Accepting The Rare Chance to Change Your Life
Season 2, Ep. 50
Meet AK Ikwuakor.His WHY is Better WayInterviewed by WHY Institute Founder Dr. Gary Sanchez (Better Way).AK Ikwuakor, also known as Coach AK, is a former professional athlete, entrepreneur, educational consultant and speaker who has traveled to 30+ countries working with students, professional athletes, coaches, governmental agencies, celebrities, CEO’s, employees of Fortune 100 companies, scholars, and community leaders from around the world through his entrepreneurial ventures. He has led an unorthodox path which began by narrowly missing the 2008 Olympic games in Beijing, China, to working at top educational institutions such as Phillips Exeter Academy and the St. Paul’s School, to now a founding a fashion company for athletes. AK has been featured in Sports Illustrated, Nike, Yurbuds, Women’s Health, Sony, Fox Sports, The Doctors, and Are you Smarter than a 5th Grader? with his triplet brother. (Unfortunately, they were not smarter than a 5th Grader.)
How To Find Clarity After Unexpected Opposition
Season 2, Ep. 49
Meet Robert Teschner.His WHY is Contribute.Interviewed by WHY Institute Founder Dr. Gary Sanchez (Better Way).Robert Teschner, callsign “Cujo”, is a retired Air Force fighter pilot. He was the top F-15C “Eagle” graduate in his class at the USAF Weapons Instructor Course—the Air Force version of “TOP GUN”. Cujo was asked to return as a Weapons School Instructor and subsequently became the Air Force’s subject matter expert on team accountability, something high-performance teams refer to as a “Debrief”. Cujo eventually commanded one of America’s very few operational F-22A “Raptor” squadrons. During his Air Force career, Cujo flew combat missions over Iraq, homeland defense missions in the United States, and deployed with his F-22 squadron across the Pacific. In 2014 Cujo was diagnosed with colorectal cancer. This adversity fundamentally changed his trajectory—he went from accepting a leadership position in the F-22, to retiring early and having to figure out how to provide for his family with a body that was broken. Cujo’s unexpected pivot out of the Air Force is a topic he tackles in his work with organizations looking to build resilience, develop team members with grit and the ability to overcome adversity. Cujo now teaches leaders how to embrace the tenets of high-performance teamwork in their businesses to achieve better performance, drive engagement and accomplish their missions. He has simplified and adapted the tactics, techniques and procedures high-performance teams use to help any organization win bigger and build teams that work. Cujo is the author of the national bestselling book Debrief to Win and is an increasingly in-demand keynote speaker.
Expert Advice To Identify And Reach Your Potential
Season 2, Ep. 48
Meet Daniel M. Bruder.His WHY is Better Way.Interviewed by WHY Institute Founder Dr. Gary Sanchez (Better Way).Daniel M. Bruder is the CEO of Fusion Dynamics Group, a Colorado-based strategy and leadership firm. Dan has an accomplished background in Executive Leadership, Strategic Planning, Entrepreneurship, Sales and Marketing Operations, Brand Development, Customer Service, and Corporate Finance. He started his career in banking, becoming President in his 20s; he later transitioned into hospitality leadership roles before moving into entrepreneurial ventures culminating in an international consulting practice. Dan is also a faculty member of Colorado State University’s Executive MBA program and the University of Colorado, Boulder’s Graduate Leeds School of Business. He holds a BS in business finance and an MBA, each earned at the University of Central Florida. Dan believes that businesses have the ability to substantially impact communities through their products and people. With this idea in mind, he created The Blendification® System, a signature series of workshops and keynotes addressing culture, strategy, and execution, to help companies realize their potential and spark communal growth.To learn more about Dan, book him for your next event, or activate The Blendification® System in your organization, visit: www.BlendificationSystem.com
Understanding Your WHY and The People Around You
Season 2, Ep. 47
Meet Coach Brian Green.His WHY is Trust.Interviewed by WHY Institute Founder Dr. Gary Sanchez (Better Way).Brian Green spent 10 years in the SEC and PAC 12 while at Kentucky and UCLA before taking New Mexico State University to new heights and expectations as it's 10th Head Coach. Green has appeared in 9 NCAA Regionals, 1 NCAA Super Regional, 1 Division 3 World Series appearance and winning seasons in 21 of 25 seasons at all stops. Brian Green has a proven track record of winning and Development. Coach Green has worked for and under some of the best coaches in College Baseball, including 3 time National Champion Pat Casey at Oregon State, 2 Time National Champion John Savage at UCLA, as well as NC State's Elliott Avent and the 2018 National Coach of the year while at Kentucky in Gary Henderson. In June of 2019, Green was named the 17th Head Coach in Washington State History.
Overcome the Odds and Supercharge Your Success
Season 2, Ep. 46
Meet Brandon Kelly.His WHY is Challenge.Interviewed by WHY Institute Founder Dr. Gary Sanchez (Better Way).Brandon Kelly is an extraordinary overachiever who has overcome 2 wrecks from arrant dump trucks, 2 rounds of aggressive cancer, and the owner and founder of 9 businesses including Magnitude Capital Investments as well as The CEO Super Summit.He has authored 7 books, 14 workshops, more than 60awards including saving a life with extreme risk to himself and has recently started his own private equity hedge fund to buy hotels, resorts, and office towers. Brandon discovered his why at 16, 27, and 41 and has become a Nationally recognized speaker through the National Speaker Association having spoken to nearly 1 million people while coaching more than 100 companies to Elevate Their Efforts while they Elevate their Excellence through the Raise the Bar Academy.
Finding Your Voice And Learning How To Use It
Season 2, Ep. 45
Meet Hilary Silver.Her WHY is Make Sense.Interviewed by WHY Institute Founder Dr. Gary Sanchez (Better Way).Hilary Silver is CEO of Hilary Silver Enterprises, a multi-million dollar personal growth and development company dedicated to serving women who want to live a more consciously created and fulfilling life with more meaning and purpose. She is the creator of Love + Be Loved and Extraordinary Women Rising- and is one of the most sought after, acclaimed and successful coaches in the world
What It Takes To Be Motivated and To Motivate Others
Season 2, Ep. 44
Meet Lynn Kitchen.Her WHY is Contribute.Interviewed by WHY Institute Founder Dr. Gary Sanchez (Better Way).Lynn Kitchen is a producer of positive media and financial strategic advisor. In the investment world, Lynn was considered a pioneer, breaking ground as one of the first women owners of a successful investment broker-dealer firm in California, and enjoyed a 34-year career as a financial executive/advisor.Now as producer, Lynn is most passionate about creating positive media spotlighting the world’s greatest motivators whose teachings and wisdom inspire and empower all to live a greater, expanded life. Lynn says, “Mentorship is the Ground-wire to Greatness”.