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The Compassionate Achiever Podcast - S2 E17 - Volunteering Part 2

The trials and tribulations of volunteering. Tracy is back from her volunteering in Kenya and she and Chris discuss “the lessons learned” from her experience. This is both an emotional and inspiring episode. NOTE: the societal issues covered in this episode are child marriage and female genital mutilation (FGM).


The Compassionate Achiever Podcast - S2 E16 - Why People Volunteer

Volunteerism or “why people volunteer” is our focus for this episode. Tracy and Chris discuss the reasons behind, for, and against volunteering. Tracy's recently scheduled volunteer trip to Africa is our launching pad for the discussion.


The Compassionate Achiever Podcast - S2 E15 - Tony Vengrove

Tony Vengrove, Founder and CEO of Miles Finch Innovation and Makery Coworking, is our guest for this episode. Tony has helped numerous companies unlock innovative ideas hidden within their own walls. Our discussion includes ideas such as job crafting and the compassion-innovation connection. We discuss the differences between not only compassion and empathy but also creativity and innovation. Tony also talks about how to create an “idea climate” in any organization: “creativity raised to...


The Compassionate Achiever Podcast - S2 E14 - Donna Cimarelli

Donna Cimarelli, founder and CEO of the Maren Sanchez Home Foundation, is our guest for this episode. Donna started the Foundation after she lost her daughter to school violence. Our topics range from how to identify and handle ‘emotional manipulation’ to how to find resilience through and after a tragedy. The Foundation offers two types of workshops (Herself Defense Course and Herself Awareness Program) and its website is:


The Compassionate Achiever Podcast - S2 E13 - Glori Norwitt

Glori Norwitt, Women’s Center of Danbury Chairperson, is our guest for this episode. The Center helps both women and men in sexual assault and domestic violence situations. Listening to Glori, you’ll understand why the #MeToo movement is about “us”’s about the structure and meaning of our relationships at home, school, work and really everywhere. Glori provides us with not only “compassionate tools” that we can use to help others address sexual and domestic abuse crises but also the...


The Compassionate Achiever Podcast - S2 E12 - Maya Soetoro - Ng

Maya Soetoro-Ng, Ceeds of Peace cofounder and director of the Matsunaga Institute for Peace & Conflict Resolution at the University of Hawaii, is our guest for this episode. Our Hawaiian inspired discussion included subjects such as the problem of loneliness, the importance of teaching values in education, and even her famous brother, President Barack Obama. This podcast with Maya is about not only compassion, courage, and conflict resolution but also purpose, power, and people. Mahalo nui...


The Compassionate Achiever Podcast - S2 E11 - Andrea Gartner

Andrea Gartner, the founder and CEO of “Pour Me,” is our guest for this episode about how to find ‘balance’ in life while building a startup company. Andrea leads us through a wide range of topics that include insights into how we can live a fulfilling life while making a rewarding living. Andrea is a living testament to how helping others can fuel your own success and her discussion with us about how she built a business while building a community provides practical advice on how to do...


The Compassionate Achiever Podcast - S2 E10 - Tom Matt

Tom Matt, the host of Boomers Rock radio talk show, is our guest for this episode. From discussing inter-generational collaboration in the workplace to overcoming drug and alchohol abuse, our conversation with Tom is about how to not only live life large but live a largely compassionate life (especially through “BEisms”).


The Compassionate Achiever Podcast - S2 E09 - Black Mirror And Compassion

“Black Mirror” and compassion. In this episode, which was inspired by the television show “Black Mirror," Tracy and Chris discuss the connections (or non-connections) between technology and compassion. From using social media to being governed by algorithms, technology is in almost every part of our daily lives. This episode is about taking the time to look into our own “black mirrors” for the purpose of reflecting upon how technology can be used for constructive and destructive purposes....


The Compassionate Achiever Podcast - S2 E08 - New Year, New Feed

We start the new year with “understanding” (the “U” in LUCA). Tracy and Chris talk about the effects of intuitive versus deliberative thinking when it comes to understanding and solving problems. The discussion ranges from understanding what “The Human Advantage” is to understanding what the perfect cup of coffee includes. Enjoy your ‘perfect’ cup while you listen to this episode.


The Compassionate Achiever Podcast - S2 E07 - Dealing With The Holidays Part II

Handling the Holidays" podcast. Tracy, Pete, and Chris talk about the “craziness” of Christmas and how to compassionately make it through the holiday season: building a "gratitude attitude," unlocking your "multiple identities," and finding your “Silver and Gold.” We wish you all an enjoyable holiday season and a compassionate new year! @compachieverpod


The Compassionate Achiever Podcast - S2 E06 - Joan Sullivan Palladino

Dr. Joan Palladino, Chair of WCSU’s Nursing Department, is this week’s guest. We discuss how the compassion of colleagues and leaders can strengthen a work environment where trauma and tragedy are constants. If you’re interested in learning more about the power of self-compassion, a “good cry,” and empathy fatigue (as opposed to compassion fatigue), Dr. Palladino has you covered better than any health care plan!


The Compassionate Achiever Podcast - S2 E05 - Usman Akhtar

Imam Usman Akhtar, the Imam/Director of Religious Affairs at the Danbury Masjid, is our guest for this episode. We explore the connections between Islam, compassion, and success as well as some misconceptions about living life as a Muslim. Usman shows us how the Quran offers one path to walking life as a compassionate achiever.


The Compassionate Achiever Podcast - S2 E04 - Dealing With The Holidays

Tracy and Chris have some tips to help you survive your holiday gatherings compassionately, some new traditions you may want to try with your own families, and a homework assignment for our listeners. Happy Thanksgiving from all of us here at the Compassionate Achiever Podcast.


The Compassionate Achiever Podcast - S2 E03 - Cliffe Knechtle

Cliffe Knechtle, the Pastor of Grace Community Church in New Canaan, CT and host of “Give Me An Answer,” is our guest for this episode. We discuss a wide range of topics ranging from the role of compassion in Christianity to how to maintain compassion for others while they are seemingly attacking you for your beliefs.


The Compassionate Achiever Podcast - S2 E02 - Elin Hilderbrand

Elin Hilderbrand, The New York Times bestselling author of over 20 novels, is our guest for this episode. We explore the role that compassion can play in writing as well as explain the meaning of ‘Hilderbranders’ and #mamastrong. From overcoming writer’s block to confronting cancer, Elin’s interview is one filled with hope and inspiration.


The Compassionate Achiever Podcast - S2 E01 - LIVE With Farooq Kathwari

Mr. Farooq Kathwari, CEO of Ethan Allen, is the guest for our first-ever “live audience” podcast. The students of the Kathwari Honors Program help Tracey and Dr. Kukk navigate—through their questions to Mr. Kathwari—a wide range of topics regarding the power of compassion in achieving goals on the personal, professional, and international levels. We had fun doing the episode and we hope that you have fun listening to it.


The Compassionate Achiever Podcast - Episode 14 With Marilyn Turkovich

Marilyn Turkovich, the Executive Director of The Charter for Compassion International, is our guest for this episode


The Compassionate Achiever Podcast - Episode 13 With Chief Jennifer Tejada

Jennifer Tejada, Police Chief of Emeryville, California (and Marin County’s first female chief of police), is our guest for this podcast episode. We discuss how the combination of mindful meditation and law enforcement training creates more effective, compassionate, and resilient police officers. Chief Tejada helps us write the “ticket” about mindful policing.


The Compassionate Achiever Podcast - Episode 12 With Dr Jim Schmotter

Dr. Jim Schmotter, the former President of Western Connecticut State University (2004-2015), is this week’s guest. Our show weaves the threads of education, economics, innovation, and compassion together in ways that reflect Jim’s careers and passions in life.


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