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Welcome to the KAMcast! The KAM Project is the "take action" movement to inspire, influence, and impact kids and teens worldwide. Your KAMcast Host interviews older teens, parents, mentors and specialists providing tips, advice, education, inspiration and a supportive community to Kid and Teen Entrepreneurs. Introducing owner of ActionistaLIVE and co-Founder of The KAM Project, your host…..Samara Beth Hurley!
 
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Real estate is one of those careers where we all have a clear picture of what kind of people do that job. It's not always a flattering picture. We blame the poor for their poverty. Calling them lazy or entitled. Black men are demonized as violent, drug users, and bad fathers. With all of this together, Asher Carr shouldn't have had a chance. He sho…
 
Most people love a good scare - at least occasionally. We all have memory of one time or another when a film "got" us and the way we jumped was fantastic. Whether or not you love horror though, well, that's another matter. The treatment of women, and minorities in particular is highly problematic in the genre, and that's before we get to the blood.…
 
One of the biggest changes in business since 2019 has been the rise of the "authentic" employment vibe. No one wants cheesy headshots or canned, sales-y "elevator pitches". Instead the market wants people who look, act, and feel REAL. Enter Dan Roth. In 2020 Dan was looking for work and struggling. With twin baby girls, and the expense that is life…
 
When someone is recognized for being great at their job they get promoted, and up and up the chain they move. We don't stop and consider nearly enough that just because someone is FANTASTIC at their current role it doesn't mean that they would be similarly skilled at people management. It's a totally different skill set. A completely different focu…
 
If you didn't already know the process of getting a Tedx talk is.... long. Like really long. There are hoops, and dead ends, twists, and turns. It's not something you're going to do without being called to it. Natalie Robinson Bruner had a calling. She got on the stage and talked about the crisis we have around diversity in STEM - and she brought a…
 
Breeanna Gordon has a sexy job title: Creative Director. When most people hear that title they picture purple hair, funky glasses, and tattoos working for an advertising firm, marketing agency, or purely creative sector (Disney, Netflix, etc). They don't picture Bree. She's a lot less assuming. A lot less "artist" vibe and a lot more "competent cor…
 
One of the careers with the highest burnout and the most people who really think they want to do the job is events. Constantly we hear folks talking about how much they love party planning, and so they're going to "go pro". What doesn't get the press are the incredibly long hours, the lack of recognition, and the fierce competitiveness of the indus…
 
When you picture a C-suite exec in the petroleum industry what do you see? 60+ (ok, 65++) white, hetero, cis, male? You'd be overwhelmingly correct. And then there's Jennifer Hohman. SHE is well under 60, embraces change, accepts corporate responsibility for being a good social citizen (including around environmental impacts), and makes is it a per…
 
Have you heard that it's a hot market? Or a "candidate's market"? Are wondering why you're still looking for work despite all of these articles claiming a national labor shortage? And what the heck is the "Great Resignation"?? How do we know it's a thing? Answers to all of these questions and more have been investigated by the one and only Dr Kirst…
 
Its surprising how common the belief is that anyone with an executive role has it all figured out. It's like we've decided that somewhere along the lines they got access to all the knowledge and answers for things that were relevant to their working world. We see this with other podcasts and articles asking execs their opinions on things that have …
 
When you think of a high ranking Product Manager at Amazon, what do you picture? What if we narrow that image to be the PM in charge of automated customer service? Now do you have an image? If you didn't think of a goofy, sports crazed frat boy with an ability to talk to and charm anyone (and possibly inanimate objects... TBD) then you didn't get i…
 
In the crowded space that is DEI consulting the term "thought leader" gets bandied about a lot. As employees begin to hold corporate America accountable for their treatment of workers in general, and particularly their ability to create and inclusive environment DEI "gurus" seem to be coming out of the woodwork. In the midst of all the noise quietl…
 
We've all been there - in a favorite restaurant or shop thinking "I love this place!" then you see the little sign that says "Franchise Opportunities Available". You probably thought about it. You might have done more than think about it. For most of us that's where it ends.... BUT for some it's the beginning. How do you know what options are out t…
 
Every industry has folks that the rest of us look at and think "wow, they're amazing!" Amy Miller is one of those for must of us in recruitment. Not only is she great at her job, but she has plenty of experience working for some of the biggest names out there. Ok, I'll say it, she's a FAANG super star. Amy is determined, though, to use her status a…
 
“Wear Your Words” by Manny Cabo is a powerful anti-bullying song, and you get to hear a snippet. Today's episode of KAMcast is a special one! I have the privilege to speak with NBC’s The Voice 9th season contestant Manny Cabo! Every once in a while, in the ever-competitive entertainment industry, a presence enters the scene that turns heads, opens …
 
Over the last 40 years video games have come a long way. Far from the children's toys that they started as video games are now big business, high tech, and a major marketing component for any number of industries (even Doritos has used them!). Dave Prout is an artist, creative, developer, and business professional who has grown and developed with t…
 
She was born in Munich, Germany, has family members who survived the Holocaust; Laurie Schwartz is a woman of strength. She came to the US at 2 yrs old and lived in Newark, New Jersey, until moving to Baltimore three years later. She and her family lived there until recently moving to Arizona. Laurie has lived and is living a life of entrepreneuria…
 
These days it seems like everyone has a creative side hustle: actor, singer, youtuber, Twitch streamer... the permeations are endless. It's a rare bird, though, to find someone who is actually making their living (and in this case has been for the entirety of their substantial career) in Hollywood. Meet Ford Austin. Executive producer on high budge…
 
Lishone' Genovese is an award-winning entrepreneur who grew up in the NYC foster care system. She started her first business in 2007 and successfully sold it. Lishone' won her first business award in 2010. She currently owns and operates two businesses. One is a luxury skincare line, and the other is a business and wellness firm, where she helps sm…
 
What would you do if you woke up tomorrow and the entire professional world was talking about you? Mike Conley had exactly that happen. Out of work for a while, and struggling to find the right position he started posting about his experience on LinkedIn. After a particularly absurd interview experience Mike's subsequent post went viral. The result…
 
Frank Castillo & Mitch Castillo moved to Arizona in February of 2020 from Chicago for work and the gorgeous weather! Moving cross country during covid was rough! Luckily, Frank and Mitch met Samara and her family during this time and became instant friends. Gavin and Ava's school was out, everyone in quarantine, and there wasn't anything to do. Fra…
 
In our ongoing quest to bring you stereotype shattering examples of great humans doing work they love we introduce: Paul Glantz! Paul is the Founder and CEO of Launch Consulting - a CPA firm that helps businesses and individuals with their taxes. Now you're clearly thinking that this interview is a boring one. A snooze fest of Michele talking to he…
 
Today's episode of KAMcast is such an inspiring story of triumph, determination, and love. Dianara Saget talks about her life, generational trauma, and going from federal prison to a thriving entrepreneur. Dianara Saget was born and raised in Boston, MA, to Dominican parents. She grew up in Roxbury, Mass, and now lives in Alexandria, VA, with three…
 
Michael Morrison has screwed up a lot in his life. Divorced. Failed businesses. You name, he has managed to fail at it. And yet.... Michael has also had some incredible success in his personal and professional life. He's led built multi-million dollar businesses, got remarried, and a lot more. Most interestingly, he's turned his early epic fails in…
 
Emily Johnson is a mom of 2, married 13 years, owns a hot yoga studio, and is a registered nurse. As if that wasn’t enough, she then went on to get a degree as a family nurse practitioner - amazing! When asked how Emily does it all she says that she has learned over the years to ask for help and has a lot of support. She says that she was never com…
 
Women of GenX and younger were all raised with the impossible standard of the "Super Mom". This mythical woman has the housekeeping and dinner creation ability of Donna Reed and is also a beast in the boardroom - shattering glass ceilings on the daily. The standard was set insanely high, and now women are left to struggle with all of the pressures …
 
Podcast host, and author, Win Kelly Charles, has Cerebral Palsy and her mission is to help others with physical and mental disabilities to find their voices through written or spoken words, using today's assistive technologies as needed. Win has 24-hour care that helps her and she works during the day doing journalism and podcasting. Win and Samara…
 
Talent Acquisition is profoundly broken. The system does little except pit candidates against companies with agency recruiters working as evil puppet masters in the background. The result is that the humans applying for jobs are turned into commodities - glorified hamburgers - being packaged and presented to tempt employers into consumption. At the…
 
Jimmy Ezzell is an inspirational leader who has the master skill of painting a clear picture of his vision while inspiring others to take action on their dreams and goals. Respected as a credible voice in decision making, finding strategic partners, and establishing organizations that grow into the tens of thousands, Jimmy has served on Internation…
 
There is so much bad advice out there, much of which is predicated on bad data and made up statistics. Things like "recruiters only look at your resume for XX seconds" or "the average job seeker....." are all problematic. How do you define average? How do you measure "recruiters"? Good science takes training and time, neither of which phony "job gu…
 
In today's episode of KAMcast, I continue talking with my dear friend Monica Vidal with Visual Wow and Washington Talent Agency. Monica Vidal is a Photographer, Podcaster, Consultant and Business Coach. She is exceptionally talented in the art of listening to the human element of problem-solving. Monica has a deep history with ILEA, the Internation…
 
An early mid-life crisis / career change at 30 years old led her to move across the country from New York City to Scottsdale and enroll in Le Cordon Bleu culinary program. She started Ripe Personal Chef Services an in-home personal chef service cooking daily & weekly meals and boutique dinner parties for discerning guests. Growing the company to mi…
 
In today's episode of KAMcast, I sit down with lifelong friends of mine who introduced me to the world of podcasting, Jack Hartzman and Monica Vidal. Jack Hartzman is a professional photographer with more than 30 years behind his Canon cameras. Jack's decades of experience in the industry range from portraits and weddings to conferences and live ev…
 
If we learned anything in 2020 its that the outside world can and will intrude on our best laid plans. Manny Garcia knows this better than most. Life has been trying to push Manny down since he was a kid. Each time he has risen above all expectation and turned that adversity into life lessons and determination. Musician, podcaster, businessman, mot…
 
In today's episode of KAMcast, I sit down with Amazon millionaire seller Yassin Hall. We dive into her journey to becoming a self-made multi-millionaire and the barriers she had growing up with a mother who was a paranoid schizophrenic. CEO of BOSS Class LLC & Journey Untold LLC, Award-Winning Best-Selling author, self-made multi-millionaire, and i…
 
If you're on LinkedIn very much at all you've been inundated with people trying to help you "maximize your SEO" or "gain $$$$ with improved social media exposure". It's the "Nigerian Prince" of LinkedIn. And small businesses. It sucks, and it's relentless. Katie Brinkley not only feels the same way, but her business is actually doing that work with…
 
Today's episode of KAMcast is one for the books! Parker Kane, American beatboxer, musician, speaker, voiceover talent, and podcast host, is my guest today. Join me today as we talk about the moment he went viral from a late-night run to McDonald's, life struggles, and beatboxing. "If it excites you is the right thing to do. And don't let anyone tel…
 
Few professions have been quite as diminished and mocked by pop culture as Flight Attendants. Usually portrayed as comically incompetent, insatiably promiscuous, and dumb - they get the worst of it. Put that together with the well documented racism, sexism, ableism, and body shaming and it's a bit of a mystery how they continue to smile every day. …
 
Rob Actis discovered the formula to getting what you want on your terms by enduring the near-death experience of his 14-year-old daughter and shortly after facing near-death himself. Rob motivates audiences to realize they can reach their potential faster and easier when their goals become larger than their fears. With crystal clarity, fueled by cr…
 
In over 20 years in the recruitment sector Megan Couch has seen it all. She has worked with employers of every shape and size, locally and nationally. She has a lot of opinions, a lot of commentary, and is happy to share it all! Megan doesn't sugar coat anything, and says out loud the things that other recruiters keep in their head. Passionate abou…
 
Ava had the opportunity to chat with Kate about being an animal advocate and author. Did you know that there are only 7000 cheetahs left in the wild? That's not very many! This is why Kate is so passionate about saving animals and seeing them in their natural habitats. Kate also explains what Club 15 is and how awesome it is to use technology to sa…
 
On today’s episode of KAMcast, I get to have the lovely Elisabeth King on the show. Elisabeth is a relationship and mindset specialist for business owners and entrepreneurs. “To teach anyone, no matter their age, that they can start a business now. And that when they track their day, their task, and feelings, it can help them become an unstoppable …
 
“Wear Your Words” by Manny Cabo is a powerful anti-bullying song, and you get to hear a snippet. Today's episode of KAMcast is a special one! I have the privilege to speak with NBC’s The Voice 9th season contestant Manny Cabo! Every once in a while, in the ever-competitive entertainment industry, a presence enters the scene that turns heads, opens …
 
Riding Shotgun with Charlie is a delightful podcast with lots of good humor, honest conversation, and... well... guns. The host is a former musician, former teacher turned firearms instructor named Charlie Cook. Is he a conservative? When it comes to the second amendment OH YEAH, but he's also one hell of a nice guy who makes it really hard to only…
 
Ava gets to chat with Eli about being an entrepreneur, an artist, and an innovator. Eli is the first entrepreneur in his immediate family, but his grandparents were entrepreneurs. His grandfather sold baseball cards in the '80s and was a top seller. Eli is really into NFT, creating, and drawing. He says that there shouldn’t be a rush to start a bus…
 
Today's episode of KAMcast is such an inspiring story of triumph, determination, and love. Dianara Saget talks about her life, generational trauma, and going from federal prison to a thriving entrepreneur. Dianara Saget was born and raised in Boston, MA, to Dominican parents. She grew up in Roxbury, Mass, and now lives in Alexandria, VA, with three…
 
In today’s episode, we continue with our interview with the amazing Jaikishaan Sharma! He and I talked about how he went from wheelchair to dream chair and shared his story with us. He connects hardworking individuals & parents with Social Media Based Business Opportunities, learns and support one another — all to help grow home-based business with…
 
Are chiropractors real doctors? Why do so many of them sell essential oils? Do babies need chiropractic care? What about that chart that says chiropractic care will make my liver work better? How do I spot a woo-woo/scam artist chiropractor? Dr Melissa MacDonald answers all of this and more with a lot of humor and a straight talking, bs-free approa…
 
In today’s episode, I have the pleasure of having an amazing person on the show. Jaikishaan Sharma so graciously agreed to be interviewed at 3 am in Australia! He and I talked about how he went from wheelchair to dream chair and shared his story with us. He connects hardworking individuals & parents with Social Media Based Business Opportunities, l…
 
She was born in Munich, Germany, has family members who survived the Holocaust; Laurie Schwartz is a woman of strength. She came to the US at 2 yrs old and lived in Newark, New Jersey, until moving to Baltimore three years later. She and her family lived there until recently moving to Arizona. Laurie has lived and is living a life of entrepreneuria…
 
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