The Everyday People Podcast - By The HR Dad

The Everyday People Podcast - By The HR Dad

This Podcast is dedicated to telling your big story! Extraordinary things happen all of the time, with everyday people just like you and me. With years of experience as an HR executive and being a Dad, I see everyday greatness…every day. It's my joy and privilege to get to share those stories of greatness. Welcome to the internationally loved podcast were all my guests are nominated by someone else who thinks they have an incredible story to share! Is Your Big Story Next? Onward and up! Greg Brenner Aka "TheHRDad"


March 1, 2021 60 mins

Have you ever felt invisible?

Glenn Lundy had felt that way and lived through the consequences of being invisible. Listen in on how Glenn manages to escape a life that only focused on his mind and body. He lived the life of if it felt good in his mind and with his body, he did it. That path led him to destructive behaviors that almost claimed his own life. 

Glenn is a now a parent of 8 mouths that he and his wife need to feed. His ...

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An arranged marriage in this century? Yep, it still happens as we learn together. Can you imagine living in a society as a woman, where your parents still pick your husband...until death do you part?

This is Naheed Khan's everyday story as she shares her deepest lows to her highest highs, in search for a life that was meaningful. She chose to buck societal pressures to be a certain kind of a woman. In other ways she kept her word t...

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Is there more? The "White Lab Coat" is synonymous with being smart, a healer, and even having Godlike qualities to those who get healed. Doctors amass wealth, respect and healthy egos. They have it all or so it would seem. 

Dr. Gordon, now a recently retired board certified surgeon was on the front lines of Covid 19 in New York during it's now infamous surge in 2020 but that is not her real story. She chose to heal herself before h...

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November 25, 2020 64 mins

The feeling of "I can't breathe" has come to mean different things in 2020. Listen in on how Marty's incident and that feeling of he can't breathe followed him into his career and calling of being a Catholic Priest. 

Marty was a kind soul to speak with, a deep thinker and one even as Priest had many everyday problems that he shares. He will give you the glimpse into his rise and fall of his life of being a spiritual leader. 


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A good family and a good girl, then it all changed. Listen how bullying, depression and rape led to a life no girl should ever have to endure. 

Rebekah's story took many turns which led her to sex trafficking and being sexually exploited. This story will disturb you and make you cringe. At the same time this story will school you on how the sex trade works and how the prey gets caught and eventually escapes.

Thankfully there are pe...

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Madeleine was muted after being ganged raped at the age of 13 years old. She takes on her journey of recovering from a terrible trauma that nearly left her dead, to finding her way to marriage and motherhood. 

Her story weaves us through the pain one experiences and how she eventually unlocked the shackles in her mind that she was haunted with post the rape. 

If anyone has dealt with physical trauma like rape and the emotional rape...

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Have you ever wanted to be rescued? Are you someone's savior? Nadine takes us through her life of love addiction and the highs and lows of relationships. 

Growing up from the ashes of dysfunction to becoming a person who needed love, Nadine's personal journey will resonate to all of you who love, love and the good, the bad and everyday realities love brings.

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You feel like you are born flawed from God...

You can be surrounded by people who love you dearly and you love them and you can still be very lonely. This is where Mark was and this can be the life of someone that suffers from social anxiety.

Many times his heart and brain felt locked so he would not be hurt again. This desensitizes one to life. Mark began to learn to manage this anxiety through nutrition among other things and eve...

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Woman in their 30's are not supposed to get stage 3 colon cancer.  Tabitha took it and beat it through a bad ass mindset that was filled with connection and faith. 

As if cancer was not enough Tabitha was laid off while pregnant and again after a double mastectomy. Life has not always been easy but with a wonderful attitude and a passion for connecting people together has helped her defy death and devastating events.

Tabitha now ad...

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"My daughter is not going to prostitute herself on a stage" Those words came from Mary's mother. That was in response when Mary told her Mom she wanted to go to an arts school to learn how to perform. That moment started a downward spiral that lasted close to 15 years and nearly destroyed her. 

Mary has gone through many radical changes during her life. She has "had it all" and gave that all up to find her true self that was starin...

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Life is not all about Diapers and Dishes, is the epiphany this Mother came to the conclusion with after always doing the right things. Is there more, is always a difficult question to answer when you are in the search for meaning.

Ruqya or RK takes us on the journey of her story from leaving her country because of an impending war, to staying briefly in a refugee camp and settling in her new country with 27 people under one roof. F...

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Seeking the "approval" from a parent can drive or haunt a child for a life time. Larry Levine talks about his life lessons while Selling From The Heart. If you are in sales this is a must listen to episode. More importantly if you are a parent, you have a profound impact on your children good or bad and that can haunt or help you kids on their journey as Larry teaches us.  

Listen in to Larry's journey from failures, mentorship  an...

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 "Your son has cancer." The "C" word is bad enough all by itself, add three words to Cancer and it becomes devastating. Listen to Helene Rennervik tell her Everyday People Story of hearing those words that were directed at her nine-year-old son. "Is he going to die?" and "How am I going to tell him?" These questions  and more raced through her mind.

Helene shares how she handled this news and some of the unlikely sources of inspira...

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Lucy Schalkwijk is a woman who is on a mission driven to help woman grow! As a young woman she bucked the status quo and questioned her future life in thinking is the regular job and being in the same apartment for 30 years going to be enough for her. She said no and left home and went to a foreign country to begin fulfilling her mission.   

Her mission is to connect and empower career woman and she does it in all places Africa. Th...

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Have you have heard of the Coronavirus pandemic thing going around? Unless you are off totally off the grid, you most likely have heard about it. A lot of people I know are concerned and panicked. 

This is my first "check in" episode, where it is just you and me and no guest(s). Today, I share my thoughts on the current state of things with this pandemic and think about ways to calm ourselves.  

I wish you all much health and safet...

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If you have lost faith in youth today, you must listen in to Will who is an 18-year-old faith-based high school senior. He has accomplished a whole bunch of stuff at a very young age.

He is a 3 sport high school athlete, is popular and befriends everyone, plays drums in his church band, has written a book that is sold on Amazon, yes, Amazon, and if that is not enough, he is 100% grounded in his religion. 

Will has not taken a puff ...

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The Grateful Brain was the title to one of Melissa's blog posts and I thought it was the perfect title for her episode, as she is a self-proclaimed neuroscience geek. 

Melissa has extensively studied how the brain works and how the brain function can help people in workplaces work better together. From gratitude to making sure people matter are just some of the things Melissa covers with me.

Give a listen to learn about the brain a...

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Heather never felt growing up that she was enough. Born into a family that was multi cultural, mixed in with different races and religious belief's. Like most kids she just wanted to fit in.

Unfortunately, Heather usually felt like the outcast. Professionally she did the corporate thing until she was laid off. This rocked her world as the main bread winner in her family, it was devastating.

This brought her right back to her childh...

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Amy shares her non-linear journey in becoming a writer. She see's the brilliance in others and writes about it. Being a writer comes with a sense of vulnerability that you must overcome which is not always easy if you are the sensitive kind. 

Ghost writers can be hidden in plain sight and Amy shares her thoughts on how she has stopped hiding. People tell her things and she writes their stories which is very much her own brilliance....

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Seven months into his new job at Vayner Media Gary Vaynerchuk's company Adam is let go - fired - kaput. He just bought an expensive house in the burbs child on the way. Around the same time, his daughter had to spend a week in a burn unit by a terrible accident that involved Adam's mother.

Adam hit rock bottom and yet refused to let that those events define him. When he got fired at Vanyer, Gary Vee gave him one piece of advice whi...

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