All posts by Karen Wilson-Starks

December 15, 2020

Happy Chanukah with Chad and Cantor Laurel Barr

The miracle of Chanukah, The Festival of Lights, lighting the darkness, and bringing hope to a hurting world is what guests Chad and Cantor Laurel Barr share on today’s podcast episode. Listen as Dr. Karen explores both the historical and current day significance of Chanukah.

Hear Chad and Laurel’s beautiful musical interlude on today’s show.

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December 10, 2020

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo: Leadership Exemplar

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo was awarded the International Academy of TV Arts and Sciences Award for his remarkable job leveraging the media to save lives during the COVID-19 pandemic. His messages were so powerful and effective that people from other states and countries also tuned-in. Listen to Dr. Karen unpack leadership lessons for leading well in a crisis. Take what you can use for your business.

December 8, 2020

Rance Allen: Calling, Purpose, and Inheritance

Gospel music icon, Rance Allen was called to preach at four years old, preached his first sermon at five, and was an interstate traveling preacher by age seven. In this podcast, Dr. Karen reflects on the life of Rance Allen and shares many business applications. She says, “There is a greater vision for you than what others may see.” Listen to this podcast to discover how to reach that vision and use your gifts to fulfill your purpose.

December 3, 2020

Business Insights: Brian Culbertson – Part 2

Brian Culbertson, smooth jazz virtuoso, has mastered the art of reinvention in this unusual pandemic season. What business reinvention lessons can executive leaders take from his musical score? In this podcast, Dr. Karen sounds out some noteworthy business reinvention strategies.

December 1, 2020

Collaboration Insights: Brian Culbertson – Part 1

Smooth Jazz musician Brian Culbertson knows the art of collaboration. What collaboration lessons can business leaders learn from his remarkable example? In this podcast, Dr. Karen spotlights profound collaboration insights we all need to consider.

November 26, 2020

Happy Thanksgiving!

Although many of us are facing challenges during this pandemic, Dr. Karen says there is still a lot for which to be thankful in this Thanksgiving holiday season. Listen to this podcast to discover how you can rise, look above your circumstances, and be thankful.

November 24, 2020

Dr. Alan Weiss, The Rock Star of Consulting

Dr. Alan Weiss is the author of over 500 articles and 60 books including his best-seller, Million Dollar Consulting. He has consulted with over 500 leading organizations including Merck, Hewlett Packard, GE, Mercedes-Benz, The New York Times, Toyota, and the Federal Reserve. Alan is also an inductee into the Professional Speaking Hall of Fame®, recipient of the National Speakers Association Council of Peers Award of Excellence, and recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award of the American Press Institute. In this interview, Dr. Karen speaks with Alan about his life experiences, his upcoming book on Legacy, and how executive business leaders can be successful today.

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November 19, 2020

Collaboration: Eddie Van Halen and Michael Jackson

Are you bringing talent to your organization that is the same as what you already have? For the most powerful collaboration impact, you want to bring in complementary talent that takes your organization to a whole new level. In this podcast, Dr. Karen shares several business and leadership lessons from Eddie Van Halen and Michael Jackson’s amazing music collaboration on Michael’s song “Beat It”. Apply these lessons to your organization and create chart topping success in your business.

November 17, 2020

Interview with Daphne Maxwell Reid from the Fresh Prince of Bel Air TV Show

Actor Daphne Maxwell Reid is best known for her role as Aunt Vivian on The Fresh Prince of Bel Air TV show starring Will Smith. Some of her other credits include starring roles on WKRP in Cincinnati, Hill Street Blues, Simon and Simon, and Frank’s Place, opposite her husband Tim Reid. Dr. Karen talks to Daphne about her experiences as a model, beauty queen, photographic artist, clothing designer, author, entrepreneur, and actor. Join Dr. Karen as she explores the beautiful tapestry of Daphne’s life experiences and extracts relevant business lessons for executive leaders.

Look for The Fresh Prince of Bel Air Reunion Show on HBO Max and The Business of Christmas on BET Plus

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November 12, 2020

Frances Hesselbein: Happy 105th Birthday!

Elegant, powerful, gracious, beautiful, and generous are some of the words Dr. Karen uses to describe leadership icon, Frances Hesselbein. In this podcast, she reflects on the remarkable life and accomplishments of this great leader and reminisces about the times when they worked together.

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