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Jason L. Meriwether // Nerding Out on Data for Digital Student Engagement

Nerd alert! Dr. Jason L. Meriwether is the Vice President for Student Success at Rhode Island College and he brings with him many years of higher ed experience working to support student persistence and enrollment management. Jason is big on digital engagement and nerds out on using the best tools for getting actionable data insights to support his campus community. Authenticity comes up a lot as well, with Jason mentioning his love of everything from Star Wars to video games and...


An Insta Follow-Worthy Campus Leader

In this shorty episode, I’m digging into the streaming/gaming platform Twitch, University eSports and answering a listener question if departments should close social media accounts due to lack of engagement. However, the meat and potatoes of the episode is about how to be follow-worthy campus leader on Instagram. Don’t miss the final heartwaves segment, where I open up a bit about how I overcome setbacks. Get your earbuds ready and make sure to check out the show notes for all the goodies I...


Mary K. Boyd // Intrepid Chemist-Turned-Provost

This episode was such a joy, chatting with the incomparable Dr. Mary K. Boyd, current provost at Berry College. She has an esteemed background with the academy and is someone who role models how to be an engaging higher ed leader online and on campus. She has a unique position as an executive - but she makes sure to keep herself grounded and accessible. From creating Facebook groups to better connect with her students - to self-made memes, this intrepid-chemist-turned provost is leverage...


The All Access Freshman Class

In the first of its’ kind on the podcast, this shorty episode is part of a series throughout the season that will fill your earbuds with even more learning and laughter with me, Dr. Josie Ahlquist. This episode digs into what to expect in these episodes including tech updates like IGTV, digital insights into this freshman class, f you should delete old tweets and a little heartwave message about #InMyFeelings that brings to life the mission of the podcast. Shorty episodes are sponsored by...


Ajay Nair // 2.0 Prez. Living at the intersection of authenticity and the academy

In the season three premiere, I had the opportunity to speak with Dr. Ajay Nair, the 22nd President of Arcadia University about his recent journey into the presidency, as well as his thoughts on integrating family into his professional life and even his social media feed. This 2.0 President brings authenticity, diversity, personalization and a genuine approach to social media. While Ajay is a campus executive, he also loves to be a student - which is exactly how he stays attuned to...


Season 3 Kick Off!

In this season three kick-off episode, I’m sharing what I've been up to since season two including the book, teaching, speaking engagements and family adventures. I’ll also highlight what I have in store for the upcoming season of the podcast. Finally, I’ve got some pretty cool announcements, including a coaching program and a new Facebook community - so listen in for that! Notes from this Episode #EDH5309 on Twitter The Connected Exec Community (Facebook Group_ Get Connected: A Social...


Bonus Episode // Podcasting Panel at CASE Social Media & Community Conference

At the 2018 CASE Social Media and Community Conference in New Orleans, I got the opportunity to organize and speak on a panel all about podcasting in higher education. I was joined by fellow podcasters Tim Cigelske, Jackie Vetrano, Stephen App, Chris Barrows, where we share our podcasting journeys and perspectives. From figuring out how to start a podcast to how to promote it and grow your audience. Each panelist brings a unique set of experiences to their shows and this conversation and...


Bonus Episode // Coffee Talk with Walter Kimbrough at CASE Social Media & Community Conference

This year I served on the faculty team of the 2018 CASE Social Media and Community Conference in New Orleans. I quickly reached out Dillard University President, Walter M. Kimbrough to invite him to be part of the conference for a coffee talk interview. In this episode, you’ll catch the recording of this session, where we chat about how his presidency has grown up alongside social media, how to control your narrative, and why and how college presidents should speak out about what matters to...


Kirk and Noel Schulz // #GoCougs First Family

The presidency in higher education can be personal, which is exactly why I invited on not only the president of Washington State Kirk Schulz but also the first lady Noel Schulz, who also serves as an engineering professor. This first family talks about how the role university president has drastically changed related to social media and public presence - which for them even include their grown children and corgi puppies. In this episode, we get the unique opportunity to learn not just from...


Terrell Strayhorn // The #DoGoodWork Professor, Public Speaker & Provocateur

He’s been called a provocateur, top diversity scholar, accomplished author, international speaker, and even “fun-sized.” But despite the various titles Terrell Lamont Strayhorn, focuses on the importance of belonging, especially in higher education spaces to meet his objective to #DoGoodWork. Terrell and I discuss the hidden curriculum of higher ed, Terrell’s educational and speaking philosophy, and how universities can and are working to develop students’ sense of belonging. For entire...


Liz Gross // Educator meets Intrepreneur to Ignite Social Listening

We’ve all got topics that are important to us, whether it’s our furry friends or the events that are happening on our campuses. Social listening is one way to turn those topics into real opportunities, and this week’s podcast guest is a social listening expert. Liz Gross is the director of Campus Sonar, and she explains what social listening is for higher ed, her intrepreneurial journey, and even shares a few travel tips! Notes from this Episode UW Milwaukee Michelin Star Service...


Melissa Woo // Social Higher Ed CIO

Melissa Woo is the Chief Information Officer (CIO) and Vice President of Information Technology (IT) at Stony Brook University, and she’s got an insider’s perspective on life on the other side of the IT desk. And guess, what? It’s not all about technology, it’s actually about people. In this episode, Melissa and I discuss the ways that IT can and should be integrating with the entire campus, her approach to creating a more diverse team, and how to find and be a mentor. As a bonus, Melissa...


Sabrina Cruz // Growing Up Online

Calling all nerds, geeks, and fanboys/fangirls! This week’s guest is Sabrina Cruz, the mastermind behind the epic YouTube channel Nerdy and Quirky (and a few others). Her channel combines nerd culture and comedy to keep her audience laughing and learning, and Sabrina brings the same energy to this week’s episode. She’ll be sharing what it’s like to be a YouTuber and a university student, talking about her fandom journey, and giving some excellent advice for both students and higher education...


Luoluo Hong // Putting Wheels Under Your Values

Grab your guildies and get ready to learn how Vice President for Student Affairs & Enrollment Management at San Francisco State University Luoluo Hong creates connections with her campus community through innovative platforms like World of Warcraft. This episode features a discussion of how her approach to social has changed as an executive, the importance of advocacy in Luoluo’s work and life, and ways to practice social justice without burning out. Notes from this Episode Daario Naharis...


Bonus Holiday Episode

I love the holidays so much I just had to wrap up a little extra podcast cheer to spread for all to hear. This bonus episode you'll learn a bit more about me, including what it was like to grow up in Wyoming, what I'm celebrating this year and lots of shoutouts to my top podcast supporters and behind the scenes production crew. And what holiday bonus episode would be complete without a surprise at the end! Find all the show notes at and follow the podcast on...


Ed Cabellon // The Evolution of Tech in Student Affairs

There is a lot more to technology than downloading the hottest app or upgrading the latest software update. As Dr. Ed Cabellon shares technology is actually pretty personal - with skills required for successful technology implementation including politics, emotions and a long-term investment. Ed has seen the evolution of technology especially in students affairs and enrollment management as an early adopter and educator of digital identity, social media, and digital marketing. He’ll share...


Kevin O'Connell // Telling Your Story and Finding Your Niche

Finding your niche has never seemed more achievable thanks to this week’s guest, Niche Movement founder Kevin O’Connell. He’s an entrepreneur, author, and digital storyteller on a quest to build the perfect Spotify playlist. Our conversation is all about storytelling, from digital platform best practices to ways to launch the next chapter of your career. Best of all, this episode is packed with practical and tactical advice, especially if you are ready to make some shifts in your life. Find...


Mallie Rust // Students Want Authenticity Over Ads on Social Media

What if something as simple as a tweet could help you make your next career move - while you’re still in college? My guest this week can tell you firsthand what that experience is like. Mallie Rust is my content and marketing coordinator, a freelance editor, TexasMedia student, and even an amateur ballroom dancer. As a college senior Mallie shares her experience growing up on social media, how campuses can best use social to connect with current and future students and explains why she’s so...


Vernon A. Wall // Social Justice is More Than Sound Bites

Social justice work may go by many names: multiculturalism, inclusive excellence, diversity, equality, etc. According to Vernon A. Wall, what you call it doesn’t matter; it’s about your actions. Our discussion on how to engage in difficult dialogues and advocating for others - even if it’s uncomfortable, and the ways that a focus on language can help and hurt social justice efforts. There is also lots of celebrity talk from his leadership with Capital Pride and behind the scenes of the...


Karen Freberg // Social Media Professor Running on Coffee

Is it possible that university curriculum can keep up with the ever-changing speed of social media? My guest today believes so, with a lot of coffee and commitment. In this episode, Dr. Karen Freberg discusses life as a social media professor, from developing lesson plans to partnerships with companies like General Motors and Louisville Bats to Hootsuite and Adobe. Karen shares the ways that her time as a record-setting college athlete helped shape her career path in sports marketing, where...