December 12, 2023

“Built to Beat Chaos” with Gary Harpst (Episode # 454)

Gary Harpst is the CEO of LeadFirst where he develops powerful business and faith intersections for Christian executives in fast growing entrepreneurial companies. Now in his fifth decade as a CEO, Gary brings wisdom and experience to create organizational agility, and whole business, whole person health strategies for kingdom impact businesses.

An entrepreneur himself, Gary founded three successful businesses, one of which merged and was sold to Microsoft. He has authored three impactful books, the latest of which is, “Built to Beat Chaos.” Gary makes the Biblical case that we are all created to overcome chaos. He says, “Chaos is not our problem, but our purpose.”

In today’s episode Gary speaks with Dr. Karen about how to successfully lead a business by Christian principles, purpose, and values. He shares numerous examples of the benefit to people even when the people have different beliefs.

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December 5, 2023

Give Cheerfully (Episode # 453)

This is the season to exercise our leadership in giving to others. God loves a cheerful giver. Since we have freely received from God, we can freely give of our time, talent, and treasure to benefit our near and far neighbors. In this episode, Dr. Karen shares an update on Sebastian and his fight against MEC and she celebrates non-profit ministry partners. Dr. Karen also shares some insights on the spirit of giving.

This year, lead the way to generosity in your company and community.

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November 28, 2023

Testimony of God’s Redemption with Ron McMillon, Gospel Jazz Saxophonist (Episode # 452)

When Jacob’s son Joseph dreamed of the sun, moon, and stars bowing down to him he could not have imagined God’s path to the fulfillment of that prophetic dream. Likewise, God gave a vision to top 30 Billboard recording artist and gospel jazz saxophonist Ron McMillon. In Ron’s vision, he saw himself with a saxophone in one hand and a Bible in the other. Even in fiery trials and darkness when the vision seemed far away, God was still on the throne preserving Ron’s life and working all things out for his good.

Have you ever wondered if your mistakes are too great for God to manifest His gifts and calling in your life or to redeem you? Join Dr. Karen today as Ron McMillon shares words of hope, healing, and recovery in his testimony. God is brighter than the darkness and bigger than any problem. He will get the glory and honor from our lives even when we take wrong turns.

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November 21, 2023

Happy Thanksgiving (Episode # 451)

Although it has been a difficult year in many respects, there is still a lot for which to be thankful. Let’s be thankful for family, friends, food, shelter, clothing, our lives, and the measure of health we enjoy. As a marketplace ministry leader what else can you do to support your organization, team members, local community, and worldwide community? In this episode, Dr. Karen shares her additional words of gratitude and encouragement.

Have a Happy and Blessed Thanksgiving!

November 14, 2023

“Press Toward the Mark” with Gospel Jazz Saxophonist Ron McMillon (Episode # 450)

Ron McMillon is a gospel smooth jazz saxophonist and recording artist. Charting on the Top 30 Billboard in the music industry, his music is played on the Music Choice TV Channel and on radio worldwide, including Sirius XM Radio where he is known as Mr. Jazz Watercolors. He has also had the privilege to play alongside very high profile artists in the Gospel/Smooth Jazz genre.

A Colorado native who studied music at the collegiate level, Ron’s sincere passion for music ministry and his love for God are the foundation for ALL of his successes in the music industry. Listen today to hear five of his songs and to apply his words of wisdom from God about the role of patience, diligence, and hard work as you “Press Toward the Mark” of God’s high calling.

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November 7, 2023

Listen to Understand and Appreciate Others (Episode # 449)

In our diverse world and workplaces, we have the opportunity to listen to the perspectives and beliefs of others from different backgrounds and experiences. Dr. Karen contends that when done respectfully, such listening increases appreciation for one another and the ability to live together in peace.

Having just returned from the 2nd annual fundraising gala of Solid Rock Community Development Corporation, Dr. Karen also shares her takeaways from this event featuring the Southeast Colorado Springs community transformation work of Pastors Ben and Wanda Anderson.

Congratulations to the first Black mayor of Colorado Springs, the Honorable Mayor Yemi Mobolade, a Nigerian-American and to Dr. Wendy Birhanzel of Harrison School District 2, the Colorado School Superintendent of the year. Keynote speaker, Khadija Katherine Haynes, President and CEO of K-Solutions LLC in Denver delivered an amazing message about how to see opportunity.

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October 31, 2023

When Darkness Masquerades as Light (Episode # 448)

Satan seeks to kill, steal, and destroy God’s people. How does Satan disguise himself and what does that have to do with Halloween? What about those who knowingly and unknowingly engage in satanic practices throughout the year? What are the implications for corporate executives who are the light of Christ in their workplaces? In this episode, Dr. Karen sheds light on this important life and death topic of how Satan causes darkness to masquerade as light.

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October 24, 2023

Soar Into Joy: Interview with Loree Draude (Episode # 447)

Executive leaders and combat pilots both scan the “battlefield” for new strategic opportunities. In both warfare and business mission advancement, success comes from the skillful execution of strengths and talents. Returning guest Loree Draude shares how recent life events prompted her to seize new creative opportunities in a different location.

Loree Draude was one of the first women in the Navy to fly combat jets. She deployed twice to the Persian Gulf, accumulating over 300 carrier landings and 1600 flight hours. After completing her naval service, Loree led product, marketing, and operations teams at start-ups and tech companies, including Google and Meta. A proven leader and entrepreneur, she now advises and coaches executives and founders on how to improve their leadership.

Loree is the author of a new book, “Soar Into Joy: A Combat Pilot’s Wisdom on Living a Fulfilling Life” and star of the sold out and award winning one woman Off Broadway show “I Feel the Need.” Listen today as Loree speaks with Dr. Karen about how to soar joyfully into new professional and personal pursuits.

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October 17, 2023

The Dells: A Portrait of Success Through Collaboration and Persistence (Episode # 446)

What does a 1950s R&B doo wop group have in common with executive business leadership? How does friendship, collaboration, and adaptability contribute to the longevity and success of an organization? What specific qualities are essential to the growth and success of your business?

In today’s episode Dr. Karen shares how the R&B group The Dells achieved over 50 years of success through commitment to their craft, resilience, versatility, teamwork, and creativity. She also explains how commitment and well-timed partnerships contribute to the overall success of your organization.

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October 10, 2023

Globalization: Supply Chain and Beyond: Interview with Patrick Daly (Episode # 445)

How do current global conditions influence and reshape the strategies that companies employ to manage their supply chain networks? How does disruption in the supply chain impact the movement of goods and services? When do businesses adjust processes to keep pace with global shifts? Guest Patrick Daly shares his observations on how instability, inflation, and the emergence of new economic competitors impact globalization. He also shares how to mitigate risk by understanding the complexity and dependencies within sourcing tiers.

Patrick Daly, a global supply chain expert, is the Managing Director of Alba Consulting based in Dublin, Ireland. He works with top Fortune 500 companies in manufacturing, distribution, and logistics services in Europe, Asia, the Americas, and beyond. Due to his innovative interventions his clients achieve dramatic improvements in their supply chain capabilities and performance excellence.

Patrick is the author of the book “International Supply Chain Relationships: Creating Competitive Advantage in a Globalized Economy,” host of the globally focused Interlinks podcast and the weekly short video series, “The Week That’s in It,” and author of “The Strategic Context” newsletter on Linked-In.

Listen today as Patrick and Dr. Karen share valuable insights on the shifting global business landscape.

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