Michelle Sims – Don’t Let Your Past Define You

On today’s episode, Michelle Sims, business leader at Marsh Commercial, joins us to share her story on how to be leaders in all aspects of life, including family.

At 29 years old and preparing for her 30th birthday celebrations, Michelle was in her own words, a ‘chick about town’. Living in a two-bedroom apartment and driving a two-seater sports car, she couldn’t have been further removed from being a parent at that stage in her life. However, when Michelle’s niece and nephew were placed into the care system aged five and seven, she made the courageous decision to adopt them, and became a mum overnight.

As Michelle recalls the various hoops she had to jump through and hurdles she faced, the emotion is palpable. Fourteen years on from their ‘moving in day’, Michelle talks us through the lessons learned and the way her personal and professional leadership has grown and developed. Her dedication to coaching, supporting and nurturing others is clear, as are the experiences that enabled her to be an honest and open leader in all aspects of her life.

Emotional, empowering and inspirational, this episode is not one to miss.

Áine Kerr – The Only Constant is Change

Áine Kerr, teacher-turned-entrepreneur, coach, speaker, advisor and broadcaster, joins us on the Roots of Leadership podcast for an insightful and impactful episode – this is not one to be missed!

Previously the leader of global journalism partnerships at Facebook, Áine wanted to focus on a new form of journalism, and is now the CO-Founder and COO of Kinzen. Kinzen is an organisation that offers content moderation and content engagement solutions with one clear mission – to ensure every individual has confidence in the quality and transparency of the information they consume every day.

Throughout her fantastic career, the common thread is clear, Áine wants to play her part in building sustainable journalism, and journalism that will thrive, for people to understand the world around them and make decisions in their everyday lives. On Kinzen and its ideology, Áine explains the importance of taking a step back and thinking about what she and her business partner would do if they could ‘start again’ knowing what they know now.

While we live through a global pandemic, this episode provides some valuable takeaways. In a fitting sentiment, Áine explains her belief that the only constant in life is change, and the importance of knowing your ‘why’ and purpose. As you listen to this conversation, you’ll ask yourselves powerful questions, thinking about what life you want, and how you might ensure you live a fulfilling one.

James Dawes – Being Fearless and Going First

In this episode, we’re joined by entrepreneur, James Dawes. Once a frontline police officer in central London, James is now the CEO of Dawes Highway Safety, a company with the safety of vulnerable road users at its heart.

During a heroic 15 year career, James attended multiple road traffic collisions and quickly spotted a glaring gap in the market. He’s now the successful CEO of a company that focuses on making vulnerable road users safe, working alongside former public servicemen and women to serve the community.

James’ dedication and determination for his job and life are reflected in the success he’s achieved. He teaches us the importance of resilience and ensuring you’re able to adapt to your surroundings and circumstances. The lessons he’s learned have enabled him to create a flexible working environment for his workforce which welcomes a positive work-life balance.  This includes parents being able to bring their children into work should they need to, working from home, and much more.

This episode will encourage you to be fearless and listen to your instincts; you don’t want to miss it!

Tackling Life – Tahir Whitehead (re-broadcast)

Originally broadcast in June 2019, this episode highlights the inspirational story of NFL linebacker, Tahir Whitehead. As he entered his eighth year in the NFL, Tahir joined us to discuss the obstacles he’d overcome to become the person he is today.

Growing up in Newark, New Jersey, Tahir was determined not to let his surroundings define him. Motivated and driven, he realised that with the right opportunity he could become the first person in his family to go to college. Attending Temple University, Tahir worked hard to ensure he didn’t become another statistic, tackling important lessons on and off the field.

An Oakland Raiders player when this episode originally aired, Tahir has always been focused on giving back, and was chosen as the team’s Walter Payton Man of the Year Nominee for his contributions to the community of Oakland in 2019. Alongside this, he’s delivered toys to local hospitals, hosted a 5k to support homeless veterans, and hosted a free youth football camp for five years in his home town, just to name a few.

Now playing for the Carolina Panthers, Tahir is an example of how you can achieve greatness through hard work and determination.

Sarah Keen Post – Transformation and Leadership (re-broadcast)

This episode, originally broadcast in May 2018, tells the incredible transformation story of Sarah Keen Post.

A journey from weighing 200lbs to becoming a fitness professional would be a big undertaking for many people – let alone a mother of five. But Sarah is not ‘many people’, and her drive knows no bounds.

Overhauling her mental and physical state, she knew that simply ‘wanting’ to change would not be enough. It would be hard, demanding a great deal of time. She also needed to surround herself with people who supported her mission.

In 2018 we spoke to Sarah about her new venture – a project with MMA to promote a new wellness and nutrition model, The Keen Model of Transformational Evolution (KMTE).

Listen closely to how her transformation and evolution was based on leadership, and began just by adding an “extra step”.

Chantal Raineri – How to Create Your Destiny (re-broadcast)

This episode was originally shared in March 2018, and was the second ever Roots of Leadership episode.

In this show, Anthony is joined by Chantal Raineri, top-selling insurance business woman. The Italian-born wife and mother of two is living proof that you can have fun and be successful at any age in your profession. Chantal’s authenticity and tenacity guided her through both the good and bad in her life. She discusses the factors that led to her success, whilst also discussing the biggest challenges that she continually sets before herself. If her life has taught her anything, it is that past experiences do not define your future. Your future is what you make it out to be. Chantal continues to prove that her own personal brand is more valuable than any sales commission.

Lindsay Jurist-Rosner – Supporting Caregivers (re-broadcast)

Originally released in May 2019, this episode talks about what it’s like to be a carer for an unwell relative, and how that turned into a powerful mission to help other carers for one amazing woman.

At 9 years old, Lindsay Jurist-Rosner became a caregiver for her mother when she was diagnosed with primary progressive multiple sclerosis. While caring for her mother for over 25 years, Lindsay became obsessed with the topic. 66 million Americans take care of ageing, chronically ill, or disabled loved ones, and Lindsay created a company to help take the pressure off of them. Lindsay is the CEO for Wellthy, a mission driven organisation, which provides support and expertise for caregivers and their loved ones.

While building Wellthy from the ground up, Lindsay realised sales skills were vital to the company’s success. Her best advice for entrepreneurs is to make sure they know how to sell and pitch ideas, concepts, and products. Although sales can have a negative connotation, leaders are constantly selling. Whether Lindsay is selling the concept of Wellthy to potential investors, selling products to potential customers, or selling the mission of the company to potential team members, Lindsay incorporates her passion into sales. Lindsay also encourages listeners to empathise with their audiences and think about what they are looking for and how to meet their needs.

From one caregiver to another, Lindsay shares advice for those who tend to put the weight of the world on their shoulders. It is important to put your own needs first. Do not feel like you are being selfish. Even Lindsay had to have the hard conversation with her mum about moving out of the house. Lindsay explained how her decision to move out helped her to regain the mother/daughter relationship, instead of only serving as her mum’s aide. Women tend to take on the role of caregiver, and it is important for their families to also remember to step in and help take some pressure off of them. Lindsay hopes to instil the idea of delegating tasks in order to share responsibilities with others and not carry the burden of caregiver alone.

Using the mission of the company as their driving factor, Wellthy has a built in culture and their workforce is truly one big family. Many of Wellthy’s founding team members never worked in health care, including Lindsay, but they all have a personal connection to the mission. In forming the company, they used their passion for the topic to help them research and develop a way to create a better healthcare experience. Wellthy was founded on a completely different approach from the standard health care system and was launched direct to consumer, with the position of being a family first service. Now, Wellthy services are also offered as an employee benefit to help organisations address the care-giving crisis, which has previously been widely ignored. Being a tech powered company, Wellthy is able to deliver consistent service across the country. Every day, Wellthy team members are excited to set out to develop an experience for families to provide what the family may need.

To learn more about Wellthy’s mission, products, and services, visit their website: www.wellthy.com.

Transformation and Leadership – Interview with Sarah Diane Post

What makes Sarah’s story so powerful is how this mother of five, who weighed 200 pounds at the time her fifth child was born, transformed her physical and mental state into a fitness professional.

She knew that simply wanting to change would not be enough. It would be hard, demanding a great deal of time. She also needed to surround herself with people who supported her mission.

Now her newest venture is a project with MMA to promote a new wellness and nutrition model, The Keen Model of Transformational Evolution (KMTE). This model could change the game as it relates to wellness and healthcare.

Listen closely to how her transformational evolution was based on leadership, and began just by adding an “extra step”.