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Hear the unvarnished truth about what it's really like to work in various professions from those in the field. Professional Confessionals' candid interviews offer unique perspectives and insights on careers through stories of individual pathways. Youthful dreams and personal journeys, pitfalls and disappointments, greatest accomplishments, proudest moments, what surprised and what motivated.

Whether you’re a high school or college student trying to figure out what you want to do with your life, or a career changer pondering what path to pursue – these episodes are intended as a resource. Those with a general interest in their fellow humans and their personal/professional stories of self discovery on their career paths should also find these interviews interesting and rewarding.

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Hear the unvarnished truth about what it's really like to work in various professions from those in the field. Professional Confessionals' candid interviews offer unique perspectives and insights on careers through stories of individual pathways. Youthful dreams and personal journeys, pitfalls and disappointments, greatest accomplishments, proudest moments, what surprised and what motivated.

Whether you’re a high school or college student trying to figure out what you want to do with your life, or a career changer pondering what path to pursue – these episodes are intended as a resource. Those with a general interest in their fellow humans and their personal/professional stories of self discovery on their career paths should also find these interviews interesting and rewarding.

    [Nonprofit Professional] Susan Kenny

    [Nonprofit Professional] Susan Kenny

    “It is deeply, personally fulfilling to work for something that you believe in and would support, and would give money to if asked…the mission of the organization was central to my happiness.”



    Susan Kenny has found great satisfaction in her career of meaningful work at nonprofit and mission-driven organizations, and is a firm proponent of the benefits and intrinsic value of an education in the humanities. She believes “there is a direct line between a humanities education and working in fields where ethics, compassion, humility, and empathy are important”.

    • 47 min.
    [Architect] James Hartford

    [Architect] James Hartford

    “To a lot of people, architecture is an intangible. It’s not something they understand. They can understand the work that an engineer does, so a building doesn’t fall down on them. They can understand the work a contractor does because they drive the nails or they apply the paint. But architecture is the art of the building, and that gets to be much more difficult for people to understand.”



    With a focus on energy-efficient passive homes, Architect James Hartford shares his thoughts about his professional journey and working as an architect, plus offers advice for those interested in pursuing the field. James Hartford and his wife Juhee Lee-Hartford are partners at River Architects.

    • 26 min.
    [Textbook Author] Jo Pitkin

    [Textbook Author] Jo Pitkin

    – PODCAST EXTRA –



    Author Jo Pitkin discusses the challenges and intricacies of textbook writing for major educational publishers and how she draws upon her literary creativity in what she considers her “survival job”. She offers good tips and advice for writers interested in the field of educational publishing.



    Don’t miss Jo’s additional Professional Confessional interview on her primary career: [Poet] Jo Pitkin

    • 32 min.
    [CFO] Mike LaRocco

    [CFO] Mike LaRocco

    “The high points for me are less about making a quarterly number or something like that. It was about the friendships and joy you have with the people that you work with.”



    As a former Chief Financial Officer and current Compliance Officer, Mike LaRocco’s experience may be in finance and accounting, but his insights and philosophy on work, life and being true to yourself are applicable to anyone.

    • 30 min.
    [Creative Technologist] Bo Bell

    [Creative Technologist] Bo Bell

    “A Creative Technologist is someone who uses technology and their creative self to solve problems.”



    Combining dual disciplines of creative arts and technology, Creative Technologist is a new and unique profession in our brave new world. Bo Bell’s intriguing journey has taken him from neoclassical and experimental electronic music composition to work as Off-Broadway Soundscape Designer and as Creative Technologist with the NYC Central Park Conservancy. These days he works as a “creative technology ambassador” for StudioLabs, a digital technology development company. He shares his thoughtful perspective in this engaging interview.

    • 48 min.
    [Nurse] Linda Raftery

    [Nurse] Linda Raftery

    “One thing through my career is corporations taking over hospitals and when they’re trying to save money, they cut nursing staff. It just doesn’t seem there’s enough nurses to do the job.”



    Practicing Nurse Linda Raftery has seen much in her nearly 3 decades of working in hospital intensive care units, emergency rooms, and as a camp, school and pediatric nurse. She shares the ins and outs and ups and downs, shedding light on often overlooked considerations relating to the nursing profession.

    • 28 min.

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