Next Steps Forward

Next Steps Forward

Personal empowerment, commitment to our own well-being and the motivation to achieve more than we ever thought possible are the ingredients of a better life. And, they’re all within our reach. Next Steps Forward with Chris Meek delves into each aspect of the three keys that add energy, excitement, direction and purpose to everything that we do. Each week, Chris hosts leaders from the worlds of business, sports, entertainment, medicine, politics and public policy as they engage in thought-provoking discussions to help us all take the next step forward on our own journeys to our better selves and greater service to others. Next Steps Forward with Chris Meek is an informative, uplifting hour every Tuesday at 1 PM Eastern Time and 10 AM Pacific Time on the VoiceAmerica Empowerment Channel that’s certain to inspire you to take that important next step forward, too.... Show More

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February 23, 2021 60 min
Cynthia Garrett, nationally recognized television host and personality, speaks with Chris Meek about her storied career in the entertainment industry and ultimate journey to finding faith. Garrett will speak about breaking industry barriers by making history as the first African-American woman to host a network late-night show, NBC’s LATER w/ Cynthia Garrett, and how her ability to empathize and relate to others helped her garner m...
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In this installment of Next Steps Forward show host Chris Meek speaks with Dr. Pat Boulogne, lifestyle medicine expert and coach, about how she has helped thousands of individuals implement simple and effective steps in their daily lives to regain their health. With over three decades of experience in delivering science-based solutions to those experiencing weight problems, chronic diseases and genetic dispositions, Dr. Boulogne wi...
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Kent Syverud, Chancellor and President of Syracuse University, speaks with program host Chris Meek about navigating the pandemic and its impact on the future of higher education. Breaking down the positives and negatives of virtual learning, he will pinpoint areas where education can be improved based on lessons learned throughout the pandemic and how those lessons underscore the importance of thoughtfully and safely reopening soci...
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Chris Meek speaks with Shauna “Doc” Springer, one of the world’s leading experts on psychological trauma, military transition and suicide prevention, in this installment of Next Steps Forward. A trusted doctor to our nation’s military war fighters, Springer will discuss practical, tangible tools for suicide prevention and the importance of trust in the prevention process. A champion for the power of connection, Springer will speak ...
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Andi Buerger, founder and chair of the organization Voices Against Trafficking, speaks with “Next Steps Forward” host Chris Meek about facilitating and energizing nonprofits, individuals, businesses and social groups to be a powerful collective voice in the fight against human trafficking. Having survived years of childhood abuse and having been trafficked herself, Buerger will share with the audience how her survival led her on a ...
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On this edition of Next Steps Forward show host Chris Meek speaks with Mark Halperin, nationally recognized political analyst, reporter and current host of Mark Halperin’s Focus Group on Newsmax TV. Halperin will speak about covering the ebb and flow of the ever-changing American political landscape over the course of his career and how his professional experiences have brought him up close and personal with a number of the major p...
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Show host Chris Meek speaks with Clara Reynolds, president and CEO of the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay, about the services that the organization provides to individuals and families who suffer distress from serious life crises, such as abuse, loss of a loved one and thoughts of suicide. Reynolds will speak about what she refers to as “the behavioral health tsunami,” or how the remarkable events that unfolded throughout 2020 are impac...
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January 5, 2021 60 min
COL Greg Gadson, a 26-year retired Army veteran, speaks with Next Steps Forward host Chris Meek about the loss of both his legs above the knees and the normal use of his right arm and hand after experiencing an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) attack while serving in Iraq. Refusing to be defined by his injuries, Gadson will explain to the audience how he draws on the lessons of pride, poise and team he learned as a linebacker at W...
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LTG H.R. McMaster, 34-year Army veteran and former National Security advisor, speaks with “Next Steps Forward” host Chris Meek about his recent book “Battlegrounds: The Fight to Defend the Free World” and the current state of security, freedom and prosperity in the United States. As a soldier, commander, scholar and national security advisor, LTG McMaster brings a unique perspective to problem-solving that everyday Americans and li...
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Natalie St Pierre, successful entrepreneur and disability advocate, speaks with “Next Steps Forward” host Chris Meek about living her best life with cerebral palsy. St Pierre avidly participates in a number of adaptive sports, including cross country skiing, surfing, biking and sailing, showing that people, regardless of circumstances, can find a way to live a limitless life. She will speak extensively about her involvement with Th...
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December 15, 2020 60 min
Albert Hernandez, U.S. Marine Corps veteran and Purple Heart recipient, speaks with “Next Steps Forward'' host Chris Meek about overcoming both the visible and invisible wounds he sustained during his two deployments to Iraq. Focusing on the mental health implications of service, Hernandez will speak directly about losing a close friend and fellow service member to suicide and how that prompted him to volunteer much of his ...
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December 8, 2020 60 min
Armen Keteyian,11-time Emmy Award winning journalist and former chief investigative correspondent for CBS News, speaks with “Next Steps Forward” host Chris Meek about his celebrated career as one of America’s most recognized news and sports anchors. Keteyian will take the audience on his journey from starting out as a sports writer for a San Diego newspaper, to landing his dream job as a reporter for Sports Illustrated and finally ...
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COL Irving Smith, general manager of Janssen Pharmaceuticals Inc., speaks with Next Steps Forward host Chris Meek about serving as an Infantry Officer and Battalion Executive Officer over his 27 years in the U.S. military, where he was one of only a few Black service members in his regiment. Smith will touch on how he maintained his composure and displayed strength in the face of adversity, particularly in overcoming injustice and ...
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Sean O’Keefe, former Secretary of the Navy and NASA administrator, speaks with “Next Steps Forward” host Chris Meek about his leadership roles within the U.S. government and how he ultimately navigated the challenges and opportunities that he experienced within those roles. O’Keefe currently serves as a university professor in strategic management and leadership at the Syracuse University Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Af...
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LTG H.R. McMaster, 34-year Army veteran and former National Security advisor, speaks with “Next Steps Forward” host Chris Meek about his recent book “Battlegrounds: The Fight to Defend the Free World” and the current state of security, freedom and prosperity in the United States. As a soldier, commander, scholar and national security advisor, LTG McMaster brings a unique perspective to problem-solving that everyday Americans and li...
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WWE Superstar Lacey Evans speaks with “Next Steps Forward” host Chris Meek about her successful career in sports entertainment. Evans will take listeners on her personal journey, speaking candidly about growing up in a toxic home environment and how that informed her career progression. From enlisting in the U.S. Marines, where she served as military police to opening and operating her own construction business to her current caree...
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Program host Chris Meek is honored to speak with Second Lady of the United States Karen Pence on this special presentation of “Next Steps Forward.” In her role as Second Lady, Mrs. Pence has elevated art therapy as a mental health profession and has raised awareness about the role it can play in treating military members and veterans who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury (TBI). Mrs. Pence ...
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Chris Meek is honored to speak with U.S. Surgeon General Jerome M. Adams and Dr. Alveda King, civil rights activist, evangelist and niece of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., on this presentation of “Next Steps Forward.” As Surgeon General, Dr. Adams is committed to maintaining strong relationships with the public health community and forging new partnerships in other sectors to fulfill his motto “better health through better partnershi...
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Dean Kamen, founder and president of DEKA Research & Development Corporation, speaks with “Next Steps Forward” host Chris Meek in-depth about the impressive and life changing technologies he and his team at DEKA work diligently to develop and provide. These technologies include a portable dialysis machine, the iBOT™ Mobility system, a robotic arm and the ever popular Segway™ Human Transporter, among a plethora of others. Not on...
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Eric Canonico, Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer of MOTOPARA Foundation, Inc., speaks with “Next Steps Forward” host Chris Meek about how his organization elevates and enhances lives by delivering elite global response teams made up of Veteran Special Forces Operators and Military Specialists that administer search and rescue, disaster response and humanitarian relief. In addition to MOTOPARA, Canonico will discuss how...
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