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This week on the podcast I get to geek out coach-to-coach with Halle Eavelyn. Halle is a Transformational Coach, speaker, and writer who helps people break out of their old patterns so they can live their best lives, the ones they always yearned for. Drawing on over 30 years of business experience in software, real estate, the movie business and tr…
 
This week I get to bring you another graduation call with my client and dear friend, Ronei Harden-Moroney. Ronei is a writer, educator, and editor. We met in 2013 in a Facebook group started by author Jon Acuff, and she has become like a sister to me. So when I saw her struggling to return to her badass self following some significant medical battl…
 
My guest this week is Lauren Chu, the communications officer for Operation Groundswell. OG is a travel company with a conscience, leading backpacktivists to experiential learning opportunities around the globe (when we *can* travel, that is). Ethical travel and responsible international volunteering is at the heart of all that they do – both abroad…
 
This week on the podcast, I walk through the labyrinth with author and researcher, Kim Chestney. Kim's new book is called Radical Intuition. She is a globally recognized innovation leader and the founder of Intuition Lab. Her work has been featured or supported by leading-edge organizations including SXSW Interactive, Carnegie Mellon University, Co…
 
I've come up with a new way to set New Year's Resolutions that feels much more supportive to me. Maybe this will resonate with you, too. It's about choosing to feel and be rather than do and achieve, and think this is going to be a game changer for me and how I structure my goals this coming year. Application to work with me: https://forms.gle/7FcF…
 
Since I've just closed a 5-week major new creative project, I'm taking some time over the next couple of weeks to rest and recover. Please enjoy this rerun of an interview I did with country music star, John Berry, from 2018. Application to work with me: https://forms.gle/7FcFxCFBQE6cpDVg8 Follow me on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/beckybret…
 
This week on the podcast I get to walk the labyrinth with Kimra Luna. Kimra is a cosmic sensuality coach and pleasure activist. She is the founder of the Cosmic Connection Coven community on Discord and is the host of the Riot Doll podcast. Her podcast and Twitch channel cover topics on self-healing, sex, love, relationships, music, sensuality, sel…
 
Thank you for indulging me this week, as I've come down with laryngitis--not a great sound for a podcaster, but here we are. So I combed through the archives and unearthed this interview with Isabel Hundt from March of 2018. Isabel is a sociologist, speaker, certified transformation coach, emotions clearing practitioner and visionary who lives in a…
 
Over the past few weeks the subject of "taking out the trash" has sort of taken over my inbox. It is hands down the most effective tool I use in my coaching practice when I first start working with a client. So I'm turning "Taking Out The Trash" into a course for anyone who doesn't have the time yet to devote to working with me one-on-one. This wee…
 
This week on the podcast I have the privilege of sharing another graduation call with one of my clients, Cha Barefield. But before I pull back the curtain on Cha's transformation, I want to remind you that as we near the end of 2020, the time is right to clear out the energetic trash from this year and set intentions for the new. Using the mantra o…
 
Because I've been away on a personal retreat, I've decided to rerun an episode from earlier this year. This week on the podcast chef Travis Milton and I talk about unintentional mentors -- you know, those people who are motivational for NONE of the reasons they think they are! Travis Milton is the executive chef at Taste, a restaurant at Nicewonder…
 
It's been a long road for realtor Shanna Berry to open Dharma Pharmaceuticals, the first medical cannabis dispensary in Virginia. This week we talk about how she got here, you get to hear my dorky ignorance on full display, and Shanna gets to the heart of what it means to react, adapt, and persevere. Links: Dharma Pharmaceuticals website: https://w…
 
This week's episode is inspired by an oracle card pull I did in the middle of the night on Halloween during the height of the full moon. The cards inspired me to talk about five things that might be helpful for our community to release this week, so that we can make room for what will truly serve us. If you like this episode, drop me a comment or m…
 
This week I stroll through the labyrinth with travel writer Catherine Smith, founder and creator of HerBagsWerePacked.com. Catherine has traveled the world solo and ended up moving to southwest Virginia, just in time for COVID-19 to shut everything down. We talk about travel, releasing your baggage no matter where you are, and how the optimism of J…
 
As we near the time of the United States Presidential election, fact-checking our politicians is quickly becoming a full-time job. Lucky for us, author Tim Ward has a handy guide to defending ourselves from the lies and putting the truth back into politics. Tim Ward is co-author of the book Pro Truth: A Practical Plan for Putting Truth Back into Po…
 
Having just wrapped up a three-day festival, I'm sharing what I had to release and receive in order to return to live event producing during this time of COVID. My intention is to give you some hope and offer encouragement to still be your creative, innovative selves, even as life and work looks so very different for us right now. Links: To see the…
 
This week on the podcast I get to walk the labyrinth with author and poetess Tanya Markul. Tanya is the author of The She Book (vols 1 & 2) and is an expert at transmuting pain and suffering into love and acceptance. Links: Tanya Markul website: https://tanyamarkul.com/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tanyamarkul/ Application to work with me: …
 
This week on the podcast, we get to hear snippets from a recent client graduation call. One of the biggest lessons that my client, Liz, learned was that when she made sure she had everything she needed, she was better able to serve her own clients, her family, and her community. I am so proud of the work we did together and of how far Liz has come.…
 
This week on the podcast I take a stroll through the labyrinth with Thomas Mizer. Tom is an award-winning writer whose work has appeared on stages and screens, of various sizes and shapes, around the world. As a songwriter, he co-wrote five original songs for the hit Amazon series The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel — the first time the series has ever used …
 
This week's episode is a little different. Those of you who have been long-time listeners know that I changed my format this summer. Well this week I wanted to share with you the full back story on how and why this came about. To do that, I'm sharing the graduation call that I had with my coach, who I began working with at the end of February. Yep.…
 
This week improviser, teacher, and corporate trainer Joe Bill steps into the Labyrinth. We have a wonderfully rambling conversation about the shitty buddhists, our mutual oxytocin deficit, and the neurobiology of improvisation. Listen to a couple of improv nerds discuss the global existential crisis (and how we're all gonna be OK). Note: LOTS of ad…
 
Join me in the Labyrinth with actor, comic, radio host, and "professional gay," Scott Duff. A graduate of Northwestern University, he is an Artistic Associate of About Face Theatre, having appeared in over 15 AFT productions, and has performed all over Chicago including work with the Goodman, Steppenwolf, Theater Wit, Windy City Playhouse, Lookingg…
 
This week I get walk through the labyrinth with author Wendelin Van Draanen. Wendelin Van Draanen has written more than thirty novels for young readers and teens. She is the author of the 18-book Edgar-winning Sammy Keyes series—often called “The new Nancy Drew”—and wrote Flipped, which was named a Top 100 Children’s Novel for the 21st Century by S…
 
A couple of months ago something extraordinary happened to me. Like, Disney Princess extraordinary. I found a fledgling blue jay in my back yard, unable to fly enough to stay away from the neighborhood cats overnight. I picked it up and helped it out. What happened next was life-changing. Links: Application to work with me: https://forms.gle/7FcFxC…
 
Welcome to The Labyrinth, a podcast produced by Virtual Executive Director. This week on the podcast I got to talk with Dewey Davenport. Dewey is an entrepreneur and a barnstorming pilot. Dewey caught my attention recently when he posted a series of YouTube videos about his experience having COVID-19. After a little light cyberstalking I noticed he…
 
Welcome to the first official episode with the new format. This week I talk with Natasha Bowles, owner of Natasha Bowles Professional Services, a virtual staffing agency. Natasha is a naturally insightful powerhouse of a woman with perception and vision that looks to make the impossible, possible. An entrepreneur, writer, mother, speaker, executive…
 
This is the sorbet episode between what was Virtual Executive Director for nonprofit leaders and what will be our new interview format for artists, content creators, and entrepreneurs. The new format is called "The Labyrinth." Listen to this week's short episode for more. Links: Application to work with me: https://forms.gle/7FcFxCFBQE6cpDVg8 Follo…
 
On March 15, 2019 I celebrated my 20 year anniversary in festival producing. This year's March 15th was spent in quarantine, and all festivals have been basically canceled for the rest of 2020. This week would have been the opening of the 72nd annual Virginia Highlands Festival, where I serve as the Executive Director. It's bittersweet. I thought t…
 
I was obsessed earlier this year with Malcolm Gladwell's book, "Talking to Strangers." In processing through the information I started to think about loneliness and mental health--especially for those of us working in nonprofit and mission-driven leadership. This provided the context for an interview with Dennis Gillan. Dennis and I were speakers a…
 
Whether you're a rock star decision maker or you can't choose whether to send a text or an email, Dr. Gleb Tsipursky is here this week to help us all get better at making decisions both for ourselves and for our organizations as part of a team. Known as the Disaster Avoidance Expert, Dr. Tsipursky is on a mission to protect leaders from dangerous j…
 
If you're a business owner and you don't have a stated position on diversity, equity, and inclusion, you are behind the times. This week's summer rerun is an interview with Jonathan Pitts, former executive director of Chicago Improv Productions, who has spent the last couple of years on a global improv "walkabout," which has been derailed due to CO…
 
Whether you are happily searching for something new or feeling stuck in your current job, it's important to know how to package the amazing work you've done already into transferable skills. In this week's summer rerun, I talk with Rachel Fowler--actor, director, and executive coach--about how to identify your transferable skills, how to reframe wh…
 
Because of our need now more than ever to be able to connect with strangers, I decided to rerun this episode with Margaret Hicks on applied improv training. Margaret is an award-winning tour guide in Chicago and has developed workshops that use improv theater techniques to help other tour guides connect with their audiences quickly and effectively.…
 
The episode I had planned for this week was not appropriate for the times, so here are links to some other podcasts that deserve your attention: White Lies by NPR The 1619 Project by the New York Times Uncivil by Gimlet Media The Witness Podcast Network - Pass the Mic Seeing WhiteBecky Caldwell tarafından oluşturuldu
 
Welcome to summer reruns! The time of year that I bring back the most popular episodes from the past year for you to rediscover all the juicy bits you forgot you learned. This week is part 2 of my interview with Susan Axelrod about self care for leaders. We have been given the gift of a pause, and if you have been neglecting yourself, this is the t…
 
Welcome to summer reruns! The time of year that I bring back the most popular episodes from the past year for you to rediscover all the juicy bits you forgot you learned. This week, as I take myself off line for some re-visioning and re-evaluation on a personal retreat, I realize it is perfect timing to rerun Susan Axelrod's 2-part episode on self …
 
I've got some vacation time coming up, and yes, I'm gonna take it. I'm using the time as a personal retreat, because this pandemic has put everything back on the table for evaluation. When I come back, I expect to be better than before--for myself, my loved ones, my business, and my organization. This week I share some questions to ask yourself if …
 
With most of us holding meetings via Zoom these days, I'm adding my personal top 7 tips to improve your Zoom experience. No really, you don't want to miss this one. Especially tips 4, 5, and 6 (I know, clickbait-y, but I really do love those specific tips). I'd love to hear your top tips, too! Catch me on email or social media to share. Email Becky…
 
We are in the midst of a global shattering, and improv director/teacher/actor David Razowsky is here to help us through it. You may recall a few episodes ago when I was talking with Kim Farris-Luke about the global grieving process that I mentioned feeling the feelings we're feeling the moment we feel the feelings. That was channeled directly from …
 
I'm salty about saying nonprofits should act more like "real businesses." Nonprofit is just a tax designation. We are all real businesses here. So I'm turning the tables this week and talking about the things that for-profit business could stand to learn from non-profits. Warning for parents: some language in this episode. Resources: Instagram: htt…
 
There are a lot of things we do now that we didn't do just a couple of months ago: washing our hands compulsively, wearing gloves and masks to the store, and spraying Lysol on Amazon deliveries just to name a few. But what about the more enjoyable ways we've found to cope? Check out some of the more fun things we're doing now to get through the pan…
 
Much like in every other area of life during this pandemic, my plans changed for this week's podcast. I had the opportunity to talk with my pal, Kim Farris-Luke. Kim is a funeral director and owner of Farris Funeral Services. She is an expert on the grieving process, and exactly the person we need right now, as we are globally grieving through COVI…
 
In last week's episode, Jen Moff and I talked about the opportunities and lessons available to us now during this time of COVID-19. In an effort to learn something from all this, I took a look at my own situation and asked myself, "What is no longer working for me?" I also asked this question of my colleagues in the Executive Director Mastermind gr…
 
Let's cope together. Jen and Becky talk about self-care, boundaries, how to support your nervous system, and the many lessons to be found during this unprecedented public health crisis. For more about Jen: http://www.magicalmindfulness.com/ For more about Scott Berkun: https://twitter.com/berkun Learn more about executive coaching: https://virtuale…
 
Support the podcast on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/virtualexecutivedirector What a year it's been this week! With so many of us working from home and trying to stay on top of COVID-19 developments, it's easy to get caught up in the urgent and lose track of what's important. This week's podcast is about how to reclaim your time and get back on …
 
As nonprofit and mission-driven leaders, we're dealing with a lot of stuff right now. Here are some tips, advice, and a pep talk to help get us through. As mentioned in this episode, here are the resources sent out by the Virginia Commission for the Arts for arts organizations. Please reach out to the state or government agency for your particular …
 
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