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    Explore "Inclusivity" with insightful episodes like "The Mission Driven Business Podcast Episode 71: Driving A Heart-Led Business with Brian Moak", "Realizing Growth Beyond Biases - Nurturing Inclusivity and Equal Opportunity", "Fear Of What Others Think | Galatians 2:12", "#170 - The Brave Leader's Path: Fostering Inclusivity & Courageous Decision-Making - with David McQueen & Jerry Colonna" and "The 51% Rule (and 3 More Strategies to Think Like a Millionaire)" from podcasts like ""Mission Driven Business", "Xoriant Podcast", "Vince Miller Podcast", "The Reboot Podcast" and "The Mel Robbins Podcast"" and more!

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    The Mission Driven Business Podcast Episode 71: Driving A Heart-Led Business with Brian Moak

    The Mission Driven Business Podcast Episode 71: Driving A Heart-Led Business with Brian Moak

    Brian chats with Brian Moak, an entrepreneur, consultant, coach, and motivational speaker focused on service-based businesses and team engagement. As the owner and CEO of HEART Certified Auto Care, Brian used empathy to transform his family’s business into an industry-leading auto shop. He also owns one of the largest Shack Shine franchises in North America and is a partner in a digital marketing firm.

    On the episode, Brian Moak details his rollercoaster entrepreneurial journey, riding the lows of losing $1.5 million in one year to growing his business to earn nearly $15 million in revenue. He also lists his Four Point Plan to help any business thrive and shares the most critical question to ask to change your business’s trajectory. 

    Episode Highlights

    Mission-driven businesses are aligned.

    When defining a mission-driven business, Brian takes a term from the auto shop world: alignment. At a mission-driven business, all parts of the operation are aligned toward the end goal or outcome to be achieved.

    “Every person in the company should be facing the same way,” he said. “That has to come from the top. The top has to give that vision and sell that vision to the team, so they can feel engaged and make it happen.”

    Create a 4-point plan.

    Through the years, Brian has learned that for a plan to work it needs to be based on strategy, not just an idea. He’s since created and implemented a 4-point plan to help his company reach its goals. 

    Step 1: Build rapport

    Rapport means understanding the connection between the owner and the employees as well as understanding the needs that your employees have. To build rapport, Brian makes it a point to talk with every one of his 75 employees every week.

    “It’s not like I do a review,” Brian said. “It’s a casual stroll through the business to say hello and find out how their family is doing." 

    Step 2: Define “it”

    To know where you want to go, you first have to define “it.” Rather than speaking in generalities, get clear on your vision, mission, and short- and long-term goals. Also, be specific when you tell employees what you need from them to achieve those goals. 

    Step 3: Share why

    Not only is it important to clearly detail the plan, but it’s also critical to share why the broader goal matters.

    “Sometimes it’s as simple as we have to do this so we can ensure job security,” Brian said. “Sometimes it’s as big as we have to do this, so you can get a huge raise.” 

    Step 4: Ask for commitment

    A plan can’t succeed without the commitment of everyone to follow the process and achieve the outcome. At HEART Certified Auto Care, Brian makes sure everyone is aligned on the plan and then asks for a verbal commitment.

    “If we don’t have their commitment, typically there’s a breakdown in communication somewhere,” Brian said. “Either their values don’t align, the ‘what’ wasn’t clear enough, or the ‘why’ wasn’t compelling enough.”

    Live up to your standards.

    As a gay man in a blue-collar industry, Brian felt he had to prove himself. Early in his career, he tended to overcompensate, which created a toxic work culture. The result was that he almost lost his business.

    “I asked everyone else to succeed in an area that I was failing, and that’s the worst kind of leader,” he said. “I have really high standards, and if I was going to have those high standards, I better live up to them myself.”

    After personal therapy and a forced business rebrand, Brian committed to putting heart at the center of his business and leading with empathy instead of tyranny. It didn’t take long for the business to start to grow.

    “All of a sudden, people wanted my help,” he said. “We went from losing a million and a half dollars in one year to we’re going to do just shy of 15 million bucks this year.”

    Resources + Links

    About Brian and the Mission Driven Business Podcast

    Brian Thompson, JD/CFP, is a tax attorney and certified financial planner who specializes in providing comprehensive financial planning to LGBTQ+ entrepreneurs who run mission-driven businesses. The Mission Driven Business podcast was born out of his passion for helping social entrepreneurs create businesses with purpose and profit.

    On the podcast, Brian talks with diverse entrepreneurs and the people who support them. Listeners hear stories of experiences, strength, and hope and get practical advice to help them build businesses that might just change the world, too.

    Realizing Growth Beyond Biases - Nurturing Inclusivity and Equal Opportunity

    Realizing Growth Beyond Biases - Nurturing Inclusivity and Equal Opportunity

    Maya Angelou, wisely stated, 'We all should know that diversity makes for a rich tapestry, and we must understand that all the threads of the tapestry are equal.’

    In this episode, we are honored to host a distinguished woman leader, Ritu Rungta, AVP of Marketing, at Xoriant. Join us as we contextualize gender parity in today’s world, explore how fostering inclusivity and equal opportunity is not just a workplace enhancement but a societal imperative. Ritu shares transformative insights into gender biases and overcoming them and illustrates how inclusivity isn't merely a checkbox but a key to enhancing workplace culture so the playing field is leveled. It can create a ripple effect powerful enough to uplift the entire community.

    Tune in for an engaging dialogue that transcends boundaries and gives actionable steps toward realizing growth beyond biases.

    More about our speakers: Ritu RungtaApurva Pathak

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    #170 - The Brave Leader's Path: Fostering Inclusivity & Courageous Decision-Making - with David McQueen & Jerry Colonna

    #170 - The Brave Leader's Path: Fostering Inclusivity & Courageous Decision-Making - with David McQueen & Jerry Colonna
    What does it mean to lead bravely? In this powerful episode, Jerry Colonna explores the essential elements of ethical leadership with David McQueen, author of “The Brave Leader.” David sheds light on the difference between ethical and moral decision-making, emphasizing the courage and resilience needed to navigate the gray areas while staying true to core values. He emphasizes the importance of not just fostering diversity, but building true inclusion, where every voice is heard, valued, and empowered to contribute. Together, they discuss the need for brave conversations, acknowledging limitations, and embracing vulnerability as essential tools for building trust and fostering genuine connection. This episode is a call to action for leaders at all levels to step up, embrace courage, and become the changemakers their organizations need. Leave us a review on Apple Podcasts! Follow our step by step guides: - How To: Leave a Review on Your Computer: - How To: Leave a Review on Your iPhone: Never miss an episode! Sign up for our newsletter to stay up to date on all our episode releases.

    The 51% Rule (and 3 More Strategies to Think Like a Millionaire)

    The 51% Rule (and 3 More Strategies to Think Like a Millionaire)

    Do you want to learn the 4 essential strategies that will lead you to more success, happiness, and opportunity?

    And today you are going to learn the tools that you can use, from one of the world’s best thinkers and most successful people, to make better decisions.

    Steven Bartlett is an entrepreneur, speaker, investor, author, and host of Europe’s #1 podcast, The Diary Of A CEO. He has cracked the code on how to leverage your business online, rise above any obstacle, and excel in anything you set your mind to.

    There is a reason he sits on the boards of many global brands – because he has one of the greatest entrepreneurial success stories of all time. Steven was a broke university dropout at age 18 when he built an industry-leading social media marketing company. At 28, he co-founded Flight Story, a marketing and communications company and a software platform, which was valued at $600M. He then went on to launch the #1 ranked The Diary Of A CEO podcast.

    Today, he is sharing the 4 tactics he uses to make any decision for the best results. The tactics he shares are from his personal life as well as top-tier industry and thought leaders, entrepreneurs, entertainers, and athletes that he interviews on his wildly successful show.  

     

    In this episode, you’ll also learn:

     

    • How The 51% Rule will help you make better decisions.
    • The difference between Type 1 and Type 2 decisions. (And why it matters)
    • Why Steven says you are operating at 1% of your potential.
    • 20% of relationship issues come from this one thing.
    • How to determine what drives you. (And why it’s important to know)
    • What to do when you feel trapped in your job or relationship.
    • One of the most successful CEOs says THIS is how to launch any business.
    • The ONE question to always ask before you go to others for answers.
    • The #1 goal for entrepreneurs must always be this.

     

     

    For more resources, including links to Steven’s podcast, book, and social media platforms, click here for the podcast episode page.

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    Inside Reid Hoffman’s meeting with President Biden

    Inside Reid Hoffman’s meeting with President Biden

    President Biden is the first president to face the full force of the AI revolution. In this special episode, Reid Hoffman joins Rapid Response host Bob Safian for an exclusive inside look into the closed-door meeting between Reid and President Biden. From regulation and economic impact to the potential dangers of AI in the wrong hands, Reid and Biden’s wide-ranging conversation explored the complex challenges that come with this groundbreaking technology. Reid reveals his thoughts on the president’s understanding of AI, the potential impacts of government regulation, and the opportunities that the new technology will bring.

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    The Mission Driven Business Podcast Episode 69: Building A Business For Financial Independence with LaSean Smith

    The Mission Driven Business Podcast Episode 69: Building A Business For Financial Independence with LaSean Smith

    Brian chats with LaSean Smith, a software developer and business creator on a mission to help businesses and business owners succeed. LaSean spent more than a decade as a software executive at Amazon and Microsoft, where he uncovered patterns to use process as a tool to win in business more often. He now uses those insights to help entrepreneurs launch and sustain bootstrapped businesses. 

    On the episode, LaSean digs deep into what it means to have a values-based business and why owning a business is the most predictable way to achieve financial independence. He also outlines the three-step process that can help any business serving a healthy market to reach $2 million in revenue in five years.

    Episode Highlights

    Mission-driven businesses are values-based businesses.

    LaSean believes that values are the foundation of a successful business. Mission-driven businesses don’t just identify their values, but they also live and breathe them even when times get tough.

     “Increasingly, customers are seeking out companies that stand for something,” LaSean said. “If you really want to be a values-driven business, you have to be willing to go out of business to protect those values.”

    Move fast or rescope.

    How fast you iterate is requisite for building a business, according to LaSean. While big businesses move in months and medium-sized businesses move in weeks, a budding entrepreneur needs to move in a matter of hours. If you can’t break the process down and move that quickly, rescope and reconsider how you’re tackling your problems.

    “You have to move that fast because you’re trying to compound faster than anyone else,” LaSean said. “Your doubling rate is critical when you’re starting a business.”

    Find your audience first.

    Rather than starting a business by building a product, LaSean first recommends focusing on your audience. By talking to 100 potential customers upfront, you can gain valuable insights from the people who will ultimately buy your product or service.

    “A market requires that you have an audience of people who have a shared problem that is urgent, that is painful and reoccurring, and they have the willingness to find the means to financially pay to solve that problem,” he said.

    Audit your life’s minutes.

    For more than two years, LaSean has journaled his life through a calendar. Three times per day, he inputs what he’s done so far that day into his digital calendar as an exercise to be more intentional with his time. He challenges others to do the same exercise for 30 days.

    “Challenge yourself for 30 days to journal and see how you are spending your time,” he said. “Audit the books of your life minutes and see if there’s a disconnect between where you say you want to go and how you’re actually spending those minutes.”

    Resources + Links

    About Brian and the Mission Driven Business Podcast

    Brian Thompson, JD/CFP, is a tax attorney and certified financial planner who specializes in providing comprehensive financial planning to LGBTQ+ entrepreneurs who run mission-driven businesses. The Mission Driven Business podcast was born out of his passion for helping social entrepreneurs create businesses with purpose and profit.

    On the podcast, Brian talks with diverse entrepreneurs and the people who support them. Listeners hear stories of experiences, strength, and hope and get practical advice to help them build businesses that might just change the world, too.

    410. Discussing Impact Investment and ESG's with a BlackRock Executive | Terrence Keeley

    410. Discussing Impact Investment and ESG's with a BlackRock Executive | Terrence Keeley

    Dr. Jordan B. Peterson sits down with investment expert and author Terrence Keeley. They discuss the recent success of the ARC conference, the reality of climate narratives and the ESG mafia, the cost effective solutions to some of our most pressing problems, and the positive side of societal betterment via impact investing.

     

    Terrence Keeley is an American investment expert and author who has worked with and managed some of the largest investment organizations in the world. Besides having been an executive at Blackrock, Terrence also founded and served as the Senior Managing Principal of Sovereign Trends, LLC, an advisory firm for and about sovereign institutions. From 1987-2010 he was a senior managing director at UBS Investment Bank, where he oversaw the firm’s transactional and advisory relations with central banks, sovereign wealth funds, ministries of finance, public pension funds, and multilateral organizations, including the IMF and World Bank.

     

    Terrence served as a consultant to Pope Francis’ financial reform commission, overseeing the Vatican bank. He is also a founding director of the Financial Hippocratic Oath movement. From 1982-85 he served as one of the first young trustees on the Notre Dame Board. Today he is also a frequent commentator/author on all issues relating to international finance, cross-border capital movements and global financial governance. He is married to Saskia Bory of Geneva, Switzerland. Their two sons attended the Lycée Français de New York.​

     

    This episode was recorded on October 13th, 2023

     

     

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    2024 tour details can be found here - https://jordanbpeterson.com/events

     

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    Learn about how to go beyond ESG investing here  https://www.1pointsix.com/

     

    Sustainable (Book)

    Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Sustainable-Moving-Beyond-Impact-Investing/dp/0231206801

    Columbia University Press https://cup.columbia.edu/book/sustainable/9780231206808

    E158: Global trade disrupted, Adobe/Figma canceled, realtors sued, Trump blocked

    E158: Global trade disrupted, Adobe/Figma canceled, realtors sued, Trump blocked

    (0:00) Bestie intros: Jason comes in hot, All-In's new Chairman Dictator, Holiday party recap, and more

    (7:54) Understanding the trade disruption in the Red Sea: Houthis, global impact on trade, the dicey geopolitical situation, and how this compares to COVID freight prices with Flexport's Ryan Petersen

    (35:55) Major M&A deals called off, downstream impacts of a hawkish regulatory environment

    (54:15) The new era of startup building: less capital raised, less overhead costs, more profitable, smaller exits with higher founder/employee ownership percentages

    (1:17:01) Bombshell class action lawsuits against the NAR and other real estate brokerages, how this could change residential real estate in the US

    (1:31:58) Colorado bans Trump from primary ballots

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    https://www.flexport.com

    https://www.wionews.com/world/wont-stop-fighting-netanyahu-rules-out-ceasefire-until-hamas-elimination-671867

    https://www.figma.com/blog/figma-adobe-abandon-proposed-merger

    https://www.reuters.com/markets/deals/illumina-divest-cancer-test-maker-grail-2023-12-17

    https://www.google.com/finance/quote/ADBE:NASDAQ

    https://www.saasgrid.com

    https://www.housingwire.com/articles/missouri-jury-finds-nar-brokerages-guilty-of-conspiring-to-inflate-commissions

    https://www.wsj.com/personal-finance/real-estate-buying-home-charts-6dc40caa

    https://www.msn.com/en-us/money/realestate/real-estate-commissions-could-be-the-next-fee-on-the-chopping-block/ar-AA1irqIV

    https://www.redfin.com/guides/how-to-sell-your-home-without-an-agent-fsbo

    https://apnews.com/article/trump-insurrection-14th-amendment-2024-colorado-d16dd8f354eeaf450558378c65fd79a2

    https://www.nytimes.com/2022/04/02/us/politics/merrick-garland-biden-trump.html

    https://cafe.com/cafe-insider-feed

    https://www.lawfaremedia.org/podcasts-multimedia/podcast/the-lawfare-podcast

    Catching Up With Michelle Li

    Catching Up With Michelle Li

    Michelle Li famously created the Very Asian Foundation after a viewer in St. Louis sent her a racist email telling her to “keep her Korean to herself” and of being “very Asian” after she mentioned on-air that she enjoyed eating traditional Korean dumpling soup as part of a New Year’s tradition.

    Here, she discusses her love of Seattle, her surprise that her experience went viral, and how the experience increasingly shapes her life.

    The Mission Driven Business Podcast Episode 67: Empowering Inclusive Entrepreneurship with Ebony Janelle

    The Mission Driven Business Podcast Episode 67: Empowering Inclusive Entrepreneurship with Ebony Janelle

    Brian chats with inclusive entrepreneurship expert Ebony Janelle. As an Empower by GoDaddy manager, Ebony drives GoDaddy’s corporate program that helps underserved entrepreneurs thrive. She manages the day-to-day operations that provide education, networking, and mentorship to small business owners from underfunded communities. 

    On the episode, Ebony discusses the challenges facing LGBTQ+ entrepreneurs, including a disparity in funding and resources. She also shares the three pillars that entrepreneurs of all kinds can use to uplevel their businesses and how the use of generative AI can give small business owners some of their precious time back.

    Episode Highlights

    Mission-driven businesses support positive change.

    Ebony defines a mission-driven business as a company that seeks to solve or change social problems, demonstrating responsibility for supporting positive change in the world. She's proud that the company she works for, GoDaddy, meets that definition -- especially because the work she manages within GoDaddy’s signature Social Impact program and Empower by GoDaddy are crucial components of GoDaddy's mission to make opportunity more inclusive for all.

    “The mission is actually what drives all aspects of the business,” she said. “Not only does it help local economies, it also helps build intergenerational wealth for families.”

    Three pillars for success: Education, networking, and mentorship.

    Empower by GoDaddy espouses three pillars to help business owners succeed: Education, networking, and mentorship. All three pillars are needed to “uplevel” entrepreneurs, according to Ebony.

    “Without the education of how to run your business, you’re not going to have the opportunity to network or find a mentor,” she said. “If you don’t have the networking of like-minded individuals, you’re not going to be able to run ideas past them or improve your education. And without a mentor, you don’t have the necessary pathway to discuss areas of opportunity or talk through roadblocks.”

    Use generative AI to get some time back.

    Small business owners wear many different hats, and there’s never enough time to do all the tasks on the to-do list. Recently, Ebony has heard entrepreneurs using generative artificial intelligence (AI) tools, such as ChatGPT, to lessen the time it takes to do some of the more menial tasks. As a result, the business owner can focus on bigger, more important items.

    “Using generative AI can really be helpful to your small business to automate some of the things that you may not have the time to do,” Ebony said.

    Don’t do it alone. 

    Especially if you’re an entrepreneur from an underserved community, you may feel like there’s no one else who’s faced the hurdles you’re experiencing. That’s why it’s important to find a community of like-minded individuals.

    “One of the things that a lot of small business owners don’t take into consideration is that there are others that have done it before you and can give you some practical advice to help you over the hurdle you may be facing,” Janelle said. “Don’t try to do it alone.”

    Resources + Links

    About Brian and the Mission Driven Business Podcast

    Brian Thompson, JD/CFP, is a tax attorney and certified financial planner who specializes in providing comprehensive financial planning to LGBTQ+ entrepreneurs who run mission-driven businesses. The Mission Driven Business podcast was born out of his passion for helping social entrepreneurs create businesses with purpose and profit.

    On the podcast, Brian talks with diverse entrepreneurs and the people who support them. Listeners hear stories of experiences, strength, and hope and get practical advice to help them build businesses that might just change the world, too.

    148. Understanding ADHD in our 20s ft. Ellie Middelton

    148.  Understanding ADHD in our 20s ft. Ellie Middelton

    In 2021, Ellie Middelton received a diagnosis of ADHD and autism at the age of 23. It was one of the best things that happened to her. Today, she joins us to discuss why neurodivergence is typically overlooked in women, the misconceptions we have about ADHD and autism, unmasking and how to navigate a diagnosis later in life. She also discusses how to manage neurodivergence in our 20s, why self diagnosis is valid, and why the path people want you to take, may not always be the one for you. Listen now! 

    Follow Ellie here: https://www.instagram.com/elliemidds/?hl=en 

    Purchase Ellie's book, Unmasked: https://www.amazon.com.au/Unmasked-Ultimate-Guide-Autism-Neurodivergence/dp/0241651980 

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    Building an Inclusive Lens: Making Your Photography Business Accessible to All with Mel Groenewold

    Building an Inclusive Lens: Making Your Photography Business Accessible to All with Mel Groenewold

    Welcome back to Camera Queens | Find Your Focus, the podcast where we explore the captivating stories behind the lens. Today's episode is an extraordinary journey with the incredible Mel Groenewold. A true warrior, Mel's life took an unexpected turn at 17 when she faced the unimaginable challenge of losing both her hands and feet. But that didn't dim her spirit; instead, it ignited her creativity and resilience. 

    In this heartwarming conversation, Mel shares her deep love for art, and the transformative power of photography. From her family life to her empowering photo shoot experience, Mel's story is a testament to the strength of the human spirit. Join us as we delve into the world of creativity, inclusivity, and the sheer joy of embracing one's true self. Let’s go!

    In this episode we cover:

    • Mel’s journey as a creative, and mother of two and the challenges and joys of family life.
    • Mel’s preference for meaningful connections over superficial discussions.
    • Mel’s experience with contracting meningococcal disease, leading to the amputation of both hands and feet at the age of 17 *Trigger warning* Struggles with self-worth and body image.
    • The importance of embracing joy, and reconnecting with your inner child.
    • Mel’s passion for running art classes for people with disabilities and focussing on the creative process rather than the end product.
    • Changing perceptions of disability
    • How to be more accessible and inclusive in your photography business

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    Extra: Jason Kelce Hates to Lose

    Extra: Jason Kelce Hates to Lose

    Pro footballer and star podcaster Jason Kelce is ubiquitous right now (almost as ubiquitous as his brother and co-host Travis, who's been in the limelight for his relationship with Taylor Swift). After you hear this wide-ranging interview, you might want even more Kelce in your life. 

     

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    The Need for Empathy, Understanding, and Inclusivity in Education: Insights from Dr. Melvin Brown, Superintendent of Montgomery City Schools

    The Need for Empathy, Understanding, and Inclusivity in Education: Insights from Dr. Melvin Brown, Superintendent of Montgomery City Schools
    On this episode of Learning Through Technology, hosts Bob and Alex sit down with Dr. Melvin Brown, Superintendent of Montgomery, Alabama Public Schools. Together, they discuss the challenges and initiatives in Montgomery schools, including the issues of gun violence, poverty, and tackling historical neglect of infrastructure. The discussion highlights the importance of changing mindsets and creating a vision for the future. Dr. Brown emphasizes the need to celebrate student strengths, address challenges head-on, and promote equity and social justice in education.

    How Do LGBTQ Issues Impact Deconstruction? w/ Braxton Hunter

    How Do LGBTQ Issues Impact Deconstruction? w/ Braxton Hunter

    Have you ever wondered about the modern trend of deconstruction within Christianity, especially amongst the younger generation? Join me as I engage in a thought-provoking conversation with Braxton Hunter, president of Trinity College of the Bible and Theological Seminary. We explore this deeply fascinating phenomenon in depth, digging into its roots and implications for the faith journey. We discuss its evolution from a healthy process of critical thinking to a path away from conservative, bible-based Christianity for some, and the critical importance of teaching our children to think for themselves.

    We're also not shying away from the challenging discourse around LGBT issues in Christian doctrine, addressing the harmful dichotomy often perpetuated by churches and the changing attitudes towards sin. We dismantle the misconceptions connected with 1 Corinthians 6, 9-11, bringing a fresh perspective to the expectations and burdens put on Christians, and how it impacts our understanding of selfhood in Christ. We speak candidly about the guilt, shame, and harm that can arise from these misunderstandings, highlighting the urgent need for Christians to stand with those grappling with sin.

    Finally, we dive into the powerful effects of social issues on deconstruction and deconversion, and how the dialogue on biblical sexuality can push people to question their beliefs. Braxton shares his insight on the shifting attitudes towards the LGBT community within Christian doctrine and how the gospel offers everyone, regardless of their struggles with sexuality, a promise of hope and acceptance. This episode is a must-listen for those seeking a deeper understanding of these pressing issues in contemporary Christianity. Don't miss it!

    Timestamps:

    (0:00:16) - God's Standard for Sexuality and Deconstructing Faith
    (0:15:18) - Discussing LGBT in Christian Doctrine
    (0:31:43) - False Expectations and Burdens in Christianity
    (0:38:30) - Understanding Inclusivity and Biblical Sexuality
    (0:54:46) - Impact of Social Issues on Deconversion

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    Ep. 28 The Youth Sexpert Program with Tara Michaela

    Ep. 28 The Youth Sexpert Program with Tara Michaela

    This episode delves into the critical topic of high school sex education, focusing on a pleasure-centered approach and the challenges posed by social media censorship.

    Tara Michaela's Youth Sexpert Program serves as a beacon of hope for comprehensive and honest sex education for young people. The discussion with Cat sheds light on the future of sex education and the ongoing struggle to provide accurate, inclusive, and empowering information in a digital age.

    Cat and Tara discuss the future of sex education, focusing on the importance of providing students with a comprehensive and inclusive education that addresses their needs. They talk about the evolving landscape of sex education and the challenges of integrating pleasure-based approaches in traditional curricula. Tara shares her vision for expanding the TYSP program and making pleasure-centered sex education more widely accessible to young people.

    The conversation shifts to the topic of social media censorship, with a focus on the challenges that sex educators face when sharing educational content online. Tara discusses the impact of censorship on sex education and the need for more transparency and open dialogue on these platforms. Cat and Tara explore the importance of advocating for accurate, science-based information on social media.

    In this episode, we discuss the following:

    • Tara’s background

    • Peer-to-Peer Sex Education 

    • Parents’ role in Sex Ed

    • Empowering High School students with accurate, comprehensive, and inclusive Sex Ed 

    • Social Media Censorship 

    • The future of the Youth Sexpert Program

    You can find Tara here: @theyouths3xpertprogram | @yourexgirlfriendtara

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    Love’s next chapter with Whitney Wolfe Herd of Bumble

    Love’s next chapter with Whitney Wolfe Herd of Bumble

    The past few years have challenged Whitney Wolfe Herd like never before. The Bumble CEO kept the company afloat as the pandemic halted in-person meetups, then became the youngest female founder ever to take a company public...all while in the throes of first-time motherhood! 

    This week on How I Built This Lab, Whitney offers perspective on leading and learning in extraordinary times. Plus, how social media may be fueling a loneliness epidemic and Whitney’s current obsession: harnessing the power of artificial intelligence in the name of love. 

    And check out Bumble’s origin story told in October 2017.


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    Ep134 - Maria Pendolino: Raising Your Voice about Disability Employment

    Ep134 - Maria Pendolino: Raising Your Voice about Disability Employment

    In an industry where representation of disabled individuals is distressingly rare, there are rock stars out there who are amplifying their voices in order to change that. Award-winning professional voice-over actor Maria Pendolino is one of them.

    At 22, she was diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis, a painful chronic condition that can affect mobility. But that didn’t stop her from moving mountains for others just like her.

    As part of Disability Employment Awareness Month, Maria shares more about what’s being done to create more authentic representation in film, television, and the voice-over industry.  Including what you can do to be part of the change for yourself and those you love.

    Being the daughter of a disabled father, this is a subject close to my heart that you’ve heard me talk about on the HIListically Speaking Podcast.

    But this time, we’re taking a bolder step forward in what Maria calls, “ a world that isn’t made for us.” 

    You can connect with Maria on her website at voicebymaria.com.

    Check out the Disabled Voice Actors Directory:  https://www.disabledvoiceactors.com/


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