Heromakers Podcast

Heromakers Podcast

Lively conversations about important topics to inspire all of us to change the world, one act, one word, one dream at a time.... Show More

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March 2, 2021 28 min

In this episode of the Heromakers Podcast, Laurie and Ann talk with Samantha Tan, a 23-year-old phenom who is setting the stage for a new generation of women in race car driving. At the age of 14, with the encouragement of her father, Samantha began her love for driving fast. Today, she owns her own race car team (ST Racing) and just won her first 24-hour race in Dubai. 

Here we talk about racing cars, what got her to where she is, ...

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In this episode of the Heromakers Podcast, Laurie and Ann talk with Mark White, founder of Run Grateful and Your Town, about the power of community and why we all need physical proximity even as we continue to communicate virtually. Mark shares his own journey of recovery and how those around him stood with him as he took his life back. 

We talk about fatherhood, finding your calling, and how to make time for gratitude in your daily...

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In this episode of the Heromakers Podcast, Laurie and Ann talk with retired Oklahoma City firefighter Chris Fields. Best known around the world for his role in the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing, where he was featured in the iconic photo  carrying 1-year-old Baylee Almon, Chris served for 31 years before retiring to now be a mentor and guide for other first responders dealing with trauma.

In this conversation, we talk about what it tak...

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In this episode of the Heromakers Podcast, Laurie and Ann talk with Kellie Haddock, a Christian singer-songwriter who has an incredible story of hope.

Losing her husband in a car accident while also having her baby's life saved, Kellie has lived through tragedy and found hope and joy on the other side. Through that horrific event, however, Kellie has learned much about hope and life, and 10 years after the accident, Kellie'...

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In this episode of the Heromakers Podcast, Laurie and Ann talk with Teresa Goines, the founder of Old Skool Cafe, a faith-based, violence prevention program that provides job training, employment, and a second chance by way of a 1920’s speakeasy, jazz restaurant run by at-risk, formerly incarcerated, and foster care youth.

As a youth, Teresa grew up taking care of her father and learning how to be a caretaker and notice those on the...

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In this episode of the Heromakers Podcast, Laurie and Ann talk with Nick Skytland and Ali Llewellyn about working at NASA, finding your calling, helping others to dream big, and of course, their new book, What Comes Next?: Shaping the Future in an Ever-Changing World - A Guide for Christian Leaders.

Nick is an author, consultant, technologist, innovator, and triathlete. He is cofounder, along with Ali, of Quite Uncommon, a strategy...

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In this episode of the Heromakers Podcast, Laurie and Ann talk with Aalia Lanius, author, entrepreneur, and founder of Unsugercoated Media, which seeks to help survivors of trauma through media and works of art that address the critical issues facing society today. As a survivor of homelessness, domestic violence, and cancer, Aalia shares openly about what got her through those times and how the power of self love can have a tremen...

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In this episode of the Heromakers Podcast, Laurie and Ann kick off Season 2 with a fun and engaging conversation about joy, diversity, dance, and it's like to live way up in the Yukon, the land of the midnight sun. Gurdeep Pandher travels the world (and now via Zoom) to teach the lively and joyful dance called Bhangra, which was developed by rural Sikh farmers in India.

We talk about his journey from India to becoming a Canadian...

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In this episode of the Heromakers Podcast, Laurie and Ann wrap up Season 1 of the Heromakers Podcast with an incredible conversation with Col. Jim McDonough (USA, Ret.), Executive Director of Headstrong, an organization dedicated to healing the hidden wounds of war among our active duty military, veterans, and their families. Jim shares lessons he learned from his 26 years of active duty along with other positions he has held in ci...

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Wow! We made it to 27 episodes--and have had a great time doing so.

Nearly four months into the launch of the Heromakers Podcast, Laurie and Ann discuss memorable moments and walk through each heromaking trait and share which episode highlighted each so well. 

We want to thank all of our listeners for making the first months of the podcast so fun, and for all of our guests, who shared with vulnerability and authenticity their own sto...

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In this episode of the Heromakers Podcast, Laurie and Ann have a lively conversation with Darrion Cockrell, a PE teacher from the St. Louis area who recently was named "Missouri Educator of the Year." The three talk about Darrion growing up bouncing from foster home to foster home until he found a couple of people who went above and beyond to care for him. Darrion credits his middle school coach (and surrogate "dad"...

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In this episode of the Heromakers Podcast, Laurie and Ann talk with Jay Shifman, author, speaker, podcast host, and founder of Choose Your Struggle. As we bear down on 10 months of Covid-19 shaking up our lives, Jay talks about his own struggle with depression and anxiety and attempted suicide. We discuss the all-too-common problem of substance misuse and how good things can go bad quickly. Jay has been sharing his story for years ...

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In this episode of the Heromakers Podcast, Laurie and Ann talk with Khristi Lauren Adams, a speaker, author, youth advocate, and minister who authored the Parable of the Brown Girl, which highlights the cultural and spiritual truths that emerge from the lives of young black girls. She works as the Firestone Endowment Chaplain and an Instructor of Religious Studies and Philosophy at The Hill School in Pottstown, Pennsylvania and as ...

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In this episode of the Heromakers Podcast, Laurie and Ann talk with Megan (Megs) Yunn, founder of the Pittsburgh-based organization Beverly's Birthdays, which provides birthday cheer and critical baby care items for children experiencing homelessness and families in need. Each year they make sure over 30,000 children who may not be celebrated on their birthday get the love and attention they deserve.

Megs talks about how Beverly...

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In this episode of the Heromakers Podcast, Laurie and Ann talk with Jeff Sparr and Matt Kaplan, co-founders of PeaceLove, a movement that encourages creativity, self expression, community, and storytelling via the arts. After struggling himself with debilitating OCD, Jeff was encouraged to engage in the arts and it changed his life. He was soon visiting hospitals and encouraging and training others to use the arts to build mental h...

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In this episode of the Heromakers Podcast, Laurie and Ann talk with Enneagram coach and spiritual director Lisa Vischer. For over 20 years Lisa has been digging into the Enneagram and helping others to understand themselves through the nine lenses. Here, Lisa gives us a crash course in these lenses:

  • Type 1: Reformers: Goodness
  • Type 2: Helpers: Compassion
  • Type 3: Performers: Potential
  • Type 4: Embracers: Beauty
  • Type 5: Observers: Reason
  • Ty...
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    In this episode of the Heromakers Podcast, Laurie and Ann talk with Julie Schwietert Collazo, founder of Immigrant Families Together, an organization dedicated to reuniting and supporting families separated at the U.S./Mexico border. In 2018, after hearing the story of a mother seeking refuge from Guatemala was detained at the border and separated from her children, Julie went on a mission to reunite them, pulling in volunteers fro...

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    In this episode of the Heromakers Podcast, Laurie and Ann talk with Angela Hurtado and David Araya, the founders of HoPe (Hispanic Organization Promoting Education), which seeks to provide community and support for Hispanic students around the country. The idea began when both were in college and had been experiencing the need for fellowship with other Hispanic students. From a yellow napkins and a pen came an organization that now...

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    In this episode of the Heromakers Podcast, Laurie and Ann talk with Judy Isaacson Elias, founder of Heroes to Heroes Foundation, which provides spiritual healing and peer support for veterans  who have attempted suicide or are on a path to self-destruction due to moral injury. With Veteran's Day just passed, Judy gives an inside look at growing up in a family of veterans and how it impacted the way she sees the world.

    Judy set o...

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    In this episode of the Heromakers Podcast, Laurie and Ann talk with Andy Helmer, CEO of Shelters to Shutters, which transitions individuals and families out of homelessness to economic self-sufficiency. Having spent his career in the for-profit world, Andy came in with a lot of preconceived notions about both the non-profit world and about people who are homeless in general. 

    All of his assumptions were crushed once he actually bega...

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