy Waters.
But for over three decades John has been primarily immersed in organizational consulting, team training, and executive coaching. He has conducted more than 500 seminars on leadership, public speaking, and coaching—and has trained trainers to lead similar seminars for over 50,000 participants. He has worked with over a thousand leaders and hundreds of teams in diverse industries of all sizes.
John has also had the good fortune to work with renowned thought leaders in business including Peter Senge (The 5thDiscipline), Fernando Flores (On Computers and Cognition), Werner Erhard (founder of the est Training), and Tom Peters (In Search of Excellence).
For years he was a featured blogger on www.TomPeters.com, an internationally popular business website, and maintains his own blog at www.BusinessLessonsFromRock.com which draws teambuilding lessons from rock & roll bands. HR Worldhas dubbed it “one of the top 100 management and leadership blogs.”
Recent clients include: Anglo-American, Anthem/Wellpoint, Atrium Innovations, Cisco Systems, Commerce Bank, Deloitte & Touche, DHL, Johnson & Johnson, Lockheed Martin, Nestlé Health Science, Pfizer, Schindler, Teck Resources, and the US Army.
John currently resides in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts.
Show Notes -
Websites: John O’Leary,
Feb 17 2019
Rank #3: Season 7 - Transforming Stressors Into Confident Performances On Cue with Jeff Renner- Episode 73
Jeff Renner is a Professional Speaker, Moderator and Guide for Personal/Team Growth. He was a meteorologist and broadcast professional who forecasted the weather for KING 5 News, and NBC affiliate, in Seattle for more than 35 years. He holds the prestigious Certified Broadcast Meteorologist (CBM) designation from the American Meteorological Society, of which he is a member.
• Nine-time Emmy award winner
• 40+ years in television news
• 30+ years Chief Meteorologist
• NASA Journalist in Space candidate
• Author of six books
• Commercial pilot, scuba diver, sailor, climber and skier
Notable Field Assignments
• The White House, Vatican
• Severe Storms,Volcanic Eruptions
Websites: Jeff Renner
Books: Amazon Link
Dec 03 2018
Rank #4: Season 7 - An Ontological Approach to Peak Performance with Pat Johnson- Episode 72
Pat Johnson started her professional career responsible for various aspects of learning programs within the Ministries of Health; Community, Aboriginal, and Women Issues; Forests; and Advanced Education Training and Technology. Pat was Director of Business Education and also Assistant Director of Learning & Development at BC Pension Corporation; and went to CRD as Manager, Workforce Development and Strategies. She has also trained with her own company internationally and within segments of the private sector. Her credentials include certifications in change management and transitions; Fierce Conversations; MBTI; Emotional Intelligence; World Class Speaker Coach; as well as extensive experience with the fields of coaching, communication and leadership.
She is currently an ontological trained life coach in her own company, Pat Johnson & Associates, where she coaches individuals from various walks of life who aspire to achieve more in their life. She also works for Accomplishment Coaching out of San Diego as a Mentor Coach, working with coaches who are currently enrolled in the training program.
In 2010/11, she served Toastmasters International, the fastest growing not-for-profit educational organization in the world, as their International President and Chairman of the Board – the only Canadian woman President in the organization’s 93 year history. As President, Pat oversaw some 300,000 active members from 116 countries and earned her reputation for inclusive, fair and honest leadership at the global level. She has a unique understanding of global leadership and experience standing on the world stage unafraid.
A truly International leader and speaker, Pat has spoken in Australia, Caribbean, Germany, India, Ireland, Japan, Mainland China, Malaysia, Portugal, Singapore, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, United Kingdom, and across the United States and Canada as both a keynote speaker and an educator. She continues to mentor a number of leaders worldwide. She has recently completed a 3.5 year term as Manager of 250 international consultants who advised on the development of new curriculum for an international educational organization; served on a number of advisory committees and chaired an international convention held in Vancouver during August 2017 where the global community came together. She co-chaired the inaugural post-convention Alaska Cruise from Vancouver to Hubbard Glacier. Pat recently published her first book entitled, “A Handbook for Building and Sustaining Vibrant Toastmasters Programs in Corporations” and was a keynote presenter at the International Convention in Chicago in August 2018.
Within her local community, Pat has served as a Board Member with the Victoria Women’s Transition House Society and as a mentor for Leadership Victoria for five years. She served on an Advisory Board at UVic for Adult Education programs for several years and coached the Commonwealth Games Speakers’ Bureau. She is a past member of the Saanich Rotary Club where she was awarded the Paul Harris Fellow, is a current member of Toastmasters International and also curls out of the Victoria Curling Club.
Websites: Pat Johnson, LinkedIn, Accomplishment Coaching, Toastmasters International
Dec 03 2018
Rank #5: Season 7 - Stumbling towards God ~ A spiritual memoir by Russell Perkins - Episode 71
Oct 19 2018
Rank #6: Season 7 - Educational Leadership with Kent Bicknell - Episode 70
Kent Bicknell grew up in central New Hampshire and resides there still. In 1973 Kent became founding head of Sant Bani School and stayed as a teaching head for 44 years, retiring in 2017. He was a Scholar of the House at Yale University, and holds a master’s degree from Goddard College and a doctorate in curriculum from Boston University. Kent has been involved in education for five decades, including over forty years on the Advisory Council of the New Hampshire Commissioner of Education and six years as a commissioner with the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. He has served as a consultant to schools across the U.S. as well as in Bhutan, Canada, Colombia, Guatemala, India and Venezuela. In 2018 Kent published Stepping Stones: The First Five Years of Sant Bani School (1973-1978). This history of the founding and formative years of a unique school has received strong endorsement from educators across the country.
An independent scholar whose work has been published in a variety of journals, Kent’s main interests are the New England Transcendentalists – Henry David Thoreau, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and the Alcott Family: their educational pedagogy and how they were inspired by the spiritual wisdom of Asia. In 1995, he acquired, edited and published the manuscript of A Long Fatal Love Chase, a gothic thriller by Louisa May Alcott that became a New York Times best seller.
Kent’s spiritual quest in the ‘60s culminated in receiving initiation in 1968 from Master Kirpal Singh (1894-1974) of New Delhi, India. In 1976 he came close to Sant Ajaib Singh (1926-1997) of Rajasthan, India. After more than twenty-five visits to India as well as traveling extensively in Central and South America with Sant Ji, he published Rainbow On My Heart: A Memoir of the Early Years of the Mission of Sant Ajaib Singh (2002).
Little Green Light: www.littlegreenlight.com
Oct 17 2018
Rank #7: Season 7- From Zelda Wisdom to MaxDaddy with Carol Gardner - Episode 68
She’s back! .... At age 52 Carol Gardner was divorced, depressed and in debt for over a million dollars. Her divorce attorney laughingly suggested that Gardner needed a new chapter in her life and that she now had a choice: get a therapist or get a dog.
Gardner chose ‘DOG.’ And that dog turned her life around. Zelda, a short, stout English bulldog became an instant success, appearing on Hallmark greeting cards, books, calendars, cookie jars and just about every other imaginable product.
Now at age 72, Carol Gardner is back... this time touting Zelda’s boyfriend, a rescued dog named MaxDaddy. When Carol rescued MaxDaddy, he came to her with a lot of issues such as arthritis and joint pain. In her research to find help for MaxDaddy, Carol was introduced to CBD, the non- psychoactive oil from Hemp.There were small companies producing dog treats and oils containing CBD, but they weren’t up to Gardner’s standards. Fast forward to NOW. Carol and her business partners pulled together a ‘Top Dog’ team of Ph.D. scientists, a marketing verbal/visual master, and two business pros. The results? Gardner’s new company, MaxDaddy Inc., was created to help dogs with anxiety, seizures, arthritis, joint pain, mobility and itching issues. The company now offers MaxDaddy Bark Nuggets and MaxDaddy Bark Dust.
Not only are these CBD products helping MaxDaddy with his joint pain and arthritis, but also CBD is helping his girlfriend, the famous Zelda #3. Zelda is anxious… to say the least. She’s a super star with stage fright and anxiety related issues. MaxDaddy’s CBD Bark Dust has come to the rescue. Zelda was rescued by her own rescue dog boyfriend, MaxDaddy.
The future for Gardner’s new company? Zelda thinks the future for both MaxDaddy and Gardner is looking grrrrreat!
Aug 25 2018
Rank #8: Season 7 - Service and Servant Leadership with Gary Schmidt - Episode 66
Gary Schmidt is the Director of Public and Government Affairs for Clackamas County, Oregon. He previously worked for Oregon United States Senators Mark Hatfield and Gordon Smith, as a Field Representative, speechwriter and constituent services coordinator. Gary has been a Toastmaster for 23 years and served as the International President of Toastmasters International in 2009-2010.
Gary Schmidt - LinkedIn Profile
Jul 09 2018
Rank #9: Season 7 - Creating Heart-Centered Profitable Businesses with Rose Harrow - Episode 65
For over 30 years Rose has coached and mentored business and professional change makers so that they can do well financially while making a difference in the world.
As past director of an international non-profit, she understands the challenges that large organizations face, and has a wide angle perspective of what it takes personally as well as professionally to run a business or organization.
Her early education included the diverse interests of brain re-wiring, therapeutic massage, a degree in music composition, and a minor in social welfare.
Her love for people and her intuitive ability to zero in on core issues, make her equally at home chairing a meeting or coaching one to one, and seeing innovative solutions “outside the box.”
As her “give back” she has coordinated national educational networks in the U.S. and Latin America.
The common thread through all of her life is that she believes that any mindful career can be a powerful spiritual path. If you desire to “change the world,” the process will call forth from you a level of growth and transformation that is deep and soul satisfying. You will feel more like yourself than ever before.
This journey requires special “real world” skills and systems in addition to passion, persistence and vision.
Jul 09 2018
Rank #10: Season 6 - Succeeding in business and life with Terry Beard - Season 6 Episode 64
Terry Beard is an entrepreneur with many years of experience building and leading successful ventures in retail, manufacturing, brick and mortar, and internet enterprises.
Synopsis of his new Book: Squelched: Succeeding in Business and Life by Finding Your Voice
Too many of us live with our inner voices reinforcing the feeling that we are "not good enough." Squelched is living testimony that we need not succumb to the negative messages life may serve up to thwart our aspirations and best efforts. We can be more than the expectations of others, with conviction, effort and hard work we can overcome and move towards personal strength and happiness.
May 24 2018
Rank #11: Season 6 - Accelerating Revenue and Business with Lenora Edwards - Episode 63
Lenora Edwards is a business development consultant for entrepreneurs & executives. Her clients hire her to help them design, develop, and build their businesses--on their own terms. Her value-add is acceleration of the revenue-generating process. She is known for helping those of us with especially unique value propositions and many regard her as their “ad hoc business partner who never tries to take equity.” Her expertise spans retail, manufacturing, and professional services in both domestic and international markets. Since launching her practice in 2001, her community of satisfied clients keeps growing -- nearly all by referral. It’s her dream job – and it shows.
May 09 2018
Rank #12: Season 6 - Spirit in Motion with Cycling Champion Maureen Manley - Episode 62
Maureen’s exceptionalism first came to international attention as a world class cyclist. She had no preconceived limits on what she could accomplish as a member of the US Cycling Team. She won a National Championship, set a national record, earned a silver and bronze medals at the national level. She won a silver medal in the World Championships and had her eye on the 1992 Olympics.
At the height of her cycling career, her dreams came to an abrupt halt with the sudden onset of a colossal health challenge. The headlines read, “Manley’s Olympic dream is dashed.” The journey down one road ended. Another began. A journey filled with compelling life lessons that strengthened her understanding and belief in the power of the human spirit.
The courage, determination and resourcefulness that had fueled her amazing athleticism became instrumental in her healing process. She did not let her physical setback stop her from living the life she desired.
In addition to her Exercise Science Degree she obtained a Master’s degree in Whole Systems Design. She began to understand and develop effective ways to deepen and broaden her knowledge and application of holistic high-performance strategies that would help produce the outcomes she desired.
Her journey led her to become a creative force – a gifted corporate professional speaker and peak-performance wellness and business coach. Maureen’s passion for excellence and her authentic presence have led her to inspire audiences from coast to coast.
In her program, The Cycle of Success, Maureen shows her audiences how to gain the winning edge by harnessing the power of both grit and grace.
May 09 2018
Rank #13: Season 6 - First Impressions and People Packaging with Sylvie Di Giusto - Episode 61
“People Packaging is what I do" says Sylvie di Giusto who helps individuals and organizations to explore how people make up their minds very quickly about them, their leadership potential, or their company, and either open the door or slam it shut. Twenty years of corporate experience and her ability to empower people to inﬂuence the success of own career has led to her launching Executive Image Consulting, based in New York City. It’s where she uses her extensive corporate expertise as a keynote speaker, corporate trainer and image consultant for professionals, politicians, and companies who place great importance on themselves. Sylvie speaks to audiences around the world about the importance of “First Impressions… and everything beyond”. She is the Author of “The Image of Leadership,” the Co-Owner of the “Studio for Image Professionals” and the Creator of “How You Impress.”
May 09 2018
Rank #14: Season 6 - How gender affects the way we communicate, identifying your IT factor with Nick McArthur - Episode 60
Nick McArthur is a dude with a wife, five kids, and an online business. He also happens to have spent much of his life living as a woman...even though deep down he always knew he was a man. When he embraced his identity and came out as transgender, he realized just how much gender affects the way we think, talk, and function. He now speaks from his experience on both sides of the gender coin, empowering both men and women to live authentically and powerfully no matter what their gender might be. Nick helps creative entrepreneurs find their own voice at epicdanger.com and his blog about transitioning is at theverybestman.com. You can also find him on Instagram as @epicdanger posting many pictures of his many kids.
May 09 2018
Rank #15: Season 6 - Redesigning your Inner Space with Paul Sokolski - Episode 59
Paul Sokolski, founder of Redesign Your Inner Space, is a visionary leader, and has a passion to truly help change the way the world sees what's possible.
Paul speaks worldwide and focuses on helping people live with total abundance. Paul brings a unique approach to his performance catalyst company, and how he coaches individuals from a background of over 25 years in business and a personal journey that fuses authenticity, love and forgiveness, to create a space of peace for the individual that has the passion to grow, Live and love, in a way that serves themselves first and then others, as Paul has also mastered in his life.
PauL Sokolski - Website
Apr 05 2018
Rank #16: Season 6 - A story about commitment and retiring young with Galina Lipina - Episode 58
Galina Lipina, is a coach at "Turning Point"and she specializes in supporting successful professionals who want more in life, who are ready to uplevel.
She has been though a few transitions in life (moved to US all by herself at the age of 24 , transitioned from a job to being a consultant to then retiring at the age of 33)
She supports her clients with:
- Clarity. Defining the next goal.
- Fulfillment. I will help you get clarity on your fulfillment and make sure it is integrated into your next goal.
- Freedom. Eliminating have to's and should's, and design your life around your wants and meant to be's.
- Unique lifestyle and goal design that peels away all conditioning of what you are supposed to be and do and connects you to what's your unique way of living your life.
- Getting unstuck to live the bigger version of you.
- Strategy. Developing the most effective strategy to get there.
- Action. Defining the action steps to start and then do it!
Galina's Speech at Digital Footprint - Atlanta - here
Apr 05 2018
Rank #17: Season 6 - Transform yourself, your relationships, and your world with Ryel Kestano- Episode 57
Ryel is the lead designer of ART's curriculum, and runs operations. Prior to co-founding ART International, Ryel oversaw all training operations at the Integral Center in Boulder, a world-renowned leader in transformational workshops. He has been a course leader, course supervisor, facilitator and coach since his own transformation several years ago. Ryel is also the co-founder and visionary behind Virtuance, one of the largest providers of real estate photography in the world, and the co-founder and visionary behind Pink Mammoth, one of the Bay Area's largest and most successful creative arts collectives.
Apr 03 2018
Rank #18: Season 6 - Hacking the Gap with Greg Voisen - Episode 56
Greg Voisen, creator and host of Inside Personal Growth, is an author, creative consultant and thought leader in the human potential movement. Inside Personal Growth was born out of Greg’s passion for personal growth and mastery. He continually strives to improve his own life – spiritually, emotionally and physically – as he learns from the hundreds of authors interviewed on this website.
Greg’s professional journey began with a career in insurance sales and financial planning, during which he found himself coaching clients to feel emotionally secure making major life investments. For the past 30 years, Greg has been honing his skills in business consulting, finance and psychology. In 2003, he sold his successful financial consulting company to attend the University of Santa Monica and earn his M.S. in Spiritual Psychology. Since, he has created multiple businesses with philanthropic arms, including Digital Seed and Compassionate Communications, to merge these disciplines.
Inside Personal Growth is one of many ways Greg connects people for the greater good. It is his professional mission to inspire insight and innovation that facilitates breakthroughs in the individual and collective consciousness to evolve the way we see people in business.
Check out Greg's new book: Hacking the Gap
Apr 03 2018
Rank #19: Season 5 - Don't just Wow the crowd, change them with Tamsen Webster - Episode 51
Part "idea whisperer," part message strategist, and part presentation coach, Tamsen Webster helps people and organizations like Verizon, State Street Bank, Ericsson, Johnson & Johnson, and Disney find and communicate the power of their ideas. For four years, she was the Executive Producer of TEDxCambridge, one of the oldest and largest locally organized “TED talk” events in the world. In former lives, she worked in both agencies and at nonprofits heading up brand, marketing, and fundraising communication strategy, along with a brief but enduring turn as a change management consultant. She was a reluctant marathoner...twice; is a winning ballroom dancer (in her mind); and everything she knows about people, speaking, and change, she learned at Weight Watchers. True story.
Tamsen Webster Keynote Speaking and Coaching
Tamsen's LinkedIn Profile
Jan 25 2018
Rank #20: Season 5 - Turning Your Knowledge, Experience and Expertise into Ongoing Streams of Cash - Peter Thomson - Episode 50
Peter Thomson is now regarded as the UK’s most prolific information product creator. Starting in business in 1972 he built 3 successful companies – selling the last to a public company, after only 5 years trading, for £4.2M enabling him to retire at age 42.
Since that time Peter has concentrated on sharing his proven methods for business and personal success via audio and video programmes, books, seminars, conference speeches and mentoring programmes.
Peter now specializes in helping coaches, consultants, speakers, trainers and business owners to grow their organisations – so each can create a business and a life of choice. He shares the precise steps on how to share more of their authentic messages with more people than they could ever reach on a 1-2-1- basis by showing them how to write and create and market their own informational products.
With over 100 audio and 100 video programs written and recorded he is Nightingale Conant’s leading UK author.
Book Recommendations: Decisive
Turn Your Knowledge, Experience and Expertise into Ongoing Streams of Cash by Joining Peter Thomson's highly rated The Achievers Club
Jan 25 2018