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If you don't love what you are doing, why are you doing it? - Leon Costello, Athletic Director, Montana State (E.036)

podcast Nov 23, 2022
After Leon Costello graduated high school, he played basketball and studied exercise science at Loras College.
Realizing he didn’t want to work in medicine, he got his masters in sports administration at Western Illinois University.
Wanting to make a meaningful impact on students, Leon chose a career in college athletics over a career with a professional team.  Today, he loves his job as the Athletic Director at Montana State and credits his success to networking, personal connections, and sacrifice.
Key Takeaway— Sports careers are highly competitive and demand sacrifice. Leon’s first job as a university intern barely paid the bills, and had extremely long hours.
0:00   School days
2:52   Boston Celtics
5:00   University of Northern Iowa
10:15   Networking
14:10   Creating a positive atmosphere
17:20   Changes in college athletics
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Choosing the Life You Want, Not Just the Job - From the '22 Iowa CAPS Summit (E.035)

podcast Nov 16, 2022
On November 7, 2022, Nate Clayberg presented to nearly 40 instructors, counselors, and school administrators about taking CAPS (Center for Advanced Professional Studies) student associates from being prepared for their purpose to creating the Pathway to Purpose.


Nate presents questions to the high school seniors and juniors, "What questions do you have about planning your life after high school.?"
This question is asked more specifically than, "Do you have any questions?" actually brought out some great info that the CAPS programs will focus on to support these young people before high school graduation.
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Amber Moore: Client Services, Former Aspiring Veterinarian (E.034)

podcast Nov 09, 2022
 Amber Moore is the Executive Director of Client Services for LIFTinnovate, a customer success consulting, research, and technology development firm.
Originally, Amber wanted to be a vet but decided to study business. After graduating with few job opportunities, she took a simple administration job she found on Craigslist at a consulting firm. Her hard work was quickly noticed, and she was hired and started moving up the ranks.
She traveled the world with her boss and followed him when he started his firm. That company was then merged with LIFTinnovate, where she is now an Executive Director.
Key takeaway— Always do your best because you never know who’s watching.
0:36   High school
2:40   College experience
6:04   First real-world job
9:00   Traveling and consulting
13:10   Following boss to a new firm
15:25   Merging with LIFTinnovate
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Connor Lotz :Boeing Procurement Agent, Proposal Project Manager, Lifelong Learner (E.033)

podcast Nov 03, 2022
Connor Lotz participated in the CAPS (Center for Advanced Professional Studies) program while attending high school in Kansas, which sparked an interest in banking.
He received a sizable scholarship and attended the University of Missouri-Columbia after sending a personal letter to the school. Before graduating, he was offered a position at Boeing as a procurement agent, purchasing aircraft parts. He has now been promoted to the position of proposal project manager. He is enrolled at Indiana University Kelly School of Business to begin a hybrid MBA program with a dual masters in strategic management.
Key takeaway/life skill— It doesn’t hurt to ask. Connor’s letter to the University of Missouri-Columbia admissions office saved him tens of thousands of dollars.
0:52   High school experience and CAPS
8:00   Deciding a college
15:00   Recruiter elevator speech
17:08   Boeing STAR method...
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Nate on One Spark Stories with Katie Currens. Quitting, Getting Fired, and Finding Purpose in Your Career

interview Nov 01, 2022

Over the last 25+ years, Nate has switched careers over seven times and knows many people's frustration in not finding purpose in their careers. We dig into this in a way that has yet to be explored, so if you are ready for the real deal on burnout, “quiet quitting,” and the cost of complying, this is for you. Nate has seen needs through his own story and now runs a business to ensure other students don’t have to learn the hard way as he did.  

Today he helps students of all ages and early and late-career professionals better identify "What they SHOULD do for a living." 

Episode Highlights:

  • When space camp enlightens you on the reality of career expertise

  • How getting fired is sometimes a blessing you needed

  • How students can have more control over their careers by exploring options in secondary education

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Megen DiSanto: Global Reputation Manager, Jerry Springer Intern, Editor (E.032)

podcast Oct 30, 2022

Megen DiSanto is the Senior Manager of Global Reputation Communications at Hyatt. Her love of writing and journalism has guided her diverse professional path. She interned for Jerry Springer and the Chicago Sun-Times in college. After ten years, she left her first job at OKW Architects to take a position as Executive Editor at Womanista, which CBS later acquired and renamed Pop Culture. She then worked in public affairs for Mcdonald's, and Hyatt now employs her.

0:45 High school and college 

1:55 Internship at Sun-Times 

3:55 After college 

4:50 Interning at Jerry Springer Show 

8:10 Value of internships 

10:20 First role after college 

13:35 Becoming Editor of Womanista in Nashville 

17:12 Working at McDonald’s in public affairs 

24:50 Current job at Hyatt

27:05 Advice to younger self 

Megen DiSanto


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Payne Schoen: Lawyer, Accountant, Professional and Executive Coach (E.031)

podcast Oct 26, 2022
Until he discovered professional coaching, Payne Schoen studied and worked in fields that didn’t resonate. He tried to work as an accountant and as a lawyer before realizing his passion for personal development. Now, he’s the Founder of Payne Schoen Consulting and guides professionals and leaders to achieve the unachievable.
1:05   Football and lawyer aspirations
4:30   Advice on accepting major
6:40   Finding the right job
9:44   Graduating in ’09
10:40   Personal and professional development
12:50   Professional coaching
16:00   John Wooden
20:10   Coaching clients
24:03   Who needs coaching
26:40   Connect with Payne
Payne Schoen, CPA
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Steven Rudolph: English Teacher to the Creator of tools that help “Feed Your Tiger” (E.030)

podcast Oct 21, 2022
"Feed your tigers" is a method developed by Steven Rudolph to assist people in finding occupations they enjoy. He moved to New York City to become a rock star but discovered that teaching English was his calling. He relocated to Japan, then to India, and now lives in Cambodia. He believes that by identifying your set of "tigers," you can choose or create a job that feeds your soul and brings deep happiness.
2:18   Rockstar aspirations in NYC
4:01   Teaching English
6:05   Three years in Japan
8:30   Identifying 19 tigers
13:08   Obstacles in alignment
17:24   What is success
19:25   Issues in the education system
21:46   Steven’s process
23:30   Get connected
25:45   Closing words
Stephen Rudolph
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Katie Currens: Disney College Program, Teacher, Consultant, Speaker, Podcast Host (E.029)

podcast Oct 13, 2022
As the founder and president of One Spark Solutions, Katie Currens offers clients tailored coaching and training to reignite their sense of purpose. While participating in the Disney College Program, Katie learned useful skills, but after graduation, she felt a little lost. She returned to school, obtained a master's degree, and became a teacher. Now, as an educational consultant,  she serves as a link between staff, students, and leadership.
0:50   High school
4:08   Social anxiety disorder and depression
4:50   Majoring in Communication in College
7:22   Disney college program
14:25   First job after graduation
17:15   Getting Masters
22:12   Leaving education
23:40   One Spark Solutions
26:25   Connect with Katie
Katie Currens
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Ian Evenstar: Design Educator, Branding Consultant, CEO & Founder, Author (E.028)

podcast Oct 06, 2022

Ian Evenstar is a design educator, branding consultant, and the CEO and Founder of UNINCORPORATED, the nation's #1 higher education agency. His upbringing in poverty motivated him to excel in school, earning him a full-ride scholarship to USC. Originally studying architecture, he switched to fine arts and pursued a career in design and branding. He continued to trust his gut and follow his dreams by starting his own agency and writing books. 

0:35 Inspired by a billboard 

2:40 Growing up low income 

5:40 Full ride to USC 

8:52 First art internship/job 

10:34 Returning to USC 

13:35 Jobs in design and art

15:40 Advice for aspiring artist 

17:20 Designing billiards and working at USC 

21:20 Founding Unincorporated

22:00 Making amends with father 

26:15 Ian’s books 


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