Author Archives: Debby

061 – Leading People with Jonathan Silk

This is the podcast where we discuss leadership and innovation for teenagers. I can't wait to introduce today's guest! We've been counting the days until Jonathan retired from his position at West Point so we could interview him for the show. While in active military service, he wasn't allowed to speak publicly about his experiences, and having previous experience as a researcher in civil service with the Navy, I understand why the military has such strict policies. I also believe that strong innovators must believe in the future and their innovation with the same discipline that a soldier holds to the commands and structures put into place by an honor-bound military. So I had to interview Jonathan Silk to learn more about his philosophy of leadership. You'll find Jonathan's story and perspectives irresistible. Join me today as I interview an American hero.

060 – Going to Mars with Sarah Marcotte

This is the podcast where we discuss curiosity and innovation for teenagers. I can't wait to introduce you to Sarah! Today she and I will be discussing the path we take to our ultimate career. Often when students finish college to enter the work force, there is a bit of a haze as they begin choosing where they will work. This confusion is normal if they've never taken the time to actually understand themselves. Sarah Marcotte is a science and engineering communicator. She began her career in museums with Art History but through a bizarre experience on a New York City sidewalk, she fell in love with science and engineering--subjects she'd never given a second glance in high school. Join me as we follow Sarah's path to an exciting career!

059 – Teen Microbusiness with Carol Topp

This is the podcast where we discuss success and innovation for teenagers. No spoiler alerts today, but if you are interested in teenagers getting a jump start, stay locked in here! On the podcast we discuss an alternative to our modern conundrum of how to keep teens engaged in meaningful education. Carol Topp is an Engineer turned accountant--I know that's an unusual shift. In the last few years, she has worked with many teens in her accounting practice, helping them structure what she likes to call a "microbusiness". The experiences and learning that occurs in a microbusiness can be a great catalyst toward adding significance to the otherwise "dry learning" teens dread. Let's find out more about Carol's experience and explore some new possibilities.

058 – A Good Life with Brent Gill

This is the podcast where we discuss the path to innovation and the good life. Over the last year, we have spoken with lawyers, CEOs, top-tier researchers, world-class educators, and other successful individuals. In today's episode, we are exploring a different facet of success: the ability to adapt. Today's guest shares the experiences of lifetime of different opportunities from performing weddings to being a radio personality and everything in between. Let's listen in to find out more about Brent Gill.

057 – Second Chances with Corey Howard

Students who struggle with math in middle school stand at a crossroads, and watch as career options slowly erode. Do you know any of those students? Have you ever personally felt the frustration of math limbo? Today's podcast is an opportunity for a second chance. In fact, we hear second chance stories on our podcast quite frequently. If you know a teenager or a parent with a teen who needs a second math chance, subscribe to the TTI podcast in iTunes and share it with others.

056 – Girls, Policy, and Technology with Julia Fallon

This is the podcast where we talk innovation. Today's guest is working to influence educational technology in Washington state. We delve in pretty deep to civic responsibility from the perspective of education as well as having girls in science, technology, engineering, and math. Which reminds me of a quote I saw the other day on a t-shirt: Some girls like to chase boys. I just like to pass them! Our guest today discovered in college that she loved computing and technology after getting politely pushed in other directions in high school. Julia Fallon is working with Educational Technology and Teaching Excellence in Washington state. She has a heart for helping students reach their full potential and for successful integration of technology into classrooms. Let's find out more about Julia's story.

055 – Creating Excellence with Jim McKinley

This is the podcast where we talk innovation. Today's guest innovates the old-fashioned way, and I think you are going to like Jim. I don't normally start my introduction right off this way, but after speaking with Jim, it seemed appropriate. Small businesses like McWelco are getting more rare these days, but great wisdom is sometimes stored in strange places. Today, Jim McKinley tells us about how they survived 50 years and what he feels are the important values of a strong business and a successful life.

054 – Thinking Free with Lisa Camp

How does a small town girl become an associate dean in a college of engineering? Do you have to get a PhD to have an important position in a university? What is ThinkBox, and why should we care about it? Join us as we consider the idea space within universities on today's podcast. Our guest today is Lisa Camp. Lisa is the Associate Dean for Strategic Initiatives in the Engineering School at Case Western Reserve University. I have a soft spot for Case because it is my alma mater for graduate school, and Lisa shares some of the cool things that are happening at Case and other universities around the country--particularly around makerspaces and the free exchange of ideas. Without further delay, let's find out more about Lisa.

053 – Getting Smarter with Kristin Barbour

Hey there Innovators! Today's guest will challenge your perspective on the world! According to the late Dr. Reuven Feuerstein, "The chromosomes do not have the last word!" Today's guest is from the National Institute for Learning Development. Kristin Barbour has been working with traumatic brain injury cases for years and now serves as the executive director for NILD. Brace yourself for some unbelievable insights with Kristin on today's interview.

052 – Really Living with Kimanzi Constable

How do you escape from the burnout trap? What is the path from merely existing to really living? What will our kids learn from our work habits? Today's guest is from Hawaii, but not too long ago, he lived in Milwaukee, WI. He was sleeping 4 hours a night as a bread delivery guy and not getting much time with his kids, but now he's writing and speaking and loving life. How can such a change occur? Let's find out!

051 – Asking Why with David Seto

What is so powerful about the question, Why? Is the path to success a straight road or a crooked and winding path? How is skateboarding related to corporate finance? Today's interview was recorded on a Sunday from a guest on Monday. How is that possible? Well David Seto is an interesting character, and I connected with him while he was in Hong Kong on Monday which was Sunday afternoon here in California! David has tried everything from law to finance and is now trying his hand at entrepreneurship. He grew up in NYC, and his parents literally owned and operated a "mom and pop" store. Let's find out how a kid from NYC grew up to be a curious coordinator of corporate finance.

050 – More Input with Rachel Winston

How can a math deficiency be a roadblock to your dreams? What does one do with 12 different college degrees? How can a college education prepare you for the new career landscape? With this focus, it should not surprise you that we seek out friends and colleagues such as Dr. Rachel Winston, a math-teacher with a passion to see high school students get into whatever college most fires their imagination. Rachel believes that education should ignite the brain's excitement for learning. Her passion for students, though, is very practical as anyone could observe by visiting her in the classroom. I hope every student can discover the passion for learning Rachel has found.

049 – Running the Numbers with Phil Drake

How important are failures in the process of success? Just how different is a career in computer science in 1977 from the same degree in 2015? Can small town students find success in the "real world"? Today's guest is no stranger to innovation. Phil Drake started programming a computer in 1977 when computers still had to be programmed by hand if you wanted them to do anything. You might think that such a forward thinking individual would come from New York City or LA or San Francisco, but this entrepreneur started life on a farm as the son of the local "tax man". Let's listen in to the story of a fascinating homegrown businessman.

048 – The Value of Entrepreneurship with Kirk Bowman

How does a music teacher for a school district create a successful software business? What is the connection between entrepreneurial thinking and great school performance? How can farm work encourage a young man to become an entrepreneur? Listen in for the wide ranging answers in today's podcast! Today our guest, Kirk Bowman, is from the great state of Texas, and he and I discuss the effects of entrepreneurial tendencies on his life trajectory. He started his first business as a farm kid selling blackberries and now has a software company and is starting a consulting business focused on helping businesses properly price their products. Join me for a fascinating discussion about how entrepreneurial thinking can shape your world.

047 – Great Questions with Ed Kless

Is it possible that questions are more powerful than answers? What is the ultimate question? What are the Latin roots of the word "educate"? Today, Ed Kless and I will delve into deep water. Ed is a fellow podcaster. He is a businessman. He is a philosopher. He is a thespian. Let's find out more about our fascinating guest.