Welcome to Let’s Get Real where we explore the intersection between personal transformation and social change. Join executive coach and internationally-recognized facilitator Nina Simonds as she has conversations with activists, influencers and entrepreneurs living and leading from vision, values and purpose. We explore personal experiences of transformation as well as resources and ideas about how each of us can be a leader and advocate for a better world.
From Burnout to Sustainability with Melanie Larkins
Melanie Larkins is an ESG expert with 20 years partnering with clients, senior executives and governments to implement sustainable strategies. She is also a wellness and peak performance coach integrating yoga, meditation, and various healing modalities into her work with high performers. Nina and Melanie explored the connection between self care and care for the planet. They also talked about how to address burnout at the individual level as well as systemically. Melanie also shared what makes sustainability so compelling for business.
All We Can Save
Compassionate Capitalism with David O'Leary
David O'Leary is a wealth management expert, impact investment professional, public speaker, and writer. David spends his time as Founder & Principal of Kind Wealth, a holistic wealth management practice helping early to mid-career Canadians manage their money in a way that matches their values. Nina spoke with David O'Leary about how to put our money where are values are and make investing a form of activism. David and Nina also shared stories about how our attitudes about money influence our choices. David explained what Environment Social Governance (ESG) criteria are, the bottleneck to more social impact investing, and the power of newer forms of financing such as microlending.
Dave’s Impact Investing Podcast
Dave's Resources for Impact Investing
James Baldwin Quote
Soul of Money
Staying Optimistic with Lilly Tong
For the Season 3 Opener, Nina interviews Lilly Tong, climate creative and activist and host of Make Peas Not Beef. Lilly is passionate about building smart cities that leverage sustainable practices and technological innovation to combat climate change. In this conversation Lilly and Nina talked about the importance of optimism to being a climate activist. They also riffed on veganism, reducing use of plastic and the privilege of clean drinking water. Finally, Lilly shared the three things that all of us can do to be climate activists.
Food for Thought Podcast
Make Peas Not Beef
Game Changers Documentary
The Drawdown Project
Collective Liberation with Robin Lacambra
Robin Lacambra is a social justice advocate and movement educator and the founder of GOODBODYFEEL, a studio that offers accessible, inclusive and decolonized movement classes that build self-awareness, strength and community.
Robin shared how inclusivity informs both her parenting and her leadership. Nina and Robin talked about how essential embodiment is to our collective liberation. Robin spoke eloquently about the difference between true joy and what she calls "toxic positivity." They also riffed about the power in deconstructing binary thinking in our personal lives and in our activism.
Listener Questions with Nina and Andy
Nina and Andy chat about how to protect and improve voter rights here in the United States and why it matters now more than ever to get involved. They also talked about how they choose guests for the pod and whether the format is more interview or conversation. They also shared some BIG personal news before announcing the theme for Season Three.
Contact your U.S. Senator
The Expansive and the Absurd with Rebecca Scott
Rebecca Scott is a leadership coach and catalyst with Cultivating Leadership. She also brings humor, vulnerability and grace to her daily struggles with Multiple Sclerosis through her blog Stumblr. In this episode Rebecca shared the mindsets and habits she uses to deal with MS and how she applies what she is learning to her work with leaders. Nina and Rebecca also geeked out about adult development theory and how it has helped both of them grow. They also came up with a new definition for moderation.
Tina Meyers Brings The Goods To This Conversation
When two women I trust and admire gather to discuss leadership, wholeness, and a vision for our world that we have yet to uncover, you’d better believe I rush to eavesdrop.
This is a must-listen for anyone interested in learning about how we can all be involved in global and transformational up-leveling, as human beings who care deeply.
And it’s FUN to listen in on - Nina is an extraordinary coach, conversationalist, activist. Her messages resonate deeply with me.
And Tina - she’s a magnificent pioneer in the realm of feminine leadership design, with newly emerging, unique perspectives and approaches, informing how we (quite literally) show up in our world, especially at THIS moment in time.
I’m also proudly part of Tina’s inaugural Warrior School and now enrolled in Warrior Grad School.
I’m learning so much about myself, my own voice, and my “place” in the world. This is priceless.
I highly recommend listening to this episode and subscribing to Nina’s Let’s Get Real Podcast. I know you’ll be inspired and moved to action as well!