Street to Military to Hollywood - 04Aug2015


Everyone has a story to tell, and Jeff Powell's is one with many intriguing twists, all illustrating a strong will and belief in hard work, integrity, and in helping others.  Jeff will share the story of a difficult childhood, including the pivotal event that changed the direction of his life and the redemption brought nine years later.

Jeff Powell (USN, ret) is an author, serial entrepreneur, originally bootstrapped gentleman with a heart to help and grow with his fellow veterans.  He also knows that he might have led an entirely different life without the military.  

He gives back through his many veteran projects including Books4Veterans, Running4Veterans, and more.  He also thrives from writing, including working with Jack Canfield (Chicken Soup for the Soul series), and will share honors in Hollywood later this year for Soul of Success.  Listen for a tale of tragedy and forgiveness and a spirit to prevail!

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Women Vets & Support thru Respect, 2nd half 04Aug2015 Show

As a retired Colonel in the Army, Lawinda Holliman is helping her fellow women veterans with her unusual skills as a Certified International Etiquette and Protocol Specialist.  She firmly believes that communication and connection with others is foremost and helping women veterans is natural - she's been there too, and she knows the challenges of "fitting in" when searching for new employment, or separating from the military.

Meeting people "where they are", acknowledging the hurdles and their skills and gifts, Lawanda helps all her clients (corporate, international, and veterans) to understand the culture, language, and behaviors that may be alien to them upon leaving service.  With skillful and respectful understanding of the corporate world today, Lawanda is guiding women veterans to put forth their best selves through knowledge and practice.  

Most of all, she acknowledges that nearly everyone can benefit from studying and understanding other cultures and regions of the world, and that much is gained through that old-fashioned word:  civility.  Listen for a fascinating view you may not have considered! 

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DefenseMobile & MiliSOURCE - 29Jul2015

DefenseMobile - The military community is close-knit, situationally aware, and very connected.  Upon separation or still serving, there is critical information that seems to be on a need-to-know basis about benefits and opportunities.  Don't miss out on what may exist for you!  Learn more about this unique military-only mobile experience that also incorporates customized benefit options -- and puts them in your hand.

Chris Norton is the SVP of DefenseMobile and tasked with the business outreach of this all-military mobile network that brings not only the military community together, but goes further to integrate with corporations, VSO's, and grassroots organizations to best serve, understand, and give back to the military families in their midst.  Previously, Chris was instrumental in recruiting and mentoring service members to AT&T and knows firsthand the rigors of succeeding with continuing service to the military and the cohesion necessary once veterans have reintegrated into the community.  Huge dilemma solved:  What are your benefits, how do you find out, and how can you translate them?    

Ward Bond is the key developer behind the benefits coordination engine of the smartphone app called MiliSOURCE.  This app is integrated into DefenseMobile's network, helping a user create a customizable benefits profile, culling through nearly 1,000 benefits databases and the best practices of VSO's such as DAV and the Legion (with more to come).  Hear how they pulled off this challenging task with such a vast content pool.  Your phone won't resolve all your family's issues -- but it can help!  

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Boots to Loafers - John Phillips, 21Jul2015

Boots to Loafers:  Finding Your New True North.  

Finding your new place in this crazy world is critically important for personal success and well-being.  We've all heard about the challenges of military transitions, but we think you may not have heard the perspective and no-nonsense guidance of John Phillips.  With little fanfare and great presence, John will discuss the good, the bad, and the ugly - plus the unnecessary - to make the best transition possible for your entire family.

John Phillips is a transition expert, who has put his experience to practical use through his organization Boots to Loafers and the book by the same name.  The three phases of Finding Your New True North are Transition, Transformation, Integration.  He says, "You may experience each of these to different degrees depending on your choices, circumstances, goals, and surrounding environment."  His philosophy is strong:  "Always remember brothers and sisters in arms, never sell yourself short - you know more than you think you do.  Hooah!"

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