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Feature Friday with Nicole Soto

“Fill the unforgiving minute with 60 seconds’ worth of distance run” “If” by Rudyard Kipling

2021:25

Want to know a dirty secret about sports?  A majority of professional athletes, across all sports, don’t earn enough from the sport to make ends meet.  Many of these athletes have full-time jobs, even in-season, in order to support themselves and pursue their goal of making it to the “bigs.”  This is the reality facing thousands of athletes in the still-evolving sport of CrossFit, and it’s why my next guest on Did You Know that? is really someone to emulate.

Nicole Soto has a master’s degree; she co-owns a CrossFit gym; she coaches group classes and personal clients; and she’s a highly respected nutritionist.  In her spare moments, she spends time with her husband and two dogs, and prepares herself to compete at the highest levels of CrossFit.  In her first year back competing, Nicole finished among the top 200 fittest women in the world.  So, if you want to get past your excuses, you’ve come to the right place.

Learn more about Nicole and her gym via the accounts below:

Instagram (personal): @Nicole_J_Soto

Instagram (gym): @Rise_Athletics_

Facebook: Nicole Soto Learn more about CrossFit (the methodology and sport) at https://www.crossfit.com/



Feature Friday with Chad Schroeder

“Obsessed is a word the lazy use to describe the dedicated.” Unknown

2021:24

Sports and statistics seem to have been made for each other.  Would we be so entranced by the history of a sport/game/league/franchise if we couldn’t marvel or argue about 56 (MLB), 92 (NHL), 100 (NBA), or 208 (NFL)?  Maybe, but probably not.

What most sports statistics have in common is uniformity.  If you want to break DiMaggio’s 56-game streak, then you will have to hit in 57 straight.  But what if I told you there is a global sport where everything is the same for just a moment, but will be different an hour from now, and might not reflect anything that came before?  What do the statistics mean then?

Well, that’s the challenge Chad Schroeder faces everyday as the official statistician of CrossFit.  There are still clear winners in CrossFit, but how they earn the wins isn’t the same from hour to hour, day to day, or year to year.  Yet somehow, he helps those following and working in the sport make sense of the chaos.  Chad gives some insight into how he does that on this episode of Did You Know That?



Venus rising: These female brokers are reshaping the industry in their own image
August 20, 2021, 8:05 am
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This year’s Faces of Change panel at the Broker Expo featured an all-female lineup sharing their unique industry insights.

By Emily Payne | August 18, 2021 at 10:18 AM

The benefits industry has been increasingly struggling with a diversity issue as other industries embrace it. Thus, it seemed apt that this year’s Faces of Change panel at the BenefitsPRO Broker Expo featured an all-female lineup. Moderated by WellNet Healthcare’s Megan Chiarello, brokers Jessica Beames of BOK Financial Insurance, Stephanie Berger of Centered Insurance Solutions, Colleen Blum, Combs & Co., and Robyn Tikia of Risk Strategies Company were able to have a candid conversation about what it means to be a woman in a male-dominated field and how they’re forging a new path for others.

“It’s our job as females in our industry to tell younger generations that even though it is hard, it’s not as hard as it seems,” Blum said. “If we can find females who are good at talking to people and having organic conversations, you’re going to win business. It’s not as scary as we make it seem to be, as long as you have the work ethic.”

Related: What’s the good news, ladies? 5 years of highlighting women

Between discussions of alternative-funding strategies and marketing tips, attendees learned how each advisor’s career path had been shaped by being a woman. “When I started out, there was a consultant that had amazing self-funded experience,” Beames said. “He had all of this knowledge, and I had the privilege of working with him, and I would just sit in his office and pepper him with questions. Hearing that information that seemed meaningless to him helped me in a meeting with a client or a prospect.

“That was not an easy mentorship to build,” Beames added, due to the hesitancy many older men have about the optics of spending too much time with a younger woman–even a colleague. “Feel comfortable meeting with your female colleagues regardless of their age. The simple fact is that there are many more men in this industry than women, and there is so much we can learn from you and we want to. Give us the opp and a safe place to do that.”

The panelists also had some tips for current female advisors shaping new recruits. “From a mentorship perspective, it’s important to teach assertiveness, persistence, resilience–and, truthfully, working harder than your male counterpart,” Tikia said. “Women really have to face a lot of isolation in this industry. But we’re also creative, out-of-the-box thinkers.”

Whether we want to admit it or not, there are some innate differences between the way men and women approach business–ones that female advisors can play to their advantage. “We’re more nurturing with those relationships,” Tikia said. “We’re also able to be more technical whereas men come across as more salesy.”

Berger stressed how important simply listening to a client is. “Sometimes it’s best to not even open the presentation and just ask, if we’re in the room, there’s a reason. What is it?”

Blum agreed that it’s important for female advisors to play to their strengths, rather than mimicking their predecessors. “If we can come to the table with a different perspective, we can change the dynamic of this industry,” she said. “It’s mostly HR that is talking to us. They can have a deeper conversation with us. Our clients know that at the end of the day we’re going to have their back.”

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Feature Friday with Will Hunt

How You’re Being Hacked

“Hackers are breaking the systems for profit. Before, it was about intellectual curiosity and pursuit of knowledge and thrill, and now hacking is big business.” Kevin Mitnick

2021:23

Not a day goes by now where you don’t read about some sort of cyberattack and how the motive was profit for the hackers.  But what do hackers do with a stolen database of encrypted passwords?  How do they breach systems to launch ransomware or bots or other exploitative software?  Glad you asked.

Will Hunt has been professional hacker for almost a decade (he’s been working in tech even longer).  He’s hired to break into companies’ systems to find vulnerabilities that can be walled off to make the company more secure.  On this episode of Did You Know That? we discuss the cyber world from a hacker’s point of view.  Little behind the curtain look at this burgeoning business.

You can learn about Will and In.security via the below:

Website: https://in.security

Email: contact@in.security

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/will-hunt/

Twitter: @Stealthsploit

If you’re interested in learning more about the mechanics of hacking, In.security also offers training sessions:

Hacking Enterprises – https://www.blackhat.com/us-21/training/schedule/index.html#hacking-enterprises—-edition-21889

Defending Enterprises – https://www.blackhat.com/us-21/training/schedule/#defending-enterprises-218911617901814

Music: “Night Rider” by Ian Post via Artlist



Feature Friday – Top 10 TV Shows!

“I liken actors and movies and TV shows to football teams. We all have our favorite ones.” Kristoffer Polaha

2021:22

The boob tube.  The idiot box.  The small screen.  Whatever you call it, the inanimate TV is not always looked upon in a favorable light.  Well, that doesn’t mean the shows that stream through the telly haven’t impacted us in favorable ways.  So that’s what we’re focused on during this episode of Did You Know That?

Stephanie Rodin makes a celebrated return to the channel (first repeat guest) to talk about her – and my – top 10 TV shows of all time.  Like all lists we’ve talked about, this is subject to change, but you should expect that by now.

So how do our lists (below) compare to yours?  Where do you agree/disagree/have no idea?  Let us know if any these would make your list or put your own list in the comments.

Just a reminder about what Stephanie does when she’s not watching TV, check out the contact points below.

Website: https://rodinlegal.com/

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/stephanierodin/

Twitter: @Rodinlegal

Music: “Easy Money” by Rex Banner via Artlist

Stephanie’s List

1. The West Wing

2. Sons of Anarchy

3. Six Feet Under

4. The Golden Girls

5. All In The Family

6. Quantum Leap

7. The Carol Burnett Show

8. The Daily Show with John Stewart

9. House

10. Dallas

Sean’s List:

1. M*A*S*H

2. Buffy/Angel/Firefly

3. The Carol Burnett Show

4. The Six Million Dollar Man

5. Person of Interest

6. Seinfeld

7. The Expanse

8. Cosmos (Carl Sagan)

9. Bosch

10. Mission:Impossible



Tenacious Tuesday with Tara Faquir

Your Skills Are Transferable:

There is a common trend in some incredible successful women these days, they tend to start in one industry – build some serious life skills & then are able to pivot into a totally different unrelated field that they never thought they’d end up in. 

Today’s guest Tara Faquir Co-Founder of Trustate sits down with us to tell us all about her journey from her widely successful, exciting retail life at Nordstrom & Rent The Runway which led to a huge pivot into a little non-profit called Girl Scouts & landed her right to where she is at today – running a remarkably untouched industry with her best friend whom she met during a college transition. 

Tara, like all of our guests defines unstoppable. She knows her strength & more importantly when it’s time to pivot to her next challenge. Listen along as she shares her journey & teaches us how although we may not see it now but our skills are incredibly transferrable if we just took some time to look harder into our day to days.

Check out Tara on LinkedIn and https://www.trustate.com/

Click here to listen to the lastest episode!



Feature Friday with Andy Schulkind
July 2, 2021, 4:49 pm
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“One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain.”  Bob Marley

2021:21

Live concerts.  That’s what I missed most during the COVID pandemic.  The keyboard on which I type this is more musical inclined than I am, but music… music inspires a reaction in me unlike any other medium.  And that’s what I find so mysterious about music – it’s simply vibrations in the air.  But all human cultures have some form of music or rhythm.  The combination of those vibrations can perform magic.

This Top 10 episode of Did You Know That? – musical acts – was the toughest list for me to generate, as it was for my guest, Andy Schulkind.  In fact, as you’ll find out in this episode, Andy was the genesis of this Top 10 series.

We’ve given you our lists (see below); what say you?  Where do you agree/disagree/have no idea?  Let us know if any these would make your list or put your own list in the comments.

If you’re curious what Andy does when not opining on music, check out the below.

Website: https://www.andigo.com/resources/

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/andrewschulkind/

Twitter: @AndrewSchulkind

Music: “Easy Money” by Rex Banner via Artlist

Andy’s List

1. The Who

2. Paul Simon

3. Thelonious Monk

4. John Coltrane

5. Dave Brubeck

6. Abby Lincoln

7. B.B. King

8. The Style Council

9. Frank Zappa

10. Chet Atkins

Sean’s List:

1. Maynard James Keenan (Tool/A Perfect Circle/Puscifer)

2. David Bowie

3. Rush

4. The Police

5. Silversun Pickups

6. Godsmack

7. The Beatles

8. Duran Duran

9. Guns N Roses

10. VNV Nation

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Feature Friday with David Temple & Sean O’Rourke
June 18, 2021, 6:03 am
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“So many books, so little time.” Frank Zappa

2021:20

This might just be me, but I’ve often thought, the best reason to integrate a computer with my brain is so I could read 100 books a day.  But then I think, that would defeat the whole purpose of the experience.  While I don’t read as many physical books as I used to (Kindle & audio predominate), turning pages is still a joyful accomplishment.

David Temple and I met in 1996.  Our friendship grew over talks about books, movies, TV, music, writing, etc., etc., etc.  So there’s no one I wanted to kick off the Top 10 List of Did You Know That? episodes than him.  David, being the author of many a novel, gets books.

Our lists are below (the episode highlights why we chose these).  Let us know if any these would make your list or put your own list in the comments.

You can learn all about David and his works via the various channels below.  His latest novel, “The Impostor,” will be released on July 1, 2021.

Books: https://geni.us/DavidTempleBooks

Podcast: https://davidtemplebooks.com/podcasts/naked-monday (or wherever you get your podcasts)

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/davidetemple/

Twitter: @davetemple

Instagram: davidtempleauthor

Music: “Easy Money” by Rex Banner via Artlist

David’s List:

1. The Four Agreements (Don Miguel Ruiz & Janet Mills)

2. The Force (Don Winslow)

3. Into the Black Nowhere (Meg Gardiner)

4. On Writing (Stephen King)

5. The War of Art (Steven Pressfield)

6. The Silence of the Lambs (Thomas Harris)

7. The Power of Now (Eckhart Tolle)

8. Savage Son (Jack Carr)

9. The Chain (Adrian McKinty)

10. Falling (T. J. Newman)

Sean’s List:

1. The Bourne Identity (Robert Ludlum)

2. The Road (Cormac McCarthy)

3. Alexander Hamilton (Ron Chernow)

4. Muhammed Ali (Thomas Hauser)

5. Days of Grace (Arthur Ashe)

6. Jurassic Park (Michael Crichton)

7. Arkham Asylum: A Serious House on Serious Earth (Grant Morrison & Dave McKean)

8. Man’s Search for Meaning (Viktor Frankel)

9. Into Thin Air (Jon Krakauer)

10. The Fountainhead (Ayn Rand)



Tenacious Tuesday with Gretta Zutz

Fertility Isn’t A Dirty Word – How Opening Up About It Changed Everything

Fertility is a hush hush topic that unless you’re in it, many don’t understand. Time to shake that up.

Gretta Zutz sits down with us today to share her journey, how opening up about her story changed everything for her and her family and how she is now dedicated to implementing fertility in her financial services practice in order to support her clients & friends.   If you’d like to have a conversation with Gretta about support groups, any doctors she used etc., feel free to connect with Gretta directly on LinkedIn by clicking HERE!

https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/fertility-isnt-dirty-word-how-opening-up-about-it-changed/id1525146944?i=1000524507164

To connect with the Try & Stop Me Podcast host, Colleen Blum, click HERE!



Feature Friday with DYKT? Snippets

“Fall down seven times, stand up eight.” Japanese Proverb

Resilience is a foundational component of human nature and business.  The ability to get up sometimes is all that separates the successful from the also-rans, because getting knocked down is unavoidable in many instances.  Like cyber.

The phrase du jour about cyber is, it’s not if but when you’ll experience a cyber event.  Unfortunately, this is not hyperbole; it’s 99.782% fact, especially for businesses.  So what’s a business to do?  Get resilient.

DYKT? Snippets Ep. 3 touches on cyber resiliency, cyber risks, and where cyber insurance fits into the picture.  The five videos take less than 20 minutes but could prove invaluable in preparing your business for the inevitable.

Music: “Camaro” by Oliver Michael via Artlist