Chris Reykdal is the Superintendent of Public Instruction for the State of Washington. In this episode, Reykdal shares his passion for public service, the importance of Whole Child programs like Character Strong, and his vision for the future of education/learning. Later, Jack joins Hayes and Macey to reflect on student centered learning, teacher-student relationships, and making education relevant.
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Drew Dudley is the Founder & Chief Catalyst of Day One Leadership, and has spent the last 15 years helping individuals and organizations increase their leadership capacity. Mr. Dudley's clients have included some of the world's most dynamic companies, including McDonald's, Proctor & Gamble, JP Morgan Chase, Hyatt Hotels, the United Way and over 75 colleges and universities around the world. Recognized as one of the most dynamic keynote speakers in the world, Mr. Dudley has spoken to over 250,000 people on 5 continents. In this episode, Dudley talks about his viral TED Talk: "The Lollipop Moment," his new book "This is Day One," and how he's overcome personal challenges to find incredible success. Later, Brielle joins Josh and Elli to reflect on Dudley's powerful words and explore their own influence on others.
Sean Covey is president of FranklinCovey Education and the New York Times Bestselling author of "7 Habits for Highly Effective Teens." Covey is FranklinCovey's Education Practice Leader and is devoted to transforming education around the globe by bringing leadership principles and skills to as many kids, educators, and schools as possible. In this episode, Covey talks about how character, football, and his dad (Stephen Covey) helped shape his vision for leadership. Later, Taya joins Macey and Audrey to reflect on Sean's powerful life messages.
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Trisha Prabhu is an 18-year-old innovator, social entrepreneur, global advocate and inventor of the patented ReThink technology-an effective way to detect and stop online hate. She is currently pursuing her undergraduate education at Harvard. In this episode, Trisha shares what inspired her passion for preventing cyberbullying, what it means to be a role model to girls around the world in STEM education, and how she handles moments when her own character is tested. Later, Desi joins Hayes and Elli to reflect on Trisha's life advice.
Thomas R Williams is a former NFL player and current engagement ambassador. He's the author of "Permission to Dream" and "The Relentless Pursuit of Greatness." Thomas is a professional speaker who uses his love of competition to fuel his success. Additionally, he's the Director of his own Non-Profit: Pursuits of Greatness, which helps college athletes prepare for life after their playing career. In this Episode, Williams discusses TEAMWORK, MENTAL TOUGHNESS AND LEADERSHIP. Later, Josh joins Brielle and Jack to apply Williams' advice to their own lives.
Captain Thomas Grego was in the United States Army for 11 years and retired as First Sergeant in charge of training new recruits. He led operations “Enduring Freedom” in Afghanistan and “Restore” in Haiti. He’s the proud recipient of the Bronze Star Medal and an Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal. After completing his bachelor’s degree at Liberty University, he joined West Richland Police Department. In this episode, Captain Grego talks about his service and sacrifice in the military with Wildcat Nation. Later, Macey joins Brielle and Audrey to reflect on Veterans Day, the National Anthem, and the character of a war hero.
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As a 5 foot 7 inch, former walk-on college football player turned professional athlete, Richie Contartesi has been defying expectations his entire life. He's the author of a bestselling book about his life called: "In Spite of the Odds," a successful business leader and keynote motivational speaker. In this episode, Contartesi shares his passion for overcoming fear in the pursuit of his dreams. Later, Elli and Josh reflect on Contartesi's advice on becoming Character Strong.
As a former at-risk kid turned youth advocate, John "Push" Gaines has gone on to become an inspiring speaker, doctoral candidate, and champion of students all over the country. In this episode, Gaines explores the power of LOVE, LEADERSHIP, AND CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT in his quest to "Push" past obstacles to find purpose. Later, Brielle and Josh reflect on Gaines' life lessons and their applications to Wildcat Nation and beyond.
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Motivational speaker, author, and community activist, Nathan Ogden shares his inspiring story about becoming twice paralyzed and learning to live an "Unfrozen" life. Armed with a “WE BELIEVE” attitude Ogden takes listeners through his path of forgiveness, hope, and purpose...while exploring the depths of his character. Additionally, Ogden talks about how his charity: "Chair the Hope" provides joyful meaning while serving others. Later, Wildcat Nation students explore their thoughts and feelings about Ogden's wisdom.
Officer Letourneau, from the West Richland Police Department talks with Wildcat Nation students about the connection between Relationships and School Safety. Along the way, he explains the importance of Character in establishing and maintaining relationships. Additionally, Letourneau shares how AwardWinningCulture creates meaningful partnerships with community members (i.e law enforcement). Lastly, students reflect on big picture takeaways from their time with Letourneau.
Enterprise Middle School received the 2018 ASCD Whole Child Award in Washington, for its award winning culture and the 2018 Global "Class Act Award" for Kindness. By creating a culture of kindness, service, and empathy we've taken student leadership to an epic level. We invite you to join in this student-led journey where we explore Character, Excellence, and Community with some of the best leadership minds. We'll be sharing interviews with authors, educators, experts, and even other leadership students around the country. Whether you're an educator, student, parent or just passionate about culture and leadership, we invite you into this unique platform focused on raising education to incredible heights.