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Feature Friday with Beckett Flannery

“A kind and compassionate act is often its own reward.” William John Bennett

2022:01

Given the intervening decades and experiences, it’s tough for me to remember my real mindset at 11 years old.  I know sports – both playing and watching – dominated most of my waking thoughts.  To say I had goals, short or long term, would be stretching the definition to almost a breaking point.  Starting a business was not even in my subconscious.  Charity was just a word.  That’s what makes my next guest(s) on Did You Know That? so interesting.

Beckett Flannery is 11 years old.  As of this recording, he’s 6+ months into running his first business, Beckett’s Bark Bites, and his motivations for starting the business were based in altruism.  This is an inspiring, and humbling, conversation with a young man (and his mom, Jessica) who puts perspective around the motivations behind why we do things.  This is a chat well worth your time.

To find out more about Beckett’s Bark Bites, or to order some for the canine companion, check out the sites below.

Venmo: @Beckett-Flannery-24 (order & pay directly from the app)

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Becketts.Bark.Bites/ (order from the page)

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmYoMWUM3–5Ec-yobq-71A

#beckettsbarkbites #compassion #charity #altruism #entrepreneurship #didyouknowthat #indulgeyourcuriosity #youtubechannel



Feature Friday with Claire Poole

“On climate change, we often don’t fully appreciate that it is a problem. We think it is a problem waiting to happen.” Kofi Annan

“Gold medals aren’t really made of gold. They’re made of sweat, determination, and a hard-to-find alloy called guts.” Dan Gable

2021:27

What one word do you equate with both climate change and sports?  I’ll give you a moment.  For me?  It’s passion.  There are few topics that evoke more passionate responses than climate change and sports.  It’s that common visceral response which spurred the creation of an organization focused on building positive environmental impacts through a partnership with sports organizations.

Claire Poole is a lover of nature, football (soccer in the U.S.), and rugby.  Those passions are on full display with Sport Positive Summit and Sport Positive Leagues (links down below).  These are Claire’s efforts to bring environmental changes to both the big stadiums and arenas as well as the fans’ everyday lives.  She’s doing so by making it a competition.  And what sports fan isn’t looking to always beat their arch nemesis?

Join us for an important and lively discussion on this episode of Did You Know That?.

Find out more about Claire and Sport Positive via connections below.

Claire’s LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/clairepoole/

Sport Positive LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/sport-positive/

Sport Positive Summit Website: www.sportpositivesummit.com

Sport Positive Leagues Website: www.sportpositiveleagues.com

Twitter: @SportPosSummit

Twitter: @claireypoole



Feature Friday with Sheila Ronning

“If you don’t like the road you’re walking, start paving another one.” Dolly Parton

2021:26

Twenty years ago, Sheila Ronning saw an opportunity to make a positive impact in the lives of women.  Like any good businessperson, she saw a market void and developed a program by which she could fill that void.  Regardless of the motivations behind the growing market, Sheila knew that Women in the Boardroom could accomplish two objectives with each placement: increase the number of women serving on corporate boards and strengthen corporate governance by diversifying the voices on those boards.

Today, Women in the Boardroom is a go-to resource for companies looking to fill board positions with a quality candidate.  (Full disclosure: a board on which I sit used their services to fill an open seat.)  On this episode of Did You Know That?, Sheila discusses the genesis of the firm and how women can build and execute a plan to secure board positions.  As you’ll learn, this effort goes beyond just kicking in the proverbial glass ceiling.

Learn more about Sheila and Women in the Boardroom via the accounts below:

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/groups/147283/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/womenintheboardroom/

Twitter: @BoardroomWomen

Instagram: @womenintheboardroom



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