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Welcome to Second Act Stories, a podcast focused on life and career change. In each episode, we bring you the story of a courageous individual who has made a decisive career pivot and is pursuing a more rewarding life in a second act. The stories are in their own words and the words of friends and family that helped them find a new path. Each episode examines the “before” and “after” phases of a life or career relaunch and offers lessons learned.
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No More Mondays is all about helping you ditch the Sunday Scaries and create a career and life you love. These energetic and impactful conversations will arm you with real stories, practical tools, and the motivation to act. From aligning values and taking risks to defining your life goals, improving leadership skills, and growing your business, we cover it all. This is the go-to podcast for any professional, leader, or entrepreneur ready to live life on your own terms.
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Here we will journey into someone's life and learn about how they got to where they are now. No journeys are alike and there are many ways to get where we want to. It doesn't always have to be the traditional way of college as we are led to believe. We’ll definitely hear stories like that but that’s just one of so many ways to progress in life. With inflation, economic change, job restructure, so many things changing, how do we even know what or where we’re going? I hope that you find these ...
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SheSez with Linda Grasso

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Journalist Linda Grasso hosts candid conversation with fascinating women about the things that matter most: happiness, health and purpose. SheSez is a master class for the modern woman. In her signature unabashed style, the well-known TV broadcaster showcases her seasoned interviewing skills, fueled by a keen sense of what women want to know. With thoughtful cadence and saucy humor, Linda peels back the layers on each guest, giving equal time to successes and failures. Interviewees come from ...
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Repurpose Your Career podcast brought to you by Career Pivot is a podcast for those of us in the 2nd half of life to come together to discuss how repurpose our careers for the 21st century. Come listen to career experts give you proven strategies, listen to people like you tell their stories on how they repurposed their careers and finally get your questions answered. Your host, Marc Miller, has made six career pivots over the last 30 years. He understands this is not about jumping out of th ...
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Dann McDorman always dreamed of writing and publishing a novel. After graduating from Columbia University, he spent a decade pursuing that dream with little impact. "Not only was I never published, I never heard back from a single publisher. I had zero success." As he hit his 30s, he found his way to a career in broadcast journalism initially worki…
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Amy Siewe is the quintessential embodiment of how passion drives a second act. She left a safe and lucrative career as a real estate broker to hunt pythons in the Everglades. She proudly shares that she’s 5’ 4”, 120 lbs., and captures pythons as big as 180 lbs. by physically jumping on them and wrestling them into submission. This is what pure pass…
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Second Act Stories has officially defied the odds. We've been nominated for a Webby Award! But our category is stacked with stiff competition: Michelle Obama, Sarah Silverman, TED Audio, Lemonada, and Slate. We need your vote! We can win this with your help. Here’s how you vote: Go to vote.webbyawards.com Click the search button on the right-hand s…
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Tiffani Evans' life changed completely on August 24, 2021. That's when her 8-year-old son PJ was killed in gang-related, gun violence in the Washington, DC region. Emerging from the dark days that followed his death, she helped form the "Strong Azz Mothers," a group of area women who lost children to gun violence. The organization focuses community…
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Rachel Humphrey was a trial attorney who was certain she would spend her entire career in front of judges and juries and eventually retire in a courtroom. After relocating from Virginia to Atlanta with her husband, she took a job at a firm where she represented clients in the hospitality industry, and that sparked a passion she didn’t know she had.…
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Mike Drak worked as a banker in Toronto for his entire professional career. When he was laid off at the age of 59, he received a sizeable severance from his employer. Telling his spouse "Contessa, we hit the lottery," he was initially ecstatic to be retired. But he quickly faced "Retirement Shock," a term that he coined to describe how tremendously…
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In our latest episode, Angie interviews Sarah Bettman about integrating life and career for fulfillment, what Sarah calls Living Stoked. Sarah shares her personal journey of burning out and waking up in the "wrong life," and how she came to focus on aligning her values and authenticity in her work, with plenty of wisdom for how you can do the same.…
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Our latest episode explores AI's transformative impact with Manuj Aggarwal, founder of AI consulting company TetraNoodle. Learn how AI is already improving our lives, from email to GPS to mobile devices, and how best to leverage the power of AI to transform your business and career. Tune in to get a new perspective on careers, business and society …
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Stuckey’s is a legendary and iconic thread in the fabric of Americana. Founded in Eastman, Georgia in 1937 by WS “Sylvester” Stuckey, Sr., Stuckey’s grew into a roadside empire by the 1970s, with 368 stores in more than 30 states. Part of the charm that made Stuckey’s so iconic were its ubiquitous billboards, more than 4,000 of them, which were dot…
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Surprise, Second Act Stories fans! We have one more “Best of 2023” episode to share with you. It's the episode you picked as your favorite of the year: our interview with Brian “Q” Quinn, who's best known as one of the four stars of the smash hit TV show "Impractical Jokers." Currently in its 10th season on truTV, Q and lifelong friends Sal Vulcano…
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You all know we're big on navigating career and life crossroads here at NMM, which is why we're excited to share our chat with Justin Smith, a certified financial planner who is all about creating a life you don't want to retire from. Justin shares practical tips for assessing your financial goals and ensuring your investments align with your visio…
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For those of you who weren't aware: we live in polarizing times. The mental and physical stress caused by discord about the most basic of facts is getting out of hand, and people have forgotten how to deal with disagreement. With social media-fueled tirades and news-driven anxiety attacks spilling over into the workplace, though, we have an even bi…
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Second Act Stories annual “Best of” episodes give us an opportunity to re-share remarkable stories, and welcome new listeners by giving them a good taste of what we do here: profile people who have made major life and career changes to pursue a more rewarding life in a second act career. We’re selecting two “Best of 2023” episodes to share with you…
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Second Act Stories annual, “best of” episode gives us an opportunity to re-share a remarkable story, and welcome new listeners by giving them a good taste of what we do here: profile people who have made major life and career changes to pursue a more rewarding life in a second act career. We’re selecting two “Best of 2023” episodes to share with yo…
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Tired of feeling drained by networking? Learn how introvert Greg Roche went from laid off to LinkedIn legend by developing unconventional strategies that play to your strengths. In this episode, he'll show you how to ditch the small talk and use thoughtful questions to start quality connections from the comfort of your keyboard. Discover tactics fo…
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A funny thing happened on the way to the water bottle factory. While everyone was freaking out about the 2008 recession, Travis Rosbach had his head down, hustling and innovating the tech that brought you Hydro Flask, the company he founded and the metal water bottle we've all got sitting on our desks and rolling around in our car. His journey has …
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Donald Loftus had a difficult upbringing in Cleveland, Ohio. His father left him and his two sisters at a young age. His mother worked at Sears and struggled to make ends meet. From grades 1-8, he was a C student. But in 9th grade, his world changed when a class trip brought him to New York City. His class saw four Broadway plays that weekend and i…
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Want to take your career to the next level? In this episode, Jeff Shannon spills the beans on how he realized that "hard work isn't enough" and found success in focusing on soft skills like relationships and strategic thinking. Shannon also gives the lowdown on his book of the same name, Hard Work Is Not Enough: The Surprising Truth About Being Bel…
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Ready to learn the secret to taking that inner critic and making it your inner superfan? In this episode, Kris Kelso digs deep into taking your fear of failure and turning your vulnerability into your superpower! WHAT’S COVERED: Reframing the fear of failure (14:40). Failure is learning, and learning is the process of success (24:09). Vulnerability…
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For those of you not in the know, Joel Gratz is the CEO and founder at OpenSnow, a company well-known in the mountains for their spot-on weather forecasting for both snow in the winter and hiking in the summer. He is the Prognosticator of Powder, if you will. Joel’s forecasting is an integral part of our weekly planning, especially in the winter, w…
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Patrice Meagher had a lucrative career in real estate. For 15 years, she worked in New York City as an Executive Vice President at CBRE, one of the world's largest, corporate real estate firms. But like other working parents, she struggled with the challenge of balancing her work life and raising a family of four children. A specific pain point in …
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Culture Strategy? No, it's not a lab technique for growing penicillin; Culture Strategy is the brainchild of Vin Zeeland, a coach, consultant, and author on understanding the power of culture and how it can drive both personal and business success. For the individual listener, Vin shares insights on how you can empower yourself by maximizing your s…
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Imagine this: you’ve achieved your dream job and instead of making you happy, it’s killing you inside. That’s the position Eric Nehrlich found himself in as a leader at Google. When burnout came knocking, it took serious introspection to redesign his life and find happiness again, and he shares his wisdom in this episode and in his new book, You Ha…
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Communications are at the center of every modern business. How we choose to communicate with others is more important than ever, especially when it comes to those whom we work with. Emily Hecker is an author and strategic communications professional who is with us today, sharing her wisdom on the importance of internal communications and how it can…
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The moment Patty Forehand opens her mouth, you know she’s from the deep south. And with that comes a certain set of preconceived notions. If she opens her mouth in front of a microphone on a comedy club stage, those notions are immediately blown away, and the results are hilarious. It’s funny once the F-bombs start flying and you realize she’s not …
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