Tune into the Beyond 6 Seconds podcast to hear extraordinary stories from everyday people. Each episode features inspiring stories of life and creativity, triumph and struggle. I interview people who are starting their own businesses, giving back to their communities, and working with exciting new technologies to advance our world. We also talk about specific ways that our listeners can help support them and their work, so that their stories can continue to evolve. Who knows, their stories may even provide you some extra inspiration to develop your own talents and passions!
The Life Autistic with Hunter Hansen
Hunter Hansen is an autistic content creator on YouTube and Instagram and a blogger on thelifeautistic.com. After discovering his autism in his late teens, Hunter tried to outgrow and suppress his autistic traits for years, until coming to terms and embracing his identity as an autistic adult. Now he advocates for greater understanding and appreciation of autism and autistic people. In this episode, Hunter and I talk about the evolution of his content creation and storytelling about his life autistic.
How Nichelle Walker is changing the world through community service
Nichelle Walker is a passionate community service advocate who sees it as a way to find local solutions to national and global problems. Nichelle is also a survivor of domestic violence; her experience further cultivated a need inside of her to give back to others. During this episode, Nichelle shares how community service has helped her make new connections, despite the isolation of the pandemic, and how her new business allows her to give back to her community.
Authentic representation of people with disabilities in the media
Julia Ward is an actor and filmmaker whose award-winning documentary, in.clu.sion, is raising awareness about the authentic representation of people with disabilities in the media. Julia is also a senior in high school, and filmed in.clu.sion during lockdown in 2020. Julia shares how her brother Spencer inspired the film and the challenges and benefits of filming during lockdown -- including how she got interviews with actors Cole Sibus and Mat Fraser and director Peter Farrelly.
A neurodiverse workplace in the LEGO world
WE LOVE WHAT YOU BUILD (WLWYB) is a LEGO® parts dealership on the secondary market of LEGO® based in Hungary. Founder David Kokai and HR Manager Lili Juhász discuss their decision to create a neurodiverse and autism-friendly work environment at their company, how they recruit and employ autistic people in key parts of their business and how they build a work environment that is safe, effective and a great place to grow for all of their employees.
A Black man's experiences in America by Kevin M. Yates
Kevin M. Yates is a learning & development leader, expert, author and global public speaker. On this episode, Kevin talks candidly about the impact of race in his professional and personal life, including how he sometimes feels he is seen as a “unicorn”, the “unspoken protocol” he follows when he leaves his home, and how the racial and social justice movements of 2020 have further inspired him to live in authenticity by being transparent about his whole self and experiences.
How Elaine Montilla empowers women and minorities in tech careers
Elaine Montilla is an accomplished senior executive who has been an IT leader in higher education for two decades. She is also a TEDx speaker and the founder of 5xminority.com, which empowers women and minorities in tech. On this episode, Elaine discusses how she has overcome many challenges as an immigrant, Latina, lesbian woman to build her successful IT career.
This goes way beyond 6 seconds!
Carolyn has attracted the most interesting array of guests and she is such a great host as she allows the light to shine on the best of her guest’s offerings. In the midst of a world where things have felt upside down, Carolyn gives us a right side up perspective by featuring so many inspiring people and their lives.
I just listened to the episode with DeAndre Wilson. My father also had colon cancer and died 17 years ago. I live my life every day to honor him as well and I loved how DeAndre is honoring his father through his work. Although I am not rolling a 230 pound tire every day, I do feel the weight of moving forward daily. Thank you for sharing your story and inspiring us to live healthy and to carry on in the image of those that we love!
Great Voice, Great Content
Host Carolyn Kiel is a joy to listen to - great voice! And the variety of guests is enough to keep listeners coming back for more! Keep it up!