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Trish Kendall, an expert on creating enduring success and an international keynote speaker, unearths the inspirational stories of her guests as they share their journeys to enduring success with us.

If you ask her, Trish will tell you she has become the most successful person she knows.  She is proud of her career, is a trusting and trusted member of her community, and is a loving wife and devoted mother of two children. All simple measures, but far more than she ever thought she would have.

Her childhood was tortured by relentless sexual abuse, neglect, and ultimately, a crystal meth addiction that led to her near suicide at 20 years old.

But Trish climbed from the pit of despair and summited the peak of success—enduring success—by making five critical choices.

Today, she inspires others to achieve enduring success and provides a pathway there for all.

In this Choose & Become series, Trish and her guests share their insights, lessons, and wisdom as it relates to these five choices on their journeys to enduring success:

  • Make a First Choice
  • Commit to Two-Way Agreements
  • Build Trust
  • Create Community and Belonging
  • Embrace Boundless Love

Em Stroud - Comic Coach | Business Creativity, Play and Wellbeing Speaker | Co-Founder of Laugh Think Play | Host of Clowning Around Podcast | 2x TEDx Speaker | Author | Stand-up Comedian and Performer | MC

Em Stroud and I met through a mutual friend (shout-out to Nick Morgan), and my time with Em was filled with...well...wonder! You will know exactly what I mean when you listen. Our conversations range from the serious (those times when we hide who we truly are), to the mundane (the stress of being late to pick up our child), to the delightful (we're all part of a fruit salad). In short, Em is multi-dimensional, refreshing and absoluely captivating. I am so excited to share Em's unique take on life through the eyes of a mom, business woman, wife, friend, and clown (yes, clown!).

Rick Chavez - Partner Oliver Wayman, TEDx Speaker, Musician, Entrepreneur and Consultant

Rick and I shared the TEDx Walden Pond experience together. But before then, he and I had connected over our origin stories. Two very different stories, but grounded in family and love. I experienced that love later, through my sister, and then ultimately my own family, but Rick experienced it from childhood and then carried in to his family and professional world.

In this interview he shares the strength of family, the choice to embrace unbearable grief, and the language of commitment which centers him, and his professional teams and clients, as they grow together.

Tim Washer - TEDx Speaker, Comedy Writer, Host/Emcee, Keynote Speaker, Consultant

What a delight to spend this time with Tim Washer to get his unique take on the intersection of comedy - particularly improv - and life. As you'll learn in his intro, Tim has studied improv and comedy writing with some of the very best (Amy Poehler and Colbert Report sound familiar?!), and has worked for some of the top comedy shows in the business. Tim has figured out how to marry what he loves to do (comedy) with what he is great at doing (keynote speaking and consulting). The way I like to think about Tim is he takes the art and science of improv and standup to create better business performance.

Tim and I originally met as fellow speakers for TEDx Walden Pond. There was an instant connection between us with our shared perspectives of building trust and community through authenticity, humility and, yes, showing love! I am excited to share our conversation, and Tim's wisdom and humor with my community.

Corinne Hancock Scott, International Keynote Speaker, TEDx Speaker, Cultural Anthropologist, Leadership Chaos Coach, Humanitarian and Entrepreneur

As you'll discover along this interview, and (spoiler alert!) particularly at the end, it's difficult to put Corinne's professional life into any one category. Suffice it to say Corinne is an expert in Thriving in Chaos, and is truly on a mission to make the world a better place!

Corinne and I had the opportunity to really create and nurture an intimate connection as we were together as fellow speakers for TEDx Walden Pond. I am so happy to be able to share Corinne's empowering, unique and inspiring journey with my community!

Eric McNulty, Crisis and Change Leadership, Harvard Educator, Speaker, Author, and Mentor

Eric and I met a couple of years ago but really connected last fall while we were both speakers at TEDx Walden Pond. His talk on our collective superpower as human beings of building community resonated strongly with me, and I couldn't wait to have him as part of my interview series.

While I refer to Eric as a leadership "expert", Eric considers himself to be a "intensive student in leadership" since there is always more to learn.

Dr. Rebecca Heiss lives by the notion that fear and stress can be powerful signals to help guide our lives. In her typical fearLESS fashion, Rebecca takes us on her journey to enduring success through these five critical choices.

An international keynote speaker, acclaimed author, stress physiologist, CEO/founder of her own company, (AND an ornithologist with published research on the black crow), Rebecca is a living embodiment of embracing life's twists and turns to live fully and fearLESSly.

I am honored to have Imran Qureshi as my guest for Episode One. Imran exudes enduring success—a devoted husband and proud father, an incredibly successful business leader, and an inspiring community leader. Imran lives his purpose, intentionally, each day.

Corinne Hancock Scott, International Keynote Speaker, TEDx Speaker, Cultural Anthropologist, Leadership Chaos Coach, Humanitarian and Entrepreneur

As you'll discover along this interview, and (spoiler alert!) particularly at the end, it's difficult to put Corinne's professional life into any one category. Suffice it to say Corinne is an expert in Thriving in Chaos, and is truly on a mission to make the world a better place!

Corinne and I had the opportunity to really create and nurture an intimate connection as we were together as fellow speakers for TEDx Walden Pond. I am so happy to be able to share Corinne's empowering, unique and inspiring journey with my community!

Today is a special one because I'm thrilled to have my friend and guest, Ryan Skinner, with us. A brief intro: Ryan is a top financial advisor at Apex Retirement Services, a development coach empowering men, and the mastermind behind the podcast "Cracking the Code."

Twenty years ago, or so, finding my seat on a plane home from a business trip, I made eye contact with a woman who I should have known all my life—but had just met months before this trip. Mary Dillon. We beamed, she gave up her aisle seat to sit next to me, and our plane conversation turned into nurturing an enduring relationship. Watch (I think you have to watch!) this episode and learn more about how Mary created enduring success and fuels the success of those around her.

Trish interviews Lex Moschakis, founder and CEO of Live Big, a company that works with teenage girls on building confidence, resilience, and self-leadership skills.

Lex shares how she discovered her passion for empowering young women to be leaders in their own lives. We have an inspiring conversation about making choices that serve you, finding your purpose and living big.

Shirisha Avadhanula, MD, serves as Medical Director for inpatient virtual health for the Cleveland Clinic Enterprise. She is an associate Staff Endocrinologist at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio. She is also a Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine.

Dr. Avadhanula is a published journal author, medical contributor to US News and World Report, and has been featured in several media outlets including Insider Magazine, Health Magazine and ABC news. She completed her fellowship training at Georgetown University Hospital. She earned an additional Academic and Research Fellowship at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and continues to be involved in ongoing clinical research at the NIH.

Dr. Avadhanula is also the co-founder and CEO of Whitecoatremote.com and senior consultant for Dr.A1c.com.

Martin G Moore—you can call him Marty—is the No Bullsh!t Leader.

Marty isn’t a theorist—everything he’s learned has been through his personal experience and performance in the trenches. A university law school dropout, he worked his way up to hold corporate executive positions in Strategy, Technology, Finance, and Sales & Marketing.

As CEO of multi-billion dollar company, CS Energy, he drove remarkable performance turnaround, growing EBIDTA from $17 million to $441 million in just 5 years. This 125% compound annual growth rate in earnings is virtually unheard of.

In 2018, he created Your CEO Mentor, the business he founded with his daughter, Emma Green. Since then, his direct, cut-through approach has made No Bullsh!t Leadership one of the top leadership podcasts globally, with over 4 million downloads in 150+ countries, and his book debuted at #2 on the Wall Street Journal bestseller list.

His sole purpose is to improve the quality of leaders globally.

If Marty is the No Bullsh!t Leader, you might ask, hey Trish, you talk about and explore love (!) how the heck do these go together. Oh, they do!

I was honored to spend this time with Marty. Marty’s perspective on creating enduring success, his stance on the “accumulation of choices” and his vivid and open examples of the five-choices across his life—and yes, giving and receiving love—enthralls, enlightens, and inspires.

Jeri Dawn Martel, VP of Growth & Development for Seattle Sutton’s Healthy Eating

In today’s episode I spotlight an incredible woman and leader of leaders, Jeri Dawn Martel. Jeri Dawn and I worked together for a number of years at Jenny Craig, and I remember so vividly how Jeri Dawn inspires and empowers leaders to then inspire and empower their leaders, who then inspire and empower their individual customer.

In a direct-to-consumer environment, especially with something as personal as weight loss and management, the ability to inspire those around you to take action and transform lives, is critical to the success of the business and most importantly the success of the customer.

Join me as I explore with Jeri Dawn what creating enduring success means to her, and her journey to achieve it.

Sandy Hahn

Sandy Hahn is a loving husband and devoted father of three grown children. Fall of 2019 (just after his youngest daughter started her Freshman year of college), Sandy was diagnosed with an incurable disease called MSA (Multiple System Atrophy).

Sandy takes us on his journey from the abyss of reckoning with this devastating diagnosis to his enduring success.

I am inspired by Sandy’s story of creating enduring success by making the deliberate choice every day to live with purpose, hope and love.

Ericia Antoine, Assistant Vice President, Corporate Engagement & Special Events, Volunteers of America - Greater New York

Ericia is a leader in the nonprofit sector, an entrepreneur, and an inspiration to young women around the world.

Ericia listens more than she speaks. She puts others before herself. She is a quiet force, solidly braced for any storm that may threaten her loved ones.

She speaks of her childhood village—her community and home—with reverence. I’m filled with joy and a twang of loving envy, when she speaks of her mother, her grandmother and her great-grandmother.

“I can't speak about myself without telling the biggest part of myself, which is I'm an immigrant. I was born on a little island. Surrounded by family and friends. But I didn't have that many resources. But what I had was an abundance of love and community.”

Becky Bunnell

I would not have met Becky had I not launched Choose & Become.

And it could be, for that reason alone, that I was meant to. I can barely write a summary here without feeling the overwhelming love and gratitude of the impact she has already made on me. I want to share her with everyone I know--her message of love, her connection with horses, and the community and sense of belonging she creates for those around her.

Becky, one day, I will get back on a horse to ride on a trail next to you, with the sun sneaking through the trees,  embracing "the one thing".

Mary Grace Geise

As my community knows, one of my missions is to inspire young women to create enduring success.  
Did the tables ever turn in this interview, as I found myself so inspired and overwhelmed by the wisdom of this 22-year-old!  I want to bottle up Mary Grace's authenticity and vulnerability and share it with my daughter and everyone I know.  

Enjoy this refreshing conversation with Mary Grace Geise (who as a bonus also happens to be the daughter of one of my best friends and my business partner, Jennie Geise!)

Brad Nations, Chief Commercial Officer at FOLX Health.

Brad is a rock-star health tech advisor who has been instrumental in the growth an  successful transactions of several health care companies. But . . . that is just one component of Brad.  He is all-encompassing--a faithful husband, proud and supportive father, dedicated philanthropist, avid cyclist, active community member and more.

Brad is such an understated guy. He shares stories, insights and wisdom in a "best friend next door" way.  My absolute favorite part of this interview is when we explore community and belonging and boundless love.  Two choices that Brad clearly embraces each day.

Brad, my friend, thank you for sharing your journey to enduring success.

Brenda Schmidt

I had the pleasure of working with Brenda Schmidt 8 years ago as she was founding one of her business ventures.

In this interview, Brenda and I reconnect to share Brenda's wisdom and experience as an innovation leader, entrepreneur, mentor, wife, mother and friend.

Brenda's mission is to create and support impactful initiatives that improve the quality, accessibility, and affordability of care. After listening to this podcast, I think you'll agree that Brenda accomplishes this mission and so much more to truly inspire the growth of others and improve the world around her.

Carlie Corrigan

Carlie Corrigan M.S., Director of Student-Athlete Development, Fresno State Athletics and former Women’s D1 Basketball Student-Athlete.

I was introduced to Carlie by a Fresno State student-athlete, an equestrian rider, who said we must meet! Because of that introduction, I was lucky to collaborate a little bit with Carlie as she developed Fresno State Athletics’ Bulldog Built Student-Athlete Development Program (supporting student-athletes in character formation, professional development, and community engagement). I got to learn Carlie’s view on success (enduring success!) and observe her commitment to elevating the success of those around her.

I’m excited to share Carlie’s voice, lessons, and experiences to inspire your journey to enduring success.

“You have the power to make your life anything you want it to be.”

Merideth Harrington

Merideth Harrington describes herself as a Resilient Leader, Tech Geek, Marketing & Sales Strategist, and is the Global Director of Digital Partnership Growth at Les Mills International.

I was lucky enough to work with Merideth almost 10 years ago as she and I led our companies in building a strategic alliance to grow both of our businesses. I can say with absolute certainty that Merideth is everything she says she is and oh, so much more!

Listen along as Merideth shares her beliefs about always being a student, the importance of how we make others feel ("bigger than anything else you're going to do in your life!"), and focusing more on relationships and less on fitting in.

I think you'll be inspired by Merideth's positivity, curiosity, energy, warmth and enthusiasm for her own journey to enduring success, which includes lifting others up along the way.

Mo Bunnell

I asked Mo to join me for this interview as Mo, the Man! I can't distinguish 'Mo the CEO', from Mo the husband, father, son, pet-lover, community leader and mentor. Across all aspects of his life, he embodies the traits that inspire and motivate: Trust, empathy, determination, forgiveness, energy and boundless love. He has defined and created his enduring success; and fuels the success of those around him.

Thank you, Mo.

Christina Kay Russell, Franchise-CEO

"I'm on Sabbatical . . . Change My Mind!" Probably my favorite LinkedIn profile!

Christina is so impressive, insightful and caring, and just a powerhouse individual (and executive) that relays her lessons and wisdom in such a subtle, inviting way. Her journey to enduring success began with real-life lessons from her hard-working mom, who raised two children on her own. Christina learned, early in life, the value of hard-work, perseverance, and taking risks.

"There's as much risk in not taking risk as there is in taking risk."

I would follow Christina anywhere!

Nicole Wiggins, Chief Diversity Officer at Navistar, a large manufacturing company based out of the Chicagoland area.

Nicole has been married to her husband, Julian for over 20 years, and has two amazing children who fill her cup - "everyone says their kids are amazing, but mine are really amazing!"

Nicole is so refreshing and fun to talk with, and even manages to skillfully turn the tables a few times to have me answer her questions! Nicole's 25+ year career at Navistar has been a journey in and of itself, and provides a rich and thought-provoking backdrop for our interview questions.

An Executive Vice President, Aashika works in client strategy and relationship development for CCS Fundraising, a fundraising solutions firm, helping nonprofits raise more money for greater mission impact.

"I joined as an associate in our entry-level role and have built a career here that really gives me a sense of meaning and purpose. I'm just so grateful to my colleagues, my nonprofit clients, and people like you for really helping that journey come together."

I'm on a total mission to inspire younger leaders, or even more so younger women, to believe that they can create enduring success. And I can't think of a better way than to get Aashika's perspective on her journey to enduring success within these five critical choices.

Abby Rosado

The idea for this interview series, and corresponding workshops, came from my conversations with Abby early on. Learning abut her journey motivated me to learn more about others, and to share those lessons and insights around the world.

Abby has given me her love for the last 10 years. I am so very grateful to share a little bit of Abby with my community and the people who I inspire to create their own journeys to enduring success.