Awakened Nation

Brad Szollose

A Deep Dive Into The Extraordinary.

Award-winning author Brad Szollose is dedicated to deeper conversations with today's cutting edge entrepreneurs, idea makers and disruptors, bestselling authors, activists, healers, spiritual leaders, professional athletes, celebrities and rock stars...conversations that WILL make you think. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/awakenednation/support

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What do you do when you realize the only path to success is marketing? And what happens when you become so successful, your competitors beg you and pay you to do their marketing? You launch a media agency that's what you do. Rob Anspach of Anspach Media sits down with Brad to discuss Rob's superpower; sarcasm, his Rob Versus__________ series of books and his reason for being a Stargate SG1 fan. This is a fun episode. About Rob Anspach: Rob Anspach is a highly sarcastic marketer, podcaster and serial author.  His upcoming new book is called “Rob Versus The Entitled: Defeating The Aggressive, Offended, and Easily Triggered With A Little Common Sense & A Lot Of Sarcasm." Host: Brad Szollose: First things, first. How do you say Szollose? It’s pronounced zol-us. Fueled by the passion to ignite game-changing conversations, award-winning author Brad Szollose created Awakened Nation®—a podcast dedicated to deeper conversations with today's cutting edge entrepreneurs, idea makers and disruptors, bestselling authors, activists, healers, spiritual leaders, professional athletes, celebrities and rock stars...conversations that take a deep dive into the extraordinary. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/awakenednation/support

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Apr 28

55 min 4 sec

Magnetic On Camera is MORE than just looking good. It's about exposing your soul and being vulnerable.  "I think most people do get to a point because of society and family dynamics, and ancestral stuff, and our own energetic DNA things we bring in...culture...and we feel unclear and angry at the world...and we feel like "is this it?" We feel lost and kinda tricked, we feel angry. We feel there is something wrong with us." Every human being starts out life doing what they were told to do, following the trajectory created by our family, culture and education. Eventually we reach a point in life where we must reinvent ourselves. Patti Troisi shares her journey of growing up Italian in America, Christmas mornings, improv with Grandma, and connecting to gratitude...and connecting to the heart. Patti and Brad have a great conversation. About Patti: Patti Troisi is an actress and performance coach and energetic alchemist with a passion and mission to ignite visionaries & conscious entrepreneurs into delivering beautifully authentic VIDEO with HEART through the lens and magically into the hearts of their perfect audience. She is the owner and CEO of PT Entertainment and the creator and host of the online series Quantum Leap Into Riches & The Content Creation Show. She works with clients through her signature coaching and deep dive VIP vortex days. Her coaching methodology was born out of over 27+ years on camera compiling proven techniques and strategies that produce transforming results. Patti’s vulnerability coaching captures your unique SOUL message required to connect successfully with your audience and convert those results! Her experience and passion with Mindfulness and Quantum Physics and the law of energy and attraction has equipped her with highly effective TOOLS including; Vision & Vulnerability Coaching, Meditation, Remote Craniosacral Therapy, EFT & Tapping, Bio Sonics/Vibrational Balancing and Ultimate Energy flow.  Patti is an unwavering stand for creative VISION, you are getting out of your old stories into alignment with source thereby living your best most joyful successful life. Patti’s work as an actress in ENTERTAINMENT has spanned internationally. She has been on ABC, HULU, NETFIX, CBS and more. She has been the face and storyteller for endless national commercials, been featured on stage, in film, and as a host for podcasts and international radio shows. She has done voice overs for live, animated characters, movies and TV. She has worked with award winning directors, writers, producers and creative/sales teams using VIDEO storytelling for wide array of international brands and businesses. With an extensive background in - advertising, marketing, writing, producing & sales, which again, allows her the ability and understand all elements of delivering a message Patti draws from her New York roots, growing up in a home surrounded by her Italian/Sicilian culture, navigating life with five siblings, finding humor and compassion and then translating it onto the big and small screens. If you are looking for your gold…work with Patti. Host: Brad Szollose Fueled by the passion to ignite game-changing conversations, award-winning author Brad Szollose created Awakened Nation®—a podcast dedicated to deeper conversations with today's cutting edge entrepreneurs, idea makers and disruptors, bestselling authors, activists, healers, spiritual leaders, professional athletes, celebrities and rock stars...conversations that take a deep dive into the extraordinary. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/awakenednation/support

Mar 16

54 min 42 sec

How do you get people to SEE what you are SAYING? In this touching episode of Awakened Nation, author and adjunct professor Todd Cherches shares with us his journey of learning to communicate visually when no one on your team speaks English.  Brad and Todd are longtime friends and fellow New Yorkers, and share stories of The NY Yankees and NY Mets, bad bosses, good fathers, the power of a singular vision, working in television, and how emojis seem to be the modern communication equivalent of the cave drawings from the ancient past.  This is a fun episode.  About Todd Cherches: Todd Cherches is the CEO and cofounder of BigBlueGumball, a NYC-based consulting firm specializing in leadership development, public speaking, and executive coaching. He is also a three-time award-winning Adjunct Professor of leadership at NYU, and a Lecturer on leadership at Columbia University. Todd is also a TEDx speaker (“The Power of Visual Thinking”), and the author of "VisuaLeadership: Leveraging the Power of Visual Thinking in Leadership and in Life" (Post Hill Press/Simon & Schuster, 2020). Website: www.toddcherches.com Host: Brad Szollose: First things, first. How do you say Szollose? It’s pronounced zol-us. Fueled by the passion to ignite game-changing conversations, award-winning author Brad Szollose created Awakened Nation®—a podcast dedicated to deeper conversations with today's cutting edge entrepreneurs, idea makers and disruptors, bestselling authors, activists, healers, spiritual leaders, professional athletes, celebrities and rock stars...conversations that take a deep dive into the extraordinary. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/awakenednation/support

Mar 10

42 min 7 sec

"I wanted to ask Jay Leno for a picture together...before I could slide in and ask what I really want, the meat question, Jay moves over in the audience and says "you ma'am"...and she asked for what I wanted; a picture with Jay. Jay sees my face, clearly disappointed...'That's what you really wanted wasn't it?' So I get up and he says "but, she asked." Out a hard lesson of a missed opportunity, Linda Swindling vowed from that moment on to ask for what you really want up front. If you are a woman and afraid to ask for what you really want, or a nice guy who doesn't want to make waves, THIS EPISODE is for you. Stop holding yourself back. Linda Swindling challenges you to ask outrageously...and make it a continuous habit in your life.  This is one episode you don't want to miss as two longtime friends share their own experiences with Asking Outrageously. About Linda Swindling, JD, CSP Negotiation speaker, author and expert Linda Swindling, JD, CSP, helps leaders negotiate everything from big deals to workplace drama using proven strategies that drive results without driving others away. Linda helps leaders enhance business relationships; improve sales opportunities; communicate more effectively so they are heard and understood; and to have the courage and confidence to ask outrageously to get what they really want. Linda learned first-hand how to negotiate results from her experiences in the courtroom and the boardroom. During her 10 years practicing law, Linda became a partner, had several successes negotiating multi-million dollar deals, and resolved cases that “couldn’t be settled.” She also became a respected mediator in the Texas legal community. In addition to earning her law degree, Linda received advanced negotiation training through the Attorney-Mediators Institute, Harvard/MIT’s Program on Negotiation, and The University of Houston’s A.A. White Dispute Resolution Center. Linda also spent five years with Vistage, the world’s largest CEO development organization. During her role as a Chair at Vistage, she advised and coached CEOs and key executives both in one-to-one settings and in peer groups. Linda is an engaging keynote speaker and facilitator who delivers take-home strategies which work in the real work environment. Her material is innovative, based on original research and more than 20 years of experience. You won’t hear anecdotal or intangible theories based on books she read. Instead, you get strategies that produce breakthrough outcomes and lasting results. Linda is certified in the COREMAP assessment, the RAMP method and as a ToPS facilitator. Chosen as one of the Top 30 Global Gurus in Negotiation for 2020, she is also a Board Certified Coach and Certified Speaking Professional. Linda’s clients include the Fortune 500, companies from a wide variety of industries, governmental entities and many international associations. Linda has worked with Ericsson, Texas Instruments, AstraZeneca, Pepsico, ThyssenKrupp, Marriott, UT Southwestern, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, and more. Linda is the author/co-author of more than 20 books, including her best-selling Ask Outrageously! The Secret to Getting What You Really Want and Stop Complainers and Energy Drainers: How to Negotiate Work Drama to Get More Done. She is a TEDx speaker and frequent media guest who has appeared on or been featured in Forbes, Fast Company, Business Insider, Entrepreneur Magazine, Reader’s Digest, Fox Business, The Huffington Post, and more. Host: Brad Szollose --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/awakenednation/support

Mar 9

39 min 46 sec

“He pulled out 2 guns wrapped in oily rags and he puts one of them in my hand…I remember looking down and noticing the oddest details. The handle was wrapped in duct tape and the serial number was filed off the bottom…and that's when I disappeared.”  Hear Manny Wolfe’s amazing story of being born into a cult, escaping to a life of crime, living on the streets...to finally overcoming adversity and rising above to become a well sought after business advisor, speaker coach, best-selling author and communication consultant. This is a powerful episode of resilience, and learning how to be an adult. Here are Manny's offers from the show: Sign up to join free group Organic Marketing Secrets Revealed https://www.theclientcreationmethod.com/group    9 Pillars Cheat Sheet https://www.theclientcreationmethod.com/free Manny Wolfe's Bio: Born in a hippy commune in Berkeley,  California, during the notorious ‘Summer of Love’, Emmanuel Wolfe’s  childhood was marked by violence, brainwashing, drug abuse, and worst of  all, no guidance. Drifting from place to place and job to job, unable  to settle, living a life steadily becoming utterly out of control, he  ended up a hopeless, homeless deadbeat, addicted to drink and drugs, on a  dizzying downward spiral, smashing down to rock bottom. Manny was able  to turn his life around.  Today, Manny works with people all over the world who want to transform their lives  through communication mastery, mindset mastery and internal  transformation. His story is nothing less than a testament to what we  can achieve when we never give up belief in ourselves and our ability to  create our reality. Host: Brad Szollose: First things, first. How do you say Szollose? It’s pronounced zol-us. Fueled by the passion to ignite game-changing conversations, award-winning author Brad Szollose created Awakened Nation®—a podcast dedicated to deeper conversations with today's cutting edge entrepreneurs, idea makers and disruptors, bestselling authors, activists, healers, spiritual leaders, professional athletes, celebrities and rock stars...conversations that take a deep dive into the extraordinary. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/awakenednation/support

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Jan 27

1 hr 2 min

"People show up at networking events wanting to sell, and nobody wants to buy." Dr. Ivan Misner is the godfather of networking and he is here to tell you that you are doing it wrong. Learn how to use the principles of visibility, credibility, and profitability to learn how to make your network work for you. This is the one episode you should be listening to if you want to expand your business or your non-profit.  About Dr. Ivan Misner: Dr. Ivan Misner is the Founder & Chief Visionary Officer of BNI, the world’s largest business networking organization. Founded in 1985 the organization now has over 9,600 chapters throughout every populated continent of the world.  Last year alone, BNI generated almost 12.3 million referrals resulting in $16.7 billion dollars worth of business for its members. Dr. Misner’s Ph.D. is from the University of Southern California. He is a New York Times Bestselling author who has written 24 books including one of his latest books – Who’s in Your Room? He is also a columnist for Entrepreneur.com and has been a university professor as well as a member of the Board of Trustees for the University of La Verne.   Called the “Father of Modern Networking” by both Forbes and CNN, Dr. Misner is considered to be one of the world’s leading experts on business networking and has been a keynote speaker for major corporations and associations throughout the world.  He has been featured in the L.A. Times, Wall Street Journal, and New York. Times, as well as numerous TV and radio shows including CNN, the BBC, and The Today Show on NBC. Among his many awards, he has been named “Humanitarian of the Year” by the Red Cross and was recently the recipient of the John C. Maxwell Leadership Award. He is also proud to be the Co-Founder of the BNI Charitable Foundation.  He and his wife, Elisabeth, are now “empty nesters” with three adult children...Oh, and in his spare time!!!  he is also an amateur magician and a black belt in karate. Host: Brad Szollose: First things, first. How do you say Szollose? It’s pronounced zol-us. Fueled by the passion to ignite game-changing conversations, award-winning author Brad Szollose created Awakened Nation®—a podcast dedicated to deeper conversations with today's cutting edge entrepreneurs, idea makers and disruptors, bestselling authors, activists, healers, spiritual leaders, professional athletes, celebrities and rock stars...conversations that take a deep dive into the extraordinary. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/awakenednation/support

Jul 2020

41 min 17 sec

"It's not about us. It's about helping others to achieve the best they can." Soft skills are the new hard skills, according to Ryan Estis, and are the things that differentiate your company from the rest of the pack. Listen in for a solid hour of how to take your organization and yourself to the next level.  About Ryan Estis: Ryan Estis has more than 20 years of experience as a top-performing sales professional and leader. As the former chief strategy officer for the McCann Worldgroup advertising agency NAS, he brings a fresh perspective to business events. As a keynote speaker, Ryan is known for his innovative ideas on leading change, improving sales effectiveness, and preparing for the future of work. He was recently recognized as one of “the best keynote speakers ever heard” by Meetings & Conventions magazine alongside Tony Robbins, Bill Gates, Colin Powell, and Mike Ditka. Ryan delivers keynote speeches, courses, and online learning with an emphasis on actionable content designed to elevate business performance. His curriculum emphasizes emerging trends influencing leadership effectiveness, sales performance, and customer experience. Ryan helps participants prepare to thrive in today’s ultra-competitive, hyper-connected business environment. Ryan supports the world’s leading brands, including Liberty Mutual, Darden Restaurants, Goodyear, the Dallas Cowboys, Medtronic, ECCO USA, and Blue Cross Blue Shield. He is a faculty member for the Institute of Management Studies, a member of the SmartBrief on Workforce Advisory Board, and a certified Human Capital Strategist. Ryan and his team publish original research featuring client case studies to expand the live event experience. He is also the author of a popular blog on business performance. His writing has been featured in Inc., Forbes, Entrepreneur, FastCompany, SmartBrief, Business News Network, Crain’s Business, and Yahoo Business. Ryan is an Ohio University graduate who resides in downtown Minneapolis. When he’s not traveling to speaking engagements around the world, Ryan enjoys downtime with family and friends, practicing yoga, and cheering on his beloved Minnesota Timberwolves. Host: Brad Szollose: First things, first. How do you say Szollose? It’s pronounced zol-us. Fueled by the passion to ignite game-changing conversations, award-winning author Brad Szollose created Awakened Nation®—a podcast dedicated to deeper conversations with today's cutting edge entrepreneurs, idea makers and disruptors, bestselling authors, activists, healers, spiritual leaders, professional athletes, celebrities and rock stars...conversations that take a deep dive into the extraordinary. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/awakenednation/support

Jul 2020

1 hr 3 min

"It's a symbiotic relationship that becomes a parasitic relationship." Science fiction shows us the beauty of artificial intelligence, but Cyrus A. Parsa believes that we need to be focusing on the pitfalls of relying on it. From pandemics to global conspiracies, this episode takes a look at all the different ways AI effects us.  About Cyrus A. Parsa: Cyrus A. Parsa is the Founder and CEO of The AI Organization, where he is also Director of Creative Analysis & Defensive Innovations. He has researched and investigated more than 1,000 AI, Robotics, 5G, Cybernetic, and Big Tech companies. Cyrus’s mission is to help safeguard humanity first and prevent disasters to Big Tech and the misuse of AI and biotechnology. Host: Brad Szollose: First things, first. How do you say Szollose? It’s pronounced zol-us. Fueled by the passion to ignite game-changing conversations, award-winning author Brad Szollose created Awakened Nation®—a podcast dedicated to deeper conversations with today's cutting edge entrepreneurs, idea makers and disruptors, bestselling authors, activists, healers, spiritual leaders, professional athletes, celebrities and rock stars...conversations that take a deep dive into the extraordinary. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/awakenednation/support

Jul 2020

1 hr 4 min

"I was always aware that I was the youngest and female, and I was always on edge about that." What does it take to break into comedy? And what more do you have to do when you're Latina? Gina Brillon tells her story to Brad Szollose, about the ups and downs of working the comedy scene and what happens when you become a mother of boys.  About Gina Brillon: Gina Brillon was born and raised in the Bronx, New York. The Puerto Rican actress, comedian, and writer, has been a stand up comic since she was 17 years old. Her first one hour special, Pacifically Speaking, was produced by Gabriel Iglesias and aired on NuvoTV (2014). She had a featured role in Gabriel Iglesias' theatrical film, The Fluffy Movie. She's made appearances on Comedy Central's Live at Gotham, E!'s Chelsea Lately, AXS' Gotham Comedy Live, The View, Late Night with Seth Meyers and Jimmy Kimmel Live.  You have also seen her on Kevin Can Wait on CBS and The Conners on ABC. In 2012, she became the first (and only) Latina winner of NBC's Stand up for Diversity Showcase. She was selected to be part of Montreal's Just For Laughs New Faces Showcase. Gina is also a singer, published writer, and poet.  Her pieces have appeared in the New York Post and Daily News, among others. In 2019, she was featured on Gabriel Iglesias' "Beyond the Fluffy Tour" - hitting 46 cities around the US and gaining thousands of new fans along the way. Her newest half hour special for HBO Latino, titled Easily Offended is now streaming on all HBO Digital Platforms. Host: Brad Szollose: First things, first. How do you say Szollose? It’s pronounced zol-us. Fueled by the passion to ignite game-changing conversations, award-winning author Brad Szollose created Awakened Nation®—a podcast dedicated to deeper conversations with today's cutting edge entrepreneurs, idea makers and disruptors, bestselling authors, activists, healers, spiritual leaders, professional athletes, celebrities and rock stars...conversations that take a deep dive into the extraordinary. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/awakenednation/support

Jul 2020

1 hr 4 min

"That's what we've got. We manifested that for ourselves as a species." Do you really know what is going on? From False Light to our Reptillian DNA, Sacha Stone takes you on a quest through what he perceives as the realities and false dichotomies of this age. This episode of Awakened Nation will make you think and make you wonder.  About Sacha Stone: Former rock musician and artist Sacha Stone grew up in Rhodesia-Zimbabwe throughout the war for independence. He established Humanitad in 1999. After conducting a five year diplomatic campaign he engaged Humanitad upon both the NGO and IGO playing fields as an outspoken advocate of human rights and natural justice. He has instigated peace initiatives and education programs, and has lobbied against human-rights abuses in different parts of the globe and continues to prosecute for the protection of breakthrough innovators, scientists and doctors. Sacha founded New Earth Project (New Earth Nation), the worlds most integrated movement promulgating sustainable, sovereign and self-determining communities. It operates as a universal trust engaging micro-nations by Treaty and exists outside of fictitious enclosures dreamt up by self-serving corporation-governments and institutions. He is also founder of the ITNJ International Tribunal for Natural Justice, which launched under multilateral observership in June 2015 via a ceremonial seating and ratification ceremony at Westminster Central Hall in London on the 800th anniversary of the signing of Magna Carta. This new planetary court is committed to the dispensation of natural justice and adherence to the rule-of-law. Sacha is a public speaker, publisher, writer and film-maker. newearthproject.org Host: Brad Szollose: First things, first. How do you say Szollose? It’s pronounced zol-us. Fueled by the passion to ignite game-changing conversations, award-winning author Brad Szollose created Awakened Nation®—a podcast dedicated to deeper conversations with today's cutting edge entrepreneurs, idea makers and disruptors, bestselling authors, activists, healers, spiritual leaders, professional athletes, celebrities and rock stars...conversations that take a deep dive into the extraordinary. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/awakenednation/support

Jul 2020

1 hr 5 min

"Your default tab is what you are born into... It's kinda like a gravity pull. its always there, always waiting for you. If you do nothing, you will end up right back on it." What's it like to start from a place where no one believes you can do better? And how good does it feel to shatter those expectations? Dawnna St. Louis talks about starting her own company, what it's like to be a black woman in corporate America and what it takes to build a business that will last.  About Dawnna: Imagine the story of your life defined by government statistics like these: Drug addict. Five children you're unable to care for/foster care Government assistance. Jail time. An early grave. "When my guidance counselor told me those stats would define my life, I  believed them. As a result, I became depressed, fell into homelessness,  and lost everything. It wasn't until I decided to step into a  brave new chapter that things began to change. Over the years, I  discovered that there were four principles of achievement that extremely successful people consistently strived to reach bigger goals. These four principles gave me the ability to pull myself from the depths of depression, crawl out of homelessness, and build a $250M tech biz." Today,  Dawnna is a conference headlining keynote speaker on the Discipline of  Achievement. She has transformed audiences around the world with the four principles that changed her life. Dawnna also runs a successful coaching, mentoring, and mastermind company that helps clients define a plan of attack to annihilate roadblocks and achieve more than they thought possible. Her client list includes well-known executives, high-potential employees, a  consortium of investors and venture capitalists, motivational speakers,  and entrepreneurs. Host: Brad Szollose: First things, first. How do you say Szollose? It’s pronounced zol-us. Fueled by the passion to ignite game-changing conversations, award-winning author Brad Szollose created Awakened Nation®—a podcast dedicated to deeper conversations with today's cutting edge entrepreneurs, idea makers and disruptors, bestselling authors, activists, healers, spiritual leaders, professional athletes, celebrities and rock stars...conversations that take a deep dive into the extraordinary. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/awakenednation/support

Jul 2020

1 hr 36 min

"Try hiking down a mountain in the middle of the night when it's 20ºF because your tent blew away..." What's it like to be a professional adventurer? Gordon Hunsucker regales Brad Szollose with stories of shipwrecks, intrigues, and life or death situations in this most fascinating episode of Awakened Nation.  About Gordon: Gordon Hunsucker is a scuba diver, mountain climber, treasure hunter and photographer...in other words, a professional adventurer. Born on the night of Mischief, Gordon sought adventure at an early age. Escaping a crib in his daycare, to climbing the most dangerous peaks on earth, to cave diving in the Bahamas, Gordon has devoted his life to go as high and deep as possible. Host: Brad Szollose: First things, first. How do you say Szollose? It’s pronounced zol-us. Fueled by the passion to ignite game-changing conversations, award-winning author Brad Szollose created Awakened Nation®—a podcast dedicated to deeper conversations with today's cutting edge entrepreneurs, idea makers and disruptors, bestselling authors, activists, healers, spiritual leaders, professional athletes, celebrities and rock stars...conversations that take a deep dive into the extraordinary. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/awakenednation/support

Jul 2020

1 hr 28 min

"Whoever is in my chair is the most important person in my life, at that moment." The power of makeup is not something to be trifled with, and Lacey Moen is a practitioner that makes her clients look good and feel good every time. This loving and fun interview on Awakened Nation takes a look behind the curtain for a practical look on how to build a business.  About Lacey: Lacey Ann Moen is a Polish, Italian, Irish,  Viking, Jewish, ginger (thank you 23 and me) who graduated from Lake  City High school in 2001 and then flunked out of North Idaho College in  2002. From that moment, she forged herself into an entrepreneurial force that later founded Lacey’s Starship Enterprise, and in 2011 launched  Earthly Beauty Bar in the Narnia that is downtown Coeur d’Alene. Now with over 14 years and  20,000+ hours of experience as an esthetician, Lacey has perfected her makeup and brow artistry, while creating a unique and glittering haven away from the everyday grind that empowers women to feel beautiful while they’re taking over the world. None of this would be possible without her incredible team of women who are passionate about there clients as well as their craft! After becoming a published author in 2016 and being mentioned in People Magazine as a makeup artist for Julianne Hough’s wedding in 2017, Lacey (or @LaceofFace to her almost 21,000 followers on Instagram) was further recognized as a “Top  10 Influencer” and one of the “Top 12 Women in Business Leadership” by  The Spokane CDA Living Magazine in 2018. Top 30 under 40 for Kootenai county 2019.  She has done more than 500 weddings and published in multiple national bridal blogs throughout her career. As a happily divorced (but still looking for magic), single momma to her incredible 9-year-old daughter  Zoey, Lacey likes to spend what little free time she has shopping on  Amazon while binge-watching Netflix, traveling, attending rap concerts,  and occasionally taking in a few hours of sleep. Host: Brad Szollose: First things, first. How do you say Szollose? It’s pronounced zol-us. Fueled by the passion to ignite game-changing conversations, award-winning author Brad Szollose created Awakened Nation®—a podcast dedicated to deeper conversations with today's cutting edge entrepreneurs, idea makers and disruptors, bestselling authors, activists, healers, spiritual leaders, professional athletes, celebrities and rock stars...conversations that take a deep dive into the extraordinary. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/awakenednation/support

Jul 2020

58 min 10 sec

"If I don't have a job, then I don't have an identity. " He was at the top of his game, but Shea Hillenbrand left it all behind. Brad Szollose goes deep with him on this episode of Awakened Nation, dealing with family, understanding who you are and what it takes to rise up beyond the story you tell yourself to become the person you want to be.  About Shea Hillenbrand:  Shea Hillenbrand is a former professional Major League Baseball player who covered third and first base, playing for the Boston Red Sox, Arizona Diamondbacks, Toronto Blue Jays, San Francisco Giants, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, and The Los Angeles Dodgers.  Shea is also a 2-time MLB All-Star, and at the height of his career, he walked away from it all to raise his three adopted children. Today he is the founder and CEO of 2Vs Apparel (Voices To The Voiceless), a Realtor® and Real Estate Investor in Scottsdale, AZ.    Host: Brad Szollose: First things, first. How do you say Szollose? It’s pronounced zol-us. Fueled by the passion to ignite game-changing conversations, award-winning author Brad Szollose created Awakened Nation®—a podcast dedicated to deeper conversations with today's cutting edge entrepreneurs, idea makers and disruptors, bestselling authors, activists, healers, spiritual leaders, professional athletes, celebrities and rock stars...conversations that take a deep dive into the extraordinary. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/awakenednation/support

Jun 2020

57 min 33 sec

"I was always, always the only black person in any of my classes, and I knew there was more out there. I longed for it." Karith Foster is a multi-hyphenate star, and she has the stories from a life well-lived. In this fun and engaging conversation with longtime friend Brad Szollose, they touch on interracial marriage, relationships, race relations, the comedy industry and the kindness of the late, great Patrice O'Neal. #BlackoutBestsellerList #BlackPublishingPower #Junteenth  About Karith Foster: For nearly two decades Karith Foster has taken her passion for entertaining and critical thinking nationwide- from the airwaves to organizations; from universities to corporations creating a seismic shift in mindsets and revolutionizing the way we address issues of diversity, leadership and personal development. “If you can laugh at it you can get through it,” is not only her motto but the invaluable lesson she seeks to instill in others. As a speaker, humorist, coach, TV & radio personality, author, entrepreneur, wife, and mother Karith’s sense of duty, service, along with her riotous sense of humor, have made her a positive force of change. The words “no” and “impossible” are not in her vocabulary as evidenced by her career path, life challenges, chosen adventures, and desire to help others. Karith is the CEO and Founder of F.R.A.M.E. (Foster Russell Alliance for Meaningful Expression) and creator of multiple workshops including the diversity and inclusion program “Stereotyped 101” and “You Can Be Perfect or You Can Be Happy.” She is the author of Laugh Your Way to Happiness: 101 Ways to Have a Great Laugh and the soon-to-be-released children’s book Lealah Finds Love. www.karith.com Host: Brad Szollose: First things, first. How do you say Szollose? It’s pronounced zol-us. Fueled by the passion to ignite game-changing conversations, award-winning author Brad Szollose created Awakened Nation®—a podcast dedicated to deeper conversations with today's cutting edge entrepreneurs, idea makers and disruptors, bestselling authors, activists, healers, spiritual leaders, professional athletes, celebrities and rock stars...conversations that take a deep dive into the extraordinary. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/awakenednation/support

Jun 2020

1 hr 39 min

"I'm one of those guys that will go on a blind date and start talking about sex, drugs and politics on a date." This is a fun episode, starting with health, going into politics and Star Trek, martial arts and what happens when Elizabeth and Brad get drunk in Las Vegas. Join the conversation and let us know: What is your favorite Rush song?  About Jon Benson: Jon Benson is known as the "Billion Dollar Copywriter," with his words responsible for over a billion dollars worth of product sold. Jon is the CEO of Digital Publisher, Inc., which houses all of Jon’s Internet marketing products, services, and free materials, as well as the CEO of Fitology LLC, which controls Jon’s fitness and diet empire. He is currently authoring a book on his experiences and study of love, sexuality and relationships, Epic Love, still heavily involved in fitness and bodybuilding training, martial arts, authoring poetry, and gigs as a bassist on the side (his former full-time job.) He resides in California and, intermittently, in stunning Vancouver, BC. To learn more about Jon, go to: http://jonbenson.com About Elizabeth Hamilton: As executive producer of Awakened Nation and Brad's business partner, Elizabeth Hamilton takes decades of book and marketing industry to help people build the platforms they need to get their message out. They understand what makes a book sell, from an Amazon listing to the importance of color on the bookshelf.  When not planning campaign strategy, Elizabeth is known for an active and effective social media life. An influencer, both online and off, they have spoken at Social Media Breakfast Houston, Social Media Day Houston, and Comicpalooza. Every Friday night, they host a live stream radio show about David Bowie on Facebook.  Elizabeth is also an accomplished writer, having been published in Military.com and Thrive Global,  among others. Their most recent book, Outline: Write Your Book Faster With a Plan, helps authors create an actionable plan to get started on their writing. Host: Brad Szollose Fueled by the passion to ignite game-changing conversations, award-winning author Brad Szollose created Awakened Nation®—a podcast dedicated to deeper conversations with today's cutting edge entrepreneurs, idea makers and disruptors, bestselling authors, activists, healers, spiritual leaders, professional athletes, celebrities and rock stars...conversations that take a deep dive into the extraordinary. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/awakenednation/support

Jun 2020

1 hr 20 min

"I learned the nature of power early." When people say "Feminist" nowadays it can get a vitriolic reaction. Feminism is an ever-changing force. Debby Williams, from Feminist Utopia, takes Brad Szollose on a tour of modern feminism, how losing gender roles is a good thing, and what's it like to receive death threats for your beliefs.  About Debby Williams: Debby Williams is the host of Feminist Utopia with fellow Humanists of Houston board member Benita Malone. Feminist Utopia is a podcast that explores what a world would look like if there were no gender roles- where each individual is equally valued and respected in society. Serious topics like reproductive rights are discussed as well as more lighthearted subjects like a feminist analysis of the Netflix series Cheer.  It is the goal of Feminist Utopia to break down complex theories like intersectionality to show how they apply to current issues and how individuals can work to make a change. Debby’s activist journey started young with her grassroots organizer mother who took her canvassing their Chicago neighborhood for politicians and policies.  It was totally normal to stuff envelopes or have a living room full of women discussing how to build a better and more just world. After majoring in history and political science at Purdue University, Debby went to work in the wild west of the growing Internet arena. But the business world just wasn’t fulfilling at all.  She left the for-profit world and in Spring 2008 Debby began as a canvassing volunteer with the Obama campaign in Florida.  Host: Brad Szollose Fueled by the passion to ignite game-changing conversations, award-winning author Brad Szollose created Awakened Nation®—a podcast dedicated to deeper conversations with today's cutting edge entrepreneurs, idea makers and disruptors, bestselling authors, activists, healers, spiritual leaders, professional athletes, celebrities and rock stars...conversations that take a deep dive into the extraordinary. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/awakenednation/support

Jun 2020

56 min 27 sec

"There's something simply cathartic about chopping vegetables or making huge vats of dal or cleaning the toilet... I realized that selfless service was cleaning me. Whatever activity I was engaged in, I was scrubbing myself. " NY Times Bestselling author Panache Desai joins us on Awakened Nation to talk about the way he has learned to find his peace in life and how grace extended beyond any religion to help your soul find it's truth. This powerful and stirring conversation will light a path for you in these uneasy times.  About Panache Desai Panache Desai is a bestselling author, thought leader, and business and life catalyst. His loving and compassionate presence, and unique power of insight have transformed countless individuals, organizations, and companies across the globe. Through his gift of energetic transformation, Panache empowers people break free from suffering and limitation, guiding them into greater states of connection, collaboration, and love. This mastery delivers astonishing levels of personal and professional success allowing them to discover and live a life that is truly without limits. Panache has been interviewed by Oprah Winfrey on her wildly popular Super Soul Sunday show. He has collaborated alongside Deepak Chopra, steps in for Rev. Michael Beckwith at the Agape International Spiritual Center, and worked with Neale Donald Walsch, Brian Weiss, MD and James Redfield. Panache’s new book, You Are Enough, is a national bestseller.  Website: www.panachedesai.com  Twitter: @PanacheDesai Host: Brad Szollose Fueled by the passion to ignite game-changing conversations, award-winning author Brad Szollose created Awakened Nation®—a podcast dedicated to deeper conversations with today's cutting edge entrepreneurs, idea makers and disruptors, bestselling authors, activists, healers, spiritual leaders, professional athletes, celebrities and rock stars...conversations that take a deep dive into the extraordinary. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/awakenednation/support

May 2020

1 hr 4 min

"You can't define me. I'm nine." Can you live your dreams?  Shannel Rivera created a life for herself that she wants to live, by  understanding that your thoughts create your reality. Join us for a  conversation that spans generations and cultures as Shannel shares her  life from the gang leaders of The Barrio to becoming the top sales exec at FedEx, to becoming an Entrepreneur and an Influencer. About Shannel Rivera: Beautyandhustle was born as a company when the founder, Shannel Rivera, realized that there was a HUGE need for women empowerment. Shannel was working in her corp life job and found herself in a sea of men and always felt like an outsider. In her corp life she was a district manager for  FedEX and  quickly transformed her team there into a powerhouse team that was #1 in  America. While at FedEx, Shannel sought out empowerment and love from  the beauty community online. It was during this time that Shannel  created one of the top 100 most engaged Facebook groups,  #beautyandhustle. Within #beautyandhuste, Shannel was able to be a  strong woman but also able to embrace her femininity and  messaging to  women across the world. Shannel then launched a small direct sale  boutique, utilizing the Facebook platform. Shop with Beautyandhustle  grew quickly and was amongst the top 2% highest earning independent  boutique in the company. Shannel has always had a calling for leadership and is able to  effectively teach many different people in business and life  improvement. Through intuitive coaching she is able to help people shift  mindsets and live a more fulfilling life while propelling their  business forward. She is no nonsense and will give you the truth, even  if it hurts to hear! Shannel wants to empower women everywhere to take  control of their lives and do so by being a super strategic business  person. Anyone who has worked with Shannel will tell you that she has a  gift of guiding you exactly where you need to be and helping you  overcome anything blocking your success. Host: Brad Szollose Fueled by the passion to ignite game-changing conversations, award-winning author Brad Szollose created Awakened Nation®—a podcast dedicated to deeper conversations with today's cutting edge entrepreneurs, idea makers and disruptors, bestselling authors, activists, healers, spiritual leaders, professional athletes, celebrities and rock stars...conversations that take a deep dive into the extraordinary. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/awakenednation/support

May 2020

56 min 37 sec

"'Content is king, but engagement is queen and she wears the pants in the family.' I was writing this all down  and literally, at the time, I didn't even know what they meant." How does a plumber from Texas become a YouTube influencer? Roger Wakefield has built an impressive social media following by being open to new ways while maintaining his humor and knowledge. Enjoy this warm and insightful conversation on Awakened Nation. About Roger Wakefield: YouTube sensation Roger Wakefield, LEED AP, is a Master Plumber with over 40 years of experience as a plumber in the Great State of Texas and is the founder/owner/operator of Texas Green Plumbing. Not only is he a Green Certified business owner, speaker, and trainer, Roger has become one of the top YouTube influencers in the world with over 35,000 subscribers and over 2 million views on his YouTube Channel. His YouTube channel grew from 361 subscribers to over 20,000 in his first full year. You can catch Roger's videos 3 times a week.  Host: Brad Szollose Fueled by the passion to ignite game-changing conversations, award-winning author Brad Szollose created Awakened Nation®—a podcast dedicated to deeper conversations with today's cutting edge entrepreneurs, idea makers and disruptors, bestselling authors, activists, healers, spiritual leaders, professional athletes, celebrities and rock stars...conversations that take a deep dive into the extraordinary. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/awakenednation/support

May 2020

48 min 45 sec

"When a person becomes drowned in porn, they actually need porn. It's now a part of their sexual template... it rewires the brain" How much is too much, when it comes to porn? Is it harmless or can it hurt you? Joseph F. Price talks about his journey through porn addiction to healing, and how science shows the changes that comes from overuse.  Interesting statistic from the show: 70% of porn usage takes place from 9am-5 pm...while at work!!! This is an interesting episode. About Joseph F. Price: Joseph F. Price is a Life Coach Expert with 12 years of coaching experience in self-improvement, personal growth, and real-world challenges. He specializes in coaching people, who want to become more self-aware, self-confident, and transition into a new improved person. He specializes in people that are recovering from digital addiction. If you need help in overcoming challenges, Joseph his clients reset their personal GPS, to change their navigation system to move closer towards success, balance, and fulfillment. Joseph specializes in: life transitions, health, sexuality, career, stress/anxiety, low mood, identity,  post addiction recovery, digital addiction recovery, rebounding, and strategic life planning.  Host: Brad Szollose Fueled by the passion to ignite game-changing conversations, award-winning author Brad Szollose created Awakened Nation®—a podcast dedicated to deeper conversations with today's cutting edge entrepreneurs, idea makers and disruptors, bestselling authors, activists, healers, spiritual leaders, professional athletes, celebrities and rock stars...conversations that take a deep dive into the extraordinary. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/awakenednation/support

May 2020

58 min 22 sec

"How come some of us go through these terrible things, rise above our circumstances and build amazing lives, and how come some people falter? And how can we help those people?" How do you survive, after your mother abandons you when you need her the most? Lise was involved in a barbecue fire gone wrong that led to a class-action lawsuit and gave her a drive to heal others.  About Dr. Lise Deguire: Dr. Lise Deguire is a clinical psychologist in private practice in Pennington, NJ. At the age of four, she was third degree burned over 65% of her body, a result of both maternal and corporate negligence. Against the odds, she lived through this injury, enduring countless surgeries, extended hospital stays, and while attending different schools, faced loneliness, ostracism and bullying. She grew up in a dysfunctional family, and lost four members of her family to suicide. Despite these life challenges, Dr. Deguire has forged a triumphant path towards love, health and life satisfaction. Host: Brad Szollose Fueled by the passion to ignite game-changing conversations, award-winning author Brad Szollose created Awakened Nation®—a podcast dedicated to deeper conversations with today's cutting edge entrepreneurs, idea makers and disruptors, bestselling authors, activists, healers, spiritual leaders, professional athletes, celebrities and rock stars...conversations that take a deep dive into the extraordinary. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/awakenednation/support

May 2020

33 min 33 sec

"If you don't wanna get better, the people you are competing with are getting better." Johnny Campbell is a powerhouse speaker and businessman who believes that you have what it takes to make it. In this inspiring conversation, Brad and Johnny talk about what goes into making a business and the road to getting your message out every day.  And Johnny takes a moment to talk about his favorite passion; top water bass fishing. A fun conversation between old friends. About Johnny Campbell: Johnny Campbell is a Keynote Speaker, Author and Founder of Rise-Up  and Win International an organization that helps people turn their  Personal Challenges into Breakthroughs & their Products and Services  into Profits. Johnny is the bestselling author of the audio series “The Power of Resiliency”, “The (7) People Who Can Help You Achieve Extraordinary Success in Life, and “The (7) Habits Holding You Back and What To Do About Them”. Johnny’s New Book & Program “Becoming the Agent of Change” How  to get people to embrace change with losing your mind or bank account  is an organizational favorite both in the US and Internationally. Johnny is Past-President of the National Speaker Association for state  of Illinois and is an Accredited Speaker a designation awarded by Toastmaster International and held by only (81) professional speakers in the world for excellence in public speaking. Johnny has also spoken at a TEDx event and appeared on television and in movies. Johnny gained his team management and sales expertise in the  Insurance industry where he worked as a corporate sales trainer and  participated in leading hundreds of people through multiple Corporate  Downsizings and Mergers. Based on Johnny’s sales results, experiences  and his ability to help organizations overcome their challenges and  succeed in their businesses he is called: “The Transition Man” Johnny’s ongoing mission is to help people overcome the personal and  professional challenges of life, so they can have More Success, More  Money and More Happiness in their life- Starting Today. Host: Brad Szollose Fueled by the passion to ignite game-changing conversations, award-winning author Brad Szollose created Awakened Nation®—a podcast dedicated to deeper conversations with today's cutting edge entrepreneurs, idea makers and disruptors, bestselling authors, activists, healers, spiritual leaders, professional athletes, celebrities and rock stars...conversations that take a deep dive into the extraordinary. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/awakenednation/support

May 2020

48 min 27 sec

"Life is coaching you when you listen, trust and follow your heart's voice." It's not a coincidence that good things happen to Emma Laurence. She has created a system that helps her to experience the best that life has to offer and a way to share that with others. Join us for a fun and joyful conversation with Brad Szollose that will change your day. Oh, and we talk about the Zen of Llamas.  About Emma Laurence: Through her own challenges Emma Laurence can coach from experience. Experiences such as sexual assault,  life-threatening surgery, marital separation, and the rigors of building a business, brought her the ability to face her fears. She's learned that coaching is not the same as therapy. It’s forward-moving, touches on the past as needed, and sees your story only as a backdrop of the life you dare to dream. Above all, life’s challenges have taught Emma to face fear with persistent love. Life is coaching all of us through our own personal experiences.  That’s why Emma comes from a place of deep respect for your process.  She provides the necessary support, tools and structure for you to unfold to your highest potential at your own pace. Host: Brad Szollose Fueled by the passion to ignite game-changing conversations, award-winning author Brad Szollose created Awakened Nation®—a podcast dedicated to deeper conversations with today's cutting edge entrepreneurs, idea makers and disruptors, bestselling authors, activists, healers, spiritual leaders, professional athletes, celebrities and rock stars...conversations that take a deep dive into the extraordinary. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/awakenednation/support

May 2020

53 min 59 sec

"If you just take that risk, make that jump, that leap of faith...more often than not, the universe has your back." What happens when you are the most recognized voice on the planet? You turn that into a professional speaking career. Susan C. Bennett give Brad Szollose the scoop on what happens when you become an icon.  About Susan C. Bennett: You may not know Susan Bennett, but you definitely know her voice!  Susan is a voice actor, singer, and speaker whose voice has appeared on hundreds of radio and TV commercials for such clients as McDonald’s, Macy’s, Goodyear, Papa John’s, Fisher Price, and more.  She is the voice of Delta Airlines gates worldwide, as well as hundreds of GPS and phone systems, but you probably know her best as The Original Voice of Siri.   Susan has appeared on nationally televised programs The Mariah Carey Merriest Christmas Special, The Queen Latifah Show, CNN, Showbiz Tonight, The Jack & Triumph Show, the new To Tell the Truth, and she read the Top Ten list for David Letterman!  Susan was born in Burlington, Vermont, and spent her youth in New England.  She was always interested in music and acting, which she pursued during her four years at Brown University, singing in theater productions, and in the jazz band, “Conglomerate.”  Susan was the leader of the singing group, The Chattertocks, as well.   After graduation, she married NHL hockey player, Curt Bennett, and moved to Atlanta, Georgia, where Curt played for The Atlanta Flames, and Susan began her voiceover and singing career.  Susan toured with Burt Bacharach as a backup singer, and later toured and traveled the world with Roy Orbison, also singing backup vocals, with a featured duet.  She sang jingles as well for such clients as Coca Cola, Georgia Power, Kroger, and Krystal restaurants.  It was after a jingle session that Susan was asked to voice a commercial when the scheduled voice actor didn’t show up.  She discovered that voiceover was something she did well and enjoyed, so she got a vocal coach, an agent, and started on a career that is still going strong.  Since revealing herself as the Original Voice of Siri, Susan has a new career as a speaker, working with people at Harvard, The Federal Bank of Atlanta, Tedx Talks, Women in Business, Business Professionals of America, SwiftFest, etc.,  Susan continues to live and work in Atlanta, Georgia, along with second husband guitarist and audio engineer, Rick Hinkle, of Audiocam Music.  Susan and Rick had a private event band called “Interactive!” for more than two decades, and they still continue to work together in their 60’s and 70’s rock and soul band, “Boomers Gone Wild!” Check out Susan’s website at www.SusanCBennett.com to hear demos of her voice work and speaker events; or follow her on Instagram and Twitter @ SiriouslySusan; or check out her Facebook Fan Page, Susan Bennett-voice of Siri. Host: Brad Szollose Fueled by the passion to ignite game-changing conversations, award-winning author Brad Szollose created Awakened Nation®—a podcast dedicated to deeper conversations with today's cutting edge entrepreneurs, idea makers and disruptors, bestselling authors, activists, healers, spiritual leaders, professional athletes, celebrities and rock stars...conversations that take a deep dive into the extraordinary. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/awakenednation/support

May 2020

33 min 30 sec

"I felt like Neo in The Matrix. Morpheus didn't give me one red pill. He gave me three." Have Race Relations gotten better or worse in America? How do you stand in your truth, when your own culture tells you that you must believe in one way of thinking? YG Nyghtstorm believes that people can do better than expected when they are given the chance to think for themselves.  YG Nyghtstorm stops by Awakened Nation® to talk about American exceptionalism, MAGA  and "getting off the Plantation", a battle cry for Black Americans to  leave the Democratic Party...one of the TOP VOICES in the #Blexit Movement, this is an honest conversation. Take a listen to one of the best and most interesting conversations on Awakened Nation.  About YG Nyghtstorm YG Nyghtstorm is a man on a mission. This 6'2 330 pound MAGA HULK is blazing a trail across the country UNITING Americans with his story of rising from homelessness in Atlanta and on food stamps to becoming a successful corporate executive through the grace of God, hard work and the love from fellow Americans of ALL political affiliations, races and genders. With over 50,000 subscribers on his YouTube channel, his message that the American Dream is for ALL OF US is working as his viral video (BLACK MAN IN A MAGA HAT & AMERICAN EXCEPTIONALISM) has over 1,000,000 views! Host: Brad Szollose Fueled by the passion to ignite game-changing conversations, award-winning author Brad Szollose created Awakened Nation®—a podcast dedicated to deeper conversations with today's cutting edge entrepreneurs, idea makers and disruptors, bestselling authors, activists, healers, spiritual leaders, professional athletes, celebrities and rock stars...conversations that take a deep dive into the extraordinary. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/awakenednation/support

May 2020

1 hr 6 min

"I used all the products that the celebrities were using... not really understanding that might not be the best quality. " What happens when you don't recognize yourself in the mirror? Rachael Pontillo took her body, and her self image, into her own hands by creating her own skincare solutions.  Listen in as she shares her secrets to looking your best, naturally.  About Rachael Pontillo: Rachael Pontillo is a holistic skincare innovator, author, and educator. She is the bestselling author of the book Love Your Skin, Love Yourself, and co-author of The Sauce Code. She’s a functional nutrition practitioner, AADP and IAHC Board Certified International Health Coach, licensed aesthetician; and natural skincare formulator and educator. She’s the president and co-founder of the Nutritional Aesthetics® Alliance, the creator of the popular skincare and healthy lifestyle blog, Holistically Haute™, as well as the much-loved online course, Create Your Skincare®. She’s an avid herbalist, skincare ingredient connoisseur, and lifelong learner. Host: Brad Szollose Fueled by the passion to ignite game-changing conversations, award-winning author Brad Szollose created Awakened Nation®—a podcast dedicated to deeper conversations with today's cutting edge entrepreneurs, idea makers and disruptors, bestselling authors, activists, healers, spiritual leaders, professional athletes, celebrities and rock stars...conversations that take a deep dive into the extraordinary. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/awakenednation/support

May 2020

59 min 10 sec

"Respect for all and be kind to others. That's my motto." Filmmaker John Pritchard has seen many, many things that have blown his mind and he has chosen to share those with the world through his movies. Brad and John talk about the stories and the people that have driven his career into creating art that drives change.  About John Pritchard: John Pritchard is an award-winning filmmaker whose newest film, RESPECT FOR ALL, was released on Thanksgiving Day 2019 and the World Premiere will be at Lincoln Center on January 13, 2020. His second feature film, ¡OJALÁ!- Puerto Rico Rebuilds, had its premiere in NYC, Nov. 16th, at the 2018 International Puerto Rican Heritage Film Festival. His first feature was the Australian Aboriginal film, ONE HEART-ONE SPIRIT, which won BEST INDIGENOUS DOCUMENTARY at the 2017 Melbourne Documentary Film Festival in Australia.  In 2016, he founded his non-profit, educational film company, One Heart Movies, aka The One Heart - One Spirit Project. John focuses on producing films that promote respect for ALL people and help create a kinder world. In 2012, as part of his multimedia publishing company, ETERNAL WAYS, John produced one of the world's greatest online learning programs for jazz musicians: Freddy's Guide to Creative Improvisation. It features over 300 video clips of Berklee College of Music professor, Fred Lipsius, who was an original member of the legendary band, Blood, Sweat and Tears. http://respect4allmovie.com  http://ojalamovie.com http://onehearttribe.com http://oneheartmovies.org http://freddysguide.com Host: Brad Szollose Fueled by the passion to ignite game-changing conversations, award-winning author Brad Szollose created Awakened Nation®—a podcast dedicated to deeper conversations with today's cutting edge entrepreneurs, idea makers and disruptors, bestselling authors, activists, healers, spiritual leaders, professional athletes, celebrities and rock stars...conversations that take a deep dive into the extraordinary. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/awakenednation/support

May 2020

1 hr 10 min

"I want to keep it simple. I really do." Awakened Nation host Brad Szollose and Executive Producer Elizabeth Anne Hamilton don't always agree on everything, but they can agree that there were some interesting ideas and guests on Season 2. Listen in for some real talk about spousal abuse, mental health and the reasons that we choose the guests that we do.  About Elizabeth Hamilton: As executive producer of Awakened Nation and Brad's business partner, Elizabeth Hamilton takes decades of book and marketing industry to help people build the platforms they need to get their message out. They understand what makes a book sell, from an Amazon listing to the importance of color on the bookshelf. When not planning campaign strategy, Elizabeth is known for an active and effective social media life. An influencer, both online and off, they have spoken at Social Media Breakfast Houston, Social Media Day Houston, and Comicpalooza. Every Friday night, they host a live stream radio show about David Bowie on Facebook. Elizabeth is also an accomplished writer, having been published in Military.com and Thrive Global,  among others. Their most recent book, Outline: Write Your Book Faster With a Plan, helps authors create an actionable plan to get started on their writing. Host: Brad Szollose Fueled by the passion to ignite game-changing conversations, award-winning author Brad Szollose created Awakened Nation®—a podcast dedicated to deeper conversations with today's cutting edge entrepreneurs, idea makers and disruptors, bestselling authors, activists, healers, spiritual leaders, professional athletes, celebrities and rock stars...conversations that take a deep dive into the extraordinary. We wish Elizabeth Hamilton the best as she moves on from her Executive Duties on Awakened Nation to pursue personal interests. We wish her the best. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/awakenednation/support

May 2020

2 hr 19 min

"This is where my power has come from..."  Health and Wellness Coach Melissa Lynn opens up about the difference between being strong and pretending to be strong, how a debilitating injury forced her to get focused and lose 115 pounds, and the driving forces that gave her the strength to leave 2 abusive relationships. This is a fun episode. Melissa Lynn's BIO: Melissa Lynn is a mother, an entrepreneur, a survivor of abuse, and a self-love advocate. Motivated by her own journey to reconnect with her authentic self, Melissa released 115 pounds of weight that was no longer serving her highest potential. Dropping the stories of her past she continues to make decisions that align with her own inner peace and happiness. She discovered how to truly find balance and live her healthiest happiest most abundant life possible. Melissa believes it is her soul's calling to mentor, support, and coach others in finding their own path to living a life filled with purpose wellness and happiness. Melissa is a certified Life Coach, Leadership Coach, as well as a certified Nutrition/Health Coach. Melissa is the owner of Lissa Lynn Coaching and Consulting, LLC, she practices a holistic approach to whole-body health and wellness. Looking at how all areas of life are connected and how each impacts the other. https://www.melissalynncoaching.com/ Host: Brad Szollose Fueled by the passion to ignite game-changing conversations, award-winning author Brad Szollose created Awakened Nation®—a podcast dedicated to deeper conversations with today's cutting edge entrepreneurs, idea makers and disruptors, bestselling authors, activists, healers, spiritual leaders, professional athletes, celebrities and rock stars...conversations that take a deep dive into the extraordinary. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/awakenednation/support

Dec 2019

44 min 3 sec

What is it like to interview some of today's top celebrities such as Vanna White, Pat Benatar, Erin Brockovich, Sam Champion, Barbara Corcoran, Val Chmerkovskiy, Panache Desai, Janet Evanovich, Sara Evans, Lisa Guerrero, Dr. Judy Ho, Sonny Jurgensen, Hoda Kotb, Suze Orman, Dr. David Perlmutter, Vanessa Williams, Ginger Zee and many more? Only Randy can get them to open up and dish. Brad sits down with Randall Kenneth Jones, host of the always entertaining Jones Dot Show (Jones.Show). Funny, witty, and always a deep conversation, Randy talks about his relationship with his husband, his friendships with Barbara Corcoran and Pat Benatar, and his own personal growth professionally and personally.  This is a wonderful episode you won't want to miss. Randall Kenneth Jones' BIO: Modern-day renaissance man Randall Kenneth Jones has built a marketing and public relations portfolio that includes respected household names from the IT, healthcare, entertainment, publishing, retail and consumer products & services industries. His primary focus has been creative ideation, branding, content development, CRM and direct marketing. With a Foreword by Peggy Post (The Emily Post Institute) and an Introduction by Erin Brockovich, Jones’ best-practices book, “Show Me: Celebrities, Business Tycoons, Rock Stars, Journalists, Humanitarians, Attack Bunnies & More!” was published in late 2016. “Show Me” has been described by New York Times Bestselling Author Janet Evanovich as “a bit David Sedaris, a touch Dale Carnegie, a dash of Janet Evanovich….” Barbara Corcoran of “Shark Tank” added: “Randy has created a literary ‘Dancing with the Stars.’ Wickedly funny, yet profoundly touching! Show Me is ‘Shark Tank’ meets NASCAR meets Broadway meets ‘The Partridge Family.’” In 2018, Jones launched JONES.SHOW, a new podcast with his signature “look for the best in people” focus. Susan C. Bennett, the original voice of Siri, is the program announcer and recurring guest.  Between his book and his podcast, Jones has profiled Laura Benanti, Pat Benatar, Erin Brockovich, Sam Champion, Barbara Corcoran, Val Chmerkovskiy, Panache Desai, Janet Evanovich, Sara Evans, Lisa Guerrero, Dr. Judy Ho, Sonny Jurgensen, Hoda Kotb, Suze Orman, Dr. David Perlmutter, Vanessa Williams, Ginger Zee and many more. He has appeared on TODAY, The Hoda Show with Hoda Kotb, MARKETPLACE on Public Radio and CNBC.com. A uniquely entertaining motivational speaker, Jones is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia. His ongoing mission supports positive communication, creative thinking & innovation and authentic self-expression. Host: Brad Szollose First things, first. How do you say Szollose? It’s pronounced zol-us. Fueled by the passion to ignite game-changing conversations, serial entrepreneur and award-winning author Brad Szollose created Awakened Nation®—a podcast dedicated to deeper conversations with today's cutting edge entrepreneurs, idea makers and disruptors, bestselling authors, activists, healers, spiritual leaders, professional athletes, celebrities and rock stars...conversations that take a deep dive into the extraordinary. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/awakenednation/support

Dec 2019

1 hr 9 min

How do you stay motivated, as a motivational speaker, when life is knocking you down? Brad sits with long-time friend and speaking industry colleague Dave "The Shef" Sheffield to discuss life's ups and downs.  Dave Sheffield's BIO: Dave “The Shef” Sheffield has helped more than 620,000 people from 58 different countries unleash their leadership potential, motivate their teams, and discover their “Recipes for Success” via his dynamic live programs and his 5 top selling books. He also coaches professional athletes, authors, rock stars, and sales professionals. He specializes in helping people lead regardless of title, grow regardless of circumstances, and get out of their own way. Host: Brad Szollose First things, first. How do you say Szollose? It’s pronounced zol-us. Fueled by the passion to ignite game-changing conversations, serial entrepreneur and award-winning author Brad Szollose created Awakened Nation®—a podcast dedicated to deeper conversations with today's cutting edge entrepreneurs, idea makers and disruptors, bestselling authors, activists, healers, spiritual leaders, professional athletes, celebrities and rock stars...conversations that take a deep dive into the extraordinary. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/awakenednation/support

Dec 2019

48 min 9 sec

"Here I am making millions in my side hustle and I'm still working full-time in my day job in the oil and gas industry. My friends just couldn't understand why I wouldn't quit my day job..." Serial entrepreneur Tony Whatley of 365Driven sits down with Brad and shares his extraordinary journey from his teen years riding skateboard, to executive in the oil and gas industry, to creating a side-hustle business that generated millions. Tony shares the classic 'son of an immigrant' story and the tenacity that made him one of the country's top entrepreneur success stories. If you are an entrepreneur, THIS is an excellent episode. Tony Whatley's BIO: Mentor | Entrepreneur | Engineer | Car Fanatic Tony  Whatley is a business mentor, speaker, best-selling author, and podcast host. He is best known as Co-Founder of LS1Tech, an online automotive community which grew into the largest of its kind, with over 300,000  registered members. This business sold for millions in only five years after starting. Amazingly; it was just his part-time business! Tony once led a successful corporate career with over 27 years of experience in oil/gas, managing $100MM+ international EPIC projects. He has built and scaled project management departments, and consulted within Fortune 100  corporations on systems, processes, and leadership. Tony also has extensive experience in procurement and contract laws, as well as contract negotiation. In 2015, Tony decided to focus on building businesses full-time and left behind a multiple six-figure salary range to do what he loves. Tony earned a Bachelor of Science degree in  Mechanical Engineering, from The University of Houston. He is also a  Certified Project Manager, as well as serving as club president of  Toastmasters, a public speaking and leadership training group. When he is not doing work to build his legacy, you can find him and his wife, Lisa, exploring the world or racing high-performance cars. Host: Brad Szollose First things, first. How do you say Szollose? It’s pronounced zol-us. Fueled by the passion to ignite game-changing conversations, serial entrepreneur and award-winning author Brad Szollose created Awakened Nation®—a podcast dedicated to deeper conversations with today's cutting edge entrepreneurs, idea makers and disruptors, bestselling authors, activists, healers, spiritual leaders, professional athletes, celebrities and rock stars...conversations that take a deep dive into the extraordinary. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/awakenednation/support

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Dec 2019

55 min 8 sec

What does an accountant/surfer dude in the late 70s to do after quitting his job? He looks for signs from the universe! And THAT is how Brian Smith began his journey of bringing the Ugg Brand to America. Brian shares with Brad his wins, his failures and his secrets to building one of the most iconic brands in the world.  If you are an entrepreneur, business owner, in marketing or sales, THIS EPISODE of Awakened Nation is filled with the secrets to figuring out your marketing and customer.  If you are looking for a Master Class in Sales, or Entrepreneurship, this episode is it. Brian Smith Bio: Brian Smith, Founder of the world-famous UGG Australia Brand. Graduating in 1978 as a Chartered Accountant in Australia, Brian came to California looking for the next big opportunity to bring back to Australia. While studying at the UCLA Graduate School of Management he observed that there was no sheepskin footwear in the US. With only $500 in capital, he imported boot samples and over the next seventeen years built the UGG Australia brand into a multi-million dollar international enterprise. He sold in 1995 and the brand has continued to grow to exceed a billion dollars in annual sales for the past six years. Brian is one of the most sought after International business leaders in the country today. He is committed to teaching entrepreneurs how to leverage their most precious assets from within, and to recognize and pursue their passions to create a fulfilling and successful life. Brian has authored the book “The Birth of a Brand – Launching Your Entrepreneurial Passion and Soul”, is a sought after Keynote speaker and mentors small business owners. He spends his time with his family and friends in Southern California and enjoys surfing and contributing to humanity. Host: Brad Szollose First things, first. How do you say Szollose? It’s pronounced zol-us. Fueled by the passion to ignite  game-changing conversations, award-winning author and serial entrepreneur Brad Szollose created Awakened Nation®—a podcast dedicated to deeper conversations with  today's cutting edge entrepreneurs, idea makers and disruptors,  bestselling authors, activists, healers, spiritual leaders, professional  athletes, celebrities and rock stars...conversations that take a deep dive into the extraordinary. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/awakenednation/support

Nov 2019

41 min 34 sec

From political activist to health practitioner, Sharon Ward is working with remote healing and energy devices that are right out of Star Trek...all from her iPad. Sharon tells her extraordinary journey from healing herself to organizing Ron Paul Campaign for Liberty rallies to getting trained, and certified as a health practitioner. This is a fun episode and Brad gets to do his Bill Clinton impersonation.  Sharon Ward Bio:  Sharon has been studying and practicing natural health for over 30 years. In her early twenties (before the internet) she spent hours at the local library and book stores learning how to heal herself from debilitating fatigue, depression, panic attacks and headaches which were the result of a high sugar diet, mercury toxicity and lack of adequate nutrients. She realized the modern medical system was completely at a loss as to what caused her illness and at a loss as to how to correct it. Taking her life into her own hands she recovered from years misdiagnosis and mistreatment. Sharon has not been to a medical doctor to treat an illness in over 25 years. She is board certified by the American Association of Drugless Practitioners as a Holistic Health Practitioner, is a graduate of Trinity School of Natural Health as a Naturopathic Doctor, a Certified Natural Health Professional and a Certified Health Specialist.  Sharon also practices remote bioenergetic harmonizing using a frequency generating device to relieve stress in the energy field. A long-time student of spirituality, the principles of liberty, free markets, Austrian Economics and health freedom led her to Ron Paul in 2007.  Sharon was the Wake County Coordinator for Ron Paul’s Campaign for Liberty in North Carolina. Due to her successful work with that organization, she was tapped to be the North Carolina director for Ron Paul’s 2012 presidential campaign. This was definitely outside of her wheelhouse but led to intense spiritual growth.  Sharon Ward, ND, BCHHP www.NatureHealsU.com  Host: Brad Szollose First things, first. How do you say Szollose? It’s pronounced zol-us. Fueled by the passion to ignite  game-changing conversations, award-winning author Brad Szollose created  Awakened Nation®—a podcast dedicated to deeper conversations with  today's cutting edge entrepreneurs, idea makers and disruptors,  bestselling authors, activists, healers, spiritual leaders, professional  athletes, celebrities and rock stars...conversations that take a deep  dive into the extraordinary. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/awakenednation/support

Nov 2019

1 hr 4 min

What kind of life can you expect when your mother is the legendary singer, songwriter and actress, Eartha Kitt? Extraordinary is the answer.  Kitt shares her extraordinary childhood, lessons from her always outspoken mother, Eartha Kitt, as well as standing strong during the civil rights movement, her role as the original Catwoman, being ousted by the Johnson Administration for her remarks about Vietnam, to her Emmy® Award-Winning voiceover work with Disney.  Brad and Kitt share some wonderful moments and a few miracles from their own friendship, as well as relaunching her mother's brand Simply Eartha. This is a wonderful episode if you love nostalgia. Kitt Shapiro Bio: Daughter of the legendary entertainer, Eartha Kitt, Kitt Shapiro has had an unconventional journey as she continues to evolve as a successful entrepreneur, wife and mother of young adults. Founder and creator of the Simply Eartha™ lifestyle brand, Shapiro uses her mother’s words, wisdom and beauty, designing a line of ‘accessories that SAY something’ made in the USA by local artisans. Shapiro has been in and around the fashion and entertainment business all of her life. She grew up speaking French and English as she traveled the world with her mother. After studying on the road as well as at Lycée Francais in Los Angeles and London, Shapiro attended Barnard College/Columbia University before beginning a successful modeling career. She studied interior design and worked in the fashion industry before taking on the responsibilities of running her mother’s company. As president of Eartha Kitt Productions for more than 20 years, Shapiro organized and produced Eartha Kitt shows and projects all over the world. Her behind the scenes work for her famous mother was highlighted by a Grammy nomination as executive producer of Eartha Kitt’s CD, “Back in Business.” When Eartha Kitt was diagnosed with Stage III colon cancer, Shapiro became her mother’s caregiver and advocate. Eartha Kitt died Christmas Day 2008. She had never had a colonoscopy prior to her diagnosis. Shapiro has taken it upon herself to share her mother’s story and bring attention to the importance of screening and early detection. Shapiro recently served as a member of the board of directors for the Colon Cancer Alliance in Washington DC. Host: Brad Szollose First things, first. How do you say Szollose? It’s pronounced zol-us. Fueled by the passion to ignite game-changing conversations, serial entrepreneur and award-winning author Brad Szollose created Awakened Nation®—a podcast dedicated to deeper conversations with today's cutting edge entrepreneurs, idea makers and disruptors, bestselling authors, activists, healers, spiritual leaders, professional athletes, celebrities and rock stars...conversations that take a deep dive into the extraordinary. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/awakenednation/support

Nov 2019

54 min 44 sec

"I'd like to speak with mom and dad alone now" is a phrase no parent wants to hear from a doctor. And yet that is exactly what happened to Tom Sutter. Brad sits with Tom as he tells the heartwrenching story of his son Cal's battle with Leukemia, the miracles along the way, and forming Cal's Angels, one of the few charities that makes sure the money goes to treatment and families who are struggling during one of the most difficult times of their lives. This is a wonderful episode and we are blessed to get Tom on Awakened Nation. Tom Sutter's Bio: Tom Sutter is the original founder and a board member at Cal’s Angels (www.calsangels.org ), which he founded after losing his son, Cal, to Leukemia at the age of thirteen.  Cal’s wages W.A.R. on pediatric cancer by granting Wishes, raising Awareness, and funding Research through clinical trials.  He is continually inspired by the children that Cal’s Angels helps and their tenacity and strength of character.   Tom is a published author, father to a blended family of 7 children, and one giant ball of energy and humor who seems to live by the motto “growing old is a blessing, growing up is optional”.  While it is sometimes difficult to keep a straight face when sitting down with Tom, he will always have your best interests in mind when serving you. He also said that before he dies he’d like to collect the nacho batting helmets from each MLB stadium, that his secret talent is being able to walk and chew gum at the same time, and that his favorite place in the world is anywhere that serves pizza and beers.   Often reading books like Napoleon Hill’s Think and Grow Rich and publications like Fortune, Business Insurance Journal, Jeffery Gitomer’s Sales Caffeine, and the Napoleon Hill Foundation’s Yesterday and Today.   Tom has been in the insurance industry since 1993 and is not only a commercial insurance specialist, he is also responsible for training and developing the next generation of Insurance Professionals.  Crum-Halstead Agency. Tom is that he is a youthful, passionate, driven individual whose energy and zeal for life coupled with his knowledge and passion for improvement allows him to serve his customers at a level that inspires others to live and do better. Tom studied Economics, Computer Science, and Finance at Northern Illinois University.  Host: Brad Szollose First things, first. How do you say Szollose? It’s pronounced zol-us. Fueled by the passion to ignite game-changing conversations, serial entrepreneur and award-winning author Brad Szollose created Awakened Nation®—a podcast dedicated to deeper conversations with today's cutting edge entrepreneurs, idea makers and disruptors, bestselling authors, activists, healers, spiritual leaders, professional athletes, celebrities and rock stars...conversations that take a deep dive into the extraordinary. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/awakenednation/support

Nov 2019

54 min 28 sec

"People don't know what to do when they say they want to save the planet but eat at McDonald's. I'm a Vegan and a Republican...they don't know what to do with that." John Di Lemme’s entire career has revolved around changing lives and turning around businesses. His strategic marketing consulting has generated over 100 Million Dollars in business for his clients and assisted them with building a loyal customer base by providing extreme customer service. But he began to see that there was a lack of accurate conservative news in The United States. From that moment on, John set out to launch the Conservative Business Journal and Podcast. His Keep The State Red has been growing momentum in Florida. If you are a Conservative, you will love this episode. John is a force to be reckoned with. John Di Lemme Bio: The  Conservative Business Journal is the brainchild of John Di Lemme that was birthed through his frustration and dissatisfaction of seeing businesses fearful of the repercussions they would face for standing on their conservative values and commitment to America’s free enterprise system. As a strategic business coach, international speaker, podcaster, and author for over 18 years, John knew that he had to take drastic action that would give conservatives the strength to stand firm and build record-breaking businesses. The  Conservative Business Journal will empower conservative businesses,  entrepreneurs, and professionals to keep fighting for their right to live the American dream and maximize our capitalistic society. Host: Brad Szollose First things, first. How do you say Szollose? It’s pronounced zol-us. Fueled by the passion to ignite game-changing conversations, serial entrepreneur and award-winning author Brad Szollose created Awakened Nation®—a podcast dedicated to deeper conversations with today's cutting edge entrepreneurs, idea makers and disruptors, bestselling authors, activists, healers, spiritual leaders, professional athletes, celebrities and rock stars...conversations that take a deep dive into the extraordinary. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/awakenednation/support

Nov 2019

1 hr 18 min

What do you do when you are raised in a strict Jewish household? You grow up to become a spiritual seeker and healing practitioner in the middle of a big city. Sam Liebowitz sits down with Brad and explains his life, awakenings, and creating a healing community in New York City. This is a fun episode as two long-time friends have a conversation on consciousness. Enjoy Sam Liebowitz Bio: Sam Liebowitz, known as The Conscious Consultant,  is a mentor, coach, speaker, healer, and serial entrepreneur. He has been in business since 1993 and has owned several successful businesses. His current ventures include The Conscious Consultant, a coaching and mentoring service which promotes sensible, ethical, moral and conscious ways to build careers and businesses, Talking Alternative Broadcasting, an Internet Radio Station which reaches over 100 countries worldwide, and Double Diamond Wellness a healing center in the Heart of Manhattan. In these various roles, Sam has inspired hundreds of people to live a life that is happier, healthier and more fulfilled. Sam has lectured in several venues in New York City, including being a featured speaker at  TEDxUpperWestSide in 2016. Host: Brad Szollose First things, first. How do you say Szollose? It’s pronounced zol-us. Fueled by the passion to ignite game-changing conversations, serial entrepreneur and award-winning author Brad Szollose created Awakened Nation®—a podcast dedicated to deeper conversations with today's cutting edge entrepreneurs, idea makers and disruptors, bestselling authors, activists, healers, spiritual leaders, professional athletes, celebrities and rock stars...conversations that take a deep dive into the extraordinary. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/awakenednation/support

Nov 2019

55 min 43 sec

Author of Read Me, Or Stay Broke, Mark Jackson II sits down with Brad on this episode to explain his journey of starting out in the Air Force, winding up broke and making the decision to teach himself financial literacy.  His driving force; his two sons. Today Mark has created several successful businesses, completed dozens of real estate transactions and stands in an elite circle of highly sought after Black Leaders who speak on the subject of success.  In this empowering episode, Mark shares what it's like to be a bestselling author whose books are used as a curriculum for the next generation of financial literacy seekers.  Mark Jackson II Bio: Mark Sweeney Jackson II is a financial mentor, motivational speaker, student-teacher, and professional real estate investor. Jackson is a highly decorated Air Force Veteran. His knowledge and experience has taken him all over the globe, including residing in Tokyo, Japan. In addition to spending five years enlisted in the United States Air Force. Jackson continued his government career and service to his country with the U.S. Department of Defense for seven years. During this period Jackson re-interested himself in real estate while completing his B.A. in two years.  Through his company Sweeney and Sons Consulting LLC he's authored several best selling books and hosts financial workshops. His book Read Me or Stay Broke is changing lives and opening the eyes of people all over the world to the secrets of wealth building. He has been involved in a variety of real estate transactions totaling millions of dollars as he oversees all acquisitions for potential and current investments at M&C Real Estate LLC. He has also served as a financial consultant for many private companies including ManoCo International Public Relations.  As a proud father of two sons, and serves as financial advisor and treasurer at The Christ Experience Church in Oklahoma City. A passionate volunteer Mark is a well known YMCA Basketball and Baseball coach. Mark Jackson II is now at the cusp of his career. His keen mind and big heart have already solidified him as a source of inspiration to thousands. Host: Brad Szollose First things, first. How do you say Szollose? It’s pronounced zol-us. Fueled by the passion to ignite game-changing conversations, serial entrepreneur and award-winning author Brad Szollose created Awakened Nation®—a podcast dedicated to deeper conversations with today's cutting edge entrepreneurs, idea makers and disruptors, bestselling authors, activists, healers, spiritual leaders, professional athletes, celebrities and rock stars...conversations that take a deep dive into the extraordinary. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/awakenednation/support

Nov 2019

1 hr 20 min

What happens when your mother visits you after her death? Do you ignore her or listen? Jennie Byers works beyond the veil and helps people communicate with dead loved ones who have crossed over. Brad sits with Jennie as she broadcasts from her Spirit Reunions Sanctuary in the mountains of Tennessee. This is a touching episode. About Jennie Byers: Jennie Byers, is the founder of Spirit Reunions Sanctuary, a 15 acre educational center for healing and community located in the Cherokee Mountains of East TN.  The center features themed tiny houses for retreat, a native American tipi and medicine wheel, Reiki labyrinth, 700 sq ft Egyptian scale pyramid, and a team of healing practitioners.   Jennie communicates beyond the veil into higher vibrational realms and assists us with healing with our loved ones who have transitioned from the physical. Jennie’s background is in finance and she was the Controller of multiple professional race teams in Indianapolis, IN prior to moving to TN and opening the sanctuary.   Host: Brad Szollose First things, first. How do you say Szollose? It’s pronounced zol-us. Fueled by the passion to ignite game-changing conversations, serial entrepreneur and award-winning author Brad Szollose created Awakened Nation®—a podcast dedicated to deeper conversations with today's cutting edge entrepreneurs, idea makers and disruptors, bestselling authors, activists, healers, spiritual leaders, professional athletes, celebrities and rock stars...conversations that take a deep dive into the extraordinary. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/awakenednation/support

Nov 2019

58 min 33 sec

What happens when you leave a successful decade-long running podcast because you want to go bigger? Jordan Harbinger of The Jordan Harbinger Show tells us his extraordinary move to relaunch his own show, and go after the very best guests. We talk about his interview with Kobe Bryant, Chelsea Handler and Lisa Lampanelli...and his dream interview. This was fun and laid back. Jordan talks about being unfulfilled and wanting something that was closer to the heart. And Jordan gives some surprising answers to our mystery round... Enjoy. Jordan Harbinger BIO: Jordan is a Wall Street lawyer turned interview talk-show host, and a communications and social dynamics expert. He has hosted a Top 50 iTunes podcast for over 12 years and receives over six million downloads per month, making The Jordan Harbinger Show one of the most popular podcasts in the world. On The Jordan Harbinger Show, he deconstructs the playbooks of the most successful people on earth and shares their strategies, perspectives, and practical insights with the rest of us. Host: Brad Szollose First things, first. How do you say Szollose? It’s pronounced zol-us. Fueled by the passion to ignite game-changing conversations, serial entrepreneur and award-winning author Brad Szollose created Awakened Nation®—a podcast dedicated to deeper conversations with today's cutting edge entrepreneurs, idea makers and disruptors, bestselling authors, activists, healers, spiritual leaders, professional athletes, celebrities and rock stars...conversations that take a deep dive into the extraordinary. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/awakenednation/support

Nov 2019

1 hr 1 min

What if you knew you were an introvert but said yes to life? Michael Alcée did just that. Michael shares with Brad his extraordinary journey of starting a club for introverts in college, to becoming a two-time TEDxSpeaker, and realizing he was an ambivert. In this enlightening episode, Michael explains the secrets to creativity and mental health. Michael Alcée Bio: Michael Alcée, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist who loves to draw on his passion for literature, music, and art to help individuals, groups, and organizations find their newest creative forms.  A two-time TEDx speaker, podcast host of 'Live Life Creatively', and Psychology Today blogger, he is intrigued by—how introverts can solve our mental health crisis, how therapy can heal our polarizing divisions, and how each of us is truly an artist in the making. He is the 2019 winner of the American Psychological Association Schillinger Memorial prize for his essay on the link between jazz and psychoanalysis: "Reading the Changes: Freud's Improvisational  Art." He is currently working on a book entitled Developing a Therapeutic Voice: A Poetic and Practical Guide for Clinicians and Supervisors.  He currently works in private practice in Tarrytown, NY and as the Mental Health Educator at Manhattan School of Music. Host: Brad Szollose First things, first. How do you say Szollose? It’s pronounced zol-us. Fueled by the passion to ignite game-changing conversations, serial entrepreneur and award-winning author Brad Szollose created Awakened Nation®—a podcast dedicated to deeper conversations with today's cutting edge entrepreneurs, idea makers and disruptors, bestselling authors, activists, healers, spiritual leaders, professional athletes, celebrities and rock stars...conversations that take a deep dive into the extraordinary. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/awakenednation/support

Nov 2019

54 min 59 sec

"[Soul] Branding is like intention work for me and it's a bit of alchemy...when you have that level of dimensionalizing your intention, and you're developing your [personal] brand, things start to happen." Renee Rotkopf is a long time Creative Director who combines here healing and NLP training with the branding process to bring heal, vitality, and intention to her client's life. In this wonderful episode, Renee shares with Brad her journey, training and her spiritual retreats. Renee Rotkopf BIO: Renee Rotkopf is is an explorer of the psyche, stars and everything in between. She is a creative life coach who helps people live a happier, more fulfilling life. With over 20 years as a creative director and brand expert in advertising, she empowers people’s creative consciousness using hypnosis, guided visualization, meditation, N.L.P., archetypes and astrology.  
Renee helps her clients think outside of the box of limiting beliefs to experience a positive change in their lives. Helping them break habits, release old patterns, heal the past and reimagine their future. Host: Brad Szollose First things, first. How do you say Szollose? It’s pronounced zol-us. Fueled by the passion to ignite game-changing conversations, serial entrepreneur and award-winning author Brad Szollose created Awakened Nation®—a podcast dedicated to deeper conversations with today's cutting edge entrepreneurs, idea makers and disruptors, bestselling authors, activists, healers, spiritual leaders, professional athletes, celebrities and rock stars...conversations that take a deep dive into the extraordinary. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/awakenednation/support

Nov 2019

47 min 22 sec

Can we learn as adults through play? Yes, we can. Geoff McLachlan stops by Awakened Nation® to share his extraordinary journey as a  successful kindergarten teacher, who took the concept of learning  through fun and founded Professionals At Play. Geoff has done over 800 speaking engagements in front of thousands of students and adults.  Geoff also shares his love for the outdoors.  This is a fun episode. Geoff McLachlin Bio: Geoff McLachlan provides coaching, training, speaking and meeting facilitation services through INFLUENCE. Founder and CEO of Professionals at Play, Geoff has been a professional speaker for over 13 years and has made over 800 paid speeches for a variety of companies and organizations. Coaching and training is part of Geoff’s family heritage. His grandfather and father were both Washington State Track and Field Hall of Fame Coaches, and combined they had over 100 years of coaching experience! Following in their footsteps Geoff has worked with educators, youth, and private sector personnel, collectively and individually, with objectives to help teams increase their effectiveness and to help individuals make decisions and take action. Here's a few standout accomplishments. Geoff has provided coaching to a real estate client with a $200,000,000 budget, as well to as a USA Junior Olympic Weight Lifting champ. He has worked with hundreds of schools across the country to significantly reduce truancy and decrease suspensions. And he has a 70% client retention rate. Geoff joined the Influence team to continue his journey of helping people win in work and life. Host: Brad Szollose First things, first. How do you say Szollose? It’s pronounced zol-us. Fueled by the passion to ignite game-changing conversations, serial entrepreneur and award-winning author Brad Szollose created Awakened Nation®—a podcast dedicated to deeper conversations with today's cutting edge entrepreneurs, idea makers and disruptors, bestselling authors, activists, healers, spiritual leaders, professional athletes, celebrities and rock stars...conversations that take a deep dive into the extraordinary. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/awakenednation/support

Nov 2019

59 min 8 sec

"Seeing a child's face light up is why I do this." As the Batman of Spring Hill, Jack Asbury is on a mission to bring hope and joy to children. He’s been featured in the NY Times, Inside Edition and countless other news sources for his good works. When he’s not being Batman, this father of two saves lives as an emergency medical technician.  Host: Brad Szollose First things, first. How do you say Szollose? It’s pronounced zol-us. Fueled by the passion to ignite game-changing conversations, serial entrepreneur and award-winning author Brad Szollose created Awakened Nation®—a podcast dedicated to deeper conversations with today's cutting edge entrepreneurs, idea makers and disruptors, bestselling authors, activists, healers, spiritual leaders, professional athletes, celebrities and rock stars...conversations that take a deep dive into the extraordinary. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/awakenednation/support

Nov 2019

35 min 10 sec

What if you were so frustrated with the mainstream news that you started your own News Network? That's exactly what Linda Forsythe did.  With her army of Citizen Journalists, former NY Times journalists, and retired police and government officials, Linda has set strict guidelines for journalism that gets to the truth. News like the Military Tribunals taking place RIGHT NOW that is NOT being covered by the mainstream. C-Vine News is the only network that has access to daily court transcripts from Guantanamo. This is a controversial episode for sure! About Linda Forsythe Linda Forsythe is the founder and creator of the C-VINE International News Network. What started out as a "grassroots" movement between Patriot friends, has caught fire and exploded in a virulent manner globally!  C-VINE News has been placed in a Charitable Trust as a Foundation for Patriots around the world who have banded together to TAKE CHARGE of the news they receive. Now up to 45,000 active VOLUNTEERS are on assignment to investigate, vet, write news releases, and film breaking news stories from around the world. Many act as Digital Soldiers who help the news to spread on Social Media that has managed to beat the Conservative News censorship.  They also send a representative each month to cover the 9/11, KSM et al... Military Tribunals LIVE from GTMO via CCTV from Ft. Meade in Maryland. https://c-vine.com/ Host: Brad Szollose First things, first. How do you say Szollose? It’s pronounced zol-us. Fueled by the passion to ignite game-changing conversations, serial entrepreneur and award-winning author Brad Szollose created Awakened Nation®—a podcast dedicated to deeper conversations with today's cutting edge entrepreneurs, idea makers and disruptors, bestselling authors, activists, healers, spiritual leaders, professional athletes, celebrities and rock stars...conversations that take a deep dive into the extraordinary. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/awakenednation/support

Oct 2019

1 hr 26 min

"...and that's where I get my heart broken all the time....when I want more for someone than they want it for themselves." Jodee Bock believes that leadership needs to be emotional, but it doesn’t mean what you might think it does. In this fun and engaging interview, Brad and Jodee talk about what it really takes to run a company.  Jodee Bock Bio Jodee Bock is an accidental entrepreneur who started her own business, Bock's Office Transformational Consulting, in response to a series of career moves that highlighted those elements she didn't even realize were missing. She says she left Corporate America as an employee to start her own business to help people stay and thrive. She is a speaker, author, trainer, facilitator and coach in the areas of Leadership, Communication, and Accountability. Her newest book, P.O.W.E.R. Tools at Work, was just released last week. Host: Brad Szollose First things, first. How do you say Szollose? It’s pronounced zol-us. Fueled by the passion to ignite game-changing conversations, serial entrepreneur and award-winning author Brad Szollose created Awakened Nation®—a podcast dedicated to deeper conversations with today's cutting edge entrepreneurs, idea makers and disruptors, bestselling authors, activists, healers, spiritual leaders, professional athletes, celebrities and rock stars...conversations that take a deep dive into the extraordinary. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/awakenednation/support

Oct 2019

49 min 29 sec

“I have no problem holding the light while others move through their dark.” What happens when you start to confront the emotional trauma and try to heal? Brad speaks with Rhonda Smith on the problems of the New Age movement and how you can heal by fully embracing the darkness within.  Rhonda Smith Bio Rhonda Smith was born and raised in picturesque Northern California. She spends most of her time between the San Francisco Bay area and the Sierra Nevada mountains with her majestic little wiener dog, Saylor Love. Rhonda shares her message on stage, as well as through podcasting, coaching, and her work with sacred plant medicine. She uses all of these modalities to support people in remembering the truth about who they are. Rhonda believes that only when we embrace the darkest parts of ourselves, do we learn the lessons that lead to remembering and living our deepest truth. The greatest work of our lives is being willing to stand naked with all of our masks removed. The current state of our planet (living earth) and humanity is a catalyst to understand the way we've been living isn't working! This was the spark that ignited Rhonda's mission.  Her newest company, "The Expanded Hueman," is set up to answer the question "What comes next after personal development?"  It's an invitation for us all to stop the madness of endlessly seeking outside ourselves. Her book, The Whole Method, is about remembering how to journey back into ourselves and once there, discover everything we need. Host: Brad Szollose First things, first. How do you say Szollose? It’s pronounced zol-us. Fueled by the passion to ignite game-changing conversations, serial entrepreneur and award-winning author Brad Szollose created Awakened Nation®—a podcast dedicated to deeper conversations with today's cutting edge entrepreneurs, idea makers and disruptors, bestselling authors, activists, healers, spiritual leaders, professional athletes, celebrities and rock stars...conversations that take a deep dive into the extraordinary. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/awakenednation/support

Oct 2019

54 min 35 sec

“Just try different things and don’t judge yourself.” Could becoming a Vegan reverse your family's chronic diseases? David Benzaquen shares his journey and ways your family can bring more vegetables into your diet for better health.  David Benzaquen Bio David Benzaquen is the Co-Founder and CEO of Ocean Hugger Foods, a company that manufactures plant-based seafood alternatives to address the overfishing crisis. The company has received innovation awards from Whole Foods Market and Sysco, and has been heralded in the New York Times, USA Today, CBS Morning News and more. David is an investor in plant-based food companies and a mentor and advisor to various companies in the space. Host: Brad Szollose First things, first. How do you say Szollose? It’s pronounced zol-us. Fueled by the passion to ignite game-changing conversations, serial entrepreneur and award-winning author Brad Szollose created Awakened Nation®—a podcast dedicated to deeper conversations with today's cutting edge entrepreneurs, idea makers and disruptors, bestselling authors, activists, healers, spiritual leaders, professional athletes, celebrities and rock stars...conversations that take a deep dive into the extraordinary. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/awakenednation/support

Oct 2019

42 min 5 sec