47 episodes

Lively conversations about important topics to inspire all of us to change the world, one act, one word, one dream at a time.

Heromakers Podcast Laurie Nichols & Ann Chow

    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0 • 10 Ratings

Lively conversations about important topics to inspire all of us to change the world, one act, one word, one dream at a time.

    Kevin McDowell on Beating Cancer, Becoming an Olympic Medalist, and Why Our Suffering Can Inspire Others

    Kevin McDowell on Beating Cancer, Becoming an Olympic Medalist, and Why Our Suffering Can Inspire Others

    In this episode, Laurie and Ann talk with Kevin McDowell, a triathlete who just won a silver medal in the mixed relay triathlon and placed sixth overall in the individual men's triathlon. He was one of the first American men to win an Olympic medal in the triathlon.

    Kevin talks about not only his journey to the Olympics and his pursuit of sports, but also his journey through being diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma at the age of 18 and how that changed his life and how he sees the world. We talk about organizations fighting childhood cancer and about the unfortunate statistic that only four cents on every dollar given to cancer research goes to pediatric research. We talk about Kevin's desire to inspire kids with cancer and why his journey through cancer, his close-knit community, and his pursuit of a dream have fueled him over the years.

    In this episode we reference:

    Cal's Angels
    St. Judes Children's Research Hospital
    Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago
    Ronald McDonald House Charities


    Heromakers can be found on IG @heromakersmovement and on FB @heromakersmovement. You can also visit our website at: https://www.heromakersmovement.com.

    Kevin can be found on Instagram at www.instagram.com/kevinmcdowell1.

    You can watch this and other episodes of the podcast on YouTube here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCuVDFP8jEcv5bdhr8VLzXjA. 

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    Want to support this work we do?? We are on PATREON and would love if you would join our growing community! Check it out here: https://www.patreon.com/heromakersmovement. 

    • 42 min
    Mike Thirtle on "Doing a Little More," Smart and Good People, and Honoring Those Who Serve

    Mike Thirtle on "Doing a Little More," Smart and Good People, and Honoring Those Who Serve

    In this episode, Laurie and Ann talk with Mike Thirtle, CEO of the Gary Sinise Foundation, which "serves our nation by honoring our defenders, veterans, first responders, their families, and those in need." We talk with Mike about his 20 years of service in the Air Force, his roles in both the non-profit and for-profit sector, and of course, about Forrest Gump and the life-altering lessons we learn from Lieutenant Dan Taylor (played by Sinise) regarding seeing the value in others.
    We talk about service and good leadership (hint: smart, good people are the best kinds) and about the power of love. And of course we go into a bit of the good work the team at the Gary Sinise Foundation are doing through their five pillars.

    In this episode we reference:

    Darcy Olsen: Using Every Available Means to Give Voice to the Children Unheard and Unseen in the Foster Care System

    Chris Fields on Three Decades of Being a Firefighter, the Iconic Oklahoma City Bombing Photo, and Why Trauma Doesn't Have to Have the Final Word

    Col. Jim McDonough on Lessons on Humility, Vulnerability, and Selfless Leadership Learned from 26 Years in the Military


    Heromakers can be found on IG @heromakersmovement and on FB @heromakersmovement. You can also visit our website at: https://www.heromakersmovement.com.

    Mike can be found at LinkedIn or at the Gary Sinise Foundation website. 

    You can watch this and other episodes of the podcast on YouTube here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCuVDFP8jEcv5bdhr8VLzXjA. 

    Like us and follow us today!

    And share this episode with your friends. 


    Want to support this work we do?? We are on PATREON and would love if you would join our growing community! Check it out here: https://www.patreon.com/heromakersmovement. 

    • 41 min
    Lauren McCann on Creating a Positive Difference, Following Your Own Dreams, and Sobriety with Others

    Lauren McCann on Creating a Positive Difference, Following Your Own Dreams, and Sobriety with Others

    In this episode, Laurie and Ann talk with Lauren McCann, founder of Calliope Advisors, a "mission-driven consulting firm and innovation partner for philanthropists, companies, and nonprofits who want to pilot new concepts and models to solve pressing and urgent societal problems." Lauren shares her own journey into making our world better through her work and what friendship and community has taught her about the world. The three talk proximity and what it means to slow down long enough to be intentional about our choices. 

    Lauren also shares about her latest fundraising goal and what her road to sobriety has taught her about living in the moment and making healthy choices for her, her family, and those she works with and among.  


    Heromakers can be found on IG @heromakersmovement and on FB @heromakersmovement. You can also visit our website at: https://www.heromakersmovement.com.

    Lauren can be found at LinkedIn or at the Calliope Advisors website. 

    You can watch this and other episodes of the podcast on YouTube here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCuVDFP8jEcv5bdhr8VLzXjA.

    Like us and follow us today!

    And share this episode with your friends.

    Check out: Dorris Walker-Taylor on Finding Joy After More Than Two Decades of Pain, and Why a Place Called Thistle Farms Is So Amazing


    Want to support this work we do?? We are on PATREON and would love if you would join our growing community! Check it out here: https://www.patreon.com/heromakersmovement. 

    • 41 min
    Laurie and Ann on The Year Behind, Kindness Creativity, Making Space for Us, Rubik Cubes, Harvesting Apples, and Heromaking in 2022

    Laurie and Ann on The Year Behind, Kindness Creativity, Making Space for Us, Rubik Cubes, Harvesting Apples, and Heromaking in 2022

    After too long of a hiatus, we are back for Season Three of the Heromakers Podcast! Here, Laurie and Ann talk about some things they learned and noticed in 2021, how kindness creativity is flourishing in some areas, and why friendship and networking are so important. Laurie also talks about the role of self-discovery and fun in heromaking and the two share a few analogies for all of us to consider as we enter 2022.

    Special invitation: Laurie will be hosting a writer's retreat in May 2022 in the Midwest region of the U.S. More details to come later in January. 
    Heromakers can be found on IG @heromakersmovement and on FB @heromakersmovement. You can also visit our website at: https://www.heromakersmovement.com.

    You can watch this and other episodes of the podcast on YouTube here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCuVDFP8jEcv5bdhr8VLzXjA.

    Like us and follow us today!

    And share this episode with your friends.

    Want to support this work we do?? We are on PATREON and would love if you would join our growing community! Check it out here: https://www.patreon.com/heromakersmovement. 

    • 30 min
    Julie Anne Kelly on Kicking Cancer in the ___ Through Community, Love, and a Whole Lot of Boxing

    Julie Anne Kelly on Kicking Cancer in the ___ Through Community, Love, and a Whole Lot of Boxing

    In this episode of the Heromakers Podcast, we talk with Julie Anne Kelly, cancer survivor and co-founder of Haymakers for Hope, which gives everyday men and women the chance to fight back against cancer by training for and competing in charity boxing events to raise money and awareness. Here, we talk about Julie's own journey with a cancer diagnosis at age 22, how boxing was part of her healing journey, and how she merged the two. Building a community of "ass-kicking do-gooders," Julie and the team have helped trained hundreds of everyday people to pick up their boxing gloves for the sake of those they love who are suffering. 

    We also talk about boxing--how to train for a match, and what to do if you freeze in competition. 
    You can find Haymakers for Hope on IG @Haymakers4Hope and on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/haymakers4hope. Their website is: http://haymakersforhope.org.
    Heromakers can be found on IG @heromakersmovement and on FB @heromakersmovement. You can also visit our website at: https://www.heromakersmovement.com.

    We are also on YouTube here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCuVDFP8jEcv5bdhr8VLzXjA.

    Like us and follow us today!

    And share this episode with your friends.

    We are on PATREON and we would love if you would join our growing community! Check it out here: https://www.patreon.com/heromakersmovement. 

    • 47 min
    Nicholas Kristock on Fleece, Thank You, Empathy, Compassion, Confidence, and Many Things in Between

    Nicholas Kristock on Fleece, Thank You, Empathy, Compassion, Confidence, and Many Things in Between

    In this episode of the Heromakers Podcast, we talk with Nicholas Kristock, founder of Fleece & Thank You, a non-profit focused on connecting people who want to make blankets for children in the hospital with the heroes who receive them. A former soccer player, Nicholas sought out different volunteer opportunities while not on the field and when his twin sister told him there weren't enough blankets for the children in the hospital where she served, he knew he had found his calling. 

    In this episode, we talk about power of empathy and courage and why curiosity can lead us to remarkable places we may never have discovered. 
    You can find Fleece & Thank You on IG @tfleeceandthankyou and on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/fleecethankyou. Their website is: https://fleeceandthankyou.org.
    Heromakers can be found on IG @heromakersmovement and on FB @heromakersmovement. You can also visit our website at: https://www.heromakersmovement.com.

    We are also on YouTube here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCuVDFP8jEcv5bdhr8VLzXjA.

    Like us and follow us today!

    And share this episode with your friends.

    We are on PATREON and we would love if you would join our growing community! Check it out here: https://www.patreon.com/heromakersmovement. 

    • 34 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
10 Ratings

10 Ratings

adllewellyn ,

Phenomenal

Hope-filled, this podcast asks great, practical questions of real people and draws out how we can all be the change we want to see in the world.

TDalrymple ,

Inspiring

This podcast fills me with hope at a time when we so desperately need eyes to see the good in humanity. The guests inspire us, that our acts of kindness can and do make a difference. I’m adding this to my subscription list.

tooti likes to read ,

9 qualities of a hero

Laurie and Ann have given us a great overview of 9 traits of a hero that help us imagine ourselves as heroes who make a difference in this world. I can't wait to hear the stories of everyday heroes they will have on the podcast in future episodes. You've gotten it off to a GREAT start. I love the passion and articulate nature of your message: You can be a hero to others!

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