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Bravefull

A Podcast for Achieving Women

A weekly podcast highlighting Women risking it all to accomplish greatness everyday by breaking glass and changing the way the game of life is played. Hosted by Amy Ziegert, a sales officianado, a champion for women and
Latest Episode9/14/2021

The Importance of an Expanded Worldview with Tayo Rockson

Season 2, Ep. 4
Almost one year after our first conversation, I'm honored to welcome Sarah Castor to the show again. This time, to talk about Malembe Rise's next event on September 18th, 2021, which will have Tayo Rockson as its main attraction.In this episode, we discuss why Malembe Rise chose Tayo over hundreds of orators and the things he brings to the table others speakers don't. We also talk about the communication issues the world is experiencing, the importance of celebrating our differences and build with them, rather than separate and destroy. Sarah shares her expectations about the event and the things she believes we can accomplish through it.Some Questions I Ask:Why did you decide to have an event with Tayo versus just doing something that says, please give to Malembe Rise? (1:29)How do you think his presence will add to our mission's conversation? (5:45)What would you say it is if you had to sum up what you want this event to accomplish? (9:10)In This Episode, You Will Learn:The things Tayo can add that no one else can (2:48)Tayo's message is necessary for Indianapolis, the US, and the world (4:02)The things people can expect from joining Tayo's event (7:13)There is a lot of people hungry for a change around the world (12:25)Resources:Tayo Rockson eventBook: Tayo Rockson - Use Your Difference to Make a Difference: How to Connect and Communicate in a Cross-Cultural WorldTayo Rockson websiteThe Importance of an Expanded Worldview event on LinkedInConnect With Sarah Castor:LinkedInTwitterMalembe Rise websiteLet's Connect!WebsiteEmail: alqziegert@gmail.com
9/14/2021

The Importance of an Expanded Worldview with Tayo Rockson

Season 2, Ep. 4
Almost one year after our first conversation, I'm honored to welcome Sarah Castor to the show again. This time, to talk about Malembe Rise's next event on September 18th, 2021, which will have Tayo Rockson as its main attraction.In this episode, we discuss why Malembe Rise chose Tayo over hundreds of orators and the things he brings to the table others speakers don't. We also talk about the communication issues the world is experiencing, the importance of celebrating our differences and build with them, rather than separate and destroy. Sarah shares her expectations about the event and the things she believes we can accomplish through it.Some Questions I Ask:Why did you decide to have an event with Tayo versus just doing something that says, please give to Malembe Rise? (1:29)How do you think his presence will add to our mission's conversation? (5:45)What would you say it is if you had to sum up what you want this event to accomplish? (9:10)In This Episode, You Will Learn:The things Tayo can add that no one else can (2:48)Tayo's message is necessary for Indianapolis, the US, and the world (4:02)The things people can expect from joining Tayo's event (7:13)There is a lot of people hungry for a change around the world (12:25)Resources:Tayo Rockson eventBook: Tayo Rockson - Use Your Difference to Make a Difference: How to Connect and Communicate in a Cross-Cultural WorldTayo Rockson websiteThe Importance of an Expanded Worldview event on LinkedInConnect With Sarah Castor:LinkedInTwitterMalembe Rise websiteLet's Connect!WebsiteEmail: alqziegert@gmail.com
8/31/2021

Leading with Kindness, Taking a Chance, and Saying YESSSS!

Season 2, Ep. 3
Tracy's husband, Dave Parkinson, had a radio show when they were in their mid-'20s, in which she started participating as an anti-racist activist. Both Tracy and Dave had strong convictions against racism, poverty, and all kind of injustices, and one day, destiny dropped Jimmy Dennis' case on their laps. Mr. Dennis was convicted for robbing and murdering a 17 years old girl in Philadelphia and sentenced to death at 21. Tracy decided to write him a letter, asking for information about his case, and what she got back would change her life. Dennis sent a 28 pages-long letter with information and legal documents proving his innocence; Tracy and Dave believed him. From that day, they started advocating for Dennis' innocence and liberation. More than 20 years later, Jimmy Dennis proved his innocence and walked free, but that was a tiny piece of Tracy's fantastic story.Tracy Lamourie is a High Profile International Award Publicist, Founder & Managing Director at Lamourie Media, Inc. She is also a well-known long-time advocate on many critical worldwide issues, passionate about amplifying important messages and being a voice for those who most need one. Tracy is the author of "GET REPPED," and she was featured in Rolling Stone, NBC TV, CBC, Huff Post & over 200 TV, radio, podcast, and several panel appearances.In this episode, we talk about Tracy's unique and inspiring story. She takes us on a trip through an intoxicating conversation about how she touched and changed lives and destinies following her passions and convictions. Tracy explains how she decided to use the skills learned with years of activism and advocating for innumerous causes to start her own company. We also talk about the importance of taking action in front of any injustice, even when what we can do seems small.Tune in to Episode 3 of the Second Season of Bravefull, and get ready to meet a smart activist, a brilliant advocate, and most importantly, a beautiful human being.Some Questions I Ask:You helped free an innocent man. Was that something you focused on? Or is it something that you fell upon? (4:12)You're embracing human rights. Meanwhile, you're doing your other job. How did the two come together? (17:49)If somebody wanted to write a book, could they come to you, and you'd help them find a publisher? Or what would you do? (27:30)What are some of the big activist projects that you're championing today? (38:11)In This Episode, You Will Learn:How innocent can this guy be? The start of a new life (5:38)Tracy's first light bulb moment (19:33)How it was to be in the credits of a Rosa Parks movie, one of the legends in Tracy's world (21:36)How Tracy helps people be successful in her unique way (32:48)Two books and a person that inspired Tracy along the way (43:48)Resources:Tracy Lamourie Media websiteBook: Tracy Lamourie - GET REPPED!: Build Your Brand with Effective Public & Media RelationsJimmy Dennis on Apple MusicMy Life with Rosie on Apple TVHiBnB websiteSong: Bolu - Make it Right. YouTubeBook: Viktor Frankl - Man's Search For MeaningBook: Lewena Bayer - The 30% SolutionConnect with Tracy:LinkedInInstagramLet's Connect!WebsiteEmail: alqziegert@gmail.com
8/17/2021

Living In Full Color

Season 2, Ep. 2
Even before considering herself an artist, Vanessa Johanning was painting with flowers. She worked for more than 20 years as a garden designer, and her color palette was the thousands of flowers she learned to love and combine. Even in a gift store she had, where she would bring art from other artists, she would never have thought on offering some of her own artistic work. With time, Vanessa would embrace the idea she always had in the back of her mind, becoming an artist, even when she didn't have an idea of how that was going to work.Vanessa Kiki Johanning is an International Full Time Mixed Media Artist, Product Designer, Instructor, and Teacher. She decided to live her life to the fullest, the one life she has, the life she won. Vanessa lives a loudly colorful life, doing only the things that give her joy and happiness, nothing more, nothing less. She loves to teach and enjoys public speaking; she is a published Trendspotter, Designer, and Event Creator. She has three studios and writes on seven journals, perhaps in an attempt to contain the endless stream of creativity flowing through her.In this episode, we have an inspiring conversation about art, joy, and embracing a colorful version of our lives. Vanessa shared the thinking process behind her decision to transition from gardening to art, the challenges she faced, and how this new approach to life changed her reality. We also talk about living our lives expressing our authentic self, her future projects, and the books that impacted her life.Tune in to Episode 2 of the Second Season of Bravefull, open your mind, and let the colors in.Some Questions I Ask:Who are you, and how did you become to be living in such full color? (4:18)Do you still do gardening? Or is that kind of on the back burner? (7:37)Have you thought of teaching classes for adults? Do you do that or not? (14:36)Could you mention at least three books that have impacted your life? (37:08)In This Episode, You Will Learn:A bit of Vanessa's background and how she decided to embrace the artist inside of her (4:27)About Vanessa's three studios and their differences (13:12)Vanessa talks about her seven journals (20:46)From gardening to doing chairs (25:06)The colorful truck. Vanessa talks about why she decided to customize her truck (29:12)Resources:Vanessa Kiki Johanning websiteBook: Peter Mayle - A Year In ProvenceBook: Rachel Ashwell - Painted StoriesBook: Susan Brown and Caroline Rennolds Milbank - Suzie Zuzek for Lilly PullitzerConnect with Vanessa:LinkedInInstagramLet's Connect!WebsiteEmail: alqziegert@gmail.com
8/3/2021

Sharing a Gift, Giving People Wings, and Taking Big Bites with Corbie Mitleid

Season 2, Ep. 1
When she was 9, Corbie Mitleid read Eleanor Estes' book The Witch Family, and instead of feeling scared, she learned there was magic in the world; she just had to go and find it. Fast forward some years, in the '70s, when Corbie was already in high school, she fell in love with Tarot cards and spent the next 20 years reading them and using her natural storytelling abilities. By 1994, Corbie was already doing hand healing and talking to dead people without previous training. At that point, the Universe had already sentenced, ok, you work for us now.Rev. Corbie Mitleid is a Certified Professional Tarot Reader, Certified Psychic, Trained Medium, Ordained Minister, and Author of three books, "You've Got the Magic, Who Needs a Genie?", "The Psychic Yellow Brick Road" and "Clean Out Your LifeCloset." Before she decided to let people know there were other answers out there in 2002, Corbie was an actress, author, inspirational speaker, video producer, legal assistant, writer for graphic novels, and executive recruiter for engineering and manufacturing.In this episode, Corbie uses her sharp sense of humor to describe her life, career, interactions with clients, myths about psychics, and her work as one of them. We talked about her incredible journey through spiritual paths that started when she was only a child. We discussed her three books and the defining moments that led her to write them. Corbie explained how she serves her clients with her gifts, what happens when clients are stuck or when they don't believe what she tells them.Tune in to Episode 1 of the Second Season of Bravefull, relax, and enjoy the story of the extraordinary Corbie Mitleid.Some Questions I Ask:How do you turn the different aspects of your life into something very successful? (3:39)What part of your job brings you joy? (13:44)Have you ever had anybody saying you're crazy? (21:11)For women who are in business, what's the ideal reading for women who are struggling? (33:10)In This Episode, You Will Learn:A bit of Corbie's background (4:12)What made her write her books (7:01)Corbi couldn't understand self-help books, so she decided to write one (10:31)Three questions, three reasons. How Corbie fought (and won) against cancer three times (15:05)The real meaning of the scariest cards in Tarot (30:49)Resources:Book: Corbie Mitleid - You've Got the Magic, Who Needs A Genie?: The A-Lister's Guide to Holistic Expo SuccessBook: Corbie Mitleid - THE PSYCHIC YELLOW BRICK ROAD: How to Find the Real Wizards and Avoid the Flying MonkeysBook: Corbie Mitleid - Clean Out Your LifeClosetBook: Eleanor Estes - The Witch FamilyBook: Robert Heinlein - Time Enough for LoveBook: Frank Minirth - Happiness Is a Choice: New Ways to Enhance Joy and Meaning in Your LifeBook: Geri Larkin - Stumbling Toward EnlightenmentDiane Duane's book series - Young Wizards Series Set 1-6Connect with Corbie:WebsiteTwitterFacebookYouTubePinterestLinkedInLet's Connect!WebsiteEmail: alqziegert@gmail.com
5/25/2021

Balancing and Bringing Together our Two Energies with Noa Ronen

Ep. 16
Naming and classifying things give us order and direction; it is helpful to know where we can find those things and perhaps what to expect from them. Something similar happens when we meet someone. We put them in a box and create an idea of how they are, how they think, and so forth, depending on their title or job. But most importantly, we do that to ourselves; we place ourselves in the category we think we belong to, and that can be limiting. We'll hardly picture ourselves doing something different from what someone in that box is expected to do.Today I'm joined by Noa Ronen, a true outside of the box coach. She is an Executive Coach, Author, a Group Coach, Blogger, and a Vlogger. Noa has over 20 years of experience in change management, HR and project management, talent development and relocation, and ex-pat coaching. Throughout her coaching, Noa's mission is to help people dare, stirring a conscious leaders' movement.In this episode, we talked about Noa's particular journey in becoming a coach, her idea of coaching before, and how it evolved into what it is today. We also talked about the differences between being and doing energy and what we can do to find our courage. Noa kindly shared her perspective on values and how they guide us throughout our lives. We talked about her latest book, about her ego, and how she reassessed her why after asking honest questions to herself.Noa also shared the details of her Walking Mastermind, a revolutionary coaching group session she does for no charge.Tune in to Episode 15 of Bravefull to hear more!Some Questions I Ask:You talked about doing energy and being energy. Can you expand on that a little bit? (9:28)You have written a book, write on your blog, and vlogging; how are you feeling about that now? (15:19)Could you tell me about the mastermind? I'm intrigued (23:40)How many people, on average, participate in your Walking Mastermind group? (34:59)How has COVID affected your coaching? (42:52)In This Episode, You Will Learn:A life-changing experience in Noa's life (3:15)The two types of energy we have and what happens when we don't balance them (8:35)How Noa decided to take a break and stop being on her way (12:04)Values are our compass. How people that share values tend to hang out together (21:53)What Noa's revolutionary Walking Mastermind coaching sessions are about (33:55)Resources:Noa Ronen's websiteBook: Noa Ronen - BEyond: Leadership From AwareLess to AwareNess.Book: Napoleon Hill - Think & Grow RichBook: The Arbinger Institute - The Anatomy of Peace: Resolving the Heart of ConflictBook: James Clear - Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad OnesConnect with Noa:LinkedInFacebookTwitterInstagramLet 's Connect!WebsiteEmail: alqziegert@gmail.com
5/11/2021

A Survivor's Tale. Jan Canty's Incredible Story of Bravery and Resilience

Ep. 15
There is not a lot written about homicide survivors for a couple of reasons. One is because their stories are not as attractive to the audience as the details of the crimes, and another reason could be because homicide survivors tend to hide for long periods. The thirst for blood doesn't care about the survivors' feelings or what PTSD is doing to them. The media or even known people would ask stupid questions, make jokes, or painful comments regardless of what the survivor might be going through. Today, we have the opportunity of hearing the story of a homicide survivor from Jan Canty.Jan Canty earned a Ph.D. in psychology; she is an author, a podcast host, and a speaker. She has traveled to 5 continents, completed 6 triathlons, fought cancer, and adopted two special-needs sisters who are now grown.Jan had a happy marriage for 11 years, enjoying sports and spending quality time with her family and extended family. One night, her husband didn't come back from the office, and her life changed forever. For the last 18 months before that night, her husband lived a double life. He got in a relationship with a prostitute and her pimp, spending the marriage's savings in the process, around $300,000.After being chased by the media for two years after the murder, Jan decided to change her name and start a new life; she was 38.30 years later, a series of nearly simultaneous events make her decide to come out of silence and tell her story about what happened. She wrote the book "A Life Divided" and started a podcast "Domino Effect of Murder," where she interviews other homicide survivors, experts, and homicide detectives.In this episode, Jan kindly shared the story of her husband's gruesome murder and the details of how she dealt with being a survivor of such a horrible crime. We talked about the lack of empathy from the media and the people in general. She spoke about the opportunity of telling the story in her voice and what it meant to her. Finally, we talked about her work helping other survivors, her book, and her podcast.Tune in to Episode 15 of Bravefull to hear more!Some Questions I Ask:We are close to the anniversary of the launching of your book and your podcast. Could you tell us what you have done to achieve this breakthrough status? (1:05)I'm assuming the perpetrators of your husband's murder were found guilty, and hopefully, they're spending a long ass time in jail. Do they? (23:59)How do you continue to be self full and set boundaries as your story gets told over and over? (29:16)People, who are survivors of experiencing a violent murder, what's the one thing you would want people to know that they can get from you? (32:10)How did you come up with the title "A Life Divided"? (46:25)In This Episode, You Will Learn:A trip to Jan parent's house that will change her life (3:16)A Sunday morning Jan would never forget. Visiting the morgue (12:01)Jan decides to start a new life (18:15)After 30 years, Jan decided to help other homicide survivors (24:59)Jan's advice on how to help homicide survivors (52:18)Resources:Jan Canty Ph.D. websiteBook: Jan Canty - A Life Divided: A psychologist's memoir about the double life and murder of her husband - and her road to recoveryDomino Effect of Murder PodcastBook: George Dawson - Life is So GoodBook: Bill Jenkins - What to Do When the Police Leave: A Guide to the First Days of Traumatic LossBook: Richard A. Chefetz - Intensive Psychotherapy for Persistent Dissociative Processes: The Fear of Feeling RealHomicide Survivors Inc. ArizonaMarsy's LawConnect with Jan:YouTubeTwitterLet's Connect!WebsiteEmail: alqziegert@gmail.com
4/27/2021

Committing to the Larger Whole, Malembe Rise

Ep. 14
When it comes to humanitarian help, even the purest desire of contributing to the ones in need can be harmful. The idea of coming from a western civilization to help or solve a problem is both racist and colonialist. Countless well-intentioned initiatives ended up as UFOs (Unfinished Objects) in several African countries, littering the landscape. What undeveloped countries need is consistent actions sustained in extended periods, not a five years project that will end as fast as it started after that time is over.In this episode, we talk with Ann Marie Thomson, Ph.D. She is a retired Adjunct Professor at the O'Neil School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA), Indiana University. She holds a B.A. in International Relations from North Park University, an Associate Degree in Nursing, with RN licensure, a Masters in Public Affairs, and a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Comparative Politics at Indiana University, Bloomington, IN.Born and raised in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ann Marie is passionate about finding a way to make cross-cultural interactions contribute positively to social justice. She also co-founded the Bloomington-based education NGO, Giving Back to Africa, in 2007, which recently morphed into Malembe Rise.We had an inspiring conversation about her work as a volunteer and Malembe Rise's actions in the Rep Dem of Congo. She kindly shared her parents' story as volunteers themselves and their lifetime work in the African country. Ann Marie brilliantly explained the difference between actions and projects and how each one of them affects the communities they are meant to help. We also talked about Malembe Rise's education model, long-term goals, and actuality.Tune in to Episode 14 of Bravefull to hear more!Some Questions I Ask:Tell us about your background and how you came to love the Rep Dem of Congo? (3:54)When you look at Malembe Rise, what do you think about the job is being done? (11:04)When you started, what was your mission? (23:30)What does a curriculum look like for students that are benefiting from Malembe Rise? (32:07)What do you think is the common denominator to make Malembe Rise's model work across the world? (49:39)In This Episode, You Will Learn:A little bit of Ann Marie's background story and her relationship with fear during moments of anti-white feelings in the Rep Dem of Congo (5:12)One of the first things Ann Marie learned through many mistakes (11:36)Education is a long process. Educators probably won't see the results themselves (16:15)The central role of humility on any cross-cultural work (21:58)The difference between sustainable programs and well-intentioned and enthusiast initiatives (44:55)Resources:Malembe Rise websiteAuthor, Allan FowlerBook: Howard Thurman - Jesus and the DisinheritedBook: Parker Palmer - The Courage to Teach: Exploring the Inner Landscape of a Teacher's LifeConnect with Ann Marie:LinkedInLet’s Connect!WebsiteEmail: alqziegert@gmail.com