Professional By Choice

Chris Molina

Being a Professional isn’t just about having a career and showing up in a suit... It's about much more. The PBC podcast will give you an insight into what it means to be a "professional". You will have the chance to hear from professionals across various fields and we will help you create your own definition of the word "professional" by hearing from these successful individuals who have defined it in their own way.

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Our guest on this episode is Maria Sirounis. Maria is a recent graduate of Purdue University's Krannert School of Management. She majored in both Marketing and Management, and also received a Certificate of Entrepreneurship and Innovation. Currently she is part of the Orr Fellowship and is working at NCW in Indianapolis, IN.Since Maria is a recent graduate and has started her career, she's able to talk about how her college experiences directly translate into her career. We discuss:- Why she chose Marketing, Management, and Entrepreneurship/Innovation- Her advice for college Freshmen/Sophmores looking to get involved on campus- The importance of Soft Skills- Why you should surround yourself with a motivating circle of friends- All of her tips about getting involved and her biggest takeaways from her time as a student leaderIf you found this podcast helpful, we'd appreciate if you could take the time to leave a review. If you'd like to follow up with Maria, you can find her on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/maria-sirounis/ To get in touch with Chris, you can email him at chris@chris-molina.com or connect with him on social media:LinkedIn:  https://www.linkedin.com/in/chris-molina/Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/camolina3/

Nov 2020

45 min 24 sec

In this episode, we welcome back Fred Stuvek Jr. Chris and Fred talk all about how young people and college students should choose their majors, how to create their own career path, and how to navigate the ever-changing job market in the time of Covid.They also discuss Fred's new book, "Don't F*** This Up: How To Get What You Want In Life".-----------To get in touch with Fred, you can visit his website or connect with him on social media, all linked below:www.fredstuvek.comFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/FStuvek/Twitter: https://twitter.com/FStuvekInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/Fredstuvek/LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/fredstuvekjr/ To get in touch with Chris, you can email him at chris@chris-molina.com or connect with him on social media:LinkedIn:  https://www.linkedin.com/in/chris-molina/Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/camolina3/ 

Nov 2020

59 min

Liliana is a junior at Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, Texas. She is majoring in biology, with a minor in psychology.  She’s also a Student Executive Leader for Student Leadership and Development Office AND, she plays soccer on the OLLU Women's soccer team.And if there are any recruiters listening… Post-graduation or internship, interesting in Outpatient & Physical TherapyLiliana has had a plethora of Student Leadership experiences and we get the pleasure of hearing her thoughts on:Why is Liliana so passionate about Physical Therapy, Biology, and Psychology?Why it’s important to get involved on campus?What are some tips for developing good study habits? The benefit of communicating with your professors?Her advice on knowing what you can handle. What’s her favorite way to unwind?Her favorite Romance titles?If you found this podcast helpful, we'd appreciate if you could take the time to leave us a review. If you'd like to follow up with Liliana or continue the conversation, you can connect with her in the following ways:  Email: lbriseno18fl@ollusa.eduInstagram: @Ollubluenation

Oct 2020

1 hr 3 min

Our guest on this episode of the "Student-To-Student Leadership Series" is Kristen Day. Kristen is a writer, video producer, performer, and encourager from Indianapolis, IN. She's a senior studying Marketing, Communication, and Acting at Purdue University. Aside from her studies, Kristen is President of Purdue's only long-form improv comedy troupe, Ad Liberation, and will be joining Kohl's as a Marketing Strategy Coordinator after graduating in May 2021. She also writes for her blog at thekristenday.com. Kristen has had a plethora of Student Leadership experiences and we get the pleasure of hearing her thoughts on:Why is Kristen so passionate about Marketing, Communication, and Acting?Why did she pursue a Leadership Role in Ad Liberation (Purdue's only long-form improv comedy troupe)?How would you describe Leadership Roles on college campus?Her advice for Freshmen navigating the Fall 2020 semester.Her advice and words of encouragement for PoC and women on college campuses.Advice on Quitting.“If it’s not the ‘yes’ for you, then it’s not going to make you great.”Being unsure about what you want to do for a living.If you found this podcast helpful, we'd appreciate if you could take the time to leave us a review. If you'd like to follow up with Kristen or continue the conversation, you can connect with her in the following ways:  Website: thekristenday.com

Sep 2020

58 min 59 sec

Our guest on this episode of the "Student-To-Student Leadership Series" is Nathan Surges. Nathan is a Senior at the great establishment Purdue University (pursuing a Bachelors of Science w/ a Major in Marketing & a minor in Psychology). Nathan has had a plethora of Student Leadership experiences and we get the pleasure of hearing his thoughts on:Why he focuses so much of his energy on Sales & Leadership?12 mins Importance of Time Management for aspiring Student Leaders.Starting your day with having direction.Advice for College Freshman.Finding a Mentor.How to choose a Student Org.Biggest Accomplishment as a Student Leader.Biggest Takeaway as a Student Leader.The long-term benefits to being engaged in Student Organizations.Learning to say ‘no’ to things.Can he play a saxophone if he picked one up right now?If you found this podcast helpful, we'd appreciate if you could take the time to leave us a review. If you'd like to follow up with Nathan or continue the conversation, you can connect with him in the following ways:  LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/nathansurges/Email: nsurges@purdue.edu 

Sep 2020

1 hr 1 min

Our guest on this episode of the "Student-To-Student Leadership Series" is Chloe Jenkins. Chloe is a Senior at the great establishment Purdue University (pursuing a Bachelors of Science w/ a Major in General Management & a concentration in Data Analytics through the Krannert School of Management). Chloe has had a plethora of Student Leadership experiences and we get the pleasure of hearing her thoughts on:Why she chooses to focus on Leadership & Supply-Chain.Her advice to Freshmen/Sophomores about being a Leader on campus.Her advice to women who want to Lead on campus.How to find a woman mentor on campus.  What she was surprised about her negative self-talk as a Freshman. Her realization that the world didn’t revolve around her “Women in Business” club.Why relationship-building shifted the way she Leads.Why it's important to empower & recognize other Leaders around her.How to be more approachable to others, as a Leader.Her biggest accomplishment & biggest takeaway as a Student Leader.If you found this podcast helpful, we'd appreciate if you could take the time to leave us a review. If you'd like to follow up with Chloe or continue the conversation, you can connect with her in the following ways: LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/chloe-jenkins-9353a6154/ 

Aug 2020

49 min

Our guest on this episode is Rob Judin. Rob the Director of Marketing & Creative Media at The Draft Network.  He's passion... or obsessed with Branding, Marketing, Sports Marketing, College Football, the NFL & the NFL Draft.We had the pleasure of hearing his thoughts on:His path to doing what he loves.What he loves so much about Football.What is Sports Marketing?  What people get wrong about Sports Marketing? When you boil it down, what is Marketing?  What you need to be in the Sports Industry?Advice for Creatives.  Passion vs Obsession.  The heavy impact of Kobe’s death.What is needed to be successful in Social Media (for individuals & organizations)?  What is a Brand?  If you found this podcast helpful, we'd appreciate if you could take the time to leave us a review. If you'd like to follow up with Rob or continue the conversation, you can connect with him in the following ways: LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/robertjudin/Email: rob@thedraftnetwork.com

Aug 2020

1 hr 8 min

Our guest on this episode is Odell Bizzell II. Odell is passionate about a few things, one of them is Leadership, and we dive into his thoughts on:What type of Leadership do we need now?What type of Leadership do we need when COVID is over?What type of Leadership do COLLEGE Student Leaders need?Thanks for listening to this episode! If you found this podcast helpful, we'd appreciate if you could take the time to leave us a review. If you'd like to follow up with Odell or continue the conversation, you can connect with him in the following ways: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/OdellSpeaks/Twitter: https://twitter.com/odellbizzelLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/odell-bizzell-1886647/Instagram: https://instagram.com/odellbizzellYouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCngspEqw_RJWIKYvJio0c2QWebsite: ImpactSpeakingTips.comEmail: Odell@odellspeaks.com

Jul 2020

50 min 22 sec

UFC 249 Preview! Our guest on this episode is Danny Segura.  Danny is currently an MMA reporter for MMA-Junkie.com (formerly MMA-Fighting.com).  In this episode, we dive into UFC 249 and talk about Tony Ferguson vs Justin Gaethje, Henry Cejduo vs Dominick Cruz, which UFC veteran on this card MIGHT retire after this event, and much much.Thanks for listening to this episode! If you found this podcast helpful, we'd appreciate if you could take the time to leave us a review. If you'd like to follow up Danny Segura, you can follow him in the following ways:YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/DannySeguraTVTwitter: https://twitter.com/dannyseguratv

May 2020

48 min 28 sec

Our guest on this episode is Emma Matia (aka Thug Panda).  Emma's passion is Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) and in this episode we dive into the art of Mastery, and specifically what Mastery looks like in martial arts.  Thanks for listening to this episode! If you found this podcast helpful, we'd appreciate if you could take the time to leave us a review. If you'd like to follow up with Emma or continue the conversation, you can connect with her in the following ways:Instagram: @emmamatiabjj

May 2020

53 min 37 sec

Our guest on this episode is Eric Jackman, also known as NewYorkRic. He has worked in the field of Mixed Martial Arts media for several years, and currently is the Senior Social Media Specialist at ESPN, responsible for managing their @ESPNMMA and @ESPNRingside social media handles. NewYorkRic shares with us how he got to where he is now, and the unique way that he was able to land a job in the field of Mixed Martial Arts that he is so passionate about.----------Thanks for listening to this episode! If you found this podcast helpful, we'd appreciate if you could take the time to leave us a review. If you'd like to follow up with Eric or continue the conversation, you can connect with him in the following ways:Twitter: @NewYorkRicEmail: newyorkric@gmail.comwww.Chris-Molina.comIntro/Outro Music: AShamaluev Music

Apr 2020

1 hr

In this episode we are joined by Dr. Jacob Kashiwagi. Dr. Jacob is a consultant, an author, and a thought leader in the realms of education, leadership development, procurement, and supply chain management. He also has his PhD in the area of supply chain management. He shares with us his experiences with leadership in the education system, and how we can best start molding future generations to be effective leaders from an early age.  ---------- Thanks for listening to this episode! If you found this podcast helpful, we'd appreciate if you could take the time to leave us a review. If you'd like to follow up with Dr. Jacob or continue the conversation, you can connect with him in the following ways:Website: LeadAZ.orgEmail: Jacob.K@leadaz.orgwww.Chris-Molina.comIntro/Outro Music: AShamaluev Music

Mar 2020

55 min 32 sec

Our guest on this episode is Samantha Burmeister. Sam is a 9 to 5 nomad - she quit her corporate job and is now a full time traveler, freelance writer, and blogger. We talk all about the steps she took to pay off her debt so she could quit her job and the incredible experiences she has had traveling and living all over the world. Thanks for listening to this episode! If you found this podcast helpful, we'd appreciate if you could take the time to leave us a review. If you'd like to follow up with Sam or continue the conversation, you can connect with her in the following ways: Website: https://www.9to5nomad.co/ Instagram: @9to5.nomad www.Chris-Molina.com Intro/Outro Music: AShamaluev Music

Mar 2020

1 hr 8 min

Our guest for this episode is Fred Stuvek Jr. Fred is a veteran of the U.S. Navy, a businessman, an entrepreneur, and an author. We talk about all things leadership, including important attributes for leaders to have as well as how to achieve them and become a successful leader. Thanks for listening to this episode! If you found this podcast helpful, we'd appreciate if you could take the time to leave us a review. If you'd like to follow up with Fred or continue the conversation, you can connect with him in the following ways: Website: https://itstartswithyou.net/contact/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/fredstuvekjr If you'd like to purchase Fred's book, you can find it here. www.Chris-Molina.com Intro/Outro Music: AShamaluev Music

Mar 2020

1 hr 3 min

In this episode, we talk with Cody Smith, author of five books, including Stage Fight. After working diligently to overcome his fear of speaking, he shares with us some tips and tricks about how you, too, can overcome your fears and learn to be a great speaker. In addition to being an author, Cody is also a public speaking coach. If you'd like to purchase Stage Fight on Amazon, you can click here. Thanks for listening to this episode! If you found this podcast helpful, we'd appreciate if you could take the time to leave us a review. If you'd like to follow up with Cody or continue the conversation, you can connect with him in the following ways: Email: cody@stagefightclub.com www.Chris-Molina.com Intro/Outro Music: AShamaluev Music

Feb 2020

53 min 20 sec

In this episode, we talk with Grace Lemen. Grace has a degree in communication from Purdue University and landed her dream job working for the National Parks Service upon graduation. She shares with us about how she chose her career path, how she found her dream job, and how she uses the skills that she learned with her communication degree when interacting with customers and coworkers every day. Thanks for listening to this episode! If you found this podcast helpful, we'd appreciate if you could take the time to leave us a review. If you'd like to follow up with Grace or continue the conversation, you can connect with her in the following ways: LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/grace-lemen-6bb74318a Email: glemen93@gmail.com www.Chris-Molina.com Contact Chris via email at: Chris@Chris-Molina.com Intro/Outro Music: AShamaluev Music

Feb 2020

1 hr 27 min

In this episode we sit down with Alex Curtis. Alex has worked in sales roles in multiple firms and different industries. Here, we will do a deep dive into everything that deals with being an effective communicator & salesperson. Whether you're in a sales role currently, wanting to make a transition to sales, or even just work in any position that involves interacting with others - this episode about sales and effective communication is a must listen. Thanks for listening to this episode! If you found this podcast helpful, we'd appreciate if you could take the time to leave us a review. If you'd like to follow up with Alex or continue the conversation, you can connect with him in the following ways: LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/alex-curtis-69691980 Email: Alexander.E.Curtis@gmail.com www.Chris-Molina.com Intro/Outro Music: AShamaluev Music

Jan 2020

51 min 26 sec

Today we are speaking with Ray Flores. Ray is an “On Air Anchor” at “ESPN Radio 1000-Chicago” and is also an “Announcer” for various Mixed Martial Arts & Boxing Organizations. We will be discussing the journey to his success and advice for young professionals pursuing their dreams. Some of the organizations he’s worked with include The UFC Total Fight Challenge, Ironheart Crown C3 Brawl at Bourbon Street XFO Absolute Fighting Alliance HDNet’s Inside MMA Comcast SportsNet Chicago Fite Nite. www.Chris-Molina.com Intro/Outro Music: AShamaluevMusic

Jun 2016

26 min 14 sec

In this episode, Chris Molina interviews with Mitch Matthews, a keynote speaker, success coach, a trainer, best-selling author & a podcaster. Topics covered in this episode: Dream Jobs Dreaming and Aspiring Worrying Creativity The Big Dream Gathering Professionalism and Dreaming Importance of Having Dreams Website: MitchMatthews.com www.Chris-Molina.com Intro/Outro Music: AShamaluevMusic

Jun 2016

43 min 46 sec

In this episode of the PBC podcast, you will learn about Confidence… what is it, why it’s important, and how to improve it. No matter what industry you’re in & what level you’re at, Confidence plays a role in your day-to-day life. If you struggle with Confidence in any way, this episode it for you! In this episode, you’ll learn: What is Confidence? Where does it come from? A few tips on how to gain Confidence. www.Chris-Molina.com Intro/Outro Music: AShamaluevMusic

May 2016

16 min 52 sec

How do you deal with issues when the going gets tough? How do you deal with adversity? Today's guest is Nick DiNardo. Nick is the author of “The Game of Adversity” which revolves around 8 Practices To Turn Life's Toughest Moments Into Your Greatest Opportunities. Nick also has a podcast by the name of “The Sweet Adversity podcast” and Nick’s podcast aims to show that adversity is the catalyst for living a great life and accomplishing great things. In this episode, you will hear about: The 3 common traits Nick has noticed among highly successful people What brought Nick’s focus to Adversity How we should look at Adversity His favorite (and least favorite) whiskey You can keep track of Nick at his website: nickdinardo.com You can also subscribe to his Sweet Adversity Podcast: https://itunes.apple.com/ph/podcast/sweet-adversity-podcast-entrepreneurship/id994576371?mt=2 www.Chris-Molina.com Intro/Outro Music: AShamaluevMusic

May 2016

39 min 2 sec

Today's guest is Tess Wicks. Tess is the Host of a podcast, a Writer and Public Speaker for "Words & Money" which is a platform dedicated to educating career-driven women on their personal financial matters. Tess’ goal is to add a little snark, sass, and humor into your financially savvy, goal attaining journey by taking these particularly dry and mind-numbing topics and showing you that... well, getting smart with your money isn't only for the mega-rich big boys, and it doesn't have to be quite as boring and unrelatable as we all might assume it is. You contact & keep track of Tess at tesswicks.com Visit her blog at www.tesswicks.com/blog and listen to her podcast here:https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/words-money-female-finance/id1074065630?mt=2 Instagram: www.instagram.com/tess_wicks Twitter: www.twitter.com/tess_wicks Facebook: www.facebook.com/wordsandmoney In this episode, you will hear about: Why Tess is passionate about focusing on empowering women The common traits she notices about successful Professionals What was going through Tess’ mind when we quit her stable job A memorable hickey www.Chris-Molina.com Intro/Outro Music: AShamaluevMusic

May 2016

32 min 49 sec

Description: Have you ever called someone “lucky” for having a job… an experience…. money? In this episode, we talk about luck. How we think about it & how we should think about it. www.Chris-Molina.com Intro Music: AShamaluevMusic Outro Music: Itro & Tobu, Cloud

May 2016

16 min 26 sec

Have you ever thought of starting a business? Have you thought about dropping out of college? Today's guest is Prahasith Veluvolu. Prah is a good friend of mine and someone that I consider a “serial entrepreneur”. Prah has a very interesting story, especially if you’re thinking about starting a business or dropping out of college. You can contact Prah & check out what he’s up to by going to mimirhq.com or contacting him at his Twitter “@prahasith_v” & email prahasith@mimirhq.com In this episode, you will hear about: His story about the companies he’s started Prah’s thought-process when he decided to stop attending college What traits Prah thinks are important for an entrepreneur www.Chris-Molina.com Intro/Outro Music: AShamaluevMusic

Apr 2016

33 min 19 sec

Have you ever tried to Master something? Have you ever pursued the Mastery of something? Today's guest is Adam Carroll. Adam is a speaker, author, documentary creator, founder of National Financial Educators & an all around financial literacy junkie. Adam has a great story and a very interesting take on the Mastery (essentially being good at what you do). In this episode, you will hear about: His story toward financial literacy Adam’s 3-step process for Mastery. (1) Identify (2) Observation & Immersion (3) Evaluation & Awareness How Adam became a better speaker Some word association that shows Adam’s thoughts on Shagnasty You contact & keep track of Adam at moneysavvy.com www.Chris-Molina.com Intro/Outro Music: AShamaluevMusic

Apr 2016

39 min 32 sec

Did you know that EQ generally trumps IQ in the job market? Today's guest is Gale Mote. Gale is a Trainer & Organization Development Consultant at Gale Mote Associates, a Certified Coach and Facilitator for EQ-i 2.0®, an Authorized Partner with Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team™ and Everything DiSC®, and an Adjunct Lecturer at University of Iowa. You can find Gale at http://www.galemoteassociates.com In this episode, you will hear about: How Gale got to where she is now. What is EQ and why is it important? Gale’s thoughts on Team Building and Building Trust. The biggest fish Gale has ever caught! www.Chris-Molina.com Intro/Outro Music: AShamaluevMusic

Apr 2016

40 min 35 sec

Making a difference in the life of others is not difficult. Does the thought of helping others fuel your inner passion? It does for Tinashe. Today's guest is Tinashe Chaponda. Tinashe is President & Founder of the non-profit FOCUS Kalamazoo, a Jeter’s Leaders alum, Board of Director member for the Advocacy Services for Kids, a student at Western Michigan University and an all-around great role model. In this episode, you will hear about: Where Tinashe’s passion to help others comes from Easy ways for everyone to improve their community How he handles juggling so many responsibilities His plans for Presidency (not even a joke!) If you would like to connect with Tinashe, visit the links below! LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/tinashechaponda FOCUS Kalamazoo Website: www.focuskalamazoo.org Facebook: www.facebook.com/TinasheChaponda95 Instagram: instagram.com/tinashe_chaponda/ www.Chris-Molina.com Intro/Outro Music: AShamaluevMusic

Mar 2016

33 min 52 sec

Our choices have powerful outcomes - you just have to CHOOSE to make them! Today's guest is Susanna Kalnes. Susanna is an entrepreneur, a BeachBody Master Trainer, a frequent guest on various television networks, and someone who has been featured in Shape magazine (just to name a few things). We can all learn from her story and her take on the decision-making process. In this episode, you will hear about: The scare in Susanna's life that put her on track to a healthy lifestyle The choices she had to make along the way Susanna's personal decision-making process The name of her fish...you'll love this! If you would like to contact Susanna, head over to www.susannakalnes.com www.Chris-Molina.com Intro/Outro Music: AShamaluevMusic

Mar 2016

30 min 48 sec

What is the 'Professional By Choice' podcast? What is PBC about? Who the heck is Chris Molina? This brief intro to the PBC podcast answers all those questions! Take a quick listen to see what's in store. Visit our website: www.Chris-Molina.com Intro/Outro Music: Ashamaluev Music

Mar 2016

3 min 15 sec