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Regular People. Extraordinary Conversations.
A huge shift is taking place on planet earth; people seem to be waking up…tired of the way things used to be, they are creating something brand new, and changing the world we live in.

On Awakened Nation®, award-winning author and serial entrepreneur Brad Szollose interviews the next generation of idea makers, disruptors and the game-changers. You’ll hear from bestselling authors, professional athletes, activists, business professionals, rock stars, healers and others, who will share stories and the truths that will open your eyes. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/awakenednation/support

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Regular People. Extraordinary Conversations.
A huge shift is taking place on planet earth; people seem to be waking up…tired of the way things used to be, they are creating something brand new, and changing the world we live in.

On Awakened Nation®, award-winning author and serial entrepreneur Brad Szollose interviews the next generation of idea makers, disruptors and the game-changers. You’ll hear from bestselling authors, professional athletes, activists, business professionals, rock stars, healers and others, who will share stories and the truths that will open your eyes. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/awakenednation/support

    Wisdom from The Father of Modern Networking, Founder of BNI, Dr. Ivan Misner

    Wisdom from The Father of Modern Networking, Founder of BNI, Dr. Ivan Misner

    "People show up at networking events wanting to sell, and nobody wants to buy."

    Dr. Ivan Misner is the godfather of networking and he is here to tell you that you are doing it wrong. Learn how to use the principles of visibility, credibility, and profitability to learn how to make your network work for you. This is the one episode you should be listening to if you want to expand your business or your non-profit. 



    About Dr. Ivan Misner:
    Dr. Ivan Misner is the Founder & Chief Visionary Officer of BNI, the world’s largest business networking organization. Founded in 1985 the organization now has over 9,600 chapters throughout every populated continent of the world.  Last year alone, BNI generated almost 12.3 million referrals resulting in $16.7 billion dollars worth of business for its members.

    Dr. Misner’s Ph.D. is from the University of Southern California. He is a New York Times Bestselling author who has written 24 books including one of his latest books – Who’s in Your Room? He is also a columnist for Entrepreneur.com and has been a university professor as well as a member of the Board of Trustees for the University of La Verne.  

    Called the “Father of Modern Networking” by both Forbes and CNN, Dr. Misner is considered to be one of the world’s leading experts on business networking and has been a keynote speaker for major corporations and associations throughout the world.  He has been featured in the L.A. Times, Wall Street Journal, and New York. Times, as well as numerous TV and radio shows including CNN, the BBC, and The Today Show on NBC.

    Among his many awards, he has been named “Humanitarian of the Year” by the Red Cross and was recently the recipient of the John C. Maxwell Leadership Award. He is also proud to be the Co-Founder of the BNI Charitable Foundation.  He and his wife, Elisabeth, are now “empty nesters” with three adult children...Oh, and in his spare time!!!  he is also an amateur magician and a black belt in karate.



    About your host Brad Szollose:

    First things, first. How do you say Szollose? It’s pronounced zol-us.

    Brad is an award-winning business author, serial entrepreneur, web pioneer, former C-Level executive, creative director, and TEDXSpeaker.

    From founding partner and CMO of K2  Design, Inc. the first Digital Agency to go public on NASDAQ to international leadership development expert, Brad Szollose has worked with household names like MasterCard Worldwide, American Management Association, and Tony Robbins, to create leadership training programs for a new generation.

    After the release of his international bestselling book, Liquid Leadership, Brad was asked to be a guest and a host on hundreds of podcasts. The business interviews were always the same. This made him realize he wanted a different conversation...a deeper conversation. With executive producer Elizabeth Anne Hamilton, they launched Awakened Nation®.

    This podcast is a chance to have an extraordinary conversation with today's idea makers, disruptors, and the game-changers. You’ll hear from bestselling authors, professional athletes, activists,  business professionals, rock stars, healers and others, who will share stories and the truths that will open your eyes.

    After 35 years in NYC, Brad lives in the Southwest and the desert of Las Vegas.




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    • 41 min
    The New Rules for Life, and Business with Ryan Estis

    The New Rules for Life, and Business with Ryan Estis

    "It's not about us. It's about helping others to achieve the best they can."

    Soft skills are the new hard skills, according to Ryan Estis, and are the things that differentiate your company from the rest of the pack. Listen in for a solid hour of how to take your organization and yourself to the next level. 



    About Ryan Estis:

    Ryan Estis has more than 20 years of experience as a top-performing sales professional and leader. As the former chief strategy officer for the McCann Worldgroup advertising agency NAS, he brings a fresh perspective to business events. As a keynote speaker, Ryan is known for his innovative ideas on leading change, improving sales effectiveness, and preparing for the future of work. He was recently recognized as one of “the best keynote speakers ever heard” by Meetings & Conventions magazine alongside Tony Robbins, Bill Gates, Colin Powell, and Mike Ditka.

    Ryan delivers keynote speeches, courses, and online learning with an emphasis on actionable content designed to elevate business performance. His curriculum emphasizes emerging trends influencing leadership effectiveness, sales performance, and customer experience. Ryan helps participants prepare to thrive in today’s ultra-competitive, hyper-connected business environment.

    Ryan supports the world’s leading brands, including Liberty Mutual, Darden Restaurants, Goodyear, the Dallas Cowboys, Medtronic, ECCO USA, and Blue Cross Blue Shield. He is a faculty member for the Institute of Management Studies, a member of the SmartBrief on Workforce Advisory Board, and a certified Human Capital Strategist.

    Ryan and his team publish original research featuring client case studies to expand the live event experience. He is also the author of a popular blog on business performance. His writing has been featured in Inc., Forbes, Entrepreneur, FastCompany, SmartBrief, Business News Network, Crain’s Business, and Yahoo Business.

    Ryan is an Ohio University graduate who resides in downtown Minneapolis. When he’s not traveling to speaking engagements around the world, Ryan enjoys downtime with family and friends, practicing yoga, and cheering on his beloved Minnesota Timberwolves.




    About your host Brad Szollose:

    First things, first. How do you say Szollose? It’s pronounced zol-us.

    Brad is an award-winning business author, serial entrepreneur, web pioneer, former C-Level executive, creative director, and TEDXSpeaker.

    From founding partner and CMO of K2  Design, Inc. the first Digital Agency to go public on NASDAQ to international leadership development expert, Brad Szollose has worked with household names like MasterCard Worldwide, American Management Association, and Tony Robbins, to create leadership training programs for a new generation.

    After the release of his international bestselling book, Liquid Leadership, Brad was asked to be a guest and a host on hundreds of podcasts. The business interviews were always the same. This made him realize he wanted a different conversation...a deeper conversation. With executive producer Elizabeth Anne Hamilton, they launched Awakened Nation®.

    This podcast is a chance to have an extraordinary conversation with today's idea makers, disruptors, and game-changers. You’ll hear from bestselling authors, professional athletes, activists,  business professionals, rock stars, healers and others, who will share stories and the truths that will open your eyes.

    After 35 years in NYC, Brad lives in the Southwest and the desert of Las Vegas.




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    • 1 hr 3 min
    Should we fear Artificial Intelligence? with Cyrus A. Parsa

    Should we fear Artificial Intelligence? with Cyrus A. Parsa

    "It's a symbiotic relationship that becomes a parasitic relationship."

    Science fiction shows us the beauty of artificial intelligence, but Cyrus A. Parsa believes that we need to be focusing on the pitfalls of relying on it. From pandemics to global conspiracies, this episode takes a look at all the different ways AI effects us. 

    About Cyrus A. Parsa:
    Cyrus A. Parsa is the Founder and CEO of The AI Organization, where he is also Director of Creative Analysis & Defensive Innovations. He has researched and investigated more than 1,000 AI, Robotics, 5G, Cybernetic, and Big Tech companies. Cyrus’s mission is to help safeguard humanity first and prevent disasters to Big Tech and the misuse of AI and biotechnology.



    About your host Brad Szollose:

    First things, first. How do you say Szollose? It’s pronounced zol-us.

    Brad is an award-winning business author, serial entrepreneur, web pioneer, former C-Level executive, creative director, and TEDXSpeaker.

    From founding partner and CMO of K2  Design, Inc. the first Digital Agency to go public on NASDAQ to international leadership development expert, Brad Szollose has worked with household names like MasterCard Worldwide, American Management Association, and Tony Robbins, to create leadership training programs for a new generation.

    After the release of his international bestselling book, Liquid Leadership, Brad was asked to be a guest and a host on hundreds of podcasts. The business interviews were always the same. This made him realize he wanted a different conversation...a deeper conversation. With executive producer Elizabeth Anne Hamilton, they launched Awakened Nation®.

    This podcast is a chance to have an extraordinary conversation with today's idea makers, disruptors, and game-changers. You’ll hear from bestselling authors, professional athletes, activists,  business professionals, rock stars, healers and others, who will share stories and the truths that will open your eyes.

    After 35 years in NYC, Brad lives in the Southwest and the desert of Las Vegas.


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    • 1 hr 4 min
    Latina from the Bronx, and the art of Stand Up Comedy with Gina Brillon

    Latina from the Bronx, and the art of Stand Up Comedy with Gina Brillon

    "I was always aware that I was the youngest and female, and I was always on edge about that."

    What does it take to break into comedy? And what more do you have to do when you're Latina? Gina Brillon tells her story to Brad Szollose, about the ups and downs of working the comedy scene and what happens when you become a mother of boys. 

    About Gina Brillon:
    Gina Brillon was born and raised in the Bronx, New York. The Puerto Rican actress, comedian, and writer, has been a stand up comic since she was 17 years old. Her first one hour special, Pacifically Speaking, was produced by Gabriel Iglesias and aired on NuvoTV (2014).

    She had a featured role in Gabriel Iglesias' theatrical film, The Fluffy Movie. She's made appearances on Comedy Central's Live at Gotham, E!'s Chelsea Lately, AXS' Gotham Comedy Live, The View, Late Night with Seth Meyers and Jimmy Kimmel Live. 

    You have also seen her on Kevin Can Wait on CBS and The Conners on ABC. In 2012, she became the first (and only) Latina winner of NBC's Stand up for Diversity Showcase. She was selected to be part of Montreal's Just For Laughs New Faces Showcase. Gina is also a singer, published writer, and poet. 

    Her pieces have appeared in the New York Post and Daily News, among others.

    In 2019, she was featured on Gabriel Iglesias' "Beyond the Fluffy Tour" - hitting 46 cities around the US and gaining thousands of new fans along the way. Her newest half hour special for HBO Latino, titled Easily Offended is now streaming on all HBO Digital Platforms.



    About your host Brad Szollose:

    First things, first. How do you say Szollose? It’s pronounced zol-us.

    Brad is an award-winning business author, serial entrepreneur, web pioneer, former C-Level executive, creative director and TEDXSpeaker.

    From founding partner and CMO of K2  Design, Inc. the  first Digital Agency to go public on NASDAQ to international leadership  development expert, Brad Szollose has worked  with household names like MasterCard Worldwide, American Management Association and Tony Robbins, to create leadership training programs for a new  generation.

    After the release of his international bestselling book, Liquid Leadership, Brad  was asked to be a guest and a host on hundreds of podcasts. The  business interviews were always the same. This made him realize he  wanted a different conversation...a deeper conversation. With executive producer Elizabeth Anne Hamilton, they launched Awakened Nation®.

    This podcast is a chance to have an extraordinary conversation with today's idea makers, disruptors and the game-changers. You’ll  hear from bestselling authors, professional athletes, activists,  business professionals, rock stars, healers and others, who will share  stories and the truths that will open your eyes.

    After 35 years in NYC, Brad lives in the Southwest and the desert of Las Vegas.


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    • 1 hr 4 min
    New Earth. New Human with Sacha Stone

    New Earth. New Human with Sacha Stone

    "That's what we've got. We manifested that for ourselves as a species."

    Do you really know what is going on? From False Light to our Reptillian DNA, Sacha Stone takes you on a quest through what he perceives as the realities and false dichotomies of this age. This episode of Awakened Nation will make you think and make you wonder. 



    About Sacha Stone:

    Former rock musician and artist Sacha Stone grew up in Rhodesia-Zimbabwe throughout the war for independence.

    He established Humanitad in 1999. After conducting a five year diplomatic campaign he engaged Humanitad upon both the NGO and IGO playing fields as an outspoken advocate of human rights and natural justice.

    He has instigated peace initiatives and education programs, and has lobbied against human-rights abuses in different parts of the globe and continues to prosecute for the protection of breakthrough innovators, scientists and doctors.

    Sacha founded New Earth Project (New Earth Nation), the worlds most integrated movement promulgating sustainable, sovereign and self-determining communities. It operates as a universal trust engaging micro-nations by Treaty and exists outside of fictitious enclosures dreamt up by self-serving corporation-governments and institutions.

    He is also founder of the ITNJ International Tribunal for Natural Justice, which launched under multilateral observership in June 2015 via a ceremonial seating and ratification ceremony at Westminster Central Hall in London on the 800th anniversary of the signing of Magna Carta. This new planetary court is committed to the dispensation of natural justice and adherence to the rule-of-law.

    Sacha is a public speaker, publisher, writer and film-maker.



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    About your host Brad Szollose:

    First things, first. How do you say Szollose? It’s pronounced zol-us.

    Brad is an award-winning business author, serial entrepreneur, web pioneer, former C-Level executive, creative director and TEDXSpeaker.

    From founding partner and CMO of K2  Design, Inc. the  first Digital Agency to go public on NASDAQ to international leadership  development expert, Brad Szollose has worked  with household names like MasterCard Worldwide, American Management Association and Tony Robbins, to create leadership training programs for a new  generation.

    After the release of his international bestselling book, Liquid Leadership,
    Brad  was asked to be a guest and a host on hundreds of podcasts. The  business interviews were always the same. This made him realize he  wanted a different conversation...a deeper conversation. With executive producer Elizabeth Anne Hamilton, they launched Awakened Nation®.

    This podcast is a chance to have an extraordinary conversation with today's
    idea makers, disruptors and the game-changers. You’ll  hear from bestselling authors, professional athletes, activists,  business professionals, rock stars, healers and others, who will share  stories and the truths that will open your eyes.

    After 35 years in NYC, Brad lives in the Southwest and the desert of Las Vegas.





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    • 1 hr 5 min
    From homeless teen to Creator of a $250 Million Tech Company with Dawnna St. Louis

    From homeless teen to Creator of a $250 Million Tech Company with Dawnna St. Louis

    "Your default tab is what you are born into... It's kinda like a gravity pull. its always there, always waiting for you. If you do nothing, you will end up right back on it."

    What's it like to start from a place where no one believes you can do better? And how good does it feel to shatter those expectations? Dawnna St. Louis talks about starting her own company, what it's like to be a black woman in corporate America and what it takes to build a business that will last. 



    About Dawnna:
    Imagine the story of your life defined by government statistics like these: Drug addict. Five children you're unable to care for/foster care Government assistance. Jail time. An early grave.

    "When my guidance counselor told me those stats would define my life, I  believed them. As a result, I became depressed, fell into homelessness,  and lost everything.

    It wasn't until I decided to step into a  brave new chapter that things began to change. Over the years, I  discovered that there were four principles of achievement that extremely successful people consistently strived to reach bigger goals.

    These four principles gave me the ability to pull myself from the depths of depression, crawl out of homelessness, and build a $250M tech biz."


    Today,  Dawnna is a conference headlining keynote speaker on the Discipline of  Achievement. She has transformed audiences around the world with the four principles that changed her life.

    Dawnna also runs a successful coaching, mentoring, and mastermind company that helps clients define a plan of attack to annihilate roadblocks and achieve more than they thought possible.

    Her client list includes well-known executives, high-potential employees, a  consortium of investors and venture capitalists, motivational speakers,  and entrepreneurs.



    About your host Brad Szollose:

    First things, first. How do you say Szollose? It’s pronounced zol-us.

    Brad is an award-winning business author, serial entrepreneur, web pioneer, former C-Level executive, creative director and TEDXSpeaker.

    From founding partner and CMO of K2  Design, Inc. the  first Digital Agency to go public on NASDAQ to international leadership  development expert, Brad Szollose has worked  with household names like MasterCard Worldwide, American Management Association and Tony Robbins, to create leadership training programs for a new  generation.

    After the release of his international bestselling book, Liquid Leadership, Brad  was asked to be a guest and a host on hundreds of podcasts. The  business interviews were always the same. This made him realize he  wanted a different conversation...a deeper conversation. With executive producer Elizabeth Anne Hamilton, they launched Awakened Nation®.

    This podcast is a chance to have an extraordinary conversation with today's idea makers, disruptors and the game-changers. You’ll  hear from bestselling authors, professional athletes, activists,  business professionals, rock stars, healers and others, who will share  stories and the truths that will open your eyes.

    After 35 years in NYC, Brad lives in the Southwest and the desert of Las Vegas.





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    • 1 hr 36 min

Customer Reviews

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15 Ratings

15 Ratings

ShyL1fe ,

Do you want to be perfect or do you want to be happy

Brad has an amazing way of communicating that leads his guest to share their story from the heart and touch his audience in a depper way. He has compiled an array of influential entrepreneurs and gamechangers for his guests in order to inspire many to make a change for the better and keep moving forward. I highly recommend this podcast as a MUST for those who appreciate heart and soul.

WittyWhitt ,

Panache Desai

I first learned of Panache in April through a mutual acquaintance’s event. I was blown away. Then I met AN host Brad when I interviewed him about his contribution to the 1 Habit for Success book in May.

Listening to these two men discuss life, love, and being enough this morning was a huge gift and this will be one of those episodes that I come back to again and again. Panache has so much wisdom and confirms the journey I’ve been on for the past few years.

Grateful & Blessed! Thanks!

theroamingscholar ,

Pink Floyd saves the day!

Excellent interviews. Brad does a great job letting the guest speak and share while also steering the conversation and keeping it fun. Looking forward to more!

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