Cultivating Careers Podcast
In 2011 my book Navigating Through Now What made its way into the hands of many professionals who were finding themselves at a career crossroad. As they read stories of real-life people who approached various decision points within their lives and careers, they saw themselves as well as clues on how to find both clarity and direction during this time.
Now Navigating Through Now What has come to life in the Podcasts of live interviews with people who have successfully navigated various career and life crossroads. Sit back and listen to their stories and know that as you approach your own career crossroad, you are not alone.
Susan Heegaard has always prioritized authentic and intentional networking. When stepping into a new type of leadership role as president of the Higher Education Compact, she again turned to her network for guidance and support. For her, it’s about knowing your strengths and seeking support where needed.
From the difficult decision to leave the workforce and stay home with young children to her successful return to work after 13 years at home, though the journey was at times challenging, for Kris Webert, it was the right one. Intending to return to work and successfully doing it required planning. From assembling the necessary support system, to finding the opportunity that was the right fit for her family, Webert stayed true to her initial commitment to return in a part-time capacity. With a willingness to ask [...]
From social work to advancement, Beth Halloran is no stranger to change. Through changing careers and changing industries, common themes in her career development included a values-driven approach and ability to match a need to a resource. As Chief Advancement Officer at St. Catherine University, she supports a mission she truly believes in and has the opportunity to learn from a world-class leader. Through all the change, Halloran stayed connected through intentional relationship building. When she returned to Minnesota after more than a decade away, she felt [...]
From coaching on the court at the University of Minnesota to now coaching executives in the board room, Pam Borton experienced a very public and unexpected exit from her role as head women’s basketball coach. She remained visible and resilient, relying on her work ethic to follow a new dream. Throughout the process, she stayed true to herself and trusted the process while also putting in the work to grow a business she is passionate about.
Bud and Kris Roberts found themselves managing busy and growing careers while adding young children when they realized the treadmill was moving too fast. Their growing family and a 6am wake up call forced them to momentarily step off the treadmill and implement big changes. This included a tough decision that required Bud to embrace his role as a stay-at-home-dad allowing Kris to grow and thrive in her career. Bud and Kris Roberts have been married for 25 years, managing their growing family, and ever evolving careers as a [...]
Tim McNiff Podcast Interview – Family Factors Contribute to Career Decisions and his Boomerang Career
Long-time weekend anchor and now communications consultant, Tim McNiff talks about his boomerang career and how he has repackaged himself and his experience to adapt to the marketplace.
Linda Thrasher, co-founder of Greenfield Nitrogen, discusses the common thread in a career that has been everywhere.
Former St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman discusses his transition from public service leadership to nonprofit leadership, including his desire to search out opportunity that allowed him to have a direct impact on the community. Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity was the opportunity that allowed more than just talking about big things, but also the ability to do and build big things.
Deb Pierce, former deputy assistant director of the FBI, shares her advice for navigating through what’s next in a career, including wisdom shared by a superior about the importance of selling yourself that served her both inside and outside the FBI.
Life is full of defining moments—those experiences and relationships that change the course of the future. Wife of a military veteran who later lost his battle with cancer, Karen Pavlicin-Fragnito is no stranger to adversity. With a strong sense of purpose, she pursued her calling, transitioning from marketing to build Elva Resa Publishing, where her writing serves military families of those deployed. With a focus on intentionality in where she is now and where she wants to go, Karen talks about how she maintains alignment with her [...]
The best career management strategy is being open to and creating options for yourself so that no matter what happens in your career or job you have a well thought out "Plan B". This is exactly what Leo Lewis did. Leo did not get lulled by his success as a professional football player. He always stayed curious about options which carved the path to the next stages in his career and to where he is today. About Leo: Leo E. Lewis III is currently Principal of Lewis [...]
Listen to how this successful PR agency executive and entrepreneur arranges the pieces of her career to stay focused on what she loves to do while moving from business owner through job search to corporate communications leader to the next chapter in her career. Beth shares lessons learned along each step along the way.
Careers are shaped by defining moments throughout our lives. Nancy Dahl talked with us about her career trajectory, the pivot points that shaped her path, the people that played a role, and the nuggets of advice they offered that influenced each of her career decisions along the way.
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to create, build and shape a career that not only utilizes your skills and strengths but also feeds your passion? Portfolio careers often provide that path for people. Anne Pryor talks about how her portfolio career began as a freedom plan and how it allows her to coach, connect and inspire others. Learn how she moved from a traditional career path to forging her own path with multiple branches.
Career paths are rarely a straight line, David Bruns' career is no exception. Listen to the twists and turns this well published speculative fiction author's career has taken and what ties it all together. David Bruns' profile used to be filled with buzzwords like “leadership,” “sales & .service channels,” “field operations” and “competitive differentiator.” For almost two decades, he revelled in the challenges of corporate life. He was good at his job, until, one day, it just wasn’t fun anymore.