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Our mission is to foster a wiser and more inclusive world by connecting a community of generous mentors and engaging professionals. Our purpose is to share lessons and wisdom gleaned from life experiences so that we become a better version of ourselves.




Our mission is to foster a wiser and more inclusive world by connecting a community of generous mentors and engaging professionals. Our purpose is to share lessons and wisdom gleaned from life experiences so that we become a better version of ourselves.






Troy Hadeed - Everyone fails. Everyone succeeds. That’s what makes us the same

Troy Hadeed is a Social Entrepreneur, Philosopher, Yoga Teacher, Author. He explains why ”Privilege is not a bad word”, why you should “Cultivate a loving relationship with your mind”, how “Forgiveness does not depend on an apology” and much more. Hosted by Robert Hossary. About Troy Hadeed Troy Hadeed was born in Trinidad & Tobago and has lived there for the majority of his life, today he still calls the forested North Coast of Trinidad his home and lives among a community of hummingbirds. He attended the University of Tampa in Florida and graduated with a degree in business. After that Troy returned to Trinidad to open Trinidad’s first Hemp store, which he ran for eight years before starting a bio-fuel business, and then finally nurturing a beautiful yoga studio and community known as One Yoga Trinidad—recently re-branding as BeyondYogaTv.com Troy has traveled the world on a ship, walked on foot across Costa Rica, sat in silence for 10 days at a time, spent time in absolute darkness, and has dedicated the last 15 years of his life to the practice and teaching of Yoga. He has recently completed his first book, Popcorn in My Pocket; Insightful Reflections For A Better You & A Better World, scheduled to launch in April/May 2023 Episode Notes


Terry Tucker - What you leave behind is what you weave in the hearts of other people.

Terry Tucker is a motivational speaker and author. He explains why you should ”Be part of something bigger than yourself”, why you should “Control your mind or it will control you”, how “You are the person you’re looking to become” and much more. Hosted by Siebe Van Der Zee. About Terry Tucker Terry Tucker is a motivational speaker, author, and international podcast guest on the topics of mindset, motivation, and self-development. He is the Founder of Motivational Check LLC. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from The Citadel and a Master’s degree from Boston University. He has been a college basketball player, a marketing executive, a hospital administrator, a SWAT Team Hostage Negotiator, a high school basketball coach, a business owner, a motivational speaker, and most recently, a cancer warrior. He is the author of the book Sustainable Excellence, Ten Principles To Leading Your Uncommon and Extraordinary Life. Terry has also been featured in Authority, Thrive Global, and Human Capital Leadership magazines. Episode Notes Lesson 1: Control your mind or it will control you. 05:12 Lesson 2: Embrace the pain and difficulty we all experience in life and use it to make you more resilient. 07:19 Lesson 3: What you leave behind is what you weave in the hearts of other people. 11:37 Lesson 4: As long as you don’t quit, you can never be defeated. 15:14 Lesson 5: Be part of something bigger than yourself. 17:24 Lesson 6: Most people think with their fears and insecurities, instead of using their minds. 23:37 Lesson 7: You are the person you’re looking to become. 28:43 Lesson 8: Fail often, especially when you are young. 32:03 Lesson 9: Listen more than you talk. 35:29 Lesson 10: Love is the most important word in any language. 38:56


Brad Chan - Success is intentional.

On this episode Brad Chan explains the importance of “living your values” why being an Introvert is a superpower” and how “Challenges are opportunities” along with more lessons learned. Hosted by Jeffery Wang. About Brad Chan Brad is a property professional and the CEO of Banna Property Group, a 3rd generation family business with a vision to transform its shopping centres into community hubs. Brad is also founder of HaymarketHQ, an innovation hub which opened in 2016 with a particular focus on helping startups grow into Asian markets. In 2022, he led a group of community organisations to successfully launch Neon Playground, a festival of lights, arts, music and community to reactivate Sydney’s Chinatown. Brad was a previous board member of the Museum of Chinese in Australia, former President of the Haymarket Chamber of Commerce for five years, sat for several years on the City of Sydney Chinese New Year Advisory Committee and was the first President of the Australian Asian Association of Bennelong. He was recently a Board Director of Northcross Limited for four years, whilst also President of the school P&F for the same duration. He remains involved with a number of other community and local government committees and currently sits on the City of Sydney Business Advisory Panel. He is also a former board member of the DAWN Network a purpose-led business with a vision to build culturally diverse leaders in the future. In 2016, he established the Banna Foundation, the family group’s philanthropy arm which currently supports a range of charities including the UTS Humanitarian Scholarship for the past 4 years. Brad has a Bachelor of Applied Science (Land Economics), Post-Graduate Diploma in Finance & Investment, a Masters in Real Estate and a Masters of Town Planning. He is also a graduate and member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He has been a Justice of the Peace in NSW since 2010. Episode Notes Lesson 1: Live Your Values 02:53 Lesson 2: Introversion is a superpower. 09:48 Lesson 3: Challenges are opportunities. 17:46 Lesson 4: Learn languages. 22:21 Lesson 5: Just Do It 25:36 Lesson 6: Be Humble 27:20 Lesson 7: Join a gym. 30:52 Lesson 8: Choose Your Response 35:16 Lesson 9: Success is intentional. 39:03 Lesson 10: Become literate…in Money. 44:55


Mitch Bolnick - “Respect your elders” is a cliche, but listening to them might save you

Mitch Bolnick is a CEO, Author and Mentor. He explains how “Good communication is at the heart of all success”, how “Loyalty comes from trust” and why we should “Plan for success”. Hosted by Diana White. About Mitch Bolnick Mitch Bolnick is the principal of The Excel Consulting Group in 2013 to help other entrepreneurs succeed for the long term and obtain funding in the short term. His two books, MItch's Pocket Guide to a Great Business Plan and Mitch's Framework to Business Development were written to help focus entrepreneurs on the things they need to in order to succeed. Starting in 2018 Mitch joined Greener Pacific, an Oregon LLC, as CEO/member and FocalPoint Security, an Arizona LLC, as an advisor/member. Mitch also is a volunteer mentor/advisory positions for several organizations, including the State of Arizona's Venture Ready (Arizona Innovative Challenge) program. Mitch’s passion is to help other businesses excel. Mitch has found many rabbit holes to fall into during his diverse career and has learned many lessons the hard way as a result. Mitch’s goal is to help other entrepreneurs and leaders avoid mistakes. Episode Notes Lesson 1: Great leaders spend their lives building their respect by not giving away their integrity. 03:03 Lesson 2: Good communication is at the heart of all success. 06:30 Lesson 3: Balance life and work 08:36 Lesson 4: Loyal customers are the key to long-term profitable success. 13:55 Lesson 5: Loyalty comes from trust. 16:19 Lesson 6: Plan for success. 19:42 Lesson 7: Get rid of the deadwood. 33:44 Lesson 8: Understand risk. 43:56 Lesson 9: Don’t dwell, life is like riding several rollercoasters at the same time. 50:41 Lesson 10: “Respect your elders” is a cliche, but listening to them might save you. 53:35


Zach Schaefer – Think in terms of time design, not time management.

Zach Schaefer is a CEO, Founder, Speaker, Author, and Professor. He shares how to “Live a meaningful life”, how “Forgiveness massages a pulled mental muscle” and tells us why we should “Share your scars, mistakes”. Hosted by Robert Hossary. About Zach Schaefer Dr. Zach Schaefer (Dr. Z), Founder and CEO of Spark The Discussion, is a speaker, author, professor, and consultant. Spark works with growing companies to provide Data Driven Talent™ solutions. Spark specializes in diagnosing, designing, and deploying a variety of workplace programs focused on solving internal talent challenges from hire to retire. In addition to working with corporate clients through Spark The Discussion, Dr. Z was also an Associate Professor of Applied Communication Studies at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville where he researched the relationship between successful workplace cultures, conflict management norms, and leadership behaviors. Dr. Z’s knowledge and passion for communication is contagious and creates the spark that drives his entire consulting philosophy. Dr. Z’s passion for communication is contagious and creates the spark that drives his entire consulting philosophy. Conducted extensive primary research regarding mediation, conflict management, and workplace communication Widely published in both academic and professional outlets Commentary has been featured in a wide range of high-quality media outlets including the Harvard Business Review Blog, MSNBC, and Fast Company Dr. Z is co-creator of a mobile app called the ClashCoach (available on iTunes). He authored a book called American Creativity (available on Amazon). In short, Dr. Z knows that effective communication is a building block to happy, healthy, and wealthy lives – and he vigorously shares this message with all his clients! Service is also an integral component of Dr. Z’s life. He has been a Big Brother through the Big Brother Big Sister organization for nearly 10 years, he is on the Communications Committee of the St. Louis Organizational Development Network, and he is a member of the St. Louis Sports Commission. He is also a former board member of the Association for Missouri Mediators. Episode Notes Lesson 1: Master “no” to unleash your implicit yes 04:21 Lesson 2: Think in terms of time design, not time management. 07:42 Lesson 3: Listen to music, laugh, and break bread with friends as often as possible. 13:34 Lesson 4: The meaning of life is to live a meaningful life. 16:17 Lesson 5: The most fulfilling life is built by consistently hitting the crosshairs of TDJ: Talent, Discipline, and Joy 20:09 Lesson 6: Freedom from money, time, and desire lead to limitless opportunities. 24:22 Lesson 7: Forgiveness massages a pulled mental muscle. 32:38 Lesson 8: The most important conversations are often the ones that are missing. 37:48 Lesson 9: Share your scars, mistakes, and fears when sharing knowledge with others. 41:02 Lesson 10: Isolation is amplification, giving a microphone to your thoughts. 44:08


Zoe Fragou - Stop starting, start finishing

Zoe Fragou is an organizational Psychologist and explains why” everything is a negotiation”, why you should “focus on your strengths”, how “pettiness stalls your career” and much more. Hosted by Siebe Van Der Zee. About Zoe Fragou Zoe Fragou is an Organisational Psychologist with an MSc in Human Resources Management, a clinical psychologist license, a diploma in Business Coaching & Mentorship and a Certificate in Agile Leadership. At the moment, she is a PhD Candidate at Panteion University and her research is mainly focused on the psychometrics of the corporate culture. Alongside her academic interests, she is operating professionally in the full spectrum of her science, taking over projects of culture transformation, employee training and development, business coaching, personal branding, public speaking, and writing, for both private and corporate clients globally. She is a mentor for Women on Top, a feministic organization trying to bring equality in the workspace, a senior member of the Hellenic Institute of Coaching, and was voted best career coach in the Global Coaching Conference of 2021. Episode Notes Lesson 1: Everything is a negotiation. 04:37 Lesson 2: Everyone is a mess; some people hide it better. 06:45 Lesson 3: Focus on your strengths. 09:52 Lesson 4: Don't swipe it under the carpet. 14:23 Lesson 5: Pettiness stalls your career. 17:45 Lesson 6: Be the person you needed when you were younger. 20:19 Lesson 7: All we have is the connections that we make. 26:05 Lesson 8: Stop starting, start finishing. 27:53 Lesson 9: Consistency is about showing up. 30:33 Lesson 10: Always be the last one to speak. 31:42


Martin Salama : Reframe Your Meaning Of L.I.F.E

Martin Salama is a CEO, Founder and Business Coach. He explains why we should “Reframe our meaning of L.I.F.E”, he discloses the “true meaning of Rationalize and how it's self-sabotaging you” and tells us how to “Lose the Worrier and find the W.A.R.R.I.O.R”. Hosted by Diana White. About Martin Salama Martin Salama is known as the Architect of The Warriors L.I.F.E. Code. He specializes in helping people frustrated in their life quickly shift their mindset to UNCOVER their greatness so they can live their true potential and enjoy LIFE! An example of what he’s achieved is a client like Roberta, who lost her 6-figure job due to COVID and came to Martin depressed and felt very lost. Within a short time, she had, quote: “direction, focus, and a renewed energy around all the possibilities I could pursue… and getting back on track to enjoy LIFE!” The key to his success is, he’s mastered the ability to Live Incredibly Full Everyday! Which he turned into the acronym L.I.F.E. and created the Warriors L.I.F.E. Code coaching program. Episode Notes Lesson 1: Start with Admission, Cleansing, and Celebration 02:22 Lesson 2: Use The Cycle Of A's 04:45 Lesson 3: Stop, Think, Respond 08:28 Lesson 4: Reframe Your Meaning Of L.I.F.E 15:03 Lesson 5: Lose The Worrier And Find The W.A.R.R.I.O.R In You 19:00 Lesson 6: Incorporate Your new mindset in your finances so you can live in Financial Abundance 21:31 Lesson 7: Use The Warrior Mindset Affirmations Everyday 25:55 Lesson 8: The true meaning of Rationalize and how it's self-sabotaging you. 30:55 Lesson 9: Be clear about Self-Conscious vs, Self-Aware. 35:58 Lesson 10: Build Your Emotional Strength to keep your feelings from ruling your actions. 38:00


1000 Lessons Learned

We’ve made it to 100 episodes. That’s 1000 Lessons Learned! Our hosts Diana White, Siebe Van Der Zee, Jeffery Wang and Robert Hossary are joined by team member Yi Wang to discuss the last 1000 lessons, what resonated and what didn’t. About Our Hosts Diana White has over 30 years in sales and retail experience, leading stores with revenues of over 10 million and a staff of 200. Consumer psychology, marketing, operations, and leadership are just a few of her skillsets. Seeing a need for startup and operations assistance within the local business community, Diana established D.E.W. Business Solutions, LLC, to provide consulting to small businesses. Currently the Executive Director at Moonshot at NACET, she obtained a Bachelor of Science in Small Business Administration from Northern Arizona University, holds a green belt in Lean Six Sigma, and is a certified Agile Scrum Master. She is committed to helping businesses and non-profits as well as the community at large. Siebe Van Der Zee is President of Vanderzee & Associates, Executive Search & Coaching. He has served as an international management consultant for over 25 years. For 28 years, Siebe has served as Honorary Consul of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Arizona. He holds a Master's Degree in International Management from Thunderbird School of Global Management and he is a current member of the International Leadership Council at GPEC (Greater Phoenix Economic Council). Jeffery Wang is the founder of Professional Development Forum, an organisation dedicated to help young professionals find fulfilment in the modern Australian workplace for more than 13 years. Since its inception, the forum has hosted multitudes of successful, remarkable, and inspiring leaders. Through this journey, Jeffery developed a passion for empowering culturally diverse talent and unlocking their leadership potential. Jeffery is a passionate advocate of genuine diversity, servant leadership and mentorship and engages actively both as a mentor and mentee. Jeffery has almost 20 years of experience working as a sales and strategy professional in the IT Industry looking after enterprise and government customers. He has lived in Taiwan and New Zealand before migrating to Sydney where he currently lives with his wife and two boys. Robert Hossary has been involved in the not for profit/charity sector for the past 12 years. He is currently CEO for the DANII Foundation a voice for type 1 diabetes in Australia. Robert also has an excellent knowledge in international business. Since 2011 - 2018, Robert was the General Manager for the American Chamber of Commerce in Australia (AmCham) and helped advise many Australian and US companies about their international expansion requirements. Prior to that, Robert was Regional Vice President for the Americas for a technology manufacturer. He has also worked in Taiwan with responsibility for Asia Pacific and the Middle East. With a background in Technology, Transport, Fashion and Healthcare, Robert has a wealth of experience to share. Yi Wang is passionate about applying a risk lens and toolkit to a business challenge, making it meaningful to stakeholders so to make better decisions and achieve their success. Having lived the life of a 1st-generation migrant in Australia, Yi completed a hybrid education in accounting and IT and worked in professional service and many digital-first industries. Yi received countless support and advice generously given by others so he is a strong believer in mentorship and its power to help young professionals to realise their potential. Outside of his professional life, Yi enjoys playtime with his family, reading and is studying towards professional qualifications in mental health and counselling. Since joining the #10lessonslearned team, Yi has re-energised the team and helped refine a marketing strategy to amplify the outreach of the wisdom we aspire to share. Episode Notes Background 00:00 Siebe's Pick 01:44 Robert's Pick...


Faris Aranki - What are your 3 adjectives?

Faris Aranki tells us why we should “Run towards the wrecking ball”, reminds us that the “Platinum rule is better than the golden rule “and asks us “what are your 3 adjectives?” Hosted by Robert Hossary. About Faris Aranki Faris Aranki, is the founder and CEO of Shiageto Consulting! ​Having spent over 20 years delivering strategic change for the corporate and non-corporate worlds (as a top-tier strategy consultant, non-exec director, educator and in-house strategist), Faris has experienced first-hand the fine differences between strategic success and failure. His work has spanned numerous companies (from global behemoths to small start-ups), in numerous countries, across a range of sectors (including energy, banking, consumer goods, telco and media, government, automotive and education), supporting them all to unlock strategic success. He came to realise that often what hinders institutions from achieving their goals goes beyond the quality of their strategy; it is their ability to engage effectively with others at all levels and remove barriers in their way that can be the real barometers of success. Over time, Faris has built on his knowledge of how to solve complex problems in a structured manner, combining it with his skill for engaging others effectively and his ability to quickly determine the barriers to a strategy's success to consistently add value to clients. This knowledge has formed the foundation of our workshops, courses and methodologies. Faris believes that any firm or team can adopt these improvements; all it requires is a little of the right support - something Shiageto provides! ​He is ably assisted by a team of associates and specialists to deliver this work for clients. Episode Notes Lesson 1. Run towards the wrecking ball 05:28 Lesson 2. Don’t be sucked into the headlights. 08:59 Lesson 3. The platinum rule is better than the golden rule 12:07 Lesson 4. What kind of learner are you? 15:47 Lesson 5. What is the problem you are trying to solve? 19:26 Lesson 6. What are your 3 adjectives? 23:33 Lesson 7. Pre-decide and don’t half decide. 29:16 Lesson 8. Would you use your genie in a bottle? 34:39 Lesson 9. Who is your tribe? 42:18 Lesson 10. It’s about the things you do, not the things you don’t. 44:49


Dr Nora Gold - Create space for creativity

Dr Nora Gold asks us “If not now, when?”, explains why we need to “be kind to ourselves”, that “You define success” and more. Hosted by Siebe Van Der Zee. About Dr Nora Gold Dr. Nora Gold is a dynamic professional with a multi-faceted career. She is the prize-winning author of three books of fiction. The first, Marrow and Other Stories, won a Canadian Jewish Book Award and was praised by Alice Munro. Fields of Exile won the 2015 Canadian Jewish Literary Award and praise from both Cynthia Ozick and Irwin Cotler. The Dead Man (2016) won a Canada Council translation grant, resulting in this book’s publication in Hebrew, and an excerpt from it appeared also in Hungarian. Her fourth book, consisting of two novellas, will be published in 2024. Dr Gold is the founder and editor of the prestigious literary journal Jewish Fiction .net (www.jewishfiction.net), which publishes first-rate Jewish-themed fiction from around the world, either written in English or translated into English from 18 languages, and which has readers in 140 countries. To date, Jewish Fiction .net has published over 500 works of fiction never before published in English, including fiction by such eminent authors as Elie Wiesel. She was also a former social work professor and researcher who received 7 funded research grants, including from The Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada, focusing on women’s health, mental health, disability issues, and antisemitism). Dr Gold is a community activist involved in various social issues, including feminist empowerment, who has served on numerous boards, task forces, and committees, and has been recognized by the Toronto community as an Outstanding Volunteer. She has also founded or co-founder of three socially progressive organizations in Canada, all focused on social justice and promoting dialogue and equality between Jews and Arabs in Israel. For more details about Dr. Gold, visit noragold.com. Episode Notes Lesson 1: If I am not for myself, who will be? 07:21 Lesson 2: If I am only for myself, what am I? 14:29 Lesson 3: If not now, when? 19:48 Lesson 4: You define success 27:31 Lesson 5: The perfect is the enemy of the good Lesson 6: Be kind to yourself 33:33 Lesson 7: Create space for creativity 38:16 Lesson 8: Take action against distraction 41:55 Lesson 9: Read, read, read, read, read…fiction 46:37 Lesson 10: You only go round once 54:39


Dr. Beverly Browning - DON’T isolate yourself when you are going through hard or trying times

Dr Beverly Browning shares her Do’s and Don’ts lessons; "DO appreciate yourself", "DON’T be hard on yourself when you make mistakes", "Do celebrate yourself" and more. Hosted by Diana White About Dr Beverly Browning Dr Beverly A. Browning (Dr Bev) – The Grant Doctor is a non-profit capacity-building consultant and revenue-generating visionary. She is a grant-writing consultant who uses thought leadership to work with eligible organizations struggling with the woes of revenue stream imbalances. Dr Bev and her team members have helped her clients win over $750 million in grant awards. She has been researching grant funding, grant making trends, and board-related barriers to non-profit capacity building for over 47 years. Dr Bev is the founder and director of the Grant Writing Training Foundation and Bev Browning LLC. Dr Bev is the author of 47 grant writing publications, including seven editions of Grant Writing for Dummies (2001-2022), the 6th edition of Non-profit Kit for Dummies (2021), and the 4th edition of Fundraising for Dummies (2022). She has also created six courses for Ed2go.com dba Cengage Learning. Her instructor-led online asynchronous courses include A to Z Grant Writing (1 & 2), Advanced Proposal Writing, Becoming a Grant Writing Consultant, Non-profit Manager, Winning RFP Responses. and Professional Grant Writing. Dr Bev is an approved strategic planning facilitator and training provider for CFRE International (AFP), the Grant Professionals Association (GPA), and the Grant Professionals Certification Institute (GPCI). In addition, she has also created two Zoom-based live training courses, Coaching & Mentoring for New and Struggling Grant Writers (16 weeks) and Freelance Grant Writing Consultant’s Boot Camp (4 weeks). Her classes fill up months before they are offered. Dr Bev lives her life with faith and discernment. Episode Notes Lesson 1: DO appreciate yourself: I am worthy of success. 03:29 Lesson 2: DO create a spiritual foundation: I am a withering flower without faith. 06:38 Lesson 3: DO not be hard on yourself when you make mistakes: Mistakes fuel patience and do-overs.12:26 Lesson 4: DO live your life fully: Yesterday can’t be replayed, and tomorrow is not a promise. Live for today. 15:35 Lesson 5: DO celebrate yourself: Pat yourself on the back, create BIG PICTURE plans or incentives to celebrate your life. 20:27 Lesson 6: DON’T beat yourself up over mistakes. Move on with lessons learned. 30:35 Lesson 7: DON’T isolate yourself when you are going through hard or trying times. 34:53 Lesson 8: DON’T give up, ever! 36:49 Lesson 9: DON’T let your mind get stagnant. 43:06 Lesson 10: DON’T let your health decline! 44:27


Dr Dilip Jeste and Dr Samantha Boardman - Build the Habit of “Good Enough”

Dr Samantha Boardman and Dr Dilip Jeste discuss the techniques you can use to become wiser. Hosted by Duff Watkins About Dr Dilip Jeste Dilip Jeste is a neuropsychiatrist and professor at the University of California, San Diego. He is author of Wiser: the scientific roots of wisdom (and 13 other books). His 625 published scientific papers are among most cited in the world (he’s in the top .5% of publishing researchers). He was the first Asian-American elected President of the American Psychiatric Association in its 175 year history which has over 40,000 members. He is listed in “Best Doctors in America.” About Dr Samantha Boardman a New York based positive psychiatrist, who is committed to fixing what’s wrong and building what’s strong. Positive Psychiatry takes a more expansive approach, focusing on the promotion of wellbeing and the creation of health. private practice in Manhattan. published papers in journals including Translational Neuroscience, Nature Reviews Neuroscience, The American Journal of Psychiatry, and The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry. I’m also a frequent contributor to Psychology Today, The Wall Street Journal, and Thrive Global, and a guest on the Today Show and Good Day New York. Author of Everyday Vitality: turning Stress into Strength. Founder of PositivePrescription.com Episode Notes Lesson 1: What would X do? 02:46 Lesson 2: You won’t be wise until you regulate your emotions 09:48 Lesson 3: Move towards, not away; be pro-social not anti-social 16:53 Lesson 4: Practice compassion (start with yourself) 23:10 Lesson 5: Affirm a Value Today 32:16 Lesson 6: Think Best, Worst, Most Likely (accept uncertainty) 39:39 Lesson 7: Re-frame the meaning of so called 'bad' events 44:12 Lesson 8: Build the Habit of “Good Enough” 50:41 Lesson 9: Be Your Own Emotional Detective: channel your inner Sherlock Holmes Lesson 10: Look Up! Find your spirituality 58:20


Karen Loon - Don’t be scared to look in the mirror

Karen Loon shares her lessons about how "Our future is shaped by our past", that "Imposter syndrome is normal", why you should not "be scared to look in the mirror" and more. Hosted by Jeffery Wang About Karen Loon Karen Loon is passionate about ensuring that both women and those from culturally diverse backgrounds are given the right opportunities to thrive within their organisations. Combining her business and governance experience as Non-Executive Director (NED); her 29 years working with the world’s leading financial institutions as a senior relationship and assurance partner at PwC; her knowledge gained from leading change initiatives in diversity; and her academic research in system psychodynamics, Karen delivers research-based and yet practical advice to the organisations she works with. Karen is a recognised thought leader and speaker on workplace diversity and inclusion. She was formerly PwC’s Singapore and Asia-Pacific Diversity Leader and a member of its Global Diversity Leadership Team and Global Financial Services Diversity Steering Committee. Under her leadership, PwC won the British Chamber of Commerce Singapore’s 2017 Embracing Diversity and Inclusion Award. She was also awarded a certificate at the 2017 Singapore Committee for UN Women HeForShe Awards to recognise her work to promote gender equality in Singapore. Karen regularly shares her views on enhancing diversity with leading organisations and professional and industry bodies in Australia and Singapore. She is also a commentator on governance and culture matters. Karen is a NED on several for-profit, professional, and educational organisation boards. She has an Executive Master in Change from INSEAD, a Master of Business Administration from Macquarie Graduate School of Management, and a Bachelor of Economics from the University of Sydney. In addition, Karen has several post-graduate qualifications in accounting, finance, corporate governance, and culture. Karen’s current book Fostering Culturally Diverse Leadership in Organisations-Lessons from Those Who Smashed the Bamboo Ceiling, examines how successful culturally diverse leaders at work resolve the contradictions and tensions of their identities within organisations. Episode Notes Lesson 1: Life is full of patterns that we continuously repeat 03:05 Lesson 2: Your family will always be your biggest cheers squad 06:32 Lesson 3: Our future is shaped by our past 10:47 Lesson 4: If you’re not networking, you’re not working 13:55 Lesson 5: Imposter syndrome is normal 17:52 Lesson 6: Don’t be scared to look in the mirror 20:59 Lesson 7: Embrace negative capability 23:49 Lesson 8: Invest in ‘me’ time 25:52 Lesson 9: Stay hungry, stay foolish 26:55 Lesson 10: The best way to bond is over food 29:17


Link Duarte - Don’t let your mistakes ruin what you could be.

Link Duarte discusses why we should "Strive for excellence, not perfection " That we need to "Live your bliss " and explains why you shouldn't "let your mistakes ruin what you could be: . Hosted by Diana White About Link Duarte “Link,” formally known as Chris Duarte, is committed to inspiring the world to be more inclusive of everyone. As the chair of the Advocacy group at CTW, Link is committed to lifting the voices of the worker (open talent), to ensure that they not only have a seat at the table, but that they have instrumental influence for positive change in the future of workspace. Link is committed to making the world a safer place in his efforts as a pro human advocate, consultant, innovator, program developer, trainer, speaker, and storyteller. Link, a Veteran of the armed forces, holds 2 BS, and an MA in Sociology, Criminology, Law, and more recently, a Master’s Certificate in Business Analytics (HBAP) from Harvard Business School. Since the start of his career, Link has founded and directed several entities and programs that serve people, educated publicly about rural and minority issues, and volunteers his time to support social justice initiatives. As the Founder and CEO of Linking Dreams, Link provides cultural strategy consulting, training, DEI/EIG evaluation, and program design to help entities enhance their reach of underserved populations. Link also chairs the Advocacy group at the Center for the Transformation of Work where he engages audiences to lift up the voices of workers in the #futureofwork space. Link believes in the power created when people unite to form ecosystems of support and dedicates his time to ensure that the voices of the underserved are valued and included. Episode Notes Lesson 1: Live your bliss and the universe will open doors for you that you thought were only walls 01:52 Lesson 2: Let your past be your guiding post and not your hitching post 04:11 Lesson 3: In 10 years, nobody will remember what you did, but they will always remember the way you made them feel 04:52 Lesson 4: Don’t let your mistakes ruin what you could be- stop giving your mistake so much power 06:49 Lesson 5: Strive for excellence, not perfection 09:08 Lesson 6: Identity shouldn’t define you; it is merely of characteristic that helps guide us and who we are 10:53 Lesson 7: Be your authentic self because your authenticity is the one thing that no one can take away from you 14:03 Lesson 8: Exercise and learn healthy habits while you’re young because it only gets harder as you get older 16:01 Lesson 9: If college is your bag, give it all you got- look at that piece of paper as an investment in your future 18:03 Lesson 10: In the white room with the red door, be the 3rd type of person 22:41


William Sarni - The Power of Unreasonable People

Will Sarni discusses why we should "Do good things" That we need to "Learn to say No or Hell Yeah" and explains the power of unreasonable people. Hosted by Siebe Van Der Zee About Will Sarni Will Sarni is the founder and CEO of Water Foundry a water strategy consultancy. He is also the CEO of the The Future of Water Fund, a water technology venture fund focused on addressing water scarcity, quality and equitable access to water. He has been a sustainability and water strategy advisor to multinationals, water technology companies, investors, and non-governmental organizations for his entire career. Prior to Water Foundry, he was a managing director at Deloitte Consulting where he established and led the water strategy practice. He was the founder and CEO of DOMANI, a sustainability strategy firm, prior to Deloitte. Will is an internationally recognized thought leader on water strategy and innovation. He was ranked as; A Key Player Pressuring Businesses to Care About Water and one of the Top 15 Interviews In Smart Water Magazine 2019. Sarni is the author numerous publications on water strategy and innovation including the following books. “Corporate Water Strategies”“Water Tech – A Guide to Investment, Innovation and Business Opportunities in the Water Sector”“Beyond the Energy – Water – Food Nexus: New Strategies for 21st Century Growth”“Water Stewardship and Business Value: Creating Abundance from Scarcity”“Creating 21st Century Abundance through Public Policy Innovation: Moving Beyond Business as Usual”“Digital Water: New Technologies for a More Resilient, Secure and Equitable Water Future” He also has a children’s book on water, “Water, I Wonder?” Sarni is a co-founder of WetDATA and a host of the podcast, The Stream with Will and Tom. He is a board member of Silver Bullet, Project WET and the Rocky Mountain Rowing Club. He was the Chairman of the Scientific Advisory Board for the WAITRO Global Water Innovation Summit 2020 and was on the Scientific Program Committee for Stockholm World Water Week from 2013 through 2019. His advisory work includes working with the 2020 X-PRIZE (Infinity Water Prize), as a Bold Visioneer for the 2016 X-PRIZE Safe Drinking Water Team and a Technical Advisor for the Climate Bonds Initiative: Nature- Based Solutions for Climate and Water Resilience. He is also on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Water Security. Episode Notes Lesson 1: Generosity and kindness 08:27 Lesson 2: Work hard - a depression era work ethic 10:28 Lesson 3: Do good things 13:49 Lesson 4: You will always have a career in water as it is a public health issue 15:44 Lesson 5: Hire someone you would work for 18:44 Lesson 6: The power of unreasonable people 22:07 Lesson 7: Learn to say no or hell yeah 23:56 Lesson 8: Be a realistic optimist - to leave the world a better place 25:36 Lesson 9: Relationships and quality of work matters 29:35 Lesson 10: Quotes to live by 33:17 a. Work hard, stay foolish (Richard Brand, Author) b. The future is here, just not evenly distributed (William Gibson, Author) c. Dream as if you'll live forever, live as if you'll die today (James Dean, Actor)


Keith Rowe - Don’t just talk. Question, Listen, and Watch!

Keith Rowe explains how "EQ Trumps IQ Every Time", that "There Is A Difference Between Leadership Versus Management" and tells us about "The New Business Opportunity - Customer Service". Hosted by Robert Hossary About Keith Rowe Having joined the workforce as a sixteen-year-old, Keith Rowe went on to become the Television and Electronic Technicians Institute of Australia (TETIA) Apprentice of the Year. From there, it was obligatory National Service, graduating from the Army’s Officer Training Unit (OTU) as a 2nd Lieutenant, and completing his two-year obligation as a Troop Commander within a Royal Australian Signals field regiment. Back in the civilian workforce, Keith moved into sales and marketing with EMI, lucky enough to be offered the opportunity of a lifetime, with his appointment as inaugural National Sales Manager for the setting up of a Toshiba-EMI joint venture - the forerunner of Toshiba’s Australian operation. Eight years later, by then General Manager - Consumer Products for Toshiba Australia, he stood down to form his own company to pursue consulting and training work. Keith also set up the Australian distributor for Casio (as Managing Director), the recovery of Sanyo’s market position in the early nineties (as General Manager - Sales and Marketing), and the re-structuring of Sharp Corporation of Australia (as Corporate Director and Group General Manager). Keith has taken his renowned ‘KNACK of Selling’ program to wherever it was demanded across Australasia and Southeast Asia. He has conducted workshops in close to a hundred locations - from Sanyo’s International Headquarters in Osaka Japan to a scout hall in outback Australia - involving well over a thousand participants. He has worked across a wide span of market sectors, including computers, sporting goods, jewellery, homewares, telecommunications, electronic components, and too many more to mention here today. Keith is an active speaker, trainer, and writer, he has published close to a hundred articles and has an evolving series of books. Episode Notes Lesson 1. The Expression “Knowledge Is Power” Is Now Redundant …” Knowhow” is now the power! 06:00 Lesson 2. EQ Trumps IQ Every Time! 12:32 Lesson 3. The New Business Opportunity…Customer Service 20:29 Lesson 4. Discrimination Versus Equality … Totally Different Things! 26:45 Lesson 5. Be skilled at having Conversations 34:14 Lesson 6. Don’t just talk. Question, Listen, and Watch! 41:09 Lesson 7. Persuasion Is A Matter Of Style … Conviction Is A Matter Of Process! 48:13 Lesson 8. “Do You Think?” Versus “Do You Feel” … Very Different Connotations! 51:39 Lesson 9. There Is A Difference Between Leadership Versus Management 54:36 Lesson 10. The Long-Term Challenges Of Preserving Relationships Are? 59:02


Ron Higgs - Don’t call yourself an expert unless your peers describe you that way

Ron Higgs tells us that "You can learn from anyone", that you should "Solve more problems than you create" and why we should "Embrace gratitude". Hosted by Diana White About Ron Higgs Ron Higgs is a veteran, executive business consultant, engineer, and published author. His career started in the US Navy and included combat flight operations, developmental flight testing, program management, production & manufacturing management, and systems engineering. He has worked in several industries and held leadership positions in startups, small companies, and large corporations. Ron is the founder and principal of Wolf Management Solutions, where he is a business consultant, coach, and Fractional COO who helps companies scale through leadership, organizational development, and process improvement. Ron is passionate about helping BIPOC entrepreneurs become great leaders and build successful businesses. His education includes a BS in Mathematics from the US Naval Academy, an MS in Systems Engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School, and a certificate in Engineering Flight Test from the US Naval Test Pilot School. Episode Notes Lesson 1: Everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about 02:20 Lesson 2: You can learn from anyone, so always be open. 03:57 Lesson 3: I’ve never had an idea that someone else didn’t make better. 06:25 Lesson 4: Multitasking is BS, focusing is a superpower. 09:13 Lesson 5: Everything is related to leadership and your ability to build relationships is the key 12:53 Lesson 6: Solve more problems than you create 16:41 Lesson 7: You will make mistakes and reasonable people tolerate mistakes. It’s how you make it right that matters. 18:45 Lesson 8: Embrace gratitude - find something to be grateful for in every situation 23:57 Lesson 9: The most valuable thing that you have is your time. “Someday” isn’t a goal or a strategy and you are running out of “someday’s”. 26:02 Lesson 10: Don’t call yourself an expert or a trusted advisor, you’ll know when you get there because your peers will describe you that way 28:33


Baishakhi Connor – Workaholism is an addiction, don’t wear it as a badge of honour

Baishakhi Connor explains how " It all starts with belief", why you should "Chase your dreams, but don’t become captive to them" and that "Things happen, it isn’t the end of the world" along with more great lessons. Hosted by Jeffery Wang About Baishakhi Connor When Baishakhi was 8, she wanted to be the President of the United States. Growing up in a tiny Indian town on a healthy dose of fiction, anything seemed possible. At 12, she realised a one-way flight to US cost many years of their household income! Presidency dreams were replaced by a search for ways to explore the world from near-poverty-line status. From her tiny town start in life, Baishakhi has gone on to carve a diverse career spanning four continents. Now in her 40s, she continues to stretch her boundaries in ways she could never have imagined at 8. She has a senior management role in one of Australia’s largest retailers. She joined her first Board role last year. She volunteers. She mentors. She writes. She speaks. She makes time to learn new things, currently flexing her muscles into Powerlifting. Baishakhi lives in a tri-cultural tri-religious family with her Australian Catholic husband and Afghan Muslim foster daughter. As foster mum of 1, step mum of 4 and step grand mum of 4 (and a ½), her life is a busy blur of family, fun and food. Episode Notes Lesson 1: It all starts with belief 02:25 Lesson 2: Workaholism is an addiction, don’t wear it as a badge of honour 09:19 Lesson 3: Things happen, it isn’t the end of the world 19:26 Lesson 4: Learn the known way, they find your OWN way 24:22 Lesson 5: Chase your dreams, but don’t become captive to them 30:59 Lesson 6: Reframe your thinking, count your blessings 37:12 Lesson 7: Embrace the differences, learn from them 40:01 Lesson 8: Bias is all around us. Recognise it, challenge it, break it 47:36 Lesson 9: Let the iron teach you 55:22 Lesson 10: Give it time, let tears morph into memories 1:01:26


Ellen Rupel Shell - Question Received Wisdom

Ellen Ruppel Shell tells us why you "Should rise above your assumptions", why we should "Question received wisdom" and " Don’t take business matters personally " hosted by Duff Watkins. About Ellen Ruppel Shell Ellen Ruppel Shell is an author, investigative journalist and Prof. of Journalism at Boston University where she co-directs the Graduate Program in Science Journalism. She conducts research, teaches, and writes on issues relating to science and economic policy and social justice. Prof. Ruppel Shell is the author of hundreds of published articles, reviews and essays. She’s a long-time contributing editor for The Atlantic, writes on issues of science, social justice, economics and public policy for Science, Scientific American, the New York Times opinion and book pages, The Los Angeles Times, The Guardian, Discover, The New York Times Magazine, The Boston Globe and the Washington Post. She has served as an editor for a wide range of national publications and for public broadcasting and is sought frequently as a commentator on issues of science and the press. Prof. Ruppel Shell has authored four books translated into more than a dozen languages, The Job: Work and Its Future in a Time of Radical Change (Crown, October, 2018); Cheap: The High Cost of Discount Culture (Penguin, 2009), The Hungry Gene (Grove, 2002), and A Child’s Place (Little Brown, 1992). Prof. Ruppel Shell has been a Vannevar Bush Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a Fellow in Occupational Health and Safety at Harvard University Medical School. She lectures widely on topics in science communication and public policy, as well as economic and social justice. She has served both as a Bush Fellow at MIT and as a Fellow in Occupational Health and Safety at Harvard University. Episode Notes Lesson 1: Trust yourself (but not too much) 05:09 Lesson 2: Don’t take business matters personally. 08:14 Lesson 3: Demand evidence and extraordinary claims demand extraordinary evidence.12:23 Lesson 4: Question received wisdom. 19:01 Lesson 5: Rise above your assumptions.27:39 Lesson 6: Be self-confidant enough to give others the benefit of the doubt.31:25 Lesson 7: Feelings trump facts in many matters, “rational” can be overrated.24:14 Lesson 8: You’re bored because you’re not paying attention. 37:10 Lesson 9: Don’t mistake hurt and guilt for anger. 42:22 Lesson 10: Empathy is not compassion. 45:56


Rachna Nath - Patience is a virtue but can become a vice if you practice it too much

Rachna Nath tells us why we " Should believe that destiny will lead us", why we "Shouldn't be afraid of failure" and that " If you believe in something, make it happen " hosted by Diana White. About Rachna Nath Rachna Nath is a TIME recognized Innovative teacher and is also an internationally recognized innovator, entrepreneur, NASA solar system Ambassador, National Geographic Educator, grant writer and a STEM enthusiast. She is also the coauthor of the SDG4 Corporate handbook set forward by the United Nations. She has two master’s degrees, first one in Entomology (Insect Science) and the second one in Biology (Developmental Genetics) from Arizona State University working with Honey Bee Exocrine gland ontology. She has won the Teacher of the Year by JSHS (sponsored by the US armed forces), Governors Celebration of Innovation Award, Global Innovation Award from TURNITIN, Honorable Mention for the Presidential Innovation Award for Environment Educators in the United States, two Excite Awards from Lemelson-MIT foundation to mention a few. She has also been invited to join the “Imaginary College” as an honorary member (Center for Science and Imagination) at ASU along with world renowned elite Philosophers like Margaret Atwood, Paolo Bacigalupi and many more. She has been featured as one of the fifty 2021 Women in MILLION STEM, Entrepreneur Magazine, “Chandler Lifestyle 2020 Women of Chandler” recognized at the “Women in Leadership Conference” by the Chandler Chamber of Commerce, Phoenix Arizona. Some other features are in Thrive Global, Authority Magazine as Inspirational Women in STEM. She has also received grants from Bill and Melinda Gates foundation, Healthy Urban Environments, FLINN foundation, NSF, Department of Defense, Arizona Recycling Coalition, Society for Science and the Public, Chandler Education Foundation and the list goes on. Her entrepreneurship ventures, through her program DRIPBL (Dream Research Innovate Problem/Project Based Learning) has led her to open up many companies with her students. One of the most prominent one is www.oxiblast.in which is a three-generation women entrepreneurship. Her 14-year-old daughter and 12-year-old son are both #1international bestseller and well recognized musicians as well. She works with young entrepreneurs to make their dreams come true by working with the community partners and helping patent their ideas. Rachna has a network of trusted IT professionals, lawyers, community helpers who help bring dreams to reality for 9th to 12th grade students who are invested in critical thinking, problem solving and giving back to the community by solving real world problems. She has 3 patents pending from such students in various prototypes from Anti-VOC scent bags to Heat stress monitoring devices. Rachna also does a lot of volunteering work talking about honeybees at various festivals, has contributed her time in mask making during the COVID19 pandemic and also runs a dance school “Sangeeta Nritya Academy” in US which she has dedicated to her Guru Sangita Hazarika in Assam, India. She is a force to be reckoned with and she is not stopping anytime soon. Episode Notes Lesson 1: Believe that destiny will lead you to where your impact is most needed. 02:44 Lesson 2: Empowering students with curiosity is empowering the future. 04:50 Lesson 3: Be your own advocate, value yourself, and pamper yourself. 07:03 Lesson 4: Never confuse standing up for yourself with being disrespectful. 11:28 Lesson 5: Patience is a virtue but can become a vice if you practice it too much.15:21 Lesson 6: Looking for contentment and making your passion your job is worth more than money.21:23 Lesson 7: Make a list of priorities in your life and allot time for each of them based on your priority 27:30 Lesson 8: If you believe in something, make it happen 33:47 Lesson 9: Don't be scared of the negativity or failure in life, make it a learning moment. 35:22 Lesson 10: Keep growing in your field and never...