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Amy Dufrane, CEO of the HR Certification Institute, understands HR isn't about enforcing rules, but actually bringing the best out of people. Listen to this episode to not only learn when you're company should be adding a HR person, when your company should be scaling their HR department, but also how to make your HR great. 
Dr. Sara Johnson, Co-president and CEO of Pro-Change Behavior Systems, helps individuals and teams maximize health, well-being, and performance with the use of behavioral change science and innovative technologies. Her partnership with clients results in long-term and lasting positive change... even if it means being uncomfortable for a little while.
I recently had the opportunity to sit down with 2020 Baltimore Mayoral candidate Mary Miller, who is looking to bring about the positive change residents seek, while ensuring it’s seamlessly executed, carefully measured, and designed to factor in genuine human connection. Mary is the former Obama Administration Official and a woman eager to transform Baltimore’s prominent struggles with inequality. In this episode, she shares how the Coronavirus crisis has provided the opportunity to think more boldly, break through the “glass ceiling,” and solve pressing world problems. During our conversation, we explore ways in which Baltimore is underperforming, and Mary shares her inspiring plans to grow the local economy, better position businesses for success, and engage city residents.
Philip McKernan, inspirational speaker, coach, and writer says pain stems from everyone looking for validation and positivity from others, but in reality, your validation and truth are already within you. In his latest book, One Last Talk, Philip asks the thought-provoking question, “if you only had one thing left to say in your lifetime, what would you say?” He recognizes that everyone suffers from a lack of self-worth to a certain extent, but strives to push people to discover their truth and speak it out loud to the world.
Oren Harris, a pioneer in human consciousness and potential, and one of the world’s leading experts on flow states, describes tactics you can implement during today’s chaos to unlock your infinite potential and create a profound impact through the full expression of your innate gifts. His easy tips will allow you to have your most organized and productive week, month, and even year. 
Cameron Herold, Founder of COO Alliance (the only membership group in the world that focuses on COO’s and second in command) and expert in building relationships amongst leadership to create a strong business culture where employees thrive. As a bestselling author and host of Second In Command Podcast, he is known around the world as THE CEO Whisperer.
Sebastian Africano, over the last twenty years Sebastian hasn't just traveled the world he's actually helped the world. As Executive Director of Trees, Water, and People Sebastian works with marginalized communities in 15 countries, improving rural livelihoods. Has he ever run into trouble in these under privileged areas? You bet. But he's picked up some tips on getting himself out of jams along the way. Here's a hint, pick the biggest toughest guy you see, and gift him your sunglasses. 
Andrew Yang, 2020 Democratic Presidential Candidate visited our studio again. This time he Skyped LIVE with our Shift Society group to discuss innovative topics like automation, AI, blockchain, and the future of our workforce. Andrew shared with our 30 entrepreneurs the impact of digital transformation and how it is revolutionizing all of our industries.  *This episode was recorded with a live audience. Audio quality may be impacted throughout this episode*  
Matt Kazam has been studying comedy since before he was born. His dad would blast him with classic laugh filled routines right in womb. Though, that didn't mean his father was going to give him a free pass in life. To get his parent's blessing, and to keep up with his two lawyer brothers and his doctor sister, Matt had to learn the science behind his life's calling. So, what's the secret to comedy? Turns out the answer has more to do with empathy than you might think. 
Brett Hagler, founder and CEO of New Story, knows impact is more important than dollars. Almost ten years after the earthquake in Haiti, babies are still been born in emergency tents. The number one objection donors give when asked to help, they don’t know where their money’s going. Brett is changing that. Where his life used to be based on the 3 G’s (Girls, Gold, and Glory) a trip to Haiti taught him that the world was about a lot more. However, helping one person at a time was not going to be enough for this socially minded entrepreneur. In this episode we learn all about how social impact at scale can only be achieved through innovation. Brett and New Story are leading the way here by using using 3D printing technology to bring homes to those in need in a number of developing nations.
Dr. Diva Nagula, President of Executive Health and Wellness and CEO of DMV Hydration Therapy was handed a diagnosis that inspired him to cease this type of behavior and  integrate modern and functional approaches to medicine to heal. He shares his personal battle with stage 4 non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma (now in remission) and how it motivated him to  educate and help others capitalize on better physical, mental, and spiritual health. 
David Stein, the former Head of Global Strategy and Innovation at Siemens Healthineers, is no stranger to leading transformation and innovative efforts for various industries. He’s even been coined an “intrapreneur” who helps build future-fit teams, develop people with no barriers, and create sustainable forward-thinking cultures that thrive on innovation.
Ron Klabunde, CEO and founder of Generosity Feeds– a National For-Purpose organization is igniting a movement of generosity across the country and encouraging leaders and organizations to be an ongoing force for good. Ron’s taking corporate social responsibility to an entirely new level by mobilizing businesses, schools, and nonprofits to help address the current and prolonged hunger epidemic in America by providing organic, healthy, and pre-packaged meals to children and families living in poverty.
Michel Falcon, entrepreneur, keynote speaker and author says he is emotionless when it comes to money, what he truly cares about are how he makes his people feel. In this episode of Shift Happens, Michel realizes this and has given his all into his career, putting him on the fast-track to successfully growing organization's employee base from single digits to hundreds!
Alan Stein Jr. knows Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, and Steph Curry all have one major thing in common. If you're thinking talent, you're only half right. If you're looking to bring the same caliber of excellence to your work day these superstars bring to the court, this is the episode for you. 
Benjamin Hardy won't tell you that change comes from within. In fact, he'll tell you that if you want to change your inside you often need to start by changing your environment. Check out this episode to learn more about why willpower doesn't work. 
Mario Armstrong, Emmy Award Winner, lays it down like this, "You know you've hit the roughest part when it's the easiest time to quit." An insight that has served him well as he's gone from trials to triumph, turning struggle into strength. To learn more about his award winning show check out
Brock Yetso, President and CEO of Ulman House has made it his life’s mission to help young adults and their families throughout their cancer journey and beyond, ensuring that they don’t have to fight one of the hardest battles alone. Brock has created a movement that is helping to solve one of the worlds largest problems, while raising awareness of rising cancer rates among young adults. Ulman House’s impact has spread across all 50 states, helping over 8,000 patients and their families, and engages approximately 150 college volunteers in over 100 schools across the country on a yearly basis.
Dmitry Buterin, Serial Tech Entrepreneur, founder of 3 multi million dollar businesses, and I had the chance to meet at Jayson Gaignard’s Mastermind Talks a few years ago and I was intrigued by his thoughts and expertise on AI, Blockchain, and overall perspective of managing life as a busy entrepreneur.
Jeremy Epstein, CEO of Never Stop Marketing and blockchain expert, is on a mission to help companies better understand the integration of AI systems to drive smart business decisions. In this episode, Jeremy explores our digital footprints, facial recognition, and the prevalence of AI and its ability to mimic human thought to complete tasks better, faster, and cheaper.
Todd Marks, CEO and Founder of Mindgrub Technologies recognizes that we are now in the era of modern business. Now, more than ever, it’s important for leaders to build and/or implement digital systems that contribute to a sustainable and agile organization. Todd understands that being digitally fit isn’t the reality for most organizations and a lack of digital tools during this pandemic has actually exacerbated the digital divide for businesses, schools, and even individuals. But, there is a clear path forward to establishing a strong digital model for your business. 
Garrett Gunderson gets personal finance is just different when you’re an entrepreneur. So is being a partner, a parent, a friend, a sibling, a daughter, a son… you get the point. As a New York Times bestselling author and the CEO and Founder of Wealth Factory, Garrett has built his mission around empowering entrepreneurs to build their financial legacy. But let me backup, because  this episode kicks off a little differently… Instead of jumping right into business, Garrett shares the family feud that triggered his ah-ha moment about financial wealth.
Michael McDevitt has walked the entrepreneurial path more than a few times. While he's found success each time, he has rarely used the same methods twice. From his early days as a 23 year old wonder kid, where he'd throw every-hour he could at his business, to his current role as founder and CEO of Terra's Kitchen, he's had to take along what worked from each experience and build on it. Listen to find out how these days meditation has given him the winning edge he needs when putting in the most hours is no longer an option. 
Derek Coburn, wealth management advisor, Cadre Founder, and long-time friend of Joe, talks about life as a disagreeable giver, being married to his business partner and evolving his views on equality in a changing world.
Trey Downes is a blue collar, hard worker turned entrepreneur. Founder of, Your Superior Self Podcast, he’s creating art through audio and connecting with people and influencers who inspire him as a means to inspire others. Through thought-provoking interviews, Trey learns what motivates leaders and artists in various industries and shares their stories with his listeners. As an innate introvert, hosting a podcast and interviewing his idols hasn’t come naturally; but, Trey shares how pushing his limits has taught him many lessons and has been both humbling and empowering. He has now launched 64 episodes with some prolific guests like, JJ Virgin, John Gordon, Jerrick Robins, and Chris Schafer.
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Feb 23rd, 2018
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Mar 23rd, 2020
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