Category Archives: Dr. Karen’s Podcast Guests

July 16, 2024

Deke Copenhaver: Former Mayor of Augusta, Georgia on Leadership That Transcends Polarization (Episode # 485)

Deke Copenhaver served as Mayor of Augusta, Georgia from 2005 through 2014.  As mayor he helped recruit over $1 billion in investment in the local economy and created thousands of jobs by building on the strengths of Augusta’s diverse labor force and bringing in major employers such as Automatic Data Processing, T-Mobile, Starbucks, and Unisys. Among many other awards and honors, Deke has on seven occasions been recognized as one of Georgia Trend Magazine’s “100 Most Influential Georgians”.

As Principal of Copenhaver Consulting, LLC, a niche consulting firm in Augusta, Georgia, Deke serves the needs of businesses, nonprofits, and local governments. He is the author of the Forbes Books Amazon #1 bestseller “The Changemaker: the Art of Building Better Leaders” and he hosts “The Changemaker” podcast.

As a Founding Partner of Starts With Us, a newly established national nonprofit, Deke inspires a movement to foster the daily habits of curiosity, compassion, and courage.

Today he speaks with Dr. Karen about how to use listening, curiosity, positive grass roots leadership, and Christian values to create powerful communities that transcend polarization, blind tribalism, and dehumanization.

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June 25, 2024

Dr. Cedric Williams: How to Bring Values, Respect, and Collaboration to DEI Work (Episode # 482)

Dr. Cedric Williams is the founder and CEO of Legacy Consulting and Research Group. He and his group provide leader development models and services to help individuals, teams, and organizations to thrive. As a licensed clinical and consulting psychologist, Dr. Williams integrates psychology for the benefit of executives and leaders in Fortune 100 companies.

Dr. Williams’ research interests include multicultural humility and competence, occupational thriving, and leadership. His positive and fresh perspective on DEI work with first responders, including the police, mobilizes organizational strengths and mutual learning to co-create the best approaches forward.  He has also served on the executive board of the American Psychological Association’s Society of Consulting Psychology as the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) chairperson.

In addition, for 22 years as an active duty and reserve United States Army soldier and officer, he served soldiers and their families. In his book “Brick by Brick: Becoming a Clinical and Consulting Psychologist,” Dr. Williams says, “We don’t just stumble upon careers and lives that fulfill us, we build them brick by brick.”

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June 11, 2024

Pastor Troy Gramling: How To Reach Your God Potential and Purpose (Episode # 480)

Pastor Troy Gramling has led South Florida based Potential Church for over two decades. Through his leadership the Church has experienced remarkable growth and blossomed into a vibrant congregation of over 20,000 members in the United States and Latin America. Pastor Troy has an unwavering commitment to his vision to partner with people to reach their God potential.

Before answering his pastoral calling, Pastor Troy honed his skills as a college basketball player and later as a coach, where he sharpened the values of teamwork, discipline, and dedication, that he now imparts to his congregation.

The author of the book, “Potential: The Uncontainable Power of God Within You,” Pastor Troy is known for his creative, innovative, and unconventional teaching methods that reach people from all backgrounds.

Today, in his conversation with Dr. Karen, Pastor Troy shares examples relevant for executive business leaders on how to move past fear to creativity, how to lead and live with authenticity and vulnerability to best develop others, and how to think at least three generations ahead to create lasting legacy.

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May 28, 2024

Rick Gang, CEO and Co-Founder of Holistic HomeCare Associates: Reinvent Your Business and Industry (Episode # 478)

Rick Gang is the CEO and co-founder of Holistic HomeCare Associates based in Riverdale, New York. Fueled by the chaos of trying to hunt down top-notch caregivers in the jungle of traditional home care agencies, Holistic reinvented home care. They make hiring a breeze, the family the boss, and weave ethical and compassionate high quality into every fiber of the process.

As a seasoned home care expert with nearly four decades of experience in home care management, Rick speaks with Dr. Karen about his business growth and learning journey through change, innovation, agility, flexibility, and reinvention. He also shares how he uses technology and outside advisement to bring the best solutions to his clients and exponential growth and profitability to his company.

Listen today to hear how Rick ensures he and his team meet every client with white-glove service, deep understanding of the home care landscape, kindness, and a smile. Use these same executive leadership insights for accelerated success and profitability in your business.

Contact Rick Gang at (646-240-4888)

May 14, 2024

Susan Ireland: The Journey from Boeing to Start-Up to Her Own Business (Episode # 476)

Susan Ireland spent 30 years in business operations leadership roles at The Boeing Company. She was on the original leadership team that built and established a new digital aviation business for Boeing Commercial Airplanes. After Boeing, Susan played a strategic role in a start-up company that developed, manufactured, and installed hydrogen systems on diesel engines.

Now, as co-founder of Seasons Leadership, a professional coaching and services business, she and her business partner, Debbie Collard, leverage and share the lessons they learned from both complex global organizations and small technology start-ups. Their objective is to make leadership excellence the worldwide standard.

Susan holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from the University of Washington and a Master of Science in Management from Antioch University. She is an alumna of the International Executive Programme at Insead University in France and the Executive Leadership Program at Seattle University.

Today Susan speaks with Dr. Karen about how to use business operations systems to manage your business, career progression for women in male-dominated fields, and how to use your values to take charge of your career.

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April 23, 2024

Dr. Randy Ross: How to Create a Remarkable Life and Business (Episode # 473)

Dr. Randy Ross is the CEO of Remarkable and a bestselling author of multiple books, including “Remarkable!,” “Roadmap to Remarkable!,” “Relationomics,” “Fireproof Happiness,” and his latest book entitled, “Make Life Good.”

Working with brands like Delta, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services, GE Appliances, McDonald’s, Panasonic, Cox Communications, Keller Williams, Compass Group, Chick-fil-A, and the Intercontinental Hotel Group, he has inspired and enabled countless people to find new passion and purpose in their work, to work better together in teams, and have greater influence and impact.

Dr. Ross, a former Chief People Officer says, when people like what they do, they do it better. Today, he speaks with Dr. Karen about how to live a “conspicuously extraordinary” life, how to create a Remarkable corporate culture, the connection between employee experience and customer experience, the role of hope in creating a happy culture and profitable business, the four maxims of value creation, and more. Listen for practical wisdom you can apply in your business today.

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April 9, 2024

Neal Frick, CEO of CyberCore Technologies: The ROI for Empathy in Corporate Businesses (Episode # 471)

Neal Frick, the CEO of CyberCore Technologies, a government contractor that specializes in secure IT infrastructure and supply chain management, leads his company with empathy and compassion. Neal’s business results include restructuring and reducing overhead by 2.5 million, tripling headcount and revenue within 2 years, and reducing attrition from 35% to 8% within 12 months.

The author of the book, “The E Suite: Empathetic Leadership for the Next Generation of Executives,” with co-author Tina Kuhn, Neal grounds his approach to leadership in the power of empathy and investment in people, a methodology he learned from his father who is a General Contractor in the Insulating business. With previous corporate and government contracting roles, Neal has seen Empathy leadership produce successful and profitable businesses in other sectors. His father’s leadership instilled a lifelong conviction that investing in people leads to inevitable profits.

Today Neal speaks with Dr. Karen about employee hiring and retention, responsible downsizing, leading millennials and Gen Z, the role of diversity for business success and innovation, and how to protect yourself in a cyber and AI environment.

With insights sharpened in the crucible of personal experience and professional success, Neal is on a mission to build a community of empathetic leaders.
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April 2, 2024

Corporate Painting Reveal with Louis Parsons on TRANSLEADERSHIP’s 29th Birthday (Episode # 470)

Dr. Karen, the President and CEO of TRANSLEADERSHIP, INC. celebrates the 29th birthday of her company with a new painting by Cheltenham, UK-based artist, Louis Parsons. They take you behind the scenes to experience the collaborative process to co-create a commissioned art piece through Parsons’ unique SoulScaping approach.

Through his talks, workshops, and art, Parsons unlocks the emerging art movement he terms “The Soul Renaissance and our ability to see the unique symphony of light that resides inside all of us. He brings simplicity and clarity to empower his audience to find greater energy in their lives.

Louis’ art commissions reside all over the world including with celebrities, world-class surfing athletes, and leading-edge philosophers such as Karren Brady, Tom Curren, and Ken Wilber, and now also with TRANSLEADERSHIP, INC. For the last nine years, he has been the Guest Artist for The Four Seasons, Kuda Huraa, Maldives, and Four Seasons Serengeti. One of his favorite achievements is having one of his artwork pieces auctioned for charity, raising £120,000.

Louis seeks inspiration from all the color and vibrancy in the waves when he surfs and scuba dives. Join Louis and Dr. Karen as they talk about how a corporate painting can clarify and reinforce corporate values and culture.

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March 25, 2024

Rebekah Simon-Peter: The Encounter and Call With the Miraculous Jewish Jesus (Episode # 469)

Rebekah Simon-Peter is passionate about reconnecting spiritual leaders with their God-given powers to co-create miracles with the divine.  Her award-winning group coaching program, “Creating a Culture of Renewal® has energized church leaders across the country to reclaim their calling and to grow their ministries.

Educated in Theology and Environmental studies and previously serving as an ordained United Methodist Pastor, Rebekah is uniquely prepared for her current consulting role to grow the Green Church.

The author of many books to include “Forging a New Path: Moving the Church Forward in a Post-Pandemic World,” “Dream Like Jesus®,” “The Jew Named Jesus,” and “Green Church,” her newest book, due out later this year is an invitation to a transformational journey from discipleship to apostleship where believers co-create miracles with Jesus.

Listen today as Rebekah speaks with Dr. Karen about how to bring out the best in the people who frustrate you the most, the multi-dimensional meaning of the sustainable green church, how to cultivate a miracle-making mindset, Five surprising elements of Jesus-like dreams, her personal testimony about discovering the Jewish Jesus, her journey and lessons from addiction, how to create a culture of renewal, and more.

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March 12, 2024

Ame-Lia Tamburrini: Beyond Tolerance and DEI to Create a Culture of Belonging (Episode # 467)

Ame-Lia Tamburrini is the founder and CEO of Hum Consulting based in British Columbia, Canada. She moves organizations and communities beyond diversity, equity, and inclusion into cultures of belonging.

Her clients include non-profits, corporations, those in government and education sectors, and rural, remote, and Indigenous communities. Ame-Lia holds a Master of Science In Epidemiology, a BSc in Kinesiology and she is a certified facilitator of restorative justice, circle dialogue, and trauma-informed practices.

Today she speaks with Dr. Karen about cultures of belonging, self-knowledge and understanding, vulnerability, the value of feminine leadership for all genders, and the lessons she learned from her cancer journey.

Reach Ame-Lia at her website or on LinkedIn or YouTube. E-mail Ame-Lia at