Inspirational, Memoir, Non Fiction

May 15: Tom Seeman – Animals I Want to See

A Memoir of Growing Up in the Projects & Defying the Odds

Animals I Want to See with author Tom Seeman

A coming of age story, Tom Seeman’s memoir shares his journey from child janitor to Ivy League success.

When you grow up with a disconnected, alcoholic father and 11 siblings, living on welfare and food stamps in the Projects of Toledo, what drives a young boy to work his way out? What’s the difference between someone who breaks away and someone who stays? What drove Tom to Yale, to Harvard. And what were some of the many challenges he faced?

Most importantly, Tom shares some of the lessons he learned along the way, the need for community and mentors. And why we must keep “wonder” and magic alive – even during our darkest days.

Meet Tom Seeman

As a businessman, Tom Seeman has owned and led several businesses. He grew up in a family of 14, on welfare and food stamps in the projects of Toledo, Ohio. He earned his B.A. in Economics from Yale, where he rowed on the crew team, and graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, before going on to earn his J.D. at Harvard. Animals I Want to See: A Memoir of Growing Up in the Projects and Defying the Odds is Tom Seeman’s debut book.

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Non Fiction, Personal Development, Psychology, Self-help

Sep 07: Get Unstuck & Out of Your Own Way Using Voice Dialogue

A Deeper Dive Into The Final 8th with Bridgit Dengel Gaspard

What stops us reaching a goal that we say we really want? Why do we walk away right before the finish line? It’s often because not every part of us wants what we think we want, says returning guest Bridgit Dengel Gaspard.

In our follow up conversation about Bridgit’s work with inner selves and voice dialogue, she explains: How neuroscience backs up this innovative technique, and how we can turn our inner critic, and other inner selves, into allies. Why we often stay too long in a situation or relationship. How our nice and scared selves can create negative patterns. And how to practice “safe success” and keep the saboteurs at bay.

About Bridgit Dengel Gaspard

As a therapist and founder of the NY Voice Dialogue Institute, Bridgit Dengel Gaspard has led workshops for Omega Institute, New York Open Center, and many other organizations. She’s a former performer and comic, and as therapist and voice dialogue expert, specializes in overcoming creativity blocks. The foreword to The Final 8th: Enlist Your Inner Selves to Accomplish Your Goals is written by the original creators of voice dialogue, Hal and Sidra Stone.

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Career, Non Fiction, Personal Development, Professional Development

Aug 03: Career Self-Care with Minda Zetlin

Find Your Happiness, Success, and Fulfillment at Work

Minda Zetlin says building the life and career you really want is about changing “… the way that you value yourself.” Science shows the better you care for yourself, the better it is for your career. And that’s what differentiates Career Self-Care from other career books.

We discuss why we must stop working so hard. How to show up at work as our authentic selves. Why you have a responsibility to be happy. And why, even when we say we want something, goal ambivalence often gets in our way.

About Minda Zetlin

Minda Zetlin is an author, speaker, journalist, and contributing editor at Inc. Minda is a former president of the American Society of Journalists and Authors, and contributor to CNBC.com, Insider.com, and CIO.com. Her latest book is Career Self-Care: Find Your Happiness, Success, and Fulfillment at Work.


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Health & Wellness, Inspirational, Personal Development, Self-help, Women's Issues

NOV 13: Cheryl Hale’s Girl Be Brave

While dealing with her mother’s breast cancer, Cheryl Hale discovered a letter from her grandmother to her mother, ending with three simple but powerful words.  Girl Be Brave: 100 Days to Chart Your Course was inspired by that letter, and today we discuss how being an entrepreneur helped Cheryl develop the resilience and ability to cope when life throws you a gut punch; the pitfalls of overplanning. And how to make choices your future self will thank you for.  We’ll hear how Cheryl pushed through her fears and negative selftalk to walk more in love, empathy, and compassion.

Cheryl Hale is a writer, blogger, and business owner who founded the Girl Be Brave online community, website GirlBeBrave.com, and corresponding product line in 2016.


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Journalism, Personal Development, Social Issues

Sep 18: Helene Segura Returns & Nomadland

National Procrastination Day is September 6th … shoot, we put this off by almost two weeks! Nevertheless, Helene Segura MA Ed returns to Conversations Live to help you reevaluate the way you prioritize your time — so no more putting off the things that are most important to you.

Helene is a time management consultant who combines neuroscience, educational psychology, and pop culture to teach clients and keynote/training audiences how to improve work-day efficiencies so they can have a life outside.  Her book is The Inefficiency Assassin.

You might dream about loading up an RV and living a road warrior’s life when you retire, but for some, van-dwelling is their last option.  Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century documents the stories of itinerant citizens who gave up traditional lifestyles to travel from short-term job-to-job, trying simply to survive.

Award-winning journalist Jessica Bruder spent months living in a camper to witness firsthand the “Workamper” lifestyle.  Jessica has taught at Columbia Journalism School for nearly a decade, and been published in numerous periodicals and newspapers.

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Health & Wellness, Personal Development

Feb 27: 1] Primal Fat Burner 2] Big Miracles

Dieting can often leave us feeling hungry, fatigued, and muddle-headed. Paleo expert and nutritionist Nora Gedgaudas says it doesn’t have to be that way, and today she’ll share her revolutionary ketogenic diet for “eating what makes you human” in her new book Primal Fat Burner: Live Longer, Slow Aging, Super-Power Your Brain, And Save Your Life With A High-Fat, Low-Carb Paleo Diet.

Nora Gedgaudas is a nutritional consultant, speaker, and educator; a Board-Certified nutritional consultant, and a Board-Certified clinical Neurofeedback Specialist. In private practice in Portland, Oregon.

Big Miracles is not about “wishing for a miracle” in love, life, or business. Big Miracles is a powerful plan. A how-to. A process that can lead  to seemingly miraculous results.

Author and intuitive life coach Joanna Garzilli has helped countless clients — from top tech executives to entertainment celebrities — make over their lives in ways they feel are miraculous. Garzilli has done thousands of intuitive readings, and is often featured in the media including: BBC News, BBC Radio, CNN Money, NBC, and more.

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Conservation, Environment, Inspirational, Memoir

Feb 20: 1] NATGEO Soul of the Cat 2] No Barriers

Talking with Erik Weihenmayer about the way he lives his life, and helps others live theirs, is beyond inspirational.

Weihenmayer astounded the world when he became the first, and only, blind person to climb Mount Everest. He’s also the only blind person to climb the Seven Summits, the tallest peaks on each continent.

And as if that wasn’t enough, along the way he took blind Nepalese teenagers climbing, and helped navigate injured soldiers through the mountains.

Today, he shares stories from his memoir,  No Barriers: A Blind Man’s Journey to Kayak the Grand Canyon — an inspirational odyssey through Ecuador and Peru, to Nepal and Tibet. Weihenmayer embodies the motto of his organization, No Barriers: “What’s in You is Greater than What’s in Your Way.”

Also today: In just 50 years, the number of lions on our planet dropped from 450,000 to 20,000.  Who better to shed light on this than the Jouberts, back from Botswana, just in time for Big Cat Week.

Derek and Beverly Joubert are award-winning filmmakers who have been National Geographic Explorers-in-Residence for more than four years. They helped establish the Big Cats Initiative with National Geographic to raise awareness and halt the decline of these magnificent mammals.  This year’s Big Cat Week features their latest film, Soul of the Cat, which takes an in-depth look at how domestic cats and their wild cousins are as alike as they are different.

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Personal Development

Feb 06: 1] Revisiting Your Resolutions: Listener questions answered

February has arrived and it’s time to take stock… chances are you fall into one of two groups. Either you have had success with your New Year’s resolutions, or here you are, a month later, and it’s fallen by the wayside. Helene Segura MA Ed is back for part two of a three-part series to help you keep cruising along if you have stuck to your resolutions, or to show you it’s not too late to get back on track!

At 3:30 am the hamster wheel in your head is going 90 mph. After tossing and turning all night your alarm clock finally sounds and you face another exhausting day, only to repeat it again. How do you go from worry to a calm and peaceful mind? The Worry Free Mind: Train Your Brain, Calm the Stress Spin Cycle, and Discover a Happier, More Productive You by Carol Kershaw, EdD, and Bill Wade, PhD will teach you how to quickly calm yourself whenever worry or fear threatens to overwhelm you.

Listen to Conversations Live with Vicki St. Clair every Monday at noon Pacific on KKNW 1150AM or 94.9FM HD. For exclusive updates throughout the rest of the week, like us on Facebook, and follow Vicki St. Clair on Twitter!

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Inspirational, Personal Development

Jan 02: 1] Success with Your New Year’s Resolutions 2] The Clarity Compass

Two of the biggest traditions surrounding New Year’s are making resolutions and then not following through with them. Studies have shown New Year’s Resolutions run a paltry 8% success rate. Today, Helene Segura, MA Ed, returns to Conversations Live to help you become a part of that 8% by talking about what goes wrong and how to change it when you make that annual promise to yourself! Helene will be returning in February and March to help support you on your journey, so if you have any questions or challenges you would like her to address, send them to Vicki!

How many times has a project or situation in life or at work gotten so discombobulated that it seemed like you ran into a roadblock, leading to frustration setting in? The Clarity Compass by psychologist Dr. Brit Poulson takes you on a step-by-step journey to overcoming mental obstacles through conscious decision-making and clear perceptions on how to proceed… and succeed!

Listen to Conversations Live with Vicki St. Clair every Monday at noon Pacific on KKNW 1150AM or 94.9FM HD. For exclusive updates throughout the rest of the week, like us on Facebook, and follow Vicki St. Clair on Twitter!

Why are New Year’s Resolutions so hard to keep? Nearly everyone has made that annual pledge to improve some facet of their life at one time or another but few have ever stuck to them. Helene Segura, MA Ed takes an in-depth look at what happens between the well-intentioned resolution being made and the moment it gets ditched for old habits and provides advice on what you can do to make it stick this year! Helene is a time management consultant who combines neuroscience, educational psychology, and pop culture to teach her individual clients and keynote and training audiences how to improve their efficiency during their work day so they can have a life outside of it.

The Clarity Compass by Dr. Brit Poulson is an invaluable tool for professionals and individuals in all walks of life looking for a better way to settle disputes, overcome road blocks and achieve the results needed to succeed when life throws obstacles in your way. He uses a step-by-step approach to harness your emotional intelligence by having strategic “Creative Conversations”, discern objective facts from subjective stories, and improve your overall ability to articulate what you need and want. Dr. Poulson is the founder of The Clarity Compass Consulting. He teaches managers and executive-level personnel at professional development workshops for Fortune 500 companies. His background in group psychology provides him with a unique perspective that enables him to help professionals improve their relationships, workplace dynamics and careers.

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Business, Inspirational, Lifestyle, Personal Development

Nov 07: 1] Feminist Fight Club 2] Lead With Your Heart

It was a fight club… but without the fighting and without the men. Part manual, part manifesto,Feminist Fight Club by award-winning journalist Jessica Bennett blends the personal stories of a group of women who formed a secret group in New York City to combat today’s sexism and redefine sexist archetypes.

Through millenia, humans have been predators, leaning toward conquests, materialism, exploitation, and self-centeredness. Our tendency is not to trust. Maybe it’s time we model our body, mind and spirits after horses. Lead with Your Heart: Lessons from a Life with Horses byneurosurgeon and horse trainer Dr. Allan Hamilton explores how horses offer models of fairness, forgiveness, and leadership, yearning for harmony, tranquility and kindness.

Enjoy this encore presentation of Conversations Live with Vicki St. Clair and tune in every Monday at noon Pacific or Fridays at 6AM on KKNW 1150AM or 94.9FM HD. Like us on Facebook and follow Vicki on Twitter for exclusive updates and contests!

Once upon a time, you might have called it a consciousness-raising group. But the women who participate realize the problems of today’s working world are more subtle, less pronounced, harder to identify…and harder to prove… than those of their foremothers. These women weren’t just there to vent. They needed battle tactics. And so the Feminist Fight Club was born. Every month, the women would huddle in a friend’s apartment to share sexist job frustrations and trade tips for how best to tackle them. Author Jessica Bennett is an award-winning journalist and critic who writes on gender issues, sexuality and culture. She is a feature writer and columnist at the New York Times, and her work work has also appeared in Newsweek, where she began her career as a staff writer, Time, where she was a columnist, and Cosmopolitan, where she helps edit a quarterly section on women and work.

A horse trainer for over 20 years, Dr. Allan Hamilton found that since horses are prey animals, their partnerships are based on trust, while humans, predatory in nature, lack the natural instinct to trust others. In Lead with Your Heart: Lessons from a Life with Horses, he explores topics like mindfulness, stalking happiness, leading and following, and energy and emotion using the horse as teacher. Dr. Hamilton started his working life as a janitor. He would eventually go on to graduate from Harvard Medical School and complete his neurosurgical residency training at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. He has authored more than twenty medical textbook chapters, fifty peer-review research articles, and has served on the editorial board of several medical journals.

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