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Sarah Aguilar // Student Leadership Going Digital

College students today have a radically different experience growing up with social media. We explore this topic with this week’s guest, Sarah Aguilar. Sarah is currently a Junior Psychology major at Illinois State University, where she holds several student leader roles on campus including serving as the ISU Student Trustee and is part of the division of student affairs digital influence student team. Sarah is a genuine and insightful student who shares her thoughts on how social media...


Sara Goldrick-Rab // Hope, Social Media, and Changemaking

Hope has a strategy when you have someone like Dr. Sara Goldrick-Rab involved. Sara is the founder of the Hope Center for College, Community, and Justice and is passionately advocating for it on social media. You can consistently find her amplifying the #RealCollege movement on Twitter. With her active online presence, Sara speaks about the benefits, struggles, and responsibilities this digital influence brings. This episode will get you feeling empowered to make positive change and better...


Stephen App // Higher Ed Marketing with a Mission

How do you work with intention when it comes to marketing your campus? We go deep on this topic with this week’s guest, Stephen App. Stephen is an Account Director at eCity Interactive, where he works to help higher ed institutions market themselves and bring in the right students. Stephen is big on bringing strategy to all he does, whether it is in his personal or professional life. He is also so passionate about working in the higher ed community and helping students navigate this big...


Learning to Love LinkedIn

In this shorty episode, I’m taking a deep dive into LinkedIn and exactly why you should love the platform. I’m sharing why it’s such a powerful platform and my suggestions for updating and enhancing your LinkedIn presence. Don’t miss the final heartwaves segment, where I share how even the smallest actions made a serious impact on achieving some of my biggest of goals. Shorty episodes are sponsored by The Connected Exec Program with Dr. Josie Ahlquist. Learn more and apply here. Notes...


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...


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...


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...