126 – David Barton: American Historian & Founder of WallBuilders

david_barton.226134900_stdDavid Barton is the Founder and President of WallBuilders, a national pro-family organization that presents America’s forgotten history and heroes, with an emphasis on our moral, religious and constitutional heritage.

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WallBuilders is a name taken from the Old Testament writings of Nehemiah, who led a grassroots movement to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem and restore its strength and honor. In the same way, WallBuilders seeks to energize the grassroots today to become involved in strengthening their communities, states, and nation.

David is the author of numerous best-selling books, with the subjects being drawn largely from his massive library of tens of thousands of original writings from the Founding Era. He also addresses well over 400 groups each year.

His exhaustive research has rendered him an expert in historical and constitutional issues and he serves as a consultant to state and federal legislators, has participated in several cases at the Supreme Court, was involved in the development of the History/Social Studies standards for states such as Texas and California, and has helped produce history textbooks now used in schools across the nation.

A national news organization has described him as “America’s historian,” and Time Magazine called him “a hero to millions – including some powerful politicians. In fact, Time Magazine named him as one of America’s 25 most influential evangelicals.

David has received numerous national and international awards, including Who’s Who in Education, DAR’s Medal of Honor, and the George Washington Honor Medal from the Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge. His work in media has merited several Angel Awards, Telly Awards, and the Dove Foundation Seal of Approval.

David and his wife Cheryl have three grown children, Damaris, Timothy, and Stephen, and they reside in Aledo, TX.

125 – Rorke Denver: Former Navy SEAL Officer; Author of “Damn Few: Making the Modern SEAL Warrior”

Rorke_DenverLieutenant Commander Rorke Denver is the author of DAMN FEW: Making the Modern Seal.

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In 14 years as a SEAL Officer, Rorke Denver tangled with drug lords in Latin America, stood up to violent mobs in Liberia, & battled terrorists in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Leading 200 commando missions, he earned the Bronze Star with V for Valor. He has spent the last five years at the Navy Special Warfare Center in Coronado directing all phases of basic & advanced SEAL training.

Denver is a honor graduate of the United States Army Ranger School. Additionally, he holds a BA from Syracuse University and a Master of Global Business Leadership from University of San Diego.

In 2012, Denver consulted and starred in the hit film Act of Valor.

Podcast Highlights:

  • LCDR Denver talks about why he joined the SEALs and how the motives on why people join such an elite unit; it is different than most people think.
  • Leadership has several facets, but at it’s core it is love; love for the guy next to you and a love for something larger than yourself.
  • LCDR Rorke highlights the “cavalcade of characters” that are present within the SEALs.
  • Decision making, with partial / minimal information, is a critical trait that is a requirement for SEAL training but lacking in the corporate arena.
  • Rorke talks about the genesis for the creation & acting in the movie “Act of Valor”.

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124 – Shane Snow: Start-up Web Entrepreneur, Co-Founder of “Contently”; Technology Journalist

Shane SnowShane Snow is a New York City-based technology journalist and web entrepreneur, currently Co-founder and Chief Creative Officer of Contently. Originally from Idaho, he holds a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University.

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A member of Sandbox Network and the Royal Society Of The Arts, Shane writes for WIRED Magazine and Fast Company, and has designed infogaphics for MTV, Gizmodo, and The United Nations.

Shane understands the importance of leadership and how critical it becomes for entrepreneurial start-ups or entrepreneurial journeys.

I love how Shane’s unconventional ways and how he learned early on that the truly great leadership/entrepreneurs do so because they are motivated by the desire to help other people.

As Shane puts it: “The greatest leaders are the ones everyone wants to follow, and those are the ones who care about others more than self, who lead with a higher purpose.”

Simply put, Shane believes we should all  strive to be the kind of leader you would follow yourself. (Much easier said than done!)

123 – Thomas Kolditz: Leadership Professor, Yale School of Management; Author of “In Extremis Leadership”

kolditz_thomasThomas Kolditz is a Professor in the Practice of Leadership and Management & Director of the Leadership Development Program at the Yale School of Management. His experience as a leading development expert spans four decades in the public, private, and social sectors.

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A retired brigadier general and titled Professor Emeritus by the U.S. Military Academy, Tom led the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership at West Point, for 12 years. In that role, he was responsible for teaching, research, and outreach activities in management, leader development science, psychology, and sociology. A highly experienced global leader, General Kolditz has more than 26 years in leader roles on four continents. His career has focused both on leading organizations and studying leadership and leadership policy across sectors. He served for two years as a leadership and human resources policy analyst in the Pentagon, and a year as a concept developer in the Center for Army Leadership, and was the founding director of the West Point Leadership Center. He was instrumental in the design and formation of the Thayer Leader Development Group, and is the managing member of Saxon Castle LLC, a leader development consultancy.

Professor Kolditz is an internationally recognized expert on crisis leadership and leadership in extreme contexts and in the development of programs to inculcate leadership and leader development in everything from project teams to large organizations. He has published extensively across a diverse array of academic and leadership trade journals, and serves on the editorial and advisory boards of several academic journals. He is a fellow in the American Psychological Association and is a member of the Academy of Management. In 2007, while still on active duty, Tom was appointed a visiting professor at the Yale School of Management, where he designed a crisis leadership course and taught in the school’s MBA curriculum for three years

His most recent book, In Extremis Leadership: Leading as if Your Life Depended on It, was based on more than 175 interviews taken on the ground in Iraq during combat operations. He has been named as a leadership Thought Leader by the Leader to Leader Institute and as a Top Leader Development Professional by Leadership Excellence. In 2009, he was named to the Council of Senior Advisors, Future of Executive Development Forum, and currently serves as the Academic in Residence for the Global Leadership Strategy Network.

122 – Alison Levine: Adventurer, Explorer, & Mountaineer; Author of “On the Edge: The Art of High Impact Leadership”

ALISON-LEVINEAlison Levine is an adventurer, explorer and mountaineer. She has climbed the highest peak on every continent, served as the team captain of the first American Women’s Everest Expedition, and skied across the Arctic Circle to the geographic North Pole.

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In January 2008 she made history as the first American to complete a 600-mile traverse from west Antarctica to the South Pole following the route of legendary explorer Reinhold Messner. Levine completed this arduous journey on skis while hauling 150 pounds of her gear and supplies in a sled harnessed to her waist. In May 2010 she completed the Adventure Grand Slam – climbing the 7 Summits (highest peak on each continent) and skiing to both Poles, an accomplishment fewer than 30 people in the world can claim. Her success in extreme environments is noteworthy given she has had 3 heart surgeries and suffers from a neurological disease that causes the arteries that feed her fingers and toes to collapse in cold weather, leaving her at extreme risk for frostbite.

Levine’s expeditions have been documented by more than 450 media outlets. She is the subject of the PBS documentary Living Courageously (2007) and has made numerous appearances on The Today ShowGood Morning America, CNN, CNBC, FOX, CBS’ Evening News, and other national programs. She is featured prominently in the book More Than 85 Broads (J Hanson, McGraw Hill), the book that captures the efforts of women on Wall Street to find success and take risks on their own terms.

Her accomplishments are also featured in other books including Smart Moves (Curran & Greenwald, Ten Speed Press) and In Extremis Leadership (T Kolditz, Wiley & Sons). Her story has been the subject of articles in Oprah Magazine, National Geographic, Entrepreneur, Sports Illustrated, Outside, and other publications.  In addition to having tackled some of the most extreme environments in the outdoors, Levine has also spent more than two decades in the business world. Her professional career has encompassed healthcare, technology and finance. After earning her MBA from Duke University she moved to New York to work for investment banking firm Goldman Sachs. In 2003, she left Wall Street to serve as deputy finance director for Arnold Schwarzenegger in his successful bid to become Governor of California.

Levine spent three years as an adjunct professor at the United States Military Academy at West Point in the Department of Behavioral Sciences & Leadership. Having spent months at a time in some of the world’s most dangerous and extreme environments, Levine focuses on the topics of creating cohesive teams, taking responsible risks and developing no-nonsense leaders that can succeed in times of uncertainty. She serves on the advisory board of the CoachK/Duke University Center on Leadership & Ethics and is a strategic advisor for the Thayer Leader Development Group at West Point.

In 2005, she founded the Climb High Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of jobless women in Africa by training them to be trekking guides and porters in their local mountains so they will have the skills to earn a sustainable living wage through climbing-related tourism

Check out her website: Alison Levine

Check out her latest book: On the Edge

121 – Dr. Stacia Pierce: Award Winning Life Coach, Speaker, & Entrepreneur

stacia-pierceWhen you first get a glimpse of what a single day in the life of Stacia Pierce entails, you begin to wonder if she somehow has more than 24 hours in her day. Your first encounter with this award-winning Life Coach is guaranteed to be a whirlwind of passion, excitement and motivation bundled up into a highly-acclaimed business woman, paving the way for the limitless success of her clients.

With a contagious energy and an impressive roster of motivational and entrepreneurial successes, LifeCoach2Women.com Founder and CEO Stacia Pierce has taken empowerment to an entirely new level by helping others turn obstacles into opportunities.

A living example of success, Pierce was named Top Women Who Mean Business by the Orlando Business Journal for her system of turning passions into paychecks, enabling her to motivate fellow entrepreneurs worldwide. Pierce has worked with everyone from the Hollywood elite, to Grammy- and Emmy-winners, to television personalities, several successful business owners, lawyers, doctors and government officials throughout the United States, Canada, and the Bahamas.

Her ‘No Excuses’ business philosophy encourages clients to take responsibility for every aspect of their lives and businesses. Pierce has also developed her highly-acclaimed ‘Success Attractions Strategies’, a vast collection of success tools, seminars and conferences triggering exploration of self-creativity, while embracing the possibilities of a better, more fulfilling and healthier way of life

And it doesn’t stop there! Pierce also created several additional success tools to encourage the adaptation of reaching your highest potential. Dubbed a ‘Whole Life Coach’, she has mastered the art of overhauling the lives of clients, leading them to discover their true selves, as well as their true potential.

With the use of straight-to-the-point, candid stories and highly-charged anecdotes, she inspires people to find their inner ‘Dream Driver’Regardless of the goal, Pierce focuses her unwavering dedication to empower women to freely and smartly chase their greatest desires with confidence and knowledge.

Her educational successes are equally impressive having earned a Doctorate of Philosophy and Religious Studies from Friends International University, as well as a Doctorate of Divinity from St. Thomas College. Outstanding community service projects like the Women Caring for Women event, and the entrepreneur economic improvement program’s Shop and Swap Professional Empowerment event, have earned her additional honors.

With books, newsletters, retail products, appearances and countless online outlets as part of her growing empire, Pierce is able to inspire over 100,000 people weekly and shows no signs of slowing down.

Career Highlights & Honors
Congressional Tribute for Service as Exemplary Life Coach, Rep. Congressman Mike Rogers
Founder of the Women’s Success Conference
Women’s Success Conference Weekend, declared May 24-26th, Lansing MI
2012 Woman of Distinction, Girl Scouts of America
2010 Winner, Oprah Winfrey’s OWN contest
2009 Stacia Pierce Day named on May 22.
2006 Most Valued Member in the Community, Key to the City, Lansing MI

Creator Of:

LifeCoach2Women.com, Founder and CEO
Author of 21 books
The Go Big Coaching Program
37 Journaling Secrets to Success Attraction Course
Success Mastery Coaching Program
Inspire Perfume
Superstar Nail Lacquer

As Seen On: UPN, ABC, FOX CW, NBC and the Word Network

As Seen In: Essence Magazine, Glamour Magazine, In Touch Magazine, In Style Magazine and OK! Magazine