Warren Rustand on Leading a Life of Design

What does it mean to lead a life by design? As a veteran CEO, experienced board member, former White House Appointments Secretary, and long-time mentor to young and old alike, Warren Rustand shares with readers of The Leader within Us the principles he’s abided by in his own life of purpose. Founded on lessons learned from his father working on …

Amy Downs and Her Journey of Impossible Transformation

Amy Downs was a self-described lazy, college dropout. On April 19, 1995, she was working as a credit card loan officer at the Federal Employees Credit Union located in the Alfred P Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City when she found herself buried alive, upside down, in the basement of a nine-story building. With 168 people killed and more than …

Chick-fil-A Franchisee Kevin Williams on Getting Irrational With Kindness

Kevin is a Chick-fil-A franchisee that has the rare privilege of running three restaurants in the city of Canton, GA. Kevin is a husband, father, community leader, friend, and waffle fry cook that has a passion for inspiring the next generation and providing his team with the most amazing place to work. Kevin has a drive for seeing other’s dreams …

Patrick Lencioni Discusses his Latest Book “The Motive”

Patrick Lencioni is founder and president of The Table Group, a firm dedicated to providing organizations with ideas, products and services that improve teamwork, clarity and employee engagement. Lencioni’s passion for organizations and the people who work in them is reflected in his writing, speaking and executive consulting.  He is the author of twelve best-selling books with nearly seven million …

Gaby Natale on How to Restore Our Confidence Through the Virtuous Circle

Gaby Natale is a three-time Daytime EMMY®-award winner media personality, entrepreneur, bestselling author and speaker. She is the executive producer and host of the TV show SuperLatina that airs nationwide in VME TV, a member of the PBS family. Gaby Natale is one of the few women in the entertainment industry who owns not only the rights to her TV …

How to Rebound from Pain to Passion with Coach Matt Doherty

Matt Doherty played and coached basketball at the University of North Carolina. He started on the 1982 National Championship team coached by the legendary Dean Smith while playing alongside NBA stars Michael Jordan and James Worthy. He went on to a successful career in coaching. First as an assistant coach at Davidson and then at Kansas. In 1999, he was …

Insights of Commanding a Carrier Jet Squadron with Jack Curtis

Jack Curtis is a recently retired Naval Aviator and commanding officer of an EA-18G Growler squadron.  In command, he was directly responsible and accountable for more than 200 teammates and more than $500 million in aircraft and assets while deployed onboard the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower.  He is a graduate of the University of Florida (BA) and the US Naval …

My Advice to Tom Cruise: Never Lose Your Bearing

Many have come to Tom Cruise’s defense over his emotional outburst towards his Mission Impossible 7 crew over violating COVID-19 protocols. The defense is that the stakes are too high. In reality, Tom did more damage by introducing fear & intimidation which will now cause his key stakeholders to hunker down and withdraw. Tom had every right to make things …

Amber Hurdle Cuts to the Chase With Her Velvet Machete Brand Strategy

Amber Hurdle is the CEO of Amber Hurdle Consulting, a multi-award-winning leadership and talent optimization firm that pioneers using both science and marketing principles to strengthen customers’ brands from the inside out. She helps overcome costly business problems like ineffective recruiting, turnover, underperformance, declining morale and leadership gaps by clearly connecting her clients’ people strategy to their business strategy. Amber …

Putting People Before Process & Technology with Erika Flora

Erika Flora started her career as a Microbiologist turned Program Manager and discovered a passion for improving how organizations manage the flow of work, deliver great products and services, and better serve their customers. In 2006, she founded Beyond20, a Digital Transformation consulting and training firm based on ITIL, DevOps, Agile, Lean, and other best practice frameworks. Erika works with …

Jimi Vaughn on Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion and Why it Matters for Leaders

Jimi Vaughn is a passionate and charismatic disrupter whose transformative approach to challenging biases creates high-performing teams and thriving organizations.   A trained professional in Human Resource Development, Jimi has over a decade of experience working for top global brands in the entertainment industry where he leads company-wide Diversity & Inclusion strategy.  He believes in the ethical responsibility of every decision-maker …

Bob Glazer on the Importance of Putting Principles & Values Over Issues & Rules

Bob Glazer is the founder and CEO of global partner marketing agency, Acceleration Partners. He is also the co-founder and Chairman of BrandCycle. A serial entrepreneur, Bob has a passion for helping individuals and organizations build their capacity to elevate. Under Robert’s leadership, Acceleration Partners has become a recognized global leader in the affiliate and partner marketing industry, receiving numerous …

Greg Amundson on the Spirituality Requirement of Leadership

Greg Amundson is a graduate of Western Theological Seminary (MA Ministry and Leadership) Greg Amundson is among the Nation’s forefront authorities on self-leadership and integrated wellness practices. Greg brings an electric combination of passion, credibility and real-world experience to his lectures on Yoga, CrossFit, Warrior Spirit and God’s Love. Greg’s late father, Dr. Raymond Amundson, was a Doctor of Chiropractic, …

Natalya Cappellini on Developing an Entrepreneurial Mindset

Natalya Cappellini is a start-up founder, real estate investor, TV personality, and owner of a full-service construction company called CURATO Design/Build. She is a licensed general contractor and was recently featured on HGTV’s series BUILD ME UP, and was previously on Animal Planet’s series ANIMAL CRIBS, both of which involve extensive and ambitious renovations on tight schedules for a variety …

John Mackey Explores the Vision, Virtues, & Mindset of Conscious Leadership

John Mackey, co-founder, and CEO of Whole Foods Market has led the natural and organic grocer to a $13 billion Fortune 500 company. With more than 370 stores and 80,000 Team Members in three countries, the company has been named by Fortune magazine as a “Best Company to Work For” for 16 consecutive years and the Number One Most Admired …