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Welcome to Second Act Stories, a podcast focused on life and career change. In each episode, we bring you the story of a courageous individual who has made a decisive career pivot and is pursuing a more rewarding life in a second act. The stories are in their own words and the words of friends and family that helped them find a new path. Each episode examines the “before” and “after” phases of a life or career relaunch and offers lessons learned.
 
Repurpose Your Career podcast brought to you by Career Pivot is a podcast for those of us in the 2nd half of life to come together to discuss how repurpose our careers for the 21st century. Come listen to career experts give you proven strategies, listen to people like you tell their stories on how they repurposed their careers and finally get your questions answered. Your host, Marc Miller, has made six career pivots over the last 30 years. He understands this is not about jumping out of th ...
 
Pattern of Purpose is a storytelling podcast spotlighting the humans behind the brands. Dedicated to the multi-passionates, the serial entrepreneurs, and the ideas people, if you’ve done it all and are ready to tie it all together, this is the show for you. Host and messaging consultant, Kim Wensel, speaks with founders to uncover the through lines in their career, make sense of their story, and investigate how they’ve built a platform bigger than their business. If you know you could make a ...
 
Journalist Linda Grasso hosts candid conversation with fascinating women about the things that matter most: happiness, health and purpose. SheSez is a master class for the modern woman. In her signature unabashed style, the well-known TV broadcaster showcases her seasoned interviewing skills, fueled by a keen sense of what women want to know. With thoughtful cadence and saucy humor, Linda peels back the layers on each guest, giving equal time to successes and failures. Interviewees come from ...
 
Here we will journey into someone's life and learn about how they got to where they are now. No journeys are alike and there are many ways to get where we want to. It doesn't always have to be the traditional way of college as we are led to believe. We’ll definitely hear stories like that but that’s just one of so many ways to progress in life. With inflation, economic change, job restructure, so many things changing, how do we even know what or where we’re going? I hope that you find these ...
 
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We’re going to learn from Vance Morris, who honed his perspective on business and approach to customer service during his days working for Disney. Vance started his career as part of the opening team for Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club Resort in Orlando before moving through the ranks in restaurant management, customer service, and resort leadership.…
 
Description: This week I am speaking with my dear friend and colleague Susan Lahey. Susan is a freelance writer who has worked with me on all three of the Repurpose Your Career books. I had Susan originally on the podcast in episode 54 and then did an encore episode with an update in episode 122. Susan took you on her journey on how she went from a…
 
We are very happy to introduce you to Irisha Steele! Irisha has cornered a unique industry – luxury spa and wellness. From the St. Regis to Wellness Retreats, the W Hotel in Boston, and now the Farmhouse Inn, Irisha has led award-winning programs at Wellness Centers across the country by focusing on something we could all use more of: positivity an…
 
An enlightening conversation with two women who have made it part of their life's mission to give people a better understanding of women who choose not to have children—and to dispel some of the myths that surround those decisions (Gosh, she must have had a terrible childhood...) Dr. Amy Blackstone is Professor of Sociology at the University of Mai…
 
Description: This week I am speaking with Pierre Fricke who is a member of the Career Pivot membership community. I actually worked with Pierre back in the 1990s when both of us were at IBM. Pierre has an encore career that goes back to his childhood, buying and selling vintage money. His website is BuyVintageMoney.com. I want you to hear his story…
 
We’re hitting a major milestone – the 100th episode of the Second Act Stories podcast. Over the past two-and-a-half years, we’ve met and profiled some amazing people. Many are pursuing not-for-profit work. Some have started a new business. And others have turned a hobby into a full-time pursuit. But pretty much across the board, all of them are a h…
 
What you've always done won't get you where you want to go ... You need an uncommon sense for unusual times to thrive in your career! Special guest Csaba Toth shares from his book "Uncommon Sense in Unusual Times" and from his research into how culture, diversity, and social norms drive your path to success. We discuss how we rarely outperform our …
 
John Saunders, doesn’t know it yet, but he’s going to help debunk a million myths on success, failure, perfection, and that “age factor” so many people seem to use as an excuse to not do that “thing” they want to do. This something John focuses on as a coach and author of “The Optimizer”- and it’s also inherit in his professional background where h…
 
Description: This week I have a real joy for you as I am interviewing Queen Michele. Queen is in her late 50s and is an African American retired school teacher who moved to the North Shore of Lake Chapala Mexico in 2018. She lives on a $1,100 monthly teacher pension. I interviewed Queen in episode 119 in March of 2019 after she published her book C…
 
Description: This week I am interviewing Neil Dsouza, CEO of GetSetUp. GetSetUp is the largest and fastest-growing online community of older adults who want to learn, connect and stay active. With over 3 million members in 160 countries. The platform offers live classes taught by peers who are experts in their field, social hours hosted by communit…
 
We’re chatting with Akash Joshi. You’ve asked for inspiring career stories – and this is going to be one. Akash has racked up some credentials, as he’s worked for some very recognizable places, including TransAmerica and ACT – yep, the test every high school senior dreads. His roles in technology have included Business Analyst and Product ownership…
 
Description: This week I am interviewing Thea Kelley and we are calling this episode LinkedIn Recommendations: Why You Need Them, How to Get & Use Them. I have had Thea in the podcast in episode 53 called Thea Kelley on Interviewing for a Great Job in the 2nd Half of Life in November of 2017 and episode 157 called Creating a Career Pivot Resume wit…
 
Having a clear compelling personal brand is a career requirement! Stand out in a competitive market and get noticed for the jobs you WANT. Special guest Petra Zink shares how to develop a compelling personal brand that ensures you are purposeful in developing your career action plan. After all, if you don't plan your career, someone else will Disco…
 
Today's episode comes from Woodinville, Washington and our interview with Jerry Riener and Jennifer Sullivan. Jerry is a sergeant for the Woodinville Police Department. Jennifer is a journalist having worked for both the Seattle Times and KOMO-TV, the ABC news affiliate in Seattle region. Like many couples, they found love, got married and started …
 
10-time Emmy nominee Jerilynn Stephens, who heads up the hair department for The Voice (NBC) and Legendary (HBO Max), doles out advice on that thing we care so ridiculously much about: our hair. Topics include styles and remedies for thinning hair; advice for coloring your own hair; the best non-dye products for covering up grey; the latest in weav…
 
Lynn Yap has worked with global companies and start-ups here in the US and abroad to increase brand awareness through marketing, operational excellence, and digital transformation. She’s passionate about working with business leaders to create social impact through innovation and communication. With previous stints at some big names including Wells…
 
Description: This week I am interviewing Alec Arons who is a member of the Career Pivot Membership community. Alec had a long and successful career in the finance and consulting arena. Alec retired in 2019 and has been diligently building a portfolio career that is anchored by his coaching practice but has many moving parts. Alec is very adaptable …
 
Special guest, Claudia Miller, shares her insights about how you can get repeated big raises and promotions! Just in case you are thinking: "Yeah, but not in this economy”, that's not true! Claudia will share her top tips to help you land big salary increases and promotions. Based on her observations of successful professionals who seem to get rais…
 
Ricardhy Grandoit, has an impressive track record of developing successful programs in large-scale, matrixed organizations you’ve heard of. In 2015, Ricardhy was recruited into MLB – yes, Major League Baseball, to head up career transition, off-the-field player development efforts, and mission-driven awareness programs for incident response and pre…
 
Robert Brace grew up in London -- the eldest son of a single mother who emigrated from Ghana. His family expected him to pursue a traditional career -- a lawyer, accountant or doctor. But at the age of 15, he fell in love with the world of dance earning scholarships to the London Contemporary Dance School, Alvin Alley American Dance Theatre and the…
 
Description: This week I am doing a solo episode about what you need to prepare for to be a digital nomad. I want to give you an overview of what it takes to go on the road. I am doing this from the perspective of leaving the US, but much of what I will tell you will apply if you want to be a digital nomad inside the US. This is in direct response …
 
We're excited to re-release Kristen Abraham's episode in preparation for No More Mondays Season Two! We received a well-spring of positive feedback on Kristen's inspiring story and thought it would be a valuable jumping off point to prep for Season Two. Enjoy-Season Two is just around the corner!By Angie Callen, Jane Durkee, Kristen Abraham
 
You have hardwired gifts that fuel success. Learn how to leverage your Authentic Core Self, and thrive! Guest Anna J. Stephenson of Authentic Core Life Coaching shares the 5 aspects of body, mind, and soul each individual is uniquely wired for (your Authentic Core Self). Leveraging these will give you a fulfilling and successful career. Are you rea…
 
Photographer Sherry Rain Barnett has captured some of the most iconic legends in music— from rock to pop…from disco to punk: Prince, Sting, Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt, Joni Mitchell, Carole King, James Taylor, Judy Collins, Janis Joplin—the list is endless. In this episode, Sherry shares some of the stories of behind the images she's taken at liv…
 
Description: This week I am speaking with Michael Clinton. Here is a version of his LinkedIn about section: He spent 40+ years in the publishing business as a Publisher, SVP, Exec VP, and President/Publishing Director of Hearst Magazines. Highlights include being on the executive team to launch O, The Oprah Magazine, Food Network, and HGTV magazine…
 
Description: This week I am speaking with my wife Lotus. It has been a while since I recorded an expat episode and I thought that you would enjoy her perspective. We have been living in Ajijic Mexico for 3 years. We just sold our condo in Austin Texas and by the time this episode is published I hope we have a contract accepted on a house in Ajijic.…
 
The future of work is here and it's important to elevate your presence to achieve the career advancement you want. Some people are celebrating potentially returning to “normal” – although that is a long way away yet AND the future of work will not be the way it was Pre-Pandemic. Join myself and world-renowned leadership expert, Kevin Eikenberry for…
 
Description: This week I am speaking with Janine Vanderburg who wears multiple hats today. I am speaking with her in this episode about her leadership role in the Encore network. Let me read some of her bio: An encore champion and longtime community activist, Janine Vanderburg is in her encore career leading Changing the Narrative in Colorado, a ca…
 
Description: This week I am speaking with Chris Farrell. I have had Chris on the podcast three other times. I had him on in episodes 2, 177, and 201. So you can tell he is one of my favorite guests. Chris is currently a senior economics contributor at Marketplace, American Public Media’s nationally syndicated public radio business and economic prog…
 
Featuring Special Guest: The Job Search Gladiator: Michael Altshuler - Internationally recognized motivational speaker, peak performance & career expert. If you are wondering what really matters to get seen in a very competitive job search market, this show is for you! We discuss: ☕ Successful career change clarity ☕ How to land more interviews ☕ H…
 
Nasim Alikhani is the owner and executive chef of Sofreh, an amazing Persian restaurant in Brooklyn, New York. The restaurant opened in 2018 to rave reviews from The New York Times, Food & Wine, Saveur and The Food Network. The restaurant is consistently booked weeks in advance. Sofreh is Nasim’s first restaurant and she launched it at the age of 5…
 
Description: This week I am speaking with Mustafa Ammar who can be found at ThePassionMBA.com. Mustafa pitched me on the idea of doing an episode around PTSD and our careers. We are calling this episode How to deal with Career PTSD in the post-Covid World. This episode is sponsored by Career Pivot. Check out the Career Pivot Community. Make sure an…
 
Description: This week I am speaking with Elizabeth Sumner Wafler. Elizabeth is a former school teacher, an aspiring women’s fiction author, and an editorial and writing coach. Let me read you a snippet from her website: As an evocative writer, I bring strong images, memories, or feelings to mind. You will find my work filled with vivid metaphors, …
 
A great discussion with Landi Spearman, L6S, CEO of Organized SHIFT - Change Leadership & Future of Work Expert. Get your career in gear with future-proof strategies! SHIFT can either happen BY you or TO you ... make your move intentional! ☕ We will discuss how to connect in the age of social distancing ☕ How to prepare a SHIFT towards new work opp…
 
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