The Catalyst with Samantha Kris
Ending Ableism

Ending Ableism

August 12, 2020

Nine days before her 17th birthday, Rose suffered a catastrophic injury. She went from an athlete to a quadriplegic overnight. Though life has completely changed, Rose has refused to let her circumstances define her. As a mother to three young boys, a successful business owner and best-selling author, she is defying the odds and is on a mission to dismantle ableism.

Connect with Rose on Instagram and Facebook and join the movement for inclusivity.

Your Voice Matters

Your Voice Matters

August 5, 2020

Growing up in the Soviet Union, Marina was raised in the culture of censorship. She always felt a big voice inside her but using it was simply not an option. When she immigrated to Canada she was devastated to discover she still didn’t have a voice, this time for very different reasons. In this episode, Marina shares how she learned to own her voice, scale its reach and use it to empower others.

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Overcoming Childhood Trauma

Overcoming Childhood Trauma

July 29, 2020

Petrona Joseph led a very glamorous life on the outside. She was climbing the ranks in the luxury automobile industry, she was at every event and was making good money as an influence marketer but on the inside, it was a very different story. Crippling anxiety, depression and unresolved childhood trauma tormented her daily, which left her feeling empty and unworthy. In this episode she shares how she copes with PTSD, ways to free yourself from your past and the importance of vocalizing the need for help, especially in the black community.

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Dismantling Shame

Dismantling Shame

July 20, 2020

In 2013 Craig Stanland was arrested by the FBI and sentenced to federal prison. He lost everything and plummeted to rock bottom at a rapid pace. Craig has spent the past several years reinventing himself and now helps others to own their past, take responsibility for their reality and make choices that are aligned with their desired future.

Learn more about Craig through his website, his TEDx talk, and connect with him on Instagram and LinkedIn.

Tapping Into Your Creativity

Tapping Into Your Creativity

July 13, 2020

We have a tendency to use the words creative and artistic synonymously. Creative consultant, Stefano Di Lollo, believes creativity spans far beyond artistic abilities. It is human interaction, it’s divergent thinking, it’s problem solving, it’s leadership and it holds the key to healing. Stop diminishing your creative power and learn how to use it to achieve your wildest dreams.

Connect with Stefano on LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter

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Empathy at Scale

Empathy at Scale

July 6, 2020

Empathy expert, Anita Nowak, has traveled to nearly 70 countries and has spent the last 10 years studying the innate trait that unites us in our shared humanity. In this episode Anita explains that we are facing a massive collective empathy deficit, which stands to get worse as the black lives matter movement, COVID-19, climate change and other global concerns rise. Find out how together we can leverage empathy at scale to heal the world and find greater purpose in our lives.

Connect with Anita on LinkedIn, Facebook and Instagram and get more familiar with her work by checking out her website and YouTube channel

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Turning Fear into Faith

Turning Fear into Faith

June 29, 2020

As a victim of domestic abuse, Svetlana has endured years of hardship which resulted in several mental health issues. Unwilling to let past control her future, Svetlana has dedicated her life’s work and her voice to those who go unheard. She is an advocate for body positivity, those living with mental illness, the LGTBQIA+ community and so many other important causes. In this episode, this outspoken activist shares how she finds her strength, what she’s learned as an ally, and explains what to do when people in your life aren’t ready for change.

Connect with Svetlana through her website, follow her on Instagram and check out the amazing work she’s doing with her charity, Welcome to My Everyday.

Iteractive Leadership

Iteractive Leadership

June 22, 2020

Marisa Murray offers a new look on leadership with her Iteractive leadership model. With stakes high and pressure on employees even higher, Marisa sees a lot of rigor on performance but much less on appreciation. With the scale being tipped, it’s no wonder the rate of burnout continues to rise. Iteractive is a combination of "iterative" and "active", and is a model based on 6 leadership actions, referred to has the 6 A's. This approach is transforming some of the most well known organizations through the integration of soft skills and celebration.

Learn more about Marisa and her work through her website and connect with her on LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Be sure to check out her TEDx talk, Success without the Stress: The Iteractive Leader, as well!

The O2 Experience

The O2 Experience

June 17, 2020

Before she was a leadership coach and breathwork facilitator, Victoria Bauman went through life with her head down. Her beliefs and self-worth were so tangled up in other people’s expectations until she realized she was on the path to a very empty existence. She turned to breathwork to identify and work through necessary inner shifts and her life rapidly began to improve. In this episode Victoria shares her leadership journey and guides you through a 5 minute breathwork session designed to clear your subconscious mind, emotional body and physical body of anything that no longer serves you.

If you’d like to get right into the practice, jump to the 25 minute mark. 

To learn more and experience the one hour course, visit TheO2Awakening.com. For leadership advice and resources be sure to follow Victoria on Instagram.

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Healing Racial Wounds Through Social Change

Healing Racial Wounds Through Social Change

June 10, 2020

Daniele-Jocelyne Otou is on a mission to impart change and social innovation, two topics that are at the forefront of people's minds in the wake of recent events. In this episode, Daniele explains racial trauma and how challenging it is to heal the wounds when they continuously occur. She candidly shares her reality as a black woman, the social and professional barriers people of colour face, and the hard work that lies ahead for allies seeking to make long lasting change, from the inner work to the workplace.

Connect with Daniele on Instagram and LinkedIn, and be sure to follow her work with Apathy is Boring and Female Department. You can find her articles on Medium.

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