Intentional Optimists - Unconventional Leaders

Intentional Optimists - Unconventional Leaders

There's a new wave of leaders on the horizon! Everyday, amazing women, who know there's something more - and who go after it. Women who are ready to contribute in new and different ways, making a difference right where they are. Welcome to Intentional Optimists Podcast - the podcast for Unconventional Leaders. Join host, Andrea Johnson - Certified Life Coach and DISC Consultant - each week for actionable tips and advice on how to grow, step up, make a difference and yes - LEAD! You’ll meet inspiring women who are making a difference in their local community, each leading in unconventional and creative ways. Discover how to use your unique interests and skills in your community - to help you become a role model, encouraging, empowering and mentoring other women to do the same. Because here’s the thing - YOU are the answer. YOU are the future of leadership, and the role models for future generations. To learn more about Andrea Johnson and Intentional Optimism, visit www.theintentionaloptimist.com, or join the Intentional Optimists Facebook Group, a global community of women helping women.... Show More

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March 1, 2021 20 min

Today we’re talking about how seeking and cultivating understanding builds unity and fosters community.  Understanding is the first part of the tenet of Wisdom.   

Intentional Optimism - Your Vehicle for Personal Growth:

  • Optimistic = The hull, the vehicle that gets you from island A to island B.
  • Present = The centerboard - keeps you upright, focused, centered.
  • Energetic = The sail - captures & harnesses the wind, propel...
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    Morgan Emo is a stay-at-home mom and small business owner of Child Life Coffee. The first year of her son’s life was full of tremendous emotional and spiritual tribulation, yet amazing spiritual and emotional growth. She and her husband started Child Life Coffee, realizing a dream to provide support to child life programs through the sale of fresh roasted coffee. Their mission and goal is to ensure that other hospitalized families ...

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    February 15, 2021 13 min

    Today we’re talking about what it means to be an Industrious, the first part of the Tenet of Energetic. Hard-working, diligent, conscientious, persevering through new experiences and ideas… applies to us as leaders in our families and our communities.  Having an industrious bent allows us to provide for ourselves, our families and others, in ways that empower.   

    Intentional Optimism - Your Vehicle for Personal Growth:

  • Optimistic ...
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    After 25 years in a male dominated service component in the Air Force, Kamille Thomas wanted to pick a new career that would fulfill her desire to mentor and teach. She had been teaching in Air Force Leadership schools, annual training, and in individual organizations and senior leaders summits.  She is a Certified Master Resilience Trainer, and a certified John Maxwell Team Speaker, Trainer and Coach.  She now shares her wisdom an...

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    February 1, 2021 17 min

    Today we’re talking about what it means to be an Unconventional Leader.  Built loosely around Prov. 31 Woman - a strong woman who just so happens to be a great Leader.  

    Unconventional Leaders LEAD At EVERY level, in ANY area, using their UNIQUE gifts but there are certain characteristics that highlight an Intentionally Optimistic and Unconventional Leader. 

    The Sailboat of Intentional Optimism:

  • Optimistic = The boat - the hull, t...
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    January 25, 2021 80 min

    International best-selling author and Soul Nutrition ROKU TV & Amazon FireStick show host, The Soul Nutritionist Reina Rose shares her unique experience and expertise on the importance of nourishing the soul. Digging deep into the question of what truly satisfies our inner life, Reina distills ancient wisdom into practical tools useful for today's modern audiences. As a former fitness professional and lifelong student of hu...

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    January 18, 2021 16 min

    Today we’re talking about Grown Up Wonder.  
    Wonder is one of the three aspects of Tenet #2 of Intentional Optimism, being Present.

    Intentional Optimism using The Sailboat Analogy:

  • Optimistic = The boat - the hull, the vehicle that gets you from island A to island B.
  • Present = The centerboard - keeps you upright, focused, “centered,” if you will.
  • Courageous = The rigging - this holds everything together and makes it work - y...
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    January 11, 2021 56 min

    Kathe Morrison leads a group of women working the Cinderella Project of the Shenandoah Valley.  This project was founded in 2003 as a Christian mission project dedicated to helping young men and women with financial need for semi-formal and formal attire for their school events at no cost.  This promotes self-esteem and the encouragement of all to believe and achieve their dreams.  Kathe volunteers her time, effort and money while ...

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    January 4, 2021 20 min

    Are you ready to live with Intention in 2021? Today’s episode examines the sixth Tenet of Intentional Optimism: Intentional.

    Topics discussed in this episode:

    Living with Intention includes three key steps:
    1. Know your Purpose. [4:12]
    2. Make a Plan. [7:10]
    3. You need to Grow [12:09]

    Intentional Optimism using The Sailboat Analogy:

  • Optimistic = The boat - the hull, the vehicle that gets you from island A to island B.
  • Present = T...
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    December 14, 2020 14 min

    In today’s episode we look at what it is to “see through the lens of HOPE”.  This is one of the three aspects of Intentional Optimism Tenet 1: Being Optimistic.

    Intentional Optimism - a refresher [.57]

  • Optimistic - hopeful, positive, proactive
  • Present - having a sense of wonder, generous, kind/open
  • Courageous - lead, adventure, resilient
  • Energetic - industrious, energetic and life-focused
  • Wise - understanding, words, respect
  • Intentional -...
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    Jennifer McCune is a Midwestern girl at heart who moved to Virginia over 20 years ago to attend graduate school. Although she loved her past professional years in education and fundraising, her three children motivated her to start her own business over 8 years ago, which she loves. Mompreneurship has given her the time and flexibility to focus on other passions including travel, philanthropy, and public speaking, and empowering an...

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    “Experience is not the best teacher; evaluated experience is.” 
      ~ John C. Maxwell. 

    In today’s episode we look at the “why and how” of a yearly review process. 

    Intentional Optimism - a refresher [2:30]

  • Optimistic - hopeful, positive, proactive
  • Present - having a sense of wonder, generous, kind/open
  • Courageous - lead, adventure, resilient
  • Energetic - industrious, energetic and life-focused
  • Wise - understanding, words, respect
  • Intentional ...
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    Gwen Cassady has had a global footprint in 64 countries, on all 7 continents, and has a passion for fighting homelessness in all of them. With degrees in Economics and Education from the University of Virginia, she is currently working toward her Masters in Sustainability at Harvard, or as she calls it, “Hardvard.” She plans to create Sustainable Cities and Communities to help disenfranchised members of her local community while as...

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    November 16, 2020 15 min

    In today’s episode we look at what it means to pursue Wisdom

    Intentional Optimism - a refresher 

  • Optimistic - hopeful, positive, proactive
  • Present - having a sense of wonder, generous, kind/open
  • Courageous - lead, adventure, resilient
  • Energetic - industrious, energetic and life-focused
  • Wise - understanding, words, respect
  • Intentional - sense of purpose, plan, grow
  • Topics discussed in this episode:
    How do you pursue wisdom?

  • Understanding [2:...
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    Tenzi Chacha is the founder of the women’s empowerment program, Sewing Empowers Women (SEW), based in East Africa. She has leveraged her gift and talents in the area of fashion design and production, teaching women how to sew women’s clothing and accessories as a way for them to financially support themselves and their families. Some of them create special pieces for TENZI Design, where they are paid per piece they create and then ...

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    November 2, 2020 61 min

    Kristin A. Sherry is a globally recognized career expert, winner of the 2020 Career Innovator Award by Career Directors International, and creator of the YouMap career profile, which uncovers the Four Pillars of Career Fit in teens and adults, and TalentStory, a process of self-discovery for elementary-aged children.  She is an international speaker and nine-time author,  and Your Team Loves Mondays… Right?, selected as a Top Busin...

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    October 26, 2020 65 min

    Episode 10 provided you with an overview of DISC, all the basics and general information. Today Andrea sits down with her best friend and podcast editor/producer, Kim Pate, to chat about how DISC has shown up in their long relationship, their families and their jobs, and how they now strategically use the information from their reports to make the world a better place - yep, teaming up to bring you this amazing podcast! 

    Topics disc...

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    October 19, 2020 23 min

    In today’s episode I finally get to share what I love about DISC, why I use it, and how it can help you learn about yourself and better relate to others! We’ll take a quick look at the strengths of each style and point out some tips on how to improve your communication abilities

    Intentional Optimism - The Tenets 

  • Optimistic - hopeful, positive, proactive
  • Present - having a sense of wonder, generous, kind/open
  • Courageous - lead, adventu...
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    Mariah Humphries is a bi-racial Mvskoke Native American and lives in Waco with her husband and three children. Mariah has a Masters of Theological Studies and is the Assistant Director of Campaign and Development Communications at Baylor University.  She considers herself an educator around Native American topics and racial reconciliation within Christianity as a Ministry Educator with Be the Bridge. You can find Mariah on Twitter,...

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    October 5, 2020 14 min

    In today’s episode we look at what it means to Courageous…

    Intentional Optimism - a refresher 

  • Optimistic - hopeful, positive, proactive
  • Present - having a sense of wonder, generous, kind/open
  • Courageous - lead, adventure, resilient
  • Energetic - industrious, energetic and life-focused
  • Wise - understanding, words, respect
  • Intentional - sense of purpose, plan, grow
  • Topics discussed in this episode:
    What does it mean to be Courageous?

  • Leading [...
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