Be Kind to Yourself

Leadership is hard sometimes, but when you figure out that your job is to be the coach and not the doer, things get a lot easier. Andy Dulka has honed his leadership skills over his entire career and continue to learn and evolve as a leader. He shares his leadership wisdom with us in this podcast and leaves us with the message that as leaders, we need to be kind to ourselves and realize that we aren’t going to always get it right, but we can always learn. Connect with Andy and learn more about him at:

Creating The Space for Culture to Thrive

Kelly Kolar has spent her entire career creating spaces that support growth and comfort.  As the Founder of Kolar Design, she has built office, healthcare and other spaces around the world. She shares her leadership journey and what she has learned about how spaces truly create environments where people can thrive.

Learn more about Kelly and the work that her and her team do at

If You’re Not Sure, You’re Sure

Eric Harkins is the President and Founder of GKG Search & Outplacement, a Minneapolis-based consulting firm that helps organizations Get talent, Keep talent & Grow talent. He is also an Amazon #1 best-selling author of: Great Leaders Make Sure Monday Morning Doesn’t Suck; How to Get, Keep & Grow Talent.

His goal is simple: Help every company he works with make sure Monday morning doesn’t suck for their employees. Eric is a motivational speaker, consultant, executive-coach, and an expert in helping companies create a culture high performers want to be a part of.

During his 25-year career in corporate America, Eric held leadership roles ranging from Manager to Chief Human Resources and Chief Administrative Officer.

Listen in to get his 3 rules to being a great leader.

Connect with Eric Harkins and learn more about his organization here.

Get your own copy of Eric’s book here.



Design the Life You Want

Missy Chicre, CEO at Menttium joins us and shares her story of how she constantly strives to design the life she wants, not the life that others want for her.  And while that is always a struggle, and takes hard work, she has proven in her career that people will support you and you can still achieve success – on your terms.  Find out more about Missy and Menttium’s services on LinkedIn:
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Missy Chicre is the Chief Executive Officer at Menttium Corporation, a woman-owned and woman-led
professional mentoring company. She is a curious, passionate, authentic leader who strives to
create positive change in individuals and in organizations. Missy sets the vision and strategic direction
for Menttium, which has been the leader in innovative mentoring programs for over three decades. In
Missy’s Menttium tenure, she has touched nearly all aspects of the business and was named CEO in
January 2023. Missy is committed to Menttium’s mission to strengthen organizations through their
people. Menttium is changing lives and driving performance one mentoring match at a time, through
authentic human connections.
Prior to joining Menttium in 2017, Missy spent over a decade as an HR leader in various large
corporations, including Cargill, Best Buy, and Accenture. From roles in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
that took Missy all over the U.S. and Latin America, to roles in various areas of talent management and
HR transformation in Fortune 500 organizations, Missy has a track record for driving results.
Missy is bilingual in English and Spanish and cares deeply about the development and advancement of
women. As a working mom, she is particularly passionate about helping working mothers navigate
careers and motherhood. She was a finalist for the 2016 TeamWomenMN WaveMaker Award and is a
frequent speaker at local and national conferences. Missy has also been featured on WCCO I CBS News
Minnesota and in the Star Tribune to share her expertise on the power of mentoring.
Missy earned a master’s degree in Hispanic Literature at the University of Minnesota and a bachelor’s
degree at Vanderbilt University. Missy serves on the Board of Directors for Twin Cities ROCK (Raising Our
Celiac Kids), a local non-profit that brings education, awareness and resources to families who have
children with Celiac Disease.
Missy resides in the Minneapolis suburbs, living a bilingual, bicultural, interfaith life with her husband
and two children.

Growth Happens In Reflection

Marney Andes is an Author, Keynote Speaker and Leadership Coach that has taken her Fortune 50 experience and turned that into a career that helps others leaders build their best lives.  In this episode we talk about as leaders how important it is to recognize your own bias and how to use the day to day learnings to grow as a leader, through the time you take to reflect.  You can learn more about Marney, her book and her services, at

Marney Andes is a seasoned professional with over 20 years of experience in performance consulting, organizational design, leadership development, and executive coaching. Marney’s diverse background spans various industries, including healthcare and finance, where she has helped leaders and employees navigate complex challenges and change with simple and practical approaches.

In addition to her impressive career, Marney is an accomplished author and host of the popular weekly podcast. Her first book, Start with the Give-Me Shots: 8 Homegrown Lessons for Business and Life, is a must-read for anyone looking to gain insights on achieving success in their personal and professional lives.

Marney’s approach to problem-solving is grounded in truth-seeking, honest storytelling, and a deep commitment to creating space for others to do the same. Her passion for empowering individuals and organizations to achieve their full potential is evident in her work as owner and principal consultant of Dynamic Intention.

A college basketball player and former Mrs. America, Marney holds a master’s degree in information and learning technologies from the University of Colorado Denver. She resides outside of Denver with her husband, Allen, and their two sons, Owen, and Brody. To learn more about Marney’s work and insights, visit her website at

Do What You Want To Do, Not What You Have To Do

Michael Levin has been responsible for ghostwriting close to 1000 books.  He helps people bring their message to life to share with the world.  In this this podcast he shares his story and his leadership wisdom with us around how to focus on doing what you want to do and not what you have to do to create more positivity in your life.

Michael Levin is one of the most accomplished and experienced ghostwriters in the United States. Over a 30-year career, Michael has written, co-written, edited, ghosted, or published more than 900 books, of which 23 are national best sellers, two are New York Times best sellers, and three are Amazon number one bestselling business books.  His websites are and, for business fiction/business fables,

Michael appeared on the first episode of Season Three of ABC’s Shark Tank, has appeared on BBC worldwide TV and radio and Good Morning, America, has been quoted in Inc. Magazine, and in Bloomberg Business. He is most proud of having edited Zig Ziglar’s final book, Born To Win.

Show Up To Listen and Not Be Heard

Tricia Timm, lawyer, venture investor, author and speaker joins us to share her journey as a Latina in the corporate world and as an immigrant who has worked to find her own voice.  Her guidance is so impactful and can help all of us as leaders creating greater belonging in our own teams and organizations.
Learn more about Tricia, her speaking and her book at

Be The Change You Want to See

Simon Bray is a change agent and innovator who has worked with global brands to help them evolve.  He also just happens to be a part of the group that Jaime climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro with.  They discuss their passion around leadership and the change that leaders need to be prepared to lead as well as their lessons from the mountain and what they learned about themselves and the world around them.

Simon is an expert in leadership, culture and organizational development, who understands what it really takes to unlock innovation, collaboration and engagement. He has worked in over 20 countries and has lived in the UK, Brazil, the US, and Singapore.

Simon’s background is management consultancy. After gaining a degree in Psychology, he began his career with Accenture where he specialized in organization development and talent strategy, before moving to a boutique change management consultancy called 7days.

He was then with the innovation consultancy ?What If! from 2005 to 2014, leading teams in London, New York and São Paulo. He held multiple leadership roles while at ?What If!, including US Client Development Leader, Americas Transformation Practice Leader and Brazil Business Leader. He then spent 2 years as a Partner at The Rise Group, where his work focused on helping organizations define and activate their ideal culture, and 3 years as a Principal at Vega Factor where his work involved helping organizations use the science of total motivation to become higher performing.
What If! was acquired by Accenture in 2019, and in 2020 Simon returned to co-lead the? What If! Singapore office, manage the integration of ?What If! into Accenture in Asia, and set up Accenture’s Leadership & Culture practice in AAPAC.
He is now back in New York, helping grow Kates Kesler (another Accenture acquisition) by developing new organization designs and operating models for clients across the world.

Shift Your Perspective

Jaime Taets, CEO, Visionary, and Founder of Keystone Group International talks about her summit to Mt. Kilimanjaro and her lessons learned along the way. Jaime talks about shifting your perspective and putting yourself in situations that make you think differently. In this raw, and authentic podcast, Jaime shares some of her vulnerabilities and experiences from her trip and how she is incorporating them into her personal and professional life. How fear can be a catalyst to move you forward instead of holding you back. Are you courageous in the face of fear? Listen now!

Also be sure to check out Jaime’s blog series, Lessons from the Mountain.



Create The Space For People To Learn

Andy Risvold is the owner and founder of Forgotten Star Brewing. He is a serial entrepreneur and shares his leadership lessons and how he focuses on the new leaders to ensure they have the space and support to learn as they transition to leading others. So many organizations and leaders don’t take the time to train and mentor leaders in their organization to build the skills they need to be successful leaders and managers.