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Aside from death and taxes, our one constant as humans is change. Embark the podcast is about what happens at the intersection of crisis and opportunity. The defining line between before and after. Where imagination meets innovation. Each week, a new story about how each of us encounter, and respond to what’s next in our lives, and in our world. With Liz Solar, Voice Actor, Writer, Presentation Coach

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Aside from death and taxes, our one constant as humans is change. Embark the podcast is about what happens at the intersection of crisis and opportunity. The defining line between before and after. Where imagination meets innovation. Each week, a new story about how each of us encounter, and respond to what’s next in our lives, and in our world. With Liz Solar, Voice Actor, Writer, Presentation Coach

    Shelli Brunswick: Advocate for Space, STEM and Service Beyond Self

    Shelli Brunswick: Advocate for Space, STEM and Service Beyond Self

    To speak with Shelli Brunswick is to meet a true believer.  A believer in human goodness, human potential and human capital. She enthuses about the opportunities space exploration provides and how those advances and developments  to benefit us here on earth. More importantly, Shelli advocates for opportunity and  the inclusion of all kinds of people in the space industry, regardless of gender, color, culture, background or educational level.

     It's always a pleasure to meet a person of Shelli's caliber: Not just smart but wise. Always seeking her personal best, while giving her best to elevate others. Grateful and quick to acknowledge  the opportunities she received and the role models  who guided her journey , she continues to mentor to a new generation of seekers. She lives up to the credo:

    Advocating for Innovation. Bettering Life on Earth.

    Thanks for listening to our conversation.

    Shelli Brunswick, COO of Space Foundation, brings a broad perspective and deep vision of the global space ecosystem: From a distinguished career as a space acquisition and program management leader and congressional liaison for the U.S. Air Force to her current role overseeing Space Foundation's three primary divisions: Center for Innovation and Education, Symposium 365, and Global Alliance.
    Advocating for space technology innovation, entrepreneurship, diversity and inclusion, Shelli collaborates with organizations around the world to connect commercial, government and educational sectors. Shelli was named the 2020 Diversity & Inclusion Officer and Role Model of the Year by WomenTech Network.  
    Shelli plays an active leadership role with United Nations Space4Women, WomenTech Network, Islamic World Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ICESCO), World Business Angels Investment Forum (WBAF) Global Women Leaders Committee (GWLC), New York University, Global Policy Insights – Global Policy, Diplomacy and Sustainability (GPODS) Fellowship Program, Global Policy Insights -- Quad Forum, Space Tourism Society Africa, Tod'Aérs, Lifeboat Foundation, Women in Aerospace Foundation, Women’s Global Gathering, Manufacturer’s Edge, and Colorado Springs Chamber & EDC.
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    Space Foundation is a non-profit advocate organization founded in 1983, offering a gateway to education, information and collaboration for space exploration and space-inspired industries that define the global space ecosystem.
     
     
     
     
     
     






     
     

    • 33 min
    Coach Ellie Lane: Let's Set Some Boundaries

    Coach Ellie Lane: Let's Set Some Boundaries

    "We create these stories in our minds...We operate on these stories and one of the common stories is,  'Oh gosh, what if they don't like me?' But that's usually not true. So I'm always working with people on ' What's the story in your head?  And can you ask yourself, 'Is that story really true?' And when we can do that,  that will often help us say the 'No'."

    Coach Ellie Lane , LICSW,  business and life coach,  has helped hundreds of  people  build their internal power, confidence, and success; to learn that self-care does not equate with selfishness, that striving for more does not mean striving for perfection, and to discover and live a life by design, not by accident.  
    She believes walking the tightrope between driving yourself and loving yourself is harder than it looks. Real success doesn't happen as you juggle "all the things." It happens when you stop perpetuating a cycle of over responsibility. 
    Taking courageous steps, setting clear, consistent boundaries, living into your dreams, and seeing and believing in who you truly are can help you build more success.

    Today on Embark, Coach Ellie and I talk about the difficulty, necessity and power of setting boundaries, what to look for in a coach -- how to know they're the real deal, or at least a good match for you -- and the differences between coaches and therapists.

    https://www.linkedin.com/in/ellie-lane-licsw-transformational-coach-b1528479/

    • 33 min
    Part Two: Filmmaker Arielle Nobile: Belonging, Improv and Humor

    Part Two: Filmmaker Arielle Nobile: Belonging, Improv and Humor

    "I think [humor] is the highest gift as humans..is being able to laugh and make other people laugh...and let people experience joy, because we don't do joy very well."

    Arielle Nobile returns for part two of the conversation, filled with her trademark optimism and 'everybody-in-the-pool' sensibility.  Arielle's entire life has been in service to telling and sharing stories so we better understand ourselves and others,  near and far. 

    This award-winning filmmaker's work includes the 'Belonging in the USA' documentary series, as well as telling family stories through her Legacy Connections Films production company.

    Arielle and I talk about the through line of humor, and our human need for it, the power of revolutionary listening, her love of improv and training at Second City  as well as her hopes to bring her myriad talents together to write, produce and direct her own works.

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    • 23 min
    Arielle Nobile, Part One: Filmmaking, Revolutionary Listening & Belonging in the USA

    Arielle Nobile, Part One: Filmmaking, Revolutionary Listening & Belonging in the USA

    "If you exist, you belong."  Filmmaker Arielle Nobile ponders and explores the question of belonging, and has settled on this answer. Still, we continue to ask, 'Where do I belong?' 'Do I belong?' and 'How do we all belong, despite our differences?" We hope today's episode assures and inspires you that in our human family,   despite our missteps, all are welcome here.

    Our conversation covers revolutionary listening, perhaps the most powerful key to understanding and accepting each other. We can belong to ourselves and stand on our beliefs, and belong to each other, even when we strongly disagree with each other.

    We also talk about Arielle's recent move from the U.S. to Argentina, and what that means, her journey from in front of the camera to behind it, and how creatives can become bridges to unite disparate - and often, alienated -  groups of people.

    Arielle and I share our experiences in performing arts,  communication and optimism in humanity during challenging times. Thanks for listening.

    Arielle is a documentary film maker, who is usually the one asking all the questions. She is the CEO of Legacy Connections  , which was founded in 2005. Arielle’s company produces documentary films for families to reflect on their history, truths, shared values and vision for the future.  
    She received her BFA in Experimental Theatre from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. She then studied in an MFA-style year-long directing program at Second City Theatre in Chicago. She taught improv and theatre at Second City and Piven Theatre to adults and children, which makes her uniquely skilled at helping all her subjects relax and be natural on camera. 
    Arielle is the producer/director of the award-winning documentary series Belonging in the USA: Stories from our Neighbors. The first film in the trilogy, The Story of Michael D. McCarty was a 2019 official selection at the Pan African Film Festival, the largest Black film festival in the US. Check-out Arielle’s related Belonging in the USA podcast. Arielle was named to The Independent Magazine’s List of “10 Filmmakers to Watch” in 2018 for the Belonging in the USA documentary series. In 2012, she won a Hugo Television award for her 6-part public television series, Belonging in Boulder: Unexpected Stories from Your Neighbors.

    • 22 min
    Embark On Your Third Act on Gifts: What We Give, What We Bestow

    Embark On Your Third Act on Gifts: What We Give, What We Bestow

    It’s a season of giving, so what better way to wrap up this season of Embark on Your Third Act, then to discuss the gifts we give, and those we receive. 
     We’re not talking sweaters and socks here. Rebecca, Diana and I address those things money can’t buy: Our attention, kindness, our love. Maybe we put judgment aside and become a little more magnanimous in how we treat each other.
     Thing is, we’re not always aware of our gifts, so how can we pass those goodies around to others? Let’s reflect on that.
     It’s a time of reflection – not just this season, but perhaps this time of life – so think about what you have to give and share it freely, without fanfare and lots of love.

    There are those times in life when we face adversity, loss, perhaps a fall from grace. Could there be a gift in that?

    “Someone I loved once gave me a box full of darkness. It took me years to understand that this too, was a gift.” - Mary Oliver

    We could't say it better, and from our own experience, we discover that a 'bad patch' provided a gift, or we didn't appreciate that in the moment we overlooked a gift that was offered. A reminder to be mindful, and forgive the pun, present.

    Giving, as they say, is its own reward. It’s also good for your health.  The Cleveland Clinic reports when we donate to charity or volunteer, we receive measurable physical and mental health benefits. Studies show people who give of themselves can lower blood pressure and stress levels, minimize depression, gain higher self-esteem, and even live longer. Not to mention an uptick in those feel-good endorphins and dopamine.
     Likewise, it’s important to receive, whether it’s guidance, a favor, compliment or help. You are worthy.  Don’t deny someone the pleasure of their generosity to you. In the spirit of the season accept kindnesses with gratitude and grace. 
    We appreciate your presence, attention, comments and well-wishes from Embark. Thanks for listening.
     
     
     
     
     
     

    • 27 min
    That Guy, Tai Irwin Talks Job Placement, Lifelong Learning, Editing Mishaps and Pete Townsend

    That Guy, Tai Irwin Talks Job Placement, Lifelong Learning, Editing Mishaps and Pete Townsend

    There are some people you just want to hang around. Tai Irwin is one of them. Funny, thoughtful, curious and always respectful, he has been a fixture in Boston radio, and the voice over community. He keeps a hand in broadcasting with a musical retrospective program on WUMB-FM, while he  is a full-time Job Placement specialist at Boston's Pine Street Inn homeless shelter. Check out the shelter's breadth of services, and discover ways to help on their website.

    Tai and I get silly, talk audio editing injuries, storytelling, the joy of learning and if Pete Townsend was really ever in The Who. Connect with Tai here.


    Tai Irwin has been in the business of communications since he voiced a line in a motorcycle spot at 16. Taken under wing by WLIR radio on Long Island, this led eventually to the role of Program Director at WAER, Syracuse University’s radio station and a degree from the Newhouse School of Communications in 1981. Being in the right place at the right time meant meeting U2 as they established a firm foothold in North America, along with countless other bands. Hired by WQBKam and fm in Albany NY, he was able to wear two hats as dj on the fm side, and talk show host on the am.


    In 1985 WFNX hired him after a year of courting, and this led to a ten-year stint as “Morning Guy Tai.” This was also the year he began work as an independent voice/over artist, doing commercial and industrial work on radio, tv and internet platforms.


    Tai took his unique style, smarts and curiosity to Talk Radio at  WRKO as and 96.9FM, and back to music at WROR-FM. He's freelanced across the country with work in Los Angeles, Seattle, and Sirius Satellite.


    In 2006 he joined the Audio Engineering staff at The New England Institute of Art in Brookline, MA in the role of Senior Career Advisor. During his 11 years in this position he earned a master’s degree in Adult Education, and began teaching college- level Communication Theory, American Popular Music, and First Amendment.


    In 2018 he became part of the Workforce Development team at Pine Street Inn.


     

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