Fearless Authenticity with Jeanne Sparrow

Fearless Authenticity with Jeanne Sparrow

Ready to Be Brave, Be Free, Be You? To engage with the world as the best version of yourself and find success in life? Join Jeanne Sparrow, award-winning speaker, Fortune 100 consultant, and 7-time Emmy Winner, as she comes together each week with business leaders, entrepreneurs, colleagues, authors, friends, and celebrities for real and honest conversations about finding your Fearless Authenticity. She digs deep into how you make lasting relationships in your professional and private life; how you express yourself fearlessly; and how you deal with the challenges and obstacles on the way to achieving your goals. But don’t worry, it’s not all business! There are plenty of light moments because Jeanne truly believes that if it’s not fun, it’s not worth doing! Join the conversation every Thursday and let Jeanne help you find your truest, most authentic self.

Episodes

May 4, 2023 62 mins
When you’re told what success looks like from a young age (good grades, college, 30-40+ hours a week at a good paying job) it’s easy to feel like you know your next step. Well, that was a lifestyle that Mignon Francois was not ready to settle into when she decided to “bake sale” her way to breaking the cycle. As stay-at-home mother of 6+1 with no prior baking experience (not even out of a box) trying to make ends meet, she knew she...
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A Magician, a 2nd basemen (for the New York Yankees of course), a Meteorologist… all career options that author Kevin Powell considered, but what finally stuck was the act and art of writing. The library is where he fell in love… with books, art, music, cultural diversity, and anything he could get his hands on. Kevin believes that the stories we tell are the history of this country, and his passion for writing and passing along th...
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“Sustainable shifts are a really good antidote to climate anxiety.” To help quell some of that stress (more than two-thirds of Americans experience some kind of eco distress), Ashlee Piper has dedicated herself to dispelling the many stigmas surrounding sustainability. Her focus is on making it more simple and approachable than crunchy and expensive; sharing small steps that everyone can take to make big gains. She shares with Jean...
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As a beacon for being who and what you want, Anupy Singla admits “I don’t know how to be anything but honest and direct.” But that confidence doesn’t come from nothing…Anupy has spent much of her professional life trying to find her path. Hoping to bring the mixed eaters of the world together, she has found her joy in cultural celebration through food. From the foodie legacy of her grandfather to her daughters, Anupy revels in the...
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”110% Effort…I’m Sorry, that’s not how math works...” Joey Thurman, wearer of MANY hats has learned that it’s IMPOSSIBLE to give more than 100% of yourself…whether it be a workout, a career, or in life! Embracing transparency while battling anxiety and depression helped push Joey through one of the darkest periods in his life. One of his most pivotal moments came when his son was born, changing his outlook on life completely. Joey ...
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A simple question from her 8-year-old son prompted Lindsay McDonell to rapid fire answer “Interior Designer!” when asked what she wanted to do with her life. 20 some years into her very successful interior design career, Lindsay received a cancer diagnosis that most would consider a death sentence. Wanting to de-stigmatize what it means to live with cancer, she made it her mission to help cancer patients advocate for themselves and...
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It’s fair to say that Sybil Wilkes, the former co-host of the Tom Joyner Morning Show, had her doubts in the beginning about her career in broadcasting, but helping hands along the way illuminated the path forward. The power of sisterhood is one of her guiding principles; she credits her mother for being a strong role model, leading her to be an advocate for others, especially women and people of color in the entertainment industry...
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“Sometimes you’ve got to choose to be happy.” When Jackie Kostek realized she wasn’t going to get her dream job anchoring and reporting in Chicago, she decided to believe in herself and move to Las Vegas where she could do both full-time. Her leap of faith paid off; after less than three years on the air there, she’s back in the Windy City, feeling stronger than ever about her choices and what’s ahead. She shares with Jeanne how sh...
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“I stuck with what I care about,” Rebecca Sive is proud to say after working as a political activist and strategist for more than five decades. And she is still pushing for what she believes in with relentless persistence. Her interest in politics started young. She joined her father at the age of 8 as he campaigned for Congress. Her activism grew in college as she witnessed inequality within her campus and throughout the area, lea...
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Despite a publisher telling her no one would buy her cookbook, Jocelyn Delk Adams is proud to say she wasn’t deterred from her dream.. “It doesn’t mean no forever; it just means no right now.” - a philosophy that helped her through one of her biggest setbacks. She knew from the beginning that her career was going to take her in many directions because she loves to dabble. Jocelyn shares with Jeanne the importance of saying yes to l...
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“I’d rather fail on my own, than wait to get fired by someone else.” Stacy Spikes hasn’t forgotten what it felt like to be fired VIA EMAIL from the multi-million dollar company he co-founded, but he didn’t let it stop him from bouncing back smarter and stronger. Quitting was NEVER an option for him. When he found himself back in the same office he’d had previously at MoviePass, he knew he already had all the tools he needed to rebu...
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“I am going to be who I am. Unapologetically.” Dr. Ian Smith made a conscious decision long ago that he didn’t mind being the odd man out, doing his own thing, not following tradition, even while becoming a doctor. He says his philosophy has served him well—he’s always comfortable with who he is. But he’s had to deal with uncomfortable situations. He shares with Jeanne how he bounced back from his biggest career setback, what he le...
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Kim Lewis credits her community for helping her get over her doubts about the purpose of her natural hair care line, and says they helped her realize all the good she was really doing. Kim believes how you feel about your hair can give you the confidence you need to go after your dreams. Kim shares with Jeanne all her struggles with hair care from a young age, why she turned down the sharks on ABC’s Shark Tank, the kismet of findin...
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As co-host of the Steve Harvey Morning Show for 23 years, Shirley Strawberry firmly believes that relatability and sharing parts of herself are key factors to her success; if her audience can’t relate to her, then they won’t listen. She loved Chicago broadcasting from a very young age and always knew she wanted to be on the radio. Despite knowing it would be an uphill battle,, she never stopped pushing herself even though thoughts ...
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Matt Pais says he was lucky enough to turn his passion for pop culture into his dream job. As the movie critic and music editor at the Chicago Tribune’s RedEye for 11 years, he had his finger on the pulse of the entertainment world. He then decided he’d had enough and left. But he soon found his calling as an author, writing three books, including his latest -Talk ‘90s with Me. Matt shares with Jeanne how he knew it was time to lea...
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At one point Tracy Clark had a three-inch thick file of rejection notices. But she never gave up on her dream of being a mystery writer. She now has one crime series under her belt – about P.I. Cass Raines - and is starting a second about Chicago P.D. Homicide Detective Harriet Foster; the first book in the series - Hide - will be released January 1, 2023. She credits much of her success to stubbornness and spite. In her second con...
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“I think if I’m really good at my job, I’ll make another me.” Shaka Rawls is the beloved principal of LEO Catholic High School in the Auburn-Gresham neighborhood in Chicago. His goal is to give his 210 Black and Brown all-male students the foundation to succeed in what he calls a “cold, cold world.” He shares all of himself with his boys: tears, successes, fears, and failures. He wants them to see it all; to show them that they don...
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T.J. Harvey knows exactly who she is and she’s not afraid to let people know it. She’s spent her whole career working in the pharmaceutical industry and has learned how to stay true to herself amidst all the corporate demands and deadlines. She shares with Jeanne why how we do things matter; how to be a disruptor for good in your business; why she’s so unapologetic about who she is; what failing forward means; the three reasons you...
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ABC 7 Chicago’s Val Warner’s career choice was never in doubt. She knew from a young age that she would be a news anchor - despite her mama telling her she needed a back-up plan. Fast forward to today and her belief in herself has paid off in so many ways: Oprah’s replacement; ten years of ‘Windy City Live;’ four Emmy awards; beloved co-host, popular news anchor. Val shares with Jeanne what simple advice she has always followed; w...
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“You can’t wait for life to get fair” is one of Ryan Chiaverini’s favorite mantras. The Emmy award-winning co-host of ABC 7’s “Windy City Weekend”, formerly “Windy City Live,” had a difficult childhood but he never let it slow him down. He has channeled his struggles into a successful career as a TV host, sportscaster, musician, and actor. And he shows no signs of stopping. He shares with Jeanne what he learned about leadership whi...
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