Here you’ll find my conversations with executives, professionals, and people just like you who have navigated the journey of significant transition. You’ll hear about adversity and set back as well as success and triumph. It is my hope that these stories will keep you company as you travel your own path. All podcasts are Copyright 2014-2016, Sarah Levitt.



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Brad Wilson

CEO of Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina

A history major with a graduate degree in liberal studies and a JD, Brad never intended to become a CEO.  In our conversation, he talks about leading through times of uncertainty, the courage to be vulnerable, and surrounding himself with dissenting opinion.

We are living in a revolutionary time in healthcare… If you look at any revolution that’s ever occurred in history, when the revolution happens, there’s fear, there’s uncertainty, there are voids that need to be filled… And guess who fills them?  Leaders.

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Glen Tullman

CEO of Livongo Health
Managing Partner, 7 Wire Ventures


Glen has led companies both large and start-up, and in our conversation, he talks about the perseverance it takes to be CEO and that a large part of leadership is inspiring others.

“Everybody isn’t lucky enough to be working in healthcare or education… the one other place that I love to see progress is in the growth of people…”

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Alan Weiss

President, Summit Consulting Group and best-selling author of Million Dollar Consulting

In our conversation, Alan talks about growing up poor, getting fired, and adopting an abundance mentality on the road to success.

“It’s all a question of your mindset… we all have to have the courage of our talent.”

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Dana Born

Brigadier General, USAF Ret.
Lecturer in Public Policy
Center for Public Leadership
Harvard Kennedy School of Government

After 30 years in the military, Dana embarked on a new path.  In our conversation, she talks about re-centering during transition, the resolve that each of us has, and her work in leadership at Harvard.

“…those that snowboard…where they go up high… are not always successful in terms of what they do at the top… their success is about how they transition through the lowest points in order to get the height…”

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Ben Fountain

Writer

Ben Fountain, author of Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, was featured in this Malcolm Gladwell article on creative genius, and won the Hemingway/PEN award. But success was not overnight. “I turned 40 and I had very little to show for ten years of writing…” In our conversation, Ben talks about going on the quest to write, being in “a kind of psychological, societal, and maybe even spiritual limbo” before the recognition came, and getting to a place where the work in itself was enough.

“Looking back on it, I can’t say I have a problem with how it all unfolded.”

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Laura Schoppe

Founder and President of Fuentek

After beginning her career as an aerospace engineer and working in the defense industry, Laura navigated several career transitions before taking the leap to becoming an entrepreneur. Here she shares her story of going from employee to employer, creating one of the first virtual companies, and finding that “different can be good.”

“I quit on a Friday… and I lost about ten pounds… My entire career had been working for big companies and climbing that ladder; so that’s what I knew, that’s what I was comfortable with, and that’s what I expected I was going to do the rest of my life…”

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Terry Real

Nationally recognized family therapist, best-selling author, and founder of The Relational Life Institute in Boston, MA

Terry is known for his ground-breaking work on men and male psychology and for helping couples in marital crisis. His work has been featured in The New York Times, 20/20, The Today Show, and The Wall Street Journal. In our conversation, Terry talks about building resilience within a marriage, what it takes to keep passion alive, and how, at its best, marriage can be healing for both partners.

“Everybody walks in to couple’s therapy with exactly the same complaint…their partners… It turns out – I call this the mysticism of marriage — that we all wind up with partners…who are exquisitely designed to stick the burning spear into our eyeball… The issue is not how to avoid these buttons… the issue is what do we do when we get there.”

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Tom O’Keefe

Actor, Bedlam Theater Company

Tom graduated magna cum laude from Boston University law school, became a high-powered attorney in Boston, and then gave it all up to move to LA to pursue acting. And then he discovered that he really wanted to be on stage performing Shakespeare. So he started over — again — in NYC. And now he’s being featured in the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times for his performances.

Here, Tom talks about his journey from successful lawyer to critically acclaimed actor as, “gradual with stutter steps and lots of tripping…“

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Ted Zoller

Director of the Center for Entrepreneurial Studies and Associate Professor at UNC’s Kenan-Flagler Business School

As a serial entrepreneur and a teacher of entrepreneurship, Ted has seen companies go from start-up to success. In our conversation, he talks about the stages of transition that successful entrepreneurs navigate and their resilience.

“The first stage is being comfortable with the unknown… Entrepreneurship is not for everyone; it’s not for the meek of heart. It’s for individuals who have convinced themselves that they’re willing to operate in an arena of ambiguity… The arena of opportunity is represented by the arena of the unknown.”

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Jeff Polish

Founder and Executive Director of The Monti

Jeff knew that he loved the power of storytelling from the time he was a little kid. Professionally, he earned a doctorate in genetics and taught high school science for many years. Here, Jeff tells his story of founding The Monti, a community storytelling organization.

“There was always this thing at my core and that thing was the telling of stories and listening to stories…it was the way to close the distance between me and anyone that I was conversing with.”

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Tim Toterhi

Founder, Plotline Leadership

Growing up in a tough neighborhood limited his horizon of possibility, until Tim wandered in to a martial arts class and everything changed.

“The challenge I faced at the time was that I could only see one path… One of the lessons I learned was… to embrace your circumstances… find a work around, and then get really methodical about moving to the next step.”

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