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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?



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



Feature Friday with Jay Shifman
May 14, 2021, 5:35 am
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“The attempt to escape from pain, is what creates more pain.” Gabor Maté

2021:18

Addiction.  I think it’s a topic misunderstood by all but the addict themselves.  So who better to talk about addiction, misuse/abuse, and the road to recovery than someone who has lived it?

Jay Shifman’s story isn’t entirely unique or salacious.  In some ways, it’s the typical roller coaster associated with addiction and recovery.  But Jay Shifman’s view of his addiction, recovery, and how he helps others struggling with his former demons is very different from the common broadcasts around the topic.  That’s why he’s joining me on this episode of Did You Know That?

You can reach out to Jay via his myriad of contact points:

Website: https://campsite.bio/cys_jay

Instagram: jayshifman

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

Twitter: @CYS_Jay

Music: “Everybody Get Up” by Ian Post via Artlist



Feature Friday with Christian Dysart

“You can be a career professional as a judge, a prosecutor, sometimes as a defense attorney, and never insist on fairness and justice. That’s tragic and that’s what we have to change.” Bryan Stevenson

Episode 2021:10

When you read the term defense attorney, what or who springs to mind?  Hold that image in your mind until you meet my next guest on Did You Know That?

Christian Dysart probably doesn’t fit the narrative in your head as to what or who a defense attorney should be.  But he has all the traits you’d want in the person fighting for your freedom/life.  This is a conversation about the role of a defense attorney, criminal law, and how the system works (or doesn’t work) for those accused of a crime.

You can find out more about Christian and his work at:

Website: https://www.dysartwillis.com/

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/christian-e-dysart-9b412a4/

Twitter: @dysartwillis

Instagram: @dysartwillis

Music: “Taurus” by Ace via Artlist



Feature Friday with Kat Thomas
December 11, 2020, 7:51 am
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“I can be changed by what happens to me, but I refuse to be reduced by it.” Maya Angelou

Took me a long time to write this video description.  Went through numerous drafts talking about the courage of sexual violence survivors, the evil of the perpetrators, and many other aspects of this topic.  None of them felt right, so I thought it best to let the video speak for itself.

Kat Thomas is an attorney and advocate for survivors of sexual violence.  Her job is to work in the darkest recesses of humanity, and her gift is that you would never know it if you simply talked to her.  That takes a special strength, that comes through loud and clear on this episode.

To learn more about Kat and her practice, visit her firm’s website.

Website: https://tlcpc.law/

Music: “Normalize” by Stanley Gurvich via Artlist



Feature Friday with Traci Carnes

Host: Sean O’Rourke

Guest: Traci Carnes

Title: Are Your Confident In Your Cybersecurity?

Posting:

“The hacker didn’t succeed through sophistication. Rather he poked at obvious places, trying to enter through unlocked doors. Persistence, not wizardry, let him through.” Clifford Stoll, “The Cuckoo’s Egg: Tracking a Spy Through the Maze of Computer Espionage”

“The Cuckoo’s Egg” was published in 1989; I first read it in 1995.  You know what’s amazing/annoying/frustrating/unsurprising?  Not much has changed in the intervening 30+ years when it comes to hacking.  Sure, the systems and tools have gotten more sophisticated, but persistence and unlocked doors remain the key hallmarks of most hacks.

Cybersecurity, especially for small- and mid-sized businesses, remains a hazy priority that seems to fall down the to-do list every time a company runs out of coffee or snacks.  That’s just playing with gasoline and matches, and my next guest on Did You Know That? knows this firsthand.  Traci Carnes has worn many a technology hat in her career, so she’s seen cybersecurity from all sides.  Her thoughts and processes should inspire businesses to take a more proactive approach to minimizing the damage from a cyber event.  Remember, it’s not if but when you’ll experience one.

Want to learn more about Traci and her extensive background?  Check out her LinkedIn profile.

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

Music: “Broken Radios” by Stanley Gurvich via Artlist



Feature Friday – Did You Know That?

Host: Sean C O’Rourke

Guest: Cory Allison

“Money, it’s a gas. Grab that cash with both hands and make a stash” Pink Floyd

You have a killer idea.  It appeals to a broad market.  And your strategy to bring it to life is rock solid.  All you need is a few more dollars than you have now to make it a reality.  What path should you choose?  Bootstrap?  Friends and family?  Angel?  Venture capital?  Family office?  Maybe even private equity?

How you fund a business may be just as important as what you’re selling.  Going it alone leaves all the decisions in your hands, but you’re gambling all your resources.  Taking money from others limits your own exposure, but now you have potential “partners” who may weigh in on crucial decisions or not agree with the ones you make.

Cory Allison is an experienced entrepreneur, especially in the startup world.  She’s also a partner in a fund that focuses on female-led businesses.  So she knows the funding game from both sides of the table.  Her insights on the topic may help guide you on your quest to launch the next unicorn.

You can discover much more about Cory at:

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/cory-allison-30a73025/

KelCor: https://www.kelcortape.com/

The JumpFund: https://www.thejumpfund.com/about

Music: “Having a Good Day – Instrumental” by Benj Heard via Artlist



Feature Friday – Did You Know That?

We all pretty much know the names and stories of the entrepreneurs who made it big (just check the list of the world’s richest people). But do you know the story of the person who started that dry cleaner’s down the block? How about your favorite non-chain coffee shop? That pub you frequent way too often? The graphic designer for the at-home workout app you’ve been frequenting?

If you think about it, entrepreneurship has been around since that first multi-cellular organism ventured off on its own to find a better source of food. Not much has changed in the intervening few billion years. (OK, maybe a few things.) Being an entrepreneur is still a risky, fulfilling, exhausting, invigorating, difficult, inspiring way of life, and my next guest on Did You Know That? has experienced it more than most.

Adrian Miller has been a successful entrepreneur – many times over – for 30+ years. She’s juggled multiple businesses for more than a decade now, all while being a mom, wife, world traveler, and fount of knowledge. If you’re thinking of taking the leap, or are struggling to keep your fire going, then this is the episode you don’t want to miss.

To learn more about Adrian’s fascinating history, check out her LinkedIn profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/amillersalestraining/.

Music: “DuDa” by Ian Post via Artlist