Noah Healy: Recreational Mathematician, Data Scientist, Software Developer (E.022)

podcast Sep 02, 2022

Noah Healy is a data scientist, software developer, and recreational mathematician from Charlottesville. In high school, Noah excelled in math and studied Nuclear Engineering at the University of Virginia. After college, amid the dot-com bubble, he taught himself about algorithmic construction and computers. Over the years, Noah has worked at various startups and video game companies as a data scientist and software programmer. 

0:45 High school and college 

3:27 Engineering Degree
4:36 First job as a programmer 

9:57 Reading and self-teaching 

12:36 Various jobs 

14:12 Data analytics and data science 

17:12 Gaps, challenges, poor infrastructure 

21:20 Advice
23:45 Recreational mathematician


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Michelle Baker’s Adventure: Financial Services, Disney Cruise Line & Disney Institute Operations (E.021)

podcast Aug 16, 2022
In this episode, you get to meet Michelle Baker. Michelle started with a financial services company, but after 7 years it went out of business. It was after that that she feels that she was in the right place at the right time while exploring a job with Disney. Her career was launched as an operations manager with Disney Cruise Line, despite it being everything she didn’t think she was looking for. Michelle spent 17 years with The Walt Disney Company, including working as Director for Disney Institute.
Michelle gives us insight into the diverse careers that exist within a company like Disney, including what it is like leading people while at sea. She also shares the conversation with her son that lead to closing the chapter on her time at Disney and launching Stoneledge Enrichment. Now Michelle and her son AJ help develop aligned leaders that people want to work for so that jobs become careers again.
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Mike Hahn’s Adventure: Community Development, Entrepreneurship Counseling, Small Business Development (E.020)

podcast Aug 03, 2022

In this episode, I get to introduce you to someone I met quite a few years back when I was initially exploring entrepreneurship and had the idea of publishing a travel magazine.  Mike Hahn was working with small businesses at the University of Northern Iowa, and he helped me see that was not something I should pursue.

Mike is unusual as he knew as a teenager that he wanted to work with businesses and communities, and he has made a career in that work in Iowa, North Dakota, and Minnesota.

He talks in the podcast about how building durable skills and relationships are key to success, plus as he has seen in his work, don’t be afraid to try things and fail.

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Tim Schurrer’s Adventure: Singer/ Songwriter, Talent Management, Operations Officer, Author (E.019)

podcast Aug 01, 2022

In this episode, you get to know Tim Schurrer. Tim began his Career Adventure thinking he would be the next John Mayer but realized that singing and songwriting were not what he was wired to do. It turns out logistics and operations were the work that fit him.

In his journey, he discovered that he needed to redefine success and fame, and that success lay in giving assistance to those around him, and choosing a lifestyle over title and company brand was what he needed.

I was drawn to Tim through his work with Don Miller and Story Brand, a program I have been involved in for a number of years, and when I heard a recent interview with Tim on a podcast I had to connect with him.

His book The Secret Society of Success showcases the unsung heroes behind many famous brands and names that would not be what they are now if it wasn’t for them. 

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Daniel Alfon’s Adventure: Competitive Business Intelligence Specialist, LinkedIn Trainer, Speaker (E.018)

podcast Jul 15, 2022

In this episode, you get to meet Daniel Alfon. He followed a past from believing he would be a judge in the legal system but then found that helping people go from point A to point B.  He saw that was the work he was wired to do, and that led to building a career in training.  Today he is an expert in helping people make the most of their Linkedin profile to help their careers and professions.

Daniel was drawn to LinkedIn during his career in business intelligence as he was investigating people to connect to within different companies around the globe.  LinkedIn cut the amount of time it took to find and connect with people for the sales role he had with the company he worked for.

He now trains people to better leverage their profile on the platform, not as a digital resume, but as a personal website to convert the reader to connect with you.

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Jody Maberry’s Adventure: Financial Analyst, Park Ranger, Podcast Entrepreneur (E.017)

podcast Jul 07, 2022

In this episode, you get to meet someone who, unknowingly, connected me to so many people that have had a big impact on my work and how I have found purpose. 

Jody Maberry began his career as a Financial Analyst then went to work for the National Park Service and ended up hosting and producing podcasts for former Disney Parks leaders and has interviewed countless entrepreneurs.

He unpacks how an opportunity was created after interviewing former VP of Disney World Lee Cockerell turned into a whole new career for him, and how the COVID-19 Pandemic opened up more doors for Jody and his clients.  But you may be surprised he still aspires to be back as a leader in a park service.

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Lauren Johnson’s Adventure: College Soccer, Sports Psychology, Mental Performance Coach (E.016)

podcast Jun 26, 2022

In this episode, you get to meet Lauren Johnson. I met Lauren at the Brand You Live event in Denver, Colorado in April 2022 through Mike Kim.  

Lauren thought she would get into Physical Therapy coming out of high school. Still, when a career-ending soccer injury happened, gaining her fifth concussion,  she discovered that the body is not the only thing that needs therapy after an injury.  The mental health challenges around athletic injuries can be challenging for athletes to recover from.

She prided herself on executing the right things as a player and takes that mentality into her profession. The characteristics that made her a good soccer player: work ethic, attention to detail, and ability to learn at a high level translate very well to the real world.

Those traits took her to the New York Yankees as a mental performance coach before she launched into leading her own company.

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Bari Richter’s Adventure: Casino Management, Sign Business Owner and an Ultimate Connector (E.015)

podcast Jun 21, 2022

In this episode, I get to introduce you to someone who has been key in expanding the network of people I know, Bari Richter. Bari had aspirations for vet school but found that the academic path wasn’t for her, but on her way to finding her sweet spot in helping business owners, she studied psychology and business.

In that Career Adventure, she found the traits she looked for in hiring people was an overall good attitude, but they needed to be willing to learn, contribute and be a team player.  If that was the case, they would be successful under her leadership.

We learn about her path into the Casino business and out of it, that is when she found where she is supposed to be, and it includes networking for others, not just for herself.

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Tara McFarland’s Adventure: Civil Engineer, Geological Engineering, Dam Engineer

podcast Jun 13, 2022

In this episode, we talk to a former engineer now turned coach, that found her way to helping others now after having some great experiences in a very technical profession. However, she learned that technical skills do not prepare you for leadership roles as you climb the company ladder.

We will listen to Tara’s account of how others had plans and ideas for her life that she followed. From being told to be an engineer because she was good at math and the path that took.

She did find purpose in her work overseeing many Dams in the western part of the US, but she wondered if she was an imposter or fraud when she was placed in some roles.  She had to act qualified to do them, not for others, but for herself.

A feeling that many of us tend to have in our professions.

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Alvin Cowan’s Adventure: Ivy League QB, Actor, Writer, Producer

podcast Jun 06, 2022

Meet Alvin Cowan is the guest on this episode, and it was great to meet him through a mutual connection and to hear his Career Adventure from being a quarterback at Yale and not wanting to follow the “usual’ path of those alumni to work on Wall Street or for a U.S. Senator. He still had NFL aspirations, but that didn’t pan out for him.

That took him to Romania and Eastern Europe where he discovered an interest in show producing through some questionable business practices that sent him to California to pursue acting, although he had no previous experience.

Once he was able to take off the “armor” his acting coach told him he had, he found some traction in that work and even shot a scene in the Clint Eastwood movie American Sniper with Bradley Cooper.

As with football, he found acting was a passion he had, but he found a real purpose in the work behind the camera in the writer's room.  

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