Despite Impossible

Despite Impossible

I am Tansley Stearns, and this is Despite Impossible. I am a long-time credit union executive leading Community Financial as president & ceo. I have always admired and been inspired by people whose passion is boundless and who don't comprehend the word impossible. This show focuses on their stories.

Episodes

May 23, 2024 25 mins

Today’s guest is Chris Lambert. He is an author, a passionate Detroiter, and a big believer in making the impossible possible. He is also the Founder and CEO of Life Remodeled, which aims to revitalize neighborhoods across Detroit by repurposing vacant properties into one-stop hubs of opportunities where families can thrive. This is Chris’ story.

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Today’s guest is Jennifer Spitler. She is tenacious, believes in working hard and playing hard, and is passionate about the possibilities of the future generation. Jennifer is also the president and CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southeast Michigan, an innovative alternative to the juvenile justice system to create equity and empowerment for young people. This is Jen's story.

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May 9, 2024 29 mins

Today’s guest is Ronaldo Hardy. He is a passionate leader, someone who is all about people, a gifted singer, and someone who considers himself to be a diplomatic disruptor. Ronaldo is also the President & CEO of NACUSO, the National Association of Credit Union Service Organizations, with a mission to help credit unions explore the delivery of non-traditional products and services. This is Ronaldo’s story.

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May 2, 2024 16 mins

Today’s guest is Arash Asady.  Arash is a thought leader, someone who is irrationally optimistic, a caring friend, and clutch. He is also the CEO and co-founder of Bits of Stock, which aims to empower young investors to earn fractional stocks as rewards. This is Arash’s story.

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April 25, 2024 16 mins

Today’s guest is Teresa Freeborn. She is an experienced executive with a demonstrated history of corporate leadership, the co-founder of Smash + Tess, a long-time advocate for women, and an outspoken and sought-after speaker and media commentator, delivering important truths with warmth, compassion, and humor. She is also the author of Suits and Skirts: Game On! Available on Amazon. This is Teresa’s story.

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April 19, 2024 21 mins

Today’s guest is Jimese Harkley. She is determined, witty, deliberate, passionate, and consistent in her approach to life. She is also an entrepreneur, credit union advocate, and the chief community engagement officer of Harborstone Credit Union. This is Jimese’s story.

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April 11, 2024 24 mins

Today’s guest is Randy Harrington, a musician, strategist, a dear friend, chef, and professional executive coach. He is also the Founding Partner of Strategic Arts & Sciences, where he invests time as a seasoned strategic planning facilitator and executive communications consultant. This is Randy’s story.

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April 4, 2024 10 mins

Today’s guest is Mark Erwin. He enjoys creating art, camping, and engaging with music. Mark is also the Executive Director at Ruth Ellis Center with a mission to create opportunities with LGBTQ+ young people to build their vision for a positive future. This is Mark’s story.

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Today's guest is Dr. Elliot Eisenberg. He is an intellectually curious, lifelong learner with a witty sense of humor that makes him a remarkable storyteller. He is also known as the bowtie economist who, through his consulting and keynote presentations, demystifies the intricacies of the economic indicators impacting our companies and communities. This is Elliot's story.

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March 21, 2024 17 mins

Today’s guest is Dr. Amy Hillman, a giver, a lifelong learner, someone who is never afraid of trying new things, resilient, and a human capable of redrawing her future. She is also the Rusty Lyon Chair of Strategy, former Dean of the W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University, and the fellow leading Filene’s Center of Excellence for Leadership, Strategy, and Governance. This is Amy’s story.

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March 14, 2024 25 mins

Meet Tony Roko, an awe-inspiring artist whose heart and stories can be found around Plymouth, Michigan. 

Tony’s art career began while he worked on the line at Ford’s Michigan Assembly Plant. Ford management recognized his talents, named Tony Ford’s Resident Artist, and commissioned him to paint murals in many Ford facilities to beautify these buildings and bolster employee morale.

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March 7, 2024 18 mins

Today’s guest is Rick Thomas, a father and a friend. He’s someone who loves animals and has a passion for community development, which started during his 17-year venture in Uzbekistan. He developed low-cost projects to empower underserved communities with a concentration on single women with children and retired adults. Rick is also the vp of community development and transformation at CU Strategic Planning, where he leads an elite...

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February 29, 2024 33 mins

Today's guest is Rachel Lauren. She's resilient, brutally honest, a former financial analyst, and an investor turned fintech entrepreneur. Rachel is also the COO and Co-Founder of Debbie Inc., a financial wellbeing platform offering cash rewards for positive financial behavior, available to credit unions - think of it as your debt payoff cheerleader. This is Rachel's story.

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February 15, 2024 18 mins

Today's guest is Lauren Culp,  a collaborative and tenacious leader skilled at balancing strategy and execution. Lauren is a vibrant human being who dreams boldly, cherishes the Summer, and never misses a chance to spike a volleyball or race down a waterslide. Lauren is also the Publisher and CEO at CUInsight. This is Lauren's story.

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February 8, 2024 26 mins

Today's guest is Dr. Shairi Turner - a mom, a holistic well-being advocate, and someone who is committed to addressing the mental health epidemic. She is also the Chief Health Officer at the Crisis Text Line: a 24/7, free high-quality text-based mental health support and crisis intervention line with a mission to be at the intersection of empathy and innovation, promoting mental well-being for people wherever they are. Shairi ...

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February 1, 2024 23 mins

Today's guest is Anika Goss-Foster, a joyful dreamer, philanthropist, community leader, and one of Detroit's fiercest advocates. Anika is the Chief Executive Officer of Detroit Future City, a think-and-do tank focused on land use and sustainability, community and economic development, and economic equity in Detroit. This is Anika's story. Remember to stick around to hear Tansley's reflections at the end of the e...

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January 25, 2024 12 mins

Today’s guest is George Hofheimer. George is a friend, a leader, and an in-demand advisor for highly ambitious credit unions, including ours, that want to change the world. This is George’s Story. Stick around for Tansley's reflections at the end of the episode!

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January 18, 2024 28 mins

Today’s guest is Heidi Musser. She’s a determined and resilient servant leader, influencer, design thinker, change agent, and a master Agilest. This is Heidi’s story.
Remember to stick around for Tansley's reflections at the end of the episode!

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January 11, 2024 25 mins

Today’s guest is Kirk Drake. Kirk is an entrepreneur, author, and keynote speaker who is on a mission to disrupt business norms and accelerate innovation through adventure, integrity, and of course, humor. This is Kirk’s story. Remember to stick around for Tansley's reflections at the end of the episode!

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January 4, 2024 15 mins

Today's guest is Michelle Winterfield, Co-Founder of Tandem, an incredible finance app for couples that makes money management fun and easy. This is her story. Be sure to stick around until the end to hear Tansley's reflections on her time with Michelle!

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