Welcome to Knowledgecast, a podcast presented by the IDEALS Foundation and hosted by IDEALS founder, Jack Williams. Knowledgecast is all about learning applicable leadership knowledge and how to be a positive influence in the lives of others from top leaders across the country including coaches, mentors, entrepreneurs, business executives, former professional athletes, and more. As we always say on Knowledgecast, until next time, make it your goal to be a positive influence in the lives of others.
IDEALS was created in 1993 to help young people develop into more effective leaders and positive role models. Through live workshops and video programs, we provide content to help young people develop the necessary life and leadership skills and be positive influences in their lives.
Learn more about Knowledgecast and this first season at www.jackwwilliams.com.
Looking Back on a Career in the NFL with Brian Finneran
In this thirteenth episode, Jack talks to Brian Finneran. Brian had a 12-year career in the NFL as a wide receiver, 11 of which with the Atlanta Falcons. He was an All-America in Villanova and was selected to receive the Walter Payton Award. While he was with the Falcons, he was selected as the Atlanta Falcons NFL Man of the Year. After finishing his career, Brian jumped into the media world and is now one of the sports talk radio hosts on The Locker Room show in Atlanta on 680 The Fan.
Learn more about Brian along with our other guests on the third season of our podcast on my website at jackwwilliams.com/podcast.
Leading the Peach Bowl with Gary Stokan
In this twelfth episode, Jack talks with Gary Stokan, one of Atlanta, Georgia's most admired CEOs. Gary is the CEO of Peach Bowl, Inc. He is a former NC State basketball player and assistant coach. Gary then began his sports marketing career with Converse and Adidas shoe companies. In 1998, Gary was named the CEO of the Peach Bowl. Through his leadership, the Peach Bowl has become one of the most elite bowl games in the country. Listen to this episode as Jack and Gary discuss the Peach Bowl and even stories that include Michael Jordan and Nick Saban.
Learn more about Gary along with our other guests on the third season of our podcast on my website at jackwwilliams.com/podcast.
Parenting Young Athletes with Britt Lee
In this eleventh episode, Jack talks with Britt Lee. Britt is the co-founder of Pure Athlete and the author of Parenting the Pure Athlete. Britt served for over 20 years in various positions with Security Brands, a Fortune 500 company. Britt's company now focuses on helping executive leaders create and then deliver compelling brand messaging to both their internal and external audiences. Listen to this episode as Jack and Britt discuss the potential of Pure Athlete and the impact that it can have on parents and young athletes.
Learn more about Britt along with our other guests on the third season of our podcast on my website at jackwwilliams.com/podcast.
Providing Pathways of Success for Students with Dr. Barbara Wall
In this tenth episode, Jack talks with Dr. Barbara Wall. Dr. Wall has 43 years of experience in the field of education. She's held teaching responsibilities in middle and high school and administrative roles at the school level, the district level, and the state level. Dr. Wall has three degrees from Georgia College and State University, as well as a Doctorate of Education in Workforce Education Development from the University of Georgia. Currently, Dr. Wall works for the Georgia Department of Education, heading up its career technical, agricultural, and educational departments, or what we call CTAE. She holds the title of Deputy Superintendent of the Georgia Department of Education. Listen to this episode with Jack and Dr. Wall as they discuss the importance of career pathway training in schools and how Georgia is leading the way in providing pathways to success for students.
Learn more about Barbara along with our other guests on the third season of our podcast on my website at jackwwilliams.com/podcast.
From Law School to the Supreme Court with Jeff Wall
In this ninth episode, Jack talks with Jeff Wall. Jeff is a partner with Sullivan Cromwell, which has offices in Washington, D.C., and New York, and is head of the Supreme Court and Appellate practice. Before rejoining his current firm, Jeff served in the office of the Solicitor General of the United States as the deputy principal deputy for two years. For two years, he actually served as the acting Solicitor General. Jeff has argued 30 cases before the Supreme Court as part of the Solicitor General's Office, as well as in private practice. After graduating from law school, Jeff clerked for Associate Justice Clarence Thomas of the Supreme Court. Listen to this episode as Jack discusses with Jeff about his journey of choosing to go to law school to arguing cases before the Supreme Court.
Learn more about Jeff along with our other guests on the third season of our podcast on my website at jackwwilliams.com/podcast.
What Does Running a Company Look Like with Danny Shepherd
In this eighth episode, Jack talks to Danny Shepherd. Danny has had an incredibly successful business career working in executive positions in various public companies and on the board of directors of several public companies. Danny served as president of the Southeast Division for Vulcan, Senior Vice President, Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer, and Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors. When Danny retired in 2015 from Vulcan Materials, the company was generating $5 billion in revenue. Listen to this episode as Danny shares about behind-the-scenes of publicly held companies, what it all means, and what it looks like.
Learn more about Danny along with our other guests on the third season of our podcast on my website at jackwwilliams.com/podcast.