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Mindset, Motherhood and Business

Mindset, Motherhood and Business

March 24, 2021

In this candid conversation, Laura Wizman opens up about becoming a new mom, making the difficult decision to leave a family business, finding the strength to pursue her own path and discovering herself through it all.

Follow Laura on Instagram, Facebook and YouTube, and stay up to date on her latest events via her website.

You Are the Author of Your Own Story

You Are the Author of Your Own Story

March 10, 2021

Kern Carter’s life changed forever when he found out he was going to be a father at the age of 18. After years of feeling ashamed and guilty for not giving his daughter the life he felt she deserved, he made a choice that would change everything, one he discovered he was actually preparing for his entire life. Kern reminds us that we are in control of our own story and our best chapters are yet to be written.

Follow Kern’s journey on Instagram, Medium and his website. Follow his work with Cry Magazine here

Achieving an Equal Future

Achieving an Equal Future

March 3, 2021

At just 11 years old, Solange Tuyishime escaped from war and genocide in East Africa, left everything she knew behind and started a new life in Canada. For years she ignored who she really was and silenced her biggest dreams in effort to belong. Today as President and CEO of Elevate International, a UNICEF Ambassador and Mrs. Canada World 2021, Solange empowers women and girls to become strong leaders and create environments in which they can belong and thrive in.

Connect with Solange on Instagram or through her website.

Avoid Burnout by Taking Authentic Inaction

Avoid Burnout by Taking Authentic Inaction

February 24, 2021

Being busy is honored, encouraged, and expected, so much so that what we do has become the definition of who we are. Renée Dineen believes this crippling dependency on ‘doing’ is triggering burn-out, damaging relationships, and is resulting in a loss of our sense of self. In this episode Renée shares the power of Authentic Inaction™ and reminds us that just because we can doesn’t mean we should. Listen to learn how you can get ahead and feel happier by fighting the urge to ‘do’.

Watch Renée’s TEDx talk, Authentic Inaction: Undoing the Doing in a Do Crazy World, follow her on Instagram and LinkedIn, and learn more about her services via her website. Renée’s book, The Art & Truth of Transformation for Women, is available on Amazon.

Enough is Enough: An End to Bullying

Enough is Enough: An End to Bullying

February 17, 2021

Rachel Weinstock was outcast and bullied most of her life. She was only 6 years old when she first had suicidal thoughts and even when the bullying stopped, the long-lasting trauma turned her against herself. Today she is a speaker and transformational coach who has dedicated her life to creating safe and empowering spaces for every child. In this episode she shares how we can rally to end bullying once and for all.

Connect with Rachel on Facebook and Instagram. Get more information via her website and community page. Watch her viral speech here.

Dating During a Pandemic

Dating During a Pandemic

February 13, 2021

Matchmaker and Dating Expert, Kavita Ajwani, joins The Catalyst for a special Valentine’s Day episode to talk about how dating has changed since the pandemic hit. Kavita shares tips on how to make the most of online dating, she offers tools to build your confidence, and she dishes on the absolute biggest dating faux pas. If you’re looking for love this Valentine’s Day, you’ve come to the right place.

Follow Kavita and Dashing Date on Instagram and learn more about Dashing Date's services on Facebook or via their website

Navigating the Early Days of Sobriety

Navigating the Early Days of Sobriety

February 10, 2021

2019 Kentucky State Teacher of the Year, Jessica Dueñas was a pillar of strength and positivity in her community but behind closed doors, she was battling with addiction and fighting for her life. She chose herself and her sobriety above all else, which meant walking away from everything she knew and starting over. She shares her journey of getting sober to help others who are in a similar situation and in desperate need of change.

Follow Jessica on Twitter, connect with her via her website and check out her article which was referenced in this episode here.

South Bronx Success Story

South Bronx Success Story

February 3, 2021

New York City teacher and softball coach from the Bronx, Christopher Astacio, is on a mission to change the lives of the most violent, forgotten and underprivileged youth. After seeing the impact his late sister had on the children in her community, coupled with the desire to create a better world for his own children, he committed to helping kids find their voice and break the cycle of poverty.

Connect with Chris on Instagram and support The League for Fastpitch Softball here.

Normalizing Diversity in the Workplace

Normalizing Diversity in the Workplace

January 27, 2021

HR Professional, Sally De Rosa, is on a mission to normalize diversity and inclusion in the workplace. She believes the only way to bring values downstream is to live them and believe in them. While being inclusive is a great first step, in order to drive significant change, leaders must go the extra mile to break barriers and Sally explains how.

Connect with her on LinkedIn and follow HRWize on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn. Be sure to check out HRwize.com for full information.

Enhancing Workplace Communication

Enhancing Workplace Communication

January 20, 2021

Just because you’re comfortable speaking doesn’t make you a great communicator. Gasp! Workplace communications expert, Lindsay Lapaquette helps you to assess how effectively you’re communicating with your team and what changes you can make to reduce conflict, facilitate cohesion and increase team performance. 

Connect with Lindsay via her website, on LinkedIn, or on Facebook. Be sure to check out her YouTube channel and her podcast as well!

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