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021 | The Why Behind ADHD, Anxiety, and Depression with Dr. Merry

Dr. Merry Harris is a Chiropractic Clinical Neurologist with over two decades of experience. She has a private practice in Woodinville, WA; and she’s the only active woman doctor of her kind in the state. Dr. Merry’s mission is to help others live to their fullest by helping their bodies function properly. In this episode, we talk about ADHD, anxiety, and depression; and how to overcome these disorders with proper stimulation. Full show notes:


020 | From Employee to CEO with Manny Medina

My guest Manny Medina is the CEO of, a sales automation firm that has grown from six employees to over 230 in its first three years. Born in Ecuador, Manny moved to the US for college which led him to work at two of the most prominent tech giants Amazon and Microsoft before becoming a CEO. Manny has been featured on CNBC, HuffPost, and In this episode, I ask Manny about his journey from employee to entrepreneur, how he got started using automation to increase...


019 | Getting Ahead at Work with Margo Myers

My guest Margo Myers is a former award-winning TV news anchor. She has spent more than 20 years doing TV news at KOMO and KIRO TV in Seattle. Now she manages her own PR firm and is a communications expert, keynote speaker, and an executive coach. In this episode, we talk about her journey to becoming a news anchor and her transition to becoming an entrepreneur. I also ask Margo to share her best advice she gives her clients on personal branding and getting ahead at work. Full show notes:...


018 | Traveling & Doing What You Love with Beth Whitman

My guest Beth Whitman is women’s travel expert and host of the Be Bold Podcast. She’s travel around the World mostly solo and has almost 30 years of traveling under her belt. Her mission is to inspire other women to pursue their travel dreams while becoming a better version of themselves. Beth’s travel blog has nearly 10,000 subscribers and she’s been featured in USA Today, CNN, MSNBC, and multiple lifestyle magazines. In this episode, I talk with Beth about her love affair with travel,...


017 | Harnessing the Power of Yoga and Meditation with Carina Terra

My guest is one of Seattle’s favorite yoga teachers and one of my friends, Carina Terra. She has been practicing yoga since she was 13 and has studied with some of the world’s most respected yoga experts. She moved from Brazil to the U.S on her late 20’s, and owned and managed a yoga studio for ten years. Today she continues to spread her passion for yoga by holding teacher training programs and classes in the Seattle Area. In this episode, we’ll be talking about yoga and meditation,...


016 | Jorge Barón on Ditching Hollywood to Defend Immigrants' Rights

My guest Jorge Barón is a national figure in the immigration debate. He was born in Bogota, Colombia and moved to the U.S. when he was 13. As the son of a TV legend in Colombia, it seemed like Jorge's destiny was to be in the entertainment business. But instead, his career took a different path. Now he’s the leader of one of the largest immigrant rights nonprofits in the U.S. In 2008, Governor Gregoire appointed Jorge to serve on Washington’s New Americans Policy Council. In 2009, Puget...


015 | An Interview with Seattle TV Legend Enrique Cerna

A local media legend stops by. My guest has spent four decades as a broadcast journalist where he’s interviewed newsmakers and celebrities—from former presidents to music icons. He’s the recipient of nine Northwest Emmy Awards. In 2003 The Seattle Weekly featured him as Best TV Host and in 2006 Seattle Magazine named him one of the most influential people of the year. Enrique Cerna is the senior correspondent at KCTS 9. In this episode, he shares how to get people back on track when they...


014 | Niveen Heaton: From Childhood Dream to Fashion Business

Niveen Heaton was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, but grew up in Caracas, Venezuela. A mixed background that has given her a unique perspective that she brought to fruition by building a 7-figure swimwear company called Adicora, which she started in 2009. Niveen is also the fashion creative director of Metropolitan Fashion Week, one of the fastest growing fashion events in the United States. In this episode, we'll explore Niveen's Latin roots, her journey to becoming a fashion designer,...


013 | Life Before and After Building a $120M Business with Gary Rubens

Gary Rubens is an angel investor, philanthropist, and entrepreneur. In this episode, we talked about his life's highs and lows, his passion for education, the valuable lessons he learned during his journey to building a $120 million dollar business, and why he recently decided to go back to school to get a college degree. In this Episode: Show Notes:


012 | Discovering and Living Your Purpose with Justine Joslyn

Have you ever struggle with the question, “What’s my purpose?” For many of us, narrowing down on “the one thing” we’re supposed to be, is a never-ending challenge. That’s why I’m excited about my guest Justine Joslyn. She's a skilled therapist and life coach, and founder of the Self Empowerment Institute. For over 15 years—through her private practice and group workshops—Justine has dedicated her life to helping others develop the confidence and self-discipline required to transform their...


011 | Former Homeless Mark Bennett on Turning His Life Around

I had the opportunity to attend a fundraising breakfast event organized by The Washington State Opportunity Scholarship on October last year. And even though I was looking forward to the keynote speaker, Best-Selling author Angela Duckworth, the speaker that followed, former homeless turned UW scholar Mark Bennett stole the show for me. Mark’s story is pretty incredible. At 17 he became a father, and he was addicted to alcohol and drugs. Fast forward, he ended up homeless and lost custody...


010 | Failing Fast to Learn and Succeed Sooner with Andy Karuza

Seattle serial entrepreneur shares how he built a seven-figure consulting business under 30, the highs and lows of venturing into the world of startups, and more.


009 | Stop Living Paycheck to Paycheck with Jeff Lehman

Award-winning author and investor Jeff Lehman shares advice on buying or renting a house, saving and investing priorities, robo-advisors, and more.


008 | The Coming End of DACA with Shannon Underwood (Special)

A special episode in response to Trump's pledge to cancel DACA. Award-winning immigration attorney discusses risks involved, fighting deportation, and more.


007 | Ross Reynolds on Life in Radio & Having Great Conversations

A conversation with award-winning radio host Ross Reynolds. We discuss the future of radio, asking great questions, how to get people to open up, and more.


006 | Luis Ortega on Overcoming Adversity and Becoming a Leader

An undocumented student turned social entrepreneur shares life lessons on overcoming adversity, becoming a leader, the power of possibility, and more.


005 | Importance of Grit for Sales Success with Ray Makela

In this interview, sales training expert Ray Makela talks about sales grit, top characteristics of gritty salespeople—and how to hire for them!


004 | Real Estate Career & Professional Networking with Lloyd Ball

Lloyd Ball is one of Seattle's top networkers. In this interview, we talk about networking, throwing $40k+ events for free, his morning habits, and more!


003 | Keegan Hall on Launching His Art Career While Giving Back

Keegan Hall is fast becoming a well-known artist. In this episode, we explore through his story, how passion is not something you "follow" but "cultivate" instead.


002 | Learning How to Learn with Ilana Guttmann

Learning and development expert Ilana Guttmann discusses how adults learn best, turning knowledge into new skills and behaviors, and measuring learning effectiveness.


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