What do you want school to be for you? - Peter Hostrawser, Disrupt Education (E.042)

podcast Jan 23, 2023

Peter Hostrawser took full advantage of getting his Valpo University education paid to earn a degree in broadcasting but realized that wasn’t what he was wired for. Even though his father told him not to do it, he aspired to the classroom.

As an active high school business teacher, Peter has found that he isn’t a “check the box” teacher. He has taken a growth mindset to influence entrepreneurship methods to build skills and a portfolio to head into life after high school.

He believes that learning doesn’t end in school but continues throughout your life. He is taking learning from K to Gray.

And he has been called by his students as the Gary Vaynerchuk of education.

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Launching into Season 3, the Pathway Beyond Graduation (E.041)

podcast Jan 16, 2023

How did we get through 40 episodes?  It began as an idea that took off in 2022 to talk to people from around the globe in different professions, bringing new stories and connections that have impacted a lot of listeners. 

Talking to 15 different people over Season 3 also brought some essential advice about how your professional network is a trait that impacted each of these people’s lives personally and professionally. It also continues to hold through where people think they will be and doesn’t head that way in their work.

Season 3 will continue to have guests sharing their stories about their work and the pathways they followed to get there. But we will do more solo episodes where we will dive further into answering questions that students have asked me over the last year on developing their pathway in life after high school.


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Being a Builder to Have an Impact - Lindsay Leahy, Founder of the Restoration Project (E.040)

podcast Dec 27, 2022
Lindsay Leahy believed that going to college to go to college was the path she needed to be on when she enrolled at the University of Nebraska.  As classes began, she struggled to find the actual value in how she was spending her time.

After a short stay in Lincoln, she ended up in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. She found a direction at Mount Mercy University that led her to opportunities to stay in Eastern Iowa. She gained experience in the financial services industry and the chamber of commerce but was still looking for more.
As a “builder” she has found that she is in her prime when helping to create and grow something or even someone.  That led her to found her company, the Restoration Project, where she supports people looking to take their life and leadership to the next level.
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Overcoming Imposter Syndrome - Loren Kelly, Career Coach and Consultant (E.039)

podcast Dec 20, 2022
Loren Kelly was deadset on becoming a high school business teacher but realized how awesome yet challenging secondary education can be. Her husband is a Naval Aviator, so as a military spouse, she saw how her life would change based on their location domestically and abroad. Making these uncomfortable changes for two people from small midwest towns became a career advantage for both.
She set her sights on getting into higher education and evolved into working outside of the W2 world as a Career Coach, Career Consultant, and Resume writer. This career option developed when her family moved to the United Kingdom. It opened up opportunities for online connections and remote workshops and training.
Loren found that she was good at doing the career and training work even though she didn’t believe how good she was.  Once she reflected on that work and the success she had with engaging people in that work, she trusted herself to move her career forward....
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Building a Workplace People Want to Work At - Marc Reifenrath, CEO of Spinutech

podcast Dec 13, 2022
In this episode, we talk to one professional who followed a pathway to purpose with a marketing focus and built a national company that focuses on serving its customers and having an engaging culture. 
In his junior year at the University of Northern Iowa, Marc Reifenrath studied sales and advertising and decided to start an internet company with his friends as a resume builder. Unbelievably, the company was hugely successful and has grown for over 22 years, now employing 165 people. Spinutech is a web design company that focuses on high-end development.
Key takeaways— When leading a company, be open to change and create a positive work environment you want to work in. Spinutch never says, “that’s how we’ve always done it.”
0:47   High school and college
2:07   Starting business in college
6:46   Scaling Spinutech
10:40   Leadership and delegation
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Don't Check the Box To Not Disappoint Others - Stephanie Short, America Succeeds

podcast Dec 06, 2022
Stephanie Short is the Vice President of Partnerships at America Succeeds, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit policy-advocacy organization committed to improving education and preparing students to succeed in the workforce.
She went into college as an undecided major and took a break from school to work in the real world at various jobs. She found that she was checking the boxes for others on her career path not to disappoint others. The increased anxiety made her feel like a failure and had a chip on her shoulder because she didn't take the straight path to a career.
She discovered a passion for marketing and went back to school for marketing and business. Part of her work now is educating people on the importance of  “durable skills.”
Biggest Takeaway— We need to build students’ durable skills, so they can adapt to the changing work economy and succeed.
0:50   High school and college
3:30   Taking a...
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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 22, 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 15, 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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