There are few guarantees in life, but facing adversity is one of them. In a podcast hosted by Ryan, leaders from various professions and walks of life discuss how personal and career struggles have shaped who they are as people and how they respond to trials moving forward. With all guests, Ryan’s goal is to focus on sharing lessons that listeners can use to face adversity more effectively and turn their challenges into opportunities for growth.
Whitney Port: Overcoming Personal Battles in the Public Eye
The lasting effects of spending formative years in reality TV. Sharing the raw side of motherhood with thousands of people every day. Miscarriage, loss and the importance of having an outlet for grief.
Entrepreneur and former reality MTV star Whitney Port shares the ups and downs of making her challenges public, and how being open has impacted her pursuit of happiness
Jason McCarthy: The Power of Community
TMF President Ryan Manion sits down with Jason McCarthy, CEO of GORUCK, to discuss the necessity of finding a tribe and uniting with people in a meaningful way, and the consequences that have come from nixing in-person interactions. A Special Forces veteran, Jason shares why building a community has always taken a front seat over building a company, and what he considers “acceptable risk.”
Mary Katharine Ham: Moving Beyond Political Boundaries
In a break from our usual cadence to address the events that occurred at the Capitol on January 6, political commentator Mary Katharine Ham has a candid discussion with TMF President Ryan Manion on First Amendment protections in the United States, social media and big tech, the role of the individual in creating a country he or she wants to see, and what it takes to put meaning behind the calls for unity.
Wesley Hunt: Media Slant + Leadership After Defeat
A family history that stretches from slavery to West Point. Media influence and the dangers of one-sided politics. Choosing to stand back up and try again after heartbreaking defeat.
Veteran and former Texas Congressional candidate Wesley Hunt discusses why he’s wired for service and the unique characteristics that make veterans prime candidates for office.
Zach Iscol: Veterans in Office + Service as Leadership
Breaking the barriers to veteran mental health at the nonprofit Headstrong. Running a COVID-19 field hospital in NYC at the height of the pandemic. Fighting against bureaucracy on behalf of small business and a city he loves.
Veteran, philanthropist and NYC Mayoral Candidate Zach Iscol discusses why he’s never been afraid to do hard things, even if it means throwing his hat in the ring.
Amy Looney Heffernan: Letting Grief Shape Your Story
What it means to carry the legacy of your fallen spouse. Finding purpose in serving veterans and other families of fallen service members. Why finding love again doesn’t mean replacing the old.
TMF Vice President and Gold Star Spouse Amy Looney Heffernan discusses what it’s like to be shaped by loss and why we all have a duty to ensure the names of our fallen never go unsaid.